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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.

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