[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 187 (Wednesday, September 26, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 59128-59129]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-23708]


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 FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION

46 CFR Part 501

[Docket No. 12-08]
RIN 3072-AC50


Reporting and Supervision of Inspector General

September 20, 2012.
AGENCY: Federal Maritime Commission.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) amends its 
regulations relating to agency organization to reflect changes in 
reporting requirements for the Office of Inspector General, implemented 
in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

DATES: Effective Date: September 27, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rebecca A. Fenneman, General Counsel, 
Federal Maritime Commission, 800 North Capitol Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20573, (202) 523-5740, GeneralCounsel@fmc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The FMC amends Part 501 of Title 46 of the 
Code of Federal Regulations to reflect a change in reporting 
requirements for Inspectors General of Designated Federal Entities, 
implemented in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer 
Protection Act, Public Law 111-203, 124 Stat. 1376, July 21, 2010 
(Dodd-Frank). In Dodd-Frank, signed into law on July 21, 2010, Congress 
amended Section 8G of the Inspector General Act of 1978 (IG Act), to 
provide, as pertinent here, that the term ``head of the designated 
Federal entity'' means ``the board or commission of the designated 
Federal entity.'' Public Law 111-203, sec. 989B (1)(A), 124 Stat. 1376, 
1945. Because Section 8G of the IG Act provides that Inspectors General 
report to and are under the general supervision of the head of a 
designated Federal entity, the effect of the changed definition of 
``head of the designated Federal entity'' in the Dodd-Frank amendment 
is that the FMC's Inspector General reports to and is under the general 
supervision of the entire Commission. This change in the reporting and 
supervision of the Inspector General necessitates minor amendments in 
the Commission's rules dealing with lines of responsibility (46 CFR 
501.4), and functions of the organizational components of the 
Commission (46 CFR 501.5).
    With respect to lines of responsibility, 46 CFR 501.4(a) is amended 
to eliminate the Office of Inspector General from the list of offices 
that report to the Chairman, and a new paragraph, 46 CFR 501.4(b), is 
added to reflect that the Inspector General reports to the Commission. 
With regard to functions of organizational components of the 
Commission, 46 CFR 501.5(a), which sets out the functions of the 
Chairman, is amended to eliminate the Office of Inspector General from 
the list of offices that receive management direction from the 
Chairman, to remove 46 CFR 501.5(a)(2) from this section, and to 
renumber 46 CFR 501.5(a)(3) and 46 CFR 501.5(a)(4) as 46 CFR 
501.5(a)(2) and 46 CFR 501.5(a)(3) respectively. Finally, 46 CFR 
501.5(b), which sets out the functions of the Commissioners, is amended 
by adding language providing that the Inspector General reports to and 
is under the general supervision of the Commission, and by adding 
section 501.5(b)(1) to describe the functions of the Office of 
Inspector General.
    Because the changes made in this Final Rule address only internal 
agency organization, which do not require notice and public comment 
pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. 553, this rule 
is published as final. This rule is not a ``major rule'' under 5 U.S.C. 
804(2).

List of Subjects in 46 CFR Part 501

    Administrative practice and procedure, Authority delegations, 
Organization and functions, Seals and insignia.

    For the reasons stated in the preamble, the Federal Maritime 
Commission amends 46 CFR part 501 as follows:

PART 501--THE FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION--GENERAL

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1. The authority citation for part 501 continues to read as follows:

    Authority:  5 U.S.C. 551-557, 701-706, 2903, and 6304; 31 U.S.C. 
3721; 41 U.S.C. 414 and 418; 44 U.S.C. 501-520 and 3501-3520; 46 
U.S.C. 301-307, 40101-41309, 42101-42109, 44101-44106; 
Reorganization Plan No. 7 of 1961, 26 FR 7315, August 12, 1961; Pub. 
L. 89-56, 70 Stat. 195; 5 CFR Part 2638; Pub. L. 104-320, 110 Stat. 
3870.


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2. Amend Sec.  501.4 as follows:
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a. In paragraph (a) by removing the reference ``the Office of the 
Inspector General,'';
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b. Redesignate paragraph (b) as paragraph (c); and
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c. Add a new paragraph (b) to read as follows:


Sec.  501.4  Lines of Responsibility.

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    (b) Commission. The Inspector General reports to the Commission.
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3. Amend Sec.  501.5 as follows:
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a. In paragraph (a) introductory text by removing the reference 
``Inspector General,'' from the second sentence and by removing the 
reference ``(a)(4)'' and adding the reference ``(a)(3)'' in its place 
in the last sentence;
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b. Remove paragraph (a)(2);
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c. Redesignate paragraphs (a)(3) and (4) as (a)(2) and (3) 
respectively; and
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d. In paragraph (b) introductory text by adding a sentence to the end.
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e. Add paragraph (b)(1) and reserved paragraph (b)(2).


Sec.  501.5  Functions of the organizational components of the Federal 
Maritime Commission.

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    (b) * * * In addition, the Inspector General reports to and is 
under the general supervision of the Commission.
    (1) Under the direction and management of the Inspector General, 
the Office of Inspector General conducts, supervises and coordinates 
audits and investigations relating to the programs and operations of 
the Commission; reviews existing and proposed legislation and 
regulations pertaining to such programs and operations; provides 
leadership and coordination and recommends policies for activities 
designed to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the 
administration of, and to prevent and detect waste, fraud and abuse in, 
such programs and operations; and advises the Commission and the 
Congress fully and currently about problems and deficiencies relating 
to the administration of such programs and operations and the necessity 
for and progress of corrective action.
    (2) [Reserved]
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    By the Commission.
Rachel E. Dickon,
Assistant Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2012-23708 Filed 9-25-12; 8:45 am]
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