[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 79 (Monday, April 26, 2010)]
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###Semiannual Regulatory Agenda###

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

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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 all current 
and projected rulemakings, existing regulations, and completed actions 
of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its components. This 
agenda provides the public with information about DHS' regulatory 
activity. DHS expects that this information will enable the public to 
be more aware of, and effectively participate in, the Department's 
regulatory 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, 
Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528.

Specific

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

    DHS provides this notice pursuant to the requirements of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act (Pub. L. 96-354, September 19, 1980) and 
Executive Order 12866, ``Regulatory Planning and Review'' 
(September 30, 1993), which require the Department to publish a 
semiannual agenda of regulations. The regulatory agenda is a 
summary of all current and projected rulemakings, as well as 
actions completed since the publication of the last regulatory 
agenda for the Department. DHS' last semiannual regulatory agenda 
was published on December 7, 2009, at 74 FR 64448.

    Beginning in the fall 2007, the Internet became the basic means 
for disseminating the Unified Agenda. The complete Unified Agenda 
will be available online at www.reginfo.gov.

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602) requires federal 
agencies to publish their regulatory flexibility agenda 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' 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: February 26, 2010.

 Christina E. McDonald,

Deputy Associate General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs.

                         U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
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185         Registration Requirements for Petitioners Seeking to File H-1B Petitions on Behalf of     1615-AB71
            Aliens Subject To Numerical Limitations...............................................
186         U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fee Schedule...............................    1615-AB80
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                           U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services--Final Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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  Number                                                                                               Number
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187         Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Transitional Nonimmigrant Investor           1615-AB75
            Classification........................................................................
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                                      U.S. Coast Guard--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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  Number                                                                                               Number
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188         Numbering of Undocumented Barges (USCG-1998-3798).....................................    1625-AA14
189         Commercial Fishing Industry Vessels (USCG-2003-16158).................................    1625-AA77
190         Inspection of Towing Vessels (USCG-2006-24412)........................................    1625-AB06
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                                       U.S. Coast Guard--Final Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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191         Standards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters (USCG-   1625-AA32
            2001-10486)...........................................................................
192         Passenger Weight and Inspected Vessel Stability Requirements (USCG-2007-0030).........    1625-AB20
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                                       U.S. Coast Guard--Long-Term Actions
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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193         Claims Procedures Under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (USCG-2004-17697)...............    1625-AA03
194         Great Lakes Pilotage Rates--2010 Annual Review and Adjustment (Section 610 Review)....    1625-AB39
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                                U.S. Customs and Border Protection--Prerule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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195         Transportation of Certain Merchandise and Equipment Between Coastwise Points..........    1651-AA84
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                              U.S. Customs and Border Protection--Final Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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196         Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements..........................    1651-AA70
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                            Transportation Security Administration--Final Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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197         Aircraft Repair Station Security......................................................    1652-AA38
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                            Transportation Security Administration--Long-Term Actions
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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198         Modification of the Aviation Security Infrastructure Fee (ASIF) (Market Share)........    1652-AA43
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                            Federal Emergency Management Agency--Proposed Rule Stage
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199         Update of FEMA's Public Assistance Regulations........................................    1660-AA51
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Department of Homeland Security (DHS)               Proposed Rule Stage
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
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185. REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR PETITIONERS SEEKING TO FILE H-1B 
PETITIONS ON BEHALF OF ALIENS SUBJECT TO NUMERICAL LIMITATIONS

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1184(g)

Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security is proposing to amend its 
regulations governing petitions filed on behalf of alien workers 
subject to annual numerical limitations. This rule proposes an 
electronic registration program for petitions subject to numerical 
limitations contained in the Immigration and Nationality Act (the Act). 
Initially, the program would be for the H-1B nonimmigrant 
classification; however, other nonimmigrant classifications will be 
added as needed. This action is necessary because the demand for H-1B 
specialty occupation workers by U.S. companies generally exceeds the 
numerical limitation. This rule is intended to allow USCIS to more 
efficiently manage the intake and lottery process for these H-1B 
petitions.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            08/00/10
NPRM Comment Period End         10/00/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Claudia F. Young, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. 
Citizenship and Immigration Services, Service Center Operations, 20 
Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529
Phone: 202 272-8163
Email: [email protected]

RIN: 1615-AB71
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186. U. S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES FEE SCHEDULE

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1356(m)

Abstract: This rule will adjust the fee schedule for U.S. Citizenship 
and Immigration Services (USCIS) immigration and naturalization benefit 
applications and petitions, including nonimmigrant applications and 
visa petitions. These fees fund the cost of processing applications and 
petitions for immigration benefits and services, and USCIS' associated 
operating costs. USCIS is revising these fees because the current fee 
schedule does not adequately recover the full costs of services 
provided by USCIS. Without an adjustment of the fee schedule, USCIS 
cannot provide adequate capacity to process all applications and 
petitions in a timely and efficient manner. The fee review is 
undertaken pursuant to the requirements of the Chief Financial Officers 
Act of 1990 (CFO Act), 31 U.S.C. 901-03. The CFO Act requires each 
agency's chief financial officer (CFO) 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.'' Id. at 902(a)(8). 
This rule will reflect recommendations made by the DHS CFO and USCIS 
CFO, as required under the CFO Act.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            06/00/10
NPRM Comment Period End         08/00/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Rendell Jones, Chief Financial Officer, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Suite 
4018, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20259
Phone: 202 272-1969
Fax: 202 272-1970
Email: [email protected]

RIN: 1615-AB80
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Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                  Final Rule Stage
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
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187. COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS TRANSITIONAL 
NONIMMIGRANT INVESTOR CLASSIFICATION

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101 to 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 
1186a

Abstract: On May 8, 2008, Public Law 110-229, Commonwealth Natural 
Resources Act, established a transitional period for the application of 
the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to the Commonwealth of the 
Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Although the CNMI is subject to most 
U.S. laws, the CNMI has administered its own immigration system under 
the terms of its 1976 covenant with the United States. The Department 
of Homeland Security is proposing to amend its regulations by creating 
a new E2 CNMI Investor classification for the duration of the 
transition period. These temporary provisions are necessary to reduce 
the potential harm to the CNMI economy before these foreign workers and 
investors are required to convert into U.S. immigrant or nonimmigrant 
visa classifications.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            09/14/09                    74 FR 46938
NPRM Comment Period End         10/14/09
Final Action                    07/00/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Kevin J. Cummings, Chief of Business and Foreign 
Workers Division, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Office of Policy and Strategy, 20 Massachusetts 
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529-2140
Phone: 202 272-8410
Fax: 202 272-1542
Email: [email protected]

RIN: 1615-AB75

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS)               Proposed Rule Stage
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
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188. NUMBERING OF UNDOCUMENTED BARGES (USCG-1998-3798)

Legal Authority: 46 USC 12301

Abstract: Title 46 U.S.C. 12301, as amended by the Abandoned Barge Act 
of 1992, requires that all undocumented barges of more than 100 gross 
tons operating on the navigable waters of the United States be 
numbered. This rulemaking would establish a numbering system for these 
barges. The numbering of undocumented barges will allow identification 
of owners of barges found abandoned and help prevent future marine 
pollution. This rulemaking supports the Coast Guard's broad role and 
responsibility of maritime stewardship.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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Request for Comments            10/18/94                    59 FR 52646
Comment Period End              01/17/95
ANPRM                           07/06/98                    63 FR 36384
ANPRM Comment Period End        11/03/98
NPRM                            01/11/01                     66 FR 2385
NPRM Comment Period End         04/11/01
NPRM Reopening of Comment Period08/12/04                    69 FR 49844
NPRM Comment Period End         11/10/04
Supplemental NPRM               11/00/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Denise Harmon, Project Manager, Department of Homeland 
Security, U.S. Coast Guard, National Vessel Documentation Center, 792 
T.J. Jackson Drive, Falling Waters, WV 25419
Phone: 304 271-2506

RIN: 1625-AA14
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189. COMMERCIAL FISHING INDUSTRY VESSELS (USCG-2003-16158)

Legal Authority: 46 USC 4502(a) to 4502(d); 46 USC 4505 and 4506; 46 
USC 6104; 46 USC 10603; DHS Delegation No. 0170.1(92)

Abstract: This rulemaking would amend commercial fishing industry 
vessel requirements to enhance maritime safety. The proposed changes 
would affect vessel stability and watertight integrity, carriage of 
immersion suits, training, compliance documentation, and safety 
equipment.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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ANPRM                           03/31/08                    73 FR 16815
ANPRM Comment Period End        12/15/08
NPRM                            10/00/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Jack Kemerer, Project Manager, CG-5433, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593
Phone: 202 372-1249
Email: [email protected]

RIN: 1625-AA77
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190. INSPECTION OF TOWING VESSELS (USCG-2006-24412)

Legal Authority: 46 USC 3103, 3301, 3306, 3308, 3316, 3703, 8104, and 
8904; DHS Delegation No 0170.1

Abstract: This rulemaking would implement a program of inspection for 
certification of towing vessels, which were previously uninspected. It 
would prescribe standards for safety management systems and third-party 
entities, along with standards for construction, operation, vessel 
systems, safety equipment, and recordkeeping. Due to the costs imposed 
on an entire uninspected segment of the marine industry, the Coast 
Guard projects that this will be a significant rulemaking, especially 
for small entities.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            08/00/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Michael Harmon, Program Manager, CG-522, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., STOP 7126, 
Washington, DC 20593-7126
Phone: 202 372-1427

RIN: 1625-AB06
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Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                  Final Rule Stage
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
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191. STANDARDS FOR LIVING ORGANISMS IN SHIPS' BALLAST WATER DISCHARGED 
IN U.S. WATERS (USCG-2001-10486)

Legal Authority: 16 USC 4711

Abstract: This rulemaking would propose to add performance standards to 
33 CFR part 151, subparts C and D, for discharges of ballast water. It 
supports the Coast Guard's broad roles and responsibilities of maritime 
safety and maritime stewardship. This project is significant due to 
high interest from Congress and several Federal and State agencies, as 
well as costs imposed on industry.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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ANPRM                           03/04/02                     67 FR 9632
ANPRM Comment Period End        06/03/02
NPRM                            08/28/09                    74 FR 44632
Public Meeting                  09/14/09                    74 FR 46964
Public Meeting                  09/22/09                    74 FR 48190
Public Meeting                  09/28/09                    74 FR 49355
Notice--Extension of Comment 
Period                          10/15/09                    74 FR 52941
Public Meeting                  10/22/09                    74 FR 54533
Public Meeting Correction       10/26/09                    74 FR 54944
NPRM Comment Period End         12/04/09                    74 FR 52941
Final Rule                      12/00/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Mr. John C Morris, Project Manager, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., STOP 7126, 
Washington, DC 20593-7126
Phone: 202 372-1433
Email: [email protected]

RIN: 1625-AA32
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192. PASSENGER WEIGHT AND INSPECTED VESSEL STABILITY REQUIREMENTS (USCG-
2007-0030)

Legal Authority: 33 USC 1321(j); 43 USC 1333; 46 USC 2103, 2113, 3205, 
3301, 3306, 3307, 3703, 5115, 6101; 49

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USC App 1804; EO 11735; EO 12234; DHS Delegation No 0170.1; PL 103-206, 
107 Stat 2439; 49 USC App 1804; EO 11735

Abstract: The Coast Guard proposes developing a rule that addresses 
both the stability calculations and the environmental operating 
requirements for certain domestic passenger vessels. The proposed rule 
would address the outdated per-person weight averages that are 
currently used in stability calculations for certain domestic passenger 
vessels. In addition, the proposed rule would add environmental 
operating requirements for domestic passenger vessels that could be 
adversely affected by sudden inclement weather. This rulemaking would 
increase passenger safety by significantly reducing the risk of certain 
types of passenger vessels capsizing due to either passenger 
overloading or operating these vessels in hazardous weather conditions. 
This rulemaking would support the Coast Guard's broad role and 
responsibility of maritime safety.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            08/20/08                    73 FR 49244
NPRM Comment Period End         11/18/08
NPRM Comment Period Reopened    12/08/08                    73 FR 74426
NPRM Comment Period End         02/06/09
NPRM Comment Period Reopened    02/18/09                     74 FR 7576
NPRM Comment Period End         03/20/09
Final Action                    06/00/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: William Peters, Program Manager, Office of Design and 
Engineering Standards, Systems Engineering Division (CG-5212), 
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street 
SW., STOP 7126, Washington, DC 20593-7126
Phone: 202 372-1371
Email: [email protected]

RIN: 1625-AB20
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Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                 Long-Term Actions
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
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193. CLAIMS PROCEDURES UNDER THE OIL POLLUTION ACT OF 1990 (USCG-2004-
17697)

Legal Authority: 33 USC 2713 and 2714

Abstract: This rulemaking implements section 1013 (Claims Procedures) 
and section 1014 (Designation of Source and Advertisement) of the Oil 
Pollution Act of 1990. An interim rule was published in 1992, and 
provides the basic requirements for the filing of claims for 
uncompensated removal costs or damages resulting from the discharge of 
oil, for the designation of the sources of the discharge, and for the 
advertisement of where claims are to be filed. The interim rule also 
includes the processing of natural resource damage (NRD) claims. The 
NRD claims, however, were not processed until September 25, 1997, when 
the Department of Justice issued an opinion that the Oil Spill 
Liability Trust Fund (OSLTF) is available without further appropriation 
to pay trustee NRD claims under the general claims provisions of the 
Oil Pollution Act (OPA) of 1990, 33 U.S.C. 2712(a)(4). Release of this 
more comprehensive notice of proposed rulemaking has been delayed while 
the Coast Guard gained experience on NRD claims, as well as other OPA 
damages. This rulemaking supports the Coast Guard's broad role and 
responsibility of maritime stewardship.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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Interim Final Rule              08/12/92                    57 FR 36314
Correction                      09/09/92                    57 FR 41104
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      12/10/92
Supplemental NPRM               04/00/11

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Benjamin White, Project Manager, National Pollution 
Funds Center, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, NPFC 
MS 7100, United States Coast Guard, 4200 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, 
VA 20598-7100
Phone: 202 493-6863
Email: [email protected]

RIN: 1625-AA03
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194. GREAT LAKES PILOTAGE RATES--2010 ANNUAL REVIEW AND ADJUSTMENT 
(SECTION 610 REVIEW)

Legal Authority: 46 USC 9303(f)

Abstract: The Coast Guard is proposing to update the rates for pilotage 
on the Great Lakes by 5.07 percent to generate sufficient revenue to 
cover allowable expenses, target pilot compensation, and returns on 
investment. The proposed update reflects an August 1, 2010, increase in 
benchmark contractual wages and benefits, as well as an increase in the 
ratio of pilots to ``bridge hours.'' This rulemaking promotes the Coast 
Guard strategic goal of maritime safety.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            10/30/09                    74 FR 56153
NPRM Comment Period End         11/30/09


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Agency Contact: Paul Wasserman, Director, Great Lakes Pilotage (CG-
54122), Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second 
Street SW., STOP 7581, Washington, DC 20593-7581
Phone: 202 372-1535
Email: [email protected]

RIN: 1625-AB39

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                     Prerule Stage
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP)
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195.  TRANSPORTATION OF CERTAIN MERCHANDISE AND 
EQUIPMENT BETWEEN COASTWISE POINTS

Legal Authority: 46 USC 55102

Abstract: The Jones Act provides that only coastwise-qualified vessels 
may transport merchandise between coastwise points. During 2009, U.S. 
Customs and Border Protection proposed modifying previously-issued 
ruling letters that determined whether the transportation of certain 
articles and equipment by non-coastwise-qualified vessels between 
coastwise points was in violation of the Jones Act. Because any 
determination on this matter made by CBP would impact a broad range of 
regulated parties, and the scope of potential economic impact of any 
change in existing practice is unknown, CBP is issuing an advance 
notice of proposed rulemaking to solicit public comment.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           06/00/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Glen E. Vereb, Chief, Cargo Security, Carriers and 
Immigration Branch, Office of International Trade, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 1300 
Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20229
Phone: 202 325-0212

RIN: 1651-AA84
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                  Final Rule Stage
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP)
_______________________________________________________________________

196. IMPORTER SECURITY FILING AND ADDITIONAL CARRIER REQUIREMENTS

Legal Authority: PL 109-347, sec 203; 5 USC 301; 19 USC 66; 19 USC 
1431; 19 USC 1433 to 1434; 19 USC 1624; 19 USC 2071 note; 46 USC 60105

Abstract: This interim final rule implements the provisions of section 
203 of the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006. It 
amends CBP Regulations to require carriers and importers to provide to 
CBP, via a CBP-approved electronic data interchange system, information 
necessary to enable CBP to identify high-risk shipments to prevent 
smuggling and insure cargo safety and security. Under the rule, 
importers and carriers must submit specified information to CBP before 
the cargo is brought into the United States by vessel. This advance 
information will improve CBP's risk assessment and targeting 
capabilities, assist CBP in increasing the security of the global 
trading system, and facilitate the prompt release of legitimate cargo 
following its arrival in the United States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

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 End                      06/01/09
Correction                      12/24/09                    74 FR 68376
Final Action                    11/00/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Richard DiNucci, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. 
Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, 1300 
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20229
Phone: 202 344-2513
Email: [email protected]

RIN: 1651-AA70
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                  Final Rule Stage
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
_______________________________________________________________________

197. AIRCRAFT REPAIR STATION SECURITY

Legal Authority: 49 USC 114; 49 USC 44924

Abstract: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) proposed to 
add a new regulation to improve the security of domestic and foreign 
aircraft repair stations, as required by the section 611 of Vision 
100--Century of Aviation Reauthorization Act and section 1616 of the 9/
11 Commission Act of 2007. The regulation proposed general requirements 
for security programs to be adopted and implemented by repair stations 
certificated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). A notice of 
proposed rulemaking (NPRM) was published in the Federal Register on 
November 18, 2009, requesting public comments to be submitted on 
January 19, 2010. The comment period was extended to February 19, 2010.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Notice--Public Meeting; Request 
for Comments                    02/24/04                     69 FR 8357
Report to Congress              08/24/04
NPRM                            11/18/09                    74 FR 59873
NPRM Comment Period End         01/19/10
NPRM Comment Period Extended    12/29/09                    74 FR 68774
NPRM Extended Comment Period End02/19/10
Final Rule                      12/00/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Celio Young, Program Manager, Repair Stations, 
Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, Office of Transportation Sector Network Management, 
General Aviation

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Division, TSA-28, HQ, E5, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-
6028
Phone: 571 227-3580
Fax: 571 227-1362
Email: [email protected]

Thomas (Tom) Philson, Manager, Economic Analysis, Department of 
Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, Office of 
Transportation Sector Network Management, TSA-28, HQ, E10-411N, 601 
South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6028
Phone: 571 227-3236
Fax: 571 227-1362
Email: [email protected]

Linda L. Kent, Assistant Chief Counsel, Regulations and Security 
Standards Division, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation 
Security Administration, Office of the Chief Counsel, TSA-2, HQ, E12-
126S, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6002
Phone: 571 227-2675
Fax: 571 227-1381
Email: [email protected]

RIN: 1652-AA38
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                 Long-Term Actions
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
_______________________________________________________________________

198. MODIFICATION OF THE AVIATION SECURITY INFRASTRUCTURE FEE (ASIF) 
(MARKET SHARE)

Legal Authority: 49 USC 44901; 49 USC 44940

Abstract: The Transportation Security Administration will revise the 
method for apportioning the Aviation Security Infrastructure Fee (ASIF) 
among air carriers. The ASIF is a fee imposed on air carriers and 
foreign air carriers to help pay the Government's costs of providing 
civil aviation security services.
Starting in fiscal year 2005, the Aviation and Transportation Security 
Act (ATSA) (Pub. L. 107-71; Nov. 19, 2001), codified at 49 U.S.C. 
44940, authorizes TSA to change the methodology for imposing the ASIF 
on air carriers and foreign air carriers from a system based on their 
2000 screening costs to a system based on market share or other 
appropriate measures.
On November 5, 2003, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) 
published a notice requesting comment on possible changes in order to 
allow for open industry and public input. TSA sought comments on issues 
regarding how to impose the ASIF, and whether, when, and how often the 
ASIF should be adjusted. The comment period was extended on the notice 
for an additional 30 days, until February 5, 2004. TSA is considering a 
market share methodology for implementation.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Notice; Requesting Comment- 
Imposition of the Aviation 
Security Infrastructure Fee 
(ASIF)                          11/05/03                    68 FR 62613
Notice--Imposition of ASIF; 
Comment Period End              01/05/04
Notice--Imposition of ASIF; 
Comment Period Extended         12/31/03                    68 FR 75611
Notice--Imposition of ASIF; 
Extended Comment Period End     02/05/04


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Michael Gambone, Deputy Director, Office of Revenue, 
Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, Office of Finance and Administration, TSA-14, HQ, W12-
319, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6014
Phone: 571 227-1081
Fax: 571 227-2904
Email: [email protected]

Nicholas (Nick) Acheson, Sr. Economist, Regulatory Development and 
Economic Analysis, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation 
Security Administration, Office of Transportation Sector Network 
Management, TSA-28, HQ, E10-410N, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 
20598-6028
Phone: 571 227-5474
Fax: 571 227-1362
Email: [email protected]

Linda L. Kent, Assistant Chief Counsel, Regulations and Security 
Standards Division, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation 
Security Administration, Office of the Chief Counsel, TSA-2, HQ, E12-
126S, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6002
Phone: 571 227-2675
Fax: 571 227-1381
Email: [email protected]

RIN: 1652-AA43
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Department of Homeland Security (DHS)               Proposed Rule Stage
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
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199. UPDATE OF FEMA'S PUBLIC ASSISTANCE REGULATIONS

Legal Authority: 42 USC 5121 to 5207

Abstract: This proposed rule would revise the Federal Emergency 
Management Agency's Public Assistance program regulations. Many of 
these changes reflect amendments made to the Robert T. Stafford 
Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act by the Post-Katrina 
Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 and the Security and 
Accountability For Every Port Act of 2006. The proposed rule also 
proposes to reflect lessons learned from recent events, and propose 
further substantive and non-substantive clarifications and corrections 
to improve upon the Public Assistance regulations. This proposed rule 
is intended to improve the efficiency and consistency of the Public 
Assistance program, as well as implement new statutory authority by 
expanding Federal assistance, improving the Project Worksheet

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process, empowering grantees, and improving State Administrative Plans.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            12/00/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: James A. Walke, Disaster Assistance Directorate, 
Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 
500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472-3100
Phone: 202 646-2751
Fax: 202 646-3304
Email: [email protected]

RIN: 1660-AA51
[FR Doc. 2010-8960 Filed 04-23-10; 8:45 am]
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