Notice of Extension of Request for Public Comment Regarding Revising the List of Products Requiring Federal Contractor Certification as to Forced or Indentured Child Labor Pursuant to Executive Order 13126, 39714-39716 [2016-14407]

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of the Secretary of Labor Notice of Extension of Request for Public Comment Regarding Revising the List of Products Requiring Federal Contractor Certification as to Forced or Indentured Child Labor Pursuant to Executive Order 13126 Bureau of International Labor Affairs, Department of Labor. ACTION: Request for comments. AGENCY: This notice reopens and extends the period for comments on the Notice of Initial Determination published in the Federal Register on December 2, 2014, proposing to add carpets from India to the List of Products Requiring Federal Contractor Certification as to Forced or Indentured Child Labor (the EO List) (77 FR 59418). The EO List is required by Executive Order 13126 (Prohibition of Acquisition of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor), and is developed in accordance with the ‘‘Procedural Guidelines for the Maintenance of the List of Products Requiring Federal Contractor Certification as to Forced or Indentured Child Labor Under 48 CFR Subpart 22.15 and E.O. 13126.’’ The EO List identifies products, by their country of origin, that the Department of Labor, in consultation and cooperation with the Departments of State and Homeland Security (collectively, the Departments), has a reasonable basis to believe might have been mined, produced or manufactured by forced or indentured child labor. In addition to proposing to add a one new item, carpets from India, to the EO List, the initial determination invited comments from the public. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\17JNN1.SGM 17JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 117 / Friday, June 17, 2016 / Notices sradovich on DSK3TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Since the initial comment period, additional comments have been submitted to and gathered by the Departments. This notice reopens and extends the comment period on the initial determination, including all of the information that was submitted and gathered during the comment period and after it closed. The comments have raised issues as to whether the evidence is sufficient at this time to satisfy our criteria for adding carpets from India to the EO list; however, a final determination will not be made until the public has had an opportunity to comment on the initial determination and the evidence in the record. The Departments will consider all public comments prior to publishing a final determination revising the EO List. 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 no later than 5 p.m. July 15, 2016. 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–2014–0004,’’ 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. Initial Determination On December 2, 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL), in consultation and cooperation with the Department of State (DOS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS and collectively, the Departments), published a Notice of Initial Determination in the Federal Register proposing to add carpets from India to the List of Products Requiring Federal Contractor Certification as to Forced or Indentured Child Labor (the EO List) (77 FR 59418). The initial determination can be accessed on the Internet at https://federalregister.gov/a/2014-27624 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:48 Jun 16, 2016 Jkt 238001 The initial determination invited public comment until January 30, 2015, on whether carpets from India should be included in a revised EO List, as well as any other issues related to the fair and effective implementation of Executive Order 13126. During the comment period, three public comments were submitted. Following the conclusion of the public comment period, nineteen additional comments were submitted to or gathered by the Departments. All comments are available for public viewing at http://www.regulations.gov (reference Docket ID No. DOL–2014– 0004). The initial determination and the public comments can also be obtained from: Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (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. II. Information Sought DOL is reopening and extending the period for public comments on the initial determination proposing to revise the EO List to add carpets from India. DOL invites the public to comment on whether carpets from India should be included in the revised EO List, including comments on all of the information submitted or gathered since the publication of the initial determination. The comments have raised issues as to whether the evidence is sufficient at this time to satisfy our criteria for adding carpets from India to the EO list; however, a final determination will not be made until the public has had an opportunity to comment on the initial determination and the evidence in the record. To the extent possible, comments provided should address the criteria for inclusion of a product on the EO List contained in the Procedural Guidelines discussed below. The information that has been received on this good is available at http://www.regulations.gov (reference Docket ID No. DOL–2014–0004). In conducting research for the initial determination, the Departments considered a wide variety of materials based on their own research and originating from other U.S. Government agencies, foreign governments, international organizations, nongovernmental 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 provided important information by gathering data PO 00000 Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39715 from contacts, conducting site visits and reviewing local media sources. In developing the proposed revision to the EO List, the Departments’ review focused on information concerning the use of forced or indentured child labor that was available from the above sources. As outlined in the Procedural Guidelines, several factors are weighed in determining whether or not a product should be placed on the EO 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 appropriate 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 (66 FR 5351). 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 at http:// www.regulations.gov. Following receipt and consideration of comments on the addition to the EO List of carpets from India, DOL, in consultation with DOS and DHS, will issue a final determination in the Federal Register. The Departments intend to continue to review the EO List periodically to add and/or remove products as warranted by the receipt of new and credible information. III. Background The first EO List was published on January 18, 2001 (66 FR 5353). The EO List was subsequently revised on July 20, 2010 (75 FR 42164); on May 31, 2011 (76 FR 31365); on April 3, 2012 (77 FR 20051); and on July 23, 2013 (78 FR 44158). Executive Order 13126, which was published in the Federal Register on June 16, 1999 (64 FR 32383), 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 Executive Order 13126, and following public notice and comment, DOL published in the January 18, 2001, Federal Register a list of products, identified by their country of origin, that DOL, in consultation and cooperation with DOS and the Department of the Treasury (relevant responsibilities now E:\FR\FM\17JNN1.SGM 17JNN1 39716 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 117 / Friday, June 17, 2016 / Notices within DHS), had a reasonable basis to believe might have been mined, produced or manufactured by forced or indentured child labor. (66 FR 5353). Pursuant to Section 3 of Executive Order 13126, the Federal Acquisition Regulatory Council published a final rule in the Federal Register on January 18, 2001, providing, amongst other requirements, that federal contractors who supply products that appear on the EO List 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. (48 CFR Subpart 22.15). DOL also published on January 18, 2001, ‘‘Procedural Guidelines for the Maintenance of the List of Products Requiring Federal Contractor Certification as to Forced or Indentured Child Labor’’ (‘‘Procedural Guidelines’’), which provide for maintaining, reviewing, and, as appropriate, revising the EO List. (66 FR 5351). The Procedural Guidelines provide that the EO List may be revised either through consideration of submissions by individuals or on the initiative of DOL, DOS and DHS. In either event, when proposing to revise the EO List, DOL must publish in the Federal Register a notice of initial determination, which includes any proposed alteration to the EO List. DOL, DOS and DHS consider all public comments prior to the publication of a final determination of a revised EO List. sradovich on DSK3TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES IV. 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 13th day of June, 2016. Carol Pier, Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs. [FR Doc. 2016–14407 Filed 6–16–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–28–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:48 Jun 16, 2016 Jkt 238001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Office of the Secretary Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption 1988–59, Residential Mortgage Financing Arrangements Involving Employee Benefit Plans ACTION: Notice. The Department of Labor (DOL) is submitting the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) sponsored information collection request (ICR) titled, ‘‘Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption 1988–59, Residential Mortgage Financing Arrangements Involving Employee Benefit Plans,’’ to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval for continued use, without change, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq. Public comments on the ICR are invited. DATES: The OMB will consider all written comments that agency receives on or before July 18, 2016. ADDRESSES: A copy of this ICR with applicable supporting documentation; including a description of the likely respondents, proposed frequency of response, and estimated total burden may be obtained free of charge from the RegInfo.gov Web site at http:// www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAViewICR?ref_nbr=201605-1210-003 (this link will only become active on the day following publication of this notice) or by contacting Michel Smyth by telephone at 202–693–4129, TTY 202– 693–8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email at DOL_PRA_ PUBLIC@dol.gov. Submit comments about this request by mail or courier to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: OMB Desk Officer for DOL–EBSA, Office of Management and Budget, Room 10235, 725 17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20503; by Fax: 202– 395–5806 (this is not a toll-free number); or by email: OIRA_ submission@omb.eop.gov. Commenters are encouraged, but not required, to send a courtesy copy of any comments by mail or courier to the U.S. Department of Labor—OASAM, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Attn: Departmental Information Compliance Management Program, Room N1301, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20210; or by email: DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00093 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Contact Michel Smyth by telephone at 202–693–4129, TTY 202–693–8064, (these are not toll-free numbers) or by email at DOL_PRA_PUBLIC@dol.gov. Authority: 44 U.S.C. 3507(a)(1)(D). This ICR seeks to extend PRA authority for the Prohibited Transaction Class Exemption (PTE) 1988–59, Residential Mortgage Financing Arrangements Involving Employee Benefit Plans, information collection. This PTE is applicable to residential mortgage financing arrangements involving employee benefit plans and permits an employee benefit plan to enter into specified transactions involving residential mortgage loans with parties in interest without violating the prohibited transaction provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), provided that plan meets specified conditions. Among other conditions, the plan must maintain records pertaining to covered transactions for the duration of the loan and must make the records available upon request to plan trustees, investment managers, participants and beneficiaries, and DOL and Internal Revenue Service agents. ERISA section 408 authorizes this information collection. See 29 U.S.C. 1108. This information collection is subject to the PRA. A Federal agency generally cannot conduct or sponsor a collection of information, and the public is generally not required to respond to an information collection, unless it is approved by the OMB under the PRA and displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. In addition, notwithstanding any other provisions of law, no person shall generally be subject to penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information that does not display a valid Control Number. See 5 CFR 1320.5(a) and 1320.6. The DOL obtains OMB approval for this information collection under Control Number 1210–0095. OMB authorization for an ICR cannot be for more than three (3) years without renewal, and the current approval for this collection is scheduled to expire on July 31, 2016. The DOL seeks to extend PRA authorization for this information collection for three (3) more years, without any change to existing requirements. The DOL notes that existing information collection requirements submitted to the OMB receive a month-to-month extension while they undergo review. For additional substantive information about this ICR, see the related notice SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\17JNN1.SGM 17JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 117 (Friday, June 17, 2016)]
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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Office of the Secretary of Labor


Notice of Extension of Request for Public Comment Regarding 
Revising the List of Products Requiring Federal Contractor 
Certification as to Forced or Indentured Child Labor Pursuant to 
Executive Order 13126

AGENCY: Bureau of International Labor Affairs, Department of Labor.

ACTION: Request for comments.

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SUMMARY: This notice reopens and extends the period for comments on the 
Notice of Initial Determination published in the Federal Register on 
December 2, 2014, proposing to add carpets from India to the List of 
Products Requiring Federal Contractor Certification as to Forced or 
Indentured Child Labor (the EO List) (77 FR 59418). The EO List is 
required by Executive Order 13126 (Prohibition of Acquisition of 
Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor), and is 
developed in accordance with the ``Procedural Guidelines for the 
Maintenance of the List of Products Requiring Federal Contractor 
Certification as to Forced or Indentured Child Labor Under 48 CFR 
Subpart 22.15 and E.O. 13126.'' The EO List identifies products, by 
their country of origin, that the Department of Labor, in consultation 
and cooperation with the Departments of State and Homeland Security 
(collectively, the Departments), has a reasonable basis to believe 
might have been mined, produced or manufactured by forced or indentured 
child labor. In addition to proposing to add a one new item, carpets 
from India, to the EO List, the initial determination invited comments 
from the public.

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Since the initial comment period, additional comments have been 
submitted to and gathered by the Departments. This notice reopens and 
extends the comment period on the initial determination, including all 
of the information that was submitted and gathered during the comment 
period and after it closed. The comments have raised issues as to 
whether the evidence is sufficient at this time to satisfy our criteria 
for adding carpets from India to the EO list; however, a final 
determination will not be made until the public has had an opportunity 
to comment on the initial determination and the evidence in the record. 
The Departments will consider all public comments prior to publishing a 
final determination revising the EO List.

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 no later than 5 p.m. July 15, 2016.
    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-2014-0004,'' 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. Initial Determination

    On December 2, 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL), in consultation 
and cooperation with the Department of State (DOS) and the Department 
of Homeland Security (DHS and collectively, the Departments), published 
a Notice of Initial Determination in the Federal Register proposing to 
add carpets from India to the List of Products Requiring Federal 
Contractor Certification as to Forced or Indentured Child Labor (the EO 
List) (77 FR 59418). The initial determination can be accessed on the 
Internet at https://federalregister.gov/a/2014-27624
    The initial determination invited public comment until January 30, 
2015, on whether carpets from India should be included in a revised EO 
List, as well as any other issues related to the fair and effective 
implementation of Executive Order 13126. During the comment period, 
three public comments were submitted. Following the conclusion of the 
public comment period, nineteen additional comments were submitted to 
or gathered by the Departments. All comments are available for public 
viewing at http://www.regulations.gov (reference Docket ID No. DOL-
2014-0004).
    The initial determination and the public comments can also be 
obtained from: Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human 
Trafficking (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.

II. Information Sought

    DOL is reopening and extending the period for public comments on 
the initial determination proposing to revise the EO List to add 
carpets from India. DOL invites the public to comment on whether 
carpets from India should be included in the revised EO List, including 
comments on all of the information submitted or gathered since the 
publication of the initial determination. The comments have raised 
issues as to whether the evidence is sufficient at this time to satisfy 
our criteria for adding carpets from India to the EO list; however, a 
final determination will not be made until the public has had an 
opportunity to comment on the initial determination and the evidence in 
the record. To the extent possible, comments provided should address 
the criteria for inclusion of a product on the EO List contained in the 
Procedural Guidelines discussed below. The information that has been 
received on this good is available at http://www.regulations.gov 
(reference Docket ID No. DOL-2014-0004).
    In conducting research for the initial determination, the 
Departments considered a wide variety of materials based on their own 
research and 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 provided important information by gathering 
data from contacts, conducting site visits and reviewing local media 
sources. In developing the proposed revision to the EO List, the 
Departments' review focused on information concerning the use of forced 
or indentured child labor that was available from the above sources.
    As outlined in the Procedural Guidelines, several factors are 
weighed in determining whether or not a product should be placed on the 
EO 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 
appropriate 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 (66 FR 5351).
    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 at http://www.regulations.gov.
    Following receipt and consideration of comments on the addition to 
the EO List of carpets from India, DOL, in consultation with DOS and 
DHS, will issue a final determination in the Federal Register. The 
Departments intend to continue to review the EO List periodically to 
add and/or remove products as warranted by the receipt of new and 
credible information.

III. Background

    The first EO List was published on January 18, 2001 (66 FR 5353). 
The EO List was subsequently revised on July 20, 2010 (75 FR 42164); on 
May 31, 2011 (76 FR 31365); on April 3, 2012 (77 FR 20051); and on July 
23, 2013 (78 FR 44158).
    Executive Order 13126, which was published in the Federal Register 
on June 16, 1999 (64 FR 32383), 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 Executive Order 13126, and 
following public notice and comment, DOL published in the January 18, 
2001, Federal Register a list of products, identified by their country 
of origin, that DOL, in consultation and cooperation with DOS and the 
Department of the Treasury (relevant responsibilities now

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within DHS), had a reasonable basis to believe might have been mined, 
produced or manufactured by forced or indentured child labor. (66 FR 
5353).
    Pursuant to Section 3 of Executive Order 13126, the Federal 
Acquisition Regulatory Council published a final rule in the Federal 
Register on January 18, 2001, providing, amongst other requirements, 
that federal contractors who supply products that appear on the EO List 
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. (48 
CFR Subpart 22.15).
    DOL also published on January 18, 2001, ``Procedural Guidelines for 
the Maintenance of the List of Products Requiring Federal Contractor 
Certification as to Forced or Indentured Child Labor'' (``Procedural 
Guidelines''), which provide for maintaining, reviewing, and, as 
appropriate, revising the EO List. (66 FR 5351). The Procedural 
Guidelines provide that the EO List may be revised either through 
consideration of submissions by individuals or on the initiative of 
DOL, DOS and DHS. In either event, when proposing to revise the EO 
List, DOL must publish in the Federal Register a notice of initial 
determination, which includes any proposed alteration to the EO List. 
DOL, DOS and DHS consider all public comments prior to the publication 
of a final determination of a revised EO List.

IV. 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 13th day of June, 2016.
Carol Pier,
Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs.
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