49 CFR 601.36 - Procedures for direct final rulemaking.
(a) Rules the Administrator judges to be non-controversial and unlikely to result in adverse public comment may be published as direct final rules. These include non-controversial rules that:
(1) Affect internal procedures of FTA, such as filing requirements and rules governing inspection and copying of documents;
(2) Are non-substantive clarifications or corrections to existing rules;
(3) Update existing forms;
(4) Make minor changes in the substantive rule regarding statistics and reporting requirements;
(5) Make changes to the rule implementing the Privacy Act; and
(6) Adopt technical standards set by outside organizations.
(b) The Federal Register document will state that any adverse comment or notice of intent to submit adverse comment must be received in writing by FTA within the specified time after the date of publication and that, if no written adverse comment or written notice of intent to submit adverse comment is received, the rule will become effective a specified number of days after the date of publication.
(c) If no written adverse comment or written notice of intent to submit adverse comment is received by FTA within the specified time of publication in the Federal Register, FTA will publish a notice in the Federal Register indicating that no adverse comment was received and confirming that the rule will become effective on the date that was indicated in the direct final rule.
(d) If FTA receives any written adverse comment or written notice of intent to submit adverse comment within the specified time of publication in the Federal Register, a notice withdrawing the direct final rule will be published in the final rule section of the Federal Register and, if FTA decides a rulemaking is warranted, a notice of proposed rulemaking will be published in the proposed rule section of the Federal Register.
(e) An “adverse” comment for the purpose of this subpart means any comment that FTA determines is critical of the rule, suggests that the rule should not be adopted, or suggests a change that should be made in the rule. A comment suggesting that the policy or requirements of the rule should or should not also be extended to other Departmental programs outside the scope of the rule is not adverse.