Bureau of International Labor Affairs; Request for Information on Forced/Indentured Child Labor Pursuant to Executive Order 13126, 61170-61171 [E8-24410]

Download as PDF jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 61170 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 200 / Wednesday, October 15, 2008 / Notices Devices for Connecting Computers via Telephone Lines, Inv. No. 337–TA–360, USITC Pub. No. 2843 (December 1994) (Commission Opinion). If the Commission contemplates some form of remedy, it must consider the effects of that remedy upon the public interest. The factors the Commission will consider include the effect that an exclusion order and/or cease and desist orders would have on (1) The public health and welfare, (2) competitive conditions in the U.S. economy, (3) U.S. production of articles that are like or directly competitive with those that are subject to investigation, and (4) U.S. consumers. The Commission is therefore interested in receiving written submissions that address the aforementioned public interest factors in the context of this investigation. If the Commission orders some form of remedy, the U.S. Trade Representative, as delegated by the President, has 60 days to approve or disapprove the Commission’s action. See Presidential Memorandum of July 21, 2005, 70 FR 43251 (July 26, 2005). During this period, the subject articles would be entitled to enter the United States under bond, in an amount determined by the Commission and prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury. The Commission is therefore interested in receiving submissions concerning the amount of the bond that should be imposed if a remedy is ordered. Written Submissions: The parties to the investigation are requested to file written submissions on the issues identified in this notice. Parties to the investigation, interested government agencies, and any other interested parties are encouraged to file written submissions on the issues of remedy, the public interest, and bonding. Such submissions should address the recommended determination by the ALJ on remedy and bonding. Complainants and the IA are also requested to submit proposed remedial orders for the Commission’s consideration. Complainants are also requested to state the dates that the patents expire and the HTSUS numbers under which the accused products are imported. The written submissions and proposed remedial orders must be filed no later than close of business on Monday, October 27, 2008. Reply submissions must be filed no later than the close of business on Monday, November 3, 2008. No further submissions on these issues will be permitted unless otherwise ordered by the Commission. Persons filing written submissions must file the original document and 12 true copies thereof on or before the VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:32 Oct 14, 2008 Jkt 217001 deadlines stated above with the Office of the Secretary. Any person desiring to submit a document to the Commission in confidence must request confidential treatment unless the information has already been granted such treatment during the proceedings. All such requests should be directed to the Secretary of the Commission and must include a full statement of the reasons why the Commission should grant such treatment. See 19 CFR 210.6. Documents for which confidential treatment by the Commission is sought will be treated accordingly. All nonconfidential written submissions will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Secretary. The authority for the Commission’s determination is contained in section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1337), and in sections 210.42–46 and 210.50 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 210.42–46 and 210.50). Issued: October 9, 2008. By order of the Commission. Marilyn R. Abbott, Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. E8–24553 Filed 10–14–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Bureau of International Labor Affairs; Request for Information on Forced/ Indentured Child Labor Pursuant to Executive Order 13126 Office of the Secretary, Labor. Request for information on forced child labor in the production of bricks, coal, foundry products, chemicals, cotton, grape products, toys, and fireworks in China. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: This notice is a request for information to assist the Department of Labor in conducting a review of a submission on forced child labor in the production of bricks, coal, foundry products, chemicals, cotton, grape products, toys, and fireworks in China. This review is being conducted pursuant to Executive Order 13126 (‘‘Prohibition of Acquisition of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor’’) and the ‘‘Procedural Guidelines for Maintenance of the List of Products Requiring Federal Contractor Certification as to Forced or Indentured Child Labor’’ at 48 CFR Subpart 22.15. The Department anticipates that written information regarding forced child labor in the above products in China will aid it in determining, in consultation with the Departments of PO 00000 Frm 00154 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 State and Homeland Security, whether these products, and their originating country, should be added to the Executive Order list. DATES: Submitters of information are requested to provide two (2) copies of their written submission to the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking (OCFT) at the address below by 5 p.m., December 15, 2008. To Submit Information, or for Further Information, Contact: OCFT, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor at (202) 693–4843 (this is not a toll free number). Information may be submitted by the following methods: • Facsimile (fax): OCFT at 202–693– 4830. • Mail, Express Delivery, Hand Delivery, and Messenger Service: Brandie Sasser at U.S. Department of Labor, OCFT, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room S–5317, Washington, DC 20210. • E-mail: EO13126@dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background Executive Order No. 13126, which was published in the Federal Register on June 16, 1999 (64 FR 32383–32385), declared that it was ‘‘the policy of the United States Government’’ that the executive agencies shall take appropriate actions to enforce the laws prohibiting the manufacture or importation of good, wares articles, and merchandise mined, produced or manufactured wholly or in part by forced or indentured child labor.’’ Pursuant to the Executive Order, and following public notice and comment, the Department of Labor published in the January 18, 2001, Federal Register, a final list of products (the ‘‘List’’), identified by their country of origin, that the Department, in consultation and cooperation with the Departments of State and Treasury [relevant responsibilities now within the Department of Homeland Security], had a reasonable basis to believe might have been mined, produced or manufactured with forced or indentured child labor (66 FR 5353). In addition to the List, the Department also published on January 18, 2001, ‘‘Procedural Guidelines for Maintenance of the List of Products Requiring Federal Contractor Certification as to Forced or Indentured Child Labor,’’ which provide for maintaining, reviewing, and, as appropriate, revising the list of products required by Executive Order 13126 (66 FR 5351). The List can be accessed on the Internet at http://www.dol.gov/ilab E:\FR\FM\15OCN1.SGM 15OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 200 / Wednesday, October 15, 2008 / Notices or can be obtained from: Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, Room S–5317, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210; telephone: (202) 693–4843; fax (202) 693–4830. A copy of the Procedural Guidelines is also available from OCFT. Pursuant to Section 3 of the Executive Order, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Councils published a final rule in the Federal Register on January 18, 2001, providing that federal contractors who supply products that appear on the List issued by the Department of Labor must certify to the contracting officer that the contractor, or, in the case of an incorporated contractor, a responsible official of the contractor, has made a good faith effort to determine whether forced or indentured child labor was used to mine, produce or manufacture any product furnished under the contract and that, on the basis of those efforts, the contractor is unaware of any such use of child labor. The regulation also imposes other requirements with respect to contracts for products on the Department of Labor’s List. See 48 CFR Subpart 22.15. II. China Executive Order Submission The Department of Labor accepted for review a submission under Executive Order 13126 regarding the use of forced child labor in the production of bricks, coal, foundry products, chemicals, cotton, grape products, toys, and fireworks in China. Since accepting the submission for official review, OCFT has been collecting and assessing additional information on the topic from a variety of sources. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES III. Definition of Forced/Indentured Child Labor Under Section 6(c) of Executive Order 13126: ‘‘Forced or indentured child labor’’ means all work or service— (1) Exacted from any person under the age of 18 under the menace of any penalty for its nonperformance and for which the worker does not offer himself voluntarily; or (2) Performed by any person under the age of 18 pursuant to a contract the enforcement of which can be accomplished by process or penalties. Information Sought The Department is requesting information about forced child labor in the production of bricks, coal, foundry products, chemicals, cotton, grape products, toys, and/or fireworks in China, as well as information on efforts VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:32 Oct 14, 2008 Jkt 217001 made by the Government of China to address these problems. This notice is a general solicitation of comments from the public. All submitted comments will be made a part of the record of the review referred to above and will be available for public inspection. Signed at Washington, DC this 9th day of October 2008. Marcia Eugenio, Director, Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking. [FR Doc. E8–24410 Filed 10–14–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–28–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment Standards Administration Proposed Extension of the Approval of Information Collection Requirements ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Department of Labor, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) [44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)]. This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, reporting burden (time and financial resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and the impact of collection requirements on respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Employment Standards Administration is soliciting comments concerning its proposal to extend OMB approval of the information collection: Request to be Selected as Payee (CM–910). A copy of the proposed information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed below in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the ADDRESSES section below on or before December 15, 2008. ADDRESSES: Ms. Hazel M. Bell, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave., NW., Room S–3201, Washington, DC 20210, telephone (202) 693–0418, fax (202) 693–1451, E-mail bell.hazel@dol.gov. Please use only one method of transmission for comments (mail, fax, or E-mail). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background: The Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977, as amended, 30 U.S.C. 901, provides for PO 00000 Frm 00155 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 61171 the payment of benefits by the Department of Labor (DOL) to miners who are totally disabled due to pneumoconiosis and to certain survivors of the miner. If a beneficiary is incapable of handling his or her affairs, the person or institution responsible for their care is required to apply to receive the benefit payments on the beneficiary’s behalf. The CM–910 is the form completed by the representative payee applicants. The payee applicant completes the form and mails it for evaluation to the district office that has jurisdiction over the beneficiary’s claim file. Regulations 20 CFR 725.505–513 require the collection of this information. This information collection is currently approved for use through April 30, 2009. II. Review Focus: The Department of Labor is particularly interested in comments which: • 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; • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; • Enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. III. Current Actions: The Department of Labor seeks the approval for the extension of this currently approved information collection in order to carry out its responsibility to evaluate an applicant’s ability to be a representative payee. If the Program were not able to screen representative payee applicants the beneficiary’s best interest would not be served. Type of Review: Extension. Agency: Employment Standards Administration. Title: Request to be Selected as Payee. OMB Number: 1215–0166. Agency Number: CM–910. Affected Public: Individuals or households; Business or other for profit; Not-for-profit institutions. Average Time per Response: 15 minutes. Total Respondents: 2,500. E:\FR\FM\15OCN1.SGM 15OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR


Bureau of International Labor Affairs; Request for Information on 
Forced/Indentured Child Labor Pursuant to Executive Order 13126

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Labor.

ACTION: Request for information on forced child labor in the production 
of bricks, coal, foundry products, chemicals, cotton, grape products, 
toys, and fireworks in China.

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SUMMARY: This notice is a request for information to assist the 
Department of Labor in conducting a review of a submission on forced 
child labor in the production of bricks, coal, foundry products, 
chemicals, cotton, grape products, toys, and fireworks in China. This 
review is being conducted pursuant to Executive Order 13126 
(``Prohibition of Acquisition of Products Produced by Forced or 
Indentured Child Labor'') and the ``Procedural Guidelines for 
Maintenance of the List of Products Requiring Federal Contractor 
Certification as to Forced or Indentured Child Labor'' at 48 CFR 
Subpart 22.15.
    The Department anticipates that written information regarding 
forced child labor in the above products in China will aid it in 
determining, in consultation with the Departments of State and Homeland 
Security, whether these products, and their originating country, should 
be added to the Executive Order list.

DATES: Submitters of information are requested to provide two (2) 
copies of their written submission to the Office of Child Labor, Forced 
Labor and Human Trafficking (OCFT) at the address below by 5 p.m., 
December 15, 2008.
    To Submit Information, or for Further Information, Contact: OCFT, 
Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor at 
(202) 693-4843 (this is not a toll free number). Information may be 
submitted by the following methods:
     Facsimile (fax): OCFT at 202-693-4830.
     Mail, Express Delivery, Hand Delivery, and Messenger 
Service: Brandie Sasser at U.S. Department of Labor, OCFT, Bureau of 
International Labor Affairs, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room S-5317, 
Washington, DC 20210.
     E-mail: EO13126@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Background

    Executive Order No. 13126, which was published in the Federal 
Register on June 16, 1999 (64 FR 32383-32385), declared that it was 
``the policy of the United States Government'' that the executive 
agencies shall take appropriate actions to enforce the laws prohibiting 
the manufacture or importation of good, wares articles, and merchandise 
mined, produced or manufactured wholly or in part by forced or 
indentured child labor.'' Pursuant to the Executive Order, and 
following public notice and comment, the Department of Labor published 
in the January 18, 2001, Federal Register, a final list of products 
(the ``List''), identified by their country of origin, that the 
Department, in consultation and cooperation with the Departments of 
State and Treasury [relevant responsibilities now within the Department 
of Homeland Security], had a reasonable basis to believe might have 
been mined, produced or manufactured with forced or indentured child 
labor (66 FR 5353). In addition to the List, the Department also 
published on January 18, 2001, ``Procedural Guidelines for Maintenance 
of the List of Products Requiring Federal Contractor Certification as 
to Forced or Indentured Child Labor,'' which provide for maintaining, 
reviewing, and, as appropriate, revising the list of products required 
by Executive Order 13126 (66 FR 5351). The List can be accessed on the 
Internet at http://www.dol.gov/ilab

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or can be obtained from: Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human 
Trafficking, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, Room S-5317, U.S. 
Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 
20210; telephone: (202) 693-4843; fax (202) 693-4830. A copy of the 
Procedural Guidelines is also available from OCFT.
    Pursuant to Section 3 of the Executive Order, the Federal 
Acquisition Regulatory Councils published a final rule in the Federal 
Register on January 18, 2001, providing that federal contractors who 
supply products that appear on the List issued by the Department of 
Labor must certify to the contracting officer that the contractor, or, 
in the case of an incorporated contractor, a responsible official of 
the contractor, has made a good faith effort to determine whether 
forced or indentured child labor was used to mine, produce or 
manufacture any product furnished under the contract and that, on the 
basis of those efforts, the contractor is unaware of any such use of 
child labor. The regulation also imposes other requirements with 
respect to contracts for products on the Department of Labor's List. 
See 48 CFR Subpart 22.15.

II. China Executive Order Submission

    The Department of Labor accepted for review a submission under 
Executive Order 13126 regarding the use of forced child labor in the 
production of bricks, coal, foundry products, chemicals, cotton, grape 
products, toys, and fireworks in China. Since accepting the submission 
for official review, OCFT has been collecting and assessing additional 
information on the topic from a variety of sources.

III. Definition of Forced/Indentured Child Labor

    Under Section 6(c) of Executive Order 13126:
    ``Forced or indentured child labor'' means all work or service--
    (1) Exacted from any person under the age of 18 under the menace of 
any penalty for its nonperformance and for which the worker does not 
offer himself voluntarily; or
    (2) Performed by any person under the age of 18 pursuant to a 
contract the enforcement of which can be accomplished by process or 
penalties.

Information Sought

    The Department is requesting information about forced child labor 
in the production of bricks, coal, foundry products, chemicals, cotton, 
grape products, toys, and/or fireworks in China, as well as information 
on efforts made by the Government of China to address these problems. 
This notice is a general solicitation of comments from the public. All 
submitted comments will be made a part of the record of the review 
referred to above and will be available for public inspection.

    Signed at Washington, DC this 9th day of October 2008.
Marcia Eugenio,
Director, Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking.
[FR Doc. E8-24410 Filed 10-14-08; 8:45 am]
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