Federal Register Vol. 81, No.48,

Federal Register Volume 81, Issue 48 (March 11, 2016)

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81 FR 12880 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment RequestPDF
81 FR 12821 - Security-Based Swap Transactions Connected With a Non-U.S. Person's Dealing Activity That Are Arranged, Negotiated, or Executed by Personnel Located in a U.S. Branch or Office or in a U.S. Branch or Office of an Agent; Security-Based Swap Dealer De Minimis ExceptionPDF
81 FR 12906 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
81 FR 12973 - Sunshine Act Meeting NoticePDF
81 FR 13030 - Letters of Interest for Credit Assistance Under the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) ProgramPDF
81 FR 12952 - Sunshine Act Meeting; Record of Vote of Meeting Closure (Public Law 94-409) (5 U.S.C. Sec. 552b)PDF
81 FR 12951 - Government in the Sunshine Act Meeting NoticePDF
81 FR 12865 - Sunshine Act Meeting NoticePDF
81 FR 12879 - Marine Mammals; File No. 19768PDF
81 FR 12899 - Sunshine Act MeetingPDF
81 FR 12972 - Request for Comments on Federal Source Code PolicyPDF
81 FR 12821 - Organization; Conduct and Ethics; and Information and RequestsPDF
81 FR 12821 - RegistrationPDF
81 FR 12820 - General Regulations Under the Commodity Exchange ActPDF
81 FR 12871 - Countervailing Duty Investigation of Welded Stainless Pressure Pipe From India: Preliminary Affirmative Determination and Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Duty DeterminationPDF
81 FR 12918 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Exportation of Used Self-Propelled VehiclesPDF
81 FR 12932 - Notice of Availability of the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and Draft Land Use Plan Amendments for Segments 8 and 9 of the Gateway West 500-kV Transmission Line Project, IdahoPDF
81 FR 13023 - Texas-New Mexico Regional Meeting of the Binational Bridges and Border Crossings Group in Chihuahua, Mexico, March 16, 2016PDF
81 FR 12875 - Large Residential Washers From the Republic of Korea: Preliminary Results of the Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014-2015PDF
81 FR 13022 - 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Supplemental Questionnaire To Determine Entitlement for a U.S. PassportPDF
81 FR 12870 - Certain Cut-to-Length Carbon-Quality Steel Plate Products From the Republic of Korea: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative and New Shipper Reviews and Rescission of Administrative Review, in Part; 2014-2015PDF
81 FR 12873 - Large Residential Washers From Mexico: Preliminary Results of the Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014-2015PDF
81 FR 13022 - Regulatory Fairness Hearing; Region VIII-Sioux Falls, South DakotaPDF
81 FR 12915 - NIH Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Advancing Research To Prevent Youth SuicidePDF
81 FR 13023 - 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Supplemental Questionnaire To Determine Identity for a U.S. PassportPDF
81 FR 12938 - Notice of Areas of Critical Environmental Concern in the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment, CaliforniaPDF
81 FR 12822 - Anchorage Regulations; Connecticut River, Old Saybrook, CTPDF
81 FR 12944 - Proposed Information Collection; Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Program GrantsPDF
81 FR 12949 - Proposed Information Collection; Land and Water Conservation Fund State Assistance ProgramPDF
81 FR 12946 - Information Collection Request Sent to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Approval; National Park Service President's Park National Christmas Tree Music Program ApplicationPDF
81 FR 12849 - Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Oregon: Interstate Transport of Lead and Nitrogen DioxidePDF
81 FR 12825 - Announcement of the Delegation of Partial Administrative Authority for Implementation of Federal Implementation Plan for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville ReservationPDF
81 FR 12851 - Catastrophic Health Emergency FundPDF
81 FR 12876 - Furfuryl Alcohol From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014-2015PDF
81 FR 12828 - Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 2016 Commercial Accountability Measure and Closure for South Atlantic Golden Tilefish Longline ComponentPDF
81 FR 12885 - Quadrennial Energy Review: Notice of Public MeetingPDF
81 FR 12931 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Request for Comments on the Earth Explorer User Registration ServicePDF
81 FR 12824 - Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Barnegat Bay, Seaside Heights, NJPDF
81 FR 12952 - Notice of Lodging of Proposed Consent Decree Under the Clean Air Act and Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know ActPDF
81 FR 12879 - New England Fishery Management Council; Public MeetingPDF
81 FR 12878 - Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public MeetingPDF
81 FR 12899 - Information Collection Being Reviewed by the Federal Communications CommissionPDF
81 FR 12898 - Next Meeting of the North American Numbering CouncilPDF
81 FR 12946 - Final General Management Plan/Wilderness Study/Environmental Impact Statement: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, HawaiiPDF
81 FR 12866 - Census Scientific Advisory CommitteePDF
81 FR 12824 - Drawbridge Operation Regulation; North Landing River, Chesapeake, VAPDF
81 FR 13024 - Chicago Central & Pacific Railroad Company, Grand Trunk Western Railroad Company, Illinois Central Railroad Company, and Wisconsin Central Ltd.-Trackage Rights Exemption-Norfolk Southern Railway CompanyPDF
81 FR 12898 - Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of AvailabilityPDF
81 FR 12829 - Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pollock in the Bering Sea and Aleutian IslandsPDF
81 FR 12832 - Animal Welfare; Marine MammalsPDF
81 FR 12832 - Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis; Update of General ProvisionsPDF
81 FR 12858 - Availability of an Environmental Assessment for Field Testing a Canine Osteosarcoma Vaccine, Live Listeria VectorPDF
81 FR 13025 - Policy Regarding Use of H-11 Bolts in Primary Structure on Transport AirplanesPDF
81 FR 13025 - FAR 25.723 Energy Absorption TestsPDF
81 FR 13024 - Policy Statement on Guidance for Determination of System, Hardware, and Software Development Assurance Levels on Transport Category AirplanesPDF
81 FR 12829 - Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management AreaPDF
81 FR 12859 - International Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standard-Setting ActivitiesPDF
81 FR 12886 - Notice of Public Meeting To Inform the Design of a Consent-Based Siting Process for Nuclear Waste Storage and Disposal FacilitiesPDF
81 FR 13036 - Sanctions Actions Pursuant to Executive Order 13667PDF
81 FR 12863 - South Gifford Pinchot Resource Advisory CommitteePDF
81 FR 13037 - Sanctions Actions Pursuant to the Zimbabwe Sanctions RegulationsPDF
81 FR 13026 - NHTSA Enforcement Guidance Bulletin 2015-01: Recommended Best Practices for Protective Orders and Settlement Agreements in Civil LitigationPDF
81 FR 12921 - Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Assessment Tool for States and Insular Areas: Solicitation of Comment-60-Day Notice Under Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995PDF
81 FR 12900 - Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and RecommendationsPDF
81 FR 12902 - Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and RecommendationsPDF
81 FR 12943 - State of Arizona Resource Advisory Council MeetingPDF
81 FR 12975 - Product Change-Priority Mail Negotiated Service AgreementPDF
81 FR 12974 - Product Change-Priority Mail Express Negotiated Service AgreementPDF
81 FR 12869 - Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
81 FR 12864 - Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
81 FR 12880 - Information Collection; Submission for OMB Review, Comment RequestPDF
81 FR 12890 - Georgia Power Co.; Notice of Application Accepted for Filing and Soliciting Comments, Motions To Intervene, and ProtestsPDF
81 FR 12889 - Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC; Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the Virginia Southside Expansion Project IIPDF
81 FR 12896 - Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC; Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the Dalton Expansion ProjectPDF
81 FR 12894 - Combined Notice of FilingsPDF
81 FR 12891 - Combined Notice of Filings #1PDF
81 FR 12892 - White River Electric Association; Notice of Preliminary Determination of a Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility and Soliciting Comments and Motions To IntervenePDF
81 FR 12894 - Price Formation in Energy and Ancillary; Services Markets Operated by Regional Transmission; Organizations and Independent System Operators; Notice of FilingPDF
81 FR 12890 - Transwestern Pipeline Company LLC; Notice of Technical ConferencePDF
81 FR 12895 - Rover Pipeline, LLC; Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company, LP; Trunkline Gas Company, LLC; Notice of Public Meetings for Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Rover Pipeline, Panhandle Backhaul, and Trunkline Backhaul ProjectsPDF
81 FR 12897 - Combined Notice of Filings #1PDF
81 FR 12893 - Increasing Market and Planning Efficiency Through Improved Software; Notice of Technical Conference: Increasing Real-Time and Day-Ahead Market Efficiency Through Improved SoftwarePDF
81 FR 12900 - Change in Bank Control Notices; Acquisitions of Shares of a Bank or Bank Holding CompanyPDF
81 FR 12868 - Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Commodity Flow SurveyPDF
81 FR 12930 - Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Recovery Plan for the Central California Distinct Population Segment of the California Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma californiense)PDF
81 FR 12908 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Guidance for Industry on Individual Patient Expanded Access Applications: Form FDA 3926PDF
81 FR 12907 - Acrylamide in Foods; Guidance for Industry; AvailabilityPDF
81 FR 12969 - Authorization To Open Dockets of Denied Variance Applications for Public AccessPDF
81 FR 12967 - Additional Requirements for Special Dipping and Coating Operations (Dip Tanks); Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of the Information Collection (Paperwork) RequirementPDF
81 FR 12966 - The Standard on 4,4′-Methylenedianiline for General Industry; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) RequirementsPDF
81 FR 12954 - Traylor Bros., Inc.; Grant of a Permanent VariancePDF
81 FR 12973 - Notice of Information CollectionPDF
81 FR 12826 - Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic; 2016 Commercial Run-Around Gillnet ClosurePDF
81 FR 13015 - Pointbreak Advisers LLC, et al.; Notice of ApplicationPDF
81 FR 12887 - Combined Notice of FilingsPDF
81 FR 12910 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Food Labeling; Notification Procedures for Statements on Dietary SupplementsPDF
81 FR 12864 - Notice of Public Meeting of the North Carolina Advisory Committee for a Meeting To Hear Testimony on the Civil Rights Implications of Environmental Justice in North CarolinaPDF
81 FR 12866 - Agenda and Notice of Public Meeting of the South Dakota Advisory CommitteePDF
81 FR 12917 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment RequestPDF
81 FR 12903 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
81 FR 12904 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment RequestPDF
81 FR 12833 - Airworthiness Directives; Continental Motors, Inc. Reciprocating EnginesPDF
81 FR 12834 - Airworthiness Directives; Turbomeca S.A. Turboshaft EnginesPDF
81 FR 12841 - Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG Turbofan EnginesPDF
81 FR 12843 - Airworthiness Directives; Turbomeca S.A. Turboshaft EnginesPDF
81 FR 12795 - Airworthiness Directives; Dowty Propellers Constant Speed PropellersPDF
81 FR 13229 - Medicare Program; Part B Drug Payment ModelPDF
81 FR 12953 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Surface Coal Mine Daily Inspection, Certified Person, and Report of InspectionPDF
81 FR 12952 - Comment Request for the Extension With No Revisions of the Information Collection for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Reserve Funding Request Form (OMB Control Number 1205-0275)PDF
81 FR 12867 - Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
81 FR 12906 - Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
81 FR 12881 - Privacy Act of 1974; System of RecordsPDF
81 FR 13010 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; ICE Clear Europe Limited; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Delegation of Authority To Approve Certain Rule and Procedure AmendmentsPDF
81 FR 13012 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; Bats BZX Exchange, Inc. f/k/a BATS Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend Rule 11.27(b), Compliance With Data Collection Requirements, Relating to the Regulation NMS Plan To Implement a Tick Size Pilot ProgramPDF
81 FR 13007 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; The Nasdaq Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To Establish a Secondary Contingency Procedure To Enable the Exchange To Report an Official Closing Price on Behalf of an Impaired Primary Listing ExchangePDF
81 FR 12975 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; BATS Y-Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend Its Rules as Well as Certain Corporate Documents of the Exchange To Reflect a Legal Name Change by BATS Global Markets, Inc. and the Legal Names of Certain SubsidiariesPDF
81 FR 12996 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; BATS Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change To Amend Its Rules as Well as Certain Corporate Documents of the Exchange To Reflect a Legal Name Change by BATS Global Markets, Inc. and the Legal Names of Certain SubsidiariesPDF
81 FR 12986 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE MKT LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Amending Rule 123C-Equities To Provide for How the Exchange Would Determine an Official Closing Price if the Exchange Is Unable To Conduct a Closing TransactionPDF
81 FR 12977 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Amending Rule 123C To Provide for How the Exchange Would Determine an Official Closing Price if the Exchange is Unable To Conduct a Closing TransactionPDF
81 FR 12981 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE MKT LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change, as Modified by Amendment No. 1, Establishing Procedures for the Allocation of Cages to Its Co-Located Users, Including the Waiver of Certain Fees, and To Amend the Visitor Security Escort Requirements and FeePDF
81 FR 13003 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change, as Modified by Amendment No. 1, Establishing Procedures for the Allocation of Cages to Its Co-Located Users, Including the Waiver of Certain Fees, and To Amend the Visitor Security Escort Requirements and FeePDF
81 FR 12998 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change, as Modified by Amendment No. 1, Establishing Procedures for the Allocation of Cages to Its Co-Located Users, Including the Waiver of Certain Fees, and To Amend the Visitor Security Escort Requirements and FeePDF
81 FR 12990 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Relating to the Listing and Trading of the Shares of the iSectors Post-MPT Growth ETF of ETFis Series Trust IPDF
81 FR 12913 - Submission for OMB Review; 60-Day Comment Request; Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) StudyPDF
81 FR 12915 - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Notice of Closed MeetingPDF
81 FR 12912 - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Notice of Closed MeetingPDF
81 FR 12916 - National Eye Institute; Notice of Closed MeetingsPDF
81 FR 12912 - Proposed Collection; 60-Day Comment Request; Study To Estimate Radiation Doses and Cancer Risks From Radioactive Fallout From the Trinity Nuclear Test-National Cancer Institute (NCI)PDF
81 FR 12914 - Proposed Collection; 60-Day Comment Request; The Clinical Trials Reporting Program (CTRP) Database (NCI)PDF
81 FR 12883 - Privacy Act of 1974; System of RecordsPDF
81 FR 12974 - New Postal ProductPDF
81 FR 12880 - U.S. Air Force Academy Board of Visitors Notice of MeetingPDF
81 FR 13026 - Notice of Meeting of the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS)PDF
81 FR 13030 - Intelligent Transportation Systems Program Advisory Committee; Notice of MeetingPDF
81 FR 12935 - Notice of Proposed Supplementary Rules for Shooting on Public Lands Managed by the BLM Hollister Field Office, CaliforniaPDF
81 FR 12810 - Amendment of Class D and E Airspace; Enid Vance AFB, OK; Enid Woodring Municipal Airport, Enid, OK; and Enid, OKPDF
81 FR 12852 - Make Inoperative Exemptions; Vehicle Modifications To Accommodate People With Disabilities, Roof Crush ResistancePDF
81 FR 12836 - Airworthiness Directives; Airbus HelicoptersPDF
81 FR 12838 - Airworthiness Directives; AgustaWestland S.p.A. (Agusta) HelicoptersPDF
81 FR 12810 - Commerce Debt CollectionPDF
81 FR 12799 - Airworthiness Directives; Sikorsky Aircraft CorporationPDF
81 FR 12919 - Federal Property Suitable as Facilities To Assist the HomelessPDF
81 FR 13123 - Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removal of the Louisiana Black Bear From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Removal of Similarity-of-Appearance Protections for the American Black BearPDF
81 FR 12845 - Proposed Amendment of Class D and Class E Airspace for the Following Oklahoma Towns; Antlers, OK; Oklahoma City, OK; Oklahoma City Wiley Post Airport, OK; and Shawnee, OKPDF
81 FR 12847 - Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Clovis, NMPDF
81 FR 13173 - Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Removing the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Population of Grizzly Bears From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened WildlifePDF
81 FR 12802 - Airworthiness Directives; MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) HelicoptersPDF
81 FR 12804 - Airworthiness Directives; Airbus HelicoptersPDF
81 FR 13039 - Improving and Expanding Training Opportunities for F-1 Nonimmigrant Students With STEM Degrees and Cap-Gap Relief for All Eligible F-1 StudentsPDF
81 FR 12806 - Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company AirplanesPDF
81 FR 12796 - Airworthiness Directives; Piper Aircraft, Inc. AirplanesPDF

Issue

81 48 Friday, March 11, 2016 Contents Agriculture Agriculture Department See

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

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Forest Service

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National Agricultural Statistics Service

AIRFORCE Air Force Department NOTICES Meetings: U.S. Air Force Academy Board of Visitors, 12880-12881 2016-05418 Animal Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service PROPOSED RULES Animal Welfare; Marine Mammals, 12832 2016-05535 Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis; Update of General Provisions, 12832-12833 2016-05534 NOTICES Environmental Assessments; Availability, etc.: Field Testing a Canine Osteosarcoma Vaccine, Live Listeria Vector, 12858-12859 2016-05533 International Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standard-Setting Activities, 12859-12863 2016-05527 Army Army Department NOTICES Privacy Act; Systems of Records, 12881-12885 2016-05424 2016-05445 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 12880 C1--2016--05179 Census Bureau Census Bureau NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs, 12867-12868 2016-05447 Commodity Flow Survey, 12868-12869 2016-05494 Meetings: Census Scientific Advisory Committee, 12866-12867 2016-05541 Centers Disease Centers for Disease Control and Prevention NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 12900-12903 2016-05519 2016-05520 Centers Medicare Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services PROPOSED RULES Medicare Program: Part B Drug Payment Model, 13230-13261 2016-05459 NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 12903-12906 2016-05471 2016-05472 C1--2016--02278 Children Children and Families Administration NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: State Access and Visitation Grant Application, 12906 2016-05446 Civil Rights Civil Rights Commission NOTICES Meetings: North Carolina Advisory Committee, 12864-12865 2016-05476 South Dakota Advisory Committee, 12866 2016-05475 Meetings; Sunshine Act, 12865 2016-05616 Coast Guard Coast Guard RULES Anchorage Regulations: Connecticut River, Old Saybrook, CT, 12822-12823 2016-05561 Drawbridge Operations: Barnegat Bay, Seaside Heights, NJ, 12824 2016-05549 North Landing River, Chesapeake, VA, 12824-12825 2016-05540 Commerce Commerce Department See

Census Bureau

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International Trade Administration

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RULES Commerce Debt Collection, 12810-12820 2016-05341 NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 12869-12870 2016-05510
Commodity Futures Commodity Futures Trading Commission RULES General Regulations Under the Commodity Exchange Act; CFR Correction, 12820 2016-05576 Registration; CFR Correction, 12821 2016-05577 2016-05580 Corporation Corporation for National and Community Service NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 12880 2016-05507 Defense Department Defense Department See

Air Force Department

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Army Department

Employment and Training Employment and Training Administration NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Trade Adjustment Assistance Reserve Funding Request Form, 12952-12953 2016-05450 Energy Department Energy Department See

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

NOTICES Meetings: Design of a Consent-Based Siting Process for Nuclear Waste Storage and Disposal Facilities, 12886-12887 2016-05526 Quadrennial Energy Review, 12885-12886 2016-05551
Environmental Protection Environmental Protection Agency RULES Delegation of Partial Administrative Authority for Implementation of Federal Implementation Plan for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, 12825-12826 2016-05556 PROPOSED RULES Air Quality State Implementation Plans; Approvals and Promulgations: Oregon; Interstate Transport of Lead and Nitrogen Dioxide, 12849-12851 2016-05557 NOTICES Environmental Impact Statements; Availability, etc.; Weekly Receipts, 12898 2016-05538 Federal Aviation Federal Aviation Administration RULES Airworthiness Directives: Airbus Helicopters, 12804-12806 2016-04981 Dowty Propellers Constant Speed Propellers, 12795-12796 2016-05460 MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) Helicopters, 12802-12804 2016-04982 Piper Aircraft, Inc. Airplanes, 12796-12799 2016-04417 Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., 12799-12802 2016-05258 The Boeing Company Airplanes, 12806-12810 2016-04564 Amendment of Class D and E Airspace: Enid Vance AFB, OK; Enid Woodring Municipal Airport, Enid, OK; and Enid, OK, 12810 2016-05395 PROPOSED RULES Airworthiness Directives: AgustaWestland S.p.A. (Agusta) Helicopters, 12838-12841 2016-05368 Airbus Helicopters, 12836-12838 2016-05369 Continental Motors, Inc. Reciprocating Engines, 12833-12834 2016-05467 Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG Turbofan Engines, 12841-12843 2016-05463 Turbomeca S.A. Turboshaft Engines, 12834-12836, 12843-12845 2016-05465 2016-05461 Proposed Amendment of Class D and Class E Airspace: Antlers, OK; Oklahoma City, OK; Oklahoma City Wiley Post Airport, OK; and Shawnee, OK, 12845-12847 2016-05177 Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace: Clovis, NM, 12847-12848 2016-05173 NOTICES Policy Statements: Energy Absorption Tests, 13025 2016-05531 Guidance for Determination of System, Hardware, and Software Development Assurance Levels on Transport Category Airplanes; Cancellation, 13024-13025 2016-05529 Use of H-11 Bolts in Primary Structure on Transport Airplanes; Cancellation, 13025 2016-05532 Federal Communications Federal Communications Commission NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 12899 2016-05545 Meetings: North American Numbering Council, 12898-12899 2016-05544 Federal Deposit Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation NOTICES Meetings; Sunshine Act, 12899-12900 2016-05609 Federal Energy Federal Energy Regulatory Commission NOTICES Combined Filings, 12887-12889, 12891-12895, 12897-12898 2016-05479 2016-05497 2016-05502 2016-05503 Environmental Assessments; Availability, etc.: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co., LLC; Dalton Expansion Project, 12896 2016-05504 Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co., LLC; Virginia Southside Expansion Project II, 12889-12890 2016-05505 Filings: Price Formation in Energy and Ancillary Services Markets Operated by Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators, 12894 2016-05500 Hydroelectric Applications: Georgia Power Co., 12890 2016-05506 Meetings: Increasing Market and Planning Efficiency through Improved Software; Technical Conference, 12893-12894 2016-05496 Rover Pipeline, Panhandle Backhaul, and Trunkline Backhaul Projects; Public Comments on Environmental Impact Statement, 12895-12896 2016-05498 Transwestern Pipeline Company LLC; Technical Conference, 12890-12891 2016-05499 Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facilities: White River Electric Association, 12892-12893 2016-05501 Federal Reserve Federal Reserve System NOTICES Changes in Bank Control: Acquisitions of Shares of a Bank or Bank Holding Company, 12900 2016-05495 Federal Transit Federal Transit Administration NOTICES Meetings: Transit Advisory Committee for Safety, 13026 2016-05416 Fish Fish and Wildlife Service RULES Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Removal of the Louisiana Black Bear From the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Removal of Similarity-of-Appearance Protections for the American Black Bear, 13124-13171 2016-05206 PROPOSED RULES Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Removing the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem Population of Grizzly Bears from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, 13174-13227 2016-05167 NOTICES Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Draft Recovery Plan for the Central California Distinct Population Segment of the California Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma californiense), 12930-12931 2016-05492 Food and Drug Food and Drug Administration NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Food Labeling; Notification Procedures for Statements on Dietary Supplements, 12910-12912 2016-05478 Guidance for Industry on Individual Patient Expanded Access Applications, 12908-12910 2016-05491 Guidance: Acrylamide in Foods, 12907-12908 2016-05490 Foreign Assets Foreign Assets Control Office NOTICES Sanctions Actions Pursuant to Executive Order 13667, 13036-13037 2016-05525 Sanctions Actions Pursuant to the Zimbabwe Sanctions Regulations, 13037 2016-05523 Forest Forest Service NOTICES Meetings: South Gifford Pinchot Resource Advisory Committee, 12863-12864 2016-05524 Geological Geological Survey NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Earth Explorer User Registration Service, 12931-12932 2016-05550 Health and Human Health and Human Services Department See

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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Children and Families Administration

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Food and Drug Administration

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Indian Health Service

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National Institutes of Health

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Homeland Homeland Security Department See

Coast Guard

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection

RULES Improving and Expanding Training Opportunities for F-1 Nonimmigrant Students with STEM Degrees and Cap-Gap Relief for All Eligible F-1 Students, 13040-13122 2016-04828
Housing Housing and Urban Development Department NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Assessment Tool for States and Insular Areas, 12921-12930 2016-05521 Federal Properties Suitable as Facilities to Assist the Homeless, 12919-12921 2016-05217 Indian Health Indian Health Service PROPOSED RULES Catastrophic Health Emergency Fund, 12851-12852 2016-05555 Interior Interior Department See

Fish and Wildlife Service

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Geological Survey

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Land Management Bureau

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National Park Service

International Trade Adm International Trade Administration NOTICES Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Investigations, Orders, or Reviews: Certain Cut-to-Length Carbon-Quality Steel Plate Products from the Republic of Korea, 12870-12871 2016-05567 Furfuryl Alcohol from the People's Republic of China, 12876-12878 2016-05554 Large Residential Washers from Mexico, 12873-12875 2016-05566 Large Residential Washers from the Republic of Korea, 12875-12876 2016-05570 Welded Stainless Pressure Pipe from India, 12871-12873 2016-05575 International Trade Com International Trade Commission NOTICES Meetings; Sunshine Act, 12951 2016-05618 Justice Department Justice Department See

Parole Commission

NOTICES Proposed Consent Decrees under the Clean Air Act and Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act, 12952 2016-05548
Labor Department Labor Department See

Employment and Training Administration

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Occupational Safety and Health Administration

NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Surface Coal Mine Daily Inspection, Certified Person, and Report of Inspection, 12953-12954 2016-05451
Land Land Management Bureau NOTICES Environmental Impact Statements; Availability, etc.: Areas of Critical Environmental Concern in the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Proposed Land Use Plan Amendment, California, 12938-12943 2016-05562 Draft Land Use Plan Amendments for Segments 8 and 9 of the Gateway West 500-kV Transmission Line Project, Idaho, 12932-12935 2016-05572 Meetings: State of Arizona Resource Advisory Council, 12943-12944 2016-05518 Proposed Supplementary Rules for Shooting on Public Lands Managed by the BLM Hollister Field Office, CA, 12935-12938 2016-05400 Management Management and Budget Office NOTICES Federal Source Code Policy Request for Comments, 12972-12973 2016-05601 NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 12973 2016-05483 National Agricultural National Agricultural Statistics Service NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 12864 2016-05508 National Highway National Highway Traffic Safety Administration PROPOSED RULES Make Inoperative Exemptions: Vehicle Modifications to Accommodate People with Disabilities, Roof Crush Resistance, 12852-12857 2016-05372 NOTICES Recommended Best Practices for Protective Orders and Settlement Agreements in Civil Litigation, 13026-13030 2016-05522 National Institute National Institutes of Health NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health Study, 12913-12914 2016-05431 Study to Estimate Radiation Doses and Cancer Risks from Radioactive Fallout from the Trinity Nuclear Test -- National Cancer Institute, 12912-12913 2016-05426 The Clinical Trials Reporting Program Database, 12914-12915 2016-05425 Meetings: National Eye Institute, 12916-12917 2016-05427 2016-05428 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, 12912, 12915 2016-05429 2016-05430 Pathways to Prevention Workshop -- Advancing Research to Prevent Youth Suicide; Workshops, 12915-12916 2016-05564 National Oceanic National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RULES Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic: Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic; 2016 Commercial Run-Around Gillnet Closure, 12826-12827 2016-05482 South Atlantic Golden Tilefish Longline Component; Commercial Accountability Measure and Closure, 12828-12829 2016-05552 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska: Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area, 12829 2016-05528 Pollock in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands; Reallocation, 12829-12831 2016-05537 NOTICES Applications: Marine Mammals; File No. 19768, 12879 2016-05613 Meetings: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 12878 2016-05546 New England Fishery Management Council, 12879 2016-05547 National Park National Park Service NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Land and Water Conservation Fund State Assistance Program, 12949-12951 2016-05559 National Park Service President's Park National Christmas Tree Music Program Application, 12946 2016-05558 Urban Park and Recreation Recovery Program Grants, 12944-12946 2016-05560 Environmental Impact Statements; Availability, etc.: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii, Final General Management Plan/Wilderness Study, 12946-12949 2016-05542 Nuclear Regulatory Nuclear Regulatory Commission NOTICES Meetings; Sunshine Act, 12973-12974 2016-05723 Occupational Safety Health Adm Occupational Safety and Health Administration NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; 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81 48 Friday, March 11, 2016 Rules and Regulations DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2015-3661; Directorate Identifier 2015-NE-24-AD; Amendment 39-18422; AD 2016-05-04] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Dowty Propellers Constant Speed Propellers AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Dowty Propellers R352/6-123-F/1, R352/6-123-F/2, and R410/6-123-F/35 model propellers. This AD was prompted by reports of dowel hole cracks in the face of the rear hub half. This AD requires installing dowel hole liners as necessary. We are issuing this AD to prevent loss of structural integrity of the propeller hub, which could result in damage to the propeller and damage to the airplane.

DATES:

This AD becomes effective April 15, 2016.

The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of April 15, 2016.

ADDRESSES:

For service information identified in this final rule, contact Dowty Propellers, 114 Powers Court, Sterling, VA 20166; phone: 703-421-4434; fax: 703-450-0087; email: [email protected]; Internet: http://dowty.com/services/repair-and-overhaul. You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781-238-7125. It is also available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-3661.

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-2015-3661; 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 mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI), the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The address for the Docket Office (phone: 800-647-5527) is Document 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:

Michael Schwetz, Aerospace Engineer, Boston Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781-238-7761; fax: 781-238-7898; email: [email protected]

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 by adding an AD that would apply to the specified products. The NPRM was published in the Federal Register on October 13, 2015 (80 FR 61330). The NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states:

Cracking around the hub location dowel holes in the face of the rear hub half has occurred sporadically. Previous investigations found no manufacturing defects in cracked hubs and concluded that the hub cracking was caused by damage to the dowel holes during propeller installation.

Since that original SB was issued, three hubs have been found to show cracking around the location dowel holes. The hubs were all found cracked within a short period of time and all had low time since new.

This condition, if not detected, can adversely affect the structural integrity of the propeller hub, with possible damage to the propeller and to the aeroplane.

You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-3661.

Comments

We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM (80 FR 61330, October 13, 2015).

However, we changed paragraph (e) Actions and Compliance to revise the compliance times to read, “(1) At the next removal of the propeller from the airplane, after the effective date of this AD, install liners into the hub location dowel holes and identify the hub P/N.

(2) Use Dowty Propellers Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. F50-61-A165, Revision 2, dated July 28, 2015 to install the liners and identify the hub.”

We removed Component Maintenance Manual (CMM) 61-10-34, Repair No. 53, dated May 15, 2013, from the Other Related Service Information paragraph of this AD.

We removed Component Maintenance Manual (CMM) 61-10-34, Repair No. 53, dated May 15, 2013, which relates to repair scheme 650510057, from the Credit for Previous Actions paragraph (f)(2) of this AD.

We removed CMM 61-10-34, Repair No. 53, dated May 15, 2013, from the Related Information paragraph (h) of this AD.

Conclusion

We reviewed the available data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this AD with the changes described previously. We 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

Dowty Propellers has issued (ASB) No. F50-61-A165, Revision 2, dated July 28, 2015. The service information describes procedures for installing liners in the hub location dowel holes in the face of the rear hub half and identifying the hub with the repair number. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section of this final rule.

Costs of Compliance

We estimate that this AD affects 4 propellers installed on airplanes of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 5 hours per propeller to comply with this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per hour. Required parts cost about $322 per propeller. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. operators to be $2,988.

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 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 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.

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): 2016-05-04 Dowty Propellers: Amendment 39-18422; Docket No. FAA-2015-3661; Directorate Identifier 2015-NE-24-AD. (a) Effective Date

This AD becomes effective April 15, 2016.

(b) Affected ADs

None.

(c) Applicability

This AD applies to Dowty Propellers R352/6-123-F/1, R352/6-123-F/2, and R410/6-123-F/35 model propellers, part numbers (P/Ns) 660715001, 660715004, and 660715005 with hub P/Ns 660715201, 660715255, 660720217, 660720241, 660720252, 660720260, and 660720288, installed.

(d) Reason

This AD was prompted by reports of dowel hole cracks in the face of the rear hub half. We are issuing this AD to prevent loss of structural integrity of the propeller hub, which could result in damage to the propeller and damage to the airplane.

(e) Actions and Compliance

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

(1) At the next removal of the propeller from the airplane, after the effective date of this AD, install liners into the hub location dowel holes and identify the hub P/N.

(2) Use Dowty Propellers Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. F50-61-A165, Revision 2, dated July 28, 2015 to install the liners and identify the hub.

(f) Credit for Previous Actions

You may take credit for the actions required by paragraph (e) of this AD if you performed those actions before the effective date of this AD using Dowty Propellers ASB No. F50-61-A165, Revision 1, dated May 12, 2015; or initial issue, dated November 19, 2012.

(g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

The Manager, Boston Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Use the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19 to make your request.

(h) Related Information

(1) For more information about this AD, contact Michael Schwetz, Aerospace Engineer, Boston Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781-238-7761; fax: 781-238-7898; email: [email protected]

(2) Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency AD 2015-0158, dated July 30, 2015, for more information. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA-2015-3661.

(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) Dowty Propellers Alert Service Bulletin No. F50-61-A165, Revision 2, dated July 28, 2015.

(ii) Reserved.

(3) For Dowty Propellers service information identified in this AD, contact Dowty Propellers, 114 Powers Court, Sterling, VA 20166; phone: 703-421-4434; fax: 703-450-0087; email: [email protected]; Internet: http://dowty.com/services/repair-and-overhaul.

(4) You may view this service information at FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781-238-7125.

(5) You may view this service information 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 Burlington, Massachusetts, on February 24, 2016. Robert J. Ganley, Acting Manager, Engine & Propeller Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-05460 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2015-7205; Directorate Identifier 2015-CE-025-AD; Amendment 39-18419; AD 2016-05-01] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Piper Aircraft, Inc. Airplanes AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 96-12-12, which applies to certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. Models PA-31, PA-31-300, PA-31-325, and PA-31-350 airplanes. AD 96-12-12 requires a one-time inspection of the bulkhead assembly at fuselage station (FS) 317.75 for cracks and the installation of one of two reinforcement kits determined by whether cracks were found during the inspection. This new AD requires repetitive inspections of the bulkhead assembly at FS 317.75 for cracks, repair of cracks as necessary, and the installation of a reinforcement modification. This AD was prompted by cracks found in the FS 317.75 upper bulkhead. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES:

This AD is effective April 15, 2016.

The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in this AD as of April 15, 2016.

ADDRESSES:

For service information identified in this final rule, contact Piper Aircraft, Inc. 2926 Piper Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32960; telephone: (415) 330-9500; email: [email protected]; and Internet: http://www.piper.com/technical-publications/. You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148. It is also available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-7205.

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-2015-7205; 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 Document 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:

Gregory “Keith” Noles, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Atlanta Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, Georgia 30337; phone: (404) 474-5551; fax: (404) 474-5606; email: [email protected]

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Discussion

We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to supersede AD 96-12-12, Amendment 39-9654 (61 FR 28732, June 6, 1996) (“AD 96-12-12”). AD 96-12-12 applied to certain Piper Aircraft, Inc. Models PA-31, PA-31-300, PA-31-325, and PA-31-350 airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on December 9, 2015 (80 FR 76398). The NPRM was prompted by cracks found in the fuselage station (FS) 317.75 upper bulkhead, which could cause structural failure of the vertical fin forward spar and lead to loss of control. The NPRM proposed to require repetitive inspections of the bulkhead assembly at FS 317.75 for cracks, repair of cracks as necessary, and the installation of a reinforcement modification to prevent cracks from developing. We are issuing this AD to correct the unsafe condition on these products.

Comments

We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. The following presents the comment received on the NPRM (80 FR 76398, December 9, 2015) and the FAA's response to the comment.

Request

Erin Talbott of Hageland Aviation Service commented that the estimated labor of 8 work-hours to install the reinforcement modification was incorrect. The commenter's company installed the modification on 3 of their airplanes, and the correct estimated work-hours for installation of the reinforcement modification was 32 work-hours.

We infer from the comment that the commenter requests we change the number of work-hours to more accurately state the estimated labor cost.

The FAA agrees with this comment, and we have revised the estimated Cost of Compliance section to reflect this change.

Conclusion

We reviewed the relevant data, considered the comment received, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this AD as proposed except for minor editorial changes. We have determined that these minor changes:

• Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the NPRM (80 FR 76398, December 9, 2015) for correcting the unsafe condition; and

• Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM (80 FR 76398, December 9, 2015).

Related Service Information Under1 CFR Part 51

We reviewed Piper Aircraft, Inc. Service Bulletin No. 1273A, dated October 22, 2015. The service bulletin describes procedures for inspecting the bulkhead assembly at FS 317.75, repairing any cracks found, and installation of a reinforcement modification to prevent cracks from developing. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section of this final rule.

Costs of Compliance

We estimate that this AD affects 977 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 of the bulkhead assembly 2 work-hours × $85 per hour = $170 Not applicable $170 $166,090 Repair/reinforcement of bulkhead assembly 32 work-hours × $85 per hour = $2,720 500 3,220 3,145,940
    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 have 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 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) 96-12-12, Amendment 39-9654 (61 FR 28732, June 6, 1996), and adding the following new AD: 2016-05-01 Piper Aircraft, Inc.: Amendment 39-18419; Docket No. FAA-2015-7205; Directorate Identifier 2015-CE-025-AD. (a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective April 15, 2016.

    (b) Affected ADs

    This AD replaces 96-12-12, Amendment 39-9654 (61 FR 28732, June 6, 1996) (“AD 96-12-12”).

    (c) Applicability

    This AD applies to the following Piper Aircraft, Inc. airplanes listed in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this AD, certificated in any category:

    (1) Models PA-31, PA-31-300, and PA-31-325: Serial numbers 31-2 through 31-900 and 31-7300901 through 31-8312019; and

    (2) Model PA-31-350: Serial numbers 31-5001 through 31-5004 and 31-7305005 through 31-8553002.

    Note 1 to paragraph (c)(1) of this AD:

    The Model PA-31 may also be identified as a PA-31-310, even though the PA-31-310 is not a model recognized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the type certificate data sheet.

    (d) Subject

    Joint Aircraft System Component (JASC)/Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 53, Fuselage.

    (e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by bulkhead cracks found on airplanes that had complied with AD 96-12-12 and on additional airplanes not affected by AD 96-12-12. We are issuing this AD to prevent structural failure of the vertical fin forward spar caused by cracks in the fuselage station (FS) at 317.75 upper bulkhead, which could lead to loss of control.

    (f) Compliance

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

    (g) Inspection/Repair

    (1) Before or upon accumulating 2,000 hours time-in-service (TIS) or within the next 100 hours TIS after April 15, 2016 (the effective date of this AD), whichever occurs later, and repetitively thereafter at intervals not to exceed 100 hours TIS, inspect the bulkhead assembly at FS 317.75 for cracks following Part I of the Instructions in Piper Aircraft, Inc. Service Bulletin No. 1273A, dated October 22, 2015.

    (2) If any cracks are found during the inspection required in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD, before further flight, repair the cracks and install the reinforcement modification following Part I of the Instructions in Piper Aircraft, Inc. Service Bulletin No. 1273A, dated October 22, 2015. This repair/modification terminates the requirements for the repetitive inspections required in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD.

    (3) You may do the modification required in paragraph (h) of this AD to terminate the repetitive inspections required in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD.

    (h) Modification

    Unless already done as a repair for cracks found in the inspection required in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD, before or upon accumulating 2,500 hours TIS or within the next 500 hours after April 15, 2016 (the effective date of this AD), whichever occurs later, install the reinforcement modification following Part II of the Instructions in Piper Aircraft, Inc. Service Bulletin No. 1273A, dated October 22, 2015. This modification terminates the repetitive inspections required in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD.

    (i) Credit for Actions Accomplished in Accordance With Previous Service Information

    This AD allows credit for the inspection required in paragraph (g)(1) of this AD and the repair required in paragraph (g)(2) of this AD, if done before April 15, 2016 (the effective date of this AD), following Part I of the Instructions in Piper Aircraft, Inc. Service Bulletin No. 1273, dated June 4, 2015. This AD also allows credit for the modification required in paragraph (h) of this AD, if done before April 15, 2016 (the effective date of this AD), following Part II of the Instructions in Piper Aircraft, Inc. Service Bulletin No. 1273, dated June 4, 2015.

    (j) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Atlanta 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 Related Information, paragraph (j)(1) of this AD.

    (2) 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.

    (k) Related Information

    For more information about this AD, contact Gregory “Keith” Noles, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Atlanta ACO, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, Georgia 30337; phone: (404) 474-5551; fax: (404) 474-5606; email: [email protected]

    (l) 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) Piper Aircraft, Inc. Service Bulletin No. 1273A, dated October 22, 2015.

    (ii) Reserved.

    (3) For Piper Aircraft, Inc. service information identified in this AD, contact Piper Aircraft, Inc. 2926 Piper Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32960; telephone: (415) 330-9500; email: [email protected]; and Internet: http://www.piper.com/technical-publications/.

    (4) You may view this referenced service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148.

    (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 Kansas City, Missouri, on February 24, 2016. Robert P. Busto, Acting Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-04417 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2016-4280; Directorate Identifier 2016-SW-008-AD; Amendment 39-18429; AD 2016-05-11] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Final rule; request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky) Model S-92A helicopters. This AD requires certain inspections of the main rotor and tail rotor control pushrods (pushrods). This AD is prompted by a Sikorsky investigation that indicated that some pushrods may have incorrectly installed locking mechanisms. These AD actions are intended to detect an incorrectly installed locking mechanism, which if not corrected, could result in a loose jam nut, failure of the pushrod, loss of main rotor or tail rotor flight control, and consequent loss of helicopter control.

    DATES:

    This AD becomes effective March 28, 2016.

    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain document listed in this AD as of March 28, 2016.

    We must receive comments on this AD by May 10, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may send comments by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Docket: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for sending your comments electronically.

    Fax: 202-493-2251.

    Mail: Send comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.

    Hand Delivery: Deliver to the “Mail” address between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    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-2016-4280; 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, any incorporated by reference service information, the economic 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 service information identified in this final rule, contact Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Customer Service Engineering, 124 Quarry Road, Trumbull, CT 06611; telephone 1-800-Winged-S or 203-416-4299; email [email protected]You may review the referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy, Room 6N-321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. It is also available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2016-4280.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Blaine Williams, Aerospace Engineer, Boston Aircraft Certification Office, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, Massachusetts 01803; telephone (781) 238-7161; email [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Comments Invited

    This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight safety, and we did not provide you with notice and an opportunity to provide your comments prior to it becoming effective. However, we invite you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting written comments, data, or views. We also invite comments relating to the economic, environmental, energy, or federalism impacts that resulted from adopting this AD. The most helpful comments reference a specific portion of the AD, explain the reason for any recommended change, and include supporting data. To ensure the docket does not contain duplicate comments, commenters should send only one copy of written comments, or if comments are filed electronically, commenters should submit them only one time. We will file in the docket all comments that we receive, as well as a report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerning this rulemaking during the comment period. We will consider all the comments we receive and may conduct additional rulemaking based on those comments.

    Discussion

    We propose to adopt a new AD for Sikorsky Model S-92A helicopters with certain main rotor or tail rotor control pushrods installed. After a review of a failed pushrod, Sikorsky investigated the airworthiness of pushrods installed on its helicopters. The investigation indicates that the pushrods installed on Model S-92A helicopters may have incorrect safety cable routing, incorrect jam nut torque, and/or incorrect locking device serrations and key engagement. This AD consequently requires inspecting the pushrods for safety cable routing, engagement of serrations of the locking device, engagement of keys on the locking device, thread engagement, and jam nut torque. This AD requires either repairing or replacing the pushrod assembly, depending on the inspection's outcome. These AD actions are intended to detect and correct an incorrectly installed locking mechanism resulting in a loose jam nut, failure of the pushrods, loss of main rotor or tail rotor flight control, and consequent loss of helicopter control.

    FAA's Determination

    We are issuing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop in other products of these same type designs.

    Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    We reviewed Sikorsky S-92 Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin ASB 92-67-006, Revision A, dated February 19, 2016 (ASB), which specifies a one-time inspection of the pushrod assemblies for safety cable routing, engagement of serrations of the locking device, engagement of keys on the locking device, thread engagement, and torque of the jam nuts. The ASB also specifies documenting any non-compliant inspection results and, if any discrepancies are found during the inspection, removing, reworking, and reinstalling or replacing the pushrod. The ASB specifies performing a rig check as required.

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

    AD Requirements

    This AD requires within 5 hours time-in-service (TIS):

    • For each pushrod adjustable end, except for the upper deck quadrant pushrod, removing the safety cable and using finger pressure, inspecting each jam nut for movement. If a jam nut moves with finger pressure, removing the pushrod assembly from service.

    ○ Inspecting to determine whether a 0.02 inch diameter safety wire can pass through the inspection hole. If the safety wire passes through the inspection hole, repairing the pushrod, which is terminating action for that adjustable end.

    ○ Inspecting for correct engagement of serrations and keys of the locking device. If a locking device is not correctly engaged, repairing the locking device, which is terminating action for that adjustable end.

    ○ Torqueing each jam nut and installing the safety cable, making sure the right-hand threads have safety cable correctly routed, and the left-hand threads have safety cable correctly routed.

    • For the upper deck quadrant pushrod, this AD requires determining whether there is any gap between the jam nut, locking device, and the adjustable end. It also requires:

    ○ If there is a gap, gaining access to the pushrod, removing the safety cable and using finger pressure, inspecting the jam nut for movement. If the jam nut moves with finger pressure, removing the pushrod assembly from service. If the jam nut does not move, performing corrective actions.

    ○ If there is no gap, visually inspecting the adjustable end for correct safety cable routing, correct engagement of serrations and keys of the locking device, and determining whether any thread is visible in the inspection hole. If the safety cable is routed incorrectly, if the locking device is not correctly engaged, or if there is no thread in the inspection hole, gaining access to the pushrod. Using finger pressure, inspecting the jam nut for movement. If the jam nut moves with finger pressure, removing the pushrod assembly from service. If the jam nut does not move with finger pressure, performing corrective actions.

    Differences Between This AD and the Service Information

    Sikorsky specifies compliance by May 16, 2016. We require compliance within 5 hours TIS. We also do not require you to contact Sikorsky or record information on the Pushrod Data Sheet.

    Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD will affect 80 helicopters of U.S. Registry and labor costs average $85 per work-hour. Based on these estimates, we expect the following costs:

    • Inspecting all pushrod assemblies requires 2 work-hours for a labor cost of $170. No parts are needed for a total fleet cost of $13,600.

    • Replacing a pushrod requires 2 work-hours for a labor cost $170. Parts cost an average of $2,500 for a total cost of $2,670 per pushrod.

    • Repairing a pushrod requires an average 2 work-hours per helicopter for a labor cost of $170 and minimal part costs.

    FAA's Justification and Determination of the Effective Date

    Providing an opportunity for public comments prior to adopting these AD requirements would delay implementing the safety actions needed to correct this known unsafe condition. Therefore, we find that the risk to the flying public justifies waiving notice and comment prior to the adoption of this rule because the required corrective actions must be accomplished within 5 hours TIS.

    Since an unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of this AD, we determined that notice and opportunity for prior public comment before issuing this AD are impracticable and contrary to the public interest and that good cause exists to make this AD effective in less than 30 days.

    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, 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): 2016-05-11 Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (Sikorsky): Amendment 39-18429; Docket No. FAA-2016-4280; Directorate Identifier 2016-SW-008-AD. (a) Applicability

    This AD applies to Sikorsky Model S-92A helicopters, serial numbers 920006 through 920291, with a main rotor or tail rotor servo input pushrod with a part number (P/N) listed in Table 1 to paragraph (a) of this AD, certificated in any category.

    Table 1 to Paragraph (a) Name P/N Torque value Yaw Boost Input Pushrod 92400-04801-108 60-100 inch pounds. Pitch Boost Input Pushrod 92400-04801-107 43 inch pounds. Collective Boost Input Pushrod 92400-04801-107 350 inch pounds. Roll Boost Input Pushrod 92400-04801-109 43 inch pounds. Yaw Boost Out Pushrod 92400-04802-109 40-46 inch pounds. Roll Boost Out Pushrod 92400-04803-103 40-46 inch pounds. Pitch Boost Out Pushrod 92400-04803-102 40-46 inch pounds. Collective Boost Out Pushrod 92400-04802-108 40-46 inch pounds. Limiter Pushrod 92400-04803-106 40-46 inch pounds. Pitch to Roll Pushrod 92400-04803-107 40-46 inch pounds. Left Hand Main Rotor Servo Pushrod 92400-04801-110 350 inch pounds. Forward Main Rotor Servo Pushrod 92400-04801-111 350 inch pounds. Right Hand Main Rotor Servo Pushrod 92400-04801-112 350 inch pounds. Upper Deck Quadrant Pushrod 92400-04802-105 60-100 inch pounds. Tail Rotor Servo Input Pushrod 92400-04802-107 40-46 inch pounds. (b) Unsafe Condition

    This AD defines the unsafe condition as an incorrectly installed locking mechanism resulting in a loose jam nut. This condition, if not detected and corrected, could result in failure of the main rotor or tail rotor control pushrod, loss of main rotor or tail rotor flight control and consequent loss of helicopter control.

    (c) Effective Date

    This AD becomes effective March 28, 2016.

    (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 5 hours time-in-service:

    (1) For each control input pushrod (pushrod) adjustable end, except for the upper deck quadrant pushrod:

    (i) Remove the safety cable and using finger pressure, inspect each jam nut for movement. If a jam nut moves with finger pressure, remove the pushrod assembly from service.

    (ii) Inspect to determine whether a 0.02 inch diameter safety wire can pass through the inspection hole. If the safety wire passes through the inspection hole, repair the pushrod in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraphs C.(2)(b) through C.(2)(l) of Sikorsky S-92 Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin ASB 92-67-006, Revision A, dated February 19, 2016 (ASB), which is terminating action for that adjustable end.

    (iii) Where locking devices are used, inspect for correct engagement of serrations and keys of the locking device as shown in Figure 4 of the ASB. If a locking device is not correctly engaged, repair the locking device in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraphs C.(3)(c) through C.(3)(f) of the ASB, which is terminating action for that adjustable end.

    (iv) Torque each jam nut using the torque values listed in Table 1 to paragraph (a) of this AD. Install the safety cable, making sure the right-hand threads have safety cable routed as shown in Figure 2 of the ASB, and the left-hand threads have safety cable routed as shown in Figure 3 of the ASB.

    (2) For the upper deck quadrant pushrod, determine whether there is any gap between the jam nut, locking device, and adjustable end.

    (i) If there is a gap, gain access to the pushrod, remove the safety cable, and using finger pressure, inspect the jam nut for movement. If the jam nut moves with finger pressure, remove the pushrod assembly from service. If the jam nut does not move, perform the actions in paragraphs (e)(1)(ii) through (e)(1)(iv) of this AD.

    (ii) If there is no gap, visually inspect the adjustable end for correct safety cable routing as shown in Figure 2 of the ASB, correct engagement of serrations and keys of the locking device as shown in Figure 4 of the ASB, and to determine whether any thread is visible in the inspection hole. If the safety cable is routed incorrectly, if the locking device is not correctly engaged, or if there is no thread in the inspection hole, gain access to the pushrod. Using finger pressure, inspect the jam nut for movement. If the jam nut moves with finger pressure, remove the pushrod assembly from service. If the jam nut does not move with finger pressure, perform the actions in paragraphs (e)(1)(ii) through (e)(1)(iv) of this AD.

    (f) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Boston Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Blaine Williams, Aerospace Engineer, Boston Aircraft Certification Office, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, Massachusetts 01803; telephone (781) 238-7161; 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) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6700, Rotorcraft Flight Control.

    (h) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference 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) Sikorsky S-92 Helicopter Alert Service Bulletin ASB 92-67-006, Revision A, dated February 19, 2016.

    (ii) Reserved.

    (3) For Sikorsky service information identified in this final rule, contact Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Customer Service Engineering, 124 Quarry Road, Trumbull, CT 06611; telephone 1-800-Winged-S or 203-416-4299; email [email protected]

    (4) You may view this service information at FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N-321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. 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 2, 2016. Scott A. Horn, Acting Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05258 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2015-3658; Directorate Identifier 2014-SW-039-AD; Amendment 39-18427; AD 2016-05-09] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; MD Helicopters, Inc. (MDHI) Helicopters AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain MDHI Model 369A (Army OH-6A), 369H, 369HE, 369HM, 369HS, 369D, 369E, 369F, 369FF, and 500N helicopters. This AD requires inspecting the auxiliary fuel pump (fuel pump) wire routing in the left-hand fuel cell and corrective action, if necessary. This AD also requires installing a warning decal on the left-hand fuel cell access cover. This AD was prompted by accidents resulting from incorrectly positioned fuel pump wiring within the fuel tank interfering with the operation of the fuel quantity sensor float, which caused an erroneous fuel quantity indication in the cockpit. The actions are intended to detect and correct routing of the fuel pump wiring to prevent interference with the fuel quantity sensor float, an erroneous fuel quantity indication in the cockpit, and subsequent fuel exhaustion and emergency landing.

    DATES:

    This AD is effective April 15, 2016.

    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain documents listed in this AD as of April 15, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    For service information identified in this final rule, contact MD Helicopters, Inc., Attn: Customer Support Division, 4555 E. McDowell Rd., Mail Stop M615, Mesa, AZ 85215-9734; telephone 1-800-388-3378; fax 480-346-6813; or at http://www.mdhelicopters.com. You may review a copy of the referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy, Room 6N-321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. It is also available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-3658.

    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-2015-3658; 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, 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:

    Danny Nguyen, Aerospace Engineer, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 3960 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, California 90712; telephone (562) 627-5247; email [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Discussion

    On September 2, 2015, at 80 FR 53030, 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 certain MDHI Model 369A (Army OH-6A), 369H, 369HE, 369HM, 369HS, 369D, 369E, 369F, 369FF, and 500N helicopters. The NPRM proposed to require inspecting the routing of the fuel pump wiring to determine whether the fuel pump wire is properly wrapped around the fuel inlet hose and correcting the routing of the wiring if it is not. The NPRM also proposed to require installing a decal regarding correct installation of the fuel pump wiring. The NPRM was prompted by two accidents and one incident that occurred on Model 369D helicopters resulting from an incorrectly positioned fuel pump wire within the fuel tank interfering with the operation of the fuel quantity sensor float, which caused an erroneous fuel quantity reading in the cockpit. Because the fuel pump is installed on all the affected model helicopters, we are including them in the applicability. According to MDHI, because maintenance personnel caused the incorrect wire routing by failing to follow procedures for installing the fuel pump, it is also necessary to install a decal on the left-hand fuel cell access cover to refer maintenance personnel to the appropriate manual procedures. The proposed requirements were intended to detect and correct routing of the fuel pump wiring to prevent interference with the fuel quantity sensor float, an erroneous fuel quantity indication in the cockpit, and subsequent fuel exhaustion and emergency landing.

    Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD, but we did not receive any comments on the NPRM (80 FR 53030, September 2, 2015).

    FAA's Determination

    We have reviewed the relevant information and determined that an unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the 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

    MD Helicopters issued one service bulletin on April 30, 2014, with five different numbers: SB369H-255, SB369E-111, SB500N-049, SB369D-213, and SB369F-098. The service bulletin specifies a one-time inspection of the routing of the fuel pump wire in the left-hand fuel cell and corrective action, if necessary. The service bulletin also specifies installing a warning decal on the left-hand fuel cell access cover that refers personnel to the procedures for routing the fuel pump wire that is contained in the appropriate maintenance manual. The service bulletin states that recent field incidents have occurred where maintenance personnel have not followed the procedures for installation of the fuel pump. Also, the service bulletin states that an incorrectly installed fuel pump wire can interfere with the fuel quantity sensor float, which can result in erroneous fuel quantity indications. To prevent this situation, the service information states that the fuel pump wire must be wrapped around the fuel inlet hose as shown in the applicable maintenance manual.

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

    Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD will affect 833 helicopters of U.S. Registry. We estimate that operators may incur the following costs in order to comply with this AD. Labor costs are estimated at $85 per work-hour. Inspecting the fuel pump wire routing and installing a decal will take 3 work-hours, and parts will cost $20 for a total cost of $275 per helicopter and $229,075 for the U.S. fleet. If required, rerouting the wiring will require 1 work-hour for a total cost of $85 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 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 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): 2016-05-09 MD Helicopters, Inc.: Amendment 39-18427; Docket No. FAA-2015-3658; Directorate Identifier 2014-SW-039-AD. (a) Applicability

    This AD applies to the following helicopters, certificated in any category:

    (1) Model 369A (Army OH-6A), 369H, 369HE, 369HM, 369HS, and 369D;

    (2) Model 369E with a serial number (S/N) 0001E through 0620E;

    (3) Model 369F and 369FF with a S/N 0001FF through 0212FF, 0600FF, 0601FF, 0602FF, and 0700FF through 0711FF and with an auxiliary fuel pump part number (P/N) 369A8143-3 installed; and

    (4) Model 500N with a S/N LN001 through LN0111.

    (b) Unsafe Condition

    This AD defines the unsafe condition as incorrect routing of the auxiliary fuel pump (fuel pump) wiring. This condition could result in an erroneous fuel quantity indication in the cockpit and subsequent fuel exhaustion and emergency landing.

    (c) Effective Date

    This AD becomes effective April 15, 2016.

    (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 100 hours time-in-service:

    (1) Remove the fuel quantity sensor by following the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraph 2.B., of MD Helicopters Service Bulletin SB369H-255, SB369E-111, SB500N-049, SB369D-213, or SB369F-098, dated April 30, 2014, as applicable to your model helicopter. Using a mirror and light, inspect the routing of the fuel pump wire in the area depicted in Figure 2 of MD Helicopters Service Bulletin SB369H-255, SB369E-111, SB500N-049, SB369D-213, or SB369F-098, dated April 30, 2014, as applicable to your model helicopter, and determine whether the fuel pump wire is wrapped around the left-hand fuel cell fuel inlet hose assembly a minimum of one revolution.

    (i) If the fuel pump wire is wrapped around the left-hand fuel cell fuel inlet hose a minimum of one revolution, install the fuel quantity sensor and perform a fuel quantity sensor functional test for proper fuel float arm function.

    (ii) If the fuel pump wire is not wrapped around the left-hand fuel cell fuel inlet hose a minimum of one revolution, install the fuel quantity sensor, route the fuel pump wire around the left-hand fuel cell fuel inlet hose by following paragraphs 2.E.(1) through 2.E.(8) of MD Helicopters Service Bulletin SB369H-255, SB369E-111, SB500N-049, SB369D-213, or SB369F-098, dated April 30, 2014 as applicable to your model helicopter, and perform a fuel quantity sensor functional test for proper fuel float arm function.

    (2) Install start pump warning decal, P/N MHS5861-66 or equivalent, on the left-hand fuel cell cover by following paragraph 2.G. of MD Helicopters Service Bulletin SB369H-255, SB369E-111, SB500N-049, SB369D-213, or SB369F-098, dated April 30, 2014 as applicable to your model helicopter.

    (f) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Danny Nguyen, Aerospace Engineer Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 3960 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, California 90712; telephone (562) 627-5247; 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) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 2840 Fuel Quantity Indicating System.

    (h) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference 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) MD Helicopters Service Bulletin SB369D-213, dated April 30, 2014.

    (ii) MD Helicopters Service Bulletin SB369E-111, dated April 30, 2014.

    (iii) MD Helicopters Service Bulletin SB369F-098, dated April 30, 2014.

    (iv) MD Helicopters Service Bulletin SB369H-255, dated April 30, 2014.

    (v) MD Helicopters Service Bulletin SB500N-049, dated April 30, 2014.

    Note 1 to paragraph (h)(2): MD Helicopters Service Bulletin SB369D-213, SB369E-111, SB369F-098, SB369H-255, and SB500N-049, dated April 30, 2014, are co-published as one document.

    (3) For MD Helicopters service information identified in this final rule, contact MD Helicopters, Inc., Attn: Customer Support Division, 4555 E. McDowell Rd., Mail Stop M615, Mesa, AZ 85215-9734; telephone 1-800-388-3378; fax 480-346-6813; or at http://www.mdhelicopters.com.

    (4) You may view this service information at FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy, Room 6N-321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. 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 1, 2016. Scott A. Horn, Acting Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-04982 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2015-4381; Directorate Identifier 2015-SW-009-AD;Amendment 39-18428; AD 2016-05-10] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters AGENCY:

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

    ACTION:

    Final rule; request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Airbus Helicopters Model AS 365 N3, EC 155B, and EC155B1 helicopters with certain external life rafts. This AD requires installing a sheath kit on the left-hand and right-hand raft deployment control systems. This AD is prompted by a report that the life raft deployment control could not be adjusted due to problems with the life raft deployment linkage. This unsafe condition, if not corrected, could result in failure of the external life raft to deploy and prevent evacuation of passengers during an emergency.

    DATES:

    This AD becomes effective March 28, 2016.

    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain documents listed in this AD as of March 28, 2016.

    We must receive comments on this AD by May 10, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may send comments by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Docket: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for sending your comments electronically.

    Fax: 202-493-2251.

    Mail: Send comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.

    Hand Delivery: Deliver to the “Mail” address between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    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-2015-4381; 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 European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, any incorporated by reference service information, the economic 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 service information identified in this final rule, contact Airbus Helicopters, 2701 N. Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75052; telephone (972) 641-0000 or (800) 232-0323; fax (972) 641-3775; or at http://www.airbushelicopters.com/techpub. You may review the referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy, Room 6N-321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. It is also on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-4381.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    David Hatfield, Aviation Safety Engineer, Safety Management Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy, Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222-5116; email [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Comments Invited

    This AD is a final rule that involves requirements affecting flight safety, and we did not provide you with notice and an opportunity to provide your comments prior to it becoming effective. However, we invite you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting written comments, data, or views. We also invite comments relating to the economic, environmental, energy, or federalism impacts that resulted from adopting this AD. The most helpful comments reference a specific portion of the AD, explain the reason for any recommended change, and include supporting data. To ensure the docket does not contain duplicate comments, commenters should send only one copy of written comments, or if comments are filed electronically, commenters should submit them only one time. We will file in the docket all comments that we receive, as well as a report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerning this rulemaking during the comment period. We will consider all the comments we receive and may conduct additional rulemaking based on those comments.

    Discussion

    EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD No. 2015-0048, dated March 17, 2015, to correct an unsafe condition for Airbus Helicopters Model AS 365 N3, EC 155B, and EC155B1 helicopters. EASA advises that after installation of a new life raft on a helicopter, the travel of the life raft deployment control could not be properly adjusted, putting at risk proper life raft inflation. According to a technical analysis, the varying positions of the life raft inflation cylinder inside the bag containing the life raft, as well as the varying positions of the bag within the life raft container, may cause the life raft deployment control cable to loosen and travel insufficiently.

    This condition could result in failure of the external life raft to deploy after a ditching, impeding or preventing the safe evacuation of helicopter occupants, EASA states. EASA consequently requires alteration of the life raft deployment control by installing a sheath kit, which Airbus Helicopters identifies as Modification 365A084711.00 and 365A084711.01.

    FAA's Determination

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

    Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    We reviewed Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. AS365-25.01.45 and ASB No. EC155-25A128, both Revision 1, and both dated February 2, 2015. The service information reports that the position of the life raft inflation cylinder may slacken the deployment control cable for new life rafts installed on Model AS 365 N3, EC 155B, and EC155B1 helicopters. In one instance, travel of the life raft deployment control could not be adjusted as stated in the maintenance manual. This anomaly is due to the varying positions of the inflation cylinder inside the bag that contains the life raft, and the varying positions of the bag inside the container, related to the installation and removal of optional equipment, calendar overhauls, life raft storage, shock impacts, and in-flight vibrations. Airbus Helicopters consequently developed modification 365A084711.00 and 365A084711.01, which ensure sufficient travel of the life raft deployment control cable in all positions of the inflation cylinder by installing an improved sheath kit on the left hand and right hand deployment controls.

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

    AD Requirements

    This AD requires, before the next flight over water, installing a sheath kit on the left-hand and right-hand raft deployment controls.

    Differences Between This AD and the EASA AD

    The EASA AD requires installing a sheath kit on the left-hand and right-hand raft deployment controls within 110 hours time-in-service or before further flight for helicopters required to have life rafts, whichever occurs later. This AD requires installing a sheath kit on the left-hand and right-hand raft deployment controls before the next flight over water.

    Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD affects 23 helicopters of U.S. Registry and that labor costs average $85 per work-hour. Based on these estimates, we expect that installing the sheath kits requires 4 work-hours and a parts cost of $50 for a total cost of $390 per helicopter and $8,970 for the U.S. fleet.

    FAA's Justification and Determination of the Effective Date

    Providing an opportunity for public comments prior to adopting these AD requirements would delay implementing the safety actions needed to correct this known unsafe condition. Therefore, we find that the risk to the flying public justifies waiving notice and comment prior to the adoption of this rule because many of the affected helicopters are located along major waterways, and the required corrective actions must be accomplished before the next flight over water.

    Since an unsafe condition exists that requires the immediate adoption of this AD, we determined that notice and opportunity for prior public comment before issuing this AD are impracticable and contrary to the public interest and that good cause exists to make this AD effective in less than 30 days.

    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, 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): 2016-05-10 Airbus Helicopters: Amendment 39-18428; Docket No. FAA-2015-4381; Directorate Identifier 2015-SW-009-AD. (a) Applicability

    This AD applies to Airbus Helicopters Model AS 365 N3, EC 155B, and EC155B1 helicopters with an external life raft part number 245431-0, 245431-1, 245434-0, or 245434-1 installed, certificated in any category.

    (b) Unsafe Condition

    This AD defines the unsafe condition as an external life raft's failure to deploy. This condition could prevent the safe evacuation of helicopter occupants during an emergency landing in water.

    (c) Effective Date

    This AD becomes effective March 28, 2016.

    (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

    Before the next flight over water, install a sheath kit on each left-hand and right-hand life raft deployment control in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraph 3.B.2, of Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. AS365-25.01.45, Revision 1, dated February 2, 2015, or ASB No. EC155-25A128, Revision 1, dated February 2, 2015, whichever is applicable to your helicopter.

    (f) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Safety Management Group, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: David Hatfield, Aviation Safety Engineer, Safety Management Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy, Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222-5116; 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 European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2015-0048, dated March 17, 2015. You may view the EASA AD on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA-2015-4381.

    (h) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: Life Raft, 2564.

    (i) Material Incorporated by Reference

    (1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference 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) Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. AS365-25.01.45, Revision 1, dated February 2, 2015.

    (ii) Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. EC155-25A128, Revision 1, dated February 2, 2015.

    (3) For Airbus Helicopters service information identified in this final rule, contact Airbus Helicopters, 2701 N. Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75052; telephone (972) 641-0000 or (800) 232-0323; fax (972) 641-3775; or at http://www.airbushelicopters.com/techpub.

    (4) You may view this service information at FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy, Room 6N-321, Fort Worth, TX 76177. 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 February 29, 2016. Scott A. Horn, Acting Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-04981 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2015-0248; Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-143-AD; Amendment 39-18410; AD 2016-04-16] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2013-08-23 for all The Boeing Company Model DC-10-10, DC-10-10F, DC-10-15, DC-10-30, DC-10-30F (KC-10A and KDC-10), DC-10-40, DC-10-40F, MD-10-10F, MD-10-30F, MD-11, and MD-11F airplanes. AD 2013-08-23 required adding design features to detect electrical faults and to detect a pump running in an empty fuel tank. This new AD would clarify certain requirements and remove a terminating action. This new AD would also provide an optional method of compliance for the proposed actions. This AD was prompted by a determination that it is necessary to clarify the requirements for the design features and to remove a terminating action for certain inspections. We are issuing this AD to reduce the potential of ignition sources inside fuel tanks, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of the airplane.

    DATES:

    This AD is effective April 15, 2016.

    The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in this AD as of April 15, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    For service information identified in this final rule, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, 3855 Lakewood Boulevard, MC D800-0019, Long Beach, CA 90846-0001; telephone 206-544-5000, extension 2; fax 206-766-5683; Internet https://www.myboeingfleet.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-2015-0248.

    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-2015-0248; 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:

    Serj Harutunian, Aerospace Engineer, Propulsion Branch, ANM-140L, FAA, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), 3960 Paramount Boulevard, Lakewood, CA 90712-4137; phone: 562-627-5254; fax: 562-627-5210; email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Discussion

    We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to supersede AD 2013-08-23, Amendment 39-17441 (78 FR 24037, April 24, 2013). AD 2013-08-23 applied to all The Boeing Company Model DC-10-10, DC-10-10F, DC-10-15, DC-10-30, DC-10-30F (KC-10A and KDC-10), DC-10-40, DC-10-40F, MD-10-10F, MD-10-30F, MD-11, and MD-11F airplanes. The NPRM published in the Federal Register on March 27, 2015 (80 FR 16321). The NPRM was prompted by a determination that it is necessary to clarify the requirements for the design features and to remove a terminating action for certain inspections. The NPRM proposed to clarify certain requirements and remove a terminating action. The NPRM also proposed to provide an optional method of compliance for the proposed actions. We are issuing this AD to reduce the potential of ignition sources inside fuel tanks, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of the airplane.

    Comments

    We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. The following presents the comments received on the NPRM (80 FR 16321, March 27, 2015) and the FAA's response to each comment.

    Support for the NPRM (80 FR 16321, March 27, 2015)

    Boeing stated that it supports the NPRM (80 FR 16321, March 27, 2015).

    Request for Clarification

    FedEx requested that we clarify paragraph (h)(3) of the proposed AD (80 FR 16321, March 27, 2015) because it is unclear and confusing.

    FedEx explained that paragraphs (h)(1) and (h)(2) of the proposed AD (80 FR 16321, March 27, 2015) propose to mandate compliance with Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD11-28A133, dated June 5, 2014; Boeing Service Bulletin MD11-28-137, dated June 24, 2014; Boeing Alert Service Bulletin DC10-28A253, dated June 5, 2014; and Boeing Service Bulletin DC10-28-256, dated June 24, 2014. This service information, in addition to describing procedures for airframe modifications, specifies revising Airworthiness Limitation Instructions (ALI) 28-1, Trijet Fuel Pump Fault Current Detector Functional Check; ALI 28-2, DC-10/KDC-10 Uncommanded On Circuit Functional Check; ALI 28-3, MD-10 Uncommanded On Circuit Functional Check; and ALI 28-4, MD-11 Uncommanded On Circuit Functional Check, Boeing Trijet Special Compliance Item Report MDC-02K1003, Revision M, dated July 25, 2014. FedEx stated that paragraph (h)(3) of the proposed AD creates confusion because Appendixes B and C of Boeing Trijet Special Compliance Item Report MDC-02K1003, Revision M, dated July 25, 2014, also change/affect Critical Design Configuration Control Limitation (CDCCL) 20-9, Trijet Wing Root Area Lightning Protection, (Boeing Service Bulletin DC10-28-262, Revision 1, dated June 9, 2010, which was mandated by AD 2010-21-13, Amendment 39-16473 (75 FR 63040, October 14, 2010), and has nothing to do with the intent of this NPRM, which supersedes AD 2013-08-23, Amendment 39-17441 (78 FR 24037, April 24, 2013).

    FedEx also noted that paragraph (h)(3) of the proposed AD (80 FR 16321, March 27, 2015) states that revising the maintenance or inspection program terminates the requirements in paragraphs (g) and (h) of AD 2008-06-21 R1, Amendment 39-16100 (74 FR 61504, November 25, 2009). FedEx requested that we identify the requirements in AD 2008-06-21 R1 that would be terminated. FedEx reasoned that paragraphs (g) and (h) of AD 2008-06-21 R1 cannot be terminated because CDCCLs and ALIs are constantly revised or new items added to meet safety requirements, so latent failures must be addressed in the fuel system design.

    We agree that clarification is necessary. AD 2010-21-13, Amendment 39-16473 (75 FR 63040, October 14, 2010), requires installing a support bracket and coupler on the left and right wing-to-fuselage transition, and metallic overbraid on the left and right leading edge wire assembly but it does not require revising the maintenance or inspection program to incorporate a corresponding CDCCL. Paragraph (h)(3) of this AD includes incorporating CDCCL 20-9, Trijet Wing Root Area Lightning Protection, as part of the maintenance or inspection program. Notwithstanding any other maintenance or operational requirements, components that have been identified as airworthy or installed on the affected airplanes before accomplishing the revision of the airplane maintenance or inspection program specified in this AD, do not need to be reworked in accordance with the CDCCLs. However, once the airplane maintenance or inspection program has been revised as required by this AD, future maintenance actions on these components must be done in accordance with the CDCCLs.

    In regards to FedEx's comment on terminating action, we note that AD 2008-06-21 R1, Amendment 39-16100 (74 FR 61504, November 25, 2009) requires incorporation of Boeing Trijet Special Compliance Item Report, MDC-02K1003, Revision C, dated July 24, 2007. Paragraph (h)(3) of this AD requires a revision of the maintenance or inspection program to include Boeing Trijet Special Compliance Item (SCI) Report MDC-02K1003, Revision M, dated July 25, 2014. We are requiring the actions specified in Appendixes B, C, and D of Boeing Trijet Special Compliance Item Report MDC-02K1003, Revision M, dated July 25, 2014, because they include the latest CDCCLs, ALIs, and short-term extensions. Therefore, accomplishing the revision required by paragraph (h)(3) of this AD would terminate the requirements in paragraphs (g) and (h) of AD 2008-06-21 R1. Accomplishing paragraph (h)(3) of this AD would replace the existing requirements with updated requirements. We have not changed this AD in this regard.

    Conclusion

    We reviewed the relevant data, considered the comments received, and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting this AD as proposed, except for minor editorial changes. We have determined that these minor changes:

    • Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the NPRM (80 FR 16321, March 27, 2015) for correcting the unsafe condition; and

    • Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM (80 FR 16321, March 27, 2015).

    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 Under1 CFR Part 51

    We reviewed the following service information.

    • Boeing Alert Service Bulletin DC10-28A253, dated June 5, 2014; and Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD11-28A133, dated June 5, 2014. This service information describes procedures for replacing the fuel pump control relays with fault current detectors and changing the fuel tank boost/transfer pump wire termination.

    • Boeing Service Bulletin DC10-28-256, dated June 24, 2014; and Boeing Service Bulletin MD11-28-137, dated June 24, 2014; which describe procedures for changing the fuel pump control and indication system wiring.

    • Boeing Trijet Special Compliance Item Report MDC-02K1003, Revision M, including Appendices A through D, dated July 25, 2014, which includes CDCCLs, ALIs, and short-term extensions in Appendices B, C, and D, respectively.

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

    Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this AD affects 341 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
    Installing design features using a method approved by the FAA [retained action from AD 2013-08-23, Amendment 39-17441 (78 FR 24037, April 24, 2013)] 152 work-hours × $85 per hour = $12,920 $137,500 $150,420 $51,923,220 Installing design features using service information specified in paragraph (h) of this AD (including revising the maintenance/inspection program) [new option of this AD] 98 work-hours × $85 per hour = $8,330 109,000 117,330 40,009,530
    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 have 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 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) 2013-08-23, Amendment 39-17441 (78 FR 24037, April 24, 2013), and adding the following new AD: 2016-04-16 The Boeing Company: Amendment 39-18410; Docket No. FAA-2015-0248; Directorate Identifier 2014-NM-143-AD. (a) Effective Date

    This AD is effective April 15, 2016.

    (b) Affected ADs

    (1) This AD replaces AD 2013-08-23, Amendment 39-17441 (78 FR 24037, April 24, 2013).

    (2) This AD affects AD 2008-06-21 R1, Amendment 39-16100 (74 FR 61504, November 25, 2009).

    (3) This AD affects AD 2002-13-10, Amendment 39-12798 (67 FR 45053, July 8, 2002).

    (4) This AD affects AD 2011-11-05, Amendment 39-16704 (76 FR 31462, June 1, 2011).

    (c) Applicability

    This AD applies to all The Boeing Company airplanes identified in paragraphs (c)(1) and (c)(2) of this AD, certificated in any category.

    (1) Model DC-10-10, DC-10-10F, DC-10-15, DC-10-30, DC-10-30F (KC-10A and KDC-10), DC-10-40, DC-10-40F airplanes.

    (2) Model MD-10-10F, MD-10-30F, MD-11, and MD-11F airplanes.

    (d) Subject

    Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 28, Fuel.

    (e) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by a fuel system review conducted by the manufacturer. We are issuing this AD to reduce the potential of ignition sources inside fuel tanks, which, in combination with flammable fuel vapors, could result in fuel tank explosions and consequent loss of the airplane.

    (f) Compliance

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

    (g) Retained Criteria for Operation, With Clarifications and New Compliance Time

    This paragraph restates the actions required by paragraph (g) of AD 2013-08-23, Amendment 39-17441 (78 FR 24037, April 24, 2013), with clarification of actions for airplanes with auxiliary fuel tanks removed, clarification of the pumps that must have a protective device installed, and a new compliance time. Except as provided by paragraph (h) of this AD: As of 48 months after the effective date of this AD, no person may operate any airplane affected by this AD unless an amended type certificate or supplemental type certificate that incorporates the design features and requirements described in paragraphs (g)(1) through (g)(4) of this AD has been approved by the Manager, Los Angeles Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), FAA, and those design features are installed on the airplane to meet the criteria specified in section 25.981(a) and (d) of the Federal Aviation Regulations (14 CFR 25.981(a) and (d), at Amendment 25-125 (http://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgFAR.nsf/0/339DAEE3E0A6379D862574CF00641951?OpenDocument)). For airplanes on which Boeing-installed auxiliary fuel tanks are removed, the actions specified in this AD for the auxiliary fuel tanks are not required.

    (1) For all airplanes: Each electrically powered alternating current (AC) fuel pump installed in any fuel tank that normally empties during flight and each pump that is partially covered by a lowering fuel level—such as main tanks, center wing tanks, auxiliary fuel tanks installed by the airplane manufacturer, and tail tanks—must have a protective device installed to detect electrical faults that can cause arcing and burn through of the fuel pump housing and pump electrical connector. The same device must shut off the pump by automatically removing electrical power from the pump when such faults are detected. When a fuel pump is shut off resulting from detection of an electrical fault, the device must stay latched off, until the fault is cleared through maintenance action and the pump is verified safe for operation.

    (2) For airplanes with a 2-person flightcrew: Additional design features, if not originally installed by the airplane manufacturer, must be installed to meet 3 criteria: To detect a running fuel pump in a tank that is normally emptied during flight, to provide an indication to the flightcrew that the tank is empty, and to automatically shut off that fuel pump. The prospective pump indication and shutoff system must automatically shut off each pump in case the flightcrew does not shut off a pump running dry in an empty tank within 60 seconds after each fuel tank is emptied. An airplane flight manual supplement (AFMS) that includes flightcrew manual pump shutoff procedures in the Limitations section of the AFMS must be submitted to the Los Angeles ACO, FAA, for approval.

    (3) For airplanes with a 3-person flightcrew: Additional design features, if not originally installed by the airplane manufacturer, must be installed to detect when a fuel pump in a tank that is normally emptied during flight is running in an empty fuel tank, and to provide an indication to the flightcrew that the tank is empty. The flight engineer must manually shut off each pump running dry in an empty tank within 60 seconds after the tank is emptied. The AFMS Limitations section must be revised to specify that this pump shutoff must be done by the flight engineer.

    (4) For all airplanes with tanks that normally empty during flight: Separate means must be provided to detect and shut off a pump that was previously commanded to be shut off automatically or manually but remained running in an empty tank during flight.

    (h) New Optional Method of Compliance

    In lieu of doing the requirements of paragraph (g) of this AD, do the applicable actions specified in paragraphs (h)(1), (h)(2), and (h)(3) of this AD.

    (1) For MD-11 and MD-11F airplanes: Do the actions specified in paragraphs (h)(1)(i) and (h)(1)(ii) of this AD.

    (i) As of 48 months after the effective date of this AD, change the fuel pump control and indication system wiring, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Service Bulletin MD11-28-137, dated June 24, 2014.

    (ii) Prior to or concurrently with accomplishing the actions specified in paragraph (h)(1)(i) of this AD: Replace the fuel pump control relays with fault current detectors, and change the fuel tank boost/transfer pump wire termination, in accordance with Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD11-28A133, dated June 5, 2014.

    (2) For Model DC-10-10, DC-10-10F, DC-10-15, DC-10-30, DC-10-30F (KC-10A and KDC-10), DC-10-40, DC-10-40F, MD-10-10F, and MD-10-30F airplanes: Do the actions specified in paragraphs (h)(2)(i) and (h)(2)(ii) of this AD.

    (i) As of 48 months after the effective date of this AD, change the fuel pump control and indication system wiring, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Service Bulletin DC10-28-256, dated June 24, 2014.

    (ii) Prior to or concurrently with accomplishing the actions specified in paragraph (h)(2)(i) of this AD: Replace the fuel pump control relays with fault current detectors, and change the fuel tank boost/transfer pump wire termination, in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions of Boeing Alert Service Bulletin DC10-28A253, dated June 5, 2014.

    (3) For all airplanes: Within 30 days after accomplishing the actions required by paragraph (h)(1) or (h)(2) of this AD, or within 30 days after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs later, revise the maintenance or inspection program, as applicable, to incorporate the Critical Design Configuration Control Limitations (CDCCLs), Airworthiness Limitation Instructions (ALIs), and short-term extensions specified in Appendices B, C, and D of Boeing Trijet Special Compliance Item (SCI) Report MDC-02K1003, Revision M, dated July 25, 2014. The initial compliance time for accomplishing the actions specified in the ALIs is at the later of the times specified in paragraphs (h)(3)(i) and (h)(3)(ii) of this AD. Revising the maintenance or inspection program required by this paragraph terminates the requirements in paragraphs (g) and (h) of AD 2008-06-21 R1, Amendment 39-16100 (74 FR 61504, November 25, 2009).

    (i) At the applicable time specified in Appendix C of Boeing Trijet SCI Report MDC-02K1003, Revision M, dated July 25, 2014, except as provided by Appendix D of Boeing Trijet SCI Report MDC-02K1003, Revision M, dated July 25, 2014.

    (ii) Within 30 days after accomplishing the actions required by paragraph (h)(1) or (h)(2) of this AD, as applicable; or within 30 days after the effective date of this AD; whichever occurs later.

    (i) No Alternative Actions, Intervals, or CDCCLs

    If the option in paragraph (h)(3) of this AD is accomplished: After the maintenance or inspection program has been revised as provided by paragraph (h)(3) of this AD, no alternative actions (e.g., inspections), intervals, or CDCCLs may be used unless the actions, intervals, or CDCCLs are approved as an alternative method of compliance (AMOC) in accordance with the procedures specified in paragraph (k) of this AD.

    (j) Compliance Time Extension in Related ADs

    Accomplishment of the actions specified in paragraphs (h)(1), (h)(2), and (h)(3) of this AD, as applicable, extends the 18-month repetitive inspections and tests required by paragraph (a) of AD 2002-13-10, Amendment 39-12798 (67 FR 45053, July 8, 2002); and the 18-month repetitive inspections required by paragraph (j) of AD 2011-11-05, Amendment 39-16704 (76 FR 31462, June 1, 2011); to 24-month intervals for pumps affected by those ADs, regardless if the pump is installed in a tank that normally empties, provided the remaining actions required by those two ADs have been accomplished.

    (k) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Los Angeles 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 (l) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: [email protected]

    (2) 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.

    (3) 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.

    (4) AMOCs approved for AD 2013-08-23, Amendment 39-17441 (78 FR 24037, April 24, 2013), are approved as AMOCs for the corresponding provisions of this AD.

    (l) Related Information

    For more information about this AD, contact Serj Harutunian, Aerospace Engineer, Propulsion Branch, ANM-140L, FAA, Los Angeles ACO, 3960 Paramount Boulevard, Lakewood, CA 90712-4137; phone: 562-627-5254; fax: 562-627-5210; email: [email protected]

    (m) Material Incorporated by Reference

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

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

    (i) Boeing Alert Service Bulletin DC10-28A253, dated June 5, 2014.

    (ii) Boeing Alert Service Bulletin MD11-28A133, dated June 5, 2014.

    (iii) Boeing Service Bulletin DC10-28-256, dated June 24, 2014.

    (iv) Boeing Service Bulletin MD11-28-137, dated June 24, 2014.

    (v) Boeing Trijet Special Compliance Item Report MDC-02K1003, Revision M, including Appendices A through D, dated July 25, 2014.

    (3) For Boeing service information identified in this AD, contact Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Attention: Data & Services Management, 3855 Lakewood Boulevard, MC D800-0019, Long Beach, CA 90846-0001; telephone 206-544-5000, extension 2; fax 206-766-5683; Internet https://www.myboeingfleet.com.

    (4) 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.

    (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 Renton, Washington, on February 8, 2016. Michael Kaszycki, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-04564 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA-2015-7489; Airspace Docket No. 15-ASW-20] Amendment of Class D and E Airspace; Enid Vance AFB, OK; Enid Woodring Municipal Airport, Enid, OK; and Enid, OK AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Final rule; delay of effective date, correction.

    SUMMARY:

    This action changes the effective date of a final rule published in the Federal Register of February 19, 2016, amending Class E surface area airspace, Class E airspace designated as an extension, and Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface, in the Enid, OK, area to allow additional time for charting. This correction adds the part-time Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) language inadvertently removed from the Class E surface area description for Vance AFB, and Woodring Municipal Airport, Enid, OK. Adjustment of the geographic coordinates are also made to the Vance VHF Omnidirectional Range Tactical Air Navigation (VORTAC) listed in the Class E airspace area designated as an extension to the Class D surface area.

    DATES:

    This correction is effective 0901 UTC, July 21, 2016, and the effective date of the rule amending 14 CFR part 71 published on February 19, 2016 (81 FR 8389), is delayed to 0901 UTC July 21, 2016.

    The Director of the Federal Register approves this incorporation by reference action under Title 1, Code of Federal Regulations, part 51, subject to the annual revision of FAA Order 7400.9 and publication of conforming amendments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Jeffrey Claypool, Federal Aviation Administration, Operations Support Group, Central Service Center, 10101 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, TX, 76177; telephone (817) 222-5711.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    History

    The Federal Register published a final rule amending Class E surface area airspace, Class E airspace designated as an extension, and Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface, at Vance AFB, Enid, OK; and Woodring Municipal Airport, Enid, OK (81 FR 8389, February 19, 2016) Docket No. FAA-2015-7489. Subsequent to publication, the FAA determined that the part-time NOTAM language in the Class E surface area description was inadvertently removed in error. Potential safety concerns were identified due to the possibility for confusion in determining the operating rules and equipment requirements in the Vance AFB and Woodring Municipal Airport terminal areas. The concerns were based on the opportunity for part-time Class D surface area airspace and continuous Class E surface area airspace to be active at the same time.

    To resolve these concerns, the FAA is keeping the part-time NOTAM language in the Class E surface area description to retain it as part-time airspace supplementing the existing part-time Class D surface area airspace at Vance AFB and Woodring Municipal Airport. The regulatory text is rewritten for clarity. A minor adjustment is also made to the geographic coordinates of the Vance VORTAC listed in Class E airspace area designated as an extension to Class D. These are administrative corrections and do not affect the controlled airspace boundaries or operating requirements supporting operations in the Vance AFB and Woodring Municipal Airport terminal areas.

    Correction to Final Rule

    Accordingly, pursuant to the authority delegated to me, in the Federal Register of February 19, 2016 (81 FR 8389) FR Doc. 2016-03365, Amendment of Class D and E Airspace; Enid Vance AFB, Ok; Enid Woodring Municipal Airport, Enid, OK; and Enid, OK, is corrected as follows:

    § 71.1 [Amended] ASW OK E2 Enid, OK [Corrected]
    On page 8390, column 3, beginning on line 42, remove the following text:

    “Within a 5.1-mile radius of Vance AFB, and within a 4.1-mile radius of Woodring Municipal Airport.”, and add in its place:

    “Within a 5.1-mile radius of Vance AFB, and within a 4.1-mile radius of Woodring Municipal Airport. This Class E airspace area is effective during the specific dates and times established in advance by a Notice to Airmen. The effective date and time will thereafter be continuously published in the Airport/Facility Directory.”

    ASW OK E4 Enid Vance AFB, OK [Corrected] On page 8390, column 3, line 54, remove “(lat. 36°20′42″ N., long. 97°55′07″ W.)” and add in its place “(lat. 36°20′42″ N., long. 97°55′06″ W.)”
    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on March 1, 2016. Vonnie Royal Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, ATO Central Service Center.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05395 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Office of the Secretary 15 CFR Part 19 [Docket No. 150902806-5806-01] RIN 0605-AA40 Commerce Debt Collection AGENCY:

    Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration, Department of Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Commerce (Commerce Department) hereby revises its debt collection regulations as a result of, and to conform to, an amendment made by the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act). Specifically, the law, as amended by the DATA Act, requires Commerce Department to refer to the Secretary of the Treasury all past due, legally enforceable nontax debt that are over 120 days delinquent, including nontax debt administered by a third party acting as an agent for the Federal Government, for purposes of administrative offset. These revised debt collection regulations also provide updated references to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service as the agency within the Department of the Treasury to which Commerce Department refers delinquent debts to reflect a reorganization made by the Department of the Treasury.

    DATES:

    This rule is effective April 11, 2016.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Gordon T. Alston, Acting Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Director for Financial Management, Office of Financial Management, at (202) 482-1207, Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room D200, Washington, DC 20230. The Commerce Department debt collection regulations are available for downloading from Commerce Department, Office of Financial Management's Web site at the following address: http://www.osec.doc.gov/ofm/OFM_Publications.html.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background

    This final rule revises and replaces Commerce Department debt collection regulations found at 15 CFR part 19 to conform to the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 (DCIA), Public Law 104-134, 110 Stat. 1321, 1358 (Apr. 26, 1996), the revised Federal Claims Collection Standards, 31 CFR Chapter IX Parts 900 through 904, and other laws applicable to the collection of non-tax debt owed to the Government. Commerce Department made revisions to 15 CFR part 19 to merely update Commerce Department regulations on debt collection to conform with an amendment to 31 U.S.C. 3716(c)(6) made by Section 5 of the DATA Act. That amendment requires that Commerce Department refer to the Secretary of the Treasury all past due, legally enforceable nontax debt that are over 120 days delinquent, including nontax debt administered by a third party acting as an agent for the Federal Government, for purposes of administrative offset. Accordingly, the regulations at 15 CFR part 19 are being updated to reflect current law. Agency debts which are more than 120 days delinquent and have not been timely referred to the Department of the Treasury shall be reported to the Congress by the Secretary of the Treasury. These revised debt collection regulations also provide updated references to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service as the agency within the Department of Treasury to which Commerce Department refers delinquent debts to reflect a reorganization made by the Department of the Treasury.

    These regulations provide procedures for the collection of non-tax debts owed to Commerce Department entities. Commerce Department adopts the government-wide debt collection standards promulgated by the Departments of the Treasury and Justice, known as the Federal Claims Collection Standards (FCCS), as revised on November 22, 2000 (31 CFR Chapter IX parts 900-904), and supplements FCCS by prescribing procedures consistent with FCCS, as necessary and appropriate for Commerce Department operations. These regulations also provide the procedures for the collection of debts owed to other Federal agencies when a request for offset is received by Commerce Department.

    These regulations do not contain a section regarding the delegation of debt collection authority within Commerce Department. The delegation is contained in the Commerce Department Credit and Debt Management Operating Standards and Procedures Handbook, available at http://www.osec.doc.gov/ofm/credit/cover.html, and does not need to be included in the regulations.

    Nothing in these regulations precludes the use of collection remedies not contained in these regulations. For example, Commerce Department entities may collect unused travel advances through offset of an employee's pay under 5 U.S.C. 5705. Commerce Department entities and other Federal agencies may simultaneously use multiple collection remedies to collect a debt, except as prohibited by law.

    Commerce Department entities may, but are not required to, promulgate additional policies and procedures consistent with these regulations, FCCS, and other applicable Federal laws, policies, and procedures, subject to the approval of the Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Director for Financial Management.

    Classification

    These revisions to Commerce Department debt collection regulations at 15 CFR part 19 relate only to agency procedure and practice and do not affect any public right, interest, or remedy otherwise available. This action makes no substantive changes and does not change or impose additional requirements that necessitate adjustments by entities subject to the debt collection regulations. Instead, it merely updates delinquent debt day count figures and a Department of the Treasury bureau title in the existing regulations to bring the regulations into line with the DATA Act's debt referral requirements and the current Department of the Treasury bureau title, over which Commerce Department has no discretion. To the extent that this rule updates these regulations to reflect the changes to the Department of the Treasury's organization, it will help reduce confusion regarding the correct entity to contact.

    Accordingly, notice and comment are not required for this rule, pursuant to Section 553(b)(A) of the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 551, et seq.).

    Paperwork Reduction Act

    The provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13, 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35, and its implementing regulations, 5 CFR part 1320, do not apply to this rule because there are no new or revised recordkeeping or reporting requirements.

    Regulatory Analysis E.O. 12866 and 13563, Regulatory Review

    This rule is not a significant regulatory action as defined in Executive Orders 12866 and 13563.

    Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Because notice of proposed rulemaking and opportunity for comment are not required pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553, or any other law, the analytical requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility act (5 U.S.C. 601, et seq.) are inapplicable. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis is not required and has not been prepared.

    List of Subjects in 15 CFR Part 19

    Administrative practice and procedure, Claims, Debts, Garnishment of wages, Federal Government employee, Hearing and appeal procedures, Pay administration, Salaries, Wages.

    Dated: March 4, 2016. Gordon T. Alston, Acting Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Director for Financial Management, Department of Commerce. Authority and Issuance

    For the reasons stated in the preamble, Commerce Department revises 15 CFR part 19 to read as follows:

    PART 19—COMMERCE DEBT COLLECTION Subpart A—General Provisions Sec. 19.1 What definitions apply to the regulations in this part? 19.2 Why did the Commerce Department issue these regulations and what do they cover? 19.3 Do these regulations adopt the Federal Claims Collection Standards (FCCS)? Subpart B—Procedures to Collect Commerce Debts 19.4 What notice will Commerce entities send to a debtor when collecting a Commerce debt? 19.5 How will Commerce entities add interest, penalty charges, and administrative costs to a Commerce debt? 19.6 When will Commerce entities allow a debtor to pay a Commerce debt in installments instead of one lump sum? 19.7 When will Commerce entities compromise a Commerce debt? 19.8 When will Commerce entities suspend or terminate debt collection on a Commerce debt? 19.9 When will Commerce entities transfer a Commerce debt to the Treasury Department's Bureau of the Fiscal Service for collection? 19.10 How will Commerce entities use administrative offset (offset of non-tax Federal payments) to collect a Commerce debt? 19.11 How will Commerce entities use tax refund offset to collect a Commerce debt? 19.12 How will Commerce entities offset a Federal employee's salary to collect a Commerce debt? 19.13 How will Commerce entities use administrative wage garnishment to collect a Commerce debt from a debtor's wages? 19.14 How will Commerce entities report Commerce debts to credit bureaus? 19.15 How will Commerce entities refer Commerce debts to private collection agencies? 19.16 When will Commerce entities refer Commerce debts to the Department of Justice? 19.17 Will a debtor who owes a Commerce or other Federal agency debt, and persons controlled by or controlling such debtors, be ineligible for Federal loan assistance, grants, cooperative agreements, or other sources of Federal funds or for Federal licenses, permits, or privileges? 19.18 How does a debtor request a special review based on a change in circumstances such as catastrophic illness, divorce, death, or disability? 19.19 Will Commerce entities issue a refund if money is erroneously collected on a Commerce debt? Subpart C—Procedures for Offset of Commerce Department Payments To Collect Debts Owed to Other Federal Agencies 19.20 How do other Federal agencies use the offset process to collect debts from payments issued by a Commerce entity? 19.21 What does a Commerce entity do upon receipt of a request to offset the salary of a Commerce entity employee to collect a debt owed by the employee to another Federal agency? Authority:

    31 U.S.C. 3701, et seq.

    Subpart A—General Provisions
    § 19.1 What definitions apply to the regulations in this part?

    As used in this part:

    Administrative offset or offset means withholding funds payable by the United States (including funds payable by the United States on behalf of a state government) to, or held by the United States for, a person to satisfy a debt owed by the person. The term “administrative offset” can include, but is not limited to, the offset of Federal salary, vendor, retirement, and Social Security benefit payments. The terms “centralized administrative offset” and “centralized offset” refer to the process by which the Treasury Department's Bureau of the Fiscal Service offsets Federal payments through the Treasury Offset Program.

    Administrative wage garnishment means the process by which a Federal agency orders a non-Federal employer to withhold amounts from a debtor's wages to satisfy a debt, as authorized by 31 U.S.C. 3720D, 31 CFR 285.11, and this part.

    Agency or Federal agency means a department, agency, court, court administrative office, or instrumentality in the executive, judicial, or legislative branch of the Federal Government, including government corporations.

    Bureau of the Fiscal Service means the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, a bureau of the Treasury Department, which is responsible for the centralized collection of delinquent debts through the offset of Federal payments and other means.

    Commerce debt means a debt owed to a Commerce entity by a person.

    Commerce Department means the United States Department of Commerce.

    Commerce entity means a component of the Commerce Department, including offices or bureaus. Commerce offices currently include the Office of the Secretary of Commerce, and the Office of Inspector General. Commerce bureaus currently include the Bureau of Industry and Security, the Economics and Statistics Administration (including the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the Bureau of the Census), the Economic Development Administration, the International Trade Administration, the Minority Business Development Agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the Technology Administration (including the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Technical Information Service).

    Creditor agency means any Federal agency that is owed a debt.

    Day means calendar day except when express reference is made to business day, which reference shall mean Monday through Friday. For purposes of time computation, the last day of the period provided will be included in the calculation unless that day is a Saturday, a Sunday, or a Federal legal holiday; in which case, the next business day will be included.

    Debt means any amount of money, funds or property that has been determined by an appropriate official of the Federal Government to be owed to the United States by a person. As used in this part, the term “debt” can include a Commerce debt but does not include debts arising under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. 1 et seq.).

    Debtor means a person who owes a debt to the United States.

    Delinquent debt means a debt that has not been paid by the date specified in the agency's initial written demand for payment or applicable agreement or instrument (including a post-delinquency payment agreement) unless other satisfactory payment arrangements have been made.

    Delinquent Commerce debt means a delinquent debt owed to a Commerce entity.

    Disposable pay has the same meaning as that term is defined in 5 CFR 550.1103.

    Employee or Federal employee means a current employee of the Commerce Department or other Federal agency, including a current member of the uniformed services, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service, including the National Guard and the reserve forces of the uniformed services.

    FCCS means the Federal Claims Collection Standards, which were jointly published by the Departments of the Treasury and Justice and codified at 31 CFR parts 900-904.

    Payment agency or Federal payment agency means any Federal agency that transmits payment requests in the form of certified payment vouchers, or other similar forms, to a disbursing official for disbursement. The payment agency may be the agency that employs the debtor. In some cases, the Commerce Department may be both the creditor agency and payment agency.

    Person means an individual, corporation, partnership, association, organization, State or local government or any other type of entity other than a Federal agency.

    Salary offset means a type of administrative offset to collect a debt under 5 CFR part 5514 by deductions(s) at one or more officially established pay intervals from the current pay account of an employee without his or her consent.

    Secretary means the Secretary of Commerce.

    Tax refund offset is defined in 31 CFR 285.2(a).

    § 19.2 Why did the Commerce Department issue these regulations and what do they cover?

    (a) Scope. This part provides procedures for the collection of Commerce Department debts. This part also provides procedures for collection of other debts owed to the United States when a request for offset of a payment for which Commerce Department is the payment agency is received by Commerce Department from another agency (for example, when a Commerce Department employee owes a debt to the United States Department of Education).

    (b) Applicability. (1) This part applies to Commerce Department when collecting a Commerce Department debt, to persons who owe Commerce Department debts, to persons controlled by or controlling persons who owe Federal agency debts, and to Federal agencies requesting offset of a payment issued by Commerce Department as a payment agency (including salary payments to Commerce Department employees).

    (2) This part does not apply to tax debts nor to any debt for which there is an indication of fraud or misrepresentation, as described in section 900.3 of the FCCS, unless the debt is returned by the Department of Justice to Commerce Department for handling.

    (3) Nothing in this part precludes collection or disposition of any debt under statutes and regulations other than those described in this part. See, for example, 5 U.S.C. 5705, Advancements and Deductions, which authorizes Commerce entities to recover travel advances by offset of up to 100 percent of a Federal employee's accrued pay. See, also, 5 U.S.C. 4108, governing the collection of training expenses. To the extent that the provisions of laws, other regulations, and Commerce Department enforcement policies differ from the provisions of this part, those provisions of law, other regulations, and Commerce Department enforcement policies apply to the remission or mitigation of fines, penalties, and forfeitures, and to debts arising under the tariff laws of the United States, rather than the provisions of this part.

    (c) Additional policies and procedures. Commerce entities may, but are not required to, promulgate additional policies and procedures consistent with this part, the FCCS, and other applicable Federal law, policies, and procedures, subject to the approval of Deputy Chief Financial Officer.

    (d) Duplication not required. Nothing in this part requires a Commerce entity to duplicate notices or administrative proceedings required by contract, this part, or other laws or regulations, including but not limited to those required by financial assistance awards such as grants, cooperative agreements, loans or loan guarantees.

    (e) Use of multiple collection remedies allowed. Commerce entities and other Federal agencies may simultaneously use multiple collection remedies to collect a debt, except as prohibited by law. This part is intended to promote aggressive debt collection, using for each debt all available and appropriate collection remedies. These remedies are not listed in any prescribed order to provide Commerce entities with flexibility in determining which remedies will be most efficient in collecting the particular debt.

    § 19.3 Do these regulations adopt the Federal Claims Collection Standards (FCCS)?

    This part adopts and incorporates all provisions of the FCCS (31 CFR Chapter IX parts 900-904). This part also supplements the FCCS by prescribing procedures consistent with the FCCS, as necessary and appropriate for Commerce Department operations.

    Subpart B—Procedures To Collect Commerce Debts
    § 19.4 What notice will Commerce entities send to a debtor when collecting a Commerce debt?

    (a) Notice requirements. Commerce entities shall aggressively collect Commerce debts. Commerce entities shall promptly send at least one written notice to a debtor informing the debtor of the consequences of failing to pay or otherwise resolve a Commerce debt. The notice(s) shall be sent to the debtor at the most current address of the debtor in the records of the Commerce entity collecting the Commerce debt. Generally, before starting the collection actions described in §§ 19.5 and 19.9 through 19.17 of this part, Commerce entities will send no more than two written notices to the debtor. The notice(s) explain why the Commerce debt is owed, the amount of the Commerce debt, how a debtor may pay the Commerce debt or make alternate repayment arrangements, how a debtor may review non-privileged documents related to the Commerce debt, how a debtor may dispute the Commerce debt, the collection remedies available to Commerce entities if the debtor refuses or otherwise fails to pay the Commerce debt, and other consequences to the debtor if the Commerce debt is not paid. Except as otherwise provided in paragraph (b) of this section, the written notice(s) shall explain to the debtor:

    (1) The nature and amount of the Commerce debt, and the facts giving rise to the Commerce debt;

    (2) How interest, penalties, and administrative costs are added to the Commerce debt, the date by which payment should be made to avoid such charges, and that such assessments must be made unless excused in accordance with 31 CFR 901.9 (see § 19.5 of this part);

    (3) The date by which payment should be made to avoid the enforced collection actions described in paragraph (a)(6) of this section;

    (4) The Commerce entity's willingness to discuss alternative payment arrangements and how the debtor may enter into a written agreement to repay the Commerce debt under terms acceptable to the Commerce entity (see § 19.6 of this part);

    (5) The name, address, and telephone number of a contact person or office within the Commerce entity;

    (6) The Commerce entity's intention to enforce collection by taking one or more of the following actions if the debtor fails to pay or otherwise resolve the Commerce debt:

    (i) Offset. Offset the debtor's Federal payments, including income tax refunds, salary, certain benefit payments (such as Social Security), retirement, vendor, travel reimbursements and advances, and other Federal payments (see §§ 19.10 through 19.12 of this part);

    (ii) Private collection agency. Refer the Commerce debt to a private collection agency (see § 19.15 of this part);

    (iii) Credit bureau reporting. Report the Commerce debt to a credit bureau (see § 19.14 of this part);

    (iv) Administrative wage garnishment. Garnish the individual debtor's wages through administrative wage garnishment (see § 19.13 of this part);

    (v) Litigation. Refer the Commerce debt to the Department of Justice to initiate litigation to collect the Commerce debt (see § 19.16 of this part);

    (vi) Treasury Department's Bureau of the Fiscal Service. Refer the Commerce debt to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service for collection (see § 19.9 of this part);

    (7) That Commerce debts over 120 days delinquent must be referred to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service for the collection actions described in paragraph (a)(6) of this section (see § 19.9 of this part);

    (8) How the debtor may inspect and copy non-privileged records related to the Commerce debt;

    (9) How the debtor may request a review of the Commerce entity's determination that the debtor owes a Commerce debt and present evidence that the Commerce debt is not delinquent or legally enforceable (see §§ 19.10(c) and 19.11(c) of this part);

    (10) How a debtor who is an individual may request a hearing if the Commerce entity intends to garnish the debtor's private sector (i.e., non-Federal) wages (see § 1 9.13(a) of this part), including:

    (i) The method and time period for requesting a hearing;

    (ii) That a request for a hearing, timely filed on or before the 15th business day following the date of the mailing of the notice, will stay the commencement of administrative wage garnishment, but not other collection procedures; and

    (iii) The name and address of the office to which the request for a hearing should be sent.

    (11) How a debtor who is an individual and a Federal employee subject to Federal salary offset may request a hearing (see § 19.12(e) of this part), including:

    (i) The method and time period for requesting a hearing;

    (ii) That a request for a hearing, timely filed on or before the 15th day following receipt of the notice, will stay the commencement of salary offset, but not other collection procedures;

    (iii) The name and address of the office to which the request for a hearing should be sent;

    (iv) That the Commerce entity will refer the Commerce debt to the debtor's employing agency or to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service to implement salary offset, unless the employee files a timely request for a hearing;

    (v) That a final decision on the hearing, if requested, will be issued at the earliest practical date, but not later than 60 days after the filing of the request for a hearing, unless the employee requests and the hearing official grants a delay in the proceedings;

    (vi) That any knowingly false or frivolous statements, representations, or evidence may subject the Federal employee to penalties under the False Claims Act (31 U.S.C. 3729-3731) or other applicable statutory authority, and criminal penalties under 18 U.S.C. 286, 287, 1001, and 1002, or other applicable statutory authority;

    (vii) That unless prohibited by contract or statute, amounts paid on or deducted for the Commerce debt which are later waived or found not owed to the United States will be promptly refunded to the employee; and

    (viii) That proceedings with respect to such Commerce debt are governed by 5 U.S.C. 5514 and 31 U.S.C. 3716.

    (12) How the debtor may request a waiver of the Commerce debt, if applicable. See, for example, §§ 19.5 and 19.12(f) of this part.

    (13) How the debtor's spouse may claim his or her share of a joint income tax refund by filing Form 8379 with the Internal Revenue Service (see http://www.irs.gov);

    (14) How the debtor may exercise other rights and remedies, if any, available to the debtor under programmatic statutory or regulatory authority under which the Commerce debt arose.

    (15) That certain debtors and, if applicable, persons controlled by or controlling such debtors, may be ineligible for Federal Government loans, guaranties and insurance, grants, cooperative agreements or other sources of Federal funds (see 28 U.S.C. 3201(e); 31 U.S.C. 3720B, 31 CFR 285.13, and § 19.17(a) of this part);

    (16) If applicable, the Commerce entity's intention to deny, suspend or revoke licenses, permits or privileges (see § 19.17(b) of this part); and

    (17) That the debtor should advise the Commerce entity of a bankruptcy proceeding of the debtor or another person liable for the Commerce debt being collected.

    (b) Exceptions to notice requirements. A Commerce entity may omit from a notice to a debtor one or more of the provisions contained in paragraphs (a)(6) through (17) of this section if the Commerce entity, in consultation with its legal counsel, determines that any provision is not legally required given the collection remedies to be applied to a particular Commerce debt.

    (c) Respond to debtors; comply with FCCS. Commerce entities should respond promptly to communications from debtors and comply with other FCCS provisions applicable to the administrative collection of debts. See 31 CFR part 901.

    § 19.5 How will Commerce entities add interest, penalty charges, and administrative costs to a Commerce debt?

    (a) Assessment and notice. Commerce entities shall assess interest, penalties and administrative costs on Commerce debts in accordance with the provisions of 31 U.S.C. 3717 and 31 CFR 901.9. Interest shall be charged in accordance with the requirements of 31 U.S.C. 3717(a). Penalties shall accrue at a rate of not more than 6% per year or such other higher rate as authorized by law. Administrative costs, that is, the costs of processing and handling a delinquent debt, shall be determined by the Commerce entity collecting the debt, as directed by the Office of the Deputy Chief Financial Officer. Commerce entities may have additional policies regarding how interest, penalties, and administrative costs are assessed on particular types of debts, subject to the approval of the Deputy Chief Financial Officer. Commerce entities are required to explain in the notice to the debtor described in § 19.4 of this part how interest, penalties, costs, and other charges are assessed, unless the requirements are included in a contract or other legally binding agreement.

    (b) Waiver of interest, penalties, and administrative costs. Unless otherwise required by law or contract, Commerce entities may not charge interest if the amount due on the Commerce debt is paid within 30 days after the date from which the interest accrues. See 31 U.S.C. 3717(d). Commerce entities may, with legal counsel approval, waive interest, penalties, and administrative costs, or any portion thereof, when it would be against equity and good conscience or not in the United States' best interest to collect such charges, in accordance with Commerce guidelines for such waivers. (See Commerce Department Credit and Debt Management Operating Standards and Procedures Handbook, available at http://www.osec.doc.gov/ofm/credit/cover.html.)

    (c) Accrual during suspension of debt collection. In most cases, interest, penalties and administrative costs will continue to accrue during any period when collection has been suspended for any reason (for example, when the debtor has requested a hearing). Commerce entities may suspend accrual of any or all of these charges when accrual would be against equity and good conscience or not in the United States' best interest, in accordance with Commerce guidelines for such waivers. (See Commerce Department Credit and Debt Management Operating Standards and Procedures Handbook, available at http://www.osec.doc.gov/ofm/credit.cover.html.)

    § 19.6 When will Commerce entities allow a debtor to pay a Commerce debt in installments instead of one lump sum?

    If a debtor is financially unable to pay the Commerce debt in one lump sum, a Commerce entity may accept payment of a Commerce debt in regular installments, in accordance with the provisions of 31 CFR 901.8 and the Commerce entity's policies and procedures.

    § 19.7 When will Commerce entities compromise a Commerce debt?

    If a Commerce entity cannot collect the full amount of a Commerce debt, the Commerce entity may, with legal counsel approval, compromise the Commerce debt in accordance with the provisions of 31 CFR part 902 and the Commerce entity's policies and procedures. (See Commerce Department Credit and Debt Management Operating Standards and Procedures Handbook, available at http://www.osec.doc.gov/ofm/credit.cover.html.)

    § 19.8 When will Commerce entities suspend or terminate debt collection on a Commerce debt?

    If, after pursuing all appropriate means of collection, a Commerce entity determines that a Commerce debt is uncollectible, the Commerce entity may, with legal counsel approval, suspend or terminate debt collection activity in accordance with the provisions of 31 CFR part 903 and the Commerce entity's policies and procedures. Termination of debt collection activity by a Commerce entity does not discharge the indebtedness. (See Commerce Department Credit and Debt Management Operating Standards and Procedures Handbook, available at http://www.osec.doc.gov/ofm/credit/cover.html.)

    § 19.9 When will Commerce entities transfer a Commerce debt to the Treasury Department's Bureau of the Fiscal Service for collection?

    (a) Commerce entities will transfer any Commerce debt that is more than 120 days delinquent to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service for debt collection services, a process known as “cross-servicing.” See 31 U.S.C. 3711(g), 31 CFR 285.12, and 31 U.S.C. 3716(c)(6). Commerce entities may transfer Commerce debts delinquent 120 days or less to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service in accordance with the procedures described in 31 CFR 285.12. The Bureau of the Fiscal Service takes appropriate action to collect or compromise the transferred Commerce debt, or to suspend or terminate collection action thereon, in accordance with the statutory and regulatory requirements and authorities applicable to the Commerce debt and the collection action to be taken. See 31 CFR 285.12(b) and 285.12(c)(2). Appropriate action can include, but is not limited to, contact with the debtor, referral of the Commerce debt to the Treasury Offset Program, private collection agencies or the Department of Justice, reporting of the Commerce debt to credit bureaus, and administrative wage garnishment.

    (b) At least sixty (60) days prior to transferring a Commerce debt to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, Commerce entities will send notice to the debtor as required by § 19.4 of this part. Commerce entities will certify to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, in writing, that the Commerce debt is valid, delinquent, legally enforceable, and that there are no legal bars to collection. In addition, Commerce entities will certify their compliance with all applicable due process and other requirements as described in this part and other Federal laws. See 31 CFR 285.12(i) regarding the certification requirement.

    (c) As part of its debt collection process, the Bureau of the Fiscal Service uses the Treasury Offset Program to collect Commerce debts by administrative and tax refund offset. See 31 CFR 285.12(g). The Treasury Offset Program is a centralized offset program administered by the Bureau of the Fiscal Service to collect delinquent debts owed to Federal agencies and states (including past-due child support). Under the Treasury Offset Program, before a Federal payment is disbursed, the Bureau of the Fiscal Service compares the name and taxpayer identification number (TIN) of the payee with the names and TINs of debtors that have been submitted by Federal agencies and states to the Treasury Offset Program database. If there is a match, the Bureau of the Fiscal Service (or, in some cases, another Federal disbursing agency) offsets all or a portion of the Federal payment, disburses any remaining payment to the payee, and pays the offset amount to the creditor agency. Federal payments eligible for offset include, but are not limited to, income tax refunds, salary, travel advances and reimbursements, retirement and vendor payments, and Social Security and other benefit payments.

    § 19.10 How will Commerce entities use administrative offset (offset of non-tax Federal payments) to collect a Commerce debt?

    (a) Centralized administrative offset through the Treasury Offset Program. (1) In most cases, the Bureau of the Fiscal Service uses the Treasury Offset Program to collect Commerce debts by the offset of Federal payments. See § 19.9(c) of this part. If not already transferred to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service under § 19.9 of this part, Commerce entities will refer Commerce debt over 120 days delinquent to the Treasury Offset Program for collection by centralized administrative offset. See 31 U.S.C. 3716(c)(6); 31 CFR part 285, subpart A; and 31 CFR 901.3(b). Commerce entities may refer to the Treasury Offset Program for offset any Commerce debt that has been delinquent for 120 days or less.

    (2) At least sixty (60) days prior to referring a Commerce debt to the Treasury Offset Program, in accordance with paragraph (a)(1) of this section, Commerce entities will send notice to the debtor in accordance with the requirements of § 19.4 of this part. Commerce entities will certify to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, in writing, that the Commerce debt is valid, delinquent, legally enforceable, and that there are no legal bars to collection by offset. In addition, Commerce entities will certify their compliance with the requirements described in this part.

    (b) Non-centralized administrative offset for Commerce debts. (1) When centralized administrative offset through the Treasury Offset Program is not available or appropriate, Commerce entities may collect past-due, legally enforceable Commerce debts through non-centralized administrative offset. See 31 CFR 901.3(c). In these cases, Commerce entities may offset a payment internally or make an offset request directly to a Federal payment agency. If the Federal payment agency is another Commerce entity, the Commerce entity making the request shall do so through the Deputy Chief Financial Officer as described in § 19.20(c) of this part.

    (2) At least thirty (30) days prior to offsetting a payment internally or requesting a Federal payment agency to offset a payment, Commerce entities will send notice to the debtor in accordance with the requirements of § 19.4 of this part. When referring a Commerce debt for offset under this paragraph (b), Commerce entities making the request will certify, in writing, that the Commerce debt is valid, delinquent, legally enforceable, and that there are no legal bars to collection by offset. In addition, Commerce entities will certify their compliance with these regulations concerning administrative offset. See 31 CFR 901.3(c)(2)(ii).

    (c) Administrative review. The notice described in § 19.4 of this part shall explain to the debtor how to request an administrative review of a Commerce entity's determination that the debtor owes a Commerce debt and how to present evidence that the Commerce debt is not delinquent or legally enforceable. In addition to challenging the existence and amount of the Commerce debt, the debtor may seek a review of the terms of repayment. In most cases, Commerce entities will provide the debtor with a “paper hearing” based upon a review of the written record, including documentation provided by the debtor. Commerce entities shall provide the debtor with a reasonable opportunity for an oral hearing when the debtor requests reconsideration of the Commerce debt and the Commerce entity determines that the question of the indebtedness cannot be resolved by review of the documentary evidence, for example, when the validity of the Commerce debt turns on an issue of credibility or veracity. Unless otherwise required by law, an oral hearing under this section is not required to be a formal evidentiary hearing, although Commerce entities should carefully document all significant matters discussed at the hearing. Commerce entities may suspend collection through administrative offset and/or other collection actions pending the resolution of a debtor's dispute.

    (d) Procedures for expedited offset. Under the circumstances described in 31 CFR 901.3(b)(4)(iii), Commerce entities may, with legal counsel approval, effect an offset against a payment to be made to the debtor prior to sending a notice to the debtor, as described in § 19.4 of this part, or completing the procedures described in paragraph (b)(2) and (c) of this section. Commerce entities shall give the debtor notice and an opportunity for review as soon as practicable and promptly refund any money ultimately found not to have been owed to the Government. (See Commerce Department Credit and Debt Management Operating Standards and Procedures Handbook, available at http://www.osec.doc.gov/ofm/credit.cover.html.)

    § 19.11 How will Commerce entities use tax refund offset to collect a Commerce debt?

    (a) Tax refund offset. In most cases, the Bureau of the Fiscal Service uses the Treasury Offset Program to collect Commerce debts by the offset of tax refunds and other Federal payments. See § 19.9(c) of this part. If not already transferred to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service under § 19.9 of this part, Commerce entities will refer to the Treasury Offset Program any past-due, legally enforceable Commerce debt for collection by tax refund offset. See 26 U.S.C. 6402(d), 31 U.S.C. 3720A and 31 CFR 285.2.

    (b) Notice. At least sixty (60) days prior to referring a Commerce debt to the Treasury Offset Program, Commerce entities will send notice to the debtor in accordance with the requirements of § 19.4 of this part. Commerce entities will certify to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service's Treasury Offset Program, in writing, that the Commerce debt is past due and legally enforceable in the amount submitted and that the Commerce entities have made reasonable efforts to obtain payment of the Commerce debt as described in 31 CFR 285.2(d). In addition, Commerce entities will certify their compliance with all applicable due process and other requirements described in this part and other Federal laws. See 31 U.S.C. 3720A(b) and 31 CFR 285.2.

    (c) Administrative review. The notice described in § 19.4 of this part shall provide the debtor with at least 60 days prior to the initiation of tax refund offset to request an administrative review as described in § 19.10(c) of this part. Commerce entities may suspend collection through tax refund offset and/or other collection actions pending the resolution of the debtor's dispute.

    § 19.12 How will Commerce entities offset a Federal employee's salary to collect a Commerce debt?

    (a) Federal salary offset. (1) Salary offset is used to collect debts owed to the United States by Commerce Department and other Federal employees. If a Federal employee owes a Commerce debt, Commerce entities may offset the employee's Federal salary to collect the Commerce debt in the manner described in this section. For information on how a Federal agency other than a Commerce entity may collect debt from the salary of a Commerce Department employee, see §§ 19.20 and 19.21, subpart C, of this part.

    (2) Nothing in this part requires a Commerce entity to collect a Commerce debt in accordance with the provisions of this section if Federal law allows otherwise. See, for example, 5 U.S.C. 5705 (travel advances not used for allowable travel expenses are recoverable from the employee or his estate by setoff against accrued pay and other means) and 5 U.S.C. 4108 (recovery of training expenses).

    (3) Commerce entities may use the administrative wage garnishment procedure described in § 19.13 of this part to collect a Commerce debt from an individual's non-Federal wages.

    (b) Centralized salary offset through the Treasury Offset Program. As described in § 19.9(a) of this part, Commerce entities will refer Commerce debts to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service for collection by administrative offset, including salary offset, through the Treasury Offset Program. When possible, Commerce entities should attempt salary offset through the Treasury Offset Program before applying the procedures in paragraph (c) of this section. See 5 CFR 550.1108 and 550.1109.

    (c) Non-centralized salary offset for Commerce debts. When centralized salary offset through the Treasury Offset Program is not available or appropriate, Commerce entities may collect delinquent Commerce debts through non-centralized salary offset. See 5 CFR 550.1109. In these cases, Commerce entities may offset a payment internally or make a request directly to a Federal payment agency to offset a salary payment to collect a delinquent Commerce debt owed by a Federal employee. If the Federal payment agency is another Commerce entity, the Commerce entity making the request shall do so through the Deputy Chief Financial Officer as described in § 19.20(c) of this part. At least thirty (30) days prior to offsetting internally or requesting a Federal agency to offset a salary payment, Commerce entities will send notice to the debtor in accordance with the requirements of § 19.4 of this part. When referring a Commerce debt for offset, Commerce entities will certify to the payment agency, in writing, that the Commerce debt is valid, delinquent and legally enforceable in the amount stated, and there are no legal bars to collection by salary offset. In addition, Commerce entities will certify that all due process and other prerequisites to salary offset have been met. See 5 U.S.C. 5514, 31 U.S.C. 3716(a), and this section for a description of the due process and other prerequisites for salary offset.

    (d) When prior notice not required. Commerce entities are not required to provide prior notice to an employee when the following adjustments are made by a Commerce entity to a Commerce employee's pay:

    (1) Any adjustment to pay arising out of any employee's election of coverage or a change in coverage under a Federal benefits program requiring periodic deductions from pay, if the amount to be recovered was accumulated over four pay periods or less;

    (2) A routine intra-agency adjustment of pay that is made to correct an overpayment of pay attributable to clerical or administrative errors or delays in processing pay documents, if the overpayment occurred within the four pay periods preceding the adjustment, and, at the time of such adjustment, or as soon thereafter as practical, the individual is provided written notice of the nature and the amount of the adjustment and point of contact for contesting such adjustment; or

    (3) Any adjustment to collect a Commerce debt amounting to $50 or less, if, at the time of such adjustment, or as soon thereafter as practical, the individual is provided written notice of the nature and the amount of the adjustment and a point of contact for contesting such adjustment.

    (e) Hearing procedures. (1) Request for a hearing. A Federal employee who has received a notice that his or her Commerce debt will be collected by means of salary offset may request a hearing concerning the existence or amount of the Commerce debt. The Federal employee also may request a hearing concerning the amount proposed to be deducted from the employee's pay each pay period. The employee must send any request for hearing, in writing, to the office designated in the notice described in § 19.4. See § 19.4(a)(11). The request must be received by the designated office on or before the 15th day following the employee's receipt of the notice. The employee must sign the request and specify whether an oral or paper hearing is requested. If an oral hearing is requested, the employee must explain why the matter cannot be resolved by review of the documentary evidence alone. All travel expenses incurred by the Federal employee in connection with an in-person hearing will be borne by the employee. See 31 CFR 901.3(a)(7).

    (2) Failure to submit timely request for hearing. If the employee fails to submit a request for hearing within the time period described in paragraph (e)(1) of this section, the employee will have waived the right to a hearing, and salary offset may be initiated. However, Commerce entities should accept a late request for hearing if the employee can show that the late request was the result of circumstances beyond the employee's control or because of a failure to receive actual notice of the filing deadline.

    (3) Hearing official. Commerce entities must obtain the services of a hearing official who is not under the supervision or control of the Secretary. Commerce entities may contact the Deputy Chief Financial Officer as described in § 19.20(c) of this part or an agent of any Commerce agency designated in Appendix A to 5 CFR part 581 (List of Agents Designated to Accept Legal Process) to request a hearing official.

    (4) Notice of hearing. After the employee requests a hearing, the designated hearing official shall inform the employee of the form of the hearing to be provided. For oral hearings, the notice shall set forth the date, time and location of the hearing. For paper hearings, the notice shall notify the employee of the date by which he or she should submit written arguments to the designated hearing official. The hearing official shall give the employee reasonable time to submit documentation in support of the employee's position. The hearing official shall schedule a new hearing date if requested by both parties. The hearing official shall give both parties reasonable notice of the time and place of a rescheduled hearing.

    (5) Oral hearing. The hearing official will conduct an oral hearing if he or she determines that the matter cannot be resolved by review of documentary evidence alone (for example, when an issue of credibility or veracity is involved). The hearing need not take the form of an evidentiary hearing, but may be conducted in a manner determined by the hearing official, including but not limited to:

    (i) Informal conferences with the hearing official, in which the employee and agency representative will be given full opportunity to present evidence, witnesses and argument;

    (ii) Informal meetings with an interview of the employee by the hearing official; or

    (iii) Formal written submissions, with an opportunity for oral presentation.

    (6) Paper hearing. If the hearing official determines that an oral hearing is not necessary, he or she will make the determination based upon a review of the available written record, including any documentation submitted by the employee in support of his or her position. See 31 CFR 901.3(a)(7).

    (7) Failure to appear or submit documentary evidence. In the absence of good cause shown (for example, excused illness), if the employee fails to appear at an oral hearing or fails to submit documentary evidence as required for a paper hearing, the employee will have waived the right to a hearing, and salary offset may be initiated. Further, the employee will have been deemed to admit the existence and amount of the Commerce debt as described in the notice of intent to offset. If the Commerce entity representative fails to appear at an oral hearing, the hearing official shall proceed with the hearing as scheduled, and make his or her determination based upon the oral testimony presented and the documentary evidence submitted by both parties.

    (8) Burden of proof. Commerce entities will have the initial burden to prove the existence and amount of the Commerce debt. Thereafter, if the employee disputes the existence or amount of the Commerce debt, the employee must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that no such Commerce debt exists or that the amount of the Commerce debt is incorrect. In addition, the employee may present evidence that the proposed terms of the repayment schedule are unlawful, would cause a financial hardship to the employee, or that collection of the Commerce debt may not be pursued due to operation of law.

    (9) Record. The hearing official shall maintain a summary record of any hearing provided by this part. Witnesses will testify under oath or affirmation in oral hearings. See 31 CFR 901.3(a)(7).

    (10) Date of decision. The hearing official shall issue a written opinion stating his or her decision, based upon documentary evidence and information developed at the hearing, as soon as practicable after the hearing, but not later than 60 days after the date on which the request for hearing was received by the Commerce entity. If the employee requests a delay in the proceedings, the deadline for the decision may be postponed by the number of days by which the hearing was postponed. When a decision is not timely rendered, the Commerce entity shall waive interest and penalties applied to the Commerce debt for the period beginning with the date the decision is due and ending on the date the decision is issued.

    (11) Content of decision. The written decision shall include:

    (i) A statement of the facts presented to support the origin, nature, and amount of the Commerce debt;

    (ii) The hearing official's findings, analysis, and conclusions; and

    (iii) The terms of any repayment schedules, if applicable.

    (12) Final agency action. The hearing official's decision shall be final.

    (f) Waiver not precluded. Nothing in this part precludes an employee from requesting waiver of an overpayment under 5 U.S.C. 5584 or 8346(b), 10 U.S.C. 2774, 32 U.S.C. 716, or other statutory authority. Commerce entities may grant such waivers when it would be against equity and good conscience or not in the United States' best interest to collect such Commerce debts, in accordance with those authorities, 5 CFR 550.1102(b)(2), and Commerce policies and procedures. (See Commerce Department Credit and Debt Management Operating Standards and Procedures Handbook, available at http://www.osec.doc.gov/ofm/credit/cover.html.)

    (g) Salary offset process—(1) Determination of disposable pay. The Deputy Chief Financial Officer will consult with the appropriate Commerce entity payroll office to determine the amount of a Commerce Department employee's disposable pay (as defined in § 19.1 of this part) and will implement salary offset when requested to do so by a Commerce entity, as described in paragraph (c) of this section, or another agency, as described in § 19.20 of this part. If the debtor is not employed by Commerce Department, the agency employing the debtor will determine the amount of the employee's disposable pay and will implement salary offset upon request.

    (2) When salary offset begins. Deductions shall begin within three official pay periods following receipt of the creditor agency's request for offset.

    (3) Amount of salary offset. The amount to be offset from each salary payment will be up to 15 percent of a debtor's disposable pay, as follows:

    (i) If the amount of the Commerce debt is equal to or less than 15 percent of the disposable pay, such Commerce debt generally will be collected in one lump sum payment;

    (ii) Installment deductions will be made over a period of no greater than the anticipated period of employment. An installment deduction will not exceed 15 percent of the disposable pay from which the deduction is made unless the employee has agreed in writing to the deduction of a greater amount or the creditor agency has determined that smaller deductions are appropriate based on the employee's ability to pay.

    (4) Final salary payment. After the employee has separated either voluntarily or involuntarily from the payment agency, the payment agency may make a lump sum deduction exceeding 15 percent of disposable pay from any final salary or other payments pursuant to 31 U.S.C. 3716 in order to satisfy a Commerce debt.

    (h) Payment agency's responsibilities. (1) As required by 5 CFR 550.1109, if the employee separates from the payment agency from which a Commerce entity has requested salary offset, the payment agency must certify the total amount of its collection and notify the Commerce entity and the employee of the amounts collected. If the payment agency is aware that the employee is entitled to payments from the Civil Service Retirement Fund and Disability Fund, the Federal Employee Retirement System, or other similar payments, it must provide written notification to the payment agency responsible for making such payments that the debtor owes a Commerce debt, the amount of the Commerce debt, and that the Commerce entity has complied with the provisions of this section. Commerce entities must submit a properly certified claim to the new payment agency before the collection can be made.

    (2) If the employee is already separated from employment and all payments due from his or her former payment agency have been made, Commerce entities may request that money due and payable to the employee from the Civil Service Retirement Fund and Disability Fund, the Federal Employee Retirement System, or other similar funds, be administratively offset to collect the Commerce debt. Generally, Commerce entities will collect such monies through the Treasury Offset Program as described in § 19.9(c) of this part.

    (3) When an employee transfers to another agency, Commerce entities should resume collection with the employee's new payment agency in order to continue salary offset.

    § 19.13 How will Commerce entities use administrative wage garnishment to collect a Commerce debt from a debtor's wages?

    (a) Commerce entities are authorized to collect Commerce debts from an individual debtor's wages by means of administrative wage garnishment in accordance with the requirements of 31 U.S.C. 3720D and 31 CFR 285.11. This part adopts and incorporates all of the provisions of 31 CFR 285.11 concerning administrative wage garnishment, including the hearing procedures described in 31 CFR 285.11(f). Commerce entities may use administrative wage garnishment to collect a delinquent Commerce debt unless the debtor is making timely payments under an agreement to pay the Commerce debt in installments (see § 19.6 of this part). At least thirty (30) days prior to initiating an administrative wage garnishment, Commerce entities will send notice to the debtor in accordance with the requirements of § 19.4 of this part, including the requirements of § 19.4(a)(10) of this part. For Commerce debts referred to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service under § 19.9 of this part, Commerce entities may authorize the Bureau of the Fiscal Service to send a notice informing the debtor that administrative wage garnishment will be initiated and how the debtor may request a hearing as described in § 19.4(a)(10) of this part. If a debtor makes a timely request for a hearing, administrative wage garnishment will not begin until a hearing is held and a decision is sent to the debtor. See 31 CFR 285.11(f)(4). Even if a debtor's hearing request is not timely, Commerce entities may suspend collection by administrative wage garnishment in accordance with the provisions of 31 CFR 285.11(f)(5). All travel expenses incurred by the debtor in connection with an in-person hearing will be borne by the debtor.

    (b) This section does not apply to Federal salary offset, the process by which Commerce entities collect Commerce debts from the salaries of Federal employees (see § 19.12 of this part).

    § 19.14 How will Commerce entities report Commerce debts to credit bureaus?

    Commerce entities shall report delinquent Commerce debts to credit bureaus in accordance with the provisions of 31 U.S.C. 3711(e), 31 CFR 901.4, and the Office of Management and Budget Circular A-129, “Policies for Federal Credit Programs and Non-tax Receivables.” For additional information, see Bureau of the Fiscal Service's “Guide to the Federal Credit Bureau Program,” available at https://www.fiscal.treasury.gov/fsreports/fs_reference.htm. At least sixty (60) days prior to reporting a delinquent Commerce debt to a consumer reporting agency, Commerce entities will send notice to the debtor in accordance with the requirements of § 19.4 of this part. Commerce entities may authorize the Bureau of the Fiscal Service to report to credit bureaus those delinquent Commerce debts that have been transferred to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service under § 19.9 of this part.

    § 19.15 How will Commerce entities refer Commerce debts to private collection agencies?

    Commerce entities will transfer delinquent Commerce debts to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service to obtain debt collection services provided by private collection agencies. See § 19.9 of this part.

    § 19.16 When will Commerce entities refer Commerce debts to the Department of Justice?

    (a) Compromise or suspension or termination of collection activity. Commerce entities shall refer Commerce debts having a principal balance over $100,000, or such higher amount as authorized by the Attorney General, to the Department of Justice for approval of any compromise of a Commerce debt or suspension or termination of collection activity. See §§ 19.7 and 19.8 of this part; 31 CFR 902.1; 31 CFR 903.1.

    (b) Litigation. Commerce entities shall promptly refer to the Department of Justice for litigation delinquent Commerce debts on which aggressive collection activity has been taken in accordance with this part and that should not be compromised, and on which collection activity should not be suspended or terminated. See 31 CFR part 904. Commerce entities may authorize the Bureau of the Fiscal Service to refer to the Department of Justice for litigation those delinquent Commerce debts that have been transferred to the Bureau of the Fiscal Service under § 19.9 of this part.

    § 19.17 Will a debtor who owes a Commerce or other Federal agency debt, and persons controlled by or controlling such debtors, be ineligible for Federal loan assistance, grants, cooperative agreements, or other sources of Federal funds or for Federal licenses, permits, or privileges?

    (a) Delinquent debtors are ineligible for and barred from obtaining Federal loans or loan insurance or guaranties. As required by 31 U.S.C. 3720B and 31 CFR 901.6, Commerce entities will not extend financial assistance in the form of a loan, loan guarantee, or loan insurance to any person delinquent on a debt owed to a Federal agency. Commerce Department may issue standards under which Commerce Department may determine that persons controlled by or controlling such delinquent debtors are similarly ineligible in accordance with 31 CFR 285.13(c)(2). This prohibition does not apply to disaster loans. Commerce entities may extend credit after the delinquency has been resolved. See 31 CFR 285.13. Waivers of ineligibility may be granted by the Secretary or designee on a person by person basis in accordance with 31 CFR 285.13(g). However, such authority may not be delegated below the Deputy Chief Financial Officer.

    (b) A debtor who has a judgment lien against the debtor's property for a debt to the United States is not eligible to receive grants, loans or funds directly or indirectly from the United States until the judgment is paid in full or otherwise satisfied. This prohibition does not apply to funds to which the debtor is entitled as beneficiary. Commerce Department may promulgate regulations to allow for waivers of this ineligibility. See 28 U.S.C. 3201(e).

    (c) Suspension or revocation of eligibility for licenses, permits, or privileges. Unless prohibited by law, Commerce entities with the authority to do so under the circumstances should deny, suspend or revoke licenses, permits, or other privileges for any inexcusable or willful failure of a debtor to pay a debt. The Commerce entity responsible for distributing the licenses, permits, or other privileges will establish policies and procedures governing suspension and revocation for delinquent debtors. If applicable, Commerce entities will advise the debtor in the notice required by § 19.4 of this part of the Commerce entities' ability to deny, suspend or revoke licenses, permits or privileges. See § 19.4(a)(16) of this part.

    (d) To the extent that a person delinquent on a Commerce debt is not otherwise barred under § 19.17(a) and § 19.17 (c) of this part from becoming or remaining a recipient of a Commerce Department grant or cooperative agreement, it is Commerce Department policy that no award of Federal funds shall be made to a Commerce Department grant or cooperative agreement applicant who has an outstanding delinquent Commerce debt until:

    (1) The delinquent Commerce debt is paid in full,

    (2) A negotiated repayment schedule acceptable to Commerce Department is established and at least one payment is received, or

    (3) Other arrangements satisfactory to Commerce Department are made.

    § 19.18 How does a debtor request a special review based on a change in circumstances such as catastrophic illness, divorce, death, or disability?

    (a) Material change in circumstances. A debtor who owes a Commerce debt may, at any time, request a special review by the applicable Commerce entity of the amount of any offset, administrative wage garnishment, or voluntary payment, based on materially changed circumstances beyond the control of the debtor such as, but not limited to, catastrophic illness, divorce, death, or disability.

    (b) Inability to pay. For purposes of this section, in determining whether an involuntary or voluntary payment would prevent the debtor from meeting essential subsistence expenses (e.g., costs incurred for food, housing, clothing, transportation, and medical care), the debtor shall submit a detailed statement and supporting documents for the debtor, his or her spouse, and dependents, indicating:

    (1) Income from all sources;

    (2) Assets;

    (3) Liabilities;

    (4) Number of dependents;

    (5) Expenses for food, housing, clothing, and transportation;

    (6) Medical expenses;

    (7) Exceptional expenses, if any; and

    (8) Any additional materials and information that the Commerce entity may request relating to ability or inability to pay the amount(s) currently required.

    (c) Alternative payment arrangement. If the debtor requests a special review under this section, the debtor shall submit an alternative proposed payment schedule and a statement to the Commerce entity collecting the Commerce debt, with supporting documents, showing why the current offset, garnishment or repayment schedule imposes an extreme financial hardship on the debtor. The Commerce entity will evaluate the statement and documentation and determine whether the current offset, garnishment, or repayment schedule imposes extreme financial hardship on the debtor. The Commerce entity shall notify the debtor in writing of such determination, including, if appropriate, a revised offset, garnishment, or payment schedule. If the special review results in a revised offset, garnishment, or repayment schedule, the Commerce entity will notify the appropriate Federal agency or other persons about the new terms.

    § 19.19 Will Commerce entities issue a refund if money is erroneously collected on a Commerce debt?

    Commerce entities shall promptly refund to a debtor any amount collected on a Commerce debt when the Commerce debt is waived or otherwise found not to be owed to the United States, or as otherwise required by law. Refunds under this part shall not bear interest unless required by law.

    Subpart C—Procedures for Offset of Commerce Department Payments To Collect Debts Owed to Other Federal Agencies
    § 19.20 How do other Federal agencies use the offset process to collect debts from payments issued by a Commerce entity?

    (a) Offset of Commerce entity payments to collect debts owed to other Federal agencies. (1) In most cases, Federal agencies submit debts to the Treasury Offset Program to collect delinquent debts from payments issued by Commerce entities and other Federal agencies, a process known as “centralized offset.” When centralized offset is not available or appropriate, any Federal agency may ask a Commerce entity (when acting as a “payment agency”) to collect a debt owed to such agency by offsetting funds payable to a debtor by the Commerce entity, including salary payments issued to Commerce entity employees. This section and § 19.21 of this subpart C apply when a Federal agency asks a Commerce entity to offset a payment issued by the Commerce entity to a person who owes a debt to the United States.

    (2) This subpart C does not apply to Commerce debts. See §§ 19.10 through 19.12 of this part for offset procedures applicable to Commerce debts.

    (3) This subpart C does not apply to the collection of non-Commerce debts through tax refund offset. See 31 CFR 285.2 for tax refund offset procedures.

    (b) Administrative offset (including salary offset); certification. A Commerce entity will initiate a requested offset only upon receipt of written certification from the creditor agency that the debtor owes the past-due, legally enforceable debt in the amount stated, and that the creditor agency has fully complied with all applicable due process and other requirements contained in 31 U.S.C. 3716, 5 U.S.C. 5514, and the creditor agency's regulations, as applicable. Offsets will continue until the debt is paid in full or otherwise resolved to the satisfaction of the creditor agency.

    (c) Where a creditor agency makes requests for offset. Requests for offset under this section shall be sent to the Department of Commerce, ATTN: Deputy Chief Financial Officer, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room D200, Washington, DC 20230. The Deputy Chief Financial Officer will forward the request to the appropriate Commerce entity for processing in accordance with this subpart C.

    (d) Incomplete certification. A Commerce entity will return an incomplete debt certification to the creditor agency with notice that the creditor agency must comply with paragraph (b) of this section before action will be taken to collect a debt from a payment issued by a Commerce entity.

    (e) Review. A Commerce entity is not authorized to review the merits of the creditor agency's determination with respect to the amount or validity of the debt certified by the creditor agency.

    (f) When Commerce entities will not comply with offset request. A Commerce entity will comply with the offset request of another agency unless the Commerce entity determines that the offset would not be in the best interests of the United States, or would otherwise be contrary to law.

    (g) Multiple debts. When two or more creditor agencies are seeking offsets from payments made to the same person, or when two or more debts are owed to a single creditor agency, the Commerce entity that has been asked to offset the payments may determine the order in which the debts will be collected or whether one or more debts should be collected by offset simultaneously.

    (h) Priority of debts owed to Commerce entity. For purposes of this section, debts owed to a Commerce entity generally take precedence over debts owed to other agencies. The Commerce entity that has been asked to offset the payments may determine whether to pay debts owed to other agencies before paying a debt owed to a Commerce entity. The Commerce entity that has been asked to offset the payments will determine the order in which the debts will be collected based on the best interests of the United States.

    § 19.21 What does a Commerce entity do upon receipt of a request to offset the salary of a Commerce entity employee to collect a debt owed by the employee to another Federal agency?

    (a) Notice to the Commerce employee. When a Commerce entity receives proper certification of a debt owed by one of its employees, the Commerce entity will begin deductions from the employee's pay at the next officially established pay interval. The Commerce entity will send a written notice to the employee indicating that a certified debt claim has been received from the creditor agency, the amount of the debt claimed to be owed by the creditor agency, the date deductions from salary will begin, and the amount of such deductions.

    (b) Amount of deductions from Commerce employee's salary. The amount deducted under § 19.20(b) of this part will be the lesser of the amount of the debt certified by the creditor agency or an amount up to 15 percent of the debtor's disposable pay. Deductions shall continue until the Commerce entity knows that the debt is paid in full or until otherwise instructed by the creditor agency. Alternatively, the amount offset may be an amount agreed upon, in writing, by the debtor and the creditor agency. See § 19.12(g) (salary offset process).

    (c) When the debtor is no longer employed by the Commerce entity—(1) Offset of final and subsequent payments. If a Commerce entity employee retires or resigns or if his or her employment ends before collection of the debt is complete, the Commerce entity will continue to offset, under 31 U.S.C. 3716, up to 100 percent of an employee's subsequent payments until the debt is paid or otherwise resolved. Such payments include a debtor's final salary payment, lump-sum leave payment, and other payments payable to the debtor by the Commerce entity. See 31 U.S.C. 3716 and 5 CFR 550.1104(l) and 550.1104(m).

    (2) Notice to the creditor agency. If the employee is separated from the Commerce entity before the debt is paid in full, the Commerce entity will certify to the creditor agency the total amount of its collection. If the Commerce entity is aware that the employee is entitled to payments from the Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund, Federal Employee Retirement System, or other similar payments, the Commerce entity will provide written notice to the agency making such payments that the debtor owes a debt (including the amount) and that the provisions of 5 CFR 550.1109 have been fully complied with. The creditor agency is responsible for submitting a certified claim to the agency responsible for making such payments before collection may begin. Generally, creditor agencies will collect such monies through the Treasury Offset Program as described in § 19.9(c) of this part.

    (3) Notice to the debtor. The Commerce entity will provide to the debtor a copy of any notices sent to the creditor agency under paragraph (c)(2) of this section.

    (d) When the debtor transfers to another Federal agency—(1) Notice to the creditor agency. If the debtor transfers to another Federal agency before the debt is paid in full, the Commerce entity will notify the creditor agency and will certify the total amount of its collection on the debt. The Commerce entity will provide a copy of the certification to the creditor agency. The creditor agency is responsible for submitting a certified claim to the debtor's new employing agency before collection may begin.

    (2) Notice to the debtor. The Commerce entity will provide to the debtor a copy of any notices and certifications sent to the creditor agency under paragraph (d)(1) of this section.

    (e) Request for hearing official. A Commerce entity will provide a hearing official upon the creditor agency's request with respect to a Commerce entity employee. See 5 CFR 550.1107(a).

    [FR Doc. 2016-05341 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DP-P
    COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION 17 CFR Part 1 General Regulations Under the Commodity Exchange Act CFR Correction

    In Title 17 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 1 to 40, revised as of April 1, 2015, on page 12, in § 1.3, remove the second paragraph (aa)(3)(ii).

    [FR Doc. 2016-05576 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1505-01-D
    COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION 17 CFR Part 3 Registration CFR Correction

    In Title 17 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 1 to 40, revised as of April 1, 2015, on page 205, in § 3.45, revise paragraph (b) to read as follows:

    § 3.45 Restrictions upon activities.

    (b) An applicant for registration as an introducing broker who has received a temporary license may be guaranteed by a futures commission merchant or retail foreign exchange dealer other than the futures commission merchant or retail foreign exchange dealer which provided the initial guarantee agreement described in § 3.44(a)(1) of this subpart: Provided, That, at least 10 days prior to the effective date of the termination of the existing guarantee agreement in accordance with the provisions of § 1.10 (j)(5) of this chapter, or such other period of time as the National Futures Association may allow for good cause shown, the applicant files with the National Futures Association—

    (1) Written notice of such termination and

    (2) A new guarantee agreement with another futures commission merchant or retail foreign exchange dealer effective the day following the last effective date of the existing guarantee agreement.

    [FR Doc. 2016-05580 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1505-01-D
    COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION 17 CFR Part 3 Registration CFR Correction

    In Title 17 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 1 to 40, revised as of April 1, 2015, on page 188-189, in § 3.10, revise paragraph (b) to read as follows:

    § 3.10 Registration of futures commission merchants, retail foreign exchange dealers, introducing brokers, commodity trading advisors, commodity pool operators, swap dealers, major swap participants and leverage transaction merchants.

    (b) Duration of registration. (1) A person registered as a futures commission merchant, retail foreign exchange dealer, introducing broker, commodity trading advisor, commodity pool operator or leverage transaction merchant in accordance with paragraph (a) of this section will continue to be so registered until the effective date of any revocation or withdrawal of such registration. Such person will be prohibited from engaging in activities requiring registration under the Act or from representing himself to be a registrant under the Act or the representative or agent of any registrant during the pendency of any suspension of such registration.

    (2) A person registered as an introducing broker who was a party to a guarantee agreement with a futures commission merchant or retail foreign exchange dealer in accordance with § 1.10(j) of this chapter will have its registration cease thirty days after the termination of such guarantee agreement unless the procedures set forth in § 1.10(j)(8) of this chapter are followed.

    [FR Doc. 2016-05577 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1505-01-D
    SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 17 CFR Part 200 Organization; Conduct and Ethics; and Information and Requests CFR Correction

    In Title 17 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 200 to 239, revised as of April 1, 2015, on page 19, in § 200.24, remove the words “Associate Executive Director of the Office of the Comptroller” and add in their place the words “Chief Financial Officer”.

    [FR Doc. 2016-05581 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1505-01-D
    SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION 17 CFR Part 240 [Release No. 34-77104; File No. S7-06-15] RIN 3235-AL73 Security-Based Swap Transactions Connected With a Non-U.S. Person's Dealing Activity That Are Arranged, Negotiated, or Executed by Personnel Located in a U.S. Branch or Office or in a U.S. Branch or Office of an Agent; Security-Based Swap Dealer De Minimis Exception Correction

    In rule document 2016-03178, appearing on pages 8598-8637, in the issue of Friday, February 19, 2016, make the following corrections:

    1. On page 8604, at the bottom of the page, footnotes 55, 56, 57, 58, and 59 were inadvertently duplicated and these duplicate set of footnotes should not have appeared in the published document.

    2. On page 8605, in the second column, the heading titled “e. Current Estimates of Number of Security-Based Wwap Dealers” should read “e. Current Estimates of Number of Security-Based Swap Dealers”.

    3. On page 8606, at the bottom page, footnote 75 was inadvertently duplicated and this duplicate footnote should not have appeared in the published document.

    4. On page 8606, at the bottom of the page, footnote 77 was inadvertently omitted and it should have appeared as follows:

    77 Commission staff analysis of TIW transaction records indicates that approximately 99 percent of single-name CDS price-forming transactions in 2014 involved an ISDA-recognized dealer.”

    5. On page 8611, at the bottom of the page, in the first column, footnote 107, should read:

    107See Section II.A.3, supra, for an analysis of the proportion of the security-based swap market that constitutes interdealer transactions. For the purposes of this analysis we classify any security-based swap transaction between two ISDA-recognized dealers as interdealer activity.”

    [FR Doc. C1-2016-03178 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1505-01-D
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 110 [Docket Number USCG-2012-0806] RIN 1625-AA01 Anchorage Regulations; Connecticut River, Old Saybrook, CT AGENCY:

    Coast Guard, DHS.

    ACTION:

    Final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    The Coast Guard is establishing three special anchorage areas in the Connecticut River in the vicinity Old Saybrook, CT. This action is necessary to facilitate safe navigation in that area and provide safe and secure anchorages for vessels less than 20 meters in length. This action is intended to increase the safety of life and property in the Connecticut River in the vicinity of Old Saybrook, improve the safety of anchored vessels, and provide for the overall safe and efficient flow of vessel traffic and commerce.

    DATES:

    This rule is effective April 11, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov, type USCG-2012-0806 in the “SEARCH” box and click “SEARCH.” Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this rule.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    If you have questions on this rule, call or email Mr. Craig Lapiejko, Waterways Management at Coast Guard First District, telephone 617-223-8351, email [email protected] or Chief Petty Officer Ian Fallon, Waterways Management Division at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, telephone 203-468-4565, email [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Table of Abbreviations CFR Code of Federal Regulations DHS Department of Homeland Security FR Federal Register NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking § Section U.S.C. United States Code II. Background Information and Regulatory History

    On February 28, 2012, the Old Saybrook Harbor Management Commission sent a request to the Coast Guard to permanently establish new special anchorages on the Connecticut River. In response, on November 25, 2015, the Coast Guard published a NPRM titled, Anchorage Regulations; Connecticut River, Old Saybrook, CT (80 FR 73689). There we stated why we issued the NPRM, and invited comments on our proposed regulatory action related to these anchorage areas. During the comment period that ended December 28, 2015, we received no comments.

    III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule

    The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority in 33 U.S.C. 471, 1221 through 1236, 2071; 33 CFR 1.05-1; and Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1. The purpose of this rule is reduce the risk of vessel collisions and to promote safe and efficient travel in the navigable channels of the Connecticut River adjacent to Calves Island, and also to aid the town of Old Saybrook in enforcing its mooring and boating regulations by clearly defining the mooring fields currently established by the town.

    IV. Discussion of Comments, Changes, and the Rule

    As noted above, we received no comments on our NPRM published November 25, 2015. There are no changes in the regulatory text of this rule from the proposed rule in the NPRM.

    This rule establishes three new special anchorage areas, referred to as special anchorage areas A, B, and C in the Connecticut River in the vicinity of the Old Saybrook, CT. Special anchorage area A is approximately 680,800 sq. yards and is located between Ferry Point and Calves Island, upstream of the I-95/US RT 1 Baldwin Bridge. Special anchorage area B is approximately 51,200 sq. yards and located just east of North Cove. Special anchorage area C is approximately 185,400 sq. yards located in North Cove west of the navigable channel. Illustrations showing the locations of these special anchorage areas are available in the docket.

    Vessels less than 20 meters in length are not required to sound signals under Rule 35 of the Inland Navigation Rules (33 CFR 83.35) nor exhibit anchor lights or shapes under Rule 30 of the Inland Navigation Rules (33 CFR 83.30) when at anchor in a special anchorage area. Additionally, mariners using these anchorage areas are encouraged to contact local and state authorities, such as the local harbormaster, to ensure compliance with any additional applicable state and local laws. Such laws may involve, for example, compliance with direction from the local harbormaster when placing or using moorings within the anchorage.

    V. Regulatory Analyses

    We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and Executive orders related to rulemaking. Below we summarize our analyses based on a number of these statutes and Executive orders, and we discuss First Amendment rights of protestors.

    A. Regulatory Planning and Review

    Executive orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess the costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits. Executive order 13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility. This rule has not been designated a “significant regulatory action,” under Executive order 12866. Accordingly, it has not been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget.

    We expect minimal additional cost impacts on fishing, or recreational boats anchoring because this rule would not affect normal surface navigation. Although this regulation may have some impact on the public, the potential impact will be minimized for the following reasons: (1) Normal surface navigation will not be affected, as these three areas in the Connecticut River in the vicinity of the eastern portion of Old Saybrook have been historically used as a mooring field by the town of Old Saybrook; (2) this rule would simply permit eligible vessels, in the existing mooring areas, to not use sound signals or exhibit anchor lights or shapes when at anchor; (3) it encourages the use of these special anchorage areas; and (4) the number of vessels using these special anchorage areas is limited due to water depth (less than or equal to 18 feet).

    B. Impact on Small Entities

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, 5 U.S.C. 601-612, as amended, requires Federal agencies to consider the potential impact of regulations on small entities during rulemaking. The term “small entities” comprises small businesses, not-for-profit organizations that are independently owned and operated and are not dominant in their fields, and governmental jurisdictions with populations of less than 50,000. The Coast Guard received no comments from the Small Business Administration on this rulemaking. The Coast Guard certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

    While some owners or operators of vessels intending to transit the Connecticut River in Old Saybrook, CT may be small entities, for the reasons stated above in section V.A, this rule would not have a significant economic impact on any vessel owner or operator.

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

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

    C. Collection of Information

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

    D. Federalism and Indian Tribal Governments

    A rule has implications for federalism under Executive order 13132, Federalism, if it has a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government. We have analyzed this rule under that Order and have determined that it is consistent with the fundamental federalism principles and preemption requirements described in Executive order 13132.

    Also, this rule does not have tribal implications under Executive order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments, because it does not have a substantial direct effect on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal Government and Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal Government and Indian tribes. If you believe this rule has implications for federalism or Indian tribes, please contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section above.

    E. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

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

    F. Environment

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

    List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 110

    Anchorage grounds.

    For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Coast Guard amends 33 CFR part 110 as follows:

    PART 110—ANCHORAGE REGULATIONS 1. The authority citation for part 110 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    33 U.S.C. 471; 1221 through 1236, 2071; 33 CFR 1.05-1; Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1.

    2. Add § 110.55b to subpart A to read as follows:
    § 110.55b Connecticut River, Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

    (a) Special anchorage area A. All of the waters enclosed by a line beginning at latitude 41°19′54.75″ N., longitude 072°21′08.40″ W.; thence to latitude 41°19′21.50″ N., longitude 072°20′49.65″ W.; thence to latitude 41°19′17.80″ N., longitude 072°20′49.25″ W.; thence to latitude 41°19′17.05″ N., longitude 72°20′59″ W.; thence to latitude 41°19′25.40″ N., longitude 72°21′00.95″ W.; thence to latitude 41°19′29.50″ N., longitude 72°21′17.60″ W.; thence to latitude 41°19′35.40″ N., longitude 72°21′22.90″ W.; thence to latitude 41°19′52.35″ N., longitude 72°21′26.10″ W.; thence to the point of beginning.

    (b) Special anchorage area B. All of the waters enclosed by a line beginning at latitude 41°17′26″ N., longitude 072°21′04″ W.; thence to latitude 41°17′24.60″ N., longitude 072°21′16″ W.; thence to latitude 41°17′20″ N., longitude 072°21′09″ W.; thence to latitude 41°17′16″ N., longitude 072°21′05″ W.; thence to latitude 41°17′16″ N., longitude 072°21′03″ W.; thence to latitude 41°17′21.5″ N., longitude 072°21′04.5″ W.; thence to the point of beginning.

    (c) Special anchorage area C. All of the waters enclosed by a line beginning at latitude 41°17′27″ N., longitude 072°21′35″ W.; thence to latitude 41°17′24″ N., longitude 072°22′01″ W.; thence to latitude 41°17′16″ N., longitude 072°22′00″ W.; thence to latitude 41°17′19″ N., longitude 072°21′33″ W.; thence to the point of beginning.

    Note to § 110.55b:

    All coordinates referenced use datum NAD 83. All anchoring in the areas is under the supervision of the town of Old Saybrook Harbor Master or other such authority as may be designated by the authorities of the town of Old Saybrook, Connecticut. Mariners using these special anchorage areas are encouraged to contact local and state authorities, such as the local harbormaster, to ensure compliance with any additional applicable state and local laws. This area is principally for use by recreational craft. Temporary floats or buoys for marking anchors or moorings in place are allowed in this area. Fixed mooring piles or stakes are not allowed. All moorings or anchors shall be placed well within the anchorage areas so that no portion of the hull or rigging will at any time extend outside of the anchorage.

    Dated: February 26, 2016. L.L. Fagan, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, First Coast Guard District.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05561 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110-04-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG-2016-0126] Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Barnegat Bay, Seaside Heights, NJ AGENCY:

    Coast Guard, DHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice of deviation from drawbridge regulation.

    SUMMARY:

    The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the S37 Bridge across the Barnegat Bay, mile 14.1, New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway, at Seaside Heights, NJ. This deviation is necessary to perform bridge maintenance and repairs. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position.

    DATES:

    This deviation is effective from 8 p.m. on March 31, 2016 to 8 p.m. on April 17, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    The docket for this deviation, [USCG-2016-0126] is available at http://www.regulations.gov. Type the docket number in the “SEARCH” box and click “SEARCH”. Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this deviation.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    If you have questions on this temporary deviation, call or email Mr. Hal R. Pitts, Bridge Administration Branch Fifth District, Coast Guard, telephone 757-398-6222, email [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The New Jersey Department of Transportation, that owns and operates the S37 Bridge, has requested a temporary deviation from the current operating regulations to continue performing a maintenance and repair project on the bridge that commenced at 8 a.m. on December 1, 2015 and was scheduled to cease at 8 p.m. on March 31, 2016. The bridge is a bascule draw bridge and has a vertical clearance in the closed position of 30 feet above mean high water.

    The current operating schedule as set out in 33 CFR 117.733(c) allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to- navigation position from 8 a.m. December 1, 2015 until 8 p.m. March 31, 2016. Under this temporary deviation, the bridge will continue to remain in the closed-to-navigation position from 8 p.m. on March 31, 2016 to 8 p.m. on April 17, 2016.

    The Barnegat Bay on the New Jersey Intracoastal Waterway is used by a variety of vessels including small government and public vessels, small commercial vessels, and recreational vessels. The Coast Guard has carefully considered the nature and volume of vessel traffic on the waterway in publishing this temporary deviation.

    Vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so at any time. The bridge will not be able to open for emergencies and there is no immediate alternate route for vessels to pass. The Coast Guard will also inform the users of the waterways through our Local and Broadcast Notices to Mariners of the change in operating schedule for the bridge so that vessel operators can arrange their transit to minimize any impact caused by the temporary deviation.

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

    Dated: March 8, 2016. Hal R. Pitts, Bridge Program Manager, Fifth Coast Guard District.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05549 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110-04-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG-2016-0181] Drawbridge Operation Regulation; North Landing River, Chesapeake, VA AGENCY:

    Coast Guard, DHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice of deviation from drawbridge regulation.

    SUMMARY:

    The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the S165 (North Landing Road) Bridge across the North Landing River, mile 20.2, at Chesapeake, VA. This deviation is necessary to perform emergency bridge repairs. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position.

    DATES:

    This deviation is effective without actual notice from March 11, 2016 through 6 p.m. on June 30, 2016. For the purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from March 8, 2016 at 8:45 a.m., until March 11, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    The docket for this deviation, [USCG-2016-0181] is available at http://www.regulations.gov. Type the docket number in the “SEARCH” box and click “SEARCH”. Click on Open Docket Folder on the line associated with this deviation.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    If you have questions on this temporary deviation, call or email Mr. Hal R. Pitts, Bridge Administration Branch Fifth District, Coast Guard, telephone 757-398-6222, email [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The United States Army Corps of Engineers, Norfolk District Office, that owns and operates the S165 (North Landing Road) Bridge, has requested a temporary deviation from the current operating regulations to perform emergency repairs to the south swing span of the bridge due to damage sustained as a result of a vessel allision with the bridge. The bridge is a double swing draw bridge and has a vertical clearance in the closed position of 6 feet above mean high water.

    The current operating schedule is set out in 33 CFR 117.1021. Under this temporary deviation, the north span of the bridge will open-to-navigation on the hour and half hour, upon request, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on demand from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. The North and South spans of the bridge will open to navigation concurrently, with the south span only opening partially due to damage, upon request, for scheduled openings at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. The horizontal clearance of the bridge with the south span closed-to-navigation is 38 feet and the horizontal clearance of the bridge with the south span partially open-to-navigation is 70 feet.

    The North Landing River is used by a variety of vessels including small U. S. government and public vessels, small commercial vessels, tug and barge, and recreational vessels. The Coast Guard has carefully considered the nature and volume of vessel traffic on the waterway in publishing this temporary deviation.

    During the closure times there will be limited opportunity for vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position to do so. Vessels able to safely pass through the bridge in the closed position may do so, after receiving confirmation from the bridge tender that it is safe to transit through the bridge. The north span of the bridge will be able to open for emergencies. The Coast Guard will also inform the users of the waterways through our Local and Broadcast Notices to Mariners of the change in operating schedule for the bridge so that vessel operators can arrange their transit to minimize any impact caused by the temporary deviation.

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

    Dated: March 8, 2016. Hal R. Pitts, Bridge Program Manager, Fifth Coast Guard District.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05540 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110-04-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 49 [EPA-R10-OAR-2015-0847; FRL-9943-54-Region 10] Announcement of the Delegation of Partial Administrative Authority for Implementation of Federal Implementation Plan for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Delegation of authority; technical amendment.

    SUMMARY:

    This action announces that on October 26, 2015, EPA Region 10 and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, entered into a Partial Delegation of Administrative Authority agreement to carry out certain day-to-day activities associated with implementation of the Federal Implementation Plan for the Colville Reservation (Colville FIP). A note of this partial delegation is being added to the Colville FIP in the Code of Federal Regulations.

    DATES:

    This rule is effective March 11, 2016.

    The partial delegation of administrative authority was effective October 26, 2015.

    ADDRESSES:

    The EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID No. EPA-R10-OAR-2015-0847. The delegation agreement and other docket materials are available electronically at the EPA's electronic public docket and comment system, found at http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy from Andra Bosneag, Office of Air, Waste and Toxics, AWT-150, EPA Region 10, Suite 900, 1200 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101, or via email at [email protected]. Additional information may also be obtained from the Colville Tribe by contacting Kris Ray, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, P.O. Box 150, Nespelem, WA 99155 or via email at [email protected].

    All documents in the electronic docket are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, i.e., CBI or other information the disclosure of which 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 http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy during normal business hours at the Office of Air, Waste and Toxics, EPA Region 10, 1200 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Andra Bosneag at (206) 553-1226, [email protected], or the EPA Region 10 address.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The purpose of this action is to announce that on October 26, 2015, EPA Region 10, delegated partial administrative authority for implementation of certain provisions of the Colville FIP to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. See 40 CFR part 49, subpart M, sections 9951 through 9960, as authorized by 40 CFR 49.122 of the Federal Air Rules for Reservations (FARR), 40 CFR part 49, subpart C.

    I. Authority To Delegate

    Federal regulations at 40 CFR 49.122 provide the EPA authority to delegate to Indian Tribes partial administrative authority to implement provisions of the FARR, 40 CFR part 49, subpart C. Tribes must submit a request to the Regional Administrator that meets the requirements of 40 CFR 49.122.

    II. Request for Delegation

    On May 21, 2014, Chaitna Sinha of the Office of the Reservation Attorney of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation submitted to the Regional Administrator a request for delegation of certain provision of the Colville FIP. That request included all the information and demonstrations required by the FARR for delegation. A copy of all documentation is on file at the EPA Region 10, Seattle, Washington office (see addresses above).

    The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation requested delegation for the following provisions: 40 CFR 49.9960(b) Rule for limiting visible emissions, 40 CFR 49.9960(i) General rule for open burning, and 40 CFR 49.9960(k) Rule for air pollution episodes.

    III. EPA Response to the Request for Delegation

    The EPA and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation signed a delegation agreement that specifies the provisions and authorities delegated. The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation are delegated the following provisions; 40 CFR 49.9960(b) Rule for limiting visible emissions, 40 CFR 49.9960(i) General rule for open burning, and 40 CFR 49.9960(k) Rule for air pollution episodes. In addition, the agreement delegates to the Tribe authority to investigate complaints and assist the EPA in inspections. The agreement also includes terms and conditions applicable to the delegation. A copy of the agreement is kept at EPA Region 10 at the address above.

    Prior to entering into the Delegation Agreement, the EPA solicited by letter, advice and insight on the proposed delegation from Okanogan County, Ferry County, City of Okanogan, Town of Nespelem, Town of Coulee Dam, Electric City, City of Omak, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, Bureau of Land Management, and the United States Forest Service. One comment supporting delegation was received.

    Section 553 of the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), provides that, when an agency for good cause finds that notice and public procedure are impracticable, unnecessary or contrary to the public interest, the agency may issue a rule without providing notice and an opportunity for public comment. The EPA has determined that there is good cause for making today's rule final without prior proposal and opportunity for comment because the EPA is merely informing the public of partial delegation of administrative authority to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and making a technical amendment to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) by adding a note announcing the partial delegation. Thus, notice and public procedure are unnecessary. The EPA finds that this constitutes good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B).

    Moreover, since today's action does not create any new regulatory requirements, the EPA finds that good cause exists to provide for an immediate effective date pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3).

    IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

    Under Executive Orders 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993) and 13563 (76 FR 3821, January 21, 2011), this action is not a “significant regulatory action” and therefore is not subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget. For this reason, this action is also not subject to Executive Order 13211, “Actions Concerning Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use” (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001). This action merely makes a technical amendment and gives notice of a partial delegation of administrative authority. Accordingly, the Administrator certifies that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). This rule 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).

    Executive Order 13175, entitled “Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments” (65 FR 67249, November 6, 2000), requires the EPA to develop an accountable process to ensure “meaningful and timely input by tribal officials in the development of regulatory policies that have tribal implications.” “Policies that have tribal implications” is defined in the Executive Order to include regulations that have “substantial direct effects on one or more Indian tribes, on the relationship between the Federal government and the Indian tribes, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities between the Federal government and Indian tribes.” Under section 5(b) of Executive Order 13175, the EPA may not issue a regulation that has tribal implications, that imposes substantial direct compliance costs, and that is not required by statute, unless the Federal government provides the funds necessary to pay the direct compliance costs incurred by tribal governments, or the EPA consults with tribal officials early in the process of developing the proposed regulation. Under section 5(c) of Executive Order 13175, the EPA may not issue a regulation that has tribal implications and that preempts tribal law, unless the Agency consults with tribal officials early in the process of developing the regulation. The EPA has concluded that this rule may have tribal implications. The EPA's action fulfills a requirement to publish a notice announcing partial delegation of administrative authority to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and noting the partial delegation in the CFR. However, it will neither impose substantial direct compliance costs on tribal governments, nor preempt tribal law. Thus, the requirements of sections 5(b) and 5(c) of the Executive Order do not apply to this rule.

    This action also does not have Federalism implications because it does not have substantial direct effects 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, as specified in Executive Order 13132 (64 FR 43255, August 10, 1999). This technical amendment merely notes that partial delegation of administrative authority to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation is in effect. This rule also is not subject to Executive Order 13045, “Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks” (62 FR 19885, April 23, 1997), because it is not economically significant.

    This action does not involve technical standards; thus, the requirements of section 12(d) of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (15 U.S.C. 272 note) do not apply. This rule does not impose an information collection burden under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).

    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. The EPA will submit a report containing this rule 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 10, 2016. Filing a petition for reconsideration by the Administrator of this final rule does not affect the finality of this rule 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 49

    Environmental protection, Administrative practice and procedure, Air pollution control, Indians, Intergovernmental relations, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    Dated: February 29, 2016. Dennis J. McLerran, Regional Administrator, Region 10.

    Chapter I, title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations is amended as follows:

    PART 49—INDIAN COUNTRY; AIR QUALITY PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT 1. The authority citation for part 49 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.

    Subpart M—Implementation Plans for Tribes—Region X 2. Section 49.9960 is amended by adding a note to the end of the section to read as follows:
    § 49.9960 Federally-promulgated regulations and Federal implementation plans. Note to § 49.9960:

    The EPA entered into a Partial Delegation of Administrative Authority with the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation on October 26, 2015 for the rules listed in paragraphs (b), (i), and (k) of this section.

    [FR Doc. 2016-05556 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 101206604-1758-02] RIN 0648-XE406 Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic; 2016 Commercial Run-Around Gillnet Closure AGENCY:

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

    ACTION:

    Temporary rule; closure.

    SUMMARY:

    NMFS implements an accountability measure (AM) through this temporary rule for commercial harvest of king mackerel in the Florida west coast southern subzone of the eastern zone of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) exclusive economic zone (EEZ) using run-around gillnet gear. NMFS has determined that the commercial annual catch limit (ACL; commercial quota) for king mackerel using run-around gillnet gear in the Florida west coast southern subzone of the Gulf EEZ will be reached by March 11, 2016. Therefore, NMFS closes the Florida west coast southern subzone to commercial king mackerel fishing using run-around gillnet gear in the Gulf EEZ. This closure is necessary to protect the Gulf king mackerel resource.

    DATES:

    The closure is effective from 12:01 p.m., eastern standard time, March 11, 2016, until 6 a.m., eastern standard time, January 17, 2017.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Susan Gerhart, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, telephone: 727-824-5305, email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The fishery for coastal migratory pelagic fish (king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, and cobia) is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for the Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils and is implemented by NMFS under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 622.

    Gulf migratory group king mackerel's Florida west coast subzone of the Gulf eastern zone is divided into northern and southern subzones, each with separate commercial quotas. From November 1 through March 31, the southern subzone encompasses an area of the EEZ south of a line extending due west of the Lee and Collier County, FL, boundary on the Florida west coast, and south of a line extending due east of the Monroe and Miami-Dade County, FL, boundary on the Florida east coast, which includes the EEZ off Collier and Monroe Counties, FL. From April 1 through October 31, the southern subzone is reduced to the EEZ off Collier County, and the EEZ off Monroe County becomes part of the Atlantic migratory group area (50 CFR 622.369(a)(1)(ii)(A)(2)).

    The commercial quota for the Gulf migratory group king mackerel in the Florida west coast southern subzone is 551,448 lb (250,133 kg) for vessels using run-around gillnet gear (50 CFR 622.384(b)(1)(i)(B)(1)), for the current fishing year, July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016.

    Regulations at 50 CFR 622.8(b) and 622.388(a)(1) require NMFS to close any segment of the king mackerel commercial sector when its quota has been reached, or is projected to be reached, by filing a notification with the Office of the Federal Register. NMFS has determined that the commercial quota of 551,448 lb (250,133 kg) for Gulf group king mackerel for vessels using run-around gillnet gear in the Florida west coast southern subzone will be reached by March 11, 2016. Accordingly, commercial fishing using such gear in the Florida west coast southern subzone is closed at 12:01 p.m., eastern standard time, March 11, 2016, until 6 a.m., eastern standard time, January 17, 2017, the beginning of the next fishing season, i.e., the day after the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal holiday. Accordingly, the operator of a vessel that has been issued a Federal commercial permit to harvest Gulf migratory group king mackerel using run-around gillnet gear in the Florida west coast southern subzone must have landed ashore and bartered, traded, or sold such king mackerel prior to 12:01 p.m., eastern standard time, March 11, 2016.

    Persons aboard a vessel for which a commercial permit for king mackerel has been issued, except persons who also possess a king mackerel gillnet permit, may fish for or retain Gulf group king mackerel harvested using hook-and-line gear in the Florida west coast southern subzone unless the commercial quota for hook-and-line gear has been met and the hook-and-line segment of the commercial sector has been closed. A person aboard a vessel that has a valid charter vessel/headboat permit for coastal migratory pelagic fish may continue to retain king mackerel in or from closed zones or subzones under the bag and possession limits set forth in 50 CFR 622.382(a)(1)(ii) and (a)(2), provided the vessel is operating as a charter vessel or headboat. A charter vessel or headboat that also has a commercial king mackerel permit is considered to be operating as a charter vessel or headboat when it carries a passenger who pays a fee or when there are more than three persons aboard, including operator and crew.

    During the closure, king mackerel harvested using run-around gillnet gear in the Florida west coast southern subzone may not be purchased or sold. This prohibition does not apply to king mackerel harvested using run-around gillnet gear in the Florida west coast southern subzone that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to the closure and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.

    Classification

    The Regional Administrator, Southeast Region, NMFS, has determined this temporary rule is necessary for the conservation and management of Gulf migratory group king mackerel and is consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Act and other applicable laws.

    This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.8(b) and 622.388(a)(1) and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866.

    These measures are exempt from the procedures of the Regulatory Flexibility Act because the temporary rule is issued without opportunity for prior notice and comment.

    This action responds to the best scientific information available. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds that the need to immediately implement this action to close the segment of the fishery that uses run-around gillnet gear constitutes good cause to waive the requirements to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), because prior notice and opportunity for public comment on this temporary rule is unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Such procedures are unnecessary, because the rule implementing the commercial quota and the associated requirement for closure of the commercial harvest when the commercial quota is reached or projected to be reached has already been subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the closure. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment is contrary to the public interest, because any delay in the closure of the commercial harvest could result in the commercial quota being exceeded. There is a need to immediately implement this action to protect the king mackerel resource, because the capacity of the fishing fleet allows for rapid harvest of the quota. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment on this action would require time and would potentially result in a harvest well in excess of the established quota.

    For the aforementioned reasons, the AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in effectiveness under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3).

    Authority:

    16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: March 7, 2016. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05482 Filed 3-8-16; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 120404257-3325-02] RIN 0648-XE489 Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 2016 Commercial Accountability Measure and Closure for South Atlantic Golden Tilefish Longline Component AGENCY:

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

    ACTION:

    Temporary rule; closure.

    SUMMARY:

    NMFS implements an accountability measure for the commercial longline component for golden tilefish in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic. Commercial longline landings for golden tilefish are projected to reach the longline component's commercial annual catch limit (ACL) on March 15, 2016. Therefore, NMFS closes the commercial longline component for golden tilefish in the South Atlantic EEZ on March 15, 2016, and it will remain closed until the start of the next fishing year, January 1, 2017. This closure is necessary to protect the golden tilefish resource.

    DATES:

    This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, March 15, 2016, until 12:01 a.m., local time, January 1, 2017.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Nikhil Mehta, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, telephone: 727-824-5305, email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The snapper-grouper fishery of the South Atlantic includes golden tilefish and is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (FMP). The FMP was prepared by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and is implemented by NMFS under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 622.

    On April 23, 2013, NMFS published a final rule to implement Amendment 18B to the FMP (78 FR 23858). Amendment 18B to the FMP established a longline endorsement program for the commercial golden tilefish component of the snapper-grouper fishery and allocated the commercial golden tilefish ACL (equivalent to the commercial quota) between two gear groups, the longline and hook-and-line components as commercial quotas.

    The commercial quota for the longline component for golden tilefish in the South Atlantic is 405,971 lb (184,145 kg), gutted weight, for the current fishing year, January 1 through December 31, 2016, as specified in 50 CFR 622.190(a)(2)(iii).

    Under 50 CFR 622.193(a)(1)(ii), NMFS is required to close the commercial longline component for golden tilefish when the longline component's commercial quota has been reached, or is projected to be reached, by filing a notification to that effect with the Office of the Federal Register. After the commercial quota for the longline component is reached or projected to be reached, golden tilefish may not be fished for or possessed by a vessel with a golden tilefish longline endorsement. NMFS has determined that the commercial quota for the longline component for golden tilefish in the South Atlantic will be reached on March 15, 2016. Accordingly, the commercial longline component for South Atlantic golden tilefish is closed effective 12:01 a.m., local time, March 15, 2016, until 12:01 a.m., local time, January 1, 2017.

    During the commercial longline closure, golden tilefish may still be harvested commercially using hook-and-line gear. However, a vessel with a golden tilefish longline endorsement is not eligible to fish for or possess golden tilefish using hook-and-line gear under the hook-and-line trip limit, as specified in 50 CFR 622.191(a)(2)(ii). The operator of a vessel with a valid commercial vessel permit for South Atlantic snapper-grouper and a valid commercial longline endorsement for golden tilefish having golden tilefish on board must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such golden tilefish prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, March 15, 2016. During the commercial longline closure, the bag limit and possession limits specified in 50 CFR 622.187(b)(2)(iii) and (c)(1), respectively, apply to all harvest or possession of golden tilefish in or from the South Atlantic EEZ by a vessel with a golden tilefish longline endorsement. The sale or purchase of longline-caught golden tilefish taken from the EEZ is prohibited during the commercial longline closure. The prohibition on sale or purchase does not apply to the sale or purchase of longline-caught golden tilefish that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, March 15, 2016, and were held in cold storage by a dealer or processor. Additionally, the bag and possession limits and the sale and purchase provisions of the commercial closure apply to a person on board a vessel with a golden tilefish longline endorsement, regardless of whether the golden tilefish are harvested in state or Federal waters, as specified in 50 CFR 622.190(c)(1).

    Classification

    The Regional Administrator, Southeast Region, NMFS, has determined this temporary rule is necessary for the conservation and management of South Atlantic golden tilefish and is consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Act and other applicable laws.

    This action is taken under 50 CFR 622.193(a)(1)(ii) and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866.

    These measures are exempt from the procedures of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, because the temporary rule is issued without opportunity for prior notice and comment.

    This action responds to the best scientific information available. The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), finds that the need to immediately implement this action to close the commercial longline component for golden tilefish constitutes good cause to waive the requirements to provide prior notice and opportunity for public comment pursuant to the authority set forth in 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), as such procedures for this temporary rule would be unnecessary and contrary to the public interest. Such procedures are unnecessary, because the regulations at 50 CFR 622.193(a)(1)(ii) have already been subject to notice and comment, and all that remains is to notify the public of the closure. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment on this action are contrary to the public interest, because there is a need to immediately implement this action to protect the golden tilefish resource since the capacity of the fishing fleet allows for rapid harvest of the commercial quota for the longline component. Prior notice and opportunity for public comment would require time and would potentially result in a harvest well in excess of the established commercial quota for the longline component.

    For the aforementioned reasons, the AA also finds good cause to waive the 30-day delay in the effectiveness of this action under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3).

    Authority:

    16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: March 8, 2016. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05552 Filed 3-8-16; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 141021887-5172-02] RIN 0648-XE494 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area 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 Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season apportionment of the 2016 Pacific cod total allowable catch allocated to trawl catcher vessels in the BSAI.

    DATES:

    Effective 1200 hours, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), March 9, 2016, through 1200 hours, A.l.t., April 1, 2016.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Josh Keaton, 907-586-7228.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the BSAI exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (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.

    The A season apportionment of the 2016 Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) allocated to trawl catcher vessels in the BSAI is 36,732 metric tons (mt) as established by the final 2015 and 2016 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (80 FR 11919, March 5, 2015) and inseason adjustment (81 FR 184, January 5, 2016).

    In accordance with § 679.20(d)(1)(i), the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), has determined that the A season apportionment of the 2016 Pacific cod TAC allocated to trawl catcher vessels in the BSAI will soon be reached. Therefore, the Regional Administrator is establishing a directed fishing allowance of 36,000 mt and is setting aside the remaining 732 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 BSAI.

    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) and § 679.25(c)(1)(ii) 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 closure of directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels using trawl gear in the BSAI. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as of March 7, 2016.

    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 8, 2016. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05528 Filed 3-8-16; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 141021887-5172-02] RIN 0648-XE495 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pollock in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands AGENCY:

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

    ACTION:

    Temporary rule.

    SUMMARY:

    NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of the Aleut Corporation pollock directed fishing allowance from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the Bering Sea subarea. This action is necessary to provide opportunity for harvest of the 2016 total allowable catch of pollock, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area.

    DATES:

    Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), March 11, 2016 through 2400 hrs Alaska Local time, December 31, 2016.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Steve Whitney, 907-586-7228.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    NMFS manages the groundfish fishery in the BSAI exclusive economic zone according to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP) prepared by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (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.

    In the Aleutian Islands subarea, the portion of the 2016 pollock total allowable catch (TAC) allocated to the Aleut Corporation directed fishing allowance (DFA) is 14,700 metric tons (mt) as established by the final 2015 and 2016 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (80 FR 11919, March 5, 2015), and as adjusted by an inseason adjustment (81 FR 184, January 5, 2016).

    As of March 4, 2016, the Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, (Regional Administrator) has determined that 5,000 mt of the Aleut Corporation pollock DFA in the Aleutian Islands subarea will not be harvested. Therefore, in accordance with § 679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B)(4), NMFS reallocates 1,991 mt of A season pollock DFA and 3,009 mt of B season pollock DFA from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the 2016 Bering Sea subarea DFAs. The 5,000 mt of the Aleut Corporation pollock DFA is added to the 2016 Bering Sea non-CDQ DFAs. As a result, the 2016 harvest specifications for pollock in the Aleutian Islands subarea included in the final 2015 and 2016 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI (80 FR 11919, March 5, 2015), and as adjusted by an inseason adjustment (81 FR 184, January 5, 2016) are revised as follows: 9,700 mt to the annual Aleut Corporation pollock DFA and 9,700 mt to the A season Aleut Corporation pollock DFA. Furthermore, pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5), Table 5 of the final 2015 and 2016 harvest specifications for groundfish in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (80 FR 11919, March 5, 2015, and 81 FR 184, January 5, 2016), is revised to make 2016 pollock allocations consistent with this reallocation. This reallocation results in adjustments to the 2016 pollock allocations established at § 679.20(a)(5).

    Table 5—Final 2016 Allocations of Pollock TACS to the Directed Pollock Fisheries and to the CDQ Directed Fishing Allowances (DFA) 1 [Amounts are in metric tons] Area and sector 2016
  • allocations
  • 2016 A season 1 A season DFA SCA harvest limit 2 2016
  • B season 1
  • B season DFA
    Bering Sea subarea TAC 1 1,346,900 n/a n/a n/a CDQ DFA 135,900 54,360 38,052 81,540 ICA 1 48,240 n/a n/a n/a AFA Inshore 581,380 232,552 162,786 348,828 AFA Catcher/Processors 3 465,104 186,042 130,229 279,062 Catch by C/Ps 425,570 170,228 n/a 255,342 Catch by CVs 3 39,534 15,814 n/a 23,720 Unlisted C/P Limit 4 2,326 930 n/a 1,395 AFA Motherships 116,276 46,510 32,557 69,766 Excessive Harvesting Limit 5 203,816 n/a n/a n/a Excessive Processing Limit 6 349,398 n/a n/a n/a Total Bering Sea DFA 1,162,760 465,104 325,573 697,656 Aleutian Islands subarea ABC 32,227 n/a n/a n/a Aleutian Islands subarea TAC 1 12,100 n/a n/a n/a CDQ DFA 0 0 n/a 0 ICA 2,400 1,200 n/a 1,200 Aleut Corporation 9,700 9,700 n/a 0 Area harvest limit 7 541 9,668 n/a n/a n/a 542 4,834 n/a n/a n/a 543 1,611 n/a n/a n/a Bogoslof District ICA 8 500 n/a n/a n/a 1 Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5)(i)(A), the BS subarea pollock, after subtracting the CDQ DFA (10 percent) and the ICA (4.0 percent), is allocated as a DFA as follows: Inshore sector—50 percent, catcher/processor sector (C/P)—40 percent, and mothership sector—10 percent. In the BS subarea, 40 percent of the DFA is allocated to the A season (January 20-June 10) and 60 percent of the DFA is allocated to the B season (June 10-November 1). Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B)(2)(i) and (ii), the annual AI pollock TAC, after subtracting first for the CDQ directed fishing allowance (10 percent) and second the ICA (2,400 mt), is allocated to the Aleut Corporation for a pollock directed fishery. In the AI subarea, the A season is allocated 40 percent of the ABC and the B season is allocated the remainder of the pollock directed fishery. 2 In the BS subarea, no more than 28 percent of each sector's annual DFA may be taken from the SCA before April 1. 3 Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(4), not less than 8.5 percent of the DFA allocated to listed catcher/processors shall be available for harvest only by eligible catcher vessels delivering to listed catcher/processors. 4 Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(4)(iii), the AFA unlisted catcher/processors are limited to harvesting not more than 0.5 percent of the catcher/processors sector's allocation of pollock. 5 Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(6), NMFS establishes an excessive harvesting share limit equal to 17.5 percent of the sum of the non-CDQ pollock DFAs. 6 Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5)(i)(A)(7), NMFS establishes an excessive processing share limit equal to 30.0 percent of the sum of the non-CDQ pollock DFAs. 7 Pursuant to § 679.20(a)(5)(iii)(B)(6), NMFS establishes harvest limits for pollock in the A season in Area 541 no more than 30 percent, in Area 542 no more than 15 percent, and in Area 543 no more than 5 percent of the Aleutian Islands pollock ABC. 8 The Bogoslof District is closed by the final harvest specifications to directed fishing for pollock. The amounts specified are for ICA only and are not apportioned by season or sector. Note: Seasonal or sector apportionments may not total precisely due to rounding.
    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 reallocation of Aleutian Island subarea pollock. Since the pollock fishery is currently underway, it is important to immediately inform the industry as to the final Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands pollock allocations. Immediate notification is necessary to allow for the orderly conduct and efficient operation of this fishery; allow the industry to plan for the fishing season and avoid potential disruption to the fishing fleet as well as processors; and provide opportunity to harvest increased seasonal pollock allocations while value is optimum. NMFS was unable to publish a notice providing time for public comment because the most recent, relevant data only became available as March 4, 2016.

    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 8, 2016. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05537 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    81 48 Friday, March 11, 2016 Proposed Rules DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 9 CFR Parts 1 and 3 [Docket No. APHIS-2006-0085] RIN 0579-AB24 Animal Welfare; Marine Mammals AGENCY:

    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION:

    Proposed rule; extension of comment period.

    SUMMARY:

    We are extending the comment period for our proposed rule that would amend the Animal Welfare Act regulations concerning the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of marine mammals in captivity. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.

    DATES:

    The comment period for the proposed rule published on February 3, 2016 (81 FR 5629) is extended. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before May 4, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2006-0085.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2006-0085, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.

    Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2006-0085 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799-7039 before coming.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Dr. Barbara Kohn, Senior Staff Veterinarian, Animal Care, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 84, Riverdale, MD 20737-1234; (301) 851-3751.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    On February 3, 2016, we published in the Federal Register (81 FR 5629-5657, Docket No. APHIS-2006-0085) a proposal to amend the Animal Welfare Act regulations concerning the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of marine mammals in captivity.

    Comments on the proposed rule were required to be received on or before April 4, 2016. We are extending the comment period on Docket No. APHIS-2006-0085 for an additional 30 days. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.

    Authority:

    7 U.S.C. 2131-2159; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.7.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 7th day of March 2016. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05535 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410-34-P
    DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service 9 CFR Parts 50, 51, 71, 76, 77, 78, 86, 93, and 161 [Docket No. APHIS-2011-0044] RIN 0579-AD65 Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis; Update of General Provisions AGENCY:

    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION:

    Proposed rule; extension of comment period.

    SUMMARY:

    We are extending the comment period for our proposed rule that would consolidate the domestic regulations governing bovine tuberculosis and those governing brucellosis and revise the bovine tuberculosis- and brucellosis-related import requirements for cattle and bison to make these requirements clearer and assure that they more effectively mitigate the risk of introduction of these diseases into the United States. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.

    DATES:

    The comment period for the proposed rule published on December 16, 2015 (80 FR 78462) is extended. We will consider all comments that we receive on or before May 16, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2011-0044.

    Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2011-0044, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.

    Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2011-0044 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799-7039 before coming.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Domestic regulatory provisions: Dr. C. William Hench, Senior Staff Veterinarian, Ruminant Health Programs, VS, APHIS, 2150 Centre Avenue, Building B-3E20, Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117; (970) 4947378. Import-related regulatory provisions: Dr. Langston Hull, Director, Cattle Health Center, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851-3363.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    On December 16, 2015, we published in the Federal Register (80 FR 78462-78520, Docket No. APHIS-2011-0044) a proposal to consolidate the domestic regulations governing bovine tuberculosis and those governing brucellosis, as well as to revise the bovine tuberculosis- and brucellosis-related import requirements for cattle and bison to make these requirements clearer and assure that they more effectively mitigate the risk of introduction of these diseases into the United States.

    Comments on the proposed rule were required to be received on or before March 15, 2016. We are extending the comment period on Docket No. APHIS-2011-0044 to May 16, 2016. This action will allow interested persons additional time to prepare and submit comments.

    Authority:

    7 U.S.C. 8301-8317; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.4.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 7th day of March 2016. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05534 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410-34-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2016-0069; Directorate Identifier 2016-NE-01-AD] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Continental Motors, Inc. Reciprocating Engines AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

    SUMMARY:

    We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Continental Motors, Inc. (CMI) TSIO-550-K, TSIOF-550-K, TSIO-550-C, TSIOF-550-D, and TSIO-550-N reciprocating engines. This proposed AD was prompted by a report of an uncommanded in-flight shutdown (IFSD) resulting in injuries and significant airplane damage. This proposed AD would require replacing the oil cooler cross fitting assembly. We are proposing this AD to prevent failure of the oil cooler cross fitting and engine, IFSD and loss of the airplane.

    DATES:

    We must receive comments on this proposed AD by May 10, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

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

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

    Fax: 202-493-2251.

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

    Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    For service information identified in this AD contact Continental Motors, Inc., 2039 Broad Street, Mobile, Alabama 36615; phone: 800-326-0089; Internet: http://www.continentalmotors.aero. You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781-238-7125.

    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-2016-0069; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Office (phone: 800-647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Scott Hopper, Aerospace Engineer, Atlanta Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, GA 30337; phone: 404-474-5535; fax: 404-474-5606; email: [email protected].

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited

    We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this NPRM. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include “Docket No. FAA-2016-0069; Directorate Identifier 2016-NE-01-AD” at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this NPRM. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this NPRM 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 NPRM.

    Discussion

    A Cirrus SR-22T crashed on November 3, 2015 due to an uncommanded IFSD. The crash caused four minor personal injuries and substantial airplane damage. The root cause of the engine IFSD was the loss of engine oil through the fatigue-induced fracture of an oil cooler cross fitting nipple. This condition, if not corrected, could result in failure of the oil cooler cross fitting and engine, IFSD, and loss of the airplane.

    Relevant Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    We reviewed CMI Critical Service Bulletin (CSB) No. CSB15-2C, dated November 9, 2015 and CMI CSB No. CSB15-7A, dated November 10, 2015. The CSBs describe detailed procedures for replacing oil cooler cross fittings, nipples, and bushings with a redesigned oil cooler cross fitting. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section of this document.

    FAA's Determination

    We are proposing this NPRM because we evaluated all the relevant information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design.

    Proposed AD Requirements

    This NPRM would require accomplishing the actions specified in the service information described previously, except as discussed under “Differences Between this Proposed AD and the Service Information.”

    Differences Between This Proposed AD and the Service Information

    CMI CSB No. CSB15-7A, dated November 10, 2015 requires replacing the oil cooler cross fitting, nipple, and bushing prior to further flight. CMI CSB No. CSB15-2C, dated November 9, 2015 requires replacing the oil cooler cross fitting, nipple, and bushing within 25 hours of engine operation or at the next scheduled inspection or engine service, whichever occurs first. This proposed AD requires replacing the fitting at the next engine maintenance event not to exceed 12 months or 100 flight hours after the effective date of this AD, whichever occurs first.

    Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD affects 1,307 engines installed on airplanes of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 1 hour per engine to comply with this proposed AD. The average labor rate is $85 per hour. Parts would cost about $0 per engine. Based on these figures, we estimate the total cost of this proposed AD to U.S. operators to be $111,095. Our cost estimate is exclusive of possible warranty coverage.

    Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs, describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's authority.

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

    Regulatory Findings

    We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.

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

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

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

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

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

    List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

    The Proposed Amendment

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

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

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

    § 39.13 [Amended]
    2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): Continental Motors, Inc. (Type Certificate previously held by Teledyne Continental Motors) Reciprocating Engines: Docket No. FAA-2016-0069; Directorate Identifier 2016-NE-01-AD. (a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by May 10, 2016.

    (b) Affected ADs

    None.

    (c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Continental Motors, Inc. (CMI) TSIO-550-K, TSIOF-550-K, TSIO-550-C, TSIOF-550-D, and TSIO-550-N reciprocating engines with an engine serial number below 1012296 and an oil cooler cross fitting, part number AN918-1J, installed.

    (d) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by a report of an uncommanded in-flight shutdown (IFSD) resulting in injuries and significant airplane damage. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the oil cooler cross fitting and engine, IFSD and loss of the airplane.

    (e) Compliance

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

    (1) Within 12 months or 100 flight hours from the effective date of the AD, whichever occurs first, replace the oil cooler cross fitting, nipple, and bushing. Use the Action Required paragraphs III.1 through III.8 of CMI Critical Service Bulletin (CSB) No. CSB15-7A, dated November 10, 2015 or the Action Required paragraphs III.1 through III.8 of CMI CSB No. CSB15-2C, dated November 9, 2015, to perform the replacement.

    (2) Reserved.

    (f) Credit for Previous Actions

    You may take credit for the replacement that is required by paragraph (e) of this AD, if the replacement was performed before the effective date of this AD using CMI CSB No. CSB15-2B, dated November 6, 2015 or earlier versions; or CSB No. CSB15-7, dated November 6, 2015.

    (g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    The Manager, Atlanta Certification Office, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Use the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19 to make your request.

    (h) Related Information

    (1) For more information about this AD, contact Scott Hopper, Aerospace Engineer, Atlanta Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, 1701 Columbia Avenue, College Park, GA 30337; phone: 404-474-5535; fax: 404-474-5606; email: [email protected]

    (2) CMI CSB No. CSB15-7A, dated November 10, 2015 and CMI CSB No. CSB15-2C, dated November 9, 2015 can be obtained from CMI using the contact information in paragraph (h)(3) of this AD.

    (3) For service information identified in this AD, contact Continental Motors, Inc., 2039 Broad Street, Mobile, Alabama 36615; phone: 800-326-0089; Internet: http://www.continentalmotors.aero.

    (4) You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781-238-7125.

    Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on March 2, 2016. Colleen M. D'Alessandro, Manager, Engine & Propeller Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05467 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2015-8257; Directorate Identifier 2015-NE-36-AD] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Turbomeca S.A. Turboshaft Engines AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

    SUMMARY:

    We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for all Turbomeca S.A. MAKILA 2A and MAKILA 2A1 turboshaft engines. This proposed AD was prompted by two occurrences of crack initiation on a ferrule of the diffuser. This proposed AD would require repetitive diffuser inspections and replacement of those diffusers that fail inspection. We are proposing this AD to prevent rupture of the ferrule of the diffuser, which could result in engine fire and damage to the helicopter.

    DATES:

    We must receive comments on this proposed AD by May 10, 2016.

    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.

    Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.

    Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    Fax: 202-493-2251.

    For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact Turbomeca S.A., 40220 Tarnos, France; phone: (33) 05 59 74 40 00; fax: (33) 05 59 74 45 15. You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781-238-7125.

    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-2015-8257; 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 proposed AD, the mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI), the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The address for the Docket Office (phone: 800-647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Brian Kierstead, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; email: [email protected]; phone: 781-238-7772; fax: 781-238-7199.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited

    We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include “Docket No. FAA-2015-8257; Directorate Identifier 2015-NE-36-AD” at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD based on those comments.

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

    Discussion

    The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Community, has issued EASA AD 2015-0209, dated October 16, 2015 (referred to hereinafter as “the MCAI”), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states:

    Two occurrences of crack initiation were reported on a ferrule of diffuser part number (P/N) 0298210100, which propagated and led to the ferrule rupture. The investigation shows in both cases that the ruptured ferrule contacted and punctured the main fuel supply line, resulting in a fuel leak. This condition, if not detected and corrected, could lead to an engine fire, consequently triggering an uncommanded engine in flight shut down, possibly resulting in an emergency landing. Prompted by these occurrences, Turbomeca published Mandatory Service Bulletin (MSB) No. 298 72 2832 to provide repetitive inspection instructions.

    This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections of the affected diffuser and removal of those diffusers that fail the required inspection. You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2015-8257.

    Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    Turbomeca S.A. has issued Alert Mandatory Service Bulletin (MSB) No. A298 72 2832, Version B, dated October 12, 2015. The Alert MSB describes procedures for repetitive inspections of the affected diffuser and depending on findings, accomplishment of the corrective action(s).

    Turbomeca S.A. has issued Service Bulletin (SB) No. 298 72 2833, Version A, dated July 29, 2015. The SB identifies post-TU52 HP gas generator modules that have been released with a new ferrule after repair or overhaul in a Repair Center. When applying Alert Mandatory Service Bulletin (MSB) No. A298 72 2832, it is necessary to know if an HP gas generator module released by a Repair Center is equipped with a new ferrule.

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

    FAA's Determination and Requirements of This Proposed AD

    This product has been approved by the aviation authority of France, and is approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with the European Community, EASA has notified us of the unsafe condition described in the MCAI and service information referenced above. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all information provided by EASA and determined the unsafe condition exists and is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design. This proposed AD would require repetitive inspections of the affected diffuser and depending on findings, accomplishment of the corrective action(s).

    Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD affects 10 engines installed on helicopters of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would take about 2 hours per engine to comply with this proposed AD. The average labor rate is $85 per hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $1,700.

    Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. “Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs,” describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's authority.

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

    Regulatory Findings

    We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.

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

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

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

    (3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska 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.

    List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

    The Proposed Amendment

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

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

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

    § 39.13 [Amended]
    2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): Turbomeca S.A.: Docket No. FAA-2015-8257; Directorate Identifier 2015-NE-36-AD. (a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by May 10, 2016.

    (b) Affected ADs

    None.

    (c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Turbomeca S.A. MAKILA 2A and MAKILA 2A1 turboshaft engine models with a high-pressure (HP) gas generator module (M03) that has modification (mod) TU 52 installed.

    (d) Reason

    This AD was prompted by two occurrences of crack initiation on a ferrule of the diffuser, which propagated and led to the ferrule rupture. We are issuing this AD to prevent rupture of the ferrule of the diffuser, which could result in engine fire and damage to the helicopter.

    (e) Actions and Compliance

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

    (1) Borescope inspect the centrifugal diffuser ferrule, part number (P/N) 0298210100, prior to the ferrule accumulating 700 hours, time since new or time since replacement or within 30 hours from the effective date of this AD, whichever is later. Use Accomplishment Instructions, paragraphs 2.4.1 through 2.4.2.2.1, of Turbomeca S.A. Alert Mandatory Service Bulletin (MSB) No. 298 72 2832, Version B, dated October 12, 2015, to do the borescope inspections required by this AD.

    (2) Repeat the borescope inspection required by this AD every 50 hours since last inspection.

    (3) If any crack, loss of contact between the ferrule and diffuser axial vane, or any contact between the injection manifold supply pipe and the diffuser ferrule is found, remove the diffuser case and replace the ferrule with a part eligible for installation.

    (f) Credit for Previous Actions

    You may take credit for the actions required by paragraph (e) of this AD if you performed Turbomeca S.A. MSB No. 298 72 2832, Version A, dated September 3, 2015 before the effective date of this AD.

    (g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    The Manager, Engine Certification Office, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Use the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19 to make your request. You may email your request to: [email protected].

    (h) Related Information

    (1) For more information about this AD, contact Brian Kierstead, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781-238-7772; fax: 781-238-7199; email: [email protected].

    (2) Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency AD 2015-0209, dated October 16, 2015, for more information. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA-2015-8257.

    (3) Turbomeca S.A. Alert MSB No. A298 72 2832, Version B, dated October 12, 2015, can be obtained from Turbomeca S.A., using the contact information in paragraph (h)(5) of this proposed AD.

    (4) Turbomeca S.A. Service Bulletin (SB) No. 298 72 2833, Version A, dated July 29, 2015, can be obtained from Turbomeca S.A., using the contact information in paragraph (h)(5) of this proposed AD.

    (5) For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact Turbomeca S.A., 40220 Tarnos, France; phone: (33) 05 59 74 40 00; fax: (33) 05 59 74 45 15.

    (6) You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781-238-7125.

    Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on February 29, 2016. Colleen M. D'Alessandro, Manager, Engine & Propeller Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05465 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2015-6033; Directorate Identifier 2015-SW-019-AD] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Airbus Helicopters AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

    SUMMARY:

    We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Airbus Helicopters Model AS 365 N3 helicopters. This proposed AD would require inspecting the cabin and cockpit for labels, placards, or markings that provide jettison procedure instructions for cabin doors, removing any labels, placards, or markings that are in an incorrect location, and installing placards where they are missing. This proposed AD is prompted by the determination that placards had not been installed according to specifications on newly manufactured helicopters. The proposed actions are intended to provide exit procedures during an emergency.

    DATES:

    We must receive comments on this proposed AD by May 10, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may send comments by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Docket: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for sending your comments electronically.

    Fax: 202-493-2251.

    Mail: Send comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.

    Hand Delivery: Deliver to the “Mail” address between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    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-2015-6033; 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 proposed AD, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, the economic 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 service information identified in this proposed rule, contact Airbus Helicopters, 2701 N. Forum Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75052; telephone (972) 641-0000 or (800) 232-0323; fax (972) 641-3775; or at http://www.airbushelicopters.com/techpub. You may review the referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy, Room 6N-321, Fort Worth, TX 76177.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    David Hatfield, Aviation Safety Engineer, Safety Management Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy, Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222-5110; email [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Comments Invited

    We invite you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting written comments, data, or views. We also invite comments relating to the economic, environmental, energy, or federalism impacts that might result from adopting the proposals in this document. The most helpful comments reference a specific portion of the proposal, explain the reason for any recommended change, and include supporting data. To ensure the docket does not contain duplicate comments, commenters should send only one copy of written comments, or if comments are filed electronically, commenters should submit only one time.

    We will file in the docket all comments that we receive, as well as a report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerning this proposed rulemaking. Before acting on this proposal, we will consider all comments we receive on or before the closing date for comments. We will consider comments filed after the comment period has closed if it is possible to do so without incurring expense or delay. We may change this proposal in light of the comments we receive.

    Discussion

    EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD No. 2015-0068-E, dated April 29, 2015, to correct an unsafe condition for Airbus Helicopters Model AS 365 N3 helicopters without external life rafts installed, except those helicopters modified in accordance with Airbus Helicopters modification (MOD) 0711B68, and Model AS 365 N3 helicopters with external life rafts installed, except those helicopters modified in accordance Airbus Helicopters MOD 0711B67 and MOD 0711B68. EASA advises that, during helicopter delivery after manufacturing, Airbus Helicopters identified that placards providing jettison procedure instructions for the cabin doors were not systematically installed or not installed in a proper location. This condition, if not corrected, could prevent the timely evacuation of the helicopter during an emergency. The EASA AD consequently requires determining whether any placards are missing or incorrectly located, installing any missing placards, and replacing any incorrectly located placards.

    FAA's Determination

    These helicopters have been approved by the aviation authority of France and are approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with France, EASA, its technical representative, has notified us of the unsafe condition described in its AD. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all known relevant information and determined that an unsafe condition is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design.

    Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    We reviewed Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. AS365-11.00.02, Revision 2, dated April 23, 2015 (ASB). The service information describes procedures for replacing and installing cabin internal evacuation markings. The ASB reports that deviations in the locations of the cabin internal evacuation markings and missing markings were noted during the delivery of new helicopters. The ASB provides instructions about the locations of, characteristics of, and information contained in the markings.

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

    Proposed AD Requirements

    This proposed AD would require, within 50 hours time-in-service (TIS), inspecting the cabin and cockpit for labels, placards, or markings that provide jettison procedure instructions for cabin doors in certain locations. If a label, placard, or marking is not located as required or is not visible and legible to every occupant, this proposed AD would require installing a placard in the required locations before further flight.

    Differences Between This Proposed AD and the EASA AD

    The EASA AD requires compliance within 14 days after the effective date of the EASA AD. This AD requires compliance within 50 hours TIS.

    Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD would affect 15 helicopters of U.S. Registry and that labor costs would average $85 a work-hour. Based on these estimates, we expect that inspecting the helicopter to determine the proper location and presence of cabin door jettison procedure placards and replacing and installing them would require 4 work hours and a parts cost of $70. We estimate a total cost of $410 per helicopter, and $6,150 for the U.S. fleet.

    Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. “Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs,” describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's authority.

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

    Regulatory Findings

    We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.

    For the reasons discussed, I certify this proposed regulation:

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

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

    3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska 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 proposed 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.

    The Proposed Amendment

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

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

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

    § 39.13 [Amended]
    2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): Airbus Helicopters: Docket No. FAA-2015-6033; Directorate Identifier 2015-SW-019-AD. (a) Applicability

    This AD applies to Airbus Helicopters Model AS 365 N3 helicopters, certificated in any category.

    (b) Unsafe Condition

    This AD defines the unsafe condition as missing or incorrectly located information for exiting a helicopter. This condition could result in failure to jettison cabin doors during an emergency, resulting in death or injury of helicopter occupants.

    (c) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by May 10, 2016.

    (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:

    (1) Inspect the cabin and cockpit for labels, placards, and markings that provide jettison procedure instructions for cabin doors.

    (2) For the left and right side, remove any existing label, placard, and marking and install placards in accordance with the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraph 3.B.2 and Figures 1 through 6, of Airbus Helicopters Alert Service Bulletin No. AS365-11.00.02, Revision 2, dated April 23, 2015.

    (f) Credit for Previously Completed Actions

    Actions accomplished before the effective date of this AD in accordance with Airbus Helicopters Modification (MOD) 0711B68 for helicopters without external life rafts or MOD 0711B68 and MOD 0711B67 for helicopters with external life rafts are considered acceptable for compliance with this AD.

    (g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Safety Management Group, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: David Hatfield, Aviation Safety Engineer, Safety Management Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy, Fort Worth, TX 76177; 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.

    (h) Additional Information

    The subject of this AD is addressed in the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2015-0068-E, dated April 29, 2015. You may view the EASA AD on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA-2015-6033.

    (i) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 1100, Placards and Markings.

    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on February 29, 2016. Scott A. Horn, Acting Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05369 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2016-4278; Directorate Identifier 2012-SW-022-AD] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; AgustaWestland S.p.A. (Agusta) Helicopters AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

    SUMMARY:

    We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain Agusta Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters. This proposed AD would require performing operational checks of both hydraulic systems. This proposed AD is prompted by an assessment of the hydraulic systems of the helicopter following an accident. The proposed actions are intended to prevent loss of hydraulic power to the flight controls and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.

    DATES:

    We must receive comments on this proposed AD by May 10, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may send comments by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Docket: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for sending your comments electronically.

    Fax: 202-493-2251.

    Mail: Send comments to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.

    Hand Delivery: Deliver to the “Mail” address between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    Examining the AD Docket

    You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket number FAA-2016-4278 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 proposed AD, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD, the economic 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 service information identified in this proposed rule, contact AgustaWestland, Product Support Engineering, Via del Gregge, 100, 21015 Lonate Pozzolo (VA) Italy, ATTN: Maurizio D'Angelo; telephone 39-0331-664757; fax 39 0331-664680; or at http://www.agustawestland.com/technical-bulletins. You may review the referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, Texas 76177.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Matt Wilbanks, Aviation Safety Engineer, Safety Management Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, Texas 76177; telephone (817) 222-5110; email [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Comments Invited

    We invite you to participate in this rulemaking by submitting written comments, data, or views. We also invite comments relating to the economic, environmental, energy, or federalism impacts that might result from adopting the proposals in this document. The most helpful comments reference a specific portion of the proposal, explain the reason for any recommended change, and include supporting data. To ensure the docket does not contain duplicate comments, commenters should send only one copy of written comments, or if comments are filed electronically, commenters should submit only one time.

    We will file in the docket all comments that we receive, as well as a report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA personnel concerning this proposed rulemaking. Before acting on this proposal, we will consider all comments we receive on or before the closing date for comments. We will consider comments filed after the comment period has closed if it is possible to do so without incurring expense or delay. We may change this proposal in light of the comments we receive.

    Discussion

    EASA, which is the Technical Agent for the Member States of the European Union, has issued EASA AD No. 2011-0207, dated October 20, 2011 (EASA 2011-0207), to correct an unsafe condition for certain serial-numbered Agusta Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters. An accident involving a Model AW139 helicopter caused the tail rotor (T/R), the T/R gearbox, and part of the fin to detach from the aircraft, rupturing the hydraulic lines and draining all of the hydraulic fluid. Investigation following the accident resulted in an assessment of the helicopter's hydraulic systems. According to EASA, this assessment revealed that an operational check of the hydraulic systems is necessary to ensure its functionality. EASA advises that this condition, if not corrected, could lead, in the case of multiple failures, to loss of hydraulic power and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter. To address this, EASA AD 2011-0207 requires, within 50 flight hours or 2 months, operational checks of the power control modules and shutoff valves and reporting the results to the manufacturer.

    FAA's Determination

    These helicopters have been approved by the aviation authority of Italy and are approved for operation in the United States. Pursuant to our bilateral agreement with Italy, EASA, its technical representative, has notified us of the unsafe condition described in its AD. We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all known relevant information and determined that an unsafe condition is likely to exist or develop on other products of the same type design.

    Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    We reviewed Agusta Bollettino Tecnico No. 139-269, dated September 30, 2011 (BT 139-269), for Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters. BT 139-269 contains procedures for conducting operational checks of both hydraulic systems to confirm correct functionality. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section.

    Proposed AD Requirements

    This proposed AD would require, within 50 hours time-in-service (TIS), performing operational tests of the Number 1 and Number 2 hydraulic systems power control modules (PCMs), the tail shut-off valve, the PCM1 and PCM2 flight control shut-off valves, and the emergency landing gear shut-off valve for correct functionality. Depending on the results of the the operational checks, this proposed AD would require replacing a PCM, the tail shut-off valve, a flight control shut-off valve, the number 2 hydraulic control panel, the number 1 hydraulic module, the number 1 or number 2 PCM pressure switch, or repairing the electrical wiring.

    Differences Between This Proposed AD and the EASA AD

    The EASA AD requires reporting the results of the operational checks to Agusta, while the proposed AD does not. The EASA AD also requires compliance within 50 flight-hours or 2 months, while the proposed AD requires compliance within 50 hours TIS.

    Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD would affect 102 helicopters of U.S. Registry. Based on an average labor rate of $85 per hour, we estimate that operators may incur the following costs in order to comply with this proposed AD.

    Performing the operational checks of the hydraulic systems would require about 2 work-hours for a total cost per helicopter of $170 and a total cost to U.S. operators of $17,340.

    Replacing a PCM would require about 3 work-hours and required parts would cost about $87,136, for a cost per helicopter of $87,391.

    Replacing a tail or flight control shut-off valve would require about 2 work-hours, and required parts would cost about $7,512, for a cost per helicopter of $7,682.

    Replacing the number 2 hydraulic control panel would require about 2 work-hours, and required parts would cost about $8,165, for a cost per helicopter of $8,335.

    Replacing the number 1 hydraulic module would require about 4 work-hours, and required parts would cost about $87,137, for a cost per helicopter of $87,477.

    Replacing a PCM pressure switch would require about 2 work-hours, and required parts would cost about $6,974, for a cost per helicopter of $7,144.

    Repairing the electrical wiring would require about 2 work-hours, and required parts would cost about $45, for a cost per helicopter of $215.

    Authority for This Rulemaking

    Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. “Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs,” describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's authority.

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

    Regulatory Findings

    We determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.

    For the reasons discussed, I certify this proposed regulation:

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

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

    3. Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska 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 proposed 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.

    The Proposed Amendment

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

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

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

    § 39.13 [Amended]
    2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): Agustawestland S.P.A. (Agusta): Docket No. FAA-2016-4278; Directorate Identifier 2012-SW-022-AD. (a) Applicability

    This AD applies to Agusta Model AB139 and AW139 helicopters, all serial numbers except serial number 31007, 31094, 31293, 31301, 31303, 31313, and 31329, certificated in any category.

    (b) Unsafe Condition

    This AD defines the unsafe condition as an inoperative hydraulic shut-off valve, which could result in loss of hydraulic power and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.

    (c) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by May 10, 2016.

    (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:

    (1) Perform an operational test of each Number 1 and Number 2 power control module (PCM). If the fluid level in the reservoir changes more than 5mm (0.196 in) in an hour, replace the affected PCM.

    (2) Perform an operational test of each tail shut-off valve. If the 2 SERVO caution message is not illuminated and the UTIL SOV2 and TR SOV indications are in the open position:

    (i) Disconnect the Tail Shutoff valve connector, HP4P1.

    (ii) Disconnect the PCM2 connectors, A44P3 and A44P12.

    (iii) Disconnect the TB38 terminal board connector, TB38P1.

    (iv) Perform a continuity test from HP4P1-1 to A44P12-16, from HP4P1-2 to TB38P1-D, and from HP4P1-4 to A44P3-6.

    (v) If there is no continuity, repair or replace the defective wiring.

    (vi) If there is continuity, release the test lever of the PCM2 to the DOWN NORM position.

    (vii) If the TRSVO indication stays in the closed position, replace the tail shutoff valve.

    (3) Perform an operational test of the PCM 2 flight control shut-off valve as described in the Compliance Instructions, paragraphs 5.1. through 5.5., of Agusta Bollettino Tecnico No. 139-269, dated September 30, 2011 (BT 139-269).

    (i) If the 2 SERVO caution message is illuminated:

    (A) On the hydraulic control panel, lift the guard of the SOV1/SOV2 switch and set it to SOV2 (closed position). Make sure that the 2 HYD PRESS caution message and the HYD 2 PRESS warning light on the hydraulic control panel are illuminated.

    (B) Reset the SOV1/SOV2 switch to the open position.

    (C) If the 2 HYD PRESS and 2 SERVO caution messages remain illuminated:

    (1) Disconnect the PL14P1 and PL14P2 connectors from the hydraulic control panel.

    (2) Disconnect the A1-1P4 connector from the MAU1.

    (3) Disconnect the A2-1P3 connector from the MAU2.

    (4) Disconnect the A44P3 connector from the Number 2 PCM.

    (5) Disconnect the PL1P3 connector from the circuit breaker panel.

    (6) Perform a continuity test from PL14P1-J to A1-1P4-18, from PL14P1-D to PL1P3-q, from PL14P2-J to A44P3-5, and from PL14P2-T to A2-1P3-34. If there is no continuity, repair or replace the defective wiring.

    (7) If the HYD PRESS and 2 SERVO caution messages remain illuminated, replace the number 2 hydraulic power module.

    (ii) If the 2 HYD PRESS caution message is illuminated, the HYD 2 pressure indication is more than 190 bar (2,755 lbf/sq in), and the SOV2 shutoff valve is in the open position, replace the pressure switch on the Number 2 PCM.

    (iii) If the closure of SOV 2 is indicated on the MFD hydraulic synoptic page, before further flight, replace the Number 2 PCM.

    (4) Perform an operational test of the PCM 1 flight control shut-off valve as described in the Compliance Instructions, paragraphs 6.1. through 6.4., of BT 139-269.

    (i) If the 1 SERVO caution message is illuminated:

    (A) On the hydraulic control panel, lift the guard of the SOV1/SOV2 switch and set it to SOV1 (closed position). Make sure that the 1 HYD PRESS caution message and the HYD 1 PRESS warning light on the hydraulic control panel are illuminated.

    (B) Reset the SOV1/SOV2 switch to the open position. If the 1 HYD PRESS and 1 SERVO caution messages remain illuminated:

    (1) Disconnect the PL14P1 and PL14P2 connectors from the hydraulic control panel.

    (2) Disconnect the A1-1P4 connector from the MAU1.

    (3) Disconnect the A2-1P3 connector from the MAU2.

    (4) Disconnect the A45P3 connector from the Number 1 PCM.

    (5) Disconnect the PL1P3 connector from the circuit breaker panel.

    (6) Perform a continuity test from PL14P1-J to A1-1P4-18, from PL14P1-E to A45P3-5, from PL14P1-D to PL1P3-q, and from PL14P2-T to A2-1P3-34. If there is no continuity, repair or replace the defective wiring.

    (7) If the HYD PRESS and 1 SERVO caution messages remain illuminated, replace the Number 1 hydraulic control panel.

    (ii) If the 1 HYD PRESS caution message is illuminated, the HYD 1 pressure indication is more than 190 bar (2,755 lbf/sq in), and the SOV1 shutoff valve is in the open position, replace the pressure switch on the Number 1 PCM.

    (iii) If the closure of SOV 1 is indicated on the MFD hydraulic synoptic page, before further flight, replace the Number 1 PCM.

    (4) Perform an operational test of the emergency landing gear shutoff valve as described in the Compliance Instructions, paragraphs 7.1. through 7.4., of BT 139-269.

    (i) If the EMERG L/G PRESS caution message is illuminated, the HYD 1 pressure indication is more than 190 bar (2,755 lbf/sq in), and the UTIL SOV1 (LDG GEAR EMER) shutoff valve is in the open position, replace the pressure switch on the Number 1 PCM.

    (ii) If the 1 HYD MIN caution message is illuminated, inspect the fluid level on the Number 1 PCM and inspect the Number 1 main hydraulic system for leaks.

    (A) If the fluid level is between the FULL and ADD marks, or if there are no hydraulic fluid leaks, perform an operational test of the level switches. If the 1 HYD MIN caution message is illuminated, replace the Number 1 PCM.

    (B) If there is a hydraulic fluid leak:

    (1) Replace all leaking parts and lines or repair the leak.

    (2) If the 1 HYD MIN caution message remains illuminated, perform an operational test of the level switches.

    (3) If the 1 HYD MIN caution message remains illuminated, replace the Number 1 PCM.

    (f) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    (1) The Manager, Safety Management Group, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to Matt Wilbanks, Aviation Safety Engineer, Safety Management Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, Texas 76177; 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 European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD No. 2011-0207, dated October 20, 2011. You may view the EASA AD on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA‐2016-4278.

    (h) Subject

    Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 2900: Hydraulic Power.

    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on March 3, 2016. Scott A. Horn, Acting Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05368 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2006-25513; Directorate Identifier 99-NE-61-AD] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG Turbofan Engines AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

    SUMMARY:

    We propose to supersede airworthiness directive (AD) 2006-18-14 that applies to all Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG (RRD) Tay 650-15 and Tay 651-54 turbofan engines. AD 2006-18-14 requires calculating and re-establishing the cyclic life of stage 1 high-pressure turbine (HPT) disks, part number (P/N) JR32013 and P/N JR33838, and stage 1 low-pressure turbine (LPT) disk, P/N JR32318A. This proposed AD would require re-calculating the cyclic life, and would impose a reduced cyclic life, of stage 1 HPT disk, P/N JR32013. We are proposing this AD to prevent failure of stage 1 HPT disks, P/N JR32013 and P/N JR33838, and stage 1 LPT disk, P/N JR32318A, which could result in an uncontained engine failure and damage to the airplane.

    DATES:

    We must receive comments on this proposed AD by May 10, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

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

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

    Fax: 202-493-2251.

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

    Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG, Eschenweg 11, Dahlewitz, 15827 Blankenfelde-Mahlow, Germany; phone: 49-0-33-7086-1064; fax: 49-0-33-7086-3276. You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781-238-7125.

    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-2006-25513; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the mandatory continuing airworthiness information, regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The address for the Docket Office (phone: 800-647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Philip Haberlen, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781-238-7770; fax: 781-238-7199; email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Comments Invited

    We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include “Docket No. FAA-2006-25513; Directorate Identifier 99-NE-61-AD” at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD because of those comments.

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

    Discussion

    On August 30, 2006, we issued AD 2006-18-14, Amendment 39-14753 (71 FR 52988, September 8, 2006), for all RRD Tay 650-15 and Tay 651-54 turbofan engines. AD 2006-18-14 requires calculating and re-establishing the cyclic life of stage 1 HPT disks, P/N JR32013 and P/N JR33838, and stage 1 LPT disk, P/N JR32318A, that have been exposed to different engine flight plan profiles. AD 2006-18-14 also requires removing from service, using a drawdown schedule, those stage 1 HPT disks and stage 1 LPT disks operated under Tay 650-15 engine flight plan profiles A, B, C, or D; or operated under the Tay 651-54 engine datum flight profile, at reduced cyclic life limits. AD 2006-18-14 resulted from RRD updating their low-cycle-fatigue analysis for stage 1 HPT disks and stage 1 LPT disks and reducing their cyclic life limits. We issued AD 2006-18-14 to prevent cracks leading to turbine disk failure, which could result in an uncontained engine failure and damage to the airplane.

    Actions Since AD 2006-18-14 Was Issued

    Since we issued AD 2006-18-14, RRD reviewed the cyclic life limit of parts affected by AD 2006-18-14; RRD concluded that the stage 1 HPT disk, P/N JR32013, requires further cyclic life limit reduction. RRD did not further reduce the cyclic life limit of stage 1 HPT disk, P/N JR33838, or stage 1 LPT disk, P/N JR32318A. Accordingly, the cyclic life limits of stage 1 HPT disk, P/N JR33838, and stage 1 LPT disk, P/N JR32318A, as imposed by AD 2006-18-14, remain unchanged in this proposed AD.

    Since AD 2006-18-14 was issued, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued AD 2015-0056, dated March 31, 2015 to reduce the cyclic life limits of the stage 1 HPT disk, P/N JR32013.

    Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    RRD has issued Alert Non-Modification Service Bulletin (NMSB) No. TAY-72-A1821, Revision 1 dated March 26, 2015. The Alert NMSB describes procedures to re-calculate the consumed cyclic life of stage 1 HPT disk, P/N JR32013. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section of this NPRM.

    FAA's Determination

    We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design.

    Proposed AD Requirements

    This proposed AD would require re-calculating and re-establishing the cyclic life of stage 1 HPT disk, P/N JR32013. This proposed AD would also require removing from service those stage 1 HPT disks, P/N JR32013, depending on engine flight plan profiles and engine models, at certain reduced cyclic life limits, using a drawdown schedule.

    Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD affects 25 engines installed on airplanes of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would take about 0.5 hours per engine to comply with this proposed AD. The average labor rate is $85 per hour. The pro-rated life limit reduction cost is about $23,053 per engine. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $577,388.

    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 have determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.

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

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

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

    (3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska 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.

    List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

    The Proposed Amendment

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

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

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

    § 39.13 [Amended]
    2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by removing airworthiness directive (AD) 2006-18-14, Amendment 39-14753 (71 FR 52988, September 8, 2006) (“AD 2006-18-14”), and adding the following new AD: Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG (formerly Rolls-Royce plc): Docket No. FAA-2006-25513; Directorate Identifier 99-NE-61-AD. (a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by May 10, 2016.

    (b) Affected ADs

    This AD supersedes AD 2006-18-14.

    (c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co (RRD) KG Tay 650-15 and Tay 651-54 turbofan engines with stage 1 high-pressure turbine (HPT) disks, part number (P/N) JR32013 or P/N JR33838, or stage 1 low-pressure turbine (LPT) disks,P/N JR32318A, installed.

    (d) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by RRD reducing the cyclic life limit for certain stage 1 HPT disks, P/N JR32013. We are issuing this AD to prevent cracks leading to turbine disk failure, which could result in an uncontained engine failure and damage to the airplane.

    (e) Compliance

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

    (1) Re-calculate the cyclic life of stage 1 HPT disks, P/N JR32013, as follows:

    (i) If a stage 1 HPT disk, P/N JR32013, was ever operated under a different engine flight plan profile than the engine flight plan profile operated on the last flight, and/or was ever installed and operated in a different engine model, do the following:

    (A) Within 30 days after the effective date of this AD, re-calculate the cyclic life for each stage 1 HPT disk, P/N JR32013, using paragraphs 3.A.(1)(b)(1) through 3.A.(1)(b)(4) of the Accomplishment Instructions of RRD Alert Non-Modification Service Bulletin (NMSB) No. TAY-72-A1821, Revision 1, dated March 26, 2015.

    (B) Reserved.

    (ii) If you change your flight plan profile and/or install a stage 1 HPT disk, P/N JR32013 or P/N JR33838, or stage 1 LPT disk, P/N JR32318A, into a different engine model after the effective date of this AD, re-calculate the cyclic life of the part(s) as described in paragraph (e)(1)(i)(A) of this AD within 30 days of making the change.

    (2) For engines with a stage 1 HPT disk,P/N JR32013, installed, do the following:

    (i) Remove from service any stage 1 HPT disk, P/N JR32013, within 100 flight cycles after the effective date of this AD or before exceeding the new, reduced cyclic life limits specified in paragraphs (e)(2)(i)(A) through (e)(2)(i)(E) of this AD, whichever occurs later, as follows:

    (A) For RRD Tay 650-15 engines operated under engine flight plan profile A, the new, reduced cyclic life limit is 18,900 flight cycles-since-new (FCSN).

    (B) For RRD Tay 650-15 engines operated under engine flight plan profile B, the new, reduced cyclic life limit is 15,500 FCSN.

    (C) For RRD Tay 650-15 engines operated under engine flight plan profile C, the new, reduced cyclic life limit is 11,500 FCSN.

    (D) For RRD Tay 650-15 engines operated under engine flight plan profile D, the new, reduced cyclic life limit is 9,300 FCSN.

    (E) For RRD Tay 651-54 engines operated under any engine flight plan profile, the new, reduced cyclic life limit is 10,873 FCSN.

    (ii) Reserved.

    (3) For engines with a stage 1 HPT disk, P/N JR33838, or stage 1 LPT disk,P/N JR32318A, installed, do the following:

    (i) Remove from service any stage 1 HPT disk, P/N JR33838, or stage 1 LPT disk, P/N JR32318A, before exceeding the cyclic life limits specified in paragraphs (e)(3)(i)(A) through (e)(3)(i)(E) of this AD, as follows:

    (A) For RRD Tay 650-15 engines operated under engine flight plan profile A, the cyclic life limit for stage 1 HPT disk, P/N JR33838, and stage 1 LPT disk, P/N JR32318A, is 23,000 FCSN.

    (B) For RRD Tay 650-15 engines operated under engine flight plan profile B, the cyclic life limit for stage 1 HPT disk, P/N JR33838, is 20,000 FCSN; and the cyclic life limit for stage 1 LPT disk, P/N JR32318A, is 21,000 FCSN.

    (C) For RRD Tay 650-15 engines operated under engine flight plan profile C, the cyclic life limit for stage 1 HPT disk, P/N JR33838, is 14,700 FCSN; and the cyclic life limit for stage 1 LPT disk, P/N JR32318A, is 18,000 FCSN.

    (D) For RRD Tay 650-15 engines operated under engine flight plan profile D, the cyclic life limit for stage 1 HPT disk, P/N JR33838, is 11,000 FCSN; and the cyclic life limit for stage 1 LPT disk, P/N JR32318A, is 14,250 FCSN.

    (E) For RRD Tay 651-54 engines operated under any engine flight plan profile, the cyclic life limit for stage 1 HPT disk, P/N JR33838, is 12,600 FCSN and the cyclic life limit for stage 1 LPT disk, P/N JR32318A, is 20,000 FCSN.

    (ii) Reserved.

    (f) Installation Prohibition

    After the effective date of this AD, do not install any part identified in paragraph (e) of this AD into any engine, or return any engine to service with any part identified in paragraph (e) of this AD, installed, if the part exceeds the cyclic life limit specified in paragraphs (e)(2) and (e)(3) of this AD.

    (g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    The Manager, Engine Certification Office, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Use the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19 to make your request. You may email your request to: [email protected]

    (h) Related Information

    (1) For more information about this AD, contact Philip Haberlen, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781-238-7770; fax: 781-238-7199; email: [email protected]

    (2) Refer to MCAI European Aviation Safety Agency, AD 2015-0056, dated March 31, 2015, for more information. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA-2006-25513.

    (3) Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG Alert Non-Modification Service Bulletin No. TAY-72-A1821, Revision 1, dated March 26, 2015 can be obtained from Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG, using the contact information in paragraph (h)(4) of this AD.

    (4) For service information identified in this AD, contact Rolls-Royce Deutschland Ltd & Co KG, Eschenweg 11, Dahlewitz, 15827 Blankenfelde-Mahlow, Germany; phone: 49-0-33-7086-1064; fax: 49-0-33-7086-3276.

    (5) You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781-238-7125.

    Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on February 26, 2016. Colleen M. D'Alessandro, Manager, Engine & Propeller Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05463 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2010-0219; Directorate Identifier 2010-NE-14-AD] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Turbomeca S.A. Turboshaft Engines AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

    SUMMARY:

    We propose to supersede airworthiness directive (AD) 2010-11-10 that applies to all Turbomeca S.A., Astazou XIV B and XIV H turboshaft engines. AD 2010-11-10 requires inspection of certain third stage turbine wheels and removal of any damaged wheel. This AD was prompted by a report of a third stage turbine wheel crack detected during engine overhaul. This proposed AD would expand the population and frequency of repetitive inspections. We are proposing this AD to prevent uncontained failure of the third stage turbine wheel, which could result in damage to the engine and damage to the helicopter.

    DATES:

    We must receive comments on this proposed AD by May 10, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

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

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

    Fax: 202-493-2251.

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

    Hand Delivery: Deliver to Mail address above between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact Turbomeca S.A., 40220 Tarnos, France; phone: (33) 05 59 74 40 00; fax: (33) 05 59 74 45 15. You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781-238-7125.

    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-2010-0219; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains this proposed AD, the mandatory continuing airworthiness information, regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The address for the Docket Office (phone: 800-647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Contact Brian Kierstead, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781-238-7772, fax: 781-238-7199; email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Comments Invited

    We invite you to send any written relevant data, views, or arguments about this proposed AD. Send your comments to an address listed under the ADDRESSES section. Include “Docket No. FAA-2010-0219; Directorate Identifier 2010-NE-14-AD” at the beginning of your comments. We specifically invite comments on the overall regulatory, economic, environmental, and energy aspects of this proposed AD. We will consider all comments received by the closing date and may amend this proposed AD because of those comments.

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

    Discussion

    On May 19, 2010, we issued AD 2010-11-10, Amendment 39-16315 (75 FR 30270, June 1, 2010), (“AD 2010-11-10”), for all Turbomeca S.A., Astazou XIV B and XIV H turboshaft engines. AD 2010-11-10 requires inspection of certain third stage turbine wheels and removal of any damaged wheel. AD 2010-11-10 resulted from European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issuing an AD to identify and correct an unsafe condition on Turbomeca engines.

    We are issuing this AD to prevent uncontained failures of the third stage turbine wheel, which could result in damage to the engine and damage to the helicopter.

    Actions Since AD 2010-11-10 Was Issued

    Since we issued AD 2010-11-10, Turbomeca reported a cracked third stage turbine wheel discovered during engine overhaul. As a result of the crack, Turbomeca S.A., expanded the population of affected wheels and inspection frequency. Turbomeca S.A., Mandatory Service Bulletin (MSB) No. 283 72 0804, Version D, dated July 24, 2015 addresses the increased population and inspection frequency. Also, since we issued AD 2010-11-10, (EASA) has issued AD 2015-0211, dated October 15, 2015, which supersedes EASA AD 2010-0004, dated January 5, 2010.

    Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

    Turbomeca S.A., has issued MSB No. 283 72 0804, Version D, dated July 24, 2015. That MSB describes procedures for expanding the frequency of repetitive inspections. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section of this NPRM.

    Other Related Service Information

    Turbomeca S.A., has issued Service Bulletin (SB) No. 283 72 0805, Version B, dated December 15, 2010. That SB describes terminating action for the inspections. This service information is reasonably available because the interested parties have access to it through their normal course of business or by the means identified in the ADDRESSES section of this NPRM.

    FAA's Determination

    We are proposing this AD because we evaluated all the relevant information and determined the unsafe condition described previously is likely to exist or develop in other products of the same type design.

    Proposed AD Requirements

    This proposed AD would require expanding the frequency of repetitive inspections. We are proposing this AD to prevent uncontained failure of the third stage turbine wheel, which could result in damage to the engine, and damage to the helicopter.

    Costs of Compliance

    We estimate that this proposed AD affects seven engines installed on helicopters of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it would take about 5 hours per engine to comply with this proposed AD. The average labor rate is $85 per hour. Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this proposed AD on U.S. operators to be $2,975.

    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 have determined that this proposed AD would not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This proposed AD would not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national Government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.

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

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

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

    (3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska 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.

    List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

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

    The Proposed Amendment

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

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

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

    § 39.13 [Amended]
    2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by removing airworthiness directive (AD) 2010-11-10, Amendment 39-16315 (75 FR 30270, June 1, 2010), (“AD 2010-11-10”), and adding the following new AD: Turbomeca S.A.: Docket No. FAA-2010-0219 Directorate Identifier 2010-NE-14-AD. (a) Comments Due Date

    We must receive comments by May 10, 2016.

    (b) Affected ADs

    This AD supersedes AD 2010-11-10.

    (c) Applicability

    This AD applies to Turbomeca S.A., Astazou XIV B and XIV H turboshaft engines with the following part number (P/N) and serial number (S/N) third stage turbine wheels that incorporate modification AB 173 (Turbomeca S.A., Service Bulletin (SB) No. 283 72 0091) or modification AB 208 (Turbomeca S.A., SB No. 283 72 0117). This AD does not apply to third stage turbine wheels that incorporate Turbomeca SB No. 283 72 805.

    (1) Third stage turbine wheels, P/N 0 265 25 700 0, all S/Ns;

    (2) Third stage turbine wheels, P/N 0 265 25 702 0, all S/Ns;

    (3) Third stage turbine wheels, P/N 0 265 25 706 0, all S/Ns;

    (4) Third stage turbine wheels, P/N 0 265 25 705 0, with an S/N listed in Appendix 2.1 of Turbomeca S.A., Mandatory Service Bulletin (MSB) No. 283 72 0804, Version D, dated July 24, 2015.

    (d) Unsafe Condition

    This AD was prompted by a report of a third stage turbine wheel crack detected during engine overhaul. We are issuing this AD to prevent uncontained failure of the third stage turbine wheel, which could result in damage to the engine and damage to the helicopter.

    (e) Compliance

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

    (1) Perform a dye penetrant inspection of the third stage turbine wheel. Use paragraph 2.4.2.2 of Turbomeca S.A., MSB No. 283 72 0804, Version D, dated July 24, 2015, to do the inspection, as follows:

    (i) Inspect third stage turbine wheels with 300 engine cycles (EC) or more accumulated since last inspection, or since new, or since last overhaul, or since repair, within 100 EC after the effective date of this AD.

    (ii) Inspect third stage turbine wheels with less than 300 EC accumulated since last inspection, or since new, or since last overhaul, or since repair, within 400 EC since last inspection, or since new, or since last overhaul, or since repair.

    (2) Repeat the inspection required by this AD within 400 EC since last inspection.

    (3) Remove from service any third stage turbine wheels that fail the inspection required by this AD.

    (f) Optional Terminating Action

    Application of Turbomeca S.A., SB No. 283 72 0805, Version B, dated December 15, 2010 is terminating action for the inspections required by paragraphs (e)(1) and (e)(2) of this AD.

    (g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

    The Manager, Engine Certification Office, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Use the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19 to make your request. You may email your request to: [email protected]

    (h) Related Information

    (1) For more information about this AD, contact Brian Kierstead, Aerospace Engineer, Engine Certification Office, FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA 01803; phone: 781-238-7772; fax: 781-238-7199; email: [email protected]

    (2) Refer to MCAI EASA AD 2015-0211, dated October 15, 2015, for related information. You may examine the MCAI in the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating it in Docket No. FAA-2010-0219.

    (3) Turbomeca S.A., MSB No. 283 72 0804, Version D, dated July 24, 2015 and Turbomeca S.A., SB No. 283 72 0805, Version B, dated December 15, 2010, can be obtained from Turbomeca, using the contact information in paragraph (h)(4) of this AD.

    (4) For service information identified in this proposed AD, contact Turbomeca S.A., 40220 Tarnos, France; phone: (33) 05 59 74 40 00; fax: (33) 05 59 74 45 15.

    (5) You may view this service information at the FAA, Engine & Propeller Directorate, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, MA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 781-238-7125.

    Issued in Burlington, Massachusetts, on February 26, 2016. Colleen M. D'Alessandro, Manager, Engine & Propeller Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05461 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA-2015-7857; Airspace Docket No. 15-ASW-22] Proposed Amendment of Class D and Class E Airspace for the Following Oklahoma Towns; Antlers, OK; Oklahoma City, OK; Oklahoma City Wiley Post Airport, OK; and Shawnee, OK AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

    SUMMARY:

    This action proposes to modify Class D airspace, Class E airspace designated as surface areas, and Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Antlers, OK; Oklahoma City, OK; Oklahoma City Wiley Post Airport, OK; and Shawnee, OK. The decommissioning of non-directional radio beacons (NDB) and/or cancellation of NDB approaches due to advances in Global Positioning System (GPS) capabilities have made this action necessary for the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations at the above locations. This action also would note the updated airport names of David Jay Perry Airport, Goldsby, OK; El Reno Regional Airport, Shawnee Regional Airport, and Chandler Regional Airport to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database. Additionally, this action would update the geographic coordinates for Tinker AFB, El Reno Regional Airport, Wiley Post Airport, Sundance Airpark, Seminole Municipal Airport, Prague Municipal Airport, Chandler Regional Airport, Tilghman NDB, Cushing Municipal Airport, Cushing NDB, and Cushing Regional Hospital Heliport to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database.

    DATES:

    Comments must be received on or before April 25, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 366-9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA-2015-7857; Airspace Docket No. 15-ASW-22, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Docket Office (telephone 1-800-647-5527) is on the ground floor of the building at the above address.

    FAA Order 7400.9Z, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/. For further information, you can contact the Airspace Policy Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: 202-267-8783. The Order is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of FAA Order 7400.9Z at NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/code_of_federal-regulations/ibr_locations.html.

    FAA Order 7400.9, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Jeffrey Claypool, Federal Aviation Administration, Operations Support Group, Central Service Center, 10101 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, TX, 76177; telephone (817) 222-5711.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Authority for This Rulemaking

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

    Comments Invited

    Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments, as they may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal. Communications should identify both docket numbers and be submitted in triplicate to the address listed above. Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this notice must submit with those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: “Comments to Docket No. FAA-2015-7857/Airspace Docket No. 15-ASW-22.” The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter.

    Availability of NPRMs

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

    You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office (see the ADDRESSES section for the address and phone number) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the Federal Aviation Administration, Air Traffic Organization, Central Service Center, Operations Support Group, 10101 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, TX, 76177.

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

    Availability and Summary of Documents Proposed for Incorporation by Reference

    This document would amend FAA Order 7400.9Z, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2015, and effective September 15, 2015. FAA Order 7400.9Z is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.9Z lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points.

    The Proposal

    The FAA is proposing an amendment to Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 71 by modifying Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Antlers Municipal Airport, Antlers, OK; El Reno Regional Airport, Oklahoma City, OK; and Prague Municipal Airport, Shawnee, OK. The proposed airspace reconfigurations are due to decommissioning of NDBs and/or cancellation of the NDB approaches at each airport. This action is necessary for the safety and management of IFR operations under Standard Instrument Approach Procedures. Additionally, this proposal would note the name change of the following airports: El Reno Regional Airport (formerly El Reno Municipal Airpark; David Jay Perry Airport, Goldsby, OK (formerly David J. Perry Airport, Norman, OK); Shawnee Regional Airport (formerly Shawnee Municipal Airport); and Chandler Regional Airport (formerly Chandler Municipal Airport). Geographic coordinates also would be adjusted for the following airports and navigation aids: Tinker AFB; El Reno Regional Airport; Wiley Post Airport; Sundance Airpark; Seminole Municipal Airport; Prague Municipal Airport; Chandler Regional Airport; Tilghman NDB; Cushing Municipal Airport; Cushing NDB; and Cushing Regional Hospital Heliport.

    Class D and Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 5000, 6002, and 6005, respectively, of FAA Order 7400.9Z, dated August 6, 2015, and effective September 15, 2015, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class D and Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.

    Regulatory Notices and Analyses

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

    Environmental Review

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

    List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

    Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air).

    The Proposed Amendment

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

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

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

    § 71.1 [Amended]
    2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.9Z, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2015, and effective September 15, 2015, is amended as follows: Paragraph 5000 Class D Airspace. ASW OK D Oklahoma City Wiley Post Airport, OK [Amended] Oklahoma City, Wiley Post Airport, OK (Lat. 35°32′03″ N., long. 97°38′49″ W.)

    That airspace extending upward from the surface to and including 3,800 feet MSL within a 4.3-mile radius of Wiley Post Airport excluding that airspace within the Oklahoma City, Will Rogers World Airport, OK, Class C airspace area. This Class D airspace area is effective during the specific dates and times established in advance by a Notice to Airmen. The effective date and time will thereafter be continuously published in the Airport/Facility Directory.

    Paragraph 6002 Class E Airspace Designated as Surface Areas. ASW OK E2 Oklahoma City Wiley Post Airport, OK [Amended] Oklahoma City, Wiley Post Airport, OK (Lat. 35°32′03″ N., long. 97°38′49″ W.)

    Within a 4.3-mile radius of Wiley Post Airport excluding that airspace within the Oklahoma City, Will Rogers World Airport, OK, Class C airspace area. This Class E airspace area is effective during the specific dates and times established in advance by a Notice to Airmen. The effective date and time will thereafter be continuously published in the Airport/Facility Directory.

    Paragraph 6005 Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward From 700 Feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth. ASW OK E5 Antlers, OK [Amended] Antlers Municipal Airport, OK (Lat. 34°11′33″ N., long. 95°38′59″ W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 6.3-mile radius of Antlers Municipal Airport.

    ASW OK E5 Oklahoma City, OK [Amended] Oklahoma City, Will Rogers World Airport, OK (Lat. 35°23′35″ N., long. 97°36′03″ W.) Oklahoma City, Tinker AFB, OK (Lat. 35°24′53″ N., long. 97°23′12″ W.) Norman, University of Oklahoma Westheimer Airpark, OK (Lat. 35°14′44″ N., long. 97°28′20″ W.) University of Oklahoma Westheimer Airpark ILS Localizer (Lat. 35°14′58″ N., long. 97°27′51″ W.) Goldsby, David Jay Perry Airport, OK (Lat. 35°09′18″ N., long. 97°28′13″ W.) Oklahoma City, Clarence E. Page Municipal Airport, OK (Lat. 35°29′17″ N., long. 97°49′25″ W.) El Reno Regional Airport, OK (Lat. 35°28′22″ N., long. 98°00′21″ W.) Oklahoma City, Wiley Post Airport, OK (Lat. 35°32′03″ N., long. 97°38′49″ W.) Oklahoma City, Sundance Airpark, OK (Lat. 35°36′07″ N., long. 97°42′22″ W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within an 8.1-mile radius of Will Rogers World Airport, and within an 8.2-mile radius of Tinker AFB, and within an 8.9-mile radius of University of Oklahoma Westheimer Airpark, and within 1.8 miles each side of the University of Oklahoma Westheimer Airpark ILS Localizer southwest course extending from the 8.9- mile radius to 12 miles southwest of the airport, and within a 6.3-mile radius of David Jay Perry Airport, and within a 6.5-mile radius of Clarence E. Page Airport, and within a 6.6-mile radius of El Reno Regional Airport, and within a 6.8-mile radius of Wiley Post Airport, and within a 6.8-mile radius of Sundance Airpark.

    ASW OK E5 Shawnee, OK [Amended] Shawnee Regional Airport, OK (Lat. 35°21′26″ N., long. 96°56′34″ W.) Seminole, Seminole Municipal Airport, OK (Lat. 35°16′28″ N., long. 96°40′31″ W.) Prague Municipal Airport, OK (Lat. 35°28′51″ N., long. 96°43′08″ W.) Chandler Regional Airport, OK (Lat. 35°43′21″ N., long. 96°49′13″ W.) Tilghman NDB (Lat. 35°43′21″ N., long. 96°49′07″ W.) Cushing Municipal Airport, OK (Lat. 35°57′00″ N., long. 96°46′24″ W.) Cushing NDB (Lat. 35°53′24″ N., long. 96°46′24″ W.) Cushing Regional Hospital Heliport, OK, Point In Space Coordinates (Lat. 35°58′41″ N., long. 96°45′27″ W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 7-mile radius of Shawnee Regional Airport, and within a 6.6-mile radius of Seminole Municipal Airport, and within a 6.3-mile radius of Prague Municipal Airport, and within a 6.4-mile radius of Chandler Regional Airport, and within 2.5 miles each side of the 352° bearing from the Tilghman NDB extending from the 6.4-mile radius to 7.3 miles north of the airport, and within a 6.5-mile radius of Cushing Municipal Airport and within 2.1 miles each side of the 185° bearing from the Cushing NDB extending from the 6.5-mile radius to 9.3 miles south of the airport, and that airspace within a 6-mile radius of the Point In Space serving Cushing Regional Hospital Heliport.

    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on February 29, 2016. Vonnie Royal, Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, Central Service Center.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05177 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 71 [Docket No. FAA-2016-0449; Airspace Docket No. 16-ASW-2] Proposed Amendment of Class E Airspace; Clovis, NM AGENCY:

    Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

    ACTION:

    Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

    SUMMARY:

    This action proposes to modify Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Portales Municipal Airport, Clovis, NM. This action is necessary due to the decommissioning of the Portales non-directional radio beacon (NDB), cancellation of NDB approaches at Portales Municipal Airport, and implementation of area navigation (RNAV) procedures at the airport. This action will also update the geographic coordinates for Portales Municipal Airport to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database. This proposal would enhance the safety and management of Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) operations in the Clovis, NM, airspace area.

    DATES:

    Comments must be received on or before April 25, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    Send comments on this proposal to the U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 366-9826. You must identify FAA Docket No. FAA-2016-0449; Airspace Docket No. 16-ASW-2, at the beginning of your comments. You may also submit comments through the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov. You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The Docket Office (telephone 1-800-647-5527) is on the ground floor of the building at the above address.

    FAA Order 7400.9Z, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, and subsequent amendments can be viewed online at http://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/publications/. For further information, you can contact the Airspace Policy Group, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591; telephone: 202-267-8783. The Order is also available for inspection at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of FAA Order 7400.9Z at NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/code_of_federal-regulations/ibr_locations.html.

    FAA Order 7400.9, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, is published yearly and effective on September 15.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Jeffrey Claypool, Federal Aviation Administration, Operations Support Group, Central Service Center, 10101 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, TX, 76177; telephone (817) 222-5711.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Authority for This Rulemaking

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

    Comments Invited

    Interested parties are invited to participate in this proposed rulemaking by submitting such written data, views, or arguments, as they may desire. Comments that provide the factual basis supporting the views and suggestions presented are particularly helpful in developing reasoned regulatory decisions on the proposal. Comments are specifically invited on the overall regulatory, aeronautical, economic, environmental, and energy-related aspects of the proposal. Communications should identify both docket numbers and be submitted in triplicate to the address listed above. Commenters wishing the FAA to acknowledge receipt of their comments on this notice must submit with those comments a self-addressed, stamped postcard on which the following statement is made: “Comments to Docket No. FAA-2016-0449/Airspace Docket No. 16-ASW-2.” The postcard will be date/time stamped and returned to the commenter.

    Availability of NPRMs

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

    You may review the public docket containing the proposal, any comments received, and any final disposition in person in the Dockets Office (see the ADDRESSES section for the address and phone number) between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. An informal docket may also be examined during normal business hours at the Federal Aviation Administration, Air Traffic Organization, Central Service Center, Operations Support Group, 10101 Hillwood Parkway, Fort Worth, TX, 76177.

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

    Availability and Summary of Documents Proposed for Incorporation by Reference

    This document would amend FAA Order 7400.9Z, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2015, and effective September 15, 2015. FAA Order 7400.9Z is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this document. FAA Order 7400.9Z lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points.

    The Proposal

    The FAA is proposing an amendment to Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) Part 71 by modifying Class E airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface at Portales Municipal Airport, Clovis, NM. After a review of the airspace, the FAA found modification of the airspace necessary due to the decommissioning of the Portales NDB, cancellation of NDB approaches at Portales Municipal Airport, and implementation of RNAV procedures at the airport. Controlled airspace is necessary for the safety and management of IFR operations in standard instrument approach procedures at the airport.

    Class E airspace designations are published in paragraph 6005 of FAA Order 7400.9Z, dated August 6, 2015, and effective September 15, 2015, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace designations listed in this document will be published subsequently in the Order.

    Regulatory Notices and Analyses

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

    Environmental Review

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

    List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71

    Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air).

    The Proposed Amendment

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

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

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

    § 71.1 [Amended]
    2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.9Z, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2015, and effective September 15, 2015, is amended as follows: Paragraph 6005 Class E Airspace Areas Extending Upward From 700 Feet or More Above the Surface of the Earth. ASW NM E5 Clovis, NM [Amended] Clovis, Cannon AFB, NM (Lat. 34°22′58″ N., long. 103°19′20″ W.) Portales Municipal Airport, NM (Lat. 34°08′44″ N., long. 103°24′37″ W.) Texico VORTAC (Lat. 34°29′42″ N., long. 102°50′23″ W.)

    That airspace extending upward from 700 feet above the surface within a 20-mile radius of Cannon AFB, and within a 6.6-mile radius of Portales Municipal Airport, and within 8 miles north and 4 miles south of the 072° radial of the Texico VORTAC extending from the 20-mile radius to 16 miles east of the VORTAC.

    Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on February 29, 2016. Vonnie Royal, Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, Central Service Center.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05173 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA-R10-OAR-2016-0050; FRL-9943-59-Region 10] Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; Oregon: Interstate Transport of Lead and Nitrogen Dioxide AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Proposed rule.

    SUMMARY:

    The Clean Air Act (CAA) requires each State Implementation Plan (SIP) to contain adequate provisions prohibiting air emissions that will have certain adverse air quality effects in other states. On October 20, 2015, the State of Oregon made a submittal to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address these requirements. The EPA is proposing to approve the submittal as meeting the requirements that each SIP contain adequate provisions to prohibit emissions that will contribute significantly to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 2008 lead (Pb) and 2010 nitrogen dioxide (NO2) National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) in any other state.

    DATES:

    Written comments must be received on or before April 11, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID No. EPA-R10-OAR-2016-0050, at http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or removed from http://www.regulations.gov. The EPA may publish any comment received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information the disclosure of which is restricted by statute. Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written comment. The written comment is considered the official comment and should include discussion of all points you wish to make. The EPA will generally not consider comments or comment contents located outside of the primary submission (i.e. on the web, cloud, or other file sharing system). For additional submission methods, the full EPA public comment policy, information about CBI or multimedia submissions, and general guidance on making effective comments, please visit http://www2.epa.gov/dockets/commenting-epa-dockets.

    Docket: All documents in the electronic docket are listed in the http://www.regulations.gov index. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, i.e., CBI or other information the disclosure of which 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 at http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy during normal business hours at the Office of Air, Waste and Toxics, EPA Region 10, 1200 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Kristin Hall at (206) 553-6357, [email protected], or the above EPA, Region 10 address.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Throughout this document wherever “we,” “us,” or “our” is used, it is intended to refer to the EPA.

    Table of Contents I. Background II. State Submittal III. EPA Evaluation IV. Proposed Action V. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews I. Background

    On October 15, 2008, the EPA revised the level of the primary and secondary Pb NAAQS from 1.5 micrograms per cubic meter (µg/m3) to 0.15 μg/m3 (73 FR 66964, published November 12, 2008). On January 22, 2010, the EPA established a primary NO2 NAAQS at 100 parts per billion (ppb), averaged over one hour, supplementing the existing annual standard (75 FR 6474, published February 9, 2010).

    The CAA requires states to submit SIPs meeting sections 110(a)(1) and (2) within three years after promulgation of a new or revised standard. CAA sections 110(a)(1) and (2) address basic SIP requirements, including but not limited to emissions inventories, monitoring, and modeling to assure attainment and maintenance of the standards—so-called infrastructure requirements. To help states meet this statutory requirement, the EPA issued infrastructure guidance for the 2008 Pb NAAQS.1 Subsequently, on September 13, 2013, the EPA issued updated infrastructure guidance for multiple standards, including the 2010 one hour NO2 NAAQS.2

    1 Stephen D. Page, Director, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards. “Guidance on Infrastructure State Implementation Plan (SIP) Elements Required Under Sections 110(a)(1) and (2) for the 2008 Lead (Pb) National Ambient Air Quality Standards.” Memorandum to EPA Air Division Directors, Regions I-X, October 14, 2011.

    2 Stephen D. Page, Director, Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards. “Guidance on Infrastructure State Implementation Plan (SIP) Elements under Clean Air Act Sections 110(a)(1) and 110(a)(2).” Memorandum to EPA Air Division Directors, Regions 1-10, September 13, 2013.

    One of the infrastructure elements, CAA section 110(a)(2)(D)(i), requires SIPs to contain good neighbor provisions to prohibit certain adverse air quality effects on neighboring states due to interstate transport of pollution. There are four sub-elements within CAA section 110(a)(2)(D)(i). This action addresses the first two sub-elements of the good neighbor provisions, at CAA section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I). These sub-elements require that each SIP for a new or revised standard contain adequate provisions to prohibit any source or other type of emissions activity within the state from emitting air pollutants that will contribute significantly to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the applicable air quality standard in any other state.

    II. State Submittal

    On October 20, 2015, Oregon made a submittal to address the interstate transport requirements of CAA section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I) for multiple NAAQS, including the 2008 Pb and 2010 one hour NO2 NAAQS. We note that this action addresses the CAA section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I) interstate transport requirements for the 2008 Pb and 2010 one hour NO2 NAAQS only. We intend to address the remainder of the Oregon submittal, including requirements related to the 2010 one hour sulfur dioxide NAAQS and the 2012 annual fine particulate matter NAAQS in separate, future actions.

    CAA sections 110(a)(1) and (2) and section 110(l) require that revisions to a SIP be adopted by the state after reasonable notice and public hearing. The EPA has promulgated specific procedural requirements for SIP revisions in 40 CFR part 51, subpart F. These requirements include publication of notices by prominent advertisement in the relevant geographic area, a public comment period of at least 30 days, and an opportunity for a public hearing. The Oregon submittal included public process documentation, including a duly-noticed public hearing held on August 18, 2015. We find that the process followed by Oregon in adopting the SIP submittal complies with the procedural requirements for SIP revisions under CAA section 110 and the EPA's implementing regulations.

    III. EPA Evaluation A. 2008 Pb NAAQS

    The EPA believes, as noted in the October 14, 2011 infrastructure guidance, that the physical properties of Pb prevent Pb emissions from experiencing the same travel or formation phenomena as fine particulate matter or ozone. More specifically, there is a sharp decrease in Pb concentrations, at least in the coarse fraction, as the distance from a Pb source increases.

    Accordingly, while it may be possible for a source in a state to emit Pb in a location and in quantities that may contribute significantly to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the standard in another state, the EPA anticipates that this would be a rare situation, e.g., where large sources are in close proximity to state boundaries. The EPA's experience with initial Pb designations suggests that sources that emit less than 0.5 tons per year or that are located more than two miles from a state border generally appear unlikely to contribute significantly to nonattainment in another state.

    As recommended by the EPA's guidance, Oregon evaluated whether large sources of Pb are located in close proximity to the border that have emissions such that they contribute significantly to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 2008 Pb NAAQS in neighboring states. The state identified no sources of Pb emissions in Oregon greater than 0.5 tons per year that are also located within two miles of the border. The submittal also included a review of data from Pb monitors in bordering states and trends in monitored values in Oregon and bordering states.

    Compliance with the Pb NAAQS is measured by comparing the maximum rolling three-month average, over a three-year period, to the level of the NAAQS. This statistic represents the design value at a specific monitor. Oregon found that, for the design value period of 2011 through 2013, the only monitors violating the Pb NAAQS in a state bordering Oregon were those monitors located in Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Mateo, California. Oregon concluded that it is unlikely that sources in Oregon will significantly contribute to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 2008 Pb NAAQS in any other state.

    We reviewed the Oregon submittal with respect to Pb and we agree with the state's conclusion. 2011 national emissions inventory data confirm that there are no Oregon sources identified that emit 0.5 tons per year or more of Pb that are also located within two miles of the Oregon border.3 We also reviewed the most recent data on ambient Pb levels in neighboring states—that became available after Oregon conducted its analysis.

    3http://www3.epa.gov/ttn/chief/net/2011inventory.html.

    For the 2012 through 2014 design value period we found that, for the purposes of evaluating significant contribution to nonattainment, there are only two violating monitors in states that border Oregon.4 These monitors are located in San Mateo and San Diego, California, and are approximately 300 and 600 miles from the Oregon border, respectively. We also reviewed data for the previous two design value periods—2010 through 2012 and 2011 through 2013—for purposes of evaluating interference with maintenance. We identified one monitor in a bordering state that violated the 2008 Pb NAAQS in these previous periods, but attained the standard in the most recent period of 2012 through 2014. This monitor is located in Los Angeles, California—approximately 500 miles from the Oregon border. In all instances, none of these monitors are within sufficient proximity to Oregon to suggest that Pb emissions from Oregon will contribute significantly to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 2008 Pb NAAQS in any other state.

    4http://www.epa.gov/airtrends/values.html.

    With respect to potential new sources of Pb, we reviewed provisions in the Federally-approved Oregon SIP designed to control emissions of Pb. Oregon generally regulates new sources of Pb through its pre-construction and operating permit regulations for stationary sources. Oregon's pre-construction permitting rules are found at Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 340, Division 224—New Source Review. Oregon's Federally-enforceable state operating permit program is found at Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 340, Division 216—Air Contaminant Discharge Permits. These rules are designed to ensure that new or modified stationary sources will not cause or contribute to a violation of the applicable NAAQS.

    Based on the Oregon submittal and our review of more recent monitoring data and provisions in the Oregon SIP, we believe it is reasonable to conclude that Oregon emissions will not significantly contribute to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 2008 Pb NAAQS in any other state. We are proposing to approve the Oregon SIP as meeting the requirements of CAA section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I) for the 2008 Pb NAAQS.

    B. 2010 NO2 NAAQS

    In the submittal, Oregon reviewed monitoring data and trends to evaluate whether emissions in Oregon significantly contribute to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 2010 one hour NO2 NAAQS in other states. Compliance with the one hour NO2 NAAQS is determined by comparing the annual 98th percentile of the daily maximum one hour concentration values, averaged over three consecutive years to the level of the NAAQS. This statistic represents the design value at a specific monitor. Oregon found no violations of the one hour NO2 NAAQS at any established monitoring sites in the United States—for the design value period 2011 through 2013. Oregon also reviewed monitoring data from bordering states. The highest design value was 73 ppb at the San Diego, California, monitor—well below the 100 ppb level of the standard. Oregon asserted that a review of daily maximum one hour NO2 concentrations at monitors in Washington, California, Idaho and Nevada also indicate trends well below the standard.

    With respect to potential new emissions, Oregon cited provisions in the Oregon SIP that require review of new and modified stationary sources prior to construction. Planned new and modified major sources in attainment and unclassifiable areas must conduct air quality analyses to demonstrate that new emissions, along with emissions from existing sources, will not cause or contribute to a violation of any applicable standard. Based on ambient air monitoring data and provisions in the Oregon SIP that regulate new sources, Oregon determined that it is reasonable to conclude that emissions from sources in Oregon will not significantly contribute to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 2010 one hour NO2 NAAQS.

    We reviewed the Oregon submittal with respect to NO2 and we agree with the state's conclusion. We also reviewed the most recent data on ambient NO2 levels in neighboring states—that became available after Oregon conducted its analysis.

    For the purpose of evaluating significant contribution to nonattainment, we reviewed design values for the period 2012 through 2014 and found no monitors violating the one hour NO2 NAAQS in the United States.5 We also reviewed data for the previous two design value periods—2010 through 2012 and 2011 through 2013—to evaluate interference with maintenance. We found no monitors violating the one hour NO2 NAAQS in these previous periods, as well. Further, monitored values are well below 100 ppb in states bordering Oregon—63 ppb was the highest design value for 2012 through 2014, at the Los Angeles, California, monitor.

    5http://www.epa.gov/airtrends/values.html.

    We also reviewed provisions in the Federally-approved Oregon SIP designed to control emissions of NOX—of which NO2 is a subset. Oregon generally regulates emissions of NOX through its pre-construction permitting and operating permit regulations. Oregon's pre-construction permitting rules are found at Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 340, Division 224—New Source Review. Oregon's Federally-enforceable state operating permit program is found at Oregon Administrative Rules Chapter 340, Division 216—Air Contaminant Discharge Permits. These rules are designed ensure that new or modified stationary sources will not cause or contribute to a violation of the applicable NAAQS.

    Based on the Oregon submittal and our review of more recent monitoring data and provisions in the Oregon SIP, we believe it is reasonable to conclude that Oregon emissions will not significantly contribute to nonattainment or interfere with maintenance of the 2010 one hour NO2 NAAQS in any other state. We are proposing to approve the Oregon SIP as meeting the requirements of CAA section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I) for the 2010 one hour NO2 NAAQS.

    IV. Proposed Action

    We are proposing to approve the Oregon submittal for the purposes of meeting CAA section 110(a)(2)(D)(i)(I) interstate transport requirements for the 2008 Pb and 2010 one hour NO2 NAAQS. We intend to address the remainder of the submittal with respect to the 2010 one hour sulfur dioxide and 2012 annual fine particulate matter NAAQS in separate, future actions.

    V. 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, the EPA's role is to approve state choices, provided that they meet the criteria of the CAA. Accordingly, this action merely proposes to approve 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) 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 it does not involve technical standards; and

    • does not provide the 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 the 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 as specified by Executive Order 13175 (65 FR 67249, November 9, 2000), nor will it 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, Intergovernmental relations, Lead, Nitrogen dioxide, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    Authority:

    42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.

    Dated: March 2, 2016. Dennis J. McLerran, Regional Administrator, Region 10.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05557 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Indian Health Service 42 CFR Part 136 [RIN 0905AC97] Catastrophic Health Emergency Fund AGENCY:

    Indian Health Service, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice; extension of the comment period.

    SUMMARY:

    This document extends the comment period for the Catastrophic Health Emergency Fund (CHEF) notice of proposed rulemaking which was published in the Federal Register on January 26, 2016. The comment period for the notice, which would have ended on March 11, 2016, is extended by 60 days.

    DATES:

    The comment period for the notice published in the January 26, 2016 Federal Register (81 FR 4239) is extended to May 10, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    Because of staff and resource limitations, we cannot accept comments by facsimile transmission. You may submit comments in one of four ways (please choose only one of the ways listed):

    1. Electronically. You may submit written comments on this regulation to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the “Submit a Comment” instructions.

    2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments to the following address ONLY: Betty Gould, Regulations Officer, Indian Health Service, Office of Management Services, Division of Regulatory Affairs, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mailstop 09E70, Rockville, Maryland 20857.

    Please allow sufficient time for mailed comments to be received before the close of the comment period.

    3. By express or overnight mail. You may send written comments to the above address.

    4. By hand or courier. If you prefer, you may deliver (by hand or courier) your written comments before the close of the comment period to the address above. If you intend to deliver your comments to the Rockville address, please call telephone number (301) 443-1116 in advance to schedule your arrival with a staff member.

    Comments will be made available for public inspection at the Rockville address from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, approximately two weeks after publication of this notice.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ms. Terri Schmidt, Acting Director, Office of Resource Access and Partnerships, Indian Health Service, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mailstop 10E85C, Rockville, Maryland 20857. Telephone: (301) 443-1553.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The notice that was published in the Federal Register on January 26, 2016 advises the public that the Indian Health Service proposes to (1) establish definitions governing the CHEF, including definitions of disasters and catastrophic illnesses; (2) establish that a Service Unit shall not be eligible for reimbursement for the cost of treatment from CHEF until its cost of treating any victim of such catastrophic illness or disaster has reached a certain threshold cost; (3) establish a procedure for reimbursement of the portion of the costs for authorized services that exceed such threshold costs; (4) establish a procedure for payment from CHEF for cases in which the exigencies of the medical circumstances warrant treatment prior to the authorization of such treatment; and (5) establish a procedure that will ensure no payment will be made from CHEF to a Service Unit to the extent the provider of services is eligible to receive payment from any other Federal, State, local, or private source of reimbursement for which the patient is eligible.

    This comment period is being extended to allow all interested parties the opportunity to comment on the proposed rule. Therefore, we are extending the comment period until May 10, 2016.

    Dated: March 4, 2016. Elizabeth Fowler, Deputy Director for Management Operations Indian Health Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05555 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165-16-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 49 CFR Part 595 [Docket No. NHTSA-2016-0031] RIN 2127-AL67 Make Inoperative Exemptions; Vehicle Modifications To Accommodate People With Disabilities, Roof Crush Resistance AGENCY:

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Department of Transportation (DOT).

    ACTION:

    Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).

    SUMMARY:

    This NPRM proposes to amend 49 CFR part 595, subpart C, “Make Inoperative Exemptions, Vehicle Modifications to Accommodate People With Disabilities,” to include a new exemption relating to the Federal motor vehicle safety standard for roof crush resistance. The exemption would facilitate the mobility of physically disabled drivers and passengers. This document responds to a petition from Autoregs Consulting, Inc. on behalf of The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association.

    DATES:

    You should submit your comments early enough to ensure that the Docket receives them not later than May 10, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments to the docket number identified in the heading of this document by any of the following methods:

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

    Mail: Docket Management Facility: U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.

    Hand Delivery or Courier: 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.

    Fax: 202-493-2251.

    Instructions: For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the Public Participation heading of the Supplementary Information section of this document. Note that all comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Please see the Privacy Act heading below.

    Privacy Act: Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review DOT's complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477-78).

    For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov or the street address listed above. Follow the online instructions for accessing the dockets.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Christopher J. Wiacek, NHTSA Office of Crash Avoidance Standards, NVS-122 (telephone 202-366-4801) (fax 202-493-2739), or Jesse Chang, NHTSA Office of Chief Counsel, NCC-112 (telephone 202-366-2992) (fax 202-366-3820). The mailing address for these officials is: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background

    The National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act (49 U.S.C. chapter 301) (“Safety Act”) and NHTSA's regulations require vehicle manufacturers to certify that their vehicles comply with all applicable Federal motor vehicle safety standards (FMVSSs) (see 49 U.S.C. 30112; 49 CFR part 567). A vehicle manufacturer, distributor, dealer, or repair business generally may not knowingly make inoperative any part of a device or element of design installed in or on a motor vehicle in compliance with an applicable FMVSS (see 49 U.S.C. 30122). NHTSA has the authority to issue regulations that exempt regulated entities from the “make inoperative” provision (49 U.S.C. 30122(c)). The agency has used that authority to promulgate 49 CFR part 595 subpart C, “Make Inoperative Exemptions, Vehicle Modifications to Accommodate People with Disabilities.”

    49 CFR part 595 subpart C sets forth exemptions from the make inoperative provision to permit, under limited circumstances, vehicle modifications that take the vehicles out of compliance with certain FMVSSs when the vehicles are modified to be used by persons with disabilities after the first retail sale of the vehicle for purposes other than resale. The regulation was promulgated to facilitate the modification of motor vehicles so that persons with disabilities can drive or ride in them. The regulation involves information and disclosure requirements and limits the extent of modifications that may be made.

    Under the regulation, a motor vehicle repair business that modifies a vehicle to enable a person with a disability to operate or ride as a passenger in the motor vehicle and that avails itself of the exemption provided by 49 CFR part 595 subpart C must register with NHTSA. The modifier is exempted from the make inoperative provision of the Safety Act, but only to the extent that the modifications affect the vehicle's compliance with the FMVSSs specified in 49 CFR 595.7(c) and only to the extent specified in § 595.7(c). Modifications that would take the vehicle out of compliance with any other FMVSS, or with an FMVSS listed in § 595.7(c) but in a manner not specified in that paragraph are not exempted by the regulation. The modifier must affix a permanent label to the vehicle identifying itself as the modifier and the vehicle as no longer complying with all FMVSS in effect at original manufacture, and must provide and retain a document listing the FMVSSs with which the vehicle no longer complies and indicating any reduction in the load carrying capacity of the vehicle of more than 100 kilograms (220 pounds).

    II. FMVSS No. 216 “Roof Crush Resistance” and Part 595

    On May 12, 2009, as part of a comprehensive plan for reducing the serious risk of rollover crashes and the risk of death and serious injury in those crashes, NHTSA published in the Federal Register (74 FR 22348) a final rule substantially upgrading the roof crush resistance requirements by adopting new provisions in Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 216, Roof Crush Resistance. During the rulemaking, our analysis showed that roof strength is relevant to about seven percent (about 667) of the rollover crash fatalities each year. We estimated that the May 2009 rule would prevent 135 of those 667 fatalities. In summary, the final rule established the following main provisions.

    (1) For the vehicles currently subject to the standard, i.e., passenger cars and multipurpose passenger vehicles, trucks and buses with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 2,722 kilograms (6,000 pounds) or less, the rule doubled the amount of force the vehicle's roof structure must withstand in the specified test, from 1.5 times the vehicle's unloaded weight to 3.0 times the vehicle's unloaded weight. We note that this value is sometimes referred to as the strength-to-weight ratio (SWR), e.g., a SWR of 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, and so forth.

    (2) The rule extended the applicability of the standard so that it will also apply to vehicles with a GVWR greater than 2,722 kilograms (6,000 pounds), but not greater than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds). The rule established a SWR of 1.5 times for these vehicles.

    (3) The rule required all applicable vehicles to meet the specified force requirements in a two-sided test, an upgrade from the existing single-sided test, i.e., the same vehicle must meet the force requirements when tested first on one side and then on the other side of the vehicle prior to 127 mm of roof crush.

    (4) The rule established a new requirement for maintenance of headroom, i.e., survival space, during testing in addition to the existing limit on the amount of roof crush.

    As the agency was conscious of the fact that some vehicles are built in multiple stages, the rule provided an option for alterers and multi-stage (final stage) manufacturers (who complete or add raised roofs to vehicles prior to first retail sale) to certify to the school bus rollover protection requirements (FMVSS No. 220) instead. This option is available to manufacturers of vehicles with a GVWR greater than 2,722 kilograms (6,000 pounds), but not greater than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds), except those built on chassis-cab incomplete vehicles.

    While the option to certify to the requirements in FMVSS No. 220 is available to manufacturers that alter vehicles prior to first sale, modifiers are prohibited from making similar changes to a vehicle (originally certified to meet FMVSS No. 216a) after first sale (due to the aforementioned make-inoperative prohibition in section 30122 of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act). Further, 49 CFR part 595 does not currently provide for an exemption from FMVSS No. 216 for modifiers that raise the roof on vehicles to accommodate people with disabilities.

    III. Petition for Rulemaking

    On January 21, 2013, Autoregs Consulting, Inc. (Autoregs) on behalf of The National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA) submitted a petition for rulemaking to amend § 595.7 to include an exemption from certain requirements of FMVSS No. 216. In its petition, Autoregs requested flexibility to allow modifiers to replace a vehicle's original roof after first sale with a raised or altered roof to accommodate the needs of persons with disability. Instead of complying with those requirements of FMVSS No. 216, the Petitioner states that modifiers should be afforded the same option (as alterers and multistage manufacturers—who alter vehicles prior to first sale) of installing a roof system that complies with the requirements of FMVSS No. 220, School bus rollover protection.

    Autoregs explained that raising the roof of a vehicle is an everyday manufacturing operation for hundreds of NMEDA members, most of which are modifiers of vehicles with a GVWR greater than 2,722 kilograms (6,000 pounds), but not greater than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds). Autoregs further asserts there is a need for modifiers to raise the roofs of vehicles after first sale to meet the special needs of consumers with disabilities. Autoregs explained that in many cases a consumer will purchase a vehicle, usually over 2,722 kilograms (6,000 pounds) GVWR and then approach a modifier to have a roof raised. Generally, customers ask to raise the roof 30.5 to 35.6 centimeters (14 to 16 inches) to suit their special needs. In other cases, a public agency or independent transportation company will purchase a vehicle to have the roof raised to provide public transportation for special needs citizens. They state that the make-inoperative prohibition and upgraded FMVSS No. 216 makes it impossible for such modifiers to provide transportation that accommodates those individuals who need a vehicle with a raised roof to drive or to access public transportation due to a disability.

    While modifiers would have difficultly ensuring the modified roof continues to meet the performance specified in FMVSS No. 216, the Petitioner stated that such modifiers are able to change the roof structures of these vehicles in a way so as to accommodate the needs of persons with disabilities while still providing some roof strength protection to the vehicle occupants. Instead of adhering to the upgraded requirements of FMVSS No. 216, the petitioner states that such modifiers are able to ensure that a vehicle with the modified roof structure would meet the requirements of FMVSS No. 220.

    Prior to the upgrade to FMVSS No. 216, NMEDA had tested and provided consortium test and installation instruction to its members for a tubular structure, or roll cage, to comply with the requirements in FMVSS No. 220. NMEDA conducted this testing mainly because they believed that FMVSS No. 220 is a comparatively simpler test and the roll cage is less expensive to install. However, after the FMVSS No. 216 upgrade, a modifier that used the NMEDA roll cage would still be subject to the make-inoperative prohibition.

    IV. Response to Petition

    NHTSA tentatively agrees with the Petitioner and proposes to amend 49 CFR 595.7(c) and add an exemption to the upgraded roof strength requirements of FMVSS No. 216a. We also agree with the Petitioner and propose to condition this exemption on modifiers installing a new roof that would enable the vehicle to meet the performance requirements of FMVSS No. 220.

    A. What are the mobility needs that require accommodation?

    We tentatively agree with the Petitioner that there is a need to accommodate persons with special mobility needs in this situation and the new FMVSS No. 216 prevents vehicle modifiers from doing so. To accommodate those with disabilities, a vehicle's roof may have to be raised. Prior to the 2009 upgrade to FMVSS No. 216, the vast majority of the vehicles being modified for this purpose did not have to comply with any roof crush requirements because they were vehicles with a GVWR between 2,722 kilograms (6,000 pounds) and 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds). Thus, prior to the 2009 upgrade, modifiers could replace the roof of such a vehicle to accommodate a person with special mobility needs without making inoperative any equipment installed in compliance with FMVSS No. 216.

    While, such vehicles now have requirements under FMVSS No. 216, the need to accommodate such persons remains. A raised roof makes it easy for someone to enter the van seated in a wheelchair or for a personal care attendant to tend to them or walk in and out of the entrance. Doors may be raised in conjunction with a roof to enable a person in a wheelchair to enter without having to bend over or have a personal care attendant tilt the wheelchair back. Larger wheelchairs or motorized wheelchairs may also require modifications to the roof height to improve ingress and egress of the occupant. These modifications to the roof could take the vehicle out of compliance with the requirements of FMVSS No. 216.

    B. Our Proposal To Accommodate This Need

    We tentatively agree with the Petitioners that there is a need to provide an exemption in part 595 to the make inoperative prohibition for vehicles modified to accommodate persons with special mobility needs. We also tentatively agree with the Petitioners suggestion that FMVSS No. 220 is a viable alternative to ensure a minimum level of roof strength to protect the occupants of vehicles modified in this manner.

    Similar to the rationale we expressed in the 2009 upgrade of FMVSS No. 216 for altered vehicles (e.g., vehicles with a roof raised prior to first sale), we believe that there are certain technical problems modifying a vehicle to incorporate a raised roof and ensure that the vehicle continues to meet the requirements of the upgraded FMVSS No. 216. For example, if a van is altered by replacing its roof with a taller roof surface and structure, this would change the location of the test device with respect to the original roof surface and structure. If a vehicle is modified and the roof is raised to the heights suggested by the Petitioner (i.e., 305 to 356 mm), the 127 mm of platen travel specified in the requirements would likely be exceed prior to the platen engaging the original vehicle's roof structure in the FMVSS No. 216 test.

    We believe it would be difficult for modifiers (generally small businesses and subject to the differing needs of their customers) to raise the roof of a vehicle to these types of heights and ensure that the vehicle remains compliant with FMVSS No. 216 because the modified roof would require different testing for each variation of the roof modification. Given the small volume, variety of roof heights needed to accommodate different disabilities, and different vehicle models used for these modifications, we believe that there are substantial technical difficulties for designing a roof and structure that would enable a vehicle to continue to comply with FMVSS No. 216.

    However, we currently believe that providing FMVSS No. 220 as an option for compliance is a more appropriate balance between the need to modify these vehicles to accommodate a person with a disability and our interest in ensuring a sufficient level of safety. With FMVSS No. 220, modifiers can use a whole raised roof that is designed to be installed on the vehicle. Further, such a raised roof could be applied to vehicles of varying height and would still be able to absorb the load of the platen in the FMVSS No. 220 test. As the Petitioner stated, such a roof structure (that can be applied to the variety of needed modifications and would enable the modified vehicle to meet FMVSS No. 220) has been designed and is available to modifiers. NMEDA developed the Raised Roof Manufacturing Guidelines 1 which provide their members with roof structure designs and installation considerations such that the modified vehicle would meet the minimum load requirements in FMVSS No. 220.

    1 NMEDA, Raised Roof Manufacturing Guidelines—Ford E series GM/Chevrolet Savana/Express Model years 2008-2009-2010, Revision 2, January 19, 2010.

    Further, as we stated in the 2009 upgrade to FMVSS No. 216, we believe that the requirements of FMVSS No. 220 offer a reasonable avenue for increasing safety in rollover crashes. We note that several states already require “para-transit” vans and other buses, which are typically manufactured in multiple stages, to comply with the roof crush requirements of FMVSS No. 220. These states include Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Michigan, Utah, Alabama, and California. Further, our crash data continue to show that FMVSS No. 220 has been effective for protecting school buses during rollover crashes.

    In addition, we believe that the strength requirements for FMVSS Nos. 216 and 220 are comparable—even though the test procedures differ. FMVSS No. 216 requires the roof to withstand a force that 1.5 times the unloaded vehicle weight of the vehicle when an angled plate (5 degree pitch forward and 25 degree rotation outward, along its lateral axis) is applied to the front corner of the roof over the occupant compartment on one side prior to 127 mm (5 inches) of plate travel or the roof makes contact with the head of seat 50th percentile dummy and repeated on the other side of the vehicle. The FMVSS No. 220 test uses a single horizontal platen over the whole roof of the vehicle to apply a load to the vehicle's roof. The standard requires the roof to withstand a force of 1.5 times the vehicle`s unloaded weight prior to 130 mm (5.1 inches) limit of platen travel.

    Thus, we recognize the concerns raised by Autoregs on behalf of NMEDA for continued mobility for people with disabilities with respect to the new FMVSS No. 216 requirements and tentatively believe their request to allow modifiers the option of meeting the performance requirements of FMVSS No. 220 reasonable. The agency continues to believe the requirements of FMVSS No. 220 have been effective for school buses and allows it as an option for certain multi-stage vehicles when the new requirements of FMVSS No. 216 become effective in 2017. In the context of the Petitioner's request and the work NMEDA has conducted in developing Raised Roof Manufacturing Guidelines for its members, we believe FMVSS No. 220 offers a reasonable avenue to balance the practicability of modifying vehicles to accommodate persons with a disability and the need to increase safety in rollover crashes. We request comments on the proposed exemption.

    V. Rulemaking Analyses and Notices Executive Order 12866 and DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures

    NHTSA has considered the impact of this rulemaking action under E.O. 12866 and the Department of Transportation's regulatory policies and procedures. This rulemaking document was not reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget under E.O. 12866, “Regulatory Planning and Review.” It is not considered to be significant under E.O. 12866 or the Department's Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034; February 26, 1979). NHTSA has determined that the effects are so minor that a regulatory evaluation is not needed to support the subject rulemaking. This rulemaking would impose no costs on the vehicle modification industry.

    Modifying a vehicle in a way that makes inoperative the performance of roof crush resistance could be detrimental for the occupants of the vehicle involved in a rollover crash. By allowing modifiers the option of designing a roof system to the school bus rollover test procedure and strength requirements there is essentially no known safety trade-off for persons with disabilities. The number of vehicles potentially modified would be also very few in number. The agency believes we have made the exemption narrow and conditioned on maintaining the integrity of the roof. This issue has also been discussed in the 2009 upgrade to the requirements of Standard No. 216. We have requested comments on how the agency may make the exemption as narrow as reasonably possible.

    Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Pursuant to the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq., as amended by the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) of 1996), whenever an agency is required to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking 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 entities (i.e., small businesses, small organizations, and small governmental jurisdictions). The Small Business Administration's regulations at 13 CFR part 121 define a small business, in part, as a business entity “which operates primarily within the United States.” (13 CFR 121.105(a)). No regulatory flexibility analysis is required if the head of an agency certifies the rule will 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 a statement of the factual basis for certifying that a rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

    NHTSA has considered the effects of this proposed rule under the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Most dealerships and repair businesses are considered small entities, and a substantial number of these businesses modify vehicles to accommodate individuals with disabilities. I certify that this proposed rule would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. While most dealers and repair businesses would be considered small entities, the proposed exemption would not impose any new requirements, but would instead provide additional flexibility. Therefore, the impacts on any small businesses affected by this rulemaking would not be substantial.

    Executive Order 13132 (Federalism)

    NHTSA has examined today's proposed rule pursuant to Executive Order 13132 (64 FR 43255; Aug. 10, 1999) and concluded that no additional consultation with States, local governments, or their representatives is mandated beyond the rulemaking process. The agency has concluded that the proposed rule does not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant consultation with State and local officials or the preparation of a federalism summary impact statement. The proposal does not have “substantial direct effects 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.” This proposed rule would not impose any requirements on anyone. This proposal would lessen a burden on modifiers.

    NHTSA rules can have preemptive effect in two ways. First, the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act contains an express preemption provision stating that a State (or a political subdivision of a State) may prescribe or continue to enforce a standard that applies to an aspect of performance of a motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment only if the standard is identical to the FMVSS governing the same aspect of performance. See 49 U.S.C. 30103(b)(1). This provision is not relevant to this rulemaking as it does not involve the establishing, amending or revoking of a Federal motor vehicle safety standard.

    Second, the Supreme Court has recognized the possibility, in some instances, of implied preemption of State requirements imposed on motor vehicle manufacturers, including sanctions imposed by State tort law. We are unaware of any State law or action that would prohibit the actions that this proposed rule would permit.

    Civil Justice Reform

    When promulgating a regulation, agencies are required under Executive Order 12988 to make every reasonable effort to ensure that the regulation, as appropriate: (1) Specifies in clear language the preemptive effect; (2) specifies in clear language the effect on existing Federal law or regulation, including all provisions repealed, circumscribed, displaced, impaired, or modified; (3) provides a clear legal standard for affected conduct rather than a general standard, while promoting simplification and burden reduction; (4) specifies in clear language the retroactive effect; (5) specifies whether administrative proceedings are to be required before parties may file suit in court; (6) explicitly or implicitly defines key terms; and (7) addresses other important issues affecting clarity and general draftsmanship of regulations.

    Pursuant to this Order, NHTSA notes as follows. The preemptive effect of this proposed rule is discussed above. NHTSA notes further that there is no requirement that individuals submit a petition for reconsideration or pursue other administrative proceeding before they may file suit in court.

    National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act

    Under the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (NTTAA) (Pub. L. 104-113), “all Federal agencies and departments shall use technical standards that are developed or adopted by voluntary consensus standards bodies, using such technical standards as a means to carry out policy objectives or activities determined by the agencies and departments.” Voluntary consensus standards are technical standards (e.g., materials specifications, test methods, sampling procedures, and business practices) that are developed or adopted by voluntary consensus standards bodies, such as the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The NTTAA directs us to provide Congress, through OMB, explanations when we decide not to use available and applicable voluntary consensus standards. No voluntary standards exist regarding this proposed exemption for modification of vehicles to accommodate persons with disabilities.

    Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

    The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 requires agencies to prepare a written assessment of the costs, benefits and other effects of proposed or final rules that include a Federal mandate likely to result in the expenditure by State, local or tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of more than $100 million annually (adjusted for inflation with base year of 1995). This proposed exemption would not result in expenditures by State, local or tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector in excess of $100 million annually.

    National Environmental Policy Act

    NHTSA has analyzed this rulemaking action for the purposes of the National Environmental Policy Act. The agency has determined that implementation of this action would not have any significant impact on the quality of the human environment.

    Paperwork Reduction Act

    Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), a person is not required to respond to a collection of information by a Federal agency unless the collection displays a valid OMB control number. This proposal does not contain new reporting requirements or requests for information beyond what is already required by 49 CFR part 595 subpart C.

    Plain Language

    Executive Order 12866 requires each agency to write all rules in plain language. Application of the principles of plain language includes consideration of the following questions:

    • Have we organized the material to suit the public's needs?

    • Are the requirements in the rule clearly stated?

    • Does the rule contain technical language or jargon that isn't clear?

    • Would a different format (grouping and order of sections, use of headings, paragraphing) make the rule easier to understand?

    • Would more (but shorter) sections be better?

    • Could we improve clarity by adding tables, lists, or diagrams?

    • What else could we do to make the rule easier to understand?

    If you have any responses to these questions, please include them in your comments on this proposal.

    Regulation Identifier Number (RIN)

    The Department of Transportation assigns a regulation identifier number (RIN) to each regulatory action listed in the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulations. The Regulatory Information Service Center publishes the Unified Agenda in April and October of each year. You may use the RIN contained in the heading at the beginning of this document to find this action in the Unified Agenda.

    Public Participation How do I prepare and submit comments?

    Your comments must be written and in English. To ensure that your comments are correctly filed in the Docket, please include the docket number of this document in your comments.

    Your comments must not be more than 15 pages long. (49 CFR 553.21). We established this limit to encourage you to write your primary comments in a concise fashion. However, you may attach necessary additional documents to your comments. There is no limit on the length of the attachments.

    Comments may also be submitted to the docket electronically by logging onto the Docket Management System Web site at http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.

    Please note that pursuant to the Data Quality Act, in order for substantive data to be relied upon and used by the agency, it must meet the information quality standards set forth in the OMB and DOT Data Quality Act guidelines. Accordingly, we encourage you to consult the guidelines in preparing your comments. OMB's guidelines may be accessed at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/fedreg/reproducible.html.

    How can I be sure that my comments were received?

    If you wish Docket Management to notify you upon its receipt of your comments, enclose a self-addressed, stamped postcard in the envelope containing your comments. Upon receiving your comments, Docket Management will return the postcard by mail.

    How do I submit confidential business information?

    If you wish to submit any information under a claim of confidentiality, you should submit three copies of your complete submission, including the information you claim to be confidential business information, to the Chief Counsel, NHTSA, at the address given above under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. In addition, you should submit a copy, from which you have deleted the claimed confidential business information, to the docket at the address given above under ADDRESSES. When you send a comment containing information claimed to be confidential business information, you should include a cover letter setting forth the information specified in our confidential business information regulation. (49 CFR part 512.)

    Will the agency consider late comments?

    We will consider all comments received before the close of business on the comment closing date indicated above under DATES. To the extent possible, we will also consider comments that the docket receives after that date. If the docket receives a comment too late for us to consider in developing a final rule (assuming that one is issued), we will consider that comment as an informal suggestion for future rulemaking action.

    How can I read the comments submitted by other people?

    You may read the comments received by the docket at the address given above under ADDRESSES. The hours of the docket are indicated above in the same location. You may also see the comments on the Internet. To read the comments on the Internet, go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for accessing the dockets.

    Please note that even after the comment closing date, we will continue to file relevant information in the docket as it becomes available. Further, some people may submit late comments. Accordingly, we recommend that you periodically check the Docket for new material. You can arrange with the docket to be notified when others file comments in the docket. See www.regulations.gov for more information.

    List of Subjects in 49 CFR Part 595

    Motor vehicle safety, Motor vehicles.

    In consideration of the foregoing, we propose to amend 49 CFR part 595 to read as follows:

    PART 595—MAKE INOPERATIVE EXEMPTIONS 1. The authority citation for part 595 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    49 U.S.C. 322, 30111, 30115, 30117, 30122 and 30166; delegation of authority at 49 CFR 1.95.

    2. Amend § 595.7 by adding paragraph (c)(18) to read as follows:
    § 595.7 Requirements for vehicle modifications to accommodate people with disabilities.

    (c) * * *

    (18) S5.2(b) of 49 CFR 571.216a, in any case where the vehicle, after modification, meets the roof crush requirements in S4 of 49 CFR 571.220 when tested in accordance to S5 of 49 CFR 571.220.

    Issued on: March 2, 2016. R. Ryan Posten, Associate Administrator for Rulemaking.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05372 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-59-P
    81 48 Friday, March 11, 2016 Notices DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS-2015-0100] Availability of an Environmental Assessment for Field Testing a Canine Osteosarcoma Vaccine, Live Listeria Vector AGENCY:

    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION:

    Notice of availability.

    SUMMARY:

    We are advising the public that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has prepared an environmental assessment concerning authorization to ship for the purpose of field testing, and then to field test, an unlicensed Canine Osteosarcoma Vaccine, Live Listeria Vector. The environmental assessment, which is based on a risk analysis prepared to assess the risks associated with the field testing of this vaccine, examines the potential effects that field testing this veterinary vaccine could have on the quality of the human environment. Based on the risk analysis and other relevant data, we have reached a preliminary determination that field testing this veterinary vaccine will not have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment, and that an environmental impact statement need not be prepared. We intend to authorize shipment of this vaccine for field testing following the close of the comment period for this notice unless new substantial issues bearing on the effects of this action are brought to our attention. We also intend to issue a U.S. Veterinary Biological Product license for this vaccine, provided the field test data support the conclusions of the environmental assessment and the issuance of a finding of no significant impact and the product meets all other requirements for licensing.

    DATES:

    We will consider all comments that we receive on or before April 11, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

    • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2015-0100.

    • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2015-0100, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.

    Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2015-0100 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799-7039 before coming.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Dr. Donna Malloy, Operational Support Section, Center for Veterinary Biologics, Policy, Evaluation, and Licensing, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 148, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; phone (301) 851-3426, fax (301) 734-4314.

    For information regarding the environmental assessment or the risk analysis, or to request a copy of the environmental assessment (as well as the risk analysis with confidential business information removed), contact Dr. Patricia L. Foley, Risk Manager, Center for Veterinary Biologics, Policy, Evaluation, and Licensing, VS, APHIS, 1920 Dayton Avenue, P.O. Box 844, Ames, IA 50010; phone (515) 337-6100, fax (515) 337-6120.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Under the Virus-Serum-Toxin Act (21 U.S.C. 151 et seq.), a veterinary biological product must be shown to be pure, safe, potent, and efficacious before a veterinary biological product license may be issued. A field test is generally necessary to satisfy prelicensing requirements for veterinary biological products. Prior to conducting a field test on an unlicensed product, an applicant must obtain approval from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), as well as obtain APHIS' authorization to ship the product for field testing.

    To determine whether to authorize shipment and grant approval for the field testing of the unlicensed product referenced in this notice, APHIS considers the potential effects of this product on the safety of animals, public health, and the environment. Using the risk analysis and other relevant data, APHIS has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) concerning the field testing of the following unlicensed veterinary biological product:

    Requester: Antelope Valley Bios, Inc.

    Product: Canine Osteosarcoma Vaccine, Live Listeria Vector.

    Possible Field Test Locations: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, and Pennsylvania.

    The above-mentioned product consists of a highly attenuated Listeria monocytogenes strain that expresses a HER2/neu chimeric protein. It induces a strong cell-mediated immune response as an aid in the treatment of dogs with osteosarcoma. It will be administered only in a veterinary clinic or veterinary oncology center by trained personnel.

    The EA has been prepared in accordance with: (1) The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), (2) regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality for implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500-1508), (3) USDA regulations implementing NEPA (7 CFR part 1b), and (4) APHIS' NEPA Implementing Procedures (7 CFR part 372).

    Unless substantial issues with adverse environmental impacts are raised in response to this notice, APHIS intends to issue a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) based on the EA and authorize shipment of the above product for the initiation of field tests following the close of the comment period for this notice.

    Because the issues raised by field testing and by issuance of a license are identical, APHIS has concluded that the EA that is generated for field testing would also be applicable to the proposed licensing action. Provided that the field test data support the conclusions of the original EA and the issuance of a FONSI, APHIS does not intend to issue a separate EA and FONSI to support the issuance of the product license, and would determine that an environmental impact statement need not be prepared. APHIS intends to issue a veterinary biological product license for this vaccine following completion of the field test provided no adverse impacts on the human environment are identified and provided the product meets all other requirements for licensing.

    Authority:

    21 U.S.C. 151-159.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 7th day of March 2016. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05533 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410-34-P
    DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS-2015-0105] International Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standard-Setting Activities AGENCY:

    Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

    ACTION:

    Notice and request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with legislation implementing the results of the Uruguay Round of negotiations under the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, we are informing the public of the international standard-setting activities of the World Organization for Animal Health, the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention, and the North American Plant Protection Organization, and we are soliciting public comment on the standards to be considered.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

    • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2015-0105.

    • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2015-0105, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.

    Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2015-0105 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 7997039 before coming.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For general information on the topics covered in this notice, contact Ms. Jessica Mahalingappa, Assistant Deputy Administrator for Trade and Capacity Building, International Services, APHIS, Room 1132, USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250; (202) 799-7121.

    For specific information regarding standard-setting activities of the World Organization for Animal Health, contact Dr. Michael David, Director, International Animal Health Standards Team, National Import Export Services, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 33, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 851-3302.

    For specific information regarding the standard-setting activities of the International Plant Protection Convention, contact Dr. Marina Zlotina, IPPC Technical Director, International Phytosanitary Standards, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 130, Riverdale, MD 20737, (301) 851-2200.

    For specific information on the North American Plant Protection Organization, contact Ms. Patricia Abad, NAPPO Technical Director, International Phytosanitary Standards, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 130, Riverdale, MD, 20737, (301) 851-2264.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background

    The World Trade Organization (WTO) was established as the common international institutional framework for governing trade relations among its members in matters related to the Uruguay Round Agreements. The WTO is the successor organization to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade. U.S. membership in the WTO was approved by Congress when it enacted the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (Pub. L. 103-465), which was signed into law on December 8, 1994. The WTO Agreements, which established the WTO, entered into force with respect to the United States on January 1, 1995. The Uruguay Round Agreements Act amended Title IV of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (19 U.S.C. 2531 et seq.). Section 491 of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2578), requires the President to designate an agency to be responsible for informing the public of the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) standard-setting activities of each international standard-setting organization. The designated agency must inform the public by publishing an annual notice in the Federal Register that provides the following information: (1) The SPS standards under consideration or planned for consideration by the international standard-setting organization; and (2) for each SPS standard specified, a description of the consideration or planned consideration of that standard, a statement of whether the United States is participating or plans to participate in the consideration of that standard, the agenda for U.S. participation, if any, and the agency responsible for representing the United States with respect to that standard.

    “International standard” is defined in 19 U.S.C. 2578b as any standard, guideline, or recommendation: (1) Adopted by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex) regarding food safety; (2) developed under the auspices of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE, formerly known as the Office International des Epizooties) regarding animal health and welfare, and zoonoses; (3) developed under the auspices of the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) in cooperation with the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) regarding plant health; or (4) established by or developed under any other international organization agreed to by the member countries of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) or the member countries of the WTO.

    The President, pursuant to Proclamation No. 6780 of March 23, 1995 (60 FR 15845), designated the Secretary of Agriculture as the official responsible for informing the public of the SPS standard-setting activities of Codex, OIE, IPPC, and NAPPO. The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) informs the public of Codex standard-setting activities, and USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) informs the public of OIE, IPPC, and NAPPO standard-setting activities.

    FSIS publishes an annual notice in the Federal Register to inform the public of SPS standard-setting activities for Codex. Codex was created in 1962 by two United Nations organizations, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization. It is the major international organization for encouraging international trade in food and protecting the health and economic interests of consumers.

    APHIS is responsible for publishing an annual notice of OIE, IPPC, and NAPPO activities related to international standards for plant and animal health and representing the United States with respect to these standards. Following are descriptions of the OIE, IPPC, and NAPPO organizations and the standard-setting agenda for each of these organizations. We have described the agenda that each of these organizations will address at their annual general sessions, including standards that may be presented for adoption or consideration, as well as other initiatives that may be underway at the OIE, IPPC, and NAPPO.

    The agendas for these meetings are subject to change, and the draft standards identified in this notice may not be sufficiently developed and ready for adoption as indicated. Also, while it is the intent of the United States to support adoption of international standards and to participate actively and fully in their development, it should be recognized that the U.S. position on a specific draft standard will depend on the acceptability of the final draft. Given the dynamic and interactive nature of the standard-setting process, we encourage any persons who are interested in the most current details about a specific draft standard or the U.S. position on a particular standard-setting issue, or in providing comments on a specific standard that may be under development, to contact APHIS. Contact information is provided at the beginning of this notice under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    OIE Standard-Setting Activities

    The OIE was established in Paris, France, in 1924, with the signing of an international agreement by 28 countries. It is currently composed of 180 Members, each of which is represented by a delegate who, in most cases, is the chief veterinary officer of that country or territory. The WTO has recognized the OIE as the international forum for setting animal health and welfare standards, reporting global animal disease events, and presenting guidelines and recommendations on sanitary measures relating to animal health.

    The OIE facilitates intergovernmental cooperation to prevent the spread of contagious diseases in animals by sharing scientific research among its Members. The major functions of the OIE are to collect and disseminate information on the distribution and occurrence of animal diseases and to ensure that science-based standards govern international trade in animals and animal products. The OIE aims to achieve these through the development and revision of international standards for diagnostic tests, vaccines, and the safe international trade of animals and animal products.

    The OIE provides annual reports on the global distribution of animal diseases, recognizes the free status of Members for certain diseases, categorizes animal diseases with respect to their international significance, publishes bulletins on global disease status, and provides animal disease control guidelines to Members. Various OIE commissions and working groups undertake the development and preparation of draft standards, which are then circulated to Members for consultation (review and comment). Draft standards are revised accordingly and are then presented to the OIE World Assembly of Delegates (all the Members) during the General Session, which meets annually every May, for review and adoption. Adoption, as a general rule, is based on consensus of the OIE membership.

    The next OIE General Session is scheduled for May 22 to May 27, 2016, in Paris, France. Currently, the Deputy Administrator for APHIS' Veterinary Services program is the official U.S. Delegate to the OIE. The Deputy Administrator for APHIS' Veterinary Services program intends to participate in the proceedings and will discuss or comment on APHIS' position on any standard up for adoption. Information about OIE draft Terrestrial and Aquatic Animal Health Code chapters may be found on the Internet at http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal-health/export-animals-oie or by contacting Dr. Michael David (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT above).

    OIE Terrestrial and Aquatic Animal Health Code Chapters and Appendices Adopted During the May 2015 General Session

    More than 30 Code chapters were amended, rewritten, or newly proposed and presented for adoption at the General Session. The following Code chapters are of particular interest to the United States:

    1. Glossary

    Text was changed in this Code chapter for the definition of “Stamping out,” particularly the removal of the phrase that includes “in whole or in part”, which may be misinterpreted and cause confusion.

    2. User's Guide

    Text in this Code chapter was modified for clarity.

    3. Chapter 3.2., Evaluation of Veterinary Services

    Text in this Code chapter was modified for clarity and consistency.

    4. Chapter 4.7., Collection and Processing of In-Vivo Derived Embryos From Livestock and Horses

    Text in this Code chapter was modified for clarity.

    5. Chapter 5.1., General Obligation Related to Certification

    Text in this Code chapter was modified and precise definitions for standard, guideline, and recommendation will be provided by the Commission for Member Country comment.

    6. Chapter 5.2., Certification Procedures

    Text in this Code chapter had minor modifications for clarity.

    7. Chapter 6.5., Prevention, Detection, and Control of Salmonella in Poultry *

    Text in this Code chapter was modified for clarity.

    8. Chapter 7.X., Animal Welfare and Dairy Cattle Production Systems

    This is a new Code chapter and the text will be modified for clarity and consistency in the future as the Commission proposes changes for comment.

    9. Chapter 7.10., Animal Welfare and Broiler Production

    Text in this Code chapter was modified for clarity.

    10. Chapter 7.5., Slaughter of Animals

    Proposed text in this Code chapter was not adopted and the chapter remains as currently written.

    11. Chapter 8.X., Infection With Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease Virus

    This is a new Code chapter that was adopted with minimal discussion and closely parallels the current chapter for bluetongue.

    12. Chapter 15.3., Infection With Taenia Solium

    This is a new Code chapter that was adopted and additional comments will be submitted on the limits of cysticerci detections per carcass and the appropriate temperature to inactivate the cysticerci.

    13. Chapter 4.16., High Health Status Horse Subpopulation

    This Code chapter was adopted in 2014. It presents the concept of “higher health status” horses, which by being closely monitored and tested for certain diseases should be able to move in and out of countries, where they may compete with greater ease than they would otherwise.

    14. Chapter 11.4., Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy

    The text in this chapter was updated to recognize the distinction between “classical BSE” and “atypical BSE”.

    15. Chapter 10.4., Infection With Avian Influenza Viruses

    The text in this Code chapter was minimally modified to align it with similar text in Code Chapter 10.9. “Infection with Newcastle Disease Virus.”

    The following Aquatic Manual chapters were revised and adopted, and are of particular interest to the United States:

    Chapter 2.2.2. Infectious hypodermal and haematopoietic necrosis Chapter 2.2.4. Necrotising hepatopancreatitis Chapter 2.2.5. Taura syndrome Chapter 2.2.8. Infection with yellow head virus Chapter 2.4.7. Infection with Perkinsus olseni OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code Chapters and Appendices for Future Review

    • Glossary.

    • Chapter 1.1., Notification of diseases.

    • Chapter 1.2., Criteria for inclusion OIE list.

    • Chapter 15.1., Infection with African swine fever.

    • Chapter 6.X., Salmonella in cattle.

    • Chapter 11.5., Bovine tuberculosis.

    • Chapter 6.9., Responsible and prudent use of antimicrobial agents in veterinary medicine.

    • Chapter 11.12., Theileriosis.

    • Chapter 12.10., Glanders.

    • Chapter 10.5., Avian mycoplasmosis (Mycoplasma gallisepticum).

    • Chapter 11.11., Lumpy skin disease.

    • Chapter 4.16., High health status horse subpopulation.

    IPPC Standard-Setting Activities

    The IPPC is a multilateral convention adopted in 1952 for the purpose of securing common and effective action to prevent the spread and introduction of pests of plants and plant products and to promote appropriate measures for their control. Under the IPPC, the understanding of plant protection has been, and continues to be, broad, encompassing the protection of both cultivated and non-cultivated plants from direct or indirect injury by plant pests. Activities addressed by the IPPC include the development and establishment of international plant health standards (ISPMs), the harmonization of phytosanitary activities through emerging standards, the facilitation of the exchange of official and scientific information among countries, and the furnishing of technical assistance to developing countries that are signatories to the IPPC.

    The IPPC is under the authority of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the members of the Secretariat of the IPPC are appointed by the FAO. The IPPC is implemented by national plant protection organizations (NPPOs) in cooperation with regional plant protection organizations (RPPOs), the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM), and the Secretariat of the IPPC. The United States plays a major role in all standard-setting activities under the IPPC and has representation on FAO's highest governing body, the FAO Conference.

    The United States became a contracting party to the IPPC in 1972 and has been actively involved in furthering the work of the IPPC ever since. The IPPC was amended in 1979, and the amended version entered into force in 1991 after two-thirds of the contracting countries accepted the amendment. More recently, in 1997, contracting parties completed negotiations on further amendments that were approved by the FAO Conference and submitted to the parties for acceptance. This 1997 amendment updated phytosanitary concepts and formalized the standard-setting structure within the IPPC. The 1997 amended version of the IPPC entered into force after two-thirds of the contracting parties notified the Director General of FAO of their acceptance of the amendment in October 2005. The U.S. Senate gave its advice and consent to acceptance of the newly revised IPPC on October 18, 2000. The President submitted the official letter of acceptance to the FAO Director General on October 4, 2001.

    The IPPC has been, and continues to be, administered at the national level by plant quarantine officials whose primary objective is to safeguard plant resources from injurious pests. In the United States, the national plant protection organization is APHIS' Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) program.

    Every 2 years, NPPOs and RPPOs propose topics for ISPMs, which are then prioritized and approved by the CPM. All contracting parties agree to the scope of the draft ISPM and then NPPOs and RPPOs nominate experts to draft the ISPM. The draft ISPM then enters the member consultation stage, in which countries submit comments. The comments are incorporated and the draft ISPM is presented for the final member consultation stage, and is then adopted by the CPM. On average, this process takes 5 to 7 years. More detailed information on the standard setting process can be found on the IPPC Web site.1

    1 IPPC Standard Setting procedure: https://www.ippc.int/core-activities/standards-setting.

    Each member country is represented on the CPM by a single delegate. Although experts and advisors may accompany the delegate to meetings of the CPM, only the delegate (or an authorized alternate) may represent each member country in considering a standard proposed for approval. Parties involved in a vote by the CPM are to make every effort to reach agreement on all matters by consensus. Only after all efforts to reach a consensus have been exhausted may a decision on a standard be passed by a vote of two-thirds of delegates present and voting.

    Technical experts from the United States have participated directly in working groups and indirectly as reviewers of all IPPC draft standards. The United States also has a representative on the Standards Committee, Capacity Development Committee, and the CPM Bureau. In addition, documents and positions developed by APHIS and NAPPO have been sources of significant input for many of the standards adopted to date. This notice describes each of the IPPC standards currently under consideration or up for adoption. Interested individuals may review the standards 2 and submit comments to Dr. Marina Zlotina (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT above).

    2 Draft ISPMs submitted for member consultation: https://www.ippc.int/core-activities/standards-setting/member-consultation-draft-ispms. Draft ISPMs submitted for substantial concerns commenting period: https://www.ippc.int/core-activities/standards-setting/substantial-concerns-commenting-period-sccp-draft-ispms. Draft ISPMs submitted for adoption: https://www.ippc.int/core-activities/standards-setting/formal-objections-draft-ispms-14-days-prior-cpm.

    The 10th Session of the CPM took place from March 16 to 20, 2015, at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy. The Deputy Administrator for APHIS' PPQ program was the U.S. delegate to the CPM. The Deputy Administrator participated in the proceedings and discussed or commented on APHIS' position on any standards up for adoption.

    The following standards were adopted by the CPM at its 2015 meeting. The United States participated in consideration of these standards. The U.S. position on each of these issues were developed prior to the CPM session and were based on APHIS' analysis, information from other U.S. Government agencies, and relevant scientific information from interested stakeholders:

    • Annex 3 to ISPM 26 (Establishment of pest free areas for fruit flies (Tephritidae)) on Phytosanitary procedures for fruit fly (Tephritidae) management

    • ISPM 5: Glossary of Phytosanitary Terms

    • Annexes to ISPM 28: Phytosanitary treatments

    ○ Cold treatment for Bactrocera tryoni on Citrus sinensis

    ○ Cold treatment for Bactrocera tryoni on Citrus reticulata x C. sinensis

    ○ Cold treatment for Bactrocera tryoni on Citrus limon

    ○ Irradiation for Dysmicoccus neobrevipes, Planococcus lilacinus, and Planococcus minor

    • Annexes to ISPM 27: Diagnostic Protocols

    Phyllosticta citricarpa (McAlpine) Aa on fruit

    Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri

    ○ Potato spindle tuber viroid

    Other APHIS key achievements from the 2015 CPM meeting were to promote the IPPC Secretariat Enhancement Evaluation study, initiate the review of the IPPC standard setting process, lead and influence the international direction on electronic certification, support the establishment of the International Year of Plant Health in 2020, and continue to support plans for an international workshop in wood packaging material (ISPM 15).

    New Standard-Setting Initiatives, Including Those in Development

    A number of expert working group (EWG) meetings or other technical consultations took place during 2015 on the topics listed below. These standard-setting initiatives are under development and may be considered for future adoption. APHIS intends to participate actively and fully in each of these working groups. The U.S. position on each of the topics to be addressed by these various working groups was developed prior to these working group meetings and was based on APHIS' technical analysis, information from other U.S. Government agencies, and relevant scientific information from interested stakeholders:

    • EWG on the revision of ISPM 6: Guidelines for surveillance

    • Technical Panel on Fruit Flies

    • Technical Panel on the Glossary of Phytosanitary Terms

    • Technical Panel on Diagnostic Protocols

    • Technical Panel on Phytosanitary Treatments

    For more detailed information on the above, contact Dr. Marina Zlotina (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT above).

    APHIS posts links to draft standards on the Internet as they become available and provides information on the due dates for comments.3 Additional information on IPPC standards (including the standard setting process and adopted standards) is available on the IPPC Web site.4 For the most current information on official U.S. participation in IPPC activities, including U.S. positions on standards being considered, contact Dr. Marina Zlotina (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT above). Those wishing to provide comments on any of the areas of work being undertaken by the IPPC may do so at any time by responding to this notice (see ADDRESSES above) or by providing comments through Dr. Zlotina.

    3 For more information on the IPPC draft ISPM member consultation: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/plant_health/international/PhytosanitaryStandards/draft_standards.shtml.

    4 IPPC Web site: https://www.ippc.int/.

    NAPPO Standard-Setting Activities

    NAPPO, a regional plant protection organization created in 1976 under the IPPC, coordinates the efforts among Canada, the United States, and Mexico to protect their plant resources from the entry, establishment, and spread of harmful plant pests, while facilitating intra- and inter-regional trade. NAPPO conducts its work through priority-driven annual projects conducted by expert groups. Project results and updates are provided during the NAPPO annual meeting. The NAPPO Executive Committee issues a call for project proposals each year. Projects can include the development of positions, policies, or technical documents, or the development or revision of regional standards for phytosanitary measures (RSPMs). Projects can also include implementation of standards or other capacity building activities such as workshops. After the NAPPO region selects the projects for the year, expert groups are formed with subject matter experts from each member country, as well as representatives from key industries or commodity groups (e.g., nursery, seed, forestry, grains, potato, citrus, etc.). In the United States, draft standards are circulated to industry, States, and various government agencies for consideration and comment. The draft standards are posted on the Internet at http://www.nappo.org/. Once revisions are made, the proposal is sent to the NAPPO Working Group for technical review, and then to the Executive Committee for final approval, which is granted by consensus.

    The 40th NAPPO annual meeting will be held October 31 to November 3, 2016, in Montreal, Canada. The NAPPO Executive Committee meeting will take place during that meeting. The Deputy Administrator for PPQ, or his designee, is a member of the NAPPO Executive Committee.

    Below is a summary of the 2015 NAPPO work program as it relates to the ongoing development of NAPPO standards. The United States (i.e., USDA/APHIS) participates actively and fully in the NAPPO work program. The U.S. position on each topic is guided and informed by the best scientific information available on each of these topics. For each of the following topics, the United States considered its position on any draft standard after it reviewed a prepared draft. Information regarding the following NAPPO projects, assignments, activities, and updates on meeting times and locations may be obtained from the NAPPO homepage at http://www.nappo.org or by contacting Ms. Patricia Abad (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT above). Additional information on the 2016 work program, once determined, will also be available on the NAPPO Web site.

    The following are the projects from the 2015 work program that were actively worked on:

    1. Biological Control: The Biological Control Expert Group organized a workshop in July 2015 to provide training on preparing a petition for first release of an entomophagous biological control agent according to requirements outlined in RSPM 12, “Guidelines for petition for first release of non-indigenous entomophagous biological control agents.” It also finalized the revision of the following standards based on country comments: RSPM 7 (2008), “Guidelines for petition for first release of non-indigenous phytophagous biological control agents”; RSPM 12 (2008), “Guidelines for petition for first release of non-indigenous entomophagous biological control agents”; and RSPM 29 (2008), “Guidelines for the petition for import and release of non-Apis pollinating insects into NAPPO countries.” Finally, the Expert Group revised RSPM 26 (2012), “Certification of commercial arthropod biological control agents moving into NAPPO member countries, including the addition of non-Apis pollinators.”

    2. Citrus: The Citrus Expert Group used country comments to finalize a document on recommended measures for the establishment and maintenance of area wide management programs for Huanglongbing and its vector. The Expert Group also reviewed and integrated comments from country consultation on the template for identifying new and emerging quarantine pests as well as on its application to Citrus leprosis virus. It also revised the treatment protocols for TP 01 (2009), Thermotherapy, and TP 02 (2009), Shoot-tip micro-grafting.

    3. Electronic Certification: The Electronic Certification Expert Group continued to provide input to the IPPC Steering Group, especially to help address mechanisms of exchange, security, and secure transmission of data and the standardization of data.

    4. Forestry: The Forestry area consisted of four Expert Groups: The Forestry Systems Expert Group finalized a specification for a possible standard on the potential use of systems approaches to manage pest risks associated with the movement of wood, based on country comments. The ISPM 15 Expert Group began preparations for a multi-region conference on ISPM 15 implementation, following the recommendation that came out of the NAPPO-Asia Pacific Plant Protection Commission workshop. The Asian Gypsy Moth (AGM) Expert Group revised RSPM 33 (2009), “Guidelines for regulating the movement of ships and cargo from areas infested with the Asian gypsy moth.” In November 2015, the AGM Expert Group also organized a training workshop for further development and implementation of an Asian gypsy moth program based on RSPM 33. Finally, the Lymantriids Expert Group continued on the development of a Science and Technology paper on the risks associated with Lymantriids of potential concern to the NAPPO region, identifying potential species and pathways of concern.

    5. Fruit: The Fruit Expert Group working on trapping protocols for pests of fruit reviewed and integrated comments from country consultation on the Annex to RSPM 17 (2010), “Guidelines for development of, and efficacy verification for, lures and traps for arthropod pests of fruits.” The document was approved and accepted as a new Surveillance Protocol (SP 02): Trapping Protocols for Pests of Fruit Entering into NAPPO Member Countries.

    6. Grain: The Grain Expert Group reviewed and integrated comments from country consultation of RSPM 13 (2009), “Guidelines to establish, maintain and verify Karnal Bunt pest free areas in North America.”

    7. Phytosanitary Alert System: The Phytosanitary Alert System (PAS) Expert Group continued to manage the NAPPO pest reporting system and continued to review the unofficial pest alert product offered by the Phytosanitary Alert System.

    8. Plants for Planting: An Expert Group on Plum Pox worked on the revision of RSPM 18 (2004), “Guidelines for phytosanitary action following detection of plum pox virus.”

    9. Potato: The Potato Expert Group was tasked with revising the pest list for RSPM 3 (2011), “Guidelines for movement of potatoes into a NAPPO member country.” They were also asked to review RSPM 3 to align it with ISPM 33 (2010), “Pest free potato (Solanum spp.) micropropagative material and minitubers for international trade,” and discuss any adjustments required by NAPPO member countries.

    10. Seed: The Seed Expert Group discussed the development of annexes to RSPM 36 (2013), “Phytosanitary guidelines for the movement of seed into a NAPPO member country,” to include treatments for seed borne and seed transmissible pests and to harmonize countries' import/export phytosanitary requirements. They also organized a workshop in July 2015 on needs assessment of regulatory support of the North American seed industry.

    The PPQ Assistant Deputy Administrator, as the official U.S. delegate to NAPPO, participates in the adoption of these regional plant health standards, including the work described above, once they are completed and ready for such consideration.

    The information in this notice contains all the information available to us on NAPPO standards under development or consideration. For updates on meeting times and for information on the expert groups that may become available following publication of this notice, go to the NAPPO Web site on the Internet at http://www.nappo.org or contact Ms. Patricia Abad (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT above). Information on official U.S. participation in NAPPO activities, including U.S. positions on standards being considered, may also be obtained from Ms. Abad. Those wishing to provide comments on any of the topics being addressed in the NAPPO work program may do so at any time by responding to this notice (see ADDRESSES above) or by transmitting comments through Ms. Abad.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 7th day of March 2016. Kevin Shea, Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05527 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410-34-P
    DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service South Gifford Pinchot Resource Advisory Committee AGENCY:

    Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION:

    Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    The South Gifford Pinchot Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Stevenson, Washington. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. RAC information can be found at the following Web site: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/giffordpinchot/workingtogether/advisorycommittees.

    DATES:

    The meeting will be held April 11, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:40 p.m.

    All RAC meetings are subject to cancellation. For status of meeting prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

    ADDRESSES:

    The meeting will be held at the Rock Creek Hegewald Center, 710 Southwest Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, Washington.

    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 received at the Gifford Pinchot National Forest Headquarters. Please call ahead to facilitate entry into the building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Gala Miller, RAC Coordinator, by phone at 360-891-5014 or via 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:

    The purpose of the meeting is to:

    1. Elect the Chair and Vice Chair,

    2. Review submitted Title II project proposals, and

    3. Make project recommendations for Title II funding.

    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 request in writing by April 1, 2016, 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 or after the meeting. Written comments and requests for time for oral comments must be sent to Gala Miller, RAC Coordinator, 10600 NE 51st Circle, Vancouver, Washington 98682; by email to [email protected], or via facsimile to 360-891-5045.

    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 accommodation. For access to the facility or proceedings, please contact the person listed in the section titled FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. All reasonable accommodation requests are managed on a case by case basis.

    Dated: March 4, 2016. Angela Elam, Deputy Forest Supervisor.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05524 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411-15-P
    DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE National Agricultural Statistics Service Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request March 7, 2016.

    The Department of Agriculture has submitted the following information collection requirement(s) to OMB for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13. Comments are requested regarding (1) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    Comments regarding this information collection received by April 11, 2016 will be considered. Written comments should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), New Executive Office Building, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503. Commenters are encouraged to submit their comments to OMB via email to: [email protected] or fax (202) 395-5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250-7602. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720-8681.

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

    National Agricultural Statistics Service

    Title: Cold Storage.

    OMB Control Number: 0535-0001.

    Summary of Collection: The primary objective of the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is to prepare and issue State and national estimates of crop and livestock production, value and disposition. The monthly Cold Storage Survey provides information on national supplies of food in refrigerated storage facilities. A biennial survey of refrigerated warehouses is also conducted to provide a benchmark of the capacity available for refrigerated storage of the nation's food supply. The data will be collected under the authority of 7 U.S.C. 2204(a). This statute specifies “The Secretary of Agriculture shall procure and preserve all information concerning agriculture which he can obtain . . . by the collection of statistics . . . and shall distribute them among agriculturists.”

    Need and Use of the Information: USDA agencies such as the World Agricultural Outlook Board, Economic Research Service, and Agricultural Marketing Service use this information from the Cold Storage report in setting and administering government commodity programs and in supply and demand analysis. Included in the report are stocks of pork bellies, frozen orange juice concentrate, butter, and cheese which are traded on the Chicago Board of Trade. The timing and frequency of the surveys have evolved to meet the needs of producers, facilities, agribusinesses, and government agencies.

    Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profit.

    Number of Respondents: 1,378.

    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Monthly; Biennially.

    Total Burden Hours: 3,965.

    Charlene Parker, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05508 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410-20-P
    COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS Notice of Public Meeting of the North Carolina Advisory Committee for a Meeting To Hear Testimony on the Civil Rights Implications of Environmental Justice in North Carolina AGENCY:

    U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

    ACTION:

    Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission) and the Federal Advisory Committee Act that the North Carolina Advisory Committee will hold a meeting on Thursday, April 7, 2016, beginning at 09:00 a.m. for the purpose of hearing testimony regarding the issue of civil rights implications of environmental issues in North Carolina, particularly as it relates to coal ash disposal.

    This meeting is open to the public, and will take place at the Walnut Cove Public Library, 106 5th Street, Walnut Cove, North Carolina 27052. Members of the public are invited to make statements during the open comment period beginning at 4:00 p.m. In addition, members of the public may submit written comments; the comments must be received in the regional office within 30 days following the meeting. Written comments may be mailed to the Southern Regional Office, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 61 Forsyth St., Suite 16T126, Atlanta, Georgia 30303. They may also be faxed to the Commission at (404) 562-7005, or emailed to Jeff Hinton Allen at [email protected] Persons who desire additional information may contact the USCCR, Southern Regional Office at (404) 562-7000.

    Records and documents discussed during the meeting will be available for public viewing prior to and following the meeting at http://facadatabase.gov/committee/meetings.aspx?cid=266 and following the links for “Meeting Details” and then “Documents.” Records generated from this meeting may also be inspected and reproduced at the Southern Regional Office, as they become available, both before and after the meeting. Persons interested in the work of this Committee are directed to the Commission's Web site, http://www.usccr.gov, or may contact the Southern Regional Office at the above email or street address.

    DATES:

    The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 7, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST.

    ADDRESSES:

    Walnut Cove Public Library, 106 5th Street, Walnut Cove, North Carolina 27052.

    Agenda I. Introductory Remarks by Chairman: 9:00 a.m. II. Panel 1: Government Officials, Community Leaders/Advocates: 9:10 a.m.-10:20 a.m. Questions from Committee Members Break: 10:20 a.m.-10:30 a.m. III. Panel 2: Environment/Health Issues: 10:30 a.m.-11:50 p.m. Questions from Committee Members Lunch: 11:50 p.m.-1:20 p.m. IV. Panel 3: Coal Industry Executives and Advocacy Groups: 1:20p.m.-2:30 p.m. Questions from Committee Members V. Break: 2:30p.m.-2:40 p.m. VI. Panel 4: Coal Ash Activists/Advocates: 2:40 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Questions from Committee Members VII. Open Comments Period: 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Questions from Committee Members VIII. Adjourn Briefing: 5:15 p.m. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Jeff Hinton, DFO, (404) 562-7006 or [email protected]

    Dated: March 8, 2016. David Mussatt, Chief, Regional Programs Unit, USCCR.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05476 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6335-01-P
    COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS Sunshine Act Meeting Notice AGENCY:

    United States Commission on Civil Rights.

    ACTION:

    Notice of Commission Briefing and Business Meeting.

    DATES:

    Friday, March 18, 2016, at 9 a.m. EST.

    ADDRESSES:

    National Place Building, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., 11th Floor, Suite 1150, Washington, DC 20245 (Entrance on F Street NW.)

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Gerson Gomez, Media Advisor at telephone: (202) 376-8371, TTY: (202) 376-8116 or email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    This briefing and business meeting are open to the public. The public may listen on the following toll-free number: 1-888-572-7033. Please provide the operator with conference ID number 6194124.

    Hearing-impaired persons who will attend the briefing and require the services of a sign language interpreter should contact Pamela Dunston at (202) 376-8105 or at [email protected] at least seven business days before the scheduled date of the meeting.

    During the briefing portion, Commissioners will ask questions and discuss the briefing topic with the panelists. The public may submit written comments on the topic of the briefing to the above address for 30 days after the briefing. Please direct your comments to the attention of the “Staff Director” and clearly mark “Briefing Comments Inside” on the outside of the envelope. Please note we are unable to return any comments or submitted materials. Comments may also be submitted by email to [email protected]

    Meeting Agenda I. Approval of Agenda II. Briefing on Municipal Policing and Courts: A Search for Justice or a Quest for Revenue A. Opening Remarks: 9:00 a.m.-9:20 a.m. *Please note that the time frames and panels provided herein are approximate and subject to change. B. Panel One: National experts and legal scholars, who will speak about the historical context of revenue-generating practices in the municipal court system, how they have evolved, how pervasive such practices are across the country, and possible solutions.—9:20 a.m.-10:35 a.m. Speakers' Remarks • Vikrant Reddy, Charles Koch Institute • Thomas Harvey, Arch City Defenders • Nusrat Choudhury, American Civil Liberties Union • Emily Napier, Center for Community Alternatives Questions from Commissioners C. Panel Two: Community leaders and advocates that have work directly with individuals from low-income communities of color and will describe how the deliberate of generating revenue through the municipal courts has negatively impacted their lives both directly and indirectly.—10:35 a.m.-11:50 a.m. Speakers' Remarks • Starsky Wilson, Co-Chairman of the Ferguson Commission • Bennie Small, NAACP Hillsborough County Branch • Kelsey Antle, Brennan Center for Justice • Mitali Nagrecha, Center for Community Alternatives Questions from Commissioners D. 11:50 a.m.-12:05 p.m.—Break E. Panel Three: Scholars and criminal justice experts who can demonstrate empirically how the practice of generating revenue through the municipal court system has impacted low-income communities of color.—12:05 p.m.-1:20 p.m. Speakers' Remarks • Joshua House, Institute for Justice • Janene McCabe, National Association of Public Defense • Alexes Harris, University of Washington • Karin Martin, John Jay College of Criminal Justice Questions from Commissioners F. Adjourn Briefing III. Lunch: 1:20 p.m.-2:20 p.m. IV. Business Meeting: 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m. A. Program Planning a. Discussion about moving the December 2016 Business Meeting to December 2, 2016 b. Discussion and Vote on the National Voter Registration Act Report and Findings and Recommendations c. Discussion and vote on Uniontown Town Hall a. Advisory Committees b. Management and Operations • Staff Director's Report c. Other d. Discussion and vote on follow-up letters on issue of denial of birth certificates to U.S. citizen children in Texas V. Adjourn Meeting Dated: March 8, 2016. David Mussatt, Regional Programs Unit Chief, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05616 Filed 3-9-16; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 6335-01-P
    COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS Agenda and Notice of Public Meeting of the South Dakota Advisory Committee AGENCY:

    Commission on Civil Rights.

    ACTION:

    Announcement of meetings.

    SUMMARY:

    Notice is hereby given, pursuant to the provisions of the rules and regulations of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (Commission), and the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), that a planning meeting of the South Dakota Advisory Committee to the Commission will convene at 12:00 p.m. (MST) on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, via teleconference. The purpose of the meeting is to review current civil rights issues in the state identified by state advisory committee members. A goal of the meeting is to select a topic for study.

    Members of the public may listen to the discussion by dialing the following Conference Call Toll-Free Number: 1-888-455-2296; Conference ID: 5419679. Please be advised that before being placed into the conference call, the operator will ask callers to provide their names, their organizational affiliations (if any), and an email address (if available) prior to placing callers into the conference room. Callers can expect to incur charges for calls they initiate over wireless lines, and the Commission will not refund any incurred charges. Callers will incur no charge for calls they initiate over land-line connections to the toll-free phone number.

    Persons with hearing impairments may also follow the discussion by first calling the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-977-8339 and provide the FRS operator with the Conference Call Toll-Free Number: 1-888-455-2296, Conference ID: 5419679. Members of the public are invited to submit written comments; the comments must be received in the regional office by Thursday, May 5, 2016. Written comments may be mailed to the Rocky Mountain Regional Office, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 1961 Stout Street, Suite 13-201, Denver, CO 80294, faxed to (303) 866-1050, or emailed to Evelyn Bohor at [email protected] Persons who desire additional information may contact the Rocky Mountain Regional Office at (303) 866-1040.

    Records and documents discussed during the meeting will be available for public viewing as they become available at http://www.facadatabase.gov/committee/meetings.aspx?cid=274 and clicking on the “Meeting Details” and “Documents” links. Records generated from this meeting may also be inspected and reproduced at the Rocky Mountain Regional Office, as they become available, both before and after the meeting. Persons interested in the work of this advisory committee are advised to go to the Commission's Web site, www.usccr.gov, or to contact the Rocky Mountain Regional Office at the above phone number, email or street address. Agenda:

    • Welcome and Introductions Richard Braunstein, Chair, South Dakota Advisory Committee Malee V. Craft, Regional Director, Rocky Mountain Regional Office (RMRO) • Further discuss topics identified by SAC members • Select topic for future study • Next Steps DATES:

    Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. (MST).

    ADDRESSES:

    To be held via teleconference:

    Conference Call Toll-Free Number: 1-888-455-2296, Conference ID: 5419679.

    TDD: Dial Federal Relay Service 1-800-977-8339 and give the operator the above conference call number and conference ID.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Malee V. Craft, DFO, [email protected], 303-866-1040.

    Dated: March 8, 2016. David Mussatt, Chief, Regional Programs Unit.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05475 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6335-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of the Census Census Scientific Advisory Committee AGENCY:

    Bureau of the Census, Department of Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Notice of public meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) is giving notice of a meeting of the Census Scientific Advisory Committee (C-SAC). The Committee will address policy, research, and technical issues relating to a full range of Census Bureau programs and activities, including communications, decennial, demographic, economic, field operations, geographic, information technology, and statistics. The C-SAC will meet in a plenary session on April 14-15, 2016. Last minute changes to the schedule are possible, which could prevent giving advance public notice of schedule adjustments. Please visit the Census Advisory Committees Web site for the most current meeting agenda at: http://www.census.gov/cac/. The meeting will be available via Web cast at: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/census-live.html or at http://www.ustream.tv/embed/6504322?wmode=direct.

    DATES:

    April 14-15, 2016. On April 14, the meeting will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. and end at approximately 4:15 p.m. On April 15, the meeting will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. and end at approximately 2:45 p.m.

    ADDRESSES:

    The meeting will be held at the U.S. Census Bureau Auditorium, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, Maryland 20746.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Tara Dunlop, Branch Chief for Advisory Committees, Customer Liaison and Marketing Services Office, [email protected], Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Room 8H177, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233, telephone 301-763-5222. For TTY callers, please use the Federal Relay Service 1-800-877-8339.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The members of the C-SAC are appointed by the Director, U.S. Census Bureau. The Committee provides scientific and technical expertise, as appropriate, to address Census Bureau program needs and objectives. The Committee has been established in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Title 5, United States Code, Appendix 2, Section 10).

    All meetings are open to the public. A brief period will be set aside at the meeting for public comment on April 15. However, individuals with extensive questions or statements must submit them in writing to: [email protected] (subject line “April 2016 C-SAC Meeting Public Comment”), or by letter submission to Kimberly L. Collier, Committee Liaison Officer, Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Room 8H179, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Washington, DC 20233.

    If you plan to attend the meeting, please register by Tuesday, April 12, 2016. You may access the online registration from the following link: https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1822689. Seating is available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

    This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should also be directed to the Committee Liaison Officer as soon as known, and preferably two weeks prior to the meeting.

    Due to increased security and for access to the meeting, please call 301-763-9906 upon arrival at the Census Bureau on the day of the meeting. A photo ID must be presented in order to receive your visitor's badge. Visitors are not allowed beyond the first floor.

    Topics to be discussed include the following items:

    • 2020 Census Program Overview

    ○ Reengineering Address Canvassing

    ○ Utilizing Administrative Records

    ○ Optimizing Self-Response

    • BIG Data

    • National Content Test Study Plan

    • Working Groups Reports

    ○ BIG Data

    ○ Census Enterprise Data Collection and Processing Systems (CEDCaP) and Reorganized Census with Integrated Technology (ROCkIT)

    ○ American Community Survey (ACS) Reducing Respondent Burden

    • Brief of National Academy of Science ACS Expert Group

    • Technology EXPO

    Dated: March 4, 2016. John H. Thompson, Director, Bureau of the Census.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05541 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-07-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 Entrepreneurs.

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0986.

    Form Number(s): The online survey instrument does not have a form number.

    Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection.

    Number of Respondents: 290,000.

    Average Hours per Response: 35 minutes.

    Burden Hours: 169,167.

    Needs and Uses: In an effort to improve the timely measurement of business dynamics in the United States, the U.S. Census Bureau conducts an annual survey focused on employer businesses. The survey is known as the Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs (ASE) and collects information on characteristics of businesses and business owners. The ASE is a supplement to the Survey of Business Owners and Self-Employed Persons (SBO), which provides economic and demographic characteristics for businesses and business owners by gender, ethnicity, race, and veteran status every 5 years. The ASE is an intercensal program that helps assess the health of the economy and provides detailed statistics on businesses and business owners more frequently. The ASE is a joint effort funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), and the Census Bureau. The Census Bureau will collaborate with the Kauffman Foundation, the MBDA, and other agencies to ensure the ASE is as robust and effective as possible.

    The inaugural ASE began collection in September 2015 for the 2014 reference year. Corresponding estimates will be released in late summer of 2016. Estimates will include number of firms, sales/receipts, annual payroll, and employment by gender, ethnicity, race, and veteran status. The ASE includes questions from the 2012 SBO long form SBO-1 with additional questions to collect data on entrepreneurs' access to capital. The ASE introduces a new module each year focusing on an important component related to business growth. Proposed module topics include innovation, research and development, technological advances, Internet usage, management and business practices, exporting practices, and globalization. The 2014 ASE module covered innovation and research and development. The 2015 module, the subject of this request, will cover management and business practices. We are proposing no changes to the core questions currently asked on the ASE. The survey samples approximately 290,000 employer businesses stratified by metropolitan statistical area (MSA), frame, and age of business. This survey will help assess the impact young firms have on the growth of the economy. Additionally, the survey has a longitudinal component that will allow the growth of the firms in the sample to be tracked and analyzed over time.

    This collection allows the Census Bureau to collaborate on the implementation of a key National Academies recommendation for improving the measurement of business dynamics in the U.S. economy, which recommended:

    The Census Bureau Survey of Business Owners (SBO) should be conducted on an annual basis. The survey should include both a longitudinal component and a flexible, modular design that allows survey content to change over time. In addition, the Census Bureau should explore the possibility of creating a public-use (anonymized) SBO or a restricted access version of the data file.

    —Lynch, Lisa M., John Haltiwanger, and Christopher Mackie, eds. Understanding Business Dynamics: An Integrated Data System for America's Future. National Academies Press, 2007.

    The additional sources of capital and financing questions provide information on the financial trends and financial challenges faced by entrepreneurs. Tabulation of the financing questions will offer insight into the type of funding acquired and used by women-, minority-, and veteran-owned businesses. Questions for the 2015 management and business practices module were developed in conjunction with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, MBDA, and the Census Bureau. Census Bureau labor economists contributed to the development of the management module by identifying relevant questions about entrepreneurs' management, record-keeping, and other business practices. The 2015 ASE module will allow for an assessment of management practices that contribute to business growth. Questions from the management practices module will also provide an understanding of the types of workers used by a business and the types of tasks they perform. The ASE is designed to retain certain businesses in the sample from year to year. This will help track and assess the growth of these firms and changes to their business characteristics over time.

    The ASE collection is electronic only. An initial letter that informs the respondents of their requirement to complete the survey and provides survey access instructions will be mailed from the Census Bureau's processing headquarters in Jeffersonville, Indiana. For the 2015 ASE, approximately 290,000 letters will be mailed to employer businesses that were in business during 2015. Initial mailout will occur in June 2016, with a due date of July 27, 2016. There will be two follow-up letter mailings to nonrespondents after the due date. Closeout of mail operations is scheduled for November 2016. Upon the close of the collection period, the response data will be processed, edited, reviewed, tabulated, and released publically.

    The survey will collect data on the gender, ethnicity, race, and veteran status for up to four persons owning the majority of rights, equity, or interest in the business. These data are needed to evaluate the extent and growth of business ownership by women, minorities, and veterans in order to provide a framework for assessing and directing federal, state, and local government programs designed to promote the activities of disadvantaged groups.

    The SBA and the MBDA will use the data to allocate resources for their business assistance programs.

    The data will also be widely used by private firms and individuals to evaluate their own businesses and markets. Additionally, the data will be used by entrepreneurs to write business plans and loan application letters, by the media for news stories, by researchers and academia for determining firm characteristics, and by the legal profession in evaluating the concentration of minority businesses in particular industries and/or geographic areas.

    Government program officials, industry organization leaders, economic and social analysts and researchers, and business entrepreneurs are anticipated users of ASE statistics. Examples of data use include:

    • The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) to assess business assistance needs and allocate available program resources.

    • Local government commissions on small and disadvantaged businesses to establish and evaluate contract procurement practices.

    • Federal, state and local government agencies as a framework for planning, directing and assessing programs that promote the activities of disadvantaged groups.

    • The National Women's Business Council to assess the state of women's business ownership for policymakers, researchers, and the public at large.

    • Consultants and researchers to analyze long-term economic and demographic shifts, and differences in ownership and performance among geographic areas.

    • Individual business owners to analyze their operations in comparison to similar firms, compute their market share, and assess their growth and future prospects.

    • Researchers and businesses to understand the innovation and research and development activities conducted by entrepreneurs.

    • Researchers and businesses to understand the record-keeping and management practices implemented by entrepreneurs.

    • Federal agencies to assess the competitiveness of businesses by ownership characteristics.

    • Data users to understand time-series data in certain industries for entrepreneurs.

    • Business owners or perspective business owners to gain knowledge about the funding of businesses.

    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit, not-for-profit institutions, State, local or tribal government.

    Frequency: Annually.

    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.

    Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C., Sections 8(b), 131 and 182. Executive Order 11625, Section 1(a)(3).

    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 7, 2016. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05447 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-07-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE U.S. Census Bureau Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Commodity Flow Survey AGENCY:

    U.S. Census Bureau, Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).

    DATES:

    To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on or before May 10, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at [email protected]).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument(s) and instructions should be directed to James Hinckley, Census Bureau, Room 6H051, Washington, DC 20233 (or via the Internet at [email protected]).

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Abstract

    The Commodity Flow Survey, a component of the 2017 Economic Census, is the only comprehensive source of multimodal, system-wide data on the volume and pattern of goods movement in the United States. The Commodity Flow Survey is conducted in partnership with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology, U.S. Department of Transportation.

    The Commodity Flow Survey data are used by policy makers and transportation planners in various federal, state, and local agencies to assess the demand for transportation facilities and services, energy use, and safety risks and environmental concerns. Additionally, business owners, private researchers, and analysts use the Commodity Flow Survey data for analyzing trends in the movement of goods, mapping spatial patterns of commodity and vehicle flows, forecasting demands for the movement of goods, and determining needs for associated infrastructure and equipment.

    The survey provides data on the movement of commodities in the United States from their origin to destination. The survey produces summary statistics on value, tons, ton-miles and average miles by commodity, industry, and mode of transportation. The Census Bureau will publish these shipment characteristics for the nation, census regions and divisions, states, and CFS defined geographical areas.

    Primary strategies for reducing respondent burden in the Commodity Flow Survey include: employing a stratified random sample of business establishments, requesting data on a limited sample of shipment records from each establishment, accepting estimates of shipping activity, and providing the opportunity for establishments to report electronically.

    II. Method of Collection

    The Commodity Flow Survey will be sent to a sample of business establishments in mining, manufacturing, wholesale, and select retail and services industries. The survey will also cover auxiliary establishments (i.e., warehouses and managing offices) of multi-establishment companies. Each selected establishment will receive four questionnaires, one during each calendar quarter of 2017. On each questionnaire, an establishment will be asked to report data for approximately 20-30 shipments for a predefined reporting week. These data will include the value, net weight, commodity, and origin and destination of each selected shipment. A limited number of establishments will be asked to report more than 40 shipments, providing better representation of their shipping activity. Respondents may report via paper questionnaire or via secure electronic reporting.

    III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0607-0932.

    Form Number: CFS 1000 (2017).

    Type of Review: Regular submission.

    Affected Public: Business and other for-profit.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: 100,000.

    Estimated Time per Response: 2.5 hours.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,000,000.

    Estimated Total Cost: $0.

    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.

    Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C., Sections 8(b), 131 and 193; Title 49 U.S.C., Section 6302.

    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 8, 2016. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05494 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-07-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: Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), Department of Commerce.

    Title: Quarterly Survey of Transactions in Selected Services and Intellectual Property with Foreign Persons.

    OMB Control Number: 0608-0067.

    Form Number: BE-125.

    Type of Request: Regular submission.

    Number of Responses: 8,800 annually (2,200 filed each quarter; 1,700 reporting mandatory data, and 500 that would file other responses).

    Average Hours per Response: 19 hours is the average for those reporting data, and 1 hour is the average for those not reporting data or providing voluntary responses, but hours may vary considerably among respondents because of differences in company size and complexity.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 131,200.

    Needs and Uses: The Quarterly Survey of Transactions in Selected Services and Intellectual Property with Foreign Persons (BE-125) is a survey that collects data from U.S. persons who engage in covered transactions with foreign persons in selected services or intellectual property. A U.S. person must report if it had sales of covered services or intellectual property to foreign persons that exceeded $6 million for the previous fiscal year, or are expected to exceed that amount during the current fiscal year, or if it had purchases of covered services or intellectual property from foreign persons that exceeded $4 million for the previous fiscal year, or are expected to exceed that amount during the current fiscal year.

    The data are needed to monitor U.S. trade in services, to analyze the impact of trade on the U.S. and foreign economies, to compile and improve the U.S. economic accounts, to support U.S. commercial policy on trade in services, to conduct trade promotion, and to improve the ability of U.S. businesses to identify and evaluate market opportunities. The data are used in estimating the services component of the U.S. international transactions accounts (ITAs) and national income and product accounts.

    BEA received OMB approval for this information collection request on December 22, 2015. (Previous notices may be viewed at www.reginfo.gov; under the Information Collection Review tab, click on “Search” and use the OMB control number 0608-0067 to search for the BE-125 survey instrument.) Subsequent to this date, BEA identified additional changes to the data collected on the survey that would allow BEA to align the country detail published in the ITAs more closely with international economic accounting guidelines. As a result, the following changes are proposed for the collection of information on transactions in intellectual property:

    Mandatory Schedules A and B will be expanded to collect additional detail on intellectual property (IP) transactions. A U.S. person who engages in IP transactions with foreign persons will be required to distribute their receipts and/or payments according to the type of transaction and the type of IP. The covered transaction types are: (1) Transactions for the rights to use IP, (2) transactions for the rights to reproduce and/or distribute IP, and (3) transactions for the outright sales or purchases of IP. Reporters will be required to identify the foreign country(ies) involved in the transaction(s) and to distribute the amounts reported for each country according to whether the foreign person is the U.S. person's foreign affiliate, part of the U.S. person's foreign parent group, or an unaffiliated foreign person.

    BEA estimates the proposed changes will increase the average number of hours per response from 18 hours to 19 hours for those reporting data. The reporting thresholds of the current BE-125 survey will be retained. The effort to keep current reporting thresholds unchanged is intended to minimize respondent burden while considering the needs of data users. Existing language in the instructions and definitions will be reviewed and adjusted as necessary to clarify survey requirements.

    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit organizations.

    Frequency: Quarterly.

    This information collection request may be viewed at www.reginfo.gov. Follow instructions to view the 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 OIRA [email protected] or fax to (202) 975-5806.

    Dated: March 8, 2016. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05510 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-06-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A-580-836] Certain Cut-to-Length Carbon-Quality Steel Plate Products From the Republic of Korea: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative and New Shipper Reviews and Rescission of Administrative Review, in Part; 2014-2015 AGENCY:

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

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting an administrative review and a concurrent new-shipper review of the antidumping duty order on certain cut-to-length carbon-quality steel plate products (CTL plate) from the Republic of Korea (Korea). The period of review (POR) is February 1, 2014, through January 31, 2015. With respect to the administrative review, the Department preliminarily determines that the sole producer/exporter subject to the review, Dongkuk Steel Mill Co., Ltd. (DSM), made sales of subject merchandise at less than normal value. With respect to the new-shipper review, the Department preliminarily determines that Hyundai Steel Company (Hyundai Steel) did not make sales of subject merchandise at less than normal value. We invite interested parties to comment on these preliminary results.

    DATES:

    Effective Date: March 11, 2016.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Yang Jin Chun or Thomas Schauer, AD/CVD Operations, Office I, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington DC 20230; telephone (202) 482-5760 or (202) 482-0410, respectively.

    Scope of the Order

    The products covered by the antidumping duty order are certain CTL plate. Imports of CTL plate are currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under subheadings 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, 7210.90.9000, 7211.13.0000, 7211.14.0030, 7211.14.0045, 7211.90.0000, 7212.40.1000, 7212.40.5000, 7212.50.0000, 7225.40.3050, 7225.40.7000, 7225.50.6000, 7225.99.0090, 7226.91.5000, 7226.91.7000, 7226.91.8000, and 7226.99.0000. While the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description is dispositive. A full description of the scope of the order is contained in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.1

    1See the memorandum from Deputy Assistant Secretary Christian Marsh to Assistant Secretary Paul Piquado entitled, “Preliminary Decision Memorandum for the Administrative and New-Shipper Reviews of the Antidumping Duty Order on Certain Cut-to-Length Carbon-Quality Steel Plate Products from the Republic of Korea” dated concurrently with this notice and hereby adopted by this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum).

    Tolling of Deadline of Preliminary Results of Reviews

    As explained in the memorandum from the Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement & Compliance, the Department has exercised its discretion to toll all administrative deadlines due to the recent closure of the Federal Government. All deadlines in this segment of the proceeding have been extended by four business days. The revised deadline for the preliminary results of these reviews is now March 4, 2016.2

    2See Memorandum to the Record from Ron Lorentzen, Acting A/S for Enforcement & Compliance, regarding “Tolling of Administrative Deadlines As a Result of the Government Closure During Snowstorm Jonas” dated January 27, 2016.

    Rescission of Administrative Review in Part

    We are rescinding the administrative review in part with respect to BDP International, Daewoo International Corp., GS Global Corp., Hyundai Glovis, Hyundai Steel, Iljin Steel, Samsung C&T Corporation, Samsung C&T Engineering & Construction Group, Samsung C&T Trading and Investment Group, Samsung Heavy Industries, and Steel N People Ltd.3

    3See Preliminary Decision Memorandum at 4 for more details on this rescission in part. As noted in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, we will not issue assessment instructions as a result of the administrative review rescission with respect to Hyundai Steel, given the ongoing new-shipper review. Id. n.14.

    Methodology

    The Department conducted these reviews in accordance with section 751 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Constructed export price is calculated in accordance with section 772 of the Act. Normal value is calculated in accordance with section 773 of the Act.

    For a full description of the methodology underlying our conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. The Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a public document and is made available to the public via Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at http://access.trade.gov and to all parties in the Department's Central Records Unit, located at room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be found at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/index.html.

    Preliminary Results of the Administrative Review

    As a result of this administrative review, we preliminarily determine that a weighted-average dumping margin of 1.11 percent exists for Dongkuk Steel Mill Co., Ltd., for the period February 1, 2014, through January 31, 2015.

    Preliminary Results of the New Shipper Review

    As a result of this new shipper review, we preliminarily determine that a weighted-average dumping margin of 0.00 percent exists for merchandise produced and exported by Hyundai Steel Company for the period February 1, 2014, through January 31, 2015.

    Disclosure and Public Comment

    We intend to disclose the calculations performed for these preliminary results to the parties within five days of the date of publication of this notice in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b). Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c), interested parties may submit case briefs not later than 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in the case briefs, may be filed not later than five days after the date for filing case briefs.4 Parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this proceeding are encouraged to submit with each argument: (1) a statement of the issue, (2) a brief summary of the argument, and (3) a table of authorities.5

    4See 19 CFR 351.309(d).

    5See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2).

    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to request a hearing, must submit a written request to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, filed electronically via ACCESS. An electronically filed document must be received successfully in its entirety by the Department's electronic records system, ACCESS, by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice.6 Requests should contain: (1) The party's name, address and telephone number; (2) the number of participants; and (3) a list of issues to be discussed. Issues raised in the hearing will be limited to those raised in the respective case briefs. The Department will issue the final results of this administrative and new shipper review, including the results of its analysis of the issues raised in any written briefs, not later than 120 days after the date of publication of this notice, pursuant to section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act.

    6See 19 CFR 351.310(c).

    Assessment Rates

    If a respondent's weighted-average dumping margin is above de minimis in the final results of these reviews, we will calculate an importer-specific assessment rate on the basis of the ratio of the total amount of antidumping duties calculated for the importer's examined sales and the total entered value of the sales in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1).7 If the respondent's weighted-average dumping margin is zero or de minimis in the final results of reviews, we will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) not to assess duties on any of its entries in accordance with the Final Modification for Reviews.8

    7 In these preliminary results, the Department applied the assessment rate calculation method adopted in Antidumping Proceedings: Calculation of the Weighted-Average Dumping Margin and Assessment Rate in Certain Antidumping Duty Proceedings; Final Modification, 77 FR 8101 (February 14, 2012) (Final Modification for Reviews).

    8See Final Modification for Reviews, 77 FR at 8102.

    For entries of subject merchandise during the POR produced by DSM or Hyundai Steel for which they did not know their merchandise was destined for the United States, we will instruct CBP to liquidate unreviewed entries at the all-others rate if there is no rate for the intermediate company(ies) involved in the transaction.

    We intend to issue liquidation instructions to CBP 15 days after publication of the final results of these reviews.

    Cash Deposit Requirements

    The following deposit requirements will be effective upon publication of the notice of final results of these reviews for all shipments of CTL plate from Korea entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication as provided by section 751(a)(2) of the Act: (1) The cash deposit rate with respect to the administrative review respondent will be the rate established in the final results of the review; (2) for merchandise exported by manufacturers or exporters not covered in these reviews but covered in a prior segment of the proceeding, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the company-specific rate published for the most recent period; (3) if the exporter is not a firm covered in these reviews, a prior review, or the original investigation but the manufacturer is, the cash deposit rate will be the rate established for the most recent period for the manufacturer of the merchandise; (4) the cash deposit rate for all other manufacturers or exporters will continue to be 0.98 percent,9 the all-others rate established in the less-than-fair-value investigation, adjusted for the export-subsidy rate in the companion countervailing duty investigation.

    9See, e.g., Certain Cut-to-Length Carbon-Quality Steel Plate Products From the Republic of Korea: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2013-2014, 80 FR 22971, 22972 n.3 (April 24, 2015).

    With respect to Hyundai Steel, the new shipper respondent, the Department established a combination cash deposit rate for this company consistent with its practice as follows: (1) For subject merchandise produced and exported by Hyundai Steel, the cash deposit rate will be the rate established for Hyundai Steel in the final results of the NSR; (2) for subject merchandise exported by Hyundai Steel, but not produced by Hyundai Steel, the cash deposit rate will be the rate for the all-others rate established in the less-than-fair-value investigation; and (3) for subject merchandise produced by Hyundai Steel but not exported by Hyundai Steel, the cash deposit rate will be the rate applicable to the exporter.

    These cash deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice.

    Notification to Importers

    This notice serves as a preliminary 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 occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties.

    The Department is issuing and publishing these results in accordance with sections 751(a)(1), 751(a)(2)(B), 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.214 and 351.221(b)(4).

    Dated: March 4, 2016. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum Summary Background Scope of the Order Rescission of Administrative Review in Part Bona Fides Analysis Comparisons to Normal Value Determination of Comparison Method Results of the Differential Pricing Analysis Product Comparisons Date of Sale Level of Trade/CEP Offset Constructed Export Price Normal Value 1. Overrun Sales 2. Selection of Comparison Market 3. Affiliated Parties 4. Affiliated Party Transactions and Arm's-Length Test 5. Cost of Production 6. Calculation of Normal Value Based on Comparison Market Prices Currency Conversion Recommendation
    [FR Doc. 2016-05567 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C-533-868] Countervailing Duty Investigation of Welded Stainless Pressure Pipe From India: Preliminary Affirmative Determination and Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Duty Determination AGENCY:

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

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Commerce (“Department”) preliminarily determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of welded stainless pressure pipe (“welded stainless pipe”) from India. The period of investigation is January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014. We invite interested parties to comment on this preliminary determination.

    DATES:

    Effective Date: March 11, 2016.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Andrew Medley at (202) 482-4987, or Amanda Mallott at (202) 482-6430, AD/CVD Operations, Office III, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Scope of the Investigation

    The merchandise covered by this investigation is circular welded austenitic stainless pressure pipe not greater than 14 inches in outside diameter, from India. For a complete description of the scope of this investigation, see Appendix II.

    Methodology

    The Department is conducting this countervailing duty (“CVD”) investigation in accordance with section 701 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (“the Act”). For each of the subsidy programs found countervailable, we preliminarily determine that there is a subsidy, i.e., a financial contribution by an “authority” that gives rise to a benefit to the recipient, and that the subsidy is specific.1 For a full description of the methodology underlying our preliminary conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.2 The Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file in the Central Records Unit (“CRU”), Room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building, as well as electronically via Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (“ACCESS”). ACCESS is available to registered users at https://access.trade.gov and it is available to all parties in the CRU. In addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed Preliminary Decision Memorandum and the electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content.

    1See sections 771(5)(B) and (D) of the Act regarding financial contribution; section 771(5)(E) of the Act regarding benefit; and section 771(5A) of the Act regarding specificity.

    2See Memorandum from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, to Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, “Countervailing Duty Investigation of Welded Stainless Pressure Pipe from India: Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determination” (“Preliminary Decision Memorandum”), dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice.

    New Subsidy Allegations

    On January 20, 2016, Bristol Metals, LLC, Felker Brothers Corp, Outokumpu Stainless Pipe, Inc., and Marcegaglia USA (collectively, “Petitioners”) submitted a request that the Department expand its investigation to include 16 additional subsidy programs.3 Based upon the information contained in Petitioner's New Subsidy Allegations and the Petition,4 the Department is initiating an investigation of 15 additional subsidy programs concurrently with this preliminary determination.5 For these 15 programs, we have determined that Petitioners alleged the necessary elements of a subsidy, i.e., financial contribution, benefit, and specificity in accordance with sections 771(5)(B) and 771(5A) of the Act. We also find that these allegations are supported by reasonably available information sufficient to warrant an investigation of these subsidy programs, in accordance with section 702(b)(1) of the Act. We intend to examine these programs after the preliminary determination.

    3See Letter from Petitioners, “Welded Stainless Pressure Pipe from India: New Subsidy Allegations” (“New Subsidy Allegations”) dated January 20, 2016.

    4See “Petition for the Imposition of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties: Welded Stainless Pressure Pipe from India,” dated September 30, 2015 (“Petition”).

    5See Memorandum to Brendan Quinn, Acting Director, Office III, “Certain Welded Stainless Steel Pressure Pipe from India: New Subsidy Allegations Initiation Memorandum,” dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice.

    Preliminary Determination and Suspension of Liquidation  6

    6 As explained in the memorandum from the Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, the Department has exercised its discretion to toll all administrative deadlines due to the recent closure of the Federal Government. See Memorandum to the Record from Ron Lorentzen, Acting A/S for Enforcement & Compliance, regarding “Tolling of Administrative Deadlines As a Result of the Government Closure During Snowstorm Jonas,” dated January 27, 2016. All deadlines in this segment of the proceeding have been extended by four business days. The revised deadline for the preliminary determination of this administrative review is now March 4, 2016.

    In accordance with section 703(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, we calculated an individual rate for each producer/exporter of the subject merchandise individually investigated. In accordance with sections 703(d) and 705(c)(5)(A) of the Act, for companies not individually examined, we apply an “all-others” rate, which is normally calculated by weighting the subsidy rates of the individual companies as respondents by those companies' exports of the subject merchandise to the United States. Under section 705(c)(5)(A)(i) of the Act, the all-others rate should exclude zero and de minimis rates or any rates based entirely on facts otherwise available pursuant to section 776 of the Act. Accordingly, in these preliminary results, we have calculated the “all-others” rate by weight-averaging the calculated subsidy rates of the two individually investigated respondents, using the respondent's publicly-ranged sales data for exports of subject merchandise to the United States.7

    7See Memorandum to the File, “Countervailing Duty Investigation of Welded Stainless Pressure Pipe from India: Preliminary Determination Margin Calculation for All-Others,” dated concurrently with this memorandum.

    We preliminarily determine the countervailable subsidy rates to be:

    Company Subsidy rate Steamline Industries Limited 2.96 percent. Sunrise Stainless Private Limited, Sun Mark Stainless Pvt. Ltd., and Shah Foils Ltd. (collectively, “Sunrise Group”) 6.21 percent. All-Others 4.55 percent.

    In accordance with sections 703(d)(1)(B) and (d)(2) of the Act, we are directing U.S. Customs and Border Protection to suspend liquidation of all entries of welded stainless pipe from India that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, and to require a cash deposit for such entries of merchandise in the amounts indicated above.

    Verification

    As provided in section 782(i)(1) of the Act, we intend to verify the information submitted in response to the Department's questionnaires prior to making our final determination.

    Alignment

    On February 9, 2016, in accordance with section 705(a)(1) of the Act, Petitioners requested an alignment of the final CVD determination with the final antidumping duty (“AD”) determination of welded stainless pipe from India.8 Therefore, in accordance with section 705(a)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(4), we are aligning the final CVD determination in this investigation with the final AD determination. Consequently, the final CVD determination will be issued on the same date as the final AD determination, which is currently scheduled to be issued no later than July 18, 2016, unless postponed.

    8See Letter from Petitioners, “Welded Stainless Pressure Pipe from India: Request for Alignment,” dated February 9, 2016.

    Disclosure and Public Comment

    The Department intends to disclose calculations performed for this preliminary determination to the parties within five days of the date of public announcement of this determination in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b). Case briefs or other written comments may be submitted to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance no later than seven days after the date on which the final verification report is issued in this proceeding, and rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in case briefs, may be submitted no later than five days after the deadline date for case briefs.9 A table of contents, list of authorities used, and an executive summary of issues should accompany any briefs submitted to the Department, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2). This summary should be limited to five pages total, including footnotes.

    9See 19 CFR 351.309; see also 19 CFR 351.303 (for general filing requirements).

    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to request a hearing must submit a written request to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce, filed electronically using ACCESS. An electronically-filed request must be received successfully, and in its entirety, by ACCESS by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. Requests should contain the party's name, address, and telephone number; the number of participants; and a list of the issues to be discussed. If a request for a hearing is made, the Department intends to hold the hearing at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230, at a date, time, and specific location to be determined. Parties will be notified of the date, time, and location of any hearing. Parties should confirm by telephone the date, time, and location of the hearing two days before the scheduled date.

    International Trade Commission Notification

    In accordance with section 703(f) of the Act, we will notify the International Trade Commission (“ITC”) of our determination. In addition, we are making available to the ITC all non-privileged and non-proprietary information relating to this investigation. We will allow the ITC access to all privileged and business proprietary information in our files, provided the ITC confirms that it will not disclose such information, either publicly or under an administrative protective order, without the written consent of the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

    In accordance with section 705(b)(2) of the Act, if our final determination is affirmative, the ITC will make its final determination within 45 days after the Department makes its final determination.

    This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 703(f) and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(c).

    Dated: March 4, 2016. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix I List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Scope Comments IV. Scope of the Investigation V. Alignment VI. Injury Test VII. Subsidies Valuation VIII. Analysis of Programs IX. Calculation of the All-Others Rate X. ITC Notification XI. Disclosure and Public Comment XII. Verification XIII. Conclusion Appendix II Scope of the Investigation

    The merchandise covered by this investigation is circular welded austenitic stainless pressure pipe not greater than 14 inches in outside diameter. References to size are in nominal inches and include all products within tolerances allowed by pipe specifications. This merchandise includes, but is not limited to, the American Society for Testing and Materials (“ASTM”) A-312 or ASTM A-778 specifications, or comparable domestic or foreign specifications. ASTM A-358 products are only included when they are produced to meet ASTM A-312 or ASTM A-778 specifications, or comparable domestic or foreign specifications.

    Excluded from the scope of the investigation are: (1) Welded stainless mechanical tubing, meeting ASTM A-554 or comparable domestic or foreign specifications; (2) boiler, heat exchanger, superheater, refining furnace, feedwater heater, and condenser tubing, meeting ASTM A-249, ASTM A-688 or comparable domestic or foreign specifications; and (3) specialized tubing, meeting ASTM A-269, ASTM A-270 or comparable domestic or foreign specifications.

    The subject imports are normally classified in subheadings 7306.40.5005, 7306.40.5040, 7306.40.5062, 7306.40.5064, and 7306.40.5085 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (“HTSUS”). They may also enter under HTSUS subheadings 7306.40.1010, 7306.40.1015, 7306.40.5042, 7306.40.5044, 7306.40.5080, and 7306.40.5090. The HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes only; the written description of the scope of this investigation is dispositive.

    [FR Doc. 2016-05575 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A-201-842] Large Residential Washers From Mexico: Preliminary Results of the Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014-2015 AGENCY:

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

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on large residential washers from Mexico. The period of review (POR) is February 1, 2014, through January 31, 2015. The review covers one producer/exporter of the subject merchandise, Electrolux Home Products Corp. N.V. and Electrolux Home Products de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (collectively, Electrolux). We preliminarily determine that sales of subject merchandise by Electrolux have been made at prices below normal value (NV). We invite interested parties to comment on these preliminary results.

    DATES:

    Effective Date: March 11, 2016.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Brian Smith or Brandon Custard, AD/CVD Operations, Office II, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-1766 or (202) 482-1823.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Scope of the Order

    The products covered by the order are all large residential washers and certain subassemblies thereof from Mexico. The products are currently classifiable under subheadings 8450.20.0040 and 8450.20.0080 of the Harmonized Tariff System of the United States (HTSUS). Products subject to this order may also enter under HTSUS subheadings 8450.11.0040, 8450.11.0080, 8450.90.2000, and 8450.90.6000. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the merchandise subject to this scope is dispositive.1

    1 A full description of the scope of the order is contained in the memorandum entitled “Large Residential Washers from Mexico: Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Results of the Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014-2015,” dated concurrently with and adopted by this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum).

    Methodology

    The Department conducted this review in accordance with sections 751(a)(1)(B) and (2) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Constructed export price is calculated in accordance with section 772 of the Act. NV is calculated in accordance with section 773 of the Act. For a full description of the methodology underlying our conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, which is hereby adopted by this notice. The Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at http://access.trade.gov and to all parties in the Central Records Unit, room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be accessed at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed Preliminary Decision Memorandum and the electronic version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content. A list of the topics discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is attached as an Appendix to this notice.

    Preliminary Results of the Review  2

    2 As explained in the memorandum from the Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement & Compliance, the Department has exercised its discretion to toll all administrative deadlines due to the recent closure of the Federal Government. See Memorandum to the Record from Ron Lorentzen, Acting A/S for Enforcement & Compliance, regarding “Tolling of Administrative Deadlines As a Result of the Government Closure During Snowstorm Jonas,” dated January 27, 2016. All deadlines in this segment of the proceeding have been extended by four business days. The revised deadline for the preliminary determination of this administrative review is now March 4, 2016.

    As a result of this review, the Department preliminarily determines that a weighted-average margin of 2.47 percent exists for Electrolux for the period February 1, 2014, through January 31, 2015.

    Disclosure and Public Comment

    We will disclose the calculations performed to parties in this segment of the proceeding within five days of the date of publication of this notice in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b).

    Interested parties may submit case briefs not later than 30 days after the date of publication of this notice.3 Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in the case briefs, may be filed not later than five days after the date for filing case briefs.4 Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2), parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this proceeding are encouraged to submit with each argument: (1) A statement of the issue; (2) a brief summary of the argument; and (3) a table of authorities.

    3See 19 CFR 351.309(c).

    4See 19 CFR 351.309(d).

    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to request a hearing must submit a written request to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce. All documents must be filed electronically using ACCESS. An electronically filed request must be received successfully in its entirety by ACCESS by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice.5 Requests should contain the party's name, address, and telephone number, the number of participants, and a list of the issues to be discussed. If a request for a hearing is made, the Department intends to hold the hearing at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, at a time and date to be determined.6 Parties should confirm by telephone the date, time, and location of the hearing two days before the scheduled date.

    5See 19 CFR 351.310(c).

    6See 19 CFR 351.310(d).

    The Department intends to issue the final results of this administrative review, including the results of its analysis of issues raised in any written briefs, not later than 120 days after the date of publication of this notice, unless the deadline is extended.7

    7See section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.213(h).

    Assessment Rates

    Upon issuance of the final results, the Department shall determine, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries covered by this review.8

    8See 19 CFR 351.212(b).

    We calculated importer-specific ad valorem duty assessment rates based on the ratio of the total amount of antidumping duties calculated for the examined sales to the total entered value of the examined sales to that importer. We will instruct CBP to assess antidumping duties on all appropriate entries covered by this review when the importer-specific assessment rate calculated in the final results of this review is above de minimis. Where either the exporter's weighted-average dumping margin is zero or de minimis, or the importer-specific assessment rate is zero or de minimis, we will instruct CBP to liquidate the appropriate entries without regard to antidumping duties.9

    9See Antidumping Proceedings: Calculation of the Weighted-Average Dumping Margin and Assessment Rate in Certain Antidumping Duty Proceedings; Final Modification, 77 FR 8101, 8103 (February 14, 2012); 19 CFR 351.106(c)(2).

    We intend to issue instructions to CBP 41 days after the publication date of the final results of this review.

    Cash Deposit Requirements

    The following cash deposit requirements will be effective for all shipments of the subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication date of the final results of this administrative review, as provided by section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) The cash deposit rate for Electrolux will be the rate established in the final results of this review, except if the rate is less than 0.50 percent and, therefore, de minimis within the meaning of 19 CFR 351.106(c)(1), in which case the cash deposit rate will be zero; (2) for previously reviewed or investigated companies not participating in this review, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the company-specific rate published for the most recent period; (3) if the exporter is not a firm covered in this review, a prior review, or the original investigation, but the manufacturer is, the cash deposit rate will be the rate established for the most recent period for the manufacturer of the merchandise; and (4) the cash deposit rate for all other manufacturers or exporters will continue to be 11.80 percent, the all-others rate established in the less-than-fair-value investigation.10 These requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice.

    10See Large Residential Washers From Mexico and the Republic of Korea: Antidumping Duty Orders, 78 FR 11148 (February 15, 2013).

    Notification to Importers

    This notice also serves as a preliminary reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Secretary's presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties.

    We are issuing and publishing these results in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act, and 19 CFR 351.221(b)(4).

    Dated: March 4, 2016. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Scope of the Order IV. Discussion of the Methodology A. Normal Value Comparisons 1. Determination of Comparison Method 2. Results of the Differential Pricing Analysis B. Product Comparisons C. Constructed Export Price D. Normal Value 1. Home Market Viability and Selection of Comparison Market 2. Affiliated Party Transactions and Arm's-Length Test 3. Level of Trade (LOT) E. Cost of Production (COP) Analysis 1. Calculation of COP 2. Test of Comparison Market Sales Prices 3. Results of the COP Test F. Calculation of NV Based on Comparison Market Prices G. Calculation of NV Based on CV H. Currency Conversion V. Recommendation
    [FR Doc. 2016-05566 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A-580-868] Large Residential Washers From the Republic of Korea: Preliminary Results of the Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014-2015 AGENCY:

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

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on large residential washers from the Republic of Korea. The period of review (POR) is February 1, 2014, through January 31, 2015. The review covers one producer/exporter of the subject merchandise, LG Electronics, Inc. (LGE). We preliminarily determine that sales of subject merchandise by LGE have been made at prices below normal value (NV). We invite interested parties to comment on these preliminary results.

    DATES:

    Effective Date: March 11, 2016.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    David Goldberger, AD/CVD Operations, Office II, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone (202) 482-4136.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Scope of the Order

    The products covered by the order are all large residential washers and certain subassemblies thereof from Korea. The products are currently classifiable under subheadings 8450.20.0040 and 8450.20.0080 of the Harmonized Tariff System of the United States (HTSUS). Products subject to this order may also enter under HTSUS subheadings 8450.11.0040, 8450.11.0080, 8450.90.2000, and 8450.90.6000. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the merchandise subject to this scope is dispositive.1

    1 A full description of the scope of the order is contained in the memorandum entitled “Large Residential Washers from Korea: Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Results of the Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014-2015,” dated concurrently with and adopted by this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum).

    Methodology

    The Department conducted this review in accordance with sections 751(a)(1)(B) and (2) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Export price and constructed export price are calculated in accordance with section 772 of the Act. NV is calculated in accordance with section 773 of the Act. For a full description of the methodology underlying our conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, which is hereby adopted by this notice. The Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at http://access.trade.gov and to all parties in the Central Records Unit, room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be accessed at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed Preliminary Decision Memorandum and the electronic version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content. A list of the topics discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is attached as an Appendix to this notice.

    Preliminary Results of the Review  2

    2 As explained in the memorandum from the Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement & Compliance, the Department has exercised its discretion to toll all administrative deadlines due to the recent closure of the Federal Government. See Memorandum to the Record from Ron Lorentzen, Acting A/S for Enforcement & Compliance, regarding “Tolling of Administrative Deadlines As a Result of the Government Closure During Snowstorm Jonas,” dated January 27, 2016. All deadlines in this segment of the proceeding have been extended by four business days.

    As a result of this review, the Department preliminarily determines that a weighted-average margin of 1.64 percent exists for LGE for the period February 1, 2014, through January 31, 2015.

    Disclosure and Public Comment

    We will disclose the calculations performed to parties in this segment of the proceeding within five days of the date of publication of this notice in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b).

    Interested parties may submit case briefs not later than 30 days after the date of publication of this notice.3 Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in the case briefs, may be filed not later than five days after the date for filing case briefs.4 Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2), parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this proceeding are encouraged to submit with each argument: (1) A statement of the issue; (2) a brief summary of the argument; and (3) a table of authorities.

    3See 19 CFR 351.309(c).

    4See 19 CFR 351.309(d).

    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to request a hearing must submit a written request to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce. All documents must be filed electronically using ACCESS. An electronically filed request must be received successfully in its entirety by ACCESS by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice.5 Requests should contain the party's name, address, and telephone number, the number of participants, and a list of the issues to be discussed. If a request for a hearing is made, the Department intends to hold the hearing at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230, at a time and date to be determined.6 Parties should confirm by telephone the date, time, and location of the hearing two days before the scheduled date.

    5See 19 CFR 351.310(c).

    6See 19 CFR 351.310(d).

    The Department intends to issue the final results of this administrative review, including the results of its analysis of issues raised in any written briefs, not later than 120 days after the date of publication of this notice, unless the deadline is extended.7

    7See section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.213(h).

    Assessment Rates

    Upon issuance of the final results, the Department shall determine, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries covered by this review.8

    8See 19 CFR 351.212(b).

    We calculated importer-specific ad valorem duty assessment rates based on the ratio of the total amount of antidumping duties calculated for the examined sales to the total entered value of the examined sales to that importer. We will instruct CBP to assess antidumping duties on all appropriate entries covered by this review when the importer-specific assessment rate calculated in the final results of this review is above de minimis. Where either the exporter's weighted-average dumping margin is zero or de minimis, or the importer-specific assessment rate is zero or de minimis, we will instruct CBP to liquidate the appropriate entries without regard to antidumping duties.9

    9See Antidumping Proceedings: Calculation of the Weighted-Average Dumping Margin and Assessment Rate in Certain Antidumping Duty Proceedings; Final Modification, 77 FR 8101, 8103 (February 14, 2012); 19 CFR 351.106(c)(2).

    We intend to issue instructions to CBP 15 days after the publication date of the final results of this review.

    Cash Deposit Requirements

    The following cash deposit requirements will be effective for all shipments of the subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication date of the final results of this administrative review, as provided by section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) The cash deposit rate for LGE will be the rate established in the final results of this review, except if the rate is less than 0.50 percent and, therefore, de minimis within the meaning of 19 CFR 351.106(c)(1), in which case the cash deposit rate will be zero; (2) for previously reviewed or investigated companies not participating in this review, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the company-specific rate published for the most recent period; (3) if the exporter is not a firm covered in this review, a prior review, or the original investigation, but the manufacturer is, the cash deposit rate will be the rate established for the most recent period for the manufacturer of the merchandise; and (4) the cash deposit rate for all other manufacturers or exporters will continue to be 11.80 percent, the all-others rate established in the less-than-fair-value investigation.10 These requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice.

    10See Large Residential Washers From Mexico and the Republic of Korea: Antidumping Duty Orders, 78 FR 11148 (February 15, 2013).

    Notification to Importers

    This notice also serves as a preliminary reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping and/or countervailing duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Secretary's presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties and/or countervailing duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties.

    We are issuing and publishing these results in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act, and 19 CFR 351.221(b)(4).

    Dated: March 4, 2016. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Scope of the Order IV. Discussion of the Methodology A. NV Comparisons 1. Determination of Comparison Method 2. Results of the Differential Pricing Analysis B. Product Comparisons C. EP and CEP D. NV 1. Home Market Viability and Selection of Comparison Market 2. Affiliated Party Transactions and Arm's-Length Test 3. Level of Trade (LOT) E. Cost of Production (COP) Analysis 1. Calculation of COP 2. Test of Comparison Market Sales Prices 3. Results of the COP Test F. Calculation of NV Based on Comparison Market Prices G. Calculation of NV Based on CV H. Currency Conversion V. Recommendation
    [FR Doc. 2016-05570 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A-570-835] Furfuryl Alcohol From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014-2015 AGENCY:

    Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Commerce.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Commerce (“Department”) is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on furfuryl alcohol from the People's Republic of China (“PRC”). The period of review (“POR”) is June 1, 2014, through May 31, 2015. The review covers one exporter of subject merchandise.1 The Department preliminarily finds that the mandatory respondent, Qingdao WenKem Co., Ltd. (“WenKem”), has not demonstrated that it is eligible for a separate rate in this segment of the proceeding, and therefore, for the preliminary results, we are treating it as part of the PRC-wide entity.

    1See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews, 80 FR 45947 (August 3, 2015) (“Initiation Notice”).

    DATES:

    Effective March 11, 2016.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Mandy Mallott, AD/CVD Operations, Office III, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-6430.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background

    On August 3, 2015, the Department initiated the first administrative review of the antidumping duty order on furfuryl alcohol from the PRC.2 On September 8, 2015, the Department issued an antidumping questionnaire to WenKem. WenKem submitted an entry of appearance on September 30, 2015, and on October 22, 2015, WenKem submitted a letter to the Department stating that it did not export furfuryl alcohol to the United States during the POR.3 However, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) import data on the record of this administrative review indicate that WenKem did have exports of subject merchandise to the United States during the POR.4 Additionally, PennAKem LLC (“Petitoner”) placed publicly available information on the record of this administrative review indicating that WenKem exported furfuryl alcohol to the United States during the POR.5 WenKem did not comment on either the CBP import data or the information placed on the record by the Petitioner (both of which were on the record prior to WenKem's statement that it had no shipments of furfuryl alcohol to the United States during the POR).

    2See Initiation Notice.

    3See letters from WenKem, “ENTRY OF APPEARANCE A-570-835, Administrative Review of the Antidumping Order on Furfuryl Alcohol from the People's Republic of China (PRC) for the Period 6/1/2014 through 5/31/2015,” dated September 30, 2015, and “Administrative Review of the Antidumping Order on Furfuryl Alcohol from the People's Republic of China (PRC) for the Period 6/1/2014 through 5/31/2015,” dated October 22, 2015.

    4See letter from the Department, “2014-2015 Administrative Review of the Antidumping Duty Order on Furfuryl Alcohol from the People's Republic of China: U.S. Customs and Border Protection Import Data, for Use in Respondent Selection,” dated August 19, 2015 (“CBP Import Data”).

    5See letter from Petitioner, ” Furfuryl Alcohol from the PRC Administrative Review (06.01.14-05.31.15): Evidentiary Submission,” dated October 13, 2015.

    Scope of the Order

    The merchandise covered by this order is furfuryl alcohol (C4H3OCH2OH). Furfuryl alcohol is a primary alcohol, and is colorless or pale yellow in appearance. It is used in the manufacture of resins and as a wetting agent and solvent for coating resins, nitrocellulose, cellulose acetate, and other soluble dyes. The product subject to this order is classifiable under subheading 2932.13.00 6 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (“HTSUS”). Although the HTSUS subheading is provided for convenience and customs purposes, our written description of the scope is dispositive.

    6 29 (“Organic Chemicals”); .32 (“Heterocyclic compounds with oxygen hetero-atom(s) only: Compounds containing an unfused furan ring (whether or not hydrogenated) in the structure:”); .13.00 (“Furfuryl alcohol and tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol”).

    Nonmarket Economy Country

    The Department considers the PRC to be an nonmarket economy (“NME”) country.7 In accordance with section 771(18)(C)(i) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (“the Act”), any determination that a foreign country is an NME country shall remain in effect until revoked by the administering authority. Therefore, we continue to treat the PRC as an NME country for purposes of these preliminary results.

    7See, e.g., Certain Kitchen Appliance Shelving and Racks From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Results of the First Administrative Review, Preliminary Rescission, in Part, and Extension of Time Limits for the Final Results, 76 FR 62765, 62767-68 (October 11, 2011), unchanged in Certain Kitchen Appliance Shelving and Racks From the People's Republic of China: Final Results and Partial Rescission of First Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 77 FR 21734 (April 11, 2012).

    Application of Separate Rates in NME Proceedings

    In the Initiation Notice, the Department notified parties of the application process by which exporters may obtain separate rate status in an NME proceeding.8 It is the Department's policy to assign all exporters of the merchandise subject to review in NME countries a single rate unless an exporter can affirmatively demonstrate an absence of government control, both in law (de jure) and in fact (de facto), with respect to exports. To establish whether a company is sufficiently independent to be entitled to a separate, company-specific rate, the Department analyzes each exporting entity in an NME country under the test established in Sparklers, 9 as further developed by Silicon Carbide. 10 However, if the Department determines that a company is wholly foreign-owned, then an analysis of the de jure and de facto criteria is not necessary to determine whether it is independent from government control.11

    8See Initiation Notice.

    9See Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Sparklers From the People's Republic of China, 56 FR 20588 (May 6, 1991) (“Sparklers”).

    10See Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Silicon Carbide From the People's Republic of China, 59 FR 22585 (May 2, 1994) (“Silicon Carbide”).

    11See, e.g., Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Petroleum Wax Candles From the People's Republic of China, 72 FR 52355, 52356 (September 13, 2007).

    Separate Rates

    Although WenKem reported it had no shipments of furfuryl alcohol to the United States during the POR, we received a response from CBP contrary to this claim.12 Because WenKem did not address evidence contrary to its no shipments claim (i.e., that it in fact shipped subject merchandise to the United States during the POR), the uncontroverted evidence on the record of this segment of the proceeding is that this company had shipments of subject merchandise to the United States during the POR and, thus, is properly under review. Furthermore, WenKem did not submit a separate rate application or certification to demonstrate that it was eligible to receive a separate rate. Thus, consistent with our practice in NME proceedings discussed above, we are treating WenKem as part of the PRC-wide entity for the preliminary results of this review. In this regard, we note that our determination with respect to WenKem is not the result of adverse facts available.

    12See CBP Import Data.

    PRC-Wide Entity

    The Department's change in policy regarding conditional review of the PRC-wide entity applies to this administrative review.13 Under this policy, the PRC-wide entity will not be under review unless a party specifically requests, or the Department self-initiates, a review of the entity. Because no party requested a review of the PRC-wide entity in this review, the entity is not under review, and the entity's rate is not subject to change (i.e., 45.27 percent).

    13See Antidumping Proceedings: Announcement of Change in Department Practice for Respondent Selection in Antidumping Duty Proceedings and Conditional Review of the Nonmarket Economy Entity in NME Antidumping Duty Proceedings, 78 FR 65963 (November 4, 2013).

    Preliminary Results of Review

    The Department preliminarily determines that Qingdao WenKem Co., Ltd. is part of the PRC-wide entity and that the following weighted-average dumping margin applies for the period June 1, 2014, through May 31, 2015:

    Exporter Weighted-
  • average
  • dumping
  • margin
  • (percent)
  • PRC-Wide Entity 45.27
    Public Comment and Opportunity To Request a Hearing

    Interested parties may submit case briefs within 30 days after the date of publication of these preliminary results of review in the Federal Register.14 Rebuttals to case briefs, which must be limited to issues raised in the case briefs, must be filed within five days after the time limit for filing case briefs.15 Parties who submit arguments are requested to submit with the argument (a) a statement of the issue, (b) a brief summary of the argument, and (c) a table of authorities.16 Parties submitting briefs should do so pursuant to the Department's electronic filing system, ACCESS.17

    14See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(1)(ii).

    15See 19 CFR 351.309(d)(1)-(2).

    16See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2), (d)(2).

    17See 19 CFR 351.303 (for general filing requirements).

    Any interested party may request a hearing within 30 days of publication of this notice.18 Hearing requests should contain the following information: (1) The party's name, address, and telephone number; (2) the number of participants; and (3) a list of the issues to be discussed. Oral presentations will be limited to issues raised in the briefs. If a request for a hearing is made, parties will be notified of the time and date for the hearing to be held at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230.19

    18See 19 CFR 351.310(c).

    19See 19 CFR 351.310(d).

    The Department intends to issue the final results of this administrative review, which will include the results of our analysis of all issues raised in the case briefs, within 120 days of publication of these preliminary results in the Federal Register, pursuant to section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act.

    Assessment Rates

    Upon issuance of the final results, the Department will determine, and CBP shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries covered by this review. The Department intends to issue assessment instructions to CBP 15 days after the publication date of the final results of this review.

    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 entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication date, as provided for by section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) As described above, we preliminarily determine that WenKem is not eligible for a separate rate, and therefore, as part of the PRC-wide entity, its exports to the U.S. are subject to the PRC-wide rate of 45.27 percent; (2) for previously investigated or reviewed PRC and non-PRC exporters who are not under review in this segment of the proceeding but who 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, the cash deposit rate will be the PRC-wide rate of 45.27 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

    This notice also serves as a preliminary reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f)(2) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement off antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Secretary's presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties.

    This administrative review and notice are in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.213.

    Dated: March 7, 2016. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05554 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting AGENCY:

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

    ACTION:

    Notice of a public meeting via webinar.

    SUMMARY:

    The Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils will hold a Joint Spiny Lobster Review Panel meeting via webinar.

    DATES:

    The webinar will convene on Monday, March 28, 2016, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT.

    ADDRESSES:

    The meeting will take place via webinar.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Dr. Morgan Kilgour, Fishery Biologist, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; [email protected], telephone: (813) 348-1630; and Kari Maclauchlin, Fishery Social Scientist; [email protected], telephone: (843) 571-4366.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Please register for the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils: Joint Spiny Lobster Review Panel Meeting on March 28, 2016, 10 a.m. EDT at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6852168931907017731. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    Agenda

    Staff will start the meeting with introductions. The review panel will review the 2014/15 spiny lobster landings and the 2015 Spiny Lobster Review Panel Report. The review panel will also review landings, effort, projections and commercial reporting requirements. The review panel will then discuss the 2014/2015 Annual Catch Target (ACT) overage.

    —Meeting Adjourns—

    The Agenda is subject to change, and the latest version along with other meeting materials will be posted on the Council's file server. To access the file server, the URL is https://public.gulfcouncil.org:5001/webman/index.cgi, or go to the Council's Web site and click on the FTP link in the lower left of the Council Web site (http://www.gulfcouncil.org). The username and password are both “gulfguest”. Click on the “Library Folder”, then scroll down to “Joint Spiny Lobster Review Panel meeting-2016-03”.

    The meeting will be webcast over the Internet. A link to the webcast will be available on the Council's Web site, http://www.gulfcouncil.org.

    Although other non-emergency issues not on the agenda may come before the Review Panel for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Actions of the Review Panel will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agenda and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council's intent to take action to address the emergency.

    Special Accommodations

    This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kathy Pereira at the Gulf Council Office (see ADDRESSES), at least 5 working days prior to the meeting.

    Dated: March 8, 2016. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05546 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648-XE486 Marine Mammals; File No. 19768 AGENCY:

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

    ACTION:

    Notice; receipt of application.

    SUMMARY:

    Notice is hereby given that Evin Hildebrandt, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Medical School, 55 Lake Avenue, S3-221, Worcester, MA 01655, has applied in due form for a permit to receive and create cell lines from marine mammal cetaceans species for scientific research.

    DATES:

    Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before April 11, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    The application and related documents are available for review by selecting “Records Open for Public Comment” from the “Features” box on the Applications and Permits for Protected Species (APPS) home page, https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov, and then selecting File No. 19768 from the list of available applications.

    These documents are also available upon written request or by appointment in the Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301) 427-8401; fax (301) 713-0376.

    Written comments on this application should be submitted to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, at the address listed above. Comments may also be submitted by facsimile to (301) 713-0376, or by email to [email protected] Please include the File No.19768 in the subject line of the email comment.

    Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a written request to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division at the address listed above. The request should set forth the specific reasons why a hearing on this application would be appropriate.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Jennifer Skidmore, (301) 427-8401.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The subject permit is requested under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216), the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR 222-226).

    The applicant is requesting authorization to receive cell lines from other researchers and to create cell lines from animal tissues obtained from the stranding network under a regional authorization letter for scientific research purposes. Up to 15 cell lines would be received or created annually from unidentified cetacean species. These cell lines would be used to study the evolution of endogenous viruses (viruses that integrate into the genome of the host) using the DNA and RNA sequencing. No takes of live animals is proposed and a permit is requested for a 5 year period.

    In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), an initial determination has been made that the activity proposed is categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement.

    Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, NMFS is forwarding copies of the application to the Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors.

    Dated: March 8, 2016. Julia Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05613 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 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 Herring 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 29, 2016 at 10 a.m.

    ADDRESSES:

    The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn, 300 Woodbury Avenue, Portsmouth, NH 03801; phone: (603) 431-8000; fax: (603) 431-2065.

    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: Agenda

    The Advisory Panel plans to discuss and provide recommendations to the Herring Committee on Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan in regards to plans for a public workshop on the Management Strategy Evaluation of Atlantic Herring Acceptable Biological Catch control rules, Plan Development Team (PDT) analyses related to localized depletion in inshore waters and potentially develop a definition of localized depletion, a problem statement and related measures, and/or task PDT with additional analyses. The Panel also plans to discuss Georges Bank haddock catch cap accountability measures (AMs), specifically, plans to potentially develop a framework adjustment in 2016 to consider revising the AMs. Other business will be discussed as necessary.

    Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council's intent to take final action to address the emergency.

    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 8, 2016. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05547 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION [Docket No: CFPB-2016-0009] Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request Correction

    In notice document 2016-05179 appearing on pages 12479-12480 in the issue of March 9, 2016, make the following correction:

    On page 12479, in the third column, under the DATES heading, in the third line, “March 9, 2016” should read “May 9, 2016”.

    [FR Doc. C1-2016-05179 Filed 3-9-16; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 1505-01-D
    CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE Information Collection; Submission for OMB Review, Comment Request AGENCY:

    Corporation for National and Community Service.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has submitted a public information collection request (ICR) entitled Process Evaluation of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) Pay for Success (PFS) Program for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13, (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). Copies of this ICR, with applicable supporting documentation, may be obtained by calling the Corporation for National and Community Service, Lily Zandniapour, at 202-606-6939 or email to [email protected] Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TTY-TDD) may call 1-800-833-3722 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

    DATES:

    Comments may be submitted, identified by the title of the information collection activity, within April 11, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    Comments may be submitted, identified by the title of the information collection activity, to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: Ms. Sharon Mar, OMB Desk Officer for the Corporation for National and Community Service, by any of the following two methods within 30 days from the date of publication in the Federal Register:

    (1) By fax to: 202-395-6974, Attention: Ms. Sharon Mar, OMB Desk Officer for the Corporation for National and Community Service; or

    (2) By email to: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The OMB is particularly interested in comments which:

    • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of CNCS, including whether the information will have practical utility;

    • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

    • Propose ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

    • Propose ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    Comments

    A 60-day Notice requesting public comment was published in the Federal Register on December 11, 2015, Volume 80, No. 238 FR, 76848-76849. This comment period ended February 9, 2016. No comments were received regarding this Notice.

    Description: CNCS has contracted with Abt Associates to support CNCS's Office of Research and Evaluation to implement a process evaluation of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) Pay for Success (PFS) Program. The major data collection activities to be undertaken subject to this notice will include two surveys: (1) Grantee Survey, and (2) Subrecipient/Service Recipient Survey. Survey information will be collected from current and future SIF PFS grantees and their subrecipients/service recipients through an online survey program. The purpose of the Grantee Survey is to better understand grantees' program structure, practices in providing technical assistance and deal structuring activities. The Subrecipient/Service Recipient Survey will collect data on activities, capacity, and perspectives and experiences of subrecipients/service recipients receiving assistance from the grantees. Note that since the 60-day Notice was published, the word “grant” was dropped from the title of the study based on the revised program name (SIF PFS program) and the organizations previously referred to as “subgrantees” are now referred to as “subrecipients/service recipients” to reflect the revised language that CNCS is using to refer to these organizations.

    Type of Review: Renewal.

    Agency: Corporation for National and Community Service.

    Title: Process Evaluation of the Social Innovation Fund (SIF) Pay for Success (PFS) Program.

    OMB Number: TBD.

    Agency Number: None.

    Affected Public: Current and future CNCS-funded SIF PFS grantees (mostly nonprofit organizations) and current and future community organizations and state or local government agencies (referred to as subrecipients/service recipients).

    Total Respondents: Approximately 260. This includes approximately 18 respondents to the Grantee Survey and approximately 242 respondents to the Subrecipient/Service Recipient Survey. The exact number of respondents will depend on the number of new grantees funded by the SIF PFS program in 2016 and 2017 and the number of subrecipients/service recipients that each grantee selects to work with each year.

    Frequency: Once per year. Each respondent will complete the survey annually for one to three years depending upon the timing and duration of their participation in the program.

    Average Time per Response: 20 minutes per year.

    Estimated Total Burden Hours: 151 hours.

    Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): None.

    Total Burden Cost (operating/maintenance): None.

    Dated: March 7, 2016. Mary Hyde, Director, Research and Evaluation.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05507 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6050-28-P
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Air Force U.S. Air Force Academy Board of Visitors Notice of Meeting AGENCY:

    U.S. Air Force Academy Board of Visitors, DOD.

    ACTION:

    Amended meeting notice.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with 10 U.S.C. Section 9355, the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) Board of Visitors (BoV) will hold a meeting at the Falcon Club, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO, on March 18, 2016. On Friday, the meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will end at 3:45 p.m. Due to circumstances beyond the control of the Designated Federal Officer, the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Air Force Academy was unable to provide public notice of its meeting of March 18, 2016, or the amended meeting notice clarifying the meeting agenda as required by 41 CFR 102-3.150(a). Accordingly, the Advisory Committee Management Officer for the Department of Defense, pursuant to 41 CFR 102-3.150(b), waives the 15-calendar day notification requirement for the initial meeting notice (Federal Register, Volume 81, Number 33, Monday, March 7, 2016) and the amended meeting notice. The purpose of this meeting is to review morale and discipline, social climate, curriculum, instruction, infrastructure, fiscal affairs, academic methods, and other matters relating to the Academy. Specific topics for this meeting include a Superintendent's Update; USAFA Admissions Update; Air Force Academy Athletic Corporation Update. Public attendance at this USAFA BoV meeting shall be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis up to the reasonable and safe capacity of the meeting room. In addition, any member of the public wishing to provide input to the USAFA BoV should submit a written statement in accordance with 41 CFR 102-3.140(c) and section 10(a)(3) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and the procedures described in this paragraph. Written statements must address the following details: the issue, discussion, and a recommended course of action. Supporting documentation may also be included as needed to establish the appropriate historical context and provide any necessary background information. Written statements can be submitted to the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) at the Air Force address detailed below at any time. However, if a written statement is not received at least 10 calendar days before the first day of the meeting which is the subject of this notice, then it may not be provided to or considered by the BoV until its next open meeting. The DFO will review all timely submissions with the BoV Chairman and ensure they are provided to members of the BoV before the meeting that is the subject of this notice. If after review of timely submitted written comments and the BoV Chairman and DFO deem appropriate, they may choose to invite the submitter of the written comments to orally present the issue during an open portion of the BoV meeting that is the subject of this notice. Members of the BoV may also petition the Chairman to allow specific personnel to make oral presentations before the BoV. In accordance with 41 CFR 102-3.140(d), any oral presentations before the BoV shall be in accordance with agency guidelines provided pursuant to a written invitation and this paragraph. Direct questioning of BoV members or meeting participants by the public is not permitted except with the approval of the DFO and Chairman. For the benefit of the public, rosters that list the names of BoV members and any releasable materials presented during the open portions of this BoV meeting shall be made available upon request.

    Contact Information: For additional information or to attend this BoV meeting, contact Major Jennifer Hubal, Accessions and Training Division, AF/A1PT, 1040 Air Force Pentagon, Washington, DC 20330, (703) 695-4066, [email protected]

    Henry Williams, Civ, Acting Air Force Federal Register Liaison Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05418 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001-10-P
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army [Docket ID: USA-2016-HQ-0007] Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records AGENCY:

    Department of the Army, DoD.

    ACTION:

    Notice to alter a System of Records.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of the Army proposes to alter a system of records notice AAFES 0602.04a, entitled “Legal Office Management System,” to review and process charges and claims of unfair labor practices through formal/informal negotiations; to review and process bankruptcy related claims; for managerial and statistical reports; to process other legal complaints against individuals; to initiate litigation as necessary; to investigate other claims and prepare responses; and to defend the Exchange in civil suits filed against it in the Federal Court System.

    DATES:

    Comments will be accepted on or before April 11, 2016. This proposed action will be effective on the date following the end of the comment period unless comments are received which result in a contrary determination.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by any of the following methods:

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

    * Mail: Department of Defense, Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer, Directorate of Oversight and Compliance, Regulatory and Audit Matters Office, 9010 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-9010.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ms. Tracy Rogers, Department of the Army, Privacy Office, U.S. Army Records Management and Declassification Agency, 7701 Telegraph Road, Casey Building, Suite 144, Alexandria, VA 22325-3827 or by calling (703) 428-7499.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Department of the Army's notices for systems of records subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended, have been published in the Federal Register and are available from the address in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT or from the Defense Privacy and Civil Liberties Division Web site at http://dpcld.defense.gov/.

    The proposed systems reports, as required by 5 U.S.C. 552a(r) of the Privacy Act, as amended, were submitted on February 18, 2016, to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pursuant to paragraph 4c of Appendix I to OMB Circular No. A-130, “Federal Agency Responsibilities for Maintaining Records About Individuals,” dated February 8, 1996 (February 20, 1996, 61 FR 6427).

    Dated: March 7, 2016. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. AAFES 0602.04a System name:

    Legal Office Management System (May 9, 2001, 66 FR 23683)

    Changes: System identifier:

    Delete entry and replace with “AAFES 0602.04”.

    System location:

    Delete entry and replace with “Office of the General Counsel at Headquarters, Army and Air Force Exchange Service, 3911 S. Walton Walker Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75236-1598; Personnel offices at Exchange Regions and Area Exchanges at posts, bases, and satellites world-wide. Official mailing addresses are published as an appendix to the Army's compilation of systems of records notices.”

    Categories of individuals covered by the system:

    Delete entry and replace with “Employees of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) who are permitted to file charges/claims pursuant to Executive Order 11491, as amended; individuals who file any other type of complaint and/or claim or similar pleading in a court or administrative body against the Exchange; individuals involved with the Exchange on other legal matters or proceedings, including bankruptcy; an Exchange employee who is named as a defendant; individuals against whom the Exchange has filed a complaint or similar pleading in a court or administrative body, and/or other individuals who are involved in the investigation or legal matter.”

    Categories of records in the system:

    Delete entry and replace with “Individual's or claimant's name, address, phone number, AAFES case number, Social Security Number (SSN), date of birth, sex, marital status, age, credit card number, credit account history, bankruptcy data and similar information that could be used as evidence in litigation or to further an investigation, as well as materials and information received from opposing counsel or outside sources involved in a legal matter, e.g. exhibits; individual's or claimant's counsel name, address and phone number. These items may be included in written allegations of unfair labor practice; supporting correspondence, documentation, memoranda, opinions, or other related materials involved in representing the Exchange in unfair labor practice or bankruptcy claims; or individuals involved with the Exchange on other legal matters or proceedings.”

    Authority for maintenance of the system:

    Delete entry and replace with “10 U.S.C. 3013, Secretary of the Army; 10 U.S.C. 8013, Secretary of the Air Force; E.O. 11491, Labor-management Relations in the Federal Service, as amended; Army Regulation 60-21, Exchange Service Personnel Policies; Army Regulation 215-1, Military Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Activities and Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities; Army Regulation 215-8/AFI 34-211(I), Army and Air Force Exchange Service Operations; and E.O. 9397 (SSN), as amended.”

    Purpose(s):

    Delete entry and replace with “To review and process charges and claims of unfair labor practices through formal/informal negotiations; to review and process bankruptcy related claims; for managerial and statistical reports; to process other legal complaints against individuals; to initiate litigation as necessary; to investigate other claims and prepare responses; and to defend the Exchange in civil suits filed against it in the Federal Court System.”

    Routine uses of records maintained in the system, including categories of users and the purposes of such uses:

    Delete entry and replace with “In addition to those disclosures generally permitted under 5 U.S.C. 552a(b) of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, these records contained therein may specifically be disclosed outside the DoD as a routine use pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(3) as follows:

    Disclosure to consumer reporting agencies. Disclosures pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(12) may be made from this system to `consumer reporting agencies' as defined in the Fair Credit Reporting Act (15 U.S.C. 1681a(f)) or the Federal Claims Collection Act of 1966 (31 U.S.C. 3701(a)(3)). The purpose of this disclosure is to aid in the collection of outstanding debts owed to the Federal government; typically to provide an incentive for debtors to repay delinquent Federal government debts by making these debts part of their credit records.

    Disclosure of records is limited to the individual's name, address, Social Security Number (SSN), and other information necessary to establish the individual's identity; the amount, status, and history of the claim; and the agency program under which the claim arose. This disclosure will be made only after the procedural requirement of 31 U.S.C. 3711(f) has been followed.

    The DoD Blanket Routine Uses set forth at the beginning of the Army's compilation of system of records notices may apply to this system. The complete list of DoD Blanket Routine Uses can be found online at: http://dpcld.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/BlanketRoutineUses.aspx.”

    Policies and Practices For Storing, Retrieving, Accessing, Retaining, and Disposing of Records in the System: Storage

    Delete entry and replace with “Electronic storage media and paper records.”

    Retrievability:

    Delete entry and replace with “By the individual's surname and SSN of defendant in the proceeding.”

    Safeguards:

    Delete entry and replace with “Records are maintained in a controlled facility. Physical entry is restricted by the use of locks, guards, and is accessible only to authorized personnel. Access to records is limited to person(s) with an official need to know who are responsible for servicing the record in performance of their official duties. Persons are properly screened and cleared for access. Access to computerized data is role-based and further restricted by passwords, which are changed periodically. In addition, integrity of automated data is ensured by internal audit procedures, data base access accounting reports and controls to preclude unauthorized disclosure.”

    Retention and Disposal:

    Delete entry and replace with “Documents relating to legal opinions establishing precedence policies, and procedures regarding laws, regulations, directives, and decision, and their effect on the Exchange are maintained permanently. Litigation case files are cutoff at the close of the Exchange fiscal year in which the case is closed and then destroyed by shredding or by erasing/reformatting electronic media 10 years thereafter. Unfair Labor Claims/Charges are maintained for 3 years after the claim is closed, then retained for 5 years in an active file, then transferred to the servicing Exchange warehouse or General Services Administration records holding center for an additional 5 years at which time they are destroyed either by shredding or erasing/reformatting the electronic media. Workers' Compensation files are maintained at the corporate level for a period of one year after the case is closed and then transferred to the Federal Record Center for a period of 30 years after the close date and destroyed by shredding and erasing/reformatting electronic media. All other files are maintained for a period of 10 years after the closing of the case or judicial proceedings have been resolved, after which they are destroyed by shredding or erasing/reformatting electronic media.”

    System Manager(s) and Address:

    Delete entry and replace with “Director/Chief Executive Officer, Army and Air Force Exchange Service, 3911 S. Walton Walker Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75236-1598.”

    Notification Procedure:

    Delete entry and replace with “Individuals seeking to determine whether information about themselves is contained in this system should address written inquiries to the Director/Chief Executive Officer, Army and Air Force Exchange Service, 3911 S. Walton Walker Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75236-1598.

    Individual should provide their full name, SSN, current address and telephone number, last employing station, AAFES case number if applicable and details sufficient to assist in locating the record, and signature.

    In addition, the requestor must provide a notarized statement or an unsworn declaration made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 1746, in the following format:

    If executed outside the United States: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature)'

    If executed within the United States, its territories, possessions, or commonwealths: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature)'.”

    Record Access Procedures:

    Delete entry and replace with “Individuals seeking access to information about themselves contained in this system should address written inquiries to the Director/Chief Executive Officer, Army and Air Force Exchange Service, ATTN: FOIA/Privacy Manager, 3911 S. Walton Walker Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75236-1598.

    Individual should provide their full name, SSN, current address and telephone number, last employing station, AAFES case number if applicable and details sufficient to locate the record, and signature.

    In addition, the requestor must provide a notarized statement or an unsworn declaration made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 1746, in the following format:

    If executed outside the United States: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct.

    Executed on (date). (Signature).'

    If executed within the United States, its territories, possessions, or commonwealths: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature)'.”

    Record Source Categories:

    Delete entry and replace with “From the individual, the union representative, witnesses, official records of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Defense Enrollment and Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) and other DoD systems as applicable per the case.”

    [FR Doc. 2016-05445 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001-06-P
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army [Docket ID: USA-2016-HQ-0006] Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records AGENCY:

    Department of the Army, DoD.

    ACTION:

    Notice to alter a System of Records.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of the Army proposes to alter a system of records, A0040-31b DASG, entitled “Research and Experimental Case Files”. This is now a closed system; no new records may be added. Records will be used to enable follow up of volunteers who participated in Army medical research projects concerning chemical agents for the purpose of assessing risks/hazards to them, and for retrospective medical/scientific evaluation and future scientific and legal significance.

    DATES:

    Comments will be accepted on or before April 11, 2016. This proposed action will be effective on the day following the end of the comment period unless comments are received which result in a contrary determination.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by any of the following methods:

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

    * Mail: Department of Defense, Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer, Directorate of Oversight and Compliance, Regulatory and Audit Matters Office, 9010 Defense Pentagon, Washington, DC 20301-9010.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ms. Tracy Rogers, Department of the Army, Privacy Office, U.S. Army Records Management and Declassification Agency, 7701 Telegraph Road, Casey Building, Suite 144, Alexandria, VA 22315-3827 or by phone at 703-428-7499.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Department of the Army systems of records notices subject to the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a), as amended, have been published in the Federal Register and are available from the address in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT or at the Defense Privacy and Civil Liberties Office Web site at http://dpcld.defense.gov/.

    The proposed system report, as required by 5 U.S.C 552a(r) of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, was submitted on February 16, 2016, to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pursuant to paragraph 4c of Appendix I of OMB Circular No. A-130, Federal Agency Responsibilities for Maintaining Records About Individuals,” dated February 8, 1996 (February 20, 1996, 61 FR 6427).

    Dated: March 7, 2016. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. A0040-31b DASG System name:

    Research and Experimental Case Files (April 4, 2003, 68 FR 16484)

    Changes: System name:

    Delete entry and replace with “CLOSED—Research and Experimental Case Files.”

    System location:

    Delete entry and replace with “U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD), 2900 Ricketts Point Road, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010-5400.”

    Categories of individuals covered by the system:

    Delete entry and replace with “This is a closed system—no new records will be added. Volunteers (military personnel, Federal civilian employees, state prisoners) who participated in Army medical research which included potential chemical agents and/or antidotes from the early 1950's until the program ended in 1975.”

    Categories of records in the system:

    Delete entry and replace with “Name, Social Security Number (SSN), military service number, history and record of patient treatment, to include individual pre-test physical examination records and test records of performance and biomedical parameters measured during and after test exposure.”

    Authority for maintenance of the system:

    Delete entry and replace with “10 U.S.C. 3013, Secretary of the Army; Army Regulation 40-31, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and Armed Forces Histopathology Centers; DoD Instruction 5154.30, Armed Forces Medical Examiner System (AFMES) Operations; 45 CFR part 160, Department of Health and Human Services General Administrative Requirements; 45 CFR part 164, Department of Health and Human Services Security and Privacy; and E.O. 9397 (SSN), as amended.”

    Purpose(s):

    Delete entry and replace with “Records were used to enable follow up of volunteers who participated in Army medical research projects concerning chemical agents for the purpose of assessing risks/hazards to them, and for retrospective medical/scientific evaluation and future scientific and legal significance.”

    Routine uses of records maintained in the system, including categories of users and the purposes of such uses:

    Delete entry and replace with “In addition to those disclosures generally permitted under 5 U.S.C. 552a(b) of the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, the records contained therein may specifically be disclosed outside the DoD as a routine use pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552a(b)(3) as follows:

    Information may be disclosed to the Department of Veterans Affairs in connection with benefits determinations.

    The DoD Blanket Routine Uses set forth at the beginning of the Army's compilation of systems of records notices may apply to this system. The complete list of DoD Blanket Routine Uses can be found online at: http://dpcld.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/BlanketRoutineUses.aspx.

    Note:

    This system of records contains individually identifiable health information. The DoD Health Information Privacy Regulation (DoD 6025.18-R) issued pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, applies to most such health information. DoD 6025.18-R may place additional procedural requirements on the uses and disclosures of such information beyond those found in the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, or mentioned in this system of records notice.”

    Policies and practices for storing, retrieving, accessing, retaining, and disposing of records in the system: Storage:

    Delete entry and replace with “Paper, electronic storage media, and microfiche.”

    Retrievability:

    Delete entry and replace with “Individual's name, military service number, or SSN.”

    Safeguards:

    Delete entry and replace with “Records are maintained in a controlled area accessible only to authorized personnel. Access to personally identifiable information in this system of records is restricted to those who require the data in the performance of the official duties. The USAMRICD utilizes ID badges, closed circuit television, and electronic key access as physical security measures that ensure only authorized personnel have access to the records storage area. The electronic files are stored on compact disk storage media and secured in the same location as the paper records. The disks are accessed on Common Access Card (CAC) login-secured computers and then stored when not in use. Electronic copies of the records are not stored on any computer.”

    Retention and disposal:

    Delete entry and replace with “Electronic records will be owned by the Army and maintained by the system owner at USAMRICD, 2900 Ricketts Point Road, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010-5400. Original hard copy records are now stored at the National Archives, 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis MO 63138-1001, for permanent retention. Records relating to research studies that require a signed consent form from participants will be retained for 75 years. Records will be destroyed by shredding or deleting.”

    System manager(s) and address:

    Delete entry and replace with “Chief Information Officer, US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD), 2900 Ricketts Point Road, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010-5400.”

    Notification procedure:

    Delete entry and replace with “Individuals seeking to determine whether information about themselves is contained in this system should address written inquiries to the FOIA/Privacy Act Officer, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USARMRICD), 2900 Ricketts Point Road, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010-5400.

    Individual should provide full name, military service number or SSN, current address, and telephone number of the requester.

    In addition, the requester must provide a notarized statement or an unsworn declaration made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 1746, in the following format:

    If executed outside the United States: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature).'

    If executed within the United States, its territories, possessions, or commonwealths: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature).' ”

    Record access procedures:

    Delete entry and replace with “Individuals seeking access to information about themselves contained in this system should address written inquiries to the FOIA/Privacy Act Officer, U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USARMRICD), 2900 Ricketts Point Road, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010-5400.

    Individual should provide full name, military service number or SSN, current address, and telephone number of the requester.

    In addition, the requester must provide a notarized statement or an unsworn declaration made in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 1746, in the following format:

    If executed outside the United States: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature).'

    If executed within the United States, its territories, possessions, or commonwealths: `I declare (or certify, verify, or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature).' ”

    Contesting record procedures:

    Delete entry and replace with “The Army's rules for accessing records, and for contesting contents and appealing initial agency determinations are contained in 32 CFR part 505, Army Privacy Program; or may be obtained from the system manager.”

    Record source categories:

    Delete entry and replace with “Information was received from the individual through test and questionnaire forms completed at test location; from medical authorities and sources by evaluation of data collected previous to, during, and following tests while individual was in this research program.”

    [FR Doc. 2016-05424 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001-06-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Quadrennial Energy Review: Notice of Public Meeting AGENCY:

    Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, Secretariat, Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force, Department of Energy.

    ACTION:

    Notice of public meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    At the direction of the President, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE or Department), as the Secretariat for the Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force (QER Task Force), will convene public meetings for the second installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review, an integrated study of the U.S. electricity system from generation through end use. A mixture of panel discussions and a public comment period will frame multi-stakeholder discourse around deliberative analytical questions relating to the intersection of electricity and its role in promoting economic competitiveness, energy security, and environmental responsibility.

    DATES:

    The public meetings will be held on March 31, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia; April 15, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts; April 25, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah; May 6, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa; May 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California; and in Austin, Texas, on a date to-be-determined. Written comments are welcome, especially following the public meetings, and should be submitted within 60 days of the meetings, but no later than July 1, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    Meeting locations and addresses will be announced when they are available, in Federal Register notices and at energy.gov/qer. Between February 4, 2016 and July 1, 2016, you may submit written comments online at http://energy.gov/qer or by U.S. mail to the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, EPSA-60, QER Meeting Comments, U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    John Richards, EPSA-60, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: 202-586-0507 Email: [email protected].

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    On January 9, 2014, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum—Establishing a Quadrennial Energy Review. To accomplish this review, the Presidential Memorandum establishes a Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force to be co-chaired by the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Director of the Domestic Policy Council. Under the Presidential Memorandum, the Secretary of Energy shall provide support to the Task Force, including support for coordination activities related to the preparation of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) Report, policy analysis and modeling, and stakeholder engagement.

    The Quadrennial Energy Review process itself involves robust engagement of federal agencies and outside stakeholders, and further enables the federal government to translate policy goals into a set of analytically based, integrated actions for proposed investments over a four year planning horizon. Unlike traditional federal Quadrennial Review processes, the QER is conducted in a multi-year installment series to allow for more focused analysis on particular sub-sectors of the energy system. The initial focus for the Quadrennial Energy Review was our Nation's transmission, storage and distribution infrastructures that link energy supplies to intermediate and end users, because these capital-intensive infrastructures tend to set supply and end use patterns, investments and practices in place for decades. On April 21, 2015, the Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force released its first Quadrennial Energy Review installment report entitled, “Energy Transmission, Storage, and Distribution Infrastructure”. Among the issues highlighted by the analysis in the first installment of the QER were the growing dependencies of all critical infrastructures and economic sectors on electricity, as well as, the increasing interdependence of the various energy subsectors. In response to these findings, and to provide an appropriate consideration of an energy sector undergoing significant technological and regulatory change, the second installment of the QER will conduct a comprehensive review of the nation's electricity system, from generation to end use, including a more comprehensive look at electricity transmission, storage, and distribution infrastructure covered in installment one. The electricity system encompasses not just physical structures, but also a range of actors and institutions. Under this broad framing, the second installment intends to consider the roles and activities of all relevant actors, industries, and institutions integral to continuing to supply reliable and affordable electricity at a time of dramatic change in technology development. Issues to be considered in QER analyses include fuel choices, distributed and centralized generation, physical and cyber vulnerabilities, federal, state, and local policy direction, expectations of residential and commercial consumers, and a review of existing and evolving business models for a range of entities throughout the system.

    Significant changes will be required to meet the transformational opportunities and challenges posed by our evolving electricity system. The Administration is seeking public input on key questions relating to possible federal actions that would address the challenges and take full advantage of the opportunities of this changing system to meet the Nation's objectives of reliable, affordable and clean electricity. Over the course of 2016, the Secretariat for the Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force will hold a series of public meetings to discuss and receive comments on the issues outlined above, and well as, others, as they relate to the second installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review.

    The Department of Energy has a broad role in energy policy development and the largest role in implementing the Federal Government's energy research and development portfolio. Many other executive departments and agencies also play key roles in developing and implementing policies governing energy resources and consumption, as well as, associated environmental impacts. In addition, non-Federal actors are crucial contributors to energy policies. Because most energy and related infrastructure is owned by private entities, investment by and engagement of, input from the private sector is necessary to develop and implement effective policies. State and local policies, the views of non-governmental, environmental, faith-based, labor, and other social organizations, and contributions from the academic and non-profit sectors are also critical to the development and implementation of effective Federal energy policies.

    The interagency Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force, which includes members from all relevant executive departments and agencies, will develop an integrated review of energy policy that integrates all of these perspectives. It will build on the foundation provided in the Administration's Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future of March 30, 2011, and Climate Action Plan released on June 25, 2013. The Task Force will offer recommendations on what additional actions it believes would be appropriate. These may include recommendations on additional executive or legislative actions to address the energy challenges and opportunities facing the Nation.

    Quadrennial Energy Review Public Meetings

    The DOE will hold public meetings on electricity from generation through end use, in the following cities:

    Atlanta, Georgia, March 31, 2016 Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 2016 Salt Lake City, Utah, April 25, 2016 Des Moines, Iowa, May 6, 2016 Los Angeles, California, May 10, 2016 Austin, Texas, date TBD

    Each meeting will feature facilitated panel discussions, followed by an open microphone session. People who would like to speak during the open microphone session at the public meeting should come prepared to speak for no more than five minutes and will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the order in which they register to speak on a sign-in sheet available at the meeting location, on the morning of the meeting. In advance of the meetings, DOE anticipates making publicly available a briefing memorandum providing useful background information regarding the topics under discussion at the meeting. DOE will post this memorandum on its Web site: http://energy.gov/qer.

    Submitting comments online. DOE will accept public comments on the QER from February 4, 2016, to July 1, 2016, at energy.gov/qer. Submitting comments online to the DOE Web site will require you to provide your name and contact information. Your contact information will be viewable to DOE staff only. Your contact information will not be publicly viewable except for your first and last names, organization name (if any), and submitter representative name (if any). Your contact information will be publicly viewable if you include it in the comment itself or in any documents attached to your comment. Any information that you do not want to be publicly viewable should not be included in your comment, nor in any document attached to your comment. Otherwise, persons viewing comments will see only first and last names, organization names, correspondence containing comments, and any documents submitted with the comments.

    Do not submit information for which disclosure is restricted by statute, such as trade secrets and commercial or financial information (hereinafter referred to as Confidential Business Information (CBI)). Comments submitted through the DOE Web site cannot be claimed as CBI. Comments received through the Web site will waive any CBI claims for the information submitted. For information on submitting CBI, see the Confidential Business Information section, below.

    If you do not want your personal contact information to be publicly viewable, do not include it in your comment or any accompanying documents. Instead, provide your contact information in a cover letter. Include your first and last names, email address, telephone number, and optional mailing address. The cover letter will not be publicly viewable as long as it does not include any comments.

    Include contact information each time you submit comments, data, documents, and other information to DOE. If you submit via mail or hand delivery/courier, please provide all items on a CD, if feasible, in which case it is not necessary to submit printed copies. No telefacsimiles (faxes) will be accepted.

    Comments, data, and other information submitted to DOE electronically should be provided in PDF (preferred), Microsoft Word or Excel, WordPerfect, or text (ASCII) file format. Provide documents that are not secured, written in English, and are free of any defects or viruses. Documents should not contain special characters or any form of encryption and, if possible, they should carry the electronic signature of the author.

    Confidential Business Information. Pursuant to 10 CFR 1004.11, any person submitting information that he or she believes to be confidential and exempt by law from public disclosure should submit via email, postal mail, or hand delivery/courier two well-marked copies: One copy of the document marked “confidential” including all the information believed to be confidential, and one copy of the document marked “non-confidential” with the information believed to be confidential deleted. Submit these documents via email or on a CD, if feasible. DOE will make its own determination about the confidential status of the information and treat it according to its determination. Confidential information should be submitted to the Confidential QER email address: [email protected].

    Factors of interest to DOE when evaluating requests to treat submitted information as confidential include: (1) A description of the items; (2) whether and why such items are customarily treated as confidential within the industry; (3) whether the information is generally known by or available from other sources; (4) whether the information has previously been made available to others without obligation concerning its confidentiality; (5) an explanation of the competitive injury to the submitting person which would result from public disclosure; (6) when such information might lose its confidential character due to the passage of time; and (7) why disclosure of the information would be contrary to the public interest. It is DOE's policy that all comments may be included in the public docket, without change and as received, including any personal information provided in the comments (except information deemed to be exempt from public disclosure).

    Issued in Washington, DC, on March 7, 2016. April Salas, QER Secretariat Director, Quadrennial Energy Review Task Force, U.S. Department of Energy.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05551 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Notice of Public Meeting To Inform the Design of a Consent-Based Siting Process for Nuclear Waste Storage and Disposal Facilities AGENCY:

    Fuel Cycle Technologies, Office of Nuclear Energy, Department of Energy.

    ACTION:

    Notice of public meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) is implementing a consent-based siting process to establish an integrated waste management system to transport, store, and dispose of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. In a consent-based siting approach, DOE will work with communities, tribal governments and states across the country that express interest in hosting any of the facilities identified as part of an integrated waste management system. As part of this process, the Department is hosting a series of public meetings to engage communities and individuals and discuss the development of a consent-based approach to managing our nation's nuclear waste. A public meeting is scheduled for Chicago, IL on March 29, 2016.

    DATES:

    The meeting will take place on Tuesday March 29, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CDT. Informal poster sessions will be held from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. and again after 5:00 p.m. Department officials will be available to discuss consent-based siting during the poster sessions.

    ADDRESSES:

    The meeting will be held at the Gleacher Center, 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive, Chicago, IL 60611. To review the agenda for the meeting and to register, please go to energy.gov/consentbasedsiting.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Requests for further information should be sent to [email protected] Updated information on this and other public meetings on consent based siting will be posted at energy.gov/consentbasedsiting.

    If you are unable to attend a public meeting or would like to further discuss ideas for consent-based siting, please request an opportunity for us to speak with you. The Department will do its best to accommodate such requests and help arrange additional opportunities to engage. To learn more about nuclear energy, nuclear waste, and ongoing technical work please go to energy.gov/consentbasedsiting.

    Privacy Act: Data collected via the mechanisms listed above will not be protected from the public view in any way.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on March 7, 2016. Andrew Richards, Chief of Staff, Office of Nuclear Energy, Department of Energy.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05526 Filed 3-10-16; 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: RP16-666-000.

    Applicants: Equitrans, L.P.

    Description: Compliance filing Notice Regarding Non-Jurisdictional Gathering Facilities (PEBC1137 PEBC1237).

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5009.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-667-000.

    Applicants: Boardwalk Storage Company, LLC.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: Housekeeping Matters to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5086.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-668-000.

    Applicants: Black Hills Shoshone Pipeline, LLC.

    Description: Compliance filing Annual Adjustment for Lost and Unaccounted for Gas Percentage.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5093.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-669-000.

    Applicants: Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: EPCA 2016 to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5099.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-670-000.

    Applicants: Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: RAM 2016 to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5123.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-671-000.

    Applicants: WBI Energy Transmission, Inc.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: 2016 Annual Fuel & Electric Power Reimbursement to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5128.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-672-000.

    Applicants: Millennium Pipeline Company, LLC.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: RAM 2016 to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5136.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-673-000.

    Applicants: Kern River Gas Transmission Company.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: 2016 Daggett Surcharges to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5156.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-674-000.

    Applicants: White River Hub, LLC.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: ? 10.2 Version 1.0.0 to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5166.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-675-000.

    Applicants: Questar Pipeline Company.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: ? 10.3 Version 2.0.0 to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5169.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-676-000.

    Applicants: Questar Southern Trails Pipeline Company.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: ? 11.2 Version 2.0.0 to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5173.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-677-000.

    Applicants: Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: System Map Tariff Update to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5174.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-678-000.

    Applicants: Columbia Gulf Transmission, LLC.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: TRA 2016 to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5175.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-679-000.

    Applicants: Columbia Gulf Transmission, LLC.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: System Map Tariff Update to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5180.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-680-000.

    Applicants: Northern Natural Gas Company.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: 20160301 Negotiated Rates to be effective 3/2/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5182.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-681-000.

    Applicants: Central Kentucky Transmission Company.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: RAM 2016 to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5186.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-682-000.

    Applicants: Millennium Pipeline Company, LLC.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: System Map Tariff Update to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5187.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-683-000.

    Applicants: Gulf South Pipeline Company, LP.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: Cap Rel Neg Rate Agmt (Atlanta Gas 8438 to various eff 3-1-2016) to be effective 3/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5188.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-684-000.

    Applicants: Gulf South Pipeline Company, LP.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: Cap Rel Neg Rate Agmt (Petrohawk 41455 to Texla 46029) to be effective 3/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5189.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-685-000.

    Applicants: Gulf South Pipeline Company, LP.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: Cap Rel Neg Rate Agmt (EOG 34687 to Sequent 46028) to be effective 3/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5190.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-686-000.

    Applicants: Gulf South Pipeline Company, LP.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: Amendment to Neg Rate Agmt (Methanex 42805-6) to be effective 3/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5191.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-687-000.

    Applicants: Central Kentucky Transmission Company.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: System Map Tariff Update to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5192.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-688-000.

    Applicants: Dauphin Island Gathering Partners.

    Description: Storm Surcharge Filing of Dauphin Island Gathering Partners.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5193.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-689-000.

    Applicants: Crossroads Pipeline Company.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: System Map Tariff Update to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5195.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-690-000.

    Applicants: Hardy Storage Company, LLC.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: System Map Tariff Update to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5201.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-691-000.

    Applicants: KPC Pipeline, LLC.

    Description: Request for thirty (30) day Extension of Time to Submit Annual Retainage Filing of KPC Pipeline, LLC.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5218.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-692-000.

    Applicants: Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC.

    Description: 2015 Operational Transactions Report of Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5219.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-693-000.

    Applicants: Crossroads Pipeline Company.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: TRA 2016 to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5224.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-694-000.

    Applicants: Columbia Gulf Transmission, LLC.

    Description: 2015 Operational Transactions Report of Columbia Gulf Transmission, LLC.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5256.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-695-000.

    Applicants: KO Transmission Company.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: Transportation Retainage Adjustment Filing 2016 to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5291.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-696-000.

    Applicants: Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: WSS-OA Incremental Rate Filing to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5312.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-697-000.

    Applicants: Crossroads Pipeline Company.

    Description: 2015 Operational Transactions Report of Crossroads Pipeline Company.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5359.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-698-000.

    Applicants: Equitrans, L.P.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: Negotiated Capacity Release Agreements—3/1/2016 to be effective 3/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5364.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-699-000.

    Applicants: Shell Energy North America (US), L.P.,BG Energy Merchants, LLC.

    Description: Joint Petition for Temporary Waiver of Commission Policies, Capacity Release Regulations and Related Tariff Provisions of Shell Energy North America (US), L.P., and BG Energy Merchants, LLC.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5365.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-700-000.

    Applicants: Guardian Pipeline, L.L.C.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: EPCR Semi-Annual Adjustment—Spring 2016 to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5381.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-701-000.

    Applicants: Colorado Interstate Gas Company, L.L.C.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: FL&U Effective 4/1/16 to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5384.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-702-000.

    Applicants: Rockies Express Pipeline LLC.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: FL&U Electric Power Periodic Rate Adjustment to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5388.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-703-000.

    Applicants: Viking Gas Transmission Company.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: Annual LMCRA—Spring 2016 to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5391.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-704-000.

    Applicants: Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: TCRA 2016 to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5395.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-705-000.

    Applicants: Viking Gas Transmission Company.

    Description: Compliance filing Semi-Annual FLRP—Spring 2016.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5416.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-706-000.

    Applicants: Hardy Storage Company, LLC.

    Description: 2015 Operational Transactions Report of Hardy Storage Company, LLC.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5440.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-707-000.

    Applicants: TransColorado Gas Transmission Company.

    Description: 2015 Annual Fuel Gas Reimbursement Percentage Report of TransColorado Gas Transmission Company, L.L.C.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5470.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    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 2, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05479 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP15-118-000] Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC; Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the Virginia Southside Expansion Project II

    On March 23, 2015, Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC (Transco) filed an application in Docket No. CP15-118-000 requesting a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity pursuant to Section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act to construct and operate the Virginia Southside Expansion Project II (Project). The purpose of the Project is to provide up to 250,000 dekatherms per day of firm natural gas transportation service to a planned Virginia Electric and Power Company combined-cycle gas-fired power station in Greensville County, Virginia.

    On April 1, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) issued its Notice of Application for the Project. Among other things, that notice alerted agencies issuing federal authorizations of the requirement to complete all necessary reviews and to reach a final decision on a request for a federal authorization within 90 days of the date of issuance of the Commission staff's Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Project. This instant notice identifies the FERC staff's planned schedule for the completion of the EA for the Project.

    Schedule for Environmental Review Issuance of the EA April 29, 2016 90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline July 28, 2016

    If a schedule change becomes necessary, an additional notice will be provided so that the relevant agencies are kept informed of the Project's progress.

    Project Description

    Transco proposes to construct and operate 4.3 miles of 24-inch-diameter pipeline, a meter and regulator station, and pig launcher/receiver facilities in Brunswick and Greensville Counties, Virginia. In addition, Transco would add 21,830 horsepower of compression to Compressor Station 166 in Pittsville County, Virginia; add 25,000 horsepower of compression to Compressor Station 185 in Prince William County, Virginia; and construct minor modifications at 19 facilities in Cherokee and Spartanburg Counties, South Carolina and Polk County, North Carolina, including odorization/deodorization facility modifications, valves, and valve operators.

    Background

    On May 6, 2015, the Commission issued a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Proposed Virginia Southside Expansion II Project and Request for Comments on Environmental Issues (NOI). The NOI was sent to affected landowners; federal, state, and local government agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American tribes; other interested parties; and local libraries and newspapers. In response to the NOI, the Commission received comments from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Virginia Department of Historical Resources, Appalachian Mountain Advocates, Sierra Club, and two individuals. The primary issues raised by commentors are potential impacts on the Manassas stonefly and freshwater mussels; affects to historic properties; proximity to residences and easement compensation; pipeline safety; compliance with Virginia's Coastal Zone Management Program; connected, cumulative, and similar actions, with specific reference to Transco's Atlantic Sunrise Project (Docket No. CP15-138-000); and the indirect and cumulative impacts of the Greenville Power Plant.

    Additional Information

    In order to receive notification of the issuance of the EA and to keep track of all formal issuances and submittals in specific dockets, the Commission offers a free service called eSubscription. This can reduce the amount of time you spend researching proceedings by automatically providing you with notification of filings, document summaries, and direct links to the documents. Go to http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp.

    Additional information about the Project is available from the Commission's Office of External Affairs at (866) 208-FERC or on the FERC Web site (www.ferc.gov). Using the “eLibrary” link, select “General search” from the eLibrary menu, enter the selected date range and “Docket Number” excluding the last three digits (i.e., CP15-118), and follow the instructions. For assistance with access to eLibrary, the helpline can be reached at (866) 208-3676, TTY (202) 502-8659, or at [email protected] The eLibrary link on the FERC Web site also provides access to the texts of formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rule makings.

    Dated: March 7, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05505 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 2237-033] Georgia Power Co.; Notice of Application Accepted for Filing and Soliciting Comments, Motions To Intervene, and Protests

    Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection:

    a. Application Type: Request to amend recreation facilities (Article 408).

    b. Project No: 2237-033.

    c. Date Filed: February 19, 2016.

    d. Applicant: Georgia Power Co.

    e. Name of Project: Morgan Falls Hydroelectric Project.

    f. Location: Chattahoochee River in Fulton and Cobb counties, Georgia.

    g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 U.S.C. 791a-825r.

    h. Applicant Contact: Chad Knudsen, Senior Land Management Specialist, Georgia Power, Bin 10151, 241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE., Atlanta, GA 30308-3374, (404) 506-2395.

    i. FERC Contact: Mark Carter, (678) 245-3083, [email protected]

    j. Deadline for filing comments, motions to intervene, and protests: March 30, 2016.

    The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file motions to intervene, protests, comments, or recommendations 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-2237-033.

    The Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure require all intervenors filing documents with the Commission to serve a copy of that document on each person whose name appears 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. Description of Request: Georgia Power Co. proposes to amend Article 408 of the project license to remove its responsibility to provide a canoe portage around Morgan Falls Dam. The licensee's application discusses several public safety concerns with the existing portage as well as recent usage patterns of the existing portage. Due to the availability of a separate upstream boat dock and downstream boat ramp to accommodate those wanting to port around the dam, Georgia Power concludes that its existing canoe portage route is no longer safe and no longer necessary.

    l. Locations of the Application: A copy of the application is available for inspection and reproduction at the Commission's Public Reference Room, located at 888 First Street NE., Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426, or by calling (202) 502-8371. This filing may also be viewed on the Commission's Web site at http://www.ferc.gov using the “eLibrary” link. Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. You may also register online at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp to be notified via email of new filings and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, call 1-866-208-3676 or email [email protected], for TTY, call (202) 502-8659. A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction at the address in item (h) above. Agencies may obtain copies of the application directly from the applicant.

    m. Individuals desiring to be included on the Commission's mailing list should so indicate by writing to the Secretary of the Commission.

    n. Comments, Protests, or Motions to Intervene: Anyone may submit comments, a protest, or a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.210, .211, .214, respectively. In determining the appropriate action to take, the Commission will consider all protests or other comments filed, but only those who file a motion to intervene in accordance with the Commission's Rules may become a party to the proceeding. Any comments, protests, or motions to intervene must be received on or before the specified comment date for the particular application.

    o. Filing and Service of Documents: Any filing must (1) bear in all capital letters the title “COMMENTS”, “PROTEST”, or “MOTION TO INTERVENE” as applicable; (2) set forth in the heading the name of the applicant and the project number of the application to which the filing responds; (3) furnish the name, address, and telephone number of the person commenting, protesting or intervening; and (4) otherwise comply with the requirements of 18 CFR 385.2001 through 385.2005. All comments, motions to intervene, or protests must set forth their evidentiary basis. Any filing made by an intervenor 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 385.2010.

    Dated: February 29, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05506 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. RP16-329-000] Transwestern Pipeline Company LLC; Notice of Technical Conference

    Take notice that a technical conference will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Standard Time), in Hearing Room 5 at the offices of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426.

    At the technical conference, the Commission Staff and the parties to the proceeding should be prepared to discuss all issues set for technical conference as established in the January 28, 2016 Order (Transwestern Pipeline Company LLC, 154 FERC ¶ 61,051 (2016)). All interested persons are permitted to attend.

    Commission conferences are accessible under section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For accessibility accommodations please send an email to [email protected] or call toll free 1-866-208-3372 (voice) or 202-502-8659 (TTY); or send a fax to 202-208-2106 with the required accommodations.

    For more information about this technical conference, please contact David Faerberg, 202-502-8275, [email protected]

    Dated: February 29, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05499 Filed 3-10-16; 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 exempt wholesale generator filings:

    Docket Numbers: EG16-63-000.

    Applicants: Live Oak Solar, LLC.

    Description: Notice of Self-Certification of Exempt Wholesale Generator Status of Live Oak Solar, LLC.

    Filed Date: 3/4/16.

    Accession Number: 20160304-5291.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/25/16.

    Docket Numbers: EG16-64-000.

    Applicants: White Pine Solar, LLC.

    Description: Notice of Self-Certification of Exempt Wholesale Generator Status of White Pine Solar.

    Filed Date: 3/4/16.

    Accession Number: 20160304-5305.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/25/16.

    Docket Numbers: EG16-65-000.

    Applicants: White Oak Solar, LLC.

    Description: Notice of Self-Certification of Exempt Wholesale Generator Status of White Oak Solar, LLC.

    Filed Date: 3/4/16.

    Accession Number: 20160304-5308.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/25/16.

    Docket Numbers: EG16-66-000.

    Applicants: Brady Wind, LLC.

    Description: Notice of Self-Certification of Exempt Wholesale Generator Status of Brady Wind.

    Filed Date: 3/4/16.

    Accession Number: 20160304-5310.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/25/16.

    Docket Numbers: EG16-67-000.

    Applicants: Brady Wind II, LLC.

    Description: Notice of Self-Certification of Exempt Wholesale Generator Status of Brady Wind II.

    Filed Date: 3/4/16.

    Accession Number: 20160304-5311.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/25/16.

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

    Docket Numbers: ER16-372-001.

    Applicants: PJM Interconnection, L.L.C.

    Description: Compliance filing: Response to Deficiency Letter in ER16-372-000 to be effective 12/31/9998.

    Filed Date: 3/7/16.

    Accession Number: 20160307-5000.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/28/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1085-000.

    Applicants: California Independent System Operator Corporation.

    Description: Section 205(d) Rate Filing: 2016-03-04 Distributed Energy Resource Provider Initiative to be effective 6/3/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/4/16.

    Accession Number: 20160304-5258.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/25/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1086-000.

    Applicants: Southwest Power Pool, Inc.

    Description: Section 205(d) Rate Filing: Attachment X Article 5A Revisions to Provide for Netting of TCR Credit Portfolio to be effective 5/3/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/4/16.

    Accession Number: 20160304-5262.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/25/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1087-000.

    Applicants: Entergy Louisiana, LLC, Entergy New Orleans, Inc.

    Description: Section 205(d) Rate Filing: ENO-ELL Payment Agreement to be effective 9/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/7/16.

    Accession Number: 20160307-5001.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/28/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1088-000.

    Applicants: Public Service Company of Colorado.

    Description: Compliance filing: 3-7-2016_Att R-PSCo Compliance Filing to be effective 10/1/2015.

    Filed Date: 3/7/16.

    Accession Number: 20160307-5042.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/28/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1089-000.

    Applicants: Duke Energy Florida, LLC.

    Description: Section 205(d) Rate Filing: City of Chattahoochee PSA Amendment RS No. 126 to be effective 1/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/7/16.

    Accession Number: 20160307-5047.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/28/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1090-000.

    Applicants: DTE River Rouge No. 1, LLC.

    Description: Tariff Cancellation: Cancel Market Based Rate Tariff to be effective 3/8/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/7/16.

    Accession Number: 20160307-5069.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/28/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1091-000.

    Applicants: DTE Stoneman, LLC.

    Description: Tariff Cancellation: Cancel Market Based Rate Tariff to be effective 3/8/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/7/16.

    Accession Number: 20160307-5070.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/28/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1092-000.

    Applicants: Southwest Power Pool, Inc.

    Description: Compliance filing: SPP-MISO JOA Revisions to Sections 5.2, 5.3, 5.4 to be effective 2/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/7/16.

    Accession Number: 20160307-5105.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/28/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1093-000.

    Applicants: PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., PPL Electric Utilities Corporation.

    Description: Section 205(d) Rate Filing: PPL Electric submits Interconnection Agreement No. 747 among PPL and Allegheny to be effective 5/6/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/7/16.

    Accession Number: 20160307-5112.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/28/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1094-000.

    Applicants: PJM Interconnection, L.L.C.

    Description: Section 205(d) Rate Filing: Original Service Agreement No. 4410; Queue Z2-077 (WMPA) to be effective 2/9/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/7/16.

    Accession Number: 20160307-5114.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/28/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1095-000.

    Applicants: PJM Interconnection, L.L.C.

    Description: Section 205(d) Rate Filing: Original Service Agreement No. 4411; Queue AA1-059 (WMPA) to be effective 2/9/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/7/16.

    Accession Number: 20160307-5142.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/28/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1096-000.

    Applicants: Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc.

    Description: Compliance filing: 2016-03-07_SPP-MISO JOA Changes Related to Settlement Agreement to be effective 2/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/7/16.

    Accession Number: 20160307-5181.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/28/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1097-000.

    Applicants: AEP Texas Central Company.

    Description: Section 205(d) Rate Filing: TCC-Apex Midway Wind Second Amended & Restated IA to be effective 2/17/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/7/16.

    Accession Number: 20160307-5196.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/28/16.

    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 7, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05502 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CD16-8-000] White River Electric Association; Notice of Preliminary Determination of a Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility and Soliciting Comments and Motions To Intervene

    On February 24, 2016, White River Electric Association filed a notice of intent to construct a qualifying conduit hydropower facility, pursuant to section 30 of the Federal Power Act (FPA), as amended by section 4 of the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013 (HREA).1 The proposed Miller Creek Ditch Hydropower Project would have an installed capacity of 180 kilowatts (kW), and would be located along the Miller Creek Ditch. The project would be located near the Town of Meeker, in Rio Blanco County, Colorado.

    1 Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013, Public Law 113-23, § 4, 27 Stat. 493 (2013); 79 FR 2164 (2014).

    Applicant Contact: Alan Michalewicz, P.O. Box 958, 233 6th Street, Meeker, CO 81641, Phone No. (970) 878-5041.

    FERC Contact: Christopher Chaney, Phone No. (202) 502-6778, email: [email protected]

    Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility Description: The proposed project would consist of: (1) A new powerhouse, approximately 20 feet by 23 feet, adjacent to the downstream end of an existing 30-inch-diameter by approximately 680-foot-long steel pipe used to convey Miller Creek Ditch across County Road 13; (2) an underground tailrace returning flows to the existing 30-inch-diameter steel pipe; (3) a new 450-foot-long, 30-inch-diameter penstock, fed by a new diversion and intake structure adjacent to an existing diversion and intake structure; (4) a cross flow turbine/generating unit with an installed capacity of 180 kW; and (5) appurtenant facilities.

    The proposed project would have a total installed capacity of 180 kW.

    A qualifying conduit hydropower facility is one that is determined or deemed to meet all of the criteria shown in the table below.

    Table 1—Criteria for Qualifying Conduit Hydropower Facility Statutory provision Description Satisfies
  • (Y/N)
  • FPA 30(a)(3)(A), as amended by HREA The conduit the facility uses is a tunnel, canal, pipeline, aqueduct, flume, ditch, or similar manmade water conveyance that is operated for the distribution of water for agricultural, municipal, or industrial consumption and not primarily for the generation of electricity Y FPA 30(a)(3)(C)(i), as amended by HREA The facility is constructed, operated, or maintained for the generation of electric power and uses for such generation only the hydroelectric potential of a non-federally owned conduit Y FPA 30(a)(3)(C)(ii), as amended by HREA The facility has an installed capacity that does not exceed 5 megawatts Y FPA 30(a)(3)(C)(iii), as amended by HREA On or before August 9, 2013, the facility is not licensed, or exempted from the licensing requirements of Part I of the FPA Y

    Preliminary Determination: The proposed addition of the hydroelectric project along the Miller Creek Ditch will not alter its primary purpose of distributing water for irrigation. Therefore, based upon the above criteria, Commission staff preliminarily determines that the proposal satisfies the requirements for a qualifying conduit hydropower facility, which is not required to be licensed or exempted from licensing.

    Comments and Motions to Intervene: Deadline for filing comments contesting whether the facility meets the qualifying criteria is 45 days from the issuance date of this notice.

    Deadline for filing motions to intervene is 30 days from the issuance date of this notice.

    Anyone may submit comments or a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.210 and 385.214. Any motions to intervene must be received on or before the specified deadline date for the particular proceeding.

    Filing and Service of Responsive Documents: All filings must (1) bear in all capital letters the “COMMENTS CONTESTING QUALIFICATION FOR A CONDUIT HYDROPOWER FACILITY” or “MOTION TO INTERVENE,” as applicable; (2) state in the heading the name of the applicant and the project number of the application to which the filing responds; (3) state the name, address, and telephone number of the person filing; and (4) otherwise comply with the requirements of sections 385.2001 through 385.2005 of the Commission's regulations.2 All comments contesting Commission staff's preliminary determination that the facility meets the qualifying criteria must set forth their evidentiary basis.

    2 18 CFR 385.2001-2005 (2015).

    The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file motions to intervene and comments using the Commission's eFiling system at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/efiling.asp. Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/ecomment.asp. You must include your name and contact information at the end of your comments. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at [email protected], (866) 208-3676 (toll free), or (202) 502-8659 (TTY). In lieu of electronic filing, please send a paper copy to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. A copy of all other filings in reference to this application must be accompanied by proof of service on all persons listed in the service list prepared by the Commission in this proceeding, in accordance with 18 CFR 4.34(b) and 385.2010.

    Locations of Notice of Intent: Copies of the notice of intent can be obtained directly from the applicant or such copies can be viewed and reproduced at the Commission in its Public Reference Room, Room 2A, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. The filing may also be viewed on the Web at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp using the “eLibrary” link. Enter the docket number (i.e., CD16-8) in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, call toll-free 1-866-208-3676 or email [email protected] For TTY, call (202) 502-8659.

    Dated: March 7, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05501 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. AD10-12-007] Increasing Market and Planning Efficiency Through Improved Software; Notice of Technical Conference: Increasing Real-Time and Day-Ahead Market Efficiency Through Improved Software

    Take notice that Commission staff will convene a technical conference on June 27, 28, and 29, 2016 to discuss opportunities for increasing real-time and day-ahead market efficiency through improved software. A detailed agenda with the list of and times for the selected speakers will be published on the Commission's Web site 1 after April 22, 2016.

    1http://www.ferc.gov/industries/electric/indus-act/market-planning.asp.

    This conference will bring together experts from diverse backgrounds and experiences, including electric system operators, software developers, government, research centers and academia for the purposes of stimulating discussion, sharing information, and identifying fruitful avenues for research concerning the technical aspects of improved software for increasing efficiency. This conference is intended to build on the discussions initiated in the previous Commission staff technical conferences on increasing market and planning efficiency through improved software. As such, staff will be facilitating a discussion to explore research and operational advances with respect to market modeling that appear to have significant promise for potential efficiency improvements. Broadly, such topics fall into the following categories:

    (1) Improvements to the representation of physical constraints that are either not currently modeled or currently modeled using mathematical approximations (e.g., modeling voltage and reactive power though alternating current (AC) optimal power flow modeling, modeling contingencies or events beyond first contingencies);

    (2) Consideration of uncertainty to better maximize expected market surplus (e.g., stochastic modeling, or other improved modeling approaches to energy and reserve dispatch that efficiently manage uncertainty);

    (3) Improvements to the ability to identify and use flexibility in the existing systems (e.g., optimal transmission switching, active or dynamic transmission ratings, and modeling ramping capability needs);

    (4) Improvements to the duality interpretations of the economic dispatch model, with the goal of enabling the calculation of prices which represent better equilibrium and are more incentive-compatible; and

    (5) Other improvements in algorithms, model formulations, or hardware that may allow for increases in market efficiency.

    Within these or related subject areas, we encourage presentations that discuss best modeling practices, existing modeling practices that need improvement, any advances made since last year's conference, or related perspectives on increasing market efficiency through improved power systems modeling.

    The technical conference will be held at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission headquarters, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426. All interested participants are invited to attend, and participants with ideas for relevant presentations are invited to nominate themselves to speak at the conference.

    Speaker nominations must be submitted on or before April 8, 2016 through the Commission's Web site 2 by providing the proposed speaker's contact information along with a title, abstract, and list of contributing authors for the proposed presentation. Proposed presentations should be related to the topics discussed above. Speakers and presentations will be selected to ensure relevant topics and to accommodate time constraints.

    2 The speaker nomination form is located at https://www.ferc.gov/whats-new/registration/real-market-6-27-16-speaker-form.asp.

    Although registration is not required for general attendance by United States citizens, we encourage those planning to attend the conference to register through the Commission's Web site.3 We will provide nametags for those who register on or before June 17, 2016.

    3 The registration form is located at https://www.ferc.gov/whats-new/registration/real-market-6-27-16-form.asp.

    We strongly encourage attendees who are not citizens of the United States to register for the conference by June 1, 2016, in order to avoid any delay associated with being processed by FERC security.

    The Commission will accept comments following the conference, with a deadline of July 31, 2016.

    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.

    A WebEx will be available. Off-site participants interested in listening via teleconference or listening and viewing the presentations through WebEx must register at https://www.ferc.gov/whats-new/registration/real-market-6-27-16-form.asp, and do so by 5:00 p.m. EST on June 17, 2016. WebEx and teleconferencing may not be available to those who do not register.

    FERC conferences are accessible under section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For accessibility accommodations please send an email to [email protected] or call toll free (866) 208-3372 (voice) or (202) 502-8659 (TTY), or send a fax to (202) 208-2106 with the required accommodations.

    For further information about these conferences, please contact:

    Sarah McKinley (Logistical Information), Office of External Affairs, (202) 502-8004, [email protected] Daniel Kheloussi (Technical Information), Office of Energy Policy and Innovation, (202) 502-6391, [email protected] Dated: February 29, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05496 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. AD14-14-000] Price Formation in Energy and Ancillary; Services Markets Operated by Regional Transmission; Organizations and Independent System Operators; Notice of Filing

    Take notice that PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc., ISO New England, Inc., New York Independent System Operator, Inc., Southwest Power Pool, Inc., and the California Independent System Operator Corporation (collectively, RTOs/ISOs), each separately, filed reports in response to the Order Directing Reports issued by the Commission on November 20, 2015.1 In the Order Directing Reports, the Commission established that public comment in response to the RTOs/ISOs' reports may be submitted within 30 days of the filing of the reports.2 Upon consideration, public comment in response to all of the RTOs/ISOs' reports may be submitted by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on April 6, 2016.

    1Price Formation in Energy and Ancillary Services Markets Operated by Regional Transmission Organizations and Independent System Operators, 153 FERC ¶ 61,221 (2015) (Order Directing Reports).

    2Id. P 7.

    The Commission encourages electronic submission of comments in lieu of paper using the “eFiling” link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and five copies of their comments 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 April 6, 2016.

    Dated: March 7, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05500 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Combined Notice of Filings

    Take notice that the Commission has received the following Natural Gas Pipeline Rate and Refund Report filings:

    Filings Instituting Proceedings

    Docket Numbers: PR16-29-000.

    Applicants: Columbia Gas of Ohio, Inc.

    Description: Tariff filing per 284.123(b)(1)/.: COH SOC Effective 3-1-2016 to be effective 3/1/2016; Filing Type: 980.

    Filed Date: 2/29/16.

    Accession Number: 201602295251.

    Comments/Protests Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: PR16-30-000.

    Applicants: Public Service Company of Colorado.

    Description: Tariff filing per 284.123(e)/.224: PSCo Statement of Changes Nom to be effective 4/1/2016; Filing Type: 770.

    Filed Date: 2/29/16.

    Accession Number: 201602295373.

    Comments/Protests Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/21/16.

    Docket Numbers: PR16-31-000.

    Applicants: Enable Oklahoma Intrastate Transmission, LLC.

    Description: Tariff filing per 284.123(e) + (g): Enable Revised Fuel Percentages April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017 to be effective 4/1/2016; Filing Type: 1280.

    Filed Date: 2/29/16.

    Accession Number: 201602295387.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/21/16.

    284.123(g) Protests Due: 5 p.m. ET 4/29/16.

    Docket Numbers: PR15-1-001.

    Applicants: Washington Gas Light Company.

    Description: Tariff filing per 284.123(b)(1),: Washington Gas Light Company LAUF Adjustment in Docket PR15-5 to be effective 2/1/2016; Filing Type: 1000.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 201603015247.

    Comments/Protests Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/15/16.

    Docket Numbers: PR16-12-002.

    Applicants: Columbia Gas of Maryland, Inc.

    Description: Tariff filing per 284.123(b)(1): CMD SOC Amended PR16-12-002 to be effective 1/1/2015; Filing Type: 1000.

    Filed Date: 3/2/16.

    Accession Number: 201603025154.

    Comments/Protests Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/17/16.

    Docket Numbers: PR16-12-003.

    Applicants: Columbia Gas of Maryland, Inc.

    Description: Tariff filing per 284.123(b)(1),: CMD SOC effective 11-5-2015 to be effective 11/5/2015; Filing Type: 1000.

    Filed Date: 3/3/16.

    Accession Number: 201603035148.

    Comments/Protests Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/17/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-708-000.

    Applicants: High Point Gas Transmission, LLC.

    Description: Annual Unaccounted for Gas Retention Filing of High Point Gas Transmission, LLC.

    Filed Date: 3/1/16.

    Accession Number: 20160301-5509.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-709-000.

    Applicants: Gulf Crossing Pipeline Company LLC.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: Cap Rel Neg Rate Agmt (Newfield 18 to BP 1755) to be effective 3/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/2/16.

    Accession Number: 20160302-5086.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-710-000.

    Applicants: Alliance Pipeline L.P.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: Seasonal Service April-October 2016 to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/2/16.

    Accession Number: 20160302-5150.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-711-000.

    Applicants: Enable Mississippi River Transmission, L.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: Negotiated Rate Filing to Amend LER 5680's Attachment A_3_2_16 to be effective 3/2/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/2/16.

    Accession Number: 20160302-5165.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-712-000.

    Applicants: Sabine Pipe Line LLC.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: Sabine Fuel Filing to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/2/16.

    Accession Number: 20160302-5194.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-713-000.

    Applicants: Columbia Gulf Transmission, LLC.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: Negotiated Rate Service Agreement—Kaiser to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/2/16.

    Accession Number: 20160302-5195.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-714-000.

    Applicants: Monroe Gas Storage Company, LLC.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: MGS—Clean up to be effective 3/3/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/3/16.

    Accession Number: 20160303-5127.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/15/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-715-000.

    Applicants: Empire Pipeline, Inc.

    Description: Section 4(d) Rate Filing: Fuel Tracker—Empire to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/4/16.

    Accession Number: 20160304-5245.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/16/16.

    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: RP16-184-002.

    Applicants: Cameron Interstate Pipeline, LLC.

    Description: Compliance filing Cameron Interstate Pipeline FERC January 19, 2016 Order Compliance Filing to be effective 3/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/2/16.

    Accession Number: 20160302-5115.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/14/16.

    Docket Numbers: RP16-131-001.

    Applicants: Gulf South Pipeline Company, LP.

    Description: Compliance filing Compliance Filing in Docket No. RP16-131-000 (Establish Fuel Tracker) to be effective 4/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 3/4/16.

    Accession Number: 20160304-5084.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/16/16.

    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 7, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05503 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. CP15-93-000; Docket No. CP15-94-000; Docket No. CP15-96-000] Rover Pipeline, LLC; Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company, LP; Trunkline Gas Company, LLC; Notice of Public Meetings for Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Rover Pipeline, Panhandle Backhaul, and Trunkline Backhaul Projects

    On February 19, 2016 the staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) issued a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Rover Pipeline, Panhandle Backhaul, and Trunkline Backhaul Projects (Projects). The draft EIS assesses the potential environmental effects of the construction and operation of the Projects in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The draft EIS was mailed to the parties on the Commission's environmental mailing list and placed on the FERC's Web site (www.ferc.gov).

    The Commission invites you to attend one of the public comment meetings its staff will conduct in the Projects' area to receive verbal comments on the draft EIS, scheduled as follows:

    Date Location Monday, March 21, 2016 Patrick Henry Middle School, 7 E-050 Rd., Hamler, OH 43524, (419) 274-3431. Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Fayette High School, 400 Gamble Rd., Fayette, OH 43521, (419) 237-2114. Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Chelsea High School, 740 N. Freer Rd., Chelsea, MI 48118, (734) 433-2201. Monday, April 4, 2016 Barker Memorial Building, 214 North 4th Avenue, Paden City, WV 26159, (304) 771-2280. Tuesday, April 5, 2016 Harrison Central High School, 440 East Market Street, Cadiz, OH 43907, (740) 942-7700. Wednesday, April 6, 2016 Buckeye Central High School, 938 Kibler St., New Washington, OH 44854, (419) 492-2266. Thursday, April 7, 2016 Fairless High School, 11885 Navarre Rd. SW., Navarre, OH 44662, (330) 767-3444.

    We will begin our sign up of speakers at 5:30 p.m. The comments meetings will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a description of our environmental review process by Commission staff, after which speakers will be called. The meetings will end once all speakers have provided their comments or at 10 p.m., whichever comes first. Please note that there may be a time limit of three minutes to present comments, and speakers should structure their comments accordingly. If time limits are implemented, they will be strictly enforced to ensure that as many individuals as possible are given an opportunity to comment. The meetings will be recorded by a court reporter to ensure comments are accurately recorded. Transcripts will be entered into the formal record of the Commission proceeding.

    You do not need to attend one of the above comment meetings to provide comment to the Commission on the draft EIS. For your convenience, there are three additional methods you can use to submit your comments to the Commission. The Commission will provide equal consideration to all comments received, whether filed in written form or provided verbally. The Commission encourages electronic filing of comments and has expert staff available to assist you at (202) 502-8258 or [email protected] Please carefully follow these instructions so that your comments are properly recorded.

    (1) You can file your comments electronically using the eComment feature on the Commission's Web site (www.ferc.gov) under the link to Documents and Filings. This is an easy method for submitting brief, text-only comments on a project;

    (2) You can file your comments electronically by using the eFiling feature on the Commission's Web site (www.ferc.gov) under the link to Documents and Filings. With eFiling, you can provide comments in a variety of formats by attaching them as a file with your submission. New eFiling users must first create an account by clicking on “eRegister.” If you are filing a comment on a particular project, please select “Comment on a Filing” as the filing type; or

    (3) You can file a paper copy of your comments by mailing them to the following address. Be sure to reference the applicable project docket number (CP15-93-000, CP15-94-000, or CP15-96-000) with your submission: Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Room 1A, Washington, DC 20426.

    To ensure consideration of your comments on the proposals in the final EIS, it is important that the Commission receive your comments on or before April 11, 2016. Please take note that on February 26, 2016, Commission staff issued a correction to Appendix I-1 of the EIS and placed the document in the public record under accession number 20160226-3005.

    Questions?

    Additional information about the projects is available from the Commission's Office of External Affairs, at (866) 208-FERC, or on the FERC Web site (www.ferc.gov) using the eLibrary link. Click on the eLibrary link, click on “General Search,” and enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the Docket Number field (i.e., CP15-93, CP15-94, or CP15-96). Be sure you have selected an appropriate date range. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at [email protected] or toll free at (866) 208-3676; for TTY, contact (202) 502-8659. The eLibrary link also provides access to the texts of formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rulemakings.

    In addition, the Commission offers a free service called eSubscription that allows you to keep track of all formal issuances and submittals in specific dockets. This can reduce the amount of time you spend researching proceedings by automatically providing you with notification of these filings, document summaries, and direct links to the documents. Go to www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp.

    Dated: February 29, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05498 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket Nos. CP15-117-000] Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC; Notice of Schedule for Environmental Review of the Dalton Expansion Project

    On March 19, 2015, Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC (Transco) filed an application in Docket No. CP15-117-000 requesting a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity pursuant to Section 7(c) of the Natural Gas Act to construct and operate certain natural gas pipeline facilities. The proposed project is known as the Dalton Expansion Project (Project), and would provide 448,000 dekatherms per day of incremental firm transportation service to markets in northwest Georgia.

    On April 2, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission or FERC) issued its Notice of Application for the Project. Among other things, that notice alerted agencies issuing federal authorizations of the requirement to complete all necessary reviews and to reach a final decision on a request for a federal authorization within 90 days of the date of issuance of the Commission staff's Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Project. This instant notice identifies the FERC staff's planned schedule for the completion of the EA for the Project.

    Schedule for Environmental Review Issuance of EA March 31, 2016 90-day Federal Authorization Decision Deadline June 29, 2016

    If a schedule change becomes necessary, additional notice will be provided so that the relevant agencies are kept informed of the Project's progress.

    Project Description

    Transco plans to construct and operate about 113 miles of new natural gas pipeline, and associated facilities in Coweta, Carroll, Douglas, Paulding, Bartow, Gordon, and Murray Counties, Georgia and install a new 21,830 horsepower compressor station in Carroll County, Georgia. Additionally, Transco plans to modify existing facilities along its mainline transmission system in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina to accommodate bidirectional flow.

    Background

    On October 21, 2014, FERC staff issued a Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Assessment for the Planned Dalton Expansion Project, Request for Comments on Environmental Issues, and Notice of Public Scoping Meetings (NOI). FERC staff also issued two supplemental NOIs for the Project on November 14, 2014 and February 13, 2015. The original NOI was issued during the pre-filing review of the Project in Docket No. PF14-10-000. All three NOIs were sent to affected landowners; applicable federal, state, and local government agencies; elected officials; environmental and public interest groups; Native American tribes; other interested parties; and local libraries and newspapers. In response to the NOIs, the Commission received comments from federal, state, and local agencies, the Tuscarora Nation, and several landowners. The primary issues raised by the commentors are alternative routes to minimize impacts on known rare species habitat, alternative routes to follow the existing utility corridor, mitigation measures to minimize right-of-way erosion and stormwater runoff into streams, air emissions, safety, and cultural resources.

    Additional Information

    In order to receive notification of the issuance of the EA and to keep track of all formal issuances and submittals in specific dockets, the Commission offers a free service called eSubscription. This can reduce the amount of time you spend researching proceedings by automatically providing you with notification of these filings, document summaries, and direct links to the documents. Go to www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/esubscription.asp.

    Additional information about the Project is available from the Commission's Office of External Affairs at (866) 208-FERC or on the FERC Web site (www.ferc.gov). Using the “eLibrary” link, select “General Search” from the eLibrary menu, enter the selected date range and “Docket Number” excluding the last three digits (i.e., CP15-117), and follow the instructions. For assistance with access to eLibrary, the helpline can be reached at (866) 208-3676, TTY (202) 502-8659, or at [email protected] The eLibrary link on the FERC Web site also provides access to the texts of formal documents issued by the Commission, such as orders, notices, and rule makings.

    Dated: March 7, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05504 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Combined Notice of Filings #1

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

    Docket Numbers: ER16-456-001.

    Applicants: PJM Interconnection, L.L.C., Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, Potomac Electric Power Company, Delmarva Power & Light Company, Atlantic City Electric Company.

    Description: Compliance filing: BGE, Delmarva, Pepco & Atlantic City submit compliance filing per 2/2/2016 order to be effective 12/3/2015.

    Filed Date: 2/29/16.

    Accession Number: 20160229-5263.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/21/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1018-000.

    Applicants: Guzman Renewable Energy Partners LLC.

    Description: Baseline eTariff Filing: Market-Based Rate Tariff #1 to be effective 2/26/2016.

    Filed Date: 2/26/16.

    Accession Number: 20160226-5360.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/18/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1019-000.

    Applicants: California Independent System Operator Corporation.

    Description: Compliance filing: 2016-02-26_EIM-FNM Price Correction Waiver; Petition for Limited Waiver to be effective N/A.

    Filed Date: 2/26/16.

    Accession Number: 20160226-5368.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/18/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1020-000.

    Applicants: Florida Power & Light Company.

    Description: Section 205(d) Rate Filing: FPL and Homestead Energy Services NITSA and NOA to be effective 3/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 2/26/16.

    Accession Number: 20160226-5373.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/18/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1021-000.

    Applicants: Arizona Public Service Company.

    Description: Section 205(d) Rate Filing: Modifications to Service Agreement Nos. 338, 339, 349, 350, 351 and 352 to be effective 2/10/2016.

    Filed Date: 2/26/16.

    Accession Number: 20160226-5378.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/18/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1022-000.

    Applicants: Southwest Power Pool, Inc.

    Description: Section 205(d) Rate Filing: 3174 Southwestern Electric Power Company GIA to be effective 1/29/2016.

    Filed Date: 2/26/16.

    Accession Number: 20160226-5380.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/18/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1024-000.

    Applicants: ISO New England Inc., New England Power Company.

    Description: Section 205(d) Rate Filing: Original Service Agreement LGIA-ISONE/NEP-15-04 under Schedule 22 of the OATT to be effective 1/19/2016.

    Filed Date: 2/29/16.

    Accession Number: 20160229-5008.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/21/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1025-000.

    Applicants: Southern California Edison Company.

    Description: Request of Southern California Edison Company for authorization to recover incurred costs associated with the Coolwater-Lugo Transmission Project.

    Filed Date: 2/26/16.

    Accession Number: 20160226-5389.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/18/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1026-000.

    Applicants: Pacific Gas and Electric Company.

    Description: Notice of Termination of Pacific Gas and Electric Company of Small Generator Interconnection Service Agreement No. 293 for Lemoore PV 2, LLC.

    Filed Date: 2/29/16.

    Accession Number: 20160229-5192.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/21/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1027-000.

    Applicants: Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc.

    Description: Section 205(d) Rate Filing: 2016-02-29_1st Quarter 2016 Clean-Up Filing to be effective 3/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 2/29/16.

    Accession Number: 20160229-5215.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/21/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1029-000.

    Applicants: Southwest Power Pool, Inc.

    Description: Section 205(d) Rate Filing: 2825R4 KMEA and Westar Energy Meter Agent Agreement to be effective 2/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 2/29/16.

    Accession Number: 20160229-5252.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/21/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1030-000.

    Applicants: Public Service Company of Colorado.

    Description: Section 205(d) Rate Filing: 2016-2-29_SPS Loss Percentage Filing to be effective 5/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 2/29/16.

    Accession Number: 20160229-5275.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/21/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1031-000.

    Applicants: New England Power Pool Participants Committee.

    Description: Section 205(d) Rate Filing: March 2016 Membership Filing to be effective 3/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 2/29/16.

    Accession Number: 20160229-5289.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/21/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1032-000.

    Applicants: Beaver Dam Energy LLC.

    Description: Compliance filing: Reactive Power Filing to be effective 6/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 2/29/16.

    Accession Number: 20160229-5322.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/21/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1033-000.

    Applicants: Windrose Power and Gas LLC.

    Description: Baseline eTariff Filing: Market Based Rate Tariff to be effective 3/29/2016.

    Filed Date: 2/29/16.

    Accession Number: 20160229-5325.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/21/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1035-000.

    Applicants: ITC Midwest LLC.

    Description: Section 205(d) Rate Filing: Concurrence IPL Amended Exhibits and Attachments to be effective 4/26/2016.

    Filed Date: 2/29/16.

    Accession Number: 20160229-5365.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/21/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1036-000.

    Applicants: Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative, Inc.

    Description: Section 205(d) Rate Filing: Wolverine Reactive Supply Service to be effective 5/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 2/29/16.

    Accession Number: 20160229-5370.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/21/16.

    Take notice that the Commission received the following PURPA 210(m)(3) filings:

    Docket Numbers: QM16-1-000.

    Applicants: Nebraska Public Power District.

    Description: Second Supplement to February 12, 2016 Application of Nebraska Public Power District to Terminate Mandatory Purchase Obligation Under the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act.

    Filed Date: 3/25/16.

    Accession Number: 20160226-5385.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 3/25/16.

    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: February 29, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05497 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [ER-FRL-9025-9] Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability AGENCY:

    Office of Federal Activities, General Information (202) 564-7146 or http://www2.epa.gov/nepa.

    Weekly receipt of Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) Filed 02/29/2016 Through 03/04/2016 Pursuant to 40 CFR 1506.9. Notice

    Section 309(a) of the Clean Air Act requires that EPA make public its comments on EISs issued by other Federal agencies. EPA's comment letters on EISs are available at: https://cdxnodengn.epa.gov/cdx-nepa-public/action/eis/search.

    EIS No. 20160054, Final, NPS, HI, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park General Management Plan, Review Period Ends: 04/11/2016, Contact: Danielle Foster 808-985-6303 EIS No. 20160055, Draft, USFS, ID, Lookout Pass Ski Area Expansion, Comment Period Ends: 04/25/2016, Contact: Kerry Arneson 208-769-3021 EIS No. 20160056, Draft Supplement, BLM, ID, Segments 8 and 9 of the Gateway West Transmission Line Project, Comment Period Ends: 06/09/2016, Contact: Jim Stobaugh 775-861-6478 EIS No. 20160057, Final, USFS, MT, Bitterroot National Forest Travel Management Planning, Review Period Ends: 04/11/2016, Contact: Julie King 406-363-7121 EIS No. 20160058, Final, NOAA, WA, Analyze Impacts of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service Proposed 4(d) Determination under Limit 6 for Five Early Winter Steelhead Hatchery Programs in Puget Sound, Review Period Ends: 04/11/2016, Contact: Steve Leider 360-753-4650 Dated: March 8, 2016. Dawn Roberts, Management Analyst, NEPA Compliance Division, Office of Federal Activities.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05538 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION [CC Docket No. 92-237; DA 16-188] Next Meeting of the North American Numbering Council AGENCY:

    Federal Communications Commission.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    In this document, the Commission released a public notice announcing the meeting and agenda of the North American Numbering Council (NANC). The intended effect of this action is to make the public aware of the NANC's next meeting and agenda.

    DATES:

    Thursday, March 24, 2016, 10:00 a.m.

    ADDRESSES:

    Requests to make an oral statement or provide written comments to the NANC should be sent to Carmell Weathers, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, Portals II, 445 12th Street SW., Room 5-C162, Washington, DC 20554.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Carmell Weathers at (202) 418-2325 or [email protected] The fax number is: (202) 418-1413. The TTY number is: (202) 418-0484.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    This is a summary of the Commission's document in CC Docket No. 92-237, DA 16-188 released February 22, 2016. The complete text in this document is available for public inspection and copying during normal business hours in the FCC Reference Information Center, Portals II, 445 12th Street SW., Room CY-A257, Washington, DC 20554. The document may also be purchased from the Commission's duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., 445 12th Street SW., Room CY-B402, Washington, DC 20554, telephone (800) 378-3160 or (202) 863-2893, facsimile (202) 863-2898, or via the Internet at http://www.bcpiweb.com. It is available on the Commission's Web site at http://www.fcc.gov.

    The North American Numbering Council (NANC) has scheduled a meeting to be held Thursday, March 24, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Federal Communications Commission, Portals II, 445 12th Street SW., Room TW-C305, Washington, DC. This meeting is open to members of the general public. The FCC will attempt to accommodate as many participants as possible. The public may submit written statements to the NANC, which must be received two business days before the meeting. In addition, oral statements at the meeting by parties or entities not represented on the NANC will be permitted to the extent time permits. Such statements will be limited to five minutes in length by any one party or entity, and requests to make an oral statement must be received two business days before the meeting.

    People with Disabilities: To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an email to [email protected] or call the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty). Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request. Include a description of the accommodation you will need, including as much detail as you can. Also include a way we can contact you if we need more information. Please allow at least five days advance notice; last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill.

    Proposed Agenda: Thursday, March 24, 2016, 10:00 a.m.*

    1. Announcements and Recent News 2. Approval of Transcript—December 1, 2015 3. Report of the North American Numbering Plan Administrator (NANPA) 4. Report of the National Thousands Block Pooling Administrator (PA) 5. Report of the Toll Free Number Administration (TFNA) 6. Report of the Numbering Oversight Working Group (NOWG) 7. Report of the North American Numbering Plan Billing and Collection (NANP B&C) Agent 8. Report of the Billing and Collection Working Group (B&C WG) 9. Report of the North American Portability Management LLC (NAPM LLC) 10. Report of the Local Number PortabilityAdministration (LNPA) Transition Oversight Manager (TOM) 11. Report of the Local Number Portability Administration Working Group (LNPA WG) 12. Report of the Future of Numbering Working Group (FoN WG) 13. Status of the Industry Numbering Committee (INC) activities 14. Status of the ATIS All-IP Transition Initiatives 15. Report of the Internet Protocol Issue Management Group (IP IMG) 16. Summary of Action Items 17. Public Comments and Participation (maximum 5 minutes per speaker) 18. Other Business Adjourn no later than 2:00 p.m.

    *The Agenda may be modified at the discretion of the NANC Chairman with the approval of the DFO.

    Federal Communications Commission. Ann H. Stevens, Deputy Chief, Competition Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05544 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712-01-P
    FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION [OMB 3060-1096] Information Collection Being Reviewed by the Federal Communications Commission AGENCY:

    Federal Communications Commission.

    ACTION:

    Notice and request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    As part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork burdens, and as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC or the Commission) invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the following information collection. Comments are requested concerning: whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Commission, including whether the information shall have practical utility; the accuracy of the Commission's burden estimate; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and ways to further reduce the information collection burden on small business concerns with fewer than 25 employees.

    The FCC may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid control number. No person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information subject to the PRA that does not display a valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number.

    DATES:

    Written PRA comments should be submitted on or before May 10, 2016. If you anticipate that you will be submitting comments, but find it difficult to do so within the period of time allowed by this notice, you should advise the contact listed below as soon as possible.

    ADDRESSES:

    Direct all PRA comments to Nicole Ongele, FCC, via email [email protected] and to [email protected]

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For additional information about the information collection, contact Nicole Ongele at (202) 418-2991.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    OMB Control Number: 3060-1096.

    Title: Prepaid Calling Card Service Provider Certification, WC Docket No. 05-68.

    Form Number: N/A.

    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

    Respondents: Business or other for-profit entities.

    Number of Respondents and Responses: 121 respondents; 1,452 responses.

    Estimated Time per Response: 2.5 hours-20 hours.

    Frequency of Response: Quarterly reporting requirement, third party disclosure requirement and recordkeeping requirement.

    Obligation to Respond: Mandatory. Statutory authority for this information collection is contained in 47 U.S.C. 151, 152, 154(i), 201, 202 and 254 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended.

    Total Annual Burden: 12,100 hours.

    Total Annual Cost: No cost.

    Privacy Impact Assessment: No impact(s).

    Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: The Commission does not anticipate providing confidentiality of the information submitted by prepaid calling card providers. Particularly, the prepaid calling card providers must send reports to their transport providers. Additionally, the quarterly certifications sent to the Commission will be made public through the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) process. These certifications will be filed in the Commission's docket associated with this proceeding. If the respondents submit information they believe to be confidential, they may request confidential treatment of such information under 47 CFR 0.459 of the Commission's rules.

    Needs and Uses: The Commission will submit this expiring information collection after this comment period in order to obtain the full three-year clearance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

    The Commission is requesting approval for an extension (no change in the reporting, recordkeeping and/or third-party disclosure requirements). Prepaid calling card service providers must report quarterly the percentage of interstate, intrastate and international access charges to carriers from which they purchase transport services. Prepaid calling card providers must also file certifications with the Commission quarterly that include the above information and a statement that they are contributing to the federal Universal Service Fund based on all interstate and international revenue, except for revenue from the sale of prepaid calling cards by, to, or pursuant to contract with the Department of Defense (DoD) or a DoD entity.

    Federal Communications Commission. Gloria J. Miles, Federal Liaison Officer, Office of the Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05545 Filed 3-10-16; 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 the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation's Board of Directors will meet in open session at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, to consider the following matters:

    Summary Agenda: No substantive discussion of the following items is anticipated. These matters will be resolved with a single vote unless a member of the Board of Directors requests that an item be moved to the discussion agenda.

    Disposition of minutes of previous Board of Directors' Meetings.

    Summary reports, status reports, and reports of actions taken pursuant to authority delegated by the Board of Directors.

    Discussion Agenda

    Update of Projected Deposit Insurance Fund Losses, Income, and Reserve Ratios for the Restoration Plan.

    Memorandum and resolution re: Final Rule on Implementing the Dodd-Frank Requirement to Increase the Reserve Ratio from 1.15 Percent to 1.35 Percent.

    The meeting will be held in the Board Room located on the sixth floor of the FDIC Building located at 550 17th Street NW., Washington, DC

    This Board meeting will be Webcast live via the Internet and subsequently made available on-demand approximately one week after the event. Visit https://fdic.primetime.mediaplatform.com/#!/channel/1232003497484/Board+Meetings to view the event. If you need any technical assistance, please visit our Video Help page at: http://www.fdic.gov/video.html.

    The FDIC will provide attendees with auxiliary aids (e.g., sign language interpretation) required for this meeting. Those attendees needing such assistance should call 703-562-2404 (Voice) or 703-649-4354 (Video Phone) to make necessary arrangements.

    Requests for further information concerning the meeting may be directed to Mr. Robert E. Feldman, Executive Secretary of the Corporation, at 202-898-7043.

    Dated: March 8, 2016. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Valerie Best, Assistant Executive Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05609 Filed 3-9-16; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 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 28, 2016.

    A. Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago (Colette A. Fried, Assistant Vice President) 230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60690-1414:

    1. James J. Dolan, as trustee of Voting Trust Agreement, Patricia D. Dolan as trustee of Royston Road Trust, all of Naples, Florida; Gregory F. Dolan as trustee of JJD 2012 Family Trust, Washington, DC; Emad Murrar, Homer Glen, Illinois, and Alan Reasoner, Round Lake, Illinois; to acquire voting shares of Northwest Bancorporation of Illinois, Inc., and thereby indirectly acquire voting shares of First Bank and Trust Company of Illinois, both in Palatine, Illinois.

    B. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (Dennis Denney, Assistant Vice President) 1 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64198-0001:

    1. Margaret M. Brownlee, as trustee of the Margaret March Brownlee Trust, both of Orlando, Florida, and Paula March Romanovsky, as trustee of the Paula March Romanovsky Trust, both of San Francisco, California, all as members of the March family group; to retain voting shares of Bank Management, Inc., and thereby indirectly retain voting shares of FirstBank of Nebraska, both in Wahoo, Nebraska.

    C. Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas (Robert L. Triplett III, Senior Vice President) 2200 North Pearl Street, Dallas, Texas 75201-2272:

    1. Ann Biggs, as trustee of the Gordon Brian Biggs Trust of 2012, the Edward Barrett Biggs Trust of 2012, the Biggs Grandchildren's Trust, and the Glenn Barrett Biggs Trust of 2012, all of San Antonio, Texas; Steven Mack, Boerne, Texas; and Jack Griggs, Abilene, Texas, collectively a group acting in concert; to acquire voting shares of Southwestern Bancorp, Inc., and thereby indirectly acquire voting shares of Texas Heritage Bank, both in Boerne, Texas.

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, March 8, 2016. Michael J. Lewandowski, Associate Secretary of the Board.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05495 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [60Day-16-16TM; Docket No. CDC-2016-0026] Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations AGENCY:

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION:

    Notice with comment period.

    SUMMARY:

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as part of its continuing efforts to reduce public burden and maximize the utility of government information, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This notice invites comment on a proposed information collection project entitled “Prevalence Survey of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) and Antimicrobial Use in U.S. Nursing Homes.” This information collection request will generate data to describe the epidemiology and estimate the burden of HAIs and antimicrobial use in US nursing homes using the prevalence survey method. Results will be used to inform state prevention efforts and federal priority setting for public health initiatives to improve HAI prevention and antimicrobial use.

    DATES:

    Written comments must be received on or before May 10, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. CDC-2016-0026 by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Regulation.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Mail: Leroy A. Richardson, Information Collection Review Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., MS-D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and Docket Number. All relevant comments received will be posted without change to Regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to Regulations.gov.
    Please note:

    All public comment should be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking portal (Regulations.gov) or by U.S. mail to the address listed above.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the information collection plan and instruments, contact the Information Collection Review Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., MS-D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329; phone: 404-639-7570; Email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. In addition, the PRA also requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each new proposed collection, each proposed extension of existing collection of information, and each reinstatement of previously approved information collection before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, we are publishing this notice of a proposed data collection as described below.

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. Burden means the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. This includes the time needed to review instructions; to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information, to search data sources, to complete and review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise disclose the information.

    Proposed Project

    Prevalence Survey of Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Use in U.S. Nursing Homes—New—National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Background and Brief Description

    Preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAI) and encouraging appropriate use of antimicrobials are priorities of both the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The burden and epidemiology of HAIs and antimicrobial use in U.S. nursing homes is currently unknown. Understanding the scope and magnitude of all types of HAIs in patient populations across the spectrum of U.S. healthcare facilities is essential to the development of effective prevention and control strategies and policies.

    HAI prevalence and antimicrobial use estimates can be obtained through prevalence surveys in which data are collected in healthcare facilities during a short, specified time period. Essential steps in reducing the occurrence of HAIs and the prevalence of resistant pathogens include estimating the burden, types, and causative organisms of HAIs; assessing the nature and extent of antimicrobial use in U.S. healthcare facilities; and assessing the nature and extent of antimicrobial use.

    Prevalence surveys, in which data are collected in healthcare facilities during a short, specified time period represent an efficient and cost-effective alternative to prospective studies of HAI and antimicrobial use incidence. Given the absence of existing HAI and antimicrobial use data collection mechanisms for nursing homes, prevalence surveys represent a robust method for obtaining the surveillance data required to identify HAIs and antibiotic use practices that should be targeted for more intensive surveillance and to guide and evaluate prevention efforts.

    The methods for the data collection are based on those used in CDC hospital prevalence surveys and informed by a CDC pilot survey conducted in nine U.S. nursing homes. The survey will be performed by the CDC through the Emerging Infections Program (EIP), a collaboration with CDC and 10 state health departments with experience in HAI surveillance and data collection. Respondents are nursing homes certified by the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services in EIP states. Nursing home participation is voluntary. Nursing homes will be randomly selected for participation, with a goal in each EIP site of recruiting a total of 20 nursing homes.

    There will be no anticipated costs to respondents other than their time. Information collection will last approximately one year.

    Estimated Annualized Burden Hours Type of respondents Form name Number of
  • respondents
  • Number of
  • responses per respondent
  • Average
  • burden per
  • response
  • (in hrs.)
  • Total burden (in hrs.)
    Director of Nursing, Registered Nurse, Infection Control and Prevention Officer Healthcare Facility Assessment 200 1 45/60 150 Registered Nurse Residents by Location Form 200 38 20/60 2,533 Licensed Practical or Licensed Vocational Nurses 200 38 20/60 2,533 Total 5,216
    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. 2016-05520 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163-18-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [60Day-16-16TL; Docket No. CDC-2016-0027] Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations AGENCY:

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

    ACTION:

    Notice with comment period.

    SUMMARY:

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as part of its continuing efforts to reduce public burden and maximize the utility of government information, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This notice invites comment on a proposed information collection plan entitled “Health Risks from Using Private Wells for Drinking Water.” The purpose of this new generic clearance information collection request (ICR) is to assess the health risks associated with exposure to contaminants in drinking water from private wells across varied geographic areas of the United States in partnership with the requesting agency (state, territorial, local, or tribal health department).

    DATES:

    Written comments must be received on or before May 10, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. CDC-2016-0027 by any of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: Regulation.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.

    Mail: Leroy A. Richardson, Information Collection Review Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., MS-D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and Docket Number. All relevant comments received will be posted without change to Regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to Regulations.gov.

    Please note:

    All public comment should be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking portal (Regulations.gov) or by U.S. mail to the address listed above.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the information collection plan and instruments, contact the Information Collection Review Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., MS-D74, Atlanta, Georgia 30329; phone: 404-639-7570; Email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), Federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. In addition, the PRA also requires Federal agencies to provide a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each new proposed collection, each proposed extension of existing collection of information, and each reinstatement of previously approved information collection before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, we are publishing this notice of a proposed data collection as described below.

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. Burden means the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. This includes the time needed to review instructions; to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information, to search data sources, to complete and review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise disclose the information.

    Proposed Project

    Health Risks from Using Private Wells for Drinking Water—New—National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Background and Brief Description

    The Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 ensures that most Americans are provided access to water that meets established public health standards. However, for over 38 million Americans who rely on private wells or other drinking water not protected by the Safe Drinking Water Act (herein referred to as private wells), that is not the case. There is no comprehensive knowledge about the locations of private wells, the populations served by these sources, potential contaminants that might be present in private well water in specific areas of the country, or the potential health risks associated with drinking water from these sources.

    The purpose of this new generic clearance information collection request (Generic ICR) is to assess the health risks associated with exposure to contaminants in drinking water from private wells across varied geographic areas of the United States in partnership with the requesting agency (state, territorial, local, or tribal health department). The information obtained from these investigations will be used to describe health risks from exposure to contaminants in drinking water from private wells within a defined time period and geographic distribution. This information will be used to inform public health protection activities conducted by the requesting agencies.

    The respondents are defined as adults at least 18 years old, who use private wells for drinking water, who are willing to receive and return a tap water sampling kit and urine specimen kit or to provide a blood specimen, and who are willing to answer survey questions. They will be recruited from geographic areas of interest as defined by the requesting agency.

    Based on our historical activities, we estimate that CDC will conduct up to 10 investigations per year. Each investigation will involve, on average, 200 respondents who are adults at least 18 years old and use a private well for tap water.

    The total time burden is 2,084 hours. There will be no cost to the respondents other than their time.

    Estimated Annualized Burden Hours Type of respondents Form name Number of
  • respondents
  • Number of
  • responses per respondent
  • Average
  • burden per
  • response
  • (in hrs.)
  • Total burden
  • (in hrs.)
  • Adult at least 18 years old using a private well for tap water Screening Form
  • Questionnaire
  • 2,500
  • 2,000
  • 1
  • 1
  • 6/60
  • 35/60
  • 250
  • 1,167
  • Urine Specimen and Tap Water Sample Collection 2,000 1 20/60 667 Total 2,084
    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. 2016-05519 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163-18-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [Document Identifiers: CMS-359/360, CMS-10003, and CMS-10280] Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS' intention to collect information from the public. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information, and to allow a second opportunity for public comment on the notice. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding the burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions; the accuracy of the estimated burden; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden.

    DATES:

    Comments on the collection(s) of information must be received by the OMB desk officer by April 11, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    When commenting on the proposed information collections, please reference the document identifier or OMB control number. To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations must be received by the OMB desk officer via one of the following transmissions: OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention: CMS Desk Officer, Fax Number: (202) 395-5806 OR Email: [email protected].

    To obtain copies of a supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed collection(s) summarized in this notice, you may make your request using one of following:

    1. Access CMS' Web site address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PaperworkReductionActof1995.

    2. Email your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to [email protected].

    3. Call the Reports Clearance Office at (410) 786-1326.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Reports Clearance Office at (410) 786-1326.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520), federal agencies must obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for each collection of information they conduct or sponsor. The term “collection of information” is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)) requires federal agencies to publish a 30-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, CMS is publishing this notice that summarizes the following proposed collection(s) of information for public comment:

    1. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved information collection; Title of Information Collection: Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (CORF) Eligibility and Survey Forms and Supporting Regulations; Use: The form CMS-359 is used as the application for health care providers seeking to participate in the Medicare program as a Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (CORF). This form initiates the process for facilities to become certified as a CORF and it provides the CMS Regional Office State Survey Agency staff identifying information regarding the applicant that is stored in the Automated Survey Processing Environment (ASPEN) system.

    The form CMS-360 is a survey tool used by the State Survey Agencies to record information in order to determine a provider's compliance with the CORF Conditions of Participation (CoPs) and to report this information to the Federal government. The form includes basic information on the CoP requirements, check boxes to indicate the level of compliance, and a section for recording notes. We have the responsibility and authority for certification decisions which are based on provider compliance with the CoPs and this form supports this process. Form Number: CMS-359/360 (OMB control number: 0938-0267); Frequency: Occasionally; Affected Public: Private Sector (Business or other for-profits); Number of Respondents: 50; Number of Responses: 50; Total Annual Hours: 123. (For questions regarding this collection contact James Cowher (410) 786-1948.)

    2. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Notice of Denial of Medical Coverage (or Payment); Use: Medicare health plans, including Medicare Advantage plans, cost plans, and Health Care Prepayment Plans, are required to issue the CMS-10003 form when a request for either a medical service or payment is denied in whole or in part. The notice explains why the plan denied the service or payment and informs Medicare enrollees of their appeal rights. The notice is also used, as appropriate, to explain Medicaid appeal rights to full dual eligible individuals enrolled in a Medicare health plan that is also managing the individual's Medicaid benefits. The PRA package has been revised subsequent to the publication of the 60-day Federal Register notice (October 16, 2015; 80 FR 62534). Form Number: CMS-10003 (OMB control number: 0938-0829). Frequency: Occasionally; Affected Public: Private sector (Business or other for-profit and Not-for-profit institutions); Number of Respondents: 730; Total Annual Responses: 33,574,293; Total Annual Hours: 5,593,477. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Staci Paige at 410-786-2045.)

    3. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Home Health Change of Care Notice (HHCCN); Use: The Home Health Change of Care Notice (HHCCN) is used to notify original Medicare beneficiaries receiving home health care benefits of plan of care changes. Home health agencies (HHAs) must provide the HHCCN whenever they reduce or terminate a beneficiary's home health services due to physician/provider orders or limitation of the HHA in providing the specific service. Notification is required for covered and non-covered services listed in the plan of care. This iteration contains non-substantive changes which add language informing beneficiaries of their rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 by alerting the beneficiary to CMS' nondiscrimination practices and the availability of alternate forms of this notice if needed. There are no substantive changes. Form Number: CMS-10280 (OMB control number: 0938-0829); Frequency: Occasionally; Affected Public: Private sector (Business or other for-profits and Not-for-profit institutions); Number of Respondents: 12,459; Total Annual Responses: 13,764,434; Total Annual Hours: 917,262. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Evelyn Blaemire at 410-786-1803).

    Dated: March 7, 2016. William N. Parham, III, Director, Paperwork Reduction Staff, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05472 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services [Document Identifier: CMS-10146, CMS-10377, CMS-10465 and CMS-10409] Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request AGENCY:

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is announcing an opportunity for the public to comment on CMS' intention to collect information from the public. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (the PRA), federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information (including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information) and to allow 60 days for public comment on the proposed action. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding our burden estimates or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions; the accuracy of the estimated burden; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden.

    DATES:

    Comments must be received by May 10, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    When commenting, please reference the document identifier or OMB control number. To be assured consideration, comments and recommendations must be submitted in any one of the following ways:

    1. Electronically. You may send your comments electronically to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for “Comment or Submission” or “More Search Options” to find the information collection document(s) that are accepting comments.

    2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments to the following address: CMS, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs, Division of Regulations Development, Attention: Document Identifier/OMB Control Number ___, Room C4-26-05, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244-1850.

    To obtain copies of a supporting statement and any related forms for the proposed collection(s) summarized in this notice, you may make your request using one of following:

    1. Access CMS' Web site address at http://www.cms.hhs.gov/PaperworkReductionActof1995.

    2. Email your request, including your address, phone number, OMB number, and CMS document identifier, to Paperw[email protected].

    3. Call the Reports Clearance Office at (410) 786-1326.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Reports Clearance Office at (410) 786-1326.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Contents

    This notice sets out a summary of the use and burden associated with the following information collections. More detailed information can be found in each collection's supporting statement and associated materials (see ADDRESSES).

    CMS-10146 Notice of Denial of Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage CMS-10377 Student Health Insurance Coverage CMS-10465 Minimum Essential Coverage CMS-10409 Long Term Care Hospital (LCTH) Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation (CARE) Data Set

    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. The term “collection of information” is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c) and includes agency requests or requirements that members of the public submit reports, keep records, or provide information to a third party. Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the PRA requires federal agencies to publish a 60-day notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension or reinstatement of an existing collection of information, before submitting the collection to OMB for approval. To comply with this requirement, CMS is publishing this notice.

    1. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Notice of Denial of Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage; Use: The notice provides information to enrollees when prescription drug coverage has been denied, in whole or in part, by their Part D plans. The notice must be readable, understandable, and state the specific reasons for the denial. The notice must also remind enrollees about their rights and protections related to requests for prescription drug coverage and include an explanation of both the standard and expedited redetermination processes and the rest of the appeal process. Form Number: CMS-10146 (OMB control number: 0938-0976); Frequency: Occasionally; Affected Public: Private sector (Business or other for-profits); Number of Respondents: 580; Total Annual Responses: 1,902,055; Total Annual Hours: 475,514. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Amber Casserly at 410-786-0976.)

    2. Type of Information Collection Request: Revision of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Student Health Insurance Coverage; Use: Under the Student Health Insurance Coverage Final Rule published March 21, 2012 (77 FR 16453), an issuer that provides student health insurance coverage that does not meet the annual dollar limits requirements under Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) section 2711 must provide notice in the insurance policy or certificate and in any other written materials informing students that the policy being issued does not meet the annual limits requirements under the Affordable Care Act. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2017 Final Rule removed outdated provisions in § 147.145(b)(2) and (d) allowing student health insurance issuers to impose restricted annual dollar limits on policies started before January 1, 2014, with an accompanying requirement that student health issuers must provide notice to students. Those provisions, by their own terms, no longer apply and student health insurance issuers are subject to the prohibition on annual dollar limits under PHS Act section 2711 and § 147.126 for policy years beginning on or after January 1, 2014. Therefore, the annual limit notification requirement is being discontinued. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2017 Final Rule further provides that, for policy years beginning on or after July 1, 2016, student health insurance coverage is exempt from the actuarial value (AV) requirements under section 1302(d) of the Affordable Care Act, but must provide coverage with an AV of at least 60 percent. This provision also requires issuers of student health insurance coverage to specify in any plan materials summarizing the terms of the coverage the AV of the coverage and the metal level (or the next lowest metal level) the coverage would otherwise satisfy under § 156.140. This disclosure will provide students with information that allows them to compare the student health coverage with other available coverage options. Form Number: CMS-10377 (OMB control number 0938-1157); Frequency: Annually; Affected Public: Private Sector; Number of Respondents: 49; Total Annual Responses: 1,255,000; Total Annual Hours: 49. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Russell Tipps at 301-492-4371.)

    3. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Minimum Essential Coverage; Use: The final rule titled “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Exchange Functions: Eligibility for Exemptions; Miscellaneous Minimum Essential Coverage Provisions,” published July 1, 2013 (78 FR 39494) designates certain types of health coverage as minimum essential coverage. Other types of coverage, not statutorily designated and not designated as minimum essential coverage in regulation, may be recognized by the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) as minimum essential coverage if certain substantive and procedural requirements are met. To be recognized as minimum essential coverage, the coverage must offer substantially the same consumer protections as those enumerated in the Title I of Affordable Care Act relating to non-grandfathered, individual health insurance coverage to ensure consumers are receiving adequate coverage. The final rule requires sponsors of other coverage that seek to have such coverage recognized as minimum essential coverage to adhere to certain procedures. Sponsoring organizations must submit to HHS certain information about their coverage and an attestation that the plan substantially complies with the provisions of Title I of the Affordable Care Act applicable to non-grandfathered individual health insurance coverage. Sponsors must also provide notice to enrollees informing them that the plan has been recognized as minimum essential coverage for the purposes of the individual coverage requirement. Form Number: CMS-10465 (OMB control number 0938-1189); Frequency: Occasionally; Affected Public: Private Sector (Business or other for-profits); Number of Respondents: 10; Total Annual Responses: 10; Total Annual Hours: 53. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Russell Tipps at 301-492-4371.)

    4. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection; Title of Information Collection: Long Term Care Hospital (LCTH) Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation (CARE) Data Set; Use: Section 3004 of the Affordable Care Act authorized the establishment of quality reporting program for long term care hospitals (LTCHs). Beginning in FY 2014, LTCHs that fail to submit quality measure data may be subject to a 2 percentage point reduction in their annual update to the standard Federal rate for discharges occurring during a rate year. The LTCH CARE Data Set was developed specifically for use in LTCHs for data collection of NQF #0678 Pressure Ulcer measures beginning October 1, 2012, with the understanding that the data set would expand in future rulemaking years with the adoption of additional quality measures. Relevant data elements contained in other well-known and clinically established data sets, including but not limited to the Minimum Data Set 3.0 (MDS 3.0) and CARE, were incorporated into the LTCH CARE Data Set V1.01, V2.00 and V2.01. LTCH CARE Data Set V3.00 will be implemented April 1, 2016. Form Number: CMS-10409 (OMB control number: 0938-1163); Frequency: Occasionally; Affected Public: Private Sector: Business or other for-profit and not-for-profit institutions; Number of Respondents: 424; Total Annual Responses: 405,344; Total Annual Hours: 328,346. (For policy questions regarding this collection contact Staci Payne at 410-786-2838.)

    Dated: March 7, 2016. William N. Parham, III, Director, Paperwork Reduction Staff, Office of Strategic Operations and Regulatory Affairs.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05471 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4120-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS-10596, CMS-906, CMS-1771, CMS-1450, CMS-1500 (02-12)] Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request Correction

    In notice document 2016-02278 beginning on page 6277 in the issue of Friday, February 5, 2016, make the following correction:

    On page 6777, in the “DATES” section in the first column, “April 6, 2016” should read “March 7, 2016”.

    [FR Doc. C1-2016-02278 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1505-01-D
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

    Title: State Access and Visitation Grant Application.

    OMB No.: 0970—NEW.

    Description

    The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) created the “Grants to States for Access and Visitation” program (AV grant program). Funding for the program began in FY 1997 with a capped, annual entitlement of $10 million. The statutory goal of the program is to provide funds to states that will enable them to provide services for the purpose of increasing noncustodial parent (NCP) access to and visitation with their children. State governors decide which state entity will be responsible for implementing the AV grant program and the state determines who will be served, what services will be provided, and whether the services will be statewide or in local jurisdictions. The statute specifies certain activities which may be funded, including: Voluntary and mandatory mediation, counseling, education, the development of parenting plans, supervised visitation, and the development of guidelines for visitation and alternative custody arrangements. Even though OCSE manages this program, the funding for the AV grant is separate from funding for federal and state administration of the Child Support program.

    Section 469B(e)(3) of the Social Security Act (Pub. L. 104-193) requires that each state receiving an Access and Visitation (AV) grant award monitor, evaluate and report on such programs in accordance with regulations (45 CFR part 303). The AV Grant Program Terms and Conditions Addendum references administration of the grant program in accordance with an approved state application. Additionally, the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, states that there is an application requirement for Grants to States for Access and Visitation Programs (93.597). The application process will assist OCSE in complying with this requirement and will reflect a greater emphasis on program efficiency, coordination of services, and increased attention to family safety.

    This new, modified application reflects a greater emphasis on program efficiency, coordination of services, and increased attention to family safety. This application will cover three fiscal years. The applications will include information on how grantees plan to: Spend grant funds, monitor service delivery, and implement safety protocols to ensure client and staff safety. OCSE will review the applications to ensure compliance with federal regulation and provide enhanced targeted technical assistance. The application will also assist states in strategic planning of services and knowledge sharing.

    OCSE will review the applications to ensure that planned services meet the requirements laid out in section 469B(e)(3) of the Social Security Act (Pub. L. 104-193). This review will include monitoring of program compliance and the safe delivery of services. In addition to monitoring, the report will also assist in OCSE's ability to provide technical assistance to states that would like assistance.

    Respondents Recipients of the Access & Visitation Grant (54 States andTerritories) Annual Burden Estimates Instrument Number of
  • respondents
  • Number of
  • responses per respondent
  • Average
  • burden hours
  • per response
  • Total burden hours
    Fillable word document 54 1 10 540

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 540.

    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, 330 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20201. Attention 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. 2016-05446 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. FDA-2013-D-0715] Acrylamide in Foods; Guidance for Industry; Availability AGENCY:

    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice of availability.

    SUMMARY:

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is announcing the availability of a guidance for industry entitled “Acrylamide in Foods.” The guidance finalizes the “Draft Guidance for Industry on Acrylamide in Foods,” modified where appropriate in response to comments we received on the draft guidance dated November 2013. This guidance is intended to provide information that may help growers, manufacturers, and food service operators reduce acrylamide levels in certain foods, which may mitigate potential human health risks from exposure to acrylamide.

    DATES:

    Submit either electronic or written comments on FDA guidances at any time.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments as follows:

    Electronic Submissions

    Submit electronic comments in the following way:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Comments submitted electronically, including attachments, to http://www.regulations.gov will be posted to the docket unchanged. Because your comment will be made public, you are solely responsible for ensuring that your comment does not include any confidential information that you or a third party may not wish to be posted, such as medical information, your or anyone else's Social Security number, or confidential business information, such as a manufacturing process. Please note that if you include your name, contact information, or other information that identifies you in the body of your comments, that information will be posted on http://www.regulations.gov.

    • If you want to submit a comment with confidential information that you do not wish to be made available to the public, submit the comment as a written/paper submission and in the manner detailed (see “Written/Paper Submissions” and “Instructions”).

    Written/Paper Submissions

    Submit written/paper submissions as follows:

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

    • For written/paper comments submitted to the Division of Dockets Management, FDA will post your comment, as well as any attachments, except for information submitted, marked and identified, as confidential, if submitted as detailed in “Instructions.”

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the Docket No. [FDA-2013-D-0715] for the guidance document. Received comments will be placed in the docket and, except for those submitted as “Confidential Submissions,” publicly viewable at http://www.regulations.gov or at the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    • Confidential Submissions—To submit a comment with confidential information that you do not wish to be made publicly available, submit your comments only as a written/paper submission. You should submit two copies total. One copy will include the information you claim to be confidential with a heading or cover note that states “THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION”. The Agency will review this copy, including the claimed confidential information, in its consideration of comments. The second copy, which will have the claimed confidential information redacted/blacked out, will be available for public viewing and posted on http://www.regulations.gov. Submit both copies to the Division of Dockets Management. If you do not wish your name and contact information to be made publicly available, you can provide this information on the cover sheet and not in the body of your comments and you must identify this information as “confidential.” Any information marked as “confidential” will not be disclosed except in accordance with 21 CFR 10.20 and other applicable disclosure law. For more information about FDA's posting of comments to public dockets, see 80 FR 56469, September 18, 2015, or access the information at: http://www.fda.gov/regulatoryinformation/dockets/default.htm.

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

    Submit written requests for single copies of the guidance to The Division of Plant Products and Beverages, Office of Food Safety, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, HFS-317, Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740. Send two self-addressed adhesive labels to assist that office in processing your request. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the guidance.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Eileen Abt, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (HFS-317), Food and Drug Administration, 5100 Paint Branch Pkwy., College Park, MD 20740, 240-402-1529.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Background

    We are announcing the availability of a guidance for industry entitled “Guidance for Industry: Acrylamide in Foods.” We are issuing this guidance consistent with our good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). The guidance represents our current thinking on this topic. It does not create or confer any rights for or on any person and does not operate to bind FDA or the public. You can use an alternative approach if it satisfies the requirements of the applicable statutes and regulations.

    In the Federal Register of November 15, 2013, (78 FR 68852), we made available a draft guidance for Industry entitled “Draft Guidance for Industry on Acrylamide in Foods” and provided an opportunity for comment prior to our work on the final version of the guidance. The final guidance has been modified in response to comments. The guidance announced in this notice finalizes the draft guidance dated November 2013.

    This guidance is intended to provide information that may help growers, manufacturers, and food service operators reduce acrylamide levels in certain foods. Acrylamide is a chemical that can form in some foods during certain types of high-temperature cooking. Acrylamide is a concern because it can cause cancer in laboratory animals at high doses, and is reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen. Reducing acrylamide levels in foods may mitigate potential human health risks from exposure to acrylamide. The guidance is intended to suggest a range of possible approaches to reducing acrylamide levels and not to identify specific recommended approaches.

    II. Electronic Access

    Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the guidance at either http://www.fda.gov/FoodGuidances or http://www.regulations.gov. Use the FDA Web site listed in the previous sentence to find the most current version of the guidance.

    Dated: March 1, 2016. Leslie Kux, Associate Commissioner for Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05490 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. FDA-2015-D-0268] Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; Guidance for Industry on Individual Patient Expanded Access Applications: Form FDA 3926 AGENCY:

    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing that a proposed collection of information has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

    DATES:

    Fax written comments on the collection of information by April 11, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    To ensure that comments on the information collection are received, OMB recommends that written comments be faxed to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attn: FDA Desk Officer, FAX: 202-395-7285, or emailed to [email protected] All comments should be identified with the OMB control number 0910-New and title “Individual Patient Expanded Access Applications: Form FDA 3926.” Also include the FDA 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:

    In compliance with 44 U.S.C. 3507, FDA has submitted the following proposed collection of information to OMB for review and clearance.

    Guidance for Industry on Individual Patient Expanded Access Applications: Form FDA 3926—OMB Control Number 0910—NEW I. Background

    In the Federal Register of February 10, 2015 (80 FR 7318), FDA announced the availability of a draft guidance for industry entitled “Individual Patient Expanded Access Applications: Form FDA 3926.” In the draft guidance, FDA provided draft Form FDA 3926 (Individual Patient Expanded Access—Investigational New Drug Application (IND)) at Appendix 1 and described this draft form, which FDA stated it intended to make available for licensed physicians to use for expanded access requests for individual patient INDs as an alternative to Form FDA 1571 (Investigational New Drug Application (IND)).

    As described in the final guidance, Form FDA 3926 provides a streamlined means to request expanded access to an investigational drug outside of a clinical investigation, or to an approved drug where availability is limited by a risk evaluation and mitigation strategy (REMS), for an individual patient who has a serious or immediately life-threatening disease or condition and there is no comparable or satisfactory alternative therapy to diagnose, monitor, or treat the disease or condition. Form FDA 3926 may also be used for certain followup submissions to an individual patient expanded access IND.

    FDA may permit expanded access to an investigational new drug outside of a clinical investigation, or to an approved drug where availability is limited by a REMS, for an individual patient when the applicable criteria in § 312.305(a) (21 CFR 312.305(a)) (which apply to all types of expanded access) and the criteria in § 312.310(a) (21 CFR 312.310(a)) (which apply specifically to individual patient expanded access, including for emergency use) are met. The physician may satisfy some of the submission requirements by referring to information in an existing IND, ordinarily the one held by the investigational drug's manufacturer, if the physician obtains permission from that IND holder. If permission is obtained, the physician should then provide to FDA a letter of authorization (LOA) from the existing IND holder that permits FDA to reference that IND.

    Section 312.305(b) sets forth the submission requirements for all types of expanded access requests. One of the requirements under § 312.305(b)(2) is that a “cover sheet” must be included “meeting the requirements of § 312.23(a).” This provision applies to several types of submissions under 21 CFR part 312, ranging from commercial INDs under § 312.23 that involve large groups of patients enrolled in clinical trials to requests from physicians to use an investigational drug for an individual patient. Form FDA 1571 is currently used by sponsors for all types of IND submissions to meet the requirements in § 312.23(a). FDA intends to accept submission of a completed Form FDA 3926 to comply with the IND submission requirements in §§ 312.23, 312.305(b), and 312.310(b). FDA intends to consider a completed Form FDA 3926 with the box in Field 10 checked and the form signed by the physician to be a request in accordance with § 312.10 for a waiver of any additional requirements in part 312 for an IND submission, including additional information currently provided in Form FDA 1571 and Form FDA 1572 (Statement of Investigator, which provides the identity and qualifications of the investigator conducting the clinical investigation).

    Under § 312.310(d), in an emergency situation that requires the patient to be treated before a written submission can be made, the request to use the investigational drug for individual patient expanded access may be made by telephone (or other rapid means of communication) to the appropriate FDA review division. Authorization of the emergency use may be given by an FDA official over the telephone, provided the physician explains how the expanded access use will meet the requirements of §§ 312.305 and 312.310 and agrees to submit an expanded access application within 15 working days of FDA's initial authorization of the expanded access use (§ 312.310(d)). The physician may choose to use Form FDA 3926 for the expanded access application.

    As explained in the instructions for Form FDA 3926, the following information would be submitted to FDA by those using Form FDA 3926:

    • Initials for the patient and date of submission.

    • Type of submission (initial or followup submission).

    • Clinical information, including indication, brief clinical history of the patient (age, gender, weight, allergies, diagnosis, prior therapy, response to prior therapy), and the reason for requesting the proposed treatment, including an explanation of why the patient lacks other therapeutic options.

    • Treatment information, including the investigational drug's name and the name of the entity supplying the drug (generally the manufacturer), the applicable FDA review division (if known), and the treatment plan. This should include the planned dose, route and schedule of administration, planned duration of treatment, monitoring procedures, and planned modifications to the treatment plan in the event of toxicity.

    • LOA, generally obtained from the entity that is the sponsor of the IND (e.g., commercial sponsor/drug manufacturer) being referenced, if applicable.

    • Physician's qualification statement. An appropriate statement includes medical school attended, year of graduation, medical specialty, state medical license number, current employment, and job title. Alter­na­tively, the relevant portion of the physician's curriculum vitae may be attached.

    • Physician's contact information, including name, physical address, email address, telephone number, facsimile number, and physician's IND number, if previously issued by FDA.

    • Contents of submission (for followup/additional submissions), including the type of submission being made. FDA intends to accept Form FDA 3926 for certain followup/additional submissions, which include the following: Initial Written IND Safety Report (§ 312.32(c)); Follow-up to a Written IND Safety Report (§ 312.32(d)); Annual Report (§ 312.33); Summary of Expanded Access Use (treatment completed) (§ 312.310(c)(2)); Change in Treatment Plan (§ 312.30); General Correspondence or Response to FDA Request for Information (§ 312.41); and Response to Clinical Hold (§ 312.42(e)).

    • Request for authorization to use Form FDA 3926 for individual patient expanded access application.

    • Signature of the physician certifying that treatment will not begin until 30 days after FDA receives the completed application and all required material unless the submitting physician receives earlier notification from FDA that the treatment may proceed. The physician agrees not to begin or continue clinical investigations covered by the IND if those studies are placed on clinical hold. The physician also certifies that informed consent will be obtained in compliance with Federal requirements (including FDA's regulations in 21 CFR part 50) and that an institutional review board (IRB) that complies with all Federal requirements (including FDA's regulations in 21 CFR part 56) will be responsible for initial and continuing review and approval of the expanded access use. The physician also acknowledges that in the case of an emergency request, treatment may begin without prior IRB approval, provided the IRB is notified of the emergency treatment within 5 working days of treatment. The physician agrees to conduct the investigation in accordance with all other applicable regulatory requirements.

    In the Federal Register of February 10, 2015 (80 FR 7318), FDA published a 60-day notice requesting public comment on the proposed collection of information. Twelve comments were received. However, FDA received no comments concerning the accuracy of FDA's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information. FDA received several comments on ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of FDA Form 3926 through, for example, the addition of instructions for completing the form and use of the form for certain followup submissions.

    (Comment 1) Five comments requested instructions, clarification, or directions concerning the use and submission of Form FDA 3926.

    (Response) FDA updated instructions based on information originally included in the draft guidance that will be provided in conjunction with final Form FDA 3926. Clarifying language on form fields has been added to the instructions and the guidance.

    (Comment 2) One comment asked for clarification regarding Field 1 of Form FDA 3926 to indicate that the requesting physician should provide this information (not the patient).

    (Response) Clarification on Field 1 has been added to the form instructions to state that the patient need not initial the form. This is to indicate that the requesting physician should enter the patient's initials.

    (Comment 3) One comment stated that the information requested in Field 3 of draft Form FDA 3926 could become lengthy to complete and asked if a PDF could be attached to the form to provide this information.

    (Response) This information is now requested in Field 5. Field 5 has been enlarged to accommodate more handwritten information. The space also has been updated to allow expansion when information is entered electronically in the fillable PDF. Clarifying language has been added to the form and instructions.

    (Comment 4) Three comments requested electronic submission capability to expedite applications.

    (Response) FDA is determining whether electronic submissions are feasible. FDA intends to provide additional information via its Web site should this become an option.

    (Comment 5) Several comments concerned the use of FDA Form 3926 for followup submissions. One comment suggested that FDA develop a new form for followup submissions (rather than requiring the use of Form FDA 1571). Three comments asked that instructions be developed for ongoing patient reporting (i.e., followup submissions).

    (Response) FDA has revised the guidance, instructions, and Form FDA 3926 so that the form may be used instead of Form FDA 1571 for certain followup submissions to an existing single patient expanded access IND. Form FDA 3926, the instructions, and the guidance identify the types of followup submissions that qualify and provide additional information on how to use Form FDA 3926 for such submissions.

    II. Burden Estimate

    As discussed previously in this document, Form FDA 3926 will be available for licensed physicians to use as a streamlined means to request expanded access to an investigational drug outside of a clinical investigation, or to an approved drug where availability is limited by a REMS, for an individual patient who has a serious or immediately life-threatening disease or condition and there is no comparable or satisfactory alternative therapy to diagnose, monitor, or treat the disease or condition, and to submit certain followup reports. One of the requirements under § 312.305(b)(2) is that a “cover sheet” must be included “meeting the requirements of § 312.23(a).” This provision applies to several types of submissions under part 312, ranging from commercial INDs under § 312.23 that involve large groups of patients enrolled in clinical trials to requests from physicians to use an investigational drug for an individual patient. Form FDA 1571 is currently used by sponsors for all types of IND submissions. However, FDA is concerned that physicians requesting expanded access for an individual patient may have encountered difficulty in completing Form FDA 1571 and the associated documents because the form is not tailored to requests for individual patient expanded access.

    The submission requirements for all types of expanded access requests for investigational drugs are provided under § 312.305(b) of FDA's expanded access regulations. Additional submission requirements for individual patient expanded access requests are provided under § 312.310(b), and the requirements for requesting individual patient expanded access for emergency use are provided under § 312.310(d). FDA currently has OMB approval under control number 0910-0014 for individual patient expanded access information collection under §§ 312.305(b), 312.310(b), and 312.310(d). The submission requirements concerning the use of Form FDA 3926 for certain followup reports are provided under §§ 312.32(c), 312.32(d), 312.33, 312.310(c)(2), 312.30, 312.41, and 312.42(e).

    The estimates for “number of respondents,” “number of responses per respondent,” and “total annual responses” were obtained from the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) reports and data management systems and from other sources familiar with the number of submissions received for individual patient expanded access use under part 312. The estimates for “average burden per response” were based on information provided by CDER and other Department of Health and Human Services personnel who are familiar with preparing and reviewing expanded access submissions by practicing physicians.

    Based on data for the number of submissions to FDA during 2011, 2012, and 2013, we originally estimated that approximately 790 licensed physicians would use Form 3926 to submit 1.46 requests per physician (respondent) for individual patient expanded access, for a total of 1,153 responses annually. In response to comments received, FDA clarifies in the final guidance and in the form instructions that licensed physicians may also use Form FDA 3926 for certain followup submissions. Based on data for the number of followup submissions during 2011, 2012, and 2013, FDA estimates that about 790 physicians will each use Form FDA 3926 to submit 1.57 followup submissions per physician, for approximately 1,241 followup responses annually. Based on these estimates, FDA calculates the total annual responses to be 2,394 (1,153 requests for individual patient expanded access and 1,241 followup submissions) by 790 physicians for an average of 3.03 responses per respondent. FDA estimates the average burden per response to be 45 minutes (0.75 hour). Based on this estimate, FDA calculates the total burden to be 1,795 hours. Under OMB control number 0910-0014, FDA currently has OMB approval of 17,592 hours for these submissions. The use of FDA Form 3926 will reduce the current burden by 15,797 hours.

    FDA estimates the burden of this collection of information as follows:

    Table 1—Estimated Annual Reporting Burden 1 Guidance on individual patient expanded access
  • applications: Form FDA 3926
  • Number of
  • respondents
  • Number of
  • responses per
  • respondent
  • Total annual
  • responses
  • Average
  • burden per
  • response
  • Total hours
    Expanded access submission for treatment of an individual patient, including submission of Form FDA 3926 790 3.03 2,394 0.75 (45 minutes) 1,795 1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.
    Dated: March 8, 2016. Leslie Kux, Associate Commissioner for Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05491 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. FDA-2009-N-0221] Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Food Labeling; Notification Procedures for Statements on Dietary Supplements AGENCY:

    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) 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 invites comments on the information collection provisions of the regulation requiring the manufacturer, packer, or distributor of a dietary supplement to notify us that it is marketing a dietary supplement product that bears on its label or in its labeling a statement provided for in the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act). The notice also invites comment on a new electronic form that allows manufacturers, packers, and distributors of dietary supplements to notify us via FDA's Unified Registration and Listing System (FURLS).

    DATES:

    Submit either electronic or written comments on the collection of information by May 10, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments as follows:

    Electronic Submissions

    Submit electronic comments in the following way:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Comments submitted electronically, including attachments, to http://www.regulations.gov will be posted to the docket unchanged. Because your comment will be made public, you are solely responsible for ensuring that your comment does not include any confidential information that you or a third party may not wish to be posted, such as medical information, your or anyone else's Social Security number, or confidential business information, such as a manufacturing process. Please note that if you include your name, contact information, or other information that identifies you in the body of your comments, that information will be posted on http://www.regulations.gov.

    • If you want to submit a comment with confidential information that you do not wish to be made available to the public, submit the comment as a written/paper submission and in the manner detailed (see “Written/Paper Submissions” and “Instructions”).

    Written/Paper Submissions

    Submit written/paper submissions as follows:

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

    • For written/paper comments submitted to the Division of Dockets Management, FDA will post your comment, as well as any attachments, except for information submitted, marked and identified, as confidential, if submitted as detailed in “Instructions.”

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the Docket No. FDA-2009-N-0221 for “Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Food Labeling; Notification Procedures for Statements on Dietary Supplements.” Received comments will be placed in the docket and, except for those submitted as “Confidential Submissions,” publicly viewable at http://www.regulations.gov or at the Division of Dockets Management between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

    • Confidential Submissions—To submit a comment with confidential information that you do not wish to be made publicly available, submit your comments only as a written/paper submission. You should submit two copies total. One copy will include the information you claim to be confidential with a heading or cover note that states “THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION.” The Agency will review this copy, including the claimed confidential information, in its consideration of comments. The second copy, which will have the claimed confidential information redacted/blacked out, will be available for public viewing and posted on http://www.regulations.gov. Submit both copies to the Division of Dockets Management. If you do not wish your name and contact information to be made publicly available, you can provide this information on the cover sheet and not in the body of your comments and you must identify this information as “confidential.” Any information marked as “confidential” will not be disclosed except in accordance with 21 CFR 10.20 and other applicable disclosure law. For more information about FDA's posting of comments to public dockets, see 80 FR 56469, September 18, 2015, or access the information at: http://www.fda.gov/regulatoryinformation/dockets/default.htm.

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

    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, we are publishing notice of the proposed collection of information set forth in this document.

    With respect to the following collection of information, we invite comments on these topics: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of our functions, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of our 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.

    Food Labeling; Notification Procedures for Statements on Dietary Supplements—21 CFR 101.93 OMB Control Number 0910-0331—Extension

    Section 403(r)(6) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 343(r)(6)) and its implementing regulation, 21 CFR 101.93, require that we be notified by the manufacturer, packer, or distributor of a dietary supplement that it is marketing a dietary supplement product that bears on its label or in its labeling a statement provided for in section 403(r)(6) of the FD&C Act. These provisions require that we be notified, with a submission about such statements, no later than 30 days after the first marketing of the dietary supplement. Information that is required in the submission includes: (1) The name and address of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor of the dietary supplement product; (2) the text of the statement that is being made; (3) the name of the dietary ingredient or supplement that is the subject of the statement; (4) the name of the dietary supplement (including the brand name); and (5) the signature of a responsible individual or the person who can certify the accuracy of the information presented, and who must certify that the information contained in the notice is complete and accurate, and that the notifying firm has substantiation that the statement is truthful and not misleading.

    We have developed an electronic form (Form FDA 3955) that interested persons will be able to use to electronically submit their notifications to FDA via FURLS. Firms that prefer to submit a paper notification in a format of their own choosing will still have the option to do so, however. Form FDA 3955 prompts a respondent to include certain elements in their structure/function claim notification (SFCN) described in § 101.93 in a standard format electronically and helps the respondent organize their SFCN to include only the information needed for our review of the claim. Note that the SFCN, whether electronic or paper, is used for all claims made pursuant to section 403(r)(6) of the FD&C Act, including nutrient deficiency claims and general well-being claims in addition to structure/function claims. The electronic form, and any optional elements that would be prepared as attachments to the form (e.g., label), can be submitted in electronic format via FURLS. Submissions of SFCNs will continue to be allowed in paper format. We use this information to evaluate whether statements made for dietary ingredients or dietary supplements are permissible under section 403(r)(6) of the FD&C Act. Draft screenshots of Form FDA 3955 and instructions are available for comment at http://www.fda.gov/Food/DietarySupplements/IndustryInfo/ucm485532.htm.

    Description of Respondents: Respondents to this collection of information include manufacturers, packers, or distributors of dietary supplements that bear section 403(r)(6) of the FD&C Act statements on their labels or labeling.

    We estimate the burden of this collection of information as follows:

    Table 1—Estimated Annual Reporting Burden 1 21 CFR section Number of
  • respondents
  • Number of
  • responses per respondent
  • Total annual responses Average burden per
  • response
  • Total hours
    101.93 2,200 1 2,200 0.75 (45 minutes) 1,650 1 There are no capital costs or operating and maintenance costs associated with this collection of information.

    We believe that there will be minimal burden on the industry to generate information to meet the notification requirements of section 403(r)(6) of the FD&C Act by submitting information regarding section 403(r)(6) of the FD&C Act statements on labels or in labeling of dietary supplements. We also believe that submission via FURLS will not affect the burden estimates. We are requesting only information that is immediately available to the manufacturer, packer, or distributor of the dietary supplement that bears such a statement on its label or in its labeling. We estimate that, each year, approximately 2,200 firms will submit the information required by section 403(r)(6) of the FD&C Act. This estimate is based on the average number of notification submissions received by us in the preceding 3 years. We estimate that a firm will require 0.75 hours to gather the information needed and prepare a communication to us, for a total of 1,650 hours (2,200 × 0.75).

    Dated: March 7, 2016. Leslie Kux, Associate Commissioner for Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05478 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164-01-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 a meeting of the Division of Intramural Research Board of Scientific Counselors, NIAID.

    The meeting will be closed to the public as indicated below in accordance with the provisions set forth in section 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended for the review, discussion, and evaluation of individual intramural programs and projects conducted by the NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES, including consideration of personnel qualifications and performance, and the competence of individual investigators, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: Division of Intramural Research Board of Scientific Counselors, NIAID.

    Date: June 6-7, 2016.

    Time: 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate personal qualifications and performance, and competence of individual investigators.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 50, Rooms 1227 and 1223, 50 Center Drive, Rockville, MD 20852.

    Contact Person: Hugh J. Auchincloss, MD, Deputy Director, NIAID Deputy Director, National Inst. of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Building 31, Room 7A03, MSC 2520, Bethesda, MD 20892-2520, 301-496-9677, [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 7, 2016. Natasha M. Copeland, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05429 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health Proposed Collection; 60-Day Comment Request; Study To Estimate Radiation Doses and Cancer Risks From Radioactive Fallout From the Trinity Nuclear Test—National Cancer Institute (NCI)

    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 Cancer Institute, 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) 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: Steve Simon, Dosimetry Unit Head and Staff Scientist, Radiation Epidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, National Cancer Institute, NIH, 9609 Medical Center Drive, MSC9778, Bethesda, MD 20892-9778 or call non-toll-free number (240)-276-7371 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: Study to Estimate Radiation Doses and Cancer Risks from Radioactive Fallout from the Trinity Nuclear Test, 0925-NEW, New Submission, National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    Need and Use of Information Collection: This research plan is for a radiation-related cancer risk projection study for the residents of the state of New Mexico (NM) potentially exposed to radioactive fallout from the Trinity nuclear test conducted in 1945. Data will be collected on diet and lifestyle from three groups in NM (non-Hispanic white, Hispanic, and Native American) alive in the 1940s via focus groups and key informant interviews and will be used to derive means and ranges of exposure-related parameters, such as consumption of contaminated foodstuffs, collection and use of water, time spend outdoors, and building materials. These parameter values will be used with historical fallout deposition data in fallout dose assessment models to estimate external and internal radiation doses to typical persons in all counties in New Mexico by ethnicity and age. The estimated doses will be used with literature-derived risk and parameter values on risk/unit dose to project the excess cancers expected (per 1,000 persons within each stratum) including uncertainty on each estimate. Endpoints are leukemia, thyroid cancer, stomach cancer, colon cancer, and all solid cancers combined.

    This data collection is needed to accomplish the overall Trinity Study goals, which are to: (1) Estimate external and internal radiation dose to the four primary organs/tissues of interest (thyroid, stomach, colon, and red bone marrow) from primary radionuclides in nuclear testing fallout in each county of New Mexico as a result of the Trinity test, stratified by age, gender, ethnicity, and conditions of exposure (low, medium, high); (2) in each county, estimate the number of excess cancer cases to organs of interest per 1,000 (hypothetical) persons stratified by age, gender, ethnicity, and conditions of exposure (low, medium, high).

    The study data will be collected via focus group and individual interview. Between 10 and 15 focus groups with up to 8 participants are planned. These participants will be 70 years old and older, living in New Mexico, who were alive at the time of the Trinity nuclear test and living in any of 19 Native American pueblos/tribes or Hispanic/Latino and non-Hispanic white communities in or near the fallout region in New Mexico. Additionally, up to 30 individual interviews are planned with key informants chosen to represent a variety of experiences and expertise. Individuals who prefer not to take part in a focus group will be interviewed individually as key informants. The investigators will collaborate with community representatives who will recommend potential participants for either the focus groups or interviews.

    The objective of the focus groups and interviews is to collect information directly from community members who were alive at the time of the Trinity test, or with direct knowledge of specific life circumstances, cultural patterns, and dietary practices of Native Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, or non-Hispanic whites living in New Mexico at this time. In this study, two interviewers, including one with extensive experience working with tribal communities, will moderate the focus groups and conduct in-depth interviews. Translators and interpreters with experience in the study populations will be presented when needed. Each focus group and interview will be scheduled for no more than two hours and will take place in office settings, community facilities, or municipal facilities.

    OMB approval is requested for 3 years. There are no costs to respondents other than their time. The total estimated annualized burden hours are 395.

    Estimated Annualized Burden Hours Type of respondents Instrument Number of
  • respondents
  • Frequency of response Average time per response
  • (in hours)
  • Annual burden hours
    Individuals Screener 300 1 10/60 50 Consent Form 150 1 10/60 25 Focus Groups 120 1 120/60 240 Pre-Focus Group Guide 120 1 10/60 20 Key Informants and Academics Interview 30 1 120/60 60 Totals 300 720 395
    Dated: March 1, 2016. Karla Bailey, Project Clearance Liaison, National Cancer Institute, NIH.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05426 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health Submission for OMB Review; 60-Day Comment Request; Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study

    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 on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 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: Dr. Kevin P. Conway, Deputy Director, Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research, National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 5185, Rockville, MD 20852; or call non-toll-free number (301) 443-8755 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: Methodological Studies for the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study (NIDA), 0925-0675, expiration date 5/31/2016—EXTENSION—NIDA, NIH, in partnership with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

    Need and Use of Information Collection: This is a request to continue the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) Study's conduct of methodological studies in support of improvements in the Study's approaches for data and biospecimen collection. The PATH Study is a national longitudinal cohort study of tobacco use behavior and health among the U.S. household population of adults age 18 and older and youth ages 12 to 17; the Study conducts annual or biannual interviews and collects biospecimens from adults and youth to inform FDA's regulatory actions under the Family Smoking Prevention and Control Act. The methodological studies under this extension will continue to enhance the approaches used by the PATH Study for data and biospecimen collections to obtain high quality and useful data; minimize respondent burden; and achieve and maintain high response, retention, and follow-up rates.

    OMB approval is requested for 3 years. There are no costs to respondents other than their time. The total annualized burden hours are 29,750.

    Estimated Annualized Burden Hours Data collection activity Type of respondent Number of
  • respondents
  • Number of
  • responses per respondent
  • Average
  • burden per
  • response
  • (in hours)
  • Total annual burden hours
    In-person surveys Adults 5,000 1 90/60 7,500 Youth 3,500 1 90/60 5,250 Web surveys Adults 5,000 1 90/60 7,500 Youth 3,500 1 90/60 5,250 Focus groups and individual in-depth qualitative interviews Adults 1,000 1 2 2,000 Youth 1,000 1 2 2,000 Biospecimen collection Adults 1,000 1 15/60 250 Total 20,000 20,000 29,750
    Dated: March 7, 2016. Genevieve deAlmeida-Morris, Project Clearance Liaison. NIDA, NIH.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05431 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health Proposed Collection; 60-Day Comment Request; The Clinical Trials Reporting Program (CTRP) Database (NCI)

    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 Cancer Institute, 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: Jose Galvez, MD, Office of the Director, National Cancer Institute, 9609 Medical Center Drive, 1W468, Rockville, MD 20852 or call non-toll-free number 240-276-5206 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: The Clinical Trials Reporting Program (CTRP) Database, 0925-0600, Expiration Date 05/31/2016—EXTENSION, National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH).

    Need and Use of Information Collection: The Clinical Trials Reporting Program (CTRP) Database is an electronic resource that serves as a single, definitive source of information about all NCI-supported clinical research. This resource allows the NCI to consolidate reporting, aggregate information and reduce redundant submissions. Information is submitted by clinical research administrators as designees of clinical investigators who conduct NCI-supported clinical research. The designees can electronically access the CTRP Web site to complete the initial trial registration. Subsequent to registration, four amendments and four study subject accrual updates occur per trial annually.

    OMB approval is requested for 3 years. There are no costs to respondents other than their time. The estimated annualized burden hours are 18,000.

    Estimated Annualized Burden Hours Type of respondents Forms Number of
  • respondents
  • Number of
  • responses per respondent
  • Average time per response
  • (in hours)
  • Total annual burden hours
    Clinical Research Administrators Initial Registration 3,000 1 1 3,000 Amendment 3,000 4 1 12,000 Accrual Updates 3,000 4 15/60 3,000 Totals 9,000 27,000 18,000
    Dated: March 2, 2016. Karla Bailey, Project Clearance Liaison, National Cancer Institute, NIH.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05425 Filed 3-10-16; 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; Nonhuman Primate Reagent Resource (U24).

    Date: April 8, 2016.

    Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 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: Nancy Vazquez-Maldonado, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Program, Division of Extramural Activities, Room 3F52B, National Institutes of Health/NIAID, 5601 Fishers Lane, MSC 9834, Bethesda, MD 20892-9834, (240) 669-5044, [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 4, 2016. Natasha M. Copeland, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05430 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health NIH Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Advancing Research To Prevent Youth Suicide SUMMARY:

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will host a workshop on Advancing Research To Prevent Youth Suicide on March 29-30, 2016. The workshop is free and open to the public.

    DATES:

    March 29, 2016, from 8:30 a.m.-4:50 p.m. and March 30, 2016, from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES:

    The workshop will be held at the NIH, Masur Auditorium, Building 10 (Clinical Center), 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland 20892. Registration and workshop information are available on the NIH Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) Web site at <https://prevention.nih.gov/p2psp>.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For further information concerning this workshop, contact the ODP at <[email protected]>, 6100 Executive Blvd., Room 2B03, MSC 7523, Bethesda, MD 20892-7523; Telephone: 301-496-1508; FAX: 301-480-7660.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Suicide was the second leading cause of death for youth (10- to 24-year-olds) in 2014, resulting in 5,504 deaths in the United States. This mortality has not decreased compared to other external causes of death, and youth suicide attempts have remained at consistent rates for decades. According to the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, 2.4% of high school students received medical treatment for attempted suicide, and 7.8% attempted suicide one or more times within the year. Some groups (e.g., American Indian youth; young adults with substance use problems; children of depressed parents; youth and young adults who identify as a sexual and gender minority) are at increased risk for suicidal behaviors.

    One of the challenges in suicide prevention research is that the primary outcome of interest is multidetermined and, depending on the target population, suicide can be a low base rate occurrence. Many studies examining risk in important subgroups (e.g., racial, ethnic, sexual and gender minorities) often lack sufficient power to accurately determine the effectiveness of the intervention. Because suicidal behavior is often multidetermined, it may be that interventions addressing suicide risk factors have benefits for suicide reduction, but these benefits are not obvious in research findings, nor can the larger community know of these benefits. Pooling studies and being able to link data from individual studies to multiple data surveillance systems would be important to better understand the effectiveness of prevention strategies on outcomes such as suicide, suicide attempts, and suicide ideation. Preventing attempts and self-harm ideation would likely result in a reduction in deaths, as well as reductions in health care and social burden associated with suicidal behavior.

    Closing the research gaps related to youth suicide could lead to improved prevention strategies. The NIH is engaging in a rigorous assessment of the available scientific evidence to better understand the importance of identifying efforts that could be effective in preventing suicidal thoughts and behaviors as early as possible. The National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, and the NIH Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) are sponsoring the Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Advancing Research To Prevent Youth Suicide on March 29-30, 2016, in Bethesda, Maryland. The workshop will evaluate the current state of knowledge on youth suicide and identify opportunities for future research. Specifically, the workshop will seek to clarify the following questions:

    • Key Question 1: How can national, state, and community data systems be linked to existing data from suicide prevention efforts in order to add possible value for stakeholders? What methods are available to link the data systems?

    • Key Question 2: Which statistical methods are reliable and valid for understanding possible mediators and moderators in suicide prevention programs to improve targeting interventions to populations?

    • Key Question 3: Which statistical methods are reliable and valid for analyzing linked national, state, and community data systems and suicide prevention data to avoid misleading conclusions?

    • Key Question 4: Given the current state of research, what types of methodological/analytic advances would promote further evaluation of youth suicide prevention efforts (e.g., new approaches to data linkage; increased use of common data elements; approaches to intervention harmonization) and facilitate intervention selection and implementation decisions by local community and state-level policymakers?

    • Key Question 5: What is the way forward that will help the suicide prevention research community realize the potential benefits of early prevention? What are the immediate and longer-term research investments needed to accomplish this?

    Initial planning for each Pathways to Prevention workshop, regardless of the topic, is coordinated by a Content-Area Expert Group that nominates panelists and speakers and develops and finalizes questions that frame the workshop. After the questions are finalized, an evidence report is prepared by an Evidence-based Practice Center, through a contract with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. During the 11/2-day workshop, invited experts discuss the body of evidence, and attendees provide comments during open discussion periods. After weighing evidence from the evidence report, expert presentations, and public comments, an unbiased, independent panel prepares a draft report that identifies research gaps and future research priorities. The draft report is posted on the ODP Web site for public comment. After reviewing the public comments, the panel prepares a final report, which is also posted on the ODP Web site. The ODP then convenes a Federal Partners Meeting to review the panel report and identify possible opportunities for collaboration.

    Please Note: As part of measures to ensure the safety of NIH employees and property, all visitors must be prepared to show a photo ID upon request. Visitors may be required to pass through a metal detector and have bags, backpacks, or purses inspected or x-rayed as they enter the NIH campus. For more information about the security measures at the NIH, please visit <http://www.nih.gov/about/visitorsecurity.htm>.

    Dated: March 7, 2016. Lawrence A. Tabak, Deputy Director, National Institutes of Health.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05564 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Eye Institute; 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 Eye Institute Special Emphasis Panel; NEI RFA-EY-15-002 Factors Influencing Neural Regeneration in the Visual System.

    Date: April 7, 2016.

    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: Hilton Garden Inn Bethesda, 7301 Waverly Street, Bethesda, MD 20814.

    Contact Person: Brian Hoshaw, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, Division of Extramural Research, 5635 Fishers Lane, Suite 1300, Rockville, MD 20892, 301-451-2020, [email protected]

    Name of Committee: National Eye Institute Special Emphasis Panel; NEI Loan Repayment Program Applications.

    Date: April 7-8, 2016.

    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institute of Health, 5635 Fishers Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814 (Virtual Meeting).

    Contact Person: Anna E Mazzucco, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, Division of Extramural Research, 5635 Fishers Lane, Suite 1300, Bethesda, MD 20852, 301-594-6074, [email protected]

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.867, Vision Research, National Institutes of Health, HHS)
    Dated: March 7, 2016. Natasha M. Copeland, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05428 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Eye Institute; 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 Eye Institute Special Emphasis Panel; NEI Pathways to Independence Grant Applications (K99).

    Date: April 4-6, 2016.

    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 5635 Fishers Lane, Bethesda, MD 20892 (Virtual Meeting).

    Contact Person: Anne E. Schaffner, Ph.D., Chief, Scientific Review Branch Division of Extramural Research, National Eye Institute, 5635 Fishers Lane, Suite 1300, MSC 9300, Bethesda, MD 20892-9300, (301) 451-2020, [email protected]

    Name of Committee: National Eye Institute Special Emphasis Panel; NEI Cooperative Agreement and Clinically-Oriented Applications.

    Date: April 18, 2016.

    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate cooperative agreement applications.

    Place: Embassy Suites at the Chevy Chase Pavilion, 4300 Military Road NW., Washington, DC 20015.

    Contact Person: Anne E. Schaffner, Ph.D., Chief, Scientific Review Branch Division of Extramural Research, National Eye Institute, 5635 Fishers Lane, Suite 1300, MSC 9300, Bethesda, MD 20892-9300, (301) 451-2020, [email protected]

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.867, Vision Research, National Institutes of Health, HHS)
    Dated: March 4, 2016. Natasha M. Copeland, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05427 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

    In compliance with Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 concerning opportunity for public comment on proposed collections of information, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects. To request more information on the proposed projects or to obtain a copy of the information collection plans, call the SAMHSA Reports Clearance Officer on (240) 276-1243.

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collections of information are necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; 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.

    Proposed Project: Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration Evaluation—NEW

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality (CBHSQ) is requesting approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for new data collection activities associated with their Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (PBHCI) program.

    This information collection is needed to provide SAMHSA with objective information to document the reach and impact of the PBHCI program. The information will be used to monitor quality assurance and quality performance outcomes for organizations funded by this grant program. The information will also be used to assess the impact of services on behavioral health and physical health services for individuals served by this program.

    Collection of the information included in this request is authorized by Section 505 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 290aa-4)—Data Collection.

    SAMHSA launched the PBHCI program in FY 2009 with the understanding that adults with serious mental illness (SMI) experience heightened rates of morbidity and mortality, in large part due to elevated incidence and prevalence of risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia. These risk factors are influenced by a variety of factors, including inadequate physical activity and poor nutrition; smoking; side effects from atypical antipsychotic medications; and lack of access to health care services. Many of these health conditions are preventable through routine health promotion activities, primary care screening, monitoring, treatment and care management/coordination strategies and/or other outreach programs.

    The purpose of the PBHCI grant program is to establish projects for the provision of coordinated and integrated services through the co-location of primary and specialty care medical services in community-based behavioral health settings. The program's goal is to improve the physical health status of adults with serious mental illnesses (and those with co-occurring substance use disorders) who have or are at risk for co-occurring primary care conditions and chronic diseases.

    As the largest federal effort to implement integrated behavioral and physical health care in community behavioral health settings, SAMHSA's PBHCI program offers an unprecedented opportunity to identify which approaches to integration improve outcomes, how outcomes are shaped by the characteristics of the treatment setting and community, and which models have the greatest potential for sustainability and replication. SAMHSA awarded the first cohort of 13 PBHCI grants in fiscal year (FY) 2009, and between FY 2009 and FY 2014, SAMHSA funded a total of seven cohorts comprising 127 grants. An eighth cohort, funded in fall 2015, included 60 new grants.

    The data collection described in this request will build upon the first PBHCI evaluation and provide essential data on the implementation of integrated primary and behavioral health care, along with rigorous estimates of its effects on health.

    The Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality is requesting clearance for ten data collection instruments and forms related to the implementation and impact studies to be conducted as part of the evaluation:

    1. PBHCI grantee director survey 2. PBHCI frontline staff survey 3. Telephone interview protocol 4. On-site staff interview protocol 5. Client focus group guide 6. Data extraction tool for grantee registry/electronic health records (EHRs) 7. Initial client letter for physical exam and health assessment 8. Consent form for client physical exam and health assessment 9. Consent form for client focus group 10. Client physical exam and health assessment questionnaire

    The table below reflects the annualized hourly burden.

    Respondents/activity Number of
  • respondents
  • Responses per
  • respondent
  • Total
  • responses
  • Hours per
  • response
  • Total hour
  • burden
  • Web surveys: Grantee director 78 2 b 149 0.5 b 75 Grantee frontline staff survey 782 2 c 1,494 0.5 c 747 Phone interviews: Grantee director 60 1 60 1.0 60 Grantee director—site interview 10 2 20 2.0 40 Grantee mental health providers—site interview 40 2 80 1.0 80 Grantee primary care providers—site interview 40 2 80 1.5 120 Grantee care coordinators—site interview 20 2 40 1.5 60 Focus groups: Focus group participants 120 2 240 1.0 240 Extraction of grantee registry/EHR data 92 11 1,012 8.0 8,096 SMI clients—baseline physical exam and health assessment 2,500 1 2,500 1.0 2,500 SMI clients—follow-up physical exam and health assessment 1,750 1 1,750 1.0 1,750 Comparison group clinic director—coordination d 10 1 10 8.0 80 Total e 3,752 7,435 13,848 a Hourly wage estimates are based on salary information provided in 10 PBHCI grant proposals representing mostly urban locations across the country and represent an average across responders of each type. b Cohort VI funding ends before the administration of the second survey. Total number of responses excludes the Cohort VI directors, who will not receive the second survey. c Cohort VI funding ends before the administration of the second survey. Total number of responses excludes the Cohort VI frontline staff, who will not receive the second survey. d Includes logistical coordination between the evaluation and site staff to conduct the physical exam and health assessment as well as oversight of client recruitment. e Excludes physical exam and health assessment follow-up respondents.

    Send comments to Summer King, SAMHSA Reports Clearance Officer, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 15E57-B, Rockville, Maryland, 20857. OR email her a copy at [email protected] Written comments should be received by May 10, 2016.

    Summer King, Statistician.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05474 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4162-20-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Customs and Border Protection [1651-0054] Agency Information Collection Activities: Exportation of Used Self-Propelled Vehicles 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: Exportation of Used Self-Propelled Vehicles. 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 or 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 11, 2016 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 (80 FR 79056) on December 18, 2015, 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: Exportation of Used-Propelled Vehicles.

    OMB Number: 1651-0054.

    Abstract: CBP regulations require an individual attempting to export a used self-propelled vehicle to furnish documentation to CBP, at the port of export, the vehicle and documentation describing the vehicle, which includes the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or, if the vehicle does not have a VIN, the product identification number. Exportation of a vehicle will be permitted only upon compliance with these requirements. This requirement does not apply to vehicles that were entered into the United States under an in-bond procedure, a carnet, or temporary importation bond. The required documentation includes, but is not limited to, a Certificate of Title or a Salvage Title, the VIN, a Manufacture's Statement of Origin, etc. CBP will accept originals or certified copies of Certificate of Title. The purpose of this information is to help ensure that stolen vehicles or vehicles associated with other criminal activity are not exported.

    Collection of this information is authorized by 19 U.S.C. 1627a which provides CBP with authority to impose export reporting requirements on all used self-propelled vehicles, and by title IV, section 401 of the Anti-Car Theft Act of 1992, 19 U.S.C. 1646(c), which requires all persons exporting a used self-propelled vehicle to provide to the CBP, at least 72 hours prior to export, the VIN and proof of ownership of each automobile. This information collection is provided for by 19 CFR part 192. Further guidance regarding these requirements is provided at: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/basic_trade/export_docs/motor_vehicle.xml.

    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: Individuals and Businesses.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: 750,000.

    Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: 750,000.

    Estimated Time per Response: 10 minutes.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 125,000.

    Dated: March 7, 2016. Tracey Denning, Agency Clearance Officer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
    [FR Doc. 2016-05574 Filed 3-10-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111-14-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR-5907-N-11] Federal Property Suitable as Facilities To Assist the Homeless AGENCY:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, HUD.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    This Notice identifies unutilized, underutilized, excess, and surplus Federal property reviewed by HUD for suitability for use to assist the homeless.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Juanita Perry, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street SW., Room 7266, Washington, DC 20410; telephone (202) 402-3970; TTY number for the hearing- and speech-impaired (202) 708-2565 (these telephone numbers are not toll-free), or call the toll-free Title V information line at 800-927-7588.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    In accordance with 24 CFR part 581 and section 501 of the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 11411), as amended, HUD is publishing this Notice to identify Federal buildings and other real property that HUD has reviewed for suitability for use to assist the homeless. The properties were reviewed using information provided to HUD by Federal landholding agencies regarding unutilized and underutilized buildings and real property controlled by such agencies or by GSA regarding its inventory of excess or surplus Federal property. This Notice is also published in order to comply with the December 12, 1988 Court Order in National Coalition for the Homeless v. Veterans Administration, No. 88-2503-OG (D.D.C.).

    Properties reviewed are listed in this Notice according to the following categories: Suitable/available, suitable/unavailable, and suitable/to be excess, and unsuitable. The properties listed in the three suitable categories have been reviewed by the landholding agencies, and each agency has transmitted to HUD: (1) Its intention to make the property available for use to assist the homeless, (2) its intention to declare the property excess to the agency's needs, or (3) a statement of the reasons that the property cannot be declared excess or made available for use as facilities to assist the homeless.

    Properties listed as suitable/available will be available exclusively for homeless use for a period of 60 days from the date of this Notice. Where property is described as for “off-site use only” recipients of the property will be required to relocate the building to their own site at their own expense. Homeless assistance providers interested in any such property should send a written expression of interest to HHS, addressed to: Ms. Theresa M. Ritta, Chief Real Property Branch, the Department of Health and Human Services, Room 5B-17, Parklawn Building, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, (301)-443-2265 (This is not a toll-free number). HHS will mail to the interested provider an application packet, which will include instructions for completing the application. In order to maximize the opportunity to utilize a suitable property, providers should submit their written expressions of interest as soon as possible. For complete details concerning the processing of applications, the reader is encouraged to refer to the interim rule governing this program, 24 CFR part 581.

    For properties listed as suitable/to be excess, that property may, if subsequently accepted as excess by GSA, be made available for use by the homeless in accordance with applicable law, subject to screening for other Federal use. At the appropriate time, HUD will publish the property in a Notice showing it as either suitable/available or suitable/unavailable.

    For properties listed as suitable/unavailable, the landholding agency has decided that the property cannot be declared excess or made available for use to assist the homeless, and the property will not be available.

    Properties listed as unsuitable will not be made available for any other purpose for 20 days from the date of this Notice. Homeless assistance providers interested in a review by HUD of the determination of unsuitability should call the toll free information line at 1-800-927-7588 for detailed instructions or write a letter to Ann Marie Oliva at the address listed at the beginning of this Notice. Included in the request for review should be the property address (including zip code), the date of publication in the Federal Register, the landholding agency, and the property number.

    For more information regarding particular properties identified in this Notice (i.e., acreage, floor plan, existing sanitary facilities, exact street address), providers should contact the appropriate landholding agencies at the following addresses: AGRICULTURE: Ms. Debra Kerr, Department of Agriculture, Reporters Building, 300 7th Street SW., Room 300, Washington, DC 20024, (202) 720-8873; ENERGY: Mr. David Steinau, Department of Energy, Office of Property Management, OECM MA-50, 4B122, 1000 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20585, (202) 287-1503; GSA: Mr. Flavio Peres, General Services Administration, Office of Real Property Utilization and Disposal, 1800 F Street NW., Room 7040 Washington, DC 20405, (202) 501-0084; INTERIOR: Mr. Michael Wright, Acquisition & Property Management, Department of the Interior, 3960 N. 56th Ave. #104, Hollywood, FL 33021, (443) 223-4639; NASA: Mr. Frank T. Bellinger, Facilities Engineering Division, National Aeronautics & Space Administration, Code JX, Washington, DC 20546, (202)-358-1124; NAVY: Mr. Steve Matteo, Department of the Navy, Asset Management Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Washington Navy Yard, 1330 Patterson Ave. SW., Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20374, (202) 685-9426; VA: Ms. Jessica L. Kaplan, Department of Veteran Affairs, 810 Vermont Ave. NW., (0031E), Washington, DC 20420, (202) 632-5831 (These are not toll-free numbers).

    Dated: March 3, 2016. Brian P. Fitzmaurice, Director, Division of Community Assistance, <E T="03">Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs.</E> TITLE V, FEDERAL SURPLUS PROPERTY PROGRAM FEDERAL REGISTER REPORT FOR 03/11/2016 Suitable/Available Properties Building California Buck Hotshot Office RPUID: B113 24545 Highway 120 Groveland CA 95321 Landholding Agency: Agriculture Property Number: 15201610018 Status: Excess Directions: Site 5401, Building 2205, Groveland RS Comments: off-site removal only; 33+ yrs. old; 2,000 sq. ft.; storage; beyond economical repair; contact Agriculture for more information. Buck Meadow Bone Yard RPUID: B1 24545 Hwy 120 Groveland CA 95321 Landholding Agency: Agriculture Property Number: 15201610021 Status: Excess Directions: Site 5401, Building 2114, Groveland RS Comments: off-site removal only; 83+ yrs. old; 2,400 sq. ft.; office/warehouse; beyond economical repair; contact Agriculture for more information. Florida Tract 104-113/M.R.D. Properties 98710 Overseas Highway Key Largo FL 33037 Landholding Agency: Interior Property Number: 61201610003 Status: Excess Comments: off-site removal only; 90+ yrs. old; 1,439 sq. ft.; office; poor condition; contact Interior for more information. Louisiana 3 Buildings & 12.9 Fee Acres 400 Edwards Ave./Harahan FSS Depot Elmwood LA 70123 Landholding Agency: GSA Property Number: 54201610009 Status: Surplus GSA Number: 7-G-LA-0532-AA Directions: Warehouse 201,964.79 sq ft.; office/garage 5,034.67 sq ft.; pump house 1,493.33 sq ft. Comments: 47+ yrs. old; warehouse storage; roof leaks; walls deteriorated; contact GSA for more information. New York 5 Buildings Jamaica Bay Unit, Floyd Bennett Field Brooklyn NY 11234 Landholding Agency: Interior Property Number: 61201610004 Status: Excess Directions: Building's 129, 130, 131, 132, 132A Comments: off-site removal only; 50+ yrs. old; 45,463 sq. ft.; 20+ yrs. vacant; plant; residential; office; poor conditions; contact Interior for more information. Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) Transitional Residences 113 Holland Avenue Albany NY 12208 Landholding Agency: VA Property Number: 97201610001 Status: Unutilized Comments: 85+ yrs. old; 1,636 sq. ft.; residential; heating system inefficient; no future agency need; contact VA for more information. Compensated Work Therapy Property (CWT) Transitional Residences 223 Delaware Ave., Delmar NY 12054 Landholding Agency: VA Property Number: 97201610002 Status: Unutilized Comments: 124+ yrs. old; 1,720 sq. ft.; residential; heating system inefficient; no future agency need; contact VA for more information. Compensated Work Therapy Property (CWT) Transitional Residences 893 5th Avenue Troy NY 12181 Landholding Agency: VA Property Number: 97201610003 Status: Unutilized Directions: Sits on 0.06 acres of land Comments: 85+ yrs. old; 2,280 sq. ft.; residential; water damage to walls; no future agency need; contact VA for more information. Virginia BG John Cropper Memorial Center R1 & R2 Kearsarge Circle Wallops Island VA 23337 Landholding Agency: Navy Property Number: 77201610026 Status: Unutilized Directions: Sits on 5.3 Acres of land Comments: 46+ yrs. old; 16,654 sq. ft.; vacant 1 mo.; storage; no future agency need; contact Navy for more information. Washington Norwood Garden Shed 5001 (274009010602) 17 Liscumm Road Quinault WA 98575 Landholding Agency: Agriculture Property Number: 15201610022 Status: Excess Directions: 07665 00 Comments: off-site removal only; 36+ yrs. old; 358 sq. ft.; 4+ mos. vacant; storage; poor conditions; failing roof; contact Agriculture for more information. USARC Moses Lake Arnold Dr., at Newell St., Building 4306 Moses Lake WA 98837 Landholding Agency: GSA Property Number: 54201610010 Status: Excess GSA Number: 9-I-WA-1141 Directions: Sits on 2.86 acres; Disposal Agency: GSA; Landholding Agency: Nat'l Park Service Comments: 62+ yrs. old; 4,499 sq. ft.; boys & girls club; 4+ yrs. vacant; roof needs repairs; contact GSA for more information. Unsuitable Properties Building Alaska Annette Island WSO NWS Compound Annette AK 99920 Landholding Agency: GSA Property Number: 54201610007 Status: Excess GSA Number: 9-C-AK-00017-S Directions: Landholding Agency: NOAA; Disposal Agency: GSA Comments: property is inaccessible because it is located on a (small) off-shore island; Annette Island is an extremely remote part of rural Alaska in the Alletuain Island chain. Reasons: Isolated area California NASA/BE 1071/SAP Property ID 2 Map Grid N27, South Perimeter Road NASA Ames Research Ce CA Landholding Agency: NASA Property Number: 71201610004 Status: Unutilized Directions: Property name Public Works Riggers Shop, No. 343; Sits on 1,785 sq. ft. of land Comments: public access denied and no alternative method to gain access without compromising national security;