In this final rule, NESDIS establishes a new schedule of fees for the sale of its data, information, and related products and services to users. NESDIS is revising the fee schedule that has been in effect since 2011 to ensure that the fees accurately reflect the costs of providing access to the environmental data, information, and related products and services. NESDIS is authorized under 15 U.S.C. 1534 to assess fees, up to fair market value, for access to environmental data, information, and products derived from, collected, and/or archived by NOAA. Other than depreciation, costs to upgrade computer hardware and software systems will not be included in the fees charged to users. NESDIS is updating its schedule of fees for access to NOAA Environmental Data, Information, and Related Products and Services as costs of providing access have changed since 2011.
Effective Date: January 31, 2013.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sherida Wright, (301) 713-922 .
NESDIS operates NOAA's National Data Centers for Climate, Geophysics, Oceans, and Coasts. Through these Data Centers, NESDIS provides and ensures timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources, provides information services, and develops science products.
NESDIS maintains some 1,300 data bases containing over 2,400 environmental variables at three National Data Centers and seven World Data Centers. These centers respond to over 2,000,000 requests for these data and products annually from over 70 countries. This collection of environmental data and products is growing rapidly, both in size and sophistication, and as a result the associated costs have increased.
Users have the ability to access the data offline, online and through the NESDIS e-Commerce System (NeS) online store. Our ability to provide these data, information, products and services depends on user fees.
New Fee Schedule
The new fee schedule lists both the current fee charged for each item and the new fee to be charged to users that will take effect beginning January 31, 2013. The schedule applies to the listed services provided by NESDIS on or after this date, except for products and services covered by a subscription agreement in effect as of this date that extends beyond this date. In those cases, the increased fees will apply upon renewal of the subscription agreement or at the earliest amendment date provided by the agreement.
NESDIS will continue to review the user fees periodically, and will revise such fees as necessary. Any future changes in the user fees and their effective date will be announced through notice in the Federal Register.
This rule has been determined to be not significant for purposes of E.O. 12866. The provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553) requiring notice of proposed rulemaking and the opportunity for public participation are inapplicable because this rule falls within the public property exception of subparagraph (a)(2) of section 553, as it is limited only to the assessment of fees, per 15 U.S.C. 1534, that accurately reflect the costs of providing access to publicly available environmental data, information, and related products. Further, no other law requires that a notice of proposed rulemaking and an opportunity for public comment be given for this rule. Because a notice of proposed rulemaking and an opportunity for public comment are not required to be given for this rule under 5 U.S.C. 553 or by any other law, the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) are not applicable. Accordingly, no Regulatory Flexibility Analysis is required and none has been prepared.
Michael H. Abreu,
Chief, Financial Officer (CFO/CAO).
For the reasons set forth above, 15 CFR part 950 is amended as follows:
PART 950—ENVIRONMENTAL DATA AND INFORMATION
1. The authority citation for part 950 continues to read as follows:
2. Appendix A to part 950 is revised to read as follows:
Appendix A to Part 950—Schedule of User Fees for Access to NOAA Environmental Data
|Name of product/data/publication/information/service||Current fee||New fee|
|NOAA National Data Centers Standard User Fees:|
|Department of Commerce Certification||$91.00||$86.00|
|Online In-Situ Digital Data||6.00||(*)|
|for orders totaling less than $50.00||3.00||4.00|
|for orders totaling $50.00 or more||3.00||4.00|
|Rush Order Fee||60.00||60.00|
|Super Rush Order Fee||100.00||100.00|
|Foreign Handling Fee|
|for orders totaling less than $100.00||39.00||67.00|
|for orders totaling $100.00 or more||39.00||67.00|
|Additional National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) User Fees:|
|NEXRAD Doppler Radar Color Prints||17.00||14.00|
|Paper Copy from Electronic Media||6.00||6.00|
|Offline In-Situ Digital Data||156.00||124.00|
|Microfilm Copy (roll to paper) per frame from existing film||14.00||14.00|
|Satellite Image Product||83.00||73.00|
|Offline Satellite Digital Data (average unit size is 1.2 gigabytes)|
|Offline Radar Digital Data (Level II) (average unit size is 4 gigabytes)|
|Offline Satellite, Radar, and Model Digital Data (average unit size is 1 terabyte)||984.00||615.00|
|CD-ROM/DVD Copy, Offline||35.00||30.00|
|CD-ROM/DVD Copy, Online Store||17.00||15.00|
|Non-Digital Order Consultation||7.00||6.00|
|Digital Order Consultation||22.00||18.00|
|Additional National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) User Fees:|
|NODC Non-Serial Publications||22.00||27.00|
|NODC Non-Standard Data; Select/Copy to CD, DVD or Electronic Transfer, Specialized, Offline||49.00||59.00|
|NODC Non-Standard Data; 1-1 Direct Copy to CD, DVD, or Electronic Transfer, Specialized, Offline||19.00||(*)|
|NODC Digital and Non-Digital Off-the-Shelf Products, Online||7.00||9.00|
|NODC Digital and Non-Digital Off-the-Shelf Products, Offline||9.00||11.00|
|NODC Order Consultation Fee||2.00||2.00|
|NODC Handling and Packing Fee||7.00||8.00|
|World Ocean Database-World Ocean Atlas 2009 DVDs||11.00||11.00|
|Additional National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) User Fees:|
|Convert Data to Standard Image||5.00||6.00|
|Single Orbit OLS||16.00||18.00|
|Single Orbit OLS, Additional Orbits||5.00||5.00|
|Single Orbit OLS—Subset||16.00||18.00|
|Single Orbit OLS, Subset- Additional Orbits||5.00||5.00|
|Subset of Pre-existing Geolocated Data||27.00||28.00|
|Global DMSP-OLS Nighttime Lights Annual Composite from One Satellite||73,614.00||74,032.00|
|Most Recent DMSP-OLS Thermal Band/Cloud Cover Mosaics from Multiple Satellites||250.00||259.00|
|Nightly DMSP-OLS Mosaics, Visible and Thermal Band Data from One Satellite||235.00||241.00|
|Global DMSP-OLS Nighttime Lights Lunar Cycle Composite from One Satellite||6,307.00||6,531.00|
|Radiance Calibrated Global DMSP-OLS Nighttime Lights Annual Composite from One Satellite||81,047.00||82,975.00|
|Research Data Series CD-ROM/DVD||25.00||25.00|
|Custom Analog Plotter Prints||60.00||60.00|
|NOS Bathymetric Maps and Miscellaneous Archived Publication Inventory||7.00||7.00|
|Global DMSP-OLS Annual Composite of Persistent Nighttime Lights on Monthly Increments from One Satellite||8,032.00||8,305.00|
|High Definition Geomagnetic Model||19,997.00||20,060.00|
|* Reflects a product no longer offered.|
[FR Doc. 2012-30519 Filed 12-18-12; 8:45 am]
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