Regulations Governing Fees for Services Performed in Connection With Licensing and Related Services-2015 Update

 
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Federal Register, Volume 80 Issue 135 (Wednesday, July 15, 2015)

Federal Register Volume 80, Number 135 (Wednesday, July 15, 2015)

Rules and Regulations

Pages 41437-41441

From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov

FR Doc No: 2015-17315

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Surface Transportation Board

49 CFR Part 1002

Docket No. EP 542 (Sub-No. 23)

Regulations Governing Fees for Services Performed in Connection With Licensing and Related Services--2015 Update

AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board.

ACTION: Final rules.

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SUMMARY: The Board updates for 2015 the fees that the public must pay to file certain cases and pleadings with the Board. The update will increase 11 fees by $50 or less, increase 34 fees by $100, increase 22 fees by more than $100, and keep the remaining 58 fees at their existing level.

DATES: These rules are effective August 14, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David T. Groves, (202) 245-0327, or Andrea Pope-Matheson (202) 245-0363. TDD for the hearing impaired: 1-

800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Board's regulations at 49 CFR 1002.3 provide for an annual update of the Board's entire user-fee schedule. Fees are generally revised based on the cost study formula set forth at 49 CFR 1002.3(d). As compared with the 2014 fee update, the 2015 fee changes adopted here reflect a combination of a 1% across-the-board increase to salary costs; no change in publication cost levels; increases to two of the three Board Overhead cost factors; and a modest decrease to the third Board Overhead cost factor from its comparable 2014 level, resulting from the mechanical application of the update formula in 49 CFR 1002.3(d). Results from the formula application indicate that justified fee amounts in this 2015 update decision either remain unchanged (58 fee items), increase $50 or less (11 fee items), increase by $100 (34 fee items) or increase over $100 (22 fee items) from their respective 2014 update levels. No new fee items are proposed in this proceeding. Therefore, the Board finds that notice and comment are unnecessary for this proceeding. See Regulations Governing Fees for Servs.--1990 Update, 7 I.C.C.2d 3 (1990); Regulations Governing Fees for Servs.--1991 Update, 8 I.C.C.2d 13 (1991); Regulations Governing Fees for

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Servs.--1993 Update, 9 I.C.C.2d 855 (1993).

Additional information is contained in the Board's decision. To obtain a free copy of the full decision, visit the Board's Web site at http://www.stb.dot.gov or call (202) 245-0245. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through Federal Information Relay Services (FIRS): (800) 877-8339.

List of Subjects in 49 CFR Part 1002

Administrative practice and procedure, Common carriers, and Freedom of information.

Decided: July 9, 2015.

By the Board, Chairman Elliott, Vice Chairman Begeman, and Commissioner Miller.

Kenyatta Clay,

Clearance Clerk.

For the reasons set forth in the preamble, title 49, chapter X, part 1002, of the Code of Federal Regulations is amended as follows:

PART 1002--FEES

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1. The authority citation for part 1002 continues to read as follows:

Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552(a)(4)(A) and 553; 31 U.S.C. 9701 and 49 U.S.C. 721(a). Section 1002.1(g)(11) is also issued under 5 U.S.C. 5514 and 31 U.S.C. 3717.

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2. Section 1002.1 is amended by revising paragraphs (a) through (c), (f)(1) and (g)(6) to read as follows:

Sec. 1002.1 Fees for records search, review, copying, certification, and related services.

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(a) Certificate of the Records Officer, $18.00.

(b) Service involved in examination of tariffs or schedules for preparation of certified copies of tariffs or schedules or extracts therefrom at the rate of $42.00 per hour.

(c) Service involved in checking records to be certified to determine authenticity, including clerical work, etc. identical thereto, at the rate of $29.00 per hour.

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(1) A fee of $73.00 per hour for professional staff time will be charged when it is required to fulfill a request for ADP data.

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(6) The search and review hourly fees will be based upon employee grade levels in order to recoup the full, allowable direct costs attributable to their performance of these functions. They are as follows:

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Grade Rate

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GS-1.................................................... $12.25

GS-2.................................................... 13.33

GS-3.................................................... 15.03

GS-4.................................................... 16.87

GS-5.................................................... 18.88

GS-6.................................................... 21.04

GS-7.................................................... 23.38

GS-8.................................................... 25.90

GS-9.................................................... 28.60

GS-10................................................... 31.50

GS-11................................................... 34.60

GS-12................................................... 41.48

GS-13................................................... 49.32

GS-14................................................... 58.28

GS-15 and over.......................................... 68.56

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3. In 1002.2, paragraph (f) is revised to read as follows:

Sec. 1002.2 Filing fees.

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(f) Schedule of filing fees.

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Type of proceeding Fee

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PART I: Non-Rail Applications or Proceedings to Enter Into a Particular

Financial Transaction or Joint Arrangement:

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(1) An application for the pooling $4,700.

or division of traffic.

(2)(i) An application involving the $2,100.

purchase, lease, consolidation,

merger, or acquisition of control

of a motor carrier of passengers

under 49 U.S.C. 14303.

(ii) A petition for exemption $3,400.

under 49 U.S.C. 13541 (other

than a rulemaking) filed by a

non-rail carrier not otherwise

covered.

(iii) A petition to revoke an $2,800.

exemption filed under 49 U.S.C.

13541(d).

(3) An application for approval of a $29,500.

non-rail rate association

agreement. 49 U.S.C. 13703.

(4) An application for approval of ..................................

an amendment to a non-rail rate

association agreement:.

(i) Significant amendment....... $4,900.

(ii) Minor amendment............ $100.

(5) An application for temporary $500.

authority to operate a motor

carrier of passengers. 49 U.S.C.

14303(i).

(6) A notice of exemption for $1,800.

transaction within a motor

passenger corporate family that

does not result in adverse changes

in service levels, significant

operational changes, or a change in

the competitive balance with motor

passenger carriers outside the

corporate family.

(7)-(10) Reserved

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PART II: Rail Licensing Proceedings other than Abandonment or

Discontinuance Proceedings:

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(11) (i) An application for a $7,700.

certificate authorizing the

extension, acquisition, or

operation of lines of railroad. 49

U.S.C. 10901.

(ii) Notice of exemption under $1,900.

49 CFR 1150.31-1150.35.

(iii) Petition for exemption $13,400.

under 49 U.S.C. 10502.

(12) (i) An application involving $79,700.

the construction of a rail line.

(ii) A notice of exemption $1,900.

involving construction of a

rail line under 49 CFR 1150.36.

(iii) A petition for exemption $79,700.

under 49 U.S.C. 10502 involving

construction of a rail line.

(iv) A request for determination $300.

of a dispute involving a rail

construction that crosses the

line of another carrier under

49 U.S.C. 10902(d).

(13) A Feeder Line Development $2,600.

Program application filed under 49

U.S.C. 10907(b)(1)(A)(i) or

10907(b)(1)(A)(ii).

(14)(i) An application of a class II $6,600.

or class III carrier to acquire an

extended or additional rail line

under 49 U.S.C. 10902..

(ii) Notice of exemption under $1,900.

49 CFR 1150.41-1150.45.

(iii) Petition for exemption $7,000.

under 49 U.S.C. 10502 relating

to an exemption from the

provisions of 49 U.S.C. 10902.

(15) A notice of a modified $1,800.

certificate of public convenience

and necessity under 49 CFR 1150.21-

1150.24.

(16) An application for a land-use- $6,400.

exemption permit for a facility

existing as of October 16, 2008

under 49 U.S.C. 10909.

(17) An application for a land-use- $22,600.

exemption permit for a facility not

existing as of October 16, 2008

under 49 U.S.C. 10909.

(18)-(20) Reserved

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PART III: Rail Abandonment or Discontinuance of Transportation Services

Proceedings:

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(21) (i) An application for $23,700.

authority to abandon all or a

portion of a line of railroad or

discontinue operation thereof filed

by a railroad (except applications

filed by Consolidated Rail

Corporation pursuant to the

Northeast Rail Service Act

Subtitle E of Title XI of Pub. L.

97-35, bankrupt railroads, or

exempt abandonments).

(ii) Notice of an exempt $3,900.

abandonment or discontinuance

under 49 CFR 1152.50.

(iii) A petition for exemption $6,700.

under 49 U.S.C. 10502.

(22) An application for authority to $500.

abandon all or a portion of a line

of a railroad or operation thereof

filed by Consolidated Rail

Corporation pursuant to Northeast

Rail Service Act..

(23) Abandonments filed by bankrupt $2,000.

railroads.

(24) A request for waiver of filing $1,900.

requirements for abandonment

application proceedings.

(25) An offer of financial $1,600.

assistance under 49 U.S.C. 10904

relating to the purchase of or

subsidy for a rail line proposed

for abandonment.

(26) A request to set terms and $24,200.

conditions for the sale of or

subsidy for a rail line proposed to

be abandoned.

(27) (i) A request for a trail use $300.

condition in an abandonment

proceeding under 16 U.S.C.1247(d).

(ii) A request to extend the $450.

period to negotiate a trail use

agreement.

(28)-(35) Reserved

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PART IV: Rail Applications to Enter Into a Particular Financial

Transaction or Joint Arrangement:

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(36) An application for use of $20,200.

terminal facilities or other

applications under 49 U.S.C. 11102.

(37) An application for the pooling $10,900.

or division of traffic. 49 U.S.C.

11322.

(38) An application for two or more

carriers to consolidate or merge

their properties or franchises (or

a part thereof) into one

corporation for ownership,

management, and operation of the

properties previously in separate

ownership. 49 U.S.C. 11324:.

(i) Major transaction........... $1,593,600.

(ii) Significant transaction.... $318,700.

(iii) Minor transaction......... $7,900.

(iv) Notice of an exempt $1,800.

transaction under 49 CFR

1180.2(d).

(v) Responsive application...... $7,900.

(vi) Petition for exemption $10,000.

under 49 U.S.C. 10502.

(vii) A request for waiver or $5,900.

clarification of regulations

filed in a major financial

proceeding as defined at 49 CFR

1180.2(a).

(39) An application of a non-carrier

to acquire control of two or more

carriers through ownership of stock

or otherwise. 49 U.S.C. 11324:.

(i) Major transaction........... $1,593,600.

(ii) Significant transaction.... $318,700.

(iii) Minor transaction......... $7,900.

(iv) A notice of an exempt $1,400.

transaction under 49 CFR

1180.2(d).

(v) Responsive application...... $7,900.

(vi) Petition for exemption $10,000.

under 49 U.S.C. 10502.

(vii) A request for waiver or $5,900.

clarification of regulations

filed in a major financial

proceeding as defined at 49 CFR

1180.2(a).

(40) An application to acquire

trackage rights over, joint

ownership in, or joint use of any

railroad lines owned and operated

by any other carrier and terminals

incidental thereto. 49 U.S.C.

11324:.

(i) Major transaction........... $1,593,600.

(ii) Significant transaction.... $318,700.

(iii) Minor transaction......... $7,900.

(iv) Notice of an exempt $1,200.

transaction under 49 CFR

1180.2(d).

(v) Responsive application...... $7,900.

(vi) Petition for exemption $10,000.

under 49 U.S.C. 10502.

(vii) A request for waiver or $5,900.

clarification of regulations

filed in a major financial

proceeding as defined at 49 CFR

1180.2(a).

(41) An application of a carrier or

carriers to purchase, lease, or

contract to operate the properties

of another, or to acquire control

of another by purchase of stock or

otherwise. 49 U.S.C. 11324:.

(i) Major transaction........... $1,593,600.

(ii) Significant transaction.... $318,700.

(iii) Minor transaction......... $7,900.

(iv) Notice of an exempt $1,400.

transaction under 49 CFR

1180.2(d).

(v) Responsive application...... $7,900.

(vi) Petition for exemption $7,000.

under 49 U.S.C. 10502.

(vii) A request for waiver or $5,900.

clarification of regulations

filed in a major financial

proceeding as defined at 49 CFR

1180.2(a).

(42) Notice of a joint project $2,500.

involving relocation of a rail line

under 49 CFR 1180.2(d)(5).

(43) An application for approval of $74,600.

a rail rate association agreement.

49 U.S.C. 10706.

(44) An application for approval of

an amendment to a rail rate

association agreement. 49 U.S.C.

10706:

(i) Significant amendment....... $13,800.

(ii) Minor amendment............ $100.

(45) An application for authority to $800.

hold a position as officer or

director under 49 U.S.C. 11328.

(46) A petition for exemption under $8,500.

49 U.S.C. 10502 (other than a

rulemaking) filed by rail carrier

not otherwise covered.

(47) National Railroad Passenger $300.

Corporation (Amtrak) conveyance

proceeding under 45 U.S.C. 562.

(48) National Railroad Passenger $300.

Corporation (Amtrak) compensation

proceeding under Section 402(a) of

the Rail Passenger Service Act.

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(49)-(55) Reserved

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PART V: Formal Proceedings:

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(56) A formal complaint alleging

unlawful rates or practices of

carriers:.

(i) A formal complaint filed $350.

under the coal rate guidelines

(Stand-Alone Cost Methodology)

alleging unlawful rates and/or

practices of rail carriers

under 49 U.S.C. 10704(c)(1).

(ii) A formal complaint $350.

involving rail maximum rates

filed under the Simplified-SAC

methodology . . . . . . . ..

(iii) A formal complaint $150.

involving rail maximum rates

filed under the Three Benchmark

methodology.

(iv) All other formal complaints $350.

(except competitive access

complaints).

(v) Competitive access $150.

complaints.

(vi) A request for an order $300.

compelling a rail carrier to

establish a common carrier rate.

(57) A complaint seeking or a $9,400.

petition requesting institution of

an investigation seeking the

prescription or division of joint

rates or charges. 49 U.S.C. 10705.

(58) A petition for declaratory

order:

(i) A petition for declaratory $1,000.

order involving a dispute over

an existing rate or practice

which is comparable to a

complaint proceeding.

(ii) All other petitions for $1,400.

declaratory order.

(59) An application for shipper $7,500.

antitrust immunity. 49 U.S.C.

10706(a)(5)(A).

(60) Labor arbitration proceedings.. $300.

(61) (i) An appeal of a Surface $300.

Transportation Board decision on

the merits or petition to revoke an

exemption pursuant to 49 U.S.C.

10502(d).

(ii) An appeal of a Surface $400.

Transportation Board decision on

procedural matters except discovery

rulings.

(62) Motor carrier undercharge $300.

proceedings.

(63) (i) Expedited relief for $300.

service inadequacies: A request for

expedited relief under 49 U.S.C.

11123 and 49 CFR part 1146 for

service emergency.

(ii) Expedited relief for $300.

service inadequacies: A request

for temporary relief under 49

U.S.C. 10705 and 11102, and 49

CFR part 1147 for service

inadequacy.

(64) A request for waiver or $600.

clarification of regulations except

one filed in an abandonment or

discontinuance proceeding, or in a

major financial proceeding as

defined at 49 CFR 1180.2(a).

(65)-(75) Reserved

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PART VI: Informal Proceedings:

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(76) An application for authority to $1,300.

establish released value rates or

ratings for motor carriers and

freight forwarders of household

goods under 49 U.S.C. 14706.

(77) An application for special $100.

permission for short notice or the

waiver of other tariff publishing

requirements.

(78) The filing of tariffs, $1 per page ($26 min. charge.)

including supplements, or contract

summaries.

(79) Special docket applications

from rail and water carriers:

(i) Applications involving $75.

$25,000 or less.

(ii) Applications involving over $150.

$25,000.

(80) Informal complaint about rail $650.

rate applications.

(81) Tariff reconciliation petitions ..................................

from motor common carriers:.

(i) Petitions involving $25,000 $75.

or less.

(ii) Petitions involving over $150.

$25,000.

(82) Request for a determination of $250.

the applicability or reasonableness

of motor carrier rates under 49

U.S.C. 13710(a)(2) and (3).

(83) Filing of documents for $43 per document.

recordation. 49 U.S.C. 11301 and 49

CFR 1177.3(c)..

(84) Informal opinions about rate $250.

applications (all modes).

(85) A railroad accounting $1,200.

interpretation.

(86) (i) A request for an informal $1,500.

opinion not otherwise covered.

(ii) A proposal to use on a $5,400.

voting trust agreement pursuant

to 49 CFR 1013 and 49 CFR

1180.4(b)(4)(iv) in connection

with a major control proceeding

as defined at 49 CFR 1180.2(a).

(iii) A request for an informal $550.

opinion on a voting trust

agreement pursuant to 49 CFR

1013.3(a) not otherwise covered.

(87) Arbitration of Certain Disputes

Subject to the Statutory

Jurisdiction of the Surface

Transportation Board under 49 CFR

1108:

(i) Complaint................... $75.

(ii) Answer (per defendant), $75.

Unless Declining to Submit to

Any Arbitration.

(iii) Third Party Complaint..... $75.

(iv) Third Party Answer (per $75.

defendant), Unless Declining to

Submit to Any Arbitration.

(v) Appeals of Arbitration $150.

Decisions or Petitions to

Modify or Vacate an Arbitration

Award.

(88) Basic fee for STB adjudicatory $300.

services not otherwise covered.

(89)-(95) Reserved

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PART VII: Services:

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(96) Messenger delivery of decision $34 per delivery.

to a railroad carrier's Washington,

DC, agent.

(97) Request for service or pleading $26 per list.

list for proceedings.

(98) Processing the paperwork ..................................

related to a request for the

Carload Waybill Sample to be used

in a Surface Transportation Board

or State proceeding that:.

(i) Does not require a Federal ..................................

Register notice:.

(a) Set cost portion............ $150.

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(b) Sliding cost portion........ $50 per party.

(ii) Does require a Federal ..................................

Register notice:.

(a) Set cost portion............ $400.

(b) Sliding cost portion........ $50 per party.

(99) (i) Application fee for the $200.

Surface Transportation Board's

Practitioners' Exam.

(ii) Practitioners' Exam $25.

Information Package.

(100) Carload Waybill Sample data:..

(i) Requests for Public Use File $250 per year.

for all years prior to the most

current year Carload Waybill

Sample data available, provided

on CD-R.

(ii) Specialized programming for $114 per hour.

Waybill requests to the Board.

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