Federal Register Vol. 80, No.149,

Federal Register Volume 80, Issue 149 (August 4, 2015)

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80 FR 46181 - Implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for the United States for 2015-2020PDF
80 FR 46375 - Sunshine Act MeetingPDF
80 FR 46339 - Sunshine Act Meeting NoticePDF
80 FR 46251 - Sunshine Act Meeting NoticePDF
80 FR 46326 - Manufacturer of Controlled Substances Registration: National Center for Natural Products Research (NIDA MPROJECT), Inc.PDF
80 FR 46334 - Manufacturer of Controlled Substances Registration: Cody Laboratories, Inc.PDF
80 FR 46323 - Manufacturer of Controlled Substances Registration: Sigma Aldrich Research Biochemicals, Inc.PDF
80 FR 46334 - Bulk Manufacturer of Controlled Substances Application: Cedarburg Pharmaceuticals, Inc.PDF
80 FR 46336 - Importer of Controlled Substances Registration: Meridian Medical TechnologiesPDF
80 FR 46328 - Manufacturer of Controlled Substances Registration: Cayman Chemicals CompanyPDF
80 FR 46335 - Importer of Controlled Substances Registration: Actavis Laboratories FL, Inc.PDF
80 FR 46245 - Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells, Whether or Not Assembled Into Modules From the People's Republic of China: Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative ReviewPDF
80 FR 46316 - Notice of Temporary Closure and Temporary Restrictions of Specific Uses on Public Lands for the Burning Man Event, Pershing County, NVPDF
80 FR 46327 - Importer of Controlled Substances Registration: Sigma-Aldrich International GMBH, Sigma Aldrich Co., LLCPDF
80 FR 46330 - Importer of Controlled Substances Application: Research Triangle InstitutePDF
80 FR 46234 - Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 46235 - Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 46238 - 2017 Economic CensusPDF
80 FR 46382 - Notice of Availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Cal Black Memorial Airport, Halls Crossing Replacement AirportPDF
80 FR 46380 - Guidance on the Procedures and Process To Petition the Secretary Under the Airport and Airways Improvement ActPDF
80 FR 46245 - Polyester Staple Fiber From Taiwan: Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014-2015PDF
80 FR 46384 - Receipt of Noise Compatibility Program and Request for Review; Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport, Bullhead City, ArizonaPDF
80 FR 46379 - Notice of Intent To Rule on Release of Airport Property at Upper Cumberland Regional Airport, Sparta, TennesseePDF
80 FR 46384 - Buy America Waiver NotificationPDF
80 FR 46243 - Smart Cities Infrastructure Business Development Mission to India; February 8-12, 2016PDF
80 FR 46322 - Adeline Davies Essien, M.D.; Decision and OrderPDF
80 FR 46194 - Safety Zones and Regulated Navigation Area; Shell Arctic Drilling/Exploration Vessel and Associated Voluntary First Amendment Area, Portland, ORPDF
80 FR 46324 - Pedro E. Lopez, M.D.; Decision and OrderPDF
80 FR 46326 - AIM Pharmacy & Surgical S. Corp. OrderPDF
80 FR 46336 - Manufacturer of Controlled Substances Registration: Cambrex Charles CityPDF
80 FR 46254 - Basic Energy Sciences Advisory CommitteePDF
80 FR 46335 - Importer of Controlled Substances Registration: Almac Clinical Services Inc. (ACSI)PDF
80 FR 46254 - Orders Granting Authority To Import and Export Natural Gas, To Import and Export Liquefied Natural Gas and To Vacate Prior Authorization During June 2015PDF
80 FR 46322 - Importer of Controlled Substances Registration: Johnson Matthey, Inc.PDF
80 FR 46328 - Importer of Controlled Substances Registration: HospiraPDF
80 FR 46334 - Manufacturer of Controlled Substances Registration: Johnson Matthey, Inc.PDF
80 FR 46336 - Manufacturer of Controlled Substances Registration: Pharmacore, Inc.PDF
80 FR 46378 - 30-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Risk Analysis and Management (RAM)PDF
80 FR 46313 - National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); Assistance to Private Sector Property Insurers, Availability of FY 2016 ArrangementPDF
80 FR 46208 - Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Age in Programs and Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance From the Department of the TreasuryPDF
80 FR 46238 - Upper North River Watershed Dam No. 77, Augusta County, VirginiaPDF
80 FR 46247 - Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee Public MeetingPDF
80 FR 46287 - Special Diabetes Program for Indians; Community-Directed Grant Program; Announcement Type: New and Competing ContinuationPDF
80 FR 46385 - Petition for Waiver of CompliancePDF
80 FR 46357 - New Postal ProductPDF
80 FR 46236 - Notice of Affirmation of Revision of a Treatment Schedule for Hot Water Treatment of MangoesPDF
80 FR 46185 - Adjustment of Appendices to the Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Regulation for the 2015 Tariff-Rate Quota YearPDF
80 FR 46309 - Government-Owned Inventions; Availability for LicensingPDF
80 FR 46237 - Assessment of Fees for Dairy Import Licenses for the 2016 Tariff-Rate Import Quota YearPDF
80 FR 46215 - Medicare and Medicaid Programs; CY 2016 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; and Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements; CorrectionPDF
80 FR 46250 - Petition for Classification of Vacuum Diffusion Technology as an Anti-Entrapment System Under the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety ActPDF
80 FR 46284 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 46192 - Medical Devices; Ear, Nose, and Throat Devices; Classification of the External Upper Esophageal Sphincter Compression DevicePDF
80 FR 46190 - Medical Devices; Immunology and Microbiology Devices; Classification of Trichomonas VaginalisPDF
80 FR 46388 - Proposed Information Collection (Fiduciary Agreement) Activity: Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 46261 - WBI Energy Transmission, Inc.; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Planned Demicks Lake Pipeline Project and Request for Comments on Environmental IssuesPDF
80 FR 46257 - L.S. Starrett Company; Notice of Application Accepted For Filing, Soliciting Comments, Motions To Intervene, And ProtestsPDF
80 FR 46269 - Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC; Notice of ApplicationPDF
80 FR 46266 - East Tennessee Natural Gas, LLC; Supplemental Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Loudon Expansion Project and Request for Comments on Environmental IssuesPDF
80 FR 46268 - Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-552); Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 46265 - New York Independent System Operator, Inc.; Notice of FilingPDF
80 FR 46269 - ISO New England Inc.; Notice of FilingPDF
80 FR 46263 - California Independent System Operator Corporation; Notice of FilingPDF
80 FR 46265 - Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC; Notice of ApplicationPDF
80 FR 46259 - ITC Grid Development LLC; Notice of Petition for Declaratory OrderPDF
80 FR 46269 - Notice Of Revised Procedural SchedulePDF
80 FR 46270 - Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-576); Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 46258 - Fair Wind Power Partners, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based Rate Filing Includes Request for Blanket Section 204 AuthorizationPDF
80 FR 46256 - Commission Information Collection Activities (Ferc-914); Comment Request; ExtensionPDF
80 FR 46259 - American Midstream, LLC; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Natchez Pipeline Project and Request for Comments on Environmental IssuesPDF
80 FR 46264 - Town of Grand Lake, Colorado; Notice of Preliminary Determination of a Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility and Soliciting Comments and Motions To IntervenePDF
80 FR 46218 - Migratory Bird Hunting; Proposed Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations on Certain Federal Indian Reservations and Ceded Lands for the 2015-16 SeasonPDF
80 FR 46386 - Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 46319 - Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey; MontanaPDF
80 FR 46252 - Department of the NavyPDF
80 FR 46253 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Evaluation of the Pell Grant Experiments Under the Experimental Sites InitiativePDF
80 FR 46267 - Combined Notice of FilingsPDF
80 FR 46258 - Combined Notice of Filings #1PDF
80 FR 46387 - Advisory Committee on Women Veterans; Solicitation of Nomination for Appointment to the Advisory Committee on Women VeteransPDF
80 FR 46386 - Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation, Notice of MeetingPDF
80 FR 46282 - Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and RecommendationsPDF
80 FR 46281 - Request for Nominations of Candidates To Serve on the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Control Advisory Committee (BCCEDCAC)PDF
80 FR 46281 - Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Health Disparities Subcommittee (HDS)PDF
80 FR 46338 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Diesel-Powered Equipment in Underground Coal MinesPDF
80 FR 46287 - Evidentiary Considerations for Integration of Biomarkers in Drug Development; Notice of Public Meeting; Request for CommentsPDF
80 FR 46237 - Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP)PDF
80 FR 46285 - Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 46247 - Meeting of the United States Manufacturing CouncilPDF
80 FR 46311 - National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: Notice of Closed MeetingsPDF
80 FR 46312 - National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: Notice of MeetingPDF
80 FR 46307 - National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: Notice of Closed MeetingPDF
80 FR 46214 - Periodic ReportingPDF
80 FR 46313 - National Institute on Aging: Notice of Closed MeetingPDF
80 FR 46313 - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: Notice of Closed MeetingPDF
80 FR 46308 - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: Notice of Closed MeetingsPDF
80 FR 46311 - Center for Scientific Review: Notice of Closed MeetingPDF
80 FR 46308 - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: Notice of MeetingsPDF
80 FR 46312 - National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences: Notice of MeetingPDF
80 FR 46479 - North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)-Updates for 2017PDF
80 FR 46315 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Genealogy Index Search Request and Genealogy Records Request. Forms G-1041 and G-1041A; Revision of a Currently Approved CollectionPDF
80 FR 46314 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Application to File Declaration of Intention, Form N-300; Revision of a Currently Approved CollectionPDF
80 FR 46365 - AMG Pantheon Private Equity Fund, LLC, et al.; Notice of ApplicationPDF
80 FR 46369 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; BATS Y-Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change to Rule 11.13, Order Execution and RoutingPDF
80 FR 46357 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Relating To Amending Its Simple Auction Liaison (“SAL”) RulePDF
80 FR 46363 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; EDGA Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change to Rule 11.11, Routing to Away Trading CentersPDF
80 FR 46372 - Little Harbor MultiStrategy Composite Fund and Little Harbor Advisors, LLC; Notice of ApplicationPDF
80 FR 46362 - Proposed Collection; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 46320 - National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related ActionsPDF
80 FR 46248 - Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) Information Collection SystemPDF
80 FR 46205 - Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Coral, Coral Reefs, and Live/Hard Bottom Habitats of the South Atlantic Region; Amendment 8; CorrectionPDF
80 FR 46239 - Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2016 Census TestPDF
80 FR 46284 - Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 46190 - Listing of Color Additives Exempt From Certification; Mica-Based Pearlescent Pigments; Confirmation of Effective DatePDF
80 FR 46197 - Vet CentersPDF
80 FR 46286 - Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 46337 - Comment Request for Proposed Information Collection for Employment and Training Administration Financial Report Form #9130 (OMB Control No. 1205-0461), Extension With ChangesPDF
80 FR 46321 - Certain Communications or Computing Devices and Components Thereof Commission Determination Not To Review an Initial Determination Terminating the Investigation in its Entirety Based Upon Settlement; Termination of Investigation; and Vacatur of Order No. 34; CorrectionPDF
80 FR 46251 - Defense Health Board; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee MeetingPDF
80 FR 46206 - Airworthiness Directives; Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH SailplanesPDF
80 FR 46389 - Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) for FY 2016, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, SNF Quality Reporting Program, and Staffing Data CollectionPDF
80 FR 46345 - Biweekly Notice; Applications and Amendments to Facility Operating Licenses and Combined Licenses Involving No Significant Hazards ConsiderationsPDF
80 FR 46368 - Proposed Collection; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 46375 - Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 46371 - Proposed Collection; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 46359 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Amendment No. 1 and Order Granting Accelerated Approval of a Proposed Rule Change, as Modified by Amendment No. 1, To List and Trade Shares of the Cambria Sovereign High Yield Bond ETF and the Cambria Value and Momentum ETF Under NYSE Arca Equities Rule 8.600PDF
80 FR 46271 - Notice of Availability of the Environmental Protection Agency's Updated Ozone Transport Modeling Data for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS)PDF
80 FR 46280 - Final 2014 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan and 2014 Annual Effluent Guidelines Review ReportPDF
80 FR 46243 - Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Services Surveys: BE-125, Quarterly Survey of Transactions in Selected Services and Intellectual Property With Foreign PersonsPDF
80 FR 46248 - Proposed Information Collection Activities To Be Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB); Request for Comments; Annual Representations and Certification FormPDF
80 FR 46250 - Procurement List; Proposed Additions and DeletionsPDF
80 FR 46249 - Procurement List; AdditionsPDF
80 FR 46187 - Airworthiness Directives; BAE Systems (Operations) Limited AirplanesPDF
80 FR 46376 - Announcement of 2016 InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business ChallengePDF
80 FR 46339 - Applications and Amendments to Facility Operating Licenses and Combined Licenses Involving Proposed No Significant Hazards Considerations and Containing Sensitive Unclassified Non-Safeguards Information and Order Imposing Procedures for Access to Sensitive Unclassified Non-Safeguards InformationPDF
80 FR 46201 - Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Consumer and Commercial Products and Mobile Equipment Repair and Refinishing OperationsPDF
80 FR 46383 - Notice of Intent To Rule on Request To Release Property at the Morgantown Municipal Airport, Morgantown, WVPDF
80 FR 46320 - Notice of Public Meeting; Wyoming Resource Advisory CouncilPDF

Issue

80 149 Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Contents Agriculture Agriculture Department See

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

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Foreign Agricultural Service

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Natural Resources Conservation Service

RULES Adjustment of Appendices to the Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Regulation for the 2015 Tariff-Rate Quota Year, 46185-46187 2015-19083 NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 46234-46236 2015-19008 2015-19152 2015-19153 2015-19154
Animal Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service NOTICES Affirmation of Revision of a Treatment Schedule for Hot Water Treatment of Mangoes, 46236-46237 2015-19084 Census Bureau Census Bureau NOTICES 2017 Economic Census, 46238-46239 2015-19147 Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: 2016 Census Test, 46239-46242 2015-19005 Centers Disease Centers for Disease Control and Prevention NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 46282-46284 2015-19042 Meetings: Advisory Committee to the Director, Health Disparities Subcommittee; Cancellation, 46281 2015-19040 Requests for Nominations: Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Control Advisory Committee, 46281 2015-19041 Centers Medicare Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services RULES Medicare Program: Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities for FY 2016, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, SNF Quality Reporting Program, and Staffing Data Collection, 46390-46477 2015-18950 PROPOSED RULES Medicare and Medicaid Programs: CY 2016 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; and Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements; Correction, 46215-46218 2015-19079 NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 46284 2015-19075 Children Children and Families Administration NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 46284-46287 2015-18987 2015-19001 2015-19035 Coast Guard Coast Guard RULES Safety Zones and Regulated Navigation Areas: Shell Arctic Drilling/Exploration Vessel and Associated Voluntary First Amendment Area, Portland, OR, 46194-46197 2015-19120 Commerce Commerce Department See

Census Bureau

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Economic Analysis Bureau

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International Trade Administration

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National Institute of Standards and Technology

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Committee for Purchase Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 46248-46249 2015-18852 Procurement List; Additions and Deletions, 46249-46250 2015-18850 2015-18851 Consumer Product Consumer Product Safety Commission NOTICES Meetings; Sunshine Act, 46251 2015-19175 Petitions: Classification of Vacuum Diffusion Technology as an Anti-Entrapment System under the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, 46250-46251 2015-19076 Defense Department Defense Department See

Navy Department

NOTICES Meetings: Defense Health Board, Federal Advisory Committee, 46251-46252 2015-18981
Drug Drug Enforcement Administration NOTICES Decisions and Orders: Adeline Davies Essien, MD, 46322-46323 2015-19122 AIM Pharmacy and Surgical S. Corp., 46326 2015-19116 Pedro E. Lopez, MD, 46324-46326 2015-19119 Importers of Controlled Substances; Applications: Research Triangle Institute, 46330-46334 2015-19158 Importers of Controlled Substances; Registrations: Actavis Laboratories FL, Inc., 46335 2015-19162 Almac Clinical Services Inc., Souderton, PA, 46335-46336 2015-19109 Hospira, 46328 2015-19106 Johnson Matthey, Inc., West Deptford, NJ, 46322 2015-19107 Meridian Medical Technologies, 46336 2015-19164 Sigma-Aldrich International GMBH, Sigma Aldrich Co., LLC, 46327-46328 2015-19159 Manufacturers of Controlled Substances; Applications: Cedarburg Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 46334 2015-19165 Manufacturers of Controlled Substances; Registrations: Cambrex Charles City, Charles City, IA, 46336-46337 2015-19111 Cayman Chemicals Co., 46328-46330 2015-19163 Cody Laboratories, Inc., 46334 2015-19168 Johnson Matthey, Inc., 46334-46335 2015-19100 National Center for Natural Products Research, Inc., 46326-46327 2015-19172 Pharmacore, Inc., 46336 2015-19099 Sigma Aldrich Research Biochemicals, Inc., 46323-46324 2015-19166 Economic Analysis Bureau Economic Analysis Bureau NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Quarterly Survey of Transactions in Selected Services and Intellectual Property With Foreign Persons, 46243 2015-18873 Education Department Education Department NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Evaluation of the Pell Grant Experiments Under the Experimental Sites Initiative, 46253-46254 2015-19019 2015-19048 Employment and Training Employment and Training Administration NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Financial Report Form, 46337-46338 2015-18986 Energy Department Energy Department See

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

NOTICES Authority to Import and Export Natural Gas and Liquefied Natural Gas, etc.: Orion Aviation, Corp., et al., 46254-46255 2015-19108 Charter Renewals: Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee, 46254 2015-19110
Environmental Protection Environmental Protection Agency RULES Air Quality State Implementation Plans; Approvals and Promulgations: Virginia; Consumer and Commercial Products and Mobile Equipment Repair and Refinishing Operations, 46201-46205 2015-18609 NOTICES Final 2014 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan and 2014 Annual Effluent Guidelines Review Report, 46280 2015-18877 Updated Ozone Transport Modeling Data for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard, 46271-46280 2015-18878 Federal Aviation Federal Aviation Administration RULES Airworthiness Directives: BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Airplanes, 46187-46190 2015-18710 PROPOSED RULES Airworthiness Directives: Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH Sailplanes, 46206-46208 2015-18955 NOTICES Guidance: Procedures and Process to Petition the Secretary Under the Airport and Airways Improvement Act, 46380-46382 2015-19144 Noise Compatibility Programs: Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport, Bullhead City, AZ, 46384 2015-19142 Records of Decisions: Cal Black Memorial Airport, Halls Crossing Replacement Airport, 46382-46383 2015-19145 Release of Airport Property: Morgantown Municipal Airport, Morgantown, WV, 46383 2015-18596 Upper Cumberland Regional Airport, Sparta, TN, 46379-46380 2015-19141 Federal Emergency Federal Emergency Management Agency NOTICES National Flood Insurance Program: Assistance to Private Sector Property Insurers, Availability of FY 2016 Arrangement, 46313-46314 2015-19097 Federal Energy Federal Energy Regulatory Commission NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 46256-46257, 46268-46271 2015-19056 2015-19058 2015-19065 Applications: Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC, 46265-46266, 46269-46270 2015-19061 2015-19067 Combined Filings, 46258, 46267-46268 2015-19046 2015-19047 Environmental Assessments; Availability, etc.: American Midstream, LLC, Natchez Pipeline Project, 46259-46261 2015-19055 East Tennessee Natural Gas, LLC, Proposed Loudon Expansion Project, 46266-46267 2015-19066 WBI Energy Transmission, Inc., Demicks Lake Pipeline Project, 46261-46263 2015-19069 Filings: California Independent System Operator Corp., 46263-46264 2015-19062 ISO New England Inc., 46269 2015-19063 New York Independent System Operator, Inc., 46265 2015-19064 Hydroelectric Applications: L.S. Starrett Co., 46257-46258 2015-19068 Initial Market-Based Rate Filings Including Requests for Blanket Section 204 Authorizations: Fair Wind Power Partners, LLC, 46258-46259 2015-19057 Petitions for Declaratory Orders: ITC Grid Development LLC, 46259 2015-19060 Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facilities; Determinations: Town of Grand Lake, CO, 46264-46265 2015-19054 Revised Procedural Schedules, 46269 2015-19059 Federal Highway Federal Highway Administration NOTICES Buy American Waivers, 46384-46385 2015-19137 Federal Railroad Federal Railroad Administration NOTICES Petitions for Waivers of Compliance, 46385-46386 2015-19086 Fish Fish and Wildlife Service PROPOSED RULES Migratory Bird Hunting: Proposed Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations on Certain Federal Indian Reservations and Ceded Lands for the 2015-16 Season, 46218-46233 2015-19053 Food and Drug Food and Drug Administration RULES Listing of Color Additives Exempt from Certification: Mica-Based Pearlescent Pigments; Confirmation of Effective Date, 46190 2015-18996 Medical Devices: Ear, Nose, and Throat Devices; Classification of the External Upper Esophageal Sphincter Compression Device, 46192-46194 2015-19074 Immunology and Microbiology Devices; Classification of Trichomonas Vaginalis Nucleic Acid Assay, 46190-46192 2015-19072 NOTICES Meetings: Evidentiary Considerations for Integration of Biomarkers in Drug Development, 46287 2015-19037 Foreign Agricultural Foreign Agricultural Service NOTICES Assessment of Fees for Dairy Import Licenses for the 2016 Tariff-Rate Import Quota Year, 46237 2015-19081 Health and Human Health and Human Services Department See

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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Children and Families Administration

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Food and Drug Administration

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Indian Health Service

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National Institutes of Health

Homeland Homeland Security Department See

Coast Guard

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Federal Emergency Management Agency

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Indian Health Indian Health Service NOTICES Community-Directed Grant Programs: Special Diabetes Program for Indians, 46287-46307 2015-19088 Interior Interior Department See

Fish and Wildlife Service

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Land Management Bureau

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National Park Service

International Trade Adm International Trade Administration NOTICES Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Investigations, Orders, or Reviews: Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells, Whether or Not Assembled Into Modules From the People's Republic of China, 46245-46246 2015-19161 Polyester Staple Fiber From Taiwan, 46245 2015-19143 Meetings: Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee, 46247-46248 2015-19089 United States Manufacturing Council, 46247 2015-19034 Smart Cities Infrastructure Business Development Mission to India, 46243-46245 2015-19123 International Trade Com International Trade Commission NOTICES Investigations; Determinations, Modifications, and Rulings, etc.: Certain Communications or Computing Devices and Components Thereof; Termination and Vacatur of Order No. 34; Correction, 46321-46322 2015-18984 Justice Department Justice Department See

Drug Enforcement Administration

Labor Department Labor Department See

Employment and Training Administration

NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Diesel-Powered Equipment in Underground Coal Mines, 46338-46339 2015-19038
Land Land Management Bureau NOTICES Meetings: Wyoming Resource Advisory Council, 46320 2015-17802 Plats of Surveys: Montana, 46319-46320 2015-19051 Temporary Closures and Restrictions of Specific Uses on Public Lands: Burning Man Event, Pershing County, NV, 46316-46319 2015-19160 Management Management and Budget Office NOTICES North American Industry Classification System; Updates for 2017, 46480-46484 2015-19022 National Institute National Institute of Standards and Technology NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program Information Collection System, 46248 2015-19010 National Institute National Institutes of Health NOTICES Government-Owned Inventions; Availability for Licensing, 46309-46311 2015-19082 Meetings: Center for Scientific Review, 46311-46312 2015-19025 National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 46307-46308 2015-19030 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, 46313 2015-19027 National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, 46312-46313 2015-19031 National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 46308-46309 2015-19024 2015-19026 National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, 46312 2015-19023 National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 46311 2015-19032 National Institute on Aging, 46313 2015-19028 National Oceanic National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RULES Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic: Coral, Coral Reefs, and Live/Hard Bottom Habitats of the South Atlantic Region; Amendment 8; Correction, 46205 2015-19009 National Park National Park Service NOTICES National Register of Historic Places; Pending Nominations and Related Actions, 46320-46321 2015-19011 National Resources Natural Resources Conservation Service NOTICES Environmental Assessments; Availability, etc.: Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program, 46237-46238 2015-19036 Environmental Impact Statements; Availability, etc.: Upper North River Watershed Dam No. 77, Augusta County, VA, 46238 2015-19091 Navy Navy Department NOTICES Environmental Impact Statements; Availability, etc.: Mariana Islands Training and Testing, 46252 2015-19050 Nuclear Regulatory Nuclear Regulatory Commission NOTICES Facility Operating Licenses and Combined Licenses; Applications and Amendments, 46339-46357 2015-18632 2015-18896 Meetings; Sunshine Act, 46339 2015-19176 Postal Regulatory Postal Regulatory Commission PROPOSED RULES Periodic Reporting, 46214-46215 2015-19029 NOTICES New Postal Products, 46357 2015-19085 Presidential Documents Presidential Documents EXECUTIVE ORDERS HIV/AIDS Strategy for the U.S. for 2015-2020; Implementation (EO 13703), 46181-46184 2015-19209 Securities Securities and Exchange Commission NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 46362-46363, 46368-46369, 46371-46372, 46375-46376 2015-18884 2015-18886 2015-18887 2015-19012 2015-19013 Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery, 46368 2015-18885 Applications: AMG Pantheon Private Equity Fund, LLC, et al., 46365-46368 2015-19018 Little Harbor MultiStrategy Composite Fund and Little Harbor Advisors, LLC, 46372-46375 2015-19014 Meetings; Sunshine Act, 46375 2015-19188 Self-Regulatory Organizations; Proposed Rule Changes: BATS Y-Exchange, Inc., 46369-46371 2015-19017 Chicago Board Options Exchange, Inc., 46357-46359 2015-19016 EDGA Exchange, Inc., 46363-46365 2015-19015 NYSE Arca, Inc., 46359-46362 2015-18883 Small Business Small Business Administration NOTICES 2016 InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge, 46376-46378 2015-18708 State Department State Department NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Risk Analysis and Management, 46378-46379 2015-19098 Transportation Department Transportation Department See

Federal Aviation Administration

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Federal Highway Administration

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Federal Railroad Administration

Treasury Treasury Department PROPOSED RULES Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Age in Programs and Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance From the Department of the Treasury, 46208-46214 2015-19096 NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 46386 2015-19052 U.S. Citizenship U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Application to File Declaration of Intention, 46314-46315 2015-19020 Genealogy Index Search Request and Genealogy Records Request, 46315-46316 2015-19021 Veteran Affairs Veterans Affairs Department RULES Vet Centers, 46197-46200 2015-18988 NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Fiduciary Agreement, 46388 2015-19070 Meetings: Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation, 46386-46387 2015-19044 Requests for Nominations: Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, 46387-46388 2015-19045 Separate Parts In This Issue Part II Health and Human Services Department, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 46390-46477 2015-18950 Part III Management and Budget Office, 46480-46484 2015-19022 Reader Aids

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80 149 Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Rules and Regulations DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Office of the Secretary 7 CFR Part 6 Adjustment of Appendices to the Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Regulation for the 2015 Tariff-Rate Quota Year AGENCY:

Office of the Secretary, USDA.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This document sets forth the revised appendices to the Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Regulation for the 2015 quota year reflecting the cumulative annual transfers from Appendix 1 to Appendix 2 for certain dairy product import licenses permanently surrendered by licensees or revoked by the Licensing Authority.

DATES:

Effective: August 4, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Abdelsalam El-Farra, Dairy Import Licensing Program, Import Policies and Export Reporting Division, U.S. Department of Agriculture, at(202) 720-9439; or by email at: [email protected]

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Foreign Agricultural Service, under a delegation of authority from the Secretary of Agriculture, administers the Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Regulation codified at 7 CFR 6.20-6.37 that provides for the issuance of licenses to import certain dairy articles under tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) as set forth in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States. These dairy articles may only be entered into the United States at the low-tier tariff by or for the account of a person or firm to whom such licenses have been issued and only in accordance with the terms and conditions of the regulation.

Licenses are issued on a calendar year basis, and each license authorizes the license holder to import a specified quantity and type of dairy article from a specified country of origin. The Import Policies and Export Reporting Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, issues these licenses and, in conjunction with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, monitors their use.

The regulation at 7 CFR 6.34(a) states: “Whenever a historical license (Appendix 1) is not issued to an applicant pursuant to the provisions of 6.23, is permanently surrendered or is revoked by the Licensing Authority, the amount of such license will be transferred to Appendix 2.” Section 6.34(b) provides that the cumulative annual transfers will be published in the Federal Register. Accordingly, this document sets forth the revised Appendices for the 2015 tariff-rate quota year.

List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 6

Agricultural commodities, Cheese, Dairy products, Imports, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

Issued at Washington, DC, the 16th day of July, 2015. Ronald Lord, Licensing Authority.

Accordingly, 7 CFR part 6 is amended as follows:

PART 6—IMPORT QUOTAS AND FEES 1. The authority citation for Part 6, Subpart—Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing continues to read as follows: Authority:

Additional U.S. Notes 6, 7, 8, 12, 14, 16-23 and 25 to Chapter 4 and General Note 15 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (19 U.S.C. 1202), Pub. L. 97-258, 96 Stat. 1051, as amended (31 U.S.C. 9701), and secs. 103 and 404, Pub. L. 103-465, 108 Stat. 4819(19 U.S.C. 3513 and 3601).

2. Appendices 1, 2 and 3 to Subpart—Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing are revised to read as follows: Articles Subject to: Appendix 1, Historical Licenses; Appendix 2 Non-Historical Licenses; and Appendix 3, Designated Importers Licenses for Quota Year 2015 [Quantities in kilograms] Non-cheese articles Appendix 1 Appendix 2 Sum of
  • appendix
  • 1 & 2
  • Appendix 3 Tokyo R. Uruguay R. Grand total HTS Chapter
  • 4/2014
  • BUTTER (NOTE 6) 4,545,013 2,431,987 6,977,000 6,977,000 6,977,000 EU-27 62,599 33,562 96,161 New Zealand 88,264 62,329 150,593 Other Countries 39,173 34,762 73,935 Any Country 4,354,977 2,301,334 6,656,311 DRIED SKIM MILK (NOTE 7) 5,261,000 5,261,000 5,261,000 5,261,000 Australia 0 600,076 600,076 Canada 0 219,565 219,565 Any Country 0 4,441,359 4,441,359 DRIED WHOLE MILK (NOTE 8) 0 3,321,300 3,321,300 3,321,300 3,321,300 New Zealand 0 3,175 3,175 Any Country 0 3,318,125 3,318,125 DRIED BUTTERMILK/WHEY (NOTE 12) 0 224,981 224,981 224,981 224,981 Canada 0 161,161 161,161 New Zealand 0 63,820 63,820 BUTTER SUBSTITUTES CONTAINING OVER 45 PERCENT OF BUTTERFAT AND/OR BUTTER OIL (NOTE 14) 0 6,080,500 6,080,500 6,080,500 6,080,500 Any Country 0 6,080,500 6,080,500 TOTAL: NON-CHEESE ARTICLES 4,545,013 17,319,768 21,864,781 21,864,781 21,864,781
    Cheese articles Appendix 1 Appendix 2 Sum of
  • appendix
  • 1 & 2
  • Tokyo R. Uruguay R. Grand total Chapter
  • 4/2010
  • CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE (NOTE 16) 18,385,959 13,083,772 31,469,731 9,661,128 7,496,000 48,626,859 48,626,859 Argentina 0 7,690 7,690 92,310 100,000 100,000 Australia 535,628 5,542 541,170 758,830 1,750,000 3,050,000 3,050,000 Canada 977,439 163,561 1,141,000 1,141,000 1,141,000 Costa Rica 0 0 0 1,550,000 1,550,000 1,550,000 EU-27 14,342,806 8,924,850 23,267,656 1,132,568 3,446,000 27,846,224 27,493,224 Of which Portugal is: 65,838 63,471 129,309 223,691 353,000 353,000 Israel 79,696 0 79,696 593,304 673,000 673,000 Iceland 29,054 264,946 294,000 29,000 323,000 323,000 New Zealand 1,595,012 3,220,460 4,815,472 6,506,528 11,322,000 11,322,000 Norway 122,860 27,140 150,000 150,000 150,000 Switzerland 536,720 134,692 671,412 548,588 500,000 1,720,000 1,720,000 Uruguay 0 0 0 250,000 250,000 250,000 Other Countries 100,906 100,729 201,635 201,635 201,635 Any Country 0 300,000 300,000 300,000 300,000 BLUE-MOLD CHEESE (NOTE 17) 1,947,512 533,489 2,481,001 430,000 2,911,001 2,911,001 Argentina 2,000 0 2,000 2,000 2,000 EU-27 1,945,512 533,488 2,479,000 350,000 2,829,000 2,829,000 Chile 0 0 0 80,000 80,000 80,000 Other Countries 0 1 1 1 1 CHEDDAR CHEESE (NOTE 18) 2,344,177 1,939,679 4,283,856 519,033 7,620,000 12,422,889 12,422,889 Australia 897,786 86,713 984,499 215,501 1,250,000 2,450,000 2,450,000 Chile 0 0 0 220,000 220,000 220,000 EU-27 52,404 210,596 263,000 1,050,000 1,313,000 1,313,000 New Zealand 1,292,374 1,504,094 2,796,468 303,532 5,100,000 8,200,000 8,200,000 Other Countries 101,613 38,276 139,889 139,889 139,889 Any Country 0 100,000 100,000 100,000 100,000 AMERICAN-TYPE CHEESE (NOTE 19) 1,248,043 1,917,510 3,165,553 357,003 0 3,522,556 3,522,556 Australia 761,890 119,108 880,998 119,002 1,000,000 1,000,000 EU-27 140,611 213,389 354,000 354,000 354,000 New Zealand 217,680 1,544,319 1,761,999 238,001 2,000,000 2,000,000 Other Countries 127,862 40,694 168,556 168,556 168,556 EDAM AND GOUDA CHEESE (NOTE 20) 4,335,725 1,270,677 5,606,402 0 1,210,000 6,816,402 6,816,402 Argentina 105,418 19,582 125,000 110,000 235,000 235,000 EU-27 4,114,499 1,174,501 5,289,000 1,100,000 6,389,000 6,389,000 Norway 111,046 55,954 167,000 167,000 167,000 Other Countries 4,762 20,640 25,402 25,402 25,402 ITALIAN-TYPE CHEESES (NOTE 21) 6,179,155 1,341,392 7,520,547 795,517 5,165,000 13,481,064 13,481,064 Argentina 3,762,028 363,455 4,125,483 367,517 1,890,000 6,383,000 6,383,000 EU-27 2,417,127 964,873 3,382,000 2,025,000 5,407,000 5,407,000 Romania 0 0 0 500,000 500,000 500,000 Uruguay 0 0 0 428,000 750,000 1,178,000 1,178,000 Other Countries 0 13,064 13,064 13,064 13,064 SWISS OR EMMENTHALER CHEESE (NOTE 22) 5,182,610 1,468,704 6,651,314 823,519 380,000 7,854,833 7,854,833 EU-27 3,918,461 1,233,533 5,151,994 393,006 380,000 5,925,000 5,925,000 Switzerland 1,230,651 188,836 1,419,487 430,513 1,850,000 1,850,000 Other Countries 33,498 46,335 79,833 79,833 79,833 CHEESE AND SUBSTITUTES FOR CHEESE (NOTE 23) 1,837,206 2,587,702 4,424,908 1,050,000 0 5,474,908 5,474,908 EU-27 1,837,206 2,587,701 4,424,907 4,424,907 4,424,907 Israel 0 0 0 50,000 50,000 50,000 New Zealand 0 0 0 1,000,000 1,000,000 1,000,000 Other Countries 0 1 1 1 1 SWISS OR EMMENTHALER CHEESE WITH EYE FORMATION (NOTE 25) 13,609,024 8,688,307 22,297,331 9,557,945 2,620,000 34,475,276 34,475,276 Argentina 0 9,115 9,115 70,885 80,000 80,000 Australia 209,698 0 209,698 290,302 500,000 500,000 Canada 0 0 0 70,000 70,000 70,000 EU-27 10,081,002 6,395,826 16,476,828 4,003,172 2,420,000 22,900,000 22,900,000 Iceland 0 149,999 149,999 150,001 300,000 300,000 Israel 27,000 0 27,000 27,000 27,000 Norway 2,480,021 1,175,289 3,655,310 3,227,690 6,883,000 6,883,000 Switzerland 763,050 921,055 1,684,105 1,745,895 200,000 3,630,000 3,630,000 Other Countries 48,253 37,023 85,276 85,276 85,276 TOTAL: CHEESE ARTICLES 55,069,411 32,831,232 87,900,643 22,764,145 24,921,000 135,585,788 135,585,788 TOTAL: CHEESE & NON-CHEESE 59,614,424 50,151,000 109,765,424 22,764,145 24,921,000 157,450,569 157,450,569
    [FR Doc. 2015-19083 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410-10-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2015-3139; Directorate Identifier 2012-NM-139-AD; Amendment 39-18224; AD 2015-15-14] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Airplanes AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT).

    ACTION:

    Final rule; request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model ATP airplanes. This AD requires a one-time inspection for solder deposited on the frangible plug of certain engine and auxiliary power unit (APU) fire extinguishers. This AD was prompted by reports of a fire extinguisher that failed to discharge due to solder deposited on the frangible plug of the fire extinguisher. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct solder deposited on the frangible plug of the fire extinguisher, which could result in failure of the fire extinguisher to discharge, and consequent inability to put out a fire in an engine or in the APU.

    DATES:

    This AD becomes effective August 19, 2015.

    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of August 19, 2015.

    We must receive comments on this AD by September 18, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may send comments, using the procedures found in 14 CFR 11.43 and 11.45, by any of the following methods:

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

    Fax: 202-493-2251.

    Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.

    Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, 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.

    For BAE Systems (Operations) Limited service information identified in this AD, contact BAE Systems (Operations) Limited, Customer Information Department, Prestwick International Airport, Ayrshire, KA9 2RW, Scotland, United Kingdom; telephone: +44 1292 675207; fax: +44 1292 675704; email: [email protected]; Internet http://www.baesystems.com/Businesses/RegionalAircraft/index.htm.

    For Kidde Graviner service information identified in this AD, contact Kidde Graviner Limited, Mathisen Way, Colnbrook, Slough, Berkshire, SL3 0HB, United Kingdom; telephone: +44 (0)1753 683245, fax: +44 (0)1753 685040.

    You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425-227-1221. It is also available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-3139.

    Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-3139; or in person at the Docket Operations office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations office (telephone: 800-647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Todd Thompson, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-3356; telephone: 425-227-1175; fax: 425-227-1149.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion

    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA Airworthiness Directive 2012-0127R1, dated September 10, 2012 (referred to after this as the Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information, or “the MCAI”), to correct an unsafe condition for all BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model ATP airplanes. The MCAI states:

    A fire handle on a BAe 146 aeroplane was operated on the ground as a precautionary measure after the throttle cable on the affected engine failed, due to corrosion. The extinguisher failed to discharge.

    Investigation results revealed that excess solder, which had been deposited during overhaul on the frangible plug of the extinguisher, prevented the release of the extinguishant. Prompted by this report, Kidde Graviner, the fire extinguisher manufacturer, identified four further extinguishers of similar design that had the same issue. The ATP aeroplane extinguisher is one of those of a similar design.

    This condition, if not detected and corrected, could result in the failure of a fire bottle to discharge, which reduces the ability of the fire protection system to extinguish fires in the engine or Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) fire zones, possibly resulting in damage to the aeroplane and injury to the occupants.

    For the reasons described above, EASA issued AD 2012-0127 [dated July 10, 2012, http://ad.easa.europa.eu/ad/2012-0127R1] to require a one-time inspection of the affected Part Number (P/N) 57183 engine and APU fire extinguishers. In addition, this [EASA] AD prohibited installation of a fire extinguisher, unless it has passed the inspection as required by AD 2012-0127.

    Revision 1 of this [EASA] AD is issued to clarify that new extinguishers P/N 57183 may be fitted with no additional inspection required by this [EASA] AD.

    You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-3139.

    Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    BAE Systems (Operations) Limited and Kidde Graviner have issued the following service information.

    • BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Service Bulletin ATP-26-016, dated October 4, 2011. The service information describes procedures for an inspection for solder deposited on the frangible plug of certain engine and APU fire extinguishers.

    • Kidde Graviner Service Bulletin 26-080, Revision 1, dated July 27, 2011. The service information describes procedures for an inspection for solder deposited on the frangible plug of certain engine and APU fire extinguishers.

    This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section of this AD.

    FAA's Determination and Requirements of This AD

    This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with the State of Design Authority, we have been notified of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all pertinent information and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design.

    FAA's Determination of the Effective Date

    Since there are currently no domestic operators of this product, notice and opportunity for public comment before issuing this AD are unnecessary.

    Comments Invited

    This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight safety, and we did not precede it by notice and opportunity for public comment. We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include “Docket No. FAA-2015-3139; Directorate Identifier 2012-NM-139-AD” at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this AD based on those comments.

    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this AD.

    Costs of Compliance

    Currently, there are no affected airplanes on the U.S. Register. However, if an affected airplane is imported and placed on the U.S. Register in the future, the required actions will take about 1 work-hour, at an average labor rate of $85 per work-hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD to be $85 per airplane.

    In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions will take about 1 work-hour and require parts costing $7,042, for a cost of $7,127 per product.

    Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to issue rules on aviation safety. 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.

    We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in “Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements.” Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action.

    Regulatory Findings

    We determined that this AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have 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.

    For the reasons discussed above, I certify that this AD:

    1. Is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866;

    2. Is not a “significant rule” under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979);

    3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska; and

    4. Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

    List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

    Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety.

    Adoption of the Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows:

    PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.

    § 39.13 [Amended]
    2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): 2015-15-14 BAE Systems (Operations) Limited: Amendment 39-18224. Docket No. FAA-2015-3139; Directorate Identifier 2012-NM-139-AD. (a) Effective Date

    This AD becomes effective August 19, 2015.

    (b) Affected ADs

    None.

    (c) Applicability

    This AD applies to all BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Model ATP airplanes, certificated in any category, all manufacturer serial numbers.

    (d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 26, Fire Protection.

    (e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by reports of a fire extinguisher that failed to discharge due to solder deposited on the frangible plug of the fire extinguisher. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct solder deposited on the frangible plug of the fire extinguisher, which could result in failure of the fire extinguisher to discharge, and consequent inability to put out a fire in an engine or in the APU.

    (f) Compliance

    Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done.

    (g) Inspection of Fire Extinguishers

    (1) For airplanes equipped with Kidde Graviner fire extinguishers having part number (P/N) 57183 (all dash numbers): Within 12 months after the effective date of this AD, inspect each affected fire extinguisher for solder deposited on the frangible plug of the fire extinguisher, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Service Bulletin ATP-26-016, dated October 4, 2011, and Kidde Graviner Service Bulletin 26-080, Revision 1, dated July 27, 2011. If any solder deposit is detected, replace the fire extinguisher with a serviceable fire extinguisher before further flight, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Service Bulletin ATP-26-016, dated October 4, 2011.

    (2) Fire extinguishers that meet any condition identified in paragraph (g)(2)(i), (g)(2)(ii), or (g)(2)(iii) of this AD are compliant with the requirements of paragraph (g)(1) of this AD.

    (i) Fire extinguishers that have been overhauled by Kidde Graviner or Hugen.

    (ii) Fire extinguishers that have been overhauled as specified in Kidde Graviner Service Information Letter (SIL) 01-10, dated July 29, 2010.

    (iii) Fire extinguishers that have been overhauled as specified in Kidde Graviner Component Maintenance Manual with Illustrated Parts List 26-21-52, Automatic Extinguishers with Steel Containers Part Numbers 57133, 57135, 57145, and 57183 Series, Revision 17, dated June 13, 2012.

    (h) Definition of “Overhaul”

    For the purpose of this AD, an overhaul is considered to include replacement of the operating head. Replacement of the pressure relief plug assembly only is not considered an overhaul.

    (i) Parts Installation Limitations

    As of the effective date of this AD, do not install a Kidde Graviner fire extinguisher having P/N 57183 (all dash numbers) on any airplane, unless the fire extinguisher meets any condition specified in paragraph (i)(1), (i)(2), (i)(3), (i)(4), or (i)(5) of this AD.

    (1) The fire extinguisher is new.

    (2) The fire extinguisher has passed the inspection as specified in the instructions of Kidde Graviner Service Bulletin 26-080, Revision 1, dated July 27, 2011.

    (3) The fire extinguisher has been overhauled by Kidde Graviner or Hugen.

    (4) The fire extinguisher has been overhauled as specified in the instructions of Kidde Graviner SIL 01-10, dated July 29, 2010.

    (5) The fire extinguisher has been overhauled in accordance with Kidde Graviner Component Maintenance Manual with Illustrated Parts List 26-21-52, Automatic Extinguishers with Steel Containers Part Numbers 57133, 57135, 57145, and 57183 Series, Revision 17, dated June 13, 2012.

    (j) Credit for Previous Actions

    This paragraph provides credit for the actions specified in paragraphs (g)(2)(iii) and (i)(5) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD in accordance with the service information identified in paragraph (j)(1), (j)(2), (j)(3), or (j)(4) of this AD. These documents are not incorporated by reference in this AD.

    (1) Kidde Graviner Component Maintenance Manual with Illustrated Parts List 26-21-52, Automatic Extinguishers with Steel Containers Part Numbers 57133, 57135, 57145, and 57183 Series, Revision 13, dated August 9, 2010.

    (2) Kidde Graviner Component Maintenance Manual with Illustrated Parts List 26-21-52, Automatic Extinguishers with Steel Containers Part Numbers 57133, 57135, 57145, and 57183 Series, Revision 14, dated August 8, 2011.

    (3) Kidde Graviner Component Maintenance Manual with Illustrated Parts List 26-21-52, Automatic Extinguishers with Steel Containers Part Numbers 57133, 57135, 57145, and 57183 Series, Revision 15, dated January 16, 2012.

    (4) Kidde Graviner Component Maintenance Manual with Illustrated Parts List 26-21-52, Automatic Extinguishers with Steel Containers Part Numbers 57133, 57135, 57145, and 57183 Series, Revision 16, dated May 21, 2012.

    (k) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:

    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the International Branch, send it to ATTN: Todd Thompson, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-3356; telephone 425-227-1175; fax 425-227-1149. Information may be emailed to: 9-ANM-116-[email protected]. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding district office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD.

    (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer, the action must be accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, International Branch, ANM-116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA; or the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA); or BAE Systems (Operations) Limited's EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature.

    (l) Related Information

    (1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) EASA Airworthiness Directive 2012-0127R1, dated September 10, 2012, for related information. You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-3139.

    (2) Service information identified in this AD that is not incorporated by reference is available at the addresses specified in paragraphs (m)(4), (m)(5), and (m)(6) of this AD.

    (m) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.

    (2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless this AD specifies otherwise.

    (i) BAE Systems (Operations) Limited Service Bulletin ATP-26-016, dated October 4, 2011.

    (ii) Kidde Graviner Service Bulletin 26-080, Revision 1, dated July 27, 2011.

    (3) For BAE Systems (Operations) Limited service information identified in this AD, contact BAE Systems (Operations) Limited, Customer Information Department, Prestwick International Airport, Ayrshire, KA9 2RW, Scotland, United Kingdom; telephone +44 1292 675207; fax +44 1292 675704; email [email protected]; Internet http://www.baesystems.com/Businesses/RegionalAircraft/index.htm.

    (4) For Kidde Graviner service information identified in this AD, contact Kidde Graviner Limited, Mathisen Way, Colnbrook, Slough, Berkshire, SL3 0HB, United Kingdom; Telephone: +44 (0)1753 683245, Fax: +44 (0)1753 685040.

    (5) You may view this service information at the FAA, Transport Airplane Directorate, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 425-227-1221.

    (6) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference 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/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

    Issued in Renton, Washington, on July 23, 2015. Victor Wicklund, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-18710 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration 21 CFR Part 73 [Docket Nos. FDA-2014-C-1616 and FDA-2015-C-0245] Listing of Color Additives Exempt From Certification; Mica-Based Pearlescent Pigments; Confirmation of Effective Date AGENCY:

    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Final rule; confirmation of effective date.

    SUMMARY:

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is confirming the effective date of July 9, 2015, for the final rule that appeared in the Federal Register of June 8, 2015, and that amended the color additive regulations to expand the permitted uses of mica-based pearlescent pigments prepared from titanium dioxide and mica as color additives in cordials, liqueurs, flavored alcoholic malt beverages, wine coolers, cocktails, non-alcoholic cocktail mixers and mixes, and in egg decorating kits for coloring shell eggs.

    DATES:

    Effective date of final rule published in the Federal Register of June 8, 2015 (80 FR 32303), confirmed: July 9, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ellen Anderson, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-265), Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740-3835, 240-402-1309.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    In the Federal Register of June 8, 2015 (80 FR 32303), we amended the color additive regulations in § 73.350 Mica-based pearlescent pigments (21 CFR 73.350) to expand the permitted uses of mica-based pearlescent pigments prepared from titanium dioxide and mica as color additives in cordials, liqueurs, flavored alcoholic malt beverages, wine coolers, cocktails, non-alcoholic cocktail mixers and mixes, and in egg decorating kits for coloring shell eggs.

    We gave interested persons until July 8, 2015, to file objections or requests for a hearing. We received no objections or requests for a hearing on the final rule. Therefore, we find that the effective date of the final rule that published in the Federal Register of June 8, 2015, should be confirmed.

    List of Subjects in 21 CFR Part 73

    Color additives, Cosmetics, Drugs, Foods, Medical devices.

    Therefore, under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 321, 341, 342, 343, 348, 351, 352, 355, 361, 362, 371, 379e) and under authority delegated to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, and redelegated to the Director, Office of Food Additive Safety, we are giving notice that no objections or requests for a hearing were filed in response to the June 8, 2015, final rule. Accordingly, the amendments issued thereby became effective July 9, 2015.

    Dated: July 29, 2015. Susan Bernard, Director, Office of Regulations, Policy and Social Sciences, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.
    [FR Doc. 2015-18996 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration 21 CFR Part 866 [Docket No. FDA-2015-N-2526] Medical Devices; Immunology and Microbiology Devices; Classification of Trichomonas Vaginalis Nucleic Acid Assay AGENCY:

    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Final order.

    SUMMARY:

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is classifying a Trichomonas vaginalis nucleic acid assay into class II (special controls). The Agency is classifying the device into class II (special controls) in order to provide a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness of the device.

    DATES:

    This order is effective August 4, 2015. The classification was applicable April 19, 2011.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Himani Bisht, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 66, Rm. 5565, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-6189.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background

    In accordance with section 513(f)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) (21 U.S.C. 360c(f)(1)), devices that were not in commercial distribution before May 28, 1976 (the date of enactment of the Medical Device Amendments of 1976), generally referred to as postamendments devices, are classified automatically by statute into class III without any FDA rulemaking process. These devices remain in class III and require premarket approval, unless and until the device is classified or reclassified into class I or II, or FDA issues an order finding the device to be substantially equivalent, in accordance with section 513(i) of the FD&C Act, to a predicate device that does not require premarket approval. The Agency determines whether new devices are substantially equivalent to predicate devices by means of premarket notification procedures in section 510(k) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 360(k)) and part 807 (21 CFR part 807) of the regulations.

    Section 513(f)(2) of the FD&C Act, as amended by section 607 of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (Pub. L. 112-144), provides two procedures by which a person may request FDA to classify a device under the criteria set forth in section 513(a)(1). Under the first procedure, the person submits a premarket notification under section 510(k) of the FD&C Act for a device that has not previously been classified and, within 30 days of receiving an order classifying the device into class III under section 513(f)(1) of the FD&C Act, the person requests a classification under section 513(f)(2). Under the second procedure, rather than first submitting a premarket notification under section 510(k) of the FD&C Act and then a request for classification under the first procedure, the person determines that there is no legally marketed device upon which to base a determination of substantial equivalence and requests a classification under section 513(f)(2) of the FD&C Act. If the person submits a request to classify the device under this second procedure, FDA may decline to undertake the classification request if FDA identifies a legally marketed device that could provide a reasonable basis for review of substantial equivalence with the device or if FDA determines that the device submitted is not of “low-moderate risk” or that general controls would be inadequate to control the risks and special controls to mitigate the risks cannot be developed.

    In response to a request to classify a device under either procedure provided by section 513(f)(2) of the FD&C Act, FDA will classify the device by written order within 120 days. This classification will be the initial classification of the device.

    In accordance with section 513(f)(1) of the FD&C Act, FDA issued an order on April 12, 2011, automatically classifying the APTIMA Trichomonas vaginalis Assay in class III, because it was not within a type of device which was introduced or delivered for introduction into interstate commerce for commercial distribution before May 28, 1976, nor which was subsequently reclassified into class I or class II. On April 13, 2011, Gen-Probe Incorporated, submitted a request for de novo classification of the APTIMA Trichomonas vaginalis Assay under section 513(f)(2) of the FD&C Act.

    In accordance with section 513(f)(2) of the FD&C Act, FDA reviewed the request for de novo classification in order to classify the device under the criteria for classification set forth in section 513(a)(1) of the FD&C Act. FDA classifies devices into class II if general controls by themselves are insufficient to provide reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness, but there is sufficient information to establish special controls to provide reasonable assurance of the safety and effectiveness of the device for its intended use. After review of the information submitted in the request, FDA determined that the device can be classified into class II with the establishment of special controls. FDA believes these special controls will provide reasonable assurance of the safety and effectiveness of the device.

    Therefore, on April 19, 2011, FDA issued an order to the requestor classifying the device into class II. FDA is codifying the classification of the device by adding § 866.3860.

    Following the effective date of this final classification administrative order, any firm submitting a premarket notification (510(k)) for a Trichomonas vaginalis nucleic acid assay will need to comply with the special controls named in the final administrative order.

    The device is assigned the generic name Trichomonas vaginalis nucleic acid assay, and it is identified as a device that consists of primers, probes, enzymes, and controls for the amplification and detection of trichomonas nucleic acids in endocervical swabs, vaginal swabs, and female urine specimens, from women symptomatic for vaginitis, cervicitis, or urethritis and/or to aid in the diagnosis of trichomoniasis in asymptomatic women. The detection of trichomonas nucleic acids, in conjunction with other laboratory tests, aids in the clinical laboratory diagnosis of trichomoniasis caused by Trichomonas vaginalis.

    FDA has identified the following risks to health associated with this type of device and the measures required to mitigate these risks:

    Table 1—Identified Risks and Required Mitigations Identified risks Required mitigations A false positive test result may lead to inappropriate use of antibiotics for treatment The FDA document entitled “Class II Special Controls Guideline: Nucleic Acid Amplification Assays for the Detection of Trichomonas vaginalis”, which addresses this risk through: Specific device description requirements, performance studies, and labeling. A false negative test result for an individual may lead to a potential delay in treatment The FDA document entitled “Class II Special Controls Guideline: Trichomonas vaginalis Nucleic Acid Amplification Test System”, which addresses this risk through: Specific device description requirements, performance studies, and labeling. Failure of the test to perform properly The FDA document entitled “Class II Special Controls Guideline: Nucleic Acid Amplification Assays for the Detection of Trichomonas Vaginalis”, which addresses this risk through: Labeling. Failure to properly interpret the test results The FDA document entitled “Class II Special Controls Guideline: Nucleic Acid Amplification Assays for the Detection of Trichomonas Vaginalis”, which addresses this risk through: Labeling

    FDA believes that the measures set forth in the special controls guideline entitled “Class II Special Controls Guideline: Nucleic Acid Amplification Assays for the Detection of Trichomonas vaginalis” are necessary, in addition to general controls, to mitigate the risks to health described in table 1.

    A Trichomonas vaginalis nucleic acid assay is a prescription device. Section 510(m) of the FD&C Act provides that FDA may exempt a class II device from the premarket notification requirements under section 510(k) of the FD&C Act if FDA determines that premarket notification is not necessary to provide reasonable assurance of the safety and effectiveness of the device. For this type of device, FDA has determined that premarket notification is necessary to provide reasonable assurance of the safety and effectiveness of the device. Therefore, this type of device is not exempt from premarket notification requirements. Persons who intend to market this type of device must submit to FDA a premarket notification, prior to marketing the device, which contains information about the Trichomonas vaginalis nucleic acid assay they intend to market.

    II. Environmental Impact

    The Agency has determined under 21 CFR 25.34(b) that this action is of type that does not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment. Therefore, neither an environmental assessment nor an environmental impact statement is required.

    III. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    This final administrative order establishes special controls that refer to previously approved collections of information found in other FDA regulations. These collections of information are subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520). The collections of information in part 807, subpart E, regarding premarket notification submissions have been approved under OMB control number 0910-0120; the collections of information in 21 CFR part 820 have been approved under OMB control number 0910-0073; and the collections of information in 21 CFR parts 801 and 809 have been approved under OMB control number 0910-0485.

    List of Subjects in 21 CFR Part 866

    Biologics, Laboratories, Medical devices.

    Therefore, under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and under authority delegated to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, 21 CFR part 866 is amended as follows:

    PART 866—IMMUNOLOGY AND MICROBIOLOGY DEVICES 1. The authority citation for 21 CFR part 866 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    21 U.S.C. 351, 360, 360c, 360e, 360j, 371.

    2. Add § 866.3860 to subpart D to read as follows:
    § 866.3860 Trichomonas vaginalis nucleic acid assay.

    (a) Identification. A Trichomonas vaginalis nucleic acid assay is a device that consists of primers, probes, enzymes, and controls for the amplification and detection of trichomonas nucleic acids in endocervical swabs, vaginal swabs, and female urine specimens, from women symptomatic for vaginitis, cervicitis, or urethritis and/or to aid in the diagnosis of trichomoniasis in asymptomatic women. The detection of trichomonas nucleic acids, in conjunction with other laboratory tests, aids in the clinical laboratory diagnosis of trichomoniasis caused by Trichomonas vaginalis.

    (b) Classification. Class II (special controls). The special controls are set forth in FDA's guideline document entitled: “Class II Special Controls Guideline: Nucleic Acid Amplification Assays for the Detection of Trichomonas vaginalis; Guideline for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff.” See § 866.1(e) for information on obtaining this document.

    Dated: July 30, 2015. Leslie Kux, Associate Commissioner for Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19072 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration 21 CFR Part 874 [Docket No. FDA-2015-N-2525] Medical Devices; Ear, Nose, and Throat Devices; Classification of the External Upper Esophageal Sphincter Compression Device AGENCY:

    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Final order.

    SUMMARY:

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is classifying the external upper esophageal sphincter (UES) compression device into class II (special controls). The special controls that will apply to the device are identified in this order and will be part of the codified language for the external UES compression device's classification. The Agency is classifying the device into class II (special controls) in order to provide a reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness of the device.

    DATES:

    This order is effective August 4, 2015. The classification was applicable on March 6, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Sunny Park, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 66, Rm. 2432, Silver Spring, MD, 20993-0002, 301-796-7059, [email protected].

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background

    In accordance with section 513(f)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) (21 U.S.C. 360c(f)(1)), devices that were not in commercial distribution before May 28, 1976 (the date of enactment of the Medical Device Amendments of 1976), generally referred to as postamendments devices, are classified automatically by statute into class III without any FDA rulemaking process. These devices remain in class III and require premarket approval, unless and until the device is classified or reclassified into class I or II, or FDA issues an order finding the device to be substantially equivalent, in accordance with section 513(i), to a predicate device that does not require premarket approval. The Agency determines whether new devices are substantially equivalent to predicate devices by means of premarket notification procedures in section 510(k) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 360(k)) and part 807 (21 CFR part 807) of the regulations.

    Section 513(f)(2) of the FD&C Act, as amended by section 607 of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (Pub. L. 112-144), provides two procedures by which a person may request FDA to classify a device under the criteria set forth in section 513(a)(1). Under the first procedure, the person submits a premarket notification under section 510(k) of the FD&C Act for a device that has not previously been classified and, within 30 days of receiving an order classifying the device into class III under section 513(f)(1), the person requests a classification under section 513(f)(2) of the FD&C Act. Under the second procedure, rather than first submitting a premarket notification under section 510(k) of the FD&C Act and then a request for classification under the first procedure, the person determines that there is no legally marketed device upon which to base a determination of substantial equivalence and requests a classification under section 513(f)(2) of the FD&C Act. If the person submits a request to classify the device under this second procedure, FDA may decline to undertake the classification request if FDA identifies a legally marketed device that could provide a reasonable basis for review of substantial equivalence with the device or if FDA determines that the device submitted is not of “low-moderate risk” or that general controls would be inadequate to control the risks and special controls to mitigate the risks cannot be developed.

    In response to a request to classify a device under either procedure provided by section 513(f)(2) of the FD&C Act, FDA will classify the device by written order within 120 days. This classification will be the initial classification of the device. On November 22, 2013, Somna Therapeutics, LLC, submitted a request for classification of the REZA BAND UES Assist Device under section 513(f)(2) of the FD&C Act. The manufacturer recommended that the device be classified into class II (Ref. 1).

    In accordance with section 513(f)(2) of the FD&C Act, FDA reviewed the request in order to classify the device under the criteria for classification set forth in section 513(a)(1). FDA classifies devices into class II if general controls by themselves are insufficient to provide reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness, but there is sufficient information to establish special controls to provide reasonable assurance of the safety and effectiveness of the device for its intended use. After review of the information submitted in the request, FDA determined that the device can be classified into class II with the establishment of special controls. FDA believes these special controls, in addition to general controls, will provide reasonable assurance of the safety and effectiveness of the device.

    Therefore, on March 6, 2015, FDA issued an order to the requestor classifying the device into class II. FDA is codifying the classification of the device by adding 21 CFR 874.5900.

    Following the effective date of this final classification order, any firm submitting a premarket notification (510(k)) for an external UES compression device will need to comply with the special controls named in this final order. The device is assigned the generic name external UES compression device, and it is identified as a prescription device used to apply external pressure on the cricoid cartilage for the purpose of reducing the symptoms of laryngopharyngeal reflux disease.

    FDA has identified the following risks to health associated specifically with this type of device, as well as the mitigation measures required to mitigate these risks, in table 1.

    Table 1—External UES Compression Device Risks and Mitigation Measures Identified risk Mitigation method Adverse tissue reaction Biocompatibility assessment. Risk of overcompression Clinical study.
  • Labeling.
  • Technical specifications.
  • Device misuse/incorrect fitting/malfunctions Technical specifications.
  • Clinical study.
  • Labeling.
  • Performance testing (mechanical integrity and shelf life testing).
  • FDA believes that the following special controls, in combination with the general controls, address these risks to health and provide reasonable assurance of the safety and effectiveness:

    1. The patient contacting components must be demonstrated to be biocompatible.

    2. Non-clinical performance testing must demonstrate that the device performs as intended under anticipated conditions of use. The following performance characteristics must be demonstrated:

    a. Mechanical integrity testing (e.g., tensile strength testing, fatigue testing) and

    b. shelf life testing

    3. The technical specifications must include pressure measurement accuracy to characterize device performance.

    4. Clinical performance testing must document any adverse events observed during clinical use, and demonstrate that the device performs as intended under anticipated conditions of use.

    5. Labeling must include the following:

    a. Appropriate warnings and precautions.

    b. A detailed summary of the clinical testing pertinent to use of the device including a detailed summary of the device-related complications or adverse events.

    c. Detailed instructions on how to fit the device to the patient.

    d. Instructions for reprocessing of any reusable components.

    6. Patient labeling must be provided and must include:

    a. Relevant warnings, precautions, and adverse effects/complications.

    b. Information on how to correctly wear the device.

    c. The potential risks and benefits associated with the use of the device.

    d. Alternative treatments.

    e. Reprocessing instructions.

    The external UES compression device is a prescription device restricted to patient use only upon the authorization of a practitioner licensed by law to administer or use the device; see 21 CFR 801.109 (Prescription devices).

    Section 510(m) of the FD&C Act provides that FDA may exempt a class II device from the premarket notification requirements under section 510(k), if FDA determines that premarket notification is not necessary to provide reasonable assurance of the safety and effectiveness of the device. For this type of device, FDA has determined that premarket notification is necessary to provide reasonable assurance of the safety and effectiveness of the device. Therefore, this device type is not exempt from premarket notification requirements. Persons who intend to market this type of device must submit to FDA a premarket notification, prior to marketing the device, which contains information about the external UES compression device they intend to market.

    II. Environmental Impact

    The Agency has determined under 21 CFR 25.34(b) that this action is of a type that does not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment. Therefore, neither an environmental assessment nor an environmental impact statement is required.

    III. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    This final order establishes special controls that refer to previously approved collections of information found in other FDA regulations. These collections of information are subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520). The collections of information in 21 CFR part 807, subpart E, regarding premarket notification submissions, have been approved under OMB control number 0910-0120, and the collections of information in 21 CFR part 801, regarding labeling, have been approved under OMB control number 0910-0485.

    IV. Reference

    The following reference has been placed on display in the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852, and may be seen by interested persons between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is available electronically at http://www.regulations.gov.

    1. DEN130046: De Novo Request per 513(f)(2) from Somna Therapeutics, LLC, dated November 11, 2013. List of Subjects in 21 CFR Part 874

    Medical devices.

    Therefore, under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and under authority delegated to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs, 21 CFR part 874 is amended as follows:

    PART 874—EAR, NOSE, AND THROAT DEVICES 1. The authority citation for 21 CFR part 874 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    21 U.S.C. 351, 360, 360c, 360e, 360j, 371.

    2. Add § 874.5900 to subpart F to read as follows:
    § 874.5900 External upper esophageal sphincter compression device.

    (a) Identification. An external upper esophageal sphincter compression device is a prescription device used to apply external pressure on the cricoid cartilage for the purpose of reducing the symptoms of laryngopharyngeal reflux disease.

    (b) Classification. Class II (special controls). The special controls for this device are:

    (1) The patient contacting components must be demonstrated to be biocompatible.

    (2) Non-clinical performance testing must demonstrate that the device performs as intended under anticipated conditions of use. The following performance characteristics must be demonstrated:

    (i) Mechanical integrity testing (e.g., tensile strength testing, fatigue testing) and

    (ii) Shelf life testing.

    (3) The technical specifications must include pressure measurement accuracy to characterize device performance.

    (4) Clinical performance testing must document any adverse events observed during clinical use, and demonstrate that the device performs as intended under anticipated conditions of use.

    (5) Labeling must include the following:

    (i) Appropriate warnings and precautions,

    (ii) A detailed summary of the clinical testing pertinent to use of the device including a detailed summary of the device-related complications or adverse events,

    (iii) Detailed instructions on how to fit the device to the patient, and

    (iv) Instructions for reprocessing of any reusable components.

    (6) Patient labeling must be provided and must include:

    (i) Relevant warnings, precautions, and adverse effects/complications,

    (ii) Information on how to correctly wear the device,

    (iii) The potential risks and benefits associated with the use of the device,

    (iv) Alternative treatments, and

    (v) Reprocessing instructions.

    Dated: July 30, 2015. Leslie Kux, Associate Commissioner for Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19074 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket Number USCG-2015-0543] RIN 1625-AA00; 1625-AA11 Safety Zones and Regulated Navigation Area; Shell Arctic Drilling/Exploration Vessel and Associated Voluntary First Amendment Area, Portland, OR AGENCY:

    Coast Guard, DHS.

    ACTION:

    Temporary final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    The Coast Guard is establishing temporary safety zones around Royal Dutch Shell's (Shell) contracted vessel FENNICA, which is participating in Shell's planned Arctic oil drilling and exploration operations, while it is located in the U.S. Territorial and Internal Waters of the Sector Columbia River Captain of the Port Zone. In addition, the Coast Guard is establishing a regulated navigation area to designate a Voluntary First Amendment Area for individuals that desire to exercise their First Amendment free speech rights with regards to Shell's operations. The safety zones and regulated navigation area created by this rule are necessary to ensure the mutual safety of all waterways users including the FENNICA and those individuals that desire to exercise their First Amendment rights.

    DATES:

    This rule is effective without actual notice from August 4, 2015 until August 22, 2015. For the purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from July 22, 2015 until August 4, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Documents mentioned in this preamble are part of docket USCG-2015-0543 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 Lieutenant Commander Laura Springer, Waterways Management Division, Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland; telephone (503) 240-2594, email [email protected]. If you have questions on viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Barbara Hairston, 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 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(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) with respect to this rule because publishing an NPRM would be impracticable since the regulation is immediately necessary to help ensure the safety of all waterway users including the Shell contracted vessel FENNICA and those individuals that desire to exercise their First Amendment rights regarding Shell's activities and holding a notice and comment period at this time would delay regulatory implementation beyond the arrival of the FENNICA and expected start of First Amendment activities regarding Shell's operations, thereby increasing the safety risk to all waterways users.

    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. For reasons identical to those described above, delaying the effective date until 30 days after publication would be impracticable since the regulation is immediately necessary to help ensure the safety of all waterway users.

    B. Basis and Purpose

    The legal basis for this rule is the Coast Guard's authority to establish limited access areas: 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.

    Shell is planning Arctic oil drilling and exploration operations for the summer of 2015. One of the Shell contracted vessels related to these operations, FENNICA, has been damaged and will be returning to Portland, Oregon for repairs. Over the last several months there has been significant waterborne First Amendment activity related to Shell's operations, particularly in the Puget Sound region, and the Coast Guard believes there will be similar activity in the greater Portland area related to FENNICA's presence there. The First Amendment activity previously observed includes unauthorized boardings of Shell contracted vessels and the formation of a “kayak flotilla” designed to protest as well as attempt to block Shell contracted vessels from departing for the Arctic.

    Draft restrictions, vessel maneuvering characteristics, and geographic/environmental conditions may constrain the ability of large commercial vessels such as FENNICA to maneuver in close quarters with other vessels, particularly small craft piloted by recreational operators. Intentional close-in interaction of these vessels will create an increased risk of collision, grounding, or personal injury for all parties. Furthermore, while moored, at anchor, and in drydock the FENNICA will have ongoing operations occurring onboard, some of which could pose a safety risk to other maritime traffic. The myriad of potential safety risks to all parties and the port itself is best addressed by mandating a minimum zone of separation. For these reasons, the Coast Guard believes that a safety zone around the FENNICA is necessary to ensure the safety of all waterways users.

    Additionally, the Coast Guard believes that given the nature of the First Amendment activity expected and the likely type of vessels used by individuals desiring to express their First Amendment rights, namely kayaks and other small vessels, a regulated navigation area designating a Voluntary First Amendment Area is necessary to ensure the safety of those vessels and persons. The regulated navigation area encompassing the Voluntary First Amendment Area would do so by establishing it as a “no wake” area, which is particularly important for small boats such as kayaks, to better enable persons and vessels to congregate and exercise their First Amendment rights safely and without interference from or interfering with other maritime traffic.

    C. Discussion of the Final Rule

    In this rule, the Coast Guard is establishing safety zones around the FENNICA, a Shell contracted vessel involved in the company's Arctic oil drilling and exploration operations, and a regulated navigation area for a Voluntary Free Speech Area that will allow individuals a meaningful opportunity to be heard in exercising their First Amendment rights while not compromising the safety of maritime traffic or the individuals exercising their First Amendment rights.

    The safety zones are established in subsection (a) of this temporary regulation. Per subsection (a)(1)(i), while transiting, the safety zone around FENNICA will encompass all waters within a rectangle measuring 500 yards in front and 100 yards to the port, starboard, and astern of that vessel and any other vessel actively engaged in towing or escorting it. Per subsection (a)(1)(ii), while moored, anchored, or in drydock, the safety zone around FENNICA will encompass all waters within 100 yards of the vessel in all directions. Persons and/or vessels that desire to enter these safety zones must request permission to do so from the Captain of the Port, Columbia River by contacting the Coast Guard Sector Columbia River Command Center at 866-284-6958 or 503-861-6211, or the on-scene Law Enforcement patrol craft, if any, via VHF-FM CH 16.

    The Coast Guard is also establishing a regulated navigation area to ensure the safety of individuals that desire to exercise their First Amendment rights related to Shell's activities in subsection (b) of this regulation. The Voluntary First Amendment Area is being established in an area where we believe individuals will be able to effectively communicate their message, without posing an undue risk to maritime safety, after analyzing maritime traffic patterns and other environmental factors. The regulated navigation area encompassing the Voluntary First Amendment Area will ensure the safety of small boats by establishing it as a “no wake” area for persons and/or vessels to congregate and exercise their First Amendment rights safely and without interference from or interfering with other maritime traffic. The “no wake” provisions will ensure all interactions between vessels within the area occur at a low rate of speed, thereby reducing risk of collision and personal injury. Likewise, the designation of a Voluntary First Amendment Area will help to ensure that a large congregation of vessels does not impede or endanger other commercial and recreational users who are not associated with Shell's arctic drilling and exploration operations or the associated First Amendment activity.

    These provisions are particularly vital given the expected presence of a “kayak flotilla” described above. Persons or vessels desiring to exercise their First Amendment rights to free speech regarding Shell's Arctic drilling and exploration operations may enter the regulated navigation area at any time. All other persons or vessels are advised to avoid the regulated navigation area. When inside the regulated navigation area, all vessels must proceed at “no wake” speed and with due regard for all other persons and/or vessels inside the regulated navigation area.

    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. This rule is not a significant regulatory action as the safety zones and regulated navigation area are limited in both size and duration and any person and/or vessel needing to transit through the safety zones or regulated navigation area may be allowed to do so in accordance with the regulatory provisions.

    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. This rule will affect the following entities, some of which may be small entities: the owners or operators of vessels intending to transit the affected waterways when the safety zones and regulated navigation area are in effect. The safety zones and regulated navigation area will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities, however, because the safety zones and regulated navigation area are limited in both size and duration and any person and/or vessel needing to transit through the safety zones or regulated navigation area may be allowed to do so in accordance with the regulatory provisions.

    3. Assistance for Small Entities

    Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 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. First Amendment Activities

    The Coast Guard respects the First Amendment rights of all individuals. This regulation establishes a regulated navigation area to create a Voluntary First Amendment Area so that persons and vessels can congregate and exercise their First Amendment free speech rights safely and without interference from or interfering with other maritime traffic. Of particular note, large vessels operating in restricted waters cannot maneuver freely, nor can they stop immediately. As such, any First Amendment activity taking place in immediate proximity to such vessels can quickly result in extremis. The Voluntary First Amendment Area has been located to allow individuals a meaningful opportunity to be heard. Individuals that desire to exercise their First Amendment rights are asked utilize the designated area to the extent possible, however, its use is voluntary. Individuals that desire to exercise their First Amendment rights outside the designated area are requested to contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section to coordinate their activities so that their message can be heard, 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 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 establishment of temporary safety zones and a regulated navigation area to deal with an emergency situation that is one week or longer in duration. 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.

    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 amends 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.T13-292 to read as follows:
    § 165.T13-292 Safety Zones and Regulated Navigation Area; Shell Arctic Drilling/Exploration Vessel and Associated Voluntary First Amendment Area, Portland, OR.

    (a) Safety Zones—(1) Location. The following areas are designated as safety zones:

    (i) All waters within a rectangle measuring 500 yards in front and 100 yards to the port, starboard, and astern of the vessel FENNICA and any other vessel actively engaged in towing or escorting it while transiting within the U.S. Territorial or Internal Waters of the Sector Columbia River Captain of the Port Zone as defined in 33 CFR 3.65-15.

    (ii) All waters within 100 yards of the vessel FENNICA while moored, anchored, or in drydock within the U.S. Territorial or Internal Waters of the Sector Columbia River Captain of the Port Zone as defined in 33 CFR 3.65-15.

    (2) Regulations. In accordance with the general regulations in 33 CFR part 165 Subpart C, no persons or vessels may enter these safety zones unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, Columbia River or his designated representative. To request permission to enter one of these safety zones contact the Coast Guard Sector Columbia River Command Center at 866-284-6958 or 503-861-6211, or the on-scene Law Enforcement patrol craft, if any, via VHF-FM CH 16. If permission for entry into one of these safety zones is granted, vessels must proceed at a minimum speed for safe navigation.

    (b) Regulated Navigation Area—(1) Location. The following area is designated as a regulated navigation area: All waters of Swan Island Basin south east from a line connecting the following points: 45°34′04″ N, 122°42′57″ W and 45°34′00″ N, 122°43′03″ W.

    (2) Regulations. In accordance with the general regulations in 33 CFR part 165 Subpart B, persons or vessels desiring to exercise their First Amendment right to free speech regarding Royal Dutch Shell's Arctic drilling and exploration operations may enter the regulated navigation area at any time. All other persons or vessels are advised to avoid the regulated navigation area. When inside the regulated navigation area, all vessels must proceed at no wake speed and with due regard for all other persons and/or vessels inside the regulated navigation area.

    (c) Dates. This rule will be enforced from July 22, 2015 through August 22, 2015.

    Dated: July 22, 2015. D.L. Cottrell, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Acting Commander, Thirteenth Coast Guard District.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19120 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110-04-P
    DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS 38 CFR Part 17 RIN 2900-AP21 Vet Centers AGENCY:

    Department of Veterans Affairs.

    ACTION:

    Interim final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its medical regulation that governs Vet Center services. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 (the 2013 Act) requires Vet Centers to provide readjustment counseling services to broader groups of veterans, members of the Armed Forces, including a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces, and family members of such veterans and members. This interim final rule amends regulatory criteria to conform to the 2013 Act, to include new and revised definitions.

    DATES:

    Effective date: This rule is effective on August 4, 2015.

    Comment date: Comments must be received by VA on or before October 5, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Written comments may be submitted through www.Regulations.gov; by mail or hand-delivery to Director, Regulation Policy and Management (02REG), Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Room 1068, Washington, DC 20420; or by fax to (202) 273-9026. Comments should indicate that they are submitted in response to “RIN 2900-AP21—Vet Centers.” Copies of comments received will be available for public inspection in the Office of Regulation Policy and Management, Room 1068, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (except holidays). Please call (202) 461-4902 for an appointment. (This is not a toll-free number.) In addition, during the comment period, comments may be viewed online through the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) at www.Regulations.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Michael Fisher, Readjustment Counseling Service (10RCS), Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, 810 Vermont Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20420; (202) 461-6525. (This is not a toll-free number.)

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    On September 17, 2013, VA promulgated 38 CFR 17.2000, which implemented VA's authority to provide readjustment counseling services through Vet Centers based on 38 U.S.C. 1712A, as amended by the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 (the 2010 Act), Public Law 111-163, sec. 304, 401(a) and (b). The 2010 Act amended section 1712A to require VA to provide readjustment counseling services to certain servicemembers and veterans who served on active duty in specific theaters of combat operations, or in certain areas in which hostilities occurred. The 2010 Act also mandated that VA provide readjustment counseling to veterans and servicemembers of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and the family members of such veterans and servicemembers after the veterans and servicemembers return from deployment. Although not expressly stated in the 2010 Act, VA also considered veterans, servicemembers, and the family members of such veterans and servicemembers who participated in Operation New Dawn as eligible for readjustment counseling. In promulgating § 17.2000, VA implemented the mandates in the 2010 Act, as well as interpreted section 1712A to permit VA to provide readjustment counseling to family members of all veterans that were themselves eligible for readjustment counseling. See 77 FR 14707 and 78 FR 57067. The term “servicemembers” as used in § 17.2000 means a member of the Armed Forces, including a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces. We note, however, that the terms servicemembers and member of the Armed Forces, including a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces, are not used consistently in § 17.2000. We are, therefore, amending § 17.2000 to reflect the statutory language, which is member of the Armed Forces, including a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces. This change in term will not affect or otherwise change the types of individuals who are eligible to receive care in Vet Centers.

    On January 2, 2013, Congress enacted the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, Public Law 112-239 (Jan. 2, 2013) (the 2013 Act), section 727 of the 2013 Act amended section 1712A to broaden the groups of individuals who are eligible to receive readjustment counseling from VA. Section 17.2000 is revised to conform to these amendments. Section 1712A(a)(1)(C)(i) requires VA to provide readjustment counseling to veterans and members of the Armed Forces, including a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces, who served on active duty in a theater of combat operations or an area at a time during which hostilities occurred in that area, without restricting eligibility to any specific theater during combat operations, or any specific area of hostilities. Paragraph (a) of § 17.2000 is revised to restate this statutory eligibility in new § 17.2000(a)(1)(i). We note that § 17.2000(a)(1)(i), as revised by this rulemaking, encompasses the categories of eligible veterans and members of the Armed Forces, including a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces, that are listed in current § 17.2000(a)(1) through (a)(4). The revisions made by this rulemaking merely restate and reorganize the existing language to clarify that the listed individuals have been and will continue to be eligible for readjustment counseling. Section 1712A(a)(1)(C)(ii) requires that VA provide readjustment counseling to a veteran or member of the Armed Forces, including a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces, who provided direct emergency medical or mental health care, or mortuary services to the casualties of combat operations or hostilities, but who at the time was located outside the theater of combat operations or area of hostilities. Paragraph (a) of § 17.2000 is revised to restate this statutory eligibility in new § 17.2000(a)(1)(ii). Section 1712A(a)(C)(1)(iii) states that VA shall provide readjustment counseling to a veteran or member of the Armed Forces, including a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces, who engaged in combat with an enemy of the United States or against an opposing military force in a theater of combat operations or an area at a time during which hostilities occurred in that area by remotely controlling an unmanned aerial vehicle, notwithstanding whether the physical location of such veteran or member during such combat was within such theater of combat operations or area. Paragraph (a) of § 17.2000 is revised to restate this statutory eligibility in new § 17.2000(a)(1)(iii).

    VA consulted with the Department of Defense (DoD) to clarify the individuals who are considered as remotely controlling an unmanned aerial vehicle. DoD indicated that individuals who remotely control unmanned aerial vehicles includes, but is not limited to, individuals who pilot the unmanned aerial vehicle as well as individuals who are crew members of the unmanned aerial vehicle and participate in combat related missions. The crew members could include, but are not limited to, intelligence analysts or weapons specialists who control the cameras, engage the weapon systems, as well as those individuals who are directly responsible for the mission of the unmanned aerial vehicle. We defer to DoD's expertise in classifying the individuals who remotely control an unmanned aerial vehicle because they are the ultimate subject matter experts in this field. We are not restricting who VA considers to control an unmanned aerial vehicle, we are merely clarifying who is eligible for readjustment counseling services. This clarifying language is included in paragraph (a)(1)(iii).

    Section 1712A(1)(C)(iv) requires that VA provide readjustment counseling to any individual who received counseling under this section before the date of the enactment of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013. We are revising § 17.2000(a) to include these individuals as eligible to receive readjustment counseling under new § 17.2000(a)(2). New paragraph (a)(2) is added to clearly state that VA will continue to provide readjustment counseling to individuals who had been receiving such counseling prior to the 2013 Act.

    Section 1712A(a)(1)(C)(v)(I) requires that readjustment counseling shall be provided to the family members of a member of the Armed Forces, including a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces, who is serving on active duty in a theater of combat operations or in an area at a time during which hostilities are occurring in that area. Readjustment counseling shall also be provided to family members of veterans and members of the Armed Forces, including a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces, who are eligible to receive readjustment counseling under section 1712A, namely those previously listed in this rulemaking. See 38 U.S.C. 1712A(a)(1)(C)(v)(II). Paragraph (a) of § 17.2000 is revised to restate this statutory eligibility in new § 17.2000(a)(3), which uses the broader language in section 1712A (a)(1)(C)(v)(II), because it encompasses the eligibility in (a)(1)(C)(v)(I). Current § 17.2000(a)(5) already provides readjustment counseling broadly to all family members, and new § 17.2000(a)(3) is merely a renumbering of current § 17.2000(a)(5).

    Section 1712A provides a definition of the term “family member” that is substantively identical to the definition of “family member” in current § 17.2000(a)(5), and this definition will be restated in new § 17.2000(a)(3).

    Current paragraph (d) of § 17.2000 contains a list of the readjustment counseling services provided by the Vet Centers, defines a “psychosocial assessment,” and generally states that readjustment counseling may be provided to eligible veterans and servicemembers, and to their family members when such services would aid in the readjustment of a veteran or servicemember. Section 1712A(a)(1)(B) of 38 U.S.C. uses the term “comprehensive individual assessment” with a definition identical to “psychosocial assessment” as it is currently used in § 17.2000. We will continue to use the term “psychosocial assessment” because it is the term most widely used in VA. We do not interpret the term “psychosocial assessment” to have a different meaning than the statutory term “comprehensive individual assessment.” We are adding paragraphs (d)(1) through (d)(3) to § 17.2000(d) to better explain when readjustment counseling is provided to veterans, members of the Armed Forces, including a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces, and their family members, consistent with subsections (a)(1)(B)(i) and (a)(1)(B)(ii) of section 1712A. New § 17.2000(d)(1) states that readjustment counseling is provided for the readjustment of veterans and members of the Armed Forces, including a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces, to civilian life or readjustment to continued military service following participation in or in support of operations in a combat theater or area of hostility. New § 17.2000(d)(2) states that readjustment counseling is provided for the readjustment of a family member of a member of the Armed Forces, including a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces, to aid the family member in coping with such member's deployment. We had previously stated in a proposed rulemaking that readjustment counseling was provided to the veteran's or servicemember's family to assist such veteran in readjusting to civilian life, and further that the readjustment counseling provided to the family members is only to the extent that such readjustment relates to the veteran's or servicemember's military experience. 77 FR 14707, Mar. 13, 2012. The 2013 Act also states that readjustment counseling is provided to such individuals to assist the individual in coping with the veteran's or member's of the Armed Forces, including a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces, deployment, to assist in the readjustment of the veteran or member to civilian life. We are amending § 17.2000 by adding a new paragraph (d)(3) to conform with the 2013 Act and current VA policy by stating that readjustment counseling is provided to a family member of a veteran or member of the Armed Forces, including a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces, to aid in a veteran's or member's readjustment to civilian or continued military service following participation in or in support of operations in a combat theater or area of hostility, only as it relates to the veteran's or member's military experience.

    Section 1712A(h)(1) defines the term “Vet Center.” We add a substantively identical definition of “Vet Center” as the last sentence in § 17.2000(e), to mean “a facility that is operated by VA for the provision of services under this section and that is situated apart from a VA general health care facility.” Section 17.2000(e) deals with the confidentiality of Vet Center records and this definition will reassure the individuals who receive readjustment counseling that VA maintains the confidentiality of records associated with readjustment counseling.

    The authority citation at the end of § 17.2000 is currently 38 U.S.C. 501, 1712A, 1782, and 1783; Pub. L. 111-163, sec. 304, 401, and 402. Because the 2013 Act supersedes the 2010 Act, we amend the authority citation at the end of § 17.2000 to simply state 38 U.S.C. 501, 1712A, 1782, and 1783.

    Administrative Procedure Act

    In accordance with U.S.C. 553(b)(B) and (d)(3), the Secretary of Veterans Affairs concluded that there was good cause to publish this rule without prior opportunity for public comment and to publish this rule with an immediate effective date. This interim final rule incorporates a specific program requirement mandated by Congress in Public Law 112-239. The Secretary finds that it is impracticable and contrary to the public interest to delay this rule for the purpose of soliciting advance public comment or to have a delayed effective date. This rule will increase the pool of individuals who are eligible to receive mental health care at Vet Centers. This rule will also increase access to much needed mental health care services in Vet Centers. For the above reason, the Secretary issues this rule as an interim final rule. VA will consider and address comments that are received within 60 days of the date this interim final rule is published in the Federal Register.

    Effect of Rulemaking

    Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations, as revised by this interim final rulemaking, represents VA's implementation of its legal authority on this subject. Other than future amendments to this regulation or governing statutes, no contrary guidance or procedures are authorized. All existing or subsequent VA guidance must be read to conform with this rulemaking if possible or, if not possible, such guidance is superseded by this rulemaking.

    Paperwork Reduction Act

    Although this action contains provisions constituting collections of information, at 38 CFR 17.2000, under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3521), no new or proposed revised collections of information are associated with this final rule. The information collection requirements for § 17.2000 are currently approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and have been assigned OMB control number 2900-0787.

    Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Secretary hereby certifies that this interim final rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities as they are defined in the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601-612. This interim final rule directly affects only individuals and will not directly affect small entities. Therefore, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 605(b), this rulemaking is exempt from the initial and final regulatory flexibility analysis requirements of 5 U.S.C. 603 and 604.

    Executive Orders 12866 and 13563

    Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess the costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, when regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety effects, and other advantages; distributive impacts; and equity). Executive Order 13563 (Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review) emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, reducing costs, harmonizing rules, and promoting flexibility. Executive Order 12866 (Regulatory Planning and Review) defines a “significant regulatory action” requiring review by OMB, unless OMB waives such review, as “any regulatory action that is likely to result in a rule that may: (1) Have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more or adversely affect in a material way the economy, a sector of the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or State, local, or tribal governments or communities; (2) Create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency; (3) Materially alter the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs or the rights and obligations of recipients thereof; or (4) Raise novel legal or policy issues arising out of legal mandates, the President's priorities, or the principles set forth in this Executive Order.”

    The economic, interagency, budgetary, legal, and policy implications of this regulatory action have been examined, and it has been determined not to be a significant regulatory action under Executive Order 12866. VA's impact analysis can be found as a supporting document at http://www.regulations.gov, usually within 48 hours after the rulemaking document is published. Additionally, a copy of the rulemaking and its impact analysis are available on VA's Web site at http://www.va.gov/orpm/, by following the link for VA Regulations Published from Fiscal Year 2004 to Fiscal Year to Date.

    Unfunded Mandates

    The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 requires, at 2 U.S.C. 1532, that agencies prepare an assessment of anticipated costs and benefits before issuing any rule that may result in the expenditure by State, local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of $100 million or more (adjusted annually for inflation) in any one year. This interim final rule will have no such effect on State, local, and tribal governments, or on the private sector.

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

    The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance numbers and titles for the programs affected by this document are as follows: 64.009, Veterans Medical Care Benefits; 64.018, Sharing Specialized Medical Resources; 64.019, Veterans Rehabilitation Alcohol and Drug Dependence; and 64.024, VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program.

    Signing Authority

    The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, or designee, approved this document and authorized the undersigned to sign and submit the document to the Office of the Federal Register for publication electronically as an official document of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Robert L. Nabors, II, Chief of Staff, approved this document on July 29, 2015, for publication.

    List of Subjects in 38 CFR Part 17

    Administrative practice and procedure, Alcohol abuse, Alcoholism, Drug abuse, Health care, Health facilities, Homeless, Mental health programs, Veterans.

    Dated: July 29, 2015. William F. Russo, Acting Director, Office of Regulation Policy & Management, US Department of Veterans Affairs.

    For the reasons set forth in the preamble, the Department of Veterans Affairs amends 38 CFR part 17 as follows:

    PART 17—MEDICAL 1. The authority citation for part 17 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    38 U.S.C. 501, and as noted in specific sections.

    2. Amend § 17.2000 by: a. Revising paragraph (a). b. In paragraph (b) introductory text, removing the term “servicemember's” and adding in its place “member's of the Armed Forces, including a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces,”. b. Revising paragraph (d). c. Revising paragraph (e). d. Revising the authority citation at the end of the section.

    The revisions read as follows:

    § 17.2000 Vet Center services.

    (a) Eligibility for readjustment counseling. Upon request, VA will provide readjustment counseling to any individual who:

    (1) Is a veteran or member of the Armed Forces, including a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces, who:

    (i) Served on active duty in a theater of combat operations or an area of hostilities (i.e., an area at a time during which hostilities occurred in that area); or

    (ii) Provided direct emergency medical or mental health care, or mortuary services, to the causalities of combat operations or hostilities, but who at the time was located outside the theater of combat operations or area of hostilities; or

    (iii) Engaged in combat with an enemy of the United States or against an opposing military force in a theater of combat operations or an area at a time during which hostilities occurred in that area by remotely controlling an unmanned aerial vehicle operations, notwithstanding whether the physical location of such veteran or member during such combat was within such theater of combat operations or area. Individuals who remotely control unmanned aerial vehicles includes, but is not limited to, individuals who pilot the unmanned aerial vehicle as well as individuals who are crew members of the unmanned aerial vehicle and participate in combat related missions. The crew members include, but are not limited to, intelligence analysts or weapons specialists who control the cameras, engage the weapon systems, as well as those individuals who are directly responsible for the mission of the unmanned aerial vehicle.

    (2) Received counseling under this section before January 2, 2013.

    (3) Is a family member of a veteran or member of the Armed Forces, including a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces, who is eligible for readjustment counseling under paragraphs (a)(1) or (a)(2) of this section. For purposes of this section, family member includes, but is not limited to, the spouse, parent, child, step-family member, extended family member, and any individual who lives with the veteran or member of the Armed Forces, including a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces, but is not a member of the veteran's or member's family.

    (d) Readjustment counseling defined. For the purposes of this section, readjustment counseling includes, but is not limited to: Psychosocial assessment, individual counseling, group counseling, marital and family counseling for military-related readjustment issues, substance abuse assessments, medical referrals, referral for additional VA benefits, employment assessment and referral, military sexual trauma counseling and referral, bereavement counseling, and outreach. A “psychosocial assessment” under this paragraph means the holistic assessing of an individual's psychological, social, and functional capacities as it relates to their readjustment from combat theaters. Readjustment counseling is provided to:

    (1) Veterans and members of the Armed Forces, including a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces, for the purpose of readjusting to civilian life or readjustment to continued military service following participation in or in support of operations in a combat theater or area of hostility.

    (2) A family member of a member of the Armed Forces, including a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces, for the purpose of coping with such member's deployment.

    (3) A family member of a veteran or member of the Armed Forces, including a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces, to aid in a veteran's or member's readjustment to civilian or continued military service following participation in or in support of operations in a combat theater or area of hostility, only as it relates to the veteran's or member's military experience.

    (e) Confidentiality. Benefits under this section are furnished solely by VA Vet Centers, which maintain confidential records independent from any other VA or Department of Defense medical records and which will not disclose such records without either the veteran's or member's of the Armed Forces, including a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces, voluntary, signed authorization, or a specific exception permitting their release. For more information, see 5 U.S.C. 552a, 38 U.S.C. 5701 and 7332, 45 CFR parts 160 and 164, and VA's System of Records 64VA15, “Readjustment Counseling Service Vet Center Program.” The term Vet Center means a facility that is operated by VA for the provision of services under this section and that is situated apart from a VA general health care facility.

    (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 501, 1712A, 1782, and 1783) (The Office of Management and Budget has approved the information collection requirement in this section under control number 2900-0787.)
    [FR Doc. 2015-18988 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320-01-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA-R03-OAR-2014-0816; FRL-9931-29-Region 3] Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Consumer and Commercial Products and Mobile Equipment Repair and Refinishing Operations AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia. This revision consists of amendments to Virginia's regulation for consumer and commercial products in order to apply provisions pertaining to portable fuel containers, consumer and commercial products, architectural and industrial maintenance coatings, adhesives, adhesive primers, sealants, and sealant primers to the Richmond volatile organic compound (VOC) Emissions Control Area. The revision also consists of amendments to Virginia's regulation for existing stationary sources to apply provisions pertaining to mobile equipment repair and refinishing operations in the Richmond VOC Emissions Control Area. EPA is approving these revisions to the Virginia SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

    DATES:

    This final rule is effective on September 3, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID Number EPA-R03-OAR-2014-0816. All documents in the docket are listed in the www.regulations.gov Web site. Although listed in the electronic docket, some information is not publicly available, i.e., confidential business information (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. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically through www.regulations.gov or in hard copy for public inspection during normal business hours at the Air Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103. Copies of the State submittal are available at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, 629 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Leslie Jones Doherty, (215) 814-3409 or by email at [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Background

    On March 16, 2015 (80 FR 13510), EPA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) for the Commonwealth of Virginia. In the NPR, EPA proposed approval of revisions to Virginia's consumer and commercial products and mobile equipment repair and refinishing operations regulations. The formal SIP revision was submitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia on April 10, 2014.

    II. Summary of SIP Revision

    The SIP revision consists of amendments to 9VAC5 Chapter 45—Consumer and Commercial Products in order to apply provisions pertaining to portable fuel containers, consumer and commercial products, architectural and industrial maintenance coatings, adhesives, adhesive primers, sealants, and sealant primers to the Richmond VOC Emissions Control Area. This revision also amends Article 48 of 9VAC5 Chapter 40—Existing Stationary Sources to apply provisions pertaining to mobile equipment repair and refinishing operations in the Richmond VOC Emissions Control Area. Also, the SIP revision includes revised compliance dates for Chapters 40 and 45 and retains in Chapter 45 a temporary exemption for the manufacture and distribution of single-ply roof membrane adhesives and sealants. Other specific requirements and the rationale for EPA's proposed action are explained in the NPR and will not be restated here. No public comments were received on the NPR.

    III. General Information Pertaining to SIP Submittals From the Commonwealth of Virginia

    In 1995, Virginia adopted legislation that provides, subject to certain conditions, for an environmental assessment (audit) “privilege” for voluntary compliance evaluations performed by a regulated entity. The legislation further addresses the relative burden of proof for parties either asserting the privilege or seeking disclosure of documents for which the privilege is claimed. Virginia's legislation also provides, subject to certain conditions, for a penalty waiver for violations of environmental laws when a regulated entity discovers such violations pursuant to a voluntary compliance evaluation and voluntarily discloses such violations to the Commonwealth and takes prompt and appropriate measures to remedy the violations. Virginia's Voluntary Environmental Assessment Privilege Law, Va. Code Sec. 10.1-1198, provides a privilege that protects from disclosure documents and information about the content of those documents that are the product of a voluntary environmental assessment. The Privilege Law does not extend to documents or information that: (1) Are generated or developed before the commencement of a voluntary environmental assessment; (2) are prepared independently of the assessment process; (3) demonstrate a clear, imminent and substantial danger to the public health or environment; or (4) are required by law.

    On January 12, 1998, the Commonwealth of Virginia Office of the Attorney General provided a legal opinion that states that the Privilege law, Va. Code Sec. 10.1-1198, precludes granting a privilege to documents and information “required by law,” including documents and information “required by Federal law to maintain program delegation, authorization or approval,” since Virginia must “enforce Federally authorized environmental programs in a manner that is no less stringent than their Federal counterparts. . . .” The opinion concludes that “[r]egarding § 10.1-1198, therefore, documents or other information needed for civil or criminal enforcement under one of these programs could not be privileged because such documents and information are essential to pursuing enforcement in a manner required by Federal law to maintain program delegation, authorization or approval.”

    Virginia's Immunity law, Va. Code Sec. 10.1-1199, provides that “[t]o the extent consistent with requirements imposed by Federal law,” any person making a voluntary disclosure of information to a state agency regarding a violation of an environmental statute, regulation, permit, or administrative order is granted immunity from administrative or civil penalty. The Attorney General's January 12, 1998 opinion states that the quoted language renders this statute inapplicable to enforcement of any Federally authorized programs, since “no immunity could be afforded from administrative, civil, or criminal penalties because granting such immunity would not be consistent with Federal law, which is one of the criteria for immunity.”

    Therefore, EPA has determined that Virginia's Privilege and Immunity statutes will not preclude the Commonwealth from enforcing its program consistent with the Federal requirements. In any event, because EPA has also determined that a state audit privilege and immunity law can affect only state enforcement and cannot have any impact on Federal enforcement authorities, EPA may at any time invoke its authority under the CAA, including, for example, sections 113, 167, 205, 211 or 213, to enforce the requirements or prohibitions of the state plan, independently of any state enforcement effort. In addition, citizen enforcement under section 304 of the CAA is likewise unaffected by this, or any, state audit privilege or immunity law.

    IV. Final Action

    EPA is approving the amendments to Virginia's regulations for consumer and commercial products and mobile equipment repair and refinishing operations as a revision to the Virginia SIP.

    V. Incorporation by Reference

    In this rulemaking action, the EPA is finalizing regulatory text that includes incorporation by reference. In accordance with requirements of 1 CFR 51.5, the EPA is finalizing the incorporation by reference of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VADEQ) Regulations described in amendments to 40 CFR part 52 set forth below. The EPA has made, and will continue to make, these documents generally available electronically through www.regulations.gov and/or in hard copy at the appropriate EPA office (see the ADDRESSES section of this preamble for more information).

    VI. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews A. General Requirements

    Under the CAA, the Administrator is required to approve a SIP submission that complies with the provisions of the CAA and applicable Federal regulations. 42 U.S.C. 7410(k); 40 CFR 52.02(a). Thus, in reviewing SIP submissions, EPA's role is to approve state choices, provided that they meet the criteria of the CAA. Accordingly, this action merely approves state law as meeting Federal requirements and does not impose additional requirements beyond those imposed by state law. For that reason, this action:

    • Is not a “significant regulatory action” subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993);

    • does not impose an information collection burden under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.);

    • is certified as not having a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.);

    • does not contain any unfunded mandate or significantly or uniquely affect small governments, as described in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-4);

    • does not have Federalism implications as specified in Executive Order 13132 (64 FR 43255, August 10, 1999);

    • is not an economically significant regulatory action based on health or safety risks subject to Executive Order 13045 (62 FR 19885, April 23, 1997);

    • is not a significant regulatory action subject to Executive Order 13211 (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001);

    • is not subject to requirements of Section 12(d) of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (15 U.S.C. 272 note) because application of those requirements would be inconsistent with the CAA; and

    • does not provide EPA with the discretionary authority to address, as appropriate, disproportionate human health or environmental effects, using practicable and legally permissible methods, under Executive Order 12898 (59 FR 7629, February 16, 1994).

    In addition, this rule does not have tribal implications as specified by Executive Order 13175 (65 FR 67249, November 9, 2000), because the SIP is not approved to apply in Indian country located in the state, and EPA notes that it will not impose substantial direct costs on tribal governments or preempt tribal law.

    B. Submission to Congress and the Comptroller General

    The Congressional Review Act, 5 U.S.C. 801 et seq., as added by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996, generally provides that before a rule may take effect, the agency promulgating the rule must submit a rule report, which includes a copy of the rule, to each House of the Congress and to the Comptroller General of the United States. EPA will submit a report containing this action and other required information to the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Comptroller General of the United States prior to publication of the rule in the Federal Register. A major rule cannot take effect until 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register. This action is not a “major rule” as defined by 5 U.S.C. 804(2).

    C. Petitions for Judicial Review

    Under section 307(b)(1) of the CAA, petitions for judicial review of this action must be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit by October 5, 2015. Filing a petition for reconsideration by the Administrator of this final rule does not affect the finality of this action for the purposes of judicial review nor does it extend the time within which a petition for judicial review may be filed, and shall not postpone the effectiveness of such rule or action. This action pertaining to Virginia's control of VOC emissions from commercial and consumer products and mobile equipment repair and refinishing operations may not be challenged later in proceedings to enforce its requirements. (See section 307(b)(2).)

    List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52

    Environmental protection, Air pollution control, Incorporation by reference, Ozone, Volatile organic compounds.

    Dated: July 9, 2015. William C. Early, Acting, Regional Administrator, Region III.

    40 CFR part 52 is amended as follows:

    PART 52—APPROVAL AND PROMULGATION OF IMPLEMENTATION PLANS 1. The authority citation for part 52 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.

    Subpart VV—Virginia
    2. In § 52.2420, the table in paragraph (c) is amended by: A. In the entries for Chapter 40, Part II, Article 48, revise Sections 5-40-6970 and 5-40-7050 and add 5-40-6975 in numerical order. B. In entries for Chapter 45, Part II, Article 1, revise Sections 5-45-70 and 5-45-90; Article 2 Sections 5-45-160, 5-45-170 and 5-45-240; Article 3 Section 5-45-310; Article 4 Sections 5-45-400, 5-45-420, 5-45-430 and 5-45-480; Article 5 Sections 5-45-520, 5-45-530 and 5-45-580; and Article 6 Sections 5-45-620, 5-45-630, 5-45-650 and 5-45-700.

    The revisions and additions read as follows:

    § 52.2420 Identification of plan.

    (c) * * *

    EPA-Approved Virginia Regulations and Statutes State citation Title/subject State
  • effective
  • date
  • EPA approval date Explanation
  • [former SIP citation]
  • *         *         *         *         *         *         * 9 VAC 5, Chapter 40 Existing Stationary Sources (Part IV) *         *         *         *         *         *         * Part II Emission Standards Article 48 Emission Standards for Mobile Equipment Repair and Refinishing (Rule 4-48) *         *         *         *         *         *         * 5-40-6970 Applicability and designation of affected facility 10/01/13 08/04/15 [Insert Federal Register citation] Revision extends the applicability to include the Richmond VOC Emissions Control Area. *         *         *         *         *         *         * 5-40-6975 Exemptions 10/01/13 08/04/15 [Insert Federal Register citation] Added. *         *         *         *         *         *         * 5-40-7050 Compliance schedules 10/01/13 08/04/15 [Insert Federal Register citation] Amended. *         *         *         *         *         *         * 9 VAC 5, Chapter 45 Consumer and Commercial Products *         *         *         *         *         *         * Part II Emission Standards Article 1 Emission Standards For Portable Fuel Containers And Spouts Manufactured Before August 1, 2010 *         *         *         *         *         *         * 5-45-70 Exemptions 10/01/13 08/04/15 [Insert Federal Register citation] Amended. *         *         *         *         *         *         * 5-45-90 Standard for volatile organic compounds 10/01/13 08/04/15 Amended. *         *         *         *         *         *         * Article 2 Emission Standards For Portable Fuel Containers And Spouts Manufactured On Or After August 1, 2010 5-45-160 Applicability 10/01/13 08/04/15 [Insert Federal Register citation] Revision extends the applicability to include the Richmond VOC Emissions Control Area. 5-45-170 Exemptions 10/01/13 08/04/15 [Insert Federal Register citation] Amended. *         *         *         *         *         *         * 5-45-240 Compliance schedules 10/01/13 08/04/15 [Insert Federal Register citation] Amended. *         *         *         *         *         *         * Article 3 Emission Standards For Consumer Products Manufactured Before August 1, 2010 *         *         *         *         *         *         * 5-45-310
  • (Except for subsection B)
  • Standard for volatile organic compounds 10/01/13 08/04/15 [Insert Federal Register citation] Amended.
    *         *         *         *         *         *         * Article 4 Emission Standards For Consumer Products Manufactured On or After August 1, 2010 5-45-400 Applicability 10/01/13 08/04/15 [Insert Federal Register citation] Revision extends the applicability to include the Richmond VOC Emissions Control Area. *         *         *         *         *         *         * 5-45-420 Definitions 10/01/13 08/04/15 [Insert Federal Register citation] Amended. 5-45-430
  • (Except for subsection B)
  • Standard for volatile organic compounds 10/01/13 08/04/15 [Insert Federal Register citation] Amended.
    *         *         *         *         *         *         * 5-45-480 Compliance schedules 10/01/13 08/04/15 [Insert Federal Register citation] Amended. *         *         *         *         *         *         * Article 5 Emission Standards For Architectural And Industrial Maintenance Coatings 5-45-520 Applicability 10/01/13 08/04/15 [Insert Federal Register citation] Revision extends the applicability to include the Richmond VOC Emissions Control Area. 5-45-530 Exemptions 10/01/13 08/04/15 [Insert Federal Register citation] Amended. *         *         *         *         *         *         * 5-45-580 Compliance schedules 10/01/13 08/04/15 [Insert Federal Register citation] Amended. *         *         *         *         *         *         * Article 6 Emission Standards For Adhesives And Sealants 5-45-620 Applicability 10/01/13 08/04/15 [Insert Federal Register citation] Revision extends the applicability to include the Richmond VOC Emissions Control Area. 5-45-630 Exemptions 10/01/13 08/04/15 [Insert Federal Register citation] Amended. *         *         *         *         *         *         * 5-45-650 Standard for volatile organic compounds 10/01/13 08/04/15 [Insert Federal Register citation] Amended. *         *         *         *         *         *         * 5-45-700 Compliance schedules 10/01/13 08/04/15 [Insert Federal Register citation] Amended. *         *         *         *         *         *         *
    [FR Doc. 2015-18609 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 140214145-5582-02] RIN 0648-BD81 Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Coral, Coral Reefs, and Live/Hard Bottom Habitats of the South Atlantic Region; Amendment 8; Correction AGENCY:

    National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Final rule; correction.

    SUMMARY:

    NMFS published a final rule on July 17, 2015, to, in part, implement provisions that would expand a portion of the northern boundary of the Cape Lookout Lophelia Banks Deepwater Coral Habitat Area of Particular Concern (Cape Lookout CHAPC). The final rule included coordinates for only the expansion of the Cape Lookout CHAPC instead of the coordinates for the existing CHAPC plus the expanded area. This notification corrects the coordinates for the Cape Lookout CHAPC to encompass the existing CHAPC plus the expanded area.

    DATES:

    The correction is effective on August 17, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Karla Gore, 727-824-5305; email: [email protected].

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    On July 17, 2015, NMFS published a final rule in the Federal Register (80 FR 42423) to implement provisions for Amendment 8 to the Fishery Management Plan for Coral, Coral Reefs, and Live/Hard Bottom Habitats of the South Atlantic Region (FMP) (Amendment 8), that expands portions of the northern and western boundaries of the Oculina Bank Habitat Area of Particular Concern (HAPC) and allows transit through the Oculina Bank HAPC by fishing vessels with rock shrimp onboard; modifies vessel monitoring systems (VMS) requirements for rock shrimp fishermen transiting through the Oculina Bank HAPC; expands a portion of the western boundary of the Stetson Reefs, Savannah and East Florida Lithotherms, and Miami Terrace Deepwater Coral HAPC (Stetson-Miami Terrace CHAPC), including modifications to shrimp access area 1; and expands a portion of the northern boundary of the Cape Lookout CHAPC. The purpose of the final rule is to increase protection for deepwater coral based on new information for deepwater coral resources in the South Atlantic. The final rule is effective August 17, 2015.

    Need for Correction

    After the final rule published, NMFS noticed that the coordinates that describe the CHAPC for “Cape Lookout Lophelia Banks” in § 622.224(c)(1)(i) set forth only the expanded CHAPC area of 10 square miles (26 square km) and not the total area that encompasses both the existing CHAPC and the expanded area, which totals 326 square miles (844 square km). Amendment 8 and the implementing proposed and final rules are clear that the CHAPC for Cape Lookout Lophelia Banks would consist of the existing area and the expanded area. NMFS publishes this notification to correct that mistake.

    Correction

    In the Federal Register of July 17, 2015, in FR Doc. 2015-17617, on page 42432, in the first column, the table in § 622.224(c)(1)(i) is corrected to read as follows:

    Point North lat. West long. Origin 34°24′37″ 75°45′11″ 1 34°10′26″ 75°58′44″ 2 34°05′47″ 75°54′54″ 3 34°21′02″ 75°41′25″ 4 34°23′28.998″ 75°43′58.002″ 5 34°27′00″ 75°41′45″ 6 34°27′54″ 75°42′45″ Origin 34°24′37″ 75°45′11″ Authority:

    16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: July 28, 2015. Samuel D. Rauch III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19009 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    80 149 Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Proposed Rules DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2015-3224; Directorate Identifier 2015-CE-026-AD] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH Sailplanes AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT).

    ACTION:

    Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

    SUMMARY:

    We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH Models Duo Discus and Duo Discus T powered sailplanes. This proposed AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as excessive load on the air brake system. We are issuing this proposed AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.

    DATES:

    We must receive comments on this proposed AD by September 18, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may send comments by any of the following methods:

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

    Fax: (202) 493-2251.

    Mail: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.

    Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH, Krebenstrasse 25, 73230 Kirchheim/Teck, Germany; telephone: +49 7021 7298-0; fax: +49 7021 7298-199; email: [email protected]; Internet: http://www.schempp-hirth.com. You may review this referenced service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148.

    Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-3224; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Office (telephone (800) 647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Jim Rutherford, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4165; fax: (816) 329-4090; email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Comments Invited

    We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include “Docket No. FAA-2015-3224; Directorate Identifier 2015-CE-026-AD” at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD because of those comments.

    We will post all comments we receive, without change, to http://regulations.gov, including any personal information you provide. We will also post a report summarizing each substantive verbal contact we receive about this proposed AD.

    Discussion

    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued AD No. 2015-0139R1, dated July 15, 2015 (referred to after this as “the MCAI”), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states:

    Operational experience shows that application of an excessive load on the air brake system may induce damage to the drive funnels in the fuselage and to the air brake bellcrank at the root rips of the wing.

    This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to an uncontrolled actuation of the air brakes (symmetric and asymmetric), possibly resulting in reduced control of the (powered) sailplane.

    To address this potential unsafe condition, Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH issued Technical Note (TN) 380-2, 396-17, 868-22 and 890-14 (published as a single document) to provide inspection instructions.

    Consequently EASA issued AD 2015-0139 to require to repetitive inspections of the air brake bellcrank, the air brake drive funnels and the airbrake control system, and replacement of damaged parts.

    Since that AD was issued, it was found that the drawing number of the reinforced air brake drive funnel was incorrectly stated in the original issue of the Schempp-Hirth TN. The wrongly referred drawing S14FB703 refers to an existing part, different from air brake drive funnel and cannot be installed as a replacement part for air brake drive funnel. Consequently, Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH issued Revision 1 of TN 380-2, 396-17, 868-22 and 890-14, hearafter referenced to as `the revised TN' in this AD.

    For the reasons described above, this AD is revised to require using the revised TN.

    You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-3224. Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH has issued Technical Note No. 380-2/396-17/868-22/890-14, Revision 1, issued July 13, 2015 (published as a single document), and Working instruction for Technical Note No. 380-2/396-17/868-22/890-14, Ausgabe (English translation: Issue) 1, Datum (English translation: Dated) May 11, 2015. The service information describes procedures for inspecting and replacing the airbrake bell crank and the airbrake drive funnels and inspecting the airbrake control system for proper clearance and making necessary adjustments. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section of this NPRM.

    FAA's Determination and Requirements of the Proposed AD

    This product has been approved by the aviation authority of another country, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with this State of Design Authority, they have notified us of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all information and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design.

    Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD will affect 31 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would take about 2 work-hours per product to comply with the basic inspection requirements of this proposed AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour.

    Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $5,270, or $170 per product.

    We estimate that it would take about 4 work-hours per product to comply with the airbrake bell crank replacement requirement of this proposed AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts would cost about $500 per product.

    Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $26,040, or $840 per product.

    We estimate that it would take about 4 work-hours per product to comply with the airbrake drive funnel replacement requirement of this proposed AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour. Required parts would cost about $500 per product.

    Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of the proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $26,040, or $840 per product

    In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions to make any necessary adjustments to the airbrake control system would take about 2 work-hours for a cost of $170 per product. We have no way of determining the number of products that may need these actions.

    Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to issue rules on aviation safety. 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.

    We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in “Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, section 44701: General requirements.” Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action.

    Regulatory Findings

    We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not have 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.

    For the reasons discussed above, I certify this proposed regulation:

    (1) Is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866,

    (2) Is not a “significant rule” under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979),

    (3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and

    (4) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

    List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

    Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety.

    The Proposed Amendment

    Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows:

    PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.

    § 39.13 [Amended]
    2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new AD: Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH: Docket No. FAA-2015-3224; Directorate Identifier 2015-CE-026-AD. (a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by September 18, 2015.

    (b) Affected ADs

    None.

    (c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH Model Duo Discus powered sailplane, serial numbers 1 through 639, and Model Duo Discus T powered sailplanes, serial numbers 1 through 110 and 112 through 247, certificated in any category.

    (d) Subject

    Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 27: Flight Controls.

    (e) Reason

    This AD was prompted by mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) originated by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as excessive load on the air brake system. We are issuing this AD to prevent uncontrolled actuation of the air brakes (symmetric or asymmetric), which could result in reduced control.

    (f) Actions and Compliance

    Unless already done, do the actions in paragraph (f)(1) through (f)(5) of this AD.

    (1) Within 40 days after the effective date of this AD and repetitively thereafter at intervals not to exceed 100 hours time-in-service until the terminating replacement action required in paragraphs (f)(2) and (f)(3) of this AD (as applicable) is done, inspect the airbrake bell crank, the airbrake drive funnels, and the airbrake control system.

    (i) Inspect the airbrake bell crank and the airbrake drive funnels for cracks and damage following Action 1 in Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH Technical Note No. 380-2/396-17/868-22/890-14, Revision 1, issued July 13, 2015 (published as a single document).

    (ii) Inspect the airbrake control system for proper clearance following Paragraph 2.d. of Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH Working instruction for Technical Note No. 380-2/396-17/868-22/890-14, Ausgabe (English translation: issue) 1, Datum (English translation: dated) May 11, 2015.

    (2) If cracks or damage is found on the airbrake bell cranks or the airbrake drive funnels during any inspection required in paragraph (f)(1) of this AD, before further flight, replace each cracked or damaged part with a reinforced part. Installing a reinforced part terminates the repetitive inspections required in paragraph (f)(1) of this AD for that part.

    (i) For replacement of the airbrake bell cranks, follow Picture 2: Reinforced version of airbrake bell crank according to HS 11-50.016, Revision a or later, in Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH Working instruction for Technical Note No. 380-2/396-17/868-22/890-14, Ausgabe (English translation: issue) 1, Datum (English translation: dated) May 11, 2015.

    (ii) For replacement of the airbrake drive funnels, follow Picture 5: Airbrake drive funnel in fuselage “Reinforcement of airbrake drive funnel according to drawing S14RB703, Revision a, in Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH Working instruction for Technical Note No. 380-2/396-17/868-22/890-14, Ausgabe (English translation: issue) 1, Datum (English translation: dated) May 11, 2015.

    (3) If no cracks or damage were found on the airbrake bell cranks or the airbrake drive funnels during any inspection required in paragraph (f)(1) of this AD, within 12 months after the effective date of this AD, replace each the airbrake bell cranks and airbrake drive funnels with a reinforced part. These replacements terminate the repetitive inspections required in paragraph (f)(1) of this AD.

    (i) For replacement of the airbrake bell cranks, follow Picture 2: Reinforced version of airbrake bell crank according to HS 11-50.016, Revision a or later, in Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH Working instruction for Technical Note No. 380-2/396-17/868-22/890-14, Ausgabe (English translation: issue) 1, Datum (English translation: dated) May 11, 2015.

    (ii) For replacement of the airbrake drive funnels, follow Picture 5: Airbrake drive funnel in fuselage, “Reinforcement of airbrake drive funnel according to drawing S14RB703, Revision a,” in Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH Working instruction for Technical Note No. 380-2/396-17/868-22/890-14, Ausgabe (English translation: issue) 1, Datum (English translation: dated) May 11, 2015.

    (4) If the airbrake control system is found to not have proper clearance during the inspection required in paragraph (f)(1) of this AD, before further flight, make all necessary corrective adjustments following Paragraph 2.d. of Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH Working instruction for Technical Note No. 380-2/396-17/868-22/890-14, Ausgabe (English translation: issue) 1, Datum (English translation: dated) May 11, 2015.

    (5) As of the effective date of this AD, only install an airbrake bell crank or an airbrake drive funnel that corresponds to Picture 2: Reinforced version of airbrake bell crank according to HS 11-50.016, Revision a or later, and Picture 5: Airbrake drive funnel in fuselage, “Reinforcement of airbrake drive funnel according to drawing S14RB703, Revision a,” in Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH Working instruction for Technical Note No. 380-2/396-17/868-22/890-14, Ausgabe (English translation: issue) 1, Datum (English translation: dated) May 11, 2015, as applicable.

    (g) Other FAA AD Provisions

    The following provisions also apply to this AD:

    (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, Standards Office, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send information to ATTN: Jim Rutherford, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4165; fax: (816) 329-4090; email: [email protected]. Before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your appropriate principal inspector (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local FSDO.

    (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered FAA-approved if they are approved by the State of Design Authority (or their delegated agent). You are required to assure the product is airworthy before it is returned to service.

    (h) Related Information

    Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2015-0139R1, dated July 15, 2015, for related information. You may examine the MCAI on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-3224. For service information related to this AD, contact Schempp-Hirth Flugzeugbau GmbH, Krebenstrasse 25, 73230 Kirchheim/Teck, Germany; telephone: +49 7021 7298-0; fax: +49 7021 7298-199; email: [email protected]; Internet: http://www.schempp-hirth.com. You may review this referenced service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148.

    Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on July 28, 2015. Pat Mullen, Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-18955 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY 31 CFR Part 23 RIN 1505-AC51 Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Age in Programs and Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance From the Department of the Treasury AGENCY:

    Department of the Treasury.

    ACTION:

    Proposed rule.

    SUMMARY:

    This proposed rule sets out the Department of the Treasury's (Treasury) rules for implementing the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended (the Act). The Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of age in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. The Act, which applies to persons of all ages, permits the use of certain age distinctions and factors other than age that meet the Act's requirements.

    The Act and the related general, government-wide regulations require all agencies that extend federal financial assistance to issue agency-specific regulations implementing the Act. Treasury recipients have been subject to the Act and the government-wide regulations since their effective date in 1979. Accordingly, today's proposed rule does not substantially change Treasury recipients' existing duty to refrain from discrimination on the basis of age. This proposal fulfills the obligation on Treasury to issue agency-specific rules under the Act, clarifies the responsibilities of Treasury recipients under the Act, and describes the Treasury investigation, conciliation, and enforcement procedures to ensure compliance.

    DATES:

    Written comments must be received on or before October 5, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this notice of proposed rulemaking according to the instructions below. All submissions must refer to the document title. The Department encourages the early submission of comments. Electronic Submission of Comments: Interested persons may submit comments electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Electronic submission of comments allows the commenter maximum time to prepare and submit a comment, ensures timely receipt, and assists the Department in making comments available to the public. Comments submitted electronically through the http://www.regulations.gov Web site can be viewed by other commenters and interested members of the public. Commenters should follow the instructions provided on that site to submit comments electronically.

    Mail: Send comments to Mariam G. Harvey, Director, Office of Civil Rights and Diversity, 1500 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20220.

    Note: To receive consideration, comments must be submitted through one of the methods specified above.

    Public Inspection of Public Comments: All properly submitted comments will be available for inspection and downloading at http://www.regulations.gov.

    Additional Instructions: In general comments received, including attachments and other supporting materials, are part of the public record and are available to the public. Do not submit any information in your comment or supporting materials that you consider confidential or inappropriate for public disclosure.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Mariam G. Harvey, Director, Office of Civil Rights and Diversity, Department of the Treasury, (202) 622-0316 (voice).

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Information

    The Age Discrimination Act of 1975, 42 U.S.C. 6101-6107 (“the Act”), which Congress enacted as part of amendments to the Older Americans Act (Pub. L. 94-135, 89 Stat. 713, 728), prohibits discrimination on the basis of age in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. The Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987 (Pub. L. 100-259, 102 Stat. 28, 31 (1988)) amended the Act and other civil rights statutes to define “program or activity” to mean all of the operations of specified entities, any part of which is extended federal financial assistance. See 42 U.S.C. 6107(4).

    The Act applies to discrimination at all age levels. The Act also contains specific exceptions that permit the use of certain age distinctions and factors other than age that meet the Act's requirements.

    The Act required the former Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) to issue general, government-wide regulations, setting standards to be followed by all federal agencies implementing the Act. These government-wide regulations, which were issued on June 12, 1979 (44 FR 33768), and became effective on July 1, 1979, require each federal agency providing financial assistance to any program or activity to publish proposed regulations implementing the Act, and to submit final agency regulations to HEW (now the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)), before publication in the Federal Register. See 45 CFR 90.31.

    The Act became effective on the effective date of HEW's final government-wide regulations (i.e., July 1, 1979). Treasury has enforced the provisions of the Act since that time. As a practical matter, the absence of Treasury-specific age regulations has not had an impact on Treasury's legal authority to enforce prohibitions against discrimination on the basis of age in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance from Treasury. Specifically, persons alleging age discrimination have not been hampered in their ability to file complaints nor has Treasury's Office of Civil Rights and Diversity's (OCRD) ability to process these complaints been affected.

    II. Overview of Proposed Rule

    This proposed rule is designed to fulfill the statutory and regulatory obligations of Treasury to issue a regulation implementing the Act that conforms to the government-wide regulations at 45 CFR part 90. The proposed rule carries out the Act's prohibition of discrimination based on age in programs and activities receiving financial assistance from Treasury and provides appropriate investigative, conciliation, and enforcement procedures. OCRD, part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Management, will conduct Treasury enforcement. OCRD enforces all civil rights laws applicable to entities receiving financial assistance from Treasury.

    The proposed rule is not intended to alter the legal standards found in the Act or the government-wide regulations, which are applicable to recipients of federal financial assistance from Treasury under other statutes. The proposed rule closely follows the wording and format of rules issued by other federal agencies to implement the Act. In particular, Treasury modeled much of its proposal on the agency-specific regulations issued by HHS, the lead federal agency coordinating implementation of the Act (45 CFR part 91; 47 FR 57850, Dec. 28, 1982); and the Department of Education (ED) (34 CFR part 110; 58 FR 40194, July 27, 1993). The government-wide, HHS, and ED rules were subjected to extensive public scrutiny, and the public comments were considered in finalizing those rules. Readers may review the HHS and ED Federal Register publications for historical and explanatory material regarding the Act, the government-wide regulations, and the provisions of the HHS and ED implementing regulations. The following discussion focuses on the sections of today's proposed rule that differ from the government-wide regulations. As explained below, these differences are meant to clarify provisions, and mirror other federal agency-specific regulations implementing the Act.

    Subpart A—General

    The four sections in Subpart A provide the proposed rule's purpose, application, and definitions, and are consistent with the government-wide regulations.

    The definitions in § 23.4 are substantively identical to definitions in the government-wide regulations (45 CFR 90.4), HHS agency-specific regulations (45 CFR 91.4), and ED regulations (34 CFR 110.3).

    Subpart B—Standards for Determining Age Discrimination

    Subpart B is virtually identical to the corresponding sections of the government-wide regulations at 45 CFR part 90. Some of the provisions have been reordered for greater clarity and coherence.

    Section 23.11 follows the government-wide regulations in laying out the general and specific rules prohibiting age discrimination in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance from Treasury.

    Like the government-wide rule, the proposal states that the list of prohibited forms of age discrimination in § 23.11(b) is not exhaustive and, consequently, does not imply that other forms of age discrimination are permitted.

    Sections 23.12 and 23.13 follow the government-wide regulations (see 45 CFR 90.13 and 90.14), in defining the terms “normal operation” and “statutory objective” and delineating the “normal operation” and “statutory objective” exceptions to the prohibitions against age discrimination that are specified in the Act, 42 U.S.C. 6103.

    Section 23.13 sets out the four-prong test, provided in the government-wide regulations (see 45 CFR 90.14), for determining when an action reasonably takes into account “age as a factor necessary to the normal operation or the achievement of any statutory objective of a program or activity” and thus does not violate the Act.

    In the proposed rule, provisions concerning affirmative action and special benefits to children and elderly are in subpart B at §§ 23.16 and 23.17; in the government-wide regulations, the analogous provisions are part of subpart D (Investigation, Conciliation, and Enforcement Procedures) at 45 CFR 90.49. The HHS agency-specific regulations also moved these provisions to Subpart B (see 45 CFR 91.16 and 91.17), and Treasury believes this reordering aids comprehension.

    Section 23.18 of the proposed rule provides that age distinctions in Treasury regulations are entitled to a presumption of validity. For example, the provision in Internal Revenue Service Publication 1101, which limits participation in the Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program to individuals who are 60 years of age or older, is presumed valid. This presumption of validity is consistent with the “statutory objective” exception in the Act. Section 163 of the Revenue Act of 1978, Public Law 95-600, 92 Stat. 2810, November 6, 1978, authorized the Tax Counseling for the Elderly Program. Analogous provisions are in the HHS and ED agency-specific regulations (45 CFR 91.18; 34 CFR 110.17.)

    Subpart C—Duties of Treasury Recipients

    Subpart C is consistent with the government-wide regulations at 45 CFR part 90. As described below, language differences between this Subpart of the proposed rule and the government-wide regulations are meant to clarify the duties of Treasury recipients.

    The proposed rule fosters awareness of the Act's provisions, by requiring that recipients provide notice concerning obligations and rights under the Act to other recipients and to beneficiaries (§ 23.32) and that recipients complete a written assurance of compliance (§ 23.33). The notice requirements in § 23.32 are modeled after the HHS provision in 45 CFR 91.32 and the ED provisions in 34 CFR 110.21 and 110.25(b). The § 23.33 requirement for assurances of compliance is similar to the HHS rule at 45 CFR 91.33(a) and the ED rule at 34 CFR 110.23(a).

    Section 23.33 of this proposed rule provides that OCRD may require a recipient employing the equivalent of 15 or more employees to complete a written self-evaluation as part of a compliance review or complaint investigation. The government-wide regulations at 45 CFR 90.43 contain the requirement that all recipients with the equivalent of 15 or more full-time employees must complete a written self-evaluation of their compliance under the Act. However, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) subsequently disapproved of this across-the-board self-evaluation requirement as excessively burdensome and inconsistent with the Federal Reports Act of 1942, the precursor of the Paperwork Reduction Act, as amended (44 U.S.C. 3501-3521). Correspondingly, HHS and other federal agencies have rejected imposing self-evaluation requirements on all recipients and instead state in their agency-specific regulations that such evaluations will only be required as part of a compliance review or complaint investigation. See 34 CFR 110.24; 45 CFR 91.33. The courts have upheld OMB and HHS determinations to impose self-evaluation requirements only when there is an ongoing compliance review or complaint inspection. See, e.g., Action Alliance of Senior Citizens of Greater Philadelphia v. Sullivan, 930 F.2d 77 (D.C. Cir.), cert. denied, 502 U.S. 938 (1991). Accordingly, the Treasury proposal abides by the OMB determination and closely follows the age discrimination regulations of the other federal agencies.

    Section 23.34 lists recordkeeping, reporting, and access to records requirements under the Act. The government-wide regulations already require recipients to maintain records, provide information, and afford access to their records to agencies for the purposes of determining whether the recipients are complying with the Act. See 45 CFR 90.42(a). The government-wide regulations also mandate that agencies include in their regulations implementing the Act the requirements that recipients provide information and access to records to the extent the agencies find such information and records necessary to determine compliance with the Act and regulations. See id. Proposed § 23.34 follows the format of the analogous HHS provision in 45 CFR 91.34.

    Subpart D—Investigation, Conciliation, and Enforcement Procedures

    In accordance with the government-wide regulations, subpart D describes procedures for compliance reviews and federal-level complaint processing, and outlines the role of mediation in resolving complaints. This subpart closely follows the HHS and ED age regulations, adopting minor stylistic and organizational changes that Treasury believes will improve clarity.

    Section 23.44 incorporates the HHS agency-specific regulation published at 45 CFR 91.44(a)(4). This section provides that settlements during the agency investigation process will not affect the operation of any other enforcement effort by the agency, such as compliance reviews and investigations of other complaints, including those against the same recipient.

    Section 2347 provides that the procedural regulations applicable to hearings, decisions, and post-determination proceedings under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, when published, will apply to OCRD's enforcement of the Act and this part.

    Section 23.49 of the proposed rule describes procedures for disbursal of funds to an alternate recipient if funds are withheld from the original recipient because of violations of these rules. Section 23.49 is not intended to replace established grant-awarding procedures. The requirements listed in § 23.49(b) are in addition to any requirements contained in other applicable Federal laws or regulations.

    III. Regulatory Procedures Executive Order 12866

    This proposed rule is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866. Therefore, no regulatory impact analysis has been prepared.

    Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Pursuant to the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.), it is hereby certified that this proposed rule would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The proposed rule, if promulgated, will clarify existing requirements for entities receiving financial assistance from Treasury. The requirements prohibiting age discrimination by recipients of federal financial assistance that are in the Act and the government-wide regulations have been in effect since 1979. In addition, entities receiving financial assistance from Treasury have been expressly informed of their obligations to comply with the Act by the offices administering the assisted programs. Because the proposed rule does not substantively change existing obligations on recipients, but merely clarifies such duties, the Department certifies that the proposed rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Consequently, a regulatory flexibility analysis is not required.

    List of Subjects in 31 CFR Part 23

    Aged, Discrimination against aged.

    Brodi Fontenot, Assistant Secretary for Management.

    For the reasons stated in the preamble, the Department of the Treasury proposes to add part 23 to subtitle A of title 31 of the CFR to read as follows:

    PART 23—NONDISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF AGE IN PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES RECEIVING FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Subpart A—General Sec. 23.1 What is the purpose of the Age Discrimination Act of 1975? 23.2 What is the purpose of Treasury's discrimination regulations? 23.3 To what programs do these regulations apply? 23.4 Definitions of terms used in these regulations. Subpart B—Standards for Determining Age Discrimination 23.11 Rules against age discrimination. 23.12 Definitions of “normal operation” and “statutory objective.” 23.13 Exceptions to the rules against age discrimination: Normal operation or statutory objective of any program or activity. 23.14 Exceptions to the rules against age discrimination: Reasonable factors other than age. 23.15 Burden of proof. 23.16 Affirmative action by recipients. 23.17 Special benefits for children and the elderly. 23.18 Age distinctions contained in Treasury's regulations. Subpart C—Duties of Treasury Recipients 23.31 General responsibilities. 23.32 Notice to subrecipients and beneficiaries. 23.33 Assurance of compliance and recipient assessment of age distinctions. 23.34 Information requirements. Subpart D—Investigations, Conciliation, and Enforcement Procedures 23.41 Compliance reviews. 23.42 Complaints. 23.43 Mediation. 23.44 Investigation. 23.45 Prohibition against intimidation or retaliation. 23.46 Compliance procedures. 23.47 Hearings, decisions, post-termination proceedings. 23.48 Remedial action by recipient. 23.49 Alternate funds disbursal procedure. 23.50 Exhaustion of administrative remedies. Authority:

    Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 6101 et seq. (45 CFR part 90)

    Subpart A—General
    § 23.1 What is the purpose of the Age Discrimination Act of 1975?

    The Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, is designed to prohibit discrimination on the basis of age in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. The Act also permits federally assisted programs and activities, and recipients of federal funds, to continue to use certain age distinctions and factors other than age that meet the requirements of the Act and these regulations.

    § 23.2 What is the purpose of Treasury's age discrimination regulations?

    The purpose of these regulations is to set out Treasury's policies and procedures under the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and the general age discrimination regulations at 45 CFR part 90. The Act and the general regulations prohibit discrimination on the basis of age in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance. The Act and the general regulations permit federally assisted programs and activities, and recipients of federal funds, to continue to use age distinctions and factors other than age that meet the requirements of the Act and its implementing regulations.

    § 23.3 To what programs do these regulations apply?

    (a) These regulations apply any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance from Treasury.

    (b) These regulations do not apply to:

    (1) An age distinction contained in that part of a federal, state, or local statute or ordinance adopted by an elected, general purpose legislative body that:

    (i) Provides any benefits or assistance to persons based on age; or

    (ii) Establishes criteria for participation in age-related terms; or

    (iii) Describes intended beneficiaries to target groups in age-related terms; or

    (2) Any employment practice of any employer, employment agency, labor organization, or any labor-management joint apprenticeship training program, except for any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance for public service employment under the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA), 29 U.S.C. 801 et seq.

    § 23.4 Definition of terms used in these regulations.

    As used in these regulations, the term:

    Act means the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 6101-6107.

    Action means any act, activity, policy, rule, standard, or method of administration; or the use of any policy, rule, standard, or method of administration.

    Age means how old a person is, or the number of years from the date of a person's birth.

    Age distinction means any action using age or an age-related term.

    Age-related term means a word or words that necessarily imply a particular age or range of ages (for example, “children,” “adult,” “older persons,” but not “student”).

    Federal financial assistance means any grant, entitlement, loan, cooperative agreement, contract (other than a procurement contract or a contract of insurance or guaranty), or any other arrangement by which Treasury provides assistance in the form of:

    (1) Funds; or

    (2) Services of federal personnel; or

    (3) Real and personal property or any interest in or use or property, including:

    (i) Transfers or leases of property for less than fair market value or for reduced consideration; and

    (ii) Proceeds from a subsequent transfer or lease of property if the federal share of its fair market value is not returned to the federal government.

    Program or activity means all of the operations of any entity described in paragraphs (1) through (4) of this definition, any part of which is extended federal financial assistance:

    (1)(i) A department, agency, special purpose district, or other instrumentality of a state or of a local government; or

    (ii) The entity of such state or local government that distributes such assistance and each such department or agency (and each other state or local government entity) to which the assistance is extended, in the case of assistance to a state or local government;

    (2)(i) A college, university, or other postsecondary institution, or a public system of higher education; or

    (ii) A local educational agency (as defined in 20 U.S.C. 7801), system of vocational education, or other school system;

    (3)(i) An entire corporation, partnership, or other private organization, or an entire sole proprietorship—

    (A) If assistance is extended to such corporation, partnership, private organization, or sole proprietorship as a whole; or

    (B) That is principally engaged in the business of providing education, health care, housing, social services, or parks and recreation; or

    (ii) The entire plant or other comparable, geographically separate facility to which federal financial assistance is extended, in the case of any other corporation, partnership, private organization, or sole proprietorship; or

    (4) Any other entity that is established by two or more of the entities described in paragraph (1), (2), or (3) of this definition.

    Recipient means any state or its political subdivision, any instrumentality of a state or its political subdivision, any public or private agency, institution, organization, or other entity, or any person to which federal financial assistance is extended, directly or through another recipient. Recipient includes any successor, assignee, or transferee, but excludes the ultimate beneficiary of the assistance.

    Secretary means the Secretary of the Treasury, or his or her designee.

    Subrecipient means any of the entities in the definition of recipient to which a recipient extends or passes on federal financial assistance. A subrecipient is generally regarded as a recipient of federal financial assistance and has all the duties of a recipient in these regulations.

    Treasury means the United States Department of the Treasury.

    United States means the fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Wake Island, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, the Northern Marianas, and the territories and possessions of the United States.

    Subpart B—Standards for Determining Age Discrimination
    § 23.11 Rule against age discrimination.

    The rules stated in this section are limited by the exceptions contained in §§ 23.13 and 23.14.

    (a) General rule: No person in the United States shall, on the basis of age, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under, any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

    (b) Specific rules: A recipient may not, in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance, directly or through contractual licensing, or other arrangements, use age distinctions or take any other actions that have the effect, on the basis of age, of:

    (1) Excluding individuals from, denying them the benefits of, or subjecting them to discrimination under, a program or activity receiving federal financial assistance; or

    (2) Denying or limiting individuals in their opportunity to participate in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

    (c) The specific forms of age discrimination listed in paragraph (b) of this section do not necessarily constitute a complete list.

    § 23.12 Definitions of “normal operation” and “statutory objective.”

    For purposes of §§ 23.13 and 23.14, the terms “normal operation” and “statutory objective” shall have the following meaning:

    (a) Normal operation means the operation of a program or activity without significant changes that would impair its ability to meet its objectives.

    (b) Statutory objective means any purpose of a program or activity expressly stated in any federal statute, state statute, or local statute or ordinance adopted by an elected, general purpose legislative body.

    § 23.13 Exceptions to the rules against age discrimination: normal operation or statutory objective of any program or activity.

    A recipient is permitted to take an action, otherwise prohibited by § 23.11, if the action reasonably takes into account age as a factor necessary to the normal operation or the achievement of any statutory objective of a program or activity. An action reasonably takes into account age as a factor necessary to the normal operation or the achievement of any statutory objective of a program or activity, if:

    (a) Age is used as a measure or approximation of one or more other characteristics; and

    (b) The other characteristic(s) must be measured or approximated for the normal operation of the program or activity to continue, or to achieve any statutory objective of the program or activity; and

    (c) The other characteristic(s) can be reasonably measured or approximated by the use of age; and

    (d) The other characteristic(s) are impractical to measure directly on an individual basis.

    § 23.14 Exceptions to the rules against age discrimination: Reasonable factors other than age.

    A recipient is permitted to take an action otherwise prohibited by § 23.11 that is based on a factor other than age, even though that action may have a disproportionate effect on persons of different ages. An action may be based on a factor other than age only if the factor bears a direct and substantial relationship to the normal operation of the program or activity or to the achievement of a statutory objective.

    § 23.15 Burden of proof.

    The burden of proving that an age distinction or other action falls within the exceptions outlined in §§ 23.13 and 23.14 is on the recipient of federal financial assistance.

    § 23.16 Affirmative action by recipient.

    Even in the absence of a finding of discrimination, a recipient may take affirmative action to overcome the effects of conditions that resulted in limited participation in the recipient's program or activity on the basis of age.

    § 23.17 Special benefits for children and the elderly.

    If a recipient's operation of a program or activity provides special benefits to the elderly or to children, such use of age distinctions shall be presumed to be necessary to the normal operation of the program or activity, notwithstanding the provisions of § 23.13.

    § 23.18 Age distinctions contained in Treasury regulations.

    Any age distinctions contained in a rule or regulation issued by Treasury shall be presumed to be necessary to the achievement of a statutory objective of the program or activity to which the rule or regulation applies, notwithstanding the provisions of § 23.13.

    Subpart C—Duties of Treasury Recipients
    § 23.31 General responsibilities.

    Each Treasury recipient has primary responsibility to ensure that its programs and activities are in compliance with the Act and these regulations, and shall take steps to eliminate violations of the Act. A recipient also has responsibility to maintain records, provide information, and afford Treasury access to its records to the extent Treasury finds necessary to determine whether the recipient is in compliance with the Act and these regulations.

    § 23.32 Notice to subrecipients and beneficiaries.

    (a) Where a recipient passes on federal financial assistance from Treasury to subrecipients, the recipient shall provide the subrecipients written notice of their obligations under the Act and these regulations.

    (b) Each recipient shall make necessary information about the Act and these regulations available to its program beneficiaries to inform them about the protections against discrimination provided by the Act and these regulations.

    § 23.33 Assurance of compliance and recipient assessment of age distinctions.

    (a) Each recipient of federal financial assistance from Treasury shall sign a written assurance as specified by Treasury that it will comply with the Act and these regulations.

    (b) Recipient assessment of age distinctions. (1) As part of a compliance review under § 23.41 or a complaint investigation under § 23.44, Treasury may require a recipient employing the equivalent of 15 or more employees to complete a written self-evaluation, in a manner specified by the responsible Department official, of any age distinction imposed in its program or activity receiving federal financial assistance from Treasury to assess the recipient's compliance with the Act.

    (2) Whenever an assessment indicates a violation of the Act or the Treasury regulations, the recipient shall take corrective action.

    § 23.34 Information requirements.

    Each recipient shall:

    (a) Keep records in a form and containing information that Treasury determines may be necessary to ascertain whether the recipient is complying with the Act and these regulations.

    (b) Provide to Treasury, upon request, information and reports that Treasury determines are necessary to ascertain whether the recipient is complying with the Act and these regulations.

    (c) Permit reasonable access by Treasury to the books, records, accounts, and other recipient facilities and sources of information to the extent Treasury determines is necessary to ascertain whether the recipient is complying with the Act and these regulations.

    Subpart D—Investigation, Conciliation, and Enforcement Procedures
    § 23.41 Compliance reviews.

    (a) Treasury may conduct compliance reviews and pre-award reviews or use other similar procedures that will permit it to investigate and correct violations of the Act and these regulations. Treasury may conduct these reviews even in the absence of a complaint against a recipient. The reviews may be as comprehensive as necessary to determine whether a violation of the Act or these regulations has occurred.

    (b) If a compliance review or pre-award review indicates a violation of the Act or these regulations, Treasury will attempt to achieve voluntary compliance. If voluntary compliance cannot be achieved, Treasury will arrange for enforcement as described in § 23.46.

    § 23.42 Complaints.

    (a) Any person, individually or as a member of a class or on behalf of others, may file a complaint with Treasury, alleging discrimination prohibited by the Act or these regulations based on an action occurring on or after July 1, 1979. A complainant shall file a complaint within 180 days from the date the complainant first had knowledge of the alleged act of discrimination. However, for good cause shown, Treasury may extend this time limit.

    (b) Treasury will consider the date a complaint is filed to be the date upon which the complaint is sufficient to be processed.

    (c) Treasury will attempt to facilitate the filing of complaints wherever possible, including taking the following measures:

    (1) Accepting as a sufficient complaint any written statement that identifies the parties involved and the date the complainant first had knowledge of the alleged violation, describes generally the action or practice complained of, and is signed by the complainant.

    (2) Freely permitting a complainant to add information to the complaint to meet the requirements of a sufficient complaint.

    (3) Notifying the complainant and the recipient of their rights and obligations under the complaint procedure, including the right to have a representative at all stages of the complaint resolution process.

    (4) Notifying the complainant and the recipient (or their representatives) of their right to contact Treasury for information and assistance regarding the complaint resolution process.

    (d) Treasury will notify the complainant when the complaint falls outside the jurisdiction of these regulations, and will state the reason(s) why it is outside the jurisdiction of these regulations.

    § 23.43 Mediation.

    (a) Treasury will promptly refer to a mediation agency designated by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) all sufficient complaints that:

    (1) Fall within the jurisdiction of the Act and these regulations, unless the age distinction complained of is clearly within an exception; and,

    (2) Contain all information necessary for further processing.

    (b) Both the complainant and the recipient shall participate in the mediation process to the extent necessary to reach an agreement or make an informed judgment that an agreement is not possible.

    (c) If the complainant and the recipient reach an agreement, the mediator shall prepare a written statement of the agreement and have the complainant and the recipient sign it. The mediator shall send a copy of the agreement to Treasury. Treasury will take no further action on the complaint unless the complainant or the recipient fails to comply with the agreement.

    (d) The mediator shall protect the confidentially of all information obtained in the course of the mediation process. No mediator shall testify in any adjudicative proceeding, produce any document, or otherwise disclose any information obtained in the course of the mediation process without prior approval of the head of the mediation agency.

    (e)(1) The mediation will proceed for a maximum of 60 days after a complaint is filed with Treasury. Mediation ends if:

    (i) 60 days elapse from the time the complaint is filed; or

    (ii) Prior to the end of that 60-day period, an agreement is reached; or

    (iii) Prior to the end of that 60-day period, the mediator determines that an agreement cannot be reached.

    (2) This 60-day period may be extended by the mediator, with the concurrence of Treasury, for not more than 30 days if the mediator determines that agreement likely will be reached during such extended period.

    (f) The mediator shall notify Treasury when mediation is not successful and Treasury will continue processing the complaint.

    § 23.44 Investigation.

    (a) Informal investigation. (1) Treasury will investigate complaints that are unresolved after mediation or are reopened because of a violation of a mediation agreement.

    (2) As part of the initial investigation, Treasury will use informal fact finding methods, including joint or separate discussions with the complainant and recipient, to establish the facts and, if possible, settle the complaint on terms that are mutually agreeable to the parties. Treasury may seek the assistance of any involved state agency.

    (3) Any settlement agreement will be put in writing and the parties will sign it.

    (4) The settlement shall not affect the operation of any other enforcement effort of Treasury, including compliance reviews and investigation of other complaints that may involve the recipient.

    (5) The settlement is not a finding of discrimination against a recipient.

    (b) Formal investigation. If Treasury cannot resolve the complaint through informal investigation, it will begin to develop formal findings through further investigation of the complaint. If the investigation indicates a violation of these regulations, Treasury will attempt to obtain voluntary compliance. If Treasury cannot obtain voluntary compliance, it will begin enforcement as described in § 23.46

    § 23.45 Prohibition against intimidation or retaliation.

    A recipient may not engage in acts of intimidation or retaliation against any person who:

    (a) Attempts to assert a right protected by the Act or these regulations; or

    (b) Cooperates in any mediation, investigation, hearing, or other part of Treasury's investigation, conciliation, and enforcement process.

    § 23.46 Compliance procedure.

    (a) Treasury may enforce the Act and these regulations through:

    (1) Termination of a recipient's federal financial assistance from Treasury under the program or activity involved where the recipient has violated the Act or these regulations. The determination of the recipient's violation may be made only after a recipient has had an opportunity for a hearing on the record before an administrative law judge.

    (2) Any other means authorized by law, including but not limited to:

    (i) Referral to the Department of Justice for proceedings to enforce any rights of the United States or obligations of the recipient created by the Act or these regulations.

    (ii) Use of any requirement of or referral to any federal, state, or local government agency that will have the effect of correcting a violation of the Act or these regulations.

    (b) Treasury will limit any termination under § 23.46(a)(1) to the particular recipient and particular program or activity or part of such program or activity Treasury finds in violation of these regulations. Treasury will not base any part of a termination on a finding with respect to any program or activity of the recipient that does not receive federal financial assistance from Treasury.

    (c) Treasury will take no action under paragraph (a) of this section until:

    (1) The Secretary has advised the recipient of its failure to comply with the Act and these regulations and has determined that voluntary compliance cannot be obtained.

    (2) Thirty days have elapsed after the Secretary has sent a written report of the circumstances and grounds of the action to the committees of Congress having legislative jurisdiction over the federal program or activity involved. The Secretary will file a report whenever any action is taken under paragraph (a) of this section.

    (d) Treasury also may defer granting new federal financial assistance to a recipient when a hearing under paragraph (a)(1) of this section is initiated.

    (1) New federal financial assistance from Treasury includes all assistance for which Treasury requires an application or approval, including renewal or continuation of existing activities, or authorization of new activities, during the deferral period. New federal financial assistance from Treasury does not include increases in funding as a result of changed computation of formula awards or assistance approved prior to the beginning of a hearing under paragraph (a)(1) of this section.

    (2) Treasury will not begin a deferral until the recipient has received a notice of an opportunity for a hearing under paragraph (a)(1) of this section. Treasury will not continue a deferral for more than 60 days unless a hearing has begun within that time or the time for beginning the hearing has been extended by mutual consent of the recipient and the Secretary. Treasury will not continue a deferral for more than 30 days after the close of the hearing, unless the hearing results in a finding against the recipient.

    (3) Treasury will limit any deferral to the particular recipient and particular program or activity or part of such program or activity Treasury finds in violation of these regulations. Treasury will not base any part of a deferral on a finding with respect to any program or activity of the recipient that does not, and would not in connection with the new funds, receive federal financial assistance from Treasury.

    § 23.47 Hearings, decisions, post-termination proceedings.

    Treasury procedural provisions for hearings, decisions, and post-termination proceedings applicable to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (if and when such procedural regulations become published) shall apply to Treasury enforcement of these regulations. Such regulations will be published within title 31 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

    § 23.48 Remedial action by recipient.

    Where Treasury finds a recipient has discriminated on the basis of age in violation of the Act or this part, the recipient shall take any remedial action that Treasury may require to overcome the effects of the discrimination.

    § 23.49 Alternate funds disbursal procedure.

    (a) When Treasury withholds funds from a recipient under these regulations, the Secretary may disburse the withheld funds directly to an alternate recipient: Any public or non-profit private organization or agency, or state or political subdivision of the state.

    (b) The Secretary will require any alternate recipient to demonstrate:

    (1) The ability to comply with these regulations; and

    (2) The ability to achieve the goals of the federal statute authorizing the federal financial assistance.

    § 23.50 Exhaustion of administrative remedies.

    (a) A complainant may file a civil action following the exhaustion of administrative remedies under the Act. Administrative remedies are exhausted if:

    (1) 180 days have elapsed since the complainant filed the complaint and Treasury has made no finding with regard to the complainant; or

    (2) Treasury issues any finding in favor of the recipient.

    (b) If Treasury fails to make a finding within 180 days or issues a finding in favor of the recipient, Treasury shall:

    (1) Promptly advise the complainant of this fact; and

    (2) Advise the complainant of his or her right to bring a civil action for injunctive relief; and

    (3) Inform the complainant:

    (i) That the complainant may bring a civil action only in a United States district court for the district in which the recipient is found or transacts business;

    (ii) That a complainant prevailing in a civil action has the right to be awarded the costs of the action, including reasonable attorney's fee, but that the complainant must demand these costs in the complaint.

    (iii) That before commencing the action the complainant shall give 30 days notice by registered mail to the Secretary, the Secretary of HHS, the Attorney General of the United States, and the recipient.

    (iv) That the notice must state: The alleged violation of the Act; the relief requested; the court in which the complainant is bringing the action; and whether or not attorney's fees are demanded in the event the complainant prevails; and

    (v) That the complainant may not bring an action if the same alleged violation of the Act by the same recipient is the subject of a pending action in any court of the United States.

    [FR Doc. 2015-19096 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4810-25-P
    POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION 39 CFR Part 3050 [Docket No. RM2015-15; Order No. 2624] Periodic Reporting AGENCY:

    Postal Regulatory Commission.

    ACTION:

    Notice of proposed rulemaking.

    SUMMARY:

    The Commission is noticing a recent Postal Service filing requesting that the Commission initiate an informal rulemaking proceeding to consider a change to analytical principles relating to periodic reports (Proposal Six). This notice informs the public of the filing, invites public comment, and takes other administrative steps.

    DATES:

    Comments are due: September 2, 2015. Reply Comments are due: September 11, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit comments electronically via the Commission's Filing Online system at http://www.prc.gov. Those who cannot submit comments electronically should contact the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by telephone for advice on filing alternatives.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Table of Contents I. Introduction II. Summary of Proposal III. Initial Commission Action IV. Ordering Paragraphs I. Introduction

    On July 27, 2015, the Postal Service filed a petition pursuant to 39 CFR 3050.11 requesting that the Commission initiate an informal rulemaking proceeding in order to consider changes in analytical principles relating to periodic reports.1 Proposal Six is attached to the Petition and identifies the proposed analytical method change as a change related to the methodology used for measuring the national totals of revenue, pieces, and weight in the Revenue, Pieces, and Weight (RPW) Report for Click-N-Ship (CNS) Priority Mail. The Postal Service concurrently filed a non-public library reference, along with an application for non-public treatment of materials.2

    1 Petition of the United States Postal Service Requesting Initiation of a Proceeding to Consider a Proposed Change in Analytical Principles (Proposal Six), July 27, 2015 (Petition).

    2 Notice of Filing of USPS-RM2015-15/NP1 and Application for Nonpublic Treatment, July 27, 2015 (Notice). The Library Reference is USPS-RM2015-15/NP1—Nonpublic Material Relating to Proposal Six (Click-N-Ship). The Notice incorporates by reference the Application for Non-Public Treatment of Materials contained in Attachment Two to the United States Postal Service Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Compliance Report, December 29, 2014. Notice at 1. See 39 CFR part 3007 for information on access to non-public material.

    II. Summary of Proposal

    The Postal Service explains that the current RPW methodology relies on two sources for CNS: (1) CNS system census data regarding transactions involving insured extra services; and (2) statistical estimates from the Origin Destination Information System (ODIS)-RPW probability sampling system for CNS Priority mail that are not associated with insured transactions (including Priority Mail transactions where insurance is included). Petition, Proposal Six at 3. Under Proposal Six, ODIS-RPW statistical sampling estimates would be replaced with the remaining CNS system census transactional data. Id. All data for CNS would therefore be census derived from CNS system generated transactions, with the exception of flat-rate products.3 In addition, CNS census activity would be adjusted to reflect refunds from the corresponding time period. Id. at 5.

    3Id. As weight is not required for flat-rate products within the CNS system, ODIS-RPW estimated weight per piece would be used to estimate weight for flat-rate products. Id.

    As part of the public Excel spreadsheet filed with the Petition, the Postal Service provides an example of the kind of impact that a switch to census data would have on RPW Report data from the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2015. Id. at 7-8. Table A compares current ODIS-RPW report totals to RPW totals when incorporating new census sources. Id. at 8. The results show that the CNS portion of Priority Mail revenue, volume, and weight would have decreased, respectively, by 13.7, 14.3, and 4.4 percent, while extra service revenue would have increased by 18 percent. Id.

    The Postal Service asserts that the proposed changes will provide “a complete source of transaction-level data for mail piece revenue and volume characteristics, and their associated extra services needed for RPW reporting.” Id. at 7. The Postal Service also states that the proposed changes would provide a more accurate report of flat-rate product weights and would provide a process for adjusting revenue and transactions thereby aligning them with the accounting treatment of refund revenue. Id.

    III. Initial Commission Action

    The Commission establishes Docket No. RM2015-15 for consideration of matters raised by the Petition. Additional information concerning the Petition may be accessed via the Commission's Web site at http://www.prc.gov. Interested persons may submit comments on the Petition and Proposal Six no later than September 2, 2015. Reply comments are due no later than September 11, 2015. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, Lyudmila Y. Bzhilyanskaya is designated as an officer of the Commission (Public Representative) to represent the interests of the general public in this proceeding.

    IV. Ordering Paragraphs

    It is ordered:

    1. The Commission establishes Docket No. RM2015-15 for consideration of the matters raised by the Petition of the United States Postal Service Requesting Initiation of a Proceeding to Consider a Proposed Change in Analytical Principles (Proposal Six), filed July 27, 2015.

    2. Comments are due no later than September 2, 2015. Reply comments are due no later than September 11, 2015.

    3. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, the Commission appoints Lyudmila Y. Bzhilyanskaya to serve as an officer of the Commission (Public Representative) to represent the interests of the general public in this docket.

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

    By the Commission.

    Shoshana M. Grove, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19029 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7710-FW-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 42 CFR Parts 409, 424, and 484 [CMS-1625-CN] RIN 0938-AS46 Medicare and Medicaid Programs; CY 2016 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; and Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements; Correction AGENCY:

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS.

    ACTION:

    Proposed rule; correction.

    SUMMARY:

    This document corrects technical errors in the proposed rule that appeared in the July 10, 2015 Federal Register entitled “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; CY 2016 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update; Home Health Value-Based Purchasing Model; and Home Health Quality Reporting Requirements.”

    DATES:

    Comments on the proposed rule published on July 10, 2015 (80 FR 39839), continue to be accepted until September 4, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Hillary Loeffler, (410) 786-0456.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Background

    In FR Doc. 2015-16790, published in the Federal Register of July 10, 2015 (80 FR 39839), there were technical errors that are identified and corrected in the Correction of Errors section of this correcting document.

    II. Summary of Errors

    On page 39854, in our discussion of case-mix weights, there was a sorting error in Table 9: CY 2016 Case-Mix Payment Weights.

    On page 39906, in our discussion of the overall impact of the home health prospective payment system in CY 2016, we inadvertently provided the incorrect percent decrease in expenditures when comparing CY 2015 payments to estimated CY 2016 payments.

    III. Correction of Errors

    In FR Doc. 2015-16790 of July 10, 2015 (80 FR 39839), make the following corrections:

    On page 39854, Table 9—CY 2016 Case-Mix Payment Weights is corrected to read as follows:

    Table 9—CY 2016 Case-Mix Payment Weights Payment group Step (episode and/or therapy visit ranges) Clinical and
  • functional
  • levels
  • (1 = low;
  • 2 = medium;
  • 3= high)
  • CY 2016
  • Case-mix
  • weights
  • 10111 1st and 2nd Episodes, 0 to 5 Therapy Visits C1F1S1 0.5969 10112 1st and 2nd Episodes, 6 Therapy Visits C1F1S2 0.7216 10113 1st and 2nd Episodes, 7 to 9 Therapy Visits C1F1S3 0.8462 10114 1st and 2nd Episodes, 10 Therapy Visits C1F1S4 0.9708 10115 1st and 2nd Episodes, 11 to 13 Therapy Visits C1F1S5 1.0954 10121 1st and 2nd Episodes, 0 to 5 Therapy Visits C1F2S1 0.7123 10122 1st and 2nd Episodes, 6 Therapy Visits C1F2S2 0.8240 10123 1st and 2nd Episodes, 7 to 9 Therapy Visits C1F2S3 0.9357 10124 1st and 2nd Episodes, 10 Therapy Visits C1F2S4 1.0474 10125 1st and 2nd Episodes, 11 to 13 Therapy Visits C1F2S5 1.1591 10131 1st and 2nd Episodes, 0 to 5 Therapy Visits C1F3S1 0.7709 10132 1st and 2nd Episodes, 6 Therapy Visits C1F3S2 0.8868 10133 1st and 2nd Episodes, 7 to 9 Therapy Visits C1F3S3 1.0027 10134 1st and 2nd Episodes, 10 Therapy Visits C1F3S4 1.1186 10135 1st and 2nd Episodes, 11 to 13 Therapy Visits C1F3S5 1.2345 10211 1st and 2nd Episodes, 0 to 5 Therapy Visits C2F1S1 0.6339 10212 1st and 2nd Episodes, 6 Therapy Visits C2F1S2 0.7637 10213 1st and 2nd Episodes, 7 to 9 Therapy Visits C2F1S3 0.8935 10214 1st and 2nd Episodes, 10 Therapy Visits C2F1S4 1.0234 10215 1st and 2nd Episodes, 11 to 13 Therapy Visits C2F1S5 1.1532 10221 1st and 2nd Episodes, 0 to 5 Therapy Visits C2F2S1 0.7492 10222 1st and 2nd Episodes, 6 Therapy Visits C2F2S2 0.8661 10223 1st and 2nd Episodes, 7 to 9 Therapy Visits C2F2S3 0.9830 10224 1st and 2nd Episodes, 10 Therapy Visits C2F2S4 1.0999 10225 1st and 2nd Episodes, 11 to 13 Therapy Visits C2F2S5 1.2169 10231 1st and 2nd Episodes, 0 to 5 Therapy Visits C2F3S1 0.8079 10232 1st and 2nd Episodes, 6 Therapy Visits C2F3S2 0.9290 10233 1st and 2nd Episodes, 7 to 9 Therapy Visits C2F3S3 1.0501 10234 1st and 2nd Episodes, 10 Therapy Visits C2F3S4 1.1712 10235 1st and 2nd Episodes, 11 to 13 Therapy Visits C2F3S5 1.2923 10311 1st and 2nd Episodes, 0 to 5 Therapy Visits C3F1S1 0.6876 10312 1st and 2nd Episodes, 6 Therapy Visits C3F1S2 0.8424 10313 1st and 2nd Episodes, 7 to 9 Therapy Visits C3F1S3 0.9973 10314 1st and 2nd Episodes, 10 Therapy Visits C3F1S4 1.1522 10315 1st and 2nd Episodes, 11 to 13 Therapy Visits C3F1S5 1.3071 10321 1st and 2nd Episodes, 0 to 5 Therapy Visits C3F2S1 0.8029 10322 1st and 2nd Episodes, 6 Therapy Visits C3F2S2 0.9449 10323 1st and 2nd Episodes, 7 to 9 Therapy Visits C3F2S3 1.0868 10324 1st and 2nd Episodes, 10 Therapy Visits C3F2S4 1.2288 10325 1st and 2nd Episodes, 11 to 13 Therapy Visits C3F2S5 1.3707 10331 1st and 2nd Episodes, 0 to 5 Therapy Visits C3F3S1 0.8616 10332 1st and 2nd Episodes, 6 Therapy Visits C3F3S2 1.0077 10333 1st and 2nd Episodes, 7 to 9 Therapy Visits C3F3S3 1.1539 10334 1st and 2nd Episodes, 10 Therapy Visits C3F3S4 1.3000 10335 1st and 2nd Episodes, 11 to 13 Therapy Visits C3F3S5 1.4462 21111 1st and 2nd Episodes, 14 to 15 Therapy Visits C1F1S1 1.2201 21112 1st and 2nd Episodes, 16 to 17 Therapy Visits C1F1S2 1.4237 21113 1st and 2nd Episodes, 18 to 19 Therapy Visits C1F1S3 1.6273 21121 1st and 2nd Episodes, 14 to 15 Therapy Visits C1F2S1 1.2708 21122 1st and 2nd Episodes, 16 to 17 Therapy Visits C1F2S2 1.4643 21123 1st and 2nd Episodes, 18 to 19 Therapy Visits C1F2S3 1.6578 21131 1st and 2nd Episodes, 14 to 15 Therapy Visits C1F3S1 1.3504 21132 1st and 2nd Episodes, 16 to 17 Therapy Visits C1F3S2 1.5410 21133 1st and 2nd Episodes, 18 to 19 Therapy Visits C1F3S3 1.7316 21211 1st and 2nd Episodes, 14 to 15 Therapy Visits C2F1S1 1.2830 21212 1st and 2nd Episodes, 16 to 17 Therapy Visits C2F1S2 1.4994 21213 1st and 2nd Episodes, 18 to 19 Therapy Visits C2F1S3 1.7157 21221 1st and 2nd Episodes, 14 to 15 Therapy Visits C2F2S1 1.3338 21222 1st and 2nd Episodes, 16 to 17 Therapy Visits C2F2S2 1.5400 21223 1st and 2nd Episodes, 18 to 19 Therapy Visits C2F2S3 1.7461 21231 1st and 2nd Episodes, 14 to 15 Therapy Visits C2F3S1 1.4134 21232 1st and 2nd Episodes, 16 to 17 Therapy Visits C2F3S2 1.6167 21233 1st and 2nd Episodes, 18 to 19 Therapy Visits C2F3S3 1.8200 21311 1st and 2nd Episodes, 14 to 15 Therapy Visits C3F1S1 1.4619 21312 1st and 2nd Episodes, 16 to 17 Therapy Visits C3F1S2 1.6962 21313 1st and 2nd Episodes, 18 to 19 Therapy Visits C3F1S3 1.9304 21321 1st and 2nd Episodes, 14 to 15 Therapy Visits C3F2S1 1.5127 21322 1st and 2nd Episodes, 16 to 17 Therapy Visits C3F2S2 1.7368 21323 1st and 2nd Episodes, 18 to 19 Therapy Visits C3F2S3 1.9609 21331 1st and 2nd Episodes, 14 to 15 Therapy Visits C3F3S1 1.5923 21332 1st and 2nd Episodes, 16 to 17 Therapy Visits C3F3S2 1.8135 21333 1st and 2nd Episodes, 18 to 19 Therapy Visits C3F3S3 2.0347 22111 3rd+ Episodes, 14 to 15 Therapy Visits C1F1S1 1.2795 22112 3rd+ Episodes, 16 to 17 Therapy Visits C1F1S2 1.4633 22113 3rd+ Episodes, 18 to 19 Therapy Visits C1F1S3 1.6471 22121 3rd+ Episodes, 14 to 15 Therapy Visits C1F2S1 1.2952 22122 3rd+ Episodes, 16 to 17 Therapy Visits C1F2S2 1.4806 22123 3rd+ Episodes, 18 to 19 Therapy Visits C1F2S3 1.6659 22131 3rd+ Episodes, 14 to 15 Therapy Visits C1F3S1 1.3761 22132 3rd+ Episodes, 16 to 17 Therapy Visits C1F3S2 1.5581 22133 3rd+ Episodes, 18 to 19 Therapy Visits C1F3S3 1.7401 22211 3rd+ Episodes, 14 to 15 Therapy Visits C2F1S1 1.3660 22212 3rd+ Episodes, 16 to 17 Therapy Visits C2F1S2 1.5546 22213 3rd+ Episodes, 18 to 19 Therapy Visits C2F1S3 1.7433 22221 3rd+ Episodes, 14 to 15 Therapy Visits C2F2S1 1.3817 22222 3rd+ Episodes, 16 to 17 Therapy Visits C2F2S2 1.5719 22223 3rd+ Episodes, 18 to 19 Therapy Visits C2F2S3 1.7621 22231 3rd+ Episodes, 14 to 15 Therapy Visits C2F3S1 1.4626 22232 3rd+ Episodes, 16 to 17 Therapy Visits C2F3S2 1.6495 22233 3rd+ Episodes, 18 to 19 Therapy Visits C2F3S3 1.8364 22311 3rd+ Episodes, 14 to 15 Therapy Visits C3F1S1 1.5916 22312 3rd+ Episodes, 16 to 17 Therapy Visits C3F1S2 1.7826 22313 3rd+ Episodes, 18 to 19 Therapy Visits C3F1S3 1.9736 22321 3rd+ Episodes, 14 to 15 Therapy Visits C3F2S1 1.6073 22322 3rd+ Episodes, 16 to 17 Therapy Visits C3F2S2 1.7999 22323 3rd+ Episodes, 18 to 19 Therapy Visits C3F2S3 1.9924 22331 3rd+ Episodes, 14 to 15 Therapy Visits C3F3S1 1.6882 22332 3rd+ Episodes, 16 to 17 Therapy Visits C3F3S2 1.8774 22333 3rd+ Episodes, 18 to 19 Therapy Visits C3F3S3 2.0667 30111 3rd+ Episodes, 0 to 5 Therapy Visits C1F1S1 0.4805 30112 3rd+ Episodes, 6 Therapy Visits C1F1S2 0.6403 30113 3rd+ Episodes, 7 to 9 Therapy Visits C1F1S3 0.8001 30114 3rd+ Episodes, 10 Therapy Visits C1F1S4 0.9599 30115 3rd+ Episodes, 11 to 13 Therapy Visits C1F1S5 1.1197 30121 3rd+ Episodes, 0 to 5 Therapy Visits C1F2S1 0.5648 30122 3rd+ Episodes, 6 Therapy Visits C1F2S2 0.7109 30123 3rd+ Episodes, 7 to 9 Therapy Visits C1F2S3 0.8570 30124 3rd+ Episodes, 10 Therapy Visits C1F2S4 1.0031 30125 3rd+ Episodes, 11 to 13 Therapy Visits C1F2S5 1.1492 30131 3rd+ Episodes, 0 to 5 Therapy Visits C1F3S1 0.6114 30132 3rd+ Episodes, 6 Therapy Visits C1F3S2 0.7644 30133 3rd+ Episodes, 7 to 9 Therapy Visits C1F3S3 0.9173 30134 3rd+ Episodes, 10 Therapy Visits C1F3S4 1.0703 30135 3rd+ 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    Dated: July 29, 2015. Madhura Valverde, Executive Secretary to the Department, Department of Health and Human Services.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19079 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service 50 CFR Part 20 [Docket No. FWS-HQ-MB-2014-0064; FF09M21200-134-FXMB1231099BPP0] RIN 1018-BA67 Migratory Bird Hunting; Proposed Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations on Certain Federal Indian Reservations and Ceded Lands for the 2015-16 Season AGENCY:

    Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Proposed rule.

    SUMMARY:

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (hereinafter, Service or we) proposes special migratory bird hunting regulations for certain Tribes on Federal Indian reservations, off-reservation trust lands, and ceded lands for the 2015-16 migratory bird hunting season.

    DATES:

    You must submit comments on the proposed regulations by August 14, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments on the proposals by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on Docket No. FWS-HQ-MB-2014-0064.

    U.S. mail or hand delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-HQ-MB-2014-0064; Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: BPHC; 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

    We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that your entire submission—including any personal identifying information—will be posted on the Web site. See the Public Comments section, below, for more information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ron W. Kokel, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, MS: MB, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803; (703) 358-1967.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    In the April 13, 2015, Federal Register (80 FR 19852), we requested proposals from Indian Tribes wishing to establish special migratory bird hunting regulations for the 2015-16 hunting season, under the guidelines described in the June 4, 1985, Federal Register (50 FR 23467). In this supplemental proposed rule, we propose special migratory bird hunting regulations for 31 Indian Tribes, based on the input we received in response to the April 13, 2015, proposed rule, and our previous rules. As described in that proposed rule, the promulgation of annual migratory bird hunting regulations involves a series of rulemaking actions each year. This proposed rule is part of that series.

    We developed the guidelines for establishing special migratory bird hunting regulations for Indian Tribes in response to tribal requests for recognition of their reserved hunting rights and, for some Tribes, recognition of their authority to regulate hunting by both tribal and nontribal hunters on their reservations. The guidelines include possibilities for:

    (1) On-reservation hunting by both tribal and nontribal hunters, with hunting by nontribal hunters on some reservations to take place within Federal frameworks but on dates different from those selected by the surrounding State(s);

    (2) On-reservation hunting by tribal members only, outside of the usual Federal frameworks for season dates and length, and for daily bag and possession limits; and

    (3) Off-reservation hunting by tribal members on ceded lands, outside of usual framework dates and season length, with some added flexibility in daily bag and possession limits.

    In all cases, the regulations established under the guidelines must be consistent with the March 10 to September 1 closed season mandated by the 1916 Convention between the United States and Great Britain (for Canada) for the Protection of Migratory Birds (Treaty). The guidelines apply to those Tribes having recognized reserved hunting rights on Federal Indian reservations (including off-reservation trust lands) and on ceded lands. They also apply to establishing migratory bird hunting regulations for nontribal hunters on all lands within the exterior boundaries of reservations where Tribes have full wildlife management authority over such hunting or where the Tribes and affected States otherwise have reached agreement over hunting by nontribal hunters on lands owned by non-Indians within the reservation.

    Tribes usually have the authority to regulate migratory bird hunting by nonmembers on Indian-owned reservation lands, subject to Service approval. The question of jurisdiction is more complex on reservations that include lands owned by non-Indians, especially when the surrounding States have established or intend to establish regulations governing hunting by non-Indians on these lands. In such cases, we encourage the Tribes and States to reach agreement on regulations that would apply throughout the reservations. When appropriate, we will consult with a Tribe and State with the aim of facilitating an accord. We also will consult jointly with tribal and State officials in the affected States where Tribes wish to establish special hunting regulations for tribal members on ceded lands. Because of past questions regarding interpretation of what events trigger the consultation process, as well as who initiates it, we provide the following clarification.

    We routinely provide copies of Federal Register publications pertaining to migratory bird management to all State Directors, Tribes, and other interested parties. It is the responsibility of the States, Tribes, and others to notify us of any concern regarding any feature(s) of any regulations. When we receive such notification, we will initiate consultation.

    Our guidelines provide for the continued harvest of waterfowl and other migratory game birds by tribal members on reservations where such harvest has been a customary practice. We do not oppose this harvest, provided it does not take place during the closed season defined by the Treaty, and does not adversely affect the status of the migratory bird resource. Before developing the guidelines, we reviewed available information on the current status of migratory bird populations, reviewed the current status of migratory bird hunting on Federal Indian reservations, and evaluated the potential impact of such guidelines on migratory birds. We concluded that the impact of migratory bird harvest by tribal members hunting on their reservations is minimal.

    One area of interest in Indian migratory bird hunting regulations relates to hunting seasons for nontribal hunters on dates that are within Federal frameworks, but which are different from those established by the State(s) where the reservation is located. A large influx of nontribal hunters onto a reservation at a time when the season is closed in the surrounding State(s) could result in adverse population impacts on one or more migratory bird species. The guidelines make this unlikely, and we may modify regulations or establish experimental special hunts, after evaluation of information obtained by the Tribes.

    We believe the guidelines provide appropriate opportunity to accommodate the reserved hunting rights and management authority of Indian Tribes while ensuring that the migratory bird resource receives necessary protection. The conservation of this important international resource is paramount. Further, the guidelines should not be viewed as inflexible. In this regard, we note that they have been employed successfully since 1985. We believe they have been tested adequately and, therefore, we made them final beginning with the 1988-89 hunting season (53 FR 31612, August 18, 1988). We should stress here, however, that use of the guidelines is not mandatory and no action is required if a Tribe wishes to observe the hunting regulations established by the State(s) in which the reservation is located.

    Service Migratory Bird Regulations Committee Meetings

    Participants at the June 24-25, 2015, meetings reviewed information on the current status of migratory shore and upland game birds and developed 2015-16 migratory game bird regulations recommendations for these species plus regulations for migratory game birds in Alaska, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands; special September waterfowl seasons in designated States; special sea duck seasons in the Atlantic Flyway; and extended falconry seasons. In addition, we reviewed and discussed preliminary information on the status of waterfowl.

    Participants at the previously announced July 29-30, 2015, meetings reviewed information on the current status of waterfowl and developed recommendations for the 2015-16 regulations pertaining to regular waterfowl seasons and other species and seasons not previously discussed at the early-season meetings. In accordance with Department of the Interior policy, these meetings were open to public observation and you may submit comments on the matters discussed.

    Population Status and Harvest

    Preliminary information on the status of waterfowl and information on the status and harvest of migratory shore and upland game birds was excerpted from various reports and provided in the July 21, 2015, Federal Register (80 FR 43266). For more detailed information on methodologies and results, you may obtain complete copies of the various reports at the address indicated under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT or from our Web site at http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/NewsPublicationsReports.html.

    Hunting Season Proposals From Indian Tribes and Organizations

    For the 2015-16 hunting season, we received requests from 25 Tribes and Indian organizations. In this proposed rule, we respond to these requests and also evaluate anticipated requests for seven Tribes from whom we usually hear but from whom we have not yet received proposals. We actively solicit regulatory proposals from other tribal groups that are interested in working cooperatively for the benefit of waterfowl and other migratory game birds. We encourage Tribes to work with us to develop agreements for management of migratory bird resources on tribal lands.

    It should be noted that this proposed rule includes generalized regulations for both early- and late-season hunting. A final rule will be published in a late-August 2015 Federal Register that will include tribal regulations for the early-hunting season. Early seasons generally begin around September 1 each year, and most commonly include such species as American woodcock, sandhill cranes, mourning doves, and white-winged doves. Late seasons generally begin on or around September 24, and most commonly include waterfowl species.

    In this current rulemaking, because of the compressed timeframe for establishing regulations for Indian Tribes and because final frameworks dates and other specific information are not available, the regulations for many tribal hunting seasons are described in relation to the season dates, season length, and limits that will be permitted when final Federal frameworks are announced for early- and late-season regulations. For example, daily bag and possession limits for ducks on some areas are shown as the same as permitted in Pacific Flyway States under final Federal frameworks, and limits for geese will be shown as the same permitted by the State(s) in which the tribal hunting area is located.

    The proposed frameworks for early-season regulations were published in the Federal Register on July 21, 2015 (80 FR 43266); early-season final frameworks will be published in late August. Proposed late-season frameworks for waterfowl and coots will be published in mid-August, and the final frameworks for the late seasons will be published in mid-September. We will notify affected Tribes of season dates, bag limits, etc., as soon as final frameworks are established. As previously discussed, no action is required by Tribes wishing to observe migratory bird hunting regulations established by the State(s) where they are located. The proposed regulations for the 31 Tribes that meet the established criteria are shown below.

    (a) Colorado River Indian Tribes, Colorado River Indian Reservation, Parker, Arizona (Tribal Members and Nontribal Hunters)

    The Colorado River Indian Reservation is located in Arizona and California. The Tribes own almost all lands on the reservation, and have full wildlife management authority.

    In their 2015-16 proposal, the Colorado River Indian Tribes request split dove seasons. They propose that their early season begin September 1 and end September 15, 2015. Daily bag limits would be 15 mourning or white-winged doves in the aggregate, of which no more than 10 may be white-winged dove. Possession limit would be 45, of which no more than 30 may be white-winged dove. The late season for doves is proposed to open November 7, 2015, and close December 20, 2015. The daily bag limit would be 15 mourning doves. The possession limit would be 45. Shooting hours would be from one-half hour before sunrise to noon in the early season and until sunset in the late season. Other special tribally set regulations would apply.

    The Tribes also propose duck hunting seasons. The season would open October 17, 2015, and close January 25, 2016. The Tribes propose the same season dates for mergansers, coots, and common moorhens. The daily bag limit for ducks, including mergansers, would be seven, except that the daily bag limits could contain no more than two hen mallards, two redheads, two Mexican ducks, two goldeneye, three scaup, one pintail, two cinnamon teal, and one canvasback. The possession limit would be twice the daily bag limit after the first day of the season. The daily bag and possession limit for coots and common moorhens would be 25, singly or in the aggregate. Shooting hours would be from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

    For geese, the Colorado River Indian Tribes propose a season of October 18, 2015, through January 19, 2016. The daily bag limit for geese would be three light geese and three dark geese. The possession limit would be six light geese and six dark geese after opening day. Shooting hours would be from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

    In 1996, the Tribes conducted a detailed assessment of dove hunting. Results showed approximately 16,100 mourning doves and 13,600 white-winged doves were harvested by approximately 2,660 hunters who averaged 1.45 hunter-days. Field observations and permit sales indicate that fewer than 200 hunters participate in waterfowl seasons. Under the proposed regulations described here and based upon past seasons, we and the Tribes estimate harvest will be similar.

    Hunters must have a valid Colorado River Indian Reservation hunting permit and a Federal Migratory Bird Stamp in their possession while hunting. Other special tribally set regulations would apply. As in the past, the regulations would apply both to tribal and nontribal hunters, and nontoxic shot is required for waterfowl hunting.

    We propose to approve the Colorado River Indian Tribes regulations for the 2015-16 hunting season, given the seasons' dates fall within final flyway frameworks (applies to nontribal hunters only).

    (b) Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Flathead Indian Reservation, Pablo, Montana (Tribal and Nontribal Hunters)

    For the past several years, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and the State of Montana have entered into cooperative agreements for the regulation of hunting on the Flathead Indian Reservation. The State and the Tribes are currently operating under a cooperative agreement signed in 1990, which addresses fishing and hunting management and regulation issues of mutual concern. This agreement enables all hunters to utilize waterfowl hunting opportunities on the reservation.

    As in the past, tribal regulations for nontribal hunters would be at least as restrictive as those established for the Pacific Flyway portion of Montana. Goose, duck, and coot season dates would also be at least as restrictive as those established for the Pacific Flyway portion of Montana. Shooting hours for waterfowl hunting on the Flathead Reservation are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Steel shot or other federally approved nontoxic shots are the only legal shotgun loads on the reservation for waterfowl or other game birds.

    For tribal members, the Tribe proposes outside frameworks for ducks and geese of September 1, 2015, through March 9, 2016. Daily bag and possession limits were not proposed for tribal members.

    The requested season dates and bag limits are similar to past regulations. Harvest levels are not expected to change significantly. Standardized check station data from the 1993-94 and 1994-95 hunting seasons indicated no significant changes in harvest levels and that the large majority of the harvest is by nontribal hunters.

    We propose to approve the Tribes' request for special migratory bird regulations for the 2015-16 hunting season.

    (c) Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, Cloquet, Minnesota (Tribal Members Only)

    Since 1996, the Service and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians have cooperated to establish special migratory bird hunting regulations for tribal members. The Fond du Lac's May 26, 2015, proposal covers land set apart for the band under the Treaties of 1837 and 1854 in northeastern and east-central Minnesota and the Band's Reservation near Duluth.

    The band's proposal for 2015-16 is essentially the same as that approved last year. The proposed 2015-16 waterfowl hunting season regulations for Fond du Lac are as follows:

    Ducks A. 1854 and 1837 Ceded Territories

    Season Dates: Begin September 12 and end November 30, 2015.

    Daily Bag Limit: 18 ducks, including no more than 12 mallards (only 3 of which may be hens), 9 black ducks, 9 scaup, 9 wood ducks, 9 redheads, 9 pintails, and 9 canvasbacks.

    B. Reservation

    Season Dates: Begin September 1 and end November 30, 2015.

    Daily Bag Limit: 12 ducks, including no more than 8 mallards (only 2 of which may be hens), 6 black ducks, 6 scaup, 6 redheads, 6 pintails, 6 wood ducks, and 6 canvasbacks.

    Mergansers A. 1854 and 1837 Ceded Territories

    Season Dates: Begin September 12 and end November 30, 2015.

    Daily Bag Limit: 15 mergansers, including no more than 6 hooded mergansers.

    B. Reservation

    Season Dates: Begin September 1 and end November 30, 2015.

    Daily Bag Limit: 10 mergansers, including no more than 4 hooded mergansers.

    Canada Geese A. 1854 and 1837 Ceded Territories

    Season Dates: Begin September 1 and end November 30, 2015.

    Daily Bag Limit: 20 geese.

    B. Reservation

    Season Dates: Begin September 1 and end November 30, 2015.

    Daily Bag Limit: 20 geese.

    Sandhill Cranes 1854 and 1837 Ceded Territories Only

    Season Dates: Begin September 1 and end November 30, 2015.

    Daily Bag Limit: One sandhill crane. A crane carcass tag is required prior to hunting.

    Coots and Common Moorhens (Common Gallinules) A. 1854 and 1837 Ceded Territories

    Season Dates: Begin September 12 and end November 30, 2015.

    Daily Bag Limit: 20 coots and common moorhens, singly or in the aggregate.

    B. Reservation

    Season Dates: Begin September 1 and end November 30, 2015.

    Daily Bag Limit: 20 coots and common moorhens, singly or in the aggregate.

    Sora and Virginia Rails All Areas

    Season Dates: Begin September 1 and end November 30, 2015.

    Daily Bag Limit: 25 sora and Virginia rails, singly or in the aggregate.

    Common Snipe All Areas

    Season Dates: Begin September 1 and end November 30, 2015.

    Daily Bag Limit: Eight common snipe.

    Woodcock All Areas

    Season Dates: Begin September 1 and end November 30, 2015.

    Daily Bag Limit: Three woodcock.

    Mourning Dove All Areas

    Season Dates: Begin September 1 and end November 30, 2015.

    Daily Bag Limit: 30 mourning doves.

    The following general conditions apply:

    1. While hunting waterfowl, a tribal member must carry on his/her person a valid Ceded Territory License.

    2. Shooting hours for migratory birds are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

    3. Except as otherwise noted, tribal members will be required to comply with tribal codes that will be no less restrictive than the provisions of Chapter 10 of the Model Off-Reservation Code. Except as modified by the Service rules adopted in response to this proposal, these amended regulations parallel Federal requirements in 50 CFR part 20 as to hunting methods, transportation, sale, exportation, and other conditions generally applicable to migratory bird hunting.

    4. Band members in each zone will comply with State regulations providing for closed and restricted waterfowl hunting areas.

    5. There are no possession limits for migratory birds. For purposes of enforcing bag limits, all migratory birds in the possession or custody of band members on ceded lands will be considered to have been taken on those lands unless tagged by a tribal or State conservation warden as having been taken on-reservation. All migratory birds that fall on reservation lands will not count as part of any off-reservation bag or possession limit.

    The band anticipates harvest will be fewer than 500 ducks and geese, and fewer than 10 sandhill cranes.

    We propose to approve the request for special migratory bird hunting regulations for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.

    (d) Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Suttons Bay, Michigan (Tribal Members Only)

    In the 1995-96 migratory bird seasons, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians and the Service first cooperated to establish special regulations for waterfowl. The Grand Traverse Band is a self-governing, federally recognized Tribe located on the west arm of Grand Traverse Bay in Leelanau County, Michigan. The Grand Traverse Band is a signatory Tribe of the Treaty of 1836. We have approved special regulations for tribal members of the 1836 treaty's signatory Tribes on ceded lands in Michigan since the 1986-87 hunting season.

    For the 2015-16 season, the Tribe requests that the tribal member duck season run from September 1, 2015, through January 15, 2016. A daily bag limit of 25 would include no more than 6 pintail, 4 canvasback, 1 hooded merganser, 6 black ducks, 6 wood ducks, 5 redheads, and 12 mallards (only 6 of which may be hens).

    For Canada and snow geese, the Tribe proposes a September 1 through January 31, 2016, season. For white-fronted geese and brant, the Tribe proposes a September 20 through December 30, 2015, season. The daily bag limit for Canada and snow geese would be 10, and the daily bag limit for white-fronted geese and including brant would be 5 birds. We further note that, based on available data (of major goose migration routes), it is unlikely that any Canada geese from the Southern James Bay Population will be harvested by the Tribe.

    For woodcock, the Tribe proposes a September 1 through November 14, 2015, season. The daily bag limit will not exceed five birds. For mourning doves, snipe, and rails, the Tribe proposes a September 1 through November 14, 2015, season. The daily bag limit would be 10 per species.

    For sandhill crane, the Tribe proposes a September 1 through November 14, 2015, season. The daily bag limit would be two birds and a season limit of six birds.

    Shooting hours would be from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. All other Federal regulations contained in 50 CFR part 20 would apply. The Tribe proposes to monitor harvest closely through game bag checks, patrols, and mail surveys. Harvest surveys from the 2013-14 hunting season indicated that approximately 30 tribal hunters harvested an estimated 100 ducks and 45 Canada geese.

    We propose to approve the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians 2015-16 special migratory bird hunting proposal.

    (e) Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, Odanah, Wisconsin (Tribal Members Only)

    Since 1985, various bands of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians have exercised judicially recognized, off-reservation hunting rights for migratory birds in Wisconsin. The specific regulations were established by the Service in consultation with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) (GLIFWC is an intertribal agency exercising delegated natural resource management and regulatory authority from its member Tribes in portions of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota). Beginning in 1986, a Tribal season on ceded lands in the western portion of the Michigan Upper Peninsula was developed in coordination with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. We have approved regulations for Tribal members in both Michigan and Wisconsin since the 1986-87 hunting season. In 1987, GLIFWC requested, and we approved, regulations to permit Tribal members to hunt on ceded lands in Minnesota, as well as in Michigan and Wisconsin. The States of Michigan and Wisconsin originally concurred with the regulations, although both Wisconsin and Michigan have raised various concerns over the years. Minnesota did not concur with the original regulations, stressing that the State would not recognize Chippewa Indian hunting rights in Minnesota's treaty area until a court with jurisdiction over the State acknowledges and defines the extent of these rights. In 1999, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the existence of the tribes' treaty reserved rights in Minnesota v. Mille Lacs Band, 199 S.Ct. 1187 (1999).

    We acknowledge all of the States' concerns, but point out that the U.S. Government has recognized the Indian treaty reserved rights, and that acceptable hunting regulations have been successfully implemented in Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Consequently, in view of the above, we have approved regulations since the 1987-88 hunting season on ceded lands in all three States. In fact, this recognition of the principle of treaty reserved rights for band members to hunt and fish was pivotal in our decision to approve a 1991-92 season for the 1836 ceded area in Michigan. Since then, in the 2007 Consent Decree the 1836 Treaty Tribes' and Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment established court-approved regulations pertaining to off-reservation hunting rights for migratory birds.

    For 2015, the GLIFWC proposes off-reservation special migratory bird hunting regulations on behalf of the member Tribes of the Voigt Intertribal Task Force of the GLIFWC (for the 1837 and 1842 Treaty areas in Wisconsin and Michigan), the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and the six Wisconsin Bands (for the 1837 Treaty area in Minnesota), and the Bay Mills Indian Community (for the 1836 Treaty area in Michigan). Member Tribes of the Task Force are: The Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians, the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, and the Sokaogon Chippewa Community (Mole Lake Band), all in Wisconsin; the Mille Lacs Band of Chippewa Indians and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in Minnesota; and the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Chippewa Indians and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in Michigan.

    The GLIFWC 2015 proposal has two changes from regulations approved last season. In the 1837 and 1842 Treaty Areas, the GLIFWC proposal would allow the use of electronic calls for any open season under a limited and experimental design with up to only 50 Tribal hunters to obtain permits and use electronic calls during any open season. In addition to obtaining a special permit, the Tribal hunter would be required to complete and submit a hunt diary for each hunt where electronic calls were used. In addition, GLIFWC would also like to extend the mourning dove season dates from September 1 through November 9 to September 1 through November 29.

    GLIFWC states that the proposed regulatory changes are intended to increase the subsistence opportunities for tribal migratory bird hunters and provide opportunities for more efficient harvesting. Under the GLIFWC's proposed regulations, GLIFWC expects total ceded territory harvest to be approximately 1,650 ducks, 375 geese, 20 sandhill cranes, and 20 swans, which is roughly similar to anticipated levels in previous years for those species for which seasons were established. GLIWFC further anticipates that tribal harvest will remain low given the small number of tribal hunters and the limited opportunity to harvest more than a small number of birds on most hunting trips.

    Recent GLIFWC harvest surveys (1996-98, 2001, 2004, 2007-08, 2011, and 2012) indicate that tribal off-reservation waterfowl harvest has averaged fewer than 1,100 ducks and 250 geese annually. In the latest survey year for which we have specific results (2012), an estimated 86 hunters took an estimated 1,090 trips and harvested 1,799 ducks (1.7 ducks per trip) and 822 geese. Two sandhill cranes were reported harvested in each of the first three Tribal sandhill crane seasons, and no swans were harvested in 2014. Analysis of hunter survey data over 1996-2012 indicates a general downward trend in both harvest and hunter participation. While we acknowledge that tribal harvest and participation has declined in recent years, we do not believe that allowing the use of electronic calls at this time for tribal waterfowl seasons on ceded lands in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota for the 2015-16 season is in the best interest of the conservation of migratory birds. We have no issues with extending the mourning dove season. More specific discussion on the use of electronic calls follows below.

    Allowing Electronic Calls

    As we have stated the last four years (76 FR 54676, September 1, 2011; 77 FR 54451, September 5, 2012; 78 FR 53218, August 28, 2013; 79 FR 52226, September 3, 2014), the issue of allowing electronic calls and other electronic devices for migratory game bird hunting has been highly debated and highly controversial over the last 40 years, similar to other prohibited hunting methods such as baiting. Electronic calls, i.e., the use or aid of recorded or electronic amplified bird calls or sounds, or recorded or electrically amplified imitations of bird calls or sounds to lure or attract migratory game birds to hunters, was Federally prohibited in 1957, because of their effectiveness in attracting and aiding the harvest of ducks and geese and are generally not considered a legitimate component of hunting. In 1999, after much debate, the migratory bird regulations were revised to allow the use of electronic calls for the take of light geese (lesser snow geese and Ross geese) during a light-goose-only season when all other waterfowl and crane hunting seasons, excluding falconry, were closed (64 FR 7507, February 16, 1999; 64 FR 71236, December 20, 1999; 73 FR 65926, November 5, 2008). The regulations were also changed in 2006, to allow the use of electronic calls for the take of resident Canada geese during Canada-goose-only September seasons when all other waterfowl and crane seasons, excluding falconry, were closed (71 FR 45964, August 10, 2006). In both instances, these changes were made in order to significantly increase the take of these species due to either serious population overabundance, depredation issues, or public health and safety issues, or a combination of these.

    In our previous responses on this issue, we have also provided discussion on available information from the use of electronic calls during the special light-goose seasons and our belief to its applicability to most waterfowl species. Given available evidence on the effectiveness of electronic calls, we continue to be concerned about the large biological uncertainty surrounding any widespread use of electronic calls. Additionally, given the fact that tribal waterfowl hunting covered by this proposal would occur on ceded lands that are not in the ownership of the Tribes, we remain very concerned that the use of electronic calls to take waterfowl would lead to confusion on the part of the public, wildlife-management agencies, and law enforcement officials in implementing the requirements of 50 CFR part 20. Further, similar to the impacts of baiting, uncertainties concerning the zone of influence attributed to the use of electronic calls could potentially increase harvest from nontribal hunters operating within areas electronic calls are being used during the dates of the general hunt.

    Notwithstanding our concerns, we understand GLIFWC's position on this issue, their desire to increase tribal hunter opportunity, harvest, and participation, and the importance that GLIFWC has ascribed to these issues. In our recent discussions with them this summer, they have expressed a willingness to work with us to further discuss these issues, all the uncertainties and difficulties surrounding them, and the overall Federal-Tribal process for addressing these and other such issues. However, we have only recently begun such discussions. As such, we are not yet at a point that would allow our approval of this proposal, or any such proposal. Further, we believe it would be premature at his time to approve such a measure, or any such measure, until we finalize the Federal-Tribal process, roles, and responsibilities for addressing this and other such issues. It is our hope that over the next year, we can continue these discussions. We remain hopeful that we can reach a mutually agreeable resolution.

    Thus, at this time, removal of the electronic call prohibition, even with the proposed limited and experimental design, would be inconsistent with our long-standing concerns, and we do not support allowing the use of electronic calls in the 1837 and 1842 Treaty Areas for any open season.

    The proposed 2015-16 waterfowl hunting season regulations apply to all treaty areas (except where noted) for GLIFWC as follows:

    Ducks

    Season Dates: Begin September 1 and end December 31, 2015.

    Daily Bag Limit: 50 ducks in the 1837 and 1842 Treaty Area; 30 ducks in the 1836 Treaty Area.

    Mergansers

    Season Dates: Begin September 1 and end December 31, 2015.

    Daily Bag Limit: 10 mergansers.

    Geese

    Season Dates: Begin September 1 and end December 31, 2015. In addition, any portion of the ceded territory that is open to State-licensed hunters for goose hunting outside of these dates will also be open concurrently for tribal members.

    Daily Bag Limit: 20 geese in aggregate.

    Other Migratory Birds A. Coots and Common Moorhens (Common Gallinules)

    Season Dates: Begin September 1 and end December 31, 2015.

    Daily Bag Limit: 20 coots and common moorhens (common gallinules), singly or in the aggregate.

    B. Sora and Virginia Rails

    Season Dates: Begin September 1 and end December 31, 2015.

    Daily Bag and Possession Limits: 20, singly, or in the aggregate, 25.

    C. Common Snipe

    Season Dates: Begin September 1 and end December 31, 2015.

    Daily Bag Limit: 16 common snipe.

    D. Woodcock

    Season Dates: Begin September 2 and end December 31, 2015.

    Daily Bag Limit: 10 woodcock.

    E. Mourning Dove: 1837 and 1842 Ceded Territories only.

    Season Dates: Begin September 1 and end November 29, 2015.

    Daily Bag Limit: 15 mourning doves.

    F. Sandhill Cranes: 1837 and 1842 Ceded Territories only.

    Season Dates: Begin September 1 and end December 31, 2015.

    Daily Bag Limit: 2 cranes.

    G. Swans: 1837 and 1842 Ceded Territories only.

    Season Dates: Begin November 1 and end December 31, 2015.

    Daily Bag Limit: 2 swans. All harvested swans must be registered by presenting the fully-feathered carcass to a tribal registration station or GLIFWC warden. If the total number of trumpeter swans harvested reaches 10, the swan season will be closed by emergency tribal rule.

    General Conditions

    A. All tribal members will be required to obtain a valid tribal waterfowl hunting permit.

    B. Except as otherwise noted, tribal members will be required to comply with tribal codes that will be no less restrictive than the model ceded territory conservation codes approved by Federal courts in the Lac Courte Oreilles v. State of Wisconsin (Voigt) and Mille Lacs Band v. State of Minnesota cases. Chapter 10 in each of these model codes regulates ceded territory migratory bird hunting. Both versions of Chapter 10 parallel Federal requirements as to hunting methods, transportation, sale, exportation, and other conditions generally applicable to migratory bird hunting. They also automatically incorporate by reference the Federal migratory bird regulations adopted in response to this proposal.

    C. Particular Regulations of Note Include

    1. Nontoxic shot will be required for all waterfowl hunting by tribal members.

    2. Tribal members in each zone will comply with tribal regulations providing for closed and restricted waterfowl hunting areas. These regulations generally incorporate the same restrictions contained in parallel State regulations.

    3. There are no possession limits, with the exception of 2 swans (in the aggregate) and 25 rails (in the aggregate). For purposes of enforcing bag limits, all migratory birds in the possession and custody of tribal members on ceded lands will be considered to have been taken on those lands unless tagged by a tribal or State conservation warden as taken on reservation lands. All migratory birds that fall on reservation lands will not count as part of any off-reservation bag or possession limit.

    4. The baiting restrictions included in the respective section 10.05(2)(h) of the model ceded territory conservation codes will be amended to include language which parallels that in place for nontribal members as published at 64 FR 29799, June 3, 1999.

    5. There are no shell limit restrictions.

    6. Hunting hours are from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.

    We propose to approve the above GLIFWC regulations for the 2015-16 hunting season.

    (f) Jicarilla Apache Tribe, Jicarilla Indian Reservation, Dulce, New Mexico (Tribal Members and Nontribal Hunters)

    The Jicarilla Apache Tribe has had special migratory bird hunting regulations for tribal members and nonmembers since the 1986-87 hunting season. The Tribe owns all lands on the reservation and has recognized full wildlife management authority. In general, the proposed seasons would be more conservative than allowed by the Federal frameworks of last season and by States in the Pacific Flyway.

    The Tribe proposes a 2015-16 waterfowl and Canada goose season beginning October 10, 2015, and a closing date of November 30, 2015. Daily bag and possession limits for waterfowl would be the same as Pacific Flyway States. The Tribe proposes a daily bag limit for Canada geese of two. Other regulations specific to the Pacific Flyway guidelines for New Mexico would be in effect.

    During the Jicarilla Game and Fish Department's 2014-15 season, estimated duck harvest was 83, which is the lowest on record. The species composition included mainly mallards, northern shovelor, gadwall, American wigeon, and teal. The estimated harvest of geese was 7 birds.

    The proposed regulations are essentially the same as were established last year. The Tribe anticipates the maximum 2015-16 waterfowl harvest would be around 300 ducks and 30 geese.

    We propose to approve the Tribe's requested 2015-16 hunting seasons.

    (g) Kalispel Tribe, Kalispel Reservation, Usk, Washington (Tribal Members and Nontribal Hunters)

    The Kalispel Reservation was established by Executive Order in 1914, and currently comprises approximately 4,600 acres. The Tribe owns all Reservation land and has full management authority. The Kalispel Tribe has a fully developed wildlife program with hunting and fishing codes. The Tribe enjoys excellent wildlife management relations with the State. The Tribe and the State have an operational memorandum of understanding with emphasis on fisheries but also for wildlife.

    The nontribal member seasons described below pertain to a 176-acre waterfowl management unit and 800 acres of reservation land with a guide for waterfowl hunting. The Tribe is utilizing this opportunity to rehabilitate an area that needs protection because of past land use practices, as well as to provide additional waterfowl hunting in the area. Beginning in 1996, the requested regulations also included a proposal for Kalispel-member-only migratory bird hunting on Kalispel-ceded lands within Washington, Montana, and Idaho.

    For the 2015-16 migratory bird hunting seasons, the Kalispel Tribe proposes tribal and nontribal member waterfowl seasons. The Tribe requests that both duck and goose seasons open at the earliest possible date and close on the latest date under Federal frameworks.

    For nontribal hunters on Tribally managed lands, the Tribe requests the seasons open at the earliest possible date and remain open, for the maximum amount of open days. Specifically, the Tribe requests that the season for ducks begin October 3, 2015, and end January 17, 2016. In that period, nontribal hunters would be allowed to hunt approximately 107 days. Hunters should obtain further information on specific hunt days from the Kalispel Tribe.

    For nontribal hunters on Tribally managed lands, the Tribe also requests the season for geese run from September 5 to September 13, 2015, and from October 3, 2015, to January 17, 2016. Total number of days should not exceed 107. Nontribal hunters should obtain further information on specific hunt days from the Tribe. Daily bag and possession limits would be the same as those for the State of Washington.

    The Tribe reports past nontribal harvest of 1.5 ducks per day. Under the proposal, the Tribe expects harvest to be similar to last year, that is, fewer than 100 geese and 200 ducks.

    All other State and Federal regulations contained in 50 CFR part 20, such as use of nontoxic shot and possession of a signed migratory bird hunting stamp, would be required.

    For tribal members on Kalispel-ceded lands, the Kalispel Tribe proposes season dates for ducks of October 3, 2015, through January 31, 2016, and for geese of September 5, 2015, through January 31, 2016. Daily bag and possession limits would parallel those in the Federal regulations contained in 50 CFR part 20.

    The Tribe reports that there was no tribal harvest. Under the proposal, the Tribe expects harvest to be fewer than 200 birds for the season with fewer than 100 geese. Tribal members would be required to possess a signed Federal migratory bird stamp and a tribal ceded lands permit.

    We propose to approve the regulations requested by the Kalispel Tribe, provided that the nontribal seasons conform to Treaty limitations and final Federal frameworks for the Pacific Flyway.

    (h) Klamath Tribe, Chiloquin, Oregon (Tribal Members Only)

    The Klamath Tribe currently has no reservation, per se. However, the Klamath Tribe has reserved hunting, fishing, and gathering rights within its former reservation boundary. This area of former reservation, granted to the Klamaths by the Treaty of 1864, is over 1 million acres. Tribal natural resource management authority is derived from the Treaty of 1864, and carried out cooperatively under the judicially enforced Consent Decree of 1981. The parties to this Consent Decree are the Federal Government, the State of Oregon, and the Klamath Tribe. The Klamath Indian Game Commission sets the seasons. The tribal biological staff and tribal regulatory enforcement officers monitor tribal harvest by frequent bag checks and hunter interviews.

    For the 2015-16 season, we have not yet heard from the Tribe; however, the Tribe usually requests proposed season dates of October 1, 2015, through January 31, 2016. Daily bag limits would be 9 for ducks, 9 for geese, and 9 for coot, with possession limits twice the daily bag limit. Shooting hours would be one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Steel shot is required.

    Based on the number of birds produced in the Klamath Basin, this year's harvest would be similar to last year's. Information on tribal harvest suggests that more than 70 percent of the annual goose harvest is local birds produced in the Klamath Basin.

    If we receive a proposal that matches the Tribe's usual request, we propose to approve those 2015-16 special migratory bird hunting regulations.

    (i) Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Cass Lake, Minnesota (Tribal Members Only)

    The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is a federally recognized Tribe located in Cass Lake, Minnesota. The reservation employs conservation officers to enforce conservation regulations. The Service and the Tribe have cooperatively established migratory bird hunting regulations since 2000.

    For the 2015-16 season, the Tribe requests a duck season starting on September 15 and ending December 31, 2015, and a goose season to run from September 1 through December 31, 2015. Daily bag limits for ducks would be 10, including no more than 5 pintail, 5 canvasback, and 5 black ducks. Daily bag limits for geese would be 10. Possession limits would be twice the daily bag limit. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.

    The annual harvest by tribal members on the Leech Lake Reservation is estimated at 250 to 500 birds.

    We propose to approve the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe's requested 2015-16 special migratory bird hunting season.

    (j) Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Manistee, Michigan (Tribal Members Only)

    The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians is a self-governing, federally recognized Tribe located in Manistee, Michigan, and a signatory Tribe of the Treaty of 1836. We have approved special regulations for tribal members of the 1836 treaty's signatory Tribes on ceded lands in Michigan since the 1986-87 hunting season. Ceded lands are located in Lake, Mason, Manistee, and Wexford Counties. The Band normally proposes regulations to govern the hunting of migratory birds by Tribal members within the 1836 Ceded Territory as well as on the Band's Reservation.

    For the 2015-16 season, we have yet to hear from the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians. The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians usually proposes a duck and merganser season from September 12, 2015, through January 25, 2016. A daily bag limit of 12 ducks would include no more than 2 pintail, 2 canvasback, 3 black ducks, 3 wood ducks, 3 redheads, 6 mallards (only 2 of which may be a hen), and 1 hooded merganser. Possession limits would be twice the daily bag limit.

    For white-fronted geese, snow geese, and brant, the Tribe usually proposes a September 19 through November 30, 2015, season. Daily bag limits would be five geese.

    For Canada geese only, the Tribe usually proposes a September 1, 2015, through February 8, 2016, season with a daily bag limit of five. The possession limit would be twice the daily bag limit.

    For snipe, woodcock, rails, and mourning doves, the Tribe usually proposes a September 1 to November 14, 2015, season. The daily bag limit would be 10 common snipe, 5 woodcock, 10 rails, and 10 mourning doves. Possession limits for all species would be twice the daily bag limit.

    The Tribe monitors harvest through mail surveys. General conditions are as follows:

    A. All tribal members will be required to obtain a valid tribal resource card and 2015-16 hunting license.

    B. Except as modified by the Service rules adopted in response to this proposal, these amended regulations parallel all Federal regulations contained in 50 CFR part 20.

    C. Particular regulations of note include:

    (1) Nontoxic shot will be required for all waterfowl hunting by tribal members.

    (2) Tribal members in each zone will comply with tribal regulations providing for closed and restricted waterfowl hunting areas. These regulations generally incorporate the same restrictions contained in parallel State regulations.

    D. Tribal members hunting in Michigan will comply with tribal codes that contain provisions parallel to Michigan law regarding duck blinds and decoys.

    We plan to approve Little River Band of Ottawa Indians' 2015-16 special migratory bird hunting seasons upon receipt of their proposal.

    (k) The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Petoskey, Michigan (Tribal Members Only)

    The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (LTBB) is a self-governing, federally recognized Tribe located in Petoskey, Michigan, and a signatory Tribe of the Treaty of 1836. We have approved special regulations for tribal members of the 1836 treaty's signatory Tribes on ceded lands in Michigan since the 1986-87 hunting season.

    For the 2015-16 season, the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians propose regulations similar to those of other Tribes in the 1836 treaty area. LTBB proposes the regulations to govern the hunting of migratory birds by tribal members on the LTBB reservation and within the 1836 Treaty Ceded Territory. The tribal member duck and merganser season would run from September 1, 2015, through January 31, 2016. A daily bag limit of 20 ducks and 10 mergansers would include no more than 5 hen mallards, 5 pintail, 5 canvasback, 5 scaup, 5 hooded merganser, 5 black ducks, 5 wood ducks, and 5 redheads.

    For Canada geese, the LTBB proposes a September 1, 2015, through February 8, 2016, season. The daily bag limit for Canada geese would be 20 birds. We further note that, based on available data (of major goose migration routes), it is unlikely that any Canada geese from the Southern James Bay Population would be harvested by the LTBB. Possession limits are twice the daily bag limit.

    For woodcock, the LTBB proposes a September 1 to December 1, 2015, season. The daily bag limit will not exceed 10 birds. For snipe, the LTBB proposes a September 1 to December 31, 2015, season. The daily bag limit will not exceed 16 birds. For mourning doves, the LTBB proposes a September 1 to November 14, 2015, season. The daily bag limit will not exceed 15 birds. For Virginia and sora rails, the LTBB proposes a September 1 to December 31, 2015, season. The daily bag limit will not exceed 20 birds per species. For coots and gallinules, the LTBB proposes a September 15 to December 31, 2015, season. The daily bag limit will not exceed 20 birds per species. The possession limit will not exceed 2 days' bag limit for all birds.

    The LTBB also proposes a sandhill crane season to begin September 1 and end December 1, 2015. The daily bag limit will not exceed one bird. The possession limit will not exceed two times the bag limit.

    All other Federal regulations contained in 50 CFR part 20 would apply.

    Harvest surveys from 2014-15 hunting season indicated that approximately 10 hunters harvested 10 different waterfowl species totaling 69 birds. No sandhill cranes were reported harvested during the 2014-15 season. The LTBB proposes to monitor harvest closely through game bag checks, patrols, and mail surveys. In particular, the LTBB proposes monitoring the harvest of Southern James Bay Canada geese and sandhill cranes to assess any impacts of tribal hunting on the population.

    We propose to approve the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians' requested 2015-16 special migratory bird hunting regulations.

    (l) Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, Lower Brule Reservation, Lower Brule, South Dakota (Tribal Members and Nontribal Hunters)

    The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe first established tribal migratory bird hunting regulations for the Lower Brule Reservation in 1994. The Lower Brule Reservation is about 214,000 acres in size and is located on and adjacent to the Missouri River, south of Pierre. Land ownership on the reservation is mixed, and until recently, the Lower Brule Tribe had full management authority over fish and wildlife via a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the State of South Dakota. The MOA provided the Tribe jurisdiction over fish and wildlife on reservation lands, including deeded and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-taken lands. For the 2015-16 season, the two parties have come to an agreement that provides the public a clear understanding of the Lower Brule Sioux Wildlife Department license requirements and hunting season regulations. The Lower Brule Reservation waterfowl season is open to tribal and nontribal hunters.

    For the 2015-16 migratory bird hunting season, the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe proposes a nontribal member duck, merganser, and coot season length of 97 days, or the maximum number of days allowed by Federal frameworks in the High Plains Management Unit for this season. The Tribe proposes a duck season from October 10, 2015, through January 14, 2016. The daily bag limit would be six birds or the maximum number that Federal regulations allow, including no more than two hen mallard and five mallards total, two pintail, two redhead, two canvasback, three wood duck, three scaup, and one mottled duck. The daily bag limit for mergansers would be five, only two of which could be a hooded merganser. The daily bag limit for coots would be 15. Possession limits would be three times the daily bag limits.

    The Tribe's proposed nontribal-member Canada goose season would run from October 31, 2015, through February 14, 2016 (107-day season length), with a daily bag limit of six Canada geese. The Tribe's proposed nontribal member white-fronted goose season would run from October 31, 2015, through January 26, 2016, with a daily bag and possession limits concurrent with Federal regulations. The Tribe's proposed nontribal-member light goose season would run from October 31, 2015, through February 14, 2016, and February 15 through May 3, 2016. The light goose daily bag limit would be 20 or the maximum number that Federal regulations allow with no possession limits.

    For tribal members, the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe proposes a duck, merganser, and coot season from September 1, 2015, through March 10, 2016. The daily bag limit would be six ducks, including no more than two hen mallard and five mallards total, two pintail, two redheads, two canvasback, three wood ducks, three scaup, and one mottled duck or the maximum number that Federal regulations allow. The daily bag limit for mergansers would be five, only two of which could be hooded mergansers. The daily bag limit for coots would be 15. Possession limits would be three times the daily bag limits.

    The Tribe's proposed Canada goose season for tribal members would run from September 1, 2015, through March 10, 2016, with a daily bag limit of six Canada geese. The Tribe's proposed white-fronted goose tribal season would run from September 1, 2015, through March 10, 2016, with a daily bag limit of two white-fronted geese or the maximum number that Federal regulations allow. The Tribe's proposed light goose tribal season would run from September 1, 2015, through March 10, 2016. The light goose daily bag limit would be 20 or the maximum number that Federal regulations allow, with no possession limits.

    In the 2013-14 season, non-tribal members harvested 641 geese and 1,616 ducks. In the 2013-14 season, duck harvest species composition was primarily mallard (67 percent), gadwall (5 percent), green-winged teal (7 percent), and wigeon (5 percent).

    The Tribe anticipates a duck and goose harvest similar to those of the previous years. All basic Federal regulations contained in 50 CFR part 20, including the use of nontoxic shot, Migratory Waterfowl Hunting and Conservation Stamps, etc., would be observed by the Tribe's proposed regulations. In addition, the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe has an official Conservation Code that was established by Tribal Council Resolution in June 1982 and updated in 1996.

    We plan to approve the Tribe's requested regulations for the Lower Brule Reservation if the seasons' dates fall within final Federal flyway frameworks (applies to nontribal hunters only).

    (m) Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, Port Angeles, Washington (Tribal Members Only)

    Since 1996, the Service and the Point No Point Treaty Tribes, of which Lower Elwha was one, have cooperated to establish special regulations for migratory bird hunting. The Tribes are now acting independently, and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe would like to establish migratory bird hunting regulations for tribal members for the 2015-16 season. The Tribe has a reservation on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State and is a successor to the signatories of the Treaty of Point No Point of 1855.

    For the 2015-16 season, we have yet to hear from the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. The Tribe usually requests special migratory bird hunting regulations for ducks (including mergansers), geese, coots, band-tailed pigeons, snipe, and mourning doves. The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe usually requests a duck and coot season from September 13, 2015, to January 4, 2016. The daily bag limit will be seven ducks, including no more than two hen mallards, one pintail, one canvasback, and two redheads. The daily bag and possession limit on harlequin duck will be one per season. The coot daily bag limit will be 25. The possession limit will be twice the daily bag limit, except as noted above.

    For geese, the Tribe usually requests a season from September 13, 2015, to January 4, 2016. The daily bag limit will be four, including no more than three light geese. The season on Aleutian Canada geese will be closed.

    For brant, the Tribe usually proposes to close the season.

    For mourning doves, band-tailed pigeon, and snipe, the Tribe usually requests a season from September 1, 2015, to January 11, 2016, with a daily bag limit of 10, 2, and 8, respectively. The possession limit will be twice the daily bag limit.

    All Tribal hunters authorized to hunt migratory birds are required to obtain a tribal hunting permit from the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe pursuant to tribal law. Hunting hours would be from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. Only steel, tungsten-iron, tungsten-polymer, tungsten-matrix, and tin shot are allowed for hunting waterfowl. It is unlawful to use or possess lead shot while hunting waterfowl.

    The Tribe typically anticipates harvest to be fewer than 10 birds. Tribal reservation police and Tribal fisheries enforcement officers have the authority to enforce these migratory bird hunting regulations.

    The Service proposes to approve the special migratory bird hunting regulations for the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe upon receipt of their proposal.

    (n) Makah Indian Tribe, Neah Bay, Washington (Tribal Members Only)

    The Makah Indian Tribe and the Service have been cooperating to establish special regulations for migratory game birds on the Makah Reservation and traditional hunting land off the Makah Reservation since the 2001-02 hunting season. Lands off the Makah Reservation are those contained within the boundaries of the State of Washington Game Management Units 601-603.

    The Makah Indian Tribe proposes a duck and coot hunting season from September 26, 2015, to January 31, 2016. The daily bag limit is seven ducks, including no more than five mallards (only two hen mallard), one canvasback, one pintail, three scaup, and one redhead. The daily bag limit for coots is 25. The Tribe has a year-round closure on wood ducks and harlequin ducks. Shooting hours for all species of waterfowl are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

    For geese, the Tribe proposes that the season open on September 26, 2015, and close January 31, 2016. The daily bag limit for geese is four and one brant. The Tribe notes that there is a year-round closure on Aleutian and dusky Canada geese.

    For band-tailed pigeons, the Tribe proposes that the season open September 12, 2015, and close October 25, 2015. The daily bag limit for band-tailed pigeons is two.

    The Tribe anticipates that harvest under this regulation will be relatively low since there are no known dedicated waterfowl hunters and any harvest of waterfowl or band-tailed pigeons is usually incidental to hunting for other species, such as deer, elk, and bear. The Tribe expects fewer than 50 ducks and 10 geese to be harvested during the 2015-16 migratory bird hunting season.

    All other Federal regulations contained in 50 CFR part 20 would apply. The following restrictions are also usually proposed by the Tribe:

    (1) As per Makah Ordinance 44, only shotguns may be used to hunt any species of waterfowl. Additionally, shotguns must not be discharged within 0.25 miles of an occupied area.

    (2) Hunters must be eligible, enrolled Makah tribal members and must carry their Indian Treaty Fishing and Hunting Identification Card while hunting. No tags or permits are required to hunt waterfowl.

    (3) The Cape Flattery area is open to waterfowl hunting, except in designated wilderness areas, or within 1 mile of Cape Flattery Trail, or in any area that is closed to hunting by another ordinance or regulation.

    (4) The use of live decoys and/or baiting to pursue any species of waterfowl is prohibited.

    (5) Steel or bismuth shot only for waterfowl is allowed; the use of lead shot is prohibited.

    (6) The use of dogs is permitted to hunt waterfowl.

    The Service proposes to approve the Makah Indian Tribe's requested 2015-16 special migratory bird hunting regulations.

    (o) Navajo Nation, Navajo Indian Reservation, Window Rock, Arizona (Tribal Members and Nontribal Hunters)

    Since 1985, we have established uniform migratory bird hunting regulations for tribal members and nonmembers on the Navajo Indian Reservation (in parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah). The Navajo Nation owns almost all lands on the reservation and has full wildlife management authority.

    For the 2015-16 season, the Tribe requests the earliest opening dates and longest duck, mergansers, Canada geese and coots seasons, and the same daily bag and possession limits allowed to Pacific Flyway States under final Federal frameworks for tribal and non-tribal members.

    For both mourning dove and band-tailed pigeons, the Navajo Nation proposes seasons of September 1 through September 30, 2015, with daily bag limits of 10 and 5, respectively. Possession limits would be twice the daily bag limits.

    The Nation requires tribal members and nonmembers to comply with all basic Federal migratory bird hunting regulations in 50 CFR part 20 pertaining to shooting hours and manner of taking. In addition, each waterfowl hunter 16 years of age or over must carry on his/her person a valid Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Duck Stamp), which must be signed in ink across the face. Special regulations established by the Navajo Nation also apply on the reservation.

    The Tribe anticipates a total harvest of fewer than 500 mourning doves; fewer than 10 band-tailed pigeons; fewer than 1,000 ducks, coots, and mergansers; and fewer than 1,000 Canada geese for the 2015-16 season. The Tribe measures harvest by mail survey forms. Through the established Navajo Nation Code, titles 17 and 18, and 23 U.S.C. 1165, the Tribe will take action to close the season, reduce bag limits, or take other appropriate actions if the harvest is detrimental to the migratory bird resource.

    We propose to approve those the Navajo Nation's 2015-16 special migratory bird hunting regulations.

    (p) Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, Oneida, Wisconsin (Tribal Members Only)

    Since 1991-92, the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin and the Service have cooperated to establish uniform regulations for migratory bird hunting by tribal and nontribal hunters within the original Oneida Reservation boundaries. Since 1985, the Oneida Tribe's Conservation Department has enforced the Tribe's hunting regulations within those original reservation limits. The Oneida Tribe also has a good working relationship with the State of Wisconsin and the majority of the seasons and limits are the same for the Tribe and Wisconsin.

    For the 2015-16 season, the Tribe submitted a proposal requesting special migratory bird hunting regulations. For ducks, the Tribe proposal describes the general outside dates as being September 19 through December 6, 2015, with a closed segment of November 21 to 29, 2015. The Tribe proposes a daily bag limit of six birds, which could include no more than six mallards (three hen mallards), six wood ducks, one redhead, two pintails, and one hooded merganser.

    For geese, the Tribe requests a season between September 1 and December 31, 2015, with a daily bag limit of five Canada geese. The Tribe will close the season November 21 to 29, 2015. If a quota of 500 geese is attained before the season concludes, the Tribe will recommend closing the season early.

    For woodcock, the Tribe proposes a season between September 5 and November 1, 2015, with a daily bag and possession limit of two and four, respectively.

    For mourning dove, the Tribe proposes a season between September 5 and November 1, 2015, with a daily bag and possession limit of 10 and 20, respectively.

    The Tribe proposes shooting hours be one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Nontribal hunters hunting on the Reservation or on lands under the jurisdiction of the Tribe must comply with all State of Wisconsin regulations, including shooting hours of one-half hour before sunrise to sunset, season dates, and daily bag limits. Tribal members and nontribal hunters hunting on the Reservation or on lands under the jurisdiction of the Tribe must observe all basic Federal migratory bird hunting regulations found in 50 CFR part 20, with the following exceptions: Oneida members would be exempt from the purchase of the Migratory Waterfowl Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Duck Stamp); and shotgun capacity is not limited to three shells.

    The Service proposes to approve the 2015-16 special migratory bird hunting regulations for the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin.

    (q) Point No Point Treaty Council Tribes, Kingston, Washington (Tribal Members Only)

    We are establishing uniform migratory bird hunting regulations for tribal members on behalf of the Point No Point Treaty Council Tribes, consisting of the Port Gamble S'Klallam and Jamestown S'Klallam Tribes. The two tribes have reservations and ceded areas in northwestern Washington State and are the successors to the signatories of the Treaty of Point No Point of 1855. These proposed regulations will apply to tribal members both on and off reservations within the Point No Point Treaty Areas; however, the Port Gamble S'Klallam and Jamestown S'Klallam Tribal season dates differ only where indicated below.

    For the 2015-16 season, the Point No Point Treaty Council requests special migratory bird hunting regulations for both the Jamestown S'Klallam and Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribes. For ducks, the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe season would open September 1, 2015, and close March 10, 2016, and coots would open September 13, 2015, and close February 1, 2016. The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribes duck and coot seasons would open from September 1, 2015, to March 10, 2016. The daily bag limit would be seven ducks, including no more than two hen mallards, one canvasback, one pintail, two redhead, and four scoters. The daily bag limit for coots would be 25. The daily bag limit and possession limit on harlequin ducks would be one per season. The daily possession limits are double the daily bag limits except where noted.

    For geese, the Point No Point Treaty Council proposes the season open on September 9, 2015, and close March 10, 2016, for the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, and open on September 1, 2015, and close March 10, 2016, for the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe. The daily bag limit for geese would be four, not to include more than three light geese. The Council notes that there is a year-round closure on dusky Canada geese. For brant, the Council proposes the season open on November 9, 2015, and close January 31, 2016, for the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe, and open on January 10 and close January 25, 2016, for the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe. The daily bag limit for brant would be two.

    For band-tailed pigeons, the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe season would open September 1, 2015, and close March 10, 2016. The Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe season would open September 13, 2015, and close January 18, 2016. The daily bag limit for band-tailed pigeons would be two. For snipe, the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe season would open September 1, 2015, and close March 10, 2016. The Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe season would open September 13, 2015, and close March 10, 2016. The daily bag limit for snipe would be eight. For mourning dove, the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe season would open September 1, 2015, and close January 31, 2016. The Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe would open September 13, 2015, and close January 18, 2016. The daily bag limit for mourning dove would be 10.

    The Tribe anticipates a total harvest of fewer than 200 birds for the 2015-16 season. The tribal fish and wildlife enforcement officers have the authority to enforce these tribal regulations.

    We propose to approve the Point No Point Treaty Council Tribe's requested 2015-16 special migratory bird seasons.

    (r) Saginaw Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan (Tribal Members Only)

    The Saginaw Tribe of Chippewa Indians is a federally recognized, self-governing Indian Tribe, located on the Isabella Reservation lands bound by Saginaw Bay in Isabella and Arenac Counties, Michigan.

    In a May 28, 2015, letter, the Tribe proposes special migratory bird hunting regulations. For ducks, mergansers, and common snipe, the Tribe proposes outside dates as September 1, 2015, through January 31, 2016. The Tribe proposes a daily bag limit of 20 ducks, which could include no more than five each of the following: Hen mallards; wood duck; black duck; pintail; red head; scaup; and canvasback. The merganser daily bag limit is 10 with no more than 5 hooded mergansers and 16 for common snipe.

    For geese, coot, gallinule, sora, and Virginia rail, the Tribe requests a season from September 1, 2015, to January 31, 2016. The daily bag limit for geese is 20, in the aggregate. The daily bag limit for coot, gallinule, sora, and Virginia rail is 20 in the aggregate.

    For woodcock and mourning dove, the Tribe proposes a season between September 1, 2015, and January 31, 2016, with daily bag limits of 10 and 25, respectively.

    For sandhill crane, the Tribe proposes a season between September 1, 2015, and January 31, 2016, with a daily bag limit of one.

    All Saginaw Tribe members exercising hunting treaty rights are required to comply with Tribal Ordinance 11. Hunting hours would be from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. All other regulations in 50 CFR part 20 apply including the use of only nontoxic shot for hunting waterfowl.

    The Service proposes to approve the request for 2015-16 special migratory bird hunting regulations for the Saginaw Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

    (s) Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan (Tribal Members Only)

    The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is a federally recognized, self-governing Indian Tribe, distributed throughout the eastern Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. The Tribe has retained the right to hunt, fish, trap, and gather on the lands ceded in the Treaty of Washington (1836).

    The Tribe proposes special migratory bird hunting regulations. For ducks, mergansers, and common snipe, the Tribe proposes outside dates as September 15 through December 31, 2015. The Tribe proposes a daily bag limit of 20 ducks, which could include no more than 10 mallards (5 hen mallards), 5 wood duck, 5 black duck, and 5 canvasbacks. The merganser daily bag limit is 10 in the aggregate and 16 for common snipe.

    For geese, teal, coot, gallinule, sora, and Virginia rail, the Tribe requests a season from September 1 to December 31, 2015. The daily bag limit for geese is 20, in the aggregate. The daily bag limit for coot, teal, gallinule, sora, and Virginia rail is 20 in the aggregate.

    For woodcock, the Tribe proposes a season between September 2 and December 1, 2015, with a daily bag and possession limit of 10 and 20, respectively.

    For mourning dove, the Tribe proposes a season between September 1 and November 14, 2015, with a daily bag and possession limit of 10 and 20, respectively.

    In 2014, the total estimated waterfowl hunters were 266. All Sault Ste. Marie Tribe members exercising hunting treaty rights within the 1836 Ceded Territory are required to submit annual harvest reports including date of harvest, number and species harvested, and location of harvest. Hunting hours would be from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. All other regulations in 50 CFR part 20 apply including the use of only nontoxic shot for hunting waterfowl.

    The Service proposes to approve the request for 2015-16 special migratory bird hunting regulations for the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

    (t) Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Fort Hall Indian Reservation, Fort Hall, Idaho (Nontribal Hunters)

    Almost all of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation is tribally owned. The Tribes claim full wildlife management authority throughout the reservation, but the Idaho Fish and Game Department has disputed tribal jurisdiction, especially for hunting by nontribal members on reservation lands owned by non-Indians. As a compromise, since 1985, we have established the same waterfowl hunting regulations on the reservation and in a surrounding off-reservation State zone. The regulations were requested by the Tribes and provided for different season dates than in the remainder of the State. We agreed to the season dates because they would provide additional protection to mallards and pintails. The State of Idaho concurred with the zoning arrangement. We have no objection to the State's use of this zone again in the 2015-16 hunting season, provided the duck and goose hunting season dates are the same as on the reservation.

    In a proposal for the 2015-16 hunting season, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes request a continuous duck (including mergansers and coots) season, with the maximum number of days and the same daily bag and possession limits permitted for Pacific Flyway States under the final Federal frameworks. The Tribes propose a duck and coot season with, if the same number of hunting days is permitted as last year, an opening date of October 3, 2015, and a closing date of January 19, 2016. The Tribes anticipate harvest will be about 7,000 ducks.

    The Tribes also request a continuous goose season with the maximum number of days and the same daily bag and possession limits permitted in Idaho under Federal frameworks. The Tribes propose that, if the same number of hunting days is permitted as in previous years, the season would have an opening date of October 3, 2015, and a closing date of January 19, 2016. The Tribes anticipate harvest will be about 5,000 geese.

    The Tribes request a common snipe season with the maximum number of days and the same daily bag and possession limits permitted in Idaho under Federal frameworks. The Tribes propose that, if the same number of hunting days is permitted as in previous years, the season would have an opening date of October 3, 2015, and a closing date of January 19, 2016.

    Nontribal hunters must comply with all basic Federal migratory bird hunting regulations in 50 CFR part 20 pertaining to shooting hours, use of steel shot, and manner of taking. Special regulations established by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes also apply on the reservation.

    We note that the requested regulations are nearly identical to those of last year, and we propose to approve them for the 2015-16 hunting season if the seasons' dates fall within the final Federal flyway frameworks (applies to nontribal hunters only).

    (u) Skokomish Tribe, Shelton, Washington (Tribal Members Only)

    Since 1996, the Service and the Point No Point Treaty Tribes, of which the Skokomish Tribe was one, have cooperated to establish special regulations for migratory bird hunting. The Tribes have been acting independently since 2005, and the Skokomish Tribe would like to establish migratory bird hunting regulations for tribal members for the 2015-16 season. The Tribe has a reservation on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State and is a successor to the signatories of the Treaty of Point No Point of 1855.

    The Skokomish Tribe requests a duck and coot season from September 16, 2015, to February 28, 2016. The daily bag limit is seven ducks, including no more than two hen mallards, one pintail, one canvasback, and two redheads. The daily bag and possession limit on harlequin duck is one per season. The coot daily bag limit is 25. The possession limit is twice the daily bag limit, except as noted above.

    For geese, the Tribe requests a season from September 16, 2015, to February 28, 2016. The daily bag limit is four, including no more than three light geese. The season on Aleutian Canada geese is closed. For brant, the Tribe proposes a season from November 1, 2015, to February 15, 2016, with a daily bag limit of two. The possession limit is twice the daily bag limit.

    For mourning doves, band-tailed pigeon, and snipe, the Tribe requests a season from September 16, 2015, to February 28, 2016, with a daily bag limit of 10, 2, and 8, respectively. The possession limit is twice the daily bag limit.

    All Tribal hunters authorized to hunt migratory birds are required to obtain a tribal hunting permit from the Skokomish Tribe pursuant to tribal law. Hunting hours would be from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. Only steel, tungsten-iron, tungsten-polymer, tungsten-matrix, and tin shot are allowed for hunting waterfowl. It is unlawful to use or possess lead shot while hunting waterfowl.

    The Tribe anticipates harvest to be fewer than 150 birds. The Skokomish Public Safety Office enforcement officers have the authority to enforce these migratory bird hunting regulations.

    We propose to approve the Skokomish Tribe's 2015-16 migratory bird hunting season.

    (v) Spokane Tribe of Indians, Spokane Indian Reservation, Wellpinit, Washington (Tribal Members Only)

    The Spokane Tribe of Indians wishes to establish waterfowl seasons on their reservation for its membership to access as an additional resource. An established waterfowl season on the reservation will allow access to a resource for members to continue practicing a subsistence lifestyle.

    The Spokane Indian Reservation is located in northeastern Washington State. The reservation comprises approximately 157,000 acres. The boundaries of the Reservation are the Columbia River to the west, the Spokane River to the south (now Lake Roosevelt), Tshimikn Creek to the east, and the 48th Parallel as the north boundary. Tribal membership comprises approximately 2,300 enrolled Spokane Tribal Members.

    These proposed regulations would allow Tribal Members, spouses of Spokane Tribal Members, and first-generation descendants of a Spokane Tribal Member with a tribal permit and Federal Waterfowl stamp an opportunity to utilize the reservation and ceded lands for waterfowl hunting. These regulations would also benefit tribal membership through access to this resource throughout Spokane Tribal ceded lands in eastern Washington. By Spokane Tribal Referendum, spouses of Spokane Tribal Members and children of Spokane Tribal Members not enrolled are allowed to harvest game animals within the Spokane Indian Reservation with the issuance of hunting permits.

    For the 2015-16 season, the Tribe requests to establish duck seasons that would run from September 2, 2015, through January 31, 2016. The tribe is requesting the daily bag limit for ducks to be consistent with final Federal frameworks. The possession limit is twice the daily bag limit.

    The Tribe proposes a season on geese starting September 2, 2015, and ending on January 31, 2016. The tribe is requesting the daily bag limit for geese to be consistent with final Federal frameworks. The possession limit is twice the daily bag limit.

    Based on the quantity of requests the Spokane Tribe of Indians has received, the tribe anticipates harvest levels for the 2015-16 season for both ducks and geese to be fewer than 100 total birds with goose harvest at fewer than 50. Hunter success will be monitored through mandatory harvest reports returned within 30 days of the season closure.

    We propose to approve the Spokane Tribe's requested 2015-16 special migratory bird hunting regulations.

    (w) Squaxin Island Tribe, Squaxin Island Reservation, Shelton, Washington (Tribal Members Only)

    The Squaxin Island Tribe of Washington and the Service have cooperated since 1995, to establish special tribal migratory bird hunting regulations. These special regulations apply to tribal members on the Squaxin Island Reservation, located in western Washington near Olympia, and all lands within the traditional hunting grounds of the Squaxin Island Tribe.

    For the 2015-16 season, we have yet to hear from the Squaxin Island Tribe. The Tribe usually requests to establish duck and coot seasons that would run from September 1, 2015, through January 15, 2016. The daily bag limit for ducks would be five per day and could include only one canvasback. The season on harlequin ducks is closed. For coots, the daily bag limit is 25. For snipe, the Tribe usually proposes that the season start on September 15, 2015, and end on January 15, 2016. The daily bag limit for snipe would be eight. For band-tailed pigeon, the Tribe usually proposes that the season start on September 1, 2015, and end on December 31, 2015. The daily bag limit would be five. The possession limit would be twice the daily bag limit.

    The Tribe usually proposes a season on geese starting September 15, 2015, and ending on January 15, 2016. The daily bag limit for geese would be four, including no more than two snow geese. The season on Aleutian and cackling Canada geese would be closed. For brant, the Tribe usually proposes that the season start on September 1, 2015, and end on December 31, 2015. The daily bag limit for brant would be two. The possession limit would be twice the daily bag limit.

    We propose to approve the Tribe's 2015-16 special migratory bird hunting regulations, upon receipt of their proposal.

    (x) Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, Arlington, Washington (Tribal Members Only)

    The Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians and the Service have cooperated to establish special regulations for migratory game birds since 2001. For the 2015-16 season, the Tribe requests regulations to hunt all open and unclaimed lands under the Treaty of Point Elliott of January 22, 1855, including their main hunting grounds around Camano Island, Skagit Flats, and Port Susan to the border of the Tulalip Tribes Reservation. Ceded lands are located in Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, and Kings Counties, and a portion of Pierce County, Washington. The Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians is a federally recognized Tribe and reserves the Treaty Right to hunt (U.S. v. Washington).

    The Tribe proposes their duck (including mergansers and coot) and goose seasons run from October 1, 2015, to March 10, 2016. The daily bag limit on ducks (including sea ducks and mergansers) is 10. The daily bag limit for coot is 25. For geese, the daily bag limit is six. The season on brant is closed. Possession limits are totals of these three daily bag limits.

    The Tribe proposes the snipe seasons run from October 1, 2015, to January 31, 2016. The daily bag limit for snipe is 10. Possession limits are three times the daily bag limit.

    Harvest is regulated by a punch card system. Tribal members hunting on lands under this proposal will observe all basic Federal migratory bird hunting regulations found in 50 CFR part 20, which will be enforced by the Stillaguamish Tribal law enforcement. Tribal members are required to use steel shot or a nontoxic shot as required by Federal regulations.

    The Tribe anticipates a total harvest of 200 ducks, 100 geese, 50 mergansers, 100 coots, and 100 snipe. Anticipated harvest needs include subsistence and ceremonial needs. Certain species may be closed to hunting for conservation purposes, and consideration for the needs of certain species will be addressed.

    The Service proposes to approve the Stillaguamish Tribe's request for 2015-16 special migratory bird hunting regulations upon receipt of the proposal.

    (y) Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, LaConner, Washington (Tribal Members Only)

    In 1996, the Service and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community began cooperating to establish special regulations for migratory bird hunting. The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is a federally recognized Indian Tribe consisting of the Swinomish, Lower Skagit, Samish, and Kikialous. The Swinomish Reservation was established by the Treaty of Point Elliott of January 22, 1855, and lies in the Puget Sound area north of Seattle, Washington.

    For the 2015-16 season, the Tribal Community requests to establish a migratory bird hunting season on all areas that are open and unclaimed and consistent with the meaning of the treaty. The Tribal Community requests to establish duck, merganser, Canada goose, brant, and coot seasons opening on the earliest possible date allowed by the final Federal frameworks for the Pacific Flyway and closing 30 days after the State of Washington closes its season. On reservation, the Tribal Community requests to establish duck, merganser, Canada goose, brant, and coot seasons opening on the earliest possible date allowed by the final Federal frameworks for the Pacific Flyway and closing March 9, 2016. The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community requests double the daily bag and possession limits allowed by the State for each species, except for ceremonial permit which stipulate species and numbers for harvest.

    The Community usually anticipates that the regulations will result in the harvest of approximately 600 ducks and 200 geese. The Swinomish utilize a report card and permit system to monitor harvest and will implement steps to limit harvest where conservation is needed. All tribal regulations will be enforced by tribal fish and game officers.

    We propose to approve these 2015-16 special migratory bird hunting regulations.

    (z) The Tulalip Tribes of Washington, Tulalip Indian Reservation, Marysville, Washington (Tribal Members Only)

    The Tulalip Tribes are the successors in interest to the Tribes and bands signatory to the Treaty of Point Elliott of January 22, 1855. The Tulalip Tribes' government is located on the Tulalip Indian Reservation just north of the City of Everett in Snohomish County, Washington. The Tribes or individual tribal members own all of the land on the reservation, and they have full wildlife management authority. All lands within the boundaries of the Tulalip Tribes Reservation are closed to nonmember hunting unless opened by Tulalip Tribal regulations.

    The Tribe proposes tribal hunting regulations for the 2015-16 season. Migratory waterfowl hunting by Tulalip Tribal members is authorized by Tulalip Tribal Ordinance No. 67. For ducks, mergansers, coot, and snipe, the proposed season for tribal members is from September 3, 2015, through February 28, 2016. Daily bag and possession limits would be 7 and 14 ducks, respectively, except that for blue-winged teal, canvasback, harlequin, pintail, and wood duck, the bag and possession limits would be the same as those established in accordance with final Federal frameworks. For coot, daily bag and possession limits are 25 and 50, respectively, and for snipe 8 and 16, respectively. Ceremonial hunting may be authorized by the Department of Natural Resources at any time upon application of a qualified tribal member. Such a hunt must have a bag limit designed to limit harvest only to those birds necessary to provide for the ceremony.

    For geese, tribal members propose a season from September 3, 2015, through February 28, 2016. The goose daily bag and possession limits would be 7 and 14, respectively, except that the bag limits for brant, cackling Canada geese, and dusky Canada geese would be those established in accordance with final Federal frameworks.

    All hunters on Tulalip Tribal lands are required to adhere to shooting hour regulations set at one-half hour before sunrise to sunset, special tribal permit requirements, and a number of other tribal regulations enforced by the Tribe. Each nontribal hunter 16 years of age and older hunting pursuant to Tulalip Tribes' Ordinance No. 67 must possess a valid Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp and a valid State of Washington Migratory Waterfowl Stamp. Each hunter must validate stamps by signing across the face.

    Although the season length requested by the Tulalip Tribes appears to be quite liberal, harvest information indicates a total take by tribal and nontribal hunters of fewer than 1,000 ducks and 500 geese annually.

    We propose to approve the Tulalip Tribe's request for 2015-16 special migratory bird hunting regulations.

    (aa) Upper Skagit Indian Tribe, Sedro Woolley, Washington (Tribal members only)

    The Upper Skagit Indian Tribe and the Service have cooperated to establish special regulations for migratory game birds since 2001. The Tribe has jurisdiction over lands within Skagit, Island, and Whatcom Counties, Washington. The Tribe issues tribal hunters a harvest report card that will be shared with the State of Washington.

    For the 2015-16 season, the Tribe requests a duck season starting October 1, 2015, and ending February 28, 2016. The Tribe proposes a daily bag limit of 15 with a possession limit of 20. The Tribe requests a coot season starting October 1, 2015, and ending February 15, 2016. The coot daily bag limit is 20 with a possession limit of 30.

    The Tribe proposes a goose season from October 1, 2015, to February 28, 2016, with a daily bag limit of 7 geese and a possession limit of 10. For brant, the Tribe proposes a season from November 1 to November 10, 2015, with a daily bag and possession limit of 2.

    The Tribe proposes a mourning dove season between September 1 and December 31, 2015, with a daily bag limit of 12 and possession limit of 15.

    The anticipated migratory bird harvest under this proposal would be 100 ducks, 5 geese, 2 brant, and 10 coots. Tribal members must have the tribal identification and tribal harvest report card on their person to hunt. Tribal members hunting on the Reservation will observe all basic Federal migratory bird hunting regulations found in 50 CFR part 20, except shooting hours would be 15 minutes before official sunrise to 15 minutes after official sunset.

    We propose to approve the Tribe's 2015-16 special migratory bird hunting regulations.

    (bb) Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, Aquinnah, Massachusetts (Tribal Members Only)

    The Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head is a federally recognized Tribe located on the island of Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. The Tribe has approximately 560 acres of land, which it manages for wildlife through its natural resources department. The Tribe also enforces its own wildlife laws and regulations through the natural resources department.

    For the 2015-16 season, we have not yet heard from the Tribe. The Tribe usually proposes a duck season of October 14, 2015, through February 22, 2016. The Tribe usually proposes a daily bag limit of eight birds, which could include no more than four hen mallards, four mottled ducks, one fulvous whistling duck, four mergansers, three scaup, two hooded mergansers, three wood ducks, one canvasback, two redheads, two pintail, and four of all other species not listed. The season for harlequin ducks is usually closed. The Tribe usually proposes a teal (green-winged and blue) season of October 10, 2015, through February 22, 2016. A daily bag limit of six teal would be in addition to the daily bag limit for ducks.

    For sea ducks, the Tribe usually proposes a season between October 7, 2015, and February 22, 2016, with a daily bag limit of seven, which could include no more than one hen eider and four of any one species unless otherwise noted above.

    For Canada geese, the Tribe usually requests a season between September 4 and September 21, 2015, and October 28, 2015, and February 22, 2016, with a daily bag limit of 8 Canada geese. For snow geese, the tribe usually requests a season between September 4 to September 21, 2015, and November 25, 2015, to February 22, 2016, with a daily bag limit of 15 snow geese.

    For woodcock, the Tribe usually proposes a season between October 10 and November 23, 2015, with a daily bag limit of three. For sora and Virginia rails, the Tribe usually requests a season of September 2, 2015, through November 10, 2015, with a daily bag limit of 5 sora and 10 Virginia rails. For snipe, the Tribe usually requests a season of September 2, 2015, through December 16, 2015, with a daily bag limit of 8.

    Prior to 2012, the Tribe had 22 registered tribal hunters and estimates harvest to be no more than 15 geese, 25 mallards, 25 teal, 50 black ducks, and 50 of all other species combined. Tribal members hunting on the Reservation will observe all basic Federal migratory bird hunting regulations found in 50 CFR part 20. The Tribe requires hunters to register with the Harvest Information Program.

    If we receive a proposal that matches the Tribe's usual request, we propose to approve those 2015-16 special migratory bird hunting regulations.

    (cc) White Earth Band of Ojibwe, White Earth, Minnesota (Tribal Members Only)

    The White Earth Band of Ojibwe is a federally recognized tribe located in northwest Minnesota and encompasses all of Mahnomen County and parts of Becker and Clearwater Counties. The reservation employs conservation officers to enforce migratory bird regulations. The Tribe and the Service first cooperated to establish special tribal regulations in 1999.

    For the 2015-16 migratory bird hunting season, the White Earth Band of Ojibwe requests a duck season to start September 12 and end December 15, 2015. For ducks, they request a daily bag limit of 10, including no more than 2 hen mallards, 1 pintail, and 1 canvasback. For mergansers, the Tribe proposes the season to start September 12 and end December 15, 2015. The merganser daily bag limit would be five with no more than two hooded mergansers. For geese, the Tribe proposes an early season from September 1 through September 25, 2015, and a late season from September 26, 2015, through December 15, 2015. The early season daily bag limit is 12 geese, and the late season daily bag limit is 5 geese.

    For coots, the Tribe proposes a September 1 through November 30, 2015, season with daily bag limits of 20 coots. For snipe, woodcock, rail, and mourning dove, the Tribe proposes a September 1 through November 30, 2015, season with daily bag limits of 10, 10, 25, and 25 respectively. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Nontoxic shot is required.

    Based on past harvest surveys, the Tribe anticipates harvest of 1,000 to 2,000 Canada geese and 1,000 to 1,500 ducks. The White Earth Reservation Tribal Council employs four full-time conservation officers to enforce migratory bird regulations.

    We propose to approve the Tribe's 2015-16 special migratory bird hunting regulations.

    (dd) White Mountain Apache Tribe, Fort Apache Indian Reservation, Whiteriver, Arizona (Tribal Members and Nontribal Hunters)

    The White Mountain Apache Tribe owns all reservation lands, and the Tribe has recognized full wildlife management authority. As in past years, the White Mountain Apache Tribe has requested regulations that are essentially unchanged from those agreed to since the 1997-98 hunting year.

    The hunting zone for waterfowl is restricted and is described as: The length of the Black River west of the Bonito Creek and Black River confluence and the entire length of the Salt River forming the southern boundary of the reservation; the White River, extending from the Canyon Day Stockman Station to the Salt River; and all stock ponds located within Wildlife Management Units 4, 5, 6, and 7. Tanks located below the Mogollon Rim, within Wildlife Management Units 2 and 3, will be open to waterfowl hunting during the 2015-16 season. The length of the Black River east of the Black River/Bonito Creek confluence is closed to waterfowl hunting. All other waters of the reservation would be closed to waterfowl hunting for the 2015-16 season.

    For nontribal and tribal hunters, the Tribe proposes a continuous duck, coot, merganser, gallinule, and moorhen hunting season, with an opening date of October 17, 2015, and a closing date of January 24, 2016. The Tribe proposes a separate pintail and canvasback season, with an opening date of October 17, 2015, and a closing date of November 29, 2015. The season on scaup is closed. The Tribe proposes a daily duck (including mergansers) bag limit of seven, which may include no more than two redheads, two pintail, seven mallards (including no more than two hen mallards), and one canvasback. The daily bag limit for coots, gallinules, and moorhens would be 25, singly or in the aggregate.

    For geese, the Tribe proposes a season from October 17, 2015, through January 24, 2016. Hunting would be limited to Canada geese, and the daily bag limit would be three.

    Season dates for band-tailed pigeons and mourning doves would run from September 1, and end September 15, 2015, in Wildlife Management Unit 10 and all areas south of Y-70 and Y-10 in Wildlife Management Unit 7, only. Proposed daily bag limits for band-tailed pigeons and mourning doves would be 3 and 10, respectively.

    Possession limits for the above species are twice the daily bag limits. Shooting hours would be from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. There would be no open season for sandhill cranes, rails, and snipe on the White Mountain Apache lands under this proposal.

    A number of special regulations apply to tribal and nontribal hunters, which may be obtained from the White Mountain Apache Tribe Game and Fish Department.

    We plan to approve the White Mountain Apache Tribe's requested 2015-16 special migratory bird hunting regulations.

    (ee) Yankton Sioux Tribe, Marty, South Dakota (Tribal Members and Nontribal Hunters)

    The Yankton Sioux Tribe has yet to submit a waterfowl hunting proposal for the 2015-16 season. The Yankton Sioux tribal waterfowl hunting season usually would be open to both tribal members and nontribal hunters. The waterfowl hunting regulations would apply to tribal and trust lands within the external boundaries of the reservation.

    For ducks (including mergansers) and coots, we expect the Yankton Sioux Tribe to, as usual, propose a season starting October 9, 2015, and running for the maximum amount of days allowed under the final Federal frameworks. Daily bag and possession limits would be six ducks, which may include no more than five mallards (no more than two hens), one canvasback (when the season is open), two redheads, three scaup, one pintail, or two wood ducks. The bag limit for mergansers would be five, which would include no more than one hooded merganser. The coot daily bag limit would be 15.

    For geese, the Tribe will likely request a dark goose (Canada geese, brant, white-fronted geese) season starting October 29, 2015, and closing January 31, 2016. The daily bag limit would be three geese (including no more than one white-fronted goose or brant). Possession limits would be twice the daily bag limit.

    For white geese, the proposed hunting season would start October 29, 2015, and run for the maximum amount of days allowed under the final Federal frameworks for the State of South Dakota. Daily bag and possession limits would equal the maximum allowed under Federal frameworks.

    All hunters would have to be in possession of a valid tribal license while hunting on Yankton Sioux trust lands. Tribal and nontribal hunters must comply with all basic Federal migratory bird hunting regulations in 50 CFR part 20 pertaining to shooting hours and the manner of taking. Special regulations established by the Yankton Sioux Tribe also apply on the reservation.

    During the 2005-06 hunting season, the Tribe reported that 90 nontribal hunters took 400 Canada geese, 75 light geese, and 90 ducks. Forty-five tribal members harvested fewer than 50 geese and 50 ducks.

    If we receive a proposal that matches the Tribe's usual request, we propose to approve those 2015-16 special migratory bird hunting regulations.

    Public Comments

    The Department of the Interior's policy is, whenever possible, to afford the public an opportunity to participate in the rulemaking process. Accordingly, we invite interested persons to submit written comments, suggestions, or recommendations regarding the proposed regulations. Before promulgating final migratory game bird hunting regulations, we will consider all comments we receive. These comments, and any additional information we receive, may lead to final regulations that differ from these proposals.

    You may submit your comments and materials concerning this proposed rule by one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section. We will not accept comments sent by email or fax. We will not consider hand-delivered comments that we do not receive, or mailed comments that are not postmarked, by the date specified in the DATES section.

    We will post all comments in their entirety—including your personal identifying information—on http://www.regulations.gov. 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.

    Comments and materials we receive, as well as supporting documentation we used in preparing this proposed rule, will be available for public inspection on http://www.regulations.gov, or by appointment, during normal business hours, at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Migratory Bird Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.

    For each series of proposed rulemakings, we will establish specific comment periods. We will consider, but possibly may not respond in detail to, each comment. As in the past, we will summarize all comments we receive during the comment period and respond to them after the closing date in the preambles of any final rules.

    Required Determinations

    Based on our most current data, we are affirming our required determinations made in the proposed rule; for descriptions of our actions to ensure compliance with the following statutes and Executive Orders, see our April 13, 2015, proposed rule (80 FR 19852):

    • National Environmental Policy Act;

    • Endangered Species Act;

    • Regulatory Planning and Review;

    • Regulatory Flexibility Act;

    • Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act;

    • Paperwork Reduction Act;

    • Unfunded Mandates Reform Act;

    • Executive Orders 12630, 12988, 13175, 13132, and 13211.

    List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 20

    Exports, Hunting, Imports, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Transportation, Wildlife.

    The rules that eventually will be promulgated for the 2015-16 hunting season are authorized under 16 U.S.C. 703-712 and 16 U.S.C. 742 a-j.

    Dated: July 27, 2015. Michael J. Bean, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19053 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310-55-P
    80 149 Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Notices DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request July 30, 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 September 3, 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 20503. 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) 720-8681.

    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 Agricultural Statistics Service

    Title: Field Crops Production.

    OMB Control Number: 0535-0002.

    Summary of Collection: One of the National Agricultural Statistics Services' (NASS) primary functions is to prepare and issue current state and national estimates of crop and livestock production, prices, and disposition. The general authority for these data collection activities is granted under U.S. Code Title 7, Section 2204. NASS collects information on field crops to monitor agricultural developments across the country that may impact on the nation's food supply. To help set these estimates, field crops production data is collected. NASS will use surveys to collect information through a combination of the internet, mail, telephone, and personnel interviews.

    Need and use of the Information: NASS collects information on field crops to monitor agricultural developments across the country that may impact on the nation's food supply. The Secretary of Agriculture uses estimates of crop production to administer farm program legislation and to make decisions relative to the export-import programs. Collecting this information less frequently would eliminate the data needed to keep the Department abreast of changes at the State and national level.

    Description of Respondents: Farms; Business or other for-profits.

    Number of Respondents: 650,635.

    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Annually.

    Total Burden Hours: 200,919.

    Charlene Parker, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19153 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410-20-P
    DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request July 30, 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 should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), [email protected] or fax (202) 395-5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250-7602. Comments regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification. 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.

    Food Safety and Inspection Service

    Title: Voluntary Recalls of Meat and Poultry Products.

    OMB Control Number: 0583-0135.

    Summary of Collection: The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has been delegated the authority to exercise the functions of the Secretary as provided in the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) (21 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) and the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA) (21 U.S.C. 451 et seq.) These statutes mandate that FSIS protect the public by ensuring that meat and poultry products are safe, wholesome, unadulterated, and properly labeled and packaged. A firm that has produced or imported meat or poultry that is adulterated or misbranded and is being distributed in commerce, may voluntarily recall the product in question. When a firm voluntarily recalls a product, FSIS will conduct a recall effectiveness check.

    Need and Use of the Information: In conducting a recall, the establishment will be asks to provide FSIS with some basic information, including the identity of the recalled product, the reason for the recall, and information about the distributors and customers of the product. FSIS will check on the effectiveness of the recall to ensure that all products subject to recall are accounted for. FSIS field personnel will use FSIS form 8400-4 A to determine (1) if the retail consignee received notification of the recall and (2) the amount of recalled products received. FSIS field personnel will also use FSIS form 8400-4 B to verify that product held by the retail consignee was properly disposed.

    Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profit.

    Number of Respondents: 6.090.

    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On Occasion.

    Total Burden Hours: 8,600.

    Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19154 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410-DM-P
    DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request July 30, 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 September 3, 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.

    Agricultural Research Service

    Title: Information Collection for Document Delivery Services.

    OMB Control Number: 0518-0027.

    Summary of Collection: The National Agricultural Library (NAL) accepts requests from libraries and other organizations in accordance with the national and international interlibrary loan code and guidelines. In its national role, NAL collects and supplies copies or loans of agricultural materials not found elsewhere. 7 U.S.C. 3125a and 7 CFR 505 gives NAL the authority to collect this information. NAL provides photocopies and loans of materials directly to USDA staff, other Federal agencies, libraries and other institutions, and indirectly to the public through their libraries. The Library charges for some of these activities through a fee schedule. In order to fill a request for reproduction or loan of items the library must have the name, mailing address, phone number of the respondent initiating the request, and may require either a fax number, email address, or Ariel IP address. The collected information is used to deliver the material to the respondent, bill for and track payment of applicable fees, monitor the return to NAL of loaned material, identify and locate the requested material in NAL collections, and determine whether the respondent consents to the fees charged by NAL.

    Need and use of the Information: The NAL document delivery staff uses the information collected to identify the protocol for processing the request. The information collected determines whether the respondent is charged or exempt from any charges and what process the recipient uses to make payment if the request is chargeable. The staff also uses the information provided to process/package the reproduction or loan for delivery. Without the requested information NAL has no way to locate and deliver the loan or reproduction to the respondent, and thus cannot meet its mandate to supply agricultural material.

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

    Number of Respondents: 700.

    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion.

    Total Burden Hours: 93.

    Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19152 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410-03-P
    DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request July 29, 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 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. Comments regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received by September 3, 2015. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720-8681.

    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.

    Rural Business Cooperative Service

    Title: 7 CFR part 1980-E, Business and Industry Loan Program.

    OMB Control Number: 0570-0014.

    Summary of Collection: Section 310B of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act (Con Act), legislated in 1972 the Business and Industry (B&I) program. The purpose of the program is to improve, develop, or finance businesses, industries, and employment and improve the economic and environmental climate in rural communities, including pollution abatement and control. This purpose is achieved through bolstering the existing private credit structure by making direct loans, thereby providing lasting community benefits. The B&I program is administered by the Agency through Rural Development State and sub-State Offices serving the State.

    7 CFR 1980-E, in conjunction with 7 CFR 1942-A, and other regulations, is currently used only for making B&I Direct Loans. 7 CFR 1951-E is used for servicing B&I Direct and Community Facility loans. All reporting and recordkeeping burden estimates for making and servicing B&I Guaranteed Loans have been moved to the B&I Guaranteed Loan Program regulations, 7 CFR 4279-A and B and 4287-B. Consequently, only a fraction of the total reporting and recordkeeping burden for making and servicing B&I Direct Loans is reflected in this document.

    Need and Use of the Information: RD will collect the minimum information needed from loan applicants and commercial lenders to make determinations regarding program eligibility, the current financial condition of a business and loan security as required by the Con Act. The majority of the information is collected only once and the agency monitors the progress of the business through the analysis of annual borrower financial statements and visits to the borrower.

    Description Of Respondents: Business or other for profit and not for profit institutions.

    Number of Respondents: 40.

    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: On occasion.

    Total Burden Hours: 600.

    Charlene Parker, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19008 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410-XY-P
    DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS-2015-0006] Notice of Affirmation of Revision of a Treatment Schedule for Hot Water Treatment of Mangoes AGENCY:

    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    We are affirming our earlier determination that it was necessary to immediately amend hot water treatment schedule T102-a in the Plant Protection and Quarantine Treatment Manual to extend the applicability of the treatment to additional mango commodities. In a previous notice, we made available to the public for review and comment a treatment evaluation document that described the revised treatment schedule and explained why we have determined that it is effective at neutralizing certain target pests.

    DATES:

    Effective August 4, 2015, we are affirming the addition to the Plant Protection and Quarantine Treatment Manual of the revised treatment described in the notice published at 80 FR 22702-22703 on April 23, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Dr. Inder P.S. Gadh, Senior Risk Manager—Treatments, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851-2018.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The regulations in 7 CFR chapter III are intended, among other things, to prevent the introduction or dissemination of plant pests and noxious weeds into or within the United States. Under the regulations, certain plants, fruits, vegetables, and other articles must be treated before they may be moved into the United States or interstate. The phytosanitary treatments regulations contained in 7 CFR part 305 (referred to below as the regulations) set out standards for treatments required in 7 CFR parts 301, 318, and 319 for fruits, vegetables, and other articles.

    In § 305.2, paragraph (b) states that approved treatment schedules are set out in the Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Treatment Manual.1 Section 305.3 sets out a process for adding, revising, or removing treatment schedules in the PPQ Treatment Manual. In that section, paragraph (b) sets out the process for adding, revising, or removing treatment schedules when there is an immediate need to make a change. The circumstances in which an immediate need exists are described in § 305.3(b)(1). They are:

    1 The PPQ Treatment Manual is available on the Internet at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/plants/manuals/ports/downloads/treatment.pdf or by contacting the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine, Manuals Unit, 92 Thomas Johnson Drive, Suite 200, Frederick, MD 21702.

    • PPQ has determined that an approved treatment schedule is ineffective at neutralizing the targeted plant pest(s).

    • PPQ has determined that, in order to neutralize the targeted plant pest(s), the treatment schedule must be administered using a different process than was previously used.

    • PPQ has determined that a new treatment schedule is effective, based on efficacy data, and that ongoing trade in a commodity or commodities may be adversely impacted unless the new treatment schedule is approved for use.

    • The use of a treatment schedule is no longer authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency or by any other Federal entity.

    In accordance with § 305.3(b), we published a notice 2 in the Federal Register on April 23, 2015 (80 FR 22702-22703, Docket No. APHIS-2015-0006), announcing our determination that a revised T102-a hot water treatment schedule is an efficacious phytosanitary treatment for eggs and larvae of Ceratitis capitata and Anastrepha spp. fruit flies in mangoes weighing 651 to 900 grams and that the treatment is effective for these oversized mangoes regardless of their country of origin. This determination was based on evidence presented in a treatment evaluation document (TED) we made available with the notice. The treatment was added to the PPQ Treatment Manual, but was subject to change based on public comment.

    2 To view the notice, a subsequent correction to that notice, the TED, and the comments we received, go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2015-0006.

    We solicited comments on the notice for 60 days ending on June 22, 2015. We received six comments by that date. They were from private citizens, exporters, industry groups, and representatives of State and foreign governments. The responses were in favor of the revised treatment schedule to extend the applicability of the treatment to additional mango commodities. Therefore, in accordance with the regulations in § 305.3(b)(3), we are affirming our revision of a hot water treatment schedule for mango to control certain pests, as described in the TED made available with the previous notice. The treatment schedule is numbered T102-a. The treatment schedule will be listed in the PPQ Treatment Manual, which is available as described in footnote 1 of this document.

    Authority:

    7 U.S.C. 7701-7772 and 7781-7786; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 29th day of July 2015. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19084 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410-34-P
    DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Foreign Agricultural Service Assessment of Fees for Dairy Import Licenses for the 2016 Tariff-Rate Import Quota Year AGENCY:

    Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    This notice announces a fee of $250 to be charged for the 2016 tariff-rate quota (TRQ) year for each license issued to a person or firm by the Department of Agriculture authorizing the importation of certain dairy articles, which are subject to tariff-rate quotas set forth in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) of the United States.

    DATES:

    August 4, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Abdelsalam El-Farra, Dairy Import Licensing Program, Import Policies and Export Reporting Division, STOP 1021, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250-1021 or telephone at (202) 720-9439 or email at [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Regulation promulgated by the Department of Agriculture and codified at 7 CFR 6.20-6.37 provides for the issuance of licenses to import certain dairy articles that are subject to TRQs set forth in the HTS. Those dairy articles may only be entered into the United States at the in-quota TRQ tariff-rates by or for the account of a person or firm to whom such licenses have been issued and only in accordance with the terms and conditions of the regulation.

    Licenses are issued on a calendar year basis, and each license authorizes the license holder to import a specified quantity and type of dairy article from a specified country of origin. The use of such licenses is monitored by the Dairy Import Licensing Program, Import Policies and Export Reporting Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

    The regulation at 7 CFR 6.33(a) provides that a fee will be charged for each license issued to a person or firm by the Licensing Authority in order to defray the Department of Agriculture's costs of administering the licensing system under this regulation.

    The regulation at 7 CFR 6.33(a) also provides that the Licensing Authority will announce the annual fee for each license and that such fee will be set out in a notice to be published in the Federal Register. Accordingly, this notice sets out the fee for the licenses to be issued for the 2016 calendar year.

    Notice: The total cost to the Department of Agriculture of administering the licensing system for 2016 has been estimated to be $624,300.00 and the estimated number of licenses expected to be issued is 2,500. Of the total cost, $479,200.00 represents staff and supervisory costs directly related to administering the licensing system, and $145,100.00 represents other miscellaneous costs, including travel, postage, publications, forms, and ADP system support.

    Accordingly, notice is hereby given that the fee for each license issued to a person or firm for the 2016 calendar year, in accordance with 7 CFR 6.33, will be $250 per license.

    Issued at Washington, DC, the 16th day of July, 2015. Ronald Lord, Licensing Authority.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19081 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410-10-P
    DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Natural Resources Conservation Service [Docket No. NRCS-2015-0004] Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program (VPA-HIP) AGENCY:

    Natural Resources Conservation Service.

    ACTION:

    Notice of availability.

    SUMMARY:

    On April 27, 2015, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) published an NOA in the Federal Register announcing the availability of a draft EA for VPA-HIP and requesting public comment. The draft EA was available for a 30-day public comment period that ended May 27, 2015. The draft EA was prepared to meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 and NRCS implementing regulations. Brief comments were received from one State and those comments expressed no concerns about the analysis or the effects of the program. NRCS has determined that implementing VPA-HIP is not a major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment within the context of NEPA and, therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement will not be prepared.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    A copy of the final Programmatic EA and FONSI can be accessed on the Internet by clicking on the appropriate link at www.nrcs.usda.gov/ea. Single copies of the FONSI and Programmatic EA or additional information may also be obtained by contacting Ms. Andrée DuVarney, National Environmental Coordinator, USDA-NRCS, Ecological Sciences Division, Room 6158-S, P.O. Box 2890, Washington, DC 20013-2890 or by sending a request via email to [email protected].

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background: VPA-HIP is a competitive grants program that is available to State and Tribal governments. The program is authorized under the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, as amended (2008 Farm Bill, as amended) (16 U.S.C. 3839bb-5). Regulations at 7 CFR part 1455 govern implementation of VPA-HIP. The primary objective of VPA-HIP is to support State and Tribal government programs that encourage owners and operators of privately held farm, ranch, and forest land to voluntarily make that land available for access by the public for hunting, fishing, and other wildlife-dependent recreation. Grant recipients may also use VPA-HIP funds to improve habitat on enrolled public access program lands.

    NRCS expects most actions carried out with VPA-HIP funds to follow NRCS conservation practice standards and fall within existing categorical exclusions. Although VPA-HIP applicants that agree to follow NRCS conservation practice standards will receive preference for acceptance and funding, there is no requirement they do so. It is also possible some actions may not fall within a categorical exclusion. Therefore, NRCS decided to prepare a Programmatic EA to review the effects of activities that are likely to occur with VPA-HIP grants.

    Proposed Action: The Proposed Action is to award VPA-HIP grants as authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill, as amended. Under this alternative, NRCS will provide an opportunity for State and Tribal governments to apply for grants to encourage owners and operators of privately held farm, ranch, and forest land to voluntarily make that land available for access by the public for hunting, fishing, and other wildlife-dependent recreation, and to improve and manage fish and wildlife habitat on their land under programs administered by State or Tribal governments. Grants will be awarded through a competitive process.

    Alternatives: The Programmatic EA evaluates the environmental impacts of the Proposed Action and the no-action alternative. The Proposed Action is the agency's preferred alternative, and it meets the purpose of and need for the project with only minor, short-term adverse impacts to the environment anticipated. The no-action alternative does not meet the purpose and need for the action, and results in more adverse impacts to the environment than the preferred alternative.

    Scoping: In developing the Programmatic EA, NRCS conducted internal scoping with various agency discipline experts, and used experience gained from previous VPA-HIP grants and associated EAs. Potential adverse impacts identified through the scoping process include localized, temporary, minor increases in soil erosion, sediment transport, and particulate matter from ground-disturbing activities and the use of agricultural equipment during the installation of conservation practices. In the longer term, there will be habitat improvements, and increased recreational and economic benefits. NRCS solicited comments from the public for 30 days on its analysis and received only one comment that expressed no concerns.

    Other Environmental Review and Coordination Requirements: VPA-HIP grant recipients will conduct site-specific evaluations of lands where habitat improvement projects are planned to address project compliance with applicable laws and regulations, including NEPA, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and the National Historic Preservation Act. NRCS will conduct or oversee any required consultation with the VPA-HIP grant recipients in accordance with applicable regulations.

    Signed this 22nd day of July 2015, in Washington, DC. Jason A. Weller, Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19036 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410-16-P
    DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Natural Resources Conservation Service Upper North River Watershed Dam No. 77, Augusta County, Virginia AGENCY:

    Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA.

    ACTION:

    Notice of a Finding of No Significant Impact.

    SUMMARY:

    Pursuant to Section 102[2][c] of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations [40 CFR part 1500]; and the Natural Resources Conservation Service Regulations [7 CFR part 650]; the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, gives notice that an environmental impact statement is not being prepared for the rehabilitation of Upper North River Watershed Dam No. 77, Augusta County, Virginia.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    John A. Bricker, State Conservationist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 1606 Santa Rosa Road, Suite 209, Richmond, Virginia 23229. Telephone (804) 287-1691, email [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The environmental assessment of this federally assisted action indicates that the project will not cause significant local, regional, or national impacts on the environment. As a result of these findings, John A. Bricker, State Conservationist, has determined that the preparation and review of an environmental impact statement is not needed for this project.

    The project purpose is continued flood prevention. The planned works of improvement include upgrading an existing floodwater retarding structure.

    The Notice of a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) has been forwarded to the various Federal, State, and local agencies and interested parties. A limited number of the FONSI are available to fill single copy requests at the above address. Basic data developed during the environmental assessment are on file and may be reviewed by contacting John A. Bricker at the above number.

    No administrative action on implementation of the proposal will be taken until 30 days after the date of this publication in the Federal Register.

    John A. Bricker, State Conservationist.

    [This activity is listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under 10.904, Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention, and is subject to the provisions of Executive Order 12372, which requires inter-government consultation with State and local officials].

    [FR Doc. 2015-19091 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410-16-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of the Census [Docket Number 150721631-5631-01] 2017 Economic Census AGENCY:

    Bureau of the Census, Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Notice of Determination and Request for Comment.

    SUMMARY:

    The Bureau of the Census (U.S. Census Bureau) publishes this notice to announce that it is planning to conduct the 2017 Economic Census. The Census Bureau also is requesting public comment on the 2017 Economic Census content. This collection will be fully electronic using a secure encrypted Internet data collection system called Centurion. The Economic Census is conducted at 5-year intervals (years ending in 2 and 7) and is the most comprehensive compilation of statistics about U.S. businesses and the economy. The granting of specific authority to conduct the program is Title 13, United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 131, which authorizes and requires the Economic Census.

    DATES:

    The Census Bureau will begin the electronic mailout for the 2017 Economic Census in the Fall of 2017, and responses will be due by February 12, 2018. Written comments must be submitted on or before October 5, 2015 to ensure consideration of your comments on the 2017 Economic Census content.

    ADDRESSES:

    Direct all written comments regarding the 2017 Economic Census to Kevin Deardorff, Chief, Economy Wide Statistics Division, U.S. Census Bureau, Room 8K154, Washington, DC 20233; or Email [[email protected]].

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Economy-Wide Statistics Division, U.S. Census Bureau, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Room 6K141, Washington, DC 20233-6700, by phone (800) 242-2184, or by email [email protected]>.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Background

    Section 131 of Title 13 U.S.C. directs the Secretary [of Commerce] to “. . . take, compile, and publish censuses of manufactures, of mineral industries, and of other businesses, including the distributive trades, service establishments, and transportation (exclusive of means of transportation for which statistics are required by law to be filed with, and are compiled and published by, a designated regulatory body), in the year 1964, then in the year 1968, and every fifth year thereafter, and each such census shall relate to the year immediately preceding the taking thereof.”

    This notice announces that the Census Bureau is preparing to conduct the 2017 Economic Census. The Economic Census is the U.S. Government's official 5-year measure of American Business and the economy, and has been taken periodically since 1810. The Economic Census is the most comprehensive source of information about American businesses from the national to the local level. These Economic Census data products provide uniquely detailed basic measures that are summarized by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) industry for the U.S., states, metropolitan areas, counties, economic places, and ZIP Code areas. Data include details on the product composition of industry sales, receipts, revenue, or shipments; and on a great variety of industry-specific subjects. Additionally, the Economic Census produces statistics about businesses in Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and it provides data on selected special-interest topics, including the characteristics of business owners, domestic freight shipments, and business expenses. Published data cover close to 1,000 industries, 8,000 goods and services, every state, the District of Columbia, over 3,000 counties and 15,000 cities and towns.

    The Economic Census is a primary source of facts about the structure and functioning of the U.S. economy. Economic Census statistics are more complete, specific, and reliable than any other single set of economic information. It provides comprehensive, detailed, high quality, and authoritative statistics that meet the needs of government, businesses, policymakers, academic researchers, and the American public. The program's data products inform policies and programs that promote business vitality, job creation, and sustainable growth. Moreover, they provide the official measures of output for industries and geographic areas and serve much of the foundation for the National Income and Product Accounts, Gross Domestic Product estimates, and other composite measures of the Nation's economic performance. These data supply weights and benchmarks for indexes of industrial production, productivity, and prices; and provide benchmarks for other Federal statistical series. Some of these statistical series include current business surveys done by the Census Bureau, which are used by trade associations, business organizations, economic development agencies, and individual businesses to assess and improve business performance.

    B. Electronic Collection

    The 2017 Economic Census will be the first to be conducted completely by electronic collection (100 percent Internet Collection). The electronic instrument, Centurion, provides improved quality with automatic data checks and is context-sensitive to assist the data provider in identifying potential reporting problems before submission, thus reducing the need for follow-up. Centurion is Internet-based, eliminating the need for downloading software and increasing the integrity and confidentiality of the data. The Census Bureau will furnish usernames and passwords for the electronic instrument to the organizations included in the survey, and an image of the electronic instrument will be available on the 2017 Economic Census Web site once the census has launched.

    C. Economic Census Content

    The Census Bureau posted copies of the 2012 Economic Census forms on its Web site at: https://bhs.econ.census.gov/ec12/php/census-form.php. Please take a moment to review the forms relevant to your interests and provide us with your comments for us to consider as we prepare content for the 2017 questionnaires. In particular, Item 26 “Special Inquiries” may be of the most interest to you. The Special Inquiries item is dedicated to variable questions of particular interest to the industries to which the questionnaire is directed. While general questions are asked of all establishments, these variable questions allow special data to be collected, which measure important changes in our economy and support the needs of individual industries. We are particularly interested in comments on the usefulness of existing inquiries for continued inclusion and in suggestions for new measures that would be appropriate to include in the Economic Census.

    Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person is required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) unless that collection of information displays a current valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. The Census Bureau, through the proper established procedures, will be obtaining an OMB control number under the PRA as we get closer to launching the program in 2017.

    I have, therefore, directed that the 2017 Economic Census be conducted for the purpose of collecting these data.

    Dated: July 30, 2015. John H. Thompson, Director, Bureau of the Census.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19147 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-07-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2016 Census Test AGENCY:

    U.S. Census Bureau, 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:

    To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before October 5, 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(s) and instructions should be directed to Robin Pennington, Census Bureau, HQ-4K065, Washington, DC 20233; (301) 763-8132 (or via email at [email protected]).

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract

    During the years preceding the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau will pursue its commitment to reduce the costs of conducting a decennial census, while maintaining our commitment to quality. A primary decennial census cost driver is collection of data from members of the public from which the Census Bureau received no reply via initially offered response options. Improving our methods for increasing the number of people who take advantage of self-response options (“Optimizing Self-Response”) and further refining the questionnaire content will help increase the efficiency and effectiveness of census operations and substantially reduce costs. Additionally, making our methods for enumerating households that do not initially respond (“Nonresponse Followup”) more efficient can contribute to a less costly census while maintaining high-quality results.

    The Census Bureau will conduct a 2016 Census Test, with components designed to test new approaches or validate existing approaches and systems integration related to (1) Optimizing Self-Response, including contact strategies, language support, and questionnaire content; and (2) Nonresponse Followup, including administrative records usage, and technological and operational improvements.

    Optimizing Self-Response

    The 2016 Census Test is designed to evaluate several strategies to optimize the rate at which the public self-responds to the census. A higher rate of self-response will mean fewer cases for the Nonresponse Followup operation, saving taxpayer money. Significant areas of continued testing are:

    • Evaluation and refinement of our “Internet push” strategy, where we do not initially send paper questionnaires to households, but rather invite them to complete the questionnaire online. We will evaluate the number of online invitations necessary before sending a full paper questionnaire to an address.

    • Updated and modernized household contact strategies to encourage self response, including text/short message service (SMS) communication and postcard reminders.

    • Refinement of our non-English support for respondents with limited English proficiency, the inclusion of non-English language letters and/or brochures in mailings, and web response addresses (Uniform Resource Locators, or URLs) in various languages on the incoming envelope.

    • Further evaluation of questionnaire content:

    ○ We will include testing of a combined race and Hispanic origin question that is similar to one the Census Bureau is using in the 2015 National Content Test. Based on results from the 2010 Race and Hispanic Origin Alternative Questionnaire Experiment (Compton, et. al. 2012), the 2016 Census Test provides an opportunity to further test a combined race and Hispanic origin question.

    ○ On the Internet instrument only, we will test a terminology change in the race and ethnicity question specific to the “Black and African American” category, by comparing the use of “American” to the abbreviated “Am.” This addresses a problem with this abbreviation related to software providing Section 508 compliance 1 . We are testing this on the Internet initially because the path for testing and screens on the Internet are more easily deployed than paper versions. We will continue and expand testing this terminology change with paper questionnaires (self-response) in future testing.

    1Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. `794 d) as amended by the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (Pub. L. 205-220)

    ○ For the relationship question, the 2016 Census Test will include testing new response categories for opposite sex and same sex husband/wife/spouse and unmarried partner. In addition, the Internet data collection instrument will also provide two versions of the relationship question, with one version eliminating the response categories associated with unrelated household members (“roomer or boarder” and “housemate or roommate”).

    ○ The Internet data collection instrument will also include various ways to collect and confirm the number of persons residing at an address. Respondents will see one of three screens about the existence of people on the roster: one that displays the residence rule and asks for the number of people in the household, one that asks for the number of people who live in the household but puts the residence rule in the help text, and one that asks if any other people live at the household with the residence rule in the help text. After the names of the roster members are collected, the respondent will then see one of two series of undercount questions: one series asks for additional people on two separate screens, and another series asks for additional people on only one screen. After the demographic items are collected, the respondent will then see overcount questions in one of three forms, depending on test panel. Some respondents will see seven topic-based questions that ask if anyone in the household stayed at a particular type of place. Some respondents who live in small households (that is, households with three or fewer people) will see one person-based question that asks if a specific person stayed in any of a number of places. Other respondents will see two household-level questions that first ask if anyone in the household stayed in another housing unit or if anyone in the household stayed in a group quarters. The quality of the final household roster created from these experimentally applied questions will be evaluated by a coverage reinterview conducted by telephone that will contain extensive probes about missed roster members or other places that people sometimes stay.

    Nonresponse Followup (NRFU)

    The 2016 Census Test will be instrumental to the Census Bureau in testing new implementation and management processes, the use of automated data collection tools, and approaches such as using administrative records and third party data to reduce the NRFU workload. This test allows us to refine our use of administrative records, technologies to support field data collection and management, and operational procedures.

    • Administrative Records

    • Continued evaluation of our plan to use administrative records and other third party data (such as from the Internal Revenue Service, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, United States Postal Service, etc.) to identify vacant housing units that do not require a field visit during the nonresponse follow-up operation. Historically, the costs to verify and follow up with these types of units have been significant

    • Continued evaluation of our plan to use the “occupancy” status of administrative records sources to enumerate housing units after a certain number of NRFU contact attempts. This includes quality evaluations of the sources of the administrative records, and reviews of the procedures by which those administrative records are produced (working with the source agencies, etc.). This will help us to decide in what scenarios the use of administrative records is most appropriate, the ideal number of personal visits to attempt before enumerating with these records, and several other research questions.

    • Supplemental mailings to housing units that have been removed from the NRFU operation, giving respondents an additional chance to respond to the 2016 Census Test before final disposition using administrative record source data.

    • Technological Improvements:

    • Evaluation of our refined operational control system and case assignment processes, including identifying efficiencies for field data collection, as well as automated assignments that are based on enumerator availability and other criteria.

    • Continued testing of a software to record housing unit status, interview, and enumerations at nonresponding housing units for operational readiness, as well as the ability to deploy the software on mobile devices that are Census owned, personally owned, or provided as a service.

    • Continued evaluation of automated training for field employees.

    • The inclusion of additional language translations to our enumeration software. Previous versions of this software provided translations in Spanish only.

    • Operational Procedures:

    • Comparison of the effectiveness of data collection modes (in-field enumeration vs. centralized telephone contact) to conduct telephone follow up activities.

    • Use of innovative survey methodologies for NRFU cases, including the continued testing of different stopping rules for enumerators (maximum visits before stopping work, etc.); further evaluation of in-person vs. phone contacts, and continued research on when and how to attempt to obtain proxy responses for a housing unit.

    • Implementation of a refined field management structure, designed to lessen the number of supervisors required in the field for conducting the NRFU operation.

    • Testing our re-interview operation, including the rules by which cases are selected for re-interview, the use of a handheld device to input re-interview data, and a re-designed approach to using call center staff to make the first attempt at re-interviewing each case, where appropriate. We will also test the use of paradata collected from our automated data collection instrument, such as the recorded Global Positioning System (GPS) location of field interviews and the length of time for interviews to be conducted, to help detect and deter falsification by enumerators.

    II. Method of Collection Test Sites

    The Census Bureau will conduct the 2016 Census Test concurrently in portions of Harris County, TX and Los Angeles County, CA. These locations offer particular characteristics that support the Census Bureau's research goals. Conducting the 2016 Census Test in urban areas will allow us to test our assignment routing strategies in densely populated areas and understand challenges to field enumeration. Both sites have populations that are linguistically diverse and provide an appropriate context to test our language and translation services. Lastly, both areas contain “hard to count” populations and areas with high vacancy rates that will allow us to test our follow-up activities with these populations in this environment.

    Self-Response

    The housing units in the selected areas included in the 2016 Census Test will be contacted by mail and invited to complete their questionnaire via the Internet. Internet self response contact methods include a letter, postcard, and text (either as an invitation or as reminders), a multi-lingual brochure (either with a letter or in the envelope with URL). We will also test optimal strategies for delivering mail materials, including paper questionnaires, to households who do not or cannot respond online.

    We will continue to test our Non-ID processing methodology as another strategy for optimizing self-response. Non-ID Processing refers to address matching and geocoding for Census responses that lack a preassigned Census identification code. In the 2016 Census Test, we will continue to develop our capability to conduct real-time Non-ID processing. This test will allow us to interactively prompt a respondent (while they are still online filling out the form) for additional address and location information if the respondent's address cannot be matched to a Census ID or geocoded. A Non-ID respondent whose address cannot be matched to our address database will be prompted during his or her Internet self-response session to confirm the address information they provided while filling out the form, or to indicate the location of their address on an on-screen map. This test will allow us to better understand requirements related to scalability of planned systems and determine metrics for ongoing monitoring and evaluation. If the address match is not resolved during automated processing Census staff will attempt to manually match or geocode addresses. We estimate that about one percent of the overall Non-ID respondents will be contacted as part of the manual matching process. Additionally, we plan to test a mechanism for validating all Non-ID respondents through the use of administrative records. To further explore our methodology for validating Non-ID responses, a sample of Non-ID responses will be selected for re-contact. The re-contact is intended to validate and re-collect information from a respondent to confirm the existence of the address and the persons enumerated at that address. The re-contact may occur through centralized phone contacts or in-field enumeration.

    Nonresponse Followup (NRFU)

    If a household does not ultimately respond to the self-response portion of the test by a specified date, it is included in the universe for the NRFU portion of the test, during which enumerators will attempt to follow up with nonresponding households to collect data. The Census Bureau will test centralized phone contacts to nonresponding cases prior to sending cases to an enumerator in the field. In advance of the full deployment of enumerators following up with nonresponding households, a small number of the nonresponding cases may be subject to early followup to allow for live testing of systems, data collection applications, and field procedures.

    The Census Bureau will continue to test our use of administrative records for the removal of vacant housing units from the NRFU universe and to determine rules for when we can stop making visit attempts to households, and refer to administrative record data instead. For each of these cases, we will test a supplemental mailout to any household that is removed from the NRFU workload in this way as a final attempt to generate a self-response.

    The Census Bureau will conduct NRFU with a combination of Census-owned, enumerator-owned, and mobile devices provided as a service using the Census developed enumeration software. The use of employee-owned equipment/services is commonly referred to as “Bring Your Own Device,” or BYOD. It is important to note, that for Census-owned devices, BYOD devices, or devices provided as a service that the data collection application collects and securely transmits respondents' data. The use of mobile devices that are Census-owned, enumerator-owned, or provided as a service will enable the Census Bureau to assess options for a secure and cost-effective approach to the NRFU data collection.

    Nonresponse Followup Quality Control Reinterview (NRFU-RI)

    A sample of cases that have been enumerated via Nonresponse Followup will be selected for reinterview. This operation is intended to help us pinpoint possible cases of enumerator falsification. Like the NRFU operation before it, NRFU-RI will use the Census Bureau's enumeration software on mobile devices (Census-owned, BYOD, and devices provided as a service). We will also test centralized phone contacts of reinterview cases before sending them to an enumerator in the field, providing potential cost savings.

    Additional Followup Operations

    Understanding the accuracy of administrative records usage to identify vacant addresses and for the household composition of occupied housing units will inform decisions associated with the design of the 2020 Census. The Census Bureau may conduct additional followup with cases to obtain the most accurate Census Day status of each housing unit. The intent is to revisit addresses where we find discrepancies between the NRFU results and administrative records information for the address. This mostly will include those addresses where information collected during NRFU conflicts with information we have from administrative records for that address.

    Language Services

    Telephone questionnaire assistance will be available in languages other than English.

    Focus Groups

    To evaluate the use of new contact strategies, enumeration methods, and efforts to reduce burden, the Census Bureau will conduct focus groups, comprised of various categories of respondents and non-respondents. These focus groups are intended to gather information about respondent perspectives. Participants will be asked about their experiences with the 2016 Census Test, including but not limited to: Their reactions and thoughts about being contacted by the Census Bureau by alternative methods, the perceived legitimacy of these contacts; opinions about Bring Your Own Device; and their opinions on the use of administrative records by the Census Bureau. Participants will also be asked about their general concerns with government collection, cyber security, and protection of confidential data. At the end of the focus groups, we may be asking participants for whom we have acquired additional data from a commercial third party to verify whether this information is accurate.

    III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-XXXX.

    Form Number(s): Paper and electronic questionnaires; numbers to be determined.

    Type of Review: Regular submission.

    Affected Public: Households/Individuals.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: Self responders [Internet/Telephone/Paper]: 250,000 respondents.

    Nonresponse Followup Cases: 120,000 respondents.

    Nonresponse Followup Quality Control Re-Interview Cases: 12,000 respondents.

    Manual Non-ID Processing Cases requiring a phone call to the respondent: 400.

    Validation of Non-ID responses: 5000.

    Administrative Records Followup: 5000.

    Focus Groups:

    Focus Group Selection Contact: 288.

    Focus Groups: 160 participants.

    Total: 392,848 respondents.

    Estimated Time Per Response:

    Paper/Internet Responders: 10 minutes per response.

    Nonresponse Followup Cases: 10 minutes per response.

    Nonresponse Followup Quality Control Re-Interview Cases: 10 minutes per response.

    Non-ID Manual Processing Cases: 5 minutes.

    Non-ID Respondent Validation: 10 minutes per response.

    Administrative Records Followup: 10 minutes per response.

    Focus Groups:

    Focus Group Selection Contact: 3 minutes per response.

    Focus Groups: 120 minutes per response.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours:

    Self responders [Internet/Paper/Telephone]: 41,667 hours.

    Nonresponse Followup Cases: 20,000 hours.

    Nonresponse Followup Quality Control Re-Interview Cases: 2,000 hours.

    Non-ID Manual Processing Cases: 33 hours.

    Non-ID Respondent Validation: 834 hours.

    Administrative Records Followup: 834 hours.

    Focus Groups:

    Focus Group Selection Contact: 16 hours.

    Focus Groups: 320 hours.

    Total: 65,704 hours.

    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: For the 2016 Census Test, respondents who are contacted by text message may incur charges depending on their plan with their service provider. The Census Bureau estimates that the total cost to respondents will be no more than $20,000. There are no other costs to respondents other than their time to participate in this data collection.

    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.

    Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Sections 141 and 193.

    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: July 29, 2015. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19005 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-07-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of Economic Analysis Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Services Surveys: BE-125, Quarterly Survey of Transactions in Selected Services and Intellectual Property With Foreign Persons AGENCY:

    Bureau of Economic Analysis, 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 comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).

    DATES:

    Written comments must be submitted on or before October 5, 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 email at [email protected]

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Christopher Stein, Chief, Services Surveys Branch BE-50 (SSB), Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230; phone: (202) 606-9850; fax: (202) 606-5318; or via email at [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract

    The Quarterly Survey of Transactions in Selected Services and Intellectual Property with Foreign Persons (BE-125) is a survey that collects data from U.S. persons that engage in covered transactions with foreign persons in selected services or intellectual property. A U.S. person must report if it had sales of covered services or intellectual property to foreign persons that exceeded $6 million for the previous fiscal year, or are expected to exceed that amount during the current fiscal year, or if it had purchases of covered services or intellectual property from foreign persons that exceeded $4 million for the previous fiscal year, or are expected to exceed that amount during the current fiscal year.

    The data are needed to monitor U.S. trade in services, to analyze the impact on the U.S. and foreign economies, to compile and improve the U.S. economic accounts, to support U.S. commercial policy on trade in services, to conduct trade promotion, and to improve the ability of U.S. businesses to identify and evaluate market opportunities. The data are used in estimating the services component of the U.S. international transactions accounts and national income and product accounts.

    The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is proposing minor additions and modifications to the current BE-125 survey. The effort to keep current reporting requirements generally unchanged is intended to minimize respondent burden while considering the needs of data users. Existing language in the instructions and definitions will be reviewed and adjusted as necessary to clarify survey requirements.

    II. Method of Collection

    Form BE-125 is a quarterly report that must be filed within 45 days after the end of each fiscal quarter, or within 90 days after the close of the fiscal year. BEA offers its electronic filing option, the eFile system, for use in reporting on Form BE-125. For more information about eFile, go to www.bea.gov/efile.

    III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0608-0067.

    Form Number: BE-125.

    Type of Review: Regular submission.

    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.

    Estimated Number of Responses: 8,400 annually (2,100 filed each quarter; 1,600 reporting mandatory data, and 500 that would file other responses).

    Estimated Time Per Response: 16 hours is the average for those reporting data and 1 hour is the average for other responses, but hours may vary considerably among respondents because of differences in company size and complexity.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 104,400.

    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.

    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.

    Legal Authority:

    International Investment and Trade in Services Survey Act (Pub. L. 94-472, 22 U.S.C. 3101-3108, as amended).

    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 will 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: July 28, 2015. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of Chief Information Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-18873 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-06-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Smart Cities Infrastructure Business Development Mission to India; February 8-12, 2016 AGENCY:

    International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA) is organizing an Executive-led Smart Cities Infrastructure Business Development Mission to India (New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai, with an optional spin off site visit to Vizag) from February 8-12, 2016.

    Today, India's cities account for approximately 60% of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP). By 2030, that share is expected to reach 75% and the urban labor force is expected to increase by nearly 200 million workers. The new Indian Government led by Prime Minister Modi assumed office in June 2014 with an overwhelming mandate to focus on economic development. To capture the popular imagination and motivate the people of India, the new government has proposed a dramatic nationwide program to build 100 smart cities. In practice this will mean a wide variety of major infrastructure projects across the country that will be funded by the central and state governments over the next few years along with private sector capital. Infrastructure needs in India are estimated to be in the $1.5-$2 trillion range. The recently launched initiative will move to define and implement reforms that drive the growth of smart cities. At this stage, the government has highlighted resource management, 24 hour water and power supply, world class transportation systems, state of the art education systems, advanced e-government, and environmental sustainability as pillars of India's smart cities. This initiative offers excellent opportunities for U.S. companies to participate in these projects in selected areas and sectors.

    In recognition of cutting-edge U.S. technologies, products and services, the Government of India is encouraging the U.S. Government (USG) and U.S. companies to take the lead in developing smart city projects in three major urban areas: Ajmer in the state of Rajasthan, Allahabad in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam (aka Vizag) in the state of Andhra Pradesh. With the support of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, U.S. companies will be involved in planning and technical assistance for each of these cities. However, U.S. participation is not limited to these three cities. CS India, in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce and other local commercial chambers, has been staging events throughout the country in cities with additional public and private smart city projects.

    Schedule Day of week Date Activity Sunday Feb. 7 Participants arrive in Delhi. Monday Feb. 8 Country briefing by U.S. Embassy staff on programs and opportunities in the infrastructure sector.
  • B-2-B Business Meetings for delegates in New Delhi.
  • Evening Reception.
  • Tuesday Feb. 9 Government meetings.
  • Depart for Mumbai afternoon.
  • Briefing on Western India.
  • Evening Reception.
  • Wednesday Feb. 10 B-2-B Business Meetings for delegates in Mumbai.
  • Evening Travel to Chennai.
  • Thursday Feb. 11 Briefing on Southern India
  • B-2-B Business Meetings for delegates in Chennai.
  • Evening Reception.
  • Friday Feb. 12 Optional smart city site visit to Vizag.*
  • Return to the United States on own itinerary.
  • * Vizag (aka Vishakhapatnam) has made the most progress in terms of planning for physical infrastructure upgrades and implementation of smart city technologies. Additionally, the US Trade and Development Agency recently awarded a master planning contract to a consortium of US companies to facilitate smart city implementation in Vizag. A spin off visit to Vizag will provide an opportunity for mission participants to visit an up and coming smart city in India and to market their technologies directly to decision makers in Vizag as well as to the US consortium that has the master planning contract.
    Target Sectors IT infrastructure Water IT architecture, security solutions, and other Internet of Things applications. Engineering, procurement, and construction services. Smart Grid applications, including Demand Management and Demand Response, Distribution Automation, and Distributed Energy Resource Management.
  • Building Energy Management Systems, LED Lighting, Smart Street Lighting and other energy efficient lighting systems and control technology.
  • Operations services.
  • Advanced Filtration.
  • Membrane filtration.
  • Sewage treatment technology.
  • Waste to energy technology.
  • Energy efficient technologies and applications in transportation. Anaerobic digestion. Services for city planning, including Environmental Sustainability Plans, GIS mapping, and financial services. Nitrification.
  • Biological denitrification.
  • Monitoring equipment.
  • Testing equipment.

    Web site: Please visit our official mission Web site for more information: http://www.export.gov/trademissions/smartcitiesindia2016/index.asp

    Fees:

    $4,000 for SME firms.

    $4,500 for large firms.

    Additional participants: $1,000 per person.

    Additional fees for optional trip to Vizag:

    SME firms that will be attending the optional Vizag trip will pay $4,100, Large firms that attend will pay $4,800.

    Application: All interested firms and associations may register via the following link, https://emenuapps.ita.doc.gov/ePublic/TM/6R0Q.

    Application Deadline: November 10, 2015.

    Exclusions

    The mission fee does not include any personal travel expenses such as lodging, most meals, local ground transportation, and air transportation from the U.S. to the mission sites, between mission sites, and return to the United States. Business visas may be required. Government fees and processing expenses to obtain such visas are also not included in the mission costs. However, the U.S. Department of Commerce will provide instructions to each participant on the procedures required to obtain necessary business visas.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Each applicant must submit a completed and signed mission application and supplemental application materials, including adequate information on the company's products or services primary market objectives, and goals for participation. If the U.S. Department of Commerce receives an incomplete application, the Department may reject the application, request additional information, or take the lack of information into account when evaluating the applications.

    Companies must provide certification of products or services originating from the United States or if manufactured/produced outside of the United States, the product/service is marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and has U.S. content representing at least 51% of the value of the finished good or service. In the case of a trade association or trade organization, the applicant must certify that, for each company to be represented by the trade association or trade organization, the products and services the represented company seeks to export are either produced in the United States or, if not, marketed under the name of a U.S. firm and have at least 51% U.S. content.

    Criteria for Application

    The following criteria will be evaluated in selecting participants:

    • Relevance of the company's (or in the case of a trade association/organization, represented companies') business to the mission goals;

    • Company's (or in the case of a trade association/organization, represented companies') market potential for business in India; and

    • Provision of adequate information on the company's products and/or services, and communication of the company's (or in the case of a trade association/organization, represented companies') primary objectives.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Jessica Dulkadir, International Trade Specialist, Trade Missions, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230, Tel: 202 482 2026, Fax: 202-482-9000, [email protected]. Ms. Camille Richardson, Principal Commercial Officer, U.S. Commercial Service, Mumbai, Tel: +91 22 2672-4215, [email protected]. Frank Spector, Trade Missions Program.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19123 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DR-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A-583-833] Polyester Staple Fiber From Taiwan: Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014-2015 AGENCY:

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

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Commerce (the Department) is rescinding its administrative review of the antidumping duty order on polyester staple fiber (PSF) from Taiwan for the period of review (POR) May 1, 2014, through April 30, 2015.

    DATES:

    Effective Date: August 4, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Bryan Hansen at 202-482-3683 or Minoo Hatten at 202-482-1690, AD/CVD Operations Office I, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background

    On May 30, 2015, based on a timely request for review by Far Eastern New Century Corporation (FENC), an exporter of subject merchandise,1 the Department initiated an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on PSF from Taiwan with respect to FENC.2

    1See letter from FENC to the Department, “Polyester Staple Fiber from Taiwan” (May 30, 2015).

    2See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews, 80 FR 37588 (July 1, 2015).

    On July 21, 2015, FENC withdrew its request for an administrative review.3

    3See letter from FENC to the Department, “Polyester Staple Fiber from Taiwan” (July 21, 2015).

    Rescission of Review

    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1), the Department will rescind an administrative review, if a party that requested a review withdraws the request within 90 days of the date of publication of notice of initiation of the requested review. FENC withdrew its request for review within the 90-day time limit. Because no other party requested a review, the Department is rescinding this administrative review of the antidumping duty order on PSF from Taiwan.

    Assessment

    The Department will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to assess antidumping duties on all appropriate entries of PSF from Taiwan during the POR at rates equal to the cash deposit rate of estimated antidumping duties required at the time of entry, or withdrawal from warehouse, for consumption, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(c)(1)(i). The Department intends to issue appropriate assessment instructions to CBP 15 days after the publication of this notice in the Federal Register.

    Notifications

    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 Department's presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of doubled antidumping duties.

    This notice also serves as a reminder to parties subject to administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the disposition of proprietary information disclosed under APO, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of the return or 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.

    This notice is issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.213(d)(4).

    Dated: July 28, 2015. Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19143 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A-570-979] Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells, Whether or Not Assembled Into Modules From the People's Republic of China: Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review AGENCY:

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

    DATES:

    Effective Date: August 4, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Jeff Pedersen or Thomas Martin, AD/CVD Operations, Office IV, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230, telephone: (202) 482-2769 or (202) 482-3936, respectively.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background

    On December 7, 2012 the Department of Commerce (Department) published in the Federal Register the antidumping duty order on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not assembled into modules from the People's Republic of China (PRC).1 On December 3, 2014, the Department published a notice of opportunity to request an administrative review of the order on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not assembled into modules.2 The Department received multiple timely requests for an administrative review of the order on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not assembled into modules. On February 4, 2015, in accordance with section 751(a) of Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), the Department published in the Federal Register a notice of the initiation of an administrative review of that order.3 The administrative review was initiated with respect to 78 companies or groups of companies, and covers the period from December 1, 2013, through November 30, 2014. While 32 companies or groups of companies remain under review, the requesting parties have timely withdrawn all review requests for 46 companies or groups of companies, as discussed below.

    1See Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells, Whether or Not Assembled Into Modules, From the People's Republic of China: Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, and Antidumping Duty Order, 77 FR 73018 (December 7, 2012).

    2See Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Order, Finding, or Suspended Investigation; Opportunity To Request Administrative Review, 79 FR 71382 (December 3, 2014).

    3See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews, 80 FR 6041 (February 4, 2014) (Initiation Notice).

    Rescission of Review, in Part

    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1), the Department will rescind an administrative review, in whole or in part, if a party that requested the review withdraws its request within 90 days of the date of publication of the notice of initiation of the requested review. All requesting parties withdrew their respective requests for an administrative review of the 46 companies or groups of companies listed in the Appendix within 90 days of the date of publication of Initiation Notice. Accordingly, the Department is rescinding this review, in part, with respect to these companies, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1).4

    4See Appendix. As stated in Change in Practice in NME Reviews, the Department will no longer consider the non-market economy (“NME”) entity as an exporter conditionally subject to administrative reviews. See Antidumping Proceedings: Announcement of Change in Department Practice for Respondent Selection in Antidumping Duty Proceedings and Conditional Review of the Nonmarket Economy Entity in NME Antidumping Duty Proceedings, 78 FR 65963 (November 4, 2013) (“Change in Practice in NME Reviews”). The PRC-wide entity is not subject to this administrative review because no interested party requested a review of the entity. See Initiation Notice.

    Assessment

    The Department will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) to assess antidumping duties on all appropriate entries. For the companies for which this review is rescinded, antidumping duties shall be assessed at rates equal to the cash deposit of estimated antidumping duties required at the time of entry, or withdrawal from warehouse, for consumption, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(c)(l)(i).5 The Department intends to issue appropriate assessment instructions directly to CBP 15 days after publication of this notice.

    5 For Hengdian Group DMEGC Magnetics Co., Ltd., we shall instruction CBP to assess duties on entries from June 1, 2014 through November 30, 2014 because there in an ongoing new shipper review of this company covering the period December 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014.

    Notification to Importers

    This notice serves as the only reminder to importers whose entries will be liquidated as a result of this rescission notice, 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 assumption that the reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties.

    Notification Regarding Administrative Protective Orders

    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 an APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305, which continues to govern business proprietary information in this segment of the proceeding. Timely written notification of the return or destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a violation which is subject to sanction.

    This notice is issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act, and 19 CFR 351.213(d)(4).

    Dated: July 28, 2015. Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations. Appendix • Changzhou NESL Solartech Co., Ltd. • CSG PVTech Co., Ltd. • DelSolar Co., Ltd. • Dongfang Electric (Yixing) MAGI Solar Power Technology Co., Ltd. • Hengdian Group DMEGC Magnetics Co., Ltd. • Himin Clean Energy Holdings Co., Ltd. • Innovosolar • Jiangsu Green Power PV Co., Ltd. • Jiawei Solarchina Co., Ltd. • Jinko Solar Co., Ltd. • Jinko Solar Import and Export Co., Ltd. • JinkoSolar International Limited • Konca Solar Cell Co., Ltd. • Kuttler Automation Systems (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. • LDK Solar Hi-Tech (Nanchang) Co., Ltd. • LDK Solar Hi-Tech (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. • Leye Photovoltaic Science Tech. • Luoyang Suntech Power Co., Ltd. • Magi Solar Technology • Motech (Suzhou) Renewable Energy Co., Ltd. • Ningbo ETDZ Holdings, Ltd. • Ningbo Ulica Solar Science & Technology Co., Ltd. • Perlight Solar Co., Ltd. • ReneSola Jiangsu Ltd. • Renesola Zhejiang Ltd. • Shenglong PV-Tech • Shenzhen Suntech Power Co., Ltd. • ShunFeng PV • Solarbest Energy-Tech (Zhejiang) Co., Ltd. • Sopray Energy Co., Ltd. • Sumec Hardware & Tools Co., Ltd. • Suntech Power Co., Ltd. • Suzhou Shenglong PV-Tech Co., Ltd. • tenKsolar (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. • Tianwei New Energy (Chengdu) PV Module Co., Ltd. • Upsolar Group Co., Ltd. • Wanxiang Import & Export Co., Ltd. • Wuxi Sunshine Power Co., Ltd. • Yangzhou Rietech Renewal Energy Co., Ltd. • Yangzhou Suntech Power Co., Ltd. • Zhejiang Jiutai New Energy Co., Ltd. • Zhejiang Shuqimeng Photovoltaic Technology Co., Ltd. • Zhejiang Xinshun Guangfu Science and Technology Co., Ltd. • Zhejiang ZG-Cells Co., Ltd. • Zhenjiang Rietech New Energy Science & Technology Co., Ltd. • Zhiheng Solar Inc.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19161 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 a.m.] BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Meeting of the United States Manufacturing Council AGENCY:

    International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Notice of an open meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    The United States Manufacturing Council (Council) will hold the third meeting of the current members' term by teleconference on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. The Council was established in April 2004 to advise the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the U.S. manufacturing industry.

    The purpose of the meeting is for Council members to review and deliberate on recommendations developed by the Workforce subcommittee looking at issues of improving the image of manufacturing as a career path and developing skilled workers for consideration by the Manufacturing Council. The agenda may change to accommodate Council business. The final agenda will be posted on the Department of Commerce Web site for the Council at http://trade.gov/manufacturingcouncil, at least one week in advance of the meeting.

    DATES:

    Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. The deadline for members of the public to register, including requests to make comments during the meetings and for auxiliary aids, or to submit written comments for dissemination prior to the meeting, is 5 p.m. EDT on August 4, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    The meeting will be held by conference call. The call-in number and passcode will be provided by email to registrants. Requests to register (including to speak or for auxiliary aids) and any written comments should be submitted to: U.S. Manufacturing Council, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 4043, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC, 20230, [email protected]. Members of the public are encouraged to submit registration requests and written comments via email to ensure timely receipt.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Archana Sahgal, the United States Manufacturing Council, Room 4043, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC, 20230, telephone: 202-482-4501, email: [email protected].

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background: The Council advises the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the U.S. manufacturing industry.

    Public Participation: The meeting will be open to the public and will be accessible to people with disabilities. All guests are required to register in advance by the deadline identified under the DATES caption. Requests for auxiliary aids must be submitted by the registration deadline. Last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill. There will be fifteen (15) minutes allotted for oral comments from members of the public joining the call. To accommodate as many speakers as possible, the time for public comments may be limited to three (3) minutes per person. Individuals wishing to reserve speaking time during the meeting must submit a request at the time of registration along with a brief statement of the general nature of the comments, as well as the name and address of the proposed speaker. If the number of registrants requesting to make statements is greater than can be reasonably accommodated during the meeting, the International Trade Administration may conduct a lottery to determine the speakers. Speakers are requested to submit a written copy of their prepared remarks by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, for inclusion in the meeting records and for circulation to the members of the Manufacturing Council.

    In addition, any member of the public may submit pertinent written comments concerning the Council's affairs at any time before or after the meeting. Comments may be submitted to Archana Sahgal at the contact information indicated above. To be considered during the meeting, comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on August 15, 2015, to ensure transmission to the Council prior to the meeting. Comments received after that date and time will be distributed to the members but may not be considered on the call. Copies of Council meeting minutes will be available within 90 days of the meeting.

    Dated: July 29, 2015. Archana Sahgal, Executive Secretary, United States Manufacturing Council.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19034 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DR-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee Public Meeting AGENCY:

    International Trade Administration, DOC.

    ACTION:

    Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a meeting of the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee (ETTAC).

    DATES:

    The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

    ADDRESSES:

    The meeting will be held in Room 1414 at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Herbert Clark Hoover Building, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ms. Amy Kreps, Office of Energy & Environmental Industries (OEEI), International Trade Administration, Room 4053, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (Phone: 202-482-3835; Fax: 202-482-3835; email: [email protected]) This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to OEEI at (202) 482-5225 no less than one week prior to the meeting.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The meeting will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT. The general meeting is open to the public and time will be permitted for public comment from 3:00-3:30 p.m. EDT. Those interested in attending must provide notification by Friday, August 21, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. EDT, via the contact information provided above. Written comments concerning ETTAC affairs are welcome any time before or after the meeting. Minutes will be available within 30 days of this meeting.

    Topics to be considered: The agenda for this meeting will include discussion of priorities and objectives for the committee, trade promotion programs within the International Trade Administration, and subcommittee working meetings.

    Background: The ETTAC is mandated by Public Law 103-392. It was created to advise the U.S. government on environmental trade policies and programs, and to help it to focus its resources on increasing the exports of the U.S. environmental industry. ETTAC operates as an advisory committee to the Secretary of Commerce and the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC). ETTAC was originally chartered in May of 1994. It was most recently re-chartered until August 2016.

    Edward A. O'Malley, Office Director, Office of Energy and Environmental Industries.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19089 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-Dr-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Institute of Standards and Technology Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP) Information Collection System AGENCY:

    National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), 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 October 5, 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 the attention of Vanda R. White, National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 2140, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-2140; phone: (301) 975-3592; email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Abstract

    This is a request to extend the expiration date of this currently approved information collection.

    This information is collected from all testing or calibration laboratories that apply for NVLAP accreditation. Applicants provide the minimum information necessary for NVLAP to evaluate the competency of laboratories to carry out specific tests or calibrations or types of tests or calibrations. The collection is mandated by 15 CFR 285.

    II. Method of Collection

    Each new or renewal applicant laboratory electronically submits its application for NVLAP accreditation through a self-service, web-based portal called the “NVLAP Interactive Web System” (NIWS). This method of collection also gives applicant laboratories the ability to upload document files needed to support the application process and to maintain their own profile information.

    III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0693-0003.

    Form Number: None.

    Type of Review: Regular submission (revision and extension of a currently approved information collection).

    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations; not-for-profit institutions; and Federal, State or local government.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: 800.

    Estimated Time per Response: 3.0 hours.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2400.

    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.

    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: July 29, 2015. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19010 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-13-P
    COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED Proposed Information Collection Activities To Be Submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB); Request for Comments; Annual Representations and Certification Form AGENCY:

    Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled.

    ACTION:

    Submission for Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled (Committee) is submitting to OMB for their review the collection of the Annual Representations and Certification Form as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). The agency's 60-day notice informing the public of the intent to replace the existing annual certifications (Committee forms 403 and 404) with the Representations and Certifications form was published in the Federal Register of May 15, 2015, in FR Doc. 2015-11754, on page 27930.

    DATES:

    Interested persons are invited to submit comments about the collection on or before August 31, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Comments may be submitted, identified by the title of the information collection activity, to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, ATTN: Ms. Jasmeet K. Seehra, OMB Desk Officer, by any of the following two methods within 30 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register: (1) FAX to: (202) 395-6974, ATTN: Ms. Jasmeet K. Seehra, OMB Desk Office; (2) Electronically by email to: [email protected]

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Requests for copies of documents pertaining to the collection should be addressed to Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, ATTN: Louis Bartalot, Director of Compliance, 1401 S. Clark Street, Suite 715, Arlington, VA 22202-4149 or emailed to [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Committee has two annual certification forms, one for nonprofit agencies serving people who are blind (Committee Form 403, OMB Control Number 3037-0001) and one for nonprofit agencies primarily serving people who have other severe disabilities (Committee Form 404, OMB Control Number 3037-0002). The information included on the forms is required to ensure that nonprofit agencies that participate in the Committee's Program meet the requirements of the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act (JWOD), 41 U.S.C. 8105-8506. The Committee intends to combine the two current forms in a revised and expanded format, so that the Committee can continue to verify the appropriateness of nonprofit agencies that would like to participate in the AbilityOne Program.

    In response to the agency's 60-day notice published in the Federal Register of May 15, 2015, in FR Doc. 2015-11754, on page 27930 (informing the public of the intent to revise and expand the current forms), a comment was received with concerns of the ability of board members to be able to certify the information being on the form, objecting to the use of the term competitive placements, objecting to the reference to 2 CFR part 230, and the accuracy of the burden estimate.

    Title: Annual Representations and Certifications For AbilityOne Qualified Nonprofit Agency.

    OMB Control Number: 3037-0013.

    Form Number: Reps and Certs.

    Description of Respondents: Nonprofit agencies serving people who are blind or significantly disabled that participate in the AbilityOne Program.

    Annual Number of Respondents: About 570 nonprofit agencies serving people who are blind or significantly disabled will annually participate in the AbilityOne Program.

    Total Annual Burden Hours: Burden is estimated to average 8 hours per respondent. Total annual burden is 4,560 hours. Note: this burden estimate is only for the reporting of information; a separate burden estimate exists for the recordkeeping requirement.

    Barry S. Lineback, Director, Business Operations.
    [FR Doc. 2015-18852 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6353-01-P
    COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED Procurement List; Additions AGENCY:

    Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled.

    ACTION:

    Additions to the procurement list.

    SUMMARY:

    This action adds products and services to the Procurement List that will be furnished by nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities.

    DATES:

    Effective Date: 8/31/2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, 1401 S. Clark Street, Suite 715, Arlington Virginia, 22202-4149.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Barry S. Lineback, Telephone: (703) 603-7740, Fax: (703) 603-0655, or email [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Additions

    On 6/6/2014 (79 FR 32716-32718); 5/8/2015 (80 FR 26548-26549); 6/5/2015 (80 FR 32096-32097); and 6/19/2015 (80 FR 35320-35321), the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled published notices of proposed additions to the Procurement List.

    After consideration of the material presented to it concerning capability of qualified nonprofit agencies to provide the products and services and impact of the additions on the current or most recent contractors, the Committee has determined that the products and services listed below are suitable for procurement by the Federal Government under 41 U.S.C. 8501-8506 and 41 CFR 51-2.4.

    Regulatory Flexibility Act Certification

    I certify that the following action will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. The major factors considered for this certification were:

    1. The action will not result in any additional reporting, recordkeeping or other compliance requirements for small entities other than the small organizations that will furnish the products and services to the Government.

    2. The action will result in authorizing small entities to furnish the products and services to the Government.

    3. There are no known regulatory alternatives which would accomplish the objectives of the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act (41 U.S.C. 8501-8506) in connection with the products and services proposed for addition to the Procurement List.

    End of Certification

    Accordingly, the following products and services are added to the Procurement List:

    Products NSN(s)—Product Names(s): 5340-00-NIB-0160—Safety Padlock, Red, 1.5″ Shackle 5340-00-NIB-0162—Hasp, Steel with Tabs, 1″ 5340-00-NIB-0220—6 Lockout Padlocks, Nylon, Red Distribution: A-List 5340-00-NIB-0163—Large Plug Lockout with Label 5340-00-NIB-0164—Small Plug Lockout with Label 5340-00-NIB-0166—Gate Valve Lockout, 1″ to 2-1/2″ 5340-00-NIB-0169—Gate Valve Lockout, 2-1/2″ to 5″ 5340-00-NIB-0183—Wall Switch Lockout 5340-00-NIB-0204—Universal Single Circuit Breaker Lockout 5340-00-NIB-0205—Universal Multi-pole Circuit Breaker Lockout 5340-00-NIB-0208—Hasp, 1.5″ Steel with Tabs 5340-00-NIB-0213—Cable/Valve/Hasp Lockout Device 5340-00-NIB-0221—3 Lockout Padlocks, Nylon, Red Distribution: B-List Mandatory Source of Supply: Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired—Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester, Rochester, NY Mandatory Purchase For: Total Government Requirement Contracting Activity: Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, PA NSN(s)—Product Names(s): 6135-00-900-2139—9V Alkaline non-rechargeable battery 6135-01-301-8776—3.6V Lithium AA non-rechargeable battery Mandatory Source of Supply: Eastern Carolina Vocational Center, Inc., Greenville, NC Mandatory Purchase For: Total Government Requirement Contracting Activity: Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Columbus, OH Distribution: A-List Services Service Type: Healthcare Housekeeping and Related Service Service is Mandatory For: U.S. Army, Reynolds Army Community Hospital & Multiple Medical Treatment Facilities, Fort Sill, OK Mandatory Source of Supply: Professional Contract Services, Inc., Austin, TX Contracting Activity: Dept of the Army, W40M USA MEDCOM HCAA JBSA, Fort Sam Houston, TX Service Type: Base Supply Center Service Service is Mandatory For: U.S. Air Force, Tyndall Air Force Base, FL Mandatory Source of Supply: Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind, Inc., Winston-Salem, NC Contracting Activity: Dept of the Air Force, FA4819 325TH Contracting SQ, Tyndall AFB, FL Service Type: Janitorial Service Service is Mandatory For: Department of Energy, Western Area Power Administration, Sioux Falls Field Office, Brandon, SD Mandatory Source of Supply: South Dakota Achieve, Sioux Falls, ID Contracting Activity: Department Of Energy, Western-Upper Great Plains Region, Billings, MT Barry S. Lineback, Director, Business Operations.
    [FR Doc. 2015-18850 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6353-01-P
    COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED Procurement List; Proposed Additions and Deletions AGENCY:

    Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled.

    ACTION:

    Proposed additions to and deletions from the procurement list.

    SUMMARY:

    The Committee is proposing to add products and services to the Procurement List that will be furnished by nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities, and deletes products previously furnished by such agency.

    Comments Must Be Received on or Before: 8/31/2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, 1401 S. Clark Street, Suite 715, Arlington, Virginia, 22202-4149.

    For Further Information or To Submit Comments Contact: Barry S. Lineback, Telephone: (703) 603-7740, Fax: (703) 603-0655, or email [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    This notice is published pursuant to 41 U.S.C. 8503 (a)(2) and 41 CFR 51-2.3. Its purpose is to provide interested persons an opportunity to submit comments on the proposed actions.

    Additions

    If the Committee approves the proposed additions, the entities of the Federal Government identified in this notice will be required to procure the products and services listed below from nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities.

    The following products and services are proposed for addition to the Procurement List for production by the nonprofit agencies listed:

    Products NSN(s)—Product Names(s): MR 10681—Bib, Baby, Halloween MR 10683—Socks, Halloween MR 10684—Gloves, Halloween MR 10685—Party Favors, Halloween, Spiders and Webs MR 10686—Party Favors, Halloween, Witch's Fingers MR 10687—Party Favors, Halloween, Nose and Glasses MR 10688—Party Favors, Halloween, Fangs MR 10689—Party Favors, Halloween, Mini Spiral Note Book MR 10690—Party Favors, Halloween, Sticky Eyes Mandatory Source of Supply: Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind, Inc., Winston-Salem, NC Mandatory Purchase For: Military commissaries and exchanges in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 51, 51-6.4. Contracting Activity: Defense Commissary Agency, Fort Lee, VA Distribution: C-List Services Service Type: Removal/Clean-up Bird Dropping Service Service is Mandatory For: Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Supply Center Richmond, 8000 Jefferson Davis Highway, Richmond, VA Mandatory Source of Supply: Richmond Area Association for Retarded Citizens, Richmond, VA Contracting Activity: Defense Logistics Agency, DLA Contracting Services Office, Richmond, VA Service Type: Janitorial and Related Service Service is Mandatory For: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 1 La Puntilla Street, San Juan, PR Mandatory Source of Supply: The Corporate Source, Inc., New York, NY Contracting Activity: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Border Enforcement Contracting Division Deletions

    The following products are proposed for deletion from the Procurement List:

    Products NSN(s)—Product Names(s): 8440-00-205-2509—Belt, General Officers, Leather, Army, Black, 44 8440-00-205-2510—Belt, General Officers, Leather, Army, Black, 28 8440-00-205-2511—Belt, General Officers, Leather, Army, Black, 29 8440-00-205-2512—Belt, General Officers, Leather, Army, Black, 30 8440-00-205-2513—Belt, General Officers, Leather, Army, Black, 31 8440-00-205-2514—Belt, General Officers, Leather, Army, Black, 32 8440-00-205-2515—Belt, General Officers, Leather, Army, Black, 33 8440-00-205-2516—Belt, General Officers, Leather, Army, Black, 34 8440-00-205-2517—Belt, General Officers, Leather, Army, Black, 35 8440-00-205-2518—Belt, General Officers, Leather, Army, Black, 36 8440-00-205-2519—Belt, General Officers, Leather, Army, Black, 37 8440-00-205-2520—Belt, General Officers, Leather, Army, Black, 38 8440-00-205-2521—Belt, General Officers, Leather, Army, Black, 39 8440-00-205-2522—Belt, General Officers, Leather, Army, Black, 40 8440-00-205-2523—Belt, General Officers, Leather, Army, Black, 41 8440-00-205-2524—Belt, General Officers, Leather, Army, Black, 42 8440-00-205-2525—Belt, General Officers, Leather, Army, Black, 43 Mandatory Source of Supply: Stone Belt ARC, Inc., Bloomington, IN Contracting Activity: Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, PA Barry S. Lineback, Director, Business Operations.
    [FR Doc. 2015-18851 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6353-01-P
    CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION [Docket No. CPSC-2015-0018] Petition for Classification of Vacuum Diffusion Technology as an Anti-Entrapment System Under the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act AGENCY:

    Consumer Product Safety Commission.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    Paul C. McKain, Chief Executive Officer of PSD Industries, LLC, (“Petitioner”), requests that the Commission initiate rulemaking to determine that Vacuum Diffusion Technology is an anti-entrapment system under the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (“VGBA”). The Commission invites written comments concerning the petition.

    DATES:

    The Office of the Secretary must receive comments on the petition by October 5, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. CPSC-2015-0018, by any of the following methods:

    Electronic Submissions: Submit electronic comments to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. The Commission does not accept comments submitted by electronic mail (email), except through www.regulations.gov. The Commission encourages you to submit electronic comments by using the Federal eRulemaking Portal, as described above.

    Written Submissions: Submit written submissions in the following way: mail/hand delivery/courier to: Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Room 820, 4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814; telephone (301) 504-7923.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this notice. All comments received may be posted without change, including any personal identifiers, contact information, or other personal information provided, to: http://www.regulations.gov. Do not submit confidential business information, trade secret information, or other sensitive or protected information that you do not want to be available to the public. If furnished at all, such information should be submitted in writing.

    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to: http://www.regulations.gov, and insert the docket number, CPSC-2015-0018, into the “Search” box, and follow the prompts.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Rocky Hammond, Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD, 20814; telephone (301) 504-6833, email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Section 1404(c)(1)(A)(ii) of the VGBA requires that each public pool and spa in the United States with a single main drain other than an unblockable drain be equipped, at a minimum, with one or more of the following anti-entrapment devices or systems: (I) Safety vacuum release system; (II) Suction-limiting vent system; (III) Gravity drainage system; (IV) Automatic pump shut-off system; (V) Drain disablement; or (VI) any other system determined by the Commission to be equally effective as, or better than, these systems at preventing or eliminating the risk of injury or death associated with pool drainage systems. 15 U.S.C. 8003(c)(1)(A)(ii). Petitioner submitted a petition to the Commission dated June 11, 2015, to initiate rulemaking to determine that the VDT is an anti-entrapment device or system under the VGBA. To include the VDT in the list of anti-entrapment devices or systems in the VGBA, the Commission must determine that the VDT is “equally effective as, or better than” the anti-entrapment devices and systems listed in section 1404(c)(1)(A)(ii) of the VGBA at preventing or eliminating the risk of injury or death associated with pool drainage systems.

    Petitioner asserts that VDT can help prevent risks of entrapment as a backup layer of protection and serves the same purpose as a safety vacuum release system (“SVRS”). Petitioner defines VDT as “a system that removes the intense vacuum draw from the intake point of a pumping system by occluding the intake orifice from swimmers and diffusing the vacuum from a potential blockage immediately in multiple directions from the blockage.” According to Petitioner, “covering 50% of the Vacuum Diffusion Technology intake device should not raise the normal vacuum draw by more than .4” Hg.”

    Petitioner states that changing technology necessitates new anti-entrapment safety technology. Petitioner provides that some states have mandated the use of variable speed pumps in pools, and, according to Petitioner, SVRSs do not function on variable speed pumps. Petitioner asserts that technicians have learned to bypass SVRSs.

    Petitioner states that VDT is only effective when the drain cover is missing and acknowledges that VDT does not protect against full-body entrapment. Petitioner asserts, however, that the devices and systems listed in the VGBA have limitations, and that VDT protects against limb, hair, and mechanical entrapment and mitigates evisceration.

    By this notice, the Commission seeks comments concerning this petition to classify VDT as an anti-entrapment system or device under the VGBA. Interested parties may obtain a copy of the petition by writing or calling the Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814; telephone (301) 504-6833. The petition is also available at: http://www.regulations.gov under Docket No. CPSC-2015-XXXX, Supporting and Related Materials.

    Dated: July 30, 2015. Todd A. Stevenson, Secretary, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19076 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6355-01-P
    CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meeting Notice TIME AND DATE:

    Wednesday August 12, 2015, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

    PLACE:

    Hearing Room 420, Bethesda Towers, 4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, Maryland.

    STATUS:

    Commission Meeting—Open to the Public

    Matter To Be Considered:

    Decisional Meeting: Electronic Filing of Certificates of Compliance—Pilot Program—Federal Register Notice

    A live webcast of the Meeting can be viewed at www.cpsc.gov/live.

    For a recorded message containing the latest agenda information, call (301) 504-7948.

    CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION:

    Todd A. Stevenson, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814, (301) 504-7923.

    Dated: July 30, 2015. Todd A. Stevenson, Secretariat.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19175 Filed 7-31-15; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 6355-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary Defense Health Board; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting AGENCY:

    Department of Defense (DoD).

    ACTION:

    Notice of Federal Advisory Committee meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Defense is publishing this notice to announce that the following Federal Advisory Committee meeting of the Defense Health Board will take place.

    DATES:

    Thursday, August 20, 2015 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Open Session) 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. (Administrative Working Meeting) 1:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. (Open Session) ADDRESSES:

    Defense Health Headquarters (DHHQ), Pavilion Salons B-C, 7700 Arlington Blvd., Falls Church, Virginia 22042 (escort required; see guidance in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION, “Public's Accessibility to the Meeting”).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    The Executive Director of the Defense Health Board is Ms. Christine Bader, 7700 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 5101, Falls Church, Virginia 22042, (703) 681-6653, Fax: (703) 681-9539, [email protected]. For meeting information, please contact Ms. Kendal Brown, 7700 Arlington Boulevard, Suite 5101, Falls Church, Virginia 22042, [email protected], (703) 681-6670, Fax: (703) 681-9539.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    This meeting is being held 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, and in accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

    Additional information, including the agenda and electronic registration, is available at the DHB Web site, http://www.health.mil/About-MHS/Other-MHS-Organizations/Defense-Health-Board/Meetings.

    Purpose of the Meeting

    The purpose of the meeting is to conduct a decision briefing for deliberation and provide progress updates on specific taskings before the DHB. In addition, the DHB will receive information briefings on current issues or lessons learned related to military operational programs, health policy, health research, disease/injury prevention, health promotion, and healthcare delivery.

    Agenda

    Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended, and 41 CFR 102-3.140 through 102-3.165 and subject to availability of space, the DHB meeting is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on August 20, 2015. The DHB anticipates deliberating a decision briefing regarding Continuing Education for DoD Health Professionals. The DHB also anticipates receiving a progress update from the Neuro/Behavioral Health Subcommittee on Population Normative Values for Post-Concussive Computerized Neurocognitive Assessments. In addition, information briefings will be provided on activities at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, vector control in support of military operations, missions and accomplishments of U.S. Navy hospital ships, and the U.S. Navy medical response to the tsunami in Indonesia.

    Public's Accessibility to the Meeting

    Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended, and 41 CFR 102-3.140 through 102-3.165 and subject to availability of space, this meeting is open to the public. Seating is limited and is on a first-come basis. All members of the public who wish to attend the public meeting must contact Ms. Kendal Brown at the number listed in the section FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT no later than 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 to register and make arrangements for a DHHQ escort, if necessary. Public attendees requiring escort should arrive at the DHHQ Visitor's Entrance with sufficient time to complete security screening no later than 8:30 a.m. on August 20. To complete security screening, please come prepared to present two forms of identification and one must be a picture identification card.

    Special Accommodations

    Individuals requiring special accommodations to access the public meeting should contact Ms. Kendal Brown at least five (5) business days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

    Written Statements

    Any member of the public wishing to provide comments to the DHB may do so in accordance with 41 CFR 102-3.105(j) and 102-3.140 and section 10(a)(3) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and the procedures described in this notice.

    Individuals desiring to provide comments to the DHB may do so by submitting a written statement to the DHB Designated Federal Officer (DFO) (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Written statements should not be longer than two type-written pages and address the following details: the issue, discussion, and a recommended course of action. Supporting documentation may also be included, as needed, to establish the appropriate historical context and to provide any necessary background information.

    If the written statement is not received at least five (5) business days prior to the meeting, the DFO may choose to postpone consideration of the statement until the next open meeting.

    The DFO will review all timely submissions with the DHB President and ensure they are provided to members of the DHB before the meeting that is subject to this notice. After reviewing the written comments, the President and the DFO may choose to invite the submitter to orally present their issue during an open portion of this meeting or at a future meeting. The DFO, in consultation with the DHB President, may allot time for members of the public to present their issues for review and discussion by the Defense Health Board.

    Dated: July 29, 2015. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.
    [FR Doc. 2015-18981 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001-06-P
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Notice of Availability of Record of Decision for the Final Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for Mariana Islands Training and Testing AGENCY:

    Department of the Navy, DoD.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of the Navy (DoN), after carefully weighing the strategic, operational, and environmental consequences of the proposed action, announces its decision to implement Alternative 1, the Navy's preferred alternative, as described in the Mariana Islands Training and Testing (MITT) Final Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (EIS/OEIS). Under Alternative 1, the Navy will be able to meet current and future DoN and DoD training and testing requirements, including the use of active sonar and explosives within the MITT Study Area. The MITT study area is composed of established sea-based (at-sea) ranges and land-based training areas on Guam and the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, and operating areas and special use airspace in the regions of the Mariana Islands that are part of the Mariana Islands Range Complex (MIRC). The Study Area also includes a transit corridor that connects the MIRC and the Hawaiian Islands Range Complex and pierside sonar maintenance and testing alongside Navy piers located in Inner Apra Harbor.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The complete text of the Record of Decision is available at https://mitt-eis.com. Single copies of the Record of Decision are available upon request by contacting: MITT EIS/OEIS Project Manager, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific, 258 Makalapa Drive, Suite 100, Pearl Harbor, HI 96860-3134.

    Dated: July 29, 2015. N.A. Hagerty-Ford, Commander, Judge Advocate General's Corps, U.S. Navy, Federal Register Liaison Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19050 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3810-FF-P
    DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No.: ED-2015-ICCD-0071] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Evaluation of the Pell Grant Experiments Under the Experimental Sites Initiative 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 revision of an existing information collection.

    DATES:

    Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before September 3, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    To access and review all the documents related to the information collection listed in this notice, please use http://wwww.regulations.gov by searching the Docket ID number ED-2015-ICCD-0071. Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov by selecting the Docket ID number or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted. 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, Room 2E103, Washington, DC 20202-4537.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Daphne Garcia, 202-219-2024.

    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: Evaluation of the Pell Grant Experiments Under the Experimental Sites Initiative.

    OMB Control Number: 1850-0892.

    Type of Review: A revision of an existing information collection.

    Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals or Households.

    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 3,202.

    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 1,066.

    Abstract: The Pell Grant Experiments evaluation is a two-part, seven-year demonstration study sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education that focuses on the effects of expanded access to Pell grants on students' educational outcomes, employment and earnings. The primary outcome of interest is (1) educational enrollment and completion, and (2) measures of student debt and financial aid while secondary outcomes include (3) the employment status and earnings of students who participate in the study.

    This study consists of two experiments, each of which will examine the impact of a single change to the Pell grant eligibility criteria. The first experiment will relax the prohibition on receipt of Pell grants by students with a bachelors' degree. Individuals eligible for the first experiment must have a bachelor's degree, be unemployed or underemployed, and pursue a vocational training program up to one year in duration. The second experiment will reduce the minimum duration and intensity levels of programs that Pell grant recipients must participate in from 15 weeks with 600 minimum clock hours to 8 weeks with 150 minimum clock hours. Each experiment will operate through a set of PGE schools that provide education and training services that qualify as PGE programs.

    Participants in both experiments will be randomly assigned to either (1) a treatment group, which will have expanded access to Pell grants; or (2) a control group, which will not have access. Within both experiments, the treatment group will be very similar to the control at the time of random assignment except for access to Pell grants. Subsequent differences in the employment and earnings outcomes between treatment and control group members can then be attributed to Pell grant access. The first experiment will involve roughly 28 PGE schools with an average of 25 students participating per school. The second experiment will involve roughly 40 PGE schools with an average of 100 participating students per school. The expected sample of both experiments combined is approximately 4,700 students. Data for this evaluation will come from participants' FAFSA applications, PGE school administrative records, and SSA earnings statements. The study participant enrollment period is expected to last from November 2012 to June 2016. A data extracts from FAFSA applications will occur in summer 2015, 2017, and 2018. Administrative data extracts from PGE schools will also occur summer 2015, 2017, and 2018.

    Dated: July 30, 2015. Kate Mullan, Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, Office of Management.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19048 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No. ED-2014-ICCD-0154] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Evaluation of the Pell Grant Experiments Under the Experimental Sites Initiative AGENCY:

    Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), 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 revision of an existing information collection.

    DATES:

    Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before September 3, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    To access and review all the documents related to the information collection listed in this notice, please use http://wwww.regulations.gov by searching the Docket ID number ED-2014-ICCD-0154. Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov by selecting the Docket ID number or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted. 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, Room 2E103, Washington, DC 20202-4537.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Sara Starke, 202-502-7688.

    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: International Resource Information System (IRIS).

    OMB Control Number: 1850-0892.

    Type of Review: A revision of an existing information collection.

    Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals or Households, Private Sector, Federal Government.

    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 6,596.

    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 35,712.

    Abstract: The International Resource Information System (IRIS) is an online performance reporting system for International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) grantees. IFLE grantees are institutions of higher education, organizations and individuals funded under Title VI of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA) and/or the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act (Fulbright-Hays Act). Grantees under these programs enter budget and performance measure data for interim, annual and final performance reports via IRIS, as well as submit International Travel Approval Requests and Grant Activation Request. IRIS also includes a public Web site that helps disseminate information about IFLE programs.

    Dated: July 29, 2015. Kate Mullan, Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Office of the Chief Privacy Officer, Office of Management.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19019 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee AGENCY:

    Department of Energy, Office of Science.

    ACTION:

    Notice of Renewal.

    SUMMARY:

    Pursuant to Section 14(a)(2)(A) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, App. 2, and Section 102-3.65(a), Title 41, Code of Federal Regulations, and following consultation with the Committee Management Secretariat, General Services Administration, notice is hereby given that the Basic Energy Sciences Advisory Committee's (BESAC) charter will be renewed for a two-year period.

    The Committee will provide advice and recommendations to the Office of Science on the Basic Energy Sciences program.

    Additionally, the renewal of the BESAC has been determined to be essential to conduct business of the Department of Energy and to be in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed upon the Department of Energy, by law and agreement. The Committee will continue to operate in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, the rules and regulations in implementation of that Act.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Dr. Harriet Kung at (301) 903-3081.

    Issued in Washington DC, on July 29, 2015. Erica De Vos, Acting Committee Management Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19110 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Orders Granting Authority To Import and Export Natural Gas, To Import and Export Liquefied Natural Gas and To Vacate Prior Authorization During June 2015 FE Docket Nos. Orion Aviation, Corp 15-51-NG Orion Aviation, Corp 15-54-LNG Solensa S.A. de C.V 15-57-LNG Trans-Peco Pipeline, LLC 15-75-NG Sandcastle Petroleum Gas & Energy, LLC 15-39-LNG Venture Global Calcasieu Pass, LLC 15-25-LNG Cascade Natural Gas Corporation 15-81-NG Southern California Gas Company 15-82-NG Hermiston Generating Company, L.P 15-83-NG SV Global LNG Trading Company, LLC 15-85-LNG Petrochina International (Canada) Trading LTD 15-87-NG Gazprom Marketing & Trading USA, Inc 15-23-NG Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC 13-30-LNG
  • 13-42-LNG
  • 13-121-LNG
  • Sithe/Independence Power Partners, L.P 15-86-NG Logistic Energy And Petroleum Services, Inc 15-89-LNG Chevron U.S.A. Inc 15-91-NG
    AGENCY:

    Office of Fossil Energy, Department of Energy.

    ACTION:

    Notice of orders.

    SUMMARY:

    The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy gives notice that during June 2015, it issued orders granting authority to import and export natural gas, to import and export liquefied natural gas and to vacate prior authority. These orders are summarized in the attached appendix and may be found on the FE Web site at http://energy.gov/fe/downloads/listing-doefe-authorizationsorders-issued-2015.

    They are also available for inspection and copying in the Office of Fossil Energy, Office of Oil and Gas Global Security and Supply, Docket Room 3E-033, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586-9478. The Docket Room is open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on July 29, 2015. John A. Anderson, Director, Office of Oil and Gas Global Security and Supply, Office of Oil and Natural Gas. Appendix—DOE/FE Orders Granting Import/Export Authorizations Order No. Date issued FE Docket No. Authorization holder Description of action 3657 06/11/15 15-51-NG Orion Aviation, Corp Order granting blanket authority to import natural gas from Canada/Mexico. 3658 06/11/15 15-54-LNG Orion Aviation, Corp Order granting blanket authority to import LNG from various international sources by vessel and to export LNG to Canada/Mexico by vessel. 3659 06/11/15 15-57-LNG Solensa S.A. de C.V Order granting blanket authority to export LNG to Mexico by truck. 3660 06/11/15 15-75-NG Trans-Peco Pipeline, LLC Order granting blanket authority to import/export natural gas from/to Mexico. 3661 06/17/15 15-39-LNG Sandcastle Petroleum Gas & Energy, LLC Order granting blanket authorization to export LNG in ISO Containers loaded on vessels and in LNG vessels to Free Trade Agreement nations. 3662 06/17/15 15-25-LNG Venture Global Calcasieu Pass, LLC Order granting long-term, multi-contract authorization to export LNG by vessel from the proposed Venture Global Calcasieu Pass LNG Project in Cameron Parish, Louisiana to Free Trade Agreement nations. 3663 06/24/15 15-81-NG Cascade Natural Gas Corporation Order granting blanket authority to import natural gas from Canada. 3664 06/24/15 15-82-NG Southern California Gas Company Order granting blanket authority to import/export natural gas from/to Mexico. 3665 06/24/15 15-83-NG Hermiston Generating Company, L.P Order granting blanket authority to import natural gas from Canada. 3666 06/24/15 15-85-LNG SV Global LNG Trading Company, LLC Order granting blanket authority to import LNG from various international sources by vessel. 3667 06/24/15 15-87-NG PetroChina International (Canada) Trading Ltd Order granting blanket authority to import/export natural gas from/to Canada and vacating prior authorization. 3668 06/25/15 15-23-NG Gazprom Marketing & Trading USA, Inc Order granting blanket authority to import/export natural gas from/to Canada/Mexico. 3669 06/26/15 13-30-LNG
  • 13-42-LNG
  • 13-121-LNG
  • Sabine Pass Liquefaction, LLC Final Opinion and Order granting long-term, multi-contract authority to export LNG by vessel from the Sabine Pass LNG Terminal located in Cameron Parish, Louisiana, to Non-Free Trade Agreement nations.
    3670 06/25/15 15-86-NG Sithe/Independence Power Partners, L.P Order granting blanket authority to import/export natural gas from/to Canada. 3671 06/25/15 15-89-LNG Logistic Energy and Petroleum Services Inc Order granting blanket authority to import LNG from various international sources by vessel. 3672 06/25/15 15-91-NG Chevron U.S.A. Inc Order granting blanket authority to import/export natural gas from/to Canada.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19108 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC15-11-000] Commission Information Collection Activities (Ferc-914); Comment Request; Extension AGENCY:

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. DOE.

    ACTION:

    Notice of information collection and request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    In compliance with the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) is soliciting public comment on the currently approved information collection, FERC-914 (Cogeneration and Small Power Production—Tariff Filings).

    DATES:

    Comments on the collection of information are due October 5, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments (identified by Docket No. IC15-11-000) 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], telephone at (202) 502-8663, and fax at (202) 273-0873.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Title: FERC-914, Cogeneration and Small Power Production—Tariff Filings.

    OMB Control No.: 1902-0231.

    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC-914 information collection requirements with no changes to the current reporting requirements.

    Abstract: Section 205(c) of the Federal Power Act (FPA) requires that every public utility have all of its jurisdictional rates and tariffs on file with the Commission and make them available for public inspection, within such time and in such form as the Commission may designate. Section 205(d) of the FPA requires that every public utility must provide notice to the Commission and the public of any changes to its jurisdictional rates and tariffs, file such changes with the Commission, and make them available for public inspection, in such manner as directed by the Commission. In addition, FPA section 206 requires the Commission, upon complaint or its own motion, to modify existing rates or services that are found to be unjust, unreasonable, unduly discriminatory or preferential. FPA section 207 requires the Commission upon complaint by a state commission and a finding of insufficient interstate service, to order the rendering of adequate interstate service by public utilities, the rates for which would be filed in accordance with FPA sections 205 and 206.

    In Orders Nos. 671 and 671-A,1 the Commission revised its regulations that govern qualifying small power production and cogeneration facilities. Among other things, the Commission eliminated certain exemptions from rate regulation that were previously available to qualifying facilities (QFs). New qualifying facilities may need to make tariff filings if they do not meet the new exemption requirements.

    1Revised Regulations Governing Small Power Production and Cogeneration Facilities, Order No. 671, 71 FR 7852 (2/15/2006), FERC Stats. & Regs. ¶ 31,203 (2006); and Revised Regulations Governing Small Power Production and Cogeneration Facilities, Order 671-A, 71 FR 30585 (5/30/2006), in Docket No. RM05-36.

    FERC implemented the Congressional mandate of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005) to establish criteria for new qualifying cogeneration facilities by: (1) Amending the exemptions available to qualifying facilities from the FPA and from PUHCA [resulting in the burden imposed by FERC-914, the subject of this statement]; (2) ensuring that these facilities are using their thermal output in a productive and beneficial manner; that the electrical, thermal, chemical and mechanical output of new qualifying cogeneration facilities is used fundamentally for industrial, commercial, residential or industrial purposes; and there is continuing progress in the development of efficient electric energy generating technology; (3) amending the FERC Form 556 2 to reflect the criteria for new qualifying cogeneration facilities; and (4) eliminating ownership limitations for qualifying cogeneration and small power production facilities. The Commission satisfied the statutory mandate and its continuing obligation to review its policies encouraging cogeneration and small power production, energy conservation, efficient use of facilities and resources by electric utilities, and equitable rates for energy customers.

    2 The FERC-556 is cleared separately as OMB Control No. 1902-0075 and is not a subject of this notice.

    Type of Respondents: New qualifying facilities and small power producers that do not meet Commission exemption criteria.

    Estimate of Annual Burden:  3 The Commission estimates the annual public reporting burden for the information collection as:

    3 The Commission defines burden as the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. For further explanation of what is included in the information collection burden, reference 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3.

    FERC-914: Cogeneration and Small Power Production—Tariff Filings Number of
  • respondents
  • Annual
  • number of responses per
  • respondent
  • Total
  • number of
  • responses
  • Average burden and cost per response 4 Total annual burden hours & total annual cost Cost per
  • respondent
  • ($)
  • (1) (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) FPA Section 205 Filings 35 1 35 183
  • $13,176
  • 6,405
  • $461,160
  • $13,176
    Electric Quarterly Reports (initial) 0 0 0 230
  • $16,560
  • 0
  • $0
  • 0
    Electric Quarterly Reports (later) 35 4 140 6
  • $432
  • 840
  • $60,480
  • 1,728
    Change of Status 10 1 10 3
  • $216
  • 30
  • $2,160
  • 216
    Total 185 7,725
  • $523,800
  • $15,120

    Comments: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the collection of information is 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 estimate of the burden and cost of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    4 The estimates for cost per response are derived using the following formula: Average Burden Hours per Response.

    * $72.00 per Hour = Average Cost per Response. The hourly cost figure comes from the FERC average salary of $149,489/year.

    Dated: July 24, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19056 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 14447-004] L.S. Starrett Company; Notice of Application Accepted For Filing, Soliciting Comments, Motions To Intervene, And Protests

    Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection:

    a. Type of Application: Incorporation of modified 30(c) condition 5 into Appendix A and B of the project exemption order.

    b. Project No: 14447-004.

    c. Date Filed: May 28, 2015.

    d. Applicant: L.S. Starrett Company (exemptee).

    e. Name of Project: Crescent Street Hydroelectric Project.

    f. Location: Millers River in the Town of Athol, Worcester County, Massachusetts.

    g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. 791a-825r.

    h. Applicant Contact: Mr. Steve Walsh, L.S. Starrett Company, 121 Crescent Street, Athol, Massachusetts 01331; phone 978-249-3551.

    i. FERC Contact: Mr. Robert Ballantine at 202-502-6289, [email protected].

    j. Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, and protests is 30 days from the issuance of this notice by the Commission. All documents may be filed electronically via the Internet. See, 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's Web site at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp. If unable to be filed electronically, documents may be paper-filed. To paper-file, an original and seven copies should be mailed to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ecomment.asp. You must include your name and contact information at the end of your comments.

    Please include the project number(P-14447-004) on any comments, motions, or recommendations filed.

    k. Description of Request: Pursuant to exemption Article 16(d), the exemptee is requesting to amend Appendix A and Appendix B of the Commission's March 1, 2013, Order Granting Exemption From Licensing (5MW or Less) to incorporate a modified condition 5. The appendices contain the mandatory terms and conditions submitted under section 30(c) of the Federal Power Act by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MDFW) and by the U.S. Department of the Interior (Interior). The MDFW and the Interior issued modifications to condition 5 of their terms and conditions and as such, the exemptee is requesting that the Commission amend the exemption order by incorporating the modified terms and conditions. The modification of condition 5 allows the exemptee to operate the project with an approach velocity at the left-side trash rack greater than the 2.0 cubic feet per second as required by the original condition 5, until such time that the MDFW determines that protection for atlantic salmon is necessary. The Interior revision requires additional American eel monitoring during the period of time that the exceedance of the 2.0 cfs approach velocity is allowed.

    l. Locations of the Application: A copy of the application is available for inspection and reproduction at the Commission's Public Reference Room, located at 888 First Street NE., Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426, or by calling 202-502-8371. This filing may also 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 field to access the document. You may also register online at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filings and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, call 866-208-3676 or email [email protected], for TTY, call 202-502-8659. A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction at the address in item (h) above.

    m. Individuals desiring to be included on the Commission's mailing list should so indicate by writing to the Secretary of the Commission.

    n. Comments, Protests, or Motions to Intervene: Anyone may submit comments, a protest, or a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.210, .211, .214. In determining the appropriate action to take, the Commission will consider all protests or other comments filed, but only those who file a motion to intervene in accordance with the Commission's Rules may become a party to the proceeding. Any comments, protests, or motions to intervene must be received on or before the specified comment date for the particular application.

    o. Filing and Service of Responsive Documents: Any filing must (1) bear in all capital letters the title “COMMENTS”; “PROTESTS”, or “MOTION TO INTERVENE” as applicable; (2) set forth in the heading the name of the applicant and the project number of the application to which the filing responds; (3) furnish the name, address, and telephone number of the person protesting or intervening; and (4) otherwise comply with the requirements of 18 CFR 385.2001 through 385.2005. All comments, motions to intervene, or protests must set forth their evidentiary basis and otherwise comply with the requirements of 18 CFR 4.34(b). Agencies may obtain copies of the application directly from the applicant. A copy of any protest or motion to intervene must be served upon each representative of the applicant specified in the particular application. If an intervener files comments or documents with the Commission relating to the merits of an issue that may affect the responsibilities of a particular resource agency, they must also serve a copy of the document on that resource agency. A copy of all other filings in reference to this application must be accompanied by proof of service on all persons listed in the service list prepared by the Commission in this proceeding, in accordance with 18 CFR 4.34(b) and 385.2010.

    Dated: July 28, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19068 Filed 8-3-15; 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 corporate filings:

    Docket Numbers: EC15-177-000.

    Applicants: DG North Carolina Solar Holding, LLC.

    Description: Section 203 Application of DG North Carolina Solar Holding, LLC.

    Filed Date: 7/28/15.

    Accession Number: 20150728-5214.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/18/15.

    Take notice that the Commission received the following electric rate filings:

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1471-002.

    Applicants: Blue Sky West, LLC.

    Description: Notice of Change in Status and Request for Confidential Treatment of Blue Sky West, LLC.

    Filed Date: 7/29/15.

    Accession Number: 20150729-5051.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/19/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-2294-000.

    Applicants: Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

    Description: Section 205(d) Rate Filing: Transmission Owner Rate Case 2016 (TO17) to be effective 10/1/2015.

    Filed Date: 7/29/15.

    Accession Number: 20150729-5000.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/19/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-2295-000.

    Applicants: Southwest Power Pool, Inc.

    Description: Petition of Southwest Power Pool, Inc. For Tariff Waiver.

    Filed Date: 7/28/15.

    Accession Number: 20150728-5198.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/18/15.

    Take notice that the Commission received the following land acquisition reports:

    Docket Numbers: LA15-2-000.

    Applicants: MidAmerican Energy Company.

    Description: Quarterly Land Acquisition Report of the MidAmerican Energy Companies.

    Filed Date: 7/29/15.

    Accession Number: 20150729-5046.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/19/15.

    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: July 29, 2015. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19046 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. ER15-2293-000] Fair Wind Power Partners, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based Rate Filing Includes Request for Blanket Section 204 Authorization

    This is a supplemental notice in the above-referenced proceeding of Fair Wind Power Partners, LLC's application for market-based rate authority, with an accompanying rate tariff, noting that such application includes a request for blanket authorization, under 18 CFR part 34, of future issuances of securities and assumptions of liability.

    Any person desiring to intervene or to protest should file with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426, in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214). Anyone filing a motion to intervene or protest must serve a copy of that document on the Applicant.

    Notice is hereby given that the deadline for filing protests with regard to the applicant's request for blanket authorization, under 18 CFR part 34, of future issuances of securities and assumptions of liability, is August 18, 2015.

    The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper, using the FERC Online links at http://www.ferc.gov. To facilitate electronic service, persons with Internet access who will eFile a document and/or be listed as a contact for an intervenor must create and validate an eRegistration account using the eRegistration link. Select the eFiling link to log on and submit the intervention or protests.

    Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 5 copies of the intervention or protest to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426.

    The filings in the above-referenced proceeding are accessible in the Commission's eLibrary system by clicking on the appropriate link in the above list. They are also available for electronic review in the Commission's Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an eSubscription link on the Web site that enables subscribers to receive email notification when a document is added to a subscribed docket(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please email [email protected] or call (866) 208-3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502-8659.

    Dated: July 29, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19057 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. EL15-86-000] ITC Grid Development LLC; Notice of Petition for Declaratory Order

    Take notice that on July 28, 2015, pursuant to rule 207(a) of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (Commission) Rules of Practice and Procedure and sections 366.3(d) and 366.4(b)(3) of the Commission's regulations, 18 CFR 385.207(a), 366.3(d), and 366.4(b)(3), ITC Grid Development LLC (ITC Grid), filed a petition for declaratory order (petition) seeking a Commission ruling: (1) That binding revenue requirement bids selected as the result of Commission-approved, Order No. 1000-compliant, and demonstrably competitive transmission project selection processes will be deemed just and reasonable when filed at the Commission as a stated rate pursuant to Federal Power Act (FPA) section 205; and (2) that such binding bids are entitled to protection under the Mobile-Sierra standard, and may not subsequently be changed by means of a complaint filed under FPA section 206 unless required by the public interest. ITC Grid requests that the Commission rule on this petition within 90 days of when its petition was filed, or by October 26, 2015, in order to facilitate ITC Grid's participation in upcoming competitive project solicitations, as more fully explained in its petition. .

    Any person desiring to intervene or to protest this filing must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211, 385.214). Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to become a party must file a notice of intervention or motion to intervene, as appropriate. Such notices, motions, or protests must be filed on or before the comment date. Anyone filing a motion to intervene or protest must serve a copy of that document on the Petitioner.

    The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the “eFiling” link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 5 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426.

    This filing is accessible on-line at http://www.ferc.gov, using the “eLibrary” link and is available for review in the Commission's Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an “eSubscription” link on the Web site that enables subscribers to receive email notification when a document is added to a subscribed docket(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please email [email protected], or call (866) 208-3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502-8659.

    Comment Date: 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on August 27, 2015.

    Dated: July 29, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19060 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP15-523-000] American Midstream, LLC; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Natchez Pipeline Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues

    The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) that will discuss the environmental impacts of the Natchez Pipeline Project involving construction and operation of facilities by American Midstream, LLC (Midla) in Franklin, Catahoula, and Concordia Parishes, Louisiana, and Adams County, Mississippi. The Commission will use this EA in its decision-making process to determine whether the project is in the public convenience and necessity.

    This notice announces the opening of the scoping process the Commission will use to gather input from the public and interested agencies on the project. You can make a difference by providing us with your specific comments or concerns about the project. Your comments should focus on the potential environmental effects, reasonable alternatives, and measures to avoid or lessen environmental impacts. Your input will help the Commission staff determine what issues they need to evaluate in the EA. To ensure that your comments are timely and properly recorded, please send your comments so that the Commission receives them in Washington, DC on or before August 24, 2015.

    If you sent comments on this project to the Commission before the opening of this docket on June 29, 2015, you will need to file those comments in Docket No. CP15-523-000 to ensure they are considered as part of this proceeding.

    This notice is being sent to the Commission's current environmental mailing list for this project. State and local government representatives should notify their constituents of this proposed project and encourage them to comment on their areas of concern.

    If you are a landowner receiving this notice, a pipeline company representative may contact you about the acquisition of an easement to construct, operate, and maintain the proposed facilities. The company would seek to negotiate a mutually acceptable agreement. However, if the Commission approves the project, that approval conveys with it the right of eminent domain. Therefore, if easement negotiations fail to produce an agreement, the pipeline company could initiate condemnation proceedings where compensation would be determined in accordance with state law.

    Midla provided landowners with a fact sheet prepared by the FERC entitled “An Interstate Natural Gas Facility On My Land? What Do I Need To Know?” This fact sheet addresses a number of typically asked questions, including the use of eminent domain and how to participate in the Commission's proceedings. It is also available for viewing on the FERC Web site (www.ferc.gov).

    Public Participation

    For your convenience, there are three methods you can use to submit your comments to the Commission. The Commission encourages electronic filing of comments and has expert staff available to assist you at (202) 502-8258 or [email protected]. Please carefully follow these instructions so that your comments are properly recorded.

    (1) You can file your comments electronically using the eComment feature on the Commission's Web site (www.ferc.gov) under the link to Documents and Filings. This is an easy method for submitting brief, text-only comments on a project;

    (2) You can file your comments electronically by using the eFiling feature on the Commission's Web site (www.ferc.gov) under the link to Documents and Filings. With eFiling, you can provide comments in a variety of formats by attaching them as a file with your submission. New eFiling users must first create an account by clicking on “eRegister.” If you are filing a comment on a particular project, please select “Comment on a Filing” as the filing type; or

    (3) You can file a paper copy of your comments by mailing them to the following address. Be sure to reference the project docket number (CP15-523-000) with your submission: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426.

    Summary of the Proposed Project

    Midla proposes to construct, own, maintain, and operate the Natchez Pipeline Project consisting of 51.97 miles of 12-inch-diameter pipeline traversing portions of Franklin, Catahoula, and Concordia Parishes, Louisiana and Adams County, Mississippi, pursuant to Section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act and Section 2.1 of the Stipulation and Agreement (Settlement) approved in Docket Nos. RP14-638, et al. on April 16, 2015. The Natchez Pipeline would have three anchor shippers: Atmos Energy Corporation, which serves the cities of Ferriday, Gilbert, and Wisner, Louisiana, and the city of Natchez, Mississippi; the Louisiana Municipal Gas Authority, serving the municipal gas systems of Clayton, Jonesville, Sicily Island, and Vidalia, Louisiana; and BASF, which has an industrial facility located near Vidalia, Louisiana.

    As part of the Commission Order of the Settlement, the Commission approved Midla to abandon about 370 miles of varying diameter pipeline along with associated laterals from the Desiard Compressor Station in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana to a point near Scottlandville in East Baton Rogue Parish, Louisiana, either in place, by removal, or by transfer, subject to certain conditions. Among the conditions, Midla would need to continue to serve customers with delivery points from Winnsboro, Louisiana to the Natchez, Mississippi area through the Natchez pipeline, which the Natchez Pipeline Project would accomplish. Once the Natchez pipeline is in service, Midla would be able to abandon its existing pipeline system.

    The Natchez Pipeline Project would consist of the following facilities:

    • 51.97 miles of 12-inch-diameter pipeline;

    • 0.50 mile of 4-inch-diameter delivery lateral at milepost 46.83 in Concordia Parish to serve the City of Vidalia, Louisiana;

    • 4 aboveground valve sites;

    • 12 meter stations; and

    • 2 pig launcher/receivers.1

    1 A “pig” is a tool that the pipeline company inserts into and pushes through the pipeline for cleaning the pipeline, conducting internal inspections, or other purposes.

    The general location of the project facilities is shown in appendix 1.2

    2 The appendices referenced in this notice will not appear in the Federal Register. Copies of appendices were sent to all those receiving this notice in the mail and are available at www.ferc.gov using the link called “eLibrary” or from the Commission's Public Reference Room, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426, or call (202) 502-8371. For instructions on connecting to eLibrary, refer to the last page of this notice.

    Land Requirements for Construction

    Construction of the proposed facilities would disturb about 516.55 acres of land for the aboveground facilities and the pipeline, which includes the pipeline permanent right-of-way, temporary workspaces, additional temporary workspaces, above-ground facilities, contractor yards, and access roads. Following construction, Midla would maintain about 193.68 acres for permanent operation of the project's pipeline, aboveground facilities and access roads; the remaining acreage would be restored and revert to former uses. About 41 miles (or 79 percent) of the proposed pipeline route parallels existing pipeline, utility, or road rights-of-way.

    The EA Process

    The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires the Commission to take into account the environmental impacts that could result from an action whenever it considers the issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. NEPA also requires us 3 to discover and address concerns the public may have about proposals. This process is referred to as “scoping.” The main goal of the scoping process is to focus the analysis in the EA on the important environmental issues. By this notice, the Commission requests public comments on the scope of the issues to address in the EA. We will consider all filed comments during the preparation of the EA.

    3 “We,” “us,” and “our” refer to the environmental staff of the Commission's Office of Energy Projects.

    In the EA we will discuss impacts that could occur as a result of the construction and operation of the proposed project under these general headings:

    • Geology and soils;

    • land use;

    • water resources, fisheries, and wetlands;

    • cultural resources;

    • vegetation and wildlife;

    • air quality and noise;

    • endangered and threatened species;

    • public safety; and

    • cumulative impacts.

    We will also evaluate reasonable alternatives to the proposed project or portions of the project, and make recommendations on how to lessen or avoid impacts on the various resource areas.

    The EA will present our independent analysis of the issues. The EA will be available in the public record through eLibrary. Depending on the comments received during the scoping process, we may also publish and distribute the EA to the public for an allotted comment period. We will consider all comments on the EA before making our recommendations to the Commission. To ensure we have the opportunity to consider and address your comments, please carefully follow the instructions in the Public Participation section, beginning on page 2.

    With this notice, we are asking agencies with jurisdiction by law and/or special expertise with respect to the environmental issues of this project to formally cooperate with us in the preparation of the EA.4 Agencies that would like to request cooperating agency status should follow the instructions for filing comments provided under the Public Participation section of this notice.

    4 The Council on Environmental Quality regulations addressing cooperating agency responsibilities are at Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1501.6.

    Consultations Under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act

    In accordance with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's implementing regulations for section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, we are using this notice to initiate consultation with the applicable State Historic Preservation Office(s) (SHPO), and to solicit their views and those of other government agencies, interested Indian tribes, and the public on the project's potential effects on historic properties.5 We will define the project-specific Area of Potential Effects (APE) in consultation with the SHPO(s) as the project develops. On natural gas facility projects, the APE at a minimum encompasses all areas subject to ground disturbance (examples include construction right-of-way, contractor/pipe storage yards, compressor stations, and access roads). Our EA for this project will document our findings on the impacts on historic properties and summarize the status of consultations under section 106.

    5 The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's regulations are at Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 800. Those regulations define historic properties as any prehistoric or historic district, site, building, structure, or object included in or eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

    Currently Identified Environmental Issues

    We have already identified several issues that we think deserve attention based on a preliminary review of the proposed facilities and the environmental information provided by Midla. This preliminary list of issues may be changed based on your comments and our analysis.

    • Potential impacts on lands under the Conservation Reserve Program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture;

    • potential impacts on the Louisiana black bear; and

    • crossing of the Mississippi River.

    Environmental Mailing List

    The environmental mailing list includes federal, state, and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American Tribes; other interested parties; and local libraries and newspapers. This list also includes all affected landowners (as defined in the Commission's regulations) who are potential right-of-way grantors, whose property may be used temporarily for project purposes, or who own homes within certain distances of aboveground facilities, and anyone who submits comments on the project. We will update the environmental mailing list as the analysis proceeds to ensure that we send the information related to this environmental review to all individuals, organizations, and government entities interested in and/or potentially affected by the proposed project.

    If we publish and distribute the EA, copies will be sent to the environmental mailing list for public review and comment. If you would prefer to receive a paper copy of the document instead of the CD version or would like to remove your name from the mailing list, please return the attached Information Request (appendix 2).

    Becoming an Intervenor

    In addition to involvement in the EA scoping process, you may want to become an “intervenor” which is an official party to the Commission's proceeding. Intervenors play a more formal role in the process and are able to file briefs, appear at hearings, and be heard by the courts if they choose to appeal the Commission's final ruling. An intervenor formally participates in the proceeding by filing a request to intervene. Instructions for becoming an intervenor are in the “Document-less Intervention Guide” under the “e-filing” link on the Commission's Web site. Motions to intervene are more fully described at http://www.ferc.gov/resources/guides/how-to/intervene.asp.

    Additional Information

    Additional information about the project is available from the Commission's Office of External Affairs, at (866) 208-FERC, or on the FERC Web site at www.ferc.gov using the “eLibrary” link. Click on the eLibrary link, click on “General Search” and enter the docket number, excluding the last three digits in the Docket Number field (i.e., CP15-523). Be sure you have selected an appropriate date range. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at [email protected] or toll free at (866) 208-3676, or for TTY, contact (202) 502-8659. The eLibrary link also provides access to the texts of formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rulemakings.

    In addition, the Commission offers a free service called eSubscription which allows you to keep track of all formal issuances and submittals in specific dockets. This can reduce the amount of time you spend researching proceedings by automatically providing you with notification of these filings, document summaries, and direct links to the documents. Go to www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp.

    Finally, public meetings or site visits will be posted on the Commission's calendar located at www.ferc.gov/EventCalendar/EventsList.aspx along with other related information.

    Dated: July 24, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19055 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. PF15-24-000] WBI Energy Transmission, Inc.; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Planned Demicks Lake Pipeline Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues

    The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) that will discuss the environmental impacts of the Demicks Lake Pipeline Project (Project) involving construction and operation of facilities by WBI Energy Transmission, Inc (WBI Energy) in McKenzie County, North Dakota. The Commission will use this EA in its decision-making process to determine whether the project is in the public convenience and necessity.

    This notice announces the opening of the scoping process the Commission will use to gather input from the public and interested agencies on the project. You can make a difference by providing us with your specific comments or concerns about the project. Your comments should focus on the potential environmental effects, reasonable alternatives, and measures to avoid or lessen environmental impacts. Your input will help the Commission staff determine what issues they need to evaluate in the EA. To ensure that your comments are timely and properly recorded, please send your comments so that the Commission receives them in Washington, DC on or before August 27, 2015.

    If you sent comments on this project to the Commission before the opening of this docket on May 13, 2015, you will need to file those comments in Docket No. PF15-24-000 to ensure they are considered as part of this proceeding.

    This notice is being sent to the Commission's current environmental mailing list for this project. State and local government representatives should notify their constituents of this planned project and encourage them to comment on their areas of concern.

    If you are a landowner receiving this notice, a pipeline company representative may contact you about the acquisition of an easement to construct, operate, and maintain the planned facilities. The company would seek to negotiate a mutually acceptable agreement. However, if the Commission approves the project, that approval conveys with it the right of eminent domain. Therefore, if easement negotiations fail to produce an agreement, the pipeline company could initiate condemnation proceedings where compensation would be determined in accordance with state law.

    A fact sheet prepared by the FERC entitled “An Interstate Natural Gas Facility On My Land? What Do I Need To Know?” is available for viewing on the FERC Web site (www.ferc.gov). This fact sheet addresses a number of typically asked questions, including the use of eminent domain and how to participate in the Commission's proceedings.

    Public Participation

    For your convenience, there are three methods you can use to submit your comments to the Commission. The Commission encourages electronic filing of comments and has expert staff available to assist you at (202) 502-8258 or [email protected] Please carefully follow these instructions so that your comments are properly recorded.

    (1) You can file your comments electronically using the eComment feature on the Commission's Web site (www.ferc.gov) under the link to Documents and Filings. This is an easy method for submitting brief, text-only comments on a project;

    (2) You can file your comments electronically by using the eFiling feature on the Commission's Web site (www.ferc.gov) under the link to Documents and Filings. With eFiling, you can provide comments in a variety of formats by attaching them as a file with your submission. New eFiling users must first create an account by clicking on “eRegister.” If you are filing a comment on a particular project, please select “Comment on a Filing” as the filing type; or

    (3) You can file a paper copy of your comments by mailing them to the following address. Be sure to reference the project docket number (PF15-24-000) with your submission: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426.

    Summary of the Planned Project

    WBI Energy plans to construct and operate 22.7 miles of 24-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline and appurtenant facilities between a proposed non-jurisdictional gas plant, ONEOK Rockies Midstream LLC's (ONEOK) Demicks Lake Plant, located west of Keene, North Dakota and a tie-in along Northern Border Pipeline Company's (Northern Border) existing mainline located approximately 8 miles southeast of Watford City, North Dakota. The Project would provide approximately 221,500 Mmcf/d (million standard cubic feet per day) of natural gas transportation capacity to Northern Border's mainline, which would transport the gas to the midcontinent region of the United States. The maximum allowable operating pressure of the new pipeline would be 1,650 pounds per square inch gauge.

    The Demicks Lake Pipeline Project would consist of the following facilities:

    • 22.7 miles of 24-inch-diameter natural gas pipeline;

    • a meter station located at milepost (MP) 22.7 at the site of ONEOK's Demicks Lake Plant;

    • two pig launcher/receivers at MP 0.0 and MP 22.7; and

    • one mid-point block valve located at approximately MP 10.7.

    WBI Energy also proposes to construct a 3,300-foot-long, 16- to 24-inch-diameter tie across pipeline between the proposed 24-inch-diameter Demicks Lake pipeline and WBI Energy's existing 16-inch-diameter Garden Creek II pipeline just south of Highway 23. The tie across pipeline facilities would consist of a block valve on both of the Demicks Lake pipeline and the Garden Creek II pipeline, a pig launcher at both ends of the tie across pipeline, and a metering facility at one end of the tie across pipeline.1

    1 The decision to construct the tie across pipeline and associated facilities is still under review by WBI Energy and is not shown on Project maps.

    The general location of the Project facilities is shown in appendix 1.2

    2 The appendices referenced in this notice will not appear in the Federal Register. Copies of the appendices were sent to all those receiving this notice in the mail and are available at www.ferc.gov using the link called “eLibrary” or from the Commission's Public Reference Room, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426, or call (202) 502-8371. For instructions on connecting to eLibrary, refer to the last page of this notice.

    Land Requirements for Construction

    Construction of the planned facilities would disturb about 266 acres of land for the pipeline and aboveground facilities. Following construction, WBI Energy would maintain about 133 acres of land for permanent operation of the Project's facilities; the remaining land would be restored and revert to former uses. About 67 percent of the planned pipeline route parallels existing pipeline, utility, or road rights-of-way.

    Non-Jurisdictional Facilities

    Construction of ONEOK's proposed Demicks Lake Plant is not subject to FERC jurisdiction. However, in the EA, we will provide available descriptions of the non-jurisdictional facilities and include them under our analysis of cumulative impacts. The plant would be located west of Keene, North Dakota. As proposed, the plant would be constructed on a plot of approximately 160 acres located in the NE 1/4 of Section 20, Township 151 North, Range 96 West in McKenzie County. Construction of the plant would include the installation of underground piping, above ground piping, and above ground gas processing facilities.

    The EA Process

    The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires the Commission to take into account the environmental impacts that could result from an action whenever it considers the issuance of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity. NEPA also requires us 3 to discover and address concerns the public may have about proposals. This process is referred to as scoping. The main goal of the scoping process is to focus the analysis in the EA on the important environmental issues. By this notice, the Commission requests public comments on the scope of the issues to address in the EA. We will consider all filed comments during the preparation of the EA.

    3 “We,” “us,” and “our” refer to the environmental staff of the Commission's Office of Energy Projects.

    In the EA/EIS we will discuss impacts that could occur as a result of the construction and operation of the planned project under these general headings:

    • Geology and soils;

    • land use;

    • water resources, fisheries, and wetlands;

    • cultural resources;

    • vegetation and wildlife;

    • air quality and noise;

    • endangered and threatened species;

    • public safety; and

    • cumulative impacts.

    We will also evaluate possible alternatives to the planned project or portions of the project, and make recommendations on how to lessen or avoid impacts on the various resource areas.

    Although no formal application has been filed, we have already initiated our NEPA review under the Commission's pre-filing process. The purpose of the pre-filing process is to encourage early involvement of interested stakeholders and to identify and resolve issues before the FERC receives an application. As part of our pre-filing review, we have begun to contact some federal and state agencies to discuss their involvement in the scoping process and the preparation of the EA.

    The EA will present our independent analysis of the issues. The EA will be available in the public record through eLibrary. Directions for use of eLibrary are provided on page 6 under Additional Information. Depending on the comments received during the scoping process, we may also publish and distribute the EA to the public for an allotted comment period. We will consider all comments on the EA before we make our recommendations to the Commission. To ensure we have the opportunity to consider and address your comments, please carefully follow the instructions in the Public Participation section, beginning on page 2.

    With this notice, we are asking agencies with jurisdiction by law and/or special expertise with respect to the environmental issues related to this project to formally cooperate with us in the preparation of the EA.4 Agencies that would like to request cooperating agency status should follow the instructions for filing comments provided under the Public Participation section of this notice.

    4 The Council on Environmental Quality regulations addressing cooperating agency responsibilities are at Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1501.6.

    Consultations Under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act

    In accordance with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation's implementing regulations for section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, we are using this notice to initiate consultation with the applicable State Historic Preservation Office(s), and to solicit their views and those of other government agencies, interested Indian tribes, and the public on the project's potential effects on historic properties.5 We will define the project-specific Area of Potential Effects (APE) in consultation with the SHPO(s) as the project develops. On natural gas facility projects, the APE at a minimum encompasses all areas subject to ground disturbance (examples include construction right-of-way, contractor/pipe storage yards, compressor stations, and access roads). Our EA for this project will document our findings on the impacts on historic properties and summarize the status of consultations under section 106.

    5 The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation regulations are at Title 36, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 800. Those regulations define historic properties as any prehistoric or historic district, site, building, structure, or object included in or eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.

    Environmental Mailing List

    The environmental mailing list includes federal, state, and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American Tribes; other interested parties; and local libraries and newspapers. This list also includes all affected landowners (as defined in the Commission's regulations) who are potential right-of-way grantors, whose property may be used temporarily for project purposes, or who own homes within certain distances of aboveground facilities, and anyone who submits comments on the project. We will update the environmental mailing list as the analysis proceeds to ensure that we send the information related to this environmental review to all individuals, organizations, and government entities interested in and/or potentially affected by the planned project.

    Copies of the EA will be sent to the environmental mailing list for public review and comment. If you would prefer to receive a paper copy of the document instead of the CD version or would like to remove your name from the mailing list, please return the attached Information Request (appendix 2).

    Becoming an Intervenor

    Once WBI Energy files its application with the Commission, you may want to become an “intervenor” which is an official party to the Commission's proceeding. Intervenors play a more formal role in the process and are able to file briefs, appear at hearings, and be heard by the courts if they choose to appeal the Commission's final ruling. An intervenor formally participates in the proceeding by filing a request to intervene. Instructions for becoming an intervenor are in the User's Guide under the “e-filing” link on the Commission's Web site. Please note that the Commission will not accept requests for intervenor status at this time. You must wait until the Commission receives a formal application for the project.

    Additional Information

    Additional information about the project is available from the Commission's Office of External Affairs, at (866) 208-FERC, or on the FERC Web site (www.ferc.gov) using the eLibrary link. Click on the eLibrary link, click on “General Search” and enter the docket number, excluding the last three digits in the Docket Number field (i.e., PF15-24). Be sure you have selected an appropriate date range. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at [email protected] or toll free at (866) 208-3676, or for TTY, contact (202) 502-8659. The eLibrary link also provides access to the texts of formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rulemakings.

    In addition, the Commission offers a free service called eSubscription which allows you to keep track of all formal issuances and submittals in specific dockets. This can reduce the amount of time you spend researching proceedings by automatically providing you with notification of these filings, document summaries, and direct links to the documents. Go to www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp.

    Finally, public meetings or site visits will be posted on the Commission's calendar located at www.ferc.gov/EventCalendar/EventsList.aspx along with other related information.

    Dated: July 28, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19069 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. EL14-22-000] California Independent System Operator Corporation; Notice of Filing

    Take notice that on July 23, 2015, California Independent System Operator Corporation filed a compliance filing in response to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's March 20, 2014 Order to Show Cause.1

    1Posting of Offers to Purchase Capacity, Order to Show Cause, 146 FERC ¶ 61,203 (2014).

    Any person desiring to intervene or to protest this filing must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211, 385.214). Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to become a party must file a notice of intervention or motion to intervene, as appropriate. Such notices, motions, or protests must be filed on or before the comment date. On or before the comment date, it is not necessary to serve motions to intervene or protests on persons other than the Applicant.

    The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the “eFiling” link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 14 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426.

    This filing is accessible on-line at http://www.ferc.gov, using the “eLibrary” link and is available for review in the Commission's Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an “eSubscription” link on the Web site that enables subscribers to receive email notification when a document is added to a subscribed docket(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please email [email protected], or call (866) 208-3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502-8659.

    Comment Date: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on August 18, 2015.

    Dated: July 28, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19062 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CD15-31-000] Town of Grand Lake, Colorado; Notice of Preliminary Determination of a Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility and Soliciting Comments and Motions To Intervene

    On July 16, 2015, the Town of Grand Lake, Colorado, filed a notice of intent to construct a qualifying conduit hydropower facility, pursuant to section 30 of the Federal Power Act (FPA), as amended by section 4 of the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 (HREA). The proposed Grand Lake WTP Hydro Project would have an installed capacity of 20 kilowatts (kW), and would be located along an existing 12-inch-diameter raw water pipeline within the city's water treatment plant. The project would be located in the Town of Grand Lake, Colorado.

    Applicant Contact: Jim White, Town Manager, P.O. Box 99, Grand Lake, CO, Phone No. (970) 627-3435.

    FERC Contact: Christopher Chaney, Phone No. (202) 502-6778, email: [email protected].

    Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility Description: The proposed project would consist of: (1) An approximately 360-square-foot powerhouse within the existing water treatment plant building; (2) a short intake receiving water from the existing 12-inch-diameter raw water pipeline; (3) one turbine/generator unit with an installed capacity of 20 kW; (4) a short discharge returning water to the existing 12-inch-diameter raw water pipeline; and (5) appurtenant facilities.

    The proposed project would have a total installed capacity of 20 kW.

    A qualifying conduit hydropower facility is one that is determined or deemed to meet all of the criteria shown in the table below.

    Table 1—Criteria for Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility Statutory provision Description Satisfies
  • (Y/N)
  • FPA 30(a)(3)(A), as amended by HREA The conduit the facility uses is a tunnel, canal, pipeline, aqueduct, flume, ditch, or similar manmade water conveyance that is operated for the distribution of water for agricultural, municipal, or industrial consumption and not primarily for the generation of electricity Y FPA 30(a)(3)(C)(i), as amended by HREA The facility is constructed, operated, or maintained for the generation of electric power and uses for such generation only the hydroelectric potential of a non-federally owned conduit Y FPA 30(a)(3)(C)(ii), as amended by HREA The facility has an installed capacity that does not exceed 5 megawatts Y FPA 30(a)(3)(C)(iii), as amended by HREA On or before August 9, 2013, the facility is not licensed, or exempted from the licensing requirements of Part I of the FPA Y

    Preliminary Determination: Based upon the above criteria, Commission staff preliminarily determines that the proposal satisfies the requirements for a qualifying conduit hydropower facility, which is not required to be licensed or exempted from licensing.

    Comments and Motions to Intervene: Deadline for filing comments contesting whether the facility meets the qualifying criteria is 45 days from the issuance date of this notice.

    Deadline for filing motions to intervene is 30 days from the issuance date of this notice.

    Anyone may submit comments or a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.210 and 385.214. Any motions to intervene must be received on or before the specified deadline date for the particular proceeding.

    Filing and Service of Responsive Documents: All filings must (1) bear in all capital letters the “COMMENTS CONTESTING QUALIFICATION FOR A CONDUIT HYDROPOWER FACILITY” or “MOTION TO INTERVENE,” as applicable; (2) state in the heading the name of the applicant and the project number of the application to which the filing responds; (3) state the name, address, and telephone number of the person filing; and (4) otherwise comply with the requirements of sections 385.2001 through 385.2005 of the Commission's regulations.1 All comments contesting Commission staff's preliminary determination that the facility meets the qualifying criteria must set forth their evidentiary basis.

    1 18 CFR 385.2001-2005 (2014).

    The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file motions to intervene and comments using the Commission's eFiling system at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp. Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ecomment.asp. You must include your name and contact information at the end of your comments. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at [email protected], (866) 208-3676 (toll free), or (202) 502-8659 (TTY). In lieu of electronic filing, please send a paper copy to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. A copy of all other filings in reference to this application must be accompanied by proof of service on all persons listed in the service list prepared by the Commission in this proceeding, in accordance with 18 CFR 4.34(b) and 385.2010.

    Locations of Notice of Intent: Copies of the notice of intent can be obtained directly from the applicant or such copies can be viewed and reproduced at the Commission in its Public Reference Room, Room 2A, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. The filing may also be viewed on the web at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp using the “eLibrary” link. Enter the docket number (i.e., CD15-31) in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, call toll-free 1-866-208-3676 or email [email protected] For TTY, call (202) 502-8659.

    Dated: July 24, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19054 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. EL14-26-000] New York Independent System Operator, Inc.; Notice of Filing

    Take notice that on July 23, 2015, New York Independent System Operator, Inc. filed a compliance filing in response to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (Commission) March 20, 2014 Order to Show Cause.1

    1Posting of Offers to Purchase Capacity, Order to Show Cause, 146 FERC ¶ 61,203 (2014).

    Any person desiring to intervene or to protest this filing must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211, 385.214). Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to become a party must file a notice of intervention or motion to intervene, as appropriate. Such notices, motions, or protests must be filed on or before the comment date. On or before the comment date, it is not necessary to serve motions to intervene or protests on persons other than the Applicant.

    The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the “eFiling” link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 14 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426.

    This filing is accessible on-line at http://www.ferc.gov, using the “eLibrary” link and is available for review in the Commission's Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an “eSubscription” link on the Web site that enables subscribers to receive email notification when a document is added to a subscribed docket(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please email [email protected], or call (866) 208-3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502-8659.

    Comment Date: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on August 18, 2015.

    Dated: July 28, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19064 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP15-531-000] Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC; Notice of Application

    Take notice that on July 14, 2015, Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC (Columbia), 5151 San Felipe, Suite 2500, Houston, TX 77056, filed in Docket No. CP15-531-000, an application pursuant to section 7(b) of the Natural Gas Act and Part 157 of the Commission's regulations, seeking authorization to abandon by sale certain natural gas facilities located in various Counties in Ohio to Columbia Gas of Ohio. The facilities consist of 13.1 miles of pipeline, 594 measuring stations, 35 mainline consumer taps and appurtenances. In addition, Columbia further request that the Commission find that following abandonment by sale, the facilities will perform distribution activities and thus be exempt from the Commission's jurisdiction pursuant to Section 1(b) of the NGA, all as more fully set forth in the application, which is on file with the Commission and open to public inspection. The filing may also be viewed on the web at http://www.ferc.gov using the “eLibrary” link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC at [email protected] or call toll-free, (866) 208-3676 or TTY, (202) 502-8659.

    Any questions regarding this application should be directed to Tyler R. Brown, Senior Counsel, Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC, 5151 San Felipe, Suite 2500, Houston, TX 77056, phone: (713) 386-3797 or email: [email protected]

    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.

    There are two ways to become involved in the Commission's review of this project. First, any person wishing to obtain legal status by becoming a party to the proceedings for this project should, on or before the comment date stated below, file with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426, a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.214 or 385.211) and the Regulations under the NGA (18 CFR 157.10). A person obtaining party status will be placed on the service list maintained by the Secretary of the Commission and will receive copies of all documents filed by the applicant and by all other parties. A party must submit 7 copies of filings made with the Commission and must mail a copy to the applicant and to every other party in the proceeding. Only parties to the proceeding can ask for court review of Commission orders in the proceeding.

    However, a person does not have to intervene in order to have comments considered. The second way to participate is by filing with the Secretary of the Commission, as soon as possible, an original and two copies of comments in support of or in opposition to this project. The Commission will consider these comments in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but the filing of a comment alone will not serve to make the filer a party to the proceeding. The Commission's rules require that persons filing comments in opposition to the project provide copies of their protests only to the party or parties directly involved in the protest.

    Persons who wish to comment only on the environmental review of this project should submit an original and two copies of their comments to the Secretary of the Commission. Environmental commentors will be placed on the Commission's environmental mailing list, will receive copies of the environmental documents, and will be notified of meetings associated with the Commission's environmental review process. Environmental commentors will not be required to serve copies of filed documents on all other parties. However, the non-party commentors will not receive copies of all documents filed by other parties or issued by the Commission (except for the mailing of environmental documents issued by the Commission) and will not have the right to seek court review of the Commission's final order.

    The Commission strongly encourages electronic filings of comments, protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the “eFiling” link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 5 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426.

    Comment Date: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on August 18, 2015.

    Dated: July 28, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19061 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP15-91-000] East Tennessee Natural Gas, LLC; Supplemental Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Loudon Expansion Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues

    On March 24, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) issued in Docket No. CP15-91-000 a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Loudon Expansion Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues (NOI). In response to scoping comments and data requested by FERC staff, East Tennessee Natural Gas, LLC (East Tennessee) has developed Route G-1 as its new proposed route for the above-referenced project in Monroe and Loudon Counties, Tennessee. FERC staff is further evaluating Alternative Route B as described in East Tennessee's February 20, 2015 filing, the Eastside Alternate Route as described in its May 8, 2015 filing, Alternate Route G as described in its July 10, 2015 filing, as well as the originally proposed route (Route F). This Supplemental Notice is being issued to seek comments on the new Proposed Route G-1 and the alternatives mentioned above, and opens a new scoping period for interested parties to file comments on environmental issues specific to these routes.

    The March 24, 2015 NOI announced that the FERC staff will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) to address the environmental impacts of the Loudon Expansion Project (Project). Please refer to the NOI for more information about the overall facilities proposed by East Tennessee in Tennessee, and FERC staff's EA process. The Commission will use the EA in its decision-making process to determine whether the Project is in the public convenience and necessity.

    We 1 are now specifically seeking comments on the new Proposed Route G-1, Alternate Route B, Alternate Route G, and the Eastside Alternate Route to help the Commission staff evaluates all potential environmental impacts. Please note that this supplemental scoping period will close on August 27, 2015.

    1 “We,” “us,” and “our” refer to the environmental staff of the Commission's Office of Energy Projects.

    This Supplemental Notice is being sent to the Commission's current environmental mailing list for this Project, including landowners along the originally proposed route (Route F) and new landowners that would be affected by the new proposed route (Route G-1) or the alternate routes (Alternate Routes B, G, and the Eastside Alternate Route).

    If you are a landowner receiving this notice, a pipeline company representative may contact you about the acquisition of an easement to construct, operate, and maintain the proposed facilities. The company would seek to negotiate a mutually acceptable agreement. However, if the Commission approves the Project, that approval conveys with it the right of eminent domain. Therefore, if the easement negotiations fail to produce an agreement, the pipeline company could initiate condemnation proceedings where compensation would be determined in accordance with state law.

    A fact sheet prepared by the FERC entitled “An Interstate Natural Gas Facility on My Land? What Do I Need To Know?” is available for viewing on the FERC Web site (www.ferc.gov). This fact sheet addresses a number of typically asked questions, including the use of eminent domain and how to participate in the Commission's proceedings.

    Public Participation

    For your convenience, there are three methods you can use to submit your comments to the Commission. The Commission will provide equal consideration to all comments received, whether filed in written form or provided verbally. The Commission encourages electronic filing of comments and has expert staff available to assist you at (202) 502-8258 or [email protected] Please carefully follow these instructions so that your comments are properly recorded.

    (1) You can file your comments electronically using the eComment feature located on the Commission's Web site (www.ferc.gov) under the link to Documents and Filings. This is an easy method for interested persons to submit brief, text-only comments on a project;

    (2) You can file your comments electronically using the eFiling feature located on the Commission's Web site (www.ferc.gov) under the link to Documents and Filings. With eFiling, you can provide comments in a variety of formats by attaching them as a file with your submission. New eFiling users must first create an account by clicking on “eRegister.” You must select the type of filing you are making. If you are filing a comment on a particular project, please select “Comment on a Filing;” or

    (3) You can file a paper copy of your comments by mailing them to the following address: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426.

    Summary of the New Proposed Route G-1 and Alternate Routes B, G, and Eastside

    Following original Route F until milepost (MP) 1.5, the new Proposed Route G-1 would then turn east, cross under Tennessee State Highway 72 and parallel it until MP 3.1 where it would meet and be collated with East Tennessee's existing Loudon-Lenoir City Lateral pipeline. Alternate Route G and the Eastside Alternate Route would follow similar paths but each route would be located slightly farther east, rejoining and paralleling the Loudon-Lenoir City Lateral pipeline at approximately MP 3.5. All three of these routes would cross Tellico Lake. Alternate Route B would start at the same location as all other routes, but would then proceed west of those routes, avoiding Lake Tellico completely, rejoining and paralleling the Loudon-Lenoir City Lateral pipeline at approximately MP 5.4.

    Overview and aerial maps of the previously proposed route, newly proposed route, and the three alternate routes are included in Appendix 1.2

    2 The appendices referenced in this notice are not being printed in the Federal Register. Copies of appendices were sent to all those receiving this notice in the mail and are available at www.ferc.gov using the link called “eLibrary” or from the Commission's Public Reference Room, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426, or call (202) 502-8371. For instructions on connecting to eLibrary, refer to the last page of this notice.

    Currently Identified Environmental Issues

    We have identified several issues that we think deserve attention for our comparison of the new proposed route and three alternatives based on a review of the proposed facilities and the environmental information provided by East Tennessee. This preliminary list of issues may be changed based on your comments and our analysis.

    • Waterbodies;

    • karst geology, including caves; and

    • candidate and listed threatened or endangered species.

    Environmental Mailing List

    The environmental mailing list includes federal, state, and local government representatives and agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American Tribes; other interested parties; commenters; and local libraries and newspapers. This list also includes landowners affected by the pipelines as currently proposed, as well as landowners that may be affected by the Kemblesville Loop Alternative Route 2. We will update the environmental mailing list as the analysis proceeds to ensure that we send the information related to this environmental review to all individuals, organizations, and government entities interested in and/or potentially affected by the proposed Project.

    Copies of the completed EA will be sent to the environmental mailing list for public review and comment. If you would prefer to receive a paper copy of the document instead of a CD version or would like to remove your name from the mailing list, please return the attached Information Request (Appendix 2).

    Becoming an Intervenor

    In addition to involvement in the EA scoping process, you may want to become an “intervenor” which is an official party to the Commission's proceeding. Intervenors play a more formal role in the process and are able to file briefs, appear at hearings, and be heard by the courts if they choose to appeal the Commission's final ruling. An intervenor formally participates in the proceeding by filing a request to intervene. Instructions for becoming an intervenor are in the User's Guide under the “e-filing” link on the Commission's Web site.

    Additional Information

    Additional information about the Project is available from the Commission's Office of External Affairs, at (866) 208-FERC, or on the FERC Web site (www.ferc.gov) using the eLibrary link. Click on the eLibrary link, click on “General Search” and enter the docket number, excluding the last three digits in the Docket Number field (i.e., CP15-91). Be sure you have selected an appropriate date range. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at [email protected] or toll free at (866) 208-3676, or for TTY, contact (202) 502-8659. The eLibrary link also provides access to the texts of formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rulemakings.

    In addition, the Commission offers a free service called eSubscription which allows you to keep track of all formal issuances and submittals in specific dockets. This can reduce the amount of time you spend researching proceedings by automatically providing you with notification of these filings, document summaries, and direct links to the documents. Go to www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp.

    Dated: July 28, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19066 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-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: RP15-1135-000.

    Applicants: Questar Southern Trails Pipeline Company.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: Statement of Negotiated Rates Filing to be effective 7/1/2015.

    Filed Date: 7/28/15.

    Accession Number: 20150728-5091.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/10/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-1136-000.

    Applicants: Washington Gas Light Company, Energy Corporation of America.

    Description: Petition for Waiver of Washington Gas Light Company and Energy Corporation of America under RP15-1136.

    Filed Date: 7/28/15.

    Accession Number: 20150728-5103.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/5/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-1137-000.

    Applicants: Kern River Gas Transmission Company.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: 2015 NVE Converted Contracts to be effective 8/1/2015.

    Filed Date: 7/28/15.

    Accession Number: 20150728-5190.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 8/10/15.

    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: July 29, 2015. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19047 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC15-5-000] Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-552); Comment Request AGENCY:

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE.

    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 its information collection [FERC-552, Annual Report of Natural Gas Transactions.] 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 20217,4/15/2015) requesting public comments. The Commission received no comments on the FERC-552 and is making this notation in its submittal to OMB.

    DATES:

    Comments on the collection of information are due by September 3, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Comments filed with OMB, identified by the OMB Control No. 1902-0242, 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. IC15-5-000, 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:

    Title: Annual Report of Natural Gas Transactions.

    OMB Control No.: 1902-0242.

    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC-552 information collection requirements with no changes to the reporting requirements.

    Abstract: The Commission uses the information collected within the FERC-552 to provide greater transparency concerning the use of indices to price natural gas and how well index prices reflect market forces. The collection also includes transactions that contribute to, or may contribute to natural gas price indices. Many market participants rely on indices as a way to reference market prices without taking on the risks of active trading.

    FERC-552 had its genesis in the Energy Policy Act of 2005,1 which added section 23 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA). Section 23 of the NGA, among other things, directs the Commission “to facilitate price transparency in markets for the sale or transportation of physical natural gas in interstate commerce, having due regard for the public interest, the integrity of those markets, and the protection of consumers.” 2

    1 Pub. L. 109-58.

    2 15 U.S.C. 717t-2.

    Type of Respondents: Wholesale natural gas market participants.

    Estimate of Annual Burden:3 The Commission estimates the annual public reporting burden for the information collection as:

    3 The Commission defines burden as the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. For further explanation of what is included in the information collection burden, reference 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3.

    FERC-552—Annual Report of Natural Gas Transactions Number of
  • respondents 6
  • Number of
  • responses per
  • respondent
  • Total
  • number of
  • responses
  • Average
  • burden
  • hours per
  • response
  • Estimated
  • total
  • annual
  • burden
  • (A) (B) (A) × (B) = (C) (D) (C) × (D) Wholesale natural market participants 666 1 666 10 6,660

    The total estimated annual cost burden to respondents is $478,652 [6,660 hours ÷ 2,080 4 hours/year = 3.201923 * $149,489/year 5 = $478,652].

    4 2080 hours = 40 hours/week * 52 weeks (1 year).

    5 Average annual salary per FERC employee in 2015. We are using FERC cost (salary and benefits) as it fairly reflects an estimate for the industry cost.

    6 Number of respondents as of the 2013 Form 552 survey

    The estimated annual cost of filing the FERC-552 per response is $719 [$478,652 ÷ 666 responses = $719/response].

    Comments: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the collection of information is 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 estimate of the burden and cost of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    Dated: July 28, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19065 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. EL14-23-000] ISO New England Inc.; Notice of Filing

    Take notice that on July 23, 2015, ISO New England Inc. filed a compliance filing in response to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's March 20, 2014 Order to Show Cause.1

    1Posting of Offers to Purchase Capacity, Order to Show Cause, 146 FERC ¶ 61,203 (2014).

    Any person desiring to intervene or to protest this filing must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211, 385.214). Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to become a party must file a notice of intervention or motion to intervene, as appropriate. Such notices, motions, or protests must be filed on or before the comment date. On or before the comment date, it is not necessary to serve motions to intervene or protests on persons other than the Applicant.

    The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the “eFiling” link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 14 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426.

    This filing is accessible on-line at http://www.ferc.gov, using the “eLibrary” link and is available for review in the Commission's Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an “eSubscription” link on the Web site that enables subscribers to receive email notification when a document is added to a subscribed docket(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please email [email protected], or call (866) 208-3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502-8659.

    Comment Date: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on August 18, 2015.

    Dated: July 28, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19063 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Notice Of Revised Procedural Schedule Project Nos. Clean River Power MR-3, LLC P-13404-002 Clean River Power MR-1, LLC P-13405-002 Clean River Power MR-5, LLC P-13406-002 Clean River Power MR-2, LLC P-13407-002 Clean River Power MR-7, LLC P-13408-002 Clean River Power MR-6, LLC P-13411-002

    On October 31, 2012, Clean River Power MR-3, LLC, Clean River Power MR-1, LLC, Clean River Power MR-5, LLC, Clean River Power MR-2, LLC, Clean River Power MR-7, LLC, and Clean River Power MR-6, LLC, filed applications for original licenses to construct, operate, and maintain the 3-megawatt (MW) Beverly Lock and Dam Water Power Project No. 13404, 4-MW Devola Lock and Dam Water Power Project No. 13405, 4-MW Malta/McConnelsville Lock and Dam Water Power Project No. 13406, 5-MW Lowell Lock and Dam Water Power Project No. 13407, 3-MW Philo Lock and Dam Water Power Project No. 13408, and 4-MW Rokeby Lock and Dam Water Power Project No. 13411 (Muskingum River Projects), respectively. On January 14, 2014, the Commission issued a Notice of Application Ready for Environmental Analysis, and Soliciting Comments, Recommendations, Preliminary Terms and Conditions, and Preliminary Fishway Prescriptions (REA Notice) for the Muskingum River Projects. The REA Notice included a procedural schedule.

    The above applications will be processed according to the following revised procedural schedule.

    Milestone Target date Issue EA August 2015. Comments on EA due September 2015.

    Any questions regarding this notice may be directed to Aaron Liberty at (202) 502-6862, or by email at [email protected]

    Dated: July 29, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19059 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP15-532-000] Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC; Notice of Application

    Take notice that on July 14, 2015, Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC (Columbia), 5151 San Felipe, Suite 2500, Houston, TX 77056, filed in Docket No. CP15-531-000, an application pursuant to section 7(b) of the Natural Gas Act and Part 157 of the Commission's regulations, seeking authorization to abandon by sale certain natural gas facilities located in various Counties in Pennsylvania to Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania. The facilities consist of 3.6 miles of pipeline, 213 measuring stations, 7 mainline consumer taps and appurtenances. In addition, Columbia further request that the Commission find that following abandonment by sale, the facilities will perform distribution activities and thus be exempt from the Commission's jurisdiction pursuant to Section 1(b) of the NGA, all as more fully set forth in the application, which is on file with the Commission and open to public inspection. The filing may also be viewed on the web at http://www.ferc.gov using the “eLibrary” link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC at [email protected] or call toll-free, (866) 208-3676 or TTY, (202) 502-8659.

    Any questions regarding this application should be directed to Tyler R. Brown, Senior Counsel, Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC, 5151 San Felipe, Suite 2500, Houston, TX 77056, phone: (713) 386-3797 or email: [email protected]

    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.

    There are two ways to become involved in the Commission's review of this project. First, any person wishing to obtain legal status by becoming a party to the proceedings for this project should, on or before the comment date stated below, file with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426, a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.214 or 385.211) and the Regulations under the NGA (18 CFR 157.10). A person obtaining party status will be placed on the service list maintained by the Secretary of the Commission and will receive copies of all documents filed by the applicant and by all other parties. A party must submit 7 copies of filings made with the Commission and must mail a copy to the applicant and to every other party in the proceeding. Only parties to the proceeding can ask for court review of Commission orders in the proceeding.

    However, a person does not have to intervene in order to have comments considered. The second way to participate is by filing with the Secretary of the Commission, as soon as possible, an original and two copies of comments in support of or in opposition to this project. The Commission will consider these comments in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but the filing of a comment alone will not serve to make the filer a party to the proceeding. The Commission's rules require that persons filing comments in opposition to the project provide copies of their protests only to the party or parties directly involved in the protest.

    Persons who wish to comment only on the environmental review of this project should submit an original and two copies of their comments to the Secretary of the Commission. Environmental commentors will be placed on the Commission's environmental mailing list, will receive copies of the environmental documents, and will be notified of meetings associated with the Commission's environmental review process. Environmental commentors will not be required to serve copies of filed documents on all other parties. However, the non-party commentors will not receive copies of all documents filed by other parties or issued by the Commission (except for the mailing of environmental documents issued by the Commission) and will not have the right to seek court review of the Commission's final order.

    The Commission strongly encourages electronic filings of comments, protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the “eFiling” link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 5 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426.

    Comment Date: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on August 18, 2015.

    Dated: July 28, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19067 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IC15-8-000] Commission Information Collection Activities (FERC-576); Comment Request AGENCY:

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, DOE.

    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 its information collection [FERC-576, Report of Service Interruptions] 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 28991, 5/20/2015) requesting public comments. The Commission received no comments on the FERC-576 and is making this notation in its submittal to OMB.

    DATES:

    Comments on the collection of information are due by September 3, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Comments filed with OMB, identified by the OMB Control No. 1902-0004, 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. IC15-8-000, 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:

    Title: FERC-576, Report of Service Interruptions.

    OMB Control No.: 1902-0004.

    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC-576 information collection requirements with no changes to the reporting requirements.

    Abstract: A natural gas company must obtain Commission authorization to engage in the transportation, sale, or exchange of natural gas in interstate commerce under the Natural Gas Act (NGA).1 The NGA also empowers the Commission to oversee continuity of service in the transportation of natural gas in interstate commerce. The information collected under FERC-576 notifies the Commission of: (1) Damage to jurisdictional natural gas facilities as a result of a hurricane, earthquake, or other natural disaster, or terrorist activity, (2) serious interruptions to service, and (3) damage to jurisdictional natural gas facilities due to natural disaster or terrorist activity, that creates the potential for serious delivery problems on the pipeline's own system or the pipeline grid.

    1 Public Law 75 688; 15 U.S.C. 717 & 717w.

    Filings (in accordance with the provisions of section 4(d) of the NGA) 2 must contain information necessary to advise the Commission when a change in service has occurred. Section 7(d) of the NGA 3 authorizes the Commission to issue a temporary certificate in cases of emergency to assure maintenance of adequate service or to serve particular customers, without notice or hearing.

    2 (15 U.S.C. 717c).

    3 (15 U.S.C. 717f).

    Respondents to the FERC-576 are encouraged to submit the reports by email to [email protected] but also have the option of faxing the reports to the Director of the Division of Pipeline Certificates. 18 CFR 260.9(b) requires that a report of service interruption or damage to natural gas facilities state: (1) The location of the service interruption or damage to natural gas pipeline or storage facilities; (2) The nature of any damage to pipeline or storage facilities; (3) Specific identification of the facilities damaged; (4) The time the service interruption or damage to the facilities occurred; (5) The customers affected by the service interruption or damage to the facilities; (6) Emergency actions taken to maintain service; and (7) Company contact and telephone number. The Commission may contact pipelines reporting damage or other pipelines to determine availability of supply, and if necessary, authorize transportation or construction of facilities to alleviate constraints in response to these reports.

    A report required by 18 CFR 260.9(a)(1)(i) of damage to natural gas facilities resulting in loss of pipeline throughput or storage deliverability shall be reported to the Director of the Commission's Division of Pipeline Certificates at the earliest feasible time when pipeline throughput or storage deliverability has been restored.

    In any instance in which an incident or damage report involving jurisdictional natural gas facilities is required by Department of Transportation (DOT) reporting requirements under the Natural Gas Pipeline Safety Act of 1968, a copy of such report shall be submitted to the Director of the Commission's Division of Pipeline Certificates, within 30 days of the reportable incident.4

    4 18 CFR 260.9(d).

    If the Commission failed to collect these data, it would lose the ability to monitor and evaluate transactions, operations, and reliability of interstate pipelines and perform its regulatory functions. These reports are kept by the Commission Staff as non-public information and are not made part of the public record.

    Type of Respondents: Natural gas companies.

    Estimate of Annual Burden5 : The Commission estimates the annual public reporting burden for the information collection as:

    5 The Commission defines burden as the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, or disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. For further explanation of what is included in the information collection burden, reference 5 Code of Federal Regulations 1320.3.

    FERC-576—Report of Service Interruptions Number of
  • respondents
  • Annual
  • number
  • of
  • responses
  • per
  • respondent
  • Total
  • number of
  • responses
  • Average
  • burden & cost
  • per
  • response 6
  • Total annual
  • burden hours &
  • total
  • annual cost
  • Cost per
  • respondent
  • ($)
  • (1) (2) (1) * (2) = (3) (4) (3) * (4) = (5) (5) ÷ (1) Submittal of Original Email/Fax 22 2 44 1
  • $72
  • 44
  • $3,168
  • 72
    Submittal of Damage Report 22 2 44 0.25
  • $18
  • 11
  • $198
  • 18
    Submittal of DOT Incident Report 22 1 22 0.25
  • $18
  • 5.5
  • $99
  • 18
    Total 60.5
  • $3,465
  • 108

    Comments: Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the collection of information is 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 estimate of the burden and cost of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information collection; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    6 The estimates for cost per response are derived using the following formula: Average Burden Hours per Response * $72.00 per Hour = Average Cost per Response. The hourly cost figure comes from the FERC average salary ($149,489/year). Commission staff believes the FERC average salary to be representative wage for industry respondents.

    Dated: July 29, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19058 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0500; FRL-9931-68-OAR] Notice of Availability of the Environmental Protection Agency's Updated Ozone Transport Modeling Data for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Notice of data availability (NODA); request for public comment.

    SUMMARY:

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing notice that interstate ozone transport modeling and associated data and methods are available for public review and comment. These data and methods will be used to inform a rulemaking proposal that the EPA is developing and expects to release later this year to address interstate ozone transport for the 2008 ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS). This notice also meets the EPA's expressed intent to update the air quality modeling data that were released on January 22, 2015, and to share the updated data with states and other stakeholders. The information available includes: (1) Emission inventories for 2011 and 2017, supporting data used to develop those emission inventories, methods and data used to process emission inventories into a form that can be used for air quality modeling; and (2) base year 2011 and projected 2017 ozone concentrations and projected 2017 ozone state contribution data at individual ozone monitoring sites based on air quality modeling, supporting data including 2009-2013 base period and 2017 projected ozone design values, and methods used to process air quality model outputs to calculate 2017 ozone concentrations and contributions at individual monitoring sites. A docket has been established to facilitate public review of the data and to track comments.

    DATES:

    Comments must be received on or before September 23, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0500, by one of the following methods:

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

    Fax: (202)566-9744. Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0500.

    Mail: EPA Docket Center, WJC West Building, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0500, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mailcode: 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460. Please include a total of 2 copies.

    Hand Delivery: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, WJC West Building, 1301 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 3334, Washington, DC 20004, Attention Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0500. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket's normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information.

    Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0500. The EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change and may be made available online at www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided, unless 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 www.regulations.gov or email. Clearly mark the part or all of the information that you claim to be CBI. For CBI information on a disk or CD-ROM that you mail to the EPA docket office, mark the outside of the disk or CD-ROM as CBI and then identify electronically within the disk or CD-ROM the specific information that is claimed as CBI. Information so marked will not be disclosed except in accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2. In addition to one complete version of the comment that includes information claimed as CBI, a copy of the comment that does not contain the information claimed as CBI must be submitted for inclusion in the public docket.

    The www.regulations.gov Web site is an “anonymous access” system, which means the EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send an email comment directly to the EPA without going through www.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, the EPA recommends 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 the EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, the EPA may not be able to consider your comment. Electronic files should avoid the use of special characters, any form of encryption, and be free of any defects or viruses.

    When submitting comments, remember to:

    1. Identify the notification by docket number and other identifying information (subject heading, Federal Register date and page number).

    2. Explain your comments, why you agree or disagree; suggest alternatives and substitute data that reflect your requested changes.

    3. Describe any assumptions and provide any technical information and/or data that you used.

    4. Provide specific examples to illustrate your concerns, and suggest alternatives.

    5. Explain your views as clearly as possible, avoiding the use of profanity or personal threats.

    6. Make sure to submit your comments by the comment period deadline identified.

    For additional information about the EPA's public docket, visit the EPA Docket Center homepage at http://www.epa.gov/epahome/dockets.htm.

    Docket: All documents in the docket are listed in the www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, will be publicly available only in hard copy. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically in www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the Air and Radiation Docket and Information Center, EPA/DC, WJC West Building, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The Public Reading Room is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays. The telephone number for the Public Reading Room is (202) 566-1744, and the telephone number for the Air Docket is (202) 566-1742.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For questions on the emissions data and on how to submit comments on the emissions data and related methodologies, contact Alison Eyth, Air Quality Assessment Division, Environmental Protection Agency, C339-02, 109 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709; telephone number: (919)541-2478; fax number: (919)541-1903; email: [email protected] For questions on the air quality modeling and ozone contributions and how to submit comments on the air quality modeling data and related methodologies, contact Norm Possiel, Air Quality Assessment Division, Environmental Protection Agency, C439-01, 109 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709; telephone number: (919)541-5692; fax number: (919)541-0044; email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background

    On January 22, 2015, the EPA issued a memo and preliminary air quality modeling data that would help states as they develop State Implementation Plans to address cross-state transport of air pollution under the “Good Neighbor” Provision of the Clean Air Act (CAA), section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I), as it pertains to the 2008 ozone NAAQS.1 That information included the EPA's preliminary air quality modeling data that applies the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR—76 FR 48208) approach to contribution projections for the year 2018 for the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS. Specifically, the EPA provided data identifying ozone monitoring sites that are projected to be nonattainment or have maintenance problems for the 2008 ozone NAAQS in 2018. The EPA also provided the projected contribution estimates from 2018 anthropogenic oxides of nitrogen (NOX) and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions in each state to ozone concentrations at each of these sites. The year 2018 was used as the analytic year for the preliminary modeling because at the onset of the modeling assessment, that year aligned with the December 2018 attainment date for Moderate ozone nonattainment areas. However, subsequent to the completion of the 2018 modeling, the EPA issued the final 2008 Ozone NAAQS SIP Requirements Rule,2 which revised the attainment deadline for ozone nonattainment areas currently designated as Moderate for the 2008 ozone NAAQS to July 2018. The EPA established this deadline in the 2015 Ozone SIP Requirements Rule after previously establishing a deadline of December 31, 2018, that was vacated by the DC Circuit in Natural Resources Defense Council v. EPA. In order to demonstrate attainment by the revised attainment deadline, the demonstration would have to be based on design values calculated using 2015 through 2017 ozone season data, since the July 2018 deadline does not afford a full ozone season of measured data. Therefore, the EPA has adopted 2017 as the analytic year for the updated ozone transport modeling information being released as part of this NODA.

    1 Memorandum from Stephen D. Page, Information on the Interstate Transport “Good Neighbor” Provision for the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) under CAA section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I), January 22, 2015, available at http://www.epa.gov/airtransport/GoodNeighborProvision2008NAAQS.pdf.

    2 80 FR 12264, 12268 (Mar. 6, 2015); 40 CFR 51.1103.

    The 2011 and 2018 emissions inventory data used for the preliminary air quality modeling were released for public review on November 27, 2013 (78 FR 70935), and January 14, 2014 (79 FR 2437), respectively. Based in part on comments received from the public review process, the EPA updated the 2011 emissions inventory data, developed emissions inventory data for 2017, and used these data in air quality modeling to develop updated projections of future year ozone concentrations and contributions.

    In the January 22, 2015 memo, the EPA expressed its intent to update the preliminary air quality modeling data and to share the updated data with states and other stakeholders. This notice meets this intent. Additionally, the EPA, together with its state partners, is assessing the next steps to address interstate air pollution transport for the 2008 ozone NAAQS under the CAA. The EPA recognizes its backstop role to develop and promulgate federal implementation plans, as appropriate. We are planning to take this action, if necessary, by issuing a proposal for a federal rule later this year. This notice provides an opportunity to review and comment on the agency's ozone transport modeling data that EPA intends to use in this forthcoming proposal.

    II. Air Quality Modeling Data and Methodologies

    Using the updated emissions inventories, the EPA performed photochemical air quality modeling to project ozone concentrations at air quality monitoring sites to 2017, and to estimate state-by-state contributions to those 2017 concentrations. We then used the air quality modeling results to identify nonattainment or maintenance sites for the 2008 ozone NAAQS in 2017, consistent with the CSAPR approach to identify such sites. We used the contribution information to quantify projected interstate contributions from emissions in each upwind state to ozone concentrations at each of the projected 2017 nonattainment and maintenance sites in downwind states.

    The EPA's air quality modeling used the updated version of the 2011-based air quality modeling platform. This platform includes emissions for the 2011 base year and a 2017 future base case as well as meteorology for 2011. The 2011 meteorology was used in air quality model simulations for both 2011 and 2017. The 2011 and 2017 emissions data are described in more detail in Section III.

    The EPA used the Comprehensive Air Quality Model with Extensions (CAMx version 6.11) for modeling the 2011 base year and 2017 future base case emissions scenarios to identify sites with projected nonattainment and maintenance problems in 2017. The air quality model runs were performed for a modeling domain that covers the 48 states in the contiguous U.S. along with adjacent portions of Canada and Mexico. The spatial resolution (i.e., grid size) for this modeling domain is 12 km x 12 km. The 2011 and 2017 scenarios were both modeled for the full year with 2011 meteorology. The meteorological data used as input to the air quality modeling was obtained from an annual simulation of version 3.4 of the Weather Research Forecast Model (WRF) for 2011. The initial and boundary concentration inputs to the air quality modeling were derived from an annual simulation of the Goddard Earth Observing System global chemical transport model (GEOS-Chem). The CAMx predictions for 2011 were compared to corresponding measurements as part of a model performance evaluation. Information on the development of the 2011 meteorological and initial and boundary concentration inputs to the CAMx simulations and the model performance evaluation methodologies and results are described in the “Updated Air Quality Modeling Technical Support Document” (AQM TSD) for the 2008 Ozone NAAQS Interstate Transport Assessment, which is available in the docket for this notice. Also in this docket is a report on the performance evaluation for the annual 2011 WRF meteorological model simulation.

    A. Identification of Projected 2017 Nonattainment and Maintenance Sites

    The ozone predictions from the 2011 and 2017 CAMx model runs were used to project measured ozone design values to 2017 following the approach described in the EPA's draft guidance for attainment demonstration modeling.3 We selected 2011 as the base year to reflect the most recent National Emissions Inventory (NEI). In addition, the meteorological conditions during the summer of 2011 were generally conducive for ozone formation across much of the U.S., particularly the eastern U.S. We selected 2017 as the projected analysis year to coincide with the attainment date for Moderate nonattainment areas under the 2008 ozone NAAQS. The draft attainment modeling guidance recommends using 5-year weighted average ambient design values 4 centered on the base year as the starting point for projecting design values to the future. Because 2011 is the base year of emissions, we started with the average ambient 8-hour ozone design values for the period 2009 through 2013 (i.e., the average of design values for 2009-2011, 2010-2012, and 2011-2013). The 5-year weighted average ambient design value at each site was projected to 2017 using model-predicted Relative Response Factors (RRFs) 5 that were calculated based on procedures described in the draft attainment demonstration modeling guidance. The 2017 projected average ozone design values were evaluated to identify those sites with design values that exceed the 2008 ozone NAAQS.6 Consistent with the approach used in CSAPR, those sites with 2017 average design values that exceed the NAAQS are projected to be in nonattainment in 2017.

    3 The December 3, 2014, draft ozone, fine particulate matter and regional haze SIP modeling guidance is available at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/scram/guidance/guide/Draft_O3-PM-RH_Modeling_Guidance-2014.pdf.

    4 The air quality design value for a site is the 3-year average annual fourth-highest daily maximum 8-hour average ozone concentration.

    5 In brief, the RRF for a particular location is the ratio of the 2017 ozone model prediction to the 2011 ozone model prediction. The RRFs were calculated using model outputs for the May through September period.

    6 In determining compliance with the NAAQS, ozone design values are truncated to integer values. For example, a design value of 75.9 ppb is truncated to 75 ppb which is attainment. In this manner, design values at or above 76.0 ppb are considered nonattainment.

    As noted above, we followed the CSAPR approach to identify sites with projected maintenance problems in 2017. As part of the approach for identifying sites with projected future maintenance problems, the highest (i.e., maximum) ambient design value from the 2011-centered 5-year period (i.e., the maximum of design values from 2009-2011, 2010-2012, and 2011-2013) was projected to 2017 for each site using the site-specific RRFs. Following the CSAPR approach, monitoring sites with a maximum design value that exceeds the NAAQS, even if the average design value is below the NAAQS, are projected to have a maintenance problem in 2017. In this regard, nonattainment sites are also maintenance sites because the maximum design value at nonattainment sites is always greater than or equal to the 5-year weighted average. Monitoring sites with a 2017 average design value below the NAAQS, but with a maximum design value that exceeds the NAAQS, are considered maintenance-only sites. These sites are projected to have a maintenance problem, but not a nonattainment problem in 2017.

    The base period ambient and projected 2017 average and maximum design values at individual nonattainment sites and maintenance-only sites are provided in Tables 1 and 2, respectively.

    Table 1—2009-2013 and 2017 Average and Maximum Design Values at Projected Nonattainment Sites in the East (Top) and West (Bottom) [Units are ppb] Monitor ID State County 2009-2013 average design value 2009-2013 maximum design value 2017 average design value 2017 maximum design value 90013007 Connecticut Fairfield 84.3 89.0 77.1 81.4 90019003 Connecticut Fairfield 83.7 87.0 78.0 81.1 90099002 Connecticut New Haven 85.7 89.0 77.2 80.2 240251001 Maryland Harford 90.0 93.0 81.3 84.0 360850067 New York Richmond 81.3 83.0 76.3 77.8 361030002 New York Suffolk 83.3 85.0 79.2 80.8 390610006 Ohio Hamilton 82.0 85.0 76.3 79.1 480391004 Texas Brazoria 88.0 89.0 81.4 82.3 481210034 Texas Denton 84.3 87.0 76.9 79.4 482011034 Texas Harris 81.0 82.0 76.8 77.8 482011039 Texas Harris 82.0 84.0 78.2 80.2 484392003 Texas Tarrant 87.3 90.0 79.6 82.1 484393009 Texas Tarrant 86.0 86.0 78.6 78.6 551170006 Wisconsin Sheboygan 84.3 87.0 77.0 79.4 60190007 California Fresno 94.7 95.0 89.0 89.3 60190011 California Fresno 93.0 96.0 87.6 90.4 60190242 California Fresno 91.7 95.0 87.1 90.3 60194001 California Fresno 90.7 92.0 84.2 85.4 60195001 California Fresno 97.0 99.0 90.6 92.5 60251003 California Imperial 81.0 82.0 79.3 80.3 60290007 California Kern 91.7 96.0 86.2 90.2 60290008 California Kern 86.3 88.0 80.6 82.2 60290011 California Kern 80.0 81.0 76.2 77.1 60290014 California Kern 87.7 89.0 82.8 84.0 60290232 California Kern 87.3 89.0 82.2 83.8 60295002 California Kern 90.0 91.0 84.5 85.5 60296001 California Kern 84.3 86.0 79.7 81.3 60311004 California Kings 87.0 90.0 81.1 83.9 60370002 California Los Angeles 80.0 82.0 79.0 81.0 60370016 California Los Angeles 94.0 97.0 92.8 95.8 60371002 California Los Angeles 80.0 81.0 77.1 78.1 60371201 California Los Angeles 90.0 90.0 87.9 87.9 60371701 California Los Angeles 84.0 85.0 82.2 83.2 60372005 California Los Angeles 79.5 82.0 78.1 80.6 60376012 California Los Angeles 97.3 99.0 94.5 96.2 60379033 California Los Angeles 90.0 91.0 86.0 86.9 60392010 California Madera 85.0 86.0 79.8 80.8 60470003 California Merced 82.7 84.0 78.1 79.3 60610006 California Placer 84.0 86.0 78.2 80.0 60650004 California Riverside 85.0 85.0 82.3 82.3 60650012 California Riverside 97.3 99.0 93.5 95.1 60651016 California Riverside 100.7 101.0 95.7 96.0 60652002 California Riverside 84.3 85.0 79.8 80.5 60655001 California Riverside 92.3 93.0 87.6 88.2 60656001 California Riverside 94.0 98.0 88.1 91.9 60658001 California Riverside 97.0 98.0 93.3 94.3 60658005 California Riverside 92.7 94.0 89.2 90.4 60659001 California Riverside 88.3 91.0 82.7 85.2 60670012 California Sacramento 93.3 95.0 85.7 87.3 60675003 California Sacramento 86.3 88.0 80.5 82.0 60710005 California San Bernardino 105.0 107.0 103.6 105.6 60710012 California San Bernardino 95.0 97.0 91.8 93.8 60710306 California San Bernardino 83.7 85.0 81.2 82.4 60711004 California San Bernardino 96.7 98.0 94.3 95.6 60712002 California San Bernardino 101.0 103.0 99.5 101.5 60714001 California San Bernardino 94.3 97.0 92.3 95.0 60714003 California San Bernardino 105.0 107.0 101.8 103.8 60719002 California San Bernardino 92.3 94.0 88.0 89.6 60719004 California San Bernardino 98.7 99.0 95.7 96.0 60731006 California San Diego 81.0 82.0 76.6 77.6 60990006 California Stanislaus 87.0 88.0 83.0 83.9 61070006 California Tulare 81.7 85.0 77.0 80.1 61070009 California Tulare 94.7 96.0 87.3 88.5 61072002 California Tulare 85.0 88.0 78.6 81.4 61072010 California Tulare 89.0 90.0 82.7 83.6 61112002 California Ventura 81.0 83.0 78.3 80.2 80350004 Colorado Douglas 80.7 83.0 76.0 78.1 80590006 Colorado Jefferson 80.3 83.0 76.3 78.8 Table 2—2009-2013 and 2017 Average and Maximum Design Values at Projected Maintenance-Only Sites in the East (Top) and West (Bottom) [Units are ppb] Monitor ID State County 2009-2013 average design value 2009-2013 maximum design value 2017 average design value 2017 maximum design value 90010017 Connecticut Fairfield 80.3 83.0 75.8 78.4 211110067 Kentucky Jefferson 82.0 85.0 75.8 78.6 211850004 Kentucky Oldham 82.0 86.0 73.7 77.3 240053001 Maryland Baltimore 80.7 84.0 73.2 76.2 260050003 Michigan Allegan 82.7 86.0 75.5 78.5 261630019 Michigan Wayne 78.7 81.0 74.0 76.2 340071001 New Jersey Camden 82.7 87.0 74.2 78.1 340150002 New Jersey Gloucester 84.3 87.0 75.1 77.5 340230011 New Jersey Middlesex 81.3 85.0 73.0 76.3 340290006 New Jersey Ocean 82.0 85.0 73.9 76.6 360810124 New York Queens 78.0 80.0 75.7 77.6 420031005 Pennsylvania Allegheny 80.7 82.0 75.3 76.5 421010024 Pennsylvania Philadelphia 83.3 87.0 75.1 78.4 480850005 Texas Collin 82.7 84.0 74.9 76.0 481130069 Texas Dallas 79.7 84.0 74.0 78.0 481130075 Texas Dallas 82.0 83.0 75.8 76.7 481211032 Texas Denton 82.7 84.0 75.1 76.3 482010024 Texas Harris 80.3 83.0 75.9 78.5 482010026 Texas Harris 77.3 80.0 73.5 76.1 482010055 Texas Harris 81.3 83.0 75.4 77.0 482011050 Texas Harris 78.3 80.0 74.6 76.2 484390075 Texas Tarrant 82.0 83.0 75.5 76.4 484393011 Texas Tarrant 80.7 83.0 74.5 76.6 40131004 Arizona Maricopa 79.7 81.0 75.0 76.2 60170020 California El Dorado 82.7 84.0 75.1 76.3 60390004 California Madera 79.3 81.0 75.3 76.9 60610003 California Placer 83.0 85.0 75.4 77.2 60670006 California Sacramento 78.7 81.0 74.0 76.1 60773005 California San Joaquin 79.0 80.0 75.9 76.8 80050002 Colorado Arapahoe 76.7 79.0 74.4 76.6 80590011 Colorado Jefferson 78.7 82.0 75.8 78.9 B. Quantification of Interstate Ozone Contributions

    The EPA performed nationwide, state-level ozone source apportionment modeling using the CAMx Ozone Source Apportionment Technology/Anthropogenic Precursor Culpability Analysis (OSAT/APCA) technique 7 to quantify the contribution of 2017 base case NOX and VOC emissions from all sources in each state to projected 2017 ozone concentrations at each air quality monitoring site. In the source apportionment model run, we tracked the ozone formed from each of the following contribution categories (i.e., “tags”):

    7 As part of this technique, ozone formed from reactions between biogenic VOC and NOX with anthropogenic NOX and VOC are assigned to the anthropogenic emissions.

    • States—anthropogenic NOX and VOC emissions from each state tracked individually (emissions from all anthropogenic sectors in a given state were combined);

    • Biogenics—biogenic NOX and VOC emissions domain-wide (i.e., not by state);

    • Boundary Concentrations—concentrations transported into the modeling domain;

    • Tribes—the emissions from those tribal lands for which we have point source inventory data in the 2011 NEI (we did not model the contributions from individual tribes);

    • Canada and Mexico—anthropogenic emissions from sources in the portions of Canada and Mexico included in the modeling domain (we did not model the contributions from Canada and Mexico separately);

    • Fires—combined emissions from wild and prescribed fires; and

    • Offshore—combined emissions from offshore marine vessels and offshore drilling platforms.

    The CAMx OSAT/APCA model run was performed for the period May 1 through September 30 using the 2017 future base case emissions and 2011 meteorology for this time period. The hourly contributions 8 from each tag were processed to obtain the 8-hour average contributions corresponding to the time period of the 8-hour daily maximum concentration on each day in the 2017 model simulation. This step was performed for those model grid cells containing monitoring sites in order to obtain 8-hour average contributions for each day at the location of each site. The model-predicted contributions were then applied in a relative sense to quantify the contributions to the 2017 average design value at each site. Additional details on the source apportionment modeling and the procedures for calculating contributions can be found in the AQM TSD.

    8 Contributions from anthropogenic emissions under “NOX-limited” and “VOC-limited” chemical regimes were combined to obtain the net contribution from NOX and VOC anthropogenic emissions in each state.

    The average contribution metric is intended to provide a reasonable representation of the contribution from individual states to the projected 2017 design value, based on modeled transport patterns and other meteorological conditions generally associated with modeled high ozone concentrations in the vicinity of the monitoring site. An average contribution metric constructed in this manner is beneficial since the magnitude of the contributions is directly related to the magnitude of the design value at each site.

    The resulting 2017 contributions from each tag to each monitoring site are provided in the AQM TSD. The largest contributions from each state to projected 2017 downwind nonattainment sites and to projected downwind maintenance-only sites are provided in Table 3.

    Table 3—Largest Ozone Contributions From Each State to Downwind 2017 Projected Nonattainment and to 2017 Projected Maintenance-Only Sites [Units are ppb] Upwind state Largest contribution to a 2017 nonattainment site in downwind states Largest contribution to a 2017 maintenance-only site in downwind states Alabama 0.79 1.28 Arizona 1.78 0.41 Arkansas 1.24 2.15 California 1.75 3.44 Colorado 0.36 0.34 Connecticut 0.46 0.41 Delaware 0.68 2.23 District of Columbia 0.73 0.64 Florida 0.57 0.72 Georgia 0.58 0.56 Idaho 0.23 0.35 Illinois 17.48 23.17 Indiana 7.15 14.95 Iowa 0.61 0.85 Kansas 0.80 1.03 Kentucky 11.17 2.14 Louisiana 3.81 4.23 Maine 0.00 0.08 Maryland 2.39 7.11 Massachusetts 0.10 0.37 Michigan 2.69 1.79 Minnesota 0.40 0.47 Mississippi 0.78 1.48 Missouri 1.63 3.69 Montana 0.15 0.17 Nebraska 0.51 0.36 Nevada 0.84 0.73 New Hampshire 0.02 0.07 New Jersey 12.38 11.48 New Mexico 1.05 0.54 New York 16.96 17.21 North Carolina 0.55 0.93 North Dakota 0.14 0.28 Ohio 3.99 7.92 Oklahoma 1.70 2.46 Oregon 0.65 0.65 Pennsylvania 13.51 15.93 Rhode Island 0.02 0.08 South Carolina 0.19 0.21 South Dakota 0.08 0.12 Tennessee 1.67 0.90 Texas 2.44 2.95 Utah 1.59 1.66 Vermont 0.01 0.05 Virginia 5.29 4.70 Washington 0.22 0.09 West Virginia 2.99 3.11 Wisconsin 0.56 2.59 Wyoming 1.22 1.22

    In CSAPR, the EPA used a contribution screening threshold of 1 percent of the NAAQS to identify upwind states in the eastern U.S. that may significantly contribute to downwind nonattainment and/or maintenance problems and which warrant further analysis. The EPA will take comment on the appropriate threshold to be applied for purposes of the 2008 ozone NAAQS in the upcoming rulemaking proposal to address interstate ozone transport for that standard. The EPA is not proposing or taking comment on this threshold as part of this NODA.

    C. Air Quality Modeling Information Available for Public Comment

    The EPA is requesting comment on the components of the 2011 air quality modeling platform, the air quality model applications and model performance evaluation, and the projected 2017 ozone design value concentrations and contribution data. The EPA is also seeking comment on the methodology for calculating contributions at individual monitoring sites. The EPA encourages all states and sources to review and comment on the information provided in this NODA.

    The EPA has placed key information related to the air quality modeling into the electronic docket for this notice (EPA-HQ-OAR-2015-0500) which is available at www.regulations.gov. This includes the AQM TSD, an Excel file which contains the 2009-2013 base period and 2017 projected average and maximum ozone design values at individual monitoring sites, and an Excel file with the ozone contributions from each state and all other source tags to each monitoring site. However, the air quality modeling input and output data files are too large to be directly uploaded into the electronic docket and/or are not in formats accepted by that docket. These air quality modeling files have been placed on a data drive in the docket office. Electronic copies of the non-emissions air quality modeling input files and the air quality modeling output files can also be obtained prior to the end of the comment period by contacting Norm Possiel at [email protected] A detailed description of the 2011 and 2017 emissions data and procedures for accessing and commenting on these data are provided below.

    III. Emissions Data and Methodologies

    The EPA is requesting comment on the updated 2011 and 2017 emission inventories; supporting ancillary files used to allocate emissions temporally, spatially, and by emissions species; and on the emissions modeling methods used to develop the emission inventories, including but not restricted to, the activity data, model input databases, and the projection, control, and closure data used to develop projected 2017 emissions. Summaries of the emission inventories are provided to aid in the review of the data, but comments are sought on the actual inventories, model inputs, data, and methods used to develop the projected emissions.

    A. Instructions for Submitting Emissions Comments and Alternative Emissions Data

    The EPA can most effectively use comments on emissions data that provide specific alternative values to those in the EPA data sets, and for which accompanying documentation supports the alternative values. Commenters should provide the alternative data at a level of detail appropriate to the data set into which it will be incorporated, thereby including all key fields needed to substitute the old data with the new. For example, any data provided as an alternative to the EPA's point source emissions data should include all key fields used to identify point source data such as facility, unit, release point, process, and pollutant, along with alternative emissions values. If a commenter were to provide a new set of county total emissions as an alternative to detailed point source emissions data, the EPA would not be able to use that new data. Commenters should also include documentation that describes methods for development of any alternative values and relevant references supporting the alternative approach.

    Any alternative emission inventory or ancillary data provided should be compatible with the formats used by the Sparse Matrix Operator Kernel Emissions (SMOKE) modeling system version 3.6.5, which is used by the EPA to process emission inventories into a format that can be used for air quality modeling. Formats are defined in the SMOKE Version 3.6.5 User's Manual available from http://www.cmascenter.org/smoke/. Only the rows of data that have changed from those provided by the EPA should be included in the alternative data sets. Alternative data that are not an input to SMOKE, such as model input databases for mobile source models, should be provided in a format in which it could be directly input to the model.

    Commenters wishing to comment on inventory projection methods should submit to the docket comments that describe an alternative approach to the existing methods, along with documentation describing why that method is an improvement over the existing method.

    B. Emissions Information Available for Public Comment

    The released data include emission inventories that represent projected emissions into the atmosphere of criteria and some hazardous air pollutants in the years 2011 and 2017, additional ancillary data files that are used to convert the NEI emissions into a form that can be used for air quality modeling, and methods used to prepare the air quality model inputs and to develop projections of emissions for the year 2017. The platform includes emission inventories for sources at specific locations called point sources; emissions from fire events; and county-level emissions of onroad mobile sources, nonroad mobile sources, and nonpoint stationary sources.

    The provided emission inventories are split into categories called modeling sectors. For example, facility-specific point emission sources are split into electric generating units (EGUs), oil and gas point sources, and other point sources. Nonpoint emission sources are split into agricultural ammonia sources, area fugitive dust sources, non-Category 3 commercial marine and locomotive sources, residential wood sources, oil and gas nonpoint sources, agricultural burning sources, and other nonpoint sources. Additional modeling sectors are onroad and nonroad mobile sources, Category 3 commercial marine sources, and emissions from wild and prescribed fires.

    The emission inventories for the future year of 2017 have been developed using projection methods that are specific to the type of emission source. Future emissions are projected from the 2011 base case either by running models to estimate future year emissions from specific types of emission sources (i.e., EGUs, and onroad and nonroad mobile sources), or for other types of sources by adjusting the base year emissions according to the best estimate of changes expected to occur in the intervening years (i.e., non-EGU point and nonpoint sources).

    For some sectors, the same emissions are used in the base and future years, such as biogenic emissions, wild and prescribed fire emissions, and Canadian emissions. For all other sectors, rules and specific legal obligations that go into effect in the intervening years, along with changes in activity for the sector, are considered when possible. Documentation of the methods used for each sector is provided in the TSD Preparation of Emissions Inventories for the Version 6.2, 2011 Emissions Modeling Platform, which can be found in the docket for this notice.

    Emission projections for EGUs for 2017 were developed using the Integrated Planning Model (IPM). The National Electric Energy Data System (NEEDS) database contains the generation unit records used for the model plants that represent existing and planned/committed units in EPA modeling applications of IPM. The NEEDS database includes basic geographic, operating, air emissions, and other data on these generating units and is updated for the EPA's version 5.14 power sector modeling platform. The EGU emission projections included in this data release are reported in an air quality modeling-ready flat file taken from the EPA Base Case v.5.14, developed using IPM. The 2017 EGU emission projections in the flat file format, the corresponding NEEDS database, and user guides and documentation are available in the docket for this notice, and at http://www.epa.gov/powersectormodeling.

    To project future emissions from onroad and nonroad mobile sources, the EPA uses the Motor Vehicle Emissions Simulator (MOVES) and the National Mobile Inventory Model (NMIM), respectively. Development of the future year onroad and nonroad emissions requires a substantial amount of lead time and resources. The EPA had already prepared the emissions projections for 2018 when the attainment deadline for Moderate nonattainment areas was revised to July 2018 in the 2008 Ozone SIP Requirements Rule, as discussed above, effectively requiring the agency to adjust its projection year to 2017. Thus, for purposes of this NODA, the EPA calculated the 2017 emissions from mobile sources using post-modeling adjustments to 2018 emissions, but the agency anticipates that it will directly generate the mobile source emissions for 2017 that will be used in the air quality modeling for the final rule to address interstate transport for the 2008 ozone standard. The EPA obtained 2018 projections by running the MOVES and NMIM models using year-specific information about fuel mixtures, activity data, and the impacts of national and state-level rules and control programs. The input databases and future year activity data for onroad mobile sources are provided with the 2011v6.2 platform available at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/chief/emch/index.html#2011. The 2018 onroad and nonroad mobile source emissions were adjusted for 2017 using factors derived from national scale runs of MOVES and NMIM, respectively.

    For non-EGU point and nonpoint sources, projections of 2017 emissions were developed by starting with the 2011 emissions inventories and applying adjustments that represent the impact of national, state, and local rules coming into effect in the years 2012 through 2017, along with the impacts of planned shutdowns, the construction of new plants, specific information provided by states, and specific legal obligations resolving alleged environmental violations, such as consent decrees. Changes in activity are considered for sectors such as oil and gas, residential wood combustion, cement kilns, livestock, aircraft, commercial marine vessels and locomotives. Data files that include factors that represent the changes are provided, along with summaries that quantify the emission changes resulting from the projections at a state and national level.

    The provided data include relevant emissions inventories for neighboring countries used in our modeling, specifically the 2010 emissions inventories for Canada and the 2008 and 2018 emissions inventories for Mexico. Canadian emissions for a future year were not available.

    Ancillary data files used to allocate annual emissions to the hourly, gridded emissions of chemical species used by the air quality model are also provided. The types of ancillary data files include temporal profiles that allocate annual and monthly emissions down to days and hours, spatial surrogates that allocate county-level emissions onto the grid cells used by the AQM, and speciation profiles that allocate the pollutants in the NEI to the chemical species used by the air quality model. In addition, there are temporal, spatial, and speciation cross-reference files that map the emission sources in the emission inventories to the appropriate profiles based on their location, emissions source classification code (SCC), and, in some cases, the specific facility or unit. With the exception of some speciation profiles and temporal profiles for EGUs and mobile sources, the same ancillary data files are used to prepare the 2011 and 2017 emissions inventories for air quality modeling.

    Information related to this section is located in the docket. However, as mentioned above, some of the emissions data files are too large to be directly uploaded into the electronic docket and/or are not in formats accepted by that docket. Therefore, the information placed in the electronic docket, associated detailed data, and summaries to help with interpretation of the data are available for public review with the 2011v6.2 platform available on the Emissions Modeling Clearinghouse on the EPA's Web site at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/chief/emch/index.html#2011. Requests for electronic copies of pre-merged, intermediate and air quality model-ready emissions files for input to air quality modeling can be obtained by contacting Alison Eyth at [email protected]

    The emissions inventories, along with many of the ancillary files, are provided in the form of flat files that can be input to SMOKE. Flat files are comma-separated values-style text files with columns and rows that can be loaded into spreadsheet or database software. The columns of interest in the emission inventory files are specified in each subsection below. The EPA specifically requests comment on the following components of the provided emissions modeling inventories and ancillary files:

    Emissions values and supporting data for EGUs. The EPA requests comment on the IPM version 5.14 input assumptions, NEEDS database, 2018 unit-level parsed files because 2017 parsed files are not available, 2017 flat file inputs and outputs (including modifications to the IPM 2018 Base Case to inform 2017 NOX emissions), temporal profiles use to allocate seasonal emissions to hours, and cross references and matching between IPM and NEI.

    Emission values for non-EGU sources. The EPA requests comment on the criteria air pollutant projected 2017 emissions in the modeling inventories, such as NOX, VOC, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter less than 2.5 micrometers, particulate matter less than 10 micrometers, and ammonia, with a focus on the ozone precursors NOX and VOC. The EPA will also accept comments on 2017 projections of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), as they are included in the outputs of models used to develop 2017 emission projections. However, HAPs are not the focus of this effort. The annual emissions values are located in the ANN_VALUE column of emission inventory files in the Flat File 2010 (FF10) format. Some emission inventories (e.g., nonroad) may also have values filled in to the monthly value columns (e.g., JAN_VALUE, FEB_VALUE, . . ., DEC_VALUE). The EPA requests comment on both the annual and monthly emissions values, where applicable. Summaries of emissions by state and county are provided to aid in the review of emissions values.

    Model inputs and activity data used to develop mobile source emission inventories. The EPA requests comment on the mobile source model input data used to develop the projected future mobile source emission inventories. These include both the databases used to create emission factors and the vehicle miles traveled and vehicle population activity data used to compute the emissions. Of particular interest are county total vehicle miles traveled, the mixture of vehicle types in 2017, hoteling hours of combination long-haul trucks, and changes to the inspection and maintenance programs. Alternative activity data should be provided in the SMOKE FF10 activity data format.

    Projection data and methods. The EPA seeks comment on the data used to project point and nonpoint source emissions from 2011 to 2017, and on the methods and assumptions used to implement the projections. In this context, nonpoint source emissions are inclusive of commercial marine vessel, railroad, oil and gas, and other nonpoint emissions. In particular, the EPA seeks comment on its assumptions regarding the manner in which specific consent decrees and state- or locality-specific control programs will be implemented.

    Existing control techniques. The emission inventories include information on emissions control techniques listed in terms of control codes submitted to the EIS. These are listed in the CONTROL_IDS and CONTROL_MEASURES columns in the emission inventory flat files, with levels of reduction in the ANN_PCT_RED column. Projection of non-EGU point source emissions to future years is dependent on this information. The EPA seeks comment on whether data on existing controls given in the inventory flat files are incomplete or erroneous. The flat files must be consulted for details of control techniques by pollutant.

    Emissions modeling methods. The EPA is using SMOKE version 3.6.5 to prepare data for air quality modeling. The EPA requests comment on the methods by which SMOKE is used to develop air quality model-ready emissions, as illustrated in the scripts provided with the modeling platform and as described in the TSD Preparation of Emissions Inventories for the Version 6.2, 2011 Emissions Modeling Platform, available with the 2011v6.2 platform at http://www.epa.gov/ttn/chief/emch/index.html#2011.

    Temporal allocation. Annual emission inventories must be allocated to hourly values prior to air quality modeling. This may be done with temporal profiles in several steps, such as annual-to-month, month-to-day, and day-to-hour. The exact method used depends on the type of emissions being processed. The EPA seeks comment on the allocation of the emission inventories to month, day, and hour for all types of emission processes. In particular, the EPA seeks information that could help improve the temporal allocation in 2017 of emissions from EGUs, nonroad mobile sources, residential wood combustion sources, and the temporal allocation of vehicle miles traveled needed to model onroad mobile sources. The EPA seeks local- and region-specific data that can be used to improve the temporal allocation of emissions data.

    Spatial surrogates. Spatial surrogates are used to allocate county-level emissions to the grid cells used for air quality modeling. The EPA requests comment on the spatial surrogates used to spatially allocate the 2011 and 2017 emissions. The same spatial surrogates are used in the base and future years.

    Chemical speciation. Prior to air quality modeling, the pollutants in the emission inventories must be converted into the chemical species used by the air quality model using speciation profiles. The speciation profiles provided are consistent with version 4.4 of the SPECIATE database. The EPA requests comment on the provided speciation profiles, as well as any information that could help improve the speciation of oil and gas emissions in both the eastern and western U.S. in 2017. Oil and gas speciation information, along with VOC to TOG adjustment factors that are used to compute methane emissions, would be of the most use at the county or oil/gas basin level of detail and also for each distinct process at oil and gas drilling/production facilities (e.g., glycol dehydrators).

    To aid in the interpretation of the provided data files and how they relate to the aspects of the data on which the EPA is requesting comment, the EPA has provided a summary document in the docket that describes in more detail the provided data and summary files.

    Dated: July 23, 2015. Stephen D. Page, Director, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards.
    [FR Doc. 2015-18878 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA-HQ-OW-2014-0170; FRL—9931-67-OW] RIN 2040-ZA24 Final 2014 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan and 2014 Annual Effluent Guidelines Review Report AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Notice of availability.

    SUMMARY:

    This notice announces the availability of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Final 2014 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan and EPA's 2014 Annual Effluent Guidelines Review Report. Section 304(m) of the Clean Water Act requires EPA to biennially publish a plan for new and revised effluent guidelines, after public notice and comment. The Plan identifies any new or existing industrial categories selected for effluent guidelines and provides a schedule. EPA typically publishes a preliminary plan upon which the public is invited to comment, and then publishes a final plan thereafter. EPA published the Preliminary 2014 Plan on September 16, 2014, and received public comment on it.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Mr. William F. Swietlik, Engineering and Analysis Division, Office of Water, 4303T, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC., 20460; telephone number: (202) 566-1129; fax number: (202) 566-1053; email address: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information

    A. Supporting Documents—Key documents providing additional information about EPA's 2014 annual review and the Final 2014 Plan include the 2014 Effluent Guidelines Review Report and the Final 2014 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan.

    B. How can I get copies of these documents and other related information?

    1. Docket. EPA has established official public dockets for these actions under Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2014-0170. The official public docket is the collection of materials that is available for public viewing at the Water Docket in the EPA Docket Center, (EPA/DC) EPA West, Room 3334, 1301Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    2. Electronic Access. You can access this Federal Register document electronically through the United States government online source for Federal regulations at http://www.regulations.gov.

    3. Internet access. Copies of the supporting documents are available at http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/lawsguidance/cwa/304m/index.cfm

    II. How Is This Document Organized?

    The outline of this notice follows.

    A. Legal Authority B. Summary of the Final 2014 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan A. Legal Authority

    This notice is published under the authority of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. 1251, et seq., and in particular sections 301(d), 304(b), 304(g), 304(m), 306, 307(b) and 308 of the Act, 33 U.S.C. 1311(d), 1314(b), 1314(g), 1314(m), 1316, 1317(b), and 1318.

    B. Summary of the Final 2014 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan

    EPA prepared the Final 2014 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan (the Plan) pursuant to Clean Water Act section 304(m). The Plan provides a summary of EPA's review of effluent guidelines and pretreatment standards, consistent with CWA sections 301(d), 304(b), 304(g), 304(m), and 307(b). It includes EPA's evaluation of indirect discharge categories that do not have categorical pretreatment standards for the purpose of identifying potential new categories for which pretreatment standards under CWA section 307(b) might be warranted. From these reviews, the Plan identifies any new or existing industrial categories selected for effluent guidelines, and provides a schedule. In addition, the Plan presents any new or existing categories of industry selected for further review and analysis. The Final 2014 Plan and the 2014 Annual Review Report can be found at http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/lawsguidance/cwa/304m/index.cfm

    Dated: July 24, 2015. Kenneth J. Kopocis, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Water.
    [FR Doc. 2015-18877 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—Health Disparities Subcommittee (HDS)

    Notice of Cancellation: This notice was published in the Federal Register on July 20, 2015, Volume 80, Number 138, page 42820. The meeting previously scheduled to convene on August 11, 2015 has been cancelled.

    Contact Person for more Information: Leandris Liburd, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.A., Designated Federal Officer, Health Disparities Subcommittee, Advisory Committee to the Director, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road NE., M/S K-77, Atlanta, GA 30333; telephone (770) 488-8200, Email: [email protected]

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities, for both CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    Catherine Ramadei, Acting Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19040 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163-18-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Request for Nominations of Candidates To Serve on the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Control Advisory Committee (BCCEDCAC)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is soliciting nominations for membership on The Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection and Control Advisory Committee. The committee provides advice and guidance to the Secretary, HHS, and the Director, CDC, regarding the early detection and control of breast and cervical cancer. The committee makes recommendations regarding national program goals and objectives; implementation strategies; program priorities, including surveillance, epidemiologic investigations, education and training, information dissemination, professional interactions and collaborations, and policy.

    Nominations are being sought for individuals who have expertise and qualifications necessary to contribute to the accomplishments of the committee's objectives. The Secretary, HHS, acting through the Director, CDC, shall appoint to the advisory committee nominees with expertise in breast cancer, cervical cancer, medicine, public health, behavioral science, epidemiology, radiology, pathology, clinical medical care, health education, and surveillance. Two members may be representatives of the general public with personal experience in issues related to breast or cervical cancer early detection and control. Members may be invited to serve for up to four years.

    The next cycle of selection of candidates will conclude in the Fall of 2015, for selection of potential nominees to replace members whose terms will end on March 31, 2016. Selection of members is based on candidates' qualifications to contribute to the accomplishment of BCCEDCAC objectives (http://www.cdc.gov/maso/FACM/facmBCCEDCAC.htm). The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will give close attention to equitable geographic distribution and to minority and female representation so long as the effectiveness of the Committee is not impaired. Appointments shall be made without discrimination on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, HIV status, disability, and cultural, religious, or socioeconomic status. Consideration is given to a broad representation of geographic areas within the U.S., with diverse representation of both genders, all ethnic and racial groups, and persons with disabilities. Nominees must be U.S. citizens, and cannot be full-time employees of the U.S. Government.

    Candidates should submit the following items:

    Current curriculum vitae or resume, including complete contact information (name, affiliation, mailing address, telephone numbers, fax number, email address)

    A 150 word biography for the nominee;

    At least one letter of recommendation from a person(s) not employed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Candidates may submit letter(s) from current HHS employees if they wish, but at least one letter must be submitted by a person not employed by HHS.

    Nominations should be submitted ((postmarked or received)) by September 25, 2015.

    Electronic submissions: You may submit nominations, including attachments, electronically to [email protected].

    Regular, Express or Overnight Mail: Written nominations may be submitted to the following addressee only: Ms. Jameka Reese Blackmon, M.B.A., C.M.P., c/o BCCEDCAC Secretariat, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3719 North Peachtree Road, Bldg. 100 Chamblee, GA 30341. Telephone and facsimile submissions cannot be accepted.

    Nominations may be submitted by the candidate or by the person/organization recommending the candidate.

    Candidates invited to serve will be asked to submit the “Executive Branch Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE 450” for Special Government Employees Serving on Federal Advisory Committees at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This form allows CDC to determine whether there is a conflict of interest between that person's public responsibilities as a Special Government Employee and private interests and activities, or the appearance of a lack of impartiality, as defined by Federal regulation. The form may be viewed and downloaded at http://www.usoge.gov/forms/oge450_pdf/oge450_accessible.pdf. This form should not be submitted as part of the nomination.

    Contact Person for More Information: Jameka R. Blackmon, MBA, CMP, Designated Federal Officer, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC, 4770 Buford Hwy., NE., Mailstop F76, Atlanta, Georgia, 30341, Telephone (770) 488-4880; Fax (770) 488-4760; Email: [email protected].

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities, for both the Centers for Disease Control and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    Catherine Ramadei, Acting Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19041 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163-18-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [60-Day-15-1006; Docket No. CDC-2015-0061] Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations AGENCY:

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION:

    Notice with comment period.

    SUMMARY:

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as part of its continuing efforts to reduce public burden and maximize the utility of government information, 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. This notice invites comment on a proposed information collection extension for the CDC [email protected]® Program: Phase 2 Training and Technical Assistance Evaluation. The [email protected]® Program is a comprehensive workplace training program designed to improve employer knowledge and skills related to effective, science-based workplace health programs, and support the adoption of these programs in the workplace.

    DATES:

    Written comments must be received on or before October 5, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. CDC-2015-0061 by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Regulation.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Mail: Leroy A. Richardson, Information Collection Review Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., MS-D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and Docket Number. All relevant comments received will be posted without change to Regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to Regulations.gov.

    Please note:

    All public comment should be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking portal (Regulations.gov) or by U.S. mail to the address listed above.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the information collection plan and instruments, contact the Information Collection Review Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., MS-D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329; phone: 404-639-7570; Email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. In addition, the PRA also requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each new proposed collection, each proposed extension of existing collection of information, and each reinstatement of previously approved information collection before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, we are publishing this notice of a proposed data collection as described below.

    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 collection of information; (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 respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. Burden means the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. This includes the time needed to review instructions; to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information, to search data sources, to complete and review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise disclose the information.

    Proposed Project

    CDC [email protected]® Program: Phase 2 Training and Technical Assistance Evaluation (OMB No. 0920-1006, exp. date 1/31/2016)—Extension—National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Background and Brief Description

    In the United States, chronic diseases, such as heart disease, obesity, and diabetes are among the leading causes of death and disability. Although chronic diseases are among the most common and costly health problems, they are also among the most preventable. Adopting healthy behaviors—such as eating nutritious foods, being physically active and avoiding tobacco use—can prevent the devastating effects and reduce the rates of these diseases.

    Employers are recognizing the role they can play in creating healthy work environments and providing employees with opportunities to make healthy lifestyle choices. To support these efforts, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) developed the [email protected]® Program, a comprehensive worksite health training program which includes the development of a worksite health training curriculum and delivery of training to employers nationwide to improve the health of workers and their families. The [email protected]® Program is authorized by the Public Health Service Act and funded through the Prevention and Public Health Fund of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The [email protected]® curriculum uses a problem-solving approach to improve employer knowledge and skills related to effective, science-based workplace health programs, and support the adoption of these programs in the workplace. Topics covered in the [email protected]® curriculum include principles, strategies, and tools for leadership engagement; how to make a business case for workplace health programs; how to assess the needs of organizations and individual employees; how to plan, implement, and evaluate sustainable workplace health programs; and how to partner with community organizations for additional support.

    CDC began the full-scale implementation and evaluation of the [email protected]® Program in Winter/Spring 2014 ([email protected]® Program: Phase 2 Training and Technical Assistance Evaluation, OMB No. 0920-1006, exp. date 1/31/2016). During the initial two-year clearance period, the target number of trainees was 1,200. Information was collected from trainees and employers to support program recruitment, implementation, and evaluation.

    CDC is requesting OMB approval to extend information collection for three years. There are no changes to information collection methods or instruments. The target number of new trainees is 1,200. There are minor changes to the burden table as a result of annualizing responses over a three-year period instead of a two-year period. The expansion of the [email protected]® program will foster the creation of far-reaching networks to help develop a sustainable worksite wellness network.

    CDC will offer training in four models (formats): (1) A “Hands-on” instructor-led workshop model; (2) a self-paced “Online” model; (3) a combination or “Blended” model; and (4) a “Train-the-Trainer” model designed to prepare qualified individuals to train other employers using the [email protected]® curricula. Employers who complete the Hands-on, Online, and Blended model trainings will be invited to participate in peer learning networks and receive technical assistance from coaches to support their efforts to implement or enhance their workplace health programs. Technical assistance will also be provided to the individuals who complete the Train-the-Trainer model to help prepare them to provide the [email protected]® training to employers. Training graduates may be eligible for advanced technical assistance and training from CDC at a later date, through the expanded [email protected]® Advance Program.

    To be eligible for the Hands-on, Online, and Blended model trainings, employers must have a minimum of 20 employees, a valid business license, and have been in business for at least one year. In addition, they must offer health insurance to their employees and have at least minimal workplace health program knowledge and experience. Applicants for the Train-the-Trainer model must have previous knowledge, training and experience with workplace health programs and an interest in becoming instructors for the [email protected]® program. They may be referred by employers, health departments, business coalitions, trade associations, or other organizations.

    CDC will collect a combination of qualitative and quantitative data elements for analysis. These analyses will be supplemented with interview data collected for approximately six case studies. Outcome evaluation will therefore include a descriptive component as well as statistical models to assess the extent to which the program affected the target outcomes. Employers will be recruited to participate in the [email protected]® training and evaluation scheduled to begin in the Winter of 2016. The training models will be evaluated by assessing the participating employers' changes in readiness to develop or enhance a worksite health program; environmental elements of the physical worksite such as facilities; aggregate employee participation in programs and community partnership activities; and elements of worksite structure, practices, and policies related to health and safety. CDC will also assess trainees' knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors related to worksite health and their reaction to the [email protected]® training, including their satisfaction with the training and opinions about whether it met their needs. CDC will not collect individual-level health data for this project.

    Participation is voluntary and there are no costs to respondents other than their time.

    Estimated Annualized Burden Hours Type of
  • respondent
  • Form name Number of
  • respondents
  • Number of
  • responses per
  • respondent
  • Avg. burden
  • per response
  • (in hrs.)
  • Total burden
  • (in hrs.)
  • Interested Employer Employer Application Form 400 1 20/60 133 Employers Participating in [email protected]® CDC Worksite Health Scorecard 320 1 30/60 160 Organizational Assessment 320 1 15/60 80 Employer Follow-up Survey 160 1 15/60 40 Case Study Interviews with Senior Leadership 2 1 1 2 Case Study Interviews with Employees 4 1 1 4 Trainees Participating in the [email protected]® Program (Hands-on, Online, Blended models) Trainee KAB Survey 640 1 20/60 213 Trainee Reaction Survey—Hands-On Model 100 1 15/60 25 Trainee Reaction Survey—Online Model 120 1 15/60 30 Trainee Reaction Survey—Blended Model 100 1 15/60 25 Trainee Technical Assistance Survey 640 1 15/60 160 Case Study Interviews with Selected Trainees 10 1 1 10 Trainee Focus Group Discussion Guide 7 1 1.5 14 Interested Train-the-Trainer Participants Train-the-Trainer Application Form 120 1 30/60 60 Trainees Participating in the [email protected]® Program (Train-the-Trainer model) Train-the-Trainer Participant Survey 80 1 20/60 27 Trainee Reaction Survey—Train-the-Trainer Model 40 1 15/60 10 Train-the-Trainer Trainee Technical Assistance Survey 80 1 15/60 20 Trainees participating in the [email protected]® Program Wave 2 Wave 2 Trainee Reaction Survey 200 1 15/60 50 [email protected]® Instructors/Coaches Instructor/Coach Group Discussion Guide 7 1 30/60 4 Total 1,064
    Leroy A. Richardson, Chief, Information Collection Review Office, Office of Scientific Integrity, Office of the Associate Director for Science, Office of the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19042 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163-18-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [Document Identifier CMS-224-14] Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS' intention to collect information from the public. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information, and to allow a second opportunity for public comment on the notice. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding the burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: (1) The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden.

    DATES:

    Comments on the collection(s) of information must be received by the OMB desk officer by September 3, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    When commenting on the proposed information collections, please reference the document identifier or OMB control number. To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations must be received by the OMB desk officer via one of the following transmissions: OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: CMS Desk Officer, Fax Number: (202) 395-5806 or, Email: [email protected].

    To obtain copies of a supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed collection(s) summarized in this notice, you may make your request using one of following:

    1. Access CMS' Web site address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PaperworkReductionActof1995.

    2. Email your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to [email protected]

    3. Call the Reports Clearance Office at (410) 786-1326.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Reports Clearance Office at (410) 786-1326.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. The term “collection of information” is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) requires federal agencies to publish a 30-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, CMS is publishing this notice that summarizes the following proposed collection(s) of information for public comment:

    1. Type of Information Collection Request: New collection (Request for a new OMB control number); Title of Information Collection: Federally Qualified Health Center Cost Report Form; Use: Providers of services participating in the Medicare program are required under sections 1815(a) and 1861(v)(1)(A) of the Act (42 U.S.C. 1395g) to submit annual information to achieve settlement of costs for health care services rendered to Medicare beneficiaries. In addition, regulations at 42 CFR 413.20 and 413.24 require adequate cost data and cost reports from providers on an annual basis. The form CMS-224-14 cost report is needed to determine a provider's reasonable costs incurred in furnishing medical services to Medicare beneficiaries and reimbursement due to or from a provider. Form Number: CMS-224-14 (OMB control number 0938—New); Frequency: Yearly; Affected Public: Private sector—For-profit and Not-for-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 1,296; Total Annual Responses: 1,296; Total Annual Hours: 75,168. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Julie Stankivic at 410-786-5725).

    Dated: July 30, 2015. William N. Parham, III, Director, Paperwork Reduction Staff, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19075 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    Title: Initial Medical Exam Form and Initial Dental Exam Form.

    OMB No.: 0970-NEW.

    Description: The Administration for Children and Families' Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) places unaccompanied minors in their custody in licensed care provider facilities until reunification with a qualified sponsor. Care provider facilities are required to provide children with services such as classroom education, mental health services, and health care. Pursuant to Exhibit 1, part A.2 of the Flores Settlement Agreement (Jenny Lisette Flores, et al., v. Janet Reno, Attorney General of the United States, et al., Case No. CV 85-4544-RJK (C.D. Cal. 1996), care provider facilities, on behalf of ORR, shall arrange for appropriate routine medical and dental care, family planning services, and emergency health care services, including a complete medical examination (including screening for infectious disease) within 48 hours of admission, excluding weekends and holidays, unless the minor was recently examined at another facility; appropriate immunizations in accordance with the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS), Center for Disease Control; administration of prescribed medication and special diets; appropriate mental health interventions when necessary for each minor in their care.

    The forms are to be used as worksheets for clinicians, medical staff, and the health department to compile information that would otherwise have been collected during the initial medical or dental exam. Once completed, the forms will be given to shelter staff for data entry into ORR's electronic data repository known as the `UAC Portal'. Data will be used to record UC health on admission and for case management of any identified illnesses/conditions.

    Respondents: Clinicians, Health Department staff, Office of Refugee Resettlement Grantee staff.

    Annual Burden Estimates Instrument Number of
  • respondents
  • Number of
  • responses per
  • respondent
  • Average
  • burden hours per
  • response
  • Total burden hours
    Estimated Respondent Burden for Responding Initial Medical Exam Form (including Appendix A: Supplemental TB Screening Form) 150 270 0.17 6,885 Initial Dental Exam Form 150 27 0.08 324

    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 7,209.

    Annual Burden Estimates Instrument Number of
  • respondents
  • Number of
  • responses per
  • respondent
  • Average
  • burden hours per
  • response
  • Total burden hours
    Estimated Respondent Burden for Recordkeeping Initial Medical Exam Form (including Appendix A: Supplemental TB Screening Form) 150 270 0.08 3,240 Initial Dental Exam Form 150 27 0.08 324

    Estimated Total Annual Burden 3,564.

    Additional Information: Copies of the proposed collection may be obtained by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 370 L'Enfant Promenade SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection. Email address: [email protected].

    OMB Comment: OMB is required to make a decision concerning the collection of information between 30 and 60 days after publication of this document in the Federal Register. Therefore, a comment is best assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent directly to the following: Office of Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project, Email: [email protected], Attn: Desk Officer for the Administration for Children and Families.

    Robert Sargis, Reports Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19001 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    Title: Trafficking Victim Assistance Program Data.

    OMB No.: 0970—NEW.

    Description: The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA), as amended, authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to expand benefits and services to foreign nationals in the United States who are victims of severe forms of trafficking in persons. Such benefits and services may include services to assist potential victims of trafficking. (Section 107(b)(1)(B) of the TVPA, 22 U.S.C. 7105(b)(1)(B)).

    The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) intends to award cooperative agreements in fiscal year 2015 to approximately three organizations that will ensure national coverage. The awarded organization must provide comprehensive case management and referrals to qualified persons, either directly through its own organization or by partnering with other organizations through contracts or both.

    Persons qualified for services under this grant are victims of a severe form of trafficking in persons who have received certification from HHS; potential victims of a severe form of trafficking who are actively seeking to achieve HHS certification; family members with derivative T visas, and minor dependent children of foreign victims of severe forms of trafficking in persons or potential victims of trafficking.

    To help measure each grant project's performance and the success of the program in assisting participants, to assist grantees to assess and improve their projects over the course of the project period, and to fulfill instructions for a consolidated report to several committees of the House of Representatives, ACF proposes to collect information from TVAP grant project participants through the grantees on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis, including participant demographics (age, sex, and country of origin), type of trafficking experienced (sex, labor, or both), immigration status during participation, types of health screening and medical services received, the names of the entities providing medical services, and the amount of money expended on each type of medical service provided.

    This information will help ACF assess the project's performance in assisting victims of trafficking and will better enable TVAP grantees to meet the program objectives and to monitor and evaluate the quality of case management services provided by any subcontractors. ACF will also include aggregate information in reports to Congress to help inform strategies and policies to assist victims of human trafficking.

    Respondents: Individual participants in TVAP projects.

    Annual Burden Estimates Instrument Number of
  • respondents
  • Number of
  • responses per
  • respondent
  • Average
  • burden hours
  • per response
  • Total burden hours
    Request for Information 1250 1 .25 312.5

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 312.5.

    Additional Information: Copies of the proposed collection may be obtained by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 370 L'Enfant Promenade SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. All requests should be identified by the title of the Information collection. Email address: [email protected]

    OMB Comment: OMB is required to make a decision concerning the collection of information between 30 and 60 days after publication of this document in the Federal Register. Therefore, a comment is best assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent directly to the following: Office of Management and Budget, Paperwork Reduction Project, Email: [email protected], Attn: Desk Officer for the Administration for Children and Families.

    Robert Sargis, Reports Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19035 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Proposed Projects

    Title: 45 CFR 303.7—Provision of Services in Intergovernmental IV-D; Federally Approved Forms.

    OMB No.: 0970-0085.

    Description: Public Law 104-193, the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, amended 42 U.S.C. 666 to require State Child Support Enforcement (CSE) agencies to enact the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA) into State law by January 1, 1998. Section 311(b) of UIFSA requires the States to use forms mandated by Federal law. 45 CFR 303.7 also requires child support programs to use federally-approved forms in intergovernmental IV-D cases unless a country has provided alternative forms as a part of its chapter in a Caseworker's Guide to Processing Cases with Foreign Reciprocating Countries.

    Respondents: State agencies administering a child support program under title IV-D of the Social Security Act.

    Annual Burden Estimates Instrument Number of
  • respondents
  • Number of
  • responses per
  • respondent
  • Average
  • burden hours per
  • response
  • Total burden hours
    Transmittal #1—Initial Request 54 19,440 0.17 178,459.20 Transmittal #1—Initial Request Acknowledgement * 54 19,440 0.05 52,488.00 Transmittal #2—Subsequent Action 54 14,580 0.08 62,985.60 Transmittal #3—Request for Assistance/Discovery 54 2,700 0.08 11,664.00 Uniform Support Petition 54 6,480 0.05 17,496.00 General Testimony 54 6,480 0.33 115,473.60 Declaration in Support of Establishing Parentage 54 2,700 0.15 21,870.00 Locate Data Sheet 54 388 0.05 1,047.60 Notice of Determination of Controlling Order 54 54 0.25 729.00 Letter of Transmittal Requesting Registration 54 14,310 0.08 61,819.20 Personal Identifiable Information (PII) Form * 54 37,584 0.05 101,476.80 Request for Change of Support Payment Location Pursuant to UIFSA 319(b) * 54 27,000 0.05 72,900.00 Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 698,409.00 *—New Forms

    In compliance with the requirements of Section 506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described above. Copies of the proposed collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. Email address: [email protected] All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection.

    The Department specifically requests comments 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 collection of information; (c) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden 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 within 60 days of this publication.

    Robert Sargis, Reports Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-18987 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. FDA-2015-N-2390] Evidentiary Considerations for Integration of Biomarkers in Drug Development; Notice of Public Meeting; Request for Comments AGENCY:

    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice of public meeting; request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in collaboration with the University of Maryland's Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation and the Critical Path Institute, is announcing a public workshop entitled “Evidentiary Considerations for Integration of Biomarkers in Drug Development.” The purpose of the meeting is to discuss current scientific approaches to biomarker development, acceptance, and utility in drug and biologic (hereafter referred to as therapeutic product) development programs.

    DATES:

    The meeting will be held on August 21, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES:

    The meeting will be held at the University of Maryland, Pharmacy Hall, 20 North Pine St., Baltimore, MD 21201. For additional travel and hotel information, please refer to www.pharmacy.umaryland.edu/cersibiomarkers. (FDA has verified the Web site addresses throughout this notice, but FDA is not responsible for subsequent changes to the Web sites after this document publishes in the Federal Register).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ann Anonsen, University of Maryland, Fischell Dept. of Bioengineering, 2207 Jeong H. Kim Bldg., College Park, MD 20742, 301-405-0285, FAX: 304-405-9953, [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Background

    The purpose of this public workshop is to facilitate a unique opportunity for relevant stakeholders from industry, academia, and FDA to discuss biomarker development and provide a framework for evidentiary considerations required for biomarker qualification. The objective of the workshop is to discuss evidentiary considerations for use of clinical safety and enrichment biomarkers in drug development.

    A. Registration

    There is a registration fee to attend this meeting. The registration fee is charged to help defray the costs for facilities, materials, and food. Seats are limited, and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

    To register, please complete registration online at http://www.pharmacy.umaryland.edu/cersibiomarkers. (FDA has verified the Web address, but FDA is not responsible for subsequent changes to the Web site after this document publishes in the Federal Register). The costs of registration for the different categories of attendees are as follows:

    Category Cost Industry Representatives $50 Charitable Nonprofit/Academic 50 Government 0 B. Accommodations

    Attendees are responsible for their own hotel accommodations. If you need special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Ann Anonsen (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

    II. Comments

    Interested persons may submit electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov or written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. It is only necessary to send one set of comments. Identify all comments with the corresponding docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document. Received comments 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.

    Dated: July 29, 2015. Leslie Kux, Associate Commissioner for Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19037 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Indian Health Service [Funding Announcement Number: HHS-2016-IHS-SDPI-0001; Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.237] Special Diabetes Program for Indians; Community-Directed Grant Program; Announcement Type: New and Competing Continuation Key Dates

    Application Deadline Date: October 7, 2015.

    Review Date: October 19-November 6, 2015.

    Earliest Anticipated Start Date: January 1, 2016.

    Signed Tribal Resolution(s) Due Date: October 16, 2015.

    Proof of Non-Profit Status Due Date: October 7, 2015.

    I. Funding Opportunity Description Statutory Authority

    The Indian Health Service (IHS) Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) is accepting new and competing continuation cooperative agreement applications for the Community-Directed Grant Program. This program is authorized by Section 330C of the Public Health Service Act, codified at 42 U.S.C. 254c-3, as amended, and by the Snyder Act, 25 U.S.C. 13. This program is described in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) under 93.237.

    Background

    Diabetes is a complex and costly chronic disease that requires tremendous long-term efforts to prevent and treat. Although diabetes is a nationwide public health problem, American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) people are disproportionately affected. In 2012, 15.9% of AI/AN people aged 20 years or older had diagnosed diabetes, compared to 7.6% of non-Hispanic white people [CDC, 2014 (http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/statsreport14/national-diabetes-report-web.pdf)]. In addition, AI/AN people have higher rates of diabetes-related morbidity and mortality than the general U.S. population [O'Connell, 2012 (http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/33/7/1463.full?sid=f3c75e2c-5b22-479b-ac82-6e96b5f7576c); Cho, 2014 (http://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/full/10.2105/AJPH.2014.301968)]. Strategies to address the prevention and treatment of diabetes in AI/AN communities are urgently needed.

    In response to the burgeoning diabetes epidemic among AI/AN people, Congress established the SDPI through the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. SDPI is a $150 million per year program that provides grants for diabetes treatment and prevention services. SDPI is administered by IHS, with programmatic oversight provided by the IHS Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention (Division of Diabetes).

    Over 330 programs have received SDPI Community-Directed grants annually since 1998. A Congressional re-authorization in 2015 extended SDPI through FY 2017.

    Purpose

    The purpose of this IHS cooperative agreement is to provide diabetes treatment and/or prevention activities and/or services (also referred to as “activities/services”) for AI/AN communities. Grantees will implement one SDPI Diabetes Best Practice (also referred to as “Best Practice”) and report data on its Required Key Measure. Grantees may also implement other activities/services based on diabetes-related community needs and develop an evaluation plan. Activities/services will be aimed at reducing the risk of diabetes in at-risk individuals, providing high quality care to those with diagnosed diabetes, and/or reducing the complications of diabetes.

    II. Award Information Type of Award

    Cooperative Agreement.

    Estimated Funds Available

    The total amount of funding identified for fiscal year (FY) 2016 is approximately $130.2 million. Individual award amounts are anticipated to be between $12,500 and $6.5 million with an average award amount of approximately $300,000.

    The funding formula which determines the funds available to each IHS area has been determined through Tribal consultation. Within each area, grantee Tribes provide input on the formula which determines the amount of funding available for each successful applicant.

    • Current SDPI Community-Directed grantees should budget for the same amount as they received in FY 2015. However, funding amounts may change. See the paragraph below for additional information.

    • New SDPI Community-Directed grant applicants should apply for a $12,500 base amount.

    The amount of funding available for competing and continuation awards issued under this announcement are subject to the availability of appropriations and budgetary priorities of the Agency. The IHS is under no obligation to make awards that are selected for funding under this announcement.

    Anticipated Number of Awards

    Approximately 325-450 awards will be issued under this program announcement.

    Project Period

    January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2020.

    Cooperative Agreement

    Cooperative agreements awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are administered under the same policies as a grant. The funding agency (IHS) is required to have substantial programmatic involvement in the project during the entire award segment. Below is a detailed description of the level of involvement required for both IHS and the grantee. IHS will be responsible for activities listed under section A and the grantee will be responsible for activities listed under section B as stated:

    Substantial Involvement Description for Cooperative Agreement A. IHS Involvement

    1. IHS Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention (Division of Diabetes): The Division of Diabetes will provide general programmatic oversight, coordination, leadership, and resources. Detailed responsibilities include:

    a. Communication and technical assistance

    i. Maintain a Community-Directed grantee email list and provide updates and announcements via email.

    ii. Maintain and update the Division of Diabetes Web site: www.diabetes.ihs.gov

    iii. Maintain and update SDPI Community-Directed Grant Program Web pages (http://www.ihs.gov/MedicalPrograms/Diabetes/index.cfm?module=sdpi_hub), which provide information and resources regarding the cooperative agreement, including:

    (1) Information sessions—Recorded webinars available to view on demand and provide a review of the programmatic Terms and Conditions and overview of application or report-specific resources.

    (2) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)—Updated annually, this Web page provides answers to common questions about SDPI Community-Directed grants.

    (3) Additional resources—Documents and links from the Division of Diabetes and the Division of Grants Management (DGM).

    (4) New to SDPI—Provides information for new grantees and/or staff.

    b. Provide Question and Answer (Q&A) Sessions: The Division of Diabetes will hold regular Q&A sessions regarding application and report processes via live webinars. Sessions will be held regularly one month before the due date for each application and report. These sessions will provide the following:

    i. Review of programmatic Terms and Conditions.

    ii. Overview of report or application instructions, templates and resources.

    iii. Opportunity for attendees to ask questions.

    c. Create and provide instructions and templates for the Semi-Annual and Annual Progress Reports.

    d. Create and provide instructions and Project Narrative template(s) for continuation applications.

    e. Maintain and update the SDPI Diabetes Best Practices.

    f. Provide resources, tools, support, and training for facilities to conduct IHS Diabetes Care and Outcomes Audits.

    g. Create and provide support for the SDPI Outcomes System (SOS) which grantees will use to track and report on Required Key Measure (RKM) data.

    h. Establish SDPI grantee training requirements.

    i. Provide or coordinate SDPI grantee training sessions and record them.

    2. Area Diabetes Consultant (ADC): Diabetes expert located in each IHS area with the following responsibilities:

    a. Serves as the project officer for the SDPI Community-Directed Grant Programs in their IHS area. The project officer is a federal program staff person who is responsible for managing and monitoring the progress of grantees.

    b. Serves as a liaison between the SDPI grant programs, Division of Diabetes, and DGM.

    c. Helps coordinate an extensive Indian health system diabetes network to facilitate information flow between local and national levels.

    d. Provides diabetes training and resources to health care and wellness professionals and paraprofessionals in the Indian health system.

    e. Works with the Division of Diabetes to translate and disseminate the latest scientific findings on diabetes treatment and prevention to AI/AN communities.

    3. IHS Division of Grants Management: Official grants management office. Provides complete monitoring and oversight for all financial business management and administration for the life cycle of the grant award. First contact for all financial grants operations and policy requirements for compliance of the grant award terms and conditions. Contact office for the Grants Management Specialist (GMS), Grants Management Officer, Chief Grants Management Officer and Acting Director of Grants Management Operations and Policy. Works on a daily basis with all grants award recipients to provide guidance on all grants management questions and concerns.

    B. Grantee Cooperative Agreement Award Activities

    All awardees (grantees) will need to meet the following requirements. All requirements, including these programmatic requirements, will also be provided as an attachment in the Notice of Award.

    1. Diabetes Treatment and Prevention Activities and Services: Grantees must provide activities/services that:

    a. Meet the purpose of this FOA (see section I above) which is to provide diabetes treatment and/or prevention services and activities/services for AI/AN communities.

    b. Are targeted at reducing risk factors for diabetes and related conditions.

    c. Address diabetes-related issues as identified in the grantee's needs assessment.

    d. Implement a selected Best Practice and its RKM (see item 2 directly below).

    e. Utilize SDPI funds as outlined in the grantee's Budget Narrative.

    2. SDPI Diabetes Best Practices (Best Practices): The Best Practices (http://www.ihs.gov/MedicalPrograms/Diabetes/index.cfm?module=programsSDPIcommunityDirectedApp) were updated for FY 2016 to include the latest scientific findings and recommendations. Grantees must select one Best Practice and implement activities/services aimed at improving the RKM from their selected Best Practice. Grantees will report on RKM data via the SDPI Outcomes System.

    3. SDPI Outcomes System (SOS): Data for the RKM will be reported using the new SOS. Grantees will enter results for the RKM for their selected Best Practice into this system at the start and end of the budget period, with the option to enter more frequently. The system will generate reports of these results to meet the SDPI outcomes reporting requirements. These results will be stored in the system and accessible to program staff as needed. Grantees will need to appoint at least one person in their program to get access to and add RKM data into the SOS.

    4. IHS Diabetes Care and Outcomes Audit (Diabetes Audit): SDPI Community-Directed grantees are required to participate in the Annual Diabetes Audit (http://www.ihs.gov/MedicalPrograms/Diabetes/index.cfm?module=resourcesAudit). Grantees must review the results and submit a copy of the Annual Diabetes Audit Report with their continuation applications. Non-clinical or community-based grantees that are not able to directly participate in the Diabetes Audit will need to acquire a copy of the Annual Diabetes Audit Report from their local facility or ADC.

    5. Collaboration: Grantee must agree to:

    a. Consult with and accept guidance from the Division of Diabetes, the DGM, and their ADC/Federal project officer(s) and/or designated assignee(s). In addition, sub-grantees must agree to consult with and accept guidance from their primary grantee.

    b. Respond promptly to requests for information.

    c. Attend required meetings and trainings.

    d. Provide short presentations on their processes and successes, as requested.

    e. Keep the above entities (see item a. above) informed of emerging issues, developments, and challenges that may affect the grantee's ability to comply with the grant Terms and Conditions and/or any requirements.

    6. Program Coordinator: Grantees must have an officially approved (by the IHS project officer) program coordinator with the following qualifications:

    a. Relevant health or wellness education and/or experience.

    b. Experience with grant program management, including skills in program coordination, budgeting, reporting, and supervision of staff.

    c. Working knowledge of diabetes.

    The program coordinator will also be the primary email contact to entities listed in item B.5. above under “Collaboration.” All SDPI grant program staff should be routinely updated by the program coordinator with information and requirements related to their program's activities/services.

    7. Hardware/software requirements: The hardware and software items listed below are required in order for grantees to access application and report materials, Web sites, and training forums relevant to this grant:

    a. Desktop or laptop computer (recommended: Purchased in 2010 or later).

    b. Internet access (recommended: High speed).

    c. Internet browser software (recommended: Microsoft® Internet Explorer, version 10.0 or higher).

    d. Adobe software compatibility for using Grants.gov. For more information: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/adobe-software-compatibility.html

    e. Adobe Connect webinar capability. For more information: https://na1cps.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

    In addition to the requirements above, it is recommended that grantees have Microsoft Office software, version 2010 or higher.

    8. Semi-Annual Progress Report: Grantees must adhere to reporting requirements as specified by grants policy. See section VI.4 for details. In addition, a programmatic Semi-Annual Progress Report will be required in the middle of the grantee's budget period. Details, instructions, and a report template will be made available on the following Web page: http://www.ihs.gov/MedicalPrograms/Diabetes/index.cfm?module=programsSDPIcommunityDirectedMidReportingReq

    9. Required Trainings: Grantees must participate in SDPI required trainings offered by the Division of Diabetes. Training sessions will be primarily live webinars that will be recorded for those not able to attend the live sessions. Grantees will be expected to:

    a. Participate in interactive discussion or chats during conference calls or webinars.

    b. Share activities, tools, and results.

    c. Share problems encountered and how barriers are overcome.

    d. Keep track of participation whether live or recorded.

    The SDPI grantee training requirements will be provided on the following Division of Diabetes Web page: http://www.ihs.gov/MedicalPrograms/Diabetes/index.cfm?module=programsSDPIcommunityDirectedTraining

    10. Grantees that propose sub-grantees: A sub-grantee is an entity that has an arrangement between a primary grantee institution and one or more participating institutions in support of a project. Primary grantee responsibilities include:

    a. Providing oversight and coordination to ensure sub-grantees adhere to the grant requirements as listed in this cooperative agreement.

    b. Serving as a liaison between the sub-grantees and the entities provided in item 5.a. above.

    I. Eligibility Information 1. Eligibility

    To be eligible for this “New/Competing Continuation Announcement” under this cooperative agreement announcement, applicants must be one of the following:

    i. A Federally-recognized Indian Tribe as defined by 25 U.S.C. 1603(14), operating an Indian health program operated pursuant to a contract, grant, cooperative agreement, or compact with IHS pursuant to the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA), (Pub. L. 93-638).

    ii. A Tribal organization as defined by 25 U.S.C. 1603(26), operating an Indian health program operated pursuant to a contract, grant, cooperative agreement, or compact with the IHS pursuant to the ISDEAA, (Pub. L. 93-638).

    iii. An urban Indian organization, as defined by 25 U.S.C. 1603(29), operating a Title V urban Indian health program that currently has a grant or contract with the IHS under Title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, (Pub. L. 93-437). Applicants must provide proof of non-profit status with the application, e.g. 501(c)(3).

    iv. Indian Health Service facilities: Under this announcement, only one SDPI Community-Directed diabetes grant will be awarded per entity. If a Tribe submits an application, their local IHS facility cannot apply; if the Tribe does not submit an application, the IHS facility can apply. Tribes that are awarded grant funds may sub-contract with local IHS facilities to provide specific clinical services. In this case, the Tribe would be the primary SDPI grantee and the Federal entity would have a sub-contract within the Tribe's SDPI grant.

    Current SDPI Community-Directed grantees are eligible to apply for competing continuation funding under this announcement and must demonstrate that they have complied with previous terms and conditions of the SDPI grant in order to receive funding under this announcement.

    Note: Please refer to section IV.2 (Application and Submission Information/Subsection 2, Content and Form of Application Submission) for additional proof of applicant status documents required such as Tribal resolutions, proof of non-profit status, etc.

    2. Cost Sharing or Matching

    The IHS does not require matching funds or cost sharing for grants or cooperative agreements.

    3. Other Requirements

    If application budgets exceed the highest dollar amount outlined under the “Estimated Funds Available” section within this funding announcement, the application will be considered ineligible and will not be reviewed for further consideration. If deemed ineligible, IHS will not return the application. The applicant will be notified by email by the DGM of this decision.

    Documentation of Support Tribes and Tribal organizations

    These entities must submit documentation of support from each of the Indian Tribes served by the project. This documentation of support must be either of the following for each Tribe served:

    1. Tribal Resolution: Tribes and Tribal organizations should submit an official signed Tribal resolution from each of the Indian Tribes served by the project. Applications by Tribal organizations will not require a specific Tribal resolution if the current Tribal resolution(s) under which they operate would encompass the proposed grant activities/services.

    Official signed Tribal resolution(s) should be submitted along with the electronic application submission by the Application Deadline Date (see Key Dates). If an official signed Tribal resolution is not available by the Application Deadline Date, a draft Tribal resolution(s) should be submitted along with the electronic application submission by the Application Deadline Date. Then, the official signed Tribal resolution(s) must be received by the Signed Tribal Resolution(s) Due Date (see Key Dates); otherwise, the application will be considered incomplete and ineligible.

    2. Letter of Support: If it is not possible to obtain a signed official Tribal resolution by the Signed Tribal Resolution(s) Due Date for a Tribe served by the project, then a letter of support signed by a senior Tribal official may be submitted instead of a Tribal resolution for that Tribe. Letter(s) of support must be submitted along with the electronic application submission by the Application Deadline Date (see Key Dates).

    Title V Urban Indian Health Programs

    These entities must submit a letter of support from their organization's board of directors.

    IHS Hospitals and Clinics

    These entities must submit a letter of support from their chief executive officer. In addition, letter(s) of support from Tribe(s) served by the IHS SDPI program are highly recommended but not required.

    Documentation of support as required above must be submitted with the electronic application.

    It is highly recommended that all application materials not submitted via grants.gov be sent by a delivery method that includes confirmation of receipt. Materials should be mailed to 801 Thompson Avenue, TMP Suite 360, Rockville, MD 20852 (attention to the assigned GMS, see section VII). Please contact the assigned GMS by telephone prior to the Review Date (see Key Dates) regarding material submission questions.

    Proof of Non-Profit Status

    Organizations claiming non-profit status must also submit proof. A copy of the 501(c)(3) Certificate must be received with the application submission by the Application Deadline Date listed under the Key Dates section on the cover page of this announcement.

    IHS Diabetes Care and Outcomes Audit

    The IHS Diabetes Care and Outcomes Audit is a process to assess care and health outcomes for AI/AN people with diagnosed diabetes. IHS, Tribal, and urban Indian health care facilities nationwide participate in this process each year by auditing medical records for their patients with diabetes. Applicants that are able to must submit copies of their local facility's 2014 and 2015 Annual Diabetes Audit Reports.

    1. Most applicants can obtain their 2014 and 2015 Annual Diabetes Audit Reports in one of following ways:

    a. Via the WebAudit: http://www.ihs.gov/MedicalPrograms/Diabetes/index.cfm?module=resourcesAudit.

    b. By requesting these Reports from their local facility.

    c. By requesting these Reports from their ADC: http://www.ihs.gov/MedicalPrograms/Diabetes/index.cfm?module=peopleADCDirectory.

    2. If the applicant is unable to obtain their local facility's 2014 and 2015 Annual Diabetes Audit Reports, they must provide an explanation in the Project Narrative (Part B).

    IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Obtaining Application Materials

    The application package and detailed instructions for this announcement can be found at http://www.Grants.gov or https://www.ihs.gov/dgm/index.cfm?module=dsp_dgm_funding.

    Questions regarding the electronic application process may be directed to Mr. Paul Gettys at (301) 443-2114 or (301) 443-5204.

    2. Content and Form Application Submission

    The applicant must include the Project Narrative as an attachment to the application package. Mandatory documents for all applicants include:

    • Table of contents. • Abstract (one page) summarizing the project. • Application forms: ○ SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance. ○ SF-424A, Budget Information—Non-Construction Programs. ○ SF-424B, Assurances—Non-Construction Programs. • Budget Justification and Narrative (must be single spaced and not exceed five pages). See section IV.2.B for details. • Project Narrative—a PDF-fillable template will be provided. See section [section IV.2.A] for details and a link to the template. • 2014 and 2015 Annual Diabetes Audit Reports or an explanation as to why these reports cannot be submitted. See section III.3 for details. • Tribal Resolution(s) (Tribes and/or Tribal organizations). See section III.3 for details. • Letter(s) of Support (See section III.3) from one of the following: ○ Board of Directors (Title V urban Indian health programs). ○ Chief Executive Officer (IHS facilities). ○ Tribes served (highly recommended for IHS facilities) • 501(c)(3) Certificate (if applicable). • Biographical sketches for all Key Personnel. • Key contacts form for diabetes program coordinator. • Contractor/Consultant resumes or qualifications and scope of work (if applicable). • Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL). • Certification Regarding Lobbying (GG-Lobbying Form). • Copy of current Negotiated Indirect Cost rate (IDC) agreement (not applicable to IHS facilities). • Organizational chart or written information that shows where the SDPI Program fits into the larger organization. • Documentation of current Office of Management and Budget (OMB) A-133 required Financial Audit or other required audit for FY 2014 (not applicable to IHS facilities).

    Acceptable forms of documentation include:

    ○ Email confirmation from Federal Audit Clearinghouse (FAC) that audits were submitted; or ○ Face sheets from audit reports. These can be found on the FAC Web site: http://harvester.census.gov/sac/dissem/accessoptions.html?submit=Go+To+Database. Mandatory Documents for Programs That Propose Sub-Grantees

    A sub-grantee is an entity that has an arrangement between a grantee institution and one or more participating institutions in support of a project.

    A complete application package including all mandatory documents listed above must be completed, signed, and submitted to the primary grantee to be included in their application in response to this announcement. Sub-grantees cannot submit applications directly to Grants.gov.

    The primary grantee's application must reflect the total budget for the entire cost of the project. Total budget for the sub-grantees should be accounted for under the contractual/consultant category.

    Mandatory Documents for Programs That Propose Sub-Contracts With Local IHS Facilities

    A sub-contract is between two entities to provide services or supplies. Programs that propose sub-contracts with IHS facilities to provide clinical services must submit a separate budget for the sub-contract, but the grantee's application must reflect the total budget for the entire cost of the project.

    While not required for this grant application, it is highly recommended that the grantee obtain a Memorandum of Agreement that is signed by the grantee, the IHS facility, the IHS area director, and the Tribal chairperson.

    Public Policy Requirements

    All Federal-wide public policies apply to organizations that receive IHS grants and cooperative agreements with exception of the Discrimination policy: http://www.hhs.gov/grants/grants/grants-policies-regulations/index.html.

    Requirements for Project and Budget Narratives

    A. Project Narrative: This narrative will be provided using a PDF fillable template that will be available on the SDPI Community-Directed Application Web page at http://www.ihs.gov/MedicalPrograms/Diabetes/index.cfm?module=programsSDPIcommunityDirectedApp.

    Be sure to answer succinctly all applicable questions in the Project Narrative, being mindful of the evaluation criteria (see section V.1). The Project Narrative will provide reviewers with critical information about the applicant's resources, capabilities, and proposed activities/services.

    There are seven parts to the Project Narrative:

    1. Part A—Program Identifiers 2. Part B—Needs Assessment 3. Part C—Program Support 4. Part D—SDPI Diabetes Best Practice 5. Part E—Activities/Services not related to selected Best Practice (Optional) 6. Part F—Additional Information

    B. Budget Narrative: The Budget Narrative provides additional explanation to support the information provided on the SF-424A (Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs). The Budget Narrative consists of two parts:

    (1) Budget Line Items.

    (2) Budget Justification that provides a brief justification for each budget item, including why it is necessary and relevant to the proposed project and how it supports project activities/services.

    The Budget Narrative must include a line item budget with a justification for all expenditures identifying reasonable and allowable costs necessary to accomplish the goals and objectives as outlined in the Project Narrative. Budget should match the scope of work described in the Project Narrative. The page limitation should not exceed five pages.

    The list of budget categories and items below is provided for ideas about what might be included in the budget. The applicant does not need to include all the categories and items below and may include others not listed. The budget is specific to the applicant's program, objectives, and activities/services. A sample Budget Narrative is also provided in Appendix 2.

    A. Personnel

    For each position to be funded by the grant, including program coordinator and others, provide the information below. Include “in-kind” positions if applicable.

    • Position name. • Individual's name or enter “To be named.” • Brief description of role and/or responsibilities. • Percentage of annual salary that will be paid for by SDPI funds OR hourly rate and hours worked per year that will be paid for by SDPI funds. B. Fringe Benefits

    List the fringe rate for each position separately. DO NOT list a lump sum fringe benefit amount for all personnel combined.

    C. Travel and Training • Staff travel necessary to provide project activities/services. • Staff travel to meetings planned during budget period. • Staff travel for training as needed to provide services related to goals and objectives of the grant, such as continuing clinical education courses, IHS SDPI Meetings, etc. D. Equipment • Capital Equipment—Tangible property having a useful life of more than one year and acquisition cost which equals or exceeds $5,000 per item. E. Supplies • General office supplies. • Computers. • Software purchases or upgrades and other computer supplies. • Supplies needed for activities/services related to the project. • File/storage cabinets. F. Contractual/Consultant

    May include partners, collaborators, and/or technical assistance consultants procured to help with project activities/services. Include direct costs and indirect costs for any subcontracts.

    G. Alterations and Renovations (A&R)

    Major A&R exceeding $150,000 is not allowable under this project without prior approval from the program office.

    H. Other • Participant incentives—list all types of incentives and specify amount per item. See the IHS Grant Programs Incentive Policy at http://www.ihs.gov/IHM/index.cfm?module=dsp_ihm_circ_main&circ=ihm_circ_0506 for more information including restrictions. • Marketing, advertising, and promotional items. • Internet access. • Medications and lab tests—be specific; list all medications and lab tests. • Miscellaneous services: rent, telephone, conference calls, computer support, shipping, copying, printing, and equipment maintenance. I. Indirect Costs

    Line item consists of facilities and administrative cost (include IDC agreement computation)

    3. Submission Dates and Times

    Applications must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on the application deadline date listed in the Key Dates section on page one of this announcement. Any application received after the application deadline will not be accepted for processing, nor will it be given further consideration for funding. Grants.gov will notify the applicant via email if the application is rejected.

    If technical challenges arise and assistance is required with the electronic application process, contact Grants.gov Customer Support via email to [email protected] or at (800) 518-4726. Customer Support is available to address questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except on Federal holidays). If problems persist, contact Mr. Paul Gettys ([email protected]), DGM Grant Systems Coordinator, by telephone at (301) 443-2114 or (301) 443-5204. Please be sure to contact Mr. Gettys at least ten days prior to the application deadline. Please do not contact the DGM until you have received a Grants.gov tracking number. In the event you are not able to obtain a tracking number, call the DGM as soon as possible.

    If the applicant needs to submit a paper application instead of submitting electronically through Grants.gov, a waiver must be requested. Prior approval must be requested and obtained from Ms. Tammy Bagley, Acting Director of DGM, (see Section IV.6 below for additional information). The waiver must: (1) Be documented in writing (emails are acceptable), before submitting a paper application, and (2) include clear justification for the need to deviate from the required electronic grants submission process. A written waiver request must be sent to [email protected] with a copy to [email protected] Once the waiver request has been approved, the applicant will receive a confirmation of approval email containing submission instructions and the mailing address to submit the application. A copy of the written approval must be submitted along with the hardcopy of the application that is mailed to DGM. Paper applications that are submitted without a copy of the signed waiver from the Acting Director of the DGM will not be reviewed or considered for funding. The applicant will be notified via email of this decision by the Grants Management Officer of the DGM. Paper applications must be received by the DGM no later than 5:00 p.m., EDT, on the application deadline date listed in the Key Dates section on page one of this announcement. Late applications will not be accepted for processing or considered for funding.

    4. Intergovernmental Review

    Executive Order 12372 requiring intergovernmental review is not applicable to this program.

    5. Funding Restrictions • Pre-award costs are not allowable. • The available funds are inclusive of direct and appropriate indirect costs. • Only one grant/cooperative agreement will be awarded per applicant. • IHS will not acknowledge receipt of applications. 6. Electronic Submission Requirements

    All applications must be submitted electronically. Please use the http://www.Grants.gov Web site to submit an application electronically and select the “Find Grant Opportunities” link on the homepage. Download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit the completed application via the http://www.Grants.gov Web site. Electronic copies of the application may not be submitted as attachments to email messages addressed to IHS employees or offices.

    If the applicant receives a waiver to submit paper application documents, they must follow the rules and timelines that are noted above. The applicant must seek assistance at least ten days prior to the application deadline date listed in the Key Dates section on page one of this announcement.

    Applicants that do not adhere to the timelines for System for Award Management (SAM) and/or http://www.Grants.gov registration or that fail to request timely assistance with technical issues will not be considered for a waiver to submit a paper application.

    Please be aware of the following:

    • Please search for the application package in http://www.Grants.gov by entering the CFDA number or the Funding Opportunity Number. Both numbers are located in the header of this announcement. • If you experience technical challenges while submitting your application electronically, please contact Grants.gov Support directly at: [email protected] or (800) 518-4726. Customer Support is available to address questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except on Federal holidays). • Upon contacting Grants.gov, note the tracking number provided as proof of contact. The tracking number is helpful if there are technical issues that cannot be resolved and a waiver to submit paper application documents from the agency must be obtained. • If it is determined that a waiver is needed, the applicant must submit a request in writing (emails are acceptable) to [email protected] with a copy to [email protected] Please include a clear justification for the need to deviate from the standard electronic submission process. • If the waiver is approved, the application should be sent directly to the DGM by the application deadline date listed in the Key Dates section on page one of this announcement. • Applicants are strongly encouraged not to wait until the deadline date to begin the application process through Grants.gov, as the registration process for SAM and Grants.gov could take up to fifteen working days. • Please use the optional attachment feature in Grants.gov to attach additional documentation that may be requested by the DGM. • All applicants must comply with any page limitation requirements described in this Funding Announcement. • After electronically submitting the application, the applicant will receive an automatic acknowledgment from Grants.gov that contains a Grants.gov tracking number. DGM will download the application from Grants.gov and provide necessary copies to the appropriate agency officials. Neither DGM nor the Division of Diabetes will notify the applicant that the application has been received. • Email applications will not be accepted under this announcement. Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)

    All IHS applicants and grantee organizations are required to obtain a DUNS number and maintain an active registration in the SAM database. The DUNS number is a unique 9-digit identification number provided by D&B which uniquely identifies each entity. The DUNS number is site specific; therefore, each distinct performance site may be assigned a DUNS number. Obtaining a DUNS number is easy, and there is no charge. To obtain a DUNS number, please access it throughhttp://fedgov.dnb.com/webform, or to expedite the process, call (866) 705-5711.

    All HHS recipients are required by the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, as amended (“Transparency Act”), to report information on subawards. Accordingly, all IHS grantees must notify potential first-tier subrecipients that no entity may receive a first-tier subaward unless the entity has provided its DUNS number to the prime grantee organization. This requirement ensures the use of a universal identifier to enhance the quality of information available to the public pursuant to the Transparency Act.

    System for Award Management (SAM)

    Organizations that were not registered with Central Contractor Registration and have not registered with SAM will need to obtain a DUNS number first and then access the SAM online registration through the SAM home page athttps://www.sam.gov (U.S. organizations will also need to provide an Employer Identification Number from the Internal Revenue Service that may take an additional 2-5 weeks to become active). Completing and submitting the registration takes approximately one hour to complete and SAM registration will take 3-5 business days to process. Registration with the SAM is free of charge. Applicants may register online at https://www.sam.gov.

    Additional information on implementing the Transparency Act, including the specific requirements for DUNS and SAM, can be found on the IHS Grants Management, Grants Policy Web site: https://www.ihs.gov/dgm/index.cfm?module=dsp_dgm_policy_topics.

    V. Application Review Information

    The evaluation criteria for reviewing and scoring the application are provided below. Weights assigned to each section are noted in parentheses. Ensure that this Project Narrative and other submitted application documents provide a clear and complete, but succinct, overview of your program. Anticipate that reviewers know nothing about your program and little about IHS and Tribal systems. Points will be assigned to each evaluation criteria adding up to a total of 100 points. A minimum score of 60 points is required for funding. Points are assigned as follows:

    1. Criteria A. Introduction and Need for Assistance (15 Points)

    (i) Program Identifiers (Project Narrative Part A)

    (1) Was the Project Narrative Template used?

    (2) Was program identifier information adequately completed?

    (3) Was an appropriate abstract provided?

    (ii) Needs Assessment (Project Narrative Part B)

    (1) Did the applicant adequately describe the key diabetes-related health issues identified by their community/leadership?

    (2) Were numbers provided for applicant's local user population and people with diagnosed diabetes?

    (3) Was the 2014 Annual Diabetes Audit Report provided? If not, was an adequate statement included regarding why it was not provided?

    (4) Was the 2015 Annual Diabetes Audit Report provided? If not, was an adequate statement included regarding why it was not provided?

    (5) Did the applicant appropriately identify Diabetes Audit items (or diabetes-related issues if Audit Reports were not provided) that need to be improved?

    (6) Did the applicant adequately describe how they will address the Diabetes Audit items or diabetes-related issues that need to be improved?

    (7) Did the applicant adequately describe challenges?

    B. Project Objective(s), Work Plan and Approach (30 Points) (iii) SDPI Diabetes Best Practice (Project Narrative Part D)

    (1) Did the applicant provide an adequate description of activities/services to improve the RKM?

    (2) Are the activities/services proposed appropriate for the selected Best Practice and Target Group?

    (3) Are the planned activities/services realistic given the constraints of timeframe, resources, and staff?

    (iv) If Applicable: Activities/Services Not Related to Selected Best Practice (Project Narrative Part E)

    (1) Do activities/services address diabetes-related issues identified in the needs assessment in Part B?

    (2) Are activities/services aimed at reducing risk factors for diabetes and/or related conditions?

    (3) Are activities/services adequately described?

    (4) Are the planned activities/services realistic given the constraints of timeframe, resources, and staff?

    C. Program Evaluation (15 Points) (v) SDPI Diabetes Best Practice (Project Narrative Part D)

    (1) Was one Best Practice selected?

    (2) Was the number of patients/participants in the Target Group provided?

    (3) Was the Target Group adequately described?

    (4) Are the Target Group and number of patients/participants appropriate given the information the applicant provided in their needs assessment and program resources sections?

    (vi) If Applicable: Activities/Services Not Related to Selected Best Practice (Project Narrative Part E)

    (1) Was an appropriate target group identified for each activity/service?

    (2) Did the applicant specify how improvement and reduction in risk factors will be evaluated?

    D. Organizational Capabilities, Key Personnel, and Qualifications (20 Points) (vii) Program Support (Project Narrative Part C)

    (1) Was a completed Key Contact form submitted for the program coordinator?

    (2) Were appropriate biographical sketches, resumes, or curricula vitae provided for all key personnel?

    (3) Was an appropriate organizational chart or description provided?

    (4) Were appropriate Tribal Resolution(s) and/or Letter(s) of Support provided?

    (5) Did the applicant identify at least one organization administrator or Tribal leader, other than the Program Coordinator, to support their SDPI program?

    (6) Did the applicant describe how this leader will be involved with the SDPI Community-Directed grant program?

    (7) Did the applicant provide appropriate and adequate information about key personnel in the Project Narrative?

    (8) Did the applicant provide appropriate and adequate information about partnerships and collaborations in the Project Narrative?

    (viii) Additional Information (Project Narrative Part F)

    (1) Did the applicant adequately complete this part of the Project Narrative?

    E. Categorical Budget and Budget Justification (20 Points)

    (i) Does the budget match the scope of work described in the Project Narrative?

    (ii) Was each line item adequately specified and justified?

    (iii) Was the Budget Narrative within the five-page limit?

    (iv) Do funding totals match between the SF-424A, budget line item, and justification?

    (v) Is the budget reasonable and realistic?

    Additional Documents Can Be Uploaded as Appendix Items in Grants.gov

    • Work plan, logic model and/or time line for proposed objectives.

    • Position descriptions for key staff.

    • Resumes of key staff that reflect current duties.

    • Consultant or contractor proposed scope of work and letter of commitment (if applicable).

    • Current Indirect Cost Agreement.

    • Organizational chart.

    • Map of area identifying project location(s).

    • Additional documents to support narrative (i.e. data tables, key news articles, etc.).

    2. Review and Selection

    Each application will be prescreened by DGM staff for eligibility and completeness as outlined in the funding announcement. Applications that meet the eligibility criteria shall be reviewed for merit by the ORC based on evaluation criteria in this funding announcement. The ORC could be composed of both Tribal and Federal reviewers appointed by the IHS program to review and make recommendations on these applications. The technical review process ensures selection of quality projects in a national competition for limited funding. Incomplete applications and applications that are non-responsive to the eligibility criteria will not be referred to the ORC. The applicant will be notified via email of this decision by the Grants Management Officer of the DGM. Applicants may be notified by DGM, via email, to provide minor missing components (e.g., fiscal audit documentation, key contact form) needed for an otherwise complete application. All missing documents must be sent to DGM on or before the due date listed in the email of notification of missing documents required.

    To obtain a minimum score for funding by the ORC, applicants must address all program requirements and provide all required documentation.

    VI. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices

    The Notice of Award (NoA) is a legally binding document signed by the grants management officer and serves as the official notification of the grant award. The NoA will be initiated by the DGM in the following grant system, GrantSolutions (https://www.grantsolutions.gov). Each entity that is approved for funding under this announcement will need to request or have a user account in GrantSolutions in order to retrieve their NoA. The NoA is the authorizing document for which funds are dispersed to the approved entities and reflects the amount of Federal funds awarded, the purpose of the grant, the terms and conditions of the award, the effective date of the award, and the budget/project period.

    Disapproved Applicants

    Applicants who receive a score less than the recommended funding level for approval, (60 points), and are deemed to be disapproved by the ORC, will receive an Executive Summary Statement from the IHS program office within 30 days of the conclusion of the ORC outlining the strengths and weaknesses of the application submitted. The IHS program office will also provide additional contact information as needed to address questions and concerns.

    Approved But Unfunded Applicants

    Approved but unfunded applicants that met the minimum scoring range and were deemed by the ORC to be “Approved.” but were not funded due to lack of funding, will have their applications held by DGM for a period of one year. If additional funding becomes available during the course of FY 2016, the approved but unfunded application may be re-considered by the awarding program office for possible funding. The applicant will also receive an Executive Summary Statement from the IHS program office within 30 days of the conclusion of the ORC.

    Note: Any correspondence other than the official NoA signed by an IHS grants management official announcing to the project director that an award has been made to their organization is not an authorization to implement their program on behalf of IHS.

    2. Administrative Requirements

    Cooperative agreements are administered in accordance with the following regulations, policies, and OMB cost principles:

    A. The criteria as outlined in this program announcement.

    B. Administrative Regulations for Grants:

    • Uniform Administrative Requirements HHS Awards, located at 45 CFR Part 75.

    C. Grants policy:

    • HHS Grants Policy Statement, Revised 01/07.

    D. Cost principles:

    Uniform Administrative Requirements for HHS Awards, “Cost Principles,” located at 45 CFR part 75, subpart E.

    E. Audit requirements:

    • Uniform Administrative Requirements for HHS Awards, “Audit Requirements,” located at 45 CFR part 75, subpart F.

    3. Indirect Costs

    This section applies to all grant recipients that request reimbursement of indirect costs (IDC) in their grant application. In accordance with HHS Grants Policy Statement, Part II-27, IHS requires applicants to obtain a current IDC rate agreement prior to award. The rate agreement must be prepared in accordance with the applicable cost principles and guidance as provided by the cognizant agency or office. A current rate covers the applicable grant activities/services under the current award's budget period. If the current rate is not on file with the DGM at the time of award, the IDC portion of the budget will be restricted. The restrictions remain in place until the current rate is provided to the DGM.

    Generally, IDC rates for IHS grantees are negotiated with the Division of Cost Allocation (DCA) https://rates.psc.gov/ and the Department of Interior (Interior Business Center) http://www.doi.gov/ibc/services/Indirect_Cost_Services/index.cfm. For questions regarding the indirect cost policy, please call the GMS listed under “Agency Contacts” or the main DGM office at (301) 443-5204.

    4. Reporting Requirements

    The grantee must submit required reports consistent with the applicable deadlines. Failure to submit required reports within the time allowed may result in suspension or termination of an active grant, withholding of additional awards for the project, or other enforcement actions such as withholding of payments or converting to the reimbursement method of payment. Continued failure to submit required reports may result in one or both of the following: (1) The imposition of special award provisions; and (2) the non-funding or non-award of other eligible projects or activities/services. This requirement applies whether the delinquency is attributable to the failure of the grantee organization or the individual responsible for preparation of the reports. Reports must be submitted electronically via GrantSolutions. Personnel responsible for submitting reports will be required to obtain a login and password for GrantSolutions. Please see the Agency Contacts list in section VII for the systems contact information.

    The reporting requirements for this program are noted below.

    A. Progress Reports

    Program progress reports are required semi-annually, once during the budget period with a due date to be determined by the Division of Diabetes and once within 90 days after the budget period ends. These reports must include a brief summary of progress to date for the period, or, if applicable, provide sound justification for the lack of progress, and other pertinent information as required. A final annual report must be submitted within 90 days of expiration of the budget/project period.

    For SDPI Community-Directed grant programs, the following programmatic reports will be required:

    i. Semi-Annual Progress Report: Instructions, templates, and other information will be posted on the Division of Diabetes Web site at http://www.ihs.gov/MedicalPrograms/Diabetes/index.cfm?module=programsSDPIcommunityDirectedMidReportingReq. Report will be submitted by attaching as a “Grant Note” in GrantSolutions. The due date will be determined by the Division of Diabetes and will fall within the grant program's budget period.

    ii. Annual Progress Report: Instructions, template(s), and other information will be posted on the Division of Diabetes Web site athttp://www.ihs.gov/MedicalPrograms/Diabetes/index.cfm?module=programsSDPIcommunityDirectedReportingReq. Per DGM policy, the report will be submitted by attaching as a “Grant Note” in GrantSolutions within 90 days after the end of the grant program's budget period.

    Refer to the SDPI Community-Directed Grant Program Web page (http://www.ihs.gov/MedicalPrograms/Diabetes/index.cfm?module=sdpi_hub) for the latest information on report templates, due dates, Q&A sessions and submission instructions.

    B. Financial Reports

    Federal Financial Report FFR (SF-425), Cash Transaction Reports are due 30 days after the close of every calendar quarter to the Payment Management Services, HHS at: http://www.dpm.psc.gov. It is recommended that the applicant also send a copy of the FFR (SF-425) report to the GMS. Failure to submit timely reports may cause a disruption in timely payments to the organization.

    Grantees are responsible and accountable for accurate information being reported on all required reports: The Progress Reports and Federal Financial Report.

    Federal Subaward Reporting System (FSRS)

    This award may be subject to the Transparency Act sub-award and executive compensation reporting requirements of 2 CFR part 170.

    The Transparency Act requires the OMB to establish a single searchable database, accessible to the public, with information on financial assistance awards made by Federal agencies. The Transparency Act also includes a requirement for recipients of Federal grants to report information about first-tier subawards and executive compensation under Federal assistance awards.

    IHS has implemented a Term of Award into all IHS Standard Terms and Conditions, NoAs and funding announcements regarding the FSRS reporting requirement. This IHS Term of Award is applicable to all IHS grant and cooperative agreements issued on or after October 1, 2010, with a $25,000 sub-award obligation dollar threshold met for any specific reporting period. Additionally, all new (discretionary) IHS awards (where the project period is made up of more than one budget period) and where: (1) The project period start date was October 1, 2010 or after and (2) the primary awardee will have a $25,000 sub-award obligation dollar threshold during any specific reporting period will be required to address the FSRS reporting. For the full IHS award term implementing this requirement and additional award applicability information, visit the DGM Grants Policy Web site at: https://www.ihs.gov/dgm/index.cfm?module=dsp_dgm_policy_topics.

    Telecommunication for the hearing impaired is available at: TTY (301) 443-6394.

    VII. Agency Contacts

    1. Questions on the programmatic issues may be directed to:

    • Applicant's Area Diabetes Consultant: http://www.ihs.gov/MedicalPrograms/Diabetes/index.cfm?module=peopleADCDirectory.

    • IHS Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention, 801 Thompson Avenue, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852, Phone: 1-844-IHS-DDTP (1-844-447-3387), Fax: 301-594-6213, Email: [email protected], Division of Diabetes Web site: www.diabetes.ihs.gov.

    2. Questions on grants management and fiscal matters may be directed to DGM:

    For IHS Areas: Albuquerque, Nashville, Navajo, Phoenix, and Tucson GMS: John Hoffman.

    Email: [email protected], phone: 301-443-2116.

    For IHS Areas: California, Great Plains, Oklahoma City, and Portland GMS: Cherron Smith.

    Email: [email protected], phone: 301-443-2192.

    For IHS Areas: Alaska, Bemidji, and Billings GMS: Patience Musikikongo.

    Email: [email protected], phone: 301-443-2059.

    For urban programs:

    GMS: Pallop Chareonvootitam.

    Email: [email protected], phone: 301-443-2195, 801 Thompson Avenue, TMP 360, Rockville, MD 20852, Phone: 301-443-5204, Fax: 301-443-9602.

    3. Questions on systems matters may be directed to: Paul Gettys, Grant Systems Coordinator, 801 Thompson Avenue, TMP Suite 360, Rockville, MD 20852, Phone: 301-443-2114; or the DGM main line 301-443-5204, Fax: 301-443-9602, Email: [email protected].

    VIII. Other Information

    The Public Health Service strongly encourages all cooperative agreement and contract recipients to provide a smoke-free workplace and promote the non-use of all tobacco products. In addition, Pub. L. 103-227, the Pro-Children Act of 1994, prohibits smoking in certain facilities (or in some cases, any portion of the facility) in which regular or routine education, library, day care, health care, or early childhood development services are provided to children. This is consistent with the HHS mission to protect and advance the physical and mental health of the American people.

    Date: July 28, 2015. Robert G. McSwain, Deputy Director, Indian Health Service. VIII. Appendix 1: Commonly Used Abbreviations ADC = Area Diabetes Consultant AI/AN = American Indian/Alaska Native DGM = Division of Grants Management FOA = Funding Opportunity Announcement FY = Fiscal Year GMS = Grants Management Specialist HHS = Health and Human Services IHS = Indian Health Service NOA/NGA = Notice of (Grant) Award ORC = Objective Review Committee PDF = Portable Document Format (Access using Adobe Acrobat Reader or Pro) RKM = Required Key Measure (Pertains to Best Practice requirement) SDPI = Special Diabetes Program for Indians SOS = SDPI Outcomes System IX. Appendix 2: Sample Budget Narrative

    Note: This information is included for sample purposes only. Each program's Budget Narrative must include only their budget items and a justification that is relevant to the program's activities/services.

    Line Item Budget—SAMPLE A. Personnel: Program Coordinator 40,000 Administrative Assistant 6,373 CNA/Transporter 6,552 Mental Health Counselor 5,769 Total Personnel 58,694 B. Benefits: Program Coordinator 14,000 Administrative Assistant\ 2,231 CNA/Transporter 2,293 Mental Health Counselor\ 2,019 Total Fringe Benefits 20,543 C. Supplies: Desk Top Computers and Software (2) 3,000 Exercise Equipment 3,300 Laptop Computer 1,500 LCD Projector 1,200 Educational/Outreach 3,000 Office Supplies 1,200 Food Supplies for Wellness Luncheons 2,400 Medical Supplies (Clinic) 3,000 Total Supplies 18,600 D. Training and Travel: Local Mileage 1,350 Staff Training & Travel—Out of State 2,400 Total Travel 3,750 E. Contractual: Fiscal Officer 16,640 Consulting Medical Doctor 14,440 Registered Dietitian/Diabetes Educator 18,720 Exercise Therapist 33,250 Total Contractual 83,050 F. Equipment: Heavy Duty Printer/Scanner/Copier 9,000 Total Equipment 9,000 G. Other Direct Costs: Rent 20,805 Utility 4,000 Postage 500 Telephone 2,611 Audit Fees 2,500 Professional Fees 2,400 Insurance Liability 1,593 Office Cleaning 1,680 Storage Fees 240 Biohazard Disposal 154 Marketing/Advertising 2,010 Total Other Direct Costs 38,493 H. Indirect Costs (15%) $34,819 TOTAL DIRECT COSTS $232,130 TOTAL DIRECT COST AND INDIRECT COSTS $266,949 Budget Justification—SAMPLE A. Personnel: $58,694.00 Program Coordinator: George Smith

    A full-time employee responsible for the implementation of the program goals as well as overseeing financial and grant application aspects of the agency.

    (100% Annual Salary = $40,000/year) Administrative Assistant: Susan Brown

    A part-time employee responsible for providing assistance to the Program Coordinator.

    (416 hours × $15.32/hour = $6,373.12) CAN/Transporter/Homemaker: To Be Named

    A full-time employee working 8 hours per week on this grant providing transportation services and in-home health care to clients.

    (416 hours × $15.75/hour = $6,552.00) Mental Health Counselor: Lisa Green

    A part-time employee works 6 hours per week in the ADAPT/Mental Health Program providing counseling and workshops to clients.

    (6 hours × 52 weeks × $18.49/hour = $5,768.88) B. Fringe Benefits: $20,543.00

    Fringe benefits are calculated at 35% for both salaried and hourly employees. Fringe is composed of health, dental, life and vision insurance (20%), FICA/Medicare (7.65%), worker's compensation (1.10%), State unemployment insurance (1.25%), and retirement (5%).

    Program Coordinator: $14,000.

    Administrative Assistant: $2,230.59.

    CAN/Transporter/Homemaker: $2293.20.

    Mental Health Coordinator: $2019.11.

    C. Supplies: $18,600.00 Desk Top Computers and Software (2)

    Needed by our Diabetes Educator, Exercise Specialist, and Medical Director in order to access and update information on client's records. (2 × $1,500.00 = $3,000.00).

    Exercise Equipment

    Elliptical cross trainer equipment (creates less impact on the knees), body fat analyzer, 8 dumbbell weights, 4 exercise balls, 4 exercise mats, step stretch, adjustable bench, bow flex plates kit, 2 dance pads, ball stacker set, and exercise video. Total for all exercise equipment is $3,300.00.

    Laptop Computer

    This type of computer is needed to be used in conjunction with the LCD projector that will be used by the Diabetes Educator for presentations. Cost is $1,500.00.

    LCD Projector

    This equipment will be used by the Diabetes Educator for presentations. Cost is $1,200.00.

    Educational & Outreach Supplies

    Various printed literature, books, videos, pamphlets, pens, bottled water, little promotional items will be needed to hand out at various health fairs, events, and to various groups to educate and promote health. Funds allocated are $3,000.00.

    Office Supplies

    General office supplies are essential in order to properly maintain client records, financial records, and all reporting requirements. General office supplies include file folders, labels, writing pads, pens, paper clips, toner, etc. $1,200.00 will be included in this budget.

    Supplies for Monthly Wellness Meetings

    An allocation of $200.00 has been made towards teaching tools that will be used by the Diabetes Educator during the monthly wellness classes.

    ($200.00 × 12 months = $2,400.00) Medical Supplies—Clinic

    An allocation has been made for purchasing medical supplies for our clinic such as alcohol wipes, strips for glucometers, paper sheets, gloves, gowns, etc., in the amount of $3,000.00.

    D. Training and Travel: $3,750.00

    Local Mileage—Mileage for transportation of clients and outreach services. Estimated at 300 miles/month × 12 months × $0.375 = $1,350.00.

    Staff Travel & Training—Expenses in this category are associated with attending conference and seminars associated with diabetes for 2 staff: The budget covers the cost of registration fees ($250 × 2 = $500.00), lodging ($175/night × 2 people × 2 days = $700.00), airfare ($450.00 × 2 people = $900.00), per diem allowance ($50.00 × 2 days × 2 people = $200.00), and ground transportation ($25.00 × 2 × 2 people = $100.00). A total of $2,400.00 for staff travel and training.

    E. Contractual: $83,050.00 Fiscal Officer

    An independent contractor to perform payroll, accounts payable, financial and grant reporting, and budgetary duties.

    (416 hours × $40.00 per hour = $16,640.00) Consulting Medical Doctor

    A medical doctor is contracted to provide medical care to our clients with diabetes.

    (12 hours per month × 12 mos. × $100.00 per hour = $14,400.00) Registered Dietitian/Diabetes Educator

    A Registered Dietitian/diabetes educator is contracted to provide diabetes related meal planning and instruction and facilitate one-on-one consultation with clients.

    (8 hours per week × 52 weeks × $45 per hour = $18,720.00) Exercise Specialist

    An exercise specialist is contracted to conduct and monitor the exercise program necessary for each client.

    (950 hours × $35 per hour = $33,250.00) F. Equipment: $9,000.00 Heavy Duty Printer/Scanner/Copier

    High Performance, high volume printer/scanner/copier to produce materials for diabetes wellness classes. $9,000.00

    G. Other Direct Costs: $38,493.00 Rent

    This program rents two office locations for a total cost of $83,220.00 per year. Special Diabetes grant program will cover $20,805.00 which is 25% of the rent cost.

    Utility

    This program will cover 25% of the total utility cost of $16,000.00 per year.

    ($16,000.00 × 25% = $4,000.00) Postage

    The Diabetes Program postage is estimated at $500.00.

    Telephone

    This program currently has eight telephone lines at two separate offices as well as pager service and a toll-free number for clients. Diabetes Program will cover $2,611.00 of this expense which is 25% of the annual cost of $10,445.00.

    Audit Fees

    An annual audit is conducted for this program's financial statements. Funding agencies require audit financial statements of grant funds. Diabetes will cover $2,500.00 of audit expenses which is 25% of the $10,000.00 proposal.

    Professional Fees

    A computer consultant is needed to fix computer problems. $200.00 per month × 12 mos. = $2,400.00 will cover the expenses.

    Insurance Liability

    General liability insurance is required to protect the organization against fire and property damage. Diabetes portion of this expense is $1,593.00.

    Office Cleaning

    Office cleanings are required to keep the agency clean. Diabetes will cover 20% of the contract cost of $8,400.00 = $1,680.00.

    Storage Fees

    This program stores its records in a storage facility. Diabetes grant will fund $240.00 of this cost.

    Biohazard Disposal

    A special handling fee for biohazard disposal will cost $154.00 for this program.

    Marketing/Advertising

    Newspaper advertising will be used to promote Diabetes events. Three (3) ads × $670.00 = $2,010.00

    I. Indirect Costs (15%): $34,819

    The most recent Indirect Rate Cost Agreement was approved by the Department of the Interior on June 16, 2014. A copy of this agreement is attached separately in the application. The Indirect Rate Cost Agreement for FY2015 will be negotiated after completion of the FY2014 Single Audit.

    TOTAL DIRECT COSTS—$232,130.00 TOTAL DIRECT COST AND INDIRECT COSTS—$266,949.00
    BILLING CODE 4165-16-P EN04AU15.001 EN04AU15.002 EN04AU15.003 EN04AU15.004 EN04AU15.005 EN04AU15.006 EN04AU15.007 EN04AU15.008 EN04AU15.009 EN04AU15.010
    [FR Doc. 2015-19088 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165-16-C
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: 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 Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Special Emphasis Panel; Bench to Bassinet Administrative Coordinating Center.

    Date: August 25, 2015.

    Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 7182, .Bethesda, MD 20892

    Contact Person: Susan Wohler Sunnarborg, Ph.D. Scientific Review Officer, Office of Scientific Review/DERA, National, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 7182, Bethesda, MD 20892, [email protected].

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.233, National Center for Sleep Disorders Research; 93.837, Heart and Vascular Diseases Research; 93.838, Lung Diseases Research; 93.839, Blood Diseases and Resources Research, National Institutes of Health, HHS)
    Dated: July 29, 2015. Michelle Trout, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19030 Filed 8-3-15; 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; Endocrinology Ancillary Studies.

    Date: August 13, 2015.

    Time: 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 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: Maria E. Davila-Bloom, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Review Branch, DEA, NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, Room 758, 6707 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20892-5452, (301) 594-7637, [email protected]

    Name of Committee: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Special Emphasis Panel; Sensitive Obesity.

    Date: August 31, 2015.

    Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 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: Michele L. Barnard, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Review Branch, DEA, NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, Room 753, 6707 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20892-2542, (301) 594-8898, [email protected].

    Name of Committee: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Special Emphasis Panel; Biomarkers for TID and Kidney Disease (PAR-13-228: Biomarkers for Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney and Urologic Diseases using Repository Biosamples (R01).

    Date: October 1, 2015.

    Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 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: Najma Begum, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Review Branch, DEA, NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, Room 749, 6707 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20892-5452, (301) 594-8894, [email protected].

    Name of Committee: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Special Emphasis Panel; NIDDK: Digestive Diseases Program Projects (P01).

    Date: October 14, 2015.

    Time: 10:00 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: Najma Begum, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Review Branch, DEA, NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, Room 749, 6707 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20892-5452, (301) 594-8894, [email protected].

    Name of Committee: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Special Emphasis Panel; PAR-12-265: NIDDK Ancillary Studies on CKD and Diabetic Nephropathy (R01).

    Date: October 15, 2015.

    Time: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 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: Najma Begum, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Review Branch, DEA, NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, Room 749, 6707 Democracy Boulevard, Bethesda, MD 20892-5452, (301) 594-8894, [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: July 28, 2015. David Clary, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19026 Filed 8-3-15; 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 Meetings

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of meetings of the National Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory Council.

    The meetings 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 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 Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory Council.

    Date: September 9, 2015.

    Open: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To present the Director's Report and other scientific presentations.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, Conference Room 10, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Closed: 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, Conference Room 10, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Brent B. Stanfield, Ph.D., Director, Division of Extramural Activities, National Institutes of Diabetes And Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 6707 Democracy Blvd. Room 715, Msc 5452, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 594-8843, [email protected]

    Name of Committee: National Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory Council; Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases Subcommittee.

    Date: September 9, 2015.

    Closed: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, Conference Room 10, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Open: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Agenda: To review the Division's scientific and planning activities.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, Conference Room 10, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Brent B. Stanfield, Ph.D., Director, Division of Extramural Activities, National Institutes of Diabetes And Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 6707 Democracy Blvd. Room 715, MSC 5452, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 594-8843, [email protected]

    Name of Committee: National Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory Council; Kidney, Urologic and Hematologic Diseases Subcommittee.

    Date: September 9, 2015.

    Open: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review the Division's scientific and planning activities.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, Conference Room 7, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Closed: 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, Conference Room 7, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Brent B. Stanfield, Ph.D., Director, Division of Extramural Activities, National Institutes of Diabetes And Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 6707 Democracy Blvd. Room 715, MSC 5452, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 594-8843, [email protected]

    Name of Committee: National Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory Council; Digestive Diseases and Nutrition Subcommittee.

    Date: September 9, 2015.

    Open: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review the Division's scientific and planning activities.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, Conference Room 6, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Closed: 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, Conference Room 6, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Brent B. Stanfield, Ph.D., Director, Division Of Extramural Activities, National Institutes of Diabetes And Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 6707 Democracy Blvd. Room 715, MSC 5452, Bethesda, MD 20892 (301) 594-8843, [email protected]

    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: www.niddk.nih.gov/fund/divisions/DEA/Council/coundesc.htm., where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    (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: July 29, 2015. David Clary, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
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    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health Government-Owned Inventions; Availability for Licensing AGENCY:

    National Institutes of Health, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The inventions listed below are owned by an agency of the U.S. Government and are available for licensing in the U.S. in accordance with 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR part 404 to achieve expeditious commercialization of results of federally-funded research and development. Foreign patent applications are filed on selected inventions to extend market coverage for companies and may also be available for licensing.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Licensing information and copies of the U.S. patent applications listed below may be obtained by writing to the indicated licensing contact at the Office of Technology Transfer, National Institutes of Health, 6011 Executive Boulevard, Suite 325, Rockville, Maryland 20852-3804; telephone: 301-496-7057; fax: 301-402-0220. A signed Confidential Disclosure Agreement will be required to receive copies of the patent applications.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Technology descriptions follow.

    Interferon Alpha Hybrids

    Description of Technology: Available for licensing are hybrid interferon alpha (INF-alpha) polypeptides constructed by combinations of INFalpha21b and INFalpha2c, and mutants of these hybrids. These hybrid constructs have resulted in novel IFNs that either combine different biological properties from the parent proteins or have significantly different biological activity from both the parents in anti-proliferative, anti-viral, or competitive binding properties. For instance, the hybrid designated HY-3 has higher anti-proliferative activity in Daudi, WISH, and primary human lymphocyte cells exhibiting approximately 6 times higher anti-proliferative activity than either parent IFN. These IFN hybrids provide a powerful tool for studying the structure-function relationship of these molecules. The engineered IFN-alpha proteins may have important new therapeutic applications and may provide greater insights into understanding of the clinical activities of existing IFN-alphas.

    Also available for licensing are hybrid INF-alpha nucleic acids encoding the hybrid polypeptides as well as cells, vectors, pharmaceutical compositions with these nucleic acid sequences.

    Potential Commercial Applications • Anti-viral and cancer therapeutics • Research tool to study IFN-alpha functions Competitive Advantages • Ease of manufacture • Strong anti-viral activity

    Development Stage: In vitro data available.

    Inventors: Kathryn C. Zoon (NIAID), Joseph B. Bekisz (NIAID), Mark P. Hayes (FDA), Renqiu Hu (FDA).

    Publications 1. Hu R, et al. Protein engineering of interferon alphas. Methods Mol Med. 2005;116:69-80. [PMID 16000855] 2. Hu R, et al. Human IFN-alpha protein engineering: the amino acid residues at positions 86 and 90 are important for antiproliferative activity. J Immunol. 2001 Aug 1;167(3):1482-9. [PMID 11466368] 3. Hu R, et al. Divergence of binding, signaling, and biological responses to recombinant human hybrid IFN. J Immunol. 1999 Jul 15;163(2):854-60. [PMID 10395679]

    Intellectual Property: HHS Reference No. E-068-1998/0—

    • US Patent No. 6,685,933 issued 03 Feb 2004 • US Patent No. 7,235,232 issued 26 Jun 2007

    Licensing Contact: Peter Soukas; 301-435-4646; [email protected]

    Novel Treatment for Anemia and Polycythemia: AVPR1B Molecules Modulating Erythropoiesis

    Description of Technology: Anemia can be caused by chronic diseases, chemotherapy, or radiation. Erythropoietin is commonly used to stimulate red blood cell production for anemia treatment, but it takes about a week to manifest its clinical effect. The subject invention describes the arginine vasopressin receptor 1B (AVPR1B) stimulatory molecules that can be used to stimulate hematopoietic stem cell proliferation. Preliminary results from animal studies suggest that the number of red blood cells and their precursors significantly increased on day 2 following AVP administration, an onset time much faster than erythropoietin. The AVPR1B stimulatory molecules can be used to jumpstart the system and erythropoietin can be used to sustain the effect. In addition, the AVPR1B inhibitory molecules can be used to suppress hematopoietic stem cell proliferation to treat polycythemia (overproduction of red blood cells).

    Potential Commercial Applications

    • Treatment of anemia caused by chronic diseases, chemotherapy, or radiation.

    • Anemia patients who do not respond to erythropoietin.

    • Polycythemia treatment.

    Competitive Advantages: AVPR1B stimulatory molecules act faster than the commonly used erythropoietin for anemia treatment.

    Development Stage • Early-stage • In vivo data available (animal)

    Inventors: Eva Mezey and Miklos Krepuska (NIDCR); Balazs Mayer and Krisztian Nemeth (Semmelweis University Medical School)

    Intellectual Property: HHS Reference No. E-619-2013/0—

    • US Application No. 61/885,258 filed October 01, 2013 (E-619-2013/0-US-01) • PCT Application No. PCT/US2014/058613 filed October 01, 2014 (E-619-2013/0-PCT-02)

    Licensing Contact: Sally Hu, Ph.D., M.B.A.; 301-435-5605; [email protected]

    Collaborative Research Opportunity: The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research is seeking statements of capability or interest from parties interested in collaborative research to further develop, evaluate or commercialize treatment for anemia and polycythemia. For collaboration opportunities, please contact David Bradley, Ph.D. at [email protected]

    Modified AAV5 Vectors for Enhanced Transduction and Reduced Antibody Neutralization

    Description of Technology: Adeno-associated viruses (AAVs) are small nonpathogenic viruses and can integrate into the cellular genome. AAV vectors are among the most frequently used viral vectors for gene therapy because AAV vectors can infect both dividing and non-dividing cells, and can establish long-term transgene expression. Two major issues in gene therapy are the ability to efficiently transduce the target cells and to evade the immune response to vectors. The subject invention describes a mutated AAV serotype 5 by modifying sialic acid binding regions which mediate viral entry into host cells. Preliminary results from animal studies suggest that this modification can increase transduction by 3-4 folds in salivary glands and muscle, and can significantly decrease the potential of being neutralized by preexisting antibodies compared to the wild type. Thus, the modified AAV5 vectors seem to be optimal for gene therapy.

    Potential Commercial Applications: Genetically engineered AAV5 vectors for gene therapy.

    Competitive Advantages

    • Enhanced transduction activity.

    • Reduced the potential for being neutralized by preexisting antibodies.

    Development Stage • Early-stage • In vivo data available (animal)

    Inventors: John Chiorini and Sandra Afione-Wainer (NIDCR); Mavis Agbandje-Mckenna and Sujata Halder (University of Florida).

    Publications 1. Afione S, et al. Identification and mutagenesis of the adeno-associated virus 5 sialic acid binding region. J Virol. 2015 Feb; 89(3): 1660-72. [PMID 25410855] 2. Chiorini J, et al. AAV4 Vector and the uses thereof. U.S. Patent 6,468,524, issued on October 22, 2002. 3. Chiorini J, et al. AAV5 Vector and the uses thereof. U.S. Patent 7,479,554, issued January 20, 2009, and U.S. Patent 6.984,517, issued on January 10, 2006. 4. Chiorini J, et al. AAV5 Vector for transducing brain cells and lung cells. U.S. Patent 6,855,314, issued on February 15, 2005.

    Intellectual Property: HHS Reference No. E-097-2015/0—US Application No. 62/143,524 filed April 6, 2015.

    Related Technologies

    • E-175-2015: US 62/160,552.

    • E-736-2013: PCT/US14/59825.

    • E-142-2011 family: PCT/US12/34268, CA, EP and US.

    • E-087-2011 family: PCT/US12/33556, EP and US.

    • E-232-2011: US 14/428,929.

    • E-194-2010: US 8,808,684.

    • E-179-2005: US 8,283,151.

    • E-227-2004: US 7,407,801.

    • E-329-2003 family: US 8,137,960, US 8,685,722.

    • E-105-2003: US 8,927,269.

    • E-308-2001: US 7,419,817.

    • E-071-2000: US 6,468,524.

    • E-127-1998 family: US 6,984,517, AU, CA, EP, and JP.

    Licensing Contact: Sally Hu, Ph.D., M.B.A.; 301-435-5606; [email protected]

    Collaborative Research Opportunity: The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research is seeking statements of capability or interest from parties interested in collaborative research to further develop, evaluate or commercialize modified AAV5 vector for gene therapy. For collaboration opportunities, please contact David Bradley, Ph.D. at [email protected]

    A Novel Adeno-Associated Virus for Gene Therapy

    Description of Technology: Adeno-associated viruses (AAVs) are small nonpathogenic viruses and can integrate into the cellular genome. AAV vectors are among the most frequently used viral vectors for gene therapy because AAV vectors can infect both dividing and non-dividing cells, and can establish long-term transgene expression. The subject invention describes a novel AAV termed “44-9.” AAV44-9 based vectors have high gene transfer activity in a number of cell types, including salivary gland cells, liver cells, and different types of neurons (e.g., cells of the cortex, olfactory bulb, and brain stem, and Purkinje cells of the cerebellum). These vectors can deliver heterologous genes to particular target cells through site-specific administration. Preliminary results from animal studies suggest that AAV44-9 vectors can efficiently deliver genes of interest, and the protein products of the delivered genes can be detected in bloodstream and at the local tissues. Therefore, these vectors are suitable for gene therapy for cells/tissues that are not efficiently targeted by other vectors.

    Potential Commercial Applications: AAV44-9 can be used as a delivery vector in gene therapy.

    Competitive Advantages

    • High gene transfer activity in a number of cell types including salivary gland cells, liver cells, and different types of neurons (e.g., cells of the cortex, olfactory bulb, and brain stem, and Purkinje cells of the cerebellum).

    • As a gene transfer vector for cells that are not efficiently targeted by other vector.

    Development Stage • In vitro data available • In vivo data available (animal)

    Inventors: John Chiorini and Giovanni Pasquale (NIDCR).

    Publication: Schmidt M, et al. Identification and characterization of novel adeno-associated virus isolates in ATCC virus stocks. J Virol. 2006 May; 80 (10): 5082-5098. [PMID 16641301]

    Intellectual Property: HHS Reference No. E-175-2015/0—US Application No. 62/160,552 filed May 12, 2015.

    Related Technologies

    • E-097-2015: US 62/143,524.

    • E-736-2013: PCT/US14/59825.

    • E-142-2011 family: PCT/US12/34268, CA, EP and US.

    • E-087-2011 family: PCT/US12/33556, EP and US.

    • E-232-2011: US 14/428,929.

    • E-194-2010: US 8,808,684.

    • E-179-2005: US 8,283,151.

    • E-227-2004: US 7,407,801.

    • E-329-2003 family: US 8,137,960, US 8,685,722.

    • E-105-2003: US 8,927,269.

    • E-308-2001: US 7,419,817.

    • E-071-2000: US 6,468,524.

    • E-127-1998 family: US 6,984,517, AU, CA, EP, and JP.

    Licensing Contact: Sally Hu, Ph.D., M.B.A.; 301-435-5606; [email protected].

    Collaborative Research Opportunity: The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research is seeking statements of capability or interest from parties interested in collaborative research to further develop, evaluate or commercialize AAV44-9 vector for gene therapy. For collaboration opportunities, please contact David Bradley, Ph.D. at [email protected].

    WNT1-Induced Secreted Protein-1 Knockout Mouse Model

    Description of Technology: WNT1-induced secreted protein-1 (WISP1) is expressed at high levels in osteoblasts and their precursors. WIPS1 plays an important role in various aspects of bone formation. Scientists at the NIH generated Wisp1-deficient (Wisp1 -/-) mice. Deletion of Wisp1 resulted in a decrease in bone mineral density, total bone volume, bone thickness, and biomechanical strength. Wisp1 knockout mouse model can be used to study the molecular mechanisms of bone turnover and patho/physiology of tissues that express WISP1.

    Potential Commercial Applications

    • To study the molecular mechanisms of bone formation and osteodifferentiation.

    • To study the patho/physiology of tissues that express WISP1, including cartilage during osteoarthritis, healing skin, and other soft tissues including lung, pancreas, and heart.

    Development Stage: In vivo data available (animal).

    Inventors: Marian F. Young, Mitsuaki Ono, Azusa Maeda (all of NIDCR).

    Publication: Maeda A, et al. WNT1-induced secreted protein-1 (WISP1), a novel regulator of bone turnover and Wnt signaling. J Bio Chem. 2015 May 29;290(22):14004-18. [PMID 25864198]

    Intellectual Property: HHS Reference No. E-234-2015/0—Research Tool. Patent protection is not being pursued for this technology.

    Licensing Contact: Sally Hu, Ph.D., M.B.A.; 301-435-5606; [email protected]

    Collaborative Research Opportunity: The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research is seeking statements of capability or interest from parties interested in collaborative research to further develop, evaluate or commercialize WNT1-Induced Secreted Protein-1 Knockout Mouse Model. For collaboration opportunities, please contact David Bradley, Ph.D. at [email protected].

    Dated: July 30, 2015. Richard U. Rodriguez, Acting Director, Office of Technology Transfer, National Institutes of Health.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19082 Filed 8-3-15; 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 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 Neurological Disorders and Stroke Special Emphasis Panel; Review of U24 Applications for Parkinson's Disease Repositories.

    Date: August 11, 2015.

    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 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: Joel A. Saydoff, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Branch, Division of Extramural Research, NINDS/NIH/DHHS/Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Suite 3205, MSC 9529, Bethesda, MD 20892-9529, 301-435-9223, [email protected]

    Name of Committee: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Special Emphasis Panel; Review of U01 Applications for Parkinson's Disease Biomarker Program.

    Date: August 12, 2015.

    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 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: Joel A. Saydoff, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Branch, Division of Extramural Research, NINDS/NIH/DHHS/Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Suite 3205, MSC 9529, Bethesda, MD 20892-9529, 301-435-9223.

    (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: July 29, 2015. Carolyn Baum, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19032 Filed 8-3-15; 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 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: Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel; Member Conflict: Radiation Therapeutic.

    Date: August 11, 2015.

    Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892, (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Careen K. Tang-Toth, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 6214, MSC 7804, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 435-3504, [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: July 29, 2015. Carolyn Baum, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19025 Filed 8-3-15; 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 Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences 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 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 Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council.

    Date: September 9-10, 2015.

    Open: September 9, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

    Agenda: Discussion of program policies and issues.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Closed: September 10, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, Building 101, Rodbell Auditorium, 111 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Contact Person: Gwen W. Collman, Ph.D., Interim Director, Division of Extramural Research & Training, National Institutes of Health, Nat. Inst. of Environmental Health Sciences, 615 Davis Dr., KEY615/3112, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 (919) 541-4980, [email protected]

    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.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/about/boards/naehsc/ where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    (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: July 29, 2015. Carolyn Baum, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19023 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: 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 a meeting of the National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Advisory 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 open session will be videocast and can be accessed from the NIH Videocasting and Podcasting Web site (http://videocast.nih.gov).

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    Name of Committee: National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Advisory Council.

    Date: September 8, 2015.

    Open: 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

    Agenda: Discussion of Program Policies.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, 6th Floor, C Wing, Conference Room 6, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Closed: 1:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 31 Center Drive, 6th Floor, C Wing, Conference Room 6, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Laura K. Moen, Ph.D., Director, Division of Extramural Research Activities, NIAMS/NIH, 6700 Democracy Boulevard, Suite 800, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-451-6515 [email protected]

    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.

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    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: http://www.niams.nih.gov where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.846, Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Research, National Institutes of Health, HHS)
    Dated: July 29, 2014. Carolyn Baum, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19031 Filed 8-3-15; 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 Meeting

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    Name of Committee: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Special Emphasis Panel; NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings (R13/U13).

    Date: August 25-28, 2015.

    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health 5601 Fisher Lane, Rockville, MD 20892, (Virtual Meeting).

    Contact Person: Travis J. Taylor, Ph.D., Scientific Review Program, Division of Extramural Activities, Room 3G62B 5601 Fishers Lane, MSC 9823, Bethesda, MD 20892-9823, (240) 669-5082, [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: July 28, 2015. David Clary, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19027 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute on Aging: Notice of Closed Meeting

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    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 on Aging Special Emphasis Panel; Biobehavioral Predictors of Midlife Transitions.

    Date: September 24, 2015.

    Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institute on Aging, Gateway Building, Suite 2C212, 7201 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20892, (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Carmen P. Moten, MPH, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, National Institute On Aging, Gateway Building, 7201 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 2C212, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-402-7703, [email protected].

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.866, Aging Research, National Institutes of Health, HHS)
    Dated: July 28, 2015. David Clary, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19028 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency [Docket ID FEMA-2015-0017] National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); Assistance to Private Sector Property Insurers, Availability of FY 2016 Arrangement AGENCY:

    Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    Each year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is required by the Write-Your-Own (WYO) Program Financial Assistance/Subsidy Arrangement (Arrangement) to notify private insurance companies (Companies) and to make available to the Companies the terms for subscription or re-subscription to the Arrangement. In keeping with that requirement, this notice provides the terms to the Companies to subscribe or re-subscribe to the Arrangement.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Lloyd A. Hake, Division Director, Risk Insurance, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, 1800 South Bell Street, Room 529, Arlington, VA 20598-3020, 202-646-3428 (phone), 202-646-7970 (facsimile), or [email protected] (email).

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Under the Write-Your-Own (WYO) Program Financial Assistance/Subsidy Arrangement (Arrangement), 79 (as of April 28, 2015) private sector property insurers sell flood insurance policies and adjust flood insurance claims under their own names based on an Arrangement with the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA) published at 44 CFR part 62, Appendix A.

    The WYO insurers retain an expense allowance and remit the remaining premium to the Federal Government. The WYO insurers pay flood losses and pay loss adjustment expenses based on a fee schedule through the regulated access of federal funds. In addition, under certain circumstances, reimbursement for litigation costs, including court costs, attorney fees, judgments, and settlements, are paid by FEMA based on documentation submitted by the WYO insurers.

    The complete Arrangement is published in 44 CFR part 62, Appendix A. Each year, FEMA is required to publish in the Federal Register and make available to the Companies the terms for subscription or re-subscription to the Arrangement. 44 CFR part 62, Appendix A, Article V.B.

    Signatory Companies should remain aware that all requirements of the Arrangement, including, but not limited to, financial accounting in issues involving all transactions, must be met. As set forth in Article II.A.1. of Appendix A to Part 62—Federal Emergency Management Agency, Federal Insurance Administration, Financial Assistance/Subsidy Arrangement, the Company is responsible for meeting all fiduciary responsibilities for control and disbursement of funds in connection with policy administration. This includes ensuring that all accounting for policy administration is correct. If errors are made in policy administration, the Company shall be responsible for reimbursing any incorrect allocations, assessments, or other moneys compensated to that company by the Federal Government.

    The Company is responsible for ensuring that all activities meet the requirements of this Arrangement and of the NFIP Financial Control Plan, 44 CFR part 62, Appendix B. The NFIP WYO Standards Committee may take remedial action in the event any such conduct is not corrected.

    FEMA encourages all private insurance companies wishing to participate in the WYO Program for FY 2016 to contact the NFIP at [email protected] by September 4, 2015. Prior participation in the WYO Program does not guarantee that FEMA will approve continued participation. FEMA will evaluate requests to participate in light of publicly-available information, industry performance data, and other criteria listed in 44 CFR 62.24 and the Arrangement, 44 CFR part 62, Appendix A. Private insurance companies are encouraged to supplement this information with customer satisfaction surveys, industry awards or recognition, or other objective performance data. In addition, private insurance companies should work with their vendors and subcontractor involved in servicing and delivering their insurance lines to ensure FEMA receives the information necessary to effectively evaluate the criteria set forth in its regulations.

    FEMA will send a copy of the offer for the FY 2016 Arrangement, together with related materials and submission instructions, to all private insurance companies successfully evaluated by the NFIP. If FEMA, after conducting its evaluation, chooses not to renew a Company's participation, FEMA, at its option, may require the continued performance of all or selected elements of the FY 2015 Arrangement for a period required for orderly transfer or cessation of the business and settlement of accounts, not to exceed 18 months, 44 CFR part 62, Appendix A, Article V.C. All evaluations, whether successful or unsuccessful, will inform both an overall assessment of the WYO Program and any potential changes FEMA may consider regarding the Arrangement in future fiscal years.

    Any private insurance company with questions may contact FEMA in writing: DHS/FEMA, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Attn: Lloyd A. Hake, Division Director, Risk Insurance, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, 1800 South Bell Street, Room 529, Arlington, VA 20598-3020, 202-646-3428 (phone), 202-646-7970 (facsimile), or [email protected] (email).

    Dated: July 24, 2015. Roy Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for the Federal Insurance and Mitigation, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19097 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110-11-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services [OMB Control Number 1615-0078] Agency Information Collection Activities: Application to File Declaration of Intention, Form N-300; Revision of a Currently Approved Collection AGENCY:

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security.

    ACTION:

    60-Day notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration (USCIS) invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment upon this proposed revision of a currently approved collection. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the information collection notice is published in the Federal Register to obtain comments regarding the nature of the information collection, the categories of respondents, the estimated burden (i.e. the time, effort, and resources used by the respondents to respond), the estimated cost to the respondent, and the actual information collection instruments.

    DATES:

    Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for 60 days until October 5, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    All submissions received must include the OMB Control Number 1615-0078 in the subject box, the agency name and Docket ID USCIS-2008-0007. To avoid duplicate submissions, please use only one of the following methods to submit comments:

    (1) Online. Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal Web site at http://www.regulations.gov under e-Docket ID number USCIS-2008-0007;

    (2) Email. Submit comments to [email protected];

    (3) Mail. Submit written comments to DHS, USCIS, Office of Policy and Strategy, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529-2140.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    USCIS, Office of Policy and Strategy, Regulatory Coordination Division, Laura Dawkins, Chief, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529-2140, telephone number 202-272-8377 (This is not a toll-free number. Comments are not accepted via telephone message). Please note contact information provided here is solely for questions regarding this notice. It is not for individual case status inquiries. Applicants seeking information about the status of their individual cases can check Case Status Online, available at the USCIS Web site at http://www.uscis.gov, or call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 800-375-5283 (TTY 800-767-1833).

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Comments

    You may access the information collection instrument with instructions, or additional information by visiting the Federal eRulemaking Portal site at: http://www.regulations.gov and enter USCIS-2008-0007 in the search box. Regardless of the method used for submitting comments or material, all submissions will be posted, without change, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov, and will include any personal information you provide. Therefore, submitting this information makes it public. You may wish to consider limiting the amount of personal information that you provide in any voluntary submission you make to DHS. DHS may withhold information provided in comments from public viewing that it determines may impact the privacy of an individual or is offensive. For additional information, please read the Privacy Act notice that is available via the link in the footer of http://www.regulations.gov.

    Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies should address one or more of the following four points:

    (1) 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;

    (2) 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;

    (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

    (4) 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.

    Overview of This Information Collection

    (1) Type of Information Collection: Revision of a Currently Approved Collection.

    (2) Title of the Form/Collection: Application to File Declaration of Intention.

    (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the DHS sponsoring the collection: Form N-300; USCIS.

    (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: Individuals or households. Form N-300 will be used by permanent residents to file a declaration of intention to become a citizen of the United States. This collection is also used to satisfy documentary requirements for those seeking to work in certain occupations or professions, or to obtain various licenses.

    (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: The estimated total number of respondents for the information collection N-300 is 45 and the estimated hour burden per response is .75 hours (45 minutes).

    (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: The total estimated annual hour burden associated with this collection is 34 hours.

    (7) An estimate of the total public burden (in cost) associated with the collection: The estimated total annual cost burden associated with this collection of information is $168.75.

    Dated: July 29, 2015. Laura Dawkins, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19020 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111-97-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services [OMB Control Number 1615-0096] Agency Information Collection Activities: Genealogy Index Search Request and Genealogy Records Request. Forms G-1041 and G-1041A; Revision of a Currently Approved Collection AGENCY:

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

    ACTION:

    60-Day notice.

    SUMMARY:

    DHS, USCIS invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment upon this proposed revision of a currently approved collection of information. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the information collection notice is published in the Federal Register to obtain comments regarding the nature of the information collection, the categories of respondents, the estimated burden (i.e. the time, effort, and resources used by the respondents to respond), the estimated cost to the respondent, and the actual information collection instruments.

    DATES:

    Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for 60 days until October 5, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    All submissions received must include the OMB Control Number 1615-0096 in the subject box, the agency name and Docket ID USCIS-2006-0013. To avoid duplicate submissions, please use only one of the following methods to submit comments:

    (1) Online. Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal Web site at www.regulations.gov under e-Docket ID number USCIS-2006-0013;

    (2) Email. Submit comments to [email protected];

    (3) Mail. Submit written comments to DHS, USCIS, Office of Policy and Strategy, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529-2140.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    If you need a copy of the information collection instrument with instructions, or additional information, please visit the Federal eRulemaking Portal site at: http://www.regulations.gov and enter USCIS-2006-0013 in the search box. If you need information on how to comment, or would like a copy of the form and instructions, you may contact us at: USCIS, Office of Policy and Strategy, Regulatory Coordination Division, Laura Dawkins, Chief, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529-2140, Telephone number 202-272-8377. Please note contact information provided here is solely for questions regarding this notice. It is not for individual case status inquiries. Applicants seeking information about the status of their individual cases can check Case Status Online, available at the USCIS Web site at http://www.uscis.gov, or call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 800-375-5283 (TTY 800-767-1833).

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments

    Regardless of the method used for submitting comments or material, all submissions will be posted, without change, to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov, and will include any personal information you provide. Therefore, submitting this information makes it public. You may wish to consider limiting the amount of personal information that you provide in any voluntary submission you make to DHS. DHS may withhold information provided in comments from public viewing that it determines may impact the privacy of an individual or is offensive. For additional information, please read the Privacy Act notice that is available via the link in the footer of http://www.regulations.gov.

    Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies should address one or more of the following four points:

    (1) 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;

    (2) 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;

    (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

    (4) 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.

    Overview of This Information Collection

    (1) Type of Information Collection: Revision of a Currently Approved Collection.

    (2) Title of the Form/Collection: Genealogy Index Search Request and Genealogy Records Request.

    (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the DHS sponsoring the collection: Form G-1041 and G-1041A; USCIS.

    (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: Primary: Individuals and households. USCIS will use these forms to facilitate an accurate and timely response to genealogy index search and records requests.

    (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: The estimated total number of respondents for the information collection Form G-1041-4,186 responses (electronically submitted) at .50 hours (30 minutes) per response and 364 responses (submitted by mail) at .50 hours (30 minutes); Form G-1041A-1,824 responses (electronically submitted) at .5 hours (30 minutes) per response and 486 responses (submitted by mail) at .5 hours (30 minutes).

    (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: The total estimated annual hour burden associated with this collection is 3,430 hours.

    (7) An estimate of the total public burden (in cost) associated with the collection: The estimated total annual cost burden associated with this collection of information is $3,187.50.

    Dated: July 29, 2015. Laura Dawkins, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19021 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111-97-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLNVW03500.L51050000.EA0000.LVRCF1504080 241A; MO#4500080991] Notice of Temporary Closure and Temporary Restrictions of Specific Uses on Public Lands for the Burning Man Event, Pershing County, NV AGENCY:

    Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    Notice is hereby given that under the authority of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, as amended (FLPMA), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Winnemucca District, Black Rock Field Office, will implement a temporary closure and temporary restrictions to protect public safety and resources on public lands within and adjacent to the Burning Man event on the Black Rock Desert playa.

    DATES:

    The temporary closure and temporary restrictions will be in effect from August 10, 2015 to September 21, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Gene Seidlitz, BLM District Manager, Winnemucca District, 5100 E. Winnemucca Blvd., Winnemucca, NV 89445-2921, telephone: 775-623-1500, 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 hours.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The temporary closure and temporary restrictions affect public lands within and adjacent to the Burning Man event permitted on the Black Rock Desert playa within the Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area in Pershing County, Nevada. The legal description of the affected public lands in the temporary public closure area is:

    Mount Diablo Meridian T. 33 N., R. 24 E., unsurveyed, Sec. 1, that portion lying northwesterly of East Playa Road; Sec. 2, that portion lying northwesterly of East Playa Road; Sec. 3; Sec. 4, that portion lying southeasterly of Washoe County Road 34; Sec. 5; Sec. 8, NE1/4; Sec. 9, N1/2; Sec. 10, N1/2; Sec. 11, that portion of the N1/2 lying northwesterly of East Playa Road. T. 331/2 N., R. 24 E., unsurveyed, Secs. 25, 26, and 27; Sec. 28, that portion lying easterly of Washoe County Road 34; Sec. 33, that portion lying easterly of Washoe County Road 34; Secs. 34, 35, and 36. T. 34 N., R. 24 E., partly unsurveyed,

    Sec. 23, S1/2;

    Sec. 24, S1/2;

    Secs. 25 and 26;

    Sec. 27, E1/2NE1/4, E1/2SW1/4, SE1/4;

    Sec. 33, NE1/4NE1/4, S1/2NE1/4, that portion of the SW1/4 lying northeasterly of Washoe County Road 34, SE1/4;

    Secs. 34, 35, and 36.

    T. 33 N., R. 25 E., Sec. 4, that portion lying northwesterly of East Playa Road. T. 34 N., R. 25 E., unsurveyed,

    Sec. 16, S1/2;

    Sec. 21;

    Sec. 22, W1/2NW1/4, SW1/4;

    Sec. 27, W1/2;

    Sec. 28;

    Sec. 33, that portion lying northwesterly of East Playa Road; Sec. 34, that portion of the W1/2 lying northwesterly of East Playa Road.

    The temporary closure area comprises 14,153 acres, more or less, in Pershing County, Nevada.

    The public closure is necessary for the period of time from August 10, 2015, through September 21, 2015, because of the Burning Man event activities in the area, starting with fencing the site perimeter, final setup, the actual event (August 30 through September 7), initial phases of cleanup, and concluding with final site cleanup.

    The public closure area comprises about 13 percent of the Black Rock Desert playa. Public access to other areas of the playa will remain open and the other 87 percent of the playa outside the temporary closure area will remain open to dispersed casual use.

    The event area is contained within the temporary closure area. The event area is defined as the portion of the temporary closure area (1) entirely contained within the event perimeter fence, including 50 feet from the outside of the event perimeter fence; and (2) within 25 feet from the outside edge of the event access road; and includes the entirety of the aircraft parking area outside the event perimeter fence.

    The temporary closure and temporary restrictions are necessary to provide a safe environment for the participants of the Burning Man event and to members of the public visiting the Black Rock Desert, and to protect public land resources by addressing law enforcement and public safety concerns associated with the event. The event is expected to attract approximately 70,000 paid participants to a remote rural area, more than 90 miles from urban infrastructure and support, including public safety, transportation, and communication services. During the event, Black Rock City, the temporary city associated with the event, becomes the tenth-largest population area in Nevada. This event is authorized on public land under Special Recreation Permit #NVW03500-15-01.

    While a majority of Burning Man event participants do not violate event rules or BLM rules and regulations, a few participants at previous events have caused law enforcement and public safety incidents similar to those observed in urban areas of similar-size populations. Incidents in prior years include: Aircraft crashes; motor vehicle accidents with injuries both within and outside the event perimeter; fights; sexual assault; assault on law enforcement officers; reckless or threatening behavior; crimes against property; crowd control issues; possession and unlawful use of alcoholic beverages; endangerment of themselves or others; possession, use, and distribution of controlled substances; litter and unlawful dumping of waste.

    The Burning Man event takes place within Pershing County, a rural county with a small population and a small Sheriff's Department. The temporary closure and temporary restrictions are necessary to enable BLM law enforcement personnel to provide for public safety and to protect the public lands, as well as to support and assist state and local agencies with enforcement of existing laws.

    Implementation of the temporary restrictions will increase interaction with and education of users by BLM law enforcement and educational staff which will indirectly increase appreciation and protection of the public resources.

    A temporary closure and temporary restrictions order, under the authority of 43 CFR 8364.1, is appropriate for a single event. A temporary closure and temporary restrictions order is specifically tailored to the timeframe that is necessary to provide a safe environment for the public and for participants at the Burning Man event, and to protect public land resources while avoiding imposing restrictions that may not be necessary in the area during the remainder of the year.

    The BLM will post information signs and maps about the temporary closure and temporary restrictions at main entry points around the playa, at the BLM Winnemucca District Office, at the Nevada State Office, at the Black Rock Visitor Center and on the BLM's Web site: www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/wfo.html.

    Under the authority of Section 303(a) of FLPMA, 43 CFR 8360.0-7, and 43 CFR 8364.1, the BLM will enforce a temporary public closure and the following temporary restrictions will apply within and adjacent to the Burning Man event on the Black Rock Desert playa from August 10, 2015 through September 21, 2015:

    Temporary Restrictions

    (a) Aircraft Landing:

    The public closure area is closed to aircraft landing, taking off, and taxiing. Aircraft is defined in Title 18, U.S.C., section 31(a)(1) and includes lighter-than-air craft and ultra-light craft. The following exceptions apply:

    (1) All aircraft operations, including ultra-light and helicopter landings and takeoffs will occur at the designated 88NV Black Rock City Airport landing strips and areas defined by airport management. All takeoffs and landings will occur only during the hours of operation of the airport as described in the Burning Man Operating Plan. All pilots that use the Black Rock City Airport must agree to and abide by the published airport rules and regulations;

    (2) Only helicopters providing emergency medical services may land at the designated Emergency Medical Services helicopter pad or at other locations when required for medical incidents. The BLM authorized officer or his/her delegated representative may approve other helicopter landings and takeoffs when deemed necessary for the benefit of the law enforcement operation; and

    (3) Landings or takeoffs of lighter-than-air craft previously approved by the BLM authorized officer.

    (b) Alcohol:

    (1) Possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage by the driver or operator of any motorized vehicle, whether or not the vehicle is in motion, is prohibited.

    (2) Possession of alcohol by minors:

    (i) The following are prohibited:

    (A) Consumption or possession of any alcoholic beverage by a person under 21 years of age on public lands; and

    (B) Selling, offering to sell, or otherwise furnishing or supplying any alcoholic beverage to a person under 21 years of age on public lands.

    (3) Operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, or dangerous drugs:

    (i) Title 43 CFR 8341.1(f)(3) prohibits the operation of an off-road motor vehicle on public land while under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, or dangerous drugs.

    (ii) In addition to the prohibition found at 43 CFR8341.1(f)(3), it is prohibited for any person to operate or be in actual physical control of a motor vehicle while:

    (A) The operator is under the combined influence of alcohol, a drug, or drugs to a degree that renders the operator incapable of safe operation of that vehicle; or

    (B) The alcohol concentration in the operator's blood or breath is 0.08 grams or more of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood or 0.08 grams or more of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.

    (C) It is unlawful for any person to drive or be in actual physical control of a vehicle on a highway or on premises to which the public has access with an amount of a prohibited substance in his or her urine or blood that is equal to or greater than the following nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml):

    (1) Amphetamine: urine, 500 ng/ml; blood, 100 ng/ml;

    (2) Cocaine: urine, 150 ng/ml; blood, 50 ng/ml;

    (3) Cocaine metabolite: urine,150 ng/ml; blood, 50 ng/ml;

    (4) Heroin: urine, 2,000 ng/ml; blood, 50 ng/ml;

    (5) Heroin metabolite:

    (i) Morphine: urine, 2,000 ng/ml; blood, 50 ng/ml;

    (ii) 6-monoacetyl morphine: urine, 10 ng/ml; blood, 10 ng/ml;

    (6) Lysergic acid diethylamide: urine, 25 ng/ml; blood,10 ng/ml;

    (7) Marijuana: urine,10 ng/ml; blood, 2 ng/ml;

    (8) Marijuana metabolite: urine, 15 ng/ml; blood, 5 ng/ml;

    (9) Methamphetamine: urine, 500 ng/ml; blood,100 ng/ml;

    (10) Phencyclidine: urine, 25 ng/ml; blood,10 ng/ml;

    (iii) Tests:

    (A) At the request or direction of any law enforcement officer authorized by the Department of the Interior to enforce this closure and restriction order, who has probable cause to believe that an operator of a motor vehicle has violated a provision of paragraph (i) or (ii) of this section, the operator shall submit to one or more tests of the blood, breath, saliva, or urine for the purpose of determining blood alcohol and drug content.

    (B) Refusal by an operator to submit to a test is prohibited and proof of refusal may be admissible in any related judicial proceeding.

    (C) Any test or tests for the presence of alcohol and drugs shall be determined by and administered at the direction of an authorized law enforcement officer.

    (D) Any test shall be conducted by using accepted scientific methods and equipment of proven accuracy and reliability operated by personnel certified in its use.

    (iv) Presumptive levels:

    (A) The results of chemical or other quantitative tests are intended to supplement the elements of probable cause used as the basis for the arrest of an operator charged with a violation of paragraph (i) of this section. If the alcohol concentration in the operator's blood or breath at the time of testing is less than alcohol concentrations specified in paragraph (ii)(B) of this section, this fact does not give rise to any presumption that the operator is or is not under the influence of alcohol.

    (B) The provisions of paragraph (iv)(A) of this section are not intended to limit the introduction of any other competent evidence bearing upon the question of whether the operator, at the time of the alleged violation, was under the influence of alcohol, a drug or multiple drugs, or any combination thereof.

    (4) Definitions:

    (i) Open container: Any bottle, can, or other container which contains an alcoholic beverage, if that container does not have a closed top or lid for which the seal has not been broken. If the container has been opened one or more times, and the lid or top has been replaced, that container is an open container.

    (ii) Possession of an open container includes any open container that is physically possessed by the driver or operator, or is adjacent to and reachable by that driver or operator. This includes, but is not limited, to containers in a cup holder or rack adjacent to the driver or operator, containers on a vehicle floor next to the driver or operator, and containers on a seat or console area next to a driver or operator.

    (c) Drug Paraphernalia:

    (1) The possession of drug paraphernalia is prohibited.

    (2) Definition: Drug paraphernalia means all equipment, products and materials of any kind which are used, intended for use, or designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing into the human body a controlled substance in violation of any state or Federal law, or regulation issued pursuant to law.

    (d) Disorderly Conduct:

    (1) Disorderly conduct is prohibited.

    (2) Definition: Disorderly conduct means that an individual, with the intent of recklessly causing public alarm, nuisance, jeopardy, or violence; or recklessly creating a risk thereof:

    (i) Engages in fighting or violent behavior;

    (ii) Uses language, an utterance or gesture, or engages in a display or act that is physically threatening or menacing, or done in a manner that is likely to inflict injury or incite an immediate breach of the peace.

    (iii) Obstructs, resists, or attempts to elude a law enforcement officer, or fails to follow their orders or directions.

    (e) Eviction of Persons:

    (1) The public closure area is closed to any person who:

    (i) Has been evicted from the event by the permit holder, Black Rock City LLC, (BRC LLC) whether or not the eviction was requested by the BLM;

    (ii) Has been evicted from the event by the BLM;

    (iii) Has been ordered by a law enforcement officer to leave the area of the permitted event.

    (2) Any person evicted from the event forfeits all privileges to be present within the perimeter fence or anywhere else within the public closure area even if they possess a ticket to attend the event.

    (f) Fires:

    The ignition of fires on the surface of the Black Rock playa without a burn blanket or burn pan is prohibited.

    (g) Fireworks:

    The use, sale or possession of personal fireworks is prohibited except for uses of fireworks approved by BRC LLC and used as part of a Burning Man sanctioned art burn event.

    (h) Motor Vehicles:

    (1) Must comply with the following requirements:

    (i) The operator of a motor vehicle must possess a valid driver's license.

    (ii) Motor vehicles and trailers must possess evidence of valid registration, except for mutant vehicles, or other vehicles registered with the BRC LLC organizers and operated within the scope of that registration.

    (iii) Motor vehicles and trailers must possess evidence of valid insurance, except for mutant vehicles, or other vehicles registered with the BRC LLC organizers and operated within the scope of that registration.

    (iv) Motor vehicles and trailers must not block a street used for vehicular travel or a pedestrian pathway.

    (v) Motor vehicles must not exceed the posted speed limit.

    (vi) No person shall occupy a trailer while the motor vehicle is in transit upon a roadway, except for mutant vehicles, or other vehicles registered with the BRC LLC organizers and operated within the scope of that registration.

    (vii) Motor vehicles, other than a motorcycle or golf cart, must be equipped with at least two working headlamps, at least two functioning tail lamps and at least two functioning brake lights, except for mutant vehicles, or other vehicles registered with the BRC LLC organizers and operated within the scope of that registration, so long as they are adequately lit according to Black Rock City, LLC Department of Mutant Vehicle requirements.

    (viii) Trailers pulled by motor vehicles must be equipped with at least two functioning tail lamps and at least two functioning brake lights.

    (ix) Motor vehicles and trailers must display an unobstructed rear license plate and must be equipped with a mounted lamp to illuminate the rear license plate, except for mutant vehicles, or other vehicles registered with the BRC LLC organizers and operated within the scope of that registration.

    (2) The public closure area is closed to motor vehicle use, except as provided below. Motor vehicles may be operated within the public closure area under the circumstances listed below:

    (i) Participant arrival and departure on designated routes;

    (ii) BLM, medical, law enforcement, and firefighting vehicles are authorized at all times;

    (iii) Vehicles, mutant vehicles, or art cars operated by BRC LLC staff or contractors and service providers on behalf of BRC LLC are authorized at all times. These vehicles must display evidence of event registration in such manner that it is visible to the rear of the vehicle while the vehicle is in motion;

    (iv) Vehicles used by disabled drivers and displaying official state disabled driver license plates or placards; or mutant vehicles and art cars, or other vehicles registered with the BRC LLC must display evidence of registration at all times in such manner that it is visible to the rear of the vehicle while the vehicle is in motion;

    (iv) Motorized skateboards, electric assist bicycles, or Go-Peds with or without handlebars;

    (v) Participant drop-off of approved burnables and wood to the Burn Garden/Wood Reclamation Stations (located on open playa at 3:00, 6:00, 9:00 Promenades and the Man base) from 9:00 a.m. Sunday, September 6, 2015 through the end of day Tuesday, September 8, 2015, post event; and

    (vi) Passage through, without stopping, the public closure area on the west or east playa roads.

    (3) Definitions:

    (i) A motor vehicle is any device designed for and capable of travel over land and which is self-propelled by a motor, but does not include any vehicle operated on rails or any motorized wheelchair.

    (ii) Motorized wheelchair means a self-propelled wheeled device, designed solely for and used by a mobility-impaired person for locomotion.

    (iii) A trailer is any instrument designed to be hauled by a motor vehicle.

    (i) Public Camping:

    The public closure area is closed to public camping with the following exception: Burning Man event ticket holders who are camped in designated event areas provided by BRC LLC, and ticket holders who are camped in the authorized pilot camp. BRC LLC authorized staff, contractors, and BLM authorized event management related camps are exempt from this closure.

    (j) Public Use:

    The public closure area is closed to use by members of the public unless that person: Is traveling through, without stopping, the public closure area on the west or east playa roads; possesses a valid ticket to attend the event; is an employee or authorized volunteer with the BLM, a law enforcement officer, emergency medical service provider, fire protection provider, or another public agency employee working at the event and that individual is assigned to the event; is a person working at or attending the event on behalf of BRC LLC; or is authorized by BRC LLC to be onsite prior to the commencement of the event for the primary purpose of constructing, creating, designing or installing art, displays, buildings, facilities or other items and structures in connection with the event; or is a commercial operation to provide services to the event organizers and/or participants authorized by BRC LLC through a contract or agreement and authorized by BLM through a Special Recreation Permit.

    (k) Waste Water Discharge:

    The dumping or discharge to the ground of gray water is prohibited. Gray water is water that has been used for cooking, washing, dishwashing, or bathing and contains soap, detergent, food scraps, or food residue.

    (l) Human Waste:

    Depositing of human waste on the ground is prohibited.

    (m) Unmanned Aircraft Systems:

    (1) The use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) is prohibited, unless the operator is registered through and complies with the Remote Control BRC program (RCBRC) and operates the UAS in accordance with Federal laws and regulations.

    (2) Definition:

    (i) Unmanned aircraft means an aircraft operated without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the aircraft.

    (ii) An unmanned aircraft system is the unmanned aircraft (UA) and all of the associated support equipment, control station, data links, telemetry, communications and navigation equipment, etc., necessary to operate the unmanned aircraft.

    (n) Lasers:

    (1) The possession and or use of handheld lasers is prohibited.

    (2) Definition:

    (i) A laser means any hand held laser beam device or demonstration laser product that emits a single point of light amplified by the stimulated emission of radiation that is visible to the human eye.

    (o) Weapons:

    (1) The possession of any weapon is prohibited except weapons within motor vehicles passing, without stopping, through the public closure area on the west or east playa roads.

    (2) The discharge of any weapon is prohibited.

    (3) The prohibitions above shall not apply to county, state, tribal, and Federal law enforcement personnel who are working in their official capacity at the event. “Art projects” that include weapons and are sanctioned by BRC LLC will be permitted after obtaining authorization from the BLM authorized officer.

    (4) Definitions:

    (i) Weapon means a firearm, compressed gas or spring powered pistol or rifle, bow and arrow, cross bow, blowgun, spear gun, hand-thrown spear, sling shot, irritant gas device, electric stunning or immobilization device, explosive device, any implement designed to expel a projectile, switch-blade knife, any blade which is greater than 10 inches in length from the tip of the blade to the edge of the hilt or finger guard nearest the blade (e.g., swords, dirks, daggers, machetes), or any other weapon the possession of which is prohibited by state law. Exception: This rule does not apply in a kitchen or cooking environment or where an event worker is wearing or utilizing a construction knife for their duties at the event.

    (ii) Firearm means any pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, or other device which is designed to, or may be readily converted to expel a projectile by the ignition of a propellant.

    (iii) Discharge means the expelling of a projectile from a weapon.

    Any person who violates the above rules and restrictions may be tried before a United States Magistrate and fined no more than $100,000, imprisoned no more than 12 months, or both, in accordance with 18 U.S.C. 3571(b), 43 U.S.C. 1733(a), and 43 CFR 8360.0-7. Such violations may also be subject to the enhanced penalties provided by 18 U.S.C. 3571 and 3581. In accordance with 43 CFR 8365.1-7, State or local officials may also impose penalties for violations of Nevada law.

    Authority:

    43 CFR 8364.1.

    Gene Seidlitz, District Manager, Winnemucca District.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19160 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310-HC-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLMT926000-L14400000.BJ0000; 15XL1109AF; MO#4500081852] Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey; Montana AGENCY:

    Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Notice of filing of plats of survey.

    SUMMARY:

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will file the plats of survey of the lands described below in the BLM Montana State Office, Billings, Montana, on September 3, 2015.

    DATES:

    Protests of the survey must be filed before September 3, 2015 to be considered.

    ADDRESSES:

    Protests of the survey should be sent to the Branch of Cadastral Survey, Bureau of Land Management, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, Montana 59101-4669.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Andrew Varilek, Cadastral Surveyor, Branch of Cadastral Survey, Bureau of Land Management, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, Montana 59101-4669, telephone (406) 896-5166 or (406) 896-5003, [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:

    This survey was executed at the request of the Field Manager, Lewistown Field Office, and was necessary to delineate Federal lands. The lands we surveyed are:

    Principal Meridian, Montana T. 12 N., R. 22 E.

    The plat, in two sheets, representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the east boundary and a portion of the subdivisional lines and the subdivision of sections 13, 14, 23, 24, and 25, Township 12 North, Range 22 East, Principal Meridian, Montana, was accepted July 21, 2015.

    T. 11 N., R. 23 E.

    The plat, in one sheet, representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the north boundary and a portion of the subdivisional lines and the subdivision of section 6, Township 11 North, Range 23 East, Principal Meridian, Montana, was accepted July 21, 2015.

    We will place a copy of the plats, in three sheets, and related field notes we described in the open files. They will be available to the public as a matter of information. If the BLM receives a protest against this survey, as shown on these plats, in three sheets, prior to the date of the official filing, we will stay the filing pending our consideration of the protest. We will not officially file these plats, in three sheets, until the day after we have accepted or dismissed all protests and they have become final, including decisions or appeals.

    Authority:

    43 U.S.C. Chap. 3.

    Joshua F. Alexander, Acting Chief, Branch of Cadastral Survey, Division of Energy, Minerals and Realty.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19051 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310-DN-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLWY910000.L16100000.XX0000] Notice of Public Meeting; Wyoming 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 of 1976 and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Wyoming Resource Advisory Council (RAC) will meet as indicated below.

    DATES:

    The meeting is scheduled for, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    ADDRESSES:

    The meeting will be conducted by teleconference, which the public may attend the call in person at the Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, Wyoming.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Christian Venhuizen, Wyoming Resource Advisory Council Coordinator, Wyoming State Office, 5353 Yellowstone Road, Cheyenne, WY 82009; telephone 307-775-6103; 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:

    This 10-member RAC advises the Secretary of the Interior on a variety of management issues associated with public land management in Wyoming. Planned agenda topics include discussions on the Greater Sage-Grouse and follow-up to previous RAC meetings. On Wednesday, Aug. 19, the meeting will begin at 8 a.m., in the Wyoming State Office's first floor conference room and adjourn for lunch at noon. The meeting will resume with a public comment period at 1 p.m. in the conference room. Depending on the number of persons wishing to comment and time available, the time for individual oral comments may be limited. If there are no members of the public interested in speaking, the meeting will move promptly to the next agenda item. The public may also submit written comments to the RAC by emailing [email protected], with the subject line “RAC Public Comment” or by submitting comments during the meeting, at the Wyoming State Office, to the RAC coordinator. Typed or written comments will be provided to RAC members as part of the meeting's minutes.

    Dated: July 14, 2015. Mary Jo Rugwell, Acting State Director.
    [FR Doc. 2015-17802 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS-WASO-NRNHL-18852; PPWOCRADI0, PCU00RP14.R50000] National Register of Historic Places; Notification of Pending Nominations and Related Actions

    Nominations for the following properties being considered for listing or related actions in the National Register were received by the National Park Service before July 11, 2015. Pursuant to section 60.13 of 36 CFR part 60, written comments are being accepted concerning the significance of the nominated properties under the National Register criteria for evaluation. Comments may be forwarded by United States Postal Service, to the National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service, 1849 C St. NW., MS 2280, Washington, DC 20240; by all other carriers, National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service,1201 Eye St. NW., 8th floor, Washington, DC 20005; or by fax, 202-371-6447. Written or faxed comments should be submitted by August 19, 2015. 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: July 17, 2015. Roger Reed, Acting Chief, National Register of Historic Places/National Historic Landmarks Program. ARKANSAS Pulaski County MacArthur Park Historic District (Boundary Increase and Additional Documentation), Roughly bounded by Ferry, McGowan, Cumberland & Scott, E. 15th St., E. Capitol Ave., Little Rock, 15000536 MISSOURI St. Louis County Claverach Park, Roughly bounded by Broadview, Claverach, Crestwood, Harcourt, Hillvale & Ridgemoor Drs., Clayton Rd., Wydown Blvd., Clayton, 15000537 NEW YORK Monroe County Park Avenue and State Street Historic District, 15-121 Park Ave., 15-118 State, 36-54 South, 6 & 12 High & 14 & 20 Spring Sts., Brockport, 15000538 Orleans County Holley Village Historic District, 1 Village Sq., 3-35 Frisbe Terrace, Public Sq., 32-34 Albion, 1-13 S. Main, 1 Wright, 2 White, 1 & 4-18 Thomas Sts., Holley, 15000539 Richmond County Sylvan Grove Cemetery, Victory Blvd. at Glen St., Staten Island, 15000540 NORTH CAROLINA Dare County LIGHT VESSEL 71 (shipwreck), Address Restricted, Buxton, 15000541 TENNESSEE Knox County Gay Street Commercial Historic District (Boundary Increase and Additional Documentation), 626 S. Gay St., Knoxville, 15000542 TEXAS Travis County All Saints' Chapel, 209 W. 27th St., Austin, 15000543 Simpson Memorial Methodist Church, (East Austin MRA) 1701 E. 12th St., Austin, 15000544 VIRGINIA Accomack County Tangier Island Historic District (Boundary Increase), S. of Tangier Island in Chesapeake Bay, Tangier, 15000545 Chesapeake Independent City Cornland School, 2309 Benefit Rd., Chesapeake (Independent City), 15000546 Danville Independent City Danville Historic District (Boundary Increase), Jefferson Ave., Chestnut Pl., Grove, Chambers, 100 blks. Ross & Holbrook Sts., Danville (Independent City), 15000547 Halifax County Mountain Road Historic District (Boundary Increase), Mountain Rd., Academy St., Poplar Ln., Halifax, 15000548 Hopewell Independent City Downtown Hopewell Historic District (Boundary Increase and Decrease), E. Broadway Ave., S. Main & E. Poythress Sts., Hopewell (Independent City), 15000549 Pittsylvania County Chatham Southern Railway Depot, 340 Whitehead St., Chatham, 15000550 WISCONSIN Green County Chalet of the Golden Fleece, 618 2nd St., New Glarus, 15000551 Rock County Courier Building, 513 Vernal Ave., Milton, 15000552
    [FR Doc. 2015-19011 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312-51-P
    INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation No. 337-TA-925] Certain Communications or Computing Devices and Components Thereof Commission Determination Not To Review an Initial Determination Terminating the Investigation in its Entirety Based Upon Settlement; Termination of Investigation; and Vacatur of Order No. 34; Correction AGENCY:

    U.S. International Trade Commission.

    ACTION:

    Correction of Notice. The Commission hereby corrects the summary section of the notice published in the Federal Register July 29, 2015 (80 FR 45232).

    SUMMARY:

    Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined not to review the presiding administrative law judge's (“ALJ”) initial determination (“ID”) (Order No. 41) terminating the above-captioned investigation in its entirety based upon settlement. The commission has also determined to vacate Order No. 34 as moot.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Panyin A. Hughes, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205-3042. Copies of non-confidential documents filed in connection with this investigation are or will be available for inspection during official business hours (8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205-2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its Internet server at http://www.usitc.gov. The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission's electronic docket (EDIS) at http://edis.usitc.gov. Hearing-impaired persons are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission's TDD terminal on (202) 205-1810.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Commission instituted this investigation on August 21, 2014, based on a Complaint filed by Enterprise Systems Technologies S.a.r.l. of Luxembourg (“Enterprise”). 79 FR 49537-38 (Aug. 21, 2014). The Complaint alleges violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, 19 U.S.C. 1337, in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain communications or computing devices and components thereof by reason of infringement of certain claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,691,302 (“the '302 patent”); 5,870,610; 6,594,366; and 7,454,201. The notice of investigation named the following respondents: HTC Corporation of Taoyuan, Taiwan; HTC America, Inc. of Bellevue, Washington; LG Electronics Inc. of Seoul, Republic of Korea; LG Electronics USA, Inc. of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey; LG Electronics MobileComm U.S.A., Inc. of San Diego, California; Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. of Seoul, Republic of Korea; Samsung Electronics America, Inc. of Ridgefield Park, New Jersey; Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC of Richardson, Texas (collectively, “Remaining Respondents”); Apple Inc. of Cupertino, California (“Apple”); and Cirrus Logic Inc. of Austin, Texas (“Cirrus”). The Office of Unfair Import Investigations was also named as a party to the investigation.

    On September 9, 2014, the ALJ issued an initial determination, Order No. 6, granting intervenor status to Google Inc. of Mountain View, California (“Google”). On March 9, 2015, the ALJ issued an ID, Order No. 20, terminating the investigation as to Cirrus. On June 5, 2015, the ALJ issued an ID, Order No. 37, terminating the investigation as to Apple. The Commission determined not to review those IDs.

    On May 21, 2015, the ALJ issued Order No. 34, an initial determination terminating the '302 patent from the investigation based upon a lack of standing. Enterprise filed a petition for review on May 28, 2015. The parties subsequently moved for a 60-day extension to file any further briefing on the issue. The Commission granted the motion on June 1, 2015, and extended the date for determining whether to review Order No. 34 to August 21, 2015. Thus, Order No. 34 remains outstanding.

    On June 22, 2015, Enterprise, Remaining Respondents, and Google jointly moved to terminate the investigation in its entirety based upon settlement. On June 29, 2015, the Commission investigative attorney filed a response in support of the motion. No other responses to the motion were received.

    The ALJ issued the subject ID on July 1, 2015, and a corrected version on July 17, 2015, granting the joint motion for termination. The ALJ found that the settlement agreement satisfies the requirements of Commission Rule 210.21(b). She further found, pursuant to Commission Rule 210.50(b)(2), that there is no indication that termination of the investigation would adversely impact the public interest. No one petitioned for review of the ID.

    The Commission has determined not to review the ID as corrected. In light of the settlement, the Commission has determined to vacate Order No. 34 as moot.

    The authority for the Commission's determination is contained in section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1337), and in art 210 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR part 210).

    By order of the Commission.

    Issued: July 29, 2015. Lisa R. Barton, Secretary to the Commission.
    [FR Doc. 2015-18984 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020-02-P
    DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Drug Enforcement Administration [Docket No. DEA-392] Importer of Controlled Substances Registration: Johnson Matthey, Inc. ACTION:

    Notice of registration.

    SUMMARY:

    Johnson Matthey, Inc. applied to be registered as an importer of certain basic classes of controlled substances. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) grants Johnson Matthey, Inc., registration as an importer of those controlled substances.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    By notice dated April 14, 2015, and published in the Federal Register on April 22, 2015, 80 FR 22559, Johnson Matthey, Inc., Pharmaceutical Materials, 2003 Nolte Drive, West Deptford, New Jersey 08066-1742 applied to be registered as an importer of certain basic classes of controlled substances. No comments or objections were submitted for this notice. Comments and requests for hearings on applications to import narcotic raw material are not appropriate. 72 FR 3417, (January 25, 2007).

    The DEA has considered the factors in 21 U.S.C. 823, 952(a) and 958(a) and determined that the registration of Johnson Matthey, Inc. to import the basic classes of controlled substances is consistent with the public interest and with United States obligations under international treaties, conventions, or protocols in effect on May 1, 1971. The DEA investigated the company's maintenance of effective controls against diversion by inspecting and testing the company's physical security systems, verifying the company's compliance with state and local laws, and reviewing the company's background and history.

    Therefore, pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 952(a) and 958(a), and in accordance with 21 CFR 1301.34, the above-named company is granted registration as an importer of the basic classes controlled substances:

    Controlled substance Schedule Coca Leaves (9040) II Thebaine (9333) II Opium, raw (9600) II Noroxymorphone (9668) II Poppy Straw Concentrate (9670) II Fentanyl (9801) II

    The company plans to import thebaine derivatives and fentanyl as reference standards.

    The company plans to import the remaining listed controlled substances as raw materials, to be used in the manufacture of bulk controlled substances, for distribution to its customers.

    Dated: July 29, 2015. Joseph T. Rannazzisi, Deputy Assistant Administrator.
    [FR Doc. 2015-19107 Filed 8-3-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410-09-P
    DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Drug Enforcement Administration [Docket No. 15-15] Adeline Davies Essien, M.D.; Decision and Order

    On March 25, 2015, Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Christopher B. McNeil issued the attached Recommended Decision. Neither party filed exceptions to the Recommended Decision.

    Having reviewed the record in its entirety, I adopt the ALJ's findings of fact, conclusions of law and recommended order.1 Accordingly, I will order that Respondent's DEA Certificate of Registration be revoked and that any pending application to renew or modify her registration be denied.

    1 I take official notice of the fact that, according to the registration records of the Agency, Respondent retains an active registration as of this date. Pursuant to 21 CFR 1316.59(e), Respondent may controvert this finding by filing a properly supported motion, no later than 10 days from the date of this Order.

    Order

    Pursuant to the authority vested in me by 21 U.S.C. 823(f) and 824(a)(3), as well as 28 CFR 0.100(b), I order that DEA Certificate of Registration BE6969541, issued to Adeline Davies Essien, M.D., be, and it hereby is, revoked. I further order that any pending application of Adeline Davies Essien, M.D., to renew or modify her registration, be, and it hereby is, denied. This Order is effective September 3, 2015.

    Dated: July 27, 2015. Chuck Rosenberg, Acting Administrator. Frank W. Mann, Esq., for the Government. Thomas P. O'Connell, Esq., for the Respondent. ORDER GRANTING THE GOVERNMENT'S MOTION FOR SUMMARY DISPOSITION and FINDINGS OF FACT, CONCLUSIONS OF LAW, AND RECOMMENDED DECISION OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE

    Administrative Law Judge Christopher B. McNeil. On January 21, 2015, the Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued an Order to Show Cause as to why the DEA should not revoke DEA Certificate of Registration Number BE6969541 issued to Adeline Davies Essien, M.D., the Respondent in this matter. The Order seeks to revoke Respondent's registration pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 824(a)(4) and 823(f), and to deny any pending applications for renewal or modification of such registration, and deny any applications for any new DEA registrations pursuant to 21 U.S.C. 823(f). As grounds for denial, the Government alleges that Respondent is “currently without authority to handle controlled substances in the State of Illinois, the state in which [Respondent is] registered with the DEA.”

    On February 27, 2015, the DEA's Office of Administrative Law Judges received Respondent's written request for a hearing, which is dated February 26, 2015. Respondent stated that she objected to the Government's allegation regarding Respondent's authority to handle controlled substances. Respondent further stated that she “does have authority to practice medicine and handle controlled substances.”

    On March 3, 2015, this Office issued an Order for Briefing on Allegations Concerning Respondent's Lack of State Authority, Order for Prehearing Statements, and Order Setting the Matter for Hearing. In the Order, I mandated that the parties provide briefs regarding the allegation that Respondent lacks state authority to handle controlled substances no later than 2:00 p.m. on March 17, 2015. In my Order, I also provided that responses to any briefs be submitted by no later than 2:00 p.m. on March 24, 2015. On March 17, 2015, I timely received the Government's Response to Order and Motion for Summary Disposition. According to the Government's motion, Respondent is without authority to prescribe, administer, or dispense controlled substances in the State of Illinois. In its Exhibit One attachment, the Government provided evidence that the State of Illinois, the jurisdiction where she is licensed to practice medicine and where Respondent is registered with the DEA, considers her license “Not Renewed” with an expiration date of July 31, 2014. Additionally, the Government in its Exhibit Two attachment provided a sworn declaration of Laura Forester, Chief of Medical Prosecutions for the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, stating that Respon