Agency Operating Name, Adoption of New Logos, & Retirement of Logos

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45 CFR Part 2500
RIN 3045–AA75
Agency Operating Name, Adoption of
New Logos, & Retirement of Logos
: Corporation for National and
Community Service.
: Final rule.
: This rule makes non-
substantive amendments to the
Corporation for National and
Community Service’s (CNCS)
regulations to change the operating
name of the agency to ‘‘AmeriCorps,’’ to
adopt two new logos, and to retire all
existing logos, except Days of Service,
from daily use. This final rule adds a
new part—2500—to Title 45 of the Code
of Federal Regulations to reflect the
operational name change, new logos,
and retirement of logos. This rule is not
intended to change the legal effect of the
use of the name AmeriCorps as defined
in agency’s regulations.
: This rule is effective on October
15, 2020.
Amy Borgstrom at the Corporation for
National and Community Service, 250 E
Street SW, Washington, DC 20525,, phone 202–422–
I. Background
Throughout 2017 and 2018, the
Corporation for National and
Community Service coordinated efforts
to increase its effectiveness, efficiency,
and accountability. This effort
culminated in the 2018 announcement
of CNCS’s Transformation and
Sustainability Plan (Plan) that set forth
six goals that included simplifying
CNCS’s brand. After CNCS issued the
Plan, the agency focused its efforts on
implementing the Plan’s six goals. This
rule is the outcome of the
implementation of Goal 5 to ‘‘simplify
the CNCS brand.’’
To gain insight and knowledge about
the CNCS brand, the agency engaged in
a multi-stage, in-depth research analysis
that included an open comment period,
in-depth interviews, and a survey of
nearly 4,000 members, volunteers,
grantees, sponsors, and service program
alumni. The results of this research
showed that 80 percent of the general
public is not familiar with CNCS. Only
12 percent of the general public can
correctly identify the main purpose of
CNCS. Of CNCS’s actual grantees and
sponsors, 50 percent said it can be
difficult to explain the AmeriCorps and
Senior Corps programs.
After conducting a lengthy research
and development process and
considering feedback from stakeholders,
staff, and the public, the agency is
adopting a new name: AmeriCorps. The
agency is adopting the following two
official logos and retiring for use all
existing logos, including those for the
following programs: Foster
Grandparents, Senior Companions,
RSVP, AmeriCorps State and National,
AmeriCorps VISTA, AmeriCorps NCCC,
and the Volunteer Generation Fund.
The adoption of an operating name for
CNCS does not change the legal name of
the agency, which will remain the
Corporation for National and
Community Service. Thus, Congress
will continue to appropriate funds to
CNCS (and the agency’s Congressional
Budget Request would still be issued as
CNCS). The formal title of the head of
the agency (i.e., for purposes of
Presidential appointment and Senate
confirmation) will remain the Chief
Executive Officer of the Corporation for
National and Community Service.
However, the agency will use the
adopted operating name in virtually
every other context, including referring
to the head of the agency as the Chief
Executive Officer of AmeriCorps.
Changing the operational name does
not change the mission or structure of
the agency’s programs, their names, or
their funding streams. Rather, it will
focus and unify promotion efforts under
one operating name and the two new
logos to elevate awareness of the
opportunities for all Americans.
II. Regulatory Procedures
Inapplicability of Prior Public Notice
and Delayed Effective Date
This regulation involves matters
relating to agency management and
involves a technical change regarding
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the name of the two CNCS components.
For this reason, pursuant to 5 U.S.C.
553(a)(2), prior notice and comment is
not required. Because this is not a
substantive rule, publication and service
of the rule thirty days before its effective
date, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d), is
likewise not required.
Regulatory Planning and Review
Executive Orders 12866 and 13563
direct agencies to assess the costs and
benefits of available regulatory
alternatives and, if regulation is
necessary, to select regulatory
approaches that maximize net benefits.
Executive Order 13771 directs
agencies to control regulatory costs
through a budgeting process. This rule
has not been designated a ‘‘significant
regulatory action,’’ under Executive
Order 12866. Accordingly, this rule has
not been reviewed by the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB), and
pursuant to OMB guidance it is exempt
from the requirements of Executive
Order 13771.
This regulatory action determination
is based on the finding that the name
and logo change will have no
substantive effect on the public.
Regulatory Flexibility Act
As required by the Regulatory
Flexibility Act of 1980 (5 U.S.C. 605
(b)), CNCS certifies that this rule, if
adopted, will not have a significant
economic impact on a substantial
number of small entities. This
regulatory action will not result in (1) an
annual effect on the economy of $100
million or more; (2) a major increase in
costs or prices for consumers,
individual industries, Federal, state, or
local government agencies, or
geographic regions; or (3) significant
adverse effects on competition,
employment, investment, productivity,
innovation, or on the ability of United
States-based enterprises to compete
with foreign-based enterprises in
domestic and export markets. Therefore,
CNCS has not performed the initial
regulatory flexibility analysis that is
required under the Regulatory
Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) for
major rules that are expected to have
such results.
Unfunded Mandates
For purposes of Title II of the
Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of
1995, 2 U.S.C. 1531–1538, as well as
Executive Order 12875, this regulatory
action does not contain any Federal
mandate that may result in increased
expenditures in either Federal, state,
local, or tribal governments in the
aggregate, or impose an annual burden
exceeding $100 million on the private
Executive Order 13132, Federalism
Executive Order 13132, Federalism,
prohibits an agency from publishing any
rule that has Federalism implications if
the rule imposes substantial direct
compliance costs on state and local
governments and is not required by
statute, or the rule preempts state law,
unless the agency meets the
consultation and funding requirements
of section 6 of the Executive Order. This
rule does not have any Federalism
implications, as described above.
List of Subjects in 45 CFR Part 2500
Agency name and logos.
For the reasons set out in the
preamble, CNCS adds part 2500 to Title
45, Subtitle B of the Code of Federal
Regulations as follows:
2500.1 Agency Operating Name
2500.2 Description of Logos
2500.3 Retirement of Logos
2500.4 Authority to affix logos
Authority: 42 U.S.C. 12651c (c); 12653 (a)
and (f).
§ 2500.1 Agency Operating Name.
(a) The Corporation for National and
Community Service adopts AmeriCorps
as its official agency operating name.
(b) Use of AmeriCorps as the agency
operating name incorporates the
Corporation for National and
Community Service by reference.
§ 2500.2 Description of Logos.
(a) The AmeriCorps Logo (Logo) is the
key element in agency identification. It
provides a visual representation of the
agency’s role to unite America by
bringing people together to serve
communities. It is symbolic of the way
AmeriCorps members and volunteers
lift and improve communities through
service and volunteering. This Logo is
the visual link which connects the
graphic communications of all Agency
(b) The Logo is described as follows:
The logo is an image of a solid circle
containing an A where one pillar is a
solid block line and the other is
represented by a flag pole with the flag
in motion, appearing to fly from the left
to the right and forming the A as the flag
intersects with the other pillar.
AmeriCorps appears in bold to the right
of the mark.
(c) The AmeriCorps Seniors Logo
(Seniors Logo) identifies the highlighted
AmeriCorps Seniors programs and
represents the agency’s commitment to
programs and volunteer opportunities
for the older American population.
(d) The AmeriCorps Seniors Logo is
described as follows: The word Seniors
appears beneath AmeriCorps to the right
of the circle containing the A.
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§ 2500.3 Retirement of Logos.
The agency officially retires the day-
to-day use of all pre-existing logos,
emblems, and other insignia, except the
Days of Service logos, but does not
relinquish the legal rights to these logos.
§ 2500.4 Authority to affix logos.
Restrictions on the use of AmeriCorps
logos are found in 45 CFR 2540.500
through 2540.560.
Dated: September 4, 2020.
Helen Serassio,
Acting General Counsel.
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Fish and Wildlife Service
50 CFR Part 17
[Docket No. FWS–R2–ES–2018–0029;
FF09E22000 FXES11130900000 201]
RIN 1018–BD46
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife
and Plants; Reclassification of the
American Burying Beetle From
Endangered to Threatened With a
Section 4(d) Rule
: Fish and Wildlife Service,
: Final rule.
: We, the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service (Service), reclassify
(downlist) the American burying beetle
(Nicrophorus americanus) from
endangered to threatened on the Federal
List of Endangered and Threatened
Wildlife. This determination is based on
a thorough review of the best available
scientific and commercial information,
which indicates that the threats to this
species have been reduced to the point
that it is not currently in danger of
extinction throughout all or a significant
portion of its range, but that it is likely
to become so within the foreseeable
future. We also finalize a rule under the
authority of section 4(d) of the Act that
provides measures that are necessary
and advisable to provide for the
conservation of the American burying
: This rule is effective November
16, 2020.
: This final rule and
supporting documents are available on
the internet at http:// under Docket No.
FWS–R2–ES–2018–0029. Comments
and materials we received, as well as
supporting documentation we used in
preparing this rule, are available for
public inspection at http://
Jonna Polk, Field Supervisor, U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service, Oklahoma
Ecological Services Field Office, 9014
East 21st St., Tulsa, OK 74129;
telephone 918–382–4500. Persons who
use a telecommunications device for the
deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Relay
Service at 800–877–8339.
Executive Summary
Why we need to publish a rule. Under
the Act a species may warrant
reclassification from endangered to
threatened if it no longer meets the
definition of endangered (in danger of
extinction). The American burying
beetle is listed as endangered, and we
are finalizing a reclassification
(downlisting) of the American burying
beetle as threatened because we have
determined it is not currently in danger
of extinction. Downlisting a species as
a threatened species can only be made
by issuing a rulemaking.
What this document does. This rule
reclassifies the American burying beetle
from endangered to threatened (i.e.,
‘‘downlists’’ the species), with a rule
issued under section 4(d) of the Act,
based on the species’ current status.
The basis for our action. Under the
Act, we may determine that a species is
an endangered or threatened species
because of any of five factors: (A) The
present or threatened destruction,
modification, or curtailment of its
habitat or range; (B) overutilization for
commercial, recreational, scientific, or
educational purposes; (C) disease or
predation; (D) the inadequacy of
existing regulatory mechanisms; or (E)
other natural or manmade factors
affecting its continued existence. We
may reclassify a species if the best
available commercial and scientific data
indicate the species no longer meets the
applicable definition in the Act.
We have determined that the
American burying beetle is no longer in
danger of extinction and, therefore, does
not meet the definition of an
endangered species, but is still affected
by current and ongoing threats to the
extent that the species meets the
definition of a threatened species under
the Act. Increasing temperatures due to
changing climate are projected to impact
American burying beetle populations
within the foreseeable future. Likewise,
we project future impacts to American
burying beetle populations due to land
use change associated with urbanization
and agricultural activities.
We are promulgating a section 4(d)
rule. We are issuing a section 4(d) rule
to provide measures necessary and
advisable to provide for the
conservation of the American burying
beetle. The 4(d) rule prohibits all
intentional take of the American
burying beetle and specifically tailor the
incidental take prohibitions and
exceptions under section 9(a)(1) of the
Act as a means to provide protective
mechanisms to State and Federal
partners, as well as private landowners,
so that they may continue with certain
activities that are not anticipated to
cause direct injury or mortality to
American burying beetles and that will
facilitate the conservation and recovery
of the species.
Previous Federal Actions
Please refer to the proposed rule to
reclassify American burying beetle from
endangered to threatened (84 FR 19013;
May 3, 2019) for a detailed description
of previous Federal actions concerning
this species.
Summary of Changes From the
Proposed Rule
We have made two changes from the
proposed rule in this final rule: One of
the changes affects the rule language,
and one affects only the preamble.
(1) Under the proposed 4(d) rule
provisions, we defined ‘‘conservation
lands’’ where incidental take would
continue to be prohibited within the
Southern Plains populations. The
proposed 4(d) rule included The Nature
Conservancy Tall Grass Prairie Preserve
as ‘‘conservation lands’’ where
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