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REGULATORY INFORMATION SERVICE CENTER


Introduction to the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and 
Deregulatory Actions

AGENCY: Regulatory Information Service Center.

ACTION: Introduction to the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and 
Deregulatory Actions.

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SUMMARY: Spring 2019 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and 
Deregulatory Actions.
    Publication of the Spring 2019 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory 
and Deregulatory Actions represents a key component of the regulatory 
planning mechanism prescribed in Executive Order 12866 ``Regulatory 
Planning and Review'' (58 FR 51735) and Executive Order 13771 (82 FR 
93390, January 30, 2017, Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory 
Costs. The Regulatory Flexibility Act requires that agencies publish 
semiannual regulatory agendas in the Federal Register describing 
regulatory actions they are developing that may have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities (5 U.S.C. 
602).
    In the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory 
Actions (Unified Agenda) agencies report regulatory actions upcoming in 
the next year. Executive Order 12866 ``Regulatory Planning and 
Review,'' signed September 30, 1993 (58 FR 51735), and Office of 
Management and Budget memoranda implementing section 4 of that Order 
establish minimum standards for agencies' agendas, including specific 
types of information for each entry.
    The Unified Agenda helps agencies fulfill these requirements. All 
Federal regulatory agencies have chosen to publish their regulatory 
agendas as part of the Unified Agenda. The complete publication of the 
Spring 2019 Unified Agenda containing the regulatory agendas for 71 
Federal agencies, is available to the public at http://reginfo.gov.
    The Spring 2019 Unified Agenda publication appearing in the Federal 
Register consists of agency regulatory flexibility agendas, in 
accordance with the publication requirements of the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act. Agency regulatory flexibility agendas contain only 
those Agenda entries for rules that are likely to have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities and entries 
that have been selected for periodic review under section 610 of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act.

ADDRESSES: Regulatory Information Service Center (MVE), General 
Services Administration, 1800 F Street NW, MVE, Room 2219F, Washington, 
DC 20405.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information about specific 
regulatory actions, please refer to the agency contact listed for each 
entry. To provide comment on or to obtain further information about 
this publication, contact: John C. Thomas, Executive Director, 
Regulatory Information Service Center (MVE), General Services 
Administration, 1800 F Street NW, MVE, Room 2219F, Washington, DC 
20405, (202) 482-7340. You may also send comments to us by email at: 
RISC@gsa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and 
Deregulatory Actions

I. What is the Unified Agenda?
II. Why is the Unified Agenda published?
III. How is the Unified Agenda organized?
IV. What information appears for each entry?
V. Abbreviations
VI. How can users get copies of the plan and the agenda?

Agency Agendas

Cabinet Departments

Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce
Department of Energy
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Homeland Security
Department of the Interior
Department of Justice
Department of Labor
Department of Transportation
Department of the Treasury

Other Executive Agencies

Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled
Environmental Protection Agency
General Services Administration
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Railroad Retirement Board
Small Business Administration

Joint Authority

Department of Defense/General Services Administration/National 
Aeronautics and Space Administration (Federal Acquisition Regulation)

Independent Regulatory Agencies

Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Reserve System
National Labor Relations Board
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Securities and Exchange Commission
Surface Transportation Board

Introduction to the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and 
Deregulatory Actions

I. What is the Unified Agenda?

    The Unified Agenda provides information about regulations that the 
Government is considering or reviewing. The Unified Agenda has appeared 
in the Federal Register twice each year since 1983 and has been 
available online since 1995. The complete Unified Agenda is available 
to the public at http://reginfo.gov. The online Unified Agenda offers 
user-friendly flexible search tools and a vast historical database.
    The Spring 2019 Unified Agenda publication appearing in the Federal 
Register consists of agency regulatory flexibility agendas, in 
accordance with the publication requirements of the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act. Agency regulatory flexibility agendas contain only 
those Agenda entries for rules that are likely to have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities and entries 
that have been selected for periodic review under section 610 of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act. Printed entries display only the fields 
required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Complete agenda information 
for those entries appears, in a uniform format, in the online Unified 
Agenda at http://reginfo.gov.
    These publication formats meet the publication mandates of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act and Executive Order 12866. The complete 
online edition of the Unified Agenda includes regulatory agendas from 
Federal agencies. Agencies of the United States Congress are not 
included.
    The following agencies have no entries identified for inclusion in 
the printed regulatory flexibility agenda. The regulatory agendas of 
these agencies are available to the public at http://reginfo.gov.

Department of Defense
Department of Education
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of State
Department of Veterans Affairs
Agency for International Development
American Battle Monuments Commission
Appraisal Subcommittee of the FFIEC

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Commission on Civil Rights
Corporation for National and Community Service
Council on Environmental Quality
Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of 
Columbia
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Institute of Museum and Library Science
National Archives and Records Administration
National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Mediation Board
Office of Government Ethics
Office of Management and Budget
Office of Personnel Management
Peace Corps
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Presidio Trust
Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
Social Security Administration
Tennessee Valley Authority
U.S. Agency for Global Media
United States International Development Finance Corporation
Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency
Farm Credit Administration
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Federal Housing Finance Agency
Federal Maritime Commission
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission
Federal Trade Commission
National Credit Union Administration
National Indian Gaming Commission
National Labor Relations Board
National Transportation Safety Board
Postal Regulatory Commission
U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board

    The Regulatory Information Service Center compiles the Unified 
Agenda for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), 
part of the Office of Management and Budget. OIRA is responsible for 
overseeing the Federal Government's regulatory, paperwork, and 
information resource management activities, including implementation of 
Executive Order 12866 (incorporated by reference in Executive Order 
13563). The Center also provides information about Federal regulatory 
activity to the President and his Executive Office, the Congress, 
agency officials, and the public.
    The activities included in the Unified Agenda are, in general, 
those that will have a regulatory action within the next 12 months. 
Agencies may choose to include activities that will have a longer 
timeframe than 12 months. Agency agendas also show actions or reviews 
completed or withdrawn since the last Unified Agenda. Executive Order 
12866 does not require agencies to include regulations concerning 
military or foreign affairs functions or regulations related to agency 
organization, management, or personnel matters.
    Agencies prepared entries for this publication to give the public 
notice of their plans to review, propose, and issue or withdraw 
regulations. They have tried to predict their activities over the next 
12 months as accurately as possible, but dates and schedules are 
subject to change. Agencies may withdraw some of the regulations now 
under development, and they may issue or propose other regulations not 
included in their agendas. Agency actions in the rulemaking process may 
occur before or after the dates they have listed. The Unified Agenda 
does not create a legal obligation on agencies to adhere to schedules 
in this publication or to confine their regulatory activities to those 
regulations that appear within it.

II. Why is the Unified Agenda published?

    The Unified Agenda helps agencies comply with their obligations 
under the Regulatory Flexibility Act and various Executive orders and 
other statutes.

Executive Order 12866

    Executive Order 12866 entitled ``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' 
signed September 30, 1993, (58 FR 51735), requires covered agencies to 
prepare an agenda of all regulations under development or review. The 
Order also requires that certain agencies prepare annually a regulatory 
plan of their ``most important significant regulatory actions,'' which 
appears as part of the fall Unified Agenda.

Executive Order 13771 Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory 
Costs

    Executive Order 13771 entitled ``Reducing Regulation and 
Controlling Regulatory Costs signed January 27, 2017, (82 FR 8977) 
requires that for every one new regulation issued, at least two prior 
regulations be identified for elimination, and that the cost of planned 
regulations be prudently managed and controlled through a budgeting 
process.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act requires agencies to identify those 
rules that may have a significant economic impact on a substantial 
number of small entities (5 U.S.C. 602). Agencies meet that requirement 
by including the information in their submissions for the Unified 
Agenda. Agencies may also indicate those regulations that they are 
reviewing as part of their periodic review of existing rules under the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 610). Executive Order 13272 
entitled ``Proper Consideration of Small Entities in Agency 
Rulemaking,'' signed August 13, 2002, (67 FR 53461), provides 
additional guidance on compliance with the Act.

Executive Order 13132

    Executive Order 13132 entitled ``Federalism,'' signed August 4, 
1999, (64 FR 43255), directs agencies to have an accountable process to 
ensure meaningful and timely input by State and local officials in the 
development of regulatory policies that have ``federalism 
implications'' as defined in the Order. Under the Order, an agency that 
is proposing a regulation with federalism implications, which either 
preempt State law or impose non-statutory unfunded substantial direct 
compliance costs on State and local governments, must consult with 
State and local officials early in the process of developing the 
regulation. In addition, the agency must provide to the Director of the 
Office of Management and Budget a federalism summary impact statement 
for such a regulation, which consists of a description of the extent of 
the agency's prior consultation with State and local officials, a 
summary of their concerns and the agency's position supporting the need 
to issue the regulation, and a statement of the extent to which those 
concerns have been met. As part of this effort, agencies include in 
their submissions for the Unified Agenda information on whether their 
regulatory actions may have an effect on the various levels of 
government and whether those actions have federalism implications.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

    The Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-4, title II) 
requires agencies to prepare written assessments of the costs and 
benefits of significant regulatory actions ``that may result in the 
expenditure by State, local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, 
or by the private sector, of $100,000,000 or more . . . in any 1 year . 
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independent regulatory agencies, nor does it apply to certain subject 
areas excluded by section 4 of the Act. Affected agencies identify in 
the Unified Agenda those regulatory actions they believe are subject to 
title II of the Act.

Executive Order 13211

    Executive Order 13211 entitled ``Actions Concerning Regulations 
That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use,'' signed 
May 18, 2001, (66 FR 28355), directs agencies to provide, to the extent 
possible, information regarding the adverse effects that agency actions 
may have on the supply, distribution, and use of energy. Under the 
Order, the agency must prepare and submit a Statement of Energy Effects 
to the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory 
Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, for ``those matters 
identified as significant energy actions.'' As part of this effort, 
agencies may optionally include in their submissions for the Unified 
Agenda information on whether they have prepared or plan to prepare a 
Statement of Energy Effects for their regulatory actions.

Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act

    The Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (Pub. L. 
104-121, title II) established a procedure for congressional review of 
rules (5 U.S.C. 801 et seq.), which defers, unless exempted, the 
effective date of a ``major'' rule for at least 60 days from the 
publication of the final rule in the Federal Register. The Act 
specifies that a rule is ``major'' if it has resulted, or is likely to 
result, in an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more or 
meets other criteria specified in that Act. The Act provides that the 
Administrator of OIRA will make the final determination as to whether a 
rule is major.

III. How is the Unified Agenda organized?

    Agency regulatory flexibility agendas are printed in a single daily 
edition of the Federal Register. A regulatory flexibility agenda is 
printed for each agency whose agenda includes entries for rules which 
are likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial 
number of small entities or rules that have been selected for periodic 
review under section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Each 
printed agenda appears as a separate part. The parts are organized 
alphabetically in four groups: Cabinet departments; other executive 
agencies; the Federal Acquisition Regulation, a joint authority; and 
independent regulatory agencies. Agencies may in turn be divided into 
sub-agencies. Each agency's part of the Agenda contains a preamble 
providing information specific to that agency. Each printed agency 
agenda has a table of contents listing the agency's printed entries 
that follow.
    The online, complete Unified Agenda contains the preambles of all 
participating agencies. In the online Agenda, users can select the 
particular agencies whose agendas they want to see. Users have broad 
flexibility to specify the characteristics of the entries of interest 
to them by choosing the desired responses to individual data fields. To 
see a listing of all of an agency's entries, a user can select the 
agency without specifying any particular characteristics of entries.
    Each entry in the Unified Agenda is associated with one of five 
rulemaking stages. The rulemaking stages are:
    1. Prerule Stage--actions agencies will undertake to determine 
whether or how to initiate rulemaking. Such actions occur prior to a 
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and may include Advance Notices of 
Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRMs) and reviews of existing regulations.
    2. Proposed Rule Stage--actions for which agencies plan to publish 
a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking as the next step in their rulemaking 
process or for which the closing date of the NPRM Comment Period is the 
next step.
    3. Final Rule Stage--actions for which agencies plan to publish a 
final rule or an interim final rule or to take other final action as 
the next step.
    4. Long-Term Actions--items under development but for which the 
agency does not expect to have a regulatory action within the 12 months 
after publication of this edition of the Unified Agenda. Some of the 
entries in this section may contain abbreviated information.
    5. Completed Actions--actions or reviews the agency has completed 
or withdrawn since publishing its last agenda. This section also 
includes items the agency began and completed between issues of the 
Agenda.
    Long-Term Actions are rulemakings reported during the publication 
cycle that are outside of the required 12-month reporting period for 
which the Agenda was intended. Completed Actions in the publication 
cycle are rulemakings that are ending their lifecycle either by 
Withdrawal or completion of the rulemaking process. Therefore, the 
Long-Term and Completed RINs do not represent the ongoing, forward-
looking nature intended for reporting developing rulemakings in the 
Agenda pursuant to Executive Order 12866, section 4(b) and 4(c). To 
further differentiate these two stages of rulemaking in the Unified 
Agenda from active rulemakings, Long-Term and Completed Actions are 
reported separately from active rulemakings, which can be any of the 
first three stages of rulemaking listed above. A separate search 
function is provided on http://reginfo.gov to search for Completed and 
Long-Term Actions apart from each other and active RINs.
    A bullet () preceding the title of an entry indicates that 
the entry is appearing in the Unified Agenda for the first time.
    In the printed edition, all entries are numbered sequentially from 
the beginning to the end of the publication. The sequence number 
preceding the title of each entry identifies the location of the entry 
in this edition. The sequence number is used as the reference in the 
printed table of contents. Sequence numbers are not used in the online 
Unified Agenda because the unique Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) is 
able to provide this cross-reference capability.
    Editions of the Unified Agenda prior to fall 2007 contained several 
indexes, which identified entries with various characteristics. These 
included regulatory actions for which agencies believe that the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act may require a Regulatory Flexibility 
Analysis, actions selected for periodic review under section 610(c) of 
the Regulatory Flexibility Act, and actions that may have federalism 
implications as defined in Executive Order 13132 or other effects on 
levels of government. These indexes are no longer compiled, because 
users of the online Unified Agenda have the flexibility to search for 
entries with any combination of desired characteristics.

IV. What information appears for each entry?

    All entries in the online Unified Agenda contain uniform data 
elements including, at a minimum, the following information:
    Title of the Regulation--a brief description of the subject of the 
regulation. In the printed edition, the notation ``Section 610 Review'' 
following the title indicates that the agency has selected the rule for 
its periodic review of existing rules under the Regulatory Flexibility 
Act (5 U.S.C. 610(c)). Some agencies have indicated completions of 
section 610 reviews or rulemaking actions resulting from completed 
section 610 reviews. In the online edition, these notations appear in a 
separate field.

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    Priority--an indication of the significance of the regulation. 
Agencies assign each entry to one of the following five categories of 
significance.

(1) Economically Significant

    As defined in Executive Order 12866, a rulemaking action that will 
have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more or will 
adversely affect in a material way the economy, a sector of the 
economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public 
health or safety, or State, local, or tribal governments or 
communities. The definition of an ``economically significant'' rule is 
similar but not identical to the definition of a ``major'' rule under 5 
U.S.C. 801 (Pub. L. 104-121). (See below.)

(2) Other Significant

    A rulemaking that is not Economically Significant but is considered 
Significant by the agency. This category includes rules that the agency 
anticipates will be reviewed under Executive Order 12866 or rules that 
are a priority of the agency head. These rules may or may not be 
included in the agency's regulatory plan.

(3) Substantive, Nonsignificant

    A rulemaking that has substantive impacts but is neither 
Significant, nor Routine and Frequent, nor Informational/
Administrative/Other.

(4) Routine and Frequent

    A rulemaking that is a specific case of a multiple recurring 
application of a regulatory program in the Code of Federal Regulations 
and that does not alter the body of the regulation.

(5) Informational/Administrative/Other

    A rulemaking that is primarily informational or pertains to agency 
matters not central to accomplishing the agency's regulatory mandate 
but that the agency places in the Unified Agenda to inform the public 
of the activity.
    Major--whether the rule is ``major'' under 5 U.S.C. 801 (Pub. L. 
104-121) because it has resulted or is likely to result in an annual 
effect on the economy of $100 million or more or meets other criteria 
specified in that Act. The Act provides that the Administrator of the 
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs will make the final 
determination as to whether a rule is major.
    E.O. 13771 Designation--Indicate ``Deregulatory'', ``Regulatory'', 
``Fully or Partially Exempt'', ``Not subject to, Not significant, 
``Other'', or ``Independent agency''
    Unfunded Mandates--whether the rule is covered by section 202 of 
the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-4). The Act 
requires that, before issuing an NPRM likely to result in a mandate 
that may result in expenditures by State, local, and tribal 
governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector of more than 
$100 million in 1 year, agencies, other than independent regulatory 
agencies, shall prepare a written statement containing an assessment of 
the anticipated costs and benefits of the Federal mandate.
    Legal Authority--the section(s) of the United States Code (U.S.C.) 
or Public Law (Pub. L.) or the Executive order (E.O.) that authorize(s) 
the regulatory action. Agencies may provide popular name references to 
laws in addition to these citations.
    CFR Citation--the section(s) of the Code of Federal Regulations 
that will be affected by the action.
    Legal Deadline--whether the action is subject to a statutory or 
judicial deadline, the date of that deadline, and whether the deadline 
pertains to an NPRM, a Final Action, or some other action.
    Abstract--a brief description of the problem the regulation will 
address; the need for a Federal solution; to the extent available, 
alternatives that the agency is considering to address the problem; and 
potential costs and benefits of the action.
    Timetable--the dates and citations (if available) for all past 
steps and a projected date for at least the next step for the 
regulatory action. A date displayed in the form 06/00/14 means the 
agency is predicting the month and year the action will take place but 
not the day it will occur. In some instances, agencies may indicate 
what the next action will be, but the date of that action is ``To Be 
Determined.'' ``Next Action Undetermined'' indicates the agency does 
not know what action it will take next.
    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required--whether an analysis is 
required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) 
because the rulemaking action is likely to have a significant economic 
impact on a substantial number of small entities as defined by the Act.
    Small Entities Affected--the types of small entities (businesses, 
governmental jurisdictions, or organizations) on which the rulemaking 
action is likely to have an impact as defined by the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act. Some agencies have chosen to indicate likely effects 
on small entities even though they believe that a Regulatory 
Flexibility Analysis will not be required.
    Government Levels Affected--whether the action is expected to 
affect levels of government and, if so, whether the governments are 
State, local, tribal, or Federal.
    International Impacts--whether the regulation is expected to have 
international trade and investment effects, or otherwise may be of 
interest to the Nation's international trading partners.
    Federalism--whether the action has ``federalism implications'' as 
defined in Executive Order 13132. This term refers to actions ``that 
have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship 
between the national government and the States, or on the distribution 
of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.'' 
Independent regulatory agencies are not required to supply this 
information.
    Included in the Regulatory Plan--whether the rulemaking was 
included in the agency's current regulatory plan published in fall 
2017.
    Agency Contact--the name and phone number of at least one person in 
the agency who is knowledgeable about the rulemaking action. The agency 
may also provide the title, address, fax number, email address, and TDD 
for each agency contact.
    Some agencies have provided the following optional information:
    RIN Information URL--the internet address of a site that provides 
more information about the entry.
    Public Comment URL--the internet address of a site that will accept 
public comments on the entry. Alternatively, timely public comments may 
be submitted at the government-wide e-rulemaking site, http://
www.regulations.gov.
    Additional Information--any information an agency wishes to include 
that does not have a specific corresponding data element.
    Compliance Cost to the Public--the estimated gross compliance cost 
of the action.
    Affected Sectors--the industrial sectors that the action may most 
affect, either directly or indirectly. Affected sectors are identified 
by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes.
    Energy Effects--an indication of whether the agency has prepared or 
plans to prepare a Statement of Energy Effects for the action, as 
required by Executive Order 13211 ``Actions Concerning Regulations That 
Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or Use,'' signed May 
18, 2001 (66 FR 28355).
    Related RINs--one or more past or current RIN(s) associated with 
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related to this action, such as merged RINs, split RINs, new activity 
for previously completed RINs, or duplicate RINs.
    Some agencies that participated in the fall 2017 edition of The 
Regulatory Plan have chosen to include the following information for 
those entries that appeared in the Plan:
    Statement of Need--a description of the need for the regulatory 
action.
    Summary of the Legal Basis--a description of the legal basis for 
the action, including whether any aspect of the action is required by 
statute or court order.
    Alternatives--a description of the alternatives the agency has 
considered or will consider as required by section 4(c)(1)(B) of 
Executive Order 12866.
    Anticipated Costs and Benefits--a description of preliminary 
estimates of the anticipated costs and benefits of the action.
    Risks--a description of the magnitude of the risk the action 
addresses, the amount by which the agency expects the action to reduce 
this risk, and the relation of the risk and this risk reduction effort 
to other risks and risk reduction efforts within the agency's 
jurisdiction.

V. Abbreviations

    The following abbreviations appear throughout this publication:
    ANPRM--An Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is a preliminary 
notice, published in the Federal Register, announcing that an agency is 
considering a regulatory action. An agency may issue an ANPRM before it 
develops a detailed proposed rule. An ANPRM describes the general area 
that may be subject to regulation and usually asks for public comment 
on the issues and options being discussed. An ANPRM is issued only when 
an agency believes it needs to gather more information before 
proceeding to a notice of proposed rulemaking.
    CFR--The Code of Federal Regulations is an annual codification of 
the general and permanent regulations published in the Federal Register 
by the agencies of the Federal Government. The Code is divided into 50 
titles, each title covering a broad area subject to Federal regulation. 
The CFR is keyed to and kept up to date by the daily issues of the 
Federal Register.
    E.O.--An Executive order is a directive from the President to 
Executive agencies, issued under constitutional or statutory authority. 
Executive orders are published in the Federal Register and in title 3 
of the Code of Federal Regulations.
    FR--The Federal Register is a daily Federal Government publication 
that provides a uniform system for publishing Presidential documents, 
all proposed and final regulations, notices of meetings, and other 
official documents issued by Federal agencies.
    FY--The Federal fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30.
    NPRM--A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is the document an agency 
issues and publishes in the Federal Register that describes and 
solicits public comments on a proposed regulatory action. Under the 
Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553), an NPRM must include, at a 
minimum:
    A statement of the time, place, and nature of the public rulemaking 
proceeding; a reference to the legal authority under which the rule is 
proposed; and either the terms or substance of the proposed rule or a 
description of the subjects and issues involved.
    PL (or Pub. L.)--A public law is a law passed by Congress and 
signed by the President or enacted over his veto. It has general 
applicability, unlike a private law that applies only to those persons 
or entities specifically designated. Public laws are numbered in 
sequence throughout the 2-year life of each Congress; for example, PL 
110-4 is the fourth public law of the 110th Congress.
    RFA--A Regulatory Flexibility Analysis is a description and 
analysis of the impact of a rule on small entities, including small 
businesses, small governmental jurisdictions, and certain small not-
for-profit organizations. The Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 
et seq.) requires each agency to prepare an initial RFA for public 
comment when it is required to publish an NPRM and to make available a 
final RFA when the final rule is published, unless the agency head 
certifies that the rule would not have a significant economic impact on 
a substantial number of small entities.
    RIN--The Regulation Identifier Number is assigned by the Regulatory 
Information Service Center to identify each regulatory action listed in 
the Unified Agenda, as directed by Executive Order 12866 (section 
4(b)). Additionally, OMB has asked agencies to include RINs in the 
headings of their Rule and Proposed Rule documents when publishing them 
in the Federal Register, to make it easier for the public and agency 
officials to track the publication history of regulatory actions 
throughout their development.
    Seq. No.--The sequence number identifies the location of an entry 
in the printed edition of the Unified Agenda. Note that a specific 
regulatory action will have the same RIN throughout its development but 
will generally have different sequence numbers if it appears in 
different printed editions of the Unified Agenda. Sequence numbers are 
not used in the online Unified Agenda.
    U.S.C.--The United States Code is a consolidation and codification 
of all general and permanent laws of the United States. The U.S.C. is 
divided into 50 titles, each title covering a broad area of Federal 
law.

VI. How can users get copies of the Agenda?

    Copies of the Federal Register issue containing the printed edition 
of the Unified Agenda (agency regulatory flexibility agendas) are 
available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government 
Printing Office, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250-7954. Telephone: 
(202) 512-1800 or 1-866-512-1800 (toll-free).
    Copies of individual agency materials may be available directly 
from the agency or may be found on the agency's website. Please contact 
the particular agency for further information.
    All editions of The Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of 
Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions since fall 1995 are 
available in electronic form at http://reginfo.gov, along with flexible 
search tools.
    The Government Printing Office's GPO FDsys website contains copies 
of the Agendas and Regulatory Plans that have been printed in the 
Federal Register. These documents are available at http://
www.fdsys.gov.

    Dated: May 13, 2019.
John C. Thomas,
Executive Director.
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Office of the Secretary

2 CFR Subtitle B, Ch. IV

5 CFR Ch. LXXIII

7 CFR Subtitle A; Subtitle B, Chs. I-XI, XIV-XVIII, XX, XXV-
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9 CFR Chs. I-III

36 CFR Ch. II

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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, Spring 2019

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, USDA.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: This agenda provides summary descriptions of the significant 
and not significant regulatory and deregulatory actions being developed 
in agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in conformance 
with Executive Orders (E.O.) 12866 ``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' 
13563, ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,'' 13771 ``Reducing 
Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,'' and 13777, ``Enforcing 
the Regulatory Reform Agenda.'' The agenda also describes regulations 
affecting small entities as required by section 602 of the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act, Public Law 96-354. This agenda also identifies 
regulatory actions that are being reviewed in compliance with section 
610(c) of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. We invite public comment on 
those actions as well as any regulation consistent with Executive Order 
13563.
    USDA has attempted to list all regulations and regulatory reviews 
pending at the time of publication except for minor and routine or 
repetitive actions, but some may have been inadvertently missed. There 
is no legal significance to the omission of an item from this listing. 
Also, the dates shown for the steps of each action are estimated and 
are not commitments to act on or by the date shown.
    USDA's complete regulatory agenda is available online at 
www.reginfo.gov. Because publication in the Federal Register is 
mandated for the regulatory flexibility agendas required by the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602), USDA's printed agenda 
entries include only:
    (1) Rules that are likely to have a significant economic impact on 
a substantial number of small entities; and
    (2) Rules identified for periodic review under section 610 of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on any 
specific entry shown in this agenda, please contact the person listed 
for that action. For general comments or inquiries about the agenda, 
please contact Michael Poe, Office of Budget and Program Analysis, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250, (202) 720-3257.

    Dated: March 11, 2019.
Michael Poe,
Legislative and Regulatory Staff.

           Agricultural Marketing Service--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
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1.........................  Undue and Unreasonable             0581-AD81
                             Preferences and
                             Advantages Under the
                             Packers and Stockyards
                             Act.
2.........................  Establishment of a Milk            0581-AD87
                             Donation Program.
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            Agricultural Marketing Service--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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3.........................  Establishment of a                 0581-AD82
                             Domestic Hemp Production
                             Program.
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            Agricultural Marketing Service--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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4.........................  National Bioengineered             0581-AD54
                             Food Disclosure Standard.
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      Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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5.........................  Plant Pest Regulations;            0579-AC98
                             Update of General
                             Provisions.
6.........................  Bovine Spongiform                  0579-AD10
                             Encephalopathy and
                             Scrapie; Importation of
                             Small Ruminants and Their
                             Germplasm, Products, and
                             Byproducts.
7.........................  Lacey Act Implementation           0579-AD44
                             Plan: De Minimis
                             Exception.
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      Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service--Long-Term Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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8.........................  Brucellosis and Bovine             0579-AD65
                             Tuberculosis; Update of
                             General Provisions.
9.........................  Importation of Fresh               0579-AD95
                             Citrus Fruit From the
                             Republic of South Africa
                             Into the Continental
                             United States.

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10........................  Removal of Emerald Ash             0579-AE42
                             Borer Domestic Quarantine
                             Regulations.
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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11........................  Scrapie in Sheep and Goats         0579-AC92
12........................  Branding Requirements for          0579-AE38
                             Bovines Imported Into the
                             United States From Mexico.
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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13........................  Performance Standards for          0583-AC46
                             the Production of
                             Processed Meat and
                             Poultry Products.
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)

Proposed Rule Stage

1.  Undue and Unreasonable Preferences and Advantages Under the 
Packers and Stockyards Act

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 110-234
    Abstract: This action would invite comments on proposed revisions 
to regulations issued under the Packers and Stockyards Act (P&S Act). 
The revisions would specify criteria the Secretary could consider in 
determining whether conduct or action by packers, swine contractors, or 
live poultry dealers constitutes an undue or unreasonable preference or 
advantage and a violation of the P&S Act.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael V. Durando, Associate Deputy Administrator, 
Fair Trade Practices Program, Department of Agriculture, Agricultural 
Marketing Service, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-
0237, Phone: 202 720-0219.
    RIN: 0581-AD81

2.  Establishment of a Milk Donation Program

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 104-127
    Abstract: This action begins the rulemaking process to establish a 
Milk Donation Program as mandated by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 
2018 (2018 Farm Bill). The proposed program would allow milk processors 
who account to Federal milk marketing orders (FMMO) to claim limited 
reimbursements for the cost of farm milk used to make donated fluid 
milk products. Under the program, processors would partner with non-
profit organizations to distribute the donated products to individuals 
in low-income groups.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Erin Taylor, Acting Director, Order Formulation and 
Enforcement Division, Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing 
Service, Dairy Program, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Room 2969-S, 
Washington, DC 20250, Phone: 202 720-7311, Email: 
erin.taylor@ams.usda.gov.
    RIN: 0581-AD87

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)

Final Rule Stage

3.  Establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621
    Abstract: This action will initiate a new part 990 establishing 
rules and regulations for the domestic production of hemp. This action 
is required to implement provisions of the Agriculture Improvement Act 
of 2018 (Farm Bill).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Interim Final Rule..................   08/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Sonia Jimenez, Deputy Administrator, Specialty 
Crops Program, Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing 
Service, 14th and Independence Avenue SW, South Building, Washington, 
DC 20050-6456, Phone: 202 720-4722, Email: sonia.jimenez@usda.gov.
    RIN: 0581-AD82

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)

Completed Actions

4. National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 114-216; 7 U.S.C. 1621 to 1627
    Abstract: On July 29, 2016, the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 
was amended to establish a National Bioengineered Food Disclosure 
Standard (Law) (Pub. L. 114-216). The provisions of this rule, pursuant 
to the law, will serve as a national mandatory bioengineered food 
disclosure standard for bioengineered food and food that may be 
bioengineered.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Action........................   12/21/18  83 FR 65814

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Final Rule Effective................   02/19/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Arthur Neal, Phone: 202 692-1300.
    RIN: 0581-AD54

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Final Rule Stage

5. Plant Pest Regulations; Update of General Provisions

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450; 7 U.S.C. 2260; 7 U.S.C. 7701 to 
7772; 7 U.S.C. 7781 to 7786; 7 U.S.C. 8301 to 8817; 21 U.S.C. 111; 21 
U.S.C. 114a; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a; 31 U.S.C. 9701; 42 U.S.C. 4331 and 
4332
    Abstract: We are revising our regulations regarding the movement of 
plant pests. We are also adding criteria to the regulations for the 
importation, interstate movement, and release of biological control 
organisms. This final rule also establishes regulations for the 
importation and interstate movement of certain plant pests and 
biological control organisms without restriction by establishing a 
petition process for granting exceptions from permit requirements for 
those pests and organisms. Finally, we are revising our regulations 
regarding the importation and interstate movement of soil. This rule 
clarifies the points that we will consider when assessing the risks 
associated with the movement and release of certain organisms and 
facilitates the movement of regulated organisms and articles in a 
manner that protects U.S. agriculture.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice of Intent To Prepare an         10/20/09  74 FR 53673
 Environmental Impact Statement.
Notice Comment Period End...........   11/19/09  .......................
NPRM................................   01/19/17  82 FR 6980
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   02/13/17  82 FR 10444
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/19/17  .......................
Final Rule..........................   06/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Colin Stewart, Assistant Director, Pests, 
Pathogens, and Biocontrol Permits, PPQ, Department of Agriculture, 
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River Road, Unit 133, 
Riverdale, MD 20737-1236, Phone: 301 851-2237.
    RIN: 0579-AC98

6. Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy and Scrapie; Importation of Small 
Ruminants and Their Germplasm, Products, and Byproducts

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450; 7 U.S.C. 1622; 7 U.S.C. 7701 to 
7772; 7 U.S.C. 7781 to 7786; 7 U.S.C. 8301 to 8317; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 
136a; 31 U.S.C. 9701
    Abstract: We are amending the regulations governing the importation 
of animals and animal products to revise conditions for the importation 
of live sheep, goats, and certain other non-bovine ruminants, and 
products derived from sheep and goats, with regard to transmissible 
spongiform encephalopathies such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy 
(BSE) and scrapie. We are removing BSE-related import restrictions on 
sheep and goats and most of their products, and adding import 
restrictions related to transmissible spongiform encephalopathies for 
certain wild, zoological, or other non-bovine ruminant species. The 
conditions we are adopting for the importation of specified commodities 
are based on internationally accepted scientific literature and will, 
in general, align our regulations with guidelines established in the 
World Organization for Animal Health's Terrestrial Animal Health Code.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/18/16  81 FR 46619
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/16/16  .......................
Final Rule..........................   06/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Alexandra MacKenzie, Veterinary Medical Officer, 
Animal Permitting and Negotiating Services, NIES, VS, Department of 
Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River 
Road, Unit 39, Riverdale, MD 20737, Phone: 301 851-3300.
    RIN: 0579-AD10

7. Lacey Act Implementation Plan: De Minimis Exception

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 3371 et seq.
    Abstract: The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 amended 
the Lacey Act to provide, among other things, that importers submit a 
declaration at the time of importation for certain plants and plant 
products. The declaration requirements of the Lacey Act became 
effective on December 15, 2008, and enforcement of those requirements 
is being phased in. We are proposing to establish an exception to the 
declaration requirement for products containing a minimal amount of 
plant materials.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   06/30/11  76 FR 38330
ANPRM Comment Period End............   08/29/11  .......................
NPRM................................   07/09/18  83 FR 31697
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/07/18  .......................
Final Rule..........................   12/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dorothy Wayson, National Program Coordinator, Lacey 
Act Program, Compliance and Environmental Coordination, PPQ, Department 
of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 4700 River 
Road, Unit 150, Riverdale, MD 20737, Phone: 301 851-2036.
    RIN: 0579-AD44

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Long-Term Actions

8. Brucellosis and Bovine Tuberculosis; Update of General Provisions

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1622; 7 U.S.C. 8301 to 8317; 15 U.S.C. 
1828; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a; 31 U.S.C. 9701
    Abstract: This rulemaking would consolidate the regulations 
governing bovine tuberculosis (TB), currently found in 9 CFR part 77, 
and those governing brucellosis, currently found in 9 CFR part 78. As 
part of this consolidation, we are proposing to transition the TB and 
brucellosis programs away from a State status system based on disease 
prevalence. Instead, States and tribes would implement an animal health 
plan that identifies sources of the diseases within the State or tribe 
and specifies mitigations to address the risk posed by these sources. 
The consolidated

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regulations also would set forth standards for surveillance, 
epidemiological investigations, and affected herd management that must 
be incorporated into each animal health plan, with certain limited 
exceptions; conditions for the interstate movement of cattle, bison, 
and captive cervids; and conditions for APHIS approval of tests for 
bovine TB or brucellosis. Finally, the rulemaking would revise the 
import requirements for cattle and bison.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   12/16/15  80 FR 78461
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/15/16  .......................
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   03/11/16  81 FR 12832
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   05/16/16  .......................
NPRM--Partial Withdrawal............   03/27/19  84 FR 11448
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Final Rule..........................           To Be Determined
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Langston Hull, Phone: 301 851-3300.
    C. William Hench, Phone: 970 494-7378.
    RIN: 0579-AD65

9. Importation of Fresh Citrus Fruit From the Republic of South Africa 
Into the Continental United States

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450; 7 U.S.C. 7701 to 7772; 7 U.S.C. 7781 
to 7786; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a
    Abstract: This rulemaking will amend the fruits and vegetables 
regulations to allow the importation of several varieties of fresh 
citrus fruit, as well as citrus hybrids, into the continental United 
States from areas in the Republic of South Africa where citrus black 
spot has been known to occur. As a condition of entry, the fruit will 
have to be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes 
shipment traceability, packinghouse registration and procedures, and 
phytosanitary treatment. The fruit will also be required to be imported 
in commercial consignments and accompanied by a phytosanitary 
certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of the 
Republic of South Africa with an additional declaration confirming that 
the fruit has been produced in accordance with the systems approach. 
This action will allow for the importation of fresh citrus fruit, 
including citrus hybrids, from the Republic of South Africa while 
continuing to provide protection against the introduction of plant 
pests into the United States.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   08/28/14  79 FR 51273
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/27/14  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............             .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Tony Rom[aacute]n, Phone: 301 851-2242.
    RIN: 0579-AD95

10. Removal of Emerald Ash Borer Domestic Quarantine Regulations

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 7701 to 7772; 7 U.S.C. 7781 to 7786
    Abstract: This rulemaking would remove the domestic quarantine 
regulations for the plant pest emerald ash borer. This action would 
discontinue the domestic regulatory component of the emerald ash borer 
program as a means to more effectively direct available resources 
toward management and containment of the pest. Funding previously 
allocated to the implementation and enforcement of these domestic 
quarantine regulations would instead be directed to a non-regulatory 
option of research into, and deployment of, biological control agents 
for emerald ash borer, which would serve as the primary tool to 
mitigate and control the pest.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   09/19/18  83 FR 47310
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/19/18  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............             .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Robyn Rose, Phone: 301 851-2283.
    RIN: 0579-AE42

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

Completed Actions

11. Scrapie in Sheep and Goats

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 8301 to 8317
    Abstract: We are amending the scrapie regulations by changing the 
risk groups and categories established for individual animals and for 
flocks, increasing the use of genetic testing as a means of assigning 
risk levels to animals, reducing movement restrictions for animals 
found to be genetically less susceptible or resistant to scrapie, and 
simplifying, reducing, or removing certain recordkeeping requirements. 
We are also providing designated scrapie epidemiologists with more 
alternatives and flexibility when testing animals in order to determine 
flock designations under the regulations. We are changing the 
definition of high-risk animal, which will change the types of animals 
eligible for indemnity, and to pay higher indemnity for certain 
pregnant ewes and does and early maturing ewes and does. The changes 
will also make the identification and recordkeeping requirements for 
goat owners consistent with those for sheep owners. These changes 
affect sheep and goat producers, persons who handle sheep and goats in 
interstate commerce, and State governments.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   03/25/19  84 FR 11170
Final Rule Effective................   04/24/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Diane Sutton, Phone: 301 851-3509.
    RIN: 0579-AC92

12. Branding Requirements for Bovines Imported Into the United States 
From Mexico

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1622; 7 U.S.C. 8301 to 8317; 21 U.S.C. 
136 and 136a; 31 U.S.C. 9701
    Abstract: This rulemaking amends the regulations regarding the 
branding of bovines imported into the United States from Mexico. We are 
taking this action at the request of the Government of Mexico to 
address issues that have arisen with the branding requirement for these 
bovines. These changes will help prevent inconsistencies in branding 
that can result in bovines being rejected for import into the United 
States.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   12/14/18  83 FR 64223
Final Action Effective..............   01/14/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Betzaida Lopez, Phone: 301 851-3300.
    RIN: 0579-AE38

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA)

Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)

Completed Actions

13. Performance Standards for the Production of Processed Meat and 
Poultry Products

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 451 et seq.; 21 U.S.C. 601 et seq.
    Abstract: FSIS is proposing to establish pathogen reduction 
performance standards for all ready-to-eat (RTE) and partially heat-
treated meat and poultry products. The performance standards spell out 
the objective level of pathogen reduction that establishments must meet 
during their operations in order to produce safe products, but allow 
the use of customized, plant-specific processing procedures other than 
those prescribed in their earlier regulations. With HACCP, food safety 
performance standards give establishments the incentive and flexibility 
to adopt innovative, science-based food safety processing procedures 
and controls, while providing objective, measurable standards that can 
be verified by Agency inspectional oversight. This set of performance 
standards will include and be consistent with standards already in 
place for certain ready-to-eat meat and poultry products.
    Completed:

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Supplemental NPR--Withdrawn.........   03/28/16  81 FR 17338
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Rachel Edelstein, Phone: 202 205-0495, Fax: 202 
720-2025, Email: rachel.edelstein@fsis.usda.gov.
    RIN: 0583-AC46

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13 CFR Ch. III

15 CFR Subtitle A; Subtitle B, Chs. I, II, III, VII, VIII, IX, and 
XI

19 CFR Ch. III

37 CFR Chs. I, IV, and V

48 CFR Ch. 13

50 CFR Chs. II, III, IV, and VI


Spring 2019 Semiannual Agenda of Regulations

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Commerce.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with Executive Order 12866, entitled 
``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' and the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 
as amended, the Department of Commerce (Commerce), in the spring and 
fall of each year, publishes in the Federal Register an agenda of 
regulations under development or review over the next 12 months. 
Rulemaking actions are grouped according to prerulemaking, proposed 
rules, final rules, long-term actions, and rulemaking actions completed 
since the fall 2018 agenda. The purpose of the Agenda is to provide 
information to the public on regulations that are currently under 
review, being proposed, or issued by Commerce. The Agenda is intended 
to facilitate comments and views by interested members of the public. 
Commerce's spring 2019 regulatory agenda includes regulatory activities 
that are expected to be conducted during the period May 1, 2019, 
through April 30, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 
    Specific: For additional information about specific regulatory 
actions listed in the agenda, contact the individual identified as the 
contact person.
    General: Comments or inquiries of a general nature about the Agenda 
should be directed to Asha Mathew, Chief Counsel for Regulation, Office 
of the Assistant General Counsel for Legislation, Regulation, and 
Oversight, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230, 
telephone: 202-482-3151.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Commerce hereby publishes its spring 2019 
Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions pursuant 
to Executive Order 12866 and the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 
601 et seq. Executive Order 12866 requires agencies to publish an 
agenda of those regulations that are under consideration pursuant to 
this order. By memorandum of February 7, 2019, the Office of Management 
and Budget issued guidelines and procedures for the preparation and 
publication of the spring 2019 Unified Agenda. The Regulatory 
Flexibility Act requires agencies to publish, in the spring and fall of 
each year, a regulatory flexibility agenda that contains a brief 
description of the subject of any rule likely to have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.
    Beginning with the fall 2007 edition, the internet became the basic 
means for disseminating the Unified Agenda. The complete Unified Agenda 
is available online at www.reginfo.gov, in a format that offers users a 
greatly enhanced ability to obtain information from the Agenda 
database.
    Because publication in the Federal Register is mandated for the 
regulatory flexibility agendas required by the Regulatory Flexibility 
Act, Commerce's printed agenda entries include only:
    (1) Rules that are in the Agency's regulatory flexibility agenda, 
in accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, because they are 
likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities; and
    (2) Rules that the Agency has identified for periodic review under 
section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    Printing of these entries is limited to fields that contain 
information required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act's Agenda 
requirements. Additional information on these entries is available in 
the Unified Agenda published on the internet.
    Within Commerce, the Office of the Secretary and various operating 
units may issue regulations. Among these operating units, the National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Bureau of Industry 
and Security, and the Patent and Trademark Office issue the greatest 
share of Commerce's regulations.
    A large number of regulatory actions reported in the Agenda deal 
with fishery management programs of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries 
Service (NMFS). To avoid repetition of programs and definitions, as 
well as to provide some understanding of the technical and 
institutional elements of NMFS' programs, an ``Explanation of 
Information Contained in NMFS Regulatory Entries'' is provided below.

Explanation of Information Contained in NMFS Regulatory Entries

    The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 
U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) (the Act) governs the management of fisheries 
within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States (EEZ). The EEZ 
refers to those waters from the outer edge of the State boundaries, 
generally 3 nautical miles, to a distance of 200 nautical miles. For 
fisheries that require conservation and management measures, eight 
Regional Fishery Management Councils (Councils) prepare and submit to 
NMFS Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) for fisheries within their 
respective areas in the EEZ. The Councils are required by law to 
conduct public hearings on the development of FMPs and FMP amendments. 
Consistent with applicable law, environmental and other analyses are 
developed that consider alternatives to proposed actions.
    Pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the Councils also submit to 
NMFS proposed regulations that they deem necessary or appropriate to 
implement FMPs. The proposed regulations, FMPs, and FMP amendments are 
subject to review and approval by NMFS, based on consistency with the 
Magnuson-Stevens Act and other applicable law. NMFS is responsible for 
conducting the rulemaking process for FMP implementing regulations. The 
Council process for developing FMPs and amendments and proposed 
regulations makes it difficult for NMFS to determine the significance 
and timing of some regulatory actions under consideration by the 
Councils at the time the semiannual regulatory agenda is published.
    Commerce's spring 2019 regulatory agenda follows.

Peter B. Davidson,
General Counsel.

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14........................  Regulations Concerning             0625-AB10
                             Scope Inquiries and
                             Covered Merchandise
                             Referrals From U.S.
                             Customs and Border
                             Protection.
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            Bureau of Industry and Security--Final Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
15........................  Expansion of Export,               0694-AH53
                             Reexport, and Transfer
                             (In-Country) Controls for
                             Military End Use or
                             Military End Users in the
                             People's Republic of
                             China (China), Russia, or
                             Venezuela.
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  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
16........................  Comprehensive Fishery              0648-BD32
                             Management Plan for
                             Puerto Rico.
17........................  Comprehensive Fishery              0648-BD33
                             Management Plan for St.
                             Croix.
18........................  Comprehensive Fishery              0648-BD34
                             Management Plan for St.
                             Thomas/St. John.
19........................  International Fisheries;           0648-BG04
                             South Pacific Tuna
                             Fisheries; Implementation
                             of Amendments to the
                             South Pacific Tuna Treaty.
20........................  Illegal, Unregulated, and          0648-BG11
                             Unreported Fishing;
                             Fisheries Enforcement;
                             High Seas Driftnet
                             Fishing Moratorium
                             Protection Act.
21........................  International Fisheries;           0648-BG66
                             Western and Central
                             Pacific Fisheries for
                             Highly Migratory Species;
                             Requirements to Safeguard
                             Fishery Observers.
22........................  Area of Overlap Between            0648-BH59
                             the Convention Areas of
                             the Inter-American
                             Tropical Tuna Commission
                             and the Western and
                             Central Pacific Fisheries
                             Commission.
23........................  Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral             0648-BH67
                             Amendment.
24........................  Regulatory Amendment to            0648-BH70
                             the Pacific Coast
                             Groundfish Fishery
                             Management Plan to
                             Implement an Electronic
                             Monitoring Program for
                             Bottom Trawl and Non-
                             Whiting Midwater Trawl
                             Vessels.
25........................  Vessel Movement,                   0648-BI45
                             Monitoring, and
                             Declaration Management
                             Enhancement for the
                             Pacific Coast Groundfish
                             Fishery; Pacific Coast
                             Groundfish Fishery
                             Management Plan.
26........................  Atlantic Highly Migratory          0648-BI51
                             Species; Pelagic Longline
                             Bluefin Tuna Area-Based
                             and Weak Hook Management.
27........................  Requirements to Safeguard          0648-BI86
                             Fishery Observers in the
                             Eastern Pacific Ocean.
28........................  Amendment and Updates to           0648-BF90
                             the Pelagic Longline Take
                             Reduction Plan.
29........................  Revision to Critical               0648-BH95
                             Habitat Designation for
                             Endangered Southern
                             Resident Killer Whales.
30........................  Designation of Critical            0648-BI06
                             Habitat for the Mexico,
                             Central American, and
                             Western Pacific Distinct
                             Population Segments of
                             Humpback Whales Under the
                             Endangered Species Act.
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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration--Final Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
31........................  Regulatory Amendment to            0648-BF52
                             the Pacific Coast
                             Groundfish Fishery
                             Management Plan to
                             Implement an Electronic
                             Monitoring Program for
                             the Pacific Whiting
                             Fishery.
32........................  Commerce Trusted Trader            0648-BG51
                             Program.
33........................  Rule to Implement the For-         0648-BG75
                             Hire Reporting Amendments.
34........................  Generic Amendment to the           0648-BH72
                             Fishery Management Plans
                             for the Reef Fish
                             Resources of the Gulf of
                             Mexico and Coastal
                             Migratory Pelagic
                             Resources in the Gulf of
                             Mexico and Atlantic
                             Region.
35........................  Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries         0648-BH87
                             Conservation and
                             Management Act;
                             Traceability Information
                             Program for Seafood.
36........................  Halibut Deck Sorting               0648-BI53
                             Monitoring Requirements
                             for Trawl Catcher/
                             Processors Operating in
                             Non-Pollock Groundfish
                             Fisheries off Alaska.
37........................  Framework Adjustment 58 to         0648-BI64
                             the Northeast
                             Multispecies Fishery
                             Management Plan.
38........................  Regulation to Reduce               0648-BG45
                             Incidental Bycatch and
                             Mortality of Sea Turtles
                             in the Southeastern U.S.
                             Shrimp Fisheries.
39........................  Wisconsin-Lake Michigan            0648-BG01
                             National Marine Sanctuary
                             Designation.
40........................  Mallows Bay-Potomac River          0648-BG02
                             National Marine Sanctuary
                             Designation.
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   National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
41........................  Implementation of a                0648-BD59
                             Program for
                             Transshipments by Large
                             Scale Fishing Vessels in
                             the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

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42........................  Pacific Coast Groundfish           0648-BE90
                             Fishing Capacity
                             Reduction Loan Refinance.
43........................  International Fisheries;           0648-BF41
                             Western and Central
                             Pacific Fisheries for
                             Highly Migratory Species;
                             Treatment of U.S. Purse
                             Seine Fishing With
                             Respect to U.S.
                             Territories.
44........................  Reducing Disturbances to           0648-AU02
                             Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins
                             From Human Interactions.
45........................  Designation of Critical            0648-BC56
                             Habitat for the Arctic
                             Ringed Seal.
46........................  Endangered and Threatened          0648-BG26
                             Species; Designation of
                             Critical Habitat for
                             Threatened Caribbean and
                             Indo-Pacific Reef-
                             Building Corals.
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   National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration--Completed Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
47........................  Voting Criteria for a              0648-BG36
                             Referendum on a Gulf of
                             Mexico Reef Fish Catch
                             Share Program for For-
                             Hire Vessels With
                             Landings Histories.
48........................  Allow Halibut Individual           0648-BG94
                             Fishing Quota Leasing to
                             Community Development
                             Quota Groups.
49........................  Amendment 116 to the               0648-BH02
                             Fishery Management Plan
                             for Groundfish of the
                             Bering Sea and Aleutian
                             Islands Management Area.
50........................  Atlantic Highly Migratory          0648-BH54
                             Species; Atlantic Bluefin
                             Tuna and North Atlantic
                             Albacore Quotas.
51........................  Atlantic Highly Migratory          0648-BH75
                             Species; Shortfin Mako
                             Shark Management Measures.
52........................  Revisions to Regulations           0648-BH88
                             for Species With
                             Sideboard Limits That
                             Cannot Support Directed
                             Fishing by Vessels
                             Subject to Sideboards in
                             the Bering Sea and
                             Aleutian Islands and Gulf
                             of Alaska.
53........................  2019 -- 2020 Harvest               0648-BH93
                             Specifications and
                             Management Measures for
                             Pacific Coast Groundfish
                             and Fishery Management
                             Plan.
54........................  Regulatory Amendment 28 to         0648-BI38
                             the Fishery Management
                             Plan for the Snapper-
                             Grouper Fishery of the
                             South Atlantic Region.
55........................  Framework Action to the            0648-BI39
                             Fishery Management Plan
                             for Reef Fish Resources
                             of the Gulf of Mexico,
                             Modification of Gulf of
                             Mexico Red Snapper and
                             Hogfish Annual Catch
                             Limits.
56........................  Regulatory Amendment to            0648-BG57
                             Authorize a Recreational
                             Quota Entity.
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              Patent and Trademark Office--Final Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
57........................  Requirement of U.S.                0651-AD30
                             Licensed Attorney for
                             Foreign Trademark
                             Applicants and
                             Registrants.
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)

International Trade Administration (ITA)

Proposed Rule Stage

14. Regulations Concerning Scope Inquiries and Covered Merchandise 
Referrals From U.S. Customs and Border Protection

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 114-125, sec 421
    Abstract: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is proposing to 
amend its regulations concerning scope inquiries (19 CFR 351.225) and 
to set forth procedures addressing covered merchandise referrals from 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP or the Customs Service).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jessica Link, Department of Commerce, International 
Trade Administration, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 
20230, Phone: 202 482-1411, Email: jessica.link@trade.gov.
    RIN: 0625-AB10

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)

Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS)

Final Rule Stage

15. Expansion of Export, Reexport, and Transfer (In-Country) Controls 
for Military End Use or Military End Users in the People's Republic of 
China (China), Russia, or Venezuela

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 10 U.S.C. 7420; 10 U.S.C. 7430(e); 15 U.S.C. 
1824a; 22 U.S.C. 287c; 22 U.S.C. 3201 et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 6004; 22 
U.S.C. 7201 et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 7210; 30 U.S.C. 185(s); 30 U.S.C. 
185(u); 42 U.S.C. 2139a; 43 U.S.C. 1354; 50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.; 50 
U.S.C. 4305; 50 U.S.C. 4601 et seq.; E.O. 12058; E.O. 12851; E.O. 
12938; E.O. 12947; E.O. 13026; E.O. 13099; E.O. 13222; E.O. 13224; Pub. 
L. 108-11
    Abstract: The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is amending the 
Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to expand license requirements 
on exports, reexports, and transfers (in-country) of items intended for 
military end use or military end users in the People's Republic of 
China (China), Russia, or Venezuela. Specifically, this rule expands 
the licensing requirements for China to include ``military end users,'' 
in addition to ``military end use.'' It broadens the items for which 
the licensing requirements and review policy apply and expand the 
definition of ``military end use.'' Next, it creates a new reason for 
control and associated review policy for regional stability for certain 
items to China, Russia, or Venezuela, moving existing text related to 
this policy. Finally, it adds Electronic

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Export Information filing requirements in the Automated Export System 
for exports to China, Russia, and Venezuela.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Action........................   07/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Hillary Hess, Director, Regulatory Policy Division, 
Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, 14th Street 
and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, Phone: 202 482-2440, 
Fax: 202 482-3355, Email: hillary.hess@bis.doc.gov.
    RIN: 0694-AH53

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Proposed Rule Stage

National Marine Fisheries Service

16. Comprehensive Fishery Management Plan for Puerto Rico

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This rule would implement a comprehensive Puerto Rico 
Fishery Management Plan. The Plan would incorporate, and modify as 
needed, Federal fisheries management measures presently included in 
each of the existing species-based U.S. Caribbean Fishery Management 
Plans (Spiny Lobster, Reef Fish, Coral, and Queen Conch Fishery 
Management Plans) as those measures pertain to Puerto Rico exclusive 
economic zone waters. The goal of this action is to create a Fishery 
Management Plan tailored to the specific fishery management needs of 
Puerto Rico. This new Plan, in conjunction with similar comprehensive 
Fishery Management Plans being developed for St. Croix and St. Thomas/
St. John, would replace the Spiny Lobster, Reef Fish, Coral and Queen 
Conch Fishery Management Plans presently governing the commercial and 
recreational harvest in U.S. Caribbean exclusive economic zone waters.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   05/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Regional Administrator, Southeast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 
727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BD32

17. Comprehensive Fishery Management Plan for St. Croix

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This rule would implement a comprehensive St. Croix 
Fishery Management Plan. The Plan would incorporate, and modify as 
needed, Federal fisheries management measures presently included in 
each of the existing species-based U.S. Caribbean Fishery Management 
Plans (Spiny Lobster, Reef Fish, Coral, and Queen Conch Fishery 
Management Plans) as those measures pertain to St. Croix exclusive 
economic zone waters. The goal of this action is to create a Fishery 
Management Plan tailored to the specific fishery management needs of 
St. Croix. This new Plan, in conjunction with similar comprehensive 
Fishery Management Plans being developed for Puerto Rico and St. 
Thomas/St. John, would replace the Spiny Lobster, Reef Fish, Coral and 
Queen Conch Fishery Management Plans presently governing the commercial 
and recreational harvest in U.S. Caribbean exclusive economic zone 
waters.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   05/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Regional Administrator, Southeast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 
727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BD33

18. Comprehensive Fishery Management Plan for St. Thomas/St. John

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This rule would implement a comprehensive St. Thomas/St. 
John Fishery Management Plan. The Plan would incorporate, and modify as 
needed, Federal fisheries management measures presently included in 
each of the existing species-based U.S. Caribbean Fishery Management 
Plans (Spiny Lobster, Reef Fish, Coral, and Queen Conch Fishery 
Management Plans) as those measures pertain to St. Thomas/St. John 
exclusive economic zone waters. The goal of this action is to create a 
Fishery Management Plan tailored to the specific fishery management 
needs of St. Thomas/St. John. This new Plan, in conjunction with 
similar comprehensive Fishery Management Plans being developed for St. 
Croix and Puerto Rico, would replace the Spiny Lobster, Reef Fish, 
Coral and Queen Conch Fishery Management Plans presently governing the 
commercial and recreational harvest in U.S. Caribbean exclusive 
economic zone waters.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   05/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Regional Administrator, Southeast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 
727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BD34

19. International Fisheries; South Pacific Tuna Fisheries; 
Implementation of Amendments to the South Pacific Tuna Treaty

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 973 et seq.
    Abstract: Under authority of the South Pacific Tuna Act of 1988, 
this rule would implement recent amendments to the Treaty on Fisheries 
between the Governments of Certain Pacific Island States and the 
Government of the United States of America (also known as the South 
Pacific Tuna Treaty). The rule would include modification to the 
procedures used to request licenses for U.S. vessels in the western and 
central Pacific Ocean purse seine fishery, including changing the 
annual licensing period from June-to-June to the calendar year, and 
modifications to existing reporting requirements for purse seine 
vessels fishing in the western and central Pacific Ocean. The rule 
would implement only those aspects of the Treaty amendments that can be 
implemented under the existing South Pacific Tuna Act.

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    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   06/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael Tosatto, Regional Administrator, Pacific 
Islands Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, 1845 Wasp Boulevard, Building 176, 
Honolulu, HI 96818, Phone: 808 725-5000, Email: 
michael.tosatto@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BG04

20. Illegal, Unregulated, and Unreported Fishing; Fisheries 
Enforcement; High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 114-81
    Abstract: This proposed rule will make conforming amendments to 
regulations implementing the various statutes amended by the Illegal, 
Unreported and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015 (Pub. L. 
114-81). The Act amends several regional fishery management 
organization implementing statutes as well as the High Seas Driftnet 
Fishing Moratorium Protection Act. It also provides authority to 
implement two new international agreements under the Antigua 
Convention, which amends the Convention for the establishment of an 
Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, and the United Nations Food 
and Agriculture Organization Agreement on Port State Measures to 
Prevent, Deter, and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated 
Fishing (Port State Measures Agreement), which restricts the entry into 
U.S. ports by foreign fishing vessels that are known to be or are 
suspected of engaging in illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. 
This proposed rule will also implement the Port State Measures 
Agreement. To that end, this proposed rule will require the collection 
of certain information from foreign fishing vessels requesting 
permission to use U.S. ports. It also includes procedures to designate 
and publicize the ports to which foreign fishing vessels may seek entry 
and procedures for conducting inspections of these foreign vessels 
accessing U.S. ports. Further, the rule establishes procedures for 
notification of: the denial of port entry or port services for a 
foreign vessel, the withdrawal of the denial of port services if 
applicable, the taking of enforcement action with respect to a foreign 
vessel, or the results of any inspection of a foreign vessel to the 
flag nation of the vessel and other competent authorities as 
appropriate.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John Henderschedt, Director, Office for 
International Affairs and Seafood Inspection, Department of Commerce, 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West 
Highway, Room 10362, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301 427-8314, 
Email: john.henderschedt@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BG11

21. International Fisheries; Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for 
Highly Migratory Species; Requirements To Safeguard Fishery Observers

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.
    Abstract: This rule would establish requirements to enhance the 
safety of fishery observers on highly migratory species fishing 
vessels. This rule would be issued under the authority of the Western 
and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act, and 
pursuant to decisions made by the Commission for the Conservation and 
Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central 
Pacific Ocean. This action is necessary for the United States to 
satisfy its obligations under the Convention on the Conservation and 
Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central 
Pacific Ocean, to which it is a Contracting Party.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael Tosatto, Regional Administrator, Pacific 
Islands Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, 1845 Wasp Boulevard, Building 176, 
Honolulu, HI 96818, Phone: 808 725-5000, Email: 
michael.tosatto@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BG66

22. Area of Overlap Between the Convention Areas of the Inter-American 
Tropical Tuna Commission and The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries 
Commission

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 951 et seq.
    Abstract: Under authority of the Western and Central Pacific 
Fisheries Convention Implementation Act and the Tuna Conventions Act, 
an area of overlap (overlap area) exists between the respective areas 
of competence of the Commission for the Conservation and Management of 
Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean 
and the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission. NMFS proposes to 
change the application of the two Commissions' management decisions in 
the overlap area to specifically apply Inter-American Tropical Tuna 
Commission management measures in the overlap area rather than those of 
the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory 
Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean that currently 
apply there.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   06/12/18  83 FR 27305
ANPRM Comment Period End............   07/12/18  .......................
NPRM................................   05/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael Tosatto, Regional Administrator, Pacific 
Islands Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, 1845 Wasp Boulevard, Building 176, 
Honolulu, HI 96818, Phone: 808 725-5000, Email: 
michael.tosatto@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BH59

23. Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This action would implement the New England Fishery 
Management Council's Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment. The Amendment 
would implement measures that reduce impacts of fishing gear on deep-
sea corals in the Gulf of Maine and on the outer continental shelf. In 
doing so, this action would prohibit the use of mobile bottom-tending 
gear in two areas in the Gulf of Maine (Mount Desert Rock and Outer 
Schoodic Ridge), and it would prohibit the use of all gear (with an 
exception for red crab pots) along the outer continental shelf in 
waters deeper than a minimum of 600 meters.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael Pentony, Regional Administrator, Greater 
Atlantic Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 
01930, Phone: 978 281-9283, Fax: 978 281-9207, Email: 
michael.pentony@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BH67

24. Regulatory Amendment to The Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery 
Management Plan To Implement an Electronic Monitoring Program for 
Bottom Trawl and Non-Whiting Midwater Trawl Vessels

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: The proposed action would implement a regulatory 
amendment to the Pacific Fishery Management Council's Pacific Coast 
Groundfish Fishery Management Plan to allow bottom trawl and midwater 
trawl vessels targeting non-whiting species the option to use 
electronic monitoring (video cameras and associated sensors) in place 
of observers to meet requirements for 100-percent observer coverage. By 
allowing vessels the option to use electronic monitoring to meet 
monitoring requirements, this action is intended to increase 
operational flexibility and reduce monitoring costs for the fleet.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   05/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Barry Thom, Regional Administrator, West Coast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 
97232, Phone: 503 231-6266, Email: barry.thom@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BH70

25.  Vessel Movement, Monitoring, and Declaration Management 
Enhancement for the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Pacific Coast 
Groundfish Fishery Management Plan

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This rulemaking action would implement the Pacific 
Fishery Management Council's action to implement various measures that 
provide more efficient and effective monitoring, improve enforcement of 
restricted areas, and reduce costs for the Pacific coast groundfish 
fleet. This action would: increase the required frequency of signals 
transmitted from type-approved vessel monitoring system (VMS) units 
from once per hour to every 15 minutes to provide finer-scale vessel 
location data; allow vessels to use alternative VMS units; add a VMS 
declaration to indicate when a vessel is testing gear; allow vessels 
participating in the midwater trawl whiting fishery to change their 
declaration while at-sea to select a new whiting fishery; and allow 
vessels to move pot gear from one management area to another during a 
single trip while retaining fish from the primary management area.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   05/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Barry Thom, Regional Administrator, West Coast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 
97232, Phone: 503 231-6266, Email: barry.thom@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BI45

26.  Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Pelagic Longline 
Bluefin Tuna Area-Based and Weak Hook Management

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.
    Abstract: Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) fisheries are 
managed under the dual authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Conservation 
and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) and the Atlantic Tunas 
Convention Act (ATCA). This rulemaking will address the area-based and 
weak hook management measures for bluefin tuna in the pelagic longline 
fishery. NMFS implemented an individual bluefin tuna quota system for 
pelagic longline fishery participants in 2015. With this approach and 
its emphasis on individual vessel accountability, NMFS has determined 
some fleetwide measures may be redundant. This action would 
appropriately streamline regulations and increase flexibility to the 
Atlantic pelagic longline fishery while maintaining bycatch reduction 
and conservation and management obligations.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Alan Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable 
Fisheries, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13362, Silver Spring, MD 
20910, Phone: 301 713-2334, Fax: 301 713-0596, Email: 
alan.risenhoover@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BI51

27.  Requirements To Safeguard Fishery Observers in the Eastern 
Pacific Ocean

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 951 et seq.
    Abstract: This rulemaking action would domestically implement 
recently adopted resolutions on improving observer safety at sea by 
parties to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) and the 
Agreement on the International Dolphin Conservation Program (AIDCP), 
including the United States. The resolutions are binding for IATTC 
member nations and AIDCP Parties, and under the Tuna Conventions Act, 
16 U.S.C. 951 et seq. and the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as 
amended. These resolutions aim to strengthen protections for observers 
required in longline and transshipment observer programs required under 
the IATTC and on purse seine vessels required by the AIDCP. In 
implementing them, this rulemaking proposes to include provisions that 
detail responsibilities for vessel owners and operators, 
responsibilities for IATTC and AIDCP members to which fishing vessels 
are flagged, responsibilities for members that have jurisdiction over 
ports, and responsibilities for observer providers. The action is 
necessary for the United States to satisfy its international 
obligations as a Member of the IATTC and AIDCP.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   08/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Barry Thom, Regional Administrator, West Coast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 
97232, Phone: 503 231-6266, Email: barry.thom@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BI86

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28. Amendment and Updates to the Pelagic Longline Take Reduction Plan

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.
    Abstract: Serious injury and mortality of the Western North 
Atlantic short-finned pilot whale stock incidental to the Category I 
Atlantic pelagic longline fishery continues at levels exceeding their 
Potential Biological Removal. This proposed action will examine a 
number of management measures to amend the Pelagic Longline Take 
Reduction Plan to reduce the incidental mortality and serious injury of 
short-finned pilot whales taken in the Atlantic Pelagic Longline 
fishery to below Potential Biological Removal. Potential management 
measures may include changes to the current limitations on mainline 
length, new requirements to use weak hooks (hooks with reduced breaking 
strength), and non-regulatory measures related to determining the best 
procedures for safe handling and release of marine mammals. The need 
for the proposed action is to ensure the Pelagic Longline Take 
Reduction Plan meets its Marine Mammal Protection Act mandated short- 
and long-term goals.
    Timetable:

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Donna Wieting, Director, Office of Protected 
Resources, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West 
Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301 427-8400.
    RIN: 0648-BF90

29. Revision to Critical Habitat Designation for Endangered Southern 
Resident Killer Whales

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.
    Abstract: The proposed action would revise the designation of 
critical habitat for the endangered Southern Resident killer whale 
distinct population segment, pursuant to section 4 of the Endangered 
Species Act. Critical habitat for this population is currently 
designated within inland waters of Washington. In response to a 2014 
petition, NMFS is proposing to expand the designation to include areas 
occupied by Southern Resident killer whales in waters along the U.S. 
West Coast. Impacts from the designation would stem mainly from Federal 
agencies' requirement to consult with NMFS, under section 7 of the 
Endangered Species Act, to ensure that any action they carry out, 
permit (authorize), or fund will not result in the destruction or 
adverse modification of critical habitat of a listed species. Federal 
agencies are already required to consult on effects to the currently 
designated critical habitat in inland waters of Washington, but 
consultation would be newly required for actions affecting the expanded 
critical habitat areas. Federal agencies are also already required to 
consult within the Southern Resident killer whales' range (including 
along the U.S. West Coast) to ensure that any action they carry out, 
permit, or fund will not jeopardize the continued existence of the 
species; this requirement would not change with a revision to the 
critical habitat designation.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   09/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Donna Wieting, Director, Office of Protected 
Resources, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West 
Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301 427-8400.
    RIN: 0648-BH95

30. Designation of Critical Habitat for the Mexico, Central American, 
and Western Pacific Distinct Population Segments of Humpback Whales 
Under the Endangered Species Act

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.
    Abstract: This action will propose the designation of critical 
habitat for three distinct population segments of humpback whales 
(Megaptera novaeangliae) pursuant to section 4 of the Endangered 
Species Act. The three distinct population segments of humpback whales 
concerned--the Mexico, Central American, and Western Pacific distinct 
population segments--were listed under the Endangered Species Act on 
September 8, 2016, thereby triggering the requirement under section 4 
of the Endangered Species Act to designate critical habitat to the 
maximum extent prudent and determinable. Proposed critical habitat for 
these three distinct population segments of humpback whales will 
include marine habitats within the Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea and 
will likely overlap with several existing designations, including 
critical habitat for leatherback sea turtles, North Pacific right 
whales, Steller sea lions, southern resident killer whales, and the 
southern distinct population segment of green sturgeon. Impacts from 
the designations for humpback whales would stem from the statutory 
requirement for Federal agencies to consult with NMFS, under section 7 
of the Endangered Species Act, to ensure that any action they carry 
out, authorize, or fund will not result in the destruction or adverse 
modification of humpback whale critical habitat. Within many of the 
areas we are evaluating for potential proposal as critical habitat for 
the humpback whales distinct population segments, Federal agencies are 
already required to consult on effects to currently designated critical 
habitat for other listed species. Federal agencies are also already 
required to consult with NMFS under section 7 of the Endangered Species 
Act to ensure that any action they authorize, fund or carry out will 
not jeopardize the continued existence of the listed distinct 
population segments of humpback whales.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   09/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Donna Wieting, Director, Office of Protected 
Resources, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West 
Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301 427-8400.
    RIN: 0648-BI06

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Final Rule Stage

National Marine Fisheries Service

31. Regulatory Amendment to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery 
Management Plan To Implement an Electronic Monitoring Program for the 
Pacific Whiting Fishery

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This action would implement a regulatory amendment to the 
Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan to allow Pacific 
whiting vessels the option to use

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electronic monitoring (video cameras and associated sensors) in place 
of observers to meet requirements for 100-percent observer coverage. 
Vessels participating in the catch share program are required to carry 
an observer on all trips to ensure total accountability for at-sea 
discards. For some vessels, electronic monitoring may have lower costs 
than observers and a reduced logistical burden. By allowing vessels the 
option to use electronic monitoring to meet monitoring requirements, 
this action is intended to increase operational flexibility and reduce 
monitoring costs for the Pacific whiting fleet.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   09/06/16  81 FR 61161
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/06/16  .......................
Final Action........................   05/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Barry Thom, Regional Administrator, West Coast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 
97232, Phone: 503 231-6266, Email: barry.thom@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF52

32. Commerce Trusted Trader Program

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This rule will establish a voluntary Commerce Trusted 
Trader Program for importers, aiming to provide benefits such as 
reduced targeting and inspections and enhanced streamlined entry into 
the United States for certified importers. Specifically, this rule 
would establish the criteria required of a Commerce Trusted Trader, and 
identify specifically how the program will be monitored and by whom. It 
will require that a Commerce Trusted Trader establish a secure supply 
chain and maintain the records necessary to verify the legality of all 
designated product entering into U.S. commerce, but will excuse the 
Commerce Trusted Trader from entering that data into the International 
Trade Data System prior to entry, as required by Seafood Import 
Monitoring Program (finalized on December 9, 2016). The rule will 
identify the benefits available to a Commerce Trusted Trader, detail 
the application process, and specify how the Commerce Trusted Trader 
will be audited by third-party entities while the overall program will 
be monitored by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   01/17/18  83 FR 2412
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/19/18  .......................
Final Action........................   05/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John Henderschedt, Director, Office for 
International Affairs and Seafood Inspection, Department of Commerce, 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West 
Highway, Room 10362, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301 427-8314, 
Email: john.henderschedt@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BG51

33. Rule To Implement the For-Hire Reporting Amendments

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This rule proposes to implement Amendment 39 for the 
Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region, Amendment 9 for 
the Dolphin and Wahoo Fishery of the Atlantic, and Amendment 27 to the 
Coastal Migratory Pelagics Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic 
Regions (For-Hire Reporting Amendments). The For-Hire Reporting 
Amendments rule proposes mandatory weekly electronic reporting for 
charter vessel operators with a Federal for-hire permit in the snapper-
grouper, dolphin wahoo, or coastal migratory pelagics fisheries; 
reduces the time allowed for headboat operators to complete their 
electronic reports; and requires location reporting by charter vessels 
with the same level of detail currently required for headboat vessels.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice of Availability..............   03/14/18  83 FR 11164
NPRM................................   04/04/18  83 FR 14400
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/04/18  .......................
Final Action........................   05/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Regional Administrator, Southeast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 
727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BG75

34. Generic Amendment to the Fishery Management Plans for the Reef Fish 
Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources 
in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This action, recommended by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery 
Management Council, would modify data reporting for owners or operators 
of federally permitted for-hire vessels (charter vessels and headboats) 
in the Gulf of Mexico, requiring them to declare the type of trip (for-
hire or other) prior to departing for any trip, and electronically 
submit trip-level reports prior to off-loading fish at the end of each 
fishing trip. The declaration would include the expected return time 
and landing location. Landing reports would include information about 
catch and effort during the trip. The action would also require that 
these reports be submitted via approved hardware that includes a global 
positioning system attached to the vessel that is capable, at a 
minimum, of archiving global positioning system locations. This 
requirement would not preclude the use of global positioning system 
devices that provide real-time location data, such as the currently 
approved vessel monitoring systems.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice of Availability..............   06/21/18  83 FR 28797
NPRM................................   10/26/18  83 FR 54069
Correction..........................   11/08/18  83 FR 55850
Comment Period Extended.............   11/20/18  83 FR 58522
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/26/18  .......................
Comment Period Extended End.........   01/09/19  .......................
Final Action........................   05/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Regional Administrator, Southeast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 
727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BH72

35. Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act; 
Traceability Information Program for Seafood

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.

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    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.; Pub. L. 115-141
    Abstract: On December 9, 2016, NMFS issued a final rule that 
established a risk-based traceability program to track seafood from 
harvest to entry into U.S. commerce. The final rule included, for 
designated priority fish species, import permitting and reporting 
requirements to provide for traceability of seafood products offered 
for entry into the U.S. supply chain, and to ensure that these products 
were lawfully acquired and are properly represented. Shrimp and abalone 
products were included in the final rule to implement the Seafood 
Import Monitoring Program, but compliance with Seafood Import 
Monitoring Program requirements for those species was stayed 
indefinitely due to the disparity between Federal reporting programs 
for domestic aquaculture of shrimp and abalone products relative to the 
requirements that would apply to imports under Seafood Import 
Monitoring Program. In section 539 of the Consolidated Appropriations 
Act, 2018, Congress mandated lifting the stay on inclusion of shrimp 
and abalone in Seafood Import Monitoring Program and authorized the 
Secretary of Commerce to require comparable reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements for domestic aquaculture of shrimp and abalone. This 
rulemaking would establish permitting, reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements for domestic producers of shrimp and abalone from the 
point of production to entry into commerce.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/11/18  83 FR 51426
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/26/18  .......................
Final Action........................   06/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John Henderschedt, Director, Office for 
International Affairs and Seafood Inspection, Department of Commerce, 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West 
Highway, Room 10362, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301 427-8314, 
Email: john.henderschedt@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BH87

36.  Halibut Deck Sorting Monitoring Requirements for Trawl 
Catcher/Processors Operating in Non-Pollock Groundfish Fisheries Off 
Alaska

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: In the non-pollock trawl groundfish fisheries off Alaska, 
there are catch limits for Pacific halibut as a prohibited species if 
halibut mortality reaches the limit, the fishery closes regardless of 
whether or not fishery participants have reached the quotas for the 
actual target groundfish species. This proposed action would implement 
catch handling and monitoring requirements to allow the sorting of 
Pacific halibut prohibited species catch (PSC) on the deck of trawl 
catcher/processors and motherships participating in these fisheries. 
This would allow Pacific halibut to be discarded prior to entering the 
onboard factory, thereby reducing discard mortality. Reducing halibut 
discard mortality could in turn maximize harvest of the directed 
groundfish fisheries that otherwise might be constrained by the 
regulatory halibut PSC limits. To participate in halibut deck sorting, 
a vessel would be required to comply with additional monitoring and 
equipment requirements to ensure accurate accounting for halibut PSC 
sorted on deck. Participation in this program along with the associated 
costs would be voluntary, allowing for flexibility for individual 
vessel owners of non-pollock trawl catcher/processors and motherships 
to determine if the benefits of reduced halibut mortality, and the 
corresponding reduction in fleet-wide PSC rates, outweigh the 
individual costs of complying with the monitoring and enforcement 
requirements.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   04/16/19  84 FR 15566
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/16/19  .......................
Final Action........................   06/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: James Balsiger, Regional Administrator, Alaska 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 709 West Ninth Street, Juneau, AK 99801, Phone: 907 
586-7221, Fax: 907 586-7465, Email: jim.balsiger@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BI53

37.  Framework Adjustment 58 to the Northeast Multispecies 
Fishery Management Plan

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: The proposed action would implement management measures 
included in Framework Adjustment 58 to the Northeast Multispecies 
Fishery Management Plan (Framework 58) that were developed by the New 
England Fishery Management Council in response to new scientific 
information. The proposed action would set fishing year 2019 and 2020 
specifications for seven stocks, including the three U.S./Canada 
stocks--Eastern Georges Bank cod, Eastern Georges Bank haddock, and 
Georges Bank yellowtail flounder. This action would also: Implement 
revised or new rebuilding programs for Georges Bank winter flounder, 
Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic yellowtail flounder, witch flounder, 
northern windowpane flounder, and ocean pout; temporarily revise catch 
thresholds for implementing the scallop fishery's accountability 
measures for Georges Bank yellowtail flounder; pay back an overage of 
Gulf of Maine cod catch from 2016; exempt vessels fishing exclusively 
in the North Atlantic Fisheries Organization areas from the U.S. 
minimum fish size for groundfish species; and make an administrative 
change to the deadline for permit holders to submit days-at-sea leasing 
forms to the National Marine Fisheries Service.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   04/19/19  84 FR 16441
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/06/19  .......................
Final Action........................   05/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael Pentony, Regional Administrator, Greater 
Atlantic Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 
01930, Phone: 978 281-9283, Fax: 978 281-9207, Email: 
michael.pentony@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BI64

38. Regulation To Reduce Incidental Bycatch and Mortality of Sea 
Turtles in the Southeastern U.S. Shrimp Fisheries

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.
    Abstract: The purpose of the proposed action is to aid in the 
protection and recovery of listed sea turtle populations by reducing 
incidental bycatch and mortality of small sea turtles in the 
Southeastern U.S. shrimp fisheries. As a result of new information on 
sea turtle bycatch in shrimp trawls and turtle excluder device testing, 
NMFS conducted an evaluation of the Southeastern U.S. shrimp fisheries 
that resulted in a draft environmental impact

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statement. This rule proposes to withdraw the alternative tow time 
restriction, and require certain vessels using skimmer trawls, pusher-
head trawls, and wing nets (butterfly trawls), with the exception of 
vessels participating in the Biscayne Bay wing net fishery in Miami-
Dade County, Florida, to use turtle excluder devices designed to 
exclude small sea turtles.
    Timetable:

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NPRM..............................   12/16/16  81 FR 91097
NPRM Comment Period End...........   02/14/17  .....................
Final Action......................   07/00/19  .....................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Regional Administrator, Southeast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 
727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BG45

NOS/ONMS

39. Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary Designation

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.
    Abstract: On December 2, 2014, pursuant to section 304 of the 
National Marine Sanctuaries Act and the Sanctuary Nomination Process 
(79 FR 33851), a coalition of community groups submitted a nomination 
asking NOAA to designate an area of Wisconsin's Lake Michigan waters as 
a national marine sanctuary. The area is a region that includes 875 
square miles of Lake Michigan waters and bottomlands adjacent to 
Manitowoc, Sheboygan, and Ozaukee counties and the cities of Port 
Washington, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, and Two Rivers. It includes 80 miles 
of shoreline and extends 9 to 14 miles from the shoreline. The area 
contains an extraordinary collection of submerged maritime heritage 
resources (shipwrecks) as demonstrated by the listing of 15 shipwrecks 
on the National Register of Historic Places. The area includes 39 known 
shipwrecks, 123 reported vessel losses, numerous other historic 
maritime-related features, and is adjacent to communities that have 
embraced their centuries-long relationship with Lake Michigan. NOAA 
completed its review of the nomination in accordance with the Sanctuary 
Nomination Process and on February 5, 2015, added the area to the 
inventory of nominations that are eligible for designation. On October 
7, 2015, NOAA issued a notice of intent to begin the designation 
process and asked for public comment on making this area a national 
marine sanctuary. Designation under the National Marine Sanctuaries Act 
would allow NOAA to supplement and complement work by the State of 
Wisconsin and other Federal agencies to protect this collection of 
nationally significant shipwrecks.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/09/17  82 FR 2269
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/31/17  .......................
Final Action........................   09/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Vicki Wedell, Department of Commerce, National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1305 East-West Highway (N/
ORM6), Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301 713-7237, Fax: 301 713-0404, 
Email: vicki.wedell@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BG01

40. Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary Designation

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.
    Abstract: On September 16, 2014, pursuant to section 304 of the 
National Marine Sanctuaries Act and the Sanctuary Nomination Process 
(79 FR 33851), a coalition of community groups submitted a nomination 
asking NOAA to designate Mallows Bay-Potomac River as a national marine 
sanctuary. The Mallows Bay area of the tidal Potomac River is an area 
40 miles south of Washington, DC, off the Nanjemoy Peninsula of Charles 
County, MD. The designation of a national marine sanctuary would focus 
on conserving the collection of maritime heritage resources 
(shipwrecks) in the area as well as expand the opportunities for public 
access, recreation, tourism, research, and education. NOAA completed 
its review of the nomination in accordance with the Sanctuary 
Nomination Process and on January 12, 2015, added the area to the 
inventory of nominations that are eligible for designation. On October 
7, 2015, NOAA issued a notice of intent to begin the designation 
process and asked for public comment on making this area a national 
marine sanctuary. Designation under the National Marine Sanctuaries Act 
would allow NOAA to supplement and complement work by the State of 
Maryland and other Federal agencies to protect this collection of 
nationally significant shipwrecks.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/09/17  82 FR 2254
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/31/17  .......................
Final Action........................   08/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Vicki Wedell, Department of Commerce, National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1305 East-West Highway (N/
ORM6), Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301 713-7237, Fax: 301 713-0404, 
Email: vicki.wedell@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BG02

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Long-Term Actions

National Marine Fisheries Service

41. Implementation of a Program for Transshipments by Large Scale 
Fishing Vessels in the Eastern Pacific Ocean

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 951 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.
    Abstract: This rule would implement the Inter-American Tropical 
Tuna Commission program to monitor transshipments by large-scale tuna 
fishing vessels, and would govern transshipments by U.S. large-scale 
tuna fishing vessels and carrier, or receiving, vessels. The rule would 
establish: Criteria for transshipping in port; criteria for 
transshipping at sea by longline vessels to an authorized carrier 
vessel with an Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission observer onboard 
and an operational vessel monitoring system; and require the Pacific 
Transshipment Declaration Form, which must be used to report 
transshipments in the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission 
Convention Area. This rule is necessary for the United States to 
satisfy its international obligations under the 1949 Convention for the 
Establishment of an Inter-American Tropical Tuna, to which it is a 
Contracting Party.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/00/20  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Barry Thom, Phone: 503 231-6266, Email: 
barry.thom@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BD59

42. Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishing Capacity Reduction Loan Refinance

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 1861 et seq.; 5 
U.S.C. 561 et seq.
    Abstract: Congress enacted the 2015 National Defense Authorization 
Act to refinance the existing debt obligation funding the fishing 
capacity reduction program for the Pacific Coast Groundfish fishery 
implemented under section 212. Pending appropriation of funds to effect 
the refinance, the National Marine Fisheries Service issued proposed 
regulations to seek comment on the refinancing and to prepare for an 
industry referendum and final rule. However, a subsequent appropriation 
to fund the refinancing was never enacted. As a result, the National 
Marine Fisheries Service has no funds with which to proceed, and the 
refinancing authority cannot be implemented at this time.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/06/15  80 FR 46941
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/08/15  .......................
                                     -----------------------------------
To Be Determined....................           To Be Determined
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Brian Pawlak, Phone: 301 427-8621, Email: 
brian.t.pawlak@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BE90

43. International Fisheries; Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for 
Highly Migratory Species; Treatment of U.S. Purse Seine Fishing With 
Respect to U.S. Territories

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.
    Abstract: This action would establish rules and/or procedures to 
address the treatment of U.S.-flagged purse seine vessels and their 
fishing activities in regulations issued by the National Marine 
Fisheries Service that implement decisions of the Commission for the 
Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the 
Western and Central Pacific Ocean (Commission), of which the United 
States is a member. Under the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries 
Convention Implementation Act, the National Marine Fisheries Service 
exercises broad discretion when determining how it implements 
Commission decisions, such as purse seine fishing restrictions. The 
National Marine Fisheries Service intends to examine the potential 
impacts of the domestic implementation of Commission decisions, such as 
purse seine fishing restrictions, on the economies of the U.S. 
territories that participate in the Commission, and examine the 
connectivity between the activities of U.S.-flagged purse seine fishing 
vessels and the economies of the territories. Based on that and other 
information, the National Marine Fisheries Service might propose 
regulations that mitigate adverse economic impacts of purse seine 
fishing restrictions on the U.S. territories and/or that, in the 
context of the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly 
Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean 
(Convention), recognize that one or more of the U.S. territories have 
their own purse seine fisheries that are distinct from the purse seine 
fishery of the United States and that are consequently subject to 
special provisions of the Convention and of Commission decisions.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   10/23/15  80 FR 64382
ANPRM Comment Period End............   11/23/15  .......................
NPRM................................   05/00/20  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael Tosatto, Phone: 808 725-5000, Email: 
michael.tosatto@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BF41

44. Reducing Disturbances to Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins From Human 
Interactions

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.
    Abstract: This action would implement regulatory measures under the 
Marine Mammal Protection Act to protect Hawaiian spinner dolphins that 
are resting in protected bays from take due to close approach 
interactions with humans.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   12/12/05  70 FR 73426
ANPRM Comment Period End............   01/11/06  .......................
NPRM................................   08/24/16  81 FR 57854
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/23/16  .......................
NPRM Comment Period Reopened........   11/16/16  81 FR 80629
NPRM Comment Period Reopened End....   12/01/16  .......................
                                     -----------------------------------
Final Action........................           To Be Determined
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Donna Wieting, Phone: 301 427-8400.
    RIN: 0648-AU02

45. Designation of Critical Habitat for the Arctic Ringed Seal

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.
    Abstract: The National Marine Fisheries Service published a final 
rule to list the Arctic ringed seal as a threatened species under the 
Endangered Species Act (ESA) in December 2012. The ESA requires 
designation of critical habitat at the time a species is listed as 
threatened or endangered, or within one year of listing if critical 
habitat is not then determinable. This rulemaking would designate 
critical habitat for the Arctic ringed seal. The critical habitat 
designation would be in the northern Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas 
within the current range of the species.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/03/14  79 FR 71714
Proposed Rule.......................   12/09/14  79 FR 73010
Notice of Public Hearings...........   01/13/15  80 FR 1618
Comment Period Extended.............   02/02/15  80 FR 5498
                                     -----------------------------------
Proposed Rule 2.....................           To Be Determined
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Donna Wieting, Phone: 301 427-8400.
    RIN: 0648-BC56

46. Endangered and Threatened Species; Designation of Critical Habitat 
for Threatened Caribbean and Indo-Pacific Reef-Building Corals

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.
    Abstract: On September 10, 2014, the National Marine Fisheries 
Service listed 20 species of reef-building corals as threatened under 
the Endangered Species Act, 15 in the Indo-Pacific and five in the 
Caribbean. Of the 15 Indo-

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Pacific species, seven occur in U.S. waters of the Pacific Islands 
Region, including in American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the 
Mariana Islands, and the Pacific Remote Island Areas. This proposed 
rule would designate critical habitat for the seven species in U.S. 
waters (Acropora globiceps, Acropora jacquelineae, Acropora retusa, 
Acropora speciosa, Euphyllia paradivisa, Isopora crateriformis, and 
Seriatopora aculeata). The proposed designation would cover coral reef 
habitat around 17 island or atoll units in the Pacific Islands Region, 
including four in American Samoa, one in Guam, seven in the 
Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, and five in Pacific Remote Island 
Areas, containing essential features that support reproduction, growth, 
and survival of the listed coral species. This rule also proposes to 
designate critical habitat for the five Caribbean corals and proposed 
to revise critical habitat for two, previously-listed corals, Acropora 
palmata and Acropora cervicornis.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/00/20  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Donna Wieting, Phone: 301 427-8400.
    RIN: 0648-BG26

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Completed Actions

47. Voting Criteria for a Referendum on a Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish 
Catch Share Program for For-Hire Vessels With Landings Histories

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: Amendment 42 to the Fishery Management Plan for Reef Fish 
Resources in the Gulf of Mexico (Amendment 42) proposes to establish a 
catch share program for up to five species of reef fish for headboats 
with landings history in the Southeast Region Headboat Survey. This 
rule would inform the public of the procedures, schedule, and 
eligibility requirements that NOAA Fisheries would use in conducting 
the referendum that is required before the Gulf of Mexico Fishery 
Management Council (Council) can submit Amendment 42 for Secretarial 
review.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Withdrawn...........................   02/19/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Regional Administrator, Southeast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 
727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BG36

48. Allow Halibut Individual Fishing Quota Leasing to Community 
Development Quota Groups

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1861 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 773 et seq.
    Abstract: This action would allow Western Alaska Community 
Development Quota groups to lease halibut individual fishing quota in 
the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands in years of low halibut catch 
limits. The Community Development Quota Program is an economic 
development program that provides eligible western Alaska villages with 
the opportunity to participate and invest in fisheries. The Community 
Development Quota Program receives annual allocations of total 
allowable catches for a variety of commercially valuable species. In 
recent years, low halibut catch limits have hindered most Community 
Development Quota groups' ability to create a viable halibut fishing 
opportunity for their residents. This rule would authorize Community 
Development Quota groups to obtain additional halibut quota from 
commercial fishery participants to provide Community Development Quota 
community residents more fishing opportunities in years when the 
halibut Community Development Quota allocation may not be large enough 
to present a viable fishery for participants.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/23/18  83 FR 8028
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/26/18  .......................
Final Action........................   10/18/18  83 FR 52760
Final Action Effective..............   11/19/18  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: James Balsiger, Regional Administrator, Alaska 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 709 West Ninth Street, Juneau, AK 99801, Phone: 907 
586-7221, Fax: 907 586-7465, Email: jim.balsiger@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BG94

49. Amendment 116 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the 
Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This action would further limit access to the Bering Sea 
and Aleutian Islands yellowfin sole Trawl Limited Access fishery by 
catcher vessels delivering to offshore motherships or catcher/
processors. In recent years, an unexpected increase in participation in 
the offshore sector of this fishery by catcher vessels allowed under 
current regulations has resulted in an increased yellowfin sole catch 
rate and a shorter fishing season. The North Pacific Fishery Management 
Council recently determined that limiting the number of eligible 
licenses assigned to catcher vessels in this fishery could stabilize 
the fishing season duration, provide better opportunity to increase 
production efficiency, and help reduce bycatch of Pacific halibut. This 
action modifies the License Limitation Program by establishing 
eligibility criteria for licenses assigned to catcher vessels to 
participate in this fishery based on historic participation.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice of Availability..............   05/18/18  83 FR 23250
NPRM................................   06/06/18  83 FR 26237
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/06/18  .......................
Correction..........................   07/20/18  83 FR 28604
Final Action........................   10/04/18  83 FR 49994
Final Action Effective..............   11/05/18  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: James Balsiger, Regional Administrator, Alaska 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 709 West Ninth Street, Juneau, AK 99801, Phone: 907 
586-7221, Fax: 907 586-7465, Email: jim.balsiger@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BH02

50. Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Bluefin Tuna and North 
Atlantic Albacore Quotas

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.

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    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.
    Abstract: The rule modified the baseline annual U.S. Atlantic 
bluefin tuna quota and subquotas, as well as the baseline annual U.S. 
North Atlantic albacore (northern albacore) quota. This action is 
necessary to implement binding recommendations of the International 
Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas, as required by the 
Atlantic Tunas Convention Act, and to achieve domestic management 
objectives under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act. The rule also implements a minor change to the Atlantic 
tunas size limit regulations to address retention, possession, and 
landings of tunas damaged by shark bites.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/06/18  83 FR 31517
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/06/18  .......................
Final Action Effective..............   10/10/18  .......................
Final Action........................   10/11/18  83 FR 51391
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Alan Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable 
Fisheries, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13362, Silver Spring, MD 
20910, Phone: 301 713-2334, Fax: 301 713-0596, Email: 
alan.risenhoover@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BH54

51. Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Shortfin Mako Shark Management 
Measures

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.
    Abstract: Atlantic Highly Migratory Species fisheries are managed 
under the dual authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Conservation and 
Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) and the Atlantic Tunas Convention 
Act, which implements U.S. obligations as member of the International 
Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas. North Atlantic 
shortfin mako sharks were recently determined to be overfished and 
experiencing overfishing, and the Commission's member countries, 
including the United States, adopted management measures in 2017 to 
take immediate action to reduce fishing mortality of the stock, 
including releasing of live sharks and increasing minimum sizes. This 
action for shortfin mako sharks implements the United States' 
obligations under those management measures to help prevent overfishing 
of the U.S. component of that stock and establish a foundation for a 
rebuilding program. Through the rulemaking process, NMFS amended the 
2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan and 
examined management alternatives to address overfishing and establish a 
foundation for a rebuilding plan. This rulemaking will likely impact 
recreational and commercial fishing vessels that interact with shortfin 
mako sharks.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/27/18  83 FR 35590
Comment Period Extended.............   09/20/18  83 FR 47598
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/01/18  .......................
Comment Period Extended End.........   10/08/18  .......................
Final Action........................   02/21/19  84 FR 5358
Final Action Effective..............   03/03/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Alan Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable 
Fisheries, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13362, Silver Spring, MD 
20910, Phone: 301 713-2334, Fax: 301 713-0596, Email: 
alan.risenhoover@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BH75

52. Revisions to Regulations for Species With Sideboard Limits That 
Cannot Support Directed Fishing by Vessels Subject to Sideboards in the 
Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This rule implements an action of the Northern Pacific 
Fishery Management Council by revising Federal regulations to prohibit 
directed fishing for those species with sideboard limits that are not 
large enough to support directed fishing by non-exempt American 
Fisheries Act vessels in the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands and Gulf of 
Alaska and crab vessels in the Crab Rationalization Program (CR 
Program) in the Gulf of Alaska, or for those species that are fully 
allocated to other programs (e.g., flathead sole, rock sole, Western 
Aleutian Islands Atka mackerel). NMFS would then no longer publish 
American Fisheries Act and CR Program sideboard amounts for those 
species in the annual harvest specifications. In addition, the action 
removes the sideboard limit on American Fisheries Act catcher/
processors for Central Aleutian Islands Atka mackerel because the 
sideboard limit under the American Fisheries Act (11.5 percent) is 
constrained by the allocation to the trawl limited access sector (10 
percent) that was established by the Amendment 80 Program. The primary 
benefits of this action are that it would streamline the annual harvest 
specifications, reduce the annual costs of preparing and publishing the 
annual harvest specifications in the Federal Register, and simplify 
NMFS' annual programming changes to the agency's groundfish catch 
accounting system. This action would not alter how NMFS actually 
manages the relevant sideboard limits, and NMFS would continue to 
monitor Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska groundfish catch 
to ensure that each species' total allowable catch limit is not 
exceeded. This action would not incur any negative impacts to American 
Fisheries Act and crab sideboard limited vessels for the foreseeable 
future.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/16/18  83 FR 40733
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/17/18  .......................
Final Action........................   02/08/19  84 FR 2723
Final Action Effective..............   03/11/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: James Balsiger, Regional Administrator, Alaska 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 709 West Ninth Street, Juneau, AK 99801, Phone: 907 
586-7221, Fax: 907 586-7465, Email: jim.balsiger@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BH88

53. 2019-2020 Harvest Specifications and Management Measures for 
Pacific Coast Groundfish and Fishery Management Plan

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: Every other year, the Pacific Fishery Management Council 
(Council) makes recommendations to set biennial allowable harvest 
levels for Pacific Coast groundfish, and recommends management measures 
for commercial, recreational, and Tribal fisheries that are designed to 
achieve those harvest levels

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consistent with the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan. 
For the 2019-2020 biennium, the Council has recommended the following: 
Harvest specifications, including overfishing limits, acceptable 
biological catches, and annual catch limits; management measures to 
achieve those specifications; changes to the yelloweye rockfish 
rebuilding plan, which would increase the annual catch limit for this 
species for the 2-year biennial management period; and measures to 
reduce salmon bycatch in the groundfish fisheries. The specifications 
and management measures forwarded by this action are in effect from 
January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2020.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/19/18  83 FR 47416
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/19/18  .......................
Final Action........................   12/12/18  83 FR 63970
Correction..........................   12/27/18  83 FR 66638
Final Action Effective..............   01/01/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Barry Thom, Regional Administrator, West Coast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 
97232, Phone: 503 231-6266, Email: barry.thom@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BH93

54. Regulatory Amendment 28 to the Fishery Management Plan for the 
Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: Recent stock assessments for golden tilefish in the South 
Atlantic indicate that the stock is undergoing overfishing but is not 
overfished. As mandated by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation 
and Management Act, NMFS and the South Atlantic Fishery Management 
Council must take action to end overfishing of golden tilefish--the 
Council by preparing a Fishery Management Plan amendment and NMFS by 
developing implementing regulations for the Council's chosen action. 
This rulemaking implements the Council's Regulatory Amendment 28 to the 
South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper Fishery Management Plan, which modifies 
the annual catch limits for golden tilefish to end overfishing in 
Federal waters of the South Atlantic. As per the Amendment, this 
rulemaking reduces the total annual catch limit, the commercial and 
recreational sector annual catch limits, and the quotas for the hook-
and-line and longline components of the commercial sector.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/28/18  83 FR 48788
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/12/18  .......................
Final Action........................   12/04/18  83 FR 62508
Final Action Effective..............   01/04/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Regional Administrator, Southeast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 
727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BI38

55. Framework Action to the Fishery Management Plan for Reef Fish 
Resources of the Gulf of Mexico, Modification of Gulf of Mexico Red 
Snapper and Hogfish Annual Catch Limits

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council recently 
took action to revise the acceptable biological catch and the annual 
catch limits for the Gulf of Mexico stocks of red snapper and hogfish. 
This action was taken in response to the most recent stock assessments 
for these species and the recommendations from the Council's Scientific 
and Statistical Committee. The red snapper and hogfish assessments 
found the stocks are neither overfished nor undergoing overfishing. 
This rulemaking would implement the Council's action by increasing the 
acceptable biological catch for red snapper and setting the annual 
catch limit to be equal to the acceptable biological catch. The 
established allocations would be used to set the commercial and 
recreational component annual catch limits, and recreational component 
annual catch targets. The acceptable biological catch for hogfish would 
decrease and the stock annual catch limit would be set equal to the 
acceptable biological catch. There are no allocations or annual catch 
targets for Gulf hogfish.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/04/18  83 FR 62555
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/03/19  .......................
Final Action........................   03/05/19  84 FR 7828
Final Action Effective..............   04/04/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roy E. Crabtree, Regional Administrator, Southeast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 
727 824-5305, Fax: 727 824-5308, Email: roy.crabtree@noaa.gov.
    RIN: 0648-BI39

56. Regulatory Amendment To Authorize a Recreational Quota Entity

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 773 to 773k
    Abstract: The action authorizes a recreational quota entity in 
International Pacific Halibut Commission Regulatory Areas 2C and 3A in 
the Gulf of Alaska to purchase a limited amount of commercial halibut 
quota share for use in the charter halibut fishery. The recreational 
quota entity would provide a mechanism for a compensated reallocation 
of a portion of commercial halibut quota share from the Pacific Halibut 
and Sablefish Individual Fishing Quota Program to the charter halibut 
fishery in order to promote long-term planning and greater stability in 
the charter halibut fishery. Any halibut quota share from Area 2C or 
Area 3A purchased by the recreational quota entity would augment the 
amount of halibut available for harvest in the charter halibut fishery 
in that area. Underlying allocations to the charter and commercial 
halibut sectors would not change.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/03/17  82 FR 46016
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/17/17  .......................
Final Action........................   09/21/18  83 FR 47819
Final Action Effective..............   10/22/18  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: James Balsiger, Regional Administrator, Alaska 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 709 West Ninth Street, Juneau, AK 99801, Phone: 907 
586-7221, Fax: 907 586-7465, Email: jim.balsiger@noaa.gov.

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    RIN: 0648-BG57

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)

Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)

Final Rule Stage

57. Requirement of U.S. Licensed Attorney for Foreign Trademark 
Applicants and Registrants

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 1123; 35 U.S.C. 2
    Abstract: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) 
proposes to amend its rules to require foreign trademark applicants and 
registrants to be represented by a U.S. licensed attorney, i.e., an 
attorney in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State in 
the U.S. (including the District of Columbia and any Commonwealth or 
territory of the U.S.) to file trademark documents with the USPTO. A 
requirement that foreigners be represented by a U.S. licensed attorney 
will (i) ensure that the USPTO can effectively use available mechanisms 
to enforce foreign applicant compliance with statutory and regulatory 
requirements in trademark matters; (ii) provide greater confidence to 
foreign applicants and the public that registrations that issue to 
foreign applicants are not subject to invalidation for reasons such as 
improper signatures and use claims; and (iii) aid USPTO efforts to 
improve accuracy of the U.S. Trademark Register.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/15/19  84 FR 4393 FR
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/18/19  .......................
Final Action........................   05/00/19  .......................
Final Action Effective..............   06/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Catherine Cain, Senior Trademark Policy Attorney & 
Trademark Manual of Examining Procedure Editor, Department of Commerce, 
Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1451, Alexandria, VA 22314, 
Phone: 571 272-8946, Fax: 571 273-8946, Email: 
catherine.cain@uspto.gov.
    RIN: 0651-AD30

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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

10 CFR Chs. II, III, and X

48 CFR Ch. 9


Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

AGENCY: Department of Energy.

ACTION: Semi-annual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Energy (DOE) has prepared and is making 
available its portion of the semi-annual Unified Agenda of Federal 
Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (Agenda) pursuant to Executive 
Order 12866, ``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' and the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Agenda is a government-wide compilation 
of upcoming and ongoing regulatory activity, including a brief 
description of each rulemaking and a timetable for action. The Agenda 
also includes a list of regulatory actions completed since publication 
of the last Agenda. The Department of Energy's portion of the Agenda 
includes regulatory actions called for by the Energy Policy and 
Conservation Act of 1975 and programmatic needs of DOE offices.
    The internet is the basic means for disseminating the Agenda and 
providing users the ability to obtain information from the Agenda 
database. DOE's Spring 2019 Agenda can be accessed online by going to 
www.reginfo.gov.
    DOE's regulatory flexibility agenda is made up of rulemakings 
setting energy efficiency standards and requirements applicable to DOE 
sites.

Theodore J. Garrish,
Acting General Counsel.

       Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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58........................  Energy Conservation                1904-AD09
                             Standards for General
                             Service Lamps.
59........................  Energy Conservation                1904-AD15
                             Standards for Residential
                             Conventional Cooking
                             Products.
60........................  Energy Conservation                1904-AD20
                             Standards for Residential
                             Non-Weatherized Gas
                             Furnaces and Mobile Home
                             Gas Furnaces.
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        Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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61........................  Energy Conservation                1904-AD34
                             Standards for Commercial
                             Water Heating Equipment.
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        Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy--Long-Term Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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62........................  Energy Conservation                1904-AD01
                             Standards for Commercial
                             Packaged Boilers.
63........................  Modifying the Energy               1904-AE11
                             Conservation Program to
                             Implement a Market-Based
                             Approach.
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE)

Proposed Rule Stage

58. Energy Conservation Standards for General Service Lamps

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6295(i)(6)(A)
    Abstract: The Department will issue a Supplemental Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking that includes a proposed determination with respect 
to whether to amend or adopt standards for general service light-
emitting diode (LED) lamps and that may include a proposed 
determination with respect to whether to amend or adopt standards for 
compact fluorescent lamps. According to the Settlement Agreement 
between the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and 
the Department (DOE), DOE will use its best efforts to issue the GSL 
SNOPR by May 28, 2018.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Framework Document Availability;       12/09/13  78 FR 73737
 Notice of Public Meeting.
Framework Document Comment Period      01/23/14  .......................
 End.
Framework Document Comment Period      01/23/14  79 FR 3742
 Extended.
Framework Document Comment Period      02/07/14  .......................
 Extended End.
Preliminary Analysis and Notice of     12/11/14  79 FR 73503
 Public Meeting.
Preliminary Analysis Comment Period    01/30/15  80 FR 5052
 Extended.
Preliminary Analysis Comment Period    02/23/15  .......................
 Extended End.
Notice of Public Meeting; Webinar...   03/15/16  81 FR 13763
NPRM................................   03/17/16  81 FR 14528
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/16/16  .......................
Notice of Public Meeting; Webinar...   10/05/16  81 FR 69009
Proposed Definition and Data           10/18/16  81 FR 71794
 Availability.
Proposed Definition and Data           11/08/16  .......................
 Availability Comment Period End.

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Final Rule Adopting a Definition for   01/19/17  82 FR 7276
 GSL.
Final Rule Adopting a Definition for   01/01/20  .......................
 GSL Effective.
Final Rule Adopting a Definition for   01/19/17  82 FR 7322
 GSL Including IRL.
Final Rule Adopting a Definition for   01/01/20  .......................
 GSL Including IRL Effective.
Supplemental NPRM...................   11/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Lucy deButts, Buildings Technologies Office, EE-5B, 
Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 1000 
Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585, Phone: 202 287-1604, 
Email: lucy.debutts@ee.doe.gov.
    RIN: 1904-AD09

59. Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Conventional Cooking 
Products

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6295(m)(1); 42 U.S.C. 6292 (a)(10); 42 
U.S.C. 6295(h)
    Abstract: EPCA, as amended by EISA 2007, requires the Secretary to 
determine whether updating the statutory energy conservation standards 
for residential conventional cooking products would yield a significant 
savings in energy use and is technically feasible and economically 
justified. DOE is reviewing to make such determination.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Request for Information (RFI).......   02/12/14  79 FR 8337
RFI Comment Period End..............   03/14/14  .......................
RFI Comment Period Extended.........   03/03/14  79 FR 11714
RFI Comment Period Extended End.....   04/14/14  .......................
NPRM and Public Meeting.............   06/10/15  80 FR 33030
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   07/30/15  80 FR 45452
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   09/09/15  .......................
Supplemental NPRM...................   09/02/16  81 FR 60784
SNPRM Comment Period Extended.......   09/30/16  81 FR 67219
SNPRM Comment Period Extended End...   11/02/16  .......................
Supplemental NPRM...................   10/00/19  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Stephanie Johnson, General Engineer, Department of 
Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 1000 Independence 
Avenue SW, Building Technologies Office, EE5B, Washington, DC 20002, 
Phone: 202 287-1943, Email: stephanie.johnson@ee.doe.gov.
    RIN: 1904-AD15

60. Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Non-Weatherized Gas 
Furnaces and Mobile Home Gas Furnaces

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6295(f)(4)(C); 42 U.S.C. 6295(m)(1); 42 
U.S.C. 6295(gg)(3)
    Abstract: The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA), as 
amended, prescribes energy conservation standards for various consumer 
products and certain commercial and industrial equipment, including 
residential furnaces. EPCA also requires the DOE to determine whether 
more stringent amended standards would be technologically feasible and 
economically justified and would save a significant amount of energy. 
DOE is considering amendments to its energy conservation standards for 
residential non-weatherized gas furnaces and mobile home gas furnaces 
in partial fulfillment of a court-ordered remand of DOE's 2011 
rulemaking for these products.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Notice of Public Meeting............   10/30/14  79 FR 64517
NPRM and Notice of Public Meeting...   03/12/15  80 FR 13120
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   05/20/15  80 FR 28851
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   07/10/15  .......................
Notice of Data Availability (NODA)..   09/14/15  80 FR 55038
NODA Comment Period End.............   10/14/15  .......................
NODA Comment Period Reopened........   10/23/15  80 FR 64370
NODA Comment Period Reopened End....   11/06/15  .......................
Supplemental NPRM and Notice of        09/23/16  81 FR 65720
 Public Meeting.
Supplemental NPRM Comment Period End   11/22/16  .......................
SNPRM Comment Period Reopened.......   12/05/16  81 FR 87493
SNPRM Comment Period End............   01/06/17  .......................
Supplemental NPRM...................   12/00/19  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John Cymbalsky, Building Technologies Office, EE-
5B, Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 1000 
Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585, Phone: 202 287-1692, 
Email: john.cymbalsky@ee.doe.gov.
    RIN: 1904-AD20

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE)

Final Rule Stage

61. Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Water Heating 
Equipment

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6313(a)(6)(C)(i) and (vi)
    Abstract: Once completed, this rulemaking will fulfill DOE's 
statutory obligation under EPCA to either propose amended energy 
conservation standards for commercial water heaters and hot water 
supply boilers, or determine that the existing standards do not need to 
be amended. (Unfired hot water storage tanks and commercial heat pump 
water heaters are being considered in a separate rulemaking.) DOE must 
determine whether national standards more stringent than those that are 
currently in place would result in a significant additional amount of 
energy savings and whether such amended national standards would be 
technologically feasible and economically justified.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Request for Information (RFI).......   10/21/14  79 FR 62899
RFI Comment Period End..............   11/20/14  .......................
NPRM................................   05/31/16  81 FR 34440
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/01/16  .......................
NPRM Comment Period Reopened........   08/05/16  81 FR 51812
NPRM Comment Period Reopened End....   08/30/16  .......................
Notice of Data Availability (NODA)..   12/23/16  81 FR 94234
NODA Comment Period End.............   01/09/17  .......................
Final Action........................   12/00/19  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Catherine Rivest, General Engineer, Department of 
Energy, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, 1000 Independence 
Avenue SW, Buildings Technologies Office, EE-5B, Washington, DC 20585, 
Phone: 202 586-7335, Email: catherine.rivest@ee.doe.gov.
    RIN: 1904-AD34

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE)

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EE)

Long-Term Actions

62. Energy Conservation Standards for Commercial Packaged Boilers

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6313(a)(6)(C); 42 U.S.C. 6311(11)(B)
    Abstract: EPCA, as amended by AEMTCA, requires the Secretary to 
determine whether updating the statutory energy conservation standards 
for commercial packaged boilers is technically feasible and 
economically justified and would save a significant amount of energy. 
If justified, the Secretary will issue amended energy conservation 
standards for such equipment. DOE last updated the standards for 
commercial packaged boilers on July 22, 2009. DOE issued a NOPR 
pursuant to the 6-year-look-back requirement on March 24, 2016. Under 
EPCA, DOE has two years to issue a final rule after publication of the 
NOPR.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Notice of Proposed Determination       08/13/13  78 FR 49202
 (NOPD).
NOPD Comment Period End.............   09/12/13  .......................
Notice of Public Meeting and           09/03/13  78 FR 54197
 Framework Document Availability.
Framework Document Comment Period      10/18/13  .......................
 End.
Notice of Public Meeting and           11/20/14  79 FR 69066
 Preliminary Analysis.
Preliminary Analysis Comment Period    01/20/15  .......................
 End.
Withdrawal of NOPD..................   08/25/15  80 FR 51487
NPRM................................   03/24/16  81 FR 15836
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   05/04/16  81 FR 26747
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   06/22/16  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............             .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Catherine Rivest, Phone: 202 586-7335, Email: 
catherine.rivest@ee.doe.gov.
    RIN: 1904-AD01

63. Modifying the Energy Conservation Program To Implement a Market-
Based Approach

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6291
    Abstract: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is evaluating the 
potential use of some form of a market-based approach such as an 
averaging, trading, fee-base or other type of market-based policy 
mechanism for the U.S. Appliance and Equipment Energy Conservation 
Standards (ECS) program.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Request for Information (RFI).......   11/28/17  82 FR 56181
RFI Comment Period Extended.........   02/23/18  83 FR 8016
RFI Comment Period Extended End.....   03/26/18  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............             .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John Cymbalsky, Phone: 202 287-1692, Email: 
john.cymbalsky@ee.doe.gov.
    RIN: 1904-AE11

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Office of the Secretary

21 CFR Ch. I

25 CFR Ch. V

42 CFR Chs. I-V

45 CFR Subtitle A; Subtitle B, Chs. II, III, and XIII


Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, HHS.

ACTION: Semiannual Regulatory Agenda.

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SUMMARY: The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 and Executive Order 
(E.O.) 12866 require the semiannual issuance of an inventory of 
rulemaking actions under development throughout the Department, 
offering for public review summarized information about forthcoming 
regulatory actions.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ann C. Agnew, Executive Secretary, 
Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue SW, 
Washington, DC 20201; (202) 690-5627.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Health and Human Services 
(HHS) is the Federal government's lead agency for protecting the health 
of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for 
those who are least able to help themselves. HHS enhances the health 
and well-being of Americans by promoting effective health and human 
services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences 
underlying medicine, public health, and social services.
    This Agenda presents the regulatory activities that the Department 
expects to undertake in the foreseeable future to advance this mission. 
HHS has an agency-wide effort to support the Agenda's purpose of 
encouraging more effective public participation in the regulatory 
process. For example, to encourage public participation, we regularly 
update our regulatory web page (http://www.HHS.gov/regulations) which 
includes links to HHS rules currently open for public comment, and also 
provides a ``regulations toolkit'' with background information on 
regulations, the commenting process, how public comments influence the 
development of a rule, and how the public can provide effective 
comments. HHS also actively encourages meaningful public participation 
in its retrospective review of regulations, through a comment form on 
the HHS retrospective review web page (http://www.HHS.gov/
RetrospectiveReview).
    The rulemaking abstracts included in this paper issue of the 
Federal Register cover, as required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act 
of 1980, those prospective HHS rulemakings likely to have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The 
Department's complete Regulatory Agenda is accessible online at http://
www.RegInfo.gov.

Ann C. Agnew,
Executive Secretary to the Department.

              Office for Civil Rights--Proposed Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
64........................  Nondiscrimination in               0945-AA11
                             Health Programs or
                             Activities.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


 Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology--
                           Proposed Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
65........................  21st Century Cures Act:            0955-AA01
                             Interoperability,
                             Information Blocking, and
                             the ONC Health IT
                             Certification Program.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


            Food and Drug Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
66........................  Over-the-Counter (OTC)             0910-AF31
                             Drug Review--Cough/Cold
                             (Antihistamine) Products.
67........................  Sunscreen Drug Products            0910-AF43
                             For Over-The-Counter-
                             Human Use; Tentative
                             Final Monograph.
68........................  Mammography Quality                0910-AH04
                             Standards Act; Amendments
                             to Part 900 Regulations.
69........................  Medication Guides; Patient         0910-AH68
                             Medication Information.
70........................  Nutrient Content Claims,           0910-AI13
                             Definition of Term:
                             Healthy.
71........................  Revocation of Uses of              0910-AI15
                             Partially Hydrogenated
                             Oils in Foods.
72........................  Required Warnings for              0910-AI39
                             Cigarette Packages and
                             Advertisements.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


             Food and Drug Administration--Final Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
73........................  Postmarketing Safety               0910-AA97
                             Reporting Requirements
                             for Human Drug and
                             Biological Products.
74........................  Food Labeling; Gluten-Free         0910-AH00
                             Labeling of Fermented,
                             Hydrolyzed, or Distilled
                             Foods.
75........................  Topical Antimicrobial Drug         0910-AH97
                             Products for Over-the-
                             Counter Human Use: Final
                             Monograph for Consumer
                             Antiseptic Rub Products.
76........................  Milk and Cream Product and         0910-AI40
                             Yogurt Products, Final
                             Rule to Revoke the
                             Standards for Lowfat
                             Yogurt and Nonfat and to
                             Amend the Standard for
                             Yogurt.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


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             Food and Drug Administration--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
77........................  Over-the-Counter (OTC)             0910-AF35
                             Drug Review--External
                             Analgesic Products.
78........................  Over-the-Counter (OTC)             0910-AF36
                             Drug Review--Internal
                             Analgesic Products.
79........................  Over-the-Counter (OTC)             0910-AF38
                             Drug Review--Laxative
                             Drug Products.
80........................  Over-the-Counter (OTC)             0910-AF45
                             Drug Review--Weight
                             Control Products.
81........................  Over-the-Counter (OTC)             0910-AG12
                             Drug Review--Pediatric
                             Dosing for Cough/Cold
                             Products.
82........................  Electronic Distribution of         0910-AG18
                             Prescribing Information
                             for Human Prescription
                             Drugs Including
                             Biological Products.
83........................  Sunlamp Products;                  0910-AG30
                             Amendment to the
                             Performance Standard.
84........................  General and Plastic                0910-AH14
                             Surgery Devices: Sunlamp
                             Products.
85........................  Combinations of                    0910-AH16
                             Bronchodilators With
                             Expectorants; Cold,
                             Cough, Allergy,
                             Bronchodilator, and
                             Antiasthmatic Drug
                             Products for Over-the-
                             Counter Human Use.
86........................  Acute Nicotine Toxicity            0910-AH24
                             Warnings for E-Liquids.
87........................  Testing Standards for              0910-AH90
                             Batteries and Battery
                             Management Systems in
                             Electronic Nicotine
                             Delivery Systems.
88........................  Administration Detention           0910-AI05
                             of Tobacco Products.
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             Food and Drug Administration--Completed Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
89........................  Label Requirement for Food         0910-AF61
                             That Has Been Refused
                             Admission Into the United
                             States.
90........................  Laser Products; Amendment          0910-AF87
                             to Performance Standard.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


      Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services--Proposed Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
91........................  Requirements for Long-Term         0938-AT36
                             Care Facilities:
                             Regulatory Provisions to
                             Promote Program
                             Efficiency, Transparency,
                             and Burden Reduction (CMS-
                             3347-P) (Section 610
                             Review).
92........................  CY 2020 Revisions to               0938-AT72
                             Payment Policies Under
                             the Physician Fee
                             Schedule and Other
                             Revisions to Medicare
                             Part B (CMS-1715-P)
                             (Section 610 Review).
93........................  Hospital Inpatient                 0938-AT73
                             Prospective Payment
                             Systems for Acute Care
                             Hospitals; the Long-Term
                             Care Hospital Prospective
                             Payment System; and FY
                             2020 Rates (CMS-1716-F)
                             (Section 610 Review).
94........................  CY 2020 Hospital                   0938-AT74
                             Outpatient PPS Policy
                             Changes and Payment Rates
                             and Ambulatory Surgical
                             Center Payment System
                             Policy Changes and
                             Payment Rates (CMS-1717-
                             P) (Section 610 Review).
------------------------------------------------------------------------


       Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services--Final Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
95........................  Hospital and Critical              0938-AS21
                             Access Hospital (CAH)
                             Changes to Promote
                             Innovation, Flexibility,
                             and Improvement in
                             Patient Care (CMS-3295-F)
                             (Rulemaking Resulting
                             From a Section 610
                             Review).
------------------------------------------------------------------------


       Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
96........................  Durable Medical Equipment          0938-AT21
                             Fee Schedule, Adjustments
                             to Resume the
                             Transitional 50/50
                             Blended Rates to Provide
                             Relief in Non-Competitive
                             Bidding Areas (CMS-1687-
                             F) (Section 610 Review).
------------------------------------------------------------------------


       Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services--Completed Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
97........................  CY 2019 Changes to the End-        0938-AT28
                             Stage Renal Disease
                             (ESRD) Prospective
                             Payment System, Quality
                             Incentive Program,
                             Durable Medical
                             Equipment, Prosthetics,
                             Orthotics, and Supplies
                             (DMEPOS) (CMS-1691-F)
                             (Completion of a Section
                             610 Review).
98........................  CY 2019 Home Health                0938-AT29
                             Prospective Payment
                             System Rate Update and CY
                             2020 Case-Mix Adjustment
                             Methodology Refinements;
                             Value-Based Purchasing
                             Model; Quality Reporting
                             Requirements (CMS-1689-
                             FC) (Completion of a
                             Section 610 Review).

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99........................  CY 2019 Hospital                   0938-AT30
                             Outpatient PPS Policy
                             Changes and Payment Rates
                             and Ambulatory Surgical
                             Center Payment System
                             Policy Changes and
                             Payment Rates (CMS-1695-
                             FC) (Completion of a
                             Section 610 Review).
100.......................  CY 2019 Revisions to               0938-AT31
                             Payment Policies Under
                             the Physician Fee
                             Schedule and Other
                             Revisions to Medicare
                             Part B and the Quality
                             Payment Program (CMS-1693-
                             F) (Completion of a
                             Section 610 Review).
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

Proposed Rule Stage

64. Nondiscrimination in Health Programs or Activities

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: Sec. 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable 
Care Act (42 U.S.C. 18116)
    Abstract: This proposed rule implements section 1557 of the Patient 
Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), which prohibits 
discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, 
and disability under any health program or activity, any part of which 
is receiving Federal financial assistance, including credits, 
subsidies, or contracts of insurance, or under any program or activity 
that is administered by an Executive Agency or any entity established 
under Title l of the PPACA.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   05/00/19
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Luben Montoya, Section Chief, Civil Rights 
Division, Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil 
Rights, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201, Phone: 202 
774-3041, TDD Phone: 800 537-7697, Email: ocrmail@hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0945-AA11

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)

Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology 
(ONC)

Proposed Rule Stage

65. 21st Century Cures Act: Interoperability, Information Blocking, and 
the ONC Health IT Certification Program

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 114-255
    Abstract: The rulemaking would implement certain provisions of the 
21st Century Cures Act, including conditions and maintenance of 
certification requirements for health information technology (IT) 
developers under the ONC Health IT Certification Program (Program), the 
voluntary certification of health IT for use by pediatric healthcare 
providers and reasonable and necessary activities that do not 
constitute information blocking. The rulemaking would also modify the 
2015 Edition health IT certification criteria and Program in additional 
ways to advance interoperability, enhance health IT certification, and 
reduce burden and costs.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   03/04/19  84 FR 7424
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   04/23/19  84 FR 16834
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/03/19
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   06/03/19
Final Action........................   11/00/19
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael Lipinski, Director, Regulatory Affairs 
Division, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the 
National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Mary E. Switzer 
Building, 330 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20201, Phone: 202 690-7151.
    RIN: 0955-AA01

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Proposed Rule Stage

66. Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drug Review--Cough/Cold (Antihistamine) 
Products

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321p; 21 U.S.C. 331; 21 U.S.C. 351 to 
353; 21 U.S.C. 355; 21 U.S.C. 360; 21 U.S.C. 371
    Abstract: FDA will be proposing a rule to add the common cold 
indication to certain over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamine active 
ingredients on a pilot basis. This proposed rule is the result of 
collaboration under the U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council as 
part of efforts to reduce unnecessary duplication and differences. This 
pilot exercise will help determine the feasibility of developing an 
ongoing mechanism for alignment in review and adoption of OTC drug 
monograph elements.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Reopening of Administrative Record..   08/25/00  65 FR 51780
Comment Period End..................   11/24/00
NPRM (Amendment) (Common Cold)......   06/00/19
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Janice Adams-King, Regulatory Health Project 
Manager, Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug 
Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, WO 22, Room 
5416, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 301 
796-3713, Fax: 301 796-9899, Email: janice.adams-king@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AF31

67. Sunscreen Drug Products for Over-the-Counter-Human Use; Tentative 
Final Monograph

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321p; 21 U.S.C. 331; 21 U.S.C. 351 to 
353; 21 U.S.C. 355; 21 U.S.C. 360; 21 U.S.C. 371
    Abstract: The proposed rule will address the general recognition of 
safety and effectiveness (GRASE) status of the 16 sunscreen monograph 
ingredients and describe data gaps that FDA believes need to be filled 
in order for FDA to permit the continued marketing

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of these ingredients without submitting new drug applications for 
premarket review. Consistent with the Sunscreen Innovation Act, we also 
expect to address sunscreen dosage forms and maximum SPF values.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
ANPRM (Sunscreen and Insect            02/22/07  72 FR 7941
 Repellent).
ANPRM Comment Period End............   05/23/07  .......................
NPRM (UVA/UVB)......................   08/27/07  72 FR 49070
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/26/07  .......................
Final Action (UVA/UVB)..............   06/17/11  76 FR 35620
NPRM (Effectiveness)................   06/17/11  76 FR 35672
NPRM (Effectiveness) Comment Period    09/15/11  .......................
 End.
ANPRM (Dosage Forms)................   06/17/11  76 FR 35669
ANPRM (Dosage Forms) Comment Period    09/15/11  .......................
 End.
NPRM................................   02/26/19  84 FR 6204
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/28/19  .......................
Final Action........................   11/00/19  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kristen Hardin, Department of Health and Human 
Services, Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and 
Research, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, WO 22, Room 5491, Silver Spring, 
MD 20993, Phone: 240 402-4246, Fax: 301 796-9841, Email: 
kristen.hardin@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AF43

68. Mammography Quality Standards Act; Amendments to Part 900 
Regulations

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 360i; 21 U.S.C. 360nn; 21 U.S.C. 374(e); 
42 U.S.C. 263b
    Abstract: FDA is proposing to amend its regulations governing 
mammography. The amendments would update the regulations issued under 
the Mammography Quality Standards Act of 1992 (MQSA). FDA is taking 
this action to address changes in mammography technology and 
mammography processes that have occurred since the regulations were 
published in 1997 and to address breast density reporting to patient 
and health care providers.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   03/28/19  84 FR 11669
NPRM Comment Period End.............   06/26/19
Final Action........................   10/00/20
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Erica Payne, Regulatory Counsel, Department of 
Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Center for 
Devices and Radiological Health, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, WO 66, 
Room 5522, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 301 796-3999, Fax: 301 847-
8145, Email: erica.payne@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AH04

69. Medication Guides; Patient Medication Information

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321 et seq.; 42 U.S.C. 262; 42 U.S.C. 
264; 21 U.S.C. 371
    Abstract: The proposed rule would amend FDA medication guide 
regulations to require a new form of patient labeling, Patient 
Medication Information, for submission to and review by the FDA for 
human prescription drug products and certain blood products used, 
dispensed, or administered on an outpatient basis. The proposed rule 
would include requirements for Patient Medication Information 
development and distribution. The proposed rule would require clear and 
concisely written prescription drug product information presented in a 
consistent and easily understood format to help patients use their 
prescription drug products safely and effectively.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Chris Wheeler, Supervisory Project Manager, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, 
10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Building 51, Room 3330, Silver Spring, MD 
20993, Phone: 301 796-0151, Email: chris.wheeler@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AH68

70. Nutrient Content Claims, Definition of Term: Healthy

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321; 21 U.S.C. 331; 21 U.S.C. 343; 21 
U.S.C. 371
    Abstract: The proposed rule would update the definition for the 
implied nutrient content claim ``healthy'' to be consistent with 
current nutrition science and federal dietary guidelines. The proposed 
rule would revise the requirements for when the claim ``healthy'' can 
be voluntarily used in the labeling of human food products so that the 
claim reflects current science and dietary guidelines and help 
consumers maintain healthy dietary practices.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   05/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Vincent De Jesus, Nutritionist, Department of 
Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Center for 
Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, (HFS-830), Room 3D-031, 5100 Paint 
Branch Parkway, College Park, MD 20740, Phone: 240 402-1774, Fax: 301 
436-1191, Email: vincent.dejesus@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AI13

71. Revocation of Uses of Partially Hydrogenated Oils in Foods

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321; 21 U.S.C. 341; 21 U.S.C. 343; 21 
U.S.C. 348; 21 U.S.C. 371; 21 U.S.C. 379(e)
    Abstract: In the Federal Register of June 17, 2015 (80 FR 34650), 
we published a declaratory order announcing our final determination 
that there is no longer a consensus among qualified experts that 
partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are generally recognized as safe 
(GRAS) for any use in human food. In the Federal Register of May 21, 
2018 (83 FR 23382), we denied a food additive petition requesting that 
the food additive regulations be amended to provide for the safe use of 
PHOs in certain food applications. We are now proposing to update our 
regulations to remove all mention of partially hydrogenated oils and to 
revoke all prior sanctioned uses. This rulemaking implements FDA's 
findings that the available data demonstrate that PHOs used in food may 
cause the food to be unsafe.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Ellen Anderson, Consumer Safety Officer, Department 
of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, HFS-265, 
4300

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River Road, College Park, MD 20740, Phone: 240 402-1309, Email: 
ellen.anderson@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AI15

72.  Required Warnings for Cigarette Packages and 
Advertisements

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 1333; 21 U.S.C. 371; 21 U.S.C. 387c; 21 
U.S.C. 387i; Secs 201 and 202, Pub. L. 111-31, 123 Stat. 1776; . . .
    Abstract: This rule would require color graphics depicting the 
negative health consequences of smoking to accompany textual warning 
statements on cigarette packages and in cigarette advertisements. As 
directed by Congress in the Tobacco Control Act, which amends the 
Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act, the rule would require 
these new cigarette health warnings to occupy the top 50 percent of the 
area of the front and rear panels of cigarette packages and at least 20 
percent of the area of cigarette advertisements. The original rule FDA 
issued in 2011 was vacated by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 
District of Columbia Circuit in August 2012 (R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. 
v. United States Food & Drug Admin., 696 F.3d 1205 D.C. Cir. 2012).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Courtney Smith, Senior Regulatory Counsel, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, 
Center for Tobacco Products, Document Control Center, Building 71, Room 
G335, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 301 
796-3894, Fax: 301 595-1426, Email: ctpregulations@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AI39

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Final Rule Stage

73. Postmarketing Safety Reporting Requirements for Human Drug and 
Biological Products

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 216; 42 U.S.C. 241; 42 U.S.C. 242a; 42 
U.S.C. 262 and 263; 42 U.S.C. 263a to 263n; 42 U.S.C. 264; 42 U.S.C. 
300aa; 21 U.S.C. 321; 21 U.S.C. 331; 21 U.S.C. 351 to 353; 21 U.S.C. 
355; 21 U.S.C. 360; 21 U.S.C. 360b to 360j; 21 U.S.C. 361a; 21 U.S.C. 
371; 21 U.S.C. 374; 21 U.S.C. 375; 21 U.S.C. 379e; 21 U.S.C. 381
    Abstract: The final rule would amend the postmarketing safety 
reporting regulations for human drugs and biological products including 
blood and blood products in order to better align FDA requirements with 
guidelines of the International Council on Harmonisation of Technical 
Requirements for Registration of Pharmaceuticals for Human Use (ICH); 
and to update reporting requirements in light of current 
pharmacovigilance practice and safety information sources and enhance 
the quality of safety reports received by FDA. These revisions were 
proposed as part of a single rulemaking (68 FR 12406) to clarify and 
revise both premarketing and postmarketing safety reporting 
requirements for human drug and biological products. Premarketing 
safety reporting requirements were finalized in a separate final rule 
published on September 29, 2010 (75 FR 59961).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/14/03  68 FR 12406
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   06/18/03
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/14/03
NPRM Comment Period Extension End...   10/14/03
Final Rule..........................   09/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jane E. Baluss, Regulatory Counsel, Department of 
Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Center for 
Drug Evaluation and Research, WO 51, Room 6278, 10903 New Hampshire 
Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, Phone: 301 796-3469, Fax: 301 
847-8440, Email: jane.baluss@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AA97

74. Food Labeling; Gluten-Free Labeling of Fermented, Hydrolyzed, or 
Distilled Foods

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: Sec. 206 of the Food Allergen Labeling and 
Consumer Protection Act; 21 U.S.C. 343(a)(1); 21 U.S.C. 321(n); 21 
U.S.C. 371(a)
    Abstract: This final rule would establish requirements concerning 
``gluten-free'' labeling for foods that are fermented or hydrolyzed or 
that contain fermented or hydrolyzed ingredients. These additional 
requirements for the ``gluten-free'' labeling rule are needed to help 
ensure that individuals with celiac disease are not misled and receive 
truthful and accurate information with respect to fermented or 
hydrolyzed foods labeled as ``gluten-free.''
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/18/15  80 FR 71990
NPRM Comment Period Reopened........   01/22/16  81 FR 3751
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/16/16
NPRM Comment Period Reopened End....   02/22/16
NPRM Comment Period Reopened........   02/23/16  81 FR 8869
NPRM Comment Period Reopened End....   04/25/16
Final Rule..........................   09/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Carol D'Lima, Staff Fellow, Department of Health 
and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food 
Safety and Applied Nutrition, Room 4D022, HFS 820, 5001 Campus Drive, 
College Park, MD 20740, Phone: 240 402-2371, Fax: 301 436-2636, Email: 
carol.dlima@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AH00

75. Topical Antimicrobial Drug Products for Over-the-Counter Human Use: 
Final Monograph for Consumer Antiseptic Rub Products

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321; 21 U.S.C. 331; 21 U.S.C. 351 to 
353; 21 U.S.C. 355; 21 U.S.C. 360 and 361; 21 U.S.C. 371; 21 U.S.C. 374 
and 375; 21 U.S.C. 379; 42 U.S.C. 216; 42 U.S.C. 241 and 242; 42 U.S.C. 
262
    Abstract: This final rule amends the 1994 tentative final monograph 
(TFM) for over-the-counter (OTC) antiseptic drug products that 
published in the Federal Register of June 17, 1994, (the 1994 TFM). The 
final rule is part of the ongoing review of OTC drug products conducted 
by FDA. In this final rule, we address whether certain active 
ingredients used in OTC consumer antiseptic products intended for use 
without water (referred to as consumer antiseptic rubs) are for 
evaluation under the OTC Drug Review for use in consumer antiseptic rub 
products.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   05/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Anita Kumar, Biologist, Department of Health and 
Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug 
Evaluation and Research, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Building 22, Room 
5445, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 301 796-1032, Email: 
anita.kumar@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AH97

76.  Milk and Cream Product and Yogurt Products, Final Rule To 
Revoke the Standards for Lowfat Yogurt and Nonfat and To Amend the 
Standard for Yogurt

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321; 21 U.S.C. 336; 21 U.S.C. 341; 21 
U.S.C. 343; 21 U.S.C. 348; 21 U.S.C. 371(e); 21 U.S.C. 379e
    Abstract: This final rule amends the standard for yogurt and 
revokes the standards for lowfat and nonfat yogurt. It modernizes the 
standard to allow for technological advances, to preserve the basic 
nature and essential characteristics of yogurt, and to promote honesty 
and fair dealing in the interest of consumers.
    Section, 701(e)(1), of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act 
identifies that specific decisions such as the definitions and 
standards of identity for dairy products are to be promulgated under 
formal rulemaking provisions of 5 U.S.C. 556 and 557. Section 3(d) of 
Executive Order 12866 defines regulation to exclude regulations or 
rules issued in accordance with the formal rulemaking provisions of 5 
U.S.C. 556 and 557; accordingly, this final rule is not subject to the 
requirements of Executive Order 12866. Notwithstanding this exclusion, 
and our standard practice not to include formal rulemaking in the 
Unified Agenda, we have decided to include this particular rule in the 
Unified Agenda in order to highlight our de-regulatory work in this 
space.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   07/03/03  68 FR 39873
ANPRM Comment Period End............   10/01/03
NPRM................................   01/15/09  74 FR 2443
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/29/09
Final Action........................   09/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Terri Wenger, Food Technologist, Department of 
Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Center for 
Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, 5001 Campus Drive, College Park, MD 
20740, Phone: 240 402-2371, Email: terri.wenger@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AI40

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Long-Term Actions

77. Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drug Review--External Analgesic Products

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321p; 21 U.S.C. 331; 21 U.S.C. 351 to 
353; 21 U.S.C. 355; 21 U.S.C. 360; 21 U.S.C. 371
    Abstract: The OTC drug review establishes conditions under which 
OTC drugs are considered generally recognized as safe and effective and 
not misbranded. After a final monograph (i.e., final rule) is issued, 
only OTC drugs meeting the conditions of the monograph, or having an 
approved new drug application, may be legally marketed. The final 
action addresses the 2003 proposed rule on patches, plasters, and 
poultices. The proposed rule will address issues not addressed in 
previous rulemakings.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................           To Be Determined
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Janice Adams-King, Regulatory Project Manager, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, 
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, WO 22, Room 5416, 10903 New 
Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 301 796-3713, Email: 
janice.adams-king@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AF35

78. Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drug Review--Internal Analgesic Products

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321p; 21 U.S.C. 331; 21 U.S.C. 351 to 
353; 21 U.S.C. 355; 21 U.S.C. 360; 21 U.S.C. 371; 21 U.S.C. 374; 21 
U.S.C. 379e
    Abstract: The OTC drug review establishes conditions under which 
OTC drugs are considered generally recognized as safe and effective, 
and not misbranded. After a final monograph (i.e., final rule) is 
issued, only OTC drugs meeting the conditions of the monograph, or 
having an approved new drug application, may be legally marketed. The 
first action addresses acetaminophen safety. The second action 
addresses products marketed for children under 2 years old and weight- 
and age-based dosing for children's products.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM (Amendment) (Required Warnings    12/26/06  71 FR 77314
 and Other Labeling).
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/25/07
Final Action (Required Warnings and    04/29/09  74 FR 19385
 Other Labeling).
Final Action (Correction)...........   06/30/09  74 FR 31177
Final Action (Technical Amendment)..   11/25/09  74 FR 61512
                                     -----------------------------------
NPRM (Amendment) (Acetaminophen)....           To Be Determined
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Janice Adams-King, Regulatory Health Project 
Manager, Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug 
Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, WO 22, Room 
5416, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 301 
796-3713, Fax: 301 796-9899, Email: janice.adams-king@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AF36

79. Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drug Review--Laxative Drug Products

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321; 21 U.S.C. 331; 21 U.S.C. 351 to 
353; 21 U.S.C. 355; 21 U.S.C. 371
    Abstract: The OTC drug review establishes conditions under which 
OTC drugs are considered generally recognized as safe and effective, 
and not misbranded. After a final monograph (i.e., final rule) is 
issued, only OTC drugs meeting the conditions of the monograph, or 
having an approved new drug application, may be legally marketed. The 
final rule listed will address the professional labeling for sodium 
phosphate drug products.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Action (Granular Psyllium)....   03/29/07  72 FR 14669
Final Action Effective (Granular       10/01/07
 Psyllium).

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NPRM (Professional Labeling--Sodium    02/11/11  76 FR 7743
 Phosphate).
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/14/11
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Final Rule..........................  To Be Determined
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Janice Adams-King, Regulatory Health Project 
Manager, Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug 
Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, WO 22, Room 
5416, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 301 
796-3713, Fax: 301 796-9899, Email: janice.adams-king@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AF38

80. Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drug Review--Weight Control Products

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321p; 21 U.S.C. 331; 21 U.S.C. 351 to 
353; 21 U.S.C. 355; 21 U.S.C. 360; 21 U.S.C. 371
    Abstract: The OTC drug review establishes conditions under which 
OTC drugs are considered generally recognized as safe and effective and 
not misbranded. After a final monograph (i.e., final rule) is issued, 
only OTC drugs meeting the conditions of the monograph, or having an 
approved new drug application, may be legally marketed. The final 
action finalizes the 2005 proposed rule for weight control products 
containing phenylpropanolamine.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM (Phenylpropanolamine)..........   12/22/05  70 FR 75988
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/22/06
NPRM (Benzocaine)...................   03/09/11  76 FR 12916
NPRM Comment Period End.............   06/07/11
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Final Action (Phenylpropanolamine)..  To Be Determined
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Janice Adams-King, Regulatory Project Manager, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, 
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, WO 22, Room 5416, 10903 New 
Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 301 796-3713, Email: 
janice.adams-king@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AF45

81. Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drug Review--Pediatric Dosing for Cough/Cold 
Products

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 331; 21 U.S.C. 351 to 353; 21 U.S.C. 
355; 21 U.S.C. 360; 21 U.S.C. 371
    Abstract: The OTC drug review establishes conditions under which 
OTC drugs are considered generally recognized as safe and effective, 
and not misbranded. After a final monograph (i.e., final rule) is 
issued, only OTC drugs meeting the conditions of the monograph, or 
having an approved new drug application, may be legally marketed. This 
action will propose changes to the final monograph to address safety 
and efficacy issues associated with pediatric cough and cold products.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................  To Be Determined
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Janice Adams-King, Regulatory Health Project 
Manager, Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug 
Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, WO 22, Room 
5416, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 301 
796-3713, Fax: 301 796-9899, Email: janice.adams-king@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AG12

82. Electronic Distribution of Prescribing Information for Human 
Prescription Drugs Including Biological Products

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321; 21 U.S.C. 331; 21 U.S.C. 351 to 
353; 21 U.S.C. 355; 21 U.S.C. 358; 21 U.S.C. 360; 21 U.S.C. 360b; 21 
U.S.C. 360gg to 360ss; 21 U.S.C. 371; 21 U.S.C. 374; 21 U.S.C. 379e; 42 
U.S.C. 216; 42 U.S.C. 241; 42 U.S.C. 262; 42 U.S.C. 264
    Abstract: This rule would require electronic package inserts for 
human drug and biological prescription products with limited 
exceptions, in lieu of paper, which is currently used. These inserts 
contain prescribing information intended for healthcare practitioners. 
This would ensure that the information accompanying the product is the 
most up-to-date information regarding important safety and efficacy 
issues about these products.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/18/14  79 FR 75506
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   03/09/15  80 FR 12364
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/18/15
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   05/18/15
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Final Rule..........................  To Be Determined
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael Bernstein, Supervisory Regulatory Counsel, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, 
Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, WO 51, Room 6240, 10903 New 
Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002, Phone: 301 796-3478, 
Email: michael.bernstein@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AG18

83. Sunlamp Products; Amendment to the Performance Standard

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt.
    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 360ii; 21 U.S.C. 360kk; 21 U.S.C. 393; 
21 U.S.C. 371
    Abstract: FDA is updating the performance standard for sunlamp 
products to improve safety, reflect new scientific information, and 
work towards harmonization with international standards. By harmonizing 
with the International Electrotechnical Commission, this rule will 
decrease the regulatory burden on industry and allow the Agency to take 
advantage of the expertise of the international committees, thereby 
also saving resources.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/22/15  80 FR 79505
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/21/16
Final Rule..........................   06/00/20
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Ian Ostermiller, Regulatory Counsel, Center for 
Devices and Radiological Health, Department of Health and Human 
Services, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, WO 
66, Room 5454, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 301 796-5678, Email: 
ian.ostermiller@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AG30

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84. General and Plastic Surgery Devices: Sunlamp Products

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 360j(e)
    Abstract: This rule would apply device restrictions to sunlamp 
products. Sunlamp products include ultraviolet (UV) lamps and UV 
tanning beds and booths. The incidence of skin cancer, including 
melanoma, has been increasing, and a large number of skin cancer cases 
are attributable to the use of sunlamp products. The devices may cause 
about 400,000 cases of skin cancer per year, and 6,000 of which are 
melanoma. Beginning use of sunlamp products at young ages, as well as 
frequently using sunlamp products, both increases the risk of 
developing skin cancers and other illnesses, and sustaining other 
injuries. Even infrequent use, particularly at younger ages, can 
significantly increase these risks.This rule would apply device 
restrictions to sunlamp products.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/22/15  80 FR 79493
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/21/16
Final Rule..........................   06/00/20
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Ian Ostermiller, Regulatory Counsel, Center for 
Devices and Radiological Health, Department of Health and Human 
Services, Food and Drug Administration, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, WO 
66, Room 5454, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 301 796-5678, Email: 
ian.ostermiller@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AH14

85. Combinations of Bronchodilators With Expectorants; Cold, Cough, 
Allergy, Bronchodilator, and Antiasthmatic Drug Products for Over-the-
Counter Human Use

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 321p; 21 U.S.C. 331; 21 U.S.C. 351 to 
353; 21 U.S.C. 355; 21 U.S.C. 360; 21 U.S.C. 371
    Abstract: The OTC drug review establishes conditions under which 
OTC drugs are considered generally recognized as safe and effective, 
and not misbranded. After a final monograph (i.e., final rule) is 
issued, only OTC drugs meeting the conditions of the monograph, or 
having an approved new drug application, may be legally marketed. These 
actions address cough/cold drug products containing an oral 
bronchodilator (ephedrine and its salts) in combination with any 
expectorant.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM (Amendment)....................   07/13/05  70 FR 40232
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/10/05
Final Action (Technical Amendment)..   03/19/07  72 FR 12730
                                     -----------------------------------
Final Rule..........................  To Be Determined
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Janice Adams-King, Regulatory Health Project 
Manager, Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug 
Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, WO 22, Room 
5416, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 301 
796-3713, Fax: 301 796-9899, Email: janice.adams-king@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AH16

86. Acute Nicotine Toxicity Warnings for E-Liquids

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 301 et seq.; 21 U.S.C. 331; 21 U.S.C. 
371; 21 U.S.C. 374; 21 U.S.C. 387
    Abstract: This rule would establish nicotine exposure warning 
requirements for liquid nicotine and nicotine-containing e-liquid(s) 
that are made or derived from tobacco and intended for human 
consumption, and potentially for other tobacco products including, but 
not limited to, novel tobacco products such as dissolvables, lotions, 
gels, and drinks. This action is intended to protect users and non-
users from accidental exposures to nicotine-containing e-liquids in 
tobacco products.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/00/21
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Courtney Smith, Senior Regulatory Counsel, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, 
Center for Tobacco Products, Document Control Center, Building 71, Room 
G335, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 301 
796-3894, Fax: 301 595-1426, Email: ctpregulations@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AH24

87. Testing Standards for Batteries and Battery Management Systems in 
Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 301 et. seq.; 21 U.S.C. 371; 21 U.S.C. 
387(b); 21 U.S.C. 387(g); 21 U.S.C. 387i
    Abstract: This rule would propose to establish a product standard 
to require testing standards for batteries used in electronic nicotine 
delivery systems (ENDS) and require design protections including a 
battery management system for ENDS using batteries and protective 
housing for replaceable batteries. This product standard would protect 
the safety of users of battery-powered tobacco products and will help 
to streamline the FDA premarket review process, ultimately reducing the 
burden on both manufacturers and the Agency. The proposed rule would be 
applicable to tobacco products that include a non-user replaceable 
battery as well as products that include a user replaceable battery.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/00/20
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Darin Achilles, Regulatory Counsel, Department of 
Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Center for 
Tobacco Products, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Document Control Center, 
Building 71, Room G335, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 877 287-1373, 
Fax: 301 595-1426, Email: ctpregulations@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AH90

88. Administration Detention of Tobacco Products

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 334; 21 U.S.C. 371
    Abstract: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing 
regulations to establish requirements for the administrative detention 
of tobacco products. This action, if finalized, would allow FDA to 
administratively detain tobacco products encountered during inspections 
that an officer or employee conducting the inspection has reason to 
believe are adulterated or misbranded. The intent of administrative 
detention is to protect public health by preventing the distribution or 
use of violative tobacco products until FDA has had time to consider 
the appropriate action to take and, where appropriate, to initiate a 
regulatory action.

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    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/00/20
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Darin Achilles, Regulatory Counsel, Department of 
Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, Center for 
Tobacco Products, 10903 New Hampshire Avenue, Document Control Center, 
Building 71, Room G335, Silver Spring, MD 20993, Phone: 877 287-1373, 
Fax: 301 595-1426, Email: ctpregulations@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AI05

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Completed Actions

89. Label Requirement for Food That Has Been Refused Admission Into the 
United States

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 1453 to 1455; 21 U.S.C. 321; 21 U.S.C. 
342 and 343; 21 U.S.C. 371; 21 U.S.C. 374; 21 U.S.C. 381; 42 U.S.C. 
216; 42 U.S.C. 264
    Abstract: On September 18, 2008, FDA issued a proposed rule that 
would have required owners or consignees to label imported food that 
was refused entry into the United States. FDA does not plan to finalize 
the rule.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM; Withdrawal....................   09/28/18  83 FR 49022
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Anthony C. Taube, Phone: 240 420-4565, Fax: 703 
261-8625, Email: anthony.taube@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AF61

90. Laser Products; Amendment to Performance Standard

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 21 U.S.C. 360hh to 360ss; 21 U.S.C. 371; 21 U.S.C. 
393
    Abstract: On June 24, 2013, FDA issued a proposed rule that would 
have amended the performance standard for laser products to achieve 
closer harmonization between the current standard and the amended 
International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard for laser 
products and medical laser products. FDA does not plan to finalize the 
2013 proposal.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM; Withdrawal....................   11/01/18  83 FR 54891
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Erica Payne, Phone: 301 796-3999, Fax: 301 847-
8145, Email: erica.payne@fda.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0910-AF87

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Proposed Rule Stage

91. Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities: Regulatory Provisions 
To Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction (CMS-
3347-P) (Section 610 Review)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: Secs.1819 and 1919 of the Social Security Act; 
sec.1819(d)(4)(B) and 1919(d)(4)(B) of the Social Security Act; sec. 
1819(b)(1)(A) and 1919 (b)(1)(A) of the Social Security Act
    Abstract: This proposed rule would reform the requirements that 
long-term care facilities must meet to participate in the Medicare and 
Medicaid programs, that CMS has identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or 
excessively burdensome on facilities. This rule would increase the 
ability of healthcare professionals to devote resources to improving 
resident care by eliminating or reducing requirements that impede 
quality care or that divert resources away from providing high quality 
care.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Ronisha Blackstone, Health Insurance Specialist, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & 
Medicaid Services, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, MS: S3-
02-01, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Phone: 410 786-
6882, Email: ronisha.blackstone@cms.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0938-AT36

92. CY 2020 Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee 
Schedule and Other Revisions to Medicare Part B (CMS-1715-P) (Section 
610 Review)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1302; 42 U.S.C. 1395hh
    Abstract: This annual proposed rule would revise payment polices 
under the Medicare physician fee schedule, and make other policy 
changes to payment under Medicare Part B. These changes would apply to 
services furnished beginning January 1, 2020. Additionally, this rule 
proposes updates to the Quality Payment Program.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   06/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Marge Watchorn, Deputy Director, Division of 
Practitioner Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers 
for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare, MS: C4-01-15, 
7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Phone: 410 786-4361, 
Email: marge.watchorn@cms.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0938-AT72

93. Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care 
Hospitals; the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System; and 
FY 2020 Rates (CMS-1716-F) (Section 610 Review)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1302; 42 U.S.C. 1395hh
    Abstract: This annual final rule revises the Medicare hospital 
inpatient and long-term care hospital prospective payment systems for 
operating and capital-related costs. This rule would implements changes 
arising from our continuing experience with these systems. In addition, 
the rule establishes new requirements or revises existing requirements 
for quality reporting by specific Medicare providers.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/03/19  84 FR 19158
NPRM Comment Period End.............   06/24/19
Final Action........................   08/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Donald Thompson, Director, Division of Acute Care,

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Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & 
Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare, MS: C4-08-06, 7500 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Phone: 410 786-6504, Email: 
donald.thompson@cms.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0938-AT73

94. CY 2020 Hospital Outpatient PPS Policy Changes and Payment Rates 
and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System Policy Changes and 
Payment Rates (CMS-1717-P) (Section 610 Review)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1302; 42 U.S.C. 1395hh
    Abstract: This annual proposed rule would revise the Medicare 
hospital outpatient prospective payment system to implement statutory 
requirements and changes arising from our continuing experience with 
this system. The proposed rule describes changes to the amounts and 
factors used to determine payment rates for services. In addition, the 
rule proposes changes to the ambulatory surgical center payment system 
list of services and rates. This proposed rule would also update and 
refine the requirements for the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting 
(OQR) Program and the ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   06/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Elise Barringer, Health Insurance Specialist, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & 
Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare, MS: C4-03-06, 7500 Security 
Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21244, Phone: 410 786-9222, Email: 
elise.barringer@cms.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0938-AT74

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Final Rule Stage

95. Hospital and Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Changes To Promote 
Innovation, Flexibility, and Improvement in Patient Care (CMS-3295-F) 
(Rulemaking Resulting From a Section 610 Review)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1302; 42 U.S.C. 1395hh and 1395rr
    Abstract: This final rule updates the requirements that hospitals 
and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet to participate in the 
Medicare and Medicaid programs. These final requirements are intended 
to conform the requirements to current standards of practice and 
support improvements in quality of care, reduce barriers to care, and 
reduce some issues that may exacerbate workforce shortage concerns.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/16/16  81 FR 39447
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/15/16  .......................
Final Action--To Be Merged With 0938-  06/00/19  .......................
 AS59 and 0938-AT23.
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: CAPT Scott Cooper, Senior Technical Advisor, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & 
Medicaid Services, Center for Clinical Standards and Quality, Mail Stop 
S3-01-02, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Phone: 410 786-
9465, Email: scott.cooper@cms.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0938-AS21

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Long-Term Actions

96. Durable Medical Equipment Fee Schedule, Adjustments To Resume the 
Transitional 50/50 Blended Rates To Provide Relief in Non-Competitive 
Bidding Areas (CMS-1687-F) (Section 610 Review)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt.
    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1302, 1395hh, and 1395rr(b)(l)); Pub. L. 
114-255, sec. 5004(b), 16007(a) and 16008
    Abstract: This final rule follows the interim final rule that 
published May 11, 2018, and extended the end of the transition period 
from June 30, 2016, to December 31, 2016 for phasing in adjustments to 
the fee schedule amounts for certain durable medical equipment (DME) 
and enteral nutrition paid in areas not subject to the Durable Medical 
Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) Competitive 
Bidding Program (CBP). In addition, the interim rule amended the 
regulation to resume the transition period for items furnished from 
August 1, 2017, through December 31, 2018. The interim rule also made 
technical amendments to existing regulations for DMEPOS items and 
services to exclude infusion drugs used with DME from the DMEPOS CBP.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Interim Final Rule..................   05/11/18  83 FR 21912
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      07/09/18  .......................
 End.
Final Action........................   05/00/21  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Alexander Ullman, Health Insurance Specialist, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & 
Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare, MS: C5-07-26, 7500 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Phone: 410 786-9671, Email: 
alexander.ullman@cms.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0938-AT21

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (HHS)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Completed Actions

97. CY 2019 Changes to the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Prospective 
Payment System, Quality Incentive Program, Durable Medical Equipment, 
Prosthetics, Orthotics, and Supplies (DMEPOS) (CMS-1691-F) (Completion 
of a Section 610 Review)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1302; 42 U.S.C. 1395d(d); 42 U.S.C. 
1395f(b); 42 U.S.C 1395g
    Abstract: This annual final rule updates the bundled payment system 
for ESRD facilities by January 1, 2019. The rule also updates the 
quality incentives in the ESRD program and implements changes to the 
DMEPOS competitive bidding program.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   07/19/18  83 FR 34304
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/10/18  .......................
Final Action........................   11/14/18  83 FR 56922
Final Action Effective..............   01/01/19  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

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    Agency Contact: Janae James, Health Insurance Specialist, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & 
Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare, MS: C5-05-27, 7500 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Phone: 410 786-0801, Email: 
janae.james@cms.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0938-AT28

98. CY 2019 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update and CY 
2020 Case-Mix Adjustment Methodology Refinements; Value-Based 
Purchasing Model; Quality Reporting Requirements (CMS-1689-FC) 
(Completion of a Section 610 Review)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1302; 42 U.S.C. 1315a; 42 U.S.C. 
1395(hh)
    Abstract: This annual final rule updates the payment rates under 
the Medicare prospective payment system for home health agencies. In 
addition, this rule finalizes changes to the Home Health Value-Based 
Purchasing (HHVBP) Model and to the Home Health Quality Reporting 
Program (HH QRP).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   07/12/18  83 FR 32340
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/31/18  .......................
Final Action........................   11/13/18  83 FR 56406
Comment Period End..................   12/31/18  .......................
Final Action Effective..............   01/01/19  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Hillary Loeffler, Director, Division of Home Health 
and Hospice, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for 
Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare, MS: C5-08-28, 7500 
Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Phone: 410 786-0456, Email: 
hillary.loeffler@cms.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0938-AT29

99. CY 2019 Hospital Outpatient PPS Policy Changes and Payment Rates 
and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System Policy Changes and 
Payment Rates (CMS-1695-FC) (Completion of a Section 610 Review)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1302; 42 U.S.C. 1395hh
    Abstract: This annual final rule revises the Medicare hospital 
outpatient prospective payment system to implement statutory 
requirements and changes arising from our continuing experience with 
this system. The rule describes changes to the amounts and factors used 
to determine payment rates for services. In addition, the rule 
finalizes changes to the ambulatory surgical center payment system list 
of services and rates. This rule updates and refines the requirements 
for the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) Program and the ASC 
Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   07/31/18  83 FR 37046
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/24/18  .......................
Final Action........................   11/21/18  83 FR 58818
Final Action Effective..............   01/01/19  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Marjorie Baldo, Health Insurance Specialist, 
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & 
Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare, MS: C4-03-06, 7500 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Phone: 410 786-4617, Email: 
marjorie.baldo@cms.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0938-AT30

100. CY 2019 Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee 
Schedule and Other Revisions to Medicare Part B and the Quality Payment 
Program (CMS-1693-F) (Completion of a Section 610 Review)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 1302; 42 U.S.C. 1395hh
    Abstract: This annual final rule revises payment polices under the 
Medicare physician fee schedule, and makes other policy changes to 
payment under Medicare Part B. These changes apply to services 
furnished beginning January 1, 2019. Additionally, this rule updates 
the Quality Payment Program.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   07/27/18  83 FR 35704
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/10/18  .......................
Final Action........................   11/23/18  83 FR 59836
Final Action Effective..............   01/01/19  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Marge Watchorn, Deputy Director, Division of 
Practitioner Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers 
for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Center for Medicare, MS: C4-01-15, 
7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Phone: 410 786-4361, 
Email: marge.watchorn@cms.hhs.gov.
    RIN: 0938-AT31

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Office of the Secretary

6 CFR Chs. I and II

[DHS Docket No. OGC-RP-04-001]


Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, DHS.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: This regulatory agenda is a semiannual summary of projected 
regulations, existing regulations, and completed actions of the 
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its components. This agenda 
provides the public with information about DHS's regulatory and 
deregulatory activity. DHS expects that this information will enable 
the public to be more aware of, and effectively participate in, the 
Department's regulatory and deregulatory activity. DHS invites the 
public to submit comments on any aspect of this agenda.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 

General

    Please direct general comments and inquiries on the agenda to the 
Regulatory Affairs Law Division, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. 
Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Lane, Mail Stop 0485, 
Washington, DC 20528-0485.

Specific

    Please direct specific comments and inquiries on individual actions 
identified in this agenda to the individual listed in the summary 
portion as the point of contact for that action.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DHS provides this notice pursuant to the 
requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (Pub. L. 96-354, Sept. 
19, 1980) and Executive Order 12866 ``Regulatory Planning and Review'' 
(Sept. 30, 1993) as incorporated in Executive Order 13563 ``Improving 
Regulation and Regulatory Review'' (Jan. 18, 2011) and Executive Order 
13771 ``Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs'' (Jan. 
30, 2017), which require the Department to publish a semiannual agenda 
of regulations. The regulatory agenda is a summary of existing and 
projected regulations as well as actions completed since the 
publication of the last regulatory agenda for the Department. DHS's 
last semiannual regulatory agenda was published on November 16, 2018, 
at 83 FR 58031.
    Beginning in fall 2007, the internet became the basic means for 
disseminating the Unified Agenda. The complete Unified Agenda is 
available online at www.reginfo.gov.
    The Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602) requires Federal 
agencies to publish their regulatory flexibility agendas in the Federal 
Register. A regulatory flexibility agenda shall contain, among other 
things, a brief description of the subject area of any rule which is 
likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities. DHS's printed agenda entries include regulatory actions 
that are in the Department's regulatory flexibility agenda. Printing of 
these entries is limited to fields that contain information required by 
the agenda provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Additional 
information on these entries is available in the Unified Agenda 
published on the internet.
    The semiannual agenda of the Department conforms to the Unified 
Agenda format developed by the Regulatory Information Service Center.

    Dated: March 6, 2019.
Christina E. McDonald,
Associate General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs.

              Office of the Secretary--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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101.......................  Homeland Security                  1601-AA72
                             Acquisition Regulation,
                             Enhancement of
                             Whistleblower Protections
                             for Contractor Employees.
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                Office of the Secretary--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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102.......................  Homeland Security                  1601-AA76
                             Acquisition Regulation:
                             Safeguarding of
                             Controlled Unclassified
                             Sensitive Information
                             (HSAR Case 2015-001).
103.......................  Homeland Security                  1601-AA78
                             Acquisition Regulation:
                             Information Technology
                             Security Awareness
                             Training (HSAR Case 2015-
                             002).
104.......................  Homeland Security                  1601-AA79
                             Acquisition Regulation:
                             Privacy Training (HSAR
                             Case 2015-003).
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               Office of the Secretary--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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105.......................  Ammonium Nitrate Security          1601-AA52
                             Program.
106.......................  Chemical Facility Anti-            1601-AA69
                             Terrorism Standards
                             (CFATS).
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     U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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107.......................  Requirements for Filing            1615-AB98
                             Motions and
                             Administrative Appeals.
108.......................  EB-5 Immigrant Investor            1615-AC11
                             Regional Center Program.

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109.......................  Removing H-4 Dependent             1615-AC15
                             Spouses From the Classes
                             of Aliens Eligible for
                             Employment Authorization.
110.......................  U.S. Citizenship and               1615-AC18
                             Immigration Services Fee
                             Schedule.
111.......................  Electronic Processing of           1615-AC20
                             Immigration Benefit
                             Requests.
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       U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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112.......................  Inadmissibility on Public          1615-AA22
                             Charge Grounds.
113.......................  EB-5 Immigrant Investor            1615-AC07
                             Program Modernization.
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      U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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114.......................  Registration Requirement           1615-AB71
                             for Petitioners Seeking
                             To File H-1B Petitions on
                             Behalf of Cap Subject
                             Aliens.
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                  U.S. Coast Guard--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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115.......................  Financial Responsibility--         1625-AC39
                             Vessels; Superseded
                             Pollution Funds (USCG-
                             2017-0788).
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                   U.S. Coast Guard--Long-Term Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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116.......................  Commercial Fishing                 1625-AB85
                             Vessels--Implementation
                             of 2010 and 2012
                             Legislation.
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                   U.S. Coast Guard--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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117.......................  Seafarers' Access to               1625-AC15
                             Maritime Facilities.
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          U.S. Customs and Border Protection--Long-Term Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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118.......................  Importer Security Filing           1651-AA70
                             and Additional Carrier
                             Requirements (Section 610
                             Review).
119.......................  Implementation of the Guam-        1651-AA77
                             CNMI Visa Waiver Program
                             (Section 610 Review).
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        Transportation Security Administration--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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120.......................  Security Training for              1652-AA55
                             Surface Transportation
                             Employees.
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      U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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121.......................  Visa Security Program Fee.         1653-AA77
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       U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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122.......................  Procedures and Standards           1653-AA67
                             for Declining Surety
                             Immigration Bonds and
                             Administrative Appeal
                             Requirement for Breaches.
123.......................  Adjusting Program Fees for         1653-AA74
                             the Student and Exchange
                             Visitor Program.
124.......................  Apprehension, Processing,          1653-AA75
                             Care and Custody of Alien
                             Minors and Unaccompanied
                             Alien Children.
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  Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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125.......................  Ammonium Nitrate Security          1670-AA00
                             Program.
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   Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency--Long-Term Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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126.......................  Chemical Facility Anti-            1670-AA01
                             Terrorism Standards
                             (CFATS).
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

Office of the Secretary (OS)

Proposed Rule Stage

101. Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation, Enhancement of 
Whistleblower Protections for Contractor Employees

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: Sec. 827 of the National Defense Authorization Act 
(NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013, (Pub. L. 112-239, enacted January 2, 
2013); 41 U.S.C. 1302(a)(2); 41 U.S.C. 1707
    Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proposing to 
amend its Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation (HSAR) parts 3003 
and 3052 to implement section 827 of the National Defense Authorization 
Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 (Pub. L. 112-239, enacted January 
2, 2013) for the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Section 827 of the 
NDAA for FY 2013 established enhancements to the Whistleblower 
Protections for Contractor Employees for all agencies subject to 
section 2409 of title 10, United States Code, which includes the USCG.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   04/00/20  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Nancy Harvey, Policy Analyst, Department of 
Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Room 3636-
15, 301 7th Street SW, Washington, DC 20528, Phone: 202 447-0956, 
Email: nancy.harvey@hq.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1601-AA72

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

Office of the Secretary (OS)

Final Rule Stage

102. Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation: Safeguarding of 
Controlled Unclassified Sensitive Information (HSAR Case 2015-001)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt.
    Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301 to 302; 41 U.S.C. 1302; 41 U.S.C. 
1303; 41 U.S.C. 1707
    Abstract: This Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation (HSAR) rule 
would implement security and privacy measures to ensure Controlled 
Unclassified Information (CUI), such as Personally Identifiable 
Information (PII), is adequately safeguarded by DHS contractors. 
Specifically, the rule would define key terms, outline security 
requirements and inspection provisions for contractor information 
technology (IT) systems that store, process or transmit CUI, institute 
incident notification and response procedures, and identify post-
incident credit monitoring requirements.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/19/17  82 FR 6429
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/20/17  .......................
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   03/20/17  82 FR 14341
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   04/19/17  .......................
Final Rule..........................   12/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Shaundra Duggans, Procurement Analyst, Department 
of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, 
Acquisition Policy and Legislation, 245 Murray Lane SW, Washington, DC 
20528, Phone: 202 447-0056, Email: shaundra.duggans@hq.dhs.gov.
    Nancy Harvey, Policy Analyst, Department of Homeland Security, 
Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Room 3636-15, 301 7th Street 
SW, Washington, DC 20528, Phone: 202 447-0956, Email: 
nancy.harvey@hq.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1601-AA76

103. Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation: Information Technology 
Security Awareness Training (HSAR Case 2015-002)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt.
    Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301 and 302; 41 U.S.C. 1707; 41 U.S.C. 
1302 and 1303
    Abstract: This Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation (HSAR) rule 
would standardize information technology security awareness training 
and DHS Rules of Behavior requirements for contractor and subcontractor 
employees who access DHS information systems and information resources 
or contractor-

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owned and/or operated information systems and information resources 
capable of collecting, processing, storing, or transmitting controlled 
unclassified information (CUI).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/19/17  82 FR 6446
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/20/17  .......................
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   03/20/17  82 FR 14341
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   04/19/17  .......................
Final Rule..........................   12/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Shaundra Duggans, Procurement Analyst, Department 
of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, 
Acquisition Policy and Legislation, 245 Murray Lane SW, Washington, DC 
20528, Phone: 202 447-0056, Email: shaundra.duggans@hq.dhs.gov.
    Nancy Harvey, Policy Analyst, Department of Homeland Security, 
Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Room 3636-15, 301 7th Street 
SW, Washington, DC 20528, Phone: 202 447-0956, Email: 
nancy.harvey@hq.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1601-AA78

104. Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation: Privacy Training (HSAR 
Case 2015-003)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt.
    Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301 and 302; 41 U.S.C. 1707; 41 U.S.C. 
1702; 41 U.S.C. 1303
    Abstract: This Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation (HSAR) rule 
would require contractors to complete training that addresses the 
protection of privacy, in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, and 
the handling and safeguarding of Personally Identifiable Information 
and Sensitive Personally Identifiable Information.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/19/17  82 FR 6425
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/20/17  .......................
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   03/20/17  82 FR 14341
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   04/19/17  .......................
Final Rule..........................   12/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Candace Lightfoot, Procurement Analyst, Department 
of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, 
Acquisition Policy and Legislation, Room 3636-15, 301 7th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20528, Phone: 202 447-0082, Email: 
candace.lightfoot@hq.dhs.gov.
    Nancy Harvey, Policy Analyst, Department of Homeland Security, 
Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Room 3636-15, 301 7th Street 
SW, Washington, DC 20528, Phone: 202 447-0956, Email: 
nancy.harvey@hq.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1601-AA79

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

Office of the Secretary (OS)

Completed Actions

105. Ammonium Nitrate Security Program

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 6 U.S.C. 488 et seq.
    Abstract: This rulemaking will implement the December 2007 
amendment to the Homeland Security Act entitled ``Secure Handling of 
Ammonium Nitrate.'' The amendment requires the Department of Homeland 
Security to ``regulate the sale and transfer of ammonium nitrate by an 
ammonium nitrate facility . . . to prevent the misappropriation or use 
of ammonium nitrate in an act of terrorism.'' DHS intends to publish a 
notice announcing the availability of a redacted version of a technical 
report developed by Sandia National Laboratories titled Ammonium 
Nitrate Security Program Technical Assessment.'' The report documents 
Sandia National Laboratories' technical research, testing, and findings 
related to the feasibility of weaponizing commercially available 
products containing ammonium nitrate. DHS intends to use this notice to 
solicit comments on the report and its application to the proposed 
Ammonium Nitrate Security Program rulemaking.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   10/29/08  73 FR 64280
Correction..........................   11/05/08  73 FR 65783
ANPRM Comment Period End............   12/29/08  .......................
NPRM................................   08/03/11  76 FR 46908
Notice of Public Meetings...........   10/07/11  76 FR 62311
Notice of Public Meetings...........   11/14/11  76 FR 70366
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/01/11  .......................
Withdrawn...........................   02/21/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jon MacLaren, Group Leader, Strategic Policy and 
Rulemaking, Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and 
Programs Directorate, Infrastructure Security Compliance Division 
(NPPD/ISCD), 245 Murray Lane SW, Mail Stop 0610, Arlington, VA 20528-
0610, Phone: 703 235-5263, Fax: 703 603-4935, Email: 
jon.m.maclaren@hq.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1601-AA52

106. Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 6 U.S.C. 621 to 629
    Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) previously 
invited public comment on an advance notice of proposed rulemaking 
(ANPRM) for potential revisions to the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism 
Standards (CFATS) regulations. The ANPRM provided an opportunity for 
the public to provide recommendations for possible program changes. DHS 
is reviewing the public comments received in response to the ANPRM, 
after which DHS intends to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   08/18/14  79 FR 48693
ANPRM Comment Period End............   10/17/14  .......................
Withdrawn...........................   02/21/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jon MacLaren, Group Leader, Strategic Policy and 
Rulemaking, Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and 
Programs Directorate, Infrastructure Security Compliance Division 
(NPPD/ISCD), 245 Murray Lane SW, Mail Stop 0610, Arlington, VA 20528-
0610, Phone: 703 235-5263, Fax: 703 603-4935, Email: 
jon.m.maclaren@hq.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1601-AA69


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Proposed Rule Stage

107. Requirements for Filing Motions and Administrative Appeals

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552 and 552a; 8 U.S.C. 1101; 8 U.S.C. 
1103; 8 U.S.C. 1304; 6 U.S.C. 112
    Abstract: This rule proposes to revise the requirements and 
procedures for the filing of motions and appeals before the Department 
of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services 
(USCIS), and its Administrative Appeals Office (AAO). The proposed 
changes are intended to streamline the existing processes for filing 
motions and appeals and will reduce delays in the review and appellate 
process. This rule also proposes additional changes necessitated by the 
establishment of DHS and its components. The proposed changes are 
intended to promote simplicity, accessibility, and efficiency in the 
administration of USCIS appeals and motions. The Department also 
solicits public comment on proposed changes to the AAO's appellate 
jurisdiction.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: William K. Renwick, Jr., Acting Deputy Chief, 
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Administrative Appeals Office, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, 
Washington, DC 20529-2090, Phone: 202 272-8377, Fax: 202 272-1480, 
Email: william.k.renwick@uscis.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1615-AB98

108. EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1153(b)(5); Pub. L. 102-395, secs. 610 
and 601(a); Pub. L. 107-273, sec. 11037; Pub. L. 101-649, sec. 121(a); 
Pub. L. 105-119, sec. 116; Pub. L. 106-396, sec. 402; Pub. L. 108-156, 
sec. 4; Pub. L. 112-176, sec. 1; Pub. L. 114-113, sec. 575; Pub. L. 
114-53, sec. 131; Pub. L. 107-273
    Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering 
making regulatory changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional 
Center Program. DHS issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 
(ANPRM) to seek comment from all interested stakeholders on several 
topics, including: (1) The process for initially designating entities 
as regional centers, (2) a potential requirement for regional centers 
to utilize an exemplar filing process, (3) continued participation 
requirements for maintaining regional center designation, and (4) the 
process for terminating regional center designation. While DHS has 
gathered some information related to these topics, the ANPRM sought 
additional information that can help the Department make operational 
and security updates to the Regional Center Program while minimizing 
the impact of such changes on regional center operations and EB-5 
investors.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   01/11/17  82 FR 3211
ANPRM Comment Period End............   04/11/17  .......................
NPRM................................   03/00/20  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Brian Hunt, Acting Chief, Business and Foreign 
Workers Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, Department of Homeland 
Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 20 Massachusetts 
Avenue NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20529-2200, Phone: 202 272-8377 
Fax: 202 272-1480, Email: brian.j.hunt@uscis.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1615-AC11

109. Removing H-4 Dependent Spouses From the Classes of Aliens Eligible 
for Employment Authorization

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 6 U.S.C. 112; 8 U.S.C. 1103(a); 8 U.S.C. 
1184(a)(1); 8 U.S.C. 1324a(H)(3)(B)
    Abstract: On February 25, 2015, DHS published a final rule 
extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 
dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-
based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. DHS is publishing this 
notice of proposed rulemaking to amend that 2015 final rule. DHS is 
proposing to remove from its regulations certain H-4 spouses of H-1B 
nonimmigrants as a class of aliens eligible for employment 
authorization.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Brian Hunt, Acting Chief, Business and Foreign 
Workers Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, Department of Homeland 
Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 20 Massachusetts 
Avenue NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20529-2200, Phone: 202 272-8377, 
Fax: 202 272-1480, Email: brian.j.hunt@uscis.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1615-AC15

110. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fee Schedule

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1356(m)
    Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. 
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) conducted a FY 2019/2020 
fee review for its Immigration Examinations Fee Account (IEFA), 
pursuant to the requirements of the Chief Financial Officers Act of 
1990 (CFO Act), 31 U.S.C. 901-03 and the Immigration and Nationality 
Act, section 286(m), 8 U.S.C. 1356(m). The CFO Act requires each 
agency's chief financial officer to ``review, on a biennial basis, the 
fees, royalties, rents, and other charges imposed by the agency for 
services and things of value it provides, and make recommendations on 
revising those charges to reflect costs incurred by it in providing 
those services and things of value.'' As a result of the FY 2019/2020 
IEFA fee review, DHS will propose to adjust USCIS' fee schedule via 
notice and comment rulemaking.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kika M. Scott, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, 
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Suite 4018, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20529, 
Phone: 202 272-8377, Fax: 202 272-1480, Email: 
kika.m.scott@uscis.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1615-AC18

111. Electronic Processing of Immigration Benefit Requests

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 6 U.S.C. 112; 8 U.S.C. 1103; 44 U.S.C. 3504
    Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will propose 
to: (1) Set requirements for online submission for immigration benefit 
requests and explain the requirements associated with electronic 
processing;

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and (2) make changes to existing regulations to allow end-to-end 
digital processing.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael Mayhew, Chief of Staff, Immigration Records 
and Identity Services Directorate, Department of Homeland Security, 
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, 
Washington, DC 20529, Phone: 202 272-8377, Fax: 202 272-1480, Email: 
michael.x.mayhew@uscis.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1615-AC20

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Final Rule Stage

112. Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1101 to 1103; 8 U.S.C. 1182 and 1183; . . 
.
    Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is reviewing 
public feedback received on the notice of proposed rulemaking published 
on October 10, 2018. After considering public input, DHS will finalize 
regulatory provisions guiding the inadmissibility determination on 
whether an alien is likely at any time to become a public charge under 
8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(4). DHS proposed to add a regulatory provision, which 
would define the term public charge and would outline DHS's public 
charge considerations.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/26/99  64 FR 28676
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/26/99  .......................
NPRM................................   10/10/18  83 FR 51114
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/10/18  .......................
Final Action........................   09/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mark Phillips, Chief, Residence and Naturalization 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Office of Policy and Strategy, 20 Massachusetts 
Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20529, Phone: 202 272-8377,  Fax: 202 272-
1480, Email: mark.phillips@uscis.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1615-AA22

113. EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Modernization

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1153(b)(5)
    Abstract: In January 2017, the Department of Homeland Security 
(DHS) proposed to amend its regulations governing the employment-based, 
fifth preference (EB-5) immigrant investor classification. In general, 
under the EB-5 program, individuals are eligible to apply for lawful 
permanent residence in the United States if they make the necessary 
investment in a commercial enterprise in the United States and create 
or, in certain circumstances, preserve 10 permanent full-time jobs for 
qualified U.S. workers. This rule sought public comment on a number of 
proposed changes to the EB-5 program regulations. Such proposed changes 
included: Raising the minimum investment amount; allowing certain EB-5 
petitioners to retain their original priority date; changing the 
designation process for targeted employment areas; and other 
miscellaneous changes to filing and interview processes.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/13/17  82 FR 4738
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/11/17  .......................
Final Rule..........................   05/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Edie Pearson, Chief of Policy, Immigrant Investor 
Program Office, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, 131 M Street NE, Washington, DC 20529-2200, 
Phone: 202 272-8377, Fax: 202 272-1480, Email: 
edie.c.pearson@uscis.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1615-AC07

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Completed Actions

114. Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking to File H-1B 
Petitions on Behalf of Cap Subject Aliens

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1184(g)
    Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security proposes to amend its 
regulations governing petitions filed on behalf of H-1B beneficiaries 
who may be counted under section 214(g)(1)(A) of the Immigration and 
Nationality Act (INA) (``H-1B regular cap'') or under section 
214(g)(5)(C) of the INA (``H-1B master's cap''). This rule proposes to 
establish an electronic registration program for petitions subject to 
numerical limitations for the H-1B nonimmigrant classification. This 
action is being considered because the demand for H-1B specialty 
occupation workers by U.S. employers has often exceeded the numerical 
limitation. This rule is intended to allow U.S. Citizenship and 
Immigration Services (USCIS) to more efficiently manage the intake and 
selection process for these H-1B petitions. The Department published a 
proposed rule on this topic in 2011. The Department intends to publish 
an additional proposed rule in 2018. The proposal may include a 
modified selection process, as outlined in section 5(b) of Executive 
Order 13788, Buy American and Hire American.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/03/11  76 FR 11686
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/02/11  .......................
NPRM................................   12/03/18  83 FR 62406
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/02/19  .......................
Final Rule..........................   01/31/19  84 FR 888
Final Rule Effective................   04/01/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Brian Hunt, Acting Chief, Business and Foreign 
Workers Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, Department of Homeland 
Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 20 Massachusetts 
Avenue NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20529-2200, Phone: 202 272-8377, 
Fax: 202 272-1480, Email: brian.j.hunt@uscis.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1615-AB71

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

Proposed Rule Stage

115. Financial Responsibility--Vessels; Superseded Pollution Funds 
(USCG-2017-0788)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 2704; 33 U.S.C. 2716 and 2716a; 42 
U.S.C. 9607

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to 9609; 6 U.S.C. 552; E.O. 12580; sec. 7(b), 3 CFR, 1987; Comp., p. 
193; E.O. 12777, secs. 4 and 5, 3 CFR, 1991 Comp., p. 351, as amended 
by E.O. 13286, sec. 89, 3; 3 CFR, 2004 Comp., p. 166, and by E.O. 
13638, sec. 1, 3 CFR, 2014 Comp., p. 227; Department of Homeland 
Security Delegation Nos. 0170.1 and 5110, Revision 01
    Abstract: The Coast Guard proposes to amend its rule on vessel 
financial responsibility to include tank vessels greater than 100 gross 
tons, to clarify and strengthen the rule's reporting requirements, to 
conform its rule to current practice, and to remove two superseded 
regulations. This rulemaking will ensure the Coast Guard has current 
information when there are significant changes in a vessel's operation, 
ownership, or evidence of financial responsibility, and reflect current 
best practices in the Coast Guard's management of the Certificate of 
Financial Responsibility Program. This rulemaking will also promote the 
Coast Guard's missions of maritime stewardship, maritime security, and 
maritime safety.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Benjamin White, Project Manager, National Pollution 
Funds Center, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2703 
Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, STOP 7605, Washington, DC 20593-7605, 
Phone: 202 795-6066, Email: benjamin.h.white@uscg.mil.
    RIN: 1625-AC39

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

Long-Term Actions

116. Commercial Fishing Vessels--Implementation of 2010 and 2012 
Legislation

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111-281
    Abstract: The Coast Guard proposes to implement those requirements 
of 2010 and 2012 legislation that pertain to uninspected commercial 
fishing industry vessels and that took effect upon enactment of the 
legislation but that, to be implemented, require amendments to Coast 
Guard regulations affecting those vessels. The applicability of the 
regulations is being changed, and new requirements are being added to 
safety training, equipment, vessel examinations, vessel safety 
standards, the documentation of maintenance, and the termination of 
unsafe operations. This rulemaking promotes the Coast Guard's maritime 
safety mission.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/21/16  81 FR 40437
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   08/15/16  81 FR 53986
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/19/16  .......................
Second NPRM Comment Period End......   12/18/16  .......................
                                     -----------------------------------
Final Rule..........................           To Be Determined
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Joseph Myers, Project Manager, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue 
SE, STOP 7501, Washington, DC 20593-7501, Phone: 202 372-1249, Email: 
joseph.d.myers@uscg.mil.
    RIN: 1625-AB85

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

Completed Actions

117. Seafarers' Access to Maritime Facilities

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1226; 33 U.S.C. 1231; Pub. L. 111-281, 
sec. 811
    Abstract: This regulatory action will implement section 811 of the 
Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-281), which requires 
the owner/operator of a facility regulated by the Coast Guard under the 
Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-295) (MTSA) 
to provide a system that enables seafarers and certain other 
individuals to transit between vessels moored at the facility and the 
facility gate in a timely manner at no cost to the seafarer or other 
individual. Ensuring that such access through a facility is consistent 
with the security requirements in MTSA is part of the Coast Guard's 
Ports, Waterways, and Coastal Security (PWCS) mission.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/29/14  79 FR 77981
NPRM Comment Period Reopened........   05/27/15  80 FR 30189
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/01/15  .......................
Final Rule..........................   04/01/19  84 FR 12102
Final Action Effective..............   05/01/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: LCDR Yamaris Barril, Project Manager, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue 
SE, Commandant (CG-FAC-2) STOP 7501, Washington, DC 20593, Phone: 202 
372-1151, Email: yamaris.d.barril@uscg.mil.
    RIN: 1625-AC15

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP)

Long-Term Actions

118. Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements 
(Section 610 Review)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 109-347, sec. 203; 5 U.S.C. 301; 19 U.S.C. 
66; 19 U.S.C. 1431; 19 U.S.C. 1433 and 1434; 19 U.S.C. 1624; 19 U.S.C. 
2071 (note); 46 U.S.C. 60105
    Abstract: This final rule implements the provisions of section 203 
of the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006. On 
November 25, 2008, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published an 
interim final rule (CBP Dec. 08-46) in the Federal Register (73 FR 
71730), that finalized most of the provisions proposed in the Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking. It requires carrier and importers to provide to 
CBP, via a CBP approved electronic data interchange system, certain 
advance information pertaining to cargo brought into the United States 
by vessel to enable CBP to identify high-risk shipments to prevent 
smuggling and ensure cargo safety and security. The interim final rule 
did not finalize six data elements that were identified as areas of 
potential concern for industry during the rulemaking process and, for 
which, CBP provided some type of flexibility for compliance with those 
data elements. CBP solicited public comment on these six data elements 
and also invited comments on the revised Regulatory Assessment and 
Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis. (See 73 FR 71782-85 for 
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CFR 71733-34 for general discussion.) The remaining requirements of the 
rule were adopted as final.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/02/08  73 FR 90
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/03/08  .......................
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   02/01/08  73 FR 6061
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/18/08  .......................
Interim Final Rule..................   11/25/08  73 FR 71730
Interim Final Rule Effective........   01/26/09  .......................
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      06/01/09  .......................
 End.
Correction..........................   07/14/09  74 FR 33920
Correction..........................   12/24/09  74 FR 68376
                                     -----------------------------------
Final Action........................           To Be Determined
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Craig Clark, Branch Chief, Advance Data Programs 
and Cargo Initiatives, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs 
and Border Protection, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 
20229, Phone: 202 344-3052, Email: craig.clark@cbp.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1651-AA70

119. Implementation of the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program (Section 610 
Review)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt.
    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 110-229, sec. 702
    Abstract: The interim final rule amends Department of Homeland 
Security (DHS) regulations to implement section 702 of the Consolidated 
Natural Resources Act of 2008 (CNRA). This law extends the immigration 
laws of the United States to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana 
Islands (CNMI) and provides for a joint visa waiver program for travel 
to Guam and the CNMI. This rule implements section 702 of the CNRA by 
amending the regulations to replace the current Guam Visa Waiver 
Program with a new Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program. The amended 
regulations set forth the requirements for nonimmigrant visitors who 
seek admission for business or pleasure and solely for entry into and 
stay on Guam or the CNMI without a visa. This rule also establishes six 
ports of entry in the CNMI for purposes of administering and enforcing 
the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program. Section 702 of the Consolidated 
Natural Resources Act of 2008 (CNRA), subject to a transition period, 
extends the immigration laws of the United States to the Commonwealth 
of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and provides for a visa waiver 
program for travel to Guam and/or the CNMI. On January 16, 2009, the 
Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection 
(CBP), issued an interim final rule in the Federal Register replacing 
the then-existing Guam Visa Waiver Program with the Guam-CNMI Visa 
Waiver Program and setting forth the requirements for nonimmigrant 
visitors seeking admission into Guam and/or the CNMI under the Guam-
CNMI Visa Waiver Program. As of November 28, 2009, the Guam-CNMI Visa 
Waiver Program is operational. This program allows nonimmigrant 
visitors from eligible countries to seek admission for business or 
pleasure for entry into Guam and/or the CNMI without a visa for a 
period of authorized stay not to exceed 45 days. This rulemaking would 
finalize the January 2009 interim final rule.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Interim Final Rule..................   01/16/09  74 FR 2824
Interim Final Rule Effective........   01/16/09  .......................
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      03/17/09  .......................
 End.
Technical Amendment; Change of         05/28/09  74 FR 25387
 Implementation Date.
Final Action........................   12/00/20  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Cheryl C. Peters, Program Manager, Office of Field 
Operations, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 3.3C-12, Washington, DC 20229, 
Phone: 202 344-1707, Email: cheryl.c.peters@cbp.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1651-AA77

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Final Rule Stage

120. Security Training for Surface Transportation Employees

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 114; Pub. L. 110-53, secs. 1405, 1408, 
1501, 1512, 1517, 1531, and 1534
    Abstract: The 9/11 Act requires security training for employees of 
higher-risk freight railroad carriers, public transportation agencies 
(including rail mass transit and bus systems), passenger railroad 
carriers, and over-the-road bus (OTRB) companies. This final rule 
implements the regulatory mandate. Owner/operators of these higher-risk 
railroads, systems, and companies will be required to train employees 
performing security-sensitive functions, using a curriculum addressing 
preparedness and how to observe, assess, and respond to terrorist-
related threats and/or incidents. As part of this rulemaking, the 
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is expanding its current 
requirements for rail security coordinators and reporting of 
significant security concerns (currently limited to freight railroads, 
passenger railroads, and the rail operations of public transportation 
systems) to include the bus components of higher-risk public 
transportation systems and higher-risk OTRB companies. TSA is also 
adding a definition for Transportation Security-Sensitive Materials 
(TSSM). Other provisions are being amended or added, as necessary, to 
implement these additional requirements.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice; Request for Comment.........   06/14/13  78 FR 35945
Notice; Comment Period End..........   07/15/13  .......................
NPRM................................   12/16/16  81 FR 91336
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/16/17  .......................
Final Rule..........................   07/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Chandru (Jack) Kalro, Deputy Director, Surface 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, Policy, Plans, and Engagement, 601 South 12th Street, 
Arlington, VA 20598-6028, Phone: 571 227-1145, Email: 
surfacefrontoffice@tsa.dhs.gov.
    Alex Moscoso, Chief Economist, Economic Analysis Branch-Cross Modal 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, Policy, Plans, and Engagement, 601 South 12th Street, 
Arlington, VA 20598-6028, Phone: 571 227-5839, Email: 
alex.moscoso@tsa.dhs.gov.
    Traci Klemm, Assistant Chief Counsel, Regulations and Security 
Standards, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, Chief Counsel's Office, 601 South 12th Street, 
Arlington, VA

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20598-6002, Phone: 571 227-3596, Email: traci.klemm@tsa.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1652-AA55

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE)

Proposed Rule Stage

121. VISA Security Program Fee

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1356
    Abstract: ICE seeks to enable the expansion of the Visa Security 
Program (VSP) by proposing to move it to a user-fee funded model (as 
opposed to relying on appropriations). The VSP leverages resources in 
the National Capital Region (NCR) and at U.S. diplomatic posts overseas 
to vet and screen visa applicants; identifies and prevents the travel 
of those who constitute potential national security and/or public 
safety threats; and launches investigations into criminal and/or 
terrorist affiliated networks operating in the U.S. and abroad. The 
fees collected as a result of this rule would fund an expansion of the 
VSP, enabling ICE to extend visa security screening and vetting 
operations and investigative efforts to more visa-issuing posts 
overseas, and in turn, enhance the U.S. government's ability to prevent 
travel to the United States by those who pose a threat to the national 
security interests of the U.S.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/00/20  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Austin Moore, Unit Chief, Department of Homeland 
Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 500 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20536, Phone: 202 732-5117, Email: 
austin.l.moore@ice.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1653-AA77

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE)

Final Rule Stage

122. Procedures and Standards for Declining Surety Immigration Bonds 
and Administrative Appeal Requirement for Breaches

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1103
    Abstract: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) proposes 
to set forth standards and procedures ICE will follow before making a 
determination to stop accepting immigration bonds posted by a surety 
company that has been certified to issue bonds by the Department of the 
Treasury when the company does not cure deficient performance. Treasury 
administers the Federal corporate surety program and, in its current 
regulations, allows agencies to prescribe ``for cause'' standards and 
procedures for declining to accept new bonds from Treasury-certified 
sureties. ICE would also require surety companies seeking to overturn a 
breach determination to file an administrative appeal raising all legal 
and factual defenses.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/05/18  83 FR 25951
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/06/18  .......................
Final Action........................   09/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mark Lawyer, Chief, Regulations, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 500 12th 
Street SW, Mail Stop 5006, Washington, DC 20536, Phone: 202 732-5683, 
Email: mark.lawyer@ice.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1653-AA67

123. Adjusting Program Fees for the Student and Exchange Visitor 
Program

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1372; 8 U.S.C. 1762; 8 U.S.C. 1101; 8 
U.S.C. 1356; 31 U.S.C. 901 to 903; 31 U.S.C. 902; . . .
    Abstract: ICE will publish a final rule to adjust fees that the 
Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) charges individuals and 
organizations. In 2017, SEVP conducted a comprehensive fee study and 
determined that current fees do not recover the full costs of the 
services provided. ICE has determined that adjusting fees is necessary 
to fully recover the increased costs of SEVP operations, program 
requirements, and to provide the necessary funding to sustain 
initiatives critical to supporting national security. The final rule 
will adjust fees for individuals and organizations. The SEVP fee 
schedule was last adjusted in a rule published on September 26, 2008.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/17/18  83 FR 33762
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/17/18  .......................
Final Rule..........................   05/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Sharon Snyder, Unit Chief, Policy and Response 
Unit, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement, Potomac Center North STOP 5600, 500 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20536-5600, Phone: 703 603-5600,
    RIN: 1653-AA74

124. Apprehension, Processing, Care and Custody of Alien Minors and 
Unaccompanied Alien Children

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1103; 8 U.S.C. 1182; 8 U.S.C. 1225 to 
1227; 8 U.S.C. 1362
    Abstract: In 1985, a class-action suit challenged the policies of 
the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) relating to the 
detention, processing, and release of alien children; the case 
eventually reached the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court upheld the 
constitutionality of the challenged INS regulations on their face and 
remanded the case for further proceedings consistent with its opinion. 
In January 1997, the parties reached a comprehensive settlement 
agreement, referred to as the Flores Settlement Agreement (FSA). The 
FSA was to terminate five years after the date of final court approval; 
however, the termination provisions were modified in 2001, such that 
the FSA does not terminate until 45 days after publication of 
regulations implementing the agreement.
    Since 1997, intervening statutory changes, including passage of the 
Homeland Security Act (HSA) and the William Wilberforce Trafficking 
Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 (TVPRA), have 
significantly changed the applicability of certain provisions of the 
FSA. The rule would codify the relevant and substantive terms of the 
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termination of the FSA and litigation concerning its enforcement. 
Through this rule, DHS, HHS, and DOJ will create a pathway to ensure 
the humane detention of family units while satisfying the goals of the 
FSA. The rule will also implement related provisions of the TVPRA.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/07/18  83 FR 45486
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/06/18  .......................
Final Action........................   09/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mark Lawyer, Chief, Regulations, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 500 12th 
Street SW, Mail Stop 5006, Washington, DC 20536, Phone: 202 732-5683, 
Email: mark.lawyer@ice.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1653-AA75

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Proposed Rule Stage

125.  Ammonium Nitrate Security Program

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 6 U.S.C. 488 et seq.
    Abstract: This rulemaking will implement the December 2007 
amendment to the Homeland Security Act entitled ``Secure Handling of 
Ammonium Nitrate.'' The amendment requires the Department of Homeland 
Security to ``regulate the sale and transfer of ammonium nitrate by an 
ammonium nitrate facility . . . to prevent the misappropriation or use 
of ammonium nitrate in an act of terrorism.'' DHS intends to publish a 
notice announcing the availability of a redacted version of a technical 
report developed by Sandia National Laboratories titled Ammonium 
Nitrate Security Program Technical Assessment. The report documents 
Sandia National Laboratories' technical research, testing, and findings 
related to the feasibility of weaponizing commercially available 
products containing ammonium nitrate. DHS intends to use this notice to 
solicit comments on the report and its application to the proposed 
Ammonium Nitrate Security Program rulemaking.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   10/29/08  73 FR 64280
ANPRM Correction....................   11/05/08  73 FR 65783
ANPRM Comment Period End............   12/29/08  .......................
NPRM................................   08/03/11  76 FR 46908
Notice of Public Meetings...........   10/07/11  76 FR 62311
Notice of Public Meetings...........   11/14/11  76 FR 70366
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/01/11  .......................
Notice of Availability..............   05/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jon MacLaren, Group Leader, Strategic Policy and 
Rulemaking, Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and 
Infrastructure Security Agency, Infrastructure Security Compliance 
Division, 245 Murray Lane SW, Mail Stop 0610, Arlington, VA 20528-0610, 
Phone: 703 235-5263, Fax: 703 603-4935, Email: 
jon.m.maclaren@hq.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1670-AA00

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Long-Term Actions

126.  Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 6 U.S.C. 621 to 629
    Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) previously 
invited public comment on an advance notice of proposed rulemaking 
(ANPRM) for potential revisions to the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism 
Standards (CFATS) regulations. The ANPRM provided an opportunity for 
the public to provide recommendations for possible program changes. DHS 
is reviewing the public comments received in response to the ANPRM, 
after which DHS intends to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   08/18/14  79 FR 48693
ANPRM Comment Period End............   10/17/14
                                     -----------------------------------
NPRM................................  To Be Determined
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jon MacLaren, Group Leader, Strategic Policy and 
Rulemaking, Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity and 
Infrastructure Security Agency, Infrastructure Security Compliance 
Division, 245 Murray Lane SW, Mail Stop 0610, Arlington, VA 20528-0610, 
Phone: 703 235-5263, Fax: 703 603-4935, Email: 
jon.m.maclaren@hq.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1670-AA01

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30 CFR Chs. II and VII

36 CFR Ch. I

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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Interior.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: This notice provides the semiannual agenda of Department of 
the Interior (Department) rules scheduled for review or development 
between Spring 2019 and Spring 2020. The Regulatory Flexibility Act and 
Executive Order 12866 require publication of the agenda.

ADDRESSES: Unless otherwise indicated, all agency contacts are located 
at the Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Washington, DC 
20240.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please direct all comments and 
inquiries about these rules to the appropriate agency contact. Please 
direct general comments relating to the agenda to the Office of the 
Executive Secretariat and Regulatory Affairs, Department of the 
Interior, at the address above or at (202) 208-5257.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: With this publication, the Department 
satisfies the requirement of Executive Order 12866 that the Department 
publish an agenda of rules that we have issued or expect to issue and 
of currently effective rules that we have scheduled for review.
    Simultaneously, the Department meets the requirement of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) to publish an agenda 
in April and October of each year identifying rules that will have 
significant economic effects on a substantial number of small entities. 
We have specifically identified in the agenda rules that will have such 
effects. The complete Unified Agenda will be published at 
www.reginfo.gov, in a format that offers users enhanced ability to 
obtain information from the Agenda database. Agenda information is also 
available at www.regulations.gov, the government-wide website for 
submission of comments on proposed regulations.
    In some cases, the Department has withdrawn rules that were placed 
on previous agendas for which there has been no publication activity or 
for which a proposed or interim rule was published. There is no legal 
significance to the omission of an item from this agenda. Withdrawal of 
a rule does not necessarily mean that the Department will not proceed 
with the rulemaking. Withdrawal allows the Department to assess the 
action further and determine whether rulemaking is appropriate. 
Following such an assessment, the Department may determine that certain 
rules listed as withdrawn under this agenda are appropriate for 
promulgation. If that determination is made, such rules will comply 
with Executive Order 13771.

Bivan R. Patnaik,
Deputy Director, Regulatory Affairs.

    Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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127.......................  Revisions to the Blowout           1014-AA39
                             Preventer Systems and
                             Well Control Rule.
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   Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management--Proposed Rule
                                  Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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128.......................  Revisions to the                   1082-AA01
                             Requirements for
                             Exploratory Drilling on
                             the Arctic Outer
                             Continental Shelf.
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      United States Fish and Wildlife Service--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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129.......................  Migratory Bird Hunting;            1018-BD10
                             2019-2020 Migratory Game
                             Bird Hunting Regulations.
130.......................  Migratory Bird Hunting;            1018-BD89
                             2020-2021 Migratory Game
                             Bird Hunting Regulations.
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         Bureau of Ocean Energy Management--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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131.......................  Risk Management, Financial         1010-AE00
                             Assurance and Loss
                             Prevention.
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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)

Final Rule Stage

127. Revisions to the Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control Rule

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 43 U.S.C. 1331 to 1356a
    Abstract: This rulemaking would revise the Bureau of Safety and 
Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) regulations published in the 2016 
final rule entitled ``Blowout Preventer Systems and Well Control,'' 81 
FR 25888 (April 29, 2016), for drilling, workover, completion and 
decommissioning operations. In accordance with section 4 of Secretary's 
Order 3350 (America-First Offshore Energy Strategy), Executive Order 
(E.O.) 13783 (Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth), and 
section 7 of E.O. 13795 (Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy 
Strategy), BSEE reviewed the 2016 final rule, considered stakeholder 
input on that rule, and has proposed revisions to reduce unnecessary 
burdens while ensuring that operations are conducted safely and in an 
environmentally responsible manner.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/11/18  83 FR 22128
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   07/05/18  83 FR 31343
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/10/18  .......................
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   08/06/18  .......................
Final Action........................   05/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Lakeisha Harrison, Chief, Regulations and Standards 
Branch, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Safety and Environmental 
Enforcement, 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, VA 20166, Phone: 703 787-
1552, Fax: 703 787-1555, Email: lakeisha.harrison@bsee.gov.
    RIN: 1014-AA39

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management (ASLM)

Proposed Rule Stage

128. Revisions to the Requirements for Exploratory Drilling on the 
Arctic Outer Continental Shelf

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 43 U.S.C. 1331 to 1356a; 33 U.S.C. 2701
    Abstract: This proposed rule would revise specific provisions of 
the regulations published in the final Arctic Exploratory Drilling 
Rule, 81 FR 46478 (July 15, 2016), which established a regulatory 
framework for exploratory drilling and related operations within the 
Beaufort Sea and Chukchi Sea Planning Areas on the Outer Continental 
Shelf of Alaska. The rulemaking for this RIN replaces the Bureau of 
Safety and Environmental Enforcement's RIN 1014-AA40.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Bryce Barlan, Regulatory Analyst, Department of the 
Interior, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, 45600 
Woodland Road, Sterling, VA 20166, Phone: 703 787-1126, Email: 
bryce.barlan@bsee.gov.
    RIN: 1082-AA01

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)

Proposed Rule Stage

129. Migratory Bird Hunting; 2019-2020 Migratory Game Bird Hunting 
Regulations

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 703 to 712; 16 U.S.C. 742a-j
    Abstract: We propose to establish annual hunting regulations for 
certain migratory game birds for the 2019-2020 hunting season. We 
annually prescribe outside limits (frameworks), within which States may 
select hunting seasons. This proposed rule provides the regulatory 
schedule, describes the proposed regulatory alternatives for the 2019-
2020 duck hunting seasons, and requests proposals from Indian tribes 
that wish to establish special migratory game bird hunting regulations 
on Federal Indian reservations and ceded lands. Migratory game bird 
hunting seasons provide opportunities for recreation and sustenance; 
aid Federal, State, and Tribal governments in the management of 
migratory game birds; and permit harvests at levels compatible with 
migratory game bird population status and habitat conditions.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/14/18  83 FR 27836
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/18/18  .......................
NPRM Supplemental...................   09/21/18  83 FR 47868
NPRM Supplemental Comment Period End   01/15/19  .......................
NPRM; Proposed Frameworks...........   04/17/19  84 FR 16152
NPRM Comment Period End--Proposed      05/17/19  .......................
 Frameworks.
NPRM; Proposed Tribal Regulations...   05/00/19  .......................
Final Action; Final Frameworks......   06/00/19  .......................
Final Rule; Final Tribal Regulations   07/00/19  .......................
Final Rule; Final Season Selections.   07/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Ronald Kokel, Wildlife Biologist, Division of 
Migratory Bird Management, Department of the Interior, United States 
Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: MB, Falls Church, VA 
22041-3808, Phone: 703 358-1714, Fax: 703 358-2217, Email: 
ronald_kokel@fws.gov.
    RIN: 1018-BD10

130.  Migratory Bird Hunting; 2020-2021 Migratory Game Bird 
Hunting Regulations

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt.
    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 703 to 712; 16 U.S.C. 742a-j
    Abstract: We propose to establish annual hunting regulations for 
certain migratory game birds for the 2020-2021 hunting season. We 
annually prescribe outside limits (frameworks), within which States may 
select hunting seasons. This proposed rule provides the regulatory 
schedule, describes the proposed regulatory alternatives for the 2020-
2021 duck hunting seasons, and requests proposals from Indian tribes 
that wish to establish special migratory game bird hunting regulations 
on

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Federal Indian reservations and ceded lands. Migratory game bird 
hunting seasons provide opportunities for recreation and sustenance; 
aid Federal, State, and Tribal governments in the management of 
migratory game birds; and permit harvests at levels compatible with 
migratory game bird population status and habitat conditions.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   05/00/19  .......................
NPRM--Supplemental..................   08/00/19  .......................
NPRM--Proposed Frameworks...........   12/00/19  .......................
NPRM--Proposed Tribal Regs..........   01/00/20  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Ronald Kokel, Wildlife Biologist, Division of 
Migratory Bird Management, Department of the Interior, United States 
Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: MB, Falls Church, VA 
22041-3808, Phone: 703 358-1714, Fax: 703 358-2217, Email: 
ronald_kokel@fws.gov.
    RIN: 1018-BD89

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR (DOI)

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)

Proposed Rule Stage

131. Risk Management, Financial Assurance and Loss Prevention

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq.
    Abstract: As directed by Executive Order 13795, BOEM has 
reconsidered its financial assurance policies reflected in Notice to 
Lessees No. 2016-N01 (September 12, 2016). This rule will modify the 
policies established in the 2016 Notice to Lessees to ensure operator 
compliance with lease terms while minimizing unnecessary regulatory 
burdens, and codify the modifications.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/00/19  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Deanna Meyer-Pietruszka, Chief, OPRA, Department of 
the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 1849 C Street NW, 
Washington, DC 20240, Phone: 202 208-6352, Email: deanna.meyer-
pietruszka@boem.gov.
    RIN: 1010-AE00

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8 CFR Ch. V

21 CFR Ch. I

27 CFR Ch. II

28 CFR Ch. I, V

48 CFR Ch. XXVIII


Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: Department of Justice.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Justice is publishing its spring 2019 
regulatory agenda pursuant to Executive Order 12866, ``Regulatory 
Planning and Review,'' 58 FR 51735, and the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 
5 U.S.C. 601 to 612 (1988).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Hinchman, Senior Counsel, 
Office of Legal Policy, Department of Justice, Room 4252, 950 
Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20530, (202) 514-8059.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Beginning with the fall 2007 edition, the 
internet has been the basic means for disseminating the Unified Agenda. 
The complete Unified Agenda will be available online at www.reginfo.gov 
in a format that offers users a greatly enhanced ability to obtain 
information from the Agenda database.
    Because publication in the Federal Register is mandated for the 
regulatory flexibility agendas required by the Regulatory Flexibility 
Act (5 U.S.C. 602), the Department of Justice's printed agenda entries 
include only:
    (1) Rules that are in the Agency's regulatory flexibility agenda, 
in accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, because they are 
likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities; and
    (2) any rules that the Agency has identified for periodic review 
under section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    Printing of these entries is limited to fields that contain 
information required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act's Agenda 
requirements. Additional information on these entries is available in 
the Unified Agenda published on the internet.

    Dated: March 6, 2019.
Beth A. Williams,
Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy.

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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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132.......................  Bump-Stock-Type Devices...         1140-AA52
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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (DOJ)

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)

Completed Actions

132. Bump-Stock-Type Devices

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 18 U.S.C. 921 et seq.; 26 U.S.C. 5841 et seq.
    Abstract: The Department of Justice is issuing a rulemaking that 
would interpret the statutory definition of machinegun in the National 
Firearms Act of 1934 and Gun Control Act of 1968 to clarify whether 
certain devices, commonly known as bump-fire stocks, fall within that 
definition.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Action........................   12/26/18  83 FR 66514
Final Action Effective..............   03/26/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Vivian Chu, Phone: 202 648-7070, Email: 
vivian.chu@atf.gov.
    RIN: 1140-AA52

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20 CFR Chs. I, IV, V, VI, VII, and IX

29 CFR Subtitle A and Chs. II, IV, V, XVII, and XXV

30 CFR Ch. I

41 CFR Ch. 60

48 CFR Ch. 29


Semiannual Agenda of Regulations

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Labor.

ACTION: Semiannual Regulatory Agenda.

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SUMMARY: The internet has become the means for disseminating the 
entirety of the Department of Labor's semiannual regulatory agenda. 
However, the Regulatory Flexibility Act requires publication of a 
regulatory flexibility agenda in the Federal Register. This Federal 
Register Notice contains the regulatory flexibility agenda.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura M. Dawkins, Director, Office of 
Regulatory and Programmatic Policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary 
for Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 
S-2312, Washington, DC 20210; (202) 693-5959.

    Note:  Information pertaining to a specific regulation can be 
obtained from the agency contact listed for that particular 
regulation.


SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Executive Order 12866 requires the 
semiannual publication of an agenda of regulations that contains a 
listing of all the regulations the Department of Labor expects to have 
under active consideration for promulgation, proposal, or review during 
the coming one-year period. The entirety of the Department's semiannual 
agenda is available online at www.reginfo.gov.
    The Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602) requires DOL to 
publish in the Federal Register a regulatory flexibility agenda. The 
Department's Regulatory Flexibility Agenda, published with this notice, 
includes only those rules on its semiannual agenda that are likely to 
have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities; and those rules identified for periodic review in keeping 
with the requirements of section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. 
Thus, the regulatory flexibility agenda is a subset of the Department's 
semiannual regulatory agenda. The Department's Regulatory Flexibility 
Agenda does not include section 610 items at this time.
    All interested members of the public are invited and encouraged to 
let departmental officials know how our regulatory efforts can be 
improved, and are invited to participate in and comment on the review 
or development of the regulations listed on the Department's agenda.

R. Alexander Acosta,
Secretary of Labor.

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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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133.......................  Defining and Delimiting            1235-AA20
                             the Exemptions for
                             Executive,
                             Administrative,
                             Professional, Outside
                             Sales and Computer
                             Employees.
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       Employment and Training Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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134.......................  Temporary Employment of H-         1205-AB93
                             2B Foreign Workers in
                             Certain Itinerant
                             Occupations in the United
                             States.
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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135.......................  Definition of an                   1210-AB88
                             ``Employer'' Under
                             Section 3(5) of ERISA--
                             Association Retirement
                             Plans and Other Multiple
                             Employer Plans.
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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136.......................  Revision of the Form 5500          1210-AB63
                             Series and Implementing
                             Related Regulations Under
                             the Employee Retirement
                             Income Security Act of
                             1974 (ERISA).
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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137.......................  Communication Tower Safety         1218-AC90
138.......................  Emergency Response........         1218-AC91
139.......................  Tree Care Standard........         1218-AD04
140.......................  Prevention of Workplace            1218-AD08
                             Violence in Health Care
                             and Social Assistance.
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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141.......................  Infectious Diseases.......         1218-AC46
142.......................  Process Safety Management          1218-AC82
                             and Prevention of Major
                             Chemical Accidents.
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)

Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

Proposed Rule Stage

133. Defining and Delimiting the Exemptions for Executive, 
Administrative, Professional, Outside Sales and Computer Employees

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 29 U.S.C. 201 et seq.; 29 U.S.C. 213(a)(1)
    Abstract: The Department has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 
(NPRM) to determine the appropriate salary level for exemption of 
executive, administrative and professional employees. In developing the 
final rule, the Department will be informed by the comments received in 
response to its NPRM.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Request for Information (RFI).......   07/26/17  82 FR 34616
RFI Comment Period End..............   09/25/17  .......................
NPRM................................   03/22/19  84 FR 10840
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/21/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mary Ziegler, Assistant Administrator, Office of 
Policy, Wage and Hour (WHD), Department of Labor, Wage and Hour 
Division, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room S-3502, FP Building, 
Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-0406, Fax: 202 693-1387.
    RIN: 1235-AA20

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)

Employment and Training Administration (ETA)

Proposed Rule Stage

134. Temporary Employment of H-2B Foreign Workers in Certain Itinerant 
Occupations in the United States

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1184; 8 U.S.C. 1103
    Abstract: The United States Department of Labor's (DOL), Employment 
and Training Administration and Wage and Hour Division, and the United 
States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, are jointly amending regulations regarding the H-
2B non-immigrant visa program at 20 CFR part 655, subpart A. The Notice 
of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) will establish standards and procedures 
for employers seeking to hire foreign temporary nonagricultural workers 
for certain itinerant job opportunities, including entertainers and 
carnivals and utility vegetation management.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   04/00/20  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Thomas M. Dowd, Deputy Assistant Secretary, 
Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, 200 
Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 
513-7350.
    RIN: 1205-AB93

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)

Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)

Final Rule Stage

135. Definition of an ``Employer'' Under Section 3(5) of ERISA--
Association Retirement Plans and Other Multiple Employer Plans

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 29 U.S.C. 1002(2), 1002(5) and 1135
    Abstract: This regulatory action would establish criteria under 
section 3(5) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) for 
purposes of being an ``employer'' able to establish and maintain an 
employee pension benefit plan (as defined in section 3(2) of ERISA) 
that is a multiple employer retirement savings plan (other than a 
multiemployer plan defined in section 3(37) of ERISA).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/23/18  83 FR 53534
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/24/18  .......................
Final Rule..........................   06/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jeffrey J. Turner, Deputy Director, Office of 
Regulations and Interpretations, Department of Labor, Employee Benefits 
Security Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Room 
N-5655, Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-8500.
    RIN: 1210-AB88.

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)

Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)

Long-Term Actions

136. Revision of the Form 5500 Series and Implementing Related 
Regulations Under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 
(ERISA)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 29 U.S.C. 1021 to 1025; 29 U.S.C. 1027; 29 U.S.C. 
1029 and 1030; 29 U.S.C. 1134 and 1135; 29 U.S.C. 1059; 29 U.S.C. 1204
    Abstract: This regulatory action is part of a long-term strategic 
project with the Internal Revenue Service and the Pension Benefit 
Guaranty Corporation to modernize and improve the Form 5500 Annual 
Return/Report of Employee Benefit Plan. Modernizing the financial and 
other annual reporting requirements on the Form 5500 and making the 
investment and other information on the Form 5500 more data mineable 
are part of that evaluation. The project is also focused on enhancing 
the agencies' ability to collect employee benefit plan data that best 
meets the needs of changing compliance projects, programs, and 
activities.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/21/16  81 FR 47496
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/04/16  .......................

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Notice of Proposed Forms Revision...   07/21/16  81 FR 47534
Notice of Proposed Forms Revision      10/04/16  .......................
 Comment Period End.
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   09/23/16  81 FR 65594
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   12/05/16  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............             .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mara S. Blumenthal, Employee Benefits Law 
Specialist, Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security 
Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Room N-5655, 
Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-8500.
    RIN: 1210-AB63

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Prerule Stage

137. Communication Tower Safety

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 29 U.S.C. 655(b); 5 U.S.C. 609
    Abstract: While the number of employees engaged in the 
communication tower industry remains small, the fatality rate is very 
high. Over the past 20 years, this industry has experienced an average 
fatality rate that greatly exceeds that of the construction industry. 
Due to recent FCC spectrum auctions and innovations in cellular 
technology, there will be a very high level of construction activity 
taking place on communication towers over the next few years. A similar 
increase in the number of construction projects needed to support 
cellular phone coverage triggered a spike in fatality and injury rates 
years ago. Based on information collected from an April 2016 Request 
for Information, OSHA concluded that current OSHA requirements such as 
those for fall protection and personnel hoisting, may not adequately 
cover all hazards of communication tower construction and maintenance 
activities. OSHA will use information collected from a Small Business 
Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA) panel to identify 
effective work practices and advances in engineering technology that 
would best address industry safety and health concerns. The Panel 
carefully considered the issue of the expansion of the rule beyond just 
communication towers. OSHA will continue to consider also covering 
structures that have telecommunications equipment on or attached to 
them (e.g., buildings, rooftops, water towers, billboards, etc.).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Request for Information (RFI).......   04/15/15  80 FR 20185
RFI Comment Period End..............   06/15/15  .......................
Initiate SBREFA.....................   01/04/17  .......................
Initiate SBREFA.....................   05/31/18  .......................
Complete SBREFA.....................   05/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Scott Ketcham, Acting Director, Directorate of 
Construction, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, Room N-3468, FP Building, 
Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-2556, Fax: 202 693-1689, Email: 
ketcham.scott@dol.gov.
    RIN: 1218-AC90

138. Emergency Response

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 29 U.S.C. 655(b); 29 U.S.C. 657; 5 U.S.C. 609
    Abstract: OSHA currently regulates aspects of emergency response 
and preparedness; some of these standards were promulgated decades ago, 
and none were designed as comprehensive emergency response standards. 
Consequently, they do not address the full range of hazards or concerns 
currently facing emergency responders, and other workers providing 
skilled support, nor do they reflect major changes in performance 
specifications for protective clothing and equipment. The Agency 
acknowledged that current OSHA standards also do not reflect all the 
major developments in safety and health practices that have already 
been accepted by the emergency response community and incorporated into 
industry consensus standards. OSHA is considering updating these 
standards with information gathered through an RFI and public meetings.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Stakeholder Meetings................   07/30/14  .......................
Convene NACOSH Workgroup............   09/09/15  .......................
NACOSH Review of Workgroup Report...   12/14/16  .......................
Initiate SBREFA.....................   05/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: William Perry, Director, Directorate of Standards 
and Guidance, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Room N-3718, 
Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-1950, Fax: 202 693-1678, Email: 
perry.bill@dol.gov.
    RIN: 1218-AC91

139. Tree Care Standard

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined
    Abstract: There is no OSHA standard for tree care operations; the 
agency currently applies a patchwork of standards to address the 
serious hazards in this industry. The tree care industry previously 
petitioned the agency for rulemaking and OSHA issued an ANPRM 
(September 2008). Tree care continues to be a high-hazard industry.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Stakeholder Meeting.................   07/13/16  .......................
Initiate SBREFA.....................   06/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: William Perry, Director, Directorate of Standards 
and Guidance, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Room N-3718, 
Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-1950, Fax: 202 693-1678, Email: 
perry.bill@dol.gov.
    RIN: 1218-AD04

140. Prevention of Workplace Violence in Health Care and Social 
Assistance

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 29 U.S.C. 655(b); 5 U.S.C. 609
    Abstract: The Request for Information (RFI) (published on December 
7, 2016) provides OSHA's history with the issue of workplace violence 
in healthcare and social assistance, including a discussion of the 
Guidelines that were initially published in 1996, a 2014 update to the 
Guidelines, the Agency's use of 5(a)(1) in enforcement cases in 
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and other subject matter experts on impacts of violence, prevention 
strategies, and other information that will be useful to the Agency. 
OSHA was petitioned for a standard preventing workplace violence in 
healthcare by a broad coalition of labor unions, and in a separate 
petition by the National Nurses United. On January 10, 2017, OSHA 
granted the petitions.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Request For Information (RFI).......   12/07/16  81 FR 88147
RFI Comment Period End..............   04/06/17  .......................
Initiate SBREFA.....................   10/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: William Perry, Director, Directorate of Standards 
and Guidance, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Room N-3718, 
Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-1950, Fax: 202 693-1678, Email: 
perry.bill@dol.gov.
    RIN: 1218-AD08

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

Long-Term Actions

141. Infectious Diseases

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 533; 29 U.S.C. 657 and 658; 29 U.S.C. 
660; 29 U.S.C. 666; 29 U.S.C. 669; 29 U.S.C. 673
    Abstract: Employees in health care and other high-risk environments 
face long-standing infectious disease hazards such as tuberculosis 
(TB), varicella disease (chickenpox, shingles), and measles (rubella), 
as well as new and emerging infectious disease threats, such as Severe 
Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and pandemic influenza. Health care 
workers and workers in related occupations, or who are exposed in other 
high-risk environments, are at increased risk of contracting TB, SARS, 
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), and other 
infectious diseases that can be transmitted through a variety of 
exposure routes. OSHA is examining regulatory alternatives for control 
measures to protect employees from infectious disease exposures to 
pathogens that can cause significant disease. Workplaces where such 
control measures might be necessary include: Health care, emergency 
response, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, drug treatment 
programs, and other occupational settings where employees can be at 
increased risk of exposure to potentially infectious people. A standard 
could also apply to laboratories, which handle materials that may be a 
source of pathogens, and to pathologists, coroners' offices, medical 
examiners, and mortuaries.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Request for Information (RFI).......   05/06/10  75 FR 24835
RFI Comment Period End..............   08/04/10  .......................
Analyze Comments....................   12/30/10  .......................
Stakeholder Meetings................   07/05/11  76 FR 39041
Initiate SBREFA.....................   06/04/14  .......................
Complete SBREFA.....................   12/22/14  .......................
                                     -----------------------------------
NPRM................................           To Be Determined
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: William Perry, Director, Directorate of Standards 
and Guidance, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Room N-3718, 
Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-1950, Fax: 202 693-1678, Email: 
perry.bill@dol.gov.
    RIN: 1218-AC46

142. Process Safety Management and Prevention of Major Chemical 
Accidents

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 29 U.S.C. 655; 29 U.S.C. 657
    Abstract: In accordance with the Executive Order 13650, Improving 
Chemical Facility Safety and Security, Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration (OSHA) issued a Request for Information (RFI) on 
December 9, 2013 (78 FR 73756). The RFI identified issues related to 
modernization of the Process Safety Management standard and related 
standards necessary to meet the goal of preventing major chemical 
accidents.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Request for Information (RFI).......   12/09/13  78 FR 73756
RFI Comment Period Extended.........   03/07/14  79 FR 13006
RFI Comment Period Extended End.....   03/31/14  .......................
Initiate SBREFA.....................   06/08/15  .......................
SBREFA Report Completed.............   08/01/16  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............             .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: William Perry, Director, Directorate of Standards 
and Guidance, Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health 
Administration, 200 Constitution Avenue NW, FP Building, Room N-3718, 
Washington, DC 20210, Phone: 202 693-1950, Fax: 202 693-1678, Email: 
perry.bill@dol.gov.
    RIN: 1218-AC82

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23 CFR Chs. I-III

33 CFR Chs. I and IV

46 CFR Chs. I-III

48 CFR Ch. 12

49 CFR Subtitle A, Chs. I-VI, and Chs. X-XII

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Department Regulatory and Deregulatory Agenda; Semiannual Summary

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, DOT.

ACTION: Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions 
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SUMMARY: The Regulatory and Deregulatory Agenda is a semiannual summary 
of all current and projected rulemakings, reviews of existing 
regulations, and completed actions of the Department. The intent of the 
Agenda is to provide the public with information about the Department 
of Transportation's regulatory activity planned for the next 12 months. 
It is expected that this information will enable the public to more 
effectively participate in the Department's regulatory process. The 
public is also invited to submit comments on any aspect of this Agenda.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

General

    You should direct all comments and inquiries on the Agenda in 
general to Jonathan Moss, Assistant General Counsel for Regulation, 
Office of General Counsel, Department of Transportation, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590; (202) 366-4723.

Specific

    You should direct all comments and inquiries on particular items in 
the Agenda to the individual listed for the regulation or the general 
rulemaking contact person for the operating administration in appendix 
B.

Table of Contents

Supplementary Information
Background
Significant/Priority Rulemakings
Explanation of Information on the Agenda
Request for Comments
Purpose
Appendix A--Instructions for Obtaining Copies of Regulatory Documents
Appendix B--General Rulemaking Contact Persons
Appendix C--Public Rulemaking Dockets
Appendix D--Review Plans for Section 610 and Other Requirements

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    A primary goal of the Department of Transportation (Department or 
DOT) is to allow the public to understand how we make decisions, which 
necessarily includes being transparent in the way we measure the risks, 
costs, and benefits of engaging in--or deciding not to engage in--a 
particular regulatory action. As such, it is our policy to provide an 
opportunity for public comment on such actions to all interested 
stakeholders. Above all, transparency and meaningful engagement mandate 
that regulations should be straightforward, clear, and accessible to 
any interested stakeholder. The Department also embraces the notion 
that there should be no more regulations than necessary. We emphasize 
consideration of non-regulatory solutions and have rigorous processes 
in place for continual reassessment of existing regulations. These 
processes provide that regulations and other agency actions are 
periodically reviewed and, if appropriate, are revised to ensure that 
they continue to meet the needs for which they were originally 
designed, and that they remain cost-effective and cost-justified.
    To help the Department achieve its goals and in accordance with 
Executive Order (E.O.) 12866, ``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' (58 
FR 51735; Oct. 4, 1993) and the Department's Regulatory Policies and 
Procedures (44 FR 11034; Feb. 26, 1979), the Department prepares a 
semiannual regulatory and deregulatory agenda. It summarizes all 
current and projected rulemakings, reviews of existing regulations, and 
completed actions of the Department. These are matters on which action 
has begun or is projected during the next 12 months or for which action 
has been completed since the last Agenda.
    In addition, this Agenda was prepared in accordance with three 
Executive orders issued by President Trump, which directed agencies to 
further scrutinize their regulations and other agency actions. On 
January 30, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13771, 
Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs. Under section 
2(a) of the Executive order, unless prohibited by law, whenever an 
executive department or agency publicly proposes for notice and comment 
or otherwise promulgates a new regulation, it must identify at least 
two existing regulations to be repealed. On February 24, 2017, 
President Trump signed Executive Order 13777, Enforcing the Regulatory 
Reform Agenda. Under this Executive order, each agency must establish a 
Regulatory Reform Task Force (RRTF) to evaluate existing regulations, 
and make recommendations for their repeal, replacement, or 
modification. On March 28, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 
13783, Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth, requiring 
agencies to review all existing regulations, orders, guidance 
documents, policies, and other similar agency actions that potentially 
burden the development or use of domestically produced energy 
resources, with particular attention to oil, natural gas, coal, and 
nuclear energy resources.
    In response to the mandate in Executive Order 13777, the Department 
formed an RRTF consisting of senior career and non-career leaders, 
which has already conducted extensive reviews of existing regulations, 
and identified a number of rules to be repealed, replaced, or modified. 
As a result of the RRTF's work, since January 2017, the Department has 
issued deregulatory actions that reduce regulatory costs on the public 
by at least $2 billion (in net present value cost savings). With the 
RRTF's assistance, the Department has achieved these cost savings in a 
manner that is fully consistent with enhancing safety. For example, in 
November 2018, the FARA promulgated a rule titled Passenger Equipment 
Safety Standards Amendments, which will allow for higher speed trains 
(up to 220 mph), and will reduce costs by allowing the use of safe 
technologies that are being used in Europe and Japan. The rule enables 
the use of crash energy management principles that can improve safety 
by using lighter materials that protect occupants to an equivalent 
level of safety as the current passenger equipment regulations.
    The Department has also significantly increased the number of 
deregulatory actions it is pursuing. Today, DOT is pursuing over 135 
deregulatory rulemakings, up from just 16 in the fall of 2016.
    While each regulatory and deregulatory action is evaluated on its 
own merits, the RRTF augments the Department's consideration of

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prospective rulemakings by conducting monthly reviews across all OAs to 
identify appropriate deregulatory actions. The RRTF also works to 
ensure that any new regulatory action is rigorously vetted and non-
regulatory alternatives are considered. Further information on the RRTF 
can be found online at: https://www.transportation. gov/regulations/
regulatory-reform-task-force-report.
    The Department's ongoing regulatory effort is guided by four 
fundamental principles--safety, innovation, enabling investment in 
infrastructure, and reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens. These 
priorities are grounded in our national interest in maintaining U.S. 
global leadership in safety, innovation, and economic growth. To 
accomplish our regulatory goals, we must create a regulatory 
environment that fosters growth in new and innovative industries 
without burdening them with unnecessary restrictions. At the same time, 
safety remains our highest priority; we must remain focused on managing 
safety risks and being sure that we do not regress from the successes 
already achieved. Our planned regulatory actions reflect a careful 
balance that emphasizes the Department's priority in fostering 
innovation while at the same time meeting the challenges of maintaining 
a safe, reliable, and sustainable transportation system.
    For example, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 
(NHTSA) will continue working on reducing regulatory barriers to 
technology innovation, including the integration of automated vehicles. 
Automated vehicles are expected to increase safety significantly by 
reducing the likelihood of human error when driving, which today 
accounts for the overwhelming majority of accidents on our nation's 
roadways. Over the next year and beyond, NHTSA plans to initiate and/or 
continue deregulatory actions that; (1) design a pilot program for 
vehicles that may not meet FMVSS; (2) allow for permanent updates to 
current FMVSS reflecting new technology; and (3) allow for updates to 
NHTSA's regulations outlining the administrative processes for 
petitioning the agency for exemptions, rulemakings, and 
reconsiderations. Similarly, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 
will continue working to enable, safely and efficiently, the 
integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the National 
Airspace System. UAS are expected to continue to drive innovation and 
increase safety as operators and manufacturers find new and inventive 
uses for UAS. For instance, UAS are poised to assist human operators 
with a number of different mission sets such as inspection of critical 
infrastructure and search and rescue, enabling beneficial and 
lifesaving activities that would otherwise be difficult or even 
impossible for a human to accomplish unassisted. The Department has 
regulatory efforts underway to further integrate UAS safely and 
efficiently.
    The Department is working on several rulemakings to transform our 
national space program by better enabling private industry to drive 
growth in innovation and launches. The FAA has proposed a rule that 
will fundamentally change how FAA licenses launches and reentries of 
commercial space vehicles moving from prescriptive requirements to a 
performance based approach.

Explanation of Information in the Agenda

    An Office of Management and Budget memorandum, dated February 7, 
2019, establishes the format for this Agenda.
    First, the Agenda is divided by initiating offices. Then the Agenda 
is divided into five categories: (1) Prerule stage; (2) proposed rule 
stage; (3) final rule stage; (4) long-term actions; and (5) completed 
actions. For each entry, the Agenda provides the following information: 
(1) Its ``significance''; (2) a short, descriptive title; (3) its legal 
basis; (4) the related regulatory citation in the Code of Federal 
Regulations; (5) any legal deadline and, if so, for what action (e.g., 
NPRM, final rule); (6) an abstract; (7) a timetable, including the 
earliest expected date for when a rulemaking document may publish; (8) 
whether the rulemaking will affect small entities and/or levels of 
Government and, if so, which categories; (9) whether a Regulatory 
Flexibility Act (RFA) analysis is required (for rules that would have a 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities); 
(10) a listing of any analyses an office will prepare or has prepared 
for the action (with minor exceptions, DOT requires an economic 
analysis for all its rulemakings); (11) an agency contact office or 
official who can provide further information; (12) a Regulation 
Identifier Number (RIN) assigned to identify an individual rulemaking 
in the Agenda and facilitate tracing further action on the issue; (13) 
whether the action is subject to the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act; (14) 
whether the action is subject to the Energy Act; (15) the action's 
designation under Executive Order 13771 explaining whether the action 
will have a regulatory or deregulatory effect; and (16) whether the 
action is major under the congressional review provisions of the Small 
Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act.
    For nonsignificant regulations issued routinely and frequently as a 
part of an established body of technical requirements (such as the 
Federal Aviation Administration's Airspace Rules), to keep those 
requirements operationally current, we only include the general 
category of the regulations, the identity of a contact office or 
official, and an indication of the expected number of regulations; we 
do not list individual regulations.
    In the ``Timetable'' column, we use abbreviations to indicate the 
particular documents being considered. ANPRM stands for Advance Notice 
of Proposed Rulemaking, SNPRM for Supplemental Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking, and NPRM for Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Listing a 
future date in this column does not mean we have made a decision to 
issue a document; it is the earliest date on which a rulemaking 
document may publish. In addition, these dates are based on current 
schedules. Information received after the issuance of this Agenda could 
result in a decision not to take regulatory action or in changes to 
proposed publication dates. For example, the need for further 
evaluation could result in a later publication date; evidence of a 
greater need for the regulation could result in an earlier publication 
date.
    Finally, a dot () preceding an entry indicates that the 
entry appears in the Agenda for the first time.
    The internet is the basic means for disseminating the Unified 
Agenda. The complete Unified Agenda is available online at 
www.reginfo.gov in a format that offers users a greatly enhanced 
ability to obtain information from the Agenda database. A portion of 
the Agenda is published in the Federal Register, however, because the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602) mandates publication for the 
regulatory flexibility agenda. Accordingly, DOT's printed Agenda 
entries include only:
    1. The agency's Agenda preamble;
    2. Rules that are in the agency's regulatory flexibility agenda, in 
accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, because they are likely 
to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities; and
    3. Any rules that the agency has identified for periodic review 
under section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    Printing of these entries is limited to fields that contain 
information required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act's Agenda 
requirements. These elements are: Sequence Number; Title; Section

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610 Review, if applicable; Legal Authority; Abstract; Timetable; 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required; Agency Contact; and 
Regulation Identifier Number (RIN). Additional information (for 
detailed list, see section heading ``Explanation of Information on the 
Agenda'') on these entries is available in the Unified Agenda published 
on the internet.

Request for Comments

General

    Our Agenda is intended primarily for the use of the public. Since 
its inception, we have made modifications and refinements that we 
believe provide the public with more helpful information, as well as 
making the Agenda easier to use. We would like you, the public, to make 
suggestions or comments on how the Agenda could be further improved.

Reviews

    We also seek your suggestions on which of our existing regulations 
you believe need to be reviewed to determine whether they should be 
revised or revoked. We particularly draw your attention to the 
Department's review plan in appendix D.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Department is especially interested in obtaining information on 
requirements that have a ``significant economic impact on a substantial 
number of small entities'' and, therefore, must be reviewed under the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act. If you have any suggested regulations, 
please submit them to us, along with your explanation of why they 
should be reviewed.
    In accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, comments are 
specifically invited on regulations that we have targeted for review 
under section 610 of the Act. The phrase (sec. 610 Review) appears at 
the end of the title for these reviews. Please see appendix D for the 
Department's section 610 review plans.

Consultation With State, Local, and Tribal Governments

    Executive Orders 13132 and 13175 require us to develop an account 
process to ensure ``meaningful and timely input'' by State, local, and 
tribal officials in the development of regulatory policies that have 
federalism or tribal implications. These policies are defined in the 
Executive orders to include regulations that have ``substantial direct 
effects'' on States or Indian tribes, on the relationship between the 
Federal Government and them, or on the distribution of power and 
responsibilities between the Federal Government and various levels of 
Government or Indian tribes. Therefore, we encourage State and local 
Governments or Indian tribes to provide us with information about how 
the Department's rulemakings impact them.

Purpose

    The Department is publishing this regulatory Agenda in the Federal 
Register to share with interested members of the public the 
Department's preliminary expectations regarding its future regulatory 
actions. This should enable the public to be more aware of the 
Department's regulatory activity and should result in more effective 
public participation. This publication in the Federal Register does not 
impose any binding obligation on the Department or any of the offices 
within the Department with regard to any specific item on the Agenda. 
Regulatory action, in addition to the items listed, is not precluded.

    Dated: May 9, 2019.
Elaine L. Chao,
Secretary of Transportation.

Appendix A--Instructions for Obtaining Copies of Regulatory Documents

    To obtain a copy of a specific regulatory document in the Agenda, 
you should communicate directly with the contact person listed with the 
regulation at the address below. We note that most, if not all, such 
documents, including the Semiannual Regulatory Agenda, are available 
through the internet at http://www.regulations.gov. See appendix C for 
more information.

Appendix B--General Rulemaking Contact Persons

    The following is a list of persons who can be contacted within the 
Department for general information concerning the rulemaking process 
within the various operating administrations.
    FAA--Lirio Liu, Executive Director, Office of Rulemaking, 800 
Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591; telephone (202) 267-9677.
    FHWA--Jennifer Outhouse, Office of Chief Counsel, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 366-0761.
    FMCSA--Steven J. LaFreniere, Regulatory Ombudsman, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 366-0596.
    NHTSA--Steve Wood, Office of Chief Counsel, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE, Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 366-2992.
    FRA-- Kathryn Gresham, Office of Chief Counsel, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 493-6063.
    FTA--Chaya Koffman, Office of Chief Counsel, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE, Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 366-3101.
    SLSDC--Carrie Mann Lavigne, Chief Counsel, 180 Andrews Street, 
Massena, NY 13662; telephone (315) 764-3200.
    PHMSA--Stephen Gordon, Office of Chief Counsel, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 366-1101.
    MARAD--Gabriel Chavez, Office of Chief Counsel, Maritime 
Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590; 
telephone (202) 366-2621.
    OST--Jonathan Moss, Assistant General Counsel for Regulation, 1200 
New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590; telephone (202) 366-4723.

Appendix C--Public Rulemaking Dockets

    All comments via the internet are submitted through the Federal 
Docket Management System (FDMS) at the following address: http://
www.regulations.gov. The FDMS allows the public to search, view, 
download, and comment on all Federal agency rulemaking documents in one 
central online system. The above referenced internet address also 
allows the public to sign up to receive notification when certain 
documents are placed in the dockets.
    The public also may review regulatory dockets at or deliver 
comments on proposed rulemakings to the Dockets Office at 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590, 1-800-647-5527. 
Working Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Appendix D--Review Plans for Section 610 and Other Requirements

Part I--The Plan

General

    The Department of Transportation has long recognized the importance 
of regularly reviewing its existing regulations to determine whether 
they need to be revised or revoked. Our Regulatory Policies and 
Procedures require such reviews. We also have responsibilities under 
Executive Order 12866, ``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' Executive 
Order 13563, ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,'' 76 FR 3821 
(January 18, 2011), Executive Order 13771 ``Reducing Regulation and 
Controlling Regulatory Costs,'' Executive Order 13777, ``Enforcing the 
Regulatory Agenda,'' and section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act 
to conduct such reviews. This

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includes the designation of a Regulatory Reform Officer, the 
establishment of a Regulatory Reform Task Force, and the use of plain 
language techniques in new rules and considering its use in existing 
rules when we have the opportunity and resources to revise them. We are 
committed to continuing our reviews of existing rules and, if it is 
needed, will initiate rulemaking actions based on these reviews. The 
Department began a new 10-year review cycle with the Fall 2018 Agenda.

Section 610 Review Plan

    Section 610 requires that we conduct reviews of rules that: (1) 
Have been published within the last 10 years; and (2) have a 
``significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities'' (SEISNOSE). It also requires that we publish in the Federal 
Register each year a list of any such rules that we will review during 
the next year. The Office of the Secretary and each of the Department's 
Operating Administrations have a 10-year review plan. These reviews 
comply with section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

Changes to the Review Plan

    Some reviews may be conducted earlier than scheduled. For example, 
to the extent resources permit, the plain language reviews will be 
conducted more quickly. Other events, such as accidents, may result in 
the need to conduct earlier reviews of some rules. Other factors may 
also result in the need to make changes; for example, we may make 
changes in response to public comment on this plan or in response to a 
presidentially mandated review. If there is any change to the review 
plan, we will note the change in the following Agenda. For any section 
610 review, we will provide the required notice prior to the review.

Part II--The Review Process

The Analysis

    Generally, the agencies have divided their rules into 10 different 
groups and plan to analyze one group each year. For purposes of these 
reviews, a year will coincide with the fall-to-fall schedule for 
publication of the Agenda. Most agencies provide historical information 
about the reviews that have occurred over the past 10 years. Thus, Year 
1 (2018) begins in the fall of 2018 and ends in the fall of 2019; Year 
2 (2019) begins in the fall of 2019 and ends in the fall of 2020, and 
so on. The exception to this general rule is the FAA, which provides 
information about the reviews it completed for this year and 
prospective information about the reviews it intends to complete in the 
next 10 years. Thus, for FAA Year 1 (2017) begins in the fall of 2017 
and ends in the fall of 2018; Year 2 (2018) begins in the fall of 2018 
and ends in the fall of 2019, and so on. We request public comment on 
the timing of the reviews. For example, is there a reason for 
scheduling an analysis and review for a particular rule earlier than we 
have? Any comments concerning the plan or analyses should be submitted 
to the regulatory contacts listed in appendix B, General Rulemaking 
Contact Persons.

Section 610 Review

    The agency will analyze each of the rules in a given year's group 
to determine whether any rule has a SEISNOSE and, thus, requires review 
in accordance with section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. The 
level of analysis will, of course, depend on the nature of the rule and 
its applicability. Publication of agencies' section 610 analyses listed 
each fall in this Agenda provides the public with notice and an 
opportunity to comment consistent with the requirements of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act. We request that public comments be 
submitted to us early in the analysis year concerning the small entity 
impact of the rules to help us in making our determinations.
    In each fall Agenda, the agency will publish the results of the 
analyses it has completed during the previous year. For rules that had 
a negative finding on SEISNOSE, we will give a short explanation (e.g., 
``these rules only establish petition processes that have no cost 
impact'' or ``these rules do not apply to any small entities''). For 
parts, subparts, or other discrete sections of rules that do have a 
SEISNOSE, we will announce that we will be conducting a formal section 
610 review during the following 12 months. At this stage, we will add 
an entry to the Agenda in the pre-rulemaking section describing the 
review in more detail. We also will seek public comment on how best to 
lessen the impact of these rules and provide a name or docket to which 
public comments can be submitted. In some cases, the section 610 review 
may be part of another unrelated review of the rule. In such a case, we 
plan to clearly indicate which parts of the review are being conducted 
under section 610.

Other Reviews

    The agency will also examine the specified rules to determine 
whether any other reasons exist for revising or revoking the rule or 
for rewriting the rule in plain language. In each fall Agenda, the 
agency will also publish information on the results of the examinations 
completed during the previous year.

Part III--List of Pending Section 610 Reviews

    The Agenda identifies the pending DOT section 610 Reviews by 
inserting ``(Section 610 Review)'' after the title for the specific 
entry. For further information on the pending reviews, see the Agenda 
entries at www.reginfo.gov. For example, to obtain a list of all 
entries that are in section 610 Reviews under the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act, a user would select the desired responses on the 
search screen (by selecting ``advanced search'') and, in effect, 
generate the desired ``index'' of reviews.

Office of the Secretary

Section 610 and Other Reviews

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                         Regulations to
         Year              be reviewed     Analysis year    Review year
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.....................  49 CFR parts 91             2018            2019
                         through 99, 14
                         CFR parts 200
                         through 212, 48
                         CFR parts 1201
                         through 1224.
2.....................  48 CFR parts                2019            2020
                         1227 through
                         1253 and new
                         parts and
                         subparts.
3.....................  14 CFR parts 213            2020            2021
                         through 232.
4.....................  14 CFR parts 234            2021            2022
                         through 254.
5.....................  14 CFR parts 255            2022            2023
                         through 298 and
                         49 CFR part 40.
6.....................  14 CFR parts 300            2023            2024
                         through 373.
7.....................  14 CFR parts 374            2024            2025
                         through 398.
8.....................  14 CFR part 399             2025            2026
                         and 49 CFR
                         parts 1 through
                         15.
9.....................  49 CFR parts 17             2026            2027
                         through 28.
10....................  49 CFR parts 29             2027            2028
                         through 39 and
                         parts 41
                         through 89.
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Year 10 (2017) List of Rules Analyzed and a Summary of Results
49 CFR Part 30--Denial of Public Works Contracts to Suppliers of Goods 
and Services of Countries That Deny Procurement Market Access to U.S. 
Contractors
     Section 610: OST conducted a Section 610 review of this 
part and found no SEISNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. OST's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR Part 31--Program Fraud Civil Remedies
     Section 610: OST conducted a review of this part and found 
no SEISNOSE.
     General: Changes are needed to this part to remove 
obsolete references; update the Civil Penalties in accordance with the 
Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 
2015 (Pub. L. 114-74, section 701), including adding reference to the 
Act in the footnotes to append to the amounts of those penalties; 
correct and/or remove certain phrases and terms throughout the part; 
and to clarify the meaning of ``designated by the party's 
representative'' found in 31.33(f)(2)(ii). OST's plain language review 
of this part indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR Part 32--Governmentwide Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace 
(Financial Assistance)
     Section 610: OST conducted review of this part and found 
no SEISNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed to this part of the 
regulation. OST's plain language review of this part indicates no need 
for substantial revision.
49 CFR Part 33--Transportation Priorities and Allocation System
     Section 610: OST conducted review of this part and found 
no SEISNOSE.
     General: Review of this part indicates that Schedule 1 of 
the appendix needs to be updated to include current approved programs. 
Additionally, Form OST F 1254--Appendix I needs to be updated with an 
OMB Control Number. OST's plain language review of this part indicates 
no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR Part 37--Transportation Services for Individuals With 
Disabilities (ADA)
     Section 610: OST conducted a Section 610 review of this 
part and found no SEISNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. OST's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR Part 38--Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility 
Specifications for Transportation Vehicles
     Section 610: OST conducted a Section 610 review of this 
part and found no SEISNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. OST's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR Part 39--Transportation for Individuals With Disabilities: 
Passenger Vessels
     Section 610: OST conducted a Section 610 review of this 
part and found no SEISNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. OST's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR Part 41--Seismic Safety
     Section 610: OST conducted review of this part and found 
no SEISNOSE.
     General: Review of this part indicates that this part 
needs to be updated for consistency with Executive Order 13717, 
February 2, 2016, which repealed the underlying Executive Order 12699. 
OST's plain language review of this part indicates no need for 
substantial revision.
49 CFR Part 71--Standard Time Zone Boundaries
     Section 610: No SEISNOSE. No small entities are affected.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. OST's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR Part 79--Medals of Honor
     Section 610: OST conducted a Section 610 review of this 
part and found no SEISNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. OST's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR Part 80--Credit Assistance for Surface Transportation Projects
     Section 610: OST conducted a section 610 review of this 
part and found no SEISNOSE
     General: No changes are needed. This regulation is cost 
effective and imposes the least burden. OST's plain language review of 
this rule indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR Part 89--Implementation of Federal Claims Collection Act
     Section 610: OST conducted review of this part and found 
no SEISNOSE.
     General: Review of this part outlined that numerous cross-
references to statutes and regulations should be updated to ensure the 
references are current and that the DOT's regulations are consistent 
with those references; this includes removing any obsolete references 
to regulations or statutes that have been rescinded. OST's plain 
language review of this part indicates no need for substantial 
revision.
Year 1 (Fall 2018) List of Rules That Will Be Analyzed During the Next 
Year
49 CFR part 91--International Air Transportation Fair Competitive 
Practices
49 CFR part 92--Recovering Debts to the United States by Salary Offset
49 CFR part 93--Aircraft Allocation
49 CFR part 98--Enforcement of Restrictions on Post-Employment 
Activities
49 CFR part 99--Employee Responsibilities and Conduct
14 CFR part 200--Definitions and Instructions
14 CFR part 201--Air Carrier Authority under Subtitle VII of Title 49 
of the United States Code [Amended]
14 CFR part 203--Waiver of Warsaw Convention Liability Limits and 
Defenses
14 CFR part 204--Data to Support Fitness Determinations
14 CFR part 205--Aircraft Accident Liability Insurance
14 CFR part 206--Certificates of Public Convenience and Necessity: 
Special Authorizations and Exemptions
14 CFR part 207--Charter Trips by U.S. Scheduled Air Carriers
14 CFR part 208--Charter Trips by U.S. Charter Air Carriers
14 CFR part 211--Applications for Permits to Foreign Air Carriers
14 CFR part 212--Charter Rules for U.S. and Foreign Direct Air Carriers
48 CFR part 1201--Federal Acquisition Regulations System
48 CFR part 1202--Definitions of Words and Terms
48 CFR part 1203--Improper Business Practices and Personal Conflicts of 
Interest
48 CFR part 1204--Administrative Matters
48 CFR part 1205--Publicizing Contract Actions
48 CFR part 1206--Competition Requirements

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48 CFR part 1207--Acquisition Planning
48 CFR part 1208-1210--[Reserved]
48 CFR part 1211--Describing Agency Needs
48 CFR part 1212-- [Reserved]
48 CFR part 1213--Simplified Acquisition Procedures
48 CFR part 1214--Sealed Bidding
48 CFR part 1215--Contracting by Negotiation
48 CFR part 1216--Types of Contracts
48 CFR part 1217--Special Contracting Methods
48 CFR part 1218--[Reserved]
48 CFR part 1219--Small Business Programs
48 CFR part 1220--1221--[Reserved]
48 CFR part 1222--Application of Labor Laws to Government Acquisitions
48 CFR part 1223--Environment, Energy and Water Efficiency, Renewable 
Energy Technologies, Occupational Safety, and Drug-Free Workplace
48 CFR part 1224--Protection of Privacy and Freedom of Information

Federal Aviation Administration

Section 610 and Other Reviews

    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has elected to use the 
two-step, two-year process used by most Department of Transportation 
(DOT) modes in past plans. As such, the FAA has divided its rules into 
10 groups as displayed in the table below. During the first year (the 
``analysis year''), all rules published during the previous 10 years 
within a 10% block of the regulations will be analyzed to identify 
those with a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities (SEISNOSE). During the second year (the ``review 
year''), each rule identified in the analysis year as having a SEISNOSE 
will be reviewed in accordance with Section 610(b) to determine if it 
should be continued without change or changed to minimize impact on 
small entities. Results of those reviews will be published in the DOT 
Semiannual Regulatory Agenda.

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                         Regulations to
         Year              be reviewed     Analysis year    Review year
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.....................  14 CFR parts 119            2018            2019
                         through 129 and
                         parts 150
                         through 156.
2.....................  14 CFR parts 133            2019            2020
                         through 139 and
                         parts 157
                         through 169.
3.....................  14 CFR parts 141            2020            2021
                         through 147 and
                         parts 170
                         through 187.
4.....................  14 CFR parts 189            2021            2022
                         through 198 and
                         parts 1 through
                         16.
5.....................  14 CFR parts 17             2022            2023
                         through 33.
6.....................  14 CFR parts 34             2023            2024
                         through 39 and
                         parts 400
                         through 405.
7.....................  14 CFR parts 43             2024            2025
                         through 49 and
                         parts 406
                         through 415.
8.....................  14 CFR parts 60             2025            2026
                         through 77.
9.....................  14 CFR parts 91             2026            2027
                         through 105.
10....................  14 CFR parts 417            2027            2028
                         through 460.
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Background on the Regulatory Flexibility Act
    The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 as amended (RFA), (sections 
601 through 612 of title 5, United States Code (5 U.S.C.)) requires 
Federal regulatory agencies to analyze all proposed and final rules to 
determine their economic impact on small entities, which includes small 
businesses, small organizations, and small governmental jurisdictions. 
The primary purpose of the RFA is to establish as a principle of 
regulatory issuance that Federal agencies endeavor, consistent with the 
objectives of the rule and applicable statutes, to fit regulatory and 
informational requirements to the scale of entities subject to the 
regulation. The FAA performed the required RFA analyses of each final 
rulemaking action and amendment it has initiated since enactment of the 
RFA in 1980.
    Section 610 of 5 U.S.C. requires government agencies to 
periodically review all regulations that will have a SEISNOSE. The FAA 
must analyze each rule within 10 years of its publication date.
Defining SEISNOSE
    The RFA does not define ``significant economic impact.'' Therefore, 
there is no clear rule or number to determine when a significant 
economic impact occurs. However, the Small Business Administration 
(SBA) states that significance should be determined by considering the 
size of the business, the size of the competitor's business, and the 
impact the same regulation has on larger competitors.
    Likewise, the RFA does not define ``substantial number.'' However, 
the legislative history of the RFA suggests that a substantial number 
must be at least one but does not need to be an overwhelming percentage 
such as more than half. The SBA states that the substantiality of the 
number of small businesses affected should be determined on an 
industry-specific basis.
    This analysis consisted of the following three steps:
    1. Review of the number of small entities affected by the 
amendments to parts 119 through 129 and parts 150 through 156.
    2. Identification and analysis of all amendments to parts 119 
through 129 and parts 150 through 156 since 2008 to determine whether 
any still have or now have a SEISNOSE.
    3. Review of the FAA's regulatory flexibility assessment of each 
amendment performed as required by the RFA.
Year 2 (2019) List of Rules To Be Analyzed the Next Year
14 CFR part 133--Rotorcraft External-Load Operations
14 CFR part 135--Operating Requirements: Commuter and On Demand 
Operations and Rules Governing Persons on Board Such Aircraft
14 CFR part 136--Commercial Air Tours and National Parks Air Tour 
Management
14 CFR part 137--Agricultural Aircraft Operations
14 CFR part 139--Certification of Airports
14 CFR part 157--Notice of Construction, Alteration, Activation, and 
Deactivation of Airports
14 CFR part 158--Passenger Facility Charges
14 CFR part 161--Notice and Approval of Airport Noise and Access 
Restrictions
14 CFR part 169--Expenditure of Federal Funds for Nonmilitary Airports 
or Air Navigation Facilities Thereon
Year 1 (2018) List of Rules Analyzed and Summary of Results
14 CFR Part 119--Certification: Air Carriers and Commercial Operators
     Section 610: The agency conducted a Section 610 review of 
this part and found no SEISNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden.

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14 CFR Part 120--Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs
     Section 610: The agency conducted a Section 610 review of 
this part and found Docket No. FAA-2008-0937, 74 FR 22653, May 14, 
2009, as amended by Amendment 120-2, 79 FR 9973, Feb. 21, 2014 of 
section 120.105, Employees Who Must Be Tested, and Docket No. FAA-2008-
0937, 74 FR 22653, May 14, 2009, as amended by Amendment 120-2, 79 FR 
9973, Feb. 21, 2014 of section 120.215, Covered Employees in CFR 120, 
trigger SEISNOSE within the meaning of the RFA.
     General: No revisions are needed. The FAA has considered a 
number of alternatives and has taken steps to minimize the impact on 
small entities in attempts to lower compliance costs for small 
entities, but could not go forward without compromising the safety for 
the industry.
14 CFR Part 121--Operating Requirements: Domestic, Flag, and 
Supplemental Operations
     Section 610: The agency conducted a Section 610 review of 
this part and found Docket No. FAA-2008-0677, 78 FR 67836, Nov. 12, 
2013; Docket No. 9509, 35 FR 90, Jan. 3, 1970, as amended by Amendment 
121-366, 78 FR 67836, Nov. 12, 2013; Docket No. FAA-2008-0677, 78 FR 
67837, Nov. 12, 2013; Amendment 121-366, 78 FR 67837, Nov. 12, 2013; 62 
FR 3739, Jan. 24, 1997, as amended by Amendment 121-366, 78 FR 67838, 
Nov. 12, 2013; Docket No. FAA-2010-0100, 78 FR 42377, July 15, 2013, as 
amended by Amendment 121-366, 78 FR 67839, Nov. 12, 2013; Amendment 
121-357, 77 FR 402, Jan. 4, 2012; Docket No. FAA-2009-1093, 77 FR 402, 
Jan. 4, 2012; Docket No. FAA-2002-12461, 71 FR 63640, Oct. 30, 2006, as 
amended by Amendment 121-365, 78 FR 42379, July 15, 2013 in CFR 121 
trigger SEISNOSE within the meaning of the RFA.
     General: No revisions are needed. The FAA has considered a 
number of alternatives and has taken steps to minimize the impact on 
small entities in attempts to lower compliance costs for small 
entities, but could not go forward without compromising the safety for 
the industry.
14 CFR Part 125--Certification and Operations: Airplanes Having a 
Seating Capacity of 20 or More Passengers or a Maximum Payload Capacity 
of 6,000 Pounds or More, and Rules Governing Persons on Board Such 
Aircraft
     Section 610:
     General:
14 CFR Part 129--Operations: Foreign Air Carriers and Foreign Operators 
of U.S.-Registered Aircraft Engaged in Common Carriage
     Section 610:
     General:
14 CFR Part 150--Airport Noise Compatibility Planning
     Section 610: The agency conducted a Section 610 review of 
this part and found no SEISNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden.
14 CFR Part 151--Federal Aid to Airports
     Section 610: The agency conducted a Section 610 review of 
this part and found no SEISNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden.
14 CFR Part 152--Airport Aid Program
     Section 610: The agency conducted a Section 610 review of 
this part and found no SEISNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden.
14 CFR Part 153--Airport Operations
     Section 610: The agency conducted a Section 610 review of 
this part and found no SEISNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden.
14 CFR Part 155--Release of Airport Property From Surplus Property 
Disposal Restrictions
     Section 610: The agency conducted a Section 610 review of 
this part and found no SEISNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden.
14 CFR Part 156--State Block Grant Pilot Program
     Section 610: The agency conducted a Section 610 review of 
this part and found no SEISNOSE.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden.

Federal Highway Administration

Section 610 and Other Reviews

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                         Regulations to
         Year              be reviewed     Analysis year    Review year
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.....................  None............            2018            2019
2.....................  23 CFR parts 1              2019            2020
                         to 260.
3.....................  23 CFR parts 420            2020            2021
                         to 470.
4.....................  23 CFR part 500.            2021            2022
5.....................  23 CFR parts 620            2022            2023
                         to 637.
6.....................  23 CFR parts 645            2023            2024
                         to 669.
7.....................  23 CFR parts 710            2024            2025
                         to 924.
8.....................  23 CFR parts 940            2025            2026
                         to 973.
9.....................  23 CFR parts                2026            2027
                         1200 to 1252.
10....................  New parts and               2027            2028
                         subparts.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Federal-Aid Highway Program
    The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has adopted regulations 
in title 23 of the CFR, chapter I, related to the Federal-Aid Highway 
Program. These regulations implement and carry out the provisions of 
Federal law relating to the administration of Federal aid for highways. 
The primary law authorizing Federal aid for highways is chapter I of 
title 23 of the U.S.C. 145, which expressly provides for a federally 
assisted State program. For this reason, the regulations adopted by the 
FHWA in title 23 of the CFR primarily relate to the requirements that 
States must meet to receive Federal funds for construction and other 
work related to highways. Because the regulations in title 23 primarily 
relate to States, which are not defined as small entities under the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act, the FHWA believes that its regulations in 
title 23 do not have a significant economic impact on a substantial 
number of small entities. The FHWA solicits public comment on this 
preliminary conclusion.

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Year 10 (Fall 2017) List of Rules Analyzed and a Summary of Results
23 CFR Part 490--National Performance Management Measures
     Section 610: No SEISNOSE. No small entities are affected.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. FHWA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision. The FHWA 
recently repealed one of the original performance measures on May 31, 
2018, at 83 FR 24920.
23 CFR Part 505--Projects of National and Regional Significance 
Evaluation and Rating
     Section 610: No SEISNOSE. No small entities are affected.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. FHWA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
23 CFR Part 511--Real-Time System Management Information Program
     Section 610: No SEISNOSE. No small entities are affected.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. FHWA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
23 CFR Part 515--Asset Management Plans
     Section 610: No SEISNOSE. No small entities are affected.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. FHWA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
23 CFR Part 635--Subpart E--Construction Manager/General Contractor 
(CM/GC) Contracting
     Section 610: No SEISNOSE. No small entities are affected.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. FHWA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
23 CFR Part 650--Subpart E--National Tunnel Inspection Standards
     Section 610: No SEISNOSE. No small entities are affected.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. FHWA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
23 CFR Part 667--Periodic Evaluation of Facilities Repeatedly Requiring 
Repair and Reconstruction Due to Emergency Events
     Section 610: No SEISNOSE. No small entities are affected.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. FHWA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
23 CFR Part 950--Electronic Toll Collection
     Section 610: No SEISNOSE. No small entities are affected.
     General: No changes are needed. These regulations are cost 
effective and impose the least burden. FHWA's plain language review of 
these rules indicates no need for substantial revision.
Year 1 (Fall 2018) List of Rules That Will Be Analyzed During the Next 
Year
    None.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Section 610 and Other Reviews

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                         Regulations to
         Year              be reviewed     Analysis year    Review year
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.....................  49 CFR parts 386            2018            2019
                         and 395.
2.....................  49 CFR part 385.            2019            2020
3.....................  49 CFR part 382.            2020            2021
4.....................  49 CFR parts 380            2021            2022
                         and 383.
5.....................  49 CFR part 387.            2022            2023
6.....................  49 CFR part 398.            2023            2024
7.....................  49 CFR part 392.            2024            2025
8.....................  49 CFR part 375.            2025            2026
9.....................  49 CFR part 367.            2026            2027
10....................  49 CFR part 395.            2027            2028
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Year 1 (Fall 2018) List of Rules That Will Be Analyzed During the Next 
Year
49 CFR Part 395--Hours of Service (HOS) of Drivers
    (Note: The analysis of this regulation is continued from year 10 
(fall 2017) to year 1 (fall 2018) of the new review schedule.)
     Section 610: There is a SEISNOSE. The Federal HOS 
regulations promote safe driving of commercial motor vehicles by 
limiting on-duty driving time, thereby improving the likelihood that 
drivers have adequate time for restorative rest. Although this rule 
drives a SEISNOSE, it also drives significant benefits to small 
business. Tangible benefits include streamlined operations, reduced 
operational cost, maximized productivity, lower insurance, improved 
vehicle diagnostics, reduced administrative burden, and increased 
profits.
     General: The regulatory value of restricting fatigue-
related operations will save lives and reduce injuries. These 
regulations are written consistent with plain language guidelines, and 
uses clear and unambiguous language. The Agency is currently 
considering changes to the hours of service regulations that would 
improve operational flexibilities for motor carriers without a 
deleterious effect on safety.
49 CFR Part 386--Rules of Practice for Motor Carrier, Intermodal 
Equipment Provider, Broker, Freight Forwarder, and Hazardous Materials 
Proceedings

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Section 610 and Other Reviews

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                         Regulations to
         Year              be reviewed     Analysis year    Review year
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.....................  49 CFR parts                2018            2019
                         571.214 through
                         571.219, except
                         571.217; 49 FR
                         parts 591
                         through 595 and
                         new parts and
                         subparts.
2.....................  23 CFR parts                2019            2020
                         1200 and 1300;
                         49 CFR parts
                         571.223 through
                         571.500, 575
                         and 579.23.
3.....................  49 CFR parts 501            2020            2021
                         through 526 and
                         571.213.
4.....................  49 CFR parts                2021            2022
                         571.131,
                         571.217,
                         571.220,
                         571.221, and
                         571.222.

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5.....................  49 CFR parts                2022            2023
                         571.101 through
                         571.110, and
                         571.135,
                         571.136,
                         571.138 and
                         571.139.
6.....................  49 CFR parts                2023            2024
                         571.141, 529
                         through 578,
                         except parts
                         571 and 575.
7.....................  49 CFR parts                2024            2025
                         571.111 through
                         571.129 and 580
                         through 588.
8.....................  49 parts CFR                2025            2026
                         571.201 through
                         571.212.
9.....................  49 parts CFR                2026            2027
                         571.214 through
                         571.219, except
                         571.217.
10....................  49 CFR parts 591            2027            2028
                         through 595 and
                         new parts and
                         subparts.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Year 1 (Fall 2018) List of Rules That Will Be Analyzed During the Next 
Year
49 CFR part 571.214--Side Impact Protection
49 CFR part 571.215--[Reserved]
49 CFR part 571.216--Roof Crush Resistance; Applicable Unless a Vehicle 
Is Certified to 571.216a
49 CFR part 571.216a--Roof Crush Resistance; Upgraded Standard
49 CFR part 571.218--Motorcycle Helmets
49 CFR part 571.219--Windshield Zone Intrusion
49 CFR part 591--Importation of Vehicles and Equipment Subject to 
Federal Safety, Bumper and Theft Prevention Standards
49 CFR part 592--Registered Importers of Vehicles Not Originally 
Manufactured to Conform to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards
49 CFR part 593--Determinations That a Vehicle Not Originally 
Manufactured to Conform to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards 
is Eligible for Importation
49 CFR part 594--Schedule of Fees Authorized by 49 U.S.C. 30141
49 CFR part 595--Make Inoperative Exemptions

Federal Railroad Administration

Section 610 and Other Reviews

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                         Regulations to
         Year              be reviewed     Analysis year    Review year
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.....................  49 CFR parts                2018            2019
                         200, 207, 209,
                         and 210.
2.....................  49 CFR parts                2019            2020
                         211, 212, 213,
                         214, and 215.
3.....................  49 CFR parts                2020            2021
                         216, 217, 218,
                         219, and 220.
4.....................  49 CFR parts                2021            2022
                         221, 222, 223,
                         224, and 225.
5.....................  49 CFR parts                2022            2023
                         227, 228, 229,
                         230, and 231.
6.....................  49 CFR parts                2023            2024
                         232, 233, 234,
                         235, and 236.
7.....................  49 CFR parts                2024            2025
                         237, 238, 249,
                         240, and 241.
8.....................  49 CFR parts                2025            2026
                         242, 243, 244,
                         250, and 256.
9.....................  49 CFR parts                2026            2027
                         261, 262, 264,
                         266, and 268.
10....................  49 CFR parts                2027            2028
                         269, 270, and
                         272.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Year 10 (Fall 2017) List of Rules Analyzed and a Summary of Results
49 CFR Part 213--Track Safety Standards
     Section 610: This rule appears to have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities (SEISNOSE). 
These small entities are approximately 735 short line railroads. 
However, the FRA will conduct a formal review to identify whether 
opportunities may exist to reduce the burden on small railroads without 
compromising safety standards.
     General: The rule prescribes minimum safety requirements 
for railroad track that is part of the general railroad system of 
transportation. The objective of the rule is to enhance the safety of 
rail transportation, protecting both those traveling and working on the 
system and those off the system who might be adversely affected by a 
rail incident. FRA's plain language review of this rule indicates no 
need for substantial revision.
49 CFR Part 220--Railroad Communications
     Section 610: This rule has significant economic impact on 
a substantial number of small entities. However, the actual burden on 
most of these railroads varies because of their different operating 
characteristics. Entities that are not subject to this rule include 
railroads that do not operate on the general railroad system of 
transportation. The communication requirements of this rule have been 
designed to minimize the impact on small railroads. For instance, while 
large railroads are required to have a working radio and wireless 
communication redundancy in every train, small railroads are only 
required to comply with this standard for trains used to transport 
passengers. However, the FRA will conduct a formal review to identify 
whether opportunities may exist to reduce the burden on small railroads 
without compromising safety standards.
     General: The rule prescribes minimum requirements 
governing the use of wireless communications in connection with 
railroad operations. Uniform standard communications procedures and 
requirements throughout the railroad industry are necessary to ensure 
the protection and safety of railroad employees and the general public, 
and to minimize the number of casualties. FRA's plain language review 
of this rule indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR Part 230--Steam Locomotive Inspection and Maintenance Records
     Section 610: There is no SEISNOSE.
     General: The rule prescribes minimum Federal safety 
standards of inspection and maintenance for all steam locomotive 
operated on railroads. These requirements are necessary to ensure the 
protection and safety of railroad employees and the general public and 
to minimize the number of casualties. FRA's plain language review of 
this rule indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR Part 232--Brake System Safety Standards for Freight and Other 
Non-Passenger Trains and Equipment; End of Train Devices
     Section 610: This rule has significant economic impact on 
a substantial number of small entities. About 700 small railroads are 
subject to this rule. However, the actual burden on most of these small 
entities varies depending on their operating characteristics. FRA is 
currently evaluating this rule to determine if

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changes need to be made because of technological developments in the 
systems affected by this rule.
     General: The rule prescribes minimum Federal safety 
standards for freight and other non-passenger train brake systems, as 
well as requirements for all trains that use end-of-train devices. This 
rule governs critical safety systems of the train and therefore 
continues to be needed. To FRA's knowledge, it does not overlap or 
conflict with other rules. Furthermore, FRA's plain language review of 
this rule indicates no need for substantial revision.
49 CFR Part 239--Passenger Train Emergency Preparedness
     Section 610: There is no SEISNOSE.
     General: The rule prescribes minimum Federal safety 
standards for the preparation, adoption and implementation of emergency 
preparedness plans by railroads. These requirements are necessary to 
ensure the protection and safety of railroad passengers and employees, 
as well as the general public, and to minimize the number of 
casualties. FRA's plain language review of this rule indicates no need 
for substantial revision.
49 CFR Part 240--Qualification and Certification of Locomotive 
Engineers
     Section 610: There is no SEISNOSE.
     General: The purpose of this rule is to prescribes minimum 
Federal safety standards for the eligibility, training, testing, 
certification and monitoring of locomotive engineers. FRA's plain 
language review of this rule indicates no need of substantial revision.
Year 1 (Fall 2018) List of Rules(s) That Will Be Analyzed During Next 
Year
49 CFR part 200--Informal Rules of Practice for Passenger Service
49 CFR part 207--Railroad Police Officers
49 CFR part 209--Railroad Safety Enforcement Procedures
49 CFR part 210--Railroad Noise Emission Compliance

Federal Transit Administration

Section 610 and Other Reviews

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980 (RFA), as amended (sections 
601 through 612 of title 5, United States Code), requires Federal 
regulatory agencies to analyze all proposed and final rules to 
determine their economic impact on small entities, which include small 
businesses, organizations, and governmental jurisdictions. Section 610 
requires government agencies to periodically review all regulations 
that will have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities (SEISNOSE).
    In complying with this section, the Federal Transit Administration 
(FTA) has elected to use the two-step, two-year process used by most 
Department of Transportation (DOT) modes. As such, FTA has divided its 
rules into 10 groups as displayed in the table below. During the 
analysis year, the listed rules will be analyzed to identify those with 
a SEISNOSE. During the review year, each rule identified in the 
analysis year as having a SEISNOSE will be reviewed in accordance with 
Section 610(b) to determine if it should be continued without change or 
changed to minimize the impact on small entities.

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                         Regulations to
         Year              be reviewed     Analysis year    Review year
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.....................  49 CFR parts                2018            2019
                         604, 605, and
                         624.
2.....................  49 CFR parts 609            2019            2020
                         and 640.
3.....................  49 CFR part 633.            2020            2021
4.....................  49 CFR part 611.            2021            2022
5.....................  49 CFR part 655.            2022            2023
6.....................  49 CFR parts 602            2023            2024
                         and 614.
7.....................  49 CFR parts 661            2024            2025
                         and 663.
8.....................  49 CFR parts                2025            2026
                         625, 630, and
                         665.
9.....................  49 CFR parts                2026            2027
                         613, 622, 670
                         and 674.
10....................  49 CFR parts                2027            2028
                         650, 672 and
                         673.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Year 10 (2018) List of Rules Analyzed and Summary of Results
49 CFR Part 665--Bus Testing
     Section 610: Pursuant to Section 20014 of the Moving Ahead 
for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), FTA issued a new pass/
fail standard and new aggregated scoring system for buses and modified 
vans that are subject to FTA's bus testing program. FTA conducted a 
Section 610 review of part 665, as amended (81 FR 50637, August 1, 
2016), and determined that it would not result in a SEISNOSE within the 
meaning of the RFA. In evaluating the likely effects of the rule, FTA 
acknowledged the compliance costs to bus manufacturers, some of whom 
may meet the definition of ``small entity,'' but noted that Congress 
authorized FTA to pay 80% of a bus manufacturer's testing fee, 
defraying the direct financial impact on these small entities.
     General: No changes are needed. The regulation implements 
the requirements of 49 U.S.C. 5318. FTA estimated the costs and 
projected benefits of the rule and believes it is cost-effective and 
imposes the least burden for statutory compliance. FTA's plain language 
review of this rule indicates no need for substantial revision.
Year 1 (2019) List of Rules To Be Analyzed the Next Year
49 CFR part 604--Charter Service
49 CFR part 605--School Bus Operations
49 CFR part 624--Clean Fuels Grant Program

Maritime Administration

Section 610 and Other Reviews

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                         Regulations to
         Year              be reviewed     Analysis year    Review year
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.....................  46 CFR parts 201            2018            2019
                         through 205, 46
                         CFR parts 315
                         through 340, 46
                         CFR part 345
                         through 347,
                         and 46 CFR
                         parts 381 and
                         382.
2.....................  46 CFR parts 221            2019            2020
                         through 232.
3.....................  46 CFR parts 249            2020            2021
                         through 296.
4.....................  46 CFR parts                2021            2022
                         221, 298, 308,
                         and 309.
5.....................  46 CFR parts 307            2022            2023
                         through 309.
6.....................  46 CFR part 310.            2023            2024

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7.....................  46 CFR parts 315            2024            2025
                         through 340.
8.....................  46 CFR parts 345            2025            2026
                         through 381.
9.....................  46 CFR parts 382            2026            2027
                         through 389.
10....................  46 CFR parts 390            2027            2028
                         through 393.
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Year 10 (2017) List of Rules Analyzed and a Summary of Results
46 CFR Part 390--Capital Construction Fund Implementing Regulations
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: The purpose of this rule is to govern the capital 
construction fund program authorized by 46 U.S.C. 53501. The Agency has 
determined that the rule is cost-effective and imposes the least 
possible burden on small entities. MARAD's plain language review of 
this rule indicates no need of substantial revision.
46 CFR Part 391--Federal Income Tax Aspects of the Capital Construction 
Fund
     Section 610: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: The purpose of this rule is to govern tax aspects 
of the capital construction fund program. The Agency has determined 
that the rule is cost-effective and imposes the least possible burden 
on small entities. MARAD's plain language review of this rule indicates 
no need of substantial revision.
46 CFR Part 392--Reserved
46 CFR Part 393--America's Marine Highway Program
     Section 610 review: There is no SEIOSNOSE.
     General: The Agency published a final rule to implement 
statutory updates and clarify applicant procedures. MARAD's plain 
language review of this rule indicated that a substantial revision to 
the part was needed.
Year 1 (2018) List of Rules That Will Be Analyzed During the Next Year
46 CFR part 201--Rules of Practice And Procedure
46 CFR part 202--Procedures relating to review by Secretary of 
Transportation of actions by Maritime Subsidy Board
46 CFR part 203--Procedures relating to conduct of certain hearings 
under the Merchant Marine Act, 1936, as amended
46 CFR part 204--Claims against the Maritime Administration under the 
Federal Tort Claims Act
46 CFR part 205--Audit Appeals; Policy and Procedure
46 CFR part 315--Agency Agreements and Appointment of Agents
46 CFR part 317--Bonding of Ship's Personnel
46 CFR part 324--Procedural Rules for Financial Transactions Under 
Agency Agreements
46 CFR part 325--Procedure to Be Followed by General Agents in 
Preparation of Invoices and Payment of Compensation Pursuant To 
Provisions of NSA Order No. 47
46 CFR part 326--Marine Protection and Indemnity Insurance Under 
Agreements with Agents
46 CFR part 327--Seamen's Claims; Administrative Action and Litigation
46 CFR part 328--Slop Chests
46 CFR part 329--Voyage Data
46 CFR part 330--Launch Services
46 CFR part 332--Repatriation of Seamen
46 CFR part 335--Authority and Responsibility of General Agents to 
Undertake Emergency Repairs in Foreign Ports
46 CFR part 336--Authority and Responsibility of General Agents to 
Undertake in Continental United States Ports Voyage Repairs and Service 
Equipment of Vessels Operated for the Account of The National Shipping 
Authority Under General Agency Agreement
46 CFR part 337--General Agent's Responsibility in Connection with 
Foreign Repair Custom's Entries
46 CFR part 338--Procedure for Accomplishment of Vessel Repairs Under 
National Shipping Authority Master Lump Sum Repair Contract--NSA-
Lumpsumrep
46 CFR part 339--Procedure for Accomplishment of Ship Repairs Under 
National Shipping Authority Individual Contract for Minor Repairs--NSA-
Worksmalrep
46 CFR part 340--Priority Use and Allocation of Shipping Services, 
Containers and Chassis, and Port Facilities and Services for National 
Security and National Defense Related Operations
46 CFR part 345--Restrictions Upon the Transfer or Change in Use or In 
Terms Governing Utilization of Port Facilities
46 CFR part 346--Federal Port Controllers
46 CFR part 347--Operating Contract
46 CFR part 381--Cargo Preference--U.S.-Flag Vessels
46 CFR part 382--Determination of Fair and Reasonable Rates for the 
Carriage of Bulk and Packaged Preference Cargoes on U.S.-Flag 
Commercial Vessels

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

Section 610 and Other Reviews

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                         Regulations to
         Year              be reviewed     Analysis year    Review year
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.....................  49 CFR part 178.            2018            2019
2.....................  49 CFR parts 178            2019            2020
                         through 180.
3.....................  49 CFR parts 172            2020            2021
                         and 175.
4.....................  49 CFR part 171,            2021            2022
                         sections 171.15
                         and 171.16.
5.....................  49 CFR parts                2022            2023
                         106, 107, 171,
                         190, and 195.
6.....................  49 CFR parts                2023            2024
                         174, 177, and
                         199.
7.....................  49 CFR parts                2024            2025
                         176, 191 and
                         192.
8.....................  49 CFR parts 172            2025            2026
                         and 178.
9.....................  49 CFR parts                2026            2027
                         172, 173, 174,
                         176, 177, and
                         193.
10....................  49 CFR parts 173            2027            2028
                         and 194.
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Year 10 (Fall 2018) List of Rules Analyzed and a Summary of Results
49 CFR Part 173--Shippers--General Requirements for Shipments and 
Packaging
     Section 610: PHMSA conducted a review of this part and 
found no SEISNOSE.
     General: PHMSA has reviewed this part and found that while 
the part does not have a SEISNOSE, it could be streamlined to reflect 
new technologies and harmonize with certain international references. 
Therefore, even though the review indicated that the economic impact on 
small entities is not significant, PHMSA has initiated multiple new 
deregulatory rulemakings to reduce the compliance burdens of part 173. 
Further, PHMSA's plain language review of this part indicates no need 
for substantial revision. Where confusing or wordy language has been 
identified, PHMSA plans to propose revisions in the upcoming biennial 
international harmonization rulemaking or other deregulatory 
rulemakings.
    For example, the 2137-AF32 rulemaking action is part of PHMSA's 
ongoing biennial process to harmonize the HMR with international 
regulations and standards. Federal law and policy strongly favor the 
harmonization of domestic and international standards for hazardous 
materials transportation. The Federal hazardous materials 
transportation law (Federal hazmat law; 49 U.S.C. 5101 et seq.) directs 
PHMSA to participate in relevant international standard-setting bodies 
and promotes consistency of the HMR with international transport 
standards to the extent practicable. Federal hazmat law permits PHMSA 
to depart from international standards where appropriate, including to 
promote safety or other overriding public interests. However, Federal 
hazmat law otherwise encourages domestic and international 
harmonization (see 49 U.S.C. 5120).
    Harmonization facilitates international trade by minimizing the 
costs and other burdens of complying with multiple or inconsistent 
safety requirements for transportation of hazardous materials. Safety 
is enhanced by creating a uniform framework for compliance, and as the 
volume of hazardous materials transported in international commerce 
continues to grow, harmonization becomes increasingly important.
    The impact that the 2137-AF32 rulemaking will have on small 
entities is not expected to be significant. The rulemaking will clarify 
provisions based on PHMSA's initiatives and correspondence with the 
regulated community and domestic and international stakeholders. The 
changes are generally intended to provide relief and, as a result, 
positive economic benefits to shippers, carriers, and packaging 
manufacturers and testers, including small entities.
49 CFR Part 194--Response Plans for Onshore Oil Pipelines
     Section 610: PHMSA conducted a Section 610 review of this 
part and has initiated a regulatory reform rulemaking that includes 
provisions that are expected to reduce the compliance burden of part 
194. The rulemaking is considered a deregulatory action that is 
expected to have the net effect of streamlining the program 
requirements, established in response to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, 
by targeting the highest risk locations. The revisions are expected to 
clarify that part 194 is focused on hazardous liquid pipelines that 
could affect navigable waters and to create a new harm category for 
lower-risk areas.
     General: This part contains requirements for oil spill 
response plans to reduce the environmental impact of oil discharged 
from onshore oil pipelines. The regulation under this part is cost 
effective and imposes the least burden.
Year 1 (Fall 2018) List of Rules That Will Be Analyzed During the Next 
Year
49 CFR part 178--Specifications for Packaging

Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

Section 610 and Other Reviews

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                         Regulations to
         Year              be reviewed     Analysis year    Review year
------------------------------------------------------------------------
1.....................  * 33 CFR parts              2018            2019
                         401 through 403.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
* The review for these regulations is recurring each year of the 10-year
  review cycle (currently 2018 through 2027).

Year 1 (Fall 2018) List of Rules That Will Be Analyzed During the Next 
Year
33 CFR part 401--Seaway Regulations and Rules
33 CFR part 402--Tariff of Tolls
33 CFR part 403--Rules of Procedure of the Joint Tolls Review Board

              Office of the Secretary--Proposed Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
143.......................  + Defining Unfair or               2105-AE72
                             Deceptive Practices.
144.......................  + Accessible Lavatories on         2105-AE88
                             Single-Aisle Aircraft:
                             Part I (Rulemaking
                             Resulting From a Section
                             610 Review).
------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation


          Federal Aviation Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
145.......................  Drug and Alcohol Testing           2120-AK09
                             of Certain Maintenance
                             Provider Employees
                             Located Outside of the
                             United States.
146.......................  + Pilot Records Database           2120-AK31
                             (HR 5900).
147.......................  + Requirements to File             2120-AK77
                             Notice of Construction of
                             Meteorological Evaluation
                             Towers and Other
                             Renewable Energy Projects
                             (Section 610 Review).

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148.......................  + Operations of Small              2120-AK85
                             Unmanned Aircraft Over
                             People.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation


            Federal Aviation Administration--Final Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
149.......................  + Airport Safety                   2120-AJ38
                             Management System.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation


           Federal Aviation Administration--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
150.......................  + Regulation Of Flight             2120-AJ78
                             Operations Conducted By
                             Alaska Guide Pilots.
151.......................  + Applying the Flight,             2120-AK22
                             Duty, and Rest
                             Requirements to Ferry
                             Flights That Follow
                             Domestic, Flag, or
                             Supplemental All-Cargo
                             Operations
                             (Reauthorization).
152.......................  + Applying the Flight,             2120-AK26
                             Duty, and Rest Rules of
                             14 CFR Part 135 to Tail-
                             End Ferry Operations (FAA
                             Reauthorization.
153.......................  + Aircraft Registration            2120-AK37
                             and Airmen Certification
                             Fees.
154.......................  + Helicopter Air Ambulance         2120-AK57
                             Pilot Training and
                             Operational Requirements
                             (HAA II) (FAA
                             Reauthorization).
155.......................  + Registration and Marking         2120-AK82
                             Requirements for Small
                             Unmanned Aircraft.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation


    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
156.......................  + Controlled Substances            2126-AC11
                             and Alcohol Testing:
                             State Driver's Licensing
                             Agency Downgrade of
                             Commercial Driver's
                             License (Section 610
                             Review).
------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation


      Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration--Final Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
157.......................  Incorporation by                   2126-AC01
                             Reference; North American
                             Standard Out-of-Service
                             Criteria; Hazardous
                             Materials Safety Permits
                             (Section 610 Review).
------------------------------------------------------------------------


     Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
158.......................  + Safety Monitoring System         2126-AA35
                             and Compliance Initiative
                             for Mexico-Domiciled
                             Motor Carriers Operating
                             in the United States.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation


     Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration--Completed Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
159.......................  Commercial Learner's               2126-AB98
                             Permit Validity (Section
                             610 Review).
------------------------------------------------------------------------


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           Federal Railroad Administration--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
160.......................  + Train Crew Staffing and          2130-AC48
                             Location.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation


           Federal Railroad Administration--Completed Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
161.......................  + Passenger Equipment              2130-AC46
                             Safety Standards
                             Amendments.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation


    Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation--Completed Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
162.......................  Seaway Regulations and             2135-AA45
                             Rules: Periodic Update,
                             Various Categories
                             (Rulemaking Resulting
                             From a Section 610
                             Review).
163.......................  Tariff of Tolls                    2135-AA46
                             (Rulemaking Resulting
                             From a Section 610
                             Review).
------------------------------------------------------------------------


  Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration--Proposed Rule
                                  Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
164.......................  + Pipeline Safety:                 2137-AF06
                             Amendments to Parts 192
                             and 195 to Require Valve
                             Installation and Minimum
                             Rupture Detection
                             Standards.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation


Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration--Final Rule Stage
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
165.......................  + Pipeline Safety: Safety          2137-AE66
                             of Hazardous Liquid
                             Pipelines.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation


    Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration--Completed
                                 Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
166.......................  + Pipeline Safety: Issues          2137-AE93
                             Related to the Use of
                             Plastic Pipe in Gas
                             Pipeline Industry.
167.......................  + Hazardous Materials: Oil         2137-AF08
                             Spill Response Plans and
                             Information Sharing for
                             High-Hazard Flammable
                             Trains (FAST Act).
------------------------------------------------------------------------
+ DOT-designated significant regulation

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Office of the Secretary (OST)

Proposed Rule Stage

143. +Defining Unfair or Deceptive Practices

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 41712
    Abstract: This rulemaking would define the phrase unfair or 
deceptive practice'' found in the Department's aviation consumer 
protection statute. The Department's statute is modeled after a similar 
statute granting the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) the authority to 
regulate unfair or deceptive practices. Using the FTC's policy 
statements as a guide, the Department has found a practice to be unfair 
if it causes or is likely to cause substantial harm, the harm cannot 
reasonably be avoided, and the harm is not outweighed by any 
countervailing benefits to consumers or to competition. Likewise, the 
Department has found a practice to be deceptive if it misleads or is 
likely to mislead a consumer acting reasonably under the circumstances 
with respect to a material issue (one that is likely to affect the 
consumer's decision with regard to a product or service). This 
rulemaking would codify the Department's existing interpretation of 
unfair or deceptive practice,'' and seek comment on any whether changes 
are needed. The rulemaking is not expected to impose monetary costs on 
regulated entities, and will benefit regulated entities by providing a 
clearer understanding of the Department's interpretation of the 
statute.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   12/00/19  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------


[[Page 29674]]

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Blane A. Workie, Assistant General Counsel, 
Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 202-366-9342, Fax: 202-366-
7153, Email: blane.workie@ost.dot.gov.
    RIN: 2105-AE72

144.  +Accessible Lavatories on Single-Aisle Aircraft: Part I 
(Rulemaking Resulting From a Section 610 Review)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: Air Carrier Access Act, 49 U.S.C. 41705; FAA 
Reauthorization Act of 2016, sec. 2108
    Abstract: This rulemaking would require airlines to take steps to 
improve the accessibility of lavatories on single-aisle aircraft short 
of increasing the size of the lavatories. The rulemaking would ensure 
the accessibility of features within an aircraft lavatory, including 
but not limited to, toilet seat, assist handles, faucets, flush 
control, attendant call buttons, lavatory controls and dispensers, 
lavatory door sill, and door locks. The rulemaking would also consider 
standards for the on-board wheelchair to improve its safety/
maneuverability and easily permit its entry into the aircraft lavatory.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   12/00/19  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Blaine A. Workie, Assistant General Counsel, 
Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 202 366-9342, Fax: 202 366-
7153, Email: blane.workie@dot.gov.
    RIN: 2105-AE88

BILLING CODE 4910-9X-P

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Proposed Rule Stage

145. Drug and Alcohol Testing of Certain Maintenance Provider Employees 
Located Outside of the United States

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt.
    Legal Authority: 14 CFR; 49 U.S.C. 106(g); 49 U.S.C. 40113; 49 
U.S.C. 44701; 49 U.S.C. 44702; 49 U.S.C. 44707; 49 U.S.C. 44709; 49 
U.S.C. 44717
    Abstract: This rulemaking would require controlled substance 
testing of some employees working in repair stations located outside of 
the United States. The intended effect is to increase participation by 
companies outside of the United States in testing of employees who 
perform safety critical functions and testing standards similar to 
those used in the repair stations located in the United States. This 
action is necessary to increase the level of safety of the flying 
public. This rulemaking is a statutory mandate under section 308(d) of 
the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (Pub. L. 112-95).
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
ANPRM...............................   03/17/14  79 FR 14621
ANPRM Comment Period Extended.......   05/01/14  79 FR 24631
ANPRM Comment Period End............   05/16/14
ANPRM Comment Period End............   07/17/14
NPRM................................   05/00/19
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Vicky Dunne, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 
20591, Phone: 202 267-8522, Email: vicky.dunne@faa.gov.
    RIN: 2120-AK09

146. +Pilot Records Database (HR 5900)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g); 49 U.S.C. 1155; 49 U.S.C. 40103; 
49 U.S.C. 40113; 49 U.S.C. 40119; 49 U.S.C. 40120; 49 U.S.C. 41706; 49 
U.S.C. 44101; 49 U.S.C. 44111; 49 U.S.C. 44701 to 44705; 49 U.S.C. 
44709 to 44713; 49 U.S.C. 44715 to 44717; 49 U.S.C. 44722; 49 U.S.C. 
45101 to 45105; 49 U.S.C. 46105; 49 U.S.C. 46306; 49 U.S.C. 46315; 49 
U.S.C. 46316; 49 U.S.C. 46504; 49 U.S.C. 46507; 49 U.S.C. 47122; 49 
U.S.C. 47508; 49 U.S.C. 47528 to 47531
    Abstract: This rulemaking would implement a Pilot Records Database 
as required by Public Law 111-216 (Aug. 1, 2010). Section 203 amends 
the Pilot Records Improvement Act by requiring the FAA to create a 
pilot records database that contains various types of pilot records. 
These records would be provided by the FAA, air carriers, and other 
persons who employ pilots. The FAA must maintain these records until it 
receives notice that a pilot is deceased. Air carriers would use this 
database to perform a record check on a pilot prior to making a hiring 
decision.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   09/00/19
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Christopher Morris, Department of Transportation, 
Federal Aviation Administration, 6500 S MacArthur Boulevard, Oklahoma 
City, OK 73169, Phone: 405 954-4646, Email: christopher.morris@faa.gov.
    RIN: 2120-AK31

147. +Requirements To File Notice of Construction of Meteorological 
Evaluation Towers and Other Renewable Energy Projects (Section 610 
Review)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 40103
    Abstract: This rulemaking would add specific requirements for 
proponents who wish to construct meteorological evaluation towers at a 
height of 50 feet above ground level (AGL) up to 200 feet AGL to file 
notice of construction with the FAA. This rule also requires sponsors 
of wind turbines to provide certain specific data when filing notice of 
construction with the FAA. This rulemaking is a statutory mandate under 
section 2110 of the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 
(Pub. L. 114-190).
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   08/00/19
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Sheri Edgett-Baron, Air Traffic Service, Department 
of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20591, Phone: 202 267-9354.
    RIN: 2120-AK77

148. +Operations of Small Unmanned Aircraft Over People

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(f); 49 U.S.C. 40101; 49 U.S.C. 
40103(b); 49 U.S.C. 44701(a)(5); Pub. L. 112-95, sec. 333
    Abstract: This rulemaking would address the performance-based 
standards and means-of-compliance for operation of small unmanned 
aircraft systems (UAS) over people not directly participating in the 
operation or not under a covered structure or inside a

[[Page 29675]]

stationary vehicle that can provide reasonable protection from a 
falling small unmanned aircraft. This rule would provide relief from 
certain operational restrictions implemented in the Operation and 
Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems final rule (RIN 2120-
AJ60).
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   02/13/19  84 FR 3856
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/15/19
Analyzing Comments..................   08/00/19
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Guido Hassig, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Aviation Administration, 1 Airport Way, Rochester, NY 14624, Phone: 
585-436-3880, Email: guido.hassig@faa.gov.
    RIN: 2120-AK85

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Final Rule Stage

149. +Airport Safety Management System

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 44706; 49 U.S.C. 106(g); 49 U.S.C. 
40113; 49 U.S.C. 44701 to 44706; 49 U.S.C. 44709; 49 U.S.C. 44719
    Abstract: This rulemaking would require certain airport certificate 
holders to develop, implement, maintain, and adhere to a safety 
management system (SMS) for its aviation related activities. An SMS is 
a formalized approach to managing safety by developing an organization-
wide safety policy, developing formal methods of identifying hazards, 
analyzing and mitigating risk, developing methods for ensuring 
continuous safety improvement, and creating organization-wide safety 
promotion strategies.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   10/07/10  75 FR 62008
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   12/10/10  75 FR 76928
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/05/11  .......................
End of Extended Comment Period......   03/07/11
Second Extension of Comment Period..   03/07/11  76 FR 12300
End of Second Extended Comment         07/05/11
 Period.
Second NPRM.........................   07/14/16  81 FR 45871
Second NPRM Comment Period End......   09/12/16
Final Rule..........................   12/00/19
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Keri Lyons, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 
20591, Phone: 202 267-8972, Email: keri.lyons@faa.gov.
    RIN: 2120-AJ38

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Long-Term Actions

150. +Regulation of Flight Operations Conducted by Alaska Guide Pilots

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g); 49 U.S.C. 1153; 49 U.S.C. 1155; 
49 U.S.C. 40101 to 40103; 49 U.S.C. 40113; 49 U.S.C. 40120; 49 U.S.C. 
44101; 49 U.S.C. 44105 to 44016; 49 U.S.C. 44111; 49 U.S.C. 44701 to 
44717; 49 U.S.C. 44722; 49 U.S.C. 44901; 49 U.S.C. 44903 to 44904; 49 
U.S.C. 44906; 49 U.S.C. 44912; 49 U.S.C. 44914; 49 U.S.C. 44936; 49 
U.S.C. 44938; 49 U.S.C. 46103; 49 U.S.C. 46105; 49 U.S.C. 46306; 49 
U.S.C. 46315 to 46316; 49 U.S.C. 46504; 49 U.S.C. 46506 to 46507; 49 
U.S.C. 47122; 49 U.S.C. 47508; 49 U.S.C. 47528 to 47531; Articles 12 
and 29 of 61 Stat. 1180; Pub. L. 106-181, sec. 732
    Abstract: The rulemaking would establish regulations concerning 
Alaska guide pilot operations. The rulemaking would implement 
Congressional legislation and establish additional safety requirements 
for the conduct of these operations. The intended effect of this 
rulemaking is to enhance the level of safety for persons and property 
transported in Alaska guide pilot operations. In addition, the 
rulemaking would add a general provision applicable to pilots operating 
under the general operating and flight rules concerning falsification, 
reproduction, and alteration of applications, logbooks, reports, or 
records. This rulemaking is a statutory mandate under section 732 of 
the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st 
Century, (Pub. L. 106-181).
    Timetable: Next Action Undetermined.
    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jeff Smith, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 
20785, Phone: 202 385-9615, Email: jeffrey.smith@faa.gov.
    RIN: 2120-AJ78

151. +Applying the Flight, Duty, and Rest Requirements to Ferry Flights 
That Follow Domestic, Flag, or Supplemental All-Cargo Operations 
(Reauthorization)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g); 49 U.S.C. 40113; 49 U.S.C. 
40119; 49 U.S.C. 41706; 49 U.S.C. 44101; 49 U.S.C. 44701; 49 U.S.C. 
44702; 49 U.S.C. 44705; 49 U.S.C. 44709 to 44711; 49 U.S.C. 44713; 49 
U.S.C. 44716; 49 U.S.C. 44717
    Abstract: This rulemaking would apply the flight, duty, and rest 
requirements for domestic, flag and supplemental operations to ferry 
flights that follow domestic, flag or supplemental all-cargo 
operations. A ferry flight that follows a domestic, flag or 
supplemental all-cargo operation would be subject to the same flight, 
duty, and rest rules as the all-cargo operation it follows. This rule 
is necessary as it would make part 121 flight, duty, and rest limits 
applicable to tail-end ferry flights that follow an all-cargo 
operation.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
ANPRM...............................   05/00/20
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dale Roberts, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 
20591, Phone: 202 267-5749, Email: dale.roberts@faa.gov.
    RIN: 2120-AK22

152. +Applying the Flight, Duty, and Rest Rules of 14 CFR Part 135 to 
Tail-End Ferry Operations (FAA Reauthorization)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g); 49 U.S.C. 1153; 49 U.S.C. 40101; 
49 U.S.C. 40102; 49 U.S.C. 40103; 49 U.S.C. 40113; 49 U.S.C. 41706; 49 
U.S.C. 44105; 49 U.S.C. 44106; 49 U.S.C. 44111; 49 U.S.C. 44701 to 
44717; 49

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U.S.C. 44722; 49 U.S.C. 44901; 49 U.S.C. 44903; 49 U.S.C. 44904; 49 
U.S.C. 44906; 49 U.S.C. 44912; 49 U.S.C. 44914; 49 U.S.C. 44936; 49 
U.S.C. 44938; 49 U.S.C. 45101 to 45105; 49 U.S.C. 46103
    Abstract: This rulemaking would require a flightcrew member who is 
employed by an air carrier conducting operations under part 135, and 
who accepts an additional assignment for flying under part 91 from the 
air carrier or from any other air carrier conducting operations under 
part 121 or 135, to apply the period of the additional assignment 
toward any limitation applicable to the flightcrew member relating to 
duty periods or flight times under part 135.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
ANPRM...............................   05/00/20
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dale Roberts, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 
20591, Phone: 202 267-5749, Email: dale.roberts@faa.gov.
    RIN: 2120-AK26

153. +Aircraft Registration and Airmen Certification Fees

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt.
    Legal Authority: 31 U.S.C. 9701; 4 U.S.T. 1830; 49 U.S.C. 106(f); 
49 U.S.C. 106(g); 49 U.S.C. 106(l)(6); 49 U.S.C. 40104; 49 U.S.C. 
40105; 49 U.S.C. 40109; 49 U.S.C. 40113; 49 U.S.C. 40114; 49 U.S.C. 
44101 to 44108; 49 U.S.C. 44110 to 44113; 49 U.S.C. 44701 to 44704; 49 
U.S.C. 44707; 49 U.S.C. 44709 to 44711; 49 U.S.C. 44713; 49 U.S.C. 
45102; 49 U.S.C. 45103; 49 U.S.C. 45301; 49 U.S.C. 45302; 49 U.S.C. 
45305; 49 U.S.C. 46104; 49 U.S.C. 46301; Pub. L. 108-297, 118 Stat. 
1095
    Abstract: This rulemaking would establish fees for airman 
certificates, medical certificates, and provision of legal opinions 
pertaining to aircraft registration or recordation. This rulemaking 
also would revise existing fees for aircraft registration, recording of 
security interests in aircraft or aircraft parts, and replacement of an 
airman certificate. This rulemaking addresses provisions of the FAA 
Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. This rulemaking is intended to 
recover the estimated costs of the various services and activities for 
which fees would be established or revised.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/00/20
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Isra Raza, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 
20591, Phone: 202 267-8994, Email: isra.raza@faa.gov.
    RIN: 2120-AK37

154. +Helicopter Air Ambulance Pilot Training and Operational 
Requirements (HAA II) (FAA Reauthorization)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(f); 49 U.S.C. 106(g); 49 U.S.C. 
40113; 49 U.S.C. 41706; 49 U.S.C. 44701; 49 U.S.C. 44702; 49 U.S.C. 
44705; 49 U.S.C. 44709; 49 U.S.C. 44711 to 44713; 49 U.S.C. 44715 to 
44717; 49 U.S.C. 44722; 49 U.S.C. 44730; 49 U.S.C. 45101 to 45105
    Abstract: This rulemaking would develop training requirements for 
crew resource management, flight risk evaluation, and operational 
control of the pilot in command, as well as to develop standards for 
the use of flight simulation training devices and line-oriented flight 
training. Additionally, it would establish requirements for the use of 
safety equipment for flight crewmembers and flight nurses. These 
changes will aid in the increase in aviation safety and increase 
survivability in the event of an accident. Without these changes, the 
Helicopter Air Ambulance industry may continue to see the unacceptable 
high rate of aircraft accidents. This rulemaking is a statutory mandate 
under section 306(e) of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 
(Pub. L. 112-95).
    Timetable: Next Action Undetermined.
    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Chris Holliday, Department of Transportation, 
Federal Aviation Administration, 801 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 
Washington, DC 20024, Phone: 202 267-4552, Email: 
chris.holliday@faa.gov.
    RIN: 2120-AK57

155. +Registration and Marking Requirements for Small Unmanned Aircraft

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(f), 49 U.S.C. 41703, 44101 to 44106, 
44110 to 44113, and 44701
    Abstract: This rulemaking would provide an alternative, streamlined 
and simple, web-based aircraft registration process for the 
registration of small unmanned aircraft, including small unmanned 
aircraft operated as model aircraft, to facilitate compliance with the 
statutory requirement that all aircraft register prior to operation. It 
would also provide a simpler method for marking small unmanned aircraft 
that is more appropriate for these aircraft. This action responds to 
public comments received regarding the proposed registration process in 
the Operation and Certification of Small Unmanned Aircraft notice of 
proposed rulemaking, the request for information regarding unmanned 
aircraft system registration, and the recommendations from the Unmanned 
Aircraft System Registration Task Force.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Interim Final Rule..................   12/16/15  80 FR 78593
Interim Final Rule Effective........   12/21/15
OMB approval of information            12/21/15  80 FR 79255
 collection.
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      01/15/16
 End.
Next Action Undetermined.
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Sara Mikolop, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 
20591, Phone: 202 267-7776, Email: sara.mikolop@faa.gov.
    RIN: 2120-AK82

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Proposed Rule Stage

156. +Controlled Substances and Alcohol Testing: State Driver's 
Licensing Agency Downgrade of Commercial Driver's License (Section 610 
Review)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 31136 (a); 49 U.S.C. 31305 (a); 49 
U.S.C. 31306a; U.S.C. 31311(a)
    Abstract: The Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol 
Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse) final rule (81 FR 87686 (Dec. 5, 2016), 
requires State Driver Licensing Agencies

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(SDLAs) to check the Clearinghouse before issuing, renewing, 
transferring, or upgrading a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) to 
determine whether the driver is qualified to operate a commercial motor 
vehicle (CMV). Drivers who commit drug or alcohol testing violations 
are prohibited from operating a CMV until complying with return-to-duty 
requirements. FMCSA plans to propose, requirements on SDLAs to take 
specific actions for individuals subject to the CMV driving 
prohibition. FMCSA also looks to propose alternate additional actions 
SDLAs may be required to take after receiving notice that a driver 
licensed in their State is subject to the driving ban. The NPRM would 
also revise how reports of actual knowledge violations, based on a 
citation for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in a CMV, would be 
maintained in the Clearinghouse. These proposed changes would improve 
highway safety by increasing compliance with existing drug and alcohol 
program requirements.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Juan Moya, Department of Transportation, Federal 
Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, 
Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 202 366-4844, Email: juan.moya@dot.gov.
    RIN: 2126-AC11

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Final Rule Stage

157. Incorporation by Reference; North American Standard Out-of-Service 
Criteria; Hazardous Materials Safety Permits (Section 610 Review)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt.
    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 5105; 49 U.S.C. 5109
    Abstract: This action will update an existing Incorporation by 
Reference (by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) of the North 
American Standard Out-of-Service Criteria and Level VI Inspection 
Procedures and Out-of-Service for Commercial Highway Vehicles 
Transporting Transuranics and Highway Route Controlled Quantities of 
Radioactive Materials as defined in 49 CFR part 173.403.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/31/18  83 FR 67705
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/30/19
Final Rule..........................   06/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Stephanie Dunlap, Department of Transportation, 
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, 
Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 202 366-3536, Email: 
stephanie.dunlap@dot.gov.
    RIN: 2126-AC01

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Long-Term Actions

158. +Safety Monitoring System and Compliance Initiative for Mexico-
Domiciled Motor Carriers Operating in the United States

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 107-87, sec. 350; 49 U.S.C. 113; 49 U.S.C. 
31136; 49 U.S.C. 31144; 49 U.S.C. 31502; 49 U.S.C. 504; 49 U.S.C. 5113; 
49 U.S.C. 521(b)(5)(A)
    Abstract: This rule would implement a safety monitoring system and 
compliance initiative designed to evaluate the continuing safety 
fitness of all Mexico-domiciled carriers within 18 months after 
receiving a provisional Certificate of Registration or provisional 
authority to operate in the United States. It also would establish 
suspension and revocation procedures for provisional Certificates of 
Registration and operating authority, and incorporate criteria to be 
used by FMCSA in evaluating whether Mexico-domiciled carriers exercise 
basic safety management controls. The interim rule included 
requirements that were not proposed in the NPRM, but which are 
necessary to comply with the FY-2002 DOT Appropriations Act. On January 
16, 2003, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals remanded this rule, along 
with two other NAFTA-related rules, to the Agency, requiring a full 
environmental impact statement and an analysis required by the Clean 
Air Act. On June 7, 2004, the Supreme Court reversed the Ninth Circuit 
and remanded the case, holding that FMCSA is not required to prepare 
the environmental documents. FMCSA originally planned to publish a 
final rule by November 28, 2003.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/03/01  66 FR 22415
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/02/01
Interim Final Rule..................   03/19/02  67 FR 12758
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      04/18/02
 End.
Interim Final Rule Effective........   05/03/02
Notice of Intent To Prepare an EIS..   08/26/03  68 FR 51322
EIS Public Scoping Meetings.........   10/08/03  68 FR 58162
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dolores Macias, Acting Division Chief, Department 
of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 1200 
New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 202 366-2995, Email: 
dolores.macias@dot.gov.
    RIN: 2126-AA35

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Completed Actions

159. Commercial Learner's Permit Validity (Section 610 Review)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 31305; 49 U.S.C. 31308
    Abstract: This rulemaking would amend Commercial Driver's License 
(CDL) regulations to allow a commercial learner's permit to be issued 
for one year, without renewal. This rule would not require a State to 
revise its current CLP issuance practices, unless it chooses to do so. 
This change would reduce costs to CDL applicants who are unable to 
complete the required training and testing within the current validity 
period, with no expected negative safety benefits.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/12/17  82 FR 26888
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/11/17
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/11/17
Final Rule..........................   12/21/18  83 FR 65564

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Final Rule Effective................   12/21/18
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Thomas Yager, Driver and Carrier Operations 
Division, Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 
202 366-4325, Email: tom.yager@dot.gov.
    RIN: 2126-AB98

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

Long-Term Actions

160. +Train Crew Staffing and Location

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 28 U.S.C. 2461, note; 49 CFR 1.89; 49 U.S.C. 
20103; 49 U.S.C. 20107; 49 U.S.C. 21301 and 21302; 49 U.S.C. 21304
    Abstract: This rule would establish requirements to appropriately 
address known safety risks posed by train operations that use fewer 
than two crewmembers. FRA is considering options based on public 
comments on the proposed rule and other information.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/15/16  81 FR 13918
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/16/16
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kathryn Gresham, Trial Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE, Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 202 493-6063, Email: 
kathryn.gresham@dot.gov.
    RIN: 2130-AC48

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

Completed Actions

161. +Passenger Equipment Safety Standards Amendments

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 20103
    Abstract: This rulemaking would update existing safety standards 
for passenger rail equipment. Specifically, the rulemaking would add a 
new tier of passenger equipment safety standards (Tier III) to 
facilitate the safe implementation of nation-wide, interoperable, high-
speed passenger rail service at speeds up to 220 mph. The Tier III 
standards require operations at speeds above 125 mph to be in an 
exclusive right-of-way without grade crossings. This rule would also 
establish crashworthiness and occupant protection performance 
requirements as an alternative to those currently specified for Tier I 
passenger trainsets. Additionally, the rule would increase from 150 mph 
to 160 mph the maximum speed for passenger equipment that complies with 
FRA's Tier II standards. The rule is expected to ease regulatory 
burdens, allow the development of advanced technology, and increase 
safety benefits.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/06/16  81 FR 88006
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/06/17
Final Rule..........................   11/21/18  83 FR 59182
Final Rule Effective................   01/22/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kathryn Gresham, Trial Attorney, Department of 
Transportation, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue 
SE, Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 202 493-6063, Email: 
kathryn.gresham@dot.gov.
    RIN: 2130-AC46

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC)

Completed Actions

162. Seaway Regulations and Rules: Periodic Update, Various Categories 
(Rulemaking Resulting From a Section 610 Review)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt.
    Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 981 et seq.
    Abstract: The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) 
and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation and the St. Lawrence 
Seaway Management corporation (SLSMC) of Canada, under international 
agreement, jointly publish and presently administer the St. Lawrence 
Seaway Regulations and Rules (Practices and Procedures in Canada) in 
their respective jurisdictions. Under agreement with the SLSMC, the 
SLSDC is amending the joint regulations by updating the Seaway 
Regulations and Rules in various categories.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   03/13/19  84 FR 8983
Final Rule Effective................   03/30/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Carrie Lavigne, Department of Transportation, Saint 
Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, 
Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 315 764-3231, Email: carrie.mann@dot.gov.
    RIN: 2135-AA45

163. Tariff of Tolls (Rulemaking Resulting From a Section 610 Review)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt.
    Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 981 et seq.
    Abstract: The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development corporation (SLSDC) 
and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) of Canada, 
under international agreement, jointly publish and presently administer 
the St. Lawrence Seaway Tariff of Tolls in their respective 
jurisdictions. The Tariff sets forth the level of tolls assessed on all 
commodities and vessels transiting the facilities operated by the SLSDC 
and the SLSMC.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   03/13/19  84 FR 8984
Final Rule Effective................   03/30/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Carrie Lavigne, Department of Transportation, Saint 
Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, 
Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 315 764-3231, Email: carrie.mann@dot.gov.
    RIN: 2135-AA46

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

Proposed Rule Stage

164. +Pipeline Safety: Amendments to Parts 192 and 195 To Require Valve 
Installation and Minimum Rupture Detection Standards

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 60101 et seq.
    Abstract: PHMSA is proposing to revise the Pipeline Safety 
Regulations applicable to newly constructed or entirely replaced 
natural gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipelines to improve 
rupture mitigation and shorten pipeline segment isolation times in high 
consequence and select non-high consequence areas. The proposed rule 
defines certain pipeline events as ``ruptures'' and outlines certain 
performance standards related to rupture identification and pipeline 
segment isolation. PHMSA also proposes specific valve maintenance and 
inspection requirements, and 9-1-1 notification requirements to help 
operators achieve better rupture response and mitigation. The rule 
addresses congressional mandates, incorporate recommendations from the 
National Transportation Safety Board, and are necessary to reduce the 
serious consequences of large-volume, uncontrolled releases of natural 
gas and hazardous liquids.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Robert Jagger, Technical Writer, Department of 
Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, 
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 202 366-4595, 
Email: robert.jagger@dot.gov.
    RIN: 2137-AF06

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

Final Rule Stage

165. +Pipeline Safety: Safety of Hazardous Liquid Pipelines

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 60101 et seq.
    Abstract: This rulemaking amends the Pipeline Safety Regulations to 
improve protection of the public, property, and the environment by 
closing regulatory gaps where appropriate, and ensuring that operators 
are increasing the detection and remediation of unsafe conditions, and 
mitigating the adverse effects of hazardous liquid pipeline failures.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   10/18/10  75 FR 63774
Comment Period Extended.............   01/04/11  76 FR 303
ANPRM Comment Period End............   01/18/11
Extended Comment Period End.........   02/18/11
NPRM................................   10/13/15  80 FR 61610
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/08/16
Final Rule..........................   07/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Cameron H. Satterthwaite, Transportation 
Regulations Specialist, Department of Transportation, Pipeline and 
Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, 
Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 202 366-8553, Email: 
cameron.satterthwaite@dot.gov.
    RIN: 2137-AE66

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

Completed Actions

166. +Pipeline Safety: Issues Related to the Use of Plastic Pipe in Gas 
Pipeline Industry

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 60101 et seq.
    Abstract: PHMSA is amending the Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations 
that govern the use of plastic piping systems in the transportation of 
natural and other gas. These amendments are necessary to enhance 
pipeline safety, adopt innovative technologies and best practices, and 
respond to petitions from stakeholders. The amendments include an 
increased design factor for polyethylene (PE) pipe, stronger mechanical 
fitting requirements, new and updated riser standards, new accepted 
uses of Polyamide-11 (PA-11) thermoplastic pipe, authorization to use 
Polyamide-12 (PA-12) thermoplastic pipe and new or updated consensus 
standards for pipe, fittings, and other components.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/21/15  80 FR 29263
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/31/15
Final Rule..........................   11/20/18  83 FR 58694
Final Rule Effective................   01/22/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Cameron H. Satterthwaite, Transportation 
Regulations Specialist, Department of Transportation, Pipeline and 
Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, 
Washington, DC 20590, Phone: 202 366-8553, Email: 
cameron.satterthwaite@dot.gov.
    RIN: 2137-AE93

167. +Hazardous Materials: Oil Spill Response Plans and Information 
Sharing for High-Hazard Flammable Trains (FAST Act)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1321; 49 U.S.C. 5101 et seq.
    Abstract: This rulemaking expanded the applicability of 
comprehensive oil spill response plans (OSRP) based on thresholds of 
liquid petroleum oil that apply to an entire train consist. The 
rulemaking also required railroads to share information about high-
hazard flammable train operations with state and tribal emergency 
response commissions to improve community preparedness in accordance 
with the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act of 2015 (FAST 
Act). Finally, the rulemaking incorporated by reference an initial 
boiling point test for flammable liquids for better consistency with 
the American National Standards Institute/American Petroleum Institute 
Recommend Practices 3000, Classifying and Loading of Crude Oil into 
Rail Tank Cars,'' First Edition, September 2014.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   08/01/14  79 FR 45079
ANPRM Comment Period End............   09/30/14
NPRM................................   07/29/16  81 FR 50067
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/27/16
Final Rule..........................   02/28/19  84 FR 6910
Final Rule Effective................   04/01/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

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    Agency Contact: Alexander Wolcott, Transportation Regulations 
Specialist, Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous 
Materials Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, 
DC 20590, Phone: 202 366-8553, Email: alexander.wolcott@dot.gov.
    RIN: 2137-AF08

[FR Doc. 2019-11941 Filed 6-21-19; 8:45 am]
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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

31 CFR Subtitles A and B


Semiannual Agenda

AGENCY: Department of the Treasury.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: This notice is given pursuant to the requirements of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act and Executive Order 12866 (``Regulatory 
Planning and Review''), which require the publication by the Department 
of a semiannual agenda of regulations.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Agency contact identified in the 
item relating to that regulation.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The semiannual regulatory agenda includes 
regulations that the Department has issued or expects to issue and 
rules currently in effect that are under departmental or bureau review.
    Beginning with the fall 2007 edition, the internet has been the 
primary medium for disseminating the Unified Agenda. The complete 
Unified Agenda will be available online at www.reginfo.gov and 
www.regulations.gov, in a format that offers users an enhanced ability 
to obtain information from the Agenda database. Because publication in 
the Federal Register is mandated for the regulatory flexibility agenda 
required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602), Treasury's 
printed agenda entries include only:
    (1) Rules that are in the regulatory flexibility agenda, in 
accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, because they are likely 
to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities; and
    (2) Rules that have been identified for periodic review under 
section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    Printing of these entries is limited to fields that contain 
information required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act's Agenda 
requirements. Additional information on these entries is available in 
the Unified Agenda available on the internet.
    The semiannual agenda of the Department of the Treasury conforms to 
the Unified Agenda format developed by the Regulatory Information 
Service Center (RISC).

 Michael Briskin,
Deputy Assistant General Counsel for General Law and Regulation.

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       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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168.......................  Enforcement of Copyrights          1515-AE26
                             and the Digital
                             Millennium Copyright Act.
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               Customs Revenue Function--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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169.......................  Modernized Drawback.......         1515-AE23
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              Internal Revenue Service--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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170.......................  Section 42 Average Income          1545-BO92
                             Test.
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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY (TREAS)

Customs Revenue Function (CUSTOMS)

Proposed Rule Stage

168. Enforcement of Copyrights and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined
    Abstract: This rule amends the U.S. Customs and Border Protection 
(CBP) regulations pertaining to importations of merchandise that 
violate or are suspected of violating the copyright laws in accordance 
with title III of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 
2015 (TFTEA) and certain provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright 
Act (DMCA).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Charles Steuart, Chief, Intellectual Property 
Rights Branch, Department of the Treasury, Customs Revenue Function, 
Regulations and Rulings, Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs 
and Border Protection, 90 K Street NE, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 
20229-1177, Phone: 202 325-0093, Fax: 202 325-0120, Email: 
charles.r.steuart@cbp.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1515-AE26

DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY (TREAS)

Customs Revenue Function (CUSTOMS)

Completed Actions

169. Modernized Drawback

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 19 U.S.C. 1313
    Abstract: This rule amends the U.S. Customs and Border Protection 
(CBP) regulations by adding a new part 190 to implement changes to the 
drawback laws contained in the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement 
Act of 2015. These regulations will codify the requirements under the 
amended drawback statute by, among other things, requiring claims be 
filed electronically, extending and standardizing timelines for filing 
claims, modifying record-keeping requirements, and establishing a new 
standard for substituting merchandise based on its

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tariff classification. This document will also make technical 
corrections to ensure that the regulations are up-to-date and to make 
conforming changes to other regulations involving drawback.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   12/18/18  83 FR 64942
Final Rule With Exceptions Outlined    12/17/18
 in Rule Effective.
Final Rule for Amendments Re:          02/19/19
 Drawback of Excise Taxes Effective.
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Randy Mitchell, Phone: 202 863-6532, Email: 
randy.mitchell@cbp.dhs.gov.
    RIN: 1515-AE23

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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY (TREAS)

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Proposed Rule Stage

170. Section 42 Average Income Test

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 26 U.S.C. 7805; 26 U.S.C. 42
    Abstract: The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 added a new 
applicable minimum set-aside test under section 42(g) of the Internal 
Revenue Code known as the average income test. This proposed regulation 
will implement requirements related to the average income test.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dillon J. Taylor, Attorney, Department of the 
Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 
5107, Washington, DC 20224, Phone: 202 317-4137, Fax: 855 591-7867, 
Email: dillon.j.taylor@irscounsel.treas.gov.
    RIN: 1545-BO92

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36 CFR Ch. XI


Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

AGENCY: Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board 
submits the following agenda of proposed regulatory activities which 
may be conducted by the agency during the next 12 months. This 
regulatory agenda may be revised by the agency during the coming months 
as a result of action taken by the Board.

ADDRESSES:  Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, 
1331 F Street NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20004-1111.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information concerning Board 
regulations and proposed actions, contact Gretchen Jacobs, General 
Counsel, (202) 272-0040 (voice) or (202) 272-0062 (TTY).

David M. Capozzi,
Executive Director.

   Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board--Prerule
                                  Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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171.......................  Americans With                     3014-AA42
                             Disabilities Act (ADA)
                             Accessibility Guidelines
                             for Transportation
                             Vehicles; Rail Vehicles.
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ARCHITECTURAL AND TRANSPORTATION BARRIERS COMPLIANCE BOARD (ATBCB)

Prerule Stage

171. Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility Guidelines for 
Transportation Vehicles; Rail Vehicles

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 12204
    Abstract: This rulemaking would update the Access Board's existing 
accessibility guidelines for transportation vehicles that operate on 
fixed guideway systems (e.g., rapid rail, light rail, commuter rail, 
and intercity rail) and are covered by the Americans with Disabilities 
Act. The existing ``rail vehicles'' guidelines, which are located at 36 
CFR part 1192, subparts C to F and H, were initially promulgated in 
1991, and are in need of an update to, among other things, keep pace 
with newer accessibility-related technologies, harmonize with recently-
developed national and international consensus standards, and 
incorporate recommendations from the Board's Rail Vehicles Access 
Advisory Committee's 2015 Report. Revisions or updates to the rail 
vehicles guidelines would be intended to ensure that ADA-covered rail 
vehicles are readily accessible to and usable by individuals with 
disabilities. Compliance with any revised rail vehicles guidelines 
would not be required until these guidelines are adopted by the U.S. 
Department of Transportation in a separate rulemaking.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice of Intent to Establish          02/14/13  78 FR 10581
 Advisory Committee.
Notice of Establishment of Advisory    05/23/13  78 FR 30828
 Committee; Appointment of Members.
ANPRM...............................   12/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined.
    Agency Contact: Gretchen Jacobs, General Counsel, Architectural and 
Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, 1331 F Street NW, Suite 1000, 
Washington, DC 20004-1111, Phone: 202 272-0040, TDD Phone: 202 272-
0062, Fax: 202 272-0081, Email: jacobs@access-board.gov.
    RIN: 3014-AA42

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COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED

41 CFR Ch. 51


Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely 
Disabled.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: This document sets forth the regulatory agenda of the 
Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. 
This agenda is issued in accordance with Executive Order 12866 and the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act. The agenda lists regulations that are 
currently under development or review or that the Committee expects to 
have under development or review during the next 12 months. The purpose 
for publishing this agenda is to advise the public of the Committee's 
current and future regulatory actions.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on the agenda 
in general, contact Shelly Hammond, Director, Contracting and Policy, 
Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, 
1401 S Clark Street, Suite 715, Arlington, VA 22202; (703) 603-2127.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under Executive Order 12866 (58 FR 51735, 
October 4, 1993), each agency is required to prepare an agenda of all 
regulations under development or review. The Regulatory Flexibility Act 
(5 U.S.C. 601 to 612) has s similar agenda requirement (5 U.S.C. 602). 
Under the law, the agenda must list any regulation that is likely to 
have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities.
    The Office of Management and Budget has issued guidelines 
prescribing the form and content of the regulatory agenda. Under those 
guidelines, the agenda must list all regulatory activities being 
conducted or reviewed in the next 12 months and provide certain 
specified information on each regulation. All of the items on this 
agenda are current or projected rulemakings.

    Dated: March 6, 2019.
Shelly Hammond,
Director of Contracting & Policy.

 Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled--
                           Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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172.......................  Significant Revisions of           3037-AA12
                             Part 51, Committee for
                             Purchase From People Who
                             Are Blind or Severely
                             Disabled (Rulemaking
                             Resulting From a Section
                             610 Review).
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COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED 
(CPBSD)

Proposed Rule Stage

172. Significant Revisions of Part 51, Committee for Purchase From 
People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled (Rulemaking Resulting From a 
Section 610 Review)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 41 U.S.C. 85
    Abstract: We are issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to 
41 CFR 51 to address inconsistencies within the chapter or with the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation addressing the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act 
or the AbilityOne Program. This rule was originally published in 1991 
and these revisions will clarify the roles and responsibilities of the 
Committee.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/00/19  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Shelly Hammond, Director, Policy and Programs, 
Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, 
1401 S Clark Street, Suite 715, Arlington, VA 22202, Phone: 703 603-
2127, Email: shammond@abilityone.gov.
    RIN: 3037-AA12

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40 CFR Ch. I

[FRL 9990-93-OP; EPA-HQ-OAR-2019-0168]


Spring 2019 Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

AGENCY: Environmental Protection Agency.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes the 
Semiannual Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions online at 
https://www.reginfo.gov and at https://www.regulations.gov to update 
the public. This document contains information about:
     Regulations in the Semiannual Agenda that are under 
development, completed, or canceled since the last agenda; and
     Reviews of regulations with small business impacts under 
Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions or comments 
about a particular action, please get in touch with the agency contact 
listed in each agenda entry. If you have general questions about the 
Semiannual Agenda, please contact: Caryn Muellerleile 
(muellerleile.caryn@epa.gov; 202-564-2855).

Table of Contents

I. Introduction
    A. EPA's Regulatory Information
    B. What key statutes and Executive Orders guide EPA's rule and 
policymaking process?
    C. How can you be involved in EPA's rule and policymaking 
process?
II. Semiannual Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions
    A. What actions are included in the e-Agenda and the Regulatory 
Flexibility Agenda?
    B. How is the e-Agenda organized?
    C. What information is in the Regulatory Flexibility Agenda and 
the e-Agenda?
    D. What tools are available for mining Regulatory Agenda data 
and for finding more about EPA rules and policies?
III. Review of Regulations Under 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility 
Act
    A. Reviews of Rules With Significant Impacts on a Substantial 
Number of Small Entities
    B. What other special attention does EPA give to the impacts of 
rules on small businesses, small governments, and small nonprofit 
organizations?
IV. Thank You for Collaborating With Us

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Introduction

    EPA is committed to a regulatory strategy that effectively achieves 
the Agency's mission of protecting the environment and the health, 
welfare, and safety of Americans while also supporting economic growth, 
job creation, competitiveness, and innovation. EPA publishes the 
Semiannual Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions to update the 
public about regulatory activity undertaken in support of this mission. 
In the Semiannual Agenda, EPA provides notice of our plans to review, 
propose, and issue regulations.
    Additionally, EPA's Semiannual Agenda includes information about 
rules that may have a significant economic impact on a substantial 
number of small entities, and review of those regulations under the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act, as amended.
    In this document, EPA explains in greater detail the types of 
actions and information available in the Semiannual Agenda and actions 
that are currently undergoing review specifically for impacts on small 
entities.

A. EPA's Regulatory Information

    ``E-Agenda,'' ``online regulatory agenda,'' and ``semiannual 
regulatory agenda'' all refer to the same comprehensive collection of 
information that, until 2007, was published in the Federal Register. 
Currently, this information is only available through an online 
database, at both www.reginfo.gov/ and www.regulations.gov.
    ``Regulatory Flexibility Agenda'' refers to a document that 
contains information about regulations that may have a significant 
impact on a substantial number of small entities. We continue to 
publish this document in the Federal Register pursuant to the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980. This document is available at 
https://www.govinfo.gov/app/collection/fr.
    ``Unified Regulatory Agenda'' refers to the collection of all 
agencies' agendas with an introduction prepared by the Regulatory 
Information Service Center facilitated by the General Service 
Administration.
    ``Regulatory Agenda Preamble'' refers to the document you are 
reading now. It appears as part of the Regulatory Flexibility Agenda 
and introduces both EPA's Regulatory Flexibility Agenda and the e-
Agenda.
    ``610 Review'' as required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act means 
a periodic review within ten years of promulgating a final rule that 
has or may have a significant economic impact on a substantial number 
of small entities. EPA maintains a list of these actions at https://
www.epa.gov/reg-flex/section-610-reviews. EPA is initiating one 610 
review in spring 2019.

B. What key statutes and Executive Orders guide EPA's rule and 
policymaking process?

    A number of environmental laws authorize EPA's actions, including 
but not limited to:

 Clean Air Act (CAA),
 Clean Water Act (CWA),
 Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and 
Liability Act (CERCLA, or Superfund),
 Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA),
 Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA),
 Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA),
 Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), and
 Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).
    Not only must EPA comply with environmental laws, but also 
administrative legal requirements that apply to the issuance of 
regulations, such as: The Administrative Procedure Act (APA), the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) as amended by the Small Business 
Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act (SBREFA), the Unfunded Mandates 
Reform Act (UMRA), the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), the National 
Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (NTTAA), and the Congressional 
Review Act (CRA).
    EPA also meets a number of requirements contained in numerous 
Executive Orders: 13771, ``Reducing Regulation and Controlling 
Regulatory Costs'' (82 FR 9339, Feb. 3, 2017); 12866, ``Regulatory 
Planning and Review'' (58 FR 51735, Oct. 4, 1993), as supplemented by 
Executive Order 13563, ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review'' 
(76 FR 3821, Jan. 21, 2011); 12898, ``Environmental Justice'' (59 FR 
7629, Feb. 16, 1994); 13045, ``Children's Health Protection'' (62 FR 
19885, Apr. 23, 1997); 13132, ``Federalism'' (64 FR 43255, Aug. 10, 
1999); 13175, ``Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal 
Governments'' (65 FR 67249, Nov. 9, 2000); 13211, ``Actions Concerning 
Regulations That Significantly Affect Energy Supply, Distribution, or 
Use'' (66 FR 28355, May 22, 2001).

C. How can you be involved in EPA's rule and policymaking process?

    You can make your voice heard by getting in touch with the contact 
person provided in each agenda entry. EPA encourages you to participate 
as early in the process as possible. You may also

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participate by commenting on proposed rules published in the Federal 
Register (FR).
    Instructions on how to submit your comments through https://
www.regulations.gov are provided in each Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 
(NPRM). To be most effective, comments should contain information and 
data that support your position and you also should explain why EPA 
should incorporate your suggestion in the rule or other type of action. 
You can be particularly helpful and persuasive if you provide examples 
to illustrate your concerns and offer specific alternative(s) to that 
proposed by EPA.
    EPA believes its actions will be more cost effective and protective 
if the development process includes stakeholders working with us to 
help identify the most practical and effective solutions to 
environmental problems. EPA encourages you to become involved in its 
rule and policymaking process. For more information about EPA's efforts 
to increase transparency, participation and collaboration in EPA 
activities, please visit https://www.epa.gov/open.

II. Semiannual Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

A. What actions are included in the e-Agenda and the Regulatory 
Flexibility Agenda?

    EPA includes regulations in the e-Agenda. However, there is no 
legal significance to the omission of an item from the agenda, and EPA 
generally does not include the following categories of actions:
     Administrative actions such as delegations of authority, 
changes of address, or phone numbers;
     Under the CAA: Revisions to state implementation plans; 
equivalent methods for ambient air quality monitoring; deletions from 
the new source performance standards source categories list; 
delegations of authority to states; area designations for air quality 
planning purposes;
     Under FIFRA: Registration-related decisions, actions 
affecting the status of currently registered pesticides, and data call-
ins;
     Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act: Actions 
regarding pesticide tolerances and food additive regulations;
     Under TSCA: Actions involving premanufacture notices and 
follow-up activities for new chemical substances and significant new 
uses, including section 5(e) Orders and specific exemptions under 
sections 5(h)(4) and 26(c); and actions related to prioritization and 
risk evaluations for individual or categories of existing chemical 
substances under section 6;
     Under RCRA: Authorization of State solid waste management 
plans; hazardous waste delisting petitions;
     Under the CWA: State Water Quality Standards; deletions 
from the section 307(a) list of toxic pollutants; suspensions of toxic 
testing requirements under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination 
System (NPDES); delegations of NPDES authority to States;
     Under SDWA: Actions on State underground injection control 
programs.
    Meanwhile, the Regulatory Flexibility Agenda includes:
     Actions likely to have a significant economic impact on a 
substantial number of small entities.
     Rules the Agency has identified for periodic review under 
section 610 of the RFA.
    EPA is initiating one 610 review in this Agenda.

B. How is the e-Agenda organized?

    Online, you can choose how to sort the agenda entries by specifying 
the characteristics of the entries of interest in the desired 
individual data fields for both the www.reginfo.gov and 
www.regulations.gov versions of the e-Agenda. You can sort based on the 
following characteristics: EPA subagency (such as Office of Water); 
stage of rulemaking as described in the following paragraphs; 
alphabetically by title; or the Regulation Identifier Number (RIN), 
which is assigned sequentially when an action is added to the agenda.
    Each entry in the Agenda is associated with one of five rulemaking 
stages. The rulemaking stages are:
    1. Prerule Stage--EPA's prerule actions generally are intended to 
determine whether the agency should initiate rulemaking. Prerulemakings 
may include anything that influences or leads to rulemaking; this would 
include Advance Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRMs), studies or 
analyses of the possible need for regulatory action.
    2. Proposed Rule Stage--Proposed rulemaking actions include EPA's 
Notice of Proposed Rulemakings (NPRMs); these proposals are scheduled 
to publish in the Federal Register within the next year.
    3. Final Rule Stage--Final rulemaking actions are those actions 
that EPA is scheduled to finalize and publish in the Federal Register 
within the next year.
    4. Long-Term Actions--This section includes rulemakings for which 
the next scheduled regulatory action (such as publication of a NPRM or 
final rule) is twelve or more months into the future. We urge you to 
explore becoming involved even if an action is listed in the Long-Term 
category.
    5. Completed Actions--EPA's completed actions are those that have 
been promulgated and published in the Federal Register since 
publication of the fall 2018 Agenda. The term completed actions also 
includes actions that EPA is no longer considering and has elected to 
``withdraw'' and also the results of any RFA section 610 reviews.

C. What information is in the Regulatory Flexibility Agenda and the e-
Agenda?

    The Regulatory Flexibility Agenda entries include only the nine 
categories of information that are required by the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act of 1980 and by Federal Register Agenda printing 
requirements: Sequence Number, RIN, Title, Description, Statutory 
Authority, Section 610 Review, if applicable, Regulatory Flexibility 
Analysis Required, Schedule and Contact Person. Note that the 
electronic version of the Agenda (E-Agenda) replicates each of these 
actions with more extensive information, described below.
    E-Agenda entries include:
    Title: A brief description of the subject of the regulation. The 
notation ''Section 610 Review'' follows the title if we are reviewing 
the rule as part of our periodic review of existing rules under section 
610 of the RFA (5 U.S.C. 610).
    Priority: Each entry is placed into one of the five following 
categories:
    a. Economically Significant: Under Executive Order 12866, a 
rulemaking that may have an annual effect on the economy of $100 
million or more, or adversely affect in a material way the economy, a 
sector of the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the 
environment, public health or safety, or State, local, or tribal 
governments or communities.
    b. Other Significant: A rulemaking that is not economically 
significant but is considered significant for other reasons. This 
category includes rules that may:
    1. Create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an 
action taken or planned by another agency;
    2. Materially alter the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, 
user fees, or loan programs, or the rights and obligations of 
recipients; or
    3. Raise novel legal or policy issues arising out of legal 
mandates, the President's priorities, or the principles in Executive 
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    c. Substantive, Nonsignificant: A rulemaking that has substantive 
impacts but is not Significant, Routine and Frequent, or Informational/
Administrative/Other.
    d. Routine and Frequent: A rulemaking that is a specific case of a 
recurring application of a regulatory program in the Code of Federal 
Regulations (e.g., certain State Implementation Plans, National 
Priority List updates, Significant New Use Rules, State Hazardous Waste 
Management Program actions, and Pesticide Tolerances and Tolerance 
Exemptions). If an action that would normally be classified Routine and 
Frequent is reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under 
Executive Order 12866, then we would classify the action as either 
``Economically Significant'' or ``Other Significant.''
    e. Informational/Administrative/Other: An action that is primarily 
informational or pertains to an action outside the scope of Executive 
Order 12866.
    Executive Order 13771 Designation: Each entry is placed into one of 
the following categories:
    a. Deregulatory: When finalized, an action is expected to have 
total costs less than zero;
    b. Regulatory: The action is either
    (i) a significant regulatory action as defined in section 3(f) of 
Executive Order 12866, or
    (ii) a significant guidance document (e.g., significant 
interpretive guidance) reviewed by OMB's Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) under the procedures of Executive Order 12866

    that, when finalized, is expected to impose total costs greater 
than zero;
    c. Fully or Partially Exempt: The action has been granted, or is 
expected to be granted, a full or partial waiver under one or more of 
the following circumstances:
    (i) It is expressly exempt by Executive Order 13771 (issued with 
respect to a ``military, national security, or foreign affairs function 
of the United States''; or related to ``agency organization, 
management, or personnel''), or
    (ii) it addresses an emergency such as critical health, safety, 
financial, or non-exempt national security matters (offset requirements 
may be exempted or delayed), or
    (iii) it is required to meet a statutory or judicial deadline 
(offset requirements may be exempted or delayed), or
    (iv) expected to generate de minimis costs;
    d. Not subject to, not significant: Is a NPRM or final rule AND is 
neither an Executive Order 13771 regulatory action nor an Executive 
Order 13771 deregulatory action;
    e. Other: At the time of designation, either the available 
information is too preliminary to determine E.O. 13771 status or other 
reasonable circumstances preclude a preliminary Executive Order 13771 
designation.
    f. Independent agency: Is an action an independent agency 
anticipates issuing and thus is not subject to Executive Order 13771.
    Major: A rule is ``major'' under 5 U.S.C. 801 (Pub. L. 104-121) if 
it has resulted or is likely to result in an annual effect on the 
economy of $100 million or more or meets other criteria specified in 
that Act.
    Unfunded Mandates: Whether the rule is covered by section 202 of 
the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104-4). The Act 
requires that, before issuing an NPRM likely to result in a mandate 
that may result in expenditures by State, local, and tribal 
governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector of more than 
$100 million in 1 year, the agency prepare a written statement on 
federal mandates addressing costs, benefits, and intergovernmental 
consultation.
    Legal Authority: The sections of the United States Code (U.S.C.), 
Public Law (Pub. L.), Executive Order (E.O.), or common name of the law 
that authorizes the regulatory action.
    CFR Citation: The sections of the Code of Federal Regulations that 
would be affected by the action.
    Legal Deadline: An indication of whether the rule is subject to a 
statutory or judicial deadline, the date of that deadline, and whether 
the deadline pertains to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, a Final 
Action, or some other action.
    Abstract: A brief description of the problem the action will 
address.
    Timetable: The dates and citations (if available) for all past 
steps and a projected date for at least the next step for the 
regulatory action. A date displayed in the form 05/00/20 means the 
agency is predicting the month and year the action will take place but 
not the day it will occur. For some entries, the timetable indicates 
that the date of the next action is ``to be determined.''
    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Indicates whether EPA has 
prepared or anticipates preparing a regulatory flexibility analysis 
under section 603 or 604 of the RFA. Generally, such an analysis is 
required for proposed or final rules subject to the RFA that EPA 
believes may have a significant economic impact on a substantial number 
of small entities.
    Small Entities Affected: Indicates whether the rule is anticipated 
to have any effect on small businesses, small governments or small 
nonprofit organizations.
    Government Levels Affected: Indicates whether the rule may have any 
effect on levels of government and, if so, whether the affected 
governments are State, local, tribal, or Federal.
    Federalism Implications: Indicates whether the action is expected 
to have substantial direct effects on the States, on the relationship 
between the National Government and the States, or on the distribution 
of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.
    Energy Impacts: Indicates whether the action is a significant 
energy action under Executive Order 13211.
    Sectors Affected: Indicates the main economic sectors regulated by 
the action. The regulated parties are identified by their North 
American Industry Classification System (NAICS) codes. These codes were 
created by the Census Bureau for collecting, analyzing, and publishing 
statistical data on the U.S. economy. There are more than 1,000 NAICS 
codes for sectors in agriculture, mining, manufacturing, services, and 
public administration.
    International Trade Impacts: Indicates whether the action is likely 
to have international trade or investment effects, or otherwise be of 
international interest.
    Agency Contact: The name, address, phone number, and email address, 
if available, of a person who is knowledgeable about the regulation.
    Additional Information: Other information about the action 
including docket information.
    URLs: For some actions, the internet addresses are included for 
reading copies of rulemaking documents, submitting comments on 
proposals, and getting more information about the rulemaking and the 
program of which it is a part. (Note: To submit comments on proposals, 
you can go to the associated electronic docket, which is housed at 
www.regulations.gov. Once there, follow the online instructions to 
access the docket in question and submit comments. A docket 
identification [ID] number will assist in the search for materials.)
    RIN: The Regulation Identifier Number is used by OMB to identify 
and track rulemakings. The first four digits of the RIN identify the 
EPA office with lead responsibility for developing the action.

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D. What tools are available for mining Regulatory Agenda data and for 
finding more about EPA rules and policies?

1. Federal Regulatory Dashboard
    The https://www.reginfo.gov/ searchable database, maintained by the 
Regulatory Information Service Center and OIRA, allows users to view 
the Regulatory Agenda database (https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/
eAgendaMain), which includes search, display, and data transmission 
options.

2. Subject Matter EPA websites

    Some actions listed in the Agenda include a URL for an EPA-
maintained website that provides additional information about the 
action.
3. Deregulatory Actions and Regulatory Reform
    EPA maintains a list of its deregulatory actions under development, 
as well as those that are completed, at https://www.epa.gov/laws-
regulations/epa-deregulatory-actions. Additional information about 
EPA's regulatory reform activity is available to the public at https://
www.epa.gov/laws-regulations/regulatory-reform.
4. Public Dockets
    When EPA publishes either an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 
(ANPRM) or a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal 
Register, the Agency typically establishes a docket to accumulate 
materials developed throughout the development process for that 
rulemaking. The docket serves as the repository for the collection of 
documents or information related to that particular Agency action or 
activity. EPA most commonly uses dockets for rulemaking actions, but 
dockets may also be used for RFA section 610 reviews of rules with 
significant economic impacts on a substantial number of small entities 
and for various non-rulemaking activities, such as Federal Register 
documents seeking public comments on draft guidance, policy statements, 
information collection requests under the PRA, and other non-rule 
activities. Docket information should be in that action's agenda entry. 
All of EPA's public dockets can be located at www.regulations.gov.

III. Review of Regulations Under 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act

A. Reviews of Rules With Significant Impacts on a Substantial Number of 
Small Entities

    Section 610 of the RFA requires that an agency review, within 10 
years of promulgation, each rule that has or will have a significant 
economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. At this 
time, EPA is initiating one 610 review.

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                     Review title                             RIN                         Docket ID No.                               Status
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Section 610 Review of Renewable Fuels Standard                2060-AU44  EPA-HQ-OAR-2019-0168                            Initiated.
 Program.
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    EPA has established an official public docket for this 610 review. 
Comments received on this 610 review can be submitted at https://
www.regulations.gov/ with docket identification number EPA-HQ-OAR-2019-
0168.

B. What other special attention does EPA give to the impacts of rules 
on small businesses, small governments, and small nonprofit 
organizations?

    For each of EPA's rulemakings, consideration is given to whether 
there will be any adverse impact on any small entity. EPA attempts to 
fit the regulatory requirements, to the extent feasible, to the scale 
of the businesses, organizations, and governmental jurisdictions 
subject to the regulation.
    Under the RFA as amended by SBREFA, the Agency must prepare a 
formal analysis of the potential negative impacts on small entities, 
convene a Small Business Advocacy Review Panel (proposed rule stage), 
and prepare a Small Entity Compliance Guide (final rule stage) unless 
the Agency certifies a rule will not have a significant economic impact 
on a substantial number of small entities. For more detailed 
information about the Agency's policy and practice with respect to 
implementing the RFA/SBREFA, please visit EPA's RFA/SBREFA website at 
www.epa.gov/reg-flex.

IV. Thank You for Collaborating With Us

    Finally, we would like to thank those of you who choose to join 
with us in making progress on the complex issues involved in protecting 
human health and the environment. Collaborative efforts such as EPA's 
open rulemaking process are a valuable tool for addressing the problems 
we face, and the regulatory agenda is an important part of that 
process.

    Dated: March 11, 2019.
Brittany Bolen,
Associate Administrator, Office of Policy.

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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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173.......................  Section 610 Review of              2060-AU44
                             Renewable Fuels Standard
                             Program (Section 610
                             Review).
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                          35--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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174.......................  Review of Dust-Lead Hazard         2070-AJ82
                             Standards and the
                             Definition of Lead-Based
                             Paint.
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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175.......................  N-Methylpyrrolidone;               2070-AK46
                             Regulation of Certain
                             Uses Under TSCA Section
                             6(a).
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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176.......................  Methylene Chloride;                2070-AK07
                             Regulation of Paint and
                             Coating Removal for
                             Consumer Use Under TSCA
                             Section 6(a).
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

10

Prerule Stage

173.  Section 610 Review of Renewable Fuels Standard Program 
(Section 610 Review)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 610
    Abstract: This notice indicates that EPA will review this action 
pursuant to section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 
610). As part of this review, EPA would consider and solicit comments 
on the following factors: (1) The continued need for the rule; (2) the 
nature of complaints or comments received concerning the rule; (3) the 
complexity of the rule; (4) the extent to which the rule overlaps, 
duplicates, or conflicts with other Federal, State, or local government 
rules; and (5) the degree to which the technology, economic conditions 
or other factors.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   03/26/10  75 FR 14669
Begin Review........................   05/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Julia Burch, Environmental Protection Agency, 
Office of Air and Radiation, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 
20460, Phone: 202 564-0961, Email: burch.julia@epa.gov.
    Jessica Mroz, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and 
Radiation, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20460, Phone: 202 
564-1094, Email: mroz.jessica@epa.gov.
    RIN: 2060-AU44

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

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Final Rule Stage

174. Review of Dust-Lead Hazard Standards and the Definition of Lead-
Based Paint

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 2681, TSCA 401; 15 U.S.C. 2682; 15 
U.S.C. 2683, TSCA 403; 15 U.S.C. 2684
    Abstract: Addressing childhood lead exposure is a priority for EPA. 
As part of EPA's efforts to reduce childhood lead exposure, EPA 
evaluated the current dust-lead hazard standards (DLHS) and the 
definition of lead-based paint (LBP). Based on this evaluation, EPA 
proposed to change the dust-lead hazard standards from 40 [mu]g/ft\2\ 
and 250 [mu]g/ft\2\ to 10 [mu]g/ft\2\ and 100 [mu]g/ft\2\ on floors and 
window sills, respectively. These standards apply to most pre-1978 
housing and child-occupied facilities, such as day care centers and 
kindergarten facilities. In addition, EPA proposed to make no change to 
the definition of lead-based paint because the Agency currently lacks 
sufficient information to support such a change. The proposed rule was 
issued in compliance with the December 27, 2017, decision of the Ninth 
Circuit, and the subsequent March 26, 2018, order that directed the EPA 
``to issue a proposed rule within ninety (90) days from the filed date 
of this order''. EPA is reviewing the comments received and developing 
a final rule.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/02/18  83 FR 30889
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/16/18
Final Rule..........................   06/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John Yowell, Environmental Protection Agency, 
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Mail Code 7404T, 
Washington, DC 20460, Phone: 202 564-1213, Email: yowell.john@epa.gov.
    Marc Edmonds, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Chemical 
Safety and Pollution Prevention, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 
7404T, Washington, DC 20460, Phone: 202 566-0758, Email: 
edmonds.marc@epa.gov.
    RIN: 2070-AJ82

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

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Long-Term Actions

175. N-Methylpyrrolidone; Regulation of Certain Uses Under TSCA Section 
6(a)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 2605, Toxic Substances Control Act
    Abstract: Section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act provides 
authority for EPA to ban or restrict the manufacture (including 
import), processing, distribution in commerce, and use of chemical 
substances, as well as any manner or method of disposal. Section 
26(l)(4) of TSCA authorizes EPA to issue rules under TSCA section 6 for 
chemicals listed in the 2014 update to the TSCA Work Plan for Chemical 
Assessments for which EPA published completed risk assessments prior to 
June 22, 2016, consistent with the scope of the completed risk 
assessment. N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) is used in paint and coating 
removal in commercial processes and consumer products. In the March 
2015 TSCA Work Plan Chemical Risk Assessment for NMP, EPA characterized 
risks from use of this chemical in paint and coating removal. On 
January 19, 2017, EPA preliminarily determined that the use of NMP in 
paint and coating removal poses an unreasonable risk of injury to 
health.

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EPA also co-proposed two options for NMP in paint and coating removal. 
The first co-proposal would prohibit the manufacture, processing, and 
distribution in commerce of NMP for all consumer and most commercial 
paint and coating removal and the use of NMP for most commercial paint 
and coating removal. The second co-proposal would require commercial 
users of NMP for paint and coating removal to establish a worker 
protection program and not use paint and coating removal products that 
contain greater than 35% NMP by weight, with certain exceptions; and 
require processors of products containing NMP for paint and coating 
removal to reformulate products such that they do not exceed 35% NMP by 
weight, to identify gloves that provide effective protection for the 
formulation, and to provide warnings and instructions on any paint and 
coating removal products containing NMP. In the final rule for 
methylene chloride in consumer paint and coating removal (RIN 2070-
AK07), EPA explained that the Agency was not finalizing the proposed 
regulation for NMP as part of that action. NMP use in paint and coating 
removal will be incorporated into the risk evaluation currently being 
conducted under TSCA section 6(b).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/17/17  82 FR 7464
                                     -----------------------------------
Final Rule..........................           To Be Determined
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Niva Kramek, Environmental Protection Agency, 
Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, 1200 Pennsylvania 
Avenue NW, Mail Code 7405M, Washington, DC 20460, Phone: 202 564-4830, 
Email: kramek.niva@epa.gov.
    Joel Wolf, Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Chemical 
Safety and Pollution Prevention, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Mail Code 
7405M, Washington, DC 20460, Phone: 202 564-0432, Email: 
wolf.joel@epa.gov.
    RIN: 2070-AK46

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)

35

Completed Actions

176. Methylene Chloride; Regulation of Paint and Coating Removal for 
Consumer Use Under TSCA Section 6(a)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 2605, Toxic Substances Control Act; 15 
U.S.C. 2625, TSCA 26
    Abstract: Section 6(a) of the Toxic Substances Control Act provides 
authority for EPA to ban or restrict the manufacture (including 
import), processing, distribution in commerce, and use of chemical 
substances, as well as any manner or method of disposal. Section 
26(l)(4) of TSCA authorizes EPA to publish proposed and final rules 
under TSCA section 6(a) that are consistent with the scope of completed 
TSCA Work Plan chemical risk assessments completed before June 22, 2016 
and that are consistent with other applicable requirements of TSCA 
section 6. Methylene chloride is used in paint and coating removal in 
commercial processes and consumer products. In the August 2014 TSCA 
Work Plan Chemical Risk Assessment for methylene chloride, EPA 
characterized risks from use of these chemicals in paint and coating 
removal. On January 19, 2017, EPA preliminarily determined that the use 
of methylene chloride in paint and coating removal poses an 
unreasonable risk of injury to health. EPA also proposed prohibitions 
and restrictions on the manufacture, processing, and distribution in 
commerce of methylene chloride for all consumer and most types of 
commercial paint and coating removal and on the use of methylene 
chloride in commercial paint and coating removal in specified sectors. 
In the final rule published on March 27, 2019, EPA determined that the 
use of methylene chloride in consumer paint and coating removal 
presents an unreasonable risk of injury to health due to acute human 
lethality but, exercising its discretion under section 26(l)(4), EPA 
did not finalize such a determination concerning the use of methylene 
chloride in commercial paint and coating removal and did not finalize 
that portion of the proposed rule. To address the unreasonable risk to 
consumers of acute human lethality, the final rule prohibits the 
manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution in 
commerce of methylene chloride for consumer paint and coating removal, 
including distribution to and by retailers; requires manufacturers 
(including importers), processors, and distributors, except for 
retailers, of methylene chloride for any use to provide downstream 
notification of these prohibitions; and requires the retention of 
certain records. While EPA proposed to identify the use of methylene 
chloride in commercial furniture refinishing as presenting an 
unreasonable risk, EPA intends to further evaluate this and other 
commercial paint and coating removal uses and develop an appropriate 
regulatory risk management approach under the process for risk 
evaluations for existing chemicals under TSCA. Although N-
methylpyrrolidone (NMP) was included in the January 2017 proposed rule, 
EPA intends to address NMP use in paint and coating removal in the risk 
evaluation for NMP and to consider any resulting risk reduction 
requirements in a separate regulatory action (RIN 2070-AK46).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/19/17  82 FR 7464
Notice..............................   08/30/17  82 FR 41256
Final Rule..........................   03/27/19  84 FR 11420
Final Rule Effective................   05/28/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Joel Wolf, Environmental Protection Agency, Office 
of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue 
NW, Mail Code 7405M, Washington, DC 20460, Phone: 202 564-0432, Email: 
wolf.joel@epa.gov.
    RIN: 2070-AK07

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40 CFR 1900

41 CFR Chapters 101, 102, 105, 300, 301, 302, and 304

48 CFR Chapter 5

48 CFR 6101 and 6102


Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

AGENCY: General Services Administration (GSA).

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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    This agenda announces the proposed regulatory actions that GSA 
plans for the next 12 months and those completed since the fall 2018 
edition. This agenda was developed under the guidelines of Executive 
Orders (E.O.) 12866 ``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' as amended, 
Executive Order 13771 ``Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory 
Costs,'' and Executive Order 13563 ``Improving Regulation and 
Regulatory Review.'' GSA's purpose in publishing this agenda is to 
allow interested persons an opportunity to participate in the 
rulemaking process.
    This agenda updates the report published on October 17, 2018, and 
includes regulations expected to be issued and under review over the 
next 12 months. The next agenda is scheduled to be published in the 
fall of 2019.
    The complete Unified Agenda will be available online at 
www.reginfo.gov.
    Because publication in the Federal Register is mandated for the 
regulatory flexibility agendas required by the Regulatory Flexibility 
Act (5 U.S.C. 602), GSA's printed agenda entries include only:
    (1) Rules that are in the Agency's regulatory flexibility agenda, 
in accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, because they are 
likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities; and
    (2) Any rules that the Agency has identified for periodic review 
under section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    Printing of these entries is limited to fields that contain 
information required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act's Agenda 
requirements. Additional information on these entries is in the Unified 
Agenda available online.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lois Mandell, Division Director, 
Regulatory Secretariat Division, 1800 F Street NW, 2nd Floor, 
Washington, DC 20405-0001, 202-501-2735.

    Dated: March 4, 2019.
Jessica Salmoiraghi,
Associate Administrator, Office of Government-wide Policy.

          General Services Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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177.......................  General Services                   3090-AJ84
                             Acquisition Regulation
                             (GSAR); GSAR Case 2016-
                             G511, Contract
                             Requirements for GSA
                             Information Systems.
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            General Services Administration--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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178.......................  GSAR Case 2008-G517,               3090-AI68
                             Cooperative Purchasing--
                             Acquisition of Security
                             and Law Enforcement
                             Related Goods and
                             Services (Schedule 84) by
                             State and Local
                             Governments Through
                             Federal Supply Schedules.
179.......................  General Services                   3090-AJ41
                             Administration
                             Acquisition Regulation
                             (GSAR); GSAR Case 2013-
                             G502, Federal Supply
                             Schedule Contract
                             Administration.
180.......................  General Services                   3090-AJ64
                             Administration
                             Acquisition Regulation
                             (GSAR); GSAR Case 2015-
                             G506, Adoption of
                             Construction Project
                             Delivery Method Involving
                             Early Industry Engagement.
181.......................  Federal Permitting                 3090-AJ88
                             Improvement Steering
                             Council (FPISC); FPISC
                             Case 2018-001; Fees for
                             Governance, Oversight,
                             and Processing of
                             Environmental Reviews and
                             Authorizations.
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           General Services Administration--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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182.......................  General Services                   3090-AJ63
                             Administration
                             Acquisition Regulation
                             (GSAR); GSAR Case 2015-
                             G503, Construction
                             Contract Administration.
183.......................  General Services                   3090-AJ85
                             Administration
                             Acquisition Regulation
                             (GSAR); GSAR Case 2016-
                             G515, Cyber Incident
                             Reporting.
184.......................  General Services                   3090-AK03
                             Administration
                             Acquisition Regulation
                             (GSAR); GSAR Case 2019-
                             G501, Ordering Procedures
                             for Commercial e-Commerce
                             Portals.
185.......................  General Services                   3090-AK04
                             Administration
                             Acquisition Regulation
                             (GSAR); GSAR Case 2019-
                             G502, Contractual
                             Arrangements for
                             Commercial e-Commerce
                             Portals.
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GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (GSA)

Office of Acquisition Policy

Proposed Rule Stage

177. General Services Acquisition Regulation (GSAR); GSAR Case 2016-
G511, Contract Requirements for GSA Information Systems

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c)
    Abstract: The General Services Administration (GSA) is proposing to 
amend the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) 
to streamline and update requirements for contracts that involve GSA 
information systems. GSA's unique policies on cybersecurity and other 
information technology requirements have been previously communicated 
through other means. By incorporating these requirements into the GSAR, 
the GSAR will provide centralized guidance to ensure consistent 
application across the organization. Integrating these requirements 
into the GSAR will also allow industry to provide public comments 
through the rulemaking process.
    GSA's cybersecurity requirements mandate contractors protect the 
confidentiality, integrity, and availability of unclassified GSA 
information and information systems from cybersecurity vulnerabilities, 
and threats in accordance with the Federal Information Security 
Modernization Act of 2014 and associated Federal cybersecurity 
requirements. This rule will require contracting officers to 
incorporate applicable GSA cybersecurity requirements within the 
statement of work to ensure compliance with Federal cybersecurity 
requirements and implement best practices for preventing cyber 
incidents. These GSA requirements mandate applicable controls and 
standards (e.g., U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, 
U.S. National Archive and Records Administration Controlled 
Unclassified Information standards).
    Contract requirements for internal information systems, external 
contractor systems, cloud systems, and mobile systems will be covered 
by this rule. This rule will also update existing GSAR provision 
552.239-70, Information Technology Security Plan and Security 
Authorization and GSAR clause 552.239-71, Security Requirements for 
Unclassified Information Technology Resources to only require the 
provision and clause when the contract will involve information or 
information systems connected to a GSA network.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/00/19  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michelle Bohm, Contract Specialist, General 
Services Administration, 100 S. Independence Mall W Room: 9th Floor, 
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2320, Phone: 215 446-4705, Email: 
michelle.bohm@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 3090-AJ84

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (GSA)

Office of Acquisition Policy

Final Rule Stage

178. GSAR Case 2008-G517, Cooperative Purchasing--Acquisition of 
Security and Law Enforcement Related Goods and Services (Schedule 84) 
by State and Local Governments Through Federal Supply Schedules

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 40 U.S.C. 502(c)(1)(B)
    Abstract: The General Services Administration (GSA) is amending the 
General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to 
implement Public Law 110-248, The Local Preparedness Acquisition Act. 
The Act authorizes the Administrator of General Services to provide for 
the use by State or local governments of Federal Supply Schedules of 
the GSA for alarm and signal systems, facility management systems, 
firefighting and rescue equipment, law enforcement and security 
equipment, marine craft and related equipment, special purpose 
clothing, and related services (as contained in Federal supply 
classification code group 84 or any amended or subsequent version of 
that Federal supply classification group).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Interim Final Rule..................   09/19/08  73 FR 54334
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      11/18/08  .......................
 End.
Final Rule..........................   05/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Thomas O'Linn, Procurement Analyst, General 
Services Administration, 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 
202 445-0390, Email: thomas.olinn@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 3090-AI68

179. General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR); 
GSAR Case 2013-G502, Federal Supply Schedule Contract Administration

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c)
    Abstract: The General Services Administration (GSA) is amending the 
General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) to 
clarify and update the contracting by negotiation GSAR section and 
incorporate existing Federal Supply Schedule Contracting policies and 
procedures, and corresponding provisions and clauses.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/10/14  79 FR 54126
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/10/14  .......................
Final Rule..........................   05/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dana L. Bowman, Procurement Analyst, General 
Services Administration, 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 
202 357-9652, Email: dana.bowman@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 3090-AJ41

180. General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR); 
GSAR Case 2015-G506, Adoption of Construction Project Delivery Method 
Involving Early Industry Engagement

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c)
    Abstract: The General Services Administration (GSA) is proposing to 
amend the General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) 
to adopt an additional project delivery method for construction, 
construction manager as constructor (CMc). The current FAR and GSAR 
lacks detailed coverage differentiating various construction project 
delivery methods. GSA's policies on CMc have been previously issued 
through other means. By incorporating CMc into the GSAR and 
differentiating for various construction methods, the GSAR will provide 
centralized guidance to ensure consistent application of construction 
project principles across the organization. Integrating these 
requirements into the GSAR will also allow industry to provide public 
comments through the rulemaking process.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/08/18  83 FR 55838
Correction..........................   11/27/18  83 FR 60818
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/07/19  .......................
Final Rule..........................   07/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Tony Hubbard, Procurement Analyst, General Services 
Administration, 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 357-
5810, Email: tony.hubbard@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 3090-AJ64

Office of Governmentwide Policy

181. Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council (FPISC); FPISC 
Case 2018-001; Fees for Governance, Oversight, and Processing of 
Environmental Reviews and Authorizations

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4370m-8
    Abstract: GSA proposes to establish a fee structure to reimburse 
the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council and its Office of 
the Executive Director for reasonable costs incurred in coordinating 
environmental reviews and authorizations in implementing title 41 of 
the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act. GSA will issue this 
regulation on behalf of the Federal Permitting Improvement Steering 
Council.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/04/18  83 FR 44846
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/05/18  .......................
Final Rule..........................   09/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Amber Dawn Levofsky, Program Analyst, General 
Services Administration, 1800 F Street NW, Room 3017, Washington, DC 
20405-0001, Phone: 202 969-7298, Email: amber.levofsky@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 3090-AJ88

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (GSA)

Completed Actions

182. General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR); 
GSAR Case 2015-G503, Construction Contract Administration

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c)
    Abstract: This final rule amends the General Services 
Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR) coverage on construction 
contracts, including provisions and clauses for solicitations and 
resultant contracts, to clarify, update, and incorporate existing 
construction contract administration procedures.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Rule..........................   02/13/19  84 FR 3714
Final Rule Effective................   03/15/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Tony Hubbard, Phone: 202 357-5810, Email: 
tony.hubbard@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 3090-AJ63

183. General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR); 
GSAR Case 2016-G515, Cyber Incident Reporting

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c)
    Abstract: We are withdrawing because active FAR cases will provide 
sufficient policy on this issue. GSA supplemental guidance is not 
necessary.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Withdrawn...........................   02/21/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kevin Funk, Phone: 202 357-5805, Email: 
kevin.funk@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 3090-AJ85

184. General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR); 
GSAR CASE 2019-G501, Ordering Procedures for Commercial E-Commerce 
Portals

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 41 U.S.C. 1901 note
    Abstract: GSA is withdrawing this case. GSA has determined that 
regulatory changes to support the e-Commerce Portal are more 
appropriate after the proof-of-concept phase for this program has been 
completed.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Withdrawn...........................   02/14/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Matthew McFarland, Phone: 301 758-5880, Email: 
matthew.mcfarland@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 3090-AK03

185. General Services Administration Acquisition Regulation (GSAR); 
GSAR CASE 2019-G502, Contractual Arrangements for Commercial E-Commerce 
Portals

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 41 U.S.C. 1901 note
    Abstract: GSA is withdrawing this case. GSA has determined that 
regulatory changes to support the e-Commerce Portal are more 
appropriate after the proof-of-concept phase for this program has been 
completed.
    Completed:

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               Reason                    Date            FR Cite
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Withdrawn...........................   02/14/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Matthew McFarland, Phone: 301 758-5880, Email: 
matthew.mcfarland@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 3090-AK04

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14 CFR Ch. V


Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: This agenda announces the proposed regulatory actions NASA 
plans for the next 12 months and those completed since the fall 2018 
edition. This agenda was developed under the guidelines of Executive 
Orders (E.O.) 12866 ``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' as amended, 
Executive Order 13771 ``Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory 
Costs,'' and Executive Order 13563 ``Improving Regulation and 
Regulatory Review.'' The purpose in publishing this agenda is to allow 
interested persons an opportunity to participate in the rulemaking 
process. Members of the public may submit comments on individual 
proposed and interim final rulemakings at www.regulations.gov during 
the comment period that follows publication in the Federal Register. 
This agenda updates the report published on October 17, 2018 and next 
agenda is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2019. The complete 
Unified Agenda is available online at www.reginfo.gov.

ADDRESSES: Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of the Mission 
Support Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC 20546.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl E. Parker, (202) 358-0252.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: OMB guidelines dated February 7, 2019, 
``Spring 2019 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory 
Actions,'' require a regulatory agenda of those regulations under 
development and review to be published in the Federal Register each 
spring and fall.

    Dated: March 6, 2019.
Verron M. Brade,
Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of the Mission Support 
Directorate.

     National Aeronautics and Space Administration--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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186.......................  Uniform Administrative             2700-AE49
                             Requirements, Cost
                             Principles, and Audit
                             Requirements for Federal
                             Awards (Section 610
                             Review) (Section 610
                             Review).
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NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (NASA)

Final Rule Stage

186. Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit 
Requirements for Federal Awards (Section 610 Review) (Section 610 
Review)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 51 U.S.C. 20113
    Abstract: In December 2014, OMB together with NASA and the other 
Federal awarding agencies, issued a joint interim rule to implement the 
new guidance at 2 CFR 200 titled ``Uniform Administrative Requirements, 
Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform 
Guidance).'' OMB used the rulemaking procedure when promulgating this 
common rule on grants and cooperative agreements and required each 
agency to adopt OMB's common rule on grants and cooperative agreements 
These revisions fulfill OMB guidance.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Direct Final Rule...................   05/00/19  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Antanese N. Crank, National Aeronautics and Space 
Administration, 300 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20546, Phone: 202 358-
4683, Email: antanese.n.crank@nasa.gov.
    RIN: 2700-AE49

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20 CFR Ch. II


Semiannual Agenda of Regulations Under Development or Review

AGENCY: Railroad Retirement Board.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: This agenda contains a list of regulations that the Board is 
developing or proposes to develop in the next 12 months and regulations 
that are scheduled to be reviewed in that period.

ADDRESSES: 844 North Rush Street, Chicago, IL 60611-1275.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marguerite P. Dadabo, Assistant 
General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, Railroad Retirement Board, 
(312) 751-4945, Fax (312) 751-7102, TDD (312) 751-4701.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Regulations that are routine in nature or 
which pertain solely to internal Agency management have not been 
included in the agenda.

    Dated: March 5, 2019.

    By Authority of the Board.
Stephanie Hillyard,
Secretary to the Board.

              Railroad Retirement Board--Long-Term Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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187.......................  Proposed Amendment to              3220-AB72
                             Update the Titles of
                             Various Executive
                             Committee Members Whose
                             Office Titles Have
                             Changed (Section 610
                             Review).
188.......................  Enforcement of                     3220-AB73
                             Nondiscrimination on the
                             Basis of Handicap in
                             Programs or Activities
                             Conducted by the Railroad
                             Retirement Board (Section
                             610 Review).
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RAILROAD RETIREMENT BOARD (RRB)

Long-Term Actions

187. Proposed Amendment to Update the Titles of Various Executive 
Committee Members Whose Office Titles Have Changed (Section 610 Review)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined
    Abstract: The Railroad Retirement Board proposes to amend its 
regulations to update 20 CFR 375.5(b), which will change the titles of 
various Executive Committee members whose office titles have changed. 
The Railroad Retirement Board (Board) proposes to amend its regulations 
governing the Board's policy on delegation of authority in case of 
national emergency. The regulation to be amended is contained in 
section 375.5. In section 375.5(b) of the Board's regulations, the 
Board proposes to remove the language that refers to the ``Director of 
Supply and Service'' and the ``Regional Directors,'' to update the 
title of Director of Administration to ``Director of Administration/
COOP Executive,'' and to add the positions of ``Chief Financial 
Officer'' and ``Director of Field Service'' to the delegation of 
authority chain. Finally, the delegation of authority chain will be 
updated to reflect the addition of the updated titles and the removal 
of outdated positions.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Proposed Rule.......................   05/00/20  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Marguerite P. Dadabo, Assistant General Counsel, 
Railroad Retirement Board, Office of General Counsel, 844 North Rush 
Street, Room 811, Chicago, IL 60611, Phone: 312 751-4945, TDD Phone: 
312 751-4701, Fax: 312 751-7102.
    RIN: 3220-AB72

188.  Enforcement of Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Handicap 
in Programs or Activities Conducted by the Railroad Retirement Board 
(Section 610 Review)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt.
    Legal Authority: 29 U.S.C. 794
    Abstract: We propose to amend our regulations at 20 CFR part 365 to 
update terminology to refer to individuals with a disability. This 
amendment replaces the term ``handicap'' with the term ``disability'' 
to match the statutory language in the Rehabilitation Act Amendment of 
1992, Public Law 102-569, 106 Stat. 4344.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Proposed Rule.......................   05/00/20  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.
    Agency Contact: Marguerite P. Dadabo, Assistant General Counsel, 
Railroad Retirement Board, Office of General Counsel, 844 North Rush 
Street, Room 811, Chicago, IL 60611, Phone: 312 751-4945, TDD Phone: 
312 751-4701, Fax: 312 751-7102.
    RIN: 3220-AB73

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SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

13 CFR Ch. I


Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: This semiannual Regulatory Agenda (Agenda) is a summary of 
current and projected regulatory and deregulatory actions and completed 
actions of the Small Business Administration (SBA). This summary 
information is intended to enable the public to be more aware of, and 
effectively participate in, SBA's regulatory and deregulatory 
activities. Accordingly, SBA invites the public to submit comments on 
any aspect of this Agenda.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 

General

    Please direct general comments or inquiries to Imelda A. Kish, Law 
Librarian; U.S. Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20416; (202) 205-6849, imelda.kish@sba.gov.

Specific

    Please direct specific comments and inquiries on individual 
regulatory activities identified in this Agenda to the individual 
listed in the summary of the regulation as the point of contact for 
that regulation.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) 
requires SBA to publish in the Federal Register a semiannual regulatory 
flexibility agenda describing those Agency rules that are likely to 
have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities (5 U.S.C. 602). The summary information published in the 
Federal Register is limited to those rules. Additional information 
regarding all of the rulemakings SBA expects to consider in the next 12 
months is included in the Federal Government's complete Regulatory 
Agenda, which will be available online at www.reginfo.gov in a format 
that offers users enhanced ability to obtain information about SBA's 
rules.
    SBA is fully committed to implementing the Administration's 
regulatory reform policies, as established by Executive Order 13771, 
Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs (January 30, 2017) 
and Executive Order 13777, Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda 
(February 24, 2017). In order to fully implement the goal of these 
executive orders, SBA seeks feedback from the public in identifying any 
SBA regulations affected parties believe impose unnecessary burdens or 
costs that exceed their benefits; eliminate jobs or inhibit job 
creation; or are ineffective or outdated.

Linda E. McMahon,
Administrator.

           Small Business Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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189.......................  Small Business Development         3245-AE05
                             Center Program Revisions.
190.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AG16
                             Standards; Alternative
                             Size Standard for 7(a),
                             504, and Disaster Loan
                             Programs.
191.......................  Women-Owned Small Business         3245-AG75
                             and Economically
                             Disadvantaged Women-Owned
                             Small Business--
                             Certification.
192.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AG88
                             Standards: Educational
                             Services; Health Care and
                             Social Assistance; Arts,
                             Entertainment and
                             Recreation; Accommodation
                             and Food Services; Other
                             Services.
193.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AG89
                             Standards: Agriculture,
                             Forestry, Fishing and
                             Hunting; Mining,
                             Quarrying, and Oil and
                             Gas Extraction;
                             Utilities; Construction.
194.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AG90
                             Standards: Transportation
                             and Warehousing;
                             Information; Finance and
                             Insurance; Real Estate
                             and Rental and Leasing.
195.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AG91
                             Standards: Professional,
                             Scientific and Technical
                             Services; Management of
                             Companies and
                             Enterprises;
                             Administrative and
                             Support, Waste Management
                             and Remediation Services.
196.......................  Regulatory Reform                  3245-AG98
                             Initiative: Streamlining
                             and Modernizing the 7(a),
                             Microloan, and 504 Loan
                             Programs to Reduce
                             Unnecessary Regulatory
                             Burden.
197.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AH09
                             Standards: Manufacturing
                             and Industries With
                             Employee Based Size
                             Standards in Other
                             Sectors Except Wholesale
                             Trade and Retail Trade.
198.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AH10
                             Standards: Wholesale
                             Trade and Retail Trade.
199.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AH16
                             Standards: Calculation of
                             Annual Average Receipts.
200.......................  Small Business HUBZone             3245-AG38
                             Program and Government
                             Contracting Programs.
201.......................  Small Business Timber Set-         3245-AG69
                             Aside Program.
202.......................  National Defense                   3245-AG86
                             Authorization Acts of
                             2016 and 2017, RISE After
                             Disaster Act of 2015, and
                             Other Small Business
                             Government Contracting
                             Amendments.
203.......................  Streamlining and                   3245-AG97
                             Modernizing Certified
                             Development Company
                             Program (504 Loan
                             Program) Corporate
                             Governance Requirements.
204.......................  Small Business Size                3245-AH17
                             Standards: Adjustment of
                             Monetary Based Size
                             Standards for Inflation.
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SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)

Proposed Rule Stage

189. Small Business Development Center Program Revisions

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 634(b)(6); 15 U.S.C. 648
    Abstract: Updates the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) 
program regulations by proposing to amend: (1) Procedures for approving 
applications for new Host SBDCs; (2) approval procedures for travel 
outside the continental U.S. and U.S. territories; (3) procedures and 
requirements regarding findings and disputes resulting from financial 
exams, programmatic reviews, accreditation reviews, and other SBA 
oversight activities; (4) requirements for new or renewal applications 
for SBDC grants, including electronic submission through the approved 
electronic Government submission facility; (5) procedures regarding the 
determination to affect suspension, termination or non-renewal of an 
SBDC's cooperative agreement; and (6) provisions regarding the 
collection and use of the individual SBDC client data.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   04/02/15  80 FR 17708
ANPRM Comment Period End............   06/01/15  .......................
NPRM................................   03/00/20  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Bruce D. Purdy, Deputy Associate Administrator for 
Small Business Development Centers, Small Business Administration, 409 
Third Street SW, Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7532, Email: 
bruce.purdy@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AE05

190. Small Business Size Standards; Alternative Size Standard for 7(a), 
504, and Disaster Loan Programs

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111-240, sec. 1116
    Abstract: SBA will propose amendments its size eligibility criteria 
for Business Loans, certified development company (CDC) loans under 
title V of the Small Business Investment Act (504) and economic injury 
disaster loans (EIDL). For the SBA 7(a) Business Loan Program and the 
504 program, the amendments will provide an alternative size standard 
for loan applicants that do not meet the small business size standards 
for their industries. The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (Jobs Act) 
established alternative size standards that apply to both of these 
programs until SBA's Administrator establishes other alternative size 
standards. For the disaster loan program, the amendments will provide 
an alternative size standard for loan applicants that do not meet the 
Small Business Size Standard for their industries. SBA loan program 
alternative size standards do not affect other Federal Government 
programs, including Federal procurement.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   03/22/18  83 FR 12506
ANPRM Comment Period End............   05/21/18  .......................
NPRM................................   02/00/20  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size 
Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-6390, Email: 
khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG16

191. Women-Owned Small Business and Economically Disadvantaged Women-
Owned Small Business--Certification

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 113-291, sec. 825; 15 U.S.C. 637(m)
    Abstract: Section 825 of the National Defense Authorization Act for 
Fiscal Year 2015 (NDAA), Public Law 113-291, 128 Stat. 3292, Dec. 19, 
2014, included language requiring that women-owned small business 
concerns and economically disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business 
concerns are certified by a Federal agency, a State government, the 
Administrator, or national certifying entity approved by the 
Administrator as a small business concern owned and controlled by 
women. This rule will propose the standards and procedures for 
participation in this certification program. This rule will also 
propose to revise the procedures for continuing eligibility, program 
examinations, protests, and appeals. The proposed revisions will 
reflect public comments that SBA received in response to the Advanced 
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that the agency issued in December 2016 
to solicit feedback on implementation of the program. Finally, SBA is 
planning to continue to utilize new technology to improve its 
efficiency and decrease small business burdens, and therefore, the new 
certification procedures will be based on an electronic application and 
certification process.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   12/18/15  80 FR 78984
ANPRM Comment Period End............   02/16/16  .......................
NPRM................................   07/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size 
Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-6390, Email: 
khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG75

192. Small Business Size Standards: Educational Services; Health Care 
and Social Assistance; Arts, Entertainment and Recreation; 
Accommodation and Food Services; Other Services

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a)
    Abstract: The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (Jobs Act) requires 
SBA to conduct every five years a detailed review of all size standards 
and to make appropriate adjustments to reflect market conditions. As 
part of the second five-year review of size standards under the Jobs 
Act, in this proposed rule, SBA will evaluate size standards for all 
industries in North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) 
Sector 61 (Educational Services), Sector 62 (Health Care and Social 
Assistance), Sector 71 (Arts, Entertainment and Recreation), Sector 72 
(Accommodation and Food Services), and Sector 81 (Other Services) and 
make necessary adjustments to size standards in these sectors. This is 
one of a series of proposed rules that will examine groups of NAICS 
sectors. SBA will apply its Size Standards Methodology to this proposed 
rule.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size 
Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-6390, Email: 
khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG88

193. Small Business Size Standards: Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and 
Hunting; Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction; Utilities; 
Construction

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a)
    Abstract: The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (Jobs Act) requires 
SBA to conduct every five years a detailed review of all size standards 
and to make appropriate adjustments to reflect market conditions. As 
part of the second five-year review of size standards under the Jobs 
Act, in this proposed rule, SBA will evaluate each industry that has a 
receipts-based standard in North American Industry Classification 
System (NAICS) Sector 11 (Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting), 
Sector 21 (Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction), Sector 22 
(Utilities), and Sector 23 (Construction), and make necessary 
adjustments to size standards in these sectors. This is one of a series 
of proposed rules that will examine groups of NAICS sectors. SBA will 
apply its Size Standards Methodology to this proposed rule.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size 
Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-6390, Email: 
khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG89

194. Small Business Size Standards: Transportation and Warehousing; 
Information; Finance and Insurance; Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a)
    Abstract: The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (Jobs Act) requires 
SBA to conduct every five years a detailed review of all size standards 
and to make appropriate adjustments to reflect market conditions. As 
part of the second five-year review of size standards under the Jobs 
Act, in this proposed rule, SBA will evaluate each industry that has a 
receipts-based standard in North American Industry Classification 
System (NAICS) Sector 48-49 (Transportation and Warehousing), Sector 51 
(Information), Sector 52 (Finance and Insurance), and Sector 53 (Real 
Estate and Rental and Leasing) and make necessary adjustments to size 
standards in these sectors. This is one of a series of proposed rules 
that will examine groups of NAICS sectors. SBA will apply its Size 
Standards Methodology to this proposed rule.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size 
Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-6390, Email: 
khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG90

195. Small Business Size Standards: Professional, Scientific and 
Technical Services; Management of Companies and Enterprises; 
Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation Services

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a)
    Abstract: The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (Jobs Act) requires 
SBA to conduct every five years a detailed review of all size standards 
and to make appropriate adjustments to reflect market conditions. As 
part of the second five-year review of size standards under the Jobs 
Act, in this proposed rule, SBA will evaluate each industry that has a 
receipts-based standard in North American Industry Classification 
System (NAICS) Sector 54 (Professional, Scientific and Technical 
Services), Sector 55 (Management of Companies and Enterprises), and 
Sector 56 (Administrative and Support, Waste Management and Remediation 
Services) and make necessary adjustments to size standards in these 
sectors. This is one of a series of proposed rules that will examine 
groups of NAICS sectors. SBA will apply its Size Standards Methodology 
to this proposed rule.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size 
Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-6390, Email: 
khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG91

196. Regulatory Reform Initiative: Streamlining and Modernizing the 
7(a), Microloan, and 504 Loan Programs To Reduce Unnecessary Regulatory 
Burden

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 636(a); 15 U.S.C. 636(m); 15 U.S.C. 695 
et seq.
    Abstract: SBA is proposing to streamline the regulations in part 
120 of chapter 13 of the Code of Federal Regulations that apply to the 
7(a), Microloan, and 504 Loan Programs by eliminating or revising the 
provisions that are obsolete, ineffective, burdensome, or unnecessary. 
The proposed changes include removing or revising regulations related 
to programs that are either no longer in effect or have not been funded 
for many years, such as the America's Recovery Capital Loan Program, 
certain 7(a) direct loans to small businesses, or the veteran's direct 
loan program; and clarifying the factors that SBA will consider when 
seeking the appointment of a receiver and the scope of the receivership 
with respect to Certified Development Companies, Small Business Lending 
Companies, and Non-Federally Regulated Lenders.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Linda Reilly, Chief, 504 Loan Program, Small 
Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW, Washington, DC 20416, 
Phone: 202 205-9949, Email: linda.reilly@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG98

197.  Small Business Size Standards: Manufacturing and 
Industries With Employee Based Size Standards in Other Sectors Except 
Wholesale Trade and Retail Trade

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a)
    Abstract: The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (Jobs Act) requires 
SBA to conduct every five years a detailed review of all size standards 
and to make appropriate adjustments to reflect market conditions. As 
part of the second 5-year review of size standards under the Jobs Act, 
in this proposed rule, SBA will evaluate all industries in North 
American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Sector 31-33 
(Manufacturing) and industries with employee based size standards in 
other sectors except Wholesale Trade and Retail Trade and make 
necessary adjustments to their size standards. This is one of a series 
of proposed rules that will examine groups of NAICS sectors. SBA will 
apply its revised Size Standards Methodology, which is available on its 
website at http://www.sba.gov/size, to this proposed rule.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size 
Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-6390, Email: 
khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AH09

198.  Small Business Size Standards: Wholesale Trade and Retail 
Trade

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a)
    Abstract: The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (Jobs Act) requires 
SBA to conduct every five years a detailed review of all size standards 
and to make appropriate adjustments to reflect market conditions. As 
part of the second

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rule, SBA will evaluate all industries in North American Industry 
Classification System (NAICS) Sector 42 (Wholesale Trade) and Sector 
44-45 (Retail Trade) and make necessary adjustments to their size 
standards. This is one of a series of proposed rules that will examine 
groups of NAICS sectors. SBA will apply its revised Size Standards 
Methodology, which is available on its website at http://www.sba.gov/
size, to this proposed rule.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size 
Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-6390, Email: 
khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AH10

199.  Small Business Size Standards: Calculation of Annual 
Average Receipts

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a); Pub. L. 115-32
    Abstract: On December 17, 2018, the President signed the Small 
Business Runway Extension Act (Pub. L. 115-32), which amended Section 
3(a)(2)(C)(ii)(II) of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 
632(a)(2)(C)(ii)(II) by changing calculating average annual receipts 
for size standard purposes. This rulemaking is to implement the new law 
by changing the period for calculating annual average revenue receipts 
for receipts based size standards from three (3) years to five (5) 
years in 13 CFR 121.104.
    The Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632(a)) delegates to SBA's 
Administrator the responsibility for establishing, reviewing, and 
updating small business definitions, commonly referred to as size 
standards. The Small Business Runway Extension Act amended the Small 
Business Act, changing the period for calculating average annual 
receipts from three (3) years to five (5) years.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size 
Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-6390, Email: 
khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AH16

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA)

Final Rule Stage

200. Small Business Hubzone Program and Government Contracting Programs

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 657a
    Abstract: SBA has been reviewing its processes and procedures for 
implementing the HUBZone program and has determined that several of the 
regulations governing the program should be amended in order to resolve 
certain issues that have arisen. As a result, the rule would constitute 
a comprehensive revision of part 126 of SBA's regulations to clarify 
current HUBZone Program regulations, and implement various new 
procedures. The amendments will make it easier for participants to 
comply with the program requirements and enable them to maximize the 
benefits afforded by participation. In developing this rule, SBA will 
focus on the principles of Executive Orders 12866, 13771, and 13563 to 
determine whether portions of regulations should be modified, 
streamlined, expanded or repealed to make the HUBZone program more 
effective and/or less burdensome on small business concerns. At the 
same time, SBA will maintain a framework that helps identify and reduce 
waste, fraud, and abuse in the program.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Public Meeting......................   04/23/18  83 FR 17626
Public Meeting......................   05/30/18  83 FR 24684
NPRM................................   10/31/18  83 FR 54812
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/31/18  .......................
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   12/31/18  83 FR 67701
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   02/14/19  .......................
Final Action........................   09/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Art Collins, Acting Director, Office of HUBZone, 
Small Business Administration, 409 3rd Street SW, Washington, DC 20416, 
Phone: 202 205-6285, Email: arthur.collins@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG38

201. Small Business Timber Set[dash]Aside Program

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 631; 15 U.S.C. 644(a)
    Abstract: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA or Agency) is 
amending its Small Business Timber Set-Aside Program (the Program) 
regulations. The Small Business Timber Set-Aside Program is rooted in 
the Small Business Act, which tasked SBA with ensuring that small 
businesses receive a fair proportion of the total sales of government 
property. Accordingly, the Program requires Timber sales to be set 
aside for small business when small business participation falls below 
a certain amount. SBA considered comments received during the Advance 
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 
processes, including on issues such as, but not limited to, whether the 
saw timber volume purchased through stewardship timber contracts should 
be included in calculations, and whether the appraisal point used in 
set-aside sales should be the nearest small business mill. In addition, 
SBA is considering data from the timber industry to help evaluate the 
current program and economic impact of potential changes.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   03/25/15  80 FR 15697
ANPRM Comment Period End............   05/26/15  .......................
NPRM................................   09/27/16  81 FR 66199
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/28/16  .......................
Final Rule..........................   10/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: David W. Loines, Area Director, Office of 
Government Contracting, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street 
SW, Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7311, Email: 
david.loines@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG69

202. National Defense Authorization Acts of 2016 and 2017, Rise After 
Disaster Act of 2015, and Other Small Business Government Contracting 
Amendments

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 637(d)(17); Pub. L. 114-328, sec. 1811, 
sec. 1821; Pub. L. 114-92, sec. 863; Pub. L. 114-88, sec. 2108
    Abstract: Section 1811 of the of the National Defense Authorization 
Act

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(NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017, Public Law 114-328, Dec. 23, 2016, (NDAA) 
of 2017 limits the scope of review of Procurement Center 
Representatives for certain Department of Defense procurements 
performed outside of the United States. Section 1821 of the NDAA of 
2017 establishes that failure to act in good faith in providing timely 
subcontracting reports shall be considered a material breach of the 
contract. Section 863 of the NDAA for FY 2016, Public Law 114-92, Nov. 
25, 2015, establishes procedures for the publication of acquisition 
strategies if the acquisition involves consolidation or substantial 
bundling. This rule also addresses changes requested by industry or 
other agencies, including those pertaining to exclusions from 
calculating compliance with the limitations on subcontracting, an 
agency's ability to set aside orders under set-aside contracts, and a 
contracting officer's authority to request reports on a prime 
contractor's compliance with the limitations on subcontracting. Section 
2108 of Public Law 114-88 provides agencies with double credit when 
they award to a local small business in a disaster area.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   12/04/18  83 FR 62516
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/04/19  .......................
Final Action........................   12/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size 
Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-6390, Email: 
khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG86

203. Streamlining and Modernizing Certified Development Company Program 
(504 Loan Program) Corporate Governance Requirements

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 695 et seq.
    Abstract: SBA is proposing to simplify, streamline, and update 
SBA's regulations relating to CDC operational and organizational 
requirements in order to improve efficiencies and achieve costs savings 
without compromising performance in the 504 Loan Program. The proposed 
changes include lowering the number of directors required for the CDC's 
Board; clarifying that members of the Board must live or work in the 
CDC's Area of Operations; eliminating the requirement that one Board 
member represent the economic, community or workforce development 
fields; eliminating the requirement that limits the number of Board 
members in the commercial lending field to less than 50 percent of the 
Board; increasing the 504 loan portfolio balance above which each CDC 
must have its financial statements audited annually by a certified 
public accountant, resulting in increased savings to CDCs without 
creating undue risk; eliminating the requirement that a Multi-State CDC 
establish a Loan Committee in each State into which it expands; 
allowing a CDC to make a 504 loan outside its Area of Operation to an 
affiliate of a business that the CDC previously assisted; allowing CDCs 
that participate in the Premier Certified Lenders Program to base the 
balance it is required to maintain in its Loan Loss Reserve Fund on a 
declining balance methodology instead of the original principal amount; 
and allowing CDCs to provide greater assistance to each other than 
currently authorized under certain circumstances.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   04/15/19  84 FR 15147
Comment Period Ends.................   06/14/19  .......................
Final Rule..........................   10/00/19  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Linda Reilly, Chief, 504 Loan Program, Small 
Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW, Washington, DC 20416, 
Phone: 202 205-9949, Email: linda.reilly@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AG97

204.  Small Business Size Standards: Adjustment of Monetary 
Based Size Standards for Inflation

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 632(a)
    Abstract: In this interim final rule, the U.S. Small Business 
Administration (SBA or Agency) adjusts all monetary based industry size 
standards (i.e., receipts, assets, net worth, and net income) for 
inflation since the last adjustment in 2014. In accordance with its 
regulations in 13 CFR 121.102(c), SBA is required to review the effects 
of inflation on its monetary standards at least once every five years 
and adjust them, if necessary. In addition, the Small Business Jobs Act 
of 2010 (Jobs Act) also requires SBA to conduct every five years a 
detailed review of all size standards and to make appropriate 
adjustments to reflect market conditions. This action will restore the 
small business eligibility of businesses that have lost that status due 
to inflation.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Interim Final Rule..................   06/00/19  .......................
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Dr. Khem Raj Sharma, Chief, Office of Size 
Standards, Small Business Administration, 409 Third Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20416, Phone: 202 205-7189, Fax: 202 205-6390, Email: 
khem.sharma@sba.gov.
    RIN: 3245-AH17

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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION

48 CFR Ch. 1


Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration 
(GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: This agenda announces the proposed regulatory actions the 
Council plans for the next 12 months and those completed since the fall 
2018 edition. This agenda was developed under the guidelines of 
Executive Orders (E.O.) 12866 ``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' as 
amended, Executive Order 13771 ``Reducing Regulation and Controlling 
Regulatory Costs,'' and Executive Order 13563 ``Improving Regulation 
and Regulatory Review.'' The purpose in publishing this agenda is to 
allow interested persons an opportunity to participate in the 
rulemaking process. Members of the public may submit comments on 
individual proposed and interim final rulemakings at 
www.regulations.gov during the comment period that follows publication 
in the Federal Register. This agenda updates the report published on 
October 17, 2018 and next agenda is scheduled for publication in the 
fall of 2019. The complete Unified Agenda is available online at 
www.reginfo.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lois Mandell, Division Director, 
Regulatory Secretariat Division, 1800 F Street NW, 2nd Floor, 
Washington, DC 20405-0001, 202-501-4755.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DoD, GSA, and NASA, under their several 
statutory authorities, jointly issue and maintain the FAR through 
periodic issuance of changes published in the Federal Register and 
produced electronically as Federal Acquisition Circulars (FACs).
    The electronic version of the FAR, including changes, can be 
accessed on the FAR website at http://www.acquisition.gov/far.

    Dated: March 1, 2019.
William F. Clark,
Director, Office of Government-wide Acquisition Policy, Office of 
Acquisition Policy, Office of Government-wide Policy.

                 DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
205.......................  FAR Acquisition Regulation         9000-AN31
                             (FAR); FAR Case 2015-038,
                             Reverse Auction Guidance.
206.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN34
                             Regulation; FAR Case 2016-
                             002, Applicability of
                             Small Business
                             Regulations Outside the
                             United States.
207.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN38
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2016-013, Tax on
                             Certain Foreign
                             Procurement.
208.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN39
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-003; Individual
                             Sureties.
209.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN40
                             Regulations (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-002,
                             Requirements for DD Form
                             254, Contract Security
                             Classification
                             Specification.
210.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN43
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-014, Use of
                             Acquisition 360 to
                             Encourage Vendor Feedback.
211.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN44
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-013, Breaches
                             of Personally
                             Identifiable Information.
212.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN46
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-011, Section
                             508-Based Standards in
                             Information and
                             Communication Technology.
213.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN56
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-016, Controlled
                             Unclassified Information
                             (CUI).
214.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN57
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-018, Violation
                             of Arms Control Treaties
                             or Agreements With the
                             United States.
215.......................  Federal Regulation                 9000-AN59
                             Acquisition (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-019, Policy on
                             Joint Ventures.
216.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN61
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-003, Credit for
                             Lower-Tier Small Business
                             Subcontracting.
217.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN62
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-002, Protecting
                             Life in Global Health
                             Assistance.
218.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN65
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-004; Increased
                             Micro-Purchase and
                             Simplified Acquisition
                             Thresholds.
219.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN66
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-006; Provisions
                             and Clauses for
                             Commercial Items and
                             Simplified Acquisitions.
220.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN69
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-005,
                             Modifications to Cost or
                             Pricing Data and
                             Reporting Requirements.
221.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN71
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-012, Rights to
                             Federally Funded
                             Inventions and Licensing
                             of Government-Owned
                             Inventions.
222.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN72
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-013, Exemption
                             of Commercial and COTS
                             Item Contracts From
                             Certain Laws and
                             Regulations.
223.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN73
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-014, Increasing
                             Task-Order Level
                             Competition.
224.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN75
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-016, Lowest
                             Price Technically
                             Acceptable Source
                             Selection Process.
225.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN76
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-018, Revision
                             of Definition of
                             ``Commercial Item''.
226.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN77
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-019, Review of
                             Commercial Clause
                             Requirements and Flowdown.
227.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN78
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-020,
                             Construction Contract
                             Administration.
228.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN79
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-021, Reserve
                             Officer Training Corps
                             and Military Recruiting
                             on Campus.
229.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN80
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-022; Orders
                             Issued Via Fax or
                             Electronic Commerce.
230.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN81
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-023, Taxes--
                             Foreign Contracts in
                             Afghanistan.
231.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN82
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-024; Use of
                             Interagency Fleet
                             Management System
                             Vehicles and Related
                             Services.
232.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN84
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2019-001, Analysis
                             for Equipment
                             Acquisitions.

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233.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN86
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2019-003,
                             Substantial Bundling and
                             Consolidation.
234.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN87
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2019-004, Good Faith
                             in Small Business
                             Subcontracting.
235.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN90
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2019-007, Update of
                             Historically
                             Underutilized Business
                             Zone Program.
236.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN91
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2019-008, Small
                             Business Program
                             Amendments.
237.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN92
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2019-009,
                             Prohibition on
                             Contracting With Entities
                             Using Certain
                             Telecommunications and
                             Video Surveillance
                             Services or Equipment.
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                  DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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238.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM58
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2013-002; Reporting
                             of Nonconforming Items to
                             the Government-Industry
                             Data Exchange Program.
239.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM93
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2014-002; Set-Asides
                             Under Multiple Award
                             Contracts.
240.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN29
                             Regulation: FAR Case 2016-
                             005; Effective
                             Communication Between
                             Government and Industry.
241.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN32
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-005,
                             Whistleblower Protection
                             for Contractor Employees.
242.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN35
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2016-011, Revision
                             of Limitations on
                             Subcontracting.
243.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN53
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-006, Exception
                             From Certified Cost or
                             Pricing Data
                             Requirements--Adequate
                             Price Competition.
244.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN54
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-010, Evaluation
                             Factors for Multiple-
                             Award Contracts.
245.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN58
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-020, Ombudsman
                             for Indefinite-Delivery
                             Contracts.
246.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN64
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-010, Use of
                             Product and Services of
                             Kaspersky Lab.
247.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN83
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2018-017,
                             Prohibition on Certain
                             Telecommunications and
                             Video Surveillance
                             Services or Equipment.
248.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN85
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2019-002,
                             Recreational Services on
                             Federal Lands.
249.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN88
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2019-005, Update to
                             Contract Performance
                             Assessment Reporting
                             System (CPARS).
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                  DOD/GSA/NASA (FAR)--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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250.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AM94
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-021;
                             Determination of Fair and
                             Reasonable Prices on
                             Orders Under Multiple
                             Award Contracts.
251.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN02
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2015-017; Combating
                             Trafficking in Persons--
                             Definition of
                             ``Recruitment Fees''.
252.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN45
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-009, Special
                             Emergency Procurement
                             Authority.
253.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN47
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2016-012,
                             Incremental Funding of
                             Fixed-Price Contracting
                             Actions.
254.......................  Federal Acquisition                9000-AN63
                             Regulation (FAR); FAR
                             Case 2017-017, Rental
                             Cost Analysis in
                             Equipment Acquisitions.
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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL 
AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR)

Proposed Rule Stage

205. FAR Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-038, Reverse 
Auction Guidance

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement policies addressing the 
effective use of reverse auctions. Reverse auctions involve offerors 
lowering their pricing over multiple rounds of bidding in order to win 
Federal contracts. This change incorporates guidance from the Office of 
Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) memorandum, ``Effective Use of 
Reverse Auctions,'' which was issued in response to recommendations 
from the GAO report, Reverse Auctions: Guidance is Needed to Maximize 
Competition and Achieve Cost Savings (GAO-14-108). Reverse auctions are 
one tool used by Federal agencies to increase competition and reduce 
the cost of certain items. Reverse auctions differ from traditional 
auctions in that sellers compete against one another to provide the 
lowest price or highest-value offer to a buyer. This change to the FAR 
will include guidance that will standardize agencies' use of reverse 
auctions to help agencies maximize competition and savings when using 
reverse auctions.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/00/19
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Curtis E. Glover Sr., Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 501-
1448, Email: curtis.glover@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN31

206. Federal Acquisition Regulation; FAR Case 2016-002, Applicability 
of Small Business Regulations Outside the United States

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) consistent with SBA's regulation at 13 CFR 
125.2 as finalized in its rule ``Acquisition Process: Task and Delivery 
Order Contracts, Bundling, Consolidation'' issued on October 2, 2013, 
to clarify that overseas contracting is not excluded from agency 
responsibilities to foster small business participation.
    In its final rule, SBA has clarified that, as a general matter, its 
small business contracting regulations apply regardless of the place of 
performance. In light of these changes, there is a need to amend the 
FAR both to bring its coverage into alignment with SBA's regulation and 
to give agencies the tools they need, especially the ability to use 
set-asides to maximize opportunities for small businesses overseas.
    SBA has included contracts performed outside of the United States 
in agencies' prime contracting goals since FY 2016. Although inclusion 
for goaling purposes is not dependent on FAR changes, amending FAR part 
19 will allow agencies to take advantage of the tools authorized for 
providing small business opportunities for contracts awarded outside of 
the United States.
    This will make it easier for small businesses to receive additional 
opportunities for contracts performed outside of the United States.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/00/19
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/00/20
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Marilyn Chambers, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7185, 
Email: marilyn.chambers@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN34

207. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016-013, Tax on 
Certain Foreign Procurement

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 37; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement a final rule issued by the 
Department of the Treasury that implements section 301 of the James 
Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, Public Law 111347. 
This section imposes on any foreign person that receives a specified 
Federal procurement payment a tax equal to two percent of the amount of 
such payment. This rule applies to foreign persons that are awarded 
Federal Government contracts to provide goods or services.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/00/19
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7207, 
Email: zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN38

208. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-003; 
Individual Sureties

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to change the kinds of assets that 
individual sureties must use as security for their individual surety 
bonds. This change implements section 874 of the National Defense 
Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2016 (Pub. L. 114-92), codified at 31 
U.S.C. 9310, Individual Sureties. Individual sureties will no longer be 
able to pledge real property, corporate stocks, corporate bonds, or 
irrevocable letters of credit. The requirements of 31 U.S.C. 9310 are 
intended to strengthen the assets pledged by individual sureties, 
thereby mitigating risk to the Government.
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7207, 
Email: zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN39

209. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-002, 
Requirements for DD Form 254, Contract Security Classification 
Specification

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to require the use of Department of 
Defense (DoD) Wide Area Workflow (WAWF) for the electronic submission 
of the DD Form 254, ``Contract Security Classification Specification.'' 
This form is used to convey security requirements regarding classified 
information to contractors and subcontractors and must be submitted to 
the Defense Security Services (DSS) when contractors or subcontractors 
require access to classified information under contracts awarded by 
agencies that are covered by the National Industrial Security Program 
(NISP). By changing the submittal process of the form from a manual 
process to an automated one, the Government will reduce the cost of 
maintaining the forms, while also providing a centralized repository 
for classified contract security requirements and supporting data.
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Curtis E. Glover Sr., Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 501-
1448, Email: curtis.glover@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN40

210. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-014, Use of 
Acquisition 360 To Encourage Vendor Feedback

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.

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    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to address the solicitation of contractor 
feedback on both contract formation and contract administration 
activities. Agencies would consider this feedback, as appropriate, to 
improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their acquisition 
activities. The rule would create FAR policy to encourage regular 
feedback in accordance with agency practice (both for contract 
formation and administration activities) and a standard FAR 
solicitation provision to support a sustainable model for broadened use 
of the Acquisition 360 survey to elicit feedback on the pre-award and 
debriefing processes in a consistent and standardized manner. Agencies 
would be able to use the solicitation provision to notify interested 
sources that a procurement is part of the Acquisition 360 survey and 
encourage stakeholders to voluntarily provide feedback on their 
experiences on the pre-award process.
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Curtis E. Glover Sr., Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 501-
1448, Email: curtis.glover@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN43

211. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-013, Breaches 
of Personally Identifiable Information

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to create and implement appropriate 
contract clauses and regulatory coverage to address contractor 
requirements for a breach response consistent with the requirements. 
This FAR change will implement the requirements outlined in the Office 
of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum, M-17-12, ``Preparing for and 
Responding to a Breach of Personally Identifiable Information,'' 
section V part B.
    Timetable:

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 550-0935, 
Email: camara.francis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN44

212. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-011, Section 
508-Based Standards in Information and Communication Technology

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to incorporate revisions and updates to 
standards in section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, developed 
by the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (also 
referred to as the ``Access Board''). This FAR change incorporates the 
U.S. Access Board's final rule, ``Information and Communication 
Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines,'' published on January 18, 
2017, which implemented revisions and updates to the section 508-based 
standards and section 255-based guidelines. This rule is expected to 
impose additional costs on Federal agencies. The purpose is to increase 
productivity for Federal employees with disabilities, time savings due 
to improved accessibility of federal websites for members of the public 
with disabilities, and reduced call volumes to Federal agencies. 
Additionally, this rule harmonizes standards with national and 
international consensus standards this would assist American ICT 
companies by helping them to achieve economies of scale created by a 
wider use of these technical standards.
    Timetable:

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 550-0935, 
Email: camara.francis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN46

213. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-016, 
Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement the National Archives and 
Records Administration (NARA) Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) 
program of Executive Order 13556 of November 4, 2010. As the executive 
agent designated to oversee the Governmentwide CUI program, NARA issued 
implementing regulations in late 2016 designed to address Federal 
agency policies for designating, safeguarding, disseminating, marking, 
decontrolling and disposing of CUI. The NARA rule, which is codified at 
32 CFR 2002, affects contractors that handle, possess, use, share or 
receive CUI. This FAR rule helps to ensure uniform implementation of 
the requirements of the CUI program in contracts across Government 
agencies.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   10/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 550-0935, 
Email: camara.francis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN56

214. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-018, Violation 
of Arms Control Treaties or Agreements With the United States

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a proposed rule to address 
a public comment on the interim rule issued to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 1290(c)(3) of the 
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2017, which requires 
an offeror or any of its subsidiaries to certify that it does not 
engage in any activity that contributed to or is a significant factor 
in the determination that a country is not in full compliance with its 
obligations undertaken in all arms control, nonproliferation, and 
disarmament agreements or commitments in which the United States is a 
participating state.

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Interim Final Rule..................   06/15/18  83 FR 28145
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      08/14/18  .......................
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NPRM................................   08/00/19  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Cecelia L. Davis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 219-0202, 
Email: cecelia.davis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN57

215. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-019, Policy on 
Joint Ventures

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement regulatory changes made by 
the Small Business Administration (SBA), Small Business Mentor 
Prot[eacute]g[eacute] Programs, published on July 25, 2016 (81 FR 
48557), regarding joint ventures and to clarify policy on 8(a) joint 
ventures. The regulatory changes provide industry with a new way to 
compete for small business or socioeconomic set-asides using a joint 
venture made up of a mentor and a prot[eacute]g[eacute]. The 8(a) joint 
venture clarification prevents confusion on an 8(a) joint venture's 
eligibility to compete for an 8(a) competitive procurement.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   07/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Marilyn Chambers, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7185, 
Email: marilyn.chambers@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN59

216. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-003, Credit 
for Lower-Tier Small Business Subcontracting

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation to implement section 1614 of the National 
Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of Fiscal Year 2014, as implemented in 
the Small Business Administration's final rule issued on December 23, 
2016. Section 1614 allows other than small business prime contractors 
to receive small business subcontracting credit for subcontracts their 
subcontractors award to small businesses.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   10/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Marilyn Chambers, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7185, 
Email: marilyn.chambers@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN61

217. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-002, 
Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. 137; 51 U.S.C. 20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement Presidential Memorandum, 
entitled ``The Mexico City Policy,'' issued on January 13, 2017, in 
accordance with the Department of State's implementation plan dated May 
9, 2017. This rule would extend requirements of the memorandum and 
plans to new funding agreements for global health assistance furnished 
by all Federal departments or agencies. This expanded policy will cover 
global health assistance to include funding for international health 
programs, such as those for HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, 
malaria, global health security, and certain family planning and 
reproductive health.
    Timetable:

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    RIN: 9000-AN62

218. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-004; Increased 
Micro-Purchase and Simplified Acquisition Thresholds

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a proposed rule to amend 
the FAR to implement sections 805, 806, and 1702(a) of the National 
Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2018. Section 805 increases the 
micro-purchase threshold (MPT) to $10,000 and limits the use of 
convenience checks to not more than one half of the MPT amount (i.e., 
$5,000). Section 806 increases the simplified acquisition threshold 
(SAT) to $250,000. Section 1702(a) amends section 15(j)(1) of the Small 
Business Act (15 U.S.C. 644(j)(1)) to replace specific dollar 
thresholds with the terms micro-purchase threshold and simplified 
acquisition threshold.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   07/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 208-
4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN65

219. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-006; 
Provisions and Clauses for Commercial Items and Simplified Acquisitions

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 
U.S.C.20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to implement section 820 
of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2018. Section 
820 amends 41 U.S.C. 1906(c)(1) to change the definition of 
``subcontract'' in certain circumstances. This rule also implements a 
new approach to the prescription and flowdown for provisions and 
clauses applicable to acquisitions of commercial items or acquisitions 
that do not exceed the simplified acquisition threshold.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   09/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington,

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DC 20405, Phone: 202 208-4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN66

220. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-005, 
Modifications to Cost or Pricing Data and Reporting Requirements

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to increase the Truth in Negotiation Act 
(TINA) threshold to $2 million and require other than certified cost or 
pricing data. The rule reduces the burden on contractors because they 
would not be required to certify their cost or pricing data between 
$750,000 and $2 million. This change implements section 811 of the 
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2018. Section 811 
modifies 10 U.S.C. 2306a and 41 U.S.C. 3502.
    Timetable:

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Marilyn Chambers, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7185, 
Email: marilyn.chambers@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN69

221. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-012, Rights to 
Federally Funded Inventions and Licensing of Government-Owned 
Inventions

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the FAR to 
implement the changes to 37 CFR parts 401 and 404, ``Rights to 
Federally Funded Inventions and Licensing of Government Owned 
Inventions,'' dated May 14, 2018. The changes reduce regulatory 
burdens, provide greater clarity to large businesses by codifying the 
applicability of Bayh-Dole as directed in Executive Order 12591, and 
provide greater clarity to all federal funding recipients by updating 
regulatory provisions to align with provisions of the Leahy-Smith 
America Invents Act in terms of definitions and time frames.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   09/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Cecelia L. Davis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 219-0202, 
Email: cecelia.davis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN71

222. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-013, Exemption 
of Commercial and COTS Item Contracts From Certain Laws and Regulations

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement paragraph (a) of section 839 
of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal 
Year 2019. Paragraph (a) requires the FAR Council to review each past 
determination made not to exempt contacts and subcontracts for 
commercial products, commercial services, and commercially available 
off-the-shelf (COTS) items from certain laws when these contracts would 
otherwise have been exempt under 41 U.S.C. 1906(d) or 41 U.S.C. 
1907(b). The FAR Council or the Administrator for Federal Procurement 
Policy has to determine whether there still exists specific reason not 
to provide exemptions from certain laws. If no determination is made to 
continue to exempt commercial contracts and subcontracts from certain 
laws, paragraph (a) requires that revisions to the FAR be proposed, to 
reflect exemptions from those laws. Paragraph (a) requires these 
revisions to be proposed within one year of the date of enactment of 
section 839.
    Timetable:

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605-2868, 
Email: mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN72

223. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-014, 
Increasing Task-Order Level Competition

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 876 of the John S. 
McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019, which 
would provide civilian agencies with an exception to the existing 
statutory requirement to include price to the Federal Government as an 
evaluation factor that must be considered in the evaluation of 
proposals for all contracts. The exception would only apply to IDIQ 
contracts and to Federal Supply Schedule contracts for services that 
are priced at an hourly rate. Furthermore, the exception would only 
apply in those instances where the Government intends to make a 
contract award to all qualifying offerors, thus affording maximum 
opportunity for effective competition at the task order level. An 
offeror would be qualified only if it is a responsible source and 
submits a proposal that conforms to the requirements of the 
solicitation, meets any technical requirements, and is otherwise 
eligible for award.
    Timetable:

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NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Curtis E. Glover Sr., Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 501-
1448, Email: curtis.glover@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN73

224. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-016, Lowest 
Price Technically Acceptable Source Selection Process

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 880 of the John S. 
McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 
2019 to avoid using lowest price technically acceptable source 
selection criteria in circumstances that would deny the Government the 
benefits of cost and

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technical tradeoffs in the source selection process.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   09/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 208-
4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN75

225. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-018, Revision 
of Definition of ``Commercial Item''

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to separate the commercial item definition 
into definitions of commercial product and commercial service. Section 
836 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 
(FY) 2019 (Pub. L. 115-232) set the effective date of the new 
definitions to January 1, 2020. This is consistent with the 
recommendations by the independent panel created by section 809 of the 
NDAA for FY 2016 (Pub. L. 114-92). This case implements amendment to 41 
U.S.C. 103.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   11/00/19  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/00/20  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7207, 
Email: zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN76

226. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-019, Review of 
Commercial Clause Requirements and Flowdown

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement paragraphs (b) and (c) of 
section 839 of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act 
for Fiscal Year 2019.
    Paragraph (b) requires the FAR Council to review the FAR to assess 
every regulation that requires a specific clause in contracts for 
commercial products or commercial services, unless the regulation is 
required by law or Executive Order. Paragraph (b) also requires that 
revisions to the FAR be proposed to eliminate those regulations unless 
the FAR Council makes a determination not to eliminate a regulation.
    Paragraph (c) requires the FAR Council to review the FAR to assess 
every regulation that requires a prime contractor to include specific 
clause in subcontracts for commercially available off-the-shelf items, 
unless the clause is required by law or Executive Order. Paragraph (c) 
also requires that revisions to the FAR be proposed to eliminate those 
regulations unless the FAR Council makes a determination not to 
eliminate a regulation.
    Paragraphs (b) and (c) require these revisions to be proposed 
within one year of the date of the enactment of section 839.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   07/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605-2868, 
Email: mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN77

227. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-020, 
Construction Contract Administration

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: Implements section 855 of the NDAA for FY 2019 (Pub. L. 
115-232). Section 855 requires, for solicitations for construction 
contracts anticipated to be awarded to a small business, notification 
to prospective offerors regarding agency policies or practices in 
complying with FAR requirements relating to the timely definitization 
of requests for equitable adjustment and agency past performance in 
definitizing such requests.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   12/00/19  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/00/20  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Marilyn Chambers, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7185, 
Email: marilyn.chambers@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN78

228. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-021, Reserve 
Officer Training Corps and Military Recruiting on Campus

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement the requirements at 10 U.S.C. 
983, which prohibits the award of certain Federal contracts or grants 
to institutions of higher education that prohibit Senior Reserve 
Officer Training Corps units or military recruiting on campus.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   11/00/19  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/00/20  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Cecelia L. Davis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 219-0202, 
Email: cecelia.davis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN79

229. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-022; Orders 
Issued Via Fax or Electronic Commerce

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) clause 52.216-18, Ordering, to authorize 
issuance of orders via fax or email and clarify when an order is 
considered to be issued when utilizing these methods.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   11/00/19  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/00/20  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

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    Agency Contact: Curtis E. Glover Sr., Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 501-
1448, Email: curtis.glover@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN80

230. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-023, Taxes--
Foreign Contracts in Afghanistan

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement the provisions on taxes, 
duties, and fees contained in the Security and Defense Cooperation 
Agreement (dated 2014) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization 
Status of Forces Agreement (dated 2014) with Afghanistan.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/00/19  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/00/20  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kevin Funk, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 357-5805, 
Email: kevin.funk@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN81

231. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-024; Use of 
Interagency Fleet Management System Vehicles and Related Services

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA and NASA are proposing to amends the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) clause 52.251-1, Interagency Fleet 
Management System Vehicles and Related Services, to provide contractors 
that have been authorized to use fleet vehicles with additional 
information on how to request the vehicles from the Government.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/00/19  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/00/20  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Curtis E. Glover Sr., Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 501-
1448, Email: curtis.glover@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN82

232.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019-001, 
Analysis for Equipment Acquisitions

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the FAR by 
implementing section 555 of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 
Reauthorization Act for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 (Pub. L. 115-254), which 
requires equipment to be acquired using the method of acquisition most 
advantageous to the Government based on a case-by-case analysis of 
costs and other factors. Section 555 requires the methods of 
acquisition to be compared in the analysis to include, at a minimum: 
(1) Purchase; (2) long-term lease or rental; (3) short-term lease or 
rental; (4) interagency acquisition; or, (5) acquisition agreements 
with a State or local government. Section 555 exempts certain 
acquisitions from this required analysis.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/00/19  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 208-
4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN84

233.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019-003, 
Substantial Bundling and Consolidation

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 863 of the National 
Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA) for FY 2016 and the Small Business 
Administration (SBA) implementing regulations requiring publication of 
a notice of substantial bundling and a notice of consolidation of 
contract requirements.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/00/19  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/00/20  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Marilyn Chambers, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7185, 
Email: marilyn.chambers@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN86

234.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019-004, 
Good Faith in Small Business Subcontracting

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 1821 of the National 
Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 and the 
Small Business Administration regulatory changes relating to small 
business subcontracting plans. Section 1821 requires examples of 
activities that would be considered a failure to make a good faith 
effort to comply with small business subcontracting plan requirements.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/00/19  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/00/20  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Marilyn Chambers, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7185, 
Email: marilyn.chambers@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN87

235.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019-007, 
Update of Historically Underutilized Business Zone Program

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement regulatory changes proposed 
by the Small Business Administration regarding the Historically 
Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program. The proposed regulatory 
changes are intended to reduce the regulatory burden associated with 
the HUBZone Program.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/00/20  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/00/20  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Marilyn Chambers, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7185, 
Email: marilyn.chambers@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN90

236.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019-008, 
Small Business Program Amendments

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement regulatory changes proposed 
by the Small Business Administration regarding small business programs. 
The proposed regulatory changes include the timing of the determination 
of size status for multiple-award contracts for which price is not 
evaluated at the contract level; the grounds for size status protests; 
and the grounds for socioeconomic status protests.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/00/20  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/00/20  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Marilyn Chambers, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7185, 
Email: marilyn.chambers@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN91

237.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019-009, 
Prohibition on Contracting With Entities Using Certain 
Telecommunications and Video Surveillance Services or Equipment

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement paragraph (a)(1)(B) of 
section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 19 
(Pub. L. 115-232). Beginning two years from the enacted date, paragraph 
(a)(1)(B) of section 889 prohibits the Government from entering into a 
contract, extending or renewing a contract with an entity that uses any 
equipment, system, or service that uses covered telecommunications 
equipment and services from Huawei Technologies Company, ZTE 
Corporation, Hytera Communications Corporation, Hangzhou Technology 
Company or Dahua Technology Company, to include any subsidiaries or 
affiliates. This FAR rule is needed to protect U.S. networks against 
cyber activities conducted through Chinese Government-supported 
telecommunications equipment and services. Paragraph (a)(1)(A) of 
section 889 is being implemented separately through FAR Case 2018-017.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/00/19  .......................
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/00/20  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 550-0935, 
Email: camara.francis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN92

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL 
AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR)

Final Rule Stage

238. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2013-002; Reporting 
of Nonconforming Items to the Government-Industry Data Exchange Program

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to expand Government and 
contractor requirements for the reporting of nonconforming items. This 
rule partially implements section 818 of the National Defense 
Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 and implement 
requirements of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Policy 
Letter 91-3, entitled ``Reporting Nonconforming Products,'' dated April 
9, 1991. This change will help mitigate the growing threat that 
counterfeit items pose when used in systems vital to an agency's 
mission. The primary benefit of this rule is to reduce the risk of 
counterfeit items entering the supply chain by ensuring that 
contractors report suspect items to a widely available database. This 
will allow the contracting officer to provide disposition instructions 
for counterfeit or suspect counterfeit items in accordance with agency 
policy. In some cases, agency policy may require the contracting 
officer to direct the contractor to retain such items for investigative 
or evidentiary purposes.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/10/14  79 FR 33164
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/11/14  .......................
Final Rule..........................   07/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Marilyn Chambers, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 969-7185, 
Email: marilyn.chambers@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM58

239. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2014-002; Set-
Asides Under Multiple Award Contracts

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement regulatory changes 
regarding procedures for the use of small business partial set-asides, 
reserves, and orders placed under multiple-award contracts. This rule 
incorporates statutory requirements in section 1331 of the Small 
Business Jobs Act of 2010 (15 U.S.C. 644(r)) and regulatory 
requirements in the Small Business Administration's final rule dated 
October 2, 2013.
    Due to their inherent flexibility, competitive nature, and 
administrative efficiency, multiple award contracts are commonly used 
in Federal procurement. They have proven to be an effective means of 
contracting for large quantities of supplies and services for which the 
quantity and delivery requirements cannot be definitively determined at 
contract award. However, prior to 2011, the FAR was largely silent on 
the use of acquisition strategies to promote small business 
participation in conjunction with multiple-award contracts. This rule 
increases small business participation in Federal prime contracts by 
ensuring that small businesses have greater access to multiple award 
contracts, clarifying the procedures for partially setting aside

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and reserving multiple-award contracts for small business; and setting 
aside orders placed under multiple-award contracts for small business. 
This rule ensures that small businesses will have greater access to 
these commonly used vehicles.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/06/16  81 FR 88072
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/06/17  .......................
Final Rule..........................   07/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Mahruba Uddowla, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 605-2868, 
Email: mahruba.uddowla@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM93

240. Federal Acquisition Regulation: FAR Case 2016-005; Effective 
Communication Between Government and Industry

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 887 of the 
NDAA for FY 2016 (Pub. L. 114-92). This law provides that Government 
acquisition personnel are permitted and encouraged to engage in 
responsible and constructive exchanges with industry. This change will 
permit and encourage Government acquisition personnel to engage in 
responsible and constructive exchanges with industry as part of market 
research as long as those exchanges are consistent with existing laws 
and regulations, and promote a fair competitive environment.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/29/16  81 FR 85914
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/02/17  .......................
Final Rule..........................   08/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 208-
4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN29

241. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-005, 
Whistleblower Protection for Contractor Employees

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement 41 U.S.C. 4712, 
``Enhancement of Contractor Protection From Reprisal for Disclosure of 
Certain Information'' and makes the pilot program permanent. The pilot 
was enacted on January 2, 2013, by section 828 of the National Defense 
Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013. The rule clarifies 
that contractors and subcontractors are prohibited from discharging, 
demoting, or otherwise discriminating against an employee as a reprisal 
for disclosing, to any of the entities such as agency Inspector 
Generals and Congress, information that the employee reasonably 
believes is evidence of gross mismanagement of a Federal contract; a 
gross waste of Federal funds; an abuse of authority relating to a 
Federal contract; a substantial and specific danger to public health or 
safety; or a violation of law, rule, or regulation related to a Federal 
contract (including, the competition for or negotiation of a contract.) 
This rule enhances whistleblower protections for contractor employees, 
by making permanent the protection for disclosure of the aforementioned 
information, and ensuring that the prohibition on reimbursement for 
legal fees accrued in defense against reprisal claims applies to both 
contractors and subcontractors.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/26/18  83 FR 66223
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/25/19  .......................
Final Rule..........................   10/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Cecelia L. Davis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 219-0202, 
Email: cecelia.davis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN32

242. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016-011, Revision 
of Limitations on Subcontracting

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to revise and standardize the 
limitations on subcontracting, including the nonmanufacturer rule, that 
apply to small business concerns under FAR part 19 procurements. This 
proposed rule incorporates SBA's final rule that implemented the 
statutory requirements of section 1651 of the National Defense 
Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013. This action is necessary 
to meet the Congressional intent of clarifying the limitations on 
subcontracting with which small businesses must comply, as well as the 
ways in which they can comply. The rule will benefit both small 
businesses and Federal agencies. The rule will allow small businesses 
to take advantage of subcontracts with similarly situated entities. As 
a result, these small businesses will be able to compete for larger 
contracts, which would positively affect their potential for growth as 
well as that of their potential subcontractors.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/04/18  83 FR 62540
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/04/19  .......................
Final Rule..........................   10/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kevin Funk, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 357-5805, 
Email: kevin.funk@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN35

243. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-006, Exception 
From Certified Cost or Pricing Data Requirements--Adequate Price 
Competition

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 822 of the 
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2017 (Pub. L. 114-
328). This rule applies to DoD, NASA, and the Coast Guard, and 
implements exceptions for these agencies at FAR 15.403(c)(1) from 
certified cost or pricing data requirements when price is based on 
adequate price competition. This rule also limits the exception for 
price based on adequate price competition to circumstances in which 
there is

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adequate competition that results in at least two or more responsive 
and viable competing bids.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/12/18  83 FR 27303
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/13/18  .......................
Final Rule..........................   07/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 208-
4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN53

244. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-010, 
Evaluation Factors for Multiple-Award Contracts

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 825 of the 
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 17 (Pub. L. 114-328). 
Section 825 amends 10 U.S.C. 2305(a)(3) to change the requirement 
regarding the consideration of cost or price to the Government as a 
factor in the evaluation of proposals for certain multiple-award task 
order contracts awarded by DoD, NASA, or the Coast Guard. At the 
Government's discretion, solicitations for multiple-award contracts, 
which intend to award the same or similar services to each qualifying 
offeror, do not require price or cost as an evaluation factor for the 
base contract award. This rule will streamline the award of contracts 
for DoD, NASA, and the Coast Guard because they will not be required to 
consider cost or price in the evaluation of the award decision. 
Relieving the requirement to account for cost or price when evaluating 
proposals for these types of contracts, which feature competitive 
orders, will enable procurement officials to focus their energy on 
establishing and evaluating the non-price factors that will result in 
more meaningful distinctions among offerors.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/24/18  83 FR 48271
Correction..........................   10/23/18  83 FR 53421
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/23/18  .......................
Final Rule..........................   09/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 208-
4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN54

245. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-020, Ombudsman 
for Indefinite-Delivery Contracts

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) by providing a new clause with 
contact information for the agency task and delivery order ombudsman as 
required by the FAR. Specifically, FAR 16.504(a)(4)(v) requires that 
the name, address, telephone number, facsimile number, and email 
address of the agency task and delivery order ombudsman be included in 
solicitations and contracts for an indefinite quantity requirement, if 
multiple awards may be made for uniformity and consistency.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/01/18  83 FR 54901
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/31/18  .......................
Final Rule..........................   09/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 208-
4949, Email: michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN58

246. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-010, Use of 
Product and Services of Kaspersky Lab

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 1634 of the 
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of Fiscal Year 2018 to 
prohibit any department, agency, organization, or other element of the 
Federal government from using products and services developed or 
provided by Kaspersky Lab or any entity in which Kaspersky Lab has a 
majority ownership.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Interim Final Rule..................   06/15/18  83 FR 28141
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      08/14/18  .......................
 End.
Final Rule..........................   09/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 550-0935, 
Email: camara.francis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN64

247. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2018-017, 
Prohibition on Certain Telecommunications and Video Surveillance 
Services or Equipment

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal 
Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement section 889 of the National 
Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 19 (Pub. L. 115-232). Section 
889 prohibits the procurement or use of covered telecommunications 
equipment and services from Huawei Technologies Company, ZTE 
Corporation, Hytera Communications Corporation, Hangzhou Technology 
Company or Dahua Technology Company, to include any subsidiaries or 
affiliates. This FAR rule is needed to protect U.S. networks against 
cyber activities conducted through Chinese Government-supported 
telecommunications equipment and services.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Interim Final Rule..................   08/00/19  .......................
Interim Final Rule Comment Period      10/00/19  .......................
 End.
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 550-0935, 
Email: camara.francis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN83

248.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019-002, 
Recreational Services on Federal Lands

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amend the 
Federal

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Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to exempt contracts for seasonal 
recreational services and seasonal recreational equipment rental on 
Federal lands from the Executive Order 13658 minimum wage requirements. 
This rule implements Executive Order 13838 that was issued on May 25, 
2018 and associated Department of Labor final rule published on 
September 26, 2018. In accordance with Executive Order 13838, this 
proposed rule will not limit Executive Order 13658's coverage of 
lodging and food services associated with seasonal recreational 
services, even when seasonal recreational services or seasonal 
recreational equipment rental are also provided under the same 
contract.
    Timetable:

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Final Rule..........................   01/00/20  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kevin Funk, Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/NASA 
(FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 703 357-5805, 
Email: kevin.funk@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN85

249.  Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2019-005, 
Update to Contract Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement changes regarding the 
Past Performance Information Retrieval System (PPIRS). This rule 
establishes that the Contract Performance Assessment Reporting System 
(CPARS) is the official system for past performance information.
    Effective January 15, 2019, PPIRS was officially retired to 
conclude its merger with the CPARS. Data from PPIRS has been merged 
into CPARS.gov, making CPARS the official system for past performance 
information. This merge simplifies functions such as creating and 
editing performance and integrity records, changes to administering 
users and running reports, generating performance records, and viewing/
managing performance records. Users will now have one location and one 
account to perform all functionality.
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Final Rule..........................   10/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Curtis E. Glover Sr., Procurement Analyst, DOD/GSA/
NASA (FAR), 1800 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20405, Phone: 202 501-
1448, Email: curtis.glover@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN88

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION/NATIONAL 
AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION (FAR)

Completed Actions

250. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-021; 
Determination of Fair and Reasonable Prices on Orders Under Multiple 
Award Contracts

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: This case is being withdrawn so that the FAR Council may 
take a fresh look at the current data regarding prices paid and price 
variances. Additionally the Council will revisit the regulatory 
coverage on fair and reasonable pricing for Schedule contracts, and 
other government-wide vehicles, in light of policy developments that 
have taken place since the case was opened. One such development is the 
recent issuance of OMB Memorandum M-19-13, Making Smarter Use of Common 
Contract Solutions and Practices, which includes steps for improving 
price competitiveness on best-in-class and other government-wide 
solutions.
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Withdrawn...........................   04/09/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Curtis E. Glover, Phone: 202 501-1448, Email: 
curtis.glover@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AM94

251. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2015-017; Combating 
Trafficking in Persons--Definition of ``Recruitment Fees''

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule to amend the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement Executive Order 
13627, Strengthening Protections Against Trafficking in Persons in 
Federal Contracts, and title XVII of the National Defense Authorization 
Act for Fiscal Year 2013. The rule adds a definition of ``recruitment 
fees'' to FAR subpart 22.17, Combating Trafficking in Persons, and the 
associated clauses to provide a standardized definition that clarifies 
what prohibited recruitment fees are in order to help prevent human 
trafficking.
    Completed:

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Final Rule..........................   12/20/18  83 FR 65466
Final Rule Effective................   01/22/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Cecelia L. Davis, Phone: 202 219-0202, Email: 
cecelia.davis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN02

252. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-009, Special 
Emergency Procurement Authority

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Deregulatory.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the 
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement sections of the 
National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 to 
expand special emergency procurement authorities for acquisitions of 
supplies or services that facilitate defense against or recovery from a 
cyber attack, provide international disaster assistance under the 
Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, or support response to an emergency or 
major disaster under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and 
Emergency Assistance Act.
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Final Rule..........................   05/06/19  84 FR 19835
Final Rule Effective................   06/05/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Camara Francis, Phone: 202 550-0935, Email: 
camara.francis@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN45

253. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2016-012, 
Incremental Funding of Fixed-Price Contracting Actions

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Other.

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    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch. 137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: This case is withdrawn and may be resubmitted after 
further research and deliberation of the alternatives for 
implementation.
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Withdrawn...........................   04/09/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Zenaida Delgado, Phone: 202 969-7207, Email: 
zenaida.delgado@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN47

254. Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR); FAR Case 2017-017, Rental 
Cost Analysis in Equipment Acquisitions

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Fully or Partially Exempt.
    Legal Authority: 40 U.S.C. 121(c); 10 U.S.C. ch.137; 51 U.S.C. 
20113
    Abstract: This final rule is being withdrawn and merged into FAR 
Case 2019-001.
    DoD, GSA, and NASA is issuing a final rule to ensure short-term 
rental agreements are considered as part of the decision whether to 
lease or purchase equipment. This rule proposes to amend the FAR to add 
a factor to consider the cost-effectiveness of short-term versus long-
term agreements (e.g., leases and rentals) to the list of minimum 
factors to be considered when an agency is deciding whether to lease or 
purchase equipment.
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Withdrawn...........................   02/26/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael O. Jackson, Phone: 202 208-4949, Email: 
michaelo.jackson@gsa.gov.
    RIN: 9000-AN63

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17 CFR Ch. I


Regulatory Flexibility Agenda

AGENCY: Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (``Commission''), in 
accordance with the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, is 
publishing a semiannual agenda of rulemakings that the Commission 
expects to propose or promulgate over the next year. The Commission 
welcomes comments from small entities and others on the agenda.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher J. Kirkpatrick, Secretary 
of the Commission, (202) 418-5964, ckirkpatrick@cftc.gov, Commodity 
Futures Trading Commission, Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street, 
NW, Washington, DC 20581.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Regulatory Flexibility Act (``RFA''), 5 
U.S.C. 601, et seq., includes a requirement that each agency publish 
semiannually in the Federal Register a regulatory flexibility agenda. 
Such agendas are to contain the following elements, as specified in 5 
U.S.C. 602(a):
    (1) A brief description of the subject area of any rule that the 
agency expects to propose or promulgate, which is likely to have a 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities;
    (2) A summary of the nature of any such rule under consideration 
for each subject area listed in the agenda, the objectives and legal 
basis for the issuance of the rule, and an approximate schedule for 
completing action on any rule for which the agency has issued a general 
notice of proposed rulemaking; and,
    (3) The name and telephone number of an agency official 
knowledgeable about the items listed in the agenda.
    Accordingly, the Commission has prepared an agenda of rulemakings 
that it presently expects may be considered during the course of the 
next year. Subject to a determination for each rule, it is possible as 
a general matter that some of these rules may have some impact on small 
entities.\1\ The Commission notes also that, under the RFA, it is not 
precluded from considering or acting on a matter not included in the 
regulatory flexibility agenda, nor is it required to consider or act on 
any matter that is listed in the agenda. See 5 U.S.C. 602(d).
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    \1\ The Commission published its definition of a ``small 
entity'' for purposes of rulemaking proceedings at 47 FR 18618 
(April 30, 1982). Pursuant to that definition, the Commission is not 
required to list--but nonetheless does--many of the items contained 
in this regulatory flexibility agenda. See also 5 U.S.C. 602(a)(1). 
Moreover, for certain items listed in this agenda, the Commission 
has previously certified, under section 605 of the RFA, 5 U.S.C. 
605, that those items will not have a significant economic impact on 
a substantial number of small entities. For these reasons, the 
listing of a rule in this regulatory flexibility agenda should not 
be taken as a determination that the rule, when proposed or 
promulgated, will in fact require a regulatory flexibility analysis. 
Rather, the Commission has chosen to publish an agenda that includes 
significant and other substantive rules, regardless of their 
potential impact on small entities, to provide the public with 
broader notice of new or revised regulations the Commission may 
consider and to enhance the public's opportunity to participate in 
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    The Commission's Spring 2019 regulatory flexibility agenda is 
included in the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory 
Actions. The complete Unified Agenda will be available online at 
www.reginfo.gov, in a format that offers users enhanced ability to 
obtain information from the Agenda database.

    Issued in Washington, DC, on March 14, 2019, by the Commission.
Christopher J. Kirkpatrick,
Secretary of the Commission.

        Commodity Futures Trading Commission--Proposed Rule Stage
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255.......................  Regulation Automated               3038-AD52
                             Trading.
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COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION (CFTC)

Proposed Rule Stage

255. Regulation Automated Trading

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1a(23), 7 U.S.C. 6c(a); 7 U.S.C. 7(d); 
and 7 U.S.C. 12(a)(5)
    Abstract: On November 7, 2016, the Commodity Futures Trading 
Commission (``Commission'') approved a supplemental notice of proposed 
rulemaking for Regulation AT (``Supplemental NPRM''). The Supplemental 
NPRM modifies certain rules proposed in the Commission's December 2015, 
notice of proposed rulemaking for Regulation AT (the ``NPRM''). The 
Supplemental NPRM was published in the Federal Register on November 25, 
2016, with a 90-day comment period closing on January 24, 2017. The 
Commission subsequently extended the comment period until May 1, 2017. 
The NPRM and Supplemental NPRM, though a set of proposed regulations 
collectively referred to as ``Regulation AT,'' would require 
registration of certain market participants that engage in proprietary 
algorithmic trading; impose pre-trade risk control, testing, and 
certification requirements on market participants, futures commission 
merchants, and/or designated contract markets; and set forth 
preservation and access obligations relating to algorithmic trading 
source code.
    Timetable:

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ANPRM...............................   09/12/13  78 FR 56542
ANPRM Comment Period End............   12/11/13  .......................
ANPRM Comment Period Extended.......   01/24/14  79 FR 4104
ANPRM Comment Period Extended End...   02/14/14  .......................
NPRM................................   12/17/15  80 FR 78824
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/16/16  .......................
NPRM Comment Period Reopened........   06/10/16  81 FR 36484
NPRM Comment Period Reopened End....   06/24/16  .......................
Supplemental NPRM...................   11/25/16  81 FR 85334
Supplemental NPRM Comment Period End   01/24/17  .......................
Supplemental NPRM Comment Period       01/26/17  82 FR 8502
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Supplemental NPRM Comment Period       05/01/17  .......................
 Extended End.
NPRM................................   06/00/19  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Marilee Dahlman, Special Counsel, Division of 
Market Oversight, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three Lafayette 
Centre, 1155 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20581, Phone: 202 418-5264, 
Email: mdahlman@cftc.gov.
    RIN: 3038-AD52

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12 CFR Ch. X


Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) is 
publishing this agenda as part of the Spring 2019 Unified Agenda of 
Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. The Bureau reasonably 
anticipates having the regulatory matters identified below under 
consideration during the period from May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020. The 
next agenda will be published in fall 2019 and will update this agenda 
through fall 2020. Publication of this agenda is in accordance with the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.).

DATES: This information is current as of March 6, 2019.

ADDRESSES:  Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, 1700 G Street NW, 
Washington, DC 20552.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A staff contact is included for each 
regulatory item listed herein. If you require this document in an 
alternative electronic format, please contact 
CFPB_Accessibility@cfpb.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Bureau is publishing its Spring 2019 
Agenda as part of the Spring 2019 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory 
and Deregulatory Actions, which is coordinated by the Office of 
Management and Budget under Executive Order 12866. The agenda lists the 
regulatory matters that the Bureau reasonably anticipates having under 
consideration during the period from May 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020, as 
described further below.\1\ The Bureau's participation in the Unified 
Agenda is voluntary. The complete Unified Agenda is available to the 
public at the following website: http://www.reginfo.gov.
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    \1\ The listing does not include certain routine, frequent, or 
administrative matters. Further, the fields ``Unfunded Mandates,'' 
``E.O. 13771 Designation,'' and ``Federalism Implications'' are not 
required for independent regulatory agencies, including the Bureau, 
and, accordingly, the Bureau has indicated responses of ``no'' or 
``Independent Agency'' for such fields.
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    Pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer 
Protection Act, Public Law 111-203, 124 Stat. 1376 (Dodd-Frank Act), 
the Bureau has rulemaking, supervisory, enforcement, and other 
authorities relating to consumer financial products and services. These 
authorities include the authority to issue regulations under more than 
a dozen Federal consumer financial laws, which transferred to the 
Bureau from seven Federal agencies on July 21, 2011. The Bureau's 
general purpose, as specified in section 1021 of the Dodd-Frank Act, is 
to implement and enforce Federal consumer financial law consistently 
for the purpose of ensuring that all consumers have access to markets 
for consumer financial products and services and that markets for 
consumer financial products and services are fair, transparent, and 
competitive.
    The Bureau is working on various initiatives to address issues in 
markets for consumer financial products and services that are not 
reflected in this notice because the Unified Agenda is limited to 
rulemaking activities. Section 1021 of the Dodd-Frank Act specifies the 
objectives of the Bureau, including ensuring that, with respect to 
consumer financial products and services, consumers are provided with 
timely and understandable information to make responsible decisions 
about financial transactions; consumers are protected from unfair, 
deceptive, or abusive acts and practices and from discrimination; 
outdated, unnecessary, or unduly burdensome regulations are regularly 
identified and addressed in order to reduce unwarranted regulatory 
burdens; that Federal consumer financial law is enforced consistently, 
without regard to the status of a person as a depository institution, 
in order to promote fair competition; and markets for consumer 
financial products and services operate transparently and efficiently 
to facilitate access and innovation.
    A new permanent director of the Bureau took office in December 
2018. The Director has embarked on a listening tour to engage with 
Bureau stakeholders, employees, and outside experts, building on 
feedback submitted through more than 88,000 public comments in response 
to the Bureau's 2018 ``Call for Evidence'' initiative. The Bureau 
expects to communicate further information about future planning and 
priorities after the conclusion of the listening tour. In the meantime, 
this Spring 2019 Agenda reflects ongoing rulemaking activities, 
including initiatives to implement statutory requirements and to 
address the potential sunset of statutory and regulatory provisions.

Implementing Statutory Directives

    The Bureau is engaged in a number of rulemakings to implement 
directives mandated in the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and 
Consumer Protection Act of 2018 (EGRRCPA), Public Law 115-174, 132 
Stat. 1297, the Dodd-Frank Act, and other statutes. As part of these 
rulemakings, the Bureau is working to achieve the consumer protection 
objectives of the statutes while minimizing regulatory burden on 
financial services providers, including facilitating industry 
compliance with rules.
    For example, the Bureau has recently published an Advance Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking to seek public comment relating to implementation 
of section 307 of EGRRCPA, which amends the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) 
to mandate that the Bureau prescribe certain regulations relating to 
``Property Assessed Clean Energy'' (PACE) financing. As defined by 
EGRRCPA section 307, PACE financing results in a tax assessment on a 
consumer's real property and covers the costs of home improvements. The 
required regulations must carry out the purposes of TILA's ability-to-
repay (ATR) requirements, currently in place for residential mortgage 
loans, with respect to PACE financing, and apply TILA's general civil 
liability provision for violations of the ATR requirements the Bureau 
will prescribe for PACE financing. The regulations must ``account for 
the unique nature'' of PACE financing.
    Later in the spring, the Bureau is preparing to issue a Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking to follow up on an interpretive and procedural rule 
that it issued in August 2018 to provide clarification regarding 
EGRRCPA amendments to the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), which 
requires financial institutions to report certain mortgage information 
to Federal financial regulators and the public. The scope of HMDA 
reporting was expanded by the Dodd-Frank Act and by the Bureau via rule 
in 2015. The EGRRCPA creates partial exemptions that allow certain 
insured depository institutions and insured credit unions not to report 
certain data points for certain transactions. Among other things, the 
August 2018 interpretive and procedural rule provided clarification as 
to which loans and lines of credit count toward the EGRRCPA partial 
exemption thresholds and which data points are covered by the partial 
exemptions. The new proposal will seek to incorporate the August 
interpretations and procedures into Regulation C and to implement 
further the EGRRCPA amendments to HMDA, as well as to advance the 
Bureau's reconsideration of the 2015 HMDA rule as discussed further 
below.

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    The Bureau has been engaged in a range of other activities to 
support implementation of EGRRCPA. For example, the Bureau updated its 
small entity compliance guides and other compliance aids to reflect 
EGRRCPA's statutory changes. The Bureau also has issued written 
guidance as encouraged by section 109 of the Act to facilitate 
compliance with certain regulations governing mortgage disclosures.\2\ 
In addition, the Bureau anticipates engaging in rulemaking to align 
superseded regulations with EGRRCPA provisions that do not require 
rulemaking to take effect and as needed to facilitate compliance.
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guidance/tila-respa-disclosure-rule/tila-respa-integrated-
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    Consistent with undertaking rulemaking to implement the EGRRCPA, 
the Bureau intends to recommence work later this year to develop rules 
to implement section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Act. Section 1071 amended 
the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) to require financial 
institutions to collect, report, and make public certain information 
concerning credit applications made by women-owned, minority-owned, and 
small businesses. The Bureau delayed rulemaking to implement this 
provision pending implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act amendments to 
HMDA and started work on the project after the HMDA rules were issued 
in 2015. The Bureau decided to pause work on section 1071 in 2018 in 
light of resource constraints and the priority accorded to various HMDA 
initiatives. The Bureau expects that it will be able to resume pre-
rulemaking activities on the section 1071 project within this next 
year.

Continuation of Other Rulemakings

    The Bureau is continuing certain other rulemakings described in its 
Fall 2018 Agenda to ensure that markets for consumer financial products 
and services operate transparently and efficiently and to address 
potential unwarranted regulatory burdens.
    For example, the Bureau issued two proposals in February 2019 
relating to reconsideration of a 2017 rule titled Payday, Vehicle 
Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans. The main proposal would 
rescind portions of the 2017 rule that mandated underwriting 
requirements for certain short-term and balloon-payment loans. The 
second proposal would postpone the compliance date for those same 
provisions for fifteen months to allow the Bureau adequate opportunity 
to review comments on its main rulemaking and to make any changes to 
those provisions before affected entities bear additional costs and 
experience related market effects associated with implementing and 
complying with those provisions. The proposed postponement would also 
account for potential implementation challenges that had not been 
anticipated at the time of the 2017 rule. The Bureau expects to issue a 
final rule concerning the compliance date in summer 2019 and a final 
determination on reconsideration thereafter.
    In addition, prior to the enactment of the EGRRCPA, the Bureau in 
August 2017, had temporarily increased the threshold for collecting and 
reporting HMDA data with respect to open-end lines of credit from 100 
loans to 500 loans so that the Bureau could assess whether to make a 
permanent adjustment to the 100 open-end line of credit threshold. In 
December 2017, the Bureau announced that it intended to open a 
rulemaking to reconsider its 2015 HMDA rule more generally. The Bureau 
plans to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in spring 2019 to 
address both the open-end threshold and the 2015 HMDA rule's 25-loan 
threshold for closed-end loans, as well as implementation of the 
EGRRCPA's changes to HMDA as described above. The Bureau also plans to 
issue in 2019 an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning 
certain data points that are reported under the 2015 HMDA rule. The 
Bureau expects at a later date to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 
concerning the public disclosure of HMDA data in light of consumer 
privacy interests.\3\
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    \3\ The 2010 Dodd-Frank Act amendments to HMDA direct the Bureau 
to develop regulations that modify or require modification of the 
public HMDA data for the purpose of protecting consumer privacy 
interests. The Bureau's 2015 HMDA rule adopted a balancing test to 
determine whether and how HMDA data should be modified prior to its 
disclosure to the public in order to protect applicant and borrower 
privacy while also fulfilling HMDA's public disclosure purpose. The 
Bureau in 2018 issued final policy guidance applying the test to 
current data fields and announced its intention to conduct a notice-
and-comment rulemaking to seek further input on the public release 
going forward. Commencing a notice-and-comment rulemaking will also 
enable the Bureau to adopt a more definitive approach to disclosing 
HMDA data to the public in future years after considering new 
information concerning the privacy risks and benefits of disclosure 
of the HMDA data. Given that the Bureau plans to issue an Advance 
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on data points, the Bureau recognizes 
any potential modification of the data points may require the Bureau 
to update its application of the balancing test to the affected 
data. Thus, the Bureau has decided to engage in rulemaking activity 
so that data field coverage and privacy issues can be considered and 
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    Finally, the Bureau expects to issue a Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking by spring 2019 addressing such issues as communication 
practices and consumer disclosures in the debt collection market. This 
proposal builds on research and pre-rulemaking activities regarding the 
debt collection market, which remains a top source of complaints to the 
Bureau. The Bureau has also received encouragement from industry and 
consumer groups to engage in rulemaking to address how to apply the 40-
year old Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) to modern 
collection practices. The Bureau released an outline of proposals under 
consideration in July 2016 concerning practices by companies that are 
debt collectors under the FDCPA. This outline was released in advance 
of convening a panel in August 2016, under the Small Business 
Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act in conjunction with the Office of 
Management and Budget and the Small Business Administration's Chief 
Counsel for Advocacy to consult with representatives of small 
businesses that might be affected by the rulemaking.

New Projects and Further Planning

    After completing an assessment in October 2018, of its rules to 
implement Dodd-Frank Act requirements for international remittance 
transfers,\4\ the Bureau is now considering appropriate steps, which 
may include rulemaking, to gather information related to the expiration 
of a statutorily-established exception in the Remittance Rule that 
permits insured banks and insured credit unions to estimate certain 
required disclosures and other potential remittance transfer issues. In 
its consideration of appropriate next steps, the Bureau is also taking 
account of stakeholder feedback that it received both during and after 
the assessment process, particularly with respect to the application of 
the rule to smaller providers.
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    The Bureau also recently completed an assessment of rules 
implementing Dodd-Frank Act provisions that require mortgage lenders to 
determine consumers' ability to repay loans and define certain 
``qualified mortgages'' that are presumed to comply with the statutory 
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now focusing its attention on a regulatory provision that extends 
qualified mortgage status to loans that are eligible to be purchased or 
guaranteed by either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac (which are often called 
the government sponsored entities or GSEs) while they operate under 
Federal conservatorship or receivership. The ``GSE patch'' provision is 
set to expire in January 2021, meaning that loans originated after that 
date would not be eligible for qualified mortgage status under its 
criteria. After further policy analysis on this issue, the Bureau will 
determine whether rulemaking or follow up activity is appropriate 
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    \5\ ``2013 Ability-to-Repay and Qualified Mortgage Assessment 
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    As noted above, Bureau leadership is considering further 
prioritization and planning of the Bureau's rulemaking activities, both 
with regard to substantive projects and modifications to the processes 
that the Bureau uses to develop and review regulations. The Bureau is 
drawing on a wide range of sources in this process, including 
evaluation of projects and process improvements that have been listed 
or described in previous Bureau agendas, ideas gathered by an internal 
task force on burden reduction, suggestions submitted during the 2018 
Call for Evidence initiative, and feedback the Bureau has received 
during its current listening tour. While this evaluation is underway, 
the Bureau has decided not to revise its current list of long-term 
projects other than the changes described above.
    The Bureau is also actively reviewing existing regulations. For 
example, the Bureau will be conducting an assessment pursuant to 
section 1022(d) of the Dodd-Frank Act of its regulations to consolidate 
various mortgage origination disclosures under the Truth in Lending Act 
and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act. The Bureau also expects to 
undertake reviews consistent with section 610 of the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act, of certain regulations which are believed to have a 
significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. The 
Bureau expects to publish its plan for conducting such review in the 
coming months.
    Finally, as required by the Dodd-Frank Act, the Bureau is also 
continuing to monitor markets for consumer financial products and 
services to identify risks to consumers and the proper functioning of 
such markets. As discussed in a recent report by the Government 
Accountability Office, the Bureau's Division of Research, Markets, and 
Regulations and specifically its Markets Offices continuously monitor 
market developments and risks to consumers. The Bureau also has created 
a number of cross-Bureau working groups focused around specific markets 
which advance the Bureau's market monitoring work. Bureau leadership's 
listening tour also is seeking stakeholder feedback on these issues.
    The Bureau expects by no later than the Fall 2019 Agenda to issue a 
more comprehensive statement of priorities to reflect this market 
monitoring and the Bureau's other activities discussed above.

Diane Thompson,
Acting Assistant Director for Regulations, Bureau of Consumer Financial 
Protection.

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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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256.......................  Business Lending Data              3170-AA09
                             (Regulation B).
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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257.......................  Debt Collection Rule......         3170-AA41
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CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU (CFPB)

Prerule Stage

256. Business Lending Data (Regulation B)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 1691c-2
    Abstract: Section 1071 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and 
Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) amends the Equal Credit 
Opportunity Act (ECOA) to require financial institutions to report 
information concerning credit applications made by women-owned, 
minority-owned, and small businesses. The amendments to ECOA made by 
the Dodd-Frank Act require that certain data be collected, maintained, 
and reported, including the number of the application and date the 
application was received; the type and purpose of the loan or credit 
applied for; the amount of credit applied for and approved; the type of 
action taken with regard to each application and the date of such 
action; the census tract of the principal place of business; the gross 
annual revenue of the business; and the race, sex, and ethnicity of the 
principal owners of the business. The Dodd-Frank Act also provides 
authority for the Bureau to require any additional data that the Bureau 
determines would aid in fulfilling the purposes of this section. The 
Bureau issued a Request for Information in 2017 seeking public comment 
on, among other things, the types of credit products offered and the 
types of data currently collected by lenders in this market, and the 
potential complexity, cost of, and privacy issues related to, small 
business data collection. The information received will help the Bureau 
determine how to implement the rule efficiently while minimizing 
burdens on lenders. The Bureau had moved this rulemaking to long-term 
action status in light of other responsibilities but is now in the 
process of reactivating it.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Request for Information.............   05/15/17  82 FR 22318
Request for Information Comment        09/14/17  .......................
 Period End.
Pre-rule Activity...................   01/00/20  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Elena Grigera Babinecz, Office of Regulations, 
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Phone: 202 435-7700.

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    RIN: 3170-AA09

CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU (CFPB)

Proposed Rule Stage

257. Debt Collection Rule

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 1692l(d)
    Abstract: The Bureau has been engaged in research and pre-
rulemaking activities regarding debt-collection practices. Debt 
collection continues to be a top source of complaints to the Bureau. 
The Bureau has also received encouragement from industry and consumer 
groups to engage in rulemaking to address how to apply the 40-year old 
Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) to modern collection 
practices. The Bureau released an outline of proposals under 
consideration in July 2016, concerning practices by companies that are 
debt collectors under the FDCPA, in advance of convening a panel in 
August 2016, under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness 
Act in conjunction with the Office of Management and Budget and the 
Small Business Administration's Chief Counsel for Advocacy to consult 
with representatives of small businesses that might be affected by the 
rulemaking. The Bureau expects to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 
addressing such issues as communication practices and consumer 
disclosures by spring 2019.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   11/12/13  78 FR 67847
ANPRM Comment Period Extended.......   01/14/14  79 FR 2384
ANPRM Comment Period End............   02/10/14
ANPRM Comment Period Extended End...   02/28/14
Pre-Rule Activity...................   07/28/16
NPRM................................   05/00/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kristin McPartland, Office of Regulations, Consumer 
Financial Protection Bureau, Phone: 202 435-7700.
    RIN: 3170-AA41

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16 CFR Ch. II


Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: In this document, the Commission publishes its semiannual 
regulatory flexibility agenda. In addition, this document includes an 
agenda of regulatory actions that the Commission expects to be under 
development or review by the agency during the next year. This document 
meets the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act and Executive 
Order 12866. The Commission welcomes comments on the agenda and on the 
individual agenda entries.

DATES: Comments should be received in the Division of the Secretariat 
on or before July 24, 2019.

ADDRESSES: Comments on the regulatory flexibility agenda should be 
captioned, ``Regulatory Flexibility Agenda,'' and be emailed to: cpsc-
os@cpsc.gov. Comments may also be mailed or delivered to the Division 
of the Secretariat, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Room 820, 
4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814-4408.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information on the agenda, 
in general, contact Adrienne Layton, Directorate for Health Sciences, 
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East West Highway, 
Bethesda, MD 20814-4408 alayton@cpsc.gov. For further information 
regarding a particular item on the agenda, consult the individual 
listed in the column headed, ``Contact,'' for that particular item.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) (5 
U.S.C. 601 to 612) contains several provisions intended to reduce 
unnecessary and disproportionate regulatory requirements on small 
businesses, small governmental organizations, and other small entities. 
Section 602 of the RFA (5 U.S.C. 602) requires each agency to publish, 
twice each year, a regulatory flexibility agenda containing a brief 
description of the subject area of any rule expected to be proposed or 
promulgated, which is likely to have a ``significant economic impact'' 
on a ``substantial number'' of small entities. The agency must also 
provide a summary of the nature of the rule and a schedule for acting 
on each rule for which the agency has issued a notice of proposed 
rulemaking.
    The regulatory flexibility agenda also is required to contain the 
name and address of the agency official knowledgeable about the items 
listed. Furthermore, agencies are required to provide notice of their 
agendas to small entities and to solicit their comments by direct 
notification or by inclusion in publications likely to be obtained by 
such entities.
    Additionally, Executive Order 12866 requires each agency to 
publish, twice each year, a regulatory agenda of regulations under 
development or review during the next year, and the executive order 
states that such an agenda may be combined with the agenda published in 
accordance with the RFA. The regulatory flexibility agenda lists the 
regulatory activities expected to be under development or review during 
the next 12 months. It includes all such activities, whether or not 
they may have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities. This agenda also includes regulatory activities that 
appeared in the fall 2018 agenda and have been completed by the 
Commission prior to publication of this agenda. Although CPSC, as an 
independent regulatory agency, is not required to comply with Executive 
orders, the Commission does follow Executive Order 12866 regarding the 
publication of its regulatory agenda.
    The agenda contains a brief description and summary of each 
regulatory activity, including the objectives and legal basis for each; 
an approximate schedule of target dates, subject to revision, for the 
development or completion of each activity; and the name and telephone 
number of a knowledgeable agency official concerning particular items 
on the agenda.
    The internet is the basic means through which the Unified Agenda is 
disseminated. The complete Unified Agenda will be available online at: 
www.reginfo.gov, in a format that offers users the ability to obtain 
information from the Agenda database.
    Because publication in the Federal Register is mandated for the 
regulatory flexibility agendas required by the Regulatory Flexibility 
Act (5 U.S.C. 602), the Commission's printed agenda entries include 
only:
    (1) Rules that are in the agency's regulatory flexibility agenda, 
in accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act because they are 
likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities; and
    (2) Rules that the agency has identified for periodic review under 
section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    Printing of these entries is limited to fields that contain 
information required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act's agenda 
requirements. Additional information on these entries is available in 
the Unified Agenda published on the internet.
    The agenda reflects an assessment of the likelihood that the 
specified event will occur during the next year; the precise dates for 
each rulemaking are uncertain. New information, changes of 
circumstances, or changes in law may alter anticipated timing. In 
addition, no final determination by staff or the Commission regarding 
the need for, or the substance of, any rule or regulation should be 
inferred from this agenda.

    Dated: March 4, 2019.
 Alberta E. Mills,
Secretary, Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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258.......................  Flammability Standard for          3041-AB35
                             Upholstered Furniture.
259.......................  Regulatory Options for             3041-AC31
                             Table Saws.
260.......................  Portable Generators.......         3041-AC36
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261.......................  Recreational Off-Road              3041-AC78
                             Vehicles.
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CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION (CPSC)

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258. Flammability Standard for Upholstered Furniture

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 1193; 5 U.S.C. 801
    Abstract: In October 2003, the Commission issued an advance notice 
of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to address the risk of fire associated 
with cigarette and small open-flame ignitions of upholstered furniture. 
The Commission published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in 
March 2008, and received public comments. The Commission's proposed 
rule would require that upholstered furniture have cigarette-resistant 
fabrics or cigarette and open flame-resistant barriers. The proposed 
rule would not require flame-resistant chemicals in fabrics or 
fillings. Since the Commission published the NPRM, CPSC staff has 
conducted testing of upholstered furniture, using both full-scale 
furniture and bench-scale models, as proposed in the NPRM. In FY 2016, 
staff was directed to prepare a briefing package summarizing the 
feasibility of adopting California's Technical Bulletin 117-2013 (TB 
117-2013) as a mandatory standard. Staff submitted this briefing 
package to the Commission in September 2016 with staff suggestions to 
continue developing the ASTM and NFPA voluntary standards. In the FY 
2017 Operating Plan, the Commission directed staff to work with the 
California Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings 
and Thermal Insulation (BEARHFTI), as well as voluntary standards 
development organizations, to improve upon and further refine the 
technical aspects of TB 117-2013.
    Currently, staff is working with voluntary standards organizations, 
both ASTM and NFPA, and BEARHFTI to evaluate new provisions and improve 
the existing consensus standards related to upholstered furniture 
flammability. Depending upon progress of the various standards, in FY 
2019, staff plans to prepare a status briefing package on recent 
activities.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   06/15/94  59 FR 30735
Commission Hearing May 5 & 6, 1998     03/17/98  63 FR 13017
 on Possible Toxicity of Flame-
 Retardant Chemicals.
Meeting Notice......................   03/20/02  67 FR 12916
Notice of Public Meeting............   08/27/03  68 FR 51564
Public Meeting......................   09/24/03  .......................
ANPRM...............................   10/23/03  68 FR 60629
ANPRM Comment Period End............   12/22/03  .......................
Staff Held Public Meeting...........   10/28/04  .......................
Staff Held Public Meeting...........   05/18/05  .......................
Staff Sent Status Report to            01/31/06  .......................
 Commission.
Staff Sent Status Report to            11/03/06  .......................
 Commission.
Staff Sent Status Report to            12/28/06  .......................
 Commission.
Staff Sent Options Package to          12/22/07  .......................
 Commission.
Commission Decision to Direct Staff    12/27/07  .......................
 to Prepare Draft NPRM.
Staff Sent Draft NPRM to Commission.   01/22/08  .......................
Commission Decision to Publish NPRM.   02/01/08  .......................
NPRM................................   03/04/08  73 FR 11702
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/19/08  .......................
Staff Published NIST Report on         05/19/09  .......................
 Standard Test Cigarettes.
Staff Publishes NIST Report on         09/14/12  .......................
 Standard Research Foam.
Notice of April 25 Public Meeting      03/20/13  78 FR 17140
 and Request for Comments.
Staff Holds Upholstered Furniture      04/25/13  .......................
 Fire Safety Technology Meeting.
Comment Period End..................   07/01/13  .......................
Staff Sends Briefing Package to        09/08/16  .......................
 Commission on California's TB 117-
 2013.
Staff Sends Status Briefing Package    09/00/19  .......................
 to the Commission.
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Andrew Lock, Project Manager, Directorate for 
Laboratory Sciences, Consumer Product Safety Commission, National 
Product Testing and Evaluation Center, 5 Research Place, Rockville, MD 
20850, Phone: 301 987-2099, Email: alock@cpsc.gov.
    RIN: 3041-AB35

259. Regulatory Options for Table Saws

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 553(e); 15 U.S.C. 2051
    Abstract: On July 11, 2006, the Commission voted to grant a 
petition requesting that the Commission issue a rule prescribing 
performance standards for a system to reduce or prevent injuries from 
contacting the blade of a table saw. The Commission also directed CPSC 
staff to prepare an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) 
initiating a rulemaking proceeding under the Consumer Product Safety 
Act (CPSA) to: (1) Identify the risk of injury associated with table 
saw blade-contact injuries; (2) summarize regulatory alternatives; and 
(3) invite comments from the public. An ANPRM was published on October 
11, 2011. The comment period ended on February 10, 2012. Staff 
participated in the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) working group to 
develop performance requirements for table saws, conducted performance 
tests on sample table saws, conducted survey work on blade guard use, 
and evaluated comments to the ANPRM. Staff prepared a briefing package 
with a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) and submitted the package 
to the Commission on January 17, 2017. The Commission voted to publish 
the NPRM, and the comment period for the NPRM closed on July 26, 2017. 
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Commission was heard on August 9, 2017. Staff conducted a study of 
table saw incidents that occurred and were reported through the 
National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) between January 
1, 2017, and December 31, 2017. Staff prepared a report summarizing the 
2017 study findings. On December 4, 2018, a notice of availability of 
the 2017 study was published in the Federal Register. Staff will 
prepare a status briefing package on table saws to the Commission in FY 
2019.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Commission Decision to Grant           07/11/06  .......................
 Petition.
ANPRM...............................   10/11/11  76 FR 62678
Notice of Extension of Time for        12/02/11  76 FR 75504
 Comments.
ANPRM Comment Period End............   12/12/11  .......................
Comment Period End..................   02/10/12  .......................
Notice to Reopen Comment Period.....   02/15/12  77 FR 8751
Reopened Comment Period End.........   03/16/12  .......................
Staff Sent NPRM Briefing Package to    01/17/17  .......................
 Commission.
Commission Decision.................   04/27/17  .......................
NPRM................................   05/12/17  82 FR 22190
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/26/17  .......................
Public Hearing......................   08/09/17  82 FR 31035
Staff Sent 2016 NEISS Table Saw Type   08/15/17  .......................
 Study Status Report to Commission.
Staff Sent 2017 NEISS Table Saw        11/13/18  .......................
 Special Study to Commission.
Notice of Availability of 2017 NEISS   12/04/18  83 FR 62561
 Table Saw Special Study.
Staff Sends a Status Briefing          09/00/19  .......................
 Package on Table Saws to Commission.
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Caroleene Paul, Project Manager, Directorate for 
Engineering Sciences, Consumer Product Safety Commission, National 
Product Testing and Evaluation Center, 5 Research Place, Rockville, MD 
20850, Phone: 301 987-2225, Email: cpaul@cpsc.gov.
    RIN: 3041-AC31

260. Portable Generators

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 2051
    Abstract: On December 5, 2006, the Commission voted to issue an 
advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) under the Consumer 
Product Safety Act (CPSA) concerning portable generators. The ANPRM 
discusses regulatory options that could reduce deaths and injuries 
related to portable generators, particularly those involving carbon 
monoxide (CO) poisoning. The ANPRM was published in the Federal 
Register on December 12, 2006. Staff reviewed public comments and 
conducted technical activities. In FY 2006, staff awarded a contract to 
develop a prototype generator engine with reduced CO in the exhaust. 
Also in FY 2006, staff entered into an interagency agreement (IAG) with 
the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to conduct 
tests with a generator, in both off-the-shelf and prototype 
configurations, operating in the garage attached to NIST's test house. 
NIST's test house, a double-wide manufactured home, is designed for 
conducting residential indoor air quality (IAQ) studies, and the 
scenarios tested are typical of those involving consumer fatalities. 
These tests provide empirical data on CO accumulation in the garage and 
infiltration into the house; staff used these data to evaluate the 
efficacy of the prototype in reducing the risk of fatal or severe CO 
poisoning. Under this IAG, NIST also modeled the CO infiltration from 
the garage under a variety of other conditions, including different 
ambient conditions and longer generator run times. In FY 2009, staff 
entered into a second IAG with NIST with the goal of developing CO 
emission performance requirements for a possible proposed regulation 
that would be based on health effects criteria. In 2011, staff prepared 
a package containing staff and contractor reports on the technology 
demonstration of the low CO emission prototype portable generator. This 
included, among other staff reports, a summary of the prototype 
development and durability results, as well as end-of-life emission 
test results performed on the generator by an independent emissions 
laboratory. Staff's assessment of the ability of the prototype to 
reduce the CO poisoning hazard was also included. In September 2012, 
staff released this package and solicited comments from stakeholders.
    In October 2016, staff delivered a briefing package with a draft 
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to the Commission. In November 
2016, the Commission voted to approve the NPRM. The notice was 
published in the Federal Register on November 21, 2016, with a comment 
period deadline of February 6, 2017. In December 2016, the Commission 
voted to extend the comment period until April 24, 2017, in response to 
a request to extend the comment period an additional 75 days. The 
Commission held a public hearing on March 8, 2017, to provide an 
opportunity for stakeholders to present oral comments on the NPRM.
    Two voluntary standards now include requirements intended to 
address the CO poisoning hazard. In FY 2019 CPSC will solicit public 
comments on staff's plans to assess the effectiveness of those 
voluntary standards.
    Timetable:

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Staff Sent ANPRM to Commission......   07/06/06  .......................
Staff Sent Supplemental Material to    10/12/06  .......................
 Commission.
Commission Decision.................   10/26/06  .......................
Staff Sent Draft ANPRM to Commission   11/21/06  .......................
ANPRM...............................   12/12/06  71 FR 74472
ANPRM Comment Period End............   02/12/07  .......................
Staff Releases Research Report for     10/10/12  .......................
 Comment.
Staff Sends NPRM Briefing Package to   10/05/16  .......................
 Commission.
NPRM................................   11/21/16  81 FR 83556
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   12/13/16  81 FR 89888
Public Hearing for Oral Comments....   03/08/17  82 FR 8907
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/24/17  .......................
Staff Sends Notice of Availability     07/00/19  .......................
 to the Commission.
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Janet L. Buyer, Project Manager, Directorate for 
Engineering Sciences, Consumer Product Safety Commission, National 
Product Testing and Evaluation Center, 5 Research Place, Rockville, MD 
20850, Phone: 301 987-2293, Email: jbuyer@cpsc.gov.

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Long-Term Actions

261. Recreational Off-Road Vehicles

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 2056; 15 U.S.C. 2058
    Abstract: The Commission is considering whether recreational off-
road vehicles (ROVs) present an unreasonable risk of injury that should 
be regulated. ROVs are motorized vehicles having four or more low-
pressure tires designed for off-road use and intended by the 
manufacturer primarily for recreational use by one or more persons. The 
salient characteristics of an ROV include a steering wheel for steering 
control, foot controls for throttle and braking, bench or bucket seats, 
a roll-over protective structure, and a maximum speed greater than 30 
mph. On October 21, 2009, the Commission voted to publish an advance 
notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) in the Federal Register. The 
ANPRM was published in the Federal Register on October 28, 2009, and 
the comment period ended December 28, 2009. The Commission received two 
letters requesting an extension of the comment period. The Commission 
extended the comment period until March 15, 2010. Staff conducted 
testing and evaluation programs to develop performance requirements 
addressing vehicle stability, vehicle handling, and occupant 
protection. On October 29, 2014, the Commission voted to publish an 
NPRM proposing standards addressing vehicle stability, vehicle 
handling, and occupant protection. The NPRM was published in the 
Federal Register on November 19, 2014. On January 23, 2015, the 
Commission published a notice of extension of the comment period for 
the NPRM, extending the comment period to April 8, 2015. Congress 
directed in fiscal year 2016 and reaffirmed in subsequent fiscal year 
appropriations that none of the amounts made available by the 
Appropriations Bill may be used to finalize or implement the Safety 
Standard for Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles published by the CPSC in 
the Federal Register on November 19, 2014 (79 FR 68964), (ROV NPRM) 
until after the National Academy of Sciences completes a study to 
determine specific information as set forth in the Appropriations Bill. 
Staff ceased work on a Final Rule briefing package in FY 2015 and 
instead engaged the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association 
(ROHVA) and Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) in the development 
of voluntary standards for ROVs. Staff conducted dynamic and static 
tests on ROVs, shared test results with ROHVA and OPEI, and 
participated in the development of revised voluntary standards to 
address staff's concerns with vehicle stability, vehicle handling, and 
occupant protection. The voluntary standards for ROVs were revised and 
published in 2016 (ANSI/ROHVA 1-2016 and ANSI/OPEI B71.9-2016). Staff 
assessed the new voluntary standard requirements and prepared a 
termination of rulemaking briefing package that was submitted to the 
Commission on November 22, 2016. The Commission voted not to terminate 
the rulemaking associated with ROVs. Staff continues to monitor and 
participate in voluntary standards activity related to ROVs.
    Timetable:

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Staff Sends ANPRM Briefing Package     10/07/09  .......................
 to Commission.
Commission Decision.................   10/21/09  .......................
ANPRM...............................   10/28/09  74 FR 55495
ANPRM Comment Period Extended.......   12/22/09  74 FR 67987
Extended Comment Period End.........   03/15/10  .......................
Staff Sends NPRM Briefing Package to   09/24/14  .......................
 Commission.
Staff Sends Supplemental Information   10/17/14  .......................
 on ROVs to Commission.
Commission Decision.................   10/29/14  .......................
NPRM Published in Federal Register..   11/19/14  79 FR 68964
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   01/23/15  80 FR 3535
Extended Comment Period End.........   04/08/15  .......................
Staff Sends Briefing Package           11/22/16  .......................
 Assessing Voluntary Standards to
 Commission.
Commission Decision Not to Terminate   01/25/17  .......................
                                     -----------------------------------
Staff is Evaluating Voluntary                  To Be Determined
 Standards.
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Caroleene Paul, Project Manager, Directorate for 
Engineering Sciences, Consumer Product Safety Commission, National 
Product Testing and Evaluation Center, 5 Research Place, Rockville, MD 
20850, Phone: 301 987-2225, Email: cpaul@cpsc.gov.
    RIN: 3041-AC78

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Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions--
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SUMMARY: Twice a year, in spring and fall, the Commission publishes in 
the Federal Register a list in the Unified Agenda of those major items 
and other significant proceedings under development or review that 
pertain to the Regulatory Flexibility Act (U.S.C. 602). The Unified 
Agenda also provides the Code of Federal Regulations citations and 
legal authorities that govern these proceedings. The complete Unified 
Agenda will be published on the internet in a searchable format at 
www.reginfo.gov.

ADDRESSES: Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maura McGowan, Telecommunications 
Policy Specialist, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street 
SW, Washington, DC 20554, (202) 418-0990.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Unified Agenda of Major and Other Significant Proceedings

    The Commission encourages public participation in its rulemaking 
process. To help keep the public informed of significant rulemaking 
proceedings, the Commission has prepared a list of important 
proceedings now in progress. The General Services Administration 
publishes the Unified Agenda in the Federal Register in the spring and 
fall of each year.
    The following terms may be helpful in understanding the status of 
the proceedings included in this report:
    Docket Number--assigned to a proceeding if the Commission has 
issued either a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking or a Notice of Inquiry 
concerning the matter under consideration. The Commission has used 
docket numbers since January 1, 1978. Docket numbers consist of the 
last two digits of the calendar year in which the docket was 
established plus a sequential number that begins at 1 with the first 
docket initiated during a calendar year (e.g., Docket No. 15-1 or 
Docket No. 17-1). The abbreviation for the responsible bureau usually 
precedes the docket number, as in ``MB Docket No. 17-289,'' which 
indicates that the responsible bureau is the Media Bureau. A docket 
number consisting of only five digits (e.g., Docket No. 29622) 
indicates that the docket was established before January 1, 1978.
    Notice of Inquiry (NOI)--issued by the Commission when it is 
seeking information on a broad subject or trying to generate ideas on a 
given topic. A comment period is specified during which all interested 
parties may submit comments.
    Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)--issued by the Commission when 
it is proposing a specific change to Commission rules and regulations. 
Before any changes are actually made, interested parties may submit 
written comments on the proposed revisions.
    Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM)--issued by the 
Commission when additional comment in the proceeding is sought.
    Memorandum Opinion and Order (MO&O)--issued by the Commission to 
deny a petition for rulemaking, conclude an inquiry, modify a decision, 
or address a petition for reconsideration of a decision.
    Rulemaking (RM) Number--assigned to a proceeding after the 
appropriate bureau or office has reviewed a petition for rulemaking, 
but before the Commission has taken action on the petition.
    Report and Order (R&O)--issued by the Commission to state a new or 
amended rule or state that the Commission rules and regulations will 
not be revised.

 Marlene H. Dortch,
Secretary, Federal Communications Commission.

       Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
262.......................  Rules and Regulations              3060-AI14
                             Implementing the
                             Telephone Consumer
                             Protection Act (TCPA) of
                             1991 (CG Docket No. 02-
                             278).
263.......................  Rules and Regulations              3060-AI15
                             Implementing Section 225
                             of the Communications Act
                             (Telecommunications Relay
                             Service) (CG Docket No.
                             03-123).
264.......................  Consumer Information,              3060-AI61
                             Disclosure, and Truth in
                             Billing and Billing
                             Format (CC Docket No. 98-
                             170; CG Docket No. 09-
                             158; WC Docket No. 04-36).
265.......................  Misuse of Internet                 3060-AK01
                             Protocol (IP) Captioned
                             Telephone Service;
                             Telecommunications Relay
                             Services and Speech-to-
                             Speech Services; CG
                             Docket No. 13-24.
266.......................  Advanced Methods to Target         3060-AK62
                             and Eliminate Unlawful
                             Robocalls (CG Docket No.
                             17-59).
------------------------------------------------------------------------


         Office of Engineering and Technology--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
267.......................  Unlicensed Operation in            3060-AI52
                             the TV Broadcast Bands
                             (ET Docket No. 04-186).
268.......................  Fixed and Mobile Services          3060-AJ46
                             in the Mobile Satellite
                             Service (ET Docket No. 10-
                             142).
269.......................  Federal Earth Stations--           3060-AK09
                             Non-Federal Fixed
                             Satellite Service Space
                             Stations; Spectrum for
                             Non-Federal Space Launch
                             Operations; ET Docket No.
                             13-115.
270.......................  Authorization of                   3060-AK10
                             Radiofrequency Equipment;
                             ET Docket No. 13-44.
271.......................  Spectrum Access for                3060-AK30
                             Wireless Microphone
                             Operations (GN Docket
                             Nos. 14-166 and 12-268).
272.......................  Encouraging the Provision          3060-AK80
                             of New Technologies and
                             Services to the Public
                             (GN Docket No. 18-22).
273.......................  Spectrum Horizon (ET               3060-AK81
                             Docket No. 18-21).
274.......................  Amendment of Parts 1, 2,           3060-AK82
                             15, 90, and 95 of the
                             Commission's Rules to
                             Permit Radar Services in
                             the 76-81 GHz Band (ET
                             Docket No. 15-26).
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                 International Bureau--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
275.......................  International Settlements          3060-AJ77
                             Policy Reform (IB Docket
                             No. 11-80).
276.......................  Comprehensive Review of            3060-AJ98
                             Licensing and Operating
                             Rules for Satellite
                             Services (IB Docket No.
                             12-267).
277.......................  Update to Parts 2 and 25           3060-AK59
                             Concerning
                             NonGeostationary, Fixed-
                             Satellite Service Systems
                             and Related Matters; IB
                             Docket No. I6-408.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


                     Media Bureau--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
278.......................  Cable Television Rate              3060-AF41
                             Regulation.
279.......................  Implementation of the              3060-AI69
                             Cable Communications
                             Policy Act of 1984 as
                             Amended by the Cable
                             Television Consumer
                             Protection and
                             Competition Act of 1992
                             (MB Docket No. 05-311).
280.......................  Promoting Diversification          3060-AJ27
                             of Ownership in the
                             Broadcast Services (MB
                             Docket Nos. 07-294 and 17-
                             289).
281.......................  Authorizing Permissive Use         3060-AK56
                             of the ``Next
                             Generation'' Broadcast
                             Television Standard (GN
                             Docket No. 16-142).
282.......................  Electronic Delivery of             3060-AK70
                             MVPD Communications (MB
                             Docket No. 17-317).
283.......................  2018 Quadrennial                   3060-AK77
                             Regulatory Review of the
                             Commission's Broadcast
                             Ownership Rules (MB
                             Docket 18-349).
284.......................  Children's Television              3060-AK78
                             Programming Rules (MB
                             Docket 18-202).
285.......................  Amendment of Part 74 of            3060-AK79
                             the Commission's Rules
                             Regarding FM Translator
                             Interference (MB Docket
                             18-119).
------------------------------------------------------------------------


                     Media Bureau--Completed Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
286.......................  Broadcast Ownership Rules.         3060-AH97
------------------------------------------------------------------------


             Office of Managing Director--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
287.......................  Assessment and Collection          3060-AK64
                             of Regulatory Fees.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


      Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
288.......................  Enhanced 911 Services for          3060-AG60
                             Wireline and Multi-Line
                             Telephone Systems; PS
                             Docket Nos. 10-255 and 07-
                             114.
289.......................  Wireless E911 Location             3060-AJ52
                             Accuracy Requirements; PS
                             Docket No. 07-114.
290.......................  Proposed Amendments to             3060-AK19
                             Service Rules Governing
                             Public Safety Narrowband
                             Operations in the 769-775
                             and 799-805 MHz Bands; PS
                             Docket No. 13-87.
291.......................  Improving Outage Reporting         3060-AK39
                             for Submarine Cables and
                             Enhancing Submarine Cable
                             Outage Data; GN Docket
                             No. 15-206.
292.......................  Amendments to Part 4 of            3060-AK40
                             the Commission's Rules
                             Concerning Disruptions to
                             Communications; PS Docket
                             No. 15-80.
293.......................  New Part 4 of the                  3060-AK41
                             Commission's Rules
                             Concerning Disruptions to
                             Communications; ET Docket
                             No. 04-35.
294.......................  Wireless Emergency Alerts          3060-AK54
                             (WEA); PS Docket No. 15-
                             91.
295.......................  Blue Alert EAS Event Code.         3060-AK63
------------------------------------------------------------------------


          Wireless Telecommunications Bureau--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
296.......................  Review of Part 87 of the           3060-AI35
                             Commission's Rules
                             Concerning Aviation (WT
                             Docket No. 01-289).
297.......................  Amendment of Part 101 of           3060-AJ47
                             the Commission's Rules
                             for Microwave Use and
                             Broadcast Auxiliary
                             Service Flexibility.
298.......................  Universal Service Reform           3060-AJ58
                             Mobility Fund (WT Docket
                             No. 10-208).
299.......................  Fixed and Mobile Services          3060-AJ59
                             in the Mobile Satellite
                             Service Bands at 1525-
                             1559 MHz and 1626.5-
                             1660.5 MHz, 1610-1626.5
                             MHz and 2483.5-2500 MHz,
                             and 2000-2020 MHz and
                             2180-2200 MHz.

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300.......................  Improving Spectrum                 3060-AJ71
                             Efficiency Through
                             Flexible Channel Spacing
                             and Bandwidth Utilization
                             for Economic Area-Based
                             800 MHz Specialized
                             Mobile Radio Licensees
                             (WT Docket Nos. 12-64 and
                             11-110).
301.......................  Expanding the Economic and         3060-AJ82
                             Innovation Opportunities
                             of Spectrum Through
                             Incentive Auctions (GN
                             Docket No. 12-268).
302.......................  Service Rules for Advanced         3060-AJ86
                             Wireless Services of the
                             Middle Class Tax Relief
                             and Job Creation Act of
                             2012 Related to the 1915-
                             1920 MHz and 1995-2000
                             MHz Bands (WT Docket No.
                             12-357).
303.......................  Amendment of Parts 1, 2,           3060-AJ87
                             22, 24, 27, 90 and 95 of
                             the Commission's Rules to
                             Improve Wireless Coverage
                             Through the Use of Signal
                             Boosters (WT Docket No.
                             10-4).
304.......................  Amendment of the                   3060-AJ88
                             Commission's Rules
                             Governing Certain
                             Aviation Ground Station
                             Equipment (Squitter) (WT
                             Docket Nos. 10-61 and 09-
                             42).
305.......................  Promoting Technological            3060-AK06
                             Solutions to Combat
                             Wireless Contraband
                             Device Use in
                             Correctional Facilities;
                             GN Docket No. 13-111.
306.......................  Promoting Investment in            3060-AK12
                             the 3550-3700 MHz Band;
                             GN Docket No. 17-258.
307.......................  800 MHz Cellular                   3060-AK13
                             Telecommunications
                             Licensing Reform; Docket
                             No. 12-40.
308.......................  Updating Part 1                    3060-AK28
                             Competitive Bidding Rules
                             (WT Docket No. 14-170).
309.......................  Use of Spectrum Bands              3060-AK44
                             Above 24 GHz for Mobile
                             Services--Spectrum
                             Frontiers; WT Docket 10-
                             112.
310.......................  Transforming the 2.5 GHz           3060-AK75
                             Band.
311.......................  Expanding Flexible Use of          3060-AK76
                             the 3.7 to 4.2 GHz Band;
                             GN Docket No. 18-122.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


             Wireline Competition Bureau--Long-Term Actions
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
312.......................  Telecommunications                 3060-AG43
                             Carriers' Use of Customer
                             Proprietary Network
                             Information and Other
                             Customer Information (CC
                             Docket No. 96-115).
313.......................  Numbering Resource                 3060-AH80
                             Optimization.
314.......................  Jurisdictional Separations         3060-AJ06
315.......................  Development of Nationwide          3060-AJ15
                             Broadband Data to
                             Evaluate Reasonable and
                             Timely Deployment of
                             Advanced Services to All
                             Americans.
316.......................  Local Number Portability           3060-AJ32
                             Porting Interval and
                             Validation Requirements
                             (WC Docket No. 07-244).
317.......................  Rural Call Completion; WC          3060-AJ89
                             Docket No. 13-39.
318.......................  Rates for Inmate Calling           3060-AK08
                             Services; WC Docket No.
                             12-375.
319.......................  Comprehensive Review of            3060-AK20
                             the Part 32 Uniform
                             System of Accounts (WC
                             Docket No. 14-130).
320.......................  Restoring Internet Freedom         3060-AK21
                             (WC Docket No. 17-108);
                             Protecting and Promoting
                             the Open Internet (GN
                             Docket No. 14-28).
321.......................  Technology Transitions; GN         3060-AK32
                             Docket No. 13-5, WC
                             Docket No. 05-25;
                             Accelerating Wireline
                             Broadband Deployment by
                             Removing Barriers to
                             Infrastructure
                             Investment; WC Docket No.
                             17-84.
322.......................  Numbering Policies for             3060-AK36
                             Modern Communications, WC
                             Docket No. 13-97.
323.......................  Implementation of the              3060-AK57
                             Universal Service
                             Portions of the 1996
                             Telecommunications Act.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau

Long-Term Actions

262. Rules and Regulations Implementing the Telephone Consumer 
Protection Act (TCPA) of 1991 (CG Docket No. 02-278)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 227
    Abstract: In this docket, the Commission considers rules and 
policies to implement the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 
(TCPA). The TCPA places requirements on: Robocalls (calls using an 
automatic telephone dialing system an, ``autodialer,'' a prerecorded or 
an artificial voice), telemarketing calls, and unsolicited fax 
advertisements.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   10/08/02  67 FR 62667
FNPRM...............................   04/03/03  68 FR 16250
Order...............................   07/25/03  68 FR 44144
Order Effective.....................   08/25/03
Order on Reconsideration............   08/25/03  68 FR 50978
Order...............................   10/14/03  68 FR 59130
FNPRM...............................   03/31/04  69 FR 16873
Order...............................   10/08/04  69 FR 60311
Order...............................   10/28/04  69 FR 62816
Order on Reconsideration............   04/13/05  70 FR 19330
Order...............................   06/30/05  70 FR 37705
NPRM................................   12/19/05  70 FR 75102
Public Notice.......................   04/26/06  71 FR 24634
Order...............................   05/03/06  71 FR 25967
NPRM................................   12/14/07  72 FR 71099
Declaratory Ruling..................   02/01/08  73 FR 6041
R&O.................................   07/14/08  73 FR 40183
Order on Reconsideration............   10/30/08  73 FR 64556
NPRM................................   03/22/10  75 FR 13471
R&O.................................   06/11/12  77 FR 34233
Public Notice.......................   06/30/10  75 FR 34244
Public Notice (Reconsideration         10/03/12  77 FR 60343
 Petitions Filed).
Announcement of Effective Date......   10/16/12  77 FR 63240
Opposition End Date.................   10/18/12
Rule Corrections....................   11/08/12  77 FR 66935
Declaratory Ruling (release date)...   11/29/12
Declaratory Ruling (release date)...   05/09/13
Declaratory Ruling and Order........   10/09/15  80 FR 61129
NPRM................................   05/20/16  81 FR 31889
Declaratory Ruling..................   07/05/16
R&O.................................   11/16/16  81 FR 80594
Next Action Undetermined............
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kristi Thornton, Associate Division Chief, Federal

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Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-2467, Email: kristi.thornton@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AI14

263. Rules and Regulations Implementing Section 225 of the 
Communications Act (Telecommunications Relay Service) (CG Docket No. 
03-123)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 225
    Abstract: This proceeding continues the Commission's inquiry into 
improving the quality of telecommunications relay service (TRS) and 
furthering the goal of functional equivalency, consistent with 
Congress' mandate that TRS regulations encourage the use of existing 
technology and not discourage or impair the development of new 
technology. In this docket, the Commission explores ways to improve 
emergency preparedness for TRS facilities and services, new TRS 
technologies, public access to information and outreach, and issues 
related to payments from the Interstate TRS Fund.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   08/25/03  68 FR 50993
R&O, Order on Reconsideration.......   09/01/04  69 FR 53346
FNPRM...............................   09/01/04  69 FR 53382
Public Notice.......................   02/17/05  70 FR 8034
Declaratory Ruling/Interpretation...   02/25/05  70 FR 9239
Public Notice.......................   03/07/05  70 FR 10930
Order...............................   03/23/05  70 FR 14568
Public Notice/Announcement of Date..   04/06/05  70 FR 17334
Order...............................   07/01/05  70 FR 38134
Order on Reconsideration............   08/31/05  70 FR 51643
R&O.................................   08/31/05  70 FR 51649
Order...............................   09/14/05  70 FR 54294
Order...............................   09/14/05  70 FR 54298
Public Notice.......................   10/12/05  70 FR 59346
R&O/Order on Reconsideration........   12/23/05  70 FR 76208
Order...............................   12/28/05  70 FR 76712
Order...............................   12/29/05  70 FR 77052
NPRM................................   02/01/06  71 FR 5221
Declaratory Ruling/Clarification....   05/31/06  71 FR 30818
FNPRM...............................   05/31/06  71 FR 30848
FNPRM...............................   06/01/06  71 FR 31131
Declaratory Ruling/Dismissal of        06/21/06  71 FR 35553
 Petition.
Clarification.......................   06/28/06  71 FR 36690
Declaratory Ruling on                  07/06/06  71 FR 38268
 Reconsideration.
Order on Reconsideration............   08/16/06  71 FR 47141
MO&O................................   08/16/06  71 FR 47145
Clarification.......................   08/23/06  71 FR 49380
FNPRM...............................   09/13/06  71 FR 54009
Final Rule; Clarification...........   02/14/07  72 FR 6960
Order...............................   03/14/07  72 FR 11789
R&O.................................   08/06/07  72 FR 43546
Public Notice.......................   08/16/07  72 FR 46060
Order...............................   11/01/07  72 FR 61813
Public Notice.......................   01/04/08  73 FR 863
R&O/Declaratory Ruling..............   01/17/08  73 FR 3197
Order...............................   02/19/08  73 FR 9031
Order...............................   04/21/08  73 FR 21347
R&O.................................   04/21/08  73 FR 21252
Order...............................   04/23/08  73 FR 21843
Public Notice.......................   04/30/08  73 FR 23361
Order...............................   05/15/08  73 FR 28057
Declaratory Ruling..................   07/08/08  73 FR 38928
FNPRM...............................   07/18/08  73 FR 41307
R&O.................................   07/18/08  73 FR 41286
Public Notice.......................   08/01/08  73 FR 45006
Public Notice.......................   08/05/08  73 FR 45354
Public Notice.......................   10/10/08  73 FR 60172
Order...............................   10/23/08  73 FR 63078
2nd R&O and Order on Reconsideration   12/30/08  73 FR 79683
Order...............................   05/06/09  74 FR 20892
Public Notice.......................   05/07/09  74 FR 21364
NPRM................................   05/21/09  74 FR 23815
Public Notice.......................   05/21/09  74 FR 23859
Public Notice.......................   06/12/09  74 FR 28046
Order...............................   07/29/09  74 FR 37624
Public Notice.......................   08/07/09  74 FR 39699
Order...............................   09/18/09  74 FR 47894
Order...............................   10/26/09  74 FR 54913
Public Notice.......................   05/12/10  75 FR 26701
Order Denying Stay Motion (Release     07/09/10
 Date).
Order...............................   08/13/10  75 FR 49491
Order...............................   09/03/10  75 FR 54040
NPRM................................   11/02/10  75 FR 67333
NPRM................................   05/02/11  76 FR 24442
Order...............................   07/25/11  76 FR 44326
Final Rule (Order)..................   09/27/11  76 FR 59551
Final Rule; Announcement of            11/22/11  76 FR 72124
 Effective Date.
Proposed Rule (Public Notice).......   02/28/12  77 FR 11997
Proposed Rule (FNPRM)...............   02/01/12  77 FR 4948
First R&O...........................   07/25/12  77 FR 43538
Public Notice.......................   10/29/12  77 FR 65526
Order on Reconsideration............   12/26/12  77 FR 75894
Order...............................   02/05/13  78 FR 8030
Order (Interim Rule)................   02/05/13  78 FR 8032
NPRM................................   02/05/13  78 FR 8090
Announcement of Effective Date......   03/07/13  78 FR 14701
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/13/13
FNPRM...............................   07/05/13  78 FR 40407
FNPRM Comment Period End............   09/18/13
R&O.................................   07/05/13  78 FR 40582
R&O.................................   08/15/13  78 FR 49693
FNPRM...............................   08/15/13  78 FR 49717
FNPRM Comment Period End............   09/30/13
R&O.................................   08/30/13  78 FR 53684
FNPRM...............................   09/03/13  78 FR 54201
NPRM................................   10/23/13  78FR 63152
FNPRM Comment Period End............   11/18/13
Petiton for Reconsideration; Request   12/16/13  78 FR 76096
 for Comment.
Petition for Reconsideration;          12/16/13  78 FR 76097
 Request for Comment.
Request for Clarification; Request     12/30/13  78 FR 79362
 for Comment; Correction.
Petition for Reconsideration Comment   01/10/14
 Period End.
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/21/14
Announcement of Effective Date......   07/11/14  79 FR 40003
Announcement of Effective Date......   08/28/14  79 FR 51446
Correction--Announcement of            08/28/14  79 FR 51450
 Effective Date.
Technical Amendments................   09/09/14  79 FR 53303
Public Notice.......................   09/15/14  79 FR 54979
R&O and Order.......................   10/21/14  79 FR 62875
FNPRM...............................   10/21/14  79 FR 62935
FNPRM Comment Period End............   12/22/14
Final Action (Announcement of          10/30/14  79 FR 64515
 Effective Date).
Final Rule Effective................   10/30/14
FNPRM...............................   11/08/15  80 FR 72029
FNPRM Comment Period End............   01/01/16
Public Notice.......................   01/20/16  81 FR 3085
Public Notice Comment Period End....   02/16/16
R&O.................................   03/21/16  81 FR 14984
FNPRM...............................   08/24/16  81 FR 57851
FNPRM Comment Period End............   09/14/16
NOI and FNPRM.......................   04/12/17  82 FR 17613
NOI and FNPRM Comment Period End....   05/30/17
R&O.................................   04/13/17  82 FR 17754
R&O.................................   04/27/17  82 FR 19322
FNPRM...............................   04/27/17  82 FR 19347
FNPRM Comment Period End............   07/11/17
R&O.................................   06/23/17  82 FR 28566
Public Notice.......................   07/21/17  82 FR 33856
Public Notice--Correction...........   07/25/17  82 FR 34471
Public Notice Comment Period End....   07/31/17

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Public Notice--Correction Comment      08/17/17
 Period End.
R&O.................................   08/22/17  82 FR 39673
Announcement of Effective Date......   10/17/17  82 FR 48203
Public Notice; Petition for            10/25/17  82 FR 49303
 Reconsideration.
Oppositions Due Date................   11/20/17
R&O and Declaratory Ruling..........   06/27/18  83 FR 30082
FNPRM...............................   07/18/18  83 FR 33899
FNPRM Comment Period End............   11/15/18
Public Notice.......................   08/23/18  83 FR 42630
Public Notice Opposition Period End.   09/17/18
Announcement of Effective Date......   02/04/19  84 FR 1409
Next Action Undetermined............
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Eliot Greenwald, Deputy Chief, Disability Rights 
Office, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2235, Email: 
eliot.greenwald@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AI15

264. Consumer Information, Disclosure, and Truth in Billing and Billing 
Format (CC Docket No. 98-170; CG Docket No. 09-158; WC Docket No. 04-
36)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 U.S.C. 258
    Abstract: In these dockets, the Commission examines issues 
concerning consumer confusion related to billing for telecommunications 
services. It has considered and adopted rules and policies ensuring 
truth-in-billing and addressing ``cramming,'' the unlawful placement of 
unauthorized charges on a telephone bill.
    Timetable:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
FNPRM...............................   05/25/05  70 FR 30044
R&O.................................   05/25/05  70 FR 29979
NOI.................................   08/28/09
Public Notice.......................   05/20/10  75 FR 28249
Public Notice.......................   06/11/10  75 FR 33303
NPRM................................   11/26/10  75 FR 72773
NPRM................................   08/23/11  76 FR 52625
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/21/11
Order (Reply Comment Period            11/30/11  76 FR 74017
 Extended).
Reply Comment Period End............   12/05/11
R&O.................................   05/24/12  77 FR 30915
FNPRM...............................   05/24/12  77 FR 30972
FNPRM Comment Period End............   07/09/12
Order (Comment Period Extended).....   07/17/12  77 FR 41955
Comment Period End..................   07/20/12
Announcement of Effective Dates.....   10/26/12  77 FR 65230
Correction of Final Rule............   11/30/12  77 FR 71353
Correction of Final Rule............   11/30/12  77 FR 71354
NPRM................................   08/14/17  82 FR 37830
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/13/17
Inactive per Maura McGowan..........   09/27/17
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Erica McMahon, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, 
445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0346, Email: 
erica.mcmahon@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AI61

265. Misuse of Internet Protocol (IP) Captioned Telephone Service; 
Telecommunications Relay Services and Speech-to-Speech Services; CG 
Docket No. 13-24

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 225
    Abstract: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) initiated 
this proceeding in its effort to ensure that Internet-Protocol 
Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) is available for eligible users 
only. In doing so, the FCC adopted rules to address certain practices 
related to the provision and marketing of IP CTS. IP CTS is a form of 
relay service designed to allow people with hearing loss to speak 
directly to another party on a telephone call and to simultaneously 
listen to the other party and read captions of what that party is 
saying over an IP-enabled device. To ensure that IP CTS is provided 
efficiently to persons who need to use this service, the Commission 
adopted rules establishing several requirements and issued an FNPRM to 
address additional issues.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/05/13  78 FR 8090
Order (Interim Rule)................   02/05/13  78 FR 8032
Order...............................   02/05/13  78 FR 8030
Announcement of Effective Date......   03/07/13  78 FR 14701
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/12/13
R&O.................................   08/30/13  78 FR 53684
FNPRM...............................   09/03/13  78FR 54201
FNPRM Comment Period End............   11/18/13
Petition for Reconsideration Request   12/16/13  78 FR 76097
 for Comment.
Petiton for Reconsideration Comment    01/10/14
 Period End.
Announcement of Effective Date......   07/11/14  79 FR 40003
Announcement of Effective Date......   08/28/14  79 FR 51446
Correction--Announcement of            08/28/14  79 FR 51450
 Effective Date.
Technical Amendments................   09/09/14  79 FR 53303
R&O and Declaratory Ruling..........   06/27/18  83 FR 30082
FNPRM...............................   07/18/18  83 FR 33899
Public Notice.......................   08/23/18  83 FR 42630
Public Notice Opposition Period End.   09/07/18
FNPRM Comment Period End............   11/15/18
Announcement of Effective Date......   02/04/19  84 FR 1409
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Eliot Greenwald, Deputy Chief, Disability Rights 
Office, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2235, Email: 
eliot.greenwald@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK01

266. Advanced Methods To Target and Eliminate Unlawful Robocalls (CG 
Docket No. 17-59)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 201 and 202; 47 U.S.C. 227; 47 U.S.C. 
251(e)
    Abstract: The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 restricts 
the use of robocalls autodialed or prerecorded calls in certain 
instances. In CG Docket No. 17-59, the Commission considers rules and 
policies aimed at eliminating unlawful robocalling. Among the issues it 
examines in this docket are whether to allow carriers to block calls 
that purport to be from unallocated or unassigned phone numbers through 
the use of spoofing; whether to allow

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carriers to block calls based on their own analyses of which calls are 
likely to be unlawful; and whether to establish a database of 
reassigned phone numbers to help prevent robocalls to consumers who did 
not consent to such calls.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM/NOI............................   05/17/17  82 FR 22625
2nd NOI.............................   07/13/17
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/31/17
FNPRM...............................   01/08/18  83 FR 770
R&O.................................   01/12/18  83 FR 1566
2nd FNPRM...........................   04/23/18  83 FR 17631
2nd FNPRM Comment Period End........   06/07/18
2nd FNPRM Reply Comment Period End..   07/09/18
2nd R&O (release date)..............   12/12/18
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Josh Zeldis, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-0715, Email: josh.zeldis@fcc.gov.
    Karen Schroeder, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications 
Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-
0654, Email: karen.schroeder@fcc.gov.
    Jerusha Burnett, Attorney Advisor, Federal Communications 
Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-
0526, Email: jerusha.burnett@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK62

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

Office of Engineering and Technology

Long-Term Actions

267. Unlicensed Operation in the TV Broadcast Bands (ET Docket No. 04-
186)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 302; 47 U.S.C. 303(e) 
and 303(f); 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 U.S.C. 307
    Abstract: The Commission adopted rules to allow unlicensed radio 
transmitters to operate in the broadcast television spectrum at 
locations where that spectrum is not being used by licensed services. 
(This unused TV spectrum is often termed ``white spaces.'') This action 
will make a significant amount of spectrum available for new and 
innovative products and services, including broadband data and other 
services for businesses and consumers. The actions taken are a 
conservative first step that includes many safeguards to prevent 
harmful interference to incumbent communications services. Moreover, 
the Commission will closely oversee the development and introduction of 
these devices to the market and will take whatever actions may be 
necessary to avoid and, if necessary, correct any interference that may 
occur. The Second Memorandum Opinion and Order finalizes rules to make 
the unused spectrum in the TV bands available for unlicensed broadband 
wireless devices. This particular spectrum has excellent propagation 
characteristics that allow signals to reach farther and penetrate walls 
and other structures. Access to this spectrum could enable more 
powerful public internet connections--super Wi-Fi hot spots--with 
extended range, fewer dead spots, and improved individual speeds as a 
result of reduced congestion on existing networks. This type of 
``opportunistic use'' of spectrum has great potential for enabling 
access to other spectrum bands and improving spectrum efficiency. The 
Commission's actions here are expected to spur investment and 
innovation in applications and devices that will be used not only in 
the TV band, but eventually in other frequency bands as well. This 
Order addressed five petitions for reconsideration of the Commission's 
decisions in the Second Memorandum Opinion and Order (``Second MO&O'') 
in this proceeding and modified rules in certain respects. In 
particular, the Commission: (1) Increased the maximum height above 
average terrain (HAAT) for sites where fixed devices may operate; (2) 
modified the adjacent channel emission limits to specify fixed rather 
than relative levels; and (3) slightly increased the maximum 
permissible power spectral density (PSD) for each category of TV bands 
device. These changes will result in decreased operating costs for 
fixed TVBDs and allow them to provide greater coverage, thus increasing 
the availability of wireless broadband services in rural and 
underserved areas without increasing the risk of interference to 
incumbent services. The Commission also revised and amended several of 
its rules to better effectuate the Commission's earlier decisions in 
this docket and to remove ambiguities.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/18/04  69 FR 34103
First R&O...........................   11/17/06  71 FR 66876
FNPRM...............................   11/17/06  71 FR 66897
R&O and MO&O........................   02/17/09  74 FR 7314
Petitions for Reconsideration.......   04/13/09  74 FR 16870
Second MO&O.........................   12/06/10  75 FR 75814
Petitions for Reconsideration.......   02/09/11  76 FR 7208
3rd MO&O and Order..................   05/17/12  77 FR 28236
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Hugh Van Tuyl, Electronics Engineer, Federal 
Communications Commission, Office of Engineering and Technology, 445 
12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7506, Fax: 202 
418-1944, Email: hugh.vantuyl@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AI52

268. Fixed and Mobile Services in the Mobile Satellite Service (ET 
Docket No. 10-142)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 301; 47 U.S.C. 303(c) and 
303(f); 47 U.S.C. 303(r) and 303(y); 47 U.S.C. 310
    Abstract: The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposed to take a 
number of actions to further the provision of terrestrial broadband 
services in the MSS bands. In the 2 GHz MSS band, the Commission 
proposed to add co-primary fixed and mobile allocations to the existing 
mobile-satellite allocation. This would lay the groundwork for 
providing additional flexibility in use of the 2 GHz spectrum in the 
future. The Commission also proposed to apply the terrestrial secondary 
market spectrum leasing rules and procedures to transactions involving 
terrestrial use of the MSS spectrum in the 2 GHz, Big LEO, and L-bands 
in order to create greater certainty and regulatory parity with bands 
licensed for terrestrial broadband service. The Commission also asked, 
in a notice of inquiry, about approaches for creating opportunities for 
full use of the 2 GHz band for stand-alone terrestrial uses. The 
Commission requested comment on ways to promote innovation and 
investment throughout the MSS bands while also ensuring market-wide 
mobile satellite capability to serve important needs like disaster 
recovery and rural access. In the Report and Order, the Commission 
amended its rules to make additional spectrum available for new 
investment in mobile broadband networks while also ensuring that the 
United States maintains robust

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mobile satellite service capabilities. First, the Commission adds co-
primary fixed and mobile allocations to the Mobile Satellite Service 
(MSS) 2 GHz band, consistent with the International Table of 
Allocations, allowing more flexible use of the band, including for 
terrestrial broadband services, in the future. Second, to create 
greater predictability and regulatory parity with the bands licensed 
for terrestrial mobile broadband service, the Commission extends its 
existing secondary market spectrum manager spectrum leasing policies, 
procedures, and rules that currently apply to wireless terrestrial 
services to terrestrial services provided using the Ancillary 
Terrestrial Component (ATC) of an MSS system. Petitions for 
Reconsideration have been filed in the Commission's rulemaking 
proceeding concerning Fixed and Mobile Services in the Mobile Satellite 
Service Bands at 1525-1559 MHz and 1626.5-1660.5 MHz, 1610-1626.5 MHz 
and 2483.5-2500 MHz, and 2000-2020 MHz and 2180-2200 MHz, and published 
pursuant to 47 CFR 1.429(e). See 1.4(b)(1) of the Commission's rules.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/16/10  75 FR 49871
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/15/10
Reply Comment Period End............   09/30/10
R&O.................................   05/31/11  76 FR 31252
Petitions for Reconsideration.......   08/10/11  76 FR 49364
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Nicholas Oros, Electronics Engineer, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-0636, Email: nicholas.oros@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AJ46

269. Federal Earth Stations--Non-Federal Fixed Satellite Service Space 
Stations; Spectrum for Non-Federal Space Launch Operations; ET Docket 
No. 13-115

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 302(a); 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 
U.S.C. 336
    Abstract: The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposes to make 
spectrum allocation proposals for three different space-related 
purposes. The Commission makes two alternative proposals to modify the 
Allocation Table to provide interference protection for Fixed-Satellite 
Service (FSS) and Mobile-Satellite Service (MSS) earth stations 
operated by Federal agencies under authorizations granted by the 
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) in 
certain frequency bands. The Commission also proposes to amend a 
footnote to the Allocation Table to permit a Federal MSS system to 
operate in the 399.9 to 400.05 MHz band; it also makes alternative 
proposals to modify the Allocation Table to provide access to spectrum 
on an interference protected basis to Commission licensees for use 
during the launch of launch vehicles (i.e., rockets). The Commission 
also seeks comment broadly on the future spectrum needs of the 
commercial space sector. The Commission expects that, if adopted, these 
proposals would advance the commercial space industry and the important 
role it will play in our Nation's economy and technological innovation 
now and in the future.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/01/13  78 FR 39200
Next Action Undetermined............  .........  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Nicholas Oros, Electronics Engineer, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-0636, Email: nicholas.oros@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK09

270. Authorization of Radiofrequency Equipment; ET Docket No. 13-44

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 157(a); 
47 U.S.C. 301; 47 U.S.C. 303(f); 47 U.S.C. 303(g); 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 
U.S.C. 307(e); 47 U.S.C. 332
    Abstract: The Commission is responsible for an equipment 
authorization program for radiofrequency (RF) devices under part 2 of 
its rules. This program is one of the primary means that the Commission 
uses to ensure that the multitude of RF devices used in the United 
States operate effectively without causing harmful interference and 
otherwise comply with the Commission rules. All RF devices subject to 
equipment authorization must comply with the Commission's technical 
requirement before they can be imported or marketed. The Commission or 
a Telecommunication Certification Body (TCB) must approve some of these 
devices before they can be imported or marketed, while others do not 
require such approval. The Commission last comprehensively reviewed its 
equipment authorization program more than 10 years ago. The rapid 
innovation in equipment design since that time has led to ever-
accelerating growth in the number of parties applying for equipment 
approval. The Commission therefore believes that the time is now right 
for us to comprehensively review our equipment authorization processes 
to ensure that they continue to enable this growth and innovation in 
the wireless equipment market. In May 2012, the Commission began this 
reform process by issuing an Order to increase the supply of available 
grantee codes. With this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), the 
Commission continues its work to review and reform the equipment 
authorization processes and rules. This Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 
proposes certain changes to the Commission's part 2 equipment 
authorization processes to ensure that they continue to operate 
efficiently and effectively. In particular, it addresses the role of 
TCBs in certifying RF equipment and post-market surveillance, as well 
as the Commission's role in assessing TCB performance. The NPRM also 
addressed the role of test laboratories in the RF equipment approval 
process, including accreditation of test labs and the Commission's 
recognition of laboratory accreditation bodies, and measurement 
procedures used to determine RF equipment compliance. Finally, it 
proposes certain modifications to the rules regarding TCBs that approve 
terminal equipment under part 68 of the rules that are consistent with 
our proposed modifications to the rules for TCBs that approve RF 
equipment. Specifically, the Commission proposes to recognize the 
National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) as the 
organization that designates TCBs in the United States and to modify 
the rules to reference the current International Organization for 
Standardization and International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) 
guides used to accredit TCBs.
    This Report and Order updates the Commission's radiofrequency (RF) 
equipment authorization program to build on the success realized by its 
use of Commission-recognized Telecommunications Certification Bodies 
(TCBs). The rules the Commission is adopting will facilitate the 
continued rapid introduction of new

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and innovative products to the market while ensuring that these 
products do not cause harmful interference to each other or to other 
communications devices and services.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/03/13  78 FR 25916
R&O.................................   06/12/15  80 FR 33425
Memorandum, Opinion & Order.........   06/29/16  81 FR 42264
Next Action Undetermined............  .........  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Hugh Van Tuyl, Electronics Engineer, Federal 
Communications Commission, Office of Engineering and Technology, 445 
12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7506, Fax: 202 
418-1944, Email: hugh.vantuyl@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK10

271. Spectrum Access for Wireless Microphone Operations (GN Docket Nos. 
14-166 and 12-268)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 157(a); 
47 U.S.C. 301; 47 U.S.C. 303(f); 47 U.S.C. 303(g); 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 
U.S.C. 307(e); 47 U.S.C. 332
    Abstract: The Notice of Proposed Rule Making initiated a proceeding 
to address how to accommodate the long-term needs of wireless 
microphone users. Wireless microphones play an important role in 
enabling broadcasters and other video programming networks to serve 
consumers, including as they cover breaking news and broadcast live 
sports events. They enhance event productions in a variety of settings 
including theaters and music venues, film studios, conventions, 
corporate events, houses of worship, and internet webcasts. They also 
help create high quality content that consumers demand and value. 
Recent actions by the Commission, and in particular the repurposing of 
broadcast television band spectrum for wireless services set forth in 
the Incentive Auction Report and Order, will significantly alter the 
regulatory environment in which wireless microphones operate, which 
necessitates our addressing how to accommodate wireless microphone 
users in the future.
    In the Report and Order, the Commission takes several steps to 
accommodate the long-term needs of wireless microphone users. Wireless 
microphones play an important role in enabling broadcasters and other 
video programming networks to serve consumers, including as they cover 
breaking news and live sports events. They enhance event productions in 
a variety of settings including theaters and music venues, film 
studios, conventions, corporate events, houses of worship, and internet 
webcasts. They also help create high-quality content that consumers 
demand and value. In particular, the Commission provide additional 
opportunities for wireless microphone operations in the TV bands 
following the upcoming incentive auction, and the Commission provide 
new opportunities for wireless microphone operations to access spectrum 
in other frequency bands where they can share use of the bands without 
harming existing users.
    In the Order on Reconsideration, we address the four petitions for 
reconsideration of the Wireless Microphones R&O concerning licensed 
wireless microphone operations in the TV bands, the 600 MHz duplex 
gap'' and several other frequency bands, as well as three petitions for 
reconsideration of the TV bands part 15 R&O concerning unlicensed 
wireless microphone operations in the TV bands, the 600 MHz guard bands 
and duplex gap, and the 600 MHz service band. Because these petitions 
involve several overlapping technical and operational issues concerning 
wireless microphones, we consolidate our consideration of them in this 
one order.
    In the Further Notice, we propose to permit certain professional 
theater, music, performing arts, or similar organizations that operate 
wireless microphones on an unlicensed basis and that meet certain 
criteria to obtain a part 74 license to operate in the TV bands (and 
the 600 MHz service band during the post-auction transition period), 
thereby allowing them to register in the white spaces databases for 
interference protection from unlicensed white space devices at venues 
where their events/productions are performed. In addition, we propose 
to permit these same users, based on demonstrated need, also to obtain 
a part 74 license to operate on other bands available for use by part 
74 wireless microphone licensees provided that they meet the applicable 
requirements for operating in those bands.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/21/14  79 FR 69387
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/05/15  .......................
NPRM Reply Comment Period End.......   01/26/15  .......................
R&O.................................   11/17/15  80 FR 71702
FNPRM...............................   09/01/17  82 FR 41583
Order on Recon......................   09/01/17  82 FR 41549
Next Action Undetermined............  .........  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Paul Murray, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, Office of Engineering and Technology, 445 
12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0688, Fax: 202 
418-7447, Email: paul.murray@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK30

272.  Encouraging the Provision of New Technologies and 
Services to the Public (GN Docket No. 18-22)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 154(3)
    Abstract: In this proceeding, we seek to establish rules describing 
guidelines and procedures to implement the stated policy goal of 
section 7 to encourage the provision of new technologies and services 
to the public. Although the forces of competition and technological 
growth work together to enable the development and deployment of many 
new technologies and services to the public, the Commission has at 
times been slow to identify and take action to ensure that important 
new technologies or services are made available as quickly as possible. 
The Commission has sought to overcome these impediments by streamlining 
many of its processes, but all too often regulatory delays can 
adversely impact newly proposed technologies or services.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   04/04/18  83 FR 14395
Comment Period End..................   05/04/18  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............  .........  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Paul Murray, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, Office of Engineering and Technology, 445 
12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0688, Fax: 202 
418-7447, Email: paul.murray@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK80

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273.  Spectrum Horizon (ET Docket No. 18-21)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 and 152; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 
157; 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 U.S.C. 301; 47 U.S.C. 302(a); 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 
U.S.C. 307; 47 U.S.C. 310; 47 U.S.C. 332; Section 76 of 1996 Telecom 
Act, As Amended, 47 U.S.C. 302 & Section 1.411
    Abstract: In this proceeding, we seek to implement a plan to make 
the spectrum above 95 GHz more readily accessible for new innovative 
services and technologies. Throughout its history, when the Commission 
has expanded access to what was thought to be the upper reaches of the 
usable spectrum, new technological advances have emerged to push the 
boundary of usable spectrum even further. The frequencies above 95 GHz 
are today's spectrum horizons. The Notice sought comment on proposed 
rules to permit licensed fixed point-to-point operations in a total of 
102.2 gigahertz of spectrum; on making 15.2 gigahertz of spectrum 
available for unlicensed use; and on creating a new category of 
experimental licenses to increase opportunities for entities to develop 
new services and technologies from 95 GHz to 3 THz with no limits on 
geography or technology.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   04/02/18  83 FR 13888
ANPRM Comment Period End............   05/02/18  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............  .........  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael Ha, Deputy Division Chief, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 201 418-2099, Email: michael.ha@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK81

274.  Amendment of Parts 1, 2, 15, 90, and 95 of the 
Commission's Rules To Permit Radar Services in the 76-81 GHZ Band (ET 
Docket No. 15-26)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 and 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 
301; 47 U.S.C. 302(a); 47 U.S.C. 303(f)
    Abstract: In this Report and Order, we establish a flexible and 
streamlined regulatory framework for radar applications that will 
operate within the 76-81 GHz band. Specifically, we give vehicular 
radars and certain airport-based radars protection from harmful 
interference as well as a contiguous five gigahertz allocation, 
facilitating the development and deployment of new safety devices. 
Doing so also harmonizes our rules with international efforts to create 
a global allocation for vehicular radars, while promoting efficient use 
of spectrum by consolidating such radars into a single band. In 
addition, we establish a comprehensive and consistent set of rules and 
policies to govern the operation of vehicular radars and certain 
airport-based radars in the 76-81 GHz band.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/06/15  80 FR 12120
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/06/15  .......................
R&O.................................   09/20/17  82 FR 43865
Next Action Undetermined............  .........  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Howard Griboff, Deputy Chief, Policy Division, 
Federal Communications Commission, International Bureau, 445 12th 
Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0657, Fax: 202 418-
2824, Email: howard.griboff@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK82

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

International Bureau

Long-Term Actions

275. International Settlements Policy Reform (IB Docket No. 11-80)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 to 152; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 201 
to 205; 47 U.S.C. 208; 47 U.S.C. 211; 47 U.S.C. 214; 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 
47 U.S.C. 309; 47 U.S.C. 403
    Abstract: The FCC is reviewing the International Settlements Policy 
(ISP). It governs how U.S. carriers negotiate with foreign carriers for 
the exchange of international traffic, and is the structure by which 
the Commission has sought to respond to concerns that foreign carriers 
with market power are able to take advantage of the presence of 
multiple U.S. carriers serving a particular market. In 2011, the FCC 
released an NPRM that proposed to further deregulate the international 
telephony market and enable U.S. consumers to enjoy competitive prices 
when they make calls to international destinations. First, it proposed 
to remove the ISP from all international routes except Cuba. Second, 
the FCC sought comment on a proposal to enable the Commission to better 
protect U.S. consumers from the effects of anticompetitive conduct by 
foreign carriers in instances necessitating Commission intervention. In 
2012, the FCC adopted a Report and Order that eliminated the ISP on all 
routes, but maintained the nondiscrimination requirement of the ISP on 
the U.S.-Cuba route and codified it at 47 CFR 63.22(f). In the Report 
and Order, the FCC also adopted measures to protect U.S. consumers from 
anticompetitive conduct by foreign carriers. In 2016, the FCC released 
an FNPRM seeking comment on removing the discrimination requirement on 
the U.S.-Cuba route.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/13/11  76 FR 42625
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/02/11  .......................
Report and Order....................   02/15/13  78 FR 11109
FNPRM...............................   03/04/16  81 FR 11500
FNPRM Comment Period End............   04/18/16  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............  .........  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: David Krech, Assoc. Chief, Telecommunications & 
Analysis Division, Federal Communications Commission, International 
Bureau, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7443, 
Fax: 202 418-2824, Email: david.krech@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AJ77

276. Comprehensive Review of Licensing and Operating Rules for 
Satellite Services (IB Docket No. 12-267)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 157(a); 47 U.S.C. 161; 
47 U.S.C. 303(c); 47 U.S.C. 303(g); 47 U.S.C. 303(r)
    Abstract: The Commission adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 
(NPRM) to initiate a comprehensive review of part 25 of the 
Commission's rules, which governs the licensing and operation of space 
stations and earth stations. The Commission proposed amendments to 
modernize the rules to better reflect evolving technology, to eliminate 
unnecessary technical and information filing requirements, and to 
reorganize and simplify existing requirements. In the ensuing Report 
and Order, the Commission adopted most of its proposed changes and 
revised more

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than 150 rule provisions. Several proposals raised by commenters in the 
proceeding, however, were not within the scope of the original NPRM. To 
address these and other issues, the Commission released a Further 
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM). The FNPRM proposed additional 
rule changes to facilitate international coordination of proposed 
satellite networks, to revise system implementation milestones and the 
associated bond, and to expand the applicability of routine licensing 
standards. Following the FNPRM, the Commission issued a Second Report 
and Order adopting most of its proposals in the FNPNRM. Among other 
changes, the Commission established a two-step licensing procedure for 
most geostationary satellite applicants to facilitate international 
coordination, simplified the satellite development milestones, adopted 
an escalating bond requirement to discourage speculation, and refined 
the two-degree orbital spacing policy for most geostationary satellites 
to protect existing services. In addition, in May 2016, the 
International Bureau published a Public Notice inviting comment on the 
appropriate implementation schedule for a Carrier Identification 
requirement adopted in the first Report and Order in this proceeding. 
In July 2017, the Commission adopted a waiver of the Carrier 
Identification requirement for certain earth stations that cannot be 
suitably upgraded.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/08/12  77 FR 67172
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/13/13  .......................
Report and Order....................   02/12/14  79 FR 8308
FNPRM...............................   10/31/14  79 FR 65106
FNPRM Comment Period End............   03/02/15  .......................
Public Notice.......................   05/31/16  81 FR 34301
2nd R&O.............................   08/18/16  81 FR 55316
Next Action Undetermined............  .........  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Clay DeCell, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-0803, Email: clay.decell@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AJ98

277. Update to Parts 2 and 25 Concerning Nongeostationary, Fixed-
Satellite Service Systems and Related Matters; IB Docket No. I6-408

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 316
    Abstract: On January 11, 2017, the Commission began a rulemaking to 
update its rules and policies concerning non-geostationary-satellite 
orbit (NGSO), fixed-satellite service (FSS) systems and related 
matters. The proposed changes would, among other things, provide for 
more flexible use of the 17.8-20.2 GHz bands for FSS, promote shared 
use of spectrum among NGSO FSS satellite systems, and remove 
unnecessary design restrictions on NGSO FSS systems. The Commission 
subsequently adopted a Report and Order establishing new sharing 
criteria among NGSO FSS systems and providing additional flexibility 
for FSS spectrum use. The Commission also released a Further Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking proposing to remove the domestic coverage 
requirement for NGSO FSS systems.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/11/17  82 FR 3258
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/10/17
FNPRM...............................   11/15/17  82 FR 52869
R&O.................................   12/18/17  82 FR 59972
FNPRM Comment Period End............   01/02/18
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Clay DeCell, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-0803, Email: clay.decell@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK59

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

Media Bureau

Long-Term Actions

278. Cable Television Rate Regulation

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 543
    Abstract: The Commission has adopted rate regulations to implement 
section 623 of the 1992 Cable Act to ensure that cable subscribers 
nationwide enjoy the rates that would be charged by cable systems 
operating in a competitive environment.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/04/93  58 FR 48
R&O and FNPRM.......................   05/21/93  58 FR 29736
MO&O and FNPRM......................   08/18/93  58 FR 43816
Third R&O...........................   11/30/93  58 FR 63087
Order on Recon, Fourth R&O, and        04/15/94  59 FR 17943
 Fifth NPRM.
Third Order on Recon................   04/15/94  59 FR 17961
Fifth Order on Recon and FNPRM......   10/13/94  59 FR 51869
Fourth Order on Recon...............   10/21/94  59 FR 53113
Sixth Order on Recon, Fifth R&O, and   12/06/94  59 FR 62614
 Seventh NPRM.
Seventh Order on Recon..............   01/25/95  60 FR 4863
Ninth Order on Recon................   02/27/95  60 FR 10512
Eighth Order on Recon...............   03/17/95  60 FR 14373
Sixth R&O and Eleventh Order on        07/12/95  60 FR 35854
 Recon.
Thirteenth Order on Recon...........   10/05/95  60 FR 52106
Twelfth Order on Recon..............   10/26/95  60 FR 54815
Tenth Order on Recon................   04/08/96  61 FR 15388
Order on Recon of the First R&O and    04/15/96  61 FR 16447
 FNPRM.
MO&O................................   02/12/97  62 FR 6491
Report on Cable Industry Prices.....   02/24/97  62 FR 8245
R&O.................................   03/31/97  62 FR 15118
Fourteenth Order on Recon...........   10/15/97  62 FR 53572
NPRM and Order......................   09/05/02  67 FR 56882
Inactive per Maura McGowan..........   12/12/11
FNPRM and R&O.......................   11/27/18  83 FR 60804
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John Norton, Deputy Division Chief, Policy 
Division, Federal Communications Commission, Media Bureau, 445 12th 
Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7037, TDD Phone: 202 
418-7172, Fax: 202 418-1196, Email: john.norton@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AF41

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279. Implementation of the Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984 as 
Amended by the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act 
of 1992 (MB Docket No. 05-311)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 
541(a)(1); 47 U.S.C. 556(c)
    Abstract: Section 621(a)(1) of the Communications Act of 1934, as 
amended, states in relevant part that ``a franchising authority . . . 
may not unreasonably refuse to award an additional competitive 
franchise.'' This proceeding sought to implement section 621(a)(1)'s 
directive by examining whether the franchising process unreasonably 
impedes the achievement of the interrelated Federal goals of enhanced 
cable competition and accelerated broadband deployment and, if so, how 
the Commission should act to address that problem. The subsequent 
Report and Order found that certain actions by local franchising 
authorities constitute an unreasonable refusal to award a competitive 
franchise within the meaning of section 621(a)(1). The item included a 
Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) seeking comment on how 
the findings should affect existing franchises. In the Second Report 
and Order, a number of the rules promulgated in this docket were 
extended to incumbent cable operators. The 2nd FNPRM addressed two 
issues raised by a remand from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth 
Circuit concerning how local franchising authorities may regulate cable 
operators and cable television services.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/19/05  70 FR 73973
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/13/06
R&O and FNPRM.......................   03/21/07  72 FR 13230
FNPRM Comment Period End............   04/20/07
Second R&O..........................   11/23/07  72 FR 65670
Inactive per Maura McGowan..........   12/12/11
2nd FNPRM...........................   10/15/18  83 FR 51911
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Holly Saurer, Associate Chief, Federal 
Communications Commission, Media Bureau, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7283, Fax: 202 418-1069, Email: 
holly.saurer@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AI69

280. Promoting Diversification of Ownership in the Broadcast Services 
(MB Docket Nos. 07-294 and 17-289)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 152(a); 47 U.S.C. 154(i) 
and (j); 47 U.S.C. 257; 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 U.S.C. 307 to 310; 47 
U.S.C. 336; 47 U.S.C. 534 and 535
    Abstract: Diversity and competition are longstanding and important 
Commission goals. The measures proposed, as well as those adopted in 
this proceeding, are intended to promote diversity of ownership of 
media outlets. In the Report and Order and Third FNPRM, measures are 
enacted to increase participation in the broadcasting industry by new 
entrants and small businesses, including minority- and women-owned 
businesses. In the Report and Order and Fourth FNPRM, the Commission 
adopts improvements to its data collection in order to obtain an 
accurate and comprehensive assessment of minority and female broadcast 
ownership in the United States. In 2016, the Commission made 
improvements to the collection of data reported on Forms 323 and 323-E. 
On reconsideration in 2017, the Commission provided NCE filers with 
alternative means to file required Form 323-E without submitting 
personal information.
    Pursuant to a remand from the Third Circuit, the measures adopted 
in the 2009 Diversity Order were put forth for comment in the NPRM for 
the 2010 review of the Commission's Broadcast Ownership rules. The 
Commission sought additional comment in 2014. The Commission addressed 
the remand in the 2016 Second Report and Order in the Broadcast 
Ownership proceeding. The Commission developed a revenue-based 
definition of eligible entity in order to promote small business 
participation in the broadcast industry. The Commission failed to adopt 
a race or gender conscious eligible entity standard. The Commission 
found the record was not sufficient to satisfy the constitutional 
standards to adopt race or gender conscious measures. In 2018, the 
Commission established the requirements that will govern an incubator 
program to promote ownership diversity.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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R&O.................................   05/16/08  73 FR 28361
Third FNPRM.........................   05/16/08  73 FR 28400
R&O.................................   05/27/09  74 FR 25163
Fourth FNPRM........................   05/27/09  74 FR 25305
MO&O................................   10/30/09  74 FR 56131
NPRM................................   01/19/12  77 FR 2868
5th NPRM............................   01/15/13  78 FR 2934
6th FNPRM...........................   01/15/13  78 FR 2925
FNPRM...............................   05/20/14  79 FR 29010
7th FNPRM...........................   02/26/15  80 FR 10442
Comment Period End..................   03/30/15
Reply Comment Period End............   04/30/15
R&O.................................   04/04/16  81 FR 19432
2nd R&O.............................   11/01/16  81 FR 76220
Order on Recon......................   05/10/17  82 FR 21718
NPRM................................   01/08/18  83 FR 774
R&O.................................   08/28/18  83 FR 43773
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Brendan Holland, Chief, Industry Analysis Division, 
Media Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2486, Email: 
brendan.holland@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AJ27

281. Authorizing Permissive Use of the ``Next Generation'' Broadcast 
Television Standard (GN Docket No. 16-142)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 157; 47 
U.S.C. 301; 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 307 to 309; 47 U.S.C. 316; 47 
U.S.C. 319; 47 U.S.C. 325(b); 47 U.S.C. 336; 47 U.S.C. 399(b); 47 
U.S.C. 403; 47 U.S.C. 534; 47 U.S.C. 535
    Abstract: In this proceeding, the Commission seeks to authorize 
television broadcasters to use the ``Next Generation'' ATSC 3.0 
broadcast television transmission standard on a voluntary, market-
driven basis, while they continue to deliver current-generation digital 
television broadcast service to their viewers. In the Report and Order, 
the Commission adopted rules to afford broadcasters flexibility to 
deploy ATSC 3.0-based transmissions, while minimizing the impact on, 
and costs to, consumers and other industry stakeholders.
    The FNPRM sought comment on three topics: (1) Issues related to the 
local simulcasting requirement, (2) whether to let broadcasters use 
vacant channels in the broadcast band, and (3) the import of the Next 
Gen standard on simulcasting stations.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/10/17  82 FR 13285

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NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/09/17
FNPRM...............................   12/20/17  82 FR 60350
R&O.................................   02/02/18  83 FR 4998
FNPRM Comment Period End............   02/20/18
FNPRM Reply Comment Period End......   03/20/18
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Evan Baranoff, Attorney, Policy Division, Federal 
Communications Commission, Media Bureau, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7142, Email: 
evan.baranoff@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK56

282. Electronic Delivery of MVPD Communications (MB Docket No. 17-317)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C., sec. 151
    Abstract: In this proceeding, the Commission addresses ways to 
modernize certain notice provisions in part 76 of the Commission's 
rules governing multichannel video and cable television service. The 
Commission considers allowing various types of written communications 
from cable operators to subscribers to be delivered electronically. 
Additionally, the Commission considers permitting cable operators to 
reply to consumer requests or complaints by email in certain 
circumstances. The Commission also evaluates updating the requirement 
in the Commission's rules that requires broadcast television stations 
to send carriage election notices via certified mail.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   01/16/18  83 FR 2119
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/15/18
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Martha Heller, Chief, Policy, Media Bureau, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-2120, Email: martha.heller@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK70

283.  2018 Quadrennial Regulatory Review of the Commission's 
Broadcast Ownership Rules (MB Docket 18-349)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 152(a); 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 
47 U.S.C. 257; 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 307; 47 U.S.C. 309 and 310; 47 
U.S.C. 403; sec. 202(h) of the Telecommunications Act
    Abstract: Section 202(h) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 
requires the Commission to review its broadcast ownership rules every 4 
years and to determine whether any such rules are necessary in the 
public interest as the result of competition. The rules subject to 
review in the 2018 quadrennial review are the Local Radio Ownership 
Rule, the Local Television Ownership Rule, and the Dual Network Rule. 
The Commission also sought comment on potential pro-diversity proposals 
including extending cable procurement requirements to broadcasters, 
adopting formulas aimed at creating media ownership limits that promote 
diversity, and developing a model for market-based, tradeable diversity 
credits to serve as an alternative method for setting ownership limits.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM (release date).................   12/13/18
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Brendan Holland, Chief, Industry Analysis Division, 
Media Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2486, Email: 
brendan.holland@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK77

284.  Children's Television Programming Rules (MB Docket 18-
202)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 303b; 47 U.S.C. 307; 47 
U.S.C. 336
    Abstract: The Children's Television Act of 1990 (CTA) requires that 
the Commission consider, in its review of television license renewals, 
the extent to which the licensee has served the educational and 
informational needs of children through its overall programming, 
including programming specifically designed to serve such needs. The 
Commission adopted rules implementing the CTA in 1991, and revised 
these rules in 1996, 2004, and 2006. In this proceeding, the Commission 
proposes to revise the children's television programming rules to 
modify outdated requirements and to give broadcasters greater 
flexibility in serving the educational and informational needs of 
children.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/25/18  83 FR 35158
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/28/18
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kathy Berthot, Attorney, Policy Division Media 
Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7454, Email: 
kathy.berthot@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK78

285.  Amendment of Part 74 of the Commission's Rules Regarding 
FM Translator Interference (MB Docket 18-119)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 154(j); 47 
U.S.C. 301; 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 307 to 309; 47 U.S.C. 316; 47 
U.S.C. 319
    Abstract: In this proceeding, the Commission proposes to streamline 
the rules relating to interference caused by FM translators and 
expedite the translator complaint resolution process. The rule changes 
are intended to limit or avoid protracted and contentious interference 
resolution disputes, provide translator licensees both additional 
flexibility to remediate interference and additional investment 
certainty, and allow earlier and expedited resolution of interference 
complaints by affected stations.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
------------------------------------------------------------------------
NPRM................................   06/06/18  83 FR 26229
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/06/18
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Christine Goepp, Attorney, Audio Div., Media 
Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7834, Email: 
christine.geopp@fcc.gov.

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    RIN: 3060-AK79

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

Media Bureau

Completed Actions

286. Broadcast Ownership Rules

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 152(a); 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 
47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 307; 47 U.S.C. 309 and 310
    Abstract: Section 202(h) of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 
requires the Commission to review its ownership rules every four years 
and determine whether any such rules are necessary in the public 
interest as the result of competition. Accordingly, every four years, 
the Commission undertakes a comprehensive review of its broadcast 
multiple and cross-ownership limits examining: Cross-ownership of TV 
and radio stations; local TV ownership limits; national TV cap; and 
dual network rule. The last review undertaken was the 2014 review. The 
Commission incorporated the record of the 2010 review and sought 
additional data on market conditions and competitive indicators. The 
Commission also sought comment on whether to eliminate restrictions on 
newspaper/radio combined ownership and whether to eliminate the radio/
television cross-ownership rule in favor of reliance on the local radio 
rule and the local television rule. In 2016, the Commission retained 
the existing rules with modifications to account for the digital 
television transition. Upon reconsideration, it repealed and modified 
several ownership rules. Specifically repealed were the newspaper/
broadcast cross-ownership rule, the radio/television cross-ownership 
rule, and the attributions rule for television joint-sales agreements.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/05/01  66 FR 50991
R&O.................................   08/05/03  68 FR 46286
Public Notice.......................   02/19/04  69 FR 9216
FNPRM...............................   08/09/06  71 FR 4511
Second FNPRM........................   08/08/07  72 FR 44539
R&O and Order on Reconsideration....   02/21/08  73 FR 9481
Notice of Inquiry...................   06/11/10  75 FR 33227
NPRM................................   01/19/12  77 FR 2868
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/19/12
FNPRM...............................   05/20/14  79 FR 29010
2nd R&O.............................   11/01/16  81 FR 76220
Order on Reconsideration............   01/08/18  83 FR 733
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Brendan Holland, Chief, Industry Analysis Division, 
Media Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2486, Email: 
brendan.holland@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AH97

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

Office of Managing Director

Long-Term Actions

287. Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 159
    Abstract: Section 9 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 
47 U.S.C. 159, requires the Federal Communications Commission to 
recover the cost of its activities by assessing and collecting annual 
regulatory fees from beneficiaries of the activities.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/06/17  82 FR 26019
R&O.................................   09/22/17  82 FR 44322
NPRM................................   06/14/18  83 FR 27846
NPRM Comment Period End.............   06/21/18
R&O.................................   09/18/18  83 FR 47079
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Roland Helvajian, Office of the Managing Director, 
Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 
20554, Phone: 202 418-0444, Email: roland.helvajian@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK64

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau

Long-Term Actions

288. Enhanced 911 Services for Wireline and Multi-Line Telephone 
Systems; PS Docket Nos. 10-255 and 07-114

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 
U.S.C. 222; 47 U.S.C. 251
    Abstract: The policies set forth in the Report and Order will 
assist State governments in drafting legislation that will ensure that 
multi-line telephone systems are compatible with the enhanced 911 
network. The public notice seeks comment on whether the Commission, 
rather than States, should regulate multiline telephone systems and 
whether part 68 of the Commission's rules should be revised.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/11/94  59 FR 54878
FNPRM...............................   01/23/03  68 FR 3214
Second FNPRM........................   02/11/04  69 FR 6595
R&O.................................   02/11/04  69 FR 6578
Public Notice.......................   01/13/05  70 FR 2405
Comment Period End..................   03/29/05
NOI.................................   01/13/11  76 FR 2297
NOI Comment Period End..............   03/14/11
Public Notice (Release Date)........   05/21/12
Public Notice Comment Period End....   08/06/12
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Brenda Boykin, Attorney Advisor, Public Safety and 
Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th 
Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2062, Email: 
brenda.boykin@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AG60

289. Wireless E911 Location Accuracy Requirements; PS Docket No. 07-114

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 332
    Abstract: This is related to the proceedings in which the FCC has 
previously acted to improve the quality of all emergency services. 
Wireless carriers must provide specific automatic

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location information in connection with 911 emergency calls to Public 
Safety Answering Points (PSAPs). Wireless licensees must satisfy 
enhanced 911 location accuracy standards at either a county-based or a 
PSAP-based geographic level.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/20/07  72 FR 33948
R&O.................................   02/14/08  73 FR 8617
Public Notice.......................   09/25/08  73 FR 55473
FNPRM; NOI..........................   11/02/10  75 FR 67321
Public Notice.......................   11/18/09  74 FR 59539
2nd R&O.............................   11/18/10  75 FR 70604
Second NPRM.........................   08/04/11  76 FR 47114
Second NPRM Comment Period End......   11/02/11  .......................
Final Rule..........................   04/28/11  76 FR 23713
NPRM, 3rd R&O, and 2nd FNPRM........   09/28/11  76 FR 59916
3rd FNPRM...........................   03/28/14  79 FR 17820
Order Extending Comment Period......   06/10/14  79 FR 33163
3rd FNPRM Comment Period End........   07/14/14  .......................
Public Notice (Release Date)........   11/20/14  .......................
Public Notice Comment Period End....   12/17/14  .......................
4th R&O.............................   03/04/15  80 FR 11806
Final Rule..........................   08/03/15  80 FR 45897
Order Granting Waiver...............   07/10/17  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Brenda Boykin, Attorney Advisor, Public Safety and 
Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th 
Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2062, Email: 
brenda.boykin@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AJ52

290. Proposed Amendments to Service Rules Governing Public Safety 
Narrowband Operations in the 769-775 and 799-805 MHz Bands; PS Docket 
No. 13-87

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 160; 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 
U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 337(a); 47 U.S.C. 403
    Abstract: This proceeding seeks to amend the Commission's rules to 
promote spectrum efficiency, interoperability, and flexibility in 700 
MHz public safety narrowband operations (769-775 and 799-805 MHz).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   04/19/13  78 FR 23529
Final Rule..........................   12/20/14  79 FR 71321
Final Rule Effective................   01/02/15  .......................
FNPRM...............................   09/29/16  81 FR 65984
Order on Recon......................   09/29/16  81 FR 66830
2nd R&O and Order on Recon..........   07/30/18  83 FR 30364
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Brian Marenco, Electronics Engineer, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-0838, Email: brian.marenco@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK19

291. Improving Outage Reporting for Submarine Cables and Enhancing 
Submarine Cable Outage Data; GN Docket No. 15-206

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 34 to 39; 
47 U.S.C. 301
    Abstract: This proceeding takes steps toward assuring the 
reliability and resiliency of submarine cables, a critical piece of the 
Nation's communications infrastructure, by proposing to require 
submarine cable licensees to report to the Commission when outages 
occur and communications are disrupted. The Commission's intent is to 
enhance national security and emergency preparedness by these actions.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM (Release Date).................   09/17/15  .......................
R&O.................................   06/24/16  81 FR 52354
Petitions for Recon.................   09/08/16  .......................
Petitions for Recon--Public Comment.   10/31/16  81 FR 75368
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Brenda Villanueva, Attorney Advisor, Public Safety 
and Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 
12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7005, Email: 
brenda.villanueva@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK39

292. Amendments to Part 4 of the Commission's Rules Concerning 
Disruptions to Communications; PS Docket No. 15-80

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 CFR 0; 47 CFR 4; 47 CFR 63
    Abstract: The 2004 Report and Order (R&O) extended the Commission's 
communication disruptions reporting rules to non-wireline carriers and 
streamlined reporting through a new electronic template (see docket ET 
Docket 04-35). In 2015, this proceeding, PS Docket 15-80, was opened to 
amend the original communications disruption reporting rules from 2004 
in order to reflect technology transitions observed throughout the 
telecommunications sector. The Commission seeks to further study the 
possibility to share the reporting database information and access with 
State and other Federal entities. In May 2016, the Commission released 
a Report and Order, FNPRM, and Order on Reconsideration (see also 
Dockets 11-82 & 04-35). The R&O adopted rules to update the part 4 
requirements to reflect technology transitions. The FNPRM sought 
comment on sharing information in the reporting database. Comments and 
replies were received by the Commission in August and September 2016.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/16/15  80 FR 34321
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/31/15  .......................
FNPRM...............................   07/12/16  81 FR 45095
R&O.................................   07/12/16  81 FR 45055
FNPRM Comment Period End............   09/12/16  .......................
Order Denying Reply Comment Deadline   09/18/16  .......................
 Extension Request.
Announcement of Effective Date for     06/22/17  82 FR 28410
 Rule Changes in R&O.
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Robert Finley, Attorney Advisor, Public Safety and 
Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th 
Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7835, Email: 
robert.finley@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK40

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293. New Part 4 of the Commission's Rules Concerning Disruptions to 
Communications; ET Docket No. 04-35

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154 and 155; 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 U.S.C. 
251; 47 U.S.C. 307; 47 U.S.C. 316
    Abstract: The proceeding creates a new part 4 in title 47, and 
amends part 63.100. The proceeding updates the Commission's 
communication disruptions reporting rules for wireline providers 
formerly found in 47 CFR 63.100, and extends these rules to other non-
wireline providers. Through this proceeding, the Commission streamlines 
the reporting process through an electronic template. The Report and 
Order received several petitions for reconsideration, of which two were 
eventually withdrawn. In 2015, seven were addressed in an Order on 
Reconsideration and in 2016 another petition was addressed in an Order 
on Reconsideration. One petition (CPUC Petition) remains pending 
regarding NORS database sharing with states, which is addressed in a 
separate proceeding, PS Docket 15-80. To the extent the communication 
disruption rules cover VoIP, the Commission studies and addresses these 
questions in a separate docket, PS Docket 11-82.
    In May 2016, the Commission released a Report and Order, FNPRM, and 
Order on Reconsideration (see Dockets 11-82 & 15-80). The Order on 
Reconsideration addressed outage reporting for events at airports, and 
the FNPRM sought comment on database sharing. Comments and replies were 
received by the Commission in August and September 2016.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/26/04  69 FR 15761
R&O.................................   11/26/04  69 FR 68859
Denial for Petition for Partial Stay   12/02/04  .......................
Seek Comment on Petition for Recon..   02/02/10  .......................
Reply Period End....................   03/19/10  .......................
Seek Comment on Broadband and          07/02/10  .......................
 Interconnected VOIP Service
 Providers.
Reply Period End....................   08/16/12  .......................
R&O and Order on Recon..............   06/16/15  80 FR 34321
FNPRM...............................   07/12/16  81 FR 45095
R&O.................................   07/12/16  81 FR 45055
Order Denying Extension of Time to     09/08/16  .......................
 File Reply Comments.
Announcement of Effective Date for     06/22/17  82 FR 28410
 Rule Changes in R&O.
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Robert Finley, Attorney Advisor, Public Safety and 
Homeland Security Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th 
Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7835, Email: 
robert.finley@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK41

294. Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA); PS Docket No. 15-91

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 109-347, title VI; 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 
U.S.C. 154(i)
    Abstract: This proceeding was initiated to improve Wireless 
Emergency Alerts (WEA) messaging, ensure that WEA alerts reach only 
those individuals to whom they are relevant, and establish an end-to-
end testing program based on advancements in technology.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/19/15  80 FR 77289
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/13/16  .......................
NPRM Reply Comment Period End.......   02/12/16  .......................
Order...............................   11/01/16  81 FR 75710
FNPRM...............................   11/08/16  81 FR 78539
Comment Period End..................   12/08/16  .......................
Petition for Recon..................   12/19/16  81 FR 91899
Order on Recon......................   12/04/17  82 FR 57158
2nd R&O and 2nd Order on Recon......   02/28/18  83 FR 8619
Public Notice.......................   04/26/18  83 FR 18257
Public Notice Comment Period End....   05/29/18  .......................
Public Notice Reply Comment Period     06/11/18  .......................
 End.
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Elizabeth Cuttner, Attorney Advisor, Policy and 
Licensing Div, PSHSB, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th 
Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2145, Email: 
elizabeth.cuttner@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK54

295. Blue Alert EAS Event Code

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 and 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 
154(o); 47 U.S.C. 301; 47 U.S.C. 303(r) and (v); 47 U.S.C. 307; 47 
U.S.C. 309 ; 47 U.S.C. 335; 47 U.S.C. 403; 47 U.S.C. 544(g); 47 U.S.C. 
606 and 615
    Abstract: In 2015, Congress adopted the Blue Alert Act to help the 
States provide effective alerts to the public and law enforcement when 
police and other law enforcement officers are killed or are in danger. 
To ensure that these state plans are compatible and integrated 
throughout the United States as envisioned by the Blue Alert Act, the 
Blue Alert Coordinator made a series of recommendations in a 2016 
Report to Congress. Among these recommendations, the Blue Alert 
Coordinator identified the need for a dedicated EAS event code for Blue 
Alerts, and noted the alignment of the EAS with the implementation of 
the Blue Alert Act. On June 22, 2017, the FCC released an NPRM 
proposing to revise the EAS rules to adopt a new event code, which 
would allow transmission of ``Blue Alerts'' to the public over the EAS, 
and thus satisfy the stated need for a dedicated EAS event code. On 
December 14, 2017, the Commission released an Order adopting a new Blue 
Alert EAS Code-BLU. EAS participants must be able to implement the BLU 
code by January 19, 2019. BLU alerts must be available to wireless 
emergency alerts by July, 2019.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/30/17  82 FR 29811
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/31/17  .......................
NPRM Reply Comment Period End.......   08/29/17  .......................
Order...............................   12/14/18  83 FR 2557
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Linda Pintro, Attorney Advisor, Policy and 
Licensing Division, PSHSB, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th 
Street SW, Washington, DC 21043, Phone: 202 418-7490, Email: 
linda.pintro@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK63


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FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

Wireless Telecommunications Bureau

Long-Term Actions

296. Review of Part 87 of the Commission's Rules Concerning Aviation 
(WT Docket No. 01-289)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 307(e)
    Abstract: This proceeding is intended to streamline, consolidate, 
and revise our part 87 rules governing the Aviation Radio Service. The 
rule changes are designed to ensure these rules reflect current 
technological advances.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/16/01  66 FR 64785
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/14/02  .......................
R&O and FNPRM.......................   10/16/03  .......................
FNPRM...............................   04/12/04  69 FR 19140
FNPRM Comment Period End............   07/12/04  .......................
R&O.................................   06/14/04  69 FR 32577
NPRM................................   12/06/06  71 FR 70710
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/06/07  .......................
Final Rule..........................   12/06/06  71 FR 70671
3rd R&O.............................   03/29/11  76 FR 17347
Stay Order..........................   03/29/11  76 FR 17353
3rd FNPRM...........................   01/30/13  78 FR 6276
R&O.................................   12/12/18  83 FR 63806
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jeff Tobias, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th 
Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0680, Email: 
jeff.tobias@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AI35

297. Amendment of Part 101 of the Commission's Rules for Microwave Use 
and Broadcast Auxiliary Service Flexibility

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 and 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 157; 
47 U.S.C. 160 and 201; 47 U.S.C. 214; 47 U.S.C. 301 to 303; 47 U.S.C. 
307 to 310; 47 U.S.C. 319 and 324; 47 U.S.C. 332 and 333
    Abstract: In this document, the Commission commences a proceeding 
to remove regulatory barriers to the use of spectrum for wireless 
backhaul and other point-to-point and point-to-multipoint 
communications.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/05/10  75 FR 52185
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/22/10  .......................
R&O.................................   09/27/11  76 FR 59559
FNPRM...............................   09/27/11  76 FR 59614
FNPRM Comment Period End............   10/25/11  .......................
R&O.................................   09/05/12  77 FR 54421
FNPRM...............................   09/05/12  77 FR 54511
FNPRM Comment Period End............   10/22/12  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John Schauble, Deputy Chief, Broadband Division, 
Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 
445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0797, Email: 
john.schauble@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AJ47

298. Universal Service Reform Mobility Fund (WT Docket No. 10-208)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 155; 47 
U.S.C. 160; 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 U.S.C. 205; 47 U.S.C. 225; 47 U.S.C. 254; 
47 U.S.C. 301; 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 303(c); 47 U.S.C. 303(f); 47 
U.S.C. 303(r); 47 U.S.C. 303(y); 47 U.S.C. 309; 47 U.S.C. 310
    Abstract: This proceeding establishes the Mobility Fund, which the 
Commission is implementing in two phases. Mobility Fund Phase I 
consisted of two reverse auctions that provided initial infusions of 
funds toward solving persistent gaps in mobile services through 
targeted, one-time support for the build-out of current and next-
generation wireless infrastructure in areas where these services are 
unavailable. The Mobility Fund Phase II (MF-II) reverse auction aims to 
provide support funds over a 10-year term to support build-out of 
current and next-generation wireless infrastructure in areas where 
unsubsidized services are unavailable. MF-II began with a one-time 
collection of existing wireless broadband coverage data from current 
providers to determine the areas in which qualified service has been 
deployed, which data was used to create a map of areas presumptively 
eligible for MF-II support. Entities could challenge asserted 
unsubsidized 4G LTE coverage through the Mobility Fund Phase II 
challenge process, and providers may file response data countering 
challenges. The results of the challenge process will determine the 
final list of areas eligible for funding through the MF-II auction.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/14/10  75 FR 67060
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/18/11
R&O.................................   11/29/11  76 FR 73830
FNPRM...............................   12/16/11  76 FR 78384
R&O.................................   12/28/11  76 FR 81562
2nd R&O.............................   07/03/12  77 FR 39435
4th Order on Recon..................   08/14/12  77 FR 48453
FNPRM...............................   07/09/14  79 FR 39196
R&O, Declaratory Ruling, Order,        07/09/14  79 FR 39163
 MO&O, and 7th Order on Recon.
FNPRM Comment Period End............   09/08/14
R&O.................................   10/07/16  81 FR 69696
FNPRM...............................   10/07/16  81 FR 69772
FNPRM...............................   03/13/17  82 FR 13413
R&O.................................   03/28/17  82 FR 15422
R&O Correction......................   04/04/17  82 FR 16297
Order on Recon and 2nd R&O..........   09/08/17  82 FR 42473
2nd Order on Recon..................   04/25/18  83 FR 17934
Order and MO&O......................   08/30/18  83 FR 44241
NPRM................................   08/30/18  83 FR 44254
3rd R&O.............................   03/06/19  84 FR 8003
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Audra Hale-Maddox, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-2109, Email: audra.hale-maddox@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AJ58

299. Fixed and Mobile Services in the Mobile Satellite Service Bands at 
1525-1559 MHz and 1626.5-1660.5 MHz, 1610-1626.5 MHz and 2483.5-2500 
MHz, and 2000-2020 MHz and 2180-2200 MHz

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 and 154; 47 U.S.C. 303 and 310
    Abstract: The Commission proposes steps making additional spectrum 
available for new investment in mobile broadband networks, while 
ensuring that the United States maintains robust mobile satellite 
service capabilities. Mobile broadband is emerging as one of America's 
most dynamic innovation and economic platforms. Yet tremendous demand 
growth soon will test the limits of spectrum availability. Some 90 
megahertz of spectrum, allocated to the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) 
in the 2 GHz band, Big LEO band, and L-band,

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are potentially available for terrestrial mobile broadband use. The 
Commission seeks to remove regulatory barriers to terrestrial use and 
to promote additional investments, such as those recently made possible 
by a transaction between Harbinger Capital Partners and SkyTerra 
Communications, while retaining sufficient market-wide MSS capability. 
The Commission proposes to add co-primary Fixed and Mobile allocations 
to the 2 GHz band, consistent with the International Table of 
Allocations. This allocation modification is a precondition for more 
flexible licensing of terrestrial services within the band. Second, the 
Commission proposes to apply the Commission's secondary market policies 
and rules applicable to terrestrial services to all transactions 
involving the use of MSS bands for terrestrial services to create 
greater predictability and regulatory parity with bands licensed for 
terrestrial mobile broadband service. The Commission also requests 
comment on further steps we can take to increase the value, 
utilization, innovation, and investment in MSS spectrum generally.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/15/10  75 FR 49871
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/30/10
R&O.................................   04/06/11  76 FR 31252
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Blaise Scinto, Chief, Broadband Division, WTB, 
Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 
20554, Phone: 202 418-1380, Email: blaise.scinto@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AJ59

300. Improving Spectrum Efficiency Through Flexible Channel Spacing and 
Bandwidth Utilization for Economic Area-Based 800 Mhz Specialized 
Mobile Radio Licensees (WT Docket Nos. 12-64 and 11-110)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 to 152; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 
301; 47 U.S.C. 302(a); 47 U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 307 to 308
    Abstract: This proceeding was initiated to allow EA-based 800 MHz 
SMR licensees in 813.5-824/858.5-869 MHz to exceed the channel spacing 
and bandwidth limitation in section 90.209 of the Commission's rules, 
subject to conditions.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/29/12  77 FR 18991
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/13/12
R&O.................................   05/24/12  77 FR 33972
Petition for Recon Public Notice....   08/16/12  77 FR 53163
Petition for Recon PN Comment Period   09/27/12
 End.
Inactive per Maura McGowan..........   03/20/18
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Linda Chang, Associate Chief, Mobility Division, 
Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 
445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1339, Fax: 202 
418-7447, Email: linda.chang@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AJ71

301. Expanding the Economic and Innovation Opportunities of Spectrum 
Through Incentive Auctions (GN Docket No. 12-268)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 309(j)(8)(G); 47 U.S.C. 1452
    Abstract: In February 2012, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job 
Creation Act was enacted (Pub. L. 112-96, 126 Stat. 156 (2012)). Title 
VI of that statute, commonly known as the Spectrum Act, provides the 
Commission with the authority to conduct incentive auctions to meet the 
growing demand for wireless broadband. Pursuant to the Spectrum Act, 
the Commission may conduct incentive auctions that will offer new 
initial spectrum licenses subject to flexible-use service rules on 
spectrum made available by licensees that voluntarily relinquish some 
or all of their spectrum usage rights in exchange for a portion, based 
on the value of the relinquished rights as determined by an auction, of 
the proceeds of bidding for the new licenses. In addition to granting 
the Commission general authority to conduct incentive auctions, the 
Spectrum Act requires the Commission to conduct an incentive auction of 
broadcast TV spectrum and sets forth special requirements for such an 
auction.
    The Spectrum Act requires that the incentive auction consist of a 
reverse auction ``to determine the amount of compensation that each 
broadcast television licensee would accept in return for voluntarily 
relinquishing some or all of its spectrum usage rights and a forward 
auction'' that would allow mobile broadband providers to bid for 
licenses in the reallocated spectrum. Broadcast television licensees 
who elected to voluntarily participate in the auction had three basic 
options: voluntarily go off the air, share spectrum, or move channels 
in exchange for receiving part of the proceeds from auctioning that 
spectrum to wireless providers.
    In June 2014, the Commission adopted a Report and Order that laid 
out the general framework for the incentive auction. The incentive 
auction started on March 29, 2016, with the submission of initial 
commitments by eligible broadcast licensees that had submitted timely 
and complete applications. The incentive auction officially ended on 
April 13, 2017, with the release of the Auction Closing and Channel 
Reassignment Public Notice that also marked the start of the 39-month 
transition period during which full power and Class A television 
stations will transition their stations to their post-auction channel 
assignments in the reorganized television bands. Pursuant to Congress' 
directive, the Commission will reimburse those stations for the 
reasonable costs associated with relocating to their post-auction 
channel assignments and will reimburse multichannel video programming 
distributors for their costs associated with continuing to carry the 
signals of those stations.
    The March 2018 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Pub. L. 115-141, 
132 Stat. 348 (2018)) authorizes the Commission to reimburse eligible 
entities for costs associated with the post-incentive auction 
transition through July 3, 2023, and also directed the Commission to 
reimburse costs reasonably incurred by low power television stations, 
TV translator stations, and FM broadcast stations as a result of the 
post-auction reorganization of the television band. The Commission will 
initiate a new rulemaking to establish eligibility requirements and 
develop procedures for reimbursing these additional entities, and to 
identify reasonable costs for reimbursement. The Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking and Order was adopted at the Commission's August 2018 
meeting. A Report and Order has been circulated for consideration at 
the Commission's March 2019 meeting.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/21/12  77 FR 69933
R&O.................................   08/15/14  79 FR 48441
Final Rule..........................   10/11/17  82 FR 47155

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NPRM................................   08/27/18  83 FR 43613
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Charles Eberle, Senior Counsel, Incentive Auctions 
Task Force, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2248, Email: 
charles.eberle@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AJ82

302. Service Rules for Advanced Wireless Services of the Middle Class 
Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 Related to the 1915-1920 MHz 
and 1995-2000 MHz Bands (WT Docket No. 12-357)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 301 to 303; 47 U.S.C. 307 to 310
    Abstract: The Commission proposes rules for the Advanced Wireless 
Services (AWS) H Block that would make available 10 megahertz of 
flexible use. The proposal would extend the widely deployed Personal 
Communications Services (PCS) band, which is used by the four national 
providers as well as regional and rural providers to offer mobile 
service across the Nation. The additional spectrum for mobile use will 
help ensure that the speed, capacity, and ubiquity of the Nation's 
wireless networks keeps pace with the skyrocketing demand for mobile 
services.
    Today's action is a first step to implement the congressional 
directive in the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 
(Spectrum Act) to grant new initial licenses for the 1915-1920 MHz and 
1995-2000 MHz bands (the Lower H Block and Upper H Block, respectively) 
through a system of competitive bidding, [Acirc]--unless doing so would 
cause harmful interference to commercial mobile service licenses in the 
1930-1985 MHz (PCS downlink) band. The potential for harmful 
interference to the PCS downlink band relates only to the Lower H Block 
transmissions, and may be addressed by appropriate technical rules, 
including reduced power limits on H Block devices. We, therefore, 
propose to pair and license the Lower H Block and the Upper H Block for 
flexible use, including mobile broadband, aiming to assign the licenses 
through competitive bidding in 2013. In the event that we conclude that 
the Lower H Block cannot be used without causing harmful interference 
to PCS, we propose to license the Upper H Block for full power, and 
seek comment on appropriate use for the Lower H Block, including 
Unlicensed PCS.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/08/13  78 FR 1166
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/06/13
R&O.................................   08/16/13  78 FR 50213
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Peter Daronco, Deputy Division Chief, Broadband 
Division, Federal Communications Commission, Wireless 
Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-7235, Email: peter.daronco@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AJ86

303. Amendment of Parts 1, 2, 22, 24, 27, 90 and 95 of the Commission's 
Rules To Improve Wireless Coverage Through the Use of Signal Boosters 
(WT Docket No. 10-4)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 79; 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 
U.S.C. 154(j); 47 U.S.C. 155; 47 U.S.C. 157; 47 U.S.C. 225; 47 U.S.C. 
227; 47 U.S.C. 303(r)
    Abstract: This action adopts new technical, operational, and 
registration requirements for signal boosters. It creates two classes 
of signal boosters--consumer and industrial--with distinct regulatory 
requirements for each, thereby establishing a two-step transition 
process for equipment certification for both consumer and industrial 
signal boosters sold and marketed in the United States.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/10/11  76 FR 26983
R&O.................................   04/11/13  78 FR 21555
Petition for Reconsideration........   06/06/13  78 FR 34015
Order on Reconsideration............   11/08/14  79 FR 70790
FNPRM...............................   11/28/14  79 FR 70837
2nd R&O and 2nd FNPRM...............   03/23/18  83 FR 17131
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Amanda Huetinck, Attorney Advisor, WTB, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-7090, Email: amanda.huetinck@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AJ87

304. Amendment of the Commission's Rules Governing Certain Aviation 
Ground Station Equipment (Squitter) (WT Docket Nos. 10-61 AND 09-42)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 48 Stat. 1066, 1082 as amended; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 
U.S.C. 303; 47 U.S.C. 307(e); 47 U.S.C. 151 to 156; 47 U.S.C. 301
    Abstract: This action amends part 87 rules to authorize new ground 
station technologies to promote safety and allow use of frequency 1090 
MHz by aeronautical utility mobile stations for airport surface 
detection equipment (commonly referred to as ``squitters'') to help 
reduce collisions between aircraft and airport ground vehicles.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   04/28/10  75 FR 22352
R&O.................................   03/01/13  78 FR 61023
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Tim Maguire, Electronics Engineer, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-2155, Fax: 202 418-7247, Email: tim.maguire@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AJ88

305. Promoting Technological Solutions To Combat Wireless Contraband 
Device Use in Correctional Facilities; GN Docket No. 13-111

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 to 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 
154(j); 47 U.S.C. 301; 47 U.S.C. 303(a); 47 U.S.C. 303(b); 47 U.S.C. 
307 to 310; 47 U.S.C. 332; 47 U.S.C. 302(a)
    Abstract: In the Report and Order, the Commission addresses the 
problem of illegal use of contraband wireless devices by inmates in 
correctional facilities by streamlining the process of deploying 
contraband wireless device interdiction systems (CIS)--systems that use 
radio communications signals requiring Commission authorization--in 
correctional facilities. In particular, the Commission eliminates 
certain filing requirements and provides for immediate approval of the 
lease applications needed to operate these systems.

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    In the Further Notice, the Commission seeks comment on a process 
for wireless providers to disable contraband wireless devices once they 
have been identified. The Commission also seeks comment on additional 
methods and technologies that might prove successful in combating 
contraband device use in correctional facilities, and on various other 
proposals related to the authorization process for CISs and their 
deployment.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/18/13  78 FR 36469
NPRM Comment Period End.............   08/08/13
FNPRM...............................   05/18/17  82 FR 22780
R&O.................................   05/18/17  82 FR 22742
Final Rule Effective (Except for       06/19/17
 Rules Requiring OMB Approval).
FNPRM Comment Period End............   07/17/17
Final Rule Effective for 47 CFR        10/20/17  82 FR 48773
 1.9020(n), 1.9030(m), 1.9035 (o),
 and 20.23(a).
Final Rule Effective for 47 CFR        02/12/18
 1.902(d)(8), 1.9035(d)(4),
 20.18(a), and 20.18(r).
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Melissa Conway, Attorney Advisor, Mobility Div., 
Wireless Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2887, Email: 
melissa.conway@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK06

306. Promoting Investment in the 3550-3700 MHz Band; GN Docket No. 17-
258

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 and 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 
154(j) ; 47 U.S.C. 302(a); 47 U.S.C. 303 and 304; 47 U.S.C. 307(e); 47 
U.S.C. 316
    Abstract: The Report and Order and Second Further Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) adopted by the Commission established a new 
Citizens Broadband Radio Service for shared wireless broadband use of 
the 3550 to 3700 MHz band. The Citizens Broadband Radio Service is 
governed by a three-tiered spectrum authorization framework to 
accommodate a variety of commercial uses on a shared basis with 
incumbent Federal and non-Federal users of the band. Access and 
operations will be managed by a dynamic spectrum access system. The 
three tiers are: Incumbent Access, Priority Access, and General 
Authorized Access. Rules governing the Citizens Broadband Radio Service 
are found in part 96 of the Commission's rules.
    The Order on Reconsideration and Second Report and Order addressed 
several Petitions for Reconsideration submitted in response to the 
Report and Order and resolved the outstanding issues raised in the 
Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.
    The 2017 NPRM sought comment on limited changes to the rules 
governing Priority Access Licenses in the band, adjacent channel 
emissions limits, and public release of base station registration 
information.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/08/13  78 FR 1188
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/19/13
FNPRM...............................   06/02/14  79 FR 31247
FNPRM Comment Period End............   08/15/14
R&O and 2nd FNPRM...................   06/15/15  80 FR 34119
2nd FNPRM Comment Period End........   08/14/15
Order on Recon and 2nd R&O..........   07/26/16  81 FR 49023
NPRM................................   11/28/17  82 FR 56193
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/29/18
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Paul Powell, Assistant Chief, Mobility Division, 
WTB, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, 
DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1613, Email: paul.powell@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK12

307. 800 MHz Cellular Telecommunications Licensing Reform; Docket No. 
12-40

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 to 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i) to 154(j); 
47 U.S.C. 301 to 303; 47 U.S.C. 307 to 309; 47 U.S.C. 332
    Abstract: The proceeding was launched to revisit and update rules 
governing the 800 MHz Cellular Radiotelephone Service (Cellular 
Service). On November 10, 2014, the FCC released a Report and Order 
(R&O) and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM). In the R&O, 
the FCC eliminated or streamlined numerous regulatory requirements; in 
the FNPRM, the FCC sought comment on additional reforms of the Cellular 
rules, including radiated power and other technical rules, to promote 
flexibility and help foster deployment of new technologies such as LTE. 
On March 24, 2017, the FCC released a Second Report and Order (2d R&O) 
and Second Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (2d FNPRM). In the 2d 
R&O, the FCC revised the Cellular radiated power rules to permit 
compliance with limits based on power spectral density as an option for 
licensees deploying wideband technologies such as LTE, made conforming 
revisions to related technical rules, and adopted additional licensing 
reforms. In the 2d FNPRM, the FCC sought comment on other measures to 
give Cellular and other part 22 commercial mobile radio service 
licensees more flexibility and administrative relief, and on ways to 
consolidate and simplify the rules for the Cellular Service and other 
geographically licensed wireless services. On July 13, 2018, the FCC 
released a Third Report and Order in which it deleted certain part 22 
rules that imposed needless recordkeeping and reporting obligations; it 
also deleted certain Cellular Service-specific and part 22 rules that 
are duplicative of other rules and are thus no longer necessary. These 
revisions reduce regulatory burdens for Cellular and other part 22 
licensees and provide them with enhanced flexibility, thereby freeing 
up more resources for investment in new technologies and greater 
spectrum efficiency to meet increasing consumer demand for advanced 
wireless services.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   03/16/12  77 FR 15665
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/15/12
NPRM Reply Comment Period End.......   06/14/12
R&O.................................   12/05/14  79 FR 72143
FNPRM...............................   12/22/14  79 FR 76268
Final Rule Effective (With 3           01/05/15
 Exceptions).
FNPRM Comment Period End............   01/21/15
FNPRM Reply Comment Period End......   02/20/15
2nd R&O.............................   04/12/17  82 FR 17570
2nd FNPRM...........................   04/14/17  82 FR 17959

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Final Rule Effective (With 9           05/12/17
 Exceptions).
2nd FNPRM Comment Period End........   05/15/17
2nd FNPRM Reply Comment Period End..   06/14/17
3rd R&O.............................   08/02/18  83 FR 37760
Final Rule Effective (With 1           09/04/18
 Exception).
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Nina Shafran, Attorney Advisor, Wireless Bureau, 
Mobility Div., Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2781, Email: nina.shafran@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK13

308. Updating Part 1 Competitive Bidding Rules (WT Docket No. 14-170)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 
47 U.S.C. 309(j); 47 U.S.C. 316
    Abstract: This proceeding was initiated to revise some of the 
Commission's general part 1 rules governing competitive bidding for 
spectrum licenses to reflect changes in the marketplace, including the 
challenges faced by new entrants, as well as to advance the statutory 
directive to ensure that small businesses, rural telephone companies, 
and businesses owned by members of minority groups and women are given 
the opportunity to participate in the provision of spectrum-based 
services. In July 2015, the Commission revised its competitive bidding 
rules, specifically adopting revised requirements for eligibility for 
bidding credits, a new rural service provider bidding credit, a 
prohibition on joint bidding agreements and other changes.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/14/14  79 FR 68172
Public Notice.......................   03/16/15  80 FR 15715
Public Notice.......................   04/23/15  80 FR 22690
R&O.................................   09/18/15  80 FR 56764
Public Notice on Petitions for         11/10/15  80 FR 69630
 Reconsideration.
                                     -----------------------------------
Order on Recon......................  To Be Determined
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kelly Quinn, Assistant Chief, Auctions and Spectrum 
Access Division, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0660, Email: kelly.quinn@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK28

309. Use of Spectrum Bands Above 24 GHZ for Mobile Services--Spectrum 
Frontiers; WT Docket 10-112

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 to 154; 47 U.S.C. 157; 47 U.S.C. 
160; 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 U.S.C. 225; 47 U.S.C. 227; 47 U.S.C. 301 and 
302; 47 U.S.C. 302(a); 47 U.S.C. 303 and 304; 47 U.S.C. 307; 47 U.S.C. 
309 and 310; 47 U.S.C. 316; 47 U.S.C. 319; 47 U.S.C. 332; 47 U.S.C. 
336; 47 U.S.C. 1302
    Abstract: In this proceeding, the Commission adopted service rules 
for licensing of mobile and other uses for millimeter wave (mmW) bands. 
These high frequencies previously have been best suited for satellite 
or fixed microwave applications; however, recent technological 
breakthroughs have newly enabled advanced mobile services in these 
bands, notably including very high speed and low latency services. This 
action will help facilitate Fifth Generation mobile services and other 
mobile services. In developing service rules for mmW bands, the 
Commission will facilitate access to spectrum, develop a flexible 
spectrum policy, and encourage wireless innovation.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/13/16  81 FR 1802
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/26/16
FNPRM...............................   08/24/16  81 FR 58269
Comment Period End..................   09/30/16
FNPRM Reply Comment Period End......   10/31/16
R&O.................................   11/14/16  81 FR 79894
R&O.................................   01/02/18  83 FR 37
FNPRM...............................   01/02/18  83 FR 85
FNPRM Comment Period End............   01/23/18
R&O.................................   07/20/18  83 FR 34478
FNPRM...............................   07/20/18  83 FR 34520
FNPRM Comment Period End............   09/28/18
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John Schauble, Deputy Chief, Broadband Division, 
Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 
445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0797, Email: 
john.schauble@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK44

310. Transforming the 2.5 GHZ Band

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 to 153; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 
157; 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 U.S.C. 301 and 302; 47 U.S.C. 304; 47 U.S.C. 307 
to 310; 47 U.S.C. 1302
    Abstract: The 2.5 GHz band (2496-2690 MHz) constitutes the single 
largest band of contiguous spectrum below 3 GHz and has been identified 
as prime spectrum for next generation mobile operations, including 5G 
uses. Significant portions of this band, however, currently lie fallow 
across approximately one-half of the United States, primarily in rural 
areas. Moreover, access to the Educational Broadband Service (EBS) has 
been strictly limited since 1995, and current licensees are subject to 
a regulatory regime largely unchanged from the days when educational TV 
was the only use envisioned for this spectrum. The Commission proposes 
to allow more efficient and effective use of this spectrum band by 
providing greater flexibility to current EBS licensees as well as 
providing new opportunities for additional entities to obtain unused 
2.5 GHz spectrum to facilitate improved access to next generation 
wireless broadband, including 5G. The Commission also seeks comment on 
additional approaches for transforming the 2.5 GHz band, including by 
moving directly to an auction for some or all of the spectrum.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/07/18  83 FR 26396
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   06/21/18  83 FR 31515
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/07/18
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: John Schauble, Deputy Chief, Broadband Division, 
Federal Communications Commission, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, 
445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0797, Email: 
john.schauble@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK75

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311.  Expanding Flexible Use of the 3.7 to 4.2 GHZ Band; GN 
Docket No. 18-122

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 to 153; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 
157; 47 U.S.C. 201; 47 U.S.C. 301 to 304 ; 47 U.S.C. 307 to 310; 47 
U.S.C. 1302; . . .
    Abstract: In this proceeding, the Commission is pursuing the joint 
goals of making spectrum available for new wireless uses while 
balancing desired speed to the market, efficiency of use, and 
effectively accommodating incumbent Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) and 
Fixed Service (FS) operations in the band. To gain a clearer 
understanding of the operations of current users in the band, the 
Commission collects information on current FSS uses. The Commission 
then seeks comment on various proposals for transitioning all or part 
of the band for flexible use, terrestrial mobile spectrum, with 
clearing for flexible use beginning at 3.7 GHz and moving higher up in 
the band as more spectrum is cleared. The Commission also seeks comment 
on potential changes to the Commission's rules to promote more 
efficient and intensive fixed use of the band on a shared basis 
starting in the top segment of the band and moving down the band. To 
add a mobile, except aeronautical mobile, allocation and to develop 
rules that would enable the band to be transitioned for more intensive 
fixed and flexible uses, the Commission encourages commenters to 
discuss and quantify the costs and benefits associated with any 
proposed approach along with other helpful technical or procedural 
details.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   08/29/18  83 FR 44128
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/27/18
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Peter Daronco, Deputy Division Chief, Broadband 
Division, Federal Communications Commission, Wireless 
Telecommunications Bureau, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-7235, Email: peter.daronco@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK76

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC)

Wireline Competition Bureau

Long-Term Actions

312. Telecommunications Carriers' Use of Customer Proprietary Network 
Information and Other Customer Information (CC Docket No. 96-115)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 222; 47 
U.S.C. 272; 47 U.S.C. 303(r)
    Abstract: The Commission adopted rules implementing the new 
statutory framework governing carrier use and disclosure of customer 
proprietary network information (CPNI) created by section 222 of the 
Communications Act of 1934, as amended. CPNI includes, among other 
things, to whom, where, and when a customer places a call, as well as 
the types of service offerings to which the customer subscribes and the 
extent to which the service is used.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/28/96  61 FR 26483
Public Notice.......................   02/25/97  62 FR 8414
Second R&O and FNPRM................   04/24/98  63 FR 20364
Order on Recon......................   10/01/99  64 FR 53242
Final Rule, Announcement of            01/26/01  66 FR 7865
 Effective Date.
Clarification Order and Second NPRM.   09/07/01  66 FR 50140
Third R&O and Third FNPRM...........   09/20/02  67 FR 59205
NPRM................................   03/15/06  71 FR 13317
NPRM................................   06/08/07  72 FR 31782
Final Rule, Announcement of            06/08/07  72 FR 31948
 Effective Date.
Public Notice.......................   07/13/12  77 FR 35336
Final Rule..........................   09/21/17  82 FR 44188
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Melissa Kirkel, Attorney Advisor, Federal 
Communications Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th Street 
SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7958, Fax: 202 418-1413, 
Email: melissa.kirkel@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AG43

313. Numbering Resource Optimization

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154; 47 U.S.C. 201 et 
seq.; 47 U.S.C. 251(e)
    Abstract: In 1999, the Commission released the Numbering Resource 
Optimization Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Notice) in CC Docket 99-
200. The Notice examined and sought comment on several administrative 
and technical measures aimed at improving the efficiency with which 
telecommunications numbering resources are used and allocated. It 
incorporated input from the North American Numbering Council (NANC), a 
Federal advisory committee, which advises the Commission on issues 
related to number administration.
    In the Numbering Resource Optimization First Report and Order and 
Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRO First Report and Order), 
released on March 31, 2000, the Commission adopted a mandatory 
utilization data reporting requirement, a uniform set of categories of 
numbers for which carriers must report their utilization, and a 
utilization threshold framework to increase carrier accountability and 
incentives to use numbers efficiently. In addition, the Commission 
adopted a single system for allocating numbers in blocks of 1,000, 
rather than 10,000, wherever possible, and established a plan for 
national rollout of thousands-block number pooling. The Commission also 
adopted numbering resource reclamation requirements to ensure that 
unused numbers are returned to the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) 
inventory for assignment to other carriers. Also, to encourage better 
management of numbering resources, carriers are required, to the extent 
possible, to first assign numbering resources within thousands blocks 
(a form of sequential numbering).
    In the NRO Second Report and Order, the Commission adopted a 
measure that requires all carriers to use at least 60 percent of their 
numbering resources before they may get additional numbers in a 
particular area. That 60 percent utilization threshold increases to 75 
percent over the next three years. The Commission also established a 5-
year term for the national pooling administrator and an auditing 
program to verify carrier compliance with the Commission's rules. 
Furthermore, the Commission declined to amend the existing Federal 
rules for area code relief or specify any new Federal guidelines for 
the implementation of area code relief. The Commission also declined to 
state a preference for either all-services overlays or geographic 
splits as a method of area code relief. Regarding mandatory nationwide 
10-digit dialing, the Commission declined to adopt this measure at the 
present

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time. Furthermore, the Commission declined to mandate nationwide 
expansion of the ``D digit'' (the ``N'' of an NXX or central office 
code) to include zero or one, or to grant State commissions the 
authority to implement the expansion of the ``D'' digit as a numbering 
resource optimization measure presently.
    In the NRO Third Report and Order, the Commission addressed 
national thousands-block number pooling administration issues, 
including declining to alter the implementation date for covered CMRS 
carriers to participate in pooling. The Commission also addressed 
Federal cost recovery for national thousands-block number pooling, and 
continued to require States to establish cost recovery mechanisms for 
costs incurred by carriers participating in pooling trials. The 
Commission reaffirmed the Months-To-Exhaust (MTE) requirement for 
carriers. The Commission declined to lower the utilization threshold 
established in the Second Report and Order, and declined to exempt 
pooling carriers from the utilization threshold. The Commission also 
established a safety valve mechanism to allow carriers that do not meet 
the utilization threshold in a given rate center to obtain additional 
numbering resources. In the NRO Third Report and Order, the Commission 
lifted the ban on technology-specific overlays (TSOs) and delegated 
authority to the Common Carrier Bureau, in consultation with the 
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, to resolve any such petitions. 
Furthermore, the Commission found that carriers who violate our 
numbering requirements, or fail to cooperate with an auditor conducting 
either a ``for cause'' or random audit, should be denied numbering 
resources in certain instances. The Commission also reaffirmed the 180-
day reservation period, declined to impose fees to extend the 
reservation period, and found that State commissions should be allowed 
password-protected access to the NANP Administrator database for data 
pertaining to NPAs located within their State. The measures adopted in 
the NRO orders will allow the Commission to monitor more closely the 
way numbering resources are used within the NANP, and will promote more 
efficient allocation and use of NANP resources by tying a carrier's 
ability to obtain numbering resources more closely to its actual need 
for numbers to serve its customers.
    In NRO Third Order on Recon in CC Docket No. 99-200, Third Further 
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in CC Docket No. 99-200, and Second 
Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in CC Docket No, 95-116, the 
Commission reversed its clarification that those requirements extend to 
all carriers in the largest 100 MSAs, regardless of whether they have 
received a request from another carrier to provide LNP. The Commission 
also sought comment on whether the Commission should again extend the 
LNP requirements to all carriers in the largest 100 MSAs, regardless of 
whether they receive a request to provide LNP. The Commission also 
sought comment on whether all carriers in the top 100 MSAs should be 
required to participate in thousands-block number pooling, regardless 
of whether they are required to be LNP capable. In addition, the 
Commission sought comment on whether all MSAs included in Combined 
Metropolitan Statistical Areas (CMSAs) on the Census Bureau's list of 
the largest 100 MSAs should be included on the Commission's list of the 
top 100 MSAs.
    In the NRO Fourth Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking, the Commission reaffirmed that carriers must deploy LNP in 
switches within the 100 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) 
for which another carrier has made a specific request for the provision 
of LNP. The Commission delegated the authority to state commissions to 
require carriers operating within the largest 100 MSAs that have not 
received a specific request for LNP from another carrier to provide 
LNP, under certain circumstances and on a case-by-case basis. The 
Commission concluded that all carriers, except those specifically 
exempted, are required to participate in thousands-block number pooling 
in accordance with the national rollout schedule, regardless of whether 
they are required to provide LNP, including commercial mobile radio 
service (CMRS) providers that were required to deploy LNP as of 
November 24, 2003. The Commission specifically exempted from the 
pooling requirement rural telephone companies and Tier III CMRS 
providers that have not received a request to provide LNP. The 
Commission also exempted from the pooling requirement carriers that are 
the only service provider receiving numbering resources in a given rate 
center. Additionally, the Commission sought further comment on whether 
these exemptions should be expanded to include carriers where there are 
only two service providers receiving numbering resources in the rate 
center. Finally, the Commission reaffirmed that the 100 largest MSAs 
are identified in the 1990 U.S. Census reports, as well as those areas 
included on any subsequent U.S. Census report of the 100 largest MSAs.
    In the NRO Order and Fifth Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, 
the Commission granted petitions for delegated authority to implement 
mandatory thousands-block pooling filed by the Public Service 
Commission of West Virginia, the Nebraska Public Service Commission, 
the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the Michigan Public Service 
Commission, and the Missouri Public Service Commission. In granting 
these petitions, the Commission permitted these States to optimize 
numbering resources and further extend the life of the specific 
numbering plan areas. In the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the 
Commission sought comment on whether it should delegate authority to 
all States to implement mandatory thousands-block number pooling 
consistent with the parameters set forth in the NRO Order.
    In its 2013 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Commission proposed 
to allow interconnected Voice over internet Protocol (VOIP) providers 
to obtain telephone numbers directly from the North American Numbering 
Plan Administrator and the Pooling Administrator, subject to certain 
requirements. The Commission also sought comment on a forward-looking 
approach to numbers for other types of providers and uses, including 
telematics and public safety, and the benefits and number exhaust risks 
of granting providers other than interconnected VoIP providers direct 
access.
    In its 2015 Report and Order, the Commission established an 
authorization process to enable interconnected VoIP providers that 
choose to obtain access to North American Numbering Plan telephone 
numbers directly from the North American Numbering Plan Administrator 
and/or the Pooling Administrator (Numbering Administrators), rather 
than through intermediaries. The Order also set forth several 
conditions designed to minimize number exhaust and preserve the 
integrity of the numbering system. Specifically, the Commission 
required interconnected VoIP providers obtaining numbers to comply with 
the same requirements applicable to carriers seeking to obtain numbers. 
The requirements included any State requirements pursuant to numbering 
authority delegated to the States by the Commission, as well as 
industry guidelines and practices, among others. The Commission also 
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interconnected VoIP providers to comply with facilities readiness 
requirements adapted to this context, and with numbering utilization 
and optimization requirements. In addition, as conditions to requesting 
and obtaining numbers directly from the Numbering Administrators, the 
Commission required interconnected VoIP providers to (1) provide the 
relevant State commissions with regulatory and numbering contacts when 
requesting numbers in those States, (2) request numbers from the 
Numbering Administrators under their own unique OCN, (3) file any 
requests for numbers with the relevant State commissions at least 30 
days prior to requesting numbers from the Numbering Administrators, and 
(4) provide customers with the opportunity to access all abbreviated 
dialing codes (N11 numbers) in use in a geographic area. Finally, the 
Order also modified Commission's rules in order to permit VoIP 
Positioning Center providers to obtain pseudo-Automatic Number 
Identification codes directly from the Numbering Administrators for 
purposes of providing E911 services.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   06/17/99  64 FR 32471
R&O and FNPRM.......................   06/16/00  65 FR 37703
Second R&O and Second FNPRM.........   02/08/01  66 FR 9528
Third R&O and Second Order on Recon.   02/12/02  67 FR 643
Third O on Recon and Third FNPRM....   04/05/02  67 FR 16347
Fourth R&O and Fourth NPRM..........   07/21/03  68 FR 43003
Order and Fifth FNPRM...............   03/15/06  71 FR 13393
Order...............................   06/19/13  78 FR 36679
NPRM & NOI..........................   06/19/13  78 FR 36725
R&O.................................   10/29/15  80 FR 66454
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Marilyn Jones, Senior Counsel, Federal 
Communications Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 12th Street 
SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-2357, Fax: 202 418-2345, 
Email: marilyn.jones@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AH80

314. Jurisdictional Separations

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and 154(j); 47 
U.S.C. 205; 47 U.S.C. 221(c); 47 U.S.C. 254; 47 U.S.C. 403; 47 U.S.C. 
410
    Abstract: Jurisdictional separations are the process, pursuant to 
part 36 of the Commission's rules, by which incumbent local exchange 
carriers apportion regulated costs between the intrastate and 
interstate jurisdictions. In 1997, the Commission initiated a 
proceeding seeking comment on the extent to which legislative changes, 
technological changes, and marketplace changes warrant comprehensive 
reform of the separations process. In 2001, the Commission adopted the 
Federal-State Joint Board on Jurisdictional Separations' Joint Board's 
recommendation to impose an interim freeze on the part 36 category 
relationships and jurisdictional cost allocation factors for a period 
of five years, pending comprehensive reform of the part 36 separations 
rules. In 2006, the Commission issued an Order and Further Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking that extended the separations freeze for a period 
of three years and sought comment on comprehensive reform. In 2009, the 
Commission issued a Report and Order extending the separations freeze 
an additional year to June 2010. In 2010, the Commission issued a 
Report and Order extending the separations freeze for an additional 
year to June 2011. In 2011, the Commission adopted a Report and Order 
extending the separations freeze for an additional year to June 2012. 
In 2012, the Commission issued a Report and Order extending the 
separations freeze for an additional two years to June 2014. In 2014, 
the Commission issued a Report and Order extending the separations 
freeze for an additional three years to June 2017.
    In 2016, the Commission issued a Report and Order extending the 
separations freeze for an additional 18 months until January 1, 2018. 
In 2017, the Joint Board issued a Recommended Decision recommending 
changes to the part 36 rules designed to harmonize them with the 
Commission's previous amendments to its part 32 accounting rules. In 
February 2018, the Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 
proposing amendments to part 36 consistent with the Joint Board's 
recommendations. In October 2018, the Commission issued a Report and 
Order adopting each of the Joint Board's recommendations and amending 
the Part 36 consistent with those recommendations. In July 2018, the 
Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing to extend 
the separations freeze for an additional 15 years and to provide rate-
of-return carriers that had elected to freeze their category 
relationships a time limited opportunity to opt out of that freeze. In 
December 2018, the Commission issued a Report and Order extending the 
freeze for up to six years until December 31, 2024, and granting rate-
of-return carriers that had elected to freeze their category 
relationships a one-time opportunity to opt out of that freeze.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/05/97  62 FR 59842
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/10/97
Order...............................   06/21/01  66 FR 33202
Order and FNPRM.....................   05/26/06  71 FR 29882
Order and FNPRM Comment Period End..   08/22/06
R&O.................................   05/15/09  74 FR 23955
R&O.................................   05/25/10  75 FR 30301
R&O.................................   05/27/11  76 FR 30840
R&O.................................   05/23/12  77 FR 30410
R&O.................................   06/13/14  79 FR 36232
R&O.................................   06/02/17  82 FR 25535
Recommended Decision................   10/27/17
NPRM................................   03/13/18  83 FR 10817
NPRM Comment Period End.............   04/27/18
NPRM Released.......................   07/15/18
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/10/18
R&O.................................   10/17/18  83 FR 63581
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: William Kehoe, Assistant Division Chief, PPD, 
Federal Communications Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 
12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7122, Fax: 202 
418-1413, Email: william.kehoe@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AJ06

315. Development of Nationwide Broadband Data To Evaluate Reasonable 
and Timely Deployment of Advanced Services to All Americans

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 251; 47 U.S.C. 252; 47 U.S.C. 257; 47 
U.S.C. 271; 47 U.S.C. 1302; 47 U.S.C. 160(b); 47 U.S.C. 161(a)(2)
    Abstract: The Report and Order streamlined and reformed the 
Commission's Form 477 Data Program, which is the Commission's primary 
tool to collect data on broadband and telephone services.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/16/07  72 FR 27519
Order...............................   07/02/08  73 FR 37861
Order...............................   10/15/08  73 FR 60997
NPRM................................   02/08/11  76 FR 10827
Order...............................   06/27/13  78 FR 49126
NPRM................................   08/24/17  82 FR 40118
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/25/17
NPRM Reply Comment Period End.......   10/10/17
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Suzanne Mendez, Program Analyst, OEA, Federal 
Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, 
Phone: 202 418-0941, Email: suzanne.mendez@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AJ15

316. Local Number Portability Porting Interval and Validation 
Requirements (WC Docket No. 07-244)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 154(j); 
47 U.S.C. 251; 47 U.S.C. 303(r)
    Abstract: In 2007, the Commission released a Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking in WC Docket No. 07-244. The Notice sought comment on 
whether the Commission should adopt rules specifying the length of the 
porting intervals or other details of the porting process. It also 
tentatively concluded that the Commission should adopt rules reducing 
the porting interval for wireline-to-wireline and intermodal simple 
port requests, specifically, to a 48-hour porting interval.
    In the Local Number Portability Porting Interval and Validation 
Requirements First Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking, released on May 13, 2009, the Commission reduced the 
porting interval for simple wireline and simple intermodal port 
requests, requiring all entities subject to its local number 
portability (LNP) rules to complete simple wireline-to-wireline and 
simple intermodal port requests within one business day. In a related 
Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM), the Commission sought 
comment on what further steps, if any, the Commission should take to 
improve the process of changing providers.
    In the LNP Standard Fields Order, released on May 20, 2010, the 
Commission adopted standardized data fields for simple wireline and 
intermodal ports. The Order also adopts the NANC's recommendations for 
porting process provisioning flows and for counting a business day in 
the context of number porting.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/21/08  73 FR 9507
R&O and FNPRM.......................   07/02/09  74 FR 31630
R&O.................................   06/22/10  75 FR 35305
Public Notice.......................   12/21/11  76 FR 79607
Public Notice.......................   06/06/13  78 FR 34015
R&O.................................   05/26/15  80 FR 29978
Next Action Undetermined............
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michelle Sclater, Attorney, Wireline Competition 
Bureau, Federal Communications Commission, 44512th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-0388, Email: 
michelle.sclater@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AJ32

317. Rural Call Completion; WC Docket No. 13-39

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 201(b); 
47 U.S.C. 202(a); 47 U.S.C. 218; 47 U.S.C. 220(a); 47 U.S.C. 262; 47 
U.S.C. 403; 47 U.S.C. 251(a); 47 U.S.C. 64.111; 47 U.S.C. 2113
    Abstract: The Second Report and Order re-orients our rural call 
completion rules to better reflect strategies that have worked to 
reduce rural call completion problems while at the same time reducing 
the overall burden of our rules on providers. The Second Report and 
Order adopts a new rule requiring ``covered providers''--entities that 
select the initial long-distance route for a large number of lines--to 
monitor the performance of the ``intermediate providers'' to which they 
hand off calls. The monitoring rule encourages covered providers to 
ensure that calls are completed, assigns clear responsibility for call 
completion issues, and enhances our ability to take enforcement action 
where needed to address persistent problems. To facilitate 
communication about problems that arise, the Second Report and Order 
requires covered providers to make available a point of contact to 
address rural call completion issues. The Order also eliminates the 
reporting requirement for covered providers established in 2013, 
concluding that the reporting rules were burdensome on covered 
providers, while the resulting Form 480 reports are of limited utility 
to us in discovering the source of rural call completion problems and a 
pathway to their resolution.
    The Third FNPRM proposes and seeks comment on rules to implement 
the recently enacted RCC Act, which directs us to establish 
registration requirements and service quality standards for 
intermediate providers. The Third FNPRM also seeks comment on 
sunsetting the recording and retention rules established in 2013, and 
on further modification to our rural call completion rules. Per the RCC 
Act, the Commission must adopt rules establishing the registry by 
August 25, 2018, and rules establishing service quality standards by 
February 26, 2019.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   04/12/13  78 FR 21891
Public Notice.......................   05/07/13  78 FR 26572
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/28/13  .......................
R&O and FNPRM.......................   12/17/13  78 FR 76218
PRA 60 Day Notice...................   12/30/13  78 FR 79448
FNPRM Comment Period End............   02/18/14  .......................
PRA Comments Due....................   03/11/14  .......................
Public Notice.......................   05/06/14  79 FR 25682
Order on Reconsideration............   12/10/14  79 FR 73227
Erratum.............................   01/08/15  80 FR 1007
Public Notice.......................   03/04/15  80 FR 11593
2nd FNPRM...........................   07/27/17  82 FR 34911
2nd FNPRM Comment Period End........   08/28/17  .......................
Reply Comment Period End............   09/25/17  .......................
2nd Order...........................   04/17/18  83 FR 21723
3rd FNPRM...........................   04/17/18  83 FR 21983
3rd FNPRM Comment Period End........   06/04/18  .......................
3rd FNPRM Reply Comment Period End..   06/19/18  .......................
Next Action Undetermined............             .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Zachary Ross, Attorney Advisor, Competiton Policy 
Division, WCB, Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-1033, Email: zachary.ross@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AJ89

318. Rates for Inmate Calling Services; WC Docket No. 12-375

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151 and 152; 47 U.S.C. 154(i) and (j); 
47 U.S.C. 225; 47 U.S.C. 276; 47 U.S.C. 303(r); 47 CFR 64
    Abstract: In the Second Report and Order, the Federal 
Communications

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Commission adopted rule changes to ensure that rates for both 
interstate and intrastate inmate calling services (ICS) are fair, just, 
and reasonable, as required by statute, and limits ancillary service 
charges imposed by ICS providers. In the Second Report and Order, the 
Commission sets caps on all interstate and intrastate calling rates for 
ICS, establishes a tiered rate structure based on the size and type of 
facility being served, limits the types of ancillary services that ICS 
providers may charge for and caps the charges for permitted fees, bans 
flat-rate calling, facilitates access to ICS by people with 
disabilities by requiring providers to offer free or steeply discounted 
rates for calls using TTY, and imposes reporting and certification 
requirements to facilitate continued oversight of the ICS market. In 
the Third Further Notice portion of the item, the Commission sought 
comment on ways to promote competition for ICS, video visitation, and 
rates for international calls, and considered an array of solutions to 
further address areas of concern in the ICS industry. In an Order on 
Reconsideration, the Commission amended its rate caps and the 
definition of ``mandatory tax or mandatory fee.''
    On June 13, 2017, the D.C. Circuit vacated the rate caps adopted in 
the Second Report and Order, as well as reporting requirements related 
to video visitation. The court held that the Commission lacked 
jurisdiction over intrastate ICS calls and that the rate caps the 
Commission adopted for interstate calls were arbitrary and capricious. 
The court also remanded the Commission's caps on ancillary fees. On 
September 26, 2017, the court denied a petition for rehearing en banc. 
On December 21, 2017, the court issued two separate orders: one 
vacating the 2016 Order on Reconsideration insofar as it purports to 
set rate caps on inmate calling services,'' and one dismissing as moot 
challenges to the Commission's First Report and Order on ICS.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/22/13  78 FR 4369
FNPRM...............................   11/13/13  78 FR 68005
R&O.................................   11/13/13  78 FR 67956
FNPRM Comment Period End............   12/20/13  .......................
Announcement of Effective Date......   06/20/14  79 FR 33709
2nd FNPRM...........................   11/21/14  79 FR 69682
2nd FNPRM Comment Period End........   01/15/15  .......................
2nd FNPRM Reply Comment Period End..   01/20/15  .......................
3rd FNPRM...........................   12/18/15  80 FR 79020
2nd R&O.............................   12/18/15  80 FR 79136
3rd FNPRM Comment Period End........   01/19/16  .......................
3rd FNPRM Reply Comment Period End..   02/08/16  .......................
Order on Reconsideration............   09/12/16  81 FR 62818
Announcement of OMB Approval........   03/01/17  82 FR 12182
Correction to Announcement of OMB      03/08/17  82 FR 12922
 Approval.
Next Action Undetermined............             .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: William Kehoe, Assistant Division Chief, PPD, 
Federal Communications Commission, Wireline Competition Bureau, 445 
12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554, Phone: 202 418-7122, Fax: 202 
418-1413, Email: william.kehoe@fcc.gov.
    RIN: 3060-AK08

319. Comprehensive Review of the Part 32 Uniform System of Accounts (WC 
Docket No. 14-130)

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.
    Legal Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151; 47 U.S.C. 154(i); 47 U.S.C. 201(b); 
47 U.S.C. 219 and 220
    Abstract: The Commission initiates a rulemaking proceeding to 
review the Uniform System of Accounts (USOA) to consider ways to 
minimize the compliance burdens on incumbent local exchange carriers 
while ensuring that the Agency retains access to the information it 
needs to fulfill its regulatory duties. In light of the Commission's 
actions in areas of price cap regulation, universal service reform, and 
int