UNITED STATES COAST GUARD
*March 2, 2020 The Coast Guard is issuing non-substantive technical, organizational, and conforming amendments to existing regulations for District 1. These changes reflect the current status of the identified regulated navigation areas, special local regulations, safety zones and security zones within the district. This rule removes safety zones and special local regulations where the enforcement period has expired or the event is no longer held. This rule also removes special local regulations where the event no longer meets the criteria for a permitted event and is not suitable for coverage under a special local regulation in accordance with Coast Guard regulations. 85 FR 5567, (January 31, 2020). (Docket No. USCG-2018-0532).
February 24, 2020 In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and the regulations implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), and the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), the Coast Guard announces its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the potential environmental consequences of replacing the existing BNSF bridge across the Missouri River at Bismarck, ND, or constructing a bridge adjacent to the existing bridge. CEQ regulations require an early and open process for determining the scope of issues that the Coast Guard needs to address in an EIS (‘‘scoping’’). Scoping determines which issues to analyze in depth in the EIS and eliminates from detailed study the issues that are not significant or were covered in prior environmental reviews. This document invites the participation of affected federal, state, and local agencies, any affected Indian tribes and other interested persons in determining the appropriate issues for EIS analysis for this project. Comments accepted. 85 FR 930, (January 8, 2020). (USCG-2019-0882).
*March 9, 2020 Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), requesting an extension of its approval for the following collection of information: 1625–0066, Vessel and Facility Response Plans (Domestic and Int’l), and Additional Response Requirements for Prince William Sound; without change. Comments accepted. 85 FR 6963, (February 6, 2020). (Docket No. USCG-2019-0876).
March 16, 2020 The Coast Guard is requesting applications from persons interested in serving as a member of the National Towing Safety Advisory Committee (‘‘Committee’’). This recently established Committee will advise the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on matters relating to shallow-draft inland navigation, coastal waterway navigation, and towing safety. Please read this notice for a description of the 18 Committee positions we are seeking to fill. Your completed application should reach the Coast Guard on or before March 16, 2020. 85 FR 2139, (January 14, 2020). (USCG-2019-0483).
*April 13, 2020 The Coast Guard is requesting applications from persons interested in membership on National Navigation Safety Advisory Committee. This recently established Committee will advise the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on matters relating to maritime collisions, rammings, and groundings; Inland Rules of the Road; International Rules of the Road; navigation regulations and equipment, routing measures, marine information, and aids to navigation systems. Your completed applications should reach the Coast Guard on or before April 13, 2020. 85 FR 8008, (February 12, 2020). (Docket No. USCG-2019-0915).
*April 20, 2020 The Coast Guard is requesting applications from persons interested in serving as a member of the National Maritime Security Advisory Committee. This Committee will advise the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, via the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, on matters relating to national maritime security, including on enhancing the sharing of information related to cybersecurity risks that may cause a transportation security incident, between relevant Federal agencies and State, local, and tribal governments; relevant public safety and emergency response agencies; relevant law enforcement and security organizations; maritime industry; port owners and operators; and terminal owners and operators. Your completed application should reach the Coast Guard on or before April 20, 2020. 85 FR 8883, (February 18, 2020). (Docket No. USCG-2019-0754).
*April 21, 2020 The Coast Guard is requesting applications from persons interested in serving in membership on the National Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee. This recently established Committee will advise the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on matters relating to national commercial fishing safety. Please read this notice for a description of the 18 Committee positions we are seeking to fill. Your completed application should reach the Coast Guard on or before April 21, 2020. 85 FR 10179, (February 21, 2020). (Docket No. USCG-2020-0043).
June 30, 2020 The United States Coast Guard is extending the comment period for the notice of study and request for comments for the Port Access Route Study: Alaskan Arctic Coast that we published on December 21, 2018. This action will provide the public with additional time and opportunity to provide the Coast Guard with information regarding the Port Access Route Study: Alaskan Arctic Coast. Comments accepted. 85 FR 1793, (January 13, 2020). (USCG-2018-1058).
*March 24, 2020 The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee and its Subcommittee are meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana to discuss Committee matters relating to the safety of operations and other matters affecting the offshore oil and gas industry. All meetings will be open to the public. The Lifeboats and Rescue Craft Safety on the Outer Continental Shelf Subcommittee will meet on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The full Committee will meet on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (All times are Central Time). Please note that these meetings may close early if the Committee has completed its business. All meetings will be held at the Omni Riverfront Hotel, 701 Convention Center Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130. Comments accepted by March 17, 2020. 85 FR 6962, (February 6, 2020). (Docket No. USCG-2020-0048).
February 24, 2020 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) invites public comments on our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to renew an information collection. The information to be collected will be used by MARAD personnel to process and verify requests for service awards. We are required to publish this notice in the Federal Register by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. 84 FR 71068, (December 26, 2019). (Docket No. MARAD-2019-0205).
*March 6, 2020 Request for Comments of a Previously Approved Information Collection: Title XI Obligation Guarantees. Send comments regarding the burden estimate, including suggestions for reducing the burden on or before March 6, 2020. Comments accepted. 85 FR 6694, (February 5, 2020). (Docket No. MARAD 2020-0017).
*March 23, 2020 This notice announces that the Information Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below is being forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comments. Pursuant to 46 U.S.C. 501(b), the Maritime Administrator is required to make determinations of the availability of qualified United States flag capacity to carry coastwise cargo in connection with all requests for waivers of the Jones Act (46 U.S.C. 55102). This information collection supports that mission. Comments are invited on: Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Department, including whether the information will have practical utility; the accuracy of the Department’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments accepted. 85 FR 9936, (February 20, 2020). (Docket No. MARAD-2020-0021).
*April 7, 2020 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) invites public comments on our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to renew an information collection. The information to be collected from the shipbuilding and ship repair industry will be used primarily to determine if an adequate mobilization base exists for national defense and for use in a national emergency. Comments accepted. 85 FR 7384, (February 7, 2020). (Docket No. DOT-MARAD-2020-0032).
*April 7, 2020 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) invites public comments on our intention to request the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval to renew an information collection. The information is needed to determine if U.S. civilian mariners are eligible for re-employment rights under the Maritime Security Act of 1996. Comments accepted. 85 FR 7384, (February 7, 2020). (Docket No. MARAD-2020-0033).
*February 26, 2020 The Maritime Administration (MARAD) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) announce the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the SPOT Terminal Services LLC (SPOT) deepwater port license application for the export of oil from the United States to nations abroad. The application describes a project that would be located approximately 27.2 to 30.8 nautical miles off the coast of Brazoria County, Texas. MARAD and USCG will hold one public meeting in connection with the SPOT DEIS. The public meeting will be held in Lake Jackson, Texas, on February 26, 2020, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The public meeting will be preceded by an open house from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Comments accepted by March 23, 2020. 85 FR 7381, (February 7, 2020). (Docket No. MARAD-2019-0011).
OTHER AGENCY MATTERS
Department of Defense
*February 19, 2020 Meeting- The Department of the Army is publishing this notice to announce the following Federal advisory committee meeting of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Inland Waterways Users Board (Board). This meeting is open to the public. The Army Corps of Engineers, Inland Waterways Users Board will meet from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on February 19, 2020 at the Fort Smith Convention Center, 55 South 7th Street, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901. . Public registration will begin at 7:15 a.m. 85 FR 5404, (January 30, 2020).
Economic Analysis Bureau
*January 27, 2020 Agency Notice- By this Notice, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), Department of Commerce, is informing the public that it is conducting the mandatory survey titled Quarterly Survey of Ocean Freight Revenues and Foreign Expenses of U.S. Carriers (BE–30). The data collected on the BE–30 survey are needed to measure U.S. trade in transport services and to analyze the impact of U.S. trade on the U.S. and foreign economies. This survey is authorized by the International Investment and Trade in Services Survey Act. 85 FR 4624, (January 27, 2020). (Docket No. 190329307-9307-01).
Federal Emergency Regulatory Commission
*March 2, 2020 Final Rule- The Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) is modifying the hearing procedures governing the denial, revocation, or suspension of an ocean transportation intermediary (OTI) license. The revised hearing procedures align more with other Commission hearing procedures, ensure a more streamlined process, and fulfill the need for more detailed procedural requirements. This final rule is effective March 2, 2020. 85 FR 5579, (January 31, 2020). (Docket No. 19-04).
Federal Maritime Commission
*February 20, 2020 The Federal Maritime Commission (Commission) is revising its regulations to implement the provisions of the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018. The proposed revisions include amendments to the regulations governing: Commission meetings; ocean transportation intermediary licensing, financial responsibility, and general duties, and the submission of public comments on ocean common carrier and marine terminal operator agreements. The revisions also include miscellaneous updates to the references to statutory provisions reorganized by the LoBiondo Act. 85 FR 9676, (February 20, 2020). (Docket No. 19-06).
*March 3, 2020 The Commission hereby gives notice of the filing of the following agreement under the Shipping Act of 1984. The agreement authorizes the parties to operate a vessel string in the trade between ports in China and South Korea on the one hand and ports on the Pacific Coast of the United States. It also authorizes the parties to exchange space on the jointly operated string for space on other specified strings in the Trade, and to charter space on specified services in the Trade. 85 FR 9775, (February 20, 2020).
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
March 13, 2020 Agency Notice- The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). The information collection is published in the Federal Register to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments accepted. 85 FR 1818, (January 13, 2020). (1651-0019).
* — DENOTES NEW LISTING