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[December 13, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 238)]
[Unified Agenda]
 [frwais.access.gpo.gov]
                         

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT)

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Part XV





Department of Transportation





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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Office of the Secretary

14 CFR Chs. I-III

23 CFR Chs. I-III

33 CFR Chs. I and IV

46 CFR Chs. I-III

48 CFR Ch. 12

49 CFR Subtitle A, Chs. I-VI and Chs. X-XII

[OST Docket 99-5129]

Department Regulatory Agenda; Semiannual Summary

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, DOT.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: The regulatory agenda is a semiannual summary of all current 
and projected rulemakings, reviews of existing regulations, and 
completed actions of the Department. The agenda provides the public 
with information about the Department of Transportation's regulatory 
activity. It is expected that this information will enable the public 
to be more aware of and allow it to more effectively participate in the 
Department's regulatory activity. The public is also invited to submit 
comments on any aspect of this agenda.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 

General

    You should direct all comments and inquiries on the agenda in 
general to Neil R. Eisner, Assistant General Counsel for Regulation 
and Enforcement, Department of Transportation, 400 7th Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590, (202) 366-4723.

Specific

    You should direct all comments and inquiries on particular 
items in the agenda to the individual listed for the regulation or 
the general rulemaking contact person for the operating 
administration in Appendix B.

    Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf 
(TDD) may call (202) 755-7687.

Table of Contents

Supplementary Information:

Background
Significant/Priority Rulemakings
Explanation of Information on the Agenda
Request for Comments
Purpose
Appendix A - Instructions for Obtaining Copies of Regulatory Documents
Appendix B - General Rulemaking Contact Persons
Appendix C - Public Rulemaking Dockets
Appendix D - Review Plans for Section 610 and Other Requirements
Agenda

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    Improvement of our regulations is a prime goal of the 
Department of Transportation (Department or DOT). There should be 
no more regulations than necessary and those that are issued should 
be simpler, more comprehensible, and less burdensome. Regulations 
should not be issued without appropriate involvement of the public; 
once issued, they should be periodically reviewed and revised, as 
needed, to assure that they continue to meet the needs for which 
they originally were designed.

    To help the Department achieve these goals and in accordance 
with Executive Order 12866 ``Regulatory Planning and Review'' (58 
FR 51735; October 4, 1993) and the Department's Regulatory Policies 
and Procedures (44 FR 11034; February 26, 1979), the Department 
prepares a semiannual regulatory agenda. It summarizes all current 
and projected rulemaking, reviews of existing regulations, and 
completed actions of the Department. These are matters on which 
action has begun or is projected during the succeeding 12 months or 
such longer period as may be anticipated or for which action has 
been completed since the last agenda.

    The agendas are based on reports submitted by the offices 
initiating the rulemaking and are reviewed by the Department 
Regulations Council. The Department's last agenda was published in 
the Federal Register on June 28, 2004 (69 FR 37844). The next one 
is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register in April 2005.

    The Department has created an Internet site that provides 
general information about its rulemaking responsibilities and 
activities. It includes hypertext links to numerous other 
departmental sites providing helpful information about DOT 
regulation. The web address for this site is http://regs.dot.gov.

    Additionally, the Department has also created a Docket 
Management System (DMS) List Serve that will automatically provide 
an email notification when certain documents are put into the 
dockets. This email notification will provide a link to a document 
within DMS. The web address to sign-up for this service is http://
dms.dot.gov/emailNotification.

Significant/Priority Rulemakings

    The agenda covers all rules and regulations of the Department. 
We have classified rules as a DOT agency priority in the agenda if 
they are, essentially, very costly, controversial, or of 
substantial public interest under our Regulatory Policies and 
Procedures. All DOT agency priority rulemaking documents are 
subject to review by the Secretary of Transportation. If the Office 
of Management and Budget (OMB) decides a rule is subject to its 
review under Executive Order 12866, we have classified it as 
significant in the agenda.

Explanation of Information on the Agenda

    The format for this agenda is required by a fall 2004 
memorandum from the Office of Management and Budget.

    First, the agenda is divided by initiating offices. Then, the 
agenda is divided into five categories: (1) prerule stage, (2) 
proposed rule stage, (3) final rule stage, (4) long-term actions, 
and (5) completed actions. For each entry, the agenda provides the 
following information: (1) its ``significance;'' (2) a short 
descriptive title; (3) its legal basis; (4) the related regulatory 
citation in the Code of Federal Regulations; (5) any legal deadline 
and, if so, for what action (e.g., NPRM, final rule); (6) an 
abstract; (7) a timetable, including the earliest expected date for 
a decision on whether to take the action; (8) whether the 
rulemaking will affect small entities and/or levels of government 
and, if so, which categories; (9) whether a Regulatory Flexibility 
Act (RFA) analysis is required (for rules that would have a 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities); (10) a listing of any analyses an office will prepare or 
has prepared for the action (With minor exceptions, DOT requires an 
economic analysis for all its rulemakings.); (11) an agency contact

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office or official who can provide further information; (12) a 
Regulation Identifier Number (RIN) assigned to identify an 
individual rulemaking in the agenda and facilitate tracing further 
action on the issue; (13) whether the action is subject to the 
Unfunded Mandates Reform Act; (14) whether the action is subject to 
the Energy Act; and (15) whether the action is major under the 
congressional review provisions of the Small Business Regulatory 
Enforcement Fairness Act. If there is information that does not fit 
in the other categories, it will be included under a separate 
heading entitled ``Additional Information.''

    For nonsignificant regulations issued routinely and frequently 
as a part of an established body of technical requirements (such as 
the Federal Aviation Administration's Airspace Rules), to keep 
those requirements operationally current, we only include the 
general category of the regulations, the identity of a contact 
office or official, and an indication of the expected number of 
regulations; we do not list individual regulations.

    In the ``Timetable'' column, we use abbreviations to indicate 
the particular documents being considered. ANPRM stands for Advance 
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, SNPRM for Supplemental Notice of 
Proposed Rulemaking, and NPRM for Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. 
Listing a future date in this column does not mean we have made a 
decision to issue a document; it is the earliest date on which we 
expect to make a decision on whether to issue it. In addition, 
these dates are based on current schedules. Information received 
subsequent to the issuance of this agenda could result in a 
decision not to take regulatory action or in changes to proposed 
publication dates. For example, the need for further evaluation 
could result in a later publication date; evidence of a greater 
need for the regulation could result in an earlier publication 
date.

    Finally, a dot (<bullet>) preceding an entry indicates that the 
entry appears in the agenda for the first time.

Request for Comments
General

    Our agenda is intended primarily for the use of the public. 
Since its inception, we have made modifications and refinements 
that we believe provide the public with more helpful information, 
as well as make the agenda easier to use. We would like you, the 
public, to make suggestions or comments on how the agenda could be 
further improved.

Reviews

    We also seek your suggestions on which of our existing 
regulations you believe need to be reviewed to determine whether 
they should be revised or revoked. We particularly draw your 
attention to the Department's review plan in Appendix D. We are 
undertaking a significant review for 2005 of where revisions, 
improvements, or sunsets are appropriate on DOT rules, and invite 
public comments as to this topic.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Department is especially interested in obtaining 
information on requirements that have a ``significant economic 
impact on a substantial number of small entities'' and, therefore, 
must be reviewed under the Regulatory Flexibility Act. If you have 
any suggested regulations, please submit them to us, along with 
your explanation of why they should be reviewed.

    In accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, comments are 
specifically invited on regulations that we have targeted for 
review under section 610 of the Act. The phrase (Section 610 
Review) appears at the end of the title for these reviews. Please 
see Appendix D for the Department's section 610 review plans.

Federalism

    Executive Order 13132 requires us to develop an accountable 
process to ensure ``meaningful and timely input by State and local 
officials in the development of regulatory policies that have 
federalism implications.'' ``Policies that have federalism 
implications'' are defined in the Executive Order to include 
regulations that have substantial direct effects on the States, on 
the relationship between the national government and the States, or 
on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various 
levels of government. Therefore, we encourage State and local 
governments to provide us with information about how the 
Department's rulemakings impact them.

Purpose

    The Department is publishing this regulatory agenda in the 
Federal Register to share with interested members of the public the 
Department's preliminary expectations regarding its future 
regulatory actions. This should enable the public to be more aware 
of the Department's regulatory activity and should result in more 
effective public participation. This publication in the Federal 
Register does not impose any binding obligation on the Department 
or any of the offices within the Department with regard to any 
specific item on the agenda. Regulatory action, in addition to the 
items listed, is not precluded.

Issued in Washington, DC, on November 16, 2004.

 Norman Y. Mineta,

Secretary of Transportation.
Appendix A - Instructions for Obtaining Copies of Regulatory Documents

    To obtain a copy of a specific regulatory document in the 
agenda, you should communicate directly with the contact person 
listed with the regulation at the address below. We note that most 
if not all such documents, including the Semiannual Agenda, are 
available through our Internet-accessible docket at http://
dms.dot.gov. See Appendix C for more information.

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