Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
Affirmation of interim rule as final rule.
We are adopting as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that amended the regulations to ensure that fiscal year 2002 user fee rates remain in effect beyond fiscal year 2002 until the fees are revised.
The interim rule became effective on September 3, 2002.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
For information concerning program operations, contact Mr. Jim Smith, Director, Port Operations, Plant Health Programs, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 60, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236; (301) 734-8295. For information concerning rate development, contact Ms. Donna Ford, PPQ User Fees Section Head, FMD, MRPBS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 54, Riverdale, MD 20737-1232; (301) 734-5901.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Section 2509(a) of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (21 U.S.C. 136a), referred to below as the FACT Act, authorizes the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to collect user fees for agricultural quarantine and inspection (AQI) services. The FACT Act was amended by § 917 of the Federal Agricultural Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-127), on April 4, 1996.
In an interim rule effective and published in the Federal Register on September 3, 2002 (67 FR 56217-56218, Docket No. 02-085-1), we amended the user fee regulations in 7 CFR part 354 to ensure that fiscal year 2002 rates remain in effect beyond fiscal year 2002 until the fees are revised.
Comments on the interim rule were required to be received on or before November 4, 2002. We did not receive any comments. Therefore, for the reasons given in the interim rule, we are adopting the interim rule as a final rule.
This action also affirms the information contained in the interim rule concerning Executive Order 12866 and the Regulatory Flexibility Act, Executive Orders 12372 and 12988, and the Paperwork Reduction Act.
Further, for this action, the Office of Management and Budget has waived its review under Executive Order 12866.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 354
- Government employees
- Plant diseases and pests
- Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
- Travel and transportation expenses
PART 354—OVERTIME SERVICES RELATING TO IMPORTS AND EXPORTS; AND USER FEESEnd Part Start Amendment PartEnd Amendment Part Start Signature
Done in Washington, DC, this 16th day of January 2003.
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 03-1607 Filed 1-23-03; 8:45 am]
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