Notice of Initial Determination Revising the List of Products Requiring Federal Contractor Certification as to Forced/Indentured Child Labor Pursuant to Executive Order 13126, 59418-59420 [2012-23395]

Download as PDF 59418 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 188 / Thursday, September 27, 2012 / Notices goods—along with countries of origin— that the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) has reason to believe are produced by child labor or forced labor in violation of international standards (List). ILAB is required to develop and make available to the public the List pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 (TVPRA). DEPARTMENT OF LABOR FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUMMARY: Director, Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor at (202) 693–4843 (this is not a toll-free number). The Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) announces the publication of the fourth edition of the List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor (List), pursuant to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2005. ILAB published the initial List on September 10, 2009, and has since published updated editions annually. The 2012 edition adds four goods (baked goods, beef, fish and thread/yarn), from 3 countries (South Sudan, Suriname and Vietnam), to the List. Section 105(b) of the TVPRA of 2005 mandated that ILAB develop and publish a list of goods from countries that ILAB ‘‘has reason to believe are produced with child labor or forced labor in violation of international standards.’’ ILAB’s Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT) carries out this mandate. The primary purposes of the List are to raise public awareness about the incidence of child labor and forced labor in the production of goods in the countries listed and to promote efforts to eliminate such practices. A full report, including the updated List and a discussion of the List’s context, scope, methodology, and limitations, as well as Frequently Asked Questions and a bibliography of sources, are available on the DOL Web site at: http:// www.dol.gov/ilab/programs/ocft/ tvpra.htm. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: erowe on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with Signed at Washington, DC, this 17th day of September, 2012. Carol Pier, Acting Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs. [FR Doc. 2012–23402 Filed 9–26–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–28–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:00 Sep 26, 2012 Jkt 226001 Notice of Initial Determination Revising the List of Products Requiring Federal Contractor Certification as to Forced/ Indentured Child Labor Pursuant to Executive Order 13126 Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), Department of Labor. ACTION: Request for comments. AGENCY: This initial determination proposes to revise the list required by Executive Order No. 13126 (‘‘Prohibition of Acquisition of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor’’) in accordance with the Department of Labor’s ‘‘Procedural Guidelines for the Maintenance of the List of Products Requiring Federal Contractor Certification as to Forced or Indentured Child Labor.’’ Under the procurement regulations implementing this Executive Order, federal contractors who supply products on the list published by the Department of Labor must certify that they have made a good faith effort to determine whether forced or indentured child labor was used to produce the products listed. This notice proposes to add 6 new line items to the list (dried fish from Bangladesh, gold from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Wolframite from the Democratic Republic of Congo, cattle from South Sudan, garments from Vietnam and fish from Ghana) that the Department of Labor preliminarily believes might have been mined, produced or manufactured by forced or indentured child labor. The Department of Labor invites public comment on this initial determination. The Department will consider all public comments prior to publishing a final determination revising the list of products, made in consultation and cooperation with the Department of State and the Department of Homeland Security. DATES: Information should be submitted to the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking (OCFT) via one of the methods described below by 5 p.m., November 27, 2012. To Submit Information, or For Further Information Contact: Information submitted to the Department should be submitted directly to OCFT, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor at (202) 693–4843 (this is not a toll free number). Comments, identified as ‘‘Docket No. DOL–2012–0005,’’ may be submitted by any of the following methods: Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. The portal includes instructions for submitting comments. Parties submitting responses PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 electronically are encouraged not to submit paper copies. Facsimile (fax): OCFT at 202–693– 4830. Mail, Express Delivery, Hand Delivery, and Messenger Service (2 copies): Rachel Rigby/Charita Castro at U.S. Department of Labor, OCFT, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room S– 5317, Washington, DC 20210. Email: EO13126@dol.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Information Sought The Department is requesting public comment on the revisions to the List proposed below, as well as any other issue related to the fair and effective implementation of Executive Order (EO) 13126. This notice is a general solicitation of comments from the public. All submitted comments will be made a part of the public record and will be available for inspection on http://www.regulations.gov. In conducting research for this initial determination, the Department considered a wide variety of materials based on its own research or originating from other U.S. Government agencies, foreign governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), U.S. Governmentfunded technical assistance and field research projects, academic and other independent research, media and other sources. The Department of State and U.S. embassies and consulates abroad also provide important information by gathering data from contacts, conducting site visits and reviewing local media sources. For this initial determination, the Department also sought additional information from the public through a call for information published in the Federal Register on February 16, 2012. In developing the revised List, the Department’s review focused on information concerning the use of forced or indentured child labor that was available from the above sources. A lack of information does not, by itself, establish that forced or indentured child labor is not being used in a particular country or for a particular product. The Department’s ability to gather relevant information is constrained by available resources and information about working conditions in some countries is difficult or impossible to obtain, for a variety of reasons. For example, some governments are unable or unwilling to cooperate with international efforts or with the efforts of NGOs to uncover and address labor exploitation such as forced or indentured child labor. Institutions or organizations that might E:\FR\FM\27SEN1.SGM 27SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 188 / Thursday, September 27, 2012 / Notices uncover such information, such as independent news media, trade unions and NGOs may not exist or may not be able to operate freely. As outlined in the Procedural Guidelines, several factors were weighed in determining whether or not a product should be placed on the revised list: The nature of the information describing the use of forced or indentured child labor; the source of the information; the date of the information; the extent of corroboration of the information by other sources; whether the information involved more than an isolated incident; and whether recent and credible efforts are being made to address forced or indentured child labor in a particular country or industry. This notice constitutes the initial determination to revise the EO 13126 list issued April 3, 2012. Based on recent, credible and appropriately corroborated information from various sources, the Departments of Labor, State, and Homeland Security have preliminarily concluded that there is a reasonable basis to believe that the following products, identified by their countries of origin, might have been mined, produced, or manufactured by forced or indentured child labor: Product Country Cattle .............. Dried Fish ...... Fish ................ Garments ....... Gold ............... erowe on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with Wolframite ...... South Sudan. Bangladesh. Ghana. Vietnam. Democratic Republic of Congo. Democratic Republic of Congo. The Department invites public comment on whether these products (and/or other products, regardless of whether they are mentioned in this Notice) should be included or removed from the revised List of products requiring federal contractor certification as to the use of forced or indentured child labor. To the extent possible, comments provided should address the criteria for inclusion of a product on the List contained in the Procedural Guidelines discussed above. The Department is also interested in public comments relating to whether products initially determined to be on the List are designated with appropriate specificity and whether alternative designations would better serve the purposes of EO 13126. The documents and sources providing the preliminary basis for adding these goods and countries to the List are available on the Internet at http:// VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:00 Sep 26, 2012 Jkt 226001 www.dol.gov/ILAB/regs/eo13126/ main.htm. Following receipt and consideration of comments on the additions to the List set out above, the Department of Labor, in consultation and cooperation with the Departments of State and Homeland Security, will issue a final determination in the Federal Register. The Department of Labor intends to continue to revise the List periodically to add and/or delete products as warranted by the receipt of new and credible information. II. Background On June 12, 1999 President Clinton signed EO 13126, which was published in the Federal Register on June 16, 1999 (64 FR 32383). EO 13126 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 goods, wares, articles, and merchandise mined, produced or manufactured wholly or in part by forced or indentured child labor.’’ Pursuant to EO 13126, and following public notice and comment, the Department of Labor published in the January 18, 2001 Federal Register a list of products (the ‘‘List’’), along with their respective countries of origin, that the Department, in consultation and cooperation with the Departments of State and Treasury (whose relevant responsibilities are 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). The Department also published the ‘‘Procedural Guidelines for Maintenance of the List of Products Requiring Federal Contractor Certification as to Forced or Indentured Child Labor’’ (Procedural Guidelines) on January 18, 2001, which provide procedures for the maintenance, review and, as appropriate, revision of the List (66 FR 5351). The Procedural Guidelines provide that the List may be revised through consideration of submissions by individuals and on the Department’s own initiative. When proposing a revision to the List, the Department of Labor must publish in the Federal Register a notice of initial determination, which includes any proposed alteration to the List. The Department will consider all public comments prior to the publication of a final determination of a revised list, which is made in consultation and cooperation with the Departments of State and Homeland Security. PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 59419 On January 18, 2001, pursuant to Section 3 of the EO 13126, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council published a final rule to implement specific provisions of EO 13126 that requires, among other things, that federal contractors who supply products that appear on the List 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 forced or indentured child labor. See 48 CFR Subpart 22.15. On September 11, 2009, the Department of Labor published an initial determination in the Federal Register proposing to revise the List to include 29 products from 21 countries. The Notice requested public comments for a period of 90 days. Public comments were received and reviewed by all relevant agencies and a final determination was issued on July 20, 2010. On December 16, 2010, The Department of Labor published an initial determination in the Federal Register proposing to revise the List to add one product to the List and remove one product from the List. The Notice requested public comments for a period of 60 days. Public comments were received and reviewed by all relevant agencies, and a final determination was issued on May 31, 2011 that included all revisions proposed in the initial determination. On October 4, 2011 DOL published an initial determination in the Federal Register proposing to add three products from two countries to the List. The Notice requested public comments for a period of 60 days. Public comments were received and reviewed by all relevant agencies, and a final determination was issued on April 3, 2012 that included all revisions proposed in the initial determination. With this final determination, the List is comprised of 31 products from 23 countries. The current List and the Procedural Guidelines can be accessed on the Internet at http://www.dol.gov/ILAB/ regs/eo13126/main.htm or can be obtained from: OCFT, 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. E:\FR\FM\27SEN1.SGM 27SEN1 59420 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 188 / Thursday, September 27, 2012 / Notices III. Definitions Under Section 6(c) of EO 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. Signed at Washington, DC, this 17th day of September, 2012. Carol Pier, Acting Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs. [FR Doc. 2012–23395 Filed 9–26–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–28–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employee Benefits Security Administration erowe on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with 164th Meeting of the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans; Notice of Meeting Pursuant to the authority contained in Section 512 of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), 29 U.S.C. 1142, the 164th open meeting of the Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans (also known as the ERISA Advisory Council) will be held on October 30–31, 2012. The meeting will take place in C5521 Room 4, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210 on October 30, from 1 p.m. to approximately 5 p.m. On October 31, the meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at approximately 4 p.m., with a break for lunch. The morning session on October 31 will be in C5521 Room 1. The afternoon session on October 31 will take place in Room S–2508 at the same address. The purpose of the open meeting on October 30 and the morning of October 31 is for the Advisory Council members to finalize the recommendations they will present to the Secretary. At the October 31 afternoon session, the Council members will receive an update from the Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) and present their recommendations. The Council recommendations will be on the following issues: (1) Current Challenges and Best Practices Concerning Beneficiary Designations in Retirement and Life Insurance Plans; (2) Examining Income Replacement During Retirement Years in a Defined VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:00 Sep 26, 2012 Jkt 226001 Contribution Plan System; and (3) Managing Disability Risks in an Environment of Individual Responsibility. Descriptions of these topics are available on the Advisory Council page of the EBSA Web site at http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/aboutebsa/ erisa_advisory_council.html. Organizations or members of the public wishing to submit a written statement may do so by submitting 30 copies on or before October 22, 2012 to Larry Good, Executive Secretary, ERISA Advisory Council, U.S. Department of Labor, Suite N–5623, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210. Statements also may be submitted as email attachments in text or pdf format transmitted to good.larry@dol.gov. It is requested that statements not be included in the body of an email. Statements deemed relevant by the Advisory Council and received on or before October 22 will be included in the record of the meeting and made available in the EBSA Public Disclosure Room. Do not include any personally identifiable information (such as name, address, or other contact information) or confidential business information that you do not want publicly disclosed. Individuals or representatives of organizations wishing to address the Advisory Council should forward their requests to the Executive Secretary or telephone (202) 693–8668. Oral presentations will be limited to ten minutes, time permitting, but an extended statement may be submitted for the record. Individuals with disabilities who need special accommodations should contact the Executive Secretary by October 22, 2012 at the address indicated. Signed at Washington, DC, this 20th day of September 2012. Michael L. Davis, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Employee Benefits Security Administration. [FR Doc. 2012–23744 Filed 9–26–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–29–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Comment Request for Information Collection; Pell Grants and the Payment of Unemployment Benefits to Individuals in Approved Training; Extension Without Change Employment and Training Administration (ETA), Labor. AGENCY: ACTION: PO 00000 Notice. Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Department of Labor (Department), 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 [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, ETA is soliciting comments on the renewal of the information collection required for state notification to individuals about the opportunity for Pell Grants and the payment of unemployment benefits to individuals in approved training. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the office listed in the addressee’s section below on or before November 26, 2012. ADDRESSES: Submit written comments to Scott Gibbons, Office of Unemployment Insurance, Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210. Telephone number: 202–693–3008 (this is not a toll-free number). Individuals with hearing or speech impairments may access the telephone number above via TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Information Relay Service at 1–877– 889–5627 (TTY/TDD). Email: gibbons.scott@dol.gov. A copy of the proposed information collection request (ICR) can be obtained by contacting Mr. Gibbons. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Background To enable more individuals to obtain job training while receiving unemployment benefits so they can develop their skills while the economy recovers, states are strongly encouraged to widen their definitions of the types of training and the conditions under which education or training are considered ‘‘approved training’’ for purposes of the state’s UI law. States are also encouraged to notify unemployed individuals of their potential eligibility for Pell Grants and to assist individuals with applications. Pell Grants are awarded based on financial need and other factors. Many Unemployment Insurance (UI) beneficiaries are potentially eligible for E:\FR\FM\27SEN1.SGM 27SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR


Notice of Initial Determination Revising the List of Products 
Requiring Federal Contractor Certification as to Forced/Indentured 
Child Labor Pursuant to Executive Order 13126

AGENCY: Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), Department of 
Labor.

ACTION: Request for comments.

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SUMMARY: This initial determination proposes to revise the list 
required by Executive Order No. 13126 (``Prohibition of Acquisition of 
Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor'') in accordance 
with the Department of Labor's ``Procedural Guidelines for the 
Maintenance of the List of Products Requiring Federal Contractor 
Certification as to Forced or Indentured Child Labor.'' Under the 
procurement regulations implementing this Executive Order, federal 
contractors who supply products on the list published by the Department 
of Labor must certify that they have made a good faith effort to 
determine whether forced or indentured child labor was used to produce 
the products listed. This notice proposes to add 6 new line items to 
the list (dried fish from Bangladesh, gold from the Democratic Republic 
of Congo, Wolframite from the Democratic Republic of Congo, cattle from 
South Sudan, garments from Vietnam and fish from Ghana) that the 
Department of Labor preliminarily believes might have been mined, 
produced or manufactured by forced or indentured child labor. The 
Department of Labor invites public comment on this initial 
determination. The Department will consider all public comments prior 
to publishing a final determination revising the list of products, made 
in consultation and cooperation with the Department of State and the 
Department of Homeland Security.

DATES: Information should be submitted to the Office of Child Labor, 
Forced Labor and Human Trafficking (OCFT) via one of the methods 
described below by 5 p.m., November 27, 2012.
    To Submit Information, or For Further Information Contact: 
Information submitted to the Department should be submitted directly to 
OCFT, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor 
at (202) 693-4843 (this is not a toll free number). Comments, 
identified as ``Docket No. DOL-2012-0005,'' may be submitted by any of 
the following methods:
    Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. The portal 
includes instructions for submitting comments. Parties submitting 
responses electronically are encouraged not to submit paper copies.
    Facsimile (fax): OCFT at 202-693-4830.
    Mail, Express Delivery, Hand Delivery, and Messenger Service (2 
copies): Rachel Rigby/Charita Castro at U.S. Department of Labor, OCFT, 
Bureau of International Labor Affairs, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., 
Room S-5317, Washington, DC 20210.
    Email: EO13126@dol.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Information Sought

    The Department is requesting public comment on the revisions to the 
List proposed below, as well as any other issue related to the fair and 
effective implementation of Executive Order (EO) 13126. This notice is 
a general solicitation of comments from the public. All submitted 
comments will be made a part of the public record and will be available 
for inspection on http://www.regulations.gov.
    In conducting research for this initial determination, the 
Department considered a wide variety of materials based on its own 
research or originating from other U.S. Government agencies, foreign 
governments, international organizations, non-governmental 
organizations (NGOs), U.S. Government-funded technical assistance and 
field research projects, academic and other independent research, media 
and other sources. The Department of State and U.S. embassies and 
consulates abroad also provide important information by gathering data 
from contacts, conducting site visits and reviewing local media 
sources. For this initial determination, the Department also sought 
additional information from the public through a call for information 
published in the Federal Register on February 16, 2012.
    In developing the revised List, the Department's review focused on 
information concerning the use of forced or indentured child labor that 
was available from the above sources. A lack of information does not, 
by itself, establish that forced or indentured child labor is not being 
used in a particular country or for a particular product. The 
Department's ability to gather relevant information is constrained by 
available resources and information about working conditions in some 
countries is difficult or impossible to obtain, for a variety of 
reasons. For example, some governments are unable or unwilling to 
cooperate with international efforts or with the efforts of NGOs to 
uncover and address labor exploitation such as forced or indentured 
child labor. Institutions or organizations that might

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uncover such information, such as independent news media, trade unions 
and NGOs may not exist or may not be able to operate freely.
    As outlined in the Procedural Guidelines, several factors were 
weighed in determining whether or not a product should be placed on the 
revised list: The nature of the information describing the use of 
forced or indentured child labor; the source of the information; the 
date of the information; the extent of corroboration of the information 
by other sources; whether the information involved more than an 
isolated incident; and whether recent and credible efforts are being 
made to address forced or indentured child labor in a particular 
country or industry.
    This notice constitutes the initial determination to revise the EO 
13126 list issued April 3, 2012.
    Based on recent, credible and appropriately corroborated 
information from various sources, the Departments of Labor, State, and 
Homeland Security have preliminarily concluded that there is a 
reasonable basis to believe that the following products, identified by 
their countries of origin, might have been mined, produced, or 
manufactured by forced or indentured child labor:

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                Product                              Country
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Cattle.................................  South Sudan.
Dried Fish.............................  Bangladesh.
Fish...................................  Ghana.
Garments...............................  Vietnam.
Gold...................................  Democratic Republic of Congo.
Wolframite.............................  Democratic Republic of Congo.
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    The Department invites public comment on whether these products 
(and/or other products, regardless of whether they are mentioned in 
this Notice) should be included or removed from the revised List of 
products requiring federal contractor certification as to the use of 
forced or indentured child labor. To the extent possible, comments 
provided should address the criteria for inclusion of a product on the 
List contained in the Procedural Guidelines discussed above. The 
Department is also interested in public comments relating to whether 
products initially determined to be on the List are designated with 
appropriate specificity and whether alternative designations would 
better serve the purposes of EO 13126.
    The documents and sources providing the preliminary basis for 
adding these goods and countries to the List are available on the 
Internet at http://www.dol.gov/ILAB/regs/eo13126/main.htm.
    Following receipt and consideration of comments on the additions to 
the List set out above, the Department of Labor, in consultation and 
cooperation with the Departments of State and Homeland Security, will 
issue a final determination in the Federal Register. The Department of 
Labor intends to continue to revise the List periodically to add and/or 
delete products as warranted by the receipt of new and credible 
information.

II. Background

    On June 12, 1999 President Clinton signed EO 13126, which was 
published in the Federal Register on June 16, 1999 (64 FR 32383). EO 
13126 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 goods, wares, 
articles, and merchandise mined, produced or manufactured wholly or in 
part by forced or indentured child labor.'' Pursuant to EO 13126, and 
following public notice and comment, the Department of Labor published 
in the January 18, 2001 Federal Register a list of products (the 
``List''), along with their respective countries of origin, that the 
Department, in consultation and cooperation with the Departments of 
State and Treasury (whose relevant responsibilities are 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). The Department also published the 
``Procedural Guidelines for Maintenance of the List of Products 
Requiring Federal Contractor Certification as to Forced or Indentured 
Child Labor'' (Procedural Guidelines) on January 18, 2001, which 
provide procedures for the maintenance, review and, as appropriate, 
revision of the List (66 FR 5351).
    The Procedural Guidelines provide that the List may be revised 
through consideration of submissions by individuals and on the 
Department's own initiative. When proposing a revision to the List, the 
Department of Labor must publish in the Federal Register a notice of 
initial determination, which includes any proposed alteration to the 
List. The Department will consider all public comments prior to the 
publication of a final determination of a revised list, which is made 
in consultation and cooperation with the Departments of State and 
Homeland Security.
    On January 18, 2001, pursuant to Section 3 of the EO 13126, the 
Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council published a final rule to 
implement specific provisions of EO 13126 that requires, among other 
things, that federal contractors who supply products that appear on the 
List 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 forced or 
indentured child labor. See 48 CFR Subpart 22.15.
    On September 11, 2009, the Department of Labor published an initial 
determination in the Federal Register proposing to revise the List to 
include 29 products from 21 countries. The Notice requested public 
comments for a period of 90 days. Public comments were received and 
reviewed by all relevant agencies and a final determination was issued 
on July 20, 2010.
    On December 16, 2010, The Department of Labor published an initial 
determination in the Federal Register proposing to revise the List to 
add one product to the List and remove one product from the List. The 
Notice requested public comments for a period of 60 days. Public 
comments were received and reviewed by all relevant agencies, and a 
final determination was issued on May 31, 2011 that included all 
revisions proposed in the initial determination.
    On October 4, 2011 DOL published an initial determination in the 
Federal Register proposing to add three products from two countries to 
the List. The Notice requested public comments for a period of 60 days. 
Public comments were received and reviewed by all relevant agencies, 
and a final determination was issued on April 3, 2012 that included all 
revisions proposed in the initial determination. With this final 
determination, the List is comprised of 31 products from 23 countries.
    The current List and the Procedural Guidelines can be accessed on 
the Internet at http://www.dol.gov/ILAB/regs/eo13126/main.htm or can be 
obtained from: OCFT, 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.

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III. Definitions

    Under Section 6(c) of EO 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.

    Signed at Washington, DC, this 17th day of September, 2012.
Carol Pier,
Acting Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs.
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