Re-Accreditation and Re-Approval of Inspectorate America Corp., as a Commercial Gauger and Laboratory, 72745-72746 [E7-24694]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 245 / Friday, December 21, 2007 / Notices ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: U.S., Canadian and Bermudian citizens entering the United States at land or sea ports-of-entry must establish their identity and citizenship to the satisfaction of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer. Under current CBP procedures, such individuals may provide any proof of identity and citizenship. While most individuals provide documentary evidence of citizenship, such as a passport or birth certificate, individuals may, depending on the circumstances, be admitted on an oral declaration. Accordingly, CBP is amending its field guidance procedures to instruct CBP officers that citizenship ordinarily may not be established using only an oral declaration. This Notice informs the public that, effective January 31, 2008, all travelers will be expected to present documents proving citizenship, such as a birth certificate, and government-issued documents proving identity, such as a driver’s license, when entering the United States through land and sea ports of entry. DATES: This notice is effective January 31, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colleen Manaher, WHTI, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Room 5.4–D, Washington, DC 20229, telephone number (202) 344– 3003. All travelers entering the United States are inspected by a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officer. To enter the United States in conformance with the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), U.S. citizens, Canadians and Bermudians must satisfy the CBP Officer of their identity and citizenship. See 8 CFR 235.1(b) and 235.1(f)(1). In accordance with current CBP operational procedures, a CBP Officer may accept documentary evidence of citizenship from U.S. citizens arriving at land or sea ports of entry from within the Western Hemisphere, such as a passport or birth certificate, or may accept an oral declaration if, depending upon the circumstances presented, such a declaration is deemed sufficient to prove citizenship. When assessing an assertion of citizenship, the CBP Officer may ask for additional identification and proof of citizenship until the CBP Officer is satisfied that the traveler seeking entry into the United States is a U.S. citizen. Similarly, certain nonimmigrant aliens who are citizens of Canada and mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:37 Dec 20, 2007 Jkt 214001 Bermuda are exempt from presenting a passport when entering the United States as nonimmigrant visitors from countries in the Western Hemisphere at land or sea ports-of-entry. 8 CFR 212.1(a)(1) and (2). Like U.S. citizens, these travelers are required to satisfy the inspecting CBP officer of their identities and citizenship at the time of their applications for admission. 8 CFR 235.1(f)(1). In accordance with current CBP operational procedures, a CBP Officer may accept documentary evidence of citizenship from Canadian and Bermudian citizens arriving from within the Western Hemisphere, such as a passport or birth certificate, or may, depending upon the circumstances presented, accept an oral declaration. CBP is now amending its field instructions to direct CBP Officers to no longer generally accept oral declarations as sufficient proof of citizenship and, instead, require documents that evidence identity and citizenship from U.S., Canadian, and Bermudian citizens entering the United States at land and sea ports-of-entry. Upon implementation, these changes in procedure will reduce the potential vulnerability posed by those who might falsely purport to be U.S., Canadian or Bermudian citizens trying to enter the United States by land or sea in reliance upon a mere oral declaration. Beginning on January 31, 2008, a person claiming U.S., Canadian, or Bermudian citizenship must establish that fact to the examining CBP Officer’s satisfaction by presenting a citizenship document such as a birth certificate as well as a government-issued photo identification document. CBP retains its authority to request additional documentation when warranted and to make appropriate individual exceptions. The instruction for CBP Officers to no longer generally accept oral declarations alone as satisfactory evidence of citizenship is a change in DHS and CBP internal operating procedures, and therefore is exempt from notice and comment rulemaking requirements under the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. 553(b). On June 26, 2007, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of State (DOS) published a joint notice of proposed rulemaking to implement the final phase of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) and require persons entering the United States from Western Hemisphere countries to present a passport or other travel document as determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security. See 72 FR 35088. In the NPRM, DHS also explained that, separate from WHTI, beginning January 31, 2008, CBP would PO 00000 Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 72745 no longer accept oral declarations alone as proof of citizenship or identity at land and sea border ports-of-entry. DHS received five comments in response to the NRPM discussion on the change of practice concerning oral declarations. Although, as discussed above, the amendment to CBP procedures does not require notice and comment rulemaking, DHS will address those comments in the WHTI final rule. In summary, those comments were concerned about increased traffic and resulting travel delays at land border ports-of-entry stemming from document requirements. CBP will rely on its operational experience in processing travelers entering the United States by land to ensure that these changes are implemented in a manner that will minimize delays while achieving the security benefit underlying WHTI. Accordingly, effective January 31, 2008, CBP Officers will no longer generally allow travelers claiming to be U.S., Canadian, or Bermudian citizens to establish citizenship by relying only on an oral declaration. Beginning on that date, all travelers, including those claiming to be U.S., Canadian, or Bermudian citizens arriving by land and sea will generally be expected to present some form of documentation to satisfy the CBP Officer of his or her identity and citizenship. For example, such documentation may include a government-issued photo identification document presented with a citizenship document, such as a birth certificate. Dated: December 14, 2007. Jayson P. Ahern, Acting Commissioner, Customs and Border Protection. [FR Doc. E7–24691 Filed 12–20–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–14–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Customs and Border Protection [CBP Dec. 07– 95] Re-Accreditation and Re-Approval of Inspectorate America Corp., as a Commercial Gauger and Laboratory U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: Notice of re-approval of Inspectorate America Corp., of Martinez, California, as a commercial gauger and laboratory. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to 19 CFR 151.12 and 151.13, Inspectorate America Corp., 3773 Pacheco Blvd., Suite C, Martinez, E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1 72746 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 245 / Friday, December 21, 2007 / Notices California 94553, has been re-approved to gauge petroleum and petroleum products, organic chemicals and vegetable oils, and to test petroleum and petroleum products for customs purposes, in accordance with the provisions of 19 CFR 151.12 and 151.13. Anyone wishing to employ this entity to conduct laboratory analysis or gauger services should request and receive written assurances from the entity that it is accredited or approved by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to conduct the specific test or gauger service requested. Alternatively, inquiries regarding the specific tests or gauger services this entity is accredited or approved to perform may be directed to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection by calling (202) 344–1060. The inquiry may also be sent to http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/import/ operations_support/labs_scientific_svcs/ org_and_operations.xml. The re-approval of Inspectorate America Corp., as a commercial gauger and laboratory became effective on March 6, 2007. The next triennial inspection date will be scheduled for March 2010. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eugene J. Bondoc, Ph.D., or Randall Breaux, Laboratories and Scientific Services, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Suite 1500N, Washington, DC 20229, 202–344–1060. Dated: December 7, 2007. Ira S. Reese, Executive Director, Laboratories and Scientific Services. [FR Doc. E7–24694 Filed 12–20–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–14–P DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–5117–N–106] Section 8 Random Digit Dialing Fair Market Rent Surveys Office of the Chief Information Officer, HUD ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The proposed information collection requirement described below has been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act. The Department is soliciting public comments on the subject proposal. This survey provides HUD with a fast, inexpensive way to estimate Section 8 Fair Market Rents (FMRs) in areas not covered by the American Community Survey annual reports and in areas where FMRs are believed to be incorrect. The Department has used this random digit dialing (RDD) survey methodology for 15 years, as recently improved to offset low response rates. The affected public would be those renters surveyed and Section 8 voucher holders. DATES: Comments Due Date: January 22, 2008. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB approval Number (2528–0142) and should be sent to: HUD Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503; fax: 202–395–6974. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lillian Deitzer, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20410; email Lillian Deitzer at Lillian_L_Deitzer@HUD.gov or telephone (202) 708–2374. This is not a toll-free number. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Deitzer. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that the Department of Housing and Urban Development has submitted to OMB a request for approval of the Information collection described below. This notice is soliciting comments from members of the public and affecting agencies concerning the proposed collection of information to: (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond; including through the use of appropriate automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. This notice also lists the following information: Title of Proposal: Section 8 Random Digit Dialing Fair Market Rent Surveys. OMB Approval Number: 2528–0142. Form Numbers: None. Description of the Need for the Information and its Proposed Use: This survey provides HUD with a fast, inexpensive way to estimate Section 8 Fair Market Rents (FMRs) in areas not covered by the American Community Survey annual reports and in areas where FMRs are believed to be incorrect. The Department has used this random digit dialing (RDD) survey methodology for 15 years, as recently improved to offset low response rates. The affected public would be those renters surveyed and Section 8 voucher holders. Frequency of Submission: On occasion. Number of respondents mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Reporting Burden: ..................................................................... VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:37 Dec 20, 2007 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00082 × Annual responses × Hours per response = Burden Hours 23,816 .... 1 .... 0.248 .... 5,928 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 245 (Friday, December 21, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 72745-72746]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-24694]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

[CBP Dec. 07- 95]


Re-Accreditation and Re-Approval of Inspectorate America Corp., 
as a Commercial Gauger and Laboratory

AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland 
Security.

ACTION: Notice of re-approval of Inspectorate America Corp., of 
Martinez, California, as a commercial gauger and laboratory.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to 19 CFR 151.12 and 
151.13, Inspectorate America Corp., 3773 Pacheco Blvd., Suite C, 
Martinez,

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California 94553, has been re-approved to gauge petroleum and petroleum 
products, organic chemicals and vegetable oils, and to test petroleum 
and petroleum products for customs purposes, in accordance with the 
provisions of 19 CFR 151.12 and 151.13. Anyone wishing to employ this 
entity to conduct laboratory analysis or gauger services should request 
and receive written assurances from the entity that it is accredited or 
approved by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to conduct the 
specific test or gauger service requested. Alternatively, inquiries 
regarding the specific tests or gauger services this entity is 
accredited or approved to perform may be directed to the U.S. Customs 
and Border Protection by calling (202) 344-1060. The inquiry may also 
be sent to http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/import/operations_support/labs_
scientific_svcs/org_and_operations.xml.

DATES: The re-approval of Inspectorate America Corp., as a commercial 
gauger and laboratory became effective on March 6, 2007. The next 
triennial inspection date will be scheduled for March 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eugene J. Bondoc, Ph.D., or Randall 
Breaux, Laboratories and Scientific Services, U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Suite 1500N, Washington, DC 
20229, 202-344-1060.

    Dated: December 7, 2007.
Ira S. Reese,
Executive Director, Laboratories and Scientific Services.
[FR Doc. E7-24694 Filed 12-20-07; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 9111-14-P