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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

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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, 2707 Martin Luther King Jr. 
Avenue SE, 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 June 24, 2019, at 84 
FR 29636.
    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: August 29, 2019.
Christina E. McDonald,
Associate General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs.

                Office of the Secretary--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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264.......................  Homeland Security                  1601-AA76
                             Acquisition Regulation:
                             Safeguarding of
                             Controlled Unclassified
                             Sensitive Information
                             (HSAR Case 2015-001).
265.......................  Homeland Security                  1601-AA78
                             Acquisition Regulation:
                             Information Technology
                             Security Awareness
                             Training (HSAR Case 2015-
                             002).
266.......................  Homeland Security                  1601-AA79
                             Acquisition Regulation:
                             Privacy Training (HSAR
                             Case 2015-003).
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               Office of the Secretary--Long-Term Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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267.......................  Homeland Security                  1601-AA72
                             Acquisition Regulation,
                             Enhancement of
                             Whistleblower Protections
                             for Contractor Employees.
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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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268.......................  Requirements for Filing            1615-AB98
                             Motions and
                             Administrative Appeals.
269.......................  EB-5 Immigrant Investor            1615-AC11
                             Regional Center Program.
270.......................  Removing H-4 Dependent             1615-AC15
                             Spouses From the Classes
                             of Aliens Eligible for
                             Employment Authorization
                             (Reg Plan Seq No. 67).
271.......................  U.S. Citizenship and               1615-AC18
                             Immigration Services Fee
                             Schedule and Changes to
                             Certain Other Immigration
                             Benefit Request
                             Requirements (Reg Plan
                             Seq No. 68).
272.......................  Electronic Processing of           1615-AC20
                             Immigration Benefit
                             Requests (Reg Plan Seq
                             No. 70).
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References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this
  issue of the Federal Register.


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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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273.......................  Inadmissibility on Public          1615-AA22
                             Charge Grounds.
274.......................  EB-5 Immigrant Investor            1615-AC07
                             Program Modernization.
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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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275.......................  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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276.......................  Commercial Fishing                 1625-AB85
                             Vessels--Implementation
                             of 2010 and 2012
                             Legislation.
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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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277.......................  Importer Security Filing           1651-AA70
                             and Additional Carrier
                             Requirements (Section 610
                             Review).
278.......................  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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279.......................  Security Training for              1652-AA55
                             Surface Transportation
                             Employees (Reg Plan Seq
                             No. 85).
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References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this
  issue of the Federal Register.


      U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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280.......................  Visa Security Program Fee          1653-AA77
                             (Reg Plan Seq No. 86).
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References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this
  issue of the Federal Register.


       U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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281.......................  Procedures and Standards           1653-AA67
                             for Declining Surety
                             Immigration Bonds and
                             Administrative Appeal
                             Requirement for Breaches.
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       U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement--Completed Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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282.......................  Adjusting Program Fees for         1653-AA74
                             the Student and Exchange
                             Visitor Program.
283.......................  Apprehension, Processing,          1653-AA75
                             Care and Custody of Alien
                             Minors and Unaccompanied
                             Alien Children.
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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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284.......................  Ammonium Nitrate Security          1670-AA00
                             Program.
285.......................  Chemical Facility Anti-            1670-AA01
                             Terrorism Standards
                             (CFATS).
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

Office of the Secretary (OS)

Final Rule Stage

264. 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..........................   09/00/20
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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

265. 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-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..........................   09/00/20
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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

266. 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..........................   09/00/20
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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)

Long-Term Actions

267. 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................................   11/00/20
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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)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Proposed Rule Stage

268. 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 are intended to reduce delays in the review and 
appellate process. This rule will also propose 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 will also solicit 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

269. 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 the public 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................................   08/00/20
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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

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

    Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 67 in part II of this issue 
of the Federal Register.
    RIN: 1615-AC15

271. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fee Schedule and Changes 
to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements

    Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 68 in part II of this issue 
of the Federal Register.
    RIN: 1615-AC18

272. Electronic Processing of Immigration Benefit Requests

    Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 70 in part II of this issue 
of the Federal Register.
    RIN: 1615-AC20

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Completed Actions

273. Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1101 to 1103; 8 U.S.C. 1182 and 1183; . . 
.
    Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed to 
codify in regulations how it will implement the public charge ground of 
inadmissibility under 8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(4) on October 10, 2018. After 
reviewing public feedback on that proposed rule, on August 14, 2019, 
DHS issued a final rule amending our regulations to prescribe how DHS 
will determine if an alien is inadmissible on public charge grounds.
    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 Rule..........................   08/14/19  84 FR 41292
Final Rule Effective................   10/15/19
Final Rule; Correction..............   10/02/19  84 FR 52357
Final Rule Effective; Correction....   10/15/19
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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

274. 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

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(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. On July 25, 
2019, DHS issued a final rule. This final rule changes certain aspects 
of the EB-5 program that are in need of reform and updates the 
regulations to reflect statutory changes and codify existing policies. 
This final rule makes five major categories of revisions to the 
existing EB-5 program regulations. Three of these categories, which 
involve (i) priority date retention; (ii) increasing the investment 
amounts; and (iii) reforming the TEA designations, are substantive. The 
two other major categories, focused on (iv) the removal of conditions; 
and (v) miscellaneous changes, involve generally technical adjustments 
to the EB-5 program.
    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..........................   07/24/19  84 FR 35750
Final Rule Effective................   11/21/19
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Edie Pearson, Division Chief, Policy and Strategic 
Learning, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Immigrant Investor Program Office, 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. Coast Guard (USCG)

Proposed Rule Stage

275. 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 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................................   12/00/19
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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

276. 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
rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP)

Long-Term Actions

277. 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;

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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 
regulatory text and 73 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
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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

278. 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

279. Security Training for Surface Transportation Employees

    Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 85 in part II of this issue 
of the Federal Register.
    RIN: 1652-AA55

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE)

Proposed Rule Stage

280. Visa Security Program Fee

    Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 86 in part II of this issue 
of the Federal Register.
    RIN: 1653-AA77

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE)

Final Rule Stage

281. 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

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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........................   12/00/19
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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

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE)

Completed Actions

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant.
    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: This final rule adjusted 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 determined that adjusting fees was 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 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 Action........................   05/23/19  84 FR 23930
Final Action Effective..............   06/24/19
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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

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

    E.O. 13771 Designation: Regulatory.
    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 codifies the relevant and substantive terms of the FSA 
and enables the U.S. Government to seek termination of the FSA and 
litigation concerning its enforcement. Through this rule, DHS and HHS 
have created a pathway to ensure the humane detention of family units 
while satisfying the goals of the FSA. The rule also implements 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 Rule..........................   08/23/19  84 FR 44392
Final Rule Effective................   10/22/19
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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)

Long-Term Actions

284. 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 titled ``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.'' In June 2019, DHS 
published a notice announcing the availability of a redacted version of 
a technical report titled Ammonium Nitrate Security Program Technical 
Assessment. Sandia National Laboratories developed the report. DHS 
requested public comments on the report and its application to the 
proposed definition of ammonium nitrate. DHS will review and consider 
all the comments received and then determine the next appropriate steps 
for this 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

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NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/01/11
Notice of Availability..............   06/03/19  84 FR 25495
Notice of Availability Comment         09/03/19
 Period End.
Next Action Undetermined............
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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

285. 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. In 
addition, DHS intends to publish a notice announcing the availability 
of a retrospective analysis of the data, assumptions, and methodology 
that were used to support the 2007 CFATS interim final rule. The intent 
of the retrospective analysis is to determine the most accurate 
assessment of the costs and burdens of the program and to update or 
confirm previous cost estimates based on observed data from the 
operation of the CFATS program since 2007.
    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
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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-AA01

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