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Organization and Delegation of Powers and Duties; Modification of Delegation to the Administrator, Research and Special Programs Administration, and Delegation of Authority to Director, Office of Intelligence and Security

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AGENCY:

Office of the Secretary of Transportation (OST), DOT.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Secretary of Transportation (Secretary) modifies the currently delegated authority of the Administrator, Research and Special Programs Administration, to perform functions related to emergency preparedness and response vested in the Secretary and delegates authority to the Director of Intelligence and Security in the Office of the Secretary to review and coordinate the performance of these functions.

DATES:

July 14, 2004.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

David K. Tochen, Deputy Assistant General Counsel, Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Environmental, Civil Rights, and General Law, Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Room 10102, Washington, DC 20590; Telephone: (202) 366-9153.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Availability of the Final Rule

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Background

Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), § 1.53(e), delegates to the Administrator of the Research and Special Programs Administration the authority to carry out functions and Start Printed Page 44972activities related to emergency preparedness and response vested in the Secretary by 49 U.S.C. 101 and 301 or delegated to the Secretary by or through the Defense Production Act of 1950, 50 U.S.C. App. 2061 et seq.; Executive Order 12148, as amended; Executive Order 12656, as amended; Executive Order 12742, as amended; Executive Order 12919, as amended; Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978; and such other statutes, executive orders, and other directives that may pertain to emergency preparedness and response.

The functions related to emergency preparedness and response are currently performed by the Research and Special Programs Administration's Office of Emergency Transportation (OET). The OET's mission is to serve as the Departmental emergency coordinator and it provides leadership for emergency preparedness and response activities; develops national preparedness and response policies and procedures in coordination with other Federal, state, local, and private sector authorities; operates the Department's Crisis Management Center; and participates on behalf of the United States in international emergency preparedness and response planning and related activities with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and other allies.

The Secretary has determined that the functions and activities currently being performed by the OET should be coordinated with and subject to review by the Office of Intelligence and Security in the Office of the Secretary. Therefore, this final rule modifies the current delegation of Secretarial authority to the Administrator, Research and Special Programs Administration, in 49 CFR 1.53(e) to carry out the functions and activities currently relating to emergency transportation performed by the OET and gives notice that these functions and activities shall be coordinated with, reviewed by, and subject to the concurrence of the Director of the Office of Intelligence and Security.

This rule is being published as a final rule and made effective on the date signed by the Secretary. As the rule relates to Departmental management, procedures, and practices, notice and comment on it are unnecessary under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(3)(A). In addition, the Secretary finds that there is good cause to make this rule effective upon the date of signature, July 14, 2004, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(2), as a change to internal policy.

Regulatory Analyses and Notices

A. Executive Order 12866 and DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures

The final rule is not considered a significant regulatory action under Executive Order 12866 and the Regulatory Policies and Procedures of the Department of Transportation (44 FR 11034). There are no costs associated with this rule.

B. Executive Order 13132

This action has been analyzed in accordance with the principles and criteria contained in Executive Order 13132, dated August 4, 1999. This final rule does not have a substantial direct effect on, or sufficient federalism implications for, the States, nor would it limit the policymaking discretion of the States. Therefore, the consultation and funding requirements do not apply.

C. Executive Order 13084

This final rule has been analyzed in accordance with the principles and criteria contained in Executive Order 13084 (“Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments”). Because this final rule does not significantly or uniquely affect the communities of the Indian tribal governments and does not impose substantial direct compliance costs, the funding and consultation requirements of Executive Order 13084 do not apply.

D. Regulatory Flexibility Act

The Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) requires an agency to review regulations to assess their impact on small entities unless the agency determines that a rule is not expected to have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. I hereby certify this final rule, which amends the CFR to reflect a modification of authority from the Secretary, will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small businesses.

E. Paperwork Reduction Act

This rule contains no information collection requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-3520).

F. Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

The Department has determined that the requirements of Title II of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 do not apply to this rulemaking.

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List of Subjects in 49 CFR Part 1

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In consideration of the foregoing, Part 1 of Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, is amended as follows:

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PART 1—ORGANIZATION AND DELEGATION OF POWERS AND DUTIES

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

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Authority: 49 U.S.C. 322; 46 U.S.C. 2104(a); 28 U.S.C. 2672; 31 U.S.C. 3711(a)(2); Pub. L. 101-552, 104 Stat. 2736; Pub. L. 106-159, 113 Stat. 1748; Pub. L. 107-71, 115 Stat. 597; Pub. L. 107-295, 116 Stat. 2064 (2002); Pub L. 107-296, 116 Stat. 2135 (2002).

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2. In § 1.23, revise paragraph (o) to read as follows:

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Spheres of primary responsibility.
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(o) Office of Intelligence and Security. Responsible for intelligence and security matters within the Department of Transportation that affect the safety of the traveling public, and for oversight of emergency preparedness and response functions and activities within the Department, and of operation of the Department's Crisis Management Center.

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3. In § 1.53, revise paragraph (e) to read as follows:

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Delegations to the Administrator of the Research and Special Programs Administration.
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(e) Emergency preparedness. Carry out the functions related to emergency preparedness vested in the Secretary by 49 U.S.C. 101 and 301 or delegated to the Secretary by or through the Defense Production Act of 1950, 50 U.S.C. App 2061 et seq.; Executive Order 10480, as amended; Executive Order 12148; Executive Order 12656; Executive Order 12742; Executive Order 12919, as amended; Reorganization Plan No. 3 or 1978; and such other statutes, executive orders, and other directives as may pertain to emergency preparedness, subject to the coordination with, review by, and concurrence of the Director of Intelligence and Security in the Office of the Secretary.

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4. In § 1.69, add paragraph (b) to read as follows:

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Delegations to the Director of Intelligence and Security.
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(b) Emergency preparedness and response. Coordinate with the Director, Office of Emergency Transportation, the functions related to emergency preparedness and response vested in the Start Printed Page 44973Secretary by 49 U.S.C. 101 and 301 or delegated to the Secretary by or through the Defense Production Act of 1950, 50 U.S.C. App. 2061 et seq.; Executive Order 12148, as amended; Executive Order 12656, as amended; Executive Order 12742, as amended; Executive Order 12919, as amended; Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978; and such other statutes, executive orders, and other directives that may pertain to emergency preparedness and response.

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Issued this 14th day of July, 2004, at Washington, DC.

Norman Y. Mineta,

Secretary of Transportation.

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[FR Doc. 04-16723 Filed 7-27-04; 8:45 am]

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