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Arbitration Schedule of Fees

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AGENCY:

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service is issuing a final regulation replacing the fee schedule item for processing requests for panels of arbitrators with two new fee schedule categories—one for processing requests on-line and the other for requests which require processing by FMCS staff. In addition, FMCS is increasing the rates for requests which require staff processing and for requests for lists and biographic sketches of arbitrators.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

April 7, 2003.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Vella M. Traynham, Director of Arbitration Services, FMCS, 2100 K Street, NW., Washington, DC 20427. Telephone (202) 606-5111; Fax (202) 606-3749.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On November 25, 2002, FMCS issued proposed regulations to amend the appendix to 29 CFR part 1504 by replacing the general category on the fee schedule for requests for panels with two new categories, one for processing electronic requests for panels and the other for requests which require processing by FMCS staff. FMCS proposed maintaining the $30.00 fee for processing electronic requests but increasing the fee to $50.00 for requests that must be processed by FMCS staff. FMCS also proposed increasing the cost for lists and biographical sketches of arbitrators in specific areas from $10.00 per request plus $.10 per page to $25.00 per request for $.25 per page. FMCS did not receive any comments before the comment period closed on January 23, 2003 and is therefore amending this rule as proposed on November 25, 2002.

Executive Order 12866

This regulation has been deemed significant under section 3(f)(3) of Executive Order 12866 and as such has been submitted to and reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

This rule will not result in the expenditure by State, local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of $100,000,000 or more in any one year, and it will not significantly or uniquely affect small Governments. Therefore, no actions were deemed necessary under the provisions of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995.

Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996

This rule is not a major rule as defined by section 804 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. This rule will not result in an annual effect on the economy of $100,000,000 or more; a major increase in costs or prices; or significant adverse effects on competition, employment, investment, productivity, innovation, or on the ability of United States-based companies to compete with Foreign-based companies in domestic and export markets.

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List of Subjects in 29 CFR Part 1404

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For the reasons set forth in the preamble, FMCS amends

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PART 1404—ARBITRATION SERVICES

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1. The authority citation for part 1404 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 29 U.S.C. 172 and 29 U.S.C. 173 et seq.

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2. The Appendix to

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Appendix to 29 CFR Part 1404—Arbitration Policy; Schedule of Fees

Annual listing fee for all arbitrators: $100 for the first address; $50 for the second address

Request for panel of arbitrators processed by FMCS staff: $50

Request for panel of arbitrators on-line: $30.00

Direct appointment of an arbitrator when a panel is not used: $20.00 per appointment

List and biographic sketches of arbitrators in a specific area: $25.00 per request plus $.25 per page.

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John J. Toner,

Chief of Staff.

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[FR Doc. 03-5063 Filed 3-5-03; 8:45 am]

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