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AGENCY:

Office of the Secretary, DHS.

ACTION:

Semiannual regulatory agenda.

SUMMARY:

This regulatory agenda is a semiannual summary of current and projected rulemakings, existing regulations, and completed actions of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its components. This agenda provides the public with information about DHS's regulatory activity. DHS expects that this information will enable the public to be more aware of, and effectively participate in, the Department's regulatory activity. DHS invites the public to submit comments on any aspect of this agenda.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

General

Please direct general comments and inquiries on the agenda to the Regulatory Affairs Law Division, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 245 Murray Lane, Mail Stop 0485, Washington, DC 20528-0485.

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Please direct specific comments and inquiries on individual regulatory actions identified in this agenda to the individual listed in the summary of the regulation as the point of contact for that regulation.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

DHS provides this notice pursuant to the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (Pub. L. 96-354, Sept. 19, 1980) and Executive Order 12866 “Regulatory Planning and Review” (Sept. 30, 1993) as incorporated in Executive Order 13563 “Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review” (Jan. 18, 2011), which require the Department to publish a semiannual agenda of regulations. The regulatory agenda is a summary of current and projected rulemakings, as well as actions completed since the publication of the last regulatory agenda for the Department. DHS's last semiannual regulatory agenda was published on December 23, 2016, at 81 FR 94756.

Beginning in fall 2007, the Internet became the basic means for disseminating the Unified Agenda. The complete Unified Agenda is available online at www.reginfo.gov.

The Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602) requires Federal agencies to publish their regulatory flexibility agendas in the Federal Register. A regulatory flexibility agenda shall contain, among other things, a brief description of the subject area of any rule which is likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. DHS's printed agenda entries include regulatory actions that are in the Department's regulatory flexibility agenda. Printing of these entries is limited to fields that contain information required by the agenda provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Additional information on these entries is available in the Unified Agenda published on the Internet.

The semiannual agenda of the Department conforms to the Unified Agenda format developed by the Regulatory Information Service Center.

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Dated: April 3, 2017.

Christina E. McDonald,

Associate General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs.

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Office of the Secretary—Proposed Rule Stage

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
125Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)1601-AA69

Office of the Secretary—Long-Term Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
126Ammonium Nitrate Security Program1601-AA52
127Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation, Enhancement of Whistleblower Protections for Contractor Employees1601-AA72
128Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation: Safeguarding of Controlled Unclassified Sensitive Information (HSAR Case 2015-001)1601-AA76
129Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation: Information Technology Security Awareness Training (HSAR Case 2015-002)1601-AA78
130Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation: Privacy Training (HSAR Case 2015-003)1601-AA79

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services—Proposed Rule Stage

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
131Requirements for Filing Motions and Administrative Appeals1615-AB98
132EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program1615-AC11

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services—Final Rule Stage

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
133EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Modernization1615-AC07
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services—Long-Term Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
134Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking To File H-1B Petitions on Behalf of Aliens Subject to Numerical Limitations1615-AB71

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services—Completed Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
135Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting Highly-Skilled H-1B Nonimmigrant Workers1615-AC05

U.S. Coast Guard—Final Rule Stage

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
136Seafarers' Access to Maritime Facilities1625-AC15

U.S. Coast Guard—Long-Term Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
137Numbering of Undocumented Barges1625-AA14
138Outer Continental Shelf Activities1625-AA18
139Commercial Fishing Vessels—Implementation of 2010 and 2012 Legislation1625-AB85

U.S. Coast Guard—Completed Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
140Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC); Card Reader Requirements1625-AB21
141Updates to Maritime Security1625-AB38

U.S. Customs and Border Protection—Final Rule Stage

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
142Waiver of Passport and Visa Requirements Due to an Unforeseen Emergency1651-AA97

U.S. Customs and Border Protection—Long-Term Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
143Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements (Section 610 Review)1651-AA70
144Implementation of the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program (Section 610 Review)1651-AA77

Transportation Security Administration—Long-Term Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
145General Aviation Security and Other Aircraft Operator Security1652-AA53
146Security Training for Surface Transportation Employees1652-AA55
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement—Proposed Rule Stage

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
147Procedures and Standards for Declining Surety Immigration Bonds and Administrative Appeal Requirement for Breaches1653-AA67

Federal Emergency Management Agency—Long-Term Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
148Updates to Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands Regulations to Implement Executive Order 13690 and the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard1660-AA85

Federal Emergency Management Agency—Completed Actions

Sequence No.TitleRegulation Identifier No.
149National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Financial Assistance/Subsidy Arrangement1660-AA86

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

Office of the Secretary (OS)

Proposed Rule Stage

125. Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS)

Legal Authority: Pub. L. 113-254

Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) previously invited public comment on an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) for potential revisions to the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) regulations. The ANPRM provided an opportunity for the public to provide recommendations for possible program changes. DHS is reviewing the public comments received in response to the ANPRM, after which DHS intends to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
ANPRM08/18/1479 FR 48693
ANPRM Comment Period End10/17/14
NPRM10/00/17

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Jon MacLaren, Chief, Rulemaking Section, Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (NPPD/ISCD), 245 Murray Lane, Mail Stop 0610, Arlington, VA 20528-0610, Phone: 703 235-5263, Fax: 703 603-4935, Email: jon.m.maclaren@hq.dhs.gov.

RIN: 1601-AA69

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

Office of the Secretary (OS)

Long-Term Actions

126. Ammonium Nitrate Security Program

Legal Authority: Pub. L. 110-161, 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act, section 563

Abstract: This rulemaking will implement the December 2007 amendment to the Homeland Security Act entitled “Secure Handling of Ammonium Nitrate.” The amendment requires the Department of Homeland Security to “regulate the sale and transfer of ammonium nitrate by an ammonium nitrate facility . . . to prevent the misappropriation or use of ammonium nitrate in an act of terrorism.”

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
ANPRM10/29/0873 FR 64280
Correction11/05/0873 FR 65783
ANPRM Comment Period End12/29/08
NPRM08/03/1176 FR 46908
Notice of Public Meetings10/07/1176 FR 62311
Notice of Public Meetings11/14/1176 FR 70366
NPRM Comment Period End12/01/11
Final RuleTo Be Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Jon MacLaren, Chief, Rulemaking Section, Department of Homeland Security, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Infrastructure Security Compliance Division (NPPD/ISCD), 245 Murray Lane, Mail Stop 0610, Arlington, VA 20528-0610, Phone: 703 235-5263, Fax: 703 603-4935, Email: jon.m.maclaren@hq.dhs.gov.

RIN: 1601-AA52

127. Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation, Enhancement of Whistleblower Protections for Contractor Employees

Legal Authority: Sec. 827 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2013, (Pub. L. 112-239, enacted January 2, 2013); 41 U.S.C. 1302(a)(2); 41 U.S.C. 1707

Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proposing to amend its Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation (HSAR) parts 3003 and 3052 to implement section 827 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 (Pub. L. 112-239, enacted January 2, 2013) for the United States Coast Guard (USCG). Section 827 of the NDAA for FY 2013 established enhancements to the Whistleblower Protections for Contractor Employees for all agencies subject to section 2409 of title 10, United States Code, which includes the USCG.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM10/00/18

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Nancy Harvey, Policy Analyst, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Room 3636-15, Start Printed Page 40293301 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20528, Phone: 202 447-0956, Email: nancy.harvey@hq.dhs.gov.

RIN: 1601-AA72

128. Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation: Safeguarding of Controlled Unclassified Sensitive Information (HSAR Case 2015-001)

Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301 to 302; 41 U.S.C. 1302; 41 U.S.C. 1303; 41 U.S.C. 1707

Abstract: This Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation (HSAR) rule would implement adequate security and privacy measures to safeguard Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), such as Personally Identifiable Information (PII), for DHS contractors. Specifically, the rule would define key terms, outline security requirements and inspection provisions for contractor information technology (IT) systems that store or process sensitive information, institute incident notification and response procedures, and identify post-incident credit monitoring requirements.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM01/19/1782 FR 6429
NPRM Comment Period End03/20/17
NPRM Comment Period Extended03/20/1782 FR 14341
Second NPRM Comment Period End04/19/17
Final Rule09/00/18

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Shaundra Duggans, Procurement Analyst, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Acquisition Policy and Legislation, Room 3114, 245 Murray Lane, Washington, DC 20528, Phone: 202 447-0056, Email: shaundra.duggans@hq.dhs.gov.

Nancy Harvey, Policy Analyst, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Room 3636-15, 301 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20528, Phone: 202 447-0956, Email: nancy.harvey@hq.dhs.gov.

RIN: 1601-AA76

129. Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation: Information Technology Security Awareness Training (HSAR Case 2015-002)

Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301 and 302; 41 U.S.C. 1707; 41 U.S.C. 1302; 41 U.S.C. 1303

Abstract: This Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation (HSAR) rule would standardize information technology security awareness training and DHS Rules of Behavior requirements for contractor and subcontractor employees who access DHS information systems and information resources or contractor-owned and/or operated information systems and information resources capable of collecting, processing, storing or transmitting controlled unclassified information (CUI).

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM01/19/1782 FR 6446
NPRM Comment Period End03/20/17
NPRM Comment Period Extended03/20/1782 FR 14341
Second NPRM Comment Period End04/19/17
Final Rule09/00/18

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Shaundra Duggans, Procurement Analyst, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Acquisition Policy and Legislation, Room 3114, 245 Murray Lane, Washington, DC 20528, Phone: 202 447-0056, Email: shaundra.duggans@hq.dhs.gov.

Nancy Harvey, Policy Analyst, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Room 3636-15, 301 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20528, Phone: 202 447-0956, Email: nancy.harvey@hq.dhs.gov.

RIN: 1601-AA78

130. Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation: Privacy Training (HSAR Case 2015-003)

Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301 and 302; 41 U.S.C. 1707; 41 U.S.C. 1702; 41 U.S.C. 1303

Abstract: This Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation (HSAR) rule would require contractors to complete training that addresses the protection of privacy, in accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, and the handling and safeguarding of Personally Identifiable Information and Sensitive Personally Identifiable Information.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM01/19/1782 FR 6425
NPRM Comment Period End03/20/17
NPRM Comment Period Extended03/20/1782 FR 14341
Second NPRM Comment Period End04/19/17
Final Rule09/00/18

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Candace Lightfoot, Procurement Analyst, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Acquisition Policy and Legislation, Building 410 (RDS), 245 Murray Drive, Washington, DC 20528, Phone: 202 447-0082, Email: candace.lightfoot@hq.dhs.gov.

Nancy Harvey, Policy Analyst, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, Room 3636-15, 301 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20528, Phone: 202 447-0956, Email: nancy.harvey@hq.dhs.gov.

RIN: 1601-AA79

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Proposed Rule Stage

131. Requirements for Filing Motions and Administrative Appeals

Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552; 5 U.S.C. 552a; 8 U.S.C. 1101; 8 U.S.C. 1103; 8 U.S.C. 1304; 6 U.S.C. 112

Abstract: This rule proposes to revise the requirements and procedures for the filing of motions and appeals before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and its Administrative Appeals Office (AAO). The proposed changes are intended to streamline the existing processes for filing motions and appeals and will reduce delays in the review and appellate process. This rule also proposes additional changes necessitated by the establishment of DHS and its components. The proposed changes are intended to promote simplicity, accessibility, and efficiency in the administration of USCIS appeals and motions. The Department also solicits public comment on proposed changes to the AAO's appellate jurisdiction.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM12/00/17

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Agency Contact: Charles “Locky” Nimick, Deputy Chief, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Administrative Appeals Office, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529-2090, Phone: 703 224-4501, Email: charles.nimick@usics.dhs.gov.

RIN: 1615-AB98

132. • EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program

Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1153(b)(5); Pub. L. 102-395, secs. 610 and 601(a); Pub. L. 107-273, sec. 11037; Pub. L. 101-649, sec. 121(a); Pub. L. 105-119, sec. 116; Pub. L. 106-396, sec. 402; Pub. L. 108-156, sec. 4; Pub. L. 112-176, sec. 1; Pub. L. 114-113, sec. 575; Pub. L. 114-53, sec. 131; Pub. L. 107-273

Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering making regulatory changes to the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center Program. Based on decades of experience operating the program, DHS has determined that program changes are needed to better reflect business realities for regional centers and EB-5 immigrant investors, to increase predictability and transparency in the adjudication process for stakeholders, to improve operational efficiency for the agency, and to enhance program integrity. DHS issued an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to seek comment from all interested stakeholders on several topics, including: (1) The process for initially designating entities as regional centers, (2) a potential requirement for regional centers to utilize an exemplar filing process, (3) continued participation requirements for maintaining regional center designation, and (4) the process for terminating regional center designation. While DHS has gathered some information related to these topics, the ANPRM sought additional information that can help the Department make operational and security updates to the Regional Center Program while minimizing the impact of such changes on regional center operations and EB-5 investors. The ANPRM is organized to include requests for comment immediately following discussions of the relevant issues.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
ANPRM01/11/1782 FR 3211
ANPRM Comment Period End04/11/17
NPRM04/00/18

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Lori S. MacKenzie, Division Chief, Operations Policy & Performance, Immigrant Investor Program, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 131 M Street NE., Washington, DC 20529-2200, Phone: 202 357-9214, Email: lori.s.mackenzie@uscis.dhs.gov.

RIN: 1615-AC11

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Final Rule Stage

133. EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program Modernization

Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1153(b)(5)

Abstract: In January 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed to amend its regulations governing the employment-based, fifth preference (EB-5) immigrant investor classification. In general, under the EB-5 program, individuals are eligible to apply for lawful permanent residence in the United States if they make the necessary investment in a commercial enterprise in the United States and create or, in certain circumstances, preserve 10 permanent full-time jobs for qualified U.S. workers. This rule sought public comment on a number of proposed changes to the EB-5 program regulations. Such proposed changes included: raising the minimum investment amount; allowing certain EB-5 petitioners to retain their original priority date; changing the designation process for targeted employment areas; and other miscellaneous changes to filing and interview processes.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM01/13/1782 FR 4738
NPRM Comment Period End04/11/17
Final Action04/00/18

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Lori S. MacKenzie, Division Chief, Operations Policy & Performance, Immigrant Investor Program, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 131 M Street NE., Washington, DC 20529-2200, Phone: 202 357-9214, Email: lori.s.mackenzie@uscis.dhs.gov.

RIN: 1615-AC07

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Long-Term Actions

134. Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking To File H-1B Petitions on Behalf of Aliens Subject to Numerical Limitations

Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1184(g)

Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security will finalize its regulations governing petitions filed on behalf of alien workers subject to annual numerical limitations. This rule proposes to establish an electronic registration program for petitions subject to numerical limitations for the H-1B nonimmigrant classification. This action is necessary because the demand for H-1B specialty occupation workers by U.S. companies may exceed the numerical limitation. This rule is intended to allow USCIS to more efficiently manage the intake and lottery process for these H-1B petitions.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM03/03/1176 FR 11686
NPRM Comment Period End05/02/11
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Susan Arroyo, Chief of Staff, Service Center Operations, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529, Phone: 202 272-1094, Fax: 202 272-1543, Email: susan.k.arroyo@uscis.dhs.gov.

RIN: 1615-AB71

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

Completed Actions

135. Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting Highly-Skilled H-1B Nonimmigrant Workers

Legal Authority: 6 U.S.C. 112; 8 U.S.C. 1154 and 1155; 8 U.S.C. 1184; 8 U.S.C. 1255; 8 U.S.C. 1324a

Abstract: In November 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) amended its regulations affecting certain employment-based immigrant Start Printed Page 40295and nonimmigrant classifications. This rule amended regulations to provide stability and job flexibility for the beneficiaries of approved employment-based immigrant visa petitions while they wait to become lawful permanent residents. DHS also updated its regulations to conform them with the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act of 2000 (AC21) as amended by the Twenty-First Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act (the 21st Century DOJ Appropriations Act), as well as the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998 (ACWIA). The rule clarified several interpretive questions raised by ACWIA and AC21 regarding H-1B petitions, and incorporated relevant AC21 policy memoranda and an Administrative Appeals Office precedent decision.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM12/31/1580 FR 81900
NPRM Comment Period End02/29/16
Final Rule11/18/1681 FR 82398
Final Rule Effective01/17/17

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Kevin Cummings, Division Chief, Business and Foreign Workers Division, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Office of Policy and Strategy, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529, Phone: 202 272-8377, Fax: 202 272-1480, Email: kevin.j.cummings@uscis.dhs.gov.

RIN: 1615-AC05

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

Final Rule Stage

136. Seafarers' Access to Maritime Facilities

Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1226; 33 U.S.C. 1231; Pub. L. 111-281, sec. 811

Abstract: This regulatory action will implement section 811 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-281), which requires the owner/operator of a facility regulated by the Coast Guard under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-295) (MTSA) to provide a system that enables seafarers and certain other individuals to transit between vessels moored at the facility and the facility gate in a timely manner at no cost to the seafarer or other individual. Ensuring that such access through a facility is consistent with the security requirements in MTSA is part of the Coast Guard's Ports, Waterways, and Coastal Security (PWCS) mission.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM12/29/1479 FR 77981
NPRM Comment Period Reopened05/27/1580 FR 30189
NPRM Comment Period End07/01/15
Final Rule10/00/17

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: LCDR Kevin McDonald, Project Manager, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE., Commandant (CG-FAC-2), STOP 7501, Washington, DC 20593-7501, Phone: 202 372-1168, Email: kevin.j.mcdonald@uscg.mil.

RIN: 1625-AC15

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

Long-Term Actions

137. Numbering of Undocumented Barges

Legal Authority: 46 U.S.C. 12301

Abstract: Title 46 U.S.C. 12301, as amended by the Abandoned Barge Act of 1992, requires that all undocumented barges of more than 100 gross tons operating on the navigable waters of the United States be numbered. This rulemaking would establish a numbering system and user fees for an original or renewed Certificate of Number for these barges. The numbering of undocumented barges allows the Coast Guard to identify the owners of abandoned barges. This rulemaking supports the Coast Guard's broad role and responsibility of protecting natural resources.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
Request for Comments10/18/9459 FR 52646
Comment Period End01/17/95
ANPRM07/06/9863 FR 36384
ANPRM Comment Period End11/03/98
NPRM01/11/0166 FR 2385
NPRM Comment Period End04/11/01
NPRM Reopening of Comment Period08/12/0469 FR 49844
NPRM Reopening Comment Period End11/10/04
Next Action UndeterminedTo Be Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Andrea Heck, Project Manager, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, National Vessel Documentation Center, 792 T.J. Jackson Drive, Falling Waters, WV 25419, Phone: 304 271-2400, Email: andrea.m.heck@uscg.mil.

RIN: 1625-AA14

138. Outer Continental Shelf Activities

Legal Authority: 43 U.S.C. 1333(d)(1); 43 U.S.C. 1348(c); 43 U.S.C. 1356; DHS Delegation No 0170.1

Abstract: The Coast Guard is the lead Federal agency for workplace safety and health on facilities and vessels engaged in the exploration for, or development, or production of, minerals on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), other than for matters generally related to drilling and production that are regulated by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). This project would revise the regulations on OCS activities by: (1) Adding new requirements, for OCS units for lifesaving, fire protection, training, and helidecks; (2) providing for USCG acceptance and approval of specified classification society plan reviews, inspections, audits, and surveys; and (3) requiring foreign vessels engaged in OCS activities to comply with rules similar to those imposed on U.S. vessels similarly engaged. This project would affect the owners and operators of facilities and vessels engaged in offshore activities.

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Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
Request for Comments06/27/9560 FR 33185
Comment Period End09/25/95
NPRM12/07/9964 FR 68416
NPRM Correction02/22/0065 FR 8671
NPRM Comment Period Extended03/16/0065 FR 14226
NPRM Comment Period Extended06/30/0065 FR 40559
NPRM Comment Period End11/30/00
Next Action UndeterminedTo Be Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Charles Rawson, Project Manager, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Commandant (CG-ENG-2), 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE., STOP 7509, Washington, DC 20593-7509, Phone: 202 372-1390, Email: charles.e.rawson@uscg.mil.

RIN: 1625-AA18

139. Commercial Fishing Vessels—Implementation of 2010 and 2012 Legislation

Legal Authority: Pub. L. 111-281

Abstract: The Coast Guard proposes to implement those requirements of 2010 and 2012 legislation that pertain to uninspected commercial fishing industry vessels and that took effect upon enactment of the legislation but that, to be implemented, require amendments to Coast Guard regulations affecting those vessels. The applicability of the regulations is being changed, and new requirements are being added to safety training, equipment, vessel examinations, vessel safety standards, the documentation of maintenance, and the termination of unsafe operations. This rulemaking promotes the Coast Guard's maritime safety mission.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM06/21/1681 FR 40437
NPRM Comment Period Extended08/15/1681 FR 53986
NPRM Comment Period End10/19/16
Second NPRM Comment Period End12/18/16
Final RuleTo Be Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Jack Kemerer, Project Manager, CG-CVC-3, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE., STOP 7501, Washington, DC 20593-7501, Phone: 202 372-1249, Email: jack.a.kemerer@uscg.mil.

RIN: 1625-AB85

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)

Completed Actions

140. Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC); Card Reader Requirements

Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1226; 33 U.S.C. 1231; 46 U.S.C. 701; 50 U.S.C. 191; 50 U.S.C. 192; E.O. 12656

Abstract: The Coast Guard established electronic card reader requirements for maritime facilities and vessels to be used in combination with TSA's Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). Congress enacted several statutory requirements within the Security and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act of 2006 to guide regulations pertaining to TWIC readers, including the need to evaluate TSA's final pilot program report as part of the TWIC reader rulemaking. During the rulemaking process, we took into account the final pilot data and the various conditions in which TWIC readers may be employed. For example, we considered the types of vessels and facilities that will use TWIC readers, locations of secure and restricted areas, operational constraints, and need for accessibility. Recordkeeping requirements, amendments to security plans, and the requirement for data exchanges (i.e., Canceled Card List) between TSA and vessel or facility owners/operators were also addressed in this rulemaking.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
ANPRM03/27/0974 FR 13360
Notice of Public Meeting04/15/0974 FR 17444
ANPRM Comment Period End05/26/09
Notice of Public Meeting Comment Period End05/26/09
NPRM03/22/1378 FR 20558
NPRM Comment Period Extended05/10/1378 FR 27335
NPRM Comment Period Extended End06/20/13
Final Rule08/23/1681 FR 57651
Final Rule Effective08/23/18

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: LCDR Kevin McDonald, Project Manager, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Commandant (CG-FAC-2), 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE., STOP 7501, Washington, DC 20593-7501, Phone: 202 372-1168, Email: kevin.j.mcdonald@uscg.mil.

RIN: 1625-AB21

141. Updates to Maritime Security

Legal Authority: 33 U.S.C. 1226; 33 U.S.C. 1231; 46 U.S.C. 701; 50 U.S.C. 191 and 192; E.O. 12656; 33 CFR 1.05-1; 33 CFR 6.04-11; 33 CFR 6.14; 33 CFR 6.16; 33 CFR 6.19; DHS Delegation No. 0170.1

Abstract: The Coast Guard is no longer pursuing this rulemaking.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
Withdrawn03/10/17

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: LCDR Kevin McDonald, Project Manager, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE., Commandant (CG-FAC-2), STOP 7501, Washington, DC 20593-7501, Phone: 202 372-1168, Email: kevin.j.mcdonald@uscg.mil.

RIN: 1625-AB38

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP)

Final Rule Stage

142. Waiver of Passport and Visa Requirements Due to an Unforeseen Emergency

Legal Authority: 212(a)(7)(B) INA 8 U.S.C. 1182(a)(7)

Abstract: This rule reinstates a 1996 amendment to 8 CFR 212.1(g) regarding a waiver of documentary requirements for nonimmigrants seeking admission to the United States. The 1996 amendment allowed the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to waive passport and visa requirements due to Start Printed Page 40297an unforeseen emergency while preserving its ability to fine carriers for unlawfully transporting aliens to the United States who do not have a valid passport or visa. On November 20, 2009, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit invalidated the 1996 amendment based on procedural grounds.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM03/08/1681 FR 12032
NPRM Comment Period End05/09/16
Final Rule07/00/17

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Joseph R. O'Donnell, Program Manager, Fines, Penalties and Forfeitures Division, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20229, Phone: 202 344-1691, Email: joseph.r.odonnell@dhs.gov.

RIN: 1651-AA97

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP)

Long-Term Actions

143. Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements (Section 610 Review)

Legal Authority: Pub. L. 109-347, sec. 203; 5 U.S.C. 301; 19 U.S.C. 66; 19 U.S.C. 1431; 19 U.S.C. 1433 to 1434; 19 U.S.C. 1624; 19 U.S.C. 2071 (note); 46 U.S.C. 60105

Abstract: This final rule implements the provisions of section 203 of the Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006. On November 25, 2008, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published an interim final rule (CBP Dec. 08-46) in the Federal Register (73 FR 71730), that finalized most of the provisions proposed in the NPRM. It requires carrier and importers to provide to CBP, via a CBP approved electronic data interchange system, certain advance information pertaining to cargo brought into the United States by vessel to enable CBP to identify high-risk shipments to prevent smuggling and ensure cargo safety and security. The interim final rule did not finalize six data elements that were identified as areas of potential concern for industry during the rulemaking process and, for which, CBP provided some type of flexibility for compliance with those data elements. CBP solicited public comment on these six data elements, is conducting a structured review, and also invited comments on the revised Regulatory Assessment and Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis. (See 73 FR 71782-85 for regulatory text and 73 CFR 71733-34 for general discussion.) The remaining requirements of the rule were adopted as final. CBP plans to issue a final rule after CBP completes a structured review of the flexibilities and analyzes the comments.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM01/02/0873 FR 90
NPRM Comment Period End03/03/08
NPRM Comment Period Extended02/01/0873 FR 6061
NPRM Comment Period End03/18/08
Interim Final Rule11/25/0873 FR 71730
Interim Final Rule Effective01/26/09
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End06/01/09
Correction07/14/0974 FR 33920
Correction12/24/0974 FR 68376
Final Action11/00/18

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Craig Clark, Program Manager, Vessel Manifest & Importer Security Filing, Office of Cargo and Conveyance Security, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20229, Phone: 202 344-3052, Email: craig.clark@cbp.dhs.gov.

RIN: 1651-AA70

144. Implementation of the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program (Section 610 Review)

Legal Authority: Pub. L. 110-229, sec. 702

Abstract: The interim final rule amends Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations to implement section 702 of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (CNRA). This law extends the immigration laws of the United States to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and provides for a joint visa waiver program for travel to Guam and the CNMI. This rule implements section 702 of the CNRA by amending the regulations to replace the current Guam Visa Waiver Program with a new Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program. The amended regulations set forth the requirements for nonimmigrant visitors who seek admission for business or pleasure and solely for entry into and stay on Guam or the CNMI without a visa. This rule also establishes six ports of entry in the CNMI for purposes of administering and enforcing the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program. Section 702 of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (CNRA), subject to a transition period, extends the immigration laws of the United States to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and provides for a visa waiver program for travel to Guam and/or the CNMI. On January 16, 2009, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), issued an interim final rule in the Federal Register replacing the then-existing Guam Visa Waiver Program with the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program and setting forth the requirements for nonimmigrant visitors seeking admission into Guam and/or the CNMI under the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program. As of November 28, 2009, the Guam-CNMI Visa Waiver Program is operational. This program allows nonimmigrant visitors from eligible countries to seek admission for business or pleasure for entry into Guam and/or the CNMI without a visa for a period of authorized stay not to exceed 45 days. This rulemaking would finalize the January 2009 interim final rule.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
Interim Final Rule01/16/0974 FR 2824
Interim Final Rule Effective01/16/09
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End03/17/09
Technical Amendment; Change of Implementation Date05/28/0974 FR 25387
Final Action08/00/18

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No.

Agency Contact: Stephanie Watson, Supervisory Program Manager, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., 2.5B-38, Washington, DC 20229, Phone: 202 325-4548, Email: stephanie.e.watson@cbp.dhs.gov.

RIN: 1651-AA77

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Long-Term Actions

145. General Aviation Security and Other Aircraft Operator Security

Legal Authority: 6 U.S.C. 469; 18 U.S.C. 842; 18 U.S.C. 845; 46 U.S.C. 70102 to 70106; 46 U.S.C. 70117; 49 U.S.C. 114; 49 U.S.C. 114(f)(3); 49 U.S.C. 5103; 49 U.S.C. 5103a; 49 U.S.C. 40113; 49 U.S.C. 44901 to 44907; 49 U.S.C. 44913 to 44914; 49 U.S.C. 44916 to 44918; 49 U.S.C. 44932; 49 U.S.C. 44935 to 44936; 49 U.S.C. 44942; 49 U.S.C. 46105

Abstract: On October 30, 2008, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), proposing to amend current aviation transportation security regulations to enhance the security of general aviation by expanding the scope of current requirements, and by adding new requirements for certain large aircraft operators and airports serving those aircraft. TSA also proposed that all aircraft operations, including corporate and private charter operations, with aircraft having a maximum certificated takeoff weight (MTOW) above 12,500 pounds (large aircraft) be required to adopt a large aircraft security program. TSA also proposed to require certain airports that serve large aircraft to adopt security programs. TSA is considering publishing a supplemental NPRM (SNPRM) in response to comments received on the NPRM.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM10/30/0873 FR 64790
NPRM Comment Period End12/29/08
Notice—NPRM Comment Period Extended11/25/0873 FR 71590
NPRM Extended Comment Period End02/27/09
Notice—Public Meetings; Requests for Comments12/18/0873 FR 77045
Supplemental NPRMTo Be Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Kevin Knott, Branch Manager, Industry Engagement Branch-Aviation Division, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 22304, Phone: 571 227-4370, Email: kevin.knott@tsa.dhs.gov.

Alex Moscoso, Lead Economist, Economic Analysis Branch-Cross Modal Division, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6028, Phone: 571 227-5839, Email: alex.moscoso@tsa.dhs.gov.

Mardi Ruth Thompson, Senior Counsel, Regulations and Security Standards, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, Office of the Chief Counsel, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6002, Phone: 202 365-1850, Fax: 571 227-1379, Email: mardi.thompson@tsa.dhs.gov.

RIN: 1652-AA53

146. Security Training for Surface Transportation Employees

Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 114; Pub. L. 110-53, secs. 1405, 1408, 1501, 1512, 1517, 1531, and 1534

Abstract: As required by the 9/11 Act, this final rule requires security training for employees of higher-risk freight railroad carriers, public transportation agencies (including rail mass transit and bus systems), passenger railroad carriers, and over-the-road bus (OTRB) companies. Owner/operators of these higher-risk railroads, systems, and companies will be required to train employees performing security-sensitive functions, using a curriculum addressing preparedness and how to observe, assess, and respond to terrorist-related threats and/or incidents. As part of this rulemaking, TSA is expanding its current requirements for rail security coordinators and reporting of significant security concerns (currently limited to freight railroads, passenger railroads, and the rail operations of public transportation systems) to include the bus components of higher-risk public transportation systems and higher-risk OTRB companies. TSA is also adding a definition for Transportation Security-Sensitive Materials (TSSM). Other provisions are being amended or added, as necessary, to implement these additional requirements.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM12/16/1681 FR 91336
NPRM Comment Period End03/16/17
Final Rule09/00/18

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Chandru (Jack) Kalro, Deputy Director, Surface Division, Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6028, Phone: 571 227-1145, Fax: 571 227-2935, Email: surfacefrontoffice@tsa.dhs.gov.

Alex Moscoso, Lead Economist, Economic Analysis Branch-Cross Modal Division, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, Office of Security Policy and Industry Engagement, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6028, Phone: 571 227-5839, Email: alex.moscoso@tsa.dhs.gov.

Traci Klemm, Assistant Chief Counsel for Regulations and Security Standards, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, Office of the Chief Counsel, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6002, Phone: 571 227-3596, Email: traci.klemm@tsa.dhs.gov.

RIN: 1652-AA55

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE)

Proposed Rule Stage

147. Procedures and Standards for Declining Surety Immigration Bonds and Administrative Appeal Requirement for Breaches

Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1103

Abstract: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) proposes to set forth standards and procedures ICE will follow before making a determination to stop accepting immigration bonds posted by a surety company that has been certified to issue bonds by the Department of the Treasury when the company does not cure deficient performance. Treasury administers the Federal corporate surety program and, in its current regulations, allows agencies to prescribe “for cause” standards and procedures for declining to accept bonds from Treasury-certified sureties. ICE would also require surety companies seeking to overturn a breach determination to file an administrative appeal raising all legal and factual defenses.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM11/00/17

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.Start Printed Page 40299

Agency Contact: Beth Cook, Deputy Chief, Office of the Principal Legal Advisor, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Suite 200, 166 Sycamore Street, Williston, VT 05495, Phone: 802 288-7742, Email: beth.e.cook@ice.dhs.gov.

Molly Stubbs, ICE Regulatory Coordinator, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 500 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20536, Phone: 202 732-6202, Email: molly.stubbs@ice.dhs.gov.

Brad Tuttle, Attorney Advisor, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 500 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20536, Phone: 202 732-5000, Email: bradley.c.tuttle@ice.dhs.gov.

RIN: 1653-AA67

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Long-Term Actions

148. Updates to Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands Regulations To Implement Executive Order 13690 and the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard

Legal Authority: E.O. 11988, as amended; E.O. 13690

Abstract: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) proposes to amend its regulations at 44 CFR part 9 “Floodplain Management and Protection of Wetlands” to implement Executive Order 13690, which establishes the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS). 44 CFR part 9 describes FEMA's process for determining whether the proposed location for an action falls within a floodplain. In addition, for those projects that would fall within a floodplain, part 9 describes FEMA's framework for deciding whether and how to complete the action in the floodplain, in light of the risk of flooding. Consistent with Executive Order 13690 and the FFRMS, the proposed rule would change how FEMA defines a “floodplain” with respect to certain actions. Additionally, under the proposed rule, FEMA would use natural systems, ecosystem process, and nature-based approaches, where practicable, when developing alternatives to locating a proposed action in the floodplain.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM08/22/1681 FR 57401
NPRM Comment Period End10/21/16
Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Kristin Fontenot, Office of Environmental and Historic Preservation, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 400 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, Phone: 202 646-2741, Email: kristin.fontenot@fema.dhs.gov.

RIN: 1660-AA85

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Completed Actions

149. National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Financial Assistance/Subsidy Arrangement

Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 4001 et seq.

Abstract: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued this final rule to remove the copy of the Financial Assistance/Subsidy Arrangement (Arrangement) and the summary of the Financial Control Plan from the appendices of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulations. It is no longer necessary or appropriate to retain a contract, agreement, or any other arrangement between FEMA and private insurance companies in the Code of Federal Regulations.

Timetable:

ActionDateFR Cite
NPRM05/23/1681 FR 32261
NPRM Comment Period End07/22/16
Final Rule11/23/1681 FR 84483
Final Rule Effective12/23/16

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.

Agency Contact: Claudia Murphy, Policyholder Services Division, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 400 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472, Phone: 202 646-2775, Email: claudia.murphy@fema.dhs.gov.

RIN: 1660-AA86

End Supplemental Information

[FR Doc. 2017-16921 Filed 8-23-17; 8:45 am]

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