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DOI/NPS RIN: 1024-AE47 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Visitor Experience Improvements Authority Contracts 

This rule will implement the Visitor Experience Improvements Authority (VEIA) given to the National Park Service (NPS) by Congress in title VII of the National Park Service Centennial Act. This authority allows the NPS to award and administer commercial services contracts and related professional services contracts for the operation and expansion of commercial visitor facilities and visitor services programs in units of the National Park System. The VEIA supplements, but does not replace, the existing authority granted to the NPS in the Concessions Management Improvement Act of 1998 (1998 Act) to enter into concession contracts or any other existing NPS authorities to provide commercial visitor services in units of the National Park System.




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: 36 CFR 52   
Legal Authority: 54 U.S.C. 101931 to 101938   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  Authority expires.  12/01/2023 

Overall Description of Deadline: The Centennial Act states that the Visitor Experience Improvements Authority (VEIA) expires seven years after the enactment of the law (54 U.S.C.101938). If the authority is not implemented by then, it will expire absent a renewal of the authority by Congress.

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/25/2022  87 FR 3729   
NPRM Comment Period End  03/28/2022 
Final Rule  07/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Kurt M. Rausch
Chief, Contract Management
Department of the Interior
National Park Service
1849 C Street NW,
Washington, DC 20240
Phone:202 513-7207