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E7–23418 Filed 12–3–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–30–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of Economic Analysis Proposed Data Sharing Activity Bureau of Economic Analysis, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice and request for public comment. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) proposes to provide to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data collected from several surveys that it conducts on U.S. direct investment abroad, foreign direct investment in the United States, and U.S. international PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 services transactions for statistical purposes exclusively. In accordance with the requirement of Section 524(d) of the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (CIPSEA), we are providing the opportunity for public comment on this data-sharing action. The data provided to BLS will be used for two purposes: (1) The BLS International Price Program is researching the feasibility of producing price indexes for imports and exports of services, such as financial services, film and tape rentals, and royalties and license fees. BLS will use data from BEA surveys to develop sample frames of companies that trade these services and to directly collect price information from the selected companies. BLS will also use BEA data as weighting sources for the price indexes. Should it prove feasible to produce price indexes for international services, BEA will share data collected in its direct investment and international services surveys with BLS each time BLS draws a new sample and reweights the indexes. BLS will share sample frame and revenue information that it collects with BEA, which will allow BEA to identify errors or omissions in the data collected on its surveys. This data sharing effort will improve the quality of price indexes for imported and exported services that BEA uses in compiling the National Income and Product Accounts. (2) The BLS Division of Foreign Labor Statistics will use BEA data collected on employment, compensation, and (as available) hours worked at the foreign affiliates of U.S. multinational companies to estimate their hourly compensation costs for research comparing the levels and trends of hourly compensation costs of foreign affiliates with the average costs for establishments in the same industries and same host countries as the affiliates. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before February 4, 2008. ADDRESSES: Please direct all written comments on this proposed program to the Director, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BE–1), Washington, DC 20230. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information on this proposed program should be directed to Maria Borga, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BE–50), Washington, DC 20230, by phone on E:\FR\FM\04DEN1.SGM 04DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 232 / Tuesday, December 4, 2007 / Notices establishments in the same industries and same host countries as the foreign affiliates. Background CIPSEA (Pub. L. 107–347, Title V) and the International Investment and Trade in Services Survey Act (Pub. L. 94–472, 22 United States Code (U.S.C.) 3101– 3108) allow BEA and BLS to share certain business data for exclusively statistical purposes. Section 524(d) of the CIPSEA requires a Federal Register notice announcing the intent to share data (allowing 60 days for public comment), since BEA respondents were required by law to report the data. Section 524(d) also requires us to provide information about the terms of the agreement for data sharing. For purposes of this notice, BEA has decided to group these terms by three categories. The categories are: • Shared data. • Statistical purposes for the shared data. • Data access and confidentiality. Title 22, U.S.C. 3104 protects the confidentiality of the data to be provided by BEA to BLS. The data may be seen only by persons sworn to uphold the confidentiality of the information. Access to the shared data will be restricted to specifically authorized personnel and will be provided for statistical purposes only. Any results of this research are subject to BEA disclosure protection. All BLS employees with access to these data will become BEA Special Sworn Employees—meaning that they, under penalty of law, must uphold the data’s confidentiality. Shared Data BEA proposes to provide BLS with data from its surveys of U.S. direct investment abroad, foreign direct investment in the United States, and U.S. international services transactions. BLS will use these data for statistical purposes exclusively. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES (202) 606–9853, via the Internet at Maria.Borga@bea.gov, or by fax on (202) 606–5318. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: International Trade Administration Statistical Purposes for the Shared Data Data collected in BEA’s surveys of direct investment are used to develop estimates of the financing and operations of U.S. parent companies, their foreign affiliates, and U.S. affiliates of foreign companies, and estimates of transactions between parents and affiliates. Data collected in BEA’s surveys of U.S. international services transactions are used to develop estimates of services transactions between U.S. persons (in a broad legal sense, including companies) and foreign persons. These estimates are published in the Survey of Current Business, BEA’s monthly journal; in other BEA publications; and on BEA’s Web site at https://www.bea.gov/. All data are collected under sections 3101–3108, of Title 22, U.S.C. The shared data will be used for several exclusively statistical purposes by both agencies, such as the production of price indexes for imported and exported services and the making of international comparisons between the hourly compensation costs at the foreign affiliates of U.S. multinational companies and the average costs for Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: On September 12, 2007, the Department of Commerce published the preliminary results of an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on stainless steel wire rods from India and a notice of intent to rescind the antidumping duty administrative review in part. The administrative review currently covers one manufacturer/ exporter, Mukand Ltd., and the review period is December 1, 2005, through November 30, 2006. We stated our intent to rescind the review with respect to the manufacturer/exporter Sunflag Iron & Steel Co., Ltd., in our preliminary results.We have received no comments from interested parties on our preliminary results. We have made no changes to our calculations for the final results of review and, accordingly, have found that Mukand Ltd. made sales at less than normal value in the U.S. market. The final weighted–average dumping margin for this company is listed below in the section entitled ‘‘Final Results of the Review.’’ In addition, we have rescinded the VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:38 Dec 03, 2007 Jkt 214001 Data Access and Confidentiality J. Steven Landefeld, Director, Bureau of Economic Analysis. [FR Doc. E7–23506 Filed 12–3–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–06–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE [A–533–808] Stainless Steel Wire Rods from India: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and Notice of Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review in Part AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68123 administrative review of sales of stainless steel wire rods made by Sunflag Iron & Steel Co., Ltd. EFFECTIVE DATE: (December 4, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Edythe Artman, AD/CVD Enforcement, Office 5, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230, telephone: (202) 482–3931. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On September 12, 2007, the Department of Commerce (the Department) published the preliminary results of the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on stainless steel wire rods from India and a notice of intent to rescind the antidumping duty administrative review in part. See Stainless Steel Wire Rods from India: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and Notice of Intent to Rescind Antidumping Duty Administrative Review in Part, 72 FR 52079 (September 12, 2007). We invited interested parties to comment on the preliminary results but received no comments from the parties. Rescission of Review in Part In the preliminary results of review, we stated our intent to rescind the administrative review with respect to sales of stainless steel wire rods (wire rods) made by Sunflag Iron & Steel Co., Ltd. (Sunflag), during the period of review because we had initiated a new– shipper review of these sales. See Stainless Steel Wire Rod from India: Notice of Initiation of Antidumping Duty New–Shipper Review, 72 FR 13088 (March 20, 2007). We thus preliminarily determined that it was appropriate to rescind the administrative review with respect to Sunflag pursuant to 19 CFR 351.214(j), which permits a rescission when there are multiple reviews of the sales of a company. We received no comments from interested parties concerning our intent to rescind. Because Sunflag’s sales are subject to a new–shipper review, we are rescinding the administrative review with respect to Sunflag pursuant to 19 CFR 351.214(j). Scope of the Order The merchandise under review is wire rods, which are hot–rolled or hot– rolled annealed and/or pickled rounds, squares, octagons, hexagons or other shapes, in coils. Wire rods are made of alloy steels containing, by weight, 1.2 percent or less of carbon and 10.5 E:\FR\FM\04DEN1.SGM 04DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 232 (Tuesday, December 4, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 68122-68123]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-23506]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Bureau of Economic Analysis


Proposed Data Sharing Activity

AGENCY: Bureau of Economic Analysis, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice and request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) proposes to provide to 
the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data collected from several 
surveys that it conducts on U.S. direct investment abroad, foreign 
direct investment in the United States, and U.S. international services 
transactions for statistical purposes exclusively. In accordance with 
the requirement of Section 524(d) of the Confidential Information 
Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act of 2002 (CIPSEA), we are 
providing the opportunity for public comment on this data-sharing 
action.
    The data provided to BLS will be used for two purposes:
    (1) The BLS International Price Program is researching the 
feasibility of producing price indexes for imports and exports of 
services, such as financial services, film and tape rentals, and 
royalties and license fees. BLS will use data from BEA surveys to 
develop sample frames of companies that trade these services and to 
directly collect price information from the selected companies. BLS 
will also use BEA data as weighting sources for the price indexes. 
Should it prove feasible to produce price indexes for international 
services, BEA will share data collected in its direct investment and 
international services surveys with BLS each time BLS draws a new 
sample and reweights the indexes. BLS will share sample frame and 
revenue information that it collects with BEA, which will allow BEA to 
identify errors or omissions in the data collected on its surveys. This 
data sharing effort will improve the quality of price indexes for 
imported and exported services that BEA uses in compiling the National 
Income and Product Accounts.
    (2) The BLS Division of Foreign Labor Statistics will use BEA data 
collected on employment, compensation, and (as available) hours worked 
at the foreign affiliates of U.S. multinational companies to estimate 
their hourly compensation costs for research comparing the levels and 
trends of hourly compensation costs of foreign affiliates with the 
average costs for establishments in the same industries and same host 
countries as the affiliates.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before February 4, 
2008.

ADDRESSES: Please direct all written comments on this proposed program 
to the Director, Bureau of Economic Analysis (BE-1), Washington, DC 
20230.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information on 
this proposed program should be directed to Maria Borga, Bureau of 
Economic Analysis (BE-50), Washington, DC 20230, by phone on

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(202) 606-9853, via the Internet at Maria.Borga@bea.gov, or by fax on 
(202) 606-5318.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    CIPSEA (Pub. L. 107-347, Title V) and the International Investment 
and Trade in Services Survey Act (Pub. L. 94-472, 22 United States Code 
(U.S.C.) 3101-3108) allow BEA and BLS to share certain business data 
for exclusively statistical purposes. Section 524(d) of the CIPSEA 
requires a Federal Register notice announcing the intent to share data 
(allowing 60 days for public comment), since BEA respondents were 
required by law to report the data. Section 524(d) also requires us to 
provide information about the terms of the agreement for data sharing. 
For purposes of this notice, BEA has decided to group these terms by 
three categories.
    The categories are:
     Shared data.
     Statistical purposes for the shared data.
     Data access and confidentiality.

Shared Data

    BEA proposes to provide BLS with data from its surveys of U.S. 
direct investment abroad, foreign direct investment in the United 
States, and U.S. international services transactions. BLS will use 
these data for statistical purposes exclusively.

Statistical Purposes for the Shared Data

    Data collected in BEA's surveys of direct investment are used to 
develop estimates of the financing and operations of U.S. parent 
companies, their foreign affiliates, and U.S. affiliates of foreign 
companies, and estimates of transactions between parents and 
affiliates. Data collected in BEA's surveys of U.S. international 
services transactions are used to develop estimates of services 
transactions between U.S. persons (in a broad legal sense, including 
companies) and foreign persons. These estimates are published in the 
Survey of Current Business, BEA's monthly journal; in other BEA 
publications; and on BEA's Web site at https://www.bea.gov/. All data 
are collected under sections 3101-3108, of Title 22, U.S.C.
    The shared data will be used for several exclusively statistical 
purposes by both agencies, such as the production of price indexes for 
imported and exported services and the making of international 
comparisons between the hourly compensation costs at the foreign 
affiliates of U.S. multinational companies and the average costs for 
establishments in the same industries and same host countries as the 
foreign affiliates.

Data Access and Confidentiality

    Title 22, U.S.C. 3104 protects the confidentiality of the data to 
be provided by BEA to BLS. The data may be seen only by persons sworn 
to uphold the confidentiality of the information. Access to the shared 
data will be restricted to specifically authorized personnel and will 
be provided for statistical purposes only. Any results of this research 
are subject to BEA disclosure protection. All BLS employees with access 
to these data will become BEA Special Sworn Employees--meaning that 
they, under penalty of law, must uphold the data's confidentiality.

J. Steven Landefeld,
Director, Bureau of Economic Analysis.
[FR Doc. E7-23506 Filed 12-3-07; 8:45 am]
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