Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee, 66924-66925 [2016-23501]

Download as PDF 66924 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 189 / Thursday, September 29, 2016 / Notices reasonably accommodated during the meeting, the International Trade Administration may conduct a lottery to determine the speakers. Speakers are requested to submit a written copy of their prepared remarks by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, October 6, 2016, for inclusion in the meeting records and for circulation to the members of the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. In addition, any member of the public may submit pertinent written comments concerning the Board’s affairs at any time before or after the meeting. Comments may be submitted to Li Zhou at the contact information indicated above. To be considered during the meeting, comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on Thursday, October 6, to ensure transmission to the Board prior to the meeting. Comments received after that date and time will be distributed to the members but may not be considered on the call. Copies of Board meeting minutes will be available within 90 days of the meeting. Dated: September 26, 2016. Li Zhou, Executive Secretary, United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. [FR Doc. 2016–23567 Filed 9–27–16; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DR–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice and request for nominations from state, local, and municipal governments to the trade promotion coordinating committee state and federal export promotion coordination working group. AGENCY: The Secretary of Commerce, as Chair of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee (TPCC), announces the establishment of the State and Federal Export Promotion Coordination Working Group as a subcommittee of the TPCC. The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (the Act) requires the President to establish this Working Group as a subcommittee of the TPCC to identify issues related to the coordination of Federal resources relating to export promotion and export financing with such resources provided by State and local governments. DATES: Nominations for the Working Group must be received electronically mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:51 Sep 28, 2016 Jkt 238001 on or before 5:00 p.m. (ET) on October 24, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patrick Kirwan, Director, Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Secretariat, Room 31027, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230, telephone: 202–482–5455, email: StateandLocal@trade.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table of Contents I. Background II. Establishment of Working Group III. Member and Meeting Information IV. Request for Nominations I. Background The TPCC is an interagency group mandated by Congress (15 U.S.C. 4727) and chaired by the Secretary of Commerce. It was established to provide a unifying framework to coordinate the export promotion and financing activities of the U.S. Government, as well as to develop a government wide strategic plan for carrying out Federal export promotion and export financing programs. The United States does not have a single agency or government department responsible for creating a unified approach to governing export promotion; instead, 20 different departments and agencies approach exports with differing mandates. The TPCC serves as the coordinating body designed to ensure that these agencies and departments act together and work to implement the Administration’s export promotion agenda, through periodic principals meetings and more frequent working group meetings on a variety of subjects. The TPCC statutory mandate includes: (1) Coordinate the development of the trade promotion policies and programs of the United States Government; (2) provide a central source of information for the business community on Federal export promotion and export financing programs; (3) coordinate official trade promotion efforts to ensure better delivery of services to United States businesses, including: (a) Information and counseling on United States export promotion and export financing programs and opportunities in foreign markets; (b) representation of United States business interests abroad; and (c) assistance with foreign business contacts and projects; (4) prevent unnecessary duplication in Federal export promotion and export financing activities; and (5) assess the appropriate levels and allocation of resources among agencies PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 in support of export promotion and export financing and provide recommendations to the President based on its assessment. In carrying out that mandate, the TPCC develops and implements an annual government wide strategic plan for Federal trade promotion efforts. The annual strategic plan establishes a set of priorities for Federal activities in support of U.S. exports; explains the rationale for the priorities; reviews current Federal programs designed to promote U.S. exports in light of those priorities; identifies areas of overlap and duplication and proposes means of eliminating them; proposes an annual unified Federal trade promotion budget to the President; reviews efforts by the States to promote exports and proposes means of developing cooperation between State and Federal efforts; and reflects certain recommendations regarding the promotion of travel and tourism exports as appropriate. For additional information, including the list of TPCC member departments and agencies, please see https://www. export.gov/article?id=What-is-the-TPCC. II. Establishment of Working Group Section 504(a) of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (‘‘Act’’), amended the Export Enhancement Act of 1988 to add a new section 2313A. Section 2313A notes that U.S. policy is to promote exports as an opportunity for small businesses, and in exercising their powers and functions to advance that policy, all Federal agencies shall work constructively with State and local agencies engaged in export promotion and export financing activities. Section 2313A directs the President to establish the State and Federal Export Promotion Coordination Working Group (‘‘Working Group’’) under the TPCC with the purposes to: (1) Identify issues related to the coordination of Federal resources relating to export promotion and export financing with such resources provided by State and local governments; (2) identify ways to improve coordination with respect to export promotion and export financing activities through the TPCC annual strategic plan; (3) develop a strategy for improving coordination of Federal and State resources relating to export promotion and export financing, including methods to eliminate duplication of effort and overlapping functions; and (4) develop a strategic plan for considering and implementing the suggestions of the Working Group as part of the TPCC annual strategic plan. E:\FR\FM\29SEN1.SGM 29SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 189 / Thursday, September 29, 2016 / Notices mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES The President issued Executive Order No. 13733, Delegation of Certain Authorities and Assignment of Certain Functions under the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, on July 22, 2016, assigning to the Secretary of Commerce the function under Section 2313A(b) of establishing the Working Group. In the Executive Order, the President further directed that, in carrying out its functions, the State and Federal Export Promotion Coordination Working Group shall also coordinate with local and municipal governments representing regionally diverse areas. III. Member and Meeting Information The Secretary of Commerce shall select the members of the Working Group, who shall include representatives from State trade agencies and local and municipal governments representing regionally diverse areas and representatives of the federal departments and agencies that are represented on the TPCC. Representatives from State trade agencies must be: (1) Elected officers of a State, or (2) State employees designated by an elected State officer to represent the State trade agency with authority to act on his or her behalf. Representatives from local and municipal governments must be: (1) Elected officers or (2) local or municipal employees designated by an elected officer to represent the local and municipal government with authority to act on his or her behalf. Because the Working Group will be an intergovernmental committee composed wholly of full-time or part-time Federal Government officers or employees, State government elected officers or their designees, and local and municipal elected officials or their designees, all of whom will be acting in their official capacities solely to exchange views, information, or advice relating to the management and implementation of Federal programs established by statute that explicitly share intergovernmental responsibilities and administration, the Working Group is not covered by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. Members appointed as representatives from State trade agencies and local and municipal governments will not receive any Federal compensation for their services and will not be reimbursed for travel expenses. Meetings will be held in person and/or via teleconference. The TPCC will make every effort to use technology to allow for remote participation in meetings, but there will be times when in-person meetings will be necessary. The TPCC will strive to provide members of the Working Group VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:51 Sep 28, 2016 Jkt 238001 notice of meetings at least 15 calendar days in advance. IV. Request for Nominations Dated: September 23, 2016. Patrick Kirwan, Director, Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Secretariat. [FR Doc. 2016–23501 Filed 9–28–16; 8:45 am] PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–533–868] The TPCC Secretariat seeks nominations for representatives from State trade agencies and local and municipal governments to the Working Group. For purposes of this notice, a ‘‘State trade agency’’ is the lead official governmental trade promotion agency for a State, and includes separately established trade agencies as well as trade offices within a State agency or department or the Office of the Governor. A ‘‘local or municipal government’’ includes, but is not limited to, town, city, and county governments. The TPCC seeks representation of regionally diverse areas. Qualified individuals may selfnominate or be nominated by a senior level State government or local or municipal government official. To be considered, nominators should submit the following information: (1) Name, title, and relevant contact information (including phone and email address) for the nominee, the state trade agency that the nominee would represent or the local or municipal government the nominee would represent; (2) A resume or short biography of the nominee, including professional and academic credentials. (3) A statement of the nominee’s role in state, local, or municipal export promotion activities. Should more information be needed, TPCC staff will contact the nominee. If nominees are not an elected official, a letter may be requested from an elected official that indicates the nominee has been designated to participate in the Working Group on his or her behalf. Nominators should submit the above information via electronic transmission to StateandLocal@trade.gov. The submission must be received on or before 5:00 p.m. (ET) on October 24, 2016. BILLING CODE 3510–25–P 66925 Countervailing Duty Investigation of Welded Stainless Pressure Pipe From India: Final Affirmative Determination Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (‘‘Department’’) determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of welded stainless pressure pipe from India. For information on the subsidy rates, see the ‘‘Final Determination’’ section of this notice. The period of investigation is January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014. DATES: Effective September 29, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amanda Mallott at 202–482–6430, AD/ CVD Operations, Office III, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Background The Department published the Preliminary Determination on March 11, 2016,1 and issued a Post-Preliminary Memorandum on August 23, 2016.2 A summary of the events that occurred since the Preliminary Determination, and a full discussion of the issues raised by parties for this final determination, may be found in the Issues and Decision Memorandum.3 The Issues and Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized 1 See Countervailing Duty Investigation of Welded Stainless Pressure Pipe from India: Preliminary Affirmative Determination and Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Duty Determination, 81 FR 12871 (March 11, 2016) (‘‘Preliminary Determination’’). 2 See Memorandum from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, to Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, ‘‘Post-Preliminary Analysis in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Welded Stainless Pressure Pipe from India,’’ dated August 23, 2016 (‘‘Post-Preliminary Memorandum’’). 3 See Memorandum from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, to Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, ‘‘Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Affirmative Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Welded Stainless Pressure Pipe from India,’’ dated concurrently with, and hereby incorporated by reference and adopted by, this notice (‘‘Issues and Decision Memorandum’’). 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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 189 (Thursday, September 29, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 66924-66925]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-23501]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee

AGENCY: International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of 
Commerce.

ACTION: Notice and request for nominations from state, local, and 
municipal governments to the trade promotion coordinating committee 
state and federal export promotion coordination working group.

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SUMMARY: The Secretary of Commerce, as Chair of the Trade Promotion 
Coordinating Committee (TPCC), announces the establishment of the State 
and Federal Export Promotion Coordination Working Group as a 
subcommittee of the TPCC. The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement 
Act of 2015 (the Act) requires the President to establish this Working 
Group as a subcommittee of the TPCC to identify issues related to the 
coordination of Federal resources relating to export promotion and 
export financing with such resources provided by State and local 
governments.

DATES: Nominations for the Working Group must be received 
electronically on or before 5:00 p.m. (ET) on October 24, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patrick Kirwan, Director, Trade 
Promotion Coordinating Committee Secretariat, Room 31027, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 
20230, telephone: 202-482-5455, email: StateandLocal@trade.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Table of Contents

I. Background
II. Establishment of Working Group
III. Member and Meeting Information
IV. Request for Nominations

I. Background

    The TPCC is an interagency group mandated by Congress (15 U.S.C. 
4727) and chaired by the Secretary of Commerce. It was established to 
provide a unifying framework to coordinate the export promotion and 
financing activities of the U.S. Government, as well as to develop a 
government wide strategic plan for carrying out Federal export 
promotion and export financing programs. The United States does not 
have a single agency or government department responsible for creating 
a unified approach to governing export promotion; instead, 20 different 
departments and agencies approach exports with differing mandates. The 
TPCC serves as the coordinating body designed to ensure that these 
agencies and departments act together and work to implement the 
Administration's export promotion agenda, through periodic principals 
meetings and more frequent working group meetings on a variety of 
subjects.
    The TPCC statutory mandate includes:
    (1) Coordinate the development of the trade promotion policies and 
programs of the United States Government;
    (2) provide a central source of information for the business 
community on Federal export promotion and export financing programs;
    (3) coordinate official trade promotion efforts to ensure better 
delivery of services to United States businesses, including: (a) 
Information and counseling on United States export promotion and export 
financing programs and opportunities in foreign markets; (b) 
representation of United States business interests abroad; and (c) 
assistance with foreign business contacts and projects;
    (4) prevent unnecessary duplication in Federal export promotion and 
export financing activities; and
    (5) assess the appropriate levels and allocation of resources among 
agencies in support of export promotion and export financing and 
provide recommendations to the President based on its assessment.
    In carrying out that mandate, the TPCC develops and implements an 
annual government wide strategic plan for Federal trade promotion 
efforts. The annual strategic plan establishes a set of priorities for 
Federal activities in support of U.S. exports; explains the rationale 
for the priorities; reviews current Federal programs designed to 
promote U.S. exports in light of those priorities; identifies areas of 
overlap and duplication and proposes means of eliminating them; 
proposes an annual unified Federal trade promotion budget to the 
President; reviews efforts by the States to promote exports and 
proposes means of developing cooperation between State and Federal 
efforts; and reflects certain recommendations regarding the promotion 
of travel and tourism exports as appropriate.
    For additional information, including the list of TPCC member 
departments and agencies, please see https://www.export.gov/article?id=What-is-the-TPCC.

II. Establishment of Working Group

    Section 504(a) of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act 
of 2015 (``Act''), amended the Export Enhancement Act of 1988 to add a 
new section 2313A. Section 2313A notes that U.S. policy is to promote 
exports as an opportunity for small businesses, and in exercising their 
powers and functions to advance that policy, all Federal agencies shall 
work constructively with State and local agencies engaged in export 
promotion and export financing activities. Section 2313A directs the 
President to establish the State and Federal Export Promotion 
Coordination Working Group (``Working Group'') under the TPCC with the 
purposes to:
    (1) Identify issues related to the coordination of Federal 
resources relating to export promotion and export financing with such 
resources provided by State and local governments;
    (2) identify ways to improve coordination with respect to export 
promotion and export financing activities through the TPCC annual 
strategic plan;
    (3) develop a strategy for improving coordination of Federal and 
State resources relating to export promotion and export financing, 
including methods to eliminate duplication of effort and overlapping 
functions; and
    (4) develop a strategic plan for considering and implementing the 
suggestions of the Working Group as part of the TPCC annual strategic 
plan.

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    The President issued Executive Order No. 13733, Delegation of 
Certain Authorities and Assignment of Certain Functions under the Trade 
Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, on July 22, 2016, 
assigning to the Secretary of Commerce the function under Section 
2313A(b) of establishing the Working Group. In the Executive Order, the 
President further directed that, in carrying out its functions, the 
State and Federal Export Promotion Coordination Working Group shall 
also coordinate with local and municipal governments representing 
regionally diverse areas.

III. Member and Meeting Information

    The Secretary of Commerce shall select the members of the Working 
Group, who shall include representatives from State trade agencies and 
local and municipal governments representing regionally diverse areas 
and representatives of the federal departments and agencies that are 
represented on the TPCC. Representatives from State trade agencies must 
be: (1) Elected officers of a State, or (2) State employees designated 
by an elected State officer to represent the State trade agency with 
authority to act on his or her behalf. Representatives from local and 
municipal governments must be: (1) Elected officers or (2) local or 
municipal employees designated by an elected officer to represent the 
local and municipal government with authority to act on his or her 
behalf.
    Because the Working Group will be an intergovernmental committee 
composed wholly of full-time or part-time Federal Government officers 
or employees, State government elected officers or their designees, and 
local and municipal elected officials or their designees, all of whom 
will be acting in their official capacities solely to exchange views, 
information, or advice relating to the management and implementation of 
Federal programs established by statute that explicitly share 
intergovernmental responsibilities and administration, the Working 
Group is not covered by the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. 
App.
    Members appointed as representatives from State trade agencies and 
local and municipal governments will not receive any Federal 
compensation for their services and will not be reimbursed for travel 
expenses. Meetings will be held in person and/or via teleconference. 
The TPCC will make every effort to use technology to allow for remote 
participation in meetings, but there will be times when in-person 
meetings will be necessary. The TPCC will strive to provide members of 
the Working Group notice of meetings at least 15 calendar days in 
advance.

IV. Request for Nominations

    The TPCC Secretariat seeks nominations for representatives from 
State trade agencies and local and municipal governments to the Working 
Group. For purposes of this notice, a ``State trade agency'' is the 
lead official governmental trade promotion agency for a State, and 
includes separately established trade agencies as well as trade offices 
within a State agency or department or the Office of the Governor. A 
``local or municipal government'' includes, but is not limited to, 
town, city, and county governments. The TPCC seeks representation of 
regionally diverse areas.
    Qualified individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by a senior 
level State government or local or municipal government official. To be 
considered, nominators should submit the following information:
    (1) Name, title, and relevant contact information (including phone 
and email address) for the nominee, the state trade agency that the 
nominee would represent or the local or municipal government the 
nominee would represent;
    (2) A resume or short biography of the nominee, including 
professional and academic credentials.
    (3) A statement of the nominee's role in state, local, or municipal 
export promotion activities.
    Should more information be needed, TPCC staff will contact the 
nominee. If nominees are not an elected official, a letter may be 
requested from an elected official that indicates the nominee has been 
designated to participate in the Working Group on his or her behalf.
    Nominators should submit the above information via electronic 
transmission to StateandLocal@trade.gov. The submission must be 
received on or before 5:00 p.m. (ET) on October 24, 2016.

     Dated: September 23, 2016.
Patrick Kirwan,
Director, Trade Promotion Coordinating Committee Secretariat.
[FR Doc. 2016-23501 Filed 9-28-16; 8:45 am]
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