Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Forced or Indentured Child Labor in the Production of Goods in Foreign Countries and Efforts by Certain Foreign Countries To Eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labor, 49855-49857 [2017-23319]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 207 / Friday, October 27, 2017 / Notices notice, especially the estimated public burden and associated response time, should be directed to Cathy Poston, Office on Violence Against Women, at 202–514–5430 or Catherine.poston@ usdoj.gov. Written comments and/or suggestions can also be sent to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attention Department of Justice Desk Officer, Washington, DC 20530 or sent to OIRA_submissions@ omb.eop.gov. Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of information are encouraged. Your comments should address one or more of the following four points: (1) 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; (2) 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; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) 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 submission of responses. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES Overview of This Information Collection (1) Type of Information Collection: Revisions to a currently approved collection. (2) Title of the Form/Collection: Semiannual Progress Report for the Improving Criminal Justice Responses to Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Grant Program. (3) Agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of the Department of Justice sponsoring the collection: Form Number: 1122–0006. U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. (4) Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as well as a brief abstract: The affected public includes 200 grantees from the Improving Criminal Justice Responses to Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Grant VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:54 Oct 26, 2017 Jkt 244001 Program(ICJR Program) (also known as Grants to Encourage Arrest Policies and Enforcement of Protection Orders) which encourages state, local, and tribal governments and state, local, and tribal courts to treat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking as serious violations of criminal law requiring the coordinated involvement of the entire criminal justice system. Eligible applicants are states and territories, units of local government, Indian tribal governments, coalitions, victim service providers and state, local, tribal, and territorial courts. OVW is proposing revisions to the progress reporting form to reflect statutory changes as a result of the reauthorization of VAWA grant programs in 2013 which added nine new purpose areas: Training prosecutors; improving the response of the criminal justice system to immigrant victims; developing and promoting legislation and policies to enhance best practices for responding to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking; developing Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner programs; developing Sexual Assault Response Teams or similar CCRs to sexual assault; improving investigation and prosecution of sexual assault and treatment of victims; providing HIV testing, counseling, and prophylaxis for victims; addressing sexual assault evidence backlogs including notifying and involving victims; and developing multi-disciplinary high-risk teams for reducing domestic violence and dating violence homicides. (5) An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of time estimated for an average respondent to respond/reply: It is estimated that it will take the approximately 200 respondents (ICJR Program grantees) approximately one hour to complete a semi-annual progress report. The semi-annual progress report is divided into sections that pertain to the different types of activities in which grantees may engage. An ICJR Program grantee will only be required to complete the sections of the form that pertain to its own specific activities (victim services, law enforcement, training, etc.). (6) An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated with the collection: The total annual hour burden to complete the data collection forms is 400 hours, that is 200 grantees completing a form twice a year with an estimated completion time for the form being one hour. If additional information is required contact: Melody Braswell, Deputy Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice, Justice PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49855 Management Division, Policy and Planning Staff, Two Constitution Square, 145 N Street NE., 3E, 405B, Washington, DC 20530. Dated: October 24, 2017. Melody Braswell, Department Clearance Officer, PRA, U.S. Department of Justice. [FR Doc. 2017–23391 Filed 10–26–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–FX–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Forced or Indentured Child Labor in the Production of Goods in Foreign Countries and Efforts by Certain Foreign Countries To Eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labor The Bureau of International Labor Affairs, United States Department of Labor. ACTION: Notice; Request for information and invitation to comment. AGENCY: This notice is a request for information and/or comment on three reports issued by the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB) regarding child labor and forced labor in certain foreign countries. Relevant information submitted by the public will be used by the Department of Labor (DOL) in preparation of its ongoing reporting under Congressional mandates and Presidential directive. The 2016 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor report (TDA report), published on September 20, 2017, assesses efforts by 138 countries to reduce the worst forms of child labor over the course of 2016 and reports whether countries made significant, moderate, minimal, or no advancement during that year. It also suggests actions foreign countries can take to eliminate the worst forms of child labor through legislation, enforcement, coordination, policies, and social programs. The 2016 edition of the List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor (TVPRA List), published on September 30, 2016, makes available to the public a list of goods from countries that ILAB has reason to believe are produced by child labor or forced labor in violation of international standards. Finally, the List of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor (EO List), most recently published on December 1, 2014, provides a list of products, identified by country of origin, that DOL, in consultation and cooperation with the Departments of State (DOS) and Homeland Security (DHS), have a reasonable basis to believe might have been mined, produced or manufactured SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\27OCN1.SGM 27OCN1 asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES 49856 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 207 / Friday, October 27, 2017 / Notices with forced or indentured child labor. Relevant information submitted by the public will be used by DOL in preparation of the next edition of the TDA report and TVPRA List, to be published in 2018, and for possible updates to the EO List as needed. DATES: Submitters of information are requested to provide their submission to the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking (OCFT) at the email or physical address below by 5 p.m. January 12, 2018. To Submit Information: Information should be submitted directly to OCFT, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor. Comments, identified as ‘‘Docket No. DOL–2017– 0002’’, 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 (1 copy): Alexa Gunter at U.S. Department of Labor, OCFT, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room S–5315, Washington, DC 20210. Email: Email submissions should be addressed to both Alexa Gunter (Gunter.Alexa@dol.gov) and the TVPRA List Mailbox (ilab-tvpra@dol.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alexa Gunter, (202) 693–4829. Please see contact information above. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. The Trade and Development Act of 2000 (TDA), Public Law 106–200 (2000), established eligibility criterion for receipt of trade benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). The TDA amended the GSP reporting requirements of Section 504 of the Trade Act of 1974, 19 U.S.C. 2464, to require that the President’s annual report on the status of internationally recognized worker rights include ‘‘findings by the Secretary of Labor with respect to the beneficiary country’s implementation of its international commitments to eliminate the worst forms of child labor.’’ The TDA Conference Report clarifies this mandate, indicating that the President consider the following when considering whether a country is complying with its obligations to eliminate the worst forms of child labor: (1) Whether the country has adequate laws and regulations proscribing the worst forms of child labor; (2) whether the country has adequate laws and VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:54 Oct 26, 2017 Jkt 244001 regulations for the implementation and enforcement of such measures; (3) whether the country has established formal institutional mechanisms to investigate and address complaints relating to allegations of the worst forms of child labor; (4) whether social programs exist in the country to prevent the engagement of children in the worst forms of child labor, and to assist with the removal of children engaged in the worst forms of child labor; (5) whether the country has a comprehensive policy for the elimination of the worst forms of child labor; and (6) whether the country is making continual progress toward eliminating the worst forms of child labor.’’ DOL fulfills this reporting mandate through annual publication of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor with respect to countries eligible for GSP. To access the 2016 TDA report and Frequently Asked Questions, please visit https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ilab/ resources/reports/child-labor/findings/. II. Section 105(b) of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 (‘‘TVPRA of 2005’’), Public Law 109–164 (2006), 22 U.S.C. 7112(b), directed the Secretary of Labor, acting through ILAB, to ‘‘develop and make available to the public a list of goods from countries that ILAB has reason to believe are produced by forced labor or child labor in violation of international standards’’ (TVPRA List). Pursuant to this mandate, on December 27, 2007, DOL published in the Federal Register a set of procedural guidelines that ILAB follows in developing the TVPRA List (72 FR 73374). The guidelines set forth the criteria by which information is evaluated; established procedures for public submission of information to be considered by ILAB; and identified the process ILAB follows in maintaining and updating the List after its initial publication. ILAB published its first TVPRA List on September 30, 2009, and issued updates in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016. (In 2014, ILAB began publishing the TVPRA List every other year, pursuant to changes in the law. See 22 U.S.C. 7112(b).) The next TVPRA List will be published in 2018. For a copy of previous editions of the TVPRA List, Frequently Asked Questions, and other materials relating to the TVPRA List, see ILAB’s TVPRA Web page at http://www.dol.gov/ilab/reports/childlabor/list-of-goods/. III. Executive Order No. 13126 (E.O. 13126) declared that it was ‘‘the policy of the United States Government . . . that the executive agencies shall take PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 E.O. 13126, and following public notice and comment, the Department of Labor published in the January 18, 2001, Federal Register, a final list of products (‘‘EO List’’), identified by country of origin, that the Department, in consultation and cooperation with the Departments of State (DOS) and Treasury [relevant responsibilities are now within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)], 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 EO List (66 FR 5351). Pursuant to Sections D through G of the Procedural Guidelines, the EO List may be updated through consideration of submissions by individuals or through OCFT’s own initiative. DOL has officially revised the EO List four times, most recently on December 1, 2014, each time after public notice and comment as well as consultation with DOS and DHS. The current EO List, Procedural Guidelines, and related information can be accessed on the Internet at http:// www.dol.gov/ilab/reports/child-labor/ list-of-products/index-country.htm. Information Requested and Invitation to Comment: Interested parties are invited to comment and provide information regarding these reports. DOL requests comments on or information relevant to maintaining and updating the TVPRA and EO Lists, updating the findings and suggested government actions for countries reviewed in the TDA report, and assessing each country’s individual advancement toward eliminating the worst forms of child labor during the current reporting period compared to previous years. For more information on the types of issues covered in the TDA report, please see Appendix III of the report. Materials submitted should be confined to the specific topics of the TVPRA List, EO List, and TDA report. DOL will generally consider sources with dates up to five years old (i.e., data not older than January 1, 2013). DOL appreciates the extent to which E:\FR\FM\27OCN1.SGM 27OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 207 / Friday, October 27, 2017 / Notices submissions clearly indicate the time period to which they apply. In the interest of transparency in our reporting, classified information will not be accepted. Where applicable, information submitted should indicate its source or sources, and copies of the source material should be provided. If primary sources are utilized, such as research studies, interviews, direct observations, or other sources of quantitative or qualitative data, details on the research or data-gathering methodology should be provided. Please see the TVPRA List, EO List, and TDA report for a complete explanation of relevant terms, definitions, and reporting guidelines employed by DOL. Per our standard procedures, submissions will be published on the ILAB Web page at https://www.dol.gov/ilab/submissions/. This notice is a general solicitation of comments from the public. Signed at Washington, DC, this 19 day of October 2017. Martha Newton, Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs. [FR Doc. 2017–23319 Filed 10–26–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–28–P NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION [NARA–2018–002] Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). ACTION: Notice of proposed extension request. AGENCY: NARA proposes to request an extension from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of approval to collect information from individuals requesting a research card. People must have a research card to use original archival records in a NARA facility. We invite you to comment on certain aspects of this proposed information collection. DATES: We must receive written comments on or before December 26, 2017. asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: Send comments to Paperwork Reduction Act Comments (MP), Room 4100, National Archives and Records Administration, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740– 6001, or email them to tamee.fechhelm@ nara.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Tamee Fechhelm by telephone ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:54 Oct 26, 2017 Jkt 244001 at 301–837–1694, or by email at tamee.fechhelm@nara.gov, with requests for additional information or copies of the proposed information collection and supporting statement. We invite the public and other Federal agencies to comment on information collections we propose to renew. We submit proposals to renew information collections first through a public comment period and then to OMB for review and approval pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA; 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). We invite comments and suggestions on one or more of the following points: (a) Whether the proposed information collection is necessary for NARA to properly perform its functions, including whether the proposed information collection will have practical utility; (b) our estimate of the information collection’s burden on respondents; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information we propose to collect; (d) ways to minimize the burden on respondents of collecting the information, including through use of information technology; and (e) whether this collection affects small businesses. We will summarize any comments you submit and include the summary in our request for OMB approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. In this notice, NARA solicits comments concerning the following information collection: Title: Researcher Application. OMB number: 3095–0016. Agency form number: NA Form 14003. Type of review: Regular. Affected public: Individuals or households, business or other for-profit, not-for-profit institutions, Federal, State, Local or Tribal Government. Estimated number of respondents: 15,967. Estimated time per response: 8 minutes. Frequency of response: On occasion. Estimated total annual burden hours: 2,129 hours. Abstract: The information collection is prescribed by 36 CFR 1254.8. The collection is an application for a research card. Respondents are individuals who wish to use original archival records in a NARA facility and we request their name, address, contact information, and information about the research purpose and the records they wish to access. NARA uses the information to screen individuals, to SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49857 identify which types of records they should use, and to allow further contact. Swarnali Haldar, Executive for Information Services/CIO. [FR Doc. 2017–23446 Filed 10–26–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7515–01–P NATIONAL FOUNDATION ON THE ARTS AND THE HUMANITIES Meeting of National Council on the Humanities National Endowment for the Humanities. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act, notice is hereby given that the National Council on the Humanities will meet to advise the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) with respect to policies, programs and procedures for carrying out his functions; to review applications for financial assistance under the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act of 1965 and make recommendations thereon to the Chairman; and to consider gifts offered to NEH and make recommendations thereon to the Chairman. SUMMARY: The meeting will be held on Thursday, November 16, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and Friday, November 17, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. until adjourned. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at Constitution Center, 400 7th Street SW., Washington, DC 20506. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Voyatzis, Committee Management Officer, 400 7th Street SW., 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20506; (202) 606–8322; evoyatzis@neh.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Council on the Humanities is meeting pursuant to the National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 951–960, as amended). The Committee meetings of the National Council on the Humanities will be held on November 16, 2017, as follows: The policy discussion session (open to the public) will convene at 10:30 a.m. until approximately 11:00 a.m., followed by the discussion of specific grant applications and programs before the Council (closed to the public) from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The following Committees will meet in the NEH offices: Digital Humanities. Education Programs. Federal/State Partnership. DATES: E:\FR\FM\27OCN1.SGM 27OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR


Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Forced or Indentured Child Labor 
in the Production of Goods in Foreign Countries and Efforts by Certain 
Foreign Countries To Eliminate the Worst Forms of Child Labor

AGENCY: The Bureau of International Labor Affairs, United States 
Department of Labor.

ACTION: Notice; Request for information and invitation to comment.

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SUMMARY: This notice is a request for information and/or comment on 
three reports issued by the Bureau of International Labor Affairs 
(ILAB) regarding child labor and forced labor in certain foreign 
countries. Relevant information submitted by the public will be used by 
the Department of Labor (DOL) in preparation of its ongoing reporting 
under Congressional mandates and Presidential directive. The 2016 
Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor report (TDA report), 
published on September 20, 2017, assesses efforts by 138 countries to 
reduce the worst forms of child labor over the course of 2016 and 
reports whether countries made significant, moderate, minimal, or no 
advancement during that year. It also suggests actions foreign 
countries can take to eliminate the worst forms of child labor through 
legislation, enforcement, coordination, policies, and social programs. 
The 2016 edition of the List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced 
Labor (TVPRA List), published on September 30, 2016, makes available to 
the public a list of goods from countries that ILAB has reason to 
believe are produced by child labor or forced labor in violation of 
international standards. Finally, the List of Products Produced by 
Forced or Indentured Child Labor (EO List), most recently published on 
December 1, 2014, provides a list of products, identified by country of 
origin, that DOL, in consultation and cooperation with the Departments 
of State (DOS) and Homeland Security (DHS), have a reasonable basis to 
believe might have been mined, produced or manufactured

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with forced or indentured child labor. Relevant information submitted 
by the public will be used by DOL in preparation of the next edition of 
the TDA report and TVPRA List, to be published in 2018, and for 
possible updates to the EO List as needed.

DATES: Submitters of information are requested to provide their 
submission to the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human 
Trafficking (OCFT) at the email or physical address below by 5 p.m. 
January 12, 2018.
    To Submit Information: Information should be submitted directly to 
OCFT, Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor. 
Comments, identified as ``Docket No. DOL-2017-0002'', 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 (1 
copy): Alexa Gunter at U.S. Department of Labor, OCFT, Bureau of 
International Labor Affairs, 200 Constitution Avenue NW., Room S-5315, 
Washington, DC 20210.
    Email: Email submissions should be addressed to both Alexa Gunter 
([email protected]) and the TVPRA List Mailbox ([email protected]).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alexa Gunter, (202) 693-4829. Please 
see contact information above.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    I. The Trade and Development Act of 2000 (TDA), Public Law 106-200 
(2000), established eligibility criterion for receipt of trade benefits 
under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP). The TDA amended the 
GSP reporting requirements of Section 504 of the Trade Act of 1974, 19 
U.S.C. 2464, to require that the President's annual report on the 
status of internationally recognized worker rights include ``findings 
by the Secretary of Labor with respect to the beneficiary country's 
implementation of its international commitments to eliminate the worst 
forms of child labor.''
    The TDA Conference Report clarifies this mandate, indicating that 
the President consider the following when considering whether a country 
is complying with its obligations to eliminate the worst forms of child 
labor: (1) Whether the country has adequate laws and regulations 
proscribing the worst forms of child labor; (2) whether the country has 
adequate laws and regulations for the implementation and enforcement of 
such measures; (3) whether the country has established formal 
institutional mechanisms to investigate and address complaints relating 
to allegations of the worst forms of child labor; (4) whether social 
programs exist in the country to prevent the engagement of children in 
the worst forms of child labor, and to assist with the removal of 
children engaged in the worst forms of child labor; (5) whether the 
country has a comprehensive policy for the elimination of the worst 
forms of child labor; and (6) whether the country is making continual 
progress toward eliminating the worst forms of child labor.''
    DOL fulfills this reporting mandate through annual publication of 
the U.S. Department of Labor's Findings on the Worst Forms of Child 
Labor with respect to countries eligible for GSP. To access the 2016 
TDA report and Frequently Asked Questions, please visit https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ilab/resources/reports/child-labor/findings/.
    II. Section 105(b) of the Trafficking Victims Protection 
Reauthorization Act of 2005 (``TVPRA of 2005''), Public Law 109-164 
(2006), 22 U.S.C. 7112(b), directed the Secretary of Labor, acting 
through ILAB, to ``develop and make available to the public a list of 
goods from countries that ILAB has reason to believe are produced by 
forced labor or child labor in violation of international standards'' 
(TVPRA List).
    Pursuant to this mandate, on December 27, 2007, DOL published in 
the Federal Register a set of procedural guidelines that ILAB follows 
in developing the TVPRA List (72 FR 73374). The guidelines set forth 
the criteria by which information is evaluated; established procedures 
for public submission of information to be considered by ILAB; and 
identified the process ILAB follows in maintaining and updating the 
List after its initial publication.
    ILAB published its first TVPRA List on September 30, 2009, and 
issued updates in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016. (In 2014, 
ILAB began publishing the TVPRA List every other year, pursuant to 
changes in the law. See 22 U.S.C. 7112(b).) The next TVPRA List will be 
published in 2018. For a copy of previous editions of the TVPRA List, 
Frequently Asked Questions, and other materials relating to the TVPRA 
List, see ILAB's TVPRA Web page at http://www.dol.gov/ilab/reports/child-labor/list-of-goods/.
    III. Executive Order No. 13126 (E.O. 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 E.O. 13126, and 
following public notice and comment, the Department of Labor published 
in the January 18, 2001, Federal Register, a final list of products 
(``EO List''), identified by country of origin, that the Department, in 
consultation and cooperation with the Departments of State (DOS) and 
Treasury [relevant responsibilities are now within the Department of 
Homeland Security (DHS)], 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 EO List (66 FR 5351).
    Pursuant to Sections D through G of the Procedural Guidelines, the 
EO List may be updated through consideration of submissions by 
individuals or through OCFT's own initiative.
    DOL has officially revised the EO List four times, most recently on 
December 1, 2014, each time after public notice and comment as well as 
consultation with DOS and DHS.
    The current EO List, Procedural Guidelines, and related information 
can be accessed on the Internet at http://www.dol.gov/ilab/reports/child-labor/list-of-products/index-country.htm.
    Information Requested and Invitation to Comment: Interested parties 
are invited to comment and provide information regarding these reports. 
DOL requests comments on or information relevant to maintaining and 
updating the TVPRA and EO Lists, updating the findings and suggested 
government actions for countries reviewed in the TDA report, and 
assessing each country's individual advancement toward eliminating the 
worst forms of child labor during the current reporting period compared 
to previous years. For more information on the types of issues covered 
in the TDA report, please see Appendix III of the report. Materials 
submitted should be confined to the specific topics of the TVPRA List, 
EO List, and TDA report. DOL will generally consider sources with dates 
up to five years old (i.e., data not older than January 1, 2013). DOL 
appreciates the extent to which

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submissions clearly indicate the time period to which they apply. In 
the interest of transparency in our reporting, classified information 
will not be accepted. Where applicable, information submitted should 
indicate its source or sources, and copies of the source material 
should be provided. If primary sources are utilized, such as research 
studies, interviews, direct observations, or other sources of 
quantitative or qualitative data, details on the research or data-
gathering methodology should be provided. Please see the TVPRA List, EO 
List, and TDA report for a complete explanation of relevant terms, 
definitions, and reporting guidelines employed by DOL. Per our standard 
procedures, submissions will be published on the ILAB Web page at 
https://www.dol.gov/ilab/submissions/.
    This notice is a general solicitation of comments from the public.

    Signed at Washington, DC, this 19 day of October 2017.
Martha Newton,
Deputy Undersecretary for International Affairs.
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