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3. Final Rule Stage--actions for which agencies plan to publish a final rule or an interim final rule or to take other final action as the next step in their rulemaking process. 4. Completed Actions--(Unified Agenda only) actions or reviews the agency completed or withdrew since publishing its last agenda. This section also includes items that were begun and completed between issues of the Unified Agenda. In the Unified Agenda, an agency may use a subheading to identify regulations that it has grouped according to a particular topic. When these subheadings are used, they appear above the title of the first regulation in the group. A bullet (<bullet>) preceding an entry indicates that the entry appears in the publication for the first time. All entries are numbered sequentially from the beginning of the Regulatory Plan to the end of the Unified Agenda. The Sequence Number (Seq. No.) preceding the title of each entry identifies the location of the entry in this edition of the Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda. The same number is used in the indexes to enable readers to find entries on specific subjects. In the Unified Agenda, for each agency that requests it, the Center provides a computer-produced Table of Contents that appears after the agency preamble. The agency Tables of Contents help readers locate quickly those entries within an agency that may be of most interest to them. Sequence numbers also appear in agency Tables of Contents. Regulatory Plan entries are identified in these Tables of Contents by a cross-reference to the Plan that appears in bold brackets. This publication contains three indexes. The first two indexes list the regulatory actions that agencies believe may have effects on small entities or levels of government. The third is a Subject Index based on the Federal Register Thesaurus of Indexing Terms to help readers locate entries from various agencies that may affect a particular area of interest. The index also contains cross references to assist the reader's search. Regulatory Plan Data Elements In addition to the Unified Agenda data elements that appear below, each Regulatory Plan entry may contain the following information: <bullet> Statement of Need--a description of the need for the regulatory action. <bullet> Summary of the Legal Basis--a description of the legal basis for the action, including whether any aspect of the action is required by statute or court order. <bullet> Alternatives--a description of the alternatives to be considered or that were considered for analysis as required by section 4(c)(1)(B) of E.O. 12866. <bullet> Anticipated Costs and Benefits--a description of preliminary estimates of the anticipated costs and benefits of the action. <bullet> Risks--a description of the magnitude of the risk being addressed by the action, the amount by which this risk is expected to be reduced by the action, and the relation of these risks and risk reduction efforts to other risks and risk reduction efforts within the agency's jurisdiction. Unified Agenda Data Elements Entries describing regulations in the Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda should contain, at a minimum, the following information: <bullet> Title of the Regulation. <bullet> Legal Authority--the section(s) of the United States Code (U.S.C.) or Public Law (P.L.) or the Executive order (E.O.) that authorize(s) the regulatory action. Agencies may provide popular name references to laws in addition to these citations. <bullet> CFR Citation--the section(s) of the Code of Federal Regulations that will be affected by the action. <bullet> Legal Deadline--an indication of whether the rule is subject to a statutory or judicial deadline, the date of that deadline, and whether the deadline pertains to an NPRM, a Final Action, or some ``Other'' action. <bullet> Abstract--a description of the problem the regulation will address; the need for a Federal solution; to the extent available, the alternatives that the agency is considering to address the problem; and the potential costs and benefits of the action. <bullet> Timetable--the dates and citations (if available) for all past steps and at least a projected date for the next step for the regulatory action. If a date appears in this section as 00/00/00, it means the date of the action is currently undetermined. Similarly, 10/00/94 means the agency can predict the month and year the action will take place but not the day it will occur. <bullet> Small Entities Affected--indicates whether the rule is expected to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of ``small entities'' as defined by the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601) and, if so, whether the small entities are businesses, governmental jurisdictions, or organizations. <bullet> Government Levels Affected--indicates whether the rule is expected to affect levels of government and, if so, whether the governments are State, local, tribal, or Federal. <bullet> Agency Contact--the name, title, address, and phone number of a person in the agency who is knowledgeable about the regulation. <bullet> Procurement--a statement identifying procurement-related actions and indicating whether there is a statutory requirement for the action and whether there is a paperwork burden associated with the action. The Procurement heading appears only if the entry is a procurement-related action. Some agencies have provided other optional information at their discretion; this information may include: <bullet> Compliance Cost to the Public--the estimated gross compliance cost to the public of the action. <bullet> Affected Sectors--the industrial sectors that the action may most affect, either directly or indirectly. Affected Sectors are identified by Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) numbers. <bullet> Analysis--agencies may indicate if a Regulatory Flexibility Analysis, within the meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601), is being prepared or if any other kind of analysis or evaluation is being prepared (e.g., an environmental impact statement). In addition, some agencies have used ``Additional Information'' to elaborate on the information they have provided. Data Limitations Agencies prepared entries for this edition of the Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda to give the public notice of their plans to review, propose, and issue regulations. They have tried to predict their activities over the next 12 months as accurately as possible, but dates and schedules are subject to change. Agencies may withdraw some of the regulations now under development, and they may issue or propose other regulations not included in their agendas. Agency actions in the rulemaking process may occur before or after the dates they have listed. The Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda do not create a legal obligation on agencies to adhere to schedules within them or to confine their regulatory activities to those regulations that appear in those publications. The information in this edition is accurate as of August 19, 1994, in the judgment of the submitting agencies, except as otherwise noted by the agencies. In addition, updates were permitted through October 1. Where applicable, individual actions will be subject to review for compliance with applicable Executive orders, the Regulatory Flexibility Act, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy Act Amendments of 1988, and the Paperwork Reduction Act at appropriate points in the regulatory process. List of Abbreviations The following abbreviations appear throughout this edition of the Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda: ANPRM--An Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is a preliminary notice that an agency is considering a regulatory action. The agency issues an ANPRM before it develops a detailed proposed rule. The ANPRM describes the general area that may be subject to regulation and usually asks for public comment on the issues and options being discussed. An ANPRM is issued only when an agency believes it needs to gather more information before proceeding to a notice of proposed rulemaking. CFR--The Code of Federal Regulations is an annual codification of the general and permanent regulations published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government. The Code is divided into 50 titles, and each title covers a broad area subject to Federal regulation. The CFR is keyed to and kept up to date by the daily issues of the Federal Register. EO--An Executive order is a directive from the President to an executive agency, issued under constitutional or statutory authority. Executive orders are published in the Federal Register and in title 3 of the Code of Federal Regulations. FR--The Federal Register is a daily Federal Government publication that provides a uniform system for publishing Presidential documents, all proposed and final regulations, notices of meetings, and other official documents issued by Federal departments and agencies. FY--The Federal fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30. NPRM--A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is the document an agency issues and publishes in the Federal Register that describes and solicits public comments on a proposed regulatory action. Under the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553), an NPRM must include, at a minimum: <bullet> A statement of the time, place, and nature of the public rulemaking proceeding; <bullet> a reference to the legal authority under which the rule is proposed; and <bullet> either the terms or substance of the proposed rule or a description of the subjects and issues involved. PL--A Public Law is a law passed by Congress and signed by the President or enacted over his veto. It has general applicability, as opposed to a private law that applies only to those persons or entities specifically designated. Public laws are numbered in sequence throughout the 2-year life of each Congress; for example, PL 103-5 is the fifth public law of the 103rd Congress. RFA--A Regulatory Flexibility Analysis, within the meaning of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601), describes the impact of a proposed rule on small entities. An RFA describes why the agency is considering the action; the objectives of and legal basis for the proposed rule; an estimate of the number of small entities that could be affected and the compliance requirements they would have to fulfill; any other duplicative, overlapping, or conflicting Federal rules; and alternatives to the proposed action. When required, an initial RFA accompanies an NPRM, and a final RFA accompanies a final rule. RIN--The Regulation Identifier Number is assigned by the Regulatory Information Service Center to identify each regulatory action listed in this publication as directed by E.O. 12866 (section 4(b)). Additionally, OMB has asked agencies to include RIN numbers in the headings of their Rule and Proposed Rule documents when publishing them in the Federal Register to make it easier for the public and agency officials to track the publication history of regulatory actions throughout their life cycles. Seq. No.--The Sequence Number identifies the location of an entry in this edition of the Plan and the Unified Agenda. USC--The United States Code is a consolidation and codification of all general and permanent laws of the United States. The USC is divided into 50 titles, and each title covers a broad area of Federal law. Information About Additional Copies Additional copies of this edition of the Federal Register are available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402-9325, (202) 512-1800. Copies of individual agency materials may be available directly from the agency. Please contact the particular agency for further information. Dated: October 6, 1994. Mark G. Schoenberg, Executive Director. [FR Doc. 94-24996 Filed 11-10-94; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6820-27-F
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