April 30, 2007

Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

SUMMARY: The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) today is publishing an agenda of its open and anticipated rulemaking actions. The agenda is a general announcement to the public intended to provide notice of rulemaking actions in which the public may wish to participate. In the future, the NIGC intends to issue notices of proposed rulemaking, advance notices of proposed rulemaking, or final rules for the following: rules establishing classification standards for gaming machines; rules establishing technical standards for gaming machines and associated equipment; rules revising the audit standards that apply to Indian gaming facilities; rules revising Privacy Act procedures; rules establishing a process for the assessment, notification, and collection of debts owed the NIGC; rules revising tribal background investigation submission requirements and timing; rules concerning hearings and appeals procedures; rules revising the scope and review of management contracts; rules concerning the definitions of ``electronic or electromechanical facsimile,'' ``net gaming revenue,'' ``sole proprietary interest,'' and ``key employee''; rules concerning gaming facility licensing standards; rules concerning administrative fees; rules revising and updating the civil fines provisions; rules concerning technical amendments to the NIGC's Minimum Internal Control Standards (MICS); and rules concerning background investigations and licenses for key employees and primary management officials. The NIGC invites questions and public comment on individual agenda items.

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Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

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NATIONAL INDIAN GAMING COMMISSION (NIGC)                               
  
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NATIONAL INDIAN GAMING COMMISSION

25 CFR Ch. III

Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

AGENCY: National Indian Gaming Commission.

ACTION: Semiannual regulatory agenda.

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SUMMARY: The National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) today is 
publishing an agenda of its open and anticipated rulemaking actions. 
The agenda is a general announcement to the public intended to provide 
notice of rulemaking actions in which the public may wish to 
participate. In the future, the NIGC intends to issue notices of 
proposed rulemaking, advance notices of proposed rulemaking, or final 
rules for the following: rules establishing classification standards 
for gaming machines; rules establishing technical standards for gaming 
machines and associated equipment; rules revising the audit standards 
that apply to Indian gaming facilities; rules revising Privacy Act 
procedures; rules establishing a process for the assessment, 
notification, and collection of debts owed the NIGC; rules revising 
tribal background investigation submission requirements and timing; 
rules concerning hearings and appeals procedures; rules revising the 
scope and review of management contracts; rules concerning the 
definitions of ``electronic or electromechanical facsimile,'' ``net 
gaming revenue,'' ``sole proprietary interest,'' and ``key employee''; 
rules concerning gaming facility licensing standards; rules concerning 
administrative fees; rules revising and updating the civil fines 
provisions; rules concerning technical amendments to the NIGC's Minimum 
Internal Control Standards (MICS); and rules concerning background 
investigations and licenses for key employees and primary management 
officials. The NIGC invites questions and public comment on individual 
agenda items.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Hoenig, National Indian Gaming 
Commission, 1441 L Street NW., Suite 9100, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 
632-7003 (not a toll-free number).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with Executive Order 12866 
``Regulatory Planning and Review'' and the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 
5 U.S.C. 605, executive agencies are required to publish semiannual 
regulatory agendas in the Federal Register each year.

     The regulations being considered by the NIGC are not 
``significant'' rules within the meaning of E.O. 12866, and no 
Regulatory Impact Analysis is required. The NIGC also has 
determined, under the Regulatory Flexibility Act, that except as 
stated below, most of the regulations under consideration will not 
have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities. For these regulations, no Regulatory Flexibility Analysis 
is required. The NIGC has not yet determined whether the rules 
implementing the Privacy Act, the rules concerning gaming facility 
licenses, or the rules regarding gaming machine classifications 
require a Regulatory Flexibility Analysis. Most of the proposed 
rules are not covered under section 202 of the Unfunded Mandates 
Reform Act (Pub. L. 104-4), as they are not Federal mandates that 
may result in an expenditure of $100 million or more in any one 
year by State, local, or tribal governments, in the aggregate, or 
the private sector. The NIGC has not yet determined whether the 
proposed rules for gaming machine classification standards may 
result in an expenditure of $100 million or more in any one year by 
State, local, or tribal governments. The proposed rules are not 
considered major under 5 U.S.C. 801 enacted by Public Law 104-121, 
and, therefore, are not subject to section 801's 60-day deferral 
requirement.

Dated: February 27, 2007.

 Philip N. Hogen,

Chairman, National Indian Gaming Commission.

                             National Indian Gaming Commission--Proposed Rule Stage
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  Number                                                                                               Number
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3670        Management Contracts..................................................................    3141-AA13
3671        Net Gaming Revenue....................................................................    3141-AA14
3672        Administrative Fees...................................................................    3141-AA16
3673        Gaming Facility and Site Licensing Standards..........................................    3141-AA23
3674        Debt Collection.......................................................................    3141-AA25
3675        Privacy Act Procedures (Amendments)...................................................    3141-AA28
3676        Technical Standards for Gaming Machines and Gaming Systems............................    3141-AA29
3677        Game Classification Standards.........................................................    3141-AA31
3678        Definition of Key Employee............................................................    3141-AA33
3679        Audit Standards.......................................................................    3141-AA34
3680        Background Investigations and Gaming Licenses for Primary Management Officials and Key    3141-AA35
            Employees.............................................................................
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                              National Indian Gaming Commission--Long-Term Actions
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3681        Hearings and Appeals Procedure........................................................    3141-AA08
3682        Tribal Background Investigation Submission Requirements and Timing....................    3141-AA15

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3683        Technical Amendments to the Minimum Internal Control Standards........................    3141-AA27
3684        Civil Fines Revision and Update.......................................................    3141-AA30
3685        Definition of Sole Proprietary Interest...............................................    3141-AA32
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National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC)            Proposed Rule Stage
  
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3670. MANAGEMENT CONTRACTS

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 25 USC 2711(b)

CFR Citation: 25 CFR 531; 25 CFR 533; 25 CFR 536

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule would amend the current regulations regarding NIGC 
approval of management contracts.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            06/00/07

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Tribal

Agency Contact: Penny J. Coleman, Acting General Counsel, National 
Indian Gaming Commission, Suite 9100, 1441 L Street NW., Washington, DC 
20005
Phone: 202 632-7003
Fax: 202 632-7066

RIN: 3141-AA13
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3671. NET GAMING REVENUE

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 25 USC 2710(b)(2)(B); 25 USC 2706(b)

CFR Citation: 25 CFR 571; 25 CFR 573

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule establishes processes for assuring that net gaming 
revenue is used according to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act 
requirements and establishes reporting procedures for such compliance.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            06/00/07

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Tribal

Agency Contact: Penny J. Coleman, Acting General Counsel, National 
Indian Gaming Commission, Suite 9100, 1441 L Street NW., Washington, DC 
20005
Phone: 202 632-7003
Fax: 202 632-7066

RIN: 3141-AA14
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3672. ADMINISTRATIVE FEES

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 25 USC 2706(b)(10)

CFR Citation: 25 CFR 514

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule establishes processes for the imposition of fees 
for services provided by the National Indian Gaming Commission.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            06/00/07

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Tribal

Agency Contact: Penny J. Coleman, Acting General Counsel, National 
Indian Gaming Commission, Suite 9100, 1441 L Street NW., Washington, DC 
20005
Phone: 202 632-7003
Fax: 202 632-7066

RIN: 3141-AA16
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3673. GAMING FACILITY AND SITE LICENSING STANDARDS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 25 USC 2706(b)(10); 25 USC 2710(b); 25 USC 2710(d)

CFR Citation: 25 CFR 522.4(b)(6); 25 CFR 522.6(b)

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule will establish minimum standards that a tribe must 
adopt when it licenses gaming facilities within its jurisdiction 
pursuant to 25 U.S.C. 2710(b) and its tribal gaming ordinance. The new 
regulations are likely to require the tribe to demonstrate that the 
gaming facility is located on ``Indian lands,'' as well as identify and 
apply sufficient environment, public health, and safety (EPHS) 
standards to the gaming facility.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            10/00/07

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Tribal

Agency Contact: Penny J. Coleman, Acting General Counsel, National 
Indian Gaming Commission, Suite 9100, 1441 L Street NW., Washington, DC 
20005
Phone: 202 632-7003
Fax: 202 632-7066

RIN: 3141-AA23
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3674. DEBT COLLECTION

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 31 USC 3716; 25 USC 2713(a)(1)

CFR Citation: 25 CFR 580

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This regulation will establish a process for the assessment, 
notification and collection of debts owed the National Indian Gaming 
Commission.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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Interim Final Rule              11/20/01                    66 FR 58056
NPRM                            04/00/07

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Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Tribal

Agency Contact: Penny J. Coleman, Acting General Counsel, National 
Indian Gaming Commission, Suite 9100, 1441 L Street NW., Washington, DC 
20005
Phone: 202 632-7003
Fax: 202 632-7066

RIN: 3141-AA25
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3675. PRIVACY ACT PROCEDURES (AMENDMENTS)

Priority: Other Significant

Legal Authority: 5 USC 552a

CFR Citation: 25 CFR 515

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These rules will revise current regulations to update 
addresses and list systems of records.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            06/00/07

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Federal, Tribal

Agency Contact: John R. Hay, Staff Attorney, National Indian Gaming 
Commission, 1441 L Street NW., Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202 632-7003
Fax: 202 632-7066

RIN: 3141-AA28
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3676. TECHNICAL STANDARDS FOR GAMING MACHINES AND GAMING SYSTEMS

Priority: Other Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority: 25 USC 2706

CFR Citation: 25 CFR 547

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: It is necessary for the National Indian Gaming Commission 
(NIGC) to promulgate regulations establishing technical standards in 
order to assure the integrity of electronic equipment used with the 
play of class II games. Technical standards will address actual 
operation of gaming machines and systems and the equipment related to 
their operation.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            08/11/06                    71 FR 46336
NPRM Withdrawn                  02/09/07                     72 FR 7360
NPRM                            05/00/07

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Tribal

Federalism:  Undetermined

Agency Contact: Michael Gross, Senior Attorney, National Indian Gaming 
Commission, 1441 L Street NW., Suite 9100, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202 632-7003
Fax: 202 632-7066

RIN: 3141-AA29
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3677. GAME CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS

Priority: Other Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined

Legal Authority: 25 USC 2706

CFR Citation: 25 CFR 546

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: It is necessary for the National Indian Gaming Commission 
(NIGC) to promulgate regulations establishing game classification 
standards because of the distinction between class II and class III 
gaming set forth in the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA). Technical 
changes make it difficult for regulators to keep up with the gaming 
industry. By establishing classification standards, tribal gaming 
commissions, the primary regulators of tribal gaming, will more easily 
be able to distinguish between class II and class III machines.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM (definition for electronic 
or electromechanical facsimile) 05/25/06                    71 FR 30232
NPRM (main)                     05/25/06                    71 FR 30238
NPRM Withdrawn                  02/09/07                     72 FR 7359
NPRM                            05/00/07

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Tribal

Federalism:  Undetermined

Agency Contact: John Hay, Staff Attorney, National Indian Gaming 
Commission, Suite 9100, 1441 L Street NW., Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202 632-7003
Fax: 202 632-7066
Email: john--hay@nigc.gov

RIN: 3141-AA31
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3678. DEFINITION OF KEY EMPLOYEE

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Legal Authority: 25 USC 2706(b)(10)

CFR Citation: 25 CFR 502.14

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: This rule will revise the regulatory definition of ``key 
employee'' at 25 CFR 502.14.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            06/00/07

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Tribal

Agency Contact: Andrea Lord, Staff Attorney, National Indian Gaming 
Commission, 1441 L Street NW., Suite 9100, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202 632-7003
Fax: 202 632-7066

RIN: 3141-AA33
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3679. AUDIT STANDARDS

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

Legal Authority: 25 USC 2706(b)(10)

CFR Citation: 25 CFR 571.12; 25 CFR 571.13; 25 CFR 571.14

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: These regulations will revise the audit standards that apply 
to Indian gaming facilities.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/00/07

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined

Government Levels Affected: Undetermined

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Federalism:  Undetermined

Agency Contact: Penny J. Coleman, Acting General Counsel, National 
Indian Gaming Commission, Suite 9100, 1441 L Street NW., Washington, DC 
20005
Phone: 202 632-7003
Fax: 202 632-7066

RIN: 3141-AA34
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3680. [bull] BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS AND GAMING LICENSES FOR PRIMARY 
MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS AND KEY EMPLOYEES

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant

Legal Authority: 25 USC 2706(b)(10)

CFR Citation: 25 CFR 556; 25 CFR 558

Legal Deadline: None

Abstract: The National Indian Gaming Commission will amend 25 CFR 556, 
Background Investigations for Primary Management Officials and Key 
Employees, and 25 CFR 558, Gaming Licenses for Key Employees and 
Primary Management Officials, to clarify that the regulations concern 
licensing, not employment.

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                            06/00/07

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Tribal

Agency Contact: Penny J. Coleman, Acting General Counsel, National 
Indian Gaming Commission, Suite 9100, 1441 L Street NW., Washington, DC 
20005
Phone: 202 632-7003
Fax: 202 632-7066

RIN: 3141-AA35
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National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC)              Long-Term Actions
  
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3681. HEARINGS AND APPEALS PROCEDURE

Priority: Other Significant

CFR Citation: 25 CFR 522 to 524; 25 CFR 533; 25 CFR 535; 25 CFR 539; 25 
CFR 573; 25 CFR 575; 25 CFR 577

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                             To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Tribal

Agency Contact: Penny J. Coleman
Phone: 202 632-7003
Fax: 202 632-7066

RIN: 3141-AA08
_______________________________________________________________________

3682. TRIBAL BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND TIMING

Priority: Other Significant

CFR Citation: 25 CFR 556; 25 CFR 558

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

________________________________________________________________________

NPRM                             To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Tribal

Agency Contact: Penny J. Coleman
Phone: 202 632-7003
Fax: 202 632-7066

RIN: 3141-AA15
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3683. TECHNICAL AMENDMENTS TO THE MINIMUM INTERNAL CONTROL STANDARDS

Priority: Other Significant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

CFR Citation: 25 CFR 542

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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First NPRM                      12/01/04                    69 FR 69847
Second NPRM                     03/10/05                    70 FR 11893
Final Action on First Rule      05/04/05                    70 FR 23011
Final Action on Second Rule     08/12/05                    70 FR 47097
Third NPRM                      11/15/05                    70 FR 69293
Final Action on Third Rule (1)  05/11/06                    71 FR 27385
Final Action on Third Rule 
(Surveillance)                   To Be                       Determined
Fourth NPRM                      To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Tribal

Agency Contact: Penny J. Coleman
Phone: 202 632-7003
Fax: 202 632-7066

RIN: 3141-AA27
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3684. CIVIL FINES REVISION AND UPDATE

Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant. Major status under 5 USC 801 is 
undetermined.

CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                             To Be                       Determined

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Small Entities Affected: No

Government Levels Affected: Tribal

Agency Contact: Penny J. Coleman
Phone: 202 632-7003
Fax: 202 632-7066

RIN: 3141-AA30
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3685. DEFINITION OF SOLE PROPRIETARY INTEREST

Priority: Other Significant

CFR Citation: 25 CFR 502

Timetable:
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Action                            Date                      FR Cite

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NPRM                            10/00/08

Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No

Government Levels Affected: Tribal

Agency Contact: Penny J. Coleman
Phone: 202 632-7003

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Fax: 202 632-7066

RIN: 3141-AA32
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