FR Alert – Covering:11/12/2019

Todays Federal Register

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Secretary of Commerce, through the Office of Trade and Economic Analysis (“OTEA”), issued an Export Trade Certificate of Review to NPSA on October 29, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph Flynn, Director, OTEA, International Trade Administration, by telephone at (202) 482-5131 (this is not a toll-free number) or email at etca@trade.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title III of the Export Trading Company Act of 1982 (15 U.S.C. Sections 4001-21) (“the Act”) authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to issue Export Trade Certificates of Review. An Export Trade Certificate of Review protects the holder and the members identified in the Certificate from State and Federal government antitrust actions and from private treble damage antitrust actions for the export conduct specified in the Certificate and carried out in compliance with its terms and conditions. The regulations implementing Title III are found at 15 CFR part 325. OTEA is issuing this notice pursuant to 15 CFR 325.6(b), which requires the Secretary of Commerce to publish a summary of the certification in the Federal Register. Under Section 305(a) of the Act and 15 CFR 325.11(a), any person aggrieved by the Secretary’s determination may, within 30 days of the date of this notice, bring an action in any appropriate district court of the United States to set asi
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is rescinding the administrative review of the countervailing duty order on certain steel nails (steel nails) from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnam) for the period January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018, based on the timely withdrawal of the request for review. DATES: Applicable November 12, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Olatunbosun Leigh, 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) 482-0506. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On July 1, 2019, Commerce published in the Federal Register a notice of opportunity to request an administrative review of the countervailing duty order on steel nails from Vietnam for the period January 01, 2018, through December 31, 2018.\1\ On July 31, 2019, Mid Continent Steel & Wire, Inc. (the petitioner), a domestic producer of steel nails, filed a timely request for review, in accordance with section 751(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), and 19 CFR 351.213(b).\2\ Pursuant to this request, and in accordance with
[19-24540][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
[Notices] [Page 61019] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2019-24538] ———————————————————————– DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A-570-051] Hardwood Plywood Products From the People’s Republic of China: Rescission of Antidumping Duty New Shipper Review; 2019; Correction AGENCY: Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. DATES: Applicable November 12, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jasun Moy, AD/CVD Operations, Office
[19-24538][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) has received requests to conduct administrative reviews of various antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders and findings with September anniversary dates. In accordance with Commerce’s regulations, we are initiating those administrative reviews. DATES: Applicable November 12, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brenda E. Brown, AD/CVD Operations, Customs Liaison Unit, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, telephone: (202) 482-4735. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Commerce has received timely requests, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.213(b), for administrative reviews of various AD and CVD orders and findings with September anniversary dates. All deadlines for the submission of various types of information, certifications, or comments or actions by Commerce discussed below refer to the number of calendar days from the applicable starting time. Notice of No Sales 
[19-24461][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) has conducted a new shipper review (NSR) of Jinxiang Infang Fruit & Vegetable Co., Ltd. (Infang) regarding the antidumping duty order on fresh garlic from the People’s Republic of China (China). The period of review (POR) is November 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018. Based on our analysis of the comments received, we continue to find that Infang’s sale was a bona fide transaction, and that that sale was made below normal value (NV). DATES: Applicable November 12, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alex Cipolla, AD/CVD Operations, Office VII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-4956. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On July 9, 2018, at the request of Infang, Commerce published a notice of initiation of a new shipper review of fresh garlic from China for the period November 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018.\1\ On June 13, 2019, Commerce published the preliminary results of this new shipper review.\2\ On August 29,
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is rescinding the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on oil country tubular goods (OCTG) from the People’s Republic of China (China) for the period May 1, 2018, through April 30, 2019, based on the timely withdrawal of the request for review. DATES: Applicable November 12, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Olatunbosun Leigh or John Drury, 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) 482-0506 or (202) 482-0195, respectively. Background On May 1, 2019, Commerce published in the Federal Register a notice of opportunity to request an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on OCTG from China for the period May 1, 2018 through April 30, 2019.\1\ On May 31, 2019, United States Steel Corporation, Maverick Tube Corporation, Tenaris Bay City, Inc., TMK IPSCO, Vallourec Star, L.P., and Welded Tube USA (the petitioners), filed a timely request for review, in accordance with section 751(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act),
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: This final rule with comment period revises the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and the Medicare ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system for Calendar Year 2020 based on our continuing experience with these systems. In this final rule with comment period, we describe the changes to the amounts and factors used to determine the payment rates for Medicare services paid under the OPPS and those paid under the ASC payment system. Also, this final rule with comment period updates and refines the requirements for the Hospital Outpatient Quality Reporting (OQR) Program and the ASC Quality Reporting (ASCQR) Program. In addition, this final rule with comment period establishes a process and requirements for prior authorization for certain covered outpatient department services; revise the conditions for coverage of organ procurement organizations; and revise the regulations to allow grandfathered children’s hospitals- within-hospitals to increase the number of beds without resulting in the loss of grandfathered status; and provides notice of the closure of two teaching hospitals and the opportunity to apply for available slots for purposes of indirect medical education (IME) and direct graduate medical education (DGME) payments. DATES: Effective date: This final rule is effective on January 1, 20
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) will hold its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, in Washington, DC. The meeting will be open to the public to attend either in person or via webinar. DATES: The COAC will meet on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. Please note that the meeting may close early if the committee has completed its business. Comments must be submitted in writing no later than December 3, 2019. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Ronald Reagan Building, International Trade Center-Horizon Ballroom, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20229. For information on facilities or services for individuals with disabilities or to request special assistance at the meeting, contact Ms. Florence Constant-Gibson, Office of Trade Relations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), at (202) 344-1440 as soon as possible. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Florence Constant-Gibson, Office of Trade Relations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Room 3.5A, Washington, DC 20229; telephone (202) 344-1440; facsimile (202) 325-4290; or Ms. Valarie M. Neuhart, Acting Executive Director [[Page 61067]]
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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Agency Notice
[Notices] [Page 61071] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2019-24477] ———————————————————————– DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Antitrust Division Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993–Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium Notice is hereby given that, on October 17, 2019, pursuant to Section 6(a) of the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993, 15 U.S.C. 4301 et seq. (“the Act”), Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission (“MTEC”) has filed written notifications simultaneously with the Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission disclosing changes in its membership. The notifications were filed for the purpose of extending the Act’s provisions limiting the recovery of antitrust plaintiffs to actual damages under specified
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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is publishing the names of one or more persons that have been 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 are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them. DATES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for effective date(s). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: OFAC: Associate Director for Global Targeting, tel.: 202-622-2420; Assistant Director for Sanctions Compliance & Evaluation, tel.: 202-622-2490; or Assistant Director for Licensing, tel.: 202-622-2480. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Electronic Availability The Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List and additional information concerning OFAC sanctions programs are available on OFAC’s website (www.treas.gov/ofac). Notice of OFAC Actions 
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ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Agency Notice
[Notices] [Pages 61070-61071] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2019-24485] ———————————————————————– DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE Antitrust Division Notice Pursuant to the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993–Pet Care Products Task Force Notice is hereby given that, on October 18, 2019, pursuant to Section 6(a) of the National Cooperative Research and Production Act of 1993, 15 U.S.C. 4301 et seq. (“the Act”), Pet Care Products Task Force (“PCPTF”) has filed written notifications simultaneously with the Attorney General and the Federal Trade Commission disclosing (1) the identities of the parties to the venture and (2) the nature and objectives of the venture. The notifications were filed for the purpose of invoking the Act’s provisions limiting the recovery of antitrust
[19-24485][Full Article] [PDF]

INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of certain collated steel staples (collated staples) from the People’s Republic of China (China) for the period of investigation (POI) January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. DATES: Applicable November 12, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bob Palmer or Joshua Simonidis, AD/CVD Operations, Office VIII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-9068 or (202) 482-0608, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background This preliminary determination is made in accordance with section 703(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Commerce published the notice of initiation of this investigation on July 3, 2019.\1\ —————————————————————————
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC” or “Commission”) is proposing to make a correction to one of the Commission’s regulations to restore text that was inadvertently deleted in a 2011 amendment to that regulation. DATES: Comments must be received on or before December 12, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by RIN 3038-AE91, by any of the following methods: CFTC Comments Portal: https://comments.cftc.gov. Select the “Submit Comments” link for this rulemaking and follow the instructions on the Public Comment Form. Mail: Send to Christopher Kirkpatrick, Secretary of the Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Three Lafayette Center, 1155 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20581. Hand Delivery/Courier: Follow the same instructions as for Mail, above. Please submit your comments using only one of these methods. Submissions through the CFTC Comments Portal are encouraged. All comments must be submitted in English, or if not, accompanied by an English translation. Comments will be [[Page 60964]] posted as received to https://comments.cftc.gov. You should submit only
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