Federal Register Vol. 80, No.50,

Federal Register Volume 80, Issue 50 (March 16, 2015)

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80 FR 13560 - Sunshine Act NoticePDF
80 FR 13479 - Delegation of Authority Pursuant to Section 1209(b)(2) of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015PDF
80 FR 13543 - Sunshine Act MeetingPDF
80 FR 13634 - Sunshine Act: Notice of Agency MeetingPDF
80 FR 13561 - Sunshine Act; Notice of MeetingPDF
80 FR 13611 - Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Columbia-Cascades Area Office, Yakima, WAPDF
80 FR 13614 - Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of Defense, Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District, Charleston, SCPDF
80 FR 13610 - Notice of Inventory Completion: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Kaibab National Forest, Williams, AZPDF
80 FR 13613 - Notice of Inventory Completion: The Toledo Zoological Society, Toledo, OHPDF
80 FR 13607 - Notice of Inventory Completion: State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City, IAPDF
80 FR 13636 - License Renewal for Callaway Plant, Unit 1PDF
80 FR 13569 - Proposed Priority-National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research-Rehabilitation Research and Training CentersPDF
80 FR 13639 - Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS); Meeting of the ACRS Subcommittee on Fukushima; Notice of MeetingPDF
80 FR 13606 - Notice of Inventory Completion: Columbia University, Department of Anthropology, New York, NYPDF
80 FR 13660 - Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 13602 - Notice of Inventory Completion: Columbia University, Department of Anthropology, New York, NYPDF
80 FR 13637 - Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS); Meeting of the ACRS Subcommittee on Thermal Hydraulic Phenomena; Notice of MeetingPDF
80 FR 13604 - Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MNPDF
80 FR 13638 - Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards; Meeting of the ACRS Subcommittee on Thermal Hydraulic PhenomenaPDF
80 FR 13497 - Migratory Bird Hunting and Permits; Regulations for Managing Harvest of Light Goose PopulationsPDF
80 FR 13615 - Environmental Impact Statement for a Livestock Grazing and Trailing Management Plan at Capitol Reef National Park, UtahPDF
80 FR 13542 - Media Bureau Designates May 29, 2015 as Pre-Auction Licensing Deadline; May 29, 2015 Deadline Also Applicable to Class A Television Stations Converting to DigitalPDF
80 FR 13603 - Environmental Impact Statement for a Management Plan for Yellowstone-Area BisonPDF
80 FR 13522 - Certain Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Administrative Review; 2012-2013PDF
80 FR 13513 - Long-Chain Perfluoroalkyl Carboxylate and Perfluoroalkyl Sulfonate Chemical Substances; Significant New Use Rule; Extension of Comment PeriodPDF
80 FR 13589 - Notice of Issuance of Final Determination Concerning Certain Notebook Computer ProductsPDF
80 FR 13532 - Downeast LNG, Inc.; Application for Long-Term Authorization To Export Liquefied Natural Gas Produced From Domestic Natural Gas Resources to Non-Free Trade Agreement Countries for a 20-Year PeriodPDF
80 FR 13580 - Applications for New Awards; National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research; Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training ProgramPDF
80 FR 13576 - Applications for New Awards; National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research-Research Fellowships ProgramPDF
80 FR 13638 - Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS); Meeting of the ACRS Subcommittee on Fukushima; Notice of MeetingPDF
80 FR 13530 - President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Meeting (PCAST)PDF
80 FR 13639 - 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 Information; CorrectionsPDF
80 FR 13536 - Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC)PDF
80 FR 13663 - Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee (MCSAC): Public MeetingPDF
80 FR 13616 - Notice of Public Meetings and Teleconferences for the National Park Service Alaska Region Subsistence Resource Commission ProgramPDF
80 FR 13508 - Natural Resources Defense Council et al.; Filing of Food Additive PetitionPDF
80 FR 13538 - Information Collection Request Submittal to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; 2015 Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment (Reinstatement)PDF
80 FR 13540 - Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units (Renewal)PDF
80 FR 13538 - Agency Information Collection Activities OMB ResponsesPDF
80 FR 13563 - Submission for OMB Review; 30-Day Comment Request: Outcome Evaluation of the Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) Program (OD)PDF
80 FR 13608 - Notice of April 29, 2015, Meeting for Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail Advisory CouncilPDF
80 FR 13567 - Proposed Collection; 60-Day Comment Request; PHS Applications and Pre-Award Reporting Requirements (OD)PDF
80 FR 13568 - Proposed Collection; 60-Day Comment Request; Post-Award Reporting Requirements Including Research Performance Progress Report Collection (OD)PDF
80 FR 13668 - Additional Identifying Information Associated With Perons Whose Property and Interests in Property Are Blocked Pursuant to the Executive Order of March 9, 2015, “Blocking Property and Suspending Entry of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Venezuela”PDF
80 FR 13562 - Proposed Collection; 60-Day Comment Request; DERT Extramural Grantee Data Collection (NIEHS)PDF
80 FR 13663 - Surrender of License of Small Business Investment CompanyPDF
80 FR 13539 - National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology; Request for Nominations to NACEPT SubcommitteePDF
80 FR 13524 - Information Collection Requirement; Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; DFARS Part 245, Government PropertyPDF
80 FR 13514 - Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration Advisory Committee MeetingPDF
80 FR 13629 - Certain Toy Figurines and Toy Sets Containing the SamePDF
80 FR 13586 - Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 13631 - Notice of Lodging of Proposed Consent Decree Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery ActPDF
80 FR 13525 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Application for the U.S. Presidential Scholars ProgramPDF
80 FR 13491 - Audits of State and Local Governments, Institutions of Higher Education, and Other Nonprofit InstitutionsPDF
80 FR 13561 - Change in Bank Control Notices; Acquisitions of Shares of a Bank or Bank Holding CompanyPDF
80 FR 13500 - Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Trawl Catcher Vessels in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of AlaskaPDF
80 FR 13518 - Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 13605 - Endangered Species; Receipt of Applications for PermitPDF
80 FR 13519 - New England Fishery Management Council; Public MeetingPDF
80 FR 13520 - New England Fishery Management Council; Public MeetingPDF
80 FR 13639 - Impact of the Select Agent RegulationsPDF
80 FR 13668 - Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 13541 - Application for Final Commitment for a Long-Term Loan or Financial Guarantee in Excess of $100 Million: AP088968XXPDF
80 FR 13564 - Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act ReviewPDF
80 FR 13615 - Notice of Cancellation of a Portion of Plat of SurveyPDF
80 FR 13617 - Endangered Species Recovery Permit ApplicationsPDF
80 FR 13630 - Notice of Receipt of Complaint; Solicitation of Comments Relating to the Public InterestPDF
80 FR 13609 - Receipt of Applications for Endangered Species PermitsPDF
80 FR 13515 - White River National Forest; Eagle County, CO; Camp Hale Restoration and Enhancement Project EISPDF
80 FR 13664 - Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air Carrier Permits Filed Under Subpart B (Formerly Subpart Q) During the Week Ending February 14, 2015PDF
80 FR 13663 - Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air Carrier Permits Filed Under Subpart B (Formerly Subpart Q) During the Week Ending February 21, 2015PDF
80 FR 13664 - Notice of Applications for Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air Carrier Permits Filed Under Subpart B (Formerly Subpart Q) During the Week Ending February 7, 2014PDF
80 FR 13522 - Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Management Information ReportingPDF
80 FR 13633 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Servicing Multi-Piece and Single Piece Rim Wheels StandardPDF
80 FR 13521 - Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness: Notice of Public MeetingsPDF
80 FR 13535 - Midwestern Gas Transmission Company; Notice of Request Under Blanket AuthorizationPDF
80 FR 13527 - Rover Pipeline LLC; Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company, LP; Trunkline Gas Company, LLC; Notice of ApplicationsPDF
80 FR 13528 - Proposed Agency Information CollectionPDF
80 FR 13537 - City Water and Light Plant of the City of Jonesboro; Notice of FilingPDF
80 FR 13519 - Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 13517 - Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Application for Commercial Fisheries Authorization Under Section 118 of the Marine Mammal Protection ActPDF
80 FR 13635 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 13516 - Provincial Advisory CommitteesPDF
80 FR 13514 - Forest Resource Coordinating Committee; MeetingsPDF
80 FR 13535 - Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC; Notice of Effectiveness of Withdrawal of Rehearing RequestPDF
80 FR 13531 - PacifiCorp Energy; Notice of Application Ready for Environmental Analysis, and Soliciting Comments, Recommendations, Preliminary Terms and Conditions, and Preliminary Fishway PrescriptionsPDF
80 FR 13537 - City Power Marketing, LLC; K. Stephen Tsingas; Notice of Designation of Commission Staff As Non-DecisionalPDF
80 FR 13586 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Medical Device Recall AuthorityPDF
80 FR 13536 - Combined Notice of FilingsPDF
80 FR 13534 - Combined Notice of FilingsPDF
80 FR 13528 - Combined Notice of Filings #1PDF
80 FR 13525 - Combined Notice of Filings #1PDF
80 FR 13660 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; International Securities Exchange, LLC; Order Instituting Proceedings To Determine Whether To Approve or Disapprove a Proposed Rule Change To Modify ISE's Opening ProcessPDF
80 FR 13651 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; EDGX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Related to Fees for Use of EDGX Exchange, Inc.PDF
80 FR 13656 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; EDGX Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Related to Fees for Use of EDGX Exchange, Inc.PDF
80 FR 13647 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; EDGA Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Related to Fees for Use of EDGA Exchange, Inc.PDF
80 FR 13641 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change Relating to Customer Rebate Program, Multiply Listed Options, PIXL PricingPDF
80 FR 13619 - Office of Natural Resources Revenue; Agency Information Collection Activities: 30 CFR Parts 1202, 1206, and 1207, Indian Oil & Gas Valuation-Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 13593 - Proposed Flood Hazard DeterminationsPDF
80 FR 13517 - Notice of Public Meeting of the Oklahoma Advisory Committee for a Meeting To Discuss and Vote Upon a Project Proposal Regarding the School to Prison Pipeline in Oklahoma; CorrectionPDF
80 FR 13632 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Telecommunications StandardPDF
80 FR 13634 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; National Compensation SurveyPDF
80 FR 13588 - Final Flood Hazard DeterminationsPDF
80 FR 13520 - Request for Applicants for Appointment to the United States-Brazil CEO ForumPDF
80 FR 13599 - Proposed Flood Hazard DeterminationsPDF
80 FR 13573 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Public Comment RequestPDF
80 FR 13493 - Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana; Minor NSR for Title V and FESOP SourcesPDF
80 FR 13510 - Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Virginia; Consumer and Commercial Products, and Mobile Equipment Repair and Refinishing OperationsPDF
80 FR 13591 - Notice of Public Meetings on the Proposed Revised Guidelines for Implementing Executive Order 11988, Floodplain Management, As Revised Through the Federal Flood Risk Management StandardPDF
80 FR 13665 - Petition for Exemption From the Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.PDF
80 FR 13665 - Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee-Open MeetingPDF
80 FR 13576 - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Notice of Closed MeetingsPDF
80 FR 13563 - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Notice of Closed MeetingPDF
80 FR 13575 - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Notice of Closed MeetingPDF
80 FR 13585 - Center for Scientific Review; Notice of Closed MeetingPDF
80 FR 13566 - Center for Scientific Review; Notice of Closed MeetingsPDF
80 FR 13585 - National Institute of Mental Health Notice of Closed MeetingPDF
80 FR 13565 - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Advisory Council; Notice of MeetingPDF
80 FR 13574 - Notice of MeetingPDF
80 FR 13561 - Center for Scientific Review; Notice of Closed MeetingsPDF
80 FR 13566 - National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; Notice of Closed MeetingsPDF
80 FR 13585 - National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases; Notice of Closed MeetingPDF
80 FR 13543 - Filing Dates for the Mississippi Special Elections in the 1st Congressional DistrictPDF
80 FR 13629 - Certain Flash Memory Chips and Products Containing the Same Commission Determination Not To Review an Initial Determination Granting a Joint Motion To Terminate the Investigation in Its Entirety Based Upon Settlement; Termination of the InvestigationPDF
80 FR 13575 - Center for Substance Abuse Prevention; Notice of MeetingPDF
80 FR 13567 - Center for Mental Health Services; Notice of MeetingPDF
80 FR 13512 - Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, South Coast Air Quality Management District and Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management DistrictPDF
80 FR 13495 - Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, South Coast Air Quality Management District and Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management DistrictPDF
80 FR 13544 - Federal Home Loan Bank Members Selected for Community Support Review 2014-2015 Review Cycle-5th RoundPDF
80 FR 13601 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Foreign Assembler's DeclarationPDF
80 FR 13492 - International Mail Manual; Incorporation by ReferencePDF
80 FR 13592 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Application for Allowance in DutiesPDF
80 FR 13492 - Domestic Mail Manual; Incorporation by ReferencePDF
80 FR 13483 - Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. AirplanesPDF
80 FR 13502 - Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Salable Quantities and Allotment Percentages for the 2015-2016 Marketing YearPDF
80 FR 13481 - Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada HelicoptersPDF
80 FR 13667 - Imposition of Sanctions Pursuant to Executive Order 13687 on January 2, 2015PDF
80 FR 13486 - Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company AirplanesPDF
80 FR 13672 - Standards of Performance for New Residential Wood Heaters, New Residential Hydronic Heaters and Forced-Air FurnacesPDF

Issue

80 50 Monday, March 16, 2015 Contents Agricultural Marketing Agricultural Marketing Service PROPOSED RULES Marketing Orders: Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Salable Quantities and Allotment Percentages for the 2015-2016 Marketing Year, 13502-13508 2015-05681 Agriculture Agriculture Department See

Agricultural Marketing Service

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Forest Service

See

Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration

NOTICES Charter Renewals: Provincial Advisory Committees, 13516-13517 2015-05873
Centers Disease Centers for Disease Control and Prevention NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 13564-13565 2015-05902 Children Children and Families Administration NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 13586 2015-05918 Civil Rights Civil Rights Commission NOTICES Meetings: Oklahoma Advisory Committee; Corrections, 13517 2015-05849 Commerce Commerce Department See

International Trade Administration

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National Institute of Standards and Technology

See

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 13518-13519 2015-05910
Community Living Administration Community Living Administration NOTICES Applications for New Awards: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research; Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program, 13580-13585 2015-05949 National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research; Research Fellowships Program, 13576-13580 2015-05948 Proposed Priorities: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research; Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers, 13569-13573 2015-05989 Defense Acquisition Defense Acquisition Regulations System NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Government Property, 13524-13525 2015-05923 Defense Department Defense Department See

Defense Acquisition Regulations System

RULES Audits of State and Local Governments, Institutions of Higher Education, and Other Nonprofit Institutions, 13491-13492 2015-05915
Education Department Education Department NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Application for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, 13525 2015-05916 Energy Department Energy Department See

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

NOTICES Authority to Import and Export Gas: Downeast LNG, Inc., 13532-13534 2015-05952 Meetings: Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee, 13536 2015-05943 President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, 13530-13531 2015-05945
Environmental Protection Environmental Protection Agency RULES Air Quality State Implementation Plans; Approvals and Promulgations: Indiana; Minor NSR for Title V and FESOP Sources, 13493-13495 2015-05838 South Coast Air Quality Management District and Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, 13495-13497 2015-05807 Standards of Performance: New Residential Wood Heaters, New Residential Hydronic Heaters and Forced-Air Furnaces, 13672-13753 2015-03733 PROPOSED RULES Air Quality State Implementation Plans; Approvals and Promulgations: South Coast Air Quality Management District and Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District, 13512-13513 2015-05808 Virginia; Consumer and Commercial Products, and Mobile Equipment Repair and Refinishing Operations, 13510-13512 2015-05836 Significant New Uses: Long-Chain Perfluoroalkyl Carboxylate and Perfluoroalkyl Sulfonate Chemical Substances, 13513 2015-05958 NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 13538 2015-05934 Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: 2015 Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment, 13538-13539 2015-05936 NESHAP for Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units, 13540-13541 2015-05935 Requests for Nominations: National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology, 13539-13540 2015-05925 Export Import Export-Import Bank NOTICES Applications for Long-Term Loans or Financial Guarantees in Excess of $100 million, 13541-13542 2015-05903 Federal Aviation Federal Aviation Administration RULES Airworthiness Directives: Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Helicopters, 13481-13483 2015-05571 Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes, 13483-13486 2015-05735 The Boeing Company Airplanes, 13486-13491 2015-05035 NOTICES Meetings: Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee, 13665 2015-05829 Federal Communications Federal Communications Commission NOTICES Media Bureau Designates May 29, 2015 as Pre-Auction Licensing Deadline; May 29, 2015 Deadline Also Applicable to Class A Television Stations Converting to Digital, 13542-13543 2015-05975 Federal Deposit Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation NOTICES Meetings; Sunshine Act, 13543 2015-06063 Federal Election Federal Election Commission NOTICES Special Elections: Mississippi 1st Congressional District Filing Dates, 13543-13544 2015-05813 Federal Emergency Federal Emergency Management Agency NOTICES Flood Hazard Determinations, 2015-05840 13588-13589, 13599 2015-05846 Flood Hazard Determinations; Proposals, 2015-05834 13593-13601 2015-05852 Meetings: Proposed Revised Guidelines for Implementing Executive Order 11988, Floodplain Management, 13591-13592 2015-05832 Federal Energy Federal Energy Regulatory Commission NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 13528-13530 2015-05879 Applications: PacifiCorp Energy, 13531-13532 2015-05870 Rover Pipeline LLC, Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Co., LP, and Trunkline Gas Co., LLC, 13527-13528 2015-05880 Combined Filings, 13525-13526, 13528, 13534-13537 2015-05864 2015-05865 2015-05866 2015-05867 Designations of Commission Staff as Non-Decisional: City Power Marketing, LLC, K. Stephen Tsingas, 13537 2015-05869 Filings: City Water and Light Plant of the City of Jonesboro, 13537-13538 2015-05878 Requests under Blanket Authorization: Midwestern Gas Transmission Co., 13535 2015-05881 Withdrawal of Rehearing Requests: Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC, 13535 2015-05871 Federal Housing Finance Agency Federal Housing Finance Agency NOTICES Federal Home Loan Bank Members Selected for Community Support Review 2014-2015 Review Cycle—5th Round, 13544-13560 2015-05802 Federal Mine Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission NOTICES Meetings; Sunshine Act, 13560-13561 2015-06103 Federal Motor Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration NOTICES Meetings: Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee, 13663-13664 2015-05940 Federal Reserve Federal Reserve System NOTICES Changes in Bank Control: Acquisitions of Shares of a Bank or Bank Holding Company, 13561 2015-05914 Federal Retirement Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board NOTICES Meetings; Sunshine Act, 13561 2015-06044 Fish Fish and Wildlife Service RULES Migratory Bird Hunting and Permits: Light Goose Populations; Managing Harvest, 13497-13500 2015-05977 NOTICES Endangered Species Permit Applications, 13609-13610, 13617-13619 2015-05900 2015-05896 Food and Drug Food and Drug Administration PROPOSED RULES Food Additive Petitions: Natural Resources Defense Council, et al., 13508-13510 2015-05937 2015-05938 NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Medical Device Recall Authority, 13586-13588 2015-05868 Foreign Assets Foreign Assets Control Office NOTICES Blocking or Unblocking of Persons and Properties, 13667-13669 2015-05398 2015-05928 Forest Forest Service NOTICES Environmental Impact Statements; Availability, etc.: Camp Hale Restoration and Enhancement Project, White River National Forest, Eagle County, CO, 13515-13516 2015-05895 Meetings: Forest Resource Coordinating Committee, 13514-13515 2015-05872 Grain Inspection Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration NOTICES Meetings: Advisory Committee, 13514 2015-05922 Health and Human Health and Human Services Department See

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Children and Families Administration

See

Community Living Administration

See

Food and Drug Administration

See

National Institutes of Health

See

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 13573-13574 2015-05839
Homeland Homeland Security Department See

Federal Emergency Management Agency

See

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Interior Interior Department See

Fish and Wildlife Service

See

Land Management Bureau

See

National Park Service

NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 13619-13629 2015-05854 Applications: Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants Permits, 13605-13606 2015-05909
International Trade Adm International Trade Administration NOTICES Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Investigations, Orders, or Reviews: Certain Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from the People's Republic of China, 13522-13524 2015-05959 Meetings: Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness, 13521-13522 2015-05883 Requests for Nominations: U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum, 13520-13521 2015-05843 International Trade Com International Trade Commission NOTICES Complaints: Certain Variable Valve Actuation Devices and Automobiles Containing the Same, 13630-13631 2015-05898 Investigations; Determinations, Modifications, and Rulings, etc.: Certain Flash Memory Chips and Products Containing the same, 13629 2015-05812 Certain Toy Figurines and Toy Sets Containing the Same, 13629-13630 2015-05920 Justice Department Justice Department NOTICES Proposed Consent Decrees under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, 13631-13632 2015-05917 Labor Department Labor Department NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: National Compensation Survey, 13634 2015-05847 Servicing Multi-Piece and Single Piece Rim Wheels Standard, 13633-13634 2015-05889 Telecommunications Standard, 13632-13633 2015-05848 Land Land Management Bureau NOTICES Plats of Survey: Wisconsin; Cancellation, 13615 2015-05901 National Credit National Credit Union Administration NOTICES Meetings; Sunshine Act, 13634-13635 2015-06055 National Highway National Highway Traffic Safety Administration NOTICES Petitions for Exemption from the Vehicle Theft Prevention Standard; Approvals: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc., 13665-13667 2015-05831 National Institute National Institute of Standards and Technology NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Manufacturing Extension Partnership Management Information Reporting, 13522 2015-05890 National Institute National Institutes of Health NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: DERT Extramural Grantee Data Collection, 13562-13563 2015-05927 Outcome Evaluation of the Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training Program, 13563-13564 2015-05932 PHS Applications and Pre-Award Reporting Requirements, 13567-13568 2015-05930 Post-Award Reporting Requirements Including Research Performance Progress Report Collection, 13568-13569 2015-05929 Meetings: Center for Scientific Review, 13561-13562, 13566-13567, 13585-13586 2015-05819 2015-05823 2015-05824 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, 13563, 13575-13576 2015-05825 2015-05826 2015-05827 National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, 13585 2015-05817 National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, 13566 2015-05818 National Institute of Mental Health, 13585 2015-05822 National Oceanic National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RULES Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska: Pacific Cod by Trawl Catcher Vessels in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska, 13500-13501 2015-05912 NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 13519 2015-05877 Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Application for Commercial Fisheries Authorization under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, 13517-13518 2015-05876 Meetings: New England Fishery Management Council, 13519-13520 2015-05908 2015-05907 National Park National Park Service NOTICES Environmental Impact Statements; Availability, etc.: Livestock Grazing and Trailing Management Plan, Capitol Reef National Park, UT, 13615-13616 2015-05976 Management Plan, Yellowstone-area Bison, 13603-13604 2015-05962 Inventory Completions: Columbia University, Department of Anthropology, New York, NY, 13602-13603, 13606-13607 2015-05981 2015-05987 State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 13607-13608 2015-05991 The Toledo Zoological Society, Toledo, OH, 13613-13614 2015-05993 U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Kaibab National Forest, Williams, AZ, 13610-13611 2015-05995 U.S. Department of Defense, Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District, Charleston, SC, 13614-13615 2015-05996 U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Columbia-Cascades Area Office, Yakima, WA, 13611-13613 2015-05997 Meetings: Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail Advisory Council, 13608-13609 2015-05931 National Park Service Alaska Region Subsistence Resource Commission Program; Teleconferences, 13616-13617 2015-05939 Repatriations of Cultural Items: Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN, 13604-13605 2015-05979 National Science National Science Foundation NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 13635-13636 2015-05875 Nuclear Regulatory Nuclear Regulatory Commission NOTICES Facility Operating Licenses: Applications and Amendments Involving Proposed No Significant Hazards Considerations, etc., 13639 2015-05944 License Renewals: Callaway Plant, Unit 1, 13636-13637 2015-05990 Meetings: Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards, Subcommittee on Fukushima, 13638-13639 2015-05946 2015-05988 Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards, Subcommittee on Thermal Hydraulic Phenomena, 2015-05978 13637-13638 2015-05980 Postal Service Postal Service RULES Domestic Mail Manual; Incorporation by Reference, 13492 2015-05757 International Mail Manual; Incorporation by Reference, 13492-13493 2015-05760 Presidential Documents Presidential Documents ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS Defense and National Security: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015; Delegation of Authority (Memorandum of March 4, 2015), 13479 2015-06068 Science Technology Science and Technology Policy Office NOTICES Impact of the Select Agent Regulations, 13639-13641 2015-05906 Securities Securities and Exchange Commission NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 13660 2015-05984 Self-Regulatory Organizations; Proposed Rule Changes: EDGA Exchange, Inc., 13647-13650 2015-05858 EDGX Exchange, Inc., 2015-05859 13651-13660 2015-05860 International Securities Exchange, LLC, 13660-13663 2015-05861 NASDAQ OMX PHLX LLC, 13641-13646 2015-05857 Small Business Small Business Administration NOTICES Surrender of License of Small Business Investment Company, 13663 2015-05926 Substance Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration NOTICES Meetings: Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council, 13567 2015-05810 Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, 13575 2015-05811 National Advisory Council, 13565-13566 2015-05821 National Advisory Councils, 13574-13575 2015-05820 Transportation Department Transportation Department See

Federal Aviation Administration

See

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

See

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

NOTICES Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity and Foreign Air Carrier Permits; Applications, 13663-13665 2015-05892 2015-05893 2015-05894
Treasury Treasury Department See

Foreign Assets Control Office

NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 13668 2015-05904
Customs U.S. Customs and Border Protection NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Application for Allowance in Duties, 13592-13593 2015-05758 Foreign Assembler's Declaration, 13601-13602 2015-05761 Determinations: Certain Notebook Computer Products, 13589-13591 2015-05954 Separate Parts In This Issue Part II Environmental Protection Agency, 13672-13753 2015-03733 Reader Aids

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80 50 Monday, March 16, 2015 Rules and Regulations DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2014-0070; Directorate Identifier 2011-SW-062-AD; Amendment 39-18114; AD 2015-05-04] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Helicopters AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (BHTC) Model 407 helicopters. This AD requires inspecting the aft fuselage upper skin (upper skin) for a crack and the upper left longeron assembly (longeron assembly) for a crack, corrosion, or defect. This AD requires replacing or repairing a part or section, depending on the inspection's outcome. This AD was prompted by reports of cracks in the upper left-hand longeron. This AD's actions are intended to prevent failure of the longeron assembly or the upper skin, which could lead to a structural failure and loss of helicopter control.

DATES:

This AD is effective April 20, 2015.

The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain documents listed in this AD as of April 20, 2015.

ADDRESSES:

For service information identified in this AD, contact Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited, 12,800 Rue de l'Avenir, Mirabel, Quebec J7J1R4; telephone (450) 437-2862 or (800) 363-8023; fax (450) 433-0272; or at http://www.bellcustomer.com/files/. You may review the referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Room 663, Fort Worth, Texas 76137. It is also available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching and locating Docket No. FAA 2014-0070.

Examining the AD Docket

You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov 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 Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) AD, any incorporated-by-reference service information, the economic evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Operations Office (phone: 800-647-5527) is U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations Office, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Sharon Miles, Aviation Safety Engineer, Regulations and Policy Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137; telephone (817) 222-5110; email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion

On February 12, 2014, at 79 FR 8358, the Federal Register published our notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), which proposed to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to BHTC Model 407 helicopters, with a serial number 53000 through 53900, 53911 through 54061, and 54300, with longeron assembly, part number (P/N) 206-031-314-037, 206-031-314-177, or 206-031-314-219B. The NPRM proposed to require inspecting the upper skin for a crack and longeron assembly for a crack, corrosion, or defect. The NPRM also proposed to require replacing or repairing a part or section, depending on the inspection's outcome. The proposed requirements were intended to prevent failure of the longeron assembly or the upper skin, which could lead to a structural failure and loss of helicopter control.

The NPRM was prompted by Canadian AD No. CF-2011-42, dated November 9, 2011, issued by TCCA, which is the aviation authority for Canada, to correct an unsafe condition for certain BHTC Model 407 helicopters. TCCA advises that longeron assemblies, P/Ns 206-031-314-037, 206-031-314-177, and 206-031-314-219B, installed on helicopters with 1,200 or more hours air time, are prone to cracking. The TCCA AD requires, based on hours air time since new, visually inspecting the aft fuselage upper skin for cracks and replacing the skin if cracked and visually inspecting the longeron assembly for cracks and general condition. If the longeron assembly is serviceable, the TCCA AD requires repeating the inspection of the longeron assembly for cracks and general condition at intervals based on whether external strap doublers are installed. If the longeron assembly is cracked, the TCCA AD requires repairing or replacing it, installing three external strap doublers, and repeating the inspection of the longeron assembly if it was repaired. Installing a new longeron assembly, P/N 206-031-314-237B, and the three external strap doublers constitutes terminating action for the requirements of the TCCA AD.

Comments

After our NPRM (79 FR 8358, February 12, 2014) was published, we received comments from one commenter.

Request

A BHTC representative requested that we change the AD to be consistent with the requirements in the TCCA AD and the Bell service information. The commenter stated that the NPRM's inspection intervals were more restrictive with no additional safety benefit. According to the commenter, the NPRM proposed an inspection interval of 50 hours whenever the strap doublers but not new longeron are installed, while the TCCA AD and service information increased the inspection interval to 150 hours. Also, the commenter stated the NPRM increased the inspection interval to 150 hours when a new longeron is installed with the strap doublers, while the TCCA AD and service information provide this as terminating action.

We disagree. Although they are arranged and worded differently, the actions proposed in the NPRM are the same as those in the TCCA AD and service information. Paragraph (e)(4) of the Required Actions extends the inspection interval to 150 hours when the strap doublers are installed without the new longeron. Paragraph (e)(3) of the Required Actions states that replacing the longeron assembly with a new longeron assembly and installing three external strap doublers constitutes terminating action to the requirements of the AD. This is consistent with the TCCA AD and the BHTC service information.

FAA's Determination

These helicopters have been approved by the aviation authority of Canada and are approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with Canada, TCCA, its technical representative, has notified us of the unsafe condition described in the TCCA AD. We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all information provided by TCCA and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other helicopters of these same type designs and that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD requirements as proposed.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

BHTC has issued Alert Service Bulletin 407-11-95, Revision C, dated April 20, 2012 (ASB), to correct an unsafe condition for Model 407 helicopters, serial numbers 53000 through 53900, 53911 through 54061, and 54300, with a flight time of 1200 or more hours, and with a longeron assembly, P/N 206-031-314-037, 206-031-314-177, or 206-031-314-219B. The ASB states that BHTC received reports of longeron assemblies cracking in service. The ASB:

• Specifies a one-time inspection of the aft fuselage top skin and repetitive inspections of the upper left longeron assembly;

• Provides a repair procedure for the longeron assembly;

• Allows for the installation of longeron assembly, P/N 206-031-314-237B, and three external strap doublers as terminating action for the repetitive inspection requirements.

This service information is reasonably available; see ADDRESSES for ways to access this service information.

Costs of Compliance

We estimate that this AD affects 584 helicopters of U.S. Registry and that labor costs average $85 an hour. Based on these estimates, we estimate the following costs:

• A one-time visual inspection of the aft fuselage upper skin requires 1 work-hour and no parts for a total cost of $85 per helicopter, $49,640 for the U.S. fleet.

• A visual inspection of the longeron and replacing the aft fuselage upper skin requires 3 work hours for a labor cost of $255 per helicopter. Parts cost $723 for total cost of $978 per helicopter.

• Repairing the longeron if needed and installing the doublers requires 16 work hours for a labor cost of $1,360. Parts cost $3,928 for a total cost of $5,288 per helicopter.

• Replacing the longeron with P/N 206-031-314-237B combined with the installation of the three external strap doublers require 24 work hours for a labor cost of $2,040. Parts cost $13,560 for a total cost of $15,600 per helicopter.

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 helicopters identified in this rulemaking action.

Regulatory Findings

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 DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979);

(3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska to the extent that it justifies making a regulatory distinction; 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.

We prepared an economic evaluation of the estimated costs to comply with this AD and placed it in the AD docket.

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): 2015-05-04 Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Helicopters: Amendment 39-18114; Docket No. FAA-2014-0070; Directorate Identifier 2011-SW-062-AD. (a) Applicability

This AD applies to Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (BHTC) Model 407 helicopters, with a serial number 53000 through 53900, 53911 through 54061, and 54300, with an upper left longeron assembly (longeron assembly), part number (P/N) 206-031-314-037, 206-031-314-177, or 206-031-314-219B, installed, certificated in any category.

(b) Unsafe Condition

This AD defines the unsafe condition as a crack in the aft fuselage upper skin or a crack, corrosion, or defect in the longeron assembly. This condition could cause structural failure and consequently, loss of helicopter control.

(c) Effective Date

This AD becomes effective April 20, 2015.

(d) Compliance

You are responsible for performing each action required by this AD within the specified compliance time unless it has already been accomplished prior to that time.

(e) Required Actions

Within 50 hours time-in-service (TIS), or prior to reaching 1,250 hours TIS since new, whichever occurs later, visually inspect the helicopter's aft fuselage upper skin (upper skin) for a crack using a 10X or higher power magnifying glass.

(1) If there is a crack in the upper skin, before further flight, remove the skin and inspect the longeron assembly, paying attention to the upper flange, for a crack, corrosion, or other damage using a 10X or higher power magnifying glass.

(i) If there are no cracks, corrosion, or other damage in the longeron assembly, before further flight, replace the upper skin with an airworthy upper skin. Repeat the inspection of the longeron assembly at intervals not to exceed 50 hours TIS.

(ii) If there is a crack, corrosion, or other damage in the longeron assembly, before further flight:

(A) Repair the longeron assembly or replace it with an airworthy longeron assembly, part number (P/N) 206-031-314-237B, and reinstall the upper skin or replace it with an airworthy upper skin.

(B) Install three external strap doublers in accordance with Part III, paragraphs 5 through10 of Bell Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin 407-11-95, Revision C, dated April 20, 2012 (ASB).

(C) Repeat the inspection of the longeron assembly at intervals not to exceed 50 hours TIS.

(2) If there is no crack in the upper skin, within 10 hours TIS, visually inspect the longeron assembly using a 10X or higher power magnifying glass for a crack, corrosion, or other damage.

(i) If there is a crack, corrosion, or other damage in the longeron assembly, before further flight:

(A) Repair the longeron assembly or replace it with an airworthy longeron assembly, P/N 206-031-314-237B.

(B) Install three external strap doublers in accordance with Part III, paragraphs 5 through 10 of the ASB.

(C) Repeat the inspection of the upper skin and longeron assembly at intervals not to exceed 50 hours TIS.

(ii) If there are no cracks, corrosion, or other damage in the longeron assembly, repeat the inspection of the upper skin and longeron assembly at intervals not to exceed 50 hours TIS.

(3) Replacing the longeron assembly with longeron assembly, P/N 206-031-314-237B, and installing three external strap doublers constitutes terminating action for this AD.

(4) If there is no crack in the upper skin and there is no crack, corrosion, or other damage in the longeron assembly, you may install three external strap doublers in accordance with Part III, paragraphs 5 through 10 of the ASB. This option extends the recurring 50 hours TIS inspection interval to 150 hours TIS.

(f) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

(1) The Manager, Safety Management Group, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Sharon Miles, Aviation Safety Engineer, Regulations and Policy Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76137; telephone (817) 222-5110; email [email protected]

(2) For operations conducted under a 14 CFR part 119 operating certificate or under 14 CFR part 91, subpart K, we suggest that you notify your principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office or certificate holding district office, before operating any aircraft complying with this AD through an AMOC.

(g) Additional Information

The subject of this AD is addressed in Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) AD No. CF-2011-42, dated November 9, 2011. You may view the TCCA AD on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA-2014-0070.

(h) Subject

Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 5313, Fuselage Main, Longeron/Stringer.

(i) 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 the AD specifies otherwise.

(i) Bell Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin 407-11-95, Revision C, dated April 20, 2012.

(ii) Reserved.

(3) For BHTC service information identified in this AD, contact Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited, 12,800 Rue de l'Avenir, Mirabel, Quebec J7J1R4; telephone (450) 437-2862 or (800) 363-8023; fax (450) 433-0272; or at http://www.bellcustomer .com/files/.

(4) You may view this service information at FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 2601 Meacham Blvd., Room 663, Fort Worth, Texas 76137. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (817) 222-5110.

(5) 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 Fort Worth, Texas, on March 3, 2015. Bruce E. Cain, Acting Directorate Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-05571 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2015-0491; Directorate Identifier 2015-NM-019-AD; Amendment 39-18117; AD 2015-05-07] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Bombardier, Inc. Airplanes AGENCY:

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

ACTION:

Final rule; request for comments.

SUMMARY:

We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2015-02-06 for certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-604 Variant) airplanes. AD 2015-02-06 required a revision to the airplane flight manual, a revision to the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, and replacement of horizontal stabilizer trim actuators (HSTAs) having certain part numbers. This new AD continues to require those actions and corrects certain typographical errors. This AD was prompted by the discovery of three typographical errors in AD 2015-02-06. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct loose spur gear bolts on the HSTA, which, if combined with the failure of the primary load path, could lead to failure of the HSTA and subsequent loss of the airplane.

DATES:

This AD becomes effective March 16, 2015.

The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of March 6, 2015 (80 FR 5017, January 30, 2015).

We must receive comments on this AD by April 30, 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, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

• For service information identified in this AD, contact Bombardier, Inc., 400 Côte Vertu Road West, Dorval, Québec H4S 1Y9, Canada; telephone 514-855-5000; fax 514-855-7401; email [email protected]; Internet http://www.bombardier.com. 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.

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-2015-0491; 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:

Ricardo Garcia, Aerospace Engineer, Airframe and Propulsion Branch, ANE-171, FAA, New York Aircraft Certification Office, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, NY 11590; telephone 516-228-7331; fax 516-794-5531.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion

On January 11, 2015, we issued AD 2015-02-06, Amendment 39-18073 (80 FR 5017, January 30, 2015). AD 2015-02-06 applied to certain Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-604 Variant) airplanes. AD 2015-02-06 was prompted by reports of loose, broken, or backed-out spur gear bolts on the HSTA. AD 2015-02-06 required a revision to the airplane flight manual, a revision to the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, and replacement of HSTAs having certain part numbers. We issued AD 2015-02-06 to detect and correct loose spur gear bolts on the HSTA, which, if combined with the failure of the primary load path, could lead to failure of the HSTA and subsequent loss of the airplane.

Since we issued AD 2015-02-06, Amendment 39-18073 (80 FR 5017, January 30, 2015), three typographical errors were discovered in AD 2015-02-06.

As published, a digit was missing from the engineer's phone number in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of the preamble of AD 2015-02-06, Amendment 39-18073 (80 FR 5017, January 30, 2015). The correct phone number is “516-228-7331.”

As published, the AD number of AD 2015-02-06, Amendment 39-18073 (80 FR 5017, January 30, 2015), appears as “2014-02-06” in the Product Identification line of the regulatory text of the AD. The correct AD number is “2015-02-06.” The AD number is referenced correctly throughout the remainder of that document.

As published, a vendor part number in paragraph (j) of AD 2015-02-06, Amendment 39-18073 (80 FR 5017, January 30, 2015), was incorrectly identified as “845401.” The correct vendor part number is “8454-1.”

Since this new AD replaces AD 2015-02-06, Amendment 39-18073 (80 FR 5017, January 30, 2015), there are no additional changes in this new 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

An unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of this AD. The FAA has found that the risk to the flying public justifies waiving notice and comment prior to adoption of this rule because of the urgency to correct the part number and AD number errors to avoid non-compliance. Therefore, we determined that notice and opportunity for public comment before issuing this AD are impracticable and that good cause exists for making this amendment effective in fewer than 30 days.

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-2015-0491; Directorate Identifier 2015-NM-019-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 because of 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

We estimate that this AD affects 125 airplanes of U.S. registry.

The actions required by AD 2015-02-06, Amendment 39-18073 (80 FR 5017, January 30, 2015), and retained in this AD take about 21 work-hours per product, at an average labor rate of $85 per work-hour. Required parts cost about $0 per product. Based on these figures, the estimated cost of the actions that are required by AD 2015-02-06 is $1,785 per product.

The new requirements of this AD add no additional economic burden.

According to the manufacturer, some of the costs of this AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on affected individuals. We do not control warranty coverage for affected individuals. As a result, we have included all costs in our cost estimate.

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 removing airworthiness directive (AD) 2015-02-06, Amendment 39-18073 (80 FR 5017, January 30, 2015), and adding the following new AD: 2015-05-07 Bombardier, Inc.: Amendment 39-18117. Docket No. FAA-2015-0491; Directorate Identifier 2015-NM-019-AD. (a) Effective Date

This AD becomes effective March 16, 2015.

(b) Affected ADs

This AD replaces AD 2015-02-06, Amendment 39-18073 (80 FR 5017, January 30, 2015).

(c) Applicability

This AD applies to Bombardier, Inc. Model CL-600-2B16 (CL-604 Variant) airplanes, certificated in any category, serial numbers 5301 and subsequent, equipped with horizontal stabilizer trim actuator (HSTA) part number (P/N) 604-92305-3 (vendor P/N 8454-1) or P/N 604-92305-5 (vendor P/N 8454-2).

(d) Subject

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

(e) Reason

This AD was prompted by the discovery of three typographical errors in AD 2015-02-06. We are issuing this AD to detect and correct loose spur gear bolts on the HSTA, which, if combined with the failure of the primary load path, could lead to failure of the HSTA and subsequent loss of the airplane.

(f) Compliance

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

(g) Retained Airplane Flight Manual (AFM) Revision, With No Changes

This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (g) of AD 2015-02-06, Amendment 39-18073 (80 FR 5017, January 30, 2015), with no changes. Within 30 days after March 6, 2015 (the effective date of AD 2015-02-06: Revise the Normal Procedures section of the applicable Bombardier AFM to include the information in the applicable temporary revision (TR) specified in paragraph (g)(1) or (g)(2) of this AD. The TRs introduce revised procedures for the stabilizer trim system check. Operate the airplane according to the limitations and procedures in the applicable TR. The revision may be done by inserting a copy of the applicable TR specified in paragraph (g)(1) or (g)(2) of this AD into the AFM. When the TR has been included in the general revisions of the AFM, the general revisions may be inserted into the AFM, provided the relevant information in the general revision is identical to that in the applicable TR, and the TR may be removed.

(1) Bombardier Temporary Revision (TR) 604/37, dated May 21, 2013, to the Bombardier Challenger CL-604 Airplane Flight Manual, PSP 604-1.

(2) Bombardier TR 605/18, dated May 21, 2013, to the Bombardier Challenger CL-605 Airplane Flight Manual, PSP 605-1.

(h) Retained Maintenance or Inspection Program Revision, With No Changes

This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (h) of AD 2015-02-06, Amendment 39-18073 (80 FR 5017, January 30, 2015), with no changes. Within 30 days after March 6, 2015 (the effective date of AD 2015-02-06): Revise the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, by incorporating procedures for an Operational Test (BITE) of the Horizontal Stabilizer Trim Controls System (HSTCS), in accordance with a method approved by the Manager, New York Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), ANE-170, FAA; or Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA); or Bombardier, Inc.'s TCCA Design Approval Organization (DAO). The initial compliance time for the operational test is within 100 flight hours after March 6, 2015 (the effective date of AD 2015-02-06).

Note 1 to paragraph (h) of this AD:

Bombardier Task 27-41-00-101, Operational Test (BITE) of the Horizontal Stabilizer Trim Controls System (HSTCS), provides guidance for the operational test specified in paragraph (h) of this AD. Bombardier Task 27-41-00-101 is included in the Bombardier Challenger 604 Time Limits/Maintenance Checks (TLMC) Manual; and in the Bombardier Challenger 605 TLMC Manual.

(i) Retained No Alternative Actions or Intervals, With No Changes

This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (i) of AD 2015-02-06, Amendment 39-18073 (80 FR 5017, January 30, 2015), with no changes. After the maintenance or inspection program has been revised, as required by paragraph (h) of this AD, no alternative actions (e.g., inspections) or intervals may be used unless the actions or intervals are approved as an alternative method of compliance (AMOC) in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (m)(1) of this AD.

(j) Retained HSTA Replacement, With Corrected Vendor Part Number

This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (j) of AD 2015-02-06, Amendment 39-18073 (80 FR 5017, January 30, 2015), with a corrected vendor part number. For airplanes equipped with a HSTA having P/N 604-92305-3 (vendor P/N 8454-1) or P/N 604-92305-5 (vendor P/N 8454-2): Within 3,000 flight hours or 26 months after March 6, 2015 (the effective date of AD 2015-02-06), whichever occurs first, replace any HSTA having P/N 604-92305-3 (vendor P/N 8454-1) or P/N 604-92305-5 (vendor P/N 8454-2) with a HSTA having P/N 604-92305-7 (vendor P/N 8454-3), in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Bombardier Service Bulletin 604-27-032, Revision 02, dated April 22, 2014; or Bombardier Service Bulletin 605-27-002, Revision 02, dated April 22, 2014; as applicable.

(k) Retained Credit for Previous Actions, With No Changes

This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (k) of AD 2015-02-06, Amendment 39-18073 (80 FR 5017, January 30, 2015), with no changes. This paragraph provides credit for the actions required by paragraph (j) of this AD if those actions were performed before March 6, 2015 (the effective date of AD 2015-02-06) using the service information identified in paragraphs (k)(1) through (k)(4) of this AD, as applicable. This service information is not incorporated by reference in this AD.

(1) Bombardier Service Bulletin 604-27-032, dated September 10, 2012.

(2) Bombardier Service Bulletin 604-27-032, Revision 01, dated April 29, 2013.

(3) Bombardier Service Bulletin 605-27-002, dated September 10, 2012.

(4) Bombardier Service Bulletin 605-27-002, Revision 01, April 29, 2013.

(l) Retained Parts Installation Prohibition, With No Changes

This paragraph restates the requirements of paragraph (l) of AD 2015-02-06, Amendment 39-18073 (80 FR 5017, January 30, 2015), with no changes. As of March 6, 2015 (the effective date of AD 2015-02-06), no person may install any HSTA having P/N 604-92305-3 (vendor P/N 8454-1) or 604-92305-5 (vendor P/N 8454-2) on any airplane.

(m) Other FAA AD Provisions

The following provisions also apply to this AD:

(1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, New York ACO, ANE-170, 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 ACO, send it to ATTN: Program Manager, Continuing Operational Safety, FAA, New York ACO, 1600 Stewart Avenue, Suite 410, Westbury, NY 11590; telephone 516-228-7300; fax 516-794-5531. 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, New York ACO, ANE-170; or TCCA; or Bombardier, Inc.'s TCCA DAO. If approved by the DAO, the approval must include the DAO-authorized signature.

(n) Related Information

(1) Refer to Mandatory Continuing Airworthiness Information (MCAI) Canadian Airworthiness Directive CF-2013-18 dated July 16, 2013, for related information. This MCAI may be found in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-0491.

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

(o) 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.

(3) The following service information was approved for IBR on March 6, 2015 (80 FR 5017, January 30, 2015).

(i) Bombardier Service Bulletin 604-27-032, Revision 02, dated April 22, 2014.

(ii) Bombardier Service Bulletin 605-27-002, Revision 02, dated April 22, 2014.

(iii) Bombardier Temporary Revision 604/37, dated May 21, 2013, to the Bombardier Challenger CL-604 Airplane Flight Manual, PSP 604-1.

(iv) Bombardier Temporary Revision 605/18, dated May 21, 2013, to the Bombardier Challenger CL-605 Airplane Flight Manual, PSP 605-1.

(4) For service information identified in this AD, contact Bombardier, Inc., 400 Côte Vertu Road West, Dorval, Québec H4S 1Y9, Canada; telephone 514-855-5000; fax 514-855-7401; email [email protected]; Internet http://www.bombardier.com.

(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 March 5, 2015. Jeffrey E. Duven, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-05735 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2008-0561; Directorate Identifier 2007-NM-223-AD; Amendment 39-18111; AD 2015-05-01] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all The Boeing Company Model 757-200, -200PF, -200CB, and -300 series airplanes; and Model 767-200, -300, -300F, and -400ER series airplanes. This AD was prompted by reports indicating that the counterweights in some hub assemblies of the ram air turbine (RAT) could be understrength and fracture when the RAT is rotating, and that some RAT hub assemblies were delivered with balance washer retention screws that were incorrectly heat-treated, and therefore, susceptible to fracture and cracking. This AD requires a part number and serial number inspection to determine if certain RAT hub assemblies are installed; and, for affected RAT hub assemblies, doing an inspection for missing and fractured balance washer screws, and replacement or rework if necessary. We are issuing this AD to prevent an inoperative RAT, which, following a dual engine shutdown in flight, will cause loss of all hydraulic power to the primary flight controls, resulting in subsequent loss of control of the airplane.

DATES:

This AD is effective April 20, 2015.

The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of April 20, 2015.

ADDRESSES:

For Boeing service information identified in this AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, P.O. Box 3707, MC 2H-65, Seattle, WA 98124-2207; telephone 206-544-5000, extension 1; fax 206-766-5680; email [email protected]; Internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com. For Hamilton Sundstrand service information identified in this AD, contact Hamilton Sundstrand, Technical Publications, Mail Stop 302-9, 4747 Harrison Avenue, P.O. Box 7002, Rockford, IL 61125-7002; phone: 860-654-3575; fax: 860-998-4564; email: [email protected]; Internet: http://www.hamiltonsundstrand.com. 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-2008-0561.

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-2008-0561; 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 AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The address for the Docket Office (phone: 800-647-5527) is Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Douglas Tsuji, Senior Aerospace Engineer, Systems and Equipment Branch, ANM-130S, FAA, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-3356; telephone: 425-917-6546; fax: 425-917-6590; [email protected]

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

We issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to all The Boeing Company Model 757-200, -200PF, -200CB, and -300 series airplanes; and Model 767-200, -300, -300F, and -400ER series airplanes. The SNPRM published in the Federal Register on April 24, 2014 (79 FR 22777). We preceded the SNPRM with a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that published in the Federal Register on May 20, 2008 (73 FR 29087). The NPRM proposed to require doing an inspection to determine the part number and serial number of the RAT hub assembly, and replacing the RAT hub assembly with a new, serviceable, or reworked and re-identified RAT hub assembly if necessary. The NPRM was prompted by reports indicating that the counterweights in some hub assemblies of the RATs could be understrength and fracture when the RAT is rotating. The SNPRM proposed to add airplanes to the applicability; add an additional part number and serial number inspection to determine if certain RAT hub assemblies are installed; and, for affected RAT hub assemblies, doing an inspection for missing and fractured balance washer screws, and replacement if necessary to address an additional defect identified within the RAT hub assembly. We are issuing this AD to prevent an inoperative RAT, which, following a dual engine shutdown in flight, will cause loss of all hydraulic power to the primary flight controls, resulting in subsequent loss of control of the airplane.

Comments

We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. The following presents the comments received on the SNPRM (79 FR 22777, April 24, 2014) and the FAA's response to each comment.

Request To Perform a Records Review in Lieu of an Inspection

FedEx requested an option to perform a records review in lieu of an inspection to determine if any suspect RAT hub assemblies are installed. FedEx stated that this is to prevent unnecessary inspections on future Model 767 airplanes delivered from Boeing.

We agree with the commenter's request. The serial number applicability relates to a sub-assembly of the RAT (the turbine hub assembly serial number, and not the RAT serial number). Consequently, many operators might not have such detailed records. However, if an operator has records indicating the serial number of the turbine hub assembly that is currently installed on the RAT of a particular airplane, there is no need to deploy the RAT for inspection to determine if this AD is applicable. Therefore, a review of airplane maintenance records is acceptable in lieu of this inspection if the part number and serial number of the RAT hub assembly can be conclusively determined from that review. We have revised paragraphs (g) and (h) of this AD accordingly.

Request for Additional Removal Options (Screw Replacement Information)

United Airlines (UAL) requested that the SNPRM (79 FR 22777, April 24, 2014) be updated to include an additional scenario in which an operator finds all balance washers in place, but one or more screws fractured. UAL stated that paragraph 2.B.(5)(d) of Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 730814-29-15, dated February 10, 2010 (for Model 757 airplanes); and paragraph 2.B.(5)(d) of Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 729548-29-18, dated February 10, 2010 (for Model 767 airplanes); provide on-wing (or off-wing) procedures for the situation where all balance washers are present, but one or more screws are fractured. UAL stated that the operator has the option to remove the screw shank still in the hole with vice grips or a screw extractor in lieu of RAT or RAT hub replacement.

We disagree with the commenter's request to not replace the RAT or RAT hub assembly if all washers are in place, but one or more screws are found fractured during the inspection required by paragraph (h)(1) of this AD. In this scenario, since any fractured screw is found, the RAT or RAT hub assembly needs to be replaced with a new, serviceable, reworked, and re-identified RAT or RAT hub assembly.

Multiple balance washers (of different weights) could be installed in a location; therefore, depending on how the screw fractures, it may be possible to lose one, but not all, balance washers. However, it is most likely that the screw head and all balance washer(s) for that location will be missing.

However, it is also possible that a screw could fracture during its removal (i.e., the screw was not found fractured during the inspection required by paragraph (h)(1) of this AD). This scenario has been reported on numerous occasions. In this case, it is not necessary to remove the RAT hub assembly (or RAT) if removal of the fractured screw is successful (i.e., successful removal of a screw that fractures during its removal).

The preamble of the SNPRM (79 FR 22777, April 24, 2014) included the paragraph, “Screw Replacement Information,” to provide additional clarification that if a screw fractures during any screw replacement and the weight is still available, the balance weight can be installed with the replacement screw. We further emphasize that screws should only be replaced one at a time to prevent any potential for a removed balance washer to be installed in a different location.

We also provide the following additional information. The attempted removal of a fractured screw can be done without replacement of the RAT or RAT hub assembly only if the screw fractures during removal, and if all balance washers originally installed at that location can be positively accounted for and can be assembled back into that location. We also note that there could be more than one washer installed at each location. We have not changed this final rule in this regard.

Request To Not Require Returning Screws to Hamilton Sundstrand

UAL requested the procedure to return all screws or remnants of fractured screws to Hamilton Sundstrand for further investigation, as specified in paragraph 2.E., “Return Balance Washer Screws to Hamilton Sundstrand,” of Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 730814-29-15, dated February 10, 2010 (for Model 757 airplanes); and in Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 729548-29-18, dated February 10, 2010 (for Model 767 airplanes); not be required. UAL stated that this is an unnecessary requirement and will only burden the maintenance personnel with additional logistical procedures that do not add value. UAL also stated that the balance screw failure issue and root cause are well understood by Hamilton Sundstrand and that returning failed screws will not provide additional information.

We agree with the commenter's request. Returning the screws or fractured screws is not required since the issue is now well understood. We have added new paragraph (h)(2)(iii) to this AD to specifically exclude this requirement.

Request To Add New Paragraph To Clarify Compliance for Airplanes in Production

Boeing requested that a new paragraph be added to paragraph (i) of the proposed AD (79 FR 22777, April 24, 2014), to read, “New OEM RAT hub assemblies not listed in (i)(1) or (i)(2) installed prior to airplane delivery meet the requirements of paragraph (i). After delivery, airline operators are responsible for maintaining paragraph (i) compliance.” Boeing stated that this language clarifies compliance for Model 767 airplanes in production.

We partially agree. We do not agree with the commenter's request to add a new paragraph. However, we agree that clarification is necessary. For airplanes on which new OEM RAT hub assemblies not listed in paragraphs (i)(1) and (i)(2) of this AD are installed during production, it is possible for suspect hub assemblies to be installed, i.e., a suspect hub assembly might be removed from one airplane and installed on another airplane. Therefore, an airplane delivered with conforming parts may no longer have conforming parts due to the interchangeability of parts in service. All airplanes must comply with the requirements of paragraph (i) of this AD. We have not changed this AD in this regard.

Request To Revise Paragraph (i) of the Proposed AD (79 FR 22777, April 24, 2014)

Boeing requested that paragraph (i)(3) of the proposed AD (79 FR 22777, April 24, 2014) be revised to read as follows: “As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install a balance washer screw having part number (P/N) MS24667-14, on the RAT hub assembly of any airplane unless a records review can positively determine that the screws did not come from Northeast Fasteners, lots 24057 and 30533.” Boeing stated that this language would clarify that the P/N MS24667-14 screw is prohibited only for installation on RAT hub assemblies.

We agree with the commenter's request. Screws having P/N MS24667-14 should not be installed on the RAT hub assembly unless operators can guarantee the screws did not come from Northeast Fasteners, lots 24057 and 30533. Hamilton Sundstrand was the only company to receive screws from lot 30533, so no other inventory should be contaminated with them. Several organizations received screws from lot 24057. All customers who received the defective screws have been advised of the non-conformance in lot 24057. There was also a government-industry data exchange program alert issued to notify other organizations of the potential for the inventories to be contaminated.

We have determined that balance washer screws with P/N MS24667-14 from Northeast Fasteners, lots 24057 and 30533, are non-conforming and are unacceptable for use on the RAT hub assembly. The unsafe condition of this AD is applicable to RAT balance washer screws; therefore, it is appropriate to limit the required actions to balance washer screws installed on RAT hub assemblies. We have changed paragraph (i)(3) of this AD accordingly.

Request for Clarification of Previous Actions

FedEx requested clarification concerning whether credit is given for accomplishment of previous actions using Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 757-29A0066, dated January 2, 2007 (for Model 757-200 and -200PF series airplanes). FedEx stated that it has issued engineering orders to inspect and replace the RAT hub assemblies, if required, for possible fractured hub assembly counterweights using Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 757-29A0066, dated January 2, 2007.

We agree to provide clarification. Paragraph (k) of this AD provides credit for the actions required by paragraph (g) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using the service information specified in Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 757-29A0066, dated January 2, 2007 (for Model 757-200 and -200PF series airplanes). Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 757-29A0066, Revision 1, dated March 8, 2010 (for Model 757 airplanes), expanded the airplane effectivity to include all Model 757 airplanes; no additional work is specified in this revision of the service information. We have not changed this AD in this regard.

Request To Revise the Costs of Compliance Paragraph

Delta Air Lines (DAL) requested that the manpower and cost for materials specified in Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 729548-29-18, dated February 10, 2010, be added to the “Costs of Compliance” paragraph in the SNPRM (79 FR 22777, April 24, 2014). DAL stated that after reviewing the service information and comparing the costs to the SNPRM, two discrepancies were noted. DAL stated that in Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 729548-29-18, dated February 10, 2010, it states, “For a turbine assembly or RAT with a missing balance washer, or with a balance washer screw that cannot be removed in its entirety, a maximum of 9.0 man-hours will be required to disassemble the unit as necessary to remove the fractured screw and balance washer, balance the turbine assembly, assemble the unit, and test the unit.” DAL stated that the 9 man-hour requirement and the cost for materials are not specified in the SNPRM's “Costs of Compliance” paragraph.

We agree that the labor costs specified in Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 729548-29-18, dated February 10, 2010, were not included in the “Cost of Compliance” paragraph in the SNPRM (79 FR 22777, April 24, 2014). We have revised the “Costs of Compliance” paragraph in this final rule to include 9 work-hours for the replacement of balance washer screws. However, Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 729548-29-18, dated February 10, 2010, does not specify material costs and we have received no definitive data on replacement costs.

In addition, UTC Aerospace Systems has stated it will continue to cover certain costs associated with the service information free of charge for 24 months after the effective date of this final rule, extending the expiration dates in the service information. We have also added a warranty statement to the “Costs of Compliance” paragraph of this final rule.

Conclusion

We reviewed the relevant data, considered the comments received, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this AD with the changes described previously and minor editorial changes. We have determined that these minor changes:

• Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the SNPRM (79 FR 22777, April 24, 2014) for correcting the unsafe condition; and

• Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the SNPRM (79 FR 22777, April 24, 2014).

We also determined that these changes will not increase the economic burden on any operator or increase the scope of this AD.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

We reviewed the following service information. The service information describes procedures for an inspection to determine the part number and serial number of the RAT hub assembly and replacement of the RAT or RAT hub assembly.

• Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 757-29A0066, Revision 1, dated March 8, 2010.

• Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 767-29A0110, Revision 1, dated March 8, 2010.

• Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 757-29-0069, dated June 24, 2010.

• Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 767-29-0112, dated June 24, 2010.

We have also reviewed Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 729548-29-15, dated November 30, 2005; and Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 730814-29-12, dated November 30, 2005. The service information describes procedures for rework and re-identification of RAT hub assemblies.

In addition, we have also reviewed Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 729548-29-18, dated February 10, 2010; and Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 730814-29-15, dated February 10, 2010. The service information describes procedures for a general visual inspection for missing washers and fractured screws of the rotor assembly and replacement of balance washer screws; and inspection, rework, and re-identification of RAT hub assemblies.

This service information is reasonably available; see ADDRESSES for ways to access this service information.

Costs of Compliance

We estimate that this AD affects 1,132 airplanes of U.S. registry.

We estimate the following costs to comply with this AD:

Estimated Costs Action Labor cost Parts cost Cost per
  • product
  • Cost on U.S. operators
    Inspection 1 work-hour × $85 per hour = $85 $0 $85 $96,220

    We estimate the following costs to do any necessary replacements that would be required based on the results of the inspection. We have no way of determining the number of aircraft that might need these replacements:

    On-Condition Costs Action Labor cost Parts cost Cost per product Replacement of balance washer screws Up to 9 work-hours × $85 per hour = Up to $765 1 $0 Up to $765. Removal and installation of RAT assembly 5 work-hours × $85 per hour = $425 0 $425. Removal and installation of RAT hub assembly 2 work-hours × $85 per hour = $170 0 $170. 1 We have received no definitive data on replacement costs.

    According to the manufacturer, some of the costs of this AD may be covered under warranty, thereby reducing the cost impact on affected individuals. We do not control warranty coverage for affected individuals. As a result, we have included all labor costs in our cost estimate. However, we have received no definitive data that would enable us to provide cost estimates for the on-condition parts cost specified in this AD.

    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

    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 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): 2015-05-01 The Boeing Company: Amendment 39-18111; Docket No. FAA-2008-0561; Directorate Identifier 2007-NM-223-AD. (a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective April 20, 2015.

    (b) Affected ADs

    None.

    (c) Applicability

    This AD applies to all The Boeing Company Model 757-200, -200PF, -200CB, and -300 series airplanes; and Model 767-200, -300, -300F, and -400ER series airplanes; certificated in any category.

    (d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 29, Hydraulic Power.

    (e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by reports indicating that the counterweights in some hub assemblies of the ram air turbine (RAT) could be understrength and fracture when the RAT is rotating, and that some RAT hub assemblies were delivered with balance washer retention screws that were incorrectly heat-treated, and therefore, susceptible to fracture and cracking. We are issuing this AD to prevent an inoperative RAT, which, following a dual engine shutdown in flight, will cause loss of all hydraulic power to the primary flight controls, resulting in subsequent loss of control of the airplane.

    (f) Compliance

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

    (g) Inspection and Replacement of Parts With a Counterweight Defect

    Prior to the next RAT backdrive test, or within 24 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first: Do an inspection to determine the part number and serial number of the RAT hub assembly, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 757-29A0066, Revision 1, dated March 8, 2010 (for Model 757 airplanes); or Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 767-29A0110, Revision 1, dated March 8, 2010 (for Model 767 airplanes). A review of airplane maintenance records is acceptable in lieu of this inspection if the part number and serial number of the RAT hub assembly can be conclusively determined from that review.

    (1) If the part number or serial number of the RAT hub assembly is missing, or if the part number and serial number are specified in paragraphs (g)(1)(i) and (g)(1)(ii) of this AD, and the hub assembly has not been reworked and re-identified as specified in Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 730814-29-12, dated November 30, 2005 (for Model 757 airplanes); or Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 729548-29-15, dated November 30, 2005 (for Model 767 airplanes): Prior to the next RAT backdrive test or within 24 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first, replace the RAT or RAT hub assembly with a new, serviceable, or reworked and re-identified RAT or RAT hub assembly, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 757-29A0066, Revision 1, dated March 8, 2010 (for Model 757 airplanes); or Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 767-29A0110, Revision 1, dated March 8, 2010 (for Model 767 airplanes); except as provided by paragraphs (g)(2) and (g)(3) of this AD.

    (i) Model 757-200, -200PF, -200CB, and -300 series airplanes having part number (P/N) 733785A or 733785B, and serial number (S/N) 0410 through 0413 inclusive, 0415, 0417 through 0430 inclusive, 0432, or 0434.

    (ii) Model 767-200, -300, -300F, and -400ER series airplanes having P/N 734350A, 734350B, 734350C, or 734350D; and S/N 0666, 0673 through 0684 inclusive, 0686, 0687, or 0689.

    (2) Where Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 757-29A0066, Revision 1, dated March 8, 2010 (for Model 757 airplanes); or Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 767-29A0110, Revision 1, dated March 8, 2010 (for Model 767 airplanes); specifies to contact Hamilton Sundstrand for a replacement unit, this AD does not require that action.

    (3) Where Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 757-29A0066, Revision 1, dated March 8, 2010 (for Model 757 airplanes); or Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 767-29A0110, Revision 1, dated March 8, 2010 (for Model 767 airplanes); specifies to return all RAT hub assemblies to Hamilton Sundstrand for rework and test, operators may return the RAT or RAT hub assembly to Hamilton Sundstrand or to an FAA-approved repair facility that has the capability to disassemble, repair, balance, and test the RAT or RAT hub assembly.

    (h) Inspection and Replacement of Parts With a Balance Washer Screw Defect

    Prior to the next RAT backdrive test, or within 24 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first: Do an inspection to determine the part number and serial number on the RAT hub assembly, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 757-29-0069, dated June 24, 2010 (for Model 757 airplanes); or Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 767-29-0112, dated June 24, 2010 (for Model 767 airplanes). A review of airplane maintenance records is acceptable in lieu of this inspection if the part number and serial number of the RAT hub assembly can be conclusively determined from that review.

    (1) If the part number or serial number of the RAT hub assembly is missing or if the part number and serial number is listed in paragraph 1.A., “Effectivity,” of Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 730814-29-15, dated February 10, 2010 (for Model 757 airplanes); or Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 729548-29-18, dated February 10, 2010 (for Model 767 airplanes); and the RAT hub assembly has not been reworked and re-identified, as specified in Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 730814-29-15, dated February 10, 2010 (for Model 757 airplanes); or Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 729548-29-18, dated February 10, 2010 (for Model 767 airplanes): Prior to the next RAT backdrive test or within 24 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first, do a general visual inspection of the 12 balance washer screws installed around the perimeter of the rotor assembly for missing washers and fractured screws, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 730814-29-15, dated February 10, 2010 (for Model 757 airplanes); or Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 729548-29-18, dated February 10, 2010 (for Model 767 airplanes).

    (2) If, during any inspection required by paragraph (h)(1) of this AD, any balance washer is missing or any fractured screw is found, prior to the next RAT backdrive test or within 24 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first: Replace the RAT or RAT hub assembly with a new, serviceable, or reworked and re-identified RAT or RAT hub assembly, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 757-29-0069, dated June 24, 2010 (for Model 757 airplanes); or Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 767-29-0112, dated June 24, 2010 (for Model 767 airplanes); except as provided by paragraphs (h)(2)(i), (h)(2)(ii), and (h)(2)(iii) of this AD.

    (i) Where Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 757-29-0069, dated June 24, 2010 (for Model 757 airplanes); and Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 767-29-0112, dated June 24, 2010 (for Model 767 airplanes); specify to contact Hamilton Sundstrand for a replacement unit, this AD does not require that action.

    (ii) Where Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 757-29-0069, dated June 24, 2010 (for Model 757 airplanes); and Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 767-29-0112, dated June 24, 2010 (for Model 767 airplanes); instruct operators to return all RAT or RAT hub assemblies to Hamilton Sundstrand for rework and test, operators may return the RAT or RAT hub assembly to Hamilton Sundstrand or an FAA-approved repair facility that has the capability to disassemble, repair, balance, and test the RAT or RAT hub assembly.

    (iii) Where Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 730814-29-15, dated February 10, 2010 (for Model 757 airplanes); or Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 729548-29-18, dated February 10, 2010 (for Model 767 airplanes); instructs operators to return all of the removed screws (including the remnants of the fractured screws) to Hamilton Sundstrand for further investigation, this AD does not include that requirement.

    (3) If, during any inspection required by paragraph (h)(1) of this AD, there are no missing balance washers and no fractured screws: Prior to the next RAT backdrive test or within 24 months after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first, replace the balance washer screws, one at a time, in accordance with Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 730814-29-15, dated February 10, 2010 (for Model 757 airplanes); or Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 729548-29-18, dated February 10, 2010 (for Model 767 airplanes).

    (i) Parts Installation Limitations

    (1) As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install a RAT hub assembly having any part number and serial number specified in paragraphs (i)(1)(i) and (i)(1)(ii) of this AD, on any airplane, unless it has been reworked and re-identified in accordance with Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 730814-29-12, dated November 30, 2005 (for Model 757 airplanes); or Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 729548-29-15, dated November 30, 2005 (for Model 767 airplanes).

    (i) Model 757-200, -200PF, -200CB, and -300 series airplanes having P/N 733785A or 733785B; and S/N 0410 through 0413 inclusive, 0415, 0417 through 0430 inclusive, 0432, or 0434.

    (ii) Model 767-200, -300, -300F, and -400ER series airplanes having P/N 734350A, 734350B, 734350C, or 734350D, and S/N 0666, 0673 through 0684 inclusive, 0686, 0687, or 0689.

    (2) As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install a RAT hub assembly having any applicable part number and serial number specified in paragraphs (i)(2)(i) and (i)(2)(ii) of this AD, on any airplane, unless it has been inspected, reworked, and re-identified in accordance with Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 730814-29-15, dated February 10, 2010 (for Model 757 airplanes); or Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 729548-29-18, dated February 10, 2010 (for Model 767 airplanes).

    (i) Model 757-200, -200PF, -200CB, and -300 series airplanes having P/N 733785AB Series, and S/N 0107, 0105, 0121, 0151, 0179, 0204, 0282, 0289, 0296, 0315, 0319, 0337, 0390, 0403, 0412, 0421, 0424, 0426, 0429, 0430, 0439, 0445, 0450, 0477, 0503, 0510, 0512, 0584, 0585, 0591, 0599, 0609, 0617, 0624, 0656, 0673, 0685, 0789, 0822, 0841, 0854, 0911, 0912, 0936, 0957, 0961, 0971, 1061, 1064, 1096, 1101, 1102, 1105, 1113, 1117, 1170, 1172, 1173, or X2069.

    (ii) Model 767-200, -300, -300F, and -400ER series airplanes having P/N 734350 Series, and S/N 0042, 0074, 0170, 0183, 0207, 0311, 0312, 0324, 0336, 0337, 0347, 0367, 0372, 0379, 0381, 0391, 0427, 0431, 0469, 0495, 0500, 0530, 0531, 0533, 0538, 0539, 0550, 0551, 0575, 0584, 0619, 0626, 0666, 0670, 0676, 0690, 0700, 0701, 0734, 0750, 0800, 0801, 0813, 0835, 0836, 0908, 0923, 0958, 0968, 0980, 1009, 1012, 1019, 1046, 1052, 1054, 1102, 1127, 1167, 1264, 1285, 1300, 1317, 1322, 1362, 1372, 1394, 1398, 1436, 1594, 1633, 1634, 1635, 1636, 1637, 1638, 1639, 1640, 1641, 1642, 1643, 1644, 1645, 1646, 1647, 1648, 1649, 1650, 1651, 1652, or X2063.

    (3) As of the effective date of this AD, no person may install a balance washer screw having P/N MS24667-14, on the RAT hub assembly of any airplane unless it can be positively determined from a records review that the screws did not come from Northeast Fasteners, lots 24057 and 30533.

    (j) No Information Submission

    Although Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 757-29A0066, Revision 1, dated March 8, 2010 (for Model 757 airplanes); and Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 767-29A0110, Revision 1, dated March 8, 2010 (for Model 767 airplanes); specify to submit information to the manufacturer, this AD does not include that requirement.

    (k) Credit for Previous Actions

    This paragraph provides credit for the actions required by paragraph (g) of this AD, if those actions were performed before the effective date of this AD using the service information specified in paragraph (k)(1) or (k)(2) of this AD, as applicable. These documents are not incorporated by reference in this AD.

    (1) Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 757-29A0066, dated January 2, 2007 (for Model 757-200 and -200PF series airplanes).

    (2) Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 767-29A0110, dated January 2, 2007 (for Model 767-200 and -300 series airplanes).

    (l) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) For Boeing Model 757-200, -200PF, -200CB, and -300 series airplanes: The Manager, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 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 manager of the ACO, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (m)(1) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: [email protected].

    (2) For Boeing Model 767-200, -300, -300F, and -400ER series airplanes: The Manager, Seattle Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 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 manager of the ACO, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (m)(2) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: [email protected].

    (3) 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.

    (4) For Boeing Model 757-200, -200PF, -200CB, and -300 series airplanes: An AMOC that provides an acceptable level of safety may be used for any repair required by this AD if it is approved by the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) that has been authorized by the Manager, Los Angeles ACO, to make those findings. For a repair method to be approved, the repair must meet the certification basis of the airplane and the approval must specifically refer to this AD.

    (5) For Boeing Model 767-200, -300, -300F, and -400ER series airplanes: An AMOC that provides an acceptable level of safety may be used for any repair required by this AD if it is approved by the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) that has been authorized by the Manager, Seattle ACO, to make those findings. For a repair method to be approved, the repair must meet the certification basis of the airplane and the approval must specifically refer to this AD.

    (m) Related Information

    (1) For more information about Boeing Model 757-200, -200PF, -200CB, and -300 series airplanes in this AD, contact: Jerry Ramos, Aerospace Engineer, Systems and Equipment Branch, ANM-130L, FAA, Los Angeles ACO, 3960 Paramount Boulevard, Lakewood, CA 90712-4137; phone: 562-627-5296; fax: 562-627-5210; email: [email protected].

    (2) For more information about Boeing Model 767-200, -300, -300F, and -400ER series airplanes in this AD, contact Douglas Tsuji, Senior Aerospace Engineer, Systems and Equipment Branch, ANM-130S, FAA, Seattle ACO, 1601 Lind Avenue SW., Renton, WA 98057-3356; telephone: 425-917-6546; fax: 425-917-6590; [email protected].

    (3) Service information identified in this AD that is not incorporated by reference is available at the addresses specified in paragraphs (n)(3) and (n)(5) of this AD.

    (n) 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 the AD specifies otherwise.

    (i) Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 757-29A0066, Revision 1, dated March 8, 2010.

    (ii) Boeing Alert Service Bulletin 767-29A0110, Revision 1, dated March 8, 2010.

    (iii) Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 757-29-0069, dated June 24, 2010.

    (iv) Boeing Special Attention Service Bulletin 767-29-0112, dated June 24, 2010.

    (v) Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 729548-29-15, dated November 30, 2005.

    (vi) Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 729548-29-18, dated February 10, 2010.

    (vii) Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 730814-29-12, dated November 30, 2005.

    (viii) Hamilton Sundstrand Service Bulletin 730814-29-15, dated February 10, 2010.

    (3) For Boeing service information identified in this AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, P.O. Box 3707, MC 2H-65, Seattle, WA 98124-2207; telephone 206-544-5000, extension 1; fax 206-766-5680; email [email protected]; Internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com.

    (4) For Hamilton Sundstrand service information identified in this AD, contact Hamilton Sundstrand, Technical Publications, Mail Stop 302-9, 4747 Harrison Avenue, P.O. Box 7002, Rockford, IL 61125-7002; phone: 860-654-3575; fax: 860-998-4564; email: [email protected]; Internet: http://www.hamiltonsundstrand.com.

    (5) You may view this service information at 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 February 23, 2015. Jeffrey E. Duven, Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05035 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE 32 CFR Part 266 RIN 0790-AJ30 Audits of State and Local Governments, Institutions of Higher Education, and Other Nonprofit Institutions AGENCY:

    Department of Defense.

    ACTION:

    Final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    This final rule removes regulations concerning the audits of state and local governments, institutions of higher education, and other nonprofit institutions. The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) provisions being removed contain policies and procedures directed at DoD component personnel and not the public. Additionally, other DoD guidance on this subject has been published in the Defense Grant and Agreement Regulations, to provide appropriate notice to outside entities.

    DATES:

    This rule is effective on March 16, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Patricia Toppings at 571-372-0485.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    A copy of the current DoD Instruction is available at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/760010p.pdf). Additionally, other DoD guidance on this subject has been published in the Defense Grant and Agreement Regulations, codified at 32 CFR part 21 through 37, to provide appropriate notice to outside entities.

    List of Subjects in 32 CFR Part 266

    Accounting, Colleges and universities, Grant programs, Indians, Intergovernmental relations, Loan programs, and Nonprofit organizations.

    PART 266—[REMOVED] Accordingly, by the authority of 5 U.S.C. 301, 32 CFR part 266 is removed. Dated: March 11, 2015. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05915 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001-06-P
    POSTAL SERVICE 39 CFR Part 111 Domestic Mail Manual; Incorporation by Reference AGENCY:

    Postal ServiceTM.

    ACTION:

    Final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    The Postal Service announces the issuance of the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) dated January 25, 2015, and its incorporation by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations.

    DATES:

    This final rule is effective on March 16, 2015. The incorporation by reference of the DMM is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of March 16, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Lizbeth Dobbins (202) 268-3789.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The most recent issue of the Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) is dated January 25, 2015. This issue of the DMM contains all Postal Service domestic mailing standards, and continues to: (1) Increase the user's ability to find information; (2) increase confidence that users have found all the information they need; and (3) reduce the need to consult multiple chapters of the Manual to locate necessary information. The issue dated January 25, 2015, sets forth specific changes, including new standards throughout the DMM to support the standards and mail preparation changes implemented since the version issued on June 24, 2012.

    Changes to mailing standards will continue to be published through Federal Register notices and the Postal Bulletin, and will appear in the next online version available via the Postal Explorer® Web site at: http://pe.usps.com.

    List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 111

    Administrative practice and procedure, Incorporation by reference.

    In view of the considerations discussed above, the Postal Service hereby amends 39 CFR part 111 as follows:

    PART 111—GENERAL INFORMATION ON POSTAL SERVICE 1. The authority citation for 39 CFR part 111 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    5 U.S.C. 552(a); 13 U.S.C. 301-307; 18 U.S.C. 1692-1737; 39 U.S.C. 101, 401, 403, 404, 414, 416, 3001-3011, 3201-3219, 3403-3406, 3621, 3622, 3626, 3632, 3633, and 5001.

    2. In § 111.3, amend paragraph (f) by revising the last entry in the table and adding a new entry at the end of the table to read as follows:
    § 111.3 Amendment to the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual.

    (f) * * *

    Transmittal letter for issue Dated Federal Register publication *         *         *         *         *         *         * DMM 300 June 24, 2012 77 FR 45246. DMM January 25, 2015 [INSERT FR CITATION FOR THIS RULE].
    § 111.4 [Amended]
    3. Amend § 111.4 by removing “June 24, 2012” and adding “March 16, 2015”.
    Stanley F. Mires, Attorney, Federal Requirements.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05757 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7710-12-P
    POSTAL SERVICE 39 CFR Part 20 International Mail Manual; Incorporation by Reference AGENCY:

    Postal ServiceTM.

    ACTION:

    Final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    The Postal Service announces the issuance of the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM®) dated January 26, 2015, updated with Postal Bulletin revisions through January 8, 2015, and its incorporation by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations.

    DATES:

    This final rule is effective on March 16, 2015. The incorporation by reference of the IMM is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of March 16, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Lizbeth Dobbins, (202) 268-3789.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The International Mail Manual was issued on January 26, 2015, and was updated with Postal Bulletin revisions through January 8, 2015. It replaced all previous editions. The IMM continues to enable the Postal Service to fulfill its long-standing mission of providing affordable, universal mail service. It continues to: (1) Increase the user's ability to find information; (2) increase the user's confidence that they have found the information they need; and (3) reduce the need to consult multiple sources to locate necessary information. The provisions throughout this issue support the standards and mail preparation changes implemented since the version of June 24, 2012. The International Mail Manual is available to the public on the Postal Explorer® Internet site at http://pe.usps.com.

    List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 20

    Foreign relations, Incorporation by reference.

    In view of the considerations discussed above, the Postal Service hereby amends 39 CFR part 20 as follows:

    PART 20—INTERNATIONAL POSTAL SERVICE 1. The authority citation for part 20 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    5 U.S.C. 552(a); 13 U.S.C. 301-307; 18 U.S.C. 1692-1737; 39 U.S.C. 101, 401, 403, 404, 407, 414, 416, 3001-3011, 3201-3219, 3403-3406, 3621, 3622, 3626, 3632, 3633, and 5001.

    2. Amend § 20.1 by revising paragraph (a) and, in paragraph (b), revising the table headings and adding a new entry at the end of the table to read as follows:
    § 20.1 International Mail Manual; incorporation by reference.

    (a) Section 552(a) of title 5, U.S.C., relating to the public information requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act, provides in pertinent part that matter reasonably available to the class of persons affected thereby is deemed published in the Federal Register when incorporated by reference therein with the approval of the Director of the Federal Register. In conformity with that provision and 39 U.S.C. 410(b)(1), and as provided in this part, the Postal Service hereby incorporates by reference its Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM or International Mail Manual), issued January 26, 2015. The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.

    (b) * * *

    International Mail
  • Manual
  • Date of issuance
    *    *    *    *    * IMM January 26, 2015.
    3. Revise § 20.2 to read as follows:
    § 20.2 Effective date of the International Mail Manual.

    The provisions of the International Mail Manual issued January 26, 2015, are applicable with respect to the international mail services of the Postal Service.

    Stanley F. Mires, Attorney, Federal Requirements.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05760 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7710-12-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA-R05-OAR-2013-0780; FRL-9924-22-Region 5] Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Indiana; Minor NSR for Title V and FESOP Sources AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency.

    ACTION:

    Final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving revisions to Indiana's minor new source review (NSR) construction permit rule. The rule applies to construction of new units or modifications of existing units at sources subject to title V and Federally enforceable state operating permit requirements. This rule replaces the previous state implementation plan (SIP) minor source construction permit rule for Indiana.

    DATES:

    This final rule is effective on April 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID No. EPA-R05-OAR-2013-0780. All documents in the docket are listed on the www.regulations.gov Web site. Although listed in the index, 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 at the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5, Air and Radiation Division, 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604. This facility is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays. We recommend that you telephone Sam Portanova, Environmental Engineer, at (312) 886-3189 before visiting the Region 5 office.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Sam Portanova, Environmental Engineer, Air Permits Section, Air Programs Branch (AR-18J), Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5, 77 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, Illinois 60604, (312) 886-3189, [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Throughout this document whenever “we,” “us,” or “our” is used, we mean EPA. This supplementary information section is arranged as follows:

    I. What is being addressed in this document? II. What comments did EPA receive? III. Technical Corrections to the State Rule IV. What action is EPA taking? V. Incorporation by Reference VI. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews I. What is being addressed in this document?

    On November 7, 2013, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) submitted a SIP revision request to EPA for minor NSR construction permit rules. EPA last approved Indiana's minor construction permit rule (326 IAC 2-1) on October 7, 1994 (59 FR 51108). In this action, EPA is approving amendments to 326 IAC 2-7-10.5(a), (c) through (j), (l), and (m), and to 326 IAC 2-8-11.1 as revisions to Indiana's SIP. These provisions do not apply to permitting actions that trigger major prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) or nonattainment NSR requirements. 326 IAC 2-7-10.5 and 326 IAC 2-8-11.1 replace 326 IAC 2-1, which has been repealed in the state rules, as the minor NSR construction permit rules in the Indiana SIP. EPA proposed approval of these rules on January 5, 2015 (80 FR 201). EPA previously approved 326 IAC 2-7-10.5(b) and (k) on January 17, 2014 (79 FR 3120).

    II. What comments did EPA receive?

    The public comment period on the proposed approval of Indiana's SIP revision ended on February 4, 2015. EPA did not receive any comments on the proposed approval of this SIP revision.

    III. Technical Corrections to the State Rule

    On January 26, 2015, IDEM submitted revisions to 326 IAC 2-7-10.5(f)(2)(C) and 326 IAC 2-8-11.1(d)(4) that contained typographical corrections to the original rules. These corrections were published in the Indiana Register on December 25, 2013, and were effective January 11, 2014. The revision to 326 IAC 2-7-10.5(f)(2)(C) corrects grammatical errors and the revision to 326 IAC 2-8-11.1(d)(4) corrects a citation error. The revisions do not affect the requirements or substance of this rule.

    IV. What action is EPA taking?

    EPA is approving Indiana's minor source construction permit rule in 326 IAC 2-7-10.5(a), (c) through (j), (l), and (m), and 326 IAC 2-8-11.1. EPA has determined that the emission thresholds and permitting requirements discussed above satisfy the requirements of 40 CFR 51.160 and 51.161. EPA is not taking action on 326 IAC 2-7-10.5(b) and (k) because these portions of the state's rule have already been approved into Indiana's SIP.

    V. Incorporation by Reference

    In this rule, EPA is finalizing regulatory text that includes incorporation by reference. In accordance with requirements of 1 CFR 51.5, EPA is finalizing the incorporation by reference of the Indiana Regulations described in the amendments to 40 CFR part 52 set forth below. 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

    Under the Clean Air Act (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 Orders 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993) and 13563 (76 FR 3821, January 21, 2011);

    • 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, the SIP is not approved to apply on any Indian reservation land or in any other area where EPA or an Indian tribe has demonstrated that a tribe has jurisdiction. In those areas of Indian country, the rule does not have tribal implications and will not impose substantial direct costs on tribal governments or preempt tribal law as specified by Executive Order 13175 (65 FR 67249, November 9, 2000).

    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).

    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 May 15, 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 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, Carbon monoxide, Incorporation by reference, Intergovernmental relations, Lead, Nitrogen dioxide, Ozone, Particulate matter, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Sulfur oxides, Volatile organic compounds.

    Dated: February 27, 2015. Susan Hedman, Regional Administrator, Region 5.

    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.

    2. In § 52.770 the table in paragraph (c) is amended by: a. Revising the entry in “Article 2. Permit Review Rules”, “Rule 7. Part 70 Permit Program” for 2-7-10.5 “Part 70 permits; source modifications”; and b. Revising the entry in “Article 2. Permit Review Rules”, “Rule 8. Federally Enforceable State Operating Permit Program” for 2-8-11.1 “Permit revisions”.

    The revisions read as follows:

    § 52.770 Identification of plan.

    (c) * * *

    EPA-Approved Indiana Regulations Indiana
  • citation
  • Subject Indiana
  • effective
  • date
  • EPA approval date Notes
    *         *         *         *         *         *         * Article 2. Permit Review Rules *         *         *         *         *         *         * Rule 7. Part 70 Permit Program 2-7-10.5 Part 70 permits; source modifications 10/26/2013 3/16/2015 [insert Federal Register citation] Indiana made typographical corrections to (f)(2)(C) on 1/11/2014. Rule 8. Federally Enforceable State Operating Permit Program *         *         *         *         *         *         * 2-8-11.1 Permit revisions 10/26/2013 3/16/2015 [insert Federal Register citation] Indiana made typographical corrections to (d)(4) on 1/11/2014. *         *         *         *         *         *         *
    [FR Doc. 2015-05838 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA-R09-OAR-2014-0851; FRL-9923-07-Region 9] Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, South Coast Air Quality Management District and Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Direct final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking direct final action to approve revisions to the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) and South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern particulate matter (PM) emissions from residential wood burning and particulate matter air pollution control devices. We are approving local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).

    DATES:

    This rule is effective on May 15, 2015 without further notice, unless EPA receives adverse comments by April 15, 2015. If we receive such comments, we will publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register to notify the public that this direct final rule will not take effect.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit comments, identified by docket number EPA-R09-OAR-2014-0851, by one of the following methods:

    1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions.

    2. Email: [email protected]

    3. Mail or deliver: Andrew Steckel (Air-4), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region IX, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105-3901.

    Instructions: All comments 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 Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Information that you consider CBI or otherwise protected should be clearly identified as such and should not be submitted through www.regulations.gov or email. www.regulations.gov is an “anonymous access” system, and EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send email directly to EPA, your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the public comment. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, 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.

    Docket: Generally, documents in the docket for this action are available electronically at www.regulations.gov and in hard copy at EPA Region IX, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, California 94105-3901. While all documents in the docket are listed at www.regulations.gov, some information may be publicly available only at the hard copy location (e.g., copyrighted material, large maps), and some may not be publicly available in either location (e.g., CBI). To inspect the hard copy materials, please schedule an appointment during normal business hours with the contact listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Christine Vineyard, EPA Region IX, (415) 947-4125, [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Throughout this document, “we,” “us,” and “our” refer to EPA.

    Table of Contents I. The State's Submittal A. What rules did the State submit? B. Are there other versions of these rules? C. What is the purpose of the submitted rules? II. EPA's Evaluation and Action A. How is EPA evaluating the rules? B. Do the rules meet the evaluation criteria? C. EPA Recommendations To Further Improve the Rules D. Public Comment and Final Action III. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews I. The State's Submittal A. What rules did the State submit?

    Table 1 lists the rules we are approving with the dates that they were amended by the local air agencies and submitted by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

    Table 1—Submitted Rules Local agency Rule No. Rule title Amended Submitted SMAQMD 421 Mandatory Episodic Curtailment of Wood and Other Solid Fuel Burning (except section 402) 09/24/09 09/21/12 SCAQMD 1155 Particulate Matter (PM) Control Devices 05/02/14 07/25/14

    On October 11, 2012 and September 11, 2014, EPA determined that the submittal for SMAQMD Rule 421 and SCAQMD Rule 1155, respectively, met the completeness criteria in 40 CFR part 51 Appendix V, which must be met before formal EPA review.

    B. Are there other versions of these rules?

    There are no previous versions of SMAQMD Rule 421 and SCAQMD 1155 in the SIP, although the SCAQMD adopted an earlier version of Rule 1155 on December 4, 2009, and CARB submitted it to us on August 25, 2010. While we can act on only the most recently submitted version, we have reviewed materials provided with the previous submittal.

    C. What is the purpose of the submitted rules?

    PM contributes to effects that are harmful to human health and the environment, including premature mortality, aggravation of respiratory and cardiovascular disease, decreased lung function, visibility impairment, and damage to vegetation and ecosystems. Section 110(a) of the CAA requires States to submit regulations that control PM emissions. SMAQMD Rule 421 reduces emissions of particulate matter by restricting operation of wood burning appliances on days when the particulate matter concentration is forecast to exceed ambient air quality standards. SCAQMD Rule 1155 establishes minimum performance and maintenance requirements for permitted particulate matter (PM) air pollution control devices. EPA's technical support documents (TSD) have more information about these rules.

    II. EPA's Evaluation and Action A. How is EPA evaluating the rules?

    Generally, SIP rules must be enforceable (see section 110(a) of the Act) and must not relax existing requirements (see sections 110(l) and 193). In addition, SMAQMD and SCAQMD regulate PM2.5 nonattainment areas (see 40 CFR 81.305), so the Reasonably Available Control Measure (RACM) requirement (see CAA section 189(a)(1)) applies to these areas.

    Guidance and policy documents that we use to evaluate enforceability and RACM requirements consistently include the following:

    1. “Issues Relating to VOC Regulation Cutpoints, Deficiencies, and Deviations,” EPA, May 25, 1988 (revised January 11, 1990) (the Bluebook).

    2. “Guidance Document for Correcting Common VOC & Other Rule Deficiencies,” EPA Region 9, August 21, 2001 (the Little Bluebook).

    3. “State Implementation Plans; General Preamble for the Implementation of Title I of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990,” 57 FR 13498 (April 16, 1992); 57 FR 18070 (April 28, 1992).

    4. “State Implementation Plans for Serious PM-10 Nonattainment Areas, and Attainment Date Waivers for PM-10 Nonattainment Areas Generally; Addendum to the General Preamble for the Implementation of Title I of the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990,” 59 FR 41998 (August 16, 1994).

    5. “PM-10 Guideline Document,” EPA 452/R-93-008, April 1993.

    B. Do the rules meet the evaluation criteria?

    We believe SMAQMD Rule 421 (except section 402) and the Financial Hardship Exemption Decision Tree outlining the criteria for granting waivers submitted as non-regulatory supplemental material, and SCAQMD Rule 1155 are consistent with the relevant policy and guidance regarding enforceability, RACM, and SIP relaxations. The TSDs have more information on our evaluation.

    C. Public Comment and Final Action

    As authorized in section 110(k)(3) of the Act, EPA is fully approving the submitted rules because we believe they fulfill all relevant requirements. We do not think anyone will object to this approval, so we are finalizing it without proposing it in advance. However, in the Proposed Rules section of this Federal Register, we are simultaneously proposing approval of the same submitted rules. If we receive adverse comments by April 15, 2015, we will publish a timely withdrawal in the Federal Register to notify the public that the direct final approval will not take effect and we will address the comments in a subsequent final action based on the proposal. If we do not receive timely adverse comments, the direct final approval will be effective without further notice on May 15, 2015. This will incorporate these rules into the federally enforceable SIP.

    Please note that if EPA receives adverse comment on an amendment, paragraph, or section of this rule and if that provision may be severed from the remainder of the rule, EPA may adopt as final those provisions of the rule that are not the subject of an adverse comment.

    III. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

    Under the Clean Air Act, the Administrator is required to approve a SIP submission that complies with the provisions of the Act 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 Clean Air Act. 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 (Public Law 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 Clean Air Act; and

    • Does not provide EPA with the discretionary authority to address disproportionate human health or environmental effects with practical, appropriate, 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.

    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).

    Under section 307(b)(1) of the Clean Air Act, petitions for judicial review of this action must be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit by May 15, 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. Parties with objections to this direct final rule are encouraged to file a comment in response to the parallel notice of proposed rulemaking for this action published in the Proposed Rules section of today's Federal Register, rather than file an immediate petition for judicial review of this direct final rule, so that EPA can withdraw this direct final rule and address the comment in the proposed rulemaking. This action 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, Intergovernmental relations, Particulate matter, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    Dated: January 23, 2015. Jared Blumenfeld, Regional Administrator, Region IX.

    Part 52, Chapter I, Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations 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 F—California
    2. Section 52.220, is amended by adding paragraphs (c)(423) (i)(B)(2) and (ii) and (c)(447)(i)(C) to read as follows:
    § 52.220 Identification of plan.

    (c) * * *

    (423) * * *

    (i) * * *

    (B) * * *

    (2) Rule 421, “Mandatory Episodic Curtailment of Wood and Other Solid Fuel Burning (except section 402),” amended on September 24, 2009.

    (ii) Additional Material.

    (A) Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District.

    (1) Rule 421, “Mandatory Episodic Curtailment of Wood and Other Solid Fuel Burning,” Financial Hardship Exemption Decision Tree, dated December 12, 2007.

    (447) * * *

    (i) * * *

    (C) South Coast Air Quality Management District.

    (1) Rule 1155, “Particulate Matter (PM) Control Devices,” amended on May 2, 2014.

    [FR Doc. 2015-05807 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service 50 CFR Part 21 [Docket No. FWS-R9-MB-2012-0098; FF09M21200-134-FXMB1231099BPP0] RIN 1018-AZ19 Migratory Bird Hunting and Permits; Regulations for Managing Harvest of Light Goose Populations AGENCY:

    Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    We reduce the information collection requirements for participants in the light goose conservation order, which authorizes methods of take to increase harvest of certain populations of light geese in the Atlantic, Central, Mississippi, and Pacific Flyways, and to reduce the burden on State and tribal wildlife agencies that are required to submit annual light goose harvest reports to us. This action will eliminate reporting requirements that we believe to be unnecessary and will relieve requirements on individuals, States, and tribes.

    DATES:

    This regulation change will be effective on April 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Document Availability: You may obtain a copy of the final environmental impact statement (EIS) on this management issue from our Web site at: http://www.fws.gov/migratorybirds/currentbirdissues/management/snowgse/tblcont.html, or by requesting one from the Division of Migratory Bird Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Mail Stop MB, Falls Church, VA 22041-3830.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    James Kelley at 612-713-5409.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background

    Under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has the primary Federal responsibility for managing migratory birds. We implement the provisions of the MBTA through regulations in parts 10, 13, 20, 21, and 22 of title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

    In 1999, we established a conservation order at 50 CFR 21.60 to increase harvest of light geese and authorize new methods of take (64 FR 7517, February 16, 1999). We took this action because several populations of light geese were exceeding the carrying capacity of their breeding or migration habitats in the Central and Mississippi Flyways. A conservation order is a special management action that is needed to control certain wildlife populations when traditional management programs are unsuccessful in preventing overabundance of the population. We prepared an environmental impact statement (EIS) and record of decision to revise the regulations for the conservation order to include the Atlantic and Pacific Flyways (73 FR 65926, November 5, 2008).

    The regulations include information collection and reporting requirements. Individuals participating in the order must provide information to State or Tribal wildlife agencies, and these agencies are required to submit annual light goose harvest reports to the Service. We have used this information to assess the effectiveness of light goose population control methods and strategies and to determine whether or not additional population control methods were needed. However, we now believe that sufficient information has been collected for these purposes since 2000, so on February 18, 2014, we published a proposed rule to change the information collection requirements of the conservation order (79 FR 9152-9156). We proposed to simplify but not eliminate all of these requirements, thus reducing the burden on individuals participating in the conservation order and on State and Tribal wildlife agencies.

    Comments on the Proposed Rule

    We received 10 comments on the proposed rule. Some commenters supported the proposed changes to the information collection requirements; others stated that the Service should not reduce or eliminate these requirements. Some commenters stated that sufficient information has been collected since 2000 to allow evaluation of the effectiveness of take methods for harvesting light geese and that the reduction in reporting requirements will reduce paperwork and respondent burdens. Some commenters provided comments outside the scope of the proposed rule, which sought input only on the information collection, and not on the control of light geese. Below we provide excerpts from some of these comments and our responses.

    Comment: “I object to the government's attempts to waste our tax dollars on the pointless, unnecessary, unjustified and brutal killing of light goose populations. There is no study or scientific/biologic data that supports this plan. All goose populations can be managed and limited using humane and non-lethal methods. That is the only kind of management plan I support.

    Furthermore, your goal to eliminate information collection & reporting requirements that you believe to be unnecessary is nothing more than an attempt to absolve yourselves of responsibility and remove all records of accountability so that you can continue to get away with unchecked killing and misuse of taxpayer funds whenever and wherever you want.”

    Response: We documented the need for the control of light geese in our 2007 EIS. The effort was endorsed by national wildlife conservation organizations as a way to try to protect habitat for many migratory bird species in the Arctic.

    We are not spending taxpayer dollars on this control, except to collect information about the harvest. Nor are we choosing the “convenience” of controlling light goose populations. As noted in our 2007 EIS, the burgeoning light goose population has seriously harmed nesting habitats in the Arctic for other migratory bird species.

    We are not eliminating information collection. As we explained in the proposed rule, we are reducing the burden on States and tribes by not requiring collection and reporting of information not needed to assess the harvest of light geese.

    Comment. “Limiting information requirements and eliminating information collection on the issue of killing our wildlife is deeply undemocratic (for people) and cruel (for populations targeted.)”

    Response. We are not eliminating information collection; we are revising the collection so that we collect only needed information. It is the Service's job to address population issues such as the huge growth in the light goose population that continues to cause destruction of habitat in the Arctic for many other migratory bird species. We also try to minimize the information collection burden for other partners (such as States and Tribes) in wildlife management and for the public.

    Comment. “I am for the update in regulations for managing the harvest of light goose. The information that was needed before to see find [sic] out if the proposed methods of population control of light geese is no longer needed. It has been proven that their [sic] has been a 26.7% increase in the harvest of light geese after the regular season using electronic calls and a 13.1% increase using unplugged shotguns in the Mississippi and Central flyways between 2000 and 2011. For example, “the number of light geese taken with the aid of an electronic call.” This requirement for data entry is no longer necessary because it has been proven that using electronic calls is a useful method of conservation over a term of eleven years. Majority of the data that was required to be recorded by the states that participated in the conservation order is no longer needed because enough data has been recorded to prove that using unplugged shotguns and electronic calls is a useful method on conservation.”

    Comment. “I am against the proposed rule of Migratory Bird Hunting and Permits: Regulations for Managing Harvest of Light Goose Populations. The managing of the light goose population is necessary because we need to know how many there are and how many are killed each year. Letting hunters killing more of the light goose isn't a bad idea since there are not in danger of going extinct. The numbers show that they are fine . . . They still need to keep track of the numbers that are harvested that year to get an idea of how much are being harvested. Since the “Various populations of light geese have undergone rapid growth during the past 30 years, and have become seriously injurious to their habitat, habitat important to other migratory birds, and agricultural interests,” it is better to get the numbers lower than they are.”

    Comment. “The purpose of this rule is to eliminate information that is no longer needed to be collected due to the amount that has been received. The information they have now gives a [sic] accurate data layout for future knowledge and so the unnecessary data gather [sic] should be dropped to save time and money for state and tribal agencies. I think this would be a [sic] efficient cutback since the information is no longer needed to be collected. The data that would be eliminated would not hinder the overall analysis of light goose [sic] taken. Numbers of light goose populations will still be collected and recorded with accurate read outs on their population. The information that hunters would have to submit would be lessened and make it easier on them. This rule would overall make a great cutback on taxes and time spent filling out paperwork that is no longer needed.”

    Comment. “The Central Flyway Council . . . supports the proposal to reduce the information collection requirements for participants in the light goose conservation order, which authorizes methods of take to increase harvest of certain populations of light geese in the Atlantic, Central, and Mississippi Flyways, and to reduce the burden on State and tribal wildlife agencies that are required to submit annual light goose harvest reports to the Service. There is sufficient information collected since 2000 to allow evaluation [of] the effectiveness of these methods of take for harvesting light geese. The reduction in reporting requirement[s] will reduce paperwork and respondent burdens.”

    Response to these comments. No response necessary.

    Required Determinations Regulatory Planning and Review—Executive Order 12866 and 13563

    Executive Order 12866 provides that the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) will review all significant rules. OIRA has determined that this rule is not significant.

    Executive Order 13563 reaffirms the principles of Executive Order 12866 while calling for improvements in the Nation's regulatory system to promote predictability, to reduce uncertainty, and to use the best, most innovative, and least burdensome tools for achieving regulatory ends. Executive Order 13563 directs agencies to consider regulatory approaches that reduce burdens and maintain flexibility and freedom of choice for the public where these approaches are relevant, feasible, and consistent with regulatory objectives. Executive Order 13563 emphasizes further that regulations must be based on the best available science and that the rulemaking process must allow for public participation and an open exchange of ideas. We developed this rule in a manner consistent with these requirements.

    Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.)

    Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq., as amended by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121)), whenever an agency is required to publish a notice of rulemaking for any proposed or final rule, it must prepare and make available for public comment a regulatory flexibility analysis that describes the effect of the rule on small businesses, small organizations, and small government jurisdictions. However, no regulatory flexibility analysis is required if the head of an agency certifies the rule would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

    SBREFA amended the Regulatory Flexibility Act to require Federal agencies to provide the statement of the factual basis for certifying that a rule would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. This regulation change will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities, so a regulatory flexibility analysis is not required.

    This rule will reduce the information collection requirements for participants in the light goose conservation order and reduce the burden on State and tribal wildlife agencies that are required to submit annual light goose harvest reports to us. It will have no impact on economic activities already associated with the light goose conservation order itself and, therefore, will not have an economic effect on any small entities.

    This is not a major rule under the SBREFA (5 U.S.C. 804(2)). It will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities.

    a. This rule will not have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more.

    b. This rule will not cause an increase in costs or prices for consumers, individual industries, Federal, State, Tribal, or local government agencies, or geographic regions.

    c. This rule will not have effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or the ability of U.S.-based enterprises to compete with foreign-based enterprises.

    Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

    In accordance with the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (2 U.S.C. 1501 et seq.), we have determined the following:

    a. This rule will not affect small governments. A small government agency plan is not required.

    b. This rule will not produce a Federal mandate. It is not a significant regulatory action.

    Takings

    This rule does not contain a provision for taking of private property. In accordance with Executive Order 12630, a takings implication assessment is not required.

    Federalism

    This rule does not have sufficient Federalism effects to warrant preparation of a federalism impact summary statement under Executive Order 13132. It will not interfere with any State's ability to manage itself or its funds. No economic impacts will result from the regulations change.

    Civil Justice Reform

    In accordance with Executive Order 12988, the Office of the Solicitor has determined that the rule does not unduly burden the judicial system and meets the requirements of sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of the Order.

    Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    This rule contains a collection of information that OMB has approved under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    OMB Control Number: 1018-0103.

    Expiration Date: 3/31/2018.

    Title: Conservation Order for Light Geese, 50 CFR 21.60.

    Service Form Number(s): None.

    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.

    Description of Respondents: State and tribal governments; individuals who participate in the conservation order.

    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.

    Frequency of Collection: Annually.

    Activity/requirement Annual
  • number of
  • respondents
  • Total annual
  • responses
  • Completion time per response Total annual
  • burden hours
  • States—collect information, maintain records, prepare annual report 39 39 45 hours 1,755 Participants—provide information to States 21,538 21,538 8 minutes 2,872 Total 21,577 21,577 4,627

    Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden Cost: $78,000, primarily for State and tribal overhead costs (materials, printing, postage, etc.).

    We expect a maximum of 39 States and tribes to participate under the authority of the conservation order each year it is available. States and tribes must keep records of activities carried out under the authority of the conservation order. We believe that this recordkeeping requirement is necessary to ensure that those individuals carrying out control activities are authorized to do so. The States and tribes must submit an annual report summarizing the activities conducted under the conservation order. Reported information helps us to assess the effectiveness of light geese population control methods and strategies, and assess whether or not additional population control methods are needed. However, we believe that the number of elements in the information collection requirement can be reduced while maintaining a core of elements that allow us to monitor the number of participants in the conservation order and resulting harvest of birds. We have revised 50 CFR 21.60(f)(8) to require that information be collected only on the number of:

    • Persons participating in the conservation order;

    • Days people participated in the conservation order;

    • Light geese shot and retrieved under the conservation order; and

    • Light geese shot but not retrieved.

    Each State and tribe determines how they collect data from participants. Though there is no common form or method, the States and tribes have shared their forms and there is commonality. Some States require participants to obtain a permit to participate in the conservation order; others do not. Post-harvest survey questions and questionnaire delivery methods differ among States and tribes. States measure harvest and hunter activity through the use of mail questionnaires, phone surveys, hunter diaries, online data entry, and so forth. Differences also exist within similar survey types, such as the proportion of participants surveyed and the type and number of followup contacts.

    During the proposed rule stage, we solicited comments on the new information collection requirements. We received several comments that addressed information collection. Most conflated the information collection and control of overabundant light geese. We did not change our requirements based on these comments. Several of the comments only noted that we proposed to change the information collection. We have addressed all comments in the preamble above.

    The public may comment at any time on the accuracy of the information collection burden in this rule and may submit any comments to the Information Collection Clearance Officer, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW., (Mailstop BPHC), Washington, DC 20240.

    National Environmental Policy Act

    We have analyzed this rule in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 432-437(f) and Part 516 of the U.S. Department of the Interior Manual (516 DM). The regulations change would simply remove unused regulations, and is administrative in nature. The action is categorically excluded from further NEPA consideration by 43 CFR 46.210(i).

    Socioeconomic. The regulations change would have no discernible socioeconomic impacts.

    Migratory bird populations. The regulations change would not affect native migratory bird populations.

    Endangered and Threatened Species. The regulation change would not affect endangered or threatened species or habitats important to them.

    Endangered Species Act

    Section 7(a)(2) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531-1543; 87 Stat. 884) provides that “Each Federal agency shall, in consultation with and with the assistance of the Secretary, insure that any action authorized, funded, or carried out . . . is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered species or threatened species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of [critical] habitat. . . .” We previously completed section 7 consultation under the ESA for the rule that authorized the light goose regulations (73 FR 65926, November 5, 2008). This rule will only affect information collection and reporting requirements, so a section 7 consultation is not needed.

    Energy Effects—Executive Order 13211

    Executive Order 13211 requires agencies to prepare Statements of Energy Effects when undertaking certain actions. This rule is not a significant regulatory action under Executive Order 13211, and will not adversely affect energy supplies, distribution, or use. This action is not a significant energy action, so no Statement of Energy Effects is required.

    Government-to-Government Relationship With Tribes

    In accordance with the President's memorandum of April 29, 1994, “Government-to-Government Relations With Native American Tribal Governments” (59 FR 22951), Executive Order 13175, and 512 DM 2, we have determined that this rule has very little effect on federally recognized Indian tribes because few participate in the order.

    List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 21

    Exports, Hunting, Imports, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Transportation, Wildlife.

    Regulation Promulgation

    For the reasons stated in the preamble, we hereby amend part 21, of subchapter B, chapter I, title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations, as set forth below:

    PART 21—[AMENDED] 1. The authority citation for part 21 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    16 U.S.C. 703-712.

    2. Amend § 21.60 by revising paragraph (f)(8) to read as follows:
    § 21.60 Conservation order for light geese.

    (f) * * *

    (8) States and tribes must keep annual records of activities carried out under the authority of the conservation order. Specifically, information must be collected on:

    (i) The number of persons participating in the conservation order;

    (ii) The number of days people participated in the conservation order;

    (iii) The number of light geese shot and retrieved under the conservation order; and

    (iv) The number of light geese shot but not retrieved.

    Dated: February 2, 2015. Michael J. Bean, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05977 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310-55-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 140918791-4999-02] RIN 0648-XD823 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Trawl Catcher Vessels in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska AGENCY:

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

    ACTION:

    Temporary rule; closure.

    SUMMARY:

    NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels using trawl gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2015 Pacific cod total allowable catch apportioned to trawl catcher vessels in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA.

    DATES:

    Effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), March 11, 2015, through 1200 hours, A.l.t., June 10, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Obren Davis, 907-586-7228.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the GOA exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and 50 CFR part 679. Regulations governing sideboard protections for GOA groundfish fisheries appear at subpart B of 50 CFR part 680.

    The A season allowance of the 2015 Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) apportioned to trawl catcher vessels in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA is 7,242 metric tons (mt), as established by the final 2015 and 2016 harvest specifications for groundfish of the GOA (80 FR 10250, February 25, 2015).

    In accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(i), the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator) has determined that the A season allowance of the 2015 Pacific cod TAC apportioned to trawl catcher vessels in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA will soon be reached. Therefore, the Regional Administrator is establishing a directed fishing allowance of 6,942 mt and is setting aside the remaining 300 mt as bycatch to support other anticipated groundfish fisheries. In accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(iii), the Regional Administrator finds that this directed fishing allowance has been reached. Consequently, NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels using trawl gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA. After the effective date of this closure the maximum retainable amounts at § 679.20(e) and (f) apply at any time during a trip.

    Classification

    This action responds to the best available information recently obtained from the fishery. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds good cause to waive the requirement to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth at 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B) as such requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest. This requirement is impracticable and contrary to the public interest as it would prevent NMFS from responding to the most recent fisheries data in a timely fashion and would delay the directed fishing closure of Pacific cod by catcher vessels using trawl gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of March 10, 2015.

    The AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effective date of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3). This finding is based upon the reasons provided above for waiver of prior notice and opportunity for public comment.

    This action is required by § 679.20 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866.

    Authority:

    16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: March 11, 2015. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05912 Filed 3-11-15; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    80 50 Monday, March 16, 2015 Proposed Rules DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service 7 CFR Part 985 [Doc. No. AMS-FV-14-0096; FV15-985-1 PR] Marketing Order Regulating the Handling of Spearmint Oil Produced in the Far West; Salable Quantities and Allotment Percentages for the 2015-2016 Marketing Year AGENCY:

    Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

    ACTION:

    Proposed rule.

    SUMMARY:

    This proposed rule would implement a recommendation from the Spearmint Oil Administrative Committee (Committee) to establish the quantity of spearmint oil produced in the Far West, by class, that handlers may purchase from, or handle on behalf of, producers during the 2015-2016 marketing year, which begins on June 1, 2015. The Far West includes the states of Washington, Idaho, and Oregon, and designated parts of Nevada and Utah. This rule invites comments on the establishment of salable quantities and allotment percentages for Class 1 (Scotch) spearmint oil of 1,265,853 pounds and 60 percent, respectively, and for Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil of 1,341,269 pounds and 56 percent, respectively. The Committee locally administers the marketing order for spearmint oil produced in the Far West and recommended these quantities to help maintain stability in the spearmint oil market.

    DATES:

    Comments must be received by March 31, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning this proposal. Comments must be sent to the Docket Clerk, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Fruit and Vegetable Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250-0237; Fax: (202) 720-8938; or Internet: http://www.regulations.gov. All comments should reference the document number and the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register and will be made available for public inspection in the Office of the Docket Clerk during regular business hours, or can be viewed at: http://www.regulations.gov. All comments submitted in response to this proposal will be included in the record and will be made available to the public. Please be advised that the identity of the individuals or entities submitting the comments will be made public on the Internet at the address provided above.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Barry Broadbent, Marketing Specialist, or Gary Olson, Regional Director, Northwest Marketing Field Office, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Fruit and Vegetable Program, AMS, USDA; Telephone: (503) 326-2724, Fax: (503) 326-7440, or Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

    Small businesses may request information on complying with this regulation by contacting Jeffrey Smutny, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Fruit and Vegetable Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250-0237; Telephone: (202) 720-2491, Fax: (202) 720-8938, or Email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    This proposal is issued under Marketing Order No. 985 (7 CFR part 985), as amended, regulating the handling of spearmint oil produced in the Far West (Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and designated parts of Nevada and Utah), hereinafter referred to as the “order.” The order is effective under the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, as amended (7 U.S.C. 601-674), hereinafter referred to as the “Act.”

    The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing this proposed rule in conformance with Executive Orders 12866, 13175, and 13563.

    This proposed rule has been reviewed under Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform. This proposed rule is not intended to have retroactive effect. Under the order now in effect, salable quantities and allotment percentages may be established for classes of spearmint oil produced in the Far West. This proposed rule would establish the quantity of spearmint oil produced in the Far West, by class, which handlers may purchase from, or handle on behalf of, producers during the 2015-2016 marketing year, which begins on June 1, 2015.

    The Act provides that administrative proceedings must be exhausted before parties may file suit in court. Under section 608c(15)(A) of the Act, any handler subject to an order may file with USDA a petition stating that the order, any provision of the order, or any obligation imposed in connection with the order is not in accordance with law and request a modification of the order or to be exempted therefrom. A handler is afforded the opportunity for a hearing on the petition. After the hearing, USDA would rule on the petition. The Act provides that the district court of the United States in any district in which the handler is an inhabitant, or has his or her principal place of business, has jurisdiction to review USDA's ruling on the petition, provided an action is filed not later than 20 days after the date of the entry of the ruling.

    The Committee meets annually in the fall to adopt a marketing policy for the ensuing marketing year or years. In determining such marketing policy, the Committee considers a number of factors, including, but not limited to, the current and projected supply, estimated future demand, production costs, and producer prices for all classes of spearmint oil. Input from spearmint oil handlers and producers regarding prospective marketing conditions for the upcoming year is considered as well. If the Committee's marketing policy considerations indicate a need for limiting the quantity of any or all classes of spearmint oil marketed, the Committee subsequently recommends to USDA the establishment of a salable quantity and allotment percentage for such class or classes of oil for the forthcoming marketing year. Recommendations for volume control are intended to ensure that market requirements for Far West spearmint oil are satisfied and orderly marketing conditions are maintained.

    The salable quantity represents the total amount of each class of spearmint oil that handlers may purchase from, or handle on behalf of, producers during the marketing year. The allotment percentage is the percentage used to calculate each producer's prorated share of the salable quantity. It is derived by dividing the salable quantity for each class of spearmint oil by the total of all producers' allotment bases for the same class of oil. Each producer's annual allotment of salable spearmint oil is calculated by multiplying their respective total allotment base by the allotment percentage for each class of spearmint oil. A producer's allotment base is their quantified share of the spearmint oil market based on a statistical representation of past spearmint oil production, with accommodation for reasonable and normal adjustments to such base as prescribed by the Committee and approved by USDA.

    Salable quantities and allotment percentages are established at levels intended to fulfill market requirements and to maintain orderly marketing conditions. Committee recommendations for volume controls are made well in advance of the period in which the regulations are to be effective, thereby allowing producers the chance to adjust their production decisions accordingly.

    Pursuant to authority in §§ 985.50, 985.51, and 985.52 of the order, the full eight-member Committee met on November 5, 2014, and recommended salable quantities and allotment percentages for both classes of oil for the 2015-2016 marketing year. The Committee unanimously recommended the establishment of a salable quantity and allotment percentage for Class 1 (Scotch) spearmint oil of 1,265,853 pounds and 60 percent, respectively. The Committee, also with a unanimous vote, recommended the establishment of a salable quantity and allotment percentage for Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil of 1,341,269 pounds and 56 percent, respectively.

    This action would set the amount of Scotch and Native spearmint oil that handlers may purchase from, or handle on behalf of, producers during the 2015-2016 marketing year, which begins on June 1, 2015. Salable quantities and allotment percentages have been placed into effect each season since the order's inception in 1980.

    Class 1 (Scotch) Spearmint Oil

    As noted above, the Committee unanimously recommended a salable quantity of Scotch spearmint oil of 1,265,853 pounds and an allotment percentage of 60 percent for the upcoming 2015-2016 marketing year. The Committee utilized 2015-2016 sales estimates for Scotch spearmint oil, as provided by several of the industry's handlers, as well as historical and current Scotch spearmint oil production and inventory statistics, to arrive at these recommendations.

    Trade demand for Far West Scotch spearmint oil is expected to rise from 1,092,726 pounds in the 2014-2015 marketing year to 1,100,000 pounds in 2015-2016. Industry reports indicate that the increased trade demand estimate is the result of increased consumer demand for mint flavored products and low end-user inventories that need to be replenished. Information gathered from spearmint oil handlers supports this conclusion.

    Production of Far West Scotch spearmint oil increased from 1,057,377 pounds in 2013 to 1,093,740 pounds in 2014. Committee members attribute the increase in production to both the low level of reserves and growing demand. Given that these factors are expected to continue in the coming 2015-2016 year, the Committee expects production to increase to as much as 1,300,000 pounds for the forthcoming marketing year.

    The Committee also estimates that there will be zero carry-in of Scotch spearmint oil on June 1, 2015, the beginning of the 2015-2016 marketing year. This figure, which is the primary measure of excess supply, is down from 7,064 carried-in the previous year. This level of carry-in is below the minimum carry-in quantity that the Committee considers favorable. The demand for Scotch spearmint oil during the remainder of the 2014-2015 marketing year is expected to equal or exceed the remaining total supply, which will likely cause the zero carry-in.

    The 2015-2016 salable quantity of 1,265,853 pounds recommended by the Committee represents an increase of 173,127 pounds over the total supply available during the previous marketing year. Total supply for 2014-2015 amounted to 1,092,726 pounds (7,064 carry-in, 989,643 pounds produced, and 96,019 pounds released from the reserve).

    The Committee estimates 2015-2016 demand for Scotch spearmint oil at 1,100,000 pounds. When considered in conjunction with the forecast that there will be zero available carry-in of Scotch spearmint oil on June 1, 2015, the recommended salable quantity of 1,265,853 pounds would satisfy market demand and yield a carry-in of 165,853 pounds available at the beginning of 2016-2017 marketing year.

    The Committee's stated intent in the use of marketing order volume control regulations for Scotch spearmint oil is to keep adequate supplies available to meet market needs and maintain orderly marketing conditions. The salable quantity recommended for the upcoming marketing year is more than the salable quantity initially set for the previous year of 1,149,030. The Committee believes that the recommended salable quantity would adequately meet demand, as well as result in a larger carry-in for the following year. With that in mind, the Committee developed its recommendation for the proposed Scotch spearmint oil salable quantity and allotment percentage for the 2015-2016 marketing year based on the information discussed above, as well as the data outlined below.

    (A) Estimated carry-in of Scotch spearmint oil on June 1, 2015—0 pounds. This figure is the difference between the revised 2014-2015 marketing year total available supply of 1,092,726 pounds and the estimated 2014-2015 marketing year trade demand of 1,092,726 pounds.

    (B) Estimated trade demand of Scotch spearmint oil for the 2015-2016 marketing year—1,100,000 pounds. This figure is based on input from producers at five Scotch spearmint oil production area meetings held in late September and early October 2014, as well as estimates provided by handlers and other meeting participants at the November 5, 2014, meeting. The average estimated trade demand derived from the five production area meetings was 1,192,400 pounds, which is 42,400 pounds more than the average of trade demand estimates submitted by handlers. Far West Scotch spearmint oil sales have averaged 979,520 pounds per year over the last three years. Given this information, the Committee decided it was prudent to anticipate the trade demand at 1,100,000 pounds. Should the initially established volume control levels prove insufficient to adequately supply the market, the Committee has the authority to recommend intra-seasonal increases as needed.

    (C) Salable quantity of Scotch spearmint oil required from the 2015-2016 marketing year production—1,100,000 pounds. This figure is the difference between the estimated 2015-2016 marketing year trade demand (1,100,000 pounds) and the estimated carry-in on June 1, 2015 (0 pounds). This figure represents the minimum salable quantity that may be needed to satisfy estimated demand for the coming year with no carryover.

    (D) Total estimated allotment base of Scotch spearmint oil for the 2015-2016 marketing year—2,109,755 pounds. This figure represents a one-percent increase over the revised 2014-2015 total allotment base. This figure is generally revised each year on June 1 due to producer base being lost because of the bona fide effort production provisions of § 985.53(e). The revision is usually minimal.

    (E) Computed Scotch spearmint oil 2015-2016 marketing year allotment percentage—52.1 percent. This percentage is computed by dividing the minimum required salable quantity (1,100,000 pounds) by the total estimated allotment base (2,109,755 pounds).

    (F) Recommended Scotch spearmint oil 2015-2016 marketing year allotment percentage—60 percent. This is the Committee's recommendation and is based on the computed allotment percentage (52.1 percent), the average of the computed allotment percentage figures from the five production area meetings (56.5 percent), and input from producers and handlers at the November 5, 2014, meeting. The recommended 60 percent allotment percentage is also based on the Committee's belief that the computed percentage (52.1 percent) may not adequately supply the potential 2015-2016 Scotch spearmint oil market.

    (G) Recommended Scotch spearmint oil 2015-2016 marketing year salable quantity—1,265,853 pounds. This figure is the product of the recommended allotment percentage (60 percent) and the total estimated allotment base (2,109,755 pounds).

    (H) Estimated total available supply of Scotch spearmint oil for the 2015-2016 marketing year—1,265,853 pounds. This figure is the sum of the 2015-2016 recommended salable quantity (1,265,853 pounds) and the estimated carry-in on June 1, 2015 (0 pounds).

    Class 3 (Native) Spearmint Oil

    At the November 5, 2014, meeting, the Committee also recommended a 2015-2016 Native spearmint oil salable quantity of 1,341,269 pounds and an allotment percentage of 56 percent. The Committee utilized Native spearmint oil sales estimates for 2015-2016 marketing year, as provided by several of the industry's handlers, as well as historical and current Native spearmint oil market statistics to establish these thresholds. The recommended volume control levels represent an increase of 250,448 pounds and 10 percentage points over the previous year's initially established salable quantity and allotment percentage.

    The Committee also estimates that there will be 512,745 pounds of Native spearmint oil in the reserve pool on June 1, 2015. This figure, which is the oil held in reserve by producers, is down from an industry peak of 606,942 pounds in 2011. Reserve levels of Native spearmint oil are nearing the level that the Committee believes is optimal for the industry.

    Committee statistics indicate that demand for Far West Native spearmint oil has been gradually increasing since 2009. Spearmint oil handlers, who previously projected the 2014-2015 trade demand for Far West Native spearmint oil to be in the range of 1,100,000 pounds to 1,400,000 pounds (with an average of 1,300,000 pounds), have projected trade demand for the 2015-2016 marketing period to be in the range of 1,290,000 pounds to 1,400,000 pounds (with an average of 1,347,500).

    Given the above, the Committee estimates that approximately 1,300,000 pounds of Native spearmint oil may be sold during the 2015-2016 marketing year. When considered in conjunction with the estimated carry-in of 117,368 pounds of Native spearmint oil on June 1, 2015, the recommended salable quantity of 1,341,269 pounds results in an estimated total available supply of 1,458,637 pounds of Native spearmint oil during the 2015-2016 marketing year. Estimated carry-in of Native spearmint oil at the beginning of the 2016-2017 marketing year would be approximately 152,137 pounds. Carry-in spearmint oil is distinct from reserve pool spearmint oil and represents the amount of salable spearmint oil produced, but not marketed, in previous years and is available for sale in the current year. It is the primary measure of excess spearmint oil supply under the order. Reserve pool oil represents the amount of excess oil held by the Committee, on behalf of the producers, that is not currently available to the market.

    The Committee's stated intent in the use of marketing order volume control regulations for Native spearmint oil is to keep adequate supplies available to meet market needs and maintain orderly marketing conditions. With that in mind, the Committee developed its recommendation for the proposed Native spearmint oil salable quantity and allotment percentage for the 2015-2016 marketing year based on the information discussed above, as well as the data outlined below.

    (A) Estimated carry-in of Native spearmint oil on June 1, 2015—117,368 pounds. This figure is the difference between the revised 2014-2015 marketing year total available supply of 1,458,368 pounds and the estimated 2014-2015 marketing year trade demand of 1,341,000 pounds.

    (B) Estimated trade demand of Native spearmint oil for the 2015-2016 marketing year—1,306,500 pounds. This estimate is established by the Committee and is based on input from producers at six Native spearmint oil production area meetings held in late September and early October 2014, as well as estimates provided by handlers and other meeting participants at the November 5, 2014, meeting. The average estimated trade demand provided at the six production area meetings was 1,330,167 pounds, whereas the handlers' estimates ranged from 1,250,000 pounds to 1,400,000 pounds, and averaged 1,356,750 pounds. The average of Far West Native spearmint oil sales over the last three years is 1,306,492 pounds.

    (C) Salable quantity of Native spearmint oil required from the 2015-2016 marketing year production—1,189,132 pounds. This figure is the difference between the estimated 2015-2016 marketing year trade demand (1,306,500 pounds) and the estimated carry-in on June 1, 2015 (117,368 pounds). This is the minimum amount that the Committee believes would be required to meet the anticipated 2015-2016 Native spearmint oil trade demand.

    (D) Total estimated allotment base of Native spearmint oil for the 2015-2016 marketing year—2,395,124 pounds. This figure represents a one-percent increase over the revised 2014-2015 total allotment base. This figure is generally revised each year on June 1 due to producer base being lost due to the bona fide effort production provisions of § 985.53(e). The revision is usually minimal.

    (E) Computed Native spearmint oil 2015-2016 marketing year allotment percentage—49.6 percent. This percentage is computed by dividing the required salable quantity (1,189,132) by the total estimated allotment base (2,395,124 pounds).

    (F) Recommended Native spearmint oil 2015-2016 marketing year allotment percentage—56 percent. This is the Committee's recommendation based on the computed allotment percentage (49.6 percent), the average of the computed allotment percentage figures from the six production area meetings (51.0 percent), and input from producers and handlers at the November 5, 2014, meeting. The recommended 56 percent allotment percentage is also based on the Committee's belief that the computed percentage (49.6 percent) may not adequately supply the potential 2015-2016 Native spearmint oil market.

    (G) Recommended Native spearmint oil 2015-2016 marketing year salable quantity—1,341,269 pounds. This figure is the product of the recommended allotment percentage (56 percent) and the total estimated allotment base (2,395,124 pounds).

    (H) Estimated available supply of Native spearmint oil for the 2015-2016 marketing year—1,458,637 pounds. This figure is the sum of the 2015-2016 recommended salable quantity (1,341,269 pounds) and the estimated carry-in on June 1, 2015 (117,368 pounds).

    The salable quantity is the total quantity of each class of spearmint oil that handlers may purchase from, or handle on behalf of, producers during a marketing year. Each producer is allotted a share of the salable quantity by applying the allotment percentage to the producer's allotment base for the applicable class of spearmint oil.

    The Committee's recommended Scotch and Native spearmint oil salable quantities and allotment percentages of 1,265,853 pounds and 60 percent, and 1,341,269 pounds and 56 percent, respectively, are based on the goal of maintaining market stability. The Committee anticipates that this goal would be achieved by matching the available supply of each class of Spearmint oil to the estimated demand of such, thus avoiding extreme fluctuations in inventories and prices.

    The proposed salable quantities are not expected to cause a shortage of spearmint oil supplies. Any unanticipated or additional market demand for spearmint oil which may develop during the marketing year could be satisfied by an intra-seasonal increase in the salable quantity. The order contains a provision for intra-seasonal increases to allow the Committee the flexibility to respond quickly to changing market conditions.

    Under volume regulation, producers who produce more than their annual allotments during the 2015-2016 marketing year may transfer such excess spearmint oil to producers who have produced less than their annual allotment. In addition, up until December 1, 2015, producers may place excess spearmint oil production into the reserve pool to be released in the future in accordance with market needs.

    This proposed regulation, if adopted, would be similar to regulations issued in prior seasons. The average initial allotment percentage for the five most recent marketing years for Scotch spearmint oil is 44.0 percent, while the average initial allotment percentage for the same five-year period for Native spearmint oil is 48.8 percent.

    Costs to producers and handlers resulting from this rule are expected to be offset by the benefits derived from a stable market and increased returns. In conjunction with the issuance of this proposed rule, USDA has reviewed the Committee's marketing policy statement for the 2015-2016 marketing year. The Committee's marketing policy statement, a requirement whenever the Committee recommends volume regulation, fully meets the intent of § 985.50 of the order.

    During its discussion of potential 2015-2016 salable quantities and allotment percentages, the Committee considered: (1) The estimated quantity of salable oil of each class held by producers and handlers; (2) the estimated demand for each class of oil; (3) the prospective production of each class of oil; (4) the total of allotment bases of each class of oil for the current marketing year and the estimated total of allotment bases of each class for the ensuing marketing year; (5) the quantity of reserve oil, by class, in storage; (6) producer prices of oil, including prices for each class of oil; and (7) general market conditions for each class of oil, including whether the estimated season average price to producers is likely to exceed parity. Conformity with USDA's “Guidelines for Fruit, Vegetable, and Specialty Crop Marketing Orders” has also been reviewed and confirmed.

    The establishment of these salable quantities and allotment percentages would allow for anticipated market needs. In determining anticipated market needs, the Committee considered historical sales, as well as changes and trends in production and demand. This rule also provides producers with information on the amount of spearmint oil that should be produced for the 2015-2016 season in order to meet anticipated market demand.

    Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis

    Pursuant to requirements set forth in the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) (5 U.S.C. 601-612), the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has considered the economic impact of this action on small entities. Accordingly, AMS has prepared this initial regulatory flexibility analysis.

    The purpose of the RFA is to fit regulatory actions to the scale of businesses subject to such actions in order that small businesses will not be unduly or disproportionately burdened. Marketing orders issued pursuant to the Act, and the rules issued thereunder, are unique in that they are brought about through group action of essentially small entities acting on their own behalf.

    There are eight spearmint oil handlers subject to regulation under the order, and approximately 37 producers of Scotch spearmint oil and approximately 91 producers of Native spearmint oil in the regulated production area. Small agricultural service firms are defined by the Small Business Administration (SBA) as those having annual receipts of less than $7,000,000, and small agricultural producers are defined as those having annual receipts of less than $750,000 (13 CFR 121.201).

    Based on the SBA's definition of small entities, the Committee estimates that two of the eight handlers regulated by the order could be considered small entities. Most of the handlers are large corporations involved in the international trading of essential oils and the products of essential oils. In addition, the Committee estimates that 11 of the 37 Scotch spearmint oil producers, and 25 of the 91 Native spearmint oil producers could be classified as small entities under the SBA definition. Thus, a majority of handlers and producers of Far West spearmint oil may not be classified as small entities.

    The Far West spearmint oil industry is characterized by producers whose farming operations generally involve more than one commodity, and whose income from farming operations is not exclusively dependent on the production of spearmint oil. A typical spearmint oil-producing operation has enough acreage for rotation such that the total acreage required to produce the crop is about one-third spearmint and two-thirds rotational crops. Thus, the typical spearmint oil producer has to have considerably more acreage than is planted to spearmint during any given season. Crop rotation is an essential cultural practice in the production of spearmint oil for purposes of weed, insect, and disease control. To remain economically viable with the added costs associated with spearmint oil production, a majority of spearmint oil-producing farms fall into the SBA category of large businesses.

    Small spearmint oil producers generally are not as extensively diversified as larger ones and, as such, are more at risk from market fluctuations. Such small producers generally need to market their entire annual production of spearmint oil and are not financially able to hold spearmint oil for sale in future years. In addition, small producers generally do not have a large assortment of other crops to cushion seasons with poor spearmint oil returns. Conversely, large diversified producers have the potential to endure one or more seasons of poor spearmint oil markets because income from alternate crops could support the operation for a period of time. That being said being reasonably assured of a stable price and market provides all producing entities with the ability to maintain proper cash flow and to meet annual expenses. The benefits for this rule are expected to be equally available to all producers and handlers regardless of their size.

    This proposed rule would establish the quantity of spearmint oil produced in the Far West, by class, that handlers may purchase from, or handle on behalf of, producers during the 2015-2016 marketing year. The Committee recommended this rule to help maintain stability in the spearmint oil market by matching supply to estimated demand, thereby avoiding extreme fluctuations in supplies and prices. Establishing quantities that may be purchased or handled during the marketing year through volume regulations allows producers to coordinate their spearmint oil production with the expected market demand. Authority for this action is provided in §§ 985.50, 985.51, and 985.52 of the order.

    Instability in the spearmint oil sub-sector of the mint industry is much more likely to originate on the supply side than the demand side. Fluctuations in yield and acreage planted from season-to-season tend to be larger than fluctuations in the amount purchased by handlers. Historically, demand for spearmint oil tends to change slowly from year to year.

    Demand for spearmint oil at the farm level is derived from retail demand for spearmint-flavored products such as chewing gum, toothpaste, and mouthwash. The manufacturers of these products are by far the largest users of spearmint oil. However, spearmint flavoring is generally a very minor component of the products in which it is used, so changes in the raw product price have virtually no impact on retail prices for those goods.

    Spearmint oil production tends to be cyclical. Years of relatively high production, with demand remaining reasonably stable, have led to periods in which large producer stocks of unsold spearmint oil have depressed producer prices for a number of years. Shortages and high prices may follow in subsequent years, as producers respond to price signals by cutting back production.

    The significant variability of the spearmint oil market is illustrated by the fact that the coefficient of variation (a standard measure of variability; “CV”) of Far West spearmint oil grower prices for the period 1980-2013 (when the marketing order was in effect) is 0.23, compared to 0.36 for the decade prior to the promulgation of the order (1970-79) and 0.49 for the prior 20-year period (1960-79). This provides an indication of the price stabilizing impact of the marketing order.

    Production in the shortest marketing year was about 47 percent of the 34-year average (1.92 million pounds from 1980 through 2013) and the largest crop was approximately 160 percent of the 34-year average. A key consequence is that, in years of oversupply and low prices, the season average producer price of spearmint oil is below the average cost of production (as measured by the Washington State University Cooperative Extension Service).

    The wide fluctuations in supply and prices that result from this cycle, which was even more pronounced before the creation of the order, can create liquidity problems for some producers. The order was designed to reduce the price impacts of the cyclical swings in production. However, producers have been less able to weather these cycles in recent years because of the increase in production costs. While prices have been relatively steady, the cost of production has increased to the extent that plans to plant spearmint may be postponed or changed indefinitely. Producers may also be enticed by the prices of alternative crops and their lower cost of production.

    In an effort to stabilize prices, the spearmint oil industry uses the volume control mechanisms authorized under the order. This authority allows the Committee to recommend a salable quantity and allotment percentage for each class of oil for the upcoming marketing year. The salable quantity for each class of oil is the total volume of oil that producers may sell during the marketing year. The allotment percentage for each class of spearmint oil is derived by dividing the salable quantity by the total allotment base.

    Each producer is then issued an annual allotment certificate, in pounds, for the applicable class of oil, which is calculated by multiplying the producer's allotment base by the applicable allotment percentage. This is the amount of oil of each applicable class that the producer can market.

    By December 1 of each year, the Committee identifies any oil that individual producers have produced above the volume specified on their annual allotment certificates. This excess oil is placed in a reserve pool administered by the Committee. A reserve pool is maintained for each class of oil that may not be sold during the current marketing year unless USDA approves a Committee recommendation to increase the salable quantity and allotment percentage for a class of oil and make a portion of the pool available.

    Limited quantities of excess oil may be sold by one producer to another producer to fill production deficiencies in a marketing year. A deficiency occurs when on-farm production is less than a producer's allotment. When a producer has a deficiency, the producer's own reserve oil can be utilized to fill that deficiency, or excess production (production of spearmint oil in excess of the producer's annual allotment) from another producer may also be secured to fill the deficiency. All of these provisions need to be exercised prior to December 1 of each year.

    In any given year, the total available supply of spearmint oil is composed of current production plus salable carryover stocks from the previous crop. The Committee seeks to maintain market stability by balancing supply and demand, and to close the marketing year with an appropriate level of salable spearmint oil to carry over into the subsequent marketing year. If the industry has production in excess of the salable quantity, then the reserve pool absorbs the surplus quantity of spearmint oil, which goes unsold during that year, unless the oil is needed for unanticipated sales.

    Under its provisions, the order may attempt to stabilize prices by (1) limiting supply and establishing reserves in high production years, thus minimizing the price-depressing effect that excess producer stocks have on unsold spearmint oil, and (2) ensuring that stocks are available in short supply years when prices would otherwise increase dramatically. Reserve pool stocks, which increase in high production years, are drawn down in years where the crop is short.

    An econometric model was used to assess the impact that volume control has on the prices producers receive for their commodity. Without volume control, spearmint oil markets would likely be over-supplied. This could result in low producer prices and a large volume of oil stored and carried over to the next crop year. The model estimates how much lower producer prices would likely be in the absence of volume controls.

    The Committee estimated trade demand for the 2015-2016 marketing year for both classes of oil at 2,406,500 pounds, and that the expected combined salable carry-in will be 117,368 pounds. This results in a combined required salable quantity of 2,289,132 pounds. With volume control, sales by producers for the 2015-2016 marketing year would be limited to 2,607,122 pounds (the recommended salable quantity for both classes of spearmint oil).

    The recommended allotment percentages, upon which 2015-2016 producer allotments are based, are 60 percent for Scotch and 56 percent for Native. Without volume controls, producers would not be limited to these allotment levels, and could produce and sell an unrestricted quantity of spearmint oil. The econometric model estimated a decline of about $1.30 in the season average producer price per pound (from both classes of spearmint oil) resulting from the higher quantities that would be produced and marketed without volume control. The surplus situation for the spearmint oil market that would exist without volume controls in 2015-2016 also would likely dampen prospects for improved producer prices in future years because of the buildup in stocks.

    The use of volume control allows the industry to fully supply spearmint oil markets while avoiding the negative consequences of over-supplying these markets. The use of volume control is believed to have little or no effect on consumer prices of products containing spearmint oil and would not result in fewer retail sales of such products.

    The Committee discussed alternatives to the recommendations contained in this rule for both classes of spearmint oil. The Committee discussed and rejected the idea of recommending that there not be any volume regulation for both classes of spearmint oil because of the severe price-depressing effects that would occur without volume control. The Committee also considered salable quantities and allotment percentages that were above and below the levels that were ultimately recommended.

    After computing the initial 52.1 percent Scotch spearmint oil allotment percentage, the Committee considered various alternative levels of volume control for Scotch spearmint oil. Even with the moderately optimistic marketing conditions, there was consensus from the Committee that the Scotch spearmint oil allotment percentage for 2015-2016 should be more than the percentage initially established for the 2014-2015 marketing year (55 percent). After considerable discussion, the eight-member committee unanimously determined that 1,265,853 pounds and 60 percent would be the most effective Scotch spearmint oil salable quantity and allotment percentage, respectively, for the 2015-2016 marketing year.

    The Committee was also able to reach a consensus regarding the level of volume control for Native spearmint oil. After first determining the computed allotment percentage at 49.6 percent, the Committee unanimously recommended 1,341,269 pounds and 56 percent for the effective Native spearmint oil salable quantity and allotment percentage, respectively, for the 2015-2016 marketing year.

    As noted earlier, the Committee's recommendation to establish salable quantities and allotment percentages for both classes of spearmint oil was made after careful consideration of all available information including: (1) The estimated quantity of salable oil of each class held by producers and handlers; (2) the estimated demand for each class of oil; (3) the prospective production of each class of oil; (4) the total of allotment bases of each class of oil for the current marketing year and the estimated total of allotment bases of each class for the ensuing marketing year; (5) the quantity of reserve oil, by class, in storage; (6) producer prices of oil, including prices for each class of oil; and (7) general market conditions for each class of oil, including whether the estimated season average price to producers is likely to exceed parity.

    Based on its review, the Committee believes that the salable quantities and allotment percentages recommended would achieve the objectives sought. The Committee also believes that, should there be no volume regulation in effect for the upcoming marketing year, the Far West spearmint oil industry would return to the pronounced cyclical price patterns that occurred prior to the promulgation of the order. As previously stated, annual salable quantities and allotment percentages have been issued for both classes of spearmint oil since the order's inception. The salable quantities and allotment percentages proposed herein are expected to facilitate the goal of maintaining orderly marketing conditions for Far West spearmint oil for the 2015-2016 and future marketing years.

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the order's information collection requirements have been previously approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and assigned OMB No. 0581-0178, Vegetable and Specialty Crops. No changes in those requirements as a result of this action are necessary. Should any changes become necessary, they would be submitted to OMB for approval.

    This proposed rule would establish the salable quantities and allotment percentages for Class 1 (Scotch) spearmint oil and Class 3 (Native) spearmint oil produced in the Far West during the 2015-2016 marketing year. Accordingly, this action would not impose any additional reporting or recordkeeping requirements on either small or large spearmint oil producers or handlers. As with all Federal marketing order programs, reports and forms are periodically reviewed to reduce information requirements and duplication by industry and public sector agencies.

    AMS is committed to complying with the E-Government Act to promote the use of the internet and other information technologies to provide increased opportunities for citizen access to Government information and services, and for other purposes.

    USDA has not identified any relevant Federal rules that duplicate, overlap, or conflict with this proposed rule.

    The Committee's meeting was widely publicized throughout the spearmint oil industry and all interested persons were invited to attend the meeting and participate in Committee deliberations on all issues. Like all Committee meetings, the November 5, 2014, meeting was a public meeting and all entities, both large and small, were able to express views on this issue. Finally, interested persons are invited to submit comments on this proposed rule, including the regulatory and informational impacts of this action on small businesses.

    A small business guide on complying with fruit, vegetable, and specialty crop marketing agreements and orders may be viewed at: http://www.ams.usda.gov/MarketingOrdersSmallBusinessGuide. Any questions about the compliance guide should be sent to Jeffrey Smutny at the previously mentioned address in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.

    A 15-day comment period is provided to allow interested persons to respond to this proposed rule. Fifteen days is deemed appropriate because: (1) The 2015-2016 fiscal period begins on June 1, 2015, and a final determination on the salable quantities and allotment percentages should be made prior to handlers purchasing from, or handling on behalf of, producers of any oil for the ensuing marketing year; and (2) handlers are aware of this action, which was recommended by the Committee at a public meeting and is similar to other salable quantities and allotment percentages issued in past years.

    List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 985

    Marketing agreements, Oils and fats, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Spearmint oil.

    For the reasons set forth in the preamble, 7 CFR part 985 is proposed to be amended as follows:

    PART 985—MARKETING ORDER REGULATING THE HANDLING OF SPEARMINT OIL PRODUCED IN THE FAR WEST 1. The authority citation for 7 CFR part 985 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    7 U.S.C. 601-674.

    2. A new § 985.234 is added to read as follows:
    § 985.234 Salable quantities and allotment percentages—2015-2016 marketing year.

    The salable quantity and allotment percentage for each class of spearmint oil during the marketing year beginning on June 1, 2015, shall be as follows:

    (a) Class 1 (Scotch) oil—a salable quantity of 1,265,853 pounds and an allotment percentage of 60 percent.

    (b) Class 3 (Native) oil—a salable quantity of 1,341,269 pounds and an allotment percentage of 56 percent.

    Dated: March 9, 2015. Rex A. Barnes, Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05681 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410-02-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration 21 CFR Part 176 [Docket No. FDA-2015-F-0714] Natural Resources Defense Council et al.; Filing of Food Additive Petition AGENCY:

    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice of petition.

    SUMMARY:

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is announcing that we have filed a petition, submitted by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Center for Food Safety, the Breast Cancer Fund, the Center for Environmental Health, Clean Water Action, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Children's Environmental Health Network, Environmental Working Group, and Improving Kids' Environment, proposing that we amend our food additive regulation to no longer provide for the use of three specific perfluoroalkyl ethyl containing food-contact substances (FCSs) as oil and water repellants for paper and paperboard for use in contact with aqueous and fatty foods.

    DATES:

    The food additive petition was filed on January 7, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Paul Honigfort, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-275), Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740-3835, 240-402-1206.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background

    Under section 409(b)(5) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) (21 U.S.C. 348(b)(5)), we are giving notice that we have filed a food additive petition (FAP 4B4809), submitted by the Natural Resources Defense Council, 1152 15th St. NW., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005; the Center for Food Safety, 303 Sacramento St., Second Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111; Clean Water Action, 144 Eye St. NW., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20005; the Center for Science in the Public Interest, 1220 L St. NW., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005; Children's Environmental Health Network, 110 Maryland Ave. NE., Suite 402, Washington, DC 20002; the Breast Cancer Fund, 1388 Sutter St., Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94109-5400; the Center for Environmental Health, 2201 Broadway, Suite 302, Oakland, CA, 94612; Environmental Working Group, 1436 U St. NW., Suite 100, Washington, DC 20009; and Improving Kids' Environment, 1915 West 18th St., Indianapolis, IN 46202. The petition proposes that we amend § 176.170 (21 CFR 176.170) to no longer provide for the use of three perfluoroalkyl ethyl containing food-contact substances (FCSs) as oil and water repellants for paper and paperboard for use in contact with aqueous and fatty foods. The three FCSs which are the subjects of this petition are as follows:

    1. Diethanolamine salts of mono- and bis (1H,1H,2H,2H perfluoroalkyl) phosphates where the alkyl group is even-numbered in the range C8-C18 and the salts have a fluorine content of 52.4 percent to 54.4 percent as determined on a solids basis;

    2. Pentanoic acid, 4,4-bis [(gamma-omega-perfluoro-C8-20-alkyl)thio] derivatives, compounds with diethanolamine (CAS Reg. No. 71608-61-2); and

    3. Perfluoroalkyl substituted phosphate ester acids, ammonium salts formed by the reaction of 2,2-bis[([gamma], [omega]-perfluoro C4-20 alkylthio) methyl]-1,3-propanediol, polyphosphoric acid and ammonium hydroxide.

    II. Amendment of § 176.170

    In accordance with procedures specified in § 171.130 (21 CFR 171.130) for amending or revoking a food additive regulation, the petition asks us to amend § 176.170 so that it would no longer provide for the use of three perfluoroalkyl ethyl containing FCSs as oil and water repellants for paper and paperboard for use in contact with aqueous and fatty foods. If we determine that new data are available regarding the toxicity of these FCSs that justify amending § 176.170 so that it would no longer allow their use, we will publish such an amendment of the regulation in the Federal Register, as set forth in § 171.130 and § 171.100 (21 CFR 171.100).

    We have determined under 21 CFR 25.32(m) 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.

    Dated: March 9, 2015. Leslie Kux, Associate Commissioner for Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05938 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration 21 CFR Parts 170, 177, and 189 [Docket No. FDA-2015-F-0537] Natural Resources Defense Council et al.; Filing of Food Additive Petition AGENCY:

    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice of petition.

    SUMMARY:

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is announcing that we have filed a petition, submitted by the Natural Resources Defense Council, Center for Food Safety, Clean Water Action, Children's Environmental Health Network, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Breast Cancer Fund, Center for Environmental Health, Environmental Working Group, and Improving Kids' Environment, proposing that we amend our regulation to no longer provide for the use of potassium perchlorate as an additive in closure-sealing gaskets for food containers, revoke the Threshold of Regulation exemption No. 2005-006 to no longer exempt the use of sodium perchlorate monohydrate as a conductivity enhancer in antistatic agents for use in finished articles in contact with dry foods, and issue a new regulation to prohibit the use of perchlorate in antistatic agents for use in food-contact articles. We are requesting comments on the petition and establishing a comment period of 60 days from the date of publication of this notice.

    DATES:

    The food additive petition was filed on December 31, 2014. Submit either electronic or written comments by May 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments by any of the following methods:

    Electronic Submissions

    Submit electronic comments in the following way:

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

    Written Submissions

    Submit written submissions in the following ways:

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

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the Docket No. FDA-2015-F-0537 for this rulemaking. All comments received may be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. For additional information on submitting comments, see the “Comments” heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

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

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Paul Honigfort, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-275), Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740-3835, 240-402-1206.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background

    Under section 409(b)(5) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) (21 U.S.C. 348(b)(5)), we are giving notice that we have filed a food additive petition (FAP 4B4808), submitted by the Natural Resources Defense Council, 1152 15th St. NW., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005; Center for Food Safety, 303 Sacramento St., Second Floor, San Francisco, CA, 94111; Clean Water Action, 1444 I St. NW., Suite 4000, Washington, DC 20005-6538; Children's Environmental Health Network, 110 Maryland Ave. NE., Suite 402, Washington, DC 20002; Center for Science in the Public Interest, 1220 L St. NW., Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005; Breast Cancer Fund, 1388 Sutter St., Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94109-5400; Center for Environmental Health, 2201 Broadway, Suite 302, Oakland, CA 94612; Environmental Working Group, 1436 U St. NW., Suite 100, Washington, DC 20009; and Improving Kids' Environment, 1915 West 18th St., Indianapolis, IN 46202. The petition proposes that we: (1) Amend 21 CFR 177.1210 to no longer provide for the use of potassium perchlorate as an additive in closure-sealing gaskets for food containers; (2) revoke the Threshold of Regulation (TOR) exemption No. 2005-006 to no longer exempt from regulation under the food additive provisions of the FD&C Act the use of sodium perchlorate monohydrate as a conductivity enhancer in antistatic agents for use in finished articles in contact with dry foods; and (3) issue a new regulation in 21 CFR part 189, subpart D (Substances Prohibited from Indirect Addition to Human Food Through Food-Contact Surfaces) to prohibit the use of perchlorate in antistatic agents for use in food-contact articles.

    Pursuant to § 189.1(c), we are requesting comments on the petition and establishing a comment period of 60 days from the date of publication of this notice.

    II. Amendment of 21 CFR 177.1210

    The petition asks us to amend § 177.1210 so that it would no longer provide for the use of potassium perchlorate as an additive in closure-sealing gaskets for food containers in accordance with procedures specified in 21 CFR 171.130 for amending or revoking a food additive regulation. Specifically, the petition notes that new perchlorate toxicity data are now available which support the requested amendment of § 177.1210. If we determine that new data are available regarding the toxicity of potassium perchlorate that justify amending § 177.1210 so that it would no longer allow the use of potassium perchlorate, we will publish such an amendment of the regulation in the Federal Register, as set forth in § 171.130 and § 171.100.

    III. Revocation of TOR Exemption No. 2005-006

    The petition asks us to revoke TOR exemption No. 2005-006 to no longer exempt from regulation under the food additive provisions of the FD&C Act the use of sodium perchlorate monohydrate as a conductivity enhancer in antistatic agents for use in finished articles in contact with dry foods. Specifically, the petition notes that new toxicity and exposure data on perchlorates are now available which support the requested revocation of TOR exemption No. 2005-006.

    The procedures for revoking a TOR exemption are specified in § 170.39(g), which states that if we tentatively conclude that available information on the dietary concentration or safety of sodium perchlorate monohydrate no longer supports a TOR exemption from the food additive regulations, we will notify the persons who requested the exemption of our decision and will provide them with an opportunity to show why the exemption should not be revoked. If after following all of the other procedures required by § 170.39(g) we decide to revoke TOR exemption No. 2005-006, we will publish a notice to that effect in the Federal Register.

    IV. Issue of a New Regulation in 21 CFR 189 Subpart D

    The petition asks us to issue a new regulation in part 189, subpart D to prohibit the use of perchlorate in antistatic agents for use in food-contact articles. Specifically, the petition notes that new toxicity and exposure data on perchlorates are now available which support the issue of such a regulation.

    The procedures for issuing a new regulation in part 189 are set forth in § 189.1. Section 189.1(a) states that “food ingredients” may be prohibited from uses in human food based on “a determination that [the food ingredients] present a potential risk to the public health or have not been shown by adequate scientific data to be safe for use in human food.” Section 189.1(c) requires FDA to publish the petition for comment if the petition contains reasonable grounds to that effect. Accordingly, we request comments on the petition with respect to the petitioners' request for the issuance of a new regulation in part 189, subpart D to prohibit the use of perchlorate in antistatic agents for use in food-contact articles.

    We have determined under 21 CFR 25.32(m) 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.

    V. Comments

    Interested persons may submit either electronic comments to http://www.regulations.gov or written comments to the Division of Dockets Management (see ADDRESSES). It is only necessary to send one set of comments. Identify comments with the 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: March 9, 2015. Leslie Kux, Associate Commissioner for Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05937 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164-01-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA-R03-OAR-2014-0816; FRL-9924-37-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:

    Proposed rule.

    SUMMARY:

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve 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. This action is being taken under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

    DATES:

    Written comments must be received on or before April 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID Number EPA-R03-OAR-2014-0816 by one of the following methods:

    A. www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments.

    B. Email: [email protected]

    C. Mail: EPA-R03-OAR-2014-0816, Marilyn Powers, Acting Associate Director, Office of Air Program Planning, Mailcode 3AP30, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    D. Hand Delivery: At the previously-listed EPA Region III address. 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-R03-OAR-2014-0816. 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. The www.regulations.gov Web site is an “anonymous access” system, which means 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 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, 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 EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, 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.

    Docket: All documents in the electronic docket are listed in the www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, i.e., 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 in www.regulations.gov or in hard copy 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 January 26, 2012 (77 FR 3928), EPA issued a final rulemaking notice (FRN) approving a new chapter, 9VAC5 Chapter 45—Consumer and Commercial Products, for inclusion in the Virginia SIP in order to control VOC emissions from various consumer and commercial products within the Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg VOC Emissions Control Areas.1 On April 10, 2014, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VADEQ) submitted a revision to the Virginia SIP. The SIP revision consists of amendments to 9VAC5 Chapter 45 in order to apply provisions pertaining to certain types of consumer and commercial products to the Richmond VOC Emissions Control Area.

    1 “VOC Emissions Control Area” in Virginia is defined by 9VAC5-20-206 as certain control areas by geographic location.

    On June 22, 2004 (69 FR 35253), EPA issued a direct final rulemaking approving a new article, Article 48 of 9VAC5 Chapter 40—Existing Stationary Sources, for inclusion in the Virginia SIP which established emissions standards for mobile equipment repair and refinishing operations in the Northern Virginia VOC Emissions Control Area. This SIP revision consists of amendments to 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.

    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.

    9VAC5 Chapter 40, Article 48 extends the emissions standards for mobile equipment repair and refinishing operations to include the Richmond VOC Emissions Control Area. A compliance date of March 1, 2014 was established for the Richmond VOC Emissions Control Area under section 9VAC5-40-7050—Compliance schedules. In addition, Subsection C of 9VAC5-40-6970—Applicability and designation of affected facility has moved to a new section 9VAC5-40-6975—Exemptions which lists exemptions to Article 48.

    9VAC5 Chapter 45, Article 1—Emissions Standards for Portable Fuel Containers and Spouts Manufactured before August 1, 2010 and Article 2—Emissions Standards for Portable Fuel Containers and Spouts Manufactured on or after August 1, 2010 were amended in order to make administrative changes for clarity, style and format. Article 2 was also amended to change the applicability and compliance schedules to include the Richmond VOC Emissions Control Area. August 1, 2010 was retained as a compliance date for the Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg VOC Emissions Control Areas and a compliance date of March 1, 2014 was added for the Richmond VOC Emissions Control Area.

    9VAC5 Chapter 45, Article 3—Emission Standards for Consumer Products Manufactured before August 1, 2010 and Article 4—Emission Standards for Consumer Products Manufactured on or after August 1, 2010, were amended in order to make administrative changes for clarity, style and format. Article 4 was amended to apply provisions to the Richmond VOC Emissions Control Area. The compliance date of August 1, 2010 was retained for the Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg VOC Emissions Control Areas and a compliance date of March 1, 2014 was added for the Richmond VOC Emissions Control Area.

    9VAC5 Chapter 45, Article 5—Emission Standards for Architectural and Industrial Maintenance Coatings and Article 6—Emission Standards for Adhesives and Sealants were both amended to apply provisions to the Richmond VOC Emissions Control Area. In Article 5, the compliance date of March 1, 2014 was added for the Richmond VOC Emission Control Area. In Article 6, the compliance date of August 1, 2010 was retained for the Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg VOC Emission Control Areas and the compliance date of March 1, 2014 was added for the Richmond VOC Emissions Control Area. In Article 6, a temporary exemption for single-ply roof membrane adhesive, sealant and primer was amended for the Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg VOC Emissions Control Areas to apply the standard during the ozone seasons between August 1, 2010 and September 30, 2011 and on and after January 1, 2012. The temporary exemption was extended to the Richmond VOC Emission Control Area where the standard applies during the ozone season between March 1, 2014 and September 30, 2014 and after January 1, 2015. Administrative changes were also made in Article 6 for clarity.

    III. Proposed Action

    EPA is proposing to approve the April 10, 2014 Virginia SIP revision which extends provisions for the control of VOC emissions from certain types of consumer and commercial products and existing mobile equipment repair and refinishing operations to the Richmond VOC Emissions Control Area. EPA is soliciting public comments on the issues discussed in this document. These comments will be considered before taking final action.

    IV. 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.

    V. Incorporation by Reference

    In this proposed action, the EPA is proposing to include in a final EPA rule regulatory text that includes incorporation by reference. In accordance with requirements of 1 CFR 51.5, the EPA is proposing to incorporate by reference the VADEQ Regulations described in the proposed amendments to 40 CFR part 52. 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

    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 proposed 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 proposed rule, pertaining to Virginia's control of VOC emissions from commercial and consumer products and existing stationary sources, 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.

    List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52

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

    Authority:

    42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.

    Dated: February 20, 2015. William C. Early, Acting, Regional Administrator, Region III.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05836 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA-R09-OAR-2014-0851; FRL-9923-06-Region 9] Revisions to the California State Implementation Plan, South Coast Air Quality Management District and Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Proposed rule.

    SUMMARY:

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to approve revisions to the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District (SMAQMD) portions of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). These revisions concern particulate matter (PM) emissions from particulate matter air pollution control devices and residential wood burning. We are proposing to approve these local rules that regulate these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).

    DATES:

    Any comments on this proposal must arrive by April 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit comments, identified by docket number EPA-09-OAR-2014, by one of the following methods:

    1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions.

    2. Email: [email protected]

    3. Mail or deliver: Andrew Steckel (Air-4), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region IX, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94105-3901.

    Instructions: All comments 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 Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Information that you consider CBI or otherwise protected should be clearly identified as such and should not be submitted through www.regulations.gov or email. www.regulations.gov is an “anonymous access” system, and EPA will not know your identity or contact information unless you provide it in the body of your comment. If you send email directly to EPA, your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the public comment. If EPA cannot read your comment due to technical difficulties and cannot contact you for clarification, 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.

    Docket: Generally, documents in the docket for this action are available electronically at www.regulations.gov and in hard copy at EPA Region IX, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, California 94105-3901. While all documents in the docket are listed at www.regulations.gov, some information may be publicly available only at the hard copy location (e.g., copyrighted material, large maps), and some may not be publicly available in either location (e.g., CBI). To inspect the hard copy materials, please schedule an appointment during normal business hours with the contact listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Christine Vineyard, EPA Region IX, (415) 947-4125, [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    This proposal addresses the following local rules: SCAQMD Rule 1155, Particulate Matter (PM) Control Devices and SMAQMD Rule 421 Mandatory Episodic Curtailment of Wood and Other Solid Fuel Burning (except section 402). In the Rules and Regulations section of this Federal Register, we are approving these local rules in a direct final action without prior proposal because we believe these SIP revisions are not controversial. If we receive adverse comments, however, we will publish a timely withdrawal of the direct final rule and address the comments in subsequent action based on this proposed rule. Please note that if we receive adverse comment on an amendment, paragraph, or section of these rules and if that provision may be severed from the remainder of the rules, we may adopt as final those provisions of the rules that are not the subject of an adverse comment.

    We do not plan to open a second comment period, so anyone interested in commenting should do so at this time. If we do not receive adverse comments, no further activity is planned. For further information, please see the direct final action.

    Dated: January 23, 2015. Jared Blumenfeld, Regional Administrator, Region IX.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05808 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 721 [EPA-HQ-OPPT-2013-0225; FRL-9923-81] RIN 2070-AJ99 Long-Chain Perfluoroalkyl Carboxylate and Perfluoroalkyl Sulfonate Chemical Substances; Significant New Use Rule; Extension of Comment Period AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Proposed rule; extension of comment period.

    SUMMARY:

    EPA issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register January 21, 2015, concerning long-chain perfluoroalkyl carboxylate (LCPFAC) chemical substances and perfluoroalkyl sulfonate (PFAS) chemical substances. This document extends the comment period for 90 days, from March 23, 2015, to June 26, 2015. The comment period is being extended because EPA received several comments asserting that there may be significant implications for the supply chain and it is critical that interested stakeholders have sufficient time to respond to the proposed rulemaking.

    DATES:

    The comment period for the proposed rule published on January 21, 2015 (80 FR 2885) is extended. Comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2013-0225, must be received on or before June 26, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Follow the detailed instructions provided under ADDRESSES in the Federal Register document of January 21, 2015 (80 FR 2885) (FRL-9915-63).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For technical information contact: Toni Krasnic, Chemical Control Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-0984; email address: [email protected]

    For general information contact: The TSCA-Hotline, ABVI-Goodwill, 422 South Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14620; telephone number: (202) 554-1404; email address: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    This document extends the public comment period established in the Federal Register proposed rule of January 21, 2015. This proposed rule for LCPFAC chemical substances is proposing to designate as a significant new use manufacturing (including importing) or processing of an identified subset of LCPFAC chemical substances for any use that will not be ongoing after December 31, 2015, and all other LCPFAC chemicals substances for which there are currently no ongoing uses. For this SNUR, EPA is also proposing to make inapplicable the exemption for persons who import LCPFAC chemical substances as part of articles. In addition, EPA is also proposing to amend a SNUR for PFAS chemical substances that would make inapplicable the exemption for persons who import PFAS chemical substances as part of carpets. EPA is hereby extending the comment period, which was set to end on March 23, 2015, to June 26, 2015.

    To submit comments, or access the docket, please follow the detailed instructions provided under ADDRESSES in the Federal Register document of January 21, 2015. If you have questions, consult the technical person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 721

    Environmental protection, Chemicals, Hazardous substances, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    Dated: March 9, 2014. Wendy C. Hamnett, Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05958 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    80 50 Monday, March 16, 2015 Notices DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration Advisory Committee Meeting AGENCY:

    Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, USDA.

    ACTION:

    Notice of advisory committee meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, this constitutes notice of the upcoming meeting of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) Grain Inspection Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee). The Advisory Committee meets annually to advise the GIPSA Administrator on the programs and services that GIPSA delivers under the U.S. Grain Standards Act. Recommendations by the Advisory Committee help GIPSA better meet the needs of its customers who operate in a dynamic and changing marketplace.

    DATES:

    April 7, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and April 8, 2015, 8:00 a.m. to Noon.

    ADDRESSES:

    The Advisory Committee meeting will take place at GIPSA's National Grain Center, 10383 N. Ambassador Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64153.

    Requests to orally address the Advisory Committee during the meeting or written comments may be sent to: Administrator, GIPSA, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., STOP 3601, Washington, DC 20250-3601. Requests and comments may also be faxed to (202) 690-2173.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Terri L. Henry by phone at (202) 205-8281 or by email at [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to provide advice to the GIPSA Administrator with respect to the implementation of the U.S. Grain Standards Act (7 U.S.C. 71-87k). Information about the Advisory Committee is available on the GIPSA Web site at http://www.gipsa.usda.gov/fgis/adcommit.html.

    The agenda will include service delivery updates, quality updates, utilization of new technology for inspection purposes, and reauthorization status.

    For a copy of the agenda please contact Terri L. Henry by phone at (202) 205-8281 or by email at [email protected]

    Public participation will be limited to written statements unless permission is received from the Committee Chairperson to orally address the Advisory Committee. The meeting will be open to the public.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication of program information or related accommodations should contact Terri L. Henry at the telephone number listed above.

    Larry Mitchell, Administrator, Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05922 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410-KD-P
    DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Forest Resource Coordinating Committee; Meetings AGENCY:

    Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION:

    Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    The Forest Resource Coordinating Committee Meeting will meet in Washington, DC. The Committee is authorized under section 8005 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (the Act) (Pub. L. 110-246). Additional information concerning the Committee, including the meeting agenda, supporting documents and minutes, can be found by visiting the Committee's Web site at http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/frcc/.

    DATES:

    The meeting will be held on April 15-16, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). The meeting is subject to cancellation. For status of the meeting prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    ADDRESSES:

    The meeting will be held at the USDA Sidney R Yates Building, 201 14th St. SW., Pinchot Conference Room, Washington, DC. Members of the public should RSVP to facilitate entry into the Yates Building. Written comments may be submitted as described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments placed on the Committee's Web site listed above.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Andrea Bedell-Loucks, Forest Resource Coordinating Committee Designated Federal Officer, Cooperative Forestry Staff, by phone at 202-205-1190 or Laurie Schoonhoven, Forest Resource Coordinating Committee Program Coordinator, Cooperative Forestry Staff, by phone at 202-205-0929.

    Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The purpose of the meeting is to:

    1. Develop recommendations to submit to the Secretary regarding alignment of landowner assistance delivery systems, forest inventory and analysis, markets, forest conditions and health, and landscape scale conservation and management,

    2. Hear updates on efforts to address previous recommendations, and

    3. Develop a communication strategy.

    The meeting is open to the public. The agenda will include time for people to make oral statements of three minutes or less. Individuals wishing to make an oral statement should submit a request in writing by April 5, 2015 to be scheduled on the agenda. Anyone who would like to bring related matters to the attention of the Committee may file written statements with the Committee staff before April 10, 2015. Written comments and time requests for oral comments must be sent to Laurie Schoonhoven, 1400 Independence Ave. SW., mailstop 1123, Washington, DC 20250, or by email to [email protected]. A summary of the meeting will be posted at http://www.fs.fed.us/spf/coop/frcc within 21 days after the meeting.

    Meeting Accommodations: If you are a person requiring reasonable accommodation, please make requests in advance for sign language interpreting, assistive listening devices or other reasonable accommodations for access to the facility or proceedings by contacting the person listed under the For Further Information Contact. All reasonable accommodation requests are managed on a case by case basis.

    Dated: March 6, 2015. Patricia Hirami, Associate Deputy Chief, State and Private Forestry.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05872 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411-15-P
    DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service White River National Forest; Eagle County, CO; Camp Hale Restoration and Enhancement Project EIS AGENCY:

    Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION:

    Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement.

    SUMMARY:

    The Camp Hale-Eagle River Headwaters Collaborative Group recently submitted a proposal to the White River National Forest (WRNF) for restorative and enhancement activities in the Camp Hale area. The WRNF is initiating a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis to document and disclose potential impacts. The Proposed Action—the Camp Hale Restoration and Enhancement Project—is built on the recommendations from the collaborative group to restore ecosystems, enhance recreation opportunities, protect historic values, and preserve existing valid permits and rights.

    DATES:

    Comments concerning the scope of the analysis must be received by April 30, 2015. The draft environmental impact statement is expected to be available for public review in August 2015 and the final environmental impact statement is expected in the spring of 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    Send written comments to Scott Fitzwilliams, Forest Supervisor, c/o Matt Grove, East Zone Fisheries Biologist, White River National Forest, P.O. Box 190, Minturn, CO 81645. Comments may also be sent via email to https://cara.ecosystem-management.org/Public//CommentInput?Project=46121 (include “Camp Hale Restoration and Enhancement Project EIS” in the subject line), or via facsimile to (970) 827-5715.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Additional information related to the project can be obtained from the project Web page: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php/?project=46121: & Matt Grove, East Zone Fisheries Biologist, Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District, 24747 U.S. Hwy 24, P.O. Box 190, Minturn, Colorado 81645. Mr. Grove can be reached by phone at (970) 827-5166 or by email at [email protected]

    Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Purpose and Need for Action: The purpose of action is to improve aquatic, riparian, and wetland conditions in and along the Eagle River and its tributaries, maintain or improve recreation opportunities and facilities, and conserve historic values in the Camp Hale area, while preserving existing valid rights and permits.

    The need for action is driven by historic and ongoing impairment of stream health, riparian condition and hydrologic function in the upper Eagle River and its tributaries. Current recreational infrastructure and facilities are quickly becoming outdated and overused. Recreational sites throughout the project area are in various states of deterioration and/or are entirely lacking. The project would focus on repairing and enhancing existing infrastructure thereby improving the overall experience at these sites. There is a commitment at the same time to retain features that reflect historic values of the Camp Hale area.

    Proposed Action: To address the purpose of and need for action specific project components would:

    • Create and/or enhance up to 340 acres of wetland habitat and increase sinuosity up to 6 miles collectively in the South Fork, East Fork, and main stem Eagle River.

    • Create an inset floodplain located approximately in the 1939 stream alignment; increase sinuosity and reconnect the upper Eagle River and its tributaries within this floodplain or wetlands connected to this floodplain.

    • Create inset wetlands that are outside or adjacent to the floodplain but connected by hydrologic function.

    • Modify the travel system to maintain recreation access and accommodate restoration activities. Install open arch structures or bridges where designated roads or trails cross the restored stream alignment. Modification to the travel system could result in closing road segments that are now open to public access, and opening segments of road currently closed to public access.

    • Improve access at Camp Hale Memorial Campground, and improve deteriorating infrastructure at Camp Hale Memorial and Camp Hale Group Campground.

    • Improve recreational infrastructure including: Access across the Eagle River for cross country skiing, designated dispersed camping, improved parking areas, and trailhead access improvements.

    • Improve terrestrial habitat through the removal of noxious weeds, reintroduction of native vegetation, and incorporating soil amendments to create a better growing environment for native plants.

    • Retain identified historically significant remnant structures such as the fixed-distance rifle range, field house, warehouse area, pasture barn, core service command, climbing wall, and portions of the straightened stream channel outside the constructed inset floodplain. The main river would not continue to directly flow through the retained portion of the straightened channel.

    • Dispose of excavated fill material from the restored stream channel and wetlands into identified borrow sites in the vicinity or haul to an offsite location.

    • Amend the Forest Plan to provide long term protection for restored or enhanced wetlands.

    Responsible Official: The Responsible Official is Scott Fitzwilliams, Forest Supervisor for the WRNF.

    Nature of Decision To Be Made: Based on the analysis that will be documented in the forthcoming EIS, the Responsible Official will decide whether or not to implement, in whole or in part, the Proposed Action or another alternative that may be developed by the Forest Service as a result of scoping.

    Scoping Process: This notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides the development of the environmental impact statement. The Forest Service is soliciting comments from Federal, State and local agencies and other individuals or organizations that may be interested in or affected by implementation of the proposed project. Public questions and comments regarding this proposal are an integral part of this environmental analysis process. Input provided by interested and/or affected individuals, organizations and governmental agencies will be used to identify alternative actions and resource issues that will be analyzed in the environmental impact statement. The Forest Service will identify significant issues raised during the scoping process, and use them to formulate alternatives, prescribe mitigation measures and project design features, or analyze environmental effects.

    It is important that reviewers provide their comments at such times and in such manner that they are useful to the agency's preparation of the environmental impact statement. Therefore, comments should be provided prior to the close of the comment period and should clearly articulate the reviewer's concerns and contentions.

    Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record for this proposed action. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered, however. Those who submit comments will have eligibility to file an objection under 36 CFR 219.32 because the decision includes a forest plan amendment. There will be an additional opportunity to comment when the Notice of Availability of the Draft EIS is published in the Federal Register. For objection eligibility, each individual or representative from each entity submitting written comments must either sign the comment or verify identity upon request. Individuals and organizations wishing to be eligible to object must meet the information requirements in 36 CFR 219.32.

    Dated: March 4, 2015. Scott G. Fitzwilliams, Forest Supervisor, White River National Forest.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05895 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410-11-P
    DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Office of the Secretary Provincial Advisory Committees AGENCY:

    Office of the Secretary, USDA.

    ACTION:

    Notice of Intent to Re-establish the Charter for the Provincial Advisory Committees.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Agriculture, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, intends to re-establish the Provincial Advisory Committees (PACs) for the provinces in Oregon and Washington. This re-establishment is in response to the continued need for the PACs to provide advice on coordinating the implementation of the Record of Decision (ROD) of April 13, 1994, for Management of Habitat for Late-Succession and Old-Growth Forest Related Species within the Range of the Northern Spotted Owl. The PACs also provide advice and recommendations to promote integration and coordination of forest management activities between Federal and non-Federal entities.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Shandra L. Terry, PACs Program Manager, USDA Forest Service, Region 6 Regional Office, 333 Southwest First Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204; by phone at 503-808-2242 or by email at [email protected] Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background

    Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given that the Department of Agriculture, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, intends to re-establish the PACs. The purpose of the PACs is to facilitate the coordinated implementation of the ROD of April 13, 1994, for Management of Habitat for Late-Succession and Old-Growth Forest Related Species within the Range of the Northern Spotted Owl. The PACs consists of representatives of the following Federal agencies: Forest Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, National Marine Fisheries Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey Biological Resources Division, Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    Ecosystem management at the province level requires improved coordination among governmental entities responsible for land management decisions and the public those agencies serve. Each PAC will provide advice and recommendations regarding implementation to promote integration and coordination of forest management activities between Federal and non-Federal entities. Each PAC will provide advice regarding implementation of a comprehensive ecosystem management strategy for Federal land within a province (provinces are defined in the ROD at E19).

    Re-establishment of the PACs does not require an amendment of Bureau of Land Management or Forest Service planning documents because the re-establishment does not affect the standards and guidelines or land allocations. The Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service will provide further notice, as needed, for additional actions or adjustments when implementing interagency coordination, public involvement, and other aspects of the ROD.

    PAC Membership

    Each PAC will be comprised of no more than 30 members approved by the Secretary of Agriculture. This Committee will be fairly balanced in its membership in terms of the points of view represented and the functions to be performed. The PACs may include representation in the following areas:

    (1) One or more representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency;

    (2) One or more representatives of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service;

    (3) One or more representatives of the Forest Service;

    (4) One or more representatives of the BLM in each province where lands administered by BLM occur in the province;

    (5) One or more representatives of the National Park Service in each province where a National Park occurs in the province;

    (6) One or more representatives of the National Marine Fisheries Service;

    (7) One or more representatives of the Bureau of Indian Affairs;

    (8) Up to a maximum of three representatives of the government of each State within whose boundaries all or a portion of the province is located (the State agencies/departments to be represented will be determined by the Federal officials described in Paragraphs 3a(1) through 3a(7);

    (9) One or more representatives of each county government within whose boundaries all or a portion of the province is located, up to a maximum of three county representatives;

    (10) One or more representatives of each tribal government whose reservation, ceded land, or usual and accustomed areas are within all or a portion of the province, up to a maximum of three tribal representatives;

    (11) Up to a maximum of two representatives of environmental interests;

    (12) Up to a maximum of two representatives of different sectors of the forest products industry;

    (13) Up to a maximum of four representatives of the recreation and tourism sectors;

    (14) Three to five representatives of the following interests when those interests are determined by the Federal officials described in Paragraphs 3a(1) through 3a(7) to be needed on the respective provincial committee: Fish, wildlife, or forestry conservation organizations; special forest products interests, mining interests, grazing interests, and commercial fishing or charter fishing boat industry interests; and other interests that help achieve the purpose of these PACs;

    (15) Up to a total of three representatives from the following Federal agencies when the jurisdiction or authority of those agencies are determined by the Federal officials described in Paragraphs 3a(1)(a) through 3a(7)(g) to be needed on the respective provincial committee: Bureau of Reclamation, United States Geological Survey National Biological Division, Forest Service Research, United States Army Corps of Engineers, United States Geological Survey, Bonneville Power Administration, Department of Defense, and Natural Resources Conservation Service; and

    (16) Up to a maximum of six representatives representing the public at large affected by the ROD for the Northwest Forest Plan and concerned with the management of the national forests in the community.

    No individual who is currently registered as a Federal lobbyist is eligible to serve as a member of the PAC. Members of the PAC serve without compensation, but may be reimbursed for travel expenses while performing duties on behalf of the PAC, subject to approval by the Designated Federal Official (DFO).

    Equal opportunity practices in accordance with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policies shall be followed in all appointments to the PACs. To ensure that the recommendations of the PACs have been taken into account, the needs of the diverse groups served by the Departments, membership should include, to the extent practicable, individuals with demonstrated ability to represent all racial and ethnic groups, women and men, and persons with disabilities.

    Dated: March 9, 2015. Gregory L. Parham, Assistant Secretary for Administration.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05873 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411-15-P
    COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS Notice of Public Meeting of the Oklahoma Advisory Committee for a Meeting To Discuss and Vote Upon a Project Proposal Regarding the School to Prison Pipeline in Oklahoma; Correction AGENCY:

    U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

    ACTION:

    Notice of meeting; Correction.

    SUMMARY:

    The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights published a document in the Federal Register of March 9, 2015, concerning a meeting of the Oklahoma Advisory Committee to discuss and vote on a project proposal regarding the school to prison pipeline in Oklahoma. The document contained incorrect times and phone numbers.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    David Mussatt, 312-353-8311.

    Correction

    In the Federal Register of March 9, 2015, 80 FR 12432, in the first column, correct the second sentence of the second paragraph in the “Summary” caption to read:

    This meeting is available to the public through the following toll-free call-in number: 888-811-5448, conference ID: 7610695.

    Correction

    In the Federal Register of March 9, 2015, 80 FR 12432, in the third column, correct the “Public Call Information” caption to read:

    Dial: 888-811-5448.

    Conference ID: 7610695.

    Correction

    In the Federal Register of March 9, 2015, 80 FR 12432, in the second column, correct the “Agenda” caption to read:

    AGENDA Welcome and Introductions 4:00 p.m. to 4:05 p.m. Vicki Limas, Chair Discussion of Proposal on School to Prison Pipeline in Oklahoma 4:05 p.m. to 4:35 p.m. Oklahoma Advisory Committee Planning Next Steps 4:35 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Adjournment 5:00 p.m. Correction

    In the Federal Register of March 9, 2015, 80 FR 12432, in the third column, correct the “Date” caption to read:

    Date: The meeting will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015, at 4:00 p.m. CST.

    Dated: March 10, 2015. David Mussatt, Chief, Regional Programs Unit.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05849 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6335-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Application for Commercial Fisheries Authorization Under Section 118 of the Marine Mammal Protection Act AGENCY:

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

    DATES:

    Written comments must be submitted on or before May 15, 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 Lisa White, (301) 427-8494 or [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract

    The Marine Mammal Protection Act requires any commercial fisherman operating in Category I and II fisheries to register for a certificate of authorization that will allow the fisherman to take marine mammals incidental to commercial fishing operations. Category I and II fisheries are those identified by NOAA as having either frequent or occasional takings of marine mammals. All states have integrated the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) registration process into the existing state fishery registration process and vessel owners do not need to file a separate federal registration. If applicable, vessel owners will be notified of this simplified registration process when they apply for their state or Federal permit or license.

    II. Method of Collection

    Fishermen have their information imported directly into the Marine Mammal Authorization Program (MMAP) from their state. If they do not have a state or Federal fishery permit or license, they can request an MMAP registration form from their regional NMFS office and mail in the registration form.

    III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0293.

    Form Number(s): None.

    Type of Review: Regular submission.

    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations; Individuals or households.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: 600.

    Estimated Time per Response: Initial registration 15 minutes.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 150.

    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $15,300 in recordkeeping/reporting costs and application fees.

    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: March 10, 2015. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05876 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35).

    Agency: U.S. Census Bureau.

    Title: Annual Survey of Manufactures.

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0449.

    Form Number(s): MA-10000(L), MA-10000(S), NC-99530.

    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.

    Number of Respondents: 68.000.

    Average Hours per Response: 2 hours and 32 minutes.

    Burden Hours: 172,540.

    Needs and Uses: The Census Bureau has conducted the Annual Survey of Manufactures (ASM) since 1949 to provide key measures of manufacturing activity during intercensal periods. In census years ending in “2” and “7,” we mail and collect the ASM as part of the Economic Census covering the Manufacturing Sector.

    The ASM statistics are based on a survey that includes both mail and nonmail components. The mail portion of the survey consists of a probability sample that will be redesigned for the 2014 ASM using a methodology similar to the one that was used for the 2009 ASM. However, the industry strata for the 2014 ASM sample will be based on the 2012 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), which combines many of the six-digit codes in the Manufacturing Sector. For the 2009 ASM, approximately 51,000 manufacturing establishments were selected from a frame of approximately 117,000 establishments. The frame contained all manufacturing establishments of multiunit companies (companies with operations at more than one location) and the largest single-location manufacturing companies within each industry. We expect the number of establishments in the 2014 ASM sample to be about the same as the number in the 2009 ASM sample. The 2009 ASM nonmail component contained approximately 211,000 small and medium-sized single-location companies. No data are collected from companies in the nonmail component. Data are imputed based on models that incorporate the administrative records of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Social Security Administration (SSA), and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Though the nonmail companies account for nearly two-thirds of the universe, they account for less than 7 percent of the manufacturing output.

    The Census Bureau plans to revise the information collected in several areas of the MA-10000 (L). The MA-10000 (L) is the only form the Census Bureau plans to revise. The first revision is to the inventory section of the form, which covers items 9, 10 and 11 of the MA-10000 (L). The primary objective of the revision to the inventory section is to improve reporting and to avoid confusion for respondents that do not use the Last-In, First-Out (LIFO) method of valuation for inventories. In previous reporting cycles, reporting on these items were filled with errors that revolved around non-LIFO respondents reporting data in the LIFO-related items due to misunderstanding what was being requested. After research, it was determined that grouping all of the LIFO-related items together and moving them to the end of the inventory section will greatly decrease confusion for the large majority of respondents that do not use the LIFO valuation method. The second revision is to remove the data collected for depreciation, which is item 16B of the MA-10000 (L). The removal of item 16B will simplify what respondents are required to report and will remove an item that does not have the supplemental variables that it needs for editing and imputation.

    This survey is an integral part of the Government's statistical program. Its results provide a factual background for decision making by the executive and legislative branches of the Federal Government. Federal agencies use the annual survey's input and output data as benchmarks for their statistical programs, including the Federal Reserve Board's Index of Industrial Production and the Bureau of Economic Analysis' (BEA) estimates of the gross domestic product. The data also provide the Department of Energy with primary information on the use of energy by the manufacturing sector to produce manufactured products. These data also are used as benchmark data for the Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey, which is conducted for the Department of Energy by the Census Bureau. The Department of Commerce uses the exports of manufactured products data to measure the importance of exports to the manufacturing economy of each state. Within the Census Bureau, the ASM data are used to benchmark and reconcile monthly and quarterly data on manufacturing production and inventories.

    The ASM is the only source of complete establishment statistics for the programs mentioned above.

    The ASM furnishes up-to-date estimates of employment and payrolls, hours and wages of production workers, value added by manufacture, cost of materials, value of shipments by class of product, inventories, cost of employer's fringe benefits, operating expenses, and expenditures for new and used plant and equipment. The survey provides data for most of these items at the two- through six-digit NAICS levels. We also provide geographic data by state at a more aggregated industry level.

    The survey also provides valuable information to private companies, research organizations, and trade associations. Industry makes extensive use of the annual figures on product class shipments at the U.S. level in its market analysis, product planning, and investment planning. State development/planning agencies rely on the survey as a major source of comprehensive economic data for policymaking, planning, and administration.

    The Ownership or Control forms (NC-99530) will be used to update the Business Register, the basic input to the sampling frame for many of our current surveys. This enables us to update establishments in the Census Bureau's Business Register that are incorrectly identified as being single-establishment firms.

    Affected Public: Business or other for profit.

    Frequency: Annually.

    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.

    Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, sections 131, 182, 224, and 225.

    This information collection request may be viewed at www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB.

    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to [email protected] or fax to (202) 395-5806.

    Dated: March 11, 2015. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05910 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-07-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35).

    Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

    Title: National Coral Reef Monitoring Program Survey.

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0646.

    Form Number(s): None.

    Type of Request: Regular (extension of a currently approved information collection).

    Number of Respondents:

    Average Hours per Response: 25 minutes.

    Burden Hours: 1,303.

    Needs and Uses: This request is for extension of a currently approved information collection.

    The purpose of this information collection is to obtain information from individuals in the seven United States (U.S.) jurisdictions containing coral reefs. Specifically, NOAA is seeking information on the knowledge, attitudes and reef use patterns, as well as information on knowledge and attitudes related to specific reef protection activities. In addition, this survey will provide for the ongoing collection of social and economic data related to the communities affected by coral reef conservation programs.

    The Coral Reef Conservation Program (CRCP), developed under the authority of the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000, is responsible for programs intended to enhance the conservation of coral reefs. We intend to use the information collected through this instrument for research purposes as well as measuring and improving the results of our reef protection programs. Because many of our efforts to protect reefs rely on education and changing attitudes toward reef protection, the information collected will allow CRCP staff to ensure programs are designed appropriately at the start, future program evaluation efforts are as successful as possible, and outreach efforts are targeting the intended recipients with useful information.

    Affected Public: Individuals or households.

    Frequency: Each jurisdiction every 3-4 years.

    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary.

    This information collection request may be viewed at reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB.

    Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to [email protected] or fax to (202) 395-5806.

    Dated: March 10, 2015. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05877 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-JS-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648-XD821 New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting AGENCY:

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

    ACTION:

    Notice; public meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Scallop Committee to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.

    DATES:

    This meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 9 a.m.

    ADDRESSES:

    Meeting address: The meeting will be held at the Four Points Sheraton, 407 Squire Road, Revere, MA 02151; telephone: (781) 284-7200; fax: (781) 289-3176.

    Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465-0492.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Committee will begin work on development of Amendment 19 to the Scallop Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Amendment 19 will consider measures to address timing issues that inhibit implementation of fishery specifications at the start of the scallop fishing year (March 1). They will also discuss an issue that has been raised at previous meetings related to scallop fishing space in near shore areas and issues of differential catch rates for general category and limited access vessels. The Council may have a workshop later in the year to discuss these issues further. Finally, the committee will discuss potential research priorities for the 2016 Scallop Research Set-Aside announcement. This will be an initial discussion only, and final recommendations will be made at a future meeting. Other business may be discussed.

    Special Accommodations

    This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, at (978) 465-0492, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

    Authority:

    16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: March 11, 2015. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05908 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648-XD820 New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting AGENCY:

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

    ACTION:

    Notice; public meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Scallop Advisory Panel to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.

    DATES:

    This meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 10 a.m.

    ADDRESSES:

    Meeting address: The meeting will be held at the Four Points Sheraton, 407 Squire Road, Revere, MA 02151; telephone: (781) 284-7200; fax: (781) 289-3176.

    Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465-0492.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Advisory Panel (AP) will begin work on development of Amendment 19 to the Scallop Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Amendment 19 will consider measures to address timing issues that inhibit implementation of fishery specifications at the start of the scallop fishing year (March 1). The AP will also discuss an issue that has been raised at previous meetings related to scallop fishing space in near shore areas and issues of differential catch rates for general category and limited access vessels. The Council may have a workshop later in the year to discuss these issues further. The AP will also provide input on preliminary scallop fishing maps being developed by the Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC). Finally, the AP will discuss potential research priorities for the 2016 Scallop Research Set-Aside announcement. This will be an initial discussion only, and final recommendations will be made at a future meeting. Other issues may be discussed.

    Special Accommodations

    This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, at (978) 465-0492, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

    Authority:

    16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: March 11, 2015. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05907 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Request for Applicants for Appointment to the United States-Brazil CEO Forum AGENCY:

    International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    In March 2007, the Governments of the United States and Brazil established the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum. This notice announces the opportunity for individuals to apply for appointment as U.S. representatives to the U.S. Section of the Forum. The U.S. Section currently has three immediate vacancies for appointment terms through August 13, 2016. Nominations received in response to this notice also will be considered for on-going appointments to fill any future vacancies that may arise through August 13, 2016.

    DATES:

    Applications for immediate consideration should be received no later than close of business March 30, 2015. Applications will be accepted until June 30, 2016 for appointments to fill future vacancies that may arise.

    ADDRESSES:

    Please send requests for consideration to Braeden Young, Office of Latin America and the Caribbean, U.S. Department of Commerce, either by email at [email protected] or by mail to U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room CC334, Washington, DC 20230.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Braeden Young, Office of Latin America and the Caribbean, U.S. Department of Commerce, telephone: (202) 482-1093.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Secretary of Commerce and the Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs, together with the Planalto Casa Civil Minister (Presidential Chief of Staff) and the Brazilian Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, co-chair the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum (Forum), pursuant to the Terms of Reference signed in March 2007 by the U.S. and Brazilian governments, as amended, which set forth the objectives and structure of the Forum. The Terms of Reference may be viewed at: http://www.trade.gov/ceo-forum/. The Forum, consisting of both private and public sector members, brings together leaders of the respective business communities of the United States and Brazil to discuss issues of mutual interest, particularly ways to strengthen the economic and commercial ties between the two countries. The Forum consists of the U.S. and Brazilian Government co-chairs and a Committee comprised of private sector members. The Committee is composed of two Sections, each consisting of approximately ten to twelve members from the private sector, representing the views and interests of the private sector business community in the United States and Brazil. Each government appoints the members to its respective Section. The Committee provides joint recommendations to the two governments that reflect private sector views, needs and concerns regarding the creation of an economic environment in which their respective private sectors can partner, thrive and enhance bilateral commercial ties to expand trade between the United States and Brazil.

    This notice seeks candidates to fill three current vacancies on the U.S. Section of the Forum as well as any future vacancies that may arise during the current appointment terms through August 13, 2016. Each candidate must be the Chief Executive Officer or President (or have a comparable level of responsibility) of a U.S.-owned or -controlled company that is incorporated in and has its main headquarters in the United States and that is currently doing business in both Brazil and the United States. Each candidate also must be a U.S. citizen or otherwise legally authorized to work in the United States and able to travel to Brazil and locations in the United States to attend official Forum meetings as well as independent U.S. Section and Committee meetings. In addition, the candidate may not be a registered foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended. Evaluation of applications for membership in the U.S. Section by eligible individuals will be based on the following criteria:

    —A demonstrated commitment by the individual's company to the Brazilian market either through exports or investment. —A demonstrated strong interest in Brazil and its economic development. —The ability to offer a broad perspective and business experience to the discussions. —The ability to address cross-cutting issues that affect the entire business community. —The ability to initiate and be responsible for activities in which the Forum will be active.

    Members will be selected on the basis of who will best carry out the objectives of the Forum as stated in the Terms of Reference establishing the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum. The U.S. Section of the Forum should also include members that represent a diversity of business sectors and geographic locations. To the extent possible, U.S. Section members also should represent a cross-section of small, medium, and large firms.

    U.S. members will receive no compensation for their participation in Forum-related activities. Individual members will be responsible for all travel and related expenses associated with their participation in the Forum, including attendance at Committee and Section meetings. Only appointed members may participate in official Forum meetings; substitutes and alternates will not be designated. According to the current Terms of Reference, members are normally to serve three-year terms, but may be reappointed. The individuals appointed to fill the vacancies on the U.S. Section of the Forum will be appointed to serve the remainder of the current three-year term cycle ending August 13, 2016.

    To be considered for membership, please submit the following information as instructed in the ADDRESSES and DATES captions above: Name(s) and title(s) of the individual(s) requesting consideration; name and address of company's headquarters; location of incorporation; size of the company; size of company's export trade, investment, and nature of operations or interest in Brazil; an affirmative statement that the applicant is neither registered nor required to register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended; and a brief statement of why the candidate should be considered, including information about the candidate's ability to initiate and be responsible for activities in which the Forum will be active. Applications will be considered as they are received. All candidates will be notified of whether they have been selected.

    Dated: March 10, 2015. Alexander Peacher, Acting Director for the Office of Latin America & the Caribbean.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05843 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-HE-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness: Notice of Public Meetings AGENCY:

    International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Notice of open meetings.

    SUMMARY:

    This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed topics of discussion for public meetings of the Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness (Committee).

    DATES:

    The meetings will be held on April 15 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., and April 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time (EST).

    ADDRESSES:

    The meeting on April 15 will be held at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 1412, Washington, DC 20230. The meeting on April 16 will be held at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4830, Washington, DC 20230.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Richard Boll, Office of Supply Chain, Professional & Business Services, International Trade Administration. (Phone: (202) 482-1135 or Email: [email protected])

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background

    The Committee was established under the discretionary authority of the Secretary of Commerce and in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App. 2). It provides advice to the Secretary of Commerce on the necessary elements of a comprehensive policy approach to supply chain competitiveness designed to support U.S. export growth and national economic competitiveness, encourage innovation, facilitate the movement of goods, and improve the competitiveness of U.S. supply chains for goods and services in the domestic and global economy; and provides advice to the Secretary on regulatory policies and programs and investment priorities that affect the competitiveness of U.S. supply chains. For more information about the Committee visit: http://trade.gov/td/services/oscpb/supplychain/acscc/.

    Matters to Be Considered: Committee members are expected to continue to discuss the major competitiveness-related topics raised at the previous Committee meetings, including trade and competitiveness; freight movement and policy; information technology and data requirements; regulatory issues; finance and infrastructure; and workforce development. The Committee's subcommittees will report on the status of their work regarding these topics. The agenda's may change to accommodate Committee business. The Office of Supply Chain, Professional & Business Services will post the final detailed agenda's on its Web site, http://trade.gov/td/services/oscpb/supplychain/acscc/, at least one week prior to the meeting. The meetings will be open to the public and press on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. The public meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodations, such as sign language interpretation or other ancillary aids, are asked to notify Mr. Richard Boll, at (202) 482-1135 or [email protected] five (5) business days before the meeting.

    Interested parties are invited to submit written comments to the Committee at any time before and after the meeting. Parties wishing to submit written comments for consideration by the Committee in advance of this meeting must send them to the Office of Supply Chain, Professional & Business Services, 1401 Constitution Ave NW., Room 11014, Washington, DC 20230, or email to [email protected]

    For consideration during the meetings, and to ensure transmission to the Committee prior to the meetings, comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on April 8, 2015. Comments received after April 8, 2015, will be distributed to the Committee, but may not be considered at the meetings. The minutes of the meetings will be posted on the Committee Web site within 60 days of the meeting.

    Dated: March 9, 2015. David Long, Director, Office of Supply Chain, Professional & Business Services.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05883 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DR-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Institute of Standards and Technology Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Management Information Reporting 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 May 15, 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 Deirdre McMahon, National Institute of Standards and Technology—Manufacturing Extension Partnership, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 4800, 301-975-8328 (phone). In addition, written comments may be sent via email to [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Abstract

    Sponsored by NIST, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is a national network of locally-based manufacturing extension centers working with small manufacturers to assist them improve their productivity, improve profitability and enhance their economic competitiveness. The information collected will provide the MEP with information regarding MEP Center performance regarding the delivery of technology, and business solutions to U.S.-based manufacturers. The collected information will assist in determining the performance of the MEP Centers at both local and national levels, provide information critical to monitoring and reporting on MEP programmatic performance, and assist management in policy decisions. Responses to the collection of information are mandatory per the regulations governing the operation of the MEP Program (15 CFR parts 290, 291, 292, and H.R. 1274—section 2). The information collected will include center inputs and activities including services delivered, clients served, center staff, quarterly expenses and revenues, partners, strategic plan, operation plans, and client success stories. No confidentiality for information submitted is promised or provided.

    In order to reflect new initiatives and new data needs, NIST MEP has identified a need to revise its existing reporting processes by modifying existing reporting elements that will enable NIST MEP to better monitor and assess the extent to which the Centers are meeting program goals and milestones.

    II. Method of Collection

    The information will be collected from the MEP Centers through the MEP Enterprise Information System (MEIS), https://meis.nist.gov.

    III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0693-0032.

    Form Number: None.

    Type of Review: Regular submission (revision of a currently approved information collection).

    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: 60.

    Estimated Time per Response: 160 hours.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 9,600.

    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: March 11, 2015. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05890 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A-570-849] Certain Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Administrative Review; 2012-2013 AGENCY:

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

    SUMMARY:

    On November 21, 2014, the Department of Commerce (the “Department”) published the preliminary results and partial rescission of the 2012-2013 administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain cut-to-length carbon steel plate (“CTL plate”) from the People's Republic of China (“PRC”), in accordance with section 751(a)(1)(B) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (“the Act”).1 The period of review (“POR”) is November 1, 2012, through October 31, 2013. This review covers two PRC companies: Hunan Valin Xiangtan Iron & Steel Co., Ltd. (“Hunan Valin”), and Zhengzhou Shangdao Iron & Steel Co. (“Zhengzhou Shangdao”). The Department invited interested parties to comment on the Preliminary Results. No parties commented. Accordingly, our final results remain unchanged from the Preliminary Results.

    1See Certain Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Administrative Review; 2012-2013, 79 FR 69425 (November 21, 2014) (“Preliminary Results”).

    DATES:

    Effective Date: March 16, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Patrick O'Connor, AD/CVD Operations, Office IV, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-0989.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background

    On November 21, 2014, the Department published the Preliminary Results. We invited interested parties to submit comments on the Preliminary Results, but no comments were received.

    Scope of the Order

    The product covered by the order is certain cut-to-length carbon steel plate from the PRC. Included in this description is hot-rolled iron and non-alloy steel universal mill plates (i.e., flat-rolled products rolled on four faces or in a closed box pass, of a width exceeding 150 millimeters (“mm”) but not exceeding 1250 mm and of a thickness of not less than 4 mm, not in coils and without patterns of relief), of rectangular shape, neither clad, plated nor coated with metal, whether or not painted, varnished, or coated with plastics or other nonmetallic substances; and certain iron and non-alloy steel flat-rolled products not in coils, of rectangular shape, hot-rolled, neither clad, plated nor coated with metal, whether or not painted, varnished, or covered with plastics or other nonmetallic substances, 4.75 mm or more in thickness and of a width which exceeds 150mm and measures at least twice the thickness. Included as subject merchandise in this order are flat-rolled products of nonrectangular cross-section where such cross-section is achieved subsequent to the rolling process (i.e., products which have been “worked after rolling”)—for example, products which have been beveled or rounded at the edges. This merchandise is currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (“HTSUS”) under item numbers 7208.40.3030, 7208.40.3060, 7208.51.0030, 7208.51.0045, 7208.51.0060, 7208.52.0000, 7208.53.0000, 7208.90.0000, 7210.70.3000, 7212.40.5000, and 7212.50.0000. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of the order is dispositive. Specifically excluded from subject merchandise within the scope of the order is grade X-70 steel plate.

    Final Determination of No Shipments

    In the Preliminary Results, we determined that Hunan Valin did not have any reviewable transactions during the POR because Hunan Valin submitted a timely-filed certification that it had no shipments of subject merchandise during the POR and U.S. import data did not show any POR entries of Hunan Valin's subject merchandise.2 We did not receive information from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) indicating that there were reviewable transactions for Hunan Valin during the POR. Consistent with the Department's assessment practice in non-market economy (“NME”) cases, we stated in the Preliminary Results that the Department would not rescind the review in these circumstances but, rather, would complete the review with respect to Hunan Valin and issue appropriate instructions to CBP based on the final results of the review.3 As stated above, we did not receive any comments on our Preliminary Results. In these final results, we continue to determine that Hunan Valin had no reviewable transactions of subject merchandise during the POR.

    2See Preliminary Results, and accompanying Decision Memorandum, at 3.

    3See Non-Market Economy Antidumping Proceedings: Assessment of Antidumping Duties, 76 FR 65694 (October 24, 2011) (“Assessment Practice Refinement”); see also the “Assessment” section of this notice, below.

    Treatment of Zhengzhou Shangdao

    In the Preliminary Results, we determined that because Zhengzhou Shangdao did not respond to the questionnaire and did not provide separate rate information, it did not establish its eligibility for separate rate status and is part of the PRC-wide entity.4 The Department then preliminarily determined that it had to rely on facts otherwise available to assign a dumping margin to the PRC-wide entity in accordance with sections 776(a)(1), 776(a)(2)(A), and 776(a)(2)(C) of the Act, because necessary information was not on the record, the PRC-wide entity (Zhengzhou Shangdao) had withheld information that was requested of it, and, by not providing requested information, the entity had significantly impeded the proceeding. We further preliminarily found that Zhengzhou Shangdao's failure to provide the requested information constituted circumstances under which the company and, hence, the PRC-wide entity, had not acted to the best of its ability to comply with the Department's request for information. We therefore preliminarily determined, pursuant to section 776(b) of the Act, that the PRC-wide entity failed to cooperate by not acting to the best of its ability and that, accordingly, when selecting from among the facts otherwise available, an adverse inference was warranted with respect to the PRC-wide entity.

    4See Preliminary Results, and accompanying Decision Memorandum, at 3-4.

    Therefore, for these final results, the Department finds that Zhengzhou Shangdao is part of the PRC-wide entity and that the use of adverse facts available is warranted with respect to the PRC-wide entity.

    Final Results of Review

    The Department determines that the following weighted-average dumping margin exists for the period November 1, 2012, through October 31, 2013:

    Exporter Weighted-
  • average
  • dumping
  • margin
  • (percent)
  • PRC-wide entity 5 128.59

    5 The PRC-wide entity includes Zhengzhou Shangdao Iron & Steel Co.

    Assessment

    The Department will determine, and CBP shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries covered by this review.6 The Department intends to issue assessment instructions to CBP 15 days after the date of publication of these final results of review. The Department intends to instruct CBP to liquidate entries of subject merchandise from Zhengzhou Shangdao at the PRC-wide rate of 128.59 percent. Additionally, consistent with the Department's assessment practice refinement in NME cases, because the Department determined that Hunan Valin had no reviewable transactions of subject merchandise during the POR, any suspended entries that entered under Hunan Valin's antidumping duty case number (i.e., at that exporter's rate) will be liquidated at the PRC-wide rate.7

    6See 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1).

    7See Assessment Practice Refinement.

    Cash Deposit Requirements

    The following cash deposit requirements will be effective upon publication of the final results of this administrative review for all shipments of the subject merchandise from the PRC entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication date, as provided by section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) For Hunan Valin, which claimed no shipments, the cash deposit rate will remain unchanged from the rate assigned to this company in the most recently completed review of the company; (2) for previously investigated or reviewed PRC and non-PRC exporters which are not under review in this segment of the proceeding but which have separate rates, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the exporter-specific rate published for the most recent period; (3) for all PRC exporters of subject merchandise that have not been found to be entitled to a separate rate, including Zhengzhou Shangdao, the cash deposit rate will be the PRC-wide rate of 128.59 percent; and (4) for all non-PRC exporters of subject merchandise which have not received their own rate, the cash deposit rate will be the rate applicable to the PRC exporter(s) that supplied that non-PRC exporter. These deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice.

    Notification to Importers Regarding the Reimbursement of Duties

    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 POR. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Department's presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties has occurred and the subsequent assessment of doubled antidumping duties.

    Notification to Interested Parties

    This notice also serves as a reminder to parties subject to the 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 notification of the 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.

    We are issuing and publishing these results and this notice in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i) of the Act.

    Dated: March 9, 2015. Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05959 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Defense Acquisition Regulation System [Docket Number 2015-0007] Information Collection Requirement; Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; DFARS Part 245, Government Property AGENCY:

    Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD).

    ACTION:

    Notice and request for comments regarding a proposed extension of an approved information collection requirement.

    SUMMARY:

    In compliance with Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), DoD announces the proposed extension of a public information collection requirement and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. DoD invites comments on whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of DoD, including whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved this information collection under Control Number 0704-0246 for use through December 31, 2014. DoD is proposing that OMB extend its approval for use for three additional years.

    DATES:

    DoD will consider all comments received by May 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments, identified by OMB Control Number 0704-0246, using any of the following methods:

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

    ○ Email: [email protected] Include OMB Control Number 0704-0246 in the subject line of the message.

    ○ Fax: (571) 372-6094.

    ○ Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Mr. Mark Gomersall, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DARS), Room 3B941, 3060 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3060.

    Comments received generally will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Mr. Mark Gomersall, at (571) 372-6099. The information collection requirements addressed in this notice are available on the World Wide Web at: http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/dars/dfarspgi/current/index.htm. Paper copies are available from Mr. Mark Gomersall, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DARS), Room 3B941, 3060 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-3060.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Title, Associated Forms, and OMB Number: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) part 245, Government Property, and the following related clauses and forms: DFARS 252.245-7003, Contractor Property Management System Administration; 252.245-7004, Reporting, Reutilization, and Disposal; DD Form 1348-1A, DoD Single Line item Release/Receipt Document; DD Form 1639, Disposal Determination/Approval; OMB Control Number 0704-0246.

    Needs and Uses: This requirement provides for the collection of information related to providing Government property to contractors; contractor use and management of Government property; and reporting, redistribution, and disposal of property.

    a. DFARS 245.302(1)(i): DFARS 245.302 concerns contracts with foreign governments or international organizations. Paragraph (1)(i) requires contractors to request and obtain contracting officer approval before using Government property on work for foreign governments and international organizations.

    b. DFARS 245.604-3(b) and (d): DFARS 245.604-3 concerns the sale of surplus Government property. Under paragraph (b), a contractor may be directed by the plant clearance officer to issue informal invitations for bids. Under paragraph (d), a contractor may be authorized by the plant clearance officer to purchase or retain Government property at less than cost if the plant clearance officer determines this method is essential for expeditious plant clearance.

    c. DFARS 252.245-7003: This clause entitled, Contractor Property Management System Administration, and DFARS 245.105, Contractor's Property Management System Compliance, address the requirement for contractors to respond in writing to initial and final determinations from the administrative contracting officer that identifies deficiencies in the contractor's property management system. The burden for this reporting requirement was previously approved under OMB 0704-0480 and is being incorporated into 0704-0246 in order to consolidate all DFARS part 245 requirements under one OMB clearance.

    d. DD Form 1348-1A, DoD Single Line Item Release/Receipt Document, is prescribed at DFARS 245.7001-3 and the form is used when authorized by the plant clearance officer.

    e. DD Form 1639, Scrap Warranty, is prescribed in the clause at DFARS 252.245-7004, Reporting, Reutilization, and Disposal. When scrap is sold by the contractor, after Government approval, the purchaser of the scrap material(s) may be required to certify, by signature on the DD Form 1639, that (i) the purchased material will be used only as scrap and (ii), if sold by the purchaser, the purchaser will obtain an identical warranty from the individual buying the scrap from the initial purchaser. The warranty contained in the DD Form 1639 expires by its terms five years from the date of the sale.

    Affected Public: Businesses or for-profit entities and not-for-profit institutions.

    Type of Request: Extension.

    Number of Respondents: 1,840.

    Responses per Respondent: 14.9, approximately.

    Annual Responses: 27,404.

    Average Burden per Response: 1 hour, approximately.

    Annual Burden Hours: 28,283.

    Reporting Frequency: On occasion.

    Summary of Information Collection: DFARS part 245 prescribes policies and procedures for providing Government property to contractors; contractors' use and management of Government property; and reporting, redistributing, and disposing of inventory. The information collected is used by contractors, property administrators, and contracting officers.

    Manuel Quinones, Editor, Defense Acquisition Regulations System.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05923 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001-06-P
    DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No.: ED-2015-ICCD-0029] Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Application for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program AGENCY:

    Office of Communication and Outreach (OCO), Department of Education (ED).

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 3501 et seq.), ED is proposing an extension of an existing information collection.

    DATES:

    Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before May 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Comments submitted in response to this notice should be submitted electronically through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov by selecting Docket ID number ED-2015-ICCD-0029 or via postal mail, commercial delivery, or hand delivery. If the regulations.gov site is not available to the public for any reason, ED will temporarily accept comments at [email protected] Please note that comments submitted by fax or email and those submitted after the comment period will not be accepted; ED will ONLY accept comments during the comment period in this mailbox when the regulations.gov site is not available. Written requests for information or comments submitted by postal mail or delivery should be addressed to the Director of the Information Collection Clearance Division, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., LBJ, Mailstop L-OM-2-2E319, Room 2E105, Washington, DC 20202.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Simone Olson, 202-205-8719.

    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: Application for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

    OMB Control Number: 1860-0504.

    Type of Review: An extension of an existing information collection.

    Respondents/Affected Public: Individuals or Households.

    Total Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 2,900.

    Total Estimated Number of Annual Burden Hours: 46,400.

    Abstract: The United States Presidential Scholars Program is a national recognition program to honor outstanding graduating high school seniors. Candidates are invited to apply based on academic achievements on the SAT or ACT assessments, or on artistic merits based on participation in a national talent program. This program was established by Presidential Executive Orders 11155 and 12158.

    Dated: March 11, 2015. Stephanie Valentine, Acting Director, Information Collection Clearance Division, Privacy, Information and Records Management Services, Office of Management.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05916 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Combined Notice of Filings #1

    Take notice that the Commission received the following electric rate filings:

    Docket Numbers: ER15-838-002.

    Applicants: AEP Texas Central Company.

    Description: Tariff Amendment per 35.17(b): TCC-San Roman Wind I Interconnection Agreement Amendment Amd to be effective 1/29/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/4/15.

    Accession Number: 20150304-5190.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/25/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1176-000.

    Applicants: South Jersey Energy ISO6, LLC.

    Description: Initial rate filing per 35.12 Market-based rate application to be effective 3/5/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/4/15.

    Accession Number: 20150304-5184.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/25/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1177-000.

    Applicants: South Jersey Energy ISO7, LLC.

    Description: Initial rate filing per 35.12 Market-based rate application to be effective 3/5/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/4/15.

    Accession Number: 20150304-5187.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/25/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1178-000.

    Applicants: South Jersey Energy ISO8, LLC.

    Description: Initial rate filing per 35.12 Market-based Rate Application to be effective 3/5/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/4/15.

    Accession Number: 20150304-5188.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/25/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1179-000.

    Applicants: Duke Energy Progress, Inc.

    Description: § 205(d) rate filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii): Amendment to Rate Schedule 182 to be effective 5/4/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150305-5005.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/27/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1180-000.

    Applicants: Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation, New York Independent System Operator, Inc.

    Description: § 205(d) rate filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii): Joint 205 filing NYISO and RG&E re: SA No. 1829 Brown's Race Facility to be effective 2/19/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150306-5000.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/27/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1181-000.

    Applicants: NorthWestern Corporation.

    Description: § 205(d) rate filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii): SA 305 6th Revised—NITSA with Stillwater Mining Company to be effective 7/1/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150306-5032.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/27/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1182-000.

    Applicants: Southern California Edison Company.

    Description: § 205(d) rate filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii): LGIA with AES North America Development LLC to be effective 5/6/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150306-5145.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/27/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1183-000.

    Applicants: Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

    Description: § 205(d) rate filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii): CCSF Ravenswood TFA and Removal Agreement Rate Schedule FERC No. 243 to be effective 3/6/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150306-5193.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/27/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1184-000.

    Applicants: ISO New England Inc., New England Power Pool Participants Committee.

    Description: § 205(d) rate filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii): FCM PER to be effective 5/6/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150306-5221.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/27/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1186-000.

    Applicants: New York Independent System Operator, Inc., Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation.

    Description: Tariff Withdrawal per 35.15: NYISO notice of cancellation of LGIA Among NYISO, NiMo and Allega SA No. 1916 to be effective 5/28/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150306-5248.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/27/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1187-000.

    Applicants: PacifiCorp.

    Description: § 205(d) rate filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii): OATT Revised Attachment H-1 (Rev Depreciation Rates 2015) to be effective 6/1/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150306-5249.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/27/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1188-000.

    Applicants: Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc., American Transmission Systems, Incorporation.

    Description: § 205(d) rate filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii): 2015-03-06_SA 2756 ATC-Wisconsin Public Service Corp. CFA to be effective 5/6/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150306-5250.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/27/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1189-000.

    Applicants: Central Maine Power Company.

    Description: Tariff Withdrawal per 35.15: Termination of SGIA with Gallop Power Greenville, LLC to be effective 1/22/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150306-5253.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/27/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1190-000.

    Applicants: Duke Energy Progress, Inc., Duke Energy Florida, Inc., Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC.

    Description: § 205(d) rate filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii): OATT Attachment C Amendment (revised) to be effective 2/10/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150306-5263.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/27/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1191-000.

    Applicants: Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc., American Transmission Systems, Incorporation.

    Description: § 205(d) rate filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii): 2015-03-06_SA 766 Notice of Termination of Bills of Sale (ATC-WPSC) to be effective 5/6/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150306-5264.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/27/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1192-000.

    Applicants: Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc.

    Description: § 205(d) rate filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii): 2015-03-06 Attachment HH (Dispute Resolution Procedures to be effective 5/6/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150306-5296.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/27/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1193-000.

    Applicants: PJM Interconnection, L.L.C.

    Description: § 205(d) rate filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii): Revisions to OATT Att O and Att P re Enhanced Inverter Capabilities to be effective 5/1/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150306-5298.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/27/15.

    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: March 6, 2015. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05864 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket Nos. CP15-93-000; PF14-14-000; CP15-94-000; CP15-96-000] Rover Pipeline LLC; Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company, LP; Trunkline Gas Company, LLC; Notice of Applications

    Take notice that on February 20, 2015, Rover Pipeline LLC (Rover), 1300 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002, filed in Docket No. CP15-93-000 an application pursuant to section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act (NGA) for authorization: (i) To construct and operate an new approximately 711-mile new interstate pipeline through the States of West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan; (ii) to construct and operate 10 new compressor stations, totaling 213,420 horsepower; (iii) to construct and operate 19 new meter stations (collectively, the Rover Project); (iv) of its proposed pro forma tariff; (v) for a Part 157, Subpart F construction certificate; (vi) for a Part 284, Subpart G blanket certificate; (vii) for any waivers the Commission deems necessary for the Rover Project. Rover states that the proposed pipeline will have a total capacity of 3.25 billion cubic feet per day and estimates the cost of the Rover Project to be approximately $4.22 billion.

    Additionally, on February 23, 2015, Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company, LP (Panhandle), 1300 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002, filed in Docket No. CP15-94-000 an application pursuant to section 7(c) of the NGA for authorization to: (i) Modify station piping and appurtenances at the Edgerton Compressor Station (CS) in Allen County, Indiana; the Zionsville CS in Marion County, Indiana; the Montezuma CS in Parke County, Indiana; and the Tuscola CS in Douglas County, Illinois; (ii) modify piping and appurtenances at three auxiliary facilities in Lenawee County, Michigan; Vermillion County, Indiana; and Hamilton County, Indiana; and (iii) install an interconnect with Rover in Defiance County, Ohio (Panhandle Backhaul Project). Panhandle states that the proposed project will provide 750,000 dekatherms per day (Dth/d) of east-to-west firm transportation service. Panhandle estimates the cost of the Panhandle Backhaul Project to be approximately $58 million.

    Finally, on February 23, 2015, Trunkline Gas Company, LLC (Trunkline), 1300 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002, filed in Docket No. CP15-96-000 an application pursuant to section 7(c) of the NGA for authorization to: (i) Modify station piping at the Johnsonville CS in Wayne County, Illinois; the Joppa CS in Massac County, Illinois; the Dyerburg CS in Dyersburg County, Tennessee; and the Independence CS in Tate County, Mississippi; (ii) modify station piping at the Bourbon Meter Station in Douglas County, Illinois; and (iii) modify piping at the existing Panhandle-Trunkline Interconnect in Douglas County, Illinois. Trunkline states that the proposed project will provide 750,000 Dth/d of north-to-south firm transportation service. Trunkline estimates the cost of the Trunkline Backhaul Project to be approximately $50.8 million.

    All of the applications are on file with the Commission and open to public inspection. The filing is available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission's Web site 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, (886) 208-3676 or TYY, (202) 502-8659.

    Any questions concerning these applications may be directed to Stephen Veatch, Senior Director of Certificates, Rover Pipeline Company, LLC; Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company, LP; Trunkline Gas Company, LLC, 1300 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77002, by telephone at (713) 989-2024, by facsimile at (713) 989-1205, or by email at [email protected]

    On June 27, 2014, the Commission staff granted Rover's request to utilize the Pre-Filing Process and assigned Docket No. PF14-14-000 to staff activities involved in the above referenced projects. Now, as of the filing of the February 20, 2014 application, the Pre-Filing Process for this project has ended. From this time forward, this proceeding will be conducted in Docket Nos. CP15-93-000, CP15-94-000, and CP15-96-000 as noted in the caption of this Notice.

    Pursuant to section 157.9 of the Commission's rules, 18 CFR 157.9, within 90 days of this Notice, the Commission staff will 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) for this proposal. 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.

    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 seven copies of filings made in the proceeding with the Commission and must mail a copy to the applicant and to every other party. 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 7 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426.

    Comment Date: March 30, 2015.

    Dated: March 9, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05880 Filed 3-13-15; 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: EC15-86-000.

    Applicants: Franklin Resources, Inc.

    Description: Request for Reauthorization and Extension of Blanket Authorizations Under Section 203 of the Federal Power Act. of Franklin Resources, Inc.

    Filed Date: 3/3/15.

    Accession Number: 20150303-5254.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/24/15.

    Docket Numbers: EC15-87-000.

    Applicants: JPM Capital Corporation, HA Wind I LLC, The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance C.

    Description: Application for Disposition of Facilities of of The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, et. al.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150306-5378.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/27/15.

    Take notice that the Commission received the following electric rate filings:

    Docket Numbers: ER14-2956-005.

    Applicants: Hoopeston Wind, LLC.

    Description: Compliance filing per 35: Hoopeston mbr authorization compliance filing to be effective 11/1/2014.

    Filed Date: 3/9/15.

    Accession Number: 20150309-5199.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/30/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-730-001.

    Applicants: Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc.

    Description: Compliance filing per 35: 2015-03-09 Attachment L Compliance Filing to be effective 2/22/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/9/15.

    Accession Number: 20150309-5200.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/30/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1194-000.

    Applicants: Interstate Power and Light Company, ITC Midwest LLC.

    Description: Section 205(d) rate filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii): IPL Amended Exhibits—Operating and Transmission Agreement to be effective 5/5/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150306-5342.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/27/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1195-000.

    Applicants: PJM Interconnection, L.L.C.

    Description: Section 205(d) rate filing per 35.13(a)(2)(iii): Service Agreement No. 3250; Queue No. W2-091 to be effective 2/5/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150306-5343.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/27/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1198-000.

    Applicants: FirstEnergy Solutions Corp.

    Description: FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. Request for Authorization to Make Wholesale Power Sales to an Affiliate.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150306-5401.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/27/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1199-000.

    Applicants: FirstEnergy Solutions Corp.

    Description: FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. Request for Authorization to Make Wholesale Power Sales to an Affiliate.

    Filed Date: 3/9/15.

    Accession Number: 20150309-5135.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/30/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1200-000.

    Applicants: FirstEnergy Solutions Corp.

    Description: FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. Request for Authorization to Make Wholesale Power Sales to Affiliated Utility.

    Filed Date: 3/9/15.

    Accession Number: 20150309-5139.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/30/15.

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1201-000.

    Applicants: ISO New England Inc.

    Description: ISO New England Resource Termination for Capacity Supply Obligation DFC-ERG.

    Filed Date: 3/9/15.

    Accession Number: 20150309-5184.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/30/15.

    Take notice that the Commission received the following electric reliability filings:

    Docket Numbers: RR15-8-000.

    Applicants: North American Electric Reliability Corporation.

    Description: Request of North American Electric Reliability Corporation for Approval of Revisions to NERC's Working Capital and Operating Reserve Policy.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150306-5391.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/27/15.

    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: March 9, 2015. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05865 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. RD15-2-000] Proposed Agency Information Collection AGENCY:

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Energy.

    ACTION:

    Notice and Request for Comments.

    SUMMARY:

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) invites public comment in Docket No. RD15-2-000 on a proposed change to a collection of information that the Commission is developing for submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. 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, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (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.

    DATES:

    Comments regarding this proposed information collection must be received on or before May 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Comments, identified by docket number, may be filed in the following ways:

    • Electronic Filing through http://www.ferc.gov. Documents created electronically using word processing software should be filed in native applications or print-to-PDF format and not in a scanned format.

    Mail/Hand Delivery: Those unable to file electronically may mail or hand-deliver an original of their comments to: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Secretary of the Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426.

    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:

    The Commission will submit Reliability Standard PRC-006-2 to OMB for review under FERC-725G (Mandatory Reliability Standards for the Bulk-Power System: PRC Standards, OMB Control No. 1902-0252).1

    1 In 2012, the Commission initially approved Reliability Standard PRC-006-1. Automatic Underfrequency Load Shedding and Load Shedding Plans Reliability Standards, Order No. 763, 139 FERC ¶ 61,098, order granting clarification, 140 FERC ¶ 61,164 (2012). The Commission included Reliability Standard PRC-006-1 under FERC-725A (OMB Control No. 1902-0244). The entire burden associated with Reliability Standard PRC-006-2 (for new requirements as well as those unchanged from PRC-006-1) will be added to FERC-725G. In the future, the burden (an estimated 12,672 hours) associated with Reliability Standard PRC-006-1 will be removed from FERC-725A, to remove the temporary double counting of those hours.

    Type of Request: Three-year extension of the FERC-725G information collection requirements with the stated changes to the current reporting and record retention requirements.

    Abstract: The Commission requires the information collected by the FERC-725G to implement the statutory provisions of section 215 of the Federal Power Act (FPA).2 On August 8, 2005, Congress enacted into law the Electricity Modernization Act of 2005, which is Title XII, Subtitle A, of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005).3 EPAct 2005 added a new section 215 to the FPA, which required a Commission-certified Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) to develop mandatory and enforceable Reliability Standards, which are subject to Commission review and approval. Once approved, the Reliability Standards may be enforced by the ERO subject to Commission oversight, or the Commission can independently enforce Reliability Standards.4

    2 16 U.S.C. 824o (2012).

    3 Energy Policy Act of 2005, Pub. L. 109-58, Title XII, Subtitle A, 119 Stat. 594, 941 (codified at 16 U.S.C. 824o).

    4 16 U.S.C. 824o(e)(3).

    On February 3, 2006, the Commission issued Order No. 672, implementing section 215 of the FPA.5 Pursuant to Order No. 672, the Commission certified one organization, North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), as the ERO.6 The Reliability Standards developed by the ERO and approved by the Commission apply to users, owners and operators of the Bulk-Power System as set forth in each Reliability Standard.

    5Rules Concerning Certification of the Electric Reliability Organization; and Procedures for the Establishment, Approval, and Enforcement of Electric Reliability Standards, Order No. 672, FERC Stats. & Regs. ¶ 31,204, order on reh'g, Order No. 672-A, FERC Stats. & Regs. ¶ 31,212 (2006).

    6North American Electric Reliability Corp., 116 FERC ¶ 61,062, order on reh'g and compliance, 117 FERC ¶ 61,126 (2006), order on compliance, 118 FERC ¶ 61,190, order on reh'g, 119 FERC ¶ 61,046 (2007), aff'd sub nom. Alcoa Inc. v. FERC, 564 F.3d 1342 (D.C. Cir. 2009).

    In Order No. 763, the Commission approved Reliability Standard PRC-006-1, but directed NERC to include explicit language in a subsequent version of the Reliability Standard clarifying that applicable entities are required to implement corrective actions identified by the planning coordinator in accordance with a schedule established by the same planning coordinator.

    NERC filed a petition on December 15, 2014 requesting approval of proposed Reliability Standard PRC-006-2 addressing the Commission's directive in Order No. 763. The NERC petition states that the “[p]roposed Reliability Standard PRC-006-2, through proposed new Requirement R15, and proposed enhanced language of the existing Requirements R9 and R10, requires the Planning Coordinator to develop a schedule for implementation of any necessary corrective actions, and requires that the applicable entities will implement these corrective actions according to the schedule established by the Planning Coordinator.”

    Type of Respondents: Planning coordinators, UFLS entities (as they are defined in the proposed Reliability Standard) and transmission owners that own elements identified in the underfrequency load shedding programs established by the planning coordinators.

    Estimate of Annual Burden:  7 Our estimate below regarding the number of respondents is based on the NERC compliance registry as of January 30, 2015. According to the NERC compliance registry, there are 80 planning coordinators. The individual burden estimates are based on the time needed to gather data, run studies, and analyze study results to design or update the underfrequency load shedding programs. Additionally, documentation and the review of underfrequency load shedding program results by supervisors and management is included in the administrative estimations. These are consistent with estimates for similar tasks in other Commission approved standards.

    7 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. 5 CFR 1320.3 (2014) (explaining what is included in the information collection burden).

    Estimates for the additional burden and cost imposed by the order in Docket No. RD15-2-000 follow.8

    8 The only changes to Requirements R9 and R10 and associated measures and evidence retention in Reliability Standard PRC-006-2 (from PRC-006-1) were enhancements to the language which do not impact the cost of implementation. The modifications provide additional clarity and do not affect burden or cost.

    FERC-725G, As Changed in RD15-2-000 Number and type of respondent 9
  • (1)
  • Annual
  • number of
  • responses per respondent
  • (2)
  • Total number of responses
  • (1) * (2) = (3)
  • Average burden
  • per response
  • (hours)
  • (4)
  • Total annual burden
  • (hours)
  • (3) * (4) = (5)
  • Total annual cost 10
  • ($)
  • Requirement R15 and Measure M15 and evidence retention (planning coordinator that conducts under frequency load shedding design assessment under Requirements R4, R5, or R12 and determines under frequency load shedding program does not meet the performance characteristics in Requirement R3, develops corrective action plans and schedule for implementation by UFLS entities within its area) 80 planning coordinators 1 80 52 hrs. (47 hrs. for reporting requirements, and 5 hrs. for record retention requirements) 4,160 hrs. (3,760 hrs. for reporting requirements, and 400 hrs. for record retention requirements) $285,783 ($274,179 for reporting requirements, and $11,604 for record retention requirements). Total 80 planning coordinators 4,160 $285,783.

    9 The number of respondents is based on the NERC compliance registry as January 30, 2015.

    10 The estimates for cost per hour (salary plus benefits) are based on the May 2013 figures of the Bureau of Labor and Statistics (posted as of February 9, 2015 at http://bls.gov/oes/current/naics3_221000.htm).

    • $72.92/hour [($84.96 + $60.87)/2], the average of the salary plus benefits for a manager ($84.96/hour) and an electrical engineer ($60.87/hour), is used for the hourly cost for the reporting requirements associated with Requirement R15 and Measure M15.

    • $29.01/hour, the salary plus benefits for a file clerk, is used for the hourly cost for the evidence retention requirements associated with Requirement R15 and Measure M15.

    Dated: March 9, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05879 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Meeting (PCAST) AGENCY:

    Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION:

    Notice of Partially-Closed Meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a partially-closed meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES:

    March 27, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES:

    The meeting will be held at the National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC in the Lecture Room.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Information regarding the meeting agenda, time, location, and how to register for the meeting is available on the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. A live video webcast and an archive of the webcast after the event are expected to be available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. The archived video will be available within one week of the meeting. Questions about the meeting should be directed to Dr. Ashley Predith at [email protected], (202) 456-4444. Please note that public seating for this meeting is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is an advisory group of the nation's leading scientists and engineers, appointed by the President to augment the science and technology advice available to him from inside the White House, cabinet departments, and other Federal agencies. See the Executive Order at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. PCAST is consulted about and provides analyses and recommendations concerning a wide range of issues where understandings from the domains of science, technology, and innovation may bear on the policy choices before the President. PCAST is co-chaired by Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, and Director, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President, The White House; and Dr. Eric S. Lander, President, Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard.

    Type of Meeting: Partially Closed.

    Proposed Schedule and Agenda: The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is scheduled to meet in open session on March 27, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Open Portion of Meeting: During this open meeting, PCAST is scheduled to hear from speakers who will remark about antibiotic resistance and from presenters who will talk about Arctic policy. Additional information and the agenda, including any changes that arise, will be posted at the PCAST Web site at: http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast.

    Closed Portion of the Meeting: PCAST may hold a closed meeting of approximately 1 hour with the President on March 27, 2015, which must take place in the White House for the President's scheduling convenience and to maintain Secret Service protection. This meeting will be closed to the public because such portion of the meeting is likely to disclose matters that are to be kept secret in the interest of national defense or foreign policy under 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(1).

    Public Comments: It is the policy of the PCAST to accept written public comments of any length, and to accommodate oral public comments whenever possible. The PCAST expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted oral or written statements.

    The public comment period for this meeting will take place on March 27, 2015 at a time specified in the meeting agenda posted on the PCAST Web site at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast. This public comment period is designed only for substantive commentary on PCAST's work, not for business marketing purposes.

    Oral Comments: To be considered for the public speaker list at the meeting, interested parties should register to speak at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast, no later than 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on March 19, 2015. Phone or email reservations will not be accepted. To accommodate as many speakers as possible, the time for public comments will be limited to two (2) minutes per person, with a total public comment period of up to 15 minutes. If more speakers register than there is space available on the agenda, PCAST will randomly select speakers from among those who applied. Those not selected to present oral comments may always file written comments with the committee. Speakers are requested to bring at least 25 copies of their oral comments for distribution to the PCAST members.

    Written Comments: Although written comments are accepted continuously, written comments should be submitted to PCAST no later than 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on March 19, 2015 so that the comments may be made available to the PCAST members prior to this meeting for their consideration. Information regarding how to submit comments and documents to PCAST is available at http://whitehouse.gov/ostp/pcast in the section entitled “Connect with PCAST.”

    Please note that because PCAST operates under the provisions of FACA, all public comments and/or presentations will be treated as public documents and will be made available for public inspection, including being posted on the PCAST Web site. This notice is being published less than 15 days prior to the meeting date due to inclement weather and programmatic issues, and members' availability.

    Meeting Accommodations: Individuals requiring special accommodation to access this public meeting should contact Dr. Ashley Predith at least ten business days prior to the meeting so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on March 10, 2015. LaTanya R. Butler, Deputy Committee Management Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05945 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 308-007] PacifiCorp Energy; Notice of Application Ready for Environmental Analysis, and Soliciting Comments, Recommendations, Preliminary Terms and Conditions, and Preliminary Fishway Prescriptions

    Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection.

    a. Type of Application: Subsequent License (Minor Project).

    b. Project No.: 308-007.

    c. Date filed: February 28, 2014.

    d. Applicant: PacifiCorp Energy (PacifiCorp).

    e. Name of Project: Wallowa Falls Hydroelectric Project.

    f. Location: The existing project is located on Royal Purple Creek and the East and West Forks of the Wallowa River in Wallowa County, Oregon. The project would occupy 12.7 acres of federal land managed by the United States Forest Service.

    g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act 16 U.S.C. 791 (a)-825 (r).

    h. Applicant Contact: Russ Howison, Relicensing Project Manager, PacifiCorp Energy, 825 NE Multnomah, Suite 1500, Portland, OR 97232; Telephone (503) 813-6626.

    i. FERC Contact: Matt Cutlip, (503) 552-2762 or [email protected].

    j. Deadline for filing comments, recommendations, preliminary terms and conditions, and preliminary prescriptions: 60 days from the issuance date of this notice; reply comments are due 105 days from the issuance date of this notice.

    The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file comments, recommendations, preliminary terms and conditions, and preliminary fishway prescriptions 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. The first page of any filing should include docket number P-308-007.

    The Commission's Rules of Practice require all intervenors filing documents with the Commission to serve a copy of that document on each person on the official service list for the project. Further, if an intervenor 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.

    k. This application has been accepted for filing and is now ready for environmental analysis.

    l. Project Description: The existing Wallowa Falls Hydroelectric Project consists of the following existing facilities: (1) A 2-foot-high, 9-foot-long concrete diversion dam with a 1-foot-wide spillway on Royal Purple Creek; (2) a 240-foot-long, 8-inch-diameter wood-stave and polyvinylchloride pipeline conveying water from the Royal Purple Creek diversion dam to an impoundment; (3) an 18-foot-high, 125-foot-long, buttressed rock-filled timber crib dam with impervious gravel and asphalt core and a 30-foot-wide spillway on the East Fork Wallowa River (East Fork); (4) a 0.2-acre impoundment; (5) a 2-foot-high by 2-foot-wide concrete intake structure with a headgate and steel trash rack; (6) a low-level sluiceway with a steel trash rack and cast iron gate connecting to a 2-foot-diameter steel pipe passing through the dam to provide instream flow releases to the bypassed reach; (7) a 5,688-foot-long steel penstock varying in diameter from 24 to 16 inches and consisting of buried sections or above-ground sections supported on timber crib trestles; (8) a powerhouse containing one impulse turbine-generator unit with an installed capacity of 1,100 kilowatts; (9) a 40-foot-long concrete-lined tailrace which conveys powerhouse flows to a 1,000-foot-long unlined and braided tailrace channel discharging into the West Fork Wallowa River (West Fork); (10) a 20-foot-long, 7.2-kilovolt transmission line which connects to the Wallowa Falls substation; and (11) appurtenant facilities.

    The project currently generates an average of 7 million kilowatt-hours annually. The dams and existing project facilities are owned by PacifiCorp. The project is operated run-of-river. Up to 1 cubic feet per second (cfs) of flow is diverted from Royal Purple Creek and discharged into the impoundment. Up to 16 cfs of water (i.e., 15 cfs maximum from East Fork and 1 cfs from Royal Purple Creek) is diverted through the intake structure at the East Fork dam into the steel penstock and conveyed to the powerhouse where it flows through the single impulse turbine and discharges through the tailrace into the West Fork. The project's current license requires a minimum instream flow release of 0.5 cfs or inflow, whichever is less, in the bypassed reach. The current license also mandates that PacifiCorp restrict sediment flushing from the impoundment to the period from May 1 to August 30 to protect kokanee salmon.

    PacifiCorp proposes to modify the existing facilities by: (1) Extending the existing 8-inch Royal Purple Creek diversion pipe approximately 20 feet to discharge directly into the East Fork upstream of the project impoundment to reduce erosion, (2) realigning the existing tailrace channel and constructing a permanent fish passage barrier and concrete outfall at its confluence with the West Fork to prevent fish from entering the tailrace channel, (3) improving existing and constructing new recreational facilities to enhance recreation in the project area, and (4) installing and operating flow monitoring equipment at the historic U.S. Geological Survey gage in the East Fork bypassed reach to monitor compliance with minimum flows. PacifiCorp also proposes to: Increase the minimum flow release in the bypassed reach to 4 cfs from November through April and 5 cfs from May through October, and modify the sediment management program to only enable sediment flushing during the high-flow month of June.

    PacifiCorp proposes to modify the project boundary by adding about 8.4 acres to encompass a total of 26.4 acres of land necessary for project purposes and for operation and maintenance.

    m. A copy of the application is available for review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission's Web site at http://www.ferc.gov using the “eLibrary” link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, contact FERC Online Support. A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction at the address in item h above.

    All filings must (1) bear in all capital letters the title “COMMENTS,” “REPLY COMMENTS,” “RECOMMENDATIONS,” “PRELIMINARY TERMS AND CONDITIONS,” or “PRELIMINARY FISHWAY PRESCRIPTIONS;” (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 submitting the filing; and (4) otherwise comply with the requirements of 18 CFR 385.2001 through 385.2005. All comments, recommendations, terms and conditions or prescriptions 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. Each filing 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.

    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, contact FERC Online Support.

    n. Procedural Schedule:

    The application will be processed according to the following revised Hydro Licensing Schedule. Revisions to the schedule may be made as appropriate.

    Milestone Target date Filing of recommendations, preliminary terms and conditions, and preliminary fishway prescriptions May 2015. Commission issues EA September 2015. Comments on EA October 2015. Modified terms and conditions December 2015.

    o. Final amendments to the application must be filed with the Commission no later than 30 days from the issuance date of this notice.

    p. A license applicant must file no later than 60 days following the date of issuance of the notice of ready for environmental analysis provided for in 5.22: (1) A copy of the water quality certification; (2) a copy of the request for certification, including proof of the date on which the certifying agency received the request; or (3) evidence of waiver of water quality certification.

    Dated: March 6, 2015. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05870 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY [FE Docket No. 14-173-LNG] Downeast LNG, Inc.; Application for Long-Term Authorization To Export Liquefied Natural Gas Produced From Domestic Natural Gas Resources to Non-Free Trade Agreement Countries for a 20-Year Period AGENCY:

    Office of Fossil Energy, DOE.

    ACTION:

    Notice of application.

    SUMMARY:

    The Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy (DOE) gives notice of receipt of an application (Application), filed on October 15, 2014, by Downeast LNG, Inc. (DELNG), requesting long-term, multi-contract authorization to export domestically produced natural gas in a volume equivalent to approximately 168 billion cubic feet (Bcf) per year, or approximately 0.46 Bcf per day. DELNG seeks authorization to export the natural gas as liquefied natural gas (LNG) by vessel from its proposed LNG terminal to be located in Robbinston, Maine, referred to as the Downeast LNG Import-Export Project.

    DELNG requests authorization to export LNG to any country with which the United States does not have a free trade agreement (FTA) requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas and with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. law or policy (non-FTA countries). DELNG requests this non-FTA export authorization for a 20-year term to commence on the earlier of the date of first export or eight years from the date the authorization is granted. DELNG requests this authorization both on its own behalf and as agent for other entities who hold title to the LNG at the time of export. The Application was filed under section 3 of the Natural Gas Act (NGA). Additional details can be found in DELNG's Application, posted on the DOE/FE Web site at: http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2014/10/f18/14_173_lng_nfta_talbert.pdf. Protests, motions to intervene, notices of intervention, and written comments are invited.

    DATES:

    Protests, motions to intervene or notices of intervention, as applicable, requests for additional procedures, and written comments are to be filed using procedures detailed in the Public Comment Procedures section no later than 4:30 p.m., Eastern time, May 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Electronic Filing by email

    [email protected]

    Regular Mail

    U.S. Department of Energy (FE-34), Office of Oil and Gas Global Security and Supply, Office of Fossil Energy, P.O. Box 44375, Washington, DC 20026-4375.

    Hand Delivery or Private Delivery Services (e.g., FedEx, UPS, etc.)

    U.S. Department of Energy (FE-34), Office of Oil and Gas Global Security and Supply, Office of Fossil Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 3E-042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Larine Moore or Marc Talbert, U.S. Department of Energy (FE-34), Office of Oil and Gas Global Security and Supply, Office of Fossil Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 3E-042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586-9478; (202) 586-7991.

    Cassandra Bernstein U.S. Department of Energy (GC-76), Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Electricity and Fossil Energy, Forrestal Building, 1000 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20585, (202) 586-9793.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    DOE/FE Evaluation

    The Application will be reviewed pursuant to section 3(a) of the NGA, 15 U.S.C. 717b(a), and DOE will consider any issues required by law or policy. To the extent determined to be relevant, these issues will include the domestic need for the natural gas proposed to be exported, the adequacy of domestic natural gas supply, U.S. energy security, and the cumulative impact of the requested authorization and any other LNG export application(s) previously approved on domestic natural gas supply and demand fundamentals. DOE may also consider other factors bearing on the public interest, including the impact of the proposed exports on the U.S. economy (including GDP, consumers, and industry), job creation, the U.S. balance of trade, and international considerations; and whether the authorization is consistent with DOE's policy of promoting competition in the marketplace by allowing commercial parties to freely negotiate their own trade arrangements. Additionally, DOE will consider the following environmental documents:

    Addendum to Environmental Review Documents Concerning Exports of Natural Gas From the United States, 79 FR 48132 (Aug. 15, 2014); 1 and

    1 The Addendum and related documents are available at: http://energy.gov/fe/draft-addendum-environmental-review-documents-concerning-exports-natural-gas-united-states.

    Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Perspective on Exporting Liquefied Natural Gas From the United States, 79 FR 32260 (June 4, 2014).2

    2 The Life Cycle Greenhouse Gas Report is available at: http://energy.gov/fe/life-cycle-greenhouse-gas-perspective-exporting-liquefied-natural-gas-united-states.

    Parties that may oppose this Application should address these issues in their comments and/or protests, as well as other issues deemed relevant to the Application.

    The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., requires DOE to give appropriate consideration to the environmental effects of its proposed decisions. No final decision will be issued in this proceeding until DOE has met its environmental responsibilities.

    Public Comment Procedures

    In response to this Notice, any person may file a protest, comments, or a motion to intervene or notice of intervention, as applicable. Due to the complexity of the issues raised by the Applicant, interested parties will be provided 60 days from the date of publication of this Notice in which to submit their comments, protests, motions to intervene, or notices of intervention.

    Any person wishing to become a party to the proceeding must file a motion to intervene or notice of intervention. The filing of comments or a protest with respect to the Application will not serve to make the commenter or protestant a party to the proceeding, although protests and comments received from persons who are not parties will be considered in determining the appropriate action to be taken on the Application. All protests, comments, motions to intervene, or notices of intervention must meet the requirements specified by the regulations in 10 CFR part 590.

    Filings may be submitted using one of the following methods: (1) Emailing the filing to [email protected], with FE Docket No. 14-173-LNG in the title line; (2) mailing an original and three paper copies of the filing to the Office of Oil and Gas Global Security and Supply at the address listed in ADDRESSES; or (3) hand delivering an original and three paper copies of the filing to the Office of Oil and Gas Global Supply at the address listed in ADDRESSES. All filings must include a reference to FE Docket No. 14-173-LNG. Please Note: If submitting a filing via email, please include all related documents and attachments (e.g., exhibits) in the original email correspondence. Please do not include any active hyperlinks or password protection in any of the documents or attachments related to the filing. All electronic filings submitted to DOE must follow these guidelines to ensure that all documents are filed in a timely manner. Any hardcopy filing submitted greater in length than 50 pages must also include, at the time of the filing, a digital copy on disk of the entire submission.

    A decisional record on the Application will be developed through responses to this notice by parties, including the parties' written comments and replies thereto. Additional procedures will be used as necessary to achieve a complete understanding of the facts and issues. If an additional procedure is scheduled, notice will be provided to all parties. If no party requests additional procedures, a final Opinion and Order may be issued based on the official record, including the Application and responses filed by parties pursuant to this notice, in accordance with 10 CFR 590.316.

    The Application is available for inspection and copying in the Division of Natural Gas Regulatory Activities docket room, Room 3E-042, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585. The docket room is open between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Application and any filed protests, motions to intervene or notice of interventions, and comments will also be available electronically by going to the following DOE/FE Web address: http://www.fe.doe.gov/programs/gasregulation/index.html.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on March 10, 2015. John A. Anderson, Director, Office of Oil and Gas Global Security and Supply, Office of Oil and Natural Gas.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05952 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450-01-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: PR15-23-000.

    Applicants: Bridgeline Holdings, L.P.

    Description: Submits tariff filing per 284.123(e) + (g): SOC Contact Updates to be effective 3/1/2015; Filing Type: 1280.

    Filed Date: 2/26/15.

    Accession Number: 20150226-5194.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/19/15.

    284.123(g) Protests Due: 5 p.m. ET 4/27/15.

    Docket Numbers: PR15-24-000.

    Applicants: Centana Intrastate Pipeline, LLC.

    Description: Submits tariff filing per 284.123(b)(2) + (g): CIPCO Rate Case to be effective 3/1/2015; Filing Type: 1310.

    Filed Date: 2/27/15.

    Accession Number: 20150227-5335.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/20/15.

    284.123(g) Protests Due: 5 p.m. ET 4/28/15.

    Docket Numbers: PR15-25-000.

    Applicants: Enable Oklahoma Intrastate Transmission, LLC.

    Description: Submits tariff filing per 284.123(e) + (g): Revised Fuel Percentages April 1, 2015 through March 31, 2016 to be effective 4/1/2015; Filing Type: 1280.

    Filed Date: 2/27/15.

    Accession Number: 20150227-5536.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/20/15.

    284.123(g) Protests Due: 5 p.m. ET 4/28/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-556-000.

    Applicants: High Island Offshore System, L.L.C.

    Description: High Island Offshore System, L.L.C. 2015 Annual Fuel Filing.

    Filed Date: 2/26/15.

    Accession Number: 20150226-5350.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/10/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-597-000.

    Applicants: Crossroads Pipeline Company.

    Description: Crossroads Pipeline Company Annual Transportation Retainage Adjustment Filing.

    Filed Date: 2/27/15.

    Accession Number: 20150227-5583.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/11/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-598-000.

    Applicants: Dauphin Island Gathering Partners.

    Description: Storm Surcharge Filing, no change in rate of Dauphin Island Gathering Partners.

    Filed Date: 2/27/15.

    Accession Number: 20150227-5584.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/11/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-599-000.

    Applicants: Hardy Storage Company, LLC.

    Description: Hardy Storage Company, LLC Operational Transactions Report 2014.

    Filed Date: 2/27/15.

    Accession Number: 20150227-5585.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/11/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-600-000.

    Applicants: Columbia Gulf Transmission, LLC.

    Description: Columbia Gulf Transmission, LLC Operational Transactions Report 2014.

    Filed Date: 2/27/15.

    Accession Number: 20150227-5586.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/11/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-601-000.

    Applicants: Crossroads Pipeline Company.

    Description: Crossroads Pipeline Company Operational Transactions Report 2014.

    Filed Date: 2/27/15.

    Accession Number: 20150227-5587.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/11/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-602-000.

    Applicants: Millennium Pipeline Company, LLC.

    Description: Millennium Pipeline Company, LLC Operational Transactions Report 2014.

    Filed Date: 2/27/15.

    Accession Number: 20150227-5589.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/11/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-603-000.

    Applicants: TransColorado Gas Transmission Company L.

    Description: TransColorado Gas Transmission Company LLC 2014 Annual Fuel Gas Reimbursement Percentage Report.

    Filed Date: 2/27/15.

    Accession Number: 20150227-5592.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/11/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-604-000.

    Applicants: Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P.

    Description: § 4(d) rate filing per 154.204: 03/03/15 Negotiated Rates—Sequent Energy Management (HUB) 3075-89 to be effective 3/2/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/3/15.

    Accession Number: 20150303-5077.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/16/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-605-000.

    Applicants: ExxonMobil LNG Supply LLC.

    Description: Joint Petition for Waiver of ExxonMobil LNG Supply LLC, et al.

    Filed Date: 2/27/15.

    Accession Number: 20150227-5607.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/11/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-607-000.

    Applicants: Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P.

    Description: § 4(d) rate filing per 154.204: 03/03/15 Negotiated Rates—ConEdison Energy Inc. (HUB) 2275-89 to be effective 3/2/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/3/15.

    Accession Number: 20150303-5151.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/16/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-608-000.

    Applicants: Northern Natural Gas Company.

    Description: § 4(d) rate filing per 154.204: 20150303 Negotiated Rate to be effective 3/4/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/3/15.

    Accession Number: 20150303-5216.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/16/15.

    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 date(s). Protests may be considered, but intervention is necessary to become a party to the proceeding.

    Filings in Existing Proceedings

    Docket Numbers: RP15-485-001.

    Applicants: Guardian Pipeline, L.L.C.

    Description: Tariff Amendment per 154.205(b): Amendment to Docket No. RP15-485-000—Negotiated Rate PAL with Exelon to be effective 2/20/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/3/15.

    Accession Number: 20150303-5215.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/16/15.

    Any person desiring to protest in any of the above proceedings must file in accordance with Rule 211 of the Commission's Regulations (18 CFR 385.211) on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on the specified comment date.

    The filings are accessible in the Commission's eLibrary system by clicking on the links or querying the docket number.

    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 March 4, 2015. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05866 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No., 2232-610] Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC; Notice of Effectiveness of Withdrawal of Rehearing Request

    On August 11, 2009, Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC (Duke Energy), filed a petition asking the Commission to declare that the state of South Carolina has waived its water quality certification for the relicensing of Duke Energy's Catawba-Wateree Hydroelectric Project No. 2232. On April 17, 2014, the Commission denied the petition.1 On May 16, 2014, Duke Energy filed a request for rehearing. By delegated order issued June 16, 2014, rehearing was granted for the limited purpose of further consideration.

    1Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC, 147 FERC ¶ 61,037.

    On August 5, 2014, based on an agreement among Duke Energy, two environmental stakeholders, and South Carolina's water quality agency, Duke Energy filed a motion to stay deliberation on the rehearing request. On February 18, 2015, having received a final water quality certification from the state, Duke Energy filed a notice of withdrawal of its rehearing request.

    Pursuant to Rule 216 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure,2 the withdrawal of any pleading is effective at the end of 15 days from the date the notice of withdrawal is filed if, within that period, no motion in opposition to the notice is filed and the Commission takes no action disallowing withdrawal. The 15-day period closed on March 5, 2015. No such pleading was filed, and the Commission took no such action. Accordingly, Duke Energy's rehearing request is withdrawn and this proceeding is thereby terminated.

    2 18 CFR 385.216 (2014).

    Dated: March 6, 2015. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05871 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP15-101-000] Midwestern Gas Transmission Company; Notice of Request Under Blanket Authorization

    Take notice that on February 27, 2015, Midwestern Gas Transmission Company, (Midwestern Gas), 100 West 5th Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103, filed in the above Docket, a prior notice request pursuant to section 157.210 of the Commission's regulations under the Natural Gas Act (NGA) requesting authorization to construct and operate the Herscher Compressor Station Project (Project), in Kankakee County, Illinois. Specifically, Midwestern proposes to construct an approximately 15,000-horsepower natural gas fired engine compressor station that will allow it to provide up to 125,000 dekatherms per day of firm transportation service on its system. Midwestern estimates the cost of the Project to be approximately $25,900,453, 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, please contact FERC Online Support at [email protected] or toll free at (866) 208-3676, or TTY, contact (202) 502-8659.

    Any questions concerning this application may be directed to Denise Adams, Manager Rates and Regulatory Analysis, Midwestern Gas Transmission Company, 100 West 5th Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma, at (918) 732-1408.

    Any person may, within 60 days after the issuance of the instant notice by the Commission, file pursuant to Rule 214 of the Commission's Procedural Rules (18 CFR 385.214) a motion to intervene or notice of intervention. Any person filing to intervene or the Commission's staff may, pursuant to section 157.205 of the Commission's Regulations under the Natural Gas Act (NGA) (18 CFR 157.205) file a protest to the request. If no protest is filed within the time allowed therefore, the proposed activity shall be deemed to be authorized effective the day after the time allowed for protest. If a protest is filed and not withdrawn within 30 days after the time allowed for filing a protest, the instant request shall be treated as an application for authorization pursuant to section 7 of the NGA.

    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.

    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 commenters 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 commenters will not be required to serve copies of filed documents on all other parties. However, the non-party commentary 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 via the internet in lieu of paper. See 18 CFR 385.2001(a)(1)(iii) and the instructions on the Commission's Web site (www.ferc.gov) under the “e-Filing” link. Persons unable to file electronically should submit original and 5 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426.

    Dated: March 9, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05881 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC) AGENCY:

    Office of Science, Department of Energy.

    ACTION:

    Notice of Open Meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    This notice announces a meeting of the Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee (ASCAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES:

    Tuesday, March 24, 2015; 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

    ADDRESSES:

    American Geophysical Union, (AGU), 2000 Florida Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20009-1277.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Melea Baker, Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research; SC-21/Germantown Building; U. S. Department of Energy; 1000 Independence Avenue SW.; Washington, DC 20585-1290; Telephone (301) 903-7486.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Purpose of the Board: The Board provides advice and recommendations to the Office of Scientific Computing Research and to the Department of Energy on scientific priorities within the field of advanced scientific computing research.

    Purpose of the Meeting: This meeting is the semi-annual meeting of the Committee.

    Tentative Agenda: Agenda will include discussions of the following:

    • View from Washington (an update on the budget and planned activities of the Office of Science and the Department) • View from Germantown (an update on the budget, accomplishments and planned activities of the Advanced Scientific Computing Research program) • Update from the Subcommittee reviewing the Department's Exascale Plan • Update from Subcommittee on the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) • Program response to report from the SciDAC Committee of Visitors (COV) • A technical presentation from an early career researcher in Computer Science • Public Comment (10-minute rule) The meeting will conclude at 5:30 p.m. Agenda updates and presentations will be posted on the ASCAC Web site prior to the meeting: http://science.energy.gov/ascr/ascac/.

    Public Participation: The meeting is open to the public. To access the Ready Talk call:

    1. Dial Toll-Free Number: 866-740-1260 (U.S. & Canada) 2. International participants dial: http://www.readytalk.com/intl 3. Enter access code 9039560, followed by “#” Individuals and representatives of organizations who would like to offer comments and suggestions may do so during the meeting. Approximately 30 minutes will be reserved for public comments. Time allotted per speaker will depend on the number who wish to speak but will not exceed 5 minutes. The Designated Federal Officer is empowered to conduct the meeting in a fashion that will facilitate the orderly conduct of business. Those wishing to speak should register to do so beginning at 11:30 a.m. on March 9th. Those not able to attend the meeting or who have insufficient time to address the committee are invited to send a written statement to Christine Chalk, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington DC 20585, email to: [email protected] This notice is being published less than 15 days prior to the meeting date due to inclement weather and programmatic issues, and members' availability.

    Minutes: The minutes of this meeting will be available on the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Web site at http://science.energy.gov/ascr/ascac/

    Issued at Washington, DC, on March 10, 2015. LaTanya R. Butler, Deputy Committee Management Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05943 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450-01-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: RP15-606-000.

    Applicants: High Point Gas Transmission, LLC.

    Description: High Point Gas Transmission, LLC submits its Annual Unaccounted for Gas Retention Filing.

    Filed Date: 3/2/15.

    Accession Number: 20150302-5381.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/16/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-609-000.

    Applicants: Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P.

    Description: Section 4(d) rate filing per 154.204: 03/04/15 Negotiated Rates—Freepoint Commodities LLC (RTS) 7250-12 to be effective 4/1/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/4/15.

    Accession Number: 20150304-5101.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/16/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-610-000.

    Applicants: Enable Gas Transmission, LLC.

    Description: Section 4(d) rate filing per 154.204: Negotiated Rate Filing—March 2015—LER 0222 Att A to be effective 3/4/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/4/15.

    Accession Number: 20150304-5156.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/16/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-611-000.

    Applicants: Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P.

    Description: Section 4(d) rate filing per 154.204: 03/04/15 Negotiated Rates—Trafigura Trading LLC (RTS) 7445-05 to be effective 4/1/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/4/15.

    Accession Number: 20150304-5162.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/16/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-612-000.

    Applicants: Northern Natural Gas Company.

    Description: Section 4(d) rate filing per 154.204: 20150304 Negotiated Rate to be effective 3/4/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/4/15.

    Accession Number: 20150304-5170.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/16/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-613-000.

    Applicants: Guardian Pipeline, L.L.C.

    Description: Section 4(d) rate filing per 154.204: Negotiated Rate PAL Agreement—Twin Eagle Resources, LLC to be effective 3/5/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/4/15.

    Accession Number: 20150304-5177.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/16/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-614-000.

    Applicants: Enable Mississippi River Transmission, L.

    Description: Section 4(d) rate filing per 154.204: Negotiated Rate Filing to Amend LER 5680's Attachment A 3-4-15 to be effective 3/4/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/4/15.

    Accession Number: 20150304-5178.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/16/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-615-000.

    Applicants: El Paso Natural Gas Company, L.L.C.

    Description: Section 4(d) rate filing per 154.204: Non-Conforming Agreements Filing (AEPCO) to be effective 4/1/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150305-5000.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/11/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-616-000.

    Applicants: Guardian Pipeline, L.L.C.

    Description: Section 4(d) rate filing per 154.204: Negotiated Rate PAL Agreements—MIECO, Inc. & Koch Energy Services, LLC to be effective 3/5/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150306-5095.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/18/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-617-000.

    Applicants: American Midstream (Midla), LLC.

    Description: Section 4(d) rate filing per 154.204: Midla Elimination of ITS Revenue Crediting to be effective 4/6/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150306-5235.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/18/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-618-000.

    Applicants: Discovery Gas Transmission LLC.

    Description: Section 4(d) rate filing per 154.204: 2015 Spring Tariff Revisions to be effective 4/5/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150306-5282.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/18/15.

    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.

    Filings in Existing Proceedings

    Docket Numbers: RP15-262-002.

    Applicants: American Midstream (Midla), LLC.

    Description: Compliance filing per 154.203: Midla Compliance Filing in RP15-262 to be effective 2/1/2015.

    Filed Date: 2/19/15.

    Accession Number: 20150219-5097.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/12/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP11-1541-001.

    Applicants: Portland Natural Gas Transmission System.

    Description: Compliance filing per 154.203: Compliance to RP10-729-000 (RP11-1541-000) (1 of 3) to be effective 12/1/2010.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150306-5131.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/18/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP11-1541-002.

    Applicants: Portland Natural Gas Transmission System.

    Description: Compliance filing per 154.203: Compliance to RP10-729-000 (RP11-1541-000) (2 of 3) to be effective 10/1/2011.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150306-5134.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/18/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP11-1541-003.

    Applicants: Portland Natural Gas Transmission System.

    Description: Compliance filing per 154.203: Compliance to RP10-729-000 (RP11-1541-000) (3 of 3) to be effective 10/1/2013.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150306-5137.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/18/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-615-001.

    Applicants: El Paso Natural Gas Company, L.L.C.

    Description: Tariff Amendment per 154.205(b): Correction to Non-Conforming Agreements Filing to be effective 4/1/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150306-5135.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/11/15.

    Docket Numbers: RP15-533-001.

    Applicants: ANR Pipeline Company.

    Description: Tariff Amendment per 154.205(b): Amendment to RP15-533-000 to be effective 4/1/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/6/15.

    Accession Number: 20150306-5078.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/13/15.

    Any person desiring to protest in any of the above proceedings must file in accordance with Rule 211 of the Commission's Regulations (18 CFR 385.211) on or before 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on the specified comment date.

    The filings are accessible in the Commission's eLibrary system by clicking on the links or querying the docket number.

    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: March 9, 2015. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05867 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. IN15-5-000] City Power Marketing, LLC; K. Stephen Tsingas; Notice of Designation of Commission Staff As Non-Decisional

    With respect to an order issued by the Commission on March 6, 2015 in the above-captioned docket,1 with the exceptions noted below, the staff of the Office of Enforcement are designated as non-decisional in deliberations by the Commission in this docket. Accordingly, pursuant to 18 CFR 385.2202 (2014), they will not serve as advisors to the Commission or take part in the Commission's review of any offer of settlement. Likewise, as non-decisional staff, pursuant to 18 CFR 385.2201 (2014), they are prohibited from communicating with advisory staff concerning any deliberations in this docket.

    1City Power Marketing, LLC and K. Stephen Tsingas, 150 FERC ¶ 61,176 (2015).

    Exceptions to this designation as non-decisional are:

    Larry Gasteiger, Geof Hobday, Tegan Flynn, Jay Matson, Jeremy Medovoy, Paul Varnado, Sean Collins, Carrie Milton, John Karp, Taylor Martin, Jamie Marcos. Dated: March 6, 2015. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05869 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. EL15-51-000] City Water and Light Plant of the City of Jonesboro; Notice of Filing

    Take notice that on March 6, 2015, the City Water and Light Plant of the City of Jonesboro submitted an application of cost-based revenue requirements schedule for reactive power production capability.

    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 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 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.

    Comment Date: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on March 27, 2015.

    Dated: March 9, 2015. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05878 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL-9922-70-OEI] Agency Information Collection Activities OMB Responses AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    This document announces the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) responses to Agency clearance requests in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The OMB control numbers for EPA regulations are listed in 40 CFR part 9 and 48 CFR chapter 15.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Courtney Kerwin (202) 566-1669, or email at [email protected] and please refer to the appropriate EPA Information Collection Request (ICR) Number.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB Responses to Agency Clearance Requests OMB Approvals

    EPA ICR Number 0976.17; 2015 Hazardous Waste Report, Notification of Regulated Waste Activity, and Part A Hazardous Waste Permit Application and Modification (Renewal); 40 CFR parts 262, 262.41, 263, 264, 264.75, 265, 266, 270, 273, and 279; 42 CFR parts 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 270, 273, and 279; was approved with change on 1/28/2015; OMB Number 2050-0024; expires on 1/31/2017.

    Comment Filed

    EPA ICR Number 2465.02; NSPS for Greenhouse Gas Emissions for New Electric Utility Generating Units (40 CFR part 60, subpart TTTT) (Proposed Rule); 40 CFR part 60, subpart TTTT; OMB filed comment on 1/20/2015.

    Courtney Kerwin, Acting Director, Collections Strategies Division.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05934 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA-HQ-OW-2014-0593; FRL 9923-54-OEI] Information Collection Request Submittal to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; 2015 Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment (Reinstatement) AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), “2015 Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment (Reinstatement)” (EPA ICR No. 2234.04, OMB Control No. 2040-0274) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This is a request to reinstate a previously discontinued collection. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (79 FR 65209) on November 3, 2014, during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given in this notice, including the ICR's estimated burden and cost to the public. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    DATES:

    Additional comments may be submitted on or before April 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2014-0593, to (1) EPA online using www.regulations.gov (EPA's preferred method), by email to [email protected] or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; and (2) OMB via email to [email protected] Address comments to OMB Desk Officer for EPA.

    EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes profanity, threats, information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Robert Barles, Drinking Water Protection Division (Mail Code 4606M), Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: 202-564-3814; fax number: 202-564-3754; email address: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Supporting documents that explain in detail the information that EPA will be collecting are available in the public docket for this ICR. The docket can be viewed online at www.regulations.gov or in person at the EPA Docket Center, WJC West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The telephone number for the Docket Center is 202-566-1744. For additional information about EPA's public docket, visit http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

    Abstract: The purpose of this information collection is to identify the infrastructure needs of public water systems for the 20-year period from January 2015 through December 2034. EPA's Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water will collect these data to comply with sections 1452(h) and 1452(i)(4) of the Safe Drinking Water Act (42 U.S.C. 300j-12). The Agency will use a questionnaire to collect capital investment need information from selected community water systems serving more than 3,300 persons. Participation in the survey is voluntary. The data from the questionnaires will provide the Agency with new information from the field to assist in the 2015 update to the Agency's assessment of the nationwide infrastructure needs of public water systems. Also, as mandated by section 1452(a)(1)(D)(ii) of the Safe Drinking Water Act, EPA uses the results of the latest survey to allocate Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) monies to the states. Under the allotment formula, each state receives a grant of the annual DWSRF appropriation in proportion to the state's share of the total national need, with the proviso that each state receives at least one percent of the total funds available.

    Form Numbers: 6100-02.

    Respondents/affected entities: Community water systems and State Agencies.

    Respondent's obligation to respond: Voluntary.

    Estimated number of respondents: 2,915 (total).

    Frequency of response: One time.

    Total estimated burden: 12,398 hours (average per year over three years). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b).

    Total estimated cost: $578,001 (average per year over three years), includes $0 annualized capital or operation and maintenance costs.

    Changes in Estimates: There is a decrease of 11,000 hours in the total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR previously approved by OMB. This burden reduction is due to the use of statistical methods such as random sampling and extrapolation, which will reduce the number of respondents.

    Courtney Kerwin, Acting Director, Collection Strategies Division.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05936 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA-HQ-OW-2015-0056; FRL-9923-96-OW] National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology; Request for Nominations to NACEPT Subcommittee AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) invites nominations from a diverse range of qualified candidates for serving on a new subcommittee under the National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT) to provide advice and recommendations on how the EPA can best clarify assumable waters for dredge and fill permit programs pursuant to the Clean Water Act section 404(g)(1). The EPA is undertaking this effort to support states and tribes that wish to assume the program. Members are anticipated to be selected by June 15, 2015. Sources in addition to this Federal Register document may be utilized in the solicitation of nominees.

    DATES:

    Nominations must be emailed or postmarked no later than May 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Nominations should be emailed or submitted in writing to Laura Bachle at the address listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Mail: Laura Bachle, Designated Federal Officer, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds (MC 4502T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone: (202) 566-2468; email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. General Information A. Does this Action apply to me?

    This action is directed to the public in general, and may be of particular interest to persons who work in Clean Water Act and wetland programs. Potentially affected entities may include, but are not limited to: Environmental groups; state, local, and tribal governments; private sector entities who frequently seek Clean Water Act section 404 permits; academia; and the public. If you have questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    B. How can I get copies of this document and other related information?

    The docket for this action, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OW-2015-0056, is available at http://www.regulations.gov or at the Office of Water Regulatory Public Docket in the Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), WJC West Building, Rm. 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20004. 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. Please review the visitor instructions and additional information about the docket available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/.

    II. Background

    The NACEPT is a federal advisory committee chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Public Law 92-463. The EPA established the NACEPT in 1988 to provide advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of environmental policy, management and technology issues. The EPA is now seeking to form a subcommittee under the NACEPT, to be known as the “Assumable Waters Subcommittee” to provide advice on how the EPA can best clarify the waters that a state or tribe may assume permitting responsibility for under an approved Clean Water Act dredge and fill permit program. Subcommittee members, like the parent NACEPT committee, serve as representatives from academia, industry, non-governmental organizations, and state, local, and tribal governments. It is important to note that other federal agencies have specific interest in this matter and thus will also be solicited for their participation on this subcommittee.

    The subcommittee is being formed to provide advice concerning a focused but critical aspect of implementing the Clean Water Act's permit program for the discharge of dredge and fill materials. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers currently evaluates permit applications for construction activities in the majority of the nation's waters subject to the Clean Water Act. Although states and tribes may assume the dredge and fill permit responsibilities pursuant to section 404(g) of the Clean Water Act, only two states (Michigan and New Jersey) and no tribes have assumed the program to date. If a state or tribe is considering assuming such responsibilities, among the first questions that need to be answered is for which waters will the state or tribe assume permitting responsibility and for which waters the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will retain permitting authority. States have raised concerns to the EPA that section 404 of the Clean Water Act and its implementing regulations lack sufficient clarity to enable states and tribes to estimate the extent of permit program responsibilities they would assume and associated program implementation costs (Stoner letter from the Environmental Council of States, the Association of Clean Water Administrators, and the Association of State Wetland Managers April 30, 2014. Letter in the docket.). The lack of clarity on these questions could discourage states and tribes from pursuing assumption as envisioned under the Clean Water Act.

    The Assumable Waters Subcommittee will have a limited duration and narrow focus. Other aspects of state or tribal assumption will not be in scope for the deliberations of this advisory committee. For example, the subcommittee will not be deliberating on the merits of assumption. It will focus on how the EPA can clarify the waters for which a state or tribe may assume Clean Water Act section 404 permitting responsibility and the waters for which the U.S. Corps of Engineers retains this authority.

    The subcommittee would meet approximately four to six times following initiation of the group for twelve months to sixteen months face-to-face or via video/teleconference. Additionally, members may be asked to participate in ad hoc workgroups to develop potential policy recommendations and reports to address specific issues. Members would serve on the subcommittee in a voluntary capacity. The workload for the members would average approximately ten to twenty hours per month. The EPA may provide reimbursement for travel and incidental expenses associated with such official government business on an as-needed basis.

    The EPA is seeking nominations from candidates representing state, tribal, and local governments/communities, as well as other stakeholders who are familiar with federalism, intergovernmental operations and the state, tribal and federal dredge and fill permit provisions of the Clean Water Act.

    Member nominations: Any interested person and/or organization may nominate qualified individuals for membership. The EPA values and welcomes diversity. In an effort to obtain nominations of diverse candidates, the Agency encourages nominations of women and men of all racial and ethnic groups. All nominations will be fully considered, but applicants need to be aware of the balance in representation needed to consider the issue at hand: state and tribal governments who have or are interested in assuming the Clean Water Act section 404 program; national associations who represent state and tribal interests in wetlands and/or water quality; local governments; environmental organizations; or industry sectors that require Clean water Act section 404 permits. Unless otherwise prescribed by statute, members generally are appointed to two-year terms or until the charge is addressed, whichever is first. Nominees will be considered according to the mandates of FACA, which requires committees to maintain diversity across a broad range of constituencies, sectors, and groups.

    Other criteria used to evaluate nominees will include:

    • Professional knowledge of environmental policy, management, and organizational development, particularly in the area of co-regulation by states and tribes under federalism;

    • Demonstrated experience with Clean Water Act section 404; Clean Water Act section 404(g); or state or tribal wetland programs at the state or local level;

    • Ability to assess and analyze environmental and institutional challenges with objectivity and integrity;

    • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication, and consensus-building skills;

    • Willingness to commit time to the Committee and demonstrated ability to work constructively on committees including participation on video/teleconference meetings and preparation of text for subcommittee reports and advice letters;

    • Absence of personal financial conflicts of interest;

    • Background and experiences that would help members contribute to the diversity of perspectives on the Council, e.g., geographic, economic, social, cultural, educational backgrounds, professional affiliations; and background and experiences that would help members contribute to the diversity in perspective critical to this issue.

    If you know a qualified person who might be, or if you yourself are interested in serving on the subcommittee, follow the instructions under How to Submit Nominations. Nomination (application) packages should be submitted before the deadline of May 15, 2015.

    III. How To Submit Nominations

    Any interested person and/or organization may nominate qualified individuals to be considered for appointment to this advisory subcommittee. Individuals may self-nominate.

    Nominations may be submitted in electronic format (preferred) or mailed to Laura Bachle at the address listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT, using the subject line “NACEPT Subcommittee Membership Recruitment 2014” to [email protected] The Designated Federal Official will acknowledge receipt of nominations.

    To be considered, all nominations should include:

    • Current contact information for the nominee, including the nominee's name, organization (and position within that organization), current business address, email address, and daytime telephone number.

    • Brief statement describing the nominee's interest in serving on the NACEPT subcommittee. In preparing the statement of interest, please describe how the nominee's background, knowledge, and experience will bring value to the work of the subcommittee, and how these qualifications would contribute to the overall diversity of the subcommittee. Also, be sure to describe any previous involvement of the nominee with the Agency through employment, grant funding and/or contracting sources.

    • Résumé and a short biography (no more than two paragraphs) describing the professional and educational qualifications of the nominee, including a list of relevant activities, and any current or previous service on advisory committees.

    • A letter authorizing the nominee to represent the point(s) of view of a specific entity or group (such as an industry association, state or local government, environmental group, etc.) that has an interest in the subject matter under the subcommittee's charge.

    • A recommendation letter from a third party or individual supporting the nominee—this letter is separate and in addition to the authorization letter. This letter should describe how the nominee's background and skills would support the subcommittee's task.

    Other sources, in addition to this Federal Register document, may also be utilized in the solicitation of nominees. To help the Agency in evaluating the effectiveness of its outreach efforts, please tell us how you learned of this opportunity.

    Dated: March 10, 2015. Benita Best-Wong, Director, Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05925 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA-HQ-OECA-2014-0093; FRL-9223-18-OEI] Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units (Renewal) AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), “NESHAP for Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units (40 CFR part 63, subpart UUUUU) (Renewal)” (EPA ICR No. 2137.07, OMB Control No. 2060-0567) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through April 30, 2015. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (79 FR 30117) on May 27, 2014 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    DATES:

    Additional comments may be submitted on or before April 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-OECA-2014-0093, to (1) EPA online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), by email to [email protected], or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460, and (2) OMB via email to [email protected]. Address comments to OMB Desk Officer for EPA.

    EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes profanity, threats, information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Patrick Yellin, Monitoring, Assistance, and Media Programs Division, Office of Compliance, Mail Code 2227A, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-2970; fax number: (202) 564-0050; email address: [email protected].

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Supporting documents, which explain in detail the information that the EPA will be collecting, are available in the public docket for this ICR. The docket can be viewed online at www.regulations.gov or in person at the EPA Docket Center, WJC West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The telephone number for the Docket Center is 202-566-1744. For additional information about EPA's public docket, visit http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

    Abstract: Potential respondents are owners and operators of coal- and oil-fired electric utility steam generating units (EGUs). The final rule regulates HCl, filterable PM, Hg, and organic HAP from coal-fired EGUs. For oil-fired EGUs, the final rule regulates HCl, HF, filterable PM, and organic HAP. Following initial performance tests, owners/operators of EGUs will be required to demonstrate compliance with emission limits through continuously monitoring PM, Hg, HCl, and HF (oil-fired EGUs) emissions. The final rule includes a work practice standard for organic HAP; the work practice standard requires the implementation of periodic burner tune-up procedures. Respondents will be required to notify EPA of performance tests and CEMS demonstrations, and to maintain records demonstrating compliance with each emission limit and work practice standard. This information is being collected to assure compliance with 40 CFR part 63, subpart UUUUU.

    Form Numbers: None.

    Respondents/affected entities: Owners and operators of coal and oil-fired EGUs.

    Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory (40 CFR part 63, subpart UUUUU).

    Estimated number of respondents: 1,254 (total).

    Frequency of response: Initially, occasionally and semiannually.

    Total estimated burden: 670,241 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.3(b).

    Total estimated cost: $67,306,156 (per year), includes $1,685,748 annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs.

    Changes in the Estimates: There is a decrease of 30,055 hours in the total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently approved by OMB. These changes are because the standard has been in effect for more than three years and the requirements are different during initial compliance as compared to on-going compliance.

    Courtney Kerwin, Acting Director, Collection Strategies Division.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05935 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    EXPORT-IMPORT BANK OF THE UNITED STATES [Public Notice: 2015-0007] Application for Final Commitment for a Long-Term Loan or Financial Guarantee in Excess of $100 Million: AP088968XX AGENCY:

    Export-Import Bank of the United States.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    This Notice is to inform the public, in accordance with Section 3(c)(10) of the Charter of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (“Ex-Im Bank”), that Ex-Im Bank has received an application for final commitment for a long-term loan or financial guarantee in excess of $100 million (as calculated in accordance with Section 3(c)(10) of the Charter). Comments received within the comment period specified below will be presented to the Ex-Im Bank Board of Directors prior to final action on this Transaction. Comments received will be made available to the public.

    DATES:

    Comments must be received on or before April 10, 2015 to be assured of consideration before final consideration of the transaction by the Board of Directors of Ex-Im Bank.

    ADDRESSES:

    Comments may be submitted through Regulations.gov at WWW.REGULATIONS.GOV. To submit a comment, enter EIB-2015-0007 under the heading “Enter Keyword or ID” and select Search. Follow the instructions provided at the Submit a Comment screen. Please include your name, company name (if any) and EIB-2015-0007 on any attached document.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Reference: AP088968XX.

    Purpose And Use:

    Brief description of the purpose of the transaction: To support the export of U.S.-manufactured commercial aircraft to China.

    Brief non-proprietary description of the anticipated use of the items being exported: To be used for airline service in China and between China and regional destinations. To the extent that Ex-Im Bank is reasonably aware, the item(s) being exported are not expected to produce exports or provide services in competition with the exportation of goods or provision of services by a United States industry.

    Parties: Principal Supplier: The Boeing Company, Obligor: Hainan Airlines, Guarantor(s): N./A.

    Description Of Items Being Exported: Boeing 737 aircraft.

    Information On Decision: Information on the final decision for this transaction will be available in the “Summary Minutes of Meetings of Board of Directors” on http://exim.gov/newsandevents/boardmeetings/board/.

    Confidential Information: Please note that this notice does not include confidential or proprietary business information; information which, if disclosed, would violate the Trade Secrets Act; or information which would jeopardize jobs in the United States by supplying information that competitors could use to compete with companies in the United States.

    Lloyd Ellis, Program Specialist, Office of the General Counsel.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05903 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6690-01-P
    FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION [DA 15-116] Media Bureau Designates May 29, 2015 as Pre-Auction Licensing Deadline; May 29, 2015 Deadline Also Applicable to Class A Television Stations Converting to Digital AGENCY:

    Federal Communications Commission.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    This document announces that May 29, 2015 has been established as the Pre-Auction Licensing Deadline. This is the date by which full power and Class A facilities must be licensed or have on file with the Commission a license to cover application in order to be protected in the repacking process or be eligible for voluntary relinquishment of spectrum usage rights as part of the television incentive auction.

    DATES:

    The Pre-Auction Licensing Deadline for all full power and Class A television facilities is May 29, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Kevin Harding or Evan Morris, Video Division, Media Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, (202) 418-1600.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Media Bureau has designated May 29, 2015, as the Pre-Auction Licensing Deadline by which full power and Class A facilities must be licensed in order to be eligible for protection in the repacking process that will be part of the television incentive auction. The Pre-Auction Licensing Deadline will also determine which facilities are eligible for voluntary relinquishment of spectrum usage rights in the incentive auction. The term “licensed” encompasses both licensed facilities and those subject to a pending license to cover application (i.e., FCC Form 302-DTV or 302-CA).

    In the Incentive Auction R&O, the Commission concluded that all full power and Class A facilities that were licensed as of February 22, 2012, are entitled to mandatory protection. The Commission also concluded that the public interest would be served by extending discretionary protection to certain categories of facilities that were not licensed as of February 22, 2012; however, with limited exception, it required that these facilities be licensed by the Pre-Auction Licensing Deadline. See Expanding the Economic and Innovation Opportunities of Spectrum Through Incentive Auctions, GN Docket No. 12-268, Report and Order, 29 FCC Rcd 6567 (2014) (Incentive Auction R&O). Although some of the facilities that are subject to discretionary protection have already been licensed, there are still authorized facilities in the following categories that remain unlicensed at this time including: (1) Full power facilities authorized in outstanding construction permits issued to effectuate a channel substitution for a licensed station. This includes construction permits for stations seeking to relocate from channel 51 pursuant to voluntary relocation agreements with Lower 700 MHz A Block licensees; (2) Modified facilities of full power and Class A stations that were authorized by construction permits granted on or before April 5, 2013, the date of the Media Bureau's Freeze PN, Media Bureau Announces Limitations on the Filing and Processing of Full Power and Class A Television Station Modification Applications, Effective Immediately, and Reminds Stations of Spectrum Act Preservation Mandate, Public Notice, 28 FCC Rcd 4364 (2013)(Freeze PN), or that have been authorized by construction permits that were granted after April 5, 2013 and are in compliance with the Freeze PN; and (3) Class A stations' initial digital facilities that were not initially licensed until after February 22, 2012, including those that were not authorized until after the Freeze PN. See Incentive Auction R&O, 29 FCC Rcd at 6657-65, paras 198-218.

    Accordingly, all facilities in these discretionary protection categories, with limited exception for stations affected by the destruction of the World Trade Center, must be licensed or have an application for a license to cover the construction permit on file by May 29, 2015, in order for these facilities to be protected in the repacking process. Licensees affected by the destruction of the World Trade Center may elect to protect either their licensed Empire State Building facility or a proposed new facility at One World Trade Center so long as that new facility has been applied for and authorized in a construction permit granted by the Pre-Auction Licensing Deadline. See Incentive Auction R&O, 29 FCC Rcd at 6665-66, paras 219-220. Licensees must file a letter with the Commission making their election no later than May 29, 2015. A copy of the letter should also be emailed to Kevin Harding, Associate Division Chief, Video Division, Media Bureau at [email protected]

    Furthermore, this constitutes notice of the last opportunity before the Pre-Auction Licensing Deadline for all full power and Class A licensees to modify their licenses to fix errors they have made in providing us their operating parameters and to have those modifications protected in the repacking process. Such modifications will be protected so long as a modification application that complies with the Freeze PN is filed and granted, and a license to cover application is filed, by May 29, 2015. The Media Bureau will release a subsequent Public Notice listing the facilities licensed by the Pre-Auction Deadline, as reflected in the Commission's records, and thereby eligible for protection in repacking or relinquishment in the incentive auction. Licensees will be required to certify in a Pre-Auction Technical Certification Form (FCC Form 2100, Schedule 381) that they have reviewed their authorization and underlying database technical information for their eligible facility, and to confirm that all information is correct with respect to actual operations or identify any discrepancies. See 79 FR 72000 (Dec. 4, 2014).

    We also emphasize that, in order for a Class A digital facility to be afforded protection in the repacking process, it must be licensed by the Pre-Auction Licensing Deadline. While Class A licensees may wait until the September 1, 2015, digital transition deadline to complete construction and license their digital facilities, Amendment of Parts 73 and 74 of the Commission's Rules to Establish Rules for Digital Low Power Television, Television Translator, and Television Booster Stations and to Amend Rules for Digital Class A Television Stations, MB Docket No. 03-185, Second Report and Order, 26 FCC Rcd 10732, 10753-54, para. 45 (2011)(LPTV DTV Second R&O), those that do not have their digital facilities licensed by May 29, 2015, will be afforded protection based only on the coverage area and population served by their analog facilities. The Commission also clarified that it was not modifying the Class A digital transition deadline. See Incentive Auction R&O, 29 FCC Rcd at 6664-65, para. 218 and n. 688. Class A licensees may still seek a one extension of time to complete their digital transition facilities by submitting an application for extension of construction permit by May 1, 2015. See LPTV DTV Second R&O, 26 FCC Rcd at 10740, para. 15; see also 47 CFR 74.788(c). Nonetheless, the filing or grant of an extension application does not relieve Class A stations of the requirement that they license their digital facilities by the Pre-Auction Licensing Deadline in order for those facilities to be eligible for protection.

    This action is taken by the Media Bureau pursuant to authority delegated by 47 CFR 0.283 of the Commission's rules.

    Federal Communications Commission. Kevin Harding, Associate Chief, Video Division, Media Bureau.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05975 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712-01-P
    FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION Sunshine Act Meeting

    Pursuant to the provisions of the “Government in the Sunshine Act” (5 U.S.C. 552b), notice is hereby given that at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2015, the Board of Directors of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation met in closed session to consider matters related to the Corporation's supervision, corporate, and resolution activities.

    In calling the meeting, the Board determined, on motion of Vice Chairman Thomas M. Hoenig, seconded by Director Jeremiah O. Norton (Appointive), concurred in by Director Thomas J. Curry (Comptroller of the Currency), Director Richard Cordray (Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau), and Chairman Martin J. Gruenberg, that Corporation business required its consideration of the matters which were to be the subject of this meeting on less than seven days' notice to the public; that no earlier notice of the meeting was practicable; that the public interest did not require consideration of the matters in a meeting open to public observation; and that the matters could be considered in a closed meeting by authority of subsections (c)(4), (c)(6), (c)(8), (c)(9)(A)(ii), (c)(9)(B), and (c)(10) of the “Government in the Sunshine Act” (5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(4), (c)(6), (c)(8), (c)(9)(A)(ii), (c)(9)(B), and (c)(10).

    Dated: March 12, 2015. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Valerie J. Best, Assistant Executive Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2015-06063 Filed 3-12-15; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE P
    FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION [NOTICE 2015-04] Filing Dates for the Mississippi Special Elections in the 1st Congressional District AGENCY:

    Federal Election Commission.

    ACTION:

    Notice of filing dates for special elections.

    SUMMARY:

    Mississippi has scheduled a Special General Election on May 12, 2015, to fill the U.S. House of Representatives seat held by the late Representative Alan Nunnelee. Under Mississippi law, a majority winner in a nonpartisan special election is declared elected. Should no candidate achieve a majority vote, a Special Runoff Election will be held on June 2, 2015, between the top two vote-getters.

    Committees participating in the Mississippi special elections are required to file pre-and post-election reports. Filing dates for these reports are affected by whether one or two elections are held.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ms. Elizabeth S. Kurland, Information Division, 999 E Street NW., Washington, DC 20463; Telephone: (202) 694-1100; Toll Free (800) 424-9530.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Principal Campaign Committees

    All principal campaign committees of candidates who participate in the Mississippi Special General and Special Runoff Elections shall file a 12-day Pre-General Report on April 30, 2015; a Pre-Runoff Report on May 21, 2015; and a 30-day Post-Runoff Report on July 2, 2015.

    If only one election is held, all principal campaign committees of candidates in the Special General Election shall file a 12-day Pre-General Report on April 30, 2015; and a Post-General Report on June 11, 2015. (See chart below for the closing date for each report).

    Unauthorized Committees (PACs and Party Committees)

    Political committees filing on a semi-annual basis in 2015 are subject to special election reporting if they make previously undisclosed contributions or expenditures in connection with the Mississippi Special General or Special Runoff Elections by the close of books for the applicable report(s). (See charts below for the closing date for each report.)

    Committees filing monthly that make contributions or expenditures in connection with the Mississippi Special General or Special Runoff Elections will continue to file according to the monthly reporting schedule.

    Additional disclosure information in connection with the Mississippi Special Elections may be found on the FEC Web site at http://www.fec.gov/info/report_dates.shtml.

    Disclosure of Lobbyist Bundling Activity

    Principal campaign committees, party committees and Leadership PACs that are otherwise required to file reports in connection with the special elections must simultaneously file FEC Form 3L if they receive two or more bundled contributions from lobbyists/registrants or lobbyist/registrant PACs that aggregate in excess of $17,600 during the special election reporting periods. (See charts below for closing date of each period.) 11 CFR 104.22(a)(5)(v), (b).

    Calendar of Reporting Dates for Mississippi Special Elections Report Close of books 1 Reg./cert. &
  • overnight
  • mailing deadline
  • Filing deadline
    If Only the Special General Is Held (05/12/15), Quarterly Filing Committees Involved Must File Pre-General 04/22/15 04/27/15 04/30/15 Post-General 06/01/15 06/11/15 06/11/15 July Quarterly 06/30/15 07/15/15 07/15/15 If Only the Special General Is Held (05/12/15), Semi-Annual Filing Committees Involved Must File Pre-General 04/22/15 04/27/15 04/30/15 Post-General 06/01/15 06/11/15 06/11/15 Mid-Year 06/30/15 07/31/15 07/31/15 If Two Elections Are Held, Quarterly Filing Committees Involved Only in the Special General (05/12/15) Must File Pre-General 04/22/15 04/27/15 04/30/15 July Quarterly 06/30/15 07/15/15 07/15/15 If Two Elections Are Held, Semi-Annual Filing Committees Involved Only in the Special General (05/12/15) Must File Pre-General 04/22/15 04/27/15 04/30/15 Mid-Year 06/30/15 07/31/15 07/31/15 Quarterly Filing Committees Involved in the Special General (05/12/15) and Special Runoff (06/02/15) Must File Pre-General 04/22/15 04/27/15 04/30/15 Pre-Runoff 05/13/15 05/18/15 05/21/15 Post-Runoff 06/22/15 07/02/15 07/02/15 July Quarterly 06/30/15 07/15/15 07/15/15 Semi-Annual Filing Committees Involved in Both the Special General (05/12/15) and Special Runoff (06/02/15) Must File Pre-General 04/22/15 04/27/15 04/30/15 Pre-Runoff 05/13/15 05/18/15 05/21/15 Post-Runoff 06/22/15 07/02/15 07/02/15 Mid-Year 06/30/15 07/31/15 07/31/15 Quarterly Filing Committees Involved Only in the Special Runoff (06/02/15) Must File Pre-Runoff 05/13/15 05/18/15 05/21/15 Post-Runoff 06/22/15 07/02/15 07/02/15 July Quarterly 06/30/15 07/15/15 07/15/15 Semi-Annual Filing Committees Involved Only in the Special Runoff (06/02/15) Must File Pre-Runoff 05/13/15 05/18/15 05/21/15 Post-Runoff 06/22/15 07/02/15 07/02/15 Mid-Year 06/30/15 07/31/15 07/31/15 1 These dates indicate the end of the reporting period. A reporting period always begins the day after the closing date of the last report filed. If the committee is new and has not previously filed a report, the first report must cover all activity that occurred before the committee registered as a political committee with the Commission up through the close of books for the first report due.
    Dated: March 4, 2015.

    On behalf of the Commission.

    Ann M. Ravel, Chair, Federal Election Commission.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05813 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6715-01-P
    FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY [No. 2015-N-02] Federal Home Loan Bank Members Selected for Community Support Review 2014-2015 Review Cycle—5th Round AGENCY:

    Federal Housing Finance Agency.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is announcing the Federal Home Loan Bank (Bank) members it has selected for the 2014-2015 Review Cycle—5th Round under FHFA's community support requirements regulation. This Notice also prescribes the deadline by which Bank members selected for this review cycle must submit Community Support Statements to FHFA.

    DATES:

    Bank members selected for this review cycle must submit Community Support Statements to FHFA on or before April 30, 2015. Comments on members' community support performance must be submitted to FHFA by the same date.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit completed Community Support Statements to FHFA by electronic mail at [email protected] A member that does not have electronic mail capability may submit the Community Support Statement by fax to 202-649-4130. Comments on members' community support performance should be submitted to FHFA as provided above.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Melissa Allen, Principal Program Analyst, 202-658-9266, or Charles E. McLean, Jr., Special Assistant to the Deputy Director, 202-649-3155, at [email protected], Office of Housing and Regulatory Policy, Division of Housing Mission and Goals, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Ninth Floor, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20024.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Selection for Community Support Review

    Section 10(g)(1) of the Federal Home Loan Bank Act (Bank Act) requires FHFA to promulgate regulations establishing standards of community investment or service that Bank members must meet in order to maintain access to long-term Bank advances. See 12 U.S.C. 1430(g)(1). The regulations promulgated by FHFA must take into account factors such as the Bank member's performance under the Community Reinvestment Act of 1977 (CRA), 12 U.S.C. 2901 et seq., and the Bank member's record of lending to first-time homebuyers. See 12 U.S.C. 1430(g)(2). Pursuant to section 10(g) of the Bank Act, FHFA has promulgated a community support requirements regulation that establishes standards a Bank member must meet in order to maintain access to long-term advances, and establishes review criteria FHFA must apply in evaluating a member's community support performance. See 12 CFR part 1290. The regulation includes standards and criteria for the two statutory factors—members' CRA performance and members' record of lending to first-time homebuyers. 12 CFR 1290.3. Only members subject to the CRA must meet the CRA standard. 12 CFR 1290.3(b). All members subject to community support review, including those not subject to the CRA, must meet the first-time homebuyer standard. 12 CFR 1290.3(c). Members that have been certified as community development financial institutions (CDFIs) are deemed to be in compliance with the community support requirements and are not subject to periodic community support review, unless the CDFI member is also an insured depository institution or a CDFI credit union. 12 CFR 1290.2(e).

    Under the regulation, FHFA selects approximately one-eighth of the members in each Bank district for community support review each calendar quarter. 12 CFR 1290.2(a). FHFA will not review an institution's community support performance until it has been a Bank member for at least one year. Selection for review is not, nor should it be construed as, any indication of either the financial condition or the community support performance of the member. On or before March 31, 2015, each Bank will notify the members in its district that have been selected for this review cycle that they must complete and submit Community Support Statements to FHFA by the deadline prescribed in this Notice. 12 CFR 1290.2(b)(2)(i). The member's Bank will provide a blank Community Support Statement Form (OMB No. 2590-0005), which also is available on FHFA's Web site: http://www.fhfa.gov/webfiles/2924/FHFAForm060.pdf. Upon request, the member's Bank also will provide assistance in completing the Community Support Statement. Each Bank member selected for this review cycle must complete the Community Support Statement and submit it to FHFA by the deadline prescribed in this Notice. 12 CFR 1290.2(b)(1)(ii) and (c).

    FHFA has selected the following members for this review cycle:

    FHFA ID
  • (Docket #)
  • Member City State
    Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston—District 1 6828 People's United Bank Bridgeport CT 8442 Farmington Bank Farmington CT 6722 Liberty Bank Middletown CT 54835 General Electric Employees Federal Credit Union Milford CT 8452 Ion Bank Naugatuck CT 55391 Start Community Bank New Haven CT 10336 Citizens National Bank Putnam CT 7955 United Bank Rockville CT 15683 The Simsbury Bank and Trust Company, Inc Simsbury CT 54966 Hartford Life Insurance Company Simsbury CT 8473 Savings Institute Bank and Trust Company Willimantic CT 3781 Windsor Federal Savings & Loan Assn Windsor CT 12199 BARRE SAVINGS BANK Barre MA 54948 State Street Bank and Trust Company Boston MA 15304 HarborOne Bank Brockton MA 7924 Chicopee Savings Bank Chicopee MA 8348 Weymouth Bank East Weymouth MA 14367 Everett Credit Union Everett MA 4185 MutualOne Bank Framingham MA 5366 Dean Co-operative Bank Franklin MA 12703 Greenfield Savings Bank Greenfield MA 54985 Franklin First Federal Credit Union Greenfield MA 15847 U-Mass Five College Federal Credit Union Hadley MA 14156 Hanscom Federal Credit Union Hanscom AFB MA 4186 Commonwealth Cooperative Bank Hyde Park MA 7811 Lee Bank Lee MA 15919 Millbury Federal Credit Union Millbury MA 15236 First Citizens' Federal Credit Union New Bedford MA 8496 Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank Newburyport MA 54858 First Commons Bank, N.A Newton Centre MA 4396 Norwood Co-operative Bank Norwood MA 7963 North Shore Bank, A Co-operative Bank Peabody MA 1219 Pittsfield Co-Operative Bank Pittsfield MA 7290 BERKSHIRE BANK Pittsfield MA 3996 Savers Co-operative Bank Southbridge MA 6525 StonehamBank, A Co-operative Bank Stoneham MA 55363 Plymouth County Teachers Federal Credit Union West Wareham MA 4390 Winchester Co-operative Bank Winchester MA 7995 Bay State Savings Bank Worcester MA 15733 Down East Credit Union Baileyville ME 15732 Ocean Communities Federal Credit Union Biddeford ME 10325 The First N.A Damariscotta ME 6947 The Bank of Maine Gardiner ME 7669 Androscoggin Savings Bank Lewiston ME 9576 MACHIAS SAVINGS BANK Machias ME 12128 Katahdin Federal Credit Union Millinocket ME 15664 PeoplesChoice Credit Union Saco ME 55345 Saco Valley Credit Union Saco ME 7706 Sanford Institution for Savings Sanford ME 7619 Claremont Savings Bank Claremont NH 54815 Peerless Insurance Company Keene NH 7994 Meredith Village Savings Bank Meredith NH 15376 Triangle Credit Union Nashua NH 7444 Sugar River Bank Newport NH 7644 Lake Sunapee Bank, FSB Newport NH 8454 Piscataqua Savings Bank Portsmouth NH 14505 SERVICE CREDIT UNION Portsmouth NH 9487 The Washington Trust Company Westerly RI 5214 The Bank of Bennington Bennington VT 14666 Heritage Family Federal Credit Union Rutland VT 10324 PASSUMPSIC SAVINGS BANK St. Johnsbury VT Federal Home Loan Bank of New York—District 2 54841 XCEL Federal Credit Union Bloomfield NJ 1997 Clifton Savings Bank Clifton NJ 52005 The First National Bank of Elmer Elmer NJ 10909 Sussex Bank Franklin NJ 54812 New Jersey Community Bank Freehold NJ 1168 Haddon Savings Bank Haddon Heights NJ 10329 First Hope Bank, A National Banking Association Hope NJ 54868 Regal Bank Livingston NJ 54869 Community Bank of Bergen County, N.J Maywood NJ 4804 Gibraltar Bank Mendham NJ 5775 Magyar Bank New Brunswick NJ 54842 Rutgers Federal Credit Union New Brunswick NJ 11225 New Community Federal Credit Union Newark NJ 12260 Lusitania Savings Bank Newark NJ 54921 Newfield National Bank Newfield NJ 54946 Garden Savings Federal Credit Union Parsippany NJ 5286 Franklin Bank Pilesgrove NJ 14006 RSI Bank Rahway NJ 54935 Merck Employees Federal Credit Union Rahway NJ 54908 Automatic Data Processing Federal Credit Union Roseland NJ 16841 Parke Bank Sewell NJ 4752 Monroe Savings Bank, SLA Williamstown NJ 54806 Capital Communications Federal Credit Union Albany NY 55336 Horizons Federal Credit Union Binghamton NY 6509 Ponce de Leon Federal Bank Bronx NY 54928 BETHEX Federal Credit Union Bronx NY 11394 Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company Buffalo NY 54804 Buffalo Service Credit Union Buffalo NY 54805 The National Bank of Coxsackie Coxsackie NY 4652 Fairport Savings Bank Fairport NY 54881 Triboro Postal Federal Credit Union Flushing NY 13348 Fulton Savings Bank Fulton NY 7635 TrustCo Bank Glenville NY 16928 Bank of Holland Holland NY 11757 Steuben Trust Company Hornell NY 10675 New York Commercial Bank Islandia NY 7954 Ulster Savings Bank Kingston NY 4115 Astoria Bank Long Island City NY 9790 Suffolk Federal Credit Union Medford NY 2201 First Federal Savings of Middletown Middletown NY 54862 Greater Hudson Bank, National Association Middletown NY 54863 Bank of Millbrook Millbrook NY 54945 First Source Federal Credit Union New Hartford NY 9297 Amalgamated Bank New York NY 10769 United Orient Bank New York NY 11840 Habib American Bank New York NY 55328 Modern Bank, National Association New York NY 55380 New York University Federal Credit Union New York NY 54956 Olean Area Federal Credit Union Olean NY 54968 First Heritage Federal Credit Union Painted Post NY 15207 Pittsford Federal Credit Union Pittsford NY 54902 Ufirst Federal Credit Union Plattsburgh NY 13972 Bank of Richmondville Richmondville NY 54917 Ukrainian Federal Credit Union Rochester NY 11750 Solvay Bank Solvay NY 2197 Northfield Bank Staten Island NY 54884 Cayuga Lake National Bank Union Springs NY 13853 Walden Savings Bank Walden NY 10385 Champlain National Bank Willsboro NY Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh—District 3 55397 Dover Federal Credit Union Dover DE 7938 Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB Wilmington DE 54798 Genworth Life Insurance Company Wilmington DE 4779 C & G Savings Bank Altoona PA 2179 Ambler Savings Bank Ambler PA 2457 First FS & LA of Bucks Co Bristol PA 4256 Alliance Bank Broomall PA 55356 Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union Broomall PA 955 Cresson Community Bank Cresson PA 2376 Sharon Savings Bank Darby PA 55333 Noah Bank Elkins Park PA 148 ESB Bank Ellwood City PA 55395 Erie Federal Credit Union Erie PA 3136 County Savings Bank Essington PA 16540 Stonebridge Bank Exton PA 55340 Belco Community Credit Union Harrisburg PA 2563 Fox Chase Bank Hatboro PA 4859 Hatboro Federal Savings, FA Hatboro PA 10146 The Dime Bank Honesdale PA 9686 Jersey Shore State Bank Jersey Shore PA 299 William Penn Bank Levittown PA 55361 National Slovak Society of United States of America McMurray PA 416 Malvern Federal Savings Bank Paoli PA 5285 First Savings Bank of Perkasie Perkasie PA 3217 Washington Savings Bank Philadelphia PA 3776 Second FS & LA of Philadelphia Philadelphia PA 17055 Asian Bank Philadelphia PA 4504 Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust Phoenixville PA 495 Progressive-Home FS & LA Pittsburgh PA 54787 Miners Bank Pottsville PA 55415 CACL Federal Credit Union Pottsville PA 15604 QNB Bank Quakertown PA 9674 Mercer County State Bank Sandy Lake PA 111 Slovenian S & LA of Canonsburg Strabane PA 10126 First Century Bank, Inc Bluefield WV 13788 Pioneer Community Bank, Inc Iaeger WV 9635 Bank of Mount Hope, Inc Mount Hope WV 9628 Community Bank of Parkersburg Parkersburg WV 15891 First Neighborhood Bank Spencer WV 15579 Pleasants County Bank St. Marys WV 13741 The Poca Valley Bank Walton WV 16975 MCNB Bank and Trust Company Welch WV 16820 Wesbanco Bank, Inc Wheeling WV 17656 The First National Bank of Williamson Williamson WV 54976 Bank of Mingo Williamson WV Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta—District 4 11147 CCB Community Bank Andalusia AL 13590 United Bank Atmore AL 9177 AuburnBank Auburn AL 52008 First Financial Bank Bessemer AL 17005 Alamerica Bank Birmingham AL 55399 Alabama Telco Credit Union Birmingham AL 4877 Cullman Savings Bank Cullman AL 11094 The Citizens Bank Enterprise AL 17703 Alabama Teachers Credit Union Gadsden AL 11078 Merchants Bank Jackson AL 9676 Farmers and Merchants Bank Lafayette AL 55331 Max Credit Union Montgomery AL 15710 Valley State Bank Russellville AL 15506 Sweet Water State Bank Sweet Water AL 5329 SouthFirst Bank Sylacauga AL 54927 Heritage South Credit Union Sylacauga AL 14230 The First National Bank of Talladega Talladega AL 16838 First Bank Wadley AL 15879 CITY FIRST BANK OF D.C., N.A Washington DC 55327 O.A.S. Staff Federal Credit Union Washington DC 55401 Transit Employees Federal Credit Union Washington DC 55359 IBM Southeast Employees' Federal Credit Union Boca Raton FL 12202 Mackinac Savings Bank, FSB Boynton Beach FL 13673 First Bank Clewiston FL 15687 First National Bank of Crestview Crest View FL 9446 Regent Bank Davie FL 15772 LANDMARK BANK, N.A Fort Lauderdale FL 11266 First City Bank of Florida Fort Walton Beach FL 9702 Desjardins Bank, National Association Hallandale FL 15576 Publix Employees' Federal CU Lakeland FL 6707 First Federal Bank of Florida Live Oak FL 7506 Interamerican Bank, A FSB Miami FL 13285 Helm Bank USA Miami FL 15094 Tropical Financial Credit Union Miami FL 17154 Totalbank Miami FL 17512 Terrabank, N.A Miami FL 54820 Florida Community Bank N.A Miami FL 54846 Capital Bank N.A Miami FL 55330 Magnify Credit Union Mulberry FL 17442 Friends Bank New Smyrna Beach FL 13943 American National Bank Oakland Park FL 17832 Pinnacle Bank Orange City FL 15860 CNL Bank Orlando FL 55396 New Traditions Bank Orlando FL 54959 Panhandle Educators Federal Credit Union Panama City FL 17743 Pen Air Federal Credit Union Pensacola FL 17074 Heartland National Bank Sebring FL 16811 First Home Bank Seminole FL 12002 Raymond James Bank, National Association St. Petersburg FL 17339 First Commerce Credit Union Tallahassee FL 16837 First Citrus Bank Tampa FL 16848 Bay Cities Bank Tampa FL 17707 Grow Financial Federal Credit Union Tampa FL 17754 Florida Capital Bank, N.A Tarpon Springs FL 13655 United Southern Bank Umatilla FL 15630 Marine Bank and Trust Vero Beach FL 15863 Wilcox County State Bank Abbeville GA 13649 Citizens Trust Bank Atlanta GA 52166 Georgia Banking Company Atlanta GA 55322 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Inc Atlanta GA 10976 United Community Bank Blairsville GA 54809 Community and Southern Bank Carrollton GA 54810 NOA Bank Duluth GA 55367 Georgia United Credit Union Duluth GA 13338 The Peoples Bank Eatonton GA 17513 The Farmers Bank Forsyth GA 54952 Chattahoochee Bank of Georgia Gainesville GA 8396 South Georgia Bank Glennville GA 17735 Delta Employees Credit Union Hapeville GA 11665 SunMark Community Bank Hawkinsville GA 17550 Community Bank of Pickens County Jasper GA 13331 Northeast Georgia Bank Lavonia GA 52026 LGE Community Credit Union Marietta GA 17111 The Merchants And Citizens Bank McRae GA 9572 Southwest Georgia Bank Moultrie GA 3330 Family Bank Pelham GA 15093 The Citizens National Bank of Quitman Quitman GA 16925 Southern Bank Sardis GA 17440 Community Bank of The South Smyrna GA 15711 Quantum National Bank Suwanee GA 15609 First Bank of Georgia Thomson GA 17306 South Georgia Banking Company Tifton GA 13138 Citizens Bank & Trust Trenton GA 17630 Durden Banking Company, Inc Twin City GA 52066 Robins Federal Credit Union Warner Robins GA 10426 Farmers and Merchants Bank Washington GA 4295 Kopernik Federal Bank Baltimore MD 4400 Liberty FS & LA Baltimore MD 8386 Bay-Vanguard FSB Baltimore MD 14741 State Employees Credit Union of Md Baltimore MD 16943 Eaglebank Bethesda MD 6420 Cecil Bank Elkton MD 8954 Lafayette Federal Credit Union Kensington MD 15520 FedChoice Federal Credit Union Lanham MD 54929 Bay Bank, FSB Lutherville MD 10579 First United Bank & Trust Oakland MD 6390 North Arundel Savings Bank, FSB Pasadena MD 12215 Provident State Bank , Inc Preston MD 54873 Andrews Federal Credit Union Suitland MD 54839 Carroll Community Bank Sykesville MD 9693 Uwharrie Bank Albemarle NC 13322 Mechanics and Farmers Bank Durham NC 6981 Macon Bank, Inc Franklin NC 10327 Farmers & Merchants Bank Granite Quarry NC 15549 Carolina Bank Greensboro NC 6776 Hertford Savings Bank, SSB Hertford NC 54886 Shuford Federal Credit Union Hickory NC 54905 Coastal Bank & Trust Jacksonville NC 4066 KS Bank Kenly NC 15790 The Little Bank Kinston NC 15553 State Employees' Credit Union Raleigh NC 16389 Paragon Commercial Bank Raleigh NC 54867 Builders Mutual Insurance Company Raleigh NC 8170 Taylorsville Savings Bank, SSB Taylorsville NC 17027 Cornerstone Bank Wilson NC 54896 Piedmont Advantage Credit Union Winston Salem NC 7450 Home FS & LA Bamberg SC 54932 CertusBank, N.A Easley SC 16944 First Reliance Bank Florence SC 13511 Bank of Greeleyville Greeleyville SC 55400 MTC Federal Credit Union Greenville SC 13478 The County Bank Greenwood SC 7583 Citizens B & La Greer SC 11166 Greer State Bank Greer SC 15676 First National Bank of South Carolina Holly Hill SC 3534 Kingstree FS & LA Kingstree SC 13654 The Bank of Clarendon Manning SC 15898 Southcoast Community Bank Mount Pleasant SC 13430 Anderson Brothers Bank Mullins SC 54920 Coastal Carolina National Bank Myrtle Beach SC 16814 Heritage Trust Federal Credit Union North Charleston SC 6359 Pickens S & La, FA Pickens SC 15629 GrandSouth Bank Simpsonville SC 10996 Bank of Travelers Rest Travelers Rest SC 5848 E*Trade Bank Arlington VA 15735 The Blue Grass Valley Bank Blue Grass VA 10229 The Bank of Southside Virginia Carson VA 16931 Access National Bank Chantilly VA 55398 University of VA Community Credit Union Charlottesville VA 15256 Apple Federal Credit Union Fairfax VA 17006 Bank of The James Lynchburg VA 13526 Lee Bank and Trust Company Pennington Gap VA 54965 New Horizon Bank, National Association Powhatan VA 7612 First Sentinel Bank Richlands VA 55321 Anthem Health Plans of Virginia, Inc Richmond VA 55334 Washington Gas Light Federal Credit Union Springfield VA 10684 First Bank Strasburg VA 15918 Navy Federal Credit Union Vienna VA 16372 Farmers Bank Windsor VA Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati—District 5 10872 WILSON & MUIR BANK & TRUST Bardstown KY 11172 Town & Country Bank and Trust Company Bardstown KY 9598 BANK OF OHIO COUNTY Beaver Dam KY 11482 BEDFORD LOAN & DEPOSIT BANK Bedford KY 8785 MEADE COUNTY BANK Brandenburg KY 10994 BANK OF CADIZ & TRUST CO Cadiz KY 10979 BANK OF COLUMBIA Columbia KY 15638 Kentucky Neighborhood Bank Elizabethtown KY 10588 Peoples Bank of Kentucky, Inc Flemingsburg KY 8982 THE FARMERS BANK Hardinsburg KY 15516 HANCOCK BANK & TRUST CO Hawesville KY 10834 PEOPLES BANK & TRUST OF HAZARD Hazard KY 4727 Heritage Bank Hopkinsville KY 14982 PLANTERS BANK INC. Hopkinsville KY 15597 BANK OF JAMESTOWN Jamestown KY 8979 LEITCHFIELD DEPOSIT BK & TR Leitchfield KY 11038 CENTRAL BANK & TRUST CO Lexington KY 9939 COMMONWEALTH BANK & TRUST Co Louisville KY 14485 L&N Federal Credit Union Louisville KY 54851 Class Act Federal Credit Union Louisville KY 54898 Louisville Gas and Electric Company Credit Union Louisville KY 13658 FARMERS BANK AND TRUST CO Marion KY 13745 The Monticello Banking Company Monticello KY 15025 SOUTH CENTRAL BANK Owensboro KY 6361 Blue Grass FS & LA Paris KY 10796 1ST COMMONWEALTH BK OF PRESTONBURG Prestonsburg KY 9695 First & Farmers National Bank, Inc Somerset KY 54918 Lakeview Federal Credit Union Ashtabula OH 54934 Community First Ashtabula OH 5846 BELPRE SAVINGS BANK Belpre OH 8094 Community Savings Bank Bethel OH 4440 Equitable S & L Co Cadiz OH 54988 Canton School Employees Credit Union Canton OH 2753 First FS & LA Centerburg OH 644 Mt. Washington Savings & Loan Cincinnati OH 709 GUARDIAN SAVINGS BANK FSB Cincinnati OH 5337 Eagle Savings Bank Cincinnati OH 8109 UNION SAVINGS BANK Cincinnati OH 10572 Cinfed Federal Credit Union Cincinnati OH 11523 U.S. Bank, National Association Cincinnati OH 54924 Steel Valley Federal Credit Union Cleveland OH 55358 American Mutual Life Association Cleveland OH 11029 FIRST COMMUNITY BANK Columbus OH 54825 Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company Columbus OH 54899 Safe Auto Insurance Company Columbus OH 2123 CONNEAUT SAVINGS BANK Conneaut OH 15996 THE CORN CITY STATE BANK Deshler OH 13772 THE FORT JENNINGS STATE BAN Fort Jennings OH 8123 Galion Building and Loan Bank Galion OH 11142 Greenville National Bank Greenville OH 15867 HAMLER STATE BANK Hamler OH 4171 First FS & LA Lorain OH 15551 THE FAHEY BANKING COMPANY Marion OH 16831 Sun Federal Credit Union Maumee OH 16307 The Vinton County N.B. of McArthur McArthur OH 15883 The Citizens N. B. of McConnelsville McConnelsville OH 4287 The American Savings Bank Middletown OH 54782 The Peoples Savings Bank New Matamoras OH 8095 GEAUGA SAVINGS BANK Newbury OH 13782 First National Bank Orrville OH 15680 THE REPUBLIC BANKING CO Republic OH 3280 Ripley Federal Savings Bank Ripley OH 4519 MUTUAL FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK Sidney OH 4215 SSB Community Bank Strasburg OH 2969 First FS & LA of Van Wert Van Wert OH 1260 CFBank Wellsville OH 6068 The Peoples S & L Co West Liberty OH 15707 THE UNION BANKING CO West Mansfield OH 9759 FARMERS STATE BANK West Salem OH 54938 The Citizens National Bank of Woodsfield Woodsfield OH 54856 Wayne Mutual Insurance Company Wooster OH 54802 BCS Insurance Company Worthington OH 54803 Plans' Liability Insurance Company Worthington OH 10726 The Citizens NB of Athens Athens TN 13682 BRIGHTON BANK Brighton TN 11469 First Farmers and Merchants Bank Columbia TN 17016 Community First Bank & Trust Columbia TN 10864 BANK OF PUTNAM COUNTY Cookeville TN 6581 Highland FS & LA Crossville TN 4081 FIRST FEDERAL BANK Dickson TN 6842 Security Federal Bank Elizabethton TN 11594 TENNESSEE STATE BANK Gatlinburg TN 10625 BANK OF HALLS Halls TN 11527 COMMERCIAL BANK Harrogate TN 10331 CARROLL BANK & TRUST Huntingdon TN 11182 UNION BANK Jamestown TN 11347 BANK OF TENNESSEE Kingsport TN 11468 FIRST BANK Lexington TN 17798 Peoples Bank of East Tennessee Madisonville TN 9274 First National Bank of Manchester Manchester TN 15760 THE COFFEE COUNTY BANK Manchester TN 15836 Orion Federal Credit Union Memphis TN 15800 JOHNSON COUNTY BANK Mountain City TN 16980 National Bank of Tennessee Newport TN 10900 THE FARMERS BANK Portland TN 7159 CENTRAL BANK Savannah TN 13733 HOME BANKING CO Selmer TN 11231 1ST COMMUNITY BK OF BEDFORD Shelbyville TN 10838 Farmers and Merchants Bank Trezevant TN 11323 AMERICAN CITY BANK Tullahoma TN 11133 REELFOOT BANK Union City TN Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis—District 6 54811 Guggenheim Life and Annuity Company West Des Moines IA 2781 BEDFORD FSB Bedford IN 11268 The Franklin County NB of Brookville Brookville IN 4433 First Savings Bank, FSB Clarksville IN 12241 First National Bank Cloverdale IN 54972 Tech Credit Union Crown Point IN 3676 UNITED FIDELITY BANK Evansville IN 9375 FOWLER STATE BANK Fowler IN 16939 Freedom Bank Huntingburg IN 3892 First Federal Savings Bank Huntington IN 13671 Finance Center Federal Credit Union Indianapolis IN 54853 ACA Insurance Company Indianapolis IN 54854 Western United Insurance Company Indianapolis IN 54911 Athene Life Insurance Company Indianapolis IN 54939 Paragon Life Insurance Company of Indiana Indianapolis IN 10677 THE CAMPBELL AND FETTER BANK Kendallville IN 3767 United Community Bank Lawrenceburg IN 1856 River Valley Financial Bank Madison IN 11002 FIRST STATE BANK OF MIDDLEBURY Middlebury IN 4674 Peoples S & LA of Monticello Indiana Monticello IN 2611 Your Community Bank New Albany IN 2798 Ameriana Bank New Castle IN 11809 THE NEW WASHINGTON STATE BANK New Washington IN 13790 SPENCER COUNTY BANK Santa Claus IN 15023 JACKSON COUNTY BANK, SEYMOUR Seymour IN 10938 TERRE HAUTE SAVINGS BANK Terre Haute IN 2091 Homestead Savings Bank Albion MI 13785 Talmer West Bank Ann Arbor MI 11858 SIGNATURE BANK—BAD AXE Bad Axe MI 11663 LAKE OSCEOLA STATE BANK Baldwin MI 11808 CENTRAL STATE BANK Beulah MI 14972 CHARLEVOIX STATE BANK, CHARLEVOIX Charlevoix MI 11446 EASTERN MICHIGAN BANK Croswell MI 4241 DEARBORN FSB Dearborn MI 11533 STATE BANK OF EWEN Ewen MI 54961 Bank of Michigan Farmington Hills MI 54992 Security Credit Union Flint MI 14453 Option 1 Credit Union Grand Rapids MI 16976 PAC Federal Credit Union Hamtramck MI 16222 Capitol National Bank Lansing MI 54808 Lake Trust Credit Union Lansing MI 13742 STATE SAVINGS BANK OF MANISTIQUE Manistique MI 10973 MASON STATE BANK Mason MI 11375 The First National Bank of Norway Norway MI 55382 The Citizens State Bank of Ontonagon Ontonagon MI 14717 Community Financial Credit Union Plymouth MI 14718 Team One Credit Union Saginaw MI 11332 WEST SHORE BANK Scottville MI 13603 SIDNEY STATE BANK Sidney MI 8028 STERLING BANK & TRUST Southfield MI 54962 Star Insurance Company Southfield MI 54963 Williamsburg National Insurance Company Southfield MI 54964 Ameritrust Insurance Corporation Southfield MI 8412 FLAGSTAR BANK, FSB Troy MI Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago—District 7 52110 Andalusia Community Bank Andalusia IL 16587 Village Bank and Trust Arlington Heights IL 55371 Athens State Bank Athens IL 54913 Redbrand Credit Union Bartonville IL 11128 Heartland Bank and Trust Company Bloomington IL 54828 Country Mutual Insurance Company Bloomington IL 11022 Peoples Bank of Kankakee County Bourbonnais IL 14583 Bridgeview Bank Group Bridgeview IL 52030 United Trust Bank Bridgeview IL 54837 SIU Credit Union Carbondale IL 11023 United Community Bank Chatham IL 10892 Amalgamated Bank of Chicago Chicago IL 11442 ABC Bank Chicago IL 15540 Burling Bank Chicago IL 54860 Bankers Life and Casualty Company Chicago IL 55323 Selfreliance Ukrainian American Federal Credit Union Chicago IL 55329 Continental Casualty Company Chicago IL 55360 United Insurance Company of America Chicago IL 55394 The Federal Savings Bank Chicago IL 54923 Maroon Financial Credit Union Chicago IL 55376 Urban Partnership Bank Chicago IL 15501 Countryside Bank Countryside IL 2229 First Savings Bank Danville IL 3128 Washington Savings Bank Effingham IL 15512 Midland States Bank Effingham IL 11088 First American Bank Elk Grove Village IL 55373 Forest Park National Bank and Trust Company Forest Park IL 2946 Union Savings Bank Freeport IL 11563 Central Bank Illinois Geneseo IL 15500 Bank Of Gibson City Gibson City IL 15785 NorthSide Community Bank Gurnee IL 15641 Parkway Bank and Trust Company Harwood Heights IL 15600 North Central Bank Hennepin IL 15537 State Bank Of Herscher Herscher IL 54865 First Bank of Highland Park Highland Park IL 1146 Jacksonville Savings Bank Jacksonville IL 11417 The Farmers State Bank and Trust Company Jacksonville IL 17061 Bank of Kampsville Kampsville IL 244 Union Federal Savings and Loan Association Kewanee IL 3756 First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Kewanee Kewanee IL 17247 Midland Community Bank Kincaid IL 17354 La Salle State Bank La Salle IL 16933 First Southern Bank Marion IL 15784 Citizens Community Bank Mascoutah IL 412 First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Mattoon Mattoon IL 15586 Middletown State Bank Middletown IL 11017 Blackhawk Bank and Trust Milan IL 17375 First Farmers State Bank Minier IL 52145 I.H. Mississippi Valley Credit Union Moline IL 15612 First State Bank Monticello IL 54925 Oak Trust Credit Union Naperville IL 11032 Oxford Bank & Trust Oak Brook IL 17811 The Leaders Bank Oak Brook IL 54998 Evergreen Bank Group Oak Brook IL 55372 4 Ever Life Insurance Company Oakbrook Terrace IL 15548 The First National Bank of Okawville Okawville IL 17867 Federated Bank Onarga IL 16923 The First National Bank of Ottawa Ottawa IL 11609 The Edgar County Bank and Trust Co., Paris, Illinois Paris IL 17118 The State Bank of Pearl City Pearl City IL 17342 Pekin National Bank Pekin IL 3367 Peru Federal Savings Bank Peru IL 14569 First National Bank in Pinckneyville Pinckneyville IL 17264 Murphy-Wall State Bank and Trust Company Pinckneyville IL 10913 Mercantile Bank Quincy IL 11082 State Street Bank and Trust Company Quincy IL 17604 Bank of Quincy Quincy IL 5696 North County Savings Bank Red Bud IL 17334 State Bank of Saunemin Saunemin IL 5029 First Savanna Savings Bank Savanna IL 17197 Heritage Bank of Schaumburg Schaumburg IL 11562 First State Bank Shannon-Polo Shannon IL 17285 The First National Bank of Sparta Sparta IL 175 Security Bank s.b Springfield IL 17248 Illinois National Bank Springfield IL 55392 Heartland Credit Union Springfield IL 55341 First National Bank of Steeleville Steeleville IL 17603 Sauk Valley Bank & Trust Company Sterling IL 14586 Stillman BancCorp N.A Stillman Valley IL 12025 Centrue Bank Streator IL 15738 The National Bank and Trust Company of Sycamore Sycamore IL 17768 American Midwest Bank Sycamore IL 9735 Citizens First State Bank of Walnut Walnut IL 11093 State Bank of Waterloo Waterloo IL 108 North Shore Trust and Savings Waukegan IL 52153 American Community Bank & Trust Woodstock IL 691 Prospect Federal Savings Bank Worth IL 11561 Jackson County Bank Black River Falls WI 16957 Dairyland State Bank Bruce WI 9868 State Bank of Cross Plains Cross Plains WI 55379 Settlers Bank De Forest WI 54880 Southern Lakes Credit Union Kenosha WI 54831 Pioneer Bank of Wisconsin Ladysmith WI 55348 Central City Credit Union Marshfield WI 54978 WESTconsin Credit Union Menomonie WI 55383 Park City Credit Union Merrill WI 55324 Choice bank Oshkosh WI 17766 National Bank of Commerce Superior WI 5484 Tomahawk Community Bank S.S.B Tomahawk WI Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines—District 8 17002 Security State Bank Algona IA 16186 Farmers Savings Bank Beaman IA 15624 Farmers Trust and Savings Bank Buffalo Center IA 54814 State Bank of Bussey Bussey IA 54847 Cedar Falls Community Credit Union Cedar Falls IA 54910 United Fire & Casualty Company Cedar Rapids IA 54937 United Life Insurance Company Cedar Rapids IA 54824 North Star Cherokee IA 15922 Clear Lake Bank and Trust Company Clear Lake IA 15821 Gateway State Bank Clinton IA 11132 Peoples Trust & Savings Bank Clive IA 10771 C US Bank Cresco IA 13743 Denver Savings Bank Denver IA 54971 Premier Credit Union Des Moines IA 54970 Des Moines Police Officers Credit Union Des Moines IA 10949 De Witt Bank & Trust Co Dewitt IA 15752 Premier Bank Dubuque IA 15849 Liberty Trust & Savings Bank Durant IA 15720 Farmers Trust & Savings Bank Earling IA 13799 Hardin County Savings Bank Eldora IA 13612 Bank Plus Estherville IA 15762 NorthStar Bank Estherville IA 15692 Fort Madison Bank & Trust Co Fort Madison IA 15663 Security Savings Bank Gowrie IA 13627 Midstates Bank, National Association Harlan IA 9204 Hills Bank and Trust Company Hills IA 15780 First State Bank Ida Grove IA 15887 Peoples Savings Bank Indianola IA 13677 Iowa Falls State Bank Iowa Falls IA 14723 Charter Bank Johnston IA 17084 Kingsley State Bank Kingsley IA 15644 Kerndt Brothers Savings Bank Lansing IA 16806 Laurens State Bank Laurens IA 10669 Libertyville Savings Bank Libertyville IA 15886 First State Bank Lynnville IA 15806 First National Bank of Manning Manning IA 15673 Valley Bank & Trust Mapleton IA 9612 Maquoketa State Bank Maquoketa IA 15541 Maynard Savings Bank Maynard IA 55384 Montezuma State Bank Montezuma IA 15709 Wayland State Bank Mount Pleasant IA 13676 Mount Vernon Bank & Trust Company Mount Vernon IA 10076 Community Bank and Trust Company Muscatine IA 16785 Community Bank of Oelwein Oelwein IA 54892 The Home Trust & Savings Bank Osage IA 11327 TruBank Oskaloosa IA 16800 Guthrie County State Bank Panora IA 17701 Tri-Valley Bank Randolph IA 17256 Houghton State Bank Red Oak IA 15434 Peoples Bank Rock Valley IA 15859 Rolfe State Bank Rolfe IA 17257 County Bank Sigourney IA 16951 South Story Bank & Trust Slater IA 17202 Citizens Savings Bank Spillville IA 15573 St. Ansgar State Bank St. Ansgar IA 17047 Central State Bank State Center IA 15596 Victor State Bank Victor IA 10977 Washington State Bank Washington IA 17023 Federation Bank Washington IA 17028 The Watkins Savings Bank Watkins IA 15822 West Iowa Bank West Bend IA 11001 FIDELITY BANK West Des Moines IA 11064 State Savings Bank West Des Moines IA 13639 Bank Iowa West Des Moines IA 15039 GuideOne Mutual Insurance Company West Des Moines IA 17649 Farmers State Bank Yale IA 13709 Sterling State Bank Austin MN 16211 State Bank of Danvers Benson MN 15781 First Farmers & Merchants Bank Cannon Falls MN 13638 Currie State Bank Currie MN 13708 State Bank of Delano Delano MN 7949 Voyager Bank Eden Prairie MN 17425 New Market Bank Elko New Market MN 6607 1st United Bank Faribault MN 54826 The Gary State Bank Gary MN 15593 Border State Bank Greenbush MN 15514 Citizens State Bank of Hayfield Hayfield MN 54878 Hermantown Federal Credit Union Hermantown MN 15763 Farmers State Bank of Hoffman Hoffman MN 15625 Key Community Bank Inver Grove Heights MN 17267 Kasson State Bank Kasson MN 2828 Lake City Federal Bank Lake City MN 13604 Lake Area Bank Lindstrom MN 17622 Peoples State Bank of Madison Lake Madison Lake MN 54912 Minnesota Valley Federal Credit Union Mankato MN 17546 TopLine Federal Credit Union Maple Grove MN 54893 Wilton Reassurance Company Minneapolis MN 15570 First National Bank of Moose Lake Moose Lake MN 15851 United Prairie Bank Mountain Lake MN 10623 American Bank of the North Nashwauk MN 10884 State Bank of New Prague New Prague MN 10870 ProGrowth Bank Nicollet MN 54906 Home Town Federal Credit Union Owatonna MN 17012 Lakes State Bank Pequot Lakes MN 55368 Trustone Financial Federal Credit Union Plymouth MN 17142 Bankwest Rockford MN 15719 Citizens State Bank of Roseau Roseau MN 6335 St James Federal Savings and Loan Association Saint James MN 17007 Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union Saint Paul MN 17516 BankVista Sartell MN 17207 Village Bank St. Francis MN 17393 Sentry Bank St. Joseph MN 15509 Nicollet County Bank of St. Peter (The) St. Peter MN 15884 Farmers State Bank of Trimont Trimont MN 16579 The First National Bank of Walker Walker MN 9662 Roundbank Waseca MN 17362 Welcome State Bank Welcome MN 17126 Ultima Bank Minnesota Winger MN 10961 Citizens Bank—Amsterdam Amsterdam MO 11336 Community State Bank of Missouri Bowling Green MO 16958 CBC Bank Bowling Green MO 16934 First Community Bank of the Ozarks Branson MO 11419 Pony Express Bank Braymer MO 17582 Cass Commercial Bank Bridgeton MO 16924 The Citizens-Farmers Bank of Cole Camp Cole Camp MO 10195 Landmark Bank, National Association Columbia MO 54830 Agents National Title Insurance Company Columbia MO 54859 Columbia Mutual Insurance Company Columbia MO 55385 Sherwood Community Bank Creighton MO 54876 Mid Missouri Credit Union Fort Leonard Wood MO 13764 New Era Bank Fredericktown MO 10775 Bank Star One Fulton MO 9496 Hawthorn Bank Jefferson City MO 11369 Central Trust Bank (The) Jefferson City MO 16784 United Missouri Insurance Company Kansas City MO 17033 Old American Insurance Company Kansas City MO 17517 Mazuma Credit Union Kansas City MO 15895 Macon-Atlanta State Bank Macon MO 11008 Regional Missouri Bank Marceline MO 11379 Nodaway Valley Bank Maryville MO 12394 Independent Farmers Bank Maysville MO 54843 Community Bank of Memphis Memphis MO 11199 Heritage State Bank Nevada MO 17569 Bank of New Cambria New Cambria MO 17538 First Bank of the Lake Osage Beach MO 15595 HOMEBANK Palmyra MO 13841 Citizens Community Bank Pilot Grove MO 17856 Community Bank of Missouri Richmond MO 17401 Legacy Bank & Trust Company Rogersville MO 17451 Citizens Bank of Rogersville Rogersville MO 5106 Pulaski Bank Saint Louis MO 54949 Gateway Metro Federal Credit Union Saint Louis MO 15906 Bank of Salem Salem MO 11134 Merchants and Farmers Bank of Salisbury (The) Salisbury MO 17227 People's Bank of Seneca Seneca MO 54990 The Corner Stone Bank South West City MO 11292 Empire Bank Springfield MO 15547 Liberty Bank Springfield MO 54849 Educational Community Credit Union Springfield MO 54875 General American Life Insurance Company St. Louis MO 17650 First Missouri Credit Union St. Louis MO 55386 TH Insurance Holdings Company LLC St. Louis MO 17423 First State Bank of St. Robert St. Robert MO 10137 Bank Star of the BootHeel Steele MO 15518 Tipton Latham Bank, National Association (The) Tipton MO 16967 Royal Banks of Missouri University City MO 10542 Meramec Valley Bank Valley Park MO 2338 Quarry City Savings & Loan Association Warrensburg MO 17621 First Central Bank Warrensburg MO 11216 Bank of Washington Washington MO 17443 Bank of Franklin County Washington MO 55366 1st Financial Federal Credit Union Wentzville MO 6753 West Plains Savings & Loan Association West Plains MO 54936 Turtle Mountain State Bank Belcourt ND 54897 KodaBank Drayton ND 16966 First Community Credit Union Jamestown ND 55344 Railway Credit Union Mandan ND 10825 The First and Farmers Bank Portland ND 54950 Merchants Bank Rugby ND 16364 The Bank of Tioga Tioga ND 13711 First International Bank & Trust Watford City ND 55402 Security Savings Bank Canton SD 54907 Sentinel Federal Credit Union Ellsworth AFB SD 16799 Farmers State Bank Marion SD Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas—District 9 8854 SOUTHBank, FSB Huntsville AL 54801 The Bank of Augusta Augusta AR 10449 First National Bank of Crossett Crossett AR 11214 Cornerstone Bank Eureka Springs AR 10598 The Fnb of Fort Smith Fort Smith AR 16988 Bank of Gravett Gravett AR 54832 Horatio State Bank Horatio AR 9855 First National Bank Hot Springs AR 11215 Bank of Lake Village Lake Village AR 9592 Bank of the Ozarks Little Rock AR 17015 Capital Bank Little Rock AR 17036 Eagle Bank & Trust Company Little Rock AR 9924 First State Bank Lonoke AR 10787 Malvern National Bank Malvern AR 11083 Union Bank of Mena Mena AR 13507 Bank of Salem Salem AR 10278 First Security Bank Searcy AR 17294 Citizens Bank & Trust Company Van Buren AR 13695 Evolve Bank & Trust West Memphis AR 17149 Fidelity National Bank West Memphis AR 54889 Lakeside Bank Lake Charles LA 54982 Baton Rouge Telco Credit Union Baton Rouge LA 55319 ASI Federal Credit Union Harahan LA 11457 Kaplan State Bank Kaplan LA 54955 Vermilion Bank & Trust Company Kaplan LA 11447 Sabine State B&T Company Many LA 16 State-Investors Bank Metairie LA 54852 Jefferson Financial Metairie LA 10901 Progressive Bank Monroe LA 11399 Exchange Bank & Trust Company Natchitoches LA 10886 Liberty Bank and Trust Co New Orleans LA 57 Home Federal Bank Shreveport LA 10808 Sicily Island State Bank Sicily Island LA 11396 St. Martin Bank & Trust Co St. Martinville LA 11229 Concordia Bank & Trust Co Vidalia LA 10962 Evangeline Bank & Trust Ville Platte LA 10821 Citizens Bank & Trust Company Vivian LA 9754 BankPlus Belzoni MS 6468 First Southern Bank Columbia MS 11466 Commercial Bank Dekalb MS 10896 Community Bank of Mississippi Forest MS 11294 Century Bank Lucedale MS 11309 Great Southern National Bank Meridian MS 10752 Newton County Bank Newton MS 11401 FNB Oxford Oxford MS 10889 Citizens Bank Philadelphia MS 11471 Renasant Bank Tupelo MS 54916 Rio Grande Credit Union Albuquerque NM 16992 New Mexico Bank & Trust Albuquerque NM 54792 U.S. New Mexico Federal Credit Union Albuquerque NM 54817 New Mexico Mutual Casualty Company Albuquerque NM 55393 Mountain States Mutual Casualty Company Albuquerque NM 10662 The Carlsbad National Bank Carlsbad NM 55369 The Bank of Clovis Clovis NM 11384 Western Bank Lordsburg NM 450 Pioneer Bank Roswell NM 11300 Community Bank Santa Fe NM 11698 The First National Bank of Santa Fe Santa Fe NM 10688 Centinel Bank of Taos Taos NM 52424 United Funeral Benefit Life Insurance Company Oklahoma City OK 54891 Texas Advantage Community Bank, National Association Alvin TX 16768 Texas Champion Bank Alice TX 10978 Amarillo National Bank Amarillo TX 54795 The Education Credit Union Amarillo TX 54788 Worthington National Bank Arlington TX 16935 First National Bank of Bellville Bellville TX 10799 International Bank of Commerce Brownsville TX 11966 Western Bank Lubbock TX 55404 American Momentum Bank College Station TX 11670 American National Bank Corpus Christi TX 16823 Valuebank Texas Corpus Christi TX 11362 Triumph Savings Bank, SSB Dallas TX 55375 Trinity Universal Insurance Company Dallas TX 54790 Prestige Community Dallas TX 55406 Shell Federal Credit Union Deer Park TX 13594 The Bank & Trust, SSB Del Rio TX 54890 Security First Federal Credit Union Edinburg TX 9590 WestStar Bank El Paso TX 16821 Capital Bank, SSB El Paso TX 11206 First National Bank of Fabens Fabens TX 16836 Woodhaven National Bank Fort Worth TX 52018 Texas Regional Bank Harlingen TX 17568 Texas Bank Henderson TX 16968 First National Bank of Hereford Hereford TX 9518 Amegy Bank National Association Houston TX 14822 New Era Life Insurance Company Houston TX 54857 First Service Credit Union Houston TX 54904 Primeway Federal Credit Union Houston TX 54864 Cy-Fair Federal Credit Union Houston TX 55374 SPCO Credit Union Houston TX 10026 The Fnb of Hughes Springs Hughes Springs TX 10860 First National Bank of Huntsville Huntsville TX 55364 The Karnes County National Bank of Karnes City Karnes City TX 10788 International Bank of Commerce Laredo TX 17822 Security State Bank Littlefield TX 11470 First State Bank of Livingston Livingston TX 16202 First-Lockhart National Bank Lockhart TX 16989 Community Bank Longview TX 17019 City Bank Lubbock TX 55378 Alliance Federal Credit Union Lubbock TX 17462 Rio Bank McAllen TX 17347 First National Bank of McGregor McGregor TX 17778 Independent Bank McKinney TX 11790 First Bank & Trust Of Memphis Memphis TX 17179 Citizens State Bank Miles TX 17790 Oglesby State Bank Oglesby TX 15567 Crockett County National Bank Ozona TX 17035 First State Bank Paint Rock TX 6301 Interstate Bank, SSB Perryton TX 7589 Cypress Bank, State Savings Bank Pittsburg TX 15546 First Capital Bank Quanah TX 9671 Benchmark Bank Quinlan TX 17645 Bank Texas, National Association Quitman TX 11045 Peoples State Bank Rocksprings TX 10985 Texas State Bank San Angelo TX 11541 San Antonio Federal Credit Union San Antonio TX 15825 Frost Bank San Antonio TX 52190 American Bank of Texas Sherman TX 54930 The First National Bank of Shiner Shiner TX 17505 First National Bank of Sonora Sonora TX 55365 Houston Federal Credit Union Sugar Land TX 11263 Commercial NB of Texarkana Texarkana TX 11033 Southside Bank Tyler TX 10721 American Bank, National Association Waco TX 9954 Union Square Federal Credit Union Wichita Falls TX 54813 Texoma Community Credit Union Wichita Falls TX 55347 Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Insurance Association Yoakum TX 55381 First State Bank Yoakum TX 10800 International Bank Of Commerce Zapata TX Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka—District 10 54903 Redstone Bank Aurora CO 14346 Canon National Bank Canon City CO 54986 Centennial Bank Centennial CO 15194 Ent Federal Credit Union Colorado Springs CO 10779 Guaranty Bank and Trust Co Denver CO 14275 Public Service Employees Credit Union Denver CO 55337 Northstar Bank of Colorado Denver CO 55355 Bankers' Bank of the West Denver CO 54940 Coors Credit Union Golden CO 54870 Foothills Credit Union Lakewood CO 55352 Minnequa Works Credit Union Pueblo CO 54861 The Baldwin State Bank Baldwin City KS 13525 Community State Bank Coffeyville KS 13646 The Fnb of Conway Springs Conway Springs KS 4214 Liberty SA, FSA Fort Scott KS 13537 The City State Bank Fort Scott KS 54838 The Fowler State Bank Fowler KS 55390 Goppert State Service Bank Garnett KS 54793 The Freeport State Bank Harper KS 54894 Heartland Credit Union Hutchinson KS 11567 FirstOak Bank Independence KS 54901 The Johnson State Bank Johnson KS 54818 Upland Mutual Insurance, Inc Junction City KS 15588 Alterra Bank Leawood KS 55350 Vintage Bank Kansas Leon KS 8990 Kansas State Bank of Manhattan Manhattan KS 15637 Stockgrowers State Bank Maple Hill KS 17714 The Marion National Bank Marion KS 14782 Citizens State Bank of Marysville Marysville KS 17554 Farmers And Merchants Bank of Mound City Mound City KS 13613 The Kansas State Bank Overbrook KS 17571 Bank of Palmer Palmer KS 17597 Farmers State Bank Phillipsburg KS 15622 First National Bank in Pratt Pratt KS 17808 Prescott State Bank Prescott KS 55405 The Bank of Protection Protection KS 17089 Astra Bank Scandia KS 15726 The First National Bank of Scott City Scott City KS 54941 SM Federal Credit Union Shawnee Mission KS 15669 Centera Bank Sublette KS 54844 Educational Credit Union Topeka KS 3042 First Fs&la of Wakeeney Wakeeney KS 10880 Kaw Valley State Bank & Trust Co Wamego KS 15583 Bank of the Flint Hills Wamego KS 54931 CBW Bank Weir KS 52779 Farmers State Bank of Westmoreland Westmoreland KS 6081 Fidelity Bank Wichita KS 52171 First Bank of Bancroft Bancroft NE 54819 Sandhills State Bank Bassett NE 55332 Eagle State Bank Eagle NE 15703 First Bank & Trust of Fullerton Fullerton NE 14701 Heartland Bank Geneva NE 3519 Home FS&LA of Grand Island Grand Island NE 7056 Equitable Bank Grand Island NE 10480 The Hershey State Bank Hershey NE 54882 First National Bank of Holdrege Holdrege NE 15694 Bank of Keystone Keystone NE 5760 Home Fs&la of Nebraska Lexington NE 3896 Lincoln FSB of Nebraska Lincoln NE 13630 First National Bank Northeast Lyons NE 7715 Madison County Bank Madison NE 15948 Frontier Bank Madison NE 9353 Farmers & Merchants Bank Milford NE 52178 Corn Growers State Bank Murdock NE 17697 Murray State Bank Murray NE 17555 Bank of Newman Grove Newman Grove NE 11510 BankFirst Norfolk NE 17594 Elkhorn Valley Bank & Trust Norfolk NE 15362 Nebraskaland National Bank North Platte NE 54791 Medico Insurance Company Omaha NE 54883 Omaha Federal Credit Union Omaha NE 54954 United Republic Bank Omaha NE 15866 Pender State Bank Pender NE 15702 Midwest Bank, NA Pierce NE 15876 Town & Country Bank Ravenna NE 9363 First State Bank Scottsbluff NE 3360 Sidney Fs&la Sidney NE 15873 Springfield State Bank Springfield NE 17328 Bank of Stapleton Stapleton NE 17837 Tri-Valley Bank Talmage NE 5275 Tecumseh Federal Bank Tecumseh NE 15313 First Bank of Utica Utica NE 17088 Oak Creek Valley Bank Valparaiso NE 10934 Farmers State Bank Wallace NE 17087 Commercial State Bank Wausa NE 15794 Citizens State Bank Wisner NE 17320 Cornerstone Bank York NE 15030 Truity Federal Credit Union Bartlesville OK 52136 AVB Bank Broken Arrow OK 54879 AllNations Bank Calumet OK 54926 Bank of Commerce Chouteau OK 16947 Cleo State Bank Cleo Springs OK 7832 Grands Savings Bank Grove OK 13633 Grand Lake Bank Grove OK 11619 Bank of Hydro Hydro OK 54942 First Oklahoma Bank Jenks OK 15608 Armstrong Bank Muskogee OK 13606 The Citizens State Bank Okemah OK 11373 First Enterprise Bank Oklahoma City OK 55351 Oklahoma Federal Credit Union Oklahoma City OK 11655 Bank of Cordell Rocky OK 17181 Lakeside Bank of Salina Salina OK 52194 SNB Bank, National Association Shattuck OK 15757 Anchor D Bank Texhoma OK 17589 The Bank of the West Thomas OK 15927 Energy One Federal Credit Union Tulsa OK 54947 Red Crown Federal Credit Union Tulsa OK 15944 First Bank & Trust Company Wagoner OK 15316 Bank of Commerce Yukon OK Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco—District 11 52772 Western Alliance Bank Phoenix AZ 55377 Oxford Life Insurance Company Phoenix AZ 54829 Pinnacle Bank Scottsdale AZ 55387 Tucson Federal Credit Union Tucson AZ 8084 Eastern International Bank Alhambra CA 15473 New OMNI Bank, National Association Alhambra CA 52076 Kern Schools Federal Credit Union Bakersfield CA 54933 Valley Republic Bank Bakersfield CA 17634 Chino Commercial Bank, N.A Chino CA 52091 Bank of Marin Corte Madera CA 52572 Coast Central Credit Union Eureka CA 52789 Fresno County Federal Credit Union Fresno CA 55388 Western Federal Credit Union Hawthorne CA 55389 Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union La Canada Flintridge CA 13589 Farmers & Merchants Bank of Central California Lodi CA 16774 State Bank of India (California) Los Angeles CA 17075 BBCN Bank Los Angeles CA 17183 Wilshire Bank Los Angeles CA 52793 American Business Bank Los Angeles CA 54914 Grandpoint Bank Los Angeles CA 54845 Royal Business Bank Los Angeles CA 54993 Banamex USA Los Angeles CA 52007 Kinecta Federal Credit Union Manhattan Beach CA 55362 Camino Federal Credit Union Montebello CA 52473 SAFE Credit Union North Highlands CA 8855 United Business Bank, F.S.B Oakland CA 15466 Wescom Central Credit Union Pasadena CA 54958 Pasadena Service Federal Credit Union Pasadena CA 16781 1st United Services Credit Union Pleasanton CA 17173 Valley Community Bank Pleasanton CA 15698 Redding Bank of Commerce Redding CA 54877 San Mateo Credit Union Redwood City CA 13357 University & State Employees Credit Union San Diego CA 15472 San Diego County Credit Union San Diego CA 17399 San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union San Diego CA 17635 Point Loma Credit Union San Diego CA 54989 North County Credit Union San Diego CA 15395 Chevron Federal Credit Union San Francisco CA 15951 California Bank & Trust San Francisco CA 52439 Northeast Community Federal Credit Union San Francisco CA 54834 First Republic Bank San Francisco CA 55346 S.F. Police Credit Union San Francisco CA 54887 New Resource Bank San Francisco CA 17150 Alliance Credit Union San Jose CA 55349 Capital Bank San Juan Capistrano CA 52565 Coast National Bank San Luis Obispo CA 52472 Bridge Bank, N.A Santa Clara CA 52480 Silicon Valley Bank Santa Clara CA 52713 Community Bank of Santa Maria Santa Maria CA 52818 Pacific Western Bank Santa Monica CA 7960 Luther Burbank Savings Santa Rosa CA 14780 Sunwest Bank Tustin CA 54794 Mendo Lake Credit Union Ukiah CA 52895 County Commerce Bank Ventura CA 54888 Bank of Feather River Yuba City CA 55370 Greater Nevada Credit Union Carson City NV 52844 Town & Country Bank Las Vegas NV 54797 Meadows Bank Las Vegas NV Federal Home Loan Bank of Seattle—District 12 14844 First National Bank of Anchorage Anchorage AK 8885 First Bank Ketchikan AK 5991 Territorial Savings Bank Honolulu HI 9549 Aloha Pacific Federal Credit Union Honolulu HI 55354 HMSA Employees Federal Credit Union Honolulu HI 54827 Community 1st Bank Post Falls ID 13461 Rocky Mountain Bank Billings MT 54983 Billings Federal Credit Union Billings MT 11267 Three Rivers Bank of Montana Kalispell MT 10556 American Bank of Montana Livingston MT 13106 Western Bank of Wolf Point Wolf Point MT 15343 Rogue Federal Credit Union Medford OR 55357 Standard Insurance Company Portland OR 10745 First National Bank of Layton Layton UT 55338 Wasatch Peaks Credit Union Ogden UT 13865 Capital Community Bank Orem UT 8926 Zions First National Bank Salt Lake City UT 55000 Nebo Credit Union Springville UT 1626 Anchor Mutual Savings Bank Aberdeen WA 10584 The Bank of the Pacific Aberdeen WA 9745 Whatcom Educational Credit Union Bellingham WA 14463 Kitsap Credit Union Bremerton WA 9431 Security State Bank Centralia WA 13657 The Wheatland Bank Davenport WA 11224 Islanders Bank Friday Harbor WA 11936 1st Security Bank of Washington Lynnwood WA 2763 Heritage Bank Olympia WA 16979 South Sound Bank Olympia WA 54957 Liberty Bay Bank Poulsbo WA 8324 HomeStreet Bank Seattle WA 12913 Sound Community Bank Seattle WA 14310 Spokane Teachers Credit Union Spokane WA 54951 RiverBank Spokane WA 9429 Sound Banking Company Tacoma WA 15224 TAPCO Credit Union Tacoma WA 16764 Columbia Community Credit Union Vancouver WA 1691 Banner Bank Walla Walla WA 7664 Security First Bank Cheyenne WY 10839 Cowboy State Bank Ranchester WY 9902 The Rawlins National Bank Rawlins WY
    II. Public Comments

    To encourage the submission of public comments on the community support performance of Bank members, on or before March 31, 2015, each Bank will notify its Advisory Council, nonprofit housing developers, community groups and other interested parties in its district of the members of the Bank selected for this review cycle. 12 CFR 1290.2(b)(2)(ii). In reviewing a member for community support compliance, FHFA will consider any public comments it has received concerning the member. 12 CFR 1290.2(d). To ensure consideration by FHFA, comments concerning the community support performance of members selected for this review cycle must be submitted to FHFA, either by electronic mail to [email protected], or by fax to 202-649-4130, on or before April 30, 2015.

    Dated: March 9, 2015. Melvin L. Watt, Director, Federal Housing Finance Agency.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05802 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8070-01-P
    FEDERAL MINE SAFETY AND HEALTH REVIEW COMMISSION Sunshine Act Notice March 12, 2015. TIME AND DATE:

    10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

    PLACE:

    The Richard V. Backley Hearing Room, Room 511N, 1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20004 (enter from F Street entrance).

    STATUS:

    Open.

    MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED:

    The Commission will consider and act upon the following in open session: Secretary of Labor v. Wade Sand & Gravel Company, Docket No. SE 2013-120-M. (Issues include whether the Administrative Law Judge erred in upholding the Secretary of Labor's interpretation of his regulations governing the proposal of civil penalties.).

    Any person attending this meeting who requires special accessibility features and/or auxiliary aids, such as sign language interpreters, must inform the Commission in advance of those needs. Subject to 29 CFR 2706.150(a)(3) and § 2706.160(d).

    CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFO:

    Emogene Johnson (202) 434-9935/(202) 708-9300 for TDD Relay/1-800-877-8339 for toll free.

    Emogene Johnson, Administrative Assistant.
    [FR Doc. 2015-06103 Filed 3-12-15; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 6735-01-P
    FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Change in Bank Control Notices; Acquisitions of Shares of a Bank or Bank Holding Company

    The notificants listed below have applied under the Change in Bank Control Act (12 U.S.C. 1817(j)) and § 225.41 of the Board's Regulation Y (12 CFR 225.41) to acquire shares of a bank or bank holding company. The factors that are considered in acting on the notices are set forth in paragraph 7 of the Act (12 U.S.C. 1817(j)(7)).

    The notices are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The notices also will be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing to the Reserve Bank indicated for that notice or to the offices of the Board of Governors. Comments must be received not later than March 31, 2015.

    A. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (Dennis Denney, Assistant Vice President) 1 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64198-0001:

    1. Frank E. Smith, Lander, Wyoming, and Mark A. Kiolbasa, Cheyenne, Wyoming; as a group acting in concert, to acquire voting shares of Commercial Bancorp, and thereby indirectly acquire voting shares of Farmers State Bank, both in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming.

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, March 11, 2015. Michael J. Lewandowski, Associate Secretary of the Board.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05914 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210-01-P
    FEDERAL RETIREMENT THRIFT INVESTMENT BOARD Sunshine Act; Notice of Meeting TIME AND DATE:

    Parts open to the public begin at 10:00 a.m. March 23, 2015.

    PLACE:

    10th Floor Board Meeting Room, 77 K Street NE., Washington, DC 20002.

    STATUS:

    Parts will be open to the public and parts closed to the public.

    MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED:

    Parts Closed to the Public 1. Procurement Parts Open to the Public 2. Approval of the Minutes of the February 23, 2015 Board Member Meeting. 3. Monthly Reports a. Monthly Participant Activity Report b. Monthly Investment Policy Review c. Legislative Report 4. Quarterly Metrics Report 5. OCFO Report CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION:

    Kimberly Weaver, Director, Office of External Affairs, (202) 942-1640.

    Dated: March 12, 2015. James Petrick, General Counsel, Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board.
    [FR Doc. 2015-06044 Filed 3-12-15; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 6760-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review; Notice of Closed Meetings

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the following meetings.

    The meetings will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel; Member Conflict: Medical Imaging Investigations.

    Date: March 24, 2015.

    Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892, (Virtual Meeting).

    Contact Person: Mehrdad Mohseni, MD, Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 5211, MSC 7854, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-435-0484, [email protected]

    This notice is being published less than 15 days prior to the meeting due to the timing limitations imposed by the review and funding cycle.

    Name of Committee: Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel; PAR Panel: Fogarty Global Brain Disorders.

    Date: March 26-27, 2015.

    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: Embassy Suites at the Chevy Chase Pavilion, 4300 Military Road NW., Washington, DC 20015.

    Contact Person: Suzan Nadi, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 5217B, MSC 7846, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-435-1259, [email protected].

    Name of Committee: Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel; Review of HIV/AIDS-related Career Development Award Applications.

    Date: March 30, 2015.

    Time: 11:00 a.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: Mark P. Rubert, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 5218, MSC 7852, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-435-1775, [email protected].

    Name of Committee: Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel; PAR 13-323: Increased Knowledge and Innovative Strategies to Reduce HIV Incidence—iKnow Projects.

    Date: March 31, 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: Mark P. Rubert, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 5218, MSC 7852, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-435-1775, [email protected].

    Name of Committee: Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel; PAR13-189: Imaging and Biomarkers for Early Cancer Detection.

    Date: April 1, 2015.

    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892, (Virtual Meeting).

    Contact Person: Chiayeng Wang, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 5213, MSC 7852, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-435-2397, [email protected].

    Name of Committee: Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel; Member Conflict: AIDS and AIDS Related Research.

    Date: April 1, 2015.

    Time: 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 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: Mark P. Rubert, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 5218, MSC 7852, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-435-1775, [email protected].

    Name of Committee: Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel; RFA-GM-15-006: Training Modules to Enhance Data Reproducibility (R25).

    Date: April 8, 2015.

    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892, (Virtual Meeting).

    Contact Person: Elena Smirnova, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 5187, MSC 7840, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-435-1236, [email protected].

    Name of Committee: Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel; Member Conflict: Molecular and Functional Signatures in Neuropsychiatric Disorders.

    Date: April 8, 2015.

    Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892, (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Alessandra C. Rovescalli, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, National Institutes of Health, Center for Scientific Review, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Rm. 5205 MSC7846, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 435-1021, [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: March 10, 2015. Carolyn Baum, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05819 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health Proposed Collection; 60-Day Comment Request; DERT Extramural Grantee Data Collection (NIEHS) SUMMARY:

    In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.

    Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies are invited to address one or more of the following points: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the function of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) 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 the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    To Submit Comments and for Further Information: To obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, submit comments in writing, or request more information on the proposed project, contact*: Dr. Kristianna Pettibone, Evaluator, Program Analysis Branch, NIEHS, NIH, 530 Davis Dr., Room 3055, Morrisville, NC 20560, or call non-toll-free number (919) 541-7752 or Email your request, including your address to: [email protected] Formal requests for additional plans and instruments must be requested in writing.

    Comment Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60 days of the date of this publication.

    Proposed Collection DERT Extramural Grantee Data Collection, 0925-0657, Expiration Date 06/30/2015—REVISION, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    Need and Use of Information Collection: In order to make informed management decisions about its research programs and to demonstrate the outputs, outcomes and impacts of its research programs NIEHS will collect, analyze and report on data from extramural grantees who are currently receiving funding or who have received funding in the past on topics such as: (1) Key scientific outcomes achieved through the research and the impact on the field of environmental health science; (2) Contribution of research findings to program goals and objectives; (3) Satisfaction with the program support received; (4) Challenges and benefits of the funding mechanism used to support the science; and (5) Emerging research areas and gaps in the research.

    Information gained from this primary data collection will be used in conjunction with data from grantee progress reports and presentations at grantee meetings to inform internal programs and new funding initiatives. Outcome information to be collected includes measures of agency-funded research resulting in dissemination of findings, investigator career development, grant-funded knowledge and products, commercial products and drugs, laws, regulations and standards, guidelines and recommendations, information on patents and new drug applications and community outreach and public awareness relevant to extramural research funding and emerging areas of research. Satisfaction information to be collected includes measures of satisfaction with the type of funding or program management mechanism used, challenges and benefits with the program support received, and gaps in the research. Frequency of Response: Once per grantee, per research portfolio. Affected Public: Current or past grantees from:

    Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD);

    • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD);

    • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH);

    • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS);

    • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS); and

    • National Cancer Institute (NCI).

    OMB approval is requested for 3 years. There are no costs to respondents other than their time. The total estimated annualized burden hours are 700.

    Estimated Annualized Burden Hours Type of respondent Number of
  • respondents
  • Number of
  • responses per
  • respondent
  • Average
  • time per
  • response
  • (in hours)
  • Total annual burden hour
    NICHD Grantee 200 1 30/60 100 NIDCD Grantee 200 1 30/60 100 NIMH Grantee 200 1 30/60 100 NINDS Grantee 200 1 30/60 100 NCI Grantee 400 1 30/60 200 NIEHS Grantee 200 1 30/60 100
    Dated: March 5, 2015. Joellen M. Austin, Associate Director for Management, NIEHS, NIH.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05927 Filed 3-13-15; 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

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the following meeting.

    The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Special Emphasis Panel; NIAID SBIR—Technology Transfer Direct Phase II (SBIR-TT) (R44).

    Date: April 7, 2015.

    Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 5601 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20892, (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Thomas F. Conway, Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Program, DEA/NIAID/NIH/DHHS, 5601 Fishers, Rockville, MD 20892, 240-669-5069, [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: March 10, 2015. David Clary, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05826 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health Submission for OMB Review; 30-Day Comment Request: Outcome Evaluation of the Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) Program (OD) SUMMARY:

    Under the provisions of section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of Strategic Coordination, an office of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives, within the Office of the Director at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review and approval of the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on August 26, 2014, (79 FR 50921) and allowed 60-days for public comment. During the 60-day comment period, two requests for information were received. Both individuals requested the data collection plans and the data collection instruments and one also asked for background information. In response to these two requests, electronic copies of the following surveys were emailed: Entrance, Interim, Exit, and Post-Exit. Additionally, both individuals were provided with a brief overview of the program and a link to the NIH Web site that contains detailed information about the BEST program and the awardees. No additional comments were received from the two individuals who requested this information. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. The Office of Strategic Coordination (OSC), an office of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI), within the Office of the Director (OD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    Direct Comments to OMB: Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time, should be directed to the: Office of Management and Budget, Office of Regulatory Affairs, [email protected] or by fax to 202-395-6974, Attention: NIH Desk Officer.

    DATES:

    Comment due date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30-days of the date of this publication.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, contact Dr. Patricia Labosky, Office of Strategic Coordination, Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives, Office of the Director, NIH, 1 Center Drive, MSC 0189, Building 1, Room 214A, Bethesda, MD 20892-0189. Telephone: 301-594-4863. Fax: 301-435-7268. or email your request, including your address to: [email protected] Formal requests for additional plans and instruments must be requested in writing.

    Proposed Collection: Outcome Evaluation of the Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) Program (OD), 0925-NEW, the Office of Strategic Coordination (OSC), an office of the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI), within the Office of the Director (OD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    Need and Use of Information Collection: This cross-site evaluation study will assess three desired outcomes: (1) Changes in understanding of career opportunities, confidence to make career decisions, and attitudes towards career opportunities; (2) reduced time to desired, non-training, non-terminal career opportunities, and reduced time in postdoctoral positions; and (3) creation/further development of institutional infrastructure to continue BEST-like activities. The first two desired outcomes are for graduate students and postdoctoral scientists from the awardee institutions, the third desired outcome is for the awardee institutions. The findings will be used to: (1) Identify and document best practices in the field of biomedical research training, (2) inform the NIH Director, DPCPSI Director, and OSC Director on the outcomes of the BEST program, and (3) disseminate best practices and outcomes of the BEST program to biomedical training programs and the research community.

    OMB approval is requested for 3 years. There are no costs to respondents other than their time. The total estimated annualized burden hours are 8,106.

    Estimated Annualized Burden Hours Type of respondents Number of
  • respondents
  • Frequency of response Average time per response
  • (in hours)
  • Total annual hour burden
    Graduate Student—Entrance Survey (online survey) 4,519 1 20/60 1,506 Graduate Student—Interim Survey (online survey) 11,296 1 15/60 2,824 Graduate Student—Exit Survey (online survey) 3,012 1 15/60 753 Graduate Student—Post-Exit 2-year Survey (online survey) 3,012 1 15/60 753 Postdoctoral Scientist—Entrance Survey (online survey) 3,137 1 20/60 1,046 Postdoctoral Scientist—Exit Survey (online survey) 2,091 1 15/60 523 Postdoctoral Scientist—Post-Exit 2-year Survey (online survey) 2,091 1 15/60 523 Program Staff—Annual Phone Interview 83 1 1 83 PIs—Data Form Section 1 (reported annually) 17 1 180/60 51 PIs—Data Form Section 2 (reported annually) 17 1 90/60 26 PIs—Data Form Section 3 (reported once) 17 1 30/60 9 PIs—Data Form Section 4 (reported once) 17 1 30/60 9
    Dated: March 10, 2015. Lawrence A. Tabak, Deputy Director, National Institutes of Health.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05932 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [30Day-15-0932] Agency Forms Undergoing Paperwork Reduction Act Review

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has submitted the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The notice for the proposed information collection is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies.

    Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are encouraged. Your comments should address any of the following: (a) 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; (b) Evaluate the accuracy of the agencies estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) 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; and (e) Assess information collection costs.

    To request additional information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the information collection plan and instruments, call (404) 639-7570 or send an email to [email protected] Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the items contained in this notice should be directed to the Attention: CDC Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20503 or by fax to (202) 395-5806. Written comments should be received within 30 days of this notice.

    Proposed Project

    Data Collection for Evaluation of Education, Communication, and Training Activities (OMB No. 0920-0932, expires 05/31/2015)—Revision—National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Background and Brief Description

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ) is requesting a revision of a currently approved generic clearance to conduct evaluation research. This will help CDC plan and implement health communication, education, and training activities to improve health and prevent the spread of disease. These activities include communicating with international travelers and other mobile populations, training healthcare providers, and educating public health departments and other federal partners.

    The information collection for which the revision is sought is in accordance with DGMQ's mission to reduce morbidity and mortality among immigrants, refugees, travelers, expatriates, and other globally mobile populations, and to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable diseases from foreign countries into the United States. This mission is supported by delegated legal authorities outlined in the Public Health Service (PHS) Act (42 U.S.C. 264) and in regulations that are codified in 42 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) parts 70 and 71, and 34.

    Since receiving initial approval for this generic, CDC has conducted five information collections. These information collections supported an Evaluation of Adapted Health Education Materials for LEP Spanish Speakers and Indigenous Migrants; Evaluation of the TravAlert Electronic Messaging System; a project entitled Scan This: Effectiveness of Quick Response Codes for Engaging International Panel Physicians; and two collections involving CDC's Check and Report Ebola programs (CARE and CARE+) (The CARE+ evaluation is still underway as of the date of this notice). In order, these projects evaluated materials designed for specific audiences to determine if CDC's methods for communicating key public health messages were translated appropriately for low-English proficiency residents in the United States, were effective in reaching travelers in airports, were useful in making CDC's immigration medical exam technical instructions more accessible, and were helpful in reaching individuals and assessing their knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors concerning enhanced screening for Ebola at U.S. ports of entry and follow-up under active monitoring.

    Approval of this revision of the generic information collection will allow DGMQ to continue to collect, in an expedited manner, information about the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of key audiences (such as refugees, immigrants, migrants, international travelers, travel industry partners, healthcare providers, non-profit agencies, customs brokers and forwarders, schools, state and local health departments) to help improve and inform these activities during both routine and emergency public health events. This generic OMB clearance will help DGMQ continue to refine these efforts in a timely manner, and will be especially valuable for communication activities that must occur quickly in response to public health emergencies.

    DGMQ staff will use a variety of data collection methods for this proposed project: Interviews, focus groups, surveys, and pre/post-tests. Depending on the research questions and audiences involved, data may be gathered in-person, by telephone, online, or using some combination of these formats. Data may be collected in quantitative and/or qualitative forms. Numerous audience variables will be assessed under the auspices of this generic OMB clearance. These include, but are not limited to, knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, behavioral intentions, practices, behaviors, skills, self-efficacy, and information needs and sources. Insights gained from evaluation research will assist in the development, refinement, implementation, and demonstration of outcomes and impact of communication, education, and training activities.

    DGMQ estimates involvement of 37,500 respondents and 17,835 hours of burden for evaluation research activities each year. The collected information will not impose a cost burden on the respondents beyond that associated with their time to provide the required data.

    Estimated Annualized Burden Hours Type of respondents Form name Number of respondents Number of responses per
  • respondent
  • Average burden per response
  • (in hours)
  • General Public Focus Groups Screening form 2,100 1 10/60 Healthcare Professionals Focus Groups Screening form 900 1 10/60 General Public Focus Group Guide 1,050 1 1.5 Healthcare Professionals Focus Group Guide 450 1 1.5 General Public Interview Screening Form 1,400 1 10/60 Healthcare Professionals Interview Screening Form 600 1 10/60 General Public Interview Guide 700 1 1 Healthcare Professionals Interviews Interview Guide 300 1 1 General Public Survey Screening Forms 10,500 1 10/60 Healthcare Professionals Survey Screening Forms 4,500 1 10/60 General Public Surveys 5,250 1 45/60 Healthcare Professionals Surveys 2,250 1 45/60 General Public Pre/Post Tests 5,250 1 45/60 Healthcare Professionals Pre/Post Tests 2,250 1 45/60
    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. 2015-05902 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163-18-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Advisory Council; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to Public Law 92-463, notice is hereby given of the meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration's (SAMHSA) National Advisory Council (NAC) on April 17, 2015.

    The meeting will include a recap of the April 16, 2015, meeting of the Joint National Advisory Council, an update from the SAMHSA Administrator, and discussions regarding health information technology, delivery system reform, and the ecological model of integration.

    The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the SAMHSA building, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20850. Attendance by the public will be limited to space available. Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the Council. Written submissions should be forwarded to the contact person on or before April 7, 2015. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled at the conclusion of the meeting. Individuals interested in making oral presentations are encouraged to notify the contact on or before April 7, 2015. Five minutes will be allotted for each presentation.

    The meeting may be accessed via telephone and web conferencing will be available. To attend on site; obtain the call-in number, access code, and/or web access link; submit written or brief oral comments; or request special accommodations for persons with disabilities, please register on-line at: http://nac.samhsa.gov/Registration/meetingsRegistration.aspx, or communicate with SAMHSA's Committee Management Officer, LCDR Holly Berilla (see contact information below).

    Substantive meeting information and a roster of Council members may be obtained either by accessing the SAMHSA Council's Web site at: http://www.samhsa.gov/about-us/advisory-councils/samhsa-national-advisory-council or by contacting LCDR Berilla.

    Substantive program information may be obtained after the meeting by accessing the SAMHSA Council's Web site, http://nac.samhsa.gov/, or by contacting LCDR Berilla.

    Council Name: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Advisory Council.

    Date/Time/Type: April 17, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (EDT), Open.

    Place: SAMHSA Building, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, Maryland 20850.

    Contact: LCDR Holly Berilla, Committee Management Officer and Designated Federal Officer, SAMHSA National Advisory Council, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, Maryland 20857 (mail), Telephone: (240) 276-1252, Fax: (240) 276-2252, Email: [email protected].

    Summer King, Statistician, SAMHSA.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05821 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4162-20-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; 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 Environmental Health Sciences Special Emphasis Panel; Clinically-Related and Environmental Health Training Careers.

    Date: April 8, 2015.

    Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Keystone Building, 530 Davis Drive, Room 3118, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Linda K. Bass, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Branch, Division of Extramural Research and Training, Nat'l Institute Environmental Health Sciences, P.O. Box 12233, MD EC-30, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, (919) 541-1307.

    Name of Committee: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Special Emphasis Panel; Review of R13 Conference Grants Applications.

    Date: April 8, 2015.

    Time: 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Keystone Building 530 Davis Drive, Rooms 2164 and 2166 Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Janice B. Allen, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Branch, Division of Extramural Research and Training, Nat. Institute of Environmental Health Science, P.O. Box 12233, MD EC-30/Room 3170 B, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, (919) 541-7556.

    Name of Committee: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Special Emphasis Panel; Transition to Independence (Careers) Development of Awards Review Committee.

    Date: April 9, 2015.

    Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Keystone Building, 530 Davis Drive, Rooms 1003A and1003AB, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Leroy Worth, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Branch, Division of Extramural Research and Training, Nat. Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, P.O. Box 12233, MD EC-30/Room 3171, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709, (919) 541-0670 [email protected].

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.115, Biometry and Risk Estimation—Health Risks from Environmental Exposures; 93.142, NIEHS Hazardous Waste Worker Health and Safety Training; 93.143, NIEHS Superfund Hazardous Substances—Basic Research and Education; 93.894, Resources and Manpower Development in the Environmental Health Sciences; 93.113, Biological Response to Environmental Health Hazards; 93.114, Applied Toxicological Research and Testing, National Institutes of Health, HHS)
    Dated: March 10, 2015. Carolyn Baum, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05818 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health Center for Scientific Review; Notice of Closed Meetings

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the following meetings.

    The meetings will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel; PAR Panel: Ethical Issues in Research on HIV/AIDS and Its Co-Morbidities.

    Date: March 27, 2015.

    Time: 12:00 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 (Virtual Meeting).

    Contact Person: Karin F. Helmers, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 3148, MSC 7770, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 254-9975, [email protected]

    This notice is being published less than 15 days prior to the meeting due to the timing limitations imposed by the review and funding cycle.

    Name of Committee: Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel; Special Topics: Urology.

    Date: April 2, 2015.

    Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 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: Martha Garcia, Ph.D., Scientific Reviewer Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 2186, MSC 7818, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-435-1243, [email protected]

    Name of Committee: Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel; Member Conflict: Epilepsy and Depression.

    Date: April 3, 2015.

    Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 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: Samuel C. Edwards, Ph.D., IRG Chief, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 5210, MSC 7846, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 435-1246, [email protected]

    Name of Committee: Center for Scientific Review Special Emphasis Panel; Member Conflict: Neuroimaging and Neurodegeneration.

    Date: April 3, 2015.

    Time: 2:00 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: Jay Joshi, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 5196, MSC 7846, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 408-9135, [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: March 10, 2015. Melanie J. Gray, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05823 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Mental Health Services; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to Public Law 92-463, notice is hereby given that the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) National Advisory Council will meet April 15, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    The meeting is open to the public as determined by the SAMHSA Administrator, in accordance with Title 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(9)(b) and 5 U.S.C. App. 2, Section 10(d). The meeting will include discussion of the Center's policy issues, and current administrative, legislative, and program developments. The meeting will be held at the SAMHSA building, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20850. Attendance by the public will be limited to space available. Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the Council. Written submissions should be forwarded to the contact person on or before April 6, 2015. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled at the conclusion of the meeting. Individuals interested in making oral presentations are encouraged to notify the contact on or before April 6, 2015. Five minutes will be allotted for each presentation.

    The meeting may be accessed via telephone and web conferencing will be available. To attend on site; obtain the call-in number, access code, and/or Web access link; submit written or brief oral comments; or request special accommodations for persons with disabilities, please register on-line at: http://nac.samhsa.gov/Registration/meetingsRegistration.aspx, or communicate by contacting the CMHS National Advisory Council Designated Federal Officer, Ms. Deborah DeMasse-Snell (see contact information below).

    Substantive program information may be obtained after the meeting by accessing the SAMHSA Council Web site at: http://nac.samhsa.gov/, or by contacting the Designated Federal Officer.

    Committee Name: SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council.

    Date/Time/Type: April 15, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (EDT) OPEN.

    Place: SAMHSA Building, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Seneca Conference Room, Rockville, Maryland 20850.

    Contact: Deborah DeMasse-Snell, M.A. (Than), Designated Federal Officer, SAMHSA CMHS National Advisory Council, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 6-1084, Rockville, Maryland 20857 (mail), Telephone: (240) 276-1861, Fax: (240) 276-1850, Email: [email protected]

    Summer King, Statistician, SAMHSA.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05810 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4162-20-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health Proposed Collection; 60-Day Comment Request; PHS Applications and Pre-Award Reporting Requirements (OD) SUMMARY:

    In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.

    Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies are invited on one or more of the following points: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the function of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    To Submit Comments and for Further Information: To obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, submit comments in writing, or request more information on the proposed project, contact: Ms. Mikia P. Currie, Program Analyst, Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 350, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, or call a non-toll-free number 301-435-0941 or Email your request, including your address to [email protected] Formal requests for additional plans and instruments must be requested in writing.

    Comment Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60-days of the date of this publication.

    Proposed Collection: Public Health Service (PHS) Applications and Pre-Award Reporting Requirements.

    Revision, OMB 0925-0001, Expiration Date 8/31/2015. Form numbers: PHS 398, PHS 416-1, PHS 416-5, and PHS 6031. This collection represents a consolidation of PHS applications and pre-award reporting requirements into a revised data collection under the PRA.

    Need and Use of Information Collection: This collection includes PHS applications and pre-award reporting requirements: PHS 398 [paper] Public Health Service Grant Application forms and instructions; PHS 398 [electronic] PHS Grant Application component forms and agency specific instructions used in combination with the SF424 (R&R); PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form and agency specific instructions used in combination with the SF424 (R&R) forms/instructions for Fellowships [electronic]; PHS 416-1 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Fellowship Application Instructions and Forms used only for a change of sponsoring institution application [paper]; Instructions for a Change of Sponsoring Institution for NRSA Fellowships (F30, F31, F32 and F33) and non-NRSA Fellowships; PHS 416-5 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Fellowship Activation Notice; and PHS 6031 Payback Agreement. The PHS 398 (paper and electronic), PHS 416-1, 416-5, and PHS 6031 are currently approved under 0925-0001. All forms expire 8/31/2015. Post-award reporting requirements are simultaneously consolidated under 0925-0002, and include the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). The PHS 398 and SF424 applications are used by applicants to request federal assistance funds for traditional investigator-initiated research projects and to request access to databases and other PHS resources. The PHS 416-1 is used only for a change of sponsoring institution application. PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form and agency specific instructions is used in combination with the SF424 (R&R) forms/instructions for Fellowships and is used by individuals to apply for direct research training support. Awards are made to individual applicants for specified training proposals in biomedical and behavioral research, selected as a result of a national competition. The PHS 416-5 is used by individuals to indicate the start of their NRSA awards. The PHS 6031 Payback Agreement is used by individuals at the time of activation to certify agreement to fulfill the payback provisions. Frequency of response: Applicants may submit applications for published receipt dates. For NRSA awards, fellowships are activated and trainees appointed. Affected Public: Universities and other research institutions; Business or other for-profit; Not-for-profit institutions; Federal Government; and State, Local or Tribal Government. Type of Respondents: University administrators and principal professionals. The annual reporting burden is as follows: Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 94,326; Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1, Average Burden Hours per Response: 21.75; Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours Requested: 2,051,794. The estimated annualized cost to respondents is $71,812,769.

    OMB approval is requested for 3 years. There are no costs to respondents other than their time. The total estimated annualized burden hours are 2,051,794.

    Estimates of Hour Burden Information collection number or form Number of
  • respondents
  • Frequency
  • of response
  • Average time
  • (hrs) per
  • response
  • Annual
  • burden hours
  • PHS 398 [paper] 8,389 1 35 293,615 PHS 398 [electronic] 76,312 1 22 1,678,864 PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form [electronic] 4,915 1 16 78,640 PHS 416-1 30 1 10 300 PHS 416-5 3,121 1 0.08 250 PHS 6031 1,559 1 0.08 125 Totals 94,326 1 21.75 2,051,794
    Dated: March 9, 2015. Lawrence A. Tabak, Deputy Director, National Institutes of Health.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05930 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health Proposed Collection; 60-Day Comment Request; Post-Award Reporting Requirements Including Research Performance Progress Report Collection (OD) SUMMARY:

    In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.

    Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies are invited on one or more of the following points: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the function of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    To Submit Comments and for Further Information: To obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, submit comments in writing, or request more information on the proposed project, contact: Ms. Mikia P. Currie, Program Analyst, Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 350, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, or call a non-toll-free number 301-435-0941 or Email your request, including your address to [email protected] Formal requests for additional plans and instruments must be requested in writing.

    Comment Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60-days of the date of this publication.

    Proposed Collection: Public Health Service (PHS) Post-award Reporting Requirements. Revision, OMB 0925-0002, Expiration Date 8/31/2015. Form numbers: PHS 2590, PHS 416-7, PHS 2271, PHS 3734, PHS 6031-1, and HHS 568. This collection represents a consolidation of post-award reporting requirements under the PRA, including the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR).

    Need and Use of Information Collection: The RPPR is now required to be used by all NIH, Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) grantees. Interim progress reports are required to continue support of a PHS grant for each budget year within a competitive segment. The phased transition to the RPPR required the maintenance of dual reporting processes for a period of time. Continued use of the PHS Non-competing Continuation Progress Report (PHS 2590), exists for a small group of grantees. This collection also includes other PHS post-award reporting requirements: PHS 416-7 NRSA Termination Notice, PHS 2271 Statement of Appointment, 6031-1 NRSA Annual Payback Activities Certification, HHS 568 Final Invention Statement and Certification, Final Progress Report instructions, iEdison, and PHS 3734 Statement Relinquishing Interests and Rights in a PHS Research Grant. The PHS 416-7, 2271, and 6031-1 are used by NRSA recipients to activate, terminate, and provide for payback of a NRSA. Closeout of an award requires a Final Invention Statement (HHS 568) and Final Progress Report. iEdison allows grantees and Federal agencies to meet statutory requirements for reporting inventions and patents. The PHS 3734 serves as the official record of grantee relinquishment of a PHS award when an award is transferred from one grantee institution to another. Pre-award reporting requirements are simultaneously consolidated under 0925-0001. Frequency of response: Applicants may submit applications for published receipt dates. For NRSA awards, fellowships are activated and trainees appointed. Affected Public: Universities and other research institutions; Business or other for-profit; Not-for-profit institutions; Federal Government; and State, Local or Tribal Government. Type of Respondents: University administrators and principal professionals. The annual reporting burden is as follows: Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 112,986. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1. Average Burden Hours per Response: 5.6. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours Requested: 640,677. The annualized cost to respondents is estimated to be $22,423,709. There are no Capital Costs to report. There are no Operating or Maintenance Costs to report.

    OMB approval is requested for 3 years. There are no costs to respondents other than their time. The total estimated annualized burden hours are 640,677.

    Estimates of Hour Burden Information collection No. or title Number of
  • respondents
  • Frequency of response Average time
  • (hrs) per
  • response
  • Annual burden hours
    RPPR (or 2590 or 416-9) 40,569 1 15 608,535 PHS 416-7 3,371 1 30/60 1,686 PHS 2271 15,500 1 15/60 3,875 PHS 6031-1 1,600 1 20/60 528 HHS 568 22,681 1 5/60 1,814 Final Progress Report 22,681 1 1 22,681 iEdison 6,000 1 15/60 1,500 PHS 3734 584 1 6/60 58 Totals 112,986 5.6 640,677
    Dated: March 9, 2015. Lawrence A. Tabak, Deputy Director, National Institutes of Health.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05929 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Community Living Proposed Priority—National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research—Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers AGENCY:

    Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services.

    ACTION:

    Notice of Proposed Priority.

    CFDA Number: 84.133B-6. SUMMARY:

    The Administrator of the Administration for Community Living proposes a priority for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) Program administered by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). Specifically, this notice proposes a priority for an RRTC on Outcomes Measurement for Home and Community Based Services. We take this action to focus research attention on an area of national need. We intend this priority to contribute to improved home and community based services for individuals with disabilities.

    DATES:

    We must receive your comments on or before April 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Address all comments about this notice to Carolyn Baron, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 550 12th Street SW., Room 5134, PCP, Washington, DC 20202-2700.

    If you prefer to send your comments by email, use the following address: [email protected] You must include the phrase “Proposed Priorities for RRTCs” and the priority title in the subject line of your electronic message.

    We will not accept comments submitted by fax or those submitted after the comment period. To ensure that we do not receive duplicate copies, please submit your comments only once.

    Postal Mail or Commercial Delivery: If you mail or deliver your comments about these proposed regulations, address them to Carolyn Baron, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 5134, Potomac Center Plaza (PCP), Washington, DC 20202-2700.

    Privacy Note: The Department's policy is to make all comments received from members of the public available for public viewing in their entirety. Therefore, commenters should be careful to include in their comments only information that they wish to make publicly available.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Carolyn Baron. Telephone: (202) 245-7244 or by email: [email protected]

    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    This notice of proposed priority is in concert with NIDILRR's currently approved Long-Range Plan (Plan). The Plan, which was published in the Federal Register on April 4, 2013 (78 FR 20299), can be accessed on the Internet at the following site: www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/nidrr/policy.html.

    The Plan identifies a need for research and training that can be used to improve outcomes of individuals with disabilities. To address this need, NIDILRR seeks to: (1) Improve the quality and utility of disability and rehabilitation research; (2) foster an exchange of research findings, expertise, and other information to advance knowledge and understanding of the needs of individuals with disabilities and their family members, including those from among traditionally underserved populations; (3) determine effective practices, programs, and policies to improve community living and participation, employment, and health and function outcomes for individuals with disabilities of all ages; (4) identify research gaps and areas for promising research investments; (5) identify and promote effective mechanisms for integrating research and practice; and (6) disseminate research findings to all major stakeholder groups, including individuals with disabilities and their family members in formats that are appropriate and meaningful to them.

    This notice proposes one priority that NIDILRR intends to use for one or more competitions in fiscal year (FY) 2015 and possibly later years. NIDILRR is under no obligation to make an award under this priority. The decision to make an award will be based on the quality of applications received and available funding. NIDILRR may publish additional priorities, as needed.

    Invitation to Comment: We invite you to submit comments regarding this proposed priority. To ensure that your comments have maximum effect in developing the final priority, we urge you to identify clearly the specific topic within the priority that each comment addresses.

    We invite you to assist us in complying with the specific requirements of E.O. 12866 and 13563 and their overall requirement of reducing regulatory burden that might result from this proposed priority. Please let us know of any further ways we could reduce potential costs or increase potential benefits while preserving the effective and efficient administration of the program.

    During and after the comment period, you may inspect all public comments sent to NIDILRR in Room 5142, 550 12th Street SW., PCP, Washington, DC, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, Monday through Friday of each week except Federal holidays.

    Assistance to Individuals With Disabilities in Reviewing the Rulemaking Record: On request we will provide an appropriate accommodation or auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability who needs assistance to review the comments or other documents in the public rulemaking record for this notice. If you want to schedule an appointment for this type of accommodation or auxiliary aid, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program is to plan and conduct research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities, including international activities, to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities, and to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Rehabilitation Act).

    Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers

    The purpose of the RRTCs, which are funded through the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program, is to achieve the goals of, and improve the effectiveness of, services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act through well-designed research, training, technical assistance, and dissemination activities in important topical areas as specified by NIDILRR. These activities are designed to benefit rehabilitation service providers, individuals with disabilities, family members, policymakers and other research stakeholders. Additional information on the RRTC program can be found at: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/rrtc/index.html#types.

    Program Authority:

    29 U.S.C. 762(g) and 764(b)(2).

    Applicable Program Regulations: 34 CFR part 350.

    Proposed Priority

    This notice contains one proposed priority.

    RRTC on Outcomes Measurement for Home and Community Based Services Background

    Approximately $140 billion is spent nationally on Medicaid long-term services and supports (LTSS) (Eiken et al., 2014). States continue to rebalance their LTSS expenditures to decrease the reliance on nursing homes and other institutional services for individuals of all ages with disabilities. Nearly half of Medicaid's LTSS expenditures go toward home and community-based services (HCBS) compared to only 18% in 1995 (Eiken et al., 2014). The aging of the population and growing consumer demand to live in home-based settings will continue to increase the need for home and community-based services (HCBS). As more people receive LTSS in the community, there is a need for validated measures of consumer outcomes and experiences that can be used as indicators of HCBS quality (Commission on Long Term Care, 2013; Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, 2013). Compared to measurement efforts in clinical settings, non-medical performance measures in HCBS are in the early stages of development and standardization (National Quality Forum, 2012). Accordingly, NIDILRR is sponsoring a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Outcomes Measurement for Home and Community Based Services.

    Efforts to measure the quality of a wide variety of services, including home- and community-based LTSS, may include structural measures (whether a particular mechanism is in place), process measures (which track the performance of a particular action) and outcomes measures (the results of actions and mechanisms) (Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, 2013; Booth & Fralich, 2006). In the long-term care context, structural indicators of quality may include the ratio of service providers to consumers, for example, and process indicators of quality may include the skill levels of providers and the timeliness of the services they deliver (Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, 2013). User outcomes are also important indicators of service quality. In the HCBS context, health status and levels of community integration, participation, and inclusion among service recipients can be important markers of HCBS quality (Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, 2013).

    For decades, efforts to measure and improve long-term care quality have focused on nursing homes. Historically, the assessment of quality in nursing homes and other institutional long-term care settings emphasized the protection and safety of residents. As the delivery of LTSS is increasingly taking place in home and community-based settings, these institution-based quality measurement efforts have not been translated into measures that are relevant and important to individuals who are receiving services at home (Commission on Long-Term Care, 2013). While protection and safety are important to HCBS recipients, other factors are important and relevant in these settings, including levels of community integration, participation, and inclusion.

    As states continue to rebalance their LTSS expenditures to decrease reliance on nursing homes and increase service delivery in home and community-based settings, they have begun the process of developing person-centered HCBS measures that assess outcomes from the perspective of service users. The State of Wisconsin, for example, has developed and implemented a set of measures that assess “person-centered quality of life” outcomes that are important to HCBS users (Karon & Schlaak, 2012). By seeking extensive input from service users and other stakeholders, Wisconsin has developed quality of life concepts and measures that are used to assess the extent to which (1) individuals have choice over their living arrangements and services, (2) individuals have desired social relationships and participate in meaningful ways in society, and (3) individuals are healthy and safe (Wisconsin Department of Health Services, 2014). Within this person-centered outcomes measurement system, service users are able to choose the specific outcomes that are the most important to them and describe the extent to which the long-term care services they are receiving support their achievement of those outcomes. With this outcomes assessment system Wisconsin has developed state-wide quality of life outcomes reports that aggregate findings for all of its HCBS users, as well as reports that provide comparisons of outcomes across different HCBS programs and subpopulations (Karon & Schlaak, 2012).

    Recent efforts at the Federal level have begun to address the need for HCBS quality measures. For example, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) is contracting with the National Quality Forum (NQF) to create a conceptual framework for HCBS quality measurement and to make recommendations for HCBS measure development efforts. Through this work, ACL aims to create a conceptual foundation for the development of measures that can be used to assess and ultimately support independence and community living outcomes of HCBS recipients (National Quality Forum, 2015). Much work remains to conceptualize and measure HCBS quality in terms of the outcomes that are important to long-term care recipients. These outcomes include adequacy and appropriateness of care, as well as the consumers' level of control, social integration, social participation, and general quality of life (Kaye, 2014).

    Another foundation for the development of person-centered HCBS outcomes measures is the ongoing work of rehabilitation researchers to create valid and reliable measures of community participation of people with disabilities (Walker, Mellick, Brooks, & Whiteneck, 2003; Hammel, Magasi, Heinemann, Whiteneck, Bogner & Rodriguez, 2012; Whiteneck & Dijkers, 2009; Heinemann, 2010). These research and development efforts include the application of advanced item-scaling and person-centered measurement techniques that can be implemented as computerized adaptive tests (CAT) (Haley et al., 2008), thus reducing data collection burden on people with disabilities. These efforts to develop participation outcome measures for people with disabilities are highly relevant to the applied efforts to develop person-centered HCBS outcome measures.

    These and other Federal and state efforts provide a strong foundation for further research on and development of person-centered HCBS outcomes measures and measurement systems that assess and promote community living, independent living and social integration of HCBS users. Accordingly, NIDILRR aims to support a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Outcomes Measurement for Home and Community Based Services. This RRTC will conduct research and development activities in this critical area and will serve as a national resource center on HCBS outcomes measurement for Federal and state-level policymakers, people with disabilities and other key stakeholders.

    References Booth, M., Fralich, J. (2006). Performance Measurement: Managing and Using Home and Community-Based Services Data for Quality Improvement. University of Southern Maine: Muskie School of Public Service. http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/Publications/DA/Performance-Measurement-HCBS.pdf. Commission on Long Term Care. (September 30, 2013). Report to the Congress. http://ltccommission.lmp01.lucidus.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Commission-on-Long-Term-Care-Final-Report-9-26-13.pdf. Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (2013). Identifying and Selecting Long Term Services and Supports Outcomes Measures. http://dredf.org/2013-documents/Guide-LTSS-Outcome-Measures.pdf. Eiken, Steve, et al. (2014). Medicaid Expenditures for Long-Term Services and Supports for FFY 2012. http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/by-topics/long-term-services-and-supports/downloads/ltss-expenditures-2012.pdf. Haley, S., Gandek, B., Siebens, H., Black-Schaffer, R., Sinclair, S., Tao, W., Coster, W., Ni, P., & Jette, A. (2008). Computerized Adaptive Testing for Follow-Up After Discharge From Inpatient Rehabilitation: Participation Outcomes. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 89(2): 275-283. Hammel, J., Magasi, S., Heinemann, A., Whiteneck, G., Bogner, & Rodriguez, E. (2008). What Does Participation Mean? An Insider Perspective From People With Disabilities. Disability and Rehabilitation. 30(19): 1445-1460. Heinemann, A. (2010). Measurement of Participation in Rehabilitation Research. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 91(9): S1-S4. Karon, S., and Schlaak, M. (2012). PEONIES Member Interviews, State Fiscal Year 2012, Final Report. Madison, WI: Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis. http://www.chsra.wisc.edu/peonies/documents/PEONIES%20Final%20Report%20SFY2012%20-%20rev%2011-9-2012.pdf. Kaye, H. Stephen. Toward a Model Long-Term Services and Supports System: State Policy Elements. The Gerontologist. (October 2014). http://gerontologist.oxfordjournals.org/content/54/5/754.full.pdf+html. National Quality Forum (2015). Home and Community Based Services Quality. http://www.qualityforum.org/ProjectDescription.aspx?projectID=77692. National Quality Forum, “Measuring Healthcare Quality for the Dual Eligible Beneficiary Population, Measure Application Partnership, Final Report to HHS,” June, 2012. Walker, N., Mellick, D., Brooks, CA, Whiteneck, G. (2003). Measuring Participation Across Impairment Groups Using the Craig Handicap Assessment Reporting Technique. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 82(12): 936-941. Whiteneck, G., & Dijkers, M. (2009). Difficult to Measure Constructs. Conceptual and Methodological Issues Concerning Participation and Environmental Factors. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 90(11) S22-S35. Wisconsin Department of Health Services (2014). Measuring Person-Centered Quality. November 11, 2014: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/familycare/reports/peonies.htm. Definitions

    The research that is proposed under this priority must be focused on one or more stages of research. If the RRTC is to conduct research that can be categorized under more than one research stage, or research that progresses from one stage to another, those research stages must be clearly specified. For purposes of this priority, the stages of research are from the notice of final priorities and definitions published in the Federal Register on June 7, 2013 (78 FR 34261).

    (a) Exploration and Discovery means the stage of research that generates hypotheses or theories by conducting new and refined analyses of data, producing observational findings, and creating other sources of research-based information. This research stage may include identifying or describing the barriers to and facilitators of improved outcomes of individuals with disabilities, as well as identifying or describing existing practices, programs, or policies that are associated with important aspects of the lives of individuals with disabilities. Results achieved under this stage of research may inform the development of interventions or lead to evaluations of interventions or policies. The results of the exploration and discovery stage of research may also be used to inform decisions or priorities.

    (b) Intervention Development means the stage of research that focuses on generating and testing interventions that have the potential to improve outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Intervention development involves determining the active components of possible interventions, developing measures that would be required to illustrate outcomes, specifying target populations, conducting field tests, and assessing the feasibility of conducting a well-designed interventions study. Results from this stage of research may be used to inform the design of a study to test the efficacy of an intervention.

    (c) Intervention Efficacy means the stage of research during which a project evaluates and tests whether an intervention is feasible, practical, and has the potential to yield positive outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Efficacy research may assess the strength of the relationships between an intervention and outcomes, and may identify factors or individual characteristics that affect the relationship between the intervention and outcomes. Efficacy research can inform decisions about whether there is sufficient evidence to support “scaling-up” an intervention to other sites and contexts. This stage of research can include assessing the training needed for wide-scale implementation of the intervention, and approaches to evaluation of the intervention in real world applications.

    (d) Scale-Up Evaluation means the stage of research during which a project analyzes whether an intervention is effective in producing improved outcomes for individuals with disabilities when implemented in a real-world setting. During this stage of research, a project tests the outcomes of an evidence-based intervention in different settings. It examines the challenges to successful replication of the intervention, and the circumstances and activities that contribute to successful adoption of the intervention in real-world settings. This stage of research may also include well-designed studies of an intervention that has been widely adopted in practice, but that lacks a sufficient evidence-base to demonstrate its effectiveness.

    Proposed Priority

    The Administrator of the Administration for Community Living proposes a priority for the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) program administered by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). Specifically, this notice proposes a priority for an RRTC on Outcomes Measurement for Home and Community Based Services. The RRTC will engage in research, development, and testing of measures to assess the quality of HCBS in terms of the person-centered outcomes achieved by people with disabilities who use the services in home and community settings. The RRTC will also engage in knowledge translation, development of informational products, and dissemination to enhance the field's capacity to measure the extent to which HCBS leads to improved outcomes in community living and independent living areas that are important to people with disabilities and other stakeholders. Ultimately, the RRTC's development of non-medical, person-centered outcome measures is intended to inform the design, implementation, and continuous improvement of Federal and state policies and programs related to the delivery of HCBS to people with disabilities. The RRTC must contribute to these outcomes by:

    (a) Identifying or developing measures, and then testing the proposed measures to assess the person-centered outcomes of individuals with disabilities who are receiving home and community-based services. HCBS measures developed under this priority must be non-medical and must focus on the end-users' experience of community living, independent living, social integration, community participation, and other similar outcomes. The measures developed under this priority must also be designed to minimize data collection burden on HCBS recipients. Possible methods for minimizing this burden include, but are not limited to, use of relevant administrative data, modifying administrative data to include person-centered goals as well as fields to assess progress toward those goals, and use of advanced item-scaling and person-centered measurement techniques that can be implemented as computerized adaptive tests (CAT).

    (b) Increasing incorporation of the RRTC's HCBS outcome measures into practice and policy. The RRTC must contribute to this outcome by—

    (1) Working closely with NIDILRR and the Administration for Community Living (ACL) at each stage of the measure development and testing processes to ensure that its activities are informing and informed by other HCBS quality initiatives taking place within ACL and other relevant Federal and state agencies. This specifically includes the work taking place under the National Quality Forum's work with the Department of Health and Human Services (http://www.qualityforum.org/ProjectDescription.aspx?projectID=77692).

    (2) Developing procedures and mechanisms for applying HCBS outcome measures in policy and service delivery settings to maximize quality and appropriateness of HCBS from the end-user perspective.

    (3) Collaborating with stakeholder groups to develop, evaluate, or implement strategies to increase utilization of new HCBS outcome measures. Stakeholder groups include but, are not limited to, people with disabilities, Federal- and state-level policymakers; home and community based service providers; advocacy organizations; and Centers for Independent Living.

    (4) Collaborating with relevant NIDILRR-sponsored knowledge translation grantees to help promote the uptake of RRTC products by relevant stakeholders and embed the outcome measures into the overall health care measurement system.

    (c) Serving as a national resource center related to person-centered measurement of HCBS outcomes:

    (1) Disseminating information and providing technical assistance related to HCBS outcome and quality measurement to policymakers, service providers, people with disabilities and their representatives, and other key stakeholders; and

    (2) Providing relevant and appropriate training, including graduate, pre-service, and in-service training, to HCBS providers, researchers and quality-measurement personnel, and other disability service providers, to facilitate more effective delivery of HCBS to people with disabilities. This training may be provided through conferences, workshops, public education programs, in-service training programs, and similar activities.

    Final Priority

    We will announce the final priority in a notice in the Federal Register. We will determine the final priority after considering responses to this notice and other information available to the Department. This notice does not preclude us from proposing additional priorities, requirements, definitions, or selection criteria, subject to meeting applicable rulemaking requirements.

    Note:

    This notice does not solicit applications. In any year in which we choose to use this priority, we invite applications through a notice in the Federal Register or in a Funding Opportunity Announcement posted at www.grants.gov.

    Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 Regulatory Impact Analysis

    Under E.O. 12866, the Secretary must determine whether this regulatory action is “significant” and, therefore, subject to the requirements of the Executive Order and subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Section 3(f) of E.O. 12866 defines a “significant regulatory action” as an action likely to result in a rule that may—

    (1) Have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more, or adversely affect a sector of the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or State, local, or tribal governments or communities in a material way (also referred to as an “economically significant” rule);

    (2) Create serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency;

    (3) Materially alter the budgetary impacts of entitlement 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 stated in the E.O.

    This proposed regulatory action is not a significant regulatory action subject to review by OMB under section 3(f) of E.O. 12866.

    We have also reviewed this regulatory action under E.O. 13563, which supplements and explicitly reaffirms the principles, structures, and definitions governing regulatory review established in E.O. 12866. To the extent permitted by law, E.O. 13563 requires that an agency—

    (1) Propose or adopt regulations only upon a reasoned determination that their benefits justify their costs (recognizing that some benefits and costs are difficult to quantify);

    (2) Tailor its regulations to impose the least burden on society, consistent with obtaining regulatory objectives and taking into account—among other things and to the extent practicable—the costs of cumulative regulations;

    (3) In choosing among alternative regulatory approaches, select those approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety, and other advantages; distributive impacts; and equity);

    (4) To the extent feasible, specify performance objectives, rather than the behavior or manner of compliance a regulated entity must adopt; and

    (5) Identify and assess available alternatives to direct regulation, including economic incentives—such as user fees or marketable permits—to encourage the desired behavior, or provide information that enables the public to make choices.

    E.O. 13563 also requires an agency “to use the best available techniques to quantify anticipated present and future benefits and costs as accurately as possible.” The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs of OMB has emphasized that these techniques may include “identifying changing future compliance costs that might result from technological innovation or anticipated behavioral changes.”

    We are issuing this proposed priority only upon a reasoned determination that its benefits would justify its costs. In choosing among alternative regulatory approaches, we selected those approaches that would maximize net benefits. Based on the analysis that follows, the Department believes that this proposed priority is consistent with the principles in E.O. 13563.

    We also have determined that this regulatory action would not unduly interfere with State, local, and tribal governments in the exercise of their governmental functions.

    In accordance with both Executive Orders, the Department has assessed the potential costs and benefits, both quantitative and qualitative, of this regulatory action. The potential costs are those resulting from statutory requirements and those we have determined as necessary for administering the Department's programs and activities.

    The benefits of the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program have been well established over the years. Projects similar to one envisioned by the proposed priority have been completed successfully, and the proposed priority would generate new knowledge through research. The new RRTC would generate, disseminate, and promote the use of new information that would improve outcomes for individuals with disabilities in the area of home and community based services.

    Intergovernmental Review: This program is not subject to E.O. 12372.

    Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available via the Federal Digital System at: www.thefederalregister.org/fdsys. At this site you can view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at the site.

    You may also access documents of the Department published in the Federal Register by using the article search feature at: www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published by the Department.

    Dated: March 11, 2015. Kathy Greenlee, Administrator.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05989 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4154-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Office of the Secretary [Document Identifier: HHS-OS-0990-New-60D] Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Public Comment Request AGENCY:

    Office of the Secretary, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    In compliance with section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of Health and Human Services, announces plans to submit a new Information Collection Request (ICR), described below, to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Prior to submitting that ICR to OMB, OS seeks comments from the public regarding the burden estimate, below, or any other aspect of the ICR.

    DATES:

    Comments on the ICR must be received on or before May 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit your comments to [email protected] or by calling (202) 690-6162.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Information Collection Clearance staff, [email protected] or (202) 690-6162.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    When submitting comments or requesting information, please include the document identifier HHS-OS-0990-New-60D for reference.

    Information Collection Request Title: Healthy People User Study.

    Abstract: Healthy People is a national health promotion and disease prevention initiative managed out of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP). HHS/OS/OASH/ODPHP is seeking OMB approval to conduct a short survey using a self-administered questionnaire of state, local, and tribal organizations; Healthy People Consortium organizations; and Healthy People webinar attendees. The survey will be administered via a web-based platform.

    The Healthy People initiative has provided a comprehensive set of data-driven, national disease prevention and health promotion objectives with 10-year targets aimed at improving the health of all Americans since 1979. Healthy People 2020 (HP2020) is the fourth iteration of the Healthy People initiative. Its overarching goals are: To attain high-quality, longer lives free of preventable disease, disability, injury, and premature death; to achieve health equity, eliminate disparities, and improve the health of all groups; to create social and physical environments that promote good health for all; and to promote quality of life, healthy development, and health behaviors across all life stages. HP2020 consists of over 1200 objectives organized under 42 topic areas.

    Likely Respondents: Healthy People State Coordinators, State Health Department Senior Deputy Directors, local and tribal health organizations, Healthy People Consortium organizations, and Healthy People webinar attendees.

    Total Estimated Annualized Burden—Hours Type of respondent Number of
  • respondents
  • Number
  • responses per
  • respondent
  • Average
  • burden per
  • response
  • (hours)
  • Total burden hours
    Healthy People State Coordinators (Frame A) 59 1 18/60 18 Senior Deputy Directors (Frame A *) 57 1 18/60 17 Local Health Organizations (Frame B) 375 1 18/60 113 Tribal Health Organizations (Frame C) 100 1 18/60 30 Tribal Area Health Boards (Frame D) 11 1 18/60 3 Healthy People Consortium Organizations (Frame E) 250 1 18/60 75 Healthy People Webinar Attendees (Frame F) 250 1 18/60 75 Total 1,102 331

    OS specifically requests comments on (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.

    Terry S. Clark, Deputy Information Collection Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05839 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4150-32-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to Public Law 92-463, notice is hereby given of the combined meeting on April 16, 2015, of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) four National Advisory Councils (the SAMHSA National Advisory Council [NAC], the Center for Mental Health Services NAC, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention NAC, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment NAC) and the two SAMHSA Advisory Committees (Advisory Committee for Women's Services [ACWS] and the Tribal Technical Advisory Committee [TTAC]).

    SAMHSA's National Advisory Councils were established to advise the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); the Administrator, SAMHSA; and SAMHSA's Center Directors concerning matters relating to the activities carried out by and through the Centers and the policies respecting such activities.

    Under Section 501 of the Public Health Service Act, the ACWS is statutorily mandated to advise the SAMHSA Administrator and the Associate Administrator for Women's Services on appropriate activities to be undertaken by SAMHSA and its Centers with respect to women's substance abuse and mental health services.

    Pursuant to Presidential Executive Order No. 13175, November 6, 2000, and the Presidential Memorandum of September 23, 2004, SAMHSA established the TTAC for working with Federally-recognized Tribes to enhance the government-to-government relationship, honor Federal trust responsibilities and obligations to Tribes and American Indian and Alaska Natives. The SAMHSA TTAC serves as an advisory body to SAMHSA.

    The April 16, 2015, combined meeting will include a report from the SAMHSA Administrator, discussion regarding SAMHSA's role in influencing the provision of treatment for mental and substance use disorders, and a presentation and discussion regarding the science of changing social norms.

    The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the SAMHSA building, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20850. Attendance by the public will be limited to space available. Interested persons may present data, information, or views orally or in writing, on issues pending before the Council. Written submissions should be forwarded to the contact person on or before April 6, 2015. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled at the conclusion of the meeting. Individuals interested in making oral presentations are encouraged to notify the contact on or before April 6, 2015. Five minutes will be allotted for each presentation.

    The meeting may be accessed via telephone and web conferencing will be available. To attend on site; obtain the call-in number, access code, and/or web access link; submit written or brief oral comments; or request special accommodations for persons with disabilities, please register on-line at: http://nac.samhsa.gov/Registration/meetingsRegistration.aspx, or communicate with SAMHSA's Committee Management Officer, LCDR Holly Berilla (see contact information below).

    Meeting information and a roster of Council members may be obtained either by accessing the SAMHSA Council's Web site at http://www.samhsa.gov/about-us/advisory-councils/ or by contacting LCDR Berilla. Substantive program information may be obtained after the meeting by accessing the SAMHSA Council's Web site, http://nac.samhsa.gov/, or by contacting LCDR Berilla.

    Council Names: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Advisory Council; Center for Mental Health Services National Advisory Council; Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council; Center for Substance Abuse Treatment National Advisory Council; SAMHSA's Advisory Committee for Women's Services; SAMHSA Tribal Technical Advisory Committee.

    Date/Time/Type: April 16, 2015, 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. EDT, Open.

    Place: SAMHSA Building, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, Maryland 20850.

    Contact: LCDR Holly Berilla, Committee Management Officer and Designated Federal Officer, SAMHSA National Advisory Council, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, Maryland 20857 (mail), Telephone: (240) 276-1252, Fax: (240) 276-2252, Email: [email protected]

    Summer King, Statistician, SAMHSA.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05820 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4162-20-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Center for Substance Abuse Prevention; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to Public Law 92-463, notice is hereby given for the meeting of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council (CSAP NAC) on April 15, 2015.

    The Council was established to advise the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); the Administrator, SAMHSA; and Center Director, CSAP concerning matters relating to the activities carried out by and through the Center and the policies respecting such activities.

    The meeting will be open to the public and will include discussion of SAMHSA's strategic initiative on prevention, prevention's role in influencing the provision of treatment for behavioral health disorders, emerging issues, and CSAP program developments.

    The meeting will be held at the SAMHSA building in Rockville, Maryland. Attendance by the public will be limited to the space available. Interested persons may present data, information, or views, orally or in writing, on issues pending before the Council. Written submissions should be forwarded to the contact person on or before one week prior to the meeting. Oral presentations from the public will be scheduled at the conclusion of the meeting. Individuals interested in making oral presentations are encouraged to notify the contact on or before one week prior to the meeting. Five minutes will be allotted for each presentation.

    To attend onsite, submit written or brief oral comments, or request special accommodations for persons with disabilities, please register at the SAMHSA Council's Web site at: http://nac.samhsa.gov/Registration/meetingsRegistration.aspx, or communicate with the CSAP Council's Designated Federal Officer (see contact information below).

    Substantive program information may be obtained after the meeting by accessing the SAMHSA Council Web site at: http://nac.samhsa.gov/, or by contacting the Designated Federal Officer.

    Committee Name: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Prevention National Advisory Council.

    Date/Time/Type: April 15, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT: (OPEN).

    Place: SAMHSA, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Seneca Conference Room (lobby level), Rockville, MD 20857. Adobe Connect Webcast: https://samhsa-csap.adobeconnect.com/nac/.

    Contact: Matthew J. Aumen, Designated Federal Officer, SAMHSA CSAP NAC, 1 Choke Cherry Road, Rockville, MD 20857 (mail), Telephone: 240-276-2419, Fax: 240-276-2430, Email: [email protected]

    Summer King, Statistician, SAMHSA.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05811 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4162-20-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Notice of Closed Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the following meeting.

    The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Special Emphasis; Panel Centers for Medical Countermeasures Against Radiation Consortium.

    Date: (U19) March 24-26, 2015.

    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: Hilton Rockville Hotel and Executive Meeting Center, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852.

    Contact Person: Paul A. Amstad, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Program, Division of Extramural Activities, NIAID/NIH/DHHS, 5601 Fishers Lane, Bethesda, MD 20892-7616, 240-669-5067, [email protected]

    This notice is being published less than 15 days prior to the meeting due to the timing limitations imposed by the review and funding cycle.

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.855, Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation Research; 93.856, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Research, National Institutes of Health, HHS)
    Dated: March 10, 2015. David Clary, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05825 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Notice of Closed Meetings

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the following meetings.

    The meetings will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Special Emphasis Panel; Sustained Release for Antiretroviral Treatment of Prevention (SRATP) of HIV Infection (UM1).

    Date: April 6-7, 2015.

    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Room LD30A & LD30B, 5601 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Jay Bruce Sundstrom, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Program, Division of Extramural Activities, Room 3G11A, National Institutes of Health/NIAID, 5601 Fishers Lane, MSC 9823, Rockville, MD 20892, 240-669-5045, [email protected].

    Name of Committee: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Special Emphasis Panel; “NIAID SBIR Phase II Clinical Trial Implementation Cooperative Agreement (U44)”.

    Date: April 15, 2015.

    Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Room 3G61, 5601 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20892 (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Travis J. Taylor, Ph.D., Scientific Review Program, DEA/NIAID/NIH/DHHS, 5601 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20892, 240-669-5082, [email protected].

    Name of Committee: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Special Emphasis Panel NIAID; Investigator Initiated Program Project Applications (P01).

    Date: April 28, 2015.

    Time: 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 5601 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20892 (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Dharmendar Rathore, Ph.D., Senior Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Program, Division of Extramural Activities, National Institutes of Health/NIAID, 5601 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20892, 240-669-5058, [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: March 10, 2015. David Clary, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05827 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Community Living Applications for New Awards; National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research—Research Fellowships Program AGENCY:

    Administration for Community Living, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    Overview Information: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)—Research Fellowships Program, Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2015.

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.133F-1.
    DATES:

    Applications Available: March 16, 2015.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Note:

    On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). WIOA was effective immediately. One provision of WIOA transferred the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) from the Department of Education to the Administration for Community Living (ACL) in the Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, NIDRR's name was changed to the Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). For FY 2015, all NIDILRR priority notices will be published as ACL notices, and ACL will make all NIDILRR awards. During this transition period, however, NIDILRR will continue to review grant applications using Department of Education tools. NIDILRR will post previously-approved application kits to grants.gov, and NIDILRR applications submitted to grants.gov will be forwarded to the Department of Education's G-5 system for peer review. We are using Department of Education application kits and peer review systems during this transition year in order to provide for a smooth and orderly process for our applicants.

    Date of Pre-Application Meeting: April 6, 2015.

    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 15, 2015.

    Full Text of Announcement I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Research Fellowships Program is to build research capacity by providing support to highly qualified individuals, including those who are individuals with disabilities, to conduct research on the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities.

    Fellows must conduct original research in an area authorized by section 204 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. Section 204 authorizes research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities, the purposes of which are to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities, and to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Act.

    Note:

    An applicant should consult NIDRR's Long-Range Plan for Fiscal Years 2013-2017 (78 FR 20299) (the Plan) when preparing its application. The Plan is organized around the following outcome domains: (1) Community living and participation; (2) health and function; and (3) employment and can be accessed on the Internet at the following site: www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/nidrr/policy.html.

    Priority

    The Research Fellowships Program permits two types of fellowships, Distinguished and Merit. Under the Research Fellowships competition, we are particularly interested in applications that address the following program priority.

    Invitational Priority: For FY 2015, this priority is an invitational priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(1) we do not give an application that meets this invitational priority a competitive or absolute preference over other applications.

    This priority is:

    The Administrator of the Administration for Community Living is particularly interested in applications from eligible applicants who are individuals with disabilities.

    Program Authority:

    29 U.S.C. 762(e).

    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Department of Health and Human Services General Administrative Regulations in 45 CFR part 75; (b) 45 CFR part 75 Non-procurement Debarment and Suspension; (c) 45 CFR part 75 Requirement for Drug-Free Workplace (Financial Assistance); (d) The regulations for this program in 34 CFR part 356, 350.51 and 350.52.

    II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants.

    Estimated Available Funds: $430,000.

    Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of applications, we may make additional awards in FY 2015 and any subsequent year from the list of unfunded applicants from these competitions.

    Estimated Range of Awards: $69,500 to $70,000 for Merit Fellowships and $79,500 to $80,000 for Distinguished Fellowships. (These fellowships are described in the Eligible Applicant section of this notice.)

    Estimated Average Size of Awards: $75,000.

    Maximum Award: We will reject any application that proposes a budget exceeding $70,000 for Merit Fellowships and $80,000 for Distinguished Fellowships for a single year. The Administrator of Community Living may change the maximum amount through a notice published in the Federal Register.

    Estimated Number of Awards: Six.

    Note:

    The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice.

    Project Period: 12 months. We will reject any application that proposes a project period other than 12 months. The Administrator of the Administration for Community Living may change the maximum project period through a notice published in the Federal Register.

    III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: Eligible individuals must: (1) Satisfy the requirements of 45 CFR part 75 and (2) have training and experience that indicate a potential for engaging in scientific research related to the solution of rehabilitation problems of individuals with disabilities.

    The program provides two categories of research fellowships: Merit Fellowships and Distinguished Fellowships.

    (a) To be eligible for a Merit Fellowship, an individual must be in the earlier stages of his or her career in research and have either advanced professional training or experience in independent study in an area which is directly pertinent to disability and rehabilitation.

    (b) To be eligible for a Distinguished Fellowship, an individual must have seven or more years of research experience in subject areas, methods, or techniques relevant to rehabilitation research and must have a doctorate, other terminal degree, or comparable academic qualifications.

    Note:

    Institutions are not eligible to be recipients of research fellowships.

    Applicants must submit an eligibility statement describing how they meet the requirements for one of the two eligibility classifications allowed under this program.

    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not require cost sharing or matching.

    IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address To Request Application Package: You can obtain an application package via grants.gov, or by contacting Patricia Barrett: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 5142, PCP, Washington, DC 20202-2700. Telephone: (202) 245-6211 or by email: [email protected]

    If you request an application from Patricia Barrett, be sure to identify this competition as follows: CFDA number 84.133F.

    2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements concerning the content of an application, together with the forms you must submit, are in the application package for this competition. Page Limit: The application narrative is where you, the applicant, address the selection criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your application. You must limit the application narrative to the equivalent of no more than 24 pages, using the following standards:

    • A “page” is 8.5″ x 11″, on one side only, with 1″ margins at the top, bottom, and both sides.

    • Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) all text in the application narrative. You are not required to double space titles, headings, footnotes, references, and captions, or text in charts, tables, figures, and graphs.

    • Use a font that is either 12 point or larger or no smaller than 10 pitch (characters per inch).

    • Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, Courier New, or Arial.

    The page limit for the application narrative does not apply to the documents you upload to the Grants.gov Apply site under the other two headings: ED Project Abstract and Other Attachments. The ED Project Abstract Form should contain only your one-page abstract. The Other Attachments Form should contain all other attachments, including your bibliography, resume/curriculum vitae, letters of recommendation/support, eligibility statement, and plan for spending one FTE on the Fellowship project. Information regarding the protection of human subjects, if applicable, should be included under the Other Attachments Form or in the place provided on the SF-424 Supplemental Form. You do not need to upload a table of contents for your application, as this will be automatically generated by Grants.gov.

    We will reject your application if you exceed the page limit.

    Note:

    Please submit an appendix that lists every collaborating organization and individual named in the application, including staff, consultants, contractors, and advisory board members. We will use this information to help us screen for conflicts of interest with our reviewers.

    In concert with the balance principle described in NIDRR's Long-Range Plan, for Fiscal Years 2013-2017 (78 FR 20299), applicants for these Fellowships should specify in their abstract and application narrative which of NIDRR's major domains of individual well-being their research will focus on: (a) Community living and participation, (b) employment, or (c) health and function.

    3. Submission Dates and Times:

    Applications Available: March 16, 2015.

    Date of Pre-Application Meeting: Interested parties are invited to participate in a pre-application meeting and to receive information and technical assistance through individual consultation with NIDILRR staff. The pre-application meeting will be held on April 6, 2015. Interested parties may participate in this meeting by conference call with NIDILRR staff from the Administration for Community Living between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., Washington, DC time. NIDILRR staff also will be available from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the same day, by telephone, to provide information and technical assistance through individual consultation. For further information or to make arrangements to participate in the meeting via conference call or to arrange for an individual consultation, contact Carolyn Baron at [email protected], or by telephone at 202-245-7244.

    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 15, 2015.

    Applications for grants under this competition must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov Apply site (Grants.gov). For information (including dates and times) about how to submit your application electronically, or in paper format by mail if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, please refer to section IV.7. Other Submission Requirements of this notice.

    We do not consider an application that does not comply with the deadline requirements.

    Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or auxiliary aid in connection with the application process should contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII of this notice. If the Department provides an accommodation or auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the application process, the individual's application remains subject to all other requirements and limitations in this notice.

    4. Intergovernmental Review: This competition is not subject to Executive Order 12372.

    5. Funding Restrictions: Applicants are not required to submit a budget with their proposal.

    Fellowship awards are a one full-time equivalent (FTE) award. Fellows must work principally on the fellowship during the term of the fellowship award. No fellow is allowed to be a direct recipient of Federal government grant funds in addition to those provided by the Fellowship grant (during the duration of the fellowship award performance period). Fellows may, subject to compliance with their institution's policy on additional employment, be the principal investigator of or otherwise work on a Federal grant that has been awarded to the fellow's institution. Fellows may be allowed to dedicate additional time beyond their one FTE requirement for the fellowship to other work during their fellowship grant performance period, if this is in keeping with the guidelines offered by their home institutions. In other words, NIDILRR defers to the guidelines of the fellows' home institutions regarding the admissibility of work in excess of the one FTE dedicated to the fellowship. NIDILRR strongly recommends that any additional time be limited to .25 FTE, but requires that additional time not exceed .5 FTE.

    Applicants should submit a plan for how they will meet the one FTE requirement. We reference regulations outlining funding restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.

    6. Requirements for Registering for Grants.gov and Submitting Your Application: All individuals applying for a research fellowship must register at www.Grants.gov prior to submitting their application. To register with Grants.gov you must know the Funding Opportunity Number (FON) of the grant opportunity you are applying for. You can obtain this number by searching Grants.gov using the CFDA number, 84.133. This search will lead you to available NIDILRR solicitations and identify the FON for each. You will use the FON to register in Grants.gov. Once you register with Grants.gov, to facilitate the safe and secure transfer of your application to the Department, you will be asked to create a profile with your username and password, which will be used to identify you within the system, and create an electronic signature. Details on registering with Grants.gov as an individual are outlined in the following Grants.gov tutorial: www.grants.gov/assets/IndividualRegistrationOverview.html.

    To register with Grants.gov, you do not have to provide a Data Universal Numbering System Number, a Taxpayer Identification Number, or your Social Security Number (SSN). You also do not have to complete a Central Contractor Registry or System for Award Management registration in order to access Grants.gov or submit your application.

    However, your SSN is required to complete your application for a research fellowship.

    7. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under this competition must be submitted electronically unless you qualify for an exception to this requirement in accordance with the instructions in this section.

    a. Electronic Submission of Applications

    Applications for grants under the Research Fellowships Program, CFDA Number 84.133F-1, must be submitted electronically using the Governmentwide Grants.gov Apply site at www.Grants.gov. Through this site, you will be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit your application. You may not email an electronic copy of a grant application to us.

    We will reject your application if you submit it in paper format unless, as described elsewhere in this section, you qualify for one of the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and submit, no later than two weeks before the application deadline date, a written statement to the Department that you qualify for one of these exceptions. Further information regarding calculation of the date that is two weeks before the application deadline date is provided later in this section under Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement.

    You may access the electronic grant application for the Research Fellowships Program at www.Grants.gov. You must search for the downloadable application package for this competition by the CFDA number. Do not include the CFDA number's alpha suffix in your search (e.g., search for 84.133, not 84.133F).

    Please note the following:

    • When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find information about submitting an application electronically through the site, as well as the hours of operation.

    • Applications received by Grants.gov are date and time stamped. Your application must be fully uploaded and submitted and must be date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system no later than 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. Except as otherwise noted in this section, we will not accept your application if it is received—that is, date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system—after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. We do not consider an application that does not comply with the deadline requirements. When we retrieve your application from Grants.gov, we will notify you if we are rejecting your application because it was date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date.

    • The amount of time it can take to upload an application will vary depending on a variety of factors, including the size of the application and the speed of your Internet connection. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the submission process through Grants.gov.

    • You should review and follow the Education Submission Procedures for submitting an application through Grants.gov that are included in the application package for this program [competition] to ensure that you submit your application in a timely manner to the Grants.gov system. You can also find the Education Submission Procedures pertaining to Grants.gov under News and Events on the Department's G5 system home page at http://www.G5.gov.

    • You will not receive additional point value because you submit your application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, as described elsewhere in this section, and submit your application in paper format.

    • You must submit all documents electronically, including all information you typically provide on the following forms: the Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424), the Department of Education Supplemental Information for SF 424, and all necessary assurances and certifications.

    • You must upload any narrative sections and all other attachments to your application as files in a PDF (Portable Document) read-only, non-modifiable format. Do not upload an interactive or fillable PDF file. If you upload a file type other than a read-only, non-modifiable PDF or submit a password-protected file, we will not review that material. Additional, detailed information on how to attach files is in the application instructions.

    • Your electronic application must comply with any page-limit requirements described in this notice.

    • After you electronically submit your application, you will receive from Grants.gov an automatic notification of receipt that contains a Grants.gov tracking number. (This notification indicates receipt by Grants.gov only, not receipt by the Department.) The Department then will retrieve your application from Grants.gov and send a second notification to you by email. This second notification indicates that the Department has received your application and has assigned your application a PR/Award number (an ED-specified identifying number unique to your application).

    • We may request that you provide us original signatures on forms at a later date.

    Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of Technical Issues with the Grants.gov System: If you are experiencing problems submitting your application through Grants.gov, please contact the Grants.gov Support Desk, toll free, at 1-800-518-4726. You must obtain a Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number and must keep a record of it.

    If you are prevented from electronically submitting your application on the application deadline date because of technical problems with the Grants.gov system, we will grant you an extension until 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, the following business day to enable you to transmit your application electronically. You also may mail your application by following the mailing instructions described elsewhere in this notice.

    If you submit an application after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII of this notice and provide an explanation of the technical problem you experienced with Grants.gov, along with the Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number. We will accept your application if we can confirm that a technical problem occurred with the Grants.gov system and that the problem affected your ability to submit your application by 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. The Department will contact you after a determination is made on whether your application will be accepted.

    Note:

    The extensions to which we refer in this section apply only to the unavailability of, or technical problems with, the Grants.gov system. We will not grant you an extension if you failed to fully register to submit your application to Grants.gov before the application deadline date and time or if the technical problem you experienced is unrelated to the Grants.gov system.

    Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement: You qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, and may submit your application in paper format, if you are unable to submit an application through the Grants.gov system because—

    • You do not have access to the Internet; or

    • You do not have the capacity to upload large documents to the Grants.gov system;

    and

    • No later than two weeks before the application deadline date (14 calendar days or, if the fourteenth calendar day before the application deadline date falls on a Federal holiday, the next business day following the Federal holiday), you mail or fax a written statement to the Department, explaining which of the two grounds for an exception prevents you from using the Internet to submit your application.

    If you mail your written statement to the Department, it must be postmarked no later than two weeks before the application deadline date. If you fax your written statement to the Department, we must receive the faxed statement no later than two weeks before the application deadline date.

    Address and mail or fax your statement to: Patricia Barrett, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 5142, Potomac Center Plaza (PCP), Washington, DC 20202-2700. FAX: (202) 245-7323.

    Your paper application must be submitted in accordance with the mail instructions described in this notice.

    b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail

    If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, you may mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a commercial carrier) your application to the Department. You must mail the original and two copies of your application, on or before the application deadline date, to the Department at the following address: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA Number 84.133F-1), LBJ Basement Level 1, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20202-4260.

    You must show proof of mailing consisting of one of the following:

    (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark.

    (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the U.S. Postal Service.

    (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial carrier.

    (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Administrator of the Administration for Community Living of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    If you mail your application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do not accept either of the following as proof of mailing:

    (1) A private metered postmark.

    (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service.

    If your application is postmarked after the application deadline date, we will not consider your application.

    Note:

    The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated postmark. Before relying on this method, you should check with your local post office.

    Note for Mail of Paper Applications:

    If you mail your application to the Department—

    (1) You must indicate on the envelope and—if not provided by the Department—in Item 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA number, including suffix letter, if any, of the program under which you are submitting your application; and

    (2) The Application Control Center will mail to you a notification of receipt of your grant application. If you do not receive this notification within 15 business days from the application deadline date, you should call the U.S. Department of Education Application Control Center at (202) 245-6288.

    V. Application Review Information

    1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition are from 34 CFR 356.30 through 356.32 and are listed in the application package.

    2. Review and Selection Process: Final award decisions will be made by the Administrator, ACL. In making these decisions, the Administrator will take into consideration: Ranking of the review panel; reviews for programmatic and grants management compliance; the reasonableness of the estimated cost to the government considering the available funding and anticipated results; and the likelihood that the proposed project will result in the benefits expected. Under Section 75.205, item (3) history of performance is an item that is reviewed.

    In addition, in making a competitive grant award, the Administrator of the Administration for Community Living requires various assurances including those applicable to Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department of Health and Human Services.

    3. Special Conditions: Under 45 CFR part 75 the Administrator of the Administration for Community Living may impose special conditions on a grant if the applicant or grantee is not financially stable; has a history of unsatisfactory performance; has a financial or other management system that does not meet the standards in 45 CFR part 75, as applicable; has not fulfilled the conditions of a prior grant; or is otherwise not responsible.

    VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we send you a Notice of Award (NOA); or we may send you an email containing a link to access an electronic version of your NOA. We may notify you informally, also.

    If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, we notify you.

    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify administrative and national policy requirements in the application package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.

    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and include these and other specific conditions in the NOA. The NOA also incorporates your approved application as part of your binding commitments under the grant.

    3. Reporting: (a) If you apply for a grant under this competition, you must ensure that you have in place the necessary processes and systems to comply with the reporting requirements in 45 CFR part 75 should you receive funding under the competition. This does not apply if you have an exception under 45 CFR part 75.

    (b) At the end of your project period, you must submit a final performance report, including summary financial information, as directed by the Administrator of the Administration for Community Living in 45 CFR part 75. The Administrator of the Administration for Community Living may also require more frequent performance reports under 45 CFR part 75. For specific requirements on reporting, please go to www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/appforms/appforms.html.

    4. Performance Measures: To evaluate the overall success of its research program, NIDILRR assesses the quality of its funded projects through a review of grantee performance and accomplishments. Each year, NIDILRR examines a portion of its grantees to determine the extent to which grantees are conducting high-quality research and related activities that lead to high-quality products. Performance measures for the Research Fellowships Program include:

    • The number of NIDILRR-supported fellows, post-doctoral trainees, and doctoral students who publish results of NIDILRR-sponsored research in refereed journals;

    • The percentage of grantee research and development that has appropriate study design, meets rigorous standards of scientific and/or engineering methods, and builds on and contributes to knowledge in the field; and

    • The average number of publications per award based on NIDILRR-funded research and development activities in refereed journals.

    NIDILRR evaluates the overall success of individual research and development grants through a review of grantee performance and products. For these reviews, NIDILRR uses information submitted by grantees as part of their final performance report. Approved final performance report guidelines require grantees to submit information regarding research methods, results, outputs, and outcomes. Because grants made under the Research Fellowships Program are limited to a maximum of 12 months, they are not eligible for continuation awards.

    VII. Agency Contact FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Patricia Barrett, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 5142, PCP, Washington, DC 20202-2700. Telephone: (202) 245-6211 or by email: [email protected]

    If you use a TDD or a TTY, call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

    VIII. Other Information

    Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available via the Federal Digital System at: www.thefederalregister.org/fdsys. At this site you can view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at the site.

    You may also access documents of the Department published in the Federal Register by using the article search feature at: www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published by the Department.

    Dated: March 11, 2015. John Tschida, Director, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05948 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4154-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Community Living Applications for New Awards; National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research; Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program AGENCY:

    Administration for Community Living, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    Overview Information: National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR)—Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training (ARRT) Program—Advanced Rehabilitation Research Policy Fellowship.

    Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2015.

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.133P-5.
    DATES:

    Applications Available:

    March 16, 2015.

    Note:

    On July 22, 2014, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). WIOA was effective immediately. One provision of WIOA transferred the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) from the Department of Education to the Administration for Community Living (ACL) in the Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, NIDRR's name was changed to the Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). For FY 2015, all NIDILRR priority notices will be published as ACL notices, and ACL will make all NIDILRR awards. During this transition period, however, NIDILRR will continue to review grant applications using Department of Education tools. NIDILRR will post previously-approved application kits to grants.gov, and NIDILRR applications submitted to grants.gov will be forwarded to the Department of Education's G-5 system for peer review. We are using Department of Education application kits and peer review systems during this transition year in order to provide for a smooth and orderly process for our applicants.

    Date of Pre-Application Meeting: April 7, 2015.

    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 15, 2015.

    Full Text of Announcement I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The purpose of the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program is to plan and conduct research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities, including international activities, to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology. The Program's activities are designed to maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities, especially individuals with the most severe disabilities, and to improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Rehabilitation Act).

    Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Program.

    The purpose of NIDILRR's ARRT program, which is funded through the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers Program, is to provide advanced research training and experience to individuals with doctorates, or similar advanced degrees, who have clinical or other relevant experience. ARRT projects train rehabilitation researchers, including researchers with disabilities, with particular attention to research areas that support the implementation and objectives of the Rehabilitation Act, and that improve the effectiveness of services authorized under the Rehabilitation Act. Additional information on the ARRT program can be found at: www.ed.gov/rschstat/research/pubs/res-program.html#ARRT.

    Absolute Priority:

    For FY 2015 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition, this priority is an absolute priority. Under 45 CFR part 75 we consider only applications that meet this program priority.

    This priority is:

    Advanced Rehabilitation Research Policy Fellowship.

    Note:

    This priority is from the notice of final priority for this program, published in the Federal Register on July 21, 2013 (79 FR 42399 and corrected 79 FR 47632.

    Program Authority:

    29 U.S.C. 764(b)(2)(A).

    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Department of Health and Human Services General Administrative Regulations in 45 CFR part 75 (b) Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in 45 CFR part 75 Subpart F; (c) 45 CFR part 75 Non-procurement Debarment and Suspension; (d) 45 CFR part 75 Requirement for Drug-Free Workplace (Financial Assistance); (e) The regulations for this program in 34 CFR part 350; (f) The notice of final priority for this program, published in the Federal Register on June 11, 2013 (78 FR 34901); and (g) The notice of final priorities and definitions, published in the Federal Register on July 21, 2013 (79 FR 42399 and corrected 79 FR 47632).

    II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Discretionary grants.

    Estimated Available Funds: $150,000.

    Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of applications, we may make additional awards in FY 2015 and any subsequent year from the list of unfunded applicants from this competition.

    Maximum Award: $150,000.

    We will reject any application that proposes a budget exceeding $150,000 for a single budget period of 12 months. The Administrator of the Administration for Community Living may change the maximum amount through a notice published in the Federal Register.

    Note:

    Consistent with 45 CFR part 75, indirect cost reimbursement for a training grant is limited to eight percent of a modified total direct cost base, defined as total direct costs less stipends, tuition and related fees, equipment, and the amount of each subaward in excess of $25,000. Indirect costs can also be determined in the grantee's negotiated indirect cost rate agreement if that amount is less than the amount calculated under the formula above.

    Estimated Number of Awards: 1.

    Note:

    The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice.

    Project Period: Up to 60 months.

    III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: Institutions of Higher Education.

    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: This program does not require cost sharing or matching.

    IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address to Request Application Package: You can obtain an application package via grants.gov, or by contacting Patricia Barrett: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 5142, PCP, Washington, DC 20202-2700. Telephone: (202) 245-6211 or by email: [email protected]

    If you request an application from Patricia Barrett, be sure to identify this program as follows: CFDA number 84.133P-5.

    2. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements concerning the content of an application, together with the forms you must submit, are in the application package for this competition.

    Page Limit: The project narrative section of the application is where you, the applicant, address the selection criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your application. We recommend that you limit Part III to the equivalent of no more than 75 pages, using the following standards:

    • A “page” is 8.5″ x 11″, on one side only, with 1″ margins at the top, bottom, and both sides.

    • Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) all text in the application narrative. You are not required to double space titles, headings, footnotes, references, and captions, or text in charts, tables, figures, and graphs.

    • Use a font that is either 12 point or larger or no smaller than 10 pitch (characters per inch).

    • Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, Courier New, or Arial. An application submitted in any other font (including Times Roman or Arial Narrow) will not be accepted.

    The recommended page limit only applies to the project narrative section of your application, which is uploaded to Grants.gov under the “Project Narrative” heading. It does not apply to the material you will upload under the other nine required Grants.gov heading, and one optional heading for “other attachment Forms,” which are listed in the Application package for Grants.gov, available at www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/index.html.

    Note 1:

    Please submit an appendix that lists every collaborating organization and individual named in the application, including staff, consultants, contractors, and advisory board members. We will use this information to help us screen for conflicts of interest with our reviewers.

    Note 2:

    An applicant should consult NIDRR's Long-Range Plan for Fiscal Years 2013-2017 (78 FR 20299) (Plan) when preparing its application. The Plan is organized around the following research domains: (1) Community Living and Participation; (2) Health and Function; and (3) Employment.

    3. Submission Dates and Times:

    Applications Available: March 16, 2015.

    Date of Pre-Application Meeting: Interested parties are invited to participate in a pre-application meeting and to receive information and technical assistance through individual consultation with NIDILRR staff. The pre-application meeting will be held April 7, 2015. Interested parties may participate in this meeting by conference call with NIDILRR staff from the Administration for Community Living between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., Washington, DC time. NIDILRR staff also will be available from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the same day, by telephone, to provide information and technical assistance through individual consultation. For further information or to make arrangements to participate in the meeting via conference call or to arrange for an individual consultation, contact Carolyn Baron, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 550 12th Street SW., Room 5134, PCP, Washington, DC 20202; or by email to: [email protected]

    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: May 15, 2015.

    Applications for grants under this competition must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov Apply site (Grants.gov). For information (including dates and times) about how to submit your application electronically, or in paper format by mail if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, please refer to section IV.7. Other Submission Requirements of this notice.

    We do not consider an application that does not comply with the deadline requirements.

    Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or auxiliary aid in connection with the application process should contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII of this notice. If the Department provides an accommodation or auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the application process, the individual's application remains subject to all other requirements and limitations in this notice.

    4. Intergovernmental Review: This program is not subject to Executive Order 12372.

    5. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.

    6. Data Universal Numbering System Number, Taxpayer Identification Number, and System for Award Management: To do business with the Department of Health and Human Services, you must—

    a. Have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN);

    b. Register both your DUNS number and TIN with the System for Award Management (SAM) (formerly the Central Contractor Registry (CCR)), the Government's primary registrant database;

    c. Provide your DUNS number and TIN on your application; and

    d. Maintain an active SAM registration with current information while your application is under review by the Department and, if you are awarded a grant, during the project period.

    You can obtain a DUNS number from Dun and Bradstreet. A DUNS number can be created within one to two business days.

    If you are a corporate entity, agency, institution, or organization, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal Revenue Service. If you are an individual, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal Revenue Service or the Social Security Administration. If you need a new TIN, please allow two to five weeks for your TIN to become active.

    The SAM registration process can take approximately seven business days, but may take upwards of several weeks, depending on the completeness and accuracy of the data entered into the SAM database by an entity. Thus, if you think you might want to apply for Federal financial assistance under a program administered by the Department, please allow sufficient time to obtain and register your DUNS number and TIN. We strongly recommend that you register early.

    Note:

    Once your SAM registration is active, you will need to allow 24 to 48 hours for the information to be available in Grants.gov and before you can submit an application through Grants.gov.

    If you are currently registered with SAM, you may not need to make any changes. However, please make certain that the TIN associated with your DUNS number is correct. Also note that you will need to update your registration annually. This may take three or more business days.

    Information about SAM is available at www.SAM.gov. To further assist you with obtaining and registering your DUNS number and TIN in SAM or updating your existing SAM account, we have prepared a SAM.gov Tip Sheet, which you can find at: http://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/sam-faqs.html.

    In addition, if you are submitting your application via Grants.gov, you must (1) be designated by your organization as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR); and (2) register yourself with Grants.gov as an AOR. Details on these steps are outlined at the following Grants.gov Web page: www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html.

    7. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants under this competition must be submitted electronically unless you qualify for an exception to this requirement in accordance with the instructions in this section.

    a. Electronic Submission of Applications.

    Applications for grants under the Advanced Rehabilitation Research Policy Fellowship ARRT competition, CFDA Number 84.133P-5, must be submitted electronically using the Governmentwide Grants.gov Apply site at www.Grants.gov. Through this site, you will be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit your application. You may not email an electronic copy of a grant application to us.

    We will reject your application if you submit it in paper format unless, as described elsewhere in this section, you qualify for one of the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and submit, no later than two weeks before the application deadline date, a written statement to the Department that you qualify for one of these exceptions. Further information regarding calculation of the date that is two weeks before the application deadline date is provided later in this section under Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement.

    You may access the electronic grant application for this ARRT competition atwww.Grants.gov. You must search for the downloadable application package for this competition by the CFDA number. Do not include the CFDA number's alpha suffix in your search (e.g., search for 84.133, not 84.133P).

    Please note the following:

    • When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find information about submitting an application electronically through the site, as well as the hours of operation.

    • Applications received by Grants.gov are date and time stamped. Your application must be fully uploaded and submitted and must be date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system no later than 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. Except as otherwise noted in this section, we will not accept your application if it is received—that is, date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system—after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. We do not consider an application that does not comply with the deadline requirements. When we retrieve your application from Grants.gov, we will notify you if we are rejecting your application because it was date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date.

    • The amount of time it can take to upload an application will vary depending on a variety of factors, including the size of the application and the speed of your Internet connection. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the submission process through Grants.gov.

    • You should review and follow the Education Submission Procedures for submitting an application through Grants.gov that are included in the application package for this competition to ensure that you submit your application in a timely manner to the Grants.gov system. You can also find the Education Submission Procedures pertaining to Grants.gov under News and Events on the Department's G5 system home page at www.G5.gov.

    • You will not receive additional point value because you submit your application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, as described elsewhere in this section, and submit your application in paper format.

    • You must submit all documents electronically, including all information you typically provide on the following forms: The Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424), the Department of Education Supplemental Information for SF 424, Budget Information—Non-Construction Programs (ED 524), and all necessary assurances and certifications.

    • You must upload any narrative sections and all other attachments to your application as files in a PDF (Portable Document) read-only, non-modifiable format. Do not upload an interactive or fillable PDF file. If you upload a file type other than a read-only, non-modifiable PDF or submit a password-protected file, we will not review that material. Additional, detailed information on how to attach files is in the application instructions.

    • Your electronic application must comply with any page-limit requirements described in this notice.

    • After you electronically submit your application, you will receive from Grants.gov an automatic notification of receipt that contains a Grants.gov tracking number. (This notification indicates receipt by Grants.gov only, not receipt by the Department.) The Department then will retrieve your application from Grants.gov and send a second notification to you by email. This second notification indicates that the Department has received your application and has assigned your application a PR/Award number (an ED-specified identifying number unique to your application).

    Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of Technical Issues With the Grants.gov System: If you are experiencing problems submitting your application through Grants.gov, please contact the Grants.gov Support Desk, toll free, at 1-800-518-4726. You must obtain a Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number and must keep a record of it.

    If you are prevented from electronically submitting your application on the application deadline date because of technical problems with the Grants.gov system, we will grant you an extension until 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, the following business day to enable you to transmit your application electronically. You also may mail your application by following the mailing instructions described elsewhere in this notice.

    If you submit an application after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT in section VII of this notice and provide an explanation of the technical problem you experienced with Grants.gov, along with the Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number. We will accept your application if we can confirm that a technical problem occurred with the Grants.gov system and that the problem affected your ability to submit your application by 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. The Department will contact you after a determination is made on whether your application will be accepted.

    Note:

    The extensions to which we refer in this section apply only to the unavailability of, or technical problems with, the Grants.gov system. We will not grant you an extension if you failed to fully register to submit your application to Grants.gov before the application deadline date and time or if the technical problem you experienced is unrelated to the Grants.gov system.

    Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement: You qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, and may submit your application in paper format, if you are unable to submit an application through the Grants.gov system because—

    • You do not have access to the Internet; or

    • You do not have the capacity to upload large documents to the Grants.gov system; and

    • No later than two weeks before the application deadline date (14 calendar days or, if the fourteenth calendar day before the application deadline date falls on a Federal holiday, the next business day following the Federal holiday), you mail or fax a written statement to the Department, explaining which of the two grounds for an exception prevents you from using the Internet to submit your application.

    If you mail your written statement to the Department, it must be postmarked no later than two weeks before the application deadline date. If you fax your written statement to the Department, we must receive the faxed statement no later than two weeks before the application deadline date.

    Address and mail or fax your statement to: Patricia Barrett, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 5142, Potomac Center Plaza (PCP), Washington, DC 20202-2700. FAX: (202) 245-7323.

    Your paper application must be submitted in accordance with the mail instructions described in this notice.

    b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail.

    If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, you may mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a commercial carrier) your application to the Department. You must mail the original and two copies of your application, on or before the application deadline date, to the Department at the following address: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA Number 84.133P-5), LBJ Basement Level 1, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20202-4260.

    You must show proof of mailing consisting of one of the following:

    (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark.

    (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the U.S. Postal Service.

    (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial carrier.

    (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Administrator of the Administration for Community Living of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

    If you mail your application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do not accept either of the following as proof of mailing:

    (1) A private metered postmark.

    (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service.

    If your application is postmarked after the application deadline date, we will not consider your application.

    Note:

    The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated postmark. Before relying on this method, you should check with your local post office.

    Note for Mail Delivery of Paper Applications:

    If you mail your application to the Department—

    (1) You must indicate on the envelope and—if not provided by the Department—in Item 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA number, including suffix letter, if any, of the competition under which you are submitting your application; and

    (2) The Application Control Center will mail to you a notification of receipt of your grant application. If you do not receive this notification within 15 business days from the application deadline date, you should call the U.S. Department of Education Application Control Center at (202) 245-6288.

    V. Application Review Information

    1. Selection Criteria: The selection criteria for this competition are from 34 CFR 350.54 and are listed in the application package.

    2. Review and Selection Process: Final award decisions will be made by the Administrator, ACL. In making these decisions, the Administrator will take into consideration: The ranking of the review panel; reviews for programmatic and grants management compliance; the reasonableness of the estimated cost to the government considering the available funding and anticipated results; and the likelihood that the proposed project will result in the benefits expected. Under Section 75.205, item (3) history of performance is an item that is reviewed. In addition, in making a competitive grant award, the Administrator of the Administration for Community Living also requires various assurances including those applicable to Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department of Health and Human Services 45 CFR part 75.

    3. Special Conditions: Under 45 CFR part 75 the Administrator of the Administration for Community Living may impose special conditions on a grant if the applicant or grantee is not financially stable; has a history of unsatisfactory performance; has a financial or other management system that does not meet the standards in 45 CFR part 75, as applicable; has not fulfilled the conditions of a prior grant; or is otherwise not responsible.

    VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we send you a Notice of Award (NOA) or we may send you an email containing a link to access an electronic version of your NOA. We may notify you informally, also.

    If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, we notify you.

    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify administrative and national policy requirements in the application package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.

    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and include these and other specific conditions in the NOA. The NOA also incorporates your approved application as part of your binding commitments under the grant.

    3. Reporting: (a) If you apply for a grant under this competition, you must ensure that you have in place the necessary processes and systems to comply with the reporting requirements in 45 CFR part 75 should you receive funding under the competition. This does not apply if you have an exception under 45 CFR part 75.

    (b) At the end of your project period, you must submit a final performance report, including financial information, as directed by the Administrator of the Administration for Community Living. If you receive a multi-year award, you must submit an annual performance report that provides the most current performance and financial expenditure information as directed by the Administrator of the Administration for Community Living under 45 CFR part 75. All NIDILRR grantees will submit their annual and final reports through NIDILRR's online reporting system and as designated in the terms and conditions of your NOA. The Administrator of the Administration for Community Living may also require more frequent performance reports under 45 CFR part 75. For specific requirements on reporting, please go to www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/grantapps/index.html.

    (c) FFATA and FSRS Reporting.

    The Federal Financial Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) requires data entry at the FFATA Subaward Reporting System (http://www.FSRS.gov) for all sub-awards and sub-contracts issued for $25,000 or more as well as addressing executive compensation for both grantee and sub-award organizations.

    For further guidance please see the following link: http://www.acl.gov/Funding_Opportunities/Grantee_Info/FFATA.aspx.

    If you receive a multi-year award, you must submit an annual performance report that provides the most current performance and financial expenditure information. Annual and Final Performance reports will be submitted through NIDILRR's online Performance System and as designated in the terms and conditions of your NOA. At the end of your project period, you must submit a final performance report, including financial information.

    Note:

    NIDILRR will provide information by letter to successful grantees on how and when to submit the report.

    4. Performance Measures: To evaluate the overall success of its research program, NIDILRR assesses the quality of its funded projects through a review of grantee performance and accomplishments. Performance measures for the ARRT program include—

    • The percentage of NIDILRR-supported fellows, post-doctoral trainees, and doctoral students who publish results of NIDILRR-sponsored research in refereed journals.

    • The average number of publications per award based on NIDILRR-funded research and development activities in refereed journals.

    For these reviews, NIDILRR uses information submitted by grantees as part of its Annual Performance Reports.

    5. Continuation Awards: In making a continuation award, the Administrator of the Administration for Community Living may consider, under 45 CFR part 75, the extent to which a grantee has made “substantial progress toward meeting the objectives in its approved application.” This consideration includes the review of a grantee's progress in meeting the targets and projected outcomes in its approved application, and whether the grantee has expended funds in a manner that is consistent with its approved application and budget. In making a continuation grant, the Administrator also considers whether the grantee is operating in compliance with the assurances in its approved application, including those applicable to Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department. Continuation funding is also subject to availability of funds.

    VII. Agency Contact FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Patricia Barrett, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 5142, PCP, Washington, DC 20202-2700. Telephone: (202) 245-6211 or by email: [email protected]

    If you use a TDD or a TTY, call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

    VIII. Other Information

    Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available via the Federal Digital System at: www.thefederalregister.org/fdsys. At this site you can view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at the site.

    You may also access documents of the Department published in the Federal Register by using the article search feature at: www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published by the Department.

    Dated: March 11, 2015. John Tschida, Director, National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05949 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 a.m.] BILLING CODE 4154-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases; Notice of Closed Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the following meeting.

    The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Special Emphasis Panel; NIAMS Loan Repayment Program Review.

    Date: April 15, 2015.

    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate contract proposals.

    Place: National Institutes of Health; Democracy I; 6701 Democracy Boulevard, Suite 812; Bethesda, MD 20892, (Virtual Meeting).

    Contact Person: Kan Ma, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Branch, National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, NIH, 6701 Democracy Boulevard, Suite 814, Bethesda, MD 20892; 301-451-4838 [email protected]

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.846, Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Research, National Institutes of Health, HHS)
    Dated: March 10, 2015. Carolyn Baum, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05817 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute of Mental Health Notice of Closed Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the following meeting.

    The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel; Novel NeuroAIDS Therapeutics IPCP (P01).

    Date: April 2, 2015.

    Time: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 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: David W. Miller, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Division of Extramural Activities, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive BLVD, Room 6140, MSC 9608, Bethesda, MD 20892-9608, 301-443-9734, [email protected]

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program No. 93.242, Mental Health Research Grants, National Institutes of Health, HHS)
    Dated: March 10, 2015. Carolyn A. Baum, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05822 Filed 3-13-15; 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; RFA-AI-14-057: U.S.-China Program for Research Toward a Cure for HIV/AIDS.

    Date: March 24, 2015.

    Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892, (Virtual Meeting).

    Contact Person: Jingsheng Tuo, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 5207, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-451-8754, [email protected]

    This notice is being published less than 15 days prior to the meeting due to the timing limitations imposed by the review and funding cycle.

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.306, 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: March 10, 2015. Melanie J. Gray, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05824 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    Title: Child Care Quarterly Case Record Report—ACF-801.

    OMB No.: 0970-0167.

    Description: Section 658K of the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act (42 U.S.C. 9858) requires that States and Territories submit monthly case-level data on the children and families receiving direct services under the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). The implementing regulations for the statutorily required reporting are at 45 CFR 98.70. Case-level reports, submitted quarterly or monthly (at grantee option), include monthly sample or full population case-level data. The data elements to be included in these reports are represented in the ACF-801. ACF uses disaggregate data to determine program and participant characteristics as well as costs and levels of child care services provided. This provides ACF with the information necessary to make reports to Congress, address national child care needs, offer technical assistance to grantees, meet performance measures, and conduct research. On November 19, 2014, the President signed the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014 (Pub. L. 113-86) which reauthorized the CCDF program and made some changes to ACF-801 reporting requirements. Owing to the need to consult with CCDF administrators and other interested parties on these changes, and a limited amount of time before the current ACF-801 form expires, ACF is not proposing changes to the ACF-801 at this time. We request to extend the ACF-801 without changes in order to ensure the form does not expire. In the near future, ACF plans to initiate a new clearance process under the Paperwork Reduction Act to implement the data reporting changes in the newly-reauthorized law.

    Respondents: States, the District of Columbia, and Territories including Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Northern Marianna Islands.

    Annual Burden Estimates Instrument Number of
  • respondents
  • Number of
  • responses per
  • respondent
  • Average burden
  • hours per
  • response
  • Total burden
  • hours
  • ACF-801 56 4 25 5,600 Estimated total annual burden hour 5,600

    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. 2015-05918 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. FDA-2011-N-0793] Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Medical Device Recall Authority AGENCY:

    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the Agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA), Federal Agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, and to allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This notice solicits comments on the information collection requirements for medical device recall authority.

    DATES:

    Submit either electronic or written comments on the collection of information by May 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit electronic comments on the collection of information to http://www.regulations.gov. Submit written comments on the collection of information to the Division of Dockets Management (HFA-305), Food and Drug Administration, 5630 Fishers Lane, Rm. 1061, Rockville, MD 20852. All comments should be identified with the docket number found in brackets in the heading of this document.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    FDA PRA Staff, Office of Operations, Food and Drug Administration, 8455 Colesville Rd., COLE-14526, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Under the 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. “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 provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, FDA is publishing notice of the proposed collection of information set forth in this document.

    With respect to the following collection of information, FDA invites comments on these topics: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of FDA's functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of FDA's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques, when appropriate, and other forms of information technology.

    Medical Device Recall Authority—21 CFR 810 (OMB Control Number 0910-0432)—Extension

    This collection of information implements section 518(e) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) (21 U.S.C. 360h(e)) and part 810 (21 CFR part 810), medical device recall authority provisions. Section 518(e) of the FD&C Act provides FDA with the authority to issue an order requiring an appropriate person, including manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers of a device, if FDA finds that there is reasonable probability that the device intended for human use would cause serious adverse health consequences or death, to: (1) Immediately cease distribution of such device; (2) immediately notify health professionals and device-user facilities of the order; and (3) instruct such professionals and facilities to cease use of such device.

    Further, the provisions under section 518(e) of the FD&C Act set out the following three-step procedure for issuance of a mandatory device recall order:

    • If there is a reasonable probability that a device intended for human use would cause serious, adverse health consequences or death, FDA may issue a cease distribution and notification order requiring the appropriate person to immediately:

    ○ Cease distribution of the device,

    ○ notify health professionals and device user facilities of the order, and

    ○ instruct those professionals and facilities to cease use of the device;

    • FDA will provide the person named in the cease distribution and notification order with the opportunity for an informal hearing on whether the order should be modified, vacated, or amended to require a mandatory recall of the device; and

    • after providing the opportunity for an informal hearing, FDA may issue a mandatory recall order if the Agency determines that such an order is necessary.

    The information collected under the recall authority provisions will be used by FDA to do the following: (1) Ensure that all devices entering the market are safe and effective; (2) accurately and immediately detect serious problems with medical devices; and (3) remove dangerous and defective devices from the market.

    FDA estimates the burden of this collection of information as follows:

    Table 1—Estimated Annual Reporting Burden 1 Collection activity—21 CFR section Number of
  • respondents
  • Number of
  • responses per
  • respondent
  • Total annual responses Average
  • burden per
  • response
  • Total hours
    Collections Specified in the Order—810.10(d) 2 1 2 8 16 Request for Regulatory Hearing—810.11(a) 1 1 1 8 8 Written Request for Review—810.12(a-b) 1 1 1 8 8 Mandatory Recall Strategy—810.14 2 1 2 16 32 Periodic Status Reports—810.16(a-b) 2 12 24 40 960 Termination Request—810.17(a) 2 1 2 8 16 Total hours 1,040 1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.
    Table 2—Estimated Annual Recordkeeping Burden 1 Collection activity—21 CFR section Number of recordkeepers Number of records per recordkeeper Total annual records Average burden per recordkeeping Total hours Documentation of Notifications to Recipients—810.15(b) 2 1 1 8 8 1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.

    Table 3—Estimated Annual Third-Party Disclosure Burden 1 Collection activity—21 CFR section Number of
  • respondents
  • Number of
  • disclosures per
  • respondent
  • Total annual disclosures Average
  • burden per
  • disclosure
  • Total hours
    Notification to Recipients—810.15(a)-(c) 2 1 2 12 24 Notification to Recipients; Followup—810.15(d) 2 1 2 4 8 Notification of Consignees by Recipients—810.15(e) 10 1 10 1 10 Total 42 1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.
    Dated: March 10, 2015. Leslie Kux, Associate Commissioner for Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05868 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency [Docket ID FEMA-2015-0001] Final Flood Hazard Determinations AGENCY:

    Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

    ACTION:

    Final notice.

    SUMMARY:

    Flood hazard determinations, which may include additions or modifications of Base Flood Elevations (BFEs), base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundaries or zone designations, or regulatory floodways on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports have been made final for the communities listed in the table below.

    The FIRM and FIS report are the basis of the floodplain management measures that a community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of having in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In addition, the FIRM and FIS report are used by insurance agents and others to calculate appropriate flood insurance premium rates for buildings and the contents of those buildings.

    DATES:

    The effective date of January 7, 2015 which has been established for the FIRM and, where applicable, the supporting FIS report showing the new or modified flood hazard information for each community.

    ADDRESSES:

    The FIRM, and if applicable, the FIS report containing the final flood hazard information for each community is available for inspection at the respective Community Map Repository address listed in the tables below and will be available online through the FEMA Map Service Center at www.msc.fema.gov by the effective date indicated above.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Luis Rodriguez, Chief, Engineering Management Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-4064, or (email) [email protected]; or visit the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) online at www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/fmx_main.html.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) makes the final determinations listed below for the new or modified flood hazard information for each community listed. Notification of these changes has been published in newspapers of local circulation and 90 days have elapsed since that publication. The Deputy Associate Adminstrator for Mitigation has resolved any appeals resulting from this notification.

    This final notice is issued in accordance with section 110 of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 4104, and 44 CFR part 67. FEMA has developed criteria for floodplain management in floodprone areas in accordance with 44 CFR part 60.

    Interested lessees and owners of real property are encouraged to review the new or revised FIRM and FIS report available at the address cited below for each community or online through the FEMA Map Service Center at www.msc.fema.gov.

    The flood hazard determinations are made final in the watersheds and/or communities listed in the table below.

    (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 97.022, “Flood Insurance.”) Dated: February 23, 2015. Roy E. Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency. Community Community map repository address Floyd County, Iowa and Incorporated Areas Docket No.: FEMA-B-1342 City of Charles City City Hall, 105 Milwaukee Mall, Charles City, IA 50616. Unincorporated Areas of Floyd County Floyd County Courthouse, 101 South Main Street, Suite 108, Charles City, IA 50616.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05846 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110-12-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Customs and Border Protection Notice of Issuance of Final Determination Concerning Certain Notebook Computer Products AGENCY:

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security.

    ACTION:

    Notice of final determination.

    SUMMARY:

    This document provides notice that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) has issued a final determination concerning the country of origin of certain notebook computer products known as the EliteBook 840-G1 Notebook. Based upon the facts presented, CBP has concluded that in all four scenarios, the country of origin of the notebook computer is Country A for purposes of U.S. Government procurement.

    DATES:

    The final determination was issued on March 10, 2015. A copy of the final determination is attached. Any party-at-interest, as defined in 19 CFR 177.22(d), may seek judicial review of this final determination within April 15, 2015.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Grace A. Kim, Valuation and Special Programs Branch, Regulations and Rulings, Office of International Trade (202) 325-7941.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Notice is hereby given that on March 10, 2015, pursuant to subpart B of Part 177, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Regulations (19 CFR part 177, subpart B), CBP issued a final determination concerning the country of origin of certain notebook computer products known as the EliteBook 840-G1 Notebook, which may be offered to the U.S. Government under an undesignated government procurement contract. This final determination, HQ H240199, was issued under procedures set forth at 19 CFR part 177, subpart B, which implements Title III of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2511-18). In the final determination, CBP concluded that in all four scenarios, the processing in Country D or F does not result in a substantial transformation. Therefore, the country of origin of the notebook computer in all four scenarios is Country A for purposes of U.S. Government procurement.

    Section 177.29, CBP Regulations (19 CFR 177.29), provides that a notice of final determination shall be published in the Federal Register within 60 days of the date the final determination is issued. Section 177.30, CBP Regulations (19 CFR 177.30), provides that any party-at-interest, as defined in 19 CFR 177.22(d), may seek judicial review of a final determination within 30 days of publication of such determination in the Federal Register.

    Dated: March 10, 2015. Glen E. Vereb, Acting Executive Director, Regulations and Rulings, Office of International Trade. HQ H240199 March 10, 2015 OT:RR:CTF:VS H240199 GaK CATEGORY: Origin Mr. Carlos Halasz Hewlett-Packard Company 8501 SW 152 St. Palmetto Bay, FL 33157 RE: U.S. Government Procurement; Country of Origin of Computer Notebook; Substantial Transformation Dear Mr. Halasz:

    This is in response to your letter dated March 14, 2013, and your supplemental submission dated March 10, 2014 requesting a final determination on behalf of Hewlett-Packard Company (“HP”) pursuant to Subpart B of Part 177 of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) Regulations (19 CFR part 177). Under these regulations, which implement Title III of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (“TAA”), as amended (19 U.S.C. 2511 et seq.), CBP issues country of origin advisory rulings and final determinations as to whether an article is or would be product of a designated country or instrumentality for the purposes of granting waivers of certain “Buy American” restrictions in U.S. law or for products offered for sale to the U.S. Government. This final determination concerns the country of origin of HP's EliteBook 840-G1 Notebook (“Elitebook”). As a U.S. importer, HP is a party-at-interest within the meaning of 19 CFR 177.22(d)(1) and is entitled to request this final determination. A meeting was held at our office on January 5, 2015.

    In your letter, you requested confidential treatment for certain information contained in the file. Pursuant to 19 CFR 177.2(b)(7), the identified information has been bracketed and will be redacted in the public version of this final determination.

    FACTS:

    The Elitebook is a commercial notebook computer. The components of the Elitebook are sourced from various countries. The components include:

    • Base Unit: The base unit is the bottom of the finished notebook made of a metal frame, with metal or plastic skins. The base unit includes antennae, a printed circuit assembly (“PCA”), the central processing unit (“CPU”), the BIOS chip, the keyboard, cables, connectors and speakers. The CPU is sourced in Country A, [******] or Country G, [******]. The base unit is assembled in Country A, a non-TAA designated country.

    • Hinge-Up: The hinge-up is the top of the finished notebook. It consists of an LCD display, surrounding frame, and hinges for attachment to the base unit. The hinge-up is assembled in Country A.

    • Hard Disk Drive/Solid State Drive: The drives store data, including the operating system and value-added software. Both drives are sourced in Country A or Country B, [******] a TAA designated country.

    • WLAN Card: The WLAN card establishes wireless connections with other devices. It consists of a printed circuit board, radio frequency transmit/receive components and baseband processor. The country of origin of the WLAN card is Country A.

    • Random Access Memory (RAM): The RAM are integrated circuits affixed to a printed circuit board. It has direct access to the CPU and is the main memory system. It is produced in Country A, Country B, or Country C, [******] a TAA designated country.

    • Battery: The country of origin of the battery is Country A.

    • BIOS: The BIOS executes the instructions that start the notebook and prepares the hardware for use. It loads the operating system and passes control of many functions to the operating system. The BIOS is developed and written at HP's laboratory in Country D, [******] a TAA designated country.

    • Operating system (“OS”): The OS works with application programs to perform user interface, job management, task management, data management, device management, and security. The OS is a third-party product that HP downloads onto most Elitebooks, and is developed in Country D.

    • Other minor components such as cables, brackets, screws, CD's and manuals are sourced from a variety of countries, and comprise less than 2% of the Elitebook.

    The BIOS is electronically transmitted from Country D to Country E, [******] a TAA designated country, where it is maintained by a HP team. BIOS maintenance includes adding device support, such as a new wireless LAN card, and improving field issues that were not discovered during standard testing. HP states that the Elitebook is non-functional without the BIOS because it executes the instructions that start the notebook and provides the basic instructions for controlling the system hardware, and includes all necessary hardware drivers and provides a uniform interface for the OS to access the hardware. HP further states that the BIOS authenticates the hardware, OS, and application programs before they are loaded.

    According to your letter, HP will assemble the Elitebook by one of the four scenarios described below.

    Scenario 1: This scenario applies when all the components are imported to Country F, [******] a TAA designated country for assembly.

    1. The base unit is placed over the hinge-up.

    2. The hinges are closed and screwed shut.

    3. Cables for the display and the antennae are routed and secured to avoid damage.

    4. The unit is moved to a station where the memory, hard disk/solid state drive, and WLAN are installed into the unit, connected and secured in place.

    5. The battery is inserted into the base unit.

    6. The unit is moved to the next station where the OS is downloaded onto the hard disk/solid state drive. The BIOS is downloaded on the flash device (BIOS chip) that is inside the base unit.

    After assembly is complete, the unit goes through a testing phase, where the operator performs tests as indicated by HP developed diagnostic software and addresses any problems that arise. The acceptable units are sent to packaging and 4% of the units are reviewed for quality assurance, which consists of a “hood off” audit to ensure that all components are present, a “pre-test” using a software diagnostic program, and a “run-in” software diagnostic program to identify possible errors that are fixed after the run. After packaging, 2% of the units are opened for an “out of the box audit” to ensure that all accessories are included and the “run-in” test is executed.

    Scenario 2: This scenario is identical to Scenario 1 except that the base unit and the hinge-up are combined in Country A and imported into Country F for remaining assembly processes, testing, quality control and packaging.

    Scenario 3: This scenario is identical to Scenario 1 except that all the hardware components are assembled in Country A before they are imported to Country F. The production/assembly that occurs in Country F are the BIOS and the OS download as well as the testing, quality control and packaging.

    Scenario 4: In this scenario, all the hardware components are assembled in Country A and imported to Country D. The BIOS and the OS is downloaded in Country D then the notebook goes through testing, quality control and packaging.

    ISSUE:

    In each scenario, what is the country of origin of the Elitebook for purposes of U.S. government procurement?

    LAW AND ANALYSIS:

    Pursuant to Subpart B of Part 177, 19 CFR 177.21 et seq., which implements Title III of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2511 et seq.), CBP issues country of origin advisory rulings and final determinations as to whether an article is or would be a product of a designated country or instrumentality for the purposes of granting waivers of certain “Buy American” restrictions in U.S. law or practice for products offered for sale to the U.S. Government.

    Under the rule of origin set forth under 19 U.S.C. 2518(4)(B):

    An article is a product of a country or instrumentality only if (i) it is wholly the growth, product, or manufacture of that country or instrumentality, or (ii) in the case of an article which consists in whole or in part of materials from another country or instrumentality, it has been substantially transformed into a new and different article of commerce with a name, character, or use distinct from that of the article or articles from which it was so transformed.

    See also 19 CFR 177.22(a).

    In determining whether the combining of parts or materials constitutes a substantial transformation, the determinative issue is the extent of operations performed and whether the parts lose their identity and become an integral part of the new article. Belcrest Linens v. United States, 573 F. Supp. 1149 (Ct. Int'l Trade 1983), aff'd, 741 F.2d 1368 (Fed. Cir. 1984). Assembly operations that are minimal or simple, as opposed to complex or meaningful, will generally not result in a substantial transformation. See C.S.D. 80-111, C.S.D. 85-25, C.S.D. 89-110, C.S.D. 89-118, C.S.D. 90-51, and C.S.D. 90-97. If the manufacturing or combining process is a minor one which leaves the identity of the article intact, a substantial transformation has not occurred. Uniroyal, Inc. v. United States, 3 Ct. Int'l Trade 220, 542 F. Supp. 1026 (1982), aff'd 702 F. 2d 1022 (Fed. Cir. 1983).

    “The term `character' is defined as `one of the essentials of structure, form, materials, or function that together make up and usually distinguish the individual. '” Uniden America Corporation v. United States, 120 F. Supp. 2d. 1091, 1096 (citations omitted) (Ct. Int'l Trade 2000), citing National Hand Tool Corp. v. United States, 16 Ct. Int'l Trade 308, 311 (1992). In Uniden (concerning whether the assembly of cordless telephones and the installation of their detachable A/C (alternating current) adapters constituted instances of substantial transformation), the Court of International Trade applied the “essence test” and found that “[t]he essence of the telephone is housed in the base and the handset.

    In Data General v. United States, 4 Ct. Int'l Trade 182 (1982), the court determined that for purposes of determining eligibility under item 807.00, Tariff Schedules of the United States (predecessor to subheading 9802.00.80, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States), the programming of a foreign PROM (Programmable Read-Only Memory chip) in the United States substantially transformed the PROM into a U.S. article. In programming the imported PROMs, the U.S. engineers systematically caused various distinct electronic interconnections to be formed within each integrated circuit. The programming bestowed upon each circuit its electronic function, that is, its “memory” which could be retrieved. A distinct physical change was effected in the PROM by the opening or closing of the fuses, depending on the method of programming. This physical alteration, not visible to the naked eye, could be discerned by electronic testing of the PROM. The court noted that the programs were designed by a U.S. project engineer with many years of experience in “designing and building hardware.” In addition, the court noted that while replicating the program pattern from a “master” PROM may be a quick one-step process, the development of the pattern and the production of the “master” PROM required much time and expertise. The court noted that it was undisputed that programming altered the character of a PROM. The essence of the article, its interconnections or stored memory, was established by programming. The court concluded that altering the non-functioning circuitry comprising a PROM through technological expertise in order to produce a functioning read only memory device, possessing a desired distinctive circuit pattern, was no less a “substantial transformation” than the manual interconnection of transistors, resistors and diodes upon a circuit board creating a similar pattern.

    In Texas Instruments v. United States, 681 F.2d 778, 782 (CCPA 1982), the court observed that the substantial transformation issue is a “mixed question of technology and customs law.”

    In C.S.D. 84-85, 18 Cust. B. & Dec. 1044, CBP stated:

    We are of the opinion that the rationale of the court in the Data General case may be applied in the present case to support the principle that the essence of an integrated circuit memory storage device is established by programming; . . . [W]e are of the opinion that the programming (or reprogramming) of an EPROM results in a new and different article of commerce which would be considered to be a product of the country where the programming or reprogramming takes place.

    Accordingly, the programming of a device that confers its identity as well as defines its use generally constitutes substantial transformation. See also Headquarters Ruling Letter (“HQ”) 558868, dated February 23, 1995 (programming of SecureID Card substantially transforms the card because it gives the card its character and use as part of a security system and the programming is a permanent change that cannot be undone); HQ 735027, dated September 7, 1993 (programming blank media (EEPROM) with instructions that allow it to perform certain functions that prevent piracy of software constitute substantial transformation); and, HQ 733085, dated July 13, 1990; but see HQ 732870, dated March 19, 1990 (formatting a blank diskette does not constitute substantial transformation because it does not add value, does not involve complex or highly technical operations and did not create a new or different product); and, HQ 734518, dated June 28, 1993, (motherboards are not substantially transformed by the implanting of the central processing unit on the board because, whereas in Data General use was being assigned to the PROM, the use of the motherboard had already been determined when the importer imported it).

    Scenario 1 and 2:

    In Scenario 1, the base unit containing a PCA, CPU, BIOS chip, amongst other components is placed over the hinge-up (which contains a LCD display) in Country F. The hard disk drive and WLAN are installed and the OS and BIOS are downloaded. In Scenario 2, the base unit and hinge-up are already assembled in Country A before importation into Country F. After the hardware components are assembled, the BIOS is downloaded onto the flash device.

    HP claims that as a result of the assembly operations performed in Country F, the various foreign components undergo a substantial transformation, such that the finished Elitebook becomes a product of Country F for purposes of U.S. Government procurement. HP cites HQ 560677, dated February 3, 1998, to support the argument that the assembly operations coupled with the BIOS download transform discrete and inoperable components into a finished product with a different name, character and use. In HQ 560677, CBP considered two different notebook computers manufactured in the U.S. with parts and components from various countries. In the first scenario, the imported chassis included the LCD and the CPU from various countries, but the BIOS and memory modules were not included. Other imported components were the hard disk drive (Thailand), BIOS chip (U.S.), floppy disk drive (China), AC adapter (China), CD ROM (Japan), fax modem cards (U.S.), a docking station (Taiwan), and memory board (Korea, Japan, or Singapore). The assembly process in the U.S. consisted of installing the BIOS chip (which was of U.S. origin), the memory modules, the hard disk drive, the network interface card, and downloading the flash BIOS into non-volatile RAM. In the second scenario, the imported chassis included the LCD screen (Taiwan), the floppy disc drive (China), and the BIOS chip but neither the keyboard, the CPU nor other primary chips were included. Similar components as in the first scenario were imported and the assembly process in the U.S. consisted of installing the CPU processor module (of U.S. origin), the hybrid cooler, the keyboard, the memory modules, the hard disk drive, the PCMCIA modem card, and downloading the flash BIOS into non-volatile RAM. CBP concluded that the foreign components used in the manufacture of the notebook computers lost their separate identities and became an integral part of a notebook computer as a result of the operations performed in the U.S.

    HQ H241177, dated December 3, 2013, Ethernet switches were assembled to completion in Malaysia and then shipped to Singapore, where U.S.-origin software was downloaded onto the switches. CBP found that the software downloading performed in Singapore did not amount to programming and that the country of origin was Malaysia, where the last substantial transformation occurred.

    In this case, the base unit is assembled in Country A and it includes the antennae, printed circuit assembly, CPU, BIOS chip, keyboard, cables, connectors, and speakers. The base unit is imported into Country F and the BIOS from Country D is downloaded. Based on the facts in this case and consistent with the Customs rulings cited above, we find that under Scenarios 1 and 2, the last substantial transformation of the Elitebook components occurs in Country A. Most of the major components are sourced in Country A, unlike HQ 560677, where the components came from various countries and in each scenario a major component (BIOS chip or CPU) was of U.S. origin, where the assembly occurred. Further, downloading the BIOS does not substantially transform the Elitebook. Therefore, we find that the country of origin for purposes of U.S. Government procurement in Scenarios 1 and 2 is Country A.

    Scenario 3:

    In Scenario 3, all of the hardware components are assembled in Country A and imported into Country F. The operations that occur in Country F are BIOS download, OS download, testing, quality control and packaging. The issue is whether the downloading of the BIOS and OS substantially transforms the notebook computer. As indicated above, the programming of a device that defines its use generally constitutes a substantial transformation. Software downloading by itself, however, does not amount to programming, which involves writing, testing and implementing code necessary to make a computer function in a certain way. See HQ H241177 (Dec. 3, 2013) supra, see also Data General supra.

    Consistent with the Customs rulings cited above, we find that the BIOS and OS downloading does not result in a substantial transformation in Country F. Given these facts, we find that the country where the last substantial transformation occurs is Country A, where the major assembly processes are performed. The country of origin for purposes of U.S. Government procurement in Scenario 3 is Country A.

    Scenario 4:

    Here, all of the hardware components are assembled in Country A and imported into Country D. In Country D, the BIOS and OS are downloaded and the Elitebook is tested for quality assurance and packaged. As indicated above, software downloading by itself does not result in a substantial transformation. Consistent with the Customs rulings cited above, we find that the country where the last substantial transformation occurs is Country A, where the major assembly processes are performed. The country of origin for purposes of U.S. Government procurement in Scenario 4 is Country A.

    HOLDING:

    Based on the facts of this case, we find that in Scenarios 1, 2, 3, and 4, the last substantial transformation takes place in Country A. The country of origin of the Elitebook is Country A for purposes of U.S. Government procurement and country of origin marking.

    Notice of this final determination will be given in the Federal Register, as required by 19 CFR § 177.29. Any party-at-interest other than the party which requested this final determination may request, pursuant to 19 CFR § 177.31, that CBP reexamine the matter anew and issue a new final determination. Pursuant to 19 CFR § 177.30, any party-at-interest may, within 30 days of publication of the Federal Register Notice referenced above, seek judicial review of this final determination before the Court of International Trade.

    Sincerely, Glen E. Vereb Acting Executive Director, Regulations and Rulings, Office of International Trade
    [FR Doc. 2015-05954 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111-14-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency [Docket ID FEMA-2015-0006] Notice of Public Meetings on the Proposed Revised Guidelines for Implementing Executive Order 11988, Floodplain Management, As Revised Through the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard AGENCY:

    Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    This notice is to announce two public meetings to solicit public input on the proposed “Revised Guidelines for Implementing Executive Order 11988, Floodplain Management.”

    DATES:

    The first public meeting will be held in Fairfax, VA on March 24, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). The second public meeting will be held by webinar on March 25, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

    ADDRESSES:

    The first public meeting will be held in Fairfax, VA, at George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Jackson Center Building #30, Fairfax, VA 22030. The second public meeting will be by webinar.

    For information on facilities or services for individuals with disabilities or to request special assistance at the meeting, please contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by March 20.

    Due to space constraints of the facility, seating will be limited to 300 participants for the Fairfax, VA meeting. To reserve a seat in advance for this meeting, or the webinar, please provide a request via email or mail with the contact information of the participant (including name, mailing address, and email address), the meeting(s) to be attended, and include the subject/attention line (or on the envelope if by mail): Reservation Request for FFRMS Meeting. Advance reservations must be received 3 business days prior to each meeting to ensure processing. Unregistered participants will be accepted after all participants with reservations have been accommodated and will be admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis, provided the person capacity is not exceeded. To submit reservations, please email: [email protected] or send by mail to the address listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT caption.

    To facilitate public participation, members of the public are invited to provide written comments on the issues to be considered at the public meetings. Comments may be submitted by one of the following methods:

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

    Mail: Regulatory Affairs Division, Office of Chief Counsel, FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Room 8NE, Washington, DC 20472-3100.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the docket ID FEMA-2015-0006. Comments received will be posted without alteration at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

    Docket: For access to the docket to read comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov, and search for the Docket ID FEMA-2015-0006.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Bradley Garner, 202-646-3901 or [email protected] Mailing Address: FFRMS, 1800 South Bell Street, Room 627, Arlington, VA 20598-3030. The Web site is https://www.fema.gov/federal-flood-risk-management-standard-ffrms.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    On January 30, 2015, the President signed Executive Order 13690, directing FEMA, on behalf of the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group, to publish for public comment draft revised Floodplain Management Guidelines to provide guidance to agencies on the implementation of Executive Order 11988, as amended, consistent with a new Federal Flood Risk Management Standard. These draft revised Guidelines were developed by the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group in consultation with the Federal Interagency Floodplain Management Task Force. FEMA is publishing this Notice on behalf of the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group, which is chaired by FEMA, to solicit and consider public input on the draft revised Guidelines at two public meetings.

    Background information about these topics is available on the FFRMS Web site at https://www.fema.gov/federal-flood-risk-management-standard-ffrms or in the docket for this Notice at www.regulations.gov, Docket ID FEMA-2015-0006.

    These meetings are exempt from the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group is an intergovernmental committee and falls under the intergovernmental committee exception to FACA, 41 CFR 102-3.40(g).

    Authority:

    Executive Order 11988, as amended; Executive Order 13690.

    Dated: March 6, 2015. Roy Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation, Federal Emergency Management Agency.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05832 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111-47-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Customs and Border Protection [1651-0007] Agency Information Collection Activities: Application for Allowance in Duties AGENCY:

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security.

    ACTION:

    30-Day notice and request for comments; revision of an existing collection of information.

    SUMMARY:

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act: Application for Allowance in Duties. CBP is proposing that this information collection be extended with no change to the burden hours. This document is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies.

    DATES:

    Written comments should be received on or before April 15, 2015 to be assured of consideration.

    ADDRESSES:

    Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on this proposed information collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be addressed to the OMB Desk Officer for Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, and sent via electronic mail to [email protected] or faxed to (202) 395-5806.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Requests for additional information should be directed to Tracey Denning, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Regulations and Rulings, Office of International Trade, 90 K Street NE., 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20229-1177, at 202-325-0265.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register (79 FR 77019) on December 23, 2014, allowing for a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10. CBP invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13; 44 U.S.C. 3507). The comments should address: (a) Whether the 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 estimates of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden, including the use of automated collection techniques or the use of other forms of information technology; and (e) the annual costs to respondents or record keepers from the collection of information (total capital/startup costs and operations and maintenance costs). The comments that are submitted will be summarized and included in the CBP request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. In this document, CBP is soliciting comments concerning the following information collection:

    Title: Application for Allowance in Duties.

    OMB Number: 1651-0007.

    Form Number: Form 4315.

    Abstract: CBP Form 4315, “Application for Allowance in Duties,” is submitted to CBP in instances of claims of damaged or defective imported merchandise on which an allowance in duty is made in the liquidation of the entry. The information on this form is used to substantiate an importer's claim for such duty allowances. CBP Form 4315 is authorized by 19 U.S.C. 1506 and provided for by 19 CFR 158.11, 158.13 and 158.23. This form is accessible at: http://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/documents/CBP%20Form%204315_0.pdf.

    Action: CBP proposes to extend the expiration date of this information collection with no change to the burden hours or to Form 4315.

    Type of Review: Extension (without change).

    Affected Public: Businesses.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: 12,000.

    Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: 12,000.

    Estimated Time per Response: 8 minutes.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 1,600.

    Dated: March 9, 2015. Tracey Denning, Agency Clearance Officer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05758 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111-14-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency [Docket ID FEMA-2015-0001; Internal Agency Docket No. FEMA-B-1471] Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations AGENCY:

    Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    Comments are requested on proposed flood hazard determinations, which may include additions or modifications of any Base Flood Elevation (BFE), base flood depth, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundary or zone designation, or regulatory floodway on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports for the communities listed in the table below. The purpose of this notice is to seek general information and comment regarding the preliminary FIRM, and where applicable, the FIS report that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided to the affected communities. The FIRM and FIS report are the basis of the floodplain management measures that the community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of having in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In addition, the FIRM and FIS report, once effective, will be used by insurance agents and others to calculate appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and the contents of those buildings.

    DATES:

    Comments are to be submitted on or before June 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    The Preliminary FIRM, and where applicable, the FIS report for each community are available for inspection at both the online location and the respective Community Map Repository address listed in the tables below. Additionally, the current effective FIRM and FIS report for each community are accessible online through the FEMA Map Service Center at www.msc.fema.gov for comparison.

    You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. FEMA-B-1471, to Luis Rodriguez, Chief, Engineering Management Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-4064, or (email) [email protected]

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Luis Rodriguez, Chief, Engineering Management Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-4064, or (email) [email protected]; or visit the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) online at www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/fmx_main.html.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    FEMA proposes to make flood hazard determinations for each community listed below, in accordance with section 110 of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 4104, and 44 CFR 67.4(a).

    These proposed flood hazard determinations, together with the floodplain management criteria required by 44 CFR 60.3, are the minimum that are required. They should not be construed to mean that the community must change any existing ordinances that are more stringent in their floodplain management requirements. The community may at any time enact stricter requirements of its own or pursuant to policies established by other Federal, State, or regional entities. These flood hazard determinations are used to meet the floodplain management requirements of the NFIP and also are used to calculate the appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings built after the FIRM and FIS report become effective.

    The communities affected by the flood hazard determinations are provided in the tables below. Any request for reconsideration of the revised flood hazard information shown on the Preliminary FIRM and FIS report that satisfies the data requirements outlined in 44 CFR 67.6(b) is considered an appeal. Comments unrelated to the flood hazard determinations also will be considered before the FIRM and FIS report become effective.

    Use of a Scientific Resolution Panel (SRP) is available to communities in support of the appeal resolution process. SRPs are independent panels of experts in hydrology, hydraulics, and other pertinent sciences established to review conflicting scientific and technical data and provide recommendations for resolution. Use of the SRP only may be exercised after FEMA and local communities have been engaged in a collaborative consultation process for at least 60 days without a mutually acceptable resolution of an appeal. Additional information regarding the SRP process can be found online at http://floodsrp.org/pdfs/srp_fact_sheet.pdf.

    The watersheds and/or communities affected are listed in the tables below. The Preliminary FIRM, and where applicable, FIS report for each community are available for inspection at both the online location and the respective Community Map Repository address listed in the tables. Additionally, the current effective FIRM and FIS report for each community are accessible online through the FEMA Map Service Center at www.msc.fema.gov for comparison.

    (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 97.022, “Flood Insurance.”) Dated: February 23, 2015. Roy E. Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency. Community Community map repository address Atlantic County, New Jersey (All Jurisdictions) Maps Available for Inspection Online at: http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata Borough of Buena Buena Borough Construction and Permits Office, 616 Central Avenue, Minotola, NJ 08341. Borough of Folsom Borough Hall, 1700 12th Street, Folsom, NJ 08037. Borough of Longport Borough Hall, 2305 Atlantic Avenue, Longport, NJ 08403. City of Absecon City Hall, 500 Mill Road, Absecon, NJ 08201. City of Atlantic City City Hall, 1301 Bacharach Boulevard, Atlantic City, NJ 08401. City of Brigantine City Hall, 1417 West Brigantine Avenue, Brigantine, NJ 08203. City of Corbin City City Hall, 316 Route 50, Corbin City, NJ 08270. City of Egg Harbor City City Hall, 500 London Avenue, Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215. City of Estell Manor City Hall, 148 Cumberland Avenue, Estell Manor, NJ 08319. City of Linwood Construction Office, 400 Poplar Avenue, Linwood, NJ 08221. City of Margate City Construction Office, 9001 Winchester Avenue, Margate City, NJ 08402. City of Northfield City Hall, 1600 Shore Road, Northfield, NJ 08225. City of Pleasantville City Hall, 18 North First Street, Pleasantville, NJ 08232. City of Port Republic City Hall, 143 Main Street, Port Republic, NJ 08241. City of Somers Point Construction Office, 741 Shore Road, Somers Point, NJ 08244. City of Ventnor City Ventnor City Clerk's Office, 6201 Atlantic Avenue, Ventnor, NJ 08406. Town of Hammonton Engineer's Office, 850 South White Horse Pike, Hammonton, NJ 08037. Township of Buena Vista Buena Vista Township Hall, 890 Harding Highway, Buena, NJ 08310. Township of Egg Harbor Municipal Building, 3515 Bargaintown Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234. Township of Galloway Construction Office, 300 East Jimmie Leeds Road, Galloway, NJ 08205. Township of Hamilton Hamilton Township Zoning Office, 6101 Thirteenth Street, Mays Landing, NJ 08330. Township of Mullica Mullica Township Hall, 4528 White Horse Pike, Elwood, NJ 08217. Township of Weymouth Weymouth Township Municipal Building, 45 South Jersey Avenue, Dorothy, NJ 08317. Burlington County, New Jersey (All Jurisdictions) Maps Available for Inspection Online at: http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata Township of Bass River Bass River Township Municipal Building, 3 North Maple Avenue, New Gretna, NJ 08087. Township of Washington Washington Township Municipal Building, 2436 County Route 563, Egg Harbor, NJ 08215. Cape May County, New Jersey (All Jurisdictions) Maps Available for Inspection Online at: http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata Borough of Avalon Construction Office, 3100 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ 08202. Borough of Cape May Point Clerk's Office, 215 Lighthouse Avenue, Cape May Point, NJ 08212. Borough of Stone Harbor Construction Office, 9508 Second Avenue, Stone Harbor, NJ 08247. Borough of West Cape May Borough Hall, 732 Broadway, West Cape May, NJ 08204. Borough of West Wildwood Borough Hall, 701 West Glenwood Avenue, West Wildwood, NJ 08260. Borough of Wildwood Crest Construction Department, 6101 Pacific Avenue, Wildwood Crest, NJ 08260. Borough of Woodbine Borough Hall, 501 Washington Avenue, Woodbine, NJ 08270. City of Cape May Assessor's Office, 643 Washington Street, Cape May, NJ 08204. City of North Wildwood City Hall, 901 Atlantic Avenue, North Wildwood, NJ 08260. City of Ocean City Community Operations Department, 115 East 12th Street, Ocean City, NJ 08226. City of Sea Isle City City Hall, 4501 Park Road, Sea Isle City, NJ 08243. City of Wildwood Zoning Office, 4400 New Jersey Avenue, Wildwood, NJ 08260. Township of Dennis Dennis Township Municipal Building, 571 Petersburg Road, Dennisville, NJ 08214. Township of Lower Lower Township Hall, 2600 Bayshore Road, Villas, NJ 08251. Township of Middle Middle Township Construction Office, 10 South Boyd Street, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. Township of Upper Upper Township Engineering Office, 2100 Tuckahoe Road, Petersburg, NJ 08270. Cumberland County, New Jersey (All Jurisdictions) Maps Available for Inspection Online at: http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata Borough of Shiloh Clerk's Office, 900 Main Street, Shiloh, NJ 08353. City of Bridgeton Construction Code Office, 181 East Commerce Street, Bridgeton, NJ 08302. City of Millville Clerk's Office, 12 South High Street, Millville, NJ 08332. City of Vineland Planning Department, 640 East Wood Street, Vineland, NJ 08360. Township of Commercial Commercial Township Code Enforcement Office, 1768 Main Street, Port Norris, NJ 08349. Township of Deerfield Deerfield Township Hall, 736 Landis Avenue, Rosenhayn, NJ 08352. Township of Downe Downe Township Hall, 288 Main Street, Newport, NJ 08345. Township of Fairfield Fairfield Township Construction Office, 70 Fairton Gouldtown Road, Fairton, NJ 08320. Township of Greenwich Emergency Management Building, 1000 Ye Greate Street, Greenwich, NJ 08323. Township of Hopewell Hopewell Township Municipal Building, 590 Shiloh Pike, Bridgeton, NJ 08302. Township of Lawrence Lawrence Township Construction Code Office, 357 Main Street, Cedarville, NJ 08311. Township of Maurice River Maurice River Township Construction and Zoning Office, 590 Main Street, Leesburg, NJ 08327. Township of Stow Creek Stow Creek Township Clerk's Office, 900 Main Street, Shiloh, NJ 08353. Township of Upper Deerfield Upper Deerfield Township Clerk's Office, 1325 Highway 77, Seabrook, NJ 08302. Essex County, New Jersey (All Jurisdictions) Maps Available for Inspection Online at: http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata Borough of North Caldwell Borough Hall, 141 Gould Avenue, North Caldwell, NJ 07006. City of Newark Office of the City Clerk, 920 Broad Street, Newark, NJ 07102. Township of Belleville Engineering Office, 152 Washington Avenue, Belleville, NJ 07109. Township of Bloomfield Municipal Building, 1 Municipal Plaza, Bloomfield, NJ 07003. Township of Fairfield Engineering Department, 230 Fairfield Road, Fairfield, NJ 07004. Township of Montclair Planning Department, 205 Claremont Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042. Township of Nutley Township Hall, 1 Kennedy Drive, Nutley, NJ 07110. Township of West Caldwell Municipal Building, 30 Clinton Road, West Caldwell, NJ 07006. Hudson County, New Jersey (All Jurisdictions) Maps Available for Inspection Online at: http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata Borough of East Newark Building Department, 34 Sherman Avenue, 2nd Floor, East Newark, NJ 07029. City of Bayonne Municipal Building Department, 630 Avenue C, Room 13, Bayonne, NJ 07002. City of Hoboken Zoning Office, 94 Washington Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030. City of Jersey City Construction Code Official's Office, 30 Montgomery Street, Room 412, Jersey City, NJ 07302. City of Union City City Clerk's Office, 3715 Palisade Avenue, Union City, NJ 07087. Town of Guttenberg Construction Official's Office, 6808 Park Avenue, Guttenberg, NJ 07093. Town of Harrison Engineer's Office, 318 Harrison Avenue, Harrison, NJ 07029. Town of Kearny Building Department, 410 Kearny Avenue, Kearny, NJ 07032. Town of Secaucus Town Hall, 1203 Paterson Plank Road, 4th Floor, Secaucus, NJ 07094. Town of West New York Town Hall, Office of Emergency Management Director's Office, 428 60th Street, West New York, NJ 07093. Township of North Bergen Township of North Bergen, Boswell Engineering, 330 Phillips Avenue, South Hackensack, NJ 07606. Township of Weehawken Town Hall, 400 Park Avenue, Weehawken, NJ 07086. Middlesex County, New Jersey (All Jurisdictions) Maps Available for Inspection Online at: http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata Borough of Carteret Memorial Municipal Building, 61 Cooke Avenue, Carteret, NJ 07008. Borough of Highland Park Municipal Building, Clerk's Office, 221 South Fifth Avenue, Highland Park, NJ 08904. Borough of Middlesex Municipal Building, Construction Department, 1200 Mountain Avenue, Middlesex, NJ 08846. Borough of Sayreville Construction Office, 49 Dolan Street, Sayreville, NJ 08872. Borough of South River Municipal Offices, 48 Washington Street, South River, NJ 08882. Borough of Spotswood Municipal Building, 77 Summerhill Road, Spotswood, NJ 08884. City of New Brunswick Civic Square, Engineering Department, 25 Kirkpatrick Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. City of Perth Amboy Code Enforcement Department, 375 New Brunswick Avenue, Perth Amboy, NJ 08861. City of South Amboy City of South Amboy, Center State Engineering, 481 Spotswood Englishtown Road, Monroe Township, NJ 08831. Township of East Brunswick Municipal Building, 1 Jean Walling Civic Center Drive, East Brunswick, NJ 08816. Township of Edison Municipal Complex, Engineering Department, 100 Municipal Boulevard, 2nd Floor, Edison, NJ 08817. Township of Monroe Center State Engineering, 481 Spotswood Englishtown Road, Monroe Township, NJ 08831. Township of Old Bridge Municipal Building, Engineering Department, 1 Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge, NJ 08857. Township of Piscataway Public Works Building, Community Development Department, 505 Sidney Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854. Township of Woodbridge Municipal Building, Engineering Department, 1 Main Street, Woodbridge, NJ 07095. Monmouth County, New Jersey (All Jurisdictions) Maps Available for Inspection Online at: http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata Borough of Allenhurst Borough Hall, 125 Corlies Avenue, Allenhurst, NJ 07711. Borough of Atlantic Highlands Borough Hall, 100 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716. Borough of Avon-by-the-Sea Municipal Building, 301 Main Street, Avon-By-The-Sea, NJ 07717. Borough of Belmar Borough Hall, 601 Main Street, Belmar, NJ 07719. Borough of Bradley Beach Municipal Building, 701 Main Street, Bradley Beach, NJ 07720. Borough of Brielle Borough Hall, 601 Union Lane, Brielle, NJ 08730. Borough of Deal Borough Hall, 190 Norwood Avenue, Deal, NJ 07723. Borough of Eatontown Building Department, 47 Broad Street, Eatontown, NJ 07724. Borough of Fair Haven Borough Hall, 748 River Road, Fair Haven, NJ 07704. Borough of Highlands Municipal Office, 42 Shore Drive, Highlands, NJ 07732. Borough of Interlaken Borough Hall, 100 Grasmere Avenue, Interlaken, NJ 07712. Borough of Keansburg Municipal Building, Code Office, 29 Church Street, Keansburg, NJ 07734. Borough of Keyport Borough Hall, Administration Office, 2nd Floor, 70 West Front Street, Keyport, NJ 07735. Borough of Lake Como Borough Hall, 1740 Main Street, Lake Como, NJ 07719. Borough of Little Silver Borough Hall, Clerk's Office, 480 Prospect Avenue, Little Silver, NJ 07739. Borough of Manasquan Borough Hall, Building and Construction Code Department, 201 East Main Street, Manasquan, NJ 08736. Borough of Matawan Borough Hall, 201 Broad Street, Matawan, NJ 07747. Borough of Monmouth Beach Borough Hall, 22 Beach Road, Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750. Borough of Neptune City Borough Hall, 106 West Sylvania Avenue, Neptune City, NJ 07753. Borough of Oceanport Old Borough Hall, Building and Zoning Department, 222 Monmouth Boulevard, Oceanport, NJ 07757. Borough of Red Bank Borough Hall, Planning and Zoning Department, 3rd Floor, 90 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701. Borough of Rumson Municipal Building, Zoning Department, 80 East River Road, Rumson, NJ 07760. Borough of Sea Bright Borough Hall, 1167 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright, NJ 07760. Borough of Sea Girt Borough Hall, 321 Baltimore Boulevard, Sea Girt, NJ 08750. Borough of Shrewsbury Borough Municipal Complex, 419 Sycamore Avenue, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702. Borough of Spring Lake Borough Hall, Construction Department, 423 Warren Avenue, Spring Lake, NJ 07762. Borough of Spring Lake Heights Municipal Building, 555 Brighton Avenue, Spring Lake Heights, NJ 07762. Borough of Tinton Falls Municipal Building, Zoning Office, 556 Tinton Avenue, Tinton Falls, NJ 07724. Borough of Union Beach Borough Hall, Construction Office, 1205 Florence Avenue, Union Beach, NJ 07735. City of Asbury Park Construction Department, 1 Municipal Plaza, Asbury Park, NJ 07712. City of Long Branch City Hall, 2nd Floor, 344 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ 07740. Township of Aberdeen Department of Zoning, 1 Aberdeen Square, Aberdeen, NJ 07747. Township of Hazlet Municipal Building, Construction Department, 1766 Union Avenue, Hazlet, NJ 07730. Township of Holmdel Municipal Building, Zoning Office, 4 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733. Township of Middletown Johnson Gill Annex, Building Department, 1 Kings Highway, Middletown, NJ 07748. Township of Neptune Township Hall, Construction Department, 25 Neptune Boulevard, Neptune, NJ 07753. Township of Ocean Ocean Township Hall, Department of Community Development, 399 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst, NJ 07755. Township of Wall Municipal Building, Construction Department, 2700 Allaire Road, Wall, NJ 07719. Village of Loch Arbour Village Office, 550 Main Street, Loch Arbour, NJ 07711. Ocean County, New Jersey (All Jurisdictions) Maps Available for Inspection Online at: http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata Borough of Barnegat Light Municipal Building, 10 East 7th Street, Barnegat Light, NJ 08006. Borough of Bay Head Municipal Office, 106 Bridge Avenue, Bay Head, NJ 08742. Borough of Beach Haven Borough Hall, 420 Pelham Avenue, Beach Haven, NJ 08008. Borough of Beachwood Municipal Complex, 1600 Pinewald Road, Beachwood, NJ 08722. Borough of Harvey Cedars Borough Hall, 7606 Long Beach Boulevard, Harvey Cedars, NJ 08008. Borough of Island Heights Borough Hall, 1 Wanamaker Municipal Complex, Island Heights, NJ 08732. Borough of Lavallette Trailer 2, Lavallette Fire House Parking Lot, 125 Washington Avenue, Lavallette, NJ 08753. Borough of Mantoloking Mantoloking Borough Hall, Yogi Plaza, 340 Drum Point Road, 2nd Floor, Brick, NJ 08723. Borough of Ocean Gate Municipal Building, 801 Ocean Gate Avenue, Ocean Gate, NJ 08740. Borough of Pine Beach Municipal Building, 599 Pennsylvania Avenue, Pine Beach, NJ 08741. Borough of Point Pleasant Borough Hall, 2233 Bridge Avenue, Point Pleasant, NJ 08742. Borough of Point Pleasant Beach Municipal Building, 416 New Jersey Avenue, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742. Borough of Seaside Heights Municipal Building, 901 Boulevard, Seaside Heights, NJ 08751. Borough of Seaside Park Borough Hall, 1701 North Ocean Avenue, Seaside Park, NJ 08752. Borough of Ship Bottom Municipal Building, 1621 Long Beach Boulevard, Ship Bottom, NJ 08008. Borough of South Toms River Municipal Building, 144 Mill Street, South Toms River, NJ 08757. Borough of Surf City Municipal Building, 813 Long Beach Boulevard, Surf City, NJ 08008. Borough of Tuckerton Borough Hall, 420 East Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ 08087. Township of Barnegat Municipal Building, 900 West Bay Avenue, Barnegat, NJ 08005. Township of Berkeley Berkeley Township Hall, 627 Pinewald-Keswick Road, Bayville, NJ 08721. Township of Brick Township Municipal Complex, 401 Chambersbridge Road, Brick, NJ 08723. Township of Eagleswood Eagleswood Township Hall, 146 Division Street, West Creek, NJ 08092. Township of Lacey Lacey Township Municipal Building, 818 West Lacey Road, Forked River, NJ 08731. Township of Lakewood Municipal Building, 231 Third Street, Lakewood, NJ 08701. Township of Little Egg Harbor Administrative Justice Complex, 665 Radio Road, Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087. Township of Long Beach Long Beach Township Building Department, 6805 Long Beach Boulevard, Brant Beach, NJ 08008. Township of Manchester Municipal Building, 1 Colonial Drive, Manchester, NJ 08759. Township of Ocean Ocean Township Construction and Zoning Office, 50 Railroad Avenue, Waretown, NJ 08758. Township of Stafford Stafford Township Municipal Building, 260 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ 08050. Township of Toms River Township Engineer's Office, 33 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ 08753. Salem County, New Jersey (All Jurisdictions) Maps Available for Inspection Online at: http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata Borough of Elmer Borough Hall, 120 South Main Street, Elmer, NJ 08318. Borough of Penns Grove Borough Hall, 1 State Street, Penns Grove, NJ 08069. Borough of Woodstown 25 West Avenue, Woodstown, NJ 08098. City of Salem 17 New Market Street, Salem, NJ 08079. Township of Alloway 49 South Greenwich Street, Alloway, NJ 08001. Township of Carneys Point 303 Harding Highway, Carneys Point, NJ 08069. Township of Elsinboro Elsinboro Township Municipal Building, 619 Salem Fort-Elfsborg Road, Salem, NJ 08079. Township of Lower Alloways Creek Township of Lower Alloways Creek, 501 Locust Island Road, Hancock's Bridge, NJ 08038. Township of Mannington Town Hall, 491 Route 45, Mannington, NJ 08079. Township of Oldmans Township of Oldmans, Pedricktown Hall, 40 Freed Road, Pedricktown, NJ 08067. Township of Pennsville Town Hall, 90 North Broadway, Pennsville, NJ 08070. Township of Pilesgrove Municipal Building, 1180 Route 40, East, Pilesgrove, NJ 08098. Township of Pittsgrove Municipal Building, 989 Centerton Road, Pittsgrove, NJ 08318. Township of Quinton Municipal Building, 885 Quinton Road, Quinton, NJ 08072. Township of Upper Pittsgrove Township of Upper Pittsgrove, 431 Route 77, Elmer, NJ 08318. Union County, New Jersey (All Jurisdictions) Maps Available for Inspection Online at: http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata City of Elizabeth Construction Department, Room 401, 50 Winfield Scott Plaza, Elizabeth, NJ 07201. City of Linden Municipal Building, 301 North Wood Avenue, Linden, NJ 07036. City of Rahway Office of Engineering, 1 City Hall Plaza, Rahway, NJ 07065. City of New York, New York Maps Available for Inspection Online at: http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata City of New York Department of City Planning, Waterfront Division, 22 Reade Street, New York, NY 10007. City of New York (Bronx County) New York City Department of Buildings, Bronx Borough Office, 1932 Arthur Avenue, 5th Floor, Bronx, NY 10457. City of New York (Kings County) New York City Department of Buildings, Brooklyn Borough Office, 210 Joralemon Street, 8th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201. City of New York (New York County).. Department of Buildings, Manhattan Borough Office, 280 Broadway, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10007. City of New York (Queens County) New York City Department of Buildings, Queens Borough Office, 120-55 Queen Boulevard, 1st Floor, Kew Gardens, NY 11424. City of New York (Richmond County).. New York City Department of Buildings, Staten Island Borough Office, 10 Richmond Terrace, Borough Hall, 2nd Floor, Staten Island, NY 10301. Westchester County, New York (All Jurisdictions) Maps Available for Inspection Online at: http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata City of Mount Vernon Public Works Department, 1 Roosevelt Square, Room 108, Mount Vernon, NY 10550. City of New Rochelle Clerk's Office, 515 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801. City of Peekskill Building and Engineering Department, 840 Main Street, Peekskill, NY 10566. City of Rye Building Department, 1051 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY 10580. City of Yonkers Engineering Department, 40 South Broadway, Yonkers, NY 10701. Town of Cortlandt Cortlandt Town Clerk's Office, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567. Town of Harrison Engineering Department, 1 Heineman Place, Harrison, NY 10528. Town of Mamaroneck Town Center, 740 West Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, NY 10543. Town of Mount Pleasant Mount Pleasant Town Engineering Department, One Town Hall Plaza, 3rd Floor, Valhalla, NY 10595. Town of New Castle New Castle Town Building Department, 200 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY 10514. Town of Ossining Building Department, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562. Village of Briarcliff Manor Village Hall, 1111 Pleasantville Road, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510. Village of Buchanan Municipal Building, 236 Tate Avenue, Buchanan, NY 10511. Village of Croton-on-Hudson Engineering Department, 1 Van Wyck Street, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520. Village of Dobbs Ferry Village Hall, 112 Main Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522. Village of Hastings-on-Hudson Village Hall, 7 Maple Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 10706. Village of Irvington Building Department, 85 Main Street, Irvington, NY 10533. Village of Larchmont Building Department, 120 Larchmont Avenue, Larchmont, NY 10538. Village of Mamaroneck Building Department, 169 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Mamaroneck, NY 10543. Village of Ossining Building Department, 16 Croton Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562. Village of Pelham Village Hall, 195 Sparks Avenue, Pelham, NY 10803. Village of Pelham Manor Village Hall, 4 Penfield Place, Pelham Manor, NY 10803. Village of Port Chester Building Department, 222 Grace Church Street, Port Chester, NY 10573. Village of Sleepy Hollow Building Department, 28 Beekman Avenue, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591. Village of Tarrytown Building and Engineering Department, One Depot Plaza, Tarrytown, NY 10591. Collin County, Texas, and Incorporated Areas Maps Available for Inspection Online at: http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata City of Plano City Hall, Engineering Department, 1520 Avenue K, Plano, TX 75074.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05852 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110-12-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency [Docket No. FEMA-2015-0001; Internal Agency Docket No. FEMA-B-1352] Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations AGENCY:

    Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice; correction.

    SUMMARY:

    On December 23, 2013, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published in the Federal Register a proposed flood hazard determination notice that included information for the Town of South Bethany in the table titled “Sussex County, Delaware, and Incorporated Areas”. FEMA is no longer proposing these flood hazard determination changes for the Town of South Bethany as identified in the above-referenced publication.

    DATES:

    Comments are to be submitted on or before April 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. FEMA-B-1352, to Luis Rodriguez, Chief, Engineering Management Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-4064 or (email) [email protected]

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Luis Rodriguez, Chief, Engineering Management Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-4064 or (email) [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    FEMA proposes to make flood hazard determinations in accordance with Section 110 of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 4104, and 44 CFR 67.4(a).

    These proposed flood hazard determinations, together with the floodplain management criteria required by 44 CFR 60.3, are the minimum that are required. They should not be construed to mean that the community must change any existing ordinances that are more stringent in their floodplain management requirements. The community may at any time enact stricter requirements of its own, or pursuant to policies established by other Federal, State, or regional entities. These flood hazard determinations are used to meet the floodplain management requirements of the NFIP and are also used to calculate the appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings built after the FIRM and FIS report become effective.

    Correction

    In the proposed flood hazard determination notice published at 78 FR 77482, in the December 23, 2013, issue of the Federal Register, FEMA published a table titled “Sussex County, Delaware, and Incorporated Areas”. This table included the Town of South Bethany as one of the communities for which flood hazard changes were being proposed. FEMA is no longer proposing these flood hazard determination changes for the Town of South Bethany as identified in the above-referenced publication.

    (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 97.022, “Flood Insurance.”) Dated: February 23, 2015. Roy E. Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05840 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110-12-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency [Docket ID FEMA-2015-0001; Internal Agency Docket No. FEMA-B-1504] Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations AGENCY:

    Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    Comments are requested on proposed flood hazard determinations, which may include additions or modifications of any Base Flood Elevation (BFE), base flood depth, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundary or zone designation, or regulatory floodway on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports for the communities listed in the table below. The purpose of this notice is to seek general information and comment regarding the preliminary FIRM, and where applicable, the FIS report that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided to the affected communities. The FIRM and FIS report are the basis of the floodplain management measures that the community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of having in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In addition, the FIRM and FIS report, once effective, will be used by insurance agents and others to calculate appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and the contents of those buildings.

    DATES:

    Comments are to be submitted on or before June 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    The Preliminary FIRM, and where applicable, the FIS report for each community are available for inspection at both the online location and the respective Community Map Repository address listed in the tables below. Additionally, the current effective FIRM and FIS report for each community are accessible online through the FEMA Map Service Center at www.msc.fema.gov for comparison.

    You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. FEMA-B-1504, to Luis Rodriguez, Chief, Engineering Management Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-4064, or (email) [email protected]

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Luis Rodriguez, Chief, Engineering Management Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-4064, or (email) [email protected]; or visit the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) online at www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/fmx_main.html.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    FEMA proposes to make flood hazard determinations for each community listed below, in accordance with section 110 of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 4104, and 44 CFR 67.4(a).

    These proposed flood hazard determinations, together with the floodplain management criteria required by 44 CFR 60.3, are the minimum that are required. They should not be construed to mean that the community must change any existing ordinances that are more stringent in their floodplain management requirements. The community may at any time enact stricter requirements of its own or pursuant to policies established by other Federal, State, or regional entities. These flood hazard determinations are used to meet the floodplain management requirements of the NFIP and also are used to calculate the appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings built after the FIRM and FIS report become effective.

    The communities affected by the flood hazard determinations are provided in the tables below. Any request for reconsideration of the revised flood hazard information shown on the Preliminary FIRM and FIS report that satisfies the data requirements outlined in 44 CFR 67.6(b) is considered an appeal. Comments unrelated to the flood hazard determinations also will be considered before the FIRM and FIS report become effective.

    Use of a Scientific Resolution Panel (SRP) is available to communities in support of the appeal resolution process. SRPs are independent panels of experts in hydrology, hydraulics, and other pertinent sciences established to review conflicting scientific and technical data and provide recommendations for resolution. Use of the SRP only may be exercised after FEMA and local communities have been engaged in a collaborative consultation process for at least 60 days without a mutually acceptable resolution of an appeal. Additional information regarding the SRP process can be found online at http://floodsrp.org/pdfs/srp_fact_sheet.pdf.

    The watersheds and/or communities affected are listed in the tables below. The Preliminary FIRM, and where applicable, FIS report for each community are available for inspection at both the online location and the respective Community Map Repository address listed in the tables. Additionally, the current effective FIRM and FIS report for each community are accessible online through the FEMA Map Service Center at www.msc.fema.gov for comparison.

    (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 97.022, “Flood Insurance.”) Dated: February 23, 2015. Roy E. Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency. Community Community map repository address Bergen County, New Jersey (All Jurisdictions) Maps Available for Inspection Online at: http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata Borough of Allendale Borough Hall, 500 West Crescent Avenue, Allendale, NJ 07401. Borough of Bergenfield Borough Hall, 198 North Washington Avenue, Bergenfield, NJ 07621. Borough of Bogota Borough Hall, 375 Larch Avenue, Bogota, NJ 07603. Borough of Carlstadt Borough Hall, 500 Madison Street, Carlstadt, NJ 07072. Borough of Closter Borough Hall, 295 Old Closter Dock Road, Closter, NJ 07624. Borough of East Rutherford Borough Hall, 1 Everett Place, East Rutherford, NJ 07073. Borough of Edgewater Borough Hall, 55 River Road, Edgewater, NJ 07020. Borough of Elmwood Park Municipal Building, 182 Market Street, Elmwood Park, NJ 07407. Borough of Emerson Borough Hall, 146 Linwood Avenue, Emerson, NJ 07630. Borough of Fair Lawn Borough Hall, 8-01 Fair Lawn Avenue, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410. Borough of Fairview Borough Hall, 59 Anderson Avenue, Fairview, NJ 07022. Borough of Franklin Lakes Borough Hall, 480 De Korte Drive, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417. Borough of Glen Rock Municipal Building, 1 Harding Plaza, Glen Rock, NJ 07452. Borough of Harrington Park Borough Hall, 85 Harriot Avenue, Harrington Park, NJ 07640. Borough of Hasbrouck Heights Municipal Building, 320 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604. Borough of Haworth Borough Hall, 300 Haworth Avenue, Haworth, NJ 07641. Borough of Hillsdale Borough Hall, 380 Hillsdale Avenue, Hillsdale, NJ 07642. Borough of Ho-Ho-Kus Borough Hall, 333 Warren Avenue, Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423. Borough of Leonia Borough Hall, 312 Broad Avenue, Leonia, NJ 07605. Borough of Little Ferry Borough Hall, 215-217 Liberty Street, Little Ferry, NJ 07643. Borough of Lodi Borough Hall, One Memorial Drive, Lodi, NJ 07644. Borough of Maywood Municipal Building, 15 Park Avenue, Maywood, NJ 07607. Borough of Montvale Borough Hall, 12 Mercedes Drive, Montvale, NJ 07645. Borough of Moonachie Municipal Building, 70 Moonachie Road, Moonachie, NJ 07074. Borough of New Milford Borough Hall, 930 River Road, New Milford, NJ 07646. Borough of North Arlington Borough Hall, 214 Ridge Road, North Arlington, NJ 07031. Borough of Northvale Borough Hall, 116 Paris Avenue, Northvale, NJ 07647. Borough of Norwood Borough Hall, 455 Broadway, Norwood, NJ 07648. Borough of Oakland Borough Hall, One Municipal Plaza, Oakland, NJ 07436. Borough of Old Tappan Borough Hall, 227 Old Tappan Road, Old Tappan, NJ 07675. Borough of Oradell Borough Hall, 355 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell, NJ 07649. Borough of Palisades Park Borough Hall, 275 Broad Avenue, Palisades Park, NJ 07650. Borough of Paramus Borough Hall, 1 Jockish Square, Paramus, NJ 07652. Borough of Park Ridge Borough Hall, 55 Park Avenue, Park Ridge, NJ 07656. Borough of Ramsey Borough Hall, 33 North Central Avenue, Ramsey, NJ 07446. Borough of Ridgefield Borough Hall, 604 Broad Avenue, Ridgefield, NJ 07657. Borough of River Edge Borough Hall, 705 Kinderkamack Road, River Edge, NJ 07661. Borough of Rutherford Borough Hall, 176 Park Avenue, Rutherford, NJ 07070. Borough of Saddle River Borough Hall, 100 East Allendale Road, Saddle River, NJ 07458. Borough of Tenafly Municipal Center, 100 Riveredge Road, Tenafly, NJ 07670. Borough of Teterboro Municipal Building, 510 Route 46 West, Teterboro, NJ 07608. Borough of Upper Saddle River Borough Hall, 376 West Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. Borough of Waldwick Borough Hall, 63 Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick, NJ 07463. Borough of Wallington Municipal Building, 54 Union Boulevard, Wallington, NJ 07057. Borough of Westwood Borough Hall, 101 Washington Avenue, Westwood, NJ 07675. Borough of Woodcliff Lake Municipal Building, 188 Pascack Road, Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677. Borough of Wood-Ridge Municipal Building, 85 Humboldt Street, Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075. City of Englewood City Hall, 2-10 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, NJ 07631. City of Garfield City Hall, 111 Outwater Lane, Garfield, NJ 07026. City of Hackensack City Hall, 65 Central Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601. New Jersey Meadowlands Commission Administrative Offices, 1 DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071. Palisades Interstate Park Commission.. Administrative Offices, New Jersey Section, 1 Alpine Approach Road, Alpine, NJ 07620. Township of Lyndhurst Town Hall, 367 Valley Brook Avenue, Lyndhurst, NJ 07071. Township of Mahwah Municipal Building, 475 Corporate Drive, Mahwah, NJ 07430. Township of River Vale Township Office, 406 River Vale Road, River Vale, NJ 07675. Township of Rochelle Park Town Hall, 151 West Passaic Street, Rochelle Park, NJ 07662. Township of Saddle Brook Town Hall, 93 Market Street, Saddle Brook, NJ 07663. Township of South Hackensack Town Hall, 227 Phillips Avenue, South Hackensack, NJ 07606. Township of Teaneck Municipal Building, 818 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666. Township of Wyckoff Memorial Town Hall, 340 Franklin Avenue, Scott Plaza, Wyckoff, NJ 07481. Village of Ridgefield Park Village Hall, 232-234 Main Street, Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660. Village of Ridgewood Village Hall, 131 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07451. City of Norfolk, Virginia (Independent City) Maps Available for Inspection Online at: http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata City of Norfolk Zoning Enforcement Office, 508 City Hall Building, 810 Union Street, Norfolk, VA 23510.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05834 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110-12-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Customs and Border Protection [1651-0031] Agency Information Collection Activities: Foreign Assembler's Declaration AGENCY:

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security.

    ACTION:

    30-Day notice and request for comments; Extension of an existing collection of information.

    SUMMARY:

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of Homeland Security will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act: Foreign Assembler's Declaration (with Endorsement by Importer). This is a proposed extension of an information collection that was previously approved. CBP is proposing that this information collection be extended with no change to the burden hours, but no changes to the information collected. This document is published to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies.

    DATES:

    Written comments should be received on or before April 15, 2015 to be assured of consideration.

    ADDRESSES:

    Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on this proposed information collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be addressed to the OMB Desk Officer for Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, and sent via electronic mail to [email protected]or faxed to (202) 395-5806.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Requests for additional information should be directed to Tracey Denning, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Regulations and Rulings, Office of International Trade, 90 K Street NE., 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20229-1177, at 202-325-0265.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register (79 FR 77021) on December 23, 2014, allowing for a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10. CBP invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-13; 44 U.S.C. 3507). The comments should address: (a) Whether the 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 estimates of the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden, including the use of automated collection techniques or the use of other forms of information technology; and (e) the annual costs to respondents or record keepers from the collection of information (total capital/startup costs and operations and maintenance costs). The comments that are submitted will be summarized and included in the CBP request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. In this document, CBP is soliciting comments concerning the following information collection:

    Title: Foreign Assembler's Declaration (with Endorsement by Importer).

    OMB Number: 1651-0031.

    Abstract: In accordance with 19 CFR 10.24, a Foreign Assembler's Declaration must be made in connection with the entry of assembled articles under subheading 9802.00.80, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). This declaration includes information such as the quantity, value and description of the imported merchandise. The declaration is made by the person who performed the assembly operations abroad and it includes an endorsement by the importer. The Foreign Assembler's Declaration is used by CBP to determine whether the operations performed are within the purview of subheading 9802.00.80, HTSUS and therefore eligible for preferential tariff treatment.

    19 CFR 10.24(c) and (d) require that the importer/assembler maintain records for 5 years from the date of the related entry and that they make these records readily available to CBP for audit, inspection, copying, and reproduction. Instructions for complying with this regulation are posted on the CBP.gov Web site at: http://www.cbp.gov/trade/trade-community/outreach-programs/trade-agreements/nafta/repairs-alterations/subchpt-9802.

    Action: CBP proposes to extend the expiration date of this information collection with no change to the burden hours or to the information collected.

    Type of Review: Extension (without change).

    Affected Public: Businesses.

    Estimated Number of Respondents/Recordkeepers: 2,730.

    Estimated Time per Response/Recordkeeping: 55 minutes.

    Estimated Number of Responses/Recordkeeping per Respondent: 128.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 320,087.

    Dated: March 9, 2015. Tracey Denning, Agency Clearance Officer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05761 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111-14-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-17722; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000] Notice of Inventory Completion: Columbia University, Department of Anthropology, New York, NY AGENCY:

    National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Columbia University, Department of Anthropology, has completed an inventory of human remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, and has determined that there is no cultural affiliation between the human remains and present-day Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations. Representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request to Columbia University. If no additional requestors come forward, transfer of control of the human remains to the Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed.

    DATES:

    Representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request with information in support of the request to Columbia University at the address in this notice by April 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Dr. Nan Rothschild, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University, 1200 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027, telephone (212) 854-4977, email [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the completion of an inventory of human remains under the control of Columbia University. The human remains were removed from Okiedan Butte, Ransom County, ND.

    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3) and 43 CFR 10.11(d). The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native American human remains. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice.

    Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Columbia University, Department of Anthropology, professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Montana; Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, Oklahoma (previously listed as the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma); Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, South Dakota; Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of the Crow Creek Reservation, South Dakota; Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota; Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of the Lower Brule Reservation, South Dakota; Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana; Oglala Sioux Tribe, South Dakota (previously listed as the Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota); Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota; Santee Sioux Nation, Nebraska; Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North & South Dakota Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold Reservation, North Dakota; and the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota (hereafter listed as “The Tribes”).

    History and Description of the Remains

    In 1938, human remains representing, at minimum, three individuals were removed from Okiedan Butte in Ransom County, ND. The excavation was led by William Duncan Strong and jointly sponsored by Columbia University and the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Strong brought the human remains to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) where they were placed on “permanent loan.” In January 2002, a detailed assessment of the human remains was made by researchers at Columbia University and in August 2011, the AMNH transferred the human remains to the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University. Three fragmentary skulls, representing two adults and one child were identified. These individuals have been identified as Native American based on Strong's documentation and non-invasive assessment of cranial features. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects are present.

    Strong's field notes (National Anthropological Archives, Strong Papers, Box 21, Field Work 1938) refer to excavations at Mound #1 at Okiedan Buttes (sic) on July 28, 1938. Strong's notes are interspersed with that of another writer with the signature of C. Smith. Carlyle S. Smith was a graduate student at Columbia and a member of this team, however it is Smith's name that appears on field tags associated with these remains. The field designations, A, B, and C, correspond with the numbers in Strong's 1938 field notes referring to burials from “Okiedan Butte, Mound #1.” According to Dr. Douglas Owsley (NMNH), who examined these remains in 2003, bone preservation suggests a Late Woodland date or later, possibly A.D. 900-1400.

    Determinations Made by Columbia University, Department of Anthropology

    Officials of Columbia University, Department of Anthropology, have determined that:

    • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described in this notice are Native American based on Strong's documentation and non-invasive assessment of cranial features.

    • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described in this notice represent the physical remains of three individuals of Native American ancestry.

    • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), a relationship of shared group identity cannot be reasonably traced between the Native American human remains and any present-day Indian tribe.

    • According to final judgments of the Indian Claims Commission or the Court of Federal Claims, the land from which the Native American human remains were removed is the aboriginal land of The Tribes.

    • Treaties, Acts of Congress, or Executive Orders, indicate that the land from which the Native American human remains were removed is the aboriginal land of The Tribes.

    • Pursuant to 43 CFR 10.11(c)(1), the disposition of the human remains may be to The Tribes.

    Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request with information in support of the request to Dr. Nan Rothschild, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University, 1200 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027, telephone (212) 854-4977, email [email protected], by April 15, 2015. After that date, if no additional requestors have come forward, transfer of control of the human remains to The Tribes may proceed.

    The Columbia University, Department of Anthropology, is responsible for The Tribes that this notice has been published.

    Dated: February 23, 2015. Melanie O'Brien, Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05981 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310-50-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS-IMR-YELL-17104; PPWONRADE2, PMP00EI05.YP0000, 15XP103905] Environmental Impact Statement for a Management Plan for Yellowstone-Area Bison AGENCY:

    National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Notice of intent.

    SUMMARY:

    The National Park Service (NPS) and the State of Montana (State) are serving as joint lead agencies in the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a plan to manage a wild and migratory population of Yellowstone-area bison, while minimizing brucellosis transmission between these wild bison and livestock to the extent practicable.

    DATES:

    Interested individuals, organizations, and agencies are encouraged to provide written comments regarding the scope of issues and alternatives to be addressed in the EIS. The NPS and the State request that comments be submitted within the 90-day comment period, which begins on the date this Notice of Intent is published in the Federal Register. A 90-day comment period has been established to maximize the opportunity for agencies, members of the public and stakeholders to submit comments for consideration in this planning effort. The NPS and State intend to hold public scoping meetings on the EIS within the 90-day comment period. Specific dates, times and locations of the public scoping meetings will be made available via a joint press release to local media, a public scoping brochure to be mailed or emailed to interested parties and on the NPS's Planning, Environment and Public Comment (PEPC) Web site at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/YellBisonPlan. The NPS and State will provide additional opportunities for the public to offer written comments upon publication of the draft plan/EIS.

    ADDRESSES:

    Information, including a copy of the public scoping brochure, will be available for public review online at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/YellBisonPlan. Limited copies of the brochure will also be available in the Mailroom at the park's Administration Building in Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park, WY and by request.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Bison are currently managed under the 2000 Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP) and subsequent adaptive management adjustments (Information available at www.ibmp.info). Because of new information and changed conditions since the 2000 IBMP, a new plan is being prepared, along with an environmental impact statement (EIS), pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C). The purpose of the new plan/EIS is to conserve a wild and migratory population of Yellowstone-area bison, while minimizing brucellosis transmission between these wild bison and livestock to the extent practicable.

    The NPS will exercise decision-making authority on the EIS and its associated Record of Decision (ROD) for NPS actions within the boundary of Yellowstone National Park, and the State will exercise decision-making authority on the EIS and its associated ROD for actions on lands in Montana outside the park's boundary for which the State has jurisdiction. The NPS and State will continue to implement the 2000 IBMP, as adjusted, within and outside Yellowstone National Park through coordination with the other IBMP partners until a new decision is made through this planning process.

    The following range of preliminary draft alternative concepts has been developed for review and comment. The alternative concepts and management tools under consideration may change based upon input received during public scoping and throughout the development of the plan/EIS.

    • Alternative 1 (No-Action Alternative) would continue implementation of the 2000 IBMP, as adjusted. As part of the existing IBMP, this alternative focuses on reducing the risk of brucellosis transmission from bison to cattle by managing bison that leave Yellowstone National Park and enter the State of Montana. It also seeks to maintain Montana's brucellosis-free status for domestic livestock. The population guideline for Yellowstone-area bison in the 2000 IBMP and under this alternative is 3,000 animals.

    • Alternative 2 (Minimize Human Intervention) would prioritize bison conservation and minimize human intervention in the management of Yellowstone-area bison. Bison abundance would primarily be regulated through public and treaty hunting on lands outside of the park in Montana, and natural processes. The maximum population limit of bison under this alternative would be based on estimates of food-limited carrying capacity (~7,500 bison). Other wildlife management tools, such as habitat enhancement, could also be implemented. The risk of brucellosis transmission from bison to cattle would be managed through physical separation and limited hazing of bison back into the park. However, there would be no spring haze-back date for bison to be returned to the park. There would be no disease suppression efforts or research to improve suppression techniques in wildlife.

    • Alternative 3 (Limit Bison Migration into Montana) would focus on maintaining bison numbers below 3,000 animals, the level at which large migrations would likely occur during winter months, thus limiting the number of bison that migrate out of the park and into the State of Montana. Brucellosis transmission would be minimized through population control, separation of bison and cattle and hazing of bison back into the park. In spring, bison would be hazed back into the park by May 1 along the northern park boundary and May 15 along the western park boundary. Public and treaty hunting would occur outside of the park. No brucellosis disease suppression actions for wildlife would be implemented, but research would be conducted to investigate future disease suppression tools for cattle and wildlife.

    • Alternative 4 (Suppress Brucellosis Transmission) would prioritize the prevention of brucellosis transmission between bison and livestock through a variety of tools, including disease suppression techniques, as practicable. Suppression tools may include capturing bison at facilities inside or outside Yellowstone National Park, culling of likely infectious bison, vaccination of bison at capture facilities, sterilization of bison before shipment to terminal pastures and adjusting land use by cattle. The population guideline for Yellowstone-area bison under this alternative would be 3,000 animals and would include specific tolerance thresholds north and west of the park in the State of Montana. Bison outside of the park on adjacent lands in Montana would be managed within an established boundary to minimize disease transmission, while also considering private property and public safety concerns. Public and treaty hunting would occur outside of the park.

    • Alternative 5 (Tolerance in Montana Linked to Overall Bison Abundance) would seek to expand bison tolerance north and west of the park year-round within specific geographic boundaries (e.g. within the Gardiner Basin and up to the Taylor Fork drainage). The current interagency bison population management guideline of 3,000 bison would be maintained. Tolerance thresholds for bison outside of the park in the State of Montana would depend on the overall number of bison in the population, with tolerance for bison in Montana increasing as the population approaches the population guideline. There would be no haze-back dates, but the agencies would adhere to all other existing procedures in the 2000 IBMP, as adjusted. Other wildlife management tools, such as those used to manage other wildlife species (e.g., habitat enhancement), could be implemented. Public and treaty hunting would occur outside of the park. No brucellosis disease suppression actions for wildlife would be implemented, but research would be conducted to investigate future disease suppression tools for cattle and wildlife.

    • Alternative 6 (Balance Bison Conservation and Brucellosis Transmission Risk) would allow for the total bison population to vary over time within a defined range (Objective = 2,500-4,500 bison) and would also establish specific tolerance thresholds north and west of the park in the State of Montana. Habitat enhancement, longer tolerance in spring, or year-round tolerance for some bison in Montana could be implemented under this alternative. Tools such as hazing, public and treaty hunting and culling near the park boundary would be used to regulate population size and distribution, minimize brucellosis transmission from bison to cattle and protect property and human safety. No brucellosis disease suppression actions for wildlife would be implemented, but research would be conducted to investigate future disease suppression tools for cattle and wildlife.

    Under any proposed action alternative, the following would be implemented: (1) Yellowstone bison would be managed as wildlife in the park and within defined management areas in Montana, (2) public and treaty hunting of bison would occur outside of the park in Montana, (3) bison management actions would be implemented to protect private property and human safety, (4) a public engagement program would be implemented to facilitate the exchange of information between bison managers, scientists, and the public.

    If you wish to comment during the 90-day public comment period, you may use any one of several methods. The preferred method for submitting comments to the NPS and State of Montana is on the NPS PEPC Web site at http://parkplanning.nps.gov/YellBisonPlan. You may also mail or hand-deliver your comments to the Superintendent, Yellowstone National Park, Bison Management Plan, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190. Comments will also be accepted during public meetings. Comments will not be accepted by fax, email, or any other way than those specified above. Bulk comments in any format (hard copy or electronic) submitted on behalf of others will not be accepted. 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.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Al Nash, Chief of Public Affairs, Yellowstone National Park, Bison Management Plan, P.O. Box 168, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190, or by telephone at (307) 344-2015.

    Dated: January 22, 2015. Sue E. Masica, Regional Director, Intermountain Region, National Park Service.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05962 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312-CB-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-17723; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000] Notice of Intent To Repatriate Cultural Items: Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN AGENCY:

    National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Minnesota Historical Society, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, has determined that the cultural items listed in this notice meet the definition of sacred objects. Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim these cultural items should submit a written request to the Minnesota Historical Society. If no additional claimants come forward, transfer of control of the cultural items to the lineal descendants, Indian tribes, or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed.

    DATES:

    Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim these cultural items should submit a written request with information in support of the claim to the Minnesota Historical Society at the address in this notice by April 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Leah Bowe, Minnesota Historical Society, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102, telephone (651) 259-3255, email [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3005, of the intent to repatriate cultural items under the control of the Minnesota Historical Society, St. Paul, MN, that meet the definition of sacred objects under 25 U.S.C. 3001.

    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3). The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native American cultural items. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice.

    History and Description of the Cultural Items

    In 1926, 57 cultural items, identified as a set of Midewiwin medicines, were removed from a cave at Crane Lake in St. Louis County, MN. The objects were discovered and removed by a group of men canoeing on the lake who took shelter in the cave during a storm. The objects (called the Crane Lake Cache by the Minnesota Historical Society) were transferred to the Minnesota Historical Society in 1927.

    In the near 90 years since their accession, some parts of the Crane Lake Cache have gone missing, and the current number of objects in the collection is 54. The 54 sacred objects still extant that comprise the Crane Lake Cache are: 4 birch bark scrolls; 3 birch bark disks; 1 wooden disk; 1 birch bark container for medicine; 1 can rattle; 8 invitation bird quills; 1 shooting diagram; 1 snakeskin bundle; the fragments of 1 water drum; 15 individual packages of medicines; 1 bear claw; 6 shells; 2 quartz crystals; 1 nut; 1 ceramic object; 1 otolith; 5 glass beads; and 1 wooden container for medicines. The missing items are 1 sucking tube and 2 packages of medicine.

    Consultation with the Bois Forte Band (Nett Lake) of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota, confirmed both that these materials fit the definition of sacred objects under NAGPRA, and that Crane Lake was within the boundaries of the traditional property of the Bois Forte Band.

    In 1987, the Minnesota Historical Society purchased the Nett Lake War Charm Necklace at Sotheby's Auctions. This object was identified as such at auction by the seller. Further provenance is unavailable for this object.

    Consultation with Bois Forte Band (Nett Lake) of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota, confirmed both that this object fit the definition of a sacred object under NAGPRA, and that Nett Lake was within the boundaries of the traditional property of the Bois Forte Band.

    Determinations Made by the Minnesota Historical Society

    Officials of the Minnesota Historical Society have determined that:

    • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(3)(C), the 55 cultural items described above are specific ceremonial objects needed by traditional Native American religious leaders for the practice of traditional Native American religions by their present-day adherents.

    • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the sacred objects and the Bois Forte Band (Nett Lake) of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota.

    Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to claim these cultural items should submit a written request with information in support of the claim to Leah Bowe, Minnesota Historical Society, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102, telephone (651) 259-3255, email [email protected], by April 15, 2015. After that date, if no additional claimants have come forward, transfer of control of the sacred objects to the Bois Forte Band (Nett Lake) of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota, may proceed.

    The Minnesota Historical Society is responsible for notifying the Bois Forte Band (Nett Lake) of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Minnesota, that this notice has been published.

    Dated: February 23, 2015. Melanie O'Brien, Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05979 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312-50-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS-HQ-IA-2014-N051; FXIA16710900000-156-FF09A30000] Endangered Species; Receipt of Applications for Permit AGENCY:

    Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Notice of receipt of applications for permit.

    SUMMARY:

    We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities with endangered species. With some exceptions, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) prohibits activities with listed species unless Federal authorization is acquired that allows such activities.

    DATES:

    We must receive comments or requests for documents on or before April 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Brenda Tapia, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Management Authority, Branch of Permits, MS: IA, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041; fax (703) 358-2281; or email [email protected]

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Brenda Tapia, (703) 358-2104 (telephone); (703) 358-2281 (fax); [email protected] (email).

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Public Comment Procedures A. How do I request copies of applications or comment on submitted applications?

    Send your request for copies of applications or comments and materials concerning any of the applications to the contact listed under ADDRESSES. Please include the Federal Register notice publication date, the PRT-number, and the name of the applicant in your request or submission. We will not consider requests or comments sent to an email or address not listed under ADDRESSES. If you provide an email address in your request for copies of applications, we will attempt to respond to your request electronically.

    Please make your requests or comments as specific as possible. Please confine your comments to issues for which we seek comments in this notice, and explain the basis for your comments. Include sufficient information with your comments to allow us to authenticate any scientific or commercial data you include.

    The comments and recommendations that will be most useful and likely to influence agency decisions are: (1) Those supported by quantitative information or studies; and (2) Those that include citations to, and analyses of, the applicable laws and regulations. We will not consider or include in our administrative record comments we receive after the close of the comment period (see DATES) or comments delivered to an address other than those listed above (see ADDRESSES).

    B. May I review comments submitted by others?

    Comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, will be available for public review at the street address listed under ADDRESSES. The public may review documents and other information applicants have sent in support of the application unless our allowing viewing would violate the Privacy Act or Freedom of Information Act. 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.

    II. Background

    To help us carry out our conservation responsibilities for affected species, and in consideration of section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), along with Executive Order 13576, “Delivering an Efficient, Effective, and Accountable Government,” and the President's Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies of January 21, 2009—Transparency and Open Government (74 FR 4685; January 26, 2009), which call on all Federal agencies to promote openness and transparency in Government by disclosing information to the public, we invite public comment on these permit applications before final action is taken.

    III. Permit Applications A. Endangered Species Applicant: Lincoln Children's Zoo, Lincoln, NE; PRT-839363

    The applicant requests renewal of their captive-bred wildlife registration under 50 CFR 17.21(g) for the following family and species, to enhance the species' propagation or survival. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.

    Families Lemuridae Species Leontopithecus species Snow leopard (Uncia uncia) Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis) Lar gibbon (Hylobates lar) Rodrigues flying fox (Pteropus rodricensis) African dwarf crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis tetraspis) Galapagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra) Multiple Applicants

    The following applicants each request a permit to import the sport-hunted trophy of one male bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus pygargus) culled from a captive herd maintained under the management program of the Republic of South Africa, for the purpose of enhancement of the survival of the species.

    Applicant: Carl Pennella, Ringwood, NJ; PRT-55131B.

    Applicant: John Holz, Fairbanks, AK; PRT-55885B.

    Applicant: Cooper Ribman, Dallas, TX; PRT-56756B.

    Applicant: Donald McNeeley, Romeoville, IL; PRT-55106B.

    Applicant: Gregory Loman, Edmond, OK; PRT-56486B.

    Applicant: Sarah Sackman, Port Washington, NY; PRT-55182B.

    Applicant: Mathew Lavender, Alvord, TX; PRT-54091B.

    Brenda Tapia, Program Analyst/Data Administrator, Branch of Permits, Division of Management Authority.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05909 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310-55-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-17720; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000] Notice of Inventory Completion: Columbia University, Department of Anthropology, New York, NY AGENCY:

    National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Columbia University, Department of Anthropology, has completed an inventory of human remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, and has determined that there is a cultural affiliation between the human remains and present-day Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations. Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request to Columbia University. If no additional requestors come forward, transfer of control of the human remains to the lineal descendants, Indian tribes, or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed.

    DATES:

    Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request with information in support of the request to Columbia University at the address in this notice by April 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Dr. Nan Rothschild, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University, 1200 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027, telephone (212) 854-4977, email [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the completion of an inventory of human remains under the control of Columbia University. The human remains were removed from Sheyenne-Cheyenne Site, Ransom County, ND.

    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3). The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native American human remains. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice.

    Consultation

    The detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Columbia University, Department of Anthropology, professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes (previously listed as the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma) and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana.

    History and Description of the Remains

    In 1938, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual were removed from Sheyenne-Cheyenne site in Ransom County, ND. The excavation was led by William Duncan Strong and jointly sponsored by Columbia University and the State Historical Society of North Dakota. Strong brought the human remains to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), where they were placed on “permanent loan.” The cranium had suffered extensive postmortem damage and was partially restored at the AMNH by Kenneth Mowbray at some date prior to 2002. In January 2002, a detailed assessment of the human remains was made by researchers at Columbia University, and in August 2011, the AMNH transferred the human remains to the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University. The remains consist of a cranium representing one adult individual. This individual was identified as Native American based on Strong's documentation and non-invasive assessment of cranial features. No known individual was identified. No associated funerary objects are present.

    Strong, in his expedition field notes (National Anthropological Archives, Strong Papers, Box 21, Field Work 1938), refers to beginning excavations at Sheyenne-Cheyenne site on July 8, 1938 (p.19a). He writes of the discovery of a partial bundle burial just beyond the edge of the house. It is initially identified as Burial #12, and later as Burial 1 #12 at House 23. W. Raymond Wood in his 1955 publication refers to this site as the “Biesterfeldt or Sheyenne-Cheyenne Site (32RM1)” (Plains Anthropological Society 1955 3:3-12) and describes it as “the remains of a village of the formerly semi-sedentary Cheyenne Indians.” Strong writes in his field notes that the site was historically Cheyenne and was abandoned after a Chippewa attack in 1790, citing Libby, Swanton, Thompson, and others. Two years later, in Strong's 1940 work (Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, 100:353-394), he provides the date of 1770 for the abandonment of the site. He explained that Swanton (1930), drawing on Thompson, believed that the village had been burned not much before 1790, while Henry (1897) “refers to the same event as occurring about 1740.” At this point, Strong “assumed 1770 as a median date” (p. 371). Today, the Cheyenne are represented by the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes (previously listed as the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma) and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana.

    Determinations Made by Columbia University, Department of Anthropology

    Officials of Columbia University, Department of Anthropology, have determined that:

    • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described in this notice represent the physical remains of one individual of Native American ancestry.

    • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the Native American human remains and the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes (previously listed as the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma) and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana.

    Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request with information in support of the request to Dr. Nan Rothschild, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University, 1200 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10027, telephone (212) 854-4977, email [email protected], by April 15, 2015. After that date, if no additional requestors have come forward, transfer of control of the human remains to the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes (previously listed as the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma) and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana, may proceed.

    The Columbia University, Department of Anthropology, is responsible for notifying the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes (previously listed as the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma) and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation, Montana, that this notice has been published.

    Dated: February 23, 2015. Melanie O'Brien, Acting Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
    [FR Doc. 2015-05987 Filed 3-13-15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312-50-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-17719; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000] Notice of Inventory Completion: State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City, IA AGENCY:

    National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The State Historical Society of Iowa has completed an inventory of human remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, and has determined that there is a cultural affiliation between the human remains and present-day Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations. Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request to the State Historical Society of Iowa. If no additional requestors come forward, transfer of control of the human remains to the lineal descendants, Indian tribes, or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed.

    DATES:

    Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request with information in support of the request to the State Historical Society of Iowa at the address in this notice by April 15, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    Jerome Thompson or NAGPRA Coordinator, State Historical Society of Iowa, 600 East Locust, Des Moines, IA 50319, telephone (515) 281-4221, email [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the completion of an inventory of human remains under the control of the State Historical Society of Iowa, Iowa City, IA. The human remains were removed from the vicinity of Little Cheyenne River, ND.

    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3). The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native American human remains. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice.

    Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the State Historical Society of Iowa professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Montana; Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of the Cheyenne River Reservation, South Dakota; Crow Creek Sioux Tribe of the Crow Creek Reservation, South Dakota; Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe of South Dakota; Lower Brule Sioux Tribe of the Lower Brule Reservation, South Dakota; Lower Sioux Indian Community in the State of Minnesota; Oglala Sioux Tribe (previously listed as the Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota); Prairie Island Indian Community in the State of Minnesota; Rosebud Sioux Tribe of the Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota; Santee Sioux Nation, Nebraska; Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Minnesota; Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation, South Dakota; Spirit Lake Tribe, North Dakota; Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North & South Dakota; Upper Sioux Community, Minnesota; and the Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota.

    History and Description of the Remains

    At an unknown date, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual were placed in an envelope in a manuscript collection at the State Historical Society of Iowa research facility in Iowa City. The envelope contains human hair and on the outside has the following written description: “Scalp Lock taken from the Indian who killed Capt. Jno Fielner Co A 1st U.S.Cav Dakotah Ter by Henry N Berry.”

    On June 28, 1864, Captain John Feilner, 1st U.S. Cavalry, was killed on the Little Cheyenne River in Dakota Territory. Company A of the Dakota Cavalry soon arrived at the site and proceeded to seek and kill the three men of the Dakota Nation believed responsible for Feilner's death. This incident was reported the Dubuque Herald (July 15, 1864) and the Sioux