FR Alert – Covering:02/10/2020

Todays Federal Register

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that producers and/or exporters subject to this administrative review made sales of subject merchandise at less than normal value in the United States. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results of review. DATES: Applicable February 10, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff Pedersen, AD/CVD Operations, Office IV, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce, 1401 [[Page 7532]] Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482- 2769. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background This administrative review is being conducted in accordance with section 751(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). On March 14, 2019, in response to review requests from multiple interested parties, Commerce initiated an administrative review of the antidumping
[20-02563][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
SUMMARY: On January 9, 2020, the United States Court of International Trade (the Court) sustained the final results of redetermination pertaining to the antidumping duty (AD) investigation of certain carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length plate (CTL plate) from Taiwan. The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is notifying the public that the final judgment in this case is not in harmony with the Amended Final Determination in the investigation of CTL plate from Taiwan, and that Commerce is amending the Amended Final Determination with respect to the application of partial adverse facts available (AFA) in making our difference-in-merchandise adjustment. DATES: Applicable January 19, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Walker, AD/CVD Operations, Office VI, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-0413. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On April 4, 2017, Commerce published the Final Determination of the AD investigation of CTL plate from Taiwan, in which Commerce applied partial AFA to China Steel Corporation (China Steel) because: (a) It
[20-02562][Full Article] [PDF]

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment upon this proposed new collection of information. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the information collection notice is published in the Federal Register to obtain comments regarding proposed modifications to certain DHS immigration and foreign travel forms. This collection of information is necessary to comply with Section 5 of the Executive Order (E.O.) 13780, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” to establish screening and vetting standards and procedures to enable DHS to assess an alien’s eligibility to travel to or be admitted to the United States or to receive an immigration-related benefit from DHS. This data collection also is used to validate an applicant’s identity information and to determine whether such travel or grant of a benefit poses a law enforcement or national security risk to the United States. DHS previously published this information collection request (ICR) in the Federal Register on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 for a 60-day public comment period. Two (2) comments were received by DHS. The purpose of this notice is to allow additional 30-days for public comments. DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until March 11, 2020. T
[20-02613][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment upon this proposed new collection of information. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the information collection notice is published in the Federal Register to obtain comments regarding proposed modifications to certain DHS immigration and foreign travel forms. This collection of information is necessary to comply with Section 5 of the Executive Order (E.O.) 13780, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” to establish screening and vetting standards and procedures to enable DHS to assess an alien’s eligibility to travel to or be admitted to the United States or to receive an immigration-related benefit from DHS. This data collection also is used to validate an applicant’s identity information and to determine whether such travel or grant of a benefit poses a law enforcement or national security risk to the United States. DHS previously published this information collection request (ICR) in the Federal Register on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 for a 60-day public comment period. One- hundred and seven (107) comments were received by DHS. The purpose of this notice is to allow additional 30-days for public comments. DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA or Agency) is amending various regulations governing its business loan programs, including the SBA Express and Export Express Loan Programs and the Microloan and Development Company (504) loan programs. SBA previously published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking addressing all of the topics and issues covered by this interim final rule and received extensive comments from the public. SBA is publishing this rule interim final rather than proceeding to a final rule in order to provide the public with an additional opportunity to comment. In addition, the rule will become effective in 30 days but compliance with two of the regulatory changes will not be required until October 1, 2020. DATES: Effective date: This rule is effective March 11, 2020. Compliance date: The compliance date for Sec. Sec. 103.5(b) and 120.221(a) is October 1, 2020. Comment date: Comments on this rule must be received on or before April 10, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by RIN 3245-AG74, by any of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments (Regulations.Gov Docket: SBA-2018-0009). Mail: Rosemarie Drake, Office of Financial Assistance, 
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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is publishing the names of one or more persons that were placed on OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List based on OFAC’s determination that one or more applicable legal criteria were satisfied. All property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction of these persons were blocked, and U.S. persons were generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them. [[Page 7617]] Subsequently, on October 23, 2019, pursuant to a Presidential directive, the names published were removed from OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List and were unblocked. DATES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: OFAC: Associate Director for Global Targeting, tel.: 202-622-2420; Assistant Director for Sanctions Compliance & Evaluation, tel.: 202-622-2490; Assistant Director for Licensing, tel.: 202-622-2480; Assistant Director for Regulatory Affairs, tel. 202-622-4855; or the Department of the Treasury’s Office of the General Counsel: Office of the Chief Counsel (Foreign Assets Control), tel.: 202-622-2410. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
[20-02575][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
[Notices] [Page 7618] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2020-02598] ———————————————————————– DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Office of the Secretary List of Countries Requiring Cooperation With an International Boycott In accordance with section 999(a)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, the Department of the Treasury is publishing a current list of countries which require or may require participation in, or cooperation with, an international boycott (within the meaning of section 999(b)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986). On the basis of the best information currently available to the Department of the Treasury, the following countries require or may require participation in, or cooperation with, an international boycott
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INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

Agency Notice
Summary of Commission Practice Relating to Administrative Protective Orders AGENCY: U.S. International Trade Commission. ACTION: Summary of Commission practice relating to administrative protective orders. ———————————————————————– SUMMARY: Since February 1991, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“Commission”) has published in the Federal Register reports on the status of its practice with respect to breaches of its administrative protective orders (“APOs”) under title VII of the Tariff Act of 1930, in response to a direction contained in the Conference Report to the Customs and Trade Act of 1990. Over time, the Commission has added to its report discussions of APO breaches in Commission proceedings other than under title VII, and violations of the Commission’s rules, including the rule on bracketing business proprietary information (the “24-hour rule”). This notice provides a summary of APO breach investigations completed during fiscal years 2018 and 2019. The Commission intends for this report to inform representatives of parties to Commission proceedings of the specific types of APO breaches before the Commission and the corresponding types of actions that the Commission has taken.
[20-02534][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has received a complaint entitled Certain Spa Pumps, Jet Pump Housing, Motors, Components Thereof, and Products Containing the Same DN 3432; the Commission is soliciting comments on any public interest issues raised by the complaint or complainant’s filing pursuant to the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa R. Barton, Secretary to the Commission, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205-2000. The public version of the complaint can be accessed on the Commission’s Electronic Document Information System (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov, and will be available for inspection during official business hours (8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205- 2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its internet server at United States International Trade Commission (USITC) at https://www.usitc.gov. The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission’s Electronic Document Information System (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov. Hearing-impaired persons are advised that information on this matter can be o
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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The U.S. Trade Representative is designating World Trade Organization (WTO) Members that are eligible for special de minimis countervailable subsidy and negligible import volume standards under the countervailing duty (CVD) law. Elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, the U.S. Trade Representative is removing the Office of the United States Trade Representative’s rulesthat contain the designations superseded by this notice. DATES: The designations are applicable as of February 10, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David P. Lyons, Assistant General Counsel, at 202-395-9446, or Roy Malmrose, Director for Industrial Subsidies, at 202-395-9542. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. General Background In the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA), Public Law 103-465, Congress amended the CVD law to conform to U.S. obligations under the WTO Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (SCM Agreement). Under the SCM Agreement, WTO Members that have not yet reached the status of a developed country are entitled to special treatment for purposes of countervailing measures. Specifically, imports from such Members are subject to different thresholds for purposes of determining
[20-02524][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
SUMMARY: Elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, the U.S. Trade Representative is publishing a notice updating the designations of World Trade Organization (WTO) Members that are eligible for special de minimis countervailable subsidy and negligible import volume standards under the countervailing duty (CVD) law. This rule removes the regulations of the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), that contain the designations superseded by the notice. DATES: The final rule will become effective February 10, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Assistant General Counsel David P. Lyons at 202-395-9446 or David.P.Lyons@ustr.eop.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background USTR last updated part 2013 in 1998. See 63 FR 29945 (June 2, 1998). In order to provide more timely updates, USTR has determined that giving notice in the Federal Register rather than through a rulemaking is preferable. Accordingly, USTR is removing part 2013 and, elsewhere in this issue of the Federal Register, is publishing a notice updating the designations of WTO Members that are eligible for special de minimis countervailable subsidy and negligible import volume standards under the CVD law. Removal of part 2013 also is consistent
[20-02445][Full Article] [PDF]