Cooperative Agreements With Commercial Firms

Cited as:85 FR 72919
Court:National Aeronautics And Space Administration
Publication Date:16 Nov 2020
Record Number:2020-24529
Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 221 (Monday, November 16, 2020)
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 221 (Monday, November 16, 2020)]
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                [FR Doc No: 2020-24529]
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                NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
                14 CFR Part 1274
                [Document Number NASA-20-092; Docket Number NASA-2020-0007]
                RIN 2700-AE58
                Cooperative Agreements With Commercial Firms
                AGENCY: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
                ACTION: Direct final rule.
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                SUMMARY: This direct final rule removes information on NASA's
                Cooperative Agreements with Commercial Firms because this information
                is already available in another section of the Code of Federal
                Regulations and in NASA's Grant and Cooperative Agreements Manual
                (GCAM).
                DATES: This direct final rule is effective on January 15, 2021 without
                further action, unless adverse comment is received by December 16,
                2020. If adverse comment is received, NASA will publish a timely
                withdrawal of the rule in the Federal Register.
                ADDRESSES: Comments must be identified with RINs 2700-AE58 and may be
                sent to NASA via the Federal E-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting
                comments. Please note that NASA will post all comments on the internet
                without changes, including any personal information provided.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Antanese Crank, 202-358-4683,
                [email protected].
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
                Direct Final Rule and Significant Adverse Comments
                 NASA has determined this rulemaking meets the criteria for a direct
                final rule because it makes nonsubstantive changes to remove
                information on NASA's Cooperative Agreements with Commercial Firms
                codified in 14 CFR part 1274 because this information is already
                available in 2 CFR part 1800 and in NASA's GCAM. NASA's GCAM is
                accessible at https://prod.nais.nasa.gov/pub/pub_library/srba/documents/Grant_and_CooperativeAgreementManual.pdf. No opposition to
                the changes and no significant adverse comments are expected. However,
                if NASA receives any significant adverse comments, it will withdraw
                this direct final rule by publishing a document in the Federal
                Register. A significant adverse comment is one that explains: (1) Why
                the direct final rule is inappropriate, including challenges to the
                rule's underlying premise or approach; or (2) why the direct final rule
                will be ineffective or unacceptable without a change. In determining
                whether a comment necessitates withdrawal of this direct final rule,
                NASA will consider whether such comment warrants a substantive response
                through a notice and comment process.
                Background
                 Title 14 CFR part 1274, last amended June 3, 2016 [81 FR 35584],
                sets forth policy guidelines to establish uniform requirements for NASA
                cooperative agreements awarded to commercial firms. It is amended to
                remove information on NASA's Cooperative Agreements with Commercial
                Firms because this information is already available in other documents.
                Regulatory Analysis
                Executive Order 12866, Regulatory Planning and Review and Executive
                Order 13563, Improvement Regulation and Regulation Review
                 Executive Orders (E.O.) 13563 and 12866 direct agencies to assess
                all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if
                regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize
                net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public
                health and safety effects, distributive impacts, and equity). E.O.
                13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits,
                of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility.
                This rule has been designated as ``not significant'' under section 3(f)
                of E.O. 12866.
                Review Under the Regulatory Flexibility Act
                 The Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) requires an
                agency to prepare an initial regulatory flexibility analysis to be
                published at the time the proposed rule is published. This requirement
                does not apply if the agency ``certifies that the rule will not, if
                promulgated, have a significant economic impact on a substantial number
                of small entities'' (5 U.S.C. 603). This rule removes 14 CFR part 1274,
                therefore, does not have a significant economic impact on a substantial
                number of small entities.
                Review Under the Paperwork Reduction Act
                 This direct final rule does not contain any information collection
                requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C.
                3501 et seq.).
                Review Under E.O. 13132
                 E.O. 13132, ``Federalism,'' 64 FR 43255 (August 4, 1999) requires
                regulations be reviewed for federalism effects on the institutional
                interest of states and local governments, and if the effects are
                sufficiently substantial, preparation of the Federal assessment is
                required to assist senior policy makers. Removal of 14 CFR part 1274
                will not have any substantial direct effects on state and local
                governments within the meaning of the E.O. Therefore, no federalism
                assessment is required.
                Executive Order 13771--Reducing Regulations and Controlling Regulatory
                Costs
                 This rule is not an E.O. 13771 regulatory action because this rule
                is not significant under E.O. 12866.
                Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995
                 This rule will not result in the expenditure by state, local, and
                Tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of
                $100,000,000 or more in any one year, and it will not significantly or
                uniquely affect small governments.
                List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 1274
                 Federal financial assistance.
                PART 1274--[Removed and Reserved]
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                Accordingly, under 51 U.S.C. 20113(a), 14 CFR chapter V is amended by
                removing and reserving part 1274.
                Nanette Smith,
                Team Lead, NASA Directives and Regulations.
                [FR Doc. 2020-24529 Filed 11-13-20; 8:45 am]
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