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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BF06 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Revisions to the Regulations for Petitions Under Section 4(b)(3) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 
Abstract: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service have proposed changes to the regulations concerning petitions to improve the content and specificity of petitions and to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the petitions process to support species conservation. The revisions to the regulations would clarify and enhance the procedures by which the Services will evaluate petitions under section 4(b)(3) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. These revisions also would maximize the efficiency with which the Services process petitions, making the best use of available resources. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 424   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  05/21/2015  80 FR 29286   
NPRM  07/17/2015  80 FR 42465   
NPRM Comment Period End  07/20/2015 
NPRM Comment Period Extended  09/18/2015  80 FR 42465   
Second NPRM  04/21/2016  81 FR 23448   
Second NPRM Comment Period End  05/23/2016 
Final Action  11/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Donna Wieting
Director, Office of Protected Resources
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:301 427-8400