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Commuted Traveltime Periods: Overtime Services Relating to Imports and Exports

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AGENCY:

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

We are amending the regulations concerning overtime services provided by employees of Plant Protection and Quarantine by removing and adding commuted traveltime allowances for travel between various locations in California, New York, and Wisconsin. Commuted traveltime allowances are the periods of time required for Plant Protection and Quarantine employees to travel from their dispatch points and return there from the places where they perform Sunday, holiday, or other overtime duty. The Government charges a fee for certain overtime services provided by Plant Protection and Quarantine employees and, under certain circumstances, the fee may include the cost of commuted traveltime. This action is necessary to inform the public of commuted traveltime for these locations.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

September 4, 2001.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mr. Jim Smith, Senior Operations Officer, Port Operations, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 60, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236; (301) 734-8415.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

The regulations in 7 CFR, chapter III, and 9 CFR, chapter I, subchapter D, require inspection, laboratory testing, certification, or quarantine of certain plants, plant products, animals, animal products, or other commodities intended for importation into, or exportation from, the United States.

When these services must be provided by an employee of Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) on a Sunday or holiday, or at any other time outside the PPQ employee's regular duty hours, the Government charges a fee for the services in accordance with 7 CFR part 354. Under circumstances described in § 354.1(a)(2), this fee may include the cost of commuted traveltime. Section 354.2 contains administrative instructions prescribing commuted traveltime allowances, which reflect, as nearly as practicable, the periods of time required for PPQ employees to travel from their dispatch points and return there from the places where they perform Sunday, holiday, or other overtime duties.

We are amending § 354.2 of the regulations by removing and adding commuted traveltime allowances for travel between various locations in California, New York, and Wisconsin. The amendments are set forth in the rule portion of this document. This action is necessary to inform the public of the commuted traveltime between the dispatch and service locations.

Effective Date

The commuted traveltime allowances appropriate for employees performing services at ports of entry, and the features of the reimbursement plan for recovering the cost of furnishing port of entry services, depend upon facts within the knowledge of the Department of Agriculture. It does not appear that public participation in this rulemaking proceeding would make additional relevant information available to the Department.

Accordingly, pursuant to the administrative provisions in 5 U.S.C. 553, we find upon good cause that prior notice and other public procedures with respect to this rule are impracticable and unnecessary; we also find good cause for making this rule effective less than 30 days after publication of this document in the Federal Register.

Executive Order 12866 and Regulatory Flexibility Act

This final rule has been reviewed under Executive Order 12866. For this action, the Office of Management and Budget has waived its review process required by Executive Order 12866.

The number of requests for overtime services of a PPQ employee at the locations affected by our rule represents an insignificant portion of the total number of requests for these services in the United States.

Under these circumstances, the Administrator of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has determined that this action will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

Executive Order 12988

This final rule has been reviewed under Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform. This rule is intended to have preemptive effect with respect to any State or local laws, regulations, or policies that conflict with its provisions or that would otherwise impede its full implementation. This rule is not intended to have retroactive effect. There are no administrative procedures that must be exhausted prior to any judicial challenge to the provisions of this rule or the application of its provisions.

Paperwork Reduction Act

This rule contains no new information collection or recordkeeping requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.).

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List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 354

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Accordingly, we are amending

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PART 354—OVERTIME SERVICES RELATING TO IMPORTS AND EXPORTS; AND USER FEES

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1. The authority citation for part 354 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 7 U.S.C. 2260; 21 U.S.C. 136 and 136a; 49 U.S.C. 1741; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3.

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2. Section 354.2 is amended by removing or adding in the table, in alphabetical order, under California, New York, and Wisconsin, the following entries to read as follows:

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Administrative instructions prescribing commuted traveltime.
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Commuted Traveltime Allowances

[In hours]

Location coveredServed fromMetropolitan area
WithinOutside
[Remove]
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
California:
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
AntiocSan Jose5
BeneciaSan Jose4
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
CrockettSan Jose4
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
March AFBRiverside1
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
MartinezSan Jose4
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
Moss Beach LandingSan Jose6
Norton AFBRiverside1
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
OaklandSan Jose31/2
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
PittsburgSan Jose5
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
RichmondSan Jose4
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
San Francisco International AirportSan Jose3
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
StocktonTravis AFB3
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
VallejoSan Jose41/2
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
Wisconsin:
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
Milwaukee2
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
[Add]
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
California:
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
BakersfieldShafter1
Beale AFBSacramento4
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
Edwards AFBOntario4
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
FresnoShafter5
FresnoStockton5
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
HanfordShafter5
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LemooreShafter5
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
Mather AirfieldSacramento3
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
McClellan AFBSacramento3
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
Merced/Atwater (Old Castle AFB)Stockton3
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
MontereySan Jose5
Moss Beach LandingSan Jose4
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
Palm Springs International AirportOntario4
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
Port HuenemePort Hueneme1
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
Port HuenemeShafter7
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
Sacramento International AirportSacramento3
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
Sacramento SeaportSacramento2
San Bernardino International Airport (Old Norton AFB)Ontario2
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
San FranciscoSan Jose4
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
San JoseSacramento5
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
San JoseStockton5
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
San Luis Obispo SeaportPort Hueneme5
Santa Barbara AirportPort Hueneme2
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
Southern California International Airport (Old George AFB)Ontario3
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
StocktonSacramento3
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
New York:
Alexandria BayOneida5
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
CorningAvoca2
CorningBig Flats1
FarmingdaleWesthampton Beach3
IslipWesthampton Beach2
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
OswegoCanandaigua4
OswegoOneida3
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
RochesterAvoca3
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*         *         *         *         *         *         *
RochesterCanandaigua2
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
SyracuseCanandaigua3
SyracuseOneida2
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
WatertownOneida4
Westhampton ANGWesthampton1
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
Wisconsin:
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
Milwaukee1
MilwaukeeMadison41/2
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
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Done in Washington, DC, this 28th day of August 2001.

Craig A. Reed,

Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

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[FR Doc. 01-22135 Filed 8-31-01; 8:45 am]

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