FR Alert – Covering:04/24/2019

Todays Federal Register

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is rescinding the administrative review of the countervailing duty (CVD) order on certain steel nails (steel nails) from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnam) for the period January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017. DATES: Applicable April 24, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Yasmin Bordas, 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) 482-3813. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On July 3, 2018, Commerce published a notice of opportunity to request an administrative review of the CVD order on steel nails from Vietnam for the period January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017.\1\ On July 31, 2018, Commerce received a timely request, in accordance with section 751(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), from Mid Continent Steel & Wire Inc. (the petitioner) to conduct an administrative review of this CVD order with respect to 12 companies.\2\ Based upon this request, on September 10, 2018, in accordance with section 751(a) of the Act, Commerce published in the
[19-08271][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Secretary of Commerce, through the Office of Trade and Economic Analysis (“OTEA”), issued an amended Export Trade Certificate of Review Certificate to DFA on April 12, 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 (2018). 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
[19-08286][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of State is publishing an update to its List of Restricted Entities and Subentities Associated with Cuba (Cuba Restricted List) with which direct financial transactions are generally prohibited under the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR). This Cuba Restricted List is also considered during review of license applications submitted to the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) pursuant to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). DATES: The Cuba Restricted List is updated as of April 24, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erica Magallon tel: 202-453-8458; Office of Economic Sanctions Policy and Implementation, tel.: 202-647- 7489; Office of the Coordinator for Cuban Affairs, tel.: 202-453-8456, Department of State, Washington, DC 20520. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On June 16, 2017, the President signed National Security Presidential Memorandum-5 on Strengthening the Policy of the United States Toward Cuba (NSPM-5). As directed by NSPM-5, on November 9, 2017, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) published a final rule in the Federal Register amending the
[19-08256][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that certain steel nails (nails) from the People’s Republic of China (China) were sold in the United States at less than normal value (NV) during the period of review (POR), August 1, 2016, through July 31, 2017. DATES: Applicable April 24, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Pulongbarit or Benito Ballesteros, [[Page 17135]] AD/CVD Operations, Office V, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone (202) 482-4031 or (202) 482- 7425, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On September 11, 2018, Commerce published in the Federal Register the Preliminary Results of the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on nails from China.\1\ Commerce conducted verification of Dezhou Hualade Hardware and Products Co. Ltd. (Dezhou Hualude) and its
[19-08273][Full Article] [PDF]

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites public comment on its Request for Information (RFI). The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) seeks input from the public about research and development opportunities in building energy modeling (BEM). In particular, BTO is interested in feedback on planned research and development initiatives and their prioritization, on program scope, and on data-sets, metrics and targets for assessing program effectiveness and impact. DATES: Responses to the RFI must be received by 5:00 p.m. (ET) on June 3, 2019. ADDRESSES: Interested parties are to submit comments electronically to BTO_BEM_RDO@ee.doe.gov. Include “DRAFT Research and Development Opportunities for Building Energy Modeling” in the subject of the title. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e., zipped) to ensure message delivery. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email, and no more than 10 pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted. The complete RFI document is located at https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/. Please identify your answers by responding to a specific question or topic if applica
[19-08266][Full Article] [PDF]
Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invites public comment on its Request for Information (RFI) on research and development opportunities for innovations in sensors and controls for building energy management. Through this RFI, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) seeks input on research and development opportunities for the integration and optimization of systems at the whole-building level through connected and controllable loads for increased energy affordability, improved occupant comfort, and enhanced provision of grid services that will strengthen the integration between buildings, other distributed energy resources, and the electric grid. This RFI will inform BTO’s strategic planning moving forward in identifying early-stage and innovative technology solutions to meet these goals. Successful solutions will strengthen the affordability, reliability, and resiliency of the energy consumed by the buildings sector, contributing to DOE’s priorities for the energy sector as a whole. DATES: Responses to the RFI must be received by 5:00 p.m. (ET) on June 3rd, 2019. ADDRESSES: Interested parties are to submit comments electronically to BTO_SensorsControls_RDO@ee.doe.gov. Include “Research and Development Opportunities for Innovations in Sensors and Controls for Building
[19-08274][Full Article] [PDF]

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: This proposed rule would update the prospective payment rates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) for federal fiscal year (FY) 2020. As required by the Social Security Act (the Act), this proposed rule includes the classification and weighting factors for the IRF prospective payment system’s (PPS) case-mix groups (CMGs) and a description of the methodologies and data used in computing the prospective payment rates for FY 2020. We are proposing to rebase and revise the IRF market basket to reflect a 2016 base year rather than the current 2012 base year. Additionally, we are proposing to replace the previously finalized unweighted motor score with a weighted motor score to assign patients to CMGs and remove one item from the score beginning with FY 2020 and to revise the CMGs and update the CMG relative weights and average length of stay values beginning with FY 2020, based on analysis of 2 years of data (FY 2017 and FY 2018). We are proposing to update the IRF wage index to use the concurrent FY inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) wage index beginning with FY 2020. We are soliciting comments on stakeholder concerns regarding the appropriateness of the wage index used to adjust IRF payments. We are proposing to amend the regulations to clarify that the determination as to whether a physician qualifies as a rehabil
[19-07885][Full Article] [PDF]

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposes to update, reissue, and rename a previously published Department of Transportation (DOT) system of records titled, “Department of Transportation–DOT/ NHTSA 415 Artemis/Vehicle Owner Complaint Information.” This system of records allows NHTSA to collect and retain complaints, letters communicating vehicle or equipment concerns, and supporting documentation which may include photos, videos, police accident reports, repair invoices or medical information (collectively, “vehicle owner questionnaires” or “VOQs”) submitted by or on behalf of vehicle or equipment owners and lessees (consumers). NHTSA updated the notice with regards to: System Name to Vehicle Owner Questionnaire (VOQ) System to appropriately identify the specific records maintained in the Artemis system covered by the Privacy Act; System Location to include NHTSA’s current address and the location of the [[Page 17235]] Federal disaster recovery facility in Stennis, MS; System Managers to update the name and contact information for the system’s current points of contact; Authority for Maintenance of the System to reflect the system’s underlying authority; Purposes to provide clarity and facilitate understanding of NHTSA investigation and recall processe
[19-08171][Full Article] [PDF]

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to convert its June 29, 2017 conditional approval of revisions to the New Mexico State Implementation Plan (SIP) for the City of Albuquerque- Bernalillo County minor New Source Review (NSR) program to full approval. The January 18, 2018 SIP submittal satisfies New Mexico’s commitment which was the basis of our conditional approval of the minor NSR Preconstruction Permitting Program. Final approval of this SIP submittal will convert our earlier conditional approval to full approval. We are taking this action in accordance with the Clean Air Act (CAA, the Act) requirements. DATES: Written comments must be received on or before May 24, 2019. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket No. EPA-R06-OAR- 2018-0176, at https://www.regulations.gov or via email to cox.kyndall@epa.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. Once submitted, comments cannot be edited or removed from Regulations.gov. The EPA may publish any comment received to its public docket. Do not submit electronically any information you consider to be Confidential Business Information (CBI) or other information whose disclosure is restricted by statute. Multimedia submissions (audio, video, etc.) must be accompanied by a written comment. The written comment is considered the official com
[19-07583][Full Article] [PDF]

INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

Agency Notice
[Notices] [Pages 17138-17142] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2019-08272] ———————————————————————– DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A-122-866] Sodium Sulfate Anhydrous From Canada: Initiation of Less-Than- Fair-Value Investigation AGENCY: Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. DATES: Applicable April 17, 2019.
[19-08272][Full Article] [PDF]