[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 37 (Monday, February 25, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 12622]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-04136]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

42 CFR Part 71

[Docket No. CDC-2012-0017]
RIN 0920-AA12


Control of Communicable Diseases: Foreign; Scope and Definitions

AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (HHS/CDC), 
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

ACTION: Confirmation of effective date of direct final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within 
the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is publishing this 
document to confirm the effective date of the Direct Final Rule (DFR), 
published on December 26, 2012 (77 FR 75939).

DATES: The Direct Final Rule published at 77 FR 75939, December, 26, 
2012, becomes effective on February 25, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions concerning this notice: 
Ashley A. Marrone, JD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 
Clifton Road, NE., Mailstop E-03, Atlanta, Georgia 30333; telephone 
404-498-1600.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 26, 2012, HHS/CDC published a 
Direct Final Rule (DFR) amending 42 CFR part 71 to update the Scope and 
Definitions for that part (77 FR 75885). On the same date, HHS/CDC 
simultaneously published a companion Notice of Proposed Rulemaking 
(NPRM) that proposed identical updates to the Scope and Definitions (77 
FR 75939). In both documents, HHS/CDC indicated that if we did not 
receive any significant adverse comments on the direct final rule by 
January 25, 2013, we would publish a document in the Federal Register 
withdrawing the NPRM and confirming the effective date of the direct 
final rule within 30 days after the end of the comment period. HHS/CDC 
received two comments to the companion NPRM. One comment pertained to 
food safety that raised issues unrelated to the companion NPRM and 
appears to have been submitted in error. The second comment was a 
general comment on immigration and was outside the scope of this 
rulemaking. HHS/CDC did not consider this comment to be a significant, 
adverse comment because it did not raise any issues that were relevant 
to the subject matter under consideration. Because HHS/CDC did not 
receive any relevant significant adverse comments within the specified 
comment period, we have published a notice to withdrawal the NPRM in 
this issue of the Federal Register. Therefore, consistent with the 
Direct Final Rule the amendments to 42 CFR part 71 become effective on 
February 25, 2013 (77 FR 75885).

    Dated: February 13, 2013.
Kathleen Sebelius,
Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services.
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