[The Regulatory Plan and Unified Agenda of
                Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions]
[Department of Homeland Security 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 HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Office of the Secretary

6 CFR Chs. I and II

[DHS Docket No. OGC-RP-04-001]

Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, DHS.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: This regulatory agenda is a semiannual summary of all current 
and projected rulemakings, existing regulations, and completed actions 
of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its components. This 
agenda provides the public with information about DHS's regulatory 
activity. DHS expects that this information will enable the public to 
be more aware of, and effectively participate in, the Department's 
regulatory activity. DHS invites the public to submit comments on any 
aspect of this agenda.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 

 General

    Please direct general comments and inquiries on the agenda to 
the Regulatory Affairs Law Division, U.S. Department of Homeland 
Security, Office of the General Counsel, 245 Murray Lane, Mail Stop 
0485, Washington, DC 20528-0485.

 Specific

    Please direct specific comments and inquiries on individual 
regulatory actions identified in this agenda to the individual 
listed in the summary of the regulation as the point of contact for 
that regulation.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DHS provides this notice pursuant to the 
requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (Pub. L. 96-354, Sep. 
19, 1980) and Executive Order 12866 ``Regulatory Planning and Review'' 
(Sep. 30, 1993), which require the Department to publish a semiannual 
agenda of regulations. The regulatory agenda is a summary of all 
current and projected rulemakings, as well as actions completed since 
the publication of the last regulatory agenda for the Department. DHS's 
last semiannual regulatory agenda was published on April 26, 2010 at 75 
FR 21806.

    Beginning in fall 2007, the Internet became the basic means for 
disseminating the Unified Agenda. The complete Unified Agenda is 
available online at www.reginfo.gov.

    As part of the Unified Agenda, federal agencies are also 
required to prepare a Regulatory Plan of the most important 
significant regulatory actions that the agency reasonably expects 
to issue in proposed or final form in that fiscal year. As in past 
years, for fall editions of the Unified Agenda, the entire 
Regulatory Plan and agency regulatory flexibility agendas, in 
accordance with the publication requirements of the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act, are printed in the Federal Register.

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602) requires federal 
agencies to publish their regulatory flexibility agenda in the 
Federal Register.A regulatory flexibility agenda shall contain, 
among other things, ``a brief description of the subject area of 
any rule . . . which is likely to have a significant economic 
impact on a substantial number of small entities.'' DHS's printed 
agenda entries include regulatory actions that are in the 
Department's regulatory flexibility agenda. Printing of these 
entries is limited to fields that contain information required by 
the agenda provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Additional 
information on these entries is available in the Unified Agenda 
published on the Internet.

    The semiannual agenda of the Department conforms to the Unified 
Agenda format developed by the Regulatory Information Service 
Center.

Dated: September 10, 2010.

 Christina E. McDonald,

Acting Associate General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs.

                         U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
 Sequence                                           Title                                            Identifier
  Number                                                                                               Number
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374         Registration Requirement for Petitioners Seeking to File H-1B Petitions on Behalf of      1615-AB71
            Aliens Subject to Numerical Limitations (Reg Plan Seq No. 64).........................
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References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this issue of the Federal Register.


                           U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services--Final Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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  Number                                                                                               Number
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375         E-2 Nonimmigrant Status for Aliens in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands    1615-AB75
            With Long-Term Investor Status (Reg Plan Seq No. 69)..................................
376         Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Transitional Worker Classification (Reg      1615-AB76
            Plan Seq No. 70)......................................................................
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References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this issue of the Federal Register.


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                          U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services--Completed Actions
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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377         U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Fee Schedule...............................    1615-AB80
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                                      U.S. Coast Guard--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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378         Numbering of Undocumented Barges......................................................    1625-AA14
379         Commercial Fishing Industry Vessels...................................................    1625-AA77
380         Inspection of Towing Vessels (Reg Plan Seq No. 73)....................................    1625-AB06
381         Updates to Maritime Security (Reg Plan Seq No. 75)....................................    1625-AB38
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References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this issue of the Federal Register.


                                       U.S. Coast Guard--Final Rule Stage
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382         Standards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters (Reg     1625-AA32
            Plan Seq No. 76)......................................................................
383         Passenger Weight and Inspected Vessel Stability Requirements..........................    1625-AB20
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References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this issue of the Federal Register.


                                       U.S. Coast Guard--Long-Term Actions
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384         Claims Procedures Under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (USCG-2004-17697)...............    1625-AA03
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                                       U.S. Coast Guard--Completed Actions
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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  Number                                                                                               Number
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385         Bulk Solid Hazardous Materials: Harmonization With the International Maritime Solid       1625-AB47
            Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code.............................................................
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                              U.S. Customs and Border Protection--Final Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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  Number                                                                                               Number
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386         Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements (Reg Plan Seq No. 77)....    1651-AA70
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References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this issue of the Federal Register.


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                                                                                                     Regulation
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387         Transportation of Certain Merchandise and Equipment Between Coastwise Points..........    1651-AA84
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                            Transportation Security Administration--Final Rule Stage
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                                                                                                     Regulation
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  Number                                                                                               Number
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388         Aircraft Repair Station Security (Reg Plan Seq No. 85)................................    1652-AA38
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References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this issue of the Federal Register.


                            Transportation Security Administration--Long-Term Actions
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389         Modification of the Aviation Security Infrastructure Fee (ASIF) (Market Share)........    1652-AA43
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Department of Homeland Security (DHS)               Proposed Rule Stage
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
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374. REGISTRATION REQUIREMENT FOR PETITIONERS SEEKING TO FILE H-1B 
PETITIONS ON BEHALF OF ALIENS SUBJECT TO NUMERICAL LIMITATIONS

 Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 64 in part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 1615-AB71
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Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                  Final Rule Stage
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
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375. E-2 NONIMMIGRANT STATUS FOR ALIENS IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE 
NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS WITH LONG-TERM INVESTOR STATUS

 Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 69 in part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 1615-AB75
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376. COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS TRANSITIONAL WORKER 
CLASSIFICATION

 Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 70 in part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 1615-AB76
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Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                 Completed Actions
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
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377. U. S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES FEE SCHEDULE

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1356(m)

Abstract: This rule will adjust the fee schedule for U.S. Citizenship 
and Immigration Services (USCIS) immigration and naturalization benefit 
applications and petitions, including nonimmigrant applications and 
visa petitions. These fees fund the cost of processing applications and 
petitions for immigration benefits and services, and USCIS' associated 
operating costs. USCIS is revising these fees because the current fee 
schedule does not adequately recover the full costs of services 
provided by USCIS. Without an adjustment of the fee schedule, USCIS 
cannot provide adequate capacity to process all applications and 
petitions in a timely and efficient manner. The fee review is 
undertaken pursuant to the requirements of the Chief Financial Officers 
Act of 1990 (CFO Act), 31 U.S.C. 901-03. The CFO Act requires each 
agency's chief financial officer (CFO) to ``review, on a biennial 
basis, the fees, royalties, rents, and other charges imposed by the 
agency for services and things of value it provides, and make 
recommendations on revising those charges to reflect

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costs incurred by it in providing those services and things of value.`` 
Id. at 902(a)(8). This rule will reflect recommendations made by the 
DHS CFO and USCIS CFO, as required under the CFO Act.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            06/11/10                    75 FR 33445
NPRM Comment Period End         07/26/10
Final Rule                      09/24/10                    75 FR 58961
Final Rule Effective            11/23/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Timothy Rosado, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. 
Citizenship and Immigration Services, Suite 4018, 20 Massachusetts 
Avenue NW
Phone: 202 272-1969
Fax: 202 272-1970
Email: timothy.a.rosado@dhs.gov

RIN: 1615-AB80
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Department of Homeland Security (DHS)               Proposed Rule Stage
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
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378. NUMBERING OF UNDOCUMENTED BARGES

Legal Authority: 46 USC 12301

Abstract: Title 46 U.S.C. 12301, as amended by the Abandoned Barge Act 
of 1992, requires that all undocumented barges of more than 100 gross 
tons operating on the navigable waters of the United States be 
numbered. This rulemaking would establish a numbering system for these 
barges. The numbering of undocumented barges will allow identification 
of owners of barges found abandoned and help prevent future marine 
pollution. This rulemaking supports the Coast Guard's broad role and 
responsibility of maritime stewardship.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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Request for Comments            10/18/94                    59 FR 52646
Comment Period End              01/17/95
ANPRM                           07/06/98                    63 FR 36384
ANPRM Comment Period End        11/03/98
NPRM                            01/11/01                     66 FR 2385
NPRM Comment Period End         04/11/01
NPRM Reopening of Comment Period08/12/04                    69 FR 49844
NPRM Comment Period End         11/10/04
Supplemental NPRM               03/00/11

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Denise Harmon, Project Manager, Department of Homeland 
Security, U.S. Coast Guard, National Vessel Documentation Center, 792 
T.J. Jackson Drive, Falling Waters, WV 25419
Phone: 304 271-2506

RIN: 1625-AA14
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379. COMMERCIAL FISHING INDUSTRY VESSELS

Legal Authority: 46 USC 4502(a) to 4502(d); 46 USC 4505 and 4506; 46 
USC 6104; 46 USC 10603; DHS Delegation No. 0170.1(92)

Abstract: This rulemaking would amend commercial fishing industry 
vessel requirements to enhance maritime safety. Commercial fishing 
remains one of the most dangerous industries in America. The Commercial 
Fishing Industry Vessel Safety Act of 1988 (``the Act,'' codified in 46 
U.S.C. chapter 45) gives the Coast Guard regulatory authority to 
improve the safety of vessels operating in that industry. Although 
significant reductions in industry deaths were recorded after the Coast 
Guard issued its initial rules under the Act in 1991, we believe more 
deaths and serious injury can be avoided through compliance with new 
regulations in the following areas: vessel stability and watertight 
integrity, vessel maintenance and safety equipment including crew 
immersion suits, crew training and drills, and improved documentation 
of regulatory compliance.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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ANPRM                           03/31/08                    73 FR 16815
ANPRM Comment Period End        12/15/08
NPRM                            01/00/11

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Jack Kemerer, Project Manager, CG-5433, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593
Phone: 202 372-1249
Email: jack.a.kemerer@uscg.mil

RIN: 1625-AA77
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380. INSPECTION OF TOWING VESSELS

 Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 73 in part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 1625-AB06
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381. UPDATES TO MARITIME SECURITY

 Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 75 in part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 1625-AB38

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                  Final Rule Stage
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
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382. STANDARDS FOR LIVING ORGANISMS IN SHIPS' BALLAST WATER DISCHARGED 
IN U.S. WATERS

 Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 76 in part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 1625-AA32
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383. PASSENGER WEIGHT AND INSPECTED VESSEL STABILITY REQUIREMENTS

Legal Authority: 33 USC 1321(j); 43 USC 1333; 46 USC 2103; 46 USC 2113; 
46 USC 3205; 46 USC 3301; 46 USC 3306; 46 USC 3307; 46 USC 3703; 46 USC 
5115; 46 USC 6101; 49 USC App 1804; EO 11735; EO 12234; DHS Delegation 
No 0170.1; PL 103-206, 107 Stat 2439

Abstract: The Coast Guard proposes developing a rule that addresses 
both the stability calculations and the environmental operating 
requirements for certain domestic passenger vessels. The proposed rule 
would address the outdated per-person weight averages that are 
currently used in stability calculations for certain domestic passenger 
vessels. In addition, the proposed rule would add environmental 
operating requirements for domestic passenger vessels that could be 
adversely affected by sudden inclement weather. This rulemaking would 
increase passenger safety by significantly reducing the risk of certain 
types of passenger vessels capsizing due to either passenger 
overloading or operating these vessels in hazardous weather conditions. 
This rulemaking would support the Coast Guard's broad role and 
responsibility of maritime safety.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            08/20/08                    73 FR 49244
NPRM Comment Period End         11/18/08
NPRM Comment Period Reopened    12/08/08                    73 FR 74426
NPRM Comment Period End         02/06/09
NPRM Comment Period Reopened    02/18/09                     74 FR 7576
NPRM Comment Period End         03/20/09
Final Action                    12/00/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: William Peters, Program Manager, Office of Design and 
Engineering Standards, Systems Engineering Division (CG-5212), 
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 2nd Street SW., 
STOP 7126, Washington, DC 20593-7126
Phone: 202 372-1371
Email: william.s.peters@uscg.mil

RIN: 1625-AB20
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Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                 Long-Term Actions
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
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384. CLAIMS PROCEDURES UNDER THE OIL POLLUTION ACT OF 1990 (USCG-2004-
17697)

Legal Authority: 33 USC 2713 and 2714

Abstract: This rulemaking implements section 1013 (Claims Procedures) 
and section 1014 (Designation of Source and Advertisement) of the Oil 
Pollution Act of 1990. An interim rule was published in 1992, and 
provides the basic requirements for the filing of claims for 
uncompensated removal costs or damages resulting from the discharge of 
oil, for the designation of the sources of the discharge, and for the 
advertisement of where claims are to be filed. The interim rule also 
includes the processing of natural resource damage (NRD) claims. The 
NRD claims, however, were not processed until September 25, 1997, when 
the Department of Justice issued an opinion that the Oil Spill 
Liability Trust Fund (OSLTF) is available, without further 
appropriation, to pay trustee NRD claims under the general claims 
provisions of the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) of 1990, 33 U.S.C. 
2712(a)(4). This rulemaking supports the Coast Guard's broad role and 
responsibility of maritime stewardship.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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Interim Final Rule              08/12/92                    57 FR 36314
Correction                      09/09/92                    57 FR 41104
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      12/10/92
Supplemental NPRM               01/00/12

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Benjamin White, Project Manager, National Pollution 
Funds Center, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, NPFC 
MS 7100, United States Coast Guard, 4200 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, 
VA 20598-7100
Phone: 202 493-6863
Email: benjamin.h.white@uscg.mil

RIN: 1625-AA03
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Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                 Completed Actions
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
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385.  BULK SOLID HAZARDOUS MATERIALS: HARMONIZATION 
WITH THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME SOLID BULK CARGOES (IMSBC) CODE

Legal Authority: 33 USC 1602; 46 USC 3306; 46 USC 5111; 49 USC 5103; EO 
12234; DHS Delegation No. 0170.1

Abstract: This rulemaking proposed to align national regulations with 
the adoption of amendments to Chapter VI of the International 
Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, as amended, for 
foreign and domestic vessels' international trade. It also proposed to 
eliminate the need to maintain previously-issued Coast Guard special 
permits for the carriage of solid hazardous materials in bulk.
This project supports the Coast Guard Marine Safety and Environmental 
Protection program's goals to reduce crew member deaths and injuries on 
U.S. commercial vessels, to reduce the

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amount of environmentally hazardous substances discharged into the 
nation's waterways, and to promote the Coast Guard's strategic goal of 
maritime safety.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            06/17/10                    75 FR 34574
Correction                      06/18/10                    75 FR 34682
NPRM Comment Period End         07/19/10
Final Rule                      10/19/10                    75 FR 64585
Final Rule Effective            01/01/11

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Richard C. Bornhorst, Project Manager (CG-5223), 
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 2nd Street SW., 
STOP 7126, Washington, DC 20593-7126
Phone: 202 372-1426
Fax: 202 372-1926
Email: richard.c.bornhorst@uscg.mil

RIN: 1625-AB47
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Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                  Final Rule Stage
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP)
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386. IMPORTER SECURITY FILING AND ADDITIONAL CARRIER REQUIREMENTS

 Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 77 in part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 1651-AA70
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Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                 Completed Actions
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP)
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387. TRANSPORTATION OF CERTAIN MERCHANDISE AND EQUIPMENT BETWEEN 
COASTWISE POINTS

Legal Authority: 46 USC 55102

Abstract: The Jones Act provides that only coastwise-qualified vessels 
may transport merchandise between coastwise points. During 2009, U.S. 
Customs and Border Protection proposed modifying previously-issued 
ruling letters that determined whether the transportation of certain 
articles and equipment by non-coastwise-qualified vessels between 
coastwise points was in violation of the Jones Act. Because any 
determination on this matter made by CBP would impact a broad range of 
regulated parties, and the scope of potential economic impact of any 
change in existing practice is unknown, CBP is issuing an advance 
notice of proposed rulemaking to solicit public comment.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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Withdrawn                       11/15/10

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Glen E. Vereb, Chief, Cargo Security, Carriers and 
Immigration Branch, Office of International Trade, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 1300 
Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20229
Phone: 202 325-0212

RIN: 1651-AA84
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Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                  Final Rule Stage
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
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388. AIRCRAFT REPAIR STATION SECURITY

 Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 85 in part II of this issue of 
the Federal Register.

RIN: 1652-AA38

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                 Long-Term Actions
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
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389. MODIFICATION OF THE AVIATION SECURITY INFRASTRUCTURE FEE (ASIF) 
(MARKET SHARE)

Legal Authority: 49 USC 44901; 49 USC 44940

Abstract: The Transportation Security Administration will propose a 
method for apportioning the Aviation Security Infrastructure Fee (ASIF) 
among air carriers. The ASIF is a fee imposed on air carriers and 
foreign air carriers to help pay the Government's costs of providing 
civil aviation security services.
Starting in fiscal year 2005, the Aviation and Transportation Security 
Act (ATSA) (Pub. L. 107-71; Nov. 19, 2001), codified at 49 U.S.C. 
44940, authorizes TSA to change the methodology for imposing the ASIF 
on air carriers and foreign air carriers from a system based on their 
2000 screening costs to a system based on market share or other 
appropriate measures.
On November 5, 2003, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) 
published a notice requesting comment on possible changes in order to 
allow for open industry and public input. TSA sought comments on issues 
regarding how to impose the ASIF, and whether, when, and how often the 
ASIF should be adjusted. The comment period was extended on the notice 
for an additional 30 days, until February 5, 2004. TSA is developing a 
market share methodology and intends to seek public comments through 
issuance of a notice of proposed rulemaking.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Notice; Requesting Comment- 
Imposition of the Aviation 
Security Infrastructure Fee 
(ASIF)                          11/05/03                    68 FR 62613
Notice--Imposition of ASIF; 
Comment Period End              01/05/04
Notice--Imposition of ASIF; 
Comment Period Extended         12/31/03                    68 FR 75611
Notice--Imposition of ASIF; 
Extended Comment Period End     02/05/04


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Agency Contact: Michael Gambone, Deputy Director, Office of Revenue, 
Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, Office of Finance and Administration, TSA-14, HQ, W12-
319, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6014
Phone: 571 227-1081
Fax: 571 227-2904
Email: michael.gambone@dhs.gov

Nicholas (Nick) Acheson, Sr. Economist, Regulatory Development and 
Economic Analysis, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation 
Security Administration, Office of Transportation Sector Network 
Management, TSA-28, HQ, E10-341N, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 
20598-6028
Phone: 571 227-5474
Fax: 703 603-0302
Email: nicholas.acheson@dhs.gov

Linda L. Kent, Assistant Chief Counsel, Regulations and Security 
Standards Division, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation 
Security Administration, Office of the Chief Counsel, TSA-2, HQ, E12-
126S, 601 South 12th Street, Arlington, VA 20598-6002
Phone: 571 227-2675
Fax: 571 227-1381
Email: linda.kent@dhs.gov

RIN: 1652-AA43
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