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Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program; Proposed Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances for 2017 NOSB Recommendations (Livestock and Handling)2018-Apr-302018-08991This proposed rule would amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) section of the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) organic regulations to implement recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). This rule proposes to: Add elemental sulfur to the National List for use in organic livestock production; and, reclassify potassium acid tartrate from a non- agricultural substance to an agricultural substance and require the organic form of the ingredient when commercially available.
Legal Services Corporation -- Requests for Documents and Testimony2018-Apr-182018-07964This final rule governs subpoenas and requests for LSC documents and testimony by non-federal litigants in cases in which LSC is not a party. This rule provides the public with guidance on where to send requests and establishes procedures by which those requests will be processed.
Surface Transportation Board -- Updating the Code of Federal Regulations2018-Apr-092018-06657The Surface Transportation Board (Board) is updating its regulations to reflect certain statutory changes enacted in the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015 and to replace certain obsolete or incorrect references in the regulations.
Veterans Affairs Department -- Release of Information From Department of Veterans Affairs' Records2018-Apr-052018-06097This document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) regulations governing the submission and processing of requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act in order to reorganize, streamline, and clarify existing regulations.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Records Management2018-Mar-302018-06174NARA is revising these regulations to make administrative changes, such as updating office names and organizational codes, updating URLs, and updating links to NARA's records management web pages, to reflect organizational and contact changes, and revising the incorporation by reference language to make it consistent with newer regulations and to reflect contact changes.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Fees2018-Mar-142018-05088NARA is amending our Fees regulation to shorten the period in which people who request copies of archival records may request a refund. This shorter period is in line with other similar research and archival institutions and is designed to reduce the administrative costs of processing a large number of refund requests that fall outside the permitted bases.
Presidio Trust -- Freedom of Information Act; Privacy Act; Federal Tort Claims Act; Debt Collection2018-Mar-062018-03939The Presidio Trust (Trust) proposes revisions to its regulations addressing requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), requests under the Privacy Act, administrative claims under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), and Debt Collection. The Trust is revising these regulations to update and streamline the language of several procedural provisions, and to reflect amendments pursuant to the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 and the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014.
Veterans Affairs Department -- Consent for Release of VA Medical Records2018-Jan-192018-00758The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations to clarify that a valid consent authorizing the Department to release the patient's confidential VA medical records to a health information exchange (HIE) community partner may be established not only by VA's physical possession of the written consent form, but also by the HIE community partner's written (electronic) attestation that the patient has, in fact, provided such consent. This proposed rule would be a reinterpretation of an existing, long-standing regulation and is necessary to facilitate modern requirements for the sharing of patient records with community health care providers, health plans, governmental agencies, and other entities participating in electronic HIEs. This revision would ensure that more community health care providers and other HIE community partners can deliver informed medical care to patients by having access to the patient's VA medical records at the point of care.
Veterans Affairs Department -- Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs2018-Jan-172018-00332The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations governing the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA). The proposed revisions would clarify and update these regulations to conform to changes in law and policy that control the administration of CHAMPVA and would include details concerning the administration of CHAMPVA that are not reflected in current regulations. The proposed revisions would also expand covered services and supplies to include certain preventive services and eliminate cost-share amounts and deductibles for certain covered services.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program; Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops, Livestock and Handling)2018-Jan-172017-28172This proposed rule would amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) provisions of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) organic regulations to implement recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). This rule proposes to change the use restrictions for seventeen substances allowed for organic production or handling on the National List: Micronutrients; chlorhexidine; parasiticides; fenbendazole; moxidectin; xylazine; lidocaine; procaine; methionine; excipients; alginic acid; flavors; carnauba wax; chlorine; cellulose; colors; and, glycerin. This rule also proposes to add sixteen new substances on the National List to be allowed in organic production or handling: Hypochlorous acid; magnesium oxide; squid byproducts; activated charcoal; calcium borogluconate; calcium propionate; injectable vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes; kaolin pectin; mineral oil; propylene glycol; acidified sodium chlorite; zinc sulfate; potassium lactate; and, sodium lactate. In addition, this proposed rule would list the botanical pesticide, rotenone, as a prohibited substance in organic crop production. Finally, this proposed rule would remove ivermectin as an allowed parasiticide for use in organic livestock production.
National Transportation Safety Board -- Public Availability of Information2017-Dec-122017-26316The NTSB is issuing an interim final rule that revises 49 CFR part 801, ``Public Availability of Information,'' to implement the substantive and procedural changes to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), identified in the Open Government Act of 2007, December 31, 2007, the Open FOIA Act of 2009, October 28, 2009, and the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, June 30, 2016. These revisions to the NTSB FOIA regulation are being issued as an interim final rule to ensure that an updated regulation is in place as soon as practicable to implement the Acts referenced above.
Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board -- Freedom of Information Act Program2017-Dec-082017-26438The Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) published an interim final Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) rule in the Federal Register on September 29, 2017. This final rule confirms that the interim final rule is adopted as final without change.
Government Accountability Office -- Public Availability of Government Accountability Office Records2017-Nov-082017-24340These revisions clarify procedures to obtain Government Accountability Office (GAO) records. Specifically, the revisions add procedures for requesting records of GAO's Office of Inspector General. The revisions also clarify that documents prepared by GAO or GAO's Office of Inspector General for referral to another agency for law enforcement purposes are not subject to the regulations in this part. The previous regulatory language on this point was imprecise.
Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board -- Freedom of Information Act Program2017-Sep-292017-20853This interim final rule revises the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board's (CSB) Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) rule. The purpose of this revision is to ensure consistency with the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 and to update certain other provisions of the CSB's current rule. This interim final rule supersedes all previous CSB rules and guidance that supplement and implement the CSB FOIA Program.
Government Accountability Office -- Public Availability of Government Accountability Office Records2017-Aug-112017-16986These proposed revisions would clarify procedures to obtain Government Accountability Office (GAO) records. Specifically, the proposed revisions would add procedures for requesting records of GAO's Office of Inspector General. The proposed revisions would also clarify that documents prepared by GAO or GAO's Office of Inspector General for referral to another agency for law enforcement purposes are not subject to the regulations in this Part. The existing regulatory language on this point is imprecise.
Millennium Challenge Corporation -- Touhy Regulations2017-Jul-282017-13922The purpose of this document is to provide an update to the outline of the procedures by which the Millennium Challenge Corporation proposes to respond to subpoenas or other official demands for information and testimony served upon itself or its employees.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program (NOP); Sunset 2017 Amendments to the National List2017-Jul-062017-14006This final rule amends the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) organic regulations, to prohibit the use of 8 substances in organic production and handling after June 27, 2017: Lignin sulfonate (for use as a floating agent); furosemide; magnesium carbonate; and the nonorganic forms of chia, dillweed oil, frozen galangal, frozen lemongrass, and chipotle chile peppers. This action also renews 3 substances on the National List to continue to allow nonorganic forms of inulin-oligofructose enriched, Turkish bay leaves, and whey protein concentrate in organic products. This action addresses eleven recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) following its October 2015 meeting. These recommendations pertain to the NOSB's 2017 sunset review of a portion of the substances on the National List.
National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities -- Implementing the Freedom of Information Act2017-Jun-092017-11459This proposed rule would amend the National Endowment for the Arts' (NEA) regulations implementing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The NEA proposes these amendments to update the NEA's current FOIA regulation. This proposed rule updates the NEA's regulations to reflect statutory changes to FOIA, current NEA organizational structure, and current NEA policies and practices with respect to FOIA. Finally, the rule uses current cost figures in calculating and charging fees.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Presidential Records2017-Jun-082017-11895We are revising this regulation to reflect changes instituted by the Presidential and Federal Records Acts Amendments of 2014 (2014 Amendments). These Amendments in part added new requirements to the Presidential Records Act (PRA), which went into effect in 2014. The changes to this regulation make clear that, when we maintain electronic Presidential records on behalf of the President before the President's term of office expires, the President retains exclusive control over the records. In addition, the proposed changes establish procedures that we will follow to notify an incumbent President and former President when we propose to disclose Presidential records to the public, Congress, the courts, or the incumbent President under the provisions of the PRA allowing for access to Presidential records otherwise subject to restrictions. We began the regulatory revision process in response to the 2014 Amendments to reduce confusion about access to Presidential records in light of these recent changes in the law. We published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register on December 28, 2016, with a public comment period ending on January 27, 2017. We received no comments.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Location of NARA Facilities and Hours of Use: Barack Obama Library2017-Feb-232017-03502NARA is amending our Location of NARA Facilities and Hours of Use regulation to add the address and contact information for the Barack Obama Presidential Library. These changes will affect all people who wish to access records from the Barack Obama Presidential administration.
National Archives and Records Administration -- NARA Records Subject to FOIA2017-Feb-012017-00329We are amending our Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulations on access to NARA's archival holdings and our operational records to make them consistent with the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, and a few small administrative changes to remain current. The rule affects individuals and organizations that file FOIA requests for access to NARA operational records and archival holdings.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program (NOP); Sunset 2017 Amendments to the National List2017-Jan-182017-00586This proposed rule would address recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) following their October 2015 meeting. These recommendations pertain to the 2017 Sunset Review of substances on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this proposed rule would remove eleven substances from the National List for use in organic production and handling.
Federal Maritime Commission -- Amendments to Regulations Governing Access to Commission Information and Records; Freedom of Information Act2017-Jan-092016-31891The Federal Maritime Commission amends its regulations for processing requests for information and records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The regulations are being revised to incorporate changes brought by amendments to the FOIA under the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016. The Act requires agencies to review their FOIA regulations and issue regulations implementing the amendments no later than 180 days after enactment.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Presidential Records2016-Dec-282016-31011We are proposing to revise this regulation to reflect changes instituted by the Presidential and Federal Records Acts Amendments of 2014 (2014 Amendments). These Amendments in part added new requirements to the Presidential Records Act (PRA), which went into effect in 2014 and remain in effect, even without this proposed regulatory revision. The proposed changes make clear that, when we maintain electronic Presidential records on behalf of the President before the President's term of office expires, the President retains exclusive control over the records. In addition, the proposed changes establish procedures that we will follow to notify an incumbent President and former President when we propose to disclose Presidential records to the public, Congress, the courts, or the incumbent President under the provisions of the PRA allowing for access to Presidential records otherwise subject to restrictions. We began the regulatory revision process in response to the 2014 Amendments and issue this updated regulation to reduce confusion about access to Presidential records in light of these recent changes in the law.
Federal Election Commission -- Technical Amendments and Corrections2016-Dec-232016-30699The Commission is making technical corrections to various sections of its regulations. These are non-substantive amendments to correct typographical errors, update references, and remove provisions that no longer apply.
Government Ethics Office -- Freedom of Information Act Regulation2016-Dec-232016-31004The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) is updating its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulation to implement changes in accordance with the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016.
Federal Maritime Commission -- Rules of Practice and Procedure; Presentation of Evidence in Commission Proceedings2016-Dec-222016-30745The Federal Maritime Commission is reorganizing several subparts of its Rules of Practice and Procedure and revising its rules regarding presentation of evidence in Commission proceedings.
Federal Election Commission -- Technological Modernization2016-Nov-022016-25102The Federal Election Commission requests comment on proposed changes to its regulations to address contributions and expenditures that are made by electronic means, such as through internet-based payment processors or text messaging; to eliminate and update references to outdated technologies; and to address similar issues. The Commission has not made any final decisions about the issues and proposals presented in this rulemaking.
Central Intelligence Agency -- Access to Classified Information by Historical Researchers and Certain Former Government Personnel2016-Sep-192016-21825Consistent with Executive Order 13526, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is providing greater clarity about the procedures under which it may provide historical researchers and certain former Government personnel with access to classified CIA information. This rule is being issued as a final rule without prior notice of proposed rulemaking as allowed by the Administrative Procedure Act for rules of agency procedure and interpretation.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Controlled Unclassified Information2016-Sep-142016-21665As the Federal Government's Executive Agent (EA) for Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), through its Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO), oversees the Federal Government-wide CUI Program. As part of that responsibility, ISOO is issuing this rule to establish policy for agencies on designating, safeguarding, disseminating, marking, decontrolling, and disposing of CUI, self- inspection and oversight requirements, and other facets of the Program. The rule affects Federal executive branch agencies that handle CUI and all organizations (sources) that handle, possess, use, share, or receive CUI--or which operate, use, or have access to Federal information and information systems on behalf of an agency.
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation -- Releasing Information; Availability of Records of the Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation; Fees for Provision of Information2016-Aug-302016-20767The Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation (Corporation) issues a final rule amending its regulations to reflect changes to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 requires the Corporation to amend its FOIA regulations to extend the deadline for administrative appeals, to add information on dispute resolution services, and to amend the way the Corporation charges fees.
Central Intelligence Agency -- Special Procedures for Discretionary Access to Classified Historical Central Intelligence Agency Records Requested by Other Federal Agencies in Furtherance of Historical Research2016-Aug-092016-15896Consistent with the National Security Act of 1947, as amended, the Central Intelligence Agency Act of 1949, as amended, and Executive Order 13526, as amended (or successor Orders), and section 1.6 of Executive Order 12333, as amended (or successor Orders), CIA is providing greater clarity about the procedures under which, as a matter of discretion, it may provide access to classified historical CIA records requested by other Federal agencies in furtherance of historical research when such access is not expressly required by statute. This rule is being issued as a final rule without prior notice of proposed rulemaking as allowed by the Administrative Procedure Act for rules of agency procedure and interpretation.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Records Management2016-Jul-132016-15848NARA proposes to revise its records management regulations to reflect executive actions, statutory changes, advances in technology, and organizational changes. This is phase II of the revisions and includes changes to provisions in transferring records to the National Archives of the United States, managing electronic records, and managing audiovisual, cartographic, and related records.
Federal Maritime Commission -- Rules of Practice and Procedure; Presentation of Evidence in Commission Proceedings2016-May-032016-09759The Federal Maritime Commission is proposing to reorganize several subparts of its Rules of Practice and Procedure and revise its rules regarding presentation of evidence in Commission proceedings.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program; Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices2016-Apr-132016-08023The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) proposes to amend the organic livestock and poultry production requirements by: adding new provisions for livestock handling and transport for slaughter and avian living conditions; and expanding and clarifying existing requirements covering livestock health care practices and mammalian living conditions.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Fees2016-Mar-302016-07149The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is making a minor administrative revision to its fees regulation to set a time limit for requesting refunds of reproduction fees.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Records Management2016-Mar-092016-05150NARA proposes to revise its records management regulations to reflect changes in technology, practice, and organizational structure. This is phase I of the revisions and includes changes to provisions in regulations on managing vital records, records disposition programs, general records schedules, emergency authorization to destroy records, transfer of records to records storage facilities, transfer, use, and disposition of records in a NARA Federal Records Center, and program assistance and inspections.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Nixon Administration Presidential Historical Materials2016-Mar-082016-05149NARA is amending this regulation to update provisions in accord with recent developments, including completed processing of the five chronological tape segments, as required by section 6 of the Kutler settlement agreement. The changes are primarily administrative and focus on changes to certain access and notice provisions currently in the regulations, as well as minor word and sentence changes in line with Plain Language Act provisions. Because NARA has completed the requirements of the Kutler Settlement agreement, we are removing it as an appendix to this part.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program (NOP); Sunset 2016 Amendments to the National List2015-Dec-162015-31380This proposed rule would address recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) following their April 2015 meeting. These recommendations pertain to the 2016 Sunset Review of substances on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this proposed rule would remove five non-organic nonagricultural substances from the National List for use in organic handling: Egg white lysozyme, cyclohexylamine, diethylaminoethanol, octadecylamine, and tetrasodium pyrophosphate.
Defense Department -- Historical Research in the Files of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)2015-Oct-282015-27393This final rule updates and clarifies procedures regarding the review and accessibility to records and information in the custody of the Secretary of Defense and the OSD Components. The purpose of this rule is to provide such guidance to former Cabinet level officials and former Presidential appointees (FPAs), including their personnel, aides, and official researchers.
Interior Department -- Application Procedures, Execution and Filing of Forms: Correction of State Office Address for Filings and Recordings, Including Proper Offices for Recording of Mining Claims; Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, and all States East of the Mississippi River2015-Oct-022015-25027This final rule amends the regulations pertaining to execution and filing of forms in order to reflect the new address of the BLM Eastern States Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). All filings and other documents relating to public lands in the States of Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri and all States east of the Mississippi River must be filed at the new address of the State Office.
Government Ethics Office -- Organization and Functions; Implementation of Statutory Gift Acceptance Authority; Freedom of Information Act2015-Sep-222015-23561The U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) is issuing this final rule to update and streamline its organization and functions regulation and its statutory gift acceptance authority implementation. The final rule also updates and streamlines OGE's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulation to reflect OGE's existing policy and practice and to implement changes to the FOIA. Finally, the final rule extends a requester's time to file an administrative appeal, makes administrative changes, and updates cost figures for calculating and charging fees.
Federal Maritime Commission -- Amendments to Regulations Governing Access to Commission Information and Records; Freedom of Information Act2015-Sep-012015-21453The Federal Maritime Commission amends its regulations governing access to Commission information and records and its regulations implementing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The revisions update and consolidate the provisions identifying records available without the need for a FOIA request, including records available on the Commission's public Web site; revise response time procedures for processing FOIA requests; affirmatively indicate that the Commission uses a multitrack system for processing FOIA requests; modify the criteria for a FOIA request to qualify for expedited processing; and extend the administrative appeal deadline.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Implementation of Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards2015-Aug-252015-21077This final rule implements OMB's guidance on Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards, published on December 26, 2013. NARA published an interim final rule proposing its implementation of OMB's new requirements on December 19, 2014 (79 FR 75871), along with other Federal awarding agencies. NARA received no comments on the interim final rule and by this action adopts the rule as final.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program (NOP); Sunset 2015 Amendments to the National List2015-Jul-302015-18699This proposed rule would address recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) following their October 2014 meeting. These recommendations pertain to the 2015 Sunset Review of substances on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this proposed rule would remove two non- organic agricultural substances from the National List for use in organic handling, fortified cooking wines--marsala wine and sherry wine. This proposed rule would also remove two listings for synthetic substances allowed for use in organic crop production on the National List, streptomycin and tetracycline, as their use exemptions expired on October 21, 2014.
Postal Service -- Records and Information2015-Jul-292015-18557The Postal Service is amending its regulations concerning records and information management for administrative purposes, to clarify existing text, and to update and add definitions.
Federal Maritime Commission -- Amendments to Regulations Governing Access to Commission Information and Records; Freedom of Information Act2015-Jul-022015-16101The Federal Maritime Commission amends its regulations governing access to Commission information and records and its regulations implementing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The revisions update and consolidate the provisions identifying records available without the need for a FOIA request, including records available on the Commission's public Web site; revise response time procedures for processing FOIA requests; affirmatively indicate that the Commission uses a multitrack system for processing FOIA requests; and modify the criteria for a FOIA request to qualify for expedited processing.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Controlled Unclassified Information2015-May-082015-10260As the Federal Government's Executive Agent for Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) implements the Federal Government-wide CUI Program. As part of that responsibility, ISOO proposes this rule to establish policy for agencies on designating, safeguarding, disseminating, marking, decontrolling, and disposing of CUI, self-inspection and oversight requirements, and other facets of the Program.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program; Origin of Livestock2015-Apr-282015-09851The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (USDA AMS) proposes to amend the origin of livestock requirements for dairy animals under the USDA organic regulations. This proposed action would specify that a producer can transition dairy animals into organic production once. This proposed action would clarify that, after completion of this one-time transition, any new dairy animals that a producer adds to a dairy farm would need to be managed organically from the last third of gestation or sourced from dairy animals that already completed their transition into organic production. This proposed action would also clarify how breeder stock should be managed on organic livestock farms.
Veterans Affairs Department -- Updating Certain Delegations of Authority in VA Medical Regulations2015-Apr-272015-09633The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is making technical amendments to its medical regulations by updating certain delegations of authority to be consistent with the statutory authority that established the Consolidated Patient Account Centers (CPACs). VA is, through this final rule, specifying delegations of authority for the collection of debts owed VA to the Chief Financial Officers of the CPACs.
Government Ethics Office -- Organization and Functions; Implementation of Statutory Gift Acceptance Authority; Freedom of Information Act2015-Apr-032015-07376The U.S. Office of Government Ethics is updating and streamlining its organization and functions regulation and its statutory gift acceptance authority implementation. OGE is also updating and streamlining its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulation to reflect OGE's existing policy and practice and to implement changes to the FOIA. Finally, the proposed revisions make administrative changes and update cost figures for calculating and charging fees.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program2015-Feb-052015-02324This document contains technical corrections to the USDA organic regulations (7 CFR part 205) which were published in the Federal Register on December 21, 2000. The correcting amendments are minor, mostly typographical amendments which do not change, or alter the interpretation, of any provision within the USDA organic regulations.
Interior Department -- Curation of Federally-Owned and Administered Archeological Collections2014-Nov-182014-26839The National Park Service proposes to amend the regulations for the curation of federally-owned and administered archeological collections to establish definitions, standards, and procedures to dispose of particular material remains that are determined to be of insufficient archaeological interest. This rule would promote more efficient and effective curation of these archeological collections.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program (NOP); Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops and Processing)2014-Sep-302014-23135This final rule amends the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to reflect a recommendation submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on October 18, 2012, and removes two previously expired substances. Consistent with the recommendation from the NOSB, this final rule adds biodegradable biobased mulch film to the National List with restrictive annotations. This action also adds a new definition for biodegradable biobased mulch film. This rule also removes two listings for nonorganic agricultural substances from the National List, hops (Humulus lupulus) and unmodified rice starch, as their use exemptions expired on January 1, 2013, and June 21, 2009, respectively. Two other substances that were recommended by the NOSB to the Secretary for addition to the National List, Citrus hystrix, leaves and fruit, and curry leaves (Murraya koenigii), have not been added to the National List based on comments received on the proposed rule.
National Archives and Records Administration -- NARA Records Subject to FOIA2014-Sep-222014-22186NARA has revised our regulations governing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) access to NARA's archival holdings and NARA's own operational records. The revisions include clarification as to which records are subject to the FOIA, NARA's authority to grant access, and adjustments to our FOIA procedures to incorporate changes resulting from the OPEN FOIA Act of 2009, the OPEN Government Act of 2007, and the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996 (E-FOIA). The rule affects individuals and organizations that file FOIA requests for access to NARA operational records and archival holdings.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Location of NARA Facilities and Hours of Use2014-Aug-212014-19533The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is changing its list of facilities to include the new George W. Bush Presidential Library and to update addresses and contact numbers for records centers and archival research rooms outside of the Washington, DC area.
Homeland Security Department -- Navigation and Navigable Waters; Technical, Organizational, and Conforming Amendments2014-Jul-072014-14897This final rule makes non-substantive changes throughout Title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The purpose of this final rule is to make conforming amendments and technical corrections to Coast Guard navigation and navigable waters regulations. These changes will have no substantive effect on the regulated public.
National Archives and Records Administration -- NARA Records Subject to FOIA2014-Jun-192014-14114NARA proposes to revise its regulation governing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) access to NARA's archival holdings and NARA's own operational records. On August 5, 2013, NARA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register for a 60-day comment period. The public comment period closed on October 4, 2013. NARA received four sets of comments on the proposed rule. In the course of reviewing the proposed rule and addressing those comments, NARA proposed to make additional substantive revisions beyond those addressed in the comments and any administrative or plain language changes. Therefore, NARA is publishing those new substantive revisions for a second round of public comment. The revisions from both rounds of comments, and the comments received, will be compiled and addressed together when NARA publishes the final regulation.
Defense Department -- Historical Research in the Files of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD)2014-May-082014-10341This proposed rule updates and clarifies procedures regarding the review and accessibility to records and information in the custody of the Secretary of Defense and the OSD Components. The purpose of this rule is to provide such guidance to former Cabinet level officials and former Presidential appointees (FPAs), including their personnel, aides, and official researchers. This rule is part of DoD's retrospective plan, completed in August 2011, under Executive Order 13563, ``Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review.'' DoD's full plan and updates can be accessed at: http://exchange.regulations.gov/exchange/topic/eo-13563.
Veterans Affairs Department -- Disclosures to Participate in State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs2014-Mar-142014-05691This document adopts as final, without change, an interim final rule published in the Federal Register that amended the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) regulations concerning the sharing of certain patient information in order to implement VA's authority to participate in State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMP).
Health and Human Services Department -- Occupational Safety and Health Investigations of Places of Employment; Technical Amendments2014-Jan-162014-00547The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) intends to amend its regulations pertaining to occupational safety and health investigations of places of employment conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to update outdated terminology and strike references to obsolete government offices or divisions. These changes will not affect current practices.
Health and Human Services Department -- Occupational Safety and Health Investigations of Places of Employment2014-Jan-162014-00530The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposes to amend its regulations pertaining to occupational safety and health investigations of places of employment conducted by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), to update outdated terminology and strike references to obsolete government offices or divisions. These proposed changes will not affect current practices.
Farm Credit Administration -- Releasing Information; General Provisions; Accounting and Reporting Requirements; Reports of Accounts and Exposures2013-Dec-242013-30717The Farm Credit Administration (FCA, we, or our) issues this final rule to establish a regulatory framework for the reliable, timely, accurate, and complete reporting of Farm Credit System (System) accounts and exposures for examination activities and risk evaluation. The final rule specifies the reporting requirements and performance responsibilities, including, but not limited to, establishing uniform and standard data fields to be collected from all System institutions and a disciplined and secure delivery of information. The final rule authorizes a Reporting Entity (defined as the Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation (Funding Corporation) or an entity approved by FCA), to collect data from all banks and associations and serve as the central data repository manager. Additionally, the final rule requires all banks and associations to provide data to the Reporting Entity to facilitate the collection, enhancement, and reporting of data to FCA.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program (NOP); Sunset Review (2013)2013-Oct-032013-24208This final rule addresses recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) following their November 2011 and May 2012 meetings. These recommendations pertain to the 2013 Sunset Review of substances on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this final rule continues the allowed uses of multiple synthetic and nonsynthetic substances and the prohibition of one nonsynthetic substance on the National List (along with any restrictive annotations). This rule also removes one synthetic substance from the National List.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program; Proposed Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops and Processing)2013-Aug-222013-20476This proposed rule would amend the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to reflect recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on May 25, 2012 and October 18, 2012. The recommendations addressed in this proposed rule pertain to establishing exemptions (uses) for one substance in organic crop production and two substances in organic processing. Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this proposed rule would add the following substances, along with any restrictive annotations, to the National List: biodegradable biobased mulch film; Citrus hystrix, leaves and fruit; and curry leaves (Murraya koenigii). This action also proposes a new definition for biodegradable biobased mulch film. This proposed rule would also remove two listings for nonorganic agricultural products on the National List, hops (Humulus lupulus) and unmodified rice starch, as their use exemptions expired on January 1, 2013, and June 21, 2009, respectively.
Farm Credit Administration -- Releasing Information; General Provisions; Accounting and Reporting Requirements; Reports of Accounts and Exposures2013-Aug-092013-19231The Farm Credit Administration (FCA, we, or our) is proposing to establish a regulatory framework for the reliable, timely, accurate, and complete reporting of Farm Credit System (System) accounts and exposures for examination activities and risk evaluation. The proposed regulation specifies the reporting requirement(s) and performance responsibilities, including, but not limited to, establishing uniform and standard data fields to be collected from all System institutions and a disciplined and secure delivery of information. The proposed regulation would authorize a Reporting Entity (defined as the Federal Farm Credit Banks Funding Corporation (Funding Corporation) or an entity approved by FCA), to collect data from all banks and associations and serve as the central data repository manager. Additionally, the proposed regulation would require all banks and associations to provide data to the Reporting Entity to facilitate the collection, enhancement, and reporting of data to FCA.
National Archives and Records Administration -- NARA Records Subject to FOIA2013-Aug-052013-18872NARA proposes to revise its regulation governing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) access to NARA's archival holdings and NARA's own operational records. The proposed revisions include clarification of which records are subject to the FOIA and NARA's authority to grant access, and adjustments to NARA's FOIA procedures to incorporate changes resulting from the OPEN FOIA Act of 2009, the OPEN Government Act of 2007, and the Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996 (EFOIA). The proposed rule will affect individuals and organizations that file FOIA requests for NARA operational records and archival holdings.
Interior Department -- Application Procedures, Execution and Filing of Forms: Correction of State Office Address for Filings and Recordings, Including Proper Offices for Recording of Mining Claims; New Mexico/Oklahoma/Texas/Kansas2013-Aug-012013-18523This final rule amends the regulations pertaining to execution and filing of forms in order to reflect the new address of the New Mexico/Oklahoma/Texas/Kansas State Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). All filings and other documents relating to public lands in the States of New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas must be filed at the new address of the State Office.
Veterans Affairs Department -- Patient Access to Records2013-Jul-292013-18057The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its regulation governing disclosure of information to veterans and other beneficiaries. The current regulation provides for a special procedure for evaluating sensitive records and determining whether an individual may gain access to his or her own records. The special procedure allows VA to prevent an individual's access to his or her own records if VA determines that such release could have an adverse effect on the physical or mental health of a requesting individual. We have determined that this special procedure is contrary to law, and therefore remove it from the current regulation.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Use of Meeting Rooms and Public Spaces2013-Jul-102013-16581NARA has amended its regulations on the public use of NARA facilities in the Washington, DC, area. The regulations have been revised to clarify instances where fees may be charged for services related to building use. It also updates contact information for requesting use of NARA public areas in the Washington, DC, National Archives Building and the National Archives at College Park.
Interior Department -- Application Procedures, Execution and Filing of Forms: Correction of State Office Address for Filings and Recordings, Including Proper Offices for Recording of Mining Claims; Oregon/Washington2013-Jun-132013-14033This administrative final rule amends the regulations pertaining to execution and filing of forms in order to reflect the new address of the Oregon/Washington State Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which will move on August 5, 2013. All filings and other documents relating to public lands in the States of Oregon and Washington must be filed at the new address of the State Office.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program (NOP); Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops and Processing)2013-May-282013-12504This final rule amends the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to enact five recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on November 5, 2009, and December 2, 2011. This final rule amends the exemptions (uses) for one substance, peracetic acid, for organic crop production. This final rule also amends the exemptions for three substances used in organic handling: potassium hydroxide, silicon dioxide, and beta-carotene extract color. This final rule also removes the allowance for nonorganic annatto extract color from the National List for organic handling.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program (NOP); Sunset Review (2013)2013-May-032013-10556This proposed rule would address recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) following their November 2011 and May 2012 meetings. These recommendations pertain to the 2013 Sunset Review of substances on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this proposed rule would continue the allowed uses of multiple synthetic and nonsynthetic substances and the prohibition of one nonsynthetic substance on the National List (along with any restrictive annotations). This proposed rule would also remove one synthetic substance from the National List.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Use of Meeting Rooms and Public Spaces2013-Apr-052013-08020NARA proposes to amend its regulations on the public use of NARA facilities in the Washington, DC area. The regulations are being revised to clarify instances where fees may be charged for services related to building use. It also updates contact information for requesting use of NARA public areas in the Washington, DC National Archives Building and the National Archives at College Park.
Veterans Affairs Department -- Disclosures To Participate in State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs2013-Feb-112013-03001The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its regulations concerning the sharing of certain patient information in order to implement VA's authority to participate in State Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs). Participation in PDMPs will allow the VA patient population to benefit from the reduction in negative health outcomes.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program; Proposed Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops and Processing)2013-Feb-052013-02398This proposed rule would amend the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to address recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on November 5, 2009, and December 2, 2011. One recommendation addressed in this proposed rule pertains to amending the annotations for two exemptions (uses) for peracetic acid in organic crop production. Additional NOSB recommendations addressed in this proposed rule pertain to changing the annotations for three substances, potassium hydroxide, silicon dioxide, and beta-carotene extract color, which are currently allowed for use in organic handling. This proposed rule would also address the NOSB recommendation to remove the allowance on the National List for the use of nonorganic annatto extract color in organic handling.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program; Periodic Residue Testing2012-Nov-092012-27378This final rule clarifies a provision of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 and the regulations issued thereunder that requires periodic residue testing of organically produced agricultural products by accredited certifying agents. The final rule amends the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) regulations to make clear that accredited certifying agents must conduct periodic residue testing of agricultural products that are to be sold, labeled, or represented as ``100 percent organic,'' ``organic,'' or ``made with organic (specified ingredients or food group(s)).'' The final rule expands the amount of residue testing of organically produced agricultural products by clarifying that sampling and testing are required on a regular basis. The final rule requires that certifying agents, on an annual basis, sample and conduct residue testing from a minimum of five percent of the operations that they certify. This action will help further ensure the integrity of products produced and handled under the NOP regulations.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program (NOP); Sunset Review (2012) for Nutrient Vitamins and Minerals2012-Sep-272012-23748This interim rule addresses a recommendation submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on April 29, 2011. This recommendation pertains to the 2012 Sunset Review for the exemption (use) of nutrient vitamins and minerals in organic handling on U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). On January 12, 2012, AMS published a proposed rule on the 2012 Sunset Review which proposed to continue the exemption (use) for nutrient vitamins and minerals on the National List for 5 years after its October 21, 2012 sunset date. The proposed rule also proposed to correct an inaccurate cross reference to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations in the listing for vitamins and minerals on the National List. AMS continues to review the public comments on the proposed rule and assess the extent of impacts on the industry that could result from correcting the cross reference to FDA regulations. Therefore, due to the impending sunset of the allowance for nutrients vitamins and minerals from the National List on October 21, 2012, and based on the NOSB recommendation, this interim rule renews, without change, the exemption (use) for nutrient vitamins and minerals on the National List. This interim rule provides for the continued use of nutrients vitamins and minerals in organic products until the agency completes the January 12, 2012, rulemaking.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program (NOP); Amendment to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Livestock)2012-Sep-192012-23083This final rule amends the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to enact one recommendation submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on April 29, 2010. This final rule revises the annotation for one substance on the National List, methionine, to reduce the maximum levels of synthetic methionine allowed in organic poultry production after October 1, 2012. This final rule permits the use of synthetic methionine at the following maximum levels per ton of feed after October 1, 2012: laying and broiler chickens--2 pounds; turkeys and all other poultry--3 pounds. This action also corrects the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) numbers for the allowable forms of synthetic methionine.
Veterans Affairs Department -- Sharing Information Between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense2012-Sep-052012-21816This document adopts as final, without change, the interim final rule published in the Federal Register on October 20, 2011. This final rule removes a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulatory restriction on the sharing of certain medical information with the Department of Defense (DoD) that is not required by the applicable statute and is inconsistent with the intent and purpose of that statute.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program; Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops, Livestock and Processing)2012-Aug-022012-18819This final rule amends the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to enact recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on October 28, 2010, and April 29, 2011. This final rule amends the annotation for tetracycline for use in organic crop production and adds two substances: formic acid and attapulgite, along with any restrictive annotations, for use in organic livestock production and organic processing, respectively.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program (NOP); Sunset Review (2012); Correction2012-Jul-302012-18511This document contains a correction to the final regulations published on June 6, 2012 (77 FR 33290). These regulations pertain to the 2012 Sunset Review of substances on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). A technical error was inadvertently published in the final rule and requires correction. This document corrects the final regulations by revising the listing for ``colors'' at 7 CFR 205.606(d).
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program (NOP); Sunset Review (2012)2012-Jun-062012-13523This final rule addresses recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on April 29, 2010, October 28, 2010, and April 29, 2011. These recommendations pertain to the 2012 Sunset Review of substances on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). Consistent with the NOSB recommendations, this final rule continues, without change, the exemptions (use) and prohibitions for multiple listings on the National List for 5 years after their respective sunset dates. This final rule also amends the exemptions (use) for 7 substances and removes the exemptions for 3 substances on the National List.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program; Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Livestock)2012-May-152012-11722This final rule amends the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to enact two recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on June 20, 2008, and May 30, 2004. This final rule establishes exemptions (uses) for two substances, fenbendazole and moxidectin, along with any restrictive annotations, as parasiticides in organic livestock production.
Farm Credit Administration -- General Provisions; Operating and Strategic Business Planning2012-May-012012-10356The Farm Credit Administration (FCA, we, or our) amends its regulation requiring the board of directors of each Farm Credit System (FCS or System) institution to adopt an operational and strategic business plan (business plan or plan) to include, among other things, outreach toward diversity and inclusion. Each business plan must contain a human capital plan that describes the institution's workforce and management and assesses their strengths and weaknesses; describes succession programs; and includes strategies and actions to strive for diversity and inclusion within the institution's workforce and management. In addition, the business plan of each direct lender institution must include a marketing plan that discusses how the institution will further the objective that the FCS be responsive to the credit needs of all eligible and creditworthy agricultural producers and other eligible persons, with specific outreach toward diversity and inclusion. Further, the regulation requires including skills and diversity as part of the required assessment of the needs of the board of directors and establishes annual reporting requirements to the board.
Veterans Affairs Department -- Drug and Drug-Related Supply Promotion by Pharmaceutical Company Representatives at VA Facilities2012-Mar-052012-5279This final rule amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations regarding access to VA facilities by pharmaceutical company representatives. The purposes of the rule are to reduce or eliminate any potential for disruption in the patient care environment, manage activities and promotions at VA facilities, and provide pharmaceutical company representatives with a consistent standard of permissible business practice at VA facilities. The amendments will facilitate mutually beneficial relationships between VA and pharmaceutical company representatives.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program (NOP); Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops and Processing)2012-Feb-142012-2938This final rule amends the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to enact six recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on May 22, 2008, November 19, 2008, and May 6, 2009. This final rule adds one substance, microcrystalline cheesewax, along with any restrictive annotations, for use in organic mushroom production; and adds three substances, acidified sodium chlorite, dried orange pulp, and Pacific kombu seaweed, with any restrictive annotations, for use in organic handling. This final rule also amends the annotation for one substance used in organic handling, unbleached lecithin, and removes bleached lecithin from the National List.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program; Proposed Amendment to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Livestock)2012-Feb-062012-2628This proposed rule would amend the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to address a recommendation submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on April 29, 2010. Consistent with the recommendation from the NOSB, this proposed rule would revise the annotation for one substance on the National List, methionine, to reduce the maximum levels currently allowed in organic poultry production after October 1, 2012. This proposed rule would permit the use of synthetic methionine at the following maximum levels per ton of feed after October 1, 2012: laying and broiler chickens--2 pounds; turkeys and all other poultry--3 pounds. This action also proposes to correct the Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) numbers for the currently allowable forms of synthetic methionine and seeks comments on these changes.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program (NOP); Sunset Review (2012) for Nutrient Vitamins and Minerals2012-Jan-122012-354This proposed rule would address a recommendation submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on April 29, 2011. The recommendation pertains to the 2012 Sunset Review of the listing for nutrient vitamins and minerals on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). As recommended by the NOSB, the proposed rule would continue the exemption (use) for nutrient vitamins and minerals for 5 years after the October 21, 2012 sunset date. In addition, the proposed rule would amend the annotation to correct an inaccurate cross reference to U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations (FDA). The proposed amendment to the annotation would clarify what synthetic substances are allowed as nutrient vitamins and minerals in organic products labeled as ``organic'' or ``made with organic (specified ingredients or food group(s)).''
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program (NOP); Sunset Review (2012)2012-Jan-122012-362This proposed rule would address recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on April 29, 2010, October 28, 2010, and April 29, 2011. These recommendations pertain to the 2012 Sunset Review of substances on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List). Consistent with the NOSB recommendations, the proposed rule would continue, without change, the exemptions (use) and prohibitions for multiple listings on the National List for 5 years after their respective sunset dates. This proposed rule would amend the exemptions (use) or prohibition for 7 substances and remove the exemption for 3 substances on the National List.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Declassification of National Security Information2011-Dec-292011-33284The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is updating its regulations related to declassification of classified national security information in records transferred to NARA's legal custody. The rule incorporates changes resulting from issuance of Executive Order 13526, Classified National Security Information, and its Implementing Directive. These changes include establishing procedures for the automatic declassification of records in NARA's legal custody and revising requirements for reclassification of information to meet the provisions of E.O. 13526. Executive Order 13526 also created the National Declassification Center (NDC) with a mission to align people, processes, and technologies to advance the declassification and public release of historically valuable permanent records while maintaining national security. This rule will affect members of the public and Federal agencies.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program; Proposed Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops, Livestock and Processing)2011-Nov-082011-28800This proposed rule would amend the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to reflect recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on October 28, 2010, and April 29, 2011. The recommendations addressed in this proposed rule pertain to changing the annotation for one substance, tetracycline, currently allowed for use in organic crop production, and adding two substances, formic acid and attapulgite, along with any restrictive annotations, for use in organic livestock production and organic processing, respectively.
Veterans Affairs Department -- Sharing Information Between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense2011-Oct-202011-27155This document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulation pertaining to the applicability of certain VA regulations that restrict the disclosure of certain medical information to the Department of Defense (DoD). This interim final rule removes a restriction that is not required by the applicable statute, 38 U.S.C. 7332(e), and is inconsistent with the intent and purpose of that statute.
National Archives and Records Administration -- NARA Records Reproduction Fees2011-Oct-112011-26167The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is changing its regulations to add the methodology for creating and changing records reproduction fees, to remove records reproduction fees found in its regulations, and to provide a notification process for the public of new or proposed fees. This final rule covers reproduction of Federal or Presidential records accessioned, donated, or transferred to NARA. Note that there are no proposed changes to fees at any NARA facility at this time.
Veterans Affairs Department -- Release of Information From Department of Veterans Affairs Records2011-Aug-192011-20774This document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations governing the submission and processing of requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in order to implement provisions of the OPEN Government Act of 2007, and to reorganize and clarify existing regulations.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program (NOP); Sunset Review (2011)2011-Aug-032011-19659This final rule addresses recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on November 5, 2009, and April 29, 2010. The recommendations addressed in this final rule pertain to the continued exemption (use) of 12 substances in organic production and handling. Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this final rule continues the exemption (use) of 12 substances (along with any restrictive annotations) on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List).
National Archives and Records Administration -- NARA Records Reproduction Fees2011-Jul-222011-18675NARA is proposing to change its regulations to add the methodology for creating and changing records reproduction fees, to remove records reproduction fees found in its regulations, and to provide a notification process for the public of new or proposed fees. This proposed rule covers reproduction of Federal or Presidential records accessioned, donated, or transferred to NARA. This rule will affect members of the public.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Declassification of National Security Information2011-Jul-082011-17128This proposed rule would update NARA's regulations related to declassification of classified national security information in records transferred to NARA's legal custody. The rule incorporates changes resulting from issuance of Executive Order 13526, Classified National Security Information, and its Implementing Directive. These changes include establishing procedures for the automatic declassification of records in NARA's legal custody and revising requirements for reclassification of information to meet the provisions of E.O. 13526. Executive Order 13526 also created the National Declassification Center (NDC) with a mission to align people, processes, and technologies to advance the declassification and public release of historically valuable permanent records while maintaining national security. This rule will affect members of the public and Federal agencies.
Farm Credit Administration -- General Provisions; Operating and Strategic Business Planning2011-May-252011-12786The Farm Credit Administration (FCA, we or us) proposes to amend its regulation requiring the board of directors of each Farm Credit System (FCS or System) institution to adopt an operational and strategic business plan (business plan) to include, among other things, an emphasis on diversity and inclusion. The proposed amendment would require each plan to contain a human capital plan that includes strategies and actions to achieve diversity and inclusion within the institution's workforce, management and governance structure, and an assessment of the progress the institution has made in accomplishing these strategies and actions; assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the institution's workforce, management and governance structure; and describes the institution's workforce and management succession programs. In addition, each plan would be required to include a marketing plan to, among other things, further the objective that the FCS be responsive to the credit needs of all eligible and creditworthy agricultural producers and other eligible persons with specific attention to diversity and inclusion.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program; Proposed Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Livestock)2011-May-052011-11045This proposed rule would amend the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to reflect recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on June 20, 2008, and May 30, 2004. The recommendations addressed in this proposed rule pertain to establishing exemptions (uses) for two substances, fenbendazole and moxidectin, on the National List as parasiticides in organic livestock production. Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this proposed rule would amend the National List to add these two substances, along with their restrictive annotations.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program; Periodic Residue Testing2011-Apr-292011-10415This proposed rule would clarify a provision of the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 and the regulations issued thereunder that require periodic residue testing of organically produced agricultural products by accredited certifying agents. The proposed rule would amend the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) regulations to make clear that accredited certifying agents must conduct periodic residue testing of agricultural products that are to be sold, labeled, or represented as ``100 percent organic,'' organic,'' or ``made with organic (specified ingredients or food group(s)).'' The proposed rule would expand the amount of residue testing of organically produced agricultural products by clarifying that sampling and testing are required on a regular basis. The proposed rule would require that certifying agents, on an annual basis, sample and conduct residue testing from a minimum of five percent of the operations that they certify. This action would help further ensure the integrity of products produced and handled under the NOP regulations.
Justice Department -- Revision of Voting Rights Procedures2011-Apr-152011-9083The Attorney General finds it necessary to revise the Department of Justice's ``Procedures for the Administration of section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.'' The revisions are needed to clarify the scope of section 5 review based on recent amendments to section 5, make technical clarifications and updates, and provide better guidance to covered jurisdictions and interested members of the public concerning current Department practices. Proposed revised Procedures were published for comment on June 11, 2010, and a 60-day comment period was provided.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program; Amendment to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Livestock)2011-Mar-142011-5716The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting as final, without change, an interim rule published in the Federal Register on August 24, 2010 (75 FR 51919). The interim rule amended the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) based upon a recommendation submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on April 29, 2010. Consistent with the recommendation from the NOSB, the interim rule revised the annotation of one substance on the National List, methionine, to extend its use in organic poultry production until October 1, 2012, at the following maximum levels of synthetic methionine per ton of feed: laying chickens--4 pounds; broiler chickens--5 pounds; turkeys and all other poultry--6 pounds.
Government Accountability Office -- Public Availability of Government Accountability Office Records2011-Mar-082011-4988This rule is a revision of portions of GAO's records rule. These revisions clarify procedures to obtain Government Accountability Office (GAO) documents. Published GAO documents such as testimonies, reports, and decisions are available to the public on GAO's Web site and also may be requested over the telephone. Their wide availability eliminates the need for regulations governing their request, and accordingly published GAO documents are no longer subject to the procedures of this part. The revisions also clarify that records compiled for law enforcement purposes by another agency and records provided by GAO to another agency for law enforcement purposes are not subject to disclosure. The previous regulatory language on this point was imprecise. The changes also add steps to the procedures for using GAO's public reading facility, to facilitate the efficient use of the facility. Finally, the revisions make various housekeeping changes reflecting shifts in GAO's operating procedures. These changes clarify for the public which GAO documents are subject to this part and how to obtain such documents.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Presidential Library Facilities; Correction2011-Mar-022011-4612This document contains a correction to regulations related to architectural and design standards for Presidential libraries and information required in NARA's reports to Congress before accepting title to or entering into an agreement to use land, a facility, and equipment as a Presidential library.
Personnel Management Office -- Garnishment of Accounts Containing Federal Benefit Payments2011-Feb-232011-3782Treasury, SSA, VA, RRB and OPM (Agencies) are issuing an interim final rule to implement statutory restrictions on the garnishment of Federal benefit payments. The rule establishes procedures that financial institutions must follow when they receive a garnishment order against an account holder who receives certain types of Federal benefit payments by direct deposit. The rule requires financial institutions that receive such a garnishment order to determine the sum of such Federal benefit payments deposited to the account during a two month period, and to ensure that the account holder has access to an amount equal to that sum or to the current balance of the account, whichever is lower.
Veterans Affairs Department -- Disclosure of Medical Information to the Surrogate of a Patient Who Lacks Decision-Making Capacity2011-Feb-082011-2750This document amends Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations to reflect changes made by section 504 of the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010. Section 504 authorizes a VA practitioner, when the practitioner deems it necessary to ensure an informed medical decision, to share certain, otherwise protected medical information with the representative of a patient who lacks decision-making capacity. This rulemaking amends VA regulations consistent with this new authority.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Appeal Authority When Researcher Privileges Are Revoked2011-Feb-072011-2033The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is changing the appeal authority for researchers whose privileges have been revoked for specific behaviors, from the Archivist of the United States to the Deputy Archivist of the United States. This change will align the appeal authority for researchers whose research privileges have been revoked with the appeal authority for individuals who have been banned from NARA facilities for prohibited activities. Researchers maintain the same rights of appeal.
National Archives and Records Administration -- New Agency Logos2011-Jan-112011-492NARA is adding four new official logos. One is the new agency- wide official logo for use on agency correspondence and other communications and publicity media. The other three logos are for new offices within NARA--the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), the Controlled Unclassified Information Office (CUI), and the National Declassification Center (NDC).
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program (NOP); Sunset Review (2011)2011-Jan-042010-33138This proposed rule would address recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on November 5, 2009, and April 29, 2010. The recommendations addressed in this proposed rule pertain to the continued exemption (use) of 12 substances in organic production and handling. Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this proposed rule would continue the exemption (use) of 12 substances on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) (along with any restrictive annotations). These substances were originally added to the National List on September 12, 2006.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program; Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops and Processing)2010-Dec-132010-31196This final rule amends the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to enact six recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) from November 30, 2007, and May 22, 2008. This final rule adds aqueous potassium silicate and sodium carbonate peroxyhydrate, along with any restrictive annotations, for use in organic crop production, and adds gellan gum, fortified cooking wine--Marsala, fortified cooking wine-- sherry, and tragacanth gum, along with any restrictive annotations, for use in organic handling. This final rule also removes the listing for glycerine oleate (glycerol monooleate) as the use exemption for this substance as a synthetic inert ingredient in organic crop production expired on December 31, 2006.
Government Accountability Office -- Public Availability of Government Accountability Office Records2010-Nov-242010-29353These proposed revisions would clarify procedures to obtain Government Accountability Office (GAO) documents. Published GAO documents such as testimonies, reports, and decisions are available to the public on GAO's Web site and also may be requested over the telephone. Their wide availability eliminates the need for regulations governing their request, and accordingly published GAO documents would no longer be subject to the procedures of this part under the proposed rule. The revisions would also clarify that records compiled for law enforcement purposes by another agency and records provided by GAO to another agency for law enforcement purposes are not subject to disclosure. The existing regulatory language on this point is imprecise. The proposed changes would add steps to the procedures for using GAO's public reading facility, to facilitate the efficient use of the facility. Finally, the proposed revisions would make various housekeeping changes reflecting shifts in GAO's operating procedures. These proposed changes will clarify for the public which GAO documents are subject to this part and how to obtain such documents.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Changes to NARA Facilities' Hours of Operation2010-Nov-242010-29468The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is changing its regulations that provide NARA facilities' hours of operation. NARA facilities' hours of operation will no longer be listed in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Further, NARA offices must follow specific procedures when changing facilities' hours of operation. These procedures provide the public with advance notice of any proposed changes in hours and will include justification for the change in writing. Note that there are no proposed changes to hours of operation at any NARA facility at this time.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program; Proposed Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops and Processing)2010-Nov-082010-28042This proposed rule would amend the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to reflect recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on May 22, 2008, November 19, 2008, and May 6, 2009. The recommendations addressed in this proposed rule pertain to establishing exemptions (uses) for four substances in organic crop production and organic processing, amending an annotation for one allowed substance, and removing an exemption for one allowed substance. Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this proposed rule would add the following four substances, along with any restrictive annotations, to the National List: Microcrystalline cheesewax; acidified sodium chlorite; dried orange pulp; and Pacific kombu seaweed. This proposed rule would also amend the annotation for lecithin--unbleached, and remove lecithin--bleached, from the National List.
National Archives and Records Administration -- National Historical Publications and Records Commission Grants2010-Oct-282010-27282The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), is amending its regulations by removing individual eligibility for NHPRC grants, changing the time for posting of grant opportunity announcements from four to three months before the application deadline, and reflecting the new Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requirement to use Standard Form (SF) 425, Federal Financial Report. These actions are necessary updates to our business processes and are intended to allow us greater flexibility to respond to changing needs and a simplified financial reporting form and process. This final rule also adjusts the order and format of the definitions section for consistency with other NARA regulations, and makes minor typographical changes for clarity and consistency.
Veterans Affairs Department -- Release of Information From Department of Veterans Affairs Records2010-Oct-142010-25362The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations governing the submission and processing of requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in order to implement provisions of the E-FOIA Act and the Openness in Government Act, and to reorganize and clarify existing regulations. The proposed regulations would establish the procedures and rules necessary for VA to process requests for information under the FOIA, including matters such as how to file a request or appeal, how requests for business information are handled, and how issues regarding fees are resolved. The intended effect of these regulations is to implement legislative changes made to the FOIA, as noted above, and to provide the public clear instructions and useful information regarding the filing and processing of FOIA requests.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Changes to NARA Facilities' Hours of Operation2010-Sep-082010-22336The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is proposing to revise its regulations that provide NARA facilities' hours of operation. The proposed regulations will remove NARA facilities' hours of operation from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and establish procedures that NARA offices must follow when changing facilities' hours of operation. The proposed procedures will provide the public with advance notice of any proposed changes in hours and will include justification for the change in writing. Note that there are no proposed changes to hours of operation at any NARA facility at this time.
Veterans Affairs Department -- Deceased Indebted Servicemembers and Veterans: Authority Concerning Certain Indebtedness2010-Aug-312010-21668This document amends Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations to implement certain statutory provisions that grant limited authority to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to terminate collection action on certain debts arising from a VA benefit program when the indebted individual is a member of the Armed Forces or a veteran who dies as a result of injury incurred or aggravated in the line of duty while serving in a theater of combat operations in a war or in combat against a hostile force during a period of hostilities on or after September 11, 2001, and to refund amounts collected after the individual's death. This document also implements statutory provisions that grant the Secretary discretionary authority to suspend or terminate collection of debts owed to VA by individuals who died while serving on active duty as a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard during a period when the Coast Guard is operating as a service in the Navy, and to refund amounts collected after the individual's death.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program; Amendment to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Livestock)2010-Aug-242010-20977This interim rule amends the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to incorporate a recommendation submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on April 29, 2010. Consistent with the recommendation from the NOSB, this interim rule revises the annotation of one substance on the National List, methionine, to extend its use in organic poultry production until October 1, 2012, at the following maximum levels of synthetic methionine per ton of feed: Laying chickens--4 pounds; broiler chickens--5 pounds; turkeys and all other poultry--6 pounds. Comments are requested on this interim rule. On April 29, 2010, the NOSB also recommended to extend the allowance for synthetic methionine beyond October 1, 2012, to October 1, 2015, and decrease the maximum level of synthetic methionine permitted per ton of feed ration to the following levels: 2 pounds for laying and broiler chickens, and 3 pounds for turkeys and all other poultry. The NOSB further recommended that consideration of synthetic methionine after its anticipated October 1, 2015 expiration should take place through the Board's sunset review process rather than through the petition process. The Secretary intends to incorporate the NOSB's recommended reductions in allowable levels in a subsequent rulemaking to address the allowance for synthetic methionine for the period between October 1, 2012, and October 15, 2015.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program; Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops)2010-Jul-062010-16335This final rule amends the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to enact two recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on November 19, 2008, and May 6, 2009. This final rule revises the annotation for tetracycline to eliminate the parenthetical reference and add an expiration date, and adds sulfurous acid, along with a restrictive annotation, to the National List for use in organic crop production.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Classified National Security Information2010-Jun-282010-15443The Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), is publishing this Directive as a final rule and pursuant to Executive Order 13526 (hereafter the Order), relating to classified national security information. The Executive order prescribes a uniform system for classifying, safeguarding, and declassifying national security information. It also establishes a monitoring system to enhance its effectiveness. This Directive sets forth guidance to agencies on original and derivative classification, downgrading, declassification, and safeguarding of classified national security information.
Farm Credit Administration -- Farm Credit Administration Board Meetings; Assessment and Apportionment of Administrative Expenses; Standards of Conduct and Referral of Known or Suspected Criminal Violations; Loan Policies and Operations; Funding and Fiscal Affairs, Loan Policies and Operations, and Funding Operations; General Provisions; and Title IV Conservators, Receivers, and Voluntary Liquidations; Technical Changes2010-Jun-242010-15327The Farm Credit Administration (FCA or Agency) amends the current regulations in parts 604, 607, 612, 614, 615, 618, and 627 to eliminate unnecessary, redundant or outdated regulations, to correct cross-reference errors, and to clarify the intent of a regulatory provision. This direct final rule covers issues that are technical in nature.
Justice Department -- Revision of the Procedures for the Administration of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act2010-Jun-112010-13393The Attorney General is considering amendments to the Department of Justice's ``Procedures for the Administration of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.'' The proposed amendments are designed to clarify the scope of section 5 review based on recent amendments to section 5, make technical clarifications and updates, and provide better guidance to covered jurisdictions and minority citizens concerning current Department practices. Interested persons are invited to participate in the consideration of these amendments.
Veterans Affairs Department -- Drug and Drug-Related Supply Promotion by Pharmaceutical Company Sales Representatives at VA Facilities2010-May-112010-11170The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is republishing the proposed rule document that was published on May 5, 2010, in the Federal Register to provide the address that the public needs to submit their comments. In that document, we inadvertently omitted the ADDRESSES section for public comments. As a convenience to the public, instead of merely publishing a correction document, we are republishing the entire proposed rule with the ADDRESSES section and a new 60-day comment period. These are the only two changes made to the proposed rule. The purposes of the proposed rule are to reduce or eliminate any potential for disruption in the patient care environment, manage activities and promotions at VA facilities, and provide sales representatives with a consistent standard of permissible business practice at VA facilities. It would also facilitate mutually beneficial relationships between VA and such sales representatives.
Veterans Affairs Department -- Drug and Drug-Related Supply Promotion by Pharmaceutical Company Sales Representatives at VA Facilities2010-May-052010-10629The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations regarding access to VA facilities to control the promotion of drugs and drug-related supplies at VA facilities and the business relationships between VA staff and sales representatives promoting drugs and drug-related supplies. The purposes of the proposed rule are to reduce or eliminate any potential for disruption in the patient care environment, manage activities and promotions at VA facilities, and provide sales representatives with a consistent standard of permissible business practice at VA facilities. It would also facilitate mutually beneficial relationships between VA and such sales representatives.
Personnel Management Office -- Garnishment of Accounts Containing Federal Benefit Payments2010-Apr-192010-8899Treasury, SSA, VA, RRB and OPM (Agencies) are publishing for comment a proposed rule to implement statutory restrictions on the garnishment of Federal benefit payments. The Agencies are taking this action in response to recent developments in technology and debt collection practices that have led to an increase in the freezing of accounts containing Federal benefit payments. The proposed rule would establish procedures that financial institutions must follow when a garnishment order is received for an account into which Federal benefit payments have been directly deposited. The proposed rule would require financial institutions that receive a garnishment order for an account to determine whether any Federal benefit payments were deposited to the account within 60 calendar days prior to receipt of the order and, if so, would require the financial institution to ensure that the account holder has access to an amount equal to the sum of such payments in the account or to the current balance of the account, whichever is lower.
National Archives and Records Administration -- NARA Facility Locations and Hours2010-Apr-152010-8567NARA is amending several of its regulations; the amendments include a change to the naming convention for the regional archives, a new logo for NARA's regional records service office, and the addition of facility information for the locations of two NARA records centers. NARA is changing the naming convention for the regional archives, currently identified in the regulations by a geographic location following the name of the region (e.g. NARA-Northeast Region (Boston)). The Office of Regional Records Services has determined that the naming convention ``The National Archives at [metropolitan city name]'' will better identify to the public the services provided by NARA's regional archives located throughout the U.S. In conjunction with the new naming convention, the NARA headquarters office that administers NARA's regional records services, the Office of the Regional Records Services, has designed a new logo for the headquarters office; each of the regional archives will customize the logo by including their specific city name. The Federal Records Center Program of the Office of the Regional Records Services has also added two facilities to its list of locations. Because this rulemaking is a direct final rulemaking, the effective date will be the date of publication.
Veterans Affairs Department -- Removal of Obsolete References to Herbicides Containing Dioxin2010-Apr-082010-7792The Department of Veterans (VA) is amending its regulation concerning evaluation of studies relating to the health effects of exposure to herbicides containing dioxin and radiation to remove the obsolete references to herbicides containing dioxin. This final rule reflects changes made by the Agent Orange Act of 1991 in the procedures for VA's evaluation of the health effects of exposure to herbicides containing dioxin. This document makes non-substantive changes for the purpose of removing obsolete regulatory provisions.
National Archives and Records Administration -- National Historical Publications and Records Commission; Proposal To Amend Regulations2010-Apr-072010-7779The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), is proposing to amend its regulations by removing individual eligibility for NHPRC grants, changing the time for posting of grant opportunity announcements from four to three months before the application deadline, and reflecting the new Office of Management and Budget (OMB) requirement to use Standard Form (SF) 425, Federal Financial Report. These actions are necessary updates to our business processes and are intended to allow us greater flexibility to respond to changing needs and a simplified financial reporting form and process. This proposal also adjusts the order and format of the definitions section for consistency with other NARA regulations, and makes minor typographical changes for clarity and consistency.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Researcher Identification Card2010-Mar-082010-4838NARA is amending its regulations to require researchers using original records, NARA microfilm, and public use computers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, to obtain a researcher identification card. Under the new requirements, researchers at regional archives are also required to obtain a researcher identification card when there is no separate research room for the use of microfilm and public access computers.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program; Access to Pasture (Livestock)2010-Feb-172010-3023This final rule amends livestock and related provisions of the NOP regulations. Under the NOP, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) oversees national standards for the production and handling of organically produced agricultural products. AMS has taken this action to ensure that NOP livestock production regulations have sufficient specificity and clarity to enable AMS and accredited certifying agents to efficiently administer the NOP and to facilitate and improve compliance and enforcement. This action is also intended to satisfy consumer expectations that ruminant livestock animals graze on pastures during the grazing season. This action provides clarification and specificity to the livestock feed and living conditions provisions and establishes a pasture practice standard for ruminant animals. In doing so, producers are required to: provide year-round access for all animals to the outdoors, recognize pasture as a crop, establish a functioning management plan for pasture, incorporate the pasture management plan into their organic system plan (OSP), provide ruminants with pasture throughout the grazing season for their geographical location, and ensure ruminants derive not less than an average of 30 percent of their dry matter intake (DMI) requirement from pasture grazed over the course of the grazing season. The proposed requirements for fencing of water bodies and providing water at all times, indoors and outdoors, and the requirement for a sacrificial pasture have been deleted in this final rule. In addition, the proposed amendment to the origin of livestock section has been deleted in this final rule as issues pertaining to that topic will be reviewed and evaluated separately from this action. This final rule requires that producers maintain ruminant slaughter stock on pasture for each day that the finishing period corresponds with the grazing season for the geographical location. However, this rule exempts ruminant slaughter stock from the 30 percent DMI from grazing requirement during the finishing period. Although we are issuing this as a final rule, we are requesting comments on the exceptions for finish feeding of ruminant slaughter stock, as discussed below under ``Livestock living conditions--Changes based on comments.'' The agency is providing an additional 60 day period to receive comments on provision Sec. 205.239(d).
National Archives and Records Administration -- Photography in Public Exhibit Space2010-Jan-252010-1331NARA has revised its regulations on the use of film, photographic and videotape equipment inside the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Filming, photographing, and videotaping for personal use will be prohibited in exhibits of the National Archives Experience (NAE) in Washington, DC, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights (known as the Charters of Freedom) in the Rotunda of the National Archives Building. In 2003 NARA installed exhibit cases for displaying the Charters and other NAE documents to provide better clarity for viewing the exhibits. NARA seeks to ensure the necessary protection for the documents from the cumulative effects of photographic flash and to enhance the overall visitor experience.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program; Proposed Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops)2010-Jan-122010-165This proposed rule would amend the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to reflect recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on November 19, 2008, and May 6, 2009. The recommendations addressed in this proposed rule pertain to amending an annotation for one exempted material on the National List and establishing an exemption (use) for another material in organic crop production. Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this proposed rule would amend the annotation for a listed substance and add one substance, along with any restrictive annotation, to the National List.
Defense Department -- Naval Discharge Review Board2010-Jan-069-31231The Department of the Navy amends its rules under 32 CFR Part 724 to reflect the name change of the Naval Council of Personnel Boards to the Secretary of the Navy Council of Review Boards and to update other administrative information pertaining to the Naval Discharge Review Board.
Federal Election Commission -- Privacy Act, Government in the Sunshine Act, Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”), and Federal Election Campaign Act (“FECA”) Rules; Corrections2010-Jan-049-30797The Commission is making technical amendments to various sections of the Privacy Act, Government in the Sunshine Act, FOIA, and FECA rules.
Postal Regulatory Commission -- Freedom of Information Act Regulations2009-Nov-059-26144The Commission is adopting final rules related to the Freedom of Information Act. The final rules reflect several changes made in response to commenters' suggestions. They implement recent amendments clarifying the relationship of these rules to others, and make minor editorial and conforming changes.
Transportation Department -- Removal of Delegations of Authority to Secretary2009-Oct-159-24674The Surface Transportation Board (Board or STB) amends its regulations by eliminating the Secretary of the Board, reassigning the delegations of authority from the Secretary to other Offices of the Board, and making additional updates to eliminate incorrect or obsolete references. Because these administrative final rules amend internal agency practice and procedure, this action is exempt from the usual requirement for notice and an opportunity for public comment under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(A) of the Administrative Procedure Act.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Researcher Identification Card2009-Sep-259-23225The proposed rule will require researchers using original records, NARA microfilm, and public use computers at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, to obtain a researcher identification card. Researchers at regional archives are also required to obtain a researcher identification card when there is no separate research room for the use of microfilm and public access computers. The proposed rule also updates our regulations to reflect changes in available technology and research room practices, such as abolishing the three-hour time limit for using microfilm readers. This proposed rule will affect the public.
National Archives and Records Administration -- NARA Facility Locations and Hours2009-Sep-169-22403NARA is changing the hours open to the public for our Kansas City, Missouri, and New York City regional archives. The Kansas City regional archives relocated on March 17, 2009, to the Union Station Complex at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri. NARA is shifting the hours open to the public at the New York City regional archives to better serve the public for the range of hours covering the majority of visits. This rule will affect the public.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Photography in Public Exhibit Space2009-Jul-319-18461The proposed rule limits the use of film, photographic, and videotape equipment inside the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Filming, photographing, and videotaping will be prohibited in exhibits of the National Archives Experience (NAE) in Washington, DC, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights (known as the Charters of Freedom) in the Rotunda of the National Archives Building. In 2003 NARA installed new exhibit cases for displaying the Charters and other NAE documents to provide better clarity for viewing the exhibits. NARA seeks to ensure the necessary protection for the documents from the cumulative effects of photographic flash.
National Credit Union Administration -- Credit Union Reporting2009-Jul-219-17312NCUA is amending its reporting procedures and record retention requirements to conform regulatory provisions to its new, Web-based reporting system. The rule incorporates into the regulation a statutory requirement on reporting changes in senior officials resulting from election or appointments and clarifies requirements on when a credit union files reports with NCUA online. The rule also provides alternative reporting methods for credit unions unable to submit online reports.
Federal Housing Finance Board -- Privacy Act Implementation2009-Jul-149-16678The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is issuing a final regulation to provide the procedures and guidelines under which it will implement the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. The regulation provides the policies and procedures whereby individuals may obtain notification of whether an FHFA system of records contains information about the individual and, if so, how to access or amend a record under the Privacy Act. Upon adoption of this regulation the Privacy Act regulations of the Federal Housing Finance Board and the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, will be removed.
Postal Regulatory Commission -- Freedom of Information Act Regulations2009-Jul-139-16417The Commission is proposing to revise rules related to the Freedom of Information Act. The proposed revisions implement recent amendments, clarify the relationship of these rules to others, and make minor editorial and conforming changes.
Defense Department -- Naval Discharge Review Board2009-Jun-309-15463The Department of the Navy is amending its regulations to reflect the name change of the Naval Council of Personnel Boards to the Secretary of the Navy Council of Review Boards and to update other administrative information pertaining to the Naval Discharge Review Board.
National Archives and Records Administration -- NARA Facility Locations and Hours2009-Jun-129-14009NARA proposes to change the hours open to the public for our Kansas City, Missouri, and New York City regional archives. The Kansas City regional archives relocated on March 17, 2009, to the Union Station Complex at 400 West Pershing Road, Kansas City, Missouri. NARA is also proposing to shift the hours open to the public at the New York City regional archives to better serve the public for the range of hours covering the majority of visits. This proposed rule will affect the public.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program; Proposed Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops and Processing)2009-Jun-039-12818This proposed rule would amend the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to reflect recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on November 30, 2007, and May 22, 2008. The recommendations addressed in this proposed rule pertain to exemptions (uses) for six substances in organic crop production and organic processing. Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this proposed rule would add six substances, along with any restrictive annotations, to the National List. This proposed rule would also remove one substance from the National List, as the exemption for use in organic crop production has expired.
Federal Housing Finance Board -- Privacy Act Implementation2009-May-159-11330The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) is proposing a regulation providing the procedures and guidelines under which it will implement the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. The proposed regulation describes the policies and procedures whereby individuals may obtain notification of whether an FHFA system of records contains information about the individual and, if so, how to access or amend a record under the Privacy Act. Upon adoption of this regulation the Privacy Act regulations of the Federal Housing Finance Board and the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, will be removed.
National Credit Union Administration -- Credit Union Reporting2009-Mar-269-6727NCUA is modernizing the way insured credit unions submit reports and other important information and has developed an online, Web-based system to make reporting more efficient and cost effective. The new system will also enhance the accuracy of information by providing a means for updating certain data outside the financial reporting cycle. NCUA is proposing revisions to its regulations involving reporting procedures and record retention requirements to conform regulatory provisions to the new online system. The proposal incorporates into the regulation a statutory requirement on reporting changes in senior officials resulting from election or appointments and would clarify requirements on when credit unions file reports with NCUA online. The proposal also includes provisions that provide alternative reporting methods for credit unions unable to submit online reports.
Postal Service -- Freedom of Information Act2008-Dec-308-28386The Postal Service proposes to amend its regulations relating to records and information management. The proposed revisions contain, in part, new provisions to comply with Executive Order (EO) 13,392, entitled ``Improving Agency Disclosure of Information.''
National Archives and Records Administration -- Testimony by NARA Employees Relating to Agency Information and Production of Records in Legal Proceedings2008-Dec-298-30885The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is revising its regulations relating to demands for records or testimony in legal proceedings. The rule is intended to facilitate access to records in NARA's custody, centralize agency decision making in response to demands for records or testimony, minimize the disruption of official duties in complying with demands, maintain agency control over the release of agency information, and protect the interests of the United States. In addition, this rule consolidates existing regulations and applies to demands in legal proceedings where the United States is a party and to demands in legal proceedings where the United States is not a party. The rule affects parties to lawsuits and their counsel.
Veterans Affairs Department -- Disclosure of Information to Organ, Tissue and Eye Procurement Organizations2008-Nov-038-26172This document adopts, with changes, a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) interim final rule that implemented provisions of the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006 concerning disclosure of information to organ, tissue and eye procurement organizations. The regulation will provide authority for VA to provide individually-identifiable VA medical records of veterans or dependents of veterans who are deceased or whose death is imminent to representatives of organ procurement organizations, eye banks, and tissue banks to determine whether the patients are suitable potential donors. This document modifies the interim final rule to clarify the definition of ``near death'' and to correct a grammatical error in the definition of ``procurement organization.'' This document also clarifies that eye bank and tissue bank registration with FDA must have an active status.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program (NOP)-Access to Pasture (Livestock)2008-Oct-248-25094This proposed rule would amend livestock and related provisions of the NOP. Comments have been received from consumers, producers, certifying agents, trade associations, retailers, organic associations, animal welfare organizations, consumer groups, and various industry groups seeking greater detail on the role of pasture in organic livestock production. Also since implementation of the NOP in 2002, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has made several recommendations regarding the role of pasture. As a result of comments, complaints, and noncompliances, we are proposing amendments to the livestock provisions of the NOP. This proposed rule provides greater detail for selected provisions of the existing livestock regulations, especially as they relate to pasture and ruminant animals. By specifying in greater detail that producers are to provide ruminants with pasture, recognize pasture as a crop, and incorporate pasture into their organic system plan, producers will have better records and tools for managing pasture and demonstrating compliance with the livestock regulations. Certifying agents will have better tools for measuring compliance with the livestock regulations. Consumers will have better assurances that the organic label is applied in ways that meet their expectations that ruminant livestock animals graze pastures during the growing season. This proposed rule would also clarify the replacement animal provision for dairy animals.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program (NOP), Sunset Review (2008)2008-Oct-098-24114This final rule amends the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) regulations to enact recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). The amendments addressed in this final rule pertain to the continued exemption (use) and prohibition of 12 substances in organic production and handling. Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this final rule renews 11 exemptions and 1 prohibition on the National List (along with any restrictive annotations) and corrects the Tartaric acid listings by adding annotations originally recommended to the Secretary.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Federal Records Management; Media Neutral Schedules2008-Oct-028-23379This document contains a correction to the final regulations, which were published in the Federal Register of Thursday, November 15, 2007 (72 FR 64155). The regulations allowed agencies to make new Federal records schedules and certain existing approved records schedules applicable to series of records regardless of the medium in which the records are created and maintained.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program; Amendment to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Livestock)2008-Sep-188-21785This final rule amends the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to reflect one recommendation submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on May 22, 2008. Consistent with the recommendation from the NOSB, this final rule revises the annotation of one substance on the National List, Methionine, to extend its use in organic poultry production until October 1, 2010.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Agency Records Centers2008-Jul-248-17080This document amends NARA's regulations related to the storage requirements for agency records, to correct language contained in final regulations that were published in the Federal Register of Thursday, December 2, 1999, (64 FR 67660).
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program (NOP); Sunset Review (2008)2008-Jul-148-15389This proposed rule would amend the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) regulations to reflect recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on November 30, 2007, and May 22, 2008. The recommendations addressed in this proposed rule pertain to the continued exemption (use) and prohibition of 12 substances in organic production and handling. Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this proposed rule would renew the 11 exemptions and 1 prohibition on the National List (along with any restrictive annotations) and correct the Tartaric acid listings by adding annotations originally recommended to the Secretary on November 1, 1995.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program; Proposed Amendment to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Livestock)2008-Jul-148-15390This proposed rule would amend the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) to reflect one recommendation submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on May 22, 2008. Consistent with the recommendation from the NOSB, this proposed rule would revise the annotation of one substance on the National List, Methionine, to extend its use in organic poultry production until October 1, 2010.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Use of Meeting Rooms and Public Space2008-Jun-308-14706NARA is amending its regulations on public use of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, for meetings or special events. This rule incorporates changes in available space as a result of the renovation of the National Archives Building by identifying the kinds of space available and procedures for requesting use. NARA also will charge fees for the use of public areas in the National Archives Building in accordance with 44 U.S.C. 2903(b). This rule affects the public.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Presidential Library Facilities2008-Jun-178-13465The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is issuing regulations under the Presidential Libraries Act (PLA) amendments of 1986 (codified at 44 U.S.C. 2112). Section 2112 requires the Archivist of the United States to promulgate architectural and design standards for Presidential libraries and to report to Congress before accepting title to or entering into an agreement to use land, a facility, and equipment as a Presidential library. The Archivist must also report to Congress before accepting a gift for the purpose of making any physical or material change or addition to an existing library. Because new Presidential libraries have traditionally been built by private, nonprofit charitable foundations, either by themselves or in collaboration with state and local government or universities, this rule will affect these nonfederal entities.
Veterans Affairs Department -- Accreditation of Agents and Attorneys; Agent and Attorney Fees2008-May-228-10779The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations governing the representation of claimants for veterans benefits in order to implement provisions of the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006, and to reorganize and clarify existing regulations. As amended, the regulations establish the procedures and rules necessary for VA to facilitate the paid representation of claimants by accredited agents and attorneys after a Notice of Disagreement has been filed with respect to a case. The purpose of these regulations is to fulfill Congress' direction that agents and attorneys may be paid for services rendered after a Notice of Disagreement is filed with respect to a decision by an agency of original jurisdiction while ensuring that claimants for veterans benefits have responsible, qualified representation.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Use of Meeting Rooms and Public Space2008-Apr-048-7126NARA proposes to amend its regulations on public use of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, for meetings or special events. This proposal incorporates changes in available space as a result of the renovation of the National Archives Building by identifying the kinds of space available and procedures for requesting use. NARA also proposes to charge fees for the use of public areas in the National Archives Building in accordance with 44 U.S.C. 2903(b). The proposed rule affects the public.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Locations and Hours; Changes in NARA Research Room Hours2008-Apr-038-6984NARA is revising its regulations to increase the number of hours its archival research rooms are open in the Washington, DC, area. In response to an interim final rule published on February 1, 2008, we received 53 comments, which are discussed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this preamble. This final rule document confirms without change to the rule the effective date of the regulation.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Locations and Hours; Changes in NARA Research Room Hours2008-Feb-018-1947NARA is revising its regulations to increase the number of hours its archival research rooms are open in the Washington, DC, area. At the beginning of fiscal year (FY) 2007, NARA reduced the extended hours that these research rooms were open to the public because of fiscal constraints. For the FY 2008 NARA budget, the Congress has provided funding to increase the hours. This regulation will affect individuals who use our archival research rooms in the National Archives Building and National Archives at College Park facility. This rule also adds the Nixon Presidential Library and revises the address of our Fort Worth facility to our list of research facilities.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Presidential Library Facilities2007-Dec-207-24746The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is issuing regulations under the Presidential Libraries Act (PLA) amendments of 1986 (codified at 44 U.S.C. 2112). Section 2112 requires the Archivist of the United States to promulgate architectural and design standards for Presidential libraries and to report to Congress before he accepts title to or enters into an agreement to use land, a facility, and equipment as a Presidential library. The Archivist must also report to Congress before accepting a gift for the purpose of making any physical or material change or addition to an existing library. Because new Presidential libraries have traditionally been built by private, nonprofit charitable foundations, either by themselves or in collaboration with state and local government or universities, this proposed rule will affect these nonfederal entities.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program (NOP); Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Livestock)2007-Dec-127-23915This final rule amends the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) regulations to enact recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) from October 30, 2000, through March 3, 2005. Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this final rule adds two defined terms and nine substances, along with any restrictive annotations, and a category of substances to the National List.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program (NOP); Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops and Livestock)2007-Dec-107-23880This final rule amends the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) regulations to reflect recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) on August 17, 2005. Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this final rule adds one substance, along with any restrictive annotations, to two sections of the National List. This final rule also clarifies the use and prohibition of chitosan.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Testimony by NARA Employees Relating to Agency Information and Production of Records in Legal Proceedings2007-Nov-167-22494The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is proposing to revise its regulations relating to demands for records or testimony in legal proceedings. The rule is intended to facilitate access to records in NARA's custody, centralize agency decisionmaking in response to demands for records or testimony, minimize the disruption of official duties in complying with demands, maintain agency control over the release of agency information, and protect the interests of the United States. The proposed rule affects parties to lawsuits and their counsel.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Federal Records Management; Media Neutral Schedules2007-Nov-157-22376The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is revising its regulations on scheduling Federal records to make future records schedules and certain existing approved records schedules applicable to series of records regardless of the medium in which the records are created and maintained. Both the agency (in submitting the schedule) and NARA (in approving the schedule) would be able to specify that certain disposition authorities are valid only for the current media/format of the records. Although agencies currently are permitted to submit ``media-neutral'' records schedules, most existing records schedules were developed for hard-copy (usually paper) recordkeeping systems and do not state that they apply to records in other formats. Therefore, agencies have been required to submit new schedules when they convert from a hard-copy system of records, including special media records (such as still pictures, aerial photography, maps, charts, drawings, motion picture film, analog videotape, and analog sound recordings), to an electronic system. This rule makes all new schedules media neutral unless otherwise specified and allows schedules previously approved for hard copy records to be applied to electronic versions of the files if certain conditions are met. The new rule will reduce the workload for both agencies and NARA, allowing them to focus resources on critical records management needs.
Treasury Department -- Implementing Procedures for Mandatory Declassification Review and Access to Classified Information by Historical Researchers, Former Treasury Presidential and Vice Presidential Appointees, and Former Presidents and Vice Presidents2007-Nov-087-21951Section 5.4 of Executive Order 13292 requires the Department of the Treasury to promulgate implementing regulations with respect to classified national security information and to publish such regulations to the extent that they affect members of the public. These regulations relate to the processing of mandatory declassification review requests by the public and providing access to classified information, consistent with the interest of the national security, to historical researchers, former Treasury Presidential and Vice Presidential appointees, and former Presidents and Vice Presidents. The Department of the Treasury is revising its implementing regulations relating to classified national security information in 31 CFR part 2 to address only these two matters relating to the public. All other Treasury regulations pertaining to internal procedures governing classified national security information under Executive Order 13292 have been transferred to the Treasury Security Manual.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program, Sunset Review2007-Oct-167-20326This rule amends the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) regulations to reflect recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) from November 17, 2005 through October 19, 2006. The amendments addressed in this final rule pertain to the continued exemption (use) and prohibition of 168 substances in organic production and handling. Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this final rule renews 165 exemptions and prohibitions on the National List (along with any restrictive annotations) and removes 3 exemptions from the National List.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Public Availability and Use of Federal Records2007-Sep-117-17913The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is proposing to revise its regulations implementing the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The proposed revisions update the regulations for access and release of information under the FOIA among NARA's archival holdings and NARA's own operational records.
Government Accountability Office -- Public Availability of Government Accountability Office Records2007-Sep-047-17457GAO amends its records rule to clarify and broaden the existing exemption regarding the disclosure of congressional correspondence and to add a new provision regarding the handling of requests for records of interviews created by GAO in connection with its work. Specifically, the revision to the congressional correspondence exemption enables GAO to release or withhold congressional correspondence without prior congressional authorization. The new provision ensures that an agency from which an interview was obtained is notified of a request for the record of interview and receives an opportunity to advise GAO whether the record of interview or portions thereof should be exempt from disclosure. The new provision will enhance the open, frank, and honest exchange of information from other agencies, nonfederal organizations, and individuals to GAO during the course of a GAO audit, evaluation, or investigation.
Government Ethics Office -- Technical Amendments to Office of Government Ethics Freedom of Information Act Regulation: Designations Under E.O. 13392 and Updates to Contact Numbers and Addition of E-Mail Address2007-Aug-287-16940The Office of Government Ethics is amending its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulation to indicate certain designations under Executive Order 13392 on FOIA improvement and to provide updated OGE contact numbers and an E-mail address for FOIA requests.
Veterans Affairs Department -- Disclosure of Information to Organ Procurement Organizations2007-Aug-237-16648This document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) regulations to implement section 204 of the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006. This regulatory change will provide authority for VA to provide individually-identifiable VA medical records of veterans or dependents of veterans who are deceased or whose death is imminent to representatives of organ procurement organizations (OPOs) as defined in section 371(b) of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), eye banks, and tissue banks to determine whether the patients are suitable potential donors.
National Archives and Records Administration -- NARA Reproduction Fees2007-Aug-177-16233NARA is revising its fees for reproduction of records and other materials in the custody of the Archivist of the United States. This rule covers reproduction of Federal records created by other agencies that are in the National Archives of the United States, donated historical materials, Presidential records, Nixon Presidential historical materials, and records filed with the Office of the Federal Register. The fees are being changed to reflect current costs of providing the reproductions. This rule will affect the public and Federal agencies.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program (NOP)-Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Processing)2007-Jun-2707-3142This Interim final rule amends the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) regulations to enact 38 recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) during public meetings held May 6-8, 2002, in Austin, Texas, and March 27-29, 2007, in Washington, DC. This action is also being taken to provide an additional 60 days for the public to comment on these 38 amendments to the National List.
National Archives and Records Administration -- NARA Reproduction Fees2007-May-297-10359NARA is revising its regulations relating to reproduction of records and other materials in the custody of the Archivist of the United States. We have determined that it is not appropriate to include in those regulations the reproduction of records of other Federal agencies stored in NARA Federal records centers that are not in our legal custody. This final rule will affect individuals and Federal agencies who request copies of Federal agency records in NARA Federal records centers.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program (NOP)-Proposed Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Processing)2007-May-1507-2388This proposed rule proposes to amend the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) regulations to enact recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) during public meetings held May 6-8, 2002, in Austin, Texas, and March 27-29, 2007, in Washington, DC. Consistent with the NOSB recommendations, this proposed rule proposes to add 38 substances, along with any restrictive annotations, to the National List regulations.
Agriculture Department -- Clear Title; Technical Changes2007-May-087-8794We are adopting as a final rule, with change, an interim rule that amended Clear Title regulations to allow States to use an approved unique identifier as an alternative to a social security number or taxpayer identification number in their systems providing clear title information. The change to the interim rule meets the express statutory requirement that an approved unique identifier be numerically organized on master lists. We are making additional changes to the clear title regulations as required by the amendments made by the 2002 Farm Bill. The primary effect of these changes will be to protect the identity of the producers of farm products. Secondary effects of the technical changes will be to improve the operation of the program and provide the States with more flexibility.
Veterans Affairs Department -- Accreditation of Agents and Attorneys; Agent and Attorney Fees2007-May-077-8642The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its regulations governing the representation of claimants for veterans benefits in order to implement provisions of the Veterans Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006, and to reorganize and clarify existing regulations. The proposed regulations would establish the procedures and rules necessary for VA to facilitate the paid representation of claimants by accredited agents and attorneys after a notice of disagreement has been filed with respect to a case. The intended effect of these regulations is to fulfill Congress' direction that agents and attorneys may be paid for services rendered after a notice of disagreement is filed with respect to a decision by an agency of original jurisdiction while ensuring that claimants for veterans benefits have responsible qualified representation in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for veterans benefits.
Social Security Administration -- Privacy and Disclosure of Official Records and Information2007-Apr-277-7940These final rules revise our privacy and disclosure rules to clarify certain provisions and to provide expanded regulatory support for new and existing responsibilities and functions. These changes in the regulations will increase Agency efficiency and ensure consistency in the implementation of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) policies and responsibilities under the Privacy Act and the Social Security Act.
National Transportation Safety Board -- Public Availability of Information2007-Apr-167-7103The NTSB is updating its regulations regarding the availability of information. This amendment updates the NTSB regulations that implement the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act, notifies the public of changes in the NTSB's Freedom of Information Act processing procedures and, in general, advises the public on the availability of information from NTSB accident investigations.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program, Sunset Review2007-Mar-067-3829This proposed rule would amend the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) regulations to reflect recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) from November 17, 2005 through October 19, 2006. The recommendations addressed in this proposed rule pertain to the continued exemption (use) and prohibition of 169 substances in organic production and handling. Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this proposed rule would renew 166 of the 169 exemptions and prohibitions on the National List (along with any restrictive annotations), and remove 3 exemptions from the National List.
National Archives and Records Administration -- NARA Reproduction Fees2007-Feb-267-3160NARA is revising its fees for reproduction of records and other materials in the custody of the Archivist of the United States. This proposed rule covers reproduction of Federal records created by other agencies that are in the National Archives of the United States, donated historical materials, Presidential records, Nixon Presidential historical materials, and records filed with the Office of the Federal Register. The fees are being changed to reflect current costs of providing the reproductions. This proposed rule will affect the public and Federal agencies.
National Archives and Records Administration -- NARA Reproduction Fees2007-Feb-267-3162NARA is revising its regulations relating to reproduction of records and other materials in the custody of the Archivist of the United States. We have determined that it is not appropriate to include in those regulations the reproduction of records of other Federal agencies stored in NARA Federal records centers that are not in our legal custody. This interim final rule will affect individuals and Federal agencies who request copies of Federal agency records in NARA Federal records centers.
Interior Department -- Application Procedures, Execution and Filing of Forms: Correction of State Office Address for Filings and Recordings, Proper Offices for Recording of Mining Claims2007-Feb-127-2108This correcting amendment amends the regulations pertaining to execution and filing of forms in order to correct the post office box number in the address of the Nevada State Office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the list of State Office addresses.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Use of NARA Facilities; Correction2007-Jan-317-1498The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) published a final rule in the Federal Register on December 20, 2006 (71 FR 76166), revising NARA's rules relating to use of NARA property. In the heading to a paragraph within a section, the rule misidentified the National Archives Southeast Region as the National Archives Southwest Region. This document corrects the identification error. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
National Archives and Records Administration -- National Archives and Records Administration Implementation of OMB Guidance on Nonprocurement Debarment and Suspension2007-Jan-237-986The National Archives and Records Administration is establishing a new Part 2600 in 2 CFR that adopts the Office of Management and Budget's (OMB's) guidance in 2 CFR Part 180, as supplemented by this new part, as NARA's policies and procedures for nonprocurement and debarment and suspension. NARA is removing 36 CFR part 1209, the part containing NARA's implementation of the government- wide common rule on nonprocurement debarment and suspension. The new part in 2 CFR part 2600 will serve the same purpose as the common rule in a simpler way. This regulatory action is an administrative simplification that would make no substantive change in NARA's policy or procedures for nonprocurement debarment and suspension.
Federal Housing Finance Board -- Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act; Implementation2007-Jan-086-22653The Federal Housing Finance Board (Finance Board) is adopting as a final rule the interim final rule that revised the agency's implementing regulation under the Privacy Act of 1974 (Privacy Act) to include new sections concerning security of systems of records, use and collection of social security numbers, and employee responsibilities under the Privacy Act. The rule also amended the fee schedule in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulation, which the Finance Board uses to determine the amount of the fee it charges to duplicate records under both the FOIA and the Privacy Act, to take into account increased salary and operating costs.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Use of NARA Facilities2006-Dec-206-21682This final rule revises NARA's policy on the inspection of personal property in the possession of a contractor, employee, student intern, visitor, volunteer or other person on NARA properties. Because NARA's current regulations apply specifically only to visitors on NARA property, the final rule clarifies that all persons arriving on, working at, visiting, or departing from NARA property are subject to the inspection of their personal property. The final rule also amends NARA's current regulations to include additional properties under NARA control. This rule will affect members of the public, members of Federal agencies, NARA employees, NARA contract-employees and NARA volunteers.
National Transportation Safety Board -- Public Availability of Information2006-Nov-2206-9289The NTSB is proposing to amend 49 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 801, ``Public Availability of Information,'' to include updated information regarding the availability of NTSB records. This amendment updates the NTSB regulations that implement the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Privacy Act, notifies the public of changes in the NTSB's Freedom of Information Act processing procedures and, in general, advises the public on the availability of information from NTSB accident investigations.
Federal Housing Finance Board -- Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act; Implementation2006-Oct-176-17298As part of a comprehensive review of agency practices related to the collection, use, and protection of personally identifiable information, the Federal Housing Finance Board (Finance Board) is updating both its systems of records and implementing rule under the Privacy Act of 1974 (Privacy Act). This interim final rule revises the agency's Privacy Act regulation to include new sections concerning security of systems of records, use and collection of social security numbers, and employee responsibilities under the Privacy Act. Elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, the Finance Board is publishing a notice concerning updates to the Finance Board's Privacy Act systems of records. The Finance Board also is amending the fee schedule in its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) regulation to take into account increased salary and operating costs. The Finance Board determines the amount of the fee it charges to duplicate records under the Privacy Act in accordance with the FOIA fee schedule.
Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission -- Regulations Implementing the Privacy Act of 19742006-Sep-2906-8399The Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) is amending its regulations implementing the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. 552a. The Privacy Act has been amended multiple times since OSHRC first promulgated its regulations in 1979. The amendments to OSHRC's regulations at 29 CFR Part 2400 will assist the agency in complying with the requirements of the Privacy Act.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Use of NARA Facilities2006-Sep-286-15927The proposed rule would revise NARA's policy on the inspection of personal property in the possession of a contractor, employee, student intern, visitor, volunteer or other person on NARA properties. Because NARA's current regulations apply specifically only to visitors on NARA property, the revised rule clarifies that all persons arriving on, working at, visiting, or departing from NARA property are subject to the inspection of their personal property. The proposed rule would also amend NARA's current regulations to include additional properties under NARA control. This rule will affect members of the public, members of Federal agencies, NARA employees, NARA contract-employees and NARA volunteers.
National Archives and Records Administration -- Changes in NARA Research Room Hours2006-Sep-2706-8338NARA is further modifying the research room hours at its facilities in the Washington, DC, area to retain, on a monthly basis, Saturday and some evening hours. We are taking this action in response to the many comments received on the interim final rule on this subject published in July. As noted in the previous rulemaking, NARA is reducing the research room hours as one of several measures the agency must take in Fiscal Year 2007 to ensure that our expenditures are in line with our expected resources. This regulation will affect individuals who use our archival research rooms in the National Archives Building and National Archives at College Park facility.
Agriculture Department -- Clear Title Technical Changes2006-Sep-2706-8268We are issuing this interim rule to allow States to use an approved unique identifier as an alternative to a social security number or taxpayer identification number in their systems providing clear title information. We are making additional changes to the clear title regulations as required by amendments made by the 2002 Farm Bill. The primary effect of these changes will be to protect the identity of the producers of farm products. Secondary effects of the technical changes will be to improve the operation of the program and provide the States with more flexibility.
Government Accountability Office -- Public Availability of Government Accountability Office Records2006-Sep-186-15474These proposed revisions would clarify and broaden the existing exemption regarding the disclosure of congressional correspondence and create a new exemption to allow for the withholding of records of interviews created by GAO in connection with its work. Specifically, the proposed revision to the congressional correspondence exemption would enable GAO to release or withhold congressional correspondence without prior congressional authorization. The proposed new exemption would enhance the open, frank, and honest exchange of information from other agencies, nonfederal organizations, and individuals to GAO during the course of a GAO audit, evaluation, or investigation.
Social Security Administration -- Privacy and Disclosure of Official Records and Information2006-Sep-136-15101We are proposing to revise our privacy and disclosure rules to clarify certain provisions and to provide expanded regulatory support for new and existing responsibilities and functions. These changes in the regulations will increase Agency efficiency and ensure consistency in the implementation of the Social Security Administration's (SSA) policies and responsibilities under the Privacy Act and the Social Security Act.
Agriculture Department -- National Organic Program (NOP); Amendments to the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops and Processing)2006-Sep-116-14923This final rule would amend the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) regulations to reflect recommendations submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) from November 15, 2000, through March 3, 2005. Consistent with the recommendations from the NOSB, this final rule adds thirteen substances, along with any restrictive annotations, to the National List. This final rule also amends the mailing address for where to file a Certification or Accreditation appeal.
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