[The Regulatory Plan and Unified Agenda of
                Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions]
[Department of Justice Semiannual Regulatory Agenda ]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov]


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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE (DOJ)

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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

8 CFR Ch. V

21 CFR Ch. I

27 CFR Ch. II

28 CFR Ch. I, V

Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: Department of Justice.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Justice is publishing its fall 2010 
regulatory agenda pursuant to Executive Order 12866 ``Regulatory 
Planning and Review,'' 58 FR 51735, and the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 
5 U.S.C. sections 601 to 612 (1988).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Hinchman, Senior Counsel, 
Office of Legal Policy, Department of Justice, Room 4252, 950 
Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20530, (202) 514-8059.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: For this edition of the Department of 
Justice's regulatory agenda, the most important significant regulatory 
action and a Statement of Regulatory Priorities are included in The 
Regulatory Plan, which appears in both the online Unified Agenda and in 
part II of the Federal Register that includes the Unified Agenda.

    Beginning with the fall 2007 edition, the Internet has been the 
basic means for disseminating the Unified Agenda. The complete 
Unified Agenda will be available online at www.reginfo.gov in a 
format that offers users a greatly enhanced ability to obtain 
information from the Agenda database.

    Because publication in the Federal Register is mandated for the 
regulatory flexibility agendas required by the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602), the Department of Justice's printed 
agenda entries include only:

(1) Rules that are in the Agency's regulatory flexibility agenda, in 
accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, because they are likely 
to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities; and

(2) any rules that the Agency has identified for periodic review under 
section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

    Printing of these entries is limited to fields that contain 
information required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act's Agenda 
requirements. Additional information on these entries is available 
in the Unified Agenda published on the Internet. In addition, for 
fall editions of the Agenda, the entire Regulatory Plan will 
continue to be printed in the Federal Register, as in past years, 
including the Department of Justice's regulatory plan.

Dated: September 15, 2010

 Christopher H. Schroeder,

 Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy.

                                    Civil Rights Division--Completed Actions
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393         Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Public Accommodations and Commercial      1190-AA44
            Facilities (Rulemaking Resulting From a Section 610 Review)...........................
394         Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in State and Local Government Services       1190-AA46
            (Rulemaking Resulting From a Section 610 Review)......................................
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Department of Justice (DOJ)                           Completed Actions
Civil Rights Division (CRT)
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393. NONDISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF DISABILITY IN PUBLIC 
ACCOMMODATIONS AND COMMERCIAL FACILITIES (RULEMAKING RESULTING FROM A 
SECTION 610 REVIEW)

Legal Authority: 5 USC 301; 28 USC 509; 28 USC 510; 42 USC 12186(b)

Abstract: In 1991, the Department of Justice published regulations to 
implement title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 
(ADA). Those regulations include the ADA Standards for Accessible 
Design, which establish requirements for the design and construction of 
accessible facilities that are consistent with the ADA Accessibility 
Guidelines (ADAAG) published by the U.S. Architectural and 
Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (Access Board). In the time 
since the regulations became effective, the Department of Justice and 
the Access Board have each gathered a great deal of information 
regarding the implementation of the Standards. The Access Board began 
the process of revising ADAAG a number of years ago. It published new 
ADAAG in final form on July 23, 2004, after having published guidelines 
in proposed form in November 1999 and in draft final form in April 
2002. In order to maintain consistency between ADAAG and the ADA 
Standards, the Department is reviewing its title III regulations and 
expects to propose, in one or more stages, to adopt revised ADA 
Standards consistent with the final revised ADAAG and to make related 
revisions to the Department's title III regulations. In addition to 
maintaining consistency between ADAAG and the Standards, the purpose of 
this review and these revisions is to more closely coordinate with 
voluntary standards; to clarify areas which, through inquiries and 
comments to the Department's technical assistance phone lines, have 
been shown to cause confusion; to reflect evolving technologies in 
areas affected by the Standards; and to comply with section 610 of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act, which requires agencies once every 10 years 
to review rules that have a significant

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economic impact upon a substantial number of small entities.
The first step in adopting revised Standards was an advance notice of 
proposed rulemaking that was published in the Federal Register on 
September 30, 2004, at 69 FR 58768, issued under both title II and 
title III. The Department believes that the advance notice simplified 
and clarified the preparation of the proposed rule. In addition to 
giving notice that the proposed rule will adopt revised ADA 
accessibility standards, the advance notice raised questions for public 
comment and proposed a framework for the regulatory analysis that 
accompanied the proposed rule.
The adoption of revised ADAAG will also serve to address changes to the 
ADA Standards previously proposed in RIN 1190-AA26, RIN 1190-AA38, RIN 
1190-AA47, and RIN 1190-AA50, all of which have now been withdrawn from 
the Unified Agenda. These changes include technical specifications for 
facilities designed for use by children, accessibility standards for 
State and local government facilities, play areas, and recreation 
facilities, all of which had previously been published by the Access 
Board.
The timetable set forth below refers to the notice of proposed 
rulemaking that the Department issued as the second step of the above 
described title III rulemaking. This notice proposed to adopt revised 
ADA Standards for Accessible Design consistent with the minimum 
guidelines of the revised ADAAG, and initiated the review of the 
regulation in accordance with the requirements of section 610 of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act, as amended by the Small Business Regulatory 
Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (SBREFA).

Completed:
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Reason                            Date                      FR Cite

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Final Action                    09/15/10                    75 FR 56236
Final Action Effective          03/15/11

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: John L. Wodatch
Phone: 800 514-0301
TDD Phone: 800 514-0383
Fax: 202 307-1198

RIN: 1190-AA44
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394. NONDISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF DISABILITY IN STATE AND LOCAL 
GOVERNMENT SERVICES (RULEMAKING RESULTING FROM A SECTION 610 REVIEW)

Legal Authority: 5 USC 301; 28 USC 509 to 510; 42 USC 12134; PL 101-336

Abstract: On July 26, 1991, the Department published its final rule 
implementing title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). On 
November 16, 1999, the U.S. Architectural and Transportation Barriers 
Compliance Board (Access Board) issued its first comprehensive review 
of the ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG), which form the basis of 
the Department's ADA Standards for Accessible Design. The Access Board 
published an Availability of Draft Final Guidelines on April 2, 2002, 
and published the ADA Accessibility Guidelines in final form on July 
23, 2004. The ADA (section 204(c)) requires the Department's standards 
to be consistent with the Access Board's guidelines. In order to 
maintain consistency between ADAAG and the Standards, the Department is 
reviewing its title II regulations and expects to propose, in one or 
more stages, to adopt revised standards consistent with new ADAAG. The 
Department will also, in one or more stages, review its title II 
regulations for purposes of section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility 
Act and make related changes to its title II regulations.
In addition to the statutory requirement for the rule, the social and 
economic realities faced by Americans with disabilities dictate the 
need for the rule. Individuals with disabilities cannot participate in 
the social and economic activities of the Nation without being able to 
access the programs and services of State and local governments. 
Further, amending the Department's ADA regulations will improve the 
format and usability of the ADA Standards for Accessible Design; 
harmonize the differences between the ADA Standards and national 
consensus standards and model codes; update the ADA Standards to 
reflect technological developments that meet the needs of persons with 
disabilities; and coordinate future ADA Standards revisions with 
national standards and model code organizations. As a result, the 
overarching goal of improving access for persons with disabilities so 
that they can benefit from the goods, services, and activities provided 
to the public by covered entities will be met.
The first part of the rulemaking process was an advance notice of 
proposed rulemaking, published in the Federal Register on September 30, 
2004, at 69 FR 58768, issued under both title II and title III. The 
Department believes the advance notice simplified and clarified the 
preparation of the proposed rule to follow. In addition to giving 
notice of the proposed rule that will adopt revised ADA accessibility 
standards, the advance notice raised questions for public comment and 
proposed a framework for the regulatory analysis that accompanied the 
proposed rule.
The adoption of revised ADA Standards consistent with revised ADAAG 
will also serve to address changes to the ADA Standards previously 
proposed under RIN 1190-AA26, RIN 1190-AA38, RIN 1190-AA47, and RIN 
1190-AA50, all of which have now been withdrawn from the Unified 
Agenda. These changes include technical specifications for facilities 
designed for use by children, accessibility standards for State and 
local government facilities, play areas, and recreation facilities, all 
of which had previously been published by the Access Board.
The timetable set forth below refers to the notice of proposed 
rulemaking that the Department issued as the second step of the above-
described title III rulemaking. This notice also proposed to eliminate 
the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS) as an alternative to 
the ADA Standards for Accessible Design.

Completed:
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Reason                            Date                      FR Cite

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Final Action                    09/15/10                    75 FR 56164
Final Action Effective          03/15/11

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: John L. Wodatch
Phone: 800 514-0301
TDD Phone: 800 514-0383
Fax: 202 307-1198

RIN: 1190-AA46
[FR Doc. 2010-30440 Filed 12-17-10; 8:45 am]
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