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Schedule of Fees for Access to NOAA Environmental Data, Information, and Related Products and Services

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AGENCY:

National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

In this final rule, NESDIS adds a new service/product to the NESDIS FY 2017 schedule of fees for the sale of its data, information, and related products and services to users. NESDIS is authorized under the United States Code to assess fees, up to fair market value, for access to environmental data, information, and products derived from, collected, and/or archived by NOAA. This action adds a new user fee for a data product titled, High Definition Geomagnetic Model—Real Time.

DATES:

Effective May 18, 2017.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Lynn Hodges (301) 713-7064.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

NESDIS operates NOAA's National Center for Environmental Information (NCEI). Through NCEI, 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 databases containing over 2,400 environmental variables at NCEI 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 data, information, products and services depends on user fees.

Fee Schedule

In an October 22, 2015, final rule (80 FR 63914), NESDIS established a new schedule of fees for the sale of its data, information, and related products and services to users (“October 2015 Fee Schedule Rule”). NESDIS revised the fee schedule that had been in effect since 2013 to ensure that the fees accurately reflect the costs of providing access to the environmental data, information, and related products and services.

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.

Need for Addition

High Definition Geomagnetic Model—Real Time accurately models the magnetic fields originating in the Earth's magnetosphere in real-time using a combination of solar-wind observing satellites situated between Earth and sun and a chain of geomagnetic observatories on the Earth's surface.

We are adding a new user fee for this data product—High Definition Geomagnetic Model—Real Time—to the current user fee schedule. Accordingly, Appendix A to Part 950—Schedule of User Fees for Access to NOAA Environmental Data includes the user fees established in October 2015 and the new fee established by this final rule: High Definition Geomagnetic Model—Real Time Fee. In addition, NESDIS has deleted the New Fee column in Appendix A to avoid confusion given that this final rule is not issuing a new schedule of fees but rather the addition of one new fee.

Classification

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 comment are inapplicable because this rule falls within the public property exception of subparagraph (a)(2) of section 553, as it relates only to the assessment of fees, as authorized by 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.

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List of Subjects in 15 CFR Part 950

  • Organization and functions (government agencies)
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Dated: April 5, 2017.

Cherish Johnson,

Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer.

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For the reasons set forth above, 15 CFR part 950 is amended as follows:

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PART 950—ENVIRONMENTAL DATA AND INFORMATION

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1. The authority citation for part 950 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: (5 U.S.C. 552, 553). Reorganization Plan No. 4 of 1970.

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2. Appendix A to part 950 is revised to read as follows:

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Appendix A to Part 950—Schedule of User Fees for Access to NOAA Environmental Data

Name of product/data/publication/information/serviceCurrent fee
NOAA National Center for Environmental Information:
Department of Commerce Certification$116.00
General Certification92.00
Paper Copy3.00
Data Poster18.00
Shipping Service8.00
Rush Order Fee60.00
Super Rush Order Fee100.00
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Foreign Handling Fee43.00
NEXRAD Doppler Radar Color Prints21.00
Paper Copy from Electronic Media8.00
Offline In-Situ Digital Data175.00
Microfilm Copy (roll to paper) per frame from existing film20.00
Satellite Image Product92.00
Offline Satellite, Radar, and Model Digital Data (average unit size is 1 terabyte)753.00
Conventional CD-ROM/DVD110.00
Specialized CD-ROM/DVD208.00
CD-ROM/DVD Copy, Offline43.00
CD-ROM/DVD Copy, Online Store16.00
Facsimile Service89.00
Order Handling11.00
Non-Digital Order Consultation10.00
Digital Order Consultation28.00
Non-Serial Publications32.00
Non-Standard Data; Select/Copy to CD, DVD or Electronic Transfer, Specialized, Offline77.00
Digital and Non-Digital Off-the-Shelf Products, Online13.00
Digital and Non-Digital Off-the-Shelf Products, Offline17.00
Order Consultation Fee4.00
Handling and Packing Fee12.00
World Ocean Database-World Ocean Atlas 2009 DVDs(*)
Mini Poster2.00
Icosahedron Globe1.00
Convert Data to Standard Image8.00
Single Orbit OLS & Subset19.00
Single Orbit OLS & Subset, Additional Orbits6.00
Geolocated Data50.00
Subset of Pre-existing Geolocated Data32.00
Global Nighttime Lights Annual Composite from One Satellite74,924.00
Most Recent DMSP-OLS Thermal Band/Cloud Cover Mosaics from Multiple Satellites(*)
Daily or Nightly Global Mosaics (visible & thermal band, single spectral band or environmental data)332.00
Global Nighttime Lights Lunar Cycle8,259.00
Radiance Calibrated Global DMSP-OLS Nighttime Lights Annual Composite from One Satellite(*)
Research Data Series CD-ROM/DVD25.00
Custom Analog Plotter Prints(*)
NOS Bathymetric Maps and Miscellaneous Archived Publication Inventory8.00
Global Annual Composite of Nighttime Lights in Monthly Increments From One Satellite10,794.00
High Definition Geomagnetic Model20,262.00
High Definition Geomagnetic Model—Real Time26,204.00
Provision of Global Nighttime VIIRS day/night band data in geotiff format55,727.00
Provision of Global Nighttime VIIRS day/night band data in HDF5 Format27,888.00
Provision of regional data from the VIIRS instrument on a daily basis14,306.00
* Reflects a product no longer offered.
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[FR Doc. 2017-07759 Filed 4-17-17; 8:45 am]

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