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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BA53 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revising the Petition Process Regulations 

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) and its implementing regulations set forth standards for identifying what constitutes a petition to list, delist, or reclassify a species under the ESA and the procedures for processing a petition. The Services (the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service) proposed to change the regulations at 50 CFR 424.14 pertaining to the petition process, in order to provide greater clarity to the public on the petition submission process, including coordination with affected States, and also to provide expanded content requirements and guidelines, which will assist petitioners in providing complete petitions.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
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 Comment Period Extended  07/17/2015  80 FR 42465   
NPRM Comment Period Extended End  09/18/2015 
NPRM; Revision and Reopening of Comment Period  04/21/2016  81 FR 23448   
NPRM Comment Period Reopening End  05/23/2016 
Final Action  11/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Sarah Quamme
Chief, Branch of Domestic Listing, Ecological Services Program
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: ES,
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803
Phone:703 358-1796
Fax:703 358-1800