Federal Register Vol. 80, No.119,

Federal Register Volume 80, Issue 119 (June 22, 2015)

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80 FR 35783 - 2015 Amendments to the Manual for Courts-Martial, United StatesPDF
80 FR 35721 - Notice of Order Soliciting Community ProposalsPDF
80 FR 35692 - In the Matter of GSP-2, Inc., Order of Suspension of TradingPDF
80 FR 35681 - In the Matter of China Organic Fertilizer, Inc., Order of Suspension of TradingPDF
80 FR 35689 - In the Matter of KPNQwest N.V. and Preventia, Inc.; Order of Suspension of TradingPDF
80 FR 35691 - In the Matter of BioCoral, Inc., GC China Turbine Corp., Race World International, Inc., and Worldwide Biotech & Pharmaceutical Co.; Order of Suspension of TradingPDF
80 FR 35646 - Sunshine Act NoticePDF
80 FR 35681 - Sunshine Act Meeting NoticePDF
80 FR 35680 - Meeting of National Council on the HumanitiesPDF
80 FR 35660 - Imposition of Conditions of Entry for Certain Vessels Arriving to the United States From the Republic of the GambiaPDF
80 FR 35660 - Notice of Regulatory Waiver Requests Granted for the First Quarter of Calendar Year 2015PDF
80 FR 35571 - Safety Zone; Fireworks Display, Columbia River, Cathlamet, WAPDF
80 FR 35570 - Safety Zone; Southern California Annual Fireworks Events for the San Diego Captain of the Port ZonePDF
80 FR 35649 - Commission To Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities; Announcement of MeetingPDF
80 FR 35628 - Large Power Transformers From the Republic of Korea: Second Amended Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2012-2013PDF
80 FR 35737 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Information Collection Renewal; Submission for OMB Review; Subordinated DebtPDF
80 FR 35575 - Lifeline and Link Up ReformPDF
80 FR 35620 - West Arm Behm Canal, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Ketchikan Alaska; Restricted Areas.PDF
80 FR 35621 - Atlantic Ocean South of Entrance to Chesapeake Bay off Camp Pendleton, Virginia; Firing RangePDF
80 FR 35735 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Information Collection Renewal; Submission for OMB Review; International RegulationPDF
80 FR 35654 - Health Resources and Services AdministrationPDF
80 FR 35655 - Meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research ProtectionsPDF
80 FR 35602 - Guidance Under Section 529A: Qualified ABLE ProgramsPDF
80 FR 35633 - Privacy Act of 1974; System of RecordsPDF
80 FR 35639 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; An Impact Evaluation of Support for PrincipalsPDF
80 FR 35667 - Notice of Emergency Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB; Emergency Comment Request Renewable Energy Commitment FormPDF
80 FR 35696 - Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact/Record of Decision (FONSI/ROD) for the Obstruction Removal Project for the Duluth-Sky Harbor Airport (DYT) in Duluth, MNPDF
80 FR 35696 - Fifth Meeting: Special Committee 147 (SC 147)PDF
80 FR 35693 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Human Response to Aviation Noise in Protected Natural Areas SurveyPDF
80 FR 35697 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Flight PlansPDF
80 FR 35694 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Pilot Certification and Qualification Requirements for Air Carrier OperationsPDF
80 FR 35695 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments; Revision of an Existing Information Collection: Medical Standards and CertificationPDF
80 FR 35631 - Procurement List; Proposed Additions and Deletions; CorrectionPDF
80 FR 35694 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Certification of AirportsPDF
80 FR 35695 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Survey of Airman Satisfaction With Aeromedical Certification ServicesPDF
80 FR 35650 - Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Programs; Meeting of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE), July 22, 2015PDF
80 FR 35635 - Privacy Act of 1974; System of RecordsPDF
80 FR 35631 - Privacy Act of 1974; System of RecordsPDF
80 FR 35638 - Privacy Act of 1974; System of RecordsPDF
80 FR 35634 - Privacy Act of 1974; System of RecordsPDF
80 FR 35648 - Change in Bank Control Notices; Acquisitions of Shares of a Bank or Bank Holding CompanyPDF
80 FR 35649 - Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding CompaniesPDF
80 FR 35715 - Audits of Subway Tunnel EnvironmentsPDF
80 FR 35740 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Information Collection Renewal; Submission for OMB Review; Investment SecuritiesPDF
80 FR 35739 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Information Collection; Submission for OMB Review; Domestic Credit Card DataPDF
80 FR 35647 - FCC To Hold Open Commission Meeting Thursday, June 18, 2015PDF
80 FR 35646 - Information Collection Being Reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission Under Delegated AuthorityPDF
80 FR 35736 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Information Collection; Submission for OMB Review; Domestic Residential Home Equity Lending DataPDF
80 FR 35716 - Supplemental Notice of Public Hearing To Determine Whether Fiat Chrysler Has Reasonably Met Its Obligations To Remedy Recalled Vehicles and To Notify NHTSA, Owners, and Purchasers of RecallsPDF
80 FR 35734 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Information Collection; Submission for OMB Review; Domestic First Lien Residential Mortgage DataPDF
80 FR 35640 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; NPEFS 2015-2017: Common Core of Data (CCD) National Public Education Financial SurveyPDF
80 FR 35625 - Notice of New Recreation FeePDF
80 FR 35670 - Information Collection Activities: Pipelines and Pipeline Rights-of-Way (ROW); Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 35669 - Filing of Plats of Survey, Wyoming and NebraskaPDF
80 FR 35668 - Filing of Plats of Survey: CaliforniaPDF
80 FR 35627 - Corporation for Travel Promotion (dba Brand USA)PDF
80 FR 35565 - Regulation D: Reserve Requirements for Depository InstitutionsPDF
80 FR 35651 - Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of AuthorityPDF
80 FR 35630 - Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Progress Report on Cooperative Halibut Prohibited Species Catch MinimizationPDF
80 FR 35642 - Combined Notice of FilingsPDF
80 FR 35642 - Commission Information Collection Activities, (FERC-567 and FERC-587), Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 35641 - Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC; Notice of Request Under Blanket AuthorizationPDF
80 FR 35644 - Combined Notice Of Filings #2PDF
80 FR 35644 - Combined Notice of Filings #1PDF
80 FR 35641 - Impact Evaluation of Data-Driven Instruction Professional Development for Teachers; Docket ID Number; CorrectionPDF
80 FR 35637 - Proposed Collection; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 35636 - Board of Regents, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee MeetingPDF
80 FR 35655 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 35568 - Food Additives Permitted in Feed and Drinking Water of Animals; Gamma-Linolenic Acid Safflower MealPDF
80 FR 35741 - Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to the Genomic Medicine Program Advisory CommitteePDF
80 FR 35742 - MyVA Advisory CommitteePDF
80 FR 35648 - Notice to All Interested Parties of the Termination of the Receivership of 10323, United Americas Bank, Atlanta, GAPDF
80 FR 35659 - Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory CommitteePDF
80 FR 35570 - Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Willamette River, Portland, ORPDF
80 FR 35712 - Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 35597 - Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace, Delta, COPDF
80 FR 35599 - Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Tomah, WIPDF
80 FR 35598 - Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Sheridan ARPDF
80 FR 35699 - Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; VisionPDF
80 FR 35668 - Indian GamingPDF
80 FR 35625 - Notice of Solicitation of Members to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory BoardPDF
80 FR 35675 - Notice of Lodging of Proposed Consent Decree Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)PDF
80 FR 35631 - Marine Mammals; File Nos. 13846 and 14353PDF
80 FR 35624 - Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 35692 - Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received; Ars Electronica Linz GmbHPDF
80 FR 35693 - Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received; Industrial Skyworks (USA), Inc.PDF
80 FR 35675 - Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals With Disabilities; Notice of MeetingPDF
80 FR 35679 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Adult Reporting SystemPDF
80 FR 35573 - Changes or Corrections to Mail Classification SchedulePDF
80 FR 35677 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Experience Rating ReportPDF
80 FR 35676 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Occupational Requirements SurveyPDF
80 FR 35678 - Advisory Committee on Veterans' Employment, Training and Employer Outreach (ACVETEO): MeetingPDF
80 FR 35679 - Public Availability of the National Endowment for the Humanities FY 2014 Service Contract InventoryPDF
80 FR 35669 - Notice of Public Meeting for the Southeast Oregon Resource Advisory CouncilPDF
80 FR 35705 - Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes MellitusPDF
80 FR 35703 - Hours of Service of Drivers: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); Application for Renewal of ExemptionPDF
80 FR 35691 - Proposed Collection; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 35688 - Proposed Collection; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 35682 - Proposed Collection; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 35690 - Proposed Collection; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 35689 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; ICE Clear Credit LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To Correct Inconsistent Provisions Regarding the Risk Management SubcommitteePDF
80 FR 35682 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change, as Modified by Amendment No. 1, Relating to the Listing and Trading of the Shares of the Reaves Utilities ETF of ETFis Series Trust IPDF
80 FR 35657 - Center for Scientific Review; Notice of Closed MeetingsPDF
80 FR 35658 - National Institute on Drug Abuse; Notice of Closed MeetingPDF
80 FR 35656 - National Institute on Drug Abuse; Notice of Closed MeetingsPDF
80 FR 35658 - National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; Notice of Closed MeetingPDF
80 FR 35657 - National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; Notice of MeetingPDF
80 FR 35656 - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Notice of Closed MeetingsPDF
80 FR 35658 - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; Notice of Closed MeetingsPDF
80 FR 35653 - Anoushirvan Sarraf: Debarment OrderPDF
80 FR 35652 - Mirwaiss Aminzada: Debarment OrderPDF
80 FR 35577 - Medical Examiner's Certification Integration; CorrectionPDF
80 FR 35697 - Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Grant of Exemption For HELP Inc.PDF
80 FR 35680 - Notice of Permit Applications Received Under the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978PDF
80 FR 35601 - Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Poplarville, MSPDF
80 FR 35568 - Amendment of Class D Airspace; Baltimore, Martin State Airport, MDPDF
80 FR 35626 - Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod From Mexico: Amended Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2012-2013PDF
80 FR 35744 - Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to an Exploration Drilling Program in the Chukchi Sea, AlaskaPDF

Issue

80 119 Monday, June 22, 2015 Contents Editorial Note:

In the printed version of the Federal Register Table of Contents for Friday, June 19, 2015, FR Doc. C1-2014-17196 was incorrectly listed under the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board. This document should have appeared under Industry and Security Bureau.

Agriculture Agriculture Department See

Forest Service

NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 35624 2015-15203 Requests for Nominations: National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board, 35625 2015-15206
Army Army Department NOTICES Privacy Act; Systems of Records, 35631-35636 2015-15259 2015-15261 2015-15262 2015-15277 Safety Enviromental Enforcement Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Pipelines and Pipeline Rights-of-Way, 35670-35674 2015-15242 Centers Medicare Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services NOTICES Meetings: Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education; Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Programs, 35650-35651 2015-15263 Children Children and Families Administration NOTICES Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority, 35651-35652 2015-15237 Coast Guard Coast Guard RULES Drawbridge Operations: Willamette River, Portland, OR, 35570 2015-15215 Safety Zones: Fireworks Display, Columbia River, Cathlamet, WA, 35571-35573 2015-15323 Southern California Annual Fireworks Events for the San Diego Captain of the Port Zone, 35570-35571 2015-15317 NOTICES Imposition of Conditions of Entry for Certain Vessels Arriving to the United States from the Republic of the Gambia, 35660 2015-15325 Meetings: Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee, 35659-35660 2015-15216 Commerce Commerce Department See

International Trade Administration

See

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Committee for Purchase Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled NOTICES Procurement List; Additions and Deletions; Correction, 35631 2015-15266 Comptroller Comptroller of the Currency NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Domestic Credit Card Data, 35739-35740 2015-15254 Domestic First Lien Residential Mortgage Data, 35734-35735 2015-15245 Domestic Residential Home Equity Lending Data, 35736-35737 2015-15248 International Regulation, 35735-35736 2015-15292 Investment Securities, 35740-35741 2015-15255 Subordinated Debt, 35737-35739 2015-15297 Defense Department Defense Department See

Army Department

See

Engineers Corps

NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 35637-35638 2015-15227 Meetings: Board of Regents, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 35636-35637 2015-15226 Privacy Act; Systems of Records, 35638-35639 2015-15260
Disability Disability Employment Policy Office NOTICES Meetings: Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, 35675-35676 2015-15200 Education Department Education Department NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: An Impact Evaluation of Support for Principals, 35639-35640 2015-15276 Common Core of Data National Public Education Financial Survey, 35640-35641 2015-15244 Impact Evaluation of Data-Driven Instruction Professional Development for Teachers; Correction, 35641 2015-15228 Energy Department Energy Department See

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Engineers Engineers Corps PROPOSED RULES Danger Zones: Firing Range -- Atlantic Ocean south of entrance to Chesapeake Bay off Camp Pendleton, VA, 35621-35623 2015-15293 Restricted Areas: West Arm Behm Canal, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Ketchikan, AK, 35620-35621 2015-15294 Equal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission NOTICES Meetings; Sunshine Act, 35646 2015-15357 Federal Aviation Federal Aviation Administration RULES Amendment of Class D Airspace: Baltimore, Martin State Airport, MD, 35568 2015-15130 PROPOSED RULES Establishment of Class E Airspace: Delta, CO, 35597-35598 2015-15211 Poplarville, MS, 35601-35602 2015-15133 Sheridan, AR, 35598-35599 2015-15209 Tomah, WI, 35599-35601 2015-15210 NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Certification of Airports, 35694 2015-15265 Flight Plans, 35697 2015-15269 Human Response to Aviation Noise in Protected Natural Areas Survey, 35693 2015-15270 Medical Standards and Certification, 35695 2015-15267 Pilot Certification and Qualification Requirements for Air Carrier Operations, 35694-35695 2015-15268 Survey of Airman Satisfaction with Aeromedical Certification Services, 35695-35696 2015-15264 Environmental Assessments; Availability, etc.: Obstruction Removal Project, Duluth-Sky Harbor Airport; Duluth, MN, 35696-35697 2015-15273 Meetings: Special Committee 147, 35696 2015-15272 Petitions for Exemptions; Summaries: Ars Electronica Linz GmbH, 35692-35693 2015-15202 Industrial Skyworks (USA), Inc., 35693-35694 2015-15201 Federal Communications Federal Communications Commission RULES Lifeline and Link Up Reform, 35575-35577 2015-15295 NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 35646-35647 2015-15252 Meetings: Open Commission Meeting, 35647-35648 2015-15253 Federal Deposit Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation NOTICES Terminations of Receivership: United Americas Bank, Atlanta, GA, 35648 2015-15217 Federal Energy Federal Energy Regulatory Commission NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 35642-35644 2015-15233 Combined Filings, 35642, 35644-35646 2015-15230 2015-15231 2015-15234 Requests under Blanket Authorizations: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co., LLC, 35641-35642 2015-15232 Federal Motor Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration RULES Medical Examiner's Certification Integration; Corrections, 35577-35596 2015-15161 NOTICES Hours of Service of Drivers; Applications for Exemptions: Department of Energy, 35703-35705 2015-15177 Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation: HELP Inc.; Grants of Exemption, 35697-35699 2015-15159 Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications: Diabetes Mellitus, 35705-35712 2015-15179 Vision, 35699-35703 2015-15208 Federal Railroad Federal Railroad Administration NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 35712-35715 2015-15214 Federal Reserve Federal Reserve System RULES Reserve Requirements for Depository Institutions, 35565-35568 2015-15238 NOTICES Changes in Bank Control: Acquisitions of Shares of a Bank or Bank Holding Company, 35648-35649 2015-15258 Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies, 35649 2015-15257 Federal Transit Federal Transit Administration NOTICES Safety Advisories: Audits of Subway Tunnel Environments, 35715-35716 2015-15256 Food and Drug Food and Drug Administration RULES Food Additives Permitted in Feed and Drinking Water of Animals: Gamma-Linolenic Acid Safflower Meal, 35568-35570 2015-15220 NOTICES Debarment Orders: Anoushirvan Sarraf, 35653-35654 2015-15163 Mirwaiss Aminzada, 35652-35653 2015-15162 Forest Forest Service NOTICES New Recreation Fees, 35625-35626 2015-15243 General Services General Services Administration NOTICES Meetings: Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, 35649-35650 2015-15314 Health and Human Health and Human Services Department See

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

See

Children and Families Administration

See

Food and Drug Administration

See

Health Resources and Services Administration

See

National Institutes of Health

NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 35655 2015-15225 Meetings: Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections, 35655-35656 2015-15286
Health Resources Health Resources and Services Administration NOTICES Delegation of Authority, 35654-35655 2015-15288 Homeland Homeland Security Department See

Coast Guard

Housing Housing and Urban Development Department NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Renewable Energy Commitment Form, 35667-35668 2015-15274 Regulatory Waivers, 35660-35667 2015-15324 Indian Affairs Indian Affairs Bureau NOTICES Indian Gaming, 35668 2015-15207 Interior Interior Department See

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

See

Indian Affairs Bureau

See

Land Management Bureau

Internal Revenue Internal Revenue Service PROPOSED RULES Qualified ABLE Programs, 35602-35620 2015-15280 International Trade Adm International Trade Administration NOTICES Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Investigations, Orders, or Reviews: Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Mexico, 35626-35627 2015-15063 Large Power Transformers from the Republic of Korea, 35628-35630 2015-15312 Requests for Nominations: Board of Directors of the Corporation for Travel Promotion, 35627-35628 2015-15239 Justice Department Justice Department NOTICES Proposed Consent Decrees under CERCLA, 35675 2015-15205 Labor Department Labor Department See

Disability Employment Policy Office

NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Experience Rating Report, 35677-35678 2015-15197 Occupational Requirements Survey, 35676-35677 2015-15196 Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Adult Reporting System, 35679 2015-15199 Meetings: Advisory Committee on Veterans' Employment, Training and Employer Outreach, 35678 2015-15195
Land Land Management Bureau NOTICES Meetings: Southeast Oregon Resource Advisory Council, 35669 2015-15181 Plats of Survey: California, 35668-35669 2015-15240 Wyoming and Nebraska, 35669-35670 2015-15241 National Endowment for the Humanities National Endowment for the Humanities NOTICES Fiscal Year 2014 Service Contract Inventories, 35679-35680 2015-15183 National Foundation National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities See

National Endowment for the Humanities

NOTICES Meetings: Meeting of National Council on the Humanities, 35680 2015-15330
National Highway National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NOTICES Public Hearings: Fiat Chrysler -- Obligations to Remedy Recalled Vehicles, Notify NHTSA, Owners, and Purchasers of Recalls, 35716-35721 2015-15246 National Institute National Institutes of Health NOTICES Meetings: Center for Scientific Review, 35657-35658 2015-15170 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, 35656-35657 2015-15165 National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 35658 2015-15164 National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, 35658 2015-15167 National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 35657 2015-15166 National Institute on Drug Abuse, 35656, 35658-35659 2015-15168 2015-15169 National Oceanic National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Progress Report on Cooperative Halibut Prohibited Species Catch Minimization, 35630 2015-15235 Permits: Marine Mammals; File Nos. 13846 and 14353, 35631 2015-15204 Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities: Exploration Drilling Program in the Chukchi Sea, AK, 35744-35780 2015-15013 National Science National Science Foundation NOTICES Antarctic Conservation Act Permit Applications, 35680-35681 2015-15155 Nuclear Regulatory Nuclear Regulatory Commission NOTICES Meetings; Sunshine Act, 35681 2015-15355 Postal Regulatory Postal Regulatory Commission RULES Mail Classification Schedule, 35573-35575 2015-15198 Presidential Documents Presidential Documents EXECUTIVE ORDERS Courts-Martial Manual, United States; Amendments (EO 13696), 35781-35828 2015-15495 Securities Securities and Exchange Commission NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 35682, 35688-35692 2015-15173 2015-15174 2015-15175 2015-15176 Self-Regulatory Organizations; Proposed Rule Changes: ICE Clear Credit, LLC, 35689-35690 2015-15172 NASDAQ Stock Market, LLC, 35682-35688 2015-15171 Trading Suspension Orders: BioCoral, Inc., et al., 35691 2015-15374 China Organic Fertilizer, Inc., 35681-35682 2015-15381 GSP-2, Inc., 35692 2015-15382 KPNQwest N.V. and Preventia, Inc., 35689 2015-15375 Transportation Department Transportation Department See

Federal Aviation Administration

See

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

See

Federal Railroad Administration

See

Federal Transit Administration

See

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

NOTICES Orders Soliciting Community Proposals, 35721-35733 2015-15393
Treasury Treasury Department See

Comptroller of the Currency

See

Internal Revenue Service

Veteran Affairs Veterans Affairs Department NOTICES Meetings: MyVA Advisory Committee, 35742 2015-15218 Requests for Nominations: Genomic Medicine Program Advisory Committee, 35741-35742 2015-15219 Separate Parts In This Issue Part II Commerce Department, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 35744-35780 2015-15013 Part III Presidential Documents, 35781-35828 2015-15495 Reader Aids

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80 119 Monday, June 22, 2015 Rules and Regulations FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM 12 CFR Part 204 [Docket No. R-1513; RIN 7100 AE-31] Regulation D: Reserve Requirements for Depository Institutions AGENCY:

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Board is amending Regulation D (Reserve Requirements of Depository Institutions) regarding the payment of interest on certain balances maintained at Federal Reserve Banks by or on behalf of eligible institutions. Specifically, the amendments permit interest payments on certain balances to be based on a daily rate rather than on a maintenance period average rate. The amendments should help to enhance the role of such rates of interest in moving the Federal funds rate into the target range established by the FOMC, particularly on occasions when changes in those rates do not coincide with the beginning of a maintenance period.

DATE:

The final rule is effective July 23, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Sophia H. Allison, Special Counsel (202-452-3565), Legal Division, or Thomas R. Keating, Financial Analyst (202-973-7401), or Jeffrey W. Huther, Senior Economist (202/452-3139), Division of Monetary Affairs; for users of Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) only, contact 202-263-4869; Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 20th and C Streets NW., Washington, DC 20551.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Statutory and Regulatory Background

For monetary policy purposes, section 19 of the Federal Reserve Act (“the Act”) imposes reserve requirements on certain types of deposits and other liabilities of depository institutions. Regulation D, which implements section 19 of the Act, requires that a depository institution meet reserve requirements by holding cash in its vault, or if vault cash is insufficient, by maintaining a balance in an account at a Federal Reserve Bank (“Reserve Bank”).1 Section 19 also provides that balances maintained by or on behalf of certain institutions in an account at a Reserve Bank may receive earnings to be paid by the Reserve Bank at least once each quarter, at a rate or rates not to exceed the general level of short-term interest rates. Institutions that are eligible to receive earnings on their balances held at Reserve Banks (“eligible institutions”) include depository institutions and certain other institutions.2 Section 19 also provides that the Board may prescribe regulations concerning the payment of earnings on balances at a Reserve Bank.3

1 12 CFR 204.5(a)(1).

2 Section 19(b)(1)(A) defines “depository institution” as any insured bank as defined in section 3 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act or any bank which is eligible to make application to become an insured bank under section 5 of such Act; any mutual savings bank as defined in section 3 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act or any bank which is eligible to make application to become an insured bank under section 5 of such Act; any savings bank as defined in section 3 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act or any bank which is eligible to make application to become an insured bank under section 5 of such Act; any insured credit union as defined in section 101 of the Federal Credit Union Act or any credit union which is eligible to make application to become an insured credit union pursuant to section 201 of such Act; any member as defined in section 2 of the Federal Home Loan Bank Act; [and] any savings association (as defined in section 3 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act) which is an insured depository institution (as defined in such Act) or is eligible to apply to become an insured depository institution under the Federal Deposit Insurance Act. See 12 U.S.C. 461(b)(1)(A). Eligible institution also includes any trust company, corporation organized under section 25A or having an agreement with the Board under section 25, or any branch or agency of a foreign bank (as defined in section 1(b) of the International Banking Act of 1978). Federal Reserve Act section 19(b)(12)(C), 12 U.S.C. 461(b)(12)(C), see 12 CFR 204.2(y) (definition of “eligible institution”).

3 See Federal Reserve Act section 19(b)(12), 12 U.S.C. 461(b)(12).

Regulation D currently requires Reserve Banks to pay interest on balances up to the top of the penalty-free band at a rate of 1/4 percent, and on excess balances above that level at a rate of 1/4 percent.4

4 See § 204.10(b)(1)-(2) of Regulation D, 12 CFR 204.10(b)(1)-(2). Regulation D defines “top of the penalty free band” to mean an amount equal to an institution's reserve balance requirement plus an amount that is the greater of 10 percent of the institution's reserve balance requirement or $50,000. Section 204.2(gg) of Regulation D, 12 CFR 204.2(gg). Regulation D defines “excess balances” to mean the average balance maintained in an account at a Federal Reserve Bank by or on behalf of an institution over a reserve maintenance period that exceeds the top of the penalty free band. Section 204.2(z) of Regulation D, 12 CFR 204.2(z).

For purposes of computing the interest to be paid, an average of relevant balances over a 14-day maintenance period is multiplied by an average of the applicable interest rate in effect for each day of a maintenance period. For example, if the interest rate on excess balances were to increase in the middle of a maintenance period from 25 basis points (1/4 percent) to 50 basis points (1/2 percent), the interest on excess balances for that maintenance period would be the average excess balances maintained over the maintenance period multiplied by the average excess balance rate, i.e., 37.5 basis points. As a result, the full effect of the increase in the excess balance rate to 50 basis points may not show through to market rates until some number of days following the announcement of the new rate.

II. Request for Public Comment and Summary of Comments Received

The Board published its request for public comment on proposed amendments to Regulation D in the Federal Register on April 16, 2015.5 Under the proposal, Regulation D would define an “IORR 6 rate” and would calculate interest on balances maintained up to the top of the penalty-free band as the average IORR rate over a maintenance period multiplied by the average balances maintained up to the top of the penalty-free band over the maintenance period. Regulation D would also define an “IOER 7 rate” and, for institutions that maintain balances in excess of the top of the penalty-free band on average over the maintenance period, would calculate interest as daily total balances multiplied by the daily IOER rate, reduced by an adjustment to avoid double payment of interest on balances up to the top of the penalty-free band.

5 80 FR 20448 (Apr. 16, 2015).

6I.e., “interest on required reserves.” “Required reserves” is a term that historically referred to the amount that an institution must maintain on average over a maintenance period to satisfy its reserve balance requirement. Because Regulation D currently provides for a penalty-free band around an institution's reserve balance requirement, an institution's balances up to the top of the penalty-free band is the current equivalent of what was previously meant by “required reserves.”

7I.e., “interest on excess reserves.”

The Board stated in the proposal that the purpose of this proposed amendment was to allow the full effect of an increase in the IOER rate to show through to the daily level of short-term market rates when an IOER rate change does not coincide with the beginning of a maintenance period. The Board proposed other amendments to Regulation D to conform certain provisions to current practices as well as to improve organization and make other clarifications.

Summary of Public Comments Received

The Board received four comments on the proposal, three from depository institutions and one from a trade association. One commenter expressed general support for the proposal without additional elaboration. Another commenter expressed support for the proposal because the proposal would improve the Federal Reserve System's responsiveness to economic trends and new market data. A third commenter expressed support for the proposal generally but recommended that depository institutions receive account statements that would provide itemization of the balances and calculations of IORR and IOER under Regulation D as amended. Itemization of interest payments along with information on balances held will be available to depository institutions through the Reserves Central-Reserves Account Administration application.8

8See https://www.frbservices.org/centralbank/reservescentral/index.html.

A fourth commenter did not address the matters raised by the proposal but expressed concerns more generally regarding the role of the payment of interest on excess balances at Reserve Banks and the interaction between those payments, the Federal Reserve Payment System Risk policy for measuring daylight overdrafts, and the Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) treatment of federal funds and financial institution deposits. The commenter also requested that the Federal Reserve clearly articulate the policy use and long-term goals of interest bearing reserves and conduct a policy review in two years. The commenter suggested the current level of interest paid on excess balances encourages banks to remove funds from the federal funds market, thereby reducing volumes and liquidity in inter-bank lending markets. In addition, the commenter argued that the payment of interest on reserves along with the Federal Reserve's access to transaction-level data on borrowing by individual depository institutions in the federal funds and Eurodollar markets provides a competitive advantage to Reserve Banks over private sector correspondent institutions.

The Board believes that the payment of interest on excess balances plays an important role in the implementation of monetary policy by contributing to the Federal Reserve's ability to influence the level of the federal funds rate and other short-term interest rates. As clearly articulated by the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) in its Policy Normalization Principles and Plans, the Federal Reserve intends to use the payment of interest on excess balances to move the federal funds rate into the target range established by the FOMC.9 The purpose of adjusting the rate of interest paid on reserves is not in any way to provide the Federal Reserve with a competitive advantage in the payments system. Moreover, the proposed changes to Regulation D underscore and support the monetary policy role that these rates serve. The Board believes that the proposed change in the methodology for the calculation of interest on balances at Reserve Banks as set forth in the final rule will have no significant impact on the issues noted by the commenter. Furthermore, as has been the case in the past, the role of interest payments on excess balances will continue to be publicly articulated by the Board and FOMC, such as through FOMC statements and minutes, Board and FOMC policy statements, and testimony and speeches by Federal Reserve officials.

9See http://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/press/monetary/20140917c.htm.

III. Section by Section Analysis Section 204.10(a) General

The Board proposed to amend § 204.10(a) to incorporate certain provisions of current § 204.10(b) and to add a new provision describing the amount of a “balance” in an account at a Reserve Bank for purposes of the section. The Board received no comments on this provision and is adopting it as proposed.

Section 204.10(b) Payment of Interest

The Board proposed to amend § 204.10(b)(1) and (2) to set forth the amount of interest to be paid on balances of institutions that, on average over the maintenance period, maintain balances in excess of the top of the penalty-free band. These two subsections provide for interest at the IORR rate, interest at the IOER rate, the adjustment to interest at the IOER rate, and the minimum interest amount. The Board also proposed to amend § 204.10(b)(3) to provide that interest for institutions that, on average over the maintenance period, maintain balances that are equal to or lower than the top of the penalty-free band is the average IORR rate over the maintenance period multiplied by the average balances maintained over the maintenance period. The Board proposed to amend § 204.10(b)(4) to provide for interest on term deposits and proposed to add § 204.10(b)(5) to specify the IORR rate and the IOER rate. The Board did not receive any comments on these specific provisions and is adopting them as proposed.

Section 204.10(c) Pass-Through Balances

The Board proposed to amend § 204.10(c) to change the word “shall” to “may” in the second sentence to conform the paragraph with the provisions of § 204.10(b). The Board did not receive any comments on this provision and is adopting it as proposed.

Section 204.10(d) Excess Balance Accounts

The Board proposed to amend § 204.10(d)(5) to specify that interest on excess balance accounts is the amount equal to the IOER rate in effect each day multiplied by the total balances maintained on that day for each day of the maintenance period. The Board received no comments on this specific provision and is adopting it as proposed.

Section 204.10(f) Procedure for Determination of Rates

The Board proposed to amend Regulation D to add a new provision, proposed § 204.10(f), to govern the procedure for determination of rates. The Board received no comments on this provision and is adopting it as proposed.

IV. Solicitation of Comments Regarding Use of “Plain Language”

Section 722 of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 1999 requires the Board to use “plain language” in all final rules. 12 U.S.C. 1408. The Board sought to present the proposed amendments in a simple and straightforward manner. The Board received no comments on whether the proposed rule was clearly stated and effectively organized or on how the Board might make the proposed text easier to understand.

V. Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis

An initial regulatory flexibility analysis (IRFA) was included in the Board's proposed rule in accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). In the IRFA, the Board specifically solicited comment on whether the proposed rule would have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The Board received no comments in response to its request for comments on its IRFA.

Section 4 of the RFA requires an agency to provide a final regulatory flexibility analysis with a final rule. Banks and other depository institutions are considered “small” if they have less than $550 million in assets. For the reasons stated below, the Board believes that the final rule will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities.

1. Statement of the objectives of the proposal. The Board is publishing final amendments to Regulation D in order to facilitate the conduct of monetary policy. Section 19 of the Act was enacted to impose reserve requirements on certain deposits and other liabilities of depository institutions for monetary policy purposes. The Board is publishing final amendments to Regulation D to facilitate the transmission of monetary policy through the rates of interest paid on balances of eligible institutions at Reserve Banks by permitting interest payments on certain balances to be based on a daily rate rather than on a maintenance period average rate. The Board believes that these amendments should help to enhance the role of such rates of interest in moving the federal funds rate into the target range established by the FOMC. The more effective implementation of monetary policy that the rule supports benefits all entities, including small entities. The potential costs for eligible institutions associated with the amendments are low because the amendments do not require any changes to their existing processes and operations. Moreover, the amendments are not likely to harm small eligible institutions or other eligible institutions because they will continue to receive earnings on their balances at Reserve Banks.

2. Small entities affected by the proposal. The final rule will affect all eligible institutions that maintain balances to satisfy reserve balance requirements or excess balances at a Reserve Bank. The Board estimates that there are currently approximately 8,725 eligible institutions that maintain such balances. The Board estimates that approximately 6,950 of these institutions could be considered small entities with assets of $550 million or less.

3. Other federal rules. The Board has not identified any other federal rules that duplicate, overlap, or conflict with the final rule.

4. Significant alternatives to the proposed amendments. The Board believes that the final rule does not impose any burden on depository institutions of any size. The final rule relates to payment of earnings on balances of eligible institutions and does not provide for any new or additional reporting or other obligations.

VI. Paperwork Reduction Act

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506; 5 CFR part 1320 Appendix A.1), the Board reviewed the final rule under the authority delegated to the Board by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The final rule contains no requirements subject to the PRA.

List of Subjects in 12 CFR Part 204

Banks, Banking, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Board amends 12 CFR part 204 as follows:

PART 204—RESERVE REQUIREMENTS OF DEPOSITORY INSTITUTIONS (REGULATION D) 1. The authority citation for part 204 continues to read as follows: Authority:

12 U.S.C. 248(a), 248(c), 371a, 461, 601, 611, and 3105.

2. Section 204.10 is amended by revising paragraphs (a), (b), (c), and (d)(5), and adding paragraph (f) to read as follows:
§ 204.10 Payment of interest on balances.

(a) General. (1) Except as provided in paragraph (c) of this section, interest on balances maintained at Federal Reserve Banks by or on behalf of an eligible institution shall be established by the Board in accordance with this section, at a rate or rates not to exceed the general level of short-term interest rates.

(2) For purposes of this section, the amount of a “balance” in an account maintained by or on behalf of an eligible institution at a Federal Reserve Bank is determined at the close of the Federal Reserve Bank's business day.

(3) For purposes of this section, “short-term interest rates” are rates on obligations with maturities of no more than one year, such as the primary credit rate and rates on term federal funds, term repurchase agreements, commercial paper, term Eurodollar deposits, and other similar instruments.

(4) The payment of interest on balances under this section shall be subject to such other terms and conditions as the Board may prescribe.

(b) Payment of interest. Interest on balances maintained at Federal Reserve Banks by or on behalf of an eligible institution is established as set forth in paragraphs (b)(1) through (4) of this section. The rates for IORR and IOER are set forth in paragraph (b)(5) of this section.

(1) For institutions that maintain balances that are, on average over the maintenance period, in excess of the top of the penalty-free band, interest is:

(i) The amount equal to the average IORR rate over the maintenance period multiplied by the average balance up to the top of the penalty-free band maintained over the maintenance period; plus

(ii)(A) The amount equal to the IOER rate in effect each day multiplied by the total balances maintained on that day for each day of the maintenance period; minus

(B) The amount equal to the average IOER rate over the maintenance period multiplied by the average balance up to the top of the penalty-free band maintained over the maintenance period.

(2) The interest amount under paragraph (b)(1) of this section shall not be less than an amount equal to the amount specified in paragraph (b)(1)(i) of this section.

(3) For institutions that maintain balances that are, on average over the maintenance period, equal to or lower than the top of the penalty-free band, interest is the amount equal to the average IORR rate over the maintenance period multiplied by the average balance maintained over the maintenance period.

(4) For term deposits, interest is:

(i) The amount equal to the principal amount of the term deposit multiplied by a rate specified in advance by the Board, in light of existing short-term market rates, to maintain the federal funds rate at a level consistent with monetary policy objectives; or

(ii) The amount equal to the principal amount of the term deposit multiplied by a rate determined by the auction through which such term deposits are offered.

(5) The rates for IORR and IOER are:

Rate
  • (percent)
  • Effective
    IORR 1/4 12/18/2008 IOER 1/4 12/18/2008

    (c) Pass-through balances. A pass-through correspondent that is an eligible institution may pass back to its respondent interest paid on balances maintained to satisfy a reserve balance requirement of that respondent. In the case of balances maintained by a pass-through correspondent that is not an eligible institution, a Reserve Bank may pay interest only on the balances maintained to satisfy a reserve balance requirement of one or more respondents up to the top of the penalty-free band, and the correspondent shall pass back to its respondents interest paid on balances in the correspondent's account.

    (d) * * *

    (5) Interest on balances of eligible institutions maintained in an excess balance account is the amount equal to the IOER rate in effect each day multiplied by the total balances maintained on that day for each day of the maintenance period.

    (f) Procedure for determination of rates. The Board anticipates that notice and public participation with respect to changes in the rate or rates of interest to be paid under this section will generally be impracticable, unnecessary, contrary to the public interest, or otherwise not required in the public interest, and that there will generally be reason and good cause in the public interest why the effective date should not be deferred for 30 days. The reason or reasons in such cases are generally expected to include that such notice, public participation, or deferment of effective date would prevent the action from becoming effective as promptly as necessary in the public interest, would permit speculators or others to reap unfair profits or to interfere with the Board's actions taken with a view to accommodating commerce and business and with regard to their bearing upon the general credit situation of the country, would provoke other consequences contrary to the public interest, would not aid the persons affected, or would otherwise serve no useful purpose.

    By order of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, June 17, 2015. Robert deV. Frierson, Secretary of the Board.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15238 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA-2015-0793; Airspace Docket No. 15-AEA-3] Amendment of Class D Airspace; Baltimore, Martin State Airport, MD AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Final rule, technical amendment; correction.

    SUMMARY:

    This action corrects an error in the title of a final rule published in the Federal Register on April 29, 2015, amending Class D Airspace at Martin State Airport, Baltimore, MD. It should read Amendment of Class D Airspace Baltimore, Martin State Airport, MD. This action also corrects reference to Restricted Area R-4001C as being MSL, and corrects the airport designation.

    DATES:

    Effective 0901 UTC, June 25, 2015. The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under title 1, Code of Federal Regulations, part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.9 and publication of conforming amendments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    John Fornito, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, P.O. Box 20636, Atlanta, Georgia 30320; telephone (404) 305-6364.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    History

    On April 29, 2015, the FAA published a final rule, technical amendment in the Federal Register amending Class D airspace at Martin State Airport, Baltimore, MD. (80 FR 23709). After publication, the FAA found that the title was incorrectly typed as Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace, Baltimore, MD, instead of Amendment of Class D Airspace, Baltimore, Martin State Airport, MD. This action makes the correction. Also, in the regulatory text, the airport designation is corrected to AEA D MD Baltimore, Martin State Airport, MD; and references to AGL is corrected to MSL.

    The Class D airspace designations are published in Paragraph 5000 of FAA Order 7400.9Y, dated August 9, 2014, and effective September 15, 2014, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class D airspace designation listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.

    Correction to Final Rule

    Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me, Docket No. FAA-2015-0793, amending Class D airspace at Martin State Airport, Baltimore, MD, as published in the Federal Register on April 29, 2015, (80 FR 23709), FR Doc. 2015-09870, is corrected as follows:

    On page 23709, column 1, line 39, remove, “Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Baltimore, MD”, and add in its place, “Amendment of Class D Airspace, Baltimore, Martin State Airport, MD”, and on line 51 remove the abbreviation AGL and add in its place MSL. On page 23710, column 1, line 10, remove “ASO MD D Baltimore, MD [Amended]”, and add in its place “AEA MD D Baltimore, Martin State Airport, MD [Amended]”; and on line 27, remove the abbreviation AGL, and add in its place, MSL.

    Issued in College Park, Georgia, on June 10, 2015. Gerald E. Lynch, Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Air Traffic Organization.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15130 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration 21 CFR Part 573 [Docket No. FDA-2010-F-0537] Food Additives Permitted in Feed and Drinking Water of Animals; Gamma-Linolenic Acid Safflower Meal AGENCY:

    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) is amending the regulations for food additives permitted in feed and drinking water of animals to provide for the safe use of seed meal from a variety of bioengineered safflower in cattle and poultry feeds. This action is in response to a food additive petition filed by Arcadia Biosciences, Inc.

    DATES:

    This rule is effective June 22, 2015. Submit either written or electronic objections and requests for a hearing by July 22, 2015. See section V of this document for information on the filing of objections.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit either electronic or written objections and a request for a hearing, identified by Docket No. FDA-2010-F-0537, by any of the following methods:

    Electronic Submissions

    Submit electronic objections in the following way:

    • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Written Submissions

    Submit written objections in the following ways:

    • Mail/Hand delivery/Courier (for paper submissions): Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the Agency name and docket number for this rulemaking. All objections received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. For additional information on submitting objections, see the “Objections” heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or objections received, go to http://www.regulations.gov and insert the docket number, found in brackets in the heading of this document, into the “Search” box and follow the prompts and/or go to the Division of Dockets Management, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Isabel W. Pocurull, Center for Veterinary Medicine (HFV-226), Food and Drug Administration, 7519 Standish Pl., Rockville, MD 20855, 240-402-5877, [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Background

    In a notice published in the Federal Register of October 20, 2010 (75 FR 64733), FDA announced that a food additive petition (animal use) (FAP 2267) had been filed by Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., 202 Cousteau Pl., suite 105, Davis, CA 95618. The petition proposed to amend the food additive regulations to provide for the safe use of seed meal from a variety of bioengineered safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L.) in cattle and poultry feeds. The safflower variety has been bioengineered to contain a gene from the water mold Saprolegnia diclina responsible for production of gamma-linolenic acid in the seed oil. Seed meals are the ground residues obtained after processing seeds to extract their oil and are a common ingredient in livestock feed. The notice of filing provided for a 30-day comment period on the petitioner's environmental assessment.

    II. Conclusion

    FDA concludes that the data establish the safety and utility of gamma-linolenic acid safflower meal for use as proposed and that the food additive regulations should be amended as set forth in this document.

    III. Public Disclosure

    In accordance with § 571.1(h) (21 CFR 571.1(h)), the petition and documents we considered and relied upon in reaching our decision to approve the petition will be made available for public disclosure (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). As provided in § 571.1(h), we will delete from the documents any materials that are not available for public disclosure.

    IV. Environmental Impact

    The Agency has carefully considered the potential environmental impact of this action and has concluded that the action will not have a significant impact on the human environment and that an environmental impact statement is not required. FDA's finding of no significant impact and the evidence supporting that finding, contained in an environmental assessment, may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management (address above) between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    V. Objections and Hearing Requests

    Any person who will be adversely affected by this regulation may file with the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES) either electronic or written objections. Each objection shall be separately numbered, and each numbered objection shall specify with particularity the provision of the regulation to which objection is made and the grounds for the objection. Each numbered objection on which a hearing is requested shall specifically so state. Failure to request a hearing for any particular objection shall constitute a waiver of the right to a hearing on that objection. Each numbered objection for which a hearing is requested shall include a detailed description and analysis of the specific factual information intended to be presented in support of the objection in the event that a hearing is held. Failure to include such a description and analysis for any particular objection shall constitute a waiver of the right to a hearing on the objection.

    It is only necessary to send one set of documents. Identify documents with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. Any objections received in response to the regulation may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and will be posted to the docket at http://www.regulations.gov.

    List of Subjects in 21 CFR Part 573

    Animal feeds, Food additives.

    Therefore, under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and under authority delegated to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs and redelegated to the Center for Veterinary Medicine, 21 CFR part 573 is amended as follows:

    PART 573—FOOD ADDITIVES PERMITTED IN FEED AND DRINKING WATER OF ANIMALS 1. The authority citation for 21 CFR part 573 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    21 U.S.C. 321, 342, 348.

    2. Add § 573.490 to read as follows:
    § 573.490 Gamma-linolenic acid safflower meal.

    The food additive consists of the meal obtained after the removal of most of the oil from whole seeds or partially dehulled seeds or both obtained from a Carthamus tinctorius L. safflower Centennial variety genetically engineered to express the delta-6-desaturase gene from Saprolegnia diclina Humphrey. The 453 amino acid, delta-6-desaturase enzyme converts the fatty acid linoleic acid to gamma-linolenic acid during seed development. The resulting additive may be safely used in cattle and poultry feeds in accordance with the following prescribed conditions:

    (a) The additive shall contain not less than 20 percent crude protein, not more than 40 percent crude fiber, not more than 10 percent moisture, and not more than 2 percent crude fat.

    (b) The crude fat in the additive meets the following specifications:

    (1) Gamma-linolenic acid content not to exceed 55 percent.

    (2) Total content of stearidonic acid and cis, cis-6, 9-octadecadienoic acid not to exceed a total of 0.5 percent.

    (3) Total content of palmitic, stearic, oleic, linoleic, and other associated fatty acids to exceed a total of 40 percent.

    (c) The additive is used or intended for use in cattle and poultry feeds as a source of protein in accordance with good manufacturing and feeding practices.

    (d) To assure safe use of the additive, in addition to the other information required by the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the label and labeling of the additive, any feed premix, or complete feed shall bear the following:

    (1) The name of the additive or the common name, safflower meal.

    (2) Adequate directions for use in cattle and poultry feeds.

    (e) The additive may be identified by the common or usual name, safflower meal.

    Dated: June 16, 2015. Bernadette Dunham, Director, Center for Veterinary Medicine.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15220 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG-2015-0569] Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Willamette River, Portland, OR AGENCY:

    Coast Guard, DHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice of deviation from drawbridge regulation.

    SUMMARY:

    The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Morrison Bridge, mile 12.8, and the Hawthorne Bridge, mile 13.1, both crossing the Willamette River at Portland, OR. The deviation is necessary to accommodate Portland's Red, White, and Blues Run/Walk event. The deviation allows the bridges to remain in the closed-to-navigation position from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. on July 5, 2015 to allow for the safe movement of event participants across the bridges.

    DATES:

    This deviation is effective from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. on July 5, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    The docket for this deviation, [USCG-2015-0569] is available at http://www.regulations.gov. Type the docket number in the “SEARCH” box and click “SEARCH.” Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this deviation. You may also visit the Docket Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the Department of Transportation West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    If you have questions on this temporary deviation, call or email Mr. Steven Fischer, Bridge Administrator, Thirteenth Coast Guard District; telephone 206-220-7282, email [email protected] If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Cheryl Collins, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Multnomah County has requested that the Hawthorne and Morrison drawbridges across the Willamette River in Portland, OR remain closed to vessel traffic from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. on July 5, 2015 to facilitate safe, uninterrupted roadway passage of event participants for the Red, White and Blues Run/Walk event.

    The Morrison Bridge, mile 12.8, provides a vertical clearance of 69 feet in the closed position, and the Hawthorne Bridge, mile 13.1, provides 49 feet of vertical clearance in the closed position, all clearances are referenced to the vertical clearance above Columbia River Datum 0.0.

    This deviation allows the Hawthorne and Morrison Bridges, across the Willamette River, to remain in the closed position and need not open for maritime traffic from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. on July 5, 2015. Waterway usage on this part of the Willamette River includes vessels ranging from commercial tug and barge to small pleasure craft.

    Vessels able to pass through the bridges in the closed positions may do so at any time. The bridges will be able to open for emergencies and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels to pass. The Coast Guard will also inform the users of the waterways through our Local and Broadcast Notices to Mariners of the change in operating schedule for the bridges so that vessels can arrange their transits to minimize any impact caused by the temporary deviation.

    In accordance with 33 CFR 117.35(e), the drawbridge must return to its regular operating schedule immediately at the end of the designated time period. This deviation from the operating regulations is authorized under 33 CFR 117.35.

    Dated: June 17, 2015. Steven M. Fischer, Bridge Administrator, Thirteenth Coast Guard District.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15215 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110-04-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket No. USCG-2015-0488] Safety Zone; Southern California Annual Fireworks Events for the San Diego Captain of the Port Zone AGENCY:

    Coast Guard, DHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice of enforcement of regulation.

    SUMMARY:

    The Coast Guard will enforce a safety zone on the waters of San Diego Bay, California, adjacent to the Embarcadero Marina Park South, for the annual San Diego Symphony Summer Pops Fireworks shows held on specific evenings from June 27, 2015 to September 6, 2015. The brief fireworks displays are scheduled to coincide with the end of the symphony concerts. This action is necessary to provide for safety of the marine event crew, spectators, safety vessels, and general users of the waterway. During the enforcement period, persons and vessels are prohibited from entering into, transiting through, or anchoring within this regulated area unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, or his designated representative.

    DATES:

    The regulations for the safety zone listed in 33 CFR 165.1123, Table 1, Item 1, will be enforced on various dates between June 27, 2015 to September 6, 2015, from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    If you have questions on this publication, call or email Petty Officer Randolph Pahilanga, Waterways Management, U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego, CA; telephone (619) 278-7656, email [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Coast Guard will enforce a safety zone in San Diego Bay, California, for the annual San Diego Symphony Summer Pops concerts (Item 1 on Table 1 of 33 CFR 165.1123), held on from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. on various dates. Specifically, the dates of enforcement are: June 27, July 3, July 5, July 17, July 18, July 24, July 25, July 31, August 1, August 7, August 8, August 14, August 15, August 21, August 22, August 28, August 29, and September 4 through September 6, 2015. The safety zone is located off of the Embarcadero Marina Park South.

    Under the provisions of 33 CFR 165.1123, persons and vessels are prohibited during the fireworks display times from entering into, transiting through, or anchoring within the 800 foot regulated area safety zone around the fireworks barge, located in approximate position 32°42′16″ N, 117°09′59″ W, unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, or his designated representative. Persons or vessels desiring to enter into or pass through the safety zone may request permission from the Captain of the Port or a designated representative. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port or designated representative can be reached via VHF CH 16 or at (619) 278-7033. If permission is granted, all persons and vessels shall comply with the instructions of the Captain of the Port or his designated representative. Spectator vessels may safely transit outside the regulated area, but may not anchor, block, loiter, or impede the transit of official fireworks support and event safety vessels or law enforcement patrol vessels. The Coast Guard may be assisted by other Federal, State, or local law enforcement agencies in notification and patrol of this regulation.

    This document is issued under authority of 5 U.S.C. 552 (a) and 33 CFR 165.1123. In addition to this document in the Federal Register, the Coast Guard will provide the maritime community with advance notification of this enforcement period via the Local Notice to Mariners, Broadcast Notice to Mariners, and local advertising by the event sponsor.

    If the Coast Guard determines that the regulated area need not be enforced for the full duration stated on this document, then a Broadcast Notice to Mariners or other communications coordinated with the event sponsor will grant general permission to enter the regulated area.

    Dated: June 2, 2015. J.A. Janszen, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Acting, Captain of the Port San Diego.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15317 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110-04-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket Number USCG-2015-0358] RIN 1625-AA00 Safety Zone; Fireworks Display, Columbia River, Cathlamet, WA AGENCY:

    Coast Guard, DHS.

    ACTION:

    Temporary final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    The Coast Guard is establishing a safety zone in Cathlamet, WA. This safety zone is necessary to help ensure the safety of the maritime public during a fireworks display and will do so by prohibiting unauthorized persons and vessels from entering the safety zones unless authorized by the Sector Columbia River Captain of the Port or his designated representatives.

    DATES:

    This rule is effective on July 18, 2015 from 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES:

    Documents mentioned in this preamble are part of docket [USCG-2015-0358]. To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov, type the docket number in the “SEARCH” box and click “SEARCH.” Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this rulemaking. You may also visit the Docket Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the Department of Transportation West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    If you have questions on this rule, call or email Ken Lawrenson, Waterways Management Division, Marine Safety Unit Portland, Coast Guard; telephone 503-240-9319, email [email protected] If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Cheryl Collins, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone (202) 366-9826.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Table of Acronyms DHS Department of Homeland Security FR Federal Register NPRM Notice of Proposed Rulemaking TFR Temporary Final Rule A. Regulatory History and Information

    The Coast Guard is issuing this temporary final rule without prior notice and opportunity to comment pursuant to authority under section 4(a) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553(b)). This provision authorizes an agency to issue a rule without prior notice and opportunity to comment when the agency for good cause finds that those procedures are “impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.” Under 5 U.S.C. 553, the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) with respect to this rule. Waiting for a 30 day notice period to run would be impracticable. The Coast Guard did not receive the necessary information in time for this regulation to undertake both an NPRM and a 30 day delayed effective date. Additionally, waiting for a 30 day notice period to run would be impracticable as delayed promulgation may result in injury or damage to persons and vessels from the hazards associated with fireworks displays.

    Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for making this rule effective less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register due to the late notification of this event and because the event will have occurred before comments could have been taken.

    B. Basis and Purpose

    The legal basis for this proposed rule is: 33 U.S.C. 1231; 50 U.S.C. 191; 33 CFR 1.05-1, 6.04-1, 6.04-6, and 160.5; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1; which collectively authorize the Coast Guard to establish regulatory safety zones for safety and environmental purposes.

    Fireworks displays create hazardous conditions for the maritime public because of the large number of vessels that congregate near the displays, as well as the noise, falling debris, and explosions that occur during the event. Due to the presence of a fireworks show, a safety zone is necessary in order to reduce vessel traffic congestion in the proximity of fireworks discharge sites and to prevent vessel traffic within the fallout zone of the fireworks.

    C. Discussion of the Temporary Final Rule

    This rule establishes one safety zone in the Sector Columbia River Captain of the Port Zone.

    The safety zone will encompass the waters included within a 500 foot radius at the following approximate location: 46°12′14″ N; 123°23′17″ W, along the Columbia River, in Cathlamet, WA. This safety zone will be effective on Saturday July 18, 2015 from 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

    D. Regulatory Analyses

    We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses based on these statutes and executive orders.

    1. Regulatory Planning and Review

    This rule is not a significant regulatory action under section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review, as supplemented by Executive Order 13563, Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review, and does not require an assessment of potential costs and benefits under section 6(a)(3) of Executive Order 12866 or under section 1 of Executive Order 13563. The Office of Management and Budget has not reviewed it under those Orders. The Coast Guard has made this determination based on the fact that the safety zone created by this rule will not significantly affect the maritime public because vessels may still coordinate their transit with the Coast Guard in the vicinity of the safety zone.

    2. Impact on Small Entities

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (RFA), 5 U.S.C. 601-612, as amended, requires federal agencies to consider the potential impact of regulations on small entities during rulemaking. The term “small entities” comprises small businesses, not-for-profit organizations that are independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their fields, and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 50,000. The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

    (1) This rule may affect the following entities, some of which may be small entities: The owners and operators of vessels intending to operate in the area covered by the safety zone. The rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities because the safety zones will only be in effect for a limited period of time. Additionally, vessels can still transit through the zone with the permission of the Captain of the Port. Before the effective period, we will publish advisories in the Local Notice to Mariners available to users of the river. Maritime traffic will be able to schedule their transits around the safety zone.

    If you think that your business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction qualifies as a small entity and that this rule would have a significant economic impact on it, please submit a comment (see ADDRESSES) explaining why you think it qualifies and how and to what degree this rule would economically affect it.

    3. Assistance for Small Entities

    Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-121), we want to assist small entities in understanding this rule. If the rule would affect your small business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction and you have questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, above.

    Small businesses may send comments on the actions of Federal employees who enforce, or otherwise determine compliance with, Federal regulations to the Small Business and Agriculture Regulatory Enforcement Ombudsman and the Regional Small Business Regulatory Fairness Boards. The Ombudsman evaluates these actions annually and rates each agency's responsiveness to small business. If you wish to comment on actions by employees of the Coast Guard, call 1-888-REG-FAIR (1-888-734-3247). The Coast Guard will not retaliate against small entities that question or complain about this rule or any policy or action of the Coast Guard.

    4. Collection of Information

    This rule will not call for a new collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520).

    5. Federalism

    A rule has implications for federalism under Executive Order 13132, Federalism, if it has a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. We have analyzed this rule under that Order and determined that this rule does not have implications for federalism.

    6. Protest Activities

    The Coast Guard respects the First Amendment rights of protesters. Protesters are asked to contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section to coordinate protest activities so that your message can be received without jeopardizing the safety or security of people, places or vessels.

    7. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

    The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (2 U.S.C. 1531-1538) requires Federal agencies to assess the effects of their discretionary regulatory actions. In particular, the Act addresses actions that may result in the expenditure by a State, local, or tribal government, in the aggregate, or by the private sector of $100,000,000 (adjusted for inflation) or more in any one year. Though this rule will not result in such expenditure, we do not discuss the effects of this rule elsewhere in this preamble.

    8. Taking of Private Property

    This rule will not cause a taking of private property or otherwise have taking implications under Executive Order 12630, Governmental Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Property Rights.

    9. Civil Justice Reform

    This rule meets applicable standards in sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform, to minimize litigation, eliminate ambiguity, and reduce burden.

    10. Protection of Children

    We have analyzed this rule under Executive Order 13045, Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks. This rule is not an economically significant rule and does not create an environmental risk to health or risk to safety that may disproportionately affect children.

    11. Indian Tribal Governments

    This rule does not have tribal implications under Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, because it does not have a substantial direct effect on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian tribes.

    12. Energy Effects

    This action is not a “significant energy action” under Executive Order 13211, Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use.

    13. Technical Standards

    This rule does not use technical standards. Therefore, we did not consider the use of voluntary consensus standards.

    14. Environment

    We have analyzed this rule under Department of Homeland Security Management Directive 023-01 and Commandant Instruction M16475.lD, which guide the Coast Guard in complying with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA)(42 U.S.C. 4321-4370f), and have determined that this action is one of a category of actions that do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment. This rule involves the creation of one safety zone during fireworks displays to protect maritime public. This rule is categorically excluded from further review under paragraph 34(g) of Figure 2-1 of the Commandant Instruction. An environmental analysis checklist supporting this determination and a Categorical Exclusion Determination are available in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES. We seek any comments or information that may lead to the discovery of a significant environmental impact from this rule.

    List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

    Harbors, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Security measures, Waterways.

    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard is amending 33 CFR part 165 as follows:

    PART 165—REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS AND LIMITED ACCESS AREAS 1. The authority citation for part 165 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    33 U.S.C. 1231; 50 U.S.C. 191; 33 CFR 1.05-1, 6.04-1, 6.04-6, and 160.5; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1.

    2. Add § 165.T13-0358 to read as follows:
    § 165.T13-0358 Safety Zone; Cathlamet Bald Eagle Days Firework Display, Cathlamet, WA.

    (a) Safety Zones. The following area is a designated safety zone:

    (1) Location. All waters along the Columbia River, Cathlamet, WA, within a 500 foot radius at the approximate position of 46°12′14″ N; 123°23′17″ W.

    (2) Enforcement Period. This event will be held on July 18, 2015 from 10:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

    (b) Regulations. In accordance with the general regulations in 33 CFR part 165, subpart C, no person may enter or remain in the safety zone created in this section or bring, cause to be brought, or allow to remain in the safety zone created in this section any vehicle, vessel, or object unless authorized by the Captain of the Port or his designated representative. The Captain of the Port may be assisted by other Federal, State, or local agencies with the enforcement of the safety zone.

    (c) Authorization. All vessel operators who desire to enter the safety zone must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port or Designated Representative by contacting either the on-scene patrol craft on VHF Ch 13 or Ch 16 or the Coast Guard Sector Columbia River Command Center via telephone at (503) 861-6211.

    Dated: May 19, 2015. D.J. Travers, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, Sector Columbia River.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15323 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110-04-P
    POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION 39 CFR Part 3020 [Docket No. RM2015-6; Order No. 2543] Changes or Corrections to Mail Classification Schedule AGENCY:

    Postal Regulatory Commission.

    ACTION:

    Final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    The Commission is issuing a set of final rules addressing changes and corrections to the Mail Classification Schedule (MCS). The final rules establish procedures for material changes in services offered in connection with products and corrections to product descriptions. Relative to the proposed rules, all changes are minor and non-substantive.

    DATES:

    Effective July 22, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    David A. Trissell, General Counsel, at 202-789-6820.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Regulatory History 72 FR 63662, November 9, 2007 79 FR 69781, November 24, 2014 Table of Contents I. Introduction II. Background III. Summary of Comments Received and Explanation of Revisions IV. Ordering Paragraphs I. Introduction

    In this Order, the Commission adopts final rules regarding requests to change or correct the Mail Classification Schedule (MCS).

    II. Background

    The Commission is charged with maintaining accurate product lists. See 39 U.S.C. 3642. In Docket No. RM2007-1, the Commission promulgated rules establishing the MCS as the vehicle for presenting the product lists with necessary descriptive content.1 Those rules are codified at 39 CFR part 3020, subparts A-F.

    1 Docket No. RM2007-1, Order No. 26, Order Proposing Regulations to Establish a System of Ratemaking, August 15, 2007, at 85.

    On November 14, 2014, the Commission issued a notice of proposed rulemaking and requested comments on proposed rules regarding requests to change or correct the MCS (specifically, replacing 39 CFR part 3020, subpart E).2 Order No. 2250 described how the regulations did not satisfactorily address MCS changes that were more significant than minor corrections to the MCS but did not rise to the level of a product list modification. The proposed rules distinguished between material changes and minor corrections to the descriptive content in the MCS and proposed procedures for the initiation and review of each type of change. The notice of proposed rulemaking was also published in the Federal Register. 79 FR 69781 (November 24, 2014).

    2 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Changes and Corrections to the Mail Classification Schedule, November 14, 2014 (Order No. 2250).

    The Postal Service and the Public Representative submitted initial comments suggesting changes to the rules proposed in Order No. 2250.3 The Postal Service also submitted reply comments.4 After consideration of the comments submitted, the Commission adopts the proposed rules, modified as described below.

    3 Initial Comments of the United States Postal Service, December 24, 2014 (Postal Service Comments); Public Representative Comments, December 24, 2014 (PR Comments).

    4 Reply Comments of the United State Postal Service, January 8, 2015 (Postal Service Reply Comments).

    III. Section-by-Section Analysis

    In general, the Postal Service and Public Representative offered positive comments with respect to the Commission's proposed rules. See, e.g., Postal Service Comments at 1, PR Comments at 3. Both commenters also offered suggestions that they assert would improve or clarify the proposed rules. The comments primarily focused on two issues: The contents of the supporting justification for a material change to a MCS product description and the provisions concerning the Commission's review of requests to make either a material change or minor correction to the MCS. The Commission's analysis of the comments received is discussed below.

    A. Section 3020.81 (Supporting Justification for Changes to Product Descriptions)

    Section 3020.81 of the proposed rules lists the supporting justification that must be filed by the Postal Service when it proposes a material change to a product description in the MCS. As proposed, paragraph (c) required the Postal Service to describe the impact that the proposed material changes will have on users of the product and on competitors as part of its supporting justification for its request to make a material change to a product description.

    The Postal Service comments that the requirement in proposed section 3020.81(c) is more strenuous than the requirement that currently applies to modifications of the product lists. Postal Service Comments at 2. The Postal Service suggests that section 3020.81(c) requires only that it “[p]rovide any available information that describes the likely impact of the changes on users of the product and on competitors.” Id. at 3. The Postal Service states its alternative wording would establish the same standard that currently applies to modifications of the product lists. Id.

    In contrast, the Public Representative suggests that paragraph (c) be broadened to require the Postal Service to “[d]escribe the views of those who use the product on the appropriateness of the proposed action and the impact that the changes will have on users of the product and on competitors and on small business concerns.” PR Comments at 12. He asserts that the Commission's proposed rules eliminate two considerations required by 39 U.S.C. 3642(b)(3) and the reintroduction of those considerations would protect the product lists from erosion through incremental changes to a product description, which could eventually modify the product itself, to the detriment of users. Id. at 11-12.

    The Postal Service responds that the Public Representative's suggestion appears to impose an obligation on it “to obtain certainty” regarding the impact that a material MCS product description change will have before it requests Commission review of the change. Postal Service Reply Comments at 2-3. The Postal Service hypothesizes that such a requirement would require it to “conduct market research or otherwise compile data that reflect some unspecified level of scientific or empirical analysis of the impact of an MCS product description change on customers, competitors and small businesses.” Id. at 3. The Postal Service suggests the following revision to the Public Representative's proposal for paragraph (c): Provide available information describing the views of those who use the product on the appropriateness of the proposed action and the likely impact of the changes on users of the product and on competitors and on small business concerns. Id.

    The Commission declines to adopt the particular revisions proposed by either commenter. Although the Public Representative and Postal Service offer different suggested language, both commenters attempt to establish a standard for material changes to product descriptions that is similar to the standard that applies to modifications of the product lists. See Postal Service Comments at 3; PR Comments at 11. However, the Commission's intent in establishing the standard for material changes was to strike a middle ground between the showing that is required for modifications to the product lists and the showing for corrections to MCS product descriptions.

    Nevertheless, the Commission recognizes that the paragraph, as originally proposed, could be interpreted to require a more burdensome showing by the Postal Service than that required for modifications of the product lists. Therefore, the Commission adopts the following minor revision to proposed section 3020.81(c)—the addition of the word likely—so that section 3020.81(c) will read as follows: Describe the likely impact that the changes will have on users of the product and on competitors. This change tracks the Commission's original intent to allow the Postal Service to make a showing that is less onerous than the showing that is required for modifications to the product lists but more robust than the showing for corrections to MCS product descriptions.

    B. Provisions Concerning Commission Review (3020.83 and 3020.92)

    Sections 3020.83 and 3020.92 of the proposed rules describe the actions the Commission may take in response to a Postal Service request to either materially change or correct a product description, respectively. These provisions are nearly identical in the proposed rules.

    The Public Representative suggests three revisions to proposed section 3020.92. First, he suggests revising section 3020.92(b) to explicitly state that a minor correction would be made if “not a material change to the product descriptions” and “consistent with the provisions of title 39, subject to editorial corrections.” PR Comments at 8. The Postal Service does not object to the Public Representative's suggestion but comments that the second change may be “superfluous.” Postal Service Reply Comments at 2. The Public Representative's suggested additions are already implied by the proposed language. Accordingly, the Commission declines to adopt the Public Representative's suggestions as unnecessary.

    Second, the Public Representative comments that the elimination of the statement in the current rule that the Commission will make the change “to coincide with the effective date of the proposed change” introduces “ambiguity about the Commission's intended action time.” PR Comments at 8. The Postal Service does not comment on the Public Representative's suggestion. The Commission agrees with the Public Representative that the proposed rule is unclear concerning when the Commission will make the change to the MCS. Therefore, the Commission adopts the Public Representative's suggestion and adds language to state that the change to the MCS will coincide with the effective date of the proposed change to both sections 3020.83 and 3020.92.

    Third and finally, the Public Representative suggests “in the interests of clarity and economy” combining sections 3020.83 and 3020.92 into a section numbered 3020.100 and named “Commission Review and Action.” Id. at 12. The Postal Service does not comment on the Public Representative's suggestion. The format of the proposed rules was designed to have separate sections for material changes (39 CFR 3020.80 et seq.) and minor corrections (39 CFR 3020.90 et seq.). Accordingly, the Commission declines to adopt the Public Representative's suggestion.

    C. Additional Minor Corrections

    In order to improve upon the clarity of the rules proposed in Order No. 2250, the Commission makes the following editorial changes and minor corrections:

    • Rule 3020.81 contains an editorial change to the title of the rule.

    • Rule 3020.82 contains an editorial change to the title of the rule.

    • Rule 3020.83 contains an editorial change to the title of the rule.

    • Rule 3020.83(e) contains a minor correction.

    • Rule 3020.91 contains an editorial change to the title of the rule.

    • Rule 3020.92 contains an editorial change to the title of the rule.

    • Rule 3020.92(e) contains a minor correction.

    IV. Ordering Paragraphs

    It is ordered:

    1. Part 3020 of title 39, Code of Federal Regulations, is amended as set forth below the signature of this Order, effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

    2. The Secretary shall arrange for publication of this order in the Federal Register.

    List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 3020

    Administrative practice and procedure, Postal Service.

    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Commission amends chapter III of title 39 of the Code of Federal Regulations as follows:

    Part 3020—PRODUCT LISTS 1. The authority citation of part 3020 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    39 U.S.C. 503; 3622; 3631; 3642; 3682.

    2. Revise subpart E to read as follows: Subpart E—Requests Initiated by the Postal Service To Make Material Changes or Minor Corrections to the Mail Classification Schedule Sec. 3020.80 Material changes to product descriptions. 3020.81 Supporting justification for material changes to product descriptions. 3020.82 Docket and notice of material changes to product descriptions. 3020.83 Commission review of material changes to product descriptions. 3020.84-3020.89 [Reserved] 3020.90 Minor corrections to product descriptions. 3020.91 Docket and notice of minor corrections to product descriptions. 3020.92 Commission review of minor corrections to product descriptions. Subpart E—Requests Initiated by the Postal Service To Make Material Changes or Minor Corrections to the Mail Classification Schedule
    § 3020.80 Material changes to product descriptions.

    (a) Whenever the Postal Service proposes material changes to a product description in the Mail Classification Schedule, no later than 30 days prior to implementing the proposed changes, it shall submit to the Commission a request to change the product description in the Mail Classification Schedule.

    (b) The request shall:

    (1) Include a copy of the applicable sections of the Mail Classification Schedule and the proposed changes therein in legislative format; and

    (2) Provide all supporting justification for the changes upon which the Postal Service proposes to rely.

    § 3020.81 Supporting justification for material changes to product descriptions.

    (a) Supporting justification for changes to a product description in the Mail Classification Schedule shall include a description of, and rationale for, the proposed changes to the product description; and the additional material in paragraphs (b) and (c) of this section.

    (b)(1) As to market dominant products, explain why the changes are not inconsistent with each requirement of 39 U.S.C. 3622(d) and part 3010 of this chapter; or

    (2) As to competitive products, explain why the changes will not result in the violation of any of the standards of 39 U.S.C. 3633 and part 3015 of this chapter.

    (c) Describe the likely impact that the changes will have on users of the product and on competitors.

    § 3020.82 Docket and notice of material changes to product descriptions.

    (a) The Commission shall take the actions identified in paragraphs (b) through (e) of this section.

    (b) Establish a docket for each request to change a product description in the Mail Classification Schedule;

    (c) Publish notice of the request on its Web site;

    (d) Designate an officer of the Commission to represent the interests of the general public in the docket; and

    (e) Provide interested persons with an opportunity to comment on whether the proposed changes are consistent with title 39 and applicable Commission regulations.

    § 3020.83 Commission review of material changes to product descriptions.

    (a) The Commission shall review the request and any comments filed. The Commission shall take one of the actions identified in paragraphs (b) through (g) of this section.

    (b) Approve the proposed changes, subject to editorial corrections, and change the Mail Classification Schedule to coincide with the effective date of the proposed change;

    (c) Reject the proposed changes;

    (d) Provide the Postal Service with an opportunity to amend the proposed changes;

    (e) Direct the Postal Service to make an appropriate filing under a different section;

    (f) Institute further proceedings; or

    (g) Direct other action that the Commission considers appropriate.

    §§ 3020.84-3020.89 [Reserved]
    § 3020.90 Minor corrections to product descriptions.

    (a) The Postal Service shall ensure that product descriptions in the Mail Classification Schedule accurately represent the current offerings of the Postal Service.

    (b) The Postal Service shall submit minor corrections to product descriptions in the Mail Classification Schedule by filing notice with the Commission no later than 15 days prior to the effective date of the proposed corrections.

    (c) The notice shall:

    (1) Explain why the proposed corrections do not constitute material changes to the product description for purposes of § 3020.80;

    (2) Explain why the proposed corrections are consistent with any applicable provisions of title 39; and

    (3) Include a copy of the applicable sections of the Mail Classification Schedule and the proposed corrections therein in legislative format.

    § 3020.91 Docket and notice of minor corrections to product descriptions.

    (a) The Commission shall take the actions identified in paragraphs (b) through (e) of this section.

    (b) Establish a docket for each proposal to correct a product description in the Mail Classification Schedule;

    (c) Publish notice of the proposal on its Web site;

    (d) Designate an officer of the Commission to represent the interests of the general public in the docket; and

    (e) Provide interested persons with an opportunity to comment on whether the proposed corrections are consistent with title 39 and applicable Commission regulations.

    § 3020.92 Commission review of minor corrections to product descriptions.

    (a) The Commission shall review the notice and any comments filed. The Commission shall take one of the actions identified in paragraphs (b) through (g) of this section.

    (b) Approve the proposed corrections, subject to editorial corrections, and change the Mail Classification Schedule to coincide with the effective date of the proposed change;

    (c) Reject the proposed corrections;

    (d) Provide the Postal Service with an opportunity to amend the proposed corrections;

    (e) Direct the Postal Service to make an appropriate filing under a different section;

    (f) Institute further proceedings; or

    (g) Direct other action that the Commission considers appropriate.

    By the Commission.

    Ruth Ann Abrams, Acting Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15198 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7710-FW-P
    FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION 47 CFR Part 54 [WC Docket No. 11-42; DA 15-398] Lifeline and Link Up Reform AGENCY:

    Federal Communications Commission.

    ACTION:

    Final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    In this document, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) clarifies rules regarding subscriber usage of Lifeline-supported service established in the Lifeline Reform Order. The Bureau clarifies that, pursuant to the Lifeline Reform Order, an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) must both assess and collect a monthly fee from a subscriber in order to avoid the Lifeline usage requirements, including the requirement to de-enroll inactive subscribers who fail to use the service within any consecutive 60-day period.

    DATES:

    Effective July 22, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Jonathan Lechter, Wireline Competition Bureau, (202) 418-7400 or TTY: (202) 418-0484.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    This is a summary of the Wireline Competition Bureau's Lifeline Non-Usage Clarification Order (Order) in WC Docket No. 11-42; DA 15-398, released on March 31, 2015. The complete text of this document is available for inspection and copying during normal business hours in the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street SW., Room CY-A257, Washington, DC 20554. The document is also available on the Commission's Web site at: https://www.fcc.gov/document/clarification-lifeline-supported-service-rules.

    I. Introduction

    1. In this Order, the Wireline Competition Bureau (Bureau) clarifies rules regarding subscriber usage of Lifeline-supported service established in the Lifeline Reform Order. The Bureau clarifies that, pursuant to the Lifeline Reform Order, 77 FR 12952, March 2, 2012, an eligible telecommunications carrier (ETC) must both assess and collect a monthly fee from a subscriber in order to avoid the Lifeline usage requirements, including the requirement to de-enroll inactive subscribers who fail to use the service within any consecutive 60-day period.

    II. Discussion

    2. The Bureau clarifies that in order to obtain Lifeline support, Lifeline ETCs who assess a monthly fee for service from their Lifeline subscribers must also collect the monthly fee from the subscriber, or follow the requisite procedures to de-enroll any inactive subscribers who have not used the service during any consecutive 60-day period. While the Order makes clear that ETCs who do not both assess and collect a monthly fee for service are prohibited from receiving Lifeline support for inactive subscribers, the related Commission rules require pre-paid ETCs to “assess or collect” a monthly fee in order to exempt itself from the non-usage de-enrollment requirements.

    3. The usage requirements as described in the Lifeline Reform Order are clear. As discussed in the Order, the consumer usage requirement applies only to “pre-paid” services—or services for which subscribers do not receive monthly bills and do not have a regular billing relationship with the ETC—because the lack of regular contact with the subscriber does not provide a reasonable opportunity for the ETC to ascertain a subscriber's continued intent to receive Lifeline benefits. Merely assessing a monthly fee on a subscriber does not provide sufficient contact with the subscriber to ascertain the subscriber's intent to use the service. Similarly, failing to actually collect the assessed fee does not provide the subscriber a sufficient incentive to place a value on the service. In such a situation, the consumer has little to lose by obtaining service that she may not use. Providing support for subscriber lines that are not used wastes limited funds. In contrast, actually collecting some monthly amount from subscribers is sufficient to ascertain subscriber intent and ensures that subscribers will continue to subscribe to the service only to the extent that they value and use the service.

    4. In the Lifeline Reform Order, the Bureau was delegated the authority to revise rules as necessary to ensure the reforms adopted through the Order are properly reflected in the rules. Pursuant to this authority, the Bureau clarifies that pre-paid ETCs must both assess and collect a charge for service on a monthly basis, or proceed to follow the procedures to de-enroll inactive subscribers who have not used the service during any consecutive 60-day period. The Bureau amends the rule language to reflect this clarification.

    III. Procedural Matters A. Congressional Review Act

    5. The Commission will send a copy of this in a report to be sent to Congress and the Government Accountability Office pursuant to the Congressional Review Act.

    B. Final Regulatory Flexibility Act Certification

    6. The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, as amended (RFA), requires agencies to prepare a regulatory flexibility analysis for rulemaking proceedings, unless the agency certifies that “the rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.” The RFA generally defines “small entity” as having the same meaning as the terms “small business,” “small organization,” and “small governmental jurisdiction.” In addition, the term “small business” has the same meaning as the term “small business concern” under the Small Business Act. A small business concern is one which: (1) Is independently owned and operated; (2) is not dominant in its field of operation; and (3) satisfies additional criteria established by the Small Business Administration (SBA).

    7. The Bureau hereby certifies that the rule revisions adopted in this Order will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This Order clarifies rules adopted in the Lifeline Reform Order by correcting conflicts between the language of Order and the codified rules. These revisions do not create any burdens, benefits, or requirements that were not addressed in the Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis attached to the Lifeline Reform Order. The Commission will send a copy of this Order, including a copy of this final certification, to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration. In addition, the Order (or a summary thereof) and certification will be published in the Federal Register.

    C. Paperwork Reduction Act Analysis

    8. This Order modifies information collection requirements adopted in the Lifeline Reform Order and is therefore subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), Public Law 104-13. It has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review under Section 3507 of the PRA. The Commission notes that pursuant to the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2002, Public Law 107-108, the Commission previously sought specific comment on how it might further reduce the information collection burden on small business concerns with fewer than 25 employees.

    IV. Ordering Clauses

    9. Accordingly, it is ordered that, pursuant to the authority contained in sections 1, 2, 4(i), 5(c), 10, 201 through 206, 214, 218 through 220, 251, 252, 254, 256, 303(r), 332, and 403 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, 47 U.S.C. 151, 152, 154(i), 155(c), 160, 201 through 206, 214, 218 through 220, 251, 252, 254, 256, 303(r), 332, 403, 1302, §§ 0.91, 0.291, 1.1, and 1.427 of the Commission's rules, 47 CFR 0.91, 0.291, 1.1, 1.427, and the delegation of authority in paragraph 507 of FCC 12-11, this Order is adopted.

    10. It is further ordered that, pursuant to Section 1.102(b)(1) of the Commission's rules, 47 CFR 1.102(b)(1), this Order shall be effective July 22, 2015, except to the extent expressly addressed below.

    11. It is further ordered that the relevant rules are amended as set forth below. Those rules contain modified information collection requirements that are subject to the PRA and shall become effective July 22, 2015.

    12. It is further ordered that the Commission shall send a copy of this Order in a report to be sent to Congress and the Government Accountability Office pursuant to the Congressional Review Act.

    13. It is further ordered that the Commission's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Reference Information Center, shall send a copy of this Order, including the Final Regulatory Flexibility Certification, to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration.

    List of Subjects in 47 CFR Part 54

    Communications common carriers, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Telecommunications, Telephone.

    Federal Communications Commission. Ryan B. Palmer, Chief, Telecommunication Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau.

    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Federal Communications Commission amends 47 CFR part 54 to read as follows:

    PART 54—UNIVERSAL SERVICE 1. The authority citation for part 54 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    47 U.S.C. 151, 154(i), 155, 201, 205, 214, 219, 220, 254, 303(r), 403, and 1302 unless otherwise noted.

    2. Amend § 54.405 by revising paragraph (e)(3) to read as follows:
    § 54.405 Carrier obligation to offer Lifeline.

    (e) * * *

    (3) De-enrollment for non-usage. Notwithstanding paragraph (e)(1) of this section, if a Lifeline subscriber fails to use, as “usage” is defined in § 54.407(c)(2), for 60 consecutive days a Lifeline service that does not require the eligible telecommunications carrier to assess and collect a monthly fee from its subscribers, an eligible telecommunications carrier must provide the subscriber 30 days' notice, using clear, easily understood language, that the subscriber's failure to use the Lifeline service within the 30-day notice period will result in service termination for non-usage under this paragraph. If the subscriber uses the Lifeline service with 30 days of the carrier providing such notice, the eligible telecommunications carrier shall not terminate the subscriber's Lifeline service. Eligible telecommunications carriers shall report to the Commission annually the number of subscribers de-enrolled for non-usage under this paragraph. This de-enrollment information must reported by month and must be submitted to the Commission at the time an eligible telecommunications carrier submits its annual certification report pursuant to § 54.416.

    3. Amend § 54.407 by revising the paragraph (c) introductory text to read as follows:
    § 54.407 Reimbursement for offering Lifeline.

    (c) An eligible telecommunications carrier offering a Lifeline service that does not require the eligible telecommunications carrier to assess and collect a monthly fee from its subscribers:

    [FR Doc. 2015-15295 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration 49 CFR Parts 383, 384 and 391 [Docket No. FMCSA-2012-0178] RIN 2126-AB40 Medical Examiner's Certification Integration; Correction AGENCY:

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Final rule; correction.

    SUMMARY:

    FMCSA makes corrections to a rule that appeared in the Federal Register on April 23, 2015 (80 FR 22790). In that rule, FMCSA amended the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) to require certified medical examiners (MEs) performing physical examinations of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers to use a newly developed Medical Examination Report (MER) Form, MCSA-5875, in place of the current MER Form and to use Form MCSA-5876 for the Medical Examiner's Certificate (MEC); and report results of all CMV drivers' physical examinations performed (including the results of examinations where the driver was found not to be qualified) to FMCSA by midnight (local time) of the next calendar day following the examination. That final rule was a follow-on rule to the Medical Certification Requirements as Part of the CDL rule final rule, published on December 1, 2008, and the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners final rule, published on April 20, 2012.

    DATES:

    Effective June 22, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Charles A. Horan, III, Director, Carrier, Driver, & Vehicle Safety Standards, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001, by telephone at (202) 366-4001 or via email at [email protected].

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    In FR Doc. 2015-09053, published on Thursday, April 23, 2015 80 FR (22790) the following corrections are made.

    Corrections to the Preamble

    1. On page 22798, in the third column, in FMCSA's response to comment number 8. Voiding the MEC, the first sentence under the heading “FMCSA Response” is corrected to read as follows:

    As explained in both the National Registry final rule (77 FR at 24108) and in the NPRM in this rulemaking (78 FR at 27348), under the authority granted by 49 U.S.C. 31149(c)(2), FMCSA may void an MEC issued to a CMV driver if it finds either that a Medical Examiner has issued a certificate to a driver “who fails to meet the applicable standards at the time of the examination” or “that a Medical Examiner has falsely claimed to have completed training in physical and medical examination standards.”

    2. Beginning on page 22810, in the third column, and continuing on page 22811, in the first column, in § 383.73, paragraphs (a)(2)(vii), (b)(5), (o)(1)(i)(A), and (o)(1)(ii)(A) are corrected to read as follows:

    § 383.73 State procedures

    (a) * * *

    (2) * * *

    (vii)(A) Before June 22, 2018, for drivers who certified their type of driving according to § 383.71(b)(1)(i) (non-excepted interstate) and, if the CLP applicant submits a current medical examiner's certificate, date-stamp the medical examiner's certificate, and post all required information from the medical examiner's certificate to the CDLIS driver record in accordance with paragraph (o) of this section.

    (B) On or after June 22, 2018, for drivers who certified their type of driving according to § 383.71(b)(1)(i) (non-excepted interstate) and, if FMCSA provides current medical examiner's certificate information electronically, post all required information matching the medical examiner's certificate to the CDLIS driver record in accordance with paragraph (o) of this section.

    (b) * * *

    (5)(i) Before June 22, 2018, for drivers who certified their type of driving according to § 383.71(b)(1)(i) (non-excepted interstate) and, if the CDL holder submits a current medical examiner's certificate, date-stamp the medical examiner's certificate and post all required information from the medical examiner's certificate to the CDLIS driver record in accordance with paragraph (o) of this section.

    (ii) On or after June 22, 2018, for drivers who certified their type of driving according to § 383.71(b)(1)(i) (non-excepted interstate) and, if FMCSA provides current medical examiner's certificate information electronically, post all required information matching the medical examiner's certificate to the CDLIS driver record in accordance with paragraph (o) of this section.

    (o) * * *

    (1) * * *

    (i) * * *

    (A) Post the driver's self-certification of type of driving under § 383.71(b)(1) to the CDLIS driver record;

    (ii) * * *

    (A) Post the driver's self-certification of type of driving under § 383.71(b)(1) to the CDLIS driver record;

    Part 391 Authority [Corrected]

    3. On page 22812, in the first column, the authority citation for part 391 is corrected to read as follows:

    Authority:

    49 U.S.C. 504, 508, 31133, 31136, 31149 and 31502; sec. 4007(b), Pub. L. 102-240, 105 Stat, 1914, 2152; sec. 114, Pub. L. 103-311, 108 Stat. 1673, 1677; sec. 215, Pub. L. 106-159, 113 Stat. 1748, 1767; and 49 CFR 1.87.

    4. On page 22812, beginning at the top of the second column and continuing at the top of the third column, in § 391.23, paragraphs (m)(2)(i) and (m)(3) are corrected to read as follows:

    § 391.23 Investigation and inquiries.

    (m) * * *

    (2) Exception. For drivers required to have a commercial driver's license under part 383 of this chapter:

    (i) Beginning January 30, 2015, using the CDLIS motor vehicle record obtained from the current licensing State, the motor carrier must verify and document in the driver qualification file the following information before allowing the driver to operate a CMV:

    (A) The type of operation the driver self-certified that he or she will perform in accordance with § 383.71(b)(1) of this chapter.

    (B)(1) Beginning on May 21, 2014, and ending on June 22, 2018, that the driver was certified by a medical examiner listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners as of the date of medical examiner's certificate issuance.

    (2) If the driver has certified under paragraph (m)(2)(i)(A) of this section that he or she expects to operate in interstate commerce, that the driver has a valid medical examiner's certificate and any required medical variances.

    (C) Exception. Beginning on January 30, 2015 and until June 22, 2018, if the driver provided the motor carrier with a copy of the current medical examiner's certificate that was submitted to the State in accordance with § 383.73(b)(5) of this chapter, the motor carrier may use a copy of that medical examiner's certificate as proof of the driver's medical certification for up to 15 days after the date it was issued.

    (3) Exception. For drivers required to have a commercial learner's permit under part 383 of this chapter:

    (i) Beginning July 8, 2015, using the CDLIS motor vehicle record obtained from the current licensing State, the motor carrier must verify and document in the driver qualification file the following information before allowing the driver to operate a CMV:

    (A) The type of operation the driver self-certified that he or she will perform in accordance with § 383.71(b)(1) and (g) of this chapter.

    (B)(1) Until June 22, 2018, that the driver was certified by a medical examiner listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners as of the date of medical examiner's certificate issuance.

    (2) If the driver has a commercial learner's permit and has certified under paragraph (m)(3)(i)(A) of this section that he or she expects to operate in interstate commerce, that the driver has a valid medical examiner's certificate and any required medical variances.

    (C) Until June 22, 2018, if the driver provided the motor carrier with a copy of the current medical examiner's certificate that was submitted to the State in accordance with § 383.73(a)(5) of this chapter, the motor carrier may use a copy of that medical examiner's certificate as proof of the driver's medical certification for up to 15 days after the date it was issued.

    (ii) Until July 8, 2015, if a driver operating in non-excepted, interstate commerce has no medical certification status information on the CDLIS MVR obtained from the current State driver licensing agency, the employing motor carrier may accept a medical examiner's certificate issued to that driver, and place a copy of it in the driver qualification file before allowing the driver to operate a CMV in interstate commerce.

    5. Beginning on page 22812, in the third column, and continuing to page 22821, in the third column, in § 391.43, paragraphs (f), (g)(5)(ii), and (h) are corrected to read as follows:

    § 391.43 Medical examination; certificate of physical examination.

    (f)(1) Until December 22, 2015, the medical examination shall be performed, and its results shall be recorded, substantially in accordance with the following instructions and examination form.

    Instructions for Performing and Recording Physical Examinations

    The medical examiner must be familiar with 49 CFR 391.41, Physical qualifications for drivers, and should review these instructions before performing the physical examination. Answer each question “yes” or “no” and record numerical readings where indicated on the physical examination form.

    The medical examiner must be aware of the rigorous physical, mental, and emotional demands placed on the driver of a commercial motor vehicle. In the interest of public safety, the medical examiner is required to certify that the driver does not have any physical, mental, or organic condition that might affect the driver's ability to operate a commercial motor vehicle safely.

    General information. The purpose of this history and physical examination is to detect the presence of physical, mental, or organic conditions of such a character and extent as to affect the driver's ability to operate a commercial motor vehicle safely. The examination should be conducted carefully and should at least include all of the information requested in the following form. History of certain conditions may be cause for rejection. Indicate the need for further testing and/or require evaluation by a specialist. Conditions may be recorded which do not, because of their character or degree, indicate that certification of physical fitness should be denied. However, these conditions should be discussed with the driver and he/she should be advised to take the necessary steps to insure correction, particularly of those conditions which, if neglected, might affect the driver's ability to drive safely.

    General appearance and development. Note marked overweight. Note any postural defect, perceptible limp, tremor, or other conditions that might be caused by alcoholism, thyroid intoxication or other illnesses.

    Head-eyes. When other than the Snellen chart is used, the results of such test must be expressed in values comparable to the standard Snellen test. If the driver wears corrective lenses for driving, these should be worn while driver's visual acuity is being tested. If contact lenses are worn, there should be sufficient evidence of good tolerance of and adaptation to their use. Indicate the driver's need to wear corrective lenses to meet the vision standard on the Medical Examiner's Certificate by checking the box, “Qualified only when wearing corrective lenses.” In recording distance vision use 20 feet as normal. Report all vision as a fraction with 20 as the numerator and the smallest type read at 20 feet as the denominator. Monocular drivers are not qualified to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce.

    Ears. Note evidence of any ear disease, symptoms of aural vertigo, or Meniere's Syndrome. When recording hearing, record distance from patient at which a forced whispered voice can first be heard. For the whispered voice test, the individual should be stationed at least 5 feet from the examiner with the ear being tested turned toward the examiner. The other ear is covered. Using the breath which remains after a normal expiration, the examiner whispers words or random numbers such as 66, 18, 23, etc. The examiner should not use only sibilants (s-sounding test materials). The opposite ear should be tested in the same manner. If the individual fails the whispered voice test, the audiometric test should be administered. For the audiometric test, record decibel loss at 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz, and 2,000 Hz. Average the decibel loss at 500 Hz, 1,000 Hz and 2,000 Hz and record as described on the form. If the individual fails the audiometric test and the whispered voice test has not been administered, the whispered voice test should be performed to determine if the standard applicable to that test can be met.

    Throat. Note any irremediable deformities likely to interfere with breathing or swallowing.

    Heart. Note murmurs and arrhythmias, and any history of an enlarged heart, congestive heart failure, or cardiovascular disease that is accompanied by syncope, dyspnea, or collapse. Indicate onset date, diagnosis, medication, and any current limitation. An electrocardiogram is required when findings so indicate.

    Blood pressure (BP). If a driver has hypertension and/or is being medicated for hypertension, he or she should be recertified more frequently. An individual diagnosed with Stage 1 hypertension (BP is 140/90-159/99) may be certified for one year. At recertification, an individual with a BP equal to or less than 140/90 may be certified for one year; however, if his or her BP is greater than 140/90 but less than 160/100, a one-time certificate for 3 months can be issued. An individual diagnosed with Stage 2 (BP is 160/100-179/109) should be treated and a one-time certificate for 3-month certification can be issued. Once the driver has reduced his or her BP to equal to or less than 140/90, he or she may be recertified annually thereafter. An individual diagnosed with Stage 3 hypertension (BP equal to or greater than 180/110) should not be certified until his or her BP is reduced to 140/90 or less, and may be recertified every 6 months.

    Lungs. Note abnormal chest wall expansion, respiratory rate, breath sounds including wheezes or alveolar rales, impaired respiratory function, dyspnea, or cyanosis. Abnormal finds on physical exam may require further testing such as pulmonary tests and/or x-ray of chest.

    Abdomen and Viscera. Note enlarged liver, enlarged spleen, abnormal masses, bruits, hernia, and significant abdominal wall muscle weakness and tenderness. If the diagnosis suggests that the condition might interfere with the control and safe operation of a commercial motor vehicle, further testing and evaluation is required.

    Genital-urinary and rectal examination. A urinalysis is required. Protein, blood or sugar in the urine may be an indication for further testing to rule out any underlying medical problems. Note hernias. A condition causing discomfort should be evaluated to determine the extent to which the condition might interfere with the control and safe operation of a commercial motor vehicle.

    Neurological. Note impaired equilibrium, coordination, or speech pattern; paresthesia; asymmetric deep tendon reflexes; sensory or positional abnormalities; abnormal patellar and Babinski's reflexes; ataxia. Abnormal neurological responses may be an indication for further testing to rule out an underlying medical condition. Any neurological condition should be evaluated for the nature and severity of the condition, the degree of limitation present, the likelihood of progressive limitation, and the potential for sudden incapacitation. In instances where the medical examiner has determined that more frequent monitoring of a condition is appropriate, a certificate for a shorter period should be issued.

    Spine, musculoskeletal. Previous surgery, deformities, limitation of motion, and tenderness should be noted. Findings may indicate additional testing and evaluation should be conducted.

    Extremities. Carefully examine upper and lower extremities and note any loss or impairment of leg, foot, toe, arm, hand, or finger. Note any deformities, atrophy, paralysis, partial paralysis, clubbing, edema, or hypotonia. If a hand or finger deformity exists, determine whether prehension and power grasp are sufficient to enable the driver to maintain steering wheel grip and to control other vehicle equipment during routine and emergency driving operations. If a foot or leg deformity exists, determine whether sufficient mobility and strength exist to enable the driver to operate pedals properly. In the case of any loss or impairment to an extremity which may interfere with the driver's ability to operate a commercial motor vehicle safely, the medical examiner should state on the medical certificate “medically unqualified unless accompanied by a Skill Performance Evaluation Certificate.” The driver must then apply to the Field Service Center of the FMCSA, for the State in which the driver has legal residence, for a Skill Performance Evaluation Certificate under § 391.49.

    Laboratory and other testing. Other test(s) may be indicated based upon the medical history or findings of the physical examination.

    Diabetes. If insulin is necessary to control a diabetic driver's condition, the driver is not qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce. If mild diabetes is present and it is controlled by use of an oral hypoglycemic drug and/or diet and exercise, it should not be considered disqualifying. However, the driver must remain under adequate medical supervision.

    Upon completion of the examination, the medical examiner must date and sign the form, provide his/her full name, office address and telephone number. The completed medical examination form shall be retained on file at the office of the medical examiner.

    BILLING CODE 4910-EX-C ER22JN15.000 ER22JN15.001 ER22JN15.002 ER22JN15.003 ER22JN15.004 ER22JN15.005 ER22JN15.006 ER22JN15.007

    (2) On and after December 22, 2015, the medical examination shall be performed, and its results shall be recorded on the Medical Examination Report Form, MCSA-5875, set out below:

    ER22JN15.008 ER22JN15.009 ER22JN15.010 ER22JN15.011 ER22JN15.012 ER22JN15.013 ER22JN15.014 ER22JN15.015

    (g) * * *

    (4) Beginning December 22, 2015, if the medical examiner finds that the determination of whether the person examined is physically qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle in accordance with § 391.41(b) should be delayed pending the receipt of additional information or the conduct of further examination in order for the medical examiner to make such determination, he or she must inform the person examined that the additional information must be provided or the further examination completed within 45 days, and that the pending status of the examination will be reported to FMCSA.

    (5) * * *

    (ii) Beginning on June 22, 2015, if the medical examiner does not perform a medical examination of any driver who is required to be examined by a medical examiner listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners during any calendar month, the medical examiner must report that fact to FMCSA, via a secure FMCSA-designated Web site, by the close of business on the last day of such month.

    (h)(1) Until December 22, 2015, the medical examiner's certificate shall be substantially in accordance with the following form.

    ER22JN15.016

    (2) On and after December 22, 2015, the medical examiner's certificate shall be completed in accordance with the following Form MCSA-5876, Medical Examiner's Certificate.

    ER22JN15.017 Issued under the authority delegated in 49 CFR 1.87 on: June 12, 2015. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15161 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-EX-P
    80 119 Monday, June 22, 2015 Proposed Rules DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA-2015-0343; Airspace Docket No. 14-ANM-10] Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace, Delta, CO AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

    SUMMARY:

    This action proposes to establish Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Blake Field Airport, Delta CO, to accommodate new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) standard instrument approach procedures developed for the airport. The FAA is proposing this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the airport.

    DATES:

    Comments must be received on or before August 6, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 366-9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA-2015-0343; Airspace Docket No. 14-ANM-10, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Docket Office (telephone 1-800-647-5527), is on the ground floor of the building at the above address.

    FAA Order 7400.9Y, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/. The Order is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/code_of_federal-regulations/ibr_locations.html.

    FAA Order 7400.9, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15. For further information, you can contact the Airspace Policy and Regulations Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: 202-267-8783.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Richard Roberts, Federal Aviation Administration, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057; telephone (425) 203-4517.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited

    Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments, as they may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal. Communications should identify both docket numbers and be submitted in triplicate to the address listed above. Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this notice must submit with those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: “Comments to Docket No. FAA-2015-0343/Airspace Docket No. 14-ANM-10.” The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter.

    Availability of NPRMs

    An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA's Web page at http://www.faa.gov/airports_airtraffic/air_traffic/publications/airspace_amendments/.

    You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office (see the ADDRESSES section for the address and phone number) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the Northwest Mountain Regional Office of the Federal Aviation Administration, Air Traffic Organization, Western Service Center, Operations Support Group, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057.

    Persons interested in being placed on a mailing list for future NPRMs should contact the FAA's Office of Rulemaking, (202) 267-9677, for a copy of Advisory Circular No. 11-2A, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Distribution System, which describes the application procedure.

    Availability and Summary of Documents Proposed for Incorporation by Reference

    This document proposes to amend FAA Order 7400.9Y, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2014, and effective September 15, 2014. FAA Order 7400.9Y is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this proposed rule. FAA Order 7400.9Y lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points.

    The Proposal

    The FAA is proposing an amendment to Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 71 to establish Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Blake Field Airport, Delta, CO. Controlled airspace would be established within a 3.8-mile radius of Blake Field Airport, with segments extending from the 4-mile radius to 7.5 miles northeast, and 12 miles southwest of the airport. Development of new RNAV (GPS) standard instrument approach procedures have made this action necessary for continued safety and management of IFR operations at the airport.

    Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6005 of FAA Order 7400.9Y, dated August 6, 2014, and effective September 15, 2014, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.

    The FAA has determined this proposed regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. Therefore, this proposed regulation; (1) is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a “significant rule” under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034; February 26, 1979); and (3) does not warrant preparation of a regulatory evaluation as the anticipated impact is so minimal. Since this is a routine matter that will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified this proposed rule, when promulgated, would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

    The FAA's authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the U.S. Code. Subtitle 1, Section 106, describes the authority for the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency's authority. This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of the airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority as it would amend controlled airspace at Blake Field Airport, Delta, CO.

    Environmental Review

    This proposal will be subject to an environmental analysis in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1E, “Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures” prior to any FAA final regulatory action.

    List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

    Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air).

    The Proposed Amendment

    Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows:

    PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS 1. The authority citation for 14 CFR part 71 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    49 U.S.C. 106(f), 106(g), 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.

    § 71.1 [Amended]
    2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.9Y, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2014, and effective September 15, 2014, is amended as follows: Paragraph 6005: Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward From 700 feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth ANM WA E5 Delta, CO [New] Blake Field Airport, CO (Lat. 38°47′11″ N., long. 108°03′49″ W.) Blake Field, point in space coordinates (Lat. 38°47′43″ N., long. 107°58′46″ W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within 3.8-mile radius of Blake Field Airport, and that airspace 2.0 miles northwest and 2.5 miles southeast of the 227° bearing from the airport extending from the 3.8-mile radius to 12 miles southwest of the airport, and that airspace within a 4.0-mile radius of point in space coordinates at lat. 38°47′43″ N., long. 107°58′46″ W., from a point where the 4.0-mile radius of the point in space intersects the 3.8 mile radius of the airport; thence clockwise along the 4.0-mile radius of the point in space to where the Blake Field Airport 48° bearing intersects the 4.0-mile radius; thence south to lat. 38°47′34″ N., long. 107°57′03″ W.; thence west to where the Blake Field Airport 79° bearing intersects the 3.8 mile radius of the airport.

    Issued in Seattle, Washington, on June 11, 2015. Christopher Ramirez, Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, Western Service Center.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15211 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA-2015-1388; Airspace Docket No. 15-ASW-3] Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Sheridan AR AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

    SUMMARY:

    This action proposes to establish Class E airspace at Sheridan, AR. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) at Sheridan Municipal Airport. The FAA is proposing this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations within the National Airspace System (NAS).

    DATES:

    Comments must be received on or before August 6, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001. You must identify the docket number FAA-2015-1388/Airspace Docket No. 15-ASW-3, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Docket Office (telephone 1-800-647-5527), is on the ground floor of the building at the above address.

    FAA Order 7400.9Y, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/. The Order is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/code_of_federal-regulations/ibr_locations.html.

    FAA Order 7400.9, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15. For further information, you can contact the Airspace Policy and Regulations Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC, 20591; telephone: 202-267-8783.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Rebecca Shelby, Central Service Center, Operations Support Group, Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76137; telephone: 817-321-7740.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority for This Rulemaking

    The FAA's authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the United States Code. Subtitle I, Section 106 describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency's authority. This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part, A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority as it would establish Class E airspace at Sheridan Municipal Airport, Sheridan, AR.

    Comments Invited

    Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments, as they may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal. Communications should identify both docket numbers and be submitted in triplicate to the address listed above. Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this notice must submit with those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: “Comments to Docket No. FAA-2015-1388/Airspace Docket No. 15-ASW-3.” The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter.

    Availability of NPRMs

    An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA's Web page at http://www.faa.gov/airports_airtraffic/air_traffic/publications/airspace_amendments/.

    You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office (see ADDRESSES section for address and phone number) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the office of the Central Service Center, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76137.

    Persons interested in being placed on a mailing list for future NPRMs should contact the FAA's Office of Rulemaking (202) 267-9677, to request a copy of Advisory Circular No. 11-2A, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Distribution System, which describes the application procedure.

    Availability and Summary of Documents Proposed for Incorporation by Reference

    This document proposes to amend FAA Order 7400.9Y, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2014, and effective September 15, 2014. FAA Order 7400.9Y is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this proposed rule. FAA Order 7400.9Y lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points.

    The Proposal

    This action proposes to amend Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR), Part 71 by establishing Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6 mile radius of Sheridan Municipal Airport, Sheridan, AR, to accommodate new standard instrument approach procedures. Controlled airspace is needed for the safety and management of IFR operations at the airport.

    Class E airspace areas are published in Paragraph 6005 of FAA Order 7400.9Y, dated August 6, 2014 and effective September 15, 2014, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace designation listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.

    Regulatory Notices and Analyses

    The FAA has determined that this proposed regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. It, therefore, (1) is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a “significant rule” under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034; February 26, 1979); and (3) does not warrant preparation of a Regulatory Evaluation as the anticipated impact is so minimal.

    Since this is a routine matter that will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this rule, when promulgated, will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

    Environmental Review

    This proposal will be subject to an environmental analysis in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1E, “Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures” prior to any FAA final regulatory action.

    List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

    Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air)

    The Proposed Amendment

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows:

    PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS 1. The authority citation for Part 71 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    49 U.S.C. 106(f); 106(g); 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.

    § 71.1 [Amended]
    2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.9Y, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2014 and effective September 15, 2014, is amended as follows: Paragraph 6005: Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward From 700 Feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth ASW AR E5 Sheridan, AR [New] Sheridan Municipal Airport, AR (Lat. 34°19′39″ N., long. 92°21′05″ W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.0-mile radius of Sheridan Municipal Airport.

    Issued in Fort Worth, TX, on June 10, 2015. Robert W. Beck, Manager, Operations Support Group, ATO Central Service Center.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15209 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA-2015-1387; Airspace Docket No. 15-AGL-4] Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Tomah, WI AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

    SUMMARY:

    This action proposes to establish Class E airspace at Tomah, WI. Controlled airspace is necessary to accommodate new Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) at Bloyer Field Airport. The FAA is proposing this action to enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations within the National Airspace System (NAS).

    DATES:

    Comments must be received on or before August 6, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001. You must identify the docket number FAA-2015-1387/Airspace Docket No. 15-AGL-4, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Docket Office (telephone 1-800-647-5527), is on the ground floor of the building at the above address.

    FAA Order 7400.9Y, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/. The Order is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/code_of_federal-regulations/ibr_locations.html.

    FAA Order 7400.9, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15. For further information, you can contact the Airspace Policy and Regulations Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC, 20591; telephone: 202-267-8783.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Rebecca Shelby, Central Service Center, Operations Support Group, Federal Aviation Administration, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76137; telephone: 817-321-7740.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Authority for This Rulemaking

    The FAA's authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the United States Code. Subtitle I, Section 106 describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency's authority. This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in

    Subtitle VII, Part, A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority as it would establish Class E airspace at Bloyer Field Airport Tomah, WI.

    Comments Invited

    Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments, as they may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal. Communications should identify both docket numbers and be submitted in triplicate to the address listed above. Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this notice must submit with those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: “Comments to Docket No. FAA-2015-1387/Airspace Docket No. 15-AGL-4.” The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter.

    Availability of NPRMs

    An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded through the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA's Web page at http://www.faa.gov/airports_airtraffic/air_traffic/publications/airspace_amendments/.

    You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office (see “ADDRESSES” section for address and phone number) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the office of the Central Service Center, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76137.

    Persons interested in being placed on a mailing list for future NPRMs should contact the FAA's Office of Rulemaking (202) 267-9677, to request a copy of Advisory Circular No. 11-2A, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Distribution System, which describes the application procedure.

    Availability and Summary of Documents Proposed for Incorporation by Reference

    This document proposes to amend FAA Order 7400.9Y, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2014, and effective September 15, 2014. FAA Order 7400.9Y is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this proposed rule. FAA Order 7400.9Y lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points.

    The Proposal

    This action proposes to amend Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR), Part 71 by establishing Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.5-mile radius of Bloyer Field Airport, Tomah, WI, to accommodate new standard instrument approach procedures. Controlled airspace is needed for the safety and management of IFR operations at the airport.

    Class E airspace areas are published in Paragraph 6005 of FAA Order 7400.9Y, dated August 6, 2014 and effective September 15, 2014, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace designation listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.

    Regulatory Notices and Analyses

    The FAA has determined that this proposed regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. It, therefore, (1) is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a “significant rule” under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034; February 26, 1979); and (3) does not warrant preparation of a Regulatory Evaluation as the anticipated impact is so minimal.

    Since this is a routine matter that will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this rule, when promulgated, will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

    Environmental Review

    This proposal will be subject to an environmental analysis in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1E, “Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures” prior to any FAA final regulatory action.

    List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

    Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air).

    The Proposed Amendment

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows:

    PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS 1. The authority citation for Part 71 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    . 49 U.S.C. 106(f); 106(g); 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.

    § 71.1 [Amended]
    2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.9Y, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2014 and effective September 15, 2014, is amended as follows: Paragraph 6005: Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward From 700 Feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth AGL WI E5 Tomah, WI [New] Bloyer Field Airport, WI (Lat. 43°58′34″ N., long. 090°28′50″ W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.5-mile radius of Bloyer Field Airport.

    Issued in Fort Worth, TX, on June 10, 2015. Robert W. Beck, Manager, Operations Support Group, ATO Central Service Center.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15210 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA-2012-1210; Airspace Docket No. 12-ASO-42] Proposed Establishment of Class E Airspace; Poplarville, MS AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

    SUMMARY:

    This action proposes to establish Class E Airspace at Poplarville, MS, to accommodate new Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures (SIAPs) serving Poplarville-Pearl River County Airport. Controlled airspace is necessary for the safety and management of instrument flight rules (IFR) operations at the airport.

    DATES:

    Comments must be received on or before August 6, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Send comments on this rule to: U. S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001; Telephone: 1-800-647-5527; Fax: 202-493-2251. You must identify the Docket Number FAA-2012-1210; Airspace Docket No. 12-ASO-42, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit and review received comments through the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Docket Office (telephone 1-800-647-5527), is on the ground floor of the building at the above address.

    FAA Order 7400.9Y, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/. The Order is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/code_of_federal-regulations/ibr_locations.html.

    FAA Order 7400.9, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15. For further information, you can contact the Airspace Policy and Regulations Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC, 20591; telephone: 202-267-8783.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    John Fornito, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, P.O. Box 20636, Atlanta, Georgia 30320; telephone (404) 305-6364.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority for This Rulemaking

    The FAA's authority to issue rules regarding aviation safety is found in Title 49 of the United States Code. Subtitle I, Section 106 describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII, Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the agency's authority. This rulemaking is promulgated under the authority described in Subtitle VII, Part, A, Subpart I, Section 40103. Under that section, the FAA is charged with prescribing regulations to assign the use of airspace necessary to ensure the safety of aircraft and the efficient use of airspace. This regulation is within the scope of that authority as it would amend Class E airspace at Poplarville-Pearl River County Airport, Poplarville, MS.

    Comments Invited

    Interested persons are invited to comment on this rule by submitting such written data, views, or arguments, as they may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal.

    Communications should identify both docket numbers (FAA Docket No. FAA-2012-1210; Airspace Docket No. 12-ASO-42) and be submitted in triplicate to the Docket Management System (see ADDRESSES section for address and phone number). You may also submit comments through the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov.

    Persons wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this action must submit with those comments a self-addressed stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: “Comments to Docket No. FAA-2012-1210; Airspace Docket No. 12-ASO-42.” The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter.

    All communications received before the specified closing date for comments will be considered before taking action on the proposed rule. The proposal contained in this notice may be changed in light of the comments received. A report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerned with this rulemaking will be filed in the docket.

    Availability of NPRMs

    An electronic copy of this document may be downloaded from and comments submitted through http://www.regulations.gov. Recently published rulemaking documents can also be accessed through the FAA's Web page at http://www.faa.gov/airports_airtraffic/air_traffic/publications/airspace_amendments/.

    You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office (see the ADDRESSES section for address and phone number) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. An informal docket may also be examined between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays at the office of the Eastern Service Center, Federal Aviation Administration, room 350, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, Georgia 30337.

    Persons interested in being placed on a mailing list for future NPRM's should contact the FAA's Office of Rulemaking, (202) 267-9677, to request a copy of Advisory circular No. 11-2A, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking distribution System, which describes the application procedure.

    Availability and Summary of Documents for Incorporation by Reference

    This document proposes to amend FAA Order 7400.9Y, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2014, and effective September 15, 2014. FAA Order 7400.9Y is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this proposed rule. FAA Order 7400.9Y lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points.

    The Proposal

    The FAA is considering an amendment to Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 71 to establish Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.8-mile radius of Poplarville-Pearl River County Airport, Poplarville, MS., providing the controlled airspace required to support the new RNAV (GPS) standard instrument approach procedures for Poplarville-Pearl River County Airport.

    Class E airspace designations are published in Paragraph 6005 of FAA Order 7400.9Y, dated August 6, 2014, and effective September 15, 2014, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace designation listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.

    Regulatory Notices and Analyses

    The FAA has determined that this proposed regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. It, therefore, (1) is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a “significant rule” under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034; February 26, 1979); and (3) does not warrant preparation of a Regulatory Evaluation as the anticipated impact is so minimal.

    Since this is a routine matter that will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this proposed rule, when promulgated, will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

    Environmental Review

    This proposal would be subject to an environmental analysis in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1E, “Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures” prior to any FAA final regulatory action.

    Lists of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71:

    Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (Air).

    The Proposed Amendment:

    In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows:

    PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS 1. The authority citation for Part 71 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    49 U.S.C. 106(f), 106(g); 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959-1963 Comp., p. 389.

    § 71.1 [Amended]
    2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.9Y, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2014, effective September 15, 2014, is amended as follows: Paragraph 6005. Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward from 700 feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth ASO MS E5 Poplarville, MS [Amended] Poplarville-Pearl River County Airport (lat. 30°47′13″ N., long. 89°30′16″ W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.8-mile radius of Poplarville-Pearl River County Airport.

    Issued in College Park, Georgia, on June 10, 2015. Gerald E. Lynch, Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, Eastern Service Center, Air Traffic Organization.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15133 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service 26 CFR Parts 1, 25, 26, and 301 [REG-102837-15] RIN 1545-BM68 Guidance Under Section 529A: Qualified ABLE Programs AGENCY:

    Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury.

    ACTION:

    Notice of proposed rulemaking and notice of public hearing.

    SUMMARY:

    This document contains proposed regulations under section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code that provide guidance regarding programs under The Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014. Section 529A provides rules under which States or State agencies or instrumentalities may establish and maintain a new type of tax-favored savings program through which contributions may be made to the account of an eligible disabled individual to meet qualified disability expenses. These accounts also receive favorable treatment for purposes of certain means-tested Federal programs. In addition, these proposed regulations provide corresponding amendments to regulations under sections 511 and 513, with respect to unrelated business taxable income, sections 2501, 2503, 2511, 2642 and 2652, with respect to gift and generation-skipping transfer taxes, and section 6011, with respect to reporting requirements. This document also provides notice of a public hearing on these proposed regulations.

    DATES:

    Comments must be received by September 21, 2015. Outlines of topics to be discussed at the public hearing scheduled for October 14, 2015, at 10 a.m., must be received by September 21, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Send submissions to: CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-102837-15), Room 5203, Internal Revenue Service, P.O. Box 7604, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, DC 20044. Submissions may be hand delivered Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG-102837-15), Courier's Desk, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC, or sent electronically via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov (IRS REG-102837-15). The public hearing will be held in the Auditorium, Internal Revenue Building, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Concerning the proposed regulations under section 529A, Taina Edlund or Terri Harris, (202) 317-4541, or Sean Barnett, (202) 317-5800; concerning the proposed estate and gift tax regulations, Theresa Melchiorre, (202) 317-4643; concerning the reporting provisions under section 529A, Mark Bond, (202) 317-6844; concerning submissions of comments, the hearing, and/or to be placed on the building access list to attend the hearing, call Regina Johnson, (202) 317-6901 (not toll-free numbers).

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Paperwork Reduction Act

    The collection of information contained in this notice of proposed rulemaking has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3507(d)). Comments on the collection of information should be sent to the Office of Management and Budget, Attn: Desk Officer for the Department of the Treasury, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Washington, DC 20503, with copies to the Internal Revenue Service, Attn: IRS Reports Clearance Officer, SE:W:CAR:MP:T:T:SP, Washington, DC 20224. Comments on the collection of information should be received by August 21, 2015.

    Comments are specifically requested concerning:

    Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Internal Revenue Service, including whether the information will have practical utility;

    The accuracy of the estimated burden associated with the proposed collection of information;

    How the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected may be enhanced;

    How the burden of complying with the proposed collection of information may be minimized, including through forms of information technology; and

    Estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.

    The collection of information in the proposed regulations is in §§ 1.529A-2, 1.529A-5, 1.529A-6 and 1.529A-7. The collection of information flows from sections 529A(d)(1), (d)(2), (d)(3), (e)(1) and (e)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code). Section 529A(d)(1) requires qualified ABLE programs to provide reports to the Secretary and to designated beneficiaries with respect to contributions, distributions, the return of excess contributions, and such other matters as the Secretary may require. Section 529(d)(2) provides that the Secretary shall make available to the public reports containing aggregate information, by diagnosis and other relevant characteristics, on contributions and distributions from the qualified ABLE program. Section 529(d)(3) requires qualified ABLE programs to provide notice to the Secretary upon the establishment of an ABLE account, containing the name and State of residence of the designated beneficiary and such other information as the Secretary may require. Section 529A(e)(1) requires that a disability certification with respect to certain individuals be filed with the Secretary. Section 529A(e)(2) provides that the disability certification include a certification to the satisfaction of the Secretary that the individual has a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that occurred before the date on which the individual attained age 26 and also include a copy of a physician's diagnosis. The burden under §§ 1.529A-5 and 1.529A-6 is reflected in the burden under the new Form 5498-QA, “ABLE Account Contribution Information,” and the new Form 1099-QA, “Distributions from ABLE Accounts,” respectively.

    The expected recordkeepers are programs described in section 529A, established and maintained by a State or a State agency or instrumentality and individuals with ABLE accounts.

    Estimated number of recordkeepers: 10,050.

    Estimated average annual burden hours per recordkeeper: 1.6 hours.

    Estimated total annual recordkeeping burden: 16,080.

    An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a valid control number assigned by the Office of Management and Budget.

    Books or records relating to a collection of information must be retained as long as their contents may become material in the administration of any internal revenue law. Generally, tax returns and return information are confidential, as required by 26 U.S.C. 6103.

    Background

    The Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014, enacted on December 19, 2014, as part of The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113-295), added section 529A to the Internal Revenue Code. Congress recognized the special financial burdens borne by families raising children with disabilities and the fact that increased financial needs generally continue throughout the disabled person's lifetime. Section 101 of the ABLE Act confirms that one of the purposes of the Act is to “provide secure funding for disability-related expenses on behalf of designated beneficiaries with disabilities that will supplement, but not supplant, benefits” otherwise available to those individuals, whether through private sources, employment, public programs, or otherwise. Prior to the enactment of the ABLE Act, various types of tax-advantaged savings arrangements existed, but none adequately served the goal of promoting saving for these financial needs. Section 529A allows the creation of a qualified ABLE program by a State (or agency or instrumentality thereof) under which a separate ABLE account may be established for a disabled individual who is the designated beneficiary and owner of that account. Generally, contributions to that account are subject to both an annual and a cumulative limit, and, when made by a person other than the designated beneficiary, are treated as non-taxable gifts to the designated beneficiary. Distributions made from an ABLE account for qualified disability expenses of the designated beneficiary are not included in the designated beneficiary's gross income. The earnings portion of distributions from the ABLE account in excess of the qualified disability expenses is includible in the gross income of the designated beneficiary. An ABLE account may be used for the long-term benefit and/or short-term needs of the designated beneficiary.

    Section 103 of the ABLE Act, while not a tax provision, is critical to achieving the goal of the ABLE Act of providing financial resources for the benefit of disabled individuals. Because so many of the programs that provide essential financial, occupational, and other resources and services to disabled individuals are available only to persons whose resources and income do not exceed relatively low dollar limits, section 103 generally provides that a designated beneficiary's ABLE account (specifically, its account balance, contributions to the account, and distributions from the account) is disregarded for purposes of determining the designated beneficiary's eligibility for and the amount of any assistance or benefit provided under certain means-tested Federal programs. However, in the case of the Supplemental Security Income program under title XVI of the Social Security Act, distributions for certain housing expenses are not disregarded, and the balance (including earnings) in an ABLE account is considered a resource of the designated beneficiary to the extent that balance exceeds $100,000. Section 103 also addresses the impact of an excess balance in an ABLE account on the designated beneficiary's eligibility under the Supplemental Security Income program and Medicaid.

    Finally, section 104 of the ABLE Act addresses the treatment of ABLE accounts in bankruptcy proceedings.

    Notice 2015-18, 2015-12 IRB 765 (March 23, 2015), provides that the section 529A guidance will confirm that the owner of the ABLE account is the designated beneficiary of the account, and that the person with signature authority over (if not the designated beneficiary of) the account may neither have nor acquire any beneficial interest in the ABLE account and must administer that account for the benefit of the designated beneficiary of that account. The Notice further provides that, in the event that state legislation creating ABLE programs enacted in accordance with section 529A prior to issuance of guidance does not fully comport with the guidance when issued, the Treasury Department and the IRS intend to provide transition relief to provide sufficient time to allow States to implement the changes necessary to avoid the disqualification of the program and of the ABLE accounts already established under the program.

    The Treasury Department and the IRS reiterate that States that enact legislation creating an ABLE program in accordance with section 529A, and those individuals establishing ABLE accounts in accordance with such legislation, will not fail to receive the benefits of section 529A merely because the legislation or the account documents do not fully comport with the final regulations when they are issued. The Treasury Department and the IRS intend to provide transition relief to enable those State programs and accounts to be brought into compliance with the requirements in the final regulations, including providing sufficient time after issuance of the final regulations in order for changes to be implemented.

    Explanation of Provisions Qualification as an ABLE program

    The proposed regulations provide guidance on the requirements a program must satisfy in order to be a qualified ABLE program described in section 529A. Specifically, in addition to other requirements, the program must: Be established and maintained by a State or a State's agency or instrumentality; permit the establishment of an ABLE account only for a designated beneficiary who is a resident of that State, or a State contracting with that State for purposes of the ABLE program; permit the establishment of an ABLE account only for a designated beneficiary who is an eligible individual; limit a designated beneficiary to only one ABLE account, wherever located; permit contributions to an ABLE account established to meet the qualified disability expenses of the account's designated beneficiary; limit the nature and amount of contributions that can be made to an ABLE account; require a separate accounting for the ABLE account of each designated beneficiary with an ABLE account in the program; limit the designated beneficiary to no more than two opportunities in any calendar year to provide investment direction, whether directly or indirectly, for the ABLE account; and prohibit the pledging of an interest in an ABLE account as security for a loan.

    Because each qualified ABLE program will have significant administrative obligations beyond what is required for the administration of qualified tuition programs under section 529 (on which section 529A was loosely modeled), and because the frequency of distributions from the ABLE accounts is likely to be far greater than those made from qualified tuition accounts, the proposed regulations expressly allow a qualified ABLE program or any of its contractors to contract with one or more Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) that commonly serve disabled individuals and their families to provide one or more required services. For example, a CDFI could provide screening and verification of disabilities, certification of the qualified purpose of distributions, debit card services to facilitate distributions, and social data collection and reporting. A CDFI also may be able to obtain grants to defray the cost of administering the program. In general, if certified by the Treasury Department, a CDFI may receive a financial assistance award from the CDFI Fund that was established within the Treasury Department in 1994 to promote community development in economically distressed communities through investments in CDFIs across the country.

    Established and Maintained

    The proposed regulations provide that a program is established by a State, or its agency or instrumentality, if the program is initiated by State statute or regulation, or by an act of a State official or agency with the authority to act on behalf of the State. A program is maintained by a State or its agency or instrumentality if: All the terms and conditions of the program are set by the State or its agency or instrumentality, and the State or its agency or instrumentality is actively involved on an ongoing basis in the administration of the program, including supervising all decisions relating to the investment of assets contributed to the program. The proposed regulations set forth factors that are relevant in determining whether a State, or its agency or instrumentality, is actively involved in the administration of the program. Included in the factors is the manner and extent to which it is permissible for the program to contract out for professional and financial services.

    Establishment of an ABLE Account

    The proposed regulations provide that, consistent with the definition of a designated beneficiary in section 529A(e)(3), the designated beneficiary of an ABLE account is the eligible individual who establishes the account or an eligible individual who succeeded the original designated beneficiary. The proposed regulations also provide that the designated beneficiary is the owner of that account.

    The Treasury Department and the IRS recognize, however, that certain eligible individuals may be unable to establish an account themselves. Therefore, the proposed regulations clarify that, if the eligible individual cannot establish the account, the eligible individual's agent under a power of attorney or, if none, his or her parent or legal guardian may establish the ABLE account for that eligible individual. For purposes of these proposed regulations, because each of these individuals would be acting on behalf of the designated beneficiary, references to actions of the designated beneficiary, such as opening or managing the ABLE account, are deemed to include the actions of any other such individual with signature authority over the ABLE account. The proposed regulations also provide that, consistent with Notice 2015-18, a person other than the designated beneficiary with signature authority over the account of the designated beneficiary may neither have, nor acquire, any beneficial interest in the account during the designated beneficiary's lifetime and must administer the account for the benefit of the designated beneficiary.

    At the time an ABLE account is created for a designated beneficiary, the designated beneficiary must provide evidence that the designated beneficiary is an eligible individual as defined in section 529A(e)(1). Section 529A(e)(1) provides that an individual is an eligible individual for a taxable year if, during that year, either the individual is entitled to benefits based on blindness or disability under title II or XVI of the Social Security Act and the blindness or disability occurred before the date on which the individual attained age 26, or a disability certification meeting specified requirements is filed with the Secretary. If an individual is asserting he or she is entitled to benefits based on blindness or disability under title II or XVI of the Social Security Act and the blindness or disability occurred before the date on which the individual attained age 26, the proposed regulations provide that each qualified ABLE program may determine the evidence required to establish the individual's eligibility. For example, a qualified ABLE program could require the individual to provide a copy of a benefit verification letter from the Social Security Administration and allow the individual to certify, under penalties of perjury, that the blindness or disability occurred before the date on which the individual attained age 26.

    Alternatively, the designated beneficiary must submit the disability certification when opening the ABLE account. Consistent with section 529A(e)(2), the proposed regulations provide that a disability certification is a certification by the designated beneficiary that he or she: (1) Has a medically determinable physical or mental impairment, which results in marked or severe functional limitations, and which (i) can be expected to result in death or (ii) has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months; or (2) is blind (within the meaning of section 1614(a)(2) of the Social Security Act) and that such blindness or disability occurred before the date on which the individual attained age 26. The certification must include a copy of the individual's diagnosis relating to the individual's relevant impairment or impairments, signed by a licensed physician (as defined in section 1861(r) of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. 1395x(r)). Consistent with other IRS filing requirements, the proposed regulations also provide that the certification must be signed under penalties of perjury.

    While evidence of an individual's eligibility based on entitlement to Social Security benefits should be objectively verifiable, the sufficiency of a disability certification that an individual is an eligible individual for purposes of section 529A might not be as easy to establish. Nevertheless, the Treasury Department and the IRS wish to facilitate an eligible individual's ability to establish an ABLE account without undue delay. Therefore, the proposed regulations provide that an eligible individual must present the disability certification, accompanied by the diagnosis, to the qualified ABLE program to demonstrate eligibility to establish an ABLE account. The proposed regulations further provide that the disability certification will be deemed to be filed with the Secretary once the qualified ABLE program has received the disability certification or a disability certification has been deemed to have been received under the rules of the qualified ABLE program, which information the qualified ABLE program, as discussed further below, will file with the IRS in accordance with the filing requirements under § 1.529A-5(c)(2)(iv).

    Disability Determination

    Consistent with section 529A(g)(4), the Treasury Department and the IRS have consulted with the Commissioner of Social Security regarding disability certifications and determinations of disability. For purposes of the disability certification, the proposed regulations provide that the phrase “marked and severe functional limitations” means the standard of disability in the Social Security Act for children claiming benefits under the Supplemental Security Income for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled (SSI) program based on disability, but without regard to the age of the individual. This phrase refers to a level of severity of an impairment that meets, medically equals, or functionally equals the listings in the Listing of Impairments (the listings) in appendix 1 of subpart P of 20 CFR part 404. (See 20 CFR 416.906, 416.924 and 416.926a). This listing developed and used by the Social Security Administration describes for each of the major body systems impairments that cause marked and severe functional limitations. Most body system sections are in two parts: an introduction, followed by the specific listings. The introduction contains information relevant to the use of the listings with respect to that body system, such as examples of common impairments in the body system and definitions used in the listings for that body system. The introduction may also include specific criteria for establishing a diagnosis, confirming the existence of an impairment, or establishing that an impairment satisfies the criteria of a particular listing with respect to the body system. The specific listings that follow the introduction for each body system specify the objective medical and other findings needed to satisfy the criteria of that listing. Most of the listed impairments are permanent or expected to result in death, although some listings state a specific period of time for which an impairment will meet the listing.

    An impairment is medically equivalent to a listing if it is at least equal in severity and duration to the severity and duration of any listing. An impairment that does not meet or medically equal any listing may result in limitations that functionally equal the listings if it results in marked limitations in two domains of functioning or an extreme limitation in one domain of functioning, as explained in 20 CFR 416.926a. In addition, the proposed regulations provide that certain conditions, specifically those listed in the Compassionate Allowances Conditions list maintained by the Social Security Administration, are deemed to meet the requirements of an impairment sufficient for a disability certification without a physician's diagnosis, provided that the condition was present before the date on which the individual attained age 26. The proposed regulations also provide the flexibility from time to time to identify additional impairments that will be deemed to meet these requirements. The Treasury Department and the IRS request comments on what other conditions should be deemed to meet the requirements of section 529A(e)(2)(A)(i).

    Change in Eligible Individual Status

    The Treasury Department and the IRS recognize that there may be circumstances in which a designated beneficiary ceases to be an eligible individual but subsequently regains that status. Consequently, the Treasury Department and the IRS believe that it is appropriate to permit continuation of the ABLE account (albeit with some changes in the applicable rules) during the period in which a designated beneficiary is not an eligible individual as long as the designated beneficiary was an eligible individual when the account was established. Therefore, if at any time a designated beneficiary no longer meets the definition of an eligible individual, his or her ABLE account remains an ABLE account to which all of the provisions of the ABLE Act continue to apply, and no (taxable) distribution of the account balance is deemed to occur. However, the proposed regulations provide that, beginning on the first day of the taxable year following the taxable year in which the designated beneficiary ceased to be an eligible individual, no contributions to the ABLE account may be accepted. If the designated beneficiary subsequently again becomes an eligible individual, then additional contributions may be accepted subject to the applicable annual and cumulative limits. In this way, the Treasury Department and the IRS intend to prevent a deemed distribution of the ABLE account (and preserve the account's qualification as an ABLE account for all purposes) if, for example, the disease that caused the impairment goes into a temporary remission, and to preserve the ABLE account with its tax-free distributions for qualified disability expenses if the impairment resumes and once again qualifies the designated beneficiary as an eligible individual. Note that expenses will not be qualified disability expenses if they are incurred at a time when a designated beneficiary is neither disabled nor blind within the meaning of § 1.529A-1(b)(9)(A) or § 1.529A-2(e)(1)(i).

    The proposed regulations provide flexibility regarding annual recertifications. A qualified ABLE program generally must require annual recertifications that the designated beneficiary continues to satisfy the definition of an eligible individual. However, a qualified ABLE program may deem an annual recertification to have been provided in appropriate circumstances. For example, a qualified ABLE program may permit certification by an individual that he or she has a permanent disability to be considered to meet the annual requirement to present a certification to the qualified ABLE program. In other cases, a program may require all of the same evidence needed for the initial disability certification when the account was established, may require a statement under penalties of perjury that nothing has changed that would change the original disability certification, or may incorporate some other method of ensuring that the designated beneficiary continuously qualifies as an eligible individual. Alternatively, a qualified ABLE program may identify certain impairments or categories of impairments for which recertifications will be deemed to have been made annually to the qualified ABLE program unless and until the qualified ABLE program provides otherwise (for example, if a cure is discovered for a disease that causes an impairment). An initial certification or recertification that meets the requirements of the qualified ABLE program will be deemed to have met the requirement of section 529A(e)(1)(B). The Treasury Department and the IRS request comments regarding how a qualified ABLE program will be able to demonstrate eligibility in subsequent years if it allows deemed recertifications.

    Contributions to an ABLE Account

    The proposed regulations provide that, as a general rule, all contributions to an ABLE account must be made in cash. The proposed regulations provide that a qualified ABLE program may accept cash contributions in the form of cash or a check, money order, credit card payment, or other similar method of payment. In addition, the proposed regulations provide that the total contributions to an ABLE account in the designated beneficiary's taxable year, other than amounts received in rollovers and program-to-program transfers, must not exceed the amount of the annual per-donee gift tax exclusion under section 2503(b) in effect for that calendar year (currently $14,000) in which the designated beneficiary's taxable year begins. Finally, a qualified ABLE program must provide adequate safeguards to ensure that total contributions to an ABLE account (including the proceeds from a preexisting ABLE account) do not exceed that State's limit for aggregate contributions under its qualified tuition program.

    To implement these requirements, the proposed regulations provide that a qualified ABLE program must return contributions in excess of the annual gift tax exclusion (excess contributions) to the contributor(s), along with all net income attributable to those excess contributions. Similarly, the proposed regulations also require the return of all contributions, along with all net income attributable to those contributions, that caused an ABLE account to exceed the limit established by the State for its qualified tuition program (excess aggregate contributions). If an excess contribution or excess aggregate contribution is returned to a contributor other than the designated beneficiary, the qualified ABLE program must notify the designated beneficiary of such return at the time of the return. The proposed regulations further provide that such returns of excess contributions and excess aggregate contributions must be received by the contributor(s) on or before the due date (including extensions) of the designated beneficiary's income tax return for the year in which the excess contributions were made or in the year the excess aggregate contributions caused amounts in the ABLE account to exceed the limit in effect under section 529A(b)(6), respectively. The proposed regulations provide rules for determining the net income attributable to a contribution made to an ABLE account, and also provide that these excess contributions and excess aggregate contributions must be returned to contributors on a last-in, first-out basis. In the case of contributions that exceed the annual gift tax exclusion, a failure to return such excess contributions within the time period discussed in this paragraph will result in the imposition on the designated beneficiary of a 6 percent excise tax under section 4973(a)(6) on the amount of excess contributions. As part of a planned revision of IRA regulations, the Treasury Department and the IRS intend to propose regulations under section 4973 to reflect that ABLE accounts are subject to section 4973.

    Application of Gift Tax to Contributions to an ABLE Account

    Gift tax consequences may arise from contributions to an ABLE account even though the aggregate amount of such contributions to an ABLE account from all contributors may not exceed the annual exclusion amount under section 2503(b) applicable to any single contributor. Specifically, if a contributor makes other gifts to a designated beneficiary in addition to the gift to the designated beneficiary's ABLE account, the contributor's total gifts made to the designated beneficiary in that year could give rise to a gift tax liability.

    Contributions may be made by any person. The term person is defined in section 7701(a)(1) to include an individual, trust, estate, partnership, association, company, or corporation. Therefore, for purposes of section 529A(b)(1)(A), a person would include an individual and each of the entities described in section 7701(a)(1). Under section 2501(a)(1), the gift tax applies only to gifts by individuals, but it also applies to gifts made directly or indirectly. As a result, a gift made by a trust, estate, association, company, corporation, or partnership is treated as having been made by the owner(s) of that entity. For example, a gift from a corporation to a designated beneficiary is treated as a gift from the shareholders of the corporation to the designated beneficiary. See Example (1) of § 25.2511-1(h). Accordingly, the proposed regulations provide that, for purposes of sections 529A(b)(1)(A) and 529A(c)(1)(C), a contribution by a corporation is treated as a gift by its shareholders and a contribution by a partnership is treated as a gift by its partners. This rule also applies to trusts, estates, associations, and companies. See section 2511 and § 25.2511-1(c).

    The legislative history of section 529A suggests that a “person” described in section 529A(b)(1)(A) includes the designated beneficiary of an ABLE account. See 160 Cong. Rec. H7051, H8317, H8318, H8321, H8322 (2014). A person may transfer his or her property into an account, such as a bank account or a trust, for his or her benefit and retain dominion and control over the property transferred. Because an individual cannot make a transfer of property to himself or herself and a transfer of property is a fundamental requirement for a completed gift, this type of transfer from a person's own property cannot be treated as a completed gift for tax purposes. See § 25.2511-2(b) and (c). Therefore, the proposed regulations provide that any contribution by a designated beneficiary to a qualified ABLE program benefitting the designated beneficiary is not treated as a completed gift. Because the designated beneficiary remains the owner of the account for purposes of chapter 12, if the designated beneficiary transfers the funds in the account to another person as permitted under these proposed regulations, the designated beneficiary making the transfer is the donor for purposes of chapter 12 and the transferor for generation-skipping transfer tax purposes of chapter 13.

    Distributions

    If distributions from an ABLE account do not exceed the designated beneficiary's qualified disability expenses, no amount is includible in the designated beneficiary's gross income. Otherwise, the earnings portion of the distributions from the ABLE account as determined in the manner provided under section 72, reduced by the product of such earnings portion and the ratio of the amount of the distributions for qualified disability expenses to total distributions, is includible in the gross income of the designated beneficiary to the extent not otherwise excluded from gross income. As required by section 529A(c)(1)(D), the proposed regulations provide that, for purposes of applying section 72 to amounts distributed from an ABLE account: (1) all distributions during a taxable year are treated as one distribution; and (2) the value of the contract, income on the contract, and investment in the contract are computed as of the close of the calendar year in which the designated beneficiary's taxable year begins.

    The proposed regulations also provide that, in addition to the income tax on the portion of a distribution included in gross income, an additional tax of 10 percent of the amount includible in gross income is imposed. This additional tax does not apply, however, to distributions on or after the designated beneficiary's death or to returns of excess contributions, excess aggregate contributions, or contributions to additional purported ABLE accounts made by the due date (including extensions) of the designated beneficiary's tax return for the year in which the relevant contributions were made.

    Section 529A(c)(1)(C) addresses the tax consequences of the rollover of an ABLE account to an ABLE account for the same designated beneficiary maintained under a different State's qualified ABLE program, as well as a change of designated beneficiary. The proposed regulations describe with respect to these two situations the circumstances in which amounts will not be includible in income. The first is any change of designated beneficiary if the new designated beneficiary is both (1) an eligible individual for his or her taxable year in which the change is made and (2) a sibling of the former designated beneficiary. For purposes of these proposed regulations, a sibling also includes step-siblings and half-siblings, whether by blood or by adoption. The proposed regulations provide that a qualified ABLE program must permit a change of designated beneficiary, as long as the change is made prior to the death of the former designated beneficiary and as long as the successor designated beneficiary is an eligible individual. Because the designated beneficiary will be subject to gift and/or generation-skipping transfer tax if the successor designated beneficiary is not a sibling of the designated beneficiary, the Treasury Department and the IRS request comments regarding whether the final regulations should permit States to require that a successor designated beneficiary also must be a sibling of the designated beneficiary.

    The second situation in which a distribution is not included in gross income arises if a distribution to the designated beneficiary of the ABLE account is paid, not later than the 60th day after the date of the distribution, to another (or the same) ABLE account for the benefit of the designated beneficiary or for the benefit of an eligible individual who is a sibling of the designated beneficiary. However, the preceding sentence does not apply to such a distribution that occurs within 12 months of a previous rollover to another ABLE account for the same designated beneficiary.

    The Treasury Department and the IRS have been asked whether a qualified tuition account under section 529 may be rolled into an ABLE account for the same designated beneficiary free of tax. Because such a distribution to the ABLE account would not constitute a qualified higher education expense under section 529, the Treasury Department and the IRS do not believe they have the authority to allow such a transfer on a tax-free basis.

    In addition, the proposed regulations authorize a qualified ABLE program to allow program-to-program transfers to effectuate a change of qualified ABLE program or a change of designated beneficiary to another eligible individual. Such a direct transfer is neither a distribution taxed in accordance with section 72 nor an excess contribution. A program-to-program transfer also could be accomplished, if permitted by the qualified ABLE program, through a check delivered to the designated beneficiary but negotiable only by the qualified State program under which the new ABLE account is being established.

    The Treasury Department and the IRS recognize that moving funds by use of a program-to-program transfer may be preferable to moving them by a rollover because a rollover, even if made within the permissible 60-day period, may jeopardize the designated beneficiary's eligibility for certain benefits under various means-tested programs. Moreover, a direct program-to-program transfer could facilitate the efficient transfer of all relevant information regarding the application of contribution limits and the total amount of accumulated earnings that will also apply to the new account. The Treasury Department and the IRS request comments as to whether and to what extent a qualified ABLE program should be permitted to require that funds from another State's ABLE program be accepted only through program-to-program transfers.

    Qualified Disability Expenses

    Section 529A(e)(5) defines a qualified disability expense. Consistent with that subsection, the proposed regulations provide that qualified disability expenses are expenses that relate to the designated beneficiary's blindness or disability and are for the benefit of that designated beneficiary in maintaining or improving his or her health, independence, or quality of life. Such expenses include, but are not limited to, expenses for education, housing, transportation, employment training and support, assistive technology and personal support services, health, prevention and wellness, financial management and administrative services, legal fees, expenses for oversight and monitoring, funeral and burial expenses, and other expenses that may be identified from time to time in future guidance published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin. As previously stated, expenses incurred at a time when a designated beneficiary is neither disabled nor blind within the meaning of the proposed regulations are not qualified disability expenses.

    In order to implement the legislative purpose of assisting eligible individuals in maintaining or improving their health, independence, or quality of life, the Treasury Department and the IRS conclude that the term “qualified disability expenses” should be broadly construed to permit the inclusion of basic living expenses and should not be limited to expenses for items for which there is a medical necessity or which provide no benefits to others in addition to the benefit to the eligible individual. For example, expenses for common items such as smart phones could be considered qualified disability expenses if they are an effective and safe communication or navigation aid for a child with autism. The Treasury Department and the IRS request comments regarding what types of expenses should be considered qualified disability expenses and under what circumstances. The proposed regulations authorize the identification of additional types of qualified disability expenses in guidance published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin. See § 601.601(d)(2). A qualified ABLE program must establish safeguards to distinguish between distributions used for the payment of qualified disability expenses and other distributions, and to permit the identification of the amounts distributed for housing expenses as that term is defined for purposes of the Supplemental Security Income program of the Social Security Administration.

    Limitation on Number of ABLE Accounts of a Designated Beneficiary

    Section 529A(c)(4) generally provides that, except with respect to certain rollovers, once an ABLE account has been established for a designated beneficiary, no account subsequently established for that same designated beneficiary may qualify as an ABLE account. The proposed regulations provide that, except with respect to rollovers and program-to-program transfers, no designated beneficiary may have more than one ABLE account in existence at the same time, but provides that a prior ABLE account that has been closed does not prohibit the subsequent creation of another ABLE account for the same designated beneficiary. A qualified ABLE program must obtain a verification from the eligible individual, signed under penalties of perjury, that he or she has no other ABLE account (except in the case of a rollover or program-to-program transfer). The proposed regulations provide that, in the event that any additional ABLE account is opened for a designated beneficiary with an ABLE account already in existence, only the first such account created for that designated beneficiary qualifies as an ABLE account, and each other account is treated for all purposes as being an account of the designated beneficiary that is not an ABLE account under a qualified ABLE program. The proposed regulations also provide, however, that a return, in accordance with the rules that apply to returns of excess contributions and excess aggregate contributions under § 1.529A-2(g)(4), of the entire balance of a second or other subsequent account received by the contributor(s) on or before the due date (including extensions) for filing the designated beneficiary's income tax return for the year in which the account was opened and contributions to the second or subsequent account were made will not be treated as a gift or distribution to the designated beneficiary for purposes of section 529A.

    The prohibition of multiple ABLE accounts, however, does not apply to prevent a timely rollover or program-to-program transfer of the designated beneficiary's account to an ABLE account under a different qualified ABLE program.

    Residency Requirements

    Consistent with section 529A(b)(1)(C), the proposed regulations require that an ABLE account for a designated beneficiary may be established only under the qualified ABLE program of the State in which that designated beneficiary is a resident or with which the State of the designated beneficiary's residence has contracted for the provision of ABLE accounts. If a State does not establish and maintain a qualified ABLE program, it may contract with another State to provide an ABLE program for its residents. The statute is silent as to whether a designated beneficiary must move his or her existing ABLE account when the designated beneficiary changes his or her residence. The Treasury Department and the IRS are concerned about imposing undue administrative burdens and costs on designated beneficiaries who frequently change State residency, such as members of military families. Therefore, the proposed regulations provide that a qualified ABLE program may permit a designated beneficiary to continue to maintain his or her ABLE account that was created in that State, even after the designated beneficiary is no longer a resident of that State. However, in order to enforce the one ABLE account limitation and in accordance with section 529A(g)(1), the proposed regulations provide that, other than in the case of a rollover or a program-to-program transfer of a designated beneficiary's ABLE account, a qualified ABLE program must require the designated beneficiary to verify, under penalties of perjury, when creating an ABLE account that the account being established is the designated beneficiary's only ABLE account. For example, the eligible individual could be required to check a box providing such verification on a form used to establish the account. The Treasury Department and the IRS are concerned that without such safeguards individuals could inadvertently establish two accounts with adverse tax consequences due to the loss of ABLE account status for the second account and expect qualified ABLE programs to establish safeguards to ensure that the required limit of one ABLE account per designated beneficiary is not violated.

    Investment Direction

    Section 529A(b)(4) states that a program shall not be treated as a qualified ABLE program unless it provides that the designated beneficiary may directly or indirectly direct the investment of any contributions to the program or any earnings thereon no more than two times in any calendar year. A program will not violate this requirement merely because it permits a designated beneficiary or a person with signature authority over a designated beneficiary's account to serve as one of the program's board members or employees, or as a board member or employee of a contractor that the program hires to perform administrative services.

    Cap on Contributions

    Section 529A(b)(6) provides that a qualified ABLE program must provide adequate safeguards to prevent aggregate contributions on behalf of a designated beneficiary in excess of the limit established by the State under section 529(b)(6) relating to Qualified State Tuition Programs. The proposed regulations provide a safe harbor that permits a qualified ABLE program to satisfy this requirement regarding total cumulative contributions if the program prohibits any additional contributions to an account as soon as the account balance reaches the specified contribution limit under such State's program established under section 529. Once the account balance falls below the prescribed limit, contributions may resume, subject to the same limitation. The Treasury Department and the IRS believe that recommencement of contributions is appropriate based on the nature and purposes of the ABLE program.

    Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer (GST) Taxes

    The proposed regulations provide that contributions to an ABLE account by a person other than the designated beneficiary are treated as completed gifts to the designated beneficiary of the account, and that such gifts are neither gifts of a future interest nor a qualified transfer under section 2503(e). Accordingly, no distribution from an ABLE account to the designated beneficiary of that account is treated as a taxable gift. Finally, neither gift nor GST taxes apply to the change of designated beneficiary of an ABLE account, as long as the new designated beneficiary is an eligible individual who is a sibling of the former designated beneficiary.

    Distribution on Death

    The proposed regulations provide that, upon the death of the designated beneficiary, all amounts remaining in the ABLE account are includible in the designated beneficiary's gross estate for purposes of the estate tax. See section 2031. Further, the proposed regulations cross-reference section 2053 for purposes of determining the deductibility by the designated beneficiary's estate of amounts payable from the ABLE account to satisfy claims by creditors such as a State and also cross-reference section 2652(a)(1) for treatment of the deceased designated beneficiary as the transferor of any property remaining in the ABLE account that may pass to a beneficiary.

    Pursuant to section 529A(f), a qualified ABLE program must provide that, upon the designated beneficiary's death, any State may file a claim (either with the person with signature authority over the ABLE account or the executor of the designated beneficiary's estate as defined in section 2203) for the amount of the total medical assistance paid for the designated beneficiary under the State's Medicaid plan after the establishment of the ABLE account. The amount paid in satisfaction of such a claim is not a taxable distribution from the ABLE account. Further, the amount is to be paid only after the payment of all outstanding payments due for the qualified disability expenses of the designated beneficiary and is to be reduced by the amount of all premiums paid by or on behalf of the designated beneficiary to a Medicaid Buy-In program under that State's Medicaid plan.

    Unrelated Business Taxable Income and Filing Requirements

    A qualified ABLE program generally is exempt from income taxation. A qualified ABLE program, however, is subject to the taxes imposed by section 511 relating to the imposition of tax on unrelated business taxable income (“UBTI”). For purposes of this tax, certain administrative and other fees do not constitute unrelated business income to the ABLE program. A qualified ABLE program is not required to file Form 990, “Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax,” but will be required to file Form 990-T, “Exempt Organization Business Income Tax Return,” if a filing would be required under the rules of §§ 1.6012-2(e) and 1.6012-3(a)(5) if the ABLE program were an organization described in those sections.

    Reporting Requirements

    The proposed regulations set forth recordkeeping and reporting requirements. A qualified ABLE program must maintain records that enable the program to account to the Secretary with respect to all contributions, distributions, returns of excess contributions or additional accounts, income earned, and account balances for any designated beneficiary's ABLE account. In addition, a qualified ABLE program must report to the Secretary the establishment of each ABLE account, including the name and residence of the designated beneficiary, and other relevant information regarding the account that is included on the new Form 5498-QA, “ABLE Account Contribution Information.” It is anticipated that the qualified ABLE program will report if the eligible individual has presented an adequate disability certification, accompanied by a diagnosis, to demonstrate eligibility to establish an account. Information regarding distributions will be reported on the new Form 1099-QA, “Distributions from ABLE Accounts.” The proposed regulations contain more detail on how the information must be reported.

    In addition, section 529A(b)(3) requires that a qualified ABLE program provide separate accounting for each designated beneficiary. Separate accounting requires that contributions for the benefit of a designated beneficiary, as well as earnings attributable to those contributions, are allocated to that designated beneficiary's account. Whether or not a program ordinarily provides each designated beneficiary an annual account statement showing the income and transactions related to the account, the program must give this information to the designated beneficiary upon request.

    Section 529A(d)(4) provides that States are required to submit electronically to the Commissioner of Social Security, on a monthly basis and in the manner specified by the Commissioner of Social Security, statements on relevant distributions and account balances from all ABLE accounts. The report of the Committee on Ways and Means (H.R. Rep. No. 113-614, pt. 1, at 15 (2014)) indicates that States should work with the Commissioner of Social Security to identify data elements for the monthly reports, including the type of qualified disability expenses.

    Effective Date/Applicability Date

    These regulations are proposed to be effective as of the date of publication of the Treasury decision adopting these rules as final regulations in the Federal Register. These rules, when adopted as final regulations, will apply to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2014. The reporting requirements of §§ 1.529A-5 through 1.529A-7 will apply to information returns required to be filed, and payee statements required to be furnished, after December 31, 2015. Until the issuance of final regulations, taxpayers and qualified ABLE programs may rely on these proposed regulations.

    Special Analyses

    It has been determined that this notice of proposed rulemaking is not a significant regulatory action as defined in Executive Order 12866, as supplemented by Executive Order 13563. It has also been determined that section 553(b) of the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. chapter 5) does not apply to this regulation and, because the regulation does not impose a collection of information on small entities, the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. chapter 6) does not apply. This regulation, if adopted, would primarily affect states and individuals and therefore would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis is not required. Pursuant to section 7805(f) of the Internal Revenue Code, this notice of proposed rulemaking will be submitted to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration for comment on its impact on small businesses.

    Comments and Public Hearing

    Before these proposed regulations are adopted as final regulations, consideration will be given to any comments that are timely submitted to the IRS as prescribed in this preamble under the “Addresses” heading. The Treasury Department and the IRS request comments on all aspects of the proposed rules. All comments will be available at www.regulations.gov or upon request. A public hearing will be scheduled if requested in writing by any person that timely submits written or electronic comments. If a public hearing is scheduled, notice of the date, time, and place for the hearing will be published in the Federal Register.

    A public hearing has been scheduled for October 14, 2015, beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Auditorium, Internal Revenue Building, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC. Due to building security procedures, visitors must enter at the Constitution Avenue entrance. In addition, all visitors must present photo identification to enter the building. Because of access restrictions, visitors will not be admitted beyond the immediate entrance area more than 30 minutes before the hearing starts. For information about having your name placed on the building access list to attend the hearing, see the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this preamble.

    The rules of 26 CFR 601.601(a)(3) apply to the hearing. Persons who wish to present oral comments at the hearing must submit written comments by September 21, 2015, and an outline of the topics to be discussed and the time to be devoted to each topic (signed original and eight (8) copies) by September 21, 2015. Submit a signed paper original and eight (8) copies or an electronic copy. A period of 10 minutes will be allotted to each person for making comments. An agenda showing the scheduling of the speakers will be prepared after the deadline for receiving outlines has passed. Copies of the agenda will be available free of charge at the hearing.

    Drafting Information

    The principal authors of these regulations are Terri Harris and Sean Barnett, Office of Associate Chief Counsel (Tax Exempt and Government Entities). However, other personnel from the Treasury Department and the IRS participated in the development of these regulations.

    List of Subjects 26 CFR Part 1

    Income taxes, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    26 CFR Part 25

    Gift taxes, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    26 CFR Part 26

    Estate taxes, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    26 CFR Part 301

    Employment taxes, Estate taxes, Excise taxes, Gift taxes, Income taxes, Penalties, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    Proposed Amendments to the Regulations

    Accordingly, 26 CFR parts 1, 25, 26 and 301 are proposed to be amended as follows:

    PART 1—INCOME TAXES Paragraph 1. The authority citation for part 1 is amended by adding an entry in numerical order to read as follows: Authority:

    26 U.S.C. 7805 * * *

    Sections 1.529A-1 through 1.529A-7 also issued under 26 U.S.C. 529A(g). * * *

    Par. 2. Section 1.511-2 is amended by adding paragraph (e) to read as follows:
    § 1.511-2 Organizations subject to tax.

    (e) ABLE programs—(1) Unrelated business taxable income. A qualified ABLE program described in section 529A generally is exempt from income taxation, but is subject to taxes imposed by section 511 relating to the imposition of tax on unrelated business income. A qualified ABLE program is required to file Form 990-T, “Exempt Organization Business Income Tax Return,” if such filing would be required under the rules of §§ 1.6012-2(e) and 1.6012-3(a)(5) if the ABLE program were an organization described in those sections.

    (2) Effective/applicability dates. This paragraph (e) applies to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2014.

    Par. 3. Section 1.513-1 is amended by adding Example 4 to paragraph (d)(4)(i) to read as follows:
    § 1.513-1 Definition of unrelated trade or business.

    (d) * * *

    (4) * * *

    (i) * * *

    Example 4.

    P is a qualified ABLE program described in section 529A. P receives amounts in order to open or maintain ABLE accounts, as administrative or maintenance fees and other similar fees including service charges. Because the payment of these amounts are essential to the operation of a qualified ABLE program, the income generated from the activity does not constitute gross income from an unrelated trade or business.

    Par. 4. An undesignated center heading is added immediately following § 1.528-10 and §§ 1.529A-0 through 1.529A-7 are added to read as follows: Sec. Qualified Able Programs 1.529A-0 Table of contents. 1. 529A-1 Exempt status of qualified ABLE program and definitions. 1.529A-2 Qualified ABLE program. 1.529A-3 Tax treatment. 1.529A-4 Gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer taxes. 1.529A-5 Reporting of the establishment of and contributions to an ABLE account. 1.529A-6 Reporting of distributions from and termination of an ABLE account. 1.529A-7 Electronic furnishing of statements to designated beneficiaries and contributors.
    § 1.529A-0 Table of contents.

    This section lists the following captions contained in §§ 1.529A-1 through 1.529A-7.

    § 1.529A-1 Exempt status of qualified ABLE program and definitions.

    (a) In general.

    (b) Definitions.

    (1) ABLE account.

    (2) Contracting State.

    (3) Contribution.

    (4) Designated beneficiary.

    (5) Disability certification.

    (6) Distribution.

    (7) Earnings.

    (8) Earnings ratio.

    (9) Eligible individual.

    (10) Excess contribution.

    (11) Excess aggregate contribution.

    (12) Investment in the account.

    (13) Member of the family.

    (14) Program-to-program transfer.

    (15) Qualified ABLE program.

    (16) Qualified disability expenses.

    (17) Rollover.

    (c) Effective/applicability date.

    § 1.529A-2 Qualified ABLE program.

    (a) In general.

    (b) Established and maintained by a State or agency or instrumentality of a State.

    (1) Established.

    (2) Maintained.

    (3) Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs).

    (c) Establishment of an ABLE account.

    (1) In general.

    (2) Only one ABLE account.

    (3) Beneficial interest.

    (d) Eligible individual.

    (1) In general.

    (2) Frequency of recertification.

    (3) Loss of qualification as an eligible individual.

    (e) Disability certification.

    (1) In general.

    (2) Marked and severe functional limitations.

    (3) Compassionate allowance list.

    (4) Additional guidance.

    (5) Restriction on use of certification.

    (f) Change of designated beneficiary.

    (g) Contributions.

    (1) Permissible property.

    (2) Annual contributions limit.

    (3) Cumulative limit.

    (4) Return of excess contributions and excess aggregate contributions.

    (h) Qualified disability expenses.

    (1) In general.

    (2) Example.

    (i) Separate accounting.

    (j) Program-to-program transfers.

    (k) Carryover of attributes.

    (l) Investment direction.

    (m) No pledging of interest as security.

    (n) No sale or exchange.

    (o) Change of residence.

    (p) Post-death payments.

    (q) Reporting requirements.

    (r) Effective/applicability date.

    § 1.529A-3 Tax treatment.

    (a) Taxation of distributions.

    (b) Additional exclusions from gross income.

    (1) Rollover.

    (2) Program-to-program transfers.

    (3) Change in designated beneficiary.

    (4) Payments to creditors post-death.

    (c) Computation of earnings.

    (d) Additional tax on amounts includible in gross income.

    (1) In general.

    (2) Exceptions.

    (e) Tax on excess contributions.

    (f) Filing requirements.

    (g) Effective/applicability date.

    § 1.529A-4 Gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer taxes.

    (a) Contributions.

    (1) In general.

    (2) Generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax.

    (3) Designated beneficiary as contributor.

    (b) Distributions.

    (c) Change of designated beneficiary.

    (d) Transfer tax on death of designated beneficiary.

    (e) Effective/applicability date.

    § 1.529A-5 Reporting of the establishment of and contributions to an ABLE account.

    (a) In general.

    (b) Additional definitions.

    (1) Filer.

    (2) TIN.

    (c) Requirement to file return.

    (1) Form of return.

    (2) Information included on return.

    (3) Time and manner of filing return.

    (d) Requirement to furnish statement.

    (1) In general.

    (2) Time and manner of furnishing statement.

    (3) Copy of Form 5498-QA.

    (e) Request for TIN of designated beneficiary.

    (f) Penalties.

    (1) Failure to file return.

    (2) Failure to furnish TIN.

    (g) Effective/applicability date.

    § 1.529A-6 Reporting of distributions from and termination of an ABLE account.

    (a) In general.

    (b) Requirement to file return.

    (1) Form of return.

    (2) Information included on return.

    (3) Time and manner of filing return.

    (c) Requirement to furnish statement.

    (1) In general.

    (2) Time and manner of furnishing statement.

    (3) Copy of Form 1099-QA.

    (d) Request for TIN of contributor(s).

    (e) Penalties.

    (1) Failure to file return.

    (2) Failure to furnish TIN.

    (f) Effective/applicability date.

    § 1.529A-7 Electronic furnishing of statements to designated beneficiaries and contributors.

    (a) Electronic furnishing of statements.

    (1) In general.

    (2) Consent.

    (3) Required disclosures.

    (4) Format.

    (5) Notice.

    (6) Access period.

    (b) Effective/applicability date.

    § 1.529A-1 Exempt status of qualified ABLE program and definitions.

    (a) In general. A qualified ABLE program described in section 529A is exempt from income tax, except for the tax imposed under section 511 on the unrelated business taxable income of that program.

    (b) Definitions. For purposes of section 529A, this section and §§ 1.529A-2 through 1.529A-7—

    (1) ABLE account means an account established under a qualified ABLE program and owned by the designated beneficiary of that account.

    (2) Contracting State means a State without a qualified ABLE program of its own, which, in order to make ABLE accounts available to its residents who are eligible individuals, contracts with another State having such a program.

    (3) Contribution means any payment directly allocated to an ABLE account for the benefit of a designated beneficiary.

    (4) Designated beneficiary means the individual who is the owner of the ABLE account and who either established the account at a time when he or she was an eligible individual or who has succeeded the former designated beneficiary in that capacity (successor designated beneficiary). If the designated beneficiary is not able to exercise signature authority over his or her ABLE account or chooses to establish an ABLE account but not exercise signature authority, references to the designated beneficiary with respect to his or her actions include actions by the designated beneficiary's agent under a power of attorney or, if none, a parent or legal guardian of the designated beneficiary.

    (5) Disability certification means a certification deemed sufficient by the Secretary to establish a certain level of physical or mental impairment that meets the requirements described in § 1.529A-2(e).

    (6) Distribution means any payment from an ABLE account. A program-to-program transfer is not a distribution.

    (7) Earnings attributable to an account are the excess of the total account balance on a particular date over the investment in the account as of that date.

    (8) Earnings ratio means the amount of earnings attributable to the account as of the last day of the calendar year in which the designated beneficiary's taxable year begins, divided by the total account balance on that same date, after taking into account all distributions made during that calendar year and all contributions received during that same year other than those (if any) returned in accordance with § 1.529A-2(g)(4).

    (9) Eligible individual for a taxable year means an individual who either:

    (i) Is entitled during that taxable year to benefits based on blindness or disability under title II or XVI of the Social Security Act, provided that such blindness or disability occurred before the date on which the individual attained age 26 (and, for this purpose, an individual is deemed to attain age 26 on his or her 26th birthday); or

    (ii) Is the subject of a disability certification filed with the Secretary for that taxable year.

    (10) Excess contribution means the amount by which the amount contributed during the taxable year of the designated beneficiary to an ABLE account exceeds the limit in effect under section 2503(b) for the calendar year in which the taxable year of the designated beneficiary begins.

    (11) Excess aggregate contribution means the amount contributed during the taxable year of the designated beneficiary that causes the total of amounts contributed since the establishment of the ABLE account (or of an ABLE account for the same designated beneficiary that was rolled into the current ABLE account) to exceed the limit in effect under section 529(b)(6). In the context of the safe harbor in § 1.529A-2(g)(3), however, excess aggregate contribution means a contribution that causes the account balance to exceed the limit in effect under section 529(b)(6).

    (12) Investment in the account means the sum of all contributions made to the account, reduced by the aggregate amount of contributions included in distributions, if any, made from the account. In the case of a rollover into an ABLE account the amount included as investment in the recipient account is not the full amount of the rollover contribution, but instead is equal to the amount of the rollover contribution that constituted the investment in the account from which the rollover was made.

    (13) Member of the family means a sibling, whether by blood or by adoption. Such term includes a brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister, half-brother, and half-sister.

    (14) Program-to-program transfer means the direct transfer of the entire balance of an ABLE account into an ABLE account of the same designated beneficiary in which the transferor ABLE account is closed upon completion of the transfer, or of part or all of the balance to an ABLE account of another eligible individual who is a member of the family of the former designated beneficiary, without any intervening distribution or deemed distribution to the designated beneficiary.

    (15) Qualified ABLE program means a program established and maintained by a State, or agency or instrumentality of a State, under which an ABLE account may be established by and for the benefit of the account's designated beneficiary who is an eligible individual, and that meets the requirements described in § 1.529A-2.

    (16) Qualified disability expenses means any expenses incurred at a time when the designated beneficiary is an eligible individual that relate to the blindness or disability of the designated beneficiary of an ABLE account, including expenses that are for the benefit of the designated beneficiary in maintaining or improving his or her health, independence, or quality of life. See § 1.529A-2(h). Any expenses incurred at a time when a designated beneficiary is neither disabled nor blind within the meaning of § 1.529-1(b)(9)(A) or § 1.529-2(e)(1)(i) are not qualified disability expenses.

    (17) Rollover means a contribution to an ABLE account of a designated beneficiary (or of an eligible individual who is a member of the family of the designated beneficiary) of all or a portion of an amount withdrawn from the designated beneficiary's ABLE account, provided the contribution is made within 60 days of the date of the withdrawal and, in the case of a rollover to the designated beneficiary's ABLE account, no rollover has been made to an ABLE account of the designated beneficiary within the prior 12 months.

    (c) Effective/applicability date. This section applies to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2014.

    § 1.529A-2 Qualified ABLE program.

    (a) In general. A qualified ABLE program is a program established and maintained by a State, or an agency or instrumentality of a State, that satisfies all of the requirements of this section and under which—

    (1) An ABLE account may be established for the purpose of meeting the qualified disability expenses of the designated beneficiary of the account;

    (2) The designated beneficiary must be a resident of such State or a resident of a Contracting State (as residence is determined under the law of the State of the designated beneficiary's residence);

    (3) A designated beneficiary is limited to only one ABLE account at a time except as otherwise provided with respect to program-to-program transfers and rollovers;

    (4) Any person may make contributions to such an ABLE account, subject to the limitations described in paragraph (g) of this section; and

    (5) Distributions (other than rollovers and returns of contributions as described in paragraph (g)(4) of this section) may be made only to or for the benefit of the designated beneficiary of the ABLE account.

    (b) Established and maintained by a State or agency or instrumentality of a State—(1) Established. A program is established by a State or its agency or instrumentality if the program is initiated by State statute or regulation or by an act of a State official or agency with the authority to act on behalf of the State.

    (2) Maintained. A program is maintained by a State or an agency or instrumentality of a State if—

    (i) The State or its agency or instrumentality sets all of the terms and conditions of the program, including but not limited to who may contribute to the program, who may be a designated beneficiary of the program, and what benefits the program may provide; and

    (ii) The State or its agency or instrumentality is actively involved on an ongoing basis in the administration of the program, including supervising the implementation of decisions relating to the investment of assets contributed under the program. Factors that are relevant in determining whether a State or its agency or instrumentality is actively involved in the administration of the program include, but are not limited to: Whether the State or its agency or instrumentality provides services to designated beneficiaries that are not provided to persons who are not designated beneficiaries; whether the State or its agency or instrumentality establishes detailed operating rules for administering the program; whether officials of the State or its agency or instrumentality play a substantial role in the operation of the program, including selecting, supervising, monitoring, auditing, and terminating the relationship with any private contractors that provide services under the program; whether the State or its agency or instrumentality holds the private contractors that provide services under the program to the same standards and requirements that apply when private contractors handle funds that belong to the State or its agency or instrumentality or provide services to the State or its agency or instrumentality; whether the State or its agency or instrumentality provides funding for the program; and whether the State or its agency or instrumentality acts as trustee or holds program assets directly or for the benefit of the designated beneficiaries. For example, if the State or its agency or instrumentality thereof exercises the same authority over the funds invested in the program as it does over the investments in or pool of funds of a State employees' defined benefit pension plan, then the State or its agency or instrumentality will be considered actively involved on an ongoing basis in the administration of the program.

    (3) Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). Some or all of the services described in paragraphs (b)(2)(i) and (ii) of this section may be performed by one or more Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) with whom the State (or its agency or instrumentality) contracts for that purpose.

    (c) Establishment of an ABLE account—(1) In general. Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph (c), a qualified ABLE program must provide that an ABLE account may be established only for an eligible individual under a qualified ABLE program of the State in which the eligible individual is a resident. The qualified ABLE program also may allow the establishment of an ABLE account for an eligible individual who is a resident of a Contracting State as defined in § 1.529A-1(b)(2). If an eligible individual is unable to establish an ABLE account on his or her own behalf, the ABLE account may be established on behalf of the eligible individual by the eligible individual's agent under a power of attorney or, if none, by a parent or legal guardian of the eligible individual.

    (2) Only one ABLE account—(i) In general. Except in the case of rollovers or program-to-program transfers, a designated beneficiary is limited to one ABLE account at a time, regardless of where located. To ensure that this requirement is met, a qualified ABLE program must obtain a verification, signed under penalties of perjury, that the eligible individual has no other existing ABLE account (other than an ABLE account that will terminate with the rollover or program-to-program transfer into the new ABLE account) before that program can permit the establishment of an ABLE account for that eligible individual. In the case of a rollover, the ABLE account from which amounts were rolled must be closed as of the 60th day after the amount was distributed from the ABLE account in order for the account that received the rollover to be treated as an ABLE account.

    (ii) Treatment of additional accounts. Except in the case of rollovers or program-to-program transfers, if an ABLE account is established for a designated beneficiary who already has an ABLE account in existence, an additional account will not be treated as an ABLE account. However, if all contributions made to that account are returned in accordance with the rules that apply to excess contributions and excess aggregate contributions under paragraph (g)(4) of this section, the additional account will be treated as never having been established.

    (3) Beneficial interest. The eligible individual for whose benefit an ABLE account is established is the designated beneficiary of the account. A person other than the designated beneficiary with signature authority over the account of the designated beneficiary may neither have nor acquire any beneficial interest in the account during the lifetime of the designated beneficiary and must administer the account for the benefit of the designated beneficiary of the account.

    (d) Eligible individual—(1) In general. Whether an individual is an eligible individual (as defined in § 1.529A-1(b)(9)) is determined for each taxable year, and that determination applies for the entire year. A qualified ABLE program must specify the documentation that an individual must provide, both at the time an ABLE account is established for that individual and thereafter, in order to ensure that the designated beneficiary of the ABLE account is, and continues to be, an eligible individual. For purposes of determining whether an individual is an eligible individual, a disability certification will be deemed to be filed with the Secretary once the qualified ABLE program has received the disability certification (as described in paragraph (e) of this section) or a disability certification has been deemed to have been received under the rules of the qualified ABLE program, which information the qualified ABLE program will file in accordance with the filing requirements under § 1.529A-5(c)(2)(iv).

    (2) Frequency of recertification—(i) In general. A qualified ABLE program may choose different methods of ensuring a designated beneficiary's status as an eligible individual and may impose different periodic recertification requirements for different types of impairments.

    (ii) Considerations. In developing its rules on recertification, a qualified ABLE program may take into consideration whether an impairment is incurable and, if so, the likelihood that a cure may be found in the future. For example, a qualified ABLE program may provide that the initial certification will be deemed to be valid for a stated number of years, which may vary with the type of impairment. If the qualified ABLE program imposes an enforceable obligation on the designated beneficiary or other person with signature authority over the ABLE account to promptly report changes in the designated beneficiary's condition that would result in the designated beneficiary's failing to satisfy the definition of eligible individual, the program also may provide that a certification is valid until the end of the taxable year in which the change in the designated beneficiary's condition occurred.

    (3) Loss of qualification as an eligible individual. If the designated beneficiary of an ABLE account ceases to be an eligible individual, then for each taxable year in which the designated beneficiary is not an eligible individual, the account will continue to be an ABLE account, the designated beneficiary will continue to be the designated beneficiary of the ABLE account (and will be referred to as such), and the ABLE account will not be deemed to have been distributed. However, beginning on the first day of the designated beneficiary's first taxable year for which the designated beneficiary does not satisfy the definition of an eligible individual, additional contributions to the designated beneficiary's ABLE account must not be accepted by the qualified ABLE program. Additionally, no amounts incurred during that year and each subsequent year in which the designated beneficiary does not satisfy the definition of an eligible individual will be qualified disability expenses. If the designated beneficiary subsequently again becomes an eligible individual, contributions to the designated beneficiary's ABLE account again may be accepted subject to the contribution limits under section 529A, and expenses incurred that meet the definition of a qualified disability expense will be qualified disability expenses.

    (e) Disability certification—(1) In general. Except as provided in paragraph (e)(3) of this section or additional guidance described in paragraph (e)(4) of this section, a disability certification with respect to an individual is a certification signed under penalties of perjury by the individual, or by the other individual establishing (or with signature authority over) the ABLE account for the individual, that—

    (i) The individual—

    (A) Has a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that results in marked and severe functional limitations (as defined in paragraph (e)(2) of this section), and that—

    (1) Can be expected to result in death; or

    (2) Has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months; or

    (B) Is blind (within the meaning of section 1614(a)(2) of the Social Security Act);

    (ii) Such blindness or disability occurred before the date on which the individual attained age 26 (and, for this purpose, an individual is deemed to attain age 26 on his or her 26th birthday); and

    (iii) Includes a copy of the individual's diagnosis relating to the individual's relevant impairment or impairments, signed by a physician meeting the criteria of section 1861(r)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395x(r)).

    (2) Marked and severe functional limitations. For purposes of paragraph (e)(1) of this section, the phrase “marked and severe functional limitations” means the standard of disability in the Social Security Act for children claiming Supplemental Security Income for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled (SSI) benefits based on disability (see 20 CFR 416.906). Specifically, this is a level of severity that meets, medically equals, or functionally equals the severity of any listing in appendix 1 of subpart P of 20 CFR part 404, but without regard to age. (See 20 CFR 416.906, 416.924 and 416.926a.) Such phrase also includes any impairment or standard of disability identified in future guidance published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin (see § 601.601(d)(2) of this chapter). Consistent with the regulations of the Social Security Administration, the level of severity is determined by taking into account the effect of the individual's prescribed treatment. (See 20 CFR 416.930.)

    (3) Compassionate allowance list. Conditions listed in the “List of Compassionate Allowances Conditions” maintained by the Social Security Administration (at www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances/conditions.htm) are deemed to meet the requirements of section 529A(e)(1)(B) regarding the filing of a disability certification, if the condition was present before the date on which the individual attained age 26. To establish that an individual with such a condition meets the definition of an eligible individual, the individual must identify the condition and certify to the qualified ABLE program both the presence of the condition and its onset prior to age 26, in a manner specified by the qualified ABLE program.

    (4) Additional guidance. Additional guidance on conditions deemed to meet the requirements of section 529A(e)(1)(B) may be identified in future guidance published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin. See § 601.601(d)(2) of this chapter.

    (5) Restriction on use of certification. No inference may be drawn from a disability certification described in this paragraph (e) for purposes of establishing eligibility for benefits under title II, XVI, or XIX of the Social Security Act.

    (f) Change of designated beneficiary. A qualified ABLE program must permit a change in the designated beneficiary of an ABLE account, but only during the life of the designated beneficiary. At the time of the change, the successor designated beneficiary must be an eligible individual.

    (g) Contributions—(1) Permissible property. Except in the case of program-to-program transfers, contributions to an ABLE account may only be made in cash. A qualified ABLE program may allow cash contributions to be made in the form of a check, money order, credit card, electronic transfer, or similar method.

    (2) Annual contributions limit. A qualified ABLE program must provide that no contribution to an ABLE account will be accepted to the extent such contribution, when added to all other contributions (whether from the designated beneficiary or one or more other persons) to that ABLE account made during the designated beneficiary's taxable year causes the total of such contributions to exceed the amount in effect under section 2503(b) for the calendar year in which the designated beneficiary's taxable year begins. For this purpose, contributions do not include rollovers or program-to-program transfers.

    (3) Cumulative limit—(i) In general. A qualified ABLE program maintained by a State or its agency or instrumentality must provide adequate safeguards to prevent aggregate contributions on behalf of a designated beneficiary in excess of the limit established by that State under section 529(b)(6). For purposes of the preceding sentence, aggregate contributions include contributions to any prior ABLE account maintained by any State or its agency or instrumentality for the same designated beneficiary or any prior designated beneficiary.

    (ii) Safe harbor. A qualified ABLE program maintained by a State or its agency or instrumentality satisfies the requirement in paragraph (g)(3)(i) of this section if it refuses to accept any additional contribution to an ABLE account once the balance in that account reaches the limit established by that State under section 529(b)(6). Once the account balance falls below such limit, additional contributions again may be accepted, subject to the limits under this paragraph (g)(3)(i) of this section.

    (4) Return of excess contributions and excess aggregate contributions. If an excess contribution as defined in § 1.529A-1(b)(10) or an excess aggregate contribution as defined in § 1.529A-1(b)(11) is allocated to or deposited into the ABLE account of a designated beneficiary, a qualified ABLE program must return that excess contribution or excess aggregate contribution, including all net income attributable to that excess contribution or excess aggregate contribution, as determined under the rules set forth in § 1.408-11 (treating an IRA as an ABLE account and returned contributions under section 408(d)(4) as excess contributions or excess aggregate contributions), to the person or persons who made that contribution. An excess contribution or excess aggregate contribution must be returned to its contributor(s) on a last-in-first-out basis until the entire excess contribution or excess aggregate contribution, along with all net income attributable to such contribution, has been returned. Returned contributions must be received by the contributor(s) on or before the due date (including extensions) for the Federal income tax return of the designated beneficiary for the taxable year in which the excess contribution or excess aggregate contribution was made. See § 1.529A-3(e) for income tax considerations for the contributor(s). If an excess contribution or excess aggregate contribution and the net income attributable to the excess contribution or excess aggregate contribution are returned to a contributor other than the designated beneficiary, the qualified ABLE program must notify the designated beneficiary of such return at the time of the return.

    (h) Qualified disability expenses—(1) In general. Qualified disability expenses, as defined in § 1.529A-1(b)(16), are expenses incurred that relate to the blindness or disability of the designated beneficiary of the ABLE account and are for the benefit of that designated beneficiary in maintaining or improving his or her health, independence, or quality of life. Such expenses include, but are not limited to, expenses related to the designated beneficiary's education, housing, transportation, employment training and support, assistive technology and related services, personal support services, health, prevention and wellness, financial management and administrative services, legal fees, expenses for oversight and monitoring, and funeral and burial expenses, as well as other expenses that may be identified from time to time in future guidance published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin. See § 601.601(d)(2) of this chapter. Qualified disability expenses include basic living expenses and are not limited to items for which there is a medical necessity or which solely benefit a disabled individual. A qualified ABLE program must establish safeguards to distinguish between distributions used for the payment of qualified disability expenses and other distributions, and to permit the identification of the amounts distributed for housing expenses as that term is defined for purposes of the Supplemental Security Income program of the Social Security Administration.

    (2) Example. The following example illustrates this paragraph (h):

    Example.

    B, an individual, has a medically determined mental impairment that causes marked and severe limitations on her ability to navigate and communicate. A smart phone would enable B to navigate and communicate more safely and effectively, thereby helping her to maintain her independence and to improve her quality of life. Therefore, the expense of buying, using, and maintaining a smart phone that is used by B would be considered a qualified disability expense.

    (i) Separate accounting. A program will not be treated as a qualified ABLE program unless it provides separate accounting for each ABLE account. Separate accounting requires that contributions for the benefit of a designated beneficiary and any earnings attributable thereto must be allocated to that designated beneficiary's account. Whether or not a program provides each designated beneficiary an annual account statement showing the total account balance, the investment in the account, the accrued earnings, and the distributions from the account, the program must give this information to the designated beneficiary upon request.

    (j) Program-to-program transfers. A qualified ABLE program may permit a change of qualified ABLE program or a change of designated beneficiary by means of a program-to-program transfer as defined in § 1.529A-1(b)(14). In that event, subject to any contrary provisions or limitations adopted by the qualified ABLE program, rules similar to the rules of § 1.401(a)(31)-1, Q&A-3 and 4 (which apply for purposes of a direct rollover from a qualified plan to an eligible retirement plan) apply for purposes of determining whether an amount is paid in the form of a program-to-program transfer.

    (k) Carryover of attributes. Upon a rollover or program-to-program transfer, all of the attributes of the former ABLE account relevant for purposes of calculating the investment in the account and applying the annual and cumulative limits on contributions are applicable to the recipient ABLE account. The portion of the rollover or transfer amount that constituted investment in the account from which the distribution or transfer was made is added to investment in the recipient ABLE account. Similarly, the portion of the rollover or transfer amount that constituted earnings of the account from which the distribution or transfer was made is added to the earnings of the recipient ABLE account.

    (l) Investment direction. A program will not be treated as a qualified ABLE program unless it provides that the designated beneficiary of an ABLE account established under such program may direct, whether directly or indirectly, the investment of any contributions to the program (or any earnings thereon) no more than two times in any calendar year.

    (m) No pledging of interest as security. A program will not be treated as a qualified ABLE program unless the terms of the program, or a state statute or regulation that governs the program, prohibit any interest in the program or any portion thereof from being used as security for a loan. This restriction includes, but is not limited to, a prohibition on the use of any interest in the ABLE program as security for a loan used to purchase such interest in the program.

    (n) No sale or exchange. A qualified ABLE program must ensure that no interest in an ABLE account may be sold or exchanged.

    (o) Change of residence. A qualified ABLE program may continue to maintain the ABLE account of a designated beneficiary after that designated beneficiary changes his or her residence to another State.

    (p) Post-death payments. A qualified ABLE program must provide that a portion or all of the balance remaining in the ABLE account of a deceased designated beneficiary must be distributed to a State that files a claim against the designated beneficiary or the ABLE account itself with respect to benefits provided to the designated beneficiary under that State's Medicaid plan established under title XIX of the Social Security Act. The payment of such claim (if any) will be made only after providing for the payment from the designated beneficiary's ABLE account of all outstanding payments due for his or her qualified disability expenses, and will be limited to the amount of the total medical assistance paid for the designated beneficiary after the establishment of the ABLE account (the date on which the ABLE account, or any ABLE account from which amounts were rolled or transferred to the ABLE account of the same designated beneficiary, was opened) over the amount of any premiums paid, whether from the ABLE account or otherwise by or on behalf of the designated beneficiary, to a Medicaid Buy-In program under any such State Medicaid plan.

    (q) Reporting requirements. A qualified ABLE program must comply with all applicable reporting requirements, including without limitation those described in §§ 1.529A-5 through 1.529A-7.

    (r) Effective/applicability dates. This section applies to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2014.

    § 1.529A-3 Tax treatment.

    (a) Taxation of distributions. Each distribution from an ABLE account consists of earnings (computed in accordance with paragraph (c) of this section) and investment in the account. If the total amount distributed from an ABLE account to or for the benefit of the designated beneficiary of that ABLE account during his or her taxable year does not exceed the qualified disability expenses of the designated beneficiary for that year, no amount distributed is includible in the gross income of the designated beneficiary for that year. If the total amount distributed from an ABLE account to or for the benefit of the designated beneficiary of that ABLE account during his or her taxable year exceeds the qualified disability expenses of the designated beneficiary for that year, the distributions from the ABLE account, except to the extent excluded from gross income under this section or any other provision of chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code, must be included in the gross income of the designated beneficiary in the manner provided under this section and section 72. In such a case, the earnings portion of the distribution includible in gross income is equal to the earnings portion of the distribution reduced by an amount that bears the same ratio to the earnings portion as the amount of qualified disability expenses during the year bears to the total distributions during the year. For this purpose, all amounts relevant under section 72 are determined as of December 31 of the year in which the designated beneficiary's taxable year begins, and all amounts distributed from an ABLE account to or for the benefit of the designated beneficiary during his or her taxable year are treated as one distribution. If an excess contribution or excess aggregate contribution is returned within the time period required in § 1.529A-2(g)(4), any net income distributed is includible in the gross income of the contributor(s) in the taxable year in which the excess contribution or excess aggregate contribution was made.

    (b) Additional exclusions from gross income—(1) Rollover. A rollover as defined in § 1.529A-1(b)(17) is not includible in gross income under paragraph (a) of this section.

    (2) Program-to-program transfers. A program-to-program transfer as defined in § 1.529A-1(b)(14) is not a distribution and is not includible in gross income under paragraph (a) of this section.

    (3) Change of designated beneficiary—(i) In general. A change of designated beneficiary of an ABLE account is not treated as a distribution for purposes of section 529A, and is not includible in gross income under paragraph (a) of this section, if the successor designated beneficiary is—

    (A) An eligible individual for such calendar year; and

    (B) A member of the family of the former designated beneficiary.

    (ii) Other designated beneficiary changes. In the case of any change of designated beneficiary not described in paragraph (b)(3)(i) of this section, the former designated beneficiary of that ABLE account will be treated as having received a distribution of the fair market value of the assets in that ABLE account on the date on which the change is made to the new designated beneficiary.

    (4) Payments to creditors post-death. Distributions made after the death of the designated beneficiary in payment of outstanding obligations due for qualified disability expenses of the designated beneficiary are not includible in the gross income of the designated beneficiary or his or her estate. Included among these obligations is the post-death payment of any part of a claim filed against the designated beneficiary or the ABLE account by a State under a State Medicaid plan.

    (c) Computation of earnings. The earnings portion of a distribution is equal to the product of the amount of the distribution and the earnings ratio, as defined in § 1.529A-1(b)(8). The balance of the distribution (the amount of the distribution minus the earnings portion of that distribution) is the portion of that distribution that constitutes the return of investment in the account.

    (d) Additional tax on amounts includible in gross income—(1) In general. If any amount of a distribution from an ABLE account is includible in the gross income of a person for any taxable year under paragraph (a) of this section (the “includible amount”), the tax imposed on that person by Chapter 1 of the Internal Revenue Code shall be increased by an amount equal to 10 percent of the includible amount.

    (2) Exceptions—(i) Distributions on or after the death of the designated beneficiary. Paragraph (d)(1) of this section does not apply to any distribution made from the ABLE account on or after the death of the designated beneficiary to the estate of the designated beneficiary, to an heir or legatee of the designated beneficiary, or to a creditor described in paragraph (b)(4) of this section.

    (ii) Returned excess contributions and additional accounts. Paragraph (d)(1) of this section does not apply to any return made in accordance with § 1.529A-2(g)(4) of an excess contribution, excess aggregate contribution, or additional account.

    (e) Tax on excess contributions. Under section 4973(h), a contribution to an ABLE account in excess of the annual contributions limit described in § 1.529A-2(g)(2) is subject to an excise tax in an amount equal to 6 percent of the excess contribution. However, if the excess contribution is returned in accordance with the provisions of § 1.529A-2(g)(4), it is treated as an amount not contributed.

    (f) Filing requirements. A qualified ABLE program is not required to file Form 990, “Return of Organization Exempt From Income Tax,” Form 1041, “U.S. Income Tax Return for Estates and Trusts,” or Form 1120, “U.S. Corporation Income Tax Return.” However, a qualified ABLE program is required to file Form 990-T, “Exempt Organization Business Income Tax Return,” if such filing would be required under the rules of §§ 1.6012-2(e) and 1.6012-3(a)(5) if the ABLE program were an organization described in those sections.

    (g) Effective/applicability dates. This section applies to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2014.

    § 1.529A-4 Gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer taxes.

    (a) Contributions—(1) In general. Each contribution by a person to an ABLE account other than by the designated beneficiary of that account is treated as a completed gift to the designated beneficiary of the account for gift tax purposes. Under the applicable gift tax rules, a contribution from a corporation, partnership, trust, estate, or other entity is treated as a gift by the shareholders, partners, or other beneficial owners in proportion to their respective ownership interests in the entity. See § 25.2511-1(c) and (h). A gift into an ABLE account is not treated as either a gift of a future interest in property, or a qualified transfer under section 2503(e). To the extent a contributor's gifts to the designated beneficiary, including gifts paid into the designated beneficiary's ABLE account, do not exceed the annual limit in section 2503(b), the contribution is not subject to gift tax. This provision, however, does not change any other provision applicable to the transfer. For example, a contribution by the employer of the designated beneficiary's parent continues to constitute earned income to the parent and then a gift by the parent to the designated beneficiary.

    (2) Generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax. To the extent the contribution into an ABLE account is a nontaxable gift for gift tax purposes, the inclusion ratio for purposes of the GST tax will be zero pursuant to section 2642(c)(1).

    (3) Designated beneficiary as contributor. A designated beneficiary may make a contribution to fund his or her own ABLE account. That contribution is not a gift. However, in the event of any change of designated beneficiary, the portion of the then fair market value of the ABLE account attributable to that contribution and any earnings attributable to that contribution will constitute a gift by the designated beneficiary to the successor designated beneficiary, and the usual gift and GST tax rules will apply.

    (b) Distributions. No distribution from an ABLE account to or for the benefit of the designated beneficiary is treated as a taxable gift to that designated beneficiary.

    (c) Change of designated beneficiary. Neither gift tax nor generation-skipping transfer tax applies to a change of designated beneficiary if the successor designated beneficiary is both an eligible individual and a member of the family (as described in § 1.529A-1(b)(13)) of the designated beneficiary. The previous sentence does not apply to any other change of designated beneficiary.

    (d) Transfer tax on death of designated beneficiary. Upon the death of the designated beneficiary, the designated beneficiary's ABLE account is includible in his or her gross estate for estate tax purposes under section 2031. The payment of outstanding qualified disability expenses and the payment of certain claims made by a State under its Medicaid plan may be deductible for estate tax purposes if the requirements of section 2053 are satisfied.

    (e) Effective/applicability date. This section applies to taxable years beginning after December 31, 2014.

    § 1.529A-5 Reporting of the establishment of and contributions to an ABLE account.

    (a) In general. A filer defined in paragraph (b)(1) of this section must, with respect to each ABLE account—

    (1) File an annual information return, as described in paragraph (c) of this section, with the Internal Revenue Service; and

    (2) Furnish an annual statement, as described in paragraph (d) of this section, to the designated beneficiary of the ABLE account.

    (b) Additional definitions. In addition to the definitions in § 1.529A-1(b), the following definitions also apply for purposes of this section—

    (1) Filer means the State or its agency or instrumentality that establishes and maintains the qualified ABLE program under which an ABLE account is established. The filing may be done by either an officer or employee of the State or its agency or instrumentality having control of the qualified ABLE program, or the officer's or employee's designee.

    (2) TIN means taxpayer identification number as defined in section 7701(a)(41).

    (c) Requirement to file return—(1) Form of return. For purposes of reporting the information described in paragraph (c)(2) of this section, the filer must file Form 5498-QA, “ABLE Account Contribution Information,” or any successor form, together with Form 1096, “Annual Summary and Transmittal of U.S. Information Returns.”

    (2) Information included on return. With respect to each ABLE account, the filer must include on the return—

    (i) The name, address, and TIN of the designated beneficiary of the ABLE account;

    (ii) The name, address, and TIN of the filer;

    (iii) Information regarding the establishment of the ABLE account, as required by the form and its instructions;

    (iv) Information regarding the disability certification or other basis for eligibility of the designated beneficiary, as required by the form and its instructions. For further information regarding eligibility and disability certification, see § 1.529A-2(d) and (e), respectively;

    (v) The total amount of any contributions made with respect to the ABLE account during the calendar year;

    (vi) The fair market value of the ABLE account as of the last day of the calendar year; and

    (vii) Any other information required by the form, its instructions, or published guidance. See §§ 601.601(d) and 601.602 of this chapter.

    (3) Time and manner of filing return—(i) In general. Except as provided in paragraph (c)(3)(ii) of this section, the information returns required under this paragraph must be filed on or before May 31 of the year following the calendar year with respect to which the return is being filed, in accordance with the forms and their instructions.

    (ii) Extensions of time. See §§ 1.6081-1 and 1.6081-8 of this chapter for rules relating to extensions of time to file information returns required in this section.

    (iii) Electronic filing. See § 301.6011-2 of this chapter for rules relating to electronic filing.

    (iv) Substitute forms. The filer may file the returns required under this paragraph (c) on a substitute form. A substitute form must comply with applicable revenue procedures (see § 601.601(d)(2) of this chapter) or other guidance published by the IRS, including Publication 1179, “General Rules and Specifications for Substitute Forms 1096, 1098, 1099, 5498, and Certain Other Information Returns.”

    (d) Requirement to furnish statement—(1) In general. The filer must furnish a statement to the designated beneficiary of the ABLE account for which it is required to file a Form 5498-QA (or any successor form). The statement must include—

    (i) The information required under paragraph (c)(2) of this section;

    (ii) A legend that identifies the statement as important tax information that is being furnished to the Internal Revenue Service; and

    (iii) The name and address of the office or department of the filer that is the information contact for questions regarding the ABLE account to which the Form 5498-QA relates.

    (2) Time and manner of furnishing statement—(i) In general. Except as provided in paragraph (d)(2)(ii) of this section, the filer must furnish the statement described in paragraph (d)(1) of this section to the designated beneficiary on or before March 15 of the year following the calendar year with respect to which the statement is being furnished. If mailed, the statement must be sent to the designated beneficiary's last known address. The statement may be furnished electronically, as provided in § 1.529A-7.

    (ii) Extensions of time. The Internal Revenue Service may grant an extension of time to furnish statements required in this section upon a showing of good cause. See the instructions to Form 5498-QA.

    (3) Copy of Form 5498-QA. The filer may satisfy the requirement of this paragraph (d) by furnishing either a copy of Form 5498-QA (or successor form) or another document that contains the information required by paragraph (d)(1) of this section, if the document complies with applicable revenue procedures (see § 601.601(d)(2) of this chapter) or other guidance published by the IRS relating to substitute statements, including Publication 1179, “General Rules and Specifications for Substitute Forms 1096, 1098, 1099, 5498, and Certain Other Information Returns.”

    (e) Request for TIN of designated beneficiary. The filer must request the TIN of the designated beneficiary at the time the ABLE account is opened if the filer does not already have a record of the designated beneficiary's correct TIN. The filer must clearly notify the designated beneficiary that the law requires the designated beneficiary to furnish a TIN so that it may be included on an information return to be filed by the filer. The designated beneficiary may provide his or her TIN in any manner including orally, in writing, or electronically. If the TIN is furnished in writing, no particular form is required. Form W-9, “Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification,” may be used, or the request may be incorporated into the forms related to the establishment of the ABLE account.

    (f) Penalties—(1) Failure to file return. The section 6693 penalty may apply to the filer that fails to file information returns at the time and in the manner required by this section, unless it is shown that such failure is due to reasonable cause. See section 6693 and the regulations thereunder.

    (2) Failure to furnish TIN. The section 6723 penalty may apply to any designated beneficiary who fails to furnish his or her TIN to the filer. See section 6723, and the regulations thereunder, for rules relating to the penalty for failure to furnish a TIN.

    (g) Effective/applicability date. The rules of this section apply to information returns required to be filed, and payee statements required to be furnished, after December 31, 2015.

    § 1.529A-6 Reporting of distributions from and termination of an ABLE account.

    (a) In general. The filer as defined in § 1.529A-5(b)(1) must, with respect to each ABLE account from which any distribution is made or which is terminated during the calendar year—

    (1) File an annual information return, as described paragraph (b) of this section, with the Internal Revenue Service; and

    (2) Furnish an annual statement, as described in paragraph (c) of this section, to the designated beneficiary of the ABLE account and to each contributor who received a returned contribution in accordance with § 1.529A-2(g)(4) attributable to the calendar year.

    (b) Requirement to file return—(1) Form of return. For purposes of reporting the information in paragraph (b)(2) of this section, the filer must file Form 1099-QA, “Distributions from ABLE Accounts,” or any successor form, together with Form 1096, “Annual Summary and Transmittal of U.S. Information Returns.”

    (2) Information included on return. The filer must include on the return—

    (i) The name, address, and TIN of the designated beneficiary of the ABLE account or of any contributor who received a returned contribution in accordance with § 1.529A-2(g)(4) attributable to the calendar year, as applicable;

    (ii) The name, address, and TIN of the filer;

    (iii) The aggregate amount of distributions from the ABLE account during the calendar year;

    (iv) Information as to basis and earnings with respect to such distributions or returns of contributions;

    (v) Information regarding termination (if any) of the ABLE account;

    (vi) Information regarding each rollover and any program-to-program transfer to or from the ABLE account during the designated beneficiary's taxable year;

    (vii) Whether the return is being furnished to the designated beneficiary or to a contributor; and

    (viii) Any other information required by the form, its instructions, or published guidance. See §§ 601.601(d) and 601.602 of this chapter.

    (3) Time and manner of filing return—(i) In general. Except as provided in paragraph (b)(3)(ii) of this section, the Forms 1099-QA and 1096 must be filed on or before February 28 (March 31 if filing electronically) of the year following the calendar year with respect to which the return is being filed, in accordance with the forms and their instructions.

    (ii) Extensions of time. See §§ 1.6081-1 and 1.6081-8 of this chapter for rules relating to extensions of time to file information returns required in this section.

    (iii) Electronic filing. See § 301.6011-2 of this chapter for rules relating to electronic filing.

    (iv) Substitute forms. The filer may file the return required under this paragraph (b) on a substitute form. A substitute form must comply with applicable revenue procedures (see § 601.601(d)(2) of this chapter) or other guidance published by the IRS, including Publication 1179, “General Rules and Specifications for Substitute Forms 1096, 1098, 1099, 5498, and Certain Other Information Returns.”

    (c) Requirement to furnish statement—(1) In general. The filer must furnish a statement to the designated beneficiary and each contributor (if any) of the ABLE account for which it is required to file a Form 1099-QA (or any successor form). The statement must include—

    (i) The information required under paragraph (b)(2) of this section.

    (ii) A legend that identifies the statement as important tax information that is being furnished to the Internal Revenue Service;

    (iii) The name and address of the office or department of the filer that is the information contact for questions regarding the ABLE account to which the Form 1099-QA relates.

    (2) Time and manner of furnishing statement—(i) In general. Except as provided in paragraph (c)(2)(ii) of this section, a filer must furnish the statement described in paragraph (c)(1) of this section to the designated beneficiary on or before January 31 of the year following the calendar year with respect to which the statement is being furnished. If mailed, the statement must be sent to the recipient's last known address. The statement may be furnished electronically, as provided in § 1.529A-7.

    (ii) Extensions of time. The Internal Revenue Service may grant an extension of time to furnish statements required in this section upon a showing of good cause. See the instructions to Form 1099-QA.

    (3) Copy of Form 1099-QA. A filer may satisfy the requirement of this paragraph (c) by furnishing either a copy of Form 1099-QA (or successor form) or another document that contains the information required by paragraph (c)(1) of this section and that complies with applicable revenue procedures (see § 601.601(d)(2) of this chapter) or other guidance published by the IRS relating to substitute statements, including Publication 1179, “General Rules and Specifications for Substitute Forms 1096, 1098, 1099, 5498, and Certain Other Information Returns.”

    (d) Request for TIN of contributor(s). A filer must request the TIN for each contributor to the ABLE account at the time a contribution is made, if the filer does not already have a record of that person's correct TIN. The filer must clearly notify each contributor to the account that the law requires that person to furnish a TIN so that it may be included on an information return to be filed by the filer. The contributor may provide his or her TIN in any manner including orally, in writing, or electronically. If the TIN is furnished in writing, no particular form is required. Form W-9, “Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification,” may be used, or the request may be incorporated into the forms related to the establishment of the ABLE account.

    (e) Penalties—(1) Failure to file return. The section 6693 penalty may apply to a filer that fails to file information returns at the time and in the manner required by this section, unless it is shown that such failure is due to reasonable cause. See section 6693 and the regulations thereunder.

    (2) Failure to furnish TIN. The section 6723 penalty may apply to any contributor who fails to furnish his or her TIN to the filer. See section 6723, and the regulations thereunder, for rules relating to the penalty for failure to furnish a TIN.

    (f) Effective/applicability date. The rules of this section apply to information returns required to be filed, and payee statements required to be furnished, after December 31, 2015.

    § 1.529A-7 Electronic furnishing of statements to designated beneficiaries and contributors.

    (a) Electronic furnishing of statements—(1) In general. A filer required under § 1.529A-5 or § 1.529A-6 of this chapter to furnish a written statement to a designated beneficiary of or contributor to an ABLE account may furnish the statement in an electronic format in lieu of a paper format. A filer who meets the requirements of paragraphs (a)(2) through (6) of this section is treated as furnishing the required statement.

    (2) Consent—(i) In general. The recipient of the statement must have affirmatively consented to receive the statement in an electronic format. The consent may be made electronically in any manner that reasonably demonstrates that the recipient can access the statement in the electronic format in which it will be furnished to the recipient. Alternatively, the consent may be made in a paper document if it is confirmed electronically.

    (ii) Withdrawal of consent. The consent requirement of this paragraph (a)(2) is not satisfied if the recipient withdraws the consent and the withdrawal takes effect before the statement is furnished. The filer may provide that a withdrawal of consent takes effect either on the date it is received by the filer or on another date no more than 60 days later. The filer also may provide that a request for a paper statement will be treated as a withdrawal of consent.

    (iii) Change in hardware or software requirements. If a change in the hardware or software required to access the statement creates a material risk that the recipient will not be able to access the statement, the filer must, prior to changing the hardware or software, provide the recipient with a notice. The notice must describe the revised hardware and software required to access the statement and inform the recipient that a new consent to receive the statement in the revised electronic format must be provided to the filer if the recipient does not want to withdraw the consent. After implementing the revised hardware and software, the filer must obtain from the recipient, in the manner described in paragraph (a)(2)(i) of this section, a new consent or confirmation of consent to receive the statement electronically.

    (iv) Examples. For purposes of the following examples that illustrate the rules of this paragraph (a)(2), assume that the requirements of § 1.529A-7(a)(3) have been met:

    Example 1.

    Filer F sends Recipient R a letter stating that R may consent to receive statements required under § 1.529A-5 or § 1.529A-6 electronically on a Web site instead of in a paper format. The letter contains instructions explaining how to consent to receive the statements electronically by accessing the Web site, downloading the consent document, completing the consent document, and emailing the completed consent back to F. The consent document posted on the Web site uses the same electronic format that F will use for the electronically furnished statements. R reads the instructions and submits the consent in the manner provided in the instructions. R has consented to receive the statements electronically in the manner described in paragraph (a)(2)(i) of this section.

    Example 2.

    Filer F sends Recipient R an email stating that R may consent to receive statements required under § 1.529A-5 or § 1.529A-6 electronically instead of in a paper format. The email contains an attachment instructing R how to consent to receive the statements electronically. The email attachment uses the same electronic format that F will use for the electronically furnished statements. R opens the attachment, reads the instructions, and submits the consent in the manner provided in the instructions. R has consented to receive the statements electronically in the manner described in paragraph (a)(2)(i) of this section.

    Example 3.

    Filer F posts a notice on its Web site stating that Recipient R may receive statements required under § 1.529A-5 or § 1.529A-6 electronically instead of in a paper format. The Web site contains instructions on how R may access a secure Web page and consent to receive the statements electronically. By accessing the secure Web page and giving consent, R has consented to receive the statements electronically in the manner described in paragraph (a)(2)(i) of this section.

    (3) Required disclosures—(i) In general. Prior to, or at the time of, a recipient's consent, the filer must provide to the recipient a clear and conspicuous disclosure statement containing each of the disclosures described in paragraphs (a)(3)(ii) through (viii) of this section.

    (ii) Paper statement. The recipient must be informed that the statement will be furnished on paper if the recipient does not consent to receive it electronically.

    (iii) Scope and duration of consent. The recipient must be informed of the scope and duration of the consent. For example, the recipient must be informed whether the consent applies to statements furnished every year after the consent is given until it is withdrawn in the manner described in paragraph (a)(3)(v)(A) of this section, or only to the statement required to be furnished on or before the due date immediately following the date on which the consent is given.

    (iv) Post-consent request for a paper statement. The recipient must be informed of any procedure for obtaining a paper copy of the recipient's statement after giving the consent and whether a request for a paper statement will be treated as a withdrawal of consent.

    (v) Withdrawal of consent. The recipient must be informed that—

    (A) The recipient may withdraw a consent by writing (electronically or on paper) to the person or department whose name, mailing address, and email address is provided in the disclosure statement;

    (B) The filer will confirm, in writing (either electronically or on paper), the withdrawal and the date on which it takes effect; and

    (C) A withdrawal of consent does not apply to a statement that was furnished electronically in the manner described in this paragraph (a) before the date on which the withdrawal of consent takes effect.

    (vi) Notice of termination. The recipient must be informed of the conditions under which a filer will cease furnishing statements electronically to the recipient.

    (vii) Updating information. The recipient must be informed of the procedures for updating the information needed by the filer to contact the recipient. The filer must inform the recipient of any change in the filer's contact information.

    (viii) Hardware and software requirements. The recipient must be provided with a description of the hardware and software required to access, print, and retain the statement, and the date when the statement will no longer be available on the Web site.

    (4) Format. The electronic version of the statement must contain all required information and comply with applicable revenue procedures or other guidance published by the IRS relating to substitute statements to recipients, including Publication 1179, “General Rules and Specifications for Substitute Forms 1096, 1098, 1099, 5498, and Certain Other Information Returns.”

    (5) Notice—(i) In general. If the statement is furnished on a Web site, the filer must notify the recipient that the statement is posted on a Web site. The notice may be delivered by mail, electronic mail, or in person. The notice must provide instructions on how to access and print the statement. The notice must include the following statement in capital letters, “IMPORTANT TAX RETURN DOCUMENT AVAILABLE.” If the notice is provided by electronic mail, the foregoing statement must be on the subject line of the electronic mail.

    (ii) Undeliverable electronic address. If an electronic notice described in paragraph (a)(5)(i) of this section is returned as undeliverable, and the correct electronic address cannot be obtained from the filer's records or from the recipient, then the filer must furnish the notice by mail or in person within 30 days after the electronic notice is returned.

    (iii) Corrected statements. If the filer has corrected a recipient's statement that was furnished electronically, the filer must furnish the corrected statement to the recipient electronically. If the recipient's statement was furnished though a Web site posting and the filer has corrected the statement, the filer must notify the recipient that it has posted the corrected statement on the Web site within 30 days of such posting in the manner described in paragraph (a)(5)(i) of this section. The corrected statement or the notice must be furnished by mail or in person if—

    (A) An electronic notice of the Web site posting of an original statement or the corrected statement was returned as undeliverable; and

    (B) The recipient has not provided a new email address.

    (6) Access period. Statements furnished on a Web site must be retained on the Web site through October 15 of the year following the calendar year to which the statements relate (or the first business day after such October 15 if October 15 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday). The filer must maintain access to corrected statements that are posted on the Web site through October 15 of the year following the calendar year to which the statements relate (or the first business day after such October 15 if October 15 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday) or the date 90 days after the corrected statements are posted, whichever is later. The rules in this paragraph (a)(6) do not replace the filer's obligation to keep records under section 6001 and § 1.6001-1(a) of this chapter.

    (b) Effective/applicability date. This section applies to statements required to be furnished after December 31, 2015.

    PART 25—GIFT TAXES Par. 5. The authority citation for part 25 continues to read in part as follows: Authority:

    26 U.S.C. 7805* * *

    Par. 6. Section 25.2501-1 is amended by adding a sentence at the end of paragraph (a)(1) to read as follows:
    § 25.2501-1 Imposition of Tax.

    (a) * * *

    (1) * * * For gift tax rules related to an ABLE account established under section 529A, see regulations promulgated thereunder.

    Par. 7. Section 25.2503-3 is amended by adding a sentence at the end of paragraph (a) to read as follows:
    § 25.2503-3 Future interests in property.

    (a) * * * A contribution to an ABLE account established under section 529A is not a future interest.

    Par. 8. Section 25.2503-6 is amended by adding a sentence at the end of paragraph (a) to read as follows:
    § 25.2503-6 Exclusion for certain qualified transfers to tuition or medical expenses.

    (a) * * * A contribution to an ABLE account established under section 529A is not a qualified transfer.

    Par. 9. Section 25.2511-2 is amended by adding a sentence at the end of paragraph (a) to read as follows:
    § 25.2511-2 Cessation of donor's dominion and control.

    (a) * * * For gift tax rules related to an ABLE account established under section 529A, see regulations promulgated thereunder.

    PART 26—ESTATE TAXES Par. 10. The authority citation for part 26 continues to read in part as follows: Authority:

    26 U.S.C. 7805* * *

    Par. 11. Section 26.2642-1 is amended by adding a sentence at the end of paragraph (a) to read as follows:
    § 26.2642-1 Inclusion ratio.

    (a) * * * For generation-skipping transfer tax rules related to an ABLE account established under section 529A, see regulations promulgated thereunder.

    Par. 12. Section 26.2652-1 is amended by adding a sentence at the end of paragraph (a)(1) to read as follows:
    § 26.2652-1 Transferor defined; other definitions.

    (a) * * *

    (1) * * * For generation-skipping transfer tax rules related to an ABLE account established under section 529A, see regulations promulgated thereunder.

    PART 301—REPORTING AND RECORDKEEPING REQUIREMENTS Par. 13. The authority citation for part 301 continues to read in part as follows: Authority:

    26 U.S.C. 7805* * *

    § 301.6011-2 [Amended]
    Par. 14. Section 301.6011-2 is amended by adding the word “series” after “5498” in the first sentence of paragraph (b)(1). John Dalrymple, Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15280 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4830-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers 33 CFR Part 334 West Arm Behm Canal, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Ketchikan Alaska; Restricted Areas. AGENCY:

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

    ACTION:

    Notice of proposed amendment and request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) is proposing to amend existing regulations for an existing restricted area near Ketchikan, Alaska to correct inaccuracies in regards to flashing beacon light descriptions, point of contact changes, and restrictive area distances for small craft.

    DATES:

    Written comments must be submitted on or before July 22, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments, identified by docket number COE-2015-0009, by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: [email protected] Include the docket number, COE-2015-0009, in the subject line of the message.

    Mail: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Attn: CECW-CO (David B. Olson), 441 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20314-1000.

    Hand Delivery/Courier: Due to security requirements, we cannot receive comments by hand delivery or courier.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to docket number COE-2015-0009. All comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available on-line at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the commenter indicates that the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI, or otherwise protected, through regulations.gov or email. The regulations.gov Web site is an anonymous access system, which means we will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an email directly to the Corps without going through regulations.gov, your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, we recommend that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If we cannot read your comment because of technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, we may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic comments should avoid the use of any special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.

    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to www.regulations.gov. All documents in the docket are listed. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, such as CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Mr. David Olson, Headquarters, Operations and Regulatory Community of Practice, Washington, DC at 202-761-4922 or Ms. Linda Speerstra, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District, Regulatory Division, at 907-747-0658.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Pursuant to its authorities in Section 7 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1917 (40 Stat 266; 33 U.S.C. 1) and Chapter XIX of the Army Appropriations Act of 1919 (40 Stat 892; 33 U.S.C. 3), the Corps is proposing to amend the regulation at 33 CFR part 334 by amending existing language applicable to restricted area in the waters of the West Arm Behm Canal, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Ketchikan Alaska; Area No. 5. The proposed amendment would revise the wording of the existing restricted area description to accurately describe the installed light configuration, update contact information and increase vessel transiting area.

    Procedural Requirements

    a. Review Under Executive Order 12866. The proposed rule is issued with respect to a military function of the Department of Defense and the provisions of Executive Order 12866 do not apply.

    b. Review Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act. This proposed rule has been reviewed under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (Public Law 96-354). The Regulatory Flexibility Act generally requires an agency to prepare a regulatory flexibility analysis of any rule subject to notice-and-comment rulemaking requirements under the Administrative Procedure Act or any other statute unless the agency certifies that the rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities (i.e., small businesses and small governments). The restricted area is necessary to protect users of this waterway during naval operations. The restricted area will only be closed for brief amounts of time (usually no more than 20 minutes) when it is activated. Unless information is obtained to the contrary during the comment period, the Corps certifies that the proposed rule would have no significant economic impact on the public. After considering the economic impacts of this proposed restricted area regulation on small entities, I certify that this action will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities.

    c. Review Under the National Environmental Policy Act. Due to the administrative nature of this action and because there is no intended change in the use of the area, the Corps expects that these amendments to regulation, if adopted, will not have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment and, therefore, preparation of an environmental impact statement will not be required. An environmental assessment will be prepared after the public notice period is closed and all comments have been received and considered.

    d. Unfunded Mandates Act. This proposed rule does not contain a Federal mandate that may result in expenditures of $100 million or more for State, local, and Tribal governments, in the aggregate, or the private sector in any one year. Therefore, this proposed rule is not subject to the requirements of Sections 202 and 205 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA). The proposed rule contains no regulatory requirements that might significantly or uniquely affect small governments. Therefore, the proposed rule is not subject to the requirements of Section 203 of UMRA.

    List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 334

    Danger zones, Navigation (water), Restricted areas, Waterways.

    For the reasons set out in the preamble, the Corps proposes to amend 33 CFR part 334 as follows:

    PART 334—DANGER ZONE AND RESTRICTED AREA REGULATIONS 1. The authority citation for part 334 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    40 Stat. 266 (33 U.S.C. 1) and 40 Stat. 892 (33 U.S.C. 3).

    2. Amend § 334.1275 by revising paragraphs (b)(5), (c) and (d) to read as follows:
    § 334.1275 West Arm Behm Canal, Ketchikan, Alaska, restricted area.

    (b) * * *

    (5) Area No. 5. (i) The area will be open unless the Navy is actually conducting operations. To ensure safe and timely passage through the restricted area vessel operators are required to notify the Facility Control Officer of their expected time of arrival, speed and intentions. For vessels not equipped with radio equipment, the Navy shall signal with flashing beacon lights whether passage is prohibited and when it is safe to pass through the area. A flashing amber beacon means that the area is closed to all vessels and to await a clear signal. The flashing amber beacon not lighted is the clear signal and indicates that vessels may proceed through the area. Each closure of the area by the Navy will normally not exceed 20 minutes.

    (ii) When Area No. 5 restrictions are in place, vessels may operate within 1000 yards of the shoreline at speeds no greater than 5 knots in accordance with the restriction in effect in Area No. 3.

    (c) Vessels will be allowed to transit Restricted Area #5 within 20 minutes of marine radio or telephone notification to the Navy Facility Control Officer.

    (d) Enforcement. The regulations in this section shall be enforced by the Commander, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, and such agencies he/she may designate.

    Dated:_May 12, 2015. Edward E. Belk, Jr., Chief, Operations and Regulatory Division, Directorate of Civil Works.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15294 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720-58-P
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers 33 CFR Part 334 Atlantic Ocean South of Entrance to Chesapeake Bay off Camp Pendleton, Virginia; Firing Range AGENCY:

    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DoD.

    ACTION:

    Notice of proposed rulemaking and request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    The Corps of Engineers is proposing to establish a permanent danger zone in waters of the Atlantic Ocean south of Rudee Inlet in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The Camp Pendleton firing range supports a myriad of stakeholders that include all components of the Department of Defense, including: US Army, Army National Guard, Army Reserve, US Navy, Navy Reserve, US Marine Corps, US Marine Corps Reserve, US Air Force, Air Force National Guard, Air Force Reserve, US Coast Guard, and Coast Guard Reserve, as well as many non-DoD units. Camp Pendleton, VA will provide an economical, safe training environment for individual live fire exercises, and collective units to conduct the minimum requirements for weapons qualification. The proposed danger zone will increase the level of safety to the public in the vicinity of the live firing operations by providing additional notice of the hazards present.

    DATES:

    Written comments must be submitted on or before July 22, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments, identified by docket number COE-2015-0006, by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Email: [email protected] Include the docket number, COE-2015-0006, in the subject line of the message.

    Mail: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Attn: CECW-CO-R (David B. Olson), 441 G Street NW., Washington, DC 20314-1000.

    Hand Delivery/Courier: Due to security requirements, we cannot receive comments by hand delivery or courier.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to docket number COE-2015-0006. All comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available on-line at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless the commenter indicates that the comment includes information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit information that you consider to be CBI, or otherwise protected, through regulations.gov or email. The regulations.gov Web site is an anonymous access system, which means we will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an email directly to the Corps without going through regulations.gov, your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket and made available on the Internet. If you submit an electronic comment, we recommend that you include your name and other contact information in the body of your comment and also include your contact information with any disk or CD-ROM you submit. If we cannot read your comment because of technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, we may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic comments should avoid the use of any special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.

    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to www.regulations.gov . All documents in the docket are listed. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, such as CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Mr. David Olson, Headquarters, Operations and Regulatory Community of Practice, Washington, DC at 202-761-4922, or Ms. Nicole Woodward, Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District, Regulatory Branch, at 757-201-7122.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Pursuant to its authorities in Section 7 of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1917 (40 Stat. 266; 33 U.S.C. 1) and Chapter XIX of the Army Appropriations Act of 1919 (40 Stat. 892; 33 U.S.C. 3), the Corps of Engineers is proposing amendments to regulations in 33 CFR part 334 to establish a permanent danger zone in waters of the Atlantic Ocean, south of the entrance to Chesapeake Bay off Camp Pendleton, Virginia. The proposed establishment of a permanent danger zone is necessary to protect the public from hazards associated with live firing operations.

    Procedural Requirements a. Review under Executive Order 12866.

    This proposed rule is issued with respect to a military function of the Defense Department and the provisions of Executive Order 12866 do not apply.

    b. Review Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act

    This proposed rule has been reviewed under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (Pub. L. 96-354). The Regulatory Flexibility Act generally requires an agency to prepare a regulatory flexibility analysis of any rule subject to notice-and-comment rulemaking requirements under the Administrative Procedure Act or any other statute unless the agency certifies that the rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities (i.e., small businesses and small governments). The danger zone is necessary to protect public safety and satisfy Department of Defense operations requirements for weapons training. Small entities can utilize other navigable waters outside of the danger zone when the danger zone is activated. After considering the economic impacts of this proposed danger zone regulation on small entities, I certify that this action will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. We are interested in the potential impacts of the danger zone on small entities and welcome comments on issues related to such impacts.

    c. Review Under the National Environmental Policy Act

    Due to the administrative nature of this action and because there is no intended change in the use of the area, the Corps expects that this regulation, if adopted, will not have a significant impact to the quality of the human environment and, therefore, preparation of an environmental impact statement will not be required. An environmental assessment will be prepared after the public notice period is closed and all comments have been received and considered.

    d. Unfunded Mandates Act

    This proposed rule does not impose an enforceable duty among the private sector and, therefore, it is not a Federal private sector mandate and it is not subject to the requirements of either Section 202 or Section 205 of the Unfunded Mandates Act. We have also found under Section 203 of the Act, that small governments will not be significantly and uniquely affected by this rulemaking.

    List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 334

    Danger zones, Marine safety, Navigation (water), Restricted areas, Waterways.

    For the reasons set out in the preamble, the Corps proposes to amend 33 CFR part 334 as follows:

    PART 334—DANGER ZONE AND RESTRICTED AREA REGULATIONS 1. The authority citation for 33 CFR part 334 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    40 Stat. 266 (33 U.S.C. 1) and 40 Stat. 892 (33 U.S.C. 3).

    2. Add § 334.405 to read as follows:
    § 334.405 South of entrance to Chesapeake Bay off Camp Pendleton, Virginia; firing range.

    (a) The danger zone. The danger zone encompasses all navigable waters of the United States as defined at 33 CFR part 329, within the area bounded by a line connecting the following coordinates: Commencing from the shoreline at latitude 36°49′00″ N., longitude 75°58′04″ W.; thence to latitude 36°49′19″ N., longitude 75°57′41″ W.; thence to latitude 36°49′21″ N., longitude 75°57′32″ W.; thence to latitude 36°49′13″ N., longitude 75°56′44″ W.; thence to latitude 36°49′22″ N., longitude 75°55′48″ W.; thence to latitude 36°49′12″ N., longitude 75°55′46″ W.; thence to latitude 36°49′02″ N., longitude 75°55′45″ W.; thence to latitude 36°48′52″ N., longitude 75°55′45″ W.; thence to latitude 36°48′54″ N., longitude 75°56′42″ W.; thence to latitude 36°48′41″ N., longitude 75°57′28″ W.; thence to latitude 36°48′41″ N., longitude 75°57′37″ W.; thence to latitude 36°48′57″ N., longitude 75°58′04″ W. The datum for these coordinates is WGS84.

    (b) The regulations. (1) Persons and vessels shall proceed through the area with caution and shall remain therein no longer than necessary for purpose of transit.

    (2) When firing is in progress during daylight hours, red flags will be displayed at conspicuous locations on the beach. No firing will be done during the hours of darkness or low visibility.

    (3) Firing on the ranges shall be suspended as long as any persons or vessels are within the danger zone.

    (4) Lookout posts shall be manned by the activity or agency operating the firing range State Military Reservation, Camp Pendleton.

    (5) There shall be no firing on the range during periods of low visibility which would prevent the recognition of a person or vessel (to a distance of 7,500 yards) which is properly displaying navigation lights, or which would preclude a vessel from observing the red range flags or lights.

    (c) Enforcement. The regulations in this section shall be enforced by the Adjutant General of Virginia, and such agencies as he or she may designate.

    Dated: June 12, 2015. Edward E. Belk, Jr., Chief, Operations and Regulatory Division, Directorate of Civil Works.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15293 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720-58-P
    80 119 Monday, June 22, 2015 Notices DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request June 16, 2015.

    The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13. Comments regarding (a) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    Comments regarding this information collection received by July 22, 2015 will be considered. Written comments should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), New Executive Office Building, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20502. Commenters are encouraged to submit their comments to OMB via email to: [email protected] or fax (202) 395-5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250-7602. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720-8958.

    An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    National Institute of Food and Agriculture

    Title: Organizational Information.

    OMB Control Number: 0524-0026.

    Summary of Collection: The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has primary responsibility for providing linkages between the Federal and State components of a broad-based, national agricultural research, extension, and higher education system. Focused on national issues, its purpose is to represent the Secretary of Agriculture and the intent of Congress by administering formula and grant funds appropriated for agricultural research, extension, and higher education. Before awards can be made, certain information is required from applicant to effectively assess the potential recipient's capacity to manage Federal funds. NIFA will collection information using form NIFA 666, “Organizational Information.”

    Need and Use of the Information: NIFA will collect information to determine that applicants recommended for awards will be responsible recipients of Federal funds. The information pertains to organizational management and financial matters of the potential grantee. If the information were not collected, it would not be possible to determine that the prospective grantees are responsible.

    Description of Respondents: Not-for-profit institutions; Business or other for-profit; Individuals or households; State, Local, or Tribal Government.

    Number of Respondents: 150.

    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion.

    Total Burden Hours: 945.

    National Institute of Food and Agriculture

    Title: NIFA Grant Application.

    OMB Control Number: 0524-0039.

    Summary of Collection: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) sponsors ongoing agricultural research, education, and extension programs under which competitive, formula, and special awards of a high-priority nature are made These programs are authorized pursuant to the authorities contained in the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, as amended (7 U.S.C. 3101), the Smith-Lever Act, and other legislative authorities. Before awards can be made, certain information is required from applicants as part of an overall application. In addition to a project summary, proposal narrative, vitae of key personnel, and other pertinent technical aspects of the proposed project, supporting documentation of an administrative and budgetary nature also must be provided. This information is obtained via applications through the use of federal-wide standard grant application forms and NIFA specific application forms. Because competitive applications are submitted, many of which necessitate review by peer panelists, it is particularly important that applicants provide the information in a standardized fashion to ensure equitable treatment for all.

    Need and Use of the Information: The fundamental purpose of the information requested is for USDA proposal evaluation, award, management, reporting, and recordkeeping, as part of the overall administration of the research, education, and extension programs administered by NIFA. In addition to federal-wide standard grant application forms, NIFA will use the following program and agency specific components as part of its application package: Letter of Intent Form, Supplemental Information Form; Application Type Form; Application Modification Form; Form NIFA-2008, Assurance Statement(s); Form NIFA-2010, Fellowships/Scholarships Entry/Annual Update/Exit Form.

    Description of Respondents: Not-for-profit institutions; Business or other for-profit; Individuals or household; Federal Government; State, Local or Tribal Government.

    Number of Respondents: 6,150.

    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion.

    Total Burden Hours: 24,104.

    Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15203 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410-09-P
    DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Office of the Secretary Notice of Solicitation of Members to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board AGENCY:

    Research, Education, and Economics, USDA.

    ACTION:

    Solicitation for membership.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App., the United States Department of Agriculture announces solicitation for nominations to fill 9 vacancies on the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board.

    DATES:

    Deadline for Advisory Board member nominations is July 31, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    The nominee's name, resume, completed Form AD-755, and any letters of support must be submitted via one of the following methods:

    (1) Email to [email protected]; or

    (2) By mail delivery service to Thomas Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250, Attn: NAREEE Advisory Board, Room 332A, Whitten Building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Michele Esch, Executive Director, National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 332A, Whitten Building, Washington, DC 20250-2255, telephone: 202-720-3684; fax: 202-720-6199; email: [email protected] Committee Web site: www.nareeeab.ree.usda.gov.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board was established in 1996 via Section 1408 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3123) to provide advice to the Secretary of Agriculture and land-grant colleges and universities on top priorities and policies for food and agricultural research, education, extension and economics. Section 1408 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3123) was amended by the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2008 by deleting six membership categories in the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board, which totals 25 members. Since the Advisory Boards inception by congressional legislation in 1996, each member has represented a specific category related to farming or ranching, food production and processing, forestry research, crop and animal science, land-grant institutions, non-land grant college or university with a historic commitment to research in the food and agricultural sciences, food retailing and marketing, rural economic development, and natural resource and consumer interest groups, among many others. The Board was first appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture in September 1996 and one-third of its members were appointed for a one, two, and three-year term, respectively. The terms for 9 members who represent specific categories will expire September 30, 2015. Nominations for a 3-year appointment for these 9 vacant categories are sought. All nominees will be carefully reviewed for their expertise, leadership, and relevance to a category.

    The 9 slots to be filled are:

    Category A. National Farm Organization Category C. Food Animal Commodity Producer Category I. National Human Health Association Category N. Non-Land Grant College or University w/historic commitment to research in food and agricultural sciences Category O. Hispanic-serving Institutions Category Q. Transportation of Food and Agricultural Products to domestic and foreign markets Category R. Food Retailing and Marketing Interests Category S. Food and Fiber Processors Category X. Private Sector Organization involved in International Development

    Nominations are solicited from organizations, associations, societies, councils, federations, groups, and companies that represent a wide variety of food and agricultural interests throughout the country. Nominations for one individual who fits several of the categories listed above, or for more than one person who fits one category, will be accepted. In your nomination letter, please indicate the specific membership category for each nominee. Each nominee must submit form AD-755, “Advisory Committee Membership Background Information” (which can be obtained from the contact person below or from: http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/AD-755_Master_2012_508%20Ver.pdf). All nominees will be vetted before selection.

    Nominations are open to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical handicap, marital status, or sexual orientation. To ensure the recommendation of the Advisory Board take into account the needs of the diverse groups served by the USDA, membership shall include, to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent the needs of all racial and ethnic groups, women and men, and persons with disabilities.

    Please note that registered lobbyist and individuals already serving another USDA Federal Advisory Committee, are ineligible for nomination.

    Appointments to the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics Advisory Board will be made by the Secretary of Agriculture.

    Done at Washington, DC, this 10th day of June 2015. Catherine Woteki, Under Secretary, Research, Education, and Economics, Chief Scientist, USDA.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15206 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410-03-P
    DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Notice of New Recreation Fee AGENCY:

    Plumas National Forest, Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION:

    Notice of new recreation fee; Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, (Title VIII, Pub. L. 108-447).

    SUMMARY:

    The Plumas National Forest is proposing to add Crocker Guard Station to the recreation rental program. The proposal is to charge $85.00 per night. The house has four bedrooms with a total of nine beds, a living room, a dining room and a kitchen. A vault toilet building was installed in June 2015. The rental building will have a propane operated heater, stove and lights. Visitors will have to bring water. The building will accommodate up to 16 people.

    Fees are assessed based on the level of amenities and services provided, cost of operation and maintenance, market assessment and public comment. The fee listed is only proposed and final determination will be made upon further analysis and public comment. Other cabin rentals on National Forests in California have shown the public appreciates the enhanced recreational opportunity offered by these rehabilitated historic structures. Revenue from the fees would be retained locally and used for the operation and maintenance of the facility, and for future improvements.

    DATES:

    Send any comments about this fee proposal by January 15, 2016 so comments can be compiled, analyzed and shared with the Recreation Resource Advisory Council (RRAC) prior to final decision and implementation by the Regional Forester, Region 5, USDA Forest Service. If approved, the rental would be available in April 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    Chris French, Acting Forest Supervisor, Plumas National Forest, 159 Lawrence Street, Quincy California 95971

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Mary Kliejunas, District Archaeologist, Beckwourth Ranger District, Plumas National Forest, 530-836-2575 or email [email protected] Information about the proposed new fee can also be found on the Plumas National Forest Web site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/plumas.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Federal Recreation Lands Enhancement Act (Title VII, Pub. L. 108-447) directed the Secretary of Agriculture to publish a six month advance notice in the Federal Register whenever new recreation fee areas are established.

    This proposed new fee will be reviewed by a Recreation Resource Advisory Committee prior to a final decision and implementation.

    The Plumas National Forest currently has one cabin rental, which is booked regularly throughout the season of operation. The public has expressed interest in additional cabin rental opportunities on the Forest.

    People wanting to rent Crocker Guard Station will need to do so through the National Recreation Reservation Service, at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. The National Recreation Reservation Service charges a $9 fee for online reservations and a $10 fee for phone reservations.

    Dated: June 10, 2015. Chris French, Acting Forest Supervisor.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15243 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411-15-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A-201-830] Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod From Mexico: Amended Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2012-2013 AGENCY:

    Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Commerce (“Department”) is amending the Final Results1 of the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on carbon and certain alloy steel wire rod from Mexico to correct ministerial errors. The period of review (“POR”) is October 1, 2012, through September 30, 2013.

    1See Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Mexico: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2012-2013 80 FR 27147 (May 12, 2015) (“Final Results”).

    DATES:

    Effective date June 22, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    James Terpstra, AD/CVD Operations, Office III, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone 202-482-3965.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background

    On May 11, 2015, the Department disclosed to interested parties its calculations for the Final Results. 2 On May 18, 2015, we received ministerial error allegations from Petitioners 3 and Deacero S.A.P.I de C.V. and Deacero USA (“Deacero”) regarding the Department's final margin calculations.4 On May 26, 2015, Deacero submitted rebuttal comments to Petitioners' allegations.5

    2See Memorandum, “Calculation Memorandum for Daecero S.A. de C.V. and Deacero USA, INC. (collectively, Deacero)” dated May 6, 2015.

    3 Petitioners are Gerdau Ameristeel USA, Inc. and Arcelor Mittal USA LLC.

    4See Letter from Petitioners, “Eighth (12/13) Administrative Review of Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Mexico—Petitioner's Comments on a Ministerial Error in Final Results” dated May 18, 2015; and Letter from Deacero ” Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Mexico: Ministerial Error Comments” dated May 18, 2015.

    5See Letter from Deacero, “Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Mexico: Reply to Respondent's Ministerial Error Comments” dated May 26, 2015.

    Period of Review

    The POR covered by this review is October 1, 2012, through September 30, 2013.

    Scope of the Order

    The merchandise subject to this order is carbon and certain alloy steel wire rod. The product is currently classified under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) item numbers 7213.91.3010, 7213.91.3090, 7213.91.4510, 7213.91.4590, 7213.91.6010, 7213.91.6090, 7213.99.0031, 7213.99.0038, 7213.99.0090, 7227.20.0010, 7227.20.0020, 7227.20.0090, 7227.20.0095, 7227.90.6051, 7227.90.6053, 7227.90.6058, and 7227.90.6059. Although the HTS numbers are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written product description remains dispositive.6

    6 For a complete description of the scope of the order, see “Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Mexico: Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Results of the Antidumping Administrative Review; 2012-2013” dated May 6, 2015 (“Issues and Decision Memorandum”).

    Ministerial Errors

    Section 751(h) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (“the Act”), and 19 CFR 351.224(f) define a “ministerial error” as an error “in addition, subtraction, or other arithmetic function, clerical error resulting from inaccurate copying, duplication, or the like, and any similar type of unintentional error which the Secretary considers ministerial.” We analyzed Petitioners' and Deacero's ministerial error comments and determined, in accordance with section 751(h) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.224(e), that there were three ministerial errors in our calculation of Deacero's margin for the Final Results. For a complete discussion of these allegations, see the Department's Ministerial Errors Memorandum.7

    7See “2012-2013 Administrative Review of the Antidumping Order on Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Mexico: Ministerial Error Allegations for Final Results” dated concurrently with this notice (“Ministerial Errors Memorandum”).

    In accordance with section 751(h) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.224(e), we are amending the Final Results. 8 The revised weighted-average dumping margin is detailed below.

    8Id.

    Amended Final Results

    As a result of correcting for these ministerial errors, we determine the following margin exists for the period October 1, 2012, through September 30, 2013.

    Manufacturer/exporter Weighted-average dumping margin
  • (percent)
  • Deacero S.A.P.I. de C.V. and Deacero USA, Inc. (collectively, Deacero) 0.37 (de minimis) ad valorem
    Assessment Rate

    Pursuant to section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act, and 19 CFR 351.212(b), the Department will determine, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries of subject merchandise in accordance with the amended final results of this review. The Department intends to issue assessment instructions to CBP 15 days after the date of publication of these amended final results of review.

    For assessment purposes, the Department applied the assessment rate calculation method adopted in Antidumping Proceedings: Calculation of the Weighted-Average Dumping Margin and Assessment Rate in Certain Antidumping Proceedings: Final Modification, 77 FR 8101 (February 14, 2012).

    We calculated such rates based on the ratio of the total amount of dumping calculated for the examined sales to the total entered value of the sales for which entered value was reported. If an importer-specific assessment rate is zero or de minimis (i.e., less than 0.50 percent) or the exporter has a weighted-average dumping margin that is zero or de minimis, the Department will instruct CBP to assess that importer's entries of subject merchandise without regard to antidumping duties, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.106(c)(2).

    For entries of subject merchandise during the POR produced by each respondent for which they did not know that their merchandise was destined for the United States, we will instruct CBP to liquidate unreviewed entries at the all-others rate if there is no rate for the intermediate company(ies) involved in the transaction. For a full discussion of this assessment practice, see Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: Assessment of Antidumping Duties, 68 FR 23954 (May 6, 2003).

    Cash Deposit Requirements

    The following cash deposit requirements will be effective upon publication of the notice of amended final results of administrative review for all shipments of subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication of the amended final results of this administrative review, as provided by section 751(a)(2) of the Act: (1) The cash deposit rate for Deacero will be the rate established in the amended final results of this administrative review (except, if the rate is zero or de minimis, i.e., less than 0.5 percent, a zero cash deposit rate will be required for that company); (2) for merchandise exported by manufacturers or exporters not covered in this administrative review but covered in a prior segment of the proceeding, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the company-specific rate published for the most recent period; (3) if the exporter is not a firm covered in this review, a prior review, or the original investigation, but the manufacturer is, the cash deposit rate will be the rate established for the most recent period for the manufacturer of the merchandise; and (4) the cash deposit rate for all other manufacturers or exporters will continue to be 20.11 percent, the all-others rate established in the investigation.9 These cash deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice.

    9See Notice of Antidumping Duty Orders: Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Moldova, Trinidad and Tobago, and Ukraine, 67 FR 65945 (October 29, 2002).

    Notification to Importers

    This notice serves as a final reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f)(2) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Secretary's presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent increase in antidumping duties by the amount of antidumping duties reimbursed.

    Administrative Protective Order

    This notice also serves as a reminder to parties subject to administrative protective orders (APO) of their responsibility concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3), which continues to govern business proprietary information in this segment of the proceeding. Timely written notification of the return/destruction of APO materials, or conversion to judicial protective order, is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and the terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation.

    Disclosure

    We will disclose the calculations performed for these amended final results to interested parties within five business days of the date of publication of this notice in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b).

    We are issuing and publishing this notice in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.224(e).

    Dated: June 11, 2015. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15063 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Corporation for Travel Promotion (dba Brand USA) AGENCY:

    International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Notice of an opportunity for travel and tourism industry leaders to apply for membership on the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Travel Promotion.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Commerce is currently seeking applications from travel and tourism leaders from specific industries for membership on the Board of Directors (Board) of the Corporation for Travel Promotion (dba Brand USA). The purpose of the Board is to guide the Corporation for Travel Promotion on matters relating to the promotion of the United States as a travel destination and communication of travel facilitation issues, among other tasks.

    DATES:

    All applications must be received by the National Travel and Tourism Office by close of business on August 7, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Electronic applications may be sent to: [email protected]. Written applications can be submitted to Isabel Hill, Director, National Travel and Tourism Office, U.S. Department of Commerce, Mail Stop 10007, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230. Telephone: 202.482.0140. Email: [email protected].

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Julie Heizer, Deputy Director, Industry Relations, National Travel and Tourism Office, Mail Stop 10003, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC, 20230. Telephone: 202.482.4904. Email: [email protected].

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background: The Travel Promotion Act of 2009 (TPA) was signed into law by President Obama on March 4, 2010. The TPA established the Corporation for Travel Promotion (the Corporation), as a non-profit corporation charged with the development and execution of a plan to (A) provide useful information to those interested in traveling to the United States; (B) identify and address perceptions regarding U.S. entry policies; (C) maximize economic and diplomatic benefits of travel to the United States through the use of various promotional tools; (D) ensure that international travel benefits all States and the District of Columbia, and (E) identify opportunities to promote tourism to rural and urban areas equally, including areas not traditionally visited by international travelers.

    The Corporation is governed by a Board of Directors, consisting of 11 members with knowledge of international travel promotion or marketing, broadly representing various regions of the United States. The TPA directs the Secretary of Commerce (after consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of State) to appoint the Board of Directors for the Corporation.

    At this time, the Department will be selecting three individuals with the appropriate expertise and experience from specific sectors of the travel and tourism industry to serve on the Board as follows:

    (A) 1 shall have appropriate expertise and experience in a city convention and visitors' bureau;

    (B) 1 shall have appropriate expertise and experience in the restaurant industry; and

    (C) 1 shall have appropriate expertise and experience as an official in a State tourism office.

    To be eligible for Board membership, individuals must have international travel and tourism marketing experience, be a current or former chief executive officer, chief financial officer, or chief marketing officer or have held an equivalent management position. Additional consideration will be given to individuals who have experience working in U.S. multinational entities with marketing budgets, and who are audit committee financial experts as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission (in accordance with section 407 of Pub. L. 107-204 [15 U.S.C. 7265]). Individuals must be U.S. citizens, and in addition, cannot be federally registered lobbyists or registered as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended.

    Those selected for the Board must be able to meet the time and effort commitments of the Board.

    Board members serve at the discretion of the Secretary of Commerce (who may remove any member of the Board for good cause). The terms of office of each member of the Board appointed by the Secretary shall be 3 years. Board members can serve a maximum of two consecutive full three-year terms. Board members are not considered Federal government employees by virtue of their service as a member of the Board and will receive no compensation from the Federal government for their participation in Board activities. Members participating in Board meetings and events may be paid actual travel expenses and per diem when away from their usual places of residence by the Corporation.

    To be considered for appointment, please provide the following:

    1. Name, title, and personal resume of the individual requesting consideration, including address, email address and phone number; and

    2. A brief statement of why the person should be considered for appointment to the Board. This statement should also address the individual's relevant international travel and tourism marketing experience and indicate clearly the sector or sectors enumerated above in which the individual has the requisite expertise and experience. Individuals who have the requisite expertise and experience in more than one sector can be appointed for only one of those sectors. Appointments of members to the Board will be made by the Secretary of Commerce.

    Dated: June 17, 2015. Julie P. Heizer Deputy Director, National Travel and Tourism Office.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15239 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DR-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A-580-867] Large Power Transformers From the Republic of Korea: Second Amended Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2012-2013 AGENCY:

    Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Commerce (the Department) is amending its amended final results in the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on large power transformers from the Republic of Korea (Korea) for the period February 16, 2012, through July 31, 2013, to correct certain ministerial errors.

    DATES:

    Effective date June 22, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Brian Davis (Hyosung) or David Cordell (Hyundai), AD/CVD Operations, Office VI, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-7924 or (202) 482-0408, respectively.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background

    On May 6, 2015, the Department published its amended final results in the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on large power transformers from Korea.1 On May 5, 2015,2 Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI) and Hyundai Corporation, USA (Hyundai USA) (collectively, Hyundai) submitted a timely ministerial error allegation with respect to the programming language used in the Amended Final Results. 3 No other party commented on this allegation. Based on our analysis of this allegation, we made changes to the calculation of the weighted-average dumping margins for Hyundai, Hyosung and for the non-individually examined respondents.

    1See Large Power Transformers From the Republic of Korea: Amended Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2012-2013, 80 FR 26001 (May 6, 2015) (Amended Final Results).

    2 May 5, 2015, was within 5 days of disclosure of the Department's calculations to all interested parties.

    3See Letter from Hyundai to the Department, “Antidumping Administrative Review of Large Power Transformers from Korea—Ministerial Error Comments on the Amended Final Results of the First Antidumping Duty Administrative Review” dated May 5, 2015.

    Scope of the Order

    The scope of this order covers large liquid dielectric power transformers (LPTs) having a top power handling capacity greater than or equal to 60,000 kilovolt amperes (60 megavolt amperes), whether assembled or unassembled, complete or incomplete.

    Incomplete LPTs are subassemblies consisting of the active part and any other parts attached to, imported with or invoiced with the active parts of LPTs. The “active part” of the transformer consists of one or more of the following when attached to or otherwise assembled with one another: The steel core or shell, the windings, electrical insulation between the windings, the mechanical frame for an LPT.

    The product definition encompasses all such LPTs regardless of name designation, including but not limited to step-up transformers, step-down transformers, autotransformers, interconnection transformers, voltage regulator transformers, rectifier transformers, and power rectifier transformers.

    The LPTs subject to this order are currently classifiable under subheadings 8504.23.0040, 8504.23.0080 and 8504.90.9540 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of this order is dispositive.

    Ministerial Error

    Section 751(h) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), and 19 CFR 351.224(f) define a “ministerial error” as an error “in addition, subtraction, or other arithmetic function, clerical error resulting from inaccurate copying, duplication, or the like, and any other similar type of unintentional error which the Secretary considers ministerial.”

    We agree with Hyundai that in the Department's amended final Margin Program, the Department erred by inadvertently removing the commission offset from the Margin Program. However, for reasons outlined in the accompanying ministerial error memorandum and in the calculation memoranda,4 the Department does not agree with Hyundai's suggested programming changes because it would revert the program back to the program used in the final results, which the Department determined to be incorrect in its amended final. As we explain in the Ministerial Error Memorandum and company-specific analysis memoranda, we continue to find that CEPOTHER is meant to capture any other CEP (incurred in the U.S.) direct selling, further manufacturing, etc. However, we agree that by including commissions in the CEPOTHER field we inadvertently failed to account for the commission offset as we originally intended (and did) in the preliminary and final results. We are therefore making changes to the Margin Program and the Macros Program to account for the error. We find that we made an inadvertent error in not accounting for the commission offset, and therefore, are correcting and amending the amended final results of review in accordance with section 751(h) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.224(e).

    4See Memoranda entitled “Second Amended Final Results of the Antidumping Duty Administrative Review of Large Power Transformers From the Republic of Korea; 2012-2013: Allegations of Ministerial Errors” (Ministerial Error Memorandum); “Analysis of Data Submitted by Hyosung Corporation in the Second Amended Final Results of the Antidumping Duty Administrative Review of Large Power Transformers From the Republic of Korea; 2012-2013”; and “Analysis of Data Submitted by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI) and Hyundai Corporation, USA (Hyundai USA) (collectively, Hyundai) in the Second Amended Final Results of the Antidumping Duty Administrative Review of Large Power Transformers From the Republic of Korea; 2012-2013,” dated concurrently with this notice.

    Amended Final Results of the Review

    The Department determines that the following amended weighted-average dumping margins exist for the period February 16, 2012, through July 31, 2013:

    Manufacturer/exporter Weighted-
  • average margin
  • (percent)
  • Hyosung Corporation 8.23 Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. 12.36 ILJIN Electric Co., Ltd. 10.54 ILJIN 10.54 LSIS Co., Ltd. 10.54
    Duty Assessment

    The Department shall determine and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shall assess antidumping duties on all appropriate entries.5 For any individually examined respondents whose weighted-average dumping margin is above de minimis, we calculated importer-specific ad valorem duty assessment rates based on the ratio of the total amount of dumping calculated for the importer's examined sales to the total entered value of those same sales in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1). Upon issuance of the amended final results of this administrative review, if any importer-specific assessment rates calculated in the amended final results are above de minimis (i.e., at or above 0.5 percent), the Department will issue instructions directly to CBP to assess antidumping duties on appropriate entries.

    5 In these final results, the Department applied the assessment rate calculation method adopted in Antidumping Proceedings: Calculation of the Weighted-Average Dumping Margin and Assessment Rate in Certain Antidumping Proceedings; Final Modification, 77 FR 8101 (February 14, 2012).

    To determine whether the duty assessment rates covering the period were de minimis, in accordance with the requirement set forth in 19 CFR 351.106(c)(2), for each respondent we calculated importer (or customer)-specific ad valorem rates by aggregating the amount of dumping calculated for all U.S. sales to that importer or customer and dividing this amount by the total entered value of the sales to that importer (or customer). Where an importer (or customer)-specific ad valorem rate is greater than de minimis, and the respondent has reported reliable entered values, we apply the assessment rate to the entered value of the importer's/customer's entries during the review period.

    The Department clarified its “automatic assessment” regulation on May 6, 2003.6 This clarification will apply to entries of subject merchandise during the period of review (POR) produced by the respondent for which it did not know its merchandise was destined for the United States. In such instances, we will instruct CBP to liquidate unreviewed entries at the all-others rate if there is no rate for the intermediate company(ies) involved in the transaction. For a full discussion of this clarification, see the Automatic Assessment Clarification.

    6See Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: Assessment of Antidumping Duties, 68 FR 23954 (May 6, 2003) (Automatic Assessment Clarification).

    We do not intend to issue assessment instructions to CBP at this time because of the preliminary injunction that was issued after the issuance of the Final Results. See CBP Message Number 5111304. We intend to issue assessment instructions directly to CBP after conclusion of the litigation and the ending of the injunction.

    Cash Deposit Instructions

    The following cash deposit requirements will be effective upon publication of this notice for all shipments of subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication of these amended final results, as provided by section 751(a)(2) of the Act: (1) The cash deposit rate for respondents noted above will be the rate established in the Amended Final Results of this administrative review; (2) for merchandise exported by manufacturers or exporters not covered in this administrative review but covered in a prior segment of the proceeding, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the company specific rate published for the most recently completed segment of this proceeding; (3) if the exporter is not a firm covered in this review, a prior review, or the original investigation, but the manufacturer is, the cash deposit rate will be the rate established for the most recently completed segment of this proceeding for the manufacturer of the subject merchandise; and (4) the cash deposit rate for all other manufacturers or exporters will continue to be 22.00 percent, the all-others rate established in the antidumping investigation.7 These cash deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice.

    7See Large Power Transformers From the Republic of Korea: Antidumping Duty Order, 77 FR 53177 (August 31, 2012).

    Notification to Importers Regarding the Reimbursement of Duties

    This notice also serves as a final reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping and/or countervailing duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during the POR. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Department's presumption that reimbursement of antidumping and/or countervailing duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of doubled antidumping duties.

    Administrative Protective Order

    This notice also serves as a reminder to parties subject to administrative protective orders (APO) of their responsibility concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3), which continues to govern business proprietary information in this segment of the proceeding. Timely written notification of the return/destruction of APO materials, or conversion to judicial protective order, is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and the terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation.

    Notification to Interested Parties

    We are issuing and publishing these amended final results in accordance with section 751(h) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.224(f).

    Dated: June 15, 2015. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15312 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Progress Report on Cooperative Halibut Prohibited Species Catch Minimization AGENCY:

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

    DATES:

    Written comments must be submitted on or before August 21, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at [email protected]).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Patsy A. Bearden, (907) 586-7008 or [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract

    This request is for revision of an existing information collection.

    The purpose of this collection is for each sector in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI) groundfish fisheries to inform the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council (Council) of their progress on voluntary, non-regulatory methods they are using within their fishery cooperatives to reduce halibut mortality and to report the effectiveness of those actions in absolute reductions in halibut mortality.

    At the June 2015 meeting, the Council requested that, in addition to providing the BSAI Halibut Prohibited Species Catch (PSC) Progress Report, Amendment 80 cooperatives provide their 2016 Halibut PSC Management Plans at the December 2015 Council meeting. Since 2011, all vessels and companies participating in the Amendment 80 sector have been affiliated with one of two Amendment 80 cooperatives, the Alaska Seafood Cooperative or the Alaska Groundfish Cooperative. The plans should be designed not just to accommodate the revised hard caps, but to bring savings to levels below the hard cap.

    II. Method of Collection

    Respondents have a choice of either electronic or paper forms. Methods of submittal include email of electronic forms, and mail and facsimile transmission of paper forms.

    III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0697.

    Form Number: None.

    Type of Review: Regular submission (revision of an existing information collection).

    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: 8.

    Estimated Time per Response: 40 hours for BSAI Halibut Bycatch Avoidance Progress report; 12 hours for Amendment 80 Halibut PSC Management Plan.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 264 hours.

    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $4 in recordkeeping/reporting costs.

    IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: June 17, 2015. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15235 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648-XX69 Marine Mammals; File Nos. 13846 and 14353 AGENCY:

    National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Notice; issuance of permit amendments.

    SUMMARY:

    Notice is hereby given that Jim Darling, Ph.D., Whale Trust, P.O. Box 384, Tofino, BC, V0R2Z0, Canada, and Ann Zoidis, Cetos Research Organization, 11 Des Isle Ave Bar Harbor, ME 04609, have been issued minor amendments to Scientific Research Permit Nos. 13846 and 14353, respectively.

    ADDRESSES:

    The amendments and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment in the Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone: (301) 427-8401; fax: (301) 713-0376.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Rosa L. González or Carrie Hubard, (301) 427-8401.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The requested amendments have been granted under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) and the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216), the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR parts 222-226).

    Permit No. 13846 was issued on July 14, 2010 (75 FR 43150) and subsequently amended on December 20, 2012, May 9, 2013 (78 FR 30872), October 23, 2013, and December 2, 2014. It authorizes Dr. Darling to study humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in Hawaii (primarily off west Maui) and humpback and Eastern gray (Eschrichtius robustus) whales off Washington and Alaska through July 31, 2015. Research activities can occur from a variety of platforms (vessel, aerial, and underwater) and include photo-identification, passive acoustic recording, behavioral observation, videorecording, collection of sloughed skin, photogrammetry, biopsy sampling, playback experiments, and suction cup and implantable tagging of target whales. The permit also authorizes incidental harassment of other cetacean and pinniped species. On May 19, 2015, a minor amendment (No. 13846-05) was issued that extends the duration of the permit through July 31, 2016, but does not change any other terms or conditions of the permit.

    Permit No. 14353 was issued to Ann Zoidis on July 14, 2010 (75 FR 43150) and subsequently amended on May 9, 2013 (78 FR 30872). It authorizes scientific research on humpback and minke (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) whales in Hawaiian waters through July 31, 2015. Research activities include photo-identification, behavioral observations, passive acoustic recording, underwater photo/videography, and suction cup tagging. A minor amendment (No. 14353-02) was issued on May 4, 2015 that extends the duration of the permit through July 31, 2016, but does not change any other terms or conditions of the permit.

    Dated: June 16, 2015. Julia Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15204 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED Procurement List; Proposed Additions and Deletions; Correction AGENCY:

    Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled.

    ACTION:

    Notice; correction.

    SUMMARY:

    The Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled published a document in the Federal Register of June 12, 2015, concerning a notice of intent to add various eyewear and components to the Procurement List for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The document contained the incorrect “Mandatory Purchase For:” information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Barry S. Lineback, Telephone: (703) 603-2118.

    Correction

    In the Federal Register of June 12, 2015, in FR Doc. 2015-14441, on page 33488, in the third column, correct the Mandatory Purchase For: statement to read: Mandatory For: 100% of the requirements of the Orlando VA Medical Center, Orlando, FL and Off-site facility, Holly Hills, FL; William V. Chappell, Jr. VA Satellite Outpatient Clinic, Daytona Beach, FL; and the VA Lake Nona Campus, Orlando, FL. Comments must be received on or before July 13, 2015.

    Dated: June 17, 2015. Barry S. Lineback, Director, Business Operations.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15266 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6353-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army [Docket ID: USA-2015-0022] Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records AGENCY:

    Department of the Army, DoD.

    ACTION:

    Notice to add a new System of Records.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of the Army proposes to add a new system of records, A0215-1b OAA, entitled “Army Executive Dining Facility ARDEF Accounting System (AAS)” to provide accounting management functions for the Army Executive Dining Facility (ARDEF). ARDEF managers will utilize the ARDEF Accounting System (AAS) to provide members an automatic payment option for services using the member's credit card account number. The ASS generates a monthly statement for member's review.

    DATES:

    Comments will be accepted on or before July 22, 2015. This proposed action will be effective on the date following the end of the comment period unless comments are received which result in a contrary determination.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by any of the following methods:

    * Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    * Mail: Department of Defense, Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer, Directorate of Oversight and Compliance, Regulatory and Audit Matters Office, 9010 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-9010.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ms. Tracy Rogers, Department of the Army, Privacy Office, U.S. Army Records Management and Declassification Agency, 7701 Telegraph Road, Casey Building, Suite 144, Alexandria, VA 22325-3905 or by calling (703) 428-7499.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Department of the Army's notices for systems of records subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a(r)), as amended, have been published in the Federal Register and are available from the address in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT or from the Defense Privacy and Civil Liberties Division Web site at http://dpcld.defense.gov/.

    The proposed systems reports, as required by 5 U.S.C. 552a(r) of the Privacy Act, as amended, were submitted on May 18, 2015, to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pursuant to paragraph 4c of Appendix I to OMB Circular No. A-130, “Federal Agency Responsibilities for Maintaining Records About Individuals,” dated February 8, 1996, (February 20, 1996, 61 FR 6427).

    Dated: June 17, 2015. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. A0215-1b OAA System name:

    Army Executive Dining Facility ARDEF Accounting System (AAS)

    System location:

    Headquarters Department of the Army (HQDA) Office of the Administrative Assistant, Army Executive Dining Facility, 114 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310-1114.

    Categories of individuals covered by the system:

    Military Flag Officers and civilian Senior Executive Service employees.

    Categories of records in the system:

    Name, billing address, credit card account number and expiration date, and email address.

    Authority for maintenance of the system:

    10 U.S.C. 3013, Secretary of the Army; DoD Instruction 5000.24, Pentagon Executive Dining Facilities (EDFs); DoD Directive 1015.10, Military Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) Programs; Army Regulation 215-1, Military Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Programs and Non-appropriated Fund Instrumentalities.

    Purpose(s):

    To provide accounting management functions for the Army Executive Dining Facility (ARDEF). ARDEF managers will utilize the ARDEF Accounting System (AAS) to provide members an automatic payment option for services using the member's credit card account number. The ASS generates a monthly statement for member's review.

    Routine uses of records maintained in the system, including categories of users and the purposes of such uses:

    In addition to those disclosures generally permitted under 5 U.S.C. 552a(b) of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, these records contained therein may specifically be disclosed outside the DoD as a routine use pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(3) as follows:

    The DoD Blanket Routine Uses set forth at the beginning of the Army compilation of system of records notices may apply to this system. The complete list of DoD blanket routine uses can be found online at: http://dpcld.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/BlanketRoutineUses.aspx.

    Policies and practices for storing, retrieving, accessing, retaining, and disposing of records in the system: Storage:

    Electronic storage media and paper records.

    Retrievability:

    By individual's name.

    Safeguards:

    Access to computerized data is restricted to authorized and approved person(s) properly screened and cleared for need-to-know basis. Desktops and database server reside on the DOD HQDA Network with no remote access. They are located in a secured facility that employs physical restrictions and safeguards such as security guards, identification badges, key cards, and locks. Access to computerized data is restricted by use of common access cards (CACs) and is accessible only by users with an authorized account.

    Retention and disposal:

    Records are retained only for the length of duty assigned to the position. Once the military member makes a permanent change of station or a civilian is no longer an employee of a Pentagon agency, the paper records are destroyed by burning. The electronic records are deleted immediately upon member departure from the position.

    System manager(s) and address:

    HQDA Office of the Administrative Assistant, Manager, Army Executive Dining Facility, 114 Army Pentagon, Washington DC 20310-1114.

    Notification procedure:

    Individuals seeking to determine whether information about themselves is contained in this system should address written inquiries to the Director, HQDA Office of the Administrative Assistant, Army Executive Dining Facility, 114 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310-1114.

    Individual should provide their full name and signature. In addition, the requester must provide a notarized statement or an unsworn declaration made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 1746, in the following format:

    If executed outside the United States: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature).'

    If executed within the United States, its territories, possessions, or commonwealths: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature).'

    Record access procedures:

    Individuals seeking access to information about themselves contained in this system should address written inquiries to the Director, HQDA Office of the Administrative Assistant, Army Executive Dining Facility, 114 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310-1114.

    Individual should provide their full name and signature. In addition, the requester must provide a notarized statement or an unsworn declaration made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 1746, in the following format:

    If executed outside the United States: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature).'

    If executed within the United States, its territories, possessions, or commonwealths: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature).'

    Contesting record procedures:

    The Army's rules for accessing records, and for contesting contents and appealing initial agency determinations are contained in Army Regulation 340-21; 32 CFR part 505; or may be obtained from the system manager.

    Record source categories:

    From the individual.

    Exemptions claimed for the system:

    None.

    [FR Doc. 2015-15261 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001-06-P
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army [Docket ID: USA-2015-0025] Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records AGENCY:

    Department of the Army, DoD.

    ACTION:

    Notice to alter a system of records.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of the Army proposes to alter a system of records notice AAFES 1504.03, entitled “Personal Property Movement and Storage Files” in its existing inventory of records systems subject to the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. This system is used by the Army and Air Force Exchange Service to arrange the movement, storage, and handling of personal property; to identify/trace lost or damaged shipments; and to answer inquiries and monitor effectiveness of personal property traffic management functions.

    DATES:

    Comments will be accepted on or before July 22, 2015. This proposed action will be effective on the date following the end of the comment period unless comments are received which result in a contrary determination.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by any of the following methods:

    * Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    * Mail: Department of Defense, Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer, Directorate of Oversight and Compliance, Regulatory and Audit Matters Office, 9010 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-9010.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Mr. Leroy Jones, Jr., Department of the Army, Privacy Office, U.S. Army Records Management and Declassification Agency, 7701 Telegraph Road, Casey Building, Suite 144, Alexandria, VA 22325-3905 or by calling (703) 428-6185.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Department of the Army's notices for systems of records subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended, have been published in the Federal Register and are available from the address in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT or from the Defense Privacy and Civil Liberties Division Web site at http://dpcld.defense.gov/. The proposed systems reports, as required by 5 U.S.C. 552a(r) of the Privacy Act, as amended, were submitted on February 11, 2015, to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pursuant to paragraph 4c of Appendix I to OMB Circular No. A-130, “Federal Agency Responsibilities for Maintaining Records About Individuals,” dated February 8, 1996 (February 20, 1996, 61 FR 6427).

    Dated: June 17, 2015. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. AAFES 1504.03 System name:

    Personal Property Movement and Storage Files (August 9, 1996, 61 FR 41572).

    Changes: System location:

    Delete entry and replace with “Headquarters, Army and Air Force Exchange Service, 3911 S. Walton Walker Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75236-1598.”

    Categories of individuals covered by the system:

    Delete entry and replace with “Employees of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) whose permanent change of station is authorized by the Exchange.”

    Categories of records in the system:

    Delete entry and replace with “Employee's name, address and telephone number, forwarding address, mobile number, vehicle identification number (VIN), orders authorizing shipment/storage of personal property to include privately owned vehicles and house trailers/mobile homes; cash collection vouchers; application for shipment and/or storage of personal property, transportation control and movement document; personal property counseling checklist; government bill of lading; and storage contracts.”

    Authority for maintenance of the system:

    Delete entry and replace with “Title 10 U.S.C. 3013, Secretary of the Army; Title 10 U.S.C. 8013, Secretary of the Air Force; Army Regulation 215-1, Military Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Programs and Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities; and Army Regulation 215-8/AFI 34-211(I), Army and Air Force Exchange Service Operations.”

    Routine uses for records maintained in the system, including categories of users and the purposes of such uses:

    Delete entry and replace with “In addition to those disclosures generally permitted under 5 U.S.C. 552a(b) of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, these records or information contained therein may specifically be disclosed outside the DoD as a routine use pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 542a(b)(3) as follows:

    Information is disclosed to commercial carriers for the purposes of identifying ownership, verifying delivery of shipment, supporting billing for services rendered, and justifying claims for loss, damage, or theft.

    The Blanket Routine Uses set forth at the beginning of the Army's compilation of systems of records notices may apply to this system. The complete list of DoD blanket routine uses can be found online at: http://dpcld.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/BlanketRoutineUses.aspx

    Storage:

    Delete entry and replace with “Electronic images of paper records kept locally on secured network drive.”

    Retrievability:

    Delete entry and replace with “By individual's name.”

    Safeguards:

    Delete entry and replace with “Records are maintained in a controlled facility. Physical entry is restricted by the use of locks, guards, and is accessible only to authorized personnel. Access to records is limited to person(s) with an official “need to know” who are responsible for servicing the record in performance of their official duties. Persons are properly screened and cleared for access. Access to computerized data is role-based and further restricted by passwords which are changed periodically. In addition, integrity of automated data is ensured by internal audit procedures, data base access accounting reports and controls to preclude unauthorized disclosure.”

    Retention and disposal:

    Delete entry and replace with “Paper documents are maintained while case is open. When movement is complete, paper documents are scanned and uploaded into an electronic database within 7 days at which time paper records are destroyed by shredding. Electronic documents are cutoff at the close of the calendar year and destroyed by erasing/reformatting the media.”

    System manager(s) and address:

    Delete entry and replace with “Director/Chief Executive Officer, Army and Air Force Exchange Service, 3911 S. Walton Walker Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75236-1598.”

    Notification procedure:

    Delete entry and replace with “Individuals seeking to determine whether information about themselves is contained in this system should address written inquiries to the Director/Chief Executive Officer, Army and Air Force Exchange Service, 3911 S. Walton Walker Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75236-1598.

    Individual should provide their full name or sufficient details to assist in locating their record, current address and telephone number, and signature.

    In addition, the requestor must provide a notarized statement or an unsworn declaration made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 1746, in the following format:

    If executed outside the United States: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature)'

    If executed within the United States, its territories, possessions, or commonwealths: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature).' ”

    Record access procedures:

    Delete entry and replace with “Individuals seeking access to information about themselves contained in this system should address written inquiries to the Director/Chief Executive Officer, Army and Air Force Exchange Service, ATTN: FOIA/Privacy Manager, 3911 S. Walton Walker Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75236-1598.

    Individual should provide their full name or sufficient details to assist in locating their record, current address and telephone number, and signature.

    In addition, the requestor must provide a notarized statement or an unsworn declaration made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 1746 in the following format:

    If executed outside the United States: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature).'

    If executed within the United States, its territories, possessions, or commonwealths: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature)'.”

    [FR Doc. 2015-15277 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001-06-P
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army [Docket ID: USA-2015-0024] Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records AGENCY:

    Department of the Army, DoD.

    ACTION:

    Notice to amend a System of Records.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of the Army proposes to amend a system of records notice, A0215-1 CFSC, entitled “Non-appropriated Fund Employee Insurance and Retirement Files,” in its inventory of record systems subject to the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. This system substantiates initial enrollment and subsequent change in the NAF Group Insurance and Retirement Plan, and it is used to verify monthly deductions and to compute annuities, refunds, and death benefit.

    DATES:

    Comments will be accepted on or before July 22, 2015. This proposed action will be effective on the day following the end of the comment period unless comments are received which result in a contrary determination.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by any of the following methods:

    * Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    * Mail: Department of Defense, Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer, Directorate of Oversight and Compliance, Regulatory and Audit Matters Office, 9010 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-9010.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ms. Tracy Rogers, Department of the Army, Privacy Office, U.S. Army Records Management and Declassification Agency, 7701 Telegraph Road, Casey Building, Suite 144, Alexandria, VA 22315-3827 or by phone at 703-428-7499.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Department of the Army systems of records notices subject to the Privacy Act of 1974, (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended, have been published in the Federal Register and are available from the address in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT or at the Defense Privacy and Civil Liberties Division Web site at http://dpcld.defense.gov/.

    The proposed changes to the record system being amended are set forth below. The proposed amendment is not within the purview of subsection (r) of the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended, which requires the submission of a new or altered system report.

    Dated: June 17, 2015. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. A0215-1 CFSC System name:

    Non-appropriated Fund Employee Insurance and Retirement Files (August 8, 2001, 66 FR 41574)

    Changes: System identifier:

    Delete entry and replace with “A0215-1 HQ IMCOM (G9).”

    System Location:

    Delete entry and replace with “Non-appropriated Fund (NAF) Employee Benefits Office, 2455 Reynolds Road, Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston, Texas 78234-7588.”

    Authority for maintenance of the system:

    Delete entry and replace with “10 U.S.C. 3013, Secretary of the Army; Pub. L. 101-508, Portability of Benefits for NAF Employees Act of 1990; Pub. L. 104-106, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 1996; 26 U.S.C. 401, Qualified Pension, Profit-sharing, and Stock Bonus Plans; Army Regulation 215-3, Non-appropriated Funds Personnel Policy; and E.O. 9397 (SSN), as amended.”

    Routine uses of records maintained in the system, including categories of users and the purposes of such uses:

    Delete entry and replace with “In addition to those disclosures generally permitted under 5 U.S.C. 552a(b) of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, these records contained therein may specifically be disclosed outside the DoD as a routine use pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(3) as follows:

    The DoD Blanket Routine Uses set forth at the beginning of the Army compilation of system of records notices may apply to this system. The complete list of DoD blanket routine uses can be found online at: http://dpcld.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/BlanketRoutineUses.aspx.”

    Policies and practices for storing, retrieving, accessing, retaining, and disposing of records in the system: Storage:

    Delete entry and replace with “Paper records and electronic storage media.”

    Retrievability:

    Delete entry and replace with “By individual's name and SSN.”

    Safeguards:

    Delete entry and replace with “Access is limited to designated authorized individuals having official need for the information in the performance of their duties. Buildings housing records are protected by security guards. DoD Components and approved users ensure that electronic records collected and used are maintained in controlled areas accessible only to authorized personnel. Physical security differs from site to site, but the automated records must be maintained in controlled areas accessible only by authorized personnel. Access to computerized data is restricted by use of common access cards (CACs) and is accessible only by users with an authorized account. The system and electronic backups are maintained in controlled facilities that employ physical restrictions and safeguards such as security guards, identification badges, key cards, and locks.”

    Retention and Disposal:

    Delete entry and replace with “Keep in Current File Area (CFA) until separation from Federal service occurs and then no longer needed for conducting business, but not more than 6 years after separation, then transfer to the Records Holding Area (RHA). The RHA will destroy records 65 years after separation from service. Disposal of paper records is by shredding or burning. Electronic records are erased.”

    System Manager(s) and Address:

    Delete entry and replace with “NAF Personnel Services, IMCOM G9-HRB, 2455 Reynolds Road, Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-7588.”

    Notification Procedure:

    Delete entry and replace with “Individuals seeking to determine whether information about themselves is contained in this system should address written inquiries to the Chief, NAF Personnel Services, IMCOM G9-HRB, 2455 Reynolds Road, Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-7588.

    Individual should provide the name, SSN, current address, and identify the specific category of record involved.

    In addition, the requester must provide a notarized statement or an unsworn declaration made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 1746, in the following format:

    If executed outside the United States: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature).'

    If executed within the United States, its territories, possessions, or commonwealths: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature).' ”

    Record Access Procedures:

    Delete entry and replace with “Individuals seeking access to information about themselves contained in this system should address written inquiries to the Chief, NAF Personnel Services, IMCOM G9-HRB, 2455 Reynolds Road, Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234-7588.

    Individual should provide the name, SSN, current address, and identify the specific category of record involved.

    In addition, the requester must provide a notarized statement or an unsworn declaration made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 1746, in the following format:

    If executed outside the United States: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature).'

    If executed within the United States, its territories, possessions, or commonwealths: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature).' ”

    [FR Doc. 2015-15259 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001-06-P
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army [Docket ID: USA-2015-0023] Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records AGENCY:

    Department of the Army, DoD.

    ACTION:

    Notice to alter a system of records.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of the Army proposes to alter a system of records, A0027-40 DAJA, entitled “Litigation Case Files” to defend the Army in civil suits filed against it in the state or federal courts.

    DATES:

    Comments will be accepted on or before July 22, 2015. This proposed action will be effective the date following the end of the comment period unless comments are received which result in a contrary determination.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by any of the following methods:

    * Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    * Mail: Department of Defense, Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer, Directorate of Oversight and Compliance, Regulatory and Audit Matters Office, 9010 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-9010.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ms. Tracy Rogers, Department of the Army, Privacy Office, U.S. Army Records Management and Declassification Agency, 7701 Telegraph Road, Casey Building, Suite 144, Alexandria, VA 22325-3905 or by calling (703) 428-7499.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Department of the Army's notices for system of records subject to the Privacy Act of 1974, (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended, have been published in the Federal Register and are available from the address in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT or from the Defense Privacy and Civil Liberties Division Web site http://dpcld.defense.gov/.

    The proposed system report, as required by 5 U.S.C. 552a(r) of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, was submitted on May 18, 2015, to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pursuant to paragraph 4c of Appendix I of OMB Circular No. A-130, Federal Agency Responsibilities for Maintaining Records About Individuals,” dated February 8, 1996 (February 20, 1996, 61 FR 6427).

    Dated: June 17, 2015. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. A0027-40 DAJA System name:

    Litigation Case Files (February 1, 1996, 61 FR 3683).

    Changes: System location:

    Delete entry and replace with “Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army Litigation Division, 9275 Gunston Road, Building 1450, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5546.”

    Categories of records in the system:

    Delete entry and replace with “Full name, current address, telephone number, case number, court docket number, pleadings, motions, briefs, orders, decisions, memoranda, opinions, supporting documentation, and allied materials involved in representing the U.S. Army in the Federal Court System.”

    Authority for maintenance of the system:

    Delete entry and replace with “10 U.S.C. 3013, Secretary of the Army; and Army Regulation 27-40, Litigation.”

    Storage:

    Delete entry and replace with “Electronic storage media and paper records.”

    Safeguards:

    Delete entry and replace with “Records are maintained in file cabinets within secured buildings and available only to designated authorized individuals who have official need therefor. DoD Components and approved users ensure that electronic records collected and used are maintained in controlled areas accessible only to authorized personnel. Physical security differs from site to site, but the automated records must be maintained in controlled areas accessible only by authorized personnel. Access to computerized data is restricted by use of common access cards (CACs) and is accessible only by users with an authorized account. The system and electronic backups are maintained in controlled facilities that employ physical restrictions and safeguards such as security guards, identification badges, key cards, and locks.”

    System manager(s) and address:

    Delete entry and replace with “Office of the Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army Litigation Division, 9275 Gunston Road, Building 1450, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5546.”

    Notification procedure:

    Delete entry and replace with “Individuals seeking to determine whether information about themselves is contained in this system should address written inquiries to the Chief, U.S. Army Litigation Division, 9275 Gunston Road, Building 1450, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5546.

    Individual should provide full name, current address and telephone number, case number that appeared on documentation, any other information that will assist in locating pertinent records, and signature.

    In addition, the requester must provide a notarized statement or an unsworn declaration made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 1746, in the following format:

    If executed outside the United States: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United State of America that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature)'.

    If executed within the United States, its territories, possessions, or commonwealths: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature)'.”

    Record access procedures:

    Delete entry and replace with “Individuals seeking access to information about themselves contained in this system should address written inquiries to the Chief, U.S. Army Litigation Division, 9275 Gunston Road, Building 1450, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060-5546.

    Individual should provide full name, current address and telephone number, case number that appeared on documentation, any other information that will assist in locating pertinent records, and signature.

    In addition, the requester must provide a notarized statement or an unsworn declaration made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 1746, in the following format:

    If executed outside the United States: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature)'.

    If executed within the United States, its territories, possessions, or commonwealths: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature)'.”

    [FR Doc. 2015-15262 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001-06-P
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary Board of Regents, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting AGENCY:

    Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), Department of Defense.

    ACTION:

    Quarterly meeting notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Defense is publishing this notice to announce the following meeting of the Board of Regents, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (“the Board”).

    DATES:

    Wednesday, August 5, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. (Open Session) and 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (Closed Session).

    ADDRESSES:

    Navy Lodge Norfolk, 7811 Hampton Boulevard, Norfolk, Virginia 23505.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Jennifer Nuetzi James, Designated Federal Officer, 4301 Jones Bridge Road, D3002, Bethesda, Maryland 20814; telephone 301-295-3066; email [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    This meeting notice is being published under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C., Appendix, as amended), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended), and 41 CFR 102-3.150.

    Purpose of the Meeting: The purpose of the meeting is to provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Defense through the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, on academic and administrative matters critical to the full accreditation and successful operation of the University. These actions are necessary for the University to pursue its mission, which is to educate, train and comprehensively prepare uniformed services health professionals, officers, scientists and leaders to support the Military and Public Health Systems, the National Security and National Defense Strategies of the United States, and the readiness of the Uniformed Services.

    Agenda: The actions scheduled to occur include the approval of the minutes from the Board Meeting held on May 15, 2015; recommendations regarding the awarding of post-baccalaureate degrees; recommendations regarding the approval of faculty appointments and promotions; and award nominations. The USU President will provide a report on recent actions affecting academic and operational aspects of the University. A closed session will be held, after the open session, to discuss active investigations and personnel actions.

    Meeting Accessibility: Pursuant to Federal statute and regulations (5 U.S.C. 552b and 41 CFR 102-3.140 through 102-3.165) and the availability of space, the meeting is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Seating is on a first-come basis. Members of the public wishing to attend the meeting should contact Jennifer Nuetzi James five business days prior to the meeting, at the address and phone number noted in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.

    Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(2, 5-7), the Department of Defense has determined that the portion of the meeting from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. shall be closed to the public. The Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness), in consultation with the Office of the DoD General Counsel, has determined in writing that a portion of the committee's meeting will be closed as the discussion will disclose sensitive personnel information, will include matters that relate solely to the internal personnel rules and practices of the agency, will involve allegations of a person having committed a crime or censuring an individual, and may disclose investigatory records compiled for law enforcement purposes.

    Written Statements: Pursuant to 41 CFR 102-3.140 and section 10(a)(3) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the public or interested organizations may submit written comments to the Board about its approved agenda pertaining to this meeting or at any time regarding the Board's mission. Individuals submitting a written statement must submit their statement to the Designated Federal Officer at the address listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. Written statements that do not pertain to a scheduled meeting of the Board may be submitted at any time. However, if individual comments pertain to a specific topic being discussed at the planned meeting, then these statements must be received at least 5 calendar days prior to the meeting, otherwise, the comments may not be provided to or considered by the Board until a later date. The Designated Federal Officer will compile all timely submissions with the Board's Chairman and ensure such submissions are provided to Board Members before the meeting.

    Dated: June 17, 2015. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15226 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001-06-P
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary [Docket ID: DoD-2015-HA-0060] Proposed Collection; Comment Request AGENCY:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, DoD.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs announces a proposed public information collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    DATES:

    Consideration will be given to all comments received by August 21, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by any of the following methods:

    • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    • Mail: Department of Defense, Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer, Directorate of Oversight and Compliance, Regulatory and Audit Matters Office, 9010 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-9010.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name, docket number and title for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information.

    Any associated form(s) for this collection may be located within this same electronic docket and downloaded for review/testing. Follow the instructions at http://www.regulations.gov for submitting comments. Please submit comments on any given form identified by docket number, form number, and title.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    To request more information on this proposed information collection or to obtain a copy of the proposal and associated collection instruments, please write to the TRICARE Dental Care Office, Health Plan Execution and Operation, Defense Health Agency (DHA), Rm 3M 451, ATTN: COL Colleen C. Shull, Falls Church, VA 22042 or call (703) 681-9517, DSN 761.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Title; Associated Form; and OMB Number: TRDP Enrollment Application; OMB Control Number 0720-0015.

    Needs and Uses: This information collection is completed by Uniformed Services members entitled to retired pay and their eligible family members who are seeking enrollment in the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP). The information is necessary to enable the DoD-contracted third party administrator of the program to identify the program's applicants, determine their eligibility for TRDP enrollment, establish the premium payment amount, and to verify by the applicant's signature that the applicant understands the benefits and rules of the program.

    Affected Public: Business or other for profit; Not-for-profit institutions.

    Annual Burden Hours: 12,000.

    Number Of Respondents: 48,000.

    Responses Per Respondent: 1.

    Average Burden Per Response: 15 minutes.

    Frequency: On occasion.

    Respondents are retired members of the Uniformed Services who elect to enroll themselves and their families into the TRDP. The enrollment application must be completed and submitted to the TRDP contractor, along with two-month premium payment, prior to enrollment. The contractor will validate eligibility and complete the enrollment action.

    Dated: June 17, 2015. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15227 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001-06-P
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army [Docket ID: USA-2015-0021] Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records AGENCY:

    Department of the Army, DoD.

    ACTION:

    Notice to amend a system of records.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of the Army proposes to amend a system of records, A0070-45 DASG, entitled “Medical Scientific Research Data Files”. This is now a closed system; no new records will be added. Records were used to create a database of immunological or vaccinal data for research purposes to answer inquiries and provide data on health issues of individuals who participated in research conducted or sponsored by U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command, and U.S. Army Chemical Research, Development, and Engineering Center.

    DATES:

    Comments will be accepted on or before July 22, 2015. This proposed action will be effective on the day following the end of the comment period unless comments are received which result in a contrary determination.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by any of the following methods:

    * Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.

    Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    * Mail: Department of Defense, Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer, Directorate of Oversight and Compliance, Regulatory and Audit Matters Office, 9010 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-9010.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ms. Tracy Rogers, Department of the Army, Privacy Office, U.S. Army Records Management and Declassification Agency, 7701 Telegraph Road, Casey Building, Room 144, Alexandria, VA 22315-3827 or by phone at 703-428-7499.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Department of the Army systems of records notices subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended, have been published in the Federal Register and are available from the address in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT or at the Defense Privacy and Civil Liberties Division Web site at http://dpcld.defense.gov/.

    The proposed changes to the record system being amended are set forth below. The proposed amendment is not within the purview of subsection (r) of the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended, which requires the submission of a new or altered system report.

    Dated: June 17, 2015. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. A0070-45 DASG System name:

    Medical Scientific Research Data Files (April 4, 2003, 68 FR 16484)

    Changes: System name:

    Delete entry and replace with “CLOSED—Medical Scientific Research Data Files.”

    System location:

    Delete entry and replace with “Primary location: U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command, 504 Scott Street, Fort Detrick, MD 21701-5009.

    Secondary location: U.S. Army Chemical Research, Development, and Engineering Center, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010-5423.”

    Categories of individuals covered by the system:

    Delete entry and replace with “This is a closed system—no new records will be added. Volunteers who participated in the Sandfly Fever (Clinical Research Data) studies at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases; individuals who participated in research sponsored by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command and the U.S. Army Chemical Research, Developments, and Engineering Center; and individuals at Fort Detrick who had been immunized with a biological product or who fell under the Occupational Health and Safety Act or Radiologic Safety Program.”

    Authority for maintenance of the system:

    Delete entry and replace with “10 U.S.C. 3013, Secretary of the Army; 10 U.S.C., Chapter 55, Medical and Dental Care; Army Regulation 70-25, Use of Volunteers as Subjects of Research; Army Regulation 70-45, Scientific and Technical Information Program; Occupational Safety and Health Administration Act of 1970; and E.O. 9397 (SSN), as amended.”

    Purpose(s):

    Delete entry and replace with “Records were used to create a database of immunological or vaccinal data for research purposes to answer inquiries and provide data on health issues of individuals who participated in research conducted or sponsored by U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command, and U.S. Army Chemical Research, Development, and Engineering Center.

    To provide individual participants with newly acquired information that may impact their health; to maintain and manage scheduling of health screening tests immunizations, physicals, safety and immunogenicity and other special procedures for a given vaccine or biosurveillance program, radiologic safety program and occupational health safety program.”

    Routine uses for records maintained in the system, including categories of users and the purposes of such uses:

    Delete entry and replace with “In addition to those disclosures generally permitted under 5 U.S.C. 552a(b) of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, these records contained therein may specifically be disclosed outside the DoD as a routine use pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(3) as follows:

    To the Department of Veteran Affairs to assist in making determinations relative to claims for service connected disabilities; and other such benefits.

    The DoD Blanket Routine Uses set forth at the beginning of the Army's compilation of systems of records notices may apply to this system. The complete list of DoD blanket routine uses can be found online at: http://dpcld.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/BlanketRoutineUses.aspx.

    Note:

    This system of records contains individually identifiable health information. The DoD Health Information Privacy Regulation (DoD 6025.18-R) issued pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, applies to most such health information. DoD 6025.18-R may place additional procedural requirements on the uses and disclosures of such information beyond those found in the Privacy Act of 1974 or mentioned in this system of records notice.”

    Storage:

    Delete entry and replace with “Electronic storage media and paper records.”

    Safeguards:

    Delete entry and replace with “Records are maintained in buildings which are locked when unattended and are accessed only by authorized personnel having an official need-to-know. DoD Components and approved users ensure that electronic and paper records collected and used are maintained in controlled areas accessible only to authorized personnel. Physical security differs from site to site, but the automated records must be maintained in controlled areas accessible only by authorized personnel. Access to computerized data is restricted by use of common access cards (CACs) and is accessible only by users with an authorized account. The system and electronic backups are maintained in controlled facilities that employ physical restrictions and safeguards such as security guards, identification badges, key cards, and locks.”

    Retention and disposal:

    Delete entry and replace with “The records are kept until no longer needed for conducting business, then retired to the Records Holding Area and/or Army Electronic Archive (RHA/AEA). The RHA/AEA will destroy records when the record is 75 years old.”

    System manager(s) and address:

    Delete entry and replace with “Commander, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), 1425 Porter Street, Fort Detrick, MD 21702-5011 for special immunization records and research records that have been conducted at the facility.

    Office of The Surgeon General, Headquarters, Department of Army, 5109 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3258 for all other records maintained in this system of records.”

    Notification procedure:

    Delete entry and replace with “Individuals seeking to determine whether information about themselves is contained in this system of records should address written inquiries to the Commander, USAMRIID 1425 Porter Street Fort Detrick, MD 21702-5011.

    For verification purposes the individual should provide full name, SSN, military status, and any other information verifiable from the record itself.

    For personal visits, the individual should provide a state or Federal picture identification card.

    In addition, the requester must provide a notarized statement or an unsworn declaration made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 1746, in the following format:

    If executed outside the United States: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct.

    Executed on (date). (Signature).'

    If executed within the United States, its territories, possessions, or commonwealths: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature).' ”

    Record access procedures:

    Delete entry and replace with “Individuals seeking access to information about themselves contained in this system of records should address written inquiries to the Commander, USAMRIID 1425 Porter Street Fort Detrick, MD 21702-5011.

    For verification purposes the individual should provide full name, SSN, military status, and any other information verifiable from the record itself.

    For personal visits, the individual should provide a state or Federal picture identification card.

    In addition, the requester must provide a notarized statement or an unsworn declaration made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 1746, in the following format:

    If executed outside the United States: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature).'

    If executed within the United States, its territories, possessions, or commonwealths: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature).' ”

    [FR Doc. 2015-15260 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001-06-P
    DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No. ED-2015-ICCD-0041] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; An Impact Evaluation of Support for Principals AGENCY:

    Institute of Education Sciences (IES), Department of Education (ED).

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing a new information collection

    DATES:

    Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before July 22, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov by selecting Docket ID number ED-2015-ICCD-0041 or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. If the regulations.gov site is not available to the public for any reason, ED will temporarily accept comments at [email protected] Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted; ED will ONLY accept comments during the comment period in this mailbox when the regulations.gov site is not available. Written requests for information or comments submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the Director of the Information Collection Clearance Division, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Mailstop L-OM-2-2E319, Room 2E105, Washington, DC 20202.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Elizabeth Warner, (202) 208-7169.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Department of Education (ED), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department's information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed information collection request (ICR) that is described below. The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records.

    Title of Collection: An Impact Evaluation of Support for Principals.

    OMB Control Number: 1850—NEW.

    Type of Review: A new information collection.

    Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals or Households.

    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 1,880.

    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 745.

    Abstract: This submission requests approval of data collection activities that will be used to support An Impact Evaluation of Support for Principals. The evaluation will estimate the impact of offering professional development to principals that emphasizes instructional leadership strategies in addition to supporting some aspects of improving organizational and human capital management.

    Dated: June 17, 2015. Stephanie Valentine, Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, Office of Management.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15276 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No.: ED-2015-ICCD-0079] Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; NPEFS 2015-2017: Common Core of Data (CCD) National Public Education Financial Survey AGENCY:

    Institute of Education Sciences/National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Department of Education (ED).

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.

    DATES:

    Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before August 21, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov by selecting Docket ID number ED-2015-ICCD-0079 or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. If the regulations.gov site is not available to the public for any reason, ED will temporarily accept comments at [email protected] Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted; ED will ONLY accept comments during the comment period in this mailbox when the regulations.gov site is not available. Written requests for information or comments submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the Director of the Information Collection Clearance Division, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Mailstop L-OM-2-2E319, Room 2E103, Washington, DC 20202.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Kashka Kubzdela, (202) 502-7411.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Department of Education (ED), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department's information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed information collection request (ICR) that is described below. The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records.

    Title of Collection: NPEFS 2015-2017: Common Core of Data (CCD) National Public Education Financial Survey.

    OMB Control Number: 1850-0067.

    Type of Review: An extension of an existing information collection.

    Respondents/Affected Public: SEAs.

    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 56.

    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 5,264.

    Abstract: The National Public Education Financial Survey (NPEFS) is an annual collection of state-level finance data that has been included in the NCES Common Core of Data (CCD) since FY 1982 (school year 1981-82). NPEFS provides function expenditures by salaries, benefits, purchased services, and supplies, and includes federal, state, and local revenues by source. The NPEFS collection includes data on all state-run schools from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. NPEFS data are used for a wide variety of purposes, including to calculate federal program allocations such as states' “average per-pupil expenditure” (SPPE) for elementary and secondary education, certain formula grant programs (e.g. Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) as amended, Impact Aid, and Indian Education programs). Furthermore, other federal programs, such as the Educational Technology State Grants program (Title II Part D of the ESEA), the Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program under Title VII of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, and the Teacher Quality State Grants program (Title II Part A of the ESEA) make use of SPPE data indirectly because their formulas are based, in whole or in part, on State Title I Part A allocations. This submission is to conduct the annual collection of state-level finance data for FY 2015-2017.

    Dated: June 17, 2015. Kate Mullan, Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, Office of Management.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15244 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Impact Evaluation of Data-Driven Instruction Professional Development for Teachers; Docket ID Number; Correction AGENCY:

    Department of Education.

    ACTION:

    Correction Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    On June 15, 2015 the U.S. Department of Education published a 60-day comment period notice in the Federal Register Page 34150, Column 3; Page 34151, Column 1 and 2 seeking public comment for an information collection entitled, “Impact Evaluation of Data-Driven Instruction Professional Development for Teachers”. ED is requesting a correction to the Docket ID Number. The correct Docket ID Number is ED-2015-ICCD-0078.

    The Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management, hereby issues a correction notice as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

    Dated: June 17, 2015. Kate Mullan, Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15228 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP15-511-000] Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC; Notice of Request Under Blanket Authorization

    Take notice that on June 4, 2015, Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC (Transco), pursuant to its blanket certificate authorization granted in Docket No. CP82-426-000,1 filed an application in accordance to sections 157.205 and 157.216 of the Commission's Regulations under the Natural Gas Act (NGA) as amended, requesting authority to abandon certain pipeline facilities and removing related ancillary facilities, as necessary, located in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. The proposed abandonment are no longer required for gas service, all as more fully set forth in the application which is on file with the Commission and open to public inspection.

    1 20 FERC ¶ 62,420 (1982).

    Transco requests authorization to abandon an approximately 1.1-mile, 16-inch pipeline extending from Ship Shoal Block 28, Platform “C” to Ship Shoal Block 28, Platform “D1”; an approximately 10.5 mile, 16-inch pipeline extending from Ship Shoal Block 28, Platform “D1” to the Mosquito Bay Junction Platform “A”; and approximately 0.03-mile, 12-inch pipeline extending from Ship Shoal Block 28, Platform “D2” to a subsea tie-in with the 16-inch pipeline (Supply Laterals). The Supply Laterals will be abandoned in place. The tube turns and portions of the risers will be recovered and taken to shore. The Supply Laterals have not been used in the previous 12 months to provide service and are not expected to be used in the future. The proposed abandonment will have no impact on the daily design capacity and operating conditions of Transco's pipeline system. No customers have been served through the Supply Laterals during the previous 12 months.

    Any questions concerning this application may be directed to Marg Camardello, P.O. Box 1396, Houston, Texas 77251, or by phone at (713) 215-3380.

    This filing is available for review at the Commission or may be viewed on the Commission's Web site at http://www.ferc.gov, using the “eLibrary” link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number filed to access the document. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at FERC [email protected] or call toll-free at (866) 206-3676, or, for TTY, contact (202) 502-8659. Comments, protests and interventions may be filed electronically via the Internet in lieu of paper. See, 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's Web site under the “e-Filing” link. The Commission strongly encourages interveners to file electronically.

    Pursuant to section 157.9 of the Commission's rules, 18 CFR 157.9, within 90 days of this Notice, the Commission staff will either: Complete its environmental assessment (EA) and place it into the Commission's public record (eLibrary) for this proceeding; or issue a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review. If a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review is issued, it will indicate, among other milestones, the anticipated date for the Commission staff's issuance of the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) or EA for this proposal. The filing of the EA in the Commission's public record for this proceeding or the issuance of a Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review will serve to notify federal and state agencies of the timing for the completion of all necessary reviews, and the subsequent need to complete all federal authorizations within 90 days of the date of issuance of the Commission staff's FEIS or EA.

    Any person or the Commission's staff may, within 60 days after issuance of the instant notice by the Commission, file pursuant to Rule 214 of the Commission's Procedural Rules (18 CFR 385.214) a motion to intervene or notice of intervention and pursuant to section 157.205 of the regulations under the NGA (18 CFR 157.205), a protest to the request. If no protest is filed within the time allowed therefore, the proposed activity shall be deemed to be authorized effective the day after the time allowed for filing a protest. If a protest is filed and not withdrawn within 30 days after the allowed time for filing a protest, the instant request shall be treated as an application for authorization pursuant to section 7 of the NGA.

    Dated: June 16, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15232 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-0-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Combined Notice of Filings

    Take notice that the Commission has received the following Natural Gas Pipeline Rate and Refund Report filings:

    Filings Instituting Proceedings

    Docket Numbers: PR15-37-000.

    Applicants: Bay Gas Storage Company, Ltd.

    Description: Submits tariff filing per 284.123(b)(2) + (g): Petition for Approval of Rates_6.8.15 to be effective 6/8/2015 Filing Type: 1310.

    Filed Date: 6/8/15.

    Accession Number: 20150608-5133.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 6/29/15.

    284.123(g) Protests Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/7/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-1055-000.

    Applicants: Dominion Transmission, Inc.

    Description: § 4(d) rate filing per 154.204: DTI—Dekaflow Transition to be effective 7/11/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/10/15.

    Accession Number: 20150610-5236.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 6/22/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-1056-000.

    Applicants: Dominion Cove Point LNG, LP.

    Description: § 4(d) rate filing per 154.204: DCP—Dekaflow Transition to be effective 7/11/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/10/15.

    Accession Number: 20150610-5244.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 6/22/15.

    The filings are accessible in the Commission's eLibrary system by clicking on the links or querying the docket number.

    Any person desiring to intervene or protest in any of the above proceedings must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission's Regulations (18 CFR 385.211 and § 385.214) on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on the specified comment date. Protests may be considered, but intervention is necessary to become a party to the proceeding.

    eFiling is encouraged. More detailed information relating to filing requirements, interventions, protests, service, and qualifying facilities filings can be found at: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling/filing-req.pdf. For other information, call (866) 208-3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502-8659.

    Dated: June 11, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15234 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC15-3-000] Commission Information Collection Activities, (FERC-567 and FERC-587), Comment Request AGENCY:

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Energy.

    ACTION:

    Comment request.

    SUMMARY:

    In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is submitting these information collections [FERC-567 (Gas Pipeline Certificates: Annual Reports of System Flow Diagrams and System Capacity) and FERC-587 (Land Description (Public Land States/Non-Public Land States [Rectangular or Non-Rectangular Survey System Lands in Public Land States])] to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review of the information collection requirements. Any interested person may file comments directly with OMB and should address a copy of those comments to the Commission as explained below. The Commission previously issued a Notice in the Federal Register (80 FR 19308, 4/10/2015) requesting public comments. The Commission received no comments on neither the FERC-567 nor FERC-587 and is making this notation in its submittal to OMB.

    DATES:

    Comments on the collection of information are due by July 22, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Comments filed with OMB, identified by the OMB Control No. 1902-0005 (FERC-567) and 1902-0145 (FERC-587) should be sent via email to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs: [email protected] Attention: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Desk Officer. The Desk Officer may also be reached via telephone at 202-395-4718.

    A copy of the comments should also be sent to the Commission, in Docket No. IC15-3-000, by either of the following methods:

    eFiling at Commission's Web site: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp.

    Mail/Hand Delivery/Courier: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Secretary of the Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426.

    Instructions: All submissions must be formatted and filed in accordance with submission guidelines at: http://www.ferc.gov/help/submission-guide.asp. For user assistance contact FERC Online Support by email at [email protected], or by phone at: (866) 208-3676 (toll-free), or (202) 502-8659 for TTY.

    Docket: Users interested in receiving automatic notification of activity in this docket or in viewing/downloading comments and issuances in this docket may do so at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/docs-filing.asp.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ellen Brown may be reached by email at [email protected], by telephone at (202) 502-8663, and by fax at (202) 273-0873.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the information collection requirements for all collections described below with no changes to the current reporting requirements. Please note that each collection is distinct from the next.

    Comments: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the collections of information are necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimates of the burden and cost of the collections of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collections; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collections of information on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    FERC-567, [Gas Pipeline Certificates: Annual Reports of System Flow Diagrams and System Capacity]

    OMB Control No.: 1902-0005.

    Abstract: The Commission uses the information from the FERC-567 to obtain accurate data on pipeline facilities and the peak capacity of these facilities. Additionally, the Commission validates the need for new facilities proposed by pipelines in certificate applications. By modeling an applicant's pipeline system, Commission staff utilizes the FERC-567 data to determine configuration and location of installed pipeline facilities; verify and determine the receipt and delivery points between shippers, producers and pipeline companies; determine the location of receipt and delivery points and emergency interconnections on a pipeline system; determine the location of pipeline segments, laterals and compressor stations on a pipeline system; verify pipeline segment lengths and pipeline diameters; justify the maximum allowable operating pressures and suction and discharge pressures at compressor stations; verify the installed horsepower and volumes compressed at each compressor station; determine the existing shippers and producers currently using each pipeline company; verify peak capacity on the system; and develop and evaluate alternatives to the proposed facilities as a means to mitigate environmental impact of new pipeline construction.

    18 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 260.8(a) requires each major natural gas pipeline with a system delivery capacity exceeding 100,000 Mcf 1 per day to submit by June 1 of each year, diagrams reflecting operating conditions on the pipeline's main transmission system during the previous 12 months ended December 31. These physical/engineering data are not included as part of any other data collection requirement.

    1 “Mcf” is an abbreviation denoting a thousand cubic feet of natural gas.

    Type of Respondent: Applicants proposing hydropower projects on (or changes to existing projects located within) lands owned by the United States.

    Estimate of Annual Burden: The Commission estimates the annual public reporting burden for the information collection as:

    FERC-567—Gas Pipeline Certificates: Annual Reports of System Flow Diagrams and System Capacity Number of
  • respondents
  • Annual
  • number of
  • responses per
  • respondent
  • Total number of responses Average
  • burden hours
  • and cost
  • per response 2
  • Total annual burden hours and total
  • annual cost
  • Cost per
  • respondent
  • ($)
  • (1) (2) (1)*(2)=(3) (4) (3)*(4)=(5) (5)÷(1) FERC-567 Applicants 93 1 93 3
  • $216
  • 279
  • $20,088
  • $216
    FERC-587, [Land Description (Public Land States/Non-Public Land States [Rectangular or Non-Rectangular Survey System Lands in Public Land States])]

    OMB Control No.: 1902-0145.

    2 The estimates for cost per response are derived using the following formula: Average Burden Hours per Response * $72 per Hour = Average Cost per Response. The hourly cost figure comes from the FERC average salary. Subject matter experts found that industry employment costs closely resemble FERC's regarding the FERC-567 information collection.

    Abstract: The Commission requires the FERC-587 information collection to satisfy the requirements of section 24 of the Federal Power Act (FPA). The Federal Power Act grants the Commission authority to issue licenses for the development and improvement of navigation and for the development, transmission, and utilization of power across, along, from or in any of the steams or other bodies of water over which Congress has jurisdiction.3 The Electric Consumers Protection Act (ECPA) amends the FPA to allow the Commission the responsibility of issuing licenses for nonfederal hydroelectric plants.4 section 24 of the FPA requires that applicants proposing hydropower projects on (or changes to existing projects located within) lands owned by the United States to provide a description of the applicable U.S. land. Additionally, the FPA requires the notification of the Commission and Secretary of the Interior of the hydropower proposal. FERC-587 consolidates the information required and identifies hydropower project boundary maps associated with the applicable U.S. land.

    3 16 U.S.C. Section 797d (2010)

    4 Public Law 99-495, 100 Stat. 1243 (1996)

    The information consolidated by the Form No. 587 verifies the accuracy of the information provided for the FERC-587 to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Department of the Interior (DOI). Moreover, this information ensures that U.S. lands can be reserved as hydropower sites and withdrawn from other uses.

    Type of Respondent: Applicants proposing hydropower projects on (or changes to existing projects located within) lands owned by the United States.

    Estimate of Annual Burden: The Commission estimates the annual public reporting burden for the information collection as:

    FERC-587—Land Description (Public Land States/Non-Public Land States [Rectangular or Non-Rectangular Survey System Lands in Public Land States]) Number of
  • respondents
  • Annual
  • number of
  • responses per
  • respondent
  • Total number of responses Average
  • burden hours
  • and cost per
  • response 2
  • Total annual burden hours and total
  • annual cost
  • Cost per
  • respondent
  • ($)
  • (1) (2) (1)*(2)=(3) (4) (3)*(4)=(5) (5)÷(1) Hydropower Project Applicants 137 1 137 1
  • $72
  • 137
  • $9,864
  • $72
    Dated: June 16, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15233 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Combined Notice Of Filings #2

    Take notice that the Commission received the following exempt wholesale generator filings:

    Docket Numbers: EG15-96-000.

    Applicants: 87RL 8me LLC.

    Description: Notice of Self-Certification of Exempt Wholesale Generator Status of 87RL 8me LLC.

    Filed Date: 6/16/15.

    Accession Number: 20150616-5089.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/7/15.

    Take notice that the Commission received the following electric rate filings:

    Docket Numbers: ER15-520-001.

    Applicants: Deseret Generation & Transmission Co-operative, Inc.

    Description: Compliance filing per 35: Compliance Filing to May 18 Order to be effective 2/2/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/16/15

    Accession Number: 20150616-5154.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/7/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-528-001.

    Applicants: Golden Spread Electric Cooperative, Inc.

    Description: Compliance filing per 35: OATT Order No. 676-H Second Compliance Filing to be effective 5/15/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/16/15.

    Accession Number: 20150616-5269.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/7/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1541-001.

    Applicants: Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc.

    Description: Compliance filing per 35: 2015-06-16_SA 764 Compliance ATC-Wisconsin Electric Bill of Sales to be effective N/A.

    Filed Date: 6/16/15.

    Accession Number: 20150616-5145.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/7/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1920-000.

    Applicants: MATL LLP.

    Description: § 205(d) rate filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii): Attachment L Creditworthiness Filing to be effective 6/16/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/16/15.

    Accession Number: 20150616-5001.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/7/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1921-000.

    Applicants: Southern California Edison Company.

    Description: Tariff Withdrawal per 35.15: Notices of Cancellation LGIA and Distribution Service Agmt Daggett Ridge to be effective 8/31/2013.

    Filed Date: 6/16/15.

    Accession Number: 20150616-5007.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/7/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1924-000.

    Applicants: Southwest Power Pool, Inc.

    Description: § 205(d) rate filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii): Bylaws Revision for Board of Directors Expansion to be effective 8/15/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/16/15.

    Accession Number: 20150616-5155.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/7/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1925-000.

    Applicants: Breckinridge Wind Project, LLC.

    Description: Baseline eTariff Filing per 35.1: Breckinridge Wind Project, LLC Market-Based Rate Application to be effective 8/1/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/16/15.

    Accession Number: 20150616-5195.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/7/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1926-000.

    Applicants: Innoventive Power LLC.

    Description: Request of Innoventive Power LLC for Limited Tariff Waiver on an Expedited Basis.

    Filed Date: 6/16/15.

    Accession Number: 20150616-5213.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 6/26/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1927-000.

    Applicants: PJM Interconnection, L.L.C.

    Description: Tariff Withdrawal per 35.15: Notice of Cancellation of Interconnection Service Agreement to be effective 7/8/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/16/15.

    Accession Number: 20150616-5215.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/7/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1928-000.

    Applicants: Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc.

    Description: § 205(d) rate filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii): 2015-06-16_SA 1564 NSP-NSP 2nd Rev. GIA (G237/J320) to be effective 6/17/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/16/15.

    Accession Number: 20150616-5234.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/7/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1929-000.

    Applicants: Louisville Gas and Electric Company.

    Description: § 205(d) rate filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii): Revised Att M LGIP to be effective 8/17/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/16/15.

    Accession Number: 20150616-5235.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/7/15.

    The filings are accessible in the Commission's eLibrary system by clicking on the links or querying the docket number.

    Any person desiring to intervene or protest in any of the above proceedings must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission's Regulations (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214) on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on the specified comment date. Protests may be considered, but intervention is necessary to become a party to the proceeding.

    eFiling is encouraged. More detailed information relating to filing requirements, interventions, protests, service, and qualifying facilities filings can be found at: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling/filing-req.pdf. For other information, call (866) 208-3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502-8659.

    Dated: June 16, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15231 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Combined Notice of Filings #1

    Take notice that the Commission received the following electric rate filings:

    Docket Numbers: ER11-2489-005; ER12-726-004; ER12-2639-003; ER11-3620-007; ER11-2882-008; ER10-2432-007; ER10-2435-007; ER10-2440-007; ER10-2442-007; ER10-2444-007; ER10-2446-007; ER10-2449-007; ER12-1431-005; ER12-1434-005; ER12-1432-005; ER12-1435-005; ER13-2102-003; ER12-2510-004; ER12-2511-004; ER12-2512-004; ER12-2513-004; ER13-2308-002; ER14-1439-002; ER14-1656-004; ER15-1019-001; ER10-2628-002 ; ER11-3959-004.

    Applicants: Hatchet Ridge Wind, LLC, Spring Valley Wind LLC, Ocotillo Express LLC, Lyonsdale Biomass, LLC, ReEnergy Sterling CT Limited Partnership, Bayonne Plant Holding, L.L.C., Camden Plant Holding, L.L.C., Dartmouth Power Associates Limited Partnership, Elmwood Park Power, LLC, Newark Bay Cogeneration Partnership, L.P, Pedricktown Cogeneration Company LP, York Generation Company LLC, ReEnergy Ashland LLC, ReEnergy Fort Fairfield LLC, ReEnergy Livermore Falls LLC, ReEnergy Stratton LLC, ReEnergy Black River LLC, Brandon Shores LLC, C.P. Crane LLC, H.A. Wagner LLC, Raven Power Marketing LLC, Sapphire Power Marketing LLC, TrailStone Power, LLC, CSOLAR IV West, LLC, Fowler Ridge IV Wind Farm LLC, Lost Creek Wind, LLC, Post Rock Wind Power Project, LLC.

    Description: Notification of Non-Material Change in Status of the Riverstone MBR Entities.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5351.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER13-120-006.

    Applicants: Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power Company.

    Description: Compliance filing per 35: Order No. 1000 OATT Fourth Regional Compliance Filing to be effective 1/1/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5252.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER13-75-009.

    Applicants: Public Service Company of Colorado.

    Description: Compliance filing per 35: 2015-6-15_PSCo Order 1000-4th Reg Comp Filing to be effective 1/1/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5166.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER13-77-007.

    Applicants: Tucson Electric Power Company.

    Description: Compliance filing per 35: OATT Order No. 1000 Compliance Filing to be effective 1/1/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5180.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER13-78-007.

    Applicants: UNS Electric, Inc.

    Description: Compliance filing per 35: OATT Order No. 1000 Compliance Filing to be effective 1/1/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5187.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER13-79-007.

    Applicants: Public Service Company of New Mexico.

    Description: Compliance filing per 35: Order No. 1000 OATT Fourth Regional Compliance Filing to be effective 1/1/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5087.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER13-82-007.

    Applicants: Arizona Public Service Company.

    Description: Compliance filing per 35: OATT Order No. 1000 Compliance Filing to be effective 1/1/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5200.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER13-836-004.

    Applicants: MATL LLP.

    Description: Compliance filing per 35: Order 1000 Compliance Filing to be effective 6/16/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5248.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER13-91-006.

    Applicants: El Paso Electric Company.

    Description: Compliance filing per 35: OATT Order No. 1000 Compliance Filing to Comply with May 14, 2015 Order to be effective 1/1/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5085.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER13-94-005.

    Applicants: Avista Corporation.

    Description: Compliance filing per 35: Avista Corp OATT Order 1000 Compliance Filing to be effective 6/16/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5239.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER13-96-006.

    Applicants: Black Hills Power, Inc.

    Description: Compliance filing per 35: Order No. 1000 OATT Fourth Regional Compliance Filing to be effective 1/1/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5249.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER13-97-006.

    Applicants: Black Hills/Colorado Electric Utility Company, LP.

    Description: Compliance filing per 35: Order No. 1000 OATT Fourth Regional Compliance Filing to be effective 1/1/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5251.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER13-99-005.

    Applicants: Puget Sound Energy, Inc.

    Description: Compliance filing per 35: OATT Order No. 1000 Compliance Filing to be effective 6/16/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5192.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-411-001.

    Applicants: Arizona Public Service Company.

    Description: Compliance filing per 35: Rate Schedule No. 274—WestConnect Planning Participation Agreement to be effective 1/1/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5201.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-422-001.

    Applicants: Avista Corporation.

    Description: Compliance filing per 35: Avista Corp Order 1000 FERC Rate Schedule No. CG2 Compliance Filing to be effective 6/16/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5247.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-428-002.

    Applicants: Nevada Power Company.

    Description: Compliance filing per 35: OATT Order No. 1000 Compliance Attachment K to be effective 1/1/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5207.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-429-001.

    Applicants: Puget Sound Energy, Inc.

    Description: Compliance filing per 35: Columbia Grid Functional Agreement Second Amendment to be effective 6/16/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5170.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1190-002.

    Applicants: Duke Energy Florida, Inc., Duke Energy Progress, Inc., Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC.

    Description: Compliance filing per 35: OATT Attachment C-1 DEP Effective Date to be effective 6/10/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5263.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1289-001.

    Applicants: Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc.

    Description: Compliance filing per 35: 2015-06-15_GRE RTO Adder Compliance to be effective 5/16/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5122.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1293-001.

    Applicants: Southwest Power Pool, Inc.

    Description: Tariff Amendment per 35.17(b): Revisions to Att AE Sections 4.5.2 and 4.5.3 Deficiency Response in ER15-1293 to be effective 5/15/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5246.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1427-001.

    Applicants: Calpine New Jersey Generation, LLC.

    Description: Tariff Amendment per 35.17(b): Response to Deficiency Letter to be effective 1/28/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5264.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1916-000.

    Applicants: Tucson Electric Power Company.

    Description: § 205(d) rate filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii): Concurrences to NPC Rate Schedules 95 and 96 to be effective 11/1/2014.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5197.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1917-000.

    Applicants: PJM Interconnection, L.L.C.

    Description: § 205(d) rate filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii): Service Agreement No. 4173; Queue No. Z1-066 to be effective 5/14/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5253.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1918-000.

    Applicants: Southwest Power Pool, Inc.

    Description: § 205(d) rate filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii): Transmission Owner Selection Process Revisions to be effective 8/15/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5259.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1919-000.

    Applicants: California Independent System Operator Corporation.

    Description: § 205(d) rate filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii): 2015-06-15 EIM Year One Enhancements—Phase 1 to be effective 9/15/2015.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5261.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1922-000.

    Applicants: Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C., Entergy Louisiana, LLC, Entergy New Orleans, Inc.

    Description: Request for Limited Waiver and Effective Date of Entergy Services, Inc. on behalf of the participating Entergy Operating Companies.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5298.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1923-000.

    Applicants: PJM Interconnection, L.L.C.

    Description: Notice of Cancellation of Interconnection Service Agreement of PJM Interconnection, L.L.C.

    Filed Date: 6/15/15.

    Accession Number: 20150615-5345.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 7/6/15.

    The filings are accessible in the Commission's eLibrary system by clicking on the links or querying the docket number.

    Any person desiring to intervene or protest in any of the above proceedings must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission's Regulations (18 CFR 385.211 and § 385.214) on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on the specified comment date. Protests may be considered, but intervention is necessary to become a party to the proceeding.

    eFiling is encouraged. More detailed information relating to filing requirements, interventions, protests, service, and qualifying facilities filings can be found at: http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling/filing-req.pdf. For other information, call (866) 208-3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502-8659.

    Dated: June 16, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15230 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY COMMISSION Sunshine Act Notice AGENCY HOLDING THE MEETING:

    Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

    DATE AND TIME:

    Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

    PLACE:

    Commission Meeting Room on the First Floor of the EEOC Office Building, 131 “M” Street NE., Washington, DC 20507.

    STATUS:

    The meeting will be open to the public.

    MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED:

    Open Session:

    1. Announcement of Notation Votes, and

    2. EEOC at 50: Progress and Continuing Challenges in Eradicating Employment Discrimination.

    NOTE: In accordance with the Sunshine Act, the meeting will be open to public observation of the Commission's deliberations and voting. Seating is limited and it is suggested that visitors arrive 30 minutes before the meeting in order to be processed through security and escorted to the meeting room. (In addition to publishing notices on EEOC Commission meetings in the Federal Register, the Commission also provides information about Commission meetings on its Web site, eeoc.gov., and provides a recorded announcement a week in advance on future Commission sessions.)

    Please telephone (202) 663-7100 (voice) and (202) 663-4074 (TTY) at any time for information on these meetings. The EEOC provides sign language interpretation and Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services at Commission meetings for the hearing impaired. Requests for other reasonable accommodations may be made by using the voice and TTY numbers listed above.

    CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION:

    Bernadette B. Wilson, Acting Executive Officer on (202) 663-4077.

    This Notice Issued June 18, 2015. Bernadette B. Wilson, Acting Executive Officer, Executive Secretariat.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15357 Filed 6-18-15; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 6570-01-P
    FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION [3060-1169] Information Collection Being Reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission Under Delegated Authority AGENCY:

    Federal Communications Commission.

    ACTION:

    Notice and request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the Commission) invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the following information collection. Comments are requested concerning: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information shall have practical utility; the accuracy of the Commission's burden estimate; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and ways to further reduce the information collection burden on small business concerns with fewer than 25 employees. The FCC may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid control number. No person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information subject to the PRA that does not display a valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number.

    DATES:

    Written PRA comments should be submitted on or before August 21, 2015. If you anticipate that you will be submitting comments, but find it difficult to do so within the period of time allowed by this notice, you should advise the contact listed below as soon as possible.

    ADDRESSES:

    Direct all PRA comments to Benish Shah, FCC, via email [email protected] and to [email protected]

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For additional information about the information collection, contact [email protected], (202) 418-7866.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    OMB Control Number: 3060-1169.

    Title: Part 11—Emergency Alert System (EAS), Fifth Report and Order, FCC 12-7.

    Form Number: N/A.

    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

    Respondents: Business or other for-profit entities, not-for-profit institutions, and state, local or tribal government.

    Number of Respondents: 10 respondents; 20 responses.

    Estimated Time per Response: 20 hours.

    Frequency of Response: On occasion reporting requirement and recordkeeping requirement.

    Obligation to Respond: Voluntary. Statutory authority for this collection of information is contained in 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 601 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

    Total Annual Burden: 200 hours.

    Total Annual Cost: N/A.

    Privacy Impact Assessment: N/A

    Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: There is no need for confidentiality.

    Needs and Uses: The Commission will submit this expiring information collection to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) after this comment period in order to obtain approval from them for the full three year clearance period.

    Part 11 contains rules and regulations addressing the nation's Emergency Alert System (EAS). The EAS provides the President with the capability to provide immediate communications and information to the general public at the national, state and local area level during periods of national emergency. The EAS also provides state and local governments and the National Weather Service with the capability to provide immediate communications and information to the general public concerning emergency situations posting a threat to life and property.

    The Commission amended its Part 11 rules governing the EAS to more fully codify the existing obligation to process Common Alerting Protocol (CAP)-formatted alert messages adopted in the Second Report and Order.

    Certification procedures for meeting general certification requirements are under 47 CFR 11.34. Paragraphs 164-167, 107-171, and 175-176 in the Fifth Report and Order, establish that integrated CAP-capable EAS devices and intermediate devices that are used in tandem with legacy EAS equipment are subject to the Commission's existing device certification requirements set forth in the Commission's Part 2 equipment authorization rules. These paragraphs also establish specific procedures by which EAS device manufacturers can update existing device certifications and obtain new certifications, which generally involve the submission of test data and other materials to the FCC.

    The information collected by the Commission is used to confirm that EAS devices comply with the technical and performance requirements set forth in the EAS rules and other applicable rules maintained by the Commission. These rules are designed to minimize electrical radiofrequency interference and to ensure that the EAS, including individual devices within the EAS, operate at intended.

    Federal Communications Commission. Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15252 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712-01-P
    FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION FCC To Hold Open Commission Meeting Thursday, June 18, 2015 June 11, 2015.

    The Federal Communications Commission will hold an Open Meeting on the subjects listed below on Thursday, June 18, 2015. The meeting is scheduled to commence at 10:30 a.m. in Room TW-C305, at 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC.

    Item No. Bureau Subject 1 WIRELINE COMPETITION TITLE: Numbering Policies for Modern Communications (WC Docket No. 13-97); IP-Enabled Services (WC Docket No. 04-36); Telephone Number Requirements for IP-Enabled Services Providers (WC Docket No. 07-243); Telephone Number Portability (CC Docket No. 95-116); Developing a Unified Intercarrier Compensation Regime (CC Docket No. 01-92); Connect America Fund (WC Docket No. 10-90); Numbering Resource Optimization (CC Docket No. 99-200). SUMMARY: The Commission will consider a Report and Order that will facilitate innovative technologies and services by establishing a process to authorize interconnected VoIP providers to obtain telephone numbers directly from the Numbering Administrators, rather than through intermediaries. 2 WIRELINE COMPETITION TITLE: Lifeline and Link Up Reform (WC Docket No. 11-42); Telecommunications Carriers Eligible for Universal Service Support, (WC Docket No. 09-197) SUMMARY: The Commission will consider a Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Order on Reconsideration, Second Report and Order, and Memorandum Opinion and Order in order to comprehensively restructure and modernize the Lifeline program to efficiently and effectively connect low-income Americans to broadband, strengthen program oversight and administration, and take additional measures to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse. 3 CONSUMER & GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS TITLE: Rules and Regulations Implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (CG Docket No. 02-278; WC Docket No. 07-135); American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management Petition for Expedited Declaratory Ruling and Exemption; American Bankers Association Petition for Exemption; Coalition of Mobile Engagement Providers Petition for Declaratory Ruling; Consumer Bankers Association Petition for Declaratory Ruling; Direct Marketing Association Petition for Forbearance and Emergency Petition for Special Temporary Relief; Paul D. S. Edwards Petition for Expedited Clarification and Declaratory Ruling; Milton H. Fried, Jr., and Richard Evans Petition for Expedited Declaratory Ruling; Glide Talk, Ltd. Petition for Expedited Declaratory Ruling; Global Tel*Link Corporation Petition for Expedited Clarification and Declaratory Ruling; National Association of Attorneys General Request for Clarification; National Employment Network Association Petition for Expedited Declaratory Ruling; Professional Association for Customer Engagement Petition for Expedited Declaratory Ruling and/or Expedited Rulemaking; Retail Industry Leaders Association Petition for Declaratory Ruling; Revolution Messaging Petition for Expedited Clarification and Declaratory Ruling; RTI International Petition for Expedited Declaratory Ruling; Rubio's Restaurant, Inc. Petition for Expedited Declaratory Ruling; Santander Consumer USA, Inc. Petition for Expedited Declaratory Ruling; Stage Stores, Inc. Petition for Expedited Declaratory Ruling; TextMe, Inc. Petition for Expedited Declaratory Ruling and Clarification; United Healthcare Services, Inc. Petition for Expedited Declaratory Ruling; YouMail, Inc. Petition for Expedited Declaratory Ruling; 3G Collect, Inc., and 3G Collect LLC Petition for Expedited Declaratory Ruling; ACA International Petition for Rulemaking. SUMMARY: The Commission will consider a Declaratory Ruling and Order reaffirming the Telephone Consumer Protection Act's protections against unwanted robocalls, encouraging pro-consumer uses of robocall technology, and responding to a number of requests for clarity from businesses and other parties. 4 INCENTIVE AUCTION TASK FORCE TITLE: Expanding the Economic and Innovation Opportunities of Spectrum Through Incentive Auctions (GN Docket No. 12-268). SUMMARY: The Commission will consider a Second Order on Reconsideration that resolves petitions for reconsideration of the Commission's Order adopting rules to implement the Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction, providing parties with additional certainty ahead of the auction.

    The meeting site is fully accessible to people using wheelchairs or other mobility aids. Sign language interpreters, open captioning, and assistive listening devices will be provided on site. Other reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. In your request, include a description of the accommodation you will need and a way we can contact you if we need more information. Last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill. Send an email to: [email protected] or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (TTY).

    Additional information concerning this meeting may be obtained from Meribeth McCarrick, Office of Media Relations, (202) 418-0500; TTY 1-888-835-5322. Audio/Video coverage of the meeting will be broadcast live with open captioning over the Internet from the FCC Live Web page at www.fcc.gov/live.

    For a fee this meeting can be viewed live over George Mason University's Capitol Connection. The Capitol Connection also will carry the meeting live via the Internet. To purchase these services, call (703) 993-3100 or go to www.capitolconnection.gmu.edu.

    Federal Communications Commission. Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15253 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712-01-P
    FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION Notice to All Interested Parties of the Termination of the Receivership of 10323, United Americas Bank, Atlanta, GA

    Notice is hereby given that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) as Receiver for United Americas Bank, Atlanta, GA (“the Receiver”) intends to terminate its receivership for said institution. The FDIC was appointed receiver of United Americas Bank on December 17, 2010. The liquidation of the receivership assets has been completed. To the extent permitted by available funds and in accordance with law, the Receiver will be making a final dividend payment to proven creditors.

    Based upon the foregoing, the Receiver has determined that the continued existence of the receivership will serve no useful purpose. Consequently, notice is given that the receivership shall be terminated, to be effective no sooner than thirty days after the date of this Notice. If any person wishes to comment concerning the termination of the receivership, such comment must be made in writing and sent within thirty days of the date of this Notice to: Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Division of Resolutions and Receiverships, Attention: Receivership Oversight Department 32.1, 1601 Bryan Street, Dallas, TX 75201.

    No comments concerning the termination of this receivership will be considered which are not sent within this time frame.

    Dated: June 17, 2015. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Robert E. Feldman, Executive Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15217 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6714-01-P
    FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Change in Bank Control Notices; Acquisitions of Shares of a Bank or Bank Holding Company

    The notificants listed below have applied under the Change in Bank Control Act (12 U.S.C. 1817(j)) and § 225.41 of the Board's Regulation Y (12 CFR 225.41) to acquire shares of a bank or bank holding company. The factors that are considered in acting on the notices are set forth in paragraph 7 of the Act (12 U.S.C. 1817(j)(7)).

    The notices are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The notices also will be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing to the Reserve Bank indicated for that notice or to the offices of the Board of Governors. Comments must be received not later than July 7, 2015.

    A. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis (Jacquelyn K. Brunmeier, Assistant Vice President) 90 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55480-0291:

    1. Mary Ellen Organ, Northfield, Minnesota, individually, Erick Organ, Pine Island, Minnesota, and Kenneth Organ, Northfield, Minnesota; all as part of the Organ Family Group, to retain voting shares of West Concord Bancshares, Inc., and thereby indirectly retain voting shares of Farmers State Bank of West Concord, both in West Concord, Minnesota.

    B. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (Dennis Denney, Assistant Vice President) 1 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64198-0001:

    1. Susan Chrastil, Crete, Nebraska; to retain voting shares of TCM Company, Crete, Nebraska, and thereby indirectly retain voting shares of City Bank & Trust Co., Lincoln, Nebraska.

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, June 17, 2015. Michael J. Lewandowski, Associate Secretary of the Board.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15258 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210-01-P
    FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies

    The companies listed in this notice have applied to the Board for approval, pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841 et seq.) (BHC Act), Regulation Y (12 CFR part 225), and all other applicable statutes and regulations to become a bank holding company and/or to acquire the assets or the ownership of, control of, or the power to vote shares of a bank or bank holding company and all of the banks and nonbanking companies owned by the bank holding company, including the companies listed below.

    The applications listed below, as well as other related filings required by the Board, are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The applications will also be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing on the standards enumerated in the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1842(c)). If the proposal also involves the acquisition of a nonbanking company, the review also includes whether the acquisition of the nonbanking company complies with the standards in section 4 of the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1843). Unless otherwise noted, nonbanking activities will be conducted throughout the United States.

    Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding each of these applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than July 17, 2015.

    A. Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (Colette A. Fried, Assistant Vice President) 230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60690-1414:

    1. Mid Illinois Bancorp, Inc., Employee Stock Ownership Plan, Peoria, Illinois; to become a bank holding company by acquiring up to 30 percent of the voting shares of Mid Illinois Bancorp, Inc., and thereby indirectly acquire voting shares of South Side Trust and Savings Bank, both in Peoria, Illinois.

    In connection with this application, Applicant also has applied to engage in extending credit and servicing loans, pursuant to section 225.28(b)(1).

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, June 17, 2015. Michael J. Lewandowski, Associate Secretary of the Board.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15257 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210-01-P
    GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION [Notice-CECANF-2015-05; Docket No. 2015-0005; Sequence No. 5] Commission To Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities; Announcement of Meeting AGENCY:

    Commission To Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, General Services Administration.

    ACTION:

    Meeting notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF), a Federal Advisory Committee established by the Protect Our Kids Act of 2012, will hold a meeting open to the public on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 and Thursday, July 16, 2015 in Madison, Wisconsin.

    DATES:

    The meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and Thursday, July 16, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT). Comments regarding this meeting should be received by Monday, July 13, 2015, for consideration prior to the meeting.

    ADDRESSES:

    CECANF will convene its meeting at the Sheraton, 706 John Nolen Drive, Madison, Wisconsin. This site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. The meeting also will be made available via teleconference and/or webinar.

    Submit comments identified by “Notice-CECANF-2015-05,” by either of the following methods:

    Regulations.gov: http://www.regulations.gov. Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by searching for “Notice-CECANF-2015-05.” Select the link “Comment Now” that corresponds with “Notice-CECANF-2015-05.” Follow the instructions provided on the screen. Please include your name, organization name (if any), and “Notice-CECANF-2015-05” on your attached document.

    Mail: U.S. General Services Administration, 1800 F Street NW., Room 7003D, Washington DC 20405, Attention: Tom Hodnett (CD) for CECANF.

    Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite “Notice-CECANF-2015-05” in all correspondence related to this notice. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal and/or business confidential information provided.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Visit the CECANF Web site at https://eliminatechildabusefatalities.sites.usa.gov/ or contact Patricia Brincefield, Communications Director, at 202-818-9596, U.S. General Services Administration, 1800 F Street NW., Room 7003D, Washington, DC 20405, Attention: Tom Hodnett (CD) for CECANF.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background: CECANF was established to develop a national strategy and recommendations for reducing fatalities resulting from child abuse and neglect.

    Agenda: This meeting will explore key research, policy, and practice in the state of Wisconsin related to addressing and preventing child abuse and neglect fatalities. Commission members will then continue discussing the work plans of the Commission subcommittees, the information that they have obtained to date, and emerging recommendations.

    Attendance at the Meeting: Individuals interested in attending the meeting in person or participating by webinar and teleconference must register in advance. To register to attend in person or by webinar/phone, please go to http://meetingtomorrow.com/webcast/CECANF and follow the prompts. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with the webinar login and teleconference number. Detailed meeting minutes will be posted within 90 days of the meeting. Members of the public will not have the opportunity to ask questions or otherwise participate in the meeting.

    However, members of the public wishing to comment should follow the steps detailed under the heading ADDRESSES in this publication or contact us via the CECANF Web site at https://eliminatechildabusefatalities.sites.usa.gov/contact-us/.

    Dated: June 16, 2015. Karen White, Executive Assistant.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15314 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820-34-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [CMS-7037-N2] Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare, Medicaid, and Children's Health Insurance Programs; Meeting of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE), July 22, 2015 AGENCY:

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    This notice announces the rescheduling of the June 25, 2015 meeting and announces the new meeting date of the Advisory Panel on Outreach and Education (APOE) (the Panel) in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The Panel advises and makes recommendations to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of consumer education strategies concerning the Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This meeting is open to the public.

    DATES:

    Meeting Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. eastern daylight time (e.d.t).

    Deadline for Meeting Registration, Presentations and Comments: Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 5:00 p.m., e.s.t.

    Deadline for Requesting Special Accommodations: Wednesday, July 8, 2015, 5:00 p.m., e.s.t.

    ADDRESSES:

    Meeting Location: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW., Room 738 G, Conference Room, Washington, DC 20201.

    Presentations and Written Comments: Presentations and written comments should be submitted to the DFO as listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice.

    Registration: The meeting is open to the public, but attendance is limited to the space available. Persons wishing to attend this meeting must register at the Web site https://www.regonline.com/apoejuly2015meeting or by contacting the DFO as listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this notice, by the date listed in the DATES section of this notice. Individuals requiring sign language interpretation or other special accommodations should contact the DFO at FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT ADDRESSES section of this notice by the date listed in the DATES section of this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Abigail Huffman, Designated Federal Official (DFO), Office of Communications, CMS, 7500 Security Boulevard, Mail Stop S1-05-06, Baltimore, MD 21244, 410-786-0897, email [email protected] Additional information about the APOE is available on the Internet at: http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/FACA/APOE.html

    Press inquiries are handled through the CMS Press Office at (202) 690-6145.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Background

    The Advisory Panel for Outreach and Education (APOE) (the Panel) is governed by the provisions of Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Pub. L. 92-463), as amended (5 U.S.C. Appendix 2), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of federal advisory committees. The Panel is authorized by section 1114(f) of the Act (42 U.S.C. 1314(f)) and section 222 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 217a).

    The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (the Secretary) signed the charter establishing the Citizen's Advisory Panel on Medicare Education 1 (the predecessor to the APOE) on January 21, 1999 (64 FR 7899, February 17, 1999) to advise and make recommendations to the Secretary and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on the effective implementation of national Medicare education programs, including with respect to the Medicare+Choice (M+C) program added by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (Pub. L. 105-33).

    1 We note that the Citizen's Advisory Panel on Medicare Education is also referred to as the Advisory Panel on Medicare Education (65 FR 4617). The name was updated in the Second Amended Charter approved on July 24, 2000.

    The Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA) (Pub. L. 108-173) expanded the existing health plan options and benefits available under the M+C program and renamed it the Medicare Advantage (MA) program. We have had substantial responsibilities to provide information to Medicare beneficiaries about the range of health plan options available and better tools to evaluate these options. The successful MA program implementation required CMS to consider the views and policy input from a variety of private sector constituents and to develop a broad range of public-private partnerships.

    In addition, Title I of the MMA authorized the Secretary and the Administrator of CMS (by delegation) to establish the Medicare prescription drug benefit. The drug benefit allows beneficiaries to obtain qualified prescription drug coverage. In order to effectively administer the MA program and the Medicare prescription drug benefit, we have substantial responsibilities to provide information to Medicare beneficiaries about the range of health plan options and benefits available, and to develop better tools to evaluate these plans and benefits.

    The Affordable Care Act (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Pub. L. 111-148, and Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, Pub. L. 111-152) expanded the availability of other options for health care coverage and enacted a number of changes to Medicare as well as to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Qualified individuals and qualified employers are now able to purchase private health insurance coverage through competitive marketplace, called Affordable Insurance Exchange (also called Health Insurance Marketplace, and “Marketplace”). In order to effectively implement and administer these changes, we must provide information to consumers, providers, and other stakeholders through education and outreach programs regarding how existing programs will change and the expanded range of health coverage options available, including private health insurance coverage through the Marketplace. The APOE (the Panel) allows us to consider a broad range of views and information from interested audiences in connection with this effort and to identify opportunities to enhance the effectiveness of education strategies concerning the Affordable Care Act.

    The scope of this panel also includes advising on issues pertaining to the education of providers and stakeholders with respect to the Affordable Care Act and certain provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

    On January 21, 2011, the Panel's charter was renewed and the Panel was renamed the Advisory Panel for Outreach and Education. The Panel's charter was most recently renewed on January 21, 2015, and will terminate on January 21, 2017 unless renewed by appropriate action.

    Under the current charter, the APOE will advise the Secretary and the Administrator on optimal strategies for the following:

    • Developing and implementing education and outreach programs for individuals enrolled in, or eligible for, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or coverage available through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

    • Enhancing the federal government's effectiveness in informing Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP consumers, issuers, providers, and stakeholders, through education and outreach programs, on issues regarding these programs, including the appropriate use of public-private partnerships to leverage the resources of the private sector in educating beneficiaries, providers, and stakeholders.

    • Expanding outreach to vulnerable and underserved communities, including racial and ethnic minorities, in the context of Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP education programs.

    • Assembling and sharing an information base of “best practices” for helping consumers evaluate health coverage options.

    • Building and leveraging existing community infrastructures for information, counseling, and assistance.

    • Drawing the program link between outreach and education, promoting consumer understanding of health care coverage choices, and facilitating consumer selection/enrollment, which in turn support the overarching goal of improved access to quality care, including prevention services, envisioned under the Affordable Care Act.

    The current members of the Panel are: Samantha Artiga, Principal Policy Analyst, Kaiser Family Foundation; Joseph Baker, President, Medicare Rights Center; Kellan Baker, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; Philip Bergquist, Manager, Health Center Operations, Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Outreach & Enrollment Project and Director, Michigan Primary Care Association; Marjorie Cadogan, Executive Deputy Commissioner, Department of Social Services; Barbara Ferrer, Chief Strategy Officer, W. K. Kellogg Foundation; Shelby Gonzales, Senior Health Outreach Associate, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities; Jan Henning, Benefits Counseling & Special Projects Coordinator, North Central Texas Council of Governments' Area Agency on Aging; Louise Knight, Director, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins; Miriam Mobley-Smith, Dean, Chicago State University, College of Pharmacy; Ana Natale-Pereira, M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School; Roanne Osborne-Gaskin, M.D., Associate Medical Director, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island; Megan Padden, Vice President, Sentara Health Plans; Jeanne Ryer, Director, New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative, University of New Hampshire; Carla Smith, Executive Vice President, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS); Winston Wong, Medical Director, Community Benefit Director, Kaiser Permanente and Darlene Yee-Melichar, Professor & Coordinator, San Francisco State University.

    II. Provisions of This Notice

    In the May 29, 2015 Federal Register (80 FR 30684), in accordance with section 10(a) of the FACA, we published a notice announcing a June 25, 2015 meeting of the APOE. In this notice, we are notifying interested parties we are rescheduling the meeting to July 22, 2015. The agenda for the July 22, 2015 meeting will include the following:

    • Welcome and listening session with CMS leadership

    • Recap of the previous (March 19, 2015) meeting

    • Affordable Care Act initiatives

    • An opportunity for public comment

    • Meeting summary, review of recommendations, and next steps

    Individuals or organizations that wish to make a 5-minute oral presentation on an agenda topic should submit a written copy of the oral presentation to the DFO at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice by the date listed in the DATES section of this notice. The number of oral presentations may be limited by the time available. Individuals not wishing to make an oral presentation may submit written comments to the DFO at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice by the date listed in the DATES section of this notice.

    Authority:

    Sec. 222 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 217a) and sec. 10(a) of Pub. L. 92-463 (5 U.S.C. App. 2, sec. 10(a) and 41 CFR 102-3).

    Dated: June 16, 2015. Andrew M. Slavitt, Acting Administrator Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15263 Filed 6-17-15; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 4120-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority AGENCY:

    Office of Legislative Affairs and Budget, Administration for Children and Families, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    Statement of Organizations, Functions, and Delegations of Authority. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has realigned the Office of Legislative Affairs and Budget (OLAB). This realignment will permit the office to serve as the ACF liaison to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for OIG engagements relating to the management of ACF programs.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Matthew McKearn, Office of Legislative Affairs and Budget, 901 D Street SW., Washington, DC 20447, 202-401-9222.

    This notice amends Part K of the Statement of Organization, Functions, and Delegations of Authority of the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), as follows: Chapter KT, as last amended, 65 FR 30413-14, May 11, 2000.

    I. Under Chapter KT, Office of Legislative Affairs and Budget, delete KT.00 Mission in its entirety and replace with the following:

    KT.00 MISSION. The Office of Legislative Affairs and Budget (OLAB) provides leadership in the development of legislation, budget, and policy, ensuring consistency in these areas among ACF program and staff offices, and with ACF and the Department's vision and goals. It advises the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families on all policy and programmatic matters that substantially impact the agency's legislative program, budget development, budget execution, and regulatory agenda. The Office serves as the primary contact for the Department, the Executive Branch, and the Congress on all legislative, budget development and execution, and regulatory activities. The Office serves as the ACF liaison to the Government Accountability Office and to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for OIG engagements relating to the management of ACF programs.

    II. Under Chapter KT, Office of Legislative Affairs and Budget, delete KT.20, Functions, Paragraph B, in its entirety and replace with the following:

    B. The Division of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs serves as the focal point for congressional liaison in ACF; provides guidance to the Assistant Secretary for Children and Families and senior ACF staff on congressional activities and relations; manages the preparation of testimony and briefings for programmatic and budget-related hearings; negotiates clearance of testimony; monitors hearings and other congressional activities that affect ACF programs; and responds to congressional inquiries.

    The Division manages the ACF legislative planning cycle and the development of Reports to Congress; reviews and analyzes a wide range of congressional policy documents including: legislative proposals, pending legislation, and bill reports; solicits and synthesizes internal ACF comments on such documents; negotiates legislative policy positions with the Department and the Executive Branch; and reviews other policy significant documents to ensure consistency with statutory and congressional intent and the agency legislative agenda.

    The Division manages the ACF regulatory development process; negotiates regulatory policy positions with the Department and the Executive Branch; and provides guidance to ACF program and staff components on policy and programmatic matters related to the regulatory development process.

    The Division manages all Government Accountability Office (GAO) engagements with ACF; coordinates entrance and exit conferences within ACF; ensures GAO requests for information are fulfilled; and coordinates ACF comments on GAO draft reports and Statements of Action on GAO's recommendations.

    The Division facilitates OIG engagements relating to the management of ACF programs, to include, but not be limited to, audits to determine whether an ACF program office met its statutory requirements; audits to determine whether an ACF program office complied with internal policies and procedures; evaluations of an ACF program for efficiency and effectiveness; and evaluation of both ACF management and selected grantees' management of their grants.

    III. Continuation of Policy. Except as inconsistent with this realignment, all statements of policy and interpretations with respect to organizational components affected by this notice within ACF, heretofore issued and in effect on this date of this realignment are continued in full force and effect.

    IV. Delegation of Authority. All delegations and redelegations of authority made to officials and employees of affected organizational components will continue in them or their successors pending further redelegations, provided they are consistent with this realignment.

    V. Funds, Personnel, and Equipment. Transfer of organizations and functions affected by this realignment shall be accompanied in each instance by direct and support funds, positions, personnel, records, equipment, supplies, and other resources.

    This realignment will be effective upon date of signature.

    Dated: June 12, 2015. Mark H. Greenberg, Acting Assistant Secretary for Children and Families.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15237 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184-34-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. FDA-2015-N-0097] Mirwaiss Aminzada: Debarment Order AGENCY:

    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing an order under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) permanently debarring Mirwaiss Aminzada from providing services in any capacity to a person that has an approved or pending drug product application. FDA bases this order on a finding that Mr. Aminzada was convicted of a felony under Federal law for conduct relating to the regulation of a drug product. Mr. Aminzada was given notice of the proposed permanent debarment and an opportunity to request a hearing within the timeframe prescribed by regulation. Mr. Aminzada failed to request a hearing. Mr. Aminzada's failure to request a hearing constitutes a waiver of his right to a hearing concerning this action.

    DATES:

    This order is effective June 22, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit applications for termination of debarment to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Kenny Shade (ELEM-4144), Office of Regulatory Affairs, Food and Drug Administration, 12420 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-796-4640.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Background

    Section 306(a)(2)(B) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 335a(a)(2)(B)) requires debarment of an individual if FDA finds that the individual has been convicted of a felony under Federal law for conduct relating to the regulation of any drug product under the FD&C Act.

    On June 10, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia entered judgment against Mr. Aminzada for one count of introducing misbranded drugs into interstate commerce with intent to defraud or mislead, in violation of sections 301(a) and 303(a)(2) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 331(a) and 333(a)(2)).

    FDA's finding that debarment is appropriate is based on the felony conviction referenced herein. The factual basis for this conviction is as follows: Between around August 2009 and August 2013, Mr. Aminzada owned and operated several companies dedicated to international sales, including Royal Canadian Imports (headquartered in Canada), and Essa Gulf Trading (headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates).

    Between approximately August 2009 and August 2012, Mr. Aminzada sold misbranded chemotherapy drugs and injectable cosmetic drugs to Gallant Pharma International, Inc. (Gallant Pharma) for resale in the United States. Neither of Mr. Aminzada's companies were licensed as a prescription drug wholesaler anywhere in the United States. Mr. Aminzada admitted that the drugs he sold to Gallant Pharma for resale in the United States were prescription only, and that many of the drugs were misbranded in that the drugs did not bear adequate directions for use and were not subject to an exemption from that requirement, and were accompanied by non-FDA approved packaging and inserts, which were sometimes written in foreign languages. The drugs Mr. Aminzada sold to Gallant Pharma also lacked the FDA-required pedigree, which protects patients' health by tracking each sale, purchase, or trade of a drug from the time of manufacturing to delivery to the patient. Between August 2009 and August 2012, Mr. Aminzada received at least $586,798 in wire transfers from Gallant Pharma, representing revenues from sales of such drugs to Gallant Pharma. Mr. Aminzada admitted that his actions were in all respect knowing, voluntary, intentional, and did not occur by accident, mistake, or for another innocent reason.

    As a result of his conviction, on March 9, 2015, FDA sent Mr. Aminzada a notice by certified mail proposing to permanently debar him from providing services in any capacity to a person that has an approved or pending drug product application. The proposal was based on the finding, under section 306(a)(2)(B) of the FD&C Act, that Mr. Aminzada was convicted of a felony under Federal law for conduct related to the regulation of a drug product. FDA determined that Mr. Aminzada's felony conviction was related to the regulation of drug products because the conduct underlying his conviction undermined FDA's regulatory oversight over drug products marketed in the United States by intentionally introducing into interstate commerce drug products that did not bear adequate directions for use and were not subject to an exemption from that requirement, and which, among other things, were accompanied by non-FDA approved packaging and inserts. The proposal also offered Mr. Aminzada an opportunity to request a hearing, providing him 30 days from the date of receipt of the letter in which to file the request, and advised him that failure to request a hearing constituted a waiver of the opportunity for a hearing and of any contentions concerning this action. The proposal was received on March 16, 2015. Mr. Aminzada failed to respond within the timeframe prescribed by regulation and has, therefore, waived his opportunity for a hearing and has waived any contentions concerning his debarment (21 CFR part 12).

    II. Findings and Order

    Therefore, the Director, Office of Enforcement and Import Operations, Office of Regulatory Affairs, under section 306(a)(2)(B) of the FD&C Act, under authority delegated to the Director (Staff Manual Guide 1410.35), finds that Mirwaiss Aminzada has been convicted of a felony under Federal law for conduct relating to the regulation of a drug product. Section 306(c)(2)(A)(ii) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 335a(c)(2)(A)(ii)) requires that Mr. Aminzada's debarment be permanent.

    As a result of the foregoing findings, Mirwaiss Aminzada is permanently debarred from providing services in any capacity to a person with an approved or pending drug product application under sections 505, 512, or 802 of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 355, 360b, or 382), or under section 351 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 262), effective (see DATES) (see sections 201(dd), 306(c)(1)(B), and 306(c)(2)(A)(ii) of the FD&C Act, (21 U.S.C. 321(dd), 335a(c)(1)(B), and 335a(c)(2)(A)(ii)). Any person with an approved or pending drug product application who knowingly employs or retains as a consultant or contractor, or otherwise uses the services of Mirwaiss Aminzada, in any capacity during his debarment, will be subject to civil money penalties (section 307(a)(6) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 335b(a)(6))). If Mr. Aminzada provides services in any capacity to a person with an approved or pending drug product application during his period of debarment he will be subject to civil money penalties (section 307(a)(7) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 335b(a)(7))). In addition, FDA will not accept or review any abbreviated new drug applications submitted by or with the assistance of Mirwaiss Aminzada during his period of debarment (section 306(c)(1)(A) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 335a(c)(1)(A))).

    Any application by Mr. Aminzada for special termination of debarment under section 306(d)(4) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 335a(d)(4)) should be identified with Docket No. FDA-2015-N-0097 and sent to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES). All such submissions are to be filed in four copies. The public availability of information in these submissions is governed by 21 CFR 10.20.

    Publicly available submissions may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    Dated: June 16, 2015. Douglass Stearn, Director, Division of Compliance Policy, Office of Enforcement, Office of Regulatory Affairs.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15162 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. FDA-2014-N-2101] Anoushirvan Sarraf: Debarment Order AGENCY:

    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing an order under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) permanently debarring Anoushirvan Sarraf from providing services in any capacity to a person that has an approved or pending drug product application. FDA bases this order on a finding that Dr. Sarraf was convicted of seven felonies under Federal law for conduct relating to the regulation of a drug product. Dr. Sarraf was given notice of the proposed permanent debarment and an opportunity to request a hearing within the timeframe prescribed by regulation. Dr. Sarraf failed to request a hearing. Dr. Sarraf's failure to request a hearing constitutes a waiver of his right to a hearing concerning this action.

    DATES:

    This order is effective June 22, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit applications for termination of debarment to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Kenny Shade (ELEM-4144) Office of Regulatory Affairs, Food and Drug Administration, 12420 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20857, 301-796-4640.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background

    Section 306(a)(2)(B) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 335a(a)(2)(B)) requires debarment of an individual if FDA finds that the individual has been convicted of a felony under Federal law for conduct relating to the regulation of any drug product under the FD&C Act.

    On July 23, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia entered judgment against Dr. Sarraf after a jury found him guilty of one count of conspiracy, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 371, three counts of importation contrary to law, in violation of 18 U.S.C. 545 and 18 U.S.C. 2, two counts of receipt and delivery of misbranded drugs, in violation of 21 U.S.C. 331(c), 333(a)(2), and 18 U.S.C. 2, and one count of unlicensed wholesale distribution of prescription drugs, in violation of 21 U.S.C. 331(t), 333(b)(1)(D), 353(e)(2)(A), 353(e)(3)(B), and 18 U.S.C. 2.

    FDA's finding that debarment is appropriate is based on the felony convictions referenced herein. The factual basis for these convictions is as follows: Dr. Sarraf was a physician and owner of Aphrodite in McLean, Virginia, in the Eastern District of Virginia. Dr. Sarraf provided his medical license to Gallant Pharma International Inc. (Gallant Pharma), for use by international co-conspirators, received importations in his and Aphrodite's name on behalf of Gallant Pharma, and purchased misbranded and non-FDA approved drugs and devices from Gallant Pharma. In exchange for use of his medical license, mailing name, and address, Dr. Sarraf received discounted pricing from Gallant Pharma.

    Beginning in or around June 2009, and continuing until at least August 2013, in the Eastern District of Virginia and elsewhere, Dr. Sarraf knowingly and intentionally conspired and agreed to commit offenses against the United States by: Fraudulently and knowingly importing misbranded drugs; knowingly engaging in the wholesale distribution of prescription drugs in Virginia without being licensed to do so; receiving in interstate commerce, delivering and proffering delivery for pay, misbranded drugs; defrauding the United States and its Agencies by impeding, impairing, and defeating the lawful functions of FDA to protect the health and safety of the public.

    Dr. Sarraf provided Gallant Pharma with his medical license to enable Gallant Pharma to order non-FDA-approved chemotherapy and cosmetic drugs from around the world, and allowed those drugs to be shipped into the United States to Aphrodite. When the drugs arrived, he would alert individuals at Gallant Pharma to retrieve the illegal drugs. He additionally would take some of the misbranded and non-FDA-approved drugs from the packages intended for Gallant Pharma for use on his patients at Aphrodite.

    Between August 2009 and August 2012, Dr. Sarraf received and handed off at least 40 shipments containing illegally imported drugs and devices. Between August 2009 and August 2012, Dr. Sarraf purchased approximately $250,000 in misbranded and non-FDA-approved drugs and devices from Gallant Pharma.

    As a result of his convictions, on March 9, 2015, FDA sent Dr. Sarraf a notice by certified mail proposing to permanently debar him from providing services in any capacity to a person that has an approved or pending drug product application. The proposal was based on the finding, under section 306(a)(2)(B) of the FD&C Act, that Dr. Sarraf was convicted of felonies under Federal law for conduct related to the regulation of a drug product. FDA determined that Dr. Sarraf's felony convictions were related to the regulation of drug products because the conduct underlying his convictions undermined FDA's regulatory oversight over drug products marketed in the United States, by intentionally introducing into interstate commerce drug misbranded products. The proposal also offered Dr. Sarraf an opportunity to request a hearing, provided him 30 days from the date of receipt of the letter in which to file the request, and advised him that failure to request a hearing constituted a waiver of the opportunity for a hearing and of any contentions concerning this action. The proposal was received on March 12, 2015. Dr. Sarraf failed to respond within the timeframe prescribed by regulation and has, therefore, waived his opportunity for a hearing and has waived any contentions concerning his debarment (21 CFR part 12).

    II. Findings and Order

    Therefore, the Director, Office of Enforcement and Import Operations, Office of Regulatory Affairs, under section 306(a)(2)(B) of the FD&C Act, under authority delegated to the Director (Staff Manual Guide 1410.35), finds that Anoushirvan Sarraf has been convicted of seven felonies under Federal law for conduct relating to the regulation of a drug product.

    As a result of the foregoing findings, Anoushirvan Sarraf is permanently debarred from providing services in any capacity to a person with an approved or pending drug product application under sections 505, 512, or 802 of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 355, 360b, or 382), or under section 351 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 262), effective (see DATES) (see section 201(dd), 306(c)(1)(B), and 306(c)(2)(A)(ii) of the FD&C Act, (21 U.S.C. 321(dd), 335a(c)(1)(B), and 335a(c)(2)(A)(ii)). Any person with an approved or pending drug product application who knowingly employs or retains as a consultant or contractor, or otherwise uses the services of Anoushirvan Sarraf, in any capacity during his debarment, will be subject to civil money penalties (section 307(a)(6) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 335b(a)(6))). If Dr. Sarraf provides services in any capacity to a person with an approved or pending drug product application during his period of debarment he will be subject to civil money penalties (section 307(a)(7) of the Act (21 U.S.C. 335b(a)(7))). In addition, FDA will not accept or review any abbreviated new drug applications submitted by or with the assistance of Anoushirvan Sarraf during his period of debarment (section 306(c)(1)(A) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 335a(c)(1)(A))).

    Any application by Dr. Sarraf for special termination of debarment under section 306(d)(4) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 335a(d)(4)) should be identified with Docket No. FDA-2014-N-2101 and sent to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES). All such submissions are to be filed in four copies. The public availability of information in these submissions is governed by 21 CFR 10.20.

    Publicly available submissions may be seen in the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    Dated: June 16, 2015. Douglass Stearn, Director, Division of Compliance Policy, Office of Enforcement, Office of Regulatory Affairs.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15163 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Health Resources and Services Administration Delegation of Authority

    Notice is hereby given that I have delegated to the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, or his or her successor, the following authorities vested in the Secretary:

    • The authorities vested under Section 343 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) of 1996, [8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(5)], as amended, titled “Certification Requirements for Foreign Healthcare Workers.”

    These authorities may be redelegated. Exercise of these authorities is concurrent and does not supplant existing delegations of authority from the Secretary. Exercise of these authorities shall be in accordance with established policies, procedures, guidelines, and regulations as prescribed by the Secretary.

    This delegation is effective immediately upon date of signature.

    Dated: June 16, 2015. Sylvia M. Burwell, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15288 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165-15-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Office of the Secretary [Document Identifier: HHS-OS-0990-0388-30D] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request AGENCY:

    Office of the Secretary, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    In compliance with section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of Health and Human Services, has submitted an Information Collection Request (ICR), described below, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. The ICR is for renewal of the approved information collection assigned OMB control number 0990-0388, scheduled to expire on July 31, 2015. Comments submitted during the first public review of this ICR will be provided to OMB. OMB will accept further comments from the public on this ICR during the review and approval period.

    DATES:

    Comments on the ICR must be received on or before July 22, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit your comments to [email protected] or via facsimile to (202) 395-5806.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Information Collection Clearance staff, [email protected] or (202) 690-6162.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    When submitting comments or requesting information, please include the OMB control number 0990-0388 and document identifier HHS-OS-0990-0388 30D for reference.

    Information Collection Request Title: Let's Move! Cities, Towns, and Counties -

    Abstract: The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) is requesting an approval on an extension by Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on a currently approved information collection; the OMB number is 0990-0388. The project on, Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC), seeks to continue to conduct a survey of local government organizations for the Initiative. Let's Move is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, Michelle Obama, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation. The online survey is the mechanism by which Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties report progress on the initiative's goals and are recognized for that progress. LMCTC calls on local elected officials to adopt long-term, sustainable, and holistic approaches to addressing childhood obesity. Local elected officials who sign up for the initiative are willing to commit to five goals that are intended to create healthier, more livable communities.

    Therefore, the online survey is essential to the successful operation of the initiative. Since July 2012 until January 31 2015, 463 sites had signed up for Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties. Sites who have completed the online survey report that they have implemented a total of 2170 promising practices intended to promote healthy eating and active living for community residents.

    Likely Respondents: This activity is requesting comment on the burden for a survey for local government officials who have chosen to participate in Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties. The survey requests information about the activities the locality has undertaken against the initiative's goals. The responses to these questions are used to show progress, and to recognize municipal and county sites' success in participating in Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties.

    Total Estimated Annualized Burden—Hours Form name Number of
  • respondents
  • Number of
  • responses per
  • respondent
  • Average
  • burden per
  • response
  • (in hours)
  • Total burden hours
    Government Official (city, town, county) 500 1 30/60 250 Total
    Terry S. Clark, Asst Information Collection Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15225 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4150-28-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Meeting of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections AGENCY:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    Pursuant to Section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C., notice is hereby given that the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) will hold a meeting that will be open to the public. Information about SACHRP and the full meeting agenda will be posted on the SACHRP Web site at: http://www.dhhs.gov/ohrp/sachrp/mtgings/index.html.

    DATES:

    The meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, July 22, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES:

    Fishers Lane Conference Center, Terrace Level, 5635 Fishers Lane, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Jerry Menikoff, M.D., J.D., Director, Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), or Julia Gorey, J.D., Executive Director, SACHRP; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, Maryland 20852; 240-453-8141; fax: 240-453-6909; email address: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Under the authority of 42 U.S.C. 217a, Section 222 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended, SACHRP was established to provide expert advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services through the Assistant Secretary for Health on issues and topics pertaining to or associated with the protection of human research subjects.

    The meeting will open to the public at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Following opening remarks from Dr. Jerry Menikoff, Executive Secretary of SACHRP and OHRP Director, and Dr. Jeffrey Botkin, SACHRP Chair, the Subpart A Subcommittee (SAS) will present their report on informed consent for minimal risk research. SAS was established by SACHRP in October 2006 and is charged with developing recommendations for consideration by SACHRP regarding the application of subpart A of 45 CFR part 46 in the current research environment.

    In the afternoon of July 21, the Subcommittee on Harmonization (SOH) will present their report, including recommendations pertaining to waiver of consent in cluster randomized trials, the application of the HHS regulations to data registries, and the topic of “benchmarking” in human subjects research. SOH was established by SACHRP at its July 2009 meeting and is charged with identifying and prioritizing areas in which regulations and/or guidelines for human subjects research adopted by various agencies or offices within HHS would benefit from harmonization, consistency, clarity, simplification and/or coordination. On July 22, the SOH will discuss the return of individual research results with special considerations regarding HIPAA and CLIA.

    In the afternoon special guest speaker Dr. Robert Klitzman will present on his recent work, The Ethics Police. The meeting will adjourn at 4:30 p.m. on July 22, 2015. Time for public comment sessions will be allotted both days.

    Public attendance at the meeting is limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify one of the designated SACHRP points of contact at the address/phone number listed above at least one week prior to the meeting. Pre-registration is required for participation in the on-site public comment session; individuals may pre-register the day of the meeting. Individuals who would like to submit written statements should email or fax their comments to SACHRP at [email protected] at least five business days prior to the meeting.

    Dated: June 17, 2015. Jerry Menikoff, Executive Secretary, Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections, Director, Office for Human Research Protections.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15286 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4150-36-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute on Drug Abuse; Notice of Closed Meetings

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App), notice is hereby given of the following meetings.

    The meetings will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable materials, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: National Institute on Drug Abuse Special Emphasis Panel, Developing Technologies and Tools to Monitor HIV Brain Reservoirs and How They May be Altered by Exposure to Substances of Abuse (R21/R33).

    Date: July 16, 2015.

    Time: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20852, (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Susan O. McGuire, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Office of Extramural Affairs, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, DHHS, 6001 Executive Blvd., Room 4245, Rockville, MD 20852, 301-435-1426, [email protected]

    Name of Committee: National Institute on Drug Abuse Special Emphasis Panel, NIDA I/START Small Grant Review.

    Date: July 21, 2015.

    Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20852, (Virtual Meeting).

    Contact Person: Jagadeesh S. Rao, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Office of Extramural Affairs, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, DHHS, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 4234, MSC 9550, Bethesda, MD 02892, 301-443-9511, [email protected]

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos.: 93.279, Drug Abuse and Addiction Research Programs, National Institutes of Health, HHS)
    Dated: June 16, 2015. Michelle Trout, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15168 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Notice of Closed Meetings

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the following meetings.

    The meetings will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Special Emphasis Panel; NIAID Clinical Trial Planning Grants (R34) and NIAID Clinical Trial Implementation Cooperative Agreement (U01).

    Date: July 17, 2015.

    Time: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 5601 Fisher Lane, Rockville, MD 20892, (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: B. Duane Price, Ph.D.,

    Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Program,

    Division of Extramural Activities, RM 3G50, National Institutes of Health, NIAID,

    5601 Fishers Lane, MSC 9823,

    Bethesda, MD 20892-9823,

    240-669-5074,

    [email protected]

    Name of Committee: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Special Emphasis Panel, NIAID Clinical Trial Planning Grant (R34) and Implementation (R01) Grant and Cooperative Agreement (U01).

    Date: July 20, 2015.

    Time: 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 5601 Fisher Lane, Rockville, MD 20892, (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Maryam Feili-Hariri, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Program, Division of Extramural Activities, National Institutes of Health/NIAID, 5601 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20852, 240-669-5026, [email protected]

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.855, Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation Research; 93.856, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Research, National Institutes of Health, HHS)
    Dated: June 16, 2015. David Clary, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15165 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council.

    The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable materials, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council.

    Date: September 10-11, 2015.

    Open: September 10, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Agenda: Report by the Director, NINDS; Report by the Associate Director for Extramural Research; and Administrative and Program Developments.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Natcher Building, 45 Convent Drive, Conference Room E1/E2, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Closed: September 10, 2015, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Natcher Building, 45 Convent Drive, Conference Room E1/E2, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Closed: September 11, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Natcher Building, 45 Convent Drive, Conference Room E1/E2, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Robert Finkelstein, Ph.D., Associate Director for Extramural Research, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH, 6001 Executive Blvd., Suite 3309, MSC 9531, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 496-9248.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://www.ninds.nih.gov, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.853, Clinical Research Related to Neurological Disorders; 93.854, Biological Basis Research in the Neurosciences, National Institutes of Health, HHS).
    Dated: June 16, 2015. Carolyn Baum, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15166 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review; Notice of Closed Meetings

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the following meetings.

    The meetings will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel; SBIR: Development of Cancer Therapeutics.

    Date: July 14-15, 2015.

    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892, (Virtual Meeting).

    Contact Person: Malaya Chatterjee, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 6192, MSC 7804, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 806-2515, [email protected]

    Name of Committee: Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel; Topics in Bacterial Pathogenesis.

    Date: July 16-17, 2015.

    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: Hyatt Regency Bethesda, One Bethesda Metro Center, 7400 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814.

    Contact Person: Richard G Kostriken, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 3192, MSC 7808, Bethesda, MD 20892, 240-519-7808, [email protected]

    Name of Committee: Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel; EB15-004: Pediatric Research using Integrated Sensor Monitoring Systems Data and Software Coordination and Integration Centers (U24).

    Date: July 22, 2015.

    Time: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892, (Virtual Meeting).

    Contact Person: Mark Caprara, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 5156, MSC 7844, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-435-1042, [email protected]

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.306, Comparative Medicine; 93.333, Clinical Research, 93.306, 93.333, 93.337, 93.393-93.396, 93.837-93.844, 93.846-93.878, 93.892, 93.893, National Institutes of Health, HHS)
    Dated: June 16, 2015. Michelle Trout, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15170 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases; Notice of Closed Meetings

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the following meetings.

    The meetings will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Special Emphasis Panel; Ancillary Studies: Gunstad, Kahn, Palmer, Pasinetti, and Selvin.

    Date: July 17, 2015.

    Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Two Democracy Plaza, 6707 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20892, (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Paul A. Rushing, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Review Branch, DEA, NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, Room 747, 6707 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20892-5452, (301) 594-8895, [email protected]

    Name of Committee:National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Special Emphasis Panel; Diabetes Complications.

    Date: July 21, 2015.

    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Two Democracy Plaza, 6707 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20892, (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Elena Sanovich, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Review Branch, DEA, NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, Room 750, 6707 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20892-2542, 301-594-8886, [email protected]

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.847, Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Research; 93.848, Digestive Diseases and Nutrition Research; 93.849, Kidney Diseases, Urology and Hematology Research, National Institutes of Health, HHS)
    Dated: June 16, 2015. David Clary, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15164 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; Notice of Closed Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the following meeting.

    The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Special Emphasis Panel; Environmental Health Sciences Research Independence.

    Date: July 9, 2015.

    Time: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: NIEHS/National Institutes of Health, Keystone Building, 530 Davis Drive, Suite 3118, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Leroy Worth, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Branch, Division of Extramural Research and Training, Nat. Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, P.O. Box 12233, MD EC-30/Room 3171, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, (919) 541-0670, [email protected]

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.115, Biometry and Risk Estimation—Health Risks from Environmental Exposures; 93.142, NIEHS Hazardous Waste Worker Health and Safety Training; 93.143, NIEHS Superfund Hazardous Substances—Basic Research and Education; 93.894, Resources and Manpower Development in the Environmental Health Sciences; 93.113, Biological Response to Environmental Health Hazards; 93.114, Applied Toxicological Research and Testing, National Institutes of Health, HHS)
    Dated: June 16, 2015. Carolyn Baum, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15167 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute on Drug Abuse; Notice of Closed Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App), notice is hereby given of the following meeting.

    The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The contract proposals and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the contract proposals, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: National Institute on Drug Abuse Special Emphasis Panel, Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study (5582).

    Date: June 29, 2015.

    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate contract proposals.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20852, (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Lyle Furr, Scientific Review Officer, Office of Extramural Affairs, National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH, DHHS, Room 4227, MSC 9550, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20892-9550, (301) 435-1439, lf33c.nih.gov.

    This notice is being published less than 15 days prior to the meeting due to the timing limitations imposed by the review and funding cycle.

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos.: 93.279, Drug Abuse and Addiction Research Programs, National Institutes of Health, HHS)
    Dated: June 16, 2015. Michelle Trout, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15169 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard [Docket No. USCG-2015-0559] Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee AGENCY:

    Coast Guard, DHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Working Group Meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    A working group of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee will meet to work on and review Task Statement 89, concerning review and update of the International Maritime Organization Maritime Safety Committee's Circular MSC/Circ.1014—Guidelines on fatigue mitigation and management. This meeting will be open to the public.

    DATES:

    The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee working group will meet on July 14 and 15, 2015, from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Please note that these meetings may adjourn early if all business is finished. Written comments for distribution to working group members and inclusion on the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee's Web site must be submitted by July 6, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    The working group will meet at the United States Coast Guard's Personnel Support Center at 4200 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 20598. For further information on the location of the United States Coast Guard's Personnel Support Center or services for individuals with disabilities or to request special assistance, please contact YNC Michael King at (703) 872-6417 or by email at [email protected]

    To facilitate public participation, we are inviting public comment on the issues to be considered by the working group, as listed in the “Agenda” section below. Written comments must be identified by Docket No. USCG-2015-0559, and submitted by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments (preferred method to avoid delays in processing).

    Fax: 202-493-2251.

    Mail: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.

    Hand delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. The telephone number for the Docket Management Facility is 202-366-9329.

    Instructions: All written comments received must include the words “Department of Homeland Security” and the docket number for this action. Comments received will be posted without alteration at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. You may review a Privacy Act notice regarding our public dockets in the January 17, 2008, issue of the Federal Register (73 FR 3316).

    Docket: For access to the docket to read documents or comments related to this notice, go to http://www.regulations.gov, enter the docket number in the “Search” field and follow instructions on the Web site.

    A public oral comment period will be held each day during the working group meeting and speakers are requested to limit their comments to 3 minutes. Please note that the public oral comment periods may end before the prescribed ending times following the last call for comments. Contact Mr. Ram Nagendran as indicated below no later than July 6, 2015 to register as a speaker.

    This notice may be viewed in our online docket, USCG-2015-0559, at http://www.regulations.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Mr. Ram Nagendran, Alternate Designated Federal Officer of the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee, telephone 202-372-1492 or at [email protected] If you have any questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Cheryl Collins, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826 or 1-800-647-5527.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Title 5 United States Code Appendix.

    The Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee was established under authority of section 310 of the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014, Title 46, United States Code, section 8108, and chartered under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The Committee acts solely in an advisory capacity to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security through the Commandant of the Coast Guard on matters relating to personnel in the U.S. merchant marine, including training, qualifications, certification, documentation, and fitness standards and other matters as assigned by the Commandant; shall review and comment on proposed Coast Guard regulations and policies relating to personnel in the United States merchant marine, including training, qualifications, certification, documentation, and fitness standards; may be given special assignments by the Secretary and may conduct studies, inquiries, workshops, and fact finding in consultation with individuals and groups in the private sector and with State or local governments; shall advise, consult with, and make recommendations reflecting its independent judgment to the Secretary.

    A copy of all meeting documentation, including the Task Statement, is available at https://homeport.uscg.mil/by using these key strokes: Missions; Port and Waterways; Safety Advisory Committees; MERPAC; and then use the announcements key. Alternatively, you may contact Mr. Nagendran as noted in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section above.

    Agenda

    The agenda for the July 14, 2015, working group meeting is as follows:

    (1) Comment period for all attendees to discuss information that might assist the working group and the Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee in meeting its objectives for Task Statement 89, concerning review and update of the International Maritime Organization Maritime Safety Committee's Circular MSC/Circ.1014—Guidelines on fatigue mitigation and management;

    (2) The working group will review and develop proposed recommendations for Task Statement 89; and

    (3) Adjournment of meeting.

    The agenda for the July 15, 2015, working group meeting is as follows:

    (1) The working group will review and develop proposed recommendations concerning review and update of the International Maritime Organization Maritime Safety Committee's Circular MSC/Circ.1014—Guidelines on fatigue mitigation and management;

    (2) Public comment period;

    (3) The working group will discuss and finalize proposed recommendations for the full committee to consider with regards to Task Statement 89, concerning review and update of the International Maritime Organization Maritime Safety Committee's Circular MSC/Circ.1014—Guidelines on fatigue mitigation and management; and

    (4) Adjournment of meeting.

    Dated: June 16, 2015. J.G. Lantz, Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15216 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110-04-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard [Docket No. USCG-2015-0193] Imposition of Conditions of Entry for Certain Vessels Arriving to the United States From the Republic of the Gambia AGENCY:

    Coast Guard, DHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Coast Guard announces that it will impose conditions of entry on vessels arriving from the Gambia. Conditions of entry are intended to protect the United States from vessels arriving from countries that have been found to have deficient port anti-terrorism measures in place.

    DATES:

    The policy announced in this notice will become effective July 6, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For information about this document call or email Michael Brown, International Port Security Evaluation Division, United States Coast Guard, telephone 202-372-1081. For information about viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Cheryl Collins, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826, toll free 1-800-647-5527.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion

    The authority for this notice is 5 U.S.C. 552(a), 46 U.S.C. 70110, and Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1(II)(97.f). As delegated, section 70110 authorizes the Coast Guard to impose conditions of entry on vessels arriving in U.S. waters from ports that the Coast Guard has not found to maintain effective anti-terrorism measures.

    On September 25, 2013 the Coast Guard did not find that ports in the Republic of the Gambia maintained effective anti-terrorism measures and that the Republic of the Gambia's legal regime, designated authority oversight, access control and cargo control are all deficient.

    On July 16, 2014, the Republic of the Gambia was notified of this determination and given recommendations for improving antiterrorism measures and 90 days to respond. To date, we cannot confirm that the Republic of the Gambia has corrected the identified deficiencies.

    Accordingly, beginning July 6, 2015, the conditions of entry shown in Table 1 will apply to any vessel that visited a port in the Republic of the Gambia in its last five port calls.

    Table 1—Conditions of Entry for Vessels Visiting Ports in the Republic of the Gambia No. Each vessel must: 1 Implement measures per the vessel's security plan equivalent to Security Level 2 while in a port in the Republic of the Gambia. As defined in the ISPS Code and incorporated herein, “Security Level 2” refers to the “level for which appropriate additional protective security measures shall be maintained for a period of time as a result of heightened risk of a security incident.” 2 Ensure that each access point to the vessel is guarded and that the guards have total visibility of the exterior (both landside and waterside) of the vessel while the vessel is in ports in the Republic of the Gambia. 3 Guards may be provided by the vessel's crew; however, additional crewmembers should be placed on the vessel if necessary to ensure that limits on maximum hours of work are not exceeded and/or minimum hours of rest are met, or provided by outside security forces approved by the vessel's master and Company Security Officer. As defined in the ISPS Code and incorporated herein, “Company Security Officer” refers to the “person designated by the Company for ensuring that a ship security assessment is carried out; that a ship security plan is developed, submitted for approval, and thereafter implemented and maintained and for liaison with port facility security officers and the ship security officer.” 4 Attempt to execute a Declaration of Security while in a port in the Republic of the Gambia. 5 Log all security actions in the vessel's security records. 6 Report actions taken to the cognizant Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) prior to arrival into U.S. waters. 7 In addition, based on the findings of the Coast Guard boarding or examination, the vessel may be required to ensure that each access point to the vessel is guarded by armed, private security guards and that they have total visibility of the exterior (both landside and waterside) of the vessel while in U.S. ports. The number and position of the guards has to be acceptable to the cognizant COTP prior to the vessel's arrival.

    The following countries currently do not maintain effective anti-terrorism measures and are therefore subject to conditions of entry: Cambodia, Cameroon, Comoros, Cote d'Ivoire, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, the Republic of the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Syria, Timor-Leste, Venezuela, and Yemen. This list is also available in a policy notice available at https://homeport.uscg.mil under the Maritime Security tab; International Port Security Program (ISPS Code); Port Security Advisory link.

    Dated: May 26, 2015. Charles D. Michel, Vice Admiral, USCG, Deputy Commandant for Operations.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15325 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110-04-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR-5871-N-01] Notice of Regulatory Waiver Requests Granted for the First Quarter of Calendar Year 2015 AGENCY:

    Office of the General Counsel, HUD.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    Section 106 of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Reform Act of 1989 (the HUD Reform Act) requires HUD to publish quarterly Federal Register notices of all regulatory waivers that HUD has approved. Each notice covers the quarterly period since the previous Federal Register notice. The purpose of this notice is to comply with the requirements of section 106 of the HUD Reform Act. This notice contains a list of regulatory waivers granted by HUD during the period beginning on January 1, 2015, and ending on March 31, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For general information about this notice, contact Camille E. Acevedo, Associate General Counsel for Legislation and Regulations, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 10282, Washington, DC 20410-0500, telephone 202-708-1793 (this is not a toll-free number). Persons with hearing- or speech-impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

    For information concerning a particular waiver that was granted and for which public notice is provided in this document, contact the person whose name and address follow the description of the waiver granted in the accompanying list of waivers that have been granted in the first quarter of calendar year 2015.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Section 106 of the HUD Reform Act added a new section 7(q) to the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act (42 U.S.C. 3535(q)), which provides that:

    1. Any waiver of a regulation must be in writing and must specify the grounds for approving the waiver;

    2. Authority to approve a waiver of a regulation may be delegated by the Secretary only to an individual of Assistant Secretary or equivalent rank, and the person to whom authority to waive is delegated must also have authority to issue the particular regulation to be waived;

    3. Not less than quarterly, the Secretary must notify the public of all waivers of regulations that HUD has approved, by publishing a notice in the Federal Register. These notices (each covering the period since the most recent previous notification) shall:

    a. Identify the project, activity, or undertaking involved;

    b. Describe the nature of the provision waived and the designation of the provision;

    c. Indicate the name and title of the person who granted the waiver request;

    d. Describe briefly the grounds for approval of the request; and

    e. State how additional information about a particular waiver may be obtained.

    Section 106 of the HUD Reform Act also contains requirements applicable to waivers of HUD handbook provisions that are not relevant to the purpose of this notice.

    This notice follows procedures provided in HUD's Statement of Policy on Waiver of Regulations and Directives first issued on April 22, 1991 (56 FR 16337). In accordance with those procedures and with the requirements of section 106 of the HUD Reform Act, waivers of regulations are granted by the Assistant Secretary with jurisdiction over the regulations for which a waiver was requested. In those cases in which a General Deputy Assistant Secretary granted the waiver, the General Deputy Assistant Secretary was serving in the absence of the Assistant Secretary in accordance with the office's Order of Succession.

    This notice covers waivers of regulations granted by HUD from January 1, 2015 through March 31, 2015. For ease of reference, the waivers granted by HUD are listed by HUD program office (for example, the Office of Community Planning and Development, the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, the Office of Housing, and the Office of Public and Indian Housing, etc.). Within each program office grouping, the waivers are listed sequentially by the regulatory section of title 24 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) that is being waived. For example, a waiver of a provision in 24 CFR part 58 would be listed before a waiver of a provision in 24 CFR part 570.

    Where more than one regulatory provision is involved in the grant of a particular waiver request, the action is listed under the section number of the first regulatory requirement that appears in 24 CFR and that is being waived. For example, a waiver of both § 58.73 and § 58.74 would appear sequentially in the listing under § 58.73.

    Waiver of regulations that involve the same initial regulatory citation are in time sequence beginning with the earliest-dated regulatory waiver.

    Should HUD receive additional information about waivers granted during the period covered by this report (the first quarter of calendar year 2015) before the next report is published (the second quarter of calendar year 2015), HUD will include any additional waivers granted for the first quarter in the next report.

    Accordingly, information about approved waiver requests pertaining to HUD regulations is provided in the Appendix that follows this notice.

    Dated: June 16, 2015. Tonya T. Robinson, Principal Deputy General Counsel. Appendix Listing of Waivers of Regulatory Requirements Granted by Offices of the Department of Housing and Urban Development January 1, 2015 Through March 31, 2015

    Note to Reader: More information about the granting of these waivers, including a copy of the waiver request and approval, may be obtained by contacting the person whose name is listed as the contact person directly after each set of regulatory waivers granted.

    The regulatory waivers granted appear in the following order:

    I. Regulatory waivers granted by the Office of Community Planning and Development.

    II. Regulatory waivers granted by the Office of Housing.

    III. Regulatory waivers granted by the Office of Public and Indian Housing.

    I. Regulatory Waivers Granted by the Office of Community Planning and Development

    For further information about the following regulatory waivers, please see the name of the contact person that immediately follows the description of the waiver granted.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 58.22(a).

    Project/Activity: The City of Eek, AK, requested a waiver of 24 CFR 58.22(a) with regard to the submission of an application for CDBG funds to the State of Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development for the construction of a solid waste facility and the closing of the existing uncontrolled dumpsite. The new landfill would allow the city to close its existing, uncontrolled open dumpsite. The existing dumpsite is collocated with a honey-bucket dumpsite, allowing waste to mix with water. A new landfill is needed to eliminate the safety hazard of an unfenced dumpsite and to eliminate fecal contaminated water in the community.

    Nature of Requirement: The second sentence of HUD's regulation at § 58.22(a), entitled “Limitation on activities pending clearance”, provides that until the Request for Release of Funds (RROF) and the related certification have been approved, neither a recipient nor any participant in the development process may commit non-HUD funds on or undertake an activity or project under a program listed in § 58.1(b) if the activity or project would have an adverse environmental impact or limit the choice of reasonable alternatives. A waiver is required because the city accepted and recorded a quitclaim deed transfer of surface and subsurface rights for the new landfill prior to receiving an approved RROF.

    Granted By: Clifford Taffet, General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development.

    Date Granted: January 23, 2015.

    Reason Waived: The above project will further the HUD mission and will advance HUD program goals to develop viable, quality communities—specifically, by constructing a much needed landfill and closing the existing, uncontrolled open dumpsite; the City of Eek did not willfully violate the applicable regulations; no HUD funds were committed; and the waiver would not result in any unmitigated, adverse environmental impact.

    Contact: Nelson A. Rivera, Office of Environment and Energy, Office of Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 7134, Washington, DC 20410, telephone number (202) 402-4455.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 84.22(g), 85.21, and Appendix I, section N.2 of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2) Notice of funding Availability (NOFA).

    Project/Activity: HUD regulations at 24 CFR 84.22(g), 24 CFR 85.21, and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) policy require NSP2 funds to be expended by September 30, 2015 or returned to the U.S. Treasury. However, 42 of the 56 NSP2 grantees have a substantial amount of program income that prevents them from meeting this requirement. For a listing of the affected NSP2 grantees see: https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/NSP2-Program-Income-Waiver.pdf.

    Nature of Requirement: The regulations at 24 CFR 84.22(g) and 24 CFR 85.21 state that recipients shall disburse funds available from repayments to and interest earned on a revolving fund, program income, rebates, refunds, contract settlements, audit recoveries and interest earned on such funds before requesting additional cash payments.

    Granted By: Clifford Taffet, General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development.

    Date Granted: January 28, 2015.

    Reason Waived: Compliance with these program requirements has hindered NSP2 grantees' ability to rapidly expend their line of credit funds as many have successfully generated substantial amounts of program income. Unlike the line of credit funds, program income is not subject to the September 30, 2015, deadline imposed by OMB. Loss of the grant funds would reduce the ability of these grantees to invest in declining neighborhoods. The line of credit funds are used for such purposes as: investment in distressed or foreclosed properties, rehabilitation and reconstruction of deteriorated homes, down payment assistance for purchasers of redeveloped properties, rental assistance for multifamily properties, demolitions of homes in areas with serious abandonment and vacancies, and land banking to manage properties in areas with little current demand for real estate. All of these activities would be curtailed if grantees cannot expend their line of credit funds. As of January 12, 2015, $71,843,226 was subject to loss and approximately 1,033 homes would go untreated if this amount of funding was lost.

    Contact: Stanley Gimont, Director, Office of Block Grant Assistance, Office of Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 7286, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 708-3587.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 92.500(d)(1)(C) .

    Project/Activity: Spartanburg County, SC, requested a waiver of 24 CFR 92.500(d)(1)(C) to enable it complete the Ridge at Southport project, a housing project for low-income seniors, for which expenditures under the HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) had been suspended pending resolution of HUD monitoring findings.

    Nature of Requirement: The regulation at 24 CFR 92.500(d)(1)(C) requires that a participating jurisdiction expend its annual allocation of HOME funds within five years after HUD notifies the participating jurisdiction that HUD has executed the jurisdiction's HOME Investment Partnership Agreement. The regulation at 24 CFR 92.500(d)(1)(C) requires HUD to reduce or recapture any HOME funds in a participating jurisdiction's HOME Investment Trust Fund that are not expended within five years of HUD's notification to the participating jurisdiction that it has executed its HOME grant agreement. The County failed to disburse $92,686 of HOME grant funds by its July 31, 2014 deadline.

    Granted By: Clifford Taffet, General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development.

    Date Granted: March 31, 2015.

    Reason Waived: HUD instructed the County to cease HOME disbursements pending the resolution of HUD monitoring findings and the County could not disburse funds to the project for a two year period. The waiver was granted because deobligation of $92,686 of HOME funds would create an undue financial hardship for the County and jeopardize the completion of the Ridge at Southport project.

    Contact: Virginia Sardone, Director, Office of Affordable Housing Programs, Office of Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 7164, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 708-2486.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 570.208(a)(l)(ii) and CPD Notice 14-11.

    Project/Activity: The City of Portage, MI, requested a waiver of 24 CFR 570.208(a)(1)(ii) to allow the city to remove a block group from its upper quartile calculation when it determines whether service areas for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) assisted activities meet the national objective of providing benefit to low- and moderate-income persons on an area basis. The city maintained the block group is not representative of the actual population within the city.

    Nature of Requirement: HUD's regulations at 24 CFR 570.208(a)(1)(ii) allow metropolitan cities and urban counties to qualify an activity under § 570.208(a), area benefit, when the area served contains less than 51% low and moderate income residents and when the proportion of low to moderate income persons in the area is within the highest quartile of all areas in the recipient's jurisdiction in terms of the degree of concentration of such persons. CPD Notice 14-11, which implements that regulation for current year grants, provides guidance on the use of updated Low/Moderate Income Summary Data (LMISD) by Entitlement CDBG grantees. The updated LMISD are based upon a new process incorporating the 2006-2010 American Community Survey. The Notice requires grantees to use the updated LMISD, effective July 1, 2014, to determine whether service areas for CDBG-assisted activities meet the national objective of providing benefit to low- and moderate-income persons on an area basis.

    Granted By: Clifford Taffet, General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development.

    Date Granted: January 8, 2015.

    Reason Waived: The city has documented that the majority of census tract 18.02, as well as all of its population and households, is physically located within the city of Kalamazoo, which is not a part of the city of Portage's entitlement area. Block group 2 of census tract 18.02 is the only block group of this tract currently belonging to the city of Portage. This block group is surrounded by the city of Kalamazoo. The block group consists of 2.31 acres of land and has no residents, has no household income and is on the grounds of the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International airport where no residents or housing units will be permitted. The waiver allowed the city to remove the block group from its upper quartile calculation because it is not representative of the actual population within the city and has limited its ability to use CDBG funds for the benefit of low/moderate income persons.

    Contact: Steve Johnson, Director of Entitlement Communities Division, Office of Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 7282, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 402-4548.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 570.208(a)(l)(vi) and CPD Notice 14-11.

    Project/Activity: Snohomish County, WA, requested a waiver of 24 CFR 570.208(a)(l)(vi) to allow the use of prior Low and Moderate Income Summary Data for an infrastructure activity (sidewalk and storm water drainage improvements) in the City of Monroe in order to demonstrate compliance with the low- and moderate-income benefit national objective requirements.

    Nature of Requirement: HUD's regulation at 24 CFR 570.208(a)(l)(vi) requires that the most recently available decennial census information must be used to the fullest extent feasible, together with the section 8 income limits that would have applied at the time the income information was collected by the Census Bureau, to determine whether there is a sufficiently large percentage of low- and moderate-income persons residing in the area served by a CDBG funded activity. The HUD-produced Low and Moderate Income Summary Data provide this data to grantees. On June 10, 2014, HUD issued new Low and Moderate Income Summary Data (LMISD), with an effective date of July 1, 2014 for use by grantees.

    Granted By: Clifford Taffet, General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development.

    Date Granted: January 8, 2015.

    Reason Waived: The request pertained to an infrastructure activity in the City of Monroe, which had been in the planning stage for many months, and was included in the county's Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Annual Action Plan. The county had dedicated significant time and effort to designing this activity and ensuring that this activity met all applicable programmatic requirements. However, funds could not be obligated by the county to this activity prior to July 1, 2014, because the grant agreement was not executed until July 10, 2014, nine days after the effective date of the new LMISD. It was determined that, unless the waiver was granted for the county, this activity that directly benefits the safety of residents would not be completed due to the lack additional funds needed to conduct a special survey to qualify the service area. It was further determined that the waiver would allow the county to use the prior Low and Moderate Income Summary Data to demonstrate compliance with the low- and moderate-income benefit national objective requirements.

    Contact: Steve Johnson, Director of Entitlement Communities Division, Office of Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 7282, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 402-4548.

    • Regulation: Neighborhood Stabilization Program 3 (NSP 3) Notice published on October 19, 2010, at 75 FR 64322 (II.H.3.F) in accordance with Title XII of Division A under the heading Community Planning and Development: Community Development Fund of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

    Project/Activity: Butler County, OH, requested a waiver of the 10 percent demolition cap under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, which restricts grantees from spending more than 10 percent of total grant funds on demolition activities. Butler County requested a waiver to increase an earlier approved waiver from 22.6 percent ($300,000) to 24.8 percent ($330,000) to address the increasing costs associated with removing vacant units what will never be occupied again due to their unsafe and neglected condition and preserving housing units that enhance the stabilization of communities impacted from foreclosures and abandonment.

    Nature of Requirement: Section II.H.3.F of the NSP3 Notice provides that a grantee may not use more than ten percent of its grant for demolition activities.

    Granted By: Clifford Taffet, General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development.

    Date Granted: January 9, 2015.

    Reason Waived: Butler County provided statistical data showing high vacancy and abandonment rates that resulted from significant population and job loss. The county also demonstrated that its NSP3 target areas of Hamilton and New Miami, Ohio, have not benefitted from the recovery that other areas have seen. Within the target areas, roughly 80 percent of the housing stock is pre-1979, and subsequently as older homes, lack energy efficient elements and are not affordable for low and moderate income families.

    Contact: Jessie Handforth Kome, Deputy Director, Office of Block Grant Assistance, Office of Community Planning and Development, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 7286, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 402-5539.

    II. Regulatory Waivers Granted by the Office of Housing—Federal Housing Administration (FHA)

    For further information about the following regulatory waivers, please see the name of the contact person that immediately follows the description of the waiver granted.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 219.220(b) (1995).

    Project/Activity: Cottage Brook Apartments, FHA Project Number 023-069NIT, Boston, MA. The Owners requested a waiver of 24 CFR 219.220(b) (1995) to exempt Cottage Brook Apartments, Incorporated (owner) from the requirement to repay the Flexible Subsidy Operating Assistance Loan (Flexible Subsidy Loan) totaling $4,428,814.26, including accrued interest.

    Nature of Requirement: HUD's regulation at 24 CFR 219.220(b) (1995), which governs the repayment of operating assistance provided under the Flexible Subsidy Program for Troubled Properties, states “Assistance that has been paid to a project owner under this subpart must be repaid at the earlier of the expiration of the term of the mortgage, termination of mortgage insurance, prepayment of the mortgage, or a sale of the project.

    Granted by: Biniam Gebre, Acting Assistant Secretary for Housing Federal Housing Commissioner, H.

    Date Granted: January 26, 2015.

    Reason Waived: The regulation was waived to permit the deferment of the repayment of the Flexible Subsidy Loan, plus accrued interest.

    Contact: James Wyatt, Account Executive, Office of Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 6172, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 402-2636.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 219.220(b) (1995).

    Project/Activity: Spring Gate Apartments, Newark New Jersey, FHA number 023057NI owned by Rockland Place Apartments, LP Rockland, MA. The Owner has requested a one year deferral of the Flexible Subsidy Loan in order to position the project for recapitalization and preservation as affordable housing.

    Nature of Requirement: HUD's regulation at 24 CFR 219.220(b) (1995), which governs the repayment of operating assistance provided under the Flexible Subsidy Program for Troubled Properties, states “Assistance that has been paid to a project owner under this subpart must be repaid at the earlier of the expiration of the term of the mortgage, termination of mortgage insurance, prepayment of the mortgage, or a sale of the project.

    Granted by: Biniam Gebre, Acting Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner.

    Date Granted: February, 2015.

    Reason Waived: The Owner requested and was granted waiver of the requirement to defer repayment of the Flexible Subsidy Operating Assistance Loan to allow the much needed preservation and moderate rehabilitation of the project. The project will be preserved as an affordable housing resource.

    Contact: Minnie Monroe-Baldwin, Director of Preservation, Office of Affordable Housing Preservation, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20410-8000, telephone: (202) 402-2636.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 266.200(b).

    Project/Activity: Federal Financing Bank (FFB) Risk Sharing Initiative, Substantial Rehabilitation Defined. Eleven qualified Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) participating.

    Nature of Requirement: HUD's regulation at 24 CFR 266.200(b) Substantial Rehabilitation Defined. The following changes apply to both Level I and II Housing Finance Agencies Definition of Substantial Rehabilitation (S/R) revised as: Work that exceeds either: (a) $15,000 times the high cost factor “as adjusted by HUD for inflation”, or (b) replacement of two or more building systems. “Replacement” is when cost of replacement work exceeds 50% of the cost of replacing the entire system. This is consistent with proposed changes in the Multifamily Accelerated Processing (MAP) Guide.

    Granted By: Biniam Gebre, Acting Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner.

    Date Granted: March 20, 2015.

    Reason Waived: The waiver was necessary to effectuate the Federal Financing Bank (FFB) Risk Sharing Initiative between Housing and Urban Development and the Treasury Department/FFB announced in Fiscal Year 2014. There are 11 qualified HFAs participants. Concurrent with the rollout of the FFB Initiative, HUD's Office of Multifamily Housing is beginning the process of making regulatory changes to these same provisions. Under this Initiative, FFB provides capital to participating Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) to make multifamily loans insured under the FHA Multifamily Risk Sharing Program.

    Contact: Theodore K. Toon, Director, FHA Multifamily Production, Office of Multifamily Housing Programs, Office of Production, Office of Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 6134, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 402-8386.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 266.200(c).

    Project/Activity: Federal Financing Bank (FFB) Risk Sharing Initiative, Equity Take-Outs. Eleven qualified Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) participating.

    Nature of Requirement: HUD's regulation at 24 CFR 266.200(c) addresses equity take-outs for existing projects (refinance transactions), and permits the insured mortgage to exceed the sum of the total cost of acquisition, cost of financing, cost of repairs, and reasonable transaction costs or “equity take-outs” in refinances of HFA-financed projects and those outside of HFA's portfolio if the result is preservation with the following conditions: (1) Occupancy is no less than 93% for previous 12 months; (2) no defaults in the last 12 months of the HFA loan to be refinanced; (3) a 20 year affordable housing deed restriction placed on title that conforms to the statutory definition in section 542(c) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992; (4) a Property Capital Needs Assessment (PCNA) must be performed and funds escrowed for all necessary repairs, and reserves funded for future capital needs; and (5) for projects subsidized by Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contracts, owner agrees to renew HAP contract(s) for 20 year term, (subject to appropriations and statutory authorization), and existing and post-refinance HAP residual receipts are set aside to be used to reduce future HAP payments.

    Granted By: Biniam Gebre, Acting Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner.

    Date Granted: March 20, 2015.

    Reason Waived: Waiver of the regulation was necessary to effectuate the Federal Financing Bank (FFB) Risk Sharing Initiative between Housing and Urban Development and the Treasury Department/FFB announced in Fiscal Year 2014. There are 11 qualified HFAs participants. Concurrent with the rollout of the FFB Initiative, HUD's Office of Multifamily Housing is beginning the process of making regulatory changes to these same provisions. Under this Initiative, FFB provides capital to participating Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) to make multifamily loans insured under the FHA Multifamily Risk Sharing Program.

    Contact: Theodore K. Toon, Director, FHA Multifamily Production, Office of Multifamily Housing Programs, Office of Production, Office of Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 6134, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 402-8386.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 266.200(d).

    Project/Activity: Federal Financing Bank (FFB) Risk Sharing Initiative, Underwriting of Projects with Section 8 HAP Contracts. Eleven qualified Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) participating.

    Nature of Requirement: HUD's regulation at 24 CFR 266.200(d) addresses projects with Section 8 rental subsidies or other rental subsidies, and provides that refinancing of Section 202 projects the HFA is permitted to underwrite the mortgage using current or to be adjusted project-based Section 8 assisted rents, even though the rents exceed the market rates. This is consistent with HUD Housing Notice 2013-17—Updated Requirements for Prepayment and Refinance of Section 202 Direct Loans.

    Granted By: Biniam Gebre, Acting Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner.

    Date Granted: March 20, 2015.

    Reason Waived: The waiver was necessary to effectuate the Federal Financing Bank (FFB) Risk Sharing Initiative between Housing and Urban Development and the Treasury Department/FFB announced in Fiscal Year 2014. There are 11 qualified HFAs participants. Concurrent with the rollout of the FFB Initiative, HUD's Office of Multifamily Housing is beginning the process of making regulatory changes to these same provisions. Under this Initiative, FFB provides capital to participating Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) to make multifamily loans insured under the FHA Multifamily Risk Sharing Program.

    Contact: Theodore K. Toon, Director, FHA Multifamily Production, Office of Multifamily Housing Programs, Office of Production, Office of Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 6134, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 402-8386.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 266.620(e).

    Project/Activity: Federal Financing Bank (FFB) Risk Sharing Initiative, Termination of Mortgage Insurance. Eleven qualified Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) participating.

    Nature of Requirement: HUD's regulation at 24 CFR 266.620(e), addresses termination of mortgage insurance provision (required for FFB Initiative), and in accordance with this regulation only Level I HFAs rated “A” or higher are permitted to substitute an indemnification agreement or similar document binding the FIFA to reimburse FHA for 100% of claim losses in the event the HFA commits fraud or mismanagement. Only Level I HFAs are eligible for FFB financing, thereby ensuring the HFA maintains financial capacity to perform under the indemnification agreement. If the HFA loses its “A” rating, HFA must post the required reserve account as outlined in 24 CFR part 266.

    Granted By: Biniam Gebre, Acting Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner.

    Date Granted: March 20, 2015.

    Reason Waived: The waiver was necessary to effectuate the Federal Financing Bank (FFB) Risk Sharing Initiative between Housing and Urban Development and the Treasury Department/FFB announced in Fiscal Year 2014. There are 11 qualified HFAs participants. Concurrent with the rollout of the FFB Initiative, HUD's Office of Multifamily Housing is beginning the process of making regulatory changes to these same provisions. Under this Initiative, FFB provides capital to participating Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) to make multifamily loans insured under the FHA Multifamily Risk Sharing Program.

    Contact: Theodore K. Toon, Director, FHA Multifamily Production, Office of Multifamily Housing Programs, Office of Production, Office of Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 6134, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 402-8386.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 266.200(c).

    Project/Activity: Federal Financing Bank (FFB) Risk Sharing Initiative, Equity Take-Outs. Eleven qualified Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) participates.

    Nature of Requirement: HUD's regulation at 24 CFR 266.200(c) addresses equity take-outs for existing projects (refinance transactions), and permits the insured mortgage to exceed the sum of the total cost of acquisition, cost of financing, cost of repairs, and reasonable transaction costs or “equity take-outs” in refinances of HFA-financed projects and those outside of HFA's portfolio if the result is preservation with the following conditions: (1) Occupancy is no less than 93% for previous 12 months; (2) no defaults in the last 12 months of the HFA loan to be refinanced; (3) a 20 year affordable housing deed restriction placed on title that conforms to the statutory definition in section 542(c) of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1992; (4) a Property Capital Needs Assessment (PCNA) must be performed and funds escrowed for all necessary repairs, and reserves funded for future capital needs; and (5) for projects subsidized by Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contracts, owner agrees to renew HAP contract(s) for 20 year term, (subject to appropriations and statutory authorization), and existing and post-refinance HAP residual receipts are set aside to be used to reduce future HAP payments.

    Granted By: Biniam Gebre, Acting Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner.

    Date Granted: March 20, 2015.

    Reason Waived: The waiver was necessary to effectuate the Federal Financing Bank (FFB) Risk Sharing Initiative between Housing and Urban Development and the Treasury Department/FFB announced in Fiscal Year 2014. There are eleven qualified HFAs participates. Concurrent with the rollout of the FFB Initiative, Multifamily is beginning the process of making regulatory changes to these same provisions. Under this Initiative, FFB provides capital to participating Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) to make multifamily loans insured under the FHA Multifamily Risk Sharing Program.

    Contact: Theodore K. Toon, Director, FHA Multifamily Production, Office of Multifamily Housing Programs, Office of Production, Office of Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 6134, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 402-8386.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 266.200(d).

    Project/Activity: Federal Financing Bank (FFB) Risk Sharing Initiative, Underwriting of Projects with Section 8 HAP Contracts. Eleven qualified Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) participates.

    Nature of Requirement: HUD's regulation at 24 CFR 266.200(d) addresses projects with Section 8 rental subsidies or other rental subsidies, and provides that refinancing of Section 202 projects the HFA is permitted to underwrite the mortgage using current or to be adjusted project-based Section 8 assisted rents, even though the rents exceed the market rates. This is consistent with HUD Housing Notice 2013-17—Updated Requirements for Prepayment and Refinance of Section 202 Direct Loans.

    Granted By: Biniam Gebre, Acting Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner.

    Date Granted: March 20, 2015.

    Reason Waived: The waiver was necessary to effectuate the Federal Financing Bank (FFB) Risk Sharing Initiative between Housing and Urban Development and the Treasury Department/FFB announced in Fiscal Year 2014. There are 11 qualified HFAs participants. Concurrent with the rollout of the FFB Initiative, HUD's Office of Multifamily Housing is beginning the process of making regulatory changes to these same provisions. Under this Initiative, FFB provides capital to participating Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) to make multifamily loans insured under the FHA Multifamily Risk Sharing Program.

    Contact: Theodore K. Toon, Director, FHA Multifamily Production, Office of Multifamily Housing Programs, Office of Production, Office of Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 6134, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 402-8386.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 891.100(d).

    Project/Activity: Stroud Manor, Sulphur, LA, Project Number: 046-HD143/LA48-Q101-003.

    Nature of Requirement: Section 891.100(d) prohibits amendment of the amount of the approved capital advance funds prior to closing.

    Granted by: Biniam Gebre, Acting Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner.

    Date Granted: February 20, 2015.

    Reason Waived: The project is economically designed and comparable in cost to similar projects in the area, and the sponsor/owner exhausted all efforts to obtain additional funding from other sources.

    Contact: Alicia Anderson, Branch Chief, Grants and New Funding, Office of Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 6138, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 402-5787.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 891.130(b).

    Project/Activity: Pollywog Creek Senior Housing, Lebelle, FL, Project Number: 066-EE120/FL29-S101-006.

    Nature of Requirement: Section 891.130(b) prohibits an identify of interest between the sponsor or owner (or borrower, as applicable) and any development team member or between development team members until two years after final closing.

    Granted by: Biniam Gebre, Acting Assistant Secretary for Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner.

    Date Granted: February 11, 2015.

    Reason Waived: The entities are all affiliated, non-profit, and have non-compensated officers. They meet HUD requirements.

    Contact: Alicia Anderson, Branch Chief, Grants and New Funding, Office of Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 6138, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 402-5787.

    III. Regulatory Waivers Granted by the Office of Public and Indian Housing

    For further information about the following regulatory waivers, please see the name of the contact person that immediately follows the description of the waiver granted.

    • Regulations: 24 CFR 5.216(b), 5.508(h) and 5.609.

    Project/Activity: San Antonio, Texas.

    Nature of Requirement: These regulations require applicants for and participation in covered HUD programs to disclose and submit documentation to verify their Social Security Numbers and immigration status, and for the public housing authority to obtain income information about the applicant or participant prior to determining eligibility.

    Granted By: Jemine A. Bryon, Acting Assistant Secretary for Public Housing and Indian Housing.

    Reason Waived: In accordance with 24 CFR 5.110 and by virtue of section B.1 of the Redelegation of Authority to the Deputy Assistant Secretaries for Public and Indian Housing published August 4, 2011 at 76 FR 47231, HUD found that good cause exists to grant a waiver to permit San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) to provide temporary housing assistance for families displaced by a fire at the former Wedgwood Apartments for up to 120 days until eligibility for assistance can be determined by SAHA. It has been generally represented to HUD that these displaced families are all at least low-income.

    Contact: Todd Thomas, Housing Program Specialist, Office of Public Housing Management & Occupancy Division, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 17th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30303, telephone (678) 732-2056.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 5.801(d)(1).

    Project/Activity: Ogden Housing Authority (UT002) Ogden, UT.

    Nature of Requirement: The regulation establishes certain reporting compliance dates. The audited financial statements are required to be submitted to the Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) no later than nine months after the housing authority's (HA) fiscal year end (FYE), in accordance with the Single Audit Act and OMB Circular A-133.

    Granted By: Jemine A. Bryon, Acting Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.

    Date Granted: March 5, 2015.

    Reason Waived: Pursuant to 24 CFR 5.110, the request to waive the reporting compliance deadlines under 24 CFR 5.801 and remove the LPF score of zero was granted. The circumstances that prevented resubmitting and correcting the audited financial data by the due date are acceptable. The agency had made good faith efforts during the submission process.

    Contact: Judy Wojciechowski, Program Manager, NASS, Real Estate Assessment Center, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 550 12th Street SW., Suite 100, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 475-7907.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 5.801(d)(1).

    Project/Activity: Housing Authority of the City of Reno (NV001) Reno, NV.

    Nature of Requirement: The regulation establishes certain reporting compliance dates. The audited financial statements are required to be submitted to the Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) no later than nine months after the housing authority's (HA) fiscal year end (FYE), in accordance with the Single Audit Act and OMB Circular A-133.

    Granted By: Jemine A. Bryon, Acting Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.

    Date Granted: March 5, 2015.

    Reason Waived: The circumstances that prevented the HA from resubmitting and correcting the unaudited financial data to be available for review by the auditor were beyond the agency's control. The agency made good faith efforts during the submission process. However, this Financial Assessment Subsystem (FASS) audited submission waiver (extension) does not apply to Single Audit submissions to the Federal Audit Clearinghouse. The HA is required to meet the Single Audit due dates.

    Contact: Judy Wojciechowski, Program Manager, NASS, Real Estate Assessment Center, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 550 12th Street SW., Suite 100, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 475-7907.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 902.20.

    Project/Activity: Tupelo of Mesa Housing Authority (MS077), Tupelo, MS.

    Nature of Requirement: The objective of this regulation is to determine whether a housing authority (HA) is meeting the standard of decent, safe, sanitary, and in good repair. The Real Estate Assessment Center (REAC) provides for an independent physical inspection of a HA's property of properties that includes a statistically valid sample of the units.

    Granted By: Jemine A. Bryon, Acting Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.

    Date Granted: February 26, 2015.

    Reason Waived: The circumstances surrounding the waiver request are unusual and beyond the agency's control. No physical inspections will be conducted for the HA's FYE December 31, 2015; however, HUD expects that physical inspections for all projects will resume for the HA's fiscal year ending December 31, 2016.

    Contact: Judy Wojciechowski, Program Manager, NASS, Real Estate Assessment Center, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 550 12th Street SW., Suite 100, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 475-7907.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 943.115(b)(3).

    Project/Activity: Greeley Housing Authority (GHA), Greeley, CO.

    Nature of Requirement: This regulation states that a public housing agency may not participate in a consortium in its capacity as an owner of a Section 8 project

    Granted By: Jemine A. Bryon, Acting Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.

    Date Granted: March 10, 2015.

    Reason Waived: These 20 project-based vouchers would provide decent, safe and sanitary housing for low-income elderly families that may not otherwise be obtainable due to the shrinking vacancy rate and oil and gas expansion and overall increase in economic activity.

    Contact: Becky Primeaux, Director, Housing Voucher Management and Operations Division, Office of Public Housing and Voucher Programs, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 4216, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 708-0477.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 982.207(b)(1)(ii).

    Project/Activity: New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), New York, NY.

    Nature of Requirement: This regulation states that a residency preference is a preference for admissions of persons who reside in a specific geographic area (“residency preference area”). A county or municipality may be used as a residency preference area; however, the regulation stipulates that “an area smaller than a county or municipality may not be used as a residency preference area.”

    Granted By: Jemine A. Bryon, Acting Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.

    Date Granted: January 15, 2015.

    Reason Waived: The area known as Community Block 11 has a population of more than 120,000 which would rant in the top one percent of municipalities nationwide. Nearly 50 percent of seniors in CB11 live at or below the federal poverty level compared with just under 30 percent of seniors in the larger borough of Manhattan. This preference was granted for 25 percent of residents at Draper Hall, a project-based voucher project for the elderly, and only for initial leasing of the project and not in perpetuity.

    Contact: Becky Primeaux, Director, Housing Voucher Management and Operations Division, Office of Public Housing and Voucher Programs, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 4216, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 708-0477.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 982.505(d).

    Project/Activity: Brookline Housing Authority (BHA), Brookline, MA.

    Nature of Requirement: HUD's regulation at 24 CFR 982.505(d) states that a public housing agency may only approve a higher payment standard for a family as a reasonable accommodation if the higher payment standard is within the basic range of 90 to 110 percent of the fair market rent (FMR) for the unit size.

    Granted By: Jemine A. Bryon, Acting Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.

    Date Granted: January 7, 2015.

    Reason Waived: The participant, who is a person with disabilities, required an exception payment standard to remain in his current unit that meets his needs. To provide this reasonable accommodation so that the client could remain in his current unit and pay no more than 40 percent of his adjusted income toward the family share, the BHA was allowed to approve an exception payment standard that exceeded the basic range of 90 to 110 percent of the FMR.

    Contact: Becky Primeaux, Housing Voucher Management and Operations Division, Office of Public Housing and Voucher Programs, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 4216, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 708-0477.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 982.505(d).

    Project/Activity: Housing Authority of the City of Alameda (HACA), Alameda, CA.

    Nature of Requirement: HUD's regulation at 24 CFR 982.505(d) states that a public housing agency may only approve a higher payment standard for a family as a reasonable accommodation if the higher payment standard is within the basic range of 90 to 110 percent of the fair market rent (FMR) for the unit size.

    Granted By: Jemine A. Bryon, Acting Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.

    Date Granted: January 26, 2015.

    Reason Waived: The participant, who is a person with disabilities, required an exception payment standard to move to a new unit that meets her needs. To provide this reasonable accommodation so that the client could move to this unit and pay no more than 40 percent of her adjusted income toward the family share, the HACA was allowed to approve an exception payment standard that exceeded the basic range of 90 to 110 percent of the FMR.

    Contact: Becky Primeaux, Housing Voucher Management and Operations Division, Office of Public Housing and Voucher Programs, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 4216, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 708-0477.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 982.505(d).

    Project/Activity: Housing Authority of the County of Alameda (HACA), Hayward, CA.

    Nature of Requirement: HUD's regulation at 24 CFR 982.505(d) states that a public housing agency may only approve a higher payment standard for a family as a reasonable accommodation if the higher payment standard is within the basic range of 90 to 110 percent of the fair market rent (FMR) for the unit size.

    Granted By: Jemine A. Bryon, Acting Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.

    Date Granted: February 11, 2015.

    Reason Waived: The participant, who is a person with disabilities, required an exception payment standard to remain in his current unit that meets his needs. To provide this reasonable accommodation so that the client could remain in his current unit and pay no more than 40 percent of his adjusted income toward the family share, the HACA was allowed to approve an exception payment standard that exceeded the basic range of 90 to 110 percent of the FMR.

    Contact: Becky Primeaux, Housing Voucher Management and Operations Division, Office of Public Housing and Voucher Programs, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 4216, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 708-0477.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 982.505(d).

    Project/Activity: Berkeley Housing Authority (BHA), Berkeley, CA.

    Nature of Requirement: HUD's regulation at 24 CFR 982.505(d) states that a public housing agency may only approve a higher payment standard for a family as a reasonable accommodation if the higher payment standard is within the basic range of 90 to 110 percent of the fair market rent (FMR) for the unit size.

    Granted By: Jemine A. Bryon, Acting Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.

    Date Granted: March 6, 2015.

    Reason Waived: The participant, who is a person with disabilities, required an exception payment standard to move to a more accessible unit that met her needs. To provide this reasonable accommodation so that the client could move to this new unit and pay no more than 40 percent of her adjusted income toward the family share, the BHA was allowed to approve an exception payment standard that exceeded the basic range of 90 to 110 percent of the FMR.

    Contact: Becky Primeaux, Housing Voucher Management and Operations Division, Office of Public Housing and Voucher Programs, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 4216, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 708-0477.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 982.505(d).

    Project/Activity: Housing Authority of the County of Alameda (HACA), Hayward, CA.

    Nature of Requirement: HUD's regulation at 24 CFR 982.505(d) states that a public housing agency may only approve a higher payment standard for a family as a reasonable accommodation if the higher payment standard is within the basic range of 90 to 110 percent of the fair market rent (FMR) for the unit size.

    Granted By: Jemine A. Bryon, Acting Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.

    Date Granted: March 6, 2015.

    Reason Waived: The participant, who is a person with disabilities, required an exception payment standard to remain in his current unit that meets his needs. To provide this reasonable accommodation so that the client could remain in his current unit and pay no more than 40 percent of his adjusted income toward the family share, the HACA was allowed to approve an exception payment standard that exceeded the basic range of 90 to 110 percent of the FMR.

    Contact: Becky Primeaux, Housing Voucher Management and Operations Division, Office of Public Housing and Voucher Programs, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 4216, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 708-0477.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 982.505(d).

    Project/Activity: South Metro Housing Options (SMHO), Littleton, CO.

    Nature of Requirement: HUD's regulation at 24 CFR 982.505(d) states that a public housing agency may only approve a higher payment standard for a family as a reasonable accommodation if the higher payment standard is within the basic range of 90 to 110 percent of the fair market rent (FMR) for the unit size.

    Granted By: Jemine A. Bryon, Acting Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.

    Date Granted: March 27, 2015.

    Reason Waived: The applicant, who is a person with disabilities, required an exception payment standard to remain in her mobile home and rent the manufactured home space. To provide this reasonable accommodation so that the client could remain in her current unit and pay no more than 40 percent of her adjusted income toward the family share, SMHO was allowed to approve an exception payment standard that exceeded the basic range of 90 to 110 percent of the FMR.

    Contact: Becky Primeaux, Housing Voucher Management and Operations Division, Office of Public Housing and Voucher Programs, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 4216, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 708-0477.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 982.505(d).

    Project/Activity: Bangor Housing Authority (BHA), Bangor, ME.

    Nature of Requirement: HUD's regulation at 24 CFR 982.505(d) states that a public housing agency may only approve a higher payment standard for a family as a reasonable accommodation if the higher payment standard is within the basic range of 90 to 110 percent of the fair market rent (FMR) for the unit size.

    Granted By: Lourdes Castro Ramirez, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.

    Date Granted: March 27, 2015.

    Reason Waived: The applicant, who is a person with disabilities, required an exception payment standard to rent her manufactured home space for her mobile home. To provide this reasonable accommodation so that the client could remain in her current unit and pay no more than 40 percent of her adjusted income toward the family share, BHA was allowed to approve an exception payment standard that exceeded the basic range of 90 to 110 percent of the FMR.

    Contact: Becky Primeaux, Housing Voucher Management and Operations Division, Office of Public Housing and Voucher Programs, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 4216, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 708-0477.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 983.53(a)(2).

    Project/Activity: Hall County Housing Authority (HCHA), Grand Island, NE.

    Nature of Requirement: This regulation states that the public housing agency may not attach or pay project-based voucher assistance for units on the grounds of a penal, reformatory, medical, mental or similar public or private institutions.

    Granted By: Jemine A. Bryon, Acting Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.

    Date Granted: February 11, 2015.

    Reason Waived: The project is part of the Veterans Affairs' (VA) Burr Initiative in which public and private developers bid on vacant VA land for housing development geared towards Veterans. The project will offer veterans supportive services including case management, substance abuse counseling, and other services to promote self-sufficiency. By housing additional homeless veterans, the HCHA will be assisting the Department in obtaining the goal of ending Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.

    Contact: Becky Primeaux, Housing Voucher Management and Operations Division, Office of Public Housing and Voucher Programs, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 4210, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 708-0477.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 985.101(a).

    Project/Activity: Bellevue Housing Authority (BHA), Omaha, NE.

    Nature of Requirement: HUD's regulation at 24 CFR 985.101(a) states a PHA must submit the HUD-required Section Eight Management Assessment Program (SEMAP) certification form within 60 calendar days after the end of its fiscal year.

    Granted By: Jemine A. Bryon, Acting Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.

    Date Granted: February 12, 2015.

    Reason Waived: This waiver was granted because for its fiscal year ending June 30, 2014, the BHA was required to submit a SEMAP certification because it no longer had less than 250 vouchers. However, the BHA was mistakenly notified by the HUD Field Office on August 5, 2014, that is was not required to submit a SEMAP certification. BHA was permitted to submit its SEMAP certification after the due date.

    Contact: Laure Rawson, Director, Housing Voucher Management and Operations Division, Office of Public Housing and Voucher Programs, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 4210, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 708-0477.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 985.101(a).

    Project/Activity: Chesapeake Redevelopment and Housing Authority (CRHA), Chesapeake, VA.

    Nature of Requirement: HUD's regulation at 24 CFR 985.101(a) states a PHA must submit the HUD-required Section Eight Management Assessment Program (SEMAP) certification form within 60 calendar days after the end of its fiscal year.

    Granted By: Lourdes Castro Ramirez, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.

    Date Granted: March 27, 2015.

    Reason Waived: The CRHA's Board of Commissioners was unable to meet to approve the SEMAP certification prior to its due date of February 29, 2015, because of severe weather. The board meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. On the fourth Wednesday of February evening activities were cancelled due to a snow storm. CRHA was permitted to submit its SEMAP certification after the due date.

    Contact: Becky Primeaux, Director, Housing Voucher Management and Operations Division, Office of Public Housing and Voucher Programs, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 4210, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 708-0477.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 985.101(a).

    Project/Activity: Franklin Township Housing Authority (FTHA), Somerset, NJ. e, VA.

    Nature of Requirement: HUD's regulation at 24 CFR 985.101(a) states a PHA must submit the HUD-required Section Eight Management Assessment Program (SEMAP) certification form within 60 calendar days after the end of its fiscal year.

    Granted By: Lourdes Castro Ramirez, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.

    Date Granted: March 27, 2015.

    Reason Waived: FTHA is a small deregulated PHA with 230 voucher units. FTHA submitted its last SEMAP certification for its fiscal year ending September 30, 2013, when small PHAs were not required to submit a biennial certification. Its designation for that period was high performer. However, all PHAs (including small PHAs) were required to submit SEMAP certifications for the period ending September 30, 2014. Since FTHA had submitted its certification the year before, there was confusion regarding these submission requirements and the certification was not submitted for the period ending September 30, 2014. FTHA was permitted to submit its SEMAP certification after the due date.

    Contact: Becky Primeaux, Director, Housing Voucher Management and Operations Division, Office of Public Housing and Voucher Programs, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 4210, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 708-0477.

    • Regulation: 24 CFR 985.101(a).

    Project/Activity: Garden State Episcopal Community Development Corporation (GSECDC), Jersey City, NJ.

    Nature of Requirement: HUD's regulation at 24 CFR 985.101(a) states a PHA must submit the HUD-required Section Eight Management Assessment Program (SEMAP) certification form within 60 calendar days after the end of its fiscal year.

    Granted By: Lourdes Castro Ramirez, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing.

    Date Granted: March 27, 2015.

    Reason Waived: This waiver was granted since the SEMAP certification could not be submitted due to an issue with the Information Management System/Public and Indian Housing Information Center (IMS/PIC) when information for the GSECDC was updated. GSECDC was permitted to submit its SEMAP certification after the due date.

    Contact: Becky Primeaux, Director, Housing Voucher Management and Operations Division, Office of Public Housing and Voucher Programs, Office of Public and Indian Housing, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 4210, Washington, DC 20410, telephone (202) 708-0477.

    [FR Doc. 2015-15324 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210-67-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR-5831-N-30] Notice of Emergency Submission of Proposed Information Collection to OMB; Emergency Comment Request Renewable Energy Commitment Form AGENCY:

    Office of the Chief Information Officer, HUD.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, HUD has requested from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) emergency approval of the information collection described in this notice.

    DATES:

    Comments Due Date: June 29, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: HUD Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503; fax: 202-395-5806. Email: [email protected]

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Colette Pollard, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20410; email Colette Pollard at [email protected] or telephone 202-402-3400. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. This is not a toll-free number. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Pollard.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    This notice informs the public that HUD has submitted to OMB a request for approval of the information collection described in Section A.

    A. Overview of Information Collection

    Title of Information Collection: Renewable Energy Commitment Form.

    OMB Approval Number: 2506-New.

    Type of Request: New collection.

    Form Number: N/A

    Description of the need for the information and proposed use: Currently, there is no vehicle available to allow program partners to make a public commitment toward the Administration's Federal Renewable Energy Target. For owners or managers of federally assisted housing (including Public Housing Authorities) to make a pledge, they must provide the amount of on-site capacity they have already installed or intend to install by 2020. The information collected will make these organizations eligible for technical assistance funds.

    Respondents: Organizations (owners or managers of federally assisted housing) contact that make a voluntary public commitment to the Administration's Federal Renewable Energy Target.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: 50.

    Estimated Number of Responses: 50.

    Frequency of Response: Once per year.

    Average Hours per Response: 0.5.

    Total Estimated Burdens: 25 burden hours.

    B. Solicitation of Public Comment

    This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affected parties concerning the collection of information described in section A on the following:

    (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

    (2) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information;

    (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

    (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond; including through the use of appropriate automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

    HUD encourages interested parties to submit comment in response to these questions.

    Authority:

    Section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. chapter 35.

    Dated: June 16, 2015. Colette Pollard, Department Reports Management Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15274 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4210-67-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [156A2100DD/AAKC001030/A0A501010.999900 253G] Indian Gaming AGENCY:

    Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Notice of Tribal-State Class III Gaming Compacts taking effect.

    SUMMARY:

    This notice publishes the Indian Gaming Compacts between the State of New Mexico and the Jicarilla Apache Nation, Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation, Navajo Nation, Pueblo of Acoma, and Pueblo of Jemez governing Class III gaming (Compacts) taking effect.

    DATES:

    Effective June 22, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ms. Paula L. Hart, Director, Office of Indian Gaming, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary—Policy and Economic Development, Washington, DC 20240, (202) 219-4066.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Under section 11 of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) Public Law 100-497, 25 U.S.C. 2701 et seq., the Secretary of the Interior shall publish in the Federal Register notice of approved Tribal-State compacts for the purpose of engaging in Class III gaming activities on Indian lands. As required by 25 CFR § 293.4, all compacts are subject to review and approval by the Secretary. The Secretary took no action on the Compacts within 45 days of their submission. Therefore, the Compacts are considered to have been approved, but only to the extent the Compacts are consistent with IGRA. See 25 U.S.C. 2710(d)(8)(C).

    Dated: June 16, 2015. Kevin K. Washburn, Assistant Secretary—Indian Affairs.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15207 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4337-15-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLCA942000 L57000000.BX0000 13X L5017AR] Filing of Plats of Survey: California AGENCY:

    Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The plats of survey of lands described below are scheduled to be officially filed in the Bureau of Land Management, California State Office, Sacramento, California.

    DATES:

    July 22, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    A copy of the plats may be obtained from the California State Office, Bureau of Land Management, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, California 95825, upon required payment.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Chief, Branch of Geographic Services, Bureau of Land Management, California State Office, 2800 Cottage Way W-1623, Sacramento, California 95825, (916) 978-4310. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    A person or party who wishes to protest a survey must file a notice that they wish to protest with the Chief, Branch of Geographic Services. A statement of reasons for a protest may be filed with the notice of protest and must be filed with the Chief, Branch of Geographic Services within thirty days after the protest is filed. If a protest against the survey is received prior to the date of official filing, the filing will be stayed pending consideration of the protest. A plat will not be officially filed until the day after all protests have been dismissed or otherwise resolved. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

    Mount Diablo Meridian, California T. 16 N., R. 8 E., dependent resurvey and subdivision of section 12, accepted April 27, 2015. T. 2 S., R. 31 E., dependent resurvey and subdivision of section 11, accepted April 29, 2015. T. 4 S., R. 29 E., dependent resurvey and subdivision of sections 17 and 35, accepted May 7, 2015. T. 4 S., R. 30 E., dependent resurvey, accepted May 7, 2015. T. 3 S., R. 31 E., dependent resurvey and subdivision of section 11, accepted May 7, 2015. T. 1 S., R. 19 E., supplemental plat of lot 13 of section 2 and lot 4 of section 11, accepted June 1, 2015. San Bernardino Meridian, California T. 4 N., R. 5 E., dependent resurvey and metes-and-bounds survey, accepted May 20, 2015. T. 5 N., R. 5 E., dependent resurvey and metes-and-bounds survey, accepted May 20, 2015. Authority:

    43 U.S.C., Chapter 3.

    Dated: June 4, 2015. Lance J. Bishop, Chief Cadastral Surveyor, California.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15240 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310-40-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLORL00000.L10200000.DF0000.LXSS020H0000.15XL0019AF; HAG 15-0163] Notice of Public Meeting for the Southeast Oregon Resource Advisory Council AGENCY:

    Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Notice of public meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with the Federal Land Policy and Management Act and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, and the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the Southeast Oregon Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet as indicated below:

    DATES:

    The Southeast Oregon RAC will hold a public meeting Monday and Tuesday, July 13 and 14, 2015. The meeting time and agenda will be announced online at http://www.blm.gov/or/rac/seorrac.php prior to July 9, 2015. A public comment period will be available each day of the session. Unless otherwise approved by the Southeast Oregon RAC Chair, the public comment period will last no longer than 30 minutes, and each speaker may address the Southeast Oregon RAC for a maximum of 5 minutes. Meeting times and the duration scheduled for public comment periods may be extended or altered when the authorized representative considers it necessary to accommodate necessary business and all who seek to be heard regarding matters before the Southeast Oregon RAC.

    ADDRESSES:

    The meeting will be held at the Harney County Community Center located at 484 N Broadway in Burns, Oregon 97720.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Lisa Bryant, BLM Lakeview District Office, 1301 S G Street, Lakeview, Oregon 97630, (541) 947-6237, or email [email protected] Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1(800) 877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Southeast Oregon RAC consists of 15 members chartered and appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. Their diverse perspectives are represented in commodity, conservation, and general interests. They provide advice to BLM and Forest Service resource managers regarding management plans and proposed resource actions on public land in southeast Oregon. Tentative agenda items for the July 13-14 meeting include: Vale Tri-State Fuels Project; Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Planning Effort; Management recommendations to promote ecological stewardship of public lands, including Lands with Wilderness Character; updates from the Designated Federal Official and other regular business items, such as approving the previous meeting's minutes, member round-table, subgroup reports, and any other matters that may reasonably come before the Southeast Oregon RAC to be addressed. The public is welcome to attend all sessions and this meeting is open in its entirety. Information to be distributed to the Southeast Oregon RAC is requested prior to the start of each meeting.

    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comments, please be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

    ELynn Burkett, Lakeview District Manager.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15181 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310-33-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLWY-9570000-15-L13100000-PP0000] Filing of Plats of Survey, Wyoming and Nebraska AGENCY:

    Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has filed the plats of survey of the lands described below in the BLM Wyoming State Office, Cheyenne, Wyoming, on the dates indicated.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Bureau of Land Management, 5353 Yellowstone Road, P.O. Box 1828, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82003.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    These supplementals and surveys were executed at the request of the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Reclamation and are necessary for the management of resources. The lands surveyed are:

    The plats and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of portions of the north boundary, certain tracts and subdivisional lines, the survey of the subdivision of certain sections, and the metes-and-bounds survey of the Raymond Mountain Wilderness Study Area boundary, Township 25 North, Range 119 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 861, was accepted February 26, 2015.

    The plat and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the south boundary and a portion of the subdivisional lines, and the survey of the subdivision of section 35, Township 26 North, Range 73 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 891, was accepted February 26, 2015.

    The plat and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the east boundary, a portion of the subdivisional lines, and the survey of the subdivision of section 13, Township 29 North, Range 90 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 913, was accepted February 26, 2015.

    The supplemental plat showing a corrected lot number and based upon the dependent resurvey plat accepted November 17, 2008, Township 30 North, Range 108 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 924, was accepted February 26, 2015.

    The supplemental plat showing amended lottings and based upon the dependent resurvey plat accepted April 8, 1981 and supplemental plat accepted October 18, 1985, Township 40 North, Range 71 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 925, was accepted February 26, 2015.

    The supplemental plat showing amended lottings and based upon the dependent resurvey plat accepted February 7, 1980 and supplemental plat accepted September 13, 1985, Township 51 North, Range 72 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 926, was accepted February 26, 2015.

    The supplemental plat showing the subdivision of the SW1/4SW1/4NE1/4NE1/4 into Lots 5, 6 and 7 is based upon the Survey Plat accepted January 13, 1984, Township 1 North, Range 4 East, Wind River Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 928, was accepted March 31, 2015.

    The plat and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of portions of the Eighth Standard Parallel North, through Range 52 West, the east and west boundaries, and the subdivisional lines, the survey of the subdivision of certain sections, and the rehabilitation of the corner of sections 4, 5, 32 and 33, on the north boundary, Township 33 North, Range 52 West, of the Sixth Principal Meridian, Nebraska, Group No. 181, was accepted May 28, 2015.

    The field notes representing remonumentation of the 1/4 section corner of sections 25 and 30, on the Thirteenth Auxiliary Guide Meridian West, Township 31 North, between Ranges 108 and 109 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group 850, was accepted May 28, 2015.

    The plats and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of portions of the north boundary, subdivisional lines, and adjusted 1909 meanders of the Green River, the survey of the subdivision of sections 4, 5, 6 and 8, and the metes-and-bounds survey of certain lots, Township 22 North, Range 110 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 892, was accepted May 28, 2015.

    The plat and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the subdivisional lines and the survey of the subdivision of section 18, Township 29 North, Range 99 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 901, was accepted May 28, 2015.

    The plat and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the subdivisional lines and the survey of the subdivision of section 3, Township 43 North, Range 78 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 906, was accepted May 28, 2015.

    The plat and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the north boundary and subdivisional lines, and the survey of the subdivision of section 4, and the metes-and-bounds survey of lot 13, section 4, Township 18 North, Range 89 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 908, was accepted May 28, 2015.

    The plat and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the Twelfth Auxiliary Guide Meridian West, through Township 33 North, a portion of the subdivisional lines, and the survey of the subdivision of section 13, Township 33 North, Range 101 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 914, was accepted May 28, 2015.

    The plat and field notes representing the dependent resurvey of portions of the south and west boundaries, and portions of the subdivisional lines, and the survey of the subdivision of sections 29 and 30, Township 16 North, Range 87 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, Wyoming, Group No. 920, was accepted May 28, 2015.

    Copies of the preceding described plats and field notes are available to the public at a cost of $1.10 per page.

    Dated: June 16, 2015. John P. Lee, Chief Cadastral Surveyor, Division of Support Services.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15241 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement [Docket ID BSEE-2015-0003; OMB Control Number 1014-0016; 15XE1700DX EEEE500000 EX1SF0000.DAQ000] Information Collection Activities: Pipelines and Pipeline Rights-of-Way (ROW); Submitted for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Comment Request ACTION:

    30-day notice.

    SUMMARY:

    To comply with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) is notifying the public that we have submitted to OMB an information collection request (ICR) to renew approval of the paperwork requirements in the regulations under Subpart J, Pipelines and Pipeline Rights-of-Way (ROW). This notice also provides the public a second opportunity to comment on the revised paperwork burden of these regulatory requirements.

    DATES:

    You must submit comments by July 22, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit comments by either fax (202) 395-5806 or email ([email protected]) directly to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for the Department of the Interior (1014-0016). Please provide a copy of your comments to BSEE by any of the means below.

    • Electronically go to http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search box, enter BSEE-2015-0003 then click search. Follow the instructions to submit public comments and view all related materials. We will post all comments.

    • Email [email protected], fax (703) 787-1546, or mail or hand-carry comments to the Department of the Interior; Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement; Regulations and Standards Branch; ATTN: Cheryl Blundon; 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, VA 20166. Please reference ICR 1014-0016 in your comment and include your name and return address.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Cheryl Blundon, Regulations and Standards Branch, (703) 787-1607, to request additional information about this ICR. To see a copy of the entire ICR submitted to OMB, go to http://www.reginfo.gov (select Information Collection Review, Currently Under Review).

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Title: 30 CFR 250, Subpart J, Pipelines and Pipeline Rights-of-Way (ROW).

    Form: BSEE-0149.

    OMB Control Number: 1014-0016.

    Abstract: The Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lands Act at (43 U.S.C. 1334), authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to prescribe rules and regulations necessary for the administration of the leasing provisions of the Act related to mineral resources on the OCS. Such rules and regulations apply to all operations conducted under a lease, pipeline right-of-way (ROW), or a right-of-use and easement. Section 1334(e) authorizes the Secretary to grant ROWs through the submerged lands of the OCS for pipelines “. . . for the transportation of oil, natural gas, sulphur, or other minerals, or under such regulations and upon such conditions as may be prescribed by the Secretary, . . . including (as provided in Section 1347(b) of this title) assuring maximum environmental protection by utilization of the best available and safest technologies, including the safest practices for pipeline burial. . . .”

    In addition to the general authority of OCSLA, section 301(a) of the Federal Oil and Gas Royalty Management Act (FOGRMA), 30 U.S.C. 1751(a), grants authority to the Secretary to prescribe such rules and regulations as are reasonably necessary to carry out FOGRMA's provisions. While the majority of FOGRMA is directed to royalty collection and enforcement, some provisions apply to offshore operations. For example, section 109(c)(2) and (d)(1), 30 U.S.C. 1719(c)(2) and (d)(1), impose substantial civil penalties for failure to permit lawful inspections and for knowing or willful preparation or submission of false, inaccurate, or misleading reports, records, or other information. The Secretary has delegated some of the authority under FOGRMA to BSEE.

    The Independent Offices Appropriations Act (31 U.S.C. 9701), the Omnibus Appropriations Bill (Pub. L. 104-133, 110 Stat. 1321, April 26, 1996), and OMB Circular A-25, authorize Federal agencies to recover the full cost of services that confer special benefits. Under the Department of the Interior's implementing policy, BSEE is required to charge the full cost for services that provide special benefits or privileges to an identifiable non-Federal recipient above and beyond those that accrue to the public at large. Several requests for approval required in Subpart K are subject to cost recovery and BSEE regulations specify service fees for these requests.

    This authority and responsibility are among those delegated to BSEE. The regulations at 30 CFR 250, Subpart J, pertain to the regulatory requirements relating to pipelines and pipeline ROWs on the OCS and are the subject of this collection. This collection also covers the related Notices to Lessees and Operators (NTLs) that BSEE issues to clarify and provide additional guidance on some aspects of the regulations.

    The current Subpart J regulations specify the use of form BSEE-0149, Assignment of Federal OCS Pipeline Right-of-Way Grant. BSEE uses the information on the information submitted via the form to track the holdership of pipeline ROWs; as well as use this information to update the corporate database that is used to determine what leases are available for a Lease Sale and the ownership of all OCS leases. In this collection, we made a minor revision to the form. Under Part A—Assignment—we added in the under legal description, “and any accessory information.” Under § 250.1012, pipeline ROW grants can include accessories. Therefore, when transferring a Pipeline ROW grant, the description of the pipeline ROW grant should identify everything. This will help facilitate BSEE's review when an application has been submitted.

    Responses are mandatory or are required to obtain or retain a benefit. No questions of a sensitive nature are asked. BSEE protects information considered proprietary under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and DOI's implementing regulations (43 CFR 2), and under regulations at 30 CFR part 250.197, Data and information to be made available to the public or for limited inspection, 30 CFR part 252, OCS Oil and Gas Information Program.

    Lessees and pipeline ROW holders design the pipelines that they install, maintain, and operate. To ensure those activities are performed in a safe manner, BSEE needs information concerning the proposed pipeline and safety equipment, inspections and tests, and natural and manmade hazards near the proposed pipeline route. BSEE uses the information to review pipeline designs prior to approving an application for an ROW or lease term pipeline to ensure that the pipeline, as constructed, will provide for safe transportation of minerals through the submerged lands of the OCS. BSEE reviews proposed pipeline routes to ensure that the pipelines would not conflict with any State requirements or unduly interfere with other OCS activities. BSEE reviews proposals for taking pipeline safety equipment out of service to ensure alternate measures are used that will properly provide for the safety of the pipeline and associated facilities (platform, etc.). BSEE reviews notifications of relinquishment of ROW grants and requests to decommission pipelines for regulatory compliance and to ensure that all legal obligations are met. BSEE monitors the records concerning pipeline inspections and tests to ensure safety of operations and protection of the environment and to schedule witnessing trips and inspections. Information is also necessary to determine the point at which DOI or Department of Transportation (DOT) has regulatory responsibility for a pipeline and to be informed of the identified operator if not the same as the pipeline ROW holder.

    Frequency: On occasion and as required by regulations.

    Description of Respondents: Potential respondents include Federal OCS lessees, lease operators, and holders of pipeline ROWs.

    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Hour Burden: The estimated annual hour burden for this information collection is a total of 36,564 hours. The following chart details the individual components and estimated hour burdens. In calculating the burdens, we assumed that respondents perform certain requirements in the normal course of their activities. We consider these to be usual and customary and took that into account in estimating the burden.

    Burden Table Citation 30 CFR 250 subpart J and related NTL(s) Reporting & recordkeeping requirement * Hour burden Average number of annual responses Annual
  • burden hours
  • (rounded)
  • Non-hour cost burdens Lease Term (L/T) Pipeline (P/L) Applications 1000(b)(1); 1004(b)(5); 1007(a) Submit application and all required information and notices to install new L/T P/L. 92 61—new L/T P/L applications 5,612 $3,541 × 61 L/T P/L applications = $216,001 1000(b)(1); 1007(b) Submit application and all required information and notices to modify a L/T P/L 30 102 modifications 3,060 $2,056 × 102 L/T P/L applications = $209,712 1000(b)(1); Submit an application to decommission a lease-term pipeline Burden covered under 1014-0010, 30 CFR 250, Subpart Q. 0 Subtotal 163 responses 8,672 hours $425,713 non-hour cost burdens Right of Way (ROW) P/L Applications and Grants 1000(b)(2), (d); 1004(b)(5); 1007(a); 1009(a); 1015; 1016 Submit application and all required information and notices for new P/L ROW grant and to install a new ROW P/L. 107 62—new ROW grant and P/L applications 6,634 $2,771 × 62 applications = $171,802 1000(b)(2), (3);1007(b); 1017 Submit application and all required information and notices to modify a P/L ROW grant and to modify an ROW P/L (includes route modifications, cessation of operations, partial relinquishments, hot taps, and new and modified accessory platforms). 45 190 modifications 8,550 $4,169 × 190 applications = $792,110 1000(b)(3); 1010(h); 1017(b)(2)(ii); 1019 Submit application and all required information and notices to relinquish P/L ROW grant. Burden covered under 1014-0010, 30 CFR 250, Subpart Q. 1015 Submit application and all required information and notices for a P/L ROW grant to convert a lease-term P/L to an ROW P/L. 15 15 conversions 225 $236 × 15 applications = $3,540 1016 Request opportunity to eliminate conflict when an application has been rejected. 5 1 request 5 1018 Submit application and all required information and notices for assignment of a pipeline ROW grant using Form BSEE-0149 (burden includes approximately 30 minutes to fill out form). 13 275 assignments 3,575 $201 × 275 P/L ROW requests = $55,275 Subtotal 543 responses 18,989 hours $1,022,727 non-hour cost burdens Notifications and Reports 1004(b)(5) In lieu of a continuous volumetric comparison system, request substitution; submit any supporting documentation if requested/required. 35 1 submittal 35 1007(a)(4)(i)(A); (B); (C) Provide specified information in your pipeline application if using unbonded flexible pipe. 4 20 submittals 80 1007(a)(4)(i)(D) Provide results of third party IVA review in your pipeline application if using unbonded flexible pipe. For risers, this verification is included in the IVA analysis. For jumpers, it is not required. 0 1007(a)(4)(ii) Provide specified information in your pipeline application. 25 40 applications 1,000 1008(a) Notify BSEE before constructing or relocating a pipeline. 1/2 62 notices 31 1008(a) Notify BSEE before conducting a pressure test. 1/2 87 notices 44 1008(b) Submit L/T P/L construction report. 18 28 reports 504 1008(b) Submit ROW P/L construction report. 19 17 reports 323 1008(c) Notify BSEE of any pipeline taken out of service. 1/2 415 notices 208 1008(d) Notify BSEE of any pipeline safety equipment taken out of service more than 12 hours. 1/2 2 notices 1 1008(e) Notify BSEE of any repair and include procedures. 3 156 notices 468 $388 × 156 notices = $60,528 1008(e) Submit repair report. 4 132 reports 528 1008(f) Submit report of pipeline failure analysis. 1/2 4 reports 2 1008(g) Submit plan of corrective action and report of any remedial action. 13 19 plans/reports 247 1008(h) Submit the results and conclusions of pipe-to-electrolyte potential measurements. 1 794 results 794 1010(c) Notify BSEE of any archaeological resource discovery. 5 1 notices 5 1010(d) Notify BSEE of P/L ROW holder's name and address changes. Not considered IC under 5 CFR 1320.3(h). 0 Subtotal 1,778 responses 4,270 hours $60,528 non-hour cost burdens General 1000(c)(2) Identify in writing P/L operator on ROW if different from ROW grant holder. Cover by applicable applications 0 1000(c)(3) Mark specific point on P/L where operating responsibility transfers to transporting operator or depict transfer point on a schematic located on the facility. One-time requirement after final rule published; now part of application or construction process involving no additional burdens. 0 1000(c)(4) Petition BSEE for exceptions to general operations transfer point description. 5 1 petition 5 1000(c)(8) Request BSEE recognize valves landward of last production facility but still located on OCS as point where BSEE regulatory authority begins (none received to date). 1 1 request 1 1000(c)(12) Petition BSEE to continue to operate under DOT regulations upstream of last valve on last production facility (one received to date). 40 1 petition 40 1000(c)(13) Transporting P/L operator petition to DOT and BSEE to continue to operate under BSEE regulations (none received to date) 40 1 petition 40 1004(c) Place sign on safety equipment identified as ineffective and removed from service. See footnote 1 0 1000-1019 General departure and alternative compliance requests not specifically covered elsewhere in subpart J regulations. 2 200 requests 400 Subtotal 204 responses 486 hours Recordkeeping 1000-1008 Make available to BSEE design, construction, operation, maintenance, testing, and repair records on lease-term P/Ls 2 5 128 lease-term P/L operators 640 1005(a) Inspect P/L routes for indication of leakage 1, record results, maintain records 2 years 2 2 per month = 24 128 lease-term P/L operators 3,072 1010(g) Make available to BSEE design, construction, operation, maintenance, testing, and repair records on P/L ROW area and improvements 2 5 87 P/L ROW holders 435 Subtotal 343 responses 4,147 hours Total Hour Burdens 3,031 responses 36,564 hours Total Non-Hour Cost Burdens $1,508,968 non-hour cost burdens 1 These activities are usual and customary practices for prudent operators. 2 Retaining these records is usual and customary business practice; required burden is minimal to make available to BSEE. * In the future, BSEE will be allowing the option of electronic reporting for certain requirements.

    Estimated Reporting and Recordkeeping Non-Hour Cost Burden: We have identified seven non-hour cost burdens, all of which are the cost recovery fees required under 30 CFR 250, subpart J. However, note that the actual fee amounts are specified in 30 CFR 250.125, which provides a consolidated table of all of the fees required under the 30 CFR 250 regulations. The total of the non-hour cost burden (cost recovery fees) in this IC request is an estimated $1,508,968.

    The non-hour cost burdens required in 30 CFR 250, subpart J (and respective cost-recovery fee amount per transaction) are required under:

    § 250.1000(b)—New Pipeline Application (lease term)—$3,541. § 250.1000(b)—Pipeline Application Modification (lease term)—$2,056. § 250.1000(b)—Pipeline Application Modification (ROW)—$4,169. § 250.1008(e)—Pipeline Repair Notification—$388. § 250.1015(a)—Pipeline ROW Grant Application—$2,771. § 250.1015(a)—Pipeline Conversion from Lease Term to ROW—$236. § 250.1018(b)—Pipeline ROW Assignment—$201.

    We have not identified any other non-hour cost burdens associated with this collection of information.

    Public Disclosure Statement: The PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) provides that an agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Until OMB approves a collection of information, you are not obligated to respond.

    Comments: Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3501, et seq.) requires each agency “. . . to provide notice . . . and otherwise consult with members of the public and affected agencies concerning each proposed collection of information . . .” Agencies must specifically solicit comments to: (a) Evaluate whether the collection is necessary or useful; (b) evaluate the accuracy of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) minimize the burden on the respondents, including the use of technology.

    To comply with the public consultation process, on April 10, 2015, we published a Federal Register notice (69 FR 19348) announcing that we would submit this ICR to OMB for approval. The notice provided the required 60-day comment period. In addition, § 250.199 provides the OMB Control Number for the information collection requirements imposed by the 30 CFR 250, subpart J regulations and the form. The regulation also informs the public that they may comment at any time on the collections of information and provides the address to which they should send comments. We received one comment in response to the Federal Register notice or unsolicited comments from respondents covered under these regulations. The comment was from a private citizen and it was not germane to the paperwork burden of this ICR.

    Public Availability of Comments: Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

    Dated: June 11, 2015. Keith Good, Acting Deputy Chief, Office of Offshore Regulatory Programs.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15242 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310-VH-P
    DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Notice of Lodging of Proposed Consent Decree Under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA)

    On June 16, 2015, the Department of Justice lodged a proposed Consent Decree with the United States District Court for the District of Arizona in the lawsuit entitled United States v. Burr-Brown Corporation (now Texas Instruments Tucson Corporation), Civil Action No. 89-594-TUC-RMB. On the same date, the State of Arizona lodged the same proposed Consent Decree with the United States District Court for the District of Arizona in the lawsuit entitled State of Arizona v. Texas Instruments Tucson Corporation, Civil Action No. 4:15-cv-00257-DCB. The United States has filed a motion to consolidate the two actions, and the State of Arizona and Texas Instruments Tucson Corporation (“TI”) have consented to that motion.

    TI is working under an existing consent decree, entered in 1990 in Civil Action No. 89-594-TUC-RMB (“1990 Decree”), to perform a CERCLA response action to address contaminated groundwater on part of the Tucson International Airport Authority Superfund Site (“TIAA Site”) in Tucson, Arizona. The TIAA Site includes the Tucson International Airport, Air Force Plant 44, and several other adjacent areas. The proposed Consent Decree addresses only the TI portion of Area “B” of the TIAA Site (“Project Area”). Other areas of the TIAA Site are being addressed under separate federal facility agreements, consent decrees and fund-lead remedial actions. The Project Area was operated by TI's predecessor-in-interest, Burr-Brown Corporation. Operations included microchip manufacturing and involved chemical storage and disposal. In 2013, TI sold the Project Area to HSL TI Properties, which does not use it for industrial purposes.

    The 1990 Decree contains provisions that the parties would like to amend as TI begins to implement an amended Record of Decision (“Amended ROD”). At the same time, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (“ADEQ”) would like to resolve its claims under state law with TI, and to participate in oversight of the remedy.

    The proposed Consent Decree, which would supersede the 1990 Decree, would implement the Amended ROD, add the State of Arizona as a party, and resolve its claims under state law. Under the Consent Decree, TI commits to perform the work set out in the Amended ROD, and to pay the United States its Response Costs and the State its State Future Response Costs, as those terms are defined in the Consent Decree. The Consent Decree contains covenants not the sue by the United States and the State for the performance of the Work and for recovery of Response Costs and State Future Response Costs, and by TI for all claims related to the Project Area and the Consent Decree. The Consent Decree provides TI with the standard contribution protection for “matters addressed” in the Consent Decree: Work, Response Costs, and State Future Response Costs.

    The publication of this notice opens a period for public comment on the Consent Decree. Comments should be addressed to the Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division, and should refer to United States v. Burr-Brown Corporation (now Texas Instruments Tucson Corporation, D.J. Ref. No. 90-11-3-369. All comments must be submitted no later than thirty (30) days after the publication date of this notice. Comments may be submitted either by email or by mail:

    To submit comments: Send them to: By e-mail [email protected] By mail Assistant Attorney General, U.S. DOJ—ENRD, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, D.C. 20044-7611.

    During the public comment period, the Consent Decree may be examined and downloaded at this Justice Department Web site: http://www.justice.gov/enrd/consent-decrees. We will provide a paper copy of the Consent Decree upon written request and payment of reproduction costs. Please mail your request and payment to: Consent Decree Library, U.S. DOJ—ENRD, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC 20044-7611.

    Please enclose a check or money order for $47.00 (25 cents per page reproduction cost) payable to the United States Treasury. For a paper copy without the exhibits, the cost is $21.25.

    Maureen Katz, Assistant Section Chief, Environmental Enforcement Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15205 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410-15-P
    DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of Disability Employment Policy Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals With Disabilities; Notice of Meeting

    The Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals With Disabilities (the Committee) was mandated by section 609 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended by section 461 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The Secretary of Labor established the Committee on September 15, 2014 in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C. App. 2. The purpose of the Committee is to study and prepare findings, conclusions and recommendations for Congress and the Secretary of Labor on (1) ways to increase employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities or other individuals with significant disabilities in competitive, integrated employment; (2) the use of the certificate program carried out under section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 214(c)); and (3) ways to improve oversight of the use of such certificates.

    The Committee is required to meet no less than eight times. It is also required to submit an interim report to the Secretary of Labor; the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce within one year of the Committee's establishment by September 15, 2015. A final report must be submitted to the same entities no later than two years from the Committee establishment date. The Committee terminates one day after the submission of the final report.

    The next meeting of the Committee will take place on Monday, July 13, 2015 and Tuesday, July 14, 2015. The meeting will be open to the public on Monday, July 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). On Tuesday, July 14th, the meeting will be open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., EDT. The meeting will take place at the U.S. Access Board, 1331 F Street NW., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004-1111.

    On July 13th and 14th, the four subcommittees of the Committee will report out on their work on draft chapters for the interim report. The four subcommittees are: The Transition to Careers Subcommittee, the Complexity and Needs in Delivering Competitive Integrated Employment Subcommittee, the Marketplace Dynamics Subcommittee, and the Building State and Local Capacity Subcommittee. Each subcommittee will have 30 minutes to present its work, and then the whole Committee will discuss the proposed findings, conclusions, and recommendations from the subcommittee. In addition, the Committee will hear expert testimony on a number of topics, including, but not limited to: An overview of State policy reform through the Employment First initiative. The Committee will also hear from expert panels that will address issues with provider transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment. The Committee will also acknowledge the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its connection to competitive integrated employment. Finally, the Committee will hear from a panel of providers about their experiences with sheltered workshops under section 14(c) of the FLSA.

    Members of the public who wish to address the Committee on the topics being discussed at the meeting during the public comment period of the meeting on Monday, July 13 between 2:15 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., EDT, should send their name, their organization's name (if applicable) and any additional materials (such as a copy of the proposed testimony) to [email protected] or call David Berthiaume at DOL's Office of Disability Employment Policy at (202) 693-7887 by Thursday, July 2nd. Please ensure that any attachments are in an accessible format or the submission will be returned. Also, note that public comments will be limited to five minutes in length. Due to time constraints, we will be able to accommodate up to eight requests to address the Committee. If more than eight requests are received, we will select a representative sample to speak and the remainder will be permitted to file written statements. Individuals with disabilities who need accommodations should also contact Mr. Berthiaume at the email address or phone number above.

    Organizations or members of the public wishing to submit a written statement may do so by submitting five copies on or before July 2, 2015 to David Berthiaume, Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, U.S. Department of Labor, Suite S-1303, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210. Statements also may be submitted as email attachments in rich text, Word, or pdf format transmitted to [email protected] Please ensure that any written submission is in an accessible format or the submission will be returned. It is requested that statements not be included in the body of an email. Statements deemed relevant by the Committee and received on or before July 2, 2015 will be included in the record of the meeting. Do not include any personally identifiable information (such as name, address, or other contact information) or confidential business information that you do not want publicly disclosed.

    Signed at Washington, DC, this 15th day of June, 2015. Jennifer Sheehy, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Disability Employment Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15200 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510-23-P
    DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of the Secretary Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Occupational Requirements Survey ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) sponsored information collection request (ICR) proposal titled, “Occupational Requirements Survey,” to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for use in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Public comments on the ICR are invited.

    DATES:

    The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives on or before July 22, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    A copy of this ICR with applicable supporting documentation; including a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency of response, and estimated total burden may be obtained free of charge from the RegInfo.gov Web site at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=201502-1220-006 (this link will only become active on the day following publication of this notice) or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at [email protected]

    Submit comments about this request by mail or courier to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for DOL-BLS, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503; by Fax: 202-395-5806 (this is not a toll-free number); or by email: [email protected] Commenters are encouraged, but not required, to send a courtesy copy of any comments by mail or courier to the U.S. Department of Labor-OASAM, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Attn: Departmental Information Compliance Management Program, Room N1301, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; or by email: [email protected]

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at [email protected]

    Authority:

    44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    This ICR seeks PRA authority for the Occupational Requirements Survey (ORS) information collection. The ORS will be a nationwide survey that the BLS will conduct at the request of the Social Security Administration (SSA). The first three years of data collection and capture for the ORS will start in 2015 and end in mid-2018. The SSA, Members of the Congress, and representatives of the disability community have all identified the collection of updated information on the requirements of work in today's economy as crucial to the equitable and efficient operation of the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. The information currently available is more than twenty (20) years old. Estimates produced from the data collected by the ORS will be used by the SSA to update occupational requirements data in administering the SSDI and Supplemental Security Income SSI programs. The ORS will collect data from a sample of employers. These requirements of work data will consist of information about the duties, responsibilities, and job tasks for a sample of occupations for each sampled employer. The BLS Authorizing Statute and the Economy Act authorize this information collection. See 29 U.S. C. 9, 9(a) and 31 U.S.C. 1535.

    This proposed information collection is subject to the PRA. A Federal agency generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and the public is generally not required to respond to an information collection, unless it is approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any other provisions of law, no person shall generally be subject to penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if the collection of information does not display a valid Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. For additional information, see the related notice published in the Federal Register on February 18, 2015 (80 FR 8696).

    Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in the ADDRESSES section within thirty (30) days of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate consideration, comments should mention ICR Reference Number 201502-1220-006. The OMB is particularly interested in comments that:

    • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

    • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

    • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

    • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

    Agency: DOL-BLS.

    Title of Collection: Occupational Requirements Survey.

    OMB ICR Reference Number: 201502-1220-006.

    Affected Public: State, Local and Tribal Governments and Private Sector—businesses or other for-profits.

    Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 10,071.

    Total Estimated Number of Responses: 10,557.

    Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 18,915 hours.

    Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.

    Dated: June 15, 2015. Michel Smyth, Departmental Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15196 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510-24-P
    DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of the Secretary Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Experience Rating Report ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, “Experience Rating Report,” to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for continued use, without change, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. Public comments on the ICR are invited.

    DATES:

    The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives on or before July 22, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    A copy of this ICR with applicable supporting documentation; including a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency of response, and estimated total burden may be obtained free of charge from the RegInfo.gov Web site at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=201506-1205-004 or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email at [email protected]

    Submit comments about this request by mail or courier to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for DOL-ETA, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503; by Fax: 202-395-5806 (this is not a toll-free number); or by email: [email protected] Commenters are encouraged, but not required, to send a courtesy copy of any comments by mail or courier to the U.S. Department of Labor-OASAM, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Attn: Departmental Information Compliance Management Program, Room N1301, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; or by email: [email protected]

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email at [email protected]

    Authority:

    44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    This ICR seeks to extend PRA authority for the Experience Rating Report (Form ETA-204) information collection that provides data to the ETA for the study of seasonality, employment, or payroll fluctuations and stabilization, expansion, or contraction in operations on employment experience. The data are used to provide an indication of whether solvency problems exist in a State's Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund accounts and in analyzing factors that give rise to solvency problems. The data are also used to complete the Experience Rating Index. Social Security Act section 303(a)(6) authorizes information collection. See 42 U.S.C. 503(a)(6).

    This information collection is subject to the PRA. A Federal agency generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and the public is generally not required to respond to an information collection, unless it is approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any other provisions of law, no person shall generally be subject to penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information that does not display a valid Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. The DOL obtains OMB approval for this information collection under Control Number 1205-0164.

    OMB authorization for an ICR cannot be for more than three (3) years without renewal, and the current approval for this collection is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2015. The DOL seeks to extend PRA authorization for this information collection for three (3) more years, without any change to existing requirements. The DOL notes that existing information collection requirements submitted to the OMB receive a month-to-month extension while they undergo review. For additional substantive information about this ICR, see the related notice published in the Federal Register on November 26, 2014 (79 FR 70568).

    Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in the ADDRESSES section within thirty (30) days of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate consideration, comments should mention OMB Control Number 1205-0164. The OMB is particularly interested in comments that:

    • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

    • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

    • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

    • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

    Agency: DOL-ETA.

    Title of Collection: Experience Rating Report.

    OMB Control Number: 1205-0164.

    Affected Public: State, Local, and Tribal Governments.

    Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 53.

    Total Estimated Number of Responses: 53.

    Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 27 hours.

    Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.

    Dated: June 12, 2015. Michel Smyth, Departmental Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15197 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510-FW-P
    DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Advisory Committee on Veterans' Employment, Training and Employer Outreach (ACVETEO): Meeting AGENCY:

    Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), Department of Labor.

    ACTION:

    Notice of open meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the ACVETEO. The ACVETEO will discuss the VETS core programs and services regarding efforts that assist veterans seeking employment and raise employer awareness as to the advantages of hiring veterans. There will be an opportunity for individuals or organizations to address the committee. Any individual or organization that wishes to do so should contact Mr. Gregory Green at 202-693-4734.

    Individuals who will need accommodations for a disability in order to attend the meeting (e.g., interpreting services, assistive listening devices, and/or materials in alternative format) should notify the Advisory Committee no later than Friday, July 10, 2015 by contacting Mr. Gregory Green at 202-693-4734. Requests made after this date will be reviewed, but availability of the requested accommodations cannot be guaranteed. The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. This Notice also describes the functions of the ACVETEO. Notice of this meeting is required under Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. This document is intended to notify the general public.

    Date and Time: Thursday, July 16, 2015 beginning at 9:00 a.m. and ending at approximately 4:00 p.m. (EST).

    ADDRESSES:

    The meeting will take place at the U.S. Department of Labor, Frances Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210, Suite N-5437 A & B. Members of the public are encouraged to arrive early to allow for security clearance into the Frances Perkins Building.

    Security Instructions: Meeting participants should use the visitors' entrance to access the Frances Perkins Building, one block north of Constitution Avenue at 3rd and C Streets NW. For security purposes meeting participants must:

    1. Present a valid photo ID to receive a visitor badge.

    2. Know the name of the event being attended: the meeting event is the Advisory Committee on Veterans' Employment, Training and Employer Outreach (ACVETEO).

    3. Visitor badges are issued by the security officer at the Visitor Entrance located at 3rd and C Streets NW. When receiving a visitor badge, the security officer will retain the visitor's photo ID until the visitor badge is returned to the security desk.

    4. Laptops and other electronic devices may be inspected and logged for identification purposes.

    5. Due to limited parking options, Metro's Judiciary Square station is the easiest way to access the Frances Perkins Building.

    Notice of Intent to Attend the Meeting: All meeting participants are being asked to submit a notice of intent to attend by Friday, July 10, 2015, via email to Mr. Gregory Green at [email protected], subject line “July 2015 ACVETEO Meeting.”

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Mr. Gregory Green, Designated Federal Official for the ACVETEO, (202) 693-4734.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The ACVETEO is a Congressionally mandated advisory committee authorized under Title 38, U.S. Code, Section 4110 and subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, as amended. The ACVETEO is responsible for: assessing employment and training needs of veterans; determining the extent to which the programs and activities of the U.S. Department of Labor meet these needs; assisting to conduct outreach to employers seeking to hire veterans; making recommendations to the Secretary, through the Assistant Secretary for VETS, with respect to outreach activities and employment and training needs of Veterans; and carrying out such other activities necessary to make required reports and recommendations. The ACVETEO meets at least quarterly.

    Agenda 9:00 a.m. Welcome and remarks, Teresa W. Gerton, Acting Assistant Secretary for Veterans Employment and Training Service 9:05 a.m. Administrative Business, Gregory Green, Designated Federal Official 9:15 a.m. Outreach Subcommittee Briefing and Discussion 10:00 a.m. Break 10:15 a.m. Continued Outreach Subcommittee Briefing and Discussion 11:00 a.m. Break 11:15 a.m. Focused Populations Subcommittee Briefing and Discussion 12:00 p.m. Lunch 1:00 p.m. Continued Focused Populations Subcommittee Briefing and Discussion 2:00 p.m. Break 2:15 p.m. Transition Subcommittee Briefing and Discussion 3:15 p.m. Continued Transition Subcommittee Briefing and Discussion 3:30 p.m. Public Forum, Gregory Green Designated Federal Official 4:00 p.m. Adjourn Signed in Washington, DC, this 16th day of June, 2015. Teresa W. Gerton, Acting Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15195 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510-79-P
    DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of the Secretary Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Adult Reporting System ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    On June 30, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) will submit the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) revision titled, “Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Adult Reporting System,” to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for use in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. Public comments on the ICR are invited.

    DATES:

    The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives on or before July 30, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    A copy of this ICR with applicable supporting documentation; including a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency of response, and estimated total burden may be obtained free of charge from the RegInfo.gov Web site at http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=201506-1205-005 (this link will only become active on July 1, 2015) or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email at [email protected]

    Submit comments about this request by mail or courier to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for DOL-ETA, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503; by Fax: 202-395-5806 (this is not a toll-free number); or by email: [email protected] Commenters are encouraged, but not required, to send a courtesy copy of any comments by mail or courier to the U.S. Department of Labor-OASAM, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Attn: Departmental Information Compliance Management Program, Room N1301, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; or by email: [email protected]

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Contact Michel Smyth by telephone at 202-693-4129, TTY 202-693-8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email at [email protected]

    Authority:

    44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D).

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    This ICR seeks to revise the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders (RExO) Adult Reporting System information collection. RExO Adult Program grantees provide selected standardized information pertaining to customers in the programs for general program oversight, evaluation, and performance assessment purposes. The ETA provides all grantees with a management information system for use to collect participant data and for preparing and submitting the required quarterly reports. This ICR has been identified as a revision, because the agency has made minor changes to the data elements.

    This information collection is subject to the PRA. A Federal agency generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and the public is generally not required to respond to an information collection, unless it is approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any other provisions of law, no person shall generally be subject to penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information that does not display a valid Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. The DOL obtains OMB approval for this information collection under Control Number 1205-0455.

    This information collection is subject to the PRA. A Federal agency generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and the public is generally not required to respond to an information collection, unless it is approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any other provisions of law, no person shall generally be subject to penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information that does not display a valid Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. The DOL obtains OMB approval for this information collection under Control Number 1205-0455. The current approval is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2015; however, the DOL notes that existing information collection requirements submitted to the OMB receive a month-to-month extension while they undergo review. New requirements would only take effect upon OMB approval. For additional substantive information about this ICR, see the related notice published in the Federal Register on April 2, 2015 (80 FR 17787).

    Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in the ADDRESSES section within thirty (30) days of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. In order to help ensure appropriate consideration, comments should mention OMB Control Number 1205-0455. The OMB is particularly interested in comments that:

    • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

    • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

    • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

    • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

    Agency: DOL-ETA.

    Title of Collection: Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Adult Reporting System.

    OMB Control Number: 1205-0455.

    Affected Public: State, Local, and Tribal Governments; Individuals or Households; and Private Sector—not-for-profit institutions.

    Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 5,740.

    Total Estimated Number of Responses: 5,945.

    Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 15,245 hours.

    Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $0.

    Dated: June 15, 2015. Michel Smyth, Departmental Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15199 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510-FT-P
    NATIONAL FOUNDATION ON THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES National Endowment for the Humanities Public Availability of the National Endowment for the Humanities FY 2014 Service Contract Inventory AGENCY:

    National Endowment for the Humanities, National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities.

    ACTION:

    Notice of Public Availability of FY 2014 Service Contract Inventory.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with Section 743 of Division C of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is publishing this notice to advise the public of the availability of the FY 2014 Service Contract Inventory. This inventory provides information on service contract actions over $25,000 that were made in FY 2014. The information is organized by function to show how contracted resources are distributed throughout the agency. NEH has developed this inventory in accordance with guidance issued on November 5, 2010 and December 19, 2011 by the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP). OFPP's guidance is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/procurement-service-contract-inventories. NEH has posted its FY 2014 inventory documents on its Web site at the following link: http://www.neh.gov/about/legal/reports.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Barry Maynes in the Administrative Services Office at 202-606-8233 or [email protected]

    Dated: June 15, 2015. Michael P. McDonald, General Counsel and Federal Register Liaison Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15183 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7536-01-P
    NATIONAL FOUNDATION ON THE ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES Meeting of National Council on the Humanities AGENCY:

    National Endowment for the Humanities.

    ACTION:

    Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given that the National Council on the Humanities will meet to advise the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) with respect to policies, programs and procedures for carrying out his functions; to review applications for financial assistance under the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act of 1965 and make recommendations thereon to the Chairman; and to consider gifts offered to NEH and make recommendations thereon to the Chairman.

    DATES:

    The meeting will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2015, from 10:30 a.m. until adjourned, and Friday, July 10, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. until adjourned.

    ADDRESSES:

    The meeting will be held at Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20506. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for room numbers.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Lisette Voyatzis, Committee Management Officer, 400 7th Street SW., 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606-8322; [email protected] Hearing-impaired individuals who prefer to contact us by phone may use NEH's TDD terminal at (202) 606-8282.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The National Council on the Humanities is meeting pursuant to the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 951-960, as amended). The Committee meetings of the National Council on the Humanities will be held on July 9, 2015, as follows: The policy discussion session (open to the public) will convene at 10:30 a.m. until approximately 11:30 a.m., followed by the discussion of specific grant applications and programs before the Council (closed to the public) from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

    Digital Humanities: Room 4089 Education Programs: Conference Room C Preservation and Access: Room 2002 Public Programs & Federal/State Partnership: Room P003 Research Programs: Room 4002

    The plenary session of the National Council on the Humanities will convene on July 10, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. in the Conference Center at Constitution Center. The agenda for the morning session (open to the public) will be as follows:

    A. Minutes of the Previous Meeting B. Reports 1. Chairman's Remarks 2. Deputy Chairman's Remarks 3. Presentation by Cathy Gorn, Executive Director, National History Day 4. Congressional Affairs Report 5. Reports on Policy and General Matters a. Digital Humanities b. Education Programs c. Preservation and Access d. Public Programs e. Federal/State Partnership f. Research Programs

    The remainder of the plenary session will be for consideration of specific applications and therefore will be closed to the public.

    As identified above, portions of the meeting of the National Council on the Humanities will be closed to the public pursuant to sections 552b(c)(4), 552b(c)(6) and 552b(c)(9)(b) of Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The closed sessions will include review of personal and/or proprietary financial and commercial information given in confidence to the agency by grant applicants, and discussion of certain information, the premature disclosure of which could significantly frustrate implementation of proposed agency action. I have made this determination pursuant to the authority granted me by the Chairman's Delegation of Authority to Close Advisory Committee Meetings dated July 19, 1993.

    Please note that individuals planning to attend the public sessions of the meeting are subject to security screening procedures. If you wish to attend any of the public sessions, please inform NEH as soon as possible by contacting Ms. Katherine Griffin at (202) 606-8322 or [email protected] Please also provide advance notice of any special needs or accommodations, including for a sign language interpreter.

    Dated: June16, 2015. Lisette Voyatzis, Committee Management Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15330 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7537-01-P
    NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION Notice of Permit Applications Received Under the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978 AGENCY:

    National Science Foundation.

    ACTION:

    Notice of Permit Applications Received under the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978, Public Law 95-541.

    SUMMARY:

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) is required to publish a notice of permit applications received to conduct activities regulated under the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978. NSF has published regulations under the Antarctic Conservation Act at Title 45 Part 670 of the Code of Federal Regulations. This is the required notice of permit applications received.

    DATES:

    Interested parties are invited to submit written data, comments, or views with respect to this permit application by July 22, 2015. This application may be inspected by interested parties at the Permit Office, address below.

    ADDRESSES:

    Comments should be addressed to Permit Office, Room 755, Division of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22230.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Li Ling Hamady, ACA Permit Officer, at the above address or [email protected] or (703) 292-7149.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The National Science Foundation, as directed by the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978 (Pub. L. 95-541), as amended by the Antarctic Science, Tourism and Conservation Act of 1996, has developed regulations for the establishment of a permit system for various activities in Antarctica and designation of certain animals and certain geographic areas a requiring special protection. The regulations establish such a permit system to designate Antarctic Specially Protected Areas.

    Application Details 1. Applicant

    Shaun O'Boyle, 30 South Carson Ave., Dalton, MA 01226.

    Permit Application: 2016-001.

    Activity for Which Permit Is Requested

    ASPA entry, Applicant, as an NSF artist, desires to enter several ASPAs in order to take photos of manmade structures and their relationship to surrounding landscapes.

    Location

    ASPA 121 Cape Royds; ASPA 122 Arrival Heights; ASPA 124 Cape Crozier; ASPA 131 Canada Clacier; ASPA 155 Cape Evans; ASPA 157 Backdoor Bay; ASPA 158 Hut Point; ASPA 172 Lower Taylor Glacier and Blood Falls.

    Dates

    November 1 to December 15, 2015.

    Nadene G. Kennedy, Polar Coordination Specialist, Division of Polar Programs.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15155 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7555-01-P
    NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [NRC-2015-0001] Sunshine Act Meeting Notice DATES:

    June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2015.

    PLACE:

    Commissioners' Conference Room, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland.

    STATUS:

    Public and Closed

    Week of June 22, 2015 Tuesday, June 23

    9:00 a.m. Briefing on Human Capital and Equal Employment Opportunity (Public Meeting) (Contact: Dafna Silberfeld, 301-287-0737)

    This meeting will be webcast live at the Web address—http://www.nrc.gov/.

    Thursday, June 25, 2015

    9:00 a.m. Briefing on Proposed Revisions to Part 10 CFR part 61 and Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal (Public Meeting) (Contact: Gregory Suber, 301-415-8087)

    This meeting will be webcast live at the Web address—http://www.nrc.gov/.

    Week of June 29, 2015—Tentative

    There are no meetings scheduled for the week of June 29, 2015.

    Week of July 6, 2015—Tentative Tuesday, July 7, 2015

    9:00 a.m. Briefing on Inspections, Tests, Analyses, and Acceptance Criteria (Public Meeting) (Contact: James Beardsley, 301-415-5998)

    This meeting will be webcast live at the Web address—http://www.nrc.gov/.

    Thursday, July 9, 2015

    9:00 a.m. Briefing on the Mitigation of Beyond Design Basis Events Rulemaking (Public Meeting) (Contact: Tara Inverso, 301-415-1024)

    This meeting will be webcast live at the Web address—http://www.nrc.gov/.

    Week of July 13, 2015—Tentative

    There are no meetings scheduled for the week of July 13, 2015.

    Week of July 20, 2015—Tentative

    There are no meetings scheduled for the week of July 20, 2015.

    Week of July 27, 2015—Tentative

    There are no meetings scheduled for the week of July 27, 2015.

    The schedule for Commission meetings is subject to change on short notice. For more information or to verify the status of meetings, contact Glenn Ellmers at 301-415-0442 or via email at [email protected]

    The NRC Commission Meeting Schedule can be found on the Internet at: http://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/public-meetings/schedule.html.

    The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in these public meetings, or need this meeting notice or the transcript or other information from the public meetings in another format (e.g. braille, large print), please notify Kimberly Meyer, NRC Disability Program Manager, at 301-287-0727, by videophone at 240-428-3217, or by email at [email protected] Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Members of the public may request to receive this information electronically. If you would like to be added to the distribution, please contact the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of the Secretary, Washington, DC 20555 (301-415-1969), or email [email protected] or [email protected]

    Dated: June 18, 2015. Richard J. Laufer, Technical Coordinator, Office of the Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15355 Filed 6-18-15; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 7590-01-P
    SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [ File No. 500-1] In the Matter of China Organic Fertilizer, Inc., Order of Suspension of Trading June 18, 2015.

    It appears to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) that there is a lack of current and accurate information concerning the securities of China Organic Fertilizer, Inc. (“CHOR” 1 ) (CIK No. 1081944), a revoked Nevada corporation whose principal place of business is listed as Beijing, China because it is delinquent in its periodic filings with the Commission, having not filed any periodic reports since it filed a Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2011. As of June 10, 2015, CHOR's common stock was quoted on OTC Link (previously “Pink Sheets”) operated by OTC Markets Group Inc. On May 12, 2014, the Commission's Division of Corporation Finance sent a delinquency letter to CHOR at the address shown in its then-most recent filing in the Commission's EDGAR system requesting compliance with its periodic filing requirements, which CHOR failed to receive because the letter was not deliverable as addressed. CHOR thus failed to maintain a valid address on file with the Commission as required by Commission rules (Rule 301 of Regulation S-T, 17 CFR 232.301 and Section 5.4 of EDGAR Filer Manual). To date, CHOR has failed to cure its delinquencies.

    1 The short form of the issuer's name is also its ticker symbol.

    The Commission is of the opinion that the public interest and the protection of investors require a suspension of trading in the securities of the above-listed company. Therefore, it is ordered, pursuant to Section 12(k) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, that trading in the securities of the above-listed company is suspended for the period from 9:30 a.m. EDT on June 18, 2015, through 11:59 p.m. EDT on July 1, 2015.

    By the Commission.

    Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15381 Filed 6-18-15; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 8011-01-P
    SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Proposed Collection; Comment Request Upon Written Request Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of FOIA Services, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-2736. Extension: Regulation 14A (Commission Rules 14a-1 through 14a-21 and Schedule 14A), SEC File No. 270-056, OMB Control No. 3235-0059.

    Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) is soliciting comments on the collection of information summarized below. The Commission plans to submit this existing collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget for extension and approval.

    Section 14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) operates to make it unlawful for a company with a class of securities registered pursuant to Section 12 of the Exchange Act to solicit proxies in contravention of such rules and regulations as the Commission has prescribed as necessary or appropriate in the public interest or for the protection of investors. The Commission has promulgated Regulation 14A to regulate the solicitation of proxies or consents. Regulation 14A (Exchange Act Rules 14a-1 through 14a-21 and Schedule 14A) (17 CFR 240.14a-1 through 240.14a-21 and 240.14a-101) sets forth the requirements for the dissemination, content and filing of proxy or consent solicitation materials in connection with annual or other meetings of holders of a Section 12-registered class of securities. We estimate that Schedule 14A takes approximately 130.52 hours per response and will be filed by approximately 5,586 issuers annually. In addition, we estimate that 75% of the 130.52 hours per response (97.89 hours) is prepared by the issuer for an annual reporting burden of 546,814 hours (97.89 hours per response x 5,586 responses).

    Written comments are invited on: (a) Whether this collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden imposed by the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted in writing within 60 days of this publication.

    An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid control number.

    Please direct your written comments to Pamela Dyson, Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Remi Pavlik-Simon, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549 or send an email to: [email protected]

    Dated: June 16, 2015. Brent J. Fields, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15174 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011-01-P
    SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34-75178; File No. SR-NASDAQ-2015-059] Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change, as Modified by Amendment No. 1, Relating to the Listing and Trading of the Shares of the Reaves Utilities ETF of ETFis Series Trust I June 16, 2015.

    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),1 and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on June 2, 2015, The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (“Nasdaq” or the “Exchange”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by Nasdaq. On June 12, 2015, Nasdaq submitted Amendment No. 1 to the proposed rule change.3 The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change, as modified by Amendment No. 1, from interested persons.

    1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).

    2 17 CFR 240.19b-4.

    3 In Amendment No. 1, Nasdaq clarified that the equity securities referred to in the Principal Investments section, infra, refers to exchange-listed equity securities and that the repurchase agreements in the Other Investments section, infra, will be high quality short duration repurchase agreements.

    I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

    Nasdaq proposes to list and trade the shares of the Reaves Utilities ETF (the “Fund”), a series of ETFis Series Trust I (the “Trust”), under Nasdaq Rule 5735 (“Managed Fund Shares”).4 The shares of the Fund are collectively referred to herein as the “Shares.”

    4 The Commission approved Nasdaq Rule 5735 in Securities Exchange Act Release No. 57962 (June 13, 2008) 73 FR 35175 (June 20, 2008) (SR- NASDAQ-2008-039). There are already multiple actively-managed funds listed on the Exchange; see e.g., Securities Exchange Act Release No. 72411 (June 17, 2014), 79 FR 35598 (June 23, 2014) (SR-NASDAQ-2014-40) (order approving listing and trading of Calamos Focus Growth ETF). The Exchange believes the proposed rule change raises no significant issues not previously addressed in those prior Commission orders.

    The text of the proposed rule change is available at http://nasdaq.cchwallstreet.com/, at Nasdaq's principal office, and at the Commission's Public Reference Room.

    II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

    In its filing with the Commission, Nasdaq included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. Nasdaq has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.

    A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose

    The Exchange proposes to list and trade the Shares of the Fund under Nasdaq Rule 5735, which governs the listing and trading of Managed Fund Shares 5 on the Exchange. The Fund will be an actively managed exchange-traded fund (“ETF”). The Shares will be offered by the Trust, which was established as a Delaware statutory trust on September 20, 2012.6 The Trust is registered with the Commission as an investment company and has filed a registration statement on Form N-1A (“Registration Statement”) with the Commission.7 The Fund is a series of the Trust.

    5 A Managed Fund Share is a security that represents an interest in an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-1)(the “1940 Act”) organized as an open-end investment company or similar entity that invests in a portfolio of securities selected by its investment adviser consistent with its investment objectives and policies. In contrast, an open-end investment company that issues Index Fund Shares, listed and traded on the Exchange under Nasdaq Rule 5705, seeks to provide investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield performance of a specific foreign or domestic stock index, fixed income securities index or combination thereof.

    6 The Commission has issued an order granting certain exemptive relief to the Trust under the 1940 Act (the “Exemptive Order”). See Investment Company Act Release No. 30607 (July 23, 2013). In compliance with Nasdaq Rule 5735(b)(5), which applies to Managed Fund Shares based on an international or global portfolio, the Trust's application for exemptive relief under the 1940 Act states that the Fund will comply with the federal securities laws in accepting securities for deposits and satisfying redemptions with redemption securities, including that the securities accepted for deposits and the securities used to satisfy redemption requests are sold in transactions that would be exempt from registration under the Securities Act of 1933 (15 U.S.C. 77a).

    7See Registration Statement on Form N-1A for the Trust filed on January 30, 2015 (File Nos. 333-187668 and 811-22819). The descriptions of the Fund and the Shares contained herein are based, in part, on information in the Registration Statement.

    Etfis Capital LLC will be the investment adviser (“Adviser”) to the Fund. W.H. Reaves & Co., Inc. (dba Reaves Asset Management) will be the investment sub-adviser (“Sub-Adviser”) to the Fund. ETF Distributors LLC (the “Distributor”) will be the principal underwriter and distributor of the Fund's Shares. The Bank of New York Mellon (“BNY Mellon”) will act as the administrator, accounting agent, custodian, and transfer agent to the Fund.

    Paragraph (g) of Rule 5735 provides that if the investment adviser to the investment company issuing Managed Fund Shares is affiliated with a broker-dealer, such investment adviser shall erect a “fire wall” between the investment adviser and the broker-dealer with respect to access to information concerning the composition and/or changes to such investment company portfolio.8 In addition, paragraph (g) further requires that personnel who make decisions on the open-end fund's portfolio composition must be subject to procedures designed to prevent the use and dissemination of material, non-public information regarding the open-end fund's portfolio. Rule 5735(g) is similar to Nasdaq Rule 5705(b)(5)(A)(i); however, paragraph (g) in connection with the establishment of a “fire wall” between the investment adviser and the broker-dealer reflects the applicable open-end fund's portfolio, not an underlying benchmark index, as is the case with index-based funds. The Adviser is not registered as a broker-dealer; however the Adviser is affiliated with a broker-dealer. The Sub-Adviser is registered as a broker-dealer. The Adviser has implemented a fire wall with respect to its broker-dealer affiliate, and the Sub-Adviser has also implemented a firewall, regarding access to information concerning the composition and/or changes to the portfolio. In addition, personnel of both the Adviser and the Sub-Adviser who make decisions on the Fund's portfolio composition will be subject to procedures designed to prevent the use and dissemination of material non-public information regarding the Fund's portfolio. In the event (a) the Adviser registers as a broker-dealer, or (b) any new adviser or sub-adviser is a registered broker-dealer or becomes affiliated with a broker-dealer, it will implement a fire wall with respect to its relevant personnel and/or such broker-dealer affiliate, if applicable, regarding access to information concerning the composition and/or changes to the portfolio and will be subject to procedures designed to prevent the use and dissemination of material non-public information regarding such portfolio.

    8 An investment adviser to an open-end fund is required to be registered under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advisers Act”). As a result, the Adviser, the Sub-Adviser and their related personnel are subject to the provisions of Rule 204A-1 under the Advisers Act relating to codes of ethics. This Rule requires investment advisers to adopt a code of ethics that reflects the fiduciary nature of the relationship to clients as well as compliance with other applicable securities laws. Accordingly, procedures designed to prevent the communication and misuse of non-public information by an investment adviser must be consistent with Rule 204A-1 under the Advisers Act. In addition, Rule 206(4)-7 under the Advisers Act makes it unlawful for an investment adviser to provide investment advice to clients unless such investment adviser has (i) adopted and implemented written policies and procedures reasonably designed to prevent violation, by the investment adviser and its supervised persons, of the Advisers Act and the Commission rules adopted thereunder; (ii) implemented, at a minimum, an annual review regarding the adequacy of the policies and procedures established pursuant to subparagraph (i) above and the effectiveness of their implementation; and (iii) designated an individual (who is a supervised person) responsible for administering the policies and procedures adopted under subparagraph (i) above.

    Reaves Utilities ETF Principal Investments

    The Fund's investment objective will be to seek to provide total return through a combination of capital appreciation and income. Under normal market conditions, the Fund will invest not less than 80% of its total assets in exchange-listed equity securities of companies in the Utility Sector (“Utility Sector Companies”).9 The Fund considers a company to be a “Utility Sector Company” if the company is a utility or if at least 50% of the company's assets or customers are committed to, or at least 50% of the company's revenues, gross income or profits derive from, the provision of products, services or equipment for the generation or distribution of electricity, gas or water. The Fund is an actively managed ETF and, thus, does not seek to replicate the performance of a specified passive index of securities. Instead, it uses an active investment strategy that seeks to meet its investment objective.

    9See Amendment No. 1, supra note 3.

    Other Investments

    In order to seek its investment objective, the Fund may also invest in cash and cash equivalents, which may include, without limitation money market instruments or high quality, short duration repurchase agreements,10 and may also invest in U.S. exchange-traded options on securities and securities indexes.

    10See id.

    The Fund may make short sales, which are transactions in which the Fund sells a security it does not own in anticipation of a decline in the market value of that security. To complete a short sale transaction, the Fund will borrow the security from a broker-dealer, which generally involves the payment of a premium and transaction costs. The Fund then sells the borrowed security to a buyer in the market. The Fund will then cover the short position by buying shares in the market either (i) at its discretion or (ii) when called by the broker-dealer lender. Until the security is replaced, the Fund is required to pay the broker-dealer lender any dividends or interest that accrue during the period of the loan. In addition, the net proceeds of the short sale will be retained by the broker to the extent necessary to meet regulatory or other requirements, until the short position is closed out.

    Investment Restrictions

    Under normal market conditions, the Fund will invest not less than 80% of its total assets in exchange-traded U.S. equity securities. With the exception of exchange-traded options, the Fund will not use derivative instruments, including swaps, forwards and futures contracts, both listed and over-the-counter (“OTC”).

    The Fund may hold up to an aggregate amount of 15% of its net assets in illiquid securities and other illiquid assets (calculated at the time of investment). The Fund will monitor its portfolio liquidity on an ongoing basis to determine whether, in light of current circumstances, an adequate level of liquidity is being maintained, and will consider taking appropriate steps in order to maintain adequate liquidity if, through a change in values, net assets, or other circumstances, more than 15% of the Fund's net assets are held in illiquid securities or other illiquid assets. Illiquid securities and other illiquid assets include securities subject to contractual or other restrictions on resale and other instruments that lack readily available markets as determined in accordance with Commission staff guidance.11

    11 The Commission has stated that long-standing Commission guidelines have required open-end funds to hold no more than 15% of their net assets in illiquid securities and other illiquid assets. See Investment Company Act Release No. 28193 (March 11, 2008), 73 FR 14618 (March 18, 2008), FN 34. See also Investment Company Act Release No. 5847 (October 21, 1969), 35 FR 19989 (December 31, 1970) (Statement Regarding “Restricted Securities”); Investment Company Act Release No. 18612 (March 12, 1992), 57 FR 9828 (March 20, 1992) (Revisions of Guidelines to Form N-1A). A fund's portfolio security is illiquid if it cannot be disposed of in the ordinary course of business within seven days at approximately the value ascribed to it by the fund. See Investment Company Act Release No. 14983 (March 12, 1986), 51 FR 9773 (March 21, 1986) (adopting amendments to Rule 2a-7 under the 1940 Act); Investment Company Act Release No. 17452 (April 23, 1990), 55 FR 17933 (April 30, 1990) (adopting Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933).

    The Fund intends to qualify for and to elect to be treated as a separate regulated investment company under SubChapter M of the Internal Revenue Code.12

    12 26 U.S.C. 851.

    The Fund's investments will be consistent with its investment objective. The Fund does not presently intend to engage in any form of borrowing for investment purposes, except in the case of short sales, and will not be operated as a “leveraged ETF”, i.e., it will not be operated in a manner designed to seek a multiple of the performance of an underlying reference index.

    Net Asset Value

    The Fund's net asset value (“NAV”) will be determined as of the close of trading (normally 4:00 p.m., Eastern time (“E.T.”)) on each day the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) is open for business. NAV will be calculated for the Fund by taking the market price of the Fund's total assets, including interest or dividends accrued but not yet collected, less all liabilities, and dividing such amount by the total number of Shares outstanding. The result, rounded to the nearest cent, will be the NAV per Share. All valuations will be subject to review by the Fund's board of Trustees (the “Board”) or its delegate.

    The Fund's investments will be valued at market value (i.e., the price at which a security is trading and could presumably be purchased or sold) or, in the absence of market value with respect to any investment, at fair value in accordance with valuation procedures adopted by the Board and in accordance with the 1940 Act. Common stocks and equity securities will be valued at the last sales price on the primary exchange on which the securities are listed. Portfolio securities traded on more than one securities exchange will be valued at the last sale price or, if so disseminated by an exchange, the official closing price, as applicable, at the close of the exchange representing the principal exchange or market for such securities on the business day as of which such value is being determined. Money market funds are valued at the net asset value reported by the funds. Listed options are valued at the mean of the last quoted bid and ask prices at the time of valuation. If no bid quotation is readily available at the time of valuation, the option shall be valued at the mean of the last quoted ask price and $0.00. In determining bid and ask prices for exchange-listed options, pricing will be based on bid and ask prices as reported on the option's primary exchange.

    Certain securities may not be able to be priced by pre-established pricing methods. Such securities may be valued by the Board or its delegate at fair value. The use of fair value pricing by the Fund will be governed by valuation procedures adopted by the Board and in accordance with the provisions of the 1940 Act. These securities generally include, but are not limited to, restricted securities (securities which may not be publicly sold without registration under the Securities Act of 1933) for which a pricing service is unable to provide a market price; securities whose trading has been formally suspended; a security whose market price is not available from a pre-established pricing source; a security with respect to which an event has occurred that is likely to materially affect the value of the security after the market has closed but before the calculation of the Fund's net asset value or make it difficult or impossible to obtain a reliable market quotation; and a security whose price, as provided by the pricing service, does not reflect the security's “fair value.” As a general principle, the current “fair value” of a security would appear to be the amount which the owner might reasonably expect to receive for the security upon its current sale. The use of fair value prices by the Fund generally results in the prices used by the Fund that may differ from current market quotations or official closing prices on the applicable exchange. A variety of factors may be considered in determining the fair value of such securities.

    Creation and Redemption of Shares

    The Trust will issue and sell Shares of the Fund only in Creation Unit aggregations typically in exchange for an in-kind portfolio of instruments, although cash in lieu of such instruments would be permissible, and only in aggregations of 50,000 Shares, on a continuous basis through the Distributor, without a sales load, at the NAV next determined after receipt, on any business day, of an order in proper form.

    The consideration for purchase of Creation Unit aggregations of the Fund will consist of (i) a designated portfolio of securities determined by the Adviser that generally will conform to the holdings of the Fund consistent with its investment objective (the “Deposit Securities”) per each Creation Unit aggregation and generally an amount of cash (the “Cash Component”) computed as described below, or (ii) cash in lieu of all or a portion of the Deposit Securities, as defined below. Together, the Deposit Securities and the Cash Component (including the cash in lieu amount) will constitute the “Fund Deposit,” which will represent the minimum initial and subsequent investment amount for a Creation Unit aggregation of the Fund.

    The consideration for redemption of Creation Unit aggregations of the Fund will consist of (i) a designated portfolio of securities determined by the Adviser that generally will conform to the holdings of the Fund consistent with its investment objective per each Creation Unit aggregation (“Fund Securities”) and generally a Cash Component, as described below, or (ii) cash in lieu of all or a portion of the Fund Securities as defined below. Typically, redemption orders will be made “in kind,” as described in (i) above.

    The Cash Component is sometimes also referred to as the Balancing Amount. The Cash Component will serve the function of compensating for any differences between the NAV per Creation Unit aggregation and the Deposit Amount (as defined below). For example, for a creation the Cash Component will be an amount equal to the difference between the NAV of Fund Shares (per Creation Unit aggregation) and the “Deposit Amount”—an amount equal to the market value of the Deposit Securities and/or cash in lieu of all or a portion of the Deposit Securities. If the Cash Component is a positive number (i.e., the NAV per Creation Unit aggregation exceeds the Deposit Amount), the Authorized Participant (defined below) will deliver the Cash Component. If the Cash Component is a negative number (i.e., the NAV per Creation Unit aggregation is less than the Deposit Amount), the Authorized Participant will receive the Cash Component.

    BNY Mellon, through the National Securities Clearing Corporation (“NSCC”), will make available on each business day, prior to the opening of business of the Exchange (currently 9:30 a.m., E.T.), the list of the names and the quantity of each Deposit Security to be included in the current Fund Deposit (based on information at the end of the previous business day). Such Fund Deposit will be applicable, subject to any adjustments as described below, in order to effect creations of Creation Unit aggregations of the Fund until such time as the next-announced composition of the Deposit Securities is made available. BNY Mellon, through the NSCC, will also make available on each business day, prior to the opening of business of the Exchange (currently 9:30 a.m., E.T.), the list of the names and the quantity of each security to be included (based on information at the end of the previous business day), subject to any adjustments as described below, in order to affect redemptions of Creation Unit aggregations of the Fund until such time as the next-announced composition of the Fund Securities is made available.

    The Trust will reserve the right to permit or require the substitution of an amount of cash, i.e., a “cash in lieu” amount, to be added to the Cash Component to replace any Deposit Security that may not be available in sufficient quantity for delivery or which might not be eligible for trading by an Authorized Participant or the investor for which it is acting or other relevant reason. To the extent the Trust effects the redemption of Shares in cash, such transactions will be effected in the same manner for all Authorized Participants.

    In addition to the list of names and numbers of securities constituting the current Deposit Securities of a Fund Deposit, BNY Mellon, through the NSCC, will also make available on each business day, the estimated Cash Component, effective through and including the previous business day, per Creation Unit aggregation of the Fund.

    To be eligible to place orders with respect to creations and redemptions of Creation Units, an entity must be (i) a “Participating Party,” i.e., a broker-dealer or other participant in the clearing process through the continuous net settlement system of the NSCC or (ii) a Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) Participant (a “DTC Participant”). In addition, each Participating Party or DTC Participant (each, an “Authorized Participant”) must execute an agreement that has been agreed to by the Distributor and BNY Mellon with respect to purchases and redemptions of Creation Units.

    All orders to create Creation Unit aggregations must be received by the Distributor no later than 3:00 p.m., E.T., an hour earlier than the closing time of the regular trading session on the Exchange (ordinarily 4:00 p.m., E.T.), in each case on the date such order is placed in order for creations of Creation Unit aggregations to be effected based on the NAV of Shares of the Fund as next determined on such date after receipt of the order in proper form.

    In order to redeem Creation Units of the Fund, an Authorized Participant must submit an order to redeem for one or more Creation Units. All such orders must be received by the Distributor in proper form no later than 3:00 p.m., E.T., an hour earlier than the close of regular trading on the Exchange (ordinarily 4:00 p.m., E.T.), in order to receive that day's closing NAV per Share.

    Availability of Information

    The Fund's Web site (www.reavesetfs.com), which will be publicly available prior to the public offering of Shares, will include a form of the prospectus for the Fund that may be downloaded. The Web site will include the Share's ticker, Cusip and exchange information along with additional quantitative information updated on a daily basis, including, for the Fund: (1) Daily trading volume, the prior business day's reported NAV and closing price, mid-point of the bid/ask spread at the time of calculation of such NAV (the “Bid/Ask Price”) 13 and a calculation of the premium and discount of the Bid/Ask Price against the NAV; and (2) data in chart format displaying the frequency distribution of discounts and premiums of the daily Bid/Ask Price against the NAV, within appropriate ranges, for each of the four previous calendar quarters. On each business day, before commencement of trading in Shares in the Regular Market Session 14 on the Exchange, the Fund will disclose on its Web site the identities and quantities of the portfolio of securities and other assets (the “Disclosed Portfolio” as defined in Nasdaq Rule 5735(c)(2)) held by the Fund that will form the basis for the Fund's calculation of NAV at the end of the business day.15

    13 The Bid/Ask Price of the Fund will be determined using the midpoint of the highest bid and the lowest offer on the Exchange as of the time of calculation of the Fund's NAV. The records relating to Bid/Ask Prices will be retained by the Fund and its service providers.

    14See Nasdaq Rule 4120(b)(4) (describing the three trading sessions on the Exchange: (1) Pre-Market Session from 4 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. E.T.; (2) Regular Market Session from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 4:15 p.m. E.T.; and (3) Post-Market Session from 4 p.m. or 4:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. E.T.).

    15 Under accounting procedures to be followed by the Fund, trades made on the prior business day (“T”) will be booked and reflected in NAV on the current business day (“T+1”). Notwithstanding the foregoing, portfolio trades that are executed prior to the opening of the Exchange on any business day may be booked and reflected in NAV on such business day. Accordingly, the Fund will be able to disclose at the beginning of the business day the portfolio that will form the basis for the NAV calculation at the end of the business day.

    On a daily basis, the Fund will disclose for each portfolio security and other asset of the Fund the following information on the Fund's Web site (if applicable): ticker symbol, CUSIP number or other identifier, if any; a description of the holding (including the type of holding); the identity of the security, commodity, index, or other asset or instrument underlying the holding, if any; for options, the option strike price; quantity held (as measured by, for example, par value, notional value or number of shares, contracts or units); maturity date, if any; coupon rate, if any; effective date, if any; market value of the holding; and the percentage weighting of the holdings in the Fund's portfolio. The Web site information will be publicly available at no charge.

    In addition, for the Fund, an estimated value, defined in Rule 5735(c)(3) as the “Intraday Indicative Value,” that reflects an estimated intraday value of the Fund's portfolio, will be disseminated. Moreover, the Intraday Indicative Value, available on the NASDAQ OMX Information LLC proprietary index data service 16 will be based upon the current value for the components of the Disclosed Portfolio and will be updated and widely disseminated by one or more major market data vendors and broadly displayed at least every 15 seconds during the Regular Market Session. The dissemination of the Intraday Indicative Value, together with the Disclosed Portfolio, will allow investors to determine the value of the underlying portfolio of the Fund on a daily basis and will provide a close estimate of that value throughout the trading day.

    16 Currently, the NASDAQ OMX Global Index Data Service (“GIDS”) is the NASDAQ OMX global index data feed service, offering real-time updates, daily summary messages, and access to widely followed indexes and Intraday Indicative Values for ETFs. GIDS provides investment professionals with the daily information needed to track or trade NASDAQ OMX indexes, listed ETFs, or third-party partner indexes and ETFs.

    Price information regarding the equity securities, options, money market instruments and money market funds held by the Fund will be available through the U.S. exchanges trading such assets, in the case of exchange-traded securities, as well as automated quotation systems, published or other public sources, or on-line information services such as Bloomberg or Reuters.

    Intra-day price information for all assets held by the Fund will also be available through subscription services, such as Bloomberg, Markit and Thomson Reuters, which can be accessed by Authorized Participants and other investors.

    Investors will also be able to obtain the Fund's Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”), the Fund's Shareholder Reports, and its Form N-CSR and Form N-SAR, filed twice a year. The Fund's SAI and Shareholder Reports will be available free upon request from the Fund, and those documents and the Form N-CSR and Form N-SAR may be viewed on-screen or downloaded from the Commission's Web site at www.sec.gov. Information regarding market price and trading volume of the Shares will be continually available on a real-time basis throughout the day on brokers' computer screens and other electronic services. The previous day's closing price and trading volume information for the Shares will be published daily in the financial section of newspapers. Quotation and last sale information for the Shares and any underlying exchange-traded products other than options will be available via Nasdaq proprietary quote and trade services, as well as in accordance with the Unlisted Trading Privileges and the Consolidated Tape Association plans for the Shares. Quotation and last sale information for options is available via the Options Price Reporting Authority (“OPRA”).

    Additional information regarding the Fund and the Shares, including investment strategies, risks, creation and redemption procedures, fees, Fund holdings disclosure policies, distributions and taxes will be included in the Registration Statement.

    Initial and Continued Listing

    The Shares will be subject to Rule 5735, which sets forth the initial and continued listing criteria applicable to Managed Fund Shares. The Exchange represents that, for initial and/or continued listing, the Fund must be in compliance with Rule 10A-3 17 under the Act. A minimum of 100,000 Shares will be outstanding at the commencement of trading on the Exchange. The Exchange will obtain a representation from the issuer of the Shares that the NAV per Share will be calculated daily and that the NAV and the Disclosed Portfolio will be made available to all market participants at the same time.

    17See 17 CFR 240.10A-3.

    Trading Halts

    With respect to trading halts, the Exchange may consider all relevant factors in exercising its discretion to halt or suspend trading in the Shares of the Fund. Nasdaq will halt trading in the Shares under the conditions specified in Nasdaq Rules 4120 and 4121, including the trading pauses under Nasdaq Rules 4120(a)(11) and (12). Trading may be halted because of market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of the Exchange, make trading in the Shares inadvisable. These may include: (1) the extent to which trading is not occurring in the securities and other assets constituting the Disclosed Portfolio of the Fund; or (2) whether other unusual conditions or circumstances detrimental to the maintenance of a fair and orderly market are present. Trading in the Shares also will be subject to Rule 5735(d)(2)(D), which sets forth circumstances under which Shares of the Fund may be halted.

    Trading Rules

    Nasdaq deems the Shares to be equity securities, thus rendering trading in the Shares subject to Nasdaq's existing rules governing the trading of equity securities. Nasdaq will allow trading in the Shares from 4:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. E.T. The Exchange has appropriate rules to facilitate transactions in the Shares during all trading sessions. As provided in Nasdaq Rule 5735(b)(3), the minimum price variation for quoting and entry of orders in Managed Fund Shares traded on the Exchange is $0.01.

    Surveillance

    The Exchange represents that trading in the Shares will be subject to the existing trading surveillances, administered by both Nasdaq and also the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) on behalf of the Exchange, which are designed to detect violations of Exchange rules and applicable federal securities laws.18 The Exchange represents that these procedures are adequate to properly monitor Exchange trading of the Shares in all trading sessions and to deter and detect violations of Exchange rules and applicable federal securities laws.

    18 FINRA surveils trading on the Exchange pursuant to a regulatory services agreement. The Exchange is responsible for FINRA's performance under this regulatory services agreement.

    The surveillances referred to above generally focus on detecting securities trading outside their normal patterns, which could be indicative of manipulative or other violative activity. When such situations are detected, surveillance analysis follows and investigations are opened, where appropriate, to review the behavior of all relevant parties for all relevant trading violations.

    FINRA, on behalf of the Exchange, will communicate as needed regarding trading in the Shares and other exchange-traded securities and instruments held by the Fund with other markets and other entities that are members of the Intermarket Surveillance Group (“ISG”) 19 and FINRA may obtain trading information regarding trading in the Shares and other exchange-traded securities and instruments held by the Fund from such markets and other entities. In addition, the Exchange may obtain information regarding trading in the Shares and other exchange-traded securities and instruments held by the Fund from markets and other entities that are members of ISG,20 or with which the Exchange has in place a comprehensive surveillance sharing agreement. The Fund's net assets that are invested in exchange-traded equities, including ETPs and common stock, will be invested in instruments that trade in markets that are members of ISG or are parties to a comprehensive surveillance sharing agreement with the Exchange.

    19 For a list of the current members of ISG, see www.isgportal.org. The Exchange notes that not all components of the Disclosed Portfolio may trade on markets that are members of ISG or with which the Exchange has in place a comprehensive surveillance sharing agreement.

    20Id.

    In addition, the Exchange also has a general policy prohibiting the distribution of material, non-public information by its employees.

    Information Circular

    Prior to the commencement of trading, the Exchange will inform its members in an Information Circular of the special characteristics and risks associated with trading the Shares. Specifically, the Information Circular will discuss the following: (1) The procedures for purchases and redemptions of Shares in Creation Units (and that Shares are not individually redeemable); (2) Nasdaq Rule 2111A, which imposes suitability obligations on Nasdaq members with respect to recommending transactions in the Shares to customers; (3) how information regarding the Intraday Indicative Value and Disclosed Portfolio is disseminated; (4) the risks involved in trading the Shares during the Pre-Market and Post-Market Sessions when an updated Intraday Indicative Value will not be calculated or publicly disseminated; (5) the requirement that members deliver a prospectus to investors purchasing newly issued Shares prior to or concurrently with the confirmation of a transaction; and (6) trading information.

    In addition, the Information Circular will advise members, prior to the commencement of trading, of the prospectus delivery requirements applicable to the Fund. Members purchasing Shares from the Fund for resale to investors will deliver a prospectus to such investors. The Information Circular will also discuss any exemptive, no-action and interpretive relief granted by the Commission from any rules under the Act.

    Additionally, the Information Circular will reference that the Fund is subject to various fees and expenses described in the Registration Statement. The Information Circular will also disclose the trading hours of the Shares of the Fund and the applicable NAV calculation time for the Shares. The Information Circular will disclose that information about the Shares of the Fund will be publicly available on the Fund's Web site.

    2. Statutory Basis

    Nasdaq believes that the proposal is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act in general and Section 6(b)(5) of the Act in particular in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to foster cooperation and coordination with persons engaged in facilitating transactions in securities, and to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and in general, to protect investors and the public interest.

    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices in that the Shares will be listed and traded on the Exchange pursuant to the initial and continued listing criteria in Nasdaq Rule 5735. The Exchange represents that trading in the Shares will be subject to the existing trading surveillances, administered by both Nasdaq and FINRA on behalf of the Exchange, which are designed to detect violations of Exchange rules and applicable federal securities laws. In addition, paragraph (g) of Nasdaq Rule 5735 further requires that personnel who make decisions on the open-end fund's portfolio composition must be subject to procedures designed to prevent the use and dissemination of material, non-public information regarding the open-end fund's portfolio. The Fund's investments will be consistent with the Fund's investment objective. FINRA may obtain information via ISG from other exchanges that are members of ISG. In addition, the Exchange may obtain information regarding trading in the Shares and other exchange-traded securities and instruments held by the Fund from markets and other entities that are members of ISG, which includes all U.S. and some foreign securities and futures exchanges, or with which the Exchange has in place a comprehensive surveillance sharing agreement. The Fund may invest up to an aggregate amount of 15% of its net assets in illiquid assets (calculated at the time of investment). The proposed rule change is designed to promote just and equitable principles of trade and to protect investors and the public interest in that the Exchange will obtain a representation from the issuer of the Shares that the NAV per Share will be calculated daily and that the NAV and the Disclosed Portfolio will be made available to all market participants at the same time. In addition, a large amount of information will be publicly available regarding the Fund and the Shares, thereby promoting market transparency. Moreover, the Intraday Indicative Value, available on the NASDAQ OMX Information LLC proprietary index data service will be widely disseminated by one or more major market data vendors at least every 15 seconds during the Regular Market Session. On each business day, before commencement of trading in Shares in the Regular Market Session on the Exchange, the Fund will disclose on its Web site the Disclosed Portfolio of the Fund that will form the basis for the Fund's calculation of NAV at the end of the business day. Information regarding market price and trading volume of the Shares will be continually available on a real-time basis throughout the day on brokers' computer screens and other electronic services, and quotation and last sale information for the Shares will be available via Nasdaq proprietary quote and trade services, as well as in accordance with the Unlisted Trading Privileges and the Consolidated Tape Association plans for the Shares and any underlying exchange-traded products. Quotation and last sale information for U.S. exchange-traded options will be available via the OPRA. Intra-day price information will be available through subscription services, such as Bloomberg, Markit and Thomson Reuters, which can be accessed by Authorized Participants and other investors.

    The Fund's Web site will include a form of the prospectus for the Fund and additional data relating to NAV and other applicable quantitative information. Trading in Shares of the Fund will be halted under the conditions specified in Nasdaq Rules 4120 and 4121 or because of market conditions or for reasons that, in the view of the Exchange, make trading in the Shares inadvisable, and trading in the Shares will be subject to Nasdaq Rule 5735(d)(2)(D), which sets forth circumstances under which Shares of the Fund may be halted. In addition, as noted above, investors will have ready access to information regarding the Fund's holdings, the Intraday Indicative Value, the Disclosed Portfolio, and quotation and last sale information for the Shares.

    The proposed rule change is designed to perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest in that it will facilitate the listing and trading of an additional type of actively-managed exchange-traded product that will enhance competition among market participants, to the benefit of investors and the marketplace. As noted above, FINRA, on behalf of the Exchange, will communicate as needed regarding trading in the Shares and other exchange-traded securities and instruments held by the Fund with other markets and other entities that are members of the ISG and FINRA may obtain trading information regarding trading in the Shares and other exchange-traded securities and instruments held by the Fund from such markets and other entities. In addition, the Exchange may obtain information regarding trading in the Shares and other exchange-traded securities and instruments held by the Fund from markets and other entities that are members of ISG, which includes all U.S. and some foreign securities and futures exchanges, or with which the Exchange has in place a comprehensive surveillance sharing agreement. Furthermore, as noted above, investors will have ready access to information regarding the Fund's holdings, the Intraday Indicative Value, the Disclosed Portfolio, and quotation and last sale information for the Shares.

    For the above reasons, Nasdaq believes the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act.

    B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change will impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change will facilitate the listing and trading of an additional type of actively-managed exchange-traded fund that will enhance competition among market participants, to the benefit of investors and the marketplace.

    C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others

    Written comments were neither solicited nor received.

    III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action

    Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the Exchange consents, the Commission shall: (a) By order approve or disapprove such proposed rule change, or (b) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved.

    IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

    Electronic Comments

    • Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or

    • Send an email to [email protected] Please include File Number SR-NASDAQ-2015-059 on the subject line.

    Paper Comments

    • Send paper comments in triplicate to Brent J. Fields, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Station Place, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-9303.

    All submissions should refer to File Number SR-NASDAQ-2015-059. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission's Internet Web site http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml.

    Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and printing in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of the filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of Nasdaq. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly.

    All submissions should refer to File Number SR-NASDAQ-2015-059 and should be submitted on or before July 13, 2015.

    21 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.21

    Brent J. Fields, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15171 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011-01-P
    SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Proposed Collection; Comment Request Upon Written Request Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of FOIA Services, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-2736. Extension Regulation 14C (Commission Rules 14c-1 through 14c-7 and Schedule 14C), SEC File No. 270-057, OMB Control No. 3235-0057

    Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) is soliciting comments on the collection of information summarized below. The Commission plans to submit this existing collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget for extension and approval.

    Section 14(c) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”) operates to require issuers that do not solicit proxies or consents from any or all of the holders of record of a class of securities registered under Section 12 of the Exchange Act and in accordance with the rules and regulations prescribed under Section 14(a) in connection with a meeting of security holders (including action by consent) to distribute to any holders that were not solicited an information statement substantially equivalent to the information that would be required to be transmitted if a proxy or consent solicitation were made. Regulation 14C (Exchange Act Rules 14c-1 through 14c-7 and Schedule 14C) (17 CFR 240.14c-1 through 240.14c-7 and 240.14c-101) sets forth the requirements for the dissemination, content and filing of the information statement. We estimate that Schedule 14C takes approximately 130.95 hours per response and will be filed by approximately 569 issuers annually. In addition, we estimate that 75% of the 130.95 hours per response (98.21 hours) is prepared by the issuer for an annual reporting burden of 55,881 hours (98.21 hours per response × 569 responses).

    Written comments are invited on: (a) Whether this collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden imposed by the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted in writing within 60 days of this publication.

    An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid control number.

    Please direct your written comments to Pamela Dyson, Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Remi Pavlik-Simon, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549 or send an email to: [email protected]

    Dated: June 16, 2015. Brent J. Fields, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15175 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011-01-P
    SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [File No. 500-1] In the Matter of KPNQwest N.V. and Preventia, Inc.; Order of Suspension of Trading June 18, 2015.

    It appears to the Securities and Exchange Commission that there is a lack of current and accurate information concerning the securities of KPNQwest N.V. (CIK No. 1097566), a Netherlands corporation with its principal place of business listed as Hoofddorp, The Netherlands, with stock quoted on OTC Link (previously, “Pink Sheets”) operated by OTC Markets Group, Inc. (“OTC Link”) under the ticker symbol KQIPQ, because it has not filed any periodic reports since the period ended December 31, 2000. On March 10, 2014, KPNQwest N.V. received a delinquency letter sent by the Division of Corporation Finance requesting compliance with their periodic filing obligations.

    It appears to the Securities and Exchange Commission that there is a lack of current and accurate information concerning the securities of Preventia, Inc. (CIK No. 1506302), a defaulted Nevada corporation with its principal place of business listed as Toronto, Ontario, Canada, with stock quoted on OTC Link under the ticker symbol PVTA, because it has not filed any periodic reports since the period ended September 30, 2012. On September 16, 2014, the Division of Corporation Finance sent Preventia a delinquency letter requesting compliance with their periodic filing obligations, but the letter was returned because of Preventia's failure to maintain a valid address on file with the Commission.

    The Commission is of the opinion that the public interest and the protection of investors require a suspension of trading in the securities of the above-listed companies.

    Therefore, it is ordered, pursuant to Section 12(k) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, that trading in the securities of the above-listed companies is suspended for the period from 9:30 a.m. EDT on June 18, 2015, through 11:59 p.m. EDT on July 1, 2015.

    By the Commission.

    Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15375 Filed 6-18-15; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 8011-01-P
    SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34-75179; File No. SR-ICC-2015-012] Self-Regulatory Organizations; ICE Clear Credit LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To Correct Inconsistent Provisions Regarding the Risk Management Subcommittee June 16, 2015.

    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”),1 and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on June 10, 2015, ICE Clear Credit LLC (“ICC”) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared primarily by ICC. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons.

    1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).

    2 17 CFR 240.19b-4.

    I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change

    The purpose of the proposed rule change is to amend the ICC Clearing Rules (the “Rules”) to correct inconsistent provisions regarding the Risk Management Subcommittee.

    II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

    In its filing with the Commission, ICC included statements concerning the purpose of and basis for the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. ICC has prepared summaries, set forth in sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of these statements.

    A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

    The proposed revisions are intended to make revisions to correct inconsistent provisions regarding the Risk Management Subcommittee. ICC believes such changes will protect investors and the public interest. The proposed Rule revisions are described in detail as follows.

    In describing the independence requirements for certain Risk Management Subcommittee members in Rule 511(a)(iii), ICC mistakenly referred to U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) Regulation 1.3(ccc), a proposed regulation that, to date, the CFTC has not adopted. ICC proposes revising Rule 511(a)(iii) to remove the improper reference to CFTC Regulation 1.3(ccc) and replacing such rule cite with a reference to ICC's Independence Requirements, which are defined in Rule 503. Such independent Risk Management Subcommittee managers were previously defined as “Independent Public Directors” in Rules 511 and 512. ICC proposes re-defining such independent Risk Management Subcommittee managers to “Independent ICE Subcommittee Managers” and updating references in Rules 511 and 512 to reflect the new defined term. ICC also proposes clarifying language to specify that such Independent ICE Subcommittee Managers are appointed by the ICC Board. Finally, ICC proposes revising Rule 512 to clarify that for purposes of Rule 507(a), which sets forth meeting frequency requirements, the Risk Management Subcommittee shall meet when deemed necessary or desirable by the Risk Management Subcommittee or its chairperson.

    Section 17A(b)(3)(F) of the Act 3 requires, among other things, that the rules of a clearing agency be designed to protect investors and the public interest and to comply with the provisions of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder. ICC believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to ICC, in particular, to Section 17(A)(b)(3)(F),4 because ICC believes that the proposed rule change will protect investors and the public interest. The revisions to correct certain inconsistent provisions regarding the Risk Management Subcommittee alleviate potential confusion within the ICC Rules. As such, the proposed rule changes are designed to protect investors and the public interest within the meaning of Section 17A(b)(3)(F) 5 of the Act.

    3 15 U.S.C. 78q-1(b)(3)(F).

    4Id.

    5Id.

    The proposed rule changes will also satisfy the requirements of Rule 17Ad-22.6 In particular, the revisions to correct inconsistent provisions regarding the Risk Management Subcommittee ensure ICC's governance arrangements remain clear and transparent, consistent with the requirements of Rule 17Ad-22(d)(8).7

    6 17 CFR 240.17Ad-22.

    7 17 CFR 240.17Ad-22(d)(8).

    B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    ICC does not believe the proposed rule change would have any impact, or impose any burden, on competition. The revisions to correct certain inconsistent provisions regarding the Risk Management Subcommittee apply uniformly across all market participants. Therefore, ICC does not believe the proposed rule change imposes any burden on competition that is inappropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

    C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants or Others

    Written comments relating to the proposed rule change have not been solicited or received. ICC will notify the Commission of any written comments received by ICC.

    III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action

    Within 45 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period up to 90 days (i) as the Commission may designate if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will:

    (A) By order approve or disapprove the proposed rule change or

    (B) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved.

    IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

    Electronic Comments

    • Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or

    • Send an email to [email protected] Please include File Number SR-ICC-2015-012 on the subject line.

    Paper Comments

    • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.

    All submissions should refer to File Number SR-ICC-2015-012. This file number should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for Web site viewing and printing in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Copies of such filings will also be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of ICE Clear Credit and on ICE Clear Credit's Web site at https://www.theice.com/clear-credit/regulation.

    All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR-ICC-2015-012 and should be submitted on or before July 13, 2015.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.8

    8 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).

    Brent J. Fields, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15172 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011-01-P
    SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Proposed Collection; Comment Request Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of FOIA Services, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-2736. Extension: Rule 17f-1(b), SEC File No. 270-28, OMB Control No. 3235-0032.

    Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) (“PRA”), the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) is soliciting comments on the existing collection of information provided for in Rule 17f-1(b) (17 CFR 240.17f-1(b)) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78a et seq.) (“Exchange Act”). The Commission plans to submit this existing collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) for extension and approval.

    Rule 17f-1(b) under the Exchange Act requires approximately 15,517 entities in the securities industry to register in the Lost and Stolen Securities Program (“Program”). Registration fulfills a statutory requirement that entities report and inquire about missing, lost, counterfeit, or stolen securities. Registration also allows entities in the securities industry to gain access to a confidential database that stores information for the Program.

    The Commission staff estimates that 10 new entities will register in the Program each year. The staff estimates that the average number of hours necessary to comply with Rule 17f-1(b) is one-half hour. Accordingly, the staff estimates that total annual burden for all participants is 5 hours (10 × one-half hour). The Commission staff estimates that compliance staff work at subject entities results in an internal cost of compliance, at an estimated hourly wage of $283, of $141.50 per year per entity (.5 hours × $283 per hour = $141.50 per year). Therefore, the aggregate annual internal cost of compliance is approximately $1,415 ($141.50 × 10= $1,415).

    Written comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the Commission's estimates of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted in writing within 60 days of this publication.

    An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information under the PRA unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    Please direct your written comments to: Pamela Dyson, Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, c/o Remi Pavlik-Simon, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, or send an email to: [email protected]

    Dated: June 16, 2015. Brent J. Fields, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15173 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011-01-P
    SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [ File No. 500-1] In the Matter of BioCoral, Inc., GC China Turbine Corp., Race World International, Inc., and Worldwide Biotech & Pharmaceutical Co.; Order of Suspension of Trading June 18, 2015.

    It appears to the Securities and Exchange Commission that there is a lack of current and accurate information concerning the securities of BioCoral, Inc. (CIK No. 919605), a Delaware corporation with its principal place of business listed as La Garenne-Colombes, France, with stock quoted on OTC Link (previously, “Pink Sheets”) operated by OTC Markets Group, Inc. (“OTC Link”) under the ticker symbol BCRA, because it has not filed any periodic reports since the period ended September 30, 2012. On February 27, 2014, the Division of Corporation Finance sent BioCoral a delinquency letter requesting compliance with its periodic filing obligations, but the letter was returned because of BioCoral's failure to maintain a valid address on file with the Commission.

    It appears to the Securities and Exchange Commission that there is a lack of current and accurate information concerning the securities of GC China Turbine Corp. (CIK No. 1380528), a revoked Nevada corporation with its principal place of business listed as Wuhan, China, with stock quoted on OTC Link under the ticker symbol GCHT, because it has not filed any periodic reports since the period ended September 30, 2011. On or about October 15, 2013, GC China Turbine received a delinquency letter sent by the Division of Corporation Finance requesting compliance with their periodic filing obligations.

    It appears to the Securities and Exchange Commission that there is a lack of current and accurate information concerning the securities of Race World International, Inc. (CIK No. 1415736), a revoked Nevada corporation with its principal place of business listed as Weifang, China, with stock quoted on OTC Link under the ticker symbol RCWR, because it has not filed any periodic reports since the period ended June 30, 2011. On July 22, 2013, Race World International received a delinquency letter sent by the Division of Corporation Finance requesting compliance with their periodic filing obligations.

    It appears to the Securities and Exchange Commission that there is a lack of current and accurate information concerning the securities of Worldwide Biotech & Pharmaceutical Co. (CIK No. 95302), a forfeited Delaware corporation with its principal place of business listed as Xi'an, China, with stock quoted on OTC Link under the ticker symbol WWBP, because it has not filed any periodic reports since the period ended March 31, 2011. On May 10, 2012, the Division of Corporation Finance sent Worldwide Biotech a delinquency letter requesting compliance with their periodic filing obligations, but the letter was returned because of Worldwide Biotech's failure to maintain a valid address on file with the Commission.

    The Commission is of the opinion that the public interest and the protection of investors require a suspension of trading in the securities of the above-listed companies.

    Therefore, it is ordered, pursuant to Section 12(k) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, that trading in the securities of the above-listed companies is suspended for the period from 9:30 a.m. EDT on June 18, 2015, through 11:59 p.m. EDT on July 1, 2015.

    By the Commission.

    Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15374 Filed 6-18-15; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 8011-01-P
    SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Proposed Collection; Comment Request Upon Written Request, Copies Available From: Securities and Exchange Commission, Office of FOIA Services, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549-2736. Extension: Voluntary XBRL-Related Documents, SEC File No. 270-550, OMB Control No. 3235-0611.

    Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) (“Paperwork Reduction Act”), the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) is soliciting comments on the collection of information summarized below. The Commission plans to submit this existing collection of information to the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) for extension and approval.

    As part of our evaluation of the potential of interactive data tagging technology, the Commission permits registered investment companies (“funds”) to submit on a voluntary basis specified financial statement and portfolio holdings disclosure tagged in eXtensible Business Reporting Language (“XBRL”) format as an exhibit to certain filings on the Commission's Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval System (“EDGAR”). The current voluntary program permits any fund to participate merely by submitting a tagged exhibit in the required manner. These exhibits are publicly available but are considered furnished rather than filed. The purpose of the collection of information is to help evaluate the usefulness of data tagging and XBRL to registrants, investors, the Commission, and the marketplace.

    We estimate that no funds participate in the voluntary program each year. This information collection, therefore, imposes no hour burden; however, we are requesting a burden of one hour for administrative purposes. We also estimate that the information collection imposes no cost burden.

    Estimates of average burden hours and costs are made solely for the purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act and are not derived from a comprehensive or even representative survey or study of the costs of Commission rules and forms. Participation in the program is voluntary. Submissions under the program will not be kept confidential. An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    Written comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted in writing within 60 days of this publication.

    Please direct your written comments to Pamela Dyson, Director/Chief Information Officer, Securities and Exchange Commission, C/O Remi Pavlik-Simon, 100 F Street NE., Washington, DC 20549; or send an email to: [email protected]

    Dated: June 16, 2015. Brent J. Fields, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15176 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011-01-P
    SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [ File No. 500-1] In the Matter of GSP-2, Inc., Order of Suspension of Trading June 18, 2015.

    It appears to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) that there is a lack of current and accurate information concerning the securities of GSP-2, Inc. (“GSPO” 1 ) (CIK No. 1497644), a revoked Nevada corporation whose principal place of business is listed as Gongzhuling City, Jilin Province, China because it is delinquent in its periodic filings with the Commission, having not filed any periodic reports since it filed a Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2013. As of June 10, 2015, GSPO's common stock was quoted on OTC Link (previously “Pink Sheets”) operated by OTC Markets Group Inc. On November 19, 2014, the Commission's Division of Corporation Finance sent a delinquency letter to GSPO at the address shown in its then-most recent filing in the Commission's EDGAR system requesting compliance with its periodic filing requirements, which GSPO failed to receive because the letter was undeliverable as addressed. GSPO thus failed to maintain a valid address on file with the Commission as required by Commission rules (Rule 301 of Regulation S-T, 17 CFR 232.301 and Section 5.4 of EDGAR Filer Manual). To date, GSPO has failed to cure its delinquencies.

    1 The short form of the issuer's name is also its ticker symbol.

    The Commission is of the opinion that the public interest and the protection of investors require a suspension of trading in the securities of the above-listed company. Therefore, it is ordered, pursuant to Section 12(k) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, that trading in the securities of the above-listed company is suspended for the period from 9:30 a.m. EDT on June 18, 2015, through 11:59 p.m. EDT on July 1, 2015.

    By the Commission.

    Jill M. Peterson, Assistant Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15382 Filed 6-18-15; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 8011-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration [Summary Notice No. 2015-08] Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received; Ars Electronica Linz GmbH AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specified requirements of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, the FAA's exemption process. Neither publication of this notice nor the inclusion or omission of information in the summary is intended to affect the legal status of the petition or its final disposition.

    DATES:

    Comments on this petition must identify the petition docket number and must be received on or before July 13, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Send comments identified by docket number FAA-2014-1095 using any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for sending your comments electronically.

    Mail: Send comments to Docket Operations, M-30; U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W12-140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20590-0001.

    Hand Delivery or Courier: Take comments to Docket Operations in Room W12-140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    Fax: Fax comments to Docket Operations at 202-493-2251.

    Privacy: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to http://www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at http://www.dot.gov/privacy.

    Docket: Background documents or comments received may be read at http://www.regulations.gov at any time. Follow the online instructions for accessing the docket or go to the Docket Operations in Room W12-140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For technical questions concerning this action, contact Nia Daniels, (202) 267-9677, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591.

    This notice is published pursuant to 14 CFR 11.85.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on June 15, 2015. Brenda D. Courtney, Acting Director, Office of Rulemaking. Petition for Exemption

    Docket No.: FAA-2014-1095.

    Petitioner: Ars Electronica Linz GmbH.

    Section(s) of 14 CFR Affected: part 21; 45.21(a); 45.22; 45.23(a) and (b); 45.27(a); 47.3(a); 61.3; 61.23; 91.7; 91.9(b) and (c); 91.103; 91.111; 91.113; 91.119; 91.126; 91.127; 91.129; 91.130; 91.151(a); 91.203; 91.215; part 91, Subpart E.

    Description of Relief Sought: Ars Electronica Linz GmbH requests an exemption to operate up to 200 unmanned aircraft systems, using automated flight control systems, in a cylindrical airspace measuring less than 1,000 feet in diameter and less than 400 feet above ground level.

    [FR Doc. 2015-15202 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Human Response to Aviation Noise in Protected Natural Areas Survey AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice and request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to renew an information collection. This research is important for establishing the scientific basis for air tour management policy decisions in the National Parks as mandated by the National Parks Air Tour Management Act of 2000.

    DATES:

    Written comments should be submitted by August 21, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Send comments to the FAA at the following address: Ronda Thompson, Room 300, Federal Aviation Administration, ASP-110, 950 L'Enfant Plaza SW., Washington, DC 20024.

    PUBLIC COMMENTS INVITED: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for FAA's performance; (b) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (c) ways for FAA to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (d) ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB's clearance of this information collection.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ronda Thompson at (202) 267-1416, or by email at: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    OMB Control Number: 2120-0744.

    Title: Human Response to Aviation Noise in Protected Natural Areas Survey.

    Form Numbers: There are no FAA forms associated with this request.

    Type of Review: Renewal of an information collection.

    Background: The data from this research are critically important for establishing the scientific basis for air tour management policy decisions in the National Parks as mandated by the National Parks Air Tour Management Act of 2000 (NPATMA). The research expands on previous aircraft noise dose-response work by using a wider variety of survey methods, by including different site types and visitor experiences from those previously measured, and by increasing site type replication.

    Respondents: Approximately 16,800 visitors to National Parks annually.

    Frequency: Information is collected on occasion.

    Estimated Average Burden per Response: 15 minutes.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 4,200 hours annually.

    Issued in Washington, DC on June 16, 2015. Ronda Thompson, FAA Information Collection Clearance Officer, IT Enterprises Business Services Division, ASP-110.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15270 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration [Summary Notice No. 2015-09] Petition for Exemption; Summary of Petition Received; Industrial Skyworks (USA), Inc. AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    This notice contains a summary of a petition seeking relief from specified requirements of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The purpose of this notice is to improve the public's awareness of, and participation in, the FAA's exemption process. Neither publication of this notice nor the inclusion or omission of information in the summary is intended to affect the legal status of the petition or its final disposition.

    DATES:

    Comments on this petition must identify the petition docket number and must be received on or before July 13, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Send comments identified by docket number FAA-2014-1060 using any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for sending your comments electronically.

    Mail: Send comments to Docket Operations, M-30; U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W12-140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20590-0001.

    Hand Delivery or Courier: Take comments to Docket Operations in Room W12-140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    Fax: Fax comments to Docket Operations at 202-493-2251.

    Privacy: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to http://www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at http://www.dot.gov/privacy.

    Docket: Background documents or comments received may be read athttp://www.regulations.gov at any time. Follow the online instructions for accessing the docket or go to the Docket Operations in Room W12-140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For technical questions concerning this action, contact Nia Daniels, (202) 267-9677, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591.

    This notice is published pursuant to 14 CFR 11.85.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on June 15, 2015. Brenda D. Courtney, Acting Director, Office of Rulemaking. Petition for Exemption

    Docket No.: FAA-2014-1060.

    Petitioner: Industrial Skyworks (USA), Inc.

    Section(s) of 14 CFR Affected: part 21; 91.113; 91.119(c); 91.151; 91.209; 91.405(a) and (b); 91.407(a)(1); 91.409(a)(1) and (2); and 91.417(a).

    Description of Relief Sought: Industrial Skyworks (USA), Inc. petitions to operate a small unmanned aircraft system to provide inspection services during nighttime operations.

    [FR Doc. 2015-15201 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Certification of Airports AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice and request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to renew an information collection. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on April 9, 2015. 14 CFR part 139 establishes certification requirements for airports serving scheduled air carrier operations in aircraft with 10-30 seats. These requirements result in information collections from respondents.

    DATES:

    Written comments should be submitted by July 22, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be addressed to the attention of the Desk Officer, Department of Transportation/FAA, and sent via electronic mail to [email protected], or faxed to (202) 395-6974, or mailed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Docket Library, Room 10102, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for FAA's performance; (b) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (c) ways for FAA to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (d) ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB's clearance of this information collection.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ronda Thompson at (202) 267-1416, or by email at: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    OMB Control Number: 2120-0675

    Title: Certification of Airports.

    Form Numbers: FAA Form 5280-1.

    Type of Review: Renewal of an information collection.

    Background: The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on April 9, 2015 (80 FR 19108). Title 49, United States Code (U.S.C.) 44706, Airport operation certificates, authorizes the FAA to issue airport operating certificates to airports serving certain air carriers, and to establish minimum safety standards for the operation of those airports. Information collection requirements are used by the FAA to determine an airport operator's compliance with safety and operational requirements found in 14 CFR part 139, and to assist airport personnel to perform duties required under the regulation.

    Respondents: Approximately 539 airports.

    Frequency: Information is collected on occasion.

    Estimated Average Burden per Response: 22 hours.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 96,801 hours.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on June 16, 2015. Ronda Thompson, FAA Information Collection Clearance Officer, IT Enterprises Business Services Division, ASP-110.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15265 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Pilot Certification and Qualification Requirements for Air Carrier Operations AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice and request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to renew an information collection. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on April 9, 2015. FAA aviation safety inspectors review Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certification Training Program (CTP) submittals to determine that the program complies with the applicable requirements of 14 CFR 61.156.

    DATES:

    Written comments should be submitted by July 22, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be addressed to the attention of the Desk Officer, Department of Transportation/FAA, and sent via electronic mail to [email protected], or faxed to (202) 395-6974, or mailed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Docket Library, Room 10102, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for FAA's performance; (b) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (c) ways for FAA to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (d) ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB's clearance of this information collection.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ronda Thompson at (202) 267-1416, or by email at: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    OMB Control Number: 2120-0755.

    Title: Pilot Certification and Qualification Requirements for Air Carrier Operations.

    Form Numbers: FAA Form 8700-1.

    Type of Review: Revision of an information collection.

    Background: The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on April 9, 2015 (80 FR 19107). FAA aviation safety inspectors review the Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) Certification Training Program (CTP) submittals to determine that the program complies with the applicable requirements of 14 CFR 61.156. The programs that comply with the minimum requirements receive approval to begin offering or providing the course to applicants for an ATP certificate with a multiengine class rating or an ATP certificate obtained concurrently with an airplane type rating. The inspectors also review an institution of higher education's application (new form) for the authority to certify its graduates meet the minimum requirements of 14 CFR 61.160. The institutions of higher education that receive a letter of authorization for their degree program(s) will be authorized to place a certifying statement on a graduates' transcript indicating he or she is eligible for a restricted privileges ATP certificate. For those institutions of higher education that have received the Letter of Authorization (LOA) from the FAA to certify graduates for a restricted privileges ATP certificate that would like to add degree programs or additional coursework to the authorization, they must submit an application for revision. FAA will review the revised application, and amend the LOA accordingly.

    Respondents: Approximately 50 new applicants.

    Frequency: Information is collected on occasion.

    Estimated Average Burden per Response: 120 hours for ATP CTP course development, 8 hours for application for the authority to certify that graduates meet the minimum requirements of 14 CFR 61.160, 2 hours for revision application for authority to certify graduates for a restricted privileges ATP certificate.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 1,411.75 hours.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on June 16, 2015. Ronda Thompson, FAA Information Collection Clearance Officer, IT Enterprises Business Services Division, ASP-110.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15268 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments; Revision of an Existing Information Collection: Medical Standards and Certification AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice and request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, the FAA invites public comments about our intention to request OMB approval to revise an existing information collection. The information collected is used to determine if applicants are medically qualified to perform the duties associated with the class of airman medical certificate sought. The FAA intends to revise the information it is collecting via FAA form 8500-8, in part, to respond to recommendations made in an April 2014 General Services Administration report entitled “FAA Should Improve Usability of its Online Application System and Clarity of the Pilot's Medical Form.”

    DATES:

    Comments should be submitted by August 21, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Send comments to the FAA at the following address: Ronda Thompson, Room 300, Federal Aviation Administration, ASP-110, 950 L'Enfant Plaza SW., Washington, DC 20024.

    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for FAA's performance; (b) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (c) ways for FAA to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (d) ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB's clearance of this information collection.

    The FAA is seeking comments only with regard to the burden associated with the information collection activity under OMB Control Number 2120-0034. As such, any comments received that cite this notice but are outside of the scope of the collection activity under OMB Control Number 2120-0034 will not be addressed.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ronda Thompson at (202) 267-1416, or by email at: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    OMB Control Number: 2120-0034.

    Title: Medical Standards and Certification.

    Form Numbers: FAA forms 8500-7, 8500-8, and 8500-14.

    Type of Review: Revision of an existing information collection.

    Background: The Secretary of Transportation collects this information under the authority of 49 U.S.C. 40113; 44701; 44510; 44702; 44703; 44709; 45303; and 80111. The airman medical certification program is implemented by Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) parts 61 and 67 (14 CFR parts 61 and 67). The FAA determines if applicants are medically qualified to perform the duties associated with the class of airman medical certificate sought.

    Respondents: Approximately 414,300 applicants for airman medical certificates.

    Frequency: Information is collected on occasion.

    Estimated Average Burden per Response: 1.5 hours.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 598,950 hours.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on June 16, 2015. Ronda Thompson, FAA Information Collection Clearance Officer, IT Enterprises Business Services Division, ASP-110.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15267 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Survey of Airman Satisfaction With Aeromedical Certification Services AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice and request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to renew an information collection. The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on April 9, 2015. This survey assesses airman opinion of key dimensions of service quality of aeromedical certification services.

    DATES:

    Written comments should be submitted by July 22, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be addressed to the attention of the Desk Officer, Department of Transportation/FAA, and sent via electronic mail to [email protected], or faxed to (202) 395-6974, or mailed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Docket Library, Room 10102, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    Public Comments Invited: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for FAA's performance; (b) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (c) ways for FAA to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (d) ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB's clearance of this information collection.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ronda Thompson at (202) 267-1416, or by email at: [email protected].

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    OMB Control Number: 2120-0707

    Title: Survey of Airman Satisfaction with Aeromedical Certification Services

    Form Numbers: There are no FAA forms associated with this collection.

    Type of Review: Extension without change of an information collection.

    Background: The Federal Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments on the following collection of information was published on April 9, 2015 (80 FR 19107). The Office of Aerospace Medicine (OAM) is responsible for the medical certification of pilots and certain other personnel to ensure they are medically qualified to operate aircraft and perform their duties safely. This survey is designed to meet the requirement to survey stakeholder satisfaction under E. O. No. 12862 and the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA).

    Respondents: Approximately 2,333 pilots and certain other personnel who have applied for medical certification.

    Frequency: Information is collected biennially.

    Estimated Average Burden per Response: 15 minutes.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 583.25 hours.

    Issued in Washington, DC on June 16, 2015. Ronda Thompson, FAA Information Collection Clearance Officer, IT Enterprises Business Services Division, ASP-110.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15264 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Fifth Meeting: Special Committee 147 (SC 147) AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).

    ACTION:

    Eighty-First Meeting Notice of Special Committee 147.

    SUMMARY:

    The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public of the eighty-first meeting of the Special Committee 147.

    DATES:

    The meeting will be held July 16th from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES:

    The meeting will be held at MIT McNair Building (#37), MIT Campus, Off Vassar Street, Boston, MA 02139, Tel: (202) 330-0663.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    The RTCA Secretariat, 1150 18th Street NW., Suite 910, Washington, DC 20036, or by telephone at (202) 833-9339, fax at (202) 833-9434, or Web site at http://www.rtca.org or Sophie Bousquet, Program Director, RTCA, Inc., [email protected], 202-330-0663.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Pursuant to section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 5 U.S.C., App.), notice is hereby given for a meeting of the Special Committee 147. The agenda will include the following:

    Thursday, July 16, 2015 1. Opening Plenary Session a. Chairmen's Opening Remarks/Introductions b. Approval of Summary from 80th meeting of SC-147 c. Approval of Agenda 2. Report from WG 75 3. Loss of Altitude/Transponder 4. “Unjustified RAs” (60 min/1045) Brandao a. Ad hoc group status brief b. Proposed change document status and review 5. Working Group Reports a. Report from SWG b. Report from TWG i. Safety Sub-group ii. Xo Sub-group c. Report from OWG d. Report from CSG 6. ACAS X RF message typing/identification 7. Review proposed TOR Changes to include ACAS Xu 8. Review of Joint/Plenary Actions/Overflow 9. Adjourn

    Attendance is open to the interested public but limited to space availability. With the approval of the chairman, members of the public may present oral statements at the meeting. Persons wishing to present statements or obtain information should contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. Members of the public may present a written statement to the committee at any time.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on June 17, 2015. Latasha Robinson, Management & Program Analyst, NextGen, Program Oversight and Administration, Federal Aviation Administration.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15272 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Notice of Availability of the Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact/Record of Decision (FONSI/ROD) for the Obstruction Removal Project for the Duluth-Sky Harbor Airport (DYT) in Duluth, MN AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The FAA is issuing this notice to advise the public that the FAA has prepared and approved (May 8, 2015) a FONSI/ROD based on the Final EA for the DYT Obstruction Removal Project. The Final EA was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, FAA Orders 1050.1E, “Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures” and 5050.4B, “NEPA Implementing Instructions for Airport Actions”.

    DATES:

    This notice is effective June 22, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Mr. Josh Fitzpatrick, Environmental Protection Specialist, FAA Dakota-Minnesota Airports District Office (ADO), 6020 28th Avenue South, Suite 102, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55450. Telephone number is (612) 253-4639. Copies of the FONSI/ROD and/or Final EA are available upon written request by contacting Mr. Josh Fitzpatrick through the contact information above.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Final EA evaluated the DYT Obstruction Removal Project. The purpose of the project is to provide a safe airport facility that will meet FAA and MnDOT aeronautics design and operation requirements and safely maintain adequate runways with clear approach surfaces for local, regional, and interregional aviation users.

    The FAA and the Duluth Airport Authority (DAA) jointly prepared the Final EA, pursuant to the requirements of the NEPA and the Minnesota Environmental Policy Act, respectively. A joint Federal-State EA was prepared.

    Chapter 2 of the Final EA identified and evaluated all reasonable alternatives. Numerous alternatives were considered but eventually discarded for not meeting the purpose and need. Three alternatives (No Action, Alternative 5a Short, and Alternative 13) were examined in detail. After careful analysis and consultation with various resource agencies, the DAA selected Alternative 5a Short as the preferred alternative. Alternative 5a Short satisfies the purpose and need while minimizing impacts.

    Alternative 5a Short includes the construction of a rotated and shortened runway. Compared to the existing runway, the new runway would be shortened by 450 feet and rotated five degrees (Runway 32 end) into Superior Bay. The primary surface would be graded and the parallel taxiway reconstructed at a separation of 150 feet. The existing Medium Intensity Runway Lights (MIRLs), Runway End Identifier Lights (REILs), Precision Approach Path Indicators (PAPIs) and Medium Intensity Taxiway Lights (MITLs) would be relocated or replaced. Existing pavements would be removed and previously paved areas would be restored with native vegetation.

    Alternative 5a Short includes placing approximately 69,800 cubic yards of soil for runway construction (combined in water and on land), 50,000 cubic yards of surcharge (fill to be placed in order to compact soft soils, and then removed) and 25,000 tons of riprap over a total project area of 29.47 acres. The project will not impact the Scientific Natural Area.

    Based on the analysis in the Final EA, the FAA has determined that Alternative 5a Short will not result in significant impacts to resources identified in accordance with FAA Orders 1050.1E and 5054.4B. Therefore, an environmental impact statement will not be prepared.

    Issued in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 8, 2015. Christopher Hugunin, Manager, Dakota-Minnesota Airports District Office, FAA, Great Lakes Region.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15273 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of Renewed Approval of Information Collection: Flight Plans AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice and request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FAA invites public comments about our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to renew an information collection. Flight plan information is used to govern the flight of aircraft for the protection and identification of aircraft and property and persons on the ground. The use of form 7233-1, FAA Flight Plan, is being removed from this information collection request. Effective October 1, 2015, the civilian burden for all flight plan information, both domestic and international, will be collected via form 7233-4, FAA International Flight Plan. Form 7233-1 will continue to be used by military respondents.

    DATES:

    Written comments should be submitted by August 21, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Send comments to the FAA at the following address: Ronda Thompson, Room 300, Federal Aviation Administration, ASP-110, 950 L'Enfant Plaza SW., Washington, DC 20024.

    PUBLIC COMMENTS INVITED: You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for FAA's performance; (b) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (c) ways for FAA to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (d) ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the collected information. The agency will summarize and/or include your comments in the request for OMB's clearance of this information collection.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ronda Thompson at (202) 267-1416, or by email at: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    OMB Control Number: 2120-0026.

    Title: Flight Plans.

    Form Numbers: FAA form 7233-4.

    Type of Review: Revision of an information collection.

    Background: Title 49 U.S.C., paragraph 40103(b) authorizes regulations governing the flight of aircraft. 14 CFR 91 prescribes requirements for filing domestic and international flight plans. Information is collected to provide services to aircraft inflight and protection of persons/property on the ground.

    Respondents: Approximately 300,000 air carriers, operators and pilots.

    Frequency: Information is collected on occasion.

    Estimated Average Burden per Response: 1-3 minutes.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden: 225,966 hours.

    Issued in Washington, DC on June 16, 2015. Ronda Thompson, FAA Information Collection Clearance Officer, IT Enterprises Business Services Division, ASP-110.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15269 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA-2013-0313] Parts and Accessories Necessary for Safe Operation; Grant of Exemption For HELP Inc. AGENCY:

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice of final disposition.

    SUMMARY:

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announces its decision to grant an exemption to HELP, Inc. that will allow the placement of its transponder systems at the bottom of windshields on commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) currently require antennas, transponders, and similar devices to be located not more than 6 inches below the upper edge of the windshield, outside the area swept by the windshield wipers, and outside the driver's sight lines to the road and highway signs and signals. The exemption will enable motor carriers to mount the HELP, Inc. transponder systems lower in the windshield than is currently permitted by the Agency's regulations in order to utilize a mounting location that maximizes the device's ability to send and receive roadside data. FMCSA believes that permitting the transponder systems to be mounted lower than currently allowed, but still outside the driver's sight lines to the road and highway signs and signals, will maintain a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved without the exemption.

    DATES:

    This exemption is effective from June 22, 2015 until June 22, 2017.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Mr. Mr. Mike Huntley, Vehicle and Roadside Operations Division, Office of Carrier, Driver, and Vehicle Safety, MC-PSV, (202) 366-4325; Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background

    Section 4007 of the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA- 21) [Pub. L. 105-178, June 9, 1998, 112 Stat. 401] amended 49 U.S.C. 31315 and 31136(e) to provide authority to grant exemptions from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). On August 20, 2004, FMCSA published a final rule (69 FR 51589) implementing section 4007. Under this rule, FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption request in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(a)). The Agency must provide the public with an opportunity to inspect the information relevant to the application, including any safety analyses that have been conducted. The Agency must also provide an opportunity for public comment on the request.

    The Agency reviews the safety analyses and the public comments and determines whether granting the exemption would likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved by the current regulation (49 CFR 381.305).

    The decision of the Agency must be published in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(b)). If the Agency denies the request, it must state the reason for doing so. If the decision is to grant the exemption, the notice must specify the person or class of persons receiving the exemption and the regulatory provision or provisions from which an exemption is granted. The notice must also specify the effective period of the exemption (up to 2 years) and explain the terms and conditions of the exemption. The exemption may be renewed (49 CFR 381.315(c) and 49 CFR 381.300(b)).

    HELP, Inc. Application for Exemption

    Help, Inc. applied for an exemption from 49 CFR 393.60(e)(1) to allow the installation of transponders on its customers' CMVs in a location that is lower than currently allowed under the regulation. Section 393.60(e)(1) of the FMCSRs prohibits the obstruction of the driver's field of view by devices mounted on the windshield. Antennas, transponders and similar devices must not be mounted more than 152 mm (6 inches) below the upper edge of the windshield. These devices must be located outside the area swept by the windshield wipers and outside the driver's sight lines to the road, highway signs and signals.

    In its application, Help, Inc. states:

    Help, Inc. is making this request because we are coordinating device development and installation of PrePass transponder in up to 430,000 commercial motor vehicles. The 5.9 and toll transponder equipment installed is located at the bottom of the windshield, but within the swept area of windshield because the safety equipment must have a clear forward facing view of the road, and low enough to accurately be read by roadside infrastructure . . . The restrictions on the location of devices mounted in the windshield area significantly degrade the ability to capture the proper viewing area in commercial motor vehicles. A 5.9 and toll transponder which lacks an effective view of the roadside infrastructure through the front windshield will negatively impact the ability to send and receive roadside data.

    Help, Inc.'s preferred mounting location for the transponders is 2 inches right of the center of the windshield, and 2-3 inches above the dashboard. Help, Inc. states that using this mounting location that is lower in the windshield than currently permitted by the FMCSRs “will offer the best opportunity to optimize the data transmission and evaluate the benefits of such a system” while maximizing “the external view of the roadway.”

    Comments

    On July 31, 2013, FMCSA published notice of the application and asked for public comment (78 FR 46406). The Agency received two comments.

    1. Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (“Advocates”) provided general comments stating that it “supports the development and use of technology and devices to improve safety and vehicle operation,” but noted that it “is aware of several similar new and emerging technologies, with applications for commercial motor vehicles, that will likely come into conflict” with the regulations in 49 CFR 393.60(e)(1) and (2) that limit the location of devices and decals in the windshield of CMVs. As a result, Advocates concluded that “Advances in technology may be such that the agency should reconsider the limitations specified in section 393.60(e) and consider establishing updated guidelines which will both permit the optimal installation of beneficial safety devices while at the same time limiting the proliferation and installation of multiple devices that could interfere with a driver's view of the road, side and rearview mirrors or, in some cases, interfere or distract the driver from the driving task.”

    Specifically with respect to Help, Inc.'s application, Advocates recommended “that the agency consider the positioning/size of the device and its impact on the field of view afforded the driver in making the determination to grant or deny this application exemption.”

    FMCSA response: Enforcement personnel, motor carriers, regulators, and manufacturers alike are increasingly faced with accommodating the use of various technologies, designed to improve commercial motor vehicle safety, which may impact the driver's field of view of the roadway through the windshield wiper swept area. Examples include a variety of electronic devices, window tint products, decorations, decals and stickers, sun visors and window shades, and other devices and products—all of which serve different purposes but can, in some cases, diminish or block part of the driver's view.

    The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), in cooperation with FMCSA and other industry trade associations hosted a dialogue among enforcement experts, industry representatives, and Federal regulators to help improve the common understanding of the balance between the benefits and the possible risks of using these technologies and devices. The “Technology Impacts on CMV Driver Direct Field of Vision Symposium” was held on April 22, 2013 in conjunction with the CVSA Workshop in Louisville, KY. FMCSA may consider amendments to 49 CFR 393.60(e) in the future, and will certainly use the information gathered at that symposium—in conjunction with all other available information, research, and data—in the development of such possible amendments.

    While FMCSA acknowledges that Help, Inc. did not present specific studies or data showing that safety will not be degraded, the Agency believes that placement of the transponders lower in the windshield than currently permitted will be outside the drivers' sight lines, and therefore, will not have an adverse impact on safety.

    2. Mr. Paul Baute supported the application, but noted that “the exemption should not be necessary. FMCSA 393.60(e)(1) is in conflict with FMCSA 393.60(e)(2) with locations of items such as transponders and decals . . . FMCSR 393.60(e)(1) should be changed to allow the transponders to be mounted on the bottom of the windshield.”

    FMCSA response: The regulations at section 393.60(e)(1) and section 393.60(e)(2) do not conflict. Section 393.60(e)(1) defines the dimensional limits at the top of the windshield in which “antennas, transponders, and similar devices” can be mounted, whereas section 393.60(e)(2) defines the dimensional limits at the bottom of the windshield for applying “Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspection decals, and stickers and/or decals required under Federal or State laws.” Section 393.60(e)(2) does not currently allow other devices, such as transponders, to be mounted in the area at the bottom of the windshield, and any amendment to the regulation to allow such devices to be mounted in this location would have to be made through a notice-and-comment rulemaking.

    Terms and Conditions for the Exemption

    Based on its evaluation of the application for an exemption, FMCSA grants Help, Inc.'s exemption application. The Agency believes that the safety performance of motor carriers during the 2-year exemption period will likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved without the exemption because (1) based on the technical information available, there is no indication that the transponders would obstruct drivers' views of the roadway, highway signs and surrounding traffic; (2) generally, trucks and buses have an elevated seating position which greatly improves the forward visual field of the driver, and any impairment of available sight lines would be minimal; and (3) the location at the bottom of the windshield but within the windshield wiper sweep, and out of the driver's sightline is reasonable and enforceable at roadside. Without the exemption, Help, Inc. would be unable to utilize a mounting location that maximizes the device's ability to send and receive roadside data.

    The Agency hereby grants the exemption for a two-year period, beginning June 22, 2015 until June 22, 2017.

    During the temporary exemption period, motor carriers using Help, Inc. transponders must ensure that the devices are mounted 2 inches right of the center of the windshield, and 2-3 inches above the dashboard. If however, because of the design and mounting of the windshield wipers on a particular CMV, use of the mounting location identified above does not result in the transponder being located within the swept area of the wipers, the transponder may be positioned such that it is located (1) to the right of the center of the windshield, and (2) as low as possible in the swept area of the wipers.

    The FMCSA encourages any party having information that motor carriers utilizing this exemption are not achieving the requisite level of safety immediately to notify the Agency. If safety is being compromised, or if the continuation of the exemption is not consistent with 49 U.S.C. 31315(b) and 31136(e), FMCSA will take immediate steps to revoke the exemption.

    Preemption

    In accordance with section 381.600 of the FMCSRs, during the period the exemption is in effect, no State shall enforce any law or regulation that conflicts with or is inconsistent with this exemption with respect to a person operating under the exemption.

    Issued on: June 3, 2015. T.F. Scott Darling III, Chief Counsel.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15159 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-EX-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA-2015-0052] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Vision AGENCY:

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice of applications for exemptions; request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 34 individuals for exemption from the vision requirement in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. They are unable to meet the vision requirement in one eye for various reasons. The exemptions will enable these individuals to operate commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce without meeting the prescribed vision requirement in one eye. If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals to qualify as drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce.

    DATES:

    Comments must be received on or before July 22, 2015. All comments will be investigated by FMCSA. The exemptions will be issued the day after the comment period closes.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA-2015-0052 using any of the following methods:

    • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

    • Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.

    • Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.

    • Fax: 1-202-493-2251.

    Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket numbers for this notice. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading below for further information.

    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to http://www.regulations.gov at any time or Room W12-140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The FDMS is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. If you want acknowledgment that we received your comments, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting comments on-line.

    Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.dot.gov/privacy.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Charles A. Horan, III, Director, Carrier, Driver and Vehicle Safety Standards, (202) 366-4001, [email protected], FMCSA, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W64-224, Washington, DC 20590-0001. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. If you have questions regarding viewing or submitting material to the docket, contact Docket Services, telephone (202) 366-9826.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may grant an exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for a 2-year period if it finds “such exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved absent such exemption.” FMCSA can renew exemptions at the end of each 2-year period. The 34 individuals listed in this notice have each requested such an exemption from the vision requirement in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10), which applies to drivers of CMVs in interstate commerce. Accordingly, the Agency will evaluate the qualifications of each applicant to determine whether granting an exemption will achieve the required level of safety mandated by statute.

    II. Qualifications of Applicants Robert J. Bickel

    Mr. Bickel, 60, has had amblyopia in his left eye since 1996. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, “His vision is 20/20 in the better eye and has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Bickel reported that he has driven straight trucks for 13 years, accumulating 130,000 miles. He holds a Class CA CDL from Michigan. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and one conviction for a moving violation in a CMV; he disobeyed a stop sign.

    Steven J. Brauer

    Mr. Brauer, 61, has complete loss of vision in his left eye since 1972. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, counting fingers. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, “Mr. Brauer has sufficient vision to perform driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Brauer reported that he has driven straight trucks for 35 years, accumulating 630,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from New Jersey. His driving record for the last 3 years shows one crash, for which he was not cited and to which he did not contribute, and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    Steven R. Brinegar

    Mr. Brinegar, 34, has a retinal detachment in his left eye due to a traumatic incident in 1999. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/25, and in his left eye, light perception. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, “Mr. Brinegar has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle in my opinion.” Mr. Brinegar reported that he has driven straight trucks for one year, accumulating 20,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for four years, accumulating 320,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Texas. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    Garry D. Burkholder

    Mr. Burkholder, 58, has corneal scarring and Descemet's folds in his left eye due to a traumatic incident during childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2015, his ophthalmologist stated, “In my medical opinion, he has been driving for the last 40 years without any issues and I believe that with the use of his right eye and his left eye for some peripheral vision, he should have enough vision to operate a commercial vehicle which he has done safely in the past.” Mr. Burkholder reported that he has driven straight trucks for 10 years, accumulating 300,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 35 years, accumulating 2.1 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    Orlando A. Cabrera

    Mr. Cabrera, 50, has had retinal detachment in his left eye since 1991. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, “Although Mr. Cabrera is a monocular subject, I feel that he does have adequate vision to drive a commercial vehicle.”

    Mr. Cabrera reported that he has driven straight trucks for 11 years, accumulating 229,075 miles. He holds an operator's license from Florida. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    Dennis W. Cosens, Jr.

    Mr. Cosens, 39, has had congenital amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/200. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, “It is my determination that Mr. Dennis Cosens is able to perform tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Cosens reported that he has driven straight trucks for 20 years, accumulating 800,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from New Mexico. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    Rodney R. Dawson

    Mr. Dawson, 50, has had a prosthetic left eye since 2009. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/25, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, “Mr. Dawson has asked that I provide the information as it pertains to his DOT physical related to his visual results . . . Pt. [sic] does have sufficient visual acuity w/the right eye to perform duties with caution.”

    Mr. Dawson reported that he has driven straight trucks for 12 years, accumulating 432,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from Kentucky. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    David S. Devine

    Mr. Devine, 56, has corneal scarring in his left eye due to a traumatic incident in 1984. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/60. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, “He has sufficient functional vision to operate safely a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Devine reported that he has driven straight trucks for 11.5 years, accumulating 460,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Idaho. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    Lenton L. Dunston, Jr.

    Mr. Dunston, 70, has had amblyopia with exotropia in his left eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/40, and in his left eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2015, his ophthalmologist stated, “In my medical opinion, the patient has sufficient vision to preform [sic] the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Dunston reported that he has driven straight trucks for 2 years, accumulating 4,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 20 years, accumulating two million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Virginia. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    Raymond C. Favreau

    Mr. Favreau, 50, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/60, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, “Mr. Favreau has been amblyopic in his right eye since very early childhood. He has been driving commercial vehicles for years without a problem.” Mr. Favreau reported that he has driven straight trucks for 25 years, accumulating 1.63 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Vermont. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    William J. Gargiulo

    Mr. Gargiulo, 55, has had amblyopia in his left eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/50. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, “I certify that in my medical opinion, patient William Gargiulo has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Gargiulo reported that he has driven straight trucks for 6.5 years, accumulating 65,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from Ohio. His driving record for the last 3 years shows one crash, for which he was not cited and to which he did not contribute, and one conviction for a moving violation in a CMV; he exceeded the speed limit by 15 mph.

    Wladyslaw Gogola

    Mr. Gogola, 45, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/200. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, “With a normal kinetic peripheral field in each eye and normal color vision he has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Gogola reported that he has driven straight trucks for five years, accumulating 250,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for nine years, accumulating 765,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Illinois. His driving record for the last 3 years shows two crashes, for which he was not cited and to which he did not contribute, and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    Antonio Gomez

    Mr. Gomez, 59, has had amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/60, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, “In my professional opinion, Mr. Gomez has sufficient vision in his left eye to operate a commercial motor vehicle.” Mr. Gomez reported that he has driven straight trucks for 33 years, accumulating 99,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Pennsylvania. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    Fred S. Graham

    Mr. Graham, 70, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, “In my opinion Mr. Graham has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Graham reported that he has driven straight trucks for three years, accumulating 6,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from Tennessee. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    Mark Grenier

    Mr. Grenier, 52, has a prosthetic right eye due to a traumatic incident in 1988. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, “It is my medical opinion that Mr. Grenier has sufficient vision in his left eye to operate a commercial vehicle.”

    Mr. Grenier reported that he has driven straight trucks for 20 years, accumulating 500,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 20 years, accumulating 300,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Connecticut. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    Jay R. Hendricks

    Mr. Hendricks, 53, has had amblyopia in his right eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/100, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, “Yes, Mr. Hendricks has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Hendricks reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 17 years, accumulating 850,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Florida. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    Steven C. Holland

    Mr. Holland, 55, has had amblyopia and a macular hole resulting in central scotoma in his right eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/100, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2015 his optometrist stated, “He has a history of amblyopia in the right eye . . . The right eye does have some slight pigmentary changes within the macula and possibly small macular hole explaining the reduction in acuity . . . At this time, I do not see anything that would limit Mr. Holland's ability to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Holland reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 27 years, accumulating 583,200 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Oklahoma. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    Acquillious Jackson III

    Mr. Jackson, 61, has had aphakia and corneal scarring resulting in amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/15, and in his left eye, counting fingers. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, “In my medical opinion Mr. Jackson has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Jackson reported that he has driven buses for 37 years, accumulating 588,744 miles. He holds a Class B CDL from South Carolina. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    Jimmy D. Johnson II

    Mr. Johnson, 43, has had amblyopia in his right eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/60, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, “In summary, Mr. Johnson is well adapted to his long-standing amblyopia and, in my medical opinion, has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Johnson reported that he has driven straight trucks for 25 years, accumulating 107,500 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 15 years, accumulating 162,000 miles. He holds a Class AM CDL from Tennessee. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    Bradley J. Kearl

    Mr. Kearl, 45, has had congenital glaucoma in his left eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/25, and in his left eye, 20/400. Following an examination in 2015, his ophthalmologist stated, “In my opinion, he has sufficient vision to continue performing the tasks necessary to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Kearl reported that he has driven straight trucks for 21 years, accumulating 10,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 10 years, accumulating 10,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Utah. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    Larry G. Kreke

    Mr. Kreke, 61, has complete loss of vision in his left eye due to a traumatic incident during childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, “Larry Kreke is a 61 year old commercial vehicle operator . . . It is my clinical impression that Mr. Kreke can operate the aforementioned machinery as needed without visual restrictions.” Mr. Kreke reported that he has driven straight trucks for 38 years, accumulating 1.7 million miles. He holds a Class AM CDL from Illinois. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    Richard A. Lemke

    Mr. Lemke, 64, has had amblyopia in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/50. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, “I certify that in my medical opinion, Mr Lemke [sic] has sufficient vision to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Lemke reported that he has driven straight trucks for 25 years, accumulating 250,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from Wisconsin. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    Lawrence McGowan

    Mr. McGowan, 60, has had staphyloma with optic atrophy in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/30, and in his left eye, counting fingers. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, “Formal HVF perimetry ordered 11-2014, >160 degrees of horizontal peripheral vision . . . In my opinion, it is safe for him to drive a commercial vehicle [sic].” Mr. McGowan reported that he has driven straight trucks for 39 years, accumulating 585,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 39 years, accumulating 1.95 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Ohio. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    James R. Milliken

    Mr. Milliken, 64, has had a retinal detachment in his left eye since 1980. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/15, and in his left eye, light perception. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, “I certify that in my medical opinion James R. Milliken has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Milliken reported that he has driven straight trucks for 10.5 years, accumulating 372,750 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 5.5 years, accumulating 115,500 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Colorado. His driving record for the last 3 years shows one crash, for which he was not cited and to which he did not contribute, and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    Christopher P. Mroczka

    Mr. Mroczka, 26, has had refractive amblyopia in his right eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/80, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, “I have no doubt that Mr. Mroczka's vision is suitable to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Mroczka reported that he has driven straight trucks for 3.5 years, accumulating 350,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for two years, accumulating 600 miles. He holds an operator's license from Maryland. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    Gary A. Oster, Jr.

    Mr. Oster, 52, has a total cataract with iris synechia in his right eye due to a traumatic incident during childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, “In my opinion Gary A. Oster has sufficient vision to perform all driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Oster reported that he has driven straight trucks for three years, accumulating 112,500 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 12.5 years, accumulating 1.1 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Oregon. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    Mark A. Pleskovitch

    Mr. Pleskovitch, 59, has complete loss of vision in his right eye due to a traumatic incident during childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is no light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, “Pt. [sic] Mark Pleskovitch has enough vision in his left eye to operate commercial vehical [sic] to my knowledge upon examining his left eye. But, In the end-decision to be made by dept. of transportation.” Mr. Pleskovitch reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 32 years, accumulating 2.24 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Illinois. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    Edward J. Puto

    Mr. Puto, 54, has an optic nerve injury in his right eye due to a traumatic incident during childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is light perception, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, “Patient had eye injury to Right Eye [sic] . . . With correction on may safely operate a commercial motor vehicle.” Mr. Puto reported that he has driven straight trucks for three years, accumulating 75,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 30 years, accumulating 900,000 miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Connecticut. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    Andrew Risner

    Mr. Risner, 26, has had amblyopia in his left eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/200. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, “Pt [sic] demonstrates sufficient vision for commercial vehicle operation.” Mr. Risner reported that he has driven straight trucks for 6 years, accumulating 150,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from Ohio. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and one conviction for a moving violation in a CMV; he exceeded the speed limit by 16 mph.

    Kyle B. Sharp

    Mr. Sharp, 36, has had complete loss of vision in his right eye since 2011 due to Neisseria meningitis. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, no light perception. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, “It is my understanding that Mr. Kyle Sharp presently operates a commercial vehicle. . . I found no evidence at his vision exam of a progressive type of ocular condition that would adversely effect [sic] his current vision status or performance.” Mr. Sharp reported that he has driven straight trucks for 15 years, accumulating 150,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 15 years, accumulating 75,000 miles. He holds a Class CA CDL from Michigan. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    Francis A. St. Pierre

    Mr. St. Pierre, 51, has had amblyopia in his left eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, counting fingers. Following an examination in 2014, his optometrist stated, “It is my medical opinion that Mr. St. Pierre has sufficient vision to operate a vehicle, commercial or otherwise, as his condition is congenital and he has adapted to using his right eye for his good central vision while using both eyes for his peripheral vision.” Mr. St. Pierre reported that he has driven straight trucks for 30 years, accumulating 420,000 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 22 years, accumulating 242,000 miles. He holds a Class AMC CDL from New Hampshire. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    Sukru Tamirci

    Mr. Tamirci, 50, has a cataract, mydriasis, and posterior senechiae in his right eye due to a traumatic incident in 1994. The visual acuity in his right eye is hand motion, and in his left eye, 20/20. Following an examination in 2014, his ophthalmologist stated, “In my medical opinion, he has sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Tamirci reported that he has driven straight trucks for three years, accumulating 504,000 miles, and buses for seven years, accumulating 910,000 miles. He holds an operator's license from New York. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    George F. Treece

    Mr. Treece, 59, has had a retinal scar in his left eye since childhood. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/200. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, “In my opinion, Mr. Treece has proven historically his ability to operate a commercial vehicle and also demonstrates sufficient vision to perform the driving tasks required to operate a commercial vehicle.” Mr. Treece reported that he has driven straight trucks for 3 years, accumulating 1,500 miles, and tractor-trailer combinations for 17 years, accumulating 476,000 miles. He holds a Class AM CDL from Illinois. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    Jeff L. Wheeler

    Mr. Wheeler, 50, has had amblyopia in his left eye since birth. The visual acuity in his right eye is 20/20, and in his left eye, 20/50. Following an examination in 2015, his optometrist stated, “I feel that Mr. Wheeler has adequate vision to operate a commercial vehicle and has been doing so for a number of years.” Mr. Wheeler reported that he has driven tractor-trailer combinations for 25 years, accumulating 2.5 million miles. He holds a Class A CDL from Iowa. His driving record for the last 3 years shows no crashes and no convictions for moving violations in a CMV.

    III. Public Participation and Request for Comments

    FMCSA encourages you to participate by submitting comments and related materials.

    Submitting Comments

    If you submit a comment, please include the docket number for this notice, indicate the specific section of this document to which each comment applies, and provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. You may submit your comments and material online or by fax, mail, or hand delivery, but please use only one of these means. FMCSA recommends that you include your name and a mailing address, an email address, or a phone number in the body of your document so the Agency can contact you if it has questions regarding your submission.

    To submit your comment online, go to http://www.regulations.gov and put the docket number FMCSA-2015-0052 in the “Keyword” box, and click “Search. When the new screen appears, click on “Comment Now!” button and type your comment into the text box in the following screen. Choose whether you are submitting your comment as an individual or on behalf of a third party and then submit. . If you submit your comments by mail or hand delivery, submit them in an unbound format, no larger than 81/2 by 11 inches, suitable for copying and electronic filing. If you submit comments by mail and would like to know that they reached the facility, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed postcard or envelope.

    FMCSA will consider all comments and material received during the comment period and may change this notice based on your comments.

    Viewing Comments and Documents

    To view comments, as well as documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov and insert the docket number FMCSA-2015-0052 in the “Keyword” box and click “Search.” Next, click “Open Docket Folder” button and choose the document listed to review. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may view the docket online by visiting the Docket Management Facility in Room W12-140 on the ground floor of the DOT West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    Issued on: June 9, 2015. Larry W. Minor, Associate Administrator for Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15208 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-EX-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA-2012-0370] Hours of Service of Drivers: U.S. Department of Energy (DOE); Application for Renewal of Exemption AGENCY:

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice of final disposition; grant of application for exemption.

    SUMMARY:

    FMCSA announces its decision to grant the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) request for a renewal of its exemption from the minimum 30-minute rest break provision of the Agency's hours-of-service (HOS) regulations for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. The exemption will enable DOE's contract motor carriers and their employee-drivers transporting security-sensitive radioactive materials to be treated the same as drivers transporting explosives. The exempted drivers will be allowed to use 30 minutes or more of on-duty “attendance time” to meet the HOS rest break requirements providing they do not perform any other work during the break.

    DATES:

    This exemption is effective from June 30, 2015 through June 30, 2017.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Mrs. Pearlie Robinson, Driver and Carrier Operations Division; Office of Carrier, Driver and Vehicle Safety Standards; Telephone: 202-366-4325, Email: [email protected], Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.

    Docket. For access to the docket to read background documents or comments submitted to notice requesting public comments on the exemption application, go to www.regulations.gov at any time or visit Room W12-140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The on-line Federal document management system is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. The docket number is listed at the beginning of this notice.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background

    FMCSA has authority under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315 to grant exemptions from certain parts of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. FMCSA must publish a notice of each exemption request in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(a)). The Agency must provide the public an opportunity to inspect the information relevant to the application, including any safety analyses that have been conducted. The Agency must also provide an opportunity for public comment on the request.

    The Agency reviews safety analyses and public comments submitted, and determines whether granting the exemption would likely achieve a level of safety equivalent to, or greater than, the level that would be achieved by the current regulation (49 CFR 381.305). The decision of the Agency must be published in the Federal Register (49 CFR 381.315(b)) with the reasons for denying or granting the application and, if granted, the name of the person or class of persons receiving the exemption, and the regulatory provision from which the exemption is granted. The notice must also specify the effective period and explain the terms and conditions of the exemption. The exemption may be renewed (49 CFR 381.300(b)).

    Request for Exemption

    Under 49 CFR 395.3(a)(3)(ii), a property-carrying CMV driver is prohibited from operating a CMV on a public road if more than eight hours have passed since the end of the driver's last off duty or sleeper-berth period of at least 30 minutes.

    The initial DOE exemption application for relief from the HOS rule was submitted in 2012; a copy of that application is in the docket. That application fully described the nature of DOE's security-sensitive operations. On May 31, 2013, the Agency granted DOE's current exemption [78 FR 32700]. That exemption expires on June 30, 2015.

    Certain motor carriers under contract to DOE transport “security-sensitive radioactive materials.” DOE requested a renewal of an exemption from the HOS regulation pertaining to rest breaks [49 CFR 395.3(a)(3)(ii)] to allow contract driver-employees transporting security-sensitive radioactive materials to be treated the same as drivers transporting explosives, as provided in § 395.1(q). Section 395.1(q) allows drivers of CMVs carrying Division 1.1, 1.2, or 1.3 explosives who are subject to the requirement for a 30-minute off-duty rest break in § 395.3(a)(3)(ii) to use 30 minutes or more of on-duty “attendance time” to meet the requirement for a rest break, provided they perform no other work.

    In its exemption request, DOE contended that shipments of security-sensitive radioactive materials require a team of two drivers and the use of a sleeper berth to minimize risk and expedite delivery in a safe and secure manner. DOE asserted that granting the exemption would allow team drivers to manage their enroute rest periods efficiently and also perform mandated shipment security surveillance, resulting in a safe and secure driving performance during a long distance trip.

    DOE states that it has instituted several technical and administrative controls to ensure the effective use of driver on-duty and rest-break time, which would remain in effect under the requested exemption. They include the following:

    • Real-time tracking and monitoring of transuranic waste and security-sensitive shipments using DOE's satellite-based systems.

    • Use of electronic on-board recorders on trucks, which is contractually required for motor carriers involved in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant to ensure compliance with driver HOS rules.

    • Continuous monitoring of the safety performance of DOE-qualified motor carriers using the FMCSA Compliance Safety Accountability Program's Safety Measurement System, and DOE's Motor Carrier Evaluation Program.

    Further details regarding DOE's safety controls can be found in its application for exemption, which can be accessed in the docket identified at the beginning of this notice. DOE contends that these controls enable it to achieve a high level of safety and security for transportation of security-sensitive radioactive materials.

    DOE anticipates no safety impacts from this exemption and notes that in the preamble to the FMCSA final rule on the “Hours of Service of Drivers,” dated December 27, 2011 (76 FR 81134), the Agency addressed concerns from commenters regarding rest breaks for carriers of hazardous materials. The Agency cited a recent study showing that on-duty breaks reduce the risk of crashes after the break (76 FR 81154).

    DOE believes that its contract employee drivers should continue to be allowed to follow the requirements in § 395.1(q) when transporting shipments of security-sensitive radioactive materials. DOE believes that shipments made under the exemption would achieve a level of safety and security that is at least equivalent to that which would be obtained by following the normal break requirement in § 395.3(a)(3)(ii).

    DOE estimated that 30 power units and 53 drivers would currently be eligible for the exemption, if renewed. The exemption will be effective from June 30, 2015 through June 30, 2017, the maximum period allowed by § 381.300. A copy of DOE's exemption application is available for review in the docket for this notice.

    Public Comments

    On March 27, 2015, FMCSA published notice of this application, and asked for public comment (80 FR 16506). There were no comments submitted to the docket.

    FMCSA Decision

    The FMCSA has evaluated DOE's application for renewal of the exemption. The Agency believes that DOE's contract carriers will likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety achieved without the exemption [49 CFR 381.305(a)].

    Terms of the Exemption Period of the Exemption

    The exemption from the requirements of 49 CFR 395.3(a)(3)(ii) is granted for the period from 12:01 a.m., June 30, 2015, through 11:59 p.m. on June 30, 2017.

    Extent of the Exemption

    The exemption is restricted to DOE's contract driver-employees transporting security-sensitive radioactive materials. This exemption is limited to the provisions of 49 CFR 395.3(a)(3)(ii) to allow contract driver-employees transporting security-sensitive radioactive materials to be treated the same as drivers transporting explosives, as provided in § 395.1(q). These drivers must comply with all other applicable provisions of the FMCSRs.

    Preemption

    In accordance with 49 U.S.C. 31315(d), during the period this exemption is in effect, no State shall enforce any law or regulation that conflicts with or is inconsistent with this exemption with respect to a firm or person operating under the exemption.

    Notification to FMCSA

    The DOE must notify FMCSA within 5 business days of any accident (as defined in 49 CFR 390.5), involving any of the motor carrier's CMVs operating under the terms of this exemption. The notification must include the following information:

    a. Exemption Identity: “DOE”

    b. Name of operating motor carrier and USDOT number,

    c. Date of the accident,

    d. City or town, and State, in which the accident occurred, or closest to the accident scene,

    e. Driver's name and driver's license number and State of issuance,

    f. Vehicle number and State license plate number,

    g. Number of individuals suffering physical injury,

    h. Number of fatalities,

    i. The police-reported cause of the accident,

    j. Whether the driver was cited for violation of any traffic laws or motor carrier safety regulations, and

    k. The driver's total driving time and total on-duty time period prior to the accident.

    Reports filed under this provision shall be emailed to [email protected]

    Termination

    FMCSA does not believe the drivers covered by this exemption will experience any deterioration of their safety record. However, should this occur, FMCSA will take all steps necessary to protect the public interest, including revocation or restriction of the exemption. The FMCSA will immediately revoke or restrict the exemption for failure to comply with its terms and conditions.

    Issued on: June 8, 2015. T. F. Scott Darling, III, Chief Counsel.
    [FR Doc. 2015-15177 Filed 6-19-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-EX-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA-2015-0061] Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes Mellitus AGENCY:

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice of applications for exemptions; request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    FMCSA announces receipt of applications from 51 individuals for exemption from the prohibition against persons with insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM) operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in interstate commerce. If granted, the exemptions would enable these individuals with ITDM to operate CMVs in interstate commerce.

    DATES:

    Comments must be received on or before July 22, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket No. FMCSA-2015-0061 using any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

    Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.

    Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.

    Fax: 1-202-493-2251.

    Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket numbers for this notice. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading below for further information.

    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to http://www.regulations.gov at any time or Room W12-140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. If you want acknowledgment that we received your comments, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or postcard or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting comments on-line.

    Privacy Act: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts these comments, without edit, including any personal information the commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at www.dot.gov/privacy.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Charles A. Horan, III, Director, Carrier, Driver and Vehicle Safety Standards, (202) 366-4001, [email protected], FMCSA, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room W64-224, Washington, DC 20590-0001. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background

    Under 49 U.S.C. 31136(e) and 31315, FMCSA may grant an exemption from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations for a 2-year period if it finds “such exemption would likely achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to or greater than the level that would be achieved absent such exemption.” The statute also allows the Agency to renew exemptions at the end of the 2-year period. The 51 individuals listed in this notice have recently requested such an exemption from the diabetes prohibition in 49 CFR 391.41(b)(3), which applies to drivers of CMVs in interstate commerce. Accordingly, the Agency will evaluate the qualifications of each applicant to determine whether granting the exemption will achieve the required level of safety mandated by statute.

    II. Qualifications of Applicants Timothy G. Baker

    Mr. Baker, 64, has had ITDM since 2011. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Baker understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Baker meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2015 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class A CDL from Nebraska.

    Daniel E. Benes

    Mr. Benes, 52, has had ITDM since 2014. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Benes understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Benes meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2015 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class A CDL from Wisconsin.

    William E. Blake

    Mr. Blake, 60, has had ITDM since 2013. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Blake understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Blake meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2015 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class A CDL from Texas.

    Thomas M. Burns

    Mr. Burns, 38, has had ITDM since 2011. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Burns understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Burns meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His ophthalmologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds an operator's license from New Jersey.

    George W. Cahall

    Mr. Cahall, 57, has had ITDM since 2011. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Cahall understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Cahall meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2015 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class A CDL from Delaware.

    John T. Curry

    Mr. Curry, 60, has had ITDM since 2007. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Curry understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Curry meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2015 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class A CDL from Tennessee.

    Willie D. Davis

    Mr. Davis, 73, has had ITDM since 2014. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Davis understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Davis meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2015 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds an operator's license from Illinois.

    Alan E. Dean

    Mr. Dean, 66, has had ITDM since 2014. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Dean understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Dean meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2015 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class B CDL from Nebraska.

    Christopher A. DiCioccio

    Mr. DiCioccio, 24, has had ITDM since 2012. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. DiCioccio understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. DiCioccio meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2015 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class A CDL from Connecticut.

    Johnny L. Emory

    Mr. Emory, 71, has had ITDM since 1995. His endocrinologist examined him in 2014 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Emory understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Emory meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His ophthalmologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has stable nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class A CDL from Kansas.

    Ike Gibbs

    Mr. Gibbs, 51, has had ITDM since 2014. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Gibbs understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Gibbs meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2015 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class A CDL from California.

    Joseph Gipson

    Mr. Gipson, 60, has had ITDM since 2009. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Gipson understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Gipson meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2015 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class A CDL from Kansas.

    Juan Gomez Jr.

    Mr. Gomez, 50, has had ITDM since 2012. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Gomez understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Gomez meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2015 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class A CDL from Iowa.

    George A. Gross

    Mr. Gross, 74, has had ITDM since 2010. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Gross understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Gross meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2015 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class B CDL from New York.

    Herman L. Hall

    Mr. Hall, 71, has had ITDM since 2008. His endocrinologist examined him in 2014 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Hall understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Hall meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His ophthalmologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class C CDL from New Jersey.

    Grover D. Johnson

    Mr. Johnson, 63, has had ITDM since 2013. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Johnson understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Johnson meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2015 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class B CDL from New York.

    Bruce E. Johnston

    Mr. Johnston, 36, has had ITDM since 2013. His endocrinologist examined him in 2014 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Johnston understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Johnston meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2014 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds an operator's license from Colorado.

    Francis D. Judd

    Mr. Judd, 60, has had ITDM since 2011. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Judd understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Judd meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His ophthalmologist examined him in 2014 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class A CDL from Massachusetts.

    William J. Kaszubski

    Mr. Kaszubski, 60, has had ITDM since 2005. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Kaszubski understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Kaszubski meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2014 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class A CDL from Illinois.

    George S. Kean

    Mr. Kean, 69, has had ITDM since 2014. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Kean understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Kean meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2015 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class B CDL from New Hampshire.

    Jeffrey K. Lageson

    Mr. Lageson, 67, has had ITDM since 1997. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Lageson understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Lageson meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2014 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class A CDL from Minnesota.

    Yehuda Lauber

    Mr. Lauber, 36, has had ITDM since 1986. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Lauber understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Lauber meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His ophthalmologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class B CDL from New York.

    Rickie D. Leonard

    Mr. Leonard, 49, has had ITDM since 2012. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Leonard understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Leonard meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2015 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds an operator's license from Washington.

    Travis R. Mendenhall

    Mr. Mendenhall, 40, has had ITDM since 2013. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Mendenhall understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Mendenhall meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2015 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class B CDL from Ohio.

    Danny R. Middlebrooks

    Mr. Middlebrooks, 62, has had ITDM since 2011. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Middlebrooks understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Middlebrooks meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2015 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class A CDL from Georgia.

    Kyle A. Mininger

    Mr. Mininger, 21, has had ITDM since 2008. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Mininger understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely.

    Mr. Mininger meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2015 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds an operator's license from Alabama.

    John T. Murchison, Jr.

    Mr. Murchison, 49, has had ITDM since 2013. His endocrinologist examined him in 2014 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Murchison understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely.

    Mr. Murchison meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2015 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class A CDL from Tennessee.

    Axel J. M. Murphy

    Mr. Murphy, 22, has had ITDM since 1999. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Murphy understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely.

    Mr. Murphy meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His ophthalmologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds an operator's license from Minnesota.

    Charles M. Naylis

    Mr. Naylis, 63, has had ITDM since 2014. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Naylis understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Naylis meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2014 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class A CDL from Pennsylvania.

    Craig J. Nelson

    Mr. Nelson, 27, has had ITDM since 2006. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Nelson understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely.

    Mr. Nelson meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2015 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds an operator's license from Illinois.

    Richard A. Nigro

    Mr. Nigro, 55, has had ITDM since 2015. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Nigro understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Nigro meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His ophthalmologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has stable nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class A CDL from New Jersey.

    Thomas S. O'Brien

    Mr. O'Brien, 50, has had ITDM since 2014. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. O'Brien understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely.

    Mr. O'Brien meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2015 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class A CDL from Texas.

    Paul T. Ozbun

    Mr. Ozbun, 55, has had ITDM since 2013. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Ozbun understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Ozbun meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His optometrist examined him in 2014 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds an operator's license from Oklahoma.

    Modesto F. Pedote

    Mr. Pedote, 49, has had ITDM since 2005. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occurred without warning in the past 12 months and no recurrent (2 or more) severe hypoglycemic episodes in the last 5 years. His endocrinologist certifies that Mr. Pedote understands diabetes management and monitoring, has stable control of his diabetes using insulin, and is able to drive a CMV safely. Mr. Pedote meets the requirements of the vision standard at 49 CFR 391.41(b)(10). His ophthalmologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he does not have diabetic retinopathy. He holds a Class B CDL from New York.

    David M. Pomeroy

    Mr. Pomeroy, 49, has had ITDM since 1971. His endocrinologist examined him in 2015 and certified that he has had no severe hypoglycemic reactions resulting in loss of consciousness, requiring the assistance of another person, or resulting in impaired cognitive function that occur