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<DOC> [December 13, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 238)] [Unified Agenda] [frwais.access.gpo.gov] [Page 73492-73518] DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) _______________________________________________________________________ ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Part XV Department of Transportation ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Semiannual Regulatory Agenda [[Page 73492]] 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. _______________________________________________________________________ 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 [[Page 73493]] 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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