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In the extremely tight state house race in Minnesota HD17A, Republican challenger Tim Miller is campaigning in the Appleton area with a promise to put reopening the privately-owned Corrections Corporation of American Prairie Correctional Facility as his number one priority. Perhaps spending state corrections money at the private prison will end up as a dead issue during the next session. In Friday's Federal Register (Federal Register/Vol. 79, No. 211/Friday, October 31, 2014), the federal Department of Justice issued this notice: Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment on a Proposal to Award a Contract for New Low Security Beds to One Private Contractor to House Approximately 2,000 Federal, Low- Security, Adult Male, Non-US Citizen, Criminal Aliens at a Contractor-Owned, Contractor-Operated Correctional Facility under the CAR 15, Requirement B initiative. AGENCY: Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Department of Justice. ACTION: Environmental Assessment. SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) announces the availability of the Criminal Alien Requirement 15, Requirement B Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposal to award one contract to house up to 2,000 federal, low-security, adult males, non-US citizen, criminal aliens within one existing contractor-owned, contractor-operated facility. . . . PROJECT INFORMATION The proposed action is to award one contract to house up to 2,000 federal low-security, adult male, non-US citizen, criminal aliens at an existing contractor-owned and contractor-operated correctional facility. Under the Proposed Action, the selected contractor would be required to operate the facility in a manner consistent with the mission and requirements of the BOP. All inmate services would be developed in a manner that complies with the BOP’s contract requirements, as well as applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. In addition, the facility would be within proximity, and have access to, ambulatory, fire and police protection services. The federal inmates assigned to this facility primarily would consist of inmates with sentences of 90 months or less remaining to be served. Inmates are anticipated to be federal, low-security, adult male, non-US citizen, criminal aliens; however, the BOP may designate any inmate within its custody to serve their sentence in this facility. Four existing privately owned and operated correctional facilities, one in Minnesota, two in Oklahoma, and one in Ohio, met the evaluation criteria of the BOP’s solicitation for CAR 15 Requirement B. Each of the following existing facilities has been evaluated in this EA. In addition, the No Action Alternative is evaluated to determine baseline conditions and comply with the provisions of NEPA. ã Prairie Correctional Facility. Located in Appleton, Minnesota. ã Northeast Ohio Correctional Center. Located in Youngstown, Ohio. ã Great Plains Correctional Facility. Located in Hinton, Oklahoma. ã Diamondback Correctional Facility. Located in Watonga, Oklahoma. No other facilities are under consideration by the BOP. Although the four alternatives have been evaluated within the EA, an environmentally preferred alternative has not been identified due to the pending contracting action . . . . It appears as though the Appleton prison is a contender for a federal contract. It does not appear that the state legislators would have much involvement in this deal between the federal government and CCA. This isn't the first time that the possibility of re-opening the prison has been raised. In 2011, City Pages reported: Minnesota Independent reported about the prison corporation's plans to house California inmates in Appleton based on a November 2010 posting by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to that effect. The contract never materialized for CCA; under a court orde
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  64836 Federal Register /Vol. 79, No. 211/Friday, October 31, 2014/Notices federal, low-security, adult males, non- U.S. citizen, criminal aliens within one existing contractor-owned, contractor- operated facility. Background Information: Pursuant to Section 102, 42 U.S.C. 4332, of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations for Implementing NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), and the BOP Procedures for Implementing NEPA (28 CFR part 61, Appendix A), the BOP prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the impacts of awarding one contract to house up to 2,000 low- security, adult male, non-U.S. citizen, criminal aliens within one existing contractor-owned and contractor- operated correctional facility. It is anticipated that the number of inmates will continue to rise for several reasons. Federal court sentencing guidelines are resulting in longer terms of confinement for serious crimes. Moreover, there is an increase in immigration and offenders, along with a greater effort to combat organized crime and trafficking. As a result, existing BOP facilities are at capacity. In response, the BOP has focused on ways to reduce prison overcrowding by requesting additional contract beds for low security, adult male criminal aliens, expansion of current facilities, and  building and operating new medium and high security facilities. The purpose of the project is to acquire additional  bed space to address the need to reduce overcrowding in existing BOP facilities as a result of increases in convictions and sentence terms. The BOP requires flexibility in managing existing low-security bed space as well as the anticipated future needs for low-security bed space. Use of an existing contractor-owned and operated correctional facility provides the BOP the flexibility needed to meet population capacity needs in a timely manner, conform to federal law, and maintain fiscal responsibility while successfully meeting the mission of the BOP. The process to identify contracting opportunities for securing additional inmate bed space in support of the increasing needs of the BOP involved the BOP advertising for interested vendors to respond to the request for proposal (RFP) with options for meeting the requirements. Based on the responses to the solicitation the BOP had four potential alternatives. The solicitation RFP–PCC– 0022 (CAR 15 Requirement B) identified the evaluation criteria under which each offeror’s proposal would be considered and evaluated. The non-price based evaluation criteria that consist of the following in descending order of importance: ã Past Performance ã Technical Proposal ã Environment ã Small Disadvantaged Business Participation Project Information: The proposed action is to award one contract to house up to 2,000 federal low-security, adult male, non-U.S. citizen, criminal aliens at an existing contractor-owned and contractor- operated correctional facility. Under the Proposed Action, the selected contractor would be required to operate the facility in a manner consistent with the mission and requirements of the BOP. All inmate services would be developed in a manner that complies with the BOP’s contract requirements, as well as applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. In addition, the facility would be within proximity, and have access to, ambulatory, fire and police protection services. The federal inmates assigned to this facility primarily would consist of inmates with sentences of 90 months or less remaining to be served. Inmates are anticipated to be federal, low-security, adult male, non-U.S. citizen, criminal aliens; however, the BOP may designate any inmate within its custody to serve their sentence in this facility. Four existing privately owned and operated correctional facilities, one in Minnesota, two in Oklahoma, and one in Ohio, met the evaluation criteria of the BOP’s solicitation for CAR 15 Requirement B. Each of the following existing facilities has been evaluated in this EA. In addition, the No Action Alternative is evaluated to determine  baseline conditions and comply with the provisions of NEPA. ã Prairie Correctional Facility. Located in Appleton, Minnesota. ã Northeast Ohio Correctional Center. Located in Youngstown, Ohio. ã Great Plains Correctional Facility. Located in Hinton, Oklahoma. ã Diamondback Correctional Facility. Located in Watonga, Oklahoma. No other facilities are under consideration by the BOP. Although the four alternatives have been evaluated within the EA, an environmentally preferred alternative has not been identified due to the pending contracting action. Based on the analysis presented in the EA, there would be no significant impacts on natural and cultural resources, socioeconomics, environmental justice, community facilities and services, transportation and traffic, infrastructure and utilities, noise, and air quality as a result of the implementation of the proposed action under Alternative 1, Alternative 2, Alternative 3, or Alternative 4. Therefore, the BOP has determined there would be no significant impacts associated with the implementation of the proposed action. Availability of the Environmental Assessment The comment/review period will  begin on October 31, 2014 and conclude on December 1, 2014. The EA and other information regarding the proposed action are available upon request by contacting: Thomas A. Webber, Chief, Capacity Planning and Construction Branch, Federal Bureau of Prisons, 320 First Street NW., Washington, DC 20534 (Telephone: (202) 514–6470, Fax: (202) 616–6024, or Email: twebber@bop.gov  ).  Dated: October 22, 2014. Thomas A. Webber, Chief, Capacity Planning and Construction Branch. [FR Doc. 2014–25513 Filed 10–30–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–CW–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of the Secretary Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Federal Employees’ Compensation Act Medical Report Forms, Claim for Compensation ACTION : Notice. SUMMARY : On October 31, 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) will submit the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) sponsored information collection request (ICR) revision titled, ‘‘Federal Employees’ Compensation Act Medical Report Forms, Claim for Compensation,’’ to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for use in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). Public comments on the ICR are invited. DATES : The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives on or before December 1, 2014. ADDRESSES : A copy of this ICR with applicable supporting documentation; including a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency of response, and estimated total burden may be obtained free of charge from the RegInfo.gov Web site at http:// www.reginfo.gov/public/do/  VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:51 Oct 30, 2014Jkt 235001PO 00000Frm 00096Fmt 4703Sfmt 4703E:\FR\FM\31OCN1.SGM31OCN1   a  s  a   b  a   l   i  a  u  s   k  a  s  o  n   D   S   K   5   V   P   T   V   N   1   P   R   O   D  w   i   t   h   N   O   T   I   C   E   S  64837 Federal Register /Vol. 79, No. 211/Friday, October 31, 2014/Notices PRAViewICR?ref   _ nbr=201406-1240-002 (this link will only become active on November 1, 2014) or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone at 202–693– 4129, TTY 202–693–8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or sending an email to DOL   _ PRA  _ PUBLIC@dol.gov.  Submit comments about this request  by mail or courier to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for DOL– OWCP, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503; by Fax: 202–395–5806 (this is not a toll-free number); or by email: OIRA  _ submission@omb.eop.gov.  Commenters are encouraged, but not required, to send a courtesy copy of any comments  by mail or courier to the U.S. Department of Labor—OASAM, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Attn: Departmental Information Compliance Management Program, Room N1301, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; or by email: DOL   _ PRA  _ PUBLIC@dol.gov.  FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT : Michel Smyth by telephone at 202–693– 4129, TTY 202–693–8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or sending an email to DOL   _ PRA  _ PUBLIC@dol.gov.  Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION : This ICR seeks approval under the PRA for revisions to the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) medical report forms and claim for compensation information collection requirements. Forms CA–7, CA–16, CA– 17, CA–20, CA–1331, CA–1332, OWCP– 5A, OWCP–5B, and OWCP–5C are used for filing claims for wage loss or permanent impairment due to a Federal employment-related injury and to obtain necessary medical documentation to determine whether a claimant is entitled to benefits under the FECA. This information collection has been classified as a revision, because of a change to the information collections needed to comply with current Federal law and FECA Bulletin No. 14–01, December 12, 2013. This change impacts augmented compensation, survivor benefits, death gratuity, schedule awards unpaid at death, and other Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation administered benefits. Changes are also being made to comply with the Department of Treasury regulations requiring Federal payments to be made via electronic funds transfer instead of by paper checks. In addition, the forms now include an accommodation statement for claimants with mental and/or physical limitations to contact the OWCP if they need further assistance in the claims process. The OWCP has also provided additional guidance to physicians when determining work tolerance limitations to assist in return to work efforts. Finally, the ICR updates reference codes for diseases, signs and symptoms, abnormal findings, complaints, social circumstances, and external causes of injury or diseases. This information collection is subject to the PRA. A Federal agency generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and the public is generally not required to respond to an information collection, unless it is approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any other provisions of law, no person shall generally be subject to penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if the collection of information does not display a valid OMB Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. The DOL obtains OMB approval for this information collection under OMB Control Number 1240–0046. The current OMB approval is scheduled to expire on October 31, 2014; however, it should be noted that existing information collection requirements submitted to the OMB receive a month-to-month extension while they undergo review. For additional information, see the related notice published in the Federal Register on July 3, 2014 (79 FR 38072). Interested parties are encouraged to send comments to the OMB, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the address shown in the ADDRESSES   section by December 1, 2014. In order to help ensure appropriate consideration, comments should mention OMB Control Number 1240–0046. The OMB is particularly interested in comments that: ã Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; ã Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; ã Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and ã Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Agency: DOL–OWCP. Title of Collection: Federal Employees’ Compensation Act Medical Report Forms, Claim for Compensation. OMB Control Number: 1240–0046. Affected Public: Individuals or Households. Total Estimated Number of Respondents: 282,353. Total Estimated Number of Responses: 282,353. Total Estimated Annual Time Burden: 25,605 hours. Total Estimated Annual Other Costs Burden: $110,118. Dated: October 27, 2014. Michel Smyth, Departmental Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2014–25895 Filed 10–30–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–CH–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of the Secretary Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; General Working Conditions in Shipyard Employment Standard ACTION : Notice. SUMMARY : On October 31, 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) will submit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, ‘‘General Working Conditions in Shipyard Employment Standard,’’ to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for continued use, without change, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. Public comments on the ICR are invited. DATES : The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives on or before December 1, 2014. ADDRESSES : A copy of this ICR with applicable supporting documentation; including a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency of response, and estimated total burden may be obtained free of charge from the RegInfo.gov Web site at http:// www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAViewICR?ref   _ nbr=201410-1218-001  (this link will only become active on November 1, 2014) or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone at 202–693– 4129, TTY 202–693–8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email at DOL   _ PRA  _ PUBLIC@dol.gov.  VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:51 Oct 30, 2014Jkt 235001PO 00000Frm 00097Fmt 4703Sfmt 4703E:\FR\FM\31OCN1.SGM31OCN1   a  s  a   b  a   l   i  a  u  s   k  a  s  o  n   D   S   K   5   V   P   T   V   N   1   P   R   O   D  w   i   t   h   N   O   T   I   C   E   S
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