[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 152 (Wednesday, August 9, 2017)]
[Rules and Regulations]
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[FR Doc No: 2017-16786]

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Office of the Secretary

7 CFR Part 1

[Docket No. AMS-LPS-16-0051]

Rules of Practice Governing Formal Adjudicatory Proceedings 
Instituted by the Secretary Under Various Statutes

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, USDA.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: This final rule amends the scope and applicability of the U.S. 
Department of Agriculture's (USDA) uniform rules of practice governing 
adjudicatory proceedings to include actions initiated under subtitles B 
and D of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended (1946 Act).

DATES: Effective August 9, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Lynch, Director; Livestock, 
Poultry, and Grain Market News Division; Livestock, Poultry, and Seed 
Program; AMS, USDA, Room 2619-S, STOP 0252; 1400 Independence Avenue 
SW., Washington, DC 20250-0251; telephone (202) 720-4868; fax (202) 
690-3732; or email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: USDA's uniform rules of practice (7 CFR part 
1, subpart H), which govern the conduct of adjudicatory proceedings 
under numerous statutes, have been in effect since February 1, 1977. 
Under this final rule, subtitles B (Livestock Mandatory Reporting) and 
D (Country of Origin Labeling) of the 1946 Act (7 U.S.C. 1621 et seq.) 
are governed by these uniform procedures to ensure consistency and 
uniformity in the conduct of USDA's administrative activities.
    Subtitle B (7 U.S.C. 1635-1636i) of the 1946 Act authorizes the 
Secretary, having given notice and an opportunity for hearing, to 
assess civil penalties (fines) against any packer (as defined therein) 
or other person that violates Livestock Mandatory Reporting regulations 
(7 U.S.C. 1636b). Each civil penalty assessed by the Secretary may be 
no more than $10,000 for each violation, as adjusted by 7 CFR 3.91.
    Subtitle D (7 U.S.C. 1638-1638d) of the 1946 Act authorizes the 
Secretary to take enforcement actions, including civil penalties 
(fines), against a retailer (as defined by the Perishable Agricultural 
Commodities Act (7 U.S.C. 499a(b)(11)) or any person engaged in the 
business of supplying a covered commodity to a retailer, that is 
determined, after providing notice and an opportunity for a hearing 
before the Secretary with respect to the violation, not to have made 
good faith effort to comply with Country of Origin Labeling regulations 
and has continued to willfully violate these regulations.
    This action has been reviewed in accordance with the requirements 
of Executive Order 13175, Consultation and Coordination with Indian 
Tribal Governments. The review reveals this action would not have 
substantial and direct effects on Tribal governments and would not have 
significant Tribal implications.
    This rule does not meet the definition of a significant regulatory 
action contained in section 3(f) of Executive Order 12866, and is not 
subject to review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). 
Additionally, because this rule does not meet the definition of a 
significant regulatory action it does not trigger the requirements 
contained in Executive Order 13771. See OMB's Memorandum titled 
``Interim Guidance Implementing Section 2 of the Executive Order of 
January 30, 2017 titled `Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory 
Costs'[thinsp]'' (February 2, 2017).
    Pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553, notice of proposed rulemaking and 
opportunity for comment are not required for this rule regarding agency 
procedure or practice, and it may be made effective less than 30 days 
after publication in the Federal Register.
    In addition, under 5 U.S.C. 804, this action is not subject to 
congressional review under the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement 
Fairness Act of 1996 (Pub. L. 104-121).
    Finally, this action is not a rule as defined by the Regulatory 
Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601-612) and is thus exempt from the 
provisions of that Act.
    This rule contains no information collection or recordkeeping 
requirements under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501-

List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 1

    Administrative practice and procedure, Antitrust, Claims, 
Cooperatives, Courts, Equal access to justice, Fraud, Freedom of 
information, Government employees, Indemnity payments, Lawyers, Motion 
pictures, Penalties, Privacy.

    For the reasons set forth in the preamble, 7 CFR part 1 is amended 
as follows:


1. The authority citation for part 1 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301, unless otherwise noted.

2. The authority citation for subpart H is revised to read as follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 7 U.S.C 61, 87e, 228, 268, 499o, 
608c(14), 1592, 1624(b), 1636b, 1638b, 2151, 2279e, 2621, 2714, 
2908, 3812, 4610, 4815, 4910, 6009, 6107, 6207, 6307, 6411, 6519, 
6520, 6808, 7107, 7734, 8313; 15 U.S.C. 1828; 16 U.S.C. 620d, 
1540(f), 3373; 21 U.S.C. 104, 111, 117, 120, 122, 127, 134e, 134f, 
135a, 154, 463(b), 621, 1043; 30 U.S.C. 185(o)(1); 43 U.S.C. 1740; 7 
CFR 2.27, 2.35.

3. Amend Sec.  1.131 in paragraph (a) by adding in alphabetical order 
an entry for ``Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946'' to read as follows:

Sec.  1.131  Scope and applicability of this subpart.

    (a) * * *
    Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended, section 253 (7 
U.S.C. 1636b) and section 283 (7 U.S.C. 1638b).
* * * * *

    Dated: August 4, 2017.
Sonny Perdue,
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