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[May 27, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 101)]
[Unified Agenda]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [frwais.access.gpo.gov]

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Part IX





Department of Homeland Security





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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)

_______________________________________________________________________

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Office of the Secretary

6 CFR Chs. I and II

Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, DHS.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

_______________________________________________________________________

SUMMARY: This notice is given pursuant to the requirements of the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act (Pub. L. 96-354, September 19, 1980) and 
Executive Order (E.O.) 12866 (``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' 
September 30, 1993), which require the publication by the Department of 
a semiannual agenda of regulations. Under the Homeland Security Act of 
2002, a number of agency elements and their regulatory authority have 
been or will be transferred to the new Department of Homeland Security. 
Accordingly, this inaugural agenda for the Department encompasses the 
actions taken by the Office of the Secretary as well as actions taken 
by the transferred agency elements.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information about a 
specific entry in the agenda or plan, contact the ``Agency Contact'' 
identified in the agenda item relating to that regulation.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The semiannual agenda of the Department of 
Homeland Security conforms to the Unified Agenda format developed by 
the Regulatory Information Service Center (RISC).

    The Homeland Security Act of 2002 transferred the United States 
Customs Service from the Treasury Department to the New Department 
of Homeland Security (DHS). That Act, however, provides that the 
Secretary of the Treasury retains the regulatory authority for what 
the Act defines as customs revenue functions, but provides the 
Secretary of the Treasury plenary power to delegate such authority 
to the Secretary of Homeland Security. For this reason, Customs 
regulations contine to be enumerated in Treasury's portion of this 
semiannual regulatory agenda and are incorporated here by 
reference.

Dated: March 21, 2003.

 Lucy G. Clark,

Chief Legal Counselor.

                                  Office of the Secretary--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
955         National Environmental Policy Act Procedures........................................     1601-AA13
956         Procedures for Handling Critical Infrastructure Information.........................     1601-AA14
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                                    Office of the Secretary--Final Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
957         Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Procedures...............................     1601-AA00
958         Production or Disclosure of Official Information in Connection With Legal                1601-AA01
            Proceedings.........................................................................
959         Procedures Relating to Awards Under the Equal Access to Justice Act.................     1601-AA07
960         Collection of Nontax Debts Owed to the Department of Homeland Security..............     1601-AA08
961         Right to Financial Privacy..........................................................     1601-AA09
962         Program Fraud Civil Remedies........................................................     1601-AA11
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                                   Office of the Secretary--Long-Term Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
963         Classified National Security Information............................................     1601-AA02
964         Enforcement of Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Department of             1601-AA03
            Homeland Security Programs or Activities............................................
965         Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving      1601-AA04
            Federal Financial Assistance........................................................
966         Regulations Regarding Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Race, Color, or National         1601-AA05
            Origin in Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance.............
967         Authority of the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security; Delegations of        1601-AA06
            Authority; Immigration Laws.........................................................
968         Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement) and Governmentwide              1601-AA10
            Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace................................................
969         Regulations Imposing Restrictions Upon Lobbying.....................................     1601-AA12
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                       Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services--Proposed Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
970         Revised Grounds of Inadmissibility; Exceptions and Waivers for Immigrants and            1615-AA00
            Nonimmigrants.......................................................................
971         International Matchmaking Organizations.............................................     1615-AA11
972         Special Immigrant Juvenile Petitions................................................     1615-AA15
973         Immigrant and Nonimmigrant; Religious Workers.......................................     1615-AA16
974         Dismissal of Asylum Application for Unexcused Failure To Appear and Affect on            1615-AA18
            Eligibility for Employment Authorization............................................
975         Special Immigrant Status for Certain NATO Civilian Employees........................     1615-AA21
976         Adjustment of Status Under the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act............................     1615-AA23
977         Inadmissibility To Enter the United States for Former U.S. Citizens Who Renounced        1615-AA32
            Citizenship To Avoid Taxation.......................................................
978         Implementation of the Numerical Limit on Asylum Grants and Refugee Admissions Based      1615-AA37
            on Resistance to Coercive Population Control Measures...............................
979         Intercountry Adoptions..............................................................     1615-AA43
980         Waiver of Fees......................................................................     1615-AA48
981         Adoption of Siblings, Adopted Alien Children Less Than 18 Years of Age Considered a      1615-AA50
            ``Child''...........................................................................
982         Adjustment of Status Under Section 245(k)...........................................     1615-AA54
983         Implementation of the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998     1615-AA55
            (ACWIA), the American Competitiveness in the Twenty-First Century Act of 2000
            (AC21), and Other Related Bills.....................................................
984         Construction Work and the B Nonimmigrant Visa Classification........................     1615-AA58
985         Removal and Adjustment Procedures for Victims of Trafficking and Certain Criminal        1615-AA60
            Activities..........................................................................
986         Consent To Reapply for Admission After Removal......................................     1615-AA61
987         Waivers of the Two-Year Foreign Residence Requirement for Certain Exchange Visitors.     1615-AA62
988         Extension of the Validity Period for Employment Authorization Documents for Aliens       1615-AA63
            Seeking Adjustment of Status........................................................
989         Illegal Entries, Unlawful Presence, and Automatic Voiding of Nonimmigrant Visas.....     1615-AA64
990         Medical Examination Requirements and Designation of Civil Surgeons..................     1615-AA65
991         Medical Grounds of Inadmissibility and Waivers......................................     1615-AA66
992         New Classification for Victims of Certain Criminal Activity; Eligibility for the U       1615-AA67
            Nonimmigrant Status.................................................................
993         Judicial Review of the Decisions of the Immigration and Naturalization Service......     1615-AA71
994         Termination of Lawful Permanant Resident Status Through Abandonment.................     1615-AA76
995         Limiting the Use of Duration of Status for Certain F, J, and I Nonimmigrants........     1615-AA80
996         Petitions for Aliens To Perform Temporary Nonagricultural Services or Labor (H-2B)..     1615-AA82
997         Adjustment of the Immigration Benefit Application Fee Schedule To Recover Costs          1615-AA84
            Associated With Additional Security Checks..........................................
998         Denial and Revocation for Approval of School for Attendance by Nonimmigrant Students     1615-AA85
999         Adjustment of the Appeal and Motion Fee To Recover Full Costs.......................     1615-AA88
1000        Changes to Employment Authorization Eligibility for Certain Applicants and to            1615-AA89
            Standards for Determining a Frivolous Asylum Application............................
1001        Implementation of the Agreement Between the Government of Canada and the Government      1615-AA91
            of the U.S. Regarding Asylum Claims Made at Land Border Ports-of-Entry and
            Applicability of Other Asylum Bars..................................................
1002        Eliminating the Numerical Cap on Mexican TN Nonimmigrants...........................     1615-AA96
1003        Procedures for Checking Juvenile Criminal Records and Submitting Fingerprints of         1615-AB01
            That Additional Class of Aliens Ineligible for Family Unity.........................
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                        Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services--Final Rule Stage
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                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1004        Reduction of the Number of Acceptable Documents and Other Changes to Employment          1615-AA01
            Verification Requirements (Section 610 Review)......................................
1005        Adjustment of Status to That of Person Admitted for Permanent Residence: Conditional     1615-AA02
            Residents and Fiance(e)s............................................................
1006        Petition To Classify Alien as Immediate Relative of a U.S. Citizen or as a               1615-AA03
            Preference Immigrant; Self-Petitioning for Certain Battered or Abused Alien Spouses
            and Children........................................................................
1007        Definition of the Term ``Lawfully Present'' for Purposes of Eligibility for Public       1615-AA05
            Benefits............................................................................
1008        Affidavit of Support on Behalf of Immigrants........................................     1615-AA06
1009        Implementation of Hernandez v. Reno Settlement Agreement; Certain Aliens Eligible        1615-AA09
            for Family Unity Benefits After Sponsoring Family Member's Naturalization...........
1010        Certification of Certain Health Care Workers........................................     1615-AA10
1011        Adjustment of Status, Continued Validity of Nonimmigrant Status, and Unexpired           1615-AA12
            Employment Authorization for Applicants Maintaining Nonimmigrant H or L Status......
1012        Verification of Eligibility for Public Benefits.....................................     1615-AA13

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1013        Fingerprinting Applicants and Petitioners for Immigration Benefits; Establishing a       1615-AA14
            Fee for Fingerprinting by the Department of Homeland Security.......................
1014        Suspension of Deportation and Special Rule Cancellation of Removal for Certain           1615-AA17
            Nationals of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Former Soviet Bloc Countries...............
1015        Regulations Concerning the Convention Against Torture...............................     1615-AA19
1016        Application for Refugee Status; Acceptable Sponsorship Agreement Guaranty of             1615-AA24
            Transportation......................................................................
1017        Nonimmigrant Classes: Q-2 Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Visitor.     1615-AA25
1018        Clarification of Parole Authority...................................................     1615-AA26
1019        Battered and Abused Conditional Residents; Termination of Marriage by Conditional        1615-AA29
            Residents...........................................................................
1020        Revoking Grants of Naturalization...................................................     1615-AA30
1021        Entry Requirements for Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the             1615-AA31
            Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau...........................................
1022        Registration and Fingerprinting of Aliens in the United States: Control of               1615-AA33
            Employment of Aliens................................................................
1023        National Interest Waivers for Second Preference Employment-Based Immigrant               1615-AA34
            Physicians Serving in Medically Underserved Areas or at Department of Veterans
            Affairs Facilities..................................................................
1024        Petitioning Requirements for the H-1C Nonimmigrant Classification Under Public Law       1615-AA35
            106-95..............................................................................
1025        Waiving the Fingerprinting Requirement for Certain Disabled Naturalization               1615-AA36
            Applicants..........................................................................
1026        Adding Actuaries and Plant Pathologists to the North American Free Trade Agreement..     1615-AA38
1027        Employment Authorization for Certificate of Citizenship Applicants..................     1615-AA39
1028        Adjustment of Status to That of Person Admitted for Permanent Residence; Temporary       1615-AA40
            Removal of Certain Restrictions of Eligibility......................................
1029        Asylum and Withholding Definitions..................................................     1615-AA41
1030        Petition To Classify Alien as Immediate Relative of a U.S. Citizen or Preference         1615-AA42
            Immigrant; Adjustment of Status to That of a Person Admitted for Permanent Residence
1031        Academic Honorarium for B Nonimmigrant Aliens.......................................     1615-AA44
1032        Children Born Outside the United States; Applications for Certificate of Citizenship     1615-AA45
1033        Allowing for the Filing of Form I-140 Visa Petition Concurrently With a Form I-485       1615-AA46
            Application in Certain Circumstances................................................
1034        Special Immigrant Visa for Fourth Preference Employment-Based Broadcasters..........     1615-AA47
1035        Establishing Premium Processing Service for Employment-Based Petitions and               1615-AA49
            Applications........................................................................
1036        Adjustment of Status for Certain Nationals of Nicaragua, Cuba, and Haiti............     1615-AA51
1037        Adjustment to Lawful Resident Status of Certain Class Action Participants Who            1615-AA52
            Entered Before January 1, 1982, Under the Legal Immigration and Family Equity Act
            (LIFE Act)..........................................................................
1038        Nonimmigrant Classes; Spouses and Children of Lawful Permanent Residents; V              1615-AA53
            Classification......................................................................
1039        K Nonimmigrant Classification; Legal Immigration Family Equity Act (LIFE)...........     1615-AA56
1040        Adjustment of Status for Certain Syrian Nationals Granted Asylum in the United           1615-AA57
            States..............................................................................
1041        New Classification for Victims of Severe Forms of Trafficking in Persons Eligible        1615-AA59
            for the T Nonimmigrant Status.......................................................
1042        Limiting the Period of Admission for B Nonimmigrant Aliens..........................     1615-AA68
1043        Documentary Requirements for Certain Temporary Residents............................     1615-AA69
1044        Change in Business Practices; Acceptance of Payments of Fees By Credit Card and          1615-AA70
            Other Electronic Means Where Possible...............................................
1045        Adding and Removing Institutions To and From the List of Recognized American             1615-AA72
            Institutions of Research............................................................
1046        Requiring Change of Status From B to F-1 or M-1 Nonimmigrant Prior To Pursuing a         1615-AA73
            Course of Study.....................................................................
1047        Reengineering of Part 214, Nonimmigrant Classes To Clarify and Restate Admission         1615-AA74
            Requirements........................................................................
1048        Waivers for Nonimmigrants Under Section 212(d)(3)(A) of the Immigration and              1615-AA75
            Nationality Act.....................................................................
1049        Requiring Recertification of All Service-Approved Schools for Enrollment in the          1615-AA77
            Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).............................
1050        Reduced Course Load for Certain F and M Nonimmigrant Students at Border Communities.     1615-AA79
1051        Procedures for Conducting Examinations and Waiving the Oath of Allegiance for            1615-AA81
            Naturalization Applicants With Disabilities.........................................
1052        Electronic Signature on Applications and Petitions for Immigration and                   1615-AA83
            Naturalization Benefits.............................................................
1053        Withholding of Adjudication.........................................................     1615-AA86
1054        Validity Period of Approved Form I-600A; Application for Advanced Processing of          1615-AA87
            Orphan Petition.....................................................................
1055        Implementation of Amendments Affecting Petitions for Employment Creation Aliens.....     1615-AA90
1056        Certain Benefits Available to Aliens Under the Provisions of the Child Status            1615-AA93
            Protection Act......................................................................
1057        Waiver of Criminal Grounds of Inadmissibility for Immigrants........................     1615-AA94
1058        Implementation of the Age Out Protections Afforded Under the Child Status Protection     1615-AA95
            Act.................................................................................
1059        Readjustment of Immigration Benefit Application Fees................................     1615-AA97
1060        Conditions on Nonimmigrant Status; Disclosure of Information........................     1615-AA98

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1061        Authorizing Suspension of Employment Authorization Requirements on the Basis of          1615-AA99
            Severe Economic Hardship for F-1 Students and Emergent Circumstances................
1062        Filing of Proposals for Designation as a Regional Center Approved To Participate in      1615-AB00
            the Immigrant Investor Pilot Program................................................
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                        Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services--Long-Term Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1063        Regulations Relating to Temporary Protected Status..................................     1615-AA04
1064        Employment Verification by Employers That Are Members of a Multi-Employer                1615-AA07
            Association.........................................................................
1065        Limiting Liability for Certain Technical and Procedural Violations of Paperwork          1615-AA08
            Requirements........................................................................
1066        Interim Designation of Acceptable Receipts for Employment Eligibility Verification..     1615-AA20
1067        Inadmissibility and Deportability on Public Charge Grounds..........................     1615-AA22
1068        Extending the Period of Duration of Status for Certain F and J Nonimmigrant Aliens..     1615-AA27
1069        Registration Requirements and Work Authorization Eligibility for Aliens in the           1615-AA78
            United States.......................................................................
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                        Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services--Completed Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1070        Adjustment of Immigration Benefit Application Fees..................................     1615-AA92
1071        Adjustment of Status of Certain Aliens From Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos in the           1615-AB02
            United States.......................................................................
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                                      U.S. Coast Guard--Proposed Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1072        Claims Procedures Under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (CGD 91-035)..................     1625-AA03
1073        Post Casualty Drug and Alcohol Testing (USCG-2001-8773).............................     1625-AA27
1074        Update of Rules on Aids to Navigation Affecting Buoys, Sound Signals, International      1625-AA34
            Rules at Sea, Communications Procedures, and Large Navigational Buoys (USCG-2001-
            10714)..............................................................................
1075        Marine Events: Permit Procedures (USCG-2001-10713)..................................     1625-AA35
1076        Drawbridge Operations Regulations; Revisions (USCG-2001-10881)......................     1625-AA36
1077        Rates for Pilotage on the Great Lakes (USCG-2002-11288).............................     1625-AA38
1078        Traffic Separation Schemes: In the Strait of Juan De Fuca and Its Approaches; In         1625-AA48
            Puget Sound and Its Approaches; In Haro Strait, Boundary Pass, and in the Strait of
            Georgia (USCG-2002-12702)...........................................................
1079        Protection for Whistleblowers in the Coast Guard (USCG-2002-13016)..................     1625-AA50
1080        Country of Origin Codes and Revision of Regulations on Hull Identification Numbers       1625-AA53
            (USCG-2003-14272)...................................................................
1081        Vessel Documentation: Lease Financing for Vessels Engaged in the Coastwise Trade;        1625-AA63
            Second Rulemaking (USCG-2003-14472).................................................
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                                       U.S. Coast Guard--Final Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1082        Reporting Marine Casualties (USCG-2000-6927)........................................     1625-AA04
1083        Handling of Explosives or Other Dangerous Cargoes Within or Contiguous to Waterfront     1625-AA07
            Facilities (USCG-1998-4302).........................................................
1084        Tank Vessel Response Plans for Hazardous Substances (USCG-1998-4354)................     1625-AA13
1085        Licensing and Manning for Officers of Towing Vessels (USCG 1999-6224)...............     1625-AA15

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1086        Limited Service Domestic Voyage Load Lines for River Barges on Lake Michigan (USCG-      1625-AA17
            1998-4623)..........................................................................
1087        Outer Continental Shelf Activities (USCG-1998-3868).................................     1625-AA18
1088        Deepwater Ports (USCG-1998-3884)....................................................     1625-AA20
1089        Anchorage Ground; Safety Zone; Speed Limit; Tongass Narrows and Ketchikan, Alaska        1625-AA23
            (CGD17-99-002)......................................................................
1090        Training and Qualifications for Personnel on Passenger Ships (USCG 1999-5610).......     1625-AA24
1091        Vessel and Facility Response Plans for Oil: 2003 Removal Equipment Requirements and      1625-AA26
            Alternative Technology Revisions (USCG-2001-8661)...................................
1092        Vessel Documentation: Lease Financing for Vessels Engaged in the Coastwise Trade         1625-AA28
            (USCG-2001-8825)....................................................................
1093        Territorial Seas, Navigable Waters, and Jurisdiction (USCG-2001-9044)...............     1625-AA30
1094        Notifications of Arrival and Departure in Ports or Places in the United States (USCG-    1625-AA41
            2001-11865).........................................................................
1095        Area Maritime Security (USCG-2003-14733)............................................     1625-AA42
1096        Facility Security (USCG-2003-14732).................................................     1625-AA43
1097        Vessel Security (USCG-2003-14749)...................................................     1625-AA46
1098        Safety Zone for Outer Continental Shelf Facility in the Gulf of Mexico in Viasca         1625-AA54
            Knoll 915 (CGD08-02-045)............................................................
1099        Allowing Alternatives To Incandescent Lights, and Establishing Standards for New         1625-AA55
            Lights, in Private Aids To Navigation (USCG-2000-7466)..............................
1100        Alternate Hull Examination Program for Certain Passenger Vessels, and Underwater         1625-AA57
            Surveys for Passenger, Nautical School, and Sailing School Vessels (USCG-2000-6858).
1101        Rules of Practice, Procedure, and Evidence for Administrative Proceedings of the         1625-AA59
            Coast Guard (USCG 1998-3472)........................................................
1102        Fire-Suppression Systems and Voyage Planning for Towing Vessels (USCG 2000-6931)....     1625-AA60
1103        Approval for Experimental Shipboard Installations of Ballast Water Treatment Systems     1625-AA66
            (USCG-2001-9267)....................................................................
1104        Automatic Identification System; Vessel Carriage Requirement (USCG-2003-14757)......     1625-AA67
1105        Outer Continental Shelf Facility Security (USCG-2003-14759).........................     1625-AA68
1106        Implementation of National Maritime Security Initiatives (USCG-2003-14792)..........     1625-AA69
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                                       U.S. Coast Guard--Long-Term Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1107        Safety and Security Zone Regulations................................................     1625-AA00
1108        Special Anchorage Areas/Anchorage Grounds Regulations...............................     1625-AA01
1109        Discharge-Removal Equipment for Vessels Carrying Oil (CGD 90-068)...................     1625-AA02
1110        Escort Vessels for Certain Tankers (CGD 91-202).....................................     1625-AA05
1111        State Access to the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (CGD 92-014).....................     1625-AA06
1112        Regatta and Marine Parade Regulations...............................................     1625-AA08
1113        Drawbridge Regulations..............................................................     1625-AA09
1114        Escort Vessels in Certain U.S. Waters (CGD 91-202a).................................     1625-AA10
1115        Regulated Navigation Areas..........................................................     1625-AA11
1116        Marine Transportation-Related Facility Response Plans for Hazardous Substances (USCG-    1625-AA12
            1999-5705)..........................................................................
1117        Numbering of Undocumented Barges (USCG-1998-3798)...................................     1625-AA14
1118        Implementation of the 1995 Amendments to the International Convention on Standards       1625-AA16
            of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW) (CGD 95-062)
1119        Salvage and Marine Firefighting Requirements; Vessel Response Plans for Oil (USCG-       1625-AA19
            1998-3417)..........................................................................
1120        Commercial Diving Operations (USCG-1998-3786).......................................     1625-AA21
1121        Improvements to Maritime Safety in Puget Sound-Area Waters (USCG-1998-4501).........     1625-AA22
1122        Cargo Securing on Vessels Operating in U.S. Waters (USCG-2000-7080).................     1625-AA25
1123        Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) (USCG-2001-8826)............     1625-AA29
1124        Federal Requirements for Propeller Injury Avoidance Measures (USCG 2001-10163)......     1625-AA31
1125        Standards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters         1625-AA32
            (USCG-2001-10486)...................................................................
1126        Alternate Tonnage Convention: Small Passenger Vessels...............................     1625-AA37
1127        Wearing of Personal Flotation Devices by Persons Operating or Riding on Personal         1625-AA40
            Watercraft or Being Towed Behind Recreational Vessels (USCG-2002-11421).............
1128        Identification Credentials for Maritime Security....................................     1625-AA47
1129        Penalties for Nonsubmission of Ballast Water Management Reports (USCG-2002-13147)...     1625-AA51
1130        Mandatory Ballast Water Management Program for U.S. Waters (USCG-2003-14273)........     1625-AA52
1131        Vessel Traffic Service Lower Mississippi River (USCG-1998-4399).....................     1625-AA58

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1132        Wearing of Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) by Certain Children Aboard Recreational     1625-AA62
            Vessels (USCG-2000-8589)............................................................
1133        Escort Vessels for Certain Tankers--Crash Stop Criteria (USCG-2003-14734)...........     1625-AA65
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                                       U.S. Coast Guard--Completed Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1134        Safety Zones for Outer Continental Shelf Facilities in the Gulf of Mexico (CGD08-01-     1625-AA33
            025)................................................................................
1135        Safety Zone for Outer Continental Shelf Facility in the Gulf of Mexico (CGD08-01-        1625-AA39
            043)................................................................................
1136        Passenger Facility Security Plan....................................................     1625-AA44
1137        Maritime Security: Passenger Vessel Security........................................     1625-AA45
1138        Temporary Requirements for Notification of Arrival in U.S. Ports (USCG-2001-10689)..     1625-AA49
1139        Automatic Identification System Carriage Requirement (USCG-2002-11721)..............     1625-AA61
1140        Great Lakes Maritime Academy--Eligibility of Certain Graduates for Unrestricted          1625-AA64
            Third-Mate Licenses (USCG-2002-13213)...............................................
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                             Bureau of Customs and Border Protection--Prerule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1141        Restricting Citizens of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka From                  1651-AA19
            Participation in the International-to-International (ITI) Program...................
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                          Bureau of Customs and Border Protection--Proposed Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1142        Inspection of Persons Applying for Admission; International-to-International User        1651-AA03
            Fee.................................................................................
1143        Documentary Requirements for Returning Residents....................................     1651-AA09
1144        Contracts With Transportation Lines.................................................     1651-AA10
1145        Imposition of Fines for Violations of the Immigration and Nationality Act...........     1651-AA12
1146        Adjustment of Fees for Dedicated Commuter Lanes and Secure Electronic Network for        1651-AA16
            Travelers' Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) Programs at Land Border Ports of Entry.........
1147        Visa Waiver Program: Guam Visa Waiver Program.......................................     1651-AA17
1148        Limiting the Number of Transit Without Visa (TWOV) Stops in the United States to One     1651-AA22
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                            Bureau of Customs and Border Protection--Final Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1149        Fees for Participation in Dedicated Commuter Lanes at Selected Ports of Entry;           1651-AA01
            Collection of Fees Under the Dedicated Commuter Lane Program........................
1150        Establishing Criteria for Determining Countries Whose Citizens Are Ineligible for        1651-AA02
            the Transit Without Visa (TWOV) Program.............................................
1151        Suspension of Privilege To Transport Aliens to the United States....................     1651-AA05
1152        Establishment of Preinspected Automated Lane (PAL) Program at Immigration and            1651-AA06
            Naturalization Service..............................................................
1153        Amendment of the Regulatory Definition of Arriving Alien............................     1651-AA07
1154        Elimination of Immigration and Naturalization Service-Issued Mexican and Canadian        1651-AA08
            Border Crossing Cards...............................................................
1155        Extension of 25-Mile Limit at Select Arizona Ports-of-Entry.........................     1651-AA11

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1156        Expansion of Dedicated Commuter Lanes; Clarification of Driver's License Requirement     1651-AA13
            for Applicants to Dedicated Commuter Lanes and Automated Permit Port Programs.......
1157        Update of List of Countries Whose Citizens or Nationals Are Ineligible for Transit       1651-AA14
            Without Visa (TWOV) Privileges to the United States Under the TWOV Program..........
1158        Adding Colombia to the List of Countries Whose Citizens or Nationals Are Ineligible      1651-AA15
            for Transit Without Visa (TWOV) Privileges to the United States Under the TWOV
            Program.............................................................................
1159        Removing Russia From the List of Countries Whose Citizens or Nationals Are               1651-AA18
            Ineligible for Transit Without Visa (TWOV) Privileges to the United States Under the
            TWOV Program........................................................................
1160        Allowing Citizens and Nationals of the People's Republic of China Limited Transit        1651-AA20
            Without Visa (TWOV) Privileges at TWOV-Designated Alaska International Airports.....
1161        Carrier Arrival and Departure Electronic Manifest Requirements......................     1651-AA21
1162        Removal of Visa and Passport Waiver for Certain Permanent Residents of Canada and        1651-AA23
            Bermuda.............................................................................
1163        Posting of Security Guard at Gangway of Vessel for Detaining Alien Crewman..........     1651-AA24
1164        Electronic Arrival-Departure Manifest for Visa Waiver Program.......................     1651-AA25
1165        Removing Indonesia and Malaysia from the Guam Visa Waiver Program...................     1651-AA26
1166        Automated Inspection Services--Extension of Enrollment Period.......................     1651-AA27
1167        Adding Georgia to the List of Countries Whose Citizens or Nationals are Ineligible       1651-AA28
            for Transit Without Visa (TWOV) Privileges to the U.S. Under the TWOV Program.......
1168        Nonimmigrant Visa Exemption for Nationals of the British Virgin Islands Entering the     1651-AA29
            United States Through St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands...............................
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                           Bureau of Customs and Border Protection--Long-Term Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1169        Visa Waiver Program.................................................................     1651-AA00
1170        Inspection and Expedited Removal of Aliens; Detention and Removal of Aliens; Conduct     1651-AA04
            of Removal Proceedings..............................................................
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                           Bureau of Customs and Border Protection--Completed Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1171        Establishment of a $3 Immigration User Fee for Certain Commercial Vessel Passengers      1651-AA30
            Previously Exempt...................................................................
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                           Transportation Security Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1172        Background Checks for Airport Workers...............................................     1652-AA06
1173        Investigative and Enforcement Procedures............................................     1652-AA07
1174        Administrative Claims Under the Federal Tort Claims Act.............................     1652-AA19
1175        Marine Vessel Security Standards--Prohibited Items..................................     1652-AA22
1176        Aviation Security--All-Cargo Security Rules.........................................     1652-AA23
1177        Federal Flight Deck Officer Program.................................................     1652-AA24
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                            Transportation Security Administration--Final Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1178        Imposition and Collection of Passenger Civil Aviation Security Service Fees.........     1652-AA00
1179        Aviation Security Infrastructure Fees...............................................     1652-AA01

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1180        Civil Aviation Security Rules.......................................................     1652-AA02
1181        Security Programs for Aircraft Weighing 12,500 Pounds or More.......................     1652-AA03
1182        Private Charter Security Rules......................................................     1652-AA04
1183        Protection of Sensitive Security Information........................................     1652-AA08
1184        Threat Assessments Regarding Citizens of the United States Who Hold or Apply for FAA     1652-AA12
            Certificates........................................................................
1185        Threat Assessments Regarding Alien Holders of, and Applicants for, FAA Certificates.     1652-AA15
1186        Transportation of Explosives From Canada to the United States via Commercial Motor       1652-AA16
            Vehicle and Railroad Carrier........................................................
1187        Security Threat Assessment for Individuals Applying for a Hazardous Materials            1652-AA17
            Endorsement for a Commercial Drivers License........................................
1188        General Rulemaking Procedures.......................................................     1652-AA18
1189        Transportation Security Administration Transition to Department of Homeland              1652-AA20
            Security; Technical Amendments Reflecting Organizational Changes....................
1190        Security Threat Assessments for Individuals Who Handle Hazardous Materials in Rail       1652-AA21
            Transportation......................................................................
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                            Transportation Security Administration--Long-Term Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1191        Security Compliance Program for Aircraft Operators..................................     1652-AA09
1192        Security Compliance Program for Airports............................................     1652-AA10
1193        Criminal History Records Checks.....................................................     1652-AA11
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                            Transportation Security Administration--Completed Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1194        Protection of Sensitive Security Information in Information Circulars for                1652-AA05
            Nonaviation Modes of Transportation.................................................
1195        Certification of Screening Companies................................................     1652-AA13
1196        Security of Checked Baggage on Flights Within the United States.....................     1652-AA14
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                       Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement--Proposed Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1197        Nonimmigrant Classes; S Classification; Law Enforcement Initiatives; Alien Witnesses     1653-AA00
1198        Filing Factual Statements About Alien Prostitutes...................................     1653-AA03
1199        Use of Parole for Humanitarian Reasons or Significant Public Benefit................     1653-AA04
1200        Definitions of ``Notice To Appear'' and ``Arrest Warrant''..........................     1653-AA11
1201        Procedures for Detainee Hunger Strikes..............................................     1653-AA12
1202        Strengthening Control Over Immigration Surety Bonds.................................     1653-AA16
1203        Interest Payments on Cancelled Cash Bonds...........................................     1653-AA20
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                         Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement--Final Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1204        Agreement Promising Non-Deportation or Other Immigration Benefits...................     1653-AA02
1205        Requiring Aliens Ordered Removed From the United States To Surrender to the              1653-AA05
            Department of Homeland Security for Removal.........................................
1206        Early Release for Removal of Criminal Aliens in State Custody for Nonviolent             1653-AA06
            Offenses............................................................................

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1207        Power of Attorney General To Terminate Deportation Proceedings and Initiate Removal      1653-AA08
            Proceedings.........................................................................
1208        Protection and Assistance for Victims of Trafficking................................     1653-AA09
1209        Detention of Aliens Subject to Final Orders of Removal..............................     1653-AA13
1210        Custody Procedures..................................................................     1653-AA14
1211        Address Notification To Be Filed With Designated Applications.......................     1653-AA15
1212        Establishing San Bernardino, Santa Ana, and Ventura Suboffices Under the                 1653-AA17
            Jurisdiction of the Los Angeles District Office.....................................
1213        Abbreviation or Waiver of Training for State or Local Law Enforcement Officers           1653-AA18
            Authorized to Enforce Immigration Law During a Mass Influx of Aliens................
1214        Processing, Detention, and Release of Juveniles.....................................     1653-AA22
1215        Authorizing Collection of Fee Levied on F, J, and M Nonimmigrant Classifications         1653-AA23
            Under Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA)..........
1216        Revision of the Regulations Concerning F, J, and M Nonimmigrant Classifications.....     1653-AA24
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                        Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement--Long-Term Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1217        Employer Sanctions Modifications....................................................     1653-AA01
1218        Expansion of Expedited Removal of Certain Criminal Aliens Held in Federal, State,        1653-AA07
            and Local Jails.....................................................................
1219        Increasing the Number of Officers Authorized To Issue Notices To Appear and Arrest       1653-AA10
            Warrants for Immigration Violations.................................................
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                        Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement--Completed Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1220        Release of Information Regarding Immigration and Naturalization Service Detainees in     1653-AA21
            Non-Federal Facilities..............................................................
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                    Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and Response--Proposed Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1221        Disaster Assistance; Fire Management Assistance Grant Program.......................     1660-AA26
1222        National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); State Renewal of Group Flood Insurance          1660-AA27
            Policy (GFIP).......................................................................
1223        National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); Assistance to Private Sector Insurers......     1660-AA28
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                      Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and Response--Final Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1224        Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Race, Color, National Origin, Handicap, and Age in     1660-AA12
            Programs and Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance......................
1225        Disaster Assistance; Public Assistance Program and Community Disaster Loan Program       1660-AA15
            Statutory Changes...................................................................
1226        Disaster Assistance; Crisis Counseling Regular Program; Amendment to Regulation.....     1660-AA23
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


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                     Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and Response--Long-Term Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1227        Flood Mitigation Assistance Program.................................................     1660-AA00
1228        Criminal and Civil Penalties Under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and            1660-AA01
            Emergency Assistance Act............................................................
1229        Disaster Assistance; Hazard Mitigation Grant Program................................     1660-AA02
1230        Debt Collection.....................................................................     1660-AA05
1231        National Urban Search and Rescue Response System....................................     1660-AA07
1232        Administration of Grants: Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit             1660-AA08
            Organizations.......................................................................
1233        National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); Insurance Coverage and Rates...............     1660-AA09
1234        Organizational Units, Functions, and Delegations of Authority.......................     1660-AA10
1235        Governmentwide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement)............................     1660-AA13
1236        National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); Inspection of Insured Structures by             1660-AA14
            Communities.........................................................................
1237        Hazard Mitigation Planning and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program......................     1660-AA17
1238        Disaster Assistance; Federal Assistance to Individuals and Households...............     1660-AA18
1239        Disaster Assistance Definitions; Statutory Change...................................     1660-AA19
1240        Management Costs....................................................................     1660-AA21
1241        National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); Group Flood Insurance Policy (GFIP)........     1660-AA22
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                     Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and Response--Completed Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1242        Production or Disclosure of Information.............................................     1660-AA03
1243        Taxpayer Identification Numbers.....................................................     1660-AA04
1244        Debt Collection.....................................................................     1660-AA06
1245        Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of       1660-AA11
            Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations......................
1246        Assistance to Firefighters (FIRE) Grant Program.....................................     1660-AA16
1247        Cost Principles, Admin. Requirements and Audits of Grants and Cooperative Agreements     1660-AA20
            for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Govts., Institutions of Higher Ed. and Other
            Nonprofit Orgs.--44 CFR Part 14.....................................................
1248        National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); Standard Flood Insurance Policy............     1660-AA24
1249        National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP); Increased Rates for Flood Coverage.........     1660-AA25
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                        Office of the Undersecretary for Management--Proposed Rule Stage
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1250        Establishment of Fee for Processing Genealogical Research Requests..................     1680-AA01
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                         Office of the Undersecretary for Management--Long-Term Actions
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                    Regulation
 Sequence                                          Title                                          Identification
  Number                                                                                              Number
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1251        Availability of Material Under Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act...........     1680-AA00
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_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)               Proposed Rule Stage
Office of the Secretary (OS)
_______________________________________________________________________

955. [bull] NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT PROCEDURES

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296; 5 USC 301; 42 USC 4321 et seq; 40 CFR 1500 
to 1508; EO 12114; EO 12898

CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined

Legal Deadline: Final, Statutory, June 24, 2003.

Abstract: The purpose of this action would be to establish the 
procedures that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shall use to 
comply with section 102(2) of the National Environmental Policy Act 
(NEPA) of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)); the Council on 
Environmental Quality's (CEQ) regulations for implementing the 
procedural provisions of NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500-1508); Executive Order 
12114, ``Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions,'' dated 
January 4, 1979; and Executive Order 12898, ``Federal Actions to 
Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income 
Populations,'' dated February 11, 1994. This publication is to be used 
in conjunction with the CEQ regulations.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Ellen McClain, Attorney, Department of Homeland 
Security, Office of the Secretary, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 282-8219
Fax: 202 282-8403
Email: ellen.mcclain@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA13
_______________________________________________________________________

956. [bull] PROCEDURES FOR HANDLING CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE INFORMATION

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296, 116 Stat 2135; 5 USC ch 1, sec 301

CFR Citation: 6 CFR 29

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This notice of proposed rulemaking establishes the procedures 
necessary to fulfill the provisions of section 214(e) of the CII Act of 
2002. This regulation establishes uniform procedures for the receipt, 
care, and storage of Critical Infrastructure Information (CII) 
voluntarily submitted to the Federal Government. These procedures apply 
to all Federal agencies that receive, care for, or store CII 
voluntarily submitted to the Federal Government pursuant to the CII Act 
of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 214). In addition, these procedures apply to United 
States Government contractors, to Foreign, State, and local 
governments, and government authorities, pursuant to their express 
agreements.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/15/03                    68 FR 18524
NPRM Comment Period End         06/16/03
Interim Final Rule              08/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Ellen McClain, Attorney, Department of Homeland 
Security, Office of the Secretary, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 282-8219
Fax: 202 282-8403
Email: ellen.mcclain@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA14
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                  Final Rule Stage
Office of the Secretary (OS)
_______________________________________________________________________

957. [bull] FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT AND PRIVACY ACT PROCEDURES

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296, 116 Stat 2135; 5 USC 301; 5 USC 552; 5 USC 
552a

CFR Citation: 6 CFR ch 1, sec 5

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action establishes procedures for the Department of 
Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the Secretary, necessary to 
implement the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) (FOIA) and the 
Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a)(Privacy Act). Except to the extent a 
Department component has adopted separate guidance under FOIA or the 
Privacy Act, the provisions of this subpart shall apply to each 
component of the Department. FOIA provides for the full disclosure of 
agency records and information to the public unless that information is 
exempted under clearly delineated statutory language. The Privacy Act 
serves to safeguard public interest in informational privacy by 
delineating the duties and responsibilities of federal agencies that 
collect, store, and disseminate personal information about individuals. 
The procedures established here ensure that the Department fully 
satisfies its responsibility to the public to disclose departmental 
information while simultaneously safeguarding individual privacy. The 
Privacy Act serves to balance the Government's need to maintain 
information about individuals with the rights of individuals to be 
protected against unwarranted invasions of their privacy stemming from 
Federal agencies' collection, maintenance, use, and disclosure of 
personal information about them. Agencies are required to issue 
regulations outlining the agency's rules and procedures for 
implementation of the Privacy Act and its provisions in the agency. 
This includes procedures on how individuals may request access to 
information about themselves, request amendment or correction of those 
records, and request an accounting of disclosures of their records by 
the Department.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              01/27/03                     68 FR 4056
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      02/28/03
Final Rule                      05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Federalism:  Undetermined

Agency Contact: Ellen McClain, Attorney, Department of Homeland

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Security, Office of the Secretary, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 282-8219
Fax: 202 282-8403
Email: ellen.mcclain@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA00
_______________________________________________________________________

958. [bull] PRODUCTION OR DISCLOSURE OF OFFICIAL INFORMATION IN 
CONNECTION WITH LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296, 116 Stat 2135; 5 USC 301; 5 USC 552; 5 USC 
552a

CFR Citation: 6 CFR ch 1, sec 5

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action establishes procedures governing the disclosure 
of information in connection with litigation and certain other types of 
proceedings.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              01/27/03                     68 FR 4070
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      02/28/03
Modification of Interim Final 
Rule                            05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Federalism:  Undetermined

Agency Contact: Ellen McClain, Attorney, Department of Homeland 
Security, Office of the Secretary, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 282-8219
Fax: 202 282-8403
Email: ellen.mcclain@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA01
_______________________________________________________________________

959. [bull] PROCEDURES RELATING TO AWARDS UNDER THE EQUAL ACCESS TO 
JUSTICE ACT

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296, 116 Stat 2135; 5 USC 301; 5 USC 504(c)(1)

CFR Citation: 6 CFR ch 1, sec 13

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action implements the provisions of the Equal Access to 
Justice Act, which provides for the award of attorney fees and other 
expenses to eligible individuals, and entities who are parties to 
certain administrative proceedings before agencies of the Federal 
Government, including Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The 
purpose of these rules is to establish procedures for the submission 
and consideration of applications for awards before DHS.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/00/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Ellen McClain, Attorney, Department of Homeland 
Security, Office of the Secretary, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 282-8219
Fax: 202 282-8403
Email: ellen.mcclain@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA07
_______________________________________________________________________

960. [bull] COLLECTION OF NONTAX DEBTS OWED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF 
HOMELAND SECURITY

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296, 116 Stat 2135; 5 USC 301; 5 USC 5514; 26 
USC 6402; 31 USC 3701; 31 USC 3711; 31 USC 3716 to 3718; 31 USC 3720A; 
31 USC 3720B; 31 USC 3720D

CFR Citation: 6 CFR ch 1, sec 23

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim final rule implements the Department of Homeland 
Security's (DHS) debt collection regulations to conform to the Debt 
Collection Act of 1982, Public Law 97-365, 96 Stat. 1749 (October 25, 
1982), as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 
(DCIA), Public Law 104-134, 110 Stat. 1321, 1358 (April 26, 1996), the 
Federal Claims Collection Standards, 31 CFR chapter IX (parts 900 
through 904), and other laws applicable to the collection of nontax 
debt owed to the Government. This regulation provides procedures for 
the collection of nontax debts owed to DHS entities.
DHS adopts the Governmentwide debt collection standards promulgated by 
the Departments of the Treasury and Justice, known as the Federal 
Claims Collection Standards (FCCS), as revised on November 22, 2000 (65 
FR 70390), and supplements the FCCS by prescribing procedures 
consistent with the FCCS, as necessary and appropriate for DHS 
operations. DHS entities may, but are not required to, promulgate 
additional policies and procedures consistent with this regulation, the 
FCCS, and other applicable Federal laws, policies, and procedures. This 
regulation also provides the procedures for the collection of debts 
owed to other Federal agencies when a request for offset is received by 
the DHS.
This regulation does not apply to the collection of tax debts, which is 
governed by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (26 U.S.C. 1 et seq.), 
and regulations, policies, and procedures issued by the Internal 
Revenue Service or other Federal agency collecting tax debts.
Nothing in this regulation precludes the use of collection remedies not 
contained in this regulation. For example, DHS entities may collect 
unused travel advances through setoff of an employee's pay under 5 
U.S.C. 5705. DHS entities and other Federal agencies may simultaneously 
use multiple collection remedies to collect a debt, except as 
prohibited by law.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/00/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Ellen McClain, Attorney, Department of Homeland 
Security, Office of the Secretary, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 282-8219
Fax: 202 282-8403
Email: ellen.mcclain@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA08
_______________________________________________________________________

961. [bull] RIGHT TO FINANCIAL PRIVACY

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296, 116 Stat 2135; 5 USC 3012 USC 3401 et seq, 
Right to Financial Privacy Act of 1978

CFR Citation: 6 CFR ch 1, sec 25

Legal Deadline: None

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Abstract: This action establishes procedures for the Department of 
Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the Secretary, necessary to 
establish those procedures necessary to fulfill its obligations under 
the Right to Financial Privacy Act of 1978 (12 U.S.C. 3401 et seq.). 
This regulation establishes procedures for requesting information under 
the Right to Financial Privacy Act. The Right to Financial Privacy Act 
of 1978 provides for the protection of financial records and 
information from disclosure by financial institutions. Under certain 
limited circumstances and procedures the Act permits law enforcement 
agencies to request financial records from the holding financial 
institution. These proposed provisions will authorize Departmental 
units to request such information under the formal request procedure 
established by section 1108 of the Act.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/00/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Ellen McClain, Attorney, Department of Homeland 
Security, Office of the Secretary, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 282-8219
Fax: 202 282-8403
Email: ellen.mcclain@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA09
_______________________________________________________________________

962. [bull] PROGRAM FRAUD CIVIL REMEDIES

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296, 116 Stat 2135; 5 USC 301; 31 USC 3801 to 
3812

CFR Citation: 6 CFR ch 1, sec 19

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action implements the Program Fraud Civil Remedies Act 
of 1986, which is codified at 31 U.S.C. 3801-3812. This Act imposes 
through administrative adjudication, civil penalties, and assessments 
against certain persons making false claims or statements.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/00/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Ellen McClain, Attorney, Department of Homeland 
Security, Office of the Secretary, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 282-8219
Fax: 202 282-8403
Email: ellen.mcclain@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA11
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                 Long-Term Actions
Office of the Secretary (OS)
_______________________________________________________________________

963. [bull] CLASSIFIED NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296, 116 Stat 2135; 5 USC 301; EO 12958; EO 
13142; 3 CFR ch 1

CFR Citation: 6 CFR ch 1, sec 7

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim final rule establishes initial procedures 
necessary for DHS to fulfill its obligations under Executive Order 
12958, as amended, regarding classified national security information. 
Executive Order 12958, as amended, was issued to update and revise the 
standards and process for classifying, safeguarding, and declassifying 
classified national security information. The rule delegates to the 
Undersecretary for Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection 
responsibility for developing the vast majority of information and 
internal operating instructions on classified information.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              01/27/03                     68 FR 4073
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      02/28/03


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Ellen McClain, Attorney, Department of Homeland 
Security, Office of the Secretary, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 282-8219
Fax: 202 282-8403
Email: ellen.mcclain@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA02
_______________________________________________________________________

964. [bull] ENFORCEMENT OF NONDISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF DISABILITY 
IN DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY PROGRAMS OR ACTIVITIES

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296, 116 Stat 2135; 5 USC 301; 29 USC 794

CFR Citation: 6 CFR ch 1, sec 15

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim final rule establishes for the Department of 
Homeland Security the necessary procedures for the enforcement of 
section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, which 
prohibits discrimination on the basis of handicap, as it applies to 
programs or activities conducted by the Department. It sets forth 
standards for what constitutes discrimination on the basis of mental or 
physical handicap, provides a definition for individual with handicaps 
and qualified individual with handicaps, and establishes a complaint 
mechanism for resolving allegations of discrimination. Although this is 
a policy rule, the Department will examine any impact upon individuals 
that this policy may create.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/06/03                    68 FR 10886
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/06/03


Next Action Undetermined

[[Page 30293]]

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Ellen McClain, Attorney, Department of Homeland 
Security, Office of the Secretary, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 282-8219
Fax: 202 282-8403
Email: ellen.mcclain@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA03
_______________________________________________________________________

965. [bull] NONDISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF SEX IN EDUCATION PROGRAMS 
OR ACTIVITIES RECEIVING FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296, 116 Stat 2135; 5 USC 301; 20 USC 1681 to 
1683; 20 USC 1685 to 1688

CFR Citation: 6 CFR ch 1, sec 17

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action establishes for the Department of Homeland 
Security the necessary procedures for effectuating title IX of the 
Education Amendments of 1972, as amended (except sections 904 and 906 
of those Amendments), which is designed to eliminate (with certain 
exceptions) discrimination on the basis of sex in any education program 
or activity receiving Federal financial assistance, whether or not such 
program or activity is offered or sponsored by an educational 
institution as defined in these title IX regulations.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/06/03                    68 FR 10892
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/06/03


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Ellen McClain, Attorney, Department of Homeland 
Security, Office of the Secretary, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 282-8219
Fax: 202 282-8403
Email: ellen.mcclain@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA04
_______________________________________________________________________

966. [bull] REGULATIONS REGARDING NONDISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF 
RACE, COLOR, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN IN PROGRAMS OR ACTIVITIES RECEIVING 
FEDERAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296, 116 Stat 2135; 5 USC 310; 42 USC 2000d to 
2000d-7

CFR Citation: 6 CFR ch 1, sec 21

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action effectuates the provisions of title VI of the 
Civil Rights Act of 1964 to the end that no person in the United States 
shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded 
from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise 
subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving 
Federal financial assistance from the Department of Homeland Security.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/06/03                    68 FR 10904
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/06/03
Modification of Interim Final 
Rule                             To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Ellen McClain, Attorney, Department of Homeland 
Security, Office of the Secretary, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 282-8219
Fax: 202 282-8403
Email: ellen.mcclain@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA05
_______________________________________________________________________

967. [bull] AUTHORITY OF THE SECRETARY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND 
SECURITY; DELEGATIONS OF AUTHORITY; IMMIGRATION LAWS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296, 116 Stat 2135; 5 USC 301; 8 USC 1101; 8 
USC 1103

CFR Citation: 8 CFR ch 1, sec 1; 8 CFR ch 1, sec 2; 8 CFR ch 1, sec 
103; 8 CFR ch 1, sec 239

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action amends certain regulations relating to the 
administration and enforcement of the immigration laws to reflect the 
authority of the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security 
(DHS), and to address delegation of that authority within the 
Department, as a result of the March 1, 2003, transfer of the 
Immigration and Naturalization Service of the Department of Justice to 
DHS.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/06/03                    68 FR 10922
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/06/03


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Ellen McClain, Attorney, Department of Homeland 
Security, Office of the Secretary, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 282-8219
Fax: 202 282-8403
Email: ellen.mcclain@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA06
_______________________________________________________________________

968. [bull] GOVERNMENTWIDE DEBARMENT AND SUSPENSION (NONPROCUREMENT) AND 
GOVERNMENTWIDE REQUIREMENTS FOR DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296, 116 Stat 2135; 5 USC 301; PL 100-690; 41 
USC 701

CFR Citation: 6 CFR ch 1, sec 27

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action establishes new procedures under Executive Order 
12549, signed February 18, 1986, and Executive Order 12689, signed 
August 16, 1989. This regulation is similar to rules of other Federal 
agencies as part of a uniform system of nonprocurement debarment and 
suspension. The rules are intended to prevent waste, fraud, and abuse, 
in Federal nonprocurement transactions.

Timetable: Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Ellen McClain, Attorney, Department of Homeland 
Security, Office of the Secretary, Washington, DC 20528

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Phone: 202 282-8219
Fax: 202 282-8403
Email: ellen.mcclain@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA10
_______________________________________________________________________

969. [bull] REGULATIONS IMPOSING RESTRICTIONS UPON LOBBYING

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 107-296, 116 stat 2135; 5 USC 301; 31 USC 1352, PL 
101-121

CFR Citation: 6 CFR ch 1, sec 9

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim final rule establishes those procedures 
necessary to fulfill departmental obligations to impose restrictions 
upon lobbying. Except to the extent a Department component has adopted 
separate guidance under 31 U.S.C. 1352, the provisions of this subpart 
shall apply to each component of the Department of Homeland Security 
(DHS).
This regulation establishes procedures concerning general prohibitions 
on lobbying, and the use of certain appropriated funds and the 
appropriate penalties for violations of those prohibitions. The purpose 
of the procedures is to ensure that neither the recipients of 
appropriated funds nor the employees of DHS inappropriately solicit for 
action by the Congress.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/06/03                    68 FR 10912
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/06/03


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Agency Contact: Ellen McClain, Attorney, Department of Homeland 
Security, Office of the Secretary, Washington, DC 20528
Phone: 202 282-8219
Fax: 202 282-8403
Email: ellen.mcclain@dhs.gov

RIN: 1601-AA12

_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)               Proposed Rule Stage
Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS)
_______________________________________________________________________

970. REVISED GROUNDS OF INADMISSIBILITY; EXCEPTIONS AND WAIVERS FOR 
IMMIGRANTS AND NONIMMIGRANTS

Priority: Other Significant. Major under 5 USC 801.

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 8 USC 1158 to 1160; 8 USC 1182 to 1184; 5 
USC 552a; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1102; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 1153; 8 
USC 1154; 8 USC 1157

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 207; 8 CFR 208; 8 CFR 210; 8 CFR 212; 8 
CFR 240; 8 CFR 241; 8 CFR 245; 8 CFR 245a; 8 CFR 249; 8 CFR 274a; 8 CFR 
299; ...

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking covers several grounds of inadmissibility 
applicable to those aliens seeking admission to the United States 
temporarily or permanently--criminal, security, labor certification, 
licensure requirements for foreign medical graduates and health care 
workers, failure to attend a removal proceeding, fraud, improperly 
issued immigrant visa, permanent ineligibility for U.S. citizenship and 
miscellaneous grounds. It implements several pieces of legislation. The 
most significant is the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant 
Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), signed on September 30, 1996, 
which substantially revised most grounds of inadmissibility under 
section 212 of the Act and the waivers available to both immigrants and 
nonimmigrants.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: INS No. 1413-92
Transferred from RIN 1115-AB45

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Branch Chief, Adjudications Division, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-4754

RIN: 1615-AA00
_______________________________________________________________________

971. INTERNATIONAL MATCHMAKING ORGANIZATIONS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1375; PL 104-208

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 207; 28 CFR 68

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule requires international matchmaking organizations 
doing business in the United States to provide certain immigration 
information to any person recruited for matchmaking through these 
entities. This provision implements section 652 of the Illegal Reform 
an Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, Public Law 104-208. This rule 
is necessary to deter fraudulent marriages and the exploitation of 
recruits by international matchmaking organizations.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM-INS No. 1838-97           07/16/97                    62 FR 38041
ANPRM Comment Period End        09/15/97
NPRM-INS No. 1838-97            10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No.1838-97
Transferred from RIN 1115-AE77

Agency Contact: Laura M. Dawkins, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3040, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: laura.dawkins@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA11

[[Page 30295]]

_______________________________________________________________________

972. SPECIAL IMMIGRANT JUVENILE PETITIONS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department proposes to amend its regulations to add 
eligibility and consent requirements for approvals of special immigrant 
juvenile petitions (Form I-360). The proposed rule would require 
petitioners for special immigrant juvenile classification to 
demonstrate that a dependency order relating to the juvenile 
beneficiary (juvenile) was granted on account of abuse, neglect, or 
abandonment and establish that a court has determined that the juvenile 
should not be returned to the home country. The proposed rule would 
also provide that a dependency order may not serve as a precondition to 
the approval of the petition unless the Attorney General gives his 
express consent. These changes are necessary to conform the regulations 
to the statutory eligibility changes made by the Departments of 
Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary, and Related Agencies 
Appropriations Act of 1998.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 1948-98
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF11

Agency Contact: Emily C. Frazelle, Program Analyst, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3040, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-0717
Email: emily.frazelle@usdoj.gov

Pearl Chang, Branch Chief, Adjudications Division, Department of 
Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Room 
3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-4754

RIN: 1615-AA15
_______________________________________________________________________

973. IMMIGRANT AND NONIMMIGRANT; RELIGIOUS WORKERS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 1153; 8 USC 
1154; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1186a; 8 USC 1255; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: On June 8, 1995, at 60 FR 29751, INS published a final rule 
that provided that all persons, other than ministers, immigrating to 
the U.S. as religious workers must immigrate or adjust status to 
permanent residence before October 1, 1997. By statute this special 
immigrant category for religious workers expired on October 1, 2000. 
Congress has extended the category again for an additional three years, 
until October 1, 2003. This regulation will implement the extension of 
this category and modify qualifying employment experience requirements 
for those persons affected by this provision of immigration 
regulations. In order to maintain consistency in the adjudication of 
nonimmigrant and special immigrant religious worker classifications, 
the nonimmigrant religious workers classification will, where 
appropriate, reflect the special immigration religious worker changes.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM-INS No. 1436-94            12/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         02/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 1436-94
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF12

Agency Contact: Molly Johnson, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3040, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 353-8177

RIN: 1615-AA16
_______________________________________________________________________

974. DISMISSAL OF ASYLUM APPLICATION FOR UNEXCUSED FAILURE TO APPEAR AND 
AFFECT ON ELIGIBILITY FOR EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1158; 8 USC 1226; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 
1282; 8 CFR 2; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1329a

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 208; 8 CFR 274a

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: On December 6, 2000, the Department published a final rule to 
implement the asylum provisions of the Illegal Immigration Reform and 
Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA). This rule proposes to 
amend the current rule to clarify that dismissal of an asylum 
application will result in ineligibility for asylum-based employment 
authorization.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2011-99
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF38

Agency Contact: Joanna Ruppel, Supervisor for Asylum Operations, 
International Affairs, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Citizenship and Immigration Services, 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts 
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 305-2663

RIN: 1615-AA18
_______________________________________________________________________

975. SPECIAL IMMIGRANT STATUS FOR CERTAIN NATO CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 1153; 8 USC 
1154

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204; 8 CFR 214; 8 CFR 245; 8 CFR 274

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends Department regulations by establishing 
procedures

[[Page 30296]]

for certain North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) civilian 
employees and their family members to receive special immigrant status 
in the United States and become lawful permanent residents of this 
country. This rule also offers nonimmigrant status to any parent or 
child of a NATO civilian employee who has been granted special 
immigrant status. This rule is intended to ensure the qualifying NATO 
employees and their family members are aware of their opportunity to 
acquire special immigrant status and adjustment of status or otherwise 
obtain corresponding nonimmigrant status.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 1984-99
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF44

Agency Contact: Donna Crump, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 353-8177

RIN: 1615-AA21
_______________________________________________________________________

976. ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS UNDER THE 1966 CUBAN ADJUSTMENT ACT

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1255; PL 
105-100, sec 202; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 245

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim rule specifies what effect an alien's arrival in 
the United States at a place other than an open port of entry will have 
on the alien's ability to obtain permanent residence under section 1 of 
the Cuban Adjustment Act of 1966, as amended. This rule is necessary to 
establish uniform rules relating to both the alien's eligibility for 
this relief and to the proper exercise of the discretion to grant or 
deny this relief.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 1115-AF48

Agency Contact: Elizabeth N. Lee, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3040, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: elizabeth.n.lee@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA23
_______________________________________________________________________

977. INADMISSIBILITY TO ENTER THE UNITED STATES FOR FORMER U.S. CITIZENS 
WHO RENOUNCED CITIZENSHIP TO AVOID TAXATION

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1182(a)(10); PL 104-208

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends Department regulations by establishing 
procedures to be followed by DHS personnel and Department of State 
personnel in determining whether or not an expatriate alien is 
inadmissible to the United States under section 212(a)(10)(E) of the 
Immigration and Nationality Act. This ground of inadmissibility relates 
to former U.S. citizens who renounced U.S. citizenship on or after 
September 30, 1996, and the Secretary has determined that such 
renunciation was done for the purpose of avoiding taxation by the 
United States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         02/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2039-99
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF69

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-4754

RIN: 1615-AA32
_______________________________________________________________________

978. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NUMERICAL LIMIT ON ASYLUM GRANTS AND REFUGEE 
ADMISSIONS BASED ON RESISTANCE TO COERCIVE POPULATION CONTROL MEASURES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1157; 8 USC 1158; 8 USC 
1226; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 1282; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 208; 8 CFR 274a

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Section 601(b) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and 
Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA) provides that, for any 
fiscal year, not more than a total of 1,000 refugees may be admitted or 
granted asylum based solely on resistance to coercive population 
control measures. This rule authorizes the Department of Homeland 
Security and the Executive Office for Immigration Review to make 
conditional grants of asylum in those cases in which an applicant is 
found to merit asylum solely on the basis of resistance to coercive 
population control measures and establishes a mechanism for converting 
no more than 1,000 conditional grants per fiscal year to final asylum 
grants. The rule also establishes procedures for administering a 
waiting list in those years that the number of conditional grants 
exceeds the statutory limit for final grants, reserves a certain number 
of authorization numbers for purposes of refugee admission, and 
addresses procedures for administering derivative conditional grants, 
terminating conditional grants, and other procedures specific to this 
rule.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

[[Page 30297]]

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2067-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF84

Agency Contact: Joanna Ruppel, Supervisor for Asylum Operations, 
International Affairs, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Citizenship and Immigration Services, 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts 
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 305-2663

RIN: 1615-AA37
_______________________________________________________________________

979. INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTIONS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 1153; 8 USC 
1154; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1186a; 8 USC 1255; 8 USC 1641; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department proposes to amend its regulations regarding 
the immigration of children of foreign states adopted by United States 
citizens. The proposed rule would establish a new definition of child 
to include children adopted from countries which have implemented the 
Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect 
of Intercountry Adoption (Convention). The proposed rule would also 
change evidentiary requirements for the immigration of adopted children 
to state that a certificate of adoption or custody issued by the 
Secretary of State of the United States is conclusive evidence of the 
relationship between an adoptive parent and the adoptive child. These 
changes are necessary to conform the regulations to the Intercountry 
Adoption Act of 2000(IAA) (Pub. L. 106-279). The proposed rule would 
also make other technical changes.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2098-00.
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF96

Agency Contact: Elizabeth N. Lee, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 307-2353
Email: elizabeth.n.lee@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA43
_______________________________________________________________________

980. WAIVER OF FEES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 
1201; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 1252(b); 8 USC 1252(note); 8 USC 1304; 8 USC 
1356

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 244

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule proposes to amend Department regulations concerning 
the adjudication of requests for fee waivers filed by applicants for 
DHS benefits pursuant to 8 CFR 103.7(c). This applies to a waiver of 
fees by an immigration judge for benefit applications, petitions, 
appeals, motions, or requests in any case when an alien substantiates 
that they cannot pay the fee. When implemented, this rule will 
facilitate the adjudication of these requests. This rule also proposes 
to amend 8 CFR 244.20, which is a waiver of fees for Temporary 
Protected Status (TPS) applicants, for the same reasons as stated in 8 
CFR 103.7(c). The rule will also be implemented in conjunction with the 
new Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver Form.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         02/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2091-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG02

Agency Contact: Molly Johnson, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3040, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 353-8177

RIN: 1615-AA48
_______________________________________________________________________

981. ADOPTION OF SIBLINGS, ADOPTED ALIEN CHILDREN LESS THAN 18 YEARS OF 
AGE CONSIDERED A ``CHILD''

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: PL 106-139; 8 USC 1103; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This proposed rule changes the definition of an adopted 
``child'' or ``orphan'' from 16 years old to 18 years old in cases 
where the alien has a younger sibling, under the age of 16, who is also 
the subject of an orphan petition held by the same U.S. citizen or 
lawful permanent resident. The change is necessary to conform the 
regulations to the statutory eligibility changes made by Public Law 
106-139. This change allows natural siblings, who might otherwise be 
separated, to be adopted together into the family of a citizen or 
lawful permanent resident of the United States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2110-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG04

Agency Contact: Elizabeth N. Lee, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 307-2353
Email: elizabeth.n.lee@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA50
_______________________________________________________________________

982. ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS UNDER SECTION 245(K)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: PL 105-119

CFR Citation: 9 CFR 245

Legal Deadline: None

[[Page 30298]]

Abstract: This rule proposes amending Department regulations for 
persons using section 245(k) of the Immigration and Nationality Act to 
adjust status to that of lawful permanent resident (LPR). Section 
245(k) of the Act allows an alien with an approved employment-based 
petition to adjust status to LPR despite violations of status if those 
violations have lasted no longer than 180 days since the alien's last 
entry. This rule proposes eligibility criteria and adjustment 
procedures for persons wishing to use this section of the Act to become 
an LPR without leaving the United States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2120-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG10

Agency Contact: Michael Valverde, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-2763
Email: michael.valverde@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA54
_______________________________________________________________________

983. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS AND WORKFORCE 
IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 1998 (ACWIA), THE AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS IN THE 
TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY ACT OF 2000 (AC21), AND OTHER RELATED BILLS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 
1186a; 8 USC 1187; 8 USC 1221; 8 USC 1255; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 202; 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 214; 8 CFR 245; 
...

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act, Public 
Law 106-313, was enacted on October 17, 2000, along with two bills, the 
Visa Waiver Permanent Program Act, Public Law 106-311, and a bill to 
increase the fee for certain H-1B petitions. An earlier piece of 
legislation, the American Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act 
(ACWIA), Public Law 105-277, was enacted to place certain conditions on 
the employment of H-1B workers. Together, these bills make significant 
changes to the H-1B classification. Public Law 106-313 increases the 
numerical H-1B cap to 195,000 for FY 2000-2002 and the percentage of 
the fees that DHS receives to 4 percent. It exempts certain aliens from 
the numerical cap, provides for the ``portability'' of employment 
authorization, and in certain circumstances extensions of stay for 
certain aliens who have permanent residence applications pending. 
Public Law 105-277 imposes penalties for employers violating certain 
representations and prohibits retaliation against H-1B workers who 
disclose these violations. This regulation clarifies several 
interpretive questions raised by the bills and ensures that the 
Department practice is consistent with these laws.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: DHS rule 1615-AG11 implemented the American 
Competitiveness and Workforce Improvement Act (ACWIA); it was the 
result of a prior rule that was overtaken by new legislation relating 
to H-1B classification. ACWIA increased the numerical cap on H-1B 
nonimmigrant aliens; required certain dependent employers to make 
additional attestations to the Department of Labor (DOL); increased the 
penalties for employers who have been found to be in violation of DOL's 
rules; and created a ``whistleblower'' clause to protect H-1B workers 
who filed complaints against their employer.
In 1190-AA48, the Civil Rights Division, in cooperation with DOL, will 
implement in the Justice Department's regulations the ACWIA ``failure 
to select'' protections--codified in the Immigration and Nationality 
Act at section 212(n)(5)--by establishing a process under which United 
States workers may file complaints against employers for denying them 
employment opportunities by improperly hiring temporary foreign 
professionals on H-1B visas. Under that process, the Secretary is to 
receive and review these complaints and then--where there is reasonable 
cause to believe a complainant's allegations--initiate binding 
arbitration proceedings through Federal Mediation and Conciliation 
Service.
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG11

Agency Contact: Molly Johnson, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3040, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 353-8177

Deborah Misir, Attorney, Office of General Counsel, Department of 
Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, 425 
I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 307-6596

RIN: 1615-AA55
_______________________________________________________________________

984. CONSTRUCTION WORK AND THE B NONIMMIGRANT VISA CLASSIFICATION

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 214

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department has solicited comments from the public on the 
issue of aliens admitted to the U.S. as B nonimmigrant visitors whose 
intent is to engage in construction work during the alien's stay. In 
particular the Department is exploring the feasibility of defining the 
term construction as it relates to B nonimmigrant visitors. A standard 
definition of construction may assist both the public and the 
Department in determining if an alien admitted as a B nonimmigrant 
visitor may engage in construction during his or her period of 
authorized stay. The Department is considering a rulemaking on this 
subject.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           09/19/01                    66 FR 48223

[[Page 30299]]

ANPRM Comment Period End        11/19/01
NPRM                            10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2126-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG15

Agency Contact: Irene Hoffman, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3040, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 617-3365
Fax: 202 514-0198

RIN: 1615-AA58
_______________________________________________________________________

985. REMOVAL AND ADJUSTMENT PROCEDURES FOR VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING AND 
CERTAIN CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101 to 1104; 8 USC 1182; 
8 USC 1184; 8 USC 1187; 8 USC 1201; 8 USC 1224; 8 USC 1225; 8 USC 1226; 
8 USC 1227; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 1252a; 8 USC 1255; 22 USC 7101; 22 USC 
7105; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204; 8 CFR 214; 8 CFR 245

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule sets forth measures by which certain victims of 
severe forms of trafficking and victims of certain crimes who have been 
granted T nonimmigrant status may apply for adjustment to permanent 
resident status in accordance with Public Law 106-386, the Victims of 
Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            11/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         01/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No 2134-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG21

Agency Contact: Laura M. Dawkins, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3040, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: laura.dawkins@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA60
_______________________________________________________________________

986. CONSENT TO REAPPLY FOR ADMISSION AFTER REMOVAL

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101 to 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 
1187; 8 USC 1225 to 1228; 8 USC 1252

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule proposes to amend the provisions regarding consent 
to reapply after removal to conform with the requirements of the 
Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 
(IIRIRA). This rulemaking intends to remove the provisions contained in 
8 CFR 212.2(i) relating to a request for consent to reapply in 
conjunction with an application for admission at a port-of-entry or 
with an application for adjustment of status. The proposed removal of 
section 212.2(i) reflects the overall scope of the changes made by 
IIRIRA and congressional intent to impose severe penalties on aliens 
who enter illegally or otherwise violate the U.S. immigration laws, by 
restricting the relief available to them in the United States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2147-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG28

Agency Contact: Mark Rouse, Assistant Director, Office of 
Adjudications, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship 
and Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 
20536
Phone: 202 514-4754

RIN: 1615-AA61
_______________________________________________________________________

987. WAIVERS OF THE TWO-YEAR FOREIGN RESIDENCE REQUIREMENT FOR CERTAIN 
EXCHANGE VISITORS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1102; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 
1184; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212 and 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule proposes to amend Department regulations relating 
to the two-year foreign residence requirement under section 212(e) of 
the Immigration and Nationality Act (Act). The proposed changes would 
conform to the requirements of the Illegal Immigration Reform and 
Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), and the Department of 
Justice Appropriations Act, 2000. The proposed rulemaking would affect 
aliens who enter the United States as J-1 or J-2 nonimmigrant exchange 
visitors and who are subject to the requirement of section 212(e) of 
the Act, which stipulates that they must return to their home country 
for a period of two years before they are eligible to change to a 
different nonimmigrant classification or apply for lawful permanent 
residence in the United States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No 2158-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG31

Agency Contact: Mark Rouse, Assistant Director, Office of 
Adjudications, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship 
and Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 
20536
Phone: 202 514-4754

RIN: 1615-AA62

[[Page 30300]]

_______________________________________________________________________

988. EXTENSION OF THE VALIDITY PERIOD FOR EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION 
DOCUMENTS FOR ALIENS SEEKING ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 
1201; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 247.a12(c)(9)

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule proposes to amend DHS regulations by enabling it to 
issue Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for those applying for 
work authorization under 8 CFR 274a.12(c)(9) for a validity period of 
up to two years. This category is reserved for those applying for 
adjustment of status, having filed Form I-485, Application to Register 
Permanent Residence or Adjust Status with the Department. The rule 
change would give DHS the flexibility to issue EADs for the length of 
time it anticipates that adjudication of a given case will take.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         02/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No 2152-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG32

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Branch Chief, Adjudications Division, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-4754

RIN: 1615-AA63
_______________________________________________________________________

989. ILLEGAL ENTRIES, UNLAWFUL PRESENCE, AND AUTOMATIC VOIDING OF 
NONIMMIGRANT VISAS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 8 USC 1101 to 1103; 8 USC 1182; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This proposed rule defines the categories of aliens who are 
not eligible to be issued a visa or be admitted if: they are in the 
United States illegally because they entered without proper inspection 
at a port-of-entry (section 212(a)(6)(A) of the Act); they accumulated 
certain periods of unlawful presence because they entered the United 
States illegally or stayed in the United States longer than authorized 
(section 212(a)(9)(B) of the Act); or they entered the United States 
illegally (or attempted an illegal entry) after they accumulated 
unlawful presence or after they were removed (section 212(a)(9)(C) of 
the Act). This proposed rule also describes how a nonimmigrant visa 
becomes automatically void, as provided under section 222(g) of the 
Act. This proposed rule also explains when the provisions for unlawful 
presence (sections 212(a)(9)(B) and (C) of the Act) do not apply, and 
the legal and documentary requirements for a waiver. Promulgation of 
this rule ensures that the admission to the United States of any 
ineligible alien would not adversely affect the national welfare, 
safety, or security of the United States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: Split from INS No. 1413
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG36

Agency Contact: Mark Rouse, Assistant Director, Office of 
Adjudications, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship 
and Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 
20536
Phone: 202 514-4754

RIN: 1615-AA64
_______________________________________________________________________

990. MEDICAL EXAMINATION REQUIREMENTS AND DESIGNATION OF CIVIL SURGEONS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 8 USC 1101 to 1103; 8 USC 1222; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103, 232, and 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This proposed rule defines the medical examination 
requirements for arriving aliens. It also overhauls the civil surgeon 
program to create standards for designation, procedures for periodic 
review of the civil surgeon designation, and specific provisions for 
revocation, when necessary.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: Split from INS No. 1413.
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG37

Agency Contact: Mark Rouse, Assistant Director, Office of 
Adjudications, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship 
and Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 
20536
Phone: 202 514-4754

RIN: 1615-AA65
_______________________________________________________________________

991. MEDICAL GROUNDS OF INADMISSIBILITY AND WAIVERS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 8 USC 1101 to 1103; 8 USC 1157; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103, 212, and 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This proposed rule describes the medical grounds of 
inadmissibility under section 212(a)(1) of the Immigration and 
Nationality Act. It also describes which medical grounds of 
inadmissibility can be waived and the requirements for those waivers 
(including conditions for compliance).

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

[[Page 30301]]

Additional Information: Split out of INS No. 1413 to move forward as a 
stand-alone rule.
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG38

Agency Contact: Mark Rouse, Assistant Director, Office of 
Adjudications, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship 
and Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 
20536
Phone: 202 514-4754

RIN: 1615-AA66
_______________________________________________________________________

992. NEW CLASSIFICATION FOR VICTIMS OF CERTAIN CRIMINAL ACTIVITY; 
ELIGIBILITY FOR THE U NONIMMIGRANT STATUS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1101 note; 8 
USC 1102; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 204; 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 214; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule sets forth application requirements for a new 
nonimmigrant status. The U classification is for non-U.S. Citizen/
Lawful Permanent Resident victims of certain crimes who cooperate with 
an investigation or prosecution of those crimes. There is a limit of 
10,000 principals per year.
This rule establishes the procedures to be followed in order to 
petition for the U nonimmigrant classifications. Specifically, the rule 
addresses: the essential elements that must be demonstrated to receive 
the nonimmigrant classification; procedures that must be followed to 
make an application; and evidentiary guidance to assist in the 
petitioning process. Eligible victims will be allowed to remain in the 
United States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            11/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         01/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal, State, Local

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 1115-AG39

Agency Contact: Laura M. Dawkins, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3040, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: laura.dawkins@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA67
_______________________________________________________________________

993. JUDICIAL REVIEW OF THE DECISIONS OF THE IMMIGRATION AND 
NATURALIZATION SERVICE

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552(a); 5 USC 704; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 
1103; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule clarifies that, if the Administrative Procedure Act 
(APA) provides the authority for judicial review, a person must exhaust 
all administrative appeals available as a matter of right before the 
person may seek judicial review of a Department decision under the 
Immigration and Nationality Act (Act) that is within the appellate 
jurisdiction of the Board of Immigration Appeals or of the Associate 
Commissioner for Examinations. This amendment is necessary to prevent 
the filing of premature lawsuits, by ensuring that the proper 
administrative appellate authority has the opportunity to review and 
correct any errors in the original decision before the party may seek 
judicial review.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 1785-96.
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG49

Agency Contact: Janice B. Podolny, Associate General, Chief 
Examinations Division, Office of General Counsel, Department of 
Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Room 
6100, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-2895

RIN: 1615-AA71
_______________________________________________________________________

994. TERMINATION OF LAWFUL PERMANANT RESIDENT STATUS THROUGH ABANDONMENT

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 CFR 211; 22 CFR 42

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 246

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule establishes procedures to terminate on notice the 
lawful permanent resident status of an alien who has remained outside 
the country for a continuous period of over one year since his or her 
departure from the United States, if it is determined that such alien 
has abandoned his or her permanent residency and is no longer eligible 
for admission as a returning resident. This process will allow the 
Department to terminate the status of a permanent resident due to 
abandonment when it becomes aware of that fact rather than, as is 
current practice, having to wait for such alien to present himself or 
herself for inspection at a port-of-entry.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 1115-AG64

Agency Contact: Elizabeth N. Lee, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3040, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: elizabeth.n.lee@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA76
_______________________________________________________________________

995. LIMITING THE USE OF DURATION OF STATUS FOR CERTAIN F, J, AND I 
NONIMMIGRANTS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1101 note; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 
USC 1184; ...

[[Page 30302]]

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 214

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule concerns the duration of status for nonimmigrants 
in the F (student), J (exchange visitor), and I (media representative) 
categories. This rule will set forth standards and procedures for the 
admission of certain nonimmigrants in these categories for a fixed 
period (subject to extension) rather than for the duration of their 
course of study, exchange program, or approved employment. This action 
will allow the Department to more effectively ensure that affected 
nonimmigrants are engaging in activities consistent with their 
classification and to take necessary action. By ensuring more effective 
control over nonimmigrants in the United States, this rule will enhance 
the integrity of the immigration process.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2222-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG76

Agency Contact: Maura Deadrick, Assistant Director, Adjudication 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3040, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-3228

RIN: 1615-AA80
_______________________________________________________________________

996. PETITIONS FOR ALIENS TO PERFORM TEMPORARY NONAGRICULTURAL SERVICES 
OR LABOR (H-2B)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 
1186a; 8 USC 1187; 8 USC 1221; 8 USC 1281; 8 USC 1282

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 2

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security, after consulting with 
the Department of Labor and the Department of State, is proposing 
significant changes to its regulations that are designed to increase 
the effectiveness of the H-2B nonimmigrant classification. These 
proposals will increase the usefulness of the program for United States 
employers by eliminating certain regulatory barriers, by adding 
protections for foreign workers, and increasing Government efficiency 
and coordination.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No.2228-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG78

Agency Contact: Molly Johnson, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 616-7435

RIN: 1615-AA82
_______________________________________________________________________

997. ADJUSTMENT OF THE IMMIGRATION BENEFIT APPLICATION FEE SCHEDULE TO 
RECOVER COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH ADDITIONAL SECURITY CHECKS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552(a); 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 
1304; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The rule proposes to adjust the immigration benefit 
application fee by $5 to recover costs associated with performing 
additional security checks on all immigration benefit applications. 
Fees collected from persons filing immigration benefit applications are 
deposited into the Immigration Examinations Fee Account and used to 
fund the full cost of processing immigration benefit applications and 
associated support benefits; the full cost of providing similar 
benefits to asylum and refugee applicants; and the full cost of similar 
benefits provided to other immigrants, as specified in the regulation, 
at no charge. Federal guidelines require the Department of Homeland 
Security to establish and collect fees to recover the full cost of 
processing benefit applications. These security checks are necessary to 
try to protect the United States from future terrorist attacks.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2233-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG82

Agency Contact: Paul Schlesinger, Chief, Immigration Services Branch, 
Office of Budget, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Citizenship and Immigration Services, Room 5307, 425 I Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 616-0563
Email: paul.l.schlesinger@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA84
_______________________________________________________________________

998. [bull] DENIAL AND REVOCATION FOR APPROVAL OF SCHOOL FOR ATTENDANCE 
BY NONIMMIGRANT STUDENTS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101 to 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 214

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to amend 
its regulations to clarify its procedures for denial of applications by 
schools for approval to enroll nonimmigrant students. DHS also proposes 
to streamline and align the revocation process with the denial and 
appeal process. Finally, DHS proposes the authority to suspend a 
school's approval to issue new forms I-20 during denial or revocation 
proceedings.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/00/03

[[Page 30303]]

NPRM Comment Period End         10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2239-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG83

Agency Contact: Maura Deadrick, Assistant Director, Adjudication 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3040, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-3228

RIN: 1615-AA85
_______________________________________________________________________

999. [bull] ADJUSTMENT OF THE APPEAL AND MOTION FEE TO RECOVER FULL 
COSTS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 
1304; 8 USC 1356; 31 USC 9701; EO 12356; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule proposes to raise the fees for filing an appeal or 
motion to reopen/reconsider any decision under the immigration laws in 
any type of proceeding over which the Board of Immigration Appeals 
(BIA), does not have appellate jurisdiction. The fee is being raised 
from $110 to $368 to recover the full costs associated with the 
processing of an appeal or motion to reopen/reconsider. Fees collected 
are deposited into the Immigration Examinations Fee Account (IEFA) and 
used fund the full cost of processing immigration benefit applications 
and associated support benefits; the full cost of providing similar 
benefits to asylum and refugee applicants; and the full cost of similar 
benefits provided to other immigrants, as specified in the regulation, 
at no charge. Federal guidelines require the Department of Homeland 
Security to establish and collect fees to recover the full cost of 
processing immigration benefit applications, rather than supporting 
these services with tax revenue.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2245-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG89

Agency Contact: Paul Schlesinger, Chief, Immigration Services Branch, 
Office of Budget, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Citizenship and Immigration Services, Room 5307, 425 I Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 616-0563
Email: paul.l.schlesinger@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA88
_______________________________________________________________________

1000. [bull] CHANGES TO EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION ELIGIBILITY FOR CERTAIN 
APPLICANTS AND TO STANDARDS FOR DETERMINING A FRIVOLOUS ASYLUM 
APPLICATION

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1158; 8 USC 1226; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 
1282; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 208; 8 CFR 274a

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule proposes to amend the employment authorization and 
asylum regulations to restrict employment authorization for certain 
applicants facing cancellation of removal status and to modify the 
standard by which the Immigration Court may find an asylum application 
frivolous. In addition, the amendment will clarify that the 
Department's decision to grant employment authorization on the basis of 
certain pending applications is discretionary. The Department is 
proposing these amendments to curb abuse of the immigration system by 
non-bonafide asylum applicants who improperly use the asylum process as 
a vehicle to be placed in proceedings in Immigration Court to obtain 
non-asylum related employment authorization or who submit abusive, 
fraudulent or clearly baseless asylum applications.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2251-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG91

Agency Contact: Joanna Ruppel, Supervisor for Asylum Operations, 
International Affairs, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Citizenship and Immigration Services, 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts 
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 305-2663

RIN: 1615-AA89
_______________________________________________________________________

1001. [bull] IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT OF 
CANADA AND THE GOVERNMENT OF THE U.S. REGARDING ASYLUM CLAIMS MADE AT 
LAND BORDER PORTS-OF-ENTRY AND APPLICABILITY OF OTHER ASYLUM BARS...

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1158; 8 USC 1226; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 
1282; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 208

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security proposes to amend asylum 
regulations governing the credible fear process to permit asylum 
officers to apply certain mandatory bars to asylum during the credible 
fear interview. The proposed rule is necessary for two reasons. First, 
the terms of a recently signed agreement between the United States and 
Canada bar certain categories of aliens arriving from Canada at land 
border ports of entry and in transit from Canada from formally applying 
for protection in the United States. Second, national security concerns 
necessitate a more thorough solicitation and analysis of facts to 
determine whether aliens in the credible fear process are clearly 
subject to a bar to asylum based on criminal or terrorist activities. 
This proposed rule would establish asylum officers' and immigration 
judges authority to make negative credible fear determinations based on 
these bars.

[[Page 30304]]

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2255-03
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG95

Agency Contact: Joanna Ruppel, Supervisor for Asylum Operations, 
International Affairs, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Citizenship and Immigration Services, 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts 
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 305-2663

RIN: 1615-AA91
_______________________________________________________________________

1002. [bull] ELIMINATING THE NUMERICAL CAP ON MEXICAN TN NONIMMIGRANTS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1102; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 
1184; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 214

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule eliminates the 5,500 annual limit on Mexican TN 
(NAFTA) Professionals) workers. It also eliminates the associated 
requirement of a petition on Form I-129 and certified labor condition 
application. Rather than submit a petition to DHS, aliens seeking TN 
classification will apply for a TN visa from the State Department. This 
rule brings the treatment of Mexican TNs under NAFTA closer to that of 
Canadian TNs.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         07/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2266-03
Transferred from RIN 1115-AH02

Agency Contact: Efren Hernandez, Director, Business and Trade Branch, 
Adjudications Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Citizenship and Immigration Services, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 
20536
Phone: 202 353-8177

RIN: 1615-AA96
_______________________________________________________________________

1003. PROCEDURES FOR CHECKING JUVENILE CRIMINAL RECORDS AND SUBMITTING 
FINGERPRINTS OF THAT ADDITIONAL CLASS OF ALIENS INELIGIBLE FOR FAMILY 
UNITY

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 18 USC 5031

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 236

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule describes procedures necessary for DHS Service 
Centers, District Offices, and Application Support Centers to follow 
when checking juvenile criminal records and fingerprints of aliens who 
committed a specific act of juvenile delinquency that, if committed by 
an adult, would be classified as a felony ``crime of violence against 
another individual.'' Section 383 of Illegal Immigration Reform and 
Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA) provides that aliens who 
committed a specific act of juvenile delinquency, as defined in 18 
U.S.C. 5031, are ineligible for benefits under the Family Unity 
Program.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         08/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: INS No. 2116-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG07

Agency Contact: Elizabeth N. Lee, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 307-2353
Email: elizabeth.n.lee@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AB01
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                  Final Rule Stage
Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS)
_______________________________________________________________________

1004. REDUCTION OF THE NUMBER OF ACCEPTABLE DOCUMENTS AND OTHER CHANGES 
TO EMPLOYMENT VERIFICATION REQUIREMENTS (SECTION 610 REVIEW)

Priority: Other Significant. Major under 5 USC 801.

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1324a; PL 104-208

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 274a

Legal Deadline: Final, Statutory, March 31, 1998, An interim rule, 
published September 30, 1997, makes the minimal changes required by 
statute. The provisions will remain in effect until completion of this 
rulemaking.

Abstract: On September 30, 1996, the President signed the Illegal 
Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA). 
Section 412(a) of IIRIRA requires a reduction in the number of 
documents that may be accepted in the employment verification process. 
Section 412(d) clarifies the applicability of section 274A to the 
Federal Government. Section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act 
requires agencies to review rules that have a significant economic 
impact on a substantial number of small entities every 10 years. The 
Department is conducting this review in conjunction with IIRIRA 
implementation. The proposed rulemaking published February 12, 1998, 
implements sections 212(a) and (d) of IIRIRA and proposes other changes 
to the employment verification process identified through that review. 
A revised Form I-9 was included with the proposed rulemaking.
The comment period closed on April 3, 1998. The Department is analyzing 
the comments and taking into

[[Page 30305]]

consideration issues raised by the Alien Registration Form (I-551) 
program. It should be noted that this action supersedes the previously 
published regulatory action titled ``Reduction in the Number of 
Documents Accepted for Employment Verification.'' In order to avoid 
confusion, this regulatory action is being referenced under the current 
RIN, which captures all prior actions related to employment 
verification.
INS No. 1947-98, Interim Rule published 2/9/99 (64 FR 6187). The 
``Receipt Rule'' permits employees to present their employer certain 
types of ``receipts'' in lieu of a document listed on the Form I-9.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM-INS No. 1399 Comment Period 
End 12/23/93                    11/23/93                    58 FR 61846
NPRM-INS No. 1339S Comment 
Period End 07/24/95             06/22/95                    60 FR 32472
Notice-INS No. 1713 INS No. 1713 
Applications Due 01/29/96       11/30/95                    60 FR 61630
Appl. Extension Through 3/8/96 
Notice Pilot Demonstration 
Program-INS No. 1713            02/06/96                     61 FR 4378
Final Rule-INS No. 1399E        09/04/96                    61 FR 46534
Interim Final Rule INS No. 1818 09/30/97                    62 FR 51001
NPRM-INS No. 1890-97 Comment 
Period End 04/03/98             02/02/98                     63 FR 5287
Final Rule (INS No. 1890-97)    12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions, 
Organizations

Government Levels Affected: State, Local, Tribal, Federal

Additional Information: The deadline for implementing section 412(a) of 
IIRIRA was extended to March 31, 1998, by Public Law 105-54. This 
rulemaking has been delayed by the need to coordinate implementation 
with other provisions of IIRIRA, by several complex policy and 
regulatory issues that have taken time to resolve, and by the review 
required by section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act, and by the 
need to coordinate policy issues with the Border Security Act of 2002 
and, more generally, the post-September 11th environment in which 
document security is of a paramount concern.
INS No. 1890-97; PL 104-208, title 4.
INS Nos. 1399 and 1399S-94, Control of Employment of Aliens, 
Supplemental Rule; Action for INS Nos. 1399 and 1399S is canceled as a 
result of IIRIRA requirements.
INS No. 1399E is an extracted portion of INS No. 1399, published 
separately to allow for the production of a new, more secure Employment 
Authorization Document.
INS No. 1713-95, Demonstration Project for Electronic I-9.
Interim Rule INS No. 1818 was published on September 30, 1997, at 62 FR 
51001 to maintain the status quo as much as possible until the Service 
completes the more comprehensive document reduction initiative 
designated by INS No. 1890-97.
Transferred from RIN 1115-AB73

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Branch Chief, Adjudications Division, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-4754

RIN: 1615-AA01
_______________________________________________________________________

1005. ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS TO THAT OF PERSON ADMITTED FOR PERMANENT 
RESIDENCE: CONDITIONAL RESIDENTS AND FIANCE(E)S

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 1154; 8 USC 
1182; 8 USC 1186a; 8 USC 1255; 8 USC 1257; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 245

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This final rule amends Department regulations by clarifying 
that an alien remains ineligible for adjustment of status after 
termination of conditional permanent resident status. The clarification 
is necessary in view of the determination by the Board of Immigration 
Appeals (Board) that the current regulations do not prohibit the 
adjustment of status of an alien whose conditional resident status has 
been terminated. This final rule would also modify provisions 
regulating the adjustment of status of nonimmigrant fianc[eacute](e)s 
to reflect the current statue and to eliminate hardships on certain 
persons who are unable, despite their good faith intentions, to marry 
until after the expiration of the alien spouse's period of admission as 
a nonimmigrant fianc[eacute](e).

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/20/96                    61 FR 43028
NPRM Comment Period End         10/21/96
Final Action                    09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: INS No. 1353-91
Transferred from RIN 1115-AC70

Agency Contact: Elizabeth N. Lee, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 307-2353
Email: elizabeth.n.lee@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA02
_______________________________________________________________________

1006. PETITION TO CLASSIFY ALIEN AS IMMEDIATE RELATIVE OF A U.S. CITIZEN 
OR AS A PREFERENCE IMMIGRANT; SELF-PETITIONING FOR CERTAIN BATTERED OR 
ABUSED ALIEN SPOUSES AND CHILDREN

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; PL 103-322; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 
1153; 8 USC 1154; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1186a; 8 USC 1255

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department published an interim rule on this subject in 
1996. This final rule allows battered and abused spouses and children 
of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to petition for 
immigrant classification. The consent of the abuser would not be 
required. The final rule uses the term abused to mean either battered 
or subjected to extreme cruelty.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/26/96                    61 FR 13061

[[Page 30306]]

Interim Final Rule Effective    03/26/96
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      05/28/96
Final Rule                      11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: INS No. 1705-95
Transferred from RIN 1115-AE04

Agency Contact: Laura M. Dawkins, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3040, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: laura.dawkins@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA03
_______________________________________________________________________

1007. DEFINITION OF THE TERM ``LAWFULLY PRESENT'' FOR PURPOSES OF 
ELIGIBILITY FOR PUBLIC BENEFITS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 31 USC 9701; EO 12356; 47 FR 14874 to 
15557; 3 CFR 1982 comp; 8 CFR 2; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 
USC 1201; 8 USC 1252 note; 8 USC 1252B; 8 USC 1304; 8 USC 1356

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Section 401(a) of the Personal Responsibility and Work 
Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA) provides that, with limited 
exceptions, only qualified aliens, as defined under section 431, may 
receive certain Federal public benefits. Section 401(b)(2) provides an 
exception that allows aliens who are ``lawfully present in the United 
States'' as determined by the Attorney General to receive social 
security benefits under title II of the Social Security Act. PRWORA, 
and other laws, use the term ``lawfully present'' in other benefit-
related contexts as well.
The interim final rule published September 6, 1996, amended DHS 
regulations to define the term ``an alien who is lawfully present in 
the United States'' so that the Social Security Administration may 
determine which aliens are eligible for benefits under title II of the 
Social Security Act.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              09/06/96                    61 FR 47039
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      11/05/96
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Federal

Additional Information: INS No. 1792-96
Transferred from RIN 1115-AE51

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Branch Chief, Adjudications Division, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-4754

RIN: 1615-AA05
_______________________________________________________________________

1008. AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT ON BEHALF OF IMMIGRANTS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1183a; PL 104-208; PL 104-193; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 213a; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends DHS regulations by establishing that an 
individual (the sponsor) who files an affidavit of support under 
section 213A of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) on behalf of 
an intending immigrant incurs an obligation that may be enforced by a 
civil action. This rule also specifies the requirements that Federal, 
State, or local agencies or private entities must meet to request 
reimbursement from the sponsor for provision of means-tested public 
benefits and provides procedures for imposing the civil penalty 
provided for under section 213A of the INA, if the sponsor fails to 
give notice of any change of address. This rule is necessary to ensure 
that sponsors of aliens meet their obligations under section 213A of 
the INA.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule (INS No. 
1807-96)                        10/20/97                    62 FR 52346
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      02/07/98
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 1807-96; PL 104-208, title IV; and PL 
104-193, title IV
Transferred from RIN 1115-AE58

Agency Contact: Lisa Roney, Policy Analyst, Office of Policy and 
Planning, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 6052, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-3242

Michael Hardin, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications Division, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-3048

RIN: 1615-AA06
_______________________________________________________________________

1009. IMPLEMENTATION OF HERNANDEZ V. RENO SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT; CERTAIN 
ALIENS ELIGIBLE FOR FAMILY UNITY BENEFITS AFTER SPONSORING FAMILY 
MEMBER'S NATURALIZATION

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1225a note; PL 104-208

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 236.23

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: On September 30, 1996, the President signed the Illegal 
Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996. The 
Deaprtment will publish a regulation implementing a new basis of 
ineligibility for Family Unity benefits for certain juvenile offenders.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule (INS No. 
1823-96)                        07/14/00                    65 FR 43677
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      09/12/00
Final Rule                      10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

[[Page 30307]]

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 1823-96; PL 104-208, title III, section 
38; and this regulation will affect 8 CFR 242.5 that will be renumbered 
8 CFR 236.25.
Transferred from RIN 1115-AE72

Agency Contact: Elizabeth N. Lee, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 307-2353
Email: elizabeth.n.lee@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA09
_______________________________________________________________________

1010. CERTIFICATION OF CERTAIN HEALTH CARE WORKERS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1182(a)(5); PL 104-208

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204; 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 214.2; 8 CFR 245; 8 CFR 248

Legal Deadline: Other, Statutory, January 19, 2001, Abraham v. Reno 
(D.D.C.).

Abstract: On September 30, 1996, the President signed the Illegal 
Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996. Section 
343 prohibits the entry of any alien who seeks to enter the United 
States for the purpose of performing labor as a health care worker 
(other than a physician) without a certificate as to the alien's 
qualifications and English ability from the Commission on Graduates of 
Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) or an equivalent independent 
organization approved by the Secretary.
The Department published an interim rule (INS 1879-97) to address 
shortages in the occupations of nursing and occupational therapy on 
October 14, 1998. In addition, DHS issued a second interim rule on 
April 30, 1999, to grant CGFNS authorization to issue certificates to 
foreign health care workers in the occupations of occupational therapy 
and physical therapy. This rule also granted the Foreign Credentialing 
Commission on Physical Therapy the authority to issue certificates to 
foreign-trained physical therapists. The second interim rule (INS 1979-
99) was published under RIN 1115-AF43 and now is consolidated with this 
Unified Agenda of Federal Regulations entry. A third interim rule (INS 
2089-00) was published on January 16, 2001, to address certification 
requirements for Speech Language Pathologists, Audiologists, Medical 
Technologists, and Physician Assistants. The Department also published 
a related rule in response to the passage of the NRDAA, (INS No. 2050-
00). In the rule, DHS announced that it would continue to waive the 
certification requirements for nonimmigrant nurses, pending the 
promulgation of new regulations implementing the certification 
requirements for section 343.
On October 11,2002, the Department published a proposed rule (INS 2080-
02) to fully implement section 343, including solicitation of public 
comments on the requirements relating to the designation of covered 
health care occupations, the procedures and requirements for certifying 
organizations, the content of the certificates, and the process for 
presentation of the certificates and listing approved English language 
tests and requisite scores. The Department will publish a final rule 
implementing the proposals and taking into account the comments 
received in response to the October 11, 2002, proposed rule.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule-INS 1879     10/14/98                    63 FR 55007
Interim Final Rule Effective-INS 
1879                            12/14/98
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End-INS 1879             02/11/99
Interim Final Rule-INS 1979-99  04/30/99                    64 FR 23174
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End-INS 1979-99          06/29/99
Interim Final Rule Effective-INS 
1979-99                         06/29/99
Interim Final Rule-INS 2089-00  01/16/01                     66 FR 3440
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      03/19/01
Interim Final Rule Effective-INS 
2089-00                         03/19/01
NPRM-INS No. 2080-02            10/11/02                    67 FR 63313
Final Action                    06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 1115-AE73

Agency Contact: Molly Johnson, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 616-7435

RIN: 1615-AA10
_______________________________________________________________________

1011. ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS, CONTINUED VALIDITY OF NONIMMIGRANT STATUS, 
AND UNEXPIRED EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION FOR APPLICANTS MAINTAINING 
NONIMMIGRANT H OR L STATUS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1282; 8 CFR 2; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 
1182; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 1186a; 8 USC 1187; 8 USC 1221; 8 USC 1255; 8 
USC 1281

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 214; 8 CFR 245

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Over the last several years, the Department has issued 
numerous policy statements regarding its position on employment 
authorization, advance parole, and extension of nonimmigrant status for 
certain skilled nonimmigrant workers who have filed for adjustment to 
permanent resident status. This interim final rule: (1) codified 
existing DHS policy statements by incorporating them into the 
Department's regulations; and (2) eliminated the requirement for 
permission for overseas travel for adjustment applicants who are 
maintaining H-1 or L nonimmigrant status. The Department will be 
publishing a final rule in response to public comments.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              06/01/99                    64 FR 29208
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      08/02/99
Final Rule                      10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 1881-97

[[Page 30308]]

Transferred from RIN 1115-AE96

Agency Contact: Michael Valverde, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-2763
Email: michael.valverde@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA12
_______________________________________________________________________

1012. VERIFICATION OF ELIGIBILITY FOR PUBLIC BENEFITS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1642

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 104

Legal Deadline: NPRM, Statutory, November 3, 1997.
Final, Statutory, February 22, 1998, Statutory deadline to promulgate 
regulations for State and local public benefits was previously November 
3, 1998. Deadline for regulations for Federal public benefits was 
February 22, 1998.

Abstract: This regulatory action requires entities (other than 
nonprofit charitable organizations) providing Federal public benefits 
(with certain exceptions) to verify by examining documents and using a 
DHS-automated verification system that alien applicants are eligible 
for the benefits under Federal benefit reform legislation. This rule 
also sets forth provisions by which State or local governments can 
verify whether aliens applying for State or local public benefits are 
eligible for such benefits under Federal laws. In addition, the rule 
establishes procedures for verifying the U.S. nationality of 
individuals applying for benefits in a fair and nondiscriminatory 
manner.
The Interim Verification Guidelines were published as a notice on 
November 17, 1997, at 62 FR 61344. The guidelines set forth procedures 
that benefit-granting agencies can use to verify U.S. citizens, non-
citizen nationals, and qualified aliens for eligibility under title IV 
of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act 
(PRWORA) prior to issuance of final regulations.
The proposed rule for the Verification of Eligibility for Public 
Benefits was published on August 4, 1998, at 63 FR 41662. The changes 
made in response to the comments received on the proposed rule were 
significant enough and dealt with complex and important issues that 
another opportunity to comment is warranted. The next version of the 
rule will be issued as an interim rule, rather than a final rule, in 
order to implement the statutory directive to promulgate verification 
regulations and start the subsequent two-year period in which Federal 
public benefit-granting agencies must come into compliance. The interim 
rule is in the concurrence process and has not yet been published.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM-INS No. 1902-98            08/04/98                    63 FR 41662
NPRM Comment Period End         10/05/98
Interim Final Rule-INS No. 1902-
98                              12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local, Federal

Additional Information: INS No. 1902-98 should be referenced for any 
inquiries concerning this rulemaking action.
Transferred from RIN 1115-AE99

Agency Contact: Phillip Busch, Senior Counsel, Department of Homeland 
Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, 6100, Office 
of General Counsel, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-2895

RIN: 1615-AA13
_______________________________________________________________________

1013. FINGERPRINTING APPLICANTS AND PETITIONERS FOR IMMIGRATION 
BENEFITS; ESTABLISHING A FEE FOR FINGERPRINTING BY THE DEPARTMENT OF 
HOMELAND SECURITY

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1201; 8 USC 1252 note; 8 
USC 1252b; 8 USC 1304; 8 USC 1356

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 299; 8 CFR 316; 8 CFR 335

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends Department regulations relating to 
fingerprinting applicants and petitioners for benefits under the 
Immigration and Nationality Act by: canceling the Designated 
Fingerprinting Service program; requiring applicants and petitioners 
for benefits to be fingerprinted at either a DHS Office, a State, or 
local law enforcement agency, or at a United States consular or 
military office; establishing a fee for fingerprinting by the 
Department; and requiring confirmation from the Federal Bureau of 
Investigation (FBI) that a full criminal background check has been 
completed before adjudication of a naturalization application is 
completed.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/17/98                    63 FR 12979
Interim Final Rule Effective    03/29/98
Interim Final Rule Correction   04/09/98                    63 FR 17489
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      05/18/98
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Additional Information: INS No. 1891-97
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF03

Agency Contact: Pamela T. Wallace, Adjudications Officer, Immigration 
Services Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Citizenship and Immigration Services, Room 980, 801 I Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-9475

RIN: 1615-AA14
_______________________________________________________________________

1014. SUSPENSION OF DEPORTATION AND SPECIAL RULE CANCELLATION OF REMOVAL 
FOR CERTAIN NATIONALS OF GUATEMALA, EL SALVADOR, AND FORMER SOVIET BLOC 
COUNTRIES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 8 USC 1225 to 1227; 8 USC 1251; 8 USC 1252 
note; 8 USC 1252a; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1158; 8 
USC 1182; 8 USC 1186a; 8 USC 1224

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 208; 8 CFR 240; 8 CFR 246; 8 CFR 274a; 
...

[[Page 30309]]

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule implements section 203 of the Nicaraguan Adjustment 
and Central American Relief Act (NACARA), enacted as title II of Public 
Law No. 105-100, 111 Stat. 2160, 2193 (1997) (as amended by Technical 
Corrections to the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief 
Act (NACARA), Public Law 105-139, Stat. 2644 (1997)). Section 203 of 
NACARA provides that certain Guatemalans, Salvadorans, and nationals of 
former Soviet Bloc countries are eligible to apply for cancellation of 
removal under the standards for suspension of deportation similar to 
those that existed prior to enactment of Illegal Immigration Reform and 
Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA). The rule establishes the 
authority of DHS asylum officers to adjudicate certain applications 
under section 203 of NACARA, provides application and adjudication 
procedures, identifies factors and standards relevant to eligibility, 
and establishes a rebuttable presumption of extreme hardship for 
certain NACARA beneficiaries.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM-INS No. 1915-98            11/24/98                    63 FR 64895
NPRM Comment Period End-INS No. 
1915-98                         01/25/99
Interim Rule-INS No. 1915-98    05/21/99                    64 FR 27856
Interim Rule Comment Period End 07/20/99
Final Rule                      09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: INS No. 1915-98
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF14

Agency Contact: Joanna Ruppel, Supervisor for Asylum Operations, 
International Affairs, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Citizenship and Immigration Services, 3rd Floor, 111 Massachusetts 
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 305-2663

RIN: 1615-AA17
_______________________________________________________________________

1015. REGULATIONS CONCERNING THE CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1158; 8 USC 1226; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 
1282

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 3; 8 CFR 208; 8 CFR 235; 8 CFR 238; 8 CFR 240; 8 
CFR 241

Legal Deadline: Other, Statutory, February 18, 1999, Requirements 
promulgated under the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Abstract: This rule implements article 3 of the United Nations 
Convention Against Torture or Other Forms of Cruel, Inhuman, or 
Degrading Treatment or Punishment for persons who may be subject to 
removal from the United States under the provisions of the Immigration 
and Nationality Act.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              02/19/99                     64 FR 8478
Interim Final Rule Effective    03/22/99
Interim Final Rule Corrections  03/22/99                    64 FR 13881
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/20/99
Final Rule                      09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 1976-99
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF39

Agency Contact: Charles Adkins-Blanch, General Counsel, Department of 
Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, 2600 Skyline Tower, 
5107 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: 703 305-0470

Mary Giovagnoli, Acting Chief, Refugee and Asylum Branch, Department of 
Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, 425 
I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-2895

RIN: 1615-AA19
_______________________________________________________________________

1016. APPLICATION FOR REFUGEE STATUS; ACCEPTABLE SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT 
GUARANTY OF TRANSPORTATION

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 1157; 8 USC 
1158; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 207

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act authorizes 
the Attorney General to admit refugees to the United States under 
certain conditions, including those provided for by regulation. DHS 
regulations require that sponsorship agreements be secured before an 
applicant is granted admission as a refugee at a U.S. port-of-entry 
(POE). The determination of whether or not someone is classified as a 
refugee is described in the Act as a separate decision from whether a 
refugee may be admitted to the United States in refugee status. This 
rule amends Department regulations by removing language that 
erroneously implies that DHS requires a sponsorship agreement and 
guarantee of transportation prior to determining whether an applicant 
is a refugee. This rule is necessary to clarify issues that may appear 
ambiguous in the existing regulation, and provides more advantageous 
treatment for the limited number of applicants for refugee status who 
have their DHS interviews before sponsorship agreements have been 
secured.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/21/99                    64 FR 27660
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      07/20/99
Final Rule                      12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 1999-99
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF49

Agency Contact: Kathleen Thompson, Staff Officer, Office of 
International Affairs, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Citizenship and Immigration Services, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 
20536

[[Page 30310]]

Phone: 202 305-2756

RIN: 1615-AA24
_______________________________________________________________________

1017. NONIMMIGRANT CLASSES: Q-2 IRISH PEACE PROCESS CULTURAL AND 
TRAINING PROGRAM VISITOR

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 1186; 8 USC 
1187; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 214; 8 CFR 245; 8 CFR 248; 8 CFR 274

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends the regulations to establish a new visa 
classification, Q-2. Public Law 105-319, also known as the Irish Peace 
Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998, provides the basis 
for this regulatory change. The Q-2 visa classification identifies 
those visitors from Northern Ireland and certain designated counties in 
the Republic of Ireland to come to the United States temporarily for 
training employment and to experience coexistence and conflict 
resolution in a diverse society.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/17/00                    65 FR 14774
Interim Final Rule Effective    03/17/00
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      05/16/00
Revised Interim Final Rule      09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2000-99
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF51

Agency Contact: Donna Crump, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 353-8177

RIN: 1615-AA25
_______________________________________________________________________

1018. CLARIFICATION OF PAROLE AUTHORITY

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1102; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 
1184; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends Department regulations concerning the 
authority to grant the parole of aliens from DHS custody by 
specifically identifying the scope of that authority to include the 
Secretary. This action is being taken to clarify which individuals are 
authorized by the Secretary to grant parole from DHS custody.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              10/28/00                    65 FR 82254
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      12/28/00
Interim Final Rule Delay of 
Effective Date until 03/30/2001 01/26/01                     66 FR 7863
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2004-99
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF53

Agency Contact: Kenneth Leutbecker, Director, Parole and Humanitarian 
Assistance Branch, Office of International Affairs, Department of 
Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, 
Attn: ULLICO Building, Third Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202 305-2670

RIN: 1615-AA26
_______________________________________________________________________

1019. BATTERED AND ABUSED CONDITIONAL RESIDENTS; TERMINATION OF MARRIAGE 
BY CONDITIONAL RESIDENTS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1154; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 
1186a

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 216; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Enacted on November 10, 1986, the Immigration Marriage Fraud 
Amendments of 1986 (IMFA) made a number of changes to the Act to deter 
aliens from marrying solely to obtain immigration benefits. IMFA 
established a conditional resident status for aliens who obtained 
lawful permanent resident status based upon a marriage of less than two 
years duration. The interim rule published on May 16, 1991, established 
procedures to allow a conditional resident who married in good faith 
but whose marriage was terminated by the United States citizen or 
lawful permanent resident spouse to seek a waiver of the joint filing 
requirement. The interim rule published on May 16, 1991, also was 
necessary to provide a method by which a battered conditional resident, 
or a conditional resident parent of an abused conditional resident 
child, may apply for removal of the conditional basis of resident 
status without filing a joint petition. This interim rule implements 
certain technical changes made by the Illegal Immigration Reform and 
Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA) and addresses comments 
received in response to the interim rule published on May 16, 1991.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/16/91                    56 FR 22635
Final Action                    09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Interim Rule for INS No. 1423-91 published on 
May 16, 1991.
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF59

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Branch Chief, Adjudications Division, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-4754

RIN: 1615-AA29
_______________________________________________________________________

1020. REVOKING GRANTS OF NATURALIZATION

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1443

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 340

[[Page 30311]]

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends the DHS regulations relating to 
administrative revocation of naturalization by changing the burden of 
proof the Department must satisfy in order to administratively revoke a 
grant of naturalization and by clarifying the 180-day period for the 
rendering of the district director's decision. This rule provides that 
DHS will only initiate revocation proceedings based on clear, 
unequivocal, and convincing evidence, and that the burden of proof 
remains with the Department throughout the administrative process.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/31/00                    65 FR 17127
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      05/30/00
Final Rule                      09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No.1858-97
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF63

Agency Contact: Michael Neifach, Attorney, Office of the General 
Counsel, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 6100, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-2895

RIN: 1615-AA30
_______________________________________________________________________

1021. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR CITIZENS OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE MARSHALL 
ISLANDS, THE FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA, AND PALAU

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1181; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 
1203; 8 USC 1225; 8 USC 1257; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 211; 8 CFR 212

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends Department regulations by adding documentary 
requirements for a naturalized citizen of the Marshall Islands, the 
Federated States of Micronesia, or Palau (Compact Countries) to enter 
into the United States, lawfully engage in occupations, accept 
employment, and establish residence as a nonimmigrant in the United 
States and its territories and possessions. This rule also clarifies 
the documentary requirements for an adopted child from the Compact 
Countries who is immigrating to the United States. Without 
clarification of the documentary requirements for an adopted child from 
the Compact Countries, the Compact Countries may not consent to the 
adoption of children by U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/18/01                    66 FR 37429
NPRM Comment Period End         08/17/01
Final Action                    09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2047-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF65

Agency Contact: Elizabeth N. Lee, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 307-2353
Email: elizabeth.n.lee@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA31
_______________________________________________________________________

1022. REGISTRATION AND FINGERPRINTING OF ALIENS IN THE UNITED STATES: 
CONTROL OF EMPLOYMENT OF ALIENS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1201; 8 USC 1201a; 8 USC 1301; 8 USC 
1305

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 264; 8 CFR 274a

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends Department regulations governing 
applications for renewal of 10-year Permanent Resident Cards upon their 
expiration. This rule adds documents to the acceptable list of 
registration requirements and clarifies the requirements for Lawful 
Permanent Resident (LPRs) to file Form I-90, Application to Replace 
Alien Registration Card, if they are also applying for naturalization. 
This rule also provides additional methods to verify employment 
eligibility for those in the process of renewing their expired or 
expiring Form I-551, Permanent Resident Card. These changes are 
necessary to facilitate the 10-year Form I-551 renewal process. This 
rule also clarifies the fingerprinting requirements for lawful 
permanent residents who reach the age of 14 years.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              10/00/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No.2042-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF71

Agency Contact: Michael Hardin, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-3048

RIN: 1615-AA33
_______________________________________________________________________

1023. NATIONAL INTEREST WAIVERS FOR SECOND PREFERENCE EMPLOYMENT-BASED 
IMMIGRANT PHYSICIANS SERVING IN MEDICALLY UNDERSERVED AREAS OR AT 
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS FACILITIES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: PL 106-113; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 
1153; 8 USC 1154; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1186a; 8 USC 1255; 8 USC 1641

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204; 8 CFR 245

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: On November 29, 1999, Public Law 106-113 was enacted. Section 
117 amended the Immigration and Nationality Act at section 203 to 
provide national interest waivers to alien physicians agreeing to 
practice five years in designated medically underserved areas or at 
Veterans Affairs facilities. The Department proposes an amendment to 8 
CFR 204 and 245 in order to implement the new statutory provisions. DHS 
issued an interim

[[Page 30312]]

regulation so that applicants may begin to take advantage of the new 
provisions.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              09/06/00                    65 FR 53889
Correction to Interim Final Rule09/27/00                    65 FR 57943
Interim Final Rule Effective    10/06/00
Correction to Interim Final Rule10/20/00                    65 FR 63118
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      11/06/00
Final Rule                      12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2048-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF75

Agency Contact: Irene Hoffman, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3040, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 617-3365
Fax: 202 514-0198

RIN: 1615-AA34
_______________________________________________________________________

1024. PETITIONING REQUIREMENTS FOR THE H-1C NONIMMIGRANT CLASSIFICATION 
UNDER PUBLIC LAW 106-95

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 1186a; 8 USC 
1187; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 214.2

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: On November 12, 1999, the Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged 
Areas Act (NRDAA) was enacted creating a new H-1C nonimmigrant nurse 
category. This rule amends the Department's regulations in order to 
implement the NRDAA as it relates to the adjudication petitions for H-
1C classification. This rule will facilitate the hiring of alien 
registered nurses to reduce the shortage of nurses in certain areas of 
the United States while protecting the rights of U.S. nurses.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              06/11/01                    66 FR 31107
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      08/10/01
Final Action                    12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2050-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF76

Agency Contact: Molly Johnson, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 616-7435

RIN: 1615-AA35
_______________________________________________________________________

1025. WAIVING THE FINGERPRINTING REQUIREMENT FOR CERTAIN DISABLED 
NATURALIZATION APPLICANTS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1181; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1443; 8 USC 
1447; 29 USC 794(a), The Rehabilitation Act of 1973

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 316; 8 CFR 335

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Currently, all naturalization applicants filing Form N-400, 
Application for Naturalization, are required to be fingerprinted on 
Form FD-258 Applicant Card for the purpose of conducting criminal 
background checks by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This 
rule amends Department regulations by providing a fingerprinting waiver 
for naturalization applicants who, because of a permanent impairment, 
are unable to provide any fingerprints. It also provides an alternative 
method for collecting the required background clearances.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule With Request 
for Comments                    10/00/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2060-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF80

Agency Contact: Pamela T. Wallace, Adjudications Officer, Immigration 
Services Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Citizenship and Immigration Services, Room 980, 801 I Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-9475

RIN: 1615-AA36
_______________________________________________________________________

1026. ADDING ACTUARIES AND PLANT PATHOLOGISTS TO THE NORTH AMERICAN FREE 
TRADE AGREEMENT

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 
1186a; 8 USC 1187; 8 USC 1221; 8 USC 1281; 8 USC 1282

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 214.6

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The rule proposes to amend 8 CFR 214.6 by adding the 
occupations of actuary and plant pathologists to appendix 1603.D.1. 
This rule proposes to modify the licensure requirements for Canadian 
citizens seeking admission to the United States as a TN nonimmigrant 
category alien. These amendments are being proposed to reflect the 
agreements made among the three parties to the North American Free 
Trade Agreement.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/19/00                    65 FR 79320
NPRM Comment Period End         02/20/01
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2068-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF85

Agency Contact: Molly Johnson, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland

[[Page 30313]]

Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Room 3214, 
425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 616-7435

RIN: 1615-AA38
_______________________________________________________________________

1027. EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION FOR CERTIFICATE OF CITIZENSHIP APPLICANTS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1324a; 8 USC 1443; 8 USC 
1448; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 274a, 8 CFR 341

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim final rule amends Department regulations by 
providing a procedure under which aliens who, believing they are 
actually citizens, have filed applications for certificates of 
citizenship (Forms N-600) may obtain employment authorization while 
their applications are pending. This interim final rule is necessary to 
establish a uniform procedure to accommodate Form N-600 applicants, 
without creating a strong incentive for aliens to file applications in 
bad faith, seeking simply to obtain employment authorization.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              09/00/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No.2076-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF90

Agency Contact: Lellie LeClair, Staff Officer Immigration Services 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 980, 801 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 307-9919

RIN: 1615-AA39
_______________________________________________________________________

1028. ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS TO THAT OF PERSON ADMITTED FOR PERMANENT 
RESIDENCE; TEMPORARY REMOVAL OF CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS OF ELIGIBILITY

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1201; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 
1252b; 8 USC 1304; 8 USC 1356

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 205; 8 CFR 245

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department is amending its regulations governing 
eligibility for adjustment of status under section 245(i) of the 
Immigration and Nationality Act to conform the regulations to existing 
policy and procedures and to remove language that has been superseded 
by subsequent legislation. Specifically, this interim final rule 
conforms the regulations to include the changes made by Public Law 105-
119 and Public Law 106-544. It also provides for the changes contained 
in the Legal Immigration Family Equity Act of 2000 (LIFE Act). As 
required by the Life Act, this rule changes the sunset date of section 
245(i) of the Immigration and Naturalization Act to the new date of 
April 30, 2001, for filing of qualifying petitions or applications that 
enable the applicant to apply to adjust status using section 245(i) and 
clarifies the effect of the new sunset date on eligibility. This means 
that in order to preserve the ability to apply for adjustment of status 
under section 245(i), an alien must be the beneficiary of a visa 
petition for classification under section 204 of the Act or application 
for labor certification properly filed on or before April 30, 2001, and 
determined to have approval when filed. This rule also provides 
guidance on the standard for review of filing for immigrant visa 
petitions and applications for labor certification on or before April 
30, 2001.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/26/01                    66 FR 16383
Interim Final Rule Effective    03/26/01
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      05/25/01
Final Rule                      10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2078-00; This rulemaking supersedes RIN 
1615-AA85
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF91

Agency Contact: Michael Valverde, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-2763
Email: michael.valverde@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA40
_______________________________________________________________________

1029. ASYLUM AND WITHHOLDING DEFINITIONS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1158; 8 USC 1226; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 
1282; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 208

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule proposes to amend regulations that govern 
establishing asylum eligibility by providing guidance on certain issues 
that have arisen in the context of asylum adjudications. The amendments 
focus on portions of the regulations that deal with the definitions of 
persecution, membership in a particular social group, and State action. 
This rule codifies long-standing concepts of the definition of 
persecution. It clarifies that gender can be a basis for membership in 
a particular social group. It also clarifies that a person who has 
suffered or fears domestic violence may be considered a member of a 
particular social group. The Department of Justice believes this issue 
required further examination after the Board of Immigration Appeals 
decision, Matter of R-A. This rule also clarifies that the factors 
considered in Ninth Circuit case law regarding membership in a 
particular social group are non-determinative. Finally, the rule offers 
further guidance on what is required to show a State's inability or 
unwillingness to control a persecutor. Finally, this rule establishes 
circumstances under which the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) must 
remand proceedings to the Immigration Judge to resolve questions of 
fact.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/07/00                    65 FR 76588

[[Page 30314]]

NPRM Comment Period End         01/22/01
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No 2092-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF92

Agency Contact: Rebecca Story, Attorney, Office of the General Counsel, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 6100, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-2895
Fax: 202 514-0455

RIN: 1615-AA41
_______________________________________________________________________

1030. PETITION TO CLASSIFY ALIEN AS IMMEDIATE RELATIVE OF A U.S. CITIZEN 
OR PREFERENCE IMMIGRANT; ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS TO THAT OF A PERSON 
ADMITTED FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCE

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 1153; 8 USC 
1154; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204; 8 CFR 245

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This final rule amends regulations of the Department of 
Homeland Security to provide an exception from the general prohibition 
against approval of immigration benefits based upon a marriage entered 
into during removal proceedings. The rule creates a good faith 
exception to the prohibition. This final rule completes the regulatory 
implementation of the Immigration Act of 1990 (IMMACT 90).

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              06/20/91                    56 FR 28311
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      07/20/91
Final Action                    09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: See INS No. 1419-91
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF94

Agency Contact: Elizabeth N. Lee, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 307-2353
Email: elizabeth.n.lee@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA42
_______________________________________________________________________

1031. ACADEMIC HONORARIUM FOR B NONIMMIGRANT ALIENS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: PL 105-277; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 214

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Department of Homeland Security is proposing to amend its 
regulations relating to the acceptance of academic honoraria by 
nonimmigrant aliens admitted to the United States as a B visa visitor 
status. This is necessary to implement changes to section 212 of the 
Immigration and Nationality Act made by the American Competitiveness 
and Workforce Improvement Act of 1998. The amendment outlines the 
proposed procedures necessary for a nonimmigrant alien visiting the 
United States in valid B visa status to accept honoraria in connection 
with usual academic activities.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/30/02                    67 FR 37727
NPRM Comment Period End         07/29/02
Final Action                    09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2100-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF97

Agency Contact: Irene Hoffman, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3040, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 617-3365
Fax: 202 514-0198

RIN: 1615-AA44
_______________________________________________________________________

1032. CHILDREN BORN OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES; APPLICATIONS FOR 
CERTIFICATE OF CITIZENSHIP

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: PL 106-395

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 299; 8 CFR 310; 8 CFR 320; 8 CFR 322; 8 
CFR 338; 8 CFR 341; 8 CFR 499; ...

Legal Deadline: Final, Statutory, February 27, 2001, Child Citizenship 
Act of 2000.

Abstract: This rule implements title I of the Child Citizenship Act of 
2000 (CCA), Public Law 106-395. First, it amends DHS regulations by 
adding a new part which addresses application procedures for foreign-
born children residing in the United States pursuant to a lawful 
admission for permanent residence, who acquire citizenship 
automatically under section 320 of the Immigration and Nationality Act 
(Act), as amended. This rule established procedures for these foreign-
born children, including adopted children, to obtain certificates of 
citizenship. Second, this rule also addresses application procedures 
for foreign-born children residing outside the United States, who can 
acquire citizenship under section 322 of the Act, as amended, by 
approval of an application and taking the oath of allegiance.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              06/13/01                    66 FR 32138
Interim Final Rule Effective    06/13/01
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      08/13/01
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No 2101-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF98

Agency Contact: Lellie LeClair, Staff Officer Immigration Services 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, R

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oom 980, 801 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 307-9919

RIN: 1615-AA45
_______________________________________________________________________

1033. ALLOWING FOR THE FILING OF FORM I-140 VISA PETITION CONCURRENTLY 
WITH A FORM I-485 APPLICATION IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 1153; 8 USC 
1154; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1186a; 8 USC 1255; 8 USC 1641

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204; 8 CFR 245

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The current regulations provide that an alien worker who 
wants to apply for permanent residence by filing the appropriate Form 
I-485, Application To Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, 
cannot do so until he or she obtains approval of the underlying 
petition, Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker. This 
procedure has resulted in aliens experiencing unnecessary delays due to 
the heavy backlog created by increasing numbers of cases received by 
the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This rule amends DHS 
regulations by allowing the Forms I-140 and I-485 to be filed 
concurrently when a visa is immediately available, thereby improving 
the efficiency of the system, as well as customer service. This rule 
will also allow the alien worker to apply for employment authorization 
(Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization) and advance 
parole authorization (Form I-131, Application for Travel Document) 
while the Form I-485 is pending.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              07/31/02                    67 FR 49561
Interim Final Rule Effective    07/31/02
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      09/30/02
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2104-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG00

Agency Contact: Maurice R. Berez, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 353-8177

RIN: 1615-AA46
_______________________________________________________________________

1034. SPECIAL IMMIGRANT VISA FOR FOURTH PREFERENCE EMPLOYMENT-BASED 
BROADCASTERS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 1153; 8 USC 
1154; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1186a; 8 USC 1255; 8 USC 1641

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim final rule amends Department regulations by 
establishing the procedure under which the International Broadcasting 
Bureau of the United States Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), or a 
BBG grantee organization, may file special fourth preference immigrant 
petitions for alien broadcasters. This rule explains the requirements 
the alien broadcaster must meet in order to be the beneficiary of an 
immigrant visa petition. This regulatory change is necessary in order 
to assist the BBG in fulfilling its statutory obligation to hire alien 
broadcasters.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              10/11/01                    66 FR 51819
Interim Final Rule Effective    11/13/01
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      12/10/01
Final Action                    12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2106-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG01

Agency Contact: Irene Hoffman, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3040, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 617-3365
Fax: 202 514-0198

RIN: 1615-AA47
_______________________________________________________________________

1035. ESTABLISHING PREMIUM PROCESSING SERVICE FOR EMPLOYMENT-BASED 
PETITIONS AND APPLICATIONS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule changes Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 
regulations to establish premium processing service for certain 
employment-based petitions and applications. If an individual pays a 
fee for premium processing service, DHS will process the petition or 
application in 15 days. Premium Processing Service will give American 
businesses an option to pay for more rapid processing of petitions and 
applications to meet their needs for foreign workers.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              06/01/01                    66 FR 29682
Interim Final Rule Effective    06/01/01
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      07/31/01
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2108-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG03

Agency Contact: Cindy Keiss, Adjudications Officer, Immigration 
Services Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Citizenship and Immigration Services, 10th Floor, 800 K Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 305-8010

RIN: 1615-AA49
_______________________________________________________________________

1036. ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS FOR CERTAIN NATIONALS OF NICARAGUA, CUBA, AND 
HAITI

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1255

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 241; 8 CFR 245

Legal Deadline: None

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Abstract: This final rule implements the provisions of the Legal 
Immigration Family Equity Act (LIFE Act) and its technical amendments 
to both the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act 
(NACARA), and the Haitian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (HRIFA) of 
1998. Specifically, section 1505 of the amendments to the LIFE Act 
states that section 241(a)(5) of the INA does not apply to adjustment 
applicants under NACARA/HRIFA and that the grounds of inadmissibility 
under section 212(a)(9)(A) and (C) of the INA may be waived for NACARA/
HRIFA adjustment applicants. Section 241(a)(5) of the Immigration and 
Nationality Act (Act) provides for the reinstatement of a removal order 
against any alien who illegally re-enters the United States after 
having been removed or after having departed voluntarily under an order 
of removal. It also bars any alien whose removal order has been 
reinstated from receiving any relief under the Act, including any 
waivers of grounds of inadmissibility necessary for the grant of 
adjustment of status. Sections 212(a)(9)(A) and 212(a)(9)(C) of the Act 
are grounds of inadmissibility relating to aliens previously removed 
and aliens who are unlawfully present in the United States after 
previous immigration violations, respectively. Section 1505 of the 
amendments to the LIFE Act also states that an alien who has become 
eligible for benefits under NACARA/HRIFA as a result of the enactment 
of the LIFE Act may file a motion to reopen his or her removal 
proceedings in order to apply for adjustment or to apply for 
cancellation of removal or suspension of deportation.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/31/01                    66 FR 29449
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      05/31/01
Final Action                    12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2113-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG05

Agency Contact: Michael Valverde, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-2763
Email: michael.valverde@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA51
_______________________________________________________________________

1037. ADJUSTMENT TO LAWFUL RESIDENT STATUS OF CERTAIN CLASS ACTION 
PARTICIPANTS WHO ENTERED BEFORE JANUARY 1, 1982, UNDER THE LEGAL 
IMMIGRATION AND FAMILY EQUITY ACT (LIFE ACT)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1255a; 8 USC 1225a note

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 245a

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim final rule (INS No. 2115-01) implements section 
1104 of the Legal Immigration Family Equity Act (LIFE Act) and LIFE Act 
Amendments pertaining to adjustment of status of certain class action 
participants (specifically, Catholic Social Services v. Meese (CSS), 
509 U.S. 43 (1993), League of United Latin American Citizens v. INS 
(LULAC), 509 U.S. 43 (1993), and Zambrano v. INS, 509 U.S. 918 (1993) 
class applicants) who entered before January 1, 1982, to that of a 
person admitted for lawful residence. This rule establishes procedures 
for a one-year application period to allow CSS, LULAC, and Zambrano 
class applicants to apply for adjustment of status to that of lawful 
permanent residence.
INS No. 2145-01 amends the Department's regulations by establishing 
procedures to apply for Family Unity benefits for certain spouses and 
unmarried children of aliens who adjusted to lawful permanent resident 
(LPR) status pursuant to section 1104 of the Legal Immigration Family 
Equity (LIFE) Act--known as the LIFE Legalization provision. It applies 
to those persons who are no longer present in the United States to 
allow them to apply for Family Unity benefits pursuant to section 1504 
of the LIFE Act Amendments. This rule also establishes procedures for 
certain spouses and unmarried children who previously were granted 
Family Unity benefits pursuant to section 1504 of the LIFE Act 
Amendments to apply for an extension of their Family Unity benefits. 
This rule is necessary to ensure that those aliens eligible to apply 
for, and extend, Family Unity benefits under the provisions of the LIFE 
Act Amendments are able to do so in a timely manner.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule-INS No. 2115 
Life Legalization               06/01/01                    66 FR 29661
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      07/31/01
Notice                          08/29/01                    66 FR 45694
Final Action-INS No. 2115-01    06/04/02                    67 FR 38341
Final Action Effective          06/04/02
Interim Final Rule (INS 2145 
Family Unity Benefits)          09/00/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2115-01
INS No. 2145-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG06

Agency Contact: Elizabeth N. Lee, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3040, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: elizabeth.n.lee@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA52
_______________________________________________________________________

1038. NONIMMIGRANT CLASSES; SPOUSES AND CHILDREN OF LAWFUL PERMANENT 
RESIDENTS; V CLASSIFICATION

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1102; PL 106-553

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 204; 8 CFR 205; 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 214; 8 
CFR 245; 8 CFR 248; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Section 1102 of the LIFE Act of 2000 amends the Immigration 
and Nationality Act to create a new nonimmigrant classification V for 
the spouses and children of lawful permanent residents awaiting the

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availability of an immigrant visa number in the appropriate preference 
category in accordance with the State Department's monthly Visa 
Bulletin. Eligible spouses and children of lawful permanent residents 
residing abroad that obtain the V nonimmigrant visa from the Department 
of State may work and reside in the United States on the basis of the V 
classification until they can apply for adjustment of status to that of 
lawful permanent resident. Certain eligible spouses and children of 
lawful permanent residents already present in the United States may be 
granted V classification until they can apply to adjust status to that 
of lawful permanent resident. This rule sets forth eligibility criteria 
and procedures for obtaining the V visa classification and related 
employment authorization.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              09/07/01                    66 FR 46697
Interim Final Rule Effective    09/07/01
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      11/06/01
Final Rule                      10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2117-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG08

Agency Contact: Michael Valverde, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-2763
Email: michael.valverde@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA53
_______________________________________________________________________

1039. K NONIMMIGRANT CLASSIFICATION; LEGAL IMMIGRATION FAMILY EQUITY ACT 
(LIFE)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: PL 106-553

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 214; 8 CFR 245; 8 CFR 248; 8 CFR 274a

Legal Deadline: Final, Statutory, December 21, 2000.

Abstract: Section 1103 of the Legal Immigration Family Equity Act 
(LIFE), Public Law 106-553, creates a new nonimmigrant classification 
under the Immigration and Nationality Act101(a)(15)(K) for the spouses 
and children of U.S. citizens who have pending immigrant visa 
applications. This rule establishes this classification in DHS 
regulations, including creating filing and adjudication procedures, as 
well as procedures for adjusting status from this new nonimmigrant 
classification to that of a lawful permanent resident.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              08/14/01                    66 FR 42587
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      10/15/01
Final Action                    09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: LIFE creates another separate nonimmigrant 
classification V and also amends the INA for other purposes. Each of 
these will be addressed in a separate rule. INS No. 2127-01.
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG12

Agency Contact: Michael Hardin, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-3048

RIN: 1615-AA56
_______________________________________________________________________

1040. ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS FOR CERTAIN SYRIAN NATIONALS GRANTED ASYLUM 
IN THE UNITED STATES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1255; sec 
202, PL 105-100, 111 Stat 2160, 2193; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: None

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: On October 27, 2000, the President signed into law Public Law 
106-378, Adjustment of Status of Certain Syrian Nationals, which 
provides for the adjustment of status to lawful permanent resident of 
certain Syrian nationals, without regard to the annual numerical 
limitation requirement. This interim final rule discusses eligibility 
and sets forth application procedures for persons wishing to adjust 
status on the basis of Public Law 106-378. The Department has issued 
this action as an interim rule because Public Law 106-378 provided for 
a one-year application period, which will end on October 26, 2001. 
Publication of the interim final rule ensures that applicants were 
provided with as much time as possible to apply for the benefits under 
Public Law 106-378. The Department is now reviewing comments and is 
drafting a final rule.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/17/01                    66 FR 27445
Interim Final Rule Effective    05/17/01
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      07/17/01
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 1115-AG13

Agency Contact: Michael Valverde, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-2763
Email: michael.valverde@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA57
_______________________________________________________________________

1041. NEW CLASSIFICATION FOR VICTIMS OF SEVERE FORMS OF TRAFFICKING IN 
PERSONS ELIGIBLE FOR THE T NONIMMIGRANT STATUS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101 to 1104; 8 USC 1182; 
8 USC 1184; 8 USC 1187; 8 USC 1201; 8 USC 1224; 8 USC 1225; 8 USC 1226; 
8 USC 1227; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 1252a; 22 USC 7101; 22 USC 7105; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 214; 8 CFR 274a; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule sets forth application requirements for a new 
nonimmigrant classification. The T classification was created by 107(e) 
of

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the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (VTVPA), 
Public Law 106-386. The T nonimmigrant classification was designed for 
eligible victims of severe forms of trafficking in persons who aid the 
Government with their case against the traffickers and who can 
establish that they would suffer extreme hardship involving unusual and 
severe harm if they were removed from the United States after having 
completed their assistance to law enforcement. The rule establishes 
application procedures and responsibilities for the Department of 
Homeland Security and provides guidance to the public on how to meet 
certain requirements to obtain T nonimmigrant status.
There is a statutory cap for T nonimmigrant status for victims of a 
severe form of trafficking (principals), which is set at 5,000 per 
annum. The law also provides that certain family members can derive T 
status through the principal's application.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              01/31/02                     67 FR 4784
Interim Final Rule Effective    03/04/02
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/01/02
Final Rule                      12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Federal

Additional Information: INS No. 2132-01; AG Order No. 2554-2002
There is a related rulemaking, INS No. 2170-01, the new U nonimmigrant 
status (RIN 1615-AA67).
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG19

Agency Contact: Laura M. Dawkins, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3040, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-4754
Email: laura.dawkins@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA59
_______________________________________________________________________

1042. LIMITING THE PERIOD OF ADMISSION FOR B NONIMMIGRANT ALIENS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 1186a; 8 USC 1187; 8 USC 
1101; 8 USC 1101 note; 8 USC 1102; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 214; 8 CFR 235; 8 CFR 248

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule eliminates the minimum admission period of a B-2 
visitor for pleasure, reducing the maximum admission period of B-1 and 
B-2 visitors from one year to six months, and establishing greater 
control over a B visitor's ability to extend the status or to change 
status to that of a nonimmigrant student. These changes will enhance 
the Deprtment's authority under sections 214(a) and 248 of the 
Immigration and Nationality Act (Act) and will help lessen the 
probability that alien visitors will establish permanent ties in the 
United States and thus remain in the country illegally.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/12/02                    67 FR 18065
NPRM Comment Period End         05/13/02
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: INS No. 2176-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG43

Agency Contact: Irene Hoffman, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3040, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 617-3365
Fax: 202 514-0198

RIN: 1615-AA68
_______________________________________________________________________

1043. DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTAIN TEMPORARY RESIDENTS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1181; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 
1203; 8 USC 1225; 8 USC 1257; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 211

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This final rule adds a document to the list of documents that 
may be presented by certain returning temporary residents in lieu of an 
immigrant visa. This rule will allow the Form I-797, Notice of Action, 
issued to certain aliens who have adjusted to temporary resident status 
pursuant to 8 CFR 245a to be used as an entry document at a port-of-
entry. This rule is necessary to ensure that those temporary resident 
aliens eligible to reenter the United States with a Form I-797 are able 
to do so.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Rule                      09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2177-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG44

Agency Contact: Elizabeth N. Lee, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 307-2353
Email: elizabeth.n.lee@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA69
_______________________________________________________________________

1044. CHANGE IN BUSINESS PRACTICES; ACCEPTANCE OF PAYMENTS OF FEES BY 
CREDIT CARD AND OTHER ELECTRONIC MEANS WHERE POSSIBLE

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: PL 98-369; 31 USC 3720

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103.7

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposes to expand 
the acceptance of credit cards and other electronic means to collect 
fees from the public. DHS currently accepts fees at seven locations in 
three of its 33 districts. DHS proposes to implement credit card 
acceptance at 16 of these districts by the end of FY 2002 with full 
implementation by the end of FY 2003. The intended benefit is two-fold:

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to provide the Department with a faster, more efficient collection and 
record keeping mechanism while affording the customer a convenient 
alternative payment method.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              07/00/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No 2181-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG48

Agency Contact: Georgia Mayers, Chief of Cash Management, Department of 
Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Room 
6034, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 305-1200
Email: georgia.a.mayers@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA70
_______________________________________________________________________

1045. ADDING AND REMOVING INSTITUTIONS TO AND FROM THE LIST OF 
RECOGNIZED AMERICAN INSTITUTIONS OF RESEARCH

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1181; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1443; 8 USC 
1447

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 316

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends DHS regulations by adding the Rutgers, 
Indiana and Harvard Universities to the list of American institutions 
of research located in section 316 of the Immigration and 
Naturalization Act, recognized by the Attorney General for the purpose 
of preserving residence in the United States for naturalization 
eligibility. This rule also removes the recently dissolved Harvard 
Institute for International Development from the same list.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Rule                      10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2131-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG52

Agency Contact: Gerard Casale, Senior Adjudications Officer, 
Adjudications and Nationality, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau 
of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-5014

RIN: 1615-AA72
_______________________________________________________________________

1046. REQUIRING CHANGE OF STATUS FROM B TO F-1 OR M-1 NONIMMIGRANT PRIOR 
TO PURSUING A COURSE OF STUDY

Priority: Other Significant. Major under 5 USC 801.

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 1258; 8 CFR 
2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 214; 8 CFR 248

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The interim final rule amends Department regulations by 
eliminating the current provision allowing a nonimmigrant visitor for 
business or pleasure to enroll in a DHS-approved school without first 
obtaining approval of a change of nonimmigrant status request from the 
Department. The amendment will ensure that no B nonimmigrant is allowed 
to begin taking classes until the Department has approved the alien's 
request to change nonimmigrant status to that of F or M student

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              04/12/02                    67 FR 18061
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      06/11/02
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2195-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG60

Agency Contact: Irene Hoffman, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3040, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 617-3365
Fax: 202 514-0198

RIN: 1615-AA73
_______________________________________________________________________

1047. REENGINEERING OF PART 214, NONIMMIGRANT CLASSES TO CLARIFY AND 
RESTATE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 
1186; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 214; 8 CFR 252

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The purpose of this regulation is to reorganize, streamline, 
and rewrite 8 CFR 214. This is an administrative action only, making no 
substantive changes to the requirements for nonimmigrant admission or 
status.
The current regulation has grown in size and complexity, especially 
during the past 15 years, as Congress has added at least 10 new 
nonimmigrant classes and expanded the requirements and restrictions on 
many of the existing classes. The regulatory outline for part 214 has 
become overly complicated, making the placement and revision of new 
materials and even the identification of correct paragraph citations 
exceedingly difficult. The Department plans to reorganize part 214 by 
adding new provisions relating to each nonimmigrant classification.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              10/00/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No.2218-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG62

Agency Contact: Efren Hernandez, Director, Business and Trade Branch, 
Adjudications Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Citizenship and Immigration Services, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 
20536

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Phone: 202 353-8177

RIN: 1615-AA74
_______________________________________________________________________

1048. WAIVERS FOR NONIMMIGRANTS UNDER SECTION 212(D)(3)(A) OF THE 
IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101 to 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends regulations pertaining to the process by 
which waiver requests are referred to DHS by the Department of State 
for certain nonimmigrants. This rule affects individuals located 
outside of the United States who are applying for temporary visas. 
Promulgation of this rulemaking ensures that DHS' rules are consistent 
with long-standing agency practices.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              10/00/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2200-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG63

Agency Contact: Mark Rouse, Assistant Director, Office of 
Adjudications, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship 
and Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 
20536
Phone: 202 514-4754

RIN: 1615-AA75
_______________________________________________________________________

1049. REQUIRING RECERTIFICATION OF ALL SERVICE-APPROVED SCHOOLS FOR 
ENROLLMENT IN THE STUDENT AND EXCHANGE VISITOR INFORMATION SYSTEM 
(SEVIS)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 
1304; 8 USC 1356; 31 USC 1907; EO 12356

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 214

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: On October 30, 2001, the President issued Homeland Security 
Directive No. 2 requiring the Department to conduct periodic reviews of 
all institutions certified to receive nonimmigrant students. The 
Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002, Public Law 
107-173 enacted May 14, 2002, also requires a periodic review of school 
approvals.
This rule governs the review and certification process that DHS uses to 
approve schools to enroll foreign students. It also continues the 
implementation of the process by which schools may be approved to 
obtain access to the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System 
(SEVIS). While the Department has in place an existing process for 
certifying and decertifying schools, DHS is requiring that all 
previously approved schools must apply for certification in accordance 
with these new mandates cited above, prior to being allowed to enroll 
in SEVIS.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              09/25/02                    67 FR 60107
Interim Final Rule Effective    09/25/02
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      11/25/02
Final Action                    12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2217-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG71

Agency Contact: Maura Deadrick, Assistant Director, Adjudication 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3040, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-3228

RIN: 1615-AA77
_______________________________________________________________________

1050. REDUCED COURSE LOAD FOR CERTAIN F AND M NONIMMIGRANT STUDENTS AT 
BORDER COMMUNITIES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1101 note 1; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 
8 USC 1184; 8 USC 1187; 8 USC 1221; 8 USC 1281; 48 USC 1901; 48 USC 
1931; PL 104-208; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 214

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends Department regulations governing F and M 
nonimmigrants. This rule will clarify that nonimmigrant aliens who 
reside outside the United States and regularly commute across a land 
border to study may do so on a part-time basis within the F or M 
nonimmigrant category. It is common for aliens residing outside the 
United States, such as in Canada or Mexico, to enroll part-time in 
border educational institutions to enter the United States daily to 
pursue part-time studies. This rule will prevent the significant 
disruption of part-time study that has become an accepted fact of life 
along the border and a settled expectation. Additionally, these changes 
are being made to facilitate and legitimize certain part-time study 
along border communities while ensuring that all applicable 
requirements and safeguards are met.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              08/27/02                    67 FR 54941
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      10/27/02
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2220-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG75

Agency Contact: Efren Hernandez, Director, Business and Trade Branch, 
Adjudications Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Citizenship and Immigration Services, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 
20536
Phone: 202 353-8177

RIN: 1615-AA79

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_______________________________________________________________________

1051. PROCEDURES FOR CONDUCTING EXAMINATIONS AND WAIVING THE OATH OF 
ALLEGIANCE FOR NATURALIZATION APPLICANTS WITH DISABILITIES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1421; 8 USC 1443; 8 USC 1447; 8 CFR 
2.1; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 310; 8 CFR 313; 8 CFR 316; 8 CFR 319; 8 CFR 333; 
...

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This regulation provides procedures for conducting 
examinations and waiving the oath of allegiance attachment requirement 
and the oath requirement for any individual who has a developmental, 
physical, or mental impairment that makes him or her unable to 
understand, or communicate an understanding of, the meaning of the 
oath. The rule incorporates changes made by Public Law 106-448, which 
authorized the Secretary to waive the oath requirement for such 
individuals. It also specifies who is authorized to act as a designated 
representative on behalf of applicants who qualify for the waiver and 
addresses how the Department will conduct examinations with such 
representatives to ensure that applicants with disabilities have the 
opportunity to establish eligibility for naturalization.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              10/00/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2191-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG77

Agency Contact: Lellie LeClair, Staff Officer Immigration Services 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 980, 801 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 307-9919

RIN: 1615-AA81
_______________________________________________________________________

1052. ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE ON APPLICATIONS AND PETITIONS FOR IMMIGRATION 
AND NATURALIZATION BENEFITS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 
1201; 8 1252 note; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103

Legal Deadline: Other, Statutory, September 2003, Public Law 105-277.

Abstract: This rule amends DHS regulations concerning the acceptance of 
electronic signatures on applications and petitions for immigration and 
naturalization benefits. The change is necessary to allow the 
Department to begin accepting electronically filed applications and 
petitions as required by law. By accepting electronically filed 
applications and petitions, the Department expects to streamline its 
information collection process, improve customer service, and move 
towards fulfilling the mandates of the Government Paperwork Elimination 
Act (GPEA).

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              06/00/03
Interim Final Rule Effective    08/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2224-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG79

Agency Contact: Ann Palmer, Special Assistant, Immigration Services 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 1000, 800 K Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-6442
Email: ann.m.palmer@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA83
_______________________________________________________________________

1053. [bull] WITHHOLDING OF ADJUDICATION

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 552; 8 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 
1304; 8 USC 1356; 8 USC 1421; 8 USC 1443; 8 USC 1447; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 208; 8 CFR 310; 8 CFR 335; 8 CFR 336

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This regulation expands the situations where a director can 
withhold the adjudication of an application or petition. The director 
may withhold adjudication at six-month increments while there is an 
ongoing investigation relating to that application or petition. Any 
regulatory deadlines will be tolled while adjudication is withheld. The 
director will give notice of withholding to the petitioner or applicant 
if it will not prejudice the investigation. The Department is now 
conducting security checks on all applicants and petitions, so this 
rule is necessary to ensure that immigration benefits are not granted 
while there is an ongoing investigation.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              09/00/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2234-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG86

Agency Contact: Rebecca J. Roles, Associate General Counsel, Department 
of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, 
Room 6109, Office of General Counsel, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 
20536
Phone: 202 616-7976
Fax: 202 514-0455
Email: rebecca.j.roles@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA86
_______________________________________________________________________

1054. [bull] VALIDITY PERIOD OF APPROVED FORM I-600A; APPLICATION FOR 
ADVANCED PROCESSING OF ORPHAN PETITION

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 1153; 8 USC 
1154; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1186a; 8 USC 1255; 8 USC 1644...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends the relevant regulations of the Department 
by establishing procedures to allow for the

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extension of the validity period of the Form I-600A, Application for 
Advance Processing of Orphan Petition. This rule is necessary to ensure 
that prospective adoptive parents are provided an adequate period of 
time in which to identify an orphan for inter-country adoption.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              09/00/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No.2230-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG88

Agency Contact: Elizabeth N. Lee, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 307-2353
Email: elizabeth.n.lee@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA87
_______________________________________________________________________

1055. [bull] IMPLEMENTATION OF AMENDMENTS AFFECTING PETITIONS FOR 
EMPLOYMENT CREATION ALIENS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 1153; 8 USC 
1154; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204; 8 CFR 216; 8 CFR 245; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: Final, Statutory, March 2, 2003.

Abstract: This rule proposes amendments to the regulations of the 
Department of Homeland Security to implement changes made by the 21st 
Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization of 2001. 
This legislation made various changes to the EB-5 Alien immigrant 
classification. This rule is being issued as an interim rule to comply 
with the statutory requirement that implementing regulations be issued 
by the Department within 120 days of enactment, and to ensure that the 
Department's regulations are consistent with the new legislation.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              08/00/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2253-03; Regulatory actions announced 
in 1115-AF27 are merged with this rulemaking.
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG93

Agency Contact: Maurice R. Berez, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 353-8177

RIN: 1615-AA90
_______________________________________________________________________

1056. [bull] CERTAIN BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO ALIENS UNDER THE PROVISIONS 
OF THE CHILD STATUS PROTECTION ACT

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 1153; 8 USC 
1154; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204; 8 CFR 205

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim final rule amends the relevant regulations of 
the Department by implementing the provisions of the Child Status 
Protection Act, Public Law 107-208. This rule is necessary to ensure 
that the age-out protections afforded to certain alien beneficiaries in 
the Child Status Protection Act are codified.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              09/00/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 1115-AG99

Agency Contact: Elizabeth N. Lee, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 307-2353
Email: elizabeth.n.lee@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA93
_______________________________________________________________________

1057. [bull] WAIVER OF CRIMINAL GROUNDS OF INADMISSIBILITY FOR 
IMMIGRANTS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552(a); 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 
1201; 8 USC 1252 note; 8 USC 1304; 8 USC 1356; 31 USC 9701; EO 12356; 
...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 210; 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department is in the process of reorganizing section 212 
of title 8 of the Federal regulations. This regulation will create 
subsection C of 8 CFR 212, which covers criminal grounds of 
inadmissibility listed in section 212(a)(2) of the INA. The Illegal 
Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (Pub. L. 104-208) 
revised section 212(a)(2) of the INA, and subsequent laws revised it 
further. This regulation will implement those sections of law. 
Previously, this regulation was part of a larger 212 regulation (INS 
1413-97, RIN 1615-AA00), but due to the desire for clarity and the need 
to have different Department of Homeland Security components 
concentrate on different areas of inadmissibility, these criminal 
sections have been reported in a separate regulation.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              12/26/02                    67 FR 68924
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      01/27/03
Final Action                    12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 1115-AG90

Agency Contact: Michael Hardin, Assistant Director, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and

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Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-4754

RIN: 1615-AA94
_______________________________________________________________________

1058. [bull] IMPLEMENTATION OF THE AGE OUT PROTECTIONS AFFORDED UNDER 
THE CHILD STATUS PROTECTION ACT

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 1153; 8 USC 
1154; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204; 8 CFR 205

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department will promulgate an interim final rule that 
amends regulations contained in title 8 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations to implement certain provisions of the Child Status 
Protection Act (Pub. L. 107-288). The rule will ensure that the age-out 
protections afforded to certain alien beneficiaries in the Child Status 
Protection Act are codified.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              09/00/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 1115-AH01

Agency Contact: Elizabeth N. Lee, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 307-2353
Email: elizabeth.n.lee@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AA95
_______________________________________________________________________

1059. [bull] READJUSTMENT OF IMMIGRATION BENEFIT APPLICATION FEES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552(a); 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 
1304; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: On January 24, 2003, the Department published an interim 
final rule in the Federal Register adjusting the immigration benefit 
application fee schedule by subtracting the applicable amount of 
surcharges used for asylum and refugee services, fee exemptions and fee 
waivers. The Department was required to take that action under 
provisions of section 457 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public 
Law 107-296. However, Congress has now repealed that section in the 
Homeland Security Act Amendments of 2003. Accordingly, this rule 
readjusts the immigration benefit application fee schedule to the 
levels that existed prior to January 24, 2003. Fees collected from 
persons filing immigration benefit applications are deposited into the 
Immigration Examinations Fee Account and recover the cost of processing 
immigration benefit applications and associated administrative costs 
and the costs of asylum applications pursuant to law. Federal 
guidelines require the Department to establish and collect fees to 
recover the full costs of processing immigration benefit applications.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              02/27/03                     68 FR 8989
Interim Final Rule Effective    02/27/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/28/03
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2260-03
Transferred from RIN 1115-AH00

Agency Contact: Paul Schlesinger, Office of Budget, Chief, Immigration 
Services Branch, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship 
and Immigration Services, Room 5307, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 
20536
Phone: 202 514-3410

RIN: 1615-AA97
_______________________________________________________________________

1060. CONDITIONS ON NONIMMIGRANT STATUS; DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 
1186A; 8 USC 1187; 8 USC 1221; 8 USC 1281; 8 USC 1282

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 214

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule removes the current regulatory language 
conditioning an alien's nonimmigrant status on his or her providing 
full and truthful information requested by the Department of Homeland 
Security, regardless of the requested information's materiality. This 
rule would clarify that the nonimmigrant's stay is conditioned on, 
among other things, the provision of all information deemed necessary 
to ensure that the alien has acquired, and is maintaining, lawful 
nonimmigrant status during the entire period of his or her stay, or is 
eligible to receive any other benefit under the INA.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/14/96                    61 FR 30188
NPRM Comment Period End         08/13/96
Final Action                    12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 1732-95
Transferred from RIN 1115-AE17

Agency Contact: Michael Hardin, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-3048

RIN: 1615-AA98
_______________________________________________________________________

1061. AUTHORIZING SUSPENSION OF EMPLOYMENT AUTHORIZATION REQUIREMENTS ON 
THE BASIS OF SEVERE ECONOMIC HARDSHIP FOR F-1 STUDENTS AND EMERGENT 
CIRCUMSTANCES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1186a; 8 USC

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1187; 8 USC 1221; 8 USC 1281; 8 USC 1282

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 214

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends DHS regulations applying to on-campus 
employment, off-campus employment authorization, and duration of status 
for nonimmigrant F-1 students. The rule permits the Commissioner to 
suspend some or all of the requirements for on-campus or off-campus 
employment where emergent circumstances exist as provided through 
notice in the Federal Register. The rule also amends the regulations to 
provide that an F-1 student who carries less than a full course of 
study as a result of this special employment authorization will be 
deemed to be maintaining status for the duration of the authorization, 
as long as the student carries a minimum course load of six credit 
hours if the student is an undergraduate, or three credit hours if the 
student is in graduate school.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule-INS No. 1914-
98                              06/10/98                    63 FR 31871
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      08/10/98
Final Action                    12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: INS No. 1914-98 (Employment Authorization for 
Certain F-1 Nonimmigrant Students Whose Means of Financial Support 
Comes From Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, or the 
Philippines).
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF15

Agency Contact: Maura Deadrick, Assistant Director, Adjudication 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3040, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-3228

RIN: 1615-AA99
_______________________________________________________________________

1062. FILING OF PROPOSALS FOR DESIGNATION AS A REGIONAL CENTER APPROVED 
TO PARTICIPATE IN THE IMMIGRANT INVESTOR PILOT PROGRAM

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1151; 8 USC 1154; 8 USC 
1182; 8 USC 1186a

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 204

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The regulation changes the location for the filing and 
adjudication of proposals to participate in the Immigrant Investor 
Pilot Program from Headquarters, Office of Adjudication, to the Texas 
and California DHS Centers. This change is necessary to ensure the 
uniform and effective adjudication of these complex proposals related 
to economic development, export trade, and job creation.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      10/00/03
Interim Final Rule              12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: INS No. 1944-98
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF27

Agency Contact: Maurice R. Berez, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 353-8177

RIN: 1615-AB00
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                 Long-Term Actions
Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS)
_______________________________________________________________________

1063. REGULATIONS RELATING TO TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1201; 28 USC 
509; 31 USC 9701; 8 USC 1254a; 8 USC 1254a note; 8 USC 1362; 8 USC 
1324a; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1303; 8 CFR 2; 5 USC 301

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 244; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Regulations implement provisions of the Immigration and 
Nationality Act as established by section 302 of the Immigration Act of 
1990, Public Law 101-649, which allow for the establishment and 
implementation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Currently, 
nationals of countries have been accorded TPS through the publication 
of separate Federal Register Notices.
Current regulatory actions include:
INS No. 1608 provides for exceptions to deadlines for registering for 
TPS and updates the application process.
INS No. 1612 provides for the removal of obsolete TPS language.
INS No. 2229 terminates TPS for Sierra Leone.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

TPS Final Rule (INS No. 1612) 
Removal of Obsolete Sections 
Covering TPS for Salvadorans    09/10/96                    61 FR 47667
TPS Notice (INS No. 1832-97) 
Extension and Redesignation of 
Liberia                         04/07/97                    62 FR 16608
TPS Notice (INS No. 1853-97) 
Extension and Termination of 
Rwanda Eff. 06/07/97            06/19/97                    62 FR 33442
TPS Notice (INS No. 1862-97) 
Extension of Bosnia-Herzegovina 08/01/97                    62 FR 41420
TPS Notice (INS No. 1863-97) 
Extension of Somalia            08/01/97                    62 FR 41421
TPS Notice (INS No. 1878-97) TPS 
Designation of Montserrat       08/28/97                    62 FR 45685

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TPS Notice (INS No. 1775-96) TPS 
Designation of Burundi          11/04/97                    62 FR 59735
TPS Notice (INS No. 1877-97) TPS 
Designation of Sierra Leone     11/04/97                    62 FR 59736
TPS Notice (INS No. 1780-97) TPS 
Designation of Sudan            11/04/97                    62 FR 59737
TPS Notice (INS No. 1910-98) 
Termination of Designation of 
Liberia                         03/31/98                    63 FR 15437
TPS Notice (INS No. 1929-98) TPS 
Designation of Province         06/09/98                    63 FR 31527
TPS Notice (INS No. 1945-98) 
Extension of Designation of 
Somalia                         09/28/98                    63 FR 51602
TPS Notice (INS No. 1953-98) 
Redesignation of Liberia        09/29/98                    63 FR 51958
TPS Notice (INS No. 1957-98) TPS 
Extension of Designation of 
Burundi                         11/03/98                    63 FR 59334
TPS Notice (INS No. 1958-98) TPS 
Extension of Designation of 
Sierra Leone                    11/03/98                    63 FR 59336
TPS Notice (INS No. 1959-98) 
Extension of Designation of 
Sudan                           11/03/98                    63 FR 59337
Final Action, Temporary 
Protected Status, Exception to 
Registration Deadlines          11/16/98                    63 FR 63593
TPS Notice (INS No. 1964-98) TPS 
Designation of Honduras         01/05/99                      64 FR 524
TPS Notice (INS No. 1965-98) TPS 
Designation of Nicaragua        01/05/99                      64 FR 526
TPS Notice (INS No. 1960-98) TPS 
Designation of Guinea-Bissau    03/11/99                    64 FR 12181
TPS Notice (INS No. 1986-99) TPS 
Extension and Redesignation of 
the Province of Kosovo          06/08/99                    64 FR 30542
TPS Notice (INS No. 1953-99) 
Termination of TPS Designation 
of Liberia                      07/30/99                    64 FR 41463
TPS Notice (INS No. 2009-99) 
Extension of the TPS 
Registration Period for 
Hondurans and Nicaraguans       08/06/99                    64 FR 42991
TPS Notice (INS No. 2006-99) 
Extension of TPS Designation of 
Bosnia-Herzegovina              08/11/99                    64 FR 43720
TPS Notice (INS No. 2010-99) 
Extension of TPS Designation of 
Montserrat                      09/02/99                    64 FR 48190
TPS Notice (INS No. 2015-99) 
Extension of TPS Designation of 
Somalia                         09/13/99                    64 FR 49511
TPS Notice (INS No. 2022-99) 
Extension and Redesignation of 
Burundi Under Temporary 
Protected Status                11/09/99                    64 FR 61123
TPS Notice (INS No. 2024-99) 
Extension and Redesignation of 
Sierra Leone Under Temporary 
Protected S                     11/09/99                    64 FR 61125
TPS Notice (INS No. 2023-99) 
Extension and Redesignation of 
Sudan Under the Temporary 
Protected Stat                  11/09/99                    64 FR 61128
TPS Notice (INS No. 2043-00) 
Extension and Termination of 
Designation of Guinea-Bissau 
Under TPS                       03/20/00                    65 FR 15016
TPS Notice (INS No. 2044-00) 
Designation of Angola Under TPS 03/29/00                    65 FR 16634
TPS Notice (INS No. 2065-00) 
Extension of Designation 
Hondurans                       05/11/00                    65 FR 30438
TPS Notice (INS No. 2064-00) 
Extension of Nicaragua 
Designation                     05/11/00                    65 FR 30440
TPS Notice (INS No. 2066-00) 
Termination of the Kosovo...    05/23/00                    65 FR 33356
TPS Notice (INS No. 2065R-00) 
Extension of Re-Registration for 
Hondurans                       06/09/00                    65 FR 36719
TPS Notice (INS No. 2064R-00) 
Extension of Re-Registration for 
Nicaraguans                     06/09/00                    65 FR 36729
TPS Notice (INS No. 2079-00) 
Termination of Bosnia-
Herzegovina                     08/30/00                    65 FR 52789
TPS Notice (INS No. 2087-00) 
Extension of Designation of 
Montserrat Under Temporary 
Protected Status                10/02/00                    65 FR 58806
TPS Notice (INS No. 2096-00) 
Extension of Designation of 
Burundi                         11/09/00                    65 FR 67404
TPS Notice (INS No. 2095-00) 
Extension of Designation of 
Sierra Leone                    11/09/00                    65 FR 67405
TPS Notice (INS No. 2094-00) 
Extension of Designation of 
Sudan                           11/09/00                    65 FR 67407
Correction TPS Notice (INS 
No.2090-00) Extension of 
Designation of Somalia          12/08/00                    65 FR 69789
TPS Notice (INS 2125-01) 
Designation of El Salvador      03/09/01                    66 FR 14214
TPS Notice (INS 2114-01) 
Extension and Redesignation of 
Angola                          04/05/01                    66 FR 18111
TPS Notice (INS 2135-01) 
Extension of Designation of 
Honduras under TPS              05/08/01                    66 FR 23269
TPS Notice (INS 2136-01) 
Extension of Designation of 
Nicaragua under TPS             05/08/01                    66 FR 23271
TPS Notice (INS 2148-01) 
Automatic Ext. of Work 
Authorization for Hondurans & 
Nicaraguans Under TPS           07/03/01                    66 FR 35270
TPS Notice (INS 2146-01) 
Extension of the Designation of 
Montserrat under TPS            08/03/01                    66 FR 40834

[[Page 30326]]

TPS Notice (INS 2162-01) 
Extension of Designation of 
Burundi under TPS               08/31/01                    66 FR 46027
TPS Notice (INS 2163-01) 
Extension of the Designation of 
Sierra Leone under TPS          08/31/01                    66 FR 46029
TPS Notice (INS 2164-01) 
Extension of the Designation of 
Sudan under TPS                 08/31/01                    66 FR 46031
TPS Notice (INS 2151-01) 
Extension of Redesignation of 
Somalia under TPS               09/04/01                    66 FR 46288
TPS Notice (INS 2114-01) 
Extension of the Designation of 
Angola under TPS                02/01/02                     67 FR 4997
TPS Notice (INS 2196-02) 
Extension of Designation of 
Nicaragua under TPS             05/03/02                    67 FR 22450
TPS Notice (INS 2197-02) 
Extension of the Designation 
Honduras under TPS              05/03/02                    67 FR 22451
TPS Notice (INS 2212-02) 
Extension of Designation of El 
Salvador under TPS              07/11/02                    67 FR 46000
TPS Notice (INS No. 2209-02) 
Extension of Designation of 
Montserrat                      07/17/02                    67 FR 47002
TPS Notice (INS 2209-02) 
Extension of Designation of 
Montserrat under TPS            07/17/02                    67 FR 47002
TPS Notice (INS 2215-02) 
Extension of Desgination of 
Somalia                         07/26/02                    67 FR 48950
TPS Notice (INS 2225-02) 
Extension of Designation of 
Burundi under TPS               08/30/02                    67 FR 55875
TPS Notice (INS 2226-02) 
Extension of the Designation of 
Sudan under TPS                 08/30/02                    67 FR 55877
TPS Notice (INS 2235-02) 
Designation of Liberia under TPS10/01/02                    67 FR 61664
TPS Notice (INS 2237-02) 
Extension of TPS for Sierra 
Leone                           10/31/02                    67 FR 66423
TPS Notice (INS 2229-02) 
Extension of Designation of 
Angola under TPS                01/27/03                     68 FR 3896


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: The Secretary may designate other countries for 
TPS.
INS Nos. 1608, 1612, 1832-97, 1853-97 and 1877-97.
INS No. 1608 issued as an interim final rule on 11/5/93 at 58 FR 58935
Transferred from RIN 1115-AE26

Agency Contact: Elizabeth N. Lee, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 307-2353
Email: elizabeth.n.lee@usdoj.gov

Charles Adkins-Blanch, General Counsel, Executive Office for 
Immigration Review, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Citizenship and Immigration Services, Suite 2400, 2600 Skyline Tower, 
5106 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: 703 305-0470

RIN: 1615-AA04
_______________________________________________________________________

1064. EMPLOYMENT VERIFICATION BY EMPLOYERS THAT ARE MEMBERS OF A MULTI-
EMPLOYER ASSOCIATION

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1324a; PL 104-208

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 274a

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This proposed action clarifies when an employer, that is a 
member of a multi-employer association employing an individual under a 
collective bargaining agreement entered into between one or more 
employee organizations and the multi-employer association, may rely 
upon an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (Form I-9) completed 
for the individual by a previous employer that is a member of the same 
multi-employer association.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                             To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Re INS No. 1817-96; PL 104-208, title 4
Transferred from RIN 1115-AE67

Agency Contact: Marguerite Przbylski Kleczek, Attorney, Office of 
General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship 
and Immigration Services, Room 6100, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 
20536
Phone: 202 514-2895

RIN: 1615-AA07
_______________________________________________________________________

1065. LIMITING LIABILITY FOR CERTAIN TECHNICAL AND PROCEDURAL VIOLATIONS 
OF PAPERWORK REQUIREMENTS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1324a; PL 104-208

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 274a

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule will implement section 411 of IIRIRA, which allows 
employers that have made a good faith attempt to comply with a 
particular employment verification requirement to correct technical or 
procedural failures to meet the requirement before such failures are 
deemed to be violations of the Act. This rule will explain the good 
faith rule, define the term technical or procedural failure to meet 
such requirement, and explain how an employer can correct technical or 
procedural failures.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/07/98                    63 FR 16909
NPRM Comment Period End         06/08/98
Final Rule                       To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 1819-96 and Public Law 104-208, title 
IV
Transferred from RIN 1115-AE70

Agency Contact: Marguerite Przbylski Kleczek, Attorney, Office of 
General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship 
and Immigration Services, Room 6100, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 
20536
Phone: 202 514-2895

RIN: 1615-AA08

[[Page 30327]]

_______________________________________________________________________

1066. INTERIM DESIGNATION OF ACCEPTABLE RECEIPTS FOR EMPLOYMENT 
ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1324a; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 274a

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility 
Act of 1996 (IIRIRA) made several amendments to the employment 
eligibility verification provisions of the Immigration and Nationality 
Act (INA). An interim final rule implementing some of these amendments 
was issued on September 30, 1997. This rule included amendments to the 
``Receipt Rule,'' which permits employees to present a ``Receipt'' in 
lieu of a document listed on the Employment Eligibility Verification 
form (Form I-9).
This interim final rule was necessary to facilitate employer and 
employee compliance with the regulations. The rule revised the amount 
of time a receipt remains valid where the employee presents a form I-94 
marked with a temporary I-551 stamp and containing a photograph of the 
bearer. Where the employee presents a form I-94 marked with a refugee 
admission stamp, the rule adds form I-688B to the list of documents 
that the employee can present at the end of the receipt validity 
period.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              02/09/99                     64 FR 6187
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/12/99
Final Action                     To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 1947-98.
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF42

Agency Contact: Marguerite Przbylski Kleczek, Attorney, Office of 
General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship 
and Immigration Services, Room 6100, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 
20536
Phone: 202 514-2895

RIN: 1615-AA20
_______________________________________________________________________

1067. INADMISSIBILITY AND DEPORTABILITY ON PUBLIC CHARGE GROUNDS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1102; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 
1183; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 237

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends Department regulations to establish clear 
standards governing a determination that an alien is admissible or 
ineligible to adjust status, or has become deportable, on public charge 
grounds. This rule is necessary to alleviate growing public confusion 
over the meaning of the currently undefined term public charge in 
immigration law and its relationship to the receipt of Federal, State, 
or local public benefits. By defining public charge, DHS seeks to 
reduce the negative public health consequences generated by the 
existing confusion and to provide aliens with better guidance as to the 
types of public benefits that will and will not be considered in public 
charge determinations.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/26/99                    64 FR 28676
NPRM Comment Period End         07/26/99
Interim Final Rule               To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: INS No. 1989-99
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF45

Agency Contact: Alice Smith, Assistant General Counsel, Office of 
General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship 
and Immigration Services, Room 6100, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 
20536
Phone: 202 305-9353

RIN: 1615-AA22
_______________________________________________________________________

1068. EXTENDING THE PERIOD OF DURATION OF STATUS FOR CERTAIN F AND J 
NONIMMIGRANT ALIENS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 
1186; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 214

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim rule amends Department regulations to provide 
that the Commissioner may publish a notice to extend the duration of 
status, under specified conditions, of certain F-1 and J-1 nonimmigrant 
aliens who may be affected adversely because the numerical limit (cap) 
on H-1B nonimmigrant aliens has been reached prior to the end of a 
given fiscal year. This rule is a necessary stop-gap measure because of 
large number of F-1 and J-1 nonimmigrant aliens seeking a change of 
nonimmigrant status to that of H-1B after completion of their studies 
or their program. However, many of these aliens will be unable to 
change their nonimmigrant status for the remainder of a given fiscal 
year because of the cap on H-1B petitions. This rule will allow such 
aliens to avoid a lapse in their status because of a circumstance that 
is not under their control.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              06/15/99                    64 FR 32146
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      08/16/99
Final Action                     To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 1992-99
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF54

Agency Contact: Efren Hernandez, Director, Business and Trade Branch, 
Adjudications Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Citizenship and Immigration Services, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 
20536
Phone: 202 353-8177

RIN: 1615-AA27
_______________________________________________________________________

1069. REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS AND WORK AUTHORIZATION ELIGIBILITY FOR 
ALIENS IN THE UNITED STATES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1201; 8 USC 1201a; 8 USC 
1301 to 1305; 8 USC 1324a

[[Page 30328]]

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 2; 8 CFR 264; 8 CFR 274a

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends DHS regulations regarding employment 
authorization and registration of aliens. First, this rule broadens the 
rule that permits the presentation of specified documents to satisfy 
the employment eligibility verification requirements for a temporary 
period. Second, this rule broadens the acceptable documentation 
available to establish that an asylee, or an alien who has applied for 
asylum, has complied with the requirement to be registered with the 
Department. Third, this rule clarifies the employment authorization 
regulations by specifying that certain classes of aliens who are 
employment authorized incident to status are not required to apply for 
or obtain an Employment Authorization Document, but are permitted to do 
so if they wish to have a DHS-issued secure photo identity document. 
Fourth, this rule implements two new Federal laws enacted on January 
16, 2002, involving the employment authorization of the spouses of E 
and L aliens, by making these classifications employment authorized 
incident to status, consistent with the provisions of these laws. This 
rule also provides for restructuring of 8 CFR 274a.12(d).

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule               To Be                       Determined
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                       To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No.2204-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG74

Agency Contact: Pearl Chang, Branch Chief, Adjudications Division, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration 
Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-4754

RIN: 1615-AA78
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                 Completed Actions
Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS)
_______________________________________________________________________

1070. [bull] ADJUSTMENT OF IMMIGRATION BENEFIT APPLICATION FEES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552(a); 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 
1304; 8 USC 1356; 31 USC 9701; E0 12356; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 2

Legal Deadline: Final, Statutory, January 24, 2003, Public Law 107-296.

Abstract: This rule adjusts the immigration benefit application fee 
schedule by subtracting the applicable amount of surcharges used for 
asylum and refugee services, fee exemptions and fee waivers to comply 
with section 457 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-
296. Fees collected from persons filing immigration benefit 
applications are deposited into the Immigration Examinations Fee 
Account (IEFA) and used to recover the full cost of processing 
immigration benefit applications and associated administrative costs. 
Federal guidelines require the Department of Homeland Security to 
establish and collect fees to recover the full costs of processing 
immigration benefit applications.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              01/24/03                     68 FR 3798
Interim Final Rule Effective    01/24/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      03/25/03
Withdrawn                       05/07/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 1115-AG96

Agency Contact: Paul Schlesinger, Office of Budget, Chief, Immigration 
Services Branch, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship 
and Immigration Services, Room 5307, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 
20536
Phone: 202 514-3410

RIN: 1615-AA92
_______________________________________________________________________

1071. ADJUSTMENT OF STATUS OF CERTAIN ALIENS FROM VIETNAM, CAMBODIA, AND 
LAOS IN THE UNITED STATES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1255

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 245

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: On November 6, 2000, the President signed into law Public Law 
106-429, the Foreign Operations Appropriations Act of 2001, section 586 
of which provides for the adjustment of status for certain aliens from 
Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. To apply for adjustment under this 
provision, eligible applicants must have been physically present in the 
United States since October 1, 1997, and inspected and paroled into the 
United States from Vietnam under the Orderly Departure Program from a 
refugee camp in East Asia or from a displaced persons camp administered 
by the United Nations in Thailand. This rule further discusses 
eligibility, sets forth application procedures, and amends Department 
regulations to provide for adjustments of status on the basis of 
section 586 of Public Law 106-429.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/09/02                    67 FR 45402
NPRM Comment Period End         09/09/02
Final Rule                      12/26/02                    67 FR 78667
Final Rule Effective            01/27/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2124-01

[[Page 30329]]

Transferred from RIN 1115-AG14

Agency Contact: Michael Valverde, Adjudications Officer, Adjudications 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-2763
Email: michael.valverde@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1615-AB02

_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)               Proposed Rule Stage
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
_______________________________________________________________________

1072. CLAIMS PROCEDURES UNDER THE OIL POLLUTION ACT OF 1990 (CGD 91-035)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 33 USC 2713; 33 USC 2714

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 136

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking implements section 1013 (Claims Procedures) 
and section 1014 (Designation of Source and Advertisement) of the Oil 
Pollution Act of 1990. The interim rule provides the 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 included 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 of 1990, 33 
U.S.C. 2712(a)(4). Release of the more comprehensive notice of proposed 
rulemaking has been delayed while the Coast Guard gained experience on 
NRD claims, as well as other OPA damages. This rulemaking supports the 
Coast Guard's strategic goal of protection of natural resources.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

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
NPRM                            09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AD90

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: Edward A. Blackadar Jr., Project Manager, National 
Pollution Fund Center, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast 
Guard, Suite 1000, 4200 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22203-1804
Phone: 202 493-6843

RIN: 1625-AA03
_______________________________________________________________________

1073. POST CASUALTY DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING (USCG-2001-8773)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: PL 105-383, sec 304

CFR Citation: 46 CFR 4

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This project will revise the requirements for chemical 
testing following a serious marine incident. The revision will 
establish procedures to ensure that alcohol testing be conducted within 
two hours of a serious marine incident, as required by the Coast Guard 
Authorization Act of 1998. The rule will also make additional minor 
procedural changes to the part. This rule supports the Coast Guard 
strategic goal of maritime safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            02/28/03                     68 FR 9622
NPRM Comment Period End         06/30/03
Final Rule                      04/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Small Entities Affected: Governmental Jurisdictions, Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AG07

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: Robert C. Schoening, Project Manager, G-MOA-1, 
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0684

RIN: 1625-AA27
_______________________________________________________________________

1074. UPDATE OF RULES ON AIDS TO NAVIGATION AFFECTING BUOYS, SOUND 
SIGNALS, INTERNATIONAL RULES AT SEA, COMMUNICATIONS PROCEDURES, AND 
LARGE NAVIGATIONAL BUOYS (USCG-2001-10714)

Priority: Info./Admin./Other

Legal Authority: 14 USC 81; 33 USC 1231; 43 USC 1333; 46 USC 4302

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 60-76

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking would revise 33 CFR subchapter C--Aids to 
Navigation, parts 60 through 76. In these parts, it would update 
technical information concerning buoys, sound signals, international 
rules at sea, communications procedures, and Large Navigational Buoys 
(LNBs). It would also revise these parts using plain language. The 
proposed changes would update the existing rules both to reflect 
current practices and to make them easier to understand. This 
rulemaking supports the Coast Guard's strategic goals of maritime 
safety and mobility.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AG25

[[Page 30330]]

Agency Contact: Daniel Andrusiak, Project Manager, G-OPN-2, Department 
of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0327

RIN: 1625-AA34
_______________________________________________________________________

1075. MARINE EVENTS: PERMIT PROCEDURES (USCG-2001-10713)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 33 USC 1233

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 100

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule would revise Coast Guard procedures to expedite 
approval of organized marine events conducted on the navigable waters 
of the United States. These new procedures would establish general 
permits with nationwide or regional applicability and would encourage 
sponsors to submit information to the Coast Guard by electronic means. 
These new procedures would reduce the paperwork burden on both the 
public and the Coast Guard without adversely affecting vessel safety or 
the environment in the event areas. This project supports the Coast 
Guard's strategic goals of maritime safety and maritime mobility.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AG26

Agency Contact: Carlton Perry, Project Manager, G-OPB-1, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0979

RIN: 1625-AA35
_______________________________________________________________________

1076. DRAWBRIDGE OPERATIONS REGULATIONS; REVISIONS (USCG-2001-10881)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 33 USC 499

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 117

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Coast Guard is proposing changes to its drawbridge 
regulations that provide guidance for general requirements relating to 
the use and operation of drawbridges. This project will create a new 
deviation for short-term closures, provide Coast Guard Eight District 
Bridges Administration St. Louis with a general bridge closure 
requirement during the winter season when navigation is reduced, and 
eliminate any unnecessary distinction between commercial and 
recreational vessels in subpart B. It will also make changes throughout 
part 117 to remove redundancies, make amendments and technical 
corrections, and remove special bridge regulations that are no longer 
functional. Corrections and clarification of these requirements will 
help to streamline the drawbridge regulatory process and should shorten 
and simplify part 117 for the reader. This rulemaking supports the 
Coast Guard's strategic goal of maritime mobility.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/17/03                    68 FR 18922
NPRM Comment Period End         06/02/03
Final Rule                      07/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AG27

Agency Contact: J. Christopher Jaufmann, Project Manager (G-OPT-1), 
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Coast Guard 
Headquarters, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0377

RIN: 1625-AA36
_______________________________________________________________________

1077. RATES FOR PILOTAGE ON THE GREAT LAKES (USCG-2002-11288)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority: 46 USC 9303(f)

CFR Citation: 46 CFR 401

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Coast Guard conducts an annual review of the Great Lakes 
Pilotage based on the ``Ratemaking Analyses and Methodology'' published 
in the Federal Register on May 9, 1996. Depending on the results of 
this review, the Coast Guard can make rate adjustments in accordance 
with 46 CFR part 404, appendix A, step 7; or, if the director 
determines that pilotage rates are within a reasonable range of their 
target, make no adjustments. This rulemaking may take place annually. 
It supports the Coast Guard's strategic goal of maritime mobility.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/23/03                     68 FR 3202
NPRM Comment Period Extended    02/14/03                     68 FR 7489
NPRM Comment Period Extended    04/01/03                    68 FR 15697
NPRM Correction                 04/01/03
Public Meeting (04/14)          04/01/03
NPRM Comment Period End         05/01/03
Final Rule                      12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AG30

Agency Contact: Tom Lawler, Project Manager, G-MW-1, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590-0001
Phone: 202 267-1241

RIN: 1625-AA38
_______________________________________________________________________

1078. TRAFFIC SEPARATION SCHEMES: IN THE STRAIT OF JUAN DE FUCA AND ITS 
APPROACHES; IN PUGET SOUND AND ITS APPROACHES; IN HARO STRAIT, BOUNDARY 
PASS, AND IN THE STRAIT OF GEORGIA (USCG-2002-12702)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 33 USC 1223

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 167

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking will propose amendments to the existing 
traffic separation schemes: in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and its 
approaches; in Puget Sound and its approaches; in Haro Strait, Boundary 
Pass, and in the Strait of Georgia. These amendments are approved by 
the International Maritime Organization and have been validated by 
several recent vessel routing studies. With the amendments

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in place, commercial vessels would be routed farther offshore when 
entering or departing the TSS, providing an extra margin of safety and 
environmental protection in the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary 
and adjacent waters. This rulemaking will incorporate the modified TSS 
into the Code of Federal Regulations. This project supports the Coast 
Guard's strategic goals of safety and protecting the marine 
environment.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/27/02                    67 FR 54981
NPRM Comment Period End         10/28/02
Supplemental NPRM               11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Based on comments received in response to the 
notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), the agency has decided to develop 
and publish a supplemental NPRM.
Transferred from RIN 2115-AG45

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: George Detweiler, Project Manager G-MWV, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0574

RIN: 1625-AA48
_______________________________________________________________________

1079. PROTECTION FOR WHISTLEBLOWERS IN THE COAST GUARD (USCG-2002-13016)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 10 USC 1034

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 53

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking would amend 33 CFR part 53 both by extending 
coverage to uniformed members of the Coast Guard who make ``protected'' 
communications either to an organization within the Department within 
which the Coast Guard is operating concerned with audit, inspection, or 
law enforcement, or to any other person or organization (including any 
person or organization in the chain of command) designated pursuant to 
regulations to receive such communications, and by extending the nature 
of protected communications to comprise complaints: (a) of violations 
of statute or regulation prohibiting sexual harassment; (b) of unlawful 
discrimination; and (c) of gross mismanagement.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AG49

Agency Contact: LT Jason Krajewski, Project Manager, G-LGL, Department 
of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-1553

RIN: 1625-AA50
_______________________________________________________________________

1080. [bull] COUNTRY OF ORIGIN CODES AND REVISION OF REGULATIONS ON HULL 
IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS (USCG-2003-14272)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 46 USC 4302

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 181.27

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: By modifying a restriction on U.S. boat manufacturers when 
they label a boat with a hull identification number (HIN), this 
proposed rule would make it less expensive for the manufacturers to 
comply with an international HIN standard for boats they would like to 
export and thus this rulemaking would support the Coast Guard's 
strategic goal of maritime mobility.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AG53

Agency Contact: Alston Colihan, Project Manager, G-OPB-3, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0981

RIN: 1625-AA53
_______________________________________________________________________

1081. [bull] VESSEL DOCUMENTATION: LEASE FINANCING FOR VESSELS ENGAGED 
IN THE COASTWISE TRADE; SECOND RULEMAKING (USCG-2003-14472)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 14 USC 664; 31 USC 9701; 42 USC 9118; 46 USC 2103; 46 
USC 2107; 46 USC 2110; 46 USC 12106; 46 USC 12120; 46 USC 12122; 46 USC 
app 876

CFR Citation: 46 CFR 67

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations on 
documentation, under the lease-financing provisions, of vessels engaged 
in the coastwise trade. This rule's provisions would address several 
issues. One concerns whether the Coast Guard should prohibit or 
restrict the chartering back of a lease-financed vessel to the parent 
of the vessel owner or to an affiliate or subsidiary of the parent. The 
second concerns the question of whether applications for an endorsement 
under the lease-financing provisions should be reviewed and approved by 
an independent third party with expertise in vessel chartering. The 
third concerns limitations on the grandfather provisions. These 
proposals would amend the final rule (USCG-2001-8825) on vessel 
documentation under lease financing.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AG55

Agency Contact: Patricia Williams, Project Manager, NVDC, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, National Vessel Documentation 
Center, 792 T.J. Jackson Drive, Falling Waters, WV 25419

[[Page 30332]]

Phone: 304 271-2506

RIN: 1625-AA63
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                  Final Rule Stage
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
_______________________________________________________________________

1082. REPORTING MARINE CASUALTIES (USCG-2000-6927)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 46 USC 6101; 33 USC 1901 et seq

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 151; 46 CFR 4

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action would add to the definition of a reportable 
marine casualty, ``significant harm to the environment.'' Some casualty 
reporting requirements are extended to include foreign tank vessels 
operating in U.S. waters, including the Exclusive Economic Zone. This 
project supports the Coast Guard's Marine Safety and Environmental 
Protection program's goal to reduce the consequence of pollution 
incidents and further supports the Coast Guard's strategic goal of 
protection of natural resources.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Request for Comments            12/20/94                    59 FR 65522
Comment Period End              02/20/95
NPRM                            11/02/00                    65 FR 65808
Supplemental NPRM               07/12/01                    66 FR 36530
Supplemental NPRM Comment Period 
End                             09/10/01
Final Rule                      06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AD98

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: LCDR Charles Barbee, Project Manager, G-MOA-1, 
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-1418

RIN: 1625-AA04
_______________________________________________________________________

1083. HANDLING OF EXPLOSIVES OR OTHER DANGEROUS CARGOES WITHIN OR 
CONTIGUOUS TO WATERFRONT FACILITIES (USCG-1998-4302)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 33 USC 1231

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 126

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking was intended to revise existing regulations 
covering waterfront facilities that handle dangerous cargoes. The 
present regulations are outdated and do not reflect improved safety 
procedures and modern transportation methods, such as the use of 
containers. Where appropriate, the regulations incorporate industry 
standards regarding the handling of hazardous materials at waterfront 
facilities. This project supports the Vice Commandant's workload 
reduction initiative and also supports the Coast Guard's strategic goal 
of maritime safety by reducing deaths and injuries in the maritime 
industry.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           01/13/93                     58 FR 4127
ANPRM Comment Period End        04/13/93
NPRM                            10/29/98                    63 FR 57964
NPRM Comment Period End         12/28/98
NPRM Comment Period Reopened    01/12/99                     64 FR 1770
NPRM Comment Period End         03/01/99
Final Rule                      05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: An independent study has been completed and 
incorporated with comments from the public in the preparation of the 
rulemaking. Old Docket Number CGD 92-026.
The notice of proposed rulemaking was published under the more 
precisely descriptive title of Handling of Class I (Explosive) 
Materials or Other Dangerous Cargoes Within or Contiguous to Waterfront 
Facilities.
Transferred from RIN 2115-AE22

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: Michael A. Jendrossek, Project Manager, G-MSO-2, 
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0836

RIN: 1625-AA07
_______________________________________________________________________

1084. TANK VESSEL RESPONSE PLANS FOR HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES (USCG-1998-
4354)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 33 USC 1231; 33 USC 1321(j); PL 101-380

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 155

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This project would implement provisions of the Oil Pollution 
Act of 1990 that require an owner or operator of a tank vessel carrying 
bulk hazardous substances to develop and operate in accordance with an 
approved response plan. The regulations would apply to vessels 
operating on the navigable waters or within the Exclusive Economic Zone 
(EEZ) of the United States that carry bulk hazardous substances. A 
separate rulemaking under RIN 1625-AA12 would address hazardous 
substances response plan requirements for marine transportation-related 
facilities. This project supports the Coast Guard's strategic goals of 
maritime safety and protection of natural resources by reducing the 
amount of chemicals entering the environment, as well as reducing the 
consequences of pollution incidents. This project is considered 
significant because of substantial public and industry interest.

[[Page 30333]]

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           05/03/96                    61 FR 20084
Notice of Public Hearings       07/03/96                    61 FR 34775
ANPRM Comment Period End        09/03/96
NPRM                            03/22/99                    64 FR 13734
Notice of Public Hearing        06/15/99                    64 FR 31994
NPRM Comment Period Extended    06/15/99
NPRM Comment Period End         06/21/99
NPRM Extended Comment Period End08/30/99
Interim Final Rule              02/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Old Docket Number CGD 94-032.
Public meetings regarding this rulemaking were held in Washington, DC, 
on July 30, 1996; Houston, TX, on August 5, 1996; and Houston, TX, on 
February 26 and 27, 1997. Public meetings for the notice of proposed 
rulemaking were held in Houston, TX on August 12 and 13, 1999.
Transferred from RIN 2115-AE88

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: LCDR Susan Klein, Project Manager, G-MOR, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-1983

RIN: 1625-AA13
_______________________________________________________________________

1085. LICENSING AND MANNING FOR OFFICERS OF TOWING VESSELS (USCG 1999-
6224)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 14 USC 633; 44 USC 3507; 46 USC 2103; 46 USC 7101; 46 
USC 7106; 46 USC 7107; 46 USC 7701

CFR Citation: 46 CFR 10; 46 CFR 15

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking is necessary as part of an overall initiative 
by the Coast Guard to improve navigational safety for towing vessels. 
It will help ensure that the mariner piloting a towing vessel has the 
proper training and qualifications to handle the tug and tow. It has 
introduced a third level of license where there have been only two. 
Each level requires greater experience and proficiency than the one 
below. This rulemaking also introduces a requirement for demonstration 
of proficiency as a prerequisite to being issued an original license. 
This will be in addition to the current requirements for sea service, 
physical examination, testing for drugs, and successful testing for 
competence. This project supports the Coast Guard's strategic goal of 
maritime safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/19/96                    61 FR 31332
Correction                      07/11/96                    61 FR 36608
Correction                      08/07/96                    61 FR 41208
Notice of Meeting               08/26/96                    61 FR 43720
NPRM Comment Period End         10/17/96
Notice of Intent                12/18/96                    61 FR 66642
SNPRM                           10/27/97                    62 FR 55548
Public Meeting Memphis 02/11/98 01/21/98                     63 FR 3070
Public Meeting Houston 02/13/98 01/21/98                     63 FR 3070
Public Meeting Boston 02/18/98  01/21/98                     63 FR 3070
Public Meeting Seattle 02/24/98 01/21/98                     63 FR 3070
SNPRM Comment Period End        02/24/98
Interim Final Rule              11/19/99                    64 FR 63213
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      02/17/00
Interim Final Rule              10/27/00                    65 FR 64388
Notice Concerning Review        02/09/01                     66 FR 9673
Interim Final Rule              04/26/01                    66 FR 20931
Interim Final Rule Effective    05/21/01
Notice of Public Meeting        07/11/01                    66 FR 36223
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      07/25/01
Final Rule                      06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Old Docket Number CGD 94-055.
Transferred from RIN 2115-AF23

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: LCDR Luke Harden, Project Manager, G-MSO-1, Department 
of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-1838

RIN: 1625-AA15
_______________________________________________________________________

1086. LIMITED SERVICE DOMESTIC VOYAGE LOAD LINES FOR RIVER BARGES ON 
LAKE MICHIGAN (USCG-1998-4623)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 46 USC 51

CFR Citation: 46 CFR 45

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This regulatory project will allow certain unmanned dry cargo 
river barges operating on Lake Michigan to be exempted from the normal 
Great Lakes load line requirements. Instead, they may qualify for a 
conditional load line exemption, or for a limited service domestic 
voyage load line (depending on which Lake Michigan route). This 
rulemaking pertains to two specific routes: Chicago to Milwaukee, and 
Chicago to Muskegon. This will allow certain non-hazardous cargoes 
originating at inland river ports to be transported as far as Milwaukee 
and Muskegon by river barge, thereby benefiting from the relatively low 
cost per ton-mile of river barge transportation. Compliance is not 
mandatory other than for those river barge operators who voluntarily 
seek to expand their operations onto these routes. This rulemaking 
supports the Coast Guard's strategic goal of marine safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            11/02/98                    63 FR 58679
NPRM Comment Period Extended    12/28/98                    63 FR 71411
Comment Period End              01/04/99
NPRM Comment Period End         03/04/99
Interim Final Rule              04/23/02                    67 FR 19685
Interim Final Rule Effective    05/23/02
Interim Final Rule--Announcement 
of Effective Date of COI 
Sections                        06/20/02                    67 FR 41847
Collection of Information 
Sections Effective              06/20/02

[[Page 30334]]

Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      10/23/02
Final Rule                      07/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Old Docket Number CGD 95-015.
Transferred from RIN 2115-AF38

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: Thomas Jordan, Project Manager, G-MSE-2, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-2988

RIN: 1625-AA17
_______________________________________________________________________

1087. OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF ACTIVITIES (USCG-1998-3868)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 43 USC 1333(d)(1); 43 USC 1348(c); 43 USC 1356

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 140 to 147

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This project would revise the regulations on Outer 
Continental Shelf (OCS) activities to: add new requirements for fixed 
OCS facilities for lifesaving, fire protection, training, hazardous 
materials used as stores, and accommodation spaces; require foreign 
vessels engaged in OCS activities to comply with requirements similar 
to those imposed on U.S. vessels similarly engaged; and allow all 
mobile inland drilling units (MIDUs) to operate on the OCS out to a 
defined boundary line if they meet requirements for lifesaving, 
firefighting, and operations similar to those for fixed OCS facilities. 
This project would affect the owners and operators of facilities and 
vessels engaged in offshore activities associated with the exploration 
for, development of, or production of the resources of the OCS. The 
preliminary estimate of costs imposed by these amendments varies 
according to the unit. The Coast Guard is consulting with the Minerals 
Management Service, part of the Department of the Interior. It supports 
the Coast Guard's strategic goal of marine safety and environmental 
protection.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Request for Comments            06/27/95                    60 FR 33185
Comment Period End              09/25/95
NPRM                            12/07/99                    64 FR 68416
NPRM Correction                 02/22/00                     65 FR 8671
NPRM Comment Period Extended    03/16/00                    65 FR 14226
NPRM Comment Period Extended    06/30/00                    65 FR 40559
NPRM Comment Period End         11/30/00
Final Rule                      11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: The Notice of Request for Comments published 
June 27, 1995, was assigned Coast Guard docket number 95-016. Following 
the request for comments, this docket was terminated. This project 
continues under Docket No. USCG-1998-3868 and RIN 1625-AA18.
Transferred from RIN 2115-AF39

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: James Magill, Project Manager, G-MSO-2, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW, Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-1082

RIN: 1625-AA18
_______________________________________________________________________

1088. DEEPWATER PORTS (USCG-1998-3884)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 33 USC 1503

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 148 to 150

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Coast Guard purposes to revise the regulations governing 
deepwater ports, which are over 25 years old and which were written 
before any such port existed. The rulemaking will update the 
regulations with current technology and industry standards, and will 
align them with regulations for other fixed offshore facilities. In 
addition, the rulemaking recognizes the requirement of the Maritime 
Transportation Security Act of 2002 that rules be issued as soon as 
practicable for the application and issuance of deepwater port licenses 
to natural gas facilities. This project supports the Coast Guard's 
strategic goals of maritime safety and protection of natural resources.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           08/29/97                    62 FR 45774
ANPRM Comment Period End        10/13/97
NPRM                            05/30/02                    67 FR 37920
NPRM Comment Period End         07/29/02
NPRM Comment Period Reopened    08/19/02                    67 FR 53764
Second NPRM Comment Period End  09/18/02
Interim Final Rule              05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: An advance notice of proposed rulemaking was 
published under Docket Number USCG-1998-4441. This docket number is 
replaced with USCG-1998-3884.
Transferred from RIN 2115-AF63

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: CDR Mark Prescott, Project Manager, G-MSO, Department 
of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0225

RIN: 1625-AA20
_______________________________________________________________________

1089. ANCHORAGE GROUND; SAFETY ZONE; SPEED LIMIT; TONGASS NARROWS AND 
KETCHIKAN, ALASKA (CGD17-99-002)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 33 USC 471; 33 USC 1231; 33 USC 2071

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 162; 33 CFR 165; 33 CFR 110

Legal Deadline: None

[[Page 30335]]

Abstract: This rulemaking would grant an exemption from the present 7-
knot speed limit in Tongass Narrows, Alaska, for float plane take-off 
and landing and vessels 23 feet in length or less. The geographic area 
for the speed limit would be expanded. A safety zone used for cruise 
ship anchorages would be redesignated as an anchorage area to reflect 
actual usage of the area and transiting vessels would be required to 
move quickly and directly through the anchorage, without rapid course 
changes, to increase safety. This project supports the Coast Guard's 
strategic goal of marine safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            03/25/99                    64 FR 14414
NPRM Comment Period End         05/10/99
Interim Final Rule              06/02/99                    64 FR 29554
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      11/30/99
Interim Final Rule              04/07/00                    65 FR 18242
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      10/31/00
Final Rule                      05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AF81

Agency Contact: LT Kenneth Kostecki, Project Manager, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2030 Sealevel Drive, Suite 203, 
Ketchikan, AK 99901
Phone: 907 225-4496

RIN: 1625-AA23
_______________________________________________________________________

1090. TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS FOR PERSONNEL ON PASSENGER SHIPS (USCG 
1999-5610)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 46 USC 2103; 46 USC ch 71; 46 USC ch 73

CFR Citation: 46 CFR 12; 46 CFR 15; 46 CFR 10

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This project will implement new amendments to the 
International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and 
Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW), that impose requirements for 
training and qualifications of masters, officers, engineers, and 
``ratings.'' The following training courses are mandatory for the 
personnel on passenger ships other than roll-on, roll-off, carrying 
more than 12 passengers operating on international voyages: (1) Crisis 
Management and Human Behavior; (2) Crowd Management; (3) Special 
Safety; (4) Passenger Safety, with special attention given to disabled 
persons and others needing assistance; and (5) Special Familiarization. 
This rulemaking supports the Coast Guard's strategic goals of maritime 
safety and protection of natural resources.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/15/00                    65 FR 37507
NPRM Comment Period End         09/13/00
Interim Final Rule              10/30/02                    67 FR 66063
Final Rule                      06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AF83

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: Mark Gould, Project Manager, G-MSO-1, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-6890

RIN: 1625-AA24
_______________________________________________________________________

1091. VESSEL AND FACILITY RESPONSE PLANS FOR OIL: 2003 REMOVAL EQUIPMENT 
REQUIREMENTS AND ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGY REVISIONS (USCG-2001-8661)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 33 USC 1321

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 153; 33 CFR 154; 33 CFR 155

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking will propose changes to the Vessel Response 
Plans and Marine Transportation Facility Response Plans, and revise the 
language in the Code of Federal Regulations concerning methods and 
procedures for removing oil from coastal waters. This rulemaking 
supports the Coast Guard's strategic goal of protection of natural 
resources.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/11/02                    67 FR 63331
NPRM Comment Period Extended    11/19/02                    67 FR 69697
NPRM Comment Period End         01/09/03
NPRM Comment Period End         04/08/03
Final Rule                      04/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AG05

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: Robert Pond, Project Manager, G-MOR-2, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-6603

RIN: 1625-AA26
_______________________________________________________________________

1092. VESSEL DOCUMENTATION: LEASE FINANCING FOR VESSELS ENGAGED IN THE 
COASTWISE TRADE (USCG-2001-8825)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 46 USC 12106; 46 USC 12120; 46 USC 12122

CFR Citation: 46 CFR 67

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking will amend the regulations on the 
documentation of vessels engaged in the coastwise trade. It is a spin-
off of Vessel Documentation (USCG 1998-4784). These proposals address 
statutory amendments eliminating certain barriers to seeking foreign 
financing by lease for U.S. flag vessels. These proposals would clarify 
the information needed to determine the eligibility of a vessel 
financed in this manner for a coastwise endorsement. This rulemaking 
supports the Coast Guard's strategic goal of maritime mobility.

[[Page 30336]]

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/02/01                    66 FR 21902
NPRM Comment Period Extended to 
09/04/2001                      05/29/01                    66 FR 34603
NPRM Comment Period End         07/02/01
NPRM Comment Period Reopened    12/14/01                    66 FR 64784
Reopened Comment Period End     01/28/02
Supplemental NPRM               08/09/02                    67 FR 51804
Second NPRM Comment Period End  10/08/02
Final Rule                      05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AG08

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: Patricia Williams, Project Manager, NVDC, 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

Related RIN: Related To 1625-AA63
RIN: 1625-AA28
_______________________________________________________________________

1093. TERRITORIAL SEAS, NAVIGABLE WATERS, AND JURISDICTION (USCG-2001-
9044)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 46 USC 2103; 46 USC 3306 to 3307; 46 USC 3703; 49 USC 
1804; 49 USC 1655; 14 USC 633; 14 USC 80; ...

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 2; 33 CFR 26; 33 CFR 62; 33 CFR 64; 33 CFR 95; 33 
CFR 100; 33 CFR 165

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This project will make substantive changes to current 
regulations, but only to the extent required to conform to the 
congressionally mandated changes in the laws administered and enforced 
by the Coast Guard as listed in section 301 of the Coast Guard 
Authorization Act of 1998 and sections 104 and 321 of the Maritime 
Transportation Security Act of 2002. We will redefine the ``territorial 
sea,'' ``navigable waters of the United States,'' ``high seas,'' 
``contiguous zone,'' and ``exclusive economic zone'' to clarify the 
varying definitions of those terms under different laws administered 
and enforced by the Coast Guard, as well as relevant Presidential 
proclamations. This project supports the Coast Guard's strategic goal 
of marine safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/14/02                    67 FR 52906
Correction to NPRM              09/18/02                    67 FR 58752
NPRM Comment Period End         11/12/02
Final Rule                      05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AG13

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: Alex Weller, Project Manager (G-LMI), Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW, Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0097

RIN: 1625-AA30
_______________________________________________________________________

1094. NOTIFICATIONS OF ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE IN PORTS OR PLACES IN THE 
UNITED STATES (USCG-2001-11865)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 33 USC 1223(a)(5); 33 USC 1226; 33 USC 1231

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 160

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Coast Guard needs to permanently amend its regulations 
relating to the Notifications of Arrival (NOA) and Departure (NOD) 
requirements in 33 CFR part 160 to ensure port safety, security, and 
environmental protection as well as maintain the uninterrupted flow of 
commerce. Subsequent to the terrorist attacks of September 2001, we 
published an emergency temporary final rule (96-hour rule) amending the 
NOA and NOD requirements for commercial vessels bound for or departing 
from ports or places in the United States. The temporary final rule 
terminated on March 31, 2003. In this final rule, most of the changes 
introduced by the temporary final rule have been made permanent. This 
rulemaking supports the Coast Guard's strategic goals of maritime 
safety, maritime security, protection of natural resources, and 
maritime mobility.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/19/02                    67 FR 41659
NPRM Comment Period End         08/19/02
Final Rule                      02/28/03                     68 FR 9537
Final Rule Effective            04/01/03
Final Rule Partial Suspension   05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AG35

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: LTJG Kimberly Andersen, Project Manager, G-MP, 
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street 
NW., Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-2562

RIN: 1625-AA41
_______________________________________________________________________

1095. AREA MARITIME SECURITY (USCG-2003-14733)

Priority: Other Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Legal Authority: PL 107-295

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 101; 33 CFR 103

Legal Deadline: Other, Statutory, November 25, 2003, Section 102(d) of 
Public Law 107-295 requires the issuance of a temporary interim rule as 
soon as practicable that must expire not later than November 25, 2003, 
unless superseded by a final rule before that date.

Abstract: This rulemaking will establish security measures commensurate 
with the level and degree of risk within the marine transportation 
system, and will affect

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all users, workers, and property in and adjacent to navigable waters of 
the United States and waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United 
States. This rulemaking will include requirements for Port Security 
Committees, Port Security Assessments, and Port Security Plans. This 
project will support the Coast Guard's strategic goals of maritime 
security, maritime safety, protection of natural resources, and 
mobility.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Temporary Interim Rule          07/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Federalism:  This action may have federalism implications as defined in 
EO 13132.

Additional Information: Related docket: Maritime Security Notice, USCG-
2002-14069 (67 FR 79742, December 30, 2002).
Transferred from RIN 2115-AG37

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: LCDR Richard Teubner, Project Manager, G-MPS-2, 
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-4129

Related RIN: Related To 1625-AA46, Related To 1625-AA43, Related To 
1625-AA67, Related To 1625-AA68, Related To 1625-AA69
RIN: 1625-AA42
_______________________________________________________________________

1096. FACILITY SECURITY (USCG-2003-14732)

Priority: Economically Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Legal Authority: PL 107-295

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 105

Legal Deadline: Other, Statutory, November 25, 2003, Section 102(d) of 
Public Law 107-295 requires the issuance of a temporary interim rule as 
soon as practicable that must expire not later than November 25, 2003, 
unless superseded by a final rule before that date.

Abstract: This rulemaking will establish security measures commensurate 
with the level and degree of risk within the marine transportation 
system, and will affect all users, workers, and property in and 
adjacent to navigable waters of the United States and waters subject to 
the jurisdiction of the United States. This rulemaking will include 
requirements for Facility Security Assessments, Facility Security 
Plans, and Facility Security Officers. This project is expected to 
support the Coast Guard strategic goals of maritime security, maritime 
safety, protection of natural resources, and maritime mobility.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Temporary Interim Rule          07/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Federalism:  This action may have federalism implications as defined in 
EO 13132.

Additional Information: Related docket: Maritime Security Notice, USCG-
2002-14069 (67 FR 79742, December 30, 2002).
Transferred from RIN 2115-AG38

Agency Contact: LT Gregory Purvis, Project Manager, G-MPS, Department 
of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-1072

Related RIN: Related To 1625-AA42, Related To 1625-AA46, Related To 
1625-AA67, Related To 1625-AA68, Related To 1625-AA69
RIN: 1625-AA43
_______________________________________________________________________

1097. VESSEL SECURITY (USCG-2003-14749)

Priority: Economically Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Legal Authority: PL 107-295

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 104

Legal Deadline: Other, Statutory, November 25, 2003, Section 102(d) of 
Public Law 107-295 requires the issuance of a temporary interim rule as 
soon as practicable that must expire not later than November 25, 2003, 
unless superseded by a final rule before that date.

Abstract: The Vessel Security rulemaking will affect owners and 
operators of U.S. vessels, including Mobile Offshore Drilling Units 
(MODUs) and public vessels, and foreign vessels calling on U.S. ports. 
This rulemaking will not cover fixed and floating platforms or other 
specific excluded vessels. Consistent with the Maritime Transportation 
Security Act of 2002 and parts A and B of the IMO International Code 
for Security of Ships and Port Facilities (ISPS Code), the affected 
vessels will be required to designate security officers, develop vessel 
security plans based security assessments and surveys, and implement 
security measures and procedures specific to each vessel's operations 
and to indicated Maritime Security (MARSEC) levels. Other proposed 
requirements include provisions for training, record keeping, security 
equipment maintenance, and communication procedures. This rulemaking 
supports the Coast Guard's strategic goals of maritime safety, maritime 
security, protection of natural resources, and maritime mobility.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Temporary Interim Rule          07/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Small Entities Affected: Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: None

Federalism:  Undetermined

Additional Information: Related docket: Maritime Security Notice, USCG-
2002-14069 (67 FR 79742, December 30, 2002).
Transferred from RIN 2115-AG41

Agency Contact: LT Kevin Oditt, Project Manager, G-MPS, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 200593-001
Phone: 202 267-4148

Related RIN: Related To 1625-AA42, Related To 1625-AA43, Related To 
1625-AA67, Related To 1625-AA68, Related To 1625-AA69
RIN: 1625-AA46

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_______________________________________________________________________

1098. [bull] SAFETY ZONE FOR OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF FACILITY IN THE 
GULF OF MEXICO IN VIASCA KNOLL 915 (CGD08-02-045)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 14 USC 85; 43 USC 1333

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 147

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Coast Guard proposes to establish a safety zone around a 
high-production, manned oil and natural gas facility in the Outer 
Continental Shelf in the Gulf of Mexico in Viasca Knoll 915. The 
facility needs to be protected from vessels operating outside the 
normal shipping channels and fairways. Placing a safety zone around the 
facility will significantly reduce the threat of allisions, oil spills, 
and releases of natural gas. The proposed regulation would prevent all 
vessels from entering or remaining in specified areas around the 
facility except for the following: an attending vessel; a vessel under 
100 feet in length overall not engaged in towing; or a vessel 
authorized by the Eighth Coast Guard District Commander. The proposed 
safety zone is necessary to protect life, property and the environment 
and supports the Coast Guard's strategic goals of marine safety and 
protection of natural resources.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            02/28/03                     68 FR 9611
NPRM Comment Period End         04/29/03
Final Rule                      07/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AG54

Agency Contact: LT Karrie Trebbe, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. 
Coast Guard, Eighth Coast Guard District Commander, Hale Boggs Federal 
Building, 501 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: 504 589-6271

RIN: 1625-AA54
_______________________________________________________________________

1099. ALLOWING ALTERNATIVES TO INCANDESCENT LIGHTS, AND ESTABLISHING 
STANDARDS FOR NEW LIGHTS, IN PRIVATE AIDS TO NAVIGATION (USCG-2000-7466)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 14 USC 83; 14 USC 85; 43 USC 1333

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 66

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Coast Guard is seeking to let the lighting industry and 
owners of private aids to navigation take advantage of a recent 
improvement in technology--one that enables the use of lanterns based 
on Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs), which would reduce the consumption of 
power and simplify the maintenance of the aids. The use of these 
lanterns should stimulate competition in the industry, reduce 
maintenance, and therefore operating costs, and allow the marking of 
the aids in a desirable manner. This rule supports the Coast Guard's 
strategic goals of maritime safety and maritime mobility.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Direct Final Rule               10/04/00                    65 FR 59124
Direct Final Rule Withdrawn     01/02/01                        66 FR 8
NPRM                            06/24/02                    67 FR 42512
NPRM Comment Period End         08/23/02
Final Rule                      06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: The Coast Guard withdrew the direct final rule 
because it received an adverse comment. The Coast Guard published a 
notice of proposed rulemaking to solicit additional comments from the 
public.
Transferred from RIN 2115-AF98

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: Daniel Andrusiak, Project Manager, G-OPN-2, Department 
of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0327

RIN: 1625-AA55
_______________________________________________________________________

1100. ALTERNATE HULL EXAMINATION PROGRAM FOR CERTAIN PASSENGER VESSELS, 
AND UNDERWATER SURVEYS FOR PASSENGER, NAUTICAL SCHOOL, AND SAILING 
SCHOOL VESSELS (USCG-2000-6858)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 46 USC 3305; 46 USC 3308

CFR Citation: 46 CFR 71; 46 CFR 115; 46 CFR 167; 46 CFR 169; 46 CFR 176

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This regulatory project will establish hull examination 
alternatives and a drydock extension policy for qualifying passenger 
vessels that operate exclusively on benign, low-risk environments, and 
that have limited time under way. In addition, the proposed regulations 
would provide the option of alternating drydock examinations with 
underwater surveys for passenger vessels. This project supports the 
Coast Guard's strategic Marine Safety, Security and Environmental 
Protection Program's goal of mobility by facilitating commerce and 
eliminating interruptions and impediments to the economical movement of 
goods and people.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              04/29/02                    67 FR 21062
Interim Final Rule Effective    06/28/02
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      07/29/02
Interim Final Rule; Announcement 
of Effective Date               08/28/02                    67 FR 55162
Collection of Information 
Interim Rule Sections Effective 08/28/02
Interim Rule; Announcement of 
Effective Date; Correction      10/18/02                    67 FR 64315
Final Rule                      05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: This project is split from RIN 2115-AF73. The 
split was a result of comments received under the notice of proposed 
rulemaking that was published under

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RIN 2115-AF73, November 15, 1999, 64 FR 62018, entitled Frequency of 
Inspection Alternate Hull Exam Program for Certain Passenger Vessels, 
and Underwater Surveys for Passenger, Nautical School, and Sailing 
School Vessels.
Transferred from RIN 2115-AF95

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: LCDR Martin Walker, Project Manager, G-MOC, Department 
of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-1047

RIN: 1625-AA57
_______________________________________________________________________

1101. RULES OF PRACTICE, PROCEDURE, AND EVIDENCE FOR ADMINISTRATIVE 
PROCEEDINGS OF THE COAST GUARD (USCG 1998-3472)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 46 USC 7701; 46 USC 7702; 33 USC 1321; 42 USC 9609

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 20; 46 CFR 5

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Coast Guard maintains two separate sets of procedural 
rules: the administrative adjudication rules against merchant mariners' 
licenses, certificates of registry, and documents; and those for the 
adjudication of class II civil penalties. The rules for suspension and 
revocation, contained in part 5 of title 46 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations (CFR), date from 1948, and are based on criminal procedure. 
The rules for class II civil penalties, contained in part 20 of title 
33 of the CFR, date from 1994, and are based on the Model Rules of 
Administrative Procedure and on other modern rules for civil procedure. 
Neither set implements the authority of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 
(OPA 90), which provides for the temporary suspension of a license, 
certificate of registry, or document for up to 45 days without a 
hearing, in certain circumstances, and a hearing within 30 days of any 
such suspension. This rulemaking would consolidate all procedural rules 
for administrative adjudications for class II civil penalties, and 
allow the Coast Guard to promulgate regulations implementing the OPA 90 
authority. This project supports the strategic goal of the Coast Guard 
to promote marine safety. We are in the process of deciding how to 
respond to comments received.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/06/98                    63 FR 16731
NPRM Comment Period End         05/06/98
NPRM Comment Period Reopened    05/20/98                    63 FR 27700
NPRM Comment Period End         06/19/98
Interim Final Rule              05/24/99                    64 FR 28054
Interim Final Rule Effective    06/23/99
Interim Final Rule Correction   06/28/99                    64 FR 34540
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      07/23/99
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period Reopened                 10/05/99                    64 FR 53970
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/03/00
Final Rule                      12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: This rulemaking revises in part the previous 
docket of CGD 94-101, which was terminated on December 20, 1995.
Transferred from RIN 2115-AF59

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: George Jordan, Project Manager, G-CJ, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-2940

RIN: 1625-AA59
_______________________________________________________________________

1102. FIRE-SUPPRESSION SYSTEMS AND VOYAGE PLANNING FOR TOWING VESSELS 
(USCG 2000-6931)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 46 USC 3719; 46 USC 4102

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 157; 46 CFR 27

Legal Deadline: NPRM, Statutory, October 1, 1997.

Abstract: The Coast Guard proposes requirements for (a) total-flooding 
or other installed systems for suppressing fires on existing towing 
vessels, and (b) voyage-planning. The purpose of this rulemaking is to 
reduce oil spills from single-hull, non-self-propelled barges because 
drifting oil barges have run aground and spilled their cargoes, causing 
considerable damage to marine life and the environment. This project 
was developed in cooperation with the Towing Safety Advisory Committee. 
It supports the Coast Guard's strategic goals of maritime safety and 
protection of natural resources.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/06/97                    62 FR 52057
Comment Period End              01/05/98
Comment Period Reopened         02/27/98                     63 FR 9980
Notice of Public Meeting        02/27/98                     63 FR 9980
Comment Period End              05/11/98
Supplemental NPRM               11/08/00                    65 FR 66941
Notice of Public Meeting        12/28/00                    65 FR 82303
Supplemental NPRM Comment Period 
End                             03/08/01
Supplemental NPRM; Notice of 
Mtg. & Second Reopening Comment 
Period                          07/11/01                    66 FR 36223
Second Reopened Comment Period 
End                             09/15/01
Interim Rule                    04/29/03                    68 FR 22604
Interim Rule Comment Period End 07/28/03
Interim Rule Effective          08/27/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: This rulemaking was formerly titled ``Towing 
Vessel Safety (Fire Suppression Systems and Other Measures for Towing 
Vessels)'' (CGD 97-064). It originally proposed requirements for three 
sets of issues relative to the safety of towing vessel safety issues: 
1) Fire-suppression systems and other measures; 2) control measures for 
tank barges; and 3) fire-protection measures for towing vessels. The 
latter two components have developed into separate rulemakings: 
Emergency Control Measures for Tank Barges (USCG 1998-4443; RIN 2115-
AF65), and Fire Protection Measures for

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Towing Vessels (USCG 1998-4445; RIN 2115-AF66).
Transferred from RIN 2115-AF53

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: Randall Eberly, Project Manager, G-MSE-4, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW, Washington, 
DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-1861

RIN: 1625-AA60
_______________________________________________________________________

1103. [bull] APPROVAL FOR EXPERIMENTAL SHIPBOARD INSTALLATIONS OF 
BALLAST WATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS (USCG-2001-9267)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 16 USC 4711

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 151, subpart C; 33 CFR 151, subpart D

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking would establish a program through which 
vessel owners could apply for advance, conditional approval of 
experimental ballast water treatment systems installed and tested 
onboard their operating vessels. This interim rule would facilitate the 
development of effective ballast water treatment technology that could 
serve as an alternative to ballast water exchange, and ensure that U.S. 
regulations accomplish the intent of Congress to prevent and control 
the introduction of unwanted aquatic nuisance species as stated in the 
National Invasive Species Act of 1996.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Request for Comments            05/22/01                    66 FR 28213
Interim Final Rule              09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Dr. Richard Everett, Project Manager, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Operating & 
Environmental Standards (G-MSO), 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, DC 
20593
Phone: 202 267-2243

RIN: 1625-AA66
_______________________________________________________________________

1104. [bull] AUTOMATIC IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM; VESSEL CARRIAGE 
REQUIREMENT (USCG-2003-14757)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: PL 107-295

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 161; 33 CFR 164; 33 CFR 165

Legal Deadline: Other, Statutory, November 25, 2003, Section 102(d) of 
Public Law 107-295 requires the issuance of a temporary interim rule as 
soon as practicable that must expire not later than November 25, 2003, 
unless superseded by a final rule before that date.

Abstract: The Coast Guard will amend certain ports and waterways 
regulations to reflect vessel carriage requirements, and technical and 
performance standards for an automatic identification system (AIS). The 
rule will implement the AIS vessel requirements of the Maritime 
Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA) and the International 
Maritime Organization (IMO) requirements adopted under International 
Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS), as amended. The 
changes will require AIS on all SOLAS vessels and certain other 
commercial vessels. The rule will facilitate vessel communications, 
enhance good order and predictability, promote safe navigation, expand 
maritime domain awareness, and improve upon existing operating measures 
on our nation's waterways. This rulemaking replaces a rulemaking we 
have withdrawn, RIN 1625-AA61 (Formerly 2115-AG36). We have withdrawn 
that rulemaking and have replaced it with this one that will 
specifically respond to the MTSA, including its requirement to publish 
a temporary interim rule (TIR). The TIR will focus on SOLAS vessels in 
all waters and domestic vessels operating in Vessel Traffic Service 
(VTS) and Vessel Movement Reporting System (VMRS) areas only. The 
public will be provided with an opportunity to comment on the TIR. 
Separate from this rulemaking, a notice will also be published seeking 
comments on AIS carriage requirements for non-VTS or non-VMRS areas, 
such as for other navigable waters per MTSA or domestic vessels over 
500 gross tons per SOLAS. This new rulemaking supports Coast Guard 
strategic goals of maritime safety, maritime security, protection of 
natural resources and maritime mobility.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Temporary Interim Rule          07/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Federalism:  This action may have federalism implications as defined in 
EO 13132.

Additional Information: Related docket: Maritime Security Notice, USCG-
2002-14069 (67 FR 79742, December 30, 2002), available at http://
dms.dot.gov.

Agency Contact: Jorge Arroyo, Project Manager, G-MWV, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-6277

Related RIN: Related To 1625-AA42, Related To 1625-AA43, Related To 
1625-AA46, Related To 1625-AA61, Related To 1625-AA68, Related To 1625-
AA69
RIN: 1625-AA67
_______________________________________________________________________

1105. [bull] OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF FACILITY SECURITY (USCG-2003-14759)

Priority: Other Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Legal Authority: PL 107-295

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 106

Legal Deadline: Final, Statutory, November 25, 2003, Section 102(d) of 
Public Law 107-295 requires the issuance of a temporary interim rule as 
soon as practicable that must expire not later than November 25, 2003, 
unless superseded by a final rule before that date.

Abstract: This rulemaking will establish security measures for Outer 
Continental Shelf (OCS) facilities commensurate with the level and 
degree of risk within the marine transportation system and will affect 
all users, workers, and property in and adjacent to navigable waters of 
the United States and waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United 
States. This rulemaking will include requirements for OCS Facility 
Security Assessments,

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OCS Facility Security Plans, and OCS Facility Security Officers. The 
Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA) requires that a 
temporary interim rule be published followed by a final rule no later 
than November 25, 2003, one year after the date of enactment of the 
MTSA.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Temporary Interim Rule          07/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Federalism:  This action may have federalism implications as defined in 
EO 13132.

Agency Contact: LT Greg Versaw, Project Manager, G-MP, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-4144

Related RIN: Related To 1625-AA42, Related To 1625-AA43, Related To 
1625-AA46, Related To 1625-AA67, Related To 1625-AA69
RIN: 1625-AA68
_______________________________________________________________________

1106. [bull] IMPLEMENTATION OF NATIONAL MARITIME SECURITY INITIATIVES 
(USCG-2003-14792)

Priority: Other Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Legal Authority: PL 107-295

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 101 to 103; 33 CFR 105; 33 CFR 161; 33 CFR 164; 33 
CFR 165; 46 CFR 104

Legal Deadline: Other, Statutory, November 25, 2003, Section 102(d) of 
Public Law 107-295 requires the issuance of a temporary interim rule as 
soon as practicable that must expire not later than November 25, 2003, 
unless superseded by a final rule before that date.

Abstract: The Coast Guard is implementing a series of temporary interim 
rules as required by Public Law 107-295, the Maritime Transportation 
Security Act of 2002 (MTSA). This series of temporary interim rules 
addresses security assessments, plans, and specific security measure 
requirements for Area Maritime Transportation Security, Vessel 
Security, Facility Security, and Offshore Facility Security. The 
carriage requirements for Automatic Identification System (AIS) are 
also included in this series of interim final rules. A comprehensive 
discussion of the security requirements included in the MTSA is 
presented in this rulemaking along with a summary of the cost and 
benefits of the entire suite of temporary interim rules. Discussions 
are also included on the alignment of domestic maritime security 
requirements with the International Ship and Port Facility Security 
(ISPFS) Code and recent amendments to the International Convention for 
the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). The actual temporary interim rules 
in this suite limit their preamble discussions to the specific 
requirements they contain. Under the MTSA, a final rule for each of the 
six temporary interim rules will be issued before November 25, 2003. 
This rulemaking provides the elements and discussions common to the 
suite of related temporary interim rules. The public is encouraged to 
use this rulemaking as the foundation document for the entire suite.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Temporary Interim Rule          07/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Federalism:  This action may have federalism implications as defined in 
EO 13132.

Agency Contact: Suzanne Englebert, Commander, Department of Homeland 
Security, U.S. Coast Guard
Phone: 202 267-2388

Related RIN: Related To 1625-AA43, Related To 1625-AA42, Related To 
1625-AA46, Related To 1625-AA67, Related To 1625-AA68
RIN: 1625-AA69
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                 Long-Term Actions
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
_______________________________________________________________________

1107. SAFETY AND SECURITY ZONE REGULATIONS

Priority: Routine and Frequent

Legal Authority: 33 USC 1225; 33 USC 1226; 33 USC 1231; 33 USC 1233; 50 
USC 191

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 100; 33 CFR 165

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Coast Guard uses these routine and frequent regulations 
to establish control of access to areas to ensure the safety or 
security of events, vessels, waterfront facilities, or individuals. 
Many of these zones are of short duration, ranging from a few hours to 
a few days, and all are geographically limited in area. Safety zones 
are established for events such as fireworks displays, high speed 
races, or the transit of dangerous cargoes such as explosives or 
liquefied petroleum gas. Security zones are established for 
Presidential or Vice Presidential visits, high profile events such as 
the Olympics, controversial events such as transport of spent nuclear 
fuel, and in response to the threat of terrorist attacks. Safety and 
security zones are promulgated by Captains of the Port or District 
Commanders. These routine and frequent rulemakings support the Coast 
Guard's strategic goals of marine safety, mobility, maritime security, 
and national defense. The total actions expected from May 1, 2003, to 
May 1, 2004, are 300.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Actions Will Continue Through   05/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Routine and frequent rulemakings issued under 
this RIN will have individual docket numbers.

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Transferred from RIN 2115-AA97

Agency Contact: James McLeod, Project Manager, G-LRA, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-6233

RIN: 1625-AA00
_______________________________________________________________________

1108. SPECIAL ANCHORAGE AREAS/ANCHORAGE GROUNDS REGULATIONS

Priority: Routine and Frequent

Legal Authority: 33 USC 471; 33 USC 2030; 33 USC 2035; 33 USC 2071

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 110

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These routine and frequent regulations are established where 
maritime and commercial interests require them for safety of 
navigation. Special anchorage areas are areas in which vessels of not 
more than 65 ft. may anchor without displaying the required lights or 
sound signals. These special anchorage areas are limited 
geographically, and depending upon the purpose, establish both long- 
and short-term anchorages. Anchorage grounds are limited 
geographically, delineate the types and size of vessel which may use 
the anchorage, and may place time and other restrictions on its use. 
Special anchorage areas and anchorage grounds are promulgated by 
District Commanders in response to requests from appropriate officials. 
These routine and frequent rulemakings support the Coast Guard's 
strategic goal of marine safety. The total actions expected from May 1, 
2003, to May 1, 2004, are 10.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Actions Will Continue Through   05/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Routine and frequent rulemakings issued under 
this RIN will have individual docket numbers.
Transferred from RIN 2115-AA98

Agency Contact: Ed LaRue, Project Manager, G-MWV, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0416

RIN: 1625-AA01
_______________________________________________________________________

1109. DISCHARGE-REMOVAL EQUIPMENT FOR VESSELS CARRYING OIL (CGD 90-068)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 33 USC 1321

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 155

Legal Deadline: Final, Statutory, August 18, 1992.

Abstract: The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 directed the President by 
August 18, 1992, to require periodic inspection of discharge-removal 
equipment to ensure that it is available in an emergency, and to 
require carriage of discharge-removal equipment by vessels operating in 
the navigable waters of the United States and carrying oil or hazardous 
substances. This action implemented those provisions. This project 
supports the Coast Guard's strategic goal of protection of natural 
resources. This project is considered significant because of 
substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           08/30/91                    56 FR 43534
ANPRM Comment Period End        10/16/91
NPRM                            09/29/92                    57 FR 44912
NPRM Comment Period Extended    10/26/92                    57 FR 48489
NPRM Comment Period End         10/29/92
NPRM Comment Period Extended    11/16/92
Interim Final Rule              12/22/93                    58 FR 67988
Interim Final Rule Effective    01/21/94
Correction                      01/26/94                     59 FR 3749
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      02/22/94


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AD66

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: David A. DuPont, Project Manager, G-MSR-2, Department 
of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0971

RIN: 1625-AA02
_______________________________________________________________________

1110. ESCORT VESSELS FOR CERTAIN TANKERS (CGD 91-202)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 46 USC 3703

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 168

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking developed standards that implement section 
4116(c) of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. It addressed the areas of 
Prince William Sound and Puget Sound and requires a two-vessel escort 
for single-hull tankers greater than 5,000 gross tons. On November 1, 
1994, the crash stop criteria were suspended because of industry 
concerns about meeting the criteria. On February 1, 1995, a notice of 
availability of a two-part study assessing the capability of escort 
tugs to control disabled tankers in Prince William Sound was published. 
This project supports the Coast Guard's Marine Safety and Environmental 
Protection program's goal to reduce the amount of oil discharged into 
the marine environment and the Coast Guard's strategic goal of 
protecting natural resources. This project is considered significant 
because of substantial public and State government interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/07/92                    57 FR 30058
NPRM Comment Period End         09/08/92
NPRM Comment Period Reopened    03/26/93                    58 FR 16391
Notice of Public Hearings       04/29/93                    58 FR 25959
Correction                      05/19/93                    58 FR 29157
NPRM Comment Period End         06/24/93
Notice of Availability--Part 1 
of Study                        01/10/94                     59 FR 1411
Final Rule                      08/19/94                    59 FR 42962
Final Rule--Suspension of Crash-
Stop Provision                  11/01/94                    59 FR 54519
Final Rule Effective            11/17/94
Final Rule--Partial Suspension 
Effective                       11/17/94

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Notice of Availability--Part II 
of Study                        02/01/95                     60 FR 6345


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: We are in the process of deciding how to 
respond to the comments we have received. The Coast Guard, in 
cooperation with the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory 
Council, PWS Tanker Association, and Alaska Pipeline, conducted a 
disabled-tanker towing study. The results of the study were considered 
in this rulemaking. Tug escort requirements in areas other than Prince 
William Sound and Puget Sound are addressed in the project listed under 
RIN 1625-AA10.
ANALYSIS: Regulatory Evaluation, August 19, 1994, 59 FR 42962
Transferred from RIN 2115-AE10

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: LT Sam Stevens, Project Manager, G-MSE-1, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0173

Related RIN: Previously reported as 2115-AE10
RIN: 1625-AA05
_______________________________________________________________________

1111. STATE ACCESS TO THE OIL SPILL LIABILITY TRUST FUND (CGD 92-014)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 33 USC 2712

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 133

Legal Deadline: NPRM, Statutory, February 18, 1991.

Abstract: Pursuant to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90), this 
action specifies how the authority to obligate the pollution trust fund 
for oil spill response and cleanup efforts and to enter into agreements 
with the States will be exercised. The Coast Guard is evaluating the 
performance of the interim rule. This rulemaking supports the Coast 
Guard's strategic goal of the protection of natural resources.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Rule                    11/13/92                    57 FR 53968
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      02/11/93


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Federalism:  Undetermined

Additional Information: The rulemaking priority was downgraded from 
Other Significant to Substantive Nonsignificant in the November 14, 
1994 agenda. However, due to administrative error, the document 
erroneously reflected Other Significant in subsequent agenda entries.
Transferred from RIN 2115-AE19

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: Allen R. Thuring, Project Manager, National Pollution 
Funds Center, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Suite 
1000, 4200 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22203-1804
Phone: 202 493-6801

Related RIN: Previously reported as 2115-AE19
RIN: 1625-AA06
_______________________________________________________________________

1112. REGATTA AND MARINE PARADE REGULATIONS

Priority: Routine and Frequent

Legal Authority: 33 USC 1233

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 100

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These routine and frequent special local regulations ensure 
the safety of participants and spectators during regattas and marine 
parades. The regulations or rules specify such controls as separate 
participant and spectator areas, separation schemes for watercraft in 
the area of the event, and temporary restrictions on waterways to 
accommodate the event. These rules are short-term in nature, usually 
applying to a single event not exceeding eight hours in duration, and 
usually encompass only a small portion of a navigable waterway. These 
rules are promulgated by District Commanders in response to a request 
from an event-sponsoring organization. These routine and frequent 
rulemakings support the Coast Guard's strategic goals of maritime 
safety and maritime mobility of commercial and recreational vessel 
traffic. The total actions expected from May 1, 2003, to May 1, 2004, 
are 35.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Action Will Continue Through    05/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Routine and frequent rulemakings issued under 
this RIN will have individual docket numbers.
Transferred from RIN 2115-AE46

Agency Contact: Carlton Perry, Project Manager, G-OPB-1, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0979

RIN: 1625-AA08
_______________________________________________________________________

1113. DRAWBRIDGE REGULATIONS

Priority: Routine and Frequent

Legal Authority: 33 USC 499

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 117

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These routine and frequent regulations establish operating 
schedules and notice requirements for drawbridges across navigable 
waterways. Drawbridge regulations establish the permanent draw 
operation schedules for bridges and specify what notice mariners must 
give to request an opening. Short-term deviations from the permanent 
schedule may be issued for bridge repairs or to test the effectiveness 
of a proposed new opening schedule. Drawbridge regulations are 
promulgated by District Commanders usually at the request of the bridge 
owner or operator, or of local officials or local Coast Guard bridge 
administration officials. These routine and frequent rulemakings 
support the Coast Guard's strategic goals of maritime safety and 
maritime mobility of commercial and recreational vessel

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traffic. The total actions expected from May 1, 2003, to May 1, 2004, 
are 150.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Actions Will Continue Through   05/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Routine and frequent rulemakings issued under 
this RIN will have individual docket numbers.
Transferred from RIN 2115-AE47

Agency Contact: Alesia Steinberger, Project Manager, G-OPT-1, 
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-6215

RIN: 1625-AA09
_______________________________________________________________________

1114. ESCORT VESSELS IN CERTAIN U.S. WATERS (CGD 91-202A)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 46 USC 3703

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 168

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This regulation would designate those U.S. waters, other than 
Prince William Sound and Puget Sound, where tankers and other vessels 
must be escorted by a towing vessel or other appropriate vessel. This 
project supports the Coast Guard's Marine Safety and Environmental 
Protection program's goal to reduce the amount of oil discharged into 
the marine environment and the Coast Guard's strategic goal of 
protecting natural resources. This action is considered significant 
because of substantial public and State government interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           04/27/93                    58 FR 25766
Comment Period End              06/28/93
Request for Comments            12/21/94                    59 FR 65741
Comment Period End              02/13/95


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Federalism:  Undetermined

Additional Information: We are in the process of deciding how to 
respond to the comments we have received. This rulemaking is a 
companion to RIN 1625-AA05, which concerns Prince William Sound and 
Puget Sound.
Transferred from RIN 2115-AE56

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: LT Sam Stevens, Project Manager, G-MSE-1, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0173

Related RIN: Related To 2115-AE10
RIN: 1625-AA10
_______________________________________________________________________

1115. REGULATED NAVIGATION AREAS

Priority: Routine and Frequent

Legal Authority: 33 USC 1231; 50 USC 191

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 165

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These routine and frequent regulations establish operating 
requirements for vessels within specified geographic areas to ensure 
safety on the navigable waters where some special or unusual 
circumstance exists. Regulated navigation areas are limited areas in 
which the Coast Guard specifies operational or vessel restrictions such 
as vessel entry, movement or departure, and vessel size, speed, 
horsepower, or draft limitations. Regulated navigation areas are 
promulgated by District Commanders, usually at the request of Coast 
Guard marine safety or local maritime safety officials. These routine 
and frequent rulemakings support the Coast Guard's strategic goals of 
waterways management, marine safety, and maritime mobility. The total 
actions expected from May 1, 2003, to May 1, 2004, are 10.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Actions Will Continue Through   05/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Routine and frequent rulemakings issued under 
this RIN will have individual docket numbers.
Transferred from RIN 2115-AE84

Agency Contact: Ed LaRue, Project Manager, G-MWV, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0416

RIN: 1625-AA11
_______________________________________________________________________

1116. MARINE TRANSPORTATION-RELATED FACILITY RESPONSE PLANS FOR 
HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES (USCG-1999-5705)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 33 USC 1321(j); PL 101-380

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 154

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This project would implement provisions of the Oil Pollution 
Act of 1990 that require an owner or operator of a marine 
transportation-related facility transferring bulk hazardous substances 
to develop and operate in accordance with an approved response plan. 
The regulations would apply to marine transportation-related facilities 
that, because of their location, could cause harm to the environment by 
discharging a hazardous substance into or on the navigable waters or 
adjoining shoreline. A separate rulemaking, under RIN 1625-AA13, was 
developed in tandem with this rulemaking and addresses hazardous 
substances response plan requirements for tank vessels. This project 
supports the Coast Guard's strategic goals of maritime safety and 
protection of natural resources by reducing the consequence of 
pollution incidents. This action is considered significant because of 
substantial public and industry interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           05/03/96                    61 FR 20084
Notice of Public Hearings       07/03/96                    61 FR 34775
ANPRM Comment Period End        09/03/96
NPRM                            03/31/00                    65 FR 17416

[[Page 30345]]

NPRM Comment Period End         06/29/00
Interim Final Rule              06/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Old Docket Number CGD 94-048. Public hearings 
regarding this rulemaking were held in Washington, DC, on July 30, 
1996; Houston, TX, on August 5, 1996; and Houston, TX, on February 26 
and 27, 1997. Public meetings for the notice of proposed rulemaking 
were held in New Orleans, LA, on May 10 and 11, 2000.
Transferred from RIN 2115-AE87

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: LT Eric Bauer, Project Manager, G-MOR, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0417

RIN: 1625-AA12
_______________________________________________________________________

1117. NUMBERING OF UNDOCUMENTED BARGES (USCG-1998-3798)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 46 USC 12301

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 189

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Title 46 U.S.C. 12301, as amended by the Abandoned Barge Act 
of 1992, requires that all undocumented barges 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 strategic goal of 
protection of natural resources.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

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


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Old Docket Number CGD 93-091. In the 2002 
spring sgenda we announced that we would be withdrawing this rulemaking 
but we are currently reevaluating that decision. We are in the process 
of deciding how to respond to the comments we have received.
Transferred from RIN 2115-AF13

Agency Contact: Patricia Williams, Project Manager, NVDC, 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
_______________________________________________________________________

1118. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE 1995 AMENDMENTS TO THE INTERNATIONAL 
CONVENTION ON STANDARDS OF TRAINING, CERTIFICATION, AND WATCHKEEPING FOR 
SEAFARERS, 1978 (STCW) (CGD 95-062)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 44 USC 3507; 46 USC 2103; 46 USC 7101; 46 USC 7107

CFR Citation: 46 CFR 10; 46 CFR 12; 46 CFR 15

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The International Maritime Organization (IMO) comprehensively 
amended the International Convention on Standards of Training, 
Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW), in 1995. The 
amendments came into force on February 1, 1997. This project implements 
them by revising current regulations to ensure that the United States 
complies with their requirements on: the training of merchant mariners, 
the documenting of their qualifications, and watch-standing and other 
arrangements aboard seagoing merchant ships of the United States. This 
project supports the Coast Guard's strategic goal of maritime safety. 
It also supports the goal of our directorate for Marine Safety and 
Environmental Protection for reducing deaths and injuries of 
crewmembers on domestic merchant vessels and eliminating substandard 
vessels from the navigable waters of the United States. This rulemaking 
is significant due to the potential impact on industry and the 
potential effect on international interests.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Notice of Meeting               08/02/95                    60 FR 39306
Comment Period End              09/29/95
Notice of Inquiry               11/13/95                    60 FR 56970
Comment Period End              01/12/96
NPRM                            03/26/96                    61 FR 13284
Notice of Public Meetings       04/08/96                    61 FR 15438
Comment Period End              07/24/96
Notice of Intent                02/04/97                     62 FR 5197
Interim Rule                    06/26/97                    62 FR 34505
Interim Rule Effective          07/28/97
Final Rule                       To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Old Docket Number CGD 95-062.
Transferred from RIN 2115-AF26

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: Mark Gould, Project Manager, G-MSO-1, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-6890

RIN: 1625-AA16
_______________________________________________________________________

1119. SALVAGE AND MARINE FIREFIGHTING REQUIREMENTS; VESSEL RESPONSE 
PLANS FOR OIL (USCG-1998-3417)

Priority: Economically Significant. Major under 5 USC 801.

Unfunded Mandates: This action may affect the private sector under PL 
104-4.

Legal Authority: 33 USC 1321

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 155

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Current vessel response plan regulations require that the 
owners or

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operators of vessels carrying groups I through V petroleum oil as a 
primary cargo identify in their response plans a salvage company with 
expertise and equipment, and a company with firefighting capability 
that can be deployed to a port nearest to the vessel's operating area 
within 24 hours of notification (groups I-IV) or a discovery of a 
discharge (group V). Numerous requests for clarification revealed 
widespread misunderstanding and confusion regarding the regulatory 
language, which will make the implementation of this requirement 
difficult. Based on comments received after the Vessel Response Plan 
final rule publication (61 FR 1052; January 12, 1996) and during a 
Coast Guard hosted workshop, the Coast Guard intends to better define 
the terms ``salvage expertise and equipment'' and ``vessel firefighting 
capability'' requirements and will reconsider the 24-hour deployment 
requirement which was scheduled to go into effect on February 18, 1998. 
Therefore, the Coast Guard suspended the effective dates of the 24-hour 
deployment requirements as published in the final rule. The Coast Guard 
will continue with this project to better define the requirements. This 
rulemaking supports the Coast Guard's strategic goals of maritime 
safety and protection of the natural resources. This rulemaking is also 
significant because it concerns a matter of substantial public interest 
or controversy.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Rule - Partial Suspension 02/12/98                     63 FR 7069
Final Rule - Partial Suspension 01/17/01                     66 FR 3876
NPRM                            05/10/02                    67 FR 31868
Public Meeting 7/9/02, 7/17/02, 
7/25/02                         06/12/02                    67 FR 40254
Public Meeting 9/26/02          08/07/02                    67 FR 51159
NPRM Comment Period Extended    08/07/02
NPRM Comment Period End         10/18/02


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Partial suspension of regulations created 
through the Vessel Response Plan final rule, docket no. 91-034, RIN 
2115-AD81. The project was originally titled ``Salvage and Firefighting 
Equipment; Vessel Response Plans.'' The change was made in order to 
distinguish this project from other similarly titled projects within 
the Coast Guard.
Transferred from RIN 2115-AF60

Agency Contact: LT Reed Kohberger, Project Manager, G-MOR-3, Department 
of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0448

RIN: 1625-AA19
_______________________________________________________________________

1120. COMMERCIAL DIVING OPERATIONS (USCG-1998-3786)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 33 USC 1509; 43 USC 1333; 46 USC 3306; 46 USC 3703; 46 
USC 6101

CFR Citation: 46 CFR 197

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This project involves reviewing and updating the commercial 
diving regulations, which are over 20 years old. A review of the 
commercial diving regulations is needed to determine what parts should 
be updated or changed based on the current standards of safety, 
technology, and industry practices and to evaluate and minimize any 
significant economic impact of the rules upon small entities. The 
project supports the Coast Guard Marine Safety, Security and 
Environmental Protection Program's goal to reduce deaths and injuries 
on U.S. commercial vessels and the Coast Guard's strategic goal of 
maritime safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           06/26/98                    63 FR 34840
ANPRM Comment Period Extended   09/23/98                    63 FR 50848
ANPRM Comment Period End        11/09/98


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AF64

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: Michael A. Jendrossek, Project Manager, G-MSO-2, 
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0836

RIN: 1625-AA21
_______________________________________________________________________

1121. IMPROVEMENTS TO MARITIME SAFETY IN PUGET SOUND-AREA WATERS (USCG-
1998-4501)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 33 USC 1223 to 1224

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking would promulgate measures to improve maritime 
safety in Puget Sound-Area waters including Puget Sound, the Strait of 
Juan de Fuca, passages around and through the San Juan Islands, and the 
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. Based on a determination by 
the Secretary of Transportation regarding the status of maritime safety 
in the Puget Sound area, the Coast Guard has initiated a comprehensive 
cost-benefit analysis to study the feasibility of implementing new 
safety measures, including extended tug escort requirements and a 
dedicated response vessel. Public input will help focus this cost-
benefit analysis and develop any future proposed rules, if deemed 
necessary. This rulemaking supports the Coast Guard Marine Safety and 
Environmental Protection Program's goal to reduce the amount of oil 
discharged into the marine environment and the Coast Guard's strategic 
goal of protection of natural resources. This is a significant action 
due to substantial public interest.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           11/24/98                    63 FR 64937
ANPRM Comment Period End        05/24/99


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Federalism:  Undetermined

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AF68

[[Page 30347]]

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: LT Sam Stevens, Project Manager, G-MSE-1, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0173

RIN: 1625-AA22
_______________________________________________________________________

1122. CARGO SECURING ON VESSELS OPERATING IN U.S. WATERS (USCG-2000-
7080)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 46 USC 3306

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 97

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking would amend the cargo stowage and securing 
rules for U.S. vessels operating in U.S. waters. In addition, it would 
amend rules to require cargo-securing manuals for U.S. or foreign 
vessels of 500 gross tons or more on international voyages. Its goal is 
to reduce hazardous material cargo losses from vessels in U.S. waters. 
It supports the Coast Guard's strategic goals of maritime safety and 
protection of natural resources.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/01/00                    65 FR 75201
NPRM Comment Period End         03/01/01


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: This rulemaking is being returned to a long-
term schedule. In the 2002 spring agenda, we announced we would be 
withdrawing this rulemaking but we are currently reevaluating that 
decision.
Transferred from RIN 2115-AF97

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: Michael A. Jendrossek, Project Manager, G-MSO-2, 
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0836

RIN: 1625-AA25
_______________________________________________________________________

1123. ELECTRONIC CHART DISPLAY AND INFORMATION SYSTEM (ECDIS) (USCG-
2001-8826)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 33 USC 1223; 33 USC 1231; 46 USC 2103; 46 USC 3703; 46 
USC 6101; 46 USC 8502

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 164

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking would allow commercial vessels the option of 
using an IMO-approved Electronic Charting Display and Information 
System (ECDIS) as a primary means of navigation in U.S. waters instead 
of paper charts. Compliance with this rule would be optional; any 
vessel choosing not to use such an ECDIS must continue to navigate 
using corrected and updated printed charts and publications. This 
regulation supports the Coast Guard's strategic goal of maritime 
safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           05/02/01                    66 FR 21899
ANPRM Comment Period End        07/02/01


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: This rulemaking is being shifted onto a long-
term schedule. In the 2002 spring agenda, we announced that we would be 
withdrawing this rulemaking. We are currently reevaluating that 
decision.
Transferred from RIN 2115-AG09

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: LCDR Alan Blume, Project Manager, G-MWV-2, Department 
of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW, 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0550

RIN: 1625-AA29
_______________________________________________________________________

1124. FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR PROPELLER INJURY AVOIDANCE MEASURES (USCG 
2001-10163)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 46 USC 4302

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 175

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule would establish Federal requirements for nonplaning 
recreational houseboats equipped with propeller driven propulsion 
located aft of the transom. This rule would require owners of these 
non-planing recreational houseboats to install either one or two 
propulsion unit measures (a propeller guard or a jet pump drive) or 
employ three combined measures (use of an ignition cut-off switch, 
where installed, and install a swim ladder interlock device and an aft-
visibility device). Owners of rental houseboats would have to also 
install an ignition cut-off switch, if not already installed. These 
requirements would reduce the number of boaters who are seriously or 
fatally injured when struck by the propeller of a nonplaning 
recreational houseboat. This rulemaking would implement recommendations 
made by the National Boating Safety Advisory Council. It supports the 
Coast Guard's strategic goal of marine safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/10/01                    66 FR 63645
NPRM Comment Period End         03/11/02
NPRM Comment Period Extended    03/26/02                    67 FR 13738
NPRM Comment Period End         05/11/02
Final Rule                       To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AG18

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: Carlton Perry, Project Manager, G-OPB-1, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001

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Phone: 202 267-0979

Related RIN: Previously reported as 2115-AG18
RIN: 1625-AA31
_______________________________________________________________________

1125. STANDARDS FOR LIVING ORGANISMS IN SHIPS' BALLAST WATER DISCHARGED 
IN U.S. WATERS (USCG-2001-10486)

Priority: Other Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Legal Authority: 16 USC 4711

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 151

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking would add a performance standard to 33 CFR 
part 151, subpart D, for all ballast water treatment methods being used 
as alternatives to midocean ballast water exchange. It supports the 
Coast Guard's strategic goals of marine safety and protection of 
natural resources. This project is significant due to high interest 
among several Federal and State agencies.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           03/04/02                     67 FR 9632
ANPRM Comment Period End        06/03/02
NPRM                            09/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AG21

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: Dr. Richard Everett, Project Manager, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Operating & 
Environmental Standards (G-MSO), 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, DC 
20593
Phone: 202 267-2243

RIN: 1625-AA32
_______________________________________________________________________

1126. ALTERNATE TONNAGE CONVENTION: SMALL PASSENGER VESSELS

Priority: Other Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority: 14 USC 14104

CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking would amend small passenger vessel 
regulations retaining the tonnage thresholds based on measurement under 
46 U.S.C. 14502, but adding alternate tonnage thresholds based on 
measurement under 46 U.S.C. 14302. We expect this rulemaking to support 
the Coast Guard's strategic goals of maritime mobility of commercial 
vessel traffic and maritime safety. However, we are reviewing our 
regulatory resource allocation and management strategies to optimize 
our overall regulatory mission effectiveness. Accordingly, we have 
decided to continue this item on the agenda, while we consider and 
balance our statutory obligations and discretionary authority.

Timetable: Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Federalism:  Undetermined

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AG29

Agency Contact: Peter D. Eareckson, Project Manager, Marine Safety 
Center, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 400 7th 
Street SW., Washington, DC 20590-0001
Phone: 202 366-6502

RIN: 1625-AA37
_______________________________________________________________________

1127. WEARING OF PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES BY PERSONS OPERATING OR 
RIDING ON PERSONAL WATERCRAFT OR BEING TOWED BEHIND RECREATIONAL VESSELS 
(USCG-2002-11421)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 46 USC 4302

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 175

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule would require every person to wear a personal 
flotation device (PFD)--also called a lifejacket--while operating or 
riding on personal watercraft (PWC) or being towed behind a 
recreational vessel. On waters subject to the jurisdiction of the 
United States within any State or territory, the rule would not preempt 
any requirement established for such persons as specified by that 
State. The rule would set a Federal requirement on waters subject to 
the jurisdiction of the United States within any State or territory. 
The new requirement would reduce the number of persons who drown while 
participating in these activities. This project supports the Coast 
Guard's strategic goal of maritime safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                             To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Federalism:  Undetermined

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AG32

Agency Contact: Carlton Perry, Project Manager, G-OPB-1, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0979

RIN: 1625-AA40
_______________________________________________________________________

1128. IDENTIFICATION CREDENTIALS FOR MARITIME SECURITY

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority: 46 USC 2103

CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Coast Guard is considering a project to update standards 
and procedures for identifying people aboard vessels, and at ports and 
facilities on waterfronts. These standards and procedures might include 
checks of backgrounds for people in security-sensitive positions, but 
would take account of (and as far as possible be compatible with) 
efforts to the same effect from international bodies, other Federal 
agencies, and States.
The purpose of the project would be to deter terrorism. The project 
would support the Coast Guard's strategic goals of maritime security, 
maritime safety, protection of natural resources, and mobility.

[[Page 30349]]

Timetable: Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Federalism:  Undetermined

Additional Information: Related docket: Maritime Security Notice, USCG-
2002-14069 (67 FR 79742, December 30, 2002).
Transferred from RIN 2115-AG42

Agency Contact: Gerald P. Miante, Project Manager, G-MSE-3, Department 
of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-2206

RIN: 1625-AA47
_______________________________________________________________________

1129. PENALTIES FOR NONSUBMISSION OF BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT REPORTS 
(USCG-2002-13147)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 16 USC 4711

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 151

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking would set penalties for failure to submit 
ballast water management reports, as required in subpart D of 33 CFR 
151. It supports the Coast Guard's strategic goals of protection of 
natural resources.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/06/03                      68 FR 523
NPRM Comment Period End         04/07/03
Final Rule                      06/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AG50

Agency Contact: Bivan Patnaik, Project Manager, G-MSO, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-1744

RIN: 1625-AA51
_______________________________________________________________________

1130. [bull] MANDATORY BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM FOR U.S. WATERS 
(USCG-2003-14273)

Priority: Other Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority: 16 USC 4711

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 151

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking would make ballast water management 
requirements applicable to all vessels entering a port or place in the 
United States. It supports the Coast Guard's strategic goals of marine 
safety and protection of natural resources.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AG52

Agency Contact: Bivan Patnaik, Project Manager, G-MSO, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593
Phone: 202 267-1744

RIN: 1625-AA52
_______________________________________________________________________

1131. VESSEL TRAFFIC SERVICE LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER (USCG-1998-4399)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 33 USC 1223(a)

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 26; 33 CFR 161; 33 CFR 165

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This project proposes to establish a new Vessel Traffic 
Service (VTS) area in the Lower Mississippi River region. This Vessel 
Traffic Service Area (VTSA) will span from 20 miles north of Baton 
Rouge (mile 255 Above Head of Passes (AHP)) out to sea, including the 
South and Southwest Pass. As part of the VTSA, a VTS Special Area will 
be designated between mile 93.5 and 95 AHP. Unlike traditional VTSs, 
which are based on radar and video surveillance and rely on voice 
communications by VHF-FM radio, when fully operational VTS Lower 
Mississippi River will use Automatic Identification System transponder 
technology to perform the majority of both surveillance and information 
exchange. This rulemaking supports the Coast Guard's strategic goals of 
maritime safety and protection of natural resources.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/26/00                    65 FR 24616
NPRM Comment Period End         07/25/00
NPRM Comment Period Reopened    08/18/00                    65 FR 50479
NPRM Comment Period End         12/01/00
Final Rule                       To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: This project was originally entitled ``Vessel 
Traffic Service Lower Mississippi/Automatic Identification System 
Carriage Requirement.'' The VTS LMR will retain RIN 1625-AA58. The AIS 
carriage requirement will be developed in a separate rulemaking.
Transferred from RIN 2115-AF75

Agency Contact: Jorge Arroyo, Project Manager, G-MWV, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-6277

RIN: 1625-AA58
_______________________________________________________________________

1132. WEARING OF PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES (PFDS) BY CERTAIN CHILDREN 
ABOARD RECREATIONAL VESSELS (USCG-2000-8589)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 46 USC 4302

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 175, subpart B

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule requires every child under the age of 13 to wear a 
personal flotation device (PFD)--also called a lifejacket--while aboard 
a recreational vessel under way and while not below decks or in an 
enclosed cabin. It adopts, on waters subject to the jurisdiction of the 
United States within any State, any requirement for the

[[Page 30350]]

wearing of a PFD established by that State for a child under an age 
specified by that State. The rule also sets, on waters subject to the 
jurisdiction of the United States within any State lacking any such 
requirement, its own, comparable requirements. This project supports 
the Coast Guard's strategic goal of maritime safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/01/01                    66 FR 21717
NPRM Comment Period End         08/29/01
Final Rule                      02/27/02                     67 FR 8881
Notice of Withdrawal of Final 
Rule                            03/27/02                    67 FR 19643
Withdrawal of Final Rule 
Effective                       03/27/02
Interim Final Rule              06/24/02                    67 FR 42488
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      08/23/02
Interim Final Rule Effective    12/23/02
Final Rule                       To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: After publication of the final rule, the State 
Boating Law Administrator (BLA) of Ohio raised a concern about possible 
adverse impacts due to Federal enforcement of PFD-wearing requirements 
on vessels not subject to State requirements because of vessels' 
lengths. The Coast Guard withdrew the final rule before its effective 
date and later published an interim final rule that allows public 
comment on a new alternative, which removes the potential differences 
between Federal and State requirements.
Transferred from RIN 2115-AG04

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: Carlton Perry, Project Manager, G-OPB-1, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0979

RIN: 1625-AA62
_______________________________________________________________________

1133. [bull] ESCORT VESSELS FOR CERTAIN TANKERS--CRASH STOP CRITERIA 
(USCG-2003-14734)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 46 USC 3703

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 168

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking will make permanent the suspended ``crash 
stop provision'' to the escort vessel regulations. This rulemaking will 
support the Coast Guard's strategic goal of maritime safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                             To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from 2115-AG51

Agency Contact: LT Sam Stevens, Project Manager, G-MSE-1, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-0173

Related RIN: Related To 1625-AA05
RIN: 1625-AA65
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                 Completed Actions
U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)
_______________________________________________________________________

1134. SAFETY ZONES FOR OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF FACILITIES IN THE GULF OF 
MEXICO (CGD08-01-025)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 14 USC 85; 33 USC 2071

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 147

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Coast Guard proposes to establish safety zones around 
five petroleum and gas production facilities in the Outer Continental 
Shelf in the Gulf of Mexico. The four platforms and one moored spar 
buoy need to be protected from vessels operating outside the normal 
shipping channels and fairways. Placing safety zones around these 
facilities will significantly reduce the threat of allisions, oil 
spills, and releases of natural gas. The proposed regulation would 
prevent all vessels from entering or remaining in specified areas 
around the platforms except for the following: an attending vessel; a 
vessel under 100 feet in length overall not engaged in towing; or a 
vessel authorized by the Eighth Coast Guard District Commander. The 
proposed safety zones are necessary to protect the safety of life, 
property, and the environment and support the Coast Guard's strategic 
goals of marine safety and protection of natural resources.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/10/01                    66 FR 63642
NPRM Comment Period End         02/08/02
Final Rule                      01/28/03                     68 FR 4100
Final Rule Effective            02/27/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AG22

Agency Contact: LT Karrie Trebbe, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. 
Coast Guard, Eighth Coast Guard District Commander, Hale Boggs Federal 
Building, 501 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: 504 589-6271

RIN: 1625-AA33
_______________________________________________________________________

1135. SAFETY ZONE FOR OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF FACILITY IN THE GULF OF 
MEXICO (CGD08-01-043)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 14 USC 85; 43 USC 1333

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 147

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Coast Guard proposes to establish a safety zone around a 
high-production, manned oil and natural gas facility in the Outer 
Continental Shelf

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in the Gulf of Mexico in Green Canyon 205A. The facility needs to be 
protected from vessels operating outside the normal shipping channels 
and fairways. Placing a safety zone around the facility will 
significantly reduce the threat of allisions, oil spills, and releases 
of natural gas. The proposed regulation would prevent all vessels from 
entering or remaining in specified areas around the facility except for 
the following: An attending vessel; a vessel under 100 feet in length 
overall not engaged in towing; or a vessel authorized by the Eighth 
Coast Guard District Commander. The proposed safety zone is necessary 
to protect life, property, and the environment and supports the Coast 
Guard's strategic goals of marine safety and protection of natural 
resources.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/02/02                    67 FR 15505
NPRM Comment Period End         06/03/02
Final Rule                      01/28/03                     68 FR 4098
Final Rule Effective            02/27/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AG31

Agency Contact: LT Karrie Trebbe, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. 
Coast Guard, Eighth Coast Guard District Commander, Hale Boggs Federal 
Building, 501 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: 504 589-6271

RIN: 1625-AA39
_______________________________________________________________________

1136. PASSENGER FACILITY SECURITY PLAN

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined

CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Coast Guard is considering a project to update passenger 
facility security plans. We are currently reviewing comments from the 
January 2002 public workshop on maritime security (notice of meeting 
published December 17, 2001 (66 FR 65020) and notice of workshop agenda 
published January 16, 2002 (67 FR 2271)). This project would be 
expected to support the Coast Guard strategic goals of maritime 
security, maritime safety, protection of natural resources, and 
mobility. We have withdrawn this rulemaking because the updating of 
passenger facility security plans will be addressed in a separate 
rulemaking, RIN 1625-AA43, Facility Security Plans, described elsewhere 
in this spring 2003 agenda.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Withdrawn                       03/19/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Federalism:  Undetermined

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AG39

Agency Contact: LCDR John Farthing, G-MP, Department of Homeland 
Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Washington, DC 
20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-2420

Related RIN: Related To 1625-AA43
RIN: 1625-AA44
_______________________________________________________________________

1137. MARITIME SECURITY: PASSENGER VESSEL SECURITY

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority: 33 USC 1231

CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Coast Guard is considering a project to establish 
security plans for passenger vessels. We are currently reviewing 
comments from the January 2002 public workshop on maritime security 
(notice of meeting published December 17, 2001 (66 FR 65020) and notice 
of workshop agenda published January 16, 2002 (67 FR 2271)). This 
project would be expected to support the Coast Guard strategic goals of 
maritime security, maritime safety, protection of natural resources, 
and mobility. We have withdrawn this rulemaking because security plans 
for passenger vessels will be addressed in a separate rulemaking, RIN 
1625-AA46, Vessel Security Plans, described elsewhere in this spring 
2003 agenda.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Withdrawn                       03/19/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Federalism:  Undetermined

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AG40

Agency Contact: LT Kevin Oditt, Project Manager, G-MPS, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 200593-001
Phone: 202 267-4148

Related RIN: Related To 1625-AA46
RIN: 1625-AA45
_______________________________________________________________________

1138. TEMPORARY REQUIREMENTS FOR NOTIFICATION OF ARRIVAL IN U.S. PORTS 
(USCG-2001-10689)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 33 USC 1223; 33 USC 1226; 33 USC 1231; 49 CFR 1.46

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 160

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: To ensure public safety and security and to ensure the 
uninterrupted flow of commerce, the Coast Guard is extending its 
temporary rule changing notification requirements for vessels bound for 
or departing from U.S. ports. This rulemaking will lengthen the usual 
notification period from 24 to 96 hours prior to port entry, require 
submission of reports to a central national clearinghouse, suspend 
exemptions for vessels operating in compliance with the Automated 
Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System, for some vessels operating on 
the Great Lakes and vessels on scheduled routes, and require 
information about persons onboard these vessels. This rulemaking is 
necessary to ensure receipt of comprehensive and timely information on 
vessels entering U.S. ports. The extension of the temporary rule will 
allow the Coast Guard to complete its rulemaking to permanently revise 
the notice of arrival requirement. This rulemaking supports the Coast 
Guard's strategic goal of maritime security.

[[Page 30352]]

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM--Change of Effective Period 
of Temporary Rule               07/23/02                    67 FR 48073
NPRM Comment Period End         08/22/02
Temporary Rule; Extending 
Effective Period to 03/31/2003  08/28/02                    67 FR 55115
Temporary Rule Expired          03/31/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: The temporary rule this rulemaking proposed to 
extend is assigned RIN 2115-AG24. The following four documents have 
been published in the Federal Register under RIN 2115-AG24: a temporary 
final rule (TFR) effective from October 4, 2001, to June 15, 2002 (67 
FR 37682, May 30, 2002); two TFR corrections (66 FR 57877, November 19, 
2001; and 67 FR 2571, January 18, 2002)); and a TFR that extended the 
effective period through September 30, 2002 (67 FR 37682, May 30, 
2002). Because the first TFR was treated as a completed action, RIN 
2115-AG24 did not appear in the Agenda.
Transferred from RIN 2115-AG47

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: LTJG Kimberly Andersen, Project Manager, G-MP, 
Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street 
NW., Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-2562

Related RIN: Related To 1625-AA41
RIN: 1625-AA49
_______________________________________________________________________

1139. AUTOMATIC IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM CARRIAGE REQUIREMENT (USCG-2002-
11721)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 33 USC 1223(a)

CFR Citation: 33 CFR 161; 33 CFR 164; 33 CFR 165

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Coast Guard would amend certain ports and waterways 
regulations to reflect international technical and performance 
standards for an automatic identification system (AIS). It would 
implement the International Maritime Organization (IMO) AIS carriage 
requirement adopted under International Convention for the Safety of 
Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS), as amended. The rule would facilitate vessel 
communications, enhance good order and predictability, promote safe 
navigation, expand maritime domain awareness, and improve upon existing 
operating measures on our nation's waterways. This rulemaking is being 
withdrawn so that it can be modified and reissued in conformance with 
the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) of 2002. The new 
rulemaking, RIN 1625-AA67, is described elsewhere in this spring 2003 
agenda.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Withdrawn                       03/20/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AG36

Agency Contact: Jorge Arroyo, Project Manager, G-MWV, Department of 
Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20593-0001
Phone: 202 267-6277

Related RIN: Related To 1625-AA67
RIN: 1625-AA61
_______________________________________________________________________

1140. GREAT LAKES MARITIME ACADEMY--ELIGIBILITY OF CERTAIN GRADUATES FOR 
UNRESTRICTED THIRD-MATE LICENSES (USCG-2002-13213)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 14 USC 633; 31 USC 9701; 46 USC 2101; 46 USC 2103; 46 
USC 2110; ...

CFR Citation: 46 CFR 10

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking removes a restriction on the eligibility of 
some Great Lakes Maritime Academy graduates for ocean vessel third mate 
licensing. It furthers the Coast Guard's strategic goals of maritime 
safety, protection of natural resources, and maritime mobility.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Direct Final Rule; Request for 
Comments                        10/18/02                    67 FR 64313
Direct Final Rule Comment Period 
End                             12/17/02
Direct Final Rule; Confirmation 
of Effective Date               12/31/02                    67 FR 79881

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2115-AG43

URL For More Information:
http://dms.dot.gov

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: Donald Kerlin, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. 
Coast Guard, Suite 600, National Maritime Center (NMCD), 4200 Wilson 
Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22203-1804
Phone: 202 493-1006

RIN: 1625-AA64


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_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                     Prerule Stage
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (BCBP)
_______________________________________________________________________

1141. RESTRICTING CITIZENS OF BANGLADESH, INDIA, PAKISTAN, AND SRI LANKA 
FROM PARTICIPATION IN THE INTERNATIONAL-TO-INTERNATIONAL (ITI) PROGRAM

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212.1(f)(2)

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This regulatory action advises the public that the Department 
of Homeland Security is amending its policy that allowed citizens from 
Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka the privilege to participate 
in the International-to-International (ITI) program despite Department 
regulations at title 8, section 212, part 1(f) (2) barring the citizens 
of these countries from participation in the Transit Without Visa 
(TWOV) and ITI programs. This notice proposes to correct this conflict 
between policy and regulations.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           10/00/03
ANPRM Comment Period End        12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2157-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG30

Agency Contact: Robert F. Hutnick, Assistant Chief Inspector, 
Inspections Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Customs and Border Protection, Room 4064, 425 I Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20536
Phone: 202 616-7499
Email: robert.f.hutnick@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1651-AA19
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)               Proposed Rule Stage
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (BCBP)
_______________________________________________________________________

1142. INSPECTION OF PERSONS APPLYING FOR ADMISSION; INTERNATIONAL-TO-
INTERNATIONAL USER FEE

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1356

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 286

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule proposes to amend Department regulations to require 
air carriers to charge and collect a user fee from every International-
to-International (ITI) passenger arriving in the United States, except 
those individuals exempted under section 286(e)(1) of the Immigration 
and Nationality Act. This action is necessary since the Department is 
required to inspect all aliens who are applicants for admission or 
otherwise seeking admission or readmission to or transit through the 
United States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: INS No. 1757
Transferred from RIN 1115-AE37

Agency Contact: Robert F. Hutnick, Assistant Chief Inspector, 
Inspections Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Customs and Border Protection, Room 4064, 425 I Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20536
Phone: 202 616-7499
Email: robert.f.hutnick@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1651-AA03
_______________________________________________________________________

1143. DOCUMENTARY REQUIREMENTS FOR RETURNING RESIDENTS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1181; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 
1203; 8 USC 1225; 8 USC 1257

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 211

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule proposes to amend DHS regulations to specify how an 
alien admitted for permanent residence, on returning to the United 
States, may prove that he or she is not to be considered an applicant 
for admission. This rule is necessary to implement section 
101(a)(13)(C) of the Act and to clarify the responsibility for carriers 
who transport to the United States aliens who claim to be to be 
returning residents. This rule will ensure that aliens who present 
themselves as lawful permanent residents are properly documented as 
such.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM-INS No. 1932-98            10/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 1932-98.
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF26

Agency Contact: Michael D. Jones, Acting Director, National Fines 
Office of Inspections, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Customs and Border Protection, Suite 425, 1525 Wilson Boulevard, 
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: 202 305-7018

RIN: 1651-AA09
_______________________________________________________________________

1144. CONTRACTS WITH TRANSPORTATION LINES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1228

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 233

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule proposes to amend DHS regulations by providing 
signature authority for forms I-420, Agreement Between Transportation 
Line and the U.S., I-425, Agreement (Pre-Inspection) Between 
Transportation Line and the U.S. (At Places Outside U.S.), and I-426, 
Immediate and Continuous Transit Agreement Between a Transport Line & 
U.S., to the Commissioner or his delegated representative. This change 
is required by section 308 of IIRIRA which amended section 233 (a) of 
the I&NA by requiring carriers transporting

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aliens to the U.S. from all ``foreign territory and adjacent islands'' 
to enter into a contract with the U.S. prior to transportation of such 
aliens. Another change is to remove the signature authority of the 
Associate Commissioner for Examinations for the aforementioned 
Agreements because the position was abolished.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No.1994-99
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF46

Agency Contact: Robert F. Hutnick, Assistant Chief Inspector, 
Inspections Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Customs and Border Protection, Room 4064, 425 I Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20536
Phone: 202 616-7499
Email: robert.f.hutnick@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1651-AA10
_______________________________________________________________________

1145. IMPOSITION OF FINES FOR VIOLATIONS OF THE IMMIGRATION AND 
NATIONALITY ACT

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1221; 8 USC 1223; 8 USC 1227; 8 USC 
1229

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 280

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule proposes to amend Deprtment regulations to reflect 
the actual process used to recommend and impose fines for violations of 
the Immigration and Nationality Act (Act). Since the publication of 8 
CFR part 280, the Deprtment had centralized the fines process and made 
some adjustments to certain procedures. The 8 CFR part 280 will be 
renumbered sequentially and reordered to group related issues in one 
section. This part will also be expanded to provide for fines imposed 
under section 231A(d)(2) and 274D of the Act and will introduce 
procedures for detaining vessels and posting bonds, as well as giving 
the Commissioner discretion in requiring bonds.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2041-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF70

Agency Contact: Michael D. Jones, Acting Director, National Fines 
Office of Inspections, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Customs and Border Protection, Suite 425, 1525 Wilson Boulevard, 
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: 202 305-7018

RIN: 1651-AA12
_______________________________________________________________________

1146. ADJUSTMENT OF FEES FOR DEDICATED COMMUTER LANES AND SECURE 
ELECTRONIC NETWORK FOR TRAVELERS' RAPID INSPECTION (SENTRI) PROGRAMS AT 
LAND BORDER PORTS OF ENTRY

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 
1201; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule proposes to adjust the fees for the Land Border 
Inspection Fee Account (LBIFA) for the Form I-823, Application for 
Alternative Inspection Services at land border ports of entry and 
related systems cost fees for participants in the Dedicated Commuter 
Lane (DCL) program. Form I-823 is used by applicants to the Port 
Passenger Accelerated Service System (PORTPASS) that includes the DCL 
program and several other land border programs. The Secure Electronic 
Network for Travelers' Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) Program at certain 
assigned POEs is part of the overall DCL program.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2031-99
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG18

Agency Contact: Penny Pastiva, Budget Analyst, Department of Homeland 
Security, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, Room 5236, 425 I 
Street NW., Washington, DC 6254
Phone: 202 514-6254
Email: penny.pastiva@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1651-AA16
_______________________________________________________________________

1147. VISA WAIVER PROGRAM: GUAM VISA WAIVER PROGRAM

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1158; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 
1187; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 208; 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 217; 8 CFR 233; 
...

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: On October 30, 2000, the Visa Waiver Permanent Program Act, 
Public Law 106-396, made the Visa Waiver Pilot Program (VWPP) permanent 
with some modifications. The VWPP permits nationals from participating 
countries to apply for admission to the United states for 90 days or 
less as nonimmigrant visitors for business or pleasure without first 
obtaining a nonimmigrant visa. The proposed rule will clarify and 
explain the new VWP requirements as well as ensure that the VWP removal 
provisions apply fairly and equally to all inadmissible nonimmigrants 
regardless of nationality.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Merges actions pending for INS Nos. 1447-91, 
1622-94, 1685-95, 1777-96, 1782, 17686, 2002-99, and 2188-02 into INS 
No. 1799.
See also INS No. 2099-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG25

Agency Contact: Marty Newingham, Assistant Chief Inspector, Inspections

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Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Customs and Border 
Protection, Room 4064, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 616-7992

RIN: 1651-AA17
_______________________________________________________________________

1148. LIMITING THE NUMBER OF TRANSIT WITHOUT VISA (TWOV) STOPS IN THE 
UNITED STATES TO ONE

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 
1186a; 8 USC 1187; 8 USC 1221; 8 USC 1281; 8 USC 1282

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 214.2 (c)

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently completed a 
follow-up review of the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) efforts 
to improve security of the Transit Without Visa (TWOV) program. The OIG 
report found that several security concerns described in the original 
1993 report continue to exist, specifically the 1) continued allowance 
for TWOV passengers to make two stops in the United States, with the 
second stop being a domestic arrival; and 2) lack of carrier standards 
and accountability for supervising TWOV passengers waiting for their 
connecting flights in public, domestic areas. This proposed rule 
informs the public that DHS intends to amend its regulations by 
limiting the number of transit stops in the United States for TWOV 
passengers to one stop. These TWOV program modifications will enhance 
U.S. national security while still providing the traveling public TWOV 
privileges.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 1115-AG59

Agency Contact: Robert F. Hutnick, Assistant Chief Inspector, 
Inspections Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Customs and Border Protection, Room 4064, 425 I Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20536
Phone: 202 616-7499
Email: robert.f.hutnick@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1651-AA22
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                  Final Rule Stage
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (BCBP)
_______________________________________________________________________

1149. FEES FOR PARTICIPATION IN DEDICATED COMMUTER LANES AT SELECTED 
PORTS OF ENTRY; COLLECTION OF FEES UNDER THE DEDICATED COMMUTER LANE 
PROGRAM

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1224 to 1228; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 
1103; 8 USC 1201; 8 USC 1252 note; 8 USC 1252b; 8 USC 1304; 8 USC 1356; 
8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1183

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 235; 8 CFR 286; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These rules provide for the collection of a fee at the time 
of application for participation in a Dedicated Commuter Lane (DCL), 
instead of at the time of approval of the application. The DCL program 
is a pilot project established at selected land border ports of entry 
to expedite the transborder movement of eligible, pre-screened, low-
risk groups through designated traffic lanes. The first interim final 
rule clarifies the requirements for the use of the DCL (INS No. 1675). 
The second interim final rule will set forth the fee required of 
participants in order to cover the technological costs (INS No. 1794).
INS No. 2058-00 will propose to remove restrictions currently in place 
that limit the locations where the Department can establish commuter 
lanes. In addition, the proposed rule will incorporate other projects 
designed to enhance border security and effective traffic management at 
port of entry. Finally, the rule may adjust the fee structure in order 
to administer these projects.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule-INS No. 1675 
Eff. 9/29/95; Comment Period End 
11/28/95                        09/29/95                    60 FR 50386
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      11/28/95
Interim Final Rule (INS 1794-96)10/11/96                    61 FR 53303
Final Action (INS 1675-94)--
Effective 10/16/1996            10/16/96                    61 FR 53830
Final Action (INS 1794-96)      06/00/03
NPRM (INS 2058-00)              10/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End (INS 
2058-00)                        12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Small Entities Affected: Organizations

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS Nos. 1675 and 1794-96
Transferred from RIN 1115-AD82

Agency Contact: Thomas C. Campbell, Assistant Chief Inspector, 
Inspections Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Customs and Border Protection, Room 4214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20536
Phone: 202 305-9246

RIN: 1651-AA01
_______________________________________________________________________

1150. ESTABLISHING CRITERIA FOR DETERMINING COUNTRIES WHOSE CITIZENS ARE 
INELIGIBLE FOR THE TRANSIT WITHOUT VISA (TWOV) PROGRAM

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 CFR 2; 8 USC 1102; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 
1182; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 1225; 8 USC 1226; 8 USC 1228; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 
1221; 8 USC 1229

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 234.2

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule proposes to amend Depratment regulations by 
removing the list of those countries that are ineligible to participate 
in the TWOV program from the regulation. In its place, DHS proposes to 
publish and

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update the list of countries that are ineligible to participate in the 
TWOV program by Federal Register notice. This rule also sets forth a 
nonexhaustive list of factors that may be considered in determining 
those countries whose citizens or nationals are ineligible countries 
and provides for a regular review of all countries to determine their 
eligibility for participation in the TWOV program. The TWOV program 
allows the Department of Homeland Security, acting jointly with the 
Department of State, to waive the passport and visa requirement for 
aliens from certain countries who request immediate and continuous 
transit privileges through the United States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/05/01                     66 FR 1053
NPRM Comment Period End         03/05/01
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: INS No. 1696-95
Transferred from RIN 1115-AD96

Agency Contact: Robert F. Hutnick, Assistant Chief Inspector, 
Inspections Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Customs and Border Protection, Room 4064, 425 I Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20536
Phone: 202 616-7499
Email: robert.f.hutnick@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1651-AA02
_______________________________________________________________________

1151. SUSPENSION OF PRIVILEGE TO TRANSPORT ALIENS TO THE UNITED STATES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 1102; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 
1182; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 1187; 8 USC 1225 to 1227

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 273

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility 
Act of 1996 (IIRIRA) added a provision to the Immigration and 
Nationality Act that allows DHS to suspend a commercial airline's 
privilege to transport aliens to the United States if the carrier has a 
record of bringing in aliens who have fraudulent documents. After 
consultation with other interested Government agencies, DHS is 
proposing to implement appropriate standards and procedures governing 
the use of this power to suspend a carrier's privilege to transport 
aliens to the United States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/23/98                    63 FR 56869
NPRM Comment Period End         12/22/98
Final Action                    08/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: INS No. 1809-96.
Transferred from RIN 1115-AE59

Agency Contact: Michael D. Jones, Acting Director, National Fines 
Office of Inspections, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Customs and Border Protection, Suite 425, 1525 Wilson Boulevard, 
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: 202 305-7018

RIN: 1651-AA05
_______________________________________________________________________

1152. ESTABLISHMENT OF PREINSPECTED AUTOMATED LANE (PAL) PROGRAM AT 
IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION SERVICE

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1225; 8 USC 1226; 8 USC 
1251; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 1357; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 287; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends Department regulations by establishing a 
Preinspected Automated Lane (PAL) Program for the use of eligible 
persons and vehicles at immigration checkpoints within the United 
States. This rule will facilitate the passage of people and vehicles 
through DHS checkpoints while safeguarding the integrity of law 
enforcement objectives at the checkpoints.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              04/18/97                    62 FR 19024
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      06/17/97
Final Action                    12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 1830-97
Transferred from RIN 1115-AE80

Agency Contact: Rudolph J. Miranda, Chief Patrol Agent, Department of 
Homeland Security, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, Room 4226, 
425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-3072

RIN: 1651-AA06
_______________________________________________________________________

1153. AMENDMENT OF THE REGULATORY DEFINITION OF ARRIVING ALIEN

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends Department regulations by changing the 
regulatory definition of an arriving alien. Under section 
235(b)(1)(A)(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (Act), which was 
effective on April 1, 1997, certain arriving aliens are subject to 
expedited removal procedures. The existing regulatory definition of 
arriving aliens includes parolees. As a matter of policy, the 
Department has decided that it is appropriate to exempt from the new 
expedited removal procedures aliens who were paroled into the United 
States before April 1997. This rule clarifies that these aliens as well 
as certain other aliens who were paroled into the United States 
pursuant to advance parole, will not be subjected to expedited removal 
upon termination at parole. The rule also makes several changes in the 
ordering of 1.1(q) to use language that is clearer and more consistent 
with the wording of the statute.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              04/20/98                    63 FR 19382

[[Page 30357]]

Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      06/19/98
Final Rule                      10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Re: INS No. 1868-97
Transferred from RIN 1115-AE87

Agency Contact: Jerry Liu, Assistant Chief Inspector, Inspections 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Customs and Border 
Protection, Room 4064, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-3410

RIN: 1651-AA07
_______________________________________________________________________

1154. ELIMINATION OF IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION SERVICE-ISSUED 
MEXICAN AND CANADIAN BORDER CROSSING CARDS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 8 USC 1228; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 1304; 8 USC 
1356; 8 USC 1304; 8 USC 1356; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 
1182; 8 USC 1201; 8 USC 1225 to 1227

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 214; 8 CFR 235; 8 CFR 247; 8 
CFR 264; 8 CFR 286; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: Final, Statutory, October 1, 2002.

Abstract: This rule amends Department regulations to eliminate the use 
of Form I-175, Application for Nonresident Alien Canadian Border 
Crossing Card, and Form I-190, Application for Nonresident Alien 
Mexican Border Crossing Card. It also terminates the production of Form 
I-185, Nonresident Alien Canadian Border Crossing Card, and Form I-586, 
Nonresident Alien Mexican Border Crossing Card. In addition, this rule 
prohibits the use of Form I-186 (previous version of Mexican Border 
Crossing Card), Form I-185 and Form I-586 Border Crossing Cards (BCCs) 
after September 30, 2002, for required use of a card containing a 
machine readable biometric identifier for entry (such as the 
fingerprint or handprint of the alien). Under the provisions of this 
rulemaking, an alien seeking entry into the United States by 
presentation of a BCC must complete a biometric verification upon each 
entry.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule Effective    10/01/02
Interim Final Rule              12/02/02                    67 FR 71442
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      01/31/03
Final Action                    12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 1931-98
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF24

Agency Contact: Michael J. Flemmi, Assistant Chief Inspector, 
Inspections Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Customs and Border Protection, Room 4064, 425 I Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20536
Phone: 202 305-9247

RIN: 1651-AA08
_______________________________________________________________________

1155. EXTENSION OF 25-MILE LIMIT AT SELECT ARIZONA PORTS-OF-ENTRY

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1183; 8 USC 
1201; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 235

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends Department regulations to extend the 
distance Mexican nationals with border crossing cards to travel into 
the United States without obtaining additional Immigration 
documentation at selected ports-of-entry (POEs) along the United States 
and Mexico border. The selected POEs are located in the State of 
Arizona at Sasabe, Nogales, Mariposa, Douglas, and Naco. Once visitors 
to Arizona meet the inspection requirements of legal entry to the 
United States, they will be able to travel within the 75-mile border 
region of Arizona. This rule is intended to promote commerce in the 
southern Arizona border area while still ensuring that sufficient 
safeguards are in place to prevent illegal entry to the United States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              12/08/99                    64 FR 68616
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      02/07/00
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2026-99
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF60

Agency Contact: Jerry Liu, Assistant Chief Inspector, Inspections 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Customs and Border 
Protection, Room 4064, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-3410

RIN: 1651-AA11
_______________________________________________________________________

1156. EXPANSION OF DEDICATED COMMUTER LANES; CLARIFICATION OF DRIVER'S 
LICENSE REQUIREMENT FOR APPLICANTS TO DEDICATED COMMUTER LANES AND 
AUTOMATED PERMIT PORT PROGRAMS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1183; 8 USC 
1201; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 235

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim final rule amends Department regulations 
governing the Dedicated Commuter Lanes (DCL) and Automated Permit Port 
programs by establishing DCLs along the northern borders of the United 
States. The rule proposes to clarify that nondriving passengers who do 
not have a driver's license, for example, children, certain elderly 
people, and others who are ineligible to drive or otherwise choose not 
to drive, are not required to have or present a driver's license before 
their application is approved.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              10/00/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      12/00/03

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Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2058-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF77

Agency Contact: Thomas C. Campbell, Assistant Chief Inspector, 
Inspections Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Customs and Border Protection, Room 4214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20536
Phone: 202 305-9246

RIN: 1651-AA13
_______________________________________________________________________

1157. UPDATE OF LIST OF COUNTRIES WHOSE CITIZENS OR NATIONALS ARE 
INELIGIBLE FOR TRANSIT WITHOUT VISA (TWOV) PRIVILEGES TO THE UNITED 
STATES UNDER THE TWOV PROGRAM

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 
1221; 8 USC 1225; 8 USC 1226; 8 USC 1228; 8 USC 1229; 8 USC 1252

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 233

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim final rule (INS No. 2020-99) updates the list of 
those countries that the Department, acting on behalf of the Secretary 
and jointly with the Department of State, has determined to be 
ineligible for participation in the TWOV program. This rule also 
removes certain countries from the ineligible listing so that aliens 
from these countries can have their passport and visa requirements 
waived. This rule is intended to benefit the traveling public by 
expanding the number of countries whose citizens or nationals may 
transit the United States without a visa while preventing an increase 
in the abuse of the TWOV program by citizens or nationals of countries 
placed on the ineligible list.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              01/05/01                     66 FR 1017
Interim Final Rule Delay of 
Effective Date                  02/02/01                     66 FR 8743
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      03/06/01
Interim Final Rule Effective    04/06/01
Final Action                    09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: See also 1651-AA02 (INS No. 2129-01) 
``Establishing Criteria for Determining Countries Whose Citizens are 
Ineligible for the Transit Without Visa (TWOV) Program.''
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF81

Agency Contact: Robert F. Hutnick, Assistant Chief Inspector, 
Inspections Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Customs and Border Protection, Room 4064, 425 I Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20536
Phone: 202 616-7499
Email: robert.f.hutnick@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1651-AA14
_______________________________________________________________________

1158. ADDING COLOMBIA TO THE LIST OF COUNTRIES WHOSE CITIZENS OR 
NATIONALS ARE INELIGIBLE FOR TRANSIT WITHOUT VISA (TWOV) PRIVILEGES TO 
THE UNITED STATES UNDER THE TWOV PROGRAM

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101 to 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 
1187; 8 USC 1225 to 1228; 8 USC 1252

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Transit Without Visa program allows certain aliens to 
transit the United States en route to a specified foreign country 
without a passport or visa provided they are traveling on a carrier 
signatory to an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security in 
accordance with section 233(c) of the Act. This interim final rule adds 
Colombia to the list of those countries that the Department, acting on 
behalf of the Secreatary and jointly with the Department of State, has 
determined to be ineligible for participation in the TWOV program.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/30/01                    66 FR 17321
Interim Final Rule Effective    04/02/01
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      05/29/01
Final Action                    09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No 2129-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG16

Agency Contact: Robert F. Hutnick, Assistant Chief Inspector, 
Inspections Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Customs and Border Protection, Room 4064, 425 I Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20536
Phone: 202 616-7499
Email: robert.f.hutnick@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1651-AA15
_______________________________________________________________________

1159. REMOVING RUSSIA FROM THE LIST OF COUNTRIES WHOSE CITIZENS OR 
NATIONALS ARE INELIGIBLE FOR TRANSIT WITHOUT VISA (TWOV) PRIVILEGES TO 
THE UNITED STATES UNDER THE TWOV PROGRAM

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101 to 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Transit Without Visa (TWOV) Program allows certain aliens 
to transit the United States en route to a specified foreign country 
without a passport or visa provided they are traveling on a carrier 
signatory to an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security in 
accordance with section 233 (c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act 
(Act). This interim final rule removes Russia from the list of those 
countries that the Department, acting on behalf of the Secretary and 
jointly with the Department of State, has determined to be eligible for 
participation in the TWOV program.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              06/15/01                    66 FR 32529
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      08/15/01
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

[[Page 30359]]

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2144-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG27

Agency Contact: Robert F. Hutnick, Assistant Chief Inspector, 
Inspections Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Customs and Border Protection, Room 4064, 425 I Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20536
Phone: 202 616-7499
Email: robert.f.hutnick@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1651-AA18
_______________________________________________________________________

1160. ALLOWING CITIZENS AND NATIONALS OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA 
LIMITED TRANSIT WITHOUT VISA (TWOV) PRIVILEGES AT TWOV-DESIGNATED ALASKA 
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101 to 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Transit Without Visa (TWOV) Program allows certain aliens 
to transit the United States en route to a specified foreign country 
without passport or visa provided they are traveling on a carrier 
signatory to an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security in 
accordance with section 233(c) of the Act and meet certain other 
requirements as enumerated in Department regulations at 8 CFR 212.1(f) 
and 214.2(c). This interim final rule allows citizens and nationals of 
the People's Republic of China limited TWOV privileges at TWOV-
designated Alaska international airports provided they meet additional 
requirements enumerated in the rule. This rule is intended to benefit 
the economy of Alaska by allowing citizens and nationals of the 
People's Republic of China to transit the United States without a visa 
at TWOV-designated Alaska international airports while limiting the 
risk of abuse of the TWOV program by citizens or nationals of the 
People's Republic of China by restricting this policy to certain 
Alaskan ports of entry.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              09/00/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2160-01;
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG33

Agency Contact: Robert F. Hutnick, Assistant Chief Inspector, 
Inspections Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Customs and Border Protection, Room 4064, 425 I Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20536
Phone: 202 616-7499
Email: robert.f.hutnick@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1651-AA20
_______________________________________________________________________

1161. CARRIER ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE ELECTRONIC MANIFEST REQUIREMENTS

Priority: Economically Significant. Major under 5 USC 801.

Legal Authority: PL 107-173; PL 106-96; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 
1182; 8 USC 1221; 8 USC 1228; 8 USC 1229

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 231

Legal Deadline: Final, Statutory, January 1, 2003.
Public Law 107-173, the Visa Waiver Permanent Program Act (VWPPA), sets 
a mandatory deadline of October 1, 2002.

Abstract: There are four principal laws that require the Attorney 
General to develop an automated and integrated entry/exit data system 
for aliens:
1. The Immigration and Naturalization Service Data Management 
Improvement Act (DMIA), Public Law 106-21;
2. The Visa Waiver Permanent Program Act (VWPPA), Public Law 106-396;
3. The USA PATRIOT Act, Public Law 107-56; and
4. The Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act (Border 
Security Act), Public Law 107-173.
Implementation of the relevant provisions in these four laws together 
will result in the Entry/Exit System. One of the basic legislative 
mandates is that the system integrate the available alien arrival and 
departure data that exist in any DHS or Department of State (DOS) data 
base or system. This necessarily must include the systems that 
incorporate carrier manifest data on passengers and crew members who 
are entering or leaving the U.S. via air or sea. Section 231 of the 
Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and 8 CFR part 231 state the 
requirements for carrier manifests.
In section 402 of the Border Security Act, Congress amended the 
manifest requirements in INA, section 231. The Border Security Act 
requires the submission of arrival and departure manifests 
electronically in advance of a commercial aircraft or vessel's arrival 
in or departure from the United States not later than January 1, 2003. 
Promulgation of regulations to implement this law will provide the 
Department with advance notification of information necessary for the 
identification of passengers and crewmembers on commercial carriers. 
The contents of the electronic arrival and departure manifest include: 
(1) complete name; (2) date of birth; (3) citizenship; (4) sex; (5) 
passport number and country of issuance; (6) country of residence; (7) 
United States visa number, date, and place of issuance, where 
applicable; (8) alien registration; (9) United States address while in 
the United States; and (10) such other information the Secretary, in 
consultation with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Treasury 
determines as being necessary for the identification of the persons 
transported and for the enforcement of the immigration laws and to 
protect safety and national security.
In October 2000, Congress also amended section 217 of the INA to make 
the Visa Waiver Pilot a permanent program. The VWPPA also added a 
specific requirement for a ``fully automated entry and exit control 
system'' covering all aliens who enter the United States under the VWP 
at airports and seaports. The requirements for this system are both 
narrower and broader, in different respects, than the DMIA automated 
system requirements. The VWP entry/exit system will be incorporated 
into the broader Entry/Exit System mandated by DMIA. In addition, the 
VWPPA states that no alien arriving by air or sea may be granted a visa 
waiver under INA, section 217, on or after October 1, 2002, unless the 
carrier is submitting passenger information electronically to the VWP 
entry/exit system, as required

[[Page 30360]]

by the Secretary. The Deprtment is separately promulgating regulations 
to amend 8 CFR part 217 to implement the electronic manifest 
requirements for VWP purposes.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/03/03                      68 FR 292
NPRM Comment Period End         02/03/03
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2182-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG57

Sectors Affected: 481 Air Transportation

Agency Contact: Michael J. Flemmi, Assistant Chief Inspector, 
Inspections Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Customs and Border Protection, Room 4064, 425 I Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20536
Phone: 202 305-9247

RIN: 1651-AA21
_______________________________________________________________________

1162. REMOVAL OF VISA AND PASSPORT WAIVER FOR CERTAIN PERMANENT 
RESIDENTS OF CANADA AND BERMUDA

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101 to 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 
1187; 8 USC 1225 to 1227; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 2; 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 231; 8 CFR 235; 8 CFR 286

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Currently, certain permanent residents of Canada and Bermuda 
are permitted to enter the United States without a passport or visa. 
Many of these former British Commonwealth countries have high rates of 
fraud and abuse, and the documents presented by these permanent 
residents, for entry to the United States, do not meet current document 
security standards. This rule amends Department regulations by 
providing that a passport and visa will be required for permanent 
residents of Canada and Bermuda having a common nationality with 
Canadian Nationals or with British subjects in Bermuda. These permanent 
residents of Canada and Bermuda will be required to present a passport 
and visa to enter the United States. This rule also amends several 
other sections of the regulations that provide exceptions for these 
individuals based on the prior passport and visa exemption. DHS is 
taking this action in conjunction with the Department of State. This 
rule is intended to increase security and safeguard the United States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              01/31/03                     68 FR 5189
Interim Final Rule Effective    03/17/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/01/03
Final Action                    12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2202-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG68

Agency Contact: Joyce Broughman, Assistant Chief Inspector, Inspections 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Customs and Border 
Protection, Room 4064, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-3019

RIN: 1651-AA23
_______________________________________________________________________

1163. POSTING OF SECURITY GUARD AT GANGWAY OF VESSEL FOR DETAINING ALIEN 
CREWMAN

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 1258; 8 USC 1281; 8 USC 
1282

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 252

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Immigration and Nationality Act (Act) provides that any 
immigration officer may revoke the conditional permit to land any alien 
crewman and require the master or commanding officer of the vessel on 
which the crewman arrived to receive and detain him or her on board 
such vessel. This interim final rule amends Department regulations by 
requiring that, upon request of an immigration officer, the master or 
commanding officer of a vessel will, in certain cases, not only detain 
an alien crewman on board the vessel, but will, at his or her own 
expense, provide the necessary security to ensure that the detained 
alien crewman does not leave the vessel. This rule is necessary to 
enhance the security of the United States since a detained alien 
crewman may seek to leave the vessel on which he or she has been 
detained and that his or her illegal departure may pose a significant 
threat to the public safety.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              09/00/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2210-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG72

Agency Contact: Andrew Taub, Assistant Chief Inspector, Office of 
Inspections, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Customs and 
Border Protection, Room 4064, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 305-9244

RIN: 1651-AA24
_______________________________________________________________________

1164. ELECTRONIC ARRIVAL-DEPARTURE MANIFEST FOR VISA WAIVER PROGRAM

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1187

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 2

Legal Deadline: Final, Statutory, October 1, 2002, Public Law 106-396.

Abstract: This rule serves to further implement the automated exit 
entry control system mandated by section 217 (h) of the Immigration and 
Nationality Act (Act) by specifying those passenger data elements that 
must be electronically transmitted to the Department by carriers 
seeking to transport Visa Waiver Program (VWP) passengers into and out 
of the United States on or after October 1, 2002. This rule will also 
ensure that legitimate VWP travel is not disrupted after September 30, 
2002, when the Secretary will no longer have the authority to admit 
applicants for

[[Page 30361]]

admission under section 217 of the Act who arrive via sea or air unless 
the carrier transporting such aliens is electronically transmitting 
specified passenger data that the Secretary has determined is 
sufficient to track the arrival and departure of VWP aliens. This rule 
is necessary for the proper identification and monitoring of VWP 
aliens.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              09/00/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2219-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG73

Agency Contact: Michael J. Flemmi, Assistant Chief Inspector, 
Inspections Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Customs and Border Protection, Room 4064, 425 I Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20536
Phone: 202 305-9247

RIN: 1651-AA25
_______________________________________________________________________

1165. [bull] REMOVING INDONESIA AND MALAYSIA FROM THE GUAM VISA WAIVER 
PROGRAM

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101 to 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Guam Visa Waiver Program (GVWP) waives the nonimmigrant 
visa requirement for nationals of certain countries, including 
Malaysia, who apply for admission as a nonimmigrant visitor for 
business or pleasure for the sole purpose of visiting Guam for a period 
not to exceed 15 days. This rule will remove Indonesia and Malaysia 
from the list of countries authorized to participate in GVWP without 
significantly restricting legitimate travel to Guam.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              09/00/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 1115-AG92

Agency Contact: Marty Newingham, Senior Immigration Inspector, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Customs and Border 
Protection, Room 4064, 425 I Street NW, Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 305-1063

RIN: 1651-AA26
_______________________________________________________________________

1166. [bull] AUTOMATED INSPECTION SERVICES--EXTENSION OF ENROLLMENT 
PERIOD

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1183; 8 USC 
1201; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 235

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department intends to amend the regulations to extend the 
current enrollment period for the Automated Inspection Services (AIS) 
from one year to two years. The regulations currently limit the period 
of approval to the program to one year, requiring applicants to 
resubmit a new application and fee each year. This is a very burdensome 
process for both the traveling public and the Federal agencies 
administering the programs. DHS has determined that it can effectively 
maintain the security of the program and the border without requiring 
applicants to undergo a yearly application renewal.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule Effective    02/28/03
Interim Final Rule              03/04/03                    68 FR 10143
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/29/03
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2256-03
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG94

Agency Contact: Thomas C. Campbell, Assistant Chief Inspector, 
Inspections Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Customs and Border Protection, Room 4214, 425 I Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20536
Phone: 202 305-9246

RIN: 1651-AA27
_______________________________________________________________________

1167. [bull] ADDING GEORGIA TO THE LIST OF COUNTRIES WHOSE CITIZENS OR 
NATIONALS ARE INELIGIBLE FOR TRANSIT WITHOUT VISA (TWOV) PRIVILEGES TO 
THE U.S. UNDER THE TWOV PROGRAM

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101 to 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Transit Without Visa (TWOV) program allows certain aliens 
to transit the United States enroute to a specified foreign country 
without a passport or visa provided they are traveling on a carrier 
signatory to an agreement with the Deprtment of Homeland Security in 
accordance with section 233(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act 
(Act). This interim rule adds Georgia to the list of those countries 
that the Department, acting on behalf of the Secretary and jointly with 
the Department of State, has determined to be ineligible for 
participation in the TWOV program.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              06/00/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      08/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2263-03
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG98

Agency Contact: Robert F. Hutnick, Assistant Chief Inspector, 
Inspections Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Customs and Border Protection, Room 4064, 425 I Street NW., Washington, 
DC 20536

[[Page 30362]]

Phone: 202 616-7499
Email: robert.f.hutnick@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1651-AA28
_______________________________________________________________________

1168. NONIMMIGRANT VISA EXEMPTION FOR NATIONALS OF THE BRITISH VIRGIN 
ISLANDS ENTERING THE UNITED STATES THROUGH ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN 
ISLANDS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 1102; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 
1184; 8 USC 1187; 8 USC 1225; 8 USC 1226; 8 USC 1227; 8 USC 1228

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends the Department of Homeland Security's 
regulations to allow nonimmigrant visitors for business or pleasure who 
are nationals of the British Virgin Islands to apply for admission to 
the United States without a visa at the ports-of-entry of St. Thomas, 
U.S. Virgin Islands. Since visas are no longer issued from the British 
Virgin Islands by the Department of State, all persons needing a 
nonimmigrant visa have to either travel or mail their applications to 
Barbados, the nearest visa-issuing location. The Department's action 
will facilitate travel to the United States for nationals of the 
British Virgin Islands while still ensuring that the proper application 
provisions of the INA are met.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              02/18/99                     64 FR 7989
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/18/99
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local, Federal

Additional Information: INS No. 1956-98
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF28

Agency Contact: Dennis Thompson, Assistant Chief Inspector, Inspections 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Customs and Border 
Protection, Room 4064, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-3019

RIN: 1651-AA29
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                 Long-Term Actions
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (BCBP)
_______________________________________________________________________

1169. VISA WAIVER PROGRAM

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1356; 8 USC 1187; 8 USC 1103; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 217

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: On October 30, 2000, Public Law 106-396, made the Visa Waiver 
Pilot Program (VWPP) a permanent program. The Visa Waiver Program 
(VWP), allows nationals of designated countries to apply for admission 
to the United States at land border ports, air and sea ports, and to 
enter the United States for business or pleasure for up to 90 days 
without first obtaining a nonimmigrant visa.
INS Rule No. 1799 finalizes all those VWP countries that were added 
through the publication of interim regulations. This rule will also 
incorporate those statutory changes made to section 217 of the 
Immigration and Nationality Act by the Illegal Immigration Reform and 
Responsibility Immigration Act.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM-INS No. 1406-91 Comment 
Period End 5/22/91              05/07/91                    56 FR 21101
Final Rule-INS No. 1406-91 Eff. 
7/18/91*                        07/18/91                    56 FR 32952
Interim Final Rule-INS No. 1447 
Eff. 10/1/91; Comment Period End 
10/15/91                        09/13/91                    56 FR 46716
Interim Final Rule-1622-93; Eff. 
7/29/93; Com. End 8/30/93; (To 
be merged with 1447R-93)*       07/29/93                    58 FR 40581
Public Notice-INS No. 1674 Eff. 
10/25/94, Comment Period End 09/
30/96                           02/21/95                     60 FR 9699
Interim Final Rule-INS No. 1685 
Eff. 4/1/95; Comment Period End 
5/30/95                         03/28/95                    60 FR 15855
Interim Final Rule-INS No. 1777 07/08/96                    61 FR 35598
Interim Final Rule-INS No. 1782-
96 With Comments (Australia)    07/29/96                    61 FR 39721
Interim Final Rule-INS 1786-96 
With Comments (Slovenia)        09/30/97                    62 FR 50998
Final Rule-INS No. 1799         12/30/98                    63 FR 71726
Interim Final Rule-INS 2002-99 
With Comments (Portugal, 
Singapore, and Uruguay)         08/03/99                    64 FR 42006
Interim Final Rule-INS 2188-02 
(Removing Argentina)            02/21/02                     67 FR 7943
Interim Final Rule              03/07/03                    68 FR 10954


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: INS No. 2002-99 interim final rule Adding 
Portugal, Singapore, and Uruguay to the List of Countries Authorized to 
Participate in the VISA Waiver Pilot Program published on August 3, 
1999, at 64 FR 42006.
INS No. 1447-91, 1622-94, 1685-95, 1777-96, and 1782 are to be 
consolidated into one final rulemaking, which is designated as INS No. 
1799.
Transferred from RIN 1115-AB93

Agency Contact: Marty Newingham, Assistant Chief Inspector, Inspections 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Customs and

[[Page 30363]]

Border Protection, Room 4064, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 616-7992

Related RIN: Merged With 1115-AG25
RIN: 1651-AA00
_______________________________________________________________________

1170. INSPECTION AND EXPEDITED REMOVAL OF ALIENS; DETENTION AND REMOVAL 
OF ALIENS; CONDUCT OF REMOVAL PROCEEDINGS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 301; 8 USC 1182 to 1185; 8 USC 1186a; 8 USC 
1187; 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101 to 1103; 8 USC 1154; 8 USC 
1181; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 1; 8 CFR 213; 8 CFR 214; 8 CFR 216; 8 CFR 217; 8 
CFR 221; 8 CFR 223; 8 CFR 3; 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 204; 8 CFR 207; 8 CFR 
209; 8 CFR 211; 8 CFR 212; ...

Legal Deadline: Other, Statutory, March 1, 1997, The statute requires 
the Attorney General to promulgate implementing regulations by March 1, 
1997.

Abstract: Many of the provisions of the Illegal Immigration Reform and 
Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA) became effective April 1, 
1997. Some provisions of the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty 
Act of 1996 (AEDPA) that were not superseded by IIRIRA became effective 
November 1, 1996. On March 6, 1997, DHS and Executive Office of 
Immigration Review (EOIR) published an interim final rule revising the 
asylum process; providing a mechanism for the determination and review 
of certain applicants who demonstrate a credible fear of persecution if 
returned to their own country; defining the inspection and admission 
process including new expedited removal procedures for aliens 
attempting to enter the United States through fraud or 
misrepresentation by apprehension, detention, and removal of aliens; 
addressing conduct of removal proceedings; and revising many other 
sections of the regulations to conform with the new laws. On December 
6, 2000, DHS published the rule ``Asylum Procedures'' (INS No. 1865-97; 
RIN 1115-AE93), which finalized the asylum portions of this interim 
rule. The Deparment still intends to publish a final rule to finalize 
the portions of this rulemaking relating to inspection and expedited 
removal of aliens, detention and deportation and removal of aliens, and 
the conduct of removal proceedings.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action-INS No. 1669-94    03/22/96                    61 FR 11717
NPRM-INS No. 1788-96 Comment 
Period End 2/3/97               01/03/97                      62 FR 444
Interim Final Rule-INS No. 1788-
96 Comment Period End 7/15/97   03/06/97                    62 FR 10312
Interim Final Rule Correction 
(Effective 04/01/97)            04/01/97                    62 FR 15362
Interim Final Rule-INS No. 1788-
96 Correction                   04/09/97                    62 FR 17048
Final Rule-INS No. 1920-98      07/22/98                    63 FR 39217
Final Action INS No. 1788-96     To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 1788-96 (Final Action)
INS Rule No. 1920-98 makes a correction to the services regulations 
that govern the documentary requirements for immigrants and 
corresponding waivers. This rule relates to changes promulgated by INS 
1169-94 and INS No. 1788-96.
INS Rule No. 1865-97, AG Order No. 2340-2000, final rule, Asylum 
Procedures published on December 6, 2000, at 65 FR 76121, amended 
portions of the title III IIRIRA governing cases in which an applicant 
has established past persecution or in which an applicant may be able 
to avoid persecution in a particular country by relocating to another 
area of that country.
Transferred from RIN 1115-AE47

Agency Contact: Charles Adkins-Blanch, General Counsel, Department of 
Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, 2600 Skyline Tower, 
5107 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: 703 305-0470

RIN: 1651-AA04
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                 Completed Actions
Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (BCBP)
_______________________________________________________________________

1171. ESTABLISHMENT OF A $3 IMMIGRATION USER FEE FOR CERTAIN COMMERCIAL 
VESSEL PASSENGERS PREVIOUSLY EXEMPT

Priority: Other Significant. Major under 5 USC 801.

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1356; PL 107-77

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 286

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The rule removes the current exemption for cruise ship 
passengers whose journeys originated in Canada, Mexico, a territory or 
possession of the United States and adjacent islands and will allow the 
Department of Homeland Security to collect a $3 fee for passengers, 
according to the Department of Justice Appropriation Act (Public Law 
107-77), dated November 28, 2001. Also, the regulations will be 
modified to exempt passengers of Great Lakes International ferries or 
vessels on the Great Lakes or connecting waterways when they operate on 
a regular schedule. This fee will be used to pay for inspection 
services and other related activities.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            04/03/02                    67 FR 15753
NPRM Comment Period End         05/28/02                    67 FR 34414
Final Action                    01/28/03                     68 FR 4090

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2180-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG47

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Agency Contact: Georgia Mayers, Chief of Cash Management, Department of 
Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, Room 
6034, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 305-1200
Email: georgia.a.mayers@usdoj.gov

Penny Pastiva, Budget Analyst, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau 
of Customs and Border Protection, Room 5236, 425 I Street NW., 
Washington, DC 6254
Phone: 202 514-6254
Email: penny.pastiva@usdoj.gov

RIN: 1651-AA30

_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)               Proposed Rule Stage
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
_______________________________________________________________________

1172. BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR AIRPORT WORKERS

Priority: Other Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Legal Authority: 49 USC 40101 et seq; PL 107-71

CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1542; 49 CFR 1544

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action will address criminal history background checks 
for individuals who regularly have escorted access to secured areas of 
an airport, individuals who work in sterile areas of an airport, and 
others.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: None

Federalism:  Undetermined

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2110-AA08

Agency Contact: Christine Beyer, Attorney, Regulations Division, 
Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, TSA-2, Chief Counsel, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 571 227-2657
Email: christine.beyer@tsa.dot.gov

RIN: 1652-AA06
_______________________________________________________________________

1173. INVESTIGATIVE AND ENFORCEMENT PROCEDURES

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 18 USC 6002; 28 USC 2461 (note); 49 USC 114; 49 USC 
40113; 49 USC 40119; 49 USC 40114; 49 USC 44901 to 44907; 49 USC 46101 
to 46107; 49 USC 46109; 49 USC 46110; 49 USC 46301; 49 USC 46305; 49 
USC 46311; 49 USC 46313 to 46314

CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1503

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rulemaking establishes the interim investigative and 
enforcement procedural rules that the TSA will use to address statutory 
and regulatory violations.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              08/08/02                    67 FR 51480
Interim Final Rule Effective    08/08/02
NPRM                            12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from 2110-AA09

Agency Contact: Quang Nguyen, Attorney, Enforcement Division, 
Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, TSA-2, Chief Counsel, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 571 227-2710
Email: quang.nguyen@tsa.dot.gov

RIN: 1652-AA07
_______________________________________________________________________

1174. [bull] ADMINISTRATIVE CLAIMS UNDER THE FEDERAL TORT CLAIMS ACT

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 301; 28 USC 2672; 28 USC 2675; 49 USC 114; 49 
USC 308; 49 USC 40113

CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1512

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This porposed rule will require prospective claimants under 
the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) to follow certain procedures to file 
their claims to TSA. The rule is needed because the absence of a 
published rule of procedure may cause problems due to lack of knowledge 
by some parties on how or where to file claims, and the minimum 
information needed to file a claim.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Gregg Golden, Attorney-Advisor, Department of Homeland 
Security, Transportation Security Administration, TSA-2, 400 Seventh 
Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 571 227-2678
Email: gregg.golden@tsa.dot.gov

Salomon Gomez, Attorney-Advisor, Department of Homeland Security, 
Transportation Security Administration, TSA-2, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 571 227-2680
Email: salomon.gomez@tsa.dot.gov

RIN: 1652-AA19
_______________________________________________________________________

1175. [bull] MARINE VESSEL SECURITY STANDARDS--PROHIBITED ITEMS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 49 USC 114

CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1576

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This proposed regulation would establish lists of 
``prohibited items'' (weapons, explosives, incendiaries, and other 
dangerous items) that individuals would not be allowed to carry on 
their person, or in their baggage when they travel onboard one of four 
categories of passenger vessels.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/00/03

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Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Jim Bamberger, Department of Homeland Security, 
Transportation Security Administration, TSA-8, Maritime Passenger 
Security Branch, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington DC 20590
Phone: 571 227-1218
Fax: 571 227-2932
Email: jim.bamberger@tsa.dot.gov

RIN: 1652-AA22
_______________________________________________________________________

1176. [bull] AVIATION SECURITY--ALL-CARGO SECURITY RULES

Priority: Other Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority: PL 107-71, sec 110(f)

CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action develops a comprehensive strategic plan to 
address air cargo security.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Federalism:  Undetermined

Agency Contact: Benjamin Klein, Attorney-Advisor, Department of 
Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, TSA-2, Chief 
Counsel, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 571 227-2694
Fax: 571 227-1379
Email: benjamin.klein@tsa.dot.gov

RIN: 1652-AA23
_______________________________________________________________________

1177. [bull] FEDERAL FLIGHT DECK OFFICER PROGRAM

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 49 USC 114; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44921

CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1552

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This proposed rule establishes a program to screen, train, 
deputize, and equip certain commercial airline pilots as Federal law 
enforcement officers, and to authorize them to transport and carry 
firearms and to use force, including deadly force, to defend the flight 
decks of the aircraft against acts of criminal violence or air piracy.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Steven Cohen, Attorney, Department of Homeland 
Security, Transportation Security Administration, TSA-2, Office of 
Chief Counsel, 8th floor, West Tower, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 571 227-2665
Email: steven.cohen@tsa.dot.gov

RIN: 1652-AA24
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                  Final Rule Stage
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
_______________________________________________________________________

1178. IMPOSITION AND COLLECTION OF PASSENGER CIVIL AVIATION SECURITY 
SERVICE FEES

Priority: Other Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Legal Authority: 49 USC 44940

CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1510

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Transportation Security Agency announces the imposition 
of a security service fee in the amount of $2.50 per emplanement on 
passengers of domestic and foreign carriers in air transportation, 
foreign air transportation, and intrastate air transportation 
originating in the United States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              12/31/01                    66 FR 67698
Notice Information Collection   01/31/02                     67 FR 4866
Notice Information Collection   02/19/02                     67 FR 7582
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      03/01/02
Comment Period Reopened         03/28/02                    67 FR 14879
Comment Period End              04/30/02
Disposition of Comments         09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2110-AA01

Agency Contact: Randall Fiertz, Acting Chief TSA Revenue, Department of 
Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, TSA-14, 
Associate US for Finance and Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 571 227-1080
Email: randall.fiertz@tsa.dot.gov

RIN: 1652-AA00
_______________________________________________________________________

1179. AVIATION SECURITY INFRASTRUCTURE FEES

Priority: Other Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Legal Authority: 49 USC 44901; 49 USC 44940

CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1511

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: TSA announces the imposition of an air carrier fee each 
fiscal year on air carriers and foreign air carriers in air 
transportation, foreign air transportation, and intrastate air 
transportation. The fee is necessary to help defray TSA's costs of 
providing U.S. civil aviation security services.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule Effective    02/18/02
Interim Final Rule              02/20/02                     67 FR 7926
Correction                      02/22/02                     67 FR 8579
Notice Information Collection   02/28/02                     67 FR 9355

[[Page 30366]]

Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      03/18/02
Comment Period Extended         03/20/02                    67 FR 12954
Comment Period End              04/02/02
Notice Guidance App A           05/01/02                    67 FR 21582
Disposition of Comments         09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2110-AA02

Agency Contact: Randall Fiertz, Acting Chief TSA Revenue, Department of 
Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, TSA-14, 
Associate US for Finance and Administration, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 571 227-1080
Email: randall.fiertz@tsa.dot.gov

RIN: 1652-AA01
_______________________________________________________________________

1180. CIVIL AVIATION SECURITY RULES

Priority: Other Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Legal Authority: 49 USC 40101 et seq (PL 107-71)

CFR Citation: 14 CFR 91; 14 CFR 107 to 109; 14 CFR 121; 14 CFR 129; 14 
CFR 135; 14 CFR 139; 14 CFR 191; 49 CFR 1500 to 1550

Legal Deadline: Final, Statutory, February 17, 2002.

Abstract: This action transfers the FAA security rules to the 
Transportation Security Administration.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Rule Effective            02/17/02
Final Rule                      02/22/02                     67 FR 8340
Final Rule Comment Period End   03/25/02
Disposition of Comments         09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Federalism:  Undetermined

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2110-AA03

Agency Contact: Angela Anderson, Senior Rulemaking Analyst, Department 
of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, TSA-2, 
Chief Counsel, 400 Seventh Street SW., West Building, 8th floor, 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 571 227-2652
Fax: 571 227-1377
Email: angela.anderson@tsa.dot.gov

RIN: 1652-AA02
_______________________________________________________________________

1181. SECURITY PROGRAMS FOR AIRCRAFT WEIGHING 12,500 POUNDS OR MORE

Priority: Other Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Legal Authority: 49 USC 114; 49 USC 5103; 49 USC 40119; 49 USC 44901 to 
44907; 49 USC 44913; 49 USC 44914; 49 USC 44916 to 44918; 49 USC 44935; 
49 USC 44936; 49 USC 44942; 49 USC 46105

CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1540; 49 CFR 1544

Legal Deadline: Final, Statutory, February 17, 2002.

Abstract: This action requires operators of aircraft with a maximum 
certificated takeoff weight of 12,500 pounds or more to implement a 
Transportation Security Administration-approved security program.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Rule                      02/22/02                     67 FR 8205
Final Rule Comment Period End   04/23/02
Final Rule Effective            06/24/02
Notice to extend compliance date02/05/03                     68 FR 5974
Disposition of Comments         09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Federalism:  Undetermined

Additional Information: TSA issued the final security program to 
affected operators and they must be in compliance by April 1,2003.
Transferred from RIN 2110-AA04

Agency Contact: Lon M. Siro, Aviation Security Operations Specialist, 
Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, TSA-7-500, Air Carrier Operations Division, 400 Seventh 
Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 571 227-2217
Email: lon.siro@tsa.dot.gov

RIN: 1652-AA03
_______________________________________________________________________

1182. PRIVATE CHARTER SECURITY RULES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 49 USC 114; 49 USC 5102; 49 USC 40119; 49 USC 44901 to 
44907; 49 USC 44913; 49 USC 44914; 49 USC 44916 to 44918; 49 USC 44935; 
49 USC 44936; 49 USC 44942; 49 USC 46105

CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1540; 49 CFR 1544

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends the rules that apply to private charter 
aircraft. Private charter aircraft with a maximum certificated takeoff 
weight of 45.5 kg or more, or 61+ seats will now be required to ensure 
that passengers and their accessible property are screened prior to 
boarding.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Rule                      06/19/02                    67 FR 41635
Final Rule Comment Period End   07/19/02
Final Rule Effective            08/19/02
Notice to extend compliance date02/05/03                     68 FR 5975
Disposition of Comments         09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: The final security program has been issued and 
affected operators must comply by April 1, 2003.
Transferred from RIN 2110-AA05

Agency Contact: Lon M. Siro, Aviation Security Operations Specialist, 
Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, TSA-7-500, Air Carrier Operations Division, 400 Seventh 
Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 571 227-2217
Email: lon.siro@tsa.dot.gov

RIN: 1652-AA04

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_______________________________________________________________________

1183. PROTECTION OF SENSITIVE SECURITY INFORMATION

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 49 USC 114l; 49 USC 5103; 49 USC 40119; 49 USC 44901 
to 44907; 49 USC 44913; 49 USC 44914; 49 USC 44916 to 44918; 49 USC 
44935; 49 USC 44936; 49 USC 44942; 49 USC 46105

CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1520

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: TSA is revising its regulation governing the protection of 
sensitive security information (SSI) in order to implement recent 
legislative changes that expand TSA's authority to protect SSI related 
to modes of transportation other than aviation. TSA is issuing 
revisions to its existing regulation in the form of an interim final 
rule in order to address the immediate needs of individuals and 
entities operating in maritime and other modes of transportation as 
they develop security plans, assessments, procedures, and other 
measures called for by the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and the 
Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002. To that end, TSA is 
expanding the definition of SSI to include additional types of 
information related to security in all modes of transportation and to 
expand the list of persons required to protect SSI. TSA also is 
requiring that records containing SSI be marked with a protective 
marking and distribution limitation statement that indicate the record 
contains SSI, the restrictions on the release of SSI, and the 
consequences of unauthorized disclosure of the SSI. TSA is requiring 
disposal of records containing SSI when they are no longer needed.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2110-AA10

Agency Contact: Dion Casey, Attorney, Department of Homeland Security, 
Transportation Security Administration, TSA-2, West Bldg., 8th floor, 
400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 571 227-2663
Fax: 571 227-1377
Email: dion.casey@tsa.dot.gov

Related RIN: Related To 1652-AA05
RIN: 1652-AA08
_______________________________________________________________________

1184. THREAT ASSESSMENTS REGARDING CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES WHO 
HOLD OR APPLY FOR FAA CERTIFICATES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 49 USC 114; 49 USC 5103; 49 USC 40119; 49 USC 44901 to 
44907; 49 USC 44913; 49 USC 44914; 49 USC 44916; 49 USC 44935; 49 USC 
44936; 49 USC 44942; 49 USC 46105

CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1540

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action provides the process by which the Transportation 
Security Administration (TSA) will notify a holder of, or an applicant 
for, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airman certificate, and 
the FAA, that TSA has determined that the certificate holder or 
applicant poses a security threat. This process, provides the subject 
individual notice and the opportunity to be heard before TSA makes a 
final decision.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Rule                      01/24/03                     68 FR 3756
Comment Period Ends             03/25/03
Disposition of Comments         11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2110-AA14

Agency Contact: Brandon B. Straus, Assistant Chief Counsel for 
Regulations, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, TSA-2, Chief Counsel, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 571 227-2724
Fax: 571 227-1379
Email: brandon.straus@tsa.dot.gov

RIN: 1652-AA12
_______________________________________________________________________

1185. [bull] THREAT ASSESSMENTS REGARDING ALIEN HOLDERS OF, AND 
APPLICANTS FOR, FAA CERTIFICATES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 49 USC 114; 49 USC 5103; 49 USC 40119; 49 USC 44901 to 
44907; 49 USC 44913; 49 USC 44914; 49 USC 44916 to 44918; 49 USC 44935; 
49 USC 44936; 49 USC 44942; 49 USC 46105

CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1540

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action provides the process by which the Transportation 
Security Administration (TSA) will notify an alien holder of, or an 
alien applicant for, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airman 
certificate, and the FAA, that TSA has determined that the certificate 
holder or applicant poses a security threat. This process, provides, 
the subject individual notice and the opportunity to be heard before 
TSA makes a final decision.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Rule                      01/24/03                     68 FR 3762
Comment Period End              03/25/03
Disposition of Comments         11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2110-AA17

Agency Contact: Brandon B. Straus, Assistant Chief Counsel for 
Regulations, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, TSA-2, Chief Counsel, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 571 227-2724
Fax: 571 227-1379
Email: brandon.straus@tsa.dot.gov

RIN: 1652-AA15
_______________________________________________________________________

1186. [bull] TRANSPORTATION OF EXPLOSIVES FROM CANADA TO THE UNITED 
STATES VIA COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE AND RAILROAD CARRIER

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 49 USC 114; 49 USC 5103; 49 USC 5103a; 49 USC 40113; 
49 USC 46105

[[Page 30368]]

CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1570; 49 CFR 1572

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim final rule addresses security issues regarding 
transportation of explosives by commercial motor vehicles and 
railroads. It establishes temporary requirements that all motor 
carriers, motor private carriers, and railroad carriers not using 
United States citizens or lawful permanent resident aliens as drivers 
or railroad crews to transport explosives to the United States, must 
meet during the period while DOT develops the standards that will apply 
on a more permanent basis.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              02/06/03                     68 FR 6083
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      03/10/03
Amendment to Interim Final Rule 05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2110-AA18

Agency Contact: Benjamin Klein, Attorney-Advisor, Department of 
Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, TSA-2, Chief 
Counsel, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 571 227-2694
Fax: 571 227-1379
Email: benjamin.klein@tsa.dot.gov

RIN: 1652-AA16
_______________________________________________________________________

1187. [bull] SECURITY THREAT ASSESSMENT FOR INDIVIDUALS APPLYING FOR A 
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS ENDORSEMENT FOR A COMMERCIAL DRIVERS LICENSE

Priority: Economically Significant. Major under 5 USC 801.

Legal Authority: 49 USC 114; 49 USC 5103a; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 46105

CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1570; 49 CFR 1572

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is amending 
the Transportation Security Regulations to establish security threat 
assessment standards for determining whether an individual poses a 
security threat warranting denial of a hazardous materials endorsement 
for a commercial drivers license (CDL). TSA is also establishing 
procedures for seeking a waiver from the standards and appealing a 
security assessment determination.
TSA is issuing this interim final rule in coordination with a separate 
interim final rule being issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety 
Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA rule amends the Federal Motor Carrier 
Safety Regulations governing commercial drivers licenses to prohibit 
States from issuing, renewing, transferring, or upgrading a commercial 
drivers license with a hazardous material endorsement unless the 
Department of Justice has first conducted a background records check of 
the applicant, and the TSA has determined that the applicant does not 
pose a security threat warranting denial of the hazardous materials 
endorsement. These interim final rules implement the background records 
check requirements of section 1012 of the Uniting and Strengthening 
America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and 
Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (USA PATRIOT Act), and also establish 
requirements regarding the transportation of explosives in commerce.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: State, Federal

Federalism:  This action may have federalism implications as defined in 
EO 13132.

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2110-AA19

Agency Contact: Stephen Sprague, Department of Homeland Security, 
Transportation Security Administration, Office of Maritime and Land; 
TSA-8, 400 Seventh Street SW., 9th floor, West Building, Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 571 227-1468
Email: stephen.sprague@tsa.dot.gov

Dion Casey, Attorney, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation 
Security Administration, TSA-2, West Bldg., 8th floor, 400 Independence 
Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 571 227-2663
Fax: 571 227-1377
Email: dion.casey@tsa.dot.gov

RIN: 1652-AA17
_______________________________________________________________________

1188. [bull] GENERAL RULEMAKING PROCEDURES

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 49 USC 114; 49 USC 5103; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44901 to 
44907; 49 USC 44913; 49 USC 44914; 49 USC 44916 to 44918; 49 USC 44935; 
49 USC 44936; 44942, 46105

CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1501

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: TSA is developing general rulemaking procedures to explain to 
the public the process required to initiate, follow-up, and complete 
the rulemaking process, and what the agency has to comply with during 
the process. This is needed because currently TSA does not have a 
regulation that explains the rulemaking process to the public. 
Rulemaking procedures are an important way for the public to interact 
with TSA, it is important that these procedures be clearly explained 
and easy to understand and follow. This proposed rule will layout the 
process to the public to allow them to understand how TSA processes 
rulemaking proceedings, and what they can do to have input in that 
process.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Rule                      06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Agency Contact: Angela Anderson, Senior Rulemaking Analyst, Department 
of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, TSA-2, 
West Tower, 8th floor, 400 Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 
20590
Phone: 571 227-2652
Email: angela.anderson@tsa.dot.gov

RIN: 1652-AA18

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1189. [bull] TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION TRANSITION TO 
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY; TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS REFLECTING 
ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGES

Priority: Info./Admin./Other

Legal Authority: 6 USC 203; 49 USC 114; 49 USC 40113

CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1500; 49 CFR 1503; 49 CFR 1510 to 1540

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Section 403 of The Homeland Security Act of 2002 transferred 
the functions of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from 
the Department of Transportation to the newly created Department of 
Homeland Security. This rule makes conforming technical changes to 
various parts of chapter XII of title 49, of the Code of Federal 
Regulations, revising, where appropriate, all references to the titles, 
abbreviations, and acronyms of the ``Department of Transportation'' and 
the ``Undersecretary of Transportation for Security.'' This regulation 
also makes conforming changes to the general definitions sections and 
revises TSA's address because of TSA Headquarters' physical move to 
Arlington, Virginia. Because this rule revises existing regulations to 
reflect organizational changes, it has no substantive effect on the 
public.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Rule                      05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

URL For More Information:
http://www.tsa.dot.gov/public/index.jsp

URL For Public Comments:
http://dms.dot.gov

Agency Contact: Marisa Mullen, Senior Regulations Analyst, Department 
of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, TSA-2, 
Chief Counsel, TSA Headquarters, West Tower, Floor 8 (868N), 400 
Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 571 227-2706
Fax: 571 227-1377
Email: marisa.mullen@tsa.dot.gov

RIN: 1652-AA20
_______________________________________________________________________

1190. [bull] SECURITY THREAT ASSESSMENTS FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO HANDLE 
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS IN RAIL TRANSPORTATION

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 49 USC 114

CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1573

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule would require security threat reviews (background 
checks) for certain railroad employees--those with the ability to 
control shipments of hazardous materials, including explosives and 
other dangerous substances that could be used by terrorists to cause 
serious loss of life or property.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Federalism:  Undetermined

Agency Contact: Ellen Siegler, Attorney, Department of Homeland 
Security, Transportation Security Administration, TSA-2, 400 
Independence Avenue SW., West Building, 8th floor, Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 571 227-2723
Email: ellen.siegler@tsa.dot.gov

RIN: 1652-AA21
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                 Long-Term Actions
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
_______________________________________________________________________

1191. [bull] SECURITY COMPLIANCE PROGRAM FOR AIRCRAFT OPERATORS

Priority: Other Significant

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority: 49 USC 114; 49 USC 5103; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 40119; 
49 USC 44901 to 44905; ...

CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1540; 49 CFR 1544

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Rules governing civil aviation security were transferred from 
the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to the Transportation 
Security Administration (TSA). Part 108 of title 14 of the Code of 
Federal Regulations (CFR) on Aircraft Operator Security, is now 
codified in 49 CFR parts 1540 and 1544. TSA will establish a compliance 
program for aircraft operators to implement and test security 
contingency plans. The intent is to enhance security for the traveling 
public, air carriers, and persons employed by or conducting business at 
public airports by increasing awareness of and compliance with civil 
aviation security measures.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                     To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2110-AA11

Agency Contact: Brandon B. Straus, Assistant Chief Counsel for 
Regulations, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, TSA-2, Chief Counsel, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 571 227-2724
Fax: 571 227-1379
Email: brandon.straus@tsa.dot.gov

Related RIN: Related To 2120-AD45
RIN: 1652-AA09
_______________________________________________________________________

1192. [bull] SECURITY COMPLIANCE PROGRAM FOR AIRPORTS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 49 USC 114; 49 USC 5103; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 40119; 
49 USC 44901 to 44905; ...

CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1540; 49 CFR 1542

Legal Deadline: None

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Abstract: Rules governing civil aviation security were transferred from 
the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to the Transportation 
Security Administration (TSA). Part 107 of title 14 of the Code of 
Federal Regulations (CFR) on Airport Security, is now codified in 49 
CFR parts 1540 and 1542. TSA will establish a compliance program for 
airport operators to implement and test security contingency plans. The 
intent is to enhance security for the traveling public, air carriers, 
and persons employed by or conducting business at public airports by 
increasing awareness of and compliance with civil aviation security 
measures.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                     To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2110-AA12

Agency Contact: Brandon B. Straus, Assistant Chief Counsel for 
Regulations, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, TSA-2, Chief Counsel, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 571 227-2724
Fax: 571 227-1379
Email: brandon.straus@tsa.dot.gov

Related RIN: Related To 2120-AD46
RIN: 1652-AA10
_______________________________________________________________________

1193. [bull] CRIMINAL HISTORY RECORDS CHECKS

Priority: Other Significant

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority: 49 USC 114; 49 USC 40113; 49 USC 44936

CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1540; 49 CFR 1542; 49 CFR 1544

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule, published by the Federal Aviation Administration 
(FAA), requires each airport operator and aircraft operator that has 
adopted a security program under 14 CFR parts 107 or 108 to conduct 
fingerprint-based criminal history record checks for individuals if 
they have not already undergone criminal history record checks. The 
rule will ensure that individuals in these positions do not have 
disqualifying criminal offenses. Rules governing civil aviation 
security were transferred from the FAA to the Transportation Security 
Administration (TSA). Parts 107 and 108 of title 14 of the Code of 
Federal Regulations (CFR) on Airport Security and Aircraft Operator 
Security, respectively, are now codified in 49 CFR parts 1540, 1542, 
and 1544. TSA will complete any further action required in this 
rulemaking.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Rule; Request for Comments12/06/01                    66 FR 63474
Comment Period End              01/07/02
Comment Period Reopened         01/25/02                     67 FR 3810
Reopened Comment Period End     03/11/02
Disposition of Comments          To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2110-AA11

Agency Contact: Benjamin Klein, Attorney-Advisor, Department of 
Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, TSA-2, Chief 
Counsel, 400 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 571 227-2694
Fax: 571 227-1379
Email: benjamin.klein@tsa.dot.gov

Related RIN: Related To 2120-AH53
RIN: 1652-AA11
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                 Completed Actions
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
_______________________________________________________________________

1194. PROTECTION OF SENSITIVE SECURITY INFORMATION IN INFORMATION 
CIRCULARS FOR NONAVIATION MODES OF TRANSPORTATION

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 49 USC 114; 49 USC 5103; 49 USC 40119; 49 USC 44901 to 
44907; 49 USC 44913; 49 USC 44914; 49 USC 44916 to 44918; 49 USC 44935; 
49 USC 44936; 49 USC 44942; 49 USC 46105

CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1520

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: TSA is proposing to amend its regulation governing the 
protection of sensitive security information (SSI) in order to require 
persons operating in various nonaviation modes of transportation to 
safeguard information about security concerns that TSA disseminates to 
those persons in the form of Information Circulars (ICs). This will 
facilitate the dissemination of ICs to entities and individuals in 
nonaviation sectors of transportation by bringing them within the 
regulatory framework governing the protection of ICs from disclosure. 
Recipients of ICs will be required to restrict disclosure of and access 
to their contents to persons with an operational need to know. Persons 
subject to the SSI regulation that fail to protect ICs in accordance 
with the regulation's requirements will be subject to civil penalties 
and other enforcement action by TSA.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Merged With 1652-AA08           03/17/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2110-AA07

Agency Contact: Brandon B. Straus, Assistant Chief Counsel for 
Regulations, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security 
Administration, TSA-2, Chief Counsel, 400 Seventh Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 571 227-2724
Fax: 571 227-1379
Email: brandon.straus@tsa.dot.gov

Related RIN: Related To 1652-AA08
RIN: 1652-AA05

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1195. [bull] CERTIFICATION OF SCREENING COMPANIES

Priority: Info./Admin./Other

Legal Authority: 49 USC 40101

CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1500

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action provides information on the status of a notice of 
proposed rulemaking (NPRM), entitled ``Certification of Screening 
Companies,'' published by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (65 
FR 560; January 5, 2000), that now is within TSA's authority as a 
result of the passage of the Aviation and Transportation Security Act 
on November 19, 2001. On February 22, 2002, TSA published a final rule 
transferring FAA's rules governing civil aviation security to TSA. The 
purpose of this document is to inform the public that TSA will take no 
further action on the notice of proposed rulemaking issued by FAA.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Notice of Final Status          11/05/02                    67 FR 67382

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2110-AA15

Agency Contact: Angela Anderson, Senior Rulemaking Analyst, Department 
of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, TSA-2, 
Chief Counsel, 400 Seventh Street SW., West Building, 8th floor, 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 571 227-2652
Fax: 571 227-1377
Email: angela.anderson@tsa.dot.gov

RIN: 1652-AA13
_______________________________________________________________________

1196. [bull] SECURITY OF CHECKED BAGGAGE ON FLIGHTS WITHIN THE UNITED 
STATES

Priority: Info./Admin./Other

Legal Authority: 49 USC 40101

CFR Citation: 49 CFR 1500

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This action provides information on the status of a notice of 
proposed rulemaking (NPRM), entitled ``Security of Checked Baggage 
Within the United States,'' published by the Federal Aviation 
Administration (FAA) (64 FR 19220; 04/19/1999), that now is within 
TSA's authority as a result of the passage of the Aviation and 
Transportation Security Act on November 19, 2001. On February 22, 2002, 
TSA published a final rule transferring FAA's rules governing civil 
aviation security to TSA. The purpose of this document is to inform the 
public that TSA will take no further action on the NPRM issued by FAA.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Notice of Final Status          11/05/02                    67 FR 67382

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 2110-AA16

Agency Contact: Angela Anderson, Senior Rulemaking Analyst, Department 
of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, TSA-2, 
Chief Counsel, 400 Seventh Street SW., West Building, 8th floor, 
Washington, DC 20590
Phone: 571 227-2652
Fax: 571 227-1377
Email: angela.anderson@tsa.dot.gov

RIN: 1652-AA14

_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)               Proposed Rule Stage
Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (BICE)
_______________________________________________________________________

1197. NONIMMIGRANT CLASSES; S CLASSIFICATION; LAW ENFORCEMENT 
INITIATIVES; ALIEN WITNESSES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1324a; 8 CFR 2; 8 USC 1102; 8 USC 
1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 1225; 8 USC 1226; 8 USC 1228; 8 USC 
1252

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 214; 8 CFR 274a; 8 CFR 299; 8 CFR 103

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Two regulatory initiatives dealing with the processing of 
alien witnesses have been prepared by the Department. INS No. 1683-94 
provides the application and approval process for the admission of 
aliens in S nonimmigrant classification. It provides guidance to the 
various law enforcement agencies needing alien witnesses and informants 
to complete critical law enforcement initiatives in the United States. 
INS No. 1728-95 establishes a fee for the processing of Form I-854, 
Inter-Agency Alien Witness and Informant Record, for Law Enforcement 
Agency (LEA) requests for S nonimmigrant classification for eligible 
alien witnesses and informants. The fee recovers the costs of the 
processing of requests for immigration benefits and is needed to comply 
with specific Federal immigration laws and Federal user fee statute and 
regulations.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule-INS No. 1683 
Eff. 8/25/95; Comment Period End 
12/4/95                         08/25/95                    60 FR 44260
Interim Final Rule-INS No. 1683 
Correction                      10/05/95                    60 FR 52068
Interim Final Rule-INS No. 1683 
Correction                      10/05/95                    60 FR 52248
NPRM-INS No. 1728               12/00/03
Final Action-INS No.1683        12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local, Tribal, Federal

Additional Information: INS No. 1683-94; and INS No. 1728-95.
Transferred from RIN 1115-AD86

Agency Contact: Lydia St. John-Mellado, Investigator, Department of 
Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Room 
1000, Investigations Division, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-5097

RIN: 1653-AA00

[[Page 30372]]

_______________________________________________________________________

1198. FILING FACTUAL STATEMENTS ABOUT ALIEN PROSTITUTES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 18 USC 2424; PL 104-208

CFR Citation: 28 CFR 94

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: On September 30, 1996, the Illegal Immigration Reform and 
Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA) was enacted. This law not 
only amended significant portions of title 8 of the United States Code, 
but also changed the provisions of title 18 United States Code (Crimes 
and Criminal Procedures). Because section 325 amends 18 U.S.C., the 
Department of Homeland Security will publish an implementing regulation 
dealing with the filing of statements by individuals who keep, 
maintain, control, support, or harbor alien prostitutes.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         02/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: INS No. 1810-96
Transferred from RIN 1115-AE60

Agency Contact: Elizabeth Goyer, Senior Special Agent, Investigations, 
Office of Field Operations, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 
20536
Phone: 202 616-3722

RIN: 1653-AA03
_______________________________________________________________________

1199. USE OF PAROLE FOR HUMANITARIAN REASONS OR SIGNIFICANT PUBLIC 
BENEFIT

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1182

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212

Legal Deadline: NPRM, Statutory, September 11, 1997.

Abstract: Changes to the current regulations are necessitated by 
section 602 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant 
Responsibility Act of 1996. This section has reworded certain parole 
authority by stipulating parole on a case-by-case basis for urgent 
humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM-INS No. 1840-97            10/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local, Tribal, Federal

Additional Information: INS No. 1840-97
See also (INS No. 2004-99): This interim final rule published on 
December 28, 2000, amended the regulations concerning the authority to 
grant the parole of aliens from DHS custody by specifically identifying 
the scope of that authority to include the Secretary. This action was 
taken to clarify which individuals are authorized by the Secretary to 
grant parole from DHS custody.
Transferred from RIN 1115-AE68

Agency Contact: Kenneth Leutbecker, Director, Parole and Humanitarian 
Assistance Branch, Office of International Affairs, Department of 
Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, 
Attn: ULLICO Building, Third Floor, 111 Massachusetts Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202 305-2670

RIN: 1653-AA04
_______________________________________________________________________

1200. DEFINITIONS OF ``NOTICE TO APPEAR'' AND ``ARREST WARRANT''

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 1

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This proposed rule adds definitions for the terms ``Notice to 
Appear ''and ``Arrest Warrant.'' This proposed revision clarifies what 
is meant by those terms as they relate to the administration of 
immigration law. The action is necessary to improve the efficiency of 
the Department and to clarify how a Notice to Appear and an Arrest 
Warrant issued pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act differ 
from such documents issued under another statute.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            10/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2140-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG24

Agency Contact: Donna Kay Barnes, Acting Special Assistant, Office of 
Field Operations, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Room 7114, 425 I Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 616-7488

RIN: 1653-AA11
_______________________________________________________________________

1201. PROCEDURES FOR DETAINEE HUNGER STRIKES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1223; 8 USC 1227; 8 USC 1251; 8 USC 
1253; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 241.19

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule proposes standards and procedures for responding to 
hunger strikes by individuals detained by the Department. All proposed 
medical treatments in this regulation conform to accepted medical 
practice. Also, this rule would supersede the Department's Detention 
Standard on Hunger Strikes.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         01/00/04

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2142-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG26

Agency Contact: Nik Maravich, Detention and Deportation Officer,

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Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement, Room 800, Detention and Removal Operations, Office of 
Programs, 801 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-1999

RIN: 1653-AA12
_______________________________________________________________________

1202. STRENGTHENING CONTROL OVER IMMIGRATION SURETY BONDS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1356; 31 USC 9701; 31 USC 9305; 31 
USC 9308; PL 104-208

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: During the past several years the Department has experienced 
problems collecting funds relating to breached surety bonds. Several 
surety companies and/or their bonding agents have circumvented 
administrative remedies to address immigration surety bond claims sent 
out by the Department and furthermore have evaded the judicial review 
process.
This rule proposes to strengthen the Department's control over the 
collection of immigration surety bonds by tightening current DHS 
procedures relating to the collection of surety bonds and by providing 
the Department with more powerful enforcement measures. Specifically, 
this rule will require surety companies and bonding agents to exhaust 
administrative remedies by using Department appeal procedures as a 
prerequisite to challenging the Department's actions under the 
Administrative Procedures Act (5 U.S.C. 701 et seq.) before seeking 
judicial review of DHS actions. In addition, this rule limits the 
exposure of the Department in the case of bonding agents who have acted 
improperly or whose authorities have been denied by their corporate 
principals; encourages surety companies and bonding agents to respond 
early if there are any issues or disputes with the Department's claim 
and formalizes DHS' reporting requirements to the Department of 
theTreasury (Treasury); provides for notification to the Treasury of 
high dollar volume of unpaid debt over 90 days; and lastly, adds an 
enforcement tool to suspend acceptance of surety bonds from bonding 
agents and/or surety companies that have large unpaid balances or who 
do not otherwise respond to DHS invoices. This rule is necessary to 
ensure that the Deprtment receives funds owed by surety companies.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         11/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2193-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG65

Agency Contact: Jim Landolt, Branch Chief, Policy, Office of Financial 
Management, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and 
Customs Enforcement, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 353-0229
Fax: 202 514-7898

RIN: 1653-AA16
_______________________________________________________________________

1203. [bull] INTEREST PAYMENTS ON CANCELLED CASH BONDS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 31 USC 1322; 31 USC 9308

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 293

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: When DHS receives a cash bond, it is deposited into an 
account where interest is accumulated from the date the bond is posted, 
to the date that the bond is paid out. If a cancelled cash bond is 
unclaimed after a year, the principal and any accumulated interest are 
transferred to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, account entitled 
``Payments of Unclaimed Moneys of Individuals Whose Whereabouts are 
Unknown.'' This regulation at 8 CFR 293.1 concerns the computation of 
interest on cash bonds. It does not mention the Treasury requirement 
concerning the disposition of funds from unclaimed cash bonds. Since 
some cash bonds obligors have questioned the curtailment of interest a 
year after the bond is cancelled, we believe that this regulation 
should include language that clarifies the Department's requirement to 
comply with Treasury's regulation.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2258-03
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG97

Agency Contact: Jim Landolt, Branch Chief, Policy, Office of Financial 
Management, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and 
Customs Enforcement, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 353-0229
Fax: 202 514-7898

RIN: 1653-AA20
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                  Final Rule Stage
Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (BICE)
_______________________________________________________________________

1204. AGREEMENT PROMISING NON-DEPORTATION OR OTHER IMMIGRATION BENEFITS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 301; 28 USC 509; 28 USC 510; 28 USC 515 to 519

CFR Citation: 28 CFR 0.197

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule will finalize a 1996 interim final rule that 
requires Federal prosecutors, law enforcement agencies, and other 
officials to obtain written consent from the Department of Homeland 
Security when entering into a plea agreement, cooperation agreement, or 
similar agreement promising an alien favorable treatment by DHS. This 
rule ensures that favorable treatment under the

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immigration laws is extended only after a full consideration of its 
effect on overall immigration enforcement, alleviates confusion over 
the authority to enforce the immigration laws, and prevents the 
Department from being bound by agreements undertaken without its 
knowledge and approval.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              09/13/96                    61 FR 48405
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      11/12/96
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 1791-96
Transferred from RIN 1115-AE50

Agency Contact: Joan S. Lieberman, Attorney, Office of General Counsel, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement, Room 6100, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-2895

RIN: 1653-AA02
_______________________________________________________________________

1205. REQUIRING ALIENS ORDERED REMOVED FROM THE UNITED STATES TO 
SURRENDER TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FOR REMOVAL

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1231; 8 USC 1253

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 240.13 to 240.19

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule requires aliens subject to a final order of removal 
to surrender to the Department. This rule also establishes procedures 
for surrender and bars persons violating these procedures from 
obtaining discretionary immigration benefits.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            09/04/98                    63 FR 47205
NPRM Comment Period End         11/03/98
Supplemental NPRM               05/09/02                    67 FR 31157
Supplemental NPRM Comment Period 
End                             06/10/02
Final Rule                      10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 1115-AE82

Agency Contact: Lisa Batey, Associate General Counsel, Department of 
Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Room 
6100, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 503 353-1825

RIN: 1653-AA05
_______________________________________________________________________

1206. EARLY RELEASE FOR REMOVAL OF CRIMINAL ALIENS IN STATE CUSTODY FOR 
NONVIOLENT OFFENSES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1223; 8 USC 1227; 8 USC 1251; 8 USC 
1253; 8 USC 1255; 8 USC 1330; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 241

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The final rule will establish an administrative process 
whereby criminal aliens in State custody convicted of nonviolent 
offenses may be removed prior to completion of their sentence of 
imprisonment. The rule will implement the authority contemplated by 
Congress to enhance the ability of the United States to remove criminal 
aliens.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM-INS No. 1848-97            07/12/99                    64 FR 37461
NPRM Comment Period End         09/10/99
Final Action-INS No. 1848-97    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Federal

Additional Information: INS No.1848-97
Transferred from RIN 1115-AE83

Agency Contact: Joan S. Lieberman, Attorney, Office of General Counsel, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement, Room 6100, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-2895

Ron Dodson, Supervisory Special Agent, Headquarters Investigations, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement, Room 1000, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 616-7310

RIN: 1653-AA06
_______________________________________________________________________

1207. POWER OF ATTORNEY GENERAL TO TERMINATE DEPORTATION PROCEEDINGS AND 
INITIATE REMOVAL PROCEEDINGS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: PL 104-208

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 309

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule proposes to implement section 309(c)(3) of the 
Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) by 
affording certain aliens rendered ineligible for relief from 
deportation by recent changes in the law the opportunity to have their 
deportation proceedings terminated and removal proceedings initiated in 
order to apply for relief. Certain permanent resident aliens rendered 
ineligible for section 212(c) relief by the Antiterrorism and Effective 
Death Penalty Act (AEDPA) and certain non-permanent resident aliens 
rendered ineligible for suspension of deportation by the stop-time rule 
in IIRIRA may apply for ``repapering'' (as it is commonly known) under 
this rule. This process would not apply to aliens eligible for 212(c) 
relief pursuant to the procedures described in the Executive Office for 
Immigration Review (EOIR) rulemaking.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            11/30/00                    65 FR 71273
NPRM Comment Period End         01/29/01
Final Action                    06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2083-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF87

Agency Contact: Christina Hamilton, Chief, Enforcement Division, Office 
of

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General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration 
and Customs Enforcement, Room 6100, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 
20536
Phone: 202 514-2895

RIN: 1653-AA08
_______________________________________________________________________

1208. PROTECTION AND ASSISTANCE FOR VICTIMS OF TRAFFICKING

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 
1104; 8 USC 1252; 22 USC 7101; 22 USC 7105; ...

CFR Citation: 28 CFR 1100

Legal Deadline: Other, Statutory, April 28, 2001, Statutory deadline 
for promulgation of regulations.

Abstract: This rule amends 28 CFR and sets forth implementing guidance 
for section 107(c) of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence 
Protection Act of 2000. The Secretary and the Secretary of State are 
promulgating these regulations for law enforcement, Immigration, and 
Department of State (DOS) officials regarding the protection of victims 
of severe forms of trafficking who are in custody, the access of such 
victims to information about their rights and translation services, and 
the training of appropriate DHS and DOS personnel in identifying and 
protecting such victims. The rule also addresses the authority of 
Federal law enforcement officials to permit the continued presence in 
the United States of certain victims of severe forms of trafficking who 
are potential witnesses in order to aid prosecutions.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              07/24/01                    66 FR 38514
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      10/22/01
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Federalism:  Undetermined

Additional Information: INS No. 2133-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG20

Agency Contact: Anne M. Veysey, Acting Director, Program Strategy and 
Development Branch, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Investigations Division, 425 I 
Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 616-7372

RIN: 1653-AA09
_______________________________________________________________________

1209. DETENTION OF ALIENS SUBJECT TO FINAL ORDERS OF REMOVAL

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1223; 8 USC 1227; 8 USC 1231; 8 USC 
1253; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 241

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends the custody review process governing the 
detention of aliens who are the subject of a final order of removal, 
deportation or exclusion (see 8 CFR 241.4) in light of the decision of 
the U.S. Supreme Court in Zadvydas v. Davis. This rule adds new 
provisions governing cases for DHS to determine whether there is a 
significant likelihood that an alien will be removed from the United 
States in the reasonably foreseeable future, and cases where there are 
special circumstances justifying the continued detention of certain 
aliens. This rule also makes conforming changes to the existing 
postremoval period detention regulations, and provides procedures to 
implement the statutory provision for the extension of the removal 
period beyond 90 days if the alien conspires or acts to prevent his or 
her removal or fails or refuses to assist DHS in obtaining documents 
necessary to his or her removal.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              11/14/01                    66 FR 56967
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      01/14/02
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No 2156-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG29

Agency Contact: Joan S. Lieberman, Attorney, Office of General Counsel, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement, Room 6100, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-2895

RIN: 1653-AA13
_______________________________________________________________________

1210. CUSTODY PROCEDURES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1225; 8 USC 1226; 8 USC 
1251; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 287

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends Department regulations on the period of time 
after an alien's arrest within which the Department must make a 
determination whether the alien will be continued in custody or 
released on bond or recognizance and whether to issue a notice to 
appear and warrant of arrest. This rule provides that unless voluntary 
departure has been granted, DHS must make such determinations within 48 
hours of arrest, except in the event of emergency or other 
extraordinary circumstance in which case the Department must make such 
determinations within an additional reasonable period of time.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule Effective    09/17/01                    66 FR 48334
Interim Final Rule Published    09/20/01                    66 FR 48334
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      11/19/01
Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No 2171-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG40

Agency Contact: Daniel Brown, Attorney, Office of General Counsel, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement, Room 6100, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-2895

RIN: 1653-AA14

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_______________________________________________________________________

1211. ADDRESS NOTIFICATION TO BE FILED WITH DESIGNATED APPLICATIONS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 
1304; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The proposed rule would amend regulations of the Department 
of Homeland Security (DHS) by requiring every alien who is applying for 
immigration benefits to acknowledge having received notice that he or 
she is required to provide a valid current address to the Department, 
including any change of address within 10 days of the change; that the 
Department will use the most recent address provided by the alien for 
all purposes, including the service of a Notice to Appear if the 
Department initiates removal proceedings; and, if the alien has changed 
address and failed to provide the new address to DHS, that the alien 
will be held responsible for any communications sent to the most recent 
address provided by the alien. This rule will satisfy the requirements 
or advance notice to the alien of the obligation to provide a current 
address to the Department, and of the consequences that may result for 
failure to do so, including the entry of an in absentia removal order 
against the alien if the alien fails to appear at a removal hearing.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/26/02                    67 FR 48818
NPRM Comment Period End         08/26/02
Final Action                    09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2198-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG61

Agency Contact: George Martin, Appelate Counsel, Department of Homeland 
Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Room 200, 5113 
Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: 703 756-6257

RIN: 1653-AA15
_______________________________________________________________________

1212. ESTABLISHING SAN BERNARDINO, SANTA ANA, AND VENTURA SUBOFFICES 
UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE LOS ANGELES DISTRICT OFFICE

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 100

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends Department regulations by adding the San 
Bernardino, Santa Ana, and Ventura suboffices to the listing of 
internal suboffices. DHS is opening these three suboffices to better 
serve the residents within the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles District 
Office. The San Bernardino, Santa Ana, and Ventura Suboffices will 
enable DHS customers to significantly reduce the commuting distance to 
a DHS office as well as the wait time for assistance. The intended 
effect of this regulation is to reallocate Department resources and 
improve processing efficiency for the Los Angeles District.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                    10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2192-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG66

Agency Contact: Sharon M. Lucas, Special Assistant, Department of 
Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Room 
7114, Office of Field Operations, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 
20536
Phone: 202 307-3862

RIN: 1653-AA17
_______________________________________________________________________

1213. [bull] ABBREVIATION OR WAIVER OF TRAINING FOR STATE OR LOCAL LAW 
ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS AUTHORIZED TO ENFORCE IMMIGRATION LAW DURING A MASS 
INFLUX OF ALIENS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: PL 98-473; 8 USC 1101; PL 102-410

CFR Citation: 28 CFR 65

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule would amend Department of Homeland Security 
regulations to authorize the Secretary to waive normally required 
training requirements in the event that the number of State or local 
law enforcement officers available to respond in an expeditious manner 
to urgent and quickly developing events during a declared mass influx 
of aliens is insufficient to protect public safety, public health, and 
national security.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              02/26/03                     68 FR 8820
Interim Final Rule Effective    02/26/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/28/03
Final Rule                      12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 1115-AG84

Agency Contact: Ron Dodson, Supervisory Special Agent, Headquarters 
Investigations, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration 
and Customs Enforcement, Room 1000, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 
20536
Phone: 202 616-7310

RIN: 1653-AA18
_______________________________________________________________________

1214. PROCESSING, DETENTION, AND RELEASE OF JUVENILES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1224 to 1227; 8 USC 1362

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 236.3

Legal Deadline: Final, Judicial, July 31, 1998.
The court-approved settlement agreement in Flores v. Reno (C.D. Cal.) 
required DHS to initiate action to publish regulations in July 1998. 
However, the changes brought by AEDPA and IIRIRA delayed issuance of 
the regulations. DHS later re-published the rule for comments.

Abstract: The rule amends Department regulations by establishing the 
procedures for processing alien juveniles from custody and the 
detention of unreleased juveniles in

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State-licensed programs and detention facilities. This rule also 
governs the transportation and transfer of juveniles in DHS custody.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM-INS No. 1906-98            07/24/98                    63 FR 39759
NPRM Comment Period End         09/22/98
NPRM Comment Period Reopened    01/14/02                     67 FR 1670
Second NPRM Comment Period End  03/15/02
Final Action                    12/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 1906-98.
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF05

Agency Contact: Mark A. Matese, Director of Juvenile Affairs, 
Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs 
Enforcement, 8th Floor, Office of Field Operations, 801 I Street NW, 
Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-2162

RIN: 1653-AA22
_______________________________________________________________________

1215. AUTHORIZING COLLECTION OF FEE LEVIED ON F, J, AND M NONIMMIGRANT 
CLASSIFICATIONS UNDER ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION REFORM AND IMMIGRANT 
RESPONSIBILITY ACT (IIRIRA)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; 8 USC 
1186a; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 214; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends DHS regulations to establish a fee, pursuant 
to section 641 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant 
Responsibility Act (IIRIRA), as amended by Public Law 106-396. In 
accordance with these statutes, the alien will remit the fee directly 
to the Attorney General at a time prior to the alien being classified 
as an F, J, or M nonimmigrant. The rule will outline the fee amounts, 
who is subject, when the fee must be paid, and the consequences that an 
F-1, J-1, and M-1 nonimmigrant faces upon failure to pay the fee. This 
rule is necessary to implement section 641 of the IIRIRA, as amended, 
as well as authorized under section 103 and 214 of the Immigration and 
Nationality Act and under 31 U.S.C. 9701.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/21/99                    64 FR 71323
NPRM Comment Period End         02/22/00
Interim Final Rule              09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 1991-99
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF56

Agency Contact: Maura Deadrick, Assistant Director, Adjudication 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3040, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-3228

RIN: 1653-AA23
_______________________________________________________________________

1216. REVISION OF THE REGULATIONS CONCERNING F, J, AND M NONIMMIGRANT 
CLASSIFICATIONS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552, 552(a); 5 USC 552(a); 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 
1103; 8 USC 1201; 8 USC 1252 note; 8 USC 1252(b); 8 USC 1304; 8 USC 
1356; 31 USC 9701; EO 12356; 8 USC part 2; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 214

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule lays the foundation for the implementation of the 
Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), an Internet-
based system that provides tracking and monitoring functionality, with 
access to accurate and current information on nonimmigrant students and 
exchange visitors. SEVIS is being integrated into the new entry-exit 
system, which is the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indication 
Technology System (U.S. VISIT). The U.S. VISIT is designed to make 
entering the United States easier for legitimate tourist, students, and 
business travelers while making it more difficult to enter the United 
States illegally through the implementation of biometrically authorized 
documents.
There are three principal laws that require the Secretary to develop an 
automated system to track foreign students and exchange visitors:
1. Section 641 of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant 
Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA);
2. Section 416 of the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing 
Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 
2001 (USA PATRIOT Act); and
3. Section 501 of the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform 
Act of 2002 (Border Security Act).
IIRIRA requires the Department to collect current information, on an 
ongoing basis, from schools and exchange programs relating to 
nonimmigrant foreign students and exchange visitors during their course 
of stay in the United States. In addition, the USA PATRIOT Act amended 
section 641 of IIRIRA to require full implementation and expansion of 
SEVIS prior to January 1, 2003. Furthermore, the Border Security Act 
clarifies the collection of information required by SEVIS and adds the 
specific requirement that educational institutions report any failure 
of an alien to enroll not later than 30 days after the registration 
deadline of the institution. Finally, Presidential Directive No. 2 and 
the findings released by the Office of the Inspector General have also 
had a significant impact on the direction of the student program at the 
Department.
While this rule implements SEVIS and its requirements, SEVIS is only 
one component of the Department's Student and Exchange Visitor Program 
(SEVP). Further rulemakings are a necessary part of the overall 
reengineering process and success of SEVP, which encompasses the review 
and registration of all schools and exchange programs in SEVIS prior to 
January 30, 2003, subsequent recertifications every two years, and the 
student fee regulation mandated by Congress in IIRIRA to pay for the 
operation and maintenance of SEVIS.
As part of this ongoing program, the Department published an interim 
final rule at 67 FR 44344 (July 1, 2002) allowing schools that met 
certain criteria to preliminarily enroll in SEVIS beginning on July 1, 
2002. In early fall,

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the Department will publish another rule that will require all schools 
to apply for certification in SEVIS in order to be able to begin 
accepting or continue accepting foreign students after the SEVIS 
mandatory compliance date. Additionally, DHS will publish a rule 
describing the recertification, withdrawal, and denial process for 
SEVIS. Finally, DHS will reintroduce a rule for the collection of the 
fee for all F, J, and M nonimmigrants.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM (INS 2185-02)              05/16/02                    67 FR 34862
NPRM Comment Period End         06/16/02
Interim Final Rule (INS 2211-02)07/01/02                    67 FR 44343
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      07/31/02
Final Action (INS 2185-02)      12/02/02                    67 FR 31184
Final Action (INS 2211-02)      10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2185-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG55

Agency Contact: Maura Deadrick, Assistant Director, Adjudication 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Room 3040, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-3228

RIN: 1653-AA24
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                 Long-Term Actions
Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (BICE)
_______________________________________________________________________

1217. EMPLOYER SANCTIONS MODIFICATIONS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1324a; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 274a

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering 
further changes to streamline the verification and enforcement process 
requirements related to the Employer Sanctions provisions of the 
Immigration Reform and Control Act.
The Department published an interim rule in 1996, INS No. 1738, 
allowing DHS to issue and serve a Warning Notice upon an alleged 
violator after DHS has determined that a person or entity has violated 
section 274a of the Act. This rule also allows interested parties to 
electronically generate blank copies of the Employment Eligibility 
Verification Form (Form I-9).
On September 30, 1996, IIRIRA was enacted. Section 411(a) of IIRIRA 
allows employers who have made a good faith attempt to comply with a 
particular employment verification requirement to correct technical or 
procedural failures before such failures are deemed to be violations of 
the INA. DHS issued a proposed rule on April 7, 1998, INS No. 1819, to 
implement this provision and is in the process of preparing a final 
rule. Because the issuance of Warning Notices requires that violation 
determinations be made, it is being examined in conjunction with INS 
No. 1819 in light of section 411(a) of IIRIRA. The anticipated 
publication date of a final rule will not be determined until issues 
regarding implementation of section 411(a) of IIRIRA are resolved.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule-INS No. 1738 10/07/96                    61 FR 52235
Correction (Interim Final Rule) 10/29/96                    61 FR 55840
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      11/06/96
Final Rule                       To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal

Additional Information: INS Nos. 1737 and 1738.
Transferred from RIN 1115-AE21

Agency Contact: Joseph Donnelly, Director, Worksite Enforcement, 
Investigations, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration 
and Customs Enforcement, Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-6057

RIN: 1653-AA01
_______________________________________________________________________

1218. EXPANSION OF EXPEDITED REMOVAL OF CERTAIN CRIMINAL ALIENS HELD IN 
FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL JAILS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1101 to 1103; 8 USC 1182; 8 USC 1184; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 212; 8 CFR 235

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This notice advises the public that the Department of 
Homeland Security (DHS) intends to apply the expedited removal 
provisions of section 235(b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act 
on a pilot basis to certain criminal aliens being held in three 
correctional facilities in the State of Texas. This action will not 
become effective until DHS evaluates and addresses public comments and 
informs the public by notice in the Federal Register when the expedited 
removal provisions will be implemented. This pilot program will last 
for a period of 180 days, and will be followed with an evaluation of 
the program. The Department believes that implementing the expedited 
removal provisions to persons who have been found by a Federal judge to 
be guilty of illegal entry and are serving short criminal sentences 
will result in faster removal of those criminal aliens. This will 
ensure prompt immigration determinations in those cases and 
consequently will save DHS detention space and immigration judge and 
trial attorney resources. The public comments were received and 
reviewed. DHS elected to study the process to determine if the 
efficiencies to be gained were still valid, and incorporated its 
results into the final notice, which is currently being reviewed by the 
Department.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

ANPRM                           09/22/99                    64 FR 51338

[[Page 30379]]

ANPRM Comment Period End        11/22/99


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local, Federal

Additional Information: INS No. 1998-99
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF50

Agency Contact: Robert Evans, Detention and Deportation Officer, 
Detention and Deportation, Detention and Removal Op, Department of 
Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Suite 
800, 801 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 353-7218

RIN: 1653-AA07
_______________________________________________________________________

1219. INCREASING THE NUMBER OF OFFICERS AUTHORIZED TO ISSUE NOTICES TO 
APPEAR AND ARREST WARRANTS FOR IMMIGRATION VIOLATIONS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1221; 8 USC 1229; 8 CFR 2

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 239; 8 CFR 287

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule increases the number of officers authorized to 
issue notices to appear, and warrants of arrest for immigration 
violations. Currently, the authority to issue notices to appear and to 
issue arrest warrants for immigration violations, is limited to a small 
number of DHS officers. The present listing identifies the officers 
authorized to issue by specific position. This revision increases the 
number of issuing officers and identifies issuing authority by job 
title. The action is necessary to improve Department operations since 
many DHS employees are posted great distances away from the officials 
who are currently authorized to issue notices to appear and arrest 
warrants.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule               To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2137-01
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG22

Agency Contact: Christina Hamilton, Chief, Enforcement Division, Office 
of General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of 
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Room 6100, 425 I Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-2895

RIN: 1653-AA10
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                 Completed Actions
Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (BICE)
_______________________________________________________________________

1220. RELEASE OF INFORMATION REGARDING IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION 
SERVICE DETAINEES IN NON-FEDERAL FACILITIES

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 301; 5 USC 552; 5 USC 552a; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 
1182; ...

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 236

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule governs the public disclosure by any State or local 
government entity or by any privately operated facility of the name or 
other information relating to any immigration detainee being housed or 
otherwise maintained or provided service on behalf of the Department. 
This rule establishes a uniform policy on the public release of 
information on DHS' detainees and ensures the Department's ability to 
support the law enforcement and security needs of the United States.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              04/22/02                    67 FR 19508
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      06/21/02
Final Action                    01/29/03                     68 FR 4364

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2203-02
Transferred from RIN 1115-AG67

Agency Contact: Dea Carpenter, Associate General Counsel, Office of 
General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration 
and Customs Enforcement, Room 6100, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 
20536
Phone: 202 514-2895

RIN: 1653-AA21

_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)               Proposed Rule Stage
Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and Response (EP&R)
_______________________________________________________________________

1221. [bull] DISASTER ASSISTANCE; FIRE MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE GRANT 
PROGRAM

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 5121 to 5206

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 204

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim final rule revises the implementing regulations 
for section 420 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency 
Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5187 (the Stafford Act) as amended by the 
Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, which provide overall program guidance 
on the operation and administration of the Fire Management Assistance 
Grant Program (FMAGP). The revisions incorporated into this interim 
final rule are designed primarily to better

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facilitate the grant application and administration processes of FMAGP, 
thereby improving the delivery of financial assistance to the State, 
local, and Indian tribal governments. The revisions will immediately 
assist State, local, and Indian tribal governments applying for grants 
and subgrants under the 84 fire management assistance declarations 
approved by the Secretary since FMAGP was implemented on October 30, 
2001, and will facilitate the provision of assistance to applying 
entities in future years as well.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Local, State, Tribal

Agency Contact: Curtis Carleton, Recovery Division, Department of 
Homeland Security, Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and Response, 
500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-4535
Email: curtis.carleton@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA26
_______________________________________________________________________

1222. [bull] NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM (NFIP); STATE RENEWAL OF 
GROUP FLOOD INSURANCE POLICY (GFIP)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 4001 et seq

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 61

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: EP&R is amending the Group Flood Insurance Policy (GFIP) to 
allow the States to continue the coverage for individuals insured under 
the initial GFIP policy after it has expired, provided the States pay 
the entire premium.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State

Agency Contact: Charles M. Plaxico Jr., Mitigation Division, Department 
of Homeland Security, Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and 
Response, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-3422
Fax: 202 646-4327
Email: charles.plaxico@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA27
_______________________________________________________________________

1223. [bull] NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM (NFIP); ASSISTANCE TO 
PRIVATE SECTOR INSURERS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 4001 et seq

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 62

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This proposed rule would amend the Financial Assistance/
Subsidy Arrangement between EP&R and the private sector insurers that 
sell and service flood insurance regarding the rules pertaining to when 
EP&R is responsible for litigation costs and when the insurers are 
responsible. It would also clarify issues of jurisdiction and choice of 
law when the insurers are sued and make some other changes to the 
Arrangement.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Agency Contact: Charles M. Plaxico Jr., Mitigation Division, Department 
of Homeland Security, Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and 
Response, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-3422
Fax: 202 646-4327
Email: charles.plaxico@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA28
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                  Final Rule Stage
Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and Response (EP&R)
_______________________________________________________________________

1224. NONDISCRIMINATION ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, 
HANDICAP, AND AGE IN PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES RECEIVING FEDERAL FINANCIAL 
ASSISTANCE

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 794; 42 USC 2000d to 2000d-7; 42 USC 6101 to 
6107; EO 12250

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 7; 44 CFR 16

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule would amend EP&R's regulations implementing title 
VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, section 504 of the Rehabilitation 
Act of 1972, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. Together, these 
statutes prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national 
origin, disability, and age in programs or activities that receive 
Federal financial assistance. Publication of this rule would explicitly 
incorporate the Civil Rights Restoration Act definitions of ``program 
or activity'' and ``program.''

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/06/00                    65 FR 76460
NPRM Comment Period End         01/05/01
Final Action                    09/00/03
Final Action Effective          10/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local, Federal

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 3067-AD14

Agency Contact: Pauline C. Campbell, Office of Equal Rights, Department 
of Homeland Security, Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and 
Response, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472

[[Page 30381]]

Phone: 202 646-4122
Fax: 202 646-4320
Email: pauline.campbell@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA12
_______________________________________________________________________

1225. DISASTER ASSISTANCE; PUBLIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND COMMUNITY 
DISASTER LOAN PROGRAM STATUTORY CHANGES

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 5121

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 206

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule amends EP&R's regulations for the Public Assistance 
Program and the Community Disaster Loan Program to reflect statutory 
changes to these programs. Specifically the rule: 1) changes the 
Federal contribution for Large in Lieu Contributions also known as 
``alternate projects;'' 2) adds irrigation districts to the list of 
eligible private nonprofit (PNP) facilities; 3) institutes a loan 
requirement for certain non-critical PNP facilities; and 4) limits 
Community Disaster Loans to $5 million and requires that loan 
applicants not be in arrears on any previous loan.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              05/04/01                    66 FR 22443
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      07/03/01
Final Rule                      05/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 3067-AD20

Agency Contact: James Walke, Recovery Division, Department of Homeland 
Security, Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and Response, 500 C 
Street SW., Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-2751
Fax: 202 646-3304
Email: james.walke@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA15
_______________________________________________________________________

1226. [bull] DISASTER ASSISTANCE; CRISIS COUNSELING REGULAR PROGRAM; 
AMENDMENT TO REGULATION

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 5121 to 5206

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 206

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim final rule will make a substantive change that 
would in limited circumstances allow the Assistant Associate Director 
to extend the deadline for the Crisis Counseling Regular Program. This 
rule takes effect immediately.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Applicability Date              09/11/01
Interim Final Rule              03/03/03                     68 FR 9899
Interim Final Rule Effective    03/03/03
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      05/02/03
Final Rule                       To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 3067-AD32

Agency Contact: Berl Jones, Recovery Division, Department of Homeland 
Security, Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and Response, 500 C 
Street SW., Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-3943
Fax: 202 646-3978
Email: berl.jones@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA23
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                 Long-Term Actions
Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and Response (EP&R)
_______________________________________________________________________

1227. FLOOD MITIGATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 4104c; 42 USC 4104d

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 78

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim final rule implements sections 553 and 554 of 
the National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 1994, to provide grants 
under the National Flood Mitigation Fund to States and communities for 
planning assistance and for mitigation projects that reduce the risk of 
flood damages to structures covered under contracts for flood 
insurance.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/20/97                    62 FR 13346
Final Action                     To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local, Tribal

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 3067-AC45

Agency Contact: Sheila Donahoe, Mitigation Division, Department of 
Homeland Security, Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and Response, 
500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-3121
Fax: 202 646-4127
Email: sheila.donahoe@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA00
_______________________________________________________________________

1228. CRIMINAL AND CIVIL PENALTIES UNDER THE ROBERT T. STAFFORD DISASTER 
RELIEF AND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE ACT

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 5157(d); PL 101-410; 28 USC 2461; PL 104-134, 
sec 31001(s)

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 206

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule would increase the maximum civil penalty under the 
Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act from 
$5,000 to $5,500.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            02/10/97                     62 FR 5957

[[Page 30382]]

NPRM Comment Period End         04/11/97
Final Action                     To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 3067-AC61

Agency Contact: Jordan Fried, Office of General Counsel, Department of 
Homeland Security, Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and Response, 
500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-4112
Fax: 202 646-4536
Email: jordan.fried@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA01
_______________________________________________________________________

1229. DISASTER ASSISTANCE; HAZARD MITIGATION GRANT PROGRAM

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 5121 et seq

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 206

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule would revise the categories of projects eligible 
for funding under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. It emphasizes 
nonstructural flood mitigation measures to reduce the number of flood-
prone structures and clarifies that major structural flood control 
projects will not be considered for funding under the grant program.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            05/01/98                    63 FR 24143
NPRM Comment Period End         07/01/98
Final Action                     To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 3067-AC69

Agency Contact: Deborah Ingram, Mitigation Division, Department of 
Homeland Security, Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and Response, 
500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-2856
Fax: 202 646-3104
Email: deborah.ingram@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA02
_______________________________________________________________________

1230. DEBT COLLECTION

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 31 USC 3720A

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 11

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Under this rule, EP&R will refer delinquent debts owed to 
this agency to the Department of the Treasury for collection under the 
Governmentwide Treasury Offset Program and for tax-refund offsets at 
the same time. EP&R amends its regulations to allow administrative 
offset against delinquent debtor States and units of general local 
government. EP&R also amends its regulations to change the method for 
calculating interest, penalty and administrative charges assessed on 
delinquent debts and to make States and units of general local 
government subject to such changes.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              01/08/98                     63 FR 1063
Final Action                     To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 3067-AC77

Agency Contact: Robin Maresco, Administrative & Resource Planning 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Directorate for Emergency 
Preparedness and Response, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-4287
Fax: 202 646-4157
Email: robin.maresco@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA05
_______________________________________________________________________

1231. NATIONAL URBAN SEARCH AND RESCUE RESPONSE SYSTEM

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 5121 et seq

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 208

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule would standardize the financing, administration, 
and operation of the National Urban Search and Rescue Response System, 
a cooperative effort of EP&R, participating State emergency management 
agencies, and local public safety agencies across the country. The 
proposed rule addresses the relationship between Urban Search & Rescue 
(US&R) Task Forces and EP&R, and funding for preparedness and response 
activities, including the acquisition of equipment, supplies and 
training.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            12/18/02                    67 FR 77627
NPRM Comment Period End         02/03/03
Final Action                     To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Local

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 3067-AC93

Agency Contact: Michael Tamillow, Department of Homeland Security, 
Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and Response, 500 C Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-2549
Fax: 202 646-4684
Email: michael.tamillow@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA07
_______________________________________________________________________

1232. ADMINISTRATION OF GRANTS: AUDITS OF STATES, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, AND 
NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 31 USC 7501

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 14

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule implements the Single Audit Act of 1996, as 
amended, on an agencywide basis within EP&R. It requires recipients of 
financial assistance from EP&R to comply with OMB Circular A-133, which 
sets forth standards for obtaining consistency and uniformity among 
Federal agencies for the audit of States, local governments, and 
nonprofit organizations expending Federal awards.

[[Page 30383]]

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                     To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 3067-AC98

Agency Contact: James Daniels, Office of the Inspector General, 
Department of Homeland Security, Directorate for Emergency Preparedness 
and Response, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-3221
Fax: 202 646-3901
Email: james.daniels@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA08
_______________________________________________________________________

1233. NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM (NFIP); INSURANCE COVERAGE AND 
RATES

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 4001 et seq

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 61

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule would apply full-risk premium rates under the NFIP 
to structures that have suffered multiple flood losses, and whose 
owners decline an offer of funding to eliminate or reduce future flood 
damage.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/05/99                    64 FR 42632
NPRM Comment Period End         09/07/99
Final Action                     To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 3067-AD02

Agency Contact: Thomas Hayes, Mitigation Division, Department of 
Homeland Security, Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and Response, 
500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-7970
Fax: 202 646-3419
Email: thomas.hayes@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA09
_______________________________________________________________________

1234. ORGANIZATIONAL UNITS, FUNCTIONS, AND DELEGATIONS OF AUTHORITY

Priority: Info./Admin./Other

Legal Authority: Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1978

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 2

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule revises 44 CFR part 2 to reflect changes in EP&R's 
organizational structure, functions of new directorates and offices, 
and delegations of authority.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Action                     To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 3067-AD03

Agency Contact: Michael S. Herman, Office of General Counsel, 
Department of Homeland Security, Directorate for Emergency Preparedness 
and Response, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-4097
Fax: 202 646-4536
Email: michael.herman@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA10
_______________________________________________________________________

1235. GOVERNMENTWIDE DEBARMENT AND SUSPENSION (NONPROCUREMENT)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 103-355; 31 USC 6101 note

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 17; 44 CFR 20

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This common rule would make changes to the existing 
Governmentwide nonprocurement common rule for debarment and suspension, 
and the Governmentwide rule implementing the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 
1988.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/23/02                     67 FR 3315
NPRM Comment Period End         03/25/02


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 3067-AD15

Agency Contact: Edward Broyles, Office of General Counsel, Department 
of Homeland Security, Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and 
Response, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-3961
Fax: 202 646-4536
Email: edward.broyles@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA13
_______________________________________________________________________

1236. NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM (NFIP); INSPECTION OF INSURED 
STRUCTURES BY COMMUNITIES

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 4001 et seq

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 59; 44 CFR 61

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule would amend EP&R regulations to clarify that areas 
of Monroe County, Florida that incorporate on or after January 1, 1999, 
and become eligible for the sale of flood insurance, must participate 
in the inspection procedure to help the communities of Monroe County 
and the Village of Islamorda verify that structures comply with the 
community's floodplain management ordinance, and to ensure that 
property owners pay flood insurance premiums to the NFIP commensurate 
with their flood risk.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              03/08/02                    67 FR 10631


Next Action Undetermined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 3067-AD16

Agency Contact: Don Beaton, Mitigation Division, Department of Homeland 
Security, Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and Response, 500 C 
Street SW., Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-3442
Fax: 202 646-4327

[[Page 30384]]

Email: donald.beaton@fema.gov

Lois Forster, Mitigation Division, Department of Homeland Security, 
Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and Response, 500 C Street SW., 
Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-2720
Fax: 202 646-2577
Email: lois.forster@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA14
_______________________________________________________________________

1237. HAZARD MITIGATION PLANNING AND HAZARD MITIGATION GRANT PROGRAM

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 5121

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 201; 44 CFR 206

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This regulation would implement the new hazard mitigation 
planning requirements of section 322 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster 
Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as it was amended by the Disaster 
Mitigation Act of 2000.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              02/26/02                     67 FR 8844
Interim Final Rule Effective    02/26/02
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/29/02
Interim Final Rule              10/01/02                    67 FR 61512
Interim Final Rule Effective    10/01/02
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      12/02/02
Final Rule                       To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local, Tribal

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 3067-AD22

Agency Contact: Terry Baker, Mitigation Division, Department of 
Homeland Security, Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and Response, 
Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-4648
Fax: 202 646-3104
Email: terry.baker@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA17
_______________________________________________________________________

1238. DISASTER ASSISTANCE; FEDERAL ASSISTANCE TO INDIVIDUALS AND 
HOUSEHOLDS

Priority: Economically Significant. Major under 5 USC 801.

Legal Authority: 42 USC 5174

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 206

Legal Deadline: Final, Statutory, October 15, 2002.

Abstract: This rule would implement section 408 of the Robert T. 
Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, and changes the 
title of the provision from ``Temporary Housing Assistance'' to 
``Federal Assistance to Individuals and Households.''

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            01/23/02                     67 FR 3412
NPRM Comment Period End         03/11/02
Interim Final Rule              09/30/02                    67 FR 61446
Interim Final Rule Effective    10/15/02
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/15/03
Corrections                     10/09/02                    67 FR 62896
Corrections Effective           10/09/02
Final Rule                       To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Federal

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 3067-AD25

Agency Contact: Berl Jones, Recovery Division, Department of Homeland 
Security, Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and Response, 500 C 
Street SW., Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-3943
Fax: 202 646-3978
Email: berl.jones@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA18
_______________________________________________________________________

1239. DISASTER ASSISTANCE DEFINITIONS; STATUTORY CHANGE

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 5121 to 5204(c)

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 206.2

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule would amend the definitions of ``State,'' ``United 
States,'' and ``Local Government,'' as set forth in the Code of Federal 
Regulations, to coincide with those definitions established by the 
Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule               To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 3067-AD26

Agency Contact: Michael S. Herman, Office of General Counsel, 
Department of Homeland Security, Directorate for Emergency Preparedness 
and Response, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-4097
Fax: 202 646-4536
Email: michael.herman@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA19
_______________________________________________________________________

1240. MANAGEMENT COSTS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 5165 (b)

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 206; 44 CFR 207

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule implements the management costs provisions of the 
Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act 
(Stafford Act), simplifies and clarifies the method by which EP&R 
contributes to costs incurred by grantees and subgrantees in 
implementing the Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Grant 
programs, and establishes fixed management cost rates for compensating 
eligible grantees and subgrantees while adequately protecting Federal 
financial interests.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/30/02                    67 FR 56130
NPRM Comment Period End         09/30/02
Final Action                     To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: State, Local, Tribal

[[Page 30385]]

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 3067-AD29

Agency Contact: Veandeen Pace, Administrative & Resource Planning 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Directorate for Emergency 
Preparedness and Response, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-3256
Fax: 202 646-3846
Email: veandeen.pace@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA21
_______________________________________________________________________

1241. NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM (NFIP); GROUP FLOOD INSURANCE 
POLICY (GFIP)

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 4001 et seq

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 61

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim final rule amends the Group Flood Insurance 
Policy, as a result of the consolidation of sections 408 and 411 of the 
Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act by 
section 206 of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Interim Final Rule              09/30/02                    67 FR 61460
Interim Final Rule Effective    09/30/02
Interim Final Rule Comment 
Period End                      04/15/03
Final Rule                       To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 3067-AD31

Agency Contact: Charles M. Plaxico Jr., Mitigation Division, Department 
of Homeland Security, Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and 
Response, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-3422
Fax: 202 646-4327
Email: charles.plaxico@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA22
_______________________________________________________________________
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                 Completed Actions
Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and Response (EP&R)
_______________________________________________________________________

1242. PRODUCTION OR DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: PL 104-231

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 5

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule would give the public access to Government 
information and records maintained in an electronic format: 1) provide 
for expedited processing of certain requests; 2) establish an 
``electronic reading room;'' 3) require edited material to be estimated 
or indicated in an agency's delay in processing requests; and 4) 
require FEMA to make an agency reference guide available on the Freedom 
of Information Act.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            08/28/98                    63 FR 45982
NPRM Comment Period End         10/27/98
Withdrawn                       02/28/03                     68 FR 9621

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 3067-AC75

Agency Contact: Gayle Furtney, Office of General Counsel, Department of 
Homeland Security, Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and Response, 
500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-4079
Fax: 202 646-4536
Email: gayle.furtney@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA03
_______________________________________________________________________

1243. TAXPAYER IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 31 USC 7701(c)

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 6

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule would implement the Debt Collection Improvement Act 
requirement that any person doing business with a Federal agency must 
provide the agency with the person's taxpayer identification number.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Withdrawn                       03/11/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 3067-AC76

Agency Contact: Robin Maresco, Administrative & Resource Planning 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Directorate for Emergency 
Preparedness and Response, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-4287
Fax: 202 646-4157
Email: robin.maresco@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA04
_______________________________________________________________________

1244. DEBT COLLECTION

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 31 USC 3720A

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 11

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule would implement policies used by FEMA to collect 
debts under the Debt Collection Act of 1982, including measures to 
collect and to compromise or terminate collection action.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Withdrawn                       03/06/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 3067-AC84

Agency Contact: Robin Maresco, Administrative & Resource Planning 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Directorate for Emergency 
Preparedness and Response, 500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-4287

[[Page 30386]]

Fax: 202 646-4157
Email: robin.maresco@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA06
_______________________________________________________________________

1245. UNIFORM ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRANTS AND AGREEMENTS WITH 
INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION, HOSPITALS, AND OTHER NONPROFIT 
ORGANIZATIONS

Priority: Other Significant. Major under 5 USC 801.

Legal Authority: PL 105-277

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 14

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim final rule presents an interim final revision to 
the agencies' codification of OMB Circular A-110, ``Uniform 
Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions 
of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Non-Profit Organizations.'' 
It provides uniform administrative requirements for all grants and 
cooperative agreements to institutions of higher education, hospitals, 
and other nonprofit organizations.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Withdrawn                       03/21/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 3067-AD07

Agency Contact: Charles F. McNulty, Administrative & Resource Planning 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Directorate for Emergency 
Preparedness and Response, Office of Financial Management, 500 C Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-2976
Email: charles.mcnulty@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA11
_______________________________________________________________________

1246. ASSISTANCE TO FIREFIGHTERS (FIRE) GRANT PROGRAM

Priority: Economically Significant. Major under 5 USC 801.

Legal Authority: 15 USC 2201 et seq.

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 152

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This interim final rule will provide guidance on a program to 
make grants directly to fire departments of a State for the purpose of 
enhancing their ability to protect the health and safety of the public, 
as well as that of the firefighting personnel facing fire and fire-
related hazards. The grants will be awarded on a competitive basis, 
based on established funding priorities, demonstrated financial need 
for and maximum benefit to be derived from the grant funds.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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Interim Final Rule              03/21/01                    66 FR 15968
Second Interim Final Rule       02/27/02                     67 FR 9142
Second Interim Final Rule 
Comment Period End              04/29/02
Final Rule                      03/14/03                    68 FR 12544
Final Action Effective          03/14/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 3067-AD21

Agency Contact: Brian Cowan, U.S. Fire Administration, Department of 
Homeland Security, Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and Response, 
500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-2821
Fax: 202 646-3257
Email: usfagrants@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA16
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1247. COST PRINCIPLES, ADMIN. REQUIREMENTS AND AUDITS OF GRANTS AND 
COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS FOR STATE, LOCAL, AND INDIAN TRIBAL GOVTS., 
INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER ED. AND OTHER NONPROFIT ORGS.--44 CFR PART 14

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 31 USC 503, Chief Financial Officers Act

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 14

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This final rule revises 44 CFR part 14 to adopt all of the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) circulars that govern cost 
principles, administrative requirements, and audits of grants and 
cooperative agreements for State, local, and Indian tribal governments, 
institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other nonprofit 
organizations, including applicable exceptions to the common rules.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Withdrawn                       03/21/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Small Entities Affected: Businesses

Government Levels Affected: State, Local, Tribal

Federalism:  Undetermined

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 3067-AD28

Agency Contact: Charles F. McNulty, Administrative & Resource Planning 
Division, Department of Homeland Security, Directorate for Emergency 
Preparedness and Response, Office of Financial Management, 500 C Street 
SW., Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-2976
Email: charles.mcnulty@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA20
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1248. [bull] NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM (NFIP); STANDARD FLOOD 
INSURANCE POLICY

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 4001 et seq.

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 61

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Mitigation Division of FEMA is increasing the limit of 
liability under coverage D-Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) of the 
Standard Flood Insurance Policy from $20,000 to $30,000. New 
information has led us to decrease out estimate of annual ICC claims, 
and based on this decrease, we believe the limit of liability can be 
increased with no change in premium.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

Final Rule                      03/03/03                     68 FR 9895
Final Rule Effective            05/01/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Local, State

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Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 3067-AD33

Agency Contact: Thomas Hayes, Mitigation Division, Department of 
Homeland Security, Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and Response, 
500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-7970
Fax: 202 646-3419
Email: thomas.hayes@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA24
_______________________________________________________________________

1249. [bull] NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM (NFIP); INCREASED RATES 
FOR FLOOD COVERAGE

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 42 USC 4001 et seq

CFR Citation: 44 CFR 61

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The Mitigation Division of FEMA propose to change the way 
premiums are calculated for policyholders who purchase flood insurance 
coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for ``pre-
firm'' buildings in Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs). (The term 
``pre-firm buildings'' mean buildings whose construction began on or 
before December 31, 1974, or before the effective date of the 
community's Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), whichever date is later. 
Most pre-firm buildings and their contents are eligible for subsidized 
rates under the NFIP.)
These increased flood insurance rates will be implemented in 
coordination with the elimination of the Expense Constant, a flat 
charge that the policyholder previously paid to defray certain expenses 
of the Federal Government related to flood insurance. As a result of 
this change, the same amount of premium revenue will still be collected 
to cover those expenses previously paid for by the Expense Constant; 
however, policyholders will pay for those expenses through premiums 
that vary by the amount of insurance that they purchase, instead of a 
flat charge per policy. The end result will be revenue neutral.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            02/03/03                     68 FR 5264
NPRM Comment Period End         03/05/03
Final Action                    04/01/03                    68 FR 15666
Final Action Effective          05/01/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Local, State

Additional Information: Transferred from RIN 3067-AD34

Agency Contact: Thomas Hayes, Mitigation Division, Department of 
Homeland Security, Directorate for Emergency Preparedness and Response, 
500 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20472
Phone: 202 646-7970
Fax: 202 646-3419
Email: thomas.hayes@fema.gov

RIN: 1660-AA25

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS)               Proposed Rule Stage
Office of the Undersecretary for Management (M)
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1250. ESTABLISHMENT OF FEE FOR PROCESSING GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH REQUESTS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 1201; 8 USC 1252; 8 USC 1252b

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103; 8 CFR 299

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: Under the Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act, the 
Department processes all requests for DHS records including historical 
and genealogical records. This rule proposes to amend the Department's 
regulations by establishing the Genealogy Program to process requests 
for historical records. The Department will charge a fee to recover the 
cost of searching, locating, retrieving, copying, reviewing, and 
mailing these records to the requester. The Genealogy Program is 
necessary to provide a more timely response to requests for 
genealogical and historical records.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            07/00/03
NPRM Comment Period End         09/00/03

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No. 2074-00
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF88

Agency Contact: Ronald Whitelaw, Branch Chief, Office of Records 
Management, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the 
Undersecretary for Management, 4th Floor Ullico Build, 425 I Street 
NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 305-6274
Fax: 202 616-4282

RIN: 1680-AA01

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS)                 Long-Term Actions
Office of the Undersecretary for Management (M)
_______________________________________________________________________

1251. AVAILABILITY OF MATERIAL UNDER FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT AND 
PRIVACY ACT

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 8 USC 552; 8 USC 552a; 8 USC 1101; 8 USC 1103; 8 USC 
1201; 8 USC 1252

CFR Citation: 8 CFR 103

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This revised regulation is necessary to amend Department 
regulations by providing procedures implementing the provisions of the 
Electronic Freedom of Information Act (EFOIA) Amendments of 1996. 
Provisions implementing EFOIA require that we maintain, and provide to 
the public, a record in either paper or electronic format and maintain 
an electronic reading room. It further updates the timing of responses 
to requests by extending the response time from 10 to 20 working days. 
This regulation reflects current procedures for the public to request 
and obtain access to DHS records through the Freedom of Information Act 
and Privacy Act. It is being updated to include the handling of 
requests referred from another agency to ensure that requesters are not 
penalized by waiting in another agency's backlog, and reflects the 
Department's updated cost for calculating and changing fees.

Timetable:
________________________________________________________________________

Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                             To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations

Government Levels Affected: None

Additional Information: INS No.1942-98
Transferred from RIN 1115-AF32

Agency Contact: Mildred Carter, FOIA/PA Program Specialist, Files and 
Forms Management, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the 
Undersecretary for Management, 425 I Street NW., Washington, DC 20536
Phone: 202 514-1722

RIN: 1680-AA00
[FR Doc. 03-7442 Filed 05-23-03; 8:45 am]
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