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DOI/NPS RIN: 1024-AE47 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Visitor Experience Improvements Authority Contracts 

This final rule will implement the Visitor Experience Improvements Authority (VEIA) given to the NPS by Congress in Title VII of the National Park Service Centennial Act. The VEIA allows the NPS to solicit, award, and administer commercial services contracts for the improvement, modernization, 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  12/01/2025 

Overall Description of Deadline: The Visitor Experience Improvements Authority (VEIA) expires nine 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  11/00/2023 
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