[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 26 (Thursday, February 7, 2013)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 8987]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-02757]


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Proposed Rules
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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.

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Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 26 / Thursday, February 7, 2013 / 
Proposed Rules

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

6 CFR Part 115

[ICEB-2012-0003]
RIN 1653-AA65


Standards To Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Sexual Abuse and 
Assault in Confinement Facilities; Extension of Comment Period

AGENCY: Department of Homeland Security.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM); Extension of comment 
period.

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SUMMARY: This action extends the comment period for an NPRM that DHS 
published on December 19, 2012. In that document, DHS proposed to issue 
regulations setting standards to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual 
abuse and assault in DHS confinement facilities. DHS is extending the 
comment period for one week due to projected outages at the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal, http://www.regulations.gov, and the Federal 
Document Management System. This extension is to ensure that all 
interested parties have an opportunity to present their views on the 
proposed rulemaking.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before 11:59 p.m. on February 
26, 2013, or reach the Mail or Hand Delivery/Courier address listed 
below in ADDRESSES on or before that date and time.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by DHS Docket No. ICEB-
2012-0003, by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail: Office of Policy; U.S. Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security; Potomac Center North, 500 
12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20536; Contact Telephone Number (202) 
732-4292. To ensure proper handling, please reference DHS Docket No. 
ICEB-2012-0003 on your correspondence.
     Hand Delivery/Courier: Office of Policy; U.S. Immigration 
and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security; Potomac 
Center North, 500 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20536; Telephone: 
(202) 732-4292 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except 
Federal holidays.
    To avoid duplication, please use only one of these three methods. 
See the ``Public Participation'' portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION section below for instructions on submitting comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alexander Y. Hartman, Office of 
Policy; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of 
Homeland Security; Potomac Center North, 500 12th Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20536; Telephone: (202) 732-4292 (not a toll-free 
number).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Submitting Comments

    See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section in the NPRM (77 FR 75300) 
for further information on how to comment on the proposals in the NPRM 
and how DHS will handle comments received. The ``Additional 
Information'' section also contains related information about the 
docket, privacy, and the handling of proprietary or confidential 
business information. In addition, there is information on obtaining 
copies of related rulemaking documents.

II. Background

    On December 19, 2012, DHS issued an NPRM entitled, ``Standards to 
Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Sexual Abuse and Assault in Confinement 
Facilities.'' 77 FR 75300. The NPRM required commenters to submit their 
comments for receipt by February 19, 2013. DHS recently learned of 
upcoming maintenance to the Federal eRulemaking Portal, http://www.regulations.gov, and the Federal Document Management System (FDMS), 
currently scheduled for February 16-18, 2013. These systems will not be 
available during that time. To avoid confusion during the end of the 
comment period and to ensure that all interested parties have an 
opportunity to comment on the NPRM, DHS is extending the comment period 
by one week.
    Absent unforeseen circumstances, DHS does not anticipate any 
further extension of the comment period for this rulemaking.

Extension of Comment Period

    DHS has determined that a one-week extension of the comment period 
is sufficient to provide the public adequate time to submit comments, 
notwithstanding the projected outages to the Federal eRulemaking Portal 
and FDMS. Accordingly, the public comment period for the NPRM is 
extended through February 26, 2013.

Christina E. McDonald,
Associate General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs, Department of 
Homeland Security.
[FR Doc. 2013-02757 Filed 2-6-13; 8:45 am]
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