Announcement of Termination of National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) Test: Semi-Monthly Statement Processing Prototype, 52062-52063 [E8-20765]

Download as PDF 52062 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 174 / Monday, September 8, 2008 / Notices conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10. Written comments should be received on or before October 8, 2008. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the proposed information collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be addressed to the OMB Desk Officer for Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, and sent via electronic mail tooira_submission@omb.eop.gov or faxed to (202) 395–6974. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encourages the general public and affected Federal agencies to submit written comments and suggestions on proposed and/or continuing information collection requests pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act (Pub. L. 104– 13). 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Tracey Denning, Agency Clearance Officer, Customs and Border Protection. [FR Doc. E8–20763 Filed 9–5–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–14–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Customs and Border Protection Announcement of Termination of National Customs Automation Program (NCAP) Test: Semi-Monthly Statement Processing Prototype U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: General notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This document announces U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s decision to formally terminate the test of the semi-monthly filing and statement processing prototype program that was initiated in April 1998, as part of the National Customs Automation Program. The test of the semi-monthly filing program was conceived as a transitional procedure from the Automated Commercial System to the full electronic processing of commercial importations in the Automated Commercial Environment, which allows account holders to pay duties, taxes, fees, and other payments owed using a periodic statement cycle. The Automated Commercial Environment portal system for Periodic Monthly Payment statement processing has been deployed nationwide thereby ending the need for the semi-monthly filing program. DATES: Effective Date: September 8, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Sharon Taylor, Program Officer, Revenue Policy and Programs Branch, ADCVD/Revenue Division, Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection at (202) 863–6527 or via e-mail at Sharon.Taylor@dhs.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00062 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Title VI of the North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act, Public Law 103–182, 107 Stat. 2057 (December 8, 1993), contains provisions pertaining to Customs Modernization (107 Stat. 2170). Subtitle B of Title VI establishes the National Customs Automation Program (NCAP)—an automated and electronic system for the processing of commercial importations. Pursuant to the provisions of Subtitle B, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (‘‘CBP’’) developed a new commercial processing system, the Automated Commercial Environment (‘‘ACE’’), which is phasing out the Automated Commercial System (‘‘ACS’’). As an interim measure, while the ACS was still in use for the filing of duties, taxes, fees and other payments, the former Customs Service (now CBP) published a General Notice entitled ‘‘Announcement of National Customs Automation Program Test: SemiMonthly Statement Processing Prototype’’ in the Federal Register (63 FR 15259) on March 30, 1998, pursuant to section 101.9(b) of CBP regulations (19 CFR 101.9(b)), which implemented the NCAP testing procedures. The prototype permitted importers to file entry summaries and to pay their duties, taxes, and fees within seven days of the end of a fifteen or sixteen day semimonthly period for cargo released during that period. Pursuant to section 1505 of the United States Code (19 U.S.C. 1505), the interest rate was calculated using the rate in effect seven days after the fifteen or sixteen day semi-monthly period. It provided for suspension of a participant for misconduct and an appeal process. Only six importers elected to participate in the program. The notice originally instituted the program at only 14 ports of entry. The notice stated that the semimonthly filing and statement processing prototype would be implemented over an 18-month period and would end when the periodic payment/statement feature of ACE was available. However, ACE was not fully implemented in 2002 and the testing of the semi-monthly processing prototype was incomplete. The reasons for these developments were many, namely, budgeting difficulties, the occurrence of other national events, which occasioned a shifting of CBP priorities, the continuing reorganization of Customs, etc. Furthermore, evaluations of the prototype conducted with participants showed a concern that the prototype testing should be expanded to additional ports so that the national E:\FR\FM\08SEN1.SGM 08SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 174 / Monday, September 8, 2008 / Notices effect of this program could be fully gauged. The test was not opened to any new participants, but the original six participants continued in the program. As the test program continued, a series of notices announced changes or modifications to the test program in the following notices published in the Federal Register: 67 FR 39098 (June 6, 2002); 69 FR 5362 (February 4, 2004); 69 FR 54302 (September 8, 2004); 70 FR 5199 (February 1, 2005); 70 FR 45736 (August 8, 2005); 70 FR 55623 (September 22, 2005) and 71 FR 3315 (January 20, 2006). The development of this NCAP test is set forth in these prior notices. Termination of National Customs Automation Program Test on the SemiMonthly Statement Processing Prototype The periodic monthly payment statement ACE-based process, referenced above, has now exceeded over two billion dollars in revenues on the periodic deposit of estimated duties and fees. All of the six original participants in the ‘‘Semi-Monthly Statement Processing Prototype’’ have terminated their involvement in the program in favor of participation in the ACE-based process. The Automated Commercial Environment portal system for Periodic Monthly Payment statement processing has been deployed nationwide thereby ending the need for the semi-monthly filing program. Therefore, this notice formally announces the termination of the ‘‘Semi-Monthly Statement Processing Prototype’’ under the NCAP. Dated: September 3, 2008. Jason P. Ahern, Acting Commissioner, U. S. Customs and Border Protection. [FR Doc. E8–20765 Filed 9–5–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–14–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS–R8–R–2008–N0173, 80230–1265– 0000–S3] Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan and environmental assessment; request for comments. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES SUMMARY: We, the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), intend to prepare a VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:59 Sep 05, 2008 Jkt 214001 Introduction With this notice, we initiate our process for developing a CCP for San Luis and Merced NWRs and the Grasslands WMA in Merced County, CA. This notice complies with our CCP policy to: (1) Advise other Federal and State agencies, Tribes, and the public of our intention to conduct detailed planning on this refuge and (2) obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to consider in the environmental document and during development of the CCP. Background San Luis and Merced National Wildlife Refuges and Grasslands Wildlife Management Area, Merced County, CA AGENCY: Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) and Environmental Assessment (EA) for San Luis and Merced National Wildlife Refuges (NWRs) and the Grasslands Wildlife Management Area (WMA) located in Merced County, California. We provide this notice in compliance with our CCP policy to advise other Federal and State agencies, Tribes, and the public of our intentions, and to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues to consider in the planning process. DATES: To ensure consideration, we must receive your written comments by October 23, 2008. ADDRESSES: Send your comments or requests for more information by any of the following methods. E-mail: Sandy_Osborn@fws.gov. Include ‘‘San Luis CCP’’ in the subject line of the message. Fax: Attn: Ms. Sandy Osborn, (916) 414–6497. U.S. Mail: California and Nevada Region, Refuge Planning, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2800 Cottage Way, W– 1832, Sacramento, California 95825. In-Person Drop off: You may drop off comments during regular business hours 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at San Luis NWR Complex Headquarters, 947 West Pacheco Blvd., Suite C, Los Banos, California. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Sandy Osborn, Planning Team Leader, at (916) 414–6503. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The CCP Process The National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. 668dd–668ee) (Improvement Act), which amended the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966, requires us to develop a CCP for each national wildlife refuge. The purpose for developing a CCP is to provide refuge managers with a 15-year plan for achieving refuge purposes and contributing toward the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System, PO 00000 Frm 00063 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52063 consistent with sound principles of fish and wildlife management, conservation, legal mandates, and our policies. In addition to outlining broad management direction on conserving wildlife and their habitats, CCPs identify wildlifedependent recreational opportunities available to the public, including opportunities for hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, and environmental education and interpretation. We will review and update the CCP at least every 15 years in accordance with the Improvement Act. Each unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System is established for specific purposes. We use these purposes as the foundation for developing and prioritizing the management goals and objectives for each refuge within the National Wildlife Refuge System mission, and to determine how the public can use each refuge. The planning process is a way for us and the public to evaluate management goals and objectives that will ensure the best possible approach to wildlife, plant, and habitat conservation, while providing for wildlife-dependent recreation opportunities that are compatible with each refuge’s establishing purposes and the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Our CCP process provides participation opportunities for Tribal, State, and local governments; agencies; organizations; and the public. At this time we encourage input in the form of issues, concerns, ideas, and suggestions for the future management of San Luis and Merced NWRs and the Grasslands WMA. We will conduct the environmental review of this project in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA) (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); NEPA regulations (40 CFR parts 1500–1508); other appropriate Federal laws and regulations; and our policies and procedures for compliance with those laws and regulations. San Luis and Merced NWRs and Grasslands WMA The San Luis and Merced NWRs and Grasslands WMA are in Merced County, California, adjacent to the communities of Los Banos and Merced. They are situated within the San Joaquin River watershed in the San Joaquin Valley. Collectively, these three units of the National Wildlife Refuge System contain one of the largest contiguous freshwater wetlands remaining in California, which provides important winter habitat for millions of migratory birds, as well as assemblages of other E:\FR\FM\08SEN1.SGM 08SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

U.S. Customs and Border Protection


Announcement of Termination of National Customs Automation 
Program (NCAP) Test: Semi-Monthly Statement Processing Prototype

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

ACTION: General notice.

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SUMMARY: This document announces U.S. Customs and Border Protection's 
decision to formally terminate the test of the semi-monthly filing and 
statement processing prototype program that was initiated in April 
1998, as part of the National Customs Automation Program. The test of 
the semi-monthly filing program was conceived as a transitional 
procedure from the Automated Commercial System to the full electronic 
processing of commercial importations in the Automated Commercial 
Environment, which allows account holders to pay duties, taxes, fees, 
and other payments owed using a periodic statement cycle. The Automated 
Commercial Environment portal system for Periodic Monthly Payment 
statement processing has been deployed nationwide thereby ending the 
need for the semi-monthly filing program.

DATES: Effective Date: September 8, 2008.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Sharon Taylor, Program Officer, 
Revenue Policy and Programs Branch, ADCVD/Revenue Division, Office of 
International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection at (202) 863-
6527 or via e-mail at Sharon.Taylor@dhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Title VI of the North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation 
Act, Public Law 103-182, 107 Stat. 2057 (December 8, 1993), contains 
provisions pertaining to Customs Modernization (107 Stat. 2170). 
Subtitle B of Title VI establishes the National Customs Automation 
Program (NCAP)--an automated and electronic system for the processing 
of commercial importations. Pursuant to the provisions of Subtitle B, 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (``CBP'') developed a new commercial 
processing system, the Automated Commercial Environment (``ACE''), 
which is phasing out the Automated Commercial System (``ACS'').
    As an interim measure, while the ACS was still in use for the 
filing of duties, taxes, fees and other payments, the former Customs 
Service (now CBP) published a General Notice entitled ``Announcement of 
National Customs Automation Program Test: Semi-Monthly Statement 
Processing Prototype'' in the Federal Register (63 FR 15259) on March 
30, 1998, pursuant to section 101.9(b) of CBP regulations (19 CFR 
101.9(b)), which implemented the NCAP testing procedures. The prototype 
permitted importers to file entry summaries and to pay their duties, 
taxes, and fees within seven days of the end of a fifteen or sixteen 
day semi-monthly period for cargo released during that period. Pursuant 
to section 1505 of the United States Code (19 U.S.C. 1505), the 
interest rate was calculated using the rate in effect seven days after 
the fifteen or sixteen day semi-monthly period. It provided for 
suspension of a participant for misconduct and an appeal process. Only 
six importers elected to participate in the program. The notice 
originally instituted the program at only 14 ports of entry. The notice 
stated that the semi-monthly filing and statement processing prototype 
would be implemented over an 18-month period and would end when the 
periodic payment/statement feature of ACE was available.
    However, ACE was not fully implemented in 2002 and the testing of 
the semi-monthly processing prototype was incomplete. The reasons for 
these developments were many, namely, budgeting difficulties, the 
occurrence of other national events, which occasioned a shifting of CBP 
priorities, the continuing reorganization of Customs, etc. Furthermore, 
evaluations of the prototype conducted with participants showed a 
concern that the prototype testing should be expanded to additional 
ports so that the national

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effect of this program could be fully gauged. The test was not opened 
to any new participants, but the original six participants continued in 
the program. As the test program continued, a series of notices 
announced changes or modifications to the test program in the following 
notices published in the Federal Register: 67 FR 39098 (June 6, 2002); 
69 FR 5362 (February 4, 2004); 69 FR 54302 (September 8, 2004); 70 FR 
5199 (February 1, 2005); 70 FR 45736 (August 8, 2005); 70 FR 55623 
(September 22, 2005) and 71 FR 3315 (January 20, 2006). The development 
of this NCAP test is set forth in these prior notices.

Termination of National Customs Automation Program Test on the Semi-
Monthly Statement Processing Prototype

    The periodic monthly payment statement ACE-based process, 
referenced above, has now exceeded over two billion dollars in revenues 
on the periodic deposit of estimated duties and fees. All of the six 
original participants in the ``Semi-Monthly Statement Processing 
Prototype'' have terminated their involvement in the program in favor 
of participation in the ACE-based process. The Automated Commercial 
Environment portal system for Periodic Monthly Payment statement 
processing has been deployed nationwide thereby ending the need for the 
semi-monthly filing program. Therefore, this notice formally announces 
the termination of the ``Semi-Monthly Statement Processing Prototype'' 
under the NCAP.

    Dated: September 3, 2008.
Jason P. Ahern,
Acting Commissioner, U. S. Customs and Border Protection.
[FR Doc. E8-20765 Filed 9-5-08; 8:45 am]
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