[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 84 (Thursday, May 1, 2014)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 24631-24632]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-09969]



Federal Aviation Administration

14 CFR Part 120

 [Docket No. FAA-2012-1058; Notice No. 14-02]
RIN 2120-AK09

Drug and Alcohol Testing of Certain Maintenance Provider 
Employees Located Outside of the United States; Extension of Comment 

AGENCY: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT.

ACTION: Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM); Extension of 
comment period.


SUMMARY: This action extends the comment period for an Advance Notice 
of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) that was published on March 17, 2014. In 
that document, the FAA sought input on its intent to amend the FAA's 
drug and alcohol testing regulations to require drug and alcohol 
testing of certain maintenance personnel outside of the United States. 
Airlines for America (A4A), the International Air Transport Association 
(IATA), and Deutsche Lufthansa AG (Lufthansa) have requested that the 
FAA extend the comment period closing date to allow time for commenters 
to adequately analyze the ANPRM and prepare comments.

DATES: The comment period for the ANPRM published on March 17, 2014 (79 
FR 14621), was scheduled to close on May 16, 2014, and is extended 
until July 17, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may send comments identified by docket FAA-2012-1058 
using any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online instructions for sending your 
comments electronically.
     Mail: Send comments to Docket Operations, M-30; U.S. 
Department of Transportation (DOT), 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Room 
W12-140, West Building Ground Floor, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery or Courier: Take comments to Docket 
Operations in Room W12-140 of the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 
New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., 
Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays.
     Fax: Fax comments to Docket Operations at 202-493-2251.
    Privacy: In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 553(c), DOT solicits comments 
from the public to better inform its rulemaking process. DOT posts 
these comments, without edit, including any personal information the 
commenter provides, to www.regulations.gov, as described in the system 
of records notice (DOT/ALL-14 FDMS), which can be reviewed at 
    Docket: Background documents or comments received may be read at 
http://www.regulations.gov at any time. Follow the online instructions 
for accessing the docket or visit Docket Operations in Room W12-140 of 
the West Building Ground Floor at 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., 
Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except Federal holidays.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Valentine Castaneda, ARM-104, Office 
of Rulemaking, Federal Aviation Administration, 800 Independence Avenue 
SW., Washington, DC 20591, telephone (202) 267-9677; email 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: See the ``Additional Information'' section 
for information on how to comment on the ANPRM and how the FAA will 
handle comments received. The ``Additional Information'' section also 
contains related information about the docket and the handling of 
proprietary or confidential business information. In addition, there is 
information on obtaining copies of related rulemaking documents.


    On March 17, 2014, the FAA issued Notice No. 14-02, entitled ``Drug 
and Alcohol Testing of Certain Maintenance Provider Employees Located 
Outside of the United States'' (79 FR 14621). Comments to that document 
were to be received on or before May 16, 2014. By letter dated March 
26, 2014, A4A

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requested that the FAA extend the comment period for Notice No. 14-02 
for 120 days. By letters dated April 8, 2014 and April 9, 2014, 
respectively, IATA and Lufthansa also requested a 120-day extension of 
the comment period. The petitioners requested the extension to secure 
additional time for commenters to assess the impact of the ANPRM and 
prepare comments.
    While the FAA concurs with the petitioners' requests for an 
extension of the comment period, it does not support a 120-day 
extension. The FAA finds that providing an additional 60 days is 
sufficient for these petitioners and other commenters to analyze the 
ANPRM and provide meaningful comments.
    Absent unusual circumstances, the FAA does not anticipate any 
further extension of the comment period for this rulemaking.

Extension of Comment Period

    In accordance with Sec.  11.47(c) of title 14, Code of Federal 
Regulations, the FAA has reviewed the petitions made by A4A, IATA, and 
Lufthansa for extension of the comment period to Notice No. 14-02. 
These petitioners have shown a substantive interest in the ANPRM and 
good cause for the extension. The FAA has determined that extension of 
the comment period is consistent with the public interest, and that 
good cause exists for taking this action.
    Accordingly, the comment period for Notice No. 14-02 is extended 
until July 17, 2014.

Additional Information

A. Comments Invited

    The FAA invites interested persons to participate in this 
rulemaking by submitting written comments, data, or views. The most 
helpful comments reference a specific portion of the ANPRM, explain the 
reason for any recommendations, and include supporting data. To ensure 
the docket does not contain duplicate comments, commenters should send 
only one copy of written comments, or if comments are filed 
electronically, commenters should submit only one time.
    The FAA will file in the docket all comments it receives, as well 
as a report summarizing each substantive public contact with FAA 
personnel concerning this ANPRM. Before acting on this ANPRM, the FAA 
will consider all comments it receives on or before the extended 
closing date for comments. The FAA will consider comments filed after 
the comment period has closed if it is possible to do so without 
incurring expense or delay.
    Proprietary or Confidential Business Information: Do not file 
proprietary or confidential business information in the docket. Such 
information must be sent or delivered directly to the person identified 
in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document and 
marked as proprietary or confidential. If submitting information on a 
disk or CD ROM, mark the outside of the disk or CD ROM, and identify 
electronically within the disk or CD ROM the specific information that 
is proprietary or confidential.
    Under 14 CFR 11.35(b), if the FAA is aware of proprietary 
information filed with a comment, the agency does not place it in the 
docket. It is held in a separate file to which the public does not have 
access, and the FAA places a note in the docket that it has received 
it. If the FAA receives a request to examine or copy this information, 
it treats it as any other request under the Freedom of Information Act 
(5 U.S.C. 552). The FAA processes such a request under Department of 
Transportation procedures found in 49 CFR part 7.

B. Availability of Rulemaking Documents

    An electronic copy of rulemaking documents may be obtained from the 
Internet by--
    1. Searching the Federal eRulemaking Portal (http://www.regulations.gov);
    2. Visiting the FAA's Regulations and Policies Web page at http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies or
    3. Accessing the Government Printing Office's Web page at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/.
    Copies may also be obtained by sending a request to the Federal 
Aviation Administration, Office of Rulemaking, ARM-1, 800 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20591, or by calling (202) 267-9680. 
Commenters must identify the docket or notice number of this 
    All documents the FAA considered in developing the ANPRM, including 
economic analyses and technical reports, may be accessed from the 
Internet through the Federal eRulemaking Portal referenced in item (1) 

    Issued at Washington, DC, under the authority set forth in 49 
U.S.C. 44733 on April 28, 2014.
Lirio Liu,
Director, Office of Rulemaking.
[FR Doc. 2014-09969 Filed 4-30-14; 8:45 am]