REGULATORY CALENDAR

UNITED STATES COAST GUARD

Proposed Rulemakings

None

 

Final Rulemakings

None

 

Agency Notices

August 12, 2019            In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding an Information Collection Request entitled “Regulated Navigation Area’ Reporting Requirements for Barges Loaded with Certain Dangerous Cargoes, Inland Rivers, Eighth Coast Guard District and the Illinois Waterway, Ninth Coast Guard District” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of their approval. Comments accepted. 84 FR 33273, (July 12, 2019), (USCG-2019-0264).

August 12, 2019            In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding an Information Collection Request entitled “Barges Carrying Bulk Hazardous Materials” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of their approval. Comments accepted. 84 FR 33274, (July 12, 2019), (USCG-2019-0257).

August 12, 2019            In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding an Information Collection Request entitled “Certificates of Financial Responsibility under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting approval for reinstatement, without change to the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 33275, (July 12, 2019), (USCG-2019-0259).

August 12, 2019            In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding an Information Collection Request entitled “Offshore Supply Vessels—Title 46 CFR subchapter L” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of their approval. Comments accepted. 84 FR 33276, (July 12, 2019), (USCG-2019-0256).

August 15, 2019            In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding an Information Collection Request entitled “Vessel Reporting Requirements” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of their approval for reinstatement, without change to the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 33957, (July 16, 2019), (USCG-2019-0258).

*August 22, 2019          In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 the U.S. Coast Guard is forwarding an Information Collection Request entitled “Security Plans for Ports, Vessels, Facilities, and Outer Continental Shelf Facilities and Other Security Related Requirements” to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs requesting an extension of their approval to the ICR. Comments accepted. 84 FR 35403, (July 23, 2019), (USCG-2019-0263).

September 1, 2019        In order to provide safe access routes for the movement of vessel traffic along the Arctic Coast of the United States for vessels proceeding to or from ports or places of the United States and transiting within the United States Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), the Coast Guard is conducting an Alaskan Arctic Coast Port Access Route Study (AACPARS) to evaluate the need for establishing vessel routing measures. The information gathered during this AACPARS may result in the establishment of one or more vessel routing measures. The goal of the AACPARS is to enhance navigation safety by examining existing shipping routes and waterway uses, and, to the extent practicable, reconciling the paramount right of navigation with other reasonable waterway uses. The recommendations of the study may lead to future rulemaking action or appropriate international agreements. Comments accepted. 83 FR 65701, (December 21, 2018), (USCG-2018-1058).

*September 30, 2019   The Coast Guard announces the availability of a draft policy letter that establishes the Coast Guard’s proposed acceptance of type-approval testing protocols for BWMS that render nonviable (meaning “permanently incapable of reproduction”) organisms in ballast water and may be used in addition to the methods established under existing regulations; the process for accepting type-approval testing protocols for BWMS, if any, that render nonviable organisms in ballast water and may be used in addition to the methods established under existing regulations which includes: The process for incorporating accepted protocols into the type-approval procedures established under existing regulations; the acceptance of laboratories to evaluate applicable treatment technologies; and the certification of BWMS that render nonviable organisms in ballast water. This notice solicits public comments in the draft policy letter that is entitled TYPE APPROVAL METHODS FOR BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS THAT RENDER NONVIABLE ORGANISMS IN BALLAST WATER, referred to in the notice as the “draft policy letter.” Comments accepted. 84 FR 37330, (July 31, 2019), (USCG-2019-0477).

 

Meetings

*Sept. 10-11, 2019        The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee and its Subcommittee will meet in Katy, Texas to discuss Committee matters relating to the safety of operations and other matters affecting the offshore oil and gas industry. All meetings are open to the public. The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee and its Subcommittee will meet on Tuesday, September 10th and Wednesday, September 11th. The Use of Offshore Supply Vessels and Other Non-Purpose Built Vessels for Restoration/Recovery Activities Subcommittee will meet on Tuesday, September 10th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The full Committee will meet on Wednesday, September 11th from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. All meetings will be held at DNV GL USA Facility, 1400 Ravello Drive, Katy, Texas. 84 FR 35879, (July 25, 2019), (USCG-2019-0349).

Maritime Administration

Proposed Rulemakings

None

 

Final Rulemakings

*July 31, 2019               In accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, the final rule provides the 2019 inflation adjustment to civil penalty amounts that may be imposed for violations of certain DOT regulations. 84 FR 37059, (July 31, 2019).

 

Agency Notices

August 12, 2019            The Department of Transportation (DOT) invites public comment about their intention to request the Office of Management and Budget approval for an Information Collection entitled “Report of Ocean Shipments Moving Under the Cargo Preference Act of 1954—Bill of Lading—46 CFR part 381.” The collection involves ocean carrier bill of lading information that will be used to ensure proper and timely shipment of government impelled cargoes, and to ensure compliance with cargo preference statutes. Aggregate data will be used for statistical purposes. Comments accepted. 84 FR 27391, (June 12, 2019), (DOT-MARAD-2019-0087).

August 15, 2019            The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, appropriated $7,000,000 to the Short Sea Transportation Program, commonly referred to as the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). The purpose of the appropriation is to make grants available to previously designated Marine Highway Projects that support the development and expansion of documented vessels, or port and landside infrastructure. This Notice announces the availability of funding for grants and establishes selection criteria and application requirements. The U.S. Department of Transportation will award Marine Highway Grants to implement projects or components of projects previously designated by the Secretary of Transportation under AMHP. Only Marine Highway Projects the Secretary designated before the Notice of Funding Opportunity closing date are eligible for funding as described within the Notice. Applications accepted. 84 FR 27838, (June 14, 2019).

*August 22, 2019          In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the notice announces that the Information Collection Request entitled “Effective U.S. Control (EUSC)/Parent Company” is being forwarded to the Office of Management and Budget for review and comment. Comments accepted. 84 FR 35452, (July 23, 2019), (MARAD-2019-0114).

*September 3, 2019     Automation, including automated vehicles, trains, vessels, infrastructure, and equipment, is increasingly being tested and introduced into the transportation system, including ports. At ports, various modes of transportation, such as vessels, rail and motor carriers, intersect to create a hub of freight transfer in global supply chains. The Maritime Administration is interested in engaging in research that may help support strategies to safely implement automated transportation on and around ports. To that end, MARAD is publishing the RFI to solicit views from the public, including stakeholders (e.g., State and local agencies, vehicle, train, vessel, infrastructure, and equipment design, development and manufacturing industries, intelligent transportation systems industry, technology developers, related associations, etc.), on a range of issues related to the safety effects, opportunities, challenges and impacts of automated transportation in a port environment to inform potential research projects. Comments accepted. 84 FR 37961, (August 2, 2019), (MARAD-2019-0121).

September 9, 2019        The Maritime Administration invites public comments on their intention to request the Office of Management and Budget approval of an Information Collection Request entitled “Exercise Breakout 2019 Survey.” Comments accepted. 84 FR 32829, (July 9, 2019), (MARAD-2019-0112).

*September 17, 2019   The notice provides interested parties with the opportunity to comment on the Maritime Administration’s new program designating eligible and qualified training entities as Centers of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE). The National Defense Authorization Act of 2018, provided the Secretary of Transportation with the discretionary authority to designate eligible and qualified entities as CoEs. CoE designations will serve to assist the maritime industry in obtaining and maintaining the highest quality workforce. On May 31, 2018, MARAD published a notice in the Federal Register seeking public comment regarding the development of a guide for applicants seeking CoE designation. MARAD received a total of eighteen comments which have been considered and are examined in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section contained within the notice. Now, MARAD is proposing to implement a voluntary program to identify and recommend qualified training providers for CoE designation. Comments accepted. 84 FR 34994, (July 19, 2019), (MARAD-2018-0088).

 

*September 20, 2019   The notice announces the extension of the America’s Marine Highway Funding Opportunity application deadline from August 15, 2019 to September 20, 2019. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, appropriated $7,000,000 to the Short Sea Transportation Program, commonly referred to as the America’s Marine Highway Program (AMHP). The purpose of the appropriation is to make grants available to previously designated Marine Highway Projects that support the development and expansion of documented vessels, or port and landside infrastructure. The U.S. Department of Transportation will award Marine Highway Grants to implement projects or components of projects previously designated by the Secretary of Transportation under AMHP. Only Marine Highway Projects the Secretary designated before the Notice of Funding Opportunity closing date are eligible for funding as described in the Notice. Applications accepted. 84 FR 37946, (August 2, 2019).

 

Meetings

None

Other Agency Matters

Agency for International Development

August 13, 2019            Agency Notice (Proposed Rulemaking) – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) proposes to amend the Agency for International Development Acquisition Regulation to allow for the designation of U.S. Personal Services Contractors and Cooperating Country National Personal Services Contractors as contracting officers and agreement officers. The proposed revisions will address a shortage of U.S. direct-hire staff by delegating the proposed authorities to qualified US and CCN PSCs. The delegation of limited contracting/agreement officer authorities to a select number of CCN PSCs will also bolster the Agency to succeed in terms of building long-term, host country technical capacity to materially assist the Missions with procurement responsibility. Comments accepted. 84 FR 27745, (June 14, 2019).

 

Corps of Engineers

August 27, 2019            Agency Notice – Section 7001 of Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) 2014, as amended, requires that the Secretary of the Army annually submit to the Congress a report (Annual Report) that identifies feasibility reports, proposed feasibility studies submitted by non-Federal interests, proposed modifications to authorized water resources development projects or feasibility studies, and proposed modifications to environmental infrastructure program authorities that meet certain criteria. The Annual Report is to be based, in part, upon requests for proposals submitted by non-Federal interests. Proposals accepted. 84 FR 18009, (April 29, 2019).

 

Defense Department

September 10, 2019     Agency Notice (Proposed Rule) – The Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to require electronic submission of the DD Form 254, Contract Security Classification Specification. Comments accepted. 84 FR 33201, (July 12, 2019), (FAR Case 2015-002; Docket No. 2015-0002, Sequence No. 1).

 

Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

*July 31, 2019               Agency Notice (Final Rule) – In accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, the final rule provides the 2019 inflation adjustment to civil penalty amounts that may be imposed for violations of certain DOT regulations. 84 FR 37059, (July 31, 2019).