Identification of Countries Under Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974: Request for Public Comment, 2611-2612 [E6-426]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 10 / Tuesday, January 17, 2006 / Notices information regarding the Panel should contact the staff by: • Mail addressed to the Social Security Administration, Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel Staff, 400 Virginia Avenue, SW., Suite 700, Washington, DC 20024. • Telephone contact with Tinya White-Taylor at (202) 358–6420. • Fax at (202) 358–6440. • E-mail to TWWIIAPanel@ssa.gov. OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Dated: January 9, 2006 Chris Silanskis, Designated Federal Officer. [FR Doc. E6–381 Filed 1–13–06; 8:45 am] SUMMARY: Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974 (Trade Act) (19 U.S.C. 2242), requires the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection. (Section 182 is commonly referred to as the ‘‘Special 301’’ provisions of the Trade Act.) In addition, USTR is required to determine which of these countries should be identified as Priority Foreign Countries. Acts, policies, or practices that are the basis of a country’s identification as a priority foreign country are normally the subject of an investigation under the Section 301 provisions of the Trade Act. Section 182 of the Trade Act contains a special rule for the identification of actions by Canada affecting United States cultural industries. USTR requests written submissions from the public concerning foreign countries’ acts, policies, and practices that are relevant to the decision whether particular trading partners should be identified under Section 182 of the Trade Act. DATES: Submissions must be received on or before 10 a.m. on Monday, February 13, 2006. ADDRESSES: All comments should be addressed to Sybia Harrison, Special Assistant to the Section 301 Committee, and sent (i) electronically, to the following e-mail address: FR0606@ustr.eop.gov, with ‘‘Special 301 Review’’ in the subject line, or (ii) by fax, to (202) 395–9458, with a confirmation copy sent electronically to the e-mail address above. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Choe Groves, Director for Intellectual Property and Chair of the Special 301 Committee (202) 395–4510, Office of the United States Trade Representative. BILLING CODE 4191–02–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 5223] Overseas Buildings Operations; Industry Advisory Panel: Meeting Notice sroberts on PROD1PC69 with NOTICES The Industry Advisory Panel of the Overseas Buildings Operations will meet on Thursday, February 16th, 2006 from 9:45 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The meeting will be held at the Department of State, 2201 C Street, NW. 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Charles E. Williams, Director & Chief Operating Officer, Overseas Buildings Operations, Department of State. [FR Doc. E6–404 Filed 1–13–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–27–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:57 Jan 13, 2006 Jkt 208001 Identification of Countries Under Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974: Request for Public Comment Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Request for written submissions from the public. AGENCY: Pursuant to Section 182 of the Trade Act, USTR must identify those countries that deny adequate and effective protection for intellectual property rights or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00100 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2611 persons who rely on intellectual property protection. Those countries that have the most onerous or egregious acts, policies, or practices and whose acts, policies or practices have the greatest adverse impact (actual or potential) on relevant U.S. products are to be identified as Priority Foreign Countries. Acts, policies or practices that are the basis of a country’s designation as a Priority Foreign Country are normally the subject of an investigation under the Section 301 provisions of the Trade Act. USTR may not identify a country as a Priority Foreign Country if it is entering into good faith negotiations, or making significant progress in bilateral or multilateral negotiations, to provide adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights. USTR requests that, where relevant, submissions mention particular regions, provinces, states, or other subdivisions of a country in which an act, policy, or practice deserves special attention in this year’s report. Such mention may be positive or negative, so long as it deviates from the general norm in that country. Section 182 contains a special rule regarding actions of Canada affecting United States cultural industries. The USTR must identify any act, policy, or practice of Canada that affects cultural industries, is adopted or expanded after December 17, 1992, and is actionable under Article 2106 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Any act, policy, or practice so identified shall be treated the same as an act, policy, or practice that was the basis for a country’s identification as a Priority Foreign Country under Section 182(a)(2) of the Trade Act, unless the United States has already taken action pursuant to Article 2106 of the NAFTA. USTR must make the abovereferenced identifications within 30 days after publication of the National Trade Estimate (NTE) report, i.e., no later than April 30, 2006. Requirements for comments: Comments should include a description of the problems experienced and the effect of the acts, policies, and practices on U.S. industry. Comments should be as detailed as possible and should provide all necessary information for assessing the effect of the acts, policies, and practices. Any comments that include quantitative loss claims should be accompanied by the methodology used in calculating such estimated losses. Comments must be in English. No submissions will be accepted via postal service mail. Documents should be submitted as either WordPerfect, MS E:\FR\FM\17JAN1.SGM 17JAN1 2612 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 10 / Tuesday, January 17, 2006 / Notices Word, or text (.TXT) files. Supporting documentation submitted as spreadsheets is acceptable as Quattro Pro or Excel files. A submitter requesting that information contained in a comment be treated as confidential business information must certify that such information is business confidential and would not customarily be released to the public by the submitter. A non-confidential version of the comment must also be provided. For any document containing business confidential information, the file name of the business confidential version should begin with the characters ‘‘BC-’’, and the file name of the public version should begin with the character ‘‘P-’’. The ‘‘P-’’ or ‘‘BC-’’ should be followed by the name of the submitter. Submissions should not include separate cover letters; information that might appear in a cover letter should be included in the submission itself. To the extent possible, any attachments to the submission should be included in the same file as the submission itself, and not as separate files. All comments should be addressed to Sybia Harrison, Special Assistant to the Section 301 Committee, and sent (i) electronically, to the following e-mail address: FR0606@ustr.eop.gov, with ‘‘Special 301 Review’’ in the subject line, or (ii) by fax, to (202) 395–9458, with a confirmation copy sent electronically to the e-mail address above. Public inspection of submissions: Within one business day of receipt, nonconfidential submissions will be placed in a public file, open for inspection at the USTR reading room, Office of the United States Trade Representative, Annex Building, 1724 F Street, NW., Room 1, Washington, DC. An appointment to review the file must be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance and may be made by calling Jacqueline Caldwell at (202) 395–6186. The USTR reading room is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Victoria Espinel, Acting Assistant USTR for Intellectual Property. [FR Doc. E6–426 Filed 1–13–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3190–D2–P sroberts on PROD1PC69 with NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration Notice of Final Federal Agency Actions on Proposed Highway in Pennsylvania Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), DOT. AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:57 Jan 13, 2006 Jkt 208001 (ROD) issued on December 7, 2004, and in other documents in the FHWA administrative record. The FEIS, ROD, and other documents in the FHWA SUMMARY: This notice announces actions administrative record file are available taken by the FHWA and other Federal by contacting the FHWA or the agencies that are final within the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission at meaning of 23 USC 139(1)(1). The the addresses provided above. The actions relate to a proposed highway FHWA ROD can be viewed and project, Mon/Fayette Expressway, PA downloaded from the project Web site at Route 51 in Large PA to I–376 in http://www.paturnpike.com. Monroeville and Pittsburgh in This notice applies to all Federal Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and agency decisions as of the issuance date those actions grant licenses, permits, of this notice and all laws under which and approvals for the project. such actions were taken, including but DATES: By this notice, the FHWA is not limited to: advising the public of final agency 1. National Environmental Policy Act actions subject to 23 USC 139(l)(1). A (NEPA) [42 U.S.C. 4321–4351]. claim seeking judicial review of the 2. Federal-Aid Highway Act [23 Federal agency actions on the highway U.S.C. 109]. project will be barred unless the claim 3. Section 4(f) of the Department of is filed on or before July 21, 2006. If the Transportation Act of 1966 [49 U.S.C. Federal law that authorizes judicial 303]. review of a claim provides a time period 4. Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. 7401– of less than 180 days for filing such 7671(q). claim, then that shorter time period still 5. Section 106 of the National Historic applies. Preservation Act of 1966, as amended FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: [16 U.S.C. 470(f) et seq.]. Karyn Vandervoort, Environmental (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program Manager, Federal Highway Program Number 20.205, Highway Planning Administration, 228 Walnut Street, and Construction. The regulations Room 508, Harrisburg, PA 17101–1720, implementing Executive Order 12372 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., (717) 221– regarding intergovernmental consultation on Federal programs and activities apply to this 2276, karyn.vandervoort@fhwa.dot.gov program.) or David Willis, Environmental Manager, Pennsylvania Turnpike Authority: 23 USC § 139(l)(1). Commission, P.O. Box 67676, Issued on: January 10, 2006. Harrisburg, PA 17106–7676 between 9 James A. Cheatham, a.m. and 3 p.m., (717) 939–9551, Division Administrator, Harrisburg. dwillis@paturnpike.com [FR Doc. 06–367 Filed 1–13–06; 8:45 am] SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is BILLING CODE 4910–22–M hereby given that the FHWA have taken final agency actions by issuing licenses, permits and approvals for the following DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION highway project in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: a four-lane, limited Maritime Administration access, tolled highway extending [Docket Number 2006 23377] approximately 24 miles from PA 51 in Large, Pennsylvania north to the Requested Administrative Waiver of Parkway East (I–376) in the the Coastwise Trade Laws Municipality of Monroeville and west along the north shore of the AGENCY: Maritime Administration, Monongahela River to a connection with Department of Transportation. the Parkway East at Bates Street and ACTION: Invitation for public comments Second Avenue (PA Route 885) in the on a requested administrative waiver of City of Pittsburgh. The highway will the Coastwise Trade Laws for the vessel improve access to neighborhoods, TRIPLE TROUBLE. emergency providers and economic redevelopment areas; relieve existing SUMMARY: As authorized by Public Law and future congestion; improve major 105–383 and Public Law 107–295, the highway linkages, and improve Secretary of Transportation, as vehicular and pedestrian safety. The represented by the Maritime actions by the Federal agencies, and the Administration (MARAD), is authorized laws under which such actions were to grant waivers of the U.S.-build taken, are described in the Final requirement of the coastwise laws under Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) certain circumstances. A request for for the project, approved on January 8, such a waiver has been received by 2004, in the FHWA Record of Decision MARAD. The vessel, and a brief Notice of Limitation on Claims for Judicial Review of Actions by FHWA. ACTION: PO 00000 Frm 00101 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\17JAN1.SGM 17JAN1

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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


Identification of Countries Under Section 182 of the Trade Act of 
1974: Request for Public Comment

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Request for written submissions from the public.

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SUMMARY: Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974 (Trade Act) (19 U.S.C. 
2242), requires the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to 
identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection of 
intellectual property rights or deny fair and equitable market access 
to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection. (Section 
182 is commonly referred to as the ``Special 301'' provisions of the 
Trade Act.) In addition, USTR is required to determine which of these 
countries should be identified as Priority Foreign Countries. Acts, 
policies, or practices that are the basis of a country's identification 
as a priority foreign country are normally the subject of an 
investigation under the Section 301 provisions of the Trade Act. 
Section 182 of the Trade Act contains a special rule for the 
identification of actions by Canada affecting United States cultural 
industries.
    USTR requests written submissions from the public concerning 
foreign countries' acts, policies, and practices that are relevant to 
the decision whether particular trading partners should be identified 
under Section 182 of the Trade Act.

DATES: Submissions must be received on or before 10 a.m. on Monday, 
February 13, 2006.

ADDRESSES: All comments should be addressed to Sybia Harrison, Special 
Assistant to the Section 301 Committee, and sent (i) electronically, to 
the following e-mail address: FR0606@ustr.eop.gov, with ``Special 301 
Review'' in the subject line, or (ii) by fax, to (202) 395-9458, with a 
confirmation copy sent electronically to the e-mail address above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Choe Groves, Director for 
Intellectual Property and Chair of the Special 301 Committee (202) 395-
4510, Office of the United States Trade Representative.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to Section 182 of the Trade Act, 
USTR must identify those countries that deny adequate and effective 
protection for intellectual property rights or deny fair and equitable 
market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property 
protection. Those countries that have the most onerous or egregious 
acts, policies, or practices and whose acts, policies or practices have 
the greatest adverse impact (actual or potential) on relevant U.S. 
products are to be identified as Priority Foreign Countries. Acts, 
policies or practices that are the basis of a country's designation as 
a Priority Foreign Country are normally the subject of an investigation 
under the Section 301 provisions of the Trade Act.
    USTR may not identify a country as a Priority Foreign Country if it 
is entering into good faith negotiations, or making significant 
progress in bilateral or multilateral negotiations, to provide adequate 
and effective protection of intellectual property rights.
    USTR requests that, where relevant, submissions mention particular 
regions, provinces, states, or other subdivisions of a country in which 
an act, policy, or practice deserves special attention in this year's 
report. Such mention may be positive or negative, so long as it 
deviates from the general norm in that country.
    Section 182 contains a special rule regarding actions of Canada 
affecting United States cultural industries. The USTR must identify any 
act, policy, or practice of Canada that affects cultural industries, is 
adopted or expanded after December 17, 1992, and is actionable under 
Article 2106 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Any 
act, policy, or practice so identified shall be treated the same as an 
act, policy, or practice that was the basis for a country's 
identification as a Priority Foreign Country under Section 182(a)(2) of 
the Trade Act, unless the United States has already taken action 
pursuant to Article 2106 of the NAFTA.
    USTR must make the above-referenced identifications within 30 days 
after publication of the National Trade Estimate (NTE) report, i.e., no 
later than April 30, 2006.
    Requirements for comments: Comments should include a description of 
the problems experienced and the effect of the acts, policies, and 
practices on U.S. industry. Comments should be as detailed as possible 
and should provide all necessary information for assessing the effect 
of the acts, policies, and practices. Any comments that include 
quantitative loss claims should be accompanied by the methodology used 
in calculating such estimated losses.
    Comments must be in English. No submissions will be accepted via 
postal service mail. Documents should be submitted as either 
WordPerfect, MS

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Word, or text (.TXT) files. Supporting documentation submitted as 
spreadsheets is acceptable as Quattro Pro or Excel files. A submitter 
requesting that information contained in a comment be treated as 
confidential business information must certify that such information is 
business confidential and would not customarily be released to the 
public by the submitter. A non-confidential version of the comment must 
also be provided. For any document containing business confidential 
information, the file name of the business confidential version should 
begin with the characters
``BC-'', and the file name of the public version should begin with the 
character ``P-''. The ``P-'' or ``BC-'' should be followed by the name 
of the submitter. Submissions should not include separate cover 
letters; information that might appear in a cover letter should be 
included in the submission itself. To the extent possible, any 
attachments to the submission should be included in the same file as 
the submission itself, and not as separate files.
    All comments should be addressed to Sybia Harrison, Special 
Assistant to the Section 301 Committee, and sent (i) electronically, to 
the following e-mail address: FR0606@ustr.eop.gov, with ``Special 301 
Review'' in the subject line, or (ii) by fax, to (202) 395-9458, with a 
confirmation copy sent electronically to the e-mail address above.
    Public inspection of submissions: Within one business day of 
receipt, non-confidential submissions will be placed in a public file, 
open for inspection at the USTR reading room, Office of the United 
States Trade Representative, Annex Building, 1724 F Street, NW., Room 
1, Washington, DC. An appointment to review the file must be scheduled 
at least 48 hours in advance and may be made by calling Jacqueline 
Caldwell at (202) 395-6186. The USTR reading room is open to the public 
from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through 
Friday.

Victoria Espinel,
Acting Assistant USTR for Intellectual Property.
[FR Doc. E6-426 Filed 1-13-06; 8:45 am]
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