UA Policy Management Updates

Policy Tracking Forms

We have identified an issue that makes it impossible to attach a tracking form after a policy draft has been sent for review, and we have started a ticket with our vendor.  However, until the issue is resolved, the Policy Tracking Form must be attached to the policy draft before it is sent to the first reviewer.

As a reminder, a completed Policy Tracking Form is required for all new and substantively revised policies.  This form may be downloaded from the Resources for Policy Writers webpage.

Annual Policy Review

Per the requirement in the University’s Policy Development and Management Policy, policies must be reviewed on an annual basis to ensure that the content is up-to-date, contact names are correct, and links are still active.  Each policy has been assigned an expiration date based on the month and day that it was last revised.  The expiration date for each policy is displayed in the ComplianceBridge End User Portal.  Moving forward, when a policy is revised, the expiration date will be reset for 12 months after the revision date.

Starting in November, policy editors will receive a monthly report that lists all policies for their group that expire within the next 90 days.  The report will only be generated if there are policies due for review.  Written instructions and a video tutorial will be provided with the reminder email.

Policy Links

If you have links to policies on your departmental website, please make sure to update them as soon as possible.  The old links will no longer work after November 30.

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Compliance Alert – September 2021

Items of Interest

White House Sets R&D Priorities Across Agencies
The Biden administration’s first annual list of R&D priorities includes an emphasis on bolstering pandemic preparedness and climate mitigation efforts, strengthening domestic manufacturing, and incorporating equity considerations across federal programs.
Federal Agency: All Federal Agencies   

Institutions Will Be Impacted by Biden Vaccine Mandate

President Biden announced that he is requiring large private businesses and federal contractors to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for their employees, a move that’s expected to affect colleges and universities.
Federal Agency: Department of Labor

With reauthorization of the Higher Education Act due for action, members of Congress unveil new proposals for the future of higher education on a continuous basis

With reauthorization of the Higher Education Act due for action, members of Congress unveil new proposals for the future of higher education on a continuous basis. NASFAA’s series, The Capitol Recap, provides a monthly update on new pieces of legislation introduced in both the House of Representatives and the Senate to provide aid administrators with the most up-to-date information for their offices and their own administration. Bills listed here, unless otherwise noted, have been referred to committee and are awaiting action or consideration.
Federal Agency: Department of Education Affected Area: Student Financial Aid

China Initiative aims to stop economic espionage. Is targeting academics over grant fraud ‘overkill’?

Justice Department officials defend their effort, noting there is no government comparable to China in scope and scale of policies designed to undercut the United States’ technological edge, including through economic espionage and trade secret theft. They say the cases against scientists and researchers represent a small portion of the program.
Federal Agency: Department of State

Recent Case Developments Indicate Increased Judicial Scrutiny on China Initiative Prosecutions  LinkedIn

In November 2018, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions launched the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) China Initiative, to prevent, combat, and prosecute theft of intellectual property, technology, trade secrets, and other confidential and proprietary information.
Federal Agency: Attorney General of the United States Affected Area: Research

Request for Nominations to the Science Advisory Board Biosolids Chemical Risk Assessment Panel

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office requests public nominations of scientific experts to form a panel to review the EPA White Paper: A Standardized Approach to Biosolids Chemical Risk Assessment and a Biosolids Screening Tool with an accompanying User Guide. The White Paper, which includes a prioritization method, deterministic screening model, and a probabilistic risk assessment modeling framework will be used to modernize, standardize, and streamline the risk assessment process to efficiently and thoroughly assess risk to chemical pollutants found in biosolids.
Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency Comments Due: 9/22/2021

Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to the Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, Training, and Employer Outreach (ACVETEO)

Veterans’ Employment and Training Service is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as members of the Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, Training, and Employer Outreach (ACVETEO, or the Committee). The Secretary of Labor will appoint at least 12, but no more than 16, members who serve as Special Government Employees. Members will consist of: (1) Seven individuals, one each from among the representatives nominated by (a) the Society for Human Resource Management, (b) the Business Roundtable, (c) National Association of State Workforce Agencies, (d) the United States Chamber of Commerce, (e) the National Federation of Independent Business, (f) a nationally recognized labor union or organization and (g) the National Governors Association; (2) no more than five representatives nominated by Veterans Service Organizations that have a national employment program; and (3) no more than five individuals who are recognized authorities in the fields of business, employment, training, rehabilitation, or labor and who are not employees of DOL.
Federal Agency: Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS), Department of Labor (DOL) Affected Area: Items of Interest
Comments Due: 10/31/2021

Request for Nominations for the Science Advisory Board IRIS Chloroform (Noncancer; Inhalation) Review Panel

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office requests public nominations of scientific experts to form a Panel to review the draft EPA Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Toxicological Review of Chloroform (Noncancer; Inhalation). The draft assessment includes a hazard identification analysis, which summarizes the chemical properties, pharmacokinetics, and health effects associated with environmental or occupational exposure, and dose-response analysis, which characterizes the quantitative relationship between chemical exposure and each credible health hazard. The SAB Chloroform Review Panel will consider whether the conclusions found in the EPA’s draft assessment are clearly presented and scientifically supported. The Panel will also be asked to provide recommendations on how the assessment may be strengthened.
Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Affected Area: Items of Interest

Solicitation of Nominations for Membership on the Lead Exposure and Prevention Advisory Committee (LEPAC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is soliciting nominations for membership on the LEPAC. The LEPAC is composed of 15 members that are Federal and non-Federal experts in fields associated with lead screening, the prevention of lead exposure, and services for individuals and communities affected by lead exposure. Nominations are being sought for individuals with expertise in the fields of epidemiology, toxicology, mental health, pediatrics, early childhood education, special education, diet and nutrition, and environmental health. Members may be invited to serve for three-year terms. Selection of members is based on candidates’ qualifications to contribute to the accomplishment of LEPAC objectives.
Federal Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Comments Due: 11/1/2021

Call for Nominations To Serve on the National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee and Call for Nominations To Serve on the Subcommittee on Artificial Intelligence and Law Enforcement

Call for nominations to serve on the National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee and call for nominations to serve on the Subcommittee on Artificial Intelligence and Law Enforcement.
Federal Agency: National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce  
Comments Due: 10/25/2021

Request for Nominations of Candidates for Two Review Panels of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC)

The EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office requests public nominations of scientific experts for two ad hoc review panels of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC). The review panels will provide advice through the chartered CASAC on the scientific and technical aspects of air quality criteria and the primary and secondary National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for lead and the secondary NAAQS for oxides of nitrogen, oxides of sulfur, and particulate matter (PM).
Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  
Comments Due: 9/29/2021

Request for Nominations for Voting Members on a Public Advisory Committee; the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting nominations for members to serve on the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee, in the Center for Tobacco Products. FDA seeks to include the views of women and men, members of all racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with and without disabilities on its advisory committees and, therefore encourages nominations of appropriately qualified candidates from these groups.
Federal Agency: Food and Drug Administration, HHS  
Comments Due: 11/8/2021

Solicitation of Nominations for Appointment to the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment to the Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans’ Illnesses (RACGWVI) (hereinafter in this section referred to as “the Committee”).
Federal Agency: Department of Veterans Affairs  
Comments Due: 11/15/2021

Final Rules

Total and Permanent Disability Discharge of Loans Under Title IV of the Higher Education Act

The Department of Education (Department) adopts as final regulations, with changes, the interim final regulations for total and permanent disability (TPD) student loan discharge.
Federal Agency: Department of Education Affected Area: Student Financial Aid, Student Account Services

Distance Education and Innovation; Correction

On September 2, 2020, the Department of Education (Department) published in the Federal Register a final rule to amend the general, establishing eligibility, maintaining eligibility, and losing eligibility sections of the Institutional Eligibility regulations issued under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), related to distance education and innovation, as well as the Student Assistance General Provisions regulations issued under the HEA (Distance Education and Innovation Rule). This document corrects the text in the regulations.
Federal Agency: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education Affected Area: Continuing Studies

Discrimination Against Employees Exercising Rights Under the Williams-Steiger Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is amending one of the rules interpreting the anti-retaliation provision of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act or Act) to clarify that the test for showing a nexus between protected activity and adverse action is “but-for” causation.
Federal Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Labor Affected Area: HR, EHS

FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance and Mitigation Planning Regulations

This final rule revises the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance and mitigation planning regulations to reflect current statutory authority and agency practice.
Federal Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS Affected Area: Campus Development, Emergency Management

Privacy Act of 1974: Implementation of Exemptions; U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection-002 Trusted and Registered Traveler Programs System of Records

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register, 85 FR 14176 (March 11, 2020), proposing to exempt portions of the system of records from one or more provisions of the Privacy Act because of criminal, civil, and administrative enforcement requirements. DHS issued the “DHS/CBP-002 Trusted and Registered Traveler Programs System of Records” in the Federal Register at 85 FR 14214 (March 11, 2020), to provide notice to the public that (1) DHS/CBP updated the name of the system of records from Global Enrollment System (GES); (2) DHS/CBP provided a more comprehensive description of the trusted and registered traveler programs to include Global Entry, NEXUS, Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI), Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program, and U.S.-Asia Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card (ABTC) Program; and (3) DHS/CBP removed references to CBP Trusted Worker Programs which are covered by the DHS/CBP-010 Persons Engaged in International Trade in Customs and Border Protection Licensed/Regulated Activities System of Records Notice, 73 FR 77753 (December 19, 2008).
Federal Agency: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Affected Area: HR, Capstone International, ORC

Alabama: Final Approval of State Underground Storage Tank Program Revisions, Codification, and Incorporation by Reference

The State of Alabama (Alabama or State) has applied to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for final approval of revisions to its Underground Storage Tank Program (UST Program) under subtitle I of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Pursuant to RCRA, the EPA is taking direct final action, subject to public comment, to approve revisions to the UST Program. The EPA has reviewed Alabama’s revisions and has determined that these revisions satisfy all requirements needed for approval. In addition, this action also codifies the EPA’s approval of Alabama’s revised UST Program and incorporates by reference those provisions of the State statutes and regulations that the EPA has determined meet the requirements for approval.
Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Affected Area: EHS
Comments Due: 10/14/2021

Rescission of Joint Employer Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act Rule: Delay of Effective Date

This action delays until October 5, 2021, the effective date of the rule titled “Rescission of Joint Employer Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act Rule,” published in the Federal Register on July 30, 2021, to conform to the effective date requirements of the Congressional Review Act.
Federal Agency: Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Department of Labor (DOL) Affected Area: HR

Proposed Rules

Schedules of Controlled Substances: Placement of Methiopropamine in Schedule I

The Drug Enforcement Administration proposes placing N-methyl-1-(thiophen-2-yl)propan-2-amine (methiopropamine), including its salts, isomers, and salts of isomers, in schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. This action is being taken to enable the United States to meet its obligations under the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances. If finalized, this action would impose the regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal sanctions applicable to schedule I controlled substances on persons who handle (manufacture, distribute, reverse distribute, import, export, engage in research, conduct instructional activities or chemical analysis, or possess) or propose to handle methiopropamine.
Federal Agency: Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice Affected Area: UAPD, UMC
Comments Due: 11/4/2021

Alabama: Final Approval of State Underground Storage Tank Program Revisions, Codification, and Incorporation by Reference

The State of Alabama (Alabama or State) has applied to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for final approval of revisions to its Underground Storage Tank Program (UST Program) under subtitle I of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). Pursuant to RCRA, the EPA is proposing to approve revisions to Alabama’s UST Program. This action is based on the EPA’s determination that the State’s revisions satisfy all requirements for UST program approval. This action also proposes to codify Alabama’s revised UST Program and to incorporate by reference the State statutes and regulations that we have determined meet the requirements for approval.
Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Affected Area: EHS
Comments Due: 10/14/2021

Proposed Revision of Annual Information Return/Reports

This document contains proposed changes to the Form 5500 Annual Return/Report forms filed for employee pension and welfare benefit plans under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code (Code). The proposed form revisions primarily relate to statutory amendments to ERISA and the Code enacted as part of the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019 (SECURE Act). The Department of Labor (DOL), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) (collectively “Agencies”) are also proposing certain additional changes intended to improve reporting on multiemployer defined benefit pension plan funding, update Form 5500 financial reporting to make the financial information collected on the Form 5500 more useful and usable, enhance the reporting of certain tax qualification and other compliance information by retirement plans, and, transfer to the DOL Form M-1 (Report for Multiple Employer Welfare Arrangements (MEWAs) and Certain Entities Claiming Exception (ECEs)) (Form M-1) participating employer information for multiple employer welfare arrangements that are required to file the Form M-1. The proposed revisions would affect employee pension and welfare benefit plans, plan sponsors, administrators, and service providers to plans subject to annual reporting requirements under ERISA and the Code.
Federal Agency: Department of Labor Affected Area: HR
Comments Due: 11/1/2021

Notices

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Federal Perkins/NDSL Loan Assignment Form

Institutions participating in the Federal Perkins Loan program use the assignment form to assign loans to the Department for collection without recompense, transferring the authority to collect on the loan. This request is for continued approval of the paper based assignment form and the electronic process. The electronic process allows for batch processing as well as individual processing. The same information is being requested in both processing methods. The Department is requesting a revision of the currently approved collection. One minor change has been made to the form to include the option of a foreign address for the borrower.
Federal Agency: Department of Education Affected Area: Student Financial Aid
Comments Due: 9/23/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Third Party Authorization Form

This is a request for a new information collection for a third-party authorization form to be used by federal student loan borrowers to designate or revoke a designation of an individual or organization to represent the borrower in matters related to their federally held student loans. The Department has revised the initially proposed form. This revised form will continue to standardize the way that borrowers provide privacy act releases and authorization for a third party to take action on borrowers’ federal student loan accounts held by various servicers. This will standardize processes and help borrowers and their third-party representatives when loans transfer between servicers. This information collection stems from the Privacy Act of 1974 and the common law legal principles of agency, which is not reflected in the Department’s statute or regulations, but with which the Department must comply or which the Department supports.
Federal Agency: Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Education (ED) Affected Area: Student Financial Aid
Comments Due: 10/26/2021

Submission for OMB Review; Certain Federal Acquisition Regulation Part 36 Construction Contract Requirements

Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Regulatory Secretariat Division has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve a revision of a previously approved information collection requirements regarding certain Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) part 36 construction contract requirements.
Federal Agency:  Affected Area: Campus Development, Construction Administration, Procurement
Comments Due: 9/29/2021

Pesticide Experimental Use Permit; Receipt of Application; Comment Request

This notice announces EPA’s receipt of an application 93167-EUP-2 from Oxitec, Ltd. requesting an amendment and extension to the experimental use permit (EUP) for the OX5034 Aedes aegypti mosquitoes expressing tetracycline Trans-Activator Variant (tTAV-OX5034) protein. The Agency has determined that the permit may be of regional and national significance. Therefore, because of the potential significance, EPA is seeking comments on this application.
Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency Affected Area: EHS, Facilities and Grounds
Comments Due: 9/30/2021

Di-isononyl Phthalate (DINP); Final Scope of the Risk Evaluation To Be Conducted Under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA); Notice of Availability

In accordance with the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) and implementing regulations, EPA is announcing the availability of the final scope of the risk evaluation to be conducted for di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) (1,2-benzene-dicarboxylic acid, 1,2-diisononyl ester, and 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C8-10-branched alkyl esters, C9-rich; Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number (CASRN) 28553-12-0 and CASRN 68515-48-0), a category of chemical substances for which EPA received a manufacturer request for risk evaluation. The scope document includes the conditions of use, hazards, exposures, and the potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulations that EPA plans to consider in conducting the risk evaluation for this category of chemical substances.
Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency Affected Area: EHS, Facilities and Grounds

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) Information To Be Verified for the 2022-2023 Award Year

For each award year, the Secretary publishes in the Federal Register a notice announcing the FAFSA information that an institution and an applicant may be required to verify, as well as the acceptable documentation for verifying FAFSA information. This is the notice for the 2022-2023 award year, Assistance Listing Numbers 84.007, 84.033, 84.063, and 84.268.
Federal Agency: Department of Education Affected Area: Student Financial Aid

Proposed Adjustments to the Aggregate Production Quotas for Schedule I and II Controlled Substances and Assessment of Annual Needs for the List I Chemicals Ephedrine, Pseudoephedrine, and Phenylpropanolamine for 2021

The Drug Enforcement Administration proposes to adjust the 2021 aggregate production quotas for several controlled substances in schedules I and II of the Controlled Substances Act and assessment of annual needs for the list I chemicals ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine.
Federal Agency: Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice Affected Area: UAPD, UMC
Comments Due: 10/4/2021

Rescission of Notice of Intention Not To Request, Accept or Use Employer Information Report (EEO-1) Component 2 Data, November 25, 2019

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) collect workforce data through the Employer Information Report (EEO-1) under their Joint Reporting Committee. OFCCP is rescinding its previously issued notice, which stated that OFCCP did not intend to request, accept, or use EEO-1 Component 2 data. The agency has determined that it was premature to issue a notice stating OFCCP did not expect to find significant utility in the data.
Federal Agency: Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Labor Affected Area: HR, EEO

Notice of OFAC Sanctions Action

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is publishing the name of one person that has been placed on OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN List) based on OFAC’s determination that one or more applicable legal criteria were satisfied. All property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction of this person are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.
Federal Agency: Office of Foreign Assets Control, Treasury Affected Area: ORED

Octamethylcyclotetra-Siloxane (D4); Draft Scope of the Risk Evaluation To Be Conducted Under the Toxic Substances Control Act; Notice of Availability and Request for Comments

In accordance with implementing regulations for the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is announcing the availability of and soliciting public comment on the draft scope of the risk evaluation to be conducted for octamethylcyclotetra-siloxane (D4). D4 (Cyclotetrasiloxane, 2,2,4,4,6,6,8,8-octamethyl-; Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number (CASRN) 556-67-2), is a chemical substance for which EPA received a manufacturer request for risk evaluation. The draft scope for this chemical substance includes the conditions of use, hazards, exposures, and the potentially exposed or susceptible subpopulations that EPA plans to consider in conducting the risk evaluation for this chemical substance. EPA is also opening a 45-calendar day comment period on the draft scope to allow for the public to provide additional data or information that could be useful to the Agency in finalizing the scope of the risk evaluation; comments may be submitted to this docket.
Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Affected Area: EHS
Comments Due: 10/25/2021

60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration

The Department of State is seeking Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, we are requesting comments on this collection from all interested individuals and organizations. The purpose of this notice is to allow 60 days for public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
Federal Agency: State Department Affected Area: HR, Capstone International
Comments Due: 11/8/2021

Third-Party Access to the Department’s Information Technology Systems and Notice of Criminal Penalties for Misuse of Access Devices

The Stop Student Debt Relief Scams Act of 2019 (STOP Act) amended sections 141, 485B, and 490 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), on December 22, 2020, to prevent and address the improper use of access devices issued by the Department and establish criminal penalties for improper use. (Pub. L. 116-251; 134 Stat. 1129-1132). Section 485B(e) of these HEA amendments includes provisions for the prevention of improper access to the Department’s systems. Section 490(e) of these HEA amendments explicitly makes unauthorized access to the Department’s IT systems and the misuse of identification devices issued by the Department a criminal act. Criminal penalties associated with the STOP Act are applicable one day after the date of publication of this notice. All other actions and information pursuant to these HEA amendments contained in this notice are applicable upon publication.
Federal Agency: Federal Student Aid, Department of Education Affected Area: Student Financial Aid

Comment Request; Data Collection Form for Reporting on Audits of States, Local Governments, Indian Tribes, Institutions of Higher Education, and Nonprofit Organizations

Non-federal entities are required by the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 and Uniform Guidance to have audits conducted of their federal awards and file the resulting reporting packages (Single Audit reports) and data collection forms (Form SF-SAC) with the Federal Audit Clearinghouse (FAC). The Form SF-SAC is Appendix X to 2 CFR part 200. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has designated the Census Bureau as the FAC to serve as the government-wide repository of record for Single Audit reports. The Single Audit process is a primary method used by federal agencies and pass-through entities to provide oversight of federal awards and reduce risk of non-compliance and improper payments. This includes following up on audit findings and questioned costs.

Entities meeting the dollar threshold defined in OMB Uniform Guidance must submit the Form SF-SAC and their Single Audit reporting package to the FAC. The entity must complete the Single Audit submission every fiscal period they meet the reporting dollar threshold.
Federal Agency: Census Bureau Affected Area: OSP, Student Financial Aid, Finance

Final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Pesticide General Permit for Point Source Discharges From the Application of Pesticides; Reissuance

This notice announces issuance by all 10 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regions of the final 2021 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) pesticide general permit (PGP)—the 2021 PGP. The 2021 PGP, which has an effective date of October 31, 2021, replaces the existing permit (2016 PGP) that expires at midnight on October 31, 2021, and authorizes certain point source discharges from the application of pesticides to waters of the United States in accordance with the terms and conditions described therein. EPA is issuing this permit for five (5) years in all areas of the country where EPA is the NPDES permitting authority.
Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Affected Area: EHS, Campus Development

Minimum Wage for Federal Contracts Covered by Executive Order 13658, Notice of Rate Change in Effect as of January 1, 2022

The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (the Department) is issuing this notice to announce the applicable minimum wage rate for workers performing work on or in connection with federal contracts covered by Executive Order 13658, Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors (the Executive Order or the Order), beginning January 1, 2022. Beginning on that date, the Executive Order 13658 minimum wage rate that generally must be paid to workers performing work on or in connection with covered contracts will increase to $11.25 per hour, while the required minimum cash wage that generally must be paid to tipped employees performing work on or in connection with covered contracts will increase to $7.90 per hour. Covered contracts that are entered into on or after January 30, 2022, or that are renewed or extended (pursuant to an option or otherwise) on or after January 30, 2022, will be generally subject to a higher $15.00 minimum wage rate established by Executive Order 14026 of April 27, 2021, Increasing the Minimum Wage
Federal Agency: Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor Affected Area: HR

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; William D. Ford Direct Loan Program General Forbearance Request

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension without change of a currently approved collection.
Federal Agency: Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Education (ED) Affected Area: Student Financial Aid
Comments Due: 11/22/2021

Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Active Ingredients (September 2021)

EPA has received applications to register pesticide products containing active ingredients not included in any currently registered pesticide products. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications.
Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency Affected Area: EHS
Comments Due: 10/21/2021

Policy Alert – July & August 2021

Posting Date Department Contact Name Effective Date Summary

New Policy

7/1/2021 Intercollegiate Athletics Matthew Self Student-Athlete Name, Image, and Likeness Compensation Policy 7/1/2021 This Policy is intended to provide guidance and structure to University of Alabama (UA) student-athletes seeking to earn compensation for the use of their name, image, or likeness while enrolled at UA. It has been developed to be consistent with existing state law related to this topic (See ALA. CODE § 8-26B-50 et seq.)

Revised Policies

7/6/2021 College of Nursing Dr. Patricia Carter Capstone College of Nursing Graduate Faculty Appointment,
Advancement, and Reappointment Policy
8/16/2011 Updated to align with a new Graduate School Policy.
8/10/2021 Bama Dining Kristina Patridge Residential On-Campus Meal Plan Policy 8/1/2006 Previously named “Freshman Dining Program Policy.”  Scope has been broadened to include all students who live on campus.

Compliance Alert – July & August 2021

Items of Interest
Request for Nominations of Members To Serve on the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic, and Other Populations

The Director of the Census Bureau (Director) is seeking nominations for the National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations (NAC). The purpose of the NAC is to provide advice to the Director on the full range of economic, housing, demographic, socioeconomic, linguistic, technological, methodological, geographic, behavioral and operational variables affecting the cost, accuracy and implementation of Census Bureau programs and surveys, including the decennial census. The Director has determined that the work of the NAC is in the public interest and relevant to the duties of the Census Bureau. Therefore, the Director is seeking nominations to fill vacancies on the NAC. Additional information concerning the NAC can be found by visiting the NAC’s website at: https://www.census.gov/​about/​cac/​sac.html.

Request for Nominations for the Science Advisory Board 2021 Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards Panel

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) Staff Office requests public nominations of scientific experts to form the SAB 2021 Scientific and Technological Achievement Awards (STAA) Panel.

Update: Notification of Upcoming Change in Federal-wide Unique Entity Identifier Requirements (NOT-OD-21-170)

The purpose of this notice is to update the applicant and recipient communities of the federal-wide transition from the DUN and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number to a new government-owned Unique Entity Identifier (UEI). By April 2022, the federal government will stop using the DUNS number to uniquely identify entities registered in the System for Award Management (SAM). SAM will become the central repository for the new UEI that will be incorporated into an institution’s SAM registration. https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-21-170.html  See also: New NIH “FORMS-G” Grant Application Forms and Instructions Coming for Due Dates on or after January 25, 2022 ( NOT-OD-21-169) https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-21-169.html

Maximizing Assistance To Respond to COVID-19

Consistent with the nationwide emergency declaration of March 13, 2020, concerning the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, it is the policy of my Administration to combat and respond to COVID-19 with the full capacity and capability of the Federal Government to protect and support our families, schools, and businesses, and to assist State, local, Tribal, and territorial governments to do the same, including through emergency and disaster assistance available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Request for Nominations of Members To Serve on the Census Scientific Advisory Committee

The Director of the Census Bureau (Director) is seeking nominations for the Census Scientific Advisory Committee (CSAC). The purpose of the CSAC is to provide advice to the Director on the full range of Census Bureau programs and activities including communications, decennial, demographic, economic, field operations, geographic, information technology, and statistics. The Director has determined that the work of the CSAC is in the public interest and relevant to the duties of the Census Bureau. Therefore, the Director is seeking nominations to fill vacancies on the CSAC. Additional information concerning the CSAC can be found by visiting the CSAC’s website at: https://www.census.gov/​about/​cac/​sac.html.

Membership in the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group

By Federal Register notice on May 6, 2021, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Park Service (NPS) invited interested persons to apply to fill one existing and one upcoming vacancy on the National Parks Overflights Advisory Group (NPOAG). This notice informs the public of the selection made for the one upcoming vacancy representing air tour operator concerns. No selection was made for the existing opening representing Native American tribal concerns so this notice also invites persons interested in that opening to apply.

Request for Nominations for Membership on the Native American Employment and Training Council

The Department of Labor (DOL) invites interested parties to submit nominations for individuals to serve on the Native American Employment and Training Council (NAETC) and announces the procedures for those nominations. When submitting nomination materials, please indicate the Region or Discipline for which the nominee would like to be considered. Information regarding the NAETC can be found at https://www.dol.gov/​agencies/​eta/​dinap/​council.

Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans; Nominations for Vacancies

Council members must be qualified to appraise the programs instituted under ERISA. Appointments are for three-year terms. The Council’s prescribed duties are to advise the Secretary with respect to carrying out his functions under ERISA, and to submit to the Secretary, or his designee, related recommendations. The Council will meet at least four times each year.

Request for Nominations for Individuals and Consumer Organizations for Advisory Committees

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is requesting that any consumer organizations interested in participating in the selection of voting and/or nonvoting consumer representatives to serve on its advisory committees or panels notify FDA in writing. FDA is also requesting nominations for voting and/or nonvoting consumer representatives to serve on advisory committees and/or panels for which vacancies currently exist or are expected to occur in the near future. Nominees recommended to serve as a voting or nonvoting consumer representative may be self-nominated or may be nominated by a consumer organization. FDA seeks to include the views of women and men, members of all racial and ethnic groups, and individuals with and without disabilities on its advisory committees and, therefore, encourages nominations of appropriately qualified candidates from these groups.

Passports: Proposed Rule Allowing Passport Applicants Eligible To Apply By Mail for Renewal of Passports the Additional Option To Apply On-Line

Pursuant to Department regulations, the renewal of a U.S. passport must meet certain requirements to qualify for submission of an application by mail. The Department proposes to amend this rule by allowing qualified applicants the option of submitting renewal applications by mail or online via the Department’s official website. This amendment will provide more flexibility for the renewal applicant, improve the customer experience, and eliminate the added burden, time, and cost to the customer by providing the on-line option as an alternative to the mail in process.

Negotiated Rulemaking Committee; Negotiator Nominations and Schedule of Committee Meetings

We announce our intention to establish one negotiated rulemaking committee to prepare proposed regulations for the Federal Student Aid programs authorized under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). The committee will include representatives of organizations or groups with interests that are significantly affected by the subject matter of the proposed regulations. We request nominations for individual negotiators who represent key stakeholder constituencies for the issues to be negotiated to serve on the committee. We also announce the creation of a subcommittee, and request nominations for individuals with pertinent expertise to participate on the subcommittee. The Department has set a schedule for committee meetings.

Final Rules
New Source Review Regulations; Correction

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is amending several New Source Review (NSR) regulations by making the following types of changes: Correcting typographical and grammatical errors, removing court vacated rule language, removing or updating outdated or incorrect cross references, conforming certain provisions to changes contained in the 1990 Clean Air Act (CAA or Act) Amendments, and removing certain outdated grandfathering or transitional exemptions. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Affected Area: EHS

Specific Listing for 4F-MDMB-BINACA, a Currently Controlled Schedule I Substance

The Drug Enforcement Administration is establishing a specific listing and Administration Controlled Substances Code Number (drug code) for 4F-MDMB-BINACA (also known as 4F-MDMB-BUTINACA or methyl 2-(1-(4-fluorobutyl)-1 H-indazole-3-carboxamido)-3,3-dimethylbutanoate) in schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Although 4F-MDMB-BINACA is not specifically listed in schedule I of the CSA with its own unique drug code, it has been controlled in the United States since April 2017 as a positional isomer of 5F-AMB, a schedule I hallucinogen. Therefore, DEA is simply amending the schedule I hallucinogenic substances list in its regulations to separately include 4F-MDMB-BINACA. Federal Agency: Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice Affected Area: UAPD, UMC

Enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 With Respect to Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Light of Bostock v. Clayton County

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) issues this interpretation to clarify the Department’s enforcement authority over discrimination based on sexual orientation and discrimination based on gender identity under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County. This interpretation will guide the Department in processing complaints and conducting investigations, but it does not itself determine the outcome in any particular case or set of facts. Federal Agency: Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education Affected Area: Title IX

Schedules of Controlled Substances: Placement of para-Methoxymethamphetamine (PMMA) in Schedule I

With the issuance of this final rule, the Drug Enforcement Administration places 1-(4-methoxyphenyl)-N-methylpropan-2-amine (para-methoxymethamphetamine, PMMA), including its salts, isomers, and salts of isomers whenever the existence of such salts, isomers, and salts of isomers is possible within the specific chemical designation, in schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act to enable the United States to meet its obligations under the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances. This action imposes the regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal sanctions applicable to schedule I controlled substances on persons who handle (manufacture, distribute, import, export, engage in research, conduct instructional activities or chemical analysis, or possess), or propose to handle PMMA. Federal Agency: Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice Affected Area: UAPD, ORC, UMC

Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program

The Secretary announces the Department of Education’s (Department) implementation of certain sections of the TEACH Grant program final regulations. Federal Agency: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education Affected Area: OAA

Rescission of Joint Employer Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act Rule

This action finalizes the Department’s proposal to rescind the final rule titled “Joint Employer Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act,” which published on January 16, 2020, and took effect on March 16, 2020. This rescission removes the regulations established by that rule.The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA or Act) requires all covered employers to pay nonexempt employees at least the Federal minimum wage for every hour worked in a non-overtime workweek.[1] In an overtime workweek, for all hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek, covered employers must pay a nonexempt employee at least one and one-half times the employee’s regular rate.[2] The FLSA also requires covered employers to make, keep, and preserve certain records regarding employees.[3] The FLSA does not define “joint employer” or “joint employment.” However, section 3(d) of the Act defines “employer” to “include[ ] any person acting directly or indirectly in the interest of an employer in relation to an employee.” [4] Section 3(e) generally defines “employee” to mean “any individual employed by an employer” [5] and identifies certain specific groups of workers who are not “employees” for purposes of the Act.[6] Section 3(g) defines “employ” to “include[ ] to suffer or permit to work.” [7] Federal Agency: Wage and Hour Division (WHD), Department of Labor (DOL) Affected Area: HR

Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2021-07; Introduction

This document summarizes the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) rules agreed to by the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Council (Councils) in this Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2021-07. A companion document, the Small Entity Compliance Guide (SECG), follows this FAC. Federal Agency: Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Affected Area: OSP, ORED

Federal Acquisition Regulation; Federal Acquisition Circular 2021-07; Small Entity Compliance Guide

This document is issued under the joint authority of DoD, GSA, and NASA. This Small Entity Compliance Guide has been prepared in accordance with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. It consists of a summary of the rules appearing in Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2021-07, which amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR). Interested parties may obtain further information regarding these rules by referring to FAC 2021-07, which precedes this document. Federal Agency: Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Affected Area: Procurement

Federal Acquisition Regulation: Good Faith in Small Business Subcontracting

DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation to implement a section of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which requires examples of failure to make good faith efforts to comply with a small business subcontracting plan. Federal Agency: Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Affected Area: Procurement

Federal Preemption and Joint Federal-State Regulation and Oversight of the Department of Education’s Federal Student Loan Programs and Federal Student Loan Servicers

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) issues this interpretation to revise and clarify its position on the legality of State laws and regulations that govern various aspects of the servicing of Federal student loans, such as preventing unfair or deceptive practices, correcting misapplied payments, or addressing refusals to communicate with borrowers. The Department concludes that these State laws are preempted only in limited and discrete respects, as further discussed in this interpretation. In addition, this interpretation will help facilitate close coordination between the Department and its State partners to further enhance both servicer accountability and borrower protections. This interpretation revokes and supersedes the interpretation published on March 12, 2018, “Federal Preemption and State Regulation of the Department of Education’s Federal Student Loan Programs and Federal Student Loan Servicers” (2018 interpretation). Federal Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Education Affected Area: Student Financial Aid Comments Due: 9/13/2021

Schedules of Controlled Substances: Placement of 4,4′-DMAR in Schedule I

With the issuance of this final rule, the Drug Enforcement Administration places 4,4′-dimethylaminorex (common name: 4,4′-DMAR) including its salts, isomers, and salts of isomers, in schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. This action is being taken to enable the United States to meet its obligations under the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances. This action imposes the regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal sanctions applicable to schedule I controlled substances on persons who handle (manufacture, distribute, import, export, engage in research, conduct instructional activities or chemical analysis, or possess), or propose to handle 4,4′-DMAR. Federal Agency: Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice Affected Area: UAPD, UMC, ORC

Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (19-2.F)

EPA is issuing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). This action requires persons to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or processing of any of these chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule. This action further requires that persons not commence manufacture or processing for the significant new use until they have submitted a Significant New Use Notice (SNUN), and EPA has conducted a review of the notice, made an appropriate determination on the notice, and has taken any risk management actions as are required as a result of that determination. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Affected Area: EHS

Proposed Rules

Request for Information Regarding Reporting on Pharmacy Benefits and Prescription Drug Costs

This document is a request for information on issues related to certain reporting requirements under section 204 of Title II of Division BB of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) that are applicable to group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance coverage. The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury (the Departments) are issuing this request for information to gather input from the public regarding implementation considerations for the data collection required under section 204 of Title II of Division BB of the CAA, and the associated impact on group health plans and health insurance issuers. As part of this request for information, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is also seeking input from the public regarding implementation considerations for the data collection required under section 204 of Title II of Division BB of the CAA as it pertains to Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) carriers (whether or not they are also health insurance issuers). The Departments and OPM also seek input on specific data elements, including the level of detail that is feasible to report for entities subject to the data collection requirements and the associated burdens and potential compliance costs. Public comments will inform the Departments’ and OPM’s implementation of section 204 through rulemaking and the establishment of processes to receive the required information. Federal Agency: Office of Personnel Management; Internal Revenue Service, Department of the Treasury; Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor; Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services. Affected Area: HR Comments Due: 7/23/2021

Handling of Animals; Contingency Plans

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service issued a final rule on December 31, 2012, to establish regulations under which research facilities and dealers, exhibitors, intermediate handlers, and carriers must meet certain requirements for contingency planning and training of personnel. Implementation of the final rule was stayed on July 31, 2013, so that the agency could conduct additional review to further consider the impact of contingency plan requirements on regulated entities. Since that time, we have conducted such a review, and the 2021 Congressional Appropriations Act has required us to propose to lift the stay. We are therefore proposing to lift the stay and make minor revisions to the requirements in order to update compliance dates and clarify intent. The lifting of the stay and proposed revisions would better ensure that entities responsible for animals regulated under the Animal Welfare Act are prepared to safeguard the health and welfare of such animals in the event of possible emergencies or disasters. Federal Agency: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA Affected Area: ORC, Animal Care Comments Due: 8/24/2021

TSCA Section 8(a)(7) Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing reporting and recordkeeping requirements for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). In accordance with obligations under TSCA, as amended by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, EPA proposes to require certain persons that manufacture (including import) or have manufactured these chemical substances in any year since January 1, 2011, to electronically report information regarding PFAS uses, production volumes, disposal, exposures, and hazards. EPA is requesting public comment on all aspects of this proposed rule and has also identified items of particular interest for public input. In addition to fulfilling statutory obligations under TSCA, this document will enable EPA to better characterize the sources and quantities of manufactured PFAS in the United States. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Affected Area: EHS Comments Due: 8/27/2021

TSCA Section 8(a)(7) Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing reporting and recordkeeping requirements for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). In accordance with obligations under TSCA, as amended by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, EPA proposes to require certain persons that manufacture (including import) or have manufactured these chemical substances in any year since January 1, 2011, to electronically report information regarding PFAS uses, production volumes, disposal, exposures, and hazards. EPA is requesting public comment on all aspects of this proposed rule and has also identified items of particular interest for public input. In addition to fulfilling statutory obligations under TSCA, this document will enable EPA to better characterize the sources and quantities of manufactured PFAS in the United States. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Affected Area: EHS Comments Due: 8/27/2021

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Updating Payment Parameters, Section 1332 Waiver Implementing Regulations, and Improving Health Insurance Markets for 2022 and Beyond Proposed Rule

This proposed rule sets forth proposed revised 2022 user fee rates for issuers offering qualified health plans (QHPs) through Federally-facilitated Exchanges (FFEs) and State-based Exchanges on the Federal platform (SBE-FPs); proposes repeal of separate billing requirements related to the collection of separate payments for the portion of QHP premiums attributable to coverage for certain abortion services; proposes to expand the annual open enrollment period and Navigator duties; proposes a new monthly special enrollment period for qualified individuals or enrollees, or the dependents of a qualified individual or enrollee, who are eligible for advance payments of the premium tax credit (APTC) and whose household income does not exceed 150 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL); proposes to repeal the recent establishment of a Direct Enrollment option for Exchanges; and proposes to modify regulations and policies related to section 1332 waivers. Federal Agency: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS. Department of the Treasury. Affected Area: HR Comments Due: 7/28/2021

Schedules of Controlled Substances: Placement of N-Ethylhexedrone

The Drug Enforcement Administration proposes placing six synthetic cathinones, as identified in this proposed rule, in schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. If finalized, this action would make permanent the existing regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal sanctions applicable to schedule I controlled substances on persons who handle (manufacture, distribute, reverse distribute, import, export, engage in research, conduct instructional activities or chemical analysis, or possess), or propose to handle these six specified controlled substances. Federal Agency: Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice Affected Area: ORC, UMC, UAPD Comments Due: 8/16/2021

Schedules of Controlled Substances: Placement of Amineptine in Schedule I

The Drug Enforcement Administration proposes placing the substance amineptine (chemical name: 7-[(10,11-dihydro-5 H-dibenzo[a,d]cyclohepten-5-yl)amino]heptanoic acid), including its salts, isomers, and salts of isomers, in schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. This action is being taken to enable the United States to meet its obligations under the 1971 United Nations Convention on Psychotropic Substances. If finalized, this action would impose the regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal sanctions applicable to schedule I controlled substances on persons who handle (manufacture, distribute, reverse distribute, import, export, engage in research, conduct instructional activities or chemical analysis with, or possess), or propose to handle, amineptine. Federal Agency: Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice Affected Area: ORC, UMC, UAPD, Research Comments Due: 9/20/2021

Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors

This document proposes regulations to implement an Executive order titled “Increasing the Minimum Wage for Federal Contractors,” which was signed by President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on April 27, 2021. The Executive order states that the Federal Government’s procurement interests in economy and efficiency are promoted when the Federal Government contracts with sources that adequately compensate their workers. The Executive order therefore seeks to raise the hourly minimum wage paid by those contractors to workers performing work on or in connection with covered Federal contracts to $15.00 per hour, beginning January 30, 2022; and beginning January 1, 2023, and annually thereafter, an amount determined by the Secretary of Labor (Secretary). The Executive order directs the Secretary to issue regulations by November 24, 2021, consistent with applicable law, to implement the order’s requirements. This proposed rule therefore establishes standards and procedures for implementing and enforcing the minimum wage protections of the Executive order. As required by the order, the proposed rule incorporates to the extent practicable existing definitions, principles, procedures, remedies, and enforcement processes under the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, the Service Contract Act, the Davis-Bacon Act, and the Executive order of February 12, 2014, entitled “Establishing a Minimum Wage for Contractors,” as well as the regulations issued to implement that order. Federal Agency: Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor. Affected Area: HR, Contract Administration Comments Due: 8/23/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Federal Family Educational Loan Program-Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)

The Department of Education (the Department) is requesting extension without change of the currently approved OMB information collection 1845-0093, Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the suspension of the collection of loans, the Department lacks sufficient data to allow for more accurate updates to the usage of these forms. The regulations require the FFEL loan holder to match its database against the Department of Defense (DOD) Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) or other official DOD database and automatically apply the interest rate limitation, as appropriate, to borrowers under the SCRA. There has been no change in the statute or in the regulations at 34 CFR 682.208(j). Federal Agency: Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Education (ED) Affected Area: Student Financial Aid Comments Due: 9/29/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Bloodborne Pathogens Standard

The Bloodborne Pathogen Standard is an occupational safety and health standard that prevents occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens. The standard’s information collection requirements are essential components that protect workers from occupational exposure. The information is used by employers and workers to implement the protection required by the Standard. OSHA compliance officers will use some of the information in their enforcement of the Standard. For additional substantive information about this ICR, see the related notice published in the Federal Register on April 15, 2021 (86 FR 19904). Federal Agency: Department of Labor Affected Area: EHS, ORC, UMC Comments Due: 8/26/2021

Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Virus-Serum-Toxin Act and Regulations

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s intention to request a revision to and extension of approval of an information collection associated with the Virus-Serum-Toxin Act and regulations. Under the Virus-Serum-Toxin Act (21 U.S.C. 151-159), the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is authorized to promulgate regulations designed to prevent the importation, preparation, sale, or shipment of harmful veterinary biological products. These regulations are contained in 9 CFR parts 102 through 124. Federal Agency: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA Affected Area: Animal Care, ORC Comments Due: 9/27/2021

Federal Acquisition Regulation: Amendments to the FAR Buy American Act Requirements

DoD, GSA, and NASA are proposing to amend the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement an Executive order (E.O.) addressing domestic preferences in Government procurement. Federal Agency: Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Affected Area: Procurement Comments Due: 9/28/2021

TSCA Section 8(a)(7) Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances; Extension of Comment Period

EPA issued a proposed rule in the Federal Register of June 28, 2021, concerning reporting and recordkeeping requirements for Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). This document extends the comment period for 31 days, from August 27, 2021 to September 27, 2021. An extension of the comment period was requested by some stakeholders to allow interested parties additional time to thoroughly review and analyze the proposed rule’s scope and its supporting documents. EPA agrees that a 30-day extension of the comment period is warranted and will respond to comments, including ICR-related comments, in the final rule. Thirty days from August 27, 2021, is September 26, 2021, which is a Sunday; therefore, EPA is extending the comment period to the following Monday, September 27, 2021. Federal AgencyAffected Area: EHS Comments Due: 9/27/2021

Schedules of Controlled Substances: Placement of Mesocarb in Schedule I

The Drug Enforcement Administration proposes placing the substance mesocarb (chemical name: N-phenyl-N′-(3-(1-phenylpropan-2-yl)-1,2,3-oxadiazol-3-ium-5-yl)carbamimidate), including its salts, isomers, and salts of isomers, in schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. This action is being taken to enable the United States to meet its obligations under the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances. If finalized, this action would impose the regulatory controls and administrative, civil, and criminal sanctions applicable to schedule I controlled substances on persons who handle (manufacture, distribute, reverse distribute, import, export, engage in research, conduct instructional activities or chemical analysis with, or possess), or propose to handle, mesocarb. Federal Agency: Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice Affected Area: UAPD, UMC Comments Due: 10/12/2021

Notices

Asbestos in Construction Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements

OSHA solicits public comments concerning the proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval of the information collection requirements specified in the Asbestos in Construction Standard. The Asbestos in Construction Standard (29 CFR 1926.1101) protects workers from adverse health effects arising from workplace exposure to asbestos, including lung cancer, mesothelioma, asbestosis (an emphysema-like condition) and gastrointestinal cancer. The standard requires employers to monitor worker exposure, provide medical surveillance, and maintain accurate records of worker exposure to asbestos. These records will be used by employers, workers, and the Government to ensure that workers are not harmed by exposure to asbestos in the workplace. Federal Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor Affected Area: EHS, Campus Development Comments Due: 8/23/2021

Permit-Required Confined Spaces; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements

OSHA solicits public comments concerning the proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval of the information collection requirements contained in the Standard on Permit-Required Confined Spaces.  The purpose of the information collection requirements specified in the Permit-Required Confined Spaces Standard (29 CFR 1910.146) is to ensure that employers systematically evaluate the dangers in permit spaces before entry is attempted, and to ensure that adequate measures are taken to make the spaces safe for entry. Section 1910.146(c)(2) requires the employer to post danger signs to inform exposed employees of the existence and location of, and the dangers posed by, permit spaces. Federal Agency:  Affected Area: EHS, Campus Development, Facilities Comments Due: 8/23/2021

Information Collection Request; Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Clean Water Act 404 State-Assumed Programs (Renewal); Correction

Section 404(g) of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA/Clean Water Act (CWA)), authorizes states and tribes to assume the section 404 permit program for discharges of dredged or fill material into certain waters of the United States. This ICR covers the collection of information that EPA needs to perform its program approval and oversight responsibilities and that the state or tribe needs to implement its program. Request to assume CWA section 404 permit program. States and tribes must demonstrate that they meet the statutory and regulatory requirements at 40 CFR part 233 for an approvable program. Specified information and documents must be submitted by the state or tribe to EPA to request assumption and must be sufficient to enable EPA to conduct an analysis of the state or tribal program. The information contained in the assumption request submission is provided to the other involved federal agencies and to the general public for review and comment.  Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Affected Area: EHS, Facilities and Grounds; Campus Development Comments Due: 7/26/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Federal Student Loan Program Deferment Request Forms

These forms serve as the means by which borrowers in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan), Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) and the Federal Perkins Loan (Perkins Loan) Programs may request deferment of repayment on their loans if they meet certain statutory and regulatory criteria. The U.S. Department of Education and other loan holders uses the information collected on these forms to determine whether a borrower meets the eligibility requirements for the specific deferment type being submitted. Federal Agency: Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Education (ED) Affected Area: Student Financial Aid Comments Due: 7/26/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Events and Efforts Supporting Cybersecurity Career Awareness Week

As part of NIST’s charge for National Cybersecurity Awareness and Education outlined in the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014, the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) energizes and promotes a robust network and an ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. NICE, led by NIST, fulfills this mission by coordinating with government, academic, and industry partners to build on existing successful programs, facilitate change and innovation, and bring leadership and vision to increase the number of skilled cybersecurity professionals helping to keep our Nation secure. Federal Agency: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Commerce Affected Area: OIT, CERA Comments Due: 8/27/2021

Approvals and Denials of Test Marketing Exemptions for Certain New Chemicals Under TSCA

This document provides notification of EPA’s approvals and denials of applications for test marketing exemptions (TMEs) submitted under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for certain new chemicals. The test marketing conditions are described in the TME applications and in this document.
Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Affected Area: EHS

Notice of OFAC Sanctions Action

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is publishing the names of one or more persons that have been placed on OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN List) based on OFAC’s determination that one or more applicable legal criteria were satisfied. All property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction of these persons are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.
Federal Agency: Office of Foreign Assets Control, Treasury Affected Area: Capstone International, Procurement, ORED, CERA

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Assurance of Compliance-Civil Rights Certificate

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has enforcement responsibilities under several civil rights laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act. To meet these responsibilities, OCR collects assurances of compliance from applicants for Federal financial assistance from, and applicants for funds made available through, the Department of Education, as required by regulations. These entities include, for example, State educational agencies, local education agencies, and postsecondary educational institutions. If a recipient violates one or more of these civil rights laws, OCR and the Department of Justice can use the signed assurances of compliance in an enforcement proceeding. Federal Agency: Office of Civil Rights (OCR), Department of Education (ED) Affected Area: Student Financial Aid, Title IX, EEO, HR

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Performance Report for Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program

GAANN grantees must submit a performance report annually. In addition, grantees are required to submit a supplement to the final performance report two years after submission of their final report. The reports are used to evaluate grantee performance. Further, the data from the reports will be aggregated to evaluate the accomplishments and impact of the GAANN Program as a whole. Results will be reported to the Secretary in order to respond to GPRA requirements. Federal Agency: Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), Department of Education (ED) Affected Area: OSP, Graduate School Comments Due: 8/12/2021

Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance

Title IX prohibits recipients of federal financial assistance from discriminating on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities. Specifically, the statute states that “[n]o person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance,” with specific exceptions for various entities, programs, and activities. 20 U.S.C. 1681(a). Title IX and Treasury’s Title IX regulations prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in the operation of, and the provision or denial of benefits by, educational programs or activities conducted not only by educational institutions but by other entities as well, including, for example, law enforcement agencies, and for profit and nonprofit organizations. Federal Agency: Department of the Treasury (Treasury) Affected Area: Title IX

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Improper Payments Information Form

Under the CARES Act’s Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), the Department has made over 12,000 awards to institutions of higher education (IHEs) to support emergency financial aid to students and institutional costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus. This form will be used by institutions that have improperly drawn down funds from their award accounts to provide the Department with information regarding funds being returned to correct these improper payments. Federal Agency: Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), Department of Education (ED) Affected Area: Student Financial Aid, Student Account Services, CERA, OSP Comments Due: 8/18/2021

Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Income Driven Repayment Plan Request for the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans and Federal Family Education Loan Programs

The Department is requesting an extension of the current information collection. The Department files this request with the same total annual number of respondents for this renewal collection as was used in the prior filing. Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the suspension of the collection of loans, the Department lacks sufficient data to allow for more accurate updates to the usage of these forms. There has been no change in the underlying statutes or regulations which support these request forms. Federal Agency: Office of Management and Budget Affected Area: Student Financial Aid Comments Due: 8/18/2021

Federal Need Analysis Methodology for the 2022-23 Award Year-Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, and TEACH Grant Programs

The Secretary announces the annual updates to the tables used in the statutory Federal Need Analysis Methodology that determines a student’s expected family contribution (EFC) for award year (AY) 2022-23 for student financial aid programs, Assistance Listing Numbers 84.063, 84.033, 84.007, 84.268, 84.408, and 84.379. The intent of this notice is to alert the financial aid community and the broader public to these required annual updates used in the determination of student aid eligibility. Federal Agency: Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education Affected Area: Student Financial Aid

Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations

This submission announces EPA’s order for the cancellations, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency, of the products listed in Table 1 & Table 1A of Unit II, pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This cancellation order follows a May 11, 2021 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Requests from the registrants listed in Table 2 of Unit II to voluntarily cancel these product registrations. In the May 11, 2021 notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the cancellations, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 30-day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrants withdrew their requests. The Agency did not receive any comments on the notice. Further, the Agency received a notice from a registrant to withdraw a certain cancellation request. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this submission, a cancellation order granting the requested cancellations. Any distribution, sale, or use of the products subject to this cancellation order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Affected Area: EHS, Facilities & Grounds

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Impact Evaluation of Teacher Residency Programs

The U.S. Department of Education (ED)’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) requests clearance for data collection activities to support a study of teacher residency programs. Teacher residency programs aim to better prepare new teachers by combining education coursework with extensive on-the-job training. Program participants complete a full-year apprenticeship, or “residency,” under the supervision of an experienced mentor teacher before they become teachers of record. The programs help meet the needs of their partner districts by preparing teachers to fill shortages in high-needs schools and subjects. They offer financial support for residents in exchange for a commitment to teach for at least three to five years in the district, in an effort to improve teacher retention. This financial support may also help expand the pool of teacher candidates by encouraging people to enter the profession who might be deterred by the cost of a traditional teacher preparation program. This second request covers additional data collection activities for the study to examine program outcomes. A prior request (1850-0960, approved 4/26/2021) covered the collection of classroom rosters from schools to support random assignment of students to participating teachers. Federal Agency: Institute of Educational Science (IES), Department of Education (ED) Affected Area: OAA Comments Due: 9/20/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Consolidated Annual Report (CAR) for the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006

This information collection is used by the U.S. Department of Education to gather annual performance and financial data from eligible agencies under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006 as amended by the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (Pub. L. 115-224). We are proposing to revise the ICR to remove the option to report enrollment and performance data via the EDFacts system, amend the Fiscal Responsibility section of the Narrative Performance Report to collect additional data about subgrants and their recipients, and to make clarifying changes to some of the instructions. Federal Agency: Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE), Department of Education (ED) Affected Area: Student Financial Aid Comments Due: 9/21/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection Comments Requested; Reinstatement, With Change, of a Previously Approved Collection for Which Approval Has Expired: 2021 Survey of Campus Law Enforcement Agencies (SCLEA)

The Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics, will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register, Volume 86, Number 94, page 26944 on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, allowing a 60-day comment period. Federal Agency: Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice Affected Area: UAPD Comments Due: 8/23/2021

Proposed Substances To Be Evaluated for Toxicological Profile Development

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) within the Department of Health and Human Services is initiating the development of another set of Toxicological Profiles. This notice solicits public nominations of substances for ATSDR to evaluate for Toxicological Profile development. ATSDR will consider nominations from the Substance Priority List found at www.atsdr.cdc.gov/​SPL/​. ATSDR also accepts nominations for substances not on the Substance Priority List (SPL) that may have public health implications, on the basis of ATSDR’s authority to prepare Toxicological Profiles for substances not found at sites on the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) National Priorities List (see CERCLA Section 104(i)(1)(B); 42 U.S.C. 9604(i)(1)(B)). For more information on the CERCLA National Priorities List, visit www.epa.gov/​superfund/​superfund-national-priorities-list-npl. The agency accepts these nominations in order to establish and maintain an inventory of literature, research, and studies on the health effects of toxic substances, to respond to requests for consultation, and to support the site-specific response actions conducted by ATSDR, as otherwise necessary. Federal Agency: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Affected Area: EHS, ORC Comments Due: 8/30/2021

Availability of Six Draft Toxicological Profiles

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announces the opening of a docket to obtain comments on drafts of six updated Toxicological Profiles: Acetone, Aldrin/Dieldrin, Chlorophenols, 3,3-Dichlorobenzidine, Disulfoton, and Pentachlorophenol. ATSDR has prepared drafts of six updated toxicological profiles based on availability of new health effects and other information since their initial release. All toxicological profiles issued as “Drafts for Public Comment” represent the result of ATSDR’s evidence-based evaluations to provide important toxicological information on priority hazardous substances. ATSDR is seeking public comments and additional information or reports on studies about the health effects of these six substances for review and potential inclusion in the profiles. ATSDR considers key studies for these substances during the profile development process. This notice solicits any relevant, additional studies. ATSDR will evaluate the quality and relevance of such data or studies for possible inclusion in the profile. Federal Agency: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Affected Area: EHS Comments Due: 10/27/2021

Pesticide Registration Review; Interim Decisions and Case Closures for Several Pesticides; Notice of Availability

This notice announces the availability of EPA’s interim registration review decisions for the following chemicals: 10, 10′-oxybisphenoxarsine (OBPA), acetochlor, coumaphos, citric acid, dimethenamid/-p, fenamidone, fenazaquin, halohydantoins, insect viruses, myclobutanil, polixetonium chloride (Busan 77), and propylene oxide (PPO). In addition, it announces the closure of the registration review case for Pseudomonas aureofaciens because the last U.S. registrations for this pesticide have been canceled. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Affected Area: EHS, Facilities and Grounds

2021 Survey of Campus Law Enforcement Agencies (SCLEA); Correction

The Bureau of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, submitted a 30-day notice for publication in the Federal Register of July 23, 2021 soliciting comments to an information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. The document contained incorrect information. In the Federal Register of July 23, 2021, in FR Doc 2021-15716, on page 39078, in the second column, correct the estimated number of respondents to read 2,067 and the total estimated burden for the collection to 2,067 hours. Federal Agency: Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice Affected Area: UAPD

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Federal Student Loan Program: Internship/Residency and Loan Debt Burden Forbearance Forms

These forms serve as the means by which borrowers in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan), In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing an extension without change of a currently approved collection. Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) and the Federal Perkins Loan (Perkins Loan) Programs may request forbearance of repayment on their loans if they meet certain conditions. The U.S. Department of Education and other loan holders uses the information collected on these forms to determine whether a borrower meets the eligibility requirements for the specific type of forbearance. Federal Agency: Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Education (ED) Affected Area: Student Financial Aid Comments Due: 9/1/2021

Notice Inviting Applications for Funds Under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), Section 2003 of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) for Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) That Meet the Criteria as a Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP)

The Secretary is announcing the availability of new HEERF funding for the ARP (a)(2) grant program authorized under ARP section 2003(2) and inviting applications under Assistance Listing Number (ALN) 84.425M from eligible public and private nonprofit IHEs to address needs directly related to the coronavirus. These awards are in addition to the ARP (a)(1) grant funds and have been allocated by the Secretary proportionally based on the relative share of funding appropriated to SIP in the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020. The IHEs eligible for this funding include institutions eligible for SIP that did not receive funding under section 314(a)(2) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) and that are included in the ARP (a)(2) allocation table. This notice relates to the approved information collections under OMB control numbers 1801-0005 and 1840-0842. Federal Agency: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education Affected Area: Student Financial Aid, ORED

Pesticide Registration Review; Interim Decision for Paraquat Dichloride; Notice of Availability

This document announces the availability of EPA’s interim registration review decision for paraquat dichloride (paraquat). Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Affected Area: EHS, Facilities and Grounds

Pesticide Registration Review; Draft Human Health and/or Ecological Risk Assessments for Several Pesticides; Notice of Availability

This notice announces the availability of EPA’s draft human health and/or ecological risk assessments for the registration review of copper 8 quinolinolate, DCNA, nabam, triadimefon and triadimenol. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Affected Area: EHS Comments Due: 10/4/2021

Pesticide Registration Review; Proposed Interim Decisions for Several Pesticides; Notice of Availability

This notice announces the availability of EPA’s proposed interim registration review decisions and opens a 60-day public comment period on the proposed interim decisions for the following pesticides: Amitraz, cinnamaldehyde, difenoconazole, farnesol and nerolidol, fenbuconazole, isoxaflutole, mesotrione, metaldehyde, MGK-264, Nosema locustae, oxadiazon, oxyfluorfen, piperonyl butoxide (PBO), pyrethrins, tembotrione, topramezone, Ulocladium oudemansii (U3 Strain). Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Affected Area: EHS Comments Due: 10/4/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Methylene Chloride Standard

The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting this Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)-sponsored information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). Public comments on the ICR are invited. The standard requires employers to monitor employee exposure to methylene chloride (MC), to provide medical consultation and examinations, to train employees about the hazards of MC in their working areas, and to establish and maintain records of employee exposure to MC. These records will be used by employers, employees, physicians and the Government to ensure that employees are not being harmed by exposure to MC. For additional substantive information about this ICR, see the related notice published in the Federal Register on April 29, 2021 (86 FR 22715). Federal Agency: Department of Labor Affected Area: EHS Comments Due: 9/3/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Slings Standard

The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting this Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)-sponsored information collection request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). Public comments on the ICR are invited. The provisions of the standard require that the employer make a periodic inspection of alloy steel chain slings at least once a year and to make and maintain a record of the inspection. It also requires the employer to ensure that each new, repaired or reconditioned alloy steel chain sling is proof tested and a certification record maintained. In addition, the standard requires the employer to maintain a record of the proof test on wire rope slings. For additional substantive information about this ICR, see the related notice published in the Federal Register on April 27, 2021 (86 FR 22278). Federal Agency: Department of Labor Affected Area: Campus Development, Facilities and Grounds Comments Due: 9/3/2021

Notice for Comment on Two Strategic Plans for the Subcommittee on Aquaculture Science Planning and Regulatory Efficiency Task Forces and on Updating the National Aquaculture Development Plan

The Subcommittee on Aquaculture (SCA) is a statutory subcommittee that operates under the Committee on Environment of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) under the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President [National Aquaculture Act of 1980 (Pub. L. 96-362. 94 Stat. 1198, 16 U.S.C. 2801, et seq.) and the National Aquaculture Improvement Act of 1985 (Pub. L. 99-198, 99 Stat. 1641)]. In October 2018, the SCA established a Science Planning Task Force charged with documenting Federal science and technology opportunities and priorities for aquaculture by revising and updating the National Strategic Plan for Federal Aquaculture Research (2014-2019). Similarly, in February 2019, the SCA established a Regulatory Efficiency Task Force charged with developing a new plan for interagency science and technology coordination to improve regulatory efficiency, research and technology development, and economic growth. The Task Forces are seeking public comment on Science and Regulatory Efficiency strategic plans to determine if their respective topics are adequately covered. In addition, in May of 2020, the SCA established an Economic Development Task Force charged with developing a strategic plan for economic development through aquaculture. Separately from SCA, the National Aquaculture Act of 1980 requires select federal agencies to develop a National Aquaculture Development Plan (NADP). Last completed in 1983, the NADP describes aquaculture associated technologies, problems, and opportunities in the United States and its territories. It recommends actions to solve problems and analyzes the social, environmental, and economic impacts of growth in aquaculture. The SCA plans to update the NADP using the Science and Regulatory Efficiency plans described here, with the addition of the Economic Development plan currently in process. Federal Agency: Agricultural Research Service, USDA Affected Area: Water Institute Comments Due: 9/10/2021

Applications for New Awards; Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities-National Technical Assistance and Dissemination Center Program

The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications (NIA) for a new award for fiscal year (FY) 2021 for the Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities-National Technical Assistance and Dissemination Center (PPSID-NTAD) program, Assistance Listing Number 84.407C. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1894-0006. Federal Agency: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education Affected Area: Office of Disability Services

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Income Based Repayment-Notifications

The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), established the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program under Title IV, Part B. Section 493C [20 U.S.C. 1098e] of the HEA authorizes income based repayment for Part B borrowers who have a partial financial hardship. The regulations in 34 CFR 682.215(e)(2) require notifications to borrowers from the loan holders once a borrower establishes a partial financial hardship and is placed in an income based repayment (IBR) plan by the loan holder. The regulations identify information the loan holder must provide to the borrower to continue to participate in an IBR plan. This is a request for extension without change of the current information collection 1845-0114. Federal Agency: Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Education (ED) Affected Area: Student Financial Aid Comments Due: 10/8/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA): Interest Rate Limitation Request

The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) provides that those on active duty military service are entitled to have an interest rate in excess of 6% be capped at 6% for the duration of their qualifying military service. The Department is requesting an extension of the currently approved information collection. These Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program and Direct Loan Program regulations have not changed. The regulations require a loan holder to match its database against the Department of Defense’s Defense Manpower Data Start Printed Page 43532Center (DMDC) and automatically apply the interest rate limitation, as appropriate, to borrowers under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act. The form in this collection would only be used in limited cases where the borrower is not found in the Defense Manpower Data Center, or does not have a copy of military orders, but still wishes to receive benefits under the SCRA. Federal Agency: Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Education (ED) Affected Area: Student Financial Aid Comments Due: 10/8/2021

Annual Notice of Interest Rates for Fixed-Rate Federal Student Loans Made Under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program

The Chief Operating Officer for Federal Student Aid announces the interest rates for Federal Direct Stafford/Ford Loans (Direct Subsidized Loans), Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford/Ford Loans (Direct Unsubsidized Loans), and Federal Direct PLUS Loans (Direct PLUS Loans) made under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program, Assistance Listing Number 84.268, with first disbursement dates on or after July 1, 2021, and before July 1, 2022. Federal Agency: Federal Student Aid, Department of Education Affected Area: Student Financial Aid

Annual Notice of Interest Rates for Variable-Rate Federal Student Loans Made Under the Federal Family Education Loan Program Prior to July 1, 2010

The Chief Operating Officer for Federal Student Aid announces the interest rates for loans made under the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, Assistance Listing Number 84.032, that have variable interest rates. The rates announced in this notice are in effect for the period July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022. Federal Agency: Department of Education Affected Area: Student Financial Aid

Annual Notice of Interest Rates for Variable-Rate Federal Student Loans Made Under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program

The Chief Operating Officer for Federal Student Aid announces the interest rates for Federal Direct Stafford/Ford Loans (Direct Subsidized Loans), Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford/Ford Loans (Direct Unsubsidized Loans), and Federal Direct PLUS Loans (Direct PLUS Loan), Assistance Listing Number 84.268, with first disbursement dates before July 1, 2006, and for Federal Direct Consolidation Loans (Direct Consolidation Loans) for which the application was received before February 1, 1999. The rates announced in this notice are in effect for the period July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022. Federal Agency: Federal Student Aid, Department of Education Affected Area: Student Financial Aid

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Renewal of an Existing Collection and Request for Comment; Expanded Access to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Confidential Business Information

The 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) in the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, expanded the categories of people to whom EPA may disclose TSCA confidential business information (CBI). The amendments authorize EPA to disclose TSCA CBI to state, tribal, and local governments; environmental, health, and medical professionals; and emergency responders, under certain conditions, including consistency with guidance that EPA is required to develop. Three guidance documents have been developed, corresponding to the new authorities in TSCA section 14(d)(4), (5), and (6).The conditions for access vary under each of the new provisions, but generally include the following: Requesters must show that they have a need for the information related to their employment, professional, or legal duties; recipients of TSCA CBI are prohibited from disclosing or permitting further disclosure of the information to individuals not authorized to receive it (physicians/nurses may disclose the information to their patient); and except in emergency situations EPA must Start Printed Page 44358notify the entity that made the CBI claim at least 15 days prior to disclosing the CBI. In addition, under these new provisions, requesters (except in some emergency situations) are required to sign an agreement and may be required to submit a statement of need to EPA. In accordance with the requirements of TSCA section 14(c)(4)(B), the guidance documents cover the content and form of the agreements and statements required under each provision, and include information on where and how to submit requests to EPA. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Affected Area: EHS Comments Due: 10/12/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Student Assistance General Provisions-Subpart K-Cash Management

The Department of Education (the Department) amended the Student Assistance General Provisions regulations issued under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), to implement the changes made to the Student Assistance General Provisions regulations—Subpart K—Cash Management § 668.164—Disbursing funds. These regulations are Start Printed Page 44703intended to ensure students and parents have convenient access to their Title IV, HEA program funds, do not incur unreasonable and uncommon financial account fees on these title IV funds and are not led to believe that they must open a particular financial account to receive their Federal student aid. This request is for an extension of the information collection for the requirements that are contained in the regulations § 668.164—Disbursing funds. The regulations require that an institution that makes direct payments to a student or parent by electronic funds transfer (EFT) and that chooses to enter into an arrangement described in 668.164(e) or (f), including an institution that uses a third-party servicer to make those payments, must establish a selection process under which the student chooses one of several options for receiving those Title IV, HEA fund payments. There has been no change to the regulations. Federal Agency: Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Education (ED) Affected Area: Student Financial Aid, Student Account Services Comments Due: 10/12/2021

Proposed Data Collection Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), as part of its continuing effort to reduce public burden and maximize the utility of government information, invites the general public and other Federal agencies the opportunity to comment on a proposed and/or continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. This notice invites comment on a proposed information collection project titled ATSDR Exposure Investigations (EIs). The information collection is designed to evaluate public health issues at a site resulting from environmental exposure. ATSDR EIs fill data gaps by conducting environmental and biological sampling. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is requesting a three-year extension of this generic clearance to allow the agency to conduct exposure investigations (EIs), through methods developed by ATSDR. After a chemical release or suspected release into the environment, EIs are usually requested by officials of a state health agency, county health department, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the general public, and/or ATSDR staff. EI results are used by public health professionals, environmental risk managers, and other decision makers to determine if current conditions warrant intervention strategies to minimize or eliminate human exposure.All of ATSDR’s targeted biological assessments (e.g., urine, blood) and some of the environmental investigations (e.g., air, water, soil, dust, or food sampling) involve participants to determine whether they are or have been exposed to unusual levels of pollutants at specific locations (e.g., where people live, spend leisure time, or anywhere they might come into contact with contaminants under investigation).Questionnaires, appropriate to the specific contaminant, are generally needed in about half of the EIs (at most, approximately 12 per year) to assist in interpreting the biological or environmental sampling results. ATSDR collects contact information (e.g., name, address, phone number) to provide the participant with their individual results. ATSDR also collects information on other possible confounding sources of chemical(s) exposure such as medicines taken, foods eaten, hobbies, jobs, etc. In addition, ATSDR asks questions on recreational or occupational activities that could increase a participant’s exposure potential. The information collected represents an individual’s exposure history. Federal Agency: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Affected Area: EHS Comments Due: 10/12/2021

International Drug Scheduling; Convention on Psychotropic Substances; Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs; 4F-MDMB-BICA (4F-MDMB-BUTICA)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) is reopening the comment period for the notice entitled “International Drug Scheduling; Convention on Psychotropic Substances; Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs; 4F-MDMB-BICA (4F-MDMB-BUTICA); Brorphine; Metonitazene; Eutylone (bk-EBDB); BMDP (3,4-Methylenedioxy-N-benzylcathinone); Kratom (mitragynine, 7-hydroxymitragynine); Phenibut” that appeared in the Federal Register of July 23, 2021. The Agency is taking this action to allow interested persons additional time to submit comments. These comments will be considered in preparing a response from the United States to the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the abuse liability and diversion of these drugs. WHO will use this information to consider whether to recommend that certain international restrictions be placed on these drug substances. Federal Agency: Food and Drug Administration, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Affected Area: UAPD Comments Due: 8/24/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Respiratory Protection Standard

This standard requires employers to develop a written respiratory protection program, provide medical surveillance, fit test employees, obtain certificates of analysis on cylinders, change sorbent beds and filters, to inspect emergency-use respirators, mark emergency-use respirator storage compartments, and maintain accurate employee records for fit testing and medical surveillance. For additional substantive information about this ICR, see the related notice published in the Federal Register on April 9, 2021 (86 FR 18557). Federal Agency: Department of Labor Affected Area: EHS Comments Due: 9/16/2021

Proposed Information Collection Request; Comment Request: Emergency Planning and Release Notification Requirements (EPCRA Sections 302, 303, and 304), EPA ICR Number 1395.11, OMB Control Number 2050-0092

The authority for the emergency planning and emergency release notification requirements is sections 302, 303, and 304 of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 (42 U.S.C. 11002, 11003, and 11004). EPCRA established broad emergency planning and facility reporting requirements. Section 302 requires facilities to notify their State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) or Tribal Emergency Response Commission (TERC), Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) or Tribal Emergency Planning Committee (TEPC) with jurisdiction over their facility, of the presence of a threshold planning quantity of a listed extremely hazardous substance (EHS) at the facility. This activity was completed by existing facilities soon after the law was passed. Only new facilities that may become subject to these requirements must notify the SERC (or TERC) and the LEPC (or TEPC). Currently covered facilities are required to notify the LEPC (or TEPC) of any changes that occur at the facility which would be relevant to emergency planning. Section 303 requires the LEPC (or TEPC) to prepare local emergency response plans for their planning district using the information provided by facilities under Section 302. An LEPC (or TEPC) may request any information from facilities necessary to develop emergency response plans. Initial emergency response plans were developed within a few months after the law was passed. LEPCs (or TEPCs) are required to review and update the plan at least annually or more frequently as changes occur in the community. Section 304 requires facilities to report to SERCs (or TERCs) and LEPCs (or TEPCs) releases in excess of the reportable quantities listed for each EHS. This ICR also covers the notification and the written follow-up required under Section 304. The implementing regulations are codified in 40 CFR part 355. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Affected Area: EHS Comments Due: 10/18/2021

Clear Rules for Research Security and Researcher Responsibility

NSPM-33 implementation guidance will address three major areas: Disclosure Policy — ensuring that federally-funded researchers provide their funding agencies and research organizations with appropriate information concerning external involvements that may bear on potential conflicts of interest and commitment; Oversight and Enforcement — ensuring that federal agencies have clear and appropriate policies concerning consequences for violations of disclosure requirements and interagency sharing of information about such violations; and, Research Security Programs — ensuring that research organizations that receive substantial federal R&D funding (greater than $50 million annually) maintain appropriate research security programs. Federal Agency: Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy Affected Area: OSP, ORED

Policy Update – June 2021

Posting Date Department Contact Name Effective Date Summary
6/1/2021 Office for Research & Economic Development Jennifer Camp Policy on Proposal Routing, Review and Approval for Externally Sponsored Grants & Contracts 6/1/2021 This policy ensures successful submission to the sponsoring agency including, assurance that the proposed project aligns with the mission; institutional commitments can be met and sufficient resources are available to successfully conduct the work.

Compliance Alert – June 2021

Presidential Documents

Protecting Americans’ Sensitive Data From Foreign Adversaries
By the authority vested in me as  President of the United States of America, find that it is appropriate to elaborate upon measures to address the national emergency with respect to the information and communications technology and services supply chain that was declared in Executive Order 13873 of May 15, 2019 (Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain). Specifically, the increased use in the United States of certain connected software applications designed, developed, manufactured, or supplied by persons owned or controlled by, or subject to the jurisdiction or direction of, a foreign adversary, which the Secretary of Commerce acting pursuant to Executive Order 13873 has defined to include the People’s Republic of China, among others, continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. The Federal Government should evaluate these threats through rigorous, evidence-based analysis and should address any unacceptable or undue risks consistent with overall national security, foreign policy, and economic objectives, including the preservation and demonstration of America’s core values and fundamental freedoms.

Items of Interest

Request for Nominations for Members To Serve on National Institute of Standards and Technology Federal Advisory Committees
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST or Institute) invites and requests nomination of individuals for appointment to seven existing Federal Advisory Committees (Committees): Board of Overseers of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award; Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award; Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board; Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board; National Construction Safety Team Advisory Committee; Advisory Committee on Earthquake Hazards Reduction; and Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology. NIST will consider nominations received in response to this notice for appointment to the Committees, in addition to nominations already received. Registered Federal lobbyists may not serve on NIST Federal Advisory Committees in an individual capacity. Federal Agency: Commerce Department; National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Final Rules

Schedules of Controlled Substances: Placement of Lasmiditan in Schedule V
This final rule adopts an interim final rule with request for comments published in the Federal Register on January 31, 2020, placing lasmiditan (2,4,6-trifluoro-N-(6-(1-methylpiperidine-4-carbonyl)pyridine-2-yl-benzamide), including its salts, in schedule V of the Controlled Substances Act without change, apart from a minor amendment to the placement ordering of lasmiditan already made by intervening rules. With the issuance of this final rule, the Drug Enforcement Administration maintains lasmiditan, including its salts, in schedule V of the Controlled Substances Act. Federal Agency: Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice Applicable Dept.: UAPD, UMC

Voluntary Education Programs
To ensure equity of student counseling options available to educational institutions, the DoD is amending its Voluntary Education Programs regulation to cite current law and to remove the requirement that an educational institution must have a DoD installation student population of at least 20 military students before it qualifies to be authorized access on a DoD installation that is not overseas. Federal Agency: Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Department of Defense (DoD) Applicable Dept.: OAA   

Notification of Interpretation and Enforcement of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
This Notification is to inform the public that, consistent with the Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock and Title IX, beginning May 10, 2021, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will interpret and enforce section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act prohibition on discrimination on the basis of sex to include: Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation; and discrimination on the basis of gender identity. This interpretation will guide the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in processing complaints and conducting investigations, but does not itself determine the outcome in any particular case or set of facts. Federal Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Applicable Dept.: Title IX and EEO

Schedules of Controlled Substances: Placement of Remimazolam in Schedule IV
This final rule adopts, without change, an interim final rule with request for comments published in the Federal Register on October 6, 2020, placing the substance remimazolam, including its salts, isomers, and salts of isomers whenever the existence of such salts, isomers, and salts of isomers is possible, in schedule IV of the Controlled Substances Act. With the issuance of this final rule, DEA maintains remimazolam, including its salts, isomers, and salts of isomers whenever the existence of such salts, isomers, and salts of isomers is possible, in schedule IV of the Controlled Substances Act. Federal Agency: Drug Enforcement Administration, Department of Justice Applicable Dept.: UAPD, UMC  

Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit
This technical amendment makes nonsubstantive corrections in the Department’s conforming regulations under the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Federal Agency: Department of the Treasury Applicable Dept.: ORED  

Implementing Statutory Addition of Certain Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) to the Toxics Release Inventory Beginning With Reporting Year 2021
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is adding three per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to the list of chemicals subject to toxic chemical release reporting under the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) and the Pollution Prevention Act (PPA). This action implements the statutory mandate in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020 NDAA) enacted on December 20, 2019. As this action is being taken to conform the regulations to a Congressional legislative mandate, notice and comment rulemaking is unnecessary. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS   

Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (20-5.B)
EPA is issuing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). This action requires persons to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or processing of any of these chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule. This action further requires that persons not commence manufacture or processing for the significant new use until they have submitted a Significant New Use Notice (SNUN), EPA has conducted a review of the notice, made an appropriate determination on the notice, and has taken any risk management actions as are required as a result of that determination. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS   

Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (20-6.B)
EPA is issuing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). This action requires persons to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or processing of any of these chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule. This action further requires that persons not commence manufacture or processing for the significant new use until they have submitted a Significant New Use Notice (SNUN), EPA has conducted a review of the notice, made an appropriate determination on the notice, and has taken any risk management actions as are required as a result of that determination. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS   

Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (20-7.B)
EPA is issuing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). This action requires persons to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or processing of any of these chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule. This action further requires that persons not commence manufacture or processing for the significant new use until they have submitted a Significant New Use Notice (SNUN), EPA has conducted a review of the notice, made an appropriate determination on the notice, and has taken any risk management actions as are required as a result of that determination. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS   

Cellulose, Ethyl Ether; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of cellulose, ethyl ether; number average molecular weight 13,000 Daltons when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. Exponent, Inc. on behalf of Nutrition & Biosciences USA 1, LLC, formerly DDP Specialty Electronic Materials US, Inc. submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of cellulose, ethyl ether on food or feed commodities. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS   

Federal Acquisition Regulation: Analysis for Equipment Acquisitions
DoD, GSA, and NASA are issuing a final rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement a section of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, which requires, when acquiring equipment, a case-by-case analysis of cost and other factors associated with certain methods of acquisition, including purchase, short-term rental or lease, long-term rental or lease, interagency acquisition, and, if applicable, acquisition agreements with a State or local government. Federal Agency: Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Applicable Dept.: ORED, Procurement

Repeal of the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program Subsidized Usage Limit Restriction
Section 705(b) of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 authorizes the Secretary to implement the repeal of section 455(q) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, before, but not later than, July 1, 2023. The Act further provides that the Secretary shall specify on what date and for which award years the implementation of such repeal will be effective prior to July 1, 2023. The Secretary specifies that the implementation of the repeal will be effective as of July 1, 2021 and will apply beginning with the 2013-2014 award year.

Through this regulatory action, the Secretary removes 34 CFR 685.200(a)(2)(i)(A) and (B) and (f) and 685.304(a)(6)(xvi) and (b)(4)(xii) to reflect changes to section 455(q) of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), which established the subsidized usage loan limit. The subsidized usage loan limit was repealed by section 705(a) of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021.

Under these regulations, the subsidized usage loan limit will not apply to any borrower that receives a Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized Loan first disbursed on or after July 1, 2021, regardless of the award year associated with the loan. In addition, in the case of a borrower who has a Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan which is outstanding as of July 1, 2021 and on which the borrower has been responsible for interest because the borrower exceeded the subsidized usage loan limit, the Department of Education (Department) will adjust the borrower’s account to remove the interest that accrued and reapply the borrower’s payments accordingly. Any borrower who has subsidized loan eligibility may receive additional subsidized loans and will not be subject to the subsidized usage limit. Federal Agency: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education Applicable Dept.: Student Financial Aid

Occupational Exposure to COVID-19; Emergency Temporary Standard
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is issuing an emergency temporary standard (ETS) to protect healthcare and healthcare support service workers from occupational exposure to COVID-19 in settings where people with COVID-19 are reasonably expected to be present. During the period of the emergency standard, covered healthcare employers must develop and implement a COVID-19 plan to identify and control COVID-19 hazards in the workplace. Covered employers must also implement other requirements to reduce transmission of COVID-19 in their workplaces, related to the following: Patient screening and management; Standard and Transmission-Based Precautions; personal protective equipment (PPE), including facemasks or respirators; controls for aerosol-generating procedures; physical distancing of at least six feet, when feasible; physical barriers; cleaning and disinfection; ventilation; health screening and medical management; training; anti-retaliation; recordkeeping; and reporting. The standard encourages vaccination by requiring employers to provide reasonable time and paid leave for employee vaccinations and any side effects. It also encourages use of respirators, where respirators are used in lieu of required facemasks, by including a mini respiratory protection program that applies to such use. Finally, the standard exempts from coverage certain workplaces where all employees are fully vaccinated and individuals with possible COVID-19 are prohibited from entry; and it exempts from some of the requirements of the standard fully vaccinated employees in well-defined areas where there is no reasonable expectation that individuals with COVID-19 will be present. Federal Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Department of Labor Applicable Dept.: EHS

Proposed Rules

Negotiated Rulemaking Committee; Public Hearings
Section 492 of the HEA requires that, before publishing any proposed regulations to implement programs authorized under title IV of the HEA, the Secretary obtain public involvement in the development of the proposed regulations. After obtaining advice and recommendations from the public, the Secretary conducts negotiated rulemaking to develop the proposed regulations. We announce our intent to develop proposed title IV regulations by following the negotiated rulemaking procedures in section 492 of the HEA. Federal Agency: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education Applicable Dept.: Student Financial Aid, CERA Comments Due: 7/1/2021

Medicaid Program; Establishing Minimum Standards in Medicaid State Drug Utilization Review (DUR) and Supporting Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) for Drugs Covered in Medicaid, Revising Medicaid Drug Rebate and Third Party Liability (TPL) Requirements
This proposed rule proposes to delay for 6 months the January 1, 2022 effective date for amendatory instruction 10.a., which addresses the reporting by manufacturers of multiple best prices connected to a value based purchasing arrangement, of the final rule entitled, “Medicaid Program; Establishing Minimum Standards in Medicaid State Drug Utilization Review (DUR) and Supporting Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) for Drugs Covered in Medicaid, Revising Medicaid Drug Rebate and Third Party Liability (TPL) Requirements”, published in the December 31, 2020 Federal Register. This proposed rule also proposes to delay for 2 years the April 1, 2022 effective date of inclusion (inclusion date) for U.S. territories (American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) in the amended regulatory definitions of “States” and “United States” for purposes of the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program (MDRP), adopted in the interim final rule with comment period entitled, “Medicaid Program; Covered Outpatient Drug; Further Delay of Inclusion of Territories in Definitions of States and United States”, published in the November 25, 2019 Federal Register to April 1, 2024. In the alternative, we are proposing to finalize an inclusion date that may be earlier than April 1, 2024, but not before January 1, 2023, based on public comments received. We are requesting public comment on the proposed delays of applicable effective date and inclusion date discussed in greater detail below. Federal Agency: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Applicable Dept.: UMC

Notices

Pesticide Registration Review; Draft Human Health and/or Ecological Risk Assessments for Several Pesticides; Notice of Availability
This notice announces the availability of EPA’s draft human health and/or ecological risk assessments for the registration review of chlormequat chloride, chlorothalonil and tebuconazole. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS Comments Due: 7/20/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Safe + Sound Campaign
OSHA established the Safe + Sound Campaign, a voluntary effort to support the implementation of safety and health programs in businesses throughout the United States. The Campaign includes periodic activities and events, ranging from regular email updates to quarterly national Webinars to local meetings to an annual national stand down, designated to increase overall employer and employee awareness and understanding of safety and health programs and promote employer adoption of these programs. Federal Agency: Department of Labor Applicable Dept.: EHS Comments Due: 6/21/2021

Patent and Trademark Public Advisory Committees
The Public Advisory Committees are each composed of nine voting members who are appointed by the Secretary and serve at the pleasure of the Secretary for three-year terms. Members are eligible for reappointment for a second consecutive three-year term. The Public Advisory Committee members must be citizens of the United States and are chosen to represent the interests of diverse users of the USPTO with respect to patents, in the case of the PPAC, and trademarks, in the case of the TPAC. Members must represent small and large entity applicants located in the United States in proportion to the number of applications filed by such applicants. The Committees must include individuals with a “substantial background and achievement in finance, management, labor relations, science, technology, and office automation.” 35 U.S.C. 5(b)(3). Each of the Public Advisory Committees also includes three non-voting members representing each labor organization recognized by the USPTO. Administration policy discourages the appointment of federally registered lobbyists to agency advisory boards and commissions (Lobbyists on Agency Boards and Commissions, https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/​blog/​2009/​09/​23/​lobbyists-agency-boards-and-commissions (Sept. 23, 2009); cf. E.O. 13490, 74 FR 4673 (Jan. 21, 2009) (While Executive Order 13490 does not specifically apply to federally registered lobbyists appointed by agency or department heads, it sets forth the administration’s general policy of decreasing the influence of special interests in the Federal Government.) Federal Agency: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce Applicable Dept.: ORED Comments Due: 7/9/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) Survey 2021-2023
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), within the U.S. Department of Education, is requesting clearance to continue the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) Survey collection, which is intended to provide insight on State and U.S. territory SLDS capacity for automated linking of K-12, teacher, postsecondary, workforce, career and technical education (CTE), adult education, and early childhood data. The SLDS Survey will continue to be collected annually from State Education Agencies (SEAs), and will help inform NCES ongoing evaluation and targeted technical assistance efforts to enhance the quality of the SLDS Program’s support to States regarding systems development, enhancement, and use. The request to conduct all activities related to SLDS 2020-22, including materials and procedures, was approved by OMB in May 2020 (OMB#1859-0933 v.8), with a nonsubstantive change request (OMB#1859-0933 v.9) approved in August 2020. The SLDS 2020-22 package included a new data collection tool, a Google Form developed for an electronic data collection. That tool was not as successful in the 2020 data collection as NCES would like (see section A.3 for a richer discussion of this). This revised request is to conduct all activities related to SLDS 2021-23. It submits enhancements to the OMB-approved Survey, intended to bring consistency to questions across sectors, provide greater definition and clarity to terminology and questions used within the SLDS Survey, and address pandemic-related response across states. In addition, this request submits screenshots of the new Qualtrics information collection tool that will replace the Google Form introduced for SLDS 2020 and which will be used in the 2021 SLDS Data Collection (for proposed changes, see Appendix E) and is planned for use in subsequent collections. Finally, this request submits screenshots of the updated webinar, as the SLDS Program proposes the option to host one or two SLDS Survey webinars to familiarize respondents with the collection tool and completion process. All proposed changes are captured within these documents, including accompanying appendices. Federal Agency: Institute of Education Sciences (IES), National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Department of Education (ED) Applicable Dept.: OIRA Comments Due: 7/26/2021

Pesticide Registration Review; Sulfuryl Fluoride Draft Interim Re-Entry Mitigation Measures and Registration Review Draft Risk Assessments for Sulfuryl Fluoride; Notice of Availability
This notice announces the availability of EPA’s Sulfuryl Fluoride Draft Interim Re-Entry Mitigation Measures and several registration review draft risk assessments for sulfuryl fluoride. Registration review is EPA’s periodic review of pesticide registrations to ensure that each pesticide continues to satisfy the statutory standard for registration, that is, that the pesticide can perform its intended function without causing unreasonable adverse effects on human health or the environment. Through this program, EPA is ensuring that each pesticide’s registration is based on current scientific and other knowledge, including its effects on human health and the environment. EPA may pursue mitigation at any time during the registration review process if it finds that a pesticide poses unreasonable adverse effects to human health or the environment. To address human health incidents and in response to EPA’s Office of Inspector General 2016 (OIG) Report, Additional Measures Can Be Taken to Prevent Deaths and Serious Injuries From Residential Fumigations (No. 17-P-0053), the EPA believes that the mitigation measures outlined in this Sulfuryl Fluoride Draft Interim Re-Entry Mitigation Measures are necessary to address identified human health risk concerns. The scope of this interim mitigation is focused on the use of sulfuryl fluoride as a structural fumigant in residential use sites. The Agency is also publishing several registration review risk assessments on sulfuryl fluoride for public comment. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS Comments Due: 7/26/2021

Notice of OFAC Sanctions Action
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is publishing the names of one or more persons that have been placed on OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (SDN List) based on OFAC’s determination that one or more applicable legal criteria were satisfied. All property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction of these persons are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them. Federal Agency: Office of Foreign Assets Control, Treasury Applicable Dept.: ORED, Procurement

Applications for New Awards; Native American-Serving Nontribal Institutions Program
The NASNTI Program provides grants to eligible institutions of higher education (IHEs) to enable them to improve and expand their capacity to serve Native Americans and low-income individuals. Institutions may use the grants to plan, develop, undertake, and carry out activities to improve and expand their capacity to serve Native American and low-income students. Federal Agency: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education Applicable Dept.: ORED, OAA

Information Collection Request Submitted to OMB for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Clean Water Act Section 404 State-Assumed Programs (Renewal)
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has submitted an information collection request (ICR), Clean Water Act Section 404 State-Assumed Programs (EPA ICR Number 0220.14, OMB Control Number 2040-0168) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act. This is a proposed extension of the ICR, which is currently approved through July 31, 2021. Public comments were previously requested, via Federal Register during a 60-day comment period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public comments. A fuller description of the ICR is given below, including its estimated burden and cost to the public. An agency may not conduct, or sponsor and a person is not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS Comments Due: 6/28/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Voluntary Decline of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds Form
Funding for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) is provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (Pub. L. 116-136), the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) (Pub. L. 116-260) and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (Pub. L. 117-2). Institutions eligible for funding under these statutes may elect to voluntarily decline all or a portion of their HEERF grant awards, in which case the U.S. Department of Education (the Department) will then de-obligate the funds from the institution’s G5 account and will later redistribute the funds to other institutions with greater needs due to the coronavirus. In order to process the de-obligation and redistribution of these funds more efficiently, the Department is requesting approval of a short form that will allow these institutions to provide the Department with information regarding the funds being declined. Federal Agency: Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), Department of Education (ED) Applicable Dept.: Student Financial Aid, CERA,  Contract & Grant Accounting Comments Due: 7/27/2021

Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs Under the Clean Air Act
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA or Agency) will host virtual public listening sessions on June 16, 2021 and July 8, 2021. The goals of the sessions are to solicit comments and suggestions from stakeholders pertaining to the review of EPA Risk Management Program (RMP) regulation revisions completed since 2017 and to address new priorities, as directed under Executive Order 13990: Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science To Tackle the Climate Crisis (E.O. 13990). The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) will participate in the listening sessions to foster continued coordination with the EPA and receive comments on the Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard. For more information, go to the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS Comments Due: 7/15/2021

Pesticide Product Registration; Receipt of Applications for New Active Ingredients-May 2021
EPA has received applications to register pesticide products containing active ingredients not included in any currently registered pesticide products. Pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is hereby providing notice of receipt and opportunity to comment on these applications. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS Comments Due: 6/28/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; State Election of Qualified Health Insurance for Health Coverage Tax Credit (HCTC)
Revenue Procedure 2004-12 informs states how to elect a health program to be qualified health insurance for purposes of the health coverage tax credit (HCTC) under section 35 of the Internal Revenue Code. The collection of information is voluntary. However, if a state does not make an election, eligible residents of the state may be impeded in their efforts to claim the HCTC. Federal Agency: Departmental Offices, U.S. Department of the Treasury Applicable Dept.: HR Comments Due: 7/6/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Federal Perkins/NDSL Loan Assignment Form
Institutions participating in the Federal Perkins Loan program use the assignment form to assign loans to the Department for collection without recompense, transferring the authority to collect on the loan. This request is for continued approval of the paper based assignment form and the electronic process. The electronic process allows for batch processing as well as individual processing. The same information is being requested in both processing methods. Federal Agency: Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Education (ED) Applicable Dept.: Student Financial Aid Comments Due: 8/9/2021

Cryolite and Propazine; Product Cancellation Order for Certain Pesticide Registrations
This notice announces EPA’s order for the cancellations, voluntarily requested by the registrants and accepted by the Agency, of the products listed in Table 1 of Unit II., pursuant to the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). This cancellation order follows a March 10, 2021 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Requests from the registrants listed in Table 2 of Unit II. to voluntarily cancel these product registrations. In the March 10, 2021 notice, EPA indicated that it would issue an order implementing the cancellations, unless the Agency received substantive comments within the 30-day comment period that would merit its further review of these requests, or unless the registrants withdrew their requests. The Agency did not receive any comments on the notice. Further, the registrants did not withdraw their requests. Accordingly, EPA hereby issues in this notice a cancellation order granting the requested cancellations. This cancellation order terminates the last cryolite and propazine products registered in the United States. Any distribution, sale, or use of the products subject to this cancellation order is permitted only in accordance with the terms of this order, including any existing stocks provisions. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS

Applications for New Awards; Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs
The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2022 for the Education Research and Special Education Research Grant Programs, Assistance Listing Numbers (ALNs) 84.305A, 84.305B, 84.305D, 84.305R, 84.305S, and 84.324X. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 4040-0001. The IES research grant programs are designed to provide interested individuals and the general public with reliable and valid information about education practices that support learning and improve academic achievement and access to education opportunities for all learners. These interested individuals include parents, educators, learners, researchers, and policymakers. In carrying out its grant programs, IES provides support for programs of research in areas of demonstrated national need. Federal Agency: Institute of Education Sciences, Department of Education Applicable Dept.: ORED, OAA

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for Office of Management and Budget Review; Comment Request; New Animal Drugs for Investigational Use
FDA has the authority under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) to approve new animal drugs. A new animal drug application (NADA) cannot be approved until, among other things, the new animal drug has been demonstrated to be safe and effective for its intended use(s). To properly test a new animal drug for an intended use, appropriate scientific investigations must be conducted. Under specific circumstances, section 512(j) of the FD&C Act (21 U.S.C. 360b(j)) permits the use of an investigational new animal drug to generate data to support a NADA approval. Section 512(j) of the FD&C Act authorizes us to issue regulations relating to the investigational use of new animal drugs. Federal Agency: Food and Drug Administration, HHS Applicable Dept.: ORED, Animal Care Comments Due: 7/12/2021

Early Implementation of the FAFSA Simplification Act’s Removal of Requirements for Title IV Eligibility Related to Selective Service Registration and Drug-Related Convictions
The U.S. Department of Education (Department) publishes this notice, as required by the FAFSA Simplification Act (Act), which was enacted into law as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, of early implementation of the Act’s removal of requirements for Title IV eligibility related to Selective Service registration and drug-related convictions. It also outlines actions that institutions must take as these changes are implemented in phases across award years 2021-2022, 2022-2023, and 2023-2024. Certain other aspects of the law being implemented are discussed in separate communications. Federal Agency: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education Applicable Dept.: Student Financial Aid

Notice of Receipt of Requests to Voluntarily Cancel Certain Pesticide Registrations
In accordance with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), EPA is issuing a notice of receipt of requests by registrants to voluntarily cancel certain pesticide registrations. EPA intends to grant these requests at the close of the comment period for this announcement unless the Agency receives substantive comments within the comment period that would merit its further review of the requests, or unless the registrants withdraw their requests. If these requests are granted, any sale, distribution, or use of products listed in this notice will be permitted after the registrations have been cancelled only if such sale, distribution, or use is consistent with the terms as described in the final order. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS Comments Due: 7/19/2021

Notice of OFAC Sanctions Actions
The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is publishing the names of one or more persons that are subject to the prohibitions under Executive Order 13959, as amended by Executive Order of June 3, 2021, “Addressing the Threat from Securities Investments That Finance Certain Companies of the People’s Republic of China” (“E.O. 13959” or the “Order”), and have been placed on OFAC’s Non-SDN Chinese Military-Industrial Complex Companies List (NS-CMIC List). Any purchase or sale of any publicly traded securities, or any publicly traded securities that are derivative of such securities or are designed to provide investment exposure to such securities, of any of these persons, by any United States person in violation of the Order is prohibited. Federal Agency: Office of Foreign Assets Control, Treasury Applicable Dept.: ORED, Procurement

Recommendations for Sponsors of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs Approved for Use in Animals to Voluntarily Bring Under Veterinary Oversight All Products That Continue to be Available as Over-the-Counter; Guidance for Industry; Availability
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA, we, or Agency) is announcing the availability of a final guidance for industry (GFI) #263 entitled “Recommendations for Sponsors of Medically Important Antimicrobial Drugs Approved for Use in Animals to Voluntarily Bring Under Veterinary Oversight All Products That Continue to Be Available as Over-the-Counter.” This guidance document provides information to sponsors of medically important antimicrobial new animal drug products who are interested in changing the approved marketing status of these products from over-the-counter (OTC) to by veterinary prescription (Rx) consistent with FDA’s recommendation that the use of such drugs in animals be limited to uses that include veterinary oversight to mitigate development of antimicrobial resistance. It also establishes timelines for stakeholders wishing to comply voluntarily with this guidance. Federal Agency: Food and Drug Administration, HHS Applicable Dept.: ORED, Animal Care

Compliance Alert – May 2021

Items of Interest

OMB has posted a revised set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to the Uniform Guidance for Grants (2 CFR). OMB has stated these FAQs align with the revisions to 2 CFR published in 85 FR 49506 (August 13, 2020) and replace the July 27, 2017 version.

How Much Pandemic Support Is Coming, Part 3 (Inside Higher Ed) The third round of funding from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, which was authorized by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, passed in March, will give $10 billion to community colleges, $2.6 billion to historically Black colleges and universities, $190 million to tribal colleges, and $6 billion to other minority-serving institutions.

Fear and confusion continue over research interactions with China (Chemical & Engineering News) For academics charged under the China Initiative, many of the charges instead center on failing to report payments from Chinese institutions or pay taxes on them, as well as not disclosing those relationships. Chemists facing such charges include University of Kansas chemical engineering professor Feng “Franklin” Tao and Harvard University chemistry professor Charles Lieber….While China is trying to take advantage of the US’s open academic environment to improve its own access to science and technology, Weinstein says that most academics in China and in the US are just trying to do the best research, not help China.

State Legislative Tracker

Summary

Competitive bids by co. and city bds of ed and gov’t entities, exclusion for purchases through cooperative purchasing agreements to include leases and lease/purchase agreements, Secs. 16-13B-2, 41-16-51 am’d. Status: Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0) Status: Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0). Status: Engrossed on May 17, 2021 – 75% progression. Action: 2021-05-17 – Pending third reading on day 19 Favorable from State Government. Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [PDF]

Summary

Medical Cannabis, program established to allow use of for certain conditions, defense against prosecution for marijuana possession established, Secs. 20-2A-1 to 20-2A-11, incl., 20-2A-20 to 20-2A-23, incl., 20-2A-30 to 20-2A-36, incl., 20-2A-50 to 20-2A-68, incl., added; Sec. 13A-7-2 am’d. Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0). Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0). Status: Engrossed on 2021-05-06- 75% progression. Action: 2021-05-06 – Jones (M) Amendment Offered. Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [PDF]

Summary

Student athletes may earn compensation for use of name, image, or likeness, conditions established, certain postsecondary educational institutions may not restrict, Alabama Athlete Agents Commission to enforce, Sec. 8-26B-32 added. Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 4-0). Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0). Status: Engrossed on April 15, 2021 – 100% progression. Action: 2021-04-15- Read for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on State Government. Pending: House State Government Committee. Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]

Summary

Colleges and Universities, Alabama G.I. and Dependents’ Educational Benefit Act, use of scholarship benefits at 2 year or 4 year public or private institutions of higher education physically located in state provided, Secs. 31-6-2, 31-6-4, 31-6-5, 31-6-6, 31-6-8, 31-6-9, 31-6-11, 31-6-12, 31-6-13, 31-6-15, 31-6-15.1, 31-6-16 am’d. Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0). Status: Introduced on April 27, 2021 – 50% progression. Action: 2021-04-27 – Pending third reading on day 21 Favorable from Veterans and Military Affairs
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]

Summary

Appropriations, supplemental appropriations for fiscal year ending September 30, 2021, from the Education Trust Fund Advancement and Technology Fund to various school systems and colleges and universities, and other entities. Spectrum: Strong Partisan Bill (Republican 12-1). Status: Enrolled on 05/06/21– 100% progression. Action: 2021-05-06 – Ways and Means Education first Amendment Offered. Text: Latest bill text (Enrolled) [PDF]

Summary

Innovate Alabama Matching Grant Program, matching grants to entities receiving Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology grants, Secs. 41-10-820 to 41-10-823, inclusive, added. Status: Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill. Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill. Status: Engrossed on May 6 2021 – 100% progression Action: 2021-05-06 – Gray motion to Concur In and Adopt adopted Roll Call 1149 Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [PDF]

Federal Regulations

Final Rules
C10-23 Alkyl Group-Containing Alkali-Soluble Acrylic Emulsion Polymer; Exemption From the Requirement of a Tolerance
This regulation establishes an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance for residues of C10-23 alkyl group-containing alkali-soluble acrylic emulsion polymer; minimum number average molecular weight 29,000 Daltons when used as an inert ingredient in a pesticide chemical formulation. Ag-Chem Consulting LLC on behalf of Corbet Scientific LLC submitted a petition to EPA under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), requesting an exemption from the requirement of a tolerance. This regulation eliminates the need to establish a maximum permissible level for residues of C10-23 alkyl group-containing alkali-soluble acrylic emulsion polymer on food or feed commodities.
Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS, Pest Mangement

Eligibility To Receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students Under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Programs
The Secretary amends the Department of Education regulations so that an institution of higher education (IHE) may appropriately determine which individuals currently or previously enrolled at an institution are eligible to receive emergency financial aid grants to students under the Higher Education Emergency Relief programs, as originally enacted under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (March 27, 2020).
Federal Agency: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education Applicable Dept.: Student Financial Aid

Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Immigrants and Non-Immigrants in the United States: Delay of Effective and Transition Dates
On March 12, 2021, the Department of Labor (Department or DOL) published a final rule delaying the effective date of the January 14, 2021, rule entitled Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States (the rule or Final Rule), from March 15, 2021 until May 14, 2021. On March 22, 2021, the Department proposed to further delay the effective date of the rule by eighteen months from May 14, 2021 until November 14, 2022, along with corresponding proposed delays to the rule’s transition dates. The Department proposed an additional delay to provide a sufficient amount of time to thoroughly consider the legal and policy issues raised in the rule, and offer the public, through the issuance of a Request for Information, an opportunity to provide information on the sources and methods for determining prevailing wage levels covering employment opportunities that United States (U.S.) employers seek to fill with foreign workers on a permanent or temporary basis through certain employment-based immigrant visas or through H-1B, H-1B1, or E-3 nonimmigrant visas. The Department also proposed the further delay to provide agency officials with a sufficient amount of time to compute and validate prevailing wage data covering specific occupations and geographic areas, complete and thoroughly test system modifications, train staff, and conduct public outreach to ensure an effective and orderly implementation of any revisions to the prevailing wage levels. The Department invited written comments from the public for 30 days, until April 21, 2021, on the proposed further delay and received 627 timely comments. The Department has reviewed the comments received in response to the proposal and will delay the effective date of the Final Rule for a period of 18 months, along with corresponding delays to the rule’s transition dates. Federal Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor Applicable Dept.: HR

Medicare and Medicaid Programs; COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements for Long-Term Care (LTC) Facilities and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs-IID) Residents, Clients, and Staff
This interim final rule with comment period (IFC) revises the infection control requirements that long-term care (LTC) facilities (Medicaid nursing facilities and Medicare skilled nursing facilities, also collectively known as “nursing homes”) and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICFs-IID) must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This IFC aims to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV-2 infections, the virus that causes COVID-19, by requiring education about COVID-19 vaccines for LTC facility residents, ICF-IID clients, and staff serving both populations, and by requiring that such vaccines, when available, be offered to all residents, clients, and staff. It also requires LTC facilities to report COVID-19 vaccination status of residents and staff to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These requirements are necessary to help protect the health and safety of ICF-IID clients and LTC facility residents. In addition, the rule solicits public comments on the potential application of these or other requirements to other congregate living settings over which CMS has regulatory or other oversight authority. Federal Agency: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Applicable Dept.: Capstone Village

HHS Announces Prohibition on Sex Discrimination Includes Discrimination on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Today, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Office for Civil Rights will interpret and enforce Section 1557 and Title IX’s prohibitions on discrimination based on sex to include: (1) discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation; and (2) discrimination on the basis of gender identity. Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in covered health programs or activities. The update was made in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County and subsequent court decisions.
Federal Agency: Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights in Action Applicable Dept.: EEO, Title IX, HIPAA covered entities

Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Listing of Substitutes Under the Significant New Alternatives Policy Program
Pursuant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Significant New Alternatives Policy program, this action lists certain substances in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector. For the retail food refrigeration—medium-temperature stand-alone units (new) end-use, EPA is listing three substitutes as acceptable subject to narrowed use limits. For the residential and light commercial air conditioning and heat pumps (new) end-use, EPA is listing six substitutes as acceptable subject to use conditions. Through this action, EPA is incorporating by reference the 2019 Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Standard 60335-2-40, 3rd Edition, which establishes requirements for the evaluation of electrical air conditioners, heat pumps, and dehumidifiers, and safe use of flammable refrigerants. This action also removes an acceptable subject to use conditions listing for the fire suppression sector because EPA more recently listed the substitute as acceptable with no use restrictions.
Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency Applicable Dept.: EHS

Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (19-1.F)
EPA is issuing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs) and a microorganism that was the subject of a Microbial Commercial Activity Notice (MCAN). This action requires persons to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or processing of any of these chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule. This action further requires that persons not commence manufacture or processing for the significant new use until they have submitted a Significant New Use Notice (SNUN), and EPA has conducted a review of the notice, made an appropriate determination on the notice, and has taken any risk management actions as are required as a result of that determination. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency Applicable Dept.: EHS

Independent Contractor Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Withdrawal
This action finalizes the Department of Labor’s proposal to withdraw the rule titled Independent Contractor Status under the Fair Labor Standards Act, which was published in the Federal Register on January 7, 2021. Federal Agency: Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor Applicable Dept.: HR, Tax Office

Tax on Excess Tax-Exempt Organization Executive Compensation; Correction
This document contains corrections to final regulations (Treasury Decision 9938) that were published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. The Treasury Decision provided final regulations implementing an excise tax on remuneration in excess of $1,000,000 and any excess parachute payment paid by an applicable tax-exempt organization to any covered employee. Federal Agency: Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury Applicable Dept.: Tax Office, HR

Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (20-3.B)
EPA is issuing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs) and a microorganism that was the subject of a Microbial Commercial Activity Notice (MCAN). This action requires persons to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or processing of any of these chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS

Qualified Transportation Fringe, Transportation and Commuting Expenses Under Section 274; Correction
This document contains corrections to the final regulations (Treasury Decision 9939), that were published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, December 16, 2020. The final regulations provide guidance regarding the elimination of the deduction for expenses related to certain transportation and commuting benefits provided by employers to their employees. The final regulations affect taxpayers who pay or incur such expenses. Federal Agency: Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury Applicable Dept.: HR, Tax Office

Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards
The Department of Labor (DOL or Department) is making technical amendments to regulations most recently finalized on December 30, 2015. This document updates cross-references and terminology used in the Department’s regulations to conform to changes made to the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (Uniform Guidance) on August 13, 2020. All regulatory language included here is consistent with either the policies in the Uniform Guidance or the Department’s existing policies and practices. Federal Agency: Department of Labor Applicable Dept.: OSP

Flupyradifurone; Pesticide Tolerances for Emergency Exemptions
This regulation establishes time-limited tolerances for residues of the insecticide flupyradifurone including its degradates and metabolites in or on sugarcane, cane and sugarcane, molasses. This action is associated with the utilization of a crisis exemption under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) authorizing use of the pesticide on sugarcane. This regulation establishes a maximum permissible level for residues of flupyradifurone in or on these commodities. The time-limited tolerances expire on December 31, 2023. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS, Pest Mangement

Proposed Rules
Walking-Working Surfaces
OSHA is proposing changes to the Walking-Working Surfaces standards to clarify which handrail and stair rail system requirements apply to new stair rail systems. Federal Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor Applicable Dept.: Construction Administration, EHS Comments Due: 7/19/2021

Education Innovation and Research–COVID-19 and Equity: Proposed Priorities and Definitions
The EIR program, established under section 4611 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended (ESEA), provides funding to create, develop, implement, replicate, or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based, field-initiated innovations to improve student achievement and attainment for high-need students; and rigorously evaluate such innovations. The EIR program is designed to generate and validate solutions to persistent education challenges and to support the expansion of those solutions to serve substantially larger numbers of students. The EIR program includes Expansion grants (84.411A), Mid-phase grants (84.411B), and Early-phase grants (84.411C).
Federal Agency: Documents from Education Department Applicable Dept.: OSP Comments Due: 6/2/2021

Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (21-2.B)
EPA is proposing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for chemical substances which are the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). This action would require persons to notify EPA at least 90 days before commencing manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or processing of any of these chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this proposed rule. This action would further require that persons not commence manufacture or processing for the significant new use until they have submitted a Significant New Use Notice (SNUN), and EPA has conducted a review of the notice, made an appropriate determination on the notice, and has taken any risk management actions as are required as a result of that determination.
Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS Comments Due: 6/1/2021

Notices
Announcement of Public Hearing; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announces a virtual public hearing to gather information for the purpose of improving enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX). OCR seeks comments from the public at the hearing on steps the Department can take to ensure that schools are providing students with educational environments free from discrimination in the form of sexual harassment, which encompasses sexual assault and other forms of sexual violence; to ensure that schools have grievance procedures that provide for the fair, prompt, and equitable resolution of reports of sexual harassment and other sex discrimination, cognizant of the sensitive issues that are often involved; and to address discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in educational environments. This notice provides information to members of the public regarding the hearing and OCR’s request for live and written comments, and sets forth the dates and times, agenda, and instructions for attending this public hearing. Federal Agency: Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education Applicable Dept.: Title IX

Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information for April 2021
EPA is required under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, to make information publicly available and to publish information in the Federal Register pertaining to submissions under TSCA Section 5, including notice of receipt of a Premanufacture notice (PMN), Significant New Use Notice (SNUN) or Microbial Commercial Activity Notice (MCAN), including an amended notice or test information; an exemption application (Biotech exemption); an application for a test marketing exemption (TME), both pending and/or concluded; a notice of commencement (NOC) of manufacture (including import) for new chemical substances; and a periodic status report on new chemical substances that are currently under EPA review or have recently concluded review. This document covers the period from 04/01/2021 to 04/30/2021. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS Comments Due: 6/18/2021

Limitation on Claims Against Proposed Public Transportation Projects
This notice announces final environmental actions taken by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). The purpose of this notice is to announce publicly the environmental decisions by FTA on the subject project and to activate the limitation on any claims that may challenge these final environmental actions. Federal Agency: Federal Transit Administration (FTA), DOT Applicable Dept.: EHS Comments Due: 10/18/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed Collection Comments Requested; Reinstatement, With Change, of a Previously Approved Collection for Which Approval Has Expired: 2021 Survey of Campus Law Enforcement Agencies (SCLEA)
Respondents will be campus law enforcement agencies (LEAs) serving public and private 2- and 4-year postsecondary educational institutions with a full-time enrollment of 1,000 or more students. Periodically since 1995, BJS has collected information about the personnel, policies, and practices of campus law enforcement agencies via the Survey of Campus Law Enforcement Agencies (SCLEA). This survey has been used to produce nationally representative estimates on campus law enforcement personnel, duties, administration, technology, officer selection, officer training, equipment, and jurisdiction. The survey instrument was reviewed by practitioners and subject matter experts to update it from the 2011 form and ensure it covers current topics of interest to campus law enforcement while reducing respondent burden. BJS plans to publish the information collected in a report and archive the data for public use. Federal Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice Applicable Dept.: UAPD

Agency Information Collection Activities; National Land Remote Sensing Education, Outreach and Research Activity
The National Land Remote Sensing Education, Outreach and Research Activity (NLRSEORA) is an effort to develop a U.S. national consortium to build the capability to receive, process, and archive remotely sensed data for the purpose of providing access to university and state organizations in a ready-to-use format; and to expand the science of remote sensing through education, research/applications development, and outreach in areas such as environmental monitoring to include the effects of climate variability on water availability and phenology, natural resource management, and disaster analysis. Respondents submit proposals to acquire funding for a national (U.S.) program to promote the uses of space-based land remote sensing data and technologies through education and outreach at the state and local level and through university-based and collaborative research projects. The information collected will ensure that sufficient and relevant information is available to evaluate and select a proposal for funding. A panel of USGS Core Science Systems Mission Area managers and scientists will review each proposal to evaluate the technical merit, requirements, and priorities identified.
Federal Agency: U.S. Geological Survey, Interior Applicable Dept.: Remote Sensing Center, OSP Comments Due: 7/19/2021

Prospective Grant of an Exclusive Patent License: Development, Commercialization, and Use of Protein-Based Vaccines Expressing Recombinant Measles and Mumps Immunogens for Human Use To Prevent Measles and/or Mumps Infections, Disease, and Transmission
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, an institute of the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, is contemplating the grant of an Exclusive Patent License to practice the inventions embodied in the Patents and Patent Applications listed in the Supplementary Information section of this Notice to Mevox, Ltd., located in Rugby, United Kingdom. Federal Agency: National Institutes of Health, HHS Applicable Dept.: OSP Comments Due: 6/2/2021

Strengthening Institutions Program
The Strengthening Institutions Program provides grants to eligible institutions of higher education (IHEs) to help them become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the institution’s academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability. Federal Agency: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education Applicable Dept.: OSP, OAA

Notice of Public Posting Requirement of Grant Information for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grantees
Section 314(e) of CRRSAA (Pub. L. 116-260) directs institutions receiving funds under section 314 to submit (in a time and manner required by the Secretary) a report to the Secretary describing the use of funds distributed from the HEERF. While ARP does not explicitly identify procedures by which institutions submit a report to the Secretary, the Department exercises this reporting authority under 2 CFR 200.328 and 2 CFR 200.329. The reporting requirements are intended to ensure that the statutory requirements described below are met for (1) the CRRSAA and ARP (a)(1) Student Grant Programs, and Start Printed Page 26214(2) CRRSAA and ARP (a)(4) Student Grant Programs. Federal Agency: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education Applicable Dept.: Student Financial Aid

Notice Inviting Applications for Public and Private Nonprofit Institutions of Higher Education Under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), Section 2003 of the American Rescue Plan Act, 2021 (ARP)
The Secretary is announcing the availability of new ARP (a)(1) HEERF grant funding as authorized under section 2003(1) of the ARP and inviting applications under Assistance Listing Numbers (ALN) 84.425E and 84.425F from eligible public and private nonprofit institutions that did not previously receive funding under section 314(a)(1) of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA). This notice relates to the approved information collections under OMB control numbers 1801-0005 and 1840-0842. Federal Agency: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education Applicable Dept.: Student Financial Aid

Information Collection Requirement; Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Administrative and Information Matters
This information collection is necessary to provide for protection of information or activities with national security significance. As such, this information collection requires contractors to comply with the notification process at DFARS 252.204-7010, Requirement for Contractor to Notify DoD if the Contractor’s Activities are Subject to Reporting Under the U.S.-International Atomic Energy Agency Additional Protocol. Federal Agency: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD) Applicable Dept.: Research and Economic Development Comments Due: 7/12/2021

Electrical Standards for Construction and General Industry; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Approval of the Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
OSHA solicits public comments concerning the request for an extension of the information collection requirements contained in the Electrical Standards for Construction and for General Industry. The Standards address safety procedures for installation and maintenance of electric utilization equipment that prevent death and serious injuries among construction and general industry workers in the workplace caused by electrical hazards. Federal Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor Applicable Dept.: Construction Administration Comments Due: 7/12/2021

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) 2022 Issuance of General Permit for Stormwater Discharges From Construction Activities
All ten Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Regions are proposing for public comment on the proposed 2022 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit for stormwater discharges from construction activities, also referred to as the “proposed 2022 Construction General Permit (CGP)” or the “proposed permit.” The proposed permit, once finalized, will replace the existing 2017 CGP that will expire on February 16, 2022. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS, Construction Administration, Land Management Comments Due: 7/12/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Campus Safety and Security Survey
The collection of information through the Campus Safety and Security Survey is necessary under section 485 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, with the goal of increasing transparency surrounding college safety and security information for students, prospective students, parents, employees and the general public. The survey is a collection tool to compile the annual data on campus crime and fire safety. The data collected from the individual institutions by ED is made available to the public through the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis and Cutting Tool as well as the College Navigator. Federal Agency: Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), Department of Education (ED) Applicable Dept.: UAPD, Clery Compliance Comments Due: 6/7/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Income Driven Repayment Plan Request for the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loans and Federal Family Education Loan Programs
The Department is requesting an extension of the current information collection. The Department files this request with the same total annual number of respondents for this renewal collection as was used in the prior filing. Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the suspension of the collection of loans, the Department lacks sufficient data to allow for more accurate updates to the usage of these forms. There has been no change in the underlying statutes or regulations which support these request forms. Federal Agency: Department of Education Applicable Dept.: Student Financial Aid Comments Due: 7/6/2021

Privacy Act; Matching Program
This provides notice of the re-establishment of the matching program between the U.S. Department of Education (Department or ED) (recipient agency) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) (source agency). The purpose of the matching program is to assist the Department with verification of a veteran’s status during the processing of applications for financial assistance under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). Federal Agency: Department of Education Applicable Dept.: Student Financial Aid Comments Due: 6/7/2021

Certain New Chemicals or Significant New Uses; Statements of Findings for January 2021
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires EPA to publish in the Federal Register a statement of its findings after its review of TSCA notices when EPA makes a finding that a new chemical substance or significant new use is not likely to present an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment. Such statements apply to premanufacture notices (PMNs), microbial commercial activity notices (MCANs), and significant new use notices (SNUNs) submitted to EPA under TSCA. This document presents statements of findings made by EPA on TSCA notices during the period from January 1, 2021 to January 31, 2021. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency Applicable Dept.: EHS

Vehicle-Mounted Elevating and Rotation Work Platforms (Aerial Lifts) Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
OSHA solicits public comments concerning the proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval of the information collection requirements specified in the Vehicle-Mounted Elevating and Rotation Work Platforms (Aerial Lifts) Standard. Federal Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor Applicable Dept.: EHS, Transportation Services Comments Due: 7/2/2021

Notice of OFAC Sanctions Actions
The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is publishing the names of one or more persons that have been placed on OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List (the SDN List) based on OFAC’s determination that one or more applicable legal criteria were satisfied. All property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction of these persons are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.
Federal Agency: Office of Foreign Assets Control, Treasury Applicable Dept.: Alabama International Trade Center, Research and Economic Development

Notice of Intent To Seek Approval To Collect Information
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regulations, this notice announces the National Agricultural Library’s (NAL) intent to request an extension of currently approved information collection form related to the Animal Welfare Information Center’s (AWIC) workshop, Meeting the Information Requirementsof the Animal Welfare Act. This workshop registration form requests the following information from participants: contact information, current profession and professional experience, affiliation, basic demographic information, and database searching experience. Participants include principal investigators, members of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees, animal care technicians, facility managers, veterinarians, and administrators of animal use programs. Federal Agency: National Agricultural Library, Agricultural Research Service, USDA Applicable Dept.: Research Compliance Comments Due: 6/28/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Federal Student Loan Program: Internship/Residency and Loan Debt Burden Forbearance Forms
These forms serve as the means by which borrowers in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan), Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) and the Federal Perkins Loan (Perkins Loan) Programs may request forbearance of repayment on their loans if they meet certain conditions. The U.S. Department of Education and other loan holders uses the information collected on these forms to determine whether a borrower meets the eligibility requirements for the specific type of forbearance.
Federal Agency: Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Education (ED) Applicable Dept.: Student Financial Aid Comments Due: 6/28/2021

Seventy-Fourth Report of the TSCA Interagency Testing Committee to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; Receipt of Report and Request for Comments
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Interagency Testing Committee (ITC) transmitted its Seventy-Fourth Report of the ITC to the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on April 13, 2020. In the Seventy-Fourth Report of the ITC, which is included with this notice, the ITC is revising the Priority Testing List by adding 15 of the 20 High-Priority Substances, designated as such under TSCA, and 24 organohalogen flame retardants. EPA is hereby announcing the receipt of and invites public comment on the ITC Report reproduced at the end of this notice. Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS

Certain New Chemicals; Receipt and Status Information for March 2021
EPA is required under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), as amended by the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, to make information publicly available and to publish information in the Federal Register pertaining to submissions under TSCA, including notice of receipt of a Premanufacture notice (PMN), Significant New Use Notice (SNUN) or Microbial Commercial Activity Notice (MCAN), including an amended notice or test information; an exemption application (Biotech exemption); an application for a test marketing exemption (TME), both pending and/or concluded; a notice of commencement (NOC) of manufacture (including import) for new chemical substances; and a periodic status report on new chemical substances that are currently under EPA review or have recently concluded review. This document covers the period from 03/01/2021 to 03/31/2021.Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS

Agency Information Collection Activities: Requests for Comments; Clearance of a New Approval of Information Collection: Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Over People
On January 15, 2021, the FAA published the final rule Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems over People (RIN 2120-AK85; Docket No. FAA-2018-1087). In that rule, the FAA is requiring that owners and operators of small UAS issued an airworthiness certificate under part 21 retain records of all maintenance performed on their aircraft and records documenting the status of life-limited parts, compliance with airworthiness directives, and inspection status of the aircraft. The records must be kept for the time specified in § 107.140, and they must be available to the FAA and law enforcement personnel upon request. The owner may keep these records electronically or on paper.
Federal Agency: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT Applicable Dept.: Compliance Comments Due: 5/27/2021

Proposed Extension of Information Collection Request Submitted for Public Comment; Comment Request on Burden Related to Form 8027 and 8027-T
Employers must annually report to the IRS receipts and tips from their large food or beverage establishments. Employers use Form 8027 to report that information. In addition, employers use Form 8027 to determine if the employer must allocate tips for tipped employees. Filers of Form 8027 may be required to file electronically. Employers operating more than one food or beverage establishment use Form 8027-T to send multiple Forms 8027 to the IRS. Federal Agency: Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury Applicable Dept.: Tax Office, University Club Comments Due: 7/6/2021

Compliance Alert – April 2021

State Legislative Tracker

Summary

Innovate Alabama Matching Grant Program, matching grants to entities receiving Small Business Innovation Research or Small Business Technology grants, Secs. 41-10-820 to 41-10-823, inclusive, added. Status: Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill. Spectrum: Bipartisan Bill. Status: Engrossed on April 22 2021 – 50% progression Action: 2021-05-06 – Gray motion to Concur In and Adopt adopted Roll Call 1149 Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [PDF]

Summary

Education Dept., state property, Dept. of Edu., has authority to manage the construction and renovation of property that is part of a state educational institution, Secs. 41-4-353, 41-4-400 am’d. Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 22-0) Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 22-0). Status: Enrolled on April 29 2021 – 75% progression. Action: 2021-05-04 – Delivered to Governor at 2:25 p.m. on May 4, 2021. Text: Latest bill text (Enrolled) [PDF]

Summary

Competitive bids by co. and city bds of ed and gov’t entities, exclusion for purchases through cooperative purchasing agreements to include leases and lease/purchase agreements, Secs. 16-13B-2, 41-16-51 am’d. Status: Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0) Status: Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0). Status: Engrossed on February 11 2021 – 50% progression. Action: 2021-04-01 – Pending third reading on day 19 Favorable from State Government. Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [PDF]

Summary

Medical Cannabis, program established to allow use of for certain conditions, defense against prosecution for marijuana possession established, Secs. 20-2A-1 to 20-2A-11, incl., 20-2A-20 to 20-2A-23, incl., 20-2A-30 to 20-2A-36, incl., 20-2A-50 to 20-2A-68, incl., added; Sec. 13A-7-2 am’d. Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0). Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0). Status: Engrossed on February 24 2021 – 50% progression. Action: 2021-05-06 – Jones (M) Amendment Offered. Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [PDF]

Summary

Student athletes may earn compensation for use of name, image, or likeness, conditions established, certain postsecondary educational institutions may not restrict, Alabama Athlete Agents Commission to enforce, Sec. 8-26B-32 added. Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 4-0). Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0). Status: Engrossed on May 4 2021 – 50% progression. Action: 2021-05-04 – Read for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on State Government. Pending: House State Government Committee. Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]

 Summary

Colleges and Universities, Alabama G.I. and Dependents’ Educational Benefit Act, use of scholarship benefits at 2 year or 4 year public or private institutions of higher education physically located in state provided, Secs. 31-6-2, 31-6-4, 31-6-5, 31-6-6, 31-6-8, 31-6-9, 31-6-11, 31-6-12, 31-6-13, 31-6-15, 31-6-15.1, 31-6-16 am’d. Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0). Status: Introduced on April 1 2021 – 25% progression. Action: 2021-04-07 – Pending third reading on day 21 Favorable from Veterans and Military Affairs
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]

Summary

Appropriations, supplemental appropriations for fiscal year ending September 30, 2021, from the Education Trust Fund Advancement and Technology Fund to various school systems and colleges and universities, and other entities. Spectrum: Strong Partisan Bill (Republican 12-1). Status: Enrolled on April 29 2021 – 75% progression. Action: 2021-05-04 – Ways and Means Education first Amendment Offered. Text: Latest bill text (Enrolled) [PDF]

Summary

Child abuse, law enforcement and Dept. of Human Resources, reports of suspected abuse require to be made to both law enforcement and Dept. of Human Resources, and delegate investigative duties between both, Secs. 26-14-1, 26-14-3 am’d. Status: Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0) Status: Introduced on April 15 2021 – 25% progression Action: 2021-04-15 – Read for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Governmental Affairs Pending: Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]

Summary

Public records, Alabama Public Records Act created, method of request for public records and manner of appeal, established, Office of Public Access Counselor, established, Secs. 36-12-40, 36-12-41 repealed. Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0). Status: Introduced on February 2 2021 – 25% progression. Action: 2021-05-04 – Indefinitely Postponed
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]

 Summary

Employees’ Retirement System, retirement benefits for Tier II plan members modified to provide 30-year service retirement, conversion of sick leave, and hazardous duty time for firefighters, law enforcement, and correctional officers, contribution rate increased, Secs. 36-26-36.1, 36-27-16, 36-27-24, 36-27-59 am’d. Status: Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0). Status: Engrossed on March 30 2021 – 50% progression. Action: 2021-03-30 – Read for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Finance and Taxation General Fund. Pending: Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]

Summary

Higher education, comprehensive transition, and postsecondary programs for children of disabled veterans with intellectual disabilities, tuition reimbursement provided for, Secs. 31-6-2, 31-6-4, 31-6-6 am’d. Status: Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0). Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0). Status: Enrolled on April 29 2021 – 75% progression
Action: 2021-05-04 – Delivered to Governor at 2:25 p.m. on May 4, 2021. Text: Latest bill text (Enrolled) [PDF]

Presidential Documents
Blocking Property With Respect To Specified Harmful Foreign Activities of the Government of the Russian Federation
I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, find that specified harmful foreign activities of the Government of the Russian Federation—in particular, efforts to undermine the conduct of free and fair democratic elections and democratic institutions in the United States and its allies and partners; to engage in and facilitate malicious cyber-enabled activities against the United States and its allies and partners; to foster and use transnational corruption to influence foreign governments; to pursue extraterritorial activities targeting dissidents or journalists; to undermine security in countries and regions important to United States national security; and to violate well-established principles of international law, including respect for the territorial integrity of states—constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States. I hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat.        

Federal Regulations
Final Rules

Medical Devices; Medical Device Classification Regulations To Conform to Medical Software Provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA, Agency, or we) is amending certain classification regulations to reflect changes to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) made by the 21st Century Cures Act (the Cures Act). The Cures Act amended the definition of a device in the FD&C Act to exclude certain software functions. FDA is taking this action so that its regulations conform to the medical software provisions in the Cures Act. Federal Agency: Food and Drug Administration, HHS Applicable Dept.: UMC, HIPAA covered entities  

Metaflumizone; Pesticide Tolerances

This regulation establishes tolerances for residues of the insecticide metaflumizone in or on multiple commodities which are identified and discussed later in this document. BASF Corporation requested these tolerances under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Federal Agency: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Applicable Dept.: EHS, Pest Management

Proposed Rules
Hazard Communication Standard
On February 16, 2021, OSHA published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to modify the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) Revision 7, to address specific issues that have arisen since OSHA last updated the HCS in 2012, and to provide better alignment with other U.S. agencies and international trading partners, without lowering the overall protections of the standard.
Federal Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor Applicable Dept.: EHS Comments Due: 5/19/2021

Request for Information on Data Sources and Methods for Determining Prevailing Wage Levels for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Immigrants and Non-Immigrants in the United States
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as amended, assigns certain responsibilities to the Secretary of Labor (Secretary) relating to wages and working conditions of certain categories of immigrant and nonimmigrant foreign workers.[1] The Secretary issues permanent labor certifications for certain employment-based immigrants and certifies labor condition applications (LCAs) for the temporary employment of foreign workers in specialty occupations under the H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 visa classifications.[2] A specialty occupation is an occupation that requires theoretical and practical application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and the attainment of a bachelor’s or higher degree in the specific specialty, or its equivalent, as a minimum for entry into the occupation in the United States Federal Agency: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor Applicable Dept.: HR Comments Due: 6/1/2021

Semiannual agenda of regulations
Executive Order 12866 requires the semiannual publication of an agenda of regulations that contains a listing of all the regulations the Department of Labor expects to have under active consideration for promulgation, proposal, or review during the coming one-year period. The entirety of the Department’s semiannual agenda is available online at www.reginfo.gov. The Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 602) requires DOL to publish in the Federal Register a regulatory flexibility agenda. The Department’s Regulatory Flexibility Agenda, published with this notice, includes only those rules on its semiannual agenda that are likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities; and those rules identified for periodic review in keeping with the requirements of section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Thus, the regulatory flexibility agenda is a subset of the Department’s semiannual regulatory agenda. The Department’s Regulatory Flexibility Agenda does not include section 610 items at this time. Federal Agency: Office of the Secretary, Labor Applicable Dept.: HR

Improving Government Regulations; Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions
This agenda announces the proposed regulatory actions the Department of Defense (DOD) plans for the next 12 months and those completed since the spring 2020 agenda. It was developed under the guidelines of Executive Order 12866 “Regulatory Planning and Review,” Executive Order 13771 “Reducing Regulation and Controlling Regulatory Costs,” and Executive Order 13563 “Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review.” This Agenda documents DOD’s work under Executive Order 13777 “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” and many regulatory actions support the recommendations of the DoD Regulatory Reform Task Force (as indicated in the individual rule abstracts). This Agenda also includes regulatory actions the Department is taking to address the current worldwide pandemic. These include efforts to ensure TRICARE beneficiaries have access to the most up-to-date care required for the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19. Members of the public may submit comments on individual proposed and interim final rulemakings at www.regulations.gov during the comment period that follows publication in the Federal Register. This agenda updates the report published on June 30, 2020, and includes regulations expected to be issued and under review over the next 12 months. The next agenda will publish in the spring of 2021. The complete Unified Agenda will be available online at www.reginfo.gov. Federal Agency: Department of Defense (DoD) Applicable Dept.: ORED, OSP, ORC, UMC Comments Due:

Tip Regulations Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); Delay of Effective Date
On February 26, 2021, the Department of Labor (Department) published a final rule (Delay Rule) extending until April 30, 2021, the effective date of the rule titled Tip Regulations Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (2020 Tip final rule) in order to allow the Department the opportunity to review issues of law, policy, and fact raised by the 2020 Tip final rule before it takes effect. This notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) proposes to further extend the effective date of three portions of the 2020 Tip final rule in order to complete a separate rulemaking, published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, and to provide the Department additional time to consider whether to withdraw and repropose that portion of the 2020 Tip final rule addressing the application of the FLSA’s tip credit provision to tipped employees who perform both tipped and non-tipped duties. The proposed 8-month delay, until December 31, 2021, would allow the Department to finalize the separate rulemaking, which would include, inter alia, a 60-day comment period and at least a 30-day delay between publication and the rule’s effective date. Federal Agency: Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor Applicable Dept.:  Bama Dining Comments Due: 4/14/2021

Tip Regulations Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); Partial Withdrawal
In this notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), the Department proposes to withdraw and repropose two portions of the Tip Regulations Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) (2020 Tip final rule) and seeks comment on whether to revise one other portion of the 2020 Tip final rule relating to the statutory amendments to the FLSA made by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (CAA). The Department also asks questions about how it might improve the recordkeeping requirements in the 2020 Tip final rule in a future rulemaking. This rulemaking is related to a second NPRM, published elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register , which proposes to further extend the effective date of three portions of the 2020 Tip final rule in order to complete this rulemaking involving two of those portions and provide the Department additional time to consider whether to withdraw and repropose a third portion of the 2020 Tip final rule concerning the use of the tip credit when employees perform both tipped and non-tipped work.
Federal Agency: Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor Applicable Dept.:  Bama Dining Comments Due: 5/24/2021

Notices
Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Federal Student Loan Program Deferment Request Forms
These forms serve as the means by which borrowers in the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan), Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) and the Federal Perkins Loan (Perkins Loan) Programs may request deferment of repayment on their loans if they meet certain statutory and regulatory criteria. The U.S. Department of Education and other loan holders uses the information collected on these forms to determine whether a borrower meets the eligibility requirements for the specific deferment type being submitted.Federal Agency: Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Education (ED). Applicable Dept.: Student Financial Aid, Student Account Services Comments Due: 6/15/2021

Annual Updates to the Income-Contingent Repayment (ICR) Plan Formula for 2021-William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program
The Secretary announces the annual updates to the ICR plan formula for 2021 to give notice to borrowers and the public regarding how monthly ICR payment amounts will be calculated for the 2021-2022 year under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program, Assistance Listing Number 84.063. Federal Agency: Documents from Education Department Applicable Dept.: Student Financial Aid, Student Account Services

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Pell Grant Reporting Under the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) System
The Federal Pell Grant (Pell Grant) program is a student financial assistance program authorized under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA). The program provides grant assistance to an eligible student attending an institution of higher education. The institution determines the student’s award and disburses program funds on behalf of the Department of Education (the Department). Institutions are required to report student Pell Grant payment information to the Department electronically. Electronic reporting is conducted through the Common Origination and Disbursement (COD) system. The COD system is used by institutions to request, report, and reconcile grant funds received from the Pell Grant program. The Department uses the information collected in the COD system to aid in ensuring compliance with fiscal and administrative requirements under the HEA for the Pell Grant program and under 34 CFR 690 for the Pell Grant program regulations. Federal Agency: Department of Education Applicable Dept.: Student Financial Aid, HR Comments Due: 5/13/2021

Reopening; Eligibility Designations and Applications for Waiving Eligibility Requirements; Programs Under Parts A and F of Title III and Programs Under Title V of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as Amended (HEA)

The Department of Education (Department) reopens the process for designation of eligible institutions and notice inviting applications (NIA) for waivers of eligibility requirements for fiscal year (FY) 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other circumstances affecting the Nation’s institutions of higher education. We are extending the deadline for the transmittal of applications until April 16, 2021. All other information in the NIA remains the same. Federal Agency: Department of Education Applicable Dept.: Student Financial Aid  

Inviting Applications for Funds Under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), Section 314(a)(2); Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA)
The Secretary is announcing the availability of new HEERF grant funding under section 314(a)(2) of the CRRSAA for eligible institutions of higher education (institutions) under the SIP, Assistance Listing Number 84.425M, to address needs directly related to the coronavirus. The Secretary invites applications from eligible institutions that did not previously receive funding under section 18004(a)(2) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) HEERF SIP program and that are included in the CRRSAA Section 314(a)(2) SIP Allocation Table (www2.ed.gov/​offices/​list/​ope/​crrsaa.html). This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1840-0843. Federal Agency: Department of Education Applicable Dept.: Student Financial Aid, OSP

CRRSAA Supplemental Aid to Institutions of Higher Education Application; Correction
On April 1, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education published a 60-day comment period notice in the Federal Register with FR DOC# 2021-06691 (Page 17145, Column 1, Column 2, Column 3) seeking public comment for an information collection entitled, “CRRSAA Supplemental Aid to Institutions of Higher Education Application”. The comment closing date of June 1, 2021 is wrong, and the correct closing date is May 3, 2021. The PRA Coordinator, Strategic Collections and Clearance, Office of the Chief Data Officer, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, hereby issues a correction notice as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. Federal Agency: Department of Education Applicable Dept.: Student Financial Aid

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; CRRSAA Supplemental Aid to Institutions of Higher Education Application
Section 314(a)(3) of Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) allocates funds for institutions of higher education that the Secretary determines have the greatest unmet needs related to the coronavirus. This collection includes (1) a certification and agreement and (2) a profile form that will be used by institutions applying for discretionary grant funding under this section. Federal Agency: Department of Education Applicable Dept.: Student Financial Aid, OSP  Comments Due: 6/1/2021

Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program; Fire Prevention and Safety Grants
The purpose of the FP&S Grant Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters by assisting fire prevention programs and supporting firefighter health and safety research and development. FP&S Grant Program grants are offered to support projects in two activities: FP&S Activity: Activities designed to reach high-risk target groups and mitigate the incidence of death, injuries, and property damage caused by fire and fire-related hazards. Research and Development (R&D) Activity: Projects aimed at improving firefighter safety, health, or wellness through research and development that reduce firefighter fatalities and injuries. Federal Agency: Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS. Applicable Dept.: EHS, OSP

Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Construction Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements
This ICR outlines the legal authority, procedures, burden, and cost associated with the recordkeeping and reporting requirements of construction contractors. It contains one form (Construction Contract Award Notification Form) that construction contractors must give to OFCCP notifying the agency of new contract awards that exceed $10,000 and three information collection instruments (compliance review scheduling letter and itemized listing, direct federal compliance check letter, and federally assisted compliance check letter) that notify construction contractors that they have been selected to undergo a compliance evaluation. OFCCP is seeking reauthorization of the Construction Contract Award Notification Form (Form CC-314). OFCCP is merging the direct federal compliance check letter and federally assisted compliance check letter currently approved under OMB Control No. 1250-0011 into this ICR. This ICR also incorporates the requirements and burden for the new Construction Compliance Review Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing. Federal Agency: Department of Labor Applicable Dept.: Procurement, Campus Development, EOP, HR Comments Due: 5/19/2021

Notice of OFAC Sanctions Actions
The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is publishing the names of one or more persons that have been removed from the Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Person List (SDN List). Federal Agency: Office of Foreign Assets Control, Treasury Applicable Dept.: Capstone International

Publication of Model Notices for Health Care Continuation Coverage Provided Pursuant to the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) and Other Health Care Continuation Coverage, as Required by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Notice
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP). Section 9501(a)(5)(D) and (6)(D) of ARP directs the Department of Labor (Department) to develop model notices for use by group health plans and other entities that, pursuant to the ARP, must provide notices of the availability of premium reductions and additional election periods for health care continuation coverage. This document announces the availability of the model notices. Federal Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor Applicable Dept.: HR

Respiratory Protection Standard; Extension of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Approval of Information Collection (Paperwork) Requirements
The Respiratory Protection Standard (29 CFR 1910.134; hereafter, “the Standard”) contains information collection requirements that require employers to: Develop a written respirator program; conduct worker medical evaluations and provide follow-up medical evaluations to determine the worker’s ability to use a respirator; provide the physician or other licensed healthcare professional with information about the worker’s respirator and the conditions under which the worker will use the respirator; and administer fit tests for workers who will use negative- or positive-pressure, tight-fitting facepieces. In addition, employers must ensure that workers store emergency-use respirators in compartments clearly marked as containing emergency-use respirators. For respirators maintained for emergency use, employers must label or tag the respirator with a certificate stating the date of the inspection, the name of the individual who did the inspection, the findings of the inspection, required remedial action, and the identity of the respirator. Federal Agency: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Labor Applicable Dept.: UMC, EHS Comments Due: 6/8/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Announcement of OMB Approvals
The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) announces that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved certain collections of information, listed in the Supplementary Information section below, following EBSA’s submission of requests for such approvals under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). This notice describes the approved or re-approved information collections and provides their OMB control numbers and current expiration dates as required by the PRA.
Federal Agency: Employee Benefits Security Administration, Department of Labor Applicable Dept.: HR 

Information Collection Requirement; Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Assessing Contractor Implementation of Cybersecurity Requirements
The collection of information is necessary for DoD to immediately begin assessing where vulnerabilities in its supply chain exist and take steps to correct such deficiencies. In addition, the collection of information is necessary to ensure Defense Industrial Base (DIB) contractors that have not fully implemented the NIST SP 800-171 security requirements pursuant to DFARS clause 252.204-7012, Safeguarding Covered Defense. Information and Cyber Incident Reporting, begin correcting these deficiencies immediately. Federal Agency: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD) Applicable Dept.: OIT Comments Due: 4/30/2021

Information Collection Requirement; Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS); Independent Research and Development Technical Descriptions
DFARS 231.205-18 requires contractors to report independent research and development (IR&D) projects to the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) using DTIC’s online IR&D database. The inputs must be updated at least annually and when the project is completed. The data provide in-process information on IR&D projects for which DoD reimburses the contractor as an allowable indirect expense. In addition to improving the Department’s ability to determine whether contractor IR&D costs are allowable, the data provide visibility into the technical content of industry IR&D activities to meet DoD needs. Federal Agency: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD) Applicable Dept.: OSP Comments Due: 4/30/2021

Revised Non-Foreign Overseas Per Diem Rates
Defense Human Resources Activity publishes this Civilian Personnel Per Diem Bulletin Number 316. Bulletin Number 316 lists current per diem rates prescribed for reimbursement of subsistence expenses while on official Government travel to Alaska, Hawaii, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the possessions of the United States. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 lodging rate review resulted in lodging rate changes in certain locations. Federal Agency: Defense Human Resources Activity, Department of Defense (DoD) Applicable Dept.: Finance

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request
The O*NET Data Collection Program is an ongoing effort to collect and maintain current information on the detailed characteristics of occupations and skills for more than 900 occupations. Section 308 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) authorizes this collection and requires the Secretary of Labor to oversee the “development, maintenance, and continuous improvement of a nationwide workforce and labor market information system” which shall include, among other components, “skill trends by occupation and industry.” The resulting database provides the most comprehensive standardized source of occupational and skills information in the nation. O*NET information is used by a wide range of audiences, including individuals making career decisions, public agencies and schools providing career exploration services or education and training programs, and businesses making staffing and training decisions. The O*NET system provides a common language, framework and database to meet the administrative needs of various federal programs, including workforce investment and training programs supported by funding from the Departments of Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services. Federal Agency: Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) Applicable Dept.: HR Comments Due: 5/28/2021

Information Collection Requirement; Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Requests for Equitable Adjustment
The information collection required by the clause at DFARS 252.243-7002, Requests for Equitable Adjustment, implements 10 U.S.C. 2410(a). The clause requires contractors to certify that requests for equitable adjustment exceeding the simplified acquisition threshold are made in good faith and that the supporting data are accurate and complete. The clause also requires contractors to fully disclose all facts relevant to the requests for equitable adjustment. DoD contracting officers and auditors use this information to evaluate contractor requests for equitable adjustments to contracts. Federal Agency: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD) Applicable Dept.: OSP Comments Due: 5/24/2021

 

Policy Alert – March 2021

Policy Revisions

Posting  Date

Department

Contact

Name

Effective Date

Policy Summary/Revision

3/10/2021

Capstone College of Nursing

Melondie Carter

Undergraduate Course Review Policy

8/16/2002

Updated and aligned the policy to the current practice for evaluation of UA policies.  

3/9/2021

Compliance, Ethics and Regulatory Affairs

Marcy Huey

Youth Protection Policy for External Entities/Third-party Programs

9/1/2017

Clarified responsibilities for external programs.

3/10/2021

Compliance, Ethics and Regulatory Affairs

Marcy Huey

Youth Protection Policy for UA Sponsored Programs

9/1/2017

Clarified responsibilities for UA Programs. 

Compliance Alert -March 2021

State Legislative Tracker

Summary

Higher education, public institutions, provides resident student status to minor children of military service members stationed in Ala., provides that resident student status is valid even if the parent is reassigned out of state, so long as the student maintains continuous enrollment at the institution, Sec. 16-64-2 am’d.
Status: Completed Legislative Action. Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 2-0) Status: Passed on March 9, 2021 – 100% progression
Action: 2021-03-09 – Assigned Act No. 2021-81. Text: Latest bill text (Enrolled) [PDF]

Summary

Education Dept., state property, Dept. of Edu., has authority to manage the construction and renovation of property that is part of a state educational institution, Secs. 41-4-353, 41-4-400 am’d. Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 22-0)
Status: Engrossed on February 25 2021 – 50% progression Action: 2021-03-02 – Read for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Governmental Affairs Pending: Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [PDF]

Summary

Competitive bidding, awarding authority allowed to negotiate lowest bidder when all bids exceed available funding, Sec. 39-2-6 am’d. Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)
Status: Engrossed on February 11, 2021 – 50% progression. Action: 2021-02-24 – Pending third reading on day 9 Favorable from State Government Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]

Summary

Medical Cannabis, program established to allow use of for certain conditions, defense against prosecution for marijuana possession established, Secs. 20-2A-1 to 20-2A-11, Status
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0) Status: Engrossed on February 24 2021 – 50% progression. Action: 2021-02-25 – Read for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Judiciary. Pending: House Judiciary Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [PDF].

Summary
Education prohibit public institutions of higher education from providing support for organizations affiliated with China government. Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0) Status: Introduced on March 2 2021 – 25% progression. Action: 2021-03-11 – Pending third reading on day 15 Favorable from Education Policy. Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]

Summary
Student athletes may earn compensation for use of name, image, or likeness, conditions established, certain postsecondary educational institutions may not restrict, Alabama Athlete Agents Commission to enforce, Sec. 8-26B-32 added. Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 4-0)
Status: Engrossed on March 9 2021 – 50% progression. Action: 2021-03-11 – State Government first Amendment Offered. Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [PDF]

Summary
Ethics, State Ethics Commission, duties and membership revised, penalties, definitions, gift ban, enforcement procedures revised, Secs. 36-25-1, 36-25-3, 36-25-4, 36-25-4.1, 36-25-4.3, 36-25-5, 36-25-5.1, 36-25-7, 36-25-8, 36-25-9, 36-25-10, 36-25-12, 36-25-13, 36-25-14, 36-25-15, 36-25-16, 36-25-17, 36-25-18, 36-25-19, 36-25-23, 36-25-24, 36-25-27 am’d; Secs. 17-17-4, 36-25-1.1, 36-25-1.3, 36-25-5.2, 36-25-6, 36-25-11, 36-25-22 repealed. Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0) Status: Introduced on February 2 2021 – 25% progression
Action: 2021-03-11 – Pending third reading on day 15 Favorable from Ethics and Campaign Finance with 3 amendments. Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]

Summary
Higher education, comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs for children of disabled veterans with intellectual disabilities, tuition reimbursement provided for, Secs. 31-6-2, 31-6-4, 31-6-6 am’d. Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0) Status: Introduced on March 18 2021 – 25% progression. Action: 2021-03-18 – Read for the first time and referred to the House of Representatives committee on Ways and Means Education. Pending: House Ways and Means Education Committee. Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]

Summary
Appropriations, supplemental appropriations for fiscal year ending September 30, 2021, from the Education Trust Fund Advancement and Technology Fund to various school systems and colleges and universities, and other entities. Spectrum: Strong Partisan Bill (Republican 12-1)
Status: Engrossed on March 18 2021 – 50% progression. Action: 2021-03-18 – Engrossed
Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [PDF]

Presidential Documents
Guaranteeing an Educational Environment Free From Discrimination on the Basis of Sex, Including Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity
It is the policy of my Administration that all students should be guaranteed an educational environment free from discrimination on the basis of sex, including discrimination in the form of sexual harassment, which encompasses sexual violence, and including discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. For students attending schools and other educational institutions that receive Federal financial assistance, this guarantee is codified, in part, in Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. 1681 et seq., which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs or activities receiving Federal financial assistance.  

Item of Interest
US DOE Issues New Guidance for Use of COVID Relief Funds
The National Law Review
On March 19, the U.S. Department of Education provided new guidance seeking to resolve questions that have circulated since last spring regarding the appropriate use of COVID relief funds by institutions of higher education. Click here to read the new HEERF Guidance

Federal Regulations

Final Rules
Significant New Use Rules on Certain Chemical Substances (20-4.B)
EPA is issuing significant new use rules (SNURs) under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for chemical substances which were the subject of premanufacture notices (PMNs). This action requires persons to notify EPA least 90 days before commencing manufacture (defined by statute to include import) or processing of any of these chemical substances for an activity that is designated as a significant new use by this rule. This action further requires that persons not commence manufacture or processing for the significant new use until they have submitted a Significant New Use Notice (SNUN), and EPA has conducted a review of the notice, made an appropriate determination on the notice, and has taken any risk management actions as are required as a result of that determination. Applicable Dept.: EHS  

Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems over People; Delay; Correction
In accordance with the memorandum of January 20, 2021, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, titled “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,” the Agency delays the effective date of the final rule, “Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Over People”, until April 21, 2021, except for certain provisions pertaining to remote pilot certification and qualification, which are delayed until April 6, 2021. As a result of the delay in the effective dates, several compliance dates are also delayed by correcting the regulatory text. Applicable Dept.: Compliance  

Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft; Delay
In accordance with the memorandum of January 20, 2021, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, titled “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,” the Agency delays the March 16, 2021, effective date of the final rule, “Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft”, until April 21, 2021. As a result of the delay in the effective date, the Agency is also delaying the compliance date for the production requirements for remote identification broadcast modules by correcting the regulatory text. Applicable Dept.: Compliance

 Tip Regulations Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Delay of Effective Date
Consistent with the Presidential directive as expressed in the memorandum of January 20, 2021 from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled “Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,” this action finalizes the Department of Labor’s (“the Department”) proposal to delay until April 30, 2021, the effective date of the rule titled Tip Regulations Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), published in the Federal Register on December 30, 2020, to allow the Department to review issues of law, policy, and fact raised by the rule before it takes effect. Applicable Dept.: University Club

Proposed Rules
Independent Contractor Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act; Withdrawal
This notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) proposes to withdraw the final rule titled “Independent Contractor Status under the Fair Labor Standards Act,” which was published on January 7, 2021 and the effective date of which is currently May 7, 2021. Applicable Dept.: HR Comments Due: 4/14/2021

Rescission of Joint Employer Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act Rule
This notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) proposes to rescind the final rule entitled “Joint Employer Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act,” which published on January 16, 2020 and took effect on March 16, 2020. The proposed rescission would remove the regulations established by that rule. Applicable Dept.: HR Comments Due: 4/12/2021

Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule to Support, and Remove Barriers to, Coordinated Care and Individual Engagement
The Department of Health and Human Services (the Department) is extending the comment period for the proposed rule entitled “Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to modify the Standards for the Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information (Privacy Rule) under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act of 2009 (HITECH Act),” published in the Federal Register on January 21, 2021. The comment period for the proposed rule, which would end March 22, 2021, is extended to May 6, 2021. Applicable Dept.: HIPAA Covered Entities, UMC Comments Due: 5/6/2021

Notices
Comment Request; Assurance of Compliance-Civil Rights Certificate
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has enforcement responsibilities under several civil rights laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act. To meet these responsibilities, OCR collects assurances of compliance from applicants for Federal financial assistance from, and applicants for funds made available through, the Department of Education, as required by regulations. These entities include, for example, State educational agencies, local education agencies, and postsecondary educational institutions. If a recipient violates one or more of these civil rights laws, OCR and the Department of Justice can use the signed assurances of compliance in an enforcement proceeding. Applicable Dept.: EEO Comments Due: 5/10/2021

Information Collection Requirement; Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Part 217, Special Contracting Methods, and Related Clauses at 252.217
DFARS part 217 prescribes policies and procedures for acquiring supplies and services by special contracting methods. Contracting officers use the required information as follows: Applicable Dept.: Office Of Research and Economic Development Comments Due: 4/21/2021

Notice of Interpretation Regarding Period of Allowable Expenses for Funds Administered Under the Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF) Program
The Department of Education (Department) is issuing this notice of interpretation regarding the allowable time period for which grantees may charge costs and lost revenue to their HEERF grant. That period is from March 13, 2020 onward. Applicable Dept.: Student Financial Aid

Certain New Chemicals or Significant New Uses; Statements of Findings for January Through December 2020
The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires EPA to publish in the Federal Register a statement of its findings after its review of TSCA notices when EPA makes a finding that a new chemical substance or significant new use is not likely to present an unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment. Such statements apply to premanufacture notices (PMNs), microbial commercial activity notices (MCANs), and significant new use notices (SNUNs). This document presents statements of findings made by EPA on TSCA notices during the period from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. Applicable Dept.: EHS

Privacy Act of 1974; Matching Program
Pursuant to the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended by the Computer Matching and Privacy Protection Act of 1988 and the Computer Matching and Privacy Protections Amendments of 1990 (Privacy Act), and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance on the conduct of matching programs, notice is hereby given of the re-establishment of the matching program between the Department of Education (ED or Department) (recipient agency) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) (source agency) to assist the Department in its obligation to ensure that applicants for student financial assistance under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), satisfy eligibility requirements. Applicable Dept.: Financial Aid  

Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (Privacy Act), the U.S. Department of Education (Department) publishes this rescindment for six systems of records from its existing inventory of systems of records subject to the Privacy Act. The notices addressed in this rescindment of systems of records notice are rescinded because they have been superseded by more recent notices published by the Department. Applicable Dept.: Student Accounts, Financial Aid Comments Due: 4/7/2021

College Affordability and Transparency Explanation Form (CATEF) 2021-2023
The Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) is seeking a renewed three-year clearance for the College Affordability and Transparency Explanation Form (CATEF) data collection. OPE has collected this information since 2011-12 and the collection of information through CATEF is required by § 132 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as amended (HEA), 20 U.S.C. 1015a with the goal of increasing the transparency of college tuition prices for consumers. This submission is for the 2021-22, 2022-23, and 2023-24 collection years. CATEF collects follow-up information from institutions that appear on the tuition and fees and/or net price increase College Affordability and Transparency Center (CATC) Lists for being in the five percent of institutions in their institutional sector that have the highest increases, expressed as a percentage change, over the three-year time period for which the most recent data are available. The information collected through CATEF is used to write a summary report for Congress which is also posted on the CATC website (accessible through the College Navigator). Applicable Dept.: Student Accounts. Academic Affairs, Compliance Comments Due: 4/5/2021

Higher Education Act (HEA) Title II Report Cards on State Teacher Credentialing and Preparation
This request is a revision that includes COVID-19 guidance and to approve the state report card and institution and program report cards required by the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended in 2008 by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA). States must report annually on criteria and assessments required for initial teacher credentials using a State Report Card (SRC), and institutions of higher education (IHEs) with teacher preparation programs (TPP), and TPPs outside of IHEs, must report on key program elements on an Institution and Program Report Card (IPRC). IHEs and TPPs outside of IHEs report annually to their states on program elements, including program numbers, type, enrollment figures, demographics, completion rates, goals and assurances to the state. States, in turn, must report on TPP elements to the Secretary of Education in addition to information on assessment pass rates, state standards, initial credential types and requirements, numbers of credentials issued, TPP classification as at-risk or low-performing. The information from states, institutions, and programs is published annually in The Secretary’s Report to Congress on Teacher Quality. The Department plans to use the SRC and IPRC current instruments, unchanged, for the FY21 through FY23 data collections, in order to maintain continuity in the information available. There is no change in burden due to the addition of Institutions with Teacher Preparation Programs. The Department has included additional instruction to aid institutions in reporting data that may differ from usual data due to COVID restrictions. Applicable Dept.: Academic Affairs Comments Due: 4/6/2021

Comment Request; Campus Safety and Security Survey
The collection of information through the Campus Safety and Security Survey is necessary under section 485 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, with the goal of increasing transparency surrounding college safety and security information for students, prospective students, parents, employees and the general public. The survey is a collection tool to compile the annual data on campus crime and fire safety. The data collected from the individual institutions by ED is Start Printed Page 12433made available to the public through the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis and Cutting Tool as well as the College Navigator. Applicable Dept.: UAPD, Clery Compliance Comments Due: 5/3/2021

Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals With Disabilities Program–Captioned and Described Educational Media Center
The purpose of the Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities Program is to improve results for students with disabilities by (1) promoting the development, demonstration, and use of technology; (2) supporting educational activities designed to be of educational value in the classroom for students with disabilities; (3) providing support for captioning and video description that is appropriate for use in the classroom; and (4) providing accessible educational materials to students with disabilities in a timely manner. Applicable Dept.: OIT, ODS

Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals With Disabilities Program-Television Access Projects
The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2021 for Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals with Disabilities—Television Access Projects, Assistance Listing Number 84.327C. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1820-0028. Applicable Dept.: Sponsored Programs  

Applications for New Awards; Technical Assistance and Dissemination To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities; Personnel Development To Improve Services and Results for Children With Disabilities; and Educational Technology, Media, and Materials for Individuals With Disabilities Programs-National Technical Assistance Center for Postsecondary Education and Training for Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
The Department of Education (Department) is issuing a notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2021 for the National Technical Assistance Center for Postsecondary Education and Training for Individuals who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Assistance Listing Number 84.326D. This notice relates to the approved information collection under OMB control number 1820-0028. Applicable Dept.: Sponsored Programs

Standard on Confined Spaces in Construction
OSHA solicits public comments concerning the proposal to extend the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) approval of the information collection requirements contained in the Confined Spaces in Construction Standard Applicable Dept.: EHS, Facilities, Construction Administration Comments Due: 4/27/2021

Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Reaffirmation Agreement
The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), established the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, and the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program under Title IV, Parts B and D respectively. The HEA provides for a maximum loan amount that a borrower can receive per year and in total. If a borrower receives more than the maximum amount, the borrower becomes ineligible for further Title IV aid (including Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Work-Study, and Teacher Education Assistance for Higher Education (TEACH) Grants, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants) unless the borrower repays the excess amount or agrees to repay the excess amount according to the terms and conditions of the promissory note that the borrower signed. Agreeing to repay the excess amount according to the terms and conditions of the promissory note that the borrower signed is called “reaffirmation”, which is the subject of this collection. Applicable Dept.: Student Financial Aid Comments Due: 4/26/2021