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New regs for Thursday: Language, conduct, seat belts and rule repeal

Thursday’s edition of the Federal Register contains a new rule from the Department of Defense to create a National Language Services Corp., a new rule from the Department of Treasury to increase its penalties for code of conduct violations at its bureau of engraving and printing, a new rule from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that requires passengers in commercial tucks to wear seat belts and a repeal of rules from the State Department.


Here’s what to look for.


Foreign language: The Department of Defense (DoD) will issue a final rule to establish a National Language Services Corp. U.S. citizens with advanced levels of proficiency in foreign language will make up the NLSC, which will respond to federal agencies' needs for language skills in emergencies.

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In order to serve in NLSC, DoD said interested individuals will go through a screening and selection process. Members will be required to be proficient in speaking, reading and listening in at least one foreign language and in English.


The rule will take effect in 30 days.


Code of conduct: The Department of Treasury Bureau of Engraving and Printing is moving forward with a rule to increase the maximum penalty allowed for violating its code of conduct to $5,000.


Due the sensitive nature of its currency production operations, the agency said the bureau is generally closed to the public. Limited areas, however, are accessible for public tours during certain authorized dates and times, so any individual entering, exiting, or on agency property will be subject to its rules of conduct and violations may result in criminal prosecution.


Under the code of conduct, visitors are prohibited from destroying, damaging, defacing or removing any property; prohibited from using loud, abusive or profane language; and prohibited from taking photographs without permission.


The public has 60 days to comment on the proposed rule.


Seat belts: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is moving forward with a proposed rule to require passengers in property-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) to use seat belts whenever the vehicle is on a public road.

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The rule would hold motor carriers and drivers responsible for ensuring that passengers riding in the CMV are also using the seat belts required by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.


The agency said the rule only costs the time it takes a passenger to buckle their seat belt, which is negligible. The benefits, however, are that lives are saved.


The public has 45 days to comment.

 

Repeal: The Department of State is repealing its civil aviation regulations for aircraft accidents abroad. The agency said the rules are outdated and duplicative of other authorities, including subsequent statutes, regulations and agency guidance that specifies detailed, modern, comprehensive and effective procedures for dealing with civil aircraft disasters abroad.


The rule will take effect immediately.