Federal Register Vol. 81, No.79,

Federal Register Volume 81, Issue 79 (April 25, 2016)

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81 FR 24036 - Suspension of Community EligibilityPDF
81 FR 24096 - Sunshine Act MeetingsPDF
81 FR 24147 - Sunshine Act MeetingPDF
81 FR 24135 - Sunshine Act Meeting NoticePDF
81 FR 24150 - Order of Suspension of Trading; in the Matter of CelLynx Group, Inc., Dot VN, Inc., and Global Health Voyager, Inc.PDF
81 FR 24150 - Order of Suspension of Trading; In the Matter of Gold Hills Mining, Ltd., Massive Dynamics, Inc., Medisafe 1 Technologies Corp., and MDU Communications International, Inc.PDF
81 FR 24149 - Sunshine Act MeetingPDF
81 FR 24068 - Board of Regents, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee MeetingPDF
81 FR 24038 - Hazardous Materials Table, Special Provisions, Hazardous Materials Communications, Emergency Response Information, Training Requirements, and Security PlansPDF
81 FR 24089 - Proposed Issuance of NPDES General Permit for Idaho Drinking Water Treatment Facilities (Permit Number IDG380000)PDF
81 FR 24158 - Release of Waybill DataPDF
81 FR 24176 - Commission on CarePDF
81 FR 24069 - Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
81 FR 24093 - Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, Commonwealth of PennsylvaniaPDF
81 FR 24155 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Request and Comment RequestPDF
81 FR 24130 - Public Safety Bomb Suit Standard, NIJ Standard-0117.01PDF
81 FR 24131 - Comment Request for Information Collection for the Ready to Work Partnership Grants Evaluation, New CollectionPDF
81 FR 24054 - Agency Information Collection Activities-Identifying Program Components and Practices That Influence Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Application Processing Timeliness RatesPDF
81 FR 24090 - Agency Information Collection Activities OMB ResponsesPDF
81 FR 24173 - Funding Opportunity for America's Marine Highways ProjectsPDF
81 FR 24052 - 1994 Tribal Scholars Program; Notice of Request for Reinstatement of a Previously Approved CollectionPDF
81 FR 24139 - Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards; Notice of MeetingPDF
81 FR 24105 - Announcement of the Intent To Award Single-Source Cooperative Agreement to the University of Southern California, Department of Family Medicine and Geriatrics, National Center on Elder AbusePDF
81 FR 24044 - Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various CommoditiesPDF
81 FR 24136 - Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc.; Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power StationPDF
81 FR 24119 - National Advisory Council; MeetingPDF
81 FR 24141 - Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc.; Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power StationPDF
81 FR 24009 - Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Refrigerated Bottled or Canned Beverage Vending Machines; CorrectionPDF
81 FR 24145 - Service Contracts InventoryPDF
81 FR 24130 - Amended Certification Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment AssistancePDF
81 FR 24084 - Environmental Management Advisory Board MeetingPDF
81 FR 24146 - Submission for OMB Review; Comments RequestPDF
81 FR 24083 - Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, Northern New MexicoPDF
81 FR 24059 - Ferrovanadium From the Republic of Korea: Initiation of Less-Than-Fair-Value InvestigationPDF
81 FR 24105 - Disease, Disability, and Injury Prevention and Control Special Emphasis Panel (SEP): Initial ReviewPDF
81 FR 24070 - Proposed Collection; Comment RequestPDF
81 FR 24063 - Endangered Species; File No. 17183PDF
81 FR 24127 - Proposed Information Collection; National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program ApplicationPDF
81 FR 24057 - Siuslaw Resource Advisory CommitteePDF
81 FR 24170 - Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; VisionPDF
81 FR 24058 - Materials Processing Equipment Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed MeetingPDF
81 FR 24047 - World Trade Center Health Program; Petition 011-Autoimmune Diseases; Finding of Insufficient EvidencePDF
81 FR 24065 - Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous FishPDF
81 FR 24022 - Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Red River, Alexandria, LAPDF
81 FR 24063 - Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
81 FR 24090 - Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Printing and Publishing Industry (Renewal)PDF
81 FR 24092 - Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times for Existing Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (Renewal)PDF
81 FR 24088 - Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Distribution of Offsite Consequence Analysis Information Under Section 112(r)(7)(H) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), as Amended (Renewal)PDF
81 FR 24091 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Assessment of Environmental Performance Standards and Ecolabels for Federal Procurement; Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment RequestPDF
81 FR 24024 - Safety Zone; Newport Beach Harbor Grand Canal Bridge Construction; Newport Beach, CAPDF
81 FR 24022 - Safety Zone; Pacific Ocean, North Shore Oahu, HI-Recovery OperationsPDF
81 FR 24053 - Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Alimentarius CommissionPDF
81 FR 24158 - Northwest Tennessee Regional Port Authority-Construction and Operation Exemption-in Lake County, Tenn.PDF
81 FR 24158 - West Branch Intermediate Holdings, LLC and Continental Rail, LLC-Continuance in Control Exemption-Central Gulf Acquisition CompanyPDF
81 FR 24128 - Notice of Inventory Completion: Utah Museum of Natural History, Salt Lake City, UTPDF
81 FR 24135 - Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities; Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel Advisory CommitteePDF
81 FR 24147 - Section 407 ProceedingPDF
81 FR 24128 - Certain Height-Adjustable Desk Platforms and Components Thereof; Institution of InvestigationPDF
81 FR 24094 - Information Collections Being Submitted for Review and Approval to the Office of Management and BudgetPDF
81 FR 24095 - Information Collection Being Reviewed by the Federal Communications CommissionPDF
81 FR 24050 - Petition for Declaratory Ruling Filed by National Cable & Telecommunications Association and American Cable AssociationPDF
81 FR 24132 - QPS Evaluation Services: Grant of Expansion of RecognitionPDF
81 FR 24161 - Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications; Diabetes MellitusPDF
81 FR 24108 - Request for Public Comment: 60-Day Information Collection: Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act ContractsPDF
81 FR 24067 - Measuring Cross-Border Data Flows: Unmet Data Needs RoundtablePDF
81 FR 24097 - Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding CompaniesPDF
81 FR 24101 - Change in Bank Control Notices; Acquisitions of Shares of a Bank or Bank Holding CompanyPDF
81 FR 24129 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed eCollection; eComments Requested: OSC Charge FormPDF
81 FR 24158 - Tribal Transportation Self-Governance ProgramPDF
81 FR 24126 - Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey; South DakotaPDF
81 FR 24096 - Agency Information Collection Activities: Announcement of Board Approval Under Delegated Authority and Submission to OMBPDF
81 FR 24038 - Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Gag Management MeasuresPDF
81 FR 24132 - Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee (WPAC) Charter RenewalPDF
81 FR 24125 - Renewal of Agency Information Collection for Grazing PermitsPDF
81 FR 24133 - QPS Evaluation Services Inc.: Grant of Renewal and Expansion of RecognitionPDF
81 FR 24104 - Information Collection; BankruptcyPDF
81 FR 24103 - Information Collection; Commerce Patent RegulationsPDF
81 FR 24068 - Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act; Compliance FormPDF
81 FR 24176 - Notice of Meeting; Open SessionPDF
81 FR 24087 - James and Sharon Jans; Notice of Application Accepted for Filing, Soliciting Comments, Motions To Intervene, and ProtestsPDF
81 FR 24085 - White Oak Solar, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based Rate Filing Includes Request for Blanket Section 204 AuthorizationPDF
81 FR 24087 - Interconnect Solar Development LLC; Notice of Petition for EnforcementPDF
81 FR 24084 - Combined Notice of Filings #2PDF
81 FR 24085 - Combined Notice of Filings #1PDF
81 FR 24086 - Records Governing Off-the-Record Communications; Public NoticePDF
81 FR 24026 - Expanded Access to Non-VA Care Through the Veterans Choice Program; CorrectionPDF
81 FR 24059 - Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee Public MeetingPDF
81 FR 24064 - Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; National Estuaries Restoration InventoryPDF
81 FR 24033 - Suspension of Community EligibilityPDF
81 FR 24037 - Final Flood Elevation DeterminationsPDF
81 FR 24113 - Proposed Flood Hazard DeterminationsPDF
81 FR 24120 - Final Flood Hazard DeterminationsPDF
81 FR 24110 - National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; Notice of Closed MeetingPDF
81 FR 24113 - National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research; Notice of Closed MeetingPDF
81 FR 24110 - National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; Notice of Closed MeetingsPDF
81 FR 24110 - National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; Notice of Closed MeetingsPDF
81 FR 24111 - Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) Notice of MeetingPDF
81 FR 24111 - National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health; Notice of MeetingPDF
81 FR 24112 - National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors; Announcement of Meeting; Request for CommentsPDF
81 FR 24109 - Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health Notice of MeetingPDF
81 FR 24122 - Changes in Flood Hazard DeterminationsPDF
81 FR 24116 - Changes in Flood Hazard DeterminationsPDF
81 FR 24101 - Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment RequestPDF
81 FR 24097 - Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment RequestPDF
81 FR 24151 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Adopt the CHX SNAP Incentive ProgramPDF
81 FR 24153 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; C2 Options Exchange, Incorporated; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule to Amend the Fees SchedulePDF
81 FR 24148 - Self-Regulatory Organizations; NASDAQ PHLX LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of Proposed Rule Change To Delete Obsolete RulesPDF
81 FR 24030 - Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; AR; Redesignation of the Crittenden County, 2008 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area to AttainmentPDF
81 FR 24107 - Determination That THALITONE (Chlorthalidone USP) Tablets, 15 Milligrams, Were Not Withdrawn From Sale for Reasons of Safety or EffectivenessPDF
81 FR 24106 - Assay Development and Validation for Immunogenicity Testing of Therapeutic Protein Products; Revised Draft Guidance for Industry; AvailabilityPDF
81 FR 24058 - Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
81 FR 24171 - Petition for Waiver of CompliancePDF
81 FR 24172 - Petition for Waiver of CompliancePDF
81 FR 24041 - Refurbishing, Reconditioning, Rebuilding, Remarketing, Remanufacturing, and Servicing of Medical Devices Performed by Third-Party Entities and Original Equipment Manufacturers; Extension of Comment PeriodPDF
81 FR 24057 - Submission for OMB Review; Comment RequestPDF
81 FR 24070 - Applications for New Awards; Investing in Innovation Fund-Development GrantsPDF
81 FR 24012 - Airworthiness Directives; Kaman Aerospace CorporationPDF
81 FR 24385 - Banned Devices; Proposal To Ban Electrical Stimulation Devices Used To Treat Self-Injurious or Aggressive BehaviorPDF
81 FR 24027 - Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Attainment Plan for the Lower Beaver Valley Nonattainment Area for the 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality StandardsPDF
81 FR 24029 - Approval of California Air Plan Revisions, San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control DistrictPDF
81 FR 24419 - Supplemental Finding That It Is Appropriate and Necessary To Regulate Hazardous Air Pollutants From Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating UnitsPDF
81 FR 24347 - Child and Adult Care Food Program: Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010PDF
81 FR 24229 - Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities Proposed Rule for FY 2017, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, SNF Quality Reporting Program, and SNF Payment Models ResearchPDF
81 FR 24177 - Medicare Program; Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System for Federal Fiscal Year 2017PDF
81 FR 24014 - Examples of Program-Related InvestmentsPDF
81 FR 24019 - Mandatory Declassification Review ProgramPDF
81 FR 24042 - Mandatory Declassification Review ProgramPDF
81 FR 24010 - Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada HelicoptersPDF
81 FR 24281 - Connect America Fund, ETC Annual Reports and Certifications, Developing a Unified Intercarrier Compensation RegimePDF

Issue

81 79 Monday, April 25, 2016 Contents Agriculture Agriculture Department See

Food and Nutrition Service

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Food Safety and Inspection Service

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Forest Service

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Office of Advocacy and Outreach

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Rural Housing Service

Centers Disease Centers for Disease Control and Prevention PROPOSED RULES World Trade Center Health Program: Petition 011 -- Autoimmune Diseases; Finding of Insufficient Evidence, 24047-24050 2016-09527 NOTICES Meetings: Disease, Disability, and Injury Prevention and Control Special Emphasis Panel, 24105 2016-09535 2016-09536 Centers Medicare Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services PROPOSED RULES Medicare Program: Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System for Federal Fiscal Year 2017, 24178-24227 2016-09397 Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities Proposed Rule for FY 2017, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, SNF Quality Reporting Program, and SNF Payment Models Research, 24230-24280 2016-09399 Coast Guard Coast Guard RULES Drawbridge Operations: Red River, Alexandria, LA, 24022 2016-09524 Safety Zones: Newport Beach Harbor Grand Canal Bridge Construction; Newport Beach, CA, 24024-24026 2016-09518 Pacific Ocean, North Shore Oahu, HI; Recovery Operations, 24022-24024 2016-09517 Commerce Commerce Department See

Industry and Security Bureau

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International Trade Administration

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Community Living Administration Community Living Administration NOTICES Intent to Award Single-Source Cooperative Agreement: University of Southern California, Department of Family Medicine and Geriatrics, National Center on Elder Abuse, 24105-24106 2016-09560 Consumer Product Consumer Product Safety Commission NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act; Compliance Form, 24068 2016-09485 Defense Department Defense Department NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 24069-24070 2016-09534 2016-09582 Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Bankruptcy, 24104-24105 2016-09487 Commerce Patent Regulations, 24103-24104 2016-09486 Meetings: Board of Regents, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 24068-24069 2016-09622 Education Department Education Department NOTICES Applications for New Awards: Investing in Innovation Fund -- Development Grants, 24070-24083 2016-09436 Employment and Training Employment and Training Administration NOTICES Worker Adjustment Assistance; Amended Certifications: Magnetation LLC, Keewatin, MN, 24130 2016-09552 Energy Department Energy Department See

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

RULES Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Refrigerated Bottled or Canned Beverage Vending Machines; Correction, 24009-24010 2016-09555 NOTICES Meetings: Environmental Management Advisory Board, 24084 2016-09542 Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, Northern New Mexico, 24083-24084 2016-09540
Environmental Protection Environmental Protection Agency RULES Air Quality State Implementation Plans; Approvals and Promulgations: Arkansas; Redesignation of the Crittenden County, 2008 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area to Attainment, 24030-24033 2016-09451 California; San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District, 24029-24030 2016-09430 Pennsylvania; Attainment Plan for the Lower Beaver Valley Nonattainment Area for the 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards, 24027-24029 2016-09432 Hazardous Air Pollutants from Coal- and Oil-Fired Electric Utility Steam Generating Units, 24420-24452 2016-09429 PROPOSED RULES Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities, 24044-24047 2016-09559 NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 24090 2016-09568 Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Assessment of Environmental Performance Standards and Ecolabels for Federal Procurement, 24091-24092 2016-09519 Distribution of Offsite Consequence Analysis Information under the Clean Air Act, 24088-24089 2016-09520 Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times for Existing Municipal Solid Waste Landfills, 24092-24093 2016-09521 NESHAP for Printing and Publishing Industry, 24090-24091 2016-09522 Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Pennsylvania; Authorized Program Revision Approval, 24093-24094 2016-09578 Proposed Issuance of NPDES General Permit for Idaho Drinking Water Treatment Facilities, 24089-24090 2016-09602 Federal Aviation Federal Aviation Administration RULES Airworthiness Directives: Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Helicopters, 24010-24012 2016-09236 Kaman Aerospace Corporation, 24012-24014 2016-09434 Federal Communications Federal Communications Commission RULES Connect America Fund, ETC Annual Reports and Certifications, Developing a Unified Intercarrier Compensation Regime, 24282-24346 2016-08375 PROPOSED RULES Petition for Declaratory Ruling filed by National Cable and Telecommunications Association and American Cable Association, 24050-24051 2016-09504 NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 24094-24096 2016-09506 2016-09507 Federal Election Federal Election Commission NOTICES Meetings; Sunshine Act, 24096 2016-09727 Federal Emergency Federal Emergency Management Agency RULES Final Flood Elevation Determinations, 24037-24038 2016-09470 Suspension of Community Eligibility, 24033-24037 2016-09471 C1--2016--07093 NOTICES Changes in Flood Hazard Determinations, 24116-24119, 24122-24125 2016-09458 2016-09459 Final Flood Hazard Determinations, 24120-24122 2016-09468 Meetings: National Advisory Council, 24119-24120 2016-09557 Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations, 24113-24116 2016-09469 Federal Energy Federal Energy Regulatory Commission NOTICES Combined Filings, 24084-24085 2016-09477 2016-09478 Hydroelectric Applications: James and Sharon Jans, 24087-24088 2016-09481 Initial Market-Based Rate Filings Including Requests for Blanket Section 204 Authorizations: White Oak Solar, LLC, 24085-24086 2016-09480 Petitions for Enforcement: Interconnect Solar Development LLC, 24087 2016-09479 Records Governing Off-the-Record Communications, 24086-24087 2016-09476 Federal Highway Federal Highway Administration NOTICES Tribal Transportation Self-Governance Program, 24158-24161 2016-09496 Federal Motor Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration NOTICES Qualification of Drivers; Exemption Applications: Diabetes Mellitus, 24161-24170 2016-09502 Vision, 24170-24171 2016-09529 Federal Railroad Federal Railroad Administration NOTICES Petitions for Waivers of Compliance, 24171-24173 2016-09444 2016-09445 Federal Reserve Federal Reserve System NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 24096-24103 2016-09456 2016-09457 2016-09492 Changes in Bank Control: Acquisitions of Shares of a Bank or Bank Holding Company, 24101 2016-09498 Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies, 24097 2016-09499 Food and Drug Food and Drug Administration PROPOSED RULES Banned Devices: Electrical Stimulation Devices Used to Treat Self-Injurious or Aggressive Behavior, 24386-24418 2016-09433 Refurbishing, Reconditioning, Rebuilding, Remarketing, Remanufacturing, and Servicing of Medical Devices Performed by Third-Party Entities and Original Equipment Manufacturers; Extension of Comment Period, 24041-24042 2016-09443 NOTICES Determinations That Products Were Not Withdrawn from Sale for Reasons of Safety or Effectiveness: THALITONE (Chlorthalidone USP) Tablets, 15 Milligrams, 24107-24108 2016-09450 Guidance: Assay Development and Validation for Immunogenicity Testing of Therapeutic Protein Products, 24106-24107 2016-09449 Food and Nutrition Food and Nutrition Service RULES Child and Adult Care Programs: Meal Pattern Revisions Related to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, 24348-24383 2016-09412 NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Identifying Program Components and Practices that Influence Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Application Processing Timeliness Rates, 24054-24057 2016-09569 Food Safety Food Safety and Inspection Service NOTICES Meetings: Codex Alimentarius Commission, 24053-24054 2016-09516 Forest Forest Service NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 24057-24058 2016-09440 Meetings: Siuslaw Resource Advisory Committee, 24057 2016-09530 General Services General Services Administration NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Bankruptcy, 24104-24105 2016-09487 Commerce Patent Regulations, 24103-24104 2016-09486 Health and Human Health and Human Services Department See

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

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Community Living Administration

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Food and Drug Administration

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Indian Health Service

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National Institutes of Health

Homeland Homeland Security Department See

Coast Guard

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Federal Emergency Management Agency

Indian Affairs Indian Affairs Bureau NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Grazing Permits, 24125-24126 2016-09489 Indian Health Indian Health Service NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act Contracts, 24108-24109 2016-09501 Industry Industry and Security Bureau NOTICES Meetings: Materials Processing Equipment Technical Advisory Committee, 24058-24059 2016-09528 Interior Interior Department See

Indian Affairs Bureau

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Land Management Bureau

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National Park Service

Internal Revenue Internal Revenue Service RULES Examples of Program-Related Investments, 24014-24019 2016-09396 International Trade Adm International Trade Administration NOTICES Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Investigations, Orders, or Reviews: Ferrovanadium from the Republic of Korea, 24059-24063 2016-09537 Meetings: Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee, 24059 2016-09474 International Trade Com International Trade Commission NOTICES Investigations; Determinations, Modifications, and Rulings, etc.: Certain Height-Adjustable Desk Platforms and Components Thereof, 24128-24129 2016-09508 Justice Department Justice Department See

Justice Programs Office

NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: OSC Charge Form, 24129-24130 2016-09497
Justice Programs Justice Programs Office NOTICES Public Safety Bomb Suit Standard, 24130 2016-09572 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: Ready to Work Partnership Grants Evaluation, 24131 2016-09571
Land Land Management Bureau NOTICES Plats of Survey: South Dakota, 24126-24127 2016-09494 2016-09495 Maritime Maritime Administration NOTICES Funding Opportunities: America's Marine Highways Projects, 24173-24176 2016-09563 NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Bankruptcy, 24104-24105 2016-09487 Commerce Patent Regulations, 24103-24104 2016-09486 National Foundation National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities NOTICES Meetings: Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities; Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel Advisory Committee, 24135 2016-09512 National Institute National Institutes of Health NOTICES Meetings: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 24111 2016-09463 National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, 24111 2016-09462 National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 24110 2016-09464 National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, 24110 2016-09465 National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 24113 2016-09466 National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 24110-24111 2016-09467 National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors, 24112-24113 2016-09461 Office of the Director, 24109-24110 2016-09460 National Intelligence National Intelligence, Office of the National Director RULES Mandatory Declassification Review Program, 24019-24022 2016-09252 PROPOSED RULES Mandatory Declassification Review Program, 24042-24044 2016-09251 National Oceanic National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RULES Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic: Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Gag Management Measures, 24038-24040 2016-09491 NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 24063-24064 2016-09523 Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: National Estuaries Restoration Inventory, 24064-24065 2016-09473 Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish, 24065-24067 2016-09526 Permits: Endangered Species; File No. 17183, 24063 2016-09532 National Park National Park Service NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program Application, 24127-24128 2016-09531 Inventory Completions: Utah Museum of Natural History, Salt Lake City, UT, 24128 2016-09513 National Telecommunications National Telecommunications and Information Administration NOTICES Meetings: Measuring Cross-Border Data Flows -- Unmet Data Needs Roundtable, 24067 2016-09500 Nuclear Regulatory Nuclear Regulatory Commission NOTICES Exemption Issuance: Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc., Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station, 24136-24139, 24141-24145 2016-09556 2016-09558 Meetings: Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards, 24139-24140 2016-09561 Meetings; Sunshine Act, 24135-24136 2016-09649 Service Contracts Inventory, 24145-24146 2016-09554 Occupational Safety Health Adm Occupational Safety and Health Administration NOTICES Charter Renewals: Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee, 24132 2016-09490 Expansions of Recognition: QPS Evaluation Services, 24132-24133 2016-09503 Grants of Renewal and Expansion of Recognition: QPS Evaluation Services Inc., 24133-24135 2016-09488 Advocacy Outreach Office of Advocacy and Outreach NOTICES 1994 Tribal Scholars Program, 24052-24053 2016-09562 Overseas Overseas Private Investment Corporation NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 24146-24147 2016-09541 Pipeline Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration RULES Hazardous Materials Table, Special Provisions, Hazardous Materials Communications, Emergency Response Information, Training Requirements, and Security Plans; CFR Correction, 24038 2016-09615 Postal Regulatory Postal Regulatory Commission NOTICES Proceedings, 24147 2016-09511 Rural Housing Service Rural Housing Service NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 24058 2016-09447 Securities Securities and Exchange Commission NOTICES Meetings; Sunshine Act, 24147-24150 2016-09593 2016-09644 2016-09714 Self-Regulatory Organizations; Proposed Rule Changes: C2 Options Exchange, Inc., 24153-24155 2016-09454 Chicago Stock Exchange, Inc., 24151-24153 2016-09455 NASDAQ PHLX, LLC, 24148-24149 2016-09453 Trading Suspension Orders: CelLynx Group, Inc., et al., 24150-24151 2016-09646 Gold Hills Mining, Ltd., et al., 24150 2016-09645 Social Social Security Administration NOTICES Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals, 24155-24158 2016-09573 Surface Transportation Surface Transportation Board NOTICES Construction and Operation Exemptions: Northwest Tennessee Regional Port Authority, Lake County, TN, 24158 2016-09515 Continuance in Control Exemptions: West Branch Intermediate Holdings, LLC and Continental Rail, LLC; Central Gulf Acquisition Co., 24158 2016-09514 Release of Waybill Data, 24158 2016-09589 Transportation Department Transportation Department See

Federal Aviation Administration

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Federal Highway Administration

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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

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Federal Railroad Administration

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Maritime Administration

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Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

Treasury Treasury Department See

Internal Revenue Service

U.S. Institute United States Institute of Peace NOTICES Meetings: United States Institute of Peace, 24176 2016-09484 Veteran Affairs Veterans Affairs Department RULES Expanded Access to Non-VA Care through the Veterans Choice Program; Correction, 24026-24027 2016-09475 NOTICES Meetings: Commission on Care, 24176 2016-09583 Separate Parts In This Issue Part II Health and Human Services Department, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 24178-24227 2016-09397 Part III Health and Human Services Department, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 24230-24280 2016-09399 Part IV Federal Communications Commission, 24282-24346 2016-08375 Part V Agriculture Department, Food and Nutrition Service, 24348-24383 2016-09412 Part VI Health and Human Services Department, Food and Drug Administration, 24386-24418 2016-09433 Part VII Environmental Protection Agency, 24420-24452 2016-09429 Reader Aids

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81 79 Monday, April 25, 2016 Rules and Regulations DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY 10 CFR Part 429 [Docket Number EERE-2013-BT-STD-0022] RIN 1904-AD00 Energy Conservation Program: Energy Conservation Standards for Refrigerated Bottled or Canned Beverage Vending Machines; Correction AGENCY:

Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Department of Energy.

ACTION:

Final rule; correcting amendment.

SUMMARY:

On January 8, 2016, the U.S. Department of Energy published a final rule amending energy conservation standards for bottled and refrigerated beverage vending machines (beverage vending machines). This correction addresses a technical error in that final rule.

DATES:

Effective April 25, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. John Cymbalsky, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Building Technologies Office, EE-5B, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 287-1692. Email: [email protected] Ms. Sarah Butler, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel, GC-33, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585-0121. Telephone: (202) 586-1777. Email: [email protected]
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule in the Federal Register on January 8, 2016 (“the January 2016 final rule”) amending and establishing energy conservation standards for beverage vending machines. (81 FR 1027). As part of that final rule, DOE amended 10 CFR 429.134 to add a paragraph (g), which addresses product-specific enforcement provisions that DOE will use to verify the appropriate equipment class and refrigerated volume during enforcement testing for beverage vending machines. This correction addresses the placement of those provisions under 10 CFR 429.134 at paragraph (g). At the time of publication of the January 2015 final rule, 10 CFR 429.134(g) already existed. In order to remedy this error, DOE is issuing this final rule correction to add these provisions at 10 CFR 429.134(j).

Correction

In final rule FR Doc. 2015-33074, published in the issue of Wednesday, January 8, 2016 (81 FR 1027), make the following correction:

On page 1112, in the second and third columns, remove amendatory instruction 3.

List of Subjects in 10 CFR Part 429

Confidential business information, Energy conservation, Household appliances, Imports, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

For the reasons set forth in the preamble, 10 CFR part 429 is corrected as follows:

PART 429—CERTIFICATION, COMPLIANCE, AND ENFORCEMENT FOR CONSUMER PRODUCTS AND COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT 1. The authority citation for part 429 continues to read as follows: Authority:

42 U.S.C. 6291-6317.

2. Section 429.134 is amended by adding paragraph (j) to read as follows:
§ 429.134 Product-specific enforcement provisions.

(j) Refrigerated bottled or canned beverage vending mMachines—(1) Verification of refrigerated volume. The refrigerated volume (V) of each tested unit of the basic model will be measured pursuant to the test requirements of 10 CFR 431.296. The results of the measurement(s) will be compared to the representative value of refrigerated volume certified by the manufacturer. The certified refrigerated volume will be considered valid only if the measurement(s) (either the measured refrigerated volume for a single unit sample or the average of the measured refrigerated volumes for a multiple unit sample) is within five percent of the certified refrigerated volume.

(i) If the representative value of refrigerated volume is found to be valid, the certified refrigerated volume will be used as the basis for calculation of maximum daily energy consumption for the basic model.

(ii) If the representative value of refrigerated volume is found to be invalid, the average measured refrigerated volume determined from the tested unit(s) will serve as the basis for calculation of maximum daily energy consumption for the tested basic model.

(2) Verification of surface area, transparent, and non-transparent areas. The percent transparent surface area on the front side of the basic model will be measured pursuant to these requirements for the purposes of determining whether a given basic model meets the definition of Class A or Combination A, as presented at 10 CFR 431.292. The transparent and non-transparent surface areas shall be determined on the front side of the beverage vending machine at the outermost surfaces of the beverage vending machine cabinet, from edge to edge, excluding any legs or other protrusions that extend beyond the dimensions of the primary cabinet. Determine the transparent and non-transparent areas on each side of a beverage vending machine as described in paragraphs (j)(2)(i) and (ii) of this section. For combination vending machines, disregard the surface area surrounding any refrigerated compartments that are not designed to be refrigerated (as demonstrated by the presence of temperature controls), whether or not it is transparent. Determine the percent transparent surface area on the front side of the beverage vending machine as a ratio of the measured transparent area on that side divided by the sum of the measured transparent and non-transparent areas, multiplying the result by 100.

(i) Determination of transparent area. Determine the total surface area that is transparent as the sum of all surface areas on the front side of a beverage vending machine that meet the definition of transparent at 10 CFR 431.292. When determining whether or not a particular wall segment is transparent, transparency should be determined for the aggregate performance of all the materials between the refrigerated volume and the ambient environment; the composite performance of all those materials in a particular wall segment must meet the definition of transparent for that area be treated as transparent.

(ii) Determination of non-transparent area. Determine the total surface area that is not transparent as the sum of all surface areas on the front side of a beverage vending machine that are not considered part of the transparent area, as determined in accordance with paragraph (j)(2)(i) of this section.

Issued in Washington, DC, on February 9, 2016. Kathleen Hogan, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
[FR Doc. 2016-09555 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450-01-P
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2013-0734; Directorate Identifier 2012-SW-080-AD; Amendment 39-18494; AD 2016-08-17] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Helicopters AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

We are superseding Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2010-19-51 for Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (Bell) Model 222, 222B, 222U, 230, and 430 helicopters. AD 2010-19-51 required inspecting parts of the main rotor hydraulic servo actuator (servo actuator) for certain conditions and replacing any unairworthy parts before further flight. This new AD requires installing a servo actuator with a new stainless steel piston rod. This AD was prompted by a collective servo actuator malfunction. We are issuing this AD to detect corrosion on a piston rod, which could result in failure of the servo actuator and consequent loss of helicopter control.

DATES:

This AD is effective May 31, 2016.

The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain document listed in this AD as of December 9, 2010 (75 FR 71540, November 24, 2010).

ADDRESSES:

For service information identified in this final rule, contact Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited, 12,800 Rue de l'Avenir, Mirabel, Quebec J7J1R4; telephone (450) 437-2862 or (800) 363-8023; fax (450) 433-0272; or at http://www.bellcustomer.com/files/. You may review the referenced service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 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-2013-0734.

Examining the AD Docket

You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.govby searching for and locating Docket No. FAA-2013-0734; 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 Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) AD, any incorporated-by-reference information, the economic 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:

Matt Wilbanks, Aviation Safety Engineer, Regulations and Policy Group, Rotorcraft Directorate, FAA, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76177; telephone (817) 222-5110; email [email protected]

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

On August 12, 2013, we issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that was published in the Federal Register on August 20, 2013 (78 FR 51123). The NPRM proposed to remove AD 2010-19-51, Amendment 39-16523 (75 FR 71540, November 24, 2010) and add a new AD for Bell Model 222, 222B, 222U, 230, and 430 helicopters. The NPRM proposed to require inspecting servo actuator part number (P/N) 222-382-001-107 using a 10X or higher magnifying glass to determine whether the piston rod has any pitting or penetration of the base metal. If the piston rod had any pitting or penetration of the base metal, the NPRM proposed replacing servo actuator P/N 222-382-001-107 with servo actuator P/N 222-382-001-111 or P/N 222-382-001-111FM. Thereafter, the NPRM proposed overhauling servo actuator P/N 222-382-001-111 or P/N 222-382-001-111FM at intervals not to exceed 10 years or 10,000 hours time-in-service (TIS), whichever comes first. The NPRM was prompted by AD No. CF-2010-29R1, dated July 26, 2012, issued by TCCA, which is the aviation authority for Canada. TCCA AD No. CF-2010-29R1 requires an inspection of the servo actuator and either overhauling or replacing the piston rod with a stainless steel piston rod. Replacement of the piston rod extends the overhaul interval of the servo actuator to 10,000 hours TIS or 10 years, whichever comes first. TCCA AD No. CF-2010-29R1 allows different compliance times for overhaul or replacement of the piston rod, depending on the condition of the piston rod when inspected.

After the NPRM was published, we received comments from Bell requesting we mandate replacement of servo actuator P/N 222-382-001-107 with servo actuator part number P/N 222-382-001-111 even if no pitting or penetration of the base metal is found during the inspection, in accordance with the replacement provisions in its Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) 430-11-46, Revision A, dated June 20, 2012. In light of those comments, we determined that our AD should retain all of the inspection requirements of AD 2010-19-51 and also include compliance times specified in Revision A of the ASB for replacing servo actuator P/N 222-382-001-107 with servo actuator P/N 222-382-001-111 or -111FM. Therefore, we revised the proposed actions accordingly. Because those changes expanded the scope of the original NPRM, we determined that it was necessary to reopen the comment period to provide additional opportunity for the public to comment. A supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNPRM) was published in the Federal Register on June 16, 2015 (80 FR 34332).

Since the SNPRM was issued, the FAA Southwest Regional Office has relocated and a group email address has been established for requesting an FAA Alternative Method of Compliance for a helicopter of foreign design. We have updated this information throughout this AD.

We have also removed the proposed paragraph (f)(7) from the Required Actions section, which would have required overhauling servo actuator P/N 222-382-001-111 or P/N 222-382-001-111FM at intervals not to exceed 10 years or 10,000 hours TIS, whichever occurs first. Because replacement of servo actuator P/N 222-382-001-107 with P/N 222-382-001-111 or -111FM corrects the unsafe condition, we have determined that AD action for this overhaul requirement is not appropriate.

Comments

We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD, but we received no comments on the SNPRM (80 FR 34332, June 16, 2015).

FAA's Determination

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

Differences Between This AD and the TCCA AD

The TCCA AD requires inspecting each servo actuator to determine the condition of the piston rod assembly no later than 5 hours upon receiving the original issue of its AD. This AD requires inspecting each servo actuator to determine the condition of the piston rod assembly before further flight.

Related Service Information Under 1 CFR Part 51

We reviewed Woodward HRT Service Bulletin 141600-67-02, dated August 18, 2010, which provides instructions for disassembling the servo actuator and for cleaning and inspecting the piston rod and nut. 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.

Other Related Service Information

We also reviewed Bell ASB 222-11-111 for Model 222 and 222B helicopters, ASB 222U-11-82 for Model 222U helicopters, ASB 230-11-43 for Model 230 helicopters, and ASB 430-11-46 for Model 430 helicopters, all Revision A and all dated June 22, 2012. The ASBs contain, and require compliance with, Woodward HRT Service Bulletin 141600-67-03, dated February 14, 2012, to upgrade the servo actuator by replacing the piston rod and then re-identifying the servo actuator dash number with “-111FM.” The compliance time for upgrading the servo actuator varies depending on the results of the inspections required by Woodward HRT Service Bulletin 141600-67-02, dated August 18, 2010. The Bell ASBs also provide an alternative inspection procedure for servo actuator P/N 222-382-001-107 that has not reached certain hours TIS and where the servo actuator cannot be upgraded. TCCA classified these ASBs as mandatory and issued AD No. CF-2010-29R1, dated July 26, 2012, to ensure the continued airworthiness of these helicopters.

Costs of Compliance

We estimate that this AD affects 146 helicopters of U.S. Registry and that labor costs average $85 a work-hour. Based on these estimates, we expect the following costs:

• Inspecting a servo actuator requires 4 work-hours per actuator for a labor cost of $340. No parts are needed for a total cost of $1,020 per helicopter and $148,920 for the U.S. fleet given 3 actuators per helicopter.

• Replacing a servo actuator requires 8 work-hours for a labor cost of $680. Parts cost $35,700 for a total cost of $36,380 per actuator.

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) 2010-19-51, Amendment 39-16523 (75 FR 71540, November 24, 2010), and adding the following new AD: 2016-08-17 Bell Helicopter Textron Canada: Amendment 39-18494; Docket No. FAA-2013-0734; Directorate Identifier 2012-SW-080-AD. (a) Applicability

This AD applies to Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (Bell) Model 222, 222B, 222U, 230, and 430 helicopters, with a main rotor hydraulic servo actuator (servo actuator) part number (P/N) 222-382-001-107 installed, certificated in any category.

(b) Unsafe Condition

This AD defines the unsafe condition as corrosion or a nonconforming grind relief on the output piston rod assembly (piston rod). This condition could lead to failure of the piston rod, failure of the servo actuator, and subsequent loss of helicopter control.

(c) Affected ADs

This AD supersedes AD 2010-19-51, Amendment 39-16523 (75 FR 71540, November 24, 2010).

(d) Effective Date

This AD becomes effective May 31, 2016.

(e) 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.

(f) Required Actions

Before further flight:

(1) Disassemble each servo actuator to gain access to the piston rod as shown in Figures 1 through 5 and by following the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraph 3.A., Part I., of Woodward HRT Alert Service Bulletin No. 141600-67-02, dated August 18, 2010 (Woodward ASB).

(2) Clean the entire piston rod and nut using acetone and a nylon bristle brush removing all contaminates to allow for inspection. Inspect the grind relief configuration for the piston rod and nut as shown in Figure 6 of the Woodward ASB. If the grind relief is unacceptable as shown in Figure 6, replace the piston rod and the nut with airworthy parts.

(3) Using a 10X or higher magnifying glass, visually inspect the nut for any corrosion or any damage to the threads. If you find any corrosion or any damage to the threads, replace the nut with an airworthy nut.

(4) Using a 10X or higher magnifying glass, visually inspect the piston rod as shown in Figure 7 of the Woodward ASB for any corrosion, visible lack of cadmium plate (gold or gray color), or damage to the piston rod. For the purposes of this AD, damage to the piston rod is defined as pitting, a visible scratch, a crack, or a visible abrasion.

(i) If there is any corrosion or visible lack of cadmium plate or any damage to the piston rod in the Critical Areas as shown in Figure 7 of the Woodward ASB, replace the servo actuator with servo actuator P/N 222-382-001-111 or P/N 222-382-001-111FM before further flight.

(ii) If there is any corrosion or visible lack of cadmium plate on the piston rod in areas that are not considered Critical Areas as shown in Figure 7 of the Woodward ASB, rework the piston rod by removing any surface corrosion that has not penetrated into the base material by lightly buffing. Clean the part using acetone and a nylon bristle brush to remove any residue. Comply with paragraphs (f)(5) through (f)(6) of this AD. Within 1,200 hours time-in-service (TIS) or 1 year, whichever occurs first, replace the servo actuator with servo actuator P/N 222-382-001-111 or P/N 222-382-001-111FM.

(iii) If there is any corrosion that is red or orange in color, magnetic particle inspect the piston rod for a crack.

(A) If there is a crack, replace the servo actuator with servo actuator, P/N 222-382-001-111 or P/N 222-382-001-111FM before further flight.

(B) If there is no crack, comply with paragraphs (f)(5) through (f)(6) of this AD. Within 2,400 hours TIS or 2 years, whichever occurs first, replace the servo actuator with servo actuator P/N 222-382-001-111 or P/N 222-382-001-111FM.

(iv) If there is no corrosion, visible lack of cadmium plate, or damage to the piston rod, comply with paragraphs (f)(5) through (f)(6) of this AD. Within 3,000 hours TIS or 4 years, whichever occurs first, replace the servo actuator with servo actuator P/N 222-382-001-111 or P/N 222-382-001-111FM.

(5) Inspect the portion of the piston rod for any absence of cadmium plating (bare base metal), as shown in Figure 7 of the Woodward ASB. If there is any bare base metal on the piston rod in this area, apply brush cadmium plating to all bare and reworked areas using SPS5070 or equivalent 0.0002 to 0.0005 inch thick and rework the piston rod by following the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraph C., Part III, C.1.1.1. through C.1.1.3., of the Woodward ASB.

(6) Reassemble the servo actuator by following the Accomplishment Instructions, paragraph C, Part III, 1.1.4. through 3.3.4. of the Woodward ASB.

(g) Credit for Actions Previously Completed

Compliance with the Woodward ASB or with AD 2010-19-51 (75 FR 71540, November 24, 2010) before the effective date of this AD is considered acceptable for compliance with the corresponding inspections specified in paragraph (f) of this AD. If you replaced the piston rod pursuant to the Woodward ASB or paragraph (d)(1) or (d)(3) of AD 2010-19-51, apply the requirements of paragraph (f)(4)(iv) of this AD.

(h) 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, Regulations and Policy 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.

(i) Additional Information

(1) Bell Alert Service Bulletin (ASB) No. 222-11-111 for Model 222 and 222B helicopters, ASB No. 222U-11-82 for Model 222U helicopters, ASB No. 230-11-43 for Model 230 helicopters, and ASB No. 430-11-46 for Model 430 helicopters, all Revision A and all dated June 22, 2012, which are not incorporated by reference, contain additional information about the subject of this AD. For service information identified in this AD, contact Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited, 12,800 Rue de l'Avenir, Mirabel, Quebec J7J1R4; telephone (450) 437-2862 or (800) 363-8023; fax (450) 433-0272; or at http://www.bellcustomer.com/files/. You may review a copy of the service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N-321, Fort Worth, TX 76177.

(2) The subject of this AD is addressed in the Transport Canada Civil Aviation (TCCA) AD No. CF-2010-29R1, dated July 26, 2012. You may view the TCCA AD on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov in Docket No. FAA-2013-0734.

(j) Subject

Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6730, Rotorcraft Servo System.

(k) 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.

(3) The following service information was approved for IBR on December 9, 2010 (75 FR 71540, November 24, 2010).

(i) Woodward HRT Alert Service Bulletin No. 141600-67-02, dated August 18, 2010.

(ii) Reserved.

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

(5) 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.

(6) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call (202) 741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/ibr-locations.html.

Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 13, 2016. Scott A. Horn, Acting Manager, Rotorcraft Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-09236 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA-2016-0183; Directorate Identifier 2015-SW-016-AD;Amendment 39-18498; AD 2016-08-21] RIN 2120-AA64 Airworthiness Directives; Kaman Aerospace Corporation AGENCY:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

We are adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD) for Kaman Aerospace Corporation (Kaman) Model K-1200 helicopters. This AD requires revising the “Flight Limitations—NO LOAD” and “Flight Limitations—LOAD” sections of the rotorcraft flight manual (RFM). This AD was prompted by a report of certain flight maneuvers that may lead to main rotor (M/R) blade to opposing hub contact. These actions are intended to prevent damage to the M/R flight controls and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.

DATES:

This AD is effective May 31, 2016.

ADDRESSES:

For service information identified in this final rule, contact Kaman Aerospace Corporation, Old Windsor Rd., P.O. Box 2, Bloomfield, Connecticut 06002-0002; telephone (860) 242-4461; fax (860) 243-7047; or at http://www.kamanaero.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.

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-2016-0183; 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 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:

Kirk Gustafson, Aviation Safety Engineer, Boston Aircraft Certification Office, Engine & Propeller Directorate, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, Massachusetts 01803; telephone (781) 238-7190; email [email protected]

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

On January 21, 2016, at 81 FR 3344, 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 Kaman Model K-1200 helicopters. The NPRM proposed to require revising the “Flight Limitations-NO LOAD” and “Flight Limitations-LOAD” sections of the RFM by inserting a warning and limitations about rearward to forward flight, establishing maximum rearward and sideward flight speeds, and prohibiting weather-vanning takeoffs and departures to turn the helicopter. The NPRM was prompted by a report of a Model K-1200 helicopter turning suddenly and causing blade contact with the hub. The report suggests that a rapid aircraft yaw rate and subsequent yaw arresting maneuver may cause low clearance of the M/R blades with the opposing M/R hub. This condition could cause an M/R blade to strike the opposing rotor's flight controls. The proposed requirements were intended to prevent damage to the M/R flight controls and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.

The NPRM published with the previous mailing address for the Boston Aircraft Certification Office. We have revised this contact information in this final rule to reflect the new mailing address.

Comments

We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD, but we did not receive any comments on the NPRM (81 FR 3344, January 21, 2016).

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 design and that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD requirements as proposed.

Related Service Information

Kaman has issued Kaman K-1200 RFM, Revision 5, dated April 14, 2015. This revision of the limitations section of the RFM inserts, for both load operations and no load operations, a warning and limitations about departing from rearward to forward flight, a maximum rearward flight speed of 25 knots, a maximum sideward flight speed of 17 knots, and a prohibition on weather-vanning takeoffs and departures as a method to turn aircraft.

Costs of Compliance

We estimate that this AD will affect 16 helicopters of U.S. Registry. We estimate that operators may incur the following costs in order to comply with this AD. At an average labor rate of $85 per work-hour, we expect revising the RFM will require 0.5 work-hour, for cost of about $43 per helicopter, or $688 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

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): 2016-08-21 Kaman Aerospace Corporation (Kaman): Amendment 39-18498; Docket No. FAA-2016-0183; Directorate Identifier 2015-SW-016-AD. (a) Applicability

This AD applies to Model K-1200 helicopters, certificated in any category.

(b) Unsafe Condition

This AD defines the unsafe condition as a main rotor (M/R) blade striking the opposing rotor's flight controls. This condition could result in damage to the M/R flight controls and subsequent loss of control of the helicopter.

(c) Effective Date

This AD becomes effective May 31, 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 10 hours time-in-service, revise Section 2 Limitations of the Kaman K-1200 Rotorcraft Flight Manual (RFM) by inserting a copy of this AD into the RFM or by making pen-and-ink changes, as follows:

(1) In the “Flight Limitations—NO LOAD” and “Flight Limitations—WITH LOAD” sections, add the information in Figure 1 to paragraph (e)(1) of this AD.

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(2) In the “Flight Limitations—NO LOAD” and “Flight Limitations—WITH LOAD” sections, add the following: Maximum rearward flight speed: 25 knots. Maximum sideward flight speed: 17 knots. Weather-vanning takeoffs/departures as a method to turn aircraft: Prohibited.

(f) Credit for Actions Previously Completed

Incorporating the changes contained in Kaman K-1200 RFM, Revision 5, dated April 14, 2015, before the effective date of this AD is considered acceptable for compliance with the corresponding actions specified in paragraph (e) of this AD.

(g) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs)

(1) The Manager, Boston Aircraft Certification Office, FAA, may approve AMOCs for this AD. Send your proposal to: Kirk Gustafson, Aviation Safety Engineer, Boston Aircraft Certification Office, Engine & Propeller Directorate, FAA, 1200 District Avenue, Burlington, Massachusetts 01803; telephone (781) 238-7190; 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

Kaman K-1200 RFM, Revision 5, dated April 14, 2015, which is not incorporated by reference, contains additional information about the subject of this final rule. For service information identified in this final rule, contact Kaman Aerospace Corporation, Old Windsor Rd., P.O. Box 2, Bloomfield, Connecticut 06002-0002; telephone (860) 242-4461; fax (860) 243-7047; or at http://www.kamanaero.com. You may review a copy of this service information at the FAA, Office of the Regional Counsel, Southwest Region, 10101 Hillwood Pkwy., Room 6N-321, Fort Worth, TX 76177.

(i) Subject

Joint Aircraft Service Component (JASC) Code: 6710, Main Rotor Control.

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[FR Doc. 2016-09434 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910-13-P
DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Internal Revenue Service 26 CFR Part 53 [T.D. 9762] RIN 1545-BK76 Examples of Program-Related Investments AGENCY:

Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury.

ACTION:

Final regulations.

SUMMARY:

This document contains final regulations that provide guidance to private foundations on program-related investments. The final regulations provide a series of examples illustrating investments that qualify as program-related investments. In addition to private foundations, these final regulations affect foundation managers who participate in the making of program-related investments.

DATES:

These regulations are effective April 25, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Robin Ehrenberg at (202) 317-4086 (not a toll-free number).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background

This document contains amendments to 26 CFR part 53 under section 4944(a) of the Internal Revenue Code (Code). Section 4944(a) imposes an excise tax on a private foundation that makes an investment that jeopardizes the carrying out of its exempt purposes (a “jeopardizing investment”). Section 4944(c) provides that investments that are program-related investments (“PRIs”) are not jeopardizing investments. Section 4944(c) defines a PRI as an investment: (1) The primary purpose of which is to accomplish one or more of the purposes described in section 170(c)(2)(B); and (2) no significant purpose of which is the production of income or the appreciation of property.1

1 The regulations under section 4944(c) further provide that no purpose of a PRI may be to accomplish one or more of the purposes described in section 170(c)(2)(D) (attempting to influence legislation or participating in or intervening in any political campaign). Treas. Reg. § 53.4944-3(a)(1)(iii).

The regulations under section 4944(c) provide that an investment is made primarily to accomplish one or more of the purposes described in section 170(c)(2)(B) (referred to in this preamble as “exempt purposes”) if it significantly furthers the accomplishment of the private foundation's exempt activities and would not have been made but for the relationship between the investment and the accomplishment of those exempt activities. Section 53.4944-3(a)(2)(i). In determining whether no significant purpose of an investment is the production of income or the appreciation of property, § 53.4944-3(a)(2)(iii) provides that it shall be relevant whether investors who are engaged in the investment solely for the production of income would be likely to make the investment on the same terms as the private foundation. Section 53.4944-3(a)(2)(iii) further provides that the fact that an investment produces significant income or capital appreciation shall not, in the absence of other factors, be conclusive evidence of a significant purpose involving the production of income or the appreciation of property.

Since 1972, § 53.4944-3(b) has contained nine examples illustrating investments that qualify as PRIs and one example of an investment that does not qualify as a PRI. These long-standing examples focus on domestic situations principally involving economically disadvantaged individuals and deteriorated urban areas.

On April 19, 2012, a notice of proposed rulemaking (REG-144267-11) relating to PRIs was published in the Federal Register (77 FR 23429). The notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) contained proposed regulations that would add nine new examples to § 53.4944-3(b). The proposed examples demonstrated that PRIs may accomplish a variety of exempt purposes (and are not limited to situations involving economically disadvantaged individuals and deteriorated urban areas), may fund activities in one or more foreign countries, and may earn a high potential rate of return. The proposed examples also illustrated that a PRI may take the form of an equity position in conjunction with making a loan, and that a private foundation's provision of credit enhancements can qualify as a PRI. In addition, the examples illustrated that loans and capital may be provided to individuals or entities that are not within a charitable class themselves, if the recipients are the instruments through which the private foundation accomplishes its exempt activities.

No public hearing on the NPRM was requested or held; however, 15 comments from the public were received. All comments are available at www.regulations.gov or upon request. After consideration of the comments, the proposed regulations are adopted as amended by this Treasury decision.

Summary of Comments and Explanation of Revisions 1. Recommended Changes to Proposed Examples

While commenters generally lauded the issuance of the proposed regulations and supported issuing them as final regulations, some commenters suggested a few modifications to the examples contained in the proposed regulations.

One commenter suggested amending Example 11, which involved a private foundation's investment in a subsidiary of a drug company for the development of a vaccine to prevent a disease that predominantly affects poor individuals in developing countries. Under the investment agreement described in the Example, the subsidiary is required to distribute the vaccine to the poor individuals in developing countries at a price that is affordable to the affected population and to promptly publish its research results. The commenter recommended that the example be modified to make it clear that the subsidiary can also sell the vaccine to those who can afford it at fair market value prices. The final regulations amend Example 11 to adopt this clarification, which is appropriate given that the Example also specifies that Y's primary purpose in making the investment is to fund scientific research in the public interest and no significant purpose of the investment involves the production of income or the appreciation of property.

The commenter also recommended removing the publication requirement described in Example 11, contending that the provision of the vaccine to the poor at affordable prices without more furthers the accomplishment of exempt purposes. Example 11 illustrated a known fact pattern that was presented in a private letter ruling issued by the IRS. Although it is not possible for the regulations to provide examples illustrating every conceivable fact pattern, the Treasury Department and the IRS note that other fact patterns that do not contain all of the same elements as those illustrated by Example 11 may nonetheless further an exempt purpose if the requirements of the regulations are otherwise satisfied. Accordingly, the final regulations do not adopt this comment.

One commenter suggested modifying Example 13, which involved a private foundation that accepts common stock in a business enterprise as part of a loan to the business and that plans to liquidate the stock as soon as the business becomes profitable or it is established that the business will never become profitable. The commenter requested that the sentence in the example regarding the liquidation of the stock be removed or amended to clarify whether a foundation must sell its stock in a business that becomes profitable for the investment in that stock to be a PRI. In response to the comment, this sentence has been removed from the example. The Treasury Department and the IRS note, however, that the establishment, at the outset of an investment, of an exit condition that is tied to the foundation's exempt purpose in making the investment can be an important indication that a foundation's primary purpose in undertaking the investment is in fact accomplishment of the exempt purpose.

Two commenters suggested modifying Example 15, which involved loans by a private foundation to two poor individuals living in a developing country where a natural disaster has occurred. One commenter noted that loans that enable poor persons to become economically self-sufficient by starting a small business qualify as PRIs without the necessity for a natural disaster to have occurred. In response to this comment, the final regulations amend Example 15 to eliminate the reference to a natural disaster. Another commenter suggested modifying Example 15 to refer to a “foreign country” rather than a “developing country,” noting that providing disaster relief to a foreign country, whether or not it is a developing country, furthers the accomplishment of exempt purposes. As noted in the preamble to the NPRM, several examples in the proposed regulations illustrated the principle that an activity conducted in a foreign country furthers an exempt purpose if the same activity would further an exempt purpose if conducted in the United States. This principle applies equally to all foreign countries. However, the final regulations do not change the reference to a developing country in Example 15, because the example illustrates PRIs in the context of microloans, which are currently more common in developing countries. In addition, because organizations making microloans often provide loans to many individuals, the final regulations modify the example to reference loans to a group of individuals, rather than two specific individuals with identified business endeavors.

One commenter suggested modifying Example 16, which described a loan to a limited liability company (LLC), to describe an equity investment in an LLC. When a private foundation makes an equity investment in an LLC (or other entity) treated as a partnership for federal tax purposes, the activities of the LLC are attributed to the foundation for purposes of determining both whether the foundation operates exclusively for exempt purposes (and therefore continues to qualify for exemption under section 501(c)(3)) and whether the foundation has engaged in an unrelated trade or business described in section 511. See Rev. Rul. 2004-51 (2004-1 CB 974). As a result, investments in partnership interests by section 501(c)(3) organizations raise a host of issues that are not raised by loans or by investments in stock of corporations. These issues necessitate consideration and analysis of a variety of facts and circumstances that are difficult to summarize in examples in regulations, and hence investments by section 501(c)(3) organizations in partnership interests have been addressed primarily through revenue rulings. See Rev. Rul. 2004-51, Rev. Rul. 98-15 (1998-1 CB 718). Accordingly, the Treasury Department and the IRS do not adopt this comment but are considering whether to address PRIs in the form of investments in partnership interests through the issuance of a revenue ruling.

Finally, one commenter recommended that the examples be amended to demonstrate the ability of a foundation to set PRI terms at above the prime rate. The examples in the proposed regulations generally referred to the interest rate or rate of return on a PRI as being less than the expected “market rate” for an investment of comparable risk and did not contain any suggestion that the rate of return of a PRI must fall below an absolute percentage threshold, such as the prime rate, to demonstrate no significant purpose involving the production of income or the appreciation of property. In addition, one example, Example 12, referred to the potential for a high rate of return if the recipient business is successful. Thus, the final regulations do not adopt this comment to expressly state in an example that the rate of return on a PRI may exceed the prime rate.

2. Principles Illustrated in the Examples

The preamble to the NPRM noted that the additional PRI examples in the proposed regulations illustrated that: (1) An activity conducted in a foreign country furthers an exempt purpose if the same activity would further an exempt purpose if conducted in the United States; (2) the exempt purposes served by a PRI are not limited to situations involving economically disadvantaged individuals and deteriorated urban areas; (3) the recipients of PRIs need not be within a charitable class if they are the instruments for furthering a exempt purpose; (4) a potentially high rate of return does not automatically prevent an investment from qualifying as a PRI; (5) PRIs can be achieved through a variety of investments, including loans to individuals, tax-exempt organizations and for-profit organizations, and equity investments in for-profit organizations; (6) a credit enhancement arrangement may qualify as a PRI; and (7) a private foundation's acceptance of an equity position in conjunction with making a loan does not necessarily prevent the investment from qualifying as a PRI.

One commenter recommended that this statement of principles (which it called “extremely helpful guidance”) be included in the text of the final regulations so that the principles are readily accessible to grantmaking organizations. The principles helped identify areas in which clarification through examples would be helpful. The Treasury Department and the IRS believe that each of these seven principles is adequately reflected in the new examples themselves. Accordingly, the final regulations do not adopt this comment. Alternatively, the commenter suggested that the principles be preserved in another readily accessible place, like the IRS' Web site. In response to this comment, the IRS intends to post the principles on its Web site.

3. Recommendations for Additional Examples

A number of commenters suggested additional examples to be added to the final regulations. For example, two commenters recommended including examples involving PRIs to support news media or mixed-income housing or to lessen the burdens of government, while another commenter suggested examples involving economic development through the promotion of technology-based enterprises. The proposed regulations contained nine new examples involving many different exempt purposes, such as scientific research in the public interest, combating environmental deterioration, and education. The Treasury Department and the IRS believe these additional examples adequately illustrate the principle that a PRI may accomplish a variety of exempt purposes. These regulations under section 4944 are not intended to provide an example of every exempt purpose, and there are many examples of exempt purposes in both regulations and sub-regulatory guidance under section 501(c)(3). Therefore, additional examples of exempt purposes are not provided in these regulations. However, if commenters or other organizations believe additional guidance is needed under section 501(c)(3) regarding whether particular activities further charitable purposes, private letter rulings or guidance of general applicability may be requested. Accordingly, the final regulations do not adopt these comments.

One commenter recommended including an additional example of a foundation assuming certain risks to catalyze the entry of private investment capital. The proposed regulations already included two examples of a foundation assuming certain risks (specifically, in the form of a deposit agreement and a guarantee) to catalyze the entry of private investment capital. Thus, the Treasury Department and the IRS do not believe that additional examples are necessary to illustrate this possibility and the final regulations do not adopt this comment.

Two commenters requested examples involving investments in low-profit limited liability companies (L3Cs) or benefit corporations. On the other hand, one commenter approved of the lack of any examples suggesting the need for a recipient of a PRI to be an L3C or benefit corporation, noting that the IRS has not recognized L3C or benefit corporation status as relevant to the determination of whether an investment is a PRI and also noting potential concerns with and lack of universal endorsement of the L3C model. The proposed regulations included one example involving a loan to an LLC; the results of that example would be the same if the limited liability company described in the example were an L3C. Similarly, the results of examples in which the PRI recipient is a corporation would apply equally if the recipient were a benefit corporation. The Treasury Department and the IRS see no need to amend the examples to refer more narrowly to an L3C or benefit corporation when such status is not determinative of the examples' conclusions. Accordingly, the final regulations do not adopt these comments.

One commenter noted that the example in the proposed regulations of a PRI financing medical research involved a disease that predominantly affects developing countries and requested another example involving a disease that affects developed countries (but with respect to which a lack of sufficient market incentives exist for research and development of new treatments). Scientific research carried on for the purpose of discovering a cure for a disease need not involve a disease predominantly affecting developing countries to accomplish an exempt purpose described in section 501(c)(3). However, as previously noted, the PRI examples are intended to illustrate types of investments that qualify as PRIs and are not intended to address every circumstance that constitutes an exempt purpose, and thus the final regulations do not adopt this comment.

Finally, one commenter requested additional guidance regarding the circumstances under which PRIs may result in impermissible private benefit and specifically requested an example of a PRI that has the primary purpose of benefitting indigent members of a charitable class but that also benefits non-indigent individuals (other than the recipient of the PRI itself). This commenter appeared to be requesting guidance on the circumstances under which private benefit conferred by an investment might affect an organization's exempt status under section 501(c)(3) rather than under which the private benefit might affect the investment's status as a PRI, and as such would be outside of the scope of these final regulations. The effect of private benefit on exempt status is addressed in examples in regulations under section 501(c)(3) as well as a number of revenue rulings. See § 1.501(c)(3)-1(d)(1)(iii); Rev. Rul. 76-206, 1976-1 CB 154; Rev. Rul. 74-587, 1974-2 CB 162; Rev. Rul. 70-186, 1970-1 CB 128. To the degree the commenter was requesting guidance on the effect of private benefit on an investment's status as a PRI, the substantial majority of examples in the existing and proposed regulations involve some private benefit to one or more persons that are not members of a charitable class (often including the recipient of the PRI itself) that is incidental to the investment's primary purpose of accomplishing an exempt purpose. As a result, the Treasury Department and the IRS do not believe that additional examples on this issue are necessary, and the final regulations do not adopt this comment

4. Procedures for the IRS to Rule on PRIs

A number of commenters requested that the IRS adopt procedures that would allow private foundations considering a PRI to obtain determinations or guidance from the IRS regarding the PRI in ways that are more expeditious and less costly than the private letter ruling process.

One commenter proposed that the IRS create a process similar to the one established under section 4945(g) for approving procedures for making grants to individuals. Under § 53.4945-4(d)(3), if a foundation that properly submits a request for approval of grant procedures has not been notified by the IRS that its procedures are not acceptable by the 45th day after the submission, the procedures will be considered as approved from the date of submission until receipt of actual notice from the IRS that such procedures do not meet the necessary requirements. Section 4945(g) specifically requires that procedures for making grants to individuals be approved by the IRS to avoid an excise tax being applied to such grants. Section 4944 contains no such requirement of advance approval of PRIs and hence is not analogous to section 4945(g). Accordingly, the final regulations do not adopt this comment.

One commenter recommended allowing private foundations to request determinations that their investments are PRIs using Form 8940, Request for Miscellaneous Determination, and also to request expedited review of such requests when the closing of financing of a PRI is scheduled four months or six months from the date the request is submitted. Determination requests that are submitted to Exempt Organizations Determinations using Form 8940 are listed in section 7.04 of Rev. Proc. 2015-4 (2015-1 IRB 144). Allowing determination requests regarding PRIs to be submitted to Exempt Organizations Determinations using Form 8940 (as well as expedited review of such requests) would require amendments to Rev. Proc. 2015-4, not the proposed regulations, and would require changes to tax administration programs. Hence it is outside the scope of these final regulations.

Two commenters recommended allowing IRS private letter rulings (PLRs) regarding PRIs to be relied on by other private foundations, so that each private foundation investing in one project that qualifies as a PRI does not have to obtain its own PLR. We note that a PLR is not necessary for an investment to qualify as a PRI. Furthermore, allowing a private foundation to rely on a letter ruling issued to another taxpayer would require amendments to section 11 of Rev. Proc. 2015-1 (2015-1 IRB 1), not the proposed regulations, and raises tax administration issues. Hence it is outside the scope of these final regulations.

In addition to the changes noted above, the final regulations also correct the reference to section 4942 in § 53.4944-3(a)(2)(ii) to reflect prior changes to that statute.

Statement of Availability of IRS Documents

IRS Revenue Procedures, Revenue Rulings notices, notices and other guidance cited in this preamble are published in the Internal Revenue Bulletin (or Cumulative Bulletin) and are available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402, or by visiting the IRS Web site at http://www.irs.gov.

Special Analyses

Certain IRS regulations, including this one, are exempt from the requirements of Executive Order 12866, as supplemented and reaffirmed by Executive Order 13563. Therefore, a regulatory impact assessment is not required. It has been determined that section 553(b) of the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. chapter 5) does not apply to these regulations, and because the regulation does not impose a collection of information on small entities, the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. chapter 6) does not apply. Pursuant to section 7805(f) of the Code, the NPRM preceding this regulation was submitted to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration for comment on its impact on business and no comments were received.

Drafting Information

The principal author of these regulations is Robin Ehrenberg, Office of the Associate Chief Counsel (Tax Exempt and Government Entities). However, other personnel from the Treasury Department and the IRS participated in their development.

List of Subjects in 26 CFR Part 53

Excise Taxes, Foundations, Investments, Lobbying, Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements, Trusts and trustees.

Adoption of Amendments to the Regulations

Accordingly, 26 CFR part 53 is amended as follows:

PART 53—FOUNDATION AND SIMILAR EXCISE TAXES Par. 1. The authority citation for part 53 continues to read in part as follows: Authority:

26 U.S.C. 7805 * * *

Par. 2. In § 53.4944-3:
1. Amend paragraph (a)(2)(ii) by removing the language “section 4942(j)(5)(B)” and adding in its place “section 4942(j)(4)(B)”. 2. Amend paragraph (b) by adding Examples 11 through 19. 3. Add paragraph (c).

The additions read as follows:

§ 53.4944-3 Exception for program-related investments.

(b) * * *

Example 11.

X is a business enterprise that researches and develops new drugs. X's research demonstrates that a vaccine can be developed within ten years to prevent a disease that predominantly affects poor individuals in developing countries. However, neither X nor other commercial enterprises like X will devote their resources to develop the vaccine because the potential return on investment is significantly less than required by X or other commercial enterprises to undertake a project to develop new drugs. Y, a private foundation, enters into an investment agreement with X in order to induce X to develop the vaccine. Pursuant to the investment agreement, Y purchases shares of the common stock of S, a subsidiary corporation that X establishes to research and develop the vaccine. The agreement requires S to distribute the vaccine to poor individuals in developing countries at a price that is affordable to the affected population, although, the agreement does not preclude S from selling the vaccine to other individuals at a market rate. The agreement also requires S to publish the research results, disclosing substantially all information about the results that would be useful to the interested public. S agrees that the publication of its research results will be made as promptly after the completion of the research as is reasonably possible without jeopardizing S's right to secure patents necessary to protect its ownership or control of the results of the research. The expected rate of return on Y's investment in S is less than the expected market rate of return for an investment of similar risk. Y's primary purpose in making the investment is to fund scientific research in the public interest. No significant purpose of the investment involves the production of income or the appreciation of property. The investment significantly furthers the accomplishment of Y's exempt activities and would not have been made but for such relationship between the investment and Y's exempt activities. Accordingly, Y's purchase of the common stock of S is a program-related investment.

Example 12.

Q, a developing country, produces a substantial amount of recyclable solid waste materials that are currently disposed of in landfills and by incineration, contributing significantly to environmental deterioration in Q. X is a new business enterprise located in Q. X's only activity will be collecting recyclable solid waste materials in Q and delivering those materials to recycling centers that are inaccessible to a majority of the population. If successful, the recycling collection business would prevent pollution in Q caused by the usual disposition of solid waste materials. X has obtained funding from only a few commercial investors who are concerned about the environmental impact of solid waste disposal. Although X made substantial efforts to procure additional funding, X has not been able to obtain sufficient funding because the expected rate of return is significantly less than the acceptable rate of return on an investment of this type. Because X has been unable to attract additional investors on the same terms as the initial investors, Y, a private foundation, enters into an investment agreement with X to purchase shares of X's common stock on the same terms as X's initial investors. Although there is a high risk associated with the investment in X, there is also the potential for a high rate of return if X is successful in the recycling business in Q. Y's primary purpose in making the investment is to combat environmental deterioration. No significant purpose of the investment involves the production of income or the appreciation of property. The investment significantly furthers the accomplishment of Y's exempt activities and would not have been made but for such relationship between the investment and Y's exempt activities. Accordingly, Y's purchase of the X common stock is a program-related investment.

Example 13.

Assume the facts as stated in Example 12, except that X offers Y shares of X's common stock in order to induce Y to make a below-market rate loan to X. X previously made the same offer to a number of commercial investors. These investors were unwilling to provide loans to X on such terms because the expected return on the combined package of stock and debt was below the expected market return for such a package based on the level of risk involved, and they were also unwilling to provide loans on other terms X considers economically feasible. Y accepts the stock and makes the loan on the same terms that X offered to the commercial investors. Y's primary purpose in making the investment is to combat environmental deterioration. No significant purpose of the investment involves the production of income or the appreciation of property. The investment significantly furthers the accomplishment of Y's exempt activities and would not have been made but for such relationship between the investment and Y's exempt activities. Accordingly, the loan accompanied by the acceptance of common stock is a program-related investment.

Example 14.

X is a business enterprise located in V, a rural area in State Z. X employs a large number of poor individuals in V. A natural disaster occurs in V, causing significant damage to the area. The business operations of X are harmed because of damage to X's equipment and buildings. X has insufficient funds to continue its business operations and conventional sources of funds are unwilling or unable to provide loans to X on terms it considers economically feasible. In order to enable X to continue its business operations, Y, a private foundation, makes a loan to X bearing interest below the market rate for commercial loans of comparable risk. Y's primary purpose in making the loan is to provide relief to the poor and distressed. No significant purpose of the loan involves the production of income or the appreciation of property. The loan significantly furthers the accomplishment of Y's exempt activities and would not have been made but for such relationship between the loan and Y's exempt activities. Accordingly, the loan is a program-related investment.

Example 15.

Y, a private foundation, makes loans bearing interest below the market rate for commercial loans of comparable risk to poor individuals who live in W, a developing country, to enable them to start small businesses such as a roadside fruit stand. Conventional sources of funds were unwilling or unable to provide such loans on terms they consider economically feasible. Y's primary purpose in making the loans is to provide relief to the poor and distressed. No significant purpose of the loans involves the production of income or the appreciation of property. The loans significantly further the accomplishment of Y's exempt activities and would not have been made but for such relationship between the loans and Y's exempt activities. Accordingly, the loans to the poor individuals who live in W are program-related investments.

Example 16.

X is a limited liability company treated as a partnership for federal income tax purposes. X purchases coffee from poor farmers residing in a developing country, either directly or through farmer-owned cooperatives. To fund the provision of efficient water management, crop cultivation, pest management, and farm management training to the poor farmers by X, Y, a private foundation, makes a loan to X bearing interest below the market rate for commercial loans of comparable risk. The loan agreement requires X to use the proceeds from the loan to provide the training to the poor farmers. X would not provide such training to the poor farmers absent the loan. Y's primary purpose in making the loan is to educate poor farmers about advanced agricultural methods. No significant purpose of the loan involves the production of income or the appreciation of property. The loan significantly furthers the accomplishment of Y's exempt activities and would not have been made but for such relationship between the loan and Y's exempt activities. Accordingly, the loan is a program-related investment.

Example 17.

X is a social welfare organization that is recognized as an organization described in section 501(c)(4). X was formed to develop and encourage interest in painting, sculpture, and other art forms by, among other things, conducting weekly community art exhibits. X needs to purchase a large exhibition space to accommodate the demand for exhibition space within the community. Conventional sources of funds are unwilling or unable to provide funds to X on terms it considers economically feasible. Y, a private foundation, makes a loan to X at an interest rate below the market rate for commercial loans of comparable risk to fund the purchase of the new space. Y's primary purpose in making the loan is to promote the arts. No significant purpose of the loan involves the production of income or the appreciation of property. The loan significantly furthers the accomplishment of Y's exempt activities and would not have been made but for such relationship between the loan and Y's exempt activities. Accordingly, the loan is a program-related investment.

Example 18.

X is a non-profit corporation that provides child care services in a low-income neighborhood, enabling many residents of the neighborhood to be gainfully employed. X meets the requirements of section 501(k) and is recognized as an organization described in section 501(c)(3). X's current child care facility has reached capacity and has a long waiting list. X has determined that the demand for its services warrants the construction of a new child care facility in the same neighborhood. X is unable to obtain a loan from conventional sources of funds including B, a commercial bank because of X's credit record. Pursuant to a deposit agreement, Y, a private foundation, deposits $h in B, and B lends an identical amount to X to construct the new child care facility. The deposit agreement requires Y to keep $h on deposit with B during the term of X's loan and provides that if X defaults on the loan, B may deduct the amount of the default from the deposit. To facilitate B's access to the funds in the event of default, the agreement requires that the funds be invested in instruments that allow B to access them readily. The deposit agreement also provides that Y will earn interest at a rate of t% on the deposit. The t% rate is substantially less than Y could otherwise earn on this sum of money, if Y invested it elsewhere. The loan agreement between B and X requires X to use the proceeds from the loan to construct the new child care facility. Y's primary purpose in making the deposit is to further its educational purposes by enabling X to provide child care services within the meaning of section 501(k). No significant purpose of the deposit involves the production of income or the appreciation of property. The deposit significantly furthers the accomplishment of Y's exempt activities and would not have been made but for such relationship between the deposit and Y's exempt activities. Accordingly, the deposit is a program-related investment.

Example 19.

Assume the same facts as stated in Example 18, except that instead of making a deposit of $h into B, Y enters into a guarantee agreement with B. The guarantee agreement provides that if X defaults on the loan, Y will repay the balance due on the loan to B. B was unwilling to make the loan to X in the absence of Y's guarantee. X must use the proceeds from the loan to construct the new child care facility. At the same time, X and Y enter into a reimbursement agreement whereby X agrees to reimburse Y for any and all amounts paid to B under the guarantee agreement. The signed guarantee and reimbursement agreements together constitute a “guarantee and reimbursement arrangement.” Y's primary purpose in entering into the guarantee and reimbursement arrangement is to further Y's educational purposes. No significant purpose of the guarantee and reimbursement arrangement involves the production of income or the appreciation of property. The guarantee and reimbursement arrangement significantly furthers the accomplishment of Y's exempt activities and would not have been made but for such relationship between the guarantee and reimbursement arrangement and Y's exempt activities. Accordingly, the guarantee and reimbursement arrangement is a program-related investment.

(c) Effective/applicability date. Paragraphs (a)(2)(ii) and (b), Examples 11 through 19 of this section, apply on or after April 25, 2016.

John Dalrymple, Deputy Commissioner for Services and Enforcement. Approved: April 5, 2016. Mark J. Mazur, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (Tax Policy).
[FR Doc. 2016-09396 Filed 4-21-16; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 4830-01-P
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE 32 CFR Part 1704 Mandatory Declassification Review Program AGENCY:

Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

ACTION:

Direct final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) is publishing this direct final rule pursuant to Executive Order 13526, relating to classified national security information. It provides procedures for members of the public to request from ODNI a Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) of information classified under the provisions of Executive Order 13526 or predecessor orders such that the agency may retrieve it with reasonable effort. This rule also informs requesters where to send requests for an MDR.

DATES:

This rule is effective June 24, 2016 without further action, unless adverse comment is received by May 25, 2016. If adverse comment is received, ODNI will publish a timely withdrawal of the rule in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments by any of the following methods: By mail to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Director of the Information Management Division, Washington, DC 20511, by facsimile at (703) 874-8910, or by email at [email protected]

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jennifer L. Hudson, (703) 874-8085.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

It is the policy of the ODNI to act in matters relating to national security information in accordance with Executive Order 13526 and directives issued thereunder by the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO). The purpose of this rule is to assist in implementing specific sections of Executive Order 13526 concerning the Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR). This document is being issued as a direct final rule without prior notice of proposed rulemaking as allowed by the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(A) for rules of agency procedure and interpretation.

Regulatory Impact

This rule is not a significant regulatory action for the purposes of Executive Order 12866. This rule is not a major rule as defined in 5 U.S.C. Chapter 8, Congressional Review of Agency Rulemaking. As required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act, we certify that this rule will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities because it applies only to federal agencies.

List of Subjects in 32 CFR Part 1704

Declassification, Information, Intelligence, National security information.

For the reasons set forth in the preamble, ODNI adds 32 CFR part 1704 to read as follows: PART 1704—MANDATORY DECLASSIFICATION REVIEW PROGRAM Sec. 1704.1 Authority and purpose. 1704.2 Definitions. 1704.3 Contact information. 1704.4 MDR program feedback. 1704.5 Guidance. 1704.6 Exceptions. 1704.7 Requirements. 1704.8 Fees. 1704.9 Determination by originator or interested party. 1704.10 Appeals. Authority:

50 U.S.C. 3001; E.O. 13526, 75 FR 707, 3 CFR, 2009 Comp, p. 298.

§ 1704.1 Authority and purpose.

(a) Authority. This part is issued under the authority of 32 CFR 2001.33; Section 3.5 of Executive Order 13526 (or successor Orders); the National Security Act of 1947, as amended (50 U.S.C. 3001 et seq.).

(b) Purpose. This part prescribes procedures, subject to limitations set forth below, for requesters to request a mandatory declassification review of information classified under Executive Order 13526 or predecessor or successor orders. Section 3.5 of Executive Order 13526 and these regulations are not intended to and do not create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law by a party against the United States, its agencies, officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

§ 1704.2 Definitions.

For purposes of this part:

Control means the authority of the agency that originates information, or its successor in function, to regulate access to the information. (32 CFR 2001.92)

Day means U.S. Federal Government working day, which excludes Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays. Three (3) days may be added to any time limit imposed on a requester by this part if responding by U.S. domestic mail; ten (10) days may be added if responding by international mail.

D/IMD means the Director of the Information Management Division and the leader of any successor organization, who serves as the ODNI's manager of the information review and release program.

Federal agency means any Executive agency, as defined in 5 U.S.C. 105; any Military department, as defined in 5 U.S.C. 102; and any other entity within the executive branch that comes into the possession of classified information.

Information means any knowledge that can be communicated or documentary material, regardless of its physical form, that is owned by, produced by or for, or under the control of the U.S. Government; it does not include information originated by the incumbent President, White House Staff, appointed committees, commissions or boards, or any entities within the Executive Office that solely advise and assist the incumbent President.

Interested party means any official in the executive, military, congressional, or judicial branches of government, or a U.S. Government contractor who, at the sole discretion of the ODNI, has a subject matter or other interest in the documents or information at issue.

NARA means the National Archives and Records Administration.

ODNI means the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Order means Executive Order 13526, “Classified National Security Information” (December 29, 2009) or successor Orders.

Originating element means the element that created the information at issue.

Presidential libraries means the libraries or collection authorities established under the Presidential Libraries Act (44 U.S.C. 2112) and similar institutions or authorities as may be established in the future.

Referral means coordination with or transfer of action to an interested party.

Requester means any person or organization submitting an MDR request.

§ 1704.3 Contact information.

For general information on the regulation in this part or to submit a request for a MDR, please direct your communication by mail to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Director of the Information Management Division, Washington, DC 20511; by facsimile to (703) 874-8910; or by email to [email protected] For general information on the ODNI MDR program or status information on pending MDR cases, call (703) 874-8500.

§ 1704.4 MDR program feedback.

The ODNI welcomes suggestions for improving the administration of our MDR program in accordance with Executive Order 13526. Suggestions should identify the specific purpose and the items for consideration. The ODNI will respond to all communications and take such actions as determined feasible and appropriate.

§ 1704.5 Guidance.

Address all communications to the point of contact as specified in § 1704.3. Clearly describe, list, or label said communication as an MDR Request.

§ 1704.6 Exceptions.

MDR requests will not be accepted from a foreign government entity or any representative thereof. MDR requests will not be accepted for documents required to be submitted for prepublication review or other administrative process pursuant to an approved nondisclosure agreement; for information that is the subject of pending litigation; nor for any document or material containing information from within an operational file exempted from search and review, publication, and disclosure under the FOIA. If the ODNI has reviewed the requested information for declassification within the past two years, the ODNI will not conduct another review, but the D/IMD will notify the requester of this fact and the prior review decision. Requests will not be accepted from requesters who have outstanding fees for MDR or FOIA requests with the ODNI or another federal agency.

1704.7 Requirements.

An MDR request shall describe the document or material containing the information with sufficient specificity to enable the ODNI to locate it with a reasonable amount of effort.

1704.8 Fees.

(a) In general. Any search, review, and reproduction fees will be charged in accordance with the provisions below relating to schedule, limitations, and category of requester. Applicable fees will be due even if a subsequent search locates no responsive records.

(b) Agency discretion to waive fees. Records will be furnished without charge or at a reduced rate when ODNI determines that:

(1) As a matter of administrative discretion, the interest of the United States Government would be served, or

(2) It is in the public interest to provide responsive records because the disclosure is likely to contribute significantly to the public understanding of the operations or activities of the United States Government and is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester.

(c) Agreement to pay fees. If you request an MDR, it shall be considered a firm commitment by you to pay all applicable fees chargeable under this regulation, up to and including the amount of $25.00. When making a request, you may specify a willingness to pay a greater or lesser amount.

(d) Advance payment. The ODNI may require an advance payment of up to 100 percent of the estimated fees when projected fees exceed $250.00, not including charges associated with the first 100 pages of production and two hours of search (when applicable), or when the requester previously failed to pay fees in a timely fashion, for fees of any amount. ODNI will hold in abeyance for 45 days those requests where advance payment has been requested.

(e) Schedule of fees—(1) In general. The schedule of fees for services performed in responding to requests for records is as follows:

Personnel Search and Review Clerical/Technical Quarter Hour $ 5.00 Professional/Supervisory Quarter Hour 10.00 Manager/Senior Professional Quarter Hour 18.00 Computer Search and Production Search (online) Flat Rate 10.00 Search (offline) Flat Rate 30.00 Other activity Per minute 10.00 Tapes (mainframe cassette) Each 9.00 Tapes (mainframe cartridge) Each 9.00 Tapes (mainframe reel) Each 20.00 Tapes (PC 9mm) Each 25.00 Diskette (3.5”) Each 4.00 CD (bulk recorded) Each 10.00 CD (recordable) Each 20.00 Telecommunications Per minute .50 Paper (mainframe printer) Per page .10 Paper (PC b&w laser printer) Per page .10 Paper (PC color printer) Per page 1.00 Paper Production Photocopy (standard or legal) Per page .10 Preprinted (if available) Per 100 pages 5.00 Published (if available) Per item NTIS

(2) Application of schedule. Personnel search time includes time expended in manual paper records searches, indices searches, review of computer search results for relevance, and personal computer system searches. In any event in which the actual cost to ODNI of a particular item is less than the above schedule (e.g., a large production run of a document resulting in a cost less than $5.00 per hundred pages), then the actual lesser cost will be charged.

(3) Other services. For all other types of output, production, or reproduction (e.g., photographs, maps, or published reports), ODNI will charge actual cost or amounts authorized by statute. Determinations of actual cost shall include the commercial cost of the media, the personnel time expended in making the item to be released, and an allocated cost of the equipment used in making the item, or, if the production is effected by a commercial service, then that charge shall be deemed the actual cost for purposes of this regulation.

(f) Limitations on collection of fees—(1) In general. No fees will be charged if the cost of collecting the fee is equal to or greater than the fee itself. That cost includes the administrative costs to ODNI of billing, receiving, recording, and processing the fee for deposit to the Treasury Department and, as of the date of these regulations, is deemed to be $10.00.

(g) Associated requests. If it appears that a requester or a group of requesters acting in concert have requested portions of an apparently unitary request for the purpose of avoiding the assessment of fees, ODNI may aggregate any such requests and charge accordingly. Requests from multiple requesters will not be aggregated without clear evidence. ODNI will not aggregate multiple unrelated requests.

1704.9 Determination by originator or interested party.

(a) In general. The originating element(s) of the classified information (document) is always an interested party to any mandatory declassification review. Other interested parties may become involved through a referral by the D/IMD when it is determined that some or all of the information is also within their official cognizance.

(b) Required determinations: These parties shall respond in writing to the D/IMD with a finding as to the classified status of the information, including the category of protected information as set forth in section 1.4 of the Order, and if older than ten years, the basis for the extension of classification time under sections 1.5 and 3.3 of the Order. These parties shall also indicate whether withholding is otherwise authorized and warranted in accordance with sections 3.5(c) and 6.2(d) of the Order.

(c) Time. Responses to the requester shall be provided on a first-in/first-out basis, taking into account the business requirements of the originating element(s) and other interested parties, and, in accordance with Executive Order 13526, ODNI will respond to requesters within one year of the receipt of requests.

(d) Deciding official. The IMD FOIA Branch Chief, in consultation with the D/IMD and the Classification Management Branch Chief, will ordinarily be the deciding official on initial reviews of MDR requests to the ODNI.

1704.10 Appeals.

(a) Administrative. Appeals of initial decisions must be received in writing by the D/IMD within 60 days of the date of mailing of the ODNI's decision. The appeal must identify with specificity the documents or information to be considered on appeal and it may, but need not, provide a factual or legal basis for the appeal.

(1) Exceptions. No appeal shall be accepted from a foreign government entity or any representative thereof. Appeals will not be accepted for documents required to be submitted for prepublication review or other administrative process pursuant to an approved nondisclosure agreement; for information that is the subject of pending litigation; nor for any document or material containing information from within an operational file exempted from search and review, publication, and disclosure under the FOIA. No appeals shall be accepted if the requester has outstanding fees for information services at ODNI or another federal agency. In addition, no appeal shall be accepted if the information in question has been the subject of a declassification review within the previous two years.

(2) Receipt, recording, and tasking. The D/IMD will record each appeal received under this part and acknowledge receipt to the requester.

(3) Appellate authority. The ODNI Chief Management Officer (CMO), after consultation with all interested parties or ODNI component organizations, as well as the Office of General Counsel, will make a final determination on the appeal within 60 days.

(b) Final appeal. The D/IMD will prepare and communicate the ODNI administrative appeal decision to the requester, NARA, Presidential library, and referring agency, as appropriate. Correspondence will include a notice, if applicable, that a further appeal of ODNI's final decision may be made to the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP) established pursuant to section 5.3 of Executive Order 13526. Action by that Panel will be the subject of rules to be promulgated by the Information Security Oversight Office.

Dated: April 12, 2016. Mark W. Ewing, Chief Management Officer.
[FR Doc. 2016-09252 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9500-01-P
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 117 [Docket No. USCG-2016-0196] Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Red River, Alexandria, LA AGENCY:

Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION:

Notice of deviation from drawbridge regulations.

SUMMARY:

The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the US 165 (Jackson Street) Drawbridge across the Red River, mile 88.6, at Alexandria, Louisiana. The deviation is necessary to allow the bridge owner time to install new pinion bearings essential to the continued safe operation of the drawbridge. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position for approximately 6 days spanning a 2-week period.

DATES:

This deviation is effective from May 31, 2016 through June 9, 2016.

ADDRESSES:

The docket for this deviation, (USCG-2016-0196) 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 Eric A. Washburn, Bridge Administrator, Western Rivers, Coast Guard; telephone 314-269-2378, email [email protected]

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development requested a temporary deviation for the US 165 (Jackson Street) Drawbridge, across the Red River, mile 88.6, at Alexandria, Louisiana. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position from 8 a.m. on May 31, 2016 to 8 p.m. on June 2, 2016 and from 8 a.m. on June 7, 2016 to 8 p.m. on June 9, 2016. This deviation is necessary for the bridge owner to install new pinion bearings.

The US 165 (Jackson Street) Drawbridge currently operates in accordance with 33 CFR 117.491(b).

The US 165 (Jackson Street) Drawbridge provides a vertical clearance of 40.0 feet above normal pool in the closed-to-navigation position. Navigation on the waterway consists primarily of commercial tows and recreational watercraft and will not be significantly impacted. This temporary deviation has been coordinated with waterway users. No objections were received.

The bridge will not be able to open for emergencies and there are no alternate routes for vessels transiting this section of the Red River. 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 the vessel operators can arrange their transits to minimize any impact caused by the temporary deviation.

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

Dated: April 20, 2016. Eric A. Washburn, Bridge Administrator, Western Rivers.
[FR Doc. 2016-09524 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110-04-P
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket Number USCG-2016-0272] RIN 1625-AA00 Safety Zone; Pacific Ocean, North Shore Oahu, HI—Recovery Operations AGENCY:

Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION:

Temporary final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for the navigable waters of the North Shore of Oahu approximately 2.5NM North West of Hale'iwa small boat harbor. The safety zone will encompass all waters extending one nautical mile in all directions around the location of ongoing salvage operations, as described below. The safety zone is needed to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment from potential hazards associated with ongoing operations to salvage the remains of two downed helicopters in this area. A temporary safety zone was previously enforced in the same area from March 4, 2016 through April 01, 2016 to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment from the potential hazards associated with these salvage operations. A new temporary safety zone in the area is necessary to complete recovery of the debris from the helicopters. Entry of vessels or persons into this zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP) Honolulu or his designated representative.

DATES:

This rule is effective without actual notice from April 25, 2016 through 3:00 p.m. (HST) on April 29, 2016. For the purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from 3:00 p.m. (HST) on April 1, 2016 until April 25, 2016.

ADDRESSES:

To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov, type USCG-2016-0272 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 concerning this rule, call or email Lieutenant Commander Nicolas Jarboe, Waterways Management Division, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Honolulu at (808) 541-4359 or [email protected], respectively.

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 COTP Captain of the Port II. Background Information and Regulatory History

On January 15, 2016, the Coast Guard was informed of a helicopter crash off the North Shore of Oahu between Ka'Ena Point and Kahuku Point. The COTP Honolulu determined that potential hazards associated with the salvage efforts constitute a safety concern for anyone within the designated safety zone. This rule is necessary to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment within the navigable waters of the safety zone while salvage operations remain on-going.

The Coast Guard is issuing this temporary rule without prior notice and opportunity to comment pursuant to the authority under section 4(a) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553(b)). This provision authorizes an agency to issue a rule without prior notice and opportunity to comment when the agency for good cause finds that those procedures are “impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.” Under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for not publishing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) with respect to this rule. An NPRM is impracticable because Sector Honolulu was notified on March 29, 2016 of the need for ongoing salvage operations in response to the mishap. Thus, delaying the effective date of this rule to wait for a comment period to run would be impracticable because it would inhibit the Coast Guard's ability to protect the public and vessels from the hazards associated with the on-going salvage operations.

We are issuing this rule, and under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for making this temporary rule effective less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. For the same reasons discussed in the preceding paragraph, waiting for a 30 day notice period to run would be impracticable.

III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule

The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority in 33 U.S.C. 1231. On January 15, 2016, the Coast Guard was informed of a helicopter crash off the North Shore of Oahu between Ka'Ena Point and Kahuku Point. The COTP Honolulu determined that potential hazards associated with the salvage efforts constitute a safety concern for anyone within the designated safety zone. This rule is necessary to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment within the navigable waters of the safety zone while salvage operations remain on-going.

IV. Discussion of the Rule

This rule establishes a safety zone from 3:00 p.m. (HST) on April 1, 2016 through 3:00 p.m. (HST) on April 29, 2016, or until the salvage operations are complete, whichever is earlier. If the safety zone is terminated prior to April 29, 2016, the Coast Guard will provide notice via a broadcast notice to mariners. The safety zone is located within the COTP zone (See 33 CFR 3.70-10) and will encompass all waters extending one nautical mile in all directions around the location of the salvage operations being conducted in location 21°38′01″ N., 158°07′54″ W. This zone extends from the surface of the water to the ocean floor and is intended to protect personnel, vessels, and the marine environment in these navigable waters from potential hazards associated with the salvage operations of two downed helicopters in this area. No vessel or person will be permitted to enter the safety zone absent the express authorization of the COTP or his designated representative.

V. Regulatory Analyses

We developed this rule after considering numerous statutes and Executive order 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 conclude that this rule is not a significant regulatory action because we anticipate that it will have minimal impact on the economy, will not interfere with other agencies, will not adversely alter the budget of any grant or loan recipients, and will not raise any novel legal or policy issues. The safety zone created by this rule will be relatively small and vessels can safely navigate around it. Under certain conditions, moreover, vessels may still transit through the safety zone when permitted by the Captain of the Port.

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 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 safety zone may be small entities, for the reasons stated in section V.A above, this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

Under section 213(a) of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121), we want to assist small entities in understanding this rule. If the rule would affect your small business, organization, or governmental jurisdiction and you have questions concerning its provisions or options for compliance, please contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT 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 a safety zone with a duration of twenty eight days or until the salvage operations are complete. It is categorically excluded from further review under paragraph 34(g) of Figure 2-1 of the Commandant Instruction.

G. Protest Activities

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

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

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

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

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

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

2. Add § 165.T14-1035 to read as follows:
§ 165.T14-1035 Safety Zone; Pacific Ocean, North Shore Oahu, HI—Recovery Operations.

(a) Location. The safety zone is located within the COTP zone (See 33 CFR 3.70-10) and will encompass all waters extending one nautical mile in all directions around the location of the salvage operations being conducted in location 21°38′01″ N., 158°07′54″ W. This zone extends from the surface of the water to the ocean floor.

(b) Enforcement period. This regulation will be enforced from 3:00 p.m. (HST) on April 1, 2016 through 3:00 p.m. (HST) on April 29, 2016, or until the salvage operations are complete, whichever is earlier. If the safety zone is terminated prior 3:00 p.m. (HST) on April 29, 2016, the Coast Guard will provide notice via a broadcast notice to mariners.

(c) Regulations. The general regulations governing safety zones contained in § 165.20 apply to the safety zone created by this temporary section.

(1) All persons are required to comply with the general regulations governing safety zones found in this part.

(2) Entry into or remaining in this zone is prohibited unless expressly authorized by the COTP or his designated representative.

(3) Persons desiring to transit the safety zone identified in paragraph (a) of this section may contact the COTP at the Command Center telephone number (808) 842-2600 and (808) 842-2601, fax (808) 842-2642 or on VHF channel 16 (156.8 Mhz) to seek permission to transit the zone. If permission is granted, all persons and vessels must comply with the instructions of the COTP or his designated representative and proceed at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course while in the zone.

(4) The U.S. Coast Guard may be assisted in the patrol and enforcement of the safety zone by Federal, State, and local agencies.

(d) Notice of enforcement. The COTP will cause notice of the enforcement of the safety zone described in this section to be made by verbal broadcasts and written notice to mariners and the general public.

(e) Definitions. As used in this section, designated representative means any Coast Guard commissioned, warrant, or petty officer who has been authorized by the COTP to assist in enforcing the safety zone described in paragraph (a) of this section.

Dated: March 30, 2016. S.N. Gilreath, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port, Honolulu.
[FR Doc. 2016-09517 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110-04-P
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard 33 CFR Part 165 [Docket Number USCG-2016-0227] RIN 1625-AA00 Safety Zone; Newport Beach Harbor Grand Canal Bridge Construction; Newport Beach, CA AGENCY:

Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION:

Temporary final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone in the waters of the Newport Harbor Grand Canal on Balboa Island. This temporary safety zone is being established to provide for the safety of the waterway users during bridge construction over a 10 month period. Transiting through or within this temporary safety zone is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the Captain of the Port, Los Angeles—Long Beach, or her designated representative.

DATES:

This rule is effective without actual notice from April 25, 2016 through January 31, 2017. For purposes of enforcement, actual notice will be used from April 4, 2016 until April 25, 2016.

ADDRESSES:

To view documents mentioned in this preamble as being available in the docket, go to http://www.regulations.gov, type USCG-2016-0227 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 BMC James Morgia, Waterways Management, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles—Long Beach; telephone (310) 521-3860, email [email protected]

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Table of Abbreviations CFR Code of Federal Regulations DHS Department of Homeland Security E.O. Executive order FR Federal Register LLNR Light List Number NPRM Notice of proposed rulemaking Pub. L. Public Law § Section U.S.C. United States Code II. Background Information and Regulatory History

The Coast Guard is issuing this temporary rule without prior notice and opportunity to comment pursuant to authority under section 4(a) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) (5 U.S.C. 553(b)). This provision authorizes an agency to issue a rule without prior notice and opportunity to comment when the agency for good cause finds that those procedures are “impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.” An NPRM is unnecessary and for this regulation because local authorities have already notified boaters not to transit the waterway during bridge construction and the Grand Canal waterway typically only experiences minimal vessel traffic, by small personal pleasure crafts. An NPRM is impractical for this regulation because the Coast Guard did not receive notice of the April 4 construction until March 8, 2016, and the construction schedule cannot be moved. Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds good cause for making this rule effective less than 30 days after publication in the Federal Register.

Under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), the Coast Guard finds that good cause exists for making this rule effective without 30 days advanced notice of the rule. Delaying the effective date of the rule is impractical and unnecessary for the same reasons specified above: (1) Local authorities have already notified boaters not to transit the waterway during bridge construction, (2) the Coast Guard did not receive notice of the April 4 construction until March 8, 2016, and (3) the Grand Canal waterway typically only experiences minimal vessel traffic, by small personal pleasure craft.

III. Legal Authority and Need for Rule

The Coast Guard is issuing this rule under authority in 33 U.S.C. 1231. The Captain of the Port Los Angeles—Long Beach (COTP) has determined that potential hazards, like falling debris and heavy equipment operations in and near the waterway create a serious safety concern for anyone transiting the waterway during construction. This temporary safety zone is necessary to ensure the safety of, and reduce the risk to, the public, and mariners, in vicinity of the Newport Harbor Grand Canal.

IV. Discussion of the Rule

The U.S. Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone on April 4, 2016 to January 31, 2017, encompassing all navigable waters from the surface to the sea floor within the following coordinates: 33°36.311′ N. 117°53.323′ W., 33°36.437′ N. 117°53.324′ W., 33°36.438′ N. 117°53.343′ W., 33°36.312′ N. 117°53.341′ W. All coordinates displayed are referenced by North American Datum of 1983, World Geodetic System, 1984.

This temporary safety zone will be effective from 6:00 a.m. on April 4, 2016, to 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2017. No vessel or person is permitted to operate in the safety zone without obtaining permission from the Captain of the Port (COTP) or the COTP's designated representative. Sector Los Angeles—Long Beach may be contacted on VHF-FM Channel 16 or 310-521-3801.

V. Regulatory Analyses

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

A. Regulatory Planning and Review

E.O.s 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. E.O. 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 E.O. 12866. Accordingly, it has not been reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget.

The implementation of this temporary safety zone is necessary for the protection of all waterway users. The size of the zone is the minimum necessary to provide adequate protection for the waterways users, adjoining areas, and the public. Any hardships experienced by persons or vessels are considered minimal compared to the interest in protecting the public.

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 certifies under 5 U.S.C. 605(b) that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

This rule will affect the following entities, some of which may be small entities: The owners or operators of vessels intending to transit or anchor within the designated area during the designated enforcement times. This temporary safety zone will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities for the following reasons: (i) This zone will support the safety of vessel traffic through the area, (ii) this zone is limited in scope and duration, (iii) the Coast Guard will issue Broadcast Notice to Mariners via VHF-FM marine channel 16 while the safety zone is enforced.

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 E.O. 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 E.O. 13132.

Also, this rule does not have tribal implications under E.O. 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 is categorically excluded from further review under paragraph 34(g) of Figure 2-1 of the Commandant Instruction. An environmental analysis checklist supporting this determination and a Categorical Exclusion Determination are available in the docket where indicated under ADDRESSES. We seek any comments or information that may lead to the discovery of a significant environmental impact from this rule.

G. Protest Activities

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

List of Subjects in 33 CFR Part 165

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

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

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

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

2. Add § 165.T11-772 to read as follows:
§ 165.T11-772 Safety Zone; Newport Beach Harbor Grand Canal Bridge Construction; Newport Beach, CA.

(a) Location. The following area is a safety zone: All navigable waters from the surface to the sea floor within the following coordinates: 33°36.311′ N. 117°53.323′ W., 33°36.437′ N. 117°53.324′ W., 33°36.438′ N. 117°53.343′ W., 33°36.312′ N. 117°53.341′ W. All coordinates displayed are referenced by North American Datum of 1983, World Geodetic System, 1984.

(b) Definitions. For the purposes of this section:

Designated representative means a Coast Guard Patrol Commander, including a Coast Guard coxswain, petty officer, or other officer operating a Coast Guard vessel and a Federal, State, and local officer designated by or assisting the Captain of the Port Los Angeles-Long Beach (COTP) in the enforcement of the safety zone.

(c) Regulations. (1) Under the general safety zone regulations in subpart C of this part, you may not enter the safety zone described in paragraph (a) of this section unless authorized by the COTP or the COTP's designated representative.

(2) To seek permission to enter, contact the COTP or the COTP's representative by VHF-FM Channel 16 or 310-521-3801. Those in the safety zone must comply with all lawful orders or directions given to them by the COTP or the COTP's designated representative.

(d) Enforcement period. This rule will be enforced from April 4, 2016 to January 31, 2017.

Dated: March 23, 2016. J. F. Williams, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Los Angeles—Long Beach.
[FR Doc. 2016-09518 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110-04-P
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS 38 CFR Part 17 Expanded Access to Non-VA Care Through the Veterans Choice Program; Correction AGENCY:

Department of Veterans Affairs.

ACTION:

Interim final rule; correcting amendment.

SUMMARY:

The Department of Veterans Affairs published in the Federal Register of December 1, 2015, a document amending its medical regulations that implement section 101 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014. In that rule, two paragraphs were inadvertently removed. This document corrects that error.

DATES:

Effective on April 25, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kristin J. Cunningham, Veterans Health Administration, (202) 382-2508 (this is not a toll-free number).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published in the Federal Register of December 1, 2015, a document amending its medical regulations that implement section 101 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014. 80 FR 74991. Inadvertently paragraphs (a)(1) and (a)(2) of 38 CFR 17.1530 were removed. This document corrects that error.

List of Subjects in 38 CFR Part 17

Administrative practice and procedure, Alcohol abuse, Alcoholism, Claims, Day care, Dental health, Drug abuse, Government contracts, Grant programs-health, Grant programs-veterans, Health care, Health facilities, Health professions, Health records, Homeless, Mental health programs, Nursing homes, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Travel and transportation expenses, Veterans.

For reasons set forth in the preamble, the Department of Veterans Affairs amends 38 CFR part 17 with the following correcting amendment:

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

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

2. In § 17.1530, add paragraphs (a)(1) and (2) to read as follows:
§ 17.1530 Eligible entities and providers.

(a) * * *

(1) Not a part of, or an employee of, VA; or

(2) If the provider is an employee of VA, is not acting within the scope of such employment while providing hospital care or medical services through the Veterans Choice Program.

Dated: April 19, 2016. William F. Russo, Office of Regulation Policy & Management, Office of the General Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2016-09475 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320-01-P
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA-R03-OAR-2015-0112; FRL-9945-45-Region 3] Approval and Promulgation of Air Quality Implementation Plans; Pennsylvania; Attainment Plan for the Lower Beaver Valley Nonattainment Area for the 2008 Lead National Ambient Air Quality Standards AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is approving a state implementation plan (SIP) revision submitted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania). The revision demonstrates attainment of the 2008 lead national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) in the Lower Beaver Valley nonattainment area (Lower Beaver Valley Area or Area). The attainment plan includes the base year emissions inventory, an analysis of reasonably available control technology (RACT), reasonably available control measures (RACM) and reasonable further progress (RFP), a modeling demonstration of attainment, and contingency measures for the Area. EPA is approving Pennsylvania's lead attainment plan for the Lower Beaver Valley Area as a revision to Pennsylvania's SIP in accordance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA).

DATES:

This final rule is effective on May 25, 2016.

ADDRESSES:

EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID Number EPA-R03-OAR-2015-0112. All documents in the docket are listed in the www.regulations.gov Web site. Although listed in the electronic docket, some information is not publicly available, i.e., confidential business information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available through www.regulations.gov or may be viewed during normal business hours at the Air Protection Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103. Copies of the State submittal are available at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Quality Control, P.O. Box 8468, 400 Market Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17105.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Gerallyn Duke, (215) 814-2084, or by email at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background

On January 20, 2016 (81 FR 3078), EPA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR) for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In the NPR, EPA proposed approval of a revision to Pennsylvania's SIP for the purpose of demonstrating attainment of the 2008 lead NAAQS in the Lower Beaver Valley Area. The formal SIP revision was submitted by Pennsylvania on January 15, 2015.

On November 12, 2008 (73 FR 66964), EPA revised the lead NAAQS, lowering the level from 1.5 micrograms per cubic meter (μg/m3) to 0.15 μg/m3 calculated over a three-month rolling average. Following promulgation of a new or revised NAAQS, EPA is required by the CAA to designate areas throughout the United States as attaining or not attaining the NAAQS; this designation process is described in section 107(d)(1) of the CAA.

On November 22, 2010 (75 FR 71033), EPA designated Vanport and Potter Townships in Beaver County, Pennsylvania as the Lower Beaver Valley Area for its nonattainment status with respect to the 2008 lead NAAQS. On November 22, 2011 (76 FR 72097), EPA revised the Lower Beaver Valley Area boundary to include Center Township. The designation of the Lower Beaver Valley Area as nonattainment for the 2008 lead NAAQS triggered requirements under section 191(a) of the CAA, requiring Pennsylvania to submit a SIP revision with a plan for how the Area will attain the 2008 lead NAAQS, as expeditiously as practicable, but no later than December 31, 2015.1

1 EPA determined that extension of the Lower Beaver Valley nonattainment area did not affect the required attainment date or SIP submission deadline for the Area. See 76 FR 72097 (November 22, 2011).

Section 179(a)(1) of the CAA establishes specific consequences if EPA finds that a state has failed to submit a SIP or, with regard to a submitted SIP, if EPA determines it is incomplete or if EPA disapproves it. Additionally, any of these findings also triggers an obligation for EPA to promulgate a federal implementation plan (FIP) if the state has not submitted, and EPA has not approved, the required SIP within 2 years of the finding pursuant to section 110(c) of the CAA. On February 25, 2014, the EPA issued a finding that Pennsylvania failed to make the required nonattainment SIP submission for the Lower Beaver Valley Area. 79 FR 10391. With this final approval of Pennsylvania's Lower Beaver Valley attainment plan SIP in accordance with section 172(c) of the CAA, EPA no longer has any obligation to issue a FIP for the Lower Beaver Valley Area in accordance with section 110(c) of the CAA.

II. Summary of SIP Revision

On January 15, 2015, Pennsylvania through the Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) submitted an attainment plan for the Lower Beaver Valley Area as a SIP revision which includes a base year emissions inventory, an attainment demonstration, an analysis of RACM and RACT, provisions for RFP, and contingency measures. The SIP revision also includes as attainment control measures certain provisions of a November 21, 2012 consent order and agreement (COA) (specifically including paragraphs 3, 5, and 6) between PADEP and Horsehead Corporation (Horsehead), the largest source of lead in the Area at the time of designations. Pennsylvania's attainment demonstration relied primarily on the emissions reductions achieved by the shutdown of the smelter equipment at Horsehead, as required by the COA. EPA's analysis of the submitted attainment plan includes a review of these elements for the Lower Beaver Valley Area.

EPA's approval of the attainment plan is based on the Agency's finding that the Area meets all applicable lead NAAQS attainment plan requirements under CAA sections 172, 191, and 192. Due to monitored ambient air quality violations in 2013 and 2014, the Area did not attain the lead NAAQS by the applicable attainment date of December 2015. However, closure of Horsehead in 2014 as required per the COA will facilitate attainment of the 2008 lead NAAQS by 2017. EPA is approving the attainment year emissions inventory submitted with the plan, as well as the RACM/RACT and RFP analyses, the attainment demonstration including modeling, and the contingency measures for the Lower Beaver Valley Area.

Other specific requirements of the SIP submittal attainment plan for the Lower Beaver Valley Area and the rationale for EPA's proposed action are explained in the NPR and its accompanying Technical Support Documents (TSDs) and will not be restated here. No public comments were received on the NPR.

III. Final Action

EPA is approving the lead attainment plan for the Lower Beaver Valley Area as a revision to the Pennsylvania SIP, as submitted on January 15, 2015, including the attainment demonstration, base year emissions inventory, RACM/RACT and RFP analyses, contingency measures and paragraphs 3,5 and 6 of the COA between PADEP and Horsehead provided as attainment control measures. EPA has determined that the January 15, 2015 SIP revision meets the applicable requirements of the CAA. With EPA's final approval of Pennsylvania's Lower Beaver Valley Area attainment plan as a SIP revision, EPA no longer has any obligation to promulgate a FIP for the Area pursuant to sections 110(c) or 172(c) of the CAA.

IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews A. General Requirements

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

• Is not a “significant regulatory action” subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Orders 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993) and 13563 (76 FR 3821, January 21, 2011);

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

B. Submission to Congress and the Comptroller General

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

C. Petitions for Judicial Review

Under section 307(b)(1) of the CAA, petitions for judicial review of this action must be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit by June 24, 2016. Filing a petition for reconsideration by the Administrator of this final rule does not affect the finality of this action for the purposes of judicial review nor does it extend the time within which a petition for judicial review may be filed, and shall not postpone the effectiveness of such rule or action. This action approving Pennsylvania's SIP revision containing the attainment plan for the 2008 lead NAAQS in the Lower Beaver Valley Area may not be challenged later in proceedings to enforce its requirements. (See section 307(b)(2)).

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52

Environmental protection, Air pollution control, Incorporation by reference, Intergovernmental relations, Lead.

Dated: April 6, 2016. Shawn M. Garvin, Regional Administrator, Region III.

40 CFR part 52 is amended as follows:

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

42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.

Subpart NN—Pennsylvania 2. In § 52.2020, the table in paragraph (e)(1) is amended by adding the entry “2008 Lead Attainment Plan” at the end of the table to read as follows:
§ 52.2020 Identification of plan.

(e) * * *

(1) * * *

Name of non-regulatory SIP revision Applicable geographic area State submittal date EPA approval date Additional explanation *         *         *         *         *         *         * 2008 Lead Attainment Plan Lower Beaver Valley Area 1/15/15 4/25/16, [Insert Federal Register citation] See §§ 52.2036(aa) and 52.2055(c).
3. Section 52.2036 is amended by adding paragraph (aa) to read as follows:
§ 52.2036 Base year emissions inventory.

(aa) EPA approves as a revision to the Pennsylvania state implementation plan the 2010 base year emissions inventory for the Lower Beaver Valley, Pennsylvania nonattainment area for the 2008 lead NAAQS. This SIP revision was submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on January 15, 2015. This submittal includes the 2010 base year emissions inventory for all relevant sources in the Lower Beaver Valley nonattainment area for the pollutant lead.

4. Section 52.2055 is amended by adding paragraph (c) to read as follows:
§ 52.2055 Control strategy: Lead.

(c) EPA approves the state implementation plan for the Lower Beaver Valley, Pennsylvania nonattainment area for the 2008 lead NAAQS. This SIP revision includes reasonably available control measures, reasonably available control technology, contingency measures, and an attainment demonstration submitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on January 15, 2015.

[FR Doc. 2016-09432 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA-R09-OAR-2015-0751; FRL-9944-38-Region 9] Approval of California Air Plan Revisions, San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking final action to approve a revision to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District (SJVUAPCD) portion of the California State Implementation Plan (SIP). This revision concerns emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), oxides of nitrogen (NOX), and particulate matter (PM) from internal combustion engines. We are approving a local rule that regulates these emission sources under the Clean Air Act (CAA or the Act).

DATES:

This rule will be effective on May 25, 2016.

ADDRESSES:

The EPA has established docket number EPA-R09-OAR-2015-0751 for this action. Generally, documents in the docket for this action are available electronically at http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at EPA Region IX, 75 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, California 94105-3901. While all documents in the docket are listed at http://www.regulations.gov, some information may be publicly available only at the hard copy location (e.g., copyrighted material, large maps, multi-volume reports), and some may not be available in either location (e.g., confidential business information (CBI)). To inspect the hard copy materials, please schedule an appointment during normal business hours with the contact listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Nicole Law, EPA Region IX, (415) 947-4126, [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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

Table of Contents I. Proposed Action II. Public Comments and EPA Responses III. EPA Action IV. Incorporation by Reference V. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews I. Proposed Action

On December 2, 2015 (80 FR 75442), the EPA proposed to approve the following rule into the California SIP.

Local agency Rule No. Rule title Amended Submitted SJVUAPCD 4702 Internal Combustion Engines 11/14/13 05/13/14

We proposed to approve this rule because we determined that it complied with the relevant CAA requirements. Our proposed action contains more information on the rule and our evaluation.

II. Public Comments and EPA Responses

The EPA's proposed action provided a 30-day public comment period. Because one document in the docket for the proposal was not listed in www.regulations.gov until after the comment period had closed, EPA reopened the comment period on February 12, 2016 for an additional 15 days to ensure the public had an opportunity to review and comment on all material in the docket. During both open comment periods, we received no comments.

III. EPA Action

No comments were submitted. Therefore, as authorized in section 110(k)(3) of the Act, the EPA is fully approving this rule into the California SIP.

IV. Incorporation by Reference

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

V. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

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

• Is not a significant regulatory action subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Orders 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993) and 13563 (76 FR 3821, January 21, 2011);

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

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

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

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

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

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

• is not subject to requirements of Section 12(d) of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (15 U.S.C. 272 note) because application of those requirements would be inconsistent with the Clean Air Act; 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 and will not impose substantial direct costs on tribal governments or preempt tribal law as specified by Executive Order 13175 (65 FR 67249, November 9, 2000).

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

Under section 307(b)(1) of the Clean Air Act, petitions for judicial review of this action must be filed in the United States Court of Appeals for the appropriate circuit by June 24, 2016. Filing a petition for reconsideration by the Administrator of this final rule does not affect the finality of this action for the purposes of judicial review nor does it extend the time within which a petition for judicial review may be filed, and shall not postpone the effectiveness of such rule or action. This action may not be challenged later in proceedings to enforce its requirements (see section 307(b)(2)).

List of Subjects in 40 CFR Part 52

Environmental protection, Air pollution control, Incorporation by reference, Intergovernmental relations, Nitrogen dioxide, Ozone, Particulate matter, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Sulfur oxides, Volatile organic compounds.

Dated: March 17, 2016. Jared Blumenfeld, Regional Administrator, Region IX.

Part 52, Chapter I, Title 40 of the Code of Federal Regulations is amended as follows:

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

42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.

Subpart F—California 2. Section 52.220 is amended by adding paragraphs (c)(350)(i)(C)(3) and (c)(441)(i)(D)(4) to read as follows:
§ 52.220 Identification of plan.

(c) * * *

(350) * * *

(i) * * *

(C) * * *

(3) Previously approved on January 10, 2008 in paragraph(c)(350)(i)(C)(1) of this section and now deleted with replacement in paragraph (c)(441)(i)(D)(4), Rule 4702, “Internal Combustion Engines,” amended on January 18, 2007.

(441) * * *

(i) * * *

(D) * * *

(4) Rule 4702, “Internal Combustion Engines,” amended on November 14, 2013.

[FR Doc. 2016-09430 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Parts 52 and 81 [EPA-R06-OAR-2015-0852; FRL-9945-40-Region 6] Approval and Promulgation of Implementation Plans; AR; Redesignation of the Crittenden County, 2008 8-Hour Ozone Nonattainment Area to Attainment AGENCY:

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

On December 10, 2015, the State of Arkansas, through the Arkansas Department of Environment Quality (ADEQ), submitted a request for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to redesignate the portion of Arkansas that is within the Memphis, Tennessee-Mississippi-Arkansas (Memphis, TN-MS-AR) 2008 8-hour ozone nonattainment area (hereafter referred to as the “Memphis, TN-MS-AR Area” or “Area”) and to approve a State Implementation Plan (SIP) revision containing a maintenance plan for the Area. EPA has determined that the Memphis, TN-MS-AR Area is attaining the 2008 8-hour ozone national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS); is approving the State's plan for maintaining attainment of the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS in the Area, including the motor vehicle emission budgets (MVEBs) for nitrogen oxides (NOX) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) for the years 2012 and 2027 for the Arkansas portion of the Area, into the SIP; and is redesignating the Arkansas portion of the Area to attainment for the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS. EPA is also notifying the public of the status of EPA's adequacy determination for the MVEBs for the Arkansas portion of the Memphis, TN-MS-AR Area.

DATES:

This rule is effective on May 25, 2016.

ADDRESSES:

The EPA has established a docket for this action under Docket ID No. EPA-R06-OAR-2015-0852. All documents in the docket are listed on the http://www.regulations.gov Web site. Although listed in the index, some information is not publicly available, e.g., Confidential Business Information or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Certain other material, such as copyrighted material, is not placed on the Internet and will be publicly available only in hard copy form. Publicly available docket materials are available either electronically through http://www.regulations.gov or in hard copy at the EPA Region 6, 1445 Ross Avenue, Suite 700, Dallas, Texas 75202-2733.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jeffrey Riley, 214-665-8542, [email protected]

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Throughout this document “we,” “us,” and “our” means the EPA.

I. Background

The background for this action is discussed in detail in our February 10, 2016 proposal (81 FR 7046). In that document, we proposed to determine that the Memphis, TN-MS-AR Area is continuing to attain the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS; to approve and incorporate into the Arkansas SIP the State's plan for maintaining attainment of the 2008 8-hour ozone standard in the Area, including the 2012 and 2027 MVEBs for NOX and VOC for Arkansas' portion of Memphis, TN-MS-AR Area; and to redesignate the Arkansas portion of the Area to attainment for the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS. In that notice, EPA also notified the public of the status of the Agency's adequacy determination for the NOX and VOC MVEBs for Arkansas' portion of the Memphis, TN-MS-AR Area. No comments were received. The details of Arkansas' submittal and the rationale for EPA's actions are further explained in the February 10, 2016 proposal.

II. What are the effects of these actions?

Approval of Arkansas' redesignation request changes the legal designation of Crittenden County in the Arkansas portion of the Memphis, TN-MS-AR Area, found at 40 CFR 81.325, from nonattainment to attainment for the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS. Approval of Arkansas' associated SIP revision also incorporates a plan into the SIP for maintaining the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS in the Arkansas portion of the Memphis, TN-MS-AR Area through 2027. The maintenance plan establishes NOX and VOC MVEBs for 2012 and 2027 for the Crittenden County portion of the Memphis, TN-MS-AR Area and includes contingency measures1 to remedy any future violations of the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS and procedures for evaluation of potential violations. The MVEBs, in tons per day (tpd) for the Arkansas portion of the Memphis, TN-MS-AR Area along with the allocations from the safety margin, are provided in the table below.2

1 On January 20, 2016, ADEQ clarified ADEQ's commitment is to adopt and implement contingency measures upon a violation-triggering event if it is determined that the violation is caused by a source or sources within Crittenden County. Clarification Letter from Stuart Spencer to Ron Curry, January 20, 2016 (Clarification Letter). A copy is contained in the docket for this rulemaking.

2 Arkansas has chosen to allocate a portion of the available safety margin to the NOX and VOC MVEBs for 2027. ADEQ has allocated 6.29 tpd to the 2027 NOX MVEB and 1.10 tpd to the 2027 VOC MVEB.

MVEBs for the Arkansas Portion of the Memphis, TN-MS-AR Area [tpd] 2012 NOX VOC 2027 NOX VOC On-Road Emissions 13.04 2.35 5.18 0.98 Safety Margin Allocated to MVEB N/A N/A 6.29 1.10 Conformity MVEB 13.04 2.35 11.47 2.08 III. Final Actions

EPA is taking three separate final actions regarding the Memphis, TN-MS-AR Area's redesignation to attainment and maintenance of the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS. First, EPA is determining that the Memphis, TN-MS-AR Area is continuing to attain the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS.

Second, EPA is approving and incorporating the maintenance plan (including the Clarification Letter) for the Memphis, TN-MS-AR Area, including the NOX and VOC MVEBs for 2012 and 2027, into the Arkansas SIP. The maintenance plan demonstrates that the Area will continue to maintain the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS through 2027, and the budgets meet all of the adequacy criteria contained in 40 CFR 93.118(e)(4) and (5).

Third, EPA is determining that Arkansas has met the criteria under CAA section 107(d)(3)(E) for the Memphis, TN-MS-AR Area for redesignation from nonattainment to attainment for the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS. On this basis, EPA is approving Arkansas' redesignation request for the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS for the Arkansas portion of the Memphis, TN-MS-AR Area. As mentioned above, approval of the redesignation request changes the official designation of Crittenden County in the Arkansas portion of the Memphis, TN-MS-AR Area for the 2008 8-hour ozone NAAQS from nonattainment to attainment, as found at 40 CFR part 81.

EPA is also notifying the public that EPA finds the newly-established NOX and VOC MVEBs for the Arkansas portion of the Memphis, TN-MS-AR Area adequate for the purpose of transportation conformity. Within 24 months from this final rule, the transportation partners will need to demonstrate conformity to the new NOX and VOC MVEBs pursuant to 40 CFR 93.104(e)(3).

IV. Statutory and Executive Order Reviews

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

• Is not a “significant regulatory action” subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget under Executive Orders 12866 (58 FR 51735, October 4, 1993) and 13563 (76 FR 3821, January 21, 2011);

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Under section 307(b)(1) of the 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 June 24, 2016. Filing a petition for reconsideration by the Administrator of this final rule does not affect the finality of this action for the purposes of judicial review nor does it extend the time within which a petition for judicial review may be filed, and shall not postpone the effectiveness of such rule or action. This action may not be challenged later in proceedings to enforce its requirements. (See section 307(b)(2).)

List of Subjects 40 CFR Part 52

Environmental protection, Air pollution control, Incorporation by reference, Intergovernmental relations, Nitrogen dioxide, Ozone, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Volatile organic compounds.

40 CFR Part 81

Environmental protection, Air pollution control.

Dated: April 13, 2014. Ron Curry, Regional Administrator, Region 6.

40 CFR part 52 is amended as follows:

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

42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.

Subpart E—Arkansas 2. In § 52.170(e) the third table titled “EPA-Approved Nonregulatory Provisions and Quasi-Regulatory Measures in the Arkansas SIP” is amended by adding an entry at the end of the table for “2008 8-hour ozone Redesignation Request, Maintenance Plan, and Clarification Letter for the Crittenden County portion of Memphis, TN-AR-MS Nonattainment Area” to read as follows:
§ 52.170 Identification of plan.

(e) * * *

EPA Approved Non-Regulatory Provisions and Quasi-Regulatory Measures in the Arkansas SIP Name of SIP provision Applicable geographic or nonattainment area State
  • submittal/
  • effective date
  • EPA approval date Explanation
    * * * * * * * 2008 8-hour ozone Redesignation Request, Maintenance Plan, and Clarification Letter for the Crittenden County portion of Memphis, TN-AR-MS Nonattainment Area Crittenden County portion of Memphis, TN-AR-MS Nonattainment Area 12/10/2015 4/25/2016 [Insert Federal Register citation]
    PART 81—DESIGNATION OF AREAS FOR AIR QUALITY PLANNING PURPOSES 3. The authority citation for part 81 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    42 U.S.C. 7401 et seq.

    4. In § 81.304, the table entitled “Arkansas-2008 8-Hour Ozone NAAQS (Primary and secondary)” is amended by revising the heading of the entry for “Memphis, TN-MS-AR Crittenden County” to read as follows:
    § 81.304 Arkansas. Arkansas—2008 8-Hour Ozone NAAQS (Primary and Secondary) Designated area Designation Date 1 Type Classification Date 1 Type Memphis, TN-MS-AR 2 Crittenden County 4/25/2016 Attainment * * * * * * * 1 This date is July 20, 2012, unless otherwise noted. 2 Excludes Indian country located in each area, unless otherwise noted. 3 Includes any Indian country in each county or area, unless otherwise specified.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09451 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency 44 CFR Part 64 [Docket ID FEMA-2016-0002; Internal Agency Docket No. FEMA-8431] Suspension of Community Eligibility AGENCY:

    Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

    ACTION:

    Final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    This rule identifies communities where the sale of flood insurance has been authorized under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that are scheduled for suspension on the effective dates listed within this rule because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the program. If the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) receives documentation that the community has adopted the required floodplain management measures prior to the effective suspension date given in this rule, the suspension will not occur and a notice of this will be provided by publication in the Federal Register on a subsequent date. Also, information identifying the current participation status of a community can be obtained from FEMA's Community Status Book (CSB). The CSB is available at http://www.fema.gov/fema/csb.shtm.

    DATES:

    The effective date of each community's scheduled suspension is the third date (“Susp.”) listed in the third column of the following tables.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    If you want to determine whether a particular community was suspended on the suspension date or for further information, contact Patricia Suber, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-4149.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The NFIP enables property owners to purchase Federal flood insurance that is not otherwise generally available from private insurers. In return, communities agree to adopt and administer local floodplain management measures aimed at protecting lives and new construction from future flooding. Section 1315 of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4022, prohibits the sale of NFIP flood insurance unless an appropriate public body adopts adequate floodplain management measures with effective enforcement measures. The communities listed in this document no longer meet that statutory requirement for compliance with program regulations, 44 CFR part 59. Accordingly, the communities will be suspended on the effective date in the third column. As of that date, flood insurance will no longer be available in the community. We recognize that some of these communities may adopt and submit the required documentation of legally enforceable floodplain management measures after this rule is published but prior to the actual suspension date. These communities will not be suspended and will continue to be eligible for the sale of NFIP flood insurance. A notice withdrawing the suspension of such communities will be published in the Federal Register.

    In addition, FEMA publishes a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) that identifies the Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) in these communities. The date of the FIRM, if one has been published, is indicated in the fourth column of the table. No direct Federal financial assistance (except assistance pursuant to the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act not in connection with a flood) may be provided for construction or acquisition of buildings in identified SFHAs for communities not participating in the NFIP and identified for more than a year on FEMA's initial FIRM for the community as having flood-prone areas (section 202(a) of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 4106(a), as amended). This prohibition against certain types of Federal assistance becomes effective for the communities listed on the date shown in the last column. The Administrator finds that notice and public comment procedures under 5 U.S.C. 553(b), are impracticable and unnecessary because communities listed in this final rule have been adequately notified.

    Each community receives 6-month, 90-day, and 30-day notification letters addressed to the Chief Executive Officer stating that the community will be suspended unless the required floodplain management measures are met prior to the effective suspension date. Since these notifications were made, this final rule may take effect within less than 30 days.

    National Environmental Policy Act. This rule is categorically excluded from the requirements of 44 CFR part 10, Environmental Considerations. No environmental impact assessment has been prepared.

    Regulatory Flexibility Act. The Administrator has determined that this rule is exempt from the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act because the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, as amended, Section 1315, 42 U.S.C. 4022, prohibits flood insurance coverage unless an appropriate public body adopts adequate floodplain management measures with effective enforcement measures. The communities listed no longer comply with the statutory requirements, and after the effective date, flood insurance will no longer be available in the communities unless remedial action takes place.

    Regulatory Classification. This final rule is not a significant regulatory action under the criteria of section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866 of September 30, 1993, Regulatory Planning and Review, 58 FR 51735.

    Executive Order 13132, Federalism. This rule involves no policies that have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132.

    Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform. This rule meets the applicable standards of Executive Order 12988.

    Paperwork Reduction Act. This rule does not involve any collection of information for purposes of the Paperwork Reduction Act, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.

    List of Subjects in 44 CFR Part 64

    Flood insurance, Floodplains.

    Accordingly, 44 CFR part 64 is amended as follows:

    PART 64—[AMENDED] 1. The authority citation for Part 64 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    42 U.S.C. 4001 et seq.; Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978, 3 CFR, 1978 Comp.; p. 329; E.O. 12127, 44 FR 19367, 3 CFR, 1979 Comp.; p. 376.

    § 64.6 [Amended]
    2. The tables published under the authority of § 64.6 are amended as follows: State and location Community
  • No.
  • Effective date authorization/cancellation of sale of flood insurance in community Current effective
  • map date
  • Date certain
  • Federal assistance no longer
  • available in SFHAs
  • Region III Pennsylvania: Anthony, Township of, Lycoming County. 420971 December 6, 1973, Emerg; December 1, 1986, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. June 2, 2016 June 2, 2016. Armstrong, Township of, Lycoming County. 420635 March 30, 1973, Emerg; September 28, 1979, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do *   Do. Brady, Township of, Lycoming County. 421169 April 30, 1974, Emerg; July 16, 1979, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Brown, Township of, Lycoming County. 420636 May 11, 1973, Emerg; March 2, 1981, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Cascade, Township of, Lycoming County. 421837 July 29, 1976, Emerg; December 1, 1986, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Clinton, Township of, Lycoming County. 420637 April 10, 1973, Emerg; September 28, 1979, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Cogan House, Township of, Lycoming County. 421838 February 5, 1981, Emerg; June 1, 1987, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Cummings, Township of, Lycoming County. 420638 June 6, 1973, Emerg; September 17, 1980, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. DuBoistown, Borough of, Lycoming County. 420639 December 22, 1972, Emerg; March 1, 1977, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Eldred, Township of, Lycoming County. 421839 June 20, 1974, Emerg; September 17, 1980, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Fairfield, Township of, Lycoming County. 420972 September 25, 1973, Emerg; June 1, 1981, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Franklin, Township of, Lycoming County. 420973 January 28, 1974, Emerg; June 1, 1987, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Gamble, Township of, Lycoming County. 420974 August 1, 1973, Emerg; September 30, 1980, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Hepburn, Township of, Lycoming County. 420640 June 19, 1973, Emerg; February 17, 1982, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Hughesville, Borough of, Lycoming County. 420641 January 21, 1974, Emerg; October 15, 1981, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Jackson, Township of, Lycoming County. 422601 January 19, 1989, Emerg; January 1, 1991, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Jersey Shore, Borough of, Lycoming County. 420642 October 27, 1972, Emerg; March 5, 1976, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Jordan, Township of, Lycoming County. 422596 January 27, 1976, Emerg; December 1, 1986, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Lewis, Township of, Lycoming County. 420643 June 14, 1973, Emerg; March 2, 1983, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Limestone, Township of, Lycoming County. 422588 June 5, 1980, Emerg; June 1, 1987, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Loyalsock, Township of, Lycoming County. 421040 February 5, 1974, Emerg; May 16, 1977, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Lycoming, Township of, Lycoming County. 420644 May 4, 1973, Emerg; September 17, 1980, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. McHenry, Township of, Lycoming County. 420975 September 7, 1973, Emerg; August 15, 1980, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. McIntyre, Township of, Lycoming County. 420645 June 6, 1973, Emerg; November 4, 1981, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. McNett, Township of, Lycoming County. 422597 September 26, 1975, Emerg; December 23, 1983, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Mifflin, Township of, Lycoming County. 422590 September 15, 1975, Emerg; April 17, 1985, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Montgomery, Borough of, Lycoming County. 420646 September 1, 1972, Emerg; June 15, 1978, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Montoursville, Borough of, Lycoming County. 420648 February 9, 1973, Emerg; August 15, 1977, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Moreland, Township of, Lycoming County. 421846 June 15, 1976, Emerg; March 2, 1981, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Muncy, Borough of, Lycoming County. 420649 June 30, 1972, Emerg; February 16, 1977, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Muncy, Township of, Lycoming County. 421847 May 9, 1980, Emerg; August 19, 1987, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Muncy Creek, Township of, Lycoming County. 420650 August 23, 1974, Emerg; September 30, 1980, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Nippenose, Township of, Lycoming County. 420651 May 1, 1973, Emerg; April 15, 1980, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Old Lycoming, Township of, Lycoming County. 420652 January 19, 1973, Emerg; April 15, 1977, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Penn, Township of, Lycoming County. 421848 March 7, 1977, Emerg; August 15, 1990, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Piatt, Township of, Lycoming County. 420653 April 10, 1973, Emerg; April 1, 1980, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Picture Rocks, Borough of, Lycoming County. 420654 March 21, 1975, Emerg; September 5, 1990, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Pine, Township of, Lycoming County. 420954 October 4, 1973, Emerg; September 17, 1980, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Plunketts Creek, Township of, Lycoming County. 420655 March 2, 1973, Emerg; August 2, 1982, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Porter, Township of, Lycoming County. 420656 March 9, 1973, Emerg; January 14, 1977, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Salladasburg, Borough of, Lycoming County. 420657 September 12, 1975, Emerg; January 5, 1979, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Shrewsbury, Township of, Lycoming County. 421148 April 9, 1974, Emerg; December 15, 1990, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. South Williamsport, Borough of, Lycoming County. 420658 January 7, 1974, Emerg; April 15, 1977, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Susquehanna, Township of, Lycoming County. 420659 April 19, 1973, Emerg; September 28, 1979, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Upper Fairfield, Township of, Lycoming County. 420660 May 15, 1973, Emerg; September 17, 1980, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Washington, Township of, Lycoming County. 422613 September 15, 1975, Emerg; December 1, 1986, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Watson, Township of, Lycoming County. 420661 May 4, 1973, Emerg; October 15, 1980, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Williamsport, City of, Lycoming County. 420662 November 24, 1972, Emerg; December 1, 1977, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Wolf, Township of, Lycoming County. 420663 March 30, 1973, Emerg; December 2, 1980, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. Woodward, Township of, Lycoming County. 420664 June 4, 1973, Emerg; September 28, 1979, Reg; June 2, 2016, Susp. ......do   Do. * ......do = Ditto. Code for reading third column: Emerg.—Emergency; Reg.—Regular; Susp.—Suspension.
    Michael M. Grimm, Assistant Administrator for Mitigation, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09471 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110-12-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency 44 CFR Part 64 [Docket ID FEMA-2016-0002; Internal Agency Docket No. FEMA-8429] Suspension of Community Eligibility Correction

    In rule document appearing on pages 17615-17617 in the issue of Wednesday, March 30, 2016, make the following correction:

    § 64.6 [Corrected]

    The table appearing on pages 17616-17617 should read as follows:

    State and location Community No. Effective date authorization/cancellation of sale of flood insurance in community Current effective map date Date certain Federal assistance no longer available in SFHAs Region III Virginia: Albemarle County, Unincorporated Areas 510006 May 9, 1973, Emerg; December 16, 1980, Reg; May 16, 2016, Susp May 16, 2016 May 16, 2016. Hampton, City of, Independent City. 515527 March 27, 1970, Emerg; January 15, 1971, Reg; May 16, 2016, Susp ......do   Do. King and Queen County, Unincorporated Areas 510082 June 20, 1974, Emerg; September 5, 1990, Reg; May 16, 2016, Susp ......do   Do. Scottsville, Town of, Albemarle and Fluvanna Counties 510007 April 12, 1973, Emerg; September 5, 1979, Reg; May 16, 2016, Susp ......do   Do. Region V Wisconsin: Cambria, Village of, Columbia County 550057 June 11, 1975, Emerg; September 18, 1985, Reg; May 16, 2016, Susp ......do   Do. Columbia County, Unincorporated Areas 550581 July 31, 1975, Emerg; April 15, 1980, Reg; May 16, 2016, Susp ......do   Do. Columbus, City of, Columbia and Dodge Counties 550058 October 7, 1974, Emerg; December 1, 1981, Reg; May 16, 2016, Susp ......do   Do. Doylestown, Village of, Columbia County 550059 April 30, 1976, Emerg; September 18, 1985, Reg; May 16, 2016, Susp ......do   Do. Fall River, Village of, Columbia County 550060 April 17, 1975, Emerg; September 4, 1985, Reg; May 16, 2016, Susp ......do   Do. Lodi, City of, Columbia County 550061 June 13, 1974, Emerg; November 15, 1984, Reg; May 16, 2016, Susp ......do   Do. Pardeeville, Village of, Columbia County 550062 August 19, 1976, Emerg; August 15, 1983, Reg; May 16, 2016, Susp ......do   Do. Portage, City of, Columbia County 550063 June 11, 1974, Emerg; August 15, 1983, Reg; May 16, 2016, Susp ......do   Do. Poynette, Village of, Columbia County 550064 July 29, 1975, Emerg; September 18, 1985, Reg; May 16, 2016, Susp ......do   Do. Wisconsin Dells, City of, Adams, Columbia, Juneau and Sauk Counties 550065 July 17, 1975, Emerg; December 18, 1984, Reg; May 16, 2016, Susp ......do   Do. Wyocena, Village of, Columbia County 550066 May 22, 1975, Emerg; January 18, 1984, Reg; May 16, 2016, Susp ......do   Do. Region VIII Colorado: Crook, Town of, Logan County 080111 May 6, 1977, Emerg; February 5, 1986, Reg; May 16, 2016, Susp ......do   Do. Iliff, Town of, Logan County 080207 March 20, 1984, Emerg; August 4, 1987, Reg; May 16, 2016, Susp ......do   Do. Logan County, Unincorporated Areas 080110 January 3, 1977, Emerg; September 29, 1989, Reg; May 16, 2016, Susp ......do   Do. Sterling, City of, Logan County 080294 August 4, 1977, Emerg; September 29, 1989, Reg; May 16, 2016, Susp ......do   Do. *-do- = Ditto. Code for reading third column: Emerg.—Emergency; Reg.—Regular; Susp—Suspension.
    [FR Doc. C1-2016-07093 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1505-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency 44 CFR Part 67 [Docket ID FEMA-2016-0002] Final Flood Elevation Determinations AGENCY:

    Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

    ACTION:

    Final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    Base (1% annual-chance) Flood Elevations (BFEs) and modified BFEs are made final for the communities listed below. The BFEs and modified BFEs are the basis for the floodplain management measures that each community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of being already in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

    DATES:

    The date of issuance of the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) showing BFEs and modified BFEs for each community. This date may be obtained by contacting the office where the maps are available for inspection as indicated in the table below.

    ADDRESSES:

    The final BFEs for each community are available for inspection at the office of the Chief Executive Officer of each community. The respective addresses are listed in the table below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Rick Sacbibit, Chief, Engineering Services Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-7659, or (email) [email protected]; or visit the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) online at www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/fmx_main.html.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) makes the final determinations listed below for the modified BFEs for each community listed. These modified elevations have been published in newspapers of local circulation and ninety (90) days have elapsed since that publication. The Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation has resolved any appeals resulting from this notification.

    This final rule is issued in accordance with section 110 of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 4104, and 44 CFR part 67. FEMA has developed criteria for floodplain management in floodprone areas in accordance with 44 CFR part 60.

    Interested lessees and owners of real property are encouraged to review the proof Flood Insurance Study and FIRM available at the address cited below for each community.

    The BFEs and modified BFEs are made final in the communities listed below. Elevations at selected locations in each community are shown.

    National Environmental Policy Act. This final rule is categorically excluded from the requirements of 44 CFR part 10, Environmental Consideration. An environmental impact assessment has not been prepared.

    Regulatory Flexibility Act. As flood elevation determinations are not within the scope of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601-612, a regulatory flexibility analysis is not required.

    Regulatory Classification. This final rule is not a significant regulatory action under the criteria of section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866 of September 30, 1993, Regulatory Planning and Review, 58 FR 51735.

    Executive Order 13132, Federalism. This final rule involves no policies that have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132.

    Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform. This final rule meets the applicable standards of Executive Order 12988.

    List of Subjects in 44 CFR Part 67

    Administrative practice and procedure, Flood insurance, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements.

    Dated: April 11, 2016. Roy E. Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    Accordingly, 44 CFR part 67 is amended as follows:

    PART 67—[AMENDED] 1. The authority citation for part 67 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    42 U.S.C. 4001 et seq.; Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978, 3 CFR, 1978 Comp., p. 329; E.O. 12127, 44 FR 19367, 3 CFR, 1979 Comp., p. 376.

    § 67.11 [Amended]
    2. The tables published under the authority of § 67.11 are amended as follows: Flooding source(s) Location of referenced elevation * Elevation in feet (NGVD)
  • + Elevation in feet (NAVD)
  • # Depth in feet above ground
  • ⁁ Elevation in
  • meters (MSL)
  • Modified
  • Communities
  • affected
  • Clay County, Arkansas, and Incorporated Areas Docket No.: FEMA-B-1145 Cypress Creek Ditch Approximately 150 feet east of Southwest 11th Street to approximately 400 feet east of Southwest 11th Street + 281 City of Corning. Approximately 120 feet south of Lucien Avenue to approximately 580 feet north of Lucien Avenue + 281 Cypress Creek Ditch Approximately 100 feet north of Bryan Avenue to approximately 160 feet south of Bryan Street + 281 City of Corning. Approximately 430 feet west of Southwest 6th Street to approximately 600 feet west of Southwest 6th Street + 281 Sugar Creek Approximately 1,255 feet downstream of Pfeiffer Street + 282 Unincorporated Areas of Clay County. Approximately 0.57 mile upstream of the confluence with Club Drain + 317 Tributary 2 Approximately 1,350 feet upstream of West Jackson Street + 329 Unincorporated Areas of Clay County. * National Geodetic Vertical Datum. + North American Vertical Datum. # Depth in feet above ground. ⁁ Mean Sea Level, rounded to the nearest 0.1 meter. ADDRESSES City of Corning Maps are available for inspection at City Hall, 304 Southwest Second Street, Corning, AR 72422. Unincorporated Areas of Clay County Maps are available for inspection at the Clay County Conservation District, 168 East Main Street, Piggott, AR 72454.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09470 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110-12-P
    DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration 49 CFR Part 172 Hazardous Materials Table, Special Provisions, Hazardous Materials Communications, Emergency Response Information, Training Requirements, and Security Plans CFR Correction In Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, parts 100 to 177, revised as of October 1, 2015, on page 269, in § 172.101, in the Hazardous Materials Table, for the entry “Phenylmercuric compounds, n.o.s.” add “G” in the first column. [FR Doc. 2016-09615 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1505-01-D DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 160211104-6339-02] RIN 0648-BF70 Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Gag Management Measures AGENCY:

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

    ACTION:

    Final rule.

    SUMMARY:

    NMFS issues regulations to implement management measures described in a framework action to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP), as prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council). This action revises the recreational closed season for gag and the recreational minimum size limits for gag and black grouper in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) exclusive economic zone. The purpose of this final rule is to optimize recreational opportunities to harvest gag and to address inconsistencies in the recreational minimum size limits for gag and black grouper in the Gulf and South Atlantic.

    DATES:

    This final rule is effective May 25, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    Electronic copies of the framework action, which includes an environmental assessment, a regulatory impact review, and a Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) analysis may be obtained from the Southeast Regional Office Web site at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/gulf_fisheries/reef_fish/2016/gag_and_black_grouper_framework/index.html.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Richard Malinowski, Southeast Regional Office, NMFS, telephone: 727-824-5305, email: [email protected].

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Gulf reef fish fishery, which includes gag and black grouper, is managed under the FMP. The FMP was prepared by the Council and is implemented through regulations at 50 CFR part 622 under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act).

    On March 3, 2016, NMFS published a proposed rule for the framework action and requested public comment (81 FR 11166). The proposed rule and Amendment 35 outline the rationale for the actions contained in this final rule. A summary of the actions implemented by the framework action and this final rule is provided below.

    The 2014 Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR 33) benchmark stock assessment indicates that the Gulf gag stock is not overfished or undergoing overfishing. However, as described in the framework action, the Council's Reef Fish Advisory Panel, the Council's Science and Statistical Committee (SSC), and the public all suggested that the Council use caution when setting the gag annual catch limits (ACL) and annual catch targets (ACT) because SEDAR 33 resulted in a large increase in the overfishing limit compared to the previous gag assessment. Therefore, the Council decided not to modify the Gulf gag ACL or ACT in this framework action.

    The 2010 SEDAR 19 benchmark assessment for black grouper found that the Gulf black grouper stock was neither overfished nor undergoing overfishing.

    Management Measures Contained in This Final Rule

    This final rule revises the recreational closed season for gag and the recreational minimum size limits for gag and black grouper in the Gulf.

    Gag Recreational Closed Season

    The current closed season for the gag recreational sector is January 1 through June 30 and December 3 through December 31, annually. This closed season was established in Amendment 32 to the FMP to help prevent the gag recreational ACL from being exceeded (77 FR 6988, February 10, 2012).

    This final rule revises the gag recreational closed season to be from January 1 to May 31, annually. This revised closed season is expected to reduce the amount of dead discards of gag that occur during the Gulf's recreational season for red snapper that begins on June 1, annually, and to extend the gag recreational fishing season beyond the current December closure date to provide the opportunity for the recreational sector to harvest the recreational ACL.

    Gag and Black Grouper Minimum Size Limits

    The current gag and black grouper recreational minimum size limits in Gulf Federal waters are both set at 22 inches (55.9 cm), total length (TL). The current gag and black grouper minimum size limit in South Atlantic Federal waters is 24 inches (61.0 cm), TL, for both species and for both the commercial and recreational sectors. For the state of Florida, in state waters off Monroe County in the Gulf, the recreational minimum size limit for gag and black grouper is 24 inches (61.0 cm), TL. This final rule increases the recreational minimum size limit in Gulf Federal waters for both species to 24 inches (61.0 cm), TL, to be consistent with the Federal waters of the South Atlantic and state waters off Monroe County, Florida. The Council decided that the benefits of having a size limit for these species that is consistent with both the South Atlantic and the state size limits for the waters off Monroe County, Florida, will outweigh any impacts of increased discard rates for these species. Furthermore, gag are sometimes misidentified as black grouper and having the same recreational minimum size limit for gag and black grouper may assist the public in complying with the applicable regulations for gag and black grouper. Additionally, increasing the recreational minimum size limit for these species is expected to provide the opportunity for more gag and black grouper to become sexually mature and spawn.

    Comments and Responses

    A total of 16 comments were received on the framework action and the proposed rule. Ten of the comments supported the actions in the rule, one comment was against the actions in the rule, and five comments were not related to the actions in the framework action or the proposed rule. Specific comments related to the actions in the framework action and the proposed rule as well as NMFS' respective responses, are summarized below.

    Comment 1: The use of slot limits for gag and black grouper would allow larger fish with more eggs to proliferate.

    Response: NMFS agrees that the use a slot limit could allow older, larger fish to remain in the population and reproduce. However, this would depend on the slot limit chosen and a slot limit would not allow for consistent size limits for these species between the Gulf, South Atlantic, and State of Florida waters off of Monroe County. Therefore, NMFS agrees with the Council's decision to select a minimum size limit of 24 inches (61.0 cm), TL, for both gag and black grouper.

    Comment 2: The gag recreational sector should be open year round or for 10 months each year.

    Response: NMFS disagrees. Two of the purposes of the framework action are to: (1) Allow more recreational opportunities to harvest gag without increasing the risk of exceeding the recreational ACL; and (2) allow the opening of the recreational gag season to coincide with the opening of the red snapper recreational season. The Council determined, and NMFS agrees, that modifying the season from July 1 through December 2 to June 1 through December 31 achieves these purposes. Further, the Council's preferred alternative retains the spring closure, which protects gag spawning aggregations that are at their peak during February and March.

    Comment 3: The Council should implement a minimum size limit of 23 inches (58.4 cm), TL, instead of the 24 inch (61.0 cm), TL, size limit.

    Response: NMFS disagrees. A minimum size limit of 23 inches (58.4 cm), TL, was not considered as an alternative by the Council because it would not meet the relevant purpose of the framework action, which is to address the inconsistencies in the size limits between Gulf of Mexico waters, South Atlantic waters, and Florida waters off Monroe County. Both the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and state of Florida have a 24 inch (61.0 cm), TL, minimum size limit for gag and black grouper. Therefore, the Council determined, and NMFS agrees, that it is appropriate to change the size limited in Gulf of Mexico waters to 24 inches (61.0 cm), TL, to be consistent with the South Atlantic and state of Florida regulations.

    Classification

    The Regional Administrator, Southeast Region, NMFS, has determined that this final rule is necessary for the conservation and management of Gulf gag and black grouper and is consistent with the framework action, the FMP, the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and other applicable law.

    This final rule has been determined to be not significant for purposes of Executive Order 12866.

    The Magnuson-Stevens Act provides the statutory basis for this rule. No duplicative, overlapping, or conflicting Federal rules have been identified. In addition, no new reporting, recordkeeping, or other compliance requirements are introduced by this final rule.

    The Chief Counsel for Regulation of the Department of Commerce certified to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration during the proposed rule stage that this rule would not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The factual basis for this determination was published in the proposed rule and is not repeated here. No comments were received regarding the certification and NMFS has not received any new information that would affect its determination. As a result, a final regulatory flexibility analysis was not required and none was prepared.

    List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 622

    Black grouper, Fisheries, Fishing, Gag, Gulf, Recreational, Reef fish, Size limits.

    Dated: April 19, 2016. Samuel D. Rauch III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service.

    For the reasons set out in the preamble, 50 CFR part 622 is amended as follows:

    PART 622—FISHERIES OF THE CARIBBEAN, GULF OF MEXICO, AND SOUTH ATLANTIC 1. The authority citation for part 622 continues to read as follows: Authority:

    16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    2. In § 622.34, paragraph (e) is revised to read as follows:
    § 622.34 Seasonal and area closures designed to protect Gulf reef fish.

    (e) Seasonal closure of the recreational sector for gag. The recreational sector for gag, in or from the Gulf EEZ, is closed from January 1 through May 31. During the closure, the bag and possession limits for gag in or from the Gulf EEZ are zero.

    3. In § 622.37, paragraphs (b)(1) and (b)(5)(ii) are revised to read as follows:
    § 622.37 Size limits.

    (b) * * *

    (1) Gag—(i) For a person not subject to the bag limit specified in § 622.38(b)(2)—22 inches (55.9 cm), TL.

    (ii) For a person subject to the bag limit specified in § 622.38(b)(2)—24 inches (61.0 cm), TL.

    (5) * * *

    (ii) For a person subject to the bag limit specified in § 622.38(b)(2)—24 inches (61.0 cm), TL.

    [FR Doc. 2016-09491 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    81 79 Monday, April 25, 2016 Proposed Rules DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration 21 CFR Part 820 [Docket No. FDA-2016-N-0436] Refurbishing, Reconditioning, Rebuilding, Remarketing, Remanufacturing, and Servicing of Medical Devices Performed by Third-Party Entities and Original Equipment Manufacturers; Extension of Comment Period AGENCY:

    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notification; extension of comment period.

    SUMMARY:

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or we) is extending the comment period for the document entitled “Refurbishing, Reconditioning, Rebuilding, Remarketing, Remanufacturing, and Servicing of Medical Devices Performed by Third-Party Entities and Original Equipment Manufacturers” that appeared in the Federal Register of March 4, 2016. In the document, FDA requested comments about the quality, safety, and continued effectiveness of medical devices that have been subject to one or more of these activities that are performed by both original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and third parties, including health care establishments. The Agency is taking this action due to the unanticipated high-level of interest from interested persons.

    DATES:

    FDA is extending the comment period on the document published March 4, 2016 (81 FR 11477). Submit either electronic or written comments by June 3, 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-2016-N-0436 for “Refurbishing, Reconditioning, Rebuilding, Remarketing, Remanufacturing, and Servicing of Medical Devices Performed by Third-Party Entities and Original Equipment Manufacturers; Request for Comments.” 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 onhttp://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.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Valerie Flournoy, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 301-796-5495.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Background

    In the Federal Register of March 4, 2016, FDA published a document with a 60-day comment period to request comments on the medical device industry and healthcare community that refurbish, recondition, rebuild, remarket, remanufacture, service, and repair medical devices (hereafter termed “third-party entity or entities”), including radiation-emitting devices subject to the electronic product radiation control (EPRC) provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act). Comments on the service, maintenance, refurbishment, and alteration of medical devices, by third-party entities as well as challenges third-party entities face in maintaining or restoring devices to their original or current specifications will inform FDA when we hold a public meeting later in 2016 to further engage this segment of the device industry and healthcare community.

    The Agency has received requests for a 30-day extension of the comment period for the document. Each request conveyed concern that the current 60-day comment period does not allow sufficient time to develop meaningful or thoughtful response to the document on “Refurbishing, Reconditioning, Rebuilding, Remarketing, Remanufacturing, and Servicing of Medical Devices Performed by Third-Party Entities and Original Equipment Manufacturers.”

    FDA has considered the requests and is extending the comment period for the document on “Refurbishing, Reconditioning, Rebuilding, Remarketing, Remanufacturing, and Servicing of Medical Devices Performed by Third-Party Entities and Original Equipment Manufacturers” for 30 days, until June 3, 2016. The Agency believes that a 30-day extension allows adequate time for interested persons to submit comments without significantly delaying future workshop on these important issues.

    Dated: April 19, 2016. Leslie Kux, Associate Commissioner for Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09443 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164-01-P
    OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE 32 CFR Part 1704 Mandatory Declassification Review Program AGENCY:

    Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

    ACTION:

    Proposed rule.

    SUMMARY:

    The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) is publishing this proposed rule pursuant to Executive Order 13526, relating to classified national security information. It provides procedures for members of the public to request from ODNI a Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR) of information classified under the provisions of Executive Order 13526 or predecessor orders such that the agency may retrieve it with reasonable effort. This rule also informs requesters where to send requests for an MDR.

    DATES:

    Submit comments on or before May 25, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments by any of the following methods: By mail to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Director of the Information Management Division, Washington, DC 20511, by facsimile at (703) 874-8910, or by email at [email protected]

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Jennifer L. Hudson, 703-874-8085.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    It is the policy of the ODNI to act in matters relating to national security information in accordance with Executive Order 13526 and directives issued thereunder by the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO). The purpose of this rule is to assist in implementing specific sections of Executive Order 13526 concerning the Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR).

    Regulatory Impact

    This proposed rule is not a significant regulatory action for the purposes of Executive Order 12866. This rule is not a major rule as defined in 5 U.S.C. Chapter 8, Congressional Review of Agency Rulemaking. As required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act, we certify that this proposed rule will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities because it applies only to Federal agencies.

    List of Subjects in 32 CFR Part 1704

    Declassification, Information, Intelligence, National security information.

    For the reasons set forth in the preamble, ODNI proposes to add 32 CFR part 1704 to read as follows: PART 1704—MANDATORY DECLASSIFICATION REVIEW PROGRAM Sec. 1704.1 Authority and purpose. 1704.2 Definitions. 1704.3 Contact information. 1704.4 MDR program feedback. 1704.5 Guidance. 1704.6 Exceptions. 1704.7 Requirements. 1704.8 Fees. 1704.9 Determination by originator or interested party. 1704.10 Appeals. Authority:

    50 U.S.C. 3001; E.O. 13526, 75 FR 707, 3 CFR, 2009 Comp, p. 298.

    § 1704.1 Authority and purpose.

    (a) Authority. This part is issued under the authority of 32 CFR 2001.33; Section 3.5 of Executive Order 13526 (or successor Orders); the National Security Act of 1947, as amended (50 U.S.C. 3001 et seq.).

    (b) Purpose. This part prescribes procedures, subject to limitations set forth below, for requesters to request a mandatory declassification review of information classified under Executive Order 13526 or predecessor or successor orders. Section 3.5 of Executive Order 13526 and these regulations are not intended to and do not create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law by a party against the United States, its agencies, officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

    § 1704.2 Definitions.

    For purposes of this part:

    Control means the authority of the agency that originates information, or its successor in function, to regulate access to the information. (32 CFR 2001.92)

    Day means U.S. Federal Government working day, which excludes Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays. Three (3) days may be added to any time limit imposed on a requester by this part if responding by U.S. domestic mail; ten (10) days may be added if responding by international mail.

    D/IMD means the Director of the Information Management Division and the leader of any successor organization, who serves as the ODNI's manager of the information review and release program.

    Federal agency means any Executive agency, as defined in 5 U.S.C. 105; any Military department, as defined in 5 U.S.C. 102; and any other entity within the executive branch that comes into the possession of classified information.

    Information means any knowledge that can be communicated or documentary material, regardless of its physical form that is owned by, produced by or for, or under the control of the U.S. Government; it does not include information originated by the incumbent President, White House Staff, appointed committees, commissions or boards, or any entities within the Executive Office that solely advise and assist the incumbent President.

    Interested party means any official in the executive, military, congressional, or judicial branches of government, or U.S. Government contractor who, in the sole discretion of the ODNI, has a subject matter or other interest in the documents or information at issue.

    NARA means the National Archives and Records Administration.

    ODNI means the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

    Order means Executive Order 13526, “Classified National Security Information” (December 29, 2009) or successor Orders.

    Originating element means the element that created the information at issue.

    Presidential libraries means the libraries or collection authorities established under the Presidential Libraries Act (44 U.S.C. 2112) and similar institutions or authorities as may be established in the future.

    Referral means coordination with or transfer of action to an interested party.

    Requester means any person or organization submitting an MDR request.

    § 1704.3 Contact information.

    For general information on the regulation in this part or to submit a request for a Mandatory Declassification Review (MDR), please direct your communication by mail to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Director of the Information Management Division, Washington, DC 20511; by facsimile to (703) 874-8910; or by email to [email protected] For general information on the ODNI MDR program or status information on pending MDR cases, call (703) 874-8500.

    § 1704.4 Suggestions or comments.

    The ODNI welcomes suggestions for improving the administration of our MDR program in accordance with Executive Order 13526. Suggestions should identify the specific purpose and the items for consideration. The ODNI will respond to all communications and take such actions as determined feasible and appropriate.

    § 1704.5 Guidance.

    Address all communications to the point of contact as specified in § 1704.3. Clearly describe, list, or label said communication as an MDR Request.

    § 1704.6 Exceptions.

    MDR requests will not be accepted from a foreign government entity or any representative thereof. MDR requests will not be accepted for documents required to be submitted for pre-publication review or other administrative process pursuant to an approved nondisclosure agreement; for information that is the subject of pending litigation; nor for any document or material containing information contained within an operational file exempted from search and review, publication, and disclosure under the FOIA. If the ODNI has reviewed the requested information for declassification within the past two years, the ODNI will not conduct another review, but the D/IMD will notify the requester of this fact and the prior review decision. Requests will not be accepted from requesters who have outstanding fees for MDR or Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with the ODNI or another federal agency.

    § 1704.7 Requirements.

    An MDR request shall describe the document or material containing the information with sufficient specificity to enable the ODNI to locate it with a reasonable amount of effort.

    § 1704.8 Fees.

    (a) In general. Any search, review, and reproduction fees will be charged in accordance with the provisions below relating to schedule, limitations, and category of requester. Applicable fees will be due even if a subsequent search locates no responsive records.

    (b) Agency discretion to waive fees. Records will be furnished without charge or at a reduced rate when ODNI determines:

    (1) As a matter of administrative discretion, the interest of the United States Government would be served, or

    (2) It is in the public interest to provide responsive records because the disclosure is likely to contribute significantly to the public understanding of the operations or activities of the United States Government and is not primarily in the commercial interest of the requester.

    (c) Agreement to pay fees. If you request an MDR, it shall be considered a firm commitment by you to pay all applicable fees chargeable under this regulation, up to and including the amount of $25.00. When making a request, you may specify a willingness to pay a greater or lesser amount.

    (d) Advance payment. The ODNI may require an advance payment of up to 100 percent of the estimated fees when projected fees exceed $250.00, not including charges associated with the first 100 pages of production and two hours of search (when applicable), or when the requester previously failed to pay fees in a timely fashion, for fees of any amount. ODNI will hold in abeyance for 45 days those requests where advance payment has been requested.

    (e) Schedule of fees—(1) In general. The schedule of fees for services performed in responding to requests for records is as follows:

    Personnel Search and Review Clerical/Technical Quarter Hour $ 5.00 Professional/Supervisory Quarter Hour 10.00 Manager/Senior Professional Quarter Hour 18.00 Computer Search and Production Search (on-line) Flat Rate 10.00 Search (off-line) Flat Rate 30.00 Other activity Per minute 10.00 Tapes (mainframe cassette) Each 9.00 Tapes (mainframe cartridge) Each 9.00 Tapes (mainframe reel) Each 20.00 Tapes (PC 9mm) Each 25.00 Diskette (3.5”) Each 4.00 CD (bulk recorded) Each 10.00 CD (recordable) Each 20.00 Telecommunications Per minute .50 Paper (mainframe printer) Per page .10 Paper (PC b&w laser printer) Per page .10 Paper (PC color printer) Per page 1.00 Paper Production Photocopy (standard or legal) Per page .10 Pre-printed (if available) Per 100 pages 5.00 Published (if available) Per item NTIS

    (2) Application of schedule. Personnel search time includes time expended in manual paper records searches, indices searches, review of computer search results for relevance, and personal computer system searches. In any event where the actual cost to ODNI of a particular item is less than the above schedule (e.g., a large production run of a document resulting in a cost less than $5.00 per hundred pages), then the actual lesser cost will be charged.

    (3) Other services. For all other types of output, production, or reproduction (e.g., photographs, maps, or published reports), ODNI will charge actual cost or amounts authorized by statute. Determinations of actual cost shall include the commercial cost of the media, the personnel time expended in making the item to be released, and an allocated cost of the equipment used in making the item, or, if the production is effected by a commercial service, then that charge shall be deemed the actual cost for purposes of this regulation.

    (f) Limitations on collection of fees—(1) In general. No fees will be charged if the cost of collecting the fee is equal to or greater than the fee itself. That cost includes the administrative costs to ODNI of billing, receiving, recording, and processing the fee for deposit to the Treasury Department and, as of the date of these regulations, is deemed to be $10.00.

    (g) Associated requests. If it appears a requester or a group of requesters acting in concert have requested portions of an apparently unitary request for the purpose of avoiding the assessment of fees, ODNI may aggregate any such requests and charge accordingly. Requests from multiple requesters will not be aggregated without clear evidence. ODNI will not aggregate multiple unrelated requests.

    § 1704.9 Determination by originator or interested party.

    (a) In general. The originating element(s) of the classified information (document) is always an interested party to any mandatory declassification review; other interested parties may become involved through a referral by the D/IMD when it is determined that some or all of the information is also within their official cognizance.

    (b) Required determinations. These parties shall respond in writing to the D/IMD with a finding as to the classified status of the information, including the category of protected information as set forth in section 1.4 of the Order, and if older than ten years, the basis for the extension of classification time under sections 1.5 and 3.3 of the Order. These parties shall also indicate whether withholding is otherwise authorized and warranted in accordance with sections 3.5(c) and 6.2(d) of the Order.

    (c) Time. Responses to the requester shall be provided on a first-in/first-out basis, taking into account the business requirements of the originating element(s) and other interested parties, and, in accordance with Executive Order 13526, ODNI will respond to requesters within one year of receipt of requests.

    (d) Deciding official. The IMD FOIA Branch Chief, in consultation with the D/IMD and the Classification Management Branch Chief, will ordinarily be the deciding official on initial reviews of MDR requests to the ODNI.

    § 1704.10 Appeals.

    (a) Administrative. Appeals of initial decisions must be received in writing by the D/IMD within 60 days of the date of mailing of the ODNI's decision. The appeal must identify with specificity the documents or information to be considered on appeal and it may but need not provide a factual or legal basis for the appeal.

    (1) Exceptions. No appeal shall be accepted from a foreign government entity or any representative thereof. Appeals will not be accepted for documents required to be submitted for pre-publication review or other administrative process pursuant to an approved nondisclosure agreement; for information that is the subject of pending litigation; nor for any document or material containing information contained within an operational file exempted from search and review, publication, and disclosure under the FOIA. No appeals shall be accepted if the requester has outstanding fees for information services at ODNI or another Federal agency. In addition, no appeal shall be accepted if the information in question has been the subject of a declassification review within the previous two years.

    (2) Receipt, recording, and tasking. The D/IMD will record each appeal received under this part and acknowledge receipt to the requester.

    (3) Appellate authority. The ODNI Chief Management Officer (CMO), after consultation with all interested parties or ODNI component organization as well as with the Office of General Counsel, will make a final determination on the appeal within 60 days.

    (b) Final appeal. The D/IMD will prepare and communicate the ODNI administrative appeal decision to the requester, NARA, Presidential Library and referring agency, as appropriate. Correspondence will include a notice, if applicable, that a further appeal of ODNI's final decision may be made to the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP) established pursuant to section 5.3 of Executive Order 13526. Action by that Panel will be the subject of rules to be promulgated by the Information Security Oversight Office.

    Dated: April 12, 2016. Mark W. Ewing, Chief Management Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09251 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9500-01-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Parts 174 and 180 [EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0032; FRL-9944-86] Receipt of Several Pesticide Petitions Filed for Residues of Pesticide Chemicals in or on Various Commodities AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Notice of filing of petitions and request for comment.

    SUMMARY:

    This document announces the Agency's receipt of several initial filings of pesticide petitions requesting the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various commodities.

    DATES:

    Comments must be received on or before May 25, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number and the pesticide petition number (PP) of interest as shown in the body of this document, by one of the following methods:

    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

    Mail: OPP Docket, Environmental Protection Agency Docket Center (EPA/DC), (28221T), 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001.

    Hand Delivery: To make special arrangements for hand delivery or delivery of boxed information, please follow the instructions at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/contacts.html. Additional instructions on commenting or visiting the docket, along with more information about dockets generally, is available at http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Robert McNally, Biopesticides and Pollution Prevention Division (BPPD) (7511P), main telephone number: (703) 305-7090; email address: [email protected], or Susan Lewis, Registration Division (RD) (7505P), main telephone number: (703) 305-7090; email address: [email protected] The mailing address for each contact person is: Office of Pesticide Programs, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001. As part of the mailing address, include the contact person's name, division, and mail code. The division to contact is listed at the end of each pesticide petition summary.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. General Information A. Does this action apply to me?

    You may be potentially affected by this action if you are an agricultural producer, food manufacturer, or pesticide manufacturer. The following list of North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather provides a guide to help readers determine whether this document applies to them. Potentially affected entities may include:

    • Crop production (NAICS code 111).

    • Animal production (NAICS code 112).

    • Food manufacturing (NAICS code 311).

    • Pesticide manufacturing (NAICS code 32532).

    If you have any questions regarding the applicability of this action to a particular entity, consult the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT for the division listed at the end of the pesticide petition summary of interest.

    B. What should I consider as I prepare my comments for EPA?

    1. Submitting CBI. Do not submit this information to EPA through regulations.gov or email. Clearly mark the part or all of the information that you claim to be CBI. For CBI information in a disk or CD-ROM that you mail to EPA, mark the outside of the disk or CD-ROM as CBI and then identify electronically within the disk or CD-ROM the specific information that is claimed as CBI. In addition to one complete version of the comment that includes information claimed as CBI, a copy of the comment that does not contain the information claimed as CBI must be submitted for inclusion in the public docket. Information so marked will not be disclosed except in accordance with procedures set forth in 40 CFR part 2.

    2. Tips for preparing your comments. When preparing and submitting your comments, see the commenting tips at http://www.epa.gov/dockets/comments.html.

    3. Environmental justice. EPA seeks to achieve environmental justice, the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of any group, including minority and/or low-income populations, in the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. To help address potential environmental justice issues, the Agency seeks information on any groups or segments of the population who, as a result of their location, cultural practices, or other factors, may have atypical or disproportionately high and adverse human health impacts or environmental effects from exposure to the pesticides discussed in this document, compared to the general population.

    II. What action is the Agency taking?

    EPA is announcing its receipt of several pesticide petitions filed under section 408 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), 21 U.S.C. 346a, requesting the establishment or modification of regulations in 40 CFR part 174 or part 180 for residues of pesticide chemicals in or on various food commodities. The Agency is taking public comment on the requests before responding to the petitioners. EPA is not proposing any particular action at this time. EPA has determined that the pesticide petitions described in this document contain the data or information prescribed in FFDCA section 408(d)(2), 21 U.S.C. 346a(d)(2); however, EPA has not fully evaluated the sufficiency of the submitted data at this time or whether the data support granting of the pesticide petitions. After considering the public comments, EPA intends to evaluate whether and what action may be warranted. Additional data may be needed before EPA can make a final determination on these pesticide petitions.

    Pursuant to 40 CFR 180.7(f), a summary of each of the petitions that are the subject of this document, prepared by the petitioner, is included in a docket EPA has created for each rulemaking. The docket for each of the petitions is available at http://www.regulations.gov.

    As specified in FFDCA section 408(d)(3), 21 U.S.C. 346a(d)(3), EPA is publishing notice of the petitions so that the public has an opportunity to comment on these requests for the establishment or modification of regulations for residues of pesticides in or on food commodities. Further information on the petitions may be obtained through the petition summary referenced in this unit.

    New Tolerances

    1. PP 5F8398. (EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0735). Valent U.S.A. Corporation, 1600 Riveira Avenue, Suite 200, Walnut Creek, CA 94596, requests to establish a tolerance in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the insecticide, etoxazole, 2-(2,6-dufluorophenyl)-4-[4-(1,1-dimethyl)-2-ethoxyphenyl]-4,5-dihydrooxazole, in or on soybean at 0.01 parts per million (ppm). The GC/MSD analytical methodology is used to measure and evaluate residues of the chemical etoxazole. Contact: RD.

    2. PP 5F8408. EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0817. OAT Agrio Co., Ltd, 1-3-1 Kanda Ogawa-machi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0052, Japan, requests to establish a tolerance in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the fungicide, flutianil, in or on apple, fruit at 0.2 parts per million (ppm), apple, juice at 0.03 ppm, apple, wet pomace at 2 ppm, cantaloupe at 0.07 ppm, cherry, fruit at 0.4 ppm, cucumber at 0.02 ppm, grape, fruit at 0.7 ppm, grape, juice at 0.2 ppm, grape, raisins at 0.3 ppm, squash at 0.03 ppm, and strawberry, fruit at 0.3 ppm. The gas chromatography-mass spectrometry detector (GC/MSD) is used to measure and evaluate the chemical flutianil on apples, cantaloupe, cherry, cucumber, squash, and strawberry. The high performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectral detection (LCMS/MS) is used to measure and evaluate the chemical flutianil and the metabolite OC-56635 in grapes. Contact: RD.

    3. PP 5F8435. EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0049. E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Inc., Dupont Crop Protection, Stine-Haskell Research Center, P.O. Box 30, Newark, DE 19714-0300, requests to establish a tolerance in 40 CFR part 180.685 for residues of the fungicide, Oxathiapiprolin in or on soybean at 0.01 parts per million (ppm), and sunflower at 0.01 parts per million (ppm). The analytical method using high-pressure liquid chromatography with MS/MS detection is used to measure and evaluate the chemical residues of Oxathiapiprolin. Contact: RD.

    4. PP 5F8383. EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0676. Valent USA Corporation, 1600 Riviera Avenue, Suite 200, Walnut Creek, CA 94596, requests to establish tolerances in 40 CFR part 180.622 for residues of the fungicide Ethaboxam in or on Cucurbit Vegetables (Crop Group 9) at 0.3 parts per million (ppm); ginseng at 0.09 ppm; Pepper/Eggplant (Crop Subgroup 8-10B) at 0.6 ppm; and Tuberous and Corm Vegetable Subgroup 1C at 0.01 ppm. An independently validated analytical method has been submitted for analyzing parent ethaboxam residues with appropriate sensitivity in all crop commodities for which tolerances are being requested. Contact: RD.

    5. PP 5F8427. EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0067. Geo Logic Corporation, P.O. Box 3091, Tequesta, FL 33409, requests to establish a tolerance in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the bactericide/fungicide streptomycin in or on citrus fruit, Crop Group 10-10 at 0.5 parts per million (ppm) and citrus, dried pulp at 3.5 ppm. The ion-pair reversed-phase liquid chromatography with detection by MS/MS is used to measure and evaluate the chemical streptomycin. Contact: RD.

    6. PP 5F8353. EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0652. Valent USA Corporation, 1600 Riviera Avenue, Suite 200, Walnut Creek, CA 94596, requests to establish tolerances in 40 CFR 180.568 for residues of the herbicide, flumioxazin, 2-[7-fluoro-3,4-dihydro-3-oxo-4-(2-propynyl)-2H-1,4-benzoxazin-6-yl]-4,5,6,7-tetrahydro-1H-isoindole-1,3(2H)-dione, in or on soybean forage at 0.05 parts per million (ppm) and soybean hay at 0.02 ppm. Analytical method RM-30A was used to analyze soybean seed, forage, and hay in support of this petition. RM-30A has been previously validated by EPA. Contact: RD.

    7. PP 6F8447. EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0112. ISK Biosciences Corporation, 7470 Auburn Road, Suite A, Concord, Ohio 44077, requests to establish a tolerance in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the herbicide, Flazasulfuron, 1-(4,6-dimethoxypyrimidin-2-yl)-3-(3-trifluoromethyl-2-pyridylsulfonyl) urea, in or on the raw agricultural commodity Olive at 0.01 parts per million (ppm). A practical analytical method for flazasulfuron and (1-(4,6-dimethoxypyridin-2-yl)-1-(3-trifluoromethyl-2 pyridyl)urea (DTPU) using liquid chromatography-MS/MS is available for enforcement purposes. The limit of detection is 0.003 ppm. Contact: RD.

    8. PP 6E8448. EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0142. E.I. Dupont de Nemours and Company (Crop Protection), Chestnut Run Plaza, 974 Centre Rd., Wilmington, DE 19805, requests to establish a tolerance in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the insecticide, triflumezopyrim, in or on rice, grain at 0.2 parts per million (ppm). The LC/ESI-MS/MS method is used to measure and evaluate the chemical 2,4-dioxo-1-(5-pyrimidinylmethyl)-3-[3-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl]-2H-pyrido[1,2-a]pyrimidinium inner salt]. Contact: RD.

    New Tolerance Exemptions

    1. PP 5F8411. EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0073. LAM International Corp., 117 South Parkmont, Butte, MT 59701, requests to establish an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance in 40 CFR part 180 for residues of the nematocide Purpureocillium lilacinum strain PL11 in or on all food commodities. The petitioner believes no analytical method is needed because it believes that, when used as proposed, Purpureocillium lilacinum strain PL11 would not result in residues that are of toxicological concern. Contact: BPPD.

    2. PP IN-10815. EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0350. Keller and Heckman, 1001 G Street NW., Suite 500 West, Washington, DC 20001, on behalf of C.P. Kelco U.S., Inc., 3100 Cumberland Blvd., Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30339, requests to establish an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of D-glucurono-D-gluco-6-deoxy-L-mannan, acetate, calcium magnesium potassium sodium salt (diutan gum) (CAS Reg. No. 595585-15-2) when used as an inert ingredient in pesticide formulations applied to growing crops and raw agricultural commodities after harvest under 40 CFR 180.910 and for use in antimicrobial formulations (food contact surface sanitizing solutions) under 40 CFR 180.940(a). The petitioner believes no analytical method is needed because it is not required for an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. Contact: RD.

    3. PP IN-10829. EPA-HQ-OOPP-2016-0183. Lewis & Harrison, LLC, 122 C Street NW., Suite 740, Washington, DC 20001, on behalf of BASF Corporation, 100 Park Avenue, Florham Park, NJ 07932, requests to establish an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of pentaerythritol tetrakis(3-(3,5-di-tert-butyl-4-hydroxyphenyl)propionate) (CAS Reg. No. 6683-19-8) when used as an inert ingredient (antioxidant/stabilizer) at a concentration not to exceed 5% by weight in pesticide formulations applied to growing crops and raw agricultural commodities under 40 CFR 180.910 and at a concentration not to exceed 3% by weight in pesticide formulations applied to animals under in 40 CFR 180.930. The petitioner believes no analytical method is needed because it is not required for an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. Contact: RD.

    4. PP IN-10846. EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0007. Technology Sciences Group (1150 18th St. NW., Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036) on behalf of Jeneil Biosurfactant Company, 400 N. Dekora Woods Blvd., Saukville, WI 53080, requests to establish an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of isobutyl acetate (CAS Reg No. 110-19-0) when used as an inert ingredient (solvent) in pesticide formulations applied in or on raw agricultural commodities and to growing crops under 40 CFR 180.910. The petitioner believes no analytical method is needed because it is not required for an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. Contact: RD.

    5. PP IN-10852. EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0008. Technology Sciences Group (1150 18th St. NW., Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036) on behalf of Jeneil Biosurfactant Company, 400 N. Dekora Woods Blvd., Saukville, WI 53080, requests to establish an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of isobutyric acid (CAS Reg No. 79-31-2) when used as an inert ingredient (solvent) in pesticide formulations applied in or on raw agricultural commodities and to growing crops under 40 CFR 180.910. The petitioner believes no analytical method is needed because it is not required for an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. Contact: RD.

    6. PP IN-10884. EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0159. Technical Sciences Group, Inc., 1150 18th Street NW., Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036, on behalf of Bayer HealthCare, LLC, Animal Health, P.O. Box 390, Shawnee Mission, KS 66201-0390, requests to establish an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of iron oxide yellow (CAS Reg. No. 20344-49-4) when used as an inert ingredient (colorant) in pesticide formulations applied to growing crops and raw agricultural commodities after harvest under 40 CFR 180.910. The petitioner believes no analytical method is needed because it is not required for an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. Contact: RD.

    7. PP IN-10890. EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0115. Wacker Chemical Corporation, 3301 Sutton Rd., Adrian, ML 49221-9397 requests to establish an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for siloxanes and silicones, 3-bydroxypropyl Me, ethoxylated (CAS Reg. No. 69430-50-8), when used as an inert ingredient surfactant, antifoaming agent) in pesticide formulations applied to growing crops and raw agricultural commodities after harvest under 40 CFR 180.910. The petitioner believes no analytical method is needed because it is not required for an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. Contact: RD.

    8. PP IN-10899. EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0118. Celanese Ltd, 222 W Las Colinas Blvd., Suite 900N, Irving, TX 75039, requests to establish an exemption from the requirement of a for residues of 2-propenoic acid, 2-methyl-, 2-oxiranylmethyl ester, polymer with ethene, ethenyl acetate, ethenyltrimethoxysilane and sodium ethenesulfonate (1:1) with a minimum number average mole1cular weight (in amu) of 20,000 (CAS Reg. No. 518057-54-0) when used as an inert ingredient in pesticide formulations under 40 CFR 180.960. The petitioner believes no analytical method is needed because it is not required for an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. Contact: RD.

    9. PP IN-10900. EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0149. Celanese Ltd., 222 W Las Colinas Blvd., Suite 900N, Irving, TX 75039, requests to establish an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of 2-propenoic acid, butyl ester, polymer with ethenyl acetate and sodium ethenesulfonate with a minimum number average molecular weight (in amu) of 20,000 (CAS Reg. No. 66573-43-1) when used as an inert ingredient in pesticide formulations under 40 CFR 180.960. The petitioner believes no analytical method is needed because it is an inert ingredient exempt from a tolerance. Contact: RD.

    Amended Tolerances

    1. PP 5F8427. EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0067. Geo Logic Corporation, P.O. Box 3091, Tequesta, FL 33409, requests to amend the tolerances in 40 CFR 180.245 for residues of the bactericide/fungicide streptomycin by removing tolerances in or on grapefruit at 0.15 parts per million (ppm) and grapefruit, dried pulp at 0.40 ppm. The ion-pair reversed-phase liquid chromatography with detection by MS/MS is used to measure and evaluate the chemical streptomycin. Contact: RD.

    2. PP IN-10858. EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0121. Drexel Chemical Company, P.O. Box 13327, Memphis, TN 38113-03227, requests to amend the tolerance in 40 CFR 180.469 for residues of dichlormid (CAS Reg. No. 37764-25-3), when used as an inert ingredient (herbicide safener) in pesticide formulations to include tolerances at 0.05 part per million (ppm) for all commodities for which there are tolerances for the active ingredients metolachlor and s-metolachlor (40 CFR 180.368). Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) with nitrogen selective thermionic detection is used to measure and evaluate the chemical dichlormid. Contact: RD.

    Amended Tolerance Exemptions

    1. PP 5F8407. EPA-HQ-OPP-2015-0811. DSM Food Specialties B.V., P.O. Box 1, 2600 MA Delft, The Netherlands (c/o Keller and Heckman, LLP 1001 G. St. NW., Washington, DC 20001), requests to amend an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance in 40 CFR 180.1315 for residues of the fungistat natamycin by adding in or on citrus, pome, and stone fruit crop groups; avocado; kiwi; mango; and pomegranate when applied as a fungistat in accordance with label directions and good agricultural practices. The petitioner believes no analytical method is needed because the petition is for an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance without any numerical limitation. Further, residues are not expected on any other crops because natamycin will only be applied indoors to these particular crops. Contact: BPPD.

    2. PP 5F8438. EPA-HQ-OPP-2016-0032. Valent BioSciences Corp., 870 Technology Way, Libertyville, IL 60048, requests to amend an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance in 40 CFR 180.1189 for residues of the biochemical pesticide methyl salicylate by adding in or on all agricultural commodities. The petitioner believes no analytical method is needed because the petitioner has validated residue methods in both tomato and pepper. The analytical method for the assay of methyl salicylate and salicylic acid is by gas chromatography with mass-selective detection. Methyl salicylate will not result in residues that are of toxicological concern, as the residue studies clearly show only natural background levels of methyl salicylate and its metabolite (salicylic acid) after applications, even at time zero. Contact: BPPD.

    Amended Tolerance Exemption for Plant Incorporated Product

    PP 5F8425. EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0457. J.R. Simplot Co., 5369 W. Irving St., Boise, ID 83706, requests to amend an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance in 40 CFR 174.534 for residues of the plant-incorporated protectant (PIP) VNT1 protein in or on potato by converting a currently existing temporary tolerance exemption to a permanent tolerance exemption. The petitioner believes no analytical method is needed because it is seeking an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. Contact: BPPD.

    Authority:

    21 U.S.C. 346a.

    Dated: April 18, 2016. Susan Lewis, Director, Registration Division, Office of Pesticide Programs.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09559 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 42 CFR Part 88 [NIOSH Docket 094] World Trade Center Health Program; Petition 011—Autoimmune Diseases; Finding of Insufficient Evidence AGENCY:

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Denial of petition for addition of a health condition.

    SUMMARY:

    On January 25, 2016, the Administrator of the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program received a petition (Petition 011) to add “autoimmune disease, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis” to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions (List). Upon reviewing the information provided by the petitioner, the Administrator has determined that Petition 011 is not substantially different from Petitions 007, 008, and 009, which also requested the addition of autoimmune diseases. The Administrator recently published responses to Petitions 007, 008, and 009 in the Federal Register and has determined that Petition 011 does not provide additional evidence of a causal relationship between 9/11 exposures and autoimmune diseases. Accordingly, the Administrator finds that insufficient evidence exists to request a recommendation of the WTC Health Program Scientific/Technical Advisory Committee (STAC), to publish a proposed rule, or to publish a determination not to publish a proposed rule.

    DATES:

    The Administrator of the WTC Health Program is denying this petition for the addition of a health condition as of April 25, 2016.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Rachel Weiss, Program Analyst, 1090 Tusculum Avenue, MS: C-46, Cincinnati, OH 45226; telephone (855) 818-1629 (this is a toll-free number); email [email protected].

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table of Contents A. WTC Health Program Statutory Authority B. Approval To Submit Document to the Office of the Federal Register C. Petition 011 D. Administrator's Determination on Petition 011 A. WTC Health Program Statutory Authority

    Title I of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 (Zadroga Act), Public Law 111-347, as amended by Public Law 114-113, added Title XXXIII to the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act) 1 establishing the WTC Health Program within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The WTC Health Program provides medical monitoring and treatment benefits to eligible firefighters and related personnel, law enforcement officers, and rescue, recovery, and cleanup workers who responded to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City, at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania (responders), and to eligible persons who were present in the dust or dust cloud on September 11, 2001 or who worked, resided, or attended school, childcare, or adult daycare in the New York City disaster area (survivors).

    1 Title XXXIII of the PHS Act is codified at 42 U.S.C. 300mm to 300mm-61. Those portions of the Zadroga Act found in Titles II and III of Public Law 111-347 do not pertain to the WTC Health Program and are codified elsewhere.

    All references to the Administrator of the WTC Health Program (Administrator) in this notice mean the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) or his or her designee.

    Pursuant to section 3312(a)(6)(B) of the PHS Act, interested parties may petition the Administrator to add a health condition to the List in 42 CFR 88.1. After receipt of a petition to add a condition to the List, the Administrator must take one of the following four actions described in section 3312(a)(6)(B) and 42 CFR 88.17: 1. Request a recommendation of the STAC; 2. publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register to add such health condition; 3. publish in the Federal Register the Administrator's determination not to publish such a proposed rule and the basis for such determination; or 4. publish in the Federal Register a determination that insufficient evidence exists to take action under 1. through 3. above. However, in accordance with 42 CFR 88.17(a)(4), the Administrator is required to consider a new petition for a previously-evaluated health condition determined not to qualify for addition to the List only if the new petition presents a new medical basis—evidence not previously reviewed by the Administrator—for the association between 9/11 exposures and the condition to be added.

    B. Approval To Submit Document to the Office of the Federal Register

    The Secretary, HHS, or her designee, the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Administrator, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), authorized the undersigned, the Administrator of the WTC Health Program, to sign and submit the document to the Office of the Federal Register for publication as an official document of the WTC Health Program. Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., Director, CDC, and Administrator, ATSDR, approved this document for publication on April 18, 2016.

    C. Petition 011

    On January 25, 2016, the Administrator received a petition from a responder in the WTC Health Program to add autoimmune disease, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis to the List (Petition 011).2 This is the fourth petition to the Administrator requesting the addition of autoimmune diseases to the List; the first three autoimmune disease petitions, Petition 007, Petition 008, and Petition 009, were each denied due to insufficient evidence as described in Federal Register notices published on June 8, 2015,3 July 10, 2015,4 and October 28, 2015,5 respectively.

    2See Petition 011. WTC Health Program: Petitions Received. http://www.cdc.gov/wtc/received.html.

    3 80 FR 32333.

    4 80 FR 39720.

    5 80 FR 73667.

    The current petition, Petition 011, presented eight references to support the request to add “autoimmune disease, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis” to the List. Pursuant to WTC Health Program policy, the medical basis for a potential addition to the List may be demonstrated by reference to a peer-reviewed, published, epidemiologic study about the health condition among 9/11-exposed populations or to clinical case reports of health conditions in WTC responders or survivors.6 Of the references provided, references 1-5, 7, and an unnumbered 8th reference do not identify peer-reviewed, published studies or clinical case reports about autoimmune disease, lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis among 9/11-exposed responders and survivors. Reference 6 is a study that has already been evaluated by the Administrator in consideration of other autoimmune disease petitions.

    6See John Howard, Administrator, WTC Health Program, Policy and Procedures for Handling Submissions and Petitions to Add a Health Condition to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions, May 14, 2014.

    In addition to a review of the studies presented in Petition 011, the WTC Health Program Associate Director for Science (ADS) conducted a review of the scientific literature to determine if the available scientific information has the potential to provide a basis for a decision on whether to add the condition to the List. The ADS previously conducted such a literature review for autoimmune disorders in response to Petition 007.7 In reviewing Petition 011, the ADS conducted an additional search to update the results of the previous literature review.8 The new literature search identified six studies published in 2015 and 2016.

    7See 80 FR 32333 at 32334.

    8 Databases searched include: PubMed, Health & Safety Science Abstracts, Toxicology Abstracts, Toxline, Scopus, Embase, and NIOSHTIC-2.

    In accordance with WTC Health Program policy, the ADS reviewed the eight references in Petition 011 and the six studies identified in the literature review for relevance, and then relevant studies were further reviewed for quality, and quantity.9 The ADS review is discussed below.

    9See John Howard, Administrator of the WTC Health Program, Policy and Procedures for Adding Non-Cancer Conditions to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions, Oct. 21, 2014. http://www.cdc.gov/wtc/pdfs/WTCHP_PP_Adding_NonCancers_21_Oct_2014.pdf.

    Petition references 1, 2, and 3 are the Web sites of the S.L.E. Lupus Foundation,10 Molly's Fund Fighting Lupus,11 and the Johns Hopkins Lupus Center,12 respectively. The referenced Web pages discuss the development of lupus in general terms, but do not reference 9/11 exposure-related causation specifically. The Johns Hopkins Web page includes references to book chapters about lupus, none of which associate the disease with 9/11 exposure. These references are not considered relevant under the policy for adding non-cancers to the List because they are not published, peer-reviewed epidemiologic studies of autoimmune disease, lupus, and/or rheumatoid arthritis in 9/11-exposed populations and, therefore, they were not further reviewed.

    10http://www.lupusny.org.

    11http://www.mollysfund.org.

    12http://www.hopkinslupus.org.

    Petition reference 4 is the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) EMS Retirees Association's Web page on WTC Monitoring and Treatment Centers, which mentions lupus and rheumatoid arthritis and is relevant to the 9/11 population, but does not identify a published, peer-reviewed epidemiologic study or clinical case report. This reference is not considered relevant under the policy for adding non-cancers to the List because it is not a published, peer-reviewed epidemiologic study of autoimmune disease, lupus, and/or rheumatoid arthritis in 9/11-exposed populations and, therefore, it was not further reviewed.

    Petition reference 5 is a 2011 Medical News Today Web page that summarizes a study by Zeig-Owens, et al., “Early Assessment of Cancer Outcomes in New York City Firefighters after the 9/11 Attacks: An Observational Cohort Study,” apparently for the premise that 9/11 exposures could also trigger chronic inflammation through autoimmune disease.13 Although the Zeig-Owens study is a published, peer-reviewed epidemiologic study relevant to the 9/11 population, it does not include any discussion of the basis for a causal association between the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and autoimmune disease, lupus, and/or rheumatoid arthritis. Thus, this reference is not considered relevant under the policy for adding non-cancers to the List because it is not a published, peer-reviewed epidemiologic study of autoimmune disease, lupus, and/or rheumatoid arthritis in 9/11-exposed populations and, therefore, it was not further reviewed.

    13 Rachel Zeig-Owens, Mayris Webber, Charles Hall, et al., Early Assessment of Cancer Outcomes in New York City Firefighters after the 9/11 Attacks: An Observational Cohort Study, The Lancet 2011;378(9794):898-905 at 904.

    Petition reference 7 is an abstract for a NIOSH-funded study titled, “Autoimmune Disease among WTCHR [WTC Health Registry] Registrants: Survey Design and Preliminary Response Rates.” 14 Because the study is on-going and not yet published, it is not considered relevant under the policy for adding non-cancers to the List because it is not a published, peer-reviewed epidemiologic study of autoimmune disease, lupus, and/or rheumatoid arthritis in 9/11-exposed populations and, therefore, it was not further reviewed.

    14 WTC Health Program, Research Meeting Proceedings; June 17-18, 2014. www.cdc.gov/wtc/proceedings.html.

    Petition reference 8 (unnumbered in the petition) is two excerpts from an HHS publication entitled, “The Future Directions of Lupus Research.” 15 Neither the topic of the first excerpt, concerning environmental factors leading to the development of lupus, nor the second, concerning the role of crystalline silica in the development of lupus, addresses this disease among 9/11-exposed populations. Similar to the references discussed above, this reference is not considered relevant under the policy for adding non-cancers to the List because it is not a published, peer-reviewed epidemiologic study of autoimmune disease, lupus, and/or rheumatoid arthritis in 9/11-exposed populations and, therefore, it was not further reviewed.

    15 National Institutes of Health, HHS, The Future Directions of Lupus Research, Aug. 2007. http://www.niams.nih.gov/About_Us/Mission_and_Purpose/lupus_plan.pdf.

    The remaining petition reference, reference 6, is a 2015 study by Webber et al., titled “Nested Case-Control Study of Selected Systemic Autoimmune Diseases in World Trade Center Rescue/Recovery Workers.” 16 The 2015 Webber study assessed whether 9/11-related exposure was associated with new-onset systemic autoimmune disease (including rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE 17 ) using a nested case-control study of male 9/11-exposed Fire Department of New York (FDNY) rescue/recovery workers. In reviewing the 2015 Webber study in consideration of Petition 007, the ADS found that the study was relevant and conducted further review for quantity and quality of evidence in the study. Ultimately, the ADS found that the study lacked information on other important confounders that could explain associations between 9/11-related exposures and systemic autoimmune diseases; in addition, there were limitations regarding the sample size, methods used to quantify exposure, and generalizability. Taken together, these limitations led the ADS to conclude that the available information did not have the potential to form the basis for a decision on whether to propose adding autoimmune diseases to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions for Petition 007.18

    16 Mayris Webber, William Moir, Rachel Zeig-Owens, et al., Nested Case-Control Study of Selected Systemic Autoimmune Diseases in World Trade Center Rescue/Recovery Workers, Journal of Arthritis & Rheumatology 2015;67(5):1369-1376.

    17 Systematic lupus erythematosus is the most common type of lupus. See CDC: Lupus. http://www.cdc.gov/lupus/index.htm.

    18See 80 FR 32333 at 32334.

    The ADS identified six references in the literature review performed pursuant to the policy for adding non-cancer health conditions to the List. Four were found to be not relevant because they were not epidemiologic studies, therefore they were not further assessed. One study was the 2015 Webber et al. study reviewed by the Administrator in consideration of Petition 007, discussed above.

    The final study identified in the literature review was a 2016 epidemiologic study by Webber et al. 19 The 2016 Webber study is a follow-up to the 2015 Webber study, which looked at the association between 9/11-related exposures and systemic autoimmune diseases. The 2016 Webber study looked at the same cohort of FDNY rescue/recovery workers included in the 2015 study to estimate the incidence of systemic autoimmune diseases from September 12, 2001, through September 11, 2014, in the cohort of FDNY rescue/recovery workers. The authors also compared the FDNY incidence rates to rates from demographically similar men included in the Rochester Epidemiology Project (REP) and to other published rates, in order to measure observed FDNY cases against the number of cases expected. Because this study was found relevant, it was further reviewed and evaluated for quantity and quality to provide a sufficient basis for deciding whether to propose an addition to the List.

    19 Mayris Webber, William Moir, Cynthia Crowson, et al., Post-September 11, 2001, Incidence of Systemic Autoimmune Diseases in World Trade Center-Exposed Firefighters and Emergency Medical Service Workers, Mayo Clin Proc 2016;91(1):23-32.

    In the 2016 study, Webber et al. confirmed cases of systemic autoimmune diseases in the FDNY cohort either through medical records review using the American College of Rheumatology criteria or based on self-reports deemed “probable” by two board certified rheumatologists. The study identified 97 cases of systemic autoimmune diseases among the FDNY cohort (63 medical record-confirmed cases and 34 probable self-report cases). The authors next calculated incidence for each specific autoimmune disease identified in the study among the FDNY cohort, and also calculated the incidence for all systemic autoimmune diseases combined.

    The 2016 Webber study then looked to the REP comparison group to provide age- and sex-specific incidence rates during a similar time period as reviewed for the FDNY cases. Incidence rates for the REP comparison group were only available, however, for a limited subset of five autoimmune conditions: Rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, SLE, and scleroderma. By applying the REP incidence rates to the FDNY cohort, the study authors were able to generate age-specific expected numbers of cases for the FDNY cohort. The observed incidence rates in the FDNY cohort were then compared with the expected numbers of cases for the FDNY cohort derived from the REP rates. Standardized ratios, which are the ratios of the observed number of cases in the FDNY cohort to the expected number of cases (based on the REP rates) were then calculated. Overall, FDNY rates for the five types of autoimmune disease compared were not significantly different from expected rates (SIR, 0.97; 95% CI, 0.77-1.21). Only SLE had a standardized incidence ratio that was statistically significantly greater among the entire FDNY cohort. Other ratios were either reduced or not statistically significant.

    Limitations similar to those found in the 2015 Webber study, discussed above, were seen in the 2016 Webber study, including the lack of information on potential confounders such as family history of autoimmune disease and both work-related and recreational non-9/11-related exposures, and poor generalizability to other 9/11-exposed groups. The 2016 Webber study did not include new or additional information or controls that would avoid or mitigate the limitations found in the 2015 study. Consistent with the assessment of Petition 007,20 the ADS disagreed with the method for measuring chronic exposure with a duration variable that did not differentiate between those with one day versus many days of exposure in a given month. Furthermore, the lack of information about occupational history and other potential confounders among the REP cohort calls into question the applicability and comparability of the rates used in the 2016 Webber study.

    20See 80 FR 32333 at 32334.

    D. Administrator's Determination on Petition 011

    The Administrator has established a policy for evaluating whether to propose the addition of non-cancer health conditions to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions.21 Petition 011 requested the addition of autoimmune diseases which were previously reviewed by the Administrator for Petition 007, and neither the references included in the petition nor the studies found in the literature review conducted by the ADS presented evidence of a causal association between 9/11 exposures and autoimmune diseases, lupus, and/or rheumatoid arthritis. The Administrator initially reviewed the findings presented in the 2015 Webber study in response to Petition 007, which also requested the addition of autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis and connective tissue diseases. In that review, due to limitations in the 2015 Webber study, the Administrator determined that insufficient evidence existed to take any of the following actions: propose the addition of autoimmune diseases to the List (pursuant to PHS Act, sec. 3312(a)(6)(B)(ii) and 42 CFR 88.17(a)(2)(ii)); publish a determination not to publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register (pursuant to PHS Act, sec. 3312(a)(6)(B)(iii) and 42 CFR 88.17(a)(2)(iii)); or request a recommendation from the STAC (pursuant to PHS Act, sec. 3312(a)(6)(B)(i) and 42 CFR 88.17(a)(2)(i)). The 2015 Webber study was also presented as evidence to support Petition 008 regarding autoimmune disorders, specifically encephalitis of the brain, as well as Petition 009 regarding the autoimmune disorder multiple sclerosis.

    21 John Howard, Administrator of the WTC Health Program, Policy and Procedures for Adding Non-Cancer Conditions to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions, Oct. 21, 2014. http://www.cdc.gov/wtc/pdfs/WTCHP_PP_Adding_NonCancers_21_Oct_2014.pdf.

    In reviewing the 2016 Webber study for potential support for Petition 011, the ADS concluded that similar inadequacies existed for the 2016 study as those seen in the 2015 Webber study. Taken together, the two Webber studies, while meeting the relevance threshold of being published, peer-reviewed epidemiologic studies of autoimmune disease, including lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, in 9/11-exposed populations, were found to exhibit significant limitations and were thus insufficient to provide a potential basis for a decision on whether to propose adding the requested health conditions to the List.

    Accordingly, with regard to Petition 011, the Administrator has determined that insufficient evidence exists to take further action at this time, including either proposing the addition of autoimmune diseases to the List (pursuant to PHS Act, sec. 3312(a)(6)(B)(ii) and 42 CFR 88.17(a)(2)(ii)) or publishing a determination not to publish a proposed rule in the Federal Register (pursuant to PHS Act, sec. 3312(a)(6)(B)(iii) and 42 CFR 88.17(a)(2)(iii)). The Administrator has also determined that requesting a recommendation from the STAC (pursuant to PHS Act, sec. 3312(a)(6)(B)(i) and 42 CFR 88.17(a)(2)(i)) is unwarranted.

    For the reasons discussed above, the request made in Petition 011 to add autoimmune disease, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis to the List of WTC-Related Health Conditions is denied.

    The Administrator will continue to monitor the scientific literature for publication of the results of the ongoing WTC Health Registry study discussed above (reference 7 in the petition) and any other studies that address autoimmune diseases among 9/11-exposed populations.

    Dated: April 20, 2016. John Howard, Administrator, World Trade Center Health Program and Director, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09527 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163-18-P
    FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION 47 CFR Part 76 [MB Docket No. 16-126; DA 16-407] Petition for Declaratory Ruling Filed by National Cable & Telecommunications Association and American Cable Association AGENCY:

    Federal Communications Commission.

    ACTION:

    Petition for declaratory ruling; request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    This document seeks comment on a petition for declaratory ruling filed by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and American Cable Association seeking a declaratory ruling clarifying the “written information” requirement of section 76.1602(b) of the Commission's rules. Specifically, NCTA and ACA “seek a ruling that electronic dissemination by email to subscribers for whom a cable operator has a confirmed email address, by the provision of appropriately-noticed links to Web sites, or by other electronic measures reasonably calculated to reach individual customers, satisfies the requirement if the information is also available in print upon customer request.”

    DATES:

    Comments are due on or before May 26, 2016; reply comments are due on or before June 10, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments, identified by MB Docket No. 16-126, by any of the following methods:

    Electronic Filers: Comments may be filed electronically using the Internet by accessing the ECFS: http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/.

    Paper Filers: Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each filing. Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail. All filings must be addressed to the Commission's Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.

    • All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission's Secretary must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St. SW., Room TW-A325, Washington, DC 20554. The filing hours are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. All hand deliveries must be held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Any envelopes and boxes must be disposed of before entering the building.

    • Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.

    • U.S. Postal Service first-class, Express, and Priority mail must be addressed to 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554.

    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 & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For additional information on this proceeding, contact Katie Costello of the Policy Division, Media Bureau at (202) 418-2233 or [email protected].

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    This is a summary of the Public Notice dated April 14, 2016, DA 16-407, MediaBureau Seeks Comment on Petition for Declaratory Ruling filed by National Cable & Telecommunications Association and American Cable Association, MB Docket No. 16-126. The full text of the Public Notice is available for public inspection and copying during regular business hours in the FCC Reference Center, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Room CY-A257, Washington, DC 20554. This document will also be available via ECFS at http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/. Documents will be available electronically in ASCII, Microsoft Word, and/or Adobe Acrobat. The complete text may be purchased from the Commission's copy contractor, 445 12th Street SW., Room CY-B402, Washington, DC 20554. Alternative formats are available for people with disabilities (Braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), by sending an email to [email protected] or calling the Commission's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY).

    Synopsis

    On March 7, 2016, National Cable & Telecommunications Association (“NCTA”) and the American Cable Association (“ACA”) jointly filed a Petition for Declaratory Ruling (“Petition”) in which it seeks clarification of the “written information” requirement of Section 76.1602(b) of the Commission's rules. Specifically, NCTA and ACA “seek a ruling that electronic dissemination by email to subscribers for whom a cable operator has a confirmed email address, by the provision of appropriately-noticed links to Web sites, or by other electronic measures reasonably calculated to reach individual customers, satisfies the requirement if the information is also available in print upon customer request.” The Commission issue this Public Notice pursuant to section 1.2 of the Commission's rules to seek comment on NCTA and ACA's Petition. The Petition is available electronically through the Commission's ECFS under MB Docket No. 16-126, which may be accessed on the Commission's Internet Web site at http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/. All filings concerning the matters referenced in this Public Notice should refer to the above-referenced docket number. Comments may be filed by May 26, 2016. Reply comments may be filed by June 10, 2016. The proceeding this Notice initiates shall be treated as a “permit-but-disclose” proceeding in accordance with the Commission's ex parte rules, Section 1.1200 through 1.1216 of the Commission's rules. Participants in this proceeding should familiarize themselves with the Commission's ex parte rules. Written ex parte presentations and memoranda summarizing oral ex parte presentations, and all attachments thereto, must be filed through the electronic comment filing system available for that proceeding, and must be filed in their native format (e.g., .doc, .xml, .ppt, searchable .pdf).

    Federal Communications Commission. Thomas Horan, Chief of Staff, Media Bureau.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09504 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712-01-P
    81 79 Monday, April 25, 2016 Notices DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Office of Advocacy and Outreach 1994 Tribal Scholars Program; Notice of Request for Reinstatement of a Previously Approved Collection AGENCY:

    Office of Advocacy and Outreach, USDA.

    ACTION:

    Notice and request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), this notice announces the Office of Advocacy and Outreach's (OAO) intention to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the reinstatement of a previously approved data collection for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 1994 Tribal Scholars Program.

    DATES:

    Comments on this notice must be received by June 24, 2016 to be assured of consideration.

    Additional Information or Comments:

    Contact: Lawrence Shorty, Program Director, USDA 1994 Program, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Mailstop: 0601, Washington, DC 20250.

    Phone: (202) 720-7265.

    Fax: (202) 720-7704.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Title: USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program.

    OMB Number: 0503-0016.

    Expiration Date of Approval: Three years from approval date.

    Type of Request: Reinstatement of a previously approved information collection.

    Abstract: The purpose of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 1994 Tribal Scholars Program is to strengthen the long-term partnership between USDA and the 1994 Land-Grant Institutions to increase the number of students studying and graduating in food, agriculture, natural resources, and other related fields of study, and to develop the pool of scientists and professionals to annually fill 50,000 jobs in the food, agricultural, and natural resources system.

    The USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program, within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration, Office of Advocacy and Outreach, is an annual, joint human capital initiative between USDA and the Nation's 1994 Land-Grant Institutions, also known as 1994 Tribal Colleges and Universities (1994 TCUs). This program offers a combination of paid work experience with a USDA sponsoring agency through an appointment under the Fellowship Experience Program (FEP). FEP will permit the recruitment and selection of exceptional students majoring in agriculture related fields of study at USDA partner colleges and universities. Under the FEP, students will fill Excepted Service positions, receive mentoring, and be provided developmental assignments. These temporary appointments will be made using the Schedule A in 5 CFR 213.3102(r) and may not exceed 4 years based on defined criteria.

    When students graduate, they will be eligible to compete for job opportunities at USDA. Additionally, the experience the students gain via classroom instruction in their respective degree paths, along with their USDA work experience, will make them strong candidates for opportunities in agriculture and agri-business related fields. The USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program is designed to integrate classroom study into a degreed college or university program such as agriculture and natural resources, which prepares the student for competing for positions in the sponsoring agency's future workforce and with paid tuition, fees, books, use of a laptop computer, and leadership training. The program is conducted in accordance with a planned schedule and a working agreement between USDA agencies and the student.

    The USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program will offer scholarships and internships to U.S. citizens for a period of up to 4 years. The eligibility standards are:

    1. Must be at least 16 years old.

    2. Must be able to complete required occupation-related work experience (640 hours) prior to or concurrently with the completion of course requirements for the degree.

    3. Must be a United States citizen or national (resident of American Samoa or Swains Island). If you are not a citizen, you may participate if you are legally admitted to the United States as a permanent resident, and are able to meet United States citizenship requirements prior to completion of your degree.

    4. Must be in good academic standing. Cannot be on academic probation. Must furnish course registration information at the start of each school term; must provide verification of academic status at the end of each academic term (grade report or transcript); must meet academic standards as set forth by the school they are attending; maintain satisfactory progress in completing academic requirements; and demonstrate satisfactory performance and conduct.

    5. If selected, students must sign USDA Fellowship agreements.

    6. Must be enrolled in, accepted, or plan to seek a Bachelor's or Associate's degree in an accredited 1994 Tribal Land-Grant College or University as demonstrated by a declaration of a major course of study.

    7. Carry at a minimum, a half-time course load as defined by the institution.

    8. Be enrolled in an academic major related to the occupation being considered.

    Summary of Collection: Each applicant will be required to submit an application for the USDA 1994 Tribal Scholars Program; proof of acceptance or enrollment in school via transcript (mandatory for current students and recent graduates); and a letter of acceptance (or proof of registration, or letter from school official) on official letterhead; if applicable.

    If selected, each student must furnish course registration at the start of each school term, provide verification of academic status at the end of each academic term (grade report or transcript), meet academic standards as set forth by the school they are attending, maintain satisfactory progress in completing academic requirements, and demonstrate satisfactory performance and conduct.

    Need and Use of the Information: The information is needed for identifying and tracking applicants that match the human capital needs of USDA agencies from 1994 Land-Grant Institutions through an internship and an award of an annually reviewed and renewed scholarship with the objective of preparing the student to compete for placement into USDA's workforce.

    Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 1.2 hours per response.

    Respondents: Individuals attending or interested in attending 1994 Land Grant Institutions, teachers, principals, and guidance counselors, and USDA Agency supervisors.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: 480.

    Estimated Number of Responses: 1440.

    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 3.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 4320 hours.

    Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information 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 the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to Lawrence Shorty, Program Director, USDA 1994 Program, Office of Advocacy and Outreach, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Mail Stop 0601, Washington, DC 20250.

    All comments received will be available for public inspection during regular business hours at the same address.

    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record.

    Carolyn C. Parker, Office of Advocacy and Outreach, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09562 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P
    DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food Safety and Inspection Service [Docket No. FSIS-2016-0013] Codex Alimentarius Commission: Meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Commission AGENCY:

    Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, USDA.

    ACTION:

    Notice of public meeting and request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    The Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is sponsoring a public meeting on June 10, 2016. The objective of the public meeting is to provide information and receive public comments on agenda items and draft United States (U.S.) positions to be discussed at the 39th Session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) taking place in Rome, Italy, June 27-July 1, 2016. The Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety recognizes the importance of providing interested parties the opportunity to obtain background information on the 39th Session of the CAC and to address items on the agenda.

    DATES:

    The public meeting is scheduled for Friday, June 10, 2016, from 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES:

    The public meeting will take place at the Jamie L. Whitten Building, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 107-A, Washington, DC 20250. Documents related to the 39th Session of the CAC will be accessible via the Internet at the following address: http://www.codexalimentarius.org/meetings-reports/en/.

    The U.S. Delegate to the 39th Session of the CAC invites U.S. interested parties to submit their comments electronically to the following email address: [email protected]

    Call-in-Number: If you wish to participate in the public meeting for the 39th Session of the CAC by conference call, please use the call-in-number and the participant code listed below:

    Call-in-Number: 1-888-844-9904.

    The participant code will be posted on the Web page below: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/international-affairs/us-codex-alimentarius/public-meetings.

    Registration: Attendees may register to attend the public meeting by emailing [email protected] by June 3, 2016. Early registration is encouraged as it will expedite entry into the building. Attendees should bring photo identification and plan for adequate time to pass through security screening systems. Attendees that are not able to attend the meeting in person, but wish to participate may do so by phone.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE 39th Session of the CAC CONTACT:

    Barbara McNiff, U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 4861, Washington, DC 20250, Telephone: (202) 690-4719, Fax: (202)720-3157, Email: [email protected]

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE PUBLIC MEETING CONTACT:

    Jasmine Curtis, U.S. Codex Office, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Room 4865, Washington, DC 20250, Telephone: (202) 205-7760, Fax: (202) 720-3157, Email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background

    The CAC was established in 1963 by two United Nations organizations, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Through adoption of food standards, codes of practice, and other guidelines developed by its committees, and by promoting their adoption and implementation by governments, the CAC seeks to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade; promotes coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non-governmental organizations; determines priorities and initiates and guides the preparation of draft standards through and with the aid of appropriate organizations; finalizes standards elaborated and publishes them in a Codex Alimentarius (food code) either as regional or worldwide standards, together with international standards already finalized by other bodies, wherever this is practicable; and amends published standards, as appropriate, in the light of new developments.

    Issues To Be Discussed at the Public Meeting

    The following items on the Agenda for the 39th Session of the CAC will be discussed during the public meeting:

    • Report by the Chairperson on the 71st Session of the Executive Committee • Final adoption of Codex text at Steps 8, 5/8 and 5A • Adoption of Codex texts at Step 5 • Revocation of Codex texts • Proposals for New Work • Discontinuation of Work • Amendments to Codex Standards and Related Texts • Codex Work Management and Functioning of the Executive Committee • Relations between FAO and WHO policies, strategies and guidelines and Codex work • Codex work on antimicrobial resistance • Matters referred to the Commission by Codex Committees and Task Forces • Codex Budget planning (2016-17) and report on expenditures (2014-15) • FAO/WHO Scientific Support to Codex (report on activities) • FAO/WHO Scientific Support to Codex (budget and expenditure) • FAO/WHO Scientific Support to Codex (increasing sustainability) • FAO and WHO Capacity Development Activities (report on activities) • FAO/WHO Project and Trust Fund for Enhanced Participation in Codex (final report of the preceding project ended in 2015) • FAO/WHO Project and Trust Fund for enhances Participation in Codex (status report of the successor initiative started in January 2016) • Relations between the Codex Alimentarius Commission and other International Organizations • Elections of the Chairperson and Vice-Chairpersons • Designation of Countries responsible for appointing the Chairpersons of Codex Committees • Food integrity/authenticity • Visa issue for attendance at Codex meetings • 2018 • Other Business

    Each issue listed will be fully described in documents distributed, or to be distributed, by the Secretariat before the Meeting. Members of the public may access or request copies of these documents (see ADDRESSES).

    Public Meeting

    At the June 10, 2016, public meeting, draft U.S. positions on the agenda items will be described and discussed, and attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions and offer comments. Written comments may be offered at the meeting or sent to the U.S. Delegate for the 39th Session of the CAC (see ADDRESSES). Written comments should state that they relate to activities of the 39th Session of the CAC.

    Additional Public Notification

    Public awareness of all segments of rulemaking and policy development is important. Consequently, FSIS will announce this Federal Register publication on-line through the FSIS Web page located at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/federal-register.

    FSIS also will make copies of this publication available through the FSIS Constituent Update, which is used to provide information regarding FSIS policies, procedures, regulations, Federal Register notices, FSIS public meetings, and other types of information that could affect or would be of interest to our constituents and stakeholders. The Update is available on the FSIS Web page. Through the Web page, FSIS is able to provide information to a much broader, more diverse audience. In addition, FSIS offers an email subscription service which provides automatic and customized access to selected food safety news and information. This service is available at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/subscribe. Options range from recalls to export information, regulations, directives, and notices. Customers can add or delete subscriptions themselves, and have the option to password protect their accounts.

    USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

    No agency, officer, or employee of the USDA shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, or political beliefs, exclude from participation in, deny the benefits of, or subject to discrimination any person in the United States under any program or activity conducted by the USDA.

    How To File a Complaint of Discrimination

    To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, which may be accessed online at http://www.ocio.usda.gov/sites/default/files/docs/2012/Complain_combined_6_8_12.pdf, or write a letter signed by you or your authorized representative.

    Send your completed complaint form or letter to USDA by mail, fax, or email:

    Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250 -9410.

    Fax: (202) 690-7442.

    Email: [email protected]

    Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.), should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).

    Done at Washington, DC on April 20, 2016. Mary Frances Lowe, U.S. Manager for Codex Alimentarius.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09516 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410-DM-P
    DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Food and Nutrition Service Agency Information Collection Activities—Identifying Program Components and Practices That Influence Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Application Processing Timeliness Rates AGENCY:

    Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), USDA.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice invites the general public and other public agencies to comment on this proposed new information collection.

    DATES:

    Written comments must be received on or before June 24, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions that were used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    Comments may be sent to: Rosemarie Downer, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, VA 22302. Comments may also be submitted via fax to the attention of Rosemarie Downer at 703-305-2576 or via email to [email protected] Comments will also be accepted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov, and follow the online instructions for submitting comments electronically. Comments will also be accepted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov, and follow the online instructions for submitting comments electronically.

    All written comments will be open for public inspection at the office of the Food and Nutrition Service during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday) at 3101 Park Center Drive, Room 1014, Alexandria, Virginia 22302.

    All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval. All comments will be a matter of public record.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Requests for additional information or copies of this information collection should be directed to Rosemarie Downer at 703-305-2129.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Title: Identifying Program Components and Practices that Influence Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Application Processing Timeliness Rates.

    Form Number: Not Applicable.

    OMB Number: Not Yet Assigned.

    Expiration Date: Not Yet Determined.

    Type of Request: New Collection.

    Abstract: The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is responsible for administering the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) at the Federal level. An important aspect of SNAP administration is ensuring that eligible households have timely access to SNAP benefits. The Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended (the Act), Sections 11(e)(3) and 11(e)(9) 1 requires that initial SNAP applications be processed and benefits provided within 30 days of the application date, or within 7 days for expedited applications. FNS monitors compliance with statutory requirements through the SNAP Quality Control System (SNAP-QC). Results of these monitoring activities have indicated that a majority of States do not meet the acceptable performance criterion of a 95 percent application processing timeliness (APT) rate.

    1http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/snap/Food-And-Nutrition-Act-2008.pdf.

    This study will examine policies, waivers, administrative practices, workflow, and processes associated with the APT rates of all 50 States and the District of Columbia. The primary purpose of this study is to determine best practices for facilitating high APT rates, and to identify State policy and procedural practices that hinder and facilitate high APT rates.

    The study team will first review available State policy documents, procedure manuals, and administrative data. If these resources are not available from accessible sources, the study team will request these resources from SNAP offices/agencies. Following this review, the study team will collect quantitative and qualitative data via an online survey from the 50 States and the District of Columbia. The total annual burden for gathering documents, manuals, and administrative data and completing the survey is an annual total of 478.28 burden hours (468.49 for respondents and 9.8 hours for non-respondents) and 418 total annual responses (296 for respondents and 122 for non-respondents).

    Affected Public: 357 State, Local and Tribal Government. Respondents from the 50 States and the District of Columbia. The specific respondent types will include: (a) 51 State SNAP agency representatives and (b) 306 managers, supervisors, or designated staff from local SNAP offices.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: The total estimated number of respondents is 357. This number represents a State SNAP agency representative from each State and the District of Columbia, and a manager, supervisor, or designated staff from approximately 4 to 10 local SNAP offices within each State and the District of Columbia.

    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.170868 responses per respondent time annually. All State and local respondents will be asked to gather SNAP documents, manuals, and/or administrative data and to participate in one survey. Survey respondents will be given the option of completing the survey online or through a telephone interview.

    Estimated Total Annual Responses: 418 total annual responses.

    Estimated Time per Response: 1.144 hours per response.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 478.29 hours.

    See the table below for estimated total annual burden for each type of respondent:

    BILLING CODE 3140-30-P EN25AP16.012 Dated: April 15, 2016. Telora T. Dean, Acting Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09569 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410-30-C
    DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Siuslaw Resource Advisory Committee AGENCY:

    Forest Service, USDA.

    ACTION:

    Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    The Siuslaw Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Corvallis, Oregon. 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/siuslaw/workingtogether/advisorycommittees.

    DATES:

    The meeting will be held on June 3, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 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 Corvallis Forestry Sciences Lab and Siuslaw National Forest Supervisor's Office, 3200 SW. Jefferson Way, Corvallis, Oregon. Members of the public may attend in person or join by videoteleconference from Forest Service facilities in Hebo, Waldport, or Reedsport, Oregon.

    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 Siuslaw National Forest Supervisor's Office. Please call ahead to facilitate entry into the building.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Lisa Romano, RAC Coordinator, by phone at 541-750-7075 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:

    1. To conduct RAC business,

    2. Elect a RAC chairperson,

    3. Set the Fiscal Year 2016 overhead rate,

    4. Share information,

    5. Provide a public forum, and

    6. Review and select Projects 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 to do so in writing by May 23, 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 Lisa Romano, RAC Coordinator, 3200 SW. Jefferson Way, Corvallis, Oregon 97331; or by email to [email protected]

    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: April 18, 2016. Jeremiah C. Ingersoll, Forest Supervisor, Siuslaw National Forest.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09530 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411-15-P
    DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request April 19, 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; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques and other forms of information technology.

    Comments regarding this information collection received by May 25, 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. Commentors 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.

    Forest Service

    Title: Forest Service Ride-Along Program Application.

    OMB Control Number: 0596-0170.

    Summary of Collection: The Forest Service (FS) ride-along program allows the general public or other interested person to accompany agency law enforcement personnel as they conduct their normal field duties, including access to and discussions about agency law enforcement vehicles, procedures, and facilities. The program provides an opportunity for officers to enhance the public's understanding and support of the agency program and to increase agency understanding of public and community concerns. The program also aids the agency's recruitment program by allowing interested persons to observe a potential career choice or to participate in innovative intern-type programs, and by allowing the agency to showcase the quality of its program and services.

    Need and Use of the Information: Information will be collected from any person who voluntarily approaches the FS and wishes to participate in the program. The FS 5300-33 program application form will be used to conduct a minimal background check and the FS 5300-34 is a liability waiver form that requires the applicant's signature and their written assurance that they have read and understood the form. The information collected from the forms will be used by FS and, in appropriate part, by any person or entity needed and authorized by the FS to provide the needed background information (primarily applicable local law enforcement agencies, state criminal justice agencies maintaining state justice records, and by the FBI). If the information is not collected, the program could not operate.

    Description of Respondents: Individuals or households; Federal Government; State, Local or Tribal Government.

    Number of Respondents: 130.

    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Other (per applicant).

    Total Burden Hours: 22.

    Ruth Brown, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09440 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3411-15-P
    DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Housing Service Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request April 19, 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; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    Comments regarding this information collection received by May 25, 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 20502. Commenters are encouraged to submit their comments to OMB via email to: [email protected] or fax (202) 395-5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250-7602. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720-8958.

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

    Rural Housing Service

    Title: 7 CFR 1951-F, Analyzing Credit Needs and Graduation Review.

    OMB Control Number: 0575-0093.

    Summary of Collection: Section 333 of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act and Section 502 of the Housing Act of 1949, requires the Rural Housing Service (RHS), to graduate their direct loan borrowers to other credit when they are able to do so. Graduation is an integral part of Agency lending, as Government loans are not meant to be extended beyond a borrower's need for subsidized rates of non-market terms. The notes, security instruments, or loan agreements of most borrowers require borrowers to refinance their Agency loans when other credit becomes available at reasonable rates and terns. If the borrower finds other credit is not available at reasonable rates and terms, the Agency will continue to review the borrower for possible graduation at periodic intervals. Information will be collected from the borrowers concerning their loans.

    Need and Use of the Information: The information submitted by RHS borrowers to Agency offices is used to graduate direct borrowers to private credit with or without the use of Agency loan guarantees. At minimum, the financial information must include a balance sheet and an income statement. Other financial data collected will include information such as income, farm operating expenses, asset values, and liabilities.

    Description of Respondents: Business or other for-profit.

    Number of Respondents: 256.

    Frequency of Responses: Reporting: Annually.

    Total Burden Hours: 522.

    Charlene Parker, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09447 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410-XV-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of Industry and Security Materials Processing Equipment Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting

    The Materials Processing Equipment Technical Advisory Committee (MPETAC) will meet on May 17, 2016, 9:00 a.m., Room 3884, in the Herbert C. Hoover Building, 14th Street between Pennsylvania and Constitution Avenues NW., Washington, DC. The Committee advises the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Export Administration with respect to technical questions that affect the level of export controls applicable to materials processing equipment and related technology.

    Agenda Open Session

    1. Opening remarks and introductions.

    2. Presentation of papers and comments by the Public.

    3. Discussions on results from last, and proposals from last Wassenaar meeting.

    4. Report on proposed and recently issued changes to the Export Administration Regulations.

    5. Other business.

    Closed Session

    6. Discussion of matters determined to be exempt from the provisions relating to public meetings found in 5 U.S.C. app. 2 §§ 10 (a)(1) and 10 (a)(3).

    The open session will be accessible via teleconference to 20 participants on a first come, first serve basis. To join the conference, submit inquiries to Ms. Yvette Springer at [email protected], no later than May 10, 2016.

    A limited number of seats will be available for the public session. Reservations are not accepted. To the extent that time permits, members of the public may present oral statements to the Committee. The public may submit written statements at any time before or after the meeting. However, to facilitate the distribution of public presentation materials to the Committee members, the Committee suggests that presenters forward the public presentation materials prior to the meeting to Ms. Springer via email.

    The Assistant Secretary for Administration, with the concurrence of the delegate of the General Counsel, formally determined on April 11, 2016, pursuant to Section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. app. 2 § 10(d)), that the portion of the meeting dealing with matters the premature disclosure of which would be likely to frustrate significantly implementation of a proposed agency action as described in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(9)(B) shall be exempt from the provisions relating to public meetings found in 5 U.S.C. app. 2 §§ 10(a)(1) and 10(a)(3). The remaining portions of the meeting will be open to the public. For more information, call Yvette Springer at (202) 482-2813.

    Dated: April 20, 2016. Yvette Springer, Committee Liaison Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09528 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-JT-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee Public Meeting AGENCY:

    International Trade Administration, DOC.

    ACTION:

    Notice of federal advisory committee meeting

    SUMMARY:

    This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a meeting of the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee (ETTAC).

    DATES:

    The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

    ADDRESSES:

    The meeting will be held in Room 3407 at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Herbert Clark Hoover Building, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ms. Maureen Hinman, Office of Energy & Environmental Industries (OEEI), International Trade Administration, Room 4053, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (Phone: 202-482-0627; Fax: 202-482-5665; email: [email protected].) This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to OEEI at (202) 482-5225 no less than one week prior to the meeting.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The meeting will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. EDT. The general meeting is open to the public and time will be permitted for public comment from 3:00-3:30 p.m. EDT. Those interested in attending must provide notification by Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. EDT, via the contact information provided above. Written comments concerning ETTAC affairs are welcome any time before or after the meeting. Minutes will be available within 30 days of this meeting.

    Topics To Be Considered

    The agenda for this meeting will include discussion of priorities and objectives for the committee, trade promotion programs within the International Trade Administration, and subcommittee working meetings.

    Background: The ETTAC is mandated by Public Law 103-392. It was created to advise the U.S. government on environmental trade policies and programs, and to help it to focus its resources on increasing the exports of the U.S. environmental industry. ETTAC operates as an advisory committee to the Secretary of Commerce and the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC). ETTAC was originally chartered in May of 1994. It was most recently re-chartered until August 2016.

    Dated: April 14, 2016. Edward A. O'Malley, Office Director, Office of Energy and Environmental Industries.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09474 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DR-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A-580-886] Ferrovanadium From the Republic of Korea: Initiation of Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigation AGENCY:

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

    DATES:

    Effective Date: April 18, 2016.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Patrick O'Connor or Aleksandras Nakutis, at (202) 482-0989 or (202) 482-3147, AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Petition

    On March 28, 2016, the Department of Commerce (the Department) received an antidumping duty (AD) petition concerning imports of ferrovanadium from the Republic of Korea (Korea), filed in proper form on behalf of the Vanadium Producers and Reclaimers Association (VPRA) and VPRA members AMG Vanadium LLC (AMG V), Bear Metallurgical Company (Bear), Gulf Chemical & Metallurgical Corporation (Gulf), and Evraz Stratcor, Inc. (Stratcor) (Petitioners).1 Petitioners are U.S. producers and wholesalers of ferrovanadium, and a trade or business association, a majority of whose members are U.S. producers and wholesalers of ferrovanadium.2

    1See the Petition for the Imposition of Antidumping Duties: Ferrovanadium from the Republic of Korea, dated March 28, 2016 (the Petition).

    2See Petition Supplement 1, at 2-3.

    On March 31, 2016, and April 6, 2016, the Department requested additional information and clarification of certain areas of the Petition.3 Petitioners filed responses on April 4, 6, and 7, 2016.4

    3See Letter from the Department to Petitioners entitled “Petition for the Imposition of Antidumping Duties on Imports of Ferrovanadium from the Republic of Korea: Supplemental Questions” dated March 31, 2016 (Supplemental Questionnaire); see also Letter from the Department to Petitioners entitled “Petition for the Imposition of Antidumping Duties on Imports of Ferrovanadium from the Republic of Korea: Supplemental Question” dated April 6, 2016.

    4See letter from Petitioners entitled “Ferrovanadium from the Republic of Korea—Petitioners' Responses to the Department's March 31, 2016, Supplemental Questions on the Petition and Amendment to the Petition to Modify Scope Language,” dated April 4, 2016. (Petition Supplement 1); see also letter from Petitioners entitled “Response of Petitioners to Supplemental Questions from the Department of Commerce Regarding the Petition for the Imposition of Antidumping Duties on Ferrovanadium from the Republic of Korea: Translation,” dated April 6, 2016; see also letter from Petitioners entitled “Response of the Petitioners to Supplemental Question from the Department of Commerce Regarding the Petition for the Imposition of Antidumping Duties on Ferrovanadium from the Republic of Korea,” dated April 7, 2016 (Petition Supplement 2).

    In accordance with section 732(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), Petitioners allege that imports of ferrovanadium from Korea are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less-than-fair value within the meaning of section 731 of the Act, and that such imports are materially injuring, or threatening material injury to, an industry in the United States. Also, consistent with section 732(b)(1) of the Act, the Petition is accompanied by information reasonably available to Petitioners supporting their allegations.

    The Department finds that Petitioners filed this Petition on behalf of the domestic industry because Petitioners are interested parties as defined in section 771(9)(C), (E), and (F) of the Act. The Department also finds that Petitioners demonstrated sufficient industry support with respect to the initiation of the AD investigation that Petitioners are requesting.5

    5See the “Determination of Industry Support for the Petition” section below.

    Period of Investigation

    Because the Petition was filed on March 28, 2016, the period of investigation (POI) is, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.204(b)(1), January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015.

    Scope of the Investigation

    The product covered by this investigation is ferrovanadium from Korea. For a full description of the scope of this investigation, see the “Scope of the Investigation,” in Appendix I of this notice.

    Comments on Scope of the Investigation

    During our review of the Petition, the Department issued questions to, and received responses from, Petitioners pertaining to the proposed scope to ensure that the scope language in the Petition would be an accurate reflection of the products for which the domestic industry is seeking relief.6

    6See Supplemental Questionnaire; see also Petition Supplement 1.

    As discussed in the preamble to the Department's regulations,7 we are setting aside a period for interested parties to raise issues regarding product coverage (scope). The Department will consider all comments received from parties and, if necessary, will consult with parties prior to the issuance of the preliminary determination. If scope comments include factual information (see 19 CFR 351.102(b)(21)), all such factual information should be limited to public information. In order to facilitate preparation of its questionnaires, the Department requests all interested parties to submit such comments by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Monday, May 9, 2016, because 20 calendar days after the signature date of this notice falls on Sunday, May 8, 2016.8 Any rebuttal comments, which may include factual information, must be filed by 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 19, 2016, which is 10 calendar days after the initial comments deadline.

    7See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties, 62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997).

    8See 19 CFR 351.303(b)(1) (“For both electronically filed and manually filed documents, if the applicable due date falls on a non-business day, the Secretary will accept documents that are filed on the next business day.”).

    The Department requests that any factual information the parties consider relevant to the scope of the investigation be submitted during this time period. However, if a party subsequently finds that additional factual information pertaining to the scope of the investigation may be relevant, the party may contact the Department and request permission to submit the additional information.

    Filing Requirements

    All submissions to the Department must be filed electronically using Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS).9 An electronically filed document must be received successfully in its entirety by the time and date when it is due. Documents excepted from the electronic submission requirements must be filed manually (i.e., in paper form) with Enforcement and Compliance's APO/Dockets Unit, Room 18022, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230, and stamped with the date and time of receipt by the applicable deadlines.

    9See 19 CFR 351.303 (for general filing requirements); see also Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: Electronic Filing Procedures; Administrative Protective Order Procedures, 76 FR 39263 (July 6, 2011); see also Enforcement and Compliance; Change of Electronic Filing System Name, 79 FR 69046 (November 20, 2014) for details of the Department's electronic filing requirements, which went into effect on August 5, 2011. Information on help using ACCESS can be found at https://access.trade.gov/help.aspx and a handbook can be found at https://access.trade.gov/help/Handbook%20on%20Electronic%20Filling%20Procedures.pdf.

    Comments on Product Characteristics for AD Questionnaires

    The Department requests comments from interested parties regarding the appropriate physical characteristics of ferrovanadium to be reported in response to the Department's AD questionnaires. This information will be used to identify the key physical characteristics of the subject merchandise in order to report sales and costs of production information accurately as well as to develop appropriate product-comparison criteria.

    Interested parties may provide any information or comments that they believe are relevant to the development of physical characteristics for reporting and product matching purposes. Specifically, they may provide comments as to which characteristics are appropriate to use as: (1) General product characteristics and (2) product-comparison criteria. We note that it is not always appropriate to use all product characteristics as product-comparison criteria. We base product-comparison criteria on meaningful commercial differences among products. In other words, although there may be some physical product characteristics utilized by manufacturers to describe ferrovanadium, it may be that only a select few product characteristics take into account commercially meaningful physical characteristics. In addition, interested parties may comment on the order in which the physical characteristics should be used in matching products. Generally, the Department attempts to list the most important physical characteristics first and the least important characteristics last.

    In order to consider the suggestions of interested parties in developing and issuing the AD questionnaires, all comments must be filed by 5:00 p.m. ET on May 9, 2016, which is 21 calendar days from the signature date of this notice. Any rebuttal comments must be filed by 5:00 p.m. ET on May 16, 2016. All comments and submissions to the Department must be filed electronically using ACCESS, as explained above, on the record of this Korea less-than-fair-value investigation.

    Determination of Industry Support for the Petition

    Section 732(b)(1) of the Act requires that a petition be filed on behalf of the domestic industry. Section 732(c)(4)(A) of the Act provides that a petition meets this requirement if the domestic producers or workers who support the petition account for: (i) At least 25 percent of the total production of the domestic like product; and (ii) more than 50 percent of the production of the domestic like product produced by that portion of the industry expressing support for, or opposition to, the petition. Moreover, section 732(c)(4)(D) of the Act provides that, if the petition does not establish support of domestic producers or workers accounting for more than 50 percent of the total production of the domestic like product, the Department shall: (i) Poll the industry or rely on other information in order to determine if there is support for the petition, as required by subparagraph (A); or (ii) determine industry support using a statistically valid sampling method to poll the “industry.”

    Section 771(4)(A) of the Act defines the “industry” as the producers as a whole of a domestic like product. Thus, to determine whether a petition has the requisite industry support, the statute directs the Department to look to producers and workers who produce the domestic like product. The International Trade Commission (ITC), which is responsible for determining whether “the domestic industry” has been injured, must also determine what constitutes a domestic like product in order to define the industry. While both the Department and the ITC must apply the same statutory definition regarding the domestic like product,10 they do so for different purposes and pursuant to a separate and distinct authority. In addition, the Department's determination is subject to limitations of time and information. Although this may result in different definitions of the like product, such differences do not render the decision of either agency contrary to law.11

    10See section 771(10) of the Act.

    11See USEC, Inc. v. United States, 132 F. Supp. 2d 1, 8 (CIT 2001) (citing Algoma Steel Corp., Ltd. v. United States, 688 F. Supp. 639, 644 (CIT 1988), aff'd 865 F.2d 240 (Fed. Cir. 1989)).

    Section 771(10) of the Act defines the domestic like product as “a product which is like, or in the absence of like, most similar in characteristics and uses with, the article subject to an investigation under this title.” Thus, the reference point from which the domestic like product analysis begins is “the article subject to an investigation” (i.e., the class or kind of merchandise to be investigated, which normally will be the scope as defined in the Petition).

    With regard to the domestic like product, Petitioners do not offer a definition of the domestic like product distinct from the scope of the investigation. Based on our analysis of the information submitted on the record, we have determined that ferrovanadium, as defined in the scope, constitutes a single domestic like product, and we have analyzed industry support in terms of that domestic like product.12

    12 For a discussion of the domestic like product analysis in this case, see Antidumping Duty Investigation Initiation Checklist: Ferrovanadium from the Republic of Korea (Korea AD Initiation Checklist), at Attachment II, Analysis of Industry Support for the Antidumping Duty Petition Covering Ferrovanadium from the Republic of Korea. This checklist is dated concurrently with this notice and on file electronically via ACCESS. Access to documents filed via ACCESS is also available in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building.

    In determining whether Petitioners have standing under section 732(c)(4)(A) of the Act, we considered the industry support data contained in the Petition with reference to the domestic like product as defined in the “Scope of the Investigation,” in Appendix I of this notice. To establish industry support, Petitioners provided the 2015 production of the domestic like product by the two petitioning companies that produce ferrovanadium in the United States (AMG Vanadium, LLC and Bear Metallurgical Company).13 Petitioners state that these two companies are the only known producers of ferrovanadium in the United States; therefore, the Petition is supported by 100 percent of the U.S. industry.14

    13See Volume I of the Petition, at 3-4 and 6-7; see also Petition Supplement 1, at 3 and Exhibit SQ-3.

    14See Volume I of the Petition, at 3-4.

    Our review of the data provided in the Petition and other information readily available to the Department indicates that Petitioners have established industry support.15 First, the Petition established support from domestic producers (or workers) accounting for more than 50 percent of the total production of the domestic like product and, as such, the Department is not required to take further action in order to evaluate industry support (e.g., polling).16 Second, the domestic producers (or workers) have met the statutory criteria for industry support under section 732(c)(4)(A)(i) of the Act because the domestic producers (or workers) who support the Petition account for at least 25 percent of the total production of the domestic like product.17 Finally, the domestic producers (or workers) have met the statutory criteria for industry support under section 732(c)(4)(A)(ii) of the Act because the domestic producers (or workers) who support the Petition account for more than 50 percent of the production of the domestic like product produced by that portion of the industry expressing support for, or opposition to, the Petition.18 Accordingly, the Department determines that the Petition was filed on behalf of the domestic industry within the meaning of section 732(b)(1) of the Act.

    15See Korea AD Initiation Checklist, at Attachment II.

    16See section 732(c)(4)(D) of the Act; see also Korea AD Initiation Checklist, at Attachment II.

    17See Korea AD Initiation Checklist, at Attachment II.

    18Id.

    The Department finds that Petitioners filed the Petition on behalf of the domestic industry because they are interested parties as defined in sections 771(9)(C), (E), and (F) of the Act and they have demonstrated sufficient industry support with respect to the AD investigation that they are requesting the Department initiate.19

    19Id.

    Allegations and Evidence of Material Injury and Causation

    Petitioners allege that the U.S. industry producing the domestic like product is being materially injured, or is threatened with material injury, by reason of the imports of the subject merchandise sold at less than normal value (NV). In addition, Petitioners allege that subject imports exceed the negligibility threshold provided for under section 771(24)(A) of the Act.20

    20See Volume I of the Petition, at 24-25 and Exhibit I-4.

    Petitioners contend that the industry's injured condition is illustrated by reduced market share, underselling and price suppression or depression, lost sales and revenues, decline in shipments and toll production volume, negative impact on employment, and decline in financial performance.21 We have assessed the allegations and supporting evidence regarding material injury, threat of material injury, and causation, and we have determined that these allegations are properly supported by adequate evidence and meet the statutory requirements for initiation.22

    21See Volume I of the Petition, at 14-44 and Exhibits I-4 and I-6 through I-15; see also Petition Supplement 1, at 1, 4 and Exhibit SQ-1.

    22See Korea AD Initiation Checklist, at Attachment III, Analysis of Allegations and Evidence of Material Injury and Causation for the Antidumping Duty Petition Covering Ferrovanadium from the Republic of Korea.

    Allegation of Sales at Less-Than-Fair Value

    The following is a description of the allegation of sales at less-than-fair value upon which the Department based its decision to initiate the investigation of imports of ferrovanadium from Korea. The sources of data relating to U.S. price and the usage quantities and input values relating to NV are discussed in greater detail in the initiation checklist.

    Export Price

    Petitioners based U.S. prices on three affidavits documenting U.S. sales of ferrovanadium from Korea through a U.S. trading company during the POI.23 Petitioners deducted from the referenced prices expenses associated with exporting and delivering the ferrovanadium to a U.S. warehouse; these expenses include foreign inland freight expenses, foreign brokerage and handling expenses, ocean freight and U.S. terminal handling expenses, marine insurance expense, U.S. import duties, U.S. harbor maintenance fees, and the mark-up by the U.S. trading company to cover its selling, general, and administrative (SG&A) expenses and profit.24

    23See Volume I of the Petition, at Exhibit I-13; see also Volume II of the Petition, at 2 and Exhibit II-1.

    24See Volume II of the Petition, at 2-6 and Exhibits II-1 through II-8; see also Petition Supplement 1, at 7-8 and Exhibits SQ-9 and SQ-22.

    Normal Value

    Petitioners asserted that they were unable to obtain pricing data for sales of Korean-produced ferrovanadium by either Korean ferrovanadium producers or tollees of Korean ferrovanadium producers in the Korean market or in third country markets.25 Consequently, Petitioners, pursuant to sections 773(a)(1)(C) and 773(a)(4) of the Act, relied on constructed value (CV) as the basis for NV.

    25See Petition Supplement 1, at 9; see also Korea AD Initiation Checklist.

    Normal Value Based on Constructed Value

    Pursuant to section 773(e) of the Act, CV consists of the cost of manufacturing (COM); SG&A expenses; financial expenses; packing expenses; and, profit. Petitioners calculated COM and packing expenses using usage rates that are based on a U.S. producer's experience during the proposed POI.26 Petitioners multiplied the usage quantities (including the quantity of labor and energy used) of the inputs used to manufacture ferrovanadium in Korea by publicly-available Korean values.27 Petitioners relied on a U.S. producer's experience to determine factory overhead.28 Petitioners relied on the financial statements of EG Metal Corporation (EG Metal), a Korean producer of identical merchandise, to determine a combined SG&A and financial expense rate.29 Petitioners relied on the same financial statements to calculate the profit rate; however, because EG Metal operated at a loss, Petitioners conservatively did not include an amount for profit in the calculation of CV.30

    26See Korea AD Initiation Checklist.

    27Id.

    28Id.

    29Id.

    30Id.

    Fair Value Comparisons

    Based on the data provided by Petitioners, there is reason to believe that imports of ferrovanadium from Korea are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less-than-fair value. Based on comparisons of export price (EP) to NV in accordance with sections 772 and 773 of the Act, the estimated dumping margins for ferrovanadium for Korea range from 20.25 to 54.69 percent.31

    31See Petition Supplement 1 at Exhibit SQ-24. See also Korea AD Initiation Checklist at attachment 5.

    Initiation of Less-than-Fair-Value Investigation

    Based upon the examination of the AD Petition on ferrovanadium from Korea, we find that the Petition meets the requirements of section 732 of the Act. Therefore, we are initiating a less-than-fair-value investigation to determine whether imports of ferrovanadium from Korea are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less-than-fair value. In accordance with section 733(b)(1)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(b)(1), unless postponed, we will make our preliminary determination no later than 140 days after the date of this initiation.

    Respondent Selection

    Petitioners identified a number of producers and/or exporters of Korean ferrovanadium.32 Following our practice in AD investigations involving market economy countries, in the event the Department determines that the number of known exporters or producers for this investigation is large, the Department may select respondents for individual examination based on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data for U.S. imports under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States number listed in the scope of the investigation in Appendix I of this notice. We intend to place CBP data on the record within five business days of publication of this Federal Register notice. Interested parties who want to comment on the CBP data and/or respondent selection must do so within seven calendar days after placement of the CBP data on the record of this investigation. Interested parties who want to submit rebuttal comments must submit those comments five calendar days after the deadline for the initial comments. All comments must be filled electronically using ACCESS. An electronically-filled document must be received successfully in its entirety by ACCESS, by 5 p.m. ET by the due date. Interested parties must submit applications for disclosure under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(b). Instructions for filing such applications may be found on the Department's Web site at http://enforcement.trade.gov/apo. We intend to make our decision regarding respondent selection within 20 days of publication of this notice.

    32See letter from Petitioners entitled “Response of the Petitioners to Supplemental Question from the Department of Commerce Regarding the Petition for the Imposition of Antidumping Duties on Ferrovanadium from the Republic of Korea,” dated April 7, 2016; see also Petition Supplement 2, at SQ2-1.

    Distribution of Copies of the Petition

    In accordance with section 732(b)(3)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.202(f), copies of the public version of the Petition have been provided to the government of Korea via ACCESS. To the extent practicable, we will attempt to provide a copy of the public version of the Petition to the exporters named in the Petition, as provided under 19 CFR 351.203(c)(2).

    ITC Notification

    We will notify the ITC of our initiation, as required by section 732(d) of the Act.

    Preliminary Determination by the ITC

    The ITC will preliminarily determine, within 45 days after the date on which the Petition was filed, whether there is a reasonable indication that imports of ferrovanadium from Korea are materially injuring or threatening material injury to a U.S. industry.33 A negative ITC determination will result in the investigation being terminated; 34 otherwise, the investigation will proceed according to statutory and regulatory time limits.

    33See section 733(a) of the Act.

    34Id.

    Submission of Factual Information

    Factual information is defined in 19 CFR 351.102(b)(21) as: (i) Evidence submitted in response to questionnaires; (ii) evidence submitted in support of allegations; (iii) publicly available information to value factors under 19 CFR 351.408(c) or to measure the adequacy of remuneration under 19 CFR 351.511(a)(2); (iv) evidence placed on the record by the Department; and (v) evidence other than factual information described in (i)-(iv). Any party, when submitting factual information, must specify under which subsection of 19 CFR 351.102(b)(21) the information is being submitted 35 and, if the information is submitted to rebut, clarify, or correct factual information already on the record, to provide an explanation identifying the information already on the record that the factual information seeks to rebut, clarify, or correct.36 Time limits for the submission of factual information are addressed in 19 CFR 351.301, which provides specific time limits based on the type of factual information being submitted. Please review the regulations prior to submitting factual information in this investigation.

    35See 19 CFR 351.301(b).

    36See 19 CFR 351.301(b)(2).

    Extensions of Time Limits

    Parties may request an extension of time limits before the expiration of a time limit established under 19 CFR 351, or as otherwise specified by the Secretary. In general, an extension request will be considered untimely if it is filed after the time limit established under 19 CFR 351 expires. For submissions that are due from multiple parties simultaneously, an extension request will be considered untimely if it is filed after 10:00 a.m. ET on the due date. Under certain circumstances, the Department may elect to specify a different time limit for extension requests for submissions which are due from multiple parties simultaneously. In such cases, we will inform parties of the time limit by issuing a letter or memorandum setting forth the deadline (including a specified time) by which extension requests must be filed to be considered timely. An extension request must be made in a separate, stand-alone submission; under limited circumstances we will grant untimely-filed requests for the extension of time limits. Review Extension of Time Limits; Final Rule, 78 FR 57790 (September 20, 2013), available at http://www.thefederalregister.org/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-20/html/2013-22853.htm, prior to submitting extension requests in this investigation.

    Certification Requirements

    Any party submitting factual information in an AD or CVD proceeding must certify to the accuracy and completeness of that information.37 Parties are hereby reminded that revised certification requirements are in effect for company/government officials, as well as their representatives. Investigations initiated on the basis of petitions filed on or after August 16, 2013, and other segments of any AD or CVD proceedings initiated on or after August 16, 2013, should use the formats for the revised certifications provided at the end of the Final Rule.38 The Department intends to reject factual submissions if the submitting party does not comply with applicable revised certification requirements.

    37See section 782(b) of the Act.

    38See Certification of Factual Information to Import Administration during Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings, 78 FR 42678 (July 17, 2013) (Final Rule); see also frequently asked questions regarding the Final Rule, available at http://enforcement.trade.gov/tlei/notices/factual_info_final_rule_FAQ_07172013.pdf.

    Notification to Interested Parties

    Interested parties must submit applications for disclosure under administrative protective order (APO) in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305. On January 22, 2008, the Department published Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: Documents Submission Procedures; APO Procedures, 73 FR 3634 (January 22, 2008). Parties wishing to participate in this investigation should ensure that they meet the requirements of these procedures (e.g., the filing of letters of appearance as discussed in 19 CFR 351.103(d)).

    This notice is issued and published pursuant to section 777(i) of the Act.

    Dated: April 18, 2016. Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations. Appendix I Scope of the Investigation

    The product covered by this investigation is all ferrovanadium regardless of grade (i.e., percentage of contained vanadium), chemistry, form, shape, or size. Ferrovanadium is an alloy of iron and vanadium. Ferrovanadium is classified under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) item number 7202.92.0000. Although this HTSUS item number is provided for convenience and Customs purposes, the written description of the scope of the investigation is dispositive.

    [FR Doc. 2016-09537 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648-XC078 Endangered Species; File No. 17183 AGENCY:

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

    ACTION:

    Notice; issuance of permit modification.

    SUMMARY:

    Notice is hereby given that Raymond Carthy, Ph.D., University of Florida, Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, 117 Newins-Ziegler Hall, P.O. Box 110450, Gainesville, FL 32611 has been issued a modification to scientific research Permit No. 17183-01.

    ADDRESSES:

    The modification and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment in the Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301) 427-8401; fax (301) 713-0376.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Amy Hapeman, (301) 427-8401.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    On July 29, 2015, notice was published in the Federal Register (80 FR 45204) that a modification of Permit No. 17183, issued April 24, 2013 (78 FR 26323), had been requested by the above-named individual. The requested modification has been granted under the authority of 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).

    Permit No. 17183-01 authorizes Dr. Carthy to continue long-term research on the demographics and movements of green (Chelonia mydas), loggerhead (Caretta caretta), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), and Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) sea turtles off the northwest coast of Florida. Researchers are authorized to capture sea turtles annually by hand or strike, tangle or dip net and have the following procedures performed before release: Measure; weigh; epibiota sample; biological sampling, marking; photograph. A subset of sea turtles also may be fitted with telemetry tags—either a satellite tag or an acoustic tag with an accelerometer. This modification (No. 2): (1) Increases the number of Kemp's ridley sea turtles captured annually; and (2) allows a larger subset of green and Kemp's ridley sea turtles to be tagged. The permit is valid through April 17, 2018.

    Issuance of this modification, as required by the ESA was based on a finding that such permit (1) was applied for in good faith, (2) will not operate to the disadvantage of such endangered or threatened species, and (3) is consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA.

    Dated: April 20, 2016. Julia Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09532 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

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

    Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

    Title: Alaska Region Crab Economic Data Reports.

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0518.

    Form Number(s): None.

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

    Number of Respondents: 99.

    Average Hours Per Response: Annual catcher vessel economic data report (EDR), 40 hours; annual catcher/processor EDR, 20 hours; annual processor EDR, 16 hours; EDR certification only, 2 hours; verification of data, 8 hours.

    Burden Hours: 2,624.

    Needs and Uses: The Crab Rationalization (CR) Program is a limited-access system that allocates crab managed under the Fisheries Management Plan (FMP) among harvesters, processors, and coastal communities. The CR Program currently includes a comprehensive economic data collection program requiring participants to complete annual Economic Data Reports (EDRs). These EDRs are intended to aid the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council and NMFS in assessing the success of the CR Program and developing amendments to the FMP to mitigate any unintended consequences of the CR Program.

    Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) is the Data Collection Agent for the CR Program. The CR Crab EDR program collects annually reported cost, revenue, ownership, and employment data from harvest and processing sector participants in the CR fisheries. This information is necessary to monitor and assess the economic effects of the CR program and support rigorous economic analysis to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

    Participation in the CR Crab EDR program is mandatory under Federal fisheries regulations 50 CFR part 680.6 for all active vessel and processing sector participants in the CR Program fisheries.

    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations; not-for-profit institutions.

    Frequency: Annually.

    Respondent's Obligation: Mandatory.

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

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

    Dated: April 20, 2016. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09523 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; National Estuaries Restoration Inventory AGENCY:

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

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

    DATES:

    Written comments must be submitted on or before June 24, 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 and instructions should be directed to Julia Royster, Office of Habitat Conservation, Restoration Center, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, 20910, (301) 427-8686, or [email protected].

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract

    This request is for a revision and extension of a currently approved information collection.

    Collection of estuary habitat restoration project information (e.g., location, habitat type, goals, status, monitoring information) will be undertaken in order to populate a restoration project database mandated by the Estuary Restoration Act of 2000. The database is intended to provide information to improve restoration methods, provide the basis for required reports to Congress, and track estuary habitat acreage restored. Estuary habitat restoration project information will be submitted by habitat restoration project managers and will be accessible to the public via Internet for data queries and project reports.

    The collection method has been revised to only include paper or electronic forms instead of web-based data entry forms, as maintaining the web-based data entry option is not cost-effective.

    II. Method of Collection

    Respondents have a choice of either electronic or paper forms. Methods of submittal include email of electronic forms, and mail and facsimile transmission of paper forms.

    III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0648-0479.

    Form Number: None.

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

    Affected Public: Non-profit institutions; State, local, or tribal government.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: 32.

    Estimated Time per Response: Data entry of new projects, 4 hours; updates to existing projects, 2 hours.

    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 103.

    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $100 in recordkeeping/reporting costs.

    IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: April 19, 2016. Sarah Brabson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09473 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648-XE577 Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish AGENCY:

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

    ACTION:

    Applications for four new scientific research permits and four permit renewals.

    SUMMARY:

    Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received eight scientific research permit application requests relating to Pacific salmon, steelhead, and eulachon. The proposed research is intended to increase knowledge of species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to help guide management and conservation efforts. The applications may be viewed online at: https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov/preview/preview_open_for_comment.cfm.

    DATES:

    Comments or requests for a public hearing on the applications must be received at the appropriate address or fax number (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5 p.m. Pacific standard time on May 25, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    Written comments on the applications should be sent to the Protected Resources Division, NMFS, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232-1274. Comments may also be sent via fax to 503-230-5441 or by email to [email protected] (include the permit number in the subject line of the fax or email).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Rob Clapp, Portland, OR (ph.: 503-231-2314), Fax: 503-230-5441, email: [email protected]). Permit application instructions are available from the address above, or online at https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Species Covered in This Notice

    The following listed species are covered in this notice:

    Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): Endangered upper Columbia River (UCR); threatened Lower Columbia River (LCR); threatened Snake River (SR); threatened upper Willamette River (UWR).

    Steelhead (O. mykiss): Threatened LCR; threatened UCR; threatened SR; threatened UWR; threatened middle Columbia River (MCR).

    Chum salmon (O. keta): Threatened Columbia River (CR).

    Coho salmon (O. kisutch): Threatened LCR.

    Authority

    Scientific research permits are issued in accordance with section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et. seq) and regulations governing listed fish and wildlife permits (50 CFR parts 222-226). NMFS issues permits based on findings that such permits: (1) Are applied for in good faith; (2) if granted and exercised, would not operate to the disadvantage of the listed species that are the subject of the permit; and (3) are consistent with the purposes and policy of section 2 of the ESA. The authority to take listed species is subject to conditions set forth in the permits.

    Anyone requesting a hearing on an application listed in this notice should set out the specific reasons why a hearing on that application would be appropriate (see ADDRESSES). Such hearings are held at the discretion of the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NMFS.

    Applications Received Permit 1560-3R

    The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has requested a permit to annually take juvenile and adult LCR Chinook and coho, CR chum, and MCR steelhead while conducting research designed to (1) determine the diversity and distribution of fish species in the White Salmon River and tributaries, (2) compare populations of salmonids in the White Salmon and tributaries to pre-dam removal levels, (3) contribute to complimentary efforts by WDFW to characterize life history, genetics, and fish health of Chinook stocks in the lower White Salmon River. The USGS would capture fish by using a screw trap and backpack electrofishing equipment. Captured fish would be anesthetized, measured, weighed, and inspected for external diseases. Researchers would take fin clips of some captured fish in order to collect genetic tissues. Some juvenile fish would be PIT tagged to determine smolt trap efficiency and provide life history information through recaptures and detections at Bonneville Dam as juveniles or adults. The researchers would avoid adult salmonids, but some may be encountered as an unintentional result of sampling. The researchers do not expect to kill any listed salmonids but a small number may die as an unintended result of the research activities.

    Permit 15549-2R

    The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) is seeking a five-year permit to expand on and extend work previously conducted under other research permits (Permits 1532 and 15549). The research would take place in Satus, Ahtanum, Naches, and Toppenish Creeks in Washington State. The researchers wish to take juvenile MCR steelhead during the course of research designed to determine the fishes' freshwater movements and examine how those movements are affected by the area's substantially altered hydrograph. They would also collect baseline information on stock status and yearly abundance and seek to determine whether repeat spawners from a kelt reconditioning program are successfully reproducing.

    The fish would be captured using screw traps and backpack electrofishing equipment. They would then be anesthetized and measured. Some would be tissue-sampled for DNA and some would receive passive integrated transponder (PIT) tags. The information gathered would be used to determine the fishes' movements and abundance and monitor the ongoing status of the various MCR steelhead populations in the Yakima River subbasin. The research would benefit the fish by helping managers determine the effectiveness of current recovery measures and design new ones where needed. The CRITFC does not plan to kill any of the fish being captured, but a few may die as an unintentional result of the research.

    Permit 16122-2R

    The Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT) are seeking a five-year permit to take juvenile UCR steelhead in the Okanogan River, Washington. The purpose of the research is to monitor steelhead populations in the basin. The researchers are seeking to estimate natural production and productivity and calculate annual population estimates, egg-to-emigrant survival, and emigrant-to-adult survival rates. The population estimates would be used to evaluate the effects of supplementation programs in the Okanogan River Basin and provide managers with the data they need to determine spawning success. The research would benefit the fish by giving state and Federal managers information on UCR steelhead status and the degree to which they are being affected by supplementation programs in the area. The fish would be captured at screw trapping sites on the Okanogan River. All captured fish would be identified and checked for marks and tags. A subsample of selected fish would be measured and weighed before being released back into the Okanogan River. A further subsample would be marked with a brown dye, released upstream of the screw traps, and recaptured for the purpose of determining trap efficiency. The researchers do not intend to kill any listed salmonids, but a small number may die as an unintended result of the activities.

    Permit 16290-3R

    The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is seeking to renew permit 16290 for five years. The permit would authorize ODFW to take listed salmonids while conducting research on the Oregon Chub. The purpose of the research is to study the distribution, abundance, and factors limiting the recovery of Oregon chub. The ODFW would capture, handle, and release juvenile UWR Chinook salmon, UWR steelhead, LCR Chinook salmon, LCR steelhead, LCR coho salmon, and CR chum salmon while conducting the research. The Oregon chub is endemic to the Willamette Valley of Oregon and the habitats it depends on are also important to salmonids. Research on the Oregon chub would benefit listed salmonids by helping managers recover habitats shared by the species. The ODFW researchers would use boat electrofishing equipment, minnow traps, beach seines, dip nets, hoop nets, and fyke nets to capture juvenile fish. Researchers would avoid contact with adult fish. If listed salmonids are captured during the research they would be released immediately. The researchers do not expect to kill any listed salmonids but a small number may die as an unintended result of the research activities.

    Permit 19778

    The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (CCT) are seeking a five-year permit to monitor UCR steelhead population sizes, habitat use, and emigration rates in the Okanogan River and its tributaries in Washington State. Much of the proposed work for this permit was already being conducted under a previous permit (18049—now in its last year), but the CCT wanted to expand on that work, so rather than applying for a modification, they determined to seek an entirely new permit. The researchers would conduct their work in randomly-selected sites on eleven tributaries to the Okanogan River. They would capture juvenile steelhead using backpack electrofishing units and soft-mesh dipnets. The captured fish would be anesthetized and measured, and any steelhead greater than 95mm in fork length would be marked with a 12mm passive integrated transponder (PIT) tag injected from a single-use needle. All fish less than 95mm in length would have their caudal fins clipped for marking purposes and, in some cases, the tissue would be retained for DNA analysis. The researchers would make two passes with the electrofishing unit in each stream reach. The research would benefit the listed fish in two ways: First, UCR steelhead status in the Okanogan River subbasin is poorly understood and the information generated by the research would fill that gap and thereby help managers design recovery strategies for the listed fish in that area; it would also help them guide and mitigate any future land management activities that could affect the fish. Second, the collected genetic material would be used to examine the relationship between natural and hatchery fish in the area—and given that hatchery influence is considered a limiting factor for the UCR steelhead, more knowledge about that interaction would help managers design actions to address the negative effects local hatchery programs may be having. The researchers do not intend to kill any of the fish being captured, but a small number may die as an inadvertent result of the research activities.

    Permit 19846

    The Idaho Power Company (IPC) is seeking a five-year permit to take juvenile and adult SR steelhead during the course of research designed to assess fish communities in and around the reservoirs formed by the Hells Canyon Complex of dams on the Snake River between Oregon and Idaho. The research encompasses six studies, but only two of them have the potential to affect salmonids listed under the ESA (1) winder bull trout surveys in the area between the Hells Canyon Complex and the Snake River's confluence with the Grande Ronde River; and (2) surveys for white sturgeon ion the mainstem Snake River downstream from the confluence with the Clearwater River in Idaho. Both of these studies have previously been conducted and covered under an ESA section 4(d) authorization overseen by the states, but it has since been determined that the most effective way of covering the actions would be for the IPC to seek a new section 10 permit. The bull trout study would be conducted during the winter via hook-and-line angling using barbless hooks. Any listed fish that are captured would immediately be released without further sampling, anesthetizing, etc. The white sturgeon study would be conducted using baited setlines on the bottom of the reservoirs and channel. The placement and timing of the setlines are such that it is very unlikely that any listed salmonids would be captured—none have been collected during the previous 30,000+ hours setlines have been in use under the 4(d) authorizations, but the captures could still take place. If such an event does occur, the listed fish would immediately be release without the researchers taking any further action.

    The research would benefit listed fish by gathering information on fish community health over a several tens of miles of mainstem habitat. That information, in turn, would be used by IPC managers to balance water releases from the Hells Canyon dams, guide restoration projects, and make other management decisions for the benefit of the fish. The researchers do not intend to kill any listed salmonids, but a few may dies as an inadvertent result of the activities.

    Permit 19847

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is seeking a five-year permit to take juvenile SR steelhead while conducting a study to assess abundance and habitat use among juvenile Pacific lamprey in the Snake River and some of its tributaries. The researchers are proposing to conduct stream surveys for juvenile Pacific lamprey Lampretra tridentatus using a specialized backpack electroshocker designed for use with lamprey ammocoetes. The purpose of the surveys is to identify and map available lamprey rearing habitat in Idaho and to evaluate the effectiveness of lamprey translocation program being conducted by the Nez Perce Tribe. Surveys would be conducted in Clearwater and Salmon Rivers during late summer low flows—approximately from August 15 to September 30 through the year 2020. The research would benefit listed fish by collecting important information on stream and biotic community health—information that would be used to help inform management decisions in the Salmon and Clearwater River subbasins.

    The streams would be surveyed at approximately 1 km intervals, focusing on slow water fine substrate areas where lamprey juveniles reside. The researchers would avoid riffles and deep pool areas that are likely to contain salmonids. At each site, approximately 30 m of stream would be surveyed. The researchers would measure and weigh the collected lamprey and then return them to the collection site. The researchers could potentially encounter juvenile SR steelhead during the surveys, but these fish would not be collected or directly sampled in any way. In general, the risk to salmonids from the lamprey electrofisher is very small because few salmonids use the microhabitats (shallow slow water with fine sediments) in which juvenile lamprey tend to be found and because the electrofishing equipment would be set at a low voltage and pulse rate. Therefore the researchers do not intend to kill any listed salmonids, but a few may die as an inadvertent result of the activities.

    Permit 20081

    The USFWS is seeking a five-year research permit to take MCR steelhead while conducting research on bull trout in the White Salmon River, Washington. Before its removal in 2011, Condit Dam blocked fish access to most of the White Salmon River basin for nearly 100 years. In 2007 and 2010, the USFWS surveyed for and did not find any bull trout in the White Salmon River basin. The conclusion of those surveys was that bull trout were extirpated and the dam was the likely cause. The purpose of USFWS' current research is to evaluate whether or not bull trout have begun to recolonize the White Salmon River basin. The research would benefit listed salmonids by providing information on the rebounding health of the White Salmon system—data that would be used in the ongoing restoration efforts in the area. The USFWS would use backpack electrofishing gear to capture fish and would release juvenile steelhead immediately. The researchers do not expect to kill any steelhead but a small number may die as an unintended result of the research activities.

    This notice is provided pursuant to section 10(c) of the ESA. NMFS will evaluate the applications, associated documents, and comments submitted to determine whether the applications meet the requirements of section 10(a) of the ESA and Federal regulations. The final permit decisions will not be made until after the end of the 30-day comment period. NMFS will publish notice of its final action in the Federal Register.

    Dated: April 20, 2016. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09526 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-22-P
    DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration Measuring Cross-Border Data Flows: Unmet Data Needs Roundtable AGENCY:

    National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

    ACTION:

    Notice of open meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    As part of the Digital Economy Agenda, the Department of Commerce is working to identify data gaps in measuring the importance of cross-border data flows and the economic impact of restrictions to the free-flow of data. Through this Notice, we announce a roundtable to facilitate a discussion with stakeholders and experts as a first step in improving the Department's understanding of those data gaps and related economic questions.

    DATES:

    The roundtable will be held on May 9, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time.

    ADDRESSES:

    The roundtable will be held at the Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center, 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE., Washington, DC

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Giulia McHenry, Chief Economist, NTIA, at (202) 482-0061 or [email protected]; Jessica Nicholson, Economist, Office of the Chief Economist, Department of Commerce at (202) 482-2343 or [email protected] and/or visit NTIA's Web site at www.ntia.doc.gov.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Department of Commerce (Commerce) recognizes that worldwide data usage and data flows between countries are growing and becoming an increasingly important component of international trade and communication between individuals and businesses worldwide. It is generally accepted that cross-border data flows increase economic opportunity and restrictions to these flows are economically detrimental, but there is relatively little supporting data or evidence. Commerce is working to identify data gaps in measuring the importance of cross-border data flows and the economic impact of restrictions to the free-flow of data. We are hosting this roundtable of stakeholders and experts as a first step in improving the information available to data users and other stakeholders. The goal of this roundtable is to get input from stakeholders on what additional data and analysis on cross-border data flows is necessary.

    NTIA will post a detailed agenda on its Web site, www.ntia.doc.gov, prior to the meeting. The roundtable will include two-break-out sessions during which subject-matter experts will be divided into small groups for the purpose of providing insight and feedback on specific questions related to data needs. After each session, the groups will be asked to briefly report back the main takeaways from their discussions. Agenda topics and format are subject to change.

    The roundtable will be open to observers and press on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited. Attendees must present valid government-issued photo identification upon arrival in order to enter the building.

    So that we may plan appropriately to accommodate all interested persons, attendees are asked to provide prior notice of their intention to attend by sending an email to Giulia McHenry at or [email protected], or Jessica Nicholson at [email protected] no later than Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 12 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time.

    The public meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Individuals requiring accommodations, such as sign language interpretation or other ancillary aids, are asked to notify Giulia McHenry at (202) 482-0061 or [email protected], at least five (5) business days before the meeting.

    Please contact Giulia McHenry at (202) 482-0061 or [email protected]; Jessica Nicholson at (202) 482-2343 or [email protected]; and/or visit NTIA's Web site at www.ntia.doc.gov for the most up-to-date meeting agenda and access information.

    Dated: April 20, 2016. Kathy D. Smith, Chief Counsel, National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09500 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510-60-P
    CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION [Docket No. CPSC-2009-0073] Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act; Compliance Form AGENCY:

    Consumer Product Safety Commission.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC” or “Commission”) requests comments on a proposed extension of approval of a collection of information regarding a form used to verify whether pools and spas are in compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. The Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) previously approved the collection of information under control number 3041-0142. The Commission will consider all comments received in response to this notice before requesting an extension of approval of this collection of information from OMB.

    DATES:

    Submit written or electronic comments on the collection of information by June 24, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. CPSC-2009-0073, by any of the following methods:

    Electronic Submissions: Submit electronic comments to the Federal eRulemaking Portal at: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. The Commission does not accept comments submitted by electronic mail (email), except through www.regulations.gov. The Commission encourages you to submit electronic comments by using the Federal eRulemaking Portal, as described above.

    Written Submissions: Submit written submissions in the following way: Mail/hand delivery/courier to: Office of the Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Room 820, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814; telephone (301) 504-7923.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this notice. All comments received may be posted without change, including any personal identifiers, contact information, or other personal information provided, to: http://www.regulations.gov. Do not submit confidential business information, trade secret information, or other sensitive or protected information that you do not want to be available to the public. If furnished at all, such information should be submitted in writing.

    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to: http://www.regulations.gov, and insert the docket number, CPSC-2009-0073, into the “Search” box, and follow the prompts.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Robert H. Squibb, Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814; (301) 504-7815, or by email to: [email protected].

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    CPSC seeks to renew the following currently approved collection of information:

    Title: Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act Verification of Compliance Form.

    OMB Number: 3041-0142.

    Type of Review: Renewal of collection.

    Frequency of Response: On occasion.

    Affected Public: Public pools and spa facilities.

    Estimated Number of Respondents: 200 pools or facilities.

    Estimated Time per Response: 3 hours to inspect a pool or spa facility.

    Total Estimated Annual Burden: The total testing burden hours are 600 (200 inspections × 3 hours per inspection).

    General Description of Collection

    On December 19, 2008, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (“Act”) became effective (Pub. L. 110-140). The Act applies to public pools and spas and requires that each swimming pool and spa drain cover manufactured, distributed, or entered into commerce in the United States shall conform to the entrapment protection standards of the ASME/ANSI A112.19.8 performance standard or any successor standard regulating such swimming pool or drain cover pursuant to section 1404(b) of the Pool and Spa Safety Act (Drain Cover Standard).

    On August 5, 2011, the Commission published a final rule incorporating by reference ANSI/APSP-16 2011 as the successor standard, effective September 6, 2011. 76 FR 47436. The Act requires that, in addition to having the anti-entrapment devices or systems, each public pool and spa in the United States with a single main drain other than an unblockable drain shall be equipped with one or more of the following devices or systems designed to prevent entrapment by pool or spa drains including a safety vacuum release system, suction-limiting vent system, gravity drainage system, automatic pump shut-off system or drain disablement. CPSC will collect information through the verification of compliance form to identify drain covers, pools, and spas that do not meet the performance requirements in ANSI/APSP-16 2011 and the Act.

    Request for Comments

    The Commission solicits written comments from all interested persons about the proposed collection of information. The Commission specifically solicits information relevant to the following topics:

    —Whether the collection of information described above is necessary for the proper performance of the Commission's functions, including whether the information would have practical utility; —Whether the estimated burden of the proposed collection of information is accurate; —Whether the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected could be enhanced; and —Whether the burden imposed by the collection of information could be minimized by use of automated, electronic or other technological collection techniques, or other forms of information technology. Dated: April 20, 2016. Todd A. Stevenson, Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09485 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6355-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary Board of Regents, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee Meeting AGENCY:

    Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (“the University”), Department of Defense.

    ACTION:

    Quarterly meeting notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Defense is publishing this notice to announce the following meeting of the Board of Regents, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (“the Board”).

    DATES:

    Friday, May 20, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. (Open Session) and 1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Closed Session).

    ADDRESSES:

    Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 4301 Jones Bridge Road, Everett Alvarez Jr. Board of Regents Room (D3001), Bethesda, Maryland 20814.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Jennifer Nuetzi James, Designated Federal Officer, 4301 Jones Bridge Road, D3002, Bethesda, Maryland 20814; telephone 301-295-3066; email [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    This meeting notice is being published under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C., Appendix, as amended), the Government in the Sunshine Act of 1976 (5 U.S.C. 552b, as amended), and 41 CFR 102-3.150.

    Purpose of the Meeting: The purpose of the meeting is to provide advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Defense, through the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, on academic and administrative matters critical to the full accreditation and successful operation of the University. These actions are necessary for the University to pursue its mission, which is to educate, train and comprehensively prepare uniformed services health professionals, officers, scientists and leaders to support the Military and Public Health Systems, the National Security and National Defense Strategies of the United States, and the readiness of our Uniformed Services.

    Agenda: The actions scheduled to occur include the review of the minutes from the Board meeting held on February 2, 2016; recommendations regarding the awarding of post-baccalaureate degrees; recommendations regarding the approval of faculty appointments and promotions; and recommendations regarding award nominations. The University President will provide a report on recent actions affecting academic and operational aspects of the University. Member Reports will include an Academics Summary from the Dean of the School of Medicine, Dean of the Graduate School of Nursing, Executive Dean of the Postgraduate Dental College, Director of the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute and the president of the University Faculty Senate. Member Reports will also include a Finance and Administration Summary consisting of reports from the Vice President for Finance and Administration, the Chief Information Officer and the Assistant Vice President for Accreditation and Organizational Assessment. The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine will provide an annual update; the University Inspector General (IG) will provide an update on IG issues ongoing at the University; and the University Alumni Association will provide an annual update to the Board. A closed session will be held, after the open session, to discuss active investigations and personnel actions.

    Meeting Accessibility: Pursuant to Federal statutes and regulations (5 U.S.C., Appendix, 5 U.S.C. 552b, and 41 CFR 102-3.140 through 102-3.165) and the availability of space, the meeting is open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Seating is on a first-come basis. Members of the public wishing to attend the meeting should contact Jennifer Nuetzi James no later than five business days prior to the meeting, at the address and phone number noted in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section.

    Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(2, 5-7), the Department of Defense has determined that the portion of the meeting from 1:15 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. shall be closed to the public. The Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness), in consultation with the Office of the DoD General Counsel, has determined in writing that a portion of the committee's meeting will be closed as the discussion will disclose sensitive personnel information, will include matters that relate solely to the internal personnel rules and practices of the agency, will involve allegations of a person having committed a crime or censuring an individual, and may disclose investigatory records compiled for law enforcement purposes.

    Written Statements: Pursuant to 41 CFR 102-3.140 and section 10(a)(3) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972, the public or interested organizations may submit written comments to the Board about its approved agenda pertaining to this meeting or at any time regarding the Board's mission. Individuals submitting a written statement must submit their statement to the Designated Federal Officer at the address listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. Written statements that do not pertain to a scheduled meeting of the Board may be submitted at any time. However, if individual comments pertain to a specific topic being discussed at the planned meeting, then these statements must be received at least 5 calendar days prior to the meeting, otherwise, the comments may not be provided to or considered by the Board until a later date. The Designated Federal Officer will compile all timely submissions with the Board's Chair and ensure such submissions are provided to Board Members before the meeting.

    Dated: April 20, 2016. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09622 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001-06-P
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary [Docket ID: DOD-2015-HA-0060] Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Defense has submitted to OMB for clearance, the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act.

    DATES:

    Consideration will be given to all comments received by May 25, 2016.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Fred Licari, 571-372-0493.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Title, Associated Form and OMB Number: TRDP Enrollment Application; OMB Control Number 0720-0015.

    Type of Request: Reinstatement.

    Number of Respondents: 60,000.

    Responses per Respondent: 1.

    Annual Responses: 60,000.

    Average Burden per Response: 15 minutes.

    Annual Burden Hours: 15,000.

    Needs and Uses: This information collection is completed by Uniformed Services members entitled to retired pay and their eligible family members who are seeking enrollment in the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP). The information is necessary to enable the DoD-contracted third party administrator of the program to identify the program's applicants, determine their eligibility for TRDP enrollment, establish the premium payment amount, and to verify by the applicant's signature that the applicant understands the benefits and rules of the program.

    Affected Public: Business or other for profit; Not-for-profit institutions.

    Frequency: On occasion.

    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain benefits.

    OMB Desk Officer: Ms. Stephanie Tatham.

    Comments and recommendations on the proposed information collection should be emailed to Ms. Stephanie Tatham, DoD Desk Officer, at [email protected] Please identify the proposed information collection by DoD Desk Officer and the Docket ID number and title of the information collection.

    You may also submit comments and recommendations, identified by Docket ID number and title, by the following method:

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

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name, Docket ID number and title for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information.

    DOD Clearance Officer: Mr. Frederick Licari.

    Written requests for copies of the information collection proposal should be sent to Mr. Licari at WHS/ESD Directives Division, 4800 Mark Center Drive, East Tower, Suite 02G09, Alexandria, VA 22350-3100.

    Dated: April 20, 2016. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09582 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001-06-P
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary [Docket ID: DOD-2016-OS-0046] Proposed Collection; Comment Request AGENCY:

    Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS), DoD.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the DFAS announces a proposed public information collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    DATES:

    Consideration will be given to all comments received by June 24, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments, identified by docket number and title, by any of the following methods:

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

    Mail: ODCMO, Directorate for Oversight and Compliance, 4800 Mark Center Drive, Attn: Mailbox 24, Alexandria, VA 22350-1700.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name, docket number and title for this Federal Register document. The general policy for comments and other submissions from members of the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information.

    Any associated form(s) for this collection may be located within this same electronic docket and downloaded for review/testing. Follow the instructions at http://www.regulations.gov for submitting comments. Please submit comments on any given form identified by docket number, form number, and title.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    To request more information on this proposed information collection or to obtain a copy of the proposal and associated collection instruments, please write to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Enterprise Solutions and Standards, ATTN: Stuart Kran (JJFJB), 1240 East 9th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44199 or via email at [email protected] or (216) 204-4377.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Title; Associated Form; and OMB Number: “Authorization to Start, Stop, or Change an Allotment,” DD Form 2558; OMB Control Number 0730-TBD.

    Needs and Uses: The information collection requirement is necessary to ensure starts, stops, and changes are in keeping with the member's desires. The information collected on this form may be used outside of the DoD as a routine use of the Federal Reserve Bank for the purpose of distributing payments through the direct deposit system.

    Affected Public: Individuals or Households.

    Annual Burden Hours: 30,372.

    Number of Respondents: 121,488.

    Responses Per Respondent: 1.

    Annual Responses: 121,488.

    Average Burden Per Response: 15 minutes.

    Frequency: On occasion.

    Dated: April 20, 2016. Aaron Siegel, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09534 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001-06-P
    DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION Applications for New Awards; Investing in Innovation Fund—Development Grants AGENCY:

    Office of Innovation and Improvement, Department of Education.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    Overview Information:

    Investing in Innovation Fund—Development Grants.

    Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2016.

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.411P (Development grants Pre-Application) and 84.411C (Development grants Full Application).

    Note:

    To receive an Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) Development grant, an entity must submit a pre-application. The pre-application is intended to reduce the burden of submitting a full application for an i3 Development grant. Pre-applications will be reviewed and scored by peer reviewers using the selection criteria designated in this notice. Entities that submit a highly rated pre-application will be invited to submit a full application for a Development grant; however, any entity that successfully submits a pre-application may choose to submit a full application.

    DATES:

    Pre-Applications Available: April 27, 2016.

    Deadline for Notice of Intent to Submit Pre-Application: May 10, 2016.

    Deadline for Transmittal of Pre-applications: May 25, 2016.

    Full Applications Available: If you are invited to submit a full application for a Development grant, we will transmit the full application package and instructions using the contact information you provide to us in your pre-application. Other pre-applicants that choose to submit a full application may access these items on the i3 Web site at http://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/innovation/investing-in-innovation-i3/.

    Deadline for Transmittal of Full Applications: Entities that submit a highly rated pre-application, as scored by peer reviewers and as identified by the Department, will be invited to submit a full application for a Development grant. Other pre-applicants may choose to submit a full application. The Department will announce on its Web site the deadline date for transmission of full applications and will also communicate this deadline to applicants in the full application package and instructions.

    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: 60 calendar days after the deadline date for transmittal of full applications.

    Full Text of Announcement I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Purpose of Program: The Investing in Innovation Fund (i3), established under section 14007 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), provides funding to support (1) local educational agencies (LEAs), and (2) nonprofit organizations in partnership with (a) one or more LEAs or (b) a consortium of schools. The i3 program is designed to generate and validate solutions to persistent educational challenges and to support the expansion of effective solutions to serve substantially larger numbers of students. The central design element of the i3 program is its multi-tier structure that links the amount of funding that an applicant may receive to the quality of the evidence supporting the efficacy of the proposed project. Applicants proposing practices supported by limited evidence can receive relatively small grants that support the development and initial evaluation of promising practices and help to identify new solutions to pressing challenges; applicants proposing practices supported by evidence from rigorous evaluations, such as large randomized controlled trials, can receive sizable grants to support expansion across the country. This structure provides incentives for applicants to build evidence of effectiveness of their proposed projects and to address the barriers to serving more students across schools, districts, and States.

    As importantly, all i3 projects are required to generate additional evidence of effectiveness. All i3 grantees must use part of their budgets to conduct independent evaluations (as defined in this notice) of their projects. This requirement ensures that projects funded under the i3 program contribute significantly to improving the information available to practitioners and policymakers about which practices work, for which types of students, and in what contexts.

    The Department awards three types of grants under this program: “Development” grants, “Validation” grants, and “Scale-up” grants. These grants differ in terms of the level of prior evidence of effectiveness required for consideration of funding, the level of scale the funded project should reach, and, consequently, the amount of funding available to support the project.

    Development grants provide funding to support the development or testing of practices that are supported by evidence of promise (as defined in this notice) or a strong theory (as defined in this notice) and whose efficacy should be systematically studied. Development grants will support new or substantially more effective practices for addressing widely shared challenges. Development projects are novel and significant nationally, not projects that simply implement existing practices in additional locations or support needs that are primarily local in nature. All Development grantees must evaluate the effectiveness of the project at the level of scale proposed in the application. This notice invites applications for Development grants only. The Department anticipates publishing notices inviting applications for the other types of i3 grants (Validation and Scale-up grants) in the spring of 2016.

    We remind LEAs of the continuing applicability of the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for students who may be served under i3 grants. Any grants in which LEAs participate must be consistent with the rights, protections, and processes established under IDEA for students who are receiving special education and related services or who are in the process of being evaluated to determine their eligibility for such services.

    As described later in this notice, an applicant is required, as a condition of receiving assistance under this program, to make civil rights assurances, including an assurance that its program or activity will comply with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Department's section 504 implementing regulations, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. Regardless of whether a student with disabilities is specifically targeted as a “high-need student” (as defined in this notice) in a particular grant application, recipients are required to comply with all legal nondiscrimination requirements, including, but not limited to, the obligation to ensure that students with disabilities are not denied access to the benefits of the recipient's program because of their disability. The Department also enforces Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as the regulations implementing Title II of the ADA, which prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability by public entities.

    Furthermore, Title VI and Title IX of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin, and sex, respectively. On December 2, 2011, the Departments of Education and Justice jointly issued guidance that explains how educational institutions can promote student diversity or avoid racial isolation within the framework of Title VI (e.g., through consideration of the racial demographics of neighborhoods when drawing assignment zones for schools or through targeted recruiting efforts). The “Guidance on the Voluntary Use of Race to Achieve Diversity and Avoid Racial Isolation in Elementary and Secondary Schools” is available on the Department's Web site at http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/guidance-ese-201111.pdf. 1

    1 In both 2013 and 2014, the Departments reiterated the continued viability of this 2011 guidance after two relevant Supreme Court decisions. Those guidance documents may be found at www.ed.gov/ocr/letters/colleague-201309.pdf, www.ed.gov/ocr/docs/dcl-qa-201309.pdf, and www.ed.gov/ocr/letters/colleague-201405-schuette-guidance.pdf.

    Background:

    Through its competitions, the i3 program seeks to improve the academic achievement of students in high-need schools by identifying and scaling promising solutions to pressing challenges in kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12). Now in its seventh year, the i3 program has invested over $1.3 billion—matched by over $200 million in private sector resources—in a portfolio of solutions and rigorous evaluations of several approaches that address critical challenges in education. When selecting the priorities for a given competition, the Department considers several factors including policy priorities, the need for new solutions in a particular priority area, the extent of the existing evidence supporting effective practices in a particular priority area, whether other available funding exists for a particular priority area, and the results and lessons learned from funded projects from prior i3 competitions. This year's competition does not include specific priorities for students with disabilities and English learners, as the program has successfully funded a range of projects serving these high-need populations under i3's broader priorities in previous competitions. Additionally, all applicants continue to be required to serve high-need student populations, and we continue to encourage applicants to consider how their proposed projects could serve students with disabilities or English learners. Applicants are encouraged to design an evaluation that will report findings on English learners, students with disabilities, and other subgroups.

    We include five absolute priorities in the FY 2016 Development competition. We include absolute priorities that are intended to prompt new approaches to challenges in education, represent new areas of policy focus in which rigorous evidence is scarce, and constitute areas that we would like to strengthen within the current portfolio of i3 grantees. As in the past three competitions, applicants applying under the Serving Rural Communities priority (Absolute Priority 5) must also address one of the other four absolute priorities established for the FY 2016 i3 Development competition. This structure has resulted in a strong set of grantees that are addressing the unique challenges in rural communities. We also include one competitive preference priority as described below.

    First, we include an absolute priority that asks applicants to focus their projects on student diversity. In parts of the country, America's schools are more segregated than they were in the late 1960s, including by students' race and socioeconomic status.2 One-quarter of our nation's public school students attend high-poverty schools where more than 75 percent of the student body is eligible for free and reduced-price lunch; in our cities, nearly half of all students attend schools where poverty is concentrated.3 In addition, almost half of all African-American and Latino public school students attend these economically segregated schools. Children raised in segregated communities have significantly lower social and economic mobility than children growing up in integrated communities, and States with socioeconomically segregated schools tend to have larger achievement gaps between students from low- and higher-income households.4 There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that socioeconomic diversity in schools can lead to improved outcomes for students from low-income households (compared to students from low-income households who attend higher-poverty schools).5 Moreover, research shows that students educated in diverse settings have shown a higher level of critical thinking and life skills.6

    2 Orfield, G., and Frankenberg, E., (May, 2014). Brown at 60: Great Progress, a Long Retreat and an Uncertain Future. Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, May 2014 (revised version 5-15-14).

    3 U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Common Core of Data (CCD), “Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey,” 2012-13. See Digest of Education Statistics 2014. https://nces.ed.gov/ccd/pubschuniv.asp.

    4 Mantil, A., Perkins, A.G., and Aberger, S., (2012). “The Challenge of High-Poverty Schools: How Feasible Is Socioeconomic School Integration?” The Future of School Integration: 155-222.

    5 Brown, S. (1999). High School Racial Composition: Balancing Excellence and Equity. Paper presented at the American Sociological Association, Chicago, IL; Mickelson, R.A. (2001). “Subverting Swann: First and Second-Generation Segregation in Charlotte, North Carolina.” American Educational Research Journal, 38, 215-252; Mickelson, R.A. (2006). How Middle School Segregation Contributes to the Race Gap in Academic Achievement. Paper presented at AERA 425; Tevis, (2007). African-American Students' College Transition Trajectory: An Examination of the Effects of High School Composition and Expectations on Degree Attainment. Dissertation in Educational Theory & Policy. The Pennsylvania State University.

    6 Kahlenberg, R. D., and Potter, H. (2012). Diverse Charter Schools: Can Racial and Socioeconomic Integration Promote Better Outcomes for Students? Washington, DC, and New York: Poverty and Race Research Action Council and Century Foundation. Retrieved from http://tcf.org/assets/downloads/Diverse_Charter_Schools.pdf.

    Therefore, through the invitational priority, the Department invites projects with ambitious strategies that improve outcomes for high-need students by increasing racial and socioeconomic diversity in classroom or school settings. These projects could leverage approaches at the school, district, or regional level that encourage racial or socioeconomic diversity within classroom or school environments. Proposed strategies may range from new instructional approaches that impact socioeconomic integration and student achievement within schools (e.g., schools could improve participation of students from low-income households in advanced placement or “honors” coursework) or through redesigning district recruitment and admissions strategies to support and foster such diversity in schools. The Department seeks to invest in projects that focus concurrently on increasing diversity and school quality in areas where schools are acutely impacted by segregation while closing gaps in academic performance between socioeconomic and racial groups. The Department also encourages all applicants to carefully consider their evaluation design as the Department is keenly interested in developing a body of evidence on how classrooms, schools, and districts can better integrate their student bodies across racial and socioeconomic lines and produce outstanding outcomes for all students.

    Second, we include an absolute priority for projects designed to implement and support the transition to internationally benchmarked, college- and career-ready academic content standards and associated assessments. Many States have raised the expectations for what schools should teach and their students should learn and do across the K-12 grade span by adopting new, more rigorous standards and assessments aligned to the demands of college and careers. Emerging research confirms that these exams are aligned to more rigorous standards.7 Educators are now faced with the important task of effectively implementing these higher standards and ensuring their students are adequately prepared for the associated assessments, in order to ensure that all students are ready for post-secondary opportunities and their careers. Furthermore, throughout this continuing transition to higher standards and new assessments, schools and school districts need to continue to develop evidence-based approaches to increase the rigor of teaching and learning across various academic settings. For example, efforts are underway in districts across the country to provide teachers and school leaders with rich, student-specific information based on formative and summative assessments to help educators understand why students might be struggling—thereby enabling them to better align their subsequent instruction. Through this priority, the Department seeks to invest in strategies that leverage data and results from internationally benchmarked, college- and career-ready assessments to inform instruction and, ultimately, to support and improve student achievement.

    7 Doorey, N., and Polikoff, M. Evaluating the Content and Quality of Next Generation Assessments (2016). Washington, DC: Thomas Fordham Institute. Retrieved from http://edex.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/%2802.09%20-%20Final%20Published%29%20Evaluating%20the%20Content%20and%20Quality%20of%20Next%20Generation%20Assessments.pdf.

    Third, we include an absolute priority to improve school climate. Under this priority, the Department seeks to support innovative alternatives to exclusionary discipline and other positive interventions that can help address the negative and often disparate impact of classroom removals by promoting safe schools that have a positive culture for all students. When students feel engaged and supported in school, their academic performance improves; this type of engagement and support is particularly important for students with disabilities and students of color (especially African-American male students) who suffer disproportionately under typical school discipline policies. Research has shown that implementing alternative disciplinary policies and behavioral supports can support both improved academic and non-academic outcomes for students.8 The Department expects successful applicants to identify and address the root causes of discipline-related disparities, and develop and implement alternative practices. To date, some schools and school systems have begun to take on these challenges, resulting in positive outcomes for school communities 9 Under this priority, the Department is particularly interested in investing in projects that demonstrate viable alternatives to removing students from classroom activities, while ensuring a positive and inclusive school culture for students and educators alike.

    8 Flay, B., Acock, A., Vuchinich, S., and Beets, M. (2006). Progress Report of the Randomized Trial of Positive Action in Hawaii: End of Third Year of Intervention. Twin Falls, ID: Positive Action, Inc.; Flay, B.R., and Allred, C.G. (2003). “Long-term Effects of the Positive Action Program.” American Journal of Healthy Behavior, 27(1), 6-21.

    9 Hui, T. Keung, (2015). “Wake County Presents Plan for Equitable Student Discipline.” The News & Observer, May 11, 2015, www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article20709030.html. Fabelo, T., Thompson, M.D., Plotkin, M., Carmichael, D., Marchbanks, M.P. III, and Booth E.A. (2011). Breaking schools' rules: A statewide study of how school discipline relates to students' success and juvenile justice involvement. New York, NY; College Station, TX: Council of State Governments Justice Center; Public Policy Research Institute of Texas A&M University. http://justicecenter.csg.org/files/Breaking_Schools_Rules_Report_Final.pdf.

    Fourth, we include an absolute priority on influencing the development of non-cognitive factors. Non-cognitive factors may encompass many skills and behaviors, including but not limited to academic behaviors, academic mindset, perseverance, self-regulation, social and emotional skills, and approaches toward learning strategies.10 A promising body of research suggests that non-cognitive factors play an important role in students' academic, career, and life outcomes.11 Notably, some initial interventions focused on enhancing these skills and behaviors are seemingly scalable and lower-cost as compared to more conventional education interventions—and have a positive impact on students most in need.12 As interest in this area grows, we think it is important to identify solutions and build evidence to determine effective ways to help students develop such skills and behaviors (e.g., interventions that directly target students, support changes in educators' instructional practices, or redesign learning environments), as well as how to measure such skills and behaviors in valid and reliable ways, and to demonstrate how improvement in such skills and behaviors affects overall student outcomes.

    10 The University of Chicago Consortium of Chicago School Research (June 2015). Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework. Retrieved from https://consortium.uchicago.edu/sites/default/files/publications/Wallace%20Report.pdf.

    11 The University of Chicago Consortium of Chicago School Research (June 2012). Teaching Adolescents to Become Learners: The Role of Noncognitive Factors in Shaping School Performance. Available at: https://ccsr.uchicago.edu/sites/default/files/publications/Noncognitive%20Report.pdf.

    12 Walton, G.M., and Cohen, G.L. (2011). “A Brief Social-Belonging Intervention Improves Academic and Health Outcomes of Minority Students.” Science, 331 (6023): 1447-1451; and Cohen, G.L., Garcia, J., Purdie-Vaugns, V., Apfel, N., and Brzustoski, P. (2009). “Recursive Processes in Self-affirmation: Intervening to Close the Minority Achievement Gap.” Science, 324, 400-403.

    Fifth, we include an absolute priority that focuses on serving rural communities. Students living in rural communities face unique challenges. Applicants applying under this priority must also address one of the other four absolute priorities established for the FY 2016 i3 Development competition, while serving students enrolled in rural LEAs (as defined in this notice).

    We also include one competitive preference priority in the FY 2016 Development competition. To expand the reach of the i3 program and encourage entities that have not previously received an i3 grant to apply, the Department includes a competitive preference priority for novice i3 applicants. A novice i3 applicant is an applicant that has never received a grant under the i3 program. An applicant must identify whether it is a novice applicant when completing the applicant information sheet. Instructions on how to complete the applicant information sheet are included in the application package.

    In summary, applications must address one of the first four absolute priorities for this competition and propose projects designed to implement practices that serve students who are in grades K-12 at some point during the funding period. If an applicant chooses to also address the absolute priority regarding students in rural LEAs, that applicant must also address one of the other four absolute priorities established for the FY 2016 i3 Development competition, while serving students enrolled in rural LEAs (as defined in this notice). Applicants must be able to demonstrate that the proposed process, product, strategy, or practice included in their applications is supported by either evidence of promise (as defined in this notice) or a strong theory (as defined in this notice). Applicants should carefully review all of the application requirements and the requirements in the Eligibility Information section of this notice for instructions on how to demonstrate the proposed project is supported by evidence of promise (as defined in this notice) or a strong theory (as defined in this notice) and for information on the other eligibility and program requirements.

    To meet the eligibility requirement regarding the applicant's record of improvement, an applicant must provide, in its application, sufficient supporting data or other information to allow the Department to determine whether the applicant has met the eligibility requirements. Note that, to address the statutory eligibility requirements in paragraphs (a)(1) or (2), and (b) of the statutory eligibility requirements (provided in the Eligibility Information section), applicants must provide data that demonstrate a change due to the work of the applicant with an LEA or schools. In other words, applicants must provide data for at least two definitive points in time when addressing this requirement in Appendix C of their applications. Additional information for this requirement can be found under the Eligibility Information section of this notice.

    The i3 program includes a statutory requirement for a private-sector match for all i3 grantees. For Development grants, an applicant must obtain matching funds or in-kind donations from the private sector equal to at least 15 percent of its grant award. Each highest-rated applicant, as identified by the Department following peer review of the applications, must submit evidence of at least 50 percent of the required private-sector match prior to the awarding of an i3 grant. An applicant must provide evidence of the remaining 50 percent of the required private-sector match no later than three months after the project start date (i.e., for the FY 2016 competition, three months after January 1, 2017, or by April 1, 2017). The grant will be terminated if the grantee does not secure its private-sector match by the established deadline. This notice also includes selection criteria for the FY 2016 Development competition that are designed to ensure that the applications that peer reviewers recommend for funding have the best potential to generate substantial improvements in student achievement (and other key outcomes), and include well-articulated plans for the implementation and evaluation of the proposed projects. Applicants should review the selection criteria and submission instructions carefully to ensure their applications address this year's criteria.

    An entity that submits a full application for a Development grant should include the following information in its application: An estimate of the number of students to be served by the project; evidence of the applicant's ability to implement and appropriately evaluate the proposed project; and information about its capacity (e.g., management capacity, financial resources, qualified personnel) to implement the project at the proposed level of scale. We recognize that LEAs are not typically responsible for taking their processes, products, strategies, or practices to scale; however, all applicants can and should develop plans to potentially take them to scale, as well as partner with others to disseminate their effective processes, products, strategies, and practices.

    The Department will screen applications that are submitted for Development grants in accordance with the requirements in this notice and determine which applications meet eligibility and other requirements. Peer reviewers will review all applications for Development grants that are submitted by the established deadline.

    Applicants should note, however, that we may screen for eligibility at multiple points during the competition process, including before and after peer review; and applicants that are determined to be ineligible will not receive a grant award regardless of peer reviewer scores or comments. If we determine that a Development grant application is not supported by evidence of promise (as defined in this notice) or a strong theory (as defined in this notice), or that the applicant does not demonstrate the required prior record of improvement, or does not meet any other i3 requirement, the application will not be considered for funding.

    Please note that on December 10, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, was signed into law. ESSA establishes the Education Innovation and Research Program (EIR), a new program that builds on the work led by the i3 program and its grantees. Accordingly, this FY 2016 i3 competition will be the final i3 competition under current statute and regulations. Pending congressional appropriations, the Department will launch the first EIR competition in FY 2017.

    Priorities: This competition includes five absolute priorities, one competitive preference priority, and one invitational priority. Absolute Priorities 1, 2, 3, and 4 are from the Department's notice of final supplemental priorities and definitions for Discretionary Programs, published in the Federal Register on December 10, 2014 (79 FR 73425) (Supplemental Priorities). Absolute Priority 5 and the competitive preference priority are from the notice of final priorities, requirements, definitions, and selection criteria for this program, published in the Federal Register on March 27, 2013 (78 FR 18681) (the “2013 i3 NFP”).

    Absolute Priorities: For FY 2016 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applications from this competition, these priorities are absolute priorities. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(3) we consider only applications that meet one of these priorities.

    Under the Development grant competition, each of the five absolute priorities constitutes its own funding category. The Secretary intends to award grants under each absolute priority for which applications of sufficient quality are submitted.

    Applicants must address one of the first five absolute priorities in their pre-applications and full applications. An applicant that addresses Absolute Priority 5, Serving Rural Communities, must also address one of the first four absolute priorities. Because applications will be rank ordered by absolute priority, applicants must clearly identify the specific absolute priority that the proposed project addresses. Applications submitted under Absolute Priority 5 will be ranked with other applications under Absolute Priority 5, and not included in the ranking for the additional priority that the applicant identified. This design helps us ensure that applications under Absolute Priority 5 receive an “apples to apples” comparison with other applicants addressing the Serving Rural Communities priority.

    These priorities are:

    Absolute Priority 1—Promoting Diversity.

    Under this priority, we provide funding to projects that are designed to prepare students for success in an increasingly diverse workforce and society by increasing the diversity, including racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity, of students enrolled in individual schools or postsecondary programs; or, in the case of preschool, elementary, or secondary programs, decreasing the racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic isolation of students who are served by the project.

    Within this absolute priority, we are particularly interested in applications that address the following invitational priority.

    Invitational Priority: Under 34 CFR.105(c)(1) we do not give an application that meets this invitational priority a competitive or absolute preference over other applications.

    This priority is:

    Designing and implementing intra-district, inter-district, community, or regional programs that improve student outcomes by increasing socioeconomic diversity. Such programs may include one or more of the following:

    • Giving students increased choices in selecting a high-quality public school (e.g., centralized enrollment application process that utilizes weighted lotteries for students from low-income households, students from low-performing schools, or students residing in neighborhoods experiencing concentrated poverty), and providing ongoing support to ensure their academic success in such schools.

    • Policies designed to attract and enroll substantial proportions of students from low-income households in schools that have relatively fewer students from low-income households in those schools, enrolling such students, and providing school-level support to promote equitable academic success within such schools.

    • Establishing magnet schools, theme-based schools, or other schools of choice (e.g., charter schools) that attract students who will reduce, eliminate, or prevent socioeconomic segregation of students from low-income households.

    • Providing targeted academic and socio-emotional interventions to retain economically disadvantaged children within schools, and to support their academic success.

    • Restructuring programs for high-achieving students such as honors programs, gifted and talented programs, or Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses, so that they include students from low-income households and support their academic success.

    Please note that evaluations of these programs should pay special attention to creating measurable outcomes for high-need students.

    Absolute Priority 2—Implementing Internationally Benchmarked College- and Career-Ready Standards and Assessments.

    Under this priority, we provide funding to projects that are designed to support the implementation of, and transition to, internationally benchmarked college- and career-ready standards and assessments, including developing and implementing strategies that use the standards and information from assessments to inform classroom practices that meet the needs of all students.

    Absolute Priority 3—Improving School Climate, Behavioral Supports, and Correctional Education.

    Under this priority, we provide funding to projects that are designed to improve student outcomes through reducing or eliminating disparities in school disciplinary practices for particular groups of students, including minority students and students with disabilities, or reducing or eliminating the use of exclusionary discipline (such as suspensions, expulsions, and unnecessary placements in alternative education programs) by identifying and addressing the root causes of those disparities or uses and promoting alternative disciplinary practices that address the disparities or uses.

    Absolute Priority 4—Influencing the Development of Non-Cognitive Factors.

    Under this priority, we provide funding to projects that are designed to improve students' mastery of non-cognitive skills and behaviors (such as academic behaviors, academic mindset, perseverance, self-regulation, social and emotional skills, and approaches toward learning strategies) and enhance student motivation and engagement in learning.

    Absolute Priority 5—Serving Rural Communities.

    Under this priority, we provide funding to projects that address one of the absolute priorities established for the 2016 Development i3 competition and under which the majority of students to be served are enrolled in rural local educational agencies (as defined in this notice).

    Competitive Preference Priority: For FY 2016 and any subsequent year in which we make awards from the list of unfunded applications from this competition, this priority is a competitive preference priority. Under 34 CFR 75.105(c)(2)(i) we award an additional three points to an application that meets the competitive preference priority.

    The priority is:

    Competitive Preference Priority—Supporting Novice i3 Applicants (0 or 3 points).

    Eligible applicants that have never directly received a grant under this program.

    Definitions: The definitions of “evidence of promise,” “logic model,” “national level,” “quasi-experimental design study,” “randomized controlled trial,” “regional level,” “relevant outcome,” “strong theory,” and “What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Evidence Standards” are from 34 CFR 77.1. All other definitions are from the 2013 i3 NFP. We may apply these definitions in any year in which this program is in effect.

    Consortium of schools means two or more public elementary or secondary schools acting collaboratively for the purpose of applying for and implementing an i3 grant jointly with an eligible nonprofit organization.

    Evidence of promise means there is empirical evidence to support the theoretical linkage(s) between at least one critical component and at least one relevant outcome presented in the logic model for the proposed process, product, strategy, or practice. Specifically, evidence of promise means the conditions in both paragraphs (i) and (ii) of this definition are met:

    (i) There is at least one study that is a—

    (A) Correlational study with statistical controls for selection bias;

    (B) Quasi-experimental design study that meets the What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standards with reservations; or

    (C) Randomized controlled trial that meets the What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standards with or without reservations.

    (ii) The study referenced in paragraph (i) of this definition found a statistically significant or substantively important (defined as a difference of 0.25 standard deviations or larger) favorable association between at least one critical component and one relevant outcome presented in the logic model for the proposed process, product, strategy, or practice.

    High-minority school is defined by a school's LEA in a manner consistent with the corresponding State's Teacher Equity Plan, as required by section 1111(b)(8)(C) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA). The applicant must provide, in its i3 application, the definition(s) used.

    High-need student means a student at risk of educational failure or otherwise in need of special assistance and support, such as students who are living in poverty, who attend high-minority schools (as defined in this notice), who are far below grade level, who have left school before receiving a regular high school diploma, who are at risk of not graduating with a diploma on time, who are homeless, who are in foster care, who have been incarcerated, who have disabilities, or who are English learners.

    High school graduation rate means a four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate consistent with 34 CFR 200.19(b)(1) and may also include an extended-year adjusted cohort graduation rate consistent with 34 CFR 200.19(b)(1)(v) if the State in which the proposed project is implemented has been approved by the Secretary to use such a rate under Title I of the ESEA.

    Independent evaluation means that the evaluation is designed and carried out independent of, but in coordination with, any employees of the entities who develop a process, product, strategy, or practice and are implementing it.

    Innovation means a process, product, strategy, or practice that improves (or is expected to improve) significantly upon the outcomes reached with status quo options and that can ultimately reach widespread effective usage.

    Logic model (also referred to as theory of action) means a well-specified conceptual framework that identifies key components of the proposed process, product, strategy, or practice (i.e., the active “ingredients” that are hypothesized to be critical to achieving the relevant outcomes) and describes the relationships among the key components and outcomes, theoretically and operationally.

    National level describes the level of scope or effectiveness of a process, product, strategy, or practice that is able to be effective in a wide variety of communities, including rural and urban areas, as well as with different groups (e.g., economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic groups, migrant populations, individuals with disabilities, English learners, and individuals of each gender).

    Nonprofit organization means an entity that meets the definition of “nonprofit” under 34 CFR 77.1(c), or an institution of higher education as defined by section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.

    Quasi-experimental design study means a study using a design that attempts to approximate an experimental design by identifying a comparison group that is similar to the treatment group in important respects. These studies, depending on design and implementation, can meet What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standards with reservations (but not What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standards without reservations).

    Randomized controlled trial means a study that employs random assignment of, for example, students, teachers, classrooms, schools, or districts to receive the intervention being evaluated (the treatment group) or not to receive the intervention (the control group). The estimated effectiveness of the intervention is the difference between the average outcomes for the treatment group and for the control group. These studies, depending on design and implementation, can meet What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standards without reservations.

    Regional level describes the level of scope or effectiveness of a process, product, strategy, or practice that is able to serve a variety of communities within a State or multiple States, including rural and urban areas, as well as with different groups (e.g., economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic groups, migrant populations, individuals with disabilities, English learners, and individuals of each gender). For an LEA-based project to be considered a regional-level project, a process, product, strategy, or practice must serve students in more than one LEA, unless the process, product, strategy, or practice is implemented in a State in which the State educational agency is the sole educational agency for all schools.

    Relevant outcome means the student outcome(s) (or the ultimate outcome if not related to students) the proposed process, product, strategy or practice is designed to improve; consistent with the specific goals of a program.

    Rural local educational agency means a local educational agency (LEA) that is eligible under the Small Rural School Achievement (SRSA) program or the Rural and Low-Income School (RLIS) program authorized under Title VI, Part B of the ESEA. Eligible applicants may determine whether a particular LEA is eligible for these programs by referring to information on the Department's Web site at http://www2.ed.gov/nclb/freedom/local/reap.html.

    Strong theory means a rationale for the proposed process, product, strategy, or practice that includes a logic model (as defined in this notice).

    Student achievement means—

    (a) For grades and subjects in which assessments are required under ESEA section 1111(b)(3): (1) A student's score on such assessments and may include (2) other measures of student learning, such as those described in paragraph (b), provided they are rigorous and comparable across schools within an LEA.

    (b) For grades and subjects in which assessments are not required under ESEA section 1111(b)(3): Alternative measures of student learning and performance such as student results on pre-tests, end-of-course tests, and objective performance-based assessments; student learning objectives; student performance on English language proficiency assessments; and other measures of student achievement that are rigorous and comparable across schools within an LEA.

    Student growth means the change in student achievement (as defined in this notice) for an individual student between two or more points in time. An applicant may also include other measures that are rigorous and comparable across classrooms.

    What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standards means the standards set forth in the What Works Clearinghouse Procedures and Standards Handbook (Version 3.0, March 2014), which can be found at the following link: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/DocumentSum.aspx?sid=19.

    Program Authority: ARRA, Division A, Section 14007, Public Law 111-5.

    Applicable Regulations: (a) The Education Department General Administrative Regulations (EDGAR) in 34 CFR parts 75, 77, 79, 81, 82, 84, 86, 97, 98, and 99. (b) The Office of Management and Budget Guidelines to Agencies on Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) in 2 CFR part 180, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3485. (c) The Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards in 2 CFR part 200, as adopted and amended as regulations of the Department in 2 CFR part 3474. (d) The 2013 i3 NFP. (e) The Supplemental Priorities.

    Note:

    The regulations in 34 CFR part 79 apply to all applicants except federally recognized Indian tribes.

    Note:

    The regulations in 34 CFR part 86 apply to institutions of higher education only.

    II. Award Information

    Type of Award: Cooperative agreements or discretionary grants.

    Estimated Available Funds: $103,100,000.

    These estimated available funds are the total available for all three types of grants under the i3 program (Development, Validation, and Scale-up grants). Contingent upon the availability of funds and the quality of applications, we may make additional awards in FY 2017 or later years from the list of unfunded applications from this competition.

    Estimated Range of Awards:

    Development grants: Up to $3,000,000.

    Validation grants: Up to $12,000,000.

    Scale-up grants: Up to $20,000,000.

    Note:

    The upper limit of the range of awards (e.g., $3,000,000 for Development grants) is referred to as the “maximum amount of awards” under Other in section III of this notice.

    Estimated Average Size of Awards:

    Development grants: $3,000,000.

    Validation grants: $11,500,000.

    Scale-up grants: $19,000,000.

    Estimated Number of Awards:

    Development grants: 9-11 awards.

    Validation grants: 2-3 awards.

    Scale-up grants: 0-2 awards.

    Note:

    The Department is not bound by any estimates in this notice.

    Project Period: 36-60 months.

    III. Eligibility Information

    1. Innovations that Improve Achievement for High-Need Students: All grantees must implement practices that are designed to improve student achievement (as defined in this notice) or student growth (as defined in this notice), close achievement gaps, decrease dropout rates, increase high school graduation rates (as defined in this notice), or increase college enrollment and completion rates for high-need students (as defined in this notice).

    2. Innovations that Serve Kindergarten-through-Grade-12 (K-12) Students: All grantees must implement practices that serve students who are in grades K-12 at some point during the funding period. To meet this requirement, projects that serve early learners (i.e., infants, toddlers, or preschoolers) must provide services or supports that extend into kindergarten or later years, and projects that serve postsecondary students must provide services or supports during the secondary grades or earlier.

    3. Eligible Applicants: Entities eligible to apply for i3 grants include either of the following:

    (a) An LEA.

    (b) A partnership between a nonprofit organization and—

    (1) One or more LEAs; or

    (2) A consortium of schools.

    Statutory Eligibility Requirements: Except as specifically set forth in the Note about Eligibility for an Eligible Applicant that Includes a Nonprofit Organization that follows, to be eligible for an award, an eligible applicant must—

    (a)(1) Have significantly closed the achievement gaps between groups of students described in section 1111(b)(2) of the ESEA (economically disadvantaged students, students from major racial and ethnic groups, students with limited English proficiency, students with disabilities); or

    (2) Have demonstrated success in significantly increasing student academic achievement for all groups of students described in that section;

    (b) Have made significant improvements in other areas, such as high school graduation rates (as defined in this notice) or increased recruitment and placement of high-quality teachers and principals, as demonstrated with meaningful data;

    (c) Demonstrate that it has established one or more partnerships with the private sector, which may include philanthropic organizations, and that organizations in the private sector will provide matching funds in order to help bring results to scale; and

    (d) In the case of an eligible applicant that includes a nonprofit organization, provide in the application the names of the LEAs with which the nonprofit organization will partner, or the names of the schools in the consortium with which it will partner. If an eligible applicant that includes a nonprofit organization intends to partner with additional LEAs or schools that are not named in the application, it must describe in the application the demographic and other characteristics of these LEAs and schools and the process it will use to select them.

    Note:

    An entity submitting an application should provide, in Appendix C, under “Other Attachments Form,” of its application, information addressing the eligibility requirements described in this section. An applicant must provide, in its application, sufficient supporting data or other information to allow the Department to determine whether the applicant has met the eligibility requirements. Note that, to address the statutory eligibility requirements in paragraphs (a)(1) or (2), and (b), applicants must provide data that demonstrate a change due to the work of the applicant with an LEA or schools. In other words, applicants must provide data for at least two definitive points in time when addressing this requirement in Appendix C of their applications. For further guidance, please refer to the definition of “student achievement” in this notice; and the question and answer Webinar for FY 2016 i3 Development Full Applications for further guidance. Additionally, information on the statutory eligibility requirements can be found on the i3 Web site at http://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/innovation/investing-in-innovation-i3/. If the Department determines that an applicant provided insufficient information in its application, the applicant will not have an opportunity to provide additional information.

    Note about LEA Eligibility:

    For purposes of this program, an LEA is an LEA located within one of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

    Note about Eligibility for an Eligible Applicant that Includes a Nonprofit Organization:

    The authorizing statute specifies that an eligible applicant that includes a nonprofit organization meets the requirements in paragraphs (a) and (b) of the eligibility requirements for this program if the nonprofit organization has a record of significantly improving student achievement, attainment, or retention. For an eligible applicant that includes a nonprofit organization, the nonprofit organization must demonstrate that it has a record of significantly improving student achievement, attainment, or retention through its record of work with an LEA or schools. Therefore, an eligible applicant that includes a nonprofit organization does not necessarily need to include as a partner for its i3 grant an LEA or a consortium of schools that meets the requirements in paragraphs (a) and (b) of the eligibility requirements in this notice.

    In addition, the authorizing statute specifies that an eligible applicant that includes a nonprofit organization meets the requirements of paragraph (c) of the eligibility requirements in this notice if the eligible applicant demonstrates that it will meet the requirement for private-sector matching.

    4. Cost Sharing or Matching: To be eligible for an award, an applicant must demonstrate that one or more private-sector organizations, which may include philanthropic organizations, will provide matching funds in order to help bring project results to scale. An eligible Development applicant must obtain matching funds, or in-kind donations, equal to at least 15 percent of its Federal grant award. The highest-rated eligible applicants must submit evidence of 50 percent of the required private-sector matching funds following the peer review of applications. A Federal i3 award will not be made unless the applicant provides adequate evidence that the 50 percent of the required private-sector match has been committed or the Secretary approves the eligible applicant's request to reduce the matching-level requirement. An applicant must provide evidence of the remaining 50 percent of required private-sector match three months after the project start date.

    The Secretary may consider decreasing the matching requirement on a case-by-case basis, and only in the most exceptional circumstances. An eligible applicant that anticipates being unable to meet the full amount of the private-sector matching requirement must include in its application a request that the Secretary reduce the matching-level requirement, along with a statement of the basis for the request.

    Note:

    An applicant that does not provide a request for a reduction of the matching-level requirement in its full application may not submit that request at a later time.

    5. Other: The Secretary establishes the following requirements for the i3 program. These requirements are from the 2013 i3 NFP. We may apply these requirements in any year in which the program is in effect.

    Evidence Standards: To be eligible for an award, an application for a Development grant must be supported by evidence of promise (as defined in this notice) or a strong theory (as defined in this notice).

    Applicants must identify in Appendix D and the Applicant Information Sheet if their evidence is supported by evidence of promise or a strong theory.

    Note:

    In Appendix D, under the “Other Attachments Form,” an entity that submits a full application should provide information addressing one of the required evidence standards for Development grants. This information should include a description of the intervention(s) the applicant plans to implement and the intended student outcomes that the intervention(s) attempts to impact.

    Applicants must identify in Appendix D and the Applicant Information Sheet if their evidence is supported by evidence of promise or a strong theory. An applicant submitting its Development grant application under the evidence of promise standard should identify up to two study citations to be reviewed for the purposes of meeting the i3 evidence standard requirement and include those citations in Appendix D. In addition, the applicant should specify the intervention that they plan to implement, the findings within the citations that the applicant is requesting be considered as evidence of promise, including page number(s) of specific tables if applicable. The Department will not consider a study citation that an applicant fails to clearly identify for review.

    An applicant must either ensure that all evidence is available to the Department from publicly available sources and provide links or other guidance indicating where it is available; or, in the full application, include copies of evidence in Appendix D. If the Department determines that an applicant has provided insufficient information, the applicant will not have an opportunity to provide additional information at a later time. However, for applicants applying under evidence of promise, if the WWC determines that a study does not provide enough information on key aspects of the study design, such as sample attrition or equivalence of intervention and comparison groups, the WWC will submit a query to the study author(s) to gather information for use in determining a study rating. Authors are asked to respond to queries within ten business days. Should the author query remain incomplete within 14 days of the initial contact to the study author(s), the study will be deemed ineligible under the grant competition. After the grant competition closes, the WWC will continue to include responses to author queries and will make updates to study reviews as necessary. However, the competition can only take into account information that is available at the time the competition is open.

    Note:

    The evidence standards apply to the prior research that supports the effectiveness of the proposed project. The i3 program does not restrict the source of prior research providing evidence for the proposed project. As such, an applicant could cite prior research in Appendix D for studies that were conducted by another entity (i.e., an entity that is not the applicant) so long as the prior research studies cited in the application are relevant to the effectiveness of the proposed project. If an applicant applies under the evidence of promise standard but does not meet it, their application will not be reviewed under the strong theory standard.

    Funding Categories: An applicant will be considered for an award only for the type of i3 grant (i.e., Development, Validation, and Scale-up grants) for which it applies. An applicant may not submit an application for the same proposed project under more than one type of grant.

    Limit on Grant Awards: (a) No grantee may receive more than two new grant awards of any type under the i3 program in a single year; (b) in any two-year period, no grantee may receive more than one new Scale-up or Validation grant; and (c) no grantee may receive in a single year new i3 grant awards that total an amount greater than the sum of the maximum amount of funds for a Scale-up grant and the maximum amount of funds for a Development grant for that year. For example, in a year when the maximum award value for a Scale-up grant is $20 million and the maximum award value for a Development grant is $3 million, no grantee may receive in a single year new grants totaling more than $23 million.

    Subgrants: In the case of an eligible applicant that is a partnership between a nonprofit organization and (1) one or more LEAs or (2) a consortium of schools, the partner serving as the applicant and, if funded, as the grantee, may make subgrants to one or more entities in the partnership.

    Evaluation: The grantee must conduct an independent evaluation (as defined in this notice) of its project. This evaluation must estimate the impact of the i3-supported practice (as implemented at the proposed level of scale) on a relevant outcome (as defined in this notice). The grantee must make broadly available digitally and free of charge, through formal (e.g., peer-reviewed journals) or informal (e.g., newsletters) mechanisms, the results of any evaluations it conducts of its funded activities.

    In addition, the grantee and its independent evaluator must agree to cooperate with any technical assistance provided by the Department or its contractor and comply with the requirements of any evaluation of the program conducted by the Department. This includes providing to the Department, within 100 days of a grant award, an updated comprehensive evaluation plan in a format and using such tools as the Department may require. Grantees must update this evaluation plan at least annually to reflect any changes to the evaluation. All of these updates must be consistent with the scope and objectives of the approved application.

    Communities of Practice: Grantees must participate in, organize, or facilitate, as appropriate, communities of practice for the i3 program. A community of practice is a group of grantees that agrees to interact regularly to solve a persistent problem or improve practice in an area that is important to them.

    Management Plan: Within 100 days of a grant award, the grantee must provide an updated comprehensive management plan for the approved project in a format and using such tools as the Department may require. This management plan must include detailed information about implementation of the first year of the grant, including key milestones, staffing details, and other information that the Department may require. It must also include a complete list of performance metrics, including baseline measures and annual targets. The grantee must update this management plan at least annually to reflect implementation of subsequent years of the project.

    IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address to Request Application Package: You can obtain an application package via the Internet or from the Education Publications Center (ED Pubs). To obtain a copy via the Internet, use the following address: http://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/innovation/investing-in-innovation-i3/. To obtain a copy from ED Pubs, write, fax, or call: ED Pubs, U.S. Department of Education, P.O. Box 22207, Alexandria, VA 22304. Telephone, toll free: 1-877-433-7827. FAX: (703) 605-6794.

    If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call, toll free: 1-877-576-7734.

    You can contact ED Pubs at its Web site, also: www.EDPubs.gov or at its email address: [email protected]

    If you request an application package from ED Pubs, be sure to identify this competition as follows: CFDA number 84.411P (for pre-applications) or 84.411C (for full applications).

    Individuals with disabilities can obtain a copy of the application package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) by contacting the person or team listed under Accessible Format in section VIII of this notice.

    2. a. Content and Form of Application Submission: Requirements concerning the content of an application, together with the forms you must submit, are in the application package for this competition.

    Deadline for Notice of Intent to Submit Pre-Application: May 10, 2016.

    We will be able to develop a more efficient process for reviewing grant applications if we know the approximate number of applicants that intend to apply for funding under this competition. Therefore, the Secretary strongly encourages each potential applicant to notify us of the applicant's intent to submit a pre-application by completing a Web-based form. When completing this form, applicants will provide (1) the applicant organization's name and address and (2) the absolute priority the applicant intends to address. Applicants may access this form online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q97PKP8. Applicants that do not complete this form may still submit a pre-application.

    Page Limit: For the pre-application, the project narrative is where you, the applicant, address the selection criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your pre-application. For the full application, the project narrative (Part III of the application) is where you, the applicant, address the selection criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your full application.

    Pre-Application page limit: Applicants should limit the pre-application narrative to no more than seven pages. Aside from the required forms, applicants should not include appendices in their pre-applications.

    Full-Application page limit: Applicants submitting a full application should limit the application narrative for a Development grant application to no more than 25 pages. Applicants are also strongly encouraged not to include lengthy appendices for the full application that contain information that they were unable to include in the narrative.

    Applicants for both pre- and full applications should use the following standards:

    • A “page” is 8.5″ x 11″, on one side only, with 1″ margins at the top, bottom, and both sides.

    • Double space (no more than three lines per vertical inch) all text in the application narrative, including titles, headings, footnotes, quotations, references, and captions.

    • Use a font that is either 12 point or larger or no smaller than 10 pitch (characters per inch).

    Use one of the following fonts: Times New Roman, Courier, Courier New, or Arial.

    The page limit for the full application does not apply to Part I, the cover sheet; Part II, the budget section, including the narrative budget justification; Part IV, the assurances and certifications; or the one-page abstract, the resumes, the bibliography, or the letters of support for the full application. However, the page limit does apply to all of the application narrative section of the full application.

    b. Submission of Proprietary Information: Given the types of projects that may be proposed in applications for the i3 program, your application may include business information that you consider proprietary. In 34 CFR 5.11 we define “business information” and describe the process we use in determining whether any of that information is proprietary and, thus, protected from disclosure under Exemption 4 of the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552, as amended).

    Consistent with the process followed in the prior i3 competitions, we plan on posting the project narrative section of funded i3 applications on the Department's Web site. Accordingly, you may wish to request confidentiality of business information. Identifying proprietary information in the submitted application will help facilitate this public disclosure process.

    Consistent with Executive Order 12600, please designate in your application any information that you believe is exempt from disclosure under Exemption 4. In the appropriate Appendix section of your application, under “Other Attachments Form,” please list the page number or numbers on which we can find this information. For additional information please see 34 CFR 5.11(c).

    3. Submission Dates and Times:

    Pre-Applications Available: April 27, 2016.

    Deadline for Notice of Intent to Submit Pre-Application: May 10, 2016.

    Informational Meetings: The i3 program intends to hold Webinars designed to provide technical assistance to interested applicants for all three types of grants. Detailed information regarding these meetings will be provided on the i3 Web site at http://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/innovation/investing-in-innovation-i3/.

    Deadline for Transmittal of Pre-Applications: May 25, 2016.

    Deadline for Transmittal of Full Applications: The Department will announce on its Web site the deadline date for transmission of full applications for Development grants. Under the pre-application process, peer reviewers will read and score the shorter pre-application against an abbreviated set of selection criteria, and entities that submit highly rated pre-applications will be invited to submit full applications for a Development grant. Other pre-applicants may choose to submit a full application.

    Pre- and full applications for Development grants under this competition must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov Apply site (Grants.gov). For information (including dates and times) about how to submit your application electronically, or in paper format by mail or hand delivery if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, please refer to Other Submission Requirements in section IV of this notice.

    We do not consider an application that does not comply with the deadline requirements.

    Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or auxiliary aid in connection with the application process should contact the person listed under For Further Information Contact in section VII of this notice. If the Department provides an accommodation or auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the application process, the individual's application remains subject to all other requirements and limitations in this notice.

    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review of Full Applications: October 17, 2016.

    4. Intergovernmental Review: This competition is subject to Executive Order 12372 and the regulations in 34 CFR part 79. Information about Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs under Executive Order 12372 is in the application package for this competition.

    5. Funding Restrictions: We reference regulations outlining funding restrictions in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.

    6. Data Universal Numbering System Number, Taxpayer Identification Number, and System for Award Management: To do business with the Department of Education, you must—

    a. Have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number and a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN);

    b. Register both your DUNS number and TIN with the System for Award Management (SAM) (formerly the Central Contractor Registry), the Government's primary registrant database;

    c. Provide your DUNS number and TIN on your application; and

    d. Maintain an active SAM registration with current information while your application is under review by the Department and, if you are awarded a grant, during the project period.

    You can obtain a DUNS number from Dun and Bradstreet at the following Web site: http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform. A DUNS number can be created within one to two business days.

    If you are a corporate entity, agency, institution, or organization, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal Revenue Service. If you are an individual, you can obtain a TIN from the Internal Revenue Service or the Social Security Administration. If you need a new TIN, please allow two to five weeks for your TIN to become active.

    The SAM registration process can take approximately seven business days, but may take upwards of several weeks, depending on the completeness and accuracy of the data you enter into the SAM database. Thus, if you think you might want to apply for Federal financial assistance under a program administered by the Department, please allow sufficient time to obtain and register your DUNS number and TIN. We strongly recommend that you register early.

    Note: Once your SAM registration is active, it may be 24 to 48 hours before you can access the information in, and submit an application through, Grants.gov.

    If you are currently registered with SAM, you may not need to make any changes. However, please make certain that the TIN associated with your DUNS number is correct. Also note that you will need to update your registration annually. This may take three or more business days.

    Information about SAM is available at www.SAM.gov. To further assist you with obtaining and registering your DUNS number and TIN in SAM or updating your existing SAM account, we have prepared a SAM.gov Tip Sheet, which you can find at: http://www2.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/sam-faqs.html.

    In addition, if you are submitting your application via Grants.gov, you must (1) be designated by your organization as an Authorized Organization Representative (AOR); and (2) register yourself with Grants.gov as an AOR. Details on these steps are outlined at the following Grants.gov Web page: www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html.

    7. Other Submission Requirements: Applications for grants for the i3 program must be submitted electronically unless you qualify for an exception to this requirement in accordance with the instructions in this section.

    a. Electronic Submission of Applications.

    Applications (both pre- and full applications) for Development grants under the i3 program, CFDA number 84.411P (pre-applications) and CFDA number 84.411C (full applications), must be submitted electronically using the Governmentwide Grants.gov Apply site at www.Grants.gov. Through this site, you will be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit your application. You may not email an electronic copy of a grant application to us.

    We will reject your application if you submit it in paper format unless, as described elsewhere in this section, you qualify for one of the exceptions to the electronic submission requirement and submit, no later than two weeks before the application deadline date, a written statement to the Department that you qualify for one of these exceptions. Further information regarding calculation of the date that is two weeks before the application deadline date is provided later in this section under Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement.

    You may access the electronic grant application for the i3 program at www.Grants.gov. You must search for the downloadable application package for this competition by the CFDA number. Do not include the CFDA number's alpha suffix in your search (e.g., search for 84.411, not 84.411P or 84.411C).

    Please note the following:

    • When you enter the Grants.gov site, you will find information about submitting an application electronically through the site, as well as the hours of operation.

    • Applications received by Grants.gov are date and time stamped. Your application must be fully uploaded and submitted and must be date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system no later than 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. Except as otherwise noted in this section, we will not accept your application if it is received—that is, date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system—after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. We do not consider an application that does not comply with the deadline requirements. When we retrieve your application from Grants.gov, we will notify you if we are rejecting your application because it was date and time stamped by the Grants.gov system after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date.

    • The amount of time it can take to upload an application will vary depending on a variety of factors, including the size of the application and the speed of your Internet connection. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you do not wait until the application deadline date to begin the submission process through Grants.gov.

    • You should review and follow the Education Submission Procedures for submitting an application through Grants.gov that are included in the application package for this competition to ensure that you submit your application in a timely manner to the Grants.gov system. You can also find the Education Submission Procedures pertaining to Grants.gov under News and Events on the Department's G5 system home page at www.G5.gov. In addition, for specific guidance and procedures for submitting an application through Grants.gov, please refer to the Grants.gov Web site at: www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/apply-for-grants.html.

    • You will not receive additional point value because you submit your application in electronic format, nor will we penalize you if you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, as described elsewhere in this section, and submit your application in paper format.

    • You must submit all documents electronically, including all information you typically provide on the following forms: the Application for Federal Assistance (SF 424), the Department of Education Supplemental Information for SF 424, Budget Information—Non-Construction Programs (ED 524), and all necessary assurances and certifications.

    • You must upload any narrative sections and all other attachments to your application as files in a read-only, non-modifiable Portable Document Format (PDF). Do not upload an interactive or fillable PDF file. If you upload a file type other than a read-only, non-modifiable PDF (e.g., Word, Excel, WordPerfect, etc.) or submit a password-protected file, we will not review that material. Please note that this could result in your application not being considered for funding because the material in question—for example, the project narrative—is critical to a meaningful review of your proposal. For that reason it is important to allow yourself adequate time to upload all material as PDF files. The Department will not convert material from other formats to PDF.

    • Your electronic application must comply with any page-limit requirements described in this notice.

    • After you electronically submit your application, you will receive from Grants.gov an automatic notification of receipt that contains a Grants.gov tracking number. This notification indicates receipt by Grants.gov only, not receipt by the Department. Grants.gov will also notify you automatically by email if your application met all the Grants.gov validation requirements or if there were any errors (such as submission of your application by someone other than a registered Authorized Organization Representative, or inclusion of an attachment with a file name that contains special characters). You will be given an opportunity to correct any errors and resubmit, but you must still meet the deadline for submission of applications.

    Once your application is successfully validated by Grants.gov, the Department will retrieve your application from Grants.gov and send you an email with a unique PR/Award number for your application.

    These emails do not mean that your application is without any disqualifying errors. While your application may have been successfully validated by Grants.gov, it must also meet the Department's application requirements as specified in this notice and in the application instructions. Disqualifying errors could include, for instance, failure to upload attachments in a read-only, non-modifiable PDF; failure to submit a required part of the application; or failure to meet applicant eligibility requirements. It is your responsibility to ensure that your submitted application has met all of the Department's requirements.

    • We may request that you provide us original signatures on forms at a later date.

    Application Deadline Date Extension in Case of Technical Issues with the Grants.gov System: If you are experiencing problems submitting your application through Grants.gov, please contact the Grants.gov Support Desk, toll free, at 1-800-518-4726. You must obtain a Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number and must keep a record of it.

    If you are prevented from electronically submitting your application on the application deadline date because of technical problems with the Grants.gov system, we will grant you an extension until 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, the following business day to enable you to transmit your application electronically or by hand delivery. You also may mail your application by following the mailing instructions described elsewhere in this notice.

    If you submit an application after 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date, please contact the person listed under For Further Information Contact in section VII of this notice and provide an explanation of the technical problem you experienced with Grants.gov, along with the Grants.gov Support Desk Case Number. We will accept your application if we can confirm that a technical problem occurred with the Grants.gov system and that the problem affected your ability to submit your application by 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, on the application deadline date. We will contact you after we determine whether your application will be accepted.

    Note: The extensions to which we refer in this section apply only to the unavailability of, or technical problems with, the Grants.gov system. We will not grant you an extension if you failed to fully register to submit your application to Grants.gov before the application deadline date and time or if the technical problem you experienced is unrelated to the Grants.gov system.

    Exception to Electronic Submission Requirement: You qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, and may submit your application in paper format, if you are unable to submit an application through the Grants.gov system because--

    • You do not have access to the Internet; or

    • You do not have the capacity to upload large documents to the Grants.gov system; and

    • No later than two weeks before the application deadline date (14 calendar days or, if the fourteenth calendar day before the application deadline date falls on a Federal holiday, the next business day following the Federal holiday), you mail or fax a written statement to the Department, explaining which of the two grounds for an exception prevents you from using the Internet to submit your application.

    If you mail your written statement to the Department, it must be postmarked no later than two weeks before the application deadline date. If you fax your written statement to the Department, we must receive the faxed statement no later than two weeks before the application deadline date.

    Address and mail or fax your statement to: Kelly Terpak, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 4W312, Washington, DC 20202. FAX: (202) 401-4123.

    Your paper application must be submitted in accordance with the mail or hand delivery instructions described in this notice.

    b. Submission of Paper Applications by Mail.

    If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, you may mail (through the U.S. Postal Service or a commercial carrier) your application to the Department. You must mail the original and two copies of your application, on or before the application deadline date, to the Department at the following address: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA Number 84.411P or 84.411C), LBJ Basement Level 1, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20202-4260,

    Note: Entities submitting pre-applications for Development grants will use CFDA number 84.411P, and entities submitting full applications for Development grants will use CFDA number 84.411C.

    You must show proof of mailing consisting of one of the following:

    (1) A legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark.

    (2) A legible mail receipt with the date of mailing stamped by the U.S. Postal Service.

    (3) A dated shipping label, invoice, or receipt from a commercial carrier.

    (4) Any other proof of mailing acceptable to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

    If you mail your application through the U.S. Postal Service, we do not accept either of the following as proof of mailing:

    (1) A private metered postmark.

    (2) A mail receipt that is not dated by the U.S. Postal Service.

    Note: The U.S. Postal Service does not uniformly provide a dated postmark. Before relying on this method, you should check with your local post office.

    We will not consider applications postmarked after the application deadline date.

    c. Submission of Paper Applications by Hand Delivery.

    If you qualify for an exception to the electronic submission requirement, you (or a courier service) may deliver your paper application to the Department by hand. You must deliver the original and two copies of your application by hand, on or before the application deadline date, to the Department at the following address: U.S. Department of Education, Application Control Center, Attention: (CFDA Number 84.411P or 84.411C), 550 12th Street SW., Room 7039, Potomac Center Plaza, Washington, DC 20202-4260.

    Note: Entities submitting pre-applications for Development grants will use CFDA number 84.411P, and entities submitting full applications for Development grants will use CFDA number 84.411C.

    The Application Control Center accepts hand deliveries daily between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30:00 p.m., Washington, DC time, except Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays.

    Note for Mail or Hand Delivery of Paper Applications: If you mail or hand deliver your application to the Department—

    (1) You must indicate on the envelope and—if not provided by the Department—in Item 11 of the SF 424 the CFDA number, including suffix letter, if any, of the competition under which you are submitting your application; and

    (2) The Application Control Center will mail to you a notification of receipt of your grant application. If you do not receive this notification within 15 business days from the application deadline date, you should call the U.S. Department of Education Application Control Center at (202) 245-6288.

    V. Application Review Information

    1. Selection Criteria: This competition has separate selection criteria for pre-applications and full applications. The selection criteria for the Development competition are from the 2013 i3 NFP and 34 CFR 75.210, and are listed below.

    The points assigned to each criterion are indicated in the parentheses next to the criterion. An applicant may earn up to a total of 20 points based on the selection criteria for the pre-application. An applicant may earn up to a total of 100 points based on the selection criteria for the full application.

    Selection Criteria for the Development Grant Pre-Application:

    A. Significance (up to 10 points).

    In determining the significance of the project, the Secretary considers the extent to which the proposed project involves the development or demonstration of promising new strategies that build on, or are alternatives to, existing strategies. (34 CFR 75.210)

    B. Quality of Project Design (up to 10 points).

    In determining the quality of the proposed project design, the Secretary considers the extent to which the goals, objectives, and outcomes to be achieved by the project are clearly specified and measured. (34 CFR 75.210)

    Selection Criteria for the Development Grant Full Application:

    A. Significance (up to 35 points).

    In determining the significance of the project, the Secretary considers the following factors:

    (1) The magnitude or severity of the problem to be addressed by the proposed project. (34 CFR 75.210)

    (2) The extent to which the proposed project involves the development or demonstration of promising new strategies that build on, or are alternatives to, existing strategies. (34 CFR 75.210)

    (3) The extent to which the proposed project addresses the absolute priority the applicant is seeking to meet. (2013 i3 NFP)

    B. Quality of the Project Design and Management Plan (up to 45 points).

    In determining the quality of the proposed project design, the Secretary considers the following factors:

    (1) The extent to which the goals, objectives, and outcomes to be achieved by the project are clearly specified and measurable. (34 CFR 75.210)

    (2) The adequacy of the management plan to achieve the objectives of the proposed project on time and within budget, including clearly defined responsibilities, timelines, and milestones for accomplishing project tasks. (2013 i3 NFP)

    (3) The adequacy of procedures for ensuring feedback and continuous improvement in the operation of the proposed project. (2013 i3 NFP)

    (4) The mechanisms the applicant will use to broadly disseminate information on its project so as to support further development or replication. (34 CFR 75.210)

    C. Quality of Project Evaluation (up to 20 points).

    In determining the quality of the project evaluation to be conducted, the Secretary considers the following factors:

    (1) The clarity and importance of the key questions to be addressed by the project evaluation, and the appropriateness of the methods for how each question will be addressed. (2013 i3 NFP)

    (2) The extent to which the methods of evaluation will, if well-implemented, produce evidence about the project's effectiveness that would meet the What Works Clearinghouse Evidence Standards with reservations. (34 CFR 75.210)

    (3) The extent to which the proposed project plan includes sufficient resources to carry out the project evaluation effectively. (2013 i3 NFP)

    Note: Applicants may wish to review the following technical assistance resources on evaluation: (1) WWC Procedures and Standards Handbook: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/references/idocviewer/doc.aspx?docid=19&tocid =1; and (2) IES/NCEE Technical Methods papers: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/tech_methods/. In addition, applicants may view two optional Webinar recordings that were hosted by the Institute of Education Sciences. The first Webinar discussed strategies for designing and executing well-designed quasi-experimental design studies and is available at: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Multimedia.aspx?sid=23. The second Webinar focused on more rigorous evaluation designs and discussed strategies for designing and executing studies that meet WWC evidence standards without reservations. This Webinar is available at: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/Multimedia.aspx?sid=18.

    2. Review and Selection Process: To receive an i3 Development grant, an entity must submit a pre-application. The pre-application will be reviewed and scored by peer reviewers using the two selection criteria established in this notice. We will inform the entities that submitted pre-applications of the results of the peer review process. Entities with highly rated pre-applications will be invited to submit full applications. Other pre-applicants may choose to submit a full application. Scores received on pre-applications will not carry over to the review of the full application.

    Before making awards, we will screen applications submitted in accordance with the requirements in this notice to determine which applications have met eligibility and other statutory requirements. This screening process may occur at various stages of the pre-application and full application processes; applicants that are determined ineligible will not receive a grant, regardless of peer reviewer scores or comments.

    For the pre- and full application review processes, we will use independent peer reviewers with varied backgrounds and professions including pre-kindergarten through grade 12 teachers and principals, college and university educators, researchers and evaluators, social entrepreneurs, strategy consultants, grant makers and managers, and others with education expertise. All reviewers will be thoroughly screened for conflicts of interest to ensure a fair and competitive review process.

    Peer reviewers will read, prepare a written evaluation of, and score the assigned pre-applications and full applications, using the respective selection criteria provided in this notice. For Development grant pre-applications, peer reviewers will review and score the applications based on the two selection criteria for pre-applications listed in the Selection Criteria for the Development Grant Pre-Application section of this notice. For full applications submitted for Development grants, peer reviewers will review and score the applications based on the three selection criteria for full applications listed in the Selection Criteria for the Development Grant Full Application section of this notice. If an eligible applicant addresses the competitive preference priority (Supporting Novice i3 Applicants), the Department will review its list of previous i3 grantees in scoring this competitive preference priority.

    We remind potential applicants that in reviewing applications in any discretionary grant competition, the Secretary may consider, under 34 CFR 75.217(d)(3), the past performance of the applicant in carrying out a previous award, such as the applicant's use of funds, achievement of project objectives, and compliance with grant conditions. The Secretary may also consider whether the applicant failed to submit a timely performance report or submitted a report of unacceptable quality.

    In addition, in making a competitive grant award, the Secretary requires various assurances, including those applicable to Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department of Education (34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).

    3. Risk Assessment and Special Conditions: Consistent with 2 CFR 200.205, before awarding grants under this program the Department conducts a review of the risks posed by applicants. Under 2 CFR 3474.10, the Secretary may impose special conditions and, in appropriate circumstances, high-risk conditions on a grant if the applicant or grantee is not financially stable; has a history of unsatisfactory performance; has a financial or other management system that does not meet the standards in 2 CFR part 200, subpart D; has not fulfilled the conditions of a prior grant; or is otherwise not responsible.

    VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: If your application is successful, we notify your U.S. Representative and U.S. Senators and send you a Grant Award Notification (GAN); or we may send you an email containing a link to access an electronic version of your GAN. We may notify you informally, also.

    If your application is not evaluated or not selected for funding, we notify you.

    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: We identify administrative and national policy requirements in the application package and reference these and other requirements in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice.

    We reference the regulations outlining the terms and conditions of an award in the Applicable Regulations section of this notice and include these and other specific conditions in the GAN. The GAN also incorporates your approved application as part of your binding commitments under the grant.

    3. Reporting: (a) If you apply for a grant under this competition, you must ensure that you have in place the necessary processes and systems to comply with the reporting requirements in 2 CFR part 170 should you receive funding under the competition. This does not apply if you have an exception under 2 CFR 170.110(b).

    (b) At the end of your project period, you must submit a final performance report, including financial information, as directed by the Secretary. If you receive a multiyear award, you must submit an annual performance report that provides the most current performance and financial expenditure information as directed by the Secretary under 34 CFR 75.118. The Secretary may also require more frequent performance reports under 34 CFR 75.720(c). For specific requirements on reporting, please go to www.ed.gov/fund/grant/apply/appforms/appforms.html.

    (c) Under 34 CFR 75.250(b), the Secretary may provide a grantee with additional funding for data collection analysis and reporting. In this case the Secretary establishes a data collection period.

    4. Performance Measures: The overall purpose of the i3 program is to expand the implementation of, and investment in, innovative practices that are demonstrated to have an impact on improving student achievement or student growth for high-need students. We have established several performance measures for the i3 Development grants.

    Short-term performance measures: (1) The percentage of grantees whose projects are being implemented with fidelity to the approved design; (2) the percentage of programs, practices, or strategies supported by a Development grant with ongoing evaluations that provide evidence of their promise for improving student outcomes; (3) the percentage of programs, practices, or strategies supported by a Development grant with ongoing evaluations that are providing high-quality implementation data and performance feedback that allow for periodic assessment of progress toward achieving intended outcomes; and (4) the cost per student actually served by the grant.

    Long-term performance measures: (1) The percentage of programs, practices, or strategies supported by a Development grant with a completed evaluation that provides evidence of their promise for improving student outcomes; (2) the percentage of programs, practices, or strategies supported by a Development grant with a completed evaluation that provides information about the key elements and approach of the project so as to facilitate further development, replication, or testing in other settings; and (3) the cost per student for programs, practices, or strategies that were proven promising at improving educational outcomes for students.

    5. Continuation Awards: In making a continuation award under 34 CFR 75.253, the Secretary considers, among other things: Whether a grantee has made substantial progress in achieving the goals and objectives of the project; whether the grantee has expended funds in a manner that is consistent with its approved application and budget; and, if the Secretary has established performance measurement requirements, the performance targets in the grantee's approved application.

    In making a continuation award, the Secretary also considers whether the grantee is operating in compliance with the assurances in its approved application, including those applicable to Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance from the Department (34 CFR 100.4, 104.5, 106.4, 108.8, and 110.23).

    VII. Agency Contact FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Kelly Terpak, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 4CW312, Washington, DC 20202. Telephone: (202) 453-7122. FAX: (202) 401-4123 or by email: [email protected]

    If you use a TDD or a TTY, call the Federal Relay Service, toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

    VIII. Other Information

    Accessible Format: Individuals with disabilities can obtain this document and a copy of the application package in an accessible format (e.g., braille, large print, audiotape, or compact disc) on request to the program contact person listed under For Further Information Contact in section VII of this notice.

    Electronic Access to This Document: The official version of this document is the document published in the Federal Register. Free Internet access to the official edition of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is available via the Federal Digital System at: www.thefederalregister.org/fdsys. At this site you can view this document, as well as all other documents of this Department published in the Federal Register, in text or PDF. To use PDF you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free at the site.

    You may also access documents of the Department published in the Federal Register by using the article search feature at: www.federalregister.gov. Specifically, through the advanced search feature at this site, you can limit your search to documents published by the Department.

    Dated: April 19, 2016. Nadya Chinoy Dabby, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09436 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4000-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, Northern New Mexico AGENCY:

    Department of Energy.

    ACTION:

    Notice of open meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    This notice announces a meeting of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EM SSAB), Northern New Mexico. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES:

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 1:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.

    ADDRESSES:

    Cities of Gold Conference Center, 10-A Cities of Gold Road, Pojoaque, New Mexico 87506.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Menice Santistevan, Northern New Mexico Citizens' Advisory Board (NNMCAB), 94 Cities of Gold Road, Santa Fe, NM 87506. Phone (505) 995-0393; Fax (505) 989-1752 or Email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Purpose of the Board: The purpose of the Board is to make recommendations to DOE-EM and site management in the areas of environmental restoration, waste management, and related activities.

    Tentative Agenda • Call to Order • Welcome and Introductions • Approval of Agenda and Meeting Minutes of March 30, 2016 • Old Business • New Business • Update from EM Los Alamos Field Office • Presentation: Comments Received on the Los Alamos National Laboratory Consent Order • Public Comment Period • Consideration and Action on Draft Recommendation 2016-03 • Wrap-Up Comments from NNMCAB Members • Adjourn

    Public Participation: The EM SSAB, Northern New Mexico, welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Menice Santistevan at least seven days in advance of the meeting at the telephone number listed above. Written statements may be filed with the Board either before or after the meeting. Individuals who wish to make oral statements pertaining to agenda items should contact Menice Santistevan at the address or telephone number listed above. Requests must be received five days prior to the meeting and reasonable provision will be made to include the presentation in the agenda. The Deputy Designated Federal Officer is empowered to conduct the meeting in a fashion that will facilitate the orderly conduct of business. Individuals wishing to make public comments will be provided a maximum of five minutes to present their comments.

    Minutes: Minutes will be available by writing or calling Menice Santistevan at the address or phone number listed above. Minutes and other Board documents are on the Internet at: http://energy.gov/em/nnmcab/northern-new-mexico-citizens-advisory-board.

    Issued at Washington, DC, on April 18, 2016. LaTanya R. Butler, Deputy Committee Management Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09540 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6405-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Environmental Management Advisory Board Meeting AGENCY:

    Department of Energy.

    ACTION:

    Notice of open meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    This notice announces a meeting of the Environmental Management Advisory Board (EMAB). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register.

    DATES:

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES:

    The Applied Research Center, 301 Gateway Drive, Aiken, South Carolina 29803.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Kristen G. Ellis, Designated Federal Officer, EMAB (EM-3.2), U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20585. Phone (202) 586-5810; fax (202) 586-0293 or email: [email protected].

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Purpose of the Board: The purpose of EMAB is to provide the Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management (EM) with advice and recommendations on corporate issues confronting the EM program. EMAB contributes to the effective operation of the program by providing individual citizens and representatives of interested groups an opportunity to present their views on issues facing EM and by helping to secure consensus recommendations on those issues.

    Tentative Agenda Topics • EM Program Update • Discussion of Board Structure and Work Plan Topics • Risk Communications Subcommittee Report

    Public Participation: EMAB welcomes the attendance of the public at its advisory committee meetings and will make every effort to accommodate persons with physical disabilities or special needs. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Kristen G. Ellis at least seven days in advance of the meeting at the phone number or email address listed above. Written statements may be filed with the Board either before or after the meeting. Individuals who wish to make oral statements pertaining to the agenda should contact Kristen G. Ellis at the address or telephone number listed above. Requests must be received five days prior to the meeting and reasonable provision will be made to include the presentation in the agenda. The Designated Federal Officer is empowered to conduct the meeting in a fashion that will facilitate the orderly conduct of business. Individuals wishing to make public comments will be provided a maximum of five minutes to present their comments.

    Minutes: Minutes will be available by writing or calling Kristen G. Ellis at the address or phone number listed above. Minutes will also be available at the following Web site: http://energy.gov/em/services/communication-engagement/environmental-management-advisory-board-emab.

    LaTanya R. Butler, Deputy Committee Management Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09542 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6450-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Combined Notice of Filings #2

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

    Docket Numbers: EC16-105-000.

    Applicants: Beech Ridge Energy LLC, Beech Ridge Energy II LLC, Beech Ridge Energy Storage LLC, Bethel Wind Farm LLC, Bishop Hill Energy III LLC, Bishop Hill Interconnection LLC, Buckeye Wind Energy LLC, Forward Energy LLC, Grand Ridge Energy LLC, Grand Ridge Energy II LLC, Grand Ridge Energy III LLC, Grand Ridge Energy IV LLC, Grand Ridge Energy V LLC, Grand Ridge Energy Storage LLC, Gratiot County Wind LLC, Gratiot County Wind II LLC, Invenergy TN LLC, Judith Gap Energy LLC, Peak View Wind Energy LLC, Prairie Breeze Wind Energy II LLC, Prairie Breeze Wind Energy III LLC, Sheldon Energy LLC, Spring Canyon Energy LLC, Stony Creek Energy LLC, Vantage Wind Energy LLC, Willow Creek Energy LLC, Wolverine Creek Energy LLC, Wolverine Creek Goshen Interconnection LLC.

    Description: Application for Authorization Under Section 203 of the Federal Power Act and Request for Waivers and Expedited Action of Beech Ridge Energy LLC, et. al.

    Filed Date: 4/19/16.

    Accession Number: 20160419-5159.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/10/16.

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

    Docket Numbers: ER15-1428-000.

    Applicants: MATL LLP.

    Description: Informational Filing to implement Distribution Mechanism for Operational Penalties of MATL LLP.

    Filed Date: 4/18/16.

    Accession Number: 20160418-5307.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/9/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1457-000.

    Applicants: Unitil Power Corp.

    Description: Unitil Power Corp submits Statement of all billing transactions under the Amended Unitil System Agreement for the period January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.

    Filed Date: 4/19/16.

    Accession Number: 20160419-5102.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/10/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1458-000.

    Applicants: Aspirity Energy Mid-States LLC.

    Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: Notice of Succession to be effective 3/23/2016.

    Filed Date: 4/19/16.

    Accession Number: 20160419-5179.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/10/16.

    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: April 19, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09478 Filed 4-22-16; 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: ER16-1202-001.

    Applicants: The Energy Group of America, Inc.

    Description: Tariff Amendment: Amendment to MBR Application to be effective 5/15/2016.

    Filed Date: 4/19/16.

    Accession Number: 20160419-5049.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/10/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1452-000.

    Applicants: Wabash Valley Power Association, Inc.

    Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: Amendments to Rate Schedule—Citizens Electric Corporation to be effective 6/17/2016.

    Filed Date: 4/18/16.

    Accession Number: 20160418-5259.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/9/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1453-000.

    Applicants: Southern California Edison Company.

    Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: 2016 Revised Added Facilities Rate under WDAT—Filing No. 7 to be effective 1/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 4/18/16.

    Accession Number: 20160418-5261.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/9/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1454-000.

    Applicants: Southern California Edison Company.

    Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: 2016 Revised Added Facilities Rate under WDAT—Filing No. 8 to be effective 1/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 4/18/16.

    Accession Number: 20160418-5270.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/9/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1455-000.

    Applicants: Public Service Company of Colorado.

    Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: PSCo-IREA-Bergen Park E&P Agrmt Filing to be effective 4/20/2016.

    Filed Date: 4/19/16.

    Accession Number: 20160419-5087.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/10/16.

    Docket Numbers: ER16-1456-000.

    Applicants: Talen Energy Marketing, LLC.

    Description: § 205(d) Rate Filing: Reactive Revenue Rate Schedule and Request for Confidential Treatment to be effective 7/1/2016.

    Filed Date: 4/19/16.

    Accession Number: 20160419-5100.

    Comments Due: 5 p.m. ET 5/10/16.

    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: April 19, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09477 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. ER16-1293-000] White Oak Solar, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based Rate Filing Includes Request for Blanket Section 204 Authorization

    This is a supplemental notice in the above-referenced proceeding of White Oak Solar, LLC`s application for market-based rate authority, with an accompanying rate tariff, noting that such application includes a request for blanket authorization, under 18 CFR part 34, of future issuances of securities and assumptions of liability.

    Any person desiring to intervene or to protest should file with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426, in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214). Anyone filing a motion to intervene or protest must serve a copy of that document on the Applicant.

    Notice is hereby given that the deadline for filing protests with regard to the applicant's request for blanket authorization, under 18 CFR part 34, of future issuances of securities and assumptions of liability, is May 9, 2016.

    The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper, using the FERC Online links at http://www.ferc.gov. To facilitate electronic service, persons with Internet access who will eFile a document and/or be listed as a contact for an intervenor must create and validate an eRegistration account using the eRegistration link. Select the eFiling link to log on and submit the intervention or protests.

    Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 5 copies of the intervention or protest to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426.

    The filings in the above-referenced proceeding are accessible in the Commission's eLibrary system by clicking on the appropriate link in the above list. They are also available for electronic review in the Commission's Public Reference Room in Washington, DC. There is an eSubscription link on the Web site that enables subscribers to receive email notification when a document is added to a subscribed docket(s). For assistance with any FERC Online service, please email [email protected] or call (866) 208-3676 (toll free). For TTY, call (202) 502-8659.

    Dated: April 19, 2016. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09480 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. RM98-1-000] Records Governing Off-the-Record Communications; Public Notice

    This constitutes notice, in accordance with 18 CFR 385.2201(b), of the receipt of prohibited and exempt off-the-record communications.

    Order No. 607 (64 FR 51222, September 22, 1999) requires Commission decisional employees, who make or receive a prohibited or exempt off-the-record communication relevant to the merits of a contested proceeding, to deliver to the Secretary of the Commission, a copy of the communication, if written, or a summary of the substance of any oral communication.

    Prohibited communications are included in a public, non-decisional file associated with, but not a part of, the decisional record of the proceeding. Unless the Commission determines that the prohibited communication and any responses thereto should become a part of the decisional record, the prohibited off-the-record communication will not be considered by the Commission in reaching its decision. Parties to a proceeding may seek the opportunity to respond to any facts or contentions made in a prohibited off-the-record communication, and may request that the Commission place the prohibited communication and responses thereto in the decisional record. The Commission will grant such a request only when it determines that fairness so requires. Any person identified below as having made a prohibited off-the-record communication shall serve the document on all parties listed on the official service list for the applicable proceeding in accordance with Rule 2010, 18 CFR 385.2010.

    Exempt off-the-record communications are included in the decisional record of the proceeding, unless the communication was with a cooperating agency as described by 40 CFR 1501.6, made under 18 CFR 385.2201(e)(1)(v).

    The following is a list of off-the-record communications recently received by the Secretary of the Commission. The communications listed are grouped by docket numbers in ascending order. These filings are available for electronic review at the Commission in the Public Reference Room or may be viewed on the Commission's Web site at http://www.ferc.gov using the eLibrary link. Enter the docket number, excluding the last three digits, in the docket number field to access the document. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at [email protected] or toll free at (866) 208-3676, or for TTY, contact (202) 502-8659.

    Docket No. File Date Presenter or Requester Prohibited: 1. IS16-61-000 4-1-2016 Travis Gooch. 2. CP15-138-000 4-1-2016 Sharon and Russell Olt. 3. CP16-21-000 4-5-2016 Mass Mailing.1 4. CP16-21-000 4-5-2016 Linda Rauter. 5. CP16-21-000 4-6-2016 Mass Mailing.2 6. CP16-21-000 4-6-2016 Mass Mailing.3 7. CP16-21-000 4-7-2016 Mass Mailing.4 8. CP16-21-000 4-8-2016 Risa & Michael Andre. 9. CP16-21-000 4-8-2016 Mass Mailing.5 10. CP16-21-000 4-11-2016 Mass Mailing.6 11. CP15-138-000 4-11-2016 John and Sandra Walker. 12. CP13-483-000; CP13-492-000 4-11-2016 North America's Building Trade Union President Sean McGarvey. 13. CP16-21-000 4-12-2016 Mass Mailing.7 14. CP16-21-000 4-15-2016 Mass Mailing.8 15. CP13-483-000; CP13-492-000 4-15-2016 Kinder Morgan Inc. Exempt: 1. CP16-21-000; PF14-22-000 4-4-2016 U.S. House Representative Ann McLane Kuster. 2. CP15-554-000; PF15-6-000 4-5-2016 Pocahontas County, West Virginia Commission. 3. CP15-554-000 4-5-2016 U.S. House Representative Bob Goodlatte. 4. CP15-558-000 4-5-2016 Delaware Township, New Jersey Mayor Susan Lockwood. 5. CP14-517-000 4-6-2016 FERC Staff.9 6. CP13-483-000; CP13-492-000 4-8-2006 U.S. House Representative Kurt Schrader. 7. CP13-483-000; CP13-492-000 4-11-2006 State of Colorado Governor John. W. Hickenlooper. 8. CP15-554-000 4-11-2016 State of West Virginia House of Delegates Energy Committee Chairman L.K. Woody Ireland. 9. CP13-483-000 4-12-2016 U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid. 1 3 letters have been sent to FERC Commissioners and staff under this docket number. 2 3 letters have been sent to FERC Commissioners and staff under this docket number. 3 7 letters have been sent to FERC Commissioners and staff under this docket number. 4 7 letters have been sent to FERC Commissioners and staff under this docket number. 5 2 letters have been sent to FERC Commissioners and staff under this docket number. 6 4 letters have been sent to FERC Commissioners and staff under this docket number. 7 2 letters have been sent to FERC Commissioners and staff under this docket number. 8 3 letters have been sent to FERC Commissioners and staff under this docket number. 9 Meeting Summary from April 6, 2016 conference call between FERC, Golden Pass LNG, and CH-IV. Dated: April 19, 2016. Nathaniel J. Davis, Sr., Deputy Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09476 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket Nos. EL16-55-000QF11-204-002QF11-205-002] Interconnect Solar Development LLC; Notice of Petition for Enforcement

    Take notice that on April 18, 2016, pursuant to section 210 m of the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA), 16 U.S.C. 824a-3(b), Interconnect Solar Development LLC filed a Petition for Enforcement alleging unlawful cancellation of QF Power Purchase Agreement and requesting the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) to reincorporate previous FERC Docket Nos. EL13-51-000, Docket No. QF11-204-001 and QF11-205-001.

    Any person desiring to intervene or to protest this filing must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211, 385.214). Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to become a party must file a notice of intervention or motion to intervene, as appropriate. Such notices, motions, or protests must be filed on or before the comment date. On or before the comment date, it is not necessary to serve motions to intervene or protests on persons other than the Applicant.

    The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the “eFiling” link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 5 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street NE., Washington, DC 20426.

    This filing is accessible on-line at http://www.ferc.gov, using the “eLibrary” link and is available for 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 May 9, 2016.

    Dated: April 19, 2016. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09479 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Project No. 6057-004] James and Sharon Jans; Notice of Application Accepted for Filing, Soliciting Comments, Motions To Intervene, and Protests

    Take notice that the following hydroelectric application has been filed with the Commission and is available for public inspection:

    a. Type of Proceeding: Surrender of Exemption.

    b. Project No.: 6057-004.

    c. Date Filed: August 3, 2015, and supplemented on April 14, 2016.

    d. Exemptee: James and Sharon Jans.

    e. Name of Project: Odell Creek Hydro Project.

    f. Location: The project is located at Odell Creek in Hood River County, Oregon. The project does not occupy federal lands.

    g. Filed Pursuant to: 18 CFR 4.102.

    h. Exemptee Contact: Mr. and Mrs. James and Sharon Jans, 4025 Summit Drive, Hood River, OR 97031, Telephone: (541) 806-2848, and Cindy Thieman, Hood River Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), 3007 Experiment Station Dr., Hood River, OR 97031, Telephone: (541) 386-6063.

    i. FERC Contact: Mr. Ashish Desai, (202) 502-8370, [email protected]

    j. Deadline for filing comments, interventions and protests is 30 days from the issuance date of this notice by the Commission. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file motions to intervene, protests 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. The first page of any filing should include docket number P-6057-004.

    k. Description of Project Facilities: The project consists of: (1) A 12-foot-high diversion structure; (2) a 42-inch-diameter, 1,095-foot-long corrugated metal pipeline connected by a surge tank to a 34-inch-diameter, 418-foot-long steel penstock; (3) a powerhouse containing three generating units with a total rated capacity of 225-kilowatts; (4) a 1,200-foot-long, 15-kilovolt transmission line; (5) intake fish screens; (6) a weir fish ladder on the right side of the diversion structure; and (7) appurtenant facilities.

    l. Description of Proceeding: On August 18, 2015, and supplemented on April 14, 2016, James and Sharon Jans, exemptee, filed an application stating that due to financial and regulatory challenges it would surrender and decommission the existing Odell Creek Hydroelectric Project. The exemptee proposes to remove the diversion structure, fish ladder, and portions of the penstock and to restore the stream channel. The generating and transmission facilities would also be removed; however, the exemptee would secure the powerhouse which would remain in place.

    m. Locations of the Application: This filing may be viewed on the Commission's Web site at http://www.ferc.gov/docs-filing/elibrary.asp. 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 in the Commission's Public Reference Room located at 888 First Street NE., Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426, or by calling (202) 502-8371.

    n. Individuals desiring to be included on the Commission's mailing list should so indicate by writing to the Secretary of the Commission.

    o. 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, .212 and .214. In determining the appropriate action to take, the Commission will consider all protests or other comments filed, but only those who file a motion to intervene in accordance with the Commission's Rules may become a party to the proceeding. Any comments, protests, or motions to intervene must be received on or before the specified comment date for the particular application.

    p. Filing and Service of Responsive 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 protesting or intervening; and (4) otherwise comply with the requirements of 18 CFR 385.2001 through 385.2005. All comments, motions to intervene, or protests must set forth their evidentiary basis and otherwise comply with the requirements of 18 CFR 4.34(b). All comments, motions to intervene, or protests should relate to project works which are the subject of the exemption surrender. Agencies may obtain copies of the application directly from the applicant. A copy of any protest or motion to intervene must be served upon each representative of the applicant specified in the particular application. If an intervener files comments or documents with the Commission relating to the merits of an issue that may affect the responsibilities of a particular resource agency, they must also serve a copy of the document on that resource agency. A copy of all other filings in reference to this application must be accompanied by proof of service on all persons listed in the service list prepared by the Commission in this proceeding, in accordance with 18 CFR 4.34(b) and 385.2010.

    q. Agency Comments—Federal, state, and local agencies are invited to file comments on the described proceeding. If any agency does not file comments within the time specified for filing comments, it will be presumed to have no comments.

    Dated: April 19, 2016. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09481 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6717-01-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA-HQ-OAR-2003-0073; FRL-9944-44-OEI] Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Distribution of Offsite Consequence Analysis Information Under Section 112(r)(7)(H) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), as Amended (Renewal) AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), “Distribution of Offsite Consequence Analysis Information under Section 112(r)(7)(H) of the Clean Air Act (CAA), as amended (Renewal)” (EPA ICR No. 1981.06, OMB Control No. 2050-0172) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through June 30, 2016. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (80 FR 79891) on December 23, 2015 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    DATES:

    Additional comments may be submitted on or before May 25, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OAR-2003-0073, to (1) EPA online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), by email to [email protected], or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460, and (2) OMB via email to [email protected] Address comments to OMB Desk Officer for EPA.

    EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes profanity, threats, information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Sicy Jacob, Office of Emergency Management, Mail Code 5104A, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-8019; fax number: (202) 564-2625; email address: [email protected],gov.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Supporting documents which explain in detail the information that the EPA will be collecting are available in the public docket for this ICR. The docket can be viewed online at www.regulations.gov or in person at the EPA Docket Center, WJC West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The telephone number for the Docket Center is 202-566-1744. For additional information about EPA's public docket, visit http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

    Abstract: This ICR is the renewal of the ICR developed for the final rule, Accidental Release Prevention Requirements; Risk Management Programs Under the Clean Air Act Section 112(r)(7); Distribution of Off-Site Consequence Analysis Information. CAA section 112(r)(7) required EPA to promulgate reasonable regulations and appropriate guidance to provide for the prevention and detection of accidental releases and for responses to such releases. The regulations include requirements for submittal of a risk management plan (RMP) to EPA. The RMP includes information on offsite consequence analyses (OCA) as well as other elements of the risk management program.

    On August 5, 1999, the President signed the Chemical Safety Information, Site Security, and Fuels Regulatory Relief Act (CSISSFRRA). The Act required the President to promulgate regulations on the distribution of OCA information (CAA section 112(r)(7)(H)(ii)). The President delegated to EPA and the Department of Justice (DOJ) the responsibility to promulgate regulations to govern the dissemination of OCA information to the public. The final rule was published on August 4, 2000 (65 FR 48108). The regulations imposed minimal information and recordkeeping requirements.

    In accordance with the final rule, the federal government established 55 reading rooms at federal facilities geographically distributed across the United States and its territories. At these reading rooms, members of the public are able to read, but not mechanically copy or remove paper copies of OCA information for up to 10 stationary sources per calendar month. At these reading rooms, the members of the public may also have access to OCA information that the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) in whose jurisdiction the person lives or works is authorized to provide.

    The final rule also authorizes and encourages state and local government officials to have access to OCA information for their official use, and to provide members of the public with read-only access to OCA sections of RMPs for sources located within the jurisdiction of the LEPC where the person lives or works and for any other stationary sources with vulnerability zones extending into the LEPC's jurisdiction.

    EPA also established a Vulnerable Zone Indicator System (VZIS) that informs any person located in any state whether an address specified by that person might be within the vulnerable zone of one or more stationary sources, according to the data reported in RMPs. The VZIS is available on the Internet. Members of the public who do not have access to the Internet are able to obtain the same information by regular mail request to the EPA.

    Form Numbers: None.

    Respondents/affected entities: State and local agencies and the public.

    Respondent's obligation to respond: Required to obtain or retain a benefit (40 CFR 1400).

    Estimated number of respondents: 860 (total).

    Frequency of response: On occasion.

    Total estimated burden: 1,500 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.03(b).

    Total estimated cost: $46,865 (per year), includes $620 annualized capital or operation & maintenance costs.

    Changes in the Estimates: There is a decrease of 15 hours in the total estimated respondent burden compared with the ICR currently approved by OMB. This decrease is due to a slight reduction in the number of state and local agencies requesting OCA information from EPA.

    Courtney Kerwin, Acting Director, Collection Strategies Division.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09520 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL-9945-59-Region 10] Proposed Issuance of NPDES General Permit for Idaho Drinking Water Treatment Facilities (Permit Number IDG380000) AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Notice of proposed issuance of NPDES General Permit and request for public comment.

    SUMMARY:

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 10 proposes to issue a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Drinking Water Treatment Facilities in Idaho (DWGP). This proposed draft DWGP is intended to provide coverage for seven existing facilities with expired individual permits, in addition to any new applicants who are eligible for coverage. The seven existing permittees have individual permits which were issued on November 1, 2006, and expired on October 31, 2011. These seven permittees currently operate under an administrative extension of their individual permits. When issued, the DWGP will replace these seven administratively extended individual permits. As proposed, the DWGP authorizes the discharge from drinking water treatment facilities to surface waters within the State of Idaho from existing facilities and new facilities interested in seeking coverage. The draft DWGP contains technology-based and water quality-based effluent limitations for conventional and toxic pollutants, along with administrative reporting and monitoring requirements, as well as standard conditions, prohibitions, and management practices. A description of the basis for the conditions and requirements of the proposed general permit is given in the Fact Sheet.

    Section 401 of the Clean Water Act, 33 U.S.C. 1341, requires EPA to seek a certification from the State of Idaho that the conditions of the DWGP comply with State water quality standards. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (IDEQ) has provided a draft certification that the draft DWGP complies with State of Idaho Water Quality Standards (IDAPA 58.01.02), including the State's antidegradation policy. EPA intends to seek a final certification from IDEQ prior to issuing the DWGP. This is also notice of the draft § 401 certification provided by IDEQ. Persons wishing to comment on the draft State certification should send written comments to Nicole Deinarowicz; Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, State Office, Surface Water Program; 1410 North Hilton Street; Boise, Idaho 83706 or via email to [email protected]

    DATES:

    The public comment period for the draft DWTP commences today and comments must be received or postmarked no later than midnight Pacific Daylight Time on May 25, 2016. All comments related to the draft DWGP and Fact Sheet received by EPA Region 10 by the comment deadline will be considered prior to issuing the final DWGP.

    ADDRESSES:

    Comments on the draft DWGP may be sent to: Kai Shum, Office of Water and Watersheds; USEPA Region 10; 1200 6th Ave, Suite 900, OWW-191; Seattle, Washington 98101. Comments may also be submitted by fax to (206) 553-1280 or electronically to [email protected] (make sure to write “Comments on the Draft Idaho Drinking Water Treatment Facilities General Permit” in the subject line).

    Hand Delivery/Courier: Deliver comments to Kai Shum, EPA Region 10, Office of Water and Watersheds, Mail Stop OWW-191, 1200 6th Avenue, Suite 900, Seattle, WA 98101-3140. Call (206) 553-0060 before delivery to verify business hours.

    Viewing and/or Obtaining Copies of Documents. A copy of the draft DWGP and the Fact Sheet, which explains the proposal in detail, may be obtained by contacting EPA at 1 (800) 424-4372. Copies of the documents are also available for viewing and downloading at: https://yosemite.epa.gov/r10/WATER.NSF/NPDES+Permits/DraftPermitsID. Requests may also be made to Audrey Washington at (206) 553-0523 or [email protected]

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Kai Shum, Office of Water and Watersheds, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10. Contact information included above in the “Submitting Comments” Section.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Executive Order 12866: The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) exempts this action from the review requirements of Executive Order 12866 pursuant to Section 6 of that order.

    Economic Impact [Executive Order 12291]: The EPA has reviewed the effect of Executive Order 12291 on this Draft DWGP and has determined that it is not a major rule pursuant to that Order.

    Paperwork Reduction Act [44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. ] The EPA has reviewed the requirements imposed on regulated facilities in the Draft DWGP and finds them consistent with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.

    Regulatory Flexibility Act [5 U.S.C. 601 et seq .] The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) requires that EPA prepare an initial regulatory flexibility analysis for rules subject to the requirements of the Administrative Procedures Act [APA, 5 U.S.C. 553] that have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. However, EPA has concluded that NPDES General Permits are not rulemakings under the APA, and thus not subject to APA rulemaking requirements or the RFA.

    Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

    Section 201 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA), Public Law 104-4, generally requires Federal agencies to assess the effects of their regulatory actions (defined to be the same as rules subject to the RFA) on tribal, state, and local governments, and the private sector. However, General NPDES Permits are not rules subject to the requirements of the APA, and are, therefore, not subject to the UMRA.

    Authority:

    This action is taken under the authority of Section 402 of the Clean Water Act as amended, 42 U.S.C. 1342. I hereby provide public notice of the Draft Idaho DWGP in accordance with 40 CFR 124.10.

    Dated: April 18, 2016. Daniel D. Opalski, Director, Office of Water and Watersheds, Region 10.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09602 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL-9944-79-OEI] Agency Information Collection Activities OMB Responses AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    This document announces the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) responses to Agency Clearance requests, in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et. seq.). An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The OMB control numbers for EPA regulations are listed in 40 CFR part 9 and 48 CFR chapter 15.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Courtney Kerwin (202) 566-1669, or email at [email protected] and please refer to the appropriate EPA Information Collection Request (ICR) Number.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB Responses to Agency Clearance Requests OMB Approvals

    EPA ICR Number 1856.10; NESHAP for Primary Lead Processing (Renewal); 40 CFR part 63, subparts A and TTT; was approved without change on 11/18/2015; OMB Number 2060-0414; expires on 11/30/2018.

    EPA ICR Number 2294.04; NESHAP for Plating and Polishing Area Sources (Renewal); 40 CFR part 63, subparts A and WWWWWW; was approved without change on 11/18/2015; OMB Number 2060-0623; expires on 11/30/2018.

    EPA ICR Number 1069.11; NSPS for Primary and Secondary Emissions from Basic Oxygen Furnaces (Renewal); 40 CFR part 60, subparts A, N and Na; was approved without change on 11/18/2015; OMB Number 2060-0029; expires on 11/30/2018.

    EPA ICR Number 1167.11; NSPS for Lime Manufacturing (Renewal); 40 CFR part 63, subparts A and HH; was approved without change on 11/18/2015; OMB Number 2060-0063; expires on 11/30/2018.

    EPA ICR Number 1716.09; NESHAP for Wood Furniture Manufacturing Operations (Renewal); 40 CFR part 63, subparts A and JJ; was approved without change on 11/18/2015; OMB Number 2060-0324; expires on 11/30/2018.

    EPA ICR Number 1081.11; NESHAP for Inorganic Arsenic Emissions from Glass Manufacturing Plants (Renewal); 40 CFR part 61, subparts N and A; was approved without change on 11/18/2015; OMB Number 2060-0043; expires on 11/30/2018.

    EPA ICR Number 1428.10; Trade Secret Claims for Community Right-to-Know and Emergency Planning (Renewal); 40 CFR part 350; was approved with change on 11/23/2015; OMB Number 2050-0078; expires on 11/30/2018.

    EPA ICR Number 1446.11; PCBs: Consolidated Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements (Renewal); 40 CFR part 761; was approved without change on 11/23/2015; OMB Number 2070-0112; expires on 11/30/2018.

    EPA ICR Number 2163.05; NSPS for other Solid Waste Incineration (OSWI) Units (Renewal); 40 CFR part 60, subparts EEEE and A; was approved without change on 11/30/2015; OMB Number 2060-0563; expires on 11/30/2018.

    Comment Filed

    EPA ICR Number 2486.01; Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for the Proposed Rule on Management Standards for Hazardous Waste Pharmaceuticals (Proposed Rule); 40 CFR part 266; OMB filed comment on 11/02/2015.

    EPA ICR Number 2513.01; Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for the Proposed Hazardous Waste Generator Improvements Rule (Proposed Rule); 40 CFR parts 262.14 (a)(4) (viii) (B)(1)-(4), 262.11 (e), 262.15 (a)(5) (ii) and (iii), 262.16 (b)(6) (i)(B) and (C), 262.16 (b)(6) (ii)(B), 262.16 (b)(8) (vi) (3) (B), 262.17 (a) (5) (i) (B) and (C), 262.17 (a) (5) (ii) (B), 262.17 (a) (8) (i) (A) and (B), 262.17 (c) (4) (iv) (B)-(C), 262.17 (g), 262.18, 262.32 (c), 262.232, 262.233 (a), 262.234 (a), 262.256 (b), 262.262 (b)(2), 263.12 (b)(3)-(4), 268.50 (a)(2) (i) (C)-(D); OMB filed comment on 11/02/2015.

    Courtney Kerwin, Acting Director, Collections Strategies Division.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09568 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA-HQ-OECA-2012-0666; FRL-9944-80-OEI] Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; NESHAP for Printing and Publishing Industry (Renewal) AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), “NESHAP for Printing and Publishing Industry (40 CFR part 63, subpart KK) (Renewal)” (EPA ICR No. 1739.08, OMB Control No. 2060-0335), to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through April 30, 2016. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (80 FR 32116) on June 5, 2015 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An Agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    DATES:

    Additional comments may be submitted on or before May 25, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-OECA-2012-0666, to: (1) EPA online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), or by email to [email protected], or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; and (2) OMB via email to [email protected] Address comments to OMB Desk Officer for EPA.

    EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes profanity, threats, information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Patrick Yellin, Monitoring, Assistance, and Media Programs Division, Office of Compliance, Mail Code 2227A, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-2970; fax number: (202) 564-0050; email address: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Supporting documents which explain in detail the information that the EPA will be collecting are available in the public docket for this ICR. The docket can be viewed online at www.regulations.gov or in person at the EPA Docket Center, WJC West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The telephone number for the Docket Center is 202-566-1744. For additional information about EPA's public docket, visit: http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

    Abstract: The affected entities are subject to the General Provisions of the NESHAP at 40 CFR part 63, subpart A, and any changes, or additions, to the Provisions are specified at 40 CFR part 63, subpart KK. Owners or operators of the affected facilities must submit an initial notification report, performance tests, and periodic reports and results. Owners or operators are also required to maintain records of the occurrence and duration of any startup, shutdown, or malfunction in the operation of an affected facility, or any period during which the monitoring system is inoperative. Reports, at a minimum, are required semiannually.

    Form Numbers: None.

    Respondents/affected entities: Facilities in the printing and publishing industry.

    Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory (40 CFR part 63, subpart KK).

    Estimated number of respondents: 352 (total).

    Frequency of response: Initially, occasionally and semiannually.

    Total estimated burden: 59,800 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.3(b).

    Total estimated cost: $6,420,000 (per year), which includes $414,000 in annualized capital/startup and/or operation & maintenance costs.

    Changes in the Estimates: There is an adjustment increase in labor hour burden in this ICR from the most recently-approved ICR. This is not due to program changes. The increase occurred because this ICR assumes all existing sources will have to re-familiarize with the regulatory requirements each year when calculating respondent labor hours and costs.

    Courtney Kerwin, Acting Director, Collection Strategies Division.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09522 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA-HQ-OPPT-2014-0838; FRL-9932-80-OEI] Agency Information Collection Activities; Assessment of Environmental Performance Standards and Ecolabels for Federal Procurement; Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    EPA has submitted the following information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA): “Assessment of Environmental Performance Standards and Ecolabels for Federal Procurement” and identified by EPA ICR No. 2516.01 and OMB Control No. 2070-NEW. The ICR is available in the docket along with other related materials, including details of the pilot assessment criteria for assessing volunteer standards and ecolabels, and the assessment tool for conducting the assessments. The ICR provides a detailed explanation of the collection activities and the burden estimate that is only briefly summarized in this document. EPA has addressed the comments received in response to the previously provided public review opportunity issued in the Federal Register on March 19, 2015 (80 FR 14372). With this submission, EPA is providing an additional 30 days for public review. In addition, EPA is seeking volunteer standards development organizations and ecolabel programs applicable to paints/coatings, flooring, and/or furniture to be assessed against the pilot criteria for potential EPA recommendation to federal purchasers per Executive Order 13693.

    DATES:

    Comments must be received on or before May 25, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit your comments, identified by docket identification (ID) number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2014-0838, to both EPA and OMB as follows:

    • To EPA online using http://www.regulations.gov (our preferred method) or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460.

    • To OMB via email to [email protected] Address comments to OMB Desk Officer for EPA.

    EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the docket without change, including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes profanity, threats, information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI), or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be CBI or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

    To volunteer a standard or ecolabel to be assessed, please email the pilot effort's independent assessment entity under contract with EPA, Industrial Economics, Inc. at [email protected]

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Alison Kinn Bennett, Chemistry, Economics, and Sustainable Strategies Division (7409M), Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460-0001; telephone number: (202) 564-8859; email address: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Docket: Supporting documents, including the ICR that explains in detail the information collection activities and the related burden and cost estimates that are summarized in this document, are available in the docket for this ICR. The docket can be viewed online at http://www.regulations.gov or in person at the EPA Docket Center, West William Jefferson Clinton Bldg., Rm. 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The telephone number for the Docket Center is (202) 566-1744. For additional information about EPA's public docket, visit http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

    ICR status: This ICR is for a new information collection activity. Under PRA, 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq., an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The OMB control numbers are displayed either by publication in the Federal Register or by other appropriate means, such as on the related collection instrument or form, if applicable. The display of OMB control numbers for certain EPA regulations is consolidated in 40 CFR part 9.

    Abstract: EPA is engaging in this collection pursuant to the authority in the Pollution Prevention Act (42 U.S.C. 13103(b)(11)), which requires EPA to “[i]dentify opportunities to use Federal procurement to encourage source reduction,” and section 12(d) of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA) (15 U.S.C. 272 note), which requires Federal agencies to “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.” Federal agencies need this assessment per the draft guidelines to determine which, among sometimes dozens of private sector standards within a single purchase category, are appropriate and effective in meeting Federal procurement goals and mandates.

    Federal agencies must comply with multiple sustainability-related purchasing mandates. While Federal purchasing policy is clear for the several standards and eco-labels that are listed in statute, regulation, or Executive Order, the lack of independently assessed information about and Federal guidance on using other product environmental performance standards and eco-labels often results in an inconsistent approach by Federal purchasers and confusion and uncertainty for vendors and manufacturers.

    Respondents/Affected Entities: Entities potentially affected by this ICR are standards development organizations, eco-labeling programs, and environmental certification entities.

    Respondent's obligation to respond: Responses to the collection of information are voluntary. Respondents may claim all or part of a response confidential. EPA will disclose information that is covered by a claim of confidentiality only to the extent permitted by, and in accordance with, the procedures in TSCA section 14 and 40 CFR part 2.

    Estimated total number of potential respondents: 20.

    Frequency of response: Once during the 2016 pilot and a to-be-determined frequency depending upon learnings from the pilot.

    Estimated total burden: 340 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.3(b).

    Estimated total costs: $ 24,711 (per year), includes no annualized capital investment or maintenance and operational costs.

    Changes in the estimates: This is a request for a new approval from OMB.

    Authority:

    44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.

    Courtney Kerwin, Acting Director, Collection Strategies Division.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09519 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [EPA-HQ-OECA-2012-0680; FRL-9945-27-OEI] Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times for Existing Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (Renewal) AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Environmental Protection Agency has submitted an information collection request (ICR), “Emission Guidelines and Compliance Times for Existing Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (40 CFR part 60, subpart Cc and 40 CFR part 62, subpart GGG) (Renewal)” (EPA ICR No. 1893.07, OMB Control No. 2060-0430), to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through April 30, 2016. Public comments were previously requested via the Federal Register (80 FR 32116) on June 5, 2015 during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An Agency may neither conduct nor sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    DATES:

    Additional comments may be submitted on or before May 25, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit your comments, referencing Docket ID Number EPA-HQ-OECA-2012-0680, to: (1) EPA online using www.regulations.gov (our preferred method), or by email to [email protected], or by mail to: EPA Docket Center, Environmental Protection Agency, Mail Code 28221T, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; and (2) OMB via email to [email protected] Address comments to OMB Desk Officer for EPA.

    EPA's policy is that all comments received will be included in the public docket without change including any personal information provided, unless the comment includes profanity, threats, information claimed to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Patrick Yellin, Monitoring, Assistance, and Media Programs Division, Office of Compliance, Mail Code 2227A, Environmental Protection Agency, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20460; telephone number: (202) 564-2970; email address: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Supporting documents which explain in detail the information that the EPA will be collecting are available in the public docket for this ICR. The docket can be viewed online at www.regulations.gov or in person at the EPA Docket Center, EPA West, Room 3334, 1301 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC. The telephone number for the Docket Center is (202) 566-1744. For additional information about EPA's public docket, visit: http://www.epa.gov/dockets.

    Abstract: Owners and operators of affected facilities are required to comply with reporting and record keeping requirements for the general provisions of 40 CFR part 60, subpart A and 40 CFR part 62, subpart A, as well as for the specific requirements at 40 CFR part 60, subpart Cc and 40 CFR part 62, subpart GGG. This includes submitting an initial notification reports, performance tests and periodic reports and results, and maintaining records of the occurrence and duration of any startup, shutdown, or malfunction in the operation of an affected facility, or any period during which the monitoring system is inoperative. These reports are used by EPA to determine compliance with these standards.

    Form Numbers: None.

    Respondents/affected entities: Existing municipal solid waste landfills.

    Respondent's obligation to respond: Mandatory (40 CFR part 60, subpart Cc and 40 CFR part 62, subpart GGG).

    Estimated number of respondents: 465 (total).

    Frequency of response: Initially, occasionally and annually.

    Total estimated burden: 38,900 hours (per year). Burden is defined at 5 CFR 1320.3(b).

    Total estimated cost: $3,080,000 (per year), which includes $603,000 in annualized capital/startup and/or operation & maintenance costs.

    Changes in the Estimates: There is a net decrease in the total burden associated with privately and publicly owned landfills and State and local agencies. This decrease in burden from the most recently approved ICR is due to an adjustment to the estimated average number of respondents. To account for landfill closures that have occurred since the previous ICR was approved, this ICR applies a three percent per year landfill closure rate to the previous ICR's estimated number of respondents. This results in a decrease in the respondent labor hours, labor costs, O&M costs, and number of responses. There is also a corresponding decrease in the Agency burden and cost.

    Courtney Kerwin, Acting-Director, Collection Strategies Division.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09521 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY [FRL-9944-04-OEI] Cross-Media Electronic Reporting: Authorized Program Revision Approval, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania AGENCY:

    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    This notice announces EPA's approval of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's request to revise its National Primary Drinking Water Regulations Implementation EPA-authorized program to allow electronic reporting.

    DATES:

    EPA's approval is effective May 25, 2016 for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's National Primary Drinking Water Regulations Implementation program, if no timely request for a public hearing is received and accepted by the Agency.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Karen Seeh, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Information, Mail Stop 2823T, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20460, (202) 566-1175, [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    On October 13, 2005, the final Cross-Media Electronic Reporting Rule (CROMERR) was published in the Federal Register (70 FR 59848) and codified as part 3 of title 40 of the CFR. CROMERR establishes electronic reporting as an acceptable regulatory alternative to paper reporting and establishes requirements to assure that electronic documents are as legally dependable as their paper counterparts. Subpart D of CROMERR requires that state, tribal or local government agencies that receive, or wish to begin receiving, electronic reports under their EPA-authorized programs must apply to EPA for a revision or modification of those programs and obtain EPA approval. Subpart D provides standards for such approvals based on consideration of the electronic document receiving systems that the state, tribe, or local government will use to implement the electronic reporting. Additionally, § 3.1000(b) through (e) of 40 CFR part 3, subpart D provides special procedures for program revisions and modifications to allow electronic reporting, to be used at the option of the state, tribe or local government in place of procedures available under existing program-specific authorization regulations. An application submitted under the subpart D procedures must show that the state, tribe or local government has sufficient legal authority to implement the electronic reporting components of the programs covered by the application and will use electronic document receiving systems that meet the applicable subpart D requirements.

    On March 7, 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) submitted an application titled Compliance Monitoring Data Portal for revision to its EPA-approved drinking water program under title 40 CFR to allow new electronic reporting. EPA reviewed PA DEP's request to revise its EPA-authorized program and, based on this review, EPA determined that the application met the standards for approval of authorized program revision set out in 40 CFR part 3, subpart D. In accordance with 40 CFR 3.1000(d), this notice of EPA's decision to approve Pennsylvania's request to revise its Part 142—National Primary Drinking Water Regulations Implementation program to allow electronic reporting under 40 CFR part 141 is being published in the Federal Register.

    PA DEP was notified of EPA's determination to approve its application with respect to the authorized program listed above.

    In today's notice, EPA is also informing interested persons that they may request a public hearing on EPA's action to approve the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's request to revise its authorized public water system program under 40 CFR part 142, in accordance with 40 CFR 3.1000(f). Requests for a hearing must be submitted to EPA within 30 days of publication of today's Federal Register notice. Such requests should include the following information:

    (1) The name, address and telephone number of the individual, organization or other entity requesting a hearing;

    (2) A brief statement of the requesting person's interest in EPA's determination, a brief explanation as to why EPA should hold a hearing, and any other information that the requesting person wants EPA to consider when determining whether to grant the request;

    (3) The signature of the individual making the request, or, if the request is made on behalf of an organization or other entity, the signature of a responsible official of the organization or other entity.

    In the event a hearing is requested and granted, EPA will provide notice of the hearing in the Federal Register not less than 15 days prior to the scheduled hearing date. Frivolous or insubstantial requests for hearing may be denied by EPA. Following such a public hearing, EPA will review the record of the hearing and issue an order either affirming today's determination or rescinding such determination. If no timely request for a hearing is received and granted, EPA's approval of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's request to revise its part 142—National Primary Drinking Water Regulations Implementation program to allow electronic reporting will become effective 30 days after today's notice is published, pursuant to CROMERR section 3.1000(f)(4).

    Matthew Leopard, Director, Office of Information Collection.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09578 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560-50-P
    FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION [OMB 3060-0986, 3060-1138] Information Collections Being Submitted for Review and Approval to the Office of Management and Budget 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 Commission) invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the following information collections. 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 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) 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 OMB control number.

    DATES:

    Written comments should be submitted on or before May 25, 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 contacts below as soon as possible.

    ADDRESSES:

    Direct all PRA comments to Nicholas A. Fraser, OMB, via email [email protected]; and to Nicole Ongele, FCC, via email [email protected] and to [email protected] Include in the comments the OMB control number as shown in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For additional information or copies of the information collection, contact Nicole Ongele at (202) 418-2991. To view a copy of this information collection request (ICR) submitted to OMB: (1) Go to the Web page http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/PRAMain, (2) look for the section of the Web page called “Currently Under Review,” (3) click on the downward-pointing arrow in the “Select Agency” box below the “Currently Under Review” heading, (4) select “Federal Communications Commission” from the list of agencies presented in the “Select Agency” box, (5) click the “Submit” button to the right of the “Select Agency” box, (6) when the list of FCC ICRs currently under review appears, look for the OMB control number of this ICR and then click on the ICR Reference Number. A copy of the FCC submission to OMB will be displayed.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    OMB Control Number: 3060-0986.

    Title: Competitive Carrier Line Count Report and Self-Certification as a Rural Carrier.

    Form Number: FCC Form 481, FCC Form 505, FCC Form 507, FCC Form 508, FCC Form 509, and FCC Form 525.

    Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection.

    Respondents: Business or other for-profit, not-for-profit institutions and state, local or tribal government.

    Number of Respondents and Responses: 1,977 respondents; 15,333 responses.

    Estimated Time per Response: .5 hours to 100 hours.

    Frequency of Response: On occasion, quarterly and annual reporting requirements, recordkeeping requirement and third party disclosure requirement.

    Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. Statutory authority for this information collection is contained in 47 U.S.C. 151-154, 155, 201-206, 214, 218-220, 251, 252, 254, 256, 303(r), 332, 403, 405, 410, and 1302.

    Total Annual Burden: 277,089 hours.

    Total Annual Cost: No Cost.

    Privacy Act Impact Assessment: This information collection does not affect individuals or households; thus, there are no impacts under the Privacy Act.

    Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: We note that USAC must preserve the confidentiality of all data obtained from respondents; must not use the data except for purposes of administering the universal service programs; and must not disclose data in company-specific form unless directed to do so by the Commission.

    Needs and Uses: The Commission is requesting approval for a revision. In November 2011, the Commission adopted an order reforming its high-cost universal service support mechanisms. Connect America Fund; A National Broadband Plan for Our Future; Establish Just and Reasonable Rates for Local Exchange Carriers; High-Cost Universal Service Support; Developing a Unified Intercarrier Compensation Regime; Federal-State Joint Board on Universal Service; Lifeline and Link-Up; Universal Service Reform—Mobility Fund, WC Docket Nos. 10-90, 07-135, 05-337, 03-109; GN Docket No. 09-51; CC Docket Nos. 01-92, 96-45; WT Docket No. 10-208, Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 26 FCC Rcd 17663 (2011) (USF/ICC Transformation Order); and the Commission and Wireline Competition Bureau have since adopted a number of orders that implement the USF/ICC Transformation Order; see also Connect America Fund et al., WC Docket No. 10-90 et al., Third Order on Reconsideration, 27 FCC Rcd 5622 (2012); Connect America Fund et al., WC Docket No. 10-90 et al., Order, 27 FCC Rcd 605 (Wireline Comp. Bur. 2012); Connect America Fund et al., WC Docket No. 10-90 et al., Fifth Order on Reconsideration, 27 FCC Rcd 14549 (2012); Connect America Fund et al., WC Docket No. 10-90 et al., Order, 28 FCC Rcd 2051 (Wireline Comp. Bur. 2013); Connect America Fund et al., WC Docket No. 10-90 et al., Order, 28 FCC Rcd 7227 (Wireline Comp. Bur. 2013); Connect America Fund, WC Docket No. 10-90, Report and Order, 28 FCC Rcd 7766 (Wireline Comp. Bur. 2013); Connect America Fund, WC Docket No. 10-90, Report and Order, 28 FCC Rcd 7211 (Wireline Comp. Bur. 2013); Connect America Fund, WC Docket No. 10-90, Report and Order, 28 FCC Rcd 10488 (Wireline Comp. Bur. 2013); Connect America Fund et al., WC Docket No. 10-90 et al., Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 29 FCC Rcd 8769 (2014); Connect America Fund et al., WC Docket No. 10-90 et al., Report and Order, 29 FCC Rcd 15644 (2014); Modernizing the E-rate Program for Schools and Libraries et al., WC Docket No. 13-184 et al., Second Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration, 29 FCC Rcd 15538 (2014). The Commission has received OMB approval for most of the information collections required by these orders. At a later date the Commission plans to submit additional revisions for OMB review to address other reforms adopted in the orders (e.g., 47 CFR 54.313(a)(11)).

    Here, the Commission proposes to revise FCC Form 481 and its instructions to reflect information collection requirements that the Commission recently adopted. This includes reporting and certification requirements for price cap carriers that elected to receive Phase II model-based support, reporting and certification requirements for recipients of rural broadband experiment support, a reasonably comparable rate certification for broadband for recipients of high-cost support, and an E-rate bidding certification for Phase II model-based support and rate-of-return carrier high-cost recipients. The Commission also proposes to add templates for some of these obligations and to add a template for the existing obligation that certain ETCs report data regarding newly served community anchor institutions. Additionally, the Commission proposes to delete the outdated information collection for Phase II model-based support elections and to adjust the number of respondents for the state certification letter and annual reporting requirements to reflect that rural broadband experiment recipients must now meet these requirements. The Commission also proposes to modify the existing Phase II certification requirement to reduce the hours to reflect that some aspects of the existing certifications have been superseded by the new proposed requirements and to adjust the number of respondents to reflect the number of price cap carriers that accepted Phase II model-based support. Finally, the Commission proposes to make a number of non-substantive changes to FCC Form 481 and its instructions.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    OMB Control Number: 3060-1138.

    Title: Sections 1.49 and 1.54, Forbearance Petition Filing Requirements.

    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: 11 respondents; 11 responses.

    Estimated Time per Response: 640 hours.

    Frequency of Response: On occasion reporting requirement, recordkeeping requirement and third party disclosure requirement.

    Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. Statutory authority for this information collection is contained in 47 U.S.C. 10, 151, 154(i), 154(j), 155(c), 160, 201 and 303(r) of the Communications Act of 1934.

    Total Annual Burden: 7,040 hours.

    Total Annual Cost: No cost.

    Privacy Impact Assessment: No impact(s).

    Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: The Commission is not requesting respondents to submit or disclose confidential information. Respondents may, however, request confidential treatment for information they believe to be confidential under 47 CFR 0.459 of the Commission's rules.

    Needs and Uses: Under section 10 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, telecommunications carriers may petition the Commission to forbear from applying to a telecommunications carrier any statutory provision or Commission regulation. When a carrier petitions the Commission for forbearance, section 10 requires the Commission to make three determinations with regard to the need for the challenged provision or regulation. If the Commission fails to act within one year (extended by three additional months, if necessary) the petition is “deemed granted” by operation of law. These determinations require complex, fact-intensive analysis, e.g., “whether forbearance from enforcing the provision or regulation will promote competitive market conditions.” Under the new filing procedures, the Commission requires that petitions for forbearance must be “complete as filed” and explain in detail what must be included in the forbearance petition. The Commission also incorporates by reference its rule, 47 CFR 1.49, which states the Commission's standard “specifications as to pleadings and documents.” Precise filing requirements are necessary because of section 10's strict time limit for Commission action. Also, commenters must be able to understand clearly the scope of the petition in order to comment on it. Finally, standard filing procedures inform petitioners precisely what the Commission expects from them in order to make the statutory determinations that the statute requires.

    Federal Communications Commission. Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, Office of the Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09507 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712-01-P
    FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION [OMB 3060-0975] 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 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 June 24, 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 Cathy Williams, FCC, via email [email protected] and to [email protected]

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    For additional information about the information collection, contact Cathy Williams at (202) 418-2918.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    OMB Control Number: 3060-0975.

    Title: Sections 68.105 and 1.4000, Promotion of Competitive Networks in Local Telecommunications Markets Multiple Tenant Environments (MTEs).

    Form Number: N/A.

    Type of Review: Extension of a currently approved collection.

    Respondents: Business or other for-profit, not-for-profit institutions, and state, local and tribal government.

    Number of Respondents: 6,916 respondents; 249,833 responses.

    Estimated Time per Response: .5-10 hours.

    Frequency of Response: On occasion reporting requirement and third party disclosure requirement.

    Obligation to Respond: Required to obtain or retain benefits. Statutory authority for this information collection is contained in 47 U.S.C. 151 and the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Public Law 104-104.

    Total Annual Burden: 178,297 hours.

    Total Annual Cost: No cost.

    Privacy Act Impact Assessment: No impact(s).

    Nature and Extent of Confidentiality: There is no need for confidentiality with this collection of information.

    Needs and Uses: This information will facilitate efficient interaction between premises owners and local exchange carriers (LECs) regarding the placement of the demarcation point, which marks the end of wiring under control of the LEC and the beginning of wiring under the control of the premises owner or subscriber. The demarcation point is a critical point of interconnection where competitive LECs can gain access to the inside wiring of the building to provide service to customers in the building. This collection will also help ensure that customer-end antennas used for telecommunications service comply with the Commission's limits on radiofrequency exposure, and it will provide the Commission with information on the state of the market. In short, this information will be used to foster competition in local telecommunications markets by ensuring that competing telecommunications providers are able to provide services to customers in multiple tenant environments.

    Federal Communications Commission. Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary, Office of the Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09506 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712-01-P
    FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meetings AGENCY:

    Federal Election Commission.

    DATE AND TIME:

    Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

    PLACE:

    999 E Street NW., Washington, DC (ninth floor).

    STATUS:

    This meeting will be open to the public.

    ITEMS TO BE DISCUSSED:

    Draft Advisory Opinion 2016-02: Enable Midstream Services, LLC Draft Advisory Opinion 2016-03: George Holding for Congress, Inc. Draft Final Rule and Explanation and Justification for Technical Amendments to 2015 CFR Proposed Statement of Policy Regarding the Public Disclosure of Closed Enforcement Files Management and Administrative Matters

    Individuals who plan to attend and require special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should contact Shawn Woodhead Werth, Secretary and Clerk, at (202) 694-1040, at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

    PERSON TO CONTACT FOR INFORMATION:

    Judith Ingram, Press Officer, Telephone: (202) 694-1220.

    Shawn Woodhead Werth, Secretary and Clerk of the Commission.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09727 Filed 4-21-16; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 6715-01-P
    FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Agency Information Collection Activities: Announcement of Board Approval Under Delegated Authority and Submission to OMB AGENCY:

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

    SUMMARY:

    Notice is hereby given of the final approval of a proposed information collection by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board) under OMB delegated authority. Board-approved collections of information are incorporated into the official OMB inventory of currently approved collections of information. Copies of the Paperwork Reduction Act Submission, supporting statements and approved collection of information instrument(s) are placed into OMB's public docket files. The Federal Reserve may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Federal Reserve Board Clearance Officer—Nuha Elmaghrabi—Office of the Chief Data Officer, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551; telephone (202) 452-3829. Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) users may contact (202) 263-4869, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551.

    OMB Desk Officer—Shagufta Ahmed—Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503.

    Final approval under OMB delegated authority of the extension for three years, without revision, of the following report:

    Report title: Senior Credit Officer Opinion Survey on Dealer Financing Terms.

    Agency form number: FR 2034.

    OMB control number: 7100-0325.

    Frequency: Up to six times a year.

    Respondent types: U.S. banking institutions and U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banks.

    Estimated annual burden hours: 660 hours.

    Estimated average hours per response: 5 hours.

    Number of respondents: 22.

    Legal authorization and confidentiality: This information collection is authorized by Sections 2A and 11(a)(2) of the Federal Reserve Act (12 U.S.C 225a, 248(a)(2), Section 5(c) of the Bank Holding Company Act, (12 U.S.C. 1844(c), and Section 7(c)(2) of the International Banking Act 3105(c)(2)) and is voluntary. The individual financial institution information provided by each respondent would be accorded confidential treatment under authority of exemption four of the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552 (b)(4)).

    Abstract: This voluntary survey collects qualitative and limited quantitative information from senior credit officers at responding financial institutions on (1) stringency of credit terms, (2) credit availability and demand across the entire range of securities financing and over-the-counter derivatives transactions, and (3) the evolution of market conditions and conventions applicable to such activities up to six times a year. Given the Federal Reserve's interest in financial stability, the information this survey collects is critical to the monitoring of credit markets and capital market activity. Aggregate survey results are made available to the public on the Federal Reserve Board Web site.1 In addition, selected aggregate survey results may be discussed in Governor's speeches, and may be published in Federal Reserve Bulletin articles and in the annual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress.

    1 See, www.federalreserve.gov/econresdata/releases/scoos.htm.

    Current Actions: On February 10, 2016, the Board published a notice in the Federal Register (81 FR 7105) requesting public comment for 60 days on the proposal to extend the FR 2034 for three years without revision. The comment period for the notice expired on April 11, 2016. The Federal Reserve did not receive any comments, and the information collection will be extended as proposed.

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 20, 2016. Robert deV. Frierson, Secretary of the Board.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09492 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210-01-P
    FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Formations of, Acquisitions by, and Mergers of Bank Holding Companies

    The companies listed in this notice have applied to the Board for approval, pursuant to the Bank Holding Company Act of 1956 (12 U.S.C. 1841 et seq.) (BHC Act), Regulation Y (12 CFR part 225), and all other applicable statutes and regulations to become a bank holding company and/or to acquire the assets or the ownership of, control of, or the power to vote shares of a bank or bank holding company and all of the banks and nonbanking companies owned by the bank holding company, including the companies listed below.

    The applications listed below, as well as other related filings required by the Board, are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The applications will also be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing on the standards enumerated in the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1842(c)). If the proposal also involves the acquisition of a nonbanking company, the review also includes whether the acquisition of the nonbanking company complies with the standards in section 4 of the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1843). Unless otherwise noted, nonbanking activities will be conducted throughout the United States.

    Unless otherwise noted, comments regarding each of these applications must be received at the Reserve Bank indicated or the offices of the Board of Governors not later than May 20, 2016.

    A. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (Dennis Denney, Assistant Vice President) 1 Memorial Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64198-0001:

    1. Guaranty Bancorp, Denver, Colorado; to acquire by merger Home State Bancorp, and thereby indirectly acquire Home State Bank, both in Loveland, Colorado.

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 20, 2016. Michael J. Lewandowski, Associate Secretary of the Board.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09499 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210-01-P
    FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request AGENCY:

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

    SUMMARY:

    The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board or Federal Reserve) invites comment on a proposal to collect financial data on a consolidated basis from nonbank financial companies that the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) has determined pursuant to section 113 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act), 12 U.S.C. 5323 should be supervised by the Board and subject to enhanced prudential standards and that have significant insurance activities, as outlined below. As of the date of publication of this notice, American International Group, Inc., and Prudential Financial, Inc., would be required to comply with the proposed information collection, if adopted.

    On June 15, 1984, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) delegated to the Board authority under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) to approve of and assign OMB control numbers to collection of information requests and requirements conducted or sponsored by the Board. In exercising this delegated authority, the Board is directed to take every reasonable step to solicit comment. In determining whether to approve a collection of information, the Board will consider all comments received from the public and other agencies.

    DATES:

    Comments must be submitted on or before June 24, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments, identified by FR 2085, by any of the following methods:

    Agency Web site:http://www.federalreserve.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments at http://www.federalreserve.gov/apps/foia/proposedregs.aspx.

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

    Email: [email protected] Include OMB number in the subject line of the message.

    FAX: (202) 452-3819 or (202) 452-3102.

    • Mail: Robert deV. Frierson, Secretary, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 20th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20551.

    All public comments are available from the Board's Web site at http://www.federalreserve.gov/apps/foia/proposedregs.aspx as submitted, unless modified for technical reasons. Accordingly, your comments will not be edited to remove any identifying or contact information. Public comments may also be viewed electronically or in paper form in Room 3515, 1801 K Street (between 18th and 19th Streets NW) Washington, DC 20006 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.

    Additionally, commenters may send a copy of their comments to the OMB Desk Officer—Shagufta Ahmed—Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503 or by fax to (202) 395-6974.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    A copy of the PRA OMB submission, including the proposed reporting form and instructions, supporting statement, and other documentation will be placed into OMB's public docket files, once approved. These documents will also be made available on the Federal Reserve Board's public Web site at: http://www.federalreserve.gov/apps/reportforms/review.aspx or may be requested from the agency clearance officer, whose name appears below.

    Federal Reserve Board Clearance Officer—Nuha Elmaghrabi—Office of the Chief Data Officer, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551; or by telephone to (202) 452-3829. Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) users may contact (202) 263-4869, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Request for Comment on Information Collection Proposal

    The Board invites public comment on the following information collection, which is being reviewed under authority delegated by the OMB under the PRA. Comments are invited on the following:

    a. Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the Federal Reserve's functions, including whether the information has practical utility;

    b. The accuracy of the Federal Reserve's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

    c. Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected;

    d. Ways to minimize the burden of information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and

    e. Estimates of capital or startup costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information.

    Proposal To Approve Under OMB Delegated Authority the Implementation of the Following Report

    Report title: Consolidated Financial Statements for Insurance Nonbank Financial Companies.

    Agency form number: FR 2085.

    OMB control number: 7100-to be assigned.

    Frequency: Quarterly, beginning with the reporting period ending on June 30, 2017.

    Reporters: Nonbank financial companies (i) that the FSOC has determined pursuant to section 113 of the Dodd-Frank Act should be supervised by the Board and subject to enhanced prudential standards and (ii) with at least 40 percent of total consolidated assets related to insurance activities as of the end of either of the two most recently completed fiscal years (insurance nonbank financial companies), or as otherwise ordered by the Board.

    Estimated annual reporting hours: One-Time Implementation: 7,200; ongoing: 600 hours.

    Estimated average hours per response: One-Time Implementation: 3,600 hours; ongoing: 75 hours.

    Number of respondents: 2

    General description of report: The proposed FR 2085 leverages the existing framework of the Board's Consolidated Financial Statements for Holding Companies (FR Y-9C) (OMB No. 7100-0128), which collects similar information from bank holding companies, savings and loan holding companies, and securities holding companies (collectively, holding companies). However, the proposed FR 2085 is tailored to reduce the burden on, and reflect the business and risks of, insurance nonbank financial companies. Data items that are specific or unique to holding companies were not included in the FR 2085. Data items that are either more significant or unique to insurance were added. Where insurance nonbank financial companies and holding companies hold similar assets and liabilities, existing FR Y-9C data definitions and presentation were included in the proposed FR 2085 to facilitate horizontal comparisons.

    The information collection is authorized under section 161 of the Dodd-Frank Act.1 Confidential treatment would not be routinely given to the financial data in this report. However, confidential treatment for the reporting information, in whole or in part, can be requested in accordance with the instructions to the form, pursuant to section (b)(4) of the Freedom of Information Act.2

    1 12 U.S.C. 5361.

    2 5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4).

    The FR 2085 would include a balance sheet, an income statement, a statement of changes in equity, and detailed supporting schedules. The data requested in the proposed FR 2085 is additional information that is not publicly reported (e.g., insurance reserves roll-forward by line of business) or is not reported in a standardized way or with the level of detail necessary for Board supervision (e.g., detail concerning fixed maturity securities and other invested assets).

    The FR 2085's supporting schedules would provide additional information needed to analyze certain financial statement line items and can be broadly grouped as those related to (1) investments, (2) insurance, and (3) other financial data. A summary of the proposed information to be collected in the supporting schedules is set forth below.

    Investments-Related Supporting Schedules

    Proposed supporting schedules related to investments include: IRC-B Securities and Other Invested Assets; IRC-C Loans and Lease Financing Receivables; IRI-B Charge-Offs, Recoveries and Changes in Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses; IRC-D Trading Assets and Liabilities; and IRC-L Derivatives and Off-Balance-Sheet Items.

    Schedule IRC-B Securities and Other Invested Assets

    This schedule collects consolidated information about fixed maturity securities, equity securities and other “invested assets” grouped by classification as held-to-maturity, available-for-sale, or fair value option. Fixed maturity and equity securities classified as trading in accordance with ASC 320, Investments—debt and equity securities, are reported in Schedule IRC-D Trading Assets and Liabilities.

    The FR 2085 leverages many of the data definitions from the FR Y-9C because the types of investments of insurance nonbank financial companies and holding companies are similar. Maintaining this consistency would allow for aggregation of data across institutions.

    The schedule was, however, tailored to gather additional detailed balances for certain investment categories that are more significant or unique to insurance companies. These categories include fixed maturity securities issued by foreign governments, municipalities, and corporations, as well as equity securities and other invested assets. These data would be used to monitor exposures to these types of investments over time at each insurance nonbank financial company as well as across companies.

    Given the significance of an insurance company's fixed maturity portfolio in its investment program and ability to hold sub-investment grade securities, it is important for the Board to understand the underlying credit quality of insurance nonbank financial companies' fixed maturity investments. Because section 939A of the Dodd-Frank Act requires the Federal Reserve to remove references to credit ratings from its regulations, fixed maturity securities are separately listed as investment grade or sub-investment grade based on the firm's internal credit rating system.

    Schedule IRC-C Loans and Lease Financing Receivables

    Because insurance nonbank financial companies participate and provide credit to the financial system, it is important to collect information on their lending activities. The Federal Reserve believes it is important to collect standardized loan information to allow for the monitoring of exposures across the financial industry, at least with respect to entities supervised by the Federal Reserve, to detect trends in lending activities that may pose a threat to financial stability. Specifically, these data would allow the Federal Reserve to analyze (i) credit risk as it relates to real estate exposures, (ii) interconnectedness of insurance nonbank financial companies and depository institutions, (iii) credit availability to specific sectors (e.g., agricultural, commercial, and industrial), (iv) unsecured exposure to consumers, and (v) exposure to the sovereign risk of certain countries.

    In addition to the loans an insurance company has extended, high-level indicators of credit quality are also necessary to understand the content of insurance companies' loan portfolios. Specifically, data concerning past due and nonaccrual loans are indicative of the rate of improvement or deterioration of an insurance nonbank financial company's loan portfolio; troubled debt restructurings data give a more complete picture of the credit health of the loan portfolio; and loan-to-value ratios provide a snapshot of underwriting decisions and the riskiness of an insurance company's real estate loan portfolio compared to peers and over time.

    Schedule IRI-B Charge-Offs, Recoveries, and Changes in Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses

    This schedule collects charge-offs and recoveries by loan type as well as a roll forward of the allowance for loan and lease losses. Charge-offs and recoveries are a key input to credit and performance metrics of the loan portfolio. Additionally, aggregation of these data across the loan portfolios of all entities supervised by the Board can provide information about credit performance of certain loan classes. The allowance for loan and lease loss roll forward provides a basic explanation of the movements of the allowance as well as data items used to evaluate its adequacy.

    Schedule IRC-D Trading Assets and Liabilities

    This schedule collects total balances of an insurance company's trading assets and liabilities consisting of long and short fixed maturity securities and equities, derivatives, and other assets. Unlike the corresponding schedules in the FR Y-9C, this schedule only captures those instruments that are classified as trading and that are also held with the intent to trade. It does not include securities that are elected to be measured at fair value under the fair value option, which are to be reported in Schedule IRC-B Securities and Other Invested Assets.

    For insurance companies, most instruments measured under the fair value option are not held with the intent to trade. Therefore, reporting these instruments separately from derivatives and other instruments classified as trading provides better insight into the business purpose for holding such instruments.

    Schedule IRC-L Derivatives and Off-Balance-Sheet Items

    This schedule collects data related to derivatives types and exposures. This schedule is generally consistent with the corresponding FR Y-9C schedule. The first section includes the gross notional and fair value amounts for product types of free standing derivatives (e.g., forwards, futures, options, swaps) by risk type (e.g., interest rate contracts, foreign exchange contracts). In addition, the fair value of collateral held by counterparty and contract type is requested to provide additional detail supporting the ultimate risk exposure. The schedule also includes a section to collect data related to credit derivatives.

    An embedded derivatives section is included to capture additional detail on derivatives that represent liabilities for certain insurance guarantees and contract options.

    Together, these data would be used to monitor exposures at the individual firm level over time as well as across firms.

    Although information about instruments designated as accounting or economic hedges would be pertinent, the collection of data on hedges may be better served through specific supervisory requests or a more detailed schedule that would be considered for a future revision to this report.

    Insurance-Related Schedules

    Balancing regulatory cost and burden with the needs of the supervisory teams for these data has been a fundamental consideration in the development of the proposed insurance-related schedules. This balance is important, as the proposed schedules may be expanded in the future to support any regulatory capital requirements that the Federal Reserve may propose for insurance nonbank financial companies. For example, more granular data may be needed for insurance-related liabilities.

    Proposed supporting schedules related to insurance include: IRC-I Section I Property and Casualty, IRI-C Property and Casualty Underwriting, IRC-I Section II Life and Health, and IRC-I Section III Reinsurance Assets.

    Schedule IRC-I Section I Property and Casualty

    This schedule collects property and casualty reserves in a standardized way that allows for key risk exposures to be monitored over time and potentially across other property and casualty insurance companies. Three items related to property and casualty reserves are reported by line of business: Gross reserves, reported gross reserves (may be different due to discounted reserves), and reported net reserves. These three items together provide an understanding of the types of insurance exposure on an insurance nonbank financial company's balance sheet. Both gross and net reserves are required to allow for a high-level view of the impact of reinsurance and insight into the volatility of reinsurance recoverables. In addition, data for discounted and undiscounted reserves facilitates comparability of insurance companies' reserve balances, as U.S. GAAP discounting practices can vary.

    This schedule also contains a roll forward of the total property and casualty insurance reserves balance from the prior year, which is necessary to understand the movement in the overall reserves balance.

    The proposed lines of business are representative of the major categories of property and casualty products written in the United States and internationally. The lines of business defined by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) were leveraged where possible, but in some cases lines of business were combined to reduce regulatory burden. In addition, NAIC lines of business do not capture international business to the extent necessary for the Federal Reserve's supervision of the insurance nonbank financial companies. Therefore, proposed lines of business on this schedule differ from the NAIC's lines of business.

    Schedule IRI-C Section I Property and Casualty Underwriting

    This schedule collects financial data to calculate the loss ratio, expense ratio, and combined ratio. These ratios, of incurred losses, underwriting expenses, and their sum relative to earned premium, are the most widely used metrics for analyzing property and casualty underwriting profitability.

    Schedule IRI-C breaks out catastrophe losses to enable comparative and trend analysis of loss ratios with and without volatile catastrophe losses. Existing definitions of catastrophe losses can vary from firm to firm or even year to year within the same firm. Thus, to facilitate meaningful analysis, a consistent definition is needed. After considering several alternate definitions, a definition based on estimated industry losses of one billion dollars is proposed. This proposed threshold would reduce distortive annual loss volatility from low frequency/high severity events without having a large number of events declared catastrophes, which could increase the burden of reporting. Although events with industry losses approximately at the cutoff are unlikely, insurance nonbank financial companies would have the discretion to identify them in the Notes section of the report.

    This schedule also separately covers current accident year losses and prior year development to better understand how changing estimates affect profitability.

    The ratios are reported both gross and net of reinsurance. The gross ratio is indicative of the overall book of business underwritten by the firm while the net ratio reflects profits from its insurance operations. Comparison of gross and net ratios measure the financial and risk mitigating effect of the reporter's use of reinsurance.

    In addition to the information needed to calculate the key ratios, this schedule also collects written premium information. This information would provide one indication of an insurance nonbank financial company's growth. Significant growth or declines in business can be important indicators of overall financial health and potential threats to safety and soundness.

    Schedule IRC-I Section II Life and Health

    The proposed schedules capture data for insurance-related liabilities and relevant balance sheet line items—such as Deferred Acquisition Cost (DAC), Value of Business Acquired (VOBA) and balances of Closed Block businesses 3 —to allow supervisory teams to monitor financial activity at each firm in a standardized way over time and, where relevant, across the insurance nonbank financial company portfolio.

    3 A group of participating or dividend-paying insurance policies and contracts issued prior to the demutualization of an insurance company. These insurance policies and annuities are generally segregated from other assets and obligations of the insurance company.

    The proposed lines of business are representative of the major categories of life insurance, annuity, and accident and health products written in the United States and internationally. The existing NAIC lines of business were not used because it was determined that they do not align well with current product offerings or provide enough granularity with respect to product risks. Instead, lines of business were defined at a level to group products that share similar risk characteristics.

    Parts A and B—Roll Forwards of Future Policyholder Benefits and Policyholder Account Balances

    These schedules roll forward the insurance-related liability balances of future policyholder benefits as well as policyholder account balances by line of business. The schedules would provide supervisors with the detail required to understand the drivers of changes in liability balances and at a high level to gauge how business lines are performing and how management estimates are evolving.

    Part C—Variable Annuities

    This schedule captures a breakdown of contract and guarantee rider liability balances by guarantee type as well as a net amount at risk, which is a basic measure of exposure for this type of liability. Obtaining this information is important because the level, variability, and drivers of risk differ significantly by guarantee type.

    Part D—Closed Block

    This schedule collects information related to policies and contracts issued prior to the demutualization of an insurance company. Collecting standardized data in the FR 2085 allows the Federal Reserve to monitor closed blocks of business and their impact on the financial flexibility and liquidity of insurance nonbank financial companies, where applicable.

    Part E—Roll Forward of Deferred Acquisition Costs and Value of Business Acquired

    This schedule is complementary to Parts A and B above and is necessary to assess the activity and performance of lines of business, including as an indicator of when and where negative experience may be emerging and when a firm's expectation of future profitability has changed. The lines of business proposed for the deferred acquisition costs roll forward are consistent with the insurance-related liability roll forwards.

    Schedule IRC-I Section III Reinsurance Assets

    This schedule captures material reinsurance counterparty credit risk by individual exposure. This information is necessary to monitor exposures to individual reinsurers.

    Additional Financial Statement-Related Schedules

    The proposed form would require a limited set of information to support the financial statements outside of the areas of investments and insurance. These supporting schedules are IRC-M Memoranda and IRC-V Variable Interest Entities.

    Schedule IRC-M Memoranda

    This schedule provides additional breakdowns of certain balance sheet items and general information that are not captured in other proposed schedules, such as deferred taxes and borrowings. The additional breakdowns allow for historical tracking to support trend analysis as well as comparisons across firms.

    Schedule IRC-V Variable Interest Entities

    This schedule provides information concerning consolidated variable interest entities. It is important to collect data on assets and liabilities associated with variable interest entities because variable interest entities can have different legal and risk characteristics than other assets and liabilities of a firm.

    Consultation Outside the Agency

    The Federal Reserve sought and received informal feedback from the insurance nonbank financial companies and two actuarial trade and professional organizations (American Academy of Actuaries and Society of Actuaries) in developing this proposed report. Several outreach meetings to discuss the draft FR 2085 form and instructions took place in October and November 2015 in an effort to refine the data items in the proposed schedules and provide clear accompanying instructions.

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 19, 2016. Robert deV. Frierson, Secretary of the Board.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09456 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210-01-P
    FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Change in Bank Control Notices; Acquisitions of Shares of a Bank or Bank Holding Company

    The notificants listed below have applied under the Change in Bank Control Act (12 U.S.C. 1817(j)) and § 225.41 of the Board's Regulation Y (12 CFR 225.41) to acquire shares of a bank or bank holding company. The factors that are considered in acting on the notices are set forth in paragraph 7 of the Act (12 U.S.C. 1817(j)(7)).

    The notices are available for immediate inspection at the Federal Reserve Bank indicated. The notices also will be available for inspection at the offices of the Board of Governors. Interested persons may express their views in writing to the Reserve Bank indicated for that notice or to the offices of the Board of Governors. Comments must be received not later than May 10, 2016.

    A. Federal Reserve Bank of New York (Ivan Hurwitz, Vice President) 33 Liberty Street, New York, New York 10045-0001. Comments can also be sent electronically to [email protected]:

    1. Basswood Capital Management, LLC, New York, New York; funds for which Basswood Partners, LLC serves as General Partner and for which Basswood Capital Management, LLC serves as Investment Manager (Basswood Opportunity Partners, LP; Basswood Financial Fund, LP; Basswood Financial Long Only Fund, LP); a fund for which Basswood Enhanced Long Short GP, LLC serves as General Partner and for which Basswood Capital Management, LLC serves as Investment Manager (Basswood Enhanced Long Short Fund, LP); funds for which Basswood Capital Management, LLC serves as Investment Manager (Basswood Opportunity Fund, Inc.; Basswood Financial Fund, Inc.; BCM Select Equity I Master, Ltd.; Main Street Master, Ltd.); and Basswood Capital Management, LLC as investment adviser to two managed accounts; to collectively voting shares of Suffolk Bancorp, and thereby indirectly acquire voting shares of Suffolk County National Bank, both in Riverhead, New York.

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 20, 2016. Michael J. Lewandowski, Associate Secretary of the Board.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09498 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210-01-P
    FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM Proposed Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request AGENCY:

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

    SUMMARY:

    The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board or Federal Reserve) invites comment on a proposal to extend for three years, with revision the Annual Report of Holding Companies (FR Y-6), the Annual Report of Foreign Banking Organizations (FR Y-7), and the Report of Changes in Organizational Structure (FR Y-10). The Federal Reserve proposes to revise the FR Y-6, FR Y-7, and FR Y-10 by modifying confidential treatment questions on the reporting forms and instructions to align with the recently approved confidentiality check-box proposal.1 Additionally, the Federal Reserve proposes to revise the FR Y-7 and FR Y-10 to incorporate U.S. IHCs formed under the final rule for enhanced prudential standards for FBOs (Regulation YY).2 The Federal Reserve also proposes to revise the FR Y-6 and FR Y-10 to make certain clarifying changes to the instructions. The Federal Reserve is also proposing to extend for three years, without revision, the FR Y-10E. The proposed changes to the FR Y-10 reporting form and instructions would be effective August 15, 2016. The proposed changes to the FR Y-6 and FR Y-7 reporting forms and instructions would be effective with fiscal year-ends beginning December 31, 2016.

    1 See 80 FR 52282 (August 28, 2015).

    2 The draft FR Y-6 reporting form and instructions associated with this proposal also include the language to collect information for U.S. IHCs of FBOs as proposed in the IHC proposal currently out for public comment. See 81 FR 6265 (February 5, 2016).

    On June 15, 1984, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) delegated to the Board authority under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) to approve of and assign OMB control numbers to collection of information requests and requirements conducted or sponsored by the Board. In exercising this delegated authority, the Board is directed to take every reasonable step to solicit comment. In determining whether to approve a collection of information, the Board will consider all comments received from the public and other agencies.

    DATES:

    Comments must be submitted on or before June 24, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments, identified by FR Y-6, FR Y-7, FR Y-10, or FR Y-10E, by any of the following methods:

    Agency Web site: http://www.federalreserve.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments at http://www.federalreserve.gov/apps/foia/proposedregs.aspx.

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

    Email: [email protected]. Include OMB number in the subject line of the message.

    FAX: (202) 452-3819 or (202) 452-3102.

    Mail: Robert deV. Frierson, Secretary, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 20th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20551.

    All public comments are available from the Board's Web site at: http://www.federalreserve.gov/apps/foia/proposedregs.aspx as submitted, unless modified for technical reasons. Accordingly, your comments will not be edited to remove any identifying or contact information. Public comments may also be viewed electronically or in paper form in Room 3515, 1801 K Street (between 18th and 19th Streets NW.) Washington, DC 20006 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.

    Additionally, commenters may send a copy of their comments to the OMB Desk Officer—Shagufta Ahmed—Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503 or by fax to (202) 395-6974.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    A copy of the PRA OMB submission, including the proposed reporting form and instructions, supporting statement, and other documentation will be placed into OMB's public docket files, once approved. These documents will also be made available on the Federal Reserve Board's public Web site at: http://www.federalreserve.gov/apps/reportforms/review.aspx or may be requested from the agency clearance officer, whose name appears below.

    Federal Reserve Board Clearance Officer—Nuha Elmaghrabi—Office of the Chief Data Officer, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551 (202) 452-3829. Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) users may contact (202) 263-4869, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Washington, DC 20551.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Request for Comment on Information Collection Proposal

    The Board invites public comment on the following information collection, which is being reviewed under authority delegated by the OMB under the PRA. Comments are invited on the following:

    a. Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the Federal Reserve's functions; including whether the information has practical utility;

    b. The accuracy of the Federal Reserve's estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

    c. Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected;

    d. Ways to minimize the burden of information collection 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.

    Proposal To Approve Under OMB Delegated Authority the Extension for Three Years, With Revision, of the Following Report

    Report titles: Annual Report of Holding Companies; Annual Report of Foreign Banking Organizations; Report of Changes in Organizational Structure; Supplement to the Report of Changes in Organizational Structure.

    Agency form numbers: FR Y-6; FR Y-7; FR Y-10; FR Y-10E.

    OMB control number: 7100-0297.

    Frequency: FR Y-6: Annual; FR Y-7: Annual; FR Y-10: Event-generated; FR Y-10E: Event-generated.

    Reporters: Bank holding companies (BHCs) and savings and loan holding companies (SLHCs) (collectively, holding companies (HCs)), securities holding companies, foreign banking organizations (FBOs), state member banks unaffiliated with a BHC, Edge Act and agreement corporations, and nationally chartered banks that are not controlled by a BHC (with regard to their foreign investments only).

    Estimated annual reporting hours: FR Y-6: 26,477 hours; FR Y-7: 972 hours; FR Y-10 initial: 530 hours; FR Y-10 ongoing: 39,735 hours; FR Y-10E: 2,649 hours.

    Estimated average hours per response: FR Y-6: 5.5 hours; FR Y-7: 4 hours; FR Y-10 initial: 1 hour; FR Y-10 ongoing: 2.5 hours; FR Y-10E: 0.5 hour.

    Number of respondents: FR Y-6: 4,814; FR Y-7: 243; FR Y-10 initial: 530; FR Y-10 ongoing: 5,298; FR Y-10E: 5,298.

    General description of report: These information collections are mandatory as follows:

    FR Y-6: Section 5(c)(1)(A) of the Bank Holding Company Act (BHC Act) (12 U.S.C. 1844(c)(1)(A)); sections 8(a) and 13(a) of the International Banking Act (IBA) (12 U.S.C. 3106(a) and 3108(a)); sections 11(a)(1), 25, and 25A of the Federal Reserve Act (FRA) (12 U.S.C. 248(a)(1), 602, and 611a); and sections 113, 165, 312, 618, and 809 of the Dodd-Frank Act (12 U.S.C. 5361, 5365, 5412, 1850a(c)(1), and 5468(b)(1)), respectively.

    FR Y-7: Sections 8(a) and 13(a) of the IBA (12 U.S.C. 3106(a) and 3108(a)); sections 113, 165, 312, 618, and 809 of the Dodd-Frank Act (12 U.S.C. 5361, 5365, 5412, 1850a(c)(1), and 5468(b)(1)), respectively.

    FR Y-10 and FR Y-10E: Sections 4(k) and 5(c)(1)(A) of the BHC Act (12 U.S.C. 1843(k), 1844(c)(1)(A)); section 8(a) of the IBA (12 U.S.C. 3106(a)); sections 11(a)(1), 25(7), and 25A of the FRA (12 U.S.C. 248(a)(1), 321, 601, 602, 611a, 615, and 625); sections 113, 165, 312, 618, and 809 of the Dodd-Frank Act (12 U.S.C. 5361, 5365, 5412, 1850a(c)(1), and 5468(b)(1)); and section 10(c)(2)(H) of the Home Owners' Loan Act (12 U.S.C. 1467a(c)(2)(H)), respectively.

    The data collected in the FR Y-6, FR Y-7, FR Y-10, and FR Y-10E are not considered confidential. With regard to information that a banking organization may deem confidential, the institution may request confidential treatment of such information under one or more of the exemptions in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (5 U.S.C. 552). The most likely case for confidential treatment will be based on FOIA exemption 4, which permits an agency to exempt from disclosure “trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person and privileged and confidential” (5 U.S.C. 552(b)(4)). To the extent an institution can establish the potential for substantial competitive harm, such information would be protected from disclosure under the standards set forth in National Parks & Conservation Association v. Morton, 498 F.2d 765 (D.C. Cir. 1974). Exemption 6 of FOIA might also apply with regard to the respondents' submission of non-public personal information of owners, shareholders, directors, officers and employees of respondents. Exemption 6 covers “personnel and medical files and similar files the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy” (5 U.S.C. 552(b)(6)). All requests for confidential treatment would need to be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and in response to a specific request for disclosure.

    The Federal Reserve proposes that the disclosure of the responses to the certification questions may interfere with home-country regulators' administration, execution, and disclosure of their stress-test regime and its results, and may cause substantial competitive harm to the FBO providing the information, and thus this information may be protected from disclosure under FOIA exemption 4.

    Abstract: The FR Y-6 is an annual information collection submitted by top-tier HCs and non-qualifying FBOs. It collects financial data, an organization chart, verification of domestic branch data, and information about shareholders. The Federal Reserve uses the data to monitor HC operations and determine HC compliance with the provisions of the BHC Act, Regulation Y (12 CFR 225), the Home Owners' Loan Act (HOLA) and Regulation LL (12 CFR 238).

    The FR Y-7 is an annual information collection submitted by qualifying FBOs to update their financial and organizational information with the Federal Reserve. The FR Y-7 collects financial, organizational, shareholder, and managerial information. The Federal Reserve uses the information to assess an FBO's ability to be a continuing source of strength to its U.S. operations and to determine compliance with U.S. laws and regulations.

    The FR Y-10 is an event-generated information collection submitted by FBOs; top-tier HCs; securities holding companies as authorized under Section 618 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (the Dodd-Frank Act) (12 U.S.C. 1850a(c)(1)); state member banks unaffiliated with a bank holding company (BHC); Edge and agreement corporations that are not controlled by a member bank, a domestic BHC, or an FBO; and nationally chartered banks that are not controlled by a BHC (with regard to their foreign investments only), to capture changes in their regulated investments and activities. The Federal Reserve uses the data to monitor structure information on subsidiaries and regulated investments of these entities engaged in banking and nonbanking activities. The FR Y-10E is a free-form supplement that may be used to collect additional structural information deemed to be critical and needed in an expedited manner.

    Current Actions:

    Detailed description of proposed changes.

    Proposed Revisions to the FR Y-6, FR Y-7, and FR Y-10

    Confidentiality. The Federal Reserve proposes to revise these reports by modifying the confidentiality questions on the forms and amending the instructions to align with the recently approved confidentiality check-box proposal. The change would allow institutions to indicate, using a check-box on the first page of the report, whether they are requesting confidential treatment for any portion of the data provided, and whether they are submitting a formal justification with the data or separately.

    Proposed Revisions to the FR Y-7 and FR Y-10

    IHC Reporting. The Board's Regulation YY,3 in part, requires FBOs to designate IHCs, if certain requirements are met. The Federal Reserve proposes the following revisions to collect information specific to IHCs and their identification. Additionally, the information would assist in the supervision of the U.S. operations of FBOs.

    3 12 CFR part 252.

    FR Y-7 instructions. The Federal Reserve proposes to expand the organization chart instructions to include the requirement that an FBO report its interest in an IHC.

    FR Y-10 form and instructions. The Federal Reserve proposes to expand the General Instructions to include changes to the organizational structure of an IHC as requiring the submission of the FR Y-10.

    On the Banking and Nonbanking Schedules, the Federal Reserve proposes to add to the company type “IHCs.” Banking Schedule item 5, “Fiscal Year End,” would be revised to be applicable to IHCs. Additionally, on the Nonbanking Schedule, a new item “Fiscal Year End” would be added to allow for reporting IHCs that do not control a U.S. insured depository institution. The new item would be item 5 and current items 4 and 5 would be renumbered to 4.a and 4.b, respectively.

    On the Banking and Nonbanking Schedules, the Federal Reserve proposes to add examples for “Date of Event” in the instructions to provide guidance to IHC reporting.

    Proposed Revisions to the FR Y-6 Only

    Instruction updates. The Federal Reserve proposes to clarify the difference in reporting requirements related to additional reportable entities for BHCs, IHCs, and SLHCs on the FR Y-6 (i.e., >=5% to <25% for BHCs and IHCs versus >=5% to <=25% for SLHCs). The slight difference in reporting criteria often results in a request for a revised schedule. Adding this clarification would reduce reporter burden.

    The Federal Reserve proposes to add a formula to calculate ownership percentage control for Report Item 3. The formula is used by the Federal Reserve when calculating control. Inclusion of the formula would help to standardize information received.

    Reporting form and instructions updates. The Federal Reserve proposes to clarify the signature requirements for Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and Limited Liability Companies (LLCs). Reporters are confused who the authorized signer should be when the HC is organized as an ESOP or LLC due to the different corporate structures.

    Proposed Revisions to the FR Y-10 Only

    Instructions. The Federal Reserve proposes to remove the reference to the phase-in reporting of SLHCs from the General Instructions, which is no longer relevant because the phase-in is complete.

    Also in the General Instructions, the Federal Reserve proposes to remove the paragraph under “What is the Legal Authority for the FR Y-10?” This change will align the reporting instructions with other forms and instructions, which provide the legal authority on the form.

    In the Banking, Savings and Loan, and Nonbanking Schedules instructions, the Federal Reserve proposes to clarify conditions under which sole partnership and sole member LLCs are reportable. Institutions often report incorrectly. The clarification would result in fewer revisions, thereby reducing overall burden.

    The Federal Reserve proposes to rephrase the description of section 10(c)(6)(B) in Legal Authority Code (LAC) 412 and create a new LAC for section 10(c)(9)(C) to clearly identity which exemption SLHCs are claiming as a grandfathered unitary SLHC.

    The Federal Reserve also proposes to add definitions to the FR Y-10 Glossary for the following terms: Grandfathered Unitary Savings and Loan Holding Company, Insured Depository Institution, and U.S. Intermediate Holding Company.

    In the Nonbanking Schedule instructions, the Federal Reserve proposes to add a note to clarify that a nonbank subsidiary under a savings association does not meet the definition of a financial subsidiary.

    The Federal Reserve proposes to update the Merger Schedule instructions to indicate that the popular name of the branch (for example, when the branch was formerly the head office of the nonsurvivor) must be reported on the Domestic Branch Schedule. Respondents often forget to report this information.

    Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, April 19, 2016. Robert deV. Frierson, Secretary of the Board.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09457 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION [Docket 2015-0053; Sequence 16]; OMB Control No. 9000-0095] Information Collection; Commerce Patent Regulations AGENCY:

    Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

    ACTION:

    Notice of request for comments regarding the extension of a previously existing OMB clearance.

    SUMMARY:

    Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, Regulatory Secretariat Division will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an extension of a previously approved information collection requirement concerning Department of Commerce patent regulations.

    DATES:

    Submit comments on or before June 24, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit comments identified by Information Collection 9000-0095, Commerce Patent Regulations, by any of the following methods:

    Regulations.gov: http://www.regulations.gov. Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by searching the OMB control number. Select the link “Submit a Comment” that corresponds with “Information Collection 9000-0095, Commerce Patent Regulations”. Follow the instructions provided at the “Submit a Comment” screen. Please include your name, company name (if any), and “Information Collection 9000-0095, Commerce Patent Regulations” on your attached document.

    Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat Division (MVCB), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405. ATTN: Ms. Flowers/IC 9000-0095, Commerce Patent Regulations.

    Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite Information Collection 9000-0095, Commerce Patent Regulations, in all correspondence related to this collection. Comments received generally will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal and/or business confidential information provided. To confirm receipt of your comment(s), please check www.regulations.gov, approximately two to three days after submission to verify posting (except allow 30 days for posting of comments submitted by mail).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Mr. Edward Loeb, Procurement Analyst, Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, GSA, 202-501-0650 or email [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    A. Purpose

    FAR subpart 27.3, Patents Rights under Government Contracts, implements the Department of Commerce regulation (37 CFR 401) based on chapter 18 of title 35 U.S.C., Presidential Memorandum on Government Patent Policy to the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies, dated February 18, 1983, and Executive Order 12591, Facilitating Access to Science and Technology, dated April 10, 1987. Under the subpart, a contracting officer may insert clauses 52.227-11, Patent Rights-Ownership by the Contractor, or 52.227-13, Patent Rights-Ownership by the Government, in solicitations and contracts pertaining to inventions made in the performance of experimental, developmental, or research work.

    In accordance with the clauses, a Government contractor must report all subject inventions to the contracting officer, submit a disclosure of the invention, and identify any publication, or sale, or public use of the invention (52.227-11(c), 52.227-13(e)(1)). The contracting officer may modify 52.227-11(e) or otherwise supplement the clause to require contractors to submit periodic or interim and final reports listing subject inventions (27.303(b)(2)(i) and (ii)). In order to ensure that subject inventions are reported, the contractor is required to establish and maintain effective procedures for identifying and disclosing subject inventions (52.227-11, Alternate IV; 52.227-13(e)(1)). In addition, the contractor must require his employees, by written agreements, to disclose subject inventions (52.227-11(e)(2); 52.227-13(e)(4)). The contractor also has an obligation to utilize the subject invention, and agree to report, upon request, the utilization or efforts to utilize the subject invention (27.302(e); 52.227-11(f)).

    B. Annual Reporting Burden

    Respondents: 3759.

    Responses per Respondent: 3.8143.

    Total Responses: 14,338.

    Hours per Response: 4.0.

    Total Burden Hours: 57,352.

    C. Public Comments

    Public comments are particularly invited on: Whether this collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of the FAR, and whether it will have practical utility; whether our estimate of the public burden of this collection of information is accurate, and based on valid assumptions and methodology; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways in which we can minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through the use of appropriate technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

    Obtaining Copies of Proposals: Requesters may obtain a copy of the information collection documents from the General Services Administration (GSA), Regulatory Secretariat Division (MVCB), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, telephone 202-501-4755. Please cite OMB Control No. 9000-0095, Commerce Patent Regulations, in all correspondence.

    Dated: April 20, 2016. Lorin S. Curit, Director, Federal Acquisition Policy Division, Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy, Office of Governmentwide Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09486 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820-EP-P
    DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION [OMB Control No. 9000-0108; Docket 2016-0053; Sequence 20] Information Collection; Bankruptcy AGENCY:

    Department of Defense (DOD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

    ACTION:

    Notice of request for comments regarding the extension to an existing OMB clearance.

    SUMMARY:

    Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, Regulatory Secretariat Division will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an extension of a previously approved information collection requirement concerning Bankruptcy.

    DATES:

    Submit comments on or before June 24, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    Submit comments identified by Information Collection 9000-0108, Bankruptcy, by any of the following methods:

    Regulations.gov: http://www.regulations.gov. Submit comments via the Federal eRulemaking portal by searching the OMB control number. Select the link “Submit a Comment” that corresponds with “Information Collection 9000-0108, Bankruptcy.” Follow the instructions provided at the “Submit a Comment” screen. Please include your name, company name (if any), and “Information Collection 9000-0108, Bankruptcy” on your attached document.

    Mail: General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat Division (MVCB), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405. ATTN: Ms. Flowers/IC Information Collection 9000-0108, Bankruptcy.

    Instructions: Please submit comments only and cite Information Collection 9000-0108, Bankruptcy, in all correspondence related to this collection. Comments received generally will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal and/or business confidential information provided. To confirm receipt of your comment(s), please check www.regulations.gov, approximately two to three days after submission to verify posting (except allow 30 days for posting of comments submitted by mail).

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Curtis E. Glover, Sr., Procurement Analyst, Contract Policy Division, GSA, 202-501-1448 or email [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Title and OMB Number: Federal Acquisition Regulation, Part 42, Bankruptcy and Related Clause in 52.242-13; OMB Control Number 9000-0108.

    Needs and Uses: The Government requires contractors to notify the contracting officer within five days after the contractor enters into bankruptcy. The Procuring Contracting Officer and the Administrative Contracting Officer use the information to ensure the contractor's ability to perform its Government contract.

    A. Purpose

    Under statute, contractors may enter into bankruptcy which may have a significant impact on the contractor's ability to perform its Government contract. The Government often does not receive adequate and timely notice of this event. The clause at 52.242-13 requires contractors to notify the contracting officer within 5 days after the contractor enters into bankruptcy.

    B. Annual Reporting Burden

    Respondents: 545.

    Responses per Respondent: 1.

    Annual Responses: 545.

    Hours per Response: 1.25.

    Total Burden Hours: 681.

    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.

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

    Obtaining Copies of Proposals: Requesters may obtain a copy of the information collection documents from the General Services Administration, Regulatory Secretariat Division (MVCB), 1800 F Street NW., Washington, DC 20405, telephone 202-501-4755. Please cite OMB Control No. 9000-0108, Bankruptcy, in all correspondence.

    Dated: April 20, 2016. Lorin S. Curit, Director, Federal Acquisition Policy Division, Office of Governmentwide Acquisition Policy, Office of Governmentwide Policy, Office of Acquisition Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09487 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820-EP-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Disease, Disability, and Injury Prevention and Control Special Emphasis Panel (SEP): Initial Review

    In accordance with Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces a meeting for the initial review of applications in response to Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) PS16-006, “Early HIV Treatment to Optimize Patient Health and HIV Prevention”.

    Time and Date: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., EDT, May 24, 2016 (Closed).

    Place: Teleconference.

    Status: The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with provisions set forth in Section 552b(c)(4) and (6), Title 5 U.S.C., and the determination of the Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, CDC, pursuant to Public Law 92-463.

    Matters for Discussion: The meeting will include the initial review, discussion, and evaluation of applications received in response to “Early HIV Treatment to Optimize Patient Health and HIV Prevention”, PS16-006.

    Contact Person for More Information: Gregory Anderson, M.S., M.P.H., Scientific Review Officer, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road NE., Mailstop E60, Atlanta, Georgia 30333, Telephone: (404) 718-8833. The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities, for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    Elaine L. Baker, Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09536 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163-18-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Disease, Disability, and Injury Prevention and Control Special Emphasis Panel (SEP): Initial Review

    In accordance with Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces a meeting for the initial review of applications in response to Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) GH16-006, Conducting Public Health Research in Kenya; GH16-008, Hospital-based birth defects surveillance in Kampala, Uganda, and GH14-002, Addressing Emerging Infectious Diseases in Bangladesh.

    Times and Dates:

    9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., EDT, Panel A, May 17, 2016 (Closed) 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., EDT, Panel B, May 18, 2016 (Closed)

    Place: Teleconference

    Status: The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with provisions set forth in Section 552b(c) (4) and (6), Title 5 U.S.C., and the Determination of the Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, CDC, pursuant to Public Law 92-463.

    Matters for Discussion: The meeting will include the initial review, discussion, and evaluation of applications received in response to “Conducting Public Health Research in Kenya, GH16-006, Hospital-based birth defects surveillance in Kampala, Uganda, GH16-008, and Addressing Emerging Infectious Diseases in Bangladesh, GH14-002.”

    Contact Person for More Information: Hylan Shoob, Scientific Review Officer, Center for Global Health (CGH) Science Office, CGH, CDC, 1600 Clifton Road NE., Mailstop D-69, Atlanta, Georgia 30033, Telephone: (404) 639-4796.

    The Director, Management Analysis and Services Office, has been delegated the authority to sign Federal Register notices pertaining to announcements of meetings and other committee management activities, for both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

    Elaine L. Baker, Director, Management Analysis and Services Office Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09535 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4163-18-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Community Living Announcement of the Intent To Award Single-Source Cooperative Agreement to the University of Southern California, Department of Family Medicine and Geriatrics, National Center on Elder Abuse AGENCY:

    Administration for Community Living, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Administration for Community Living (ACL) announces the intent to award a supplemental single-source cooperative agreement in the amount of $275,000 to the University of Southern (U.S.C.) California, Department of Family Medicine and Geriatrics, National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) to support and stimulate the expansion of work already underway by U.S.C./NCEA proving public awareness and improving the national response to elder abuse, neglect and exploitation to all.

    DATES:

    The award will be issued for the project period to run concurrently with the existing grantee's budget period of September 30, 2015 through September 29, 2016.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Aiesha Gurley, Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services, Administration on Aging, Administration for Community Living, 330 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20024. Telephone: 202-795-7358; Email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The ACL National Center on Elder Abuse serves as a national resource center dedicated to the prevention of elder mistreatment. The NCEA disseminates elder abuse information to professionals and the public, and provides technical assistance and training to states and to community-based organizations. NCEA is unique because it operates as a multi-disciplinary consortium of equal partners with expertise in elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. They serve as a national clearinghouse of information for elder rights advocates, law enforcement, legal professionals, public policy leaders, researchers, and others working to ensure that all older Americans will live with dignity, integrity, independence, and without abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

    Additional funds are needed to leverage the resource center's funding for elder abuse awareness through social media and creating state leadership networks through targeted campaigns that will assist states in spreading awareness. This supplementary funding would be provided for the approved period.

    This program is authorized under Title II of the Older Americans Act Section 202(d)(2) which establishes the requirements for the National Center for Elder Abuse.

    Dated: April 19, 2016. Kathy Greenlee, Administrator and Assistant Secretary for Aging.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09560 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4154-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. FDA-2009-D-0539] Assay Development and Validation for Immunogenicity Testing of Therapeutic Protein Products; Revised Draft Guidance for Industry; Availability AGENCY:

    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice of availability.

    SUMMARY:

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is announcing the availability of a revised draft guidance for industry entitled “Assay Development and Validation for Immunogenicity Testing of Therapeutic Protein Products.” This guidance provides recommendations to facilitate industry's development and validation of immune assays for assessment of the immunogenicity of therapeutic protein products during clinical trials. The guidance for assay development and validation provided in this document applies to assays for detection of anti-drug antibodies (ADA). This document includes guidance regarding the development and validation of screening assays, confirmatory assays, titering assays, and neutralization assays. This guidance revises the draft guidance for industry entitled “Assay Development for Immunogenicity Testing of Therapeutic Proteins” issued in December 2009. This revised draft guidance includes new information on titering and confirmatory assays.

    DATES:

    Although you can comment on any guidance at any time (see 21 CFR 10.115(g)(5)), to ensure that the Agency considers your comment on this revised draft guidance before it begins work on the final version of the guidance, submit either electronic or written comments on the revised draft guidance by June 24, 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-D-0539 for “Assay Development and Validation for Immunogenicity Testing of Therapeutic Protein Products; Revised Draft Guidance for Industry; Availability.” 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 revised draft guidance to the Division of Drug Information, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10001 New Hampshire Ave., Hillandale Building, 4th Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002; or the Office of Communication, Outreach, and Development, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 71, Rm. 3128, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002; or the Office of the Center Director, Guidance and Policy Development, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 66, Rm. 5431, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002. Send one self-addressed adhesive label to assist that office in processing your requests. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for electronic access to the revised draft guidance document.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Ebla Ali Ibrahim, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 51, Rm. 6308, Silver Spring, MD 20993, 301-796-0281; or Stephen Ripley, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 71, Rm. 7301, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 240-402-7911; or Peter Hudson, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 66, Rm. G434 (HFZ-410), Silver Spring, MD, 20993-0002, 301-796-6440.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background

    FDA is announcing the availability of a revised draft guidance for industry entitled “Assay Development and Validation for Immunogenicity Testing of Therapeutic Protein Products.” Patient immune responses to therapeutic protein products have the potential to affect product safety and efficacy. The clinical effects of patient immune responses are highly variable, ranging from no effect at all to extreme harmful effects to patient health. Detection and analysis of ADA formation is a helpful tool in understanding potential patient immune responses. Information on immune responses observed during clinical trials, particularly the incidence of ADA induction and the implications of ADA responses for drug safety and efficacy, is crucial for any therapeutic product development program. Accordingly, such information, if applicable, should be included in the prescribing information as a subsection of the ADVERSE REACTIONS section entitled “Immunogenicity.”

    In general, assays for detection of ADA facilitate understanding of the immunogenicity, safety, and efficacy of therapeutic protein products. However, the detection of ADA is dependent on key operating parameters of the assays (e.g., sensitivity, specificity), which vary between assays. Therefore, the development of valid, sensitive, specific, and selective assays to measure ADA responses is a key aspect of therapeutic protein product development.

    This guidance revises the draft guidance for industry entitled “Assay Development for Immunogenicity Testing of Therapeutic Proteins” issued in December 2009. The information in the draft guidance has been reorganized for clarity, and the revised draft guidance includes new information on titering and confirmatory assays.

    This revised draft guidance is being issued consistent with FDA's good guidance practices regulation (21 CFR 10.115). The revised draft guidance, when finalized, will represent the current thinking of FDA on assay development and validation for immunogenicity testing of therapeutic protein products. It does not establish any rights for any person and is not binding on FDA or the public. You can use an alternative approach if it satisfies the requirements of the applicable statutes and regulations.

    II. Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995

    This revised draft guidance refers to previously approved collections of information that are subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520). The collections of information in 21 CFR part 312 have been approved under OMB control number 0910-0014; the collections of information in 21 CFR part 314 have been approved under OMB control numbers 0910-0001 and 0910-0230; the collections of information in 21 CFR part 58 have been approved under OMB control number 0910-0119; and the collections of information in 21 CFR part 601 have been approved under OMB control numbers 0910-0338 and 0910-0719.

    III. Electronic Access

    Persons with access to the Internet may obtain the document at http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Guidances/default.htm, or http://www.fda.gov/BiologicsBloodVaccines/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/Guidances/default.htm, or http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/DeviceRegulationandGuidance/GuidanceDocuments/default.htm, or http://www.regulations.gov.

    Dated: April 19, 2016. Leslie Kux, Associate Commissioner for Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09449 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration [Docket No. FDA-2015-P-3299] Determination That THALITONE (Chlorthalidone USP) Tablets, 15 Milligrams, Were Not Withdrawn From Sale for Reasons of Safety or Effectiveness AGENCY:

    Food and Drug Administration, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) has determined that THALITONE (chlorthalidone USP) tablets, 15 milligrams (mg), were not withdrawn from sale for reasons of safety or effectiveness. This determination will allow FDA to approve abbreviated new drug applications (ANDAs) for chlorthalidone USP tablets, 15 mg, if all other legal and regulatory requirements are met.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Christopher Koepke, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Ave., Bldg. 51, Rm. 6214, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, 240-402-3543.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    In 1984, Congress enacted the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act of 1984 (Pub. L. 98-417) (the 1984 amendments), which authorized the approval of duplicate versions of drug products under an ANDA procedure. ANDA applicants must, with certain exceptions, show that the drug for which they are seeking approval contains the same active ingredient in the same strength and dosage form as the “listed drug,” which is a version of the drug that was previously approved. ANDA applicants do not have to repeat the extensive clinical testing otherwise necessary to gain approval of a new drug application (NDA).

    The 1984 amendments include what is now section 505(j)(7) of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 355(j)(7)), which requires FDA to publish a list of all approved drugs. FDA publishes this list as part of the “Approved Drug Products With Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations,” which is known generally as the “Orange Book.” Under FDA regulations, drugs are removed from the list if the Agency withdraws or suspends approval of the drug's NDA or ANDA for reasons of safety or effectiveness or if FDA determines that the listed drug was withdrawn from sale for reasons of safety or effectiveness (21 CFR 314.162).

    A person may petition the Agency to determine, or the Agency may determine on its own initiative, whether a listed drug was withdrawn from sale for reasons of safety or effectiveness. This determination may be made at any time after the drug has been withdrawn from sale, but must be made prior to approving an ANDA that refers to the listed drug (§ 314.161 (21 CFR 314.161)). FDA may not approve an ANDA that does not refer to a listed drug.

    THALITONE (chlorthalidone USP) tablets, 15 mg, are the subject of NDA 19-574, held by Citron Pharma LLC, and initially approved on December 20, 1988. THALITONE is indicated for the management of hypertension either alone or in combination with other antihypertensive drugs. Chlorthalidone is indicated as an adjunctive therapy in edema associated with congestive heart failure, hepatic cirrhosis, and corticosteroid and estrogen therapy. Chlorthalidone has also been found useful in edema due to various forms of renal dysfunction such as nephrotic syndrome, acute glomerulonephritis, and chronic renal failure.

    THALITONE (chlorthalidone USP) tablets, 15 mg, are currently listed in the “Discontinued Drug Product List” section of the Orange Book.

    Clinipace Worldwide submitted a citizen petition dated September 9, 2015 (Docket No. FDA-2015-P-3299), under 21 CFR 10.30, requesting that the Agency determine whether THALITONE (chlorthalidone USP) tablets, 15 mg, were withdrawn from sale for reasons of safety or effectiveness.

    After considering the citizen petition and reviewing Agency records and based on the information, FDA has determined under § 314.161 that THALITONE (chlorthalidone USP) tablets, 15 mg, were not withdrawn for reasons of safety or effectiveness. The petitioner has identified no data or other information suggesting that THALITONE (chlorthalidone USP) tablets, 15 mg, were withdrawn for reasons of safety or effectiveness. We have carefully reviewed our files for records concerning the withdrawal of THALITONE (chlorthalidone USP) tablets, 15 mg, from sale. We have also independently evaluated relevant literature and data for possible postmarketing adverse events. We have reviewed the available evidence and determined that this drug product was not withdrawn from sale for reasons of safety or effectiveness.

    Accordingly, the Agency will continue to list THALITONE (chlorthalidone USP) tablets, 15 mg, in the “Discontinued Drug Product List” section of the Orange Book. The “Discontinued Drug Product List” delineates, among other items, drug products that have been discontinued from marketing for reasons other than safety or effectiveness. ANDAs that refer to THALITONE (chlorthalidone USP) tablets, 15 mg, may be approved by the Agency as long as they meet all other legal and regulatory requirements for the approval of ANDAs. If FDA determines that labeling for this drug product should be revised to meet current standards, the Agency will advise ANDA applicants to submit such labeling.

    Dated: April 19, 2016. Leslie Kux, Associate Commissioner for Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09450 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4164-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Indian Health Service Request for Public Comment: 60-Day Information Collection: Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act Contracts AGENCY:

    Indian Health Service, HHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice and request for comments. Request for extension of approval.

    SUMMARY:

    In compliance the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Indian Health Service (IHS) invites the general public to comment on the information collection titled, “Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act Contracts,” Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control Number 0917-0037. IHS is requesting OMB to approve an extension for this collection, which expires on July 31, 2016.

    DATES:

    Comment Due Date: June 24, 2016. Your comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having full effect if received within 60 days of the date of this publication.

    ADDRESSES:

    Send your written comments, requests for more information on the collection, or requests to obtain a copy of the data collection instrument and instructions to Mr. Chris Buchanan by one of the following methods:

    Mail: Mr. Chris Buchanan, Director, IHS Office of Direct Services and Contracting Tribes (ODSCT), Indian Health Service, 5600 Fishers Lane, Mail Stop O8E17C, Rockville, MD 20857.

    Phone: 301-443-1104.

    Email: [email protected].

    Fax: 301-480-3192.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    This previously approved information collection project was last published in the Federal Register (78 FR 32405), as a joint submission with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), under OMB Control Number 1076-0136, on May 30, 2013 and allowed 30 days for public comment. No public comment was received in response to the notice. On July 31, 2013, the IHS obtained its own OMB Control Number, 0917-0037, for this information collection and is now publishing a separate notice from the BIA in the Federal Register. The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment. A copy of the supporting statement is available at www.regulations.gov (see Docket ID IHS-2016-0003).

    I. Abstract

    Representatives of the IHS seek renewal of the approval for information collections conducted under 25 CFR part 900, implementing the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA), as amended (25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.), which describes how contracts are awarded to Indian Tribes. The rule at 25 CFR part 900 was developed through negotiated rulemaking with Tribes in 1996 and governs, among other things, what must be included in a Tribe's initial ISDEAA contract proposal to IHS. A response is required to obtain and retain a benefit.

    The information requirements for this rule represent significant differences from other agencies in several respects. Under the Act, the Secretary of Health and Human Services is directed to enter into self-determination contracts with Tribes upon request, unless specific declination criteria apply, and, generally, Tribes may renew these contracts annually, whereas other agencies provide grants on a discretionary or competitive basis. Additionally, IHS awards contracts for multiple programs whereas other agencies usually award single grants to Tribes.

    The IHS uses the information collected to determine applicant eligibility, evaluate applicant capabilities, protect the service population, safeguard Federal funds and other resources, and permit the Federal agency to administer and evaluate contract programs. Tribal governments or Tribal organizations provide the information by submitting contract proposals, and related information, to the IHS, as required under Public Law 93-638. No third party notification or public disclosure burden is associated with this collection.

    II. Request for Comments

    The IHS requests your comments on this collection concerning: (a) The necessity of this information collection for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden (hours and cost) of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways we could enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways we could minimize the burden of the collection of the information on the respondents.

    Please note that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and an individual need not respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB Control Number.

    It is our policy to make all comments available to the public for review at the location listed in the ADDRESSES section. Before including your address, phone number, email address or other personally identifiable information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

    III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0917-0037.

    Title: Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act Contracts, 25 CFR part 900.

    Brief Description of Collection: An Indian Tribe or Tribal organization is required to submit this information each time that it proposes to contract with the IHS under the ISDEAA. Each response may vary in its length. In addition, each subpart of 25 CFR part 900 concerns different parts of the contracting process. For example, subpart C relates to provisions of the contents for the initial contract proposal. The respondents do not incur the burden associated with subpart C when contracts are renewed. Subpart F describes minimum standards for management systems used by Indian Tribes or Tribal organizations under these contracts. Subpart G addresses the negotiability of all reporting and data requirements in the contracts. Responses are required to obtain or retain a benefit.

    Type of Review: Revision of currently approved collection.

    Respondents: Federally recognized Indian Tribes and Tribal organizations.

    Number of Respondents: 566.

    Estimated Number of Responses: 1510.

    Estimated Time per Response: Varies from 1 to 1040 hours, with an average of 15.968 hours per response.

    Frequency of Response: Each time programs, functions, services or activities are contracted from the IHS under the ISDEAA.

    Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 24,112.

    Dated: April 18, 2016. Elizabeth A. Fowler, Deputy Director For Management Operations, Indian Health Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09501 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4165-16-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(a) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Advisory Committee to the Director, National Institutes of Health.

    The meeting will be open to the public, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    Name of Committee: Advisory Committee to the Director, National Institutes of Health.

    Date:June 9-10, 2016.

    Time: June 09, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: NIH Director's Report, ACD Working Group reports.

    Place: National Institutes of Health Building 31, 6th Floor Conference Room 6C6, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Time: June 10, 2016, 9:00 a.m. to adjournment

    Agenda: IC Director Report and other business of the committee.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, 6th Floor Conference Room 6C6, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Gretchen Wood, Staff Assistant, National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director, One Center Drive, Building 1, Room 126, Bethesda, MD 20892,301-496-4272, [email protected]

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page:http://acd.od.nih.gov, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.14, Intramural Research Training Award; 93.22, Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds; 93.232, Loan Repayment Program for Research Generally; 93.39, Academic Research Enhancement Award; 93.936, NIH Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome Research Loan Repayment Program; 93.187, Undergraduate Scholarship Program for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds, National Institutes of Health, HHS)
    Dated: April 19, 2016. Anna Snouffer, Deputy Director, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09460 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Heart, Lung, and Blood 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 contract proposal discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications or contract proposal, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Special Emphasis Panel—Molecular Imaging Techniques to Detect High Risk Atherosclerotic Plaque.

    Date: May 17, 2016.

    Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate contract proposals.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 7202, Bethesda, MD 20892 (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Melissa E. Nagelin, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Office of Scientific Review/DERA, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 7202, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-435-0297, [email protected].

    Name of Committee: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Special Emphasis Panel—T32 Training Program for Institutions that Promote Diversity.

    Date: May 19, 2016.

    Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 7189, Bethesda, MD 20892 (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Stephanie L. Constant, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Office of Scientific Review/DERA, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, 6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 7189, Bethesda, MD 20892, 301-443-8784, [email protected].

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.233, National Center for Sleep Disorders Research; 93.837, Heart and Vascular Diseases Research; 93.838, Lung Diseases Research; 93.839, Blood Diseases and Resources Research, National Institutes of Health, HHS)
    Dated: April 19, 2016. Michelle Trout, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09464 Filed 4-22-16; 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 Meetings

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of the following meetings.

    The meetings will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Special Emphasis Panel—Rapid Assessment of Zika Virus (ZIKV) Complications (R21).

    Date: May 17, 2016.

    Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Room 3G65, 5601 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20892 (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Brenda Lange-Gustafson, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, NIAID/NIH/DHHS, Scientific Review Program, 5601 Fishers Lane, Room 3G13, Rockville, MD 20852, 240-669-5047, [email protected].

    Name of Committee: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Special Emphasis Panel—Rapid Assessment of Zika Virus (ZIKV) Complications (R21).

    Date: May 18, 2016.

    Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Room 3G61, 5601 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20892 (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Jane K. Battles, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Program, Division of Extramural Activities, National Institutes of Health/NIAID, 5601 Fishers Lane, Room 3F30B, Rockville, MD 20852, 240-669-5029, [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: April 19, 2016. Natasha M. Copeland, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09465 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke; Notice of Closed 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 meetings will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Special Emphasis Panel—Loan Repayment Program.

    Date: April 29, 2016.

    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20852 (Telephone Conference Call).

    Contact Person: Jo Ann McConnell, Scientific Review Administrator, Scientific Review Branch, NINDS/NIH/DHHS, Neuroscience Center, 6001 Executive Blvd., Suite 3204, MSC 9529, Bethesda, MD 20892-9529, [email protected].

    This notice is being published less than 15 days prior to the meeting due to the timing limitations imposed by the review and funding cycle.

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.853, Clinical Research Related to Neurological Disorders; 93.854, Biological Basis Research in the Neurosciences, National Institutes of Health, HHS)
    Dated: April 19, 2016. Sylvia L. Neal, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09467 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council.

    The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, with attendance limited to space available. A portion of this 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 for the review and discussion of grant applications. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the contact person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    Name of Committee: National Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council.

    Date: June 9, 2016.

    Open: June 9, 2016,

    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    Agenda: The agenda will include opening remarks, administrative matters, Director's Report, Division of Extramural Research Report and, other business of the Council.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, C-Wing, Conference Room 6, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Closed: June 9, 2016.

    Time: 1:30 p.m. to Adjournment.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, C-Wing, Conference Room 6, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Della Hann, Ph.D., Director, Division of Extramural Research Eunice Kenney Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH, 6100 Executive Blvd., Room 4A05, MSC 7510, Bethesda, MD 20892, (301) 496-5577.

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the contact person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number, and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxis, hotel, and airport shuttles, will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    In order to facilitate public attendance at the open session of Council in the main meeting room, Conference Room 6, please contact Ms. Lisa Kaeser, Program and Public Liaison Office, NICHD, at 301-496-0536 to make your reservation, additional seating will be available in the meeting overflow rooms, Conference Rooms 7 and 8. Individuals will also be able to view the meeting via NIH Videocast. Please go to the following link for Videocast access instructions at: http://www.nichd.nih.gov/about/advisory/nachhd/Pages/virtual-meeting.aspx.

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.864, Population Research; 93.865, Research for Mothers and Children; 93.929, Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research; 93.209, Contraception and Infertility Loan Repayment program, National Institutes of Health, HHS).
    Dated: April 19, 2016. Michelle Trout, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09463 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health; Notice of Meeting

    Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. App.), notice is hereby given of a meeting of the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health.

    The meeting will be open to the public as indicated below, with attendance limited to space available. Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify the Contact Person listed below in advance of the meeting.

    The meeting will be closed to the public in accordance with the provisions set forth in sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6), Title 5 U.S.C., as amended. The grant applications and the discussions could disclose confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material, and personal information concerning individuals associated with the grant applications, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.

    Name of Committee: National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health

    Date: June 3, 2016.

    Closed: 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, Conference Room 10, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Open: 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Agenda: A report from the Institute Director and other staff.

    Place: National Institutes of Health, Building 31, Conference Room 10, 31 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Martin H. Goldrosen, Ph.D., Director, Division of Extramural Activities, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, NIH, 6707 Democracy Blvd., Ste. 401, Bethesda, MD 20892-5475, (301) 594-2014, [email protected]

    Any interested person may file written comments with the committee by forwarding the statement to the Contact Person listed on this notice. The statement should include the name, address, telephone number and when applicable, the business or professional affiliation of the interested person.

    In the interest of security, NIH has instituted stringent procedures for entrance onto the NIH campus. All visitor vehicles, including taxicabs, hotel, and airport shuttles will be inspected before being allowed on campus. Visitors will be asked to show one form of identification (for example, a government-issued photo ID, driver's license, or passport) and to state the purpose of their visit.

    Information is also available on the Institute's/Center's home page: https://nccih.nih.gov/about/naccih/, where an agenda and any additional information for the meeting will be posted when available.

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.213, Research and Training in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health, HHS)
    Dated: April 19, 2016. Michelle Trout, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09462 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors; Announcement of Meeting; Request for Comments SUMMARY:

    This notice announces the next meeting of the National Toxicology Program (NTP) Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC). The BSC, a federally chartered, external advisory group composed of scientists from the public and private sectors, will review and provide advice on programmatic activities. The meeting is open to the public and registration is requested for both attendance and oral comment and required to access the webcast. Information about the meeting and registration are available at http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/165.

    DATES:

    Meeting: June 15-16, 2016; it begins at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on both days and continues until adjournment.

    Written Public Comment Submissions: Deadline is June 1, 2016.

    Registration for Meeting and/or Oral Comments: Deadline is June 8, 2016.

    Registration to View Webcast: Deadline is June 16, 2016. Registration to view the meeting via the webcast is required.

    ADDRESSES:

    Meeting Location: Rodbell Auditorium, Rall Building, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), 111 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.

    Meeting Web page: The preliminary agenda, registration, and other meeting materials are at http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/165.

    Webcast: The meeting will be webcast; the URL will be provided to those who register for viewing.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Dr. Lori White, Designated Federal Officer for the BSC, Office of Liaison, Policy and Review, Division of NTP, NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, K2-03, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. Phone: 919-541-9834, Fax: 301-480-3272, Email: [email protected] Hand Deliver/Courier address: 530 Davis Drive, Room K2124, Morrisville, NC 27560.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Meeting and Registration: The meeting is open to the public with time scheduled for oral public comments; attendance at the meeting is limited only by the space available.

    The BSC will provide input to the NTP on programmatic activities and issues. Preliminary agenda topics include: Reports from the NIEHS/NTP Director and the NTP Associate Director, an update on NTP activities at the National Center for Toxicological Research, a report on the peer review of NTP Technical Reports on antimony trioxide and TRIM® VX, a report on the peer review of the Report on Carcinogens monographs on selected viruses, a research concept on thallium compounds, updates on NTP testing and the synthetic turf/crumb rubber research program, a report on projects utilizing the NIEHS Clinical Research Unit, and reports on three recent workshops (1) In Vitro to In Vivo Extrapolation for High Throughput Prioritization and Decision Making, (2) Shift Work at Night, Artificial Light at Night, and Circadian Disruption, and (3) Addressing Challenges in the Assessment of Botanical Dietary Supplement Safety.

    The preliminary agenda, roster of BSC members, background materials, public comments, and any additional information, when available, will be posted on the BSC meeting Web site (http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/165) or may be requested in hardcopy from the Designated Federal Officer for the BSC. Following the meeting, summary minutes will be prepared and made available on the BSC meeting Web site.

    The public may attend the meeting in person or view the webcast. Registration is required to view the webcast; the URL for the webcast will be provided in the email confirming registration. Individuals who plan to provide oral comments (see below) are encouraged to register online at the BSC meeting Web site (http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/go/165) by June 8, 2016, to facilitate planning for the meeting. Individuals are encouraged to access the Web site to stay abreast of the most current information regarding the meeting. Visitor and security information for those attending in-person is available at niehs.nih.gov/about/visiting/index.cfm. Individuals with disabilities who need accommodation to participate in this event should contact Ms. Robbin Guy at phone: (919) 541-4363 or email: [email protected] TTY users should contact the Federal TTY Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Requests should be made at least five business days in advance of the event.

    Request for Comments: Written comments submitted in response to this notice should be received by June 1, 2016. Comments will be posted on the BSC meeting Web site and persons submitting them will be identified by their name and affiliation and/or sponsoring organization, if applicable. Persons submitting written comments should include their name, affiliation (if applicable), phone, email, and sponsoring organization (if any) with the document. Guidelines for public comments are at http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/about_ntp/guidelines_public_comments_508.pdf.

    Time is allotted during the meeting for the public to present oral comments to the BSC on the agenda topics. Public comments can be presented in-person at the meeting or by teleconference line. There are 50 lines for this call; availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. The lines will be open from 8:30 a.m. until adjournment on June 15 and 16, although the BSC will receive public comments only during the formal public comment periods, which are indicated on the preliminary agenda. Each organization is allowed one time slot per agenda topic. Each speaker is allotted at least 7 minutes, which if time permits, may be extended to 10 minutes at the discretion of the BSC chair. Persons wishing to present oral comments should register on the BSC meeting Web site by June 8, 2016, indicate whether they will present comments in-person or via the teleconference line, and indicate the topic(s) on which they plan to comment. The access number for the teleconference line will be provided to registrants by email prior to the meeting. On-site registration for oral comments will also be available on the meeting day, although time allowed for comments by these registrants may be limited and will be determined by the number of persons who register at the meeting.

    Persons registering to make oral comments are asked to send a copy of their statement and/or PowerPoint slides to the Designated Federal Officer by June 8, 2016. Written statements can supplement and may expand upon the oral presentation. If registering on-site and reading from written text, please bring 20 copies of the statement for distribution to the BSC and NTP staff and to supplement the record.

    Background Information on the BSC: The BSC is a technical advisory body comprised of scientists from the public and private sectors that provides primary scientific oversight to the NTP. Specifically, the BSC advises the NTP on matters of scientific program content, both present and future, and conducts periodic review of the program for the purpose of determining and advising on the scientific merit of its activities and their overall scientific quality. Its members are selected from recognized authorities knowledgeable in fields such as toxicology, pharmacology, pathology, biochemistry, epidemiology, risk assessment, carcinogenesis, mutagenesis, molecular biology, behavioral toxicology, neurotoxicology, immunotoxicology, reproductive toxicology or teratology, and biostatistics. Members serve overlapping terms of up to four years. The BSC usually meets biannually. The authority for the BSC is provided by 42 U.S.C. 217a, section 222 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS), as amended. The BSC is governed by the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, as amended (5 U.S.C. app.), which sets forth standards for the formation and use of advisory committees.

    Dated: April 19, 2016. John R. Bucher, Associate Director, NTP.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09461 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institute of Dental & Craniofacial Research; 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 Dental and Craniofacial Research Special Emphasis Panel—NIDCR SOAR Application Review.

    Date: June 8, 2016.

    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Agenda: To review and evaluate grant applications.

    Place: NIDCR Conference Room, Conference Room 602, 6701 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda, MD 20892.

    Contact Person: Guo He Zhang, MPH, Ph.D., Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Branch, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Democracy Boulevard, Suite 672, Bethesda, MD 20892, [email protected].

    (Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Nos. 93.121, Oral Diseases and Disorders Research, National Institutes of Health, HHS).
    Dated: April 19, 2016. Natasha M. Copeland, Program Analyst, Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09466 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140-01-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency [Docket ID FEMA-2016-0002; Internal Agency Docket No. FEMA-B-1613] Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations AGENCY:

    Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    Comments are requested on proposed flood hazard determinations, which may include additions or modifications of any Base Flood Elevation (BFE), base flood depth, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundary or zone designation, or regulatory floodway on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports for the communities listed in the table below. The purpose of this notice is to seek general information and comment regarding the preliminary FIRM, and where applicable, the FIS report that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided to the affected communities. The FIRM and FIS report are the basis of the floodplain management measures that the community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of having in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In addition, the FIRM and FIS report, once effective, will be used by insurance agents and others to calculate appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and the contents of those buildings.

    DATES:

    Comments are to be submitted on or before July 25, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    The Preliminary FIRM, and where applicable, the FIS report for each community are available for inspection at both the online location and the respective Community Map Repository address listed in the tables below. Additionally, the current effective FIRM and FIS report for each community are accessible online through the FEMA Map Service Center at www.msc.fema.gov for comparison.

    You may submit comments, identified by Docket No. FEMA-B-1613, to Rick Sacbibit, Chief, Engineering Services Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-7659, or (email) [email protected]

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Rick Sacbibit, Chief, Engineering Services Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-7659, or (email) [email protected]; or visit the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) online at www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/fmx_main.html.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    FEMA proposes to make flood hazard determinations for each community listed below, in accordance with section 110 of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 4104, and 44 CFR 67.4(a).

    These proposed flood hazard determinations, together with the floodplain management criteria required by 44 CFR 60.3, are the minimum that are required. They should not be construed to mean that the community must change any existing ordinances that are more stringent in their floodplain management requirements. The community may at any time enact stricter requirements of its own or pursuant to policies established by other Federal, State, or regional entities. These flood hazard determinations are used to meet the floodplain management requirements of the NFIP and also are used to calculate the appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings built after the FIRM and FIS report become effective.

    The communities affected by the flood hazard determinations are provided in the tables below. Any request for reconsideration of the revised flood hazard information shown on the Preliminary FIRM and FIS report that satisfies the data requirements outlined in 44 CFR 67.6(b) is considered an appeal. Comments unrelated to the flood hazard determinations also will be considered before the FIRM and FIS report become effective.

    Use of a Scientific Resolution Panel (SRP) is available to communities in support of the appeal resolution process. SRPs are independent panels of experts in hydrology, hydraulics, and other pertinent sciences established to review conflicting scientific and technical data and provide recommendations for resolution. Use of the SRP only may be exercised after FEMA and local communities have been engaged in a collaborative consultation process for at least 60 days without a mutually acceptable resolution of an appeal. Additional information regarding the SRP process can be found online at http://floodsrp.org/pdfs/srp_fact_sheet.pdf.

    The watersheds and/or communities affected are listed in the tables below. The Preliminary FIRM, and where applicable, FIS report for each community are available for inspection at both the online location and the respective Community Map Repository address listed in the tables. For communities with multiple ongoing Preliminary studies, the studies can be identified by the unique project number and Preliminary FIRM date listed in the tables. Additionally, the current effective FIRM and FIS report for each community are accessible online through the FEMA Map Service Center at www.msc.fema.gov for comparison.

    (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 97.022, “Flood Insurance.”) Dated: April 11, 2016. Roy E. Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    I. Watershed-based studies:

    Community Community map repository address Brandywine-Christina Watershed Maps Available for Inspection Online at: http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata Chester County, Pennsylvania (All Jurisdictions) Borough of Atglen Borough Office, 120 West Main Street, Atglen, PA 19310. Borough of Avondale Borough Office Building, 110 Pomeroy Avenue, Avondale, PA 19311. Borough of Downingtown Municipal Government Center, 4-10 West Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown, PA 19335. Borough of Kennett Square Borough Hall, 120 Marshall Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Borough of Modena Borough Hall, Five Woodland Avenue, Modena, PA 19358. Borough of Parkesburg Borough Hall, Building One, 315 West First Avenue, Parkesburg, PA 19365. Borough of South Coatesville Borough Hall, 136 Modena Road, South Coatesville, PA 19320. Borough of West Chester Municipal Building, 401 East Gay Street, West Chester, PA 19380. Borough of West Grove Municipal Building, 117 Rose Hill Avenue, Second Floor, West Grove, PA 19390. City of Coatesville City Hall, One City Hall Place, Coatesville, PA 19320. Township of Birmingham Birmingham Township Office, 1040 West Street Road, West Chester, PA 19382. Township of Caln Caln Township Municipal Building, 253 Municipal Drive, Thorndale, PA 19372. Township of East Bradford East Bradford Township Hall, 666 Copeland School Road, West Chester, PA 19380. Township of East Brandywine East Brandywine Township Office, 1214 Horseshoe Pike, Downingtown, PA 19335. Township of East Caln East Caln Township Municipal Building, 110 Bell Tavern Road, Downingtown, PA 19335. Township of East Fallowfield Township Building, 2264 Strasburg Road, East Fallowfield, PA 19320. Township of East Marlborough East Marlborough Township Office, 721 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348. Township of East Whiteland East Whiteland Township Building, 209 Conestoga Road, Frazer, PA 19355. Township of Franklin Franklin Township Building, 20 Municipal Lane, Landenberg, PA 19350. Township of Highland Highland Township Municipal Building, 100 Five Point Road, Coatesville, PA 19320. Township of Honey Brook Township Administration Office, 500 Suplee Road, Honey Brook, PA 19344. Township of Kennett Kennett Township Municipal Building, 801 Burrows Run Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317. Township of London Grove London Grove Township Office, 372 Rose Hill Road, Suite 100, West Grove, PA 19390. Township of Londonderry Londonderry Municipal Office Building, 103 Daleville Road, Cochranville, PA 19330. Township of Lower Oxford Lower Oxford Township Municipal Office, 220 Township Road, Oxford, PA 19363. Township of New Garden New Garden Township Administrative Building, 299 Starr Road, Landenberg, PA 19350. Township of Newlin Newlin Township Office, Maintenance Garage, 1751 Embreeville Road, Coatesville, PA 19320. Township of Penn Penn Township Building, 260 Lewis Road, West Grove, PA 19390. Township of Pennsbury Pennsbury Township Municipal Building, 702 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA 19317. Township of Pocopson Pocopson Township Administration Building, 740 Denton Hollow Road, West Chester, PA 19382. Township of Sadsbury Sadsbury Township Municipal Building, 2920 Lincoln Highway, Sadsburyville, PA 19369. Township of Thornbury Thornbury Township Municipal Building, Eight Township Drive, Cheyney, PA 19319. Township of Upper Oxford Upper Oxford Township Building, 1185 Limestone Road, Oxford, PA 19363. Township of Upper Uwchlan Upper Uwchlan Township Office, 140 Pottstown Pike, Chester Springs, PA 19425. Township of Uwchlan Uwchlan Township Administration Building, Zoning Department, 715 North Ship Road, Exton, PA 19341. Township of Valley Valley Township Municipal Building, 890 West Lincoln Highway, Coatesville, PA 19320. Township of Wallace Wallace Township Municipal Building, 1250 Creek Road, Glenmoore, PA 19343. Township of West Bradford West Bradford Township Building, 1385 Campus Drive, First Floor, Downingtown, PA 19335. Township of West Brandywine Township Building, 198 Lafayette Road, Upper Level, West Brandywine, PA 19320. Township of West Caln West Caln Township Municipal Building, 721 West Kings Highway, Wagontown, PA 19376. Township of West Fallowfield West Fallowfield Township Office, 3095 Limestone Road, Suite One, Cochranville, PA 19330. Township of West Goshen West Goshen Township Office, 1025 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA 19380. Township of West Marlborough West Marlborough Township Building, 1300 Doe Run Road, Coatesville, PA 19320. Township of West Nantmeal West Nantmeal Township Municipal Building, 455 North Manor Road, Elverson, PA 19520. Township of West Nottingham West Nottingham Township Municipal Building, 100 Park Road, Nottingham, PA 19362. Township of West Sadsbury West Sadsbury Township Municipal Building, 6400 North Moscow Road, Parkesburg, PA 19365. Township of West Whiteland West Whiteland Township Building, Zoning Department, 101 Commerce Drive, Exton, PA 19341. Delaware County, Pennsylvania (All Jurisdictions) Township of Chadds Ford Township Municipal Building, 10 Ring Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317.

    II. Non-watershed-based studies:

    Community Community map repository address Carbon County, Montana, and Incorporated Areas Maps Available for Inspection Online at: http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata Project: 15-08-1292S Preliminary Date: December 11, 2015 Unincorporated Areas of Carbon County County Administration Building, 17 West 11th Street, Red Lodge, MT 59068. Lincoln County, South Dakota, and Incorporated Areas Maps Available for Inspection Online at: http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata Project: 14-08-1283S Preliminary Date: October 8, 2015 Unincorporated Areas of Lincoln County Lincoln County Planning and Zoning Department, 104 North Main Street, Suite 220, Canton, SD 57013. Minnehaha County, South Dakota, and Incorporated Areas Maps Available for Inspection Online at: http://www.fema.gov/preliminaryfloodhazarddata Project: 14-08-1283S Preliminary Date: October 8, 2015 City of Sioux Falls City Hall, 224 West Ninth Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57117. Unincorporated Areas of Minnehaha County Minnehaha County Planning Department, 415 North Dakota Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09469 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110-12-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency [Docket ID FEMA-2016-0002] Changes in Flood Hazard Determinations AGENCY:

    Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

    ACTION:

    Final notice.

    SUMMARY:

    New or modified Base (1-percent annual chance) Flood Elevations (BFEs), base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundaries or zone designations, and/or regulatory floodways (hereinafter referred to as flood hazard determinations) as shown on the indicated Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) for each of the communities listed in the table below are finalized. Each LOMR revises the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and in some cases the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports, currently in effect for the listed communities. The flood hazard determinations modified by each LOMR will be used to calculate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and their contents.

    DATES:

    The effective date for each LOMR is indicated in the table below.

    ADDRESSES:

    Each LOMR is available for inspection at both the respective Community Map Repository address listed in the table below and online through the FEMA Map Service Center at www.msc.fema.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Rick Sacbibit, Chief, Engineering Services Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-7659, or (email) [email protected]; or visit the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) online at www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/fmx_main.html.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) makes the final flood hazard determinations as shown in the LOMRs for each community listed in the table below. Notice of these modified flood hazard determinations has been published in newspapers of local circulation and 90 days have elapsed since that publication. The Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation has resolved any appeals resulting from this notification.

    The modified flood hazard determinations are made pursuant to section 206 of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 4105, and are in accordance with the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, 42 U.S.C. 4001 et seq., and with 44 CFR part 65.

    For rating purposes, the currently effective community number is shown and must be used for all new policies and renewals.

    The new or modified flood hazard information is the basis for the floodplain management measures that the community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of being already in effect in order to remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

    This new or modified flood hazard information, together with the floodplain management criteria required by 44 CFR 60.3, are the minimum that are required. They should not be construed to mean that the community must change any existing ordinances that are more stringent in their floodplain management requirements. The community may at any time enact stricter requirements of its own or pursuant to policies established by other Federal, State, or regional entities.

    This new or modified flood hazard determinations are used to meet the floodplain management requirements of the NFIP and also are used to calculate the appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings, and for the contents in those buildings. The changes in flood hazard determinations are in accordance with 44 CFR 65.4.

    Interested lessees and owners of real property are encouraged to review the final flood hazard information available at the address cited below for each community or online through the FEMA Map Service Center at www.msc.fema.gov.

    (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 97.022, “Flood Insurance.”) Dated: April 11, 2016. Roy E. Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency. State and county Location and case No. Chief executive
  • officer of community
  • Community map repository Effective date of modification Community
  • No.
  • Illinois: Cook (FEMA Docket No.: B-1551) Village of Alsip (15-05-5016P) The Honorable Patrick E. Kitching, Mayor, Village of Alsip, 4500 West 123rd Street, Alsip, IL 60803 Village Office, 4500 West 123rd Street, Alsip, IL 60803 Jan. 8, 2016 170055 DuPage (FEMA Docket No.: B-1559) City of Chicago (15-05-1012P) The Honorable Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, City of Chicago, Chicago City Hall, Room 406, 121 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60602 Department of Buildings, Stormwater Management, 121 North LaSalle Street, Room 906, Chicago, IL 60602 Feb. 5, 2016 170074 DuPage (FEMA Docket No.: B-1559) Village of Bensenville (15-05-1012P) The Honorable Frank Soto, Village President, Village of Bensenville, 12 South Center Street, Bensenville, IL 60106 Village Hall, 12 South Center Street, Bensenville, IL 60106 Feb. 5, 2016 170200 DuPage (FEMA Docket No.: B-1559) Village of Elk Grove Village (15-05-1012P) The Honorable Craig B. Johnson, Mayor, Village of Elk Grove Village, 901 Wellington Avenue, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 Engineering and Community Development Department, 901 Wellington Avenue, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007 Feb. 5, 2016 170088 Kankakee (FEMA Docket No.: B-1544) Village of Manteno (15-05-4922P) The Honorable Timothy Nugent, Mayor, Village of Manteno, 98 East 3rd Street, Manteno, IL 60950 Village Hall, 98 East 3rd Street, Manteno, IL 60950 Dec. 17, 2015 170878 McHenry (FEMA Docket No.: B-1551) Village of Johnsburg (15-05-6182X) The Honorable Edwin P. Hettermann, Village President, Village of Johnsburg, 1515 Channel Beach Avenue, Johnsburg, IL 60051 Village Hall, 1515 West Channel Beach Avenue, Johnsburg, IL 60051 Feb. 4, 2016 170486 Peoria (FEMA Docket No.: B-1551) City of Peoria (15-05-2741P) The Honorable Jim Ardis, Mayor, City of Peoria, 419 Fulton Street, Suite 401, Peoria, IL 61602 Public Works Department, 3505 North Dries Lane, Peoria, IL 61604 Jan. 27, 2016 170536 Peoria (FEMA Docket No.: B-1551) Unincorporated areas of Peoria County (15-05-2741P) The Honorable Thomas O'Neill Chairman, Peoria County Board, County Courthouse, Room 502, 324 Main Street, Peoria, IL 61602 County Courthouse, 324 Main Street, Peoria, IL 61602 Jan. 27, 2016 170533 Indiana: Monroe (FEMA Docket No.: B-1559) City of Bloomington (15-05-2536P) The Honorable Mark Kruzan, Mayor, City of Bloomington, 401 North Morton Street, Suite 210, Bloomington, IN 47404 City Hall, 401 North Morton Street Suite 110, c/o Clerk, City of Bloomington, Nicole Bolden, Bloomington, IN 47404 Feb. 11, 2016 180169 Monroe (FEMA Docket No.: B-1559) Unincorporated areas of Monroe County (15-05-2536P) The Honorable Julie Thomas, President, Monroe County Commissioners, 100 West Kirkwood Avenue, Courthouse, 3rd Floor, Bloomington, IN 47404 County Courthouse, 100 West Kirkwood Avenue, Room 306, Bloomington, IN 47404 Feb. 11, 2016 180444 Michigan: Wayne (FEMA Docket No.: B-1551) City of Romulus (15-05-1538P) The Honorable LeRoy Burcroff, Mayor, City of Romulus, 11111 Wayne Road, Romulus, MI 48174 City Hall, 11111 Wayne Road, Romulus, MI 48174 Jan. 8, 2016 260381 Minnesota: Dakota (FEMA Docket No.: B-1559) City of Lakeville (15-05-2198P) The Honorable Matt Little, Mayor, City of Lakeville, 20195 Holyoke Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044 City Hall, 20195 Holyoke Avenue, Lakeville, MN 55044 Feb. 4, 2016 270107 Norman (FEMA Docket No.: B-1559) City of Ada (15-05-5324P) The Honorable Jim Ellefson, Mayor, City of Ada, 15 East 4th Avenue, Ada, MN 56510 City Hall, 404 West Main Street, Ada, MN 56510 Feb. 17, 2016 270323 Norman (FEMA Docket No.: B-1559) Unincorporated areas of Norman County (15-05-5324P) Ms. Lee Ann Hall, Commissioner, Norman County, 16 3rd Avenue East, Ada, MN 56510 Norman County Courthouse, 16 3rd Avenue East, Ada, MN 56510 Feb. 17, 2016 270322 Missouri: Cass FEMA Docket No.: B-1559) City of Belton (15-07-1479P) The Honorable Jeff Davis, Mayor, City of Belton, 411 Westover Court, Belton, MO 64012 City Hall Annex, 520 Main Street, Belton, MO 64012 Feb. 5, 2016 290062 Howell (FEMA Docket No.: B-1559) City of Willow Springs (15-07-2193P) The Honorable Kim Wehmer, Mayor, City of Willow Springs, 900 West Main Street, P.O. Box 190, Willow Springs, MO 65793 City Hall, 900 West Main Street, Willow Springs, MO 65793 Feb. 17, 2016 290167 Jackson FEMA Docket No.: B-1551) City of Kansas City (15-07-1558P) The Honorable Sly James, Mayor, City of Kansas City, 414 East 12th Street, 29th Floor, Kansas City, MO 64106 City Hall, 414 East 12th Street, 25th Floor, c/o City Clerk, Marilyn Sanders, Kansas City, MO 64106 Jan. 15, 2016 290173 Ohio: Franklin FEMA Docket No.: B-1559) City of Dublin (15-05-5393P) The Honorable Michael Keenan, Mayor, City of Dublin, 5200 Emerald Parkway, Dublin, OH 43017 Dublin Engineering Building, 5800 Shier-Rings Road, Dublin, OH 43017 Feb. 5, 2016 390673 Franklin FEMA Docket No.: B-1559) City of Grove City (15-05-7153P) The Honorable Richard I. Stage, Mayor, City of Grove City, 4035 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123 City Hall, 4035 Broadway, Grove City, OH 43123 Feb. 23, 2016 390173 Hocking FEMA Docket No.: B-1551) City of Logan (15-05-6391X) The Honorable J. Martin Irvine, Mayor, City of Logan, 10 South Mulberry Street, Logan, OH 43138 City Auditor, 10 South Mulberry Street, Logan, OH 43138 Jan. 9, 2016 390274 Hocking FEMA Docket No.: B-1551) Unincorporated areas of Hocking County (15-05-6391X) Mr. Larry Dicken, County Commissioner, Hocking County, 1 East Main Street, Logan, OH 43138 Hocking County Board of Elections, 93 West Hunter Street, Logan, OH 43138 Jan. 9, 2016 390272 Oregon: Lane (FEMA Docket No.: B-1551) City of Creswell (15-10-1143P) The Honorable Dave Stram, Mayor, City of Creswell, P.O. Box 276, Creswell, OR 97426 City Hall, 13 South 1st Street, Creswell, OR 97426 Jan. 15, 2016 410121 Lane (FEMA Docket No.: B-1551) Unincorporated areas of Lane County (15-10-1143P) The Honorable Faye Stewart, Commissioner, East Lane County, Lane County Public Service Building, 125 East 8th Street, Eugene, OR 97401 Lane County Planning Department, Public Service Building, 125 East 8th Street, Eugene, OR 97401 Jan. 15, 2016 415591 Multnomah (FEMA Docket No.: B-1531) City of Portland (15-10-0392P) The Honorable Charlie Hales, Mayor, City of Portland, 1221 Southwest 4th Avenue, Room 340, Portland, OR 97204 Bureau of Environmental Services, 1221 Southwest 4th Avenue, Room 230, Portland, OR 97204 Nov. 13, 2015 410183 Tennessee: Sevier (FEMA Docket No.: B-1559) City of Sevierville (15-04-2363P) The Honorable Bryan C. Atchley, Mayor, City of Sevierville, 120 Gary Wade Boulevard, P.O. Box 5500, Sevierville, TN 37864 City Hall, 120 Gary Wade Boulevard, Sevierville, TN 37862 Feb. 16, 2016 475444 Texas: Tarrant (FEMA Docket No.: B-1544) City of Arlington (15-06-2414P) The Honorable Jeff Williams, Mayor, City of Arlington, 101 East Abram Street, Arlington, TX 76010 City Hall, 101 East Abram Street, Arlington, TX 76010. Jan. 6, 2016 485454 Tarrant (FEMA Docket No.: B-1531) City of Bedford (14-06-4249P) The Honorable Jim Griffin, Mayor, City of Bedford, City Hall, 2000 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford, TX 76021 Public Works Office, 1813 Reliance Parkway, Bedford, TX 76021 Oct. 20, 2015 480585 Tarrant (FEMA Docket No.: B-1531) City of Colleyville (14-06-4249P) The Honorable David Kelly, Mayor, City of Colleyville, City Hall, 100 Main Street, Colleyville, TX 76034 Public Works Office, 100 Main Street, Colleyville, TX 76034 Oct. 20, 2015 480590 Tarrant (FEMA Docket No.: B-1531) City of Euless (14-06-4249P) The Honorable Linda Martin, Mayor, City of Euless, City Hall, 201 North Ector Drive, Euless, TX 76039 Planning and Engineering Building, 201 North Ector Drive, Euless, TX 76039 Oct. 20, 2015 480593 Tarrant (FEMA Docket No.: B-1551) City of Fort Worth (15-06-2612P) The Honorable Betsy Price, Mayor, City of Fort Worth, 1000 Throckmorton Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102 Department of Transportation and Public Works, 1000 Throckmorton Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102 Jan. 8, 2016 480596 Tarrant (FEMA Docket No.: B-1551) City of Haltom City (15-06-2612P) The Honorable David Averitt, Mayor, City of Haltom City, 5024 Broadway Avenue, Haltom City, TX 76117 City Hall, 5024 Broadway Avenue, Haltom City, TX 76117 Jan. 8, 2016 480599 Wisconsin: Calumet (FEMA Docket No.: B-1551) Unincorporated areas of Calumet County (15-05-1737P) Mr. Todd Romenesko, Calumet County Administrator, 206 Court Street, Chilton, WI 53014 City Hall, 206 Court Street, Chilton, WI 53014 Jan. 8, 2016 550035 Dane (FEMA Docket No.: B-1559) City of Sun Prairie (15-05-4807P) The Honorable Paul T. Esser, Mayor, City of Sun Prairie, 300 East Main Street, 2nd Floor, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 City Hall, 300 East Main Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 Feb. 12, 2016 550573 Dane (FEMA Docket No.: B-1559) Unincorporated areas of Dane County (15-05-4807P) Mr. Joe Parisi, Dane County Executive, City County Building, Room 421, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Madison, WI 53703 City County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Room 116, Madison, WI 53703 Feb. 12, 2016 550077
    [FR Doc. 2016-09458 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110-12-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency [Docket ID FEMA-2007-0008] National Advisory Council; Meeting AGENCY:

    Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

    ACTION:

    Committee Management; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Advisory Council (NAC) will meet in person on May 10, 11, and 12, 2016 in San Antonio, TX. The meeting will be open to the public.

    DATES:

    The NAC will meet on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and on Thursday, May 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. Central Daylight Time (CDT). Please note that the meeting may close early if the NAC has completed its business.

    ADDRESSES:

    The meeting will be held at The Menger Hotel located at 204 Alamo Plaza in San, Antonio, TX 78205. It is recommended that attendees register with FEMA prior to the meeting by providing your name, telephone number, email address, title, and organization to the person listed in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT below.

    For information on facilities or services for individuals with disabilities or to request special assistance at the meeting, contact the person listed in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT below as soon as possible.

    To facilitate public participation, members of the public are invited to provide written comments on the issues to be considered by the NAC. The “Agenda” section below outlines these issues. Written comments must be submitted and received by 5:00 p.m. CDT on May 9, 2016, identified by Docket ID FEMA-2007-0008, and submitted by one of the following methods:

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

    Email: [email protected]. Include the docket number in the subject line of the message.

    Fax: (540) 504-2331.

    Mail: Regulatory Affairs Division, Office of Chief Counsel, FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Room 8NE, Washington, DC 20472-3100.

    Instructions: All submissions received must include the words “Federal Emergency Management Agency” and the docket number for this action. Comments received will be posted without alteration at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.

    Docket: For access to the docket to read comments received by the NAC, go to http://www.regulations.gov, and search for the Docket ID listed above.

    A public comment period will be held on Wednesday, May 11 from 2:50 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. CDT. All speakers must limit their comments to 3 minutes. Comments should be addressed to the committee. Any comments not related to the agenda topics will not be considered by the NAC. To register to make remarks during the public comment period, contact the individual listed below by May 9, 2016. Please note that the public comment period may end before the time indicated, following the last call for comments.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Alexandra Woodruff, Designated Federal Officer, Office of the National Advisory Council, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472-3184, telephone (202) 646-2700, fax (540) 504-2331, and email [email protected]. The NAC Web site is: http://www.fema.gov/national-advisory-council.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. Appendix.

    The NAC advises the FEMA Administrator on all aspects of emergency management. The NAC incorporates state, local, and tribal government, and private sector input in the development and revision of FEMA plans and strategies. The NAC includes a cross-section of senior officials, emergency managers, and emergency response providers from state, local, and tribal governments, the private sector, and nongovernmental organizations.

    Agenda: On Tuesday, May 10, the NAC will review FEMA's response from the NAC's February 2016 recommendations, receive briefings from FEMA Executive Staff (Office of Response and Recovery, National Preparedness Directorate, and Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration), and a briefing on military support to FEMA.

    On Wednesday, May 11, the NAC will hear from a FEMA Regional Administrator about activities in the FEMA Regions and engage in an open discussion with the FEMA Administrator. The three NAC subcommittees (Federal Insurance and Mitigation Subcommittee, Preparedness and Protection Subcommittee, and Response and Recovery Subcommittee) and the Spontaneous Volunteers Ad Hoc Subcommittee will provide reports to the NAC about their work, whereupon the NAC will deliberate on any recommendations presented in the subcommittees' reports, and, if appropriate, vote on recommendations for the FEMA Administrator. The subcommittee reports will be posted on the NAC Web page by 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11. The NAC will receive a briefing about Supply Chain Resiliency and engage in a facilitated discussion of the status of previously submitted NAC recommendations.

    On Thursday, May 12, the NAC will review agreed upon recommendations and confirm charges for the subcommittees as well as engage in an open discussion with the FEMA Deputy Administrator.

    The full agenda and any related documents for this meeting will be posted by Friday, May 6 on the NAC Web site at http://www.fema.gov/national-advisory-council.

    Dated: April 20, 2016. W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09557 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111-48-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency [Docket ID FEMA-2016-0002] Final Flood Hazard Determinations AGENCY:

    Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

    ACTION:

    Final notice.

    SUMMARY:

    Flood hazard determinations, which may include additions or modifications of Base Flood Elevations (BFEs), base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundaries or zone designations, or regulatory floodways on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports have been made final for the communities listed in the table below.

    The FIRM and FIS report are the basis of the floodplain management measures that a community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of having in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). In addition, the FIRM and FIS report are used by insurance agents and others to calculate appropriate flood insurance premium rates for buildings and the contents of those buildings.

    DATES:

    The effective date of August 17, 2016 which has been established for the FIRM and, where applicable, the supporting FIS report showing the new or modified flood hazard information for each community.

    ADDRESSES:

    The FIRM, and if applicable, the FIS report containing the final flood hazard information for each community is available for inspection at the respective Community Map Repository address listed in the tables below and will be available online through the FEMA Map Service Center at www.msc.fema.gov by the effective date indicated above.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Rick Sacbibit, Chief, Engineering Services Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-7659, or (email) [email protected]; or visit the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) online at www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/fmx_main.html.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) makes the final determinations listed below for the new or modified flood hazard information for each community listed. Notification of these changes has been published in newspapers of local circulation and 90 days have elapsed since that publication. The Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation has resolved any appeals resulting from this notification.

    This final notice is issued in accordance with section 110 of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 4104, and 44 CFR part 67. FEMA has developed criteria for floodplain management in floodprone areas in accordance with 44 CFR part 60.

    Interested lessees and owners of real property are encouraged to review the new or revised FIRM and FIS report available at the address cited below for each community or online through the FEMA Map Service Center at www.msc.fema.gov.

    The flood hazard determinations are made final in the watersheds and/or communities listed in the table below.

    (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 97.022, “Flood Insurance.”) Dated: April 11, 2016. Roy E. Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    I. Watershed-based studies:

    Community Community map repository address Middle Coosa Watershed St. Clair County, Alabama, and Incorporated Areas Docket No.: FEMA-B-1515 City of Argo City Hall, 100 Blackjack Road, Argo, AL 35173. City of Ashville City Hall, 211 Eighth Street, Ashville, AL 35953. City of Margaret City Hall, 125 School Street, Margaret, AL 35112. City of Moody City Hall, 670 Park Avenue, Moody, AL 35004. City of Odenville City Hall, 183 Alabama Street, Odenville, AL 35120. City of Pell City City Hall, 1905 First Avenue North, Pell City, AL 35125. City of Riverside City Hall, 379 Depot Street, Riverside, AL 35135. City of Springville City Hall, 6327 U.S. Highway 11, Springville, AL 35146. City of Trussville City Hall, 131 Main Street, Trussville, AL 35173. Town of Ragland Town Hall, 220 Fredia Street, Suite 102, Ragland, AL 35131. Town of Steele Town Hall, 4025 Pope Avenue, Steele, AL 35987. Unincorporated Areas of St. Clair County St. Clair County Road Department, 31588 Highway 231, Ashville, AL 35953.

    II. Non-watershed-based studies:

    Community Community map repository address Lee County, Illinois, and Incorporated Areas Docket No.: FEMA-B-1511 City of Dixon City Hall, Building and Zoning Office, 121 West Second Street, Dixon, IL 61021. City of Rochelle City Hall, 420 North Sixth Street, Rochelle, IL 61068. Unincorporated Areas of Lee County County Zoning Office, 112 East Second Street, Dixon, IL 61021. Village of Nelson Village Hall, 202 South Butler Street, Nelson, IL 61021. Ogle County, Illinois, and Incorporated Areas Docket No.: FEMA-B-1511 City of Byron City Hall, 232 West Second Street, Byron, IL 61010. City of Oregon City Hall, 115 North Third Street, Oregon, IL 61061. City of Rochelle City Hall, 420 North Sixth Street, Rochelle, IL 61068. Unincorporated Areas of Ogle County Ogle County Planning & Zoning Department, 911 West Pines Road, Oregon, IL 61061. Village of Hillcrest Village Hall, 204 Hillcrest Avenue, Rochelle, IL 61068. Camden County, New Jersey Docket No.: FEMA-B-1520 Borough of Audubon Borough Hall, 606 West Nicholson Road, Audubon, NJ 08106. Borough of Audubon Park Community Hall, 20 Road C, Audubon Park, NJ 08106. Borough of Bellmawr Municipal Building, 21 East Browning Road, Bellmawr, 08031. Borough of Brooklawn Borough Hall, 301 Christiana Street, Brooklawn, NJ 08030. Borough of Collingswood Borough Hall, 678 Haddon Avenue, Collingswood, NJ 08108. Borough of Mount Ephraim Tax Office, 121 South Black Horse Pike, Mount Ephraim, NJ 08059. Borough of Oaklyn Borough Hall, 500 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn, NJ 08107. Borough of Runnemede Borough Hall, 24 North Black Horse Pike, Runnemede NJ 08078. Borough of Woodlynne Municipal Building, 200 Cooper Avenue, Woodlynne, NJ 08107. City of Camden Planning Department, 520 Market Street, Suite 224, Camden, NJ 08101. City of Gloucester Municipal Building, 512 Mommoth Street, Gloucester City, NJ 08030. Township of Gloucester Municipal Building, 1261 Chews Landing Road, Laurel Springs, NJ 08021. Township of Haddon Annex Building, 10 Reeve Avenue, Haddon Township NJ 08108. Township of Pennsauken Municipal Building, 5605 North Crescent Boulevard, Pennsauken, NJ 08110. Gloucester County, New Jersey Docket No.: FEMA-B-1520 Borough of National Park Borough Hall, 7 South Grove Avenue, National Park, NJ 08063. Borough of Paulsboro Administration Building, 1211 North Delaware Street, Paulsboro, NJ 08066. Borough of Swedesboro Borough Hall, 1500 Kings Highway, Swedesboro, NJ 08085. Borough of Wenonah 1 South West Avenue, Wenonah, NJ 08090. Borough of Westville 165 Broadway, Westville, NJ 08093. City of Woodbury City Hall, 33 Delaware Street, Woodbury, NJ 08096. Township of Deptford Municipal Building, 1011 Cooper Street, Deptford, NJ 08096. Township of East Greenwich East Greenwich Township Municipal Building, 159 Democrat Road, Mickleton, NJ 08056. Township of Greenwich Greenwich Township Construction and Zoning Office, 403 West Broad Street, Gibbstown, NJ 08027. Township of Logan 125 Main Street, Bridgeport, NJ 08014. Township Mantua Municipal Building, 401 Main Street, Mantua, NJ 08051. Township of West Deptford 400 Crown Point Road, West Deptford, NJ 08086. Township of Woolwich 121 Woodstown Road, Swedesboro, NJ 08085. Mingo County, West Virginia, and Incorporated Areas Docket No.: FEMA-B-1466 City of Williamson City Hall, 107 East 4th Avenue, Williamson, WV 25661. Town of Kermit City Hall, 101 Main Street, Kermit, WV 25674. Town of Matewan Town Hall, 306 McCoy Alley, Matewan, WV 25678. Unincorporated Areas of Mingo County Mingo County Floodplain Management Office, 75 East 2nd Avenue, Room 328, Williamson, WV 25661.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09468 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110-12-P
    DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency [Docket ID FEMA-2016-0002; Internal Agency Docket No. FEMA-B-1614] Changes in Flood Hazard Determinations AGENCY:

    Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    This notice lists communities where the addition or modification of Base Flood Elevations (BFEs), base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) boundaries or zone designations, or the regulatory floodway (hereinafter referred to as flood hazard determinations), as shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), and where applicable, in the supporting Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports, prepared by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for each community, is appropriate because of new scientific or technical data. The FIRM, and where applicable, portions of the FIS report, have been revised to reflect these flood hazard determinations through issuance of a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR), in accordance with Title 44, Part 65 of the Code of Federal Regulations (44 CFR part 65). The LOMR will be used by insurance agents and others to calculate appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and the contents of those buildings. For rating purposes, the currently effective community number is shown in the table below and must be used for all new policies and renewals.

    DATES:

    These flood hazard determinations will become effective on the dates listed in the table below and revise the FIRM panels and FIS report in effect prior to this determination for the listed communities.

    From the date of the second publication of notification of these changes in a newspaper of local circulation, any person has 90 days in which to request through the community that the Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation reconsider the changes. The flood hazard determination information may be changed during the 90-day period.

    ADDRESSES:

    The affected communities are listed in the table below. Revised flood hazard information for each community is available for inspection at both the online location and the respective community map repository address listed in the table below. Additionally, the current effective FIRM and FIS report for each community are accessible online through the FEMA Map Service Center at www.msc.fema.gov for comparison.

    Submit comments and/or appeals to the Chief Executive Officer of the community as listed in the table below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Rick Sacbibit, Chief, Engineering Services Branch, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646-7659, or (email) [email protected]; or visit the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) online at www.floodmaps.fema.gov/fhm/fmx_main.html.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The specific flood hazard determinations are not described for each community in this notice. However, the online location and local community map repository address where the flood hazard determination information is available for inspection is provided.

    Any request for reconsideration of flood hazard determinations must be submitted to the Chief Executive Officer of the community as listed in the table below.

    The modifications are made pursuant to section 201 of the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, 42 U.S.C. 4105, and are in accordance with the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, 42 U.S.C. 4001 et seq., and with 44 CFR part 65.

    The FIRM and FIS report are the basis of the floodplain management measures that the community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of having in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

    These flood hazard determinations, together with the floodplain management criteria required by 44 CFR 60.3, are the minimum that are required. They should not be construed to mean that the community must change any existing ordinances that are more stringent in their floodplain management requirements. The community may at any time enact stricter requirements of its own or pursuant to policies established by other Federal, State, or regional entities. The flood hazard determinations are in accordance with 44 CFR 65.4.

    The affected communities are listed in the following table. Flood hazard determination information for each community is available for inspection at both the online location and the respective community map repository address listed in the table below. Additionally, the current effective FIRM and FIS report for each community are accessible online through the FEMA Map Service Center at www.msc.fema.gov for comparison.

    (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 97.022, “Flood Insurance.”) Dated: April 11, 2016. Roy E. Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency. State and county Location and case No. Chief executive officer of community Community map repository Online location of letter of map revision Effective date of modification Community No. Alabama: Tuscaloosa City of Tuscaloosa (16-04-1952X) The Honorable Walter Maddox, Mayor, City of Tuscaloosa, P.O. Box 2089, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 Engineering Department, 2201 University Boulevard, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jul. 5, 2016 010203 Arkansas: White City of Beebe (15-06-1373P) The Honorable Mike Robertson, Mayor, City of Beebe, 321 North Elm Street, Beebe, AR 72012 City Hall, 321 North Elm Street, Beebe, AR 72012 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jun. 22, 2016 050223 White Unincorporated areas of White County (15-06-1373P) The Honorable Michael Lincoln, White County Judge, 300 North Spruce Street, Searcy, AR 72143 White County Office of Emergency Management, 417 North Spruce Street, Searcy, AR 72143 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jun. 22, 2016 050467 Colorado: Douglas Town of Castle Rock (16-08-0265P) The Honorable Paul Donahue, Mayor, Town of Castle Rock, 100 North Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, CO 80104 Utilities Department, 175 Kellogg Court, Castle Rock, CO 80109 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jun. 24, 2016 080050 Florida: Bay Unincorporated areas of Bay County (15-04-8357P) The Honorable Mike Nelson, Chairman, Bay County Board of Commissioners, 840 West 11th Street, Panama City, FL 32401 Bay County Planning and Zoning Division, 840 West 11th Street, Panama City, FL 32401 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jun. 27, 2016 120004 Broward City of Pompano Beach (15-04-9775P) The Honorable Lamar Fisher, Mayor, City of Pompano Beach, 100 West Atlantic Boulevard, Pompano Beach, FL 33060 Building Inspections Division, 100 West Atlantic Boulevard, Pompano Beach, FL 33060 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jul. 7, 2016 120055 Manatee Unincorporated areas of Manatee County (16-04-1946X) The Honorable Vanessa Baugh, Chair, Manatee County Board of Commissioners, P.O. Box 1000, Bradenton, FL 34206 Manatee County Building and Development Services Department, 1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jul. 5, 2016 120153 Miami-Dade City of Miami (15-04-9311P) The Honorable Tomás P. Regalado, Mayor, City of Miami, 3500 Pan American Drive, Miami, FL 33133 Building Department, 444 Southwest 2nd Avenue, 4th Floor, Miami, FL 33130 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jul. 8, 2016 120650 Monroe Unincorporated areas of Monroe County (16-04-0898P) The Honorable Heather Carruthers, Mayor, Monroe County Board of Commissioners, 500 Whitehead Street, Suite 102, Key West, FL 33040 Monroe County Building Department, 2798 Overseas Highway, Suite 300, Marathon, FL 33050 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jun. 30, 2016 125129 Sarasota Unincorporated areas of Sarasota County (16-04-1646P) The Honorable Alan Maio, Chairman, Sarasota County Board of Commissioners, 1660 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34236 Sarasota County Development Services Department, 1001 Sarasota Center Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34240 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jun. 23, 2016 125144 Seminole City of Altamonte Springs (16-04-0514P) The Honorable Patricia Bates, Mayor, City of Altamonte Springs, 225 Newburyport Avenue, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701 Public Works Department, 950 Calabria Drive, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jun. 29, 2016 120290 St. Johns Unincorporated areas of St. Johns County (16-04-1087P) The Honorable Jeb Smith, Chairman, St. Johns County Board of Commissioners, 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL 32084 St. Johns County Building Services Division, 4040 Lewis Speedway, St. Augustine, FL 32084 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jun. 28, 2016 125147 Volusia City of Orange City (15-04-9264P) The Honorable Tom Laputka, Mayor, City of Orange City, 205 East Graves Avenue, Orange City, FL 32763 City Hall, 205 East Graves Avenue, Orange City, FL 32763 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jul. 5, 2016 120633 New York: Dutchess Town of Fishkill (16-02-0710P) The Honorable Robert LaColla, Supervisor, Town of Fishkill, 807 Route 52, Fishkill, NY 12524 Town Hall, 807 Route 52, Fishkill, NY 12524 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Aug. 17, 2016 361337 Dutchess Town of Wappinger (16-02-0710P) The Honorable Lori A. Jiava, Supervisor, Town of Wappinger, 20 Middlebush Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 Town Hall, 20 Middlebush Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Aug. 17, 2016 361387 North Carolina: Buncombe Unincorporated areas of Buncombe County (15-04-4244P) The Honorable David Gantt, Chairman, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, 200 College Street,, Suite 316, Asheville, NC 28801 Buncombe County Planning Department, 46 Valley Street Asheville, NC 28801 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jun. 30, 2016 370031 South Carolina: Berkeley Unincorporated areas of Berkeley County (16-04-1799P) The Honorable William W. Peagler, III, Chairman, Berkeley County Council, 1003 Highway 52, Moncks Corner, SC 29461 Berkeley County Planning and Zoning Department, 1003 Highway 52, Moncks Corner, SC 29461 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jun. 30, 2016 450029 South Dakota: Lawrence City of Spearfish (15-08-0993P) The Honorable Dana Boke, Mayor, City of Spearfish, 625 5th Street, Spearfish, SD 57783 Municipal Services Center, 625 5th Street, Spearfish, SD 57783 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jun. 24, 2016 460046 Pennington City of Hill City (15-08-0904P) The Honorable Dave Gray, Mayor, City of Hill City, P.O. Box 395, Hill City, SD 57745 Planning Department, 243 Deerfield Road, Hill City, SD 57745 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jun. 30, 2016 460116 Pennington Unincorporated areas of Pennington County (15-08-0904P) The Honorable Lyndell H. Petersen, Chairman, Pennington County Board of Commissioners, 130 Kansas City Street, Suite 100, Rapid City, SD 57701 Pennington County Planning Department, 832 St. Joseph Street, Rapid City, SD 57701 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jun. 30, 2016 460064 Tennessee: Hamilton City of Chattanooga (15-04-9959P) The Honorable Andy Berke, Mayor, City of Chattanooga, 101 East 11th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402 Planning Department, 1250 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc May 6, 2016 470072 Texas: Bexar City of San Antonio (15-06-4534P) The Honorable Ivy R. Taylor, Mayor, City of San Antonio, P.O. Box 839966, San Antonio, TX 78283 Transportation and Capital Improvements Department, Stormwater Division, 1901 South Alamo Street, 2nd Floor, San Antonio, TX 78204 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jun. 22, 2016 480045 Bexar Unincorporated areas of Bexar County (15-06-2058P) The Honorable Nelson W. Wolff, Bexar County Judge, Paul Elizondo Tower, 101 West Nueva Street, 10th Floor, San Antonio, TX 78205 Bexar County Public Works Department, 233 North Pecos-La Trinidad Street, Suite 420, San Antonio, TX 78207 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jun. 27, 2016 480035 Dallas City of Mesquite (15-06-2748P) The Honorable Stan Pickett, Mayor, City of Mesquite, 1515 North Galloway Avenue, Mesquite, TX 75149 Engineering Division, 1515 North Galloway Avenue, Mesquite, TX 75149 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jun. 17, 2016 485490 Denton Town of Trophy Club (15-06-3923P) The Honorable Nick Sanders, Mayor, Town of Trophy Club, 100 Municipal Drive, Trophy Club, TX 7626 Community Development Department, 100 Municipal Drive, Trophy Club, TX 76262 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jul. 7, 2016 481606 Denton Unincorporated areas of Denton County (15-06-3923P) The Honorable Mary Horn, Denton County Judge, 110 West Hickory Street, 2nd Floor, Denton, TX 76201 Denton County Public Works and Planning Division, 1505 East McKinney Street, Suite 175, Denton, TX 76209 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jul. 7, 2016 480774 Harris Unincorporated areas of Harris County (15-06-0921P) The Honorable Ed Emmett, Harris County Judge, 1001 Preston Street, Suite 911, Houston, TX 77002 Harris County Permit Office, 10555 Northwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77002 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jun. 29, 2016 480287 Travis City of Pflugerville (16-06-0047P) The Honorable Jeff Coleman, Mayor, City of Pflugerville, P.O. Box 589, Pflugerville, TX 78691 Development Services Center, 201-B East Pecan Street, Pflugerville, TX 78660 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jul. 11, 2016 481028 Utah: Davis City of Farmington (15-08-1200P) The Honorable H. James Talbot, Mayor, City of Farmington, P.O. Box 160, Farmington, UT 84025 City Hall, 160 South Main Street, Farmington, UT 84025 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jun. 24, 2016 490044 Davis Unincorporated areas of Davis County (15-08-1200P) The Honorable John Petroff, Jr., Chairman, Davis County Board of Commissioners, P.O. Box 618, Farmington, UT 84025 Davis County Planning Department, 61 South Main Street, Room 304, Farmington, UT 84025 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jun. 24, 2016 490038 Washington City of St. George (16-08-0186P) The Honorable Jon Pike, Mayor, City of St. George, 175 East 200 North, St. George, UT 84770 City Hall, 175 East 200 North, St. George, UT 84770 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jun. 27, 2016 490177 Virginia: Chesterfield Unincorporated areas of Chesterfield County (15-03-1125P) The Honorable Steve A. Elswick, Chairman, Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors, P.O. Box 40, Chesterfield, VA 23832 Chesterfield County Department of Environmental Engineering, 9800 Government Center Parkway, Chesterfield, VA 23832 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jun. 22, 2016 510035 Fairfax Unincorporated areas of Fairfax County (15-03-1061P) The Honorable Edward L. Long, Jr., Fairfax County Executive, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035 Fairfax County Stormwater Planning Division, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 449, Fairfax, VA 22035 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jul. 1, 2016 515525 York Unincorporated areas of York County (16-03-0468P) The Honorable Jeffrey D. Wassmer, Chairman, York County Board of Supervisors, P.O. Box 532, Yorktown, VA 23690 York County Stormwater Engineering Division, P.O. Box 532, Yorktown, VA 23690 http://www.msc.fema.gov/lomc Jul. 1, 2016 510182
    [FR Doc. 2016-09459 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110-12-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Indian Affairs [167 A2100DD/AAKC001030/A0A501010.999900] Renewal of Agency Information Collection for Grazing Permits AGENCY:

    Bureau of Indian Affairs, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Notice of request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is seeking comments on the renewal of Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the collection of information for Grazing Permits authorized by OMB Control Number 1076-0157. This information collection expires October 31, 2016.

    DATES:

    Submit comments on or before June 24, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments on the information collection to David Edington, Office of Trust Services, 1849 C Street NW., Mail Stop 4637 MIB, Washington, DC 20240; facsimile: (202) 219-0006; email: [email protected]

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    David Edington, (202) 513-0886.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Abstract

    The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is seeking renewal of the approval for the information collection conducted under 25 CFR 166, Grazing Permits, related to grazing on Tribal land, individually-owned Indian land, or government land. This information collection allows BIA to obtain the information necessary to determine whether an applicant is eligible to acquire, modify, or assign a grazing permit on trust or restricted lands and to allow a successful applicant to meet bonding requirements. Some of this information is collected on forms.

    II. Request for Comments

    The Bureau of Indian Affairs requests your comments on this collection concerning: (a) The necessity of this information collection for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden (hours and cost) of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; and (d) Ways to minimize the burden of collecting information from respondents.

    Please note that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and an individual need not respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB Control Number.

    It is our policy to make all comments available to the public for review at the location listed in the ADDRESSES section. Before including your address, phone number, email address or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

    III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1076-0157.

    Title: Grazing Permits, 25 CFR 166.

    Brief Description of Collection: Submission of this information allows individuals or organizations to acquire or modify a grazing permit on Tribal land, individually-owned Indian land, or government land and to meet bonding requirements. Some of this information is collected on the following forms: Form 5-5423—Performance Bond, Form 5-5514—Bid for Grazing Privileges, Form 5-5516—Grazing Permit for Organized Tribes, Form 5-5517—Free Grazing Permit, Form 5-5519—Cash Penal Bond, Form 5-5520—Power of Attorney, Form 5-5521—Certificate and Application for On-and-Off Grazing Permit, Form 5522—Modification of Grazing Permit, Form 5-5523—Assignment of Grazing Permit, Form 5-5524—Application for Allocation of Grazing Privileges, Form 5-5528—Livestock Crossing Permit, and Form 5-5529—Removable Range Improvement Records. Response is required to obtain or retain a benefit.

    Type of Review: Extension without change of a currently approved collection.

    Respondents: Tribes, Tribal organizations, individual Indians, and non-Indian individuals and associations.

    Number of Respondents: 1,490.

    Number of Responses: 1,490.

    Estimated Time per Response: 20 minutes.

    Frequency of Response: Annually.

    Estimated Total Annual Hour Burden: 497 hours.

    Obligation to Respond: A response is required to obtain a benefit.

    Estimated Total Non-hour Cost Burden: $0.

    Elizabeth K. Appel, Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs and Collaborative Action—Indian Affairs.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09489 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4337-15-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLWO350000/L19100000.BK0000/LRCMP5RXE001); XXXL1109AF; MO#4500091734] Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey; South Dakota AGENCY:

    Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Notice of filing of plats of survey.

    SUMMARY:

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will file the plat of survey of the lands described below in the BLM Montana State Office, Billings, Montana, on May 25, 2016.

    DATES:

    A notice of protest of the survey must be filed before May 25, 2016 to be considered. A statement of reasons for a protest may be filed with the notice of protest and must be filed within 30 days after the notice of protest is filed.

    ADDRESSES:

    Protests of the survey should be sent to the Branch of Cadastral Survey, Bureau of Land Management, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, Montana 59101-4669.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Thomas Trzinski, Cadastral Surveyor, Branch of Cadastral Survey, Bureau of Land Management, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, Montana 59101-4669, telephone (406) 896-5364 or (406) 896-5003, ttrzinsk@blm.gov. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    This survey was executed at the request of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Great Plains Region, Aberdeen, South Dakota, and was necessary to determine individual and tribal trust lands.

    The lands we surveyed are:

    Sixth Principal Meridian, South Dakota T. 40 N., R. 41 W. The plat, in two sheets, representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the 10th Standard Parallel North, through Range 41 West, a portion of the west boundary, a portion of the subdivisional lines, the subdivision of section 6, and the survey of certain lots in section 6, Township 40 North, Range 41 West, 6th Principal Meridian, South Dakota, was accepted March 24, 2016. We will place a copy of the plat, in two sheets, we described in the open files. They will be available to the public as a matter of information. If the BLM receives a protest against this survey, as shown on this plat, in two sheets, prior to the date of the official filing, we will stay the filing pending our consideration of the protest. We will not officially file this plat, in two sheets, until the day after we have accepted or dismissed all protests and they have become final, including decisions or appeals. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personally identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personally identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Authority:

    43 U.S.C. Chap. 3.

    Joshua F. Alexander, Acting Chief, Branch of Cadastral Survey, Division of Energy, Minerals and Realty.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09495 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310-DN-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management [LLWO350000/L19100000.BK0000/LRCMP5RXE002); XXXL1109AF; MO#4500091745] Notice of Filing of Plats of Survey; South Dakota AGENCY:

    Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Notice of filing of plats of survey.

    SUMMARY:

    The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will file the plat of survey of the lands described below in the BLM Montana State Office, Billings, Montana, on May 25, 2016.

    DATES:

    A notice of protest of the survey must be filed before May 25, 2016 to be considered. A statement of reasons for a protest may be filed with the notice of protest and must be filed within 30 days after the notice of protest is filed.

    ADDRESSES:

    Protests of the survey should be sent to the Branch of Cadastral Survey, Bureau of Land Management, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, Montana 59101-4669.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Thomas Trzinski, Cadastral Surveyor, Branch of Cadastral Survey, Bureau of Land Management, 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, Montana 59101-4669, telephone (406) 896-5364 or (406) 896-5003, [email protected] Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-800-877-8339 to contact the above individual during normal business hours. The FIRS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to leave a message or question with the above individual. You will receive a reply during normal business hours.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    This survey was executed at the request of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Great Plains Region, Aberdeen, South Dakota, and was necessary to determine individual and tribal trust lands.

    The lands we surveyed are:

    Sixth Principal Meridian, South Dakota T. 42 N., R. 29 W.

    The plat, in two sheets, representing the dependent resurvey of a portion of the east boundary, a portion of the subdivisonal lines, and the subdivision of section 24, Township 42 North, Range 29 West, Sixth Principal Meridian, South Dakota, was accepted March 24, 2016. We will place a copy of the plat, in two sheets, we described in the open files. They will be available to the public as a matter of information. If the BLM receives a protest against this survey, as shown on this plat, in two sheets, prior to the date of the official filing, we will stay the filing pending our consideration of the protest. We will not officially file this plat, in two sheets, until the day after we have accepted or dismissed all protests and they have become final, including decisions or appeals. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personally identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personally identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.

    Authority:

    43 U.S.C. Chap. 3.

    Joshua F. Alexander, Acting Chief, Branch of Cadastral Survey, Division of Energy, Minerals and Realty.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09494 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310-DN-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS-WASO-PCE-COR-20800; PPWOPCADC0, PNA00RT14.GT0000 (166)] Proposed Information Collection; National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program Application AGENCY:

    National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Notice; request for comments.

    SUMMARY:

    We (National Park Service, NPS) will ask the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on this information collection. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB control number.

    DATES:

    Please submit your comment on or before June 24, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    Please send your comments on the ICR to Madonna L. Baucum, Information Collection Clearance Officer, National Park Service, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Room 2C114, Mail Stop 242, Reston, VA 20192 (mail); or [email protected] (email). Please reference “1024-New RTCA” in the subject line.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Stephan Nofield, Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program Manager, National Park Service, Department of the Interior, 1201 Eye St. NW., Washington, DC 20005. You may send an email to [email protected] or via fax at (202) 371-5179.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract

    The purpose of this information collection is to enable members of the general public to apply for technical assistance provided by the NPS Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program. The information collected will be used by the NPS to evaluate the applications for technical assistance. The RTCA Program draws its authority from three important pieces of legislation, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1271 through 1287), the National Trails System Act (16 U.S.C. 1241 through 1249), and the Outdoor Recreation Act of 1963 (16 U.S.C. 4601-1 through 4601-3).

    The RTCA Program is the community assistance service of the NPS. RTCA supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects. Additionally, NPS staff provide technical assistance to communities to conserve rivers, preserve open space, and develop trails and greenways and other conservation and outdoor recreation community initiatives.

    The RTCA Program collects the following as part of the application package to request technical assistance:

    • Completed application form (NPS Form 10-1001 (Rev. 04/2016));

    • Site location map;

    • At least three (3) letters of commitment; and

    • Supplementary information to help the NPS learn more about the project (background documents, examples of media coverage, additional support letters, maps, list of links to resources, project photos, etc.).

    II. Data

    OMB Control Number: 1024-New.

    Title: National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program Application.

    Form(s): NPS Form 10-1001, “Application for Assistance”.

    Type of Request: Existing collection in use without approval.

    Description of Respondents: Businesses; community organizations; educational institutions; nonprofit organizations, and state, tribal, and local governments.

    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain benefits.

    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.

    Estimated Number of Annual Responses: 500.

    Completion Time per Response: 45 minutes.

    Estimated Annual Burden Hours: 375.

    Estimated Annual Reporting and Recordkeeping “Non-Hour Cost”: None.

    III. Comments

    We invite comments concerning this information collection on:

    • Whether or not the collection of information is necessary, including whether or not the information will have practical utility;

    • The accuracy of the burden for this collection of information;

    • Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

    • Ways to minimize the burden to respondents, including use of automated information techniques or other forms of information technology.

    Please note that the comments submitted in response to this notice are a matter of public record. We will include or summarize each comment in our request to OMB to approve this IC. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that it will be done.

    Dated: April 15, 2016. Madonna L. Baucum, Information Collection Clearance Officer, National Park Service.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09531 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310-EH-P
    DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service [NPS-WASO-NAGPRA-20784; PPWOCRADN0-PCU00RP14.R50000] Notice of Inventory Completion: Utah Museum of Natural History, Salt Lake City, UT AGENCY:

    National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Utah Museum of Natural History has completed an inventory of human remains, in consultation with the appropriate Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations, and has determined that there is a cultural affiliation between the human remains and present-day Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations. Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request to the Utah Museum of Natural History. If no additional requestors come forward, transfer of control of the human remains to the lineal descendants, Indian tribes, or Native Hawaiian organizations stated in this notice may proceed.

    DATES:

    Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request with information in support of the request to the Utah Museum of Natural History at the address in this notice by May 25, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    Dr. Lisbeth Louderback, Utah Museum of Natural History, 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, telephone (801) 585-2634, email [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Notice is here given in accordance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), 25 U.S.C. 3003, of the completion of an inventory of human remains under the control of the Utah Museum of Natural History, Salt Lake City, UT. The human remains were removed from Fillmore, Millard County, Utah.

    This notice is published as part of the National Park Service's administrative responsibilities under NAGPRA, 25 U.S.C. 3003(d)(3). The determinations in this notice are the sole responsibility of the museum, institution, or Federal agency that has control of the Native American human remains. The National Park Service is not responsible for the determinations in this notice.

    Consultation

    A detailed assessment of the human remains was made by the Utah Museum of Natural History professional staff in consultation with representatives of the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, Nevada and Utah; Northwestern Band of Shoshoni Nation of Utah (Washakie); Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (Cedar Band of Paiutes, Kanosh Band of Paiutes, Koosharem Band of Paiutes, Indian Peaks Band of Paiutes, and Shivwits Band of Paiutes); Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians of Utah; and the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah.

    History and Description of the Remains

    Around 1932, human remains representing, at minimum, one individual male between the ages of 35-50 were removed from a privately-owned field in Fillmore in Millard County, UT. The individual (UMNH148) was recovered during ploughing and shortly thereafter were transferred to the University of Utah. The Utah Museum of Natural History received control of the human remains in 1973. No known individuals were identified. No associated funerary objects were found.

    An osteological analysis indicates that the individual is Native American. Based on the geographical location of the burial, the individual is most closely affiliated with the Kanosh Band of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, who inhabited this area during the protohistoric and contact periods.

    Determinations Made by the Utah Museum of Natural History

    Officials of the Utah Museum of Natural History have determined that:

    • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(9), the human remains described in this notice represent the physical remains of one individual of Native American ancestry.

    • Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 3001(2), there is a relationship of shared group identity that can be reasonably traced between the Native American human remains and the Kanosh Band of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah.

    Additional Requestors and Disposition

    Lineal descendants or representatives of any Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization not identified in this notice that wish to request transfer of control of these human remains should submit a written request with information in support of the request to Dr. Lisbeth Louderback, Utah Museum of Natural History, 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, telephone (801) 585-2634, email [email protected], by May 25, 2016. After that date, if no additional requestors have come forward, transfer of control of the human remains to the Kanosh Band of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah may proceed.

    The Utah Museum of Natural History is responsible for notifying the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation, Nevada and Utah; Northwestern Band of Shoshoni Nation of Utah (Washakie); Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah (Cedar Band of Paiutes, Kanosh Band of Paiutes, Koosharem Band of Paiutes, Indian Peaks Band of Paiutes, and Shivwits Band of Paiutes); Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians of Utah; and the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah & Ouray Reservation, Utah that this notice has been published.

    Dated: April 4, 2016. Melanie O'Brien, Manager, National NAGPRA Program.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09513 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4312-50-P
    INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation No. 337-TA-992] Certain Height-Adjustable Desk Platforms and Components Thereof; Institution of Investigation AGENCY:

    U.S. International Trade Commission.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    Notice is hereby given that a complaint was filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission on March 18, 2016, under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, 19 U.S.C. 1337, on behalf of Varidesk LLC of Coppell, Texas. A supplement to the complaint was filed on April 1, 2016. The complaint, as supplemented, alleges violations of section 337 based upon the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, and the sale within the United States after importation of certain height-adjustable desk platforms and components thereof by reason of infringement of certain claims of U.S. Patent No. 9,113,703 (“the '703 patent”) and U.S. Patent No. 9,277,809 (“the '809 patent”). The complaint, as supplemented, further alleges that an industry in the United States exists and/or is in the process of being established as required by subsection (a)(2) of section 337.

    The complainant requests that the Commission institute an investigation and, after the investigation, issue a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders.

    ADDRESSES:

    The complaint, as supplemented, except for any confidential information contained therein, is available for inspection during official business hours (8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., Room 112, Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205-2000. Hearing impaired individuals are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission's TDD terminal on (202) 205-1810. Persons with mobility impairments who will need special assistance in gaining access to the Commission should contact the Office of the Secretary at (202) 205-2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its Internet server at http://www.usitc.gov. The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission's electronic docket (EDIS) at http://edis.usitc.gov.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    The Office of Docket Services, U.S. International Trade Commission, telephone (202) 205-1802.

    Authority:

    The authority for institution of this investigation is contained in section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, and in section 210.10 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, 19 CFR 210.10 (2015).

    Scope of Investigation: Having considered the complaint, the U.S. International Trade Commission, on April 19, 2016, ordered that

    (1) Pursuant to subsection (b) of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, an investigation be instituted to determine whether there is a violation of subsection (a)(1)(B) of section 337 in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, or the sale within the United States after importation of certain height-adjustable desk platforms and components thereof by reason of infringement of one or more of claims 1-2, 4, 6-8, and 10-11 of the '703 patent and claims 1-2, 5-18, and 22-26 of the '809 patent, and whether an industry in the United States exists as required by subsection (a)(2) of section 337;

    (2) For the purpose of the investigation so instituted, the following are hereby named as parties upon which this notice of investigation shall be served:

    (a) The complainant is: Varidesk LLC, 117 Wrangler Drive, Coppell, TX 75019.

    (b) The respondents are the following entities alleged to be in violation of section 337, and are the parties upon which the complaint is to be served:

    Nortek, Inc., 500 Exchange Street, Providence, RI 02903. Ergotron, Inc., 1181 Trapp Road, St. Paul, MN 55121.

    (3) For the investigation so instituted, the Chief Administrative Law Judge, U.S. International Trade Commission, shall designate the presiding Administrative Law Judge.

    The Office of Unfair Import Investigations will not participate as a party in this investigation.

    Responses to the complaint and the notice of investigation must be submitted by the named respondents in accordance with section 210.13 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, 19 CFR 210.13. Pursuant to 19 CFR 201.16(e) and 210.13(a), such responses will be considered by the Commission if received not later than 20 days after the date of service by the Commission of the complaint and the notice of investigation. Extensions of time for submitting responses to the complaint and the notice of investigation will not be granted unless good cause therefor is shown.

    Failure of a respondent to file a timely response to each allegation in the complaint and in this notice may be deemed to constitute a waiver of the right to appear and contest the allegations of the complaint and this notice, and to authorize the administrative law judge and the Commission, without further notice to the respondent, to find the facts to be as alleged in the complaint and this notice and to enter an initial determination and a final determination containing such findings, and may result in the issuance of an exclusion order or a cease and desist order or both directed against the respondent.

    By order of the Commission.

    Issued: April 20, 2016. Lisa R. Barton, Secretary to the Commission.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09508 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020-02-P
    DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE [OMB Number 1190-0018] Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed eCollection; eComments Requested: OSC Charge Form AGENCY:

    Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice.

    ACTION:

    60-Day notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Justice (DOJ), Civil Rights Division, 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 of 1995.

    DATES:

    Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for “sixty days” until June 24, 2016.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    If you have comments especially on the estimated public burden or associated response time, suggestions, or need a copy of the proposed information collection instrument with instructions or additional information, please contact Alberto Ruisanchez, Deputy Special Counsel, USDOJ-CRT-OSC, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW-NYA, Washington, DC 20530.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are encouraged. Your comments should address one or more of the following four points:

    —Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; —Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; —Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and —Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Overview of This Information Collection

    (1) Type of Information Collection: Extension of a currently approved collection.

    (2) Title of the Form/Collection: OSC Charge Form.

    (3) Agency form number: [Form OSC-1].

    (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: General Public. The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) enforces the anti-discrimination provision (§ 274B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. 1324b. The statute prohibits: (1) Citizenship or immigration status discrimination in hiring, firing, or recruitment or referral for a fee, (2) national origin discrimination in hiring, firing, or recruitment or referral for a fee, (3) unfair documentary practices during the employment eligibility verification (Form I-9 and E-Verify) process, and (4) retaliation or intimidation for asserting rights covered by the statute. OSC, within the Department's Civil Rights Division, investigates and, where reasonable cause is found, litigates charges alleging discrimination. OSC also initiates independent investigations, at times based on information developed during individual charge investigations. Independent investigations normally involve alleged discriminatory policies that potentially affect many employees or applicants. These investigations may result in complaints alleging a pattern or practice of discriminatory activity. If the Department lacks jurisdiction over a particular charge but believes another agency has jurisdiction over the claim, the charge is forwarded to the applicable Federal, state or local agency for any action deemed appropriate.

    (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond: It is estimated that 190 individuals will complete each form annually; each response will be completed in approximately 30 minutes.

    (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: There are an estimated 95 total annual burden hours associated with this collection.

    If additional information is required contact: Jerri Murray, Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice, Justice Management Division, Policy and Planning Staff, Two Constitution Square, 145 N Street NE., Suite 3E.405B, Washington, DC 20530.

    Dated: April 20, 2016. Jerri Murray, Department Clearance Officer for PRA, U.S. Department of Justice.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09497 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410-13-P
    DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Office of Justice Programs [OJP (NIJ) Docket No. 1706] Public Safety Bomb Suit Standard, NIJ Standard-0117.01 AGENCY:

    National Institute of Justice, Justice.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) announces publication of Public Safety Bomb Suit Standard, NIJ Standard-0117.01. The document can be found here: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/249560.pdf. This revised standard supersedes Public Safety Bomb Suit Standard, NIJ Standard-0117.00, effective immediately. Any feedback regarding this standard should be directed to the point of contact listed below. For more information about NIJ standards, please visit http://nij.gov/standards.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Brian Montgomery, by telephone at (202) 353-9786 [Note: this is not a toll-free telephone number], or by email at [email protected]

    Nancy Rodriguez, Director, National Institute of Justice.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09572 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410-18-P
    DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration [TA-W-86,083, et al.] Amended Certification Regarding Eligibility To Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance TA-W-86,083 Magnetation LLC, Plant 1, Keewatin, Minnesota TA-W-86,083A Magnetation LLC, Plant 2, Bovey, Minnesota TA-W-86,083B Magnetation LLC, Plant 4, Grand Rapids, Minnesota

    In accordance with Section 223 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (“Act”), 19 U.S.C. 2273, the Department of Labor issued a Certification of Eligibility to Apply for Worker Adjustment Assistance on September 16, 2015, applicable to workers and former workers of Magnetation LLC, Plant 1, Keewatin, Minnesota (Magnetation-Plant 1). Magnetation LLC (subject firm) is engaged in the activities related to the production of iron ore concentrate. The certification applicable to Magnetation-Plant 1 was based on the Department's finding that the petitioning worker group met the requirements of Section 222(b) of the Act.

    Following the issuance of the determination, the Department reviewed the certification applicable to workers and former workers of Magnetation-Plant 1.

    New information provided by the subject firm revealed that Magnetation LLC, Plant 4, Grand Rapids, Minnesota (Magnetation-Plant 4) is a supplier to the same firm(s) supplied by Magnetation-Plant 1 and Magnetation-Plant 2, and that the workers of Magnetation-Plant 4 are similarly-affected as the workers of Magnetation-Plant 1 and Magnetation-Plant 2.

    Based on these findings, the Department is amending this certification to include workers from Magnetation LLC, Plant 4, Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

    The amended notice applicable to TA-W-86,083 is hereby issued as follows:

    ”All workers of Magnetation LLC, Plant 1, Keewatin, Minnesota (TA-W-86,083), Magnetation LLC, Plant 2, Bovey, Minnesota (TA-W-86,083A), and Magnetation LLC, Plant 4, Grand Rapids, Minnesota (TA-W-86,083B), who became totally or partially separated from employment on or after June 9, 2014 through September 16, 2017, are eligible to apply for adjustment assistance under Chapter 2 of Title II of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended.”

    Signed in Washington, DC, this 10th day of March, 2016. Jessica R. Webster, Certifying Officer, Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09552 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510-FN-P
    DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Comment Request for Information Collection for the Ready to Work Partnership Grants Evaluation, New Collection AGENCY:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy, Chief Evaluation Office, Department of Labor.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents is properly assessed.

    A copy of the proposed Information Collection Request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting the office listed in the addressee section of this notice.

    DATES:

    Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addressee's section below on or before June 24, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    You may submit comments by either one of the following methods: Email: [email protected]; Mail or Courier: Molly Irwin, U.S. Department of Labor, Room S-2312, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Molly Irwin by telephone at 202-693-5091 (this is not a toll-free number) or by email at Chief [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background

    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is proposing a data collection activity as part of the H-1B Ready to Work Partnership Grants Evaluation Impact Study. The goal of the evaluation is determine the effectiveness of the H-1B grant-funded program in improving the labor market and other outcomes of program participants. For selected grantees, the impact study will randomly assign individuals to a group that can receive grant-funded programs or to a group that cannot access these services but who can participate in other services available in the community. The impact study will compare the employment and earnings and other outcomes of the groups to determine effectiveness of the H1-B Ready to Work training grants. The evaluation also includes an implementation study will describe services participants receive through the grantee programs, as well as provide operational lessons.

    Data collection efforts previously approved for the H-1B Impact Study under OMB Control Number 1205-0507 include: Data collection activities for the implementation study, a study consent form, and a baseline information form for study participants. These collection activities will continue under the previously approved request.

    This Federal Register Notice provides the opportunity to comment on a proposed new information collection activity for the H-1B Ready to Work Impact Study: A follow-up survey of sample members in the H-1B Ready to Work Impact Study, conducted approximately eighteen months after random assignment. The purposes of the study are to understand and document the: (1) Receipt of training and training-related supports; (2) educational attainment, including credential receipt; (3) factors that affect the ability to work (4) employment status, including job characteristics; (5) household composition; and (6) income and public benefits receipt.

    II. Review Focus

    DOL is soliciting comments concerning the above data collection for the H-1B Ready to Work Partnership Grants Evaluation. DOL is particularly interested in comments that do the following:

    • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

    • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's burden estimate of the proposed information collection, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

    • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

    • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology (for example, permitting electronic submissions of responses).

    III. Current Actions

    DOL is requesting clearance for the follow-up survey of sample members in the H-1B Ready to Work Impact Study.

    Type of Review: New collection.

    Title: Ready to Work Partnership Grants Evaluation.

    OMB Number: OMB Control Number 1205-0NEW.

    Estimated Total Burden Hours Activity Total number
  • of
  • respondents
  • Annual
  • number of
  • respondents
  • Number of
  • responses per
  • respondent
  • Average
  • burden hours
  • per response
  • Total burden
  • hours
  • Annual burden
  • hours
  • 18-month follow-up survey * 4,016 1339 1 .67 2691 897 Total 1339 897 * Assumes a sample of 5,020 with an 80 percent response rate.

    Affected Public: Participants applying for the Ready to Work Partnership Grant programs.

    Form(s): 18-Month Follow-Up Survey.

    Total respondents: 4,016.

    Annual Frequency: One time.

    Comments submitted in response to this comment request will be summarized and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the information collection request; they will also become a matter of public record.

    Sharon Block, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Labor.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09571 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510-HX-P
    DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration [Docket No. OSHA-2016-0006] Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee (WPAC) Charter Renewal AGENCY:

    Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

    ACTION:

    Announcement of WPAC charter renewal.

    SUMMARY:

    In accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), and after consultation with the General Services Administration, the Secretary of Labor is renewing the charter for the Whistleblower Protection Advisory Committee (WPAC or the Committee). The Committee will better enable OSHA to perform its duties under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (the OSH Act) of 1970, and help to improve the fairness, efficiency, and transparency of OSHA's whistleblower investigations.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Anthony Rosa, OSHA, Directorate of Whistleblower Protection Programs, Room N-4618, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone (202) 693-2199; email [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    WPAC operates in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended (5 U.S.C. App. 2), its implementing regulations (41 CFR part 102-3), and OSHA's regulations on advisory committees (29 CFR part 1912). Pursuant to Section 14 of FACA, WPAC's charter must be renewed every two years.

    WPAC's duties are solely advisory and consultative. WPAC advises, consults with, and makes recommendations to the Secretary and the Assistant Secretary on matters relating to whistleblower complaints filed under the whistleblower statutes that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforces. The Committee is diverse and balanced, both in terms of categories of stakeholders (e.g., subject matter experts, labor, management, and state plans), and in the views and interests represented by the members.

    Authority to establish this Committee is at Section 11(c) of the OSH Act, 29 U.S.C. 660(c); the Surface Transportation Assistance Act, 49 U.S.C. 31105; the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act, 15 U.S.C. 2651; the International Safe Container Act, 46 U.S.C. 80507; the Safe Drinking Water Act, 42 U.S.C. 300j-9(i); the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, 33 U.S.C. 1367; the Toxic Substances Control Act, 15 U.S.C. 2622; the Solid Waste Disposal Act, 42 U.S.C. 6971; the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7622; the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, 42 U.S.C. 9610; the Energy Reorganization Act, 42 U.S.C. 5851; the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century, 49 U.S.C. 42121; the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, 18 U.S.C. 1514A; the Pipeline Safety Improvement Act, 49 U.S.C. 60129; the Federal Railroad Safety Act, 49 U.S.C. 20109; the National Transit Systems Security Act, 6 U.S.C. 1142; the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, 15 U.S.C. 2087; the Affordable Care Act, 29 U.S.C. 218C; the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010, 12 U.S.C. 5567; the Seaman's Protection Act, 46 U.S.C. 2114; the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, 21 U.S.C. 399d; and the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, 49 U.S.C. 30171.

    Authority and Signature

    David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, authorized the preparation of this notice under the authority granted by 5 U.S.C. App. 2, 41 CFR part 102-3, chapter 1600 of Department of Labor Management Series 3 (Aug. 15, 2013), 77 FR 3912 (Jan. 25, 2012), and the Secretary of Labor's authority to administer the whistleblower provisions found in 29 U.S.C. 660(c), 49 U.S.C. 31105, 15 U.S.C. 2651, 46 U.S.C. 80507, 42 U.S.C. 300j-9(i), 33 U.S.C. 1367, 15 U.S.C. 2622, 42 U.S.C. 6971, 42 U.S.C. 7622, 42 U.S.C. 9610, 42 U.S.C. 5851, 49 U.S.C. 42121, 18 U.S.C. 1514A, 49 U.S.C. 60129, 49 U.S.C. 20109, 6 U.S.C. 1142, 15 U.S.C. 2087, 29 U.S.C. 218c, 12 U.S.C. 5567, 46 U.S.C. 2114, 21 U.S.C. 399d, and 49 U.S.C. 30171.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on April 19, 2016. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09490 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510-26-P
    DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration [Docket No. OSHA-2010-0046] QPS Evaluation Services: Grant of Expansion of Recognition AGENCY:

    Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    In this notice, OSHA announces its final decision to expand the scope of recognition for QPS Evaluation Services Inc. as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL).

    DATES:

    The expansion of the scope of recognition becomes effective on April 25, 2016.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Information regarding this notice is available from the following sources:

    Press inquiries: Contact Mr. Frank Meilinger, Director, OSHA Office of Communications, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-3647, Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-1999; email: [email protected]

    General and technical information: Contact Mr. Kevin Robinson, Director, Office of Technical Programs and Coordination Activities, Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-3655, Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-2110; email: [email protected] OSHA's Web page includes information about the NRTL Program (see http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html).

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Notice of Final Decision

    OSHA hereby gives notice of the expansion of the scope of recognition of QPS Evaluation Services Inc. (QPS) as an NRTL. QPS's expansion covers the addition of one test standard to its scope of recognition.

    OSHA recognition of an NRTL signifies that the organization meets the requirements specified by 29 CFR 1910.7. Recognition is an acknowledgment that the organization can perform independent safety testing and certification of the specific products covered within its scope of recognition and is not a delegation or grant of government authority. As a result of recognition, employers may use products properly approved by the NRTL to meet OSHA standards that require testing and certification of the products.

    The Agency processes applications by an NRTL for initial recognition, or for expansion or renewal of this recognition, following requirements in Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7. This appendix requires that the Agency publish two notices in the Federal Register in processing an application. In the first notice, OSHA announces the application and provides its preliminary finding and, in the second notice, the Agency provides its final decision on the application. These notices set forth the NRTL's scope of recognition or modifications of that scope. OSHA maintains an informational Web page for each NRTL that details its scope of recognition. These pages are available from the Agency's Web site at http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html.

    QPS submitted an application, dated July 28, 2014, (OSHA-2010-0046-0005) to expand its recognition to include one additional test standard. OSHA staff performed a detailed analysis of the application packet and reviewed other pertinent information. OSHA performed an on-site review in relation to this application on July 16-17, 2015.

    OSHA published the preliminary notice announcing QPS's expansion application in the Federal Register on January 22, 2016 (81 FR 3832). The Agency requested comments by February 8, 2016, but it received no comments in response to this notice. OSHA now is proceeding with this final notice to grant expansion of QPS's scope of recognition.

    To obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to QPS's application, go to www.regulations.gov or contact the Docket Office, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-2625, Washington, DC 20210. Docket No. OSHA-2010-0046 contains all materials in the record concerning QPS's recognition.

    II. Final Decision and Order

    OSHA staff examined QPS's expansion application, its capability to meet the requirements of the test standards, and other pertinent information. Based on its review of this evidence, OSHA finds that QPS meets the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for expansion of its recognition, subject to the specified limitation and conditions listed below. OSHA, therefore, is proceeding with this final notice to grant QPS's scope of recognition. OSHA limits the expansion of QPS's recognition to testing and certification of products for demonstration of conformance to the test standard listed in Table 1 below.

    Table 1—List of Appropriate Test Standard for Inclusion in QPS's NRTL Scope of Recognition Test standard Test standard title ANSI/AAMI ES 60601-1: 2005/(R)2012 Medical Electrical Equipment—Part 1: General Requirements for Basic Safety and Essential Performance.

    OSHA's recognition of any NRTL for a particular test standard is limited to equipment or materials for which OSHA standards require third-party testing and certification before using them in the workplace. Consequently, if a test standard also covers any products for which OSHA does not require such testing and certification, an NRTL's scope of recognition does not include these products.

    A. Conditions

    In addition to those conditions already required by 29 CFR 1910.7, QPS must abide by the following conditions of the recognition:

    1. QPS must inform OSHA as soon as possible, in writing, of any change of ownership, facilities, or key personnel, and of any major change in its operations as an NRTL, and provide details of the change(s);

    2. QPS must meet all the terms of its recognition and comply with all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition; and

    3. QPS must continue to meet the requirements for recognition, including all previously published conditions on QPS's scope of recognition, in all areas for which it has recognition.

    Pursuant to the authority in 29 CFR 1910.7, OSHA hereby expands the scope of recognition of QPS, subject to the limitation and conditions specified above.

    Authority and Signature

    David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210, authorized the preparation of this notice. Accordingly, the Agency is issuing this notice pursuant to 29 U.S.C. 657(g)(2), Secretary of Labor's Order No. 1-2012 (77 FR 3912, Jan. 25, 2012), and 29 CFR 1910.7.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on April 20, 2016. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09503 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510-26-P
    DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Occupational Safety and Health Administration [Docket No. OSHA-2010-0046] QPS Evaluation Services Inc.: Grant of Renewal and Expansion of Recognition AGENCY:

    Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    This notice announces the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's final decision granting renewal and expansion of recognition of QPS Evaluation Services Inc., as a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL).

    DATES:

    The renewal and expansion of recognition become effective on April 25, 2016.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Information regarding this notice is available from the following sources:

    Press inquiries: Contact Mr. Frank Meilinger, Director, OSHA Office of Communications, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-3647, Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-1999; email: [email protected]

    General and technical information: Contact Mr. Kevin Robinson, Director, Office of Technical Programs and Coordination Activities, Directorate of Technical Support and Emergency Management, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-3655, Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693-2110; email: [email protected] OSHA's Web page includes information about the NRTL Program (see http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html).

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background

    OSHA recognition of an NRTL signifies that the organization meets the requirements specified by 29 CFR 1910.7. Recognition is an acknowledgment that the organization can perform independent safety testing and certification of the specific products covered within its scope of recognition and is not a delegation or grant of government authority. Each NRTL's scope of recognition includes (1) the type of products the NRTL may test, with each type specified by its applicable test standard; and (2) the recognized site(s) that has/have the technical capability to perform the product-testing and product-certification activities for test standards within the NRTL's scope. As a result of recognition, employers may use products properly approved by the NRTL to meet OSHA standards that require testing and certification. OSHA maintains an informational Web page for each NRTL at http://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/index.html that details its scope of recognition.

    OSHA processes applications submitted by an NRTL for renewal and expansion of recognition following requirements in Appendix A to 29 CFR 1910.7. OSHA conducts renewals in accordance with the procedures in 29 CFR 1910.7, Appendix A, Section II.C. OSHA processes applications for modifying the scope of recognition in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.7, Appendix A, Section II.B. An NRTL may submit an application to modify its scope of recognition at any time within its recognition period. For renewal, an NRTL must submit a renewal request to OSHA between nine months and one year before the expiration date of its current recognition. A renewal request includes an application for renewal and any additional information demonstrating an NRTL's continued compliance with the terms of its recognition and 29 CFR 1910.7. If OSHA has not conducted an on-site assessment of the NRTL headquarters and any key sites within the past 18 to 24 months, it will schedule the necessary on-site assessment prior to the expiration date of the NRTL's recognition.

    Upon review of the submitted material and, as necessary, the successful completion of the on-site assessment, OSHA announces its preliminary decision to grant or deny renewal and expansion of an NRTL's scope of recognition in the Federal Register and solicits comments from the public. OSHA then publishes a final Federal Register notice responding to any comments and announcing its final decision on the renewal of the NRTL's recognition, as well as whether to expand the NRTL's scope of recognition.

    II. General Background on the Application for Renewal

    QPS Evaluation Services Inc. (QPS), initially received OSHA recognition as an NRTL on March 2, 2011 (76 FR 11518) for a five-year period expiring on March 2, 2016. QPS submitted a timely request for renewal, dated April 21, 2015 (OSHA-2010-0046-0007), and retained its recognition pending OSHA's final decision in this renewal process. The current address of QPS facilities recognized by OSHA and included as part of the renewal request is: QPS Evaluation Services Inc., 81 Kelfield Street, Unit 8, Toronto, Ontario M9W 5A3, Canada.

    OSHA evaluated QPS's application for renewal and made a preliminary determination that QPS can continue to meet the requirements prescribed by 29 CFR 1910.7 for recognition. OSHA conducted an on-site assessment of QPS facilities on July 16-17, 2015 (Toronto, Canada) and found nonconformances with the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7. QPS addressed these issues sufficiently to meet the applicable NRTL requirements.

    III. General Information on the Applications for Expansion of Recognition

    QPS submitted applications, dated July 16, 2014, and June 9, 2015 (OSHA-2010-0046-0004), to expand its recognition to include a total of seven additional test standards. OSHA staff performed a comparability analysis and reviewed other pertinent information. OSHA performed an on-site review in relation to these applications (as well as the application for renewal) on July 16-17, 2015.

    OSHA published the preliminary notice announcing QPS's renewal request and scope expansion applications in the Federal Register on November 27, 2015 (80 FR 74144). The Agency requested comments by December 14, 2015, but received no comments in response to this notice. OSHA now is proceeding with this final notice to grant QPS's request for renewal and expansion of recognition.

    To obtain or review copies of all public documents pertaining to the QPS's applications, go to www.regulations.gov or contact the Docket Office, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room N-2625, Washington, DC 20210. Docket No. OSHA-2010-0046 contains all materials in the record concerning QPS's recognition.

    IV. Final Decision and Order

    OSHA staff examined QPS's renewal and expansion applications, its capability to meet the requirements of the test standards, and other pertinent information. Based on its review of this evidence, OSHA finds that QPS meets the requirements of 29 CFR 1910.7 for renewal and expansion of its recognition, subject to the specified limitations and conditions listed below. OSHA, therefore, is proceeding with this final notice to grant QPS's renewal and scope of recognition requests. OSHA limits the expansion of QPS's recognition to testing and certification of products for demonstration of conformance to the test standards listed in Table 1 below.

    Table 1—List of Appropriate Test Standards for Inclusion in QPS's NRTL Scope of Recognition Test standard Test standard title UL 48 Standard for Electric Signs. UL 8750 Standard for Light Emitting Diode (LED) Equipment for Use in Lighting Products. UL 73 Standard for Motor-Operated Appliances. UL 1310 Standard for Class 2 Power Units. UL 1598 Luminaries. UL 1741 Standard for Inverters, Converters, Controllers and Interconnection System Equipment for Use with Distributed Energy Resources. ANSI/ISA 12.12.01 Nonincendive Electrical Equipment for Use in Class I and II, Division 2 and Class III, Divisions 1 and 2 Hazardous (Classified) Locations.

    OSHA's recognition of any NRTL for a particular test standard is limited to equipment or materials for which OSHA standards require third-party testing and certification before using them in the workplace. Consequently, if a test standard also covers any products for which OSHA does not require such testing and certification, an NRTL's scope of recognition does not include these products.

    The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) may approve the test standards listed above as American National Standards. However, for convenience, we may use the designation of the standards-developing organization for the standard as opposed to the ANSI designation. Under the NRTL Program's policy (see OSHA Instruction CPL 1-0.3, Appendix C, paragraph XIV), any NRTL recognized for a particular test standard may use either the proprietary version of the test standard or the ANSI version of that standard. Contact ANSI to determine whether a test standard is currently ANSI-approved.

    OSHA limits the renewal of QPS's recognition to include the terms and conditions of QPS's scope of recognition, inclusive of the expansion of scope granted in this notice. The scope of recognition for QPS is available in the Federal Register notice dated March 2, 2011 (79 FR 11518) or on OSHA's Web site at https://www.osha.gov/dts/otpca/nrtl/qps.html. This renewal extends QPS's recognition for a period of five years from April 25, 2016.

    Conditions

    In addition to those conditions already required by 29 CFR 1910.7, QPS also must abide by the following conditions of recognition:

    1. QPS must inform OSHA as soon as possible, in writing, of any change of ownership, facilities, or key personnel, and of any major change in its operations as an NRTL, and provide details of the change(s);

    2. QPS must meet all the terms of its recognition and comply with all OSHA policies pertaining to this recognition; and

    3. QPS must continue to meet the requirements for recognition, including all previously published conditions on QPS's scope of recognition, in all areas for which it has recognition.

    Authority and Signature

    David Michaels, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210, authorized the preparation of this notice. Accordingly, the Agency is issuing this notice pursuant to 29 U.S.C. 657(g)(2), Secretary of Labor's Order No. 1-2012 (77 FR 3912, January 25, 2012), and 29 CFR 1910.7.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on April 19, 2016. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09488 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510-26-P
    NATIONAL FOUNDATION ON THE ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities; Arts and Artifacts Indemnity Panel Advisory Committee AGENCY:

    National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities.

    ACTION:

    Notice of meeting.

    SUMMARY:

    Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given that the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities will hold a meeting of the Arts and Artifacts International Indemnity Panel.

    DATES:

    The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    ADDRESSES:

    The meeting will be held by teleconference originating at the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC 20506.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Elizabeth Voyatzis, Committee Management Officer, 400 7th Street SW., Room 4060, Washington, DC 20506, (202) 606 8322; [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    The purpose of the meeting is for panel review, discussion, evaluation, and recommendation on applications for Certificates of Indemnity submitted to the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities, for exhibitions beginning on or after July 1, 2016. Because the meeting will consider proprietary financial and commercial data provided in confidence by indemnity applicants, and material that is likely to disclose trade secrets or other privileged or confidential information, and because it is important to keep the values of objects to be indemnified, and the methods of transportation and security measures confidential, I have determined that the meeting will be closed to the public pursuant to subsection (c)(4) of section 552b of Title 5, United States Code. I have made this determination under the authority granted me by the Chairman's Delegation of Authority to Close Advisory Committee Meetings, dated July 19, 1993.

    Dated: April 20, 2016. Elizabeth Voyatzis, Committee Management Officer.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09512 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7536-01-P
    NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [NRC-2016-0001] Sunshine Act Meeting Notice DATE:

    April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 2016.

    PLACE:

    Commissioners' Conference Room, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland.

    STATUS:

    Public and Closed.

    Week of April 25, 2016

    There are no meetings scheduled for the week of April 25, 2016.

    Week of May 2, 2016—Tentative

    There are no meetings scheduled for the week of May 2, 2016.

    Week of May 9, 2016—Tentative

    There are no meetings scheduled for the week of May 9, 2016.

    Week of May 16, 2016—Tentative Tuesday, May 17, 2016 9:00 a.m. Briefing on the Status of Lessons Learned from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Accident (Public Meeting) (Contact: Kevin Witt: 301-415-2145)

    This meeting will be webcast live at the Web address—http://www.nrc.gov/.

    Thursday, May 19, 2016 10:00 a.m. Briefing on Security Issues (Closed Ex. 1) 1:30 p.m. Briefing on Security Issues (Closed Ex. 1) Week of May 23, 2016—Tentative

    There are no meetings scheduled for the week of May 23, 2016.

    Week of May 30, 2016—Tentative Thursday, June 2, 2016 9:00 a.m. Briefing on Results of the Agency Action Review Meeting (Public Meeting) (Contact: Andrew Waugh: 301-415-5601)

    This meeting will be webcast live at the Web address—http://www.nrc.gov/.

    2:00 p.m. Discussion of Management and Personnel Issues (Closed—Ex. 2 & 6)

    The schedule for Commission meetings is subject to change on short notice. For more information or to verify the status of meetings, contact Denise McGovern at 301-415-0681 or via email at [email protected]

    The NRC Commission Meeting Schedule can be found on the Internet at: http://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/public-meetings/schedule.html.

    The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in these public meetings, or need this meeting notice or the transcript or other information from the public meetings in another format (e.g. braille, large print), please notify Kimberly Meyer, NRC Disability Program Manager, at 301-287-0739, by videophone at 240-428-3217, or by email at [email protected] Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Members of the public may request to receive this information electronically. If you would like to be added to the distribution, please contact the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of the Secretary, Washington, DC 20555 (301-415-1969), or email [email protected] or [email protected]

    Dated: April 20, 2016. Denise McGovern, Policy Coordinator, Office of the Secretary.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09649 Filed 4-21-16; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 7590-01-P
    NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 50-271; NRC-2016-0017] Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc.; Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station AGENCY:

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    ACTION:

    Exemption; issuance.

    SUMMARY:

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing an exemption from the requirement to maintain a specified level of onsite property damage insurance in response to a request from Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. (ENO or the licensee) dated April 17, 2014. The exemption would permit Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station (VY) to reduce its onsite insurance from $1.06 billion to $50 million.

    DATES:

    April 25, 2016.

    ADDRESSES:

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2016-0017 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You may obtain publicly-available information related to this document using any of the following methods:

    Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2016-0017. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-415-3463; email: [email protected] For technical questions, contact the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document.

    NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): You may obtain publicly-available documents online in the ADAMS Public Documents collection at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. To begin the search, select “ADAMS Public Documents” and then select “Begin Web-based ADAMS Search.” For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC's Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737, or by email to [email protected] The ADAMS accession number for each document referenced (if it is available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that it is mentioned in this document.

    NRC's PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public documents at the NRC's PDR, Room O1-F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Jack D. Parrott, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-6634, email: [email protected]

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    I. Background

    The VY site is a single unit facility located near the town of Vernon, Vermont. The site is situated in Windham County on the western shore of the Connecticut River, immediately upstream of the Vernon Hydroelectric Station. The VY facility employs a General Electric boiling water reactor nuclear steam supply system licensed to generate 1,912 megawatts thermal. The boiling water reactor and supporting facilities are owned and operated by Entergy Vermont Yankee, a subsidiary of ENO. The licensee, ENO, is the holder of Renewed Facility Operating License No. DPR-28. The license provides, among other things, that the facility is subject to all rules, regulations, and orders of the NRC now or hereafter in effect.

    By letter dated September 23, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13273A204), ENO submitted a notification to the NRC indicating that it would permanently shut down VY in the fourth calendar quarter of 2014. On December 29, 2014, ENO permanently ceased power operations at VY. On January 12, 2015, ENO certified that it had permanently defueled the VY reactor vessel and placed the fuel in the spent fuel pool (SFP) (ADAMS Accession No. ML15013A426). Accordingly, pursuant to § 50.82(a)(2) of title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), the VY renewed facility operating license no longer authorized operation of the reactor or emplacement or retention of fuel in the reactor vessel. However, the licensee is still authorized to possess and store irradiated nuclear fuel. Irradiated fuel is currently being stored onsite in a SFP and independent spent fuel storage installation dry casks.

    II. Request/Action

    Under 10 CFR 50.12, “Specific exemptions,” ENO has requested an exemption from 10 CFR 50.54(w)(1) by letter dated April 17, 2014 (ADAMS Accession No. ML14111A401). The exemption from the requirements of 10 CFR 50.54(w)(1) would permit ENO to reduce its onsite property damage insurance from $1.06 billion to $50 million.

    The regulation in 10 CFR 50.54(w)(1) requires each licensee to have and maintain onsite property damage insurance to stabilize and decontaminate the reactor and reactor site in the event of an accident. The onsite insurance coverage must be either $1.06 billion or whatever amount of insurance is generally available from private sources (whichever is less).

    The licensee states that the risk of an accident at a permanently shutdown and defueled reactor is much less than the risk from an operating power reactor. In addition, since reactor operation is no longer authorized at VY, there are no events that would require the stabilization of reactor conditions after an accident. Similarly, the risk of an accident that would result in significant onsite contamination at VY is also much lower than the risk of such an event at operating reactors. Therefore, ENO is requesting an exemption from 10 CFR 50.54(w)(1), effective April 15, 2016, that would permit a reduction in its onsite property damage insurance from $1.06 billion to $50 million, commensurate with the reduced risk of an accident at the permanently shutdown and defueled VY reactor.

    III. Discussion

    In accordance with 10 CFR 50.12, the Commission may, upon application by any interested person or upon its own initiative, grant exemptions from the requirements of 10 CFR part 50 when (1) the exemptions are authorized by law, will not present an undue risk to the public health or safety, and are consistent with the common defense and security; and (2) any of the special circumstances listed in 10 CFR 50.12(a)(2) are present.

    The financial protection limits of 10 CFR 50.54(w)(1) were established after the Three Mile Island accident, out of concern that licensees may be unable to financially cover onsite cleanup costs, in the event of a major nuclear accident. The specified $1.06 billion coverage amount requirement was developed based on an analysis of an accident at a nuclear reactor operating at power, resulting in a large fission product release and requiring significant resource expenditures to stabilize the reactor conditions and ultimately decontaminate and cleanup the site (similar to the stabilization and cleanup activities at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power facility following the damage from a severe earthquake and tsunami).

    These cost estimates were developed in consideration of the spectrum of postulated accidents for an operating nuclear reactor. The costs were derived from the consequences of a release of radioactive material from the reactor. Although the risk of an accident at an operating reactor is very low, the consequences can be large. In an operating plant, the high temperature and pressure of the reactor coolant system (RCS), as well as the inventory of relatively short-lived radionuclides, contribute to both the risk and consequences of an accident. With the permanent cessation of reactor operations at VY and the permanent removal of the fuel from the reactor core, such accidents are no longer possible. As a result, the reactor, RCS, and supporting systems no longer operate and, therefore, have no function as it pertains to the storage of the irradiated fuel. Hence, postulated accidents involving failure or malfunction of the reactor, RCS, or supporting systems are no longer applicable.

    During reactor decommissioning, the principal radiological risks are associated with the storage of spent fuel onsite. In its April 17, 2014, exemption request, ENO describes both design-basis and beyond-design-basis events involving irradiated fuel stored in the SFP. The licensee determined that there are no applicable design-basis events at VY that could result in a radiological release exceeding the limits established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) early-phase Protective Action Guidelines (PAGs) of one roentgen equivalent man (rem) at the exclusion area boundary, as a way to demonstrate that any possible radiological releases would be minimal and not require precautionary protective actions (e.g., sheltering in place or evacuation). The staff evaluated the radiological consequences associated with various decommissioning activities, and design basis accidents at VY, in consideration of VY's permanently shut down and defueled status. The possible design-basis accident scenarios at VY have greatly reduced radiological consequences. Based on its review, the staff concluded that no reasonably conceivable design-basis accident exists that could cause an offsite release greater than the EPA PAGs. The only design-basis accident that could potentially result in an offsite radiological release at VY is a fuel handling accident (FHA). Analysis performed by the licensee concluded that 17 days after shutdown, the radiological consequence of an FHA would not exceed the limits established by the EPA PAGs at the exclusion area boundary. Based on the time that VY has been permanently shutdown (approximately 13 months), the staff determined that the possibility of an offsite radiological release from a design-basis accident that could exceed the EPA PAGs has been eliminated. The only event that has the potential to lead to a significant radiological release at a decommissioning reactor is a zirconium fire. The zirconium fire scenario is a postulated, but highly unlikely, beyond-design-basis accident scenario that involves the loss of water inventory from the SFP, resulting in a significant heat-up of the spent fuel and culminating in substantial zirconium cladding oxidation and fuel damage. The probability of a zirconium fire scenario is related to the decay heat of the irradiated fuel stored in the SFP. Therefore, the risks from a zirconium fire scenario continue to decrease as a function of the time that VY has been permanently shut down.

    The NRC staff has previously authorized a lesser amount of onsite property damage insurance coverage based on this analysis of the zirconium fire risk. In SECY-96-256, “Changes to Financial Protection Requirements for Permanently Shutdown Nuclear Power Reactors, 10 CFR 50.54(w)(1) and 10 CFR 140.11,” dated December 17, 1996 (ADAMS Accession No. ML15062A483), the staff recommended changes to the power reactor insurance regulations that would allow licensees to lower onsite insurance levels to $50 million, upon demonstration that the fuel stored in the SFP can be air-cooled. In its Staff Requirements Memorandum to SECY-96-256, dated January 28, 1997 (ADAMS Accession No. ML15062A454), the Commission supported the staff's recommendation that, among other things, would allow permanently shutdown power reactor licensees to reduce commercial onsite property damage insurance coverage to $50 million, when the licensee was able to demonstrate the technical criterion that the spent fuel could be air-cooled if the SFP was drained of water. The staff has used this technical criterion to grant similar exemptions to other decommissioning reactors (e.g., Maine Yankee Atomic Power Station, published in the Federal Register on January 19, 1999 (64 FR 2920); and Zion Nuclear Power Station, published in the Federal Register on December 28, 1999 (64 FR 72700)). These prior exemptions were granted, based on these licensees demonstrating that the SFP could be air-cooled, consistent with the technical criterion discussed above.

    In SECY-00-0145, “Integrated Rulemaking Plan for Nuclear Power Plant Decommissioning,” dated June 28, 2000, and SECY-01-0100, “Policy Issues Related to Safeguards, Insurance, and Emergency Preparedness Regulations at Decommissioning Nuclear Power Plants Storing Fuel in Spent Fuel Pools,” dated June 4, 2001 (ADAMS Accession Nos. ML003721626 and ML011450420, respectively), the NRC staff discussed additional information concerning SFP zirconium fire risks at decommissioning reactors and associated implications for onsite property damage insurance. Providing an analysis of when the spent fuel stored in the SFP is capable of air-cooling is one measure that can be used to demonstrate that the probability of a zirconium fire is exceedingly low. However, the staff has more recently used an additional analysis that bounds an incomplete drain down of the SFP water, or some other catastrophic event (such as a complete drainage of the SFP with rearrangement of spent fuel rack geometry and/or the addition of rubble to the SFP). This analysis includes an assumption of adiabatic conditions, which means no heat transfer from the spent fuel via conduction, convection, or radiation.

    In the case of VY, the licensee determined that the fuel removed from the reactor would have sufficiently decayed by April 15, 2016, to significantly reduce the risk from SFP draining events. To support this determination, the licensee provided an adiabatic analysis indicating that the fuel cladding temperature would not reach levels associated with a significant radiological release within 10 hours after the loss of all means of cooling. The licensee maintains strategies and equipment to cool the spent fuel in the unlikely event that coolant is lost, and the 10-hour adiabatic heating time would provide sufficient time for personnel to respond with onsite equipment to restore a means of spent fuel cooling.

    In addition, the licensee cited NRC-staff developed reports concluding that the high density storage of fuel in the SFP is safe and the risk of a large radiological release is very low. The staff presented an independent evaluation of a SFP subject to a severe earthquake in NUREG-2161, “Consequence Study of a Beyond-Design-Basis Earthquake Affecting the Spent Fuel Pool for a U.S. Mark I Boiling Water Reactor,” September 2014 (ADAMS Accession No. ML14255A365). This evaluation concluded that, for a representative boiling-water reactor (BWR), fuel in a dispersed high-density configuration would be adequately cooled by natural circulation airflow within several months after discharge from a reactor if the pool was drained of water.

    By letter dated November 23, 2015 (ADAMS Accession No.ML15329A167), ENO confirmed that the plant design and fuel storage configuration considered in NUREG-2161 were consistent with the VY plant design and fuel storage configurations to be used in the decommissioning of VY. The staff independently confirmed that the fuel assembly decay power was also consistent. Thus, after 15.4 months decay, which will be reached by the requested effective date of April 15, 2016 for this exemption, the fuel stored in the VY SFP will be able to adequately be cooled by air in the unlikely event the SFP drained. For the very unlikely beyond-design-basis accident scenario, where the SFP coolant inventory is lost in such a manner that all methods of heat removal from the spent fuel are no longer available, there will be a minimum of 10 hours from the initiation of the accident until the cladding reaches a temperature where offsite radiological release might occur. The staff finds that 10 hours is sufficient time to support deployment of mitigation equipment to prevent the zirconium cladding from reaching a point of rapid oxidation.

    Based on the above discussion and SECY-96-256, the NRC staff determined $50 million to be an adequate level of onsite property damage insurance for a decommissioning reactor, once the spent fuel in the SFP is no longer susceptible to a zirconium fire. The staff has postulated that there is still a potential for other radiological incidents at a decommissioning reactor that could result in significant onsite contamination besides a zirconium fire. In SECY-96-256, the NRC staff cited the rupture of a large contaminated liquid storage tank, causing soil contamination and potential groundwater contamination, as the most costly postulated event to decontaminate and remediate (other than a SFP zirconium fire). The postulated large liquid radiological waste storage tank rupture event was determined to have a bounding onsite cleanup cost of approximately $50 million. Therefore, the staff determined that the licensee's proposal to reduce onsite insurance to a level of $50 million would be consistent with the bounding cleanup and decontamination cost, as discussed in SECY-96-256, to account for the postulated rupture of a large liquid radiological waste tank at the VY site, should such an event occur.

    A. Authorized by Law

    The regulation in 10 CFR 50.54(w)(1) requires each licensee to have and maintain onsite property damage insurance of either $1.06 billion or whatever amount of insurance is generally available from private sources, whichever is less. In accordance with 10 CFR 50.12, the Commission may grant exemptions from the regulations in 10 CFR part 50, as the Commission determines are authorized by law.

    As explained above, the NRC staff has determined that the licensee's proposed reduction in onsite property damage insurance coverage to a level of $50 million is consistent with SECY-96-256. Moreover, the staff concluded that as of April 15, 2016, sufficient irradiated fuel decay time will have elapsed at VY to decrease the probability of an onsite and offsite radiological release from a postulated zirconium fire accident to negligible levels. In addition, the licensee's proposal to reduce onsite insurance to a level of $50 million is consistent with the maximum estimated cleanup costs for the recovery from the rupture of a large liquid radiological waste storage tank.

    The NRC staff has determined that granting of the licensee's proposed exemption will not result in a violation of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, or other laws, as amended. Therefore, based on its review of ENO's exemption request, as discussed above, and consistent with SECY-96-256, the NRC staff concludes that the exemption is authorized by law.

    B. No Undue Risk to Public Health and Safety

    The onsite property damage insurance requirements of 10 CFR 50.54(w)(1) were established to provide financial assurance that following a significant nuclear incident, onsite conditions could be stabilized and the site decontaminated. The requirements of 10 CFR 50.54(w)(1) and the existing level of onsite insurance coverage for VY are predicated on the assumption that the reactor is operating. However, VY is a permanently shutdown and defueled facility. The permanently defueled status of the facility has resulted in a significant reduction in the number and severity of potential accidents, and correspondingly, a significant reduction in the potential for and severity of onsite property damage. The proposed reduction in the amount of onsite insurance coverage does not impact the probability or consequences of potential accidents. The proposed level of insurance coverage is commensurate with the reduced consequences of potential nuclear accidents at VY. Therefore, the NRC staff concludes that granting the requested exemption will not present an undue risk to the health and safety of the public.

    C. Consistent With the Common Defense and Security

    The proposed exemption would not eliminate any requirements associated with physical protection of the site and would not adversely affect ENO's ability to physically secure the site or protect special nuclear material. Physical security measures at VY are not affected by the requested exemption. Therefore, the proposed exemption is consistent with the common defense and security.

    D. Special Circumstances

    Under 10 CFR 50.12(a)(2)(ii), special circumstances are present if the application of the regulation in the particular circumstances would not serve the underlying purpose of the rule or is not necessary to achieve the underlying purpose of the rule. The underlying purpose of 10 CFR 50.54(w)(1) is to provide reasonable assurance that adequate funds will be available to stabilize conditions and cover onsite cleanup costs associated with site decontamination, following an accident that results in the release of a significant amount of radiological material. Because VY is permanently shut down and defueled, it is no longer possible for the radiological consequences of design-basis accidents or other credible events at VY to exceed the limits of the EPA PAGs at the exclusion area boundary. The licensee has evaluated the consequences of highly unlikely, beyond-design-basis conditions involving a loss of coolant from the SFP. The analyses show that after April 15, 2016, the likelihood of such an event leading to a large radiological release is negligible. The NRC staff's evaluation of the licensee's analyses confirm this conclusion.

    The NRC staff also finds that the licensee's proposed $50 million level of onsite insurance is consistent with the bounding cleanup and decontamination cost, as discussed in SECY-96-256, to account for the hypothetical rupture of a large liquid radiological waste tank at the VY site, should such an event occur. Therefore, the staff concludes that the application of the current requirements in 10 CFR 50.54(w)(1) to maintain $1.06 billion in onsite insurance coverage is not necessary to achieve the underlying purpose of the rule for the permanently shutdown and defueled VY reactor.

    Under 10 CFR 50.12(a)(2)(iii), special circumstances are present whenever compliance would result in undue hardship or other costs that are significantly in excess of those contemplated when the regulation was adopted, or that are significantly in excess of those incurred by others similarly situated.

    The NRC staff concludes that if the licensee was required to continue to maintain an onsite insurance level of $1.06 billion, the associated insurance premiums would be in excess of those necessary and commensurate with the radiological contamination risks posed by the site. In addition, such insurance levels would be significantly in excess of other decommissioning reactor facilities that have been granted similar exemptions by the NRC.

    The NRC staff finds that compliance with the existing rule would result in an undue hardship or other costs that are significantly in excess of those contemplated when the regulation was adopted and are significantly in excess of those incurred by others similarly situated.

    Therefore, the special circumstances required by 10 CFR 50.12(a)(2)(ii) and 10 CFR 50.12(a)(2)(iii) exist.

    E. Environmental Considerations

    The NRC approval of the exemption to insurance or indemnity requirements belongs to a category of actions that the Commission, by rule or regulation, has declared to be a categorical exclusion, after first finding that the category of actions does not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the human environment. Specifically, the exemption is categorically excluded from further analysis under § 51.22(c)(25).

    Under 10 CFR 51.22(c)(25), granting of an exemption from the requirements of any regulation of Chapter I to 10 CFR is a categorical exclusion provided that (i) there is no significant hazards consideration; (ii) there is no significant change in the types or significant increase in the amounts of any effluents that may be released offsite; (iii) there is no significant increase in individual or cumulative public or occupational radiation exposure; (iv) there is no significant construction impact; (v) there is no significant increase in the potential for or consequences from radiological accidents; and (vi) the requirements from which an exemption is sought involve: surety, insurance, or indemnity requirements.

    The Director, Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery and Waste Programs, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, has determined that approval of the exemption request involves no significant hazards consideration because reducing the licensee's onsite property damage insurance for VY does not (1) involve a significant increase in the probability or consequences of an accident previously evaluated; or (2) create the possibility of a new or different kind of accident from any accident previously evaluated; or (3) involve a significant reduction in a margin of safety. The exempted financial protection regulation is unrelated to the operation of VY. Accordingly, there is no significant change in the types or significant increase in the amounts of any effluents that may be released offsite; and no significant increase in individual or cumulative public or occupational radiation exposure.

    In addition, the exempted regulation is not associated with construction, so there is no significant construction impact. The exempted regulation does not concern the source term (i.e., potential amount of radiation in an accident), nor mitigation. Therefore, there is no significant increase in the potential for, or consequences of, a radiological accident. In addition, there would be no significant impacts to biota, water resources, historic properties, cultural resources, or socioeconomic conditions in the region. Moreover, the requirement for onsite property damage insurance involves surety, insurance, and indemnity matters. Accordingly, the exemption request meets the eligibility criteria for categorical exclusion set forth in 10 CFR 51.22(c)(25). Therefore, pursuant to 10 CFR 51.22(b) and 51.22(c)(25), no environmental impact statement or environmental assessment need be prepared in connection with the approval of this exemption request.

    IV. Conclusions

    Accordingly, the Commission has determined that, pursuant to 10 CFR 50.12(a), the exemption from 50.54(w)(1) is authorized by law, will not present an undue risk to the public health and safety, and is consistent with the common defense and security. In addition, special circumstances are present as set forth in 10 CFR 50.12. Therefore, the Commission hereby grants VY an exemption from the requirements of 10 CFR 50.54(w)(1). The exemption will permit VY to lower minimum required onsite insurance to $50 million no earlier than April 15, 2016.

    The exemption is effective upon issuance.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 15th day of April, 2016.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

    John R. Tappert, Director, Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery and Waste Programs, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards.
    [FR Doc. 2016-09558 Filed 4-22-16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590-01-P
    NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards; Notice of Meeting

    In accordance with the purposes of Sections 29 and 182b of the Atomic Energy Act (42 U.S.C. 2039, 2232b), the Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards (ACRS) will hold a meeting on May 5-7, 2016, 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland.

    Thursday, May 5, 2016, Conference Room T2-B1, 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 8:30 a.m.-8:35 a.m.: Opening Remarks by the ACRS Chairman (Open)—The ACRS Chairman will make opening remarks regarding the conduct of the meeting. 8:35 a.m.-10:00 a.m.: Additional Guidance to Support the Closure Plan for the Reevaluation of Flooding Hazards (Open)—The Committee will hear presentations by and hold discussions with representatives of the NRC staff regarding implementation of the mitigating strategies and flooding hazards reevaluation action plan. 10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.: Review of Fukushima Tier 2 Group 3 Recommendation Regarding Other Natural Hazards Screening Evaluations (Open)—The Committee will hear presentations by and hold discussions with representatives of the NRC staff regarding the reviews of other natural hazards screening evaluations. 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.: NuScale Topical Report TR-0515-13952, Risk Significance Determination—Use of RAW Importance Measure (Open/Closed)—The Committee will hear presentations by and hold discussions with representatives of the NRC staff regarding the safety evaluation associated with the subject NuScale topical report. Note: A portion of this meeting may be closed in order to discuss and protect information designated as proprietary, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(4). 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.: Preparation of ACRS Reports (Open/Closed)—The Committee will discuss proposed ACRS reports on matters discussed during this meeting. Note: A portion of this meeting may be closed in order to discuss and protect information designated as proprietary, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(4). Friday, May 6, 2016, Conference Room T2-B1, 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 8:35 a.m.-10:00 a.m.: Future ACRS Activities/Report of the Planning and Procedures Subcommittee (Open/Closed)—The Committee will discuss the recommendations of the Planning and Procedures Subcommittee regarding items proposed for consideration by the Full Committee during future ACRS Meetings, and matters related to the conduct of ACRS business, including anticipated workload and member assignments. Note: A portion of this meeting may be closed pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(2) and (6) to discuss organizational and personnel matters that relate solely to internal personnel rules and practices of ACRS, and information the release of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. 10:00 a.m.-10:15 a.m.: Reconciliation of ACRS Comments and Recommendations (Open)—The Committee will discuss the responses from the NRC Executive Director for Operations to comments and recommendations included in recent ACRS reports and letters. 10:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.: Preparation of ACRS Reports (Open/Closed)—The Committee will continue its discussion of proposed ACRS reports discussed during this meeting. Note: A portion of this meeting may be closed in order to discuss and protect information designated as proprietary, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(4). Saturday, May 7, 2016, Conference Room T2-B1, 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Preparation of ACRS Reports (Open/Closed)—The Committee will continue its discussion of proposed ACRS reports. Note: A portion of this meeting may be closed in order to discuss and protect information designated as proprietary, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(4). 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.: Miscellaneous (Open)—The Committee will continue its discussion related to the conduct of Committee activities and specific issues that were not completed during previous meetings.

    Procedures for the conduct of and participation in ACRS meetings were published in the Federal Register on October 21, 2015 (80 FR 63846). In accordance with those procedures, oral or written views may be presented by members of the public, including representatives of the nuclear industry. Persons desiring to make oral statements should notify Quynh Nguyen, Cognizant ACRS Staff (Telephone: 301-415-5844, Email: [email protected]), 5 days before the meeting, if possible, so that appropriate arrangements can be made to allow necessary time during the meeting for such statements. In view of the possibility that the schedule for ACRS meetings may be adjusted by the Chairman as necessary to facilitate the conduct of the meeting, persons planning to attend should check with the Cognizant ACRS staff if such rescheduling would result in major inconvenience.

    Thirty-five hard copies of each presentation or handout should be provided 30 minutes before the meeting. In addition, one electronic copy of each