Cooperative Research and Development Agreement: Safe Parameters for Ice Operations, 17560-17561 [2018-08311]

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[FR Doc. 2018–08244 Filed 4–19–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Coast Guard [Docket No. USCG–2018–0185] Cooperative Research and Development Agreement: Safe Parameters for Ice Operations Coast Guard, DHS. Notice of intent; request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: The Coast Guard is announcing its intent to enter into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with W.L. GORE and Associates Inc. (GORE) to conduct insulation value testing for the Coast Guard’s Maritime Cold Weather Suit System (MCWSS) in the air instead of the water, which the system was designed for. While the Coast Guard is currently considering partnering with GORE, we are soliciting public comment on the possible nature of and participation of other parties in the proposed CRADA. In addition, the Coast Guard also invites other potential nonFederal participants, who have the interest and capability to bring similar contributions to this type of research, to consider submitting proposals for consideration in similar CRADAs. DATES: Comments must be submitted to the online docket via http:// www.regulations.gov on or before May 21, 2018. Synopses of proposals regarding future CRADAs must reach the Coast Guard (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) on or before May 21, 2018. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:44 Apr 19, 2018 Jkt 244001 Submit comments online at http://www.regulations.gov following website instructions. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this notice or wish to submit proposals for future CRADAs, contact LT Ryan Huebner, Project Official, Surface Branch, U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center, 1 Chelsea Street, New London, CT 06320, telephone 860–271–2815, email Ryan.P.Huebner@uscg.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: Public Participation and Request for Comments We request public comments on this notice. Although we do not plan to respond to comments in the Federal Register we will respond directly to commenters and may modify our proposal in light of comments. Comments should be marked with docket number USCG–2018–0185 and should provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. You should provide personal contact information so that we can contact you if we have questions regarding your comments; but please note that all comments will be posted to the online docket without change and that any personal information you include can be searchable online (see the Federal Register Privacy Act notice regarding our public dockets, 73 FR 3316, Jan. 17, 2008). We also accept anonymous comments. We encourage you to submit comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov. If your material cannot be submitted using http:// www.regulations.gov, contact the Coast Guard (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Documents mentioned in this notice, and all public comments, are in our online docket at http:// www.regulations.gov and can be viewed by following that website’s instructions. Additionally, if you go to the online docket and sign up for email alerts, you will be notified when comments are posted or a final rule is published. If desired, submit detailed proposals for future CRADAs directly to the Coast Guard (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Discussion CRADAs are authorized under 15 U.S.C. 3710(a).1 A CRADA promotes the transfer of technology to the private 1 The statute confers this authority on the head of each Federal agency. The Secretary of DHS’s authority is delegated to the Coast Guard and other DHS organizational elements by DHS Delegation No. 0160.1, para. II.B.34. PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 sector for commercial use, as well as specified research or development efforts that are consistent with the mission of the Federal parties to the CRADA. The Federal party or parties agree with one or more non-Federal parties to share research resources, but the Federal party does not contribute funding. CRADAs are not procurement contracts. Care is taken to ensure that CRADAs are not used to circumvent the contracting process. CRADAs have a specific purpose and should not be confused with procurement contracts, grants, and other type of agreements. Under the proposed CRADA, the R&D Center will collaborate with one nonFederal participant. Together, the R&D Center and the non-Federal participant will conduct thermo conductive tests on the Coast Guard’s MWCSS in various environmental scenarios to determine the system’s insulation properties to be used to create safe parameters for personnel wearing the MWCSS during Ice Rescue missions. We anticipate that the Coast Guard’s contributions under the proposed CRADA will include the following: (1) Provide appropriate staff with pertinent expertise to take the lead in accomplishing the required tasks; (2) Provide information regarding the ensemble items and parameters needed for creating the test plan; (3) Provide all support resources, including travel, for Coast Guard staff that supports this CRADA; (4) Obtain, transport and provide all of the ensemble items to be used during the testing; (5) Provide personnel support to nonFederal participant to assist with setting up and execute testing in accordance with the agreed upon test plan; (6) Work with non-Federal participant to develop a Final Report, which will document the methodologies, findings, conclusions, and recommendations of this CRADA work. We anticipate that the non-Federal participants’ contributions under the proposed CRADA will include the following: (1) Provide appropriate staff with pertinent expertise to support the above mentioned tasks; (2) Provide all necessary facility resources needed to conduct insulation value testing; (3) Provide technical approach for the test plan; (4) Lead the testing runs of the Coast Guard’s MWCSS in accordance with the agreed upon test plan; (5) Provide test data upon completion of testing. The Coast Guard reserves the right to select for CRADA participants all, some, E:\FR\FM\20APN1.SGM 20APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 77 / Friday, April 20, 2018 / Notices or no proposals submitted for this CRADA. The Coast Guard will provide no funding for reimbursement of proposal development costs. Proposals and any other material submitted in response to this notice will not be returned. Proposals submitted are expected to be unclassified and have not more than five single-sided pages (excluding cover page, DD 1494, JF–12, etc.). The Coast Guard will select proposals at its sole discretion on the basis of: (1) How well they communicate an understanding, of and ability to meet, the proposed CRADA’s goal; and (2) How well they address the following criteria: (a) Technical capability to support the non-Federal party contributions described, and (b) Resources available for supporting the non-Federal party contributions described. Currently, the Coast Guard is considering GORE for participation in this CRADA. This consideration is based on the fact that GORE has demonstrated its technical ability and availability of appropriate facilities to effectively determine insulation properties of clothing. However, we do not wish to exclude other viable participants from this or future similar CRADAs. This is a technology assessment effort. The goal of the Coast Guard for this CRADA is to determine the insulation properties of the Coast Guard’s MWCSS in the air instead of the water which the system was designed for. Special consideration will be given to small business firms/consortia, and preference will be given to business units located in the U.S. This notice is issued under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 552(a). Dated: April 10, 2018. G.C. Rothrock, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Commanding Officer, U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center. [FR Doc. 2018–08311 Filed 4–19–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES U.S. Customs and Border Protection Renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and Retroactive Application for Certain Liquidations and Reliquidations Under the GSP U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: General notice. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:44 Apr 19, 2018 Jkt 244001 The Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) is a renewable preferential trade program that allows the eligible products of designated beneficiary developing countries to enter the United States free of duty. The GSP program expired on December 31, 2017, but has been renewed through December 31, 2020, effective April 22, 2018, with retroactive effect between January 1, 2018, through April 21, 2018, by a provision in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018. This document provides notice to importers that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will again accept claims for GSP duty-free treatment for merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption and that CBP will process refunds on duties paid, without interest, on GSP-eligible merchandise that was entered during the period that the GSP program was lapsed. Formal and informal entries that were filed electronically via the Automated Broker Interface (ABI) using Special Program Indicator (SPI) Code ‘‘A’’ as a prefix to the tariff number will be automatically processed by CBP and no further action by the filer is required to initiate the refund process. Non-ABI filers, and ABI filers that did not include SPI Code ‘‘A’’ on the entry, must timely submit a duty refund request to CBP. CBP will continue conducting verifications to ensure that GSP benefits are available to eligible entries only. DATES: As of April 22, 2018, the filing of GSP-eligible entry summaries may be resumed without the payment of estimated duties, and CBP will initiate the automatic liquidation or reliquidation of formal and informal entries of GSP-eligible merchandise that was entered on or after January 1, 2018, through April 21, 2018, and filed via ABI with SPI Code ‘‘A’’ notated on the entry. Requests for refunds of GSP duties paid on eligible non-ABI entries, or eligible ABI entries filed without SPI Code ‘‘A,’’ must be filed with CBP no later than September 19, 2018. ADDRESSES: Instructions for submitting a request to CBP to liquidate or reliquidate entries of GSP-eligible merchandise that was entered on or after January 1, 2018, through April 21, 2018 but without the SPI Code ‘‘A’’ are located at http://www.cbp.gov/trade/ priority-issues/trade-agreements/ special-trade-legislation/generalizedsystem-preferences. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: General questions concerning this notice should be directed to Seth Mazze, Office of Trade, Trade Agreements Branch, 202–863–6567 or at fta@ SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17561 dhs.gov. For operational questions regarding: Formal/Informal Entries and Baggage Declarations: Randy Mitchell, 202–863–6532; Mail Entries: Robert Woods, 202–344–1236; Non-ABI Informal Entries: Contact the appropriate Center of Excellence and Expertise. Questions from filers regarding ABI transmissions should be directed to their assigned ABI client representative. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Section 501 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2461), authorizes the President to establish a Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) to provide duty-free treatment for eligible articles imported directly from designated beneficiary countries for specific time periods. Pursuant to 19 U.S.C. 2465, as amended by section 201(a) of Pub. L. 114–27, 129 Stat. 371, duty-free treatment under the GSP program expired on December 31, 2017. On March 23, 2018, President Donald J. Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018 (Pub. Law 115–141, 132 Stat. 348) (the Act). Section 501 of Title V of the Act pertains to the extension of duty-free treatment and the retroactive application for certain liquidations and reliquidations under the GSP. Section 501(b)(1) provides that GSP duty-free treatment will be applied to eligible articles from designated beneficiary countries that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after April 22, 2018 through December 31, 2020. Section 501(b)(2) provides that for entries made on or after January 1, 2018 through April 21, 2018 (30th day after the date of enactment of the Act), to which duty-free treatment would have applied if GSP had been in effect during that time period (‘‘covered entries’’), any duty paid with respect to such entry will be refunded provided that a request for liquidation or reliquidation of that entry, containing sufficient information to enable U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to locate the entry or to reconstruct the entry if it cannot be located, is filed with CBP no later than September 19, 2018 (180 days after enactment of the Act). Section 501(b)(2)(C) provides that any amounts owed by the United States pursuant to section 501(b)(2)(A) will be paid without interest. Field locations will not issue GSP refunds except as instructed to do so by CBP Headquarters. The processing of retroactive GSP duty refunds will be administered by CBP according to the terms set forth below. 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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 77 (Friday, April 20, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 17560-17561]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-08311]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

[Docket No. USCG-2018-0185]


Cooperative Research and Development Agreement: Safe Parameters 
for Ice Operations

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of intent; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is announcing its intent to enter into a 
Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with W.L. GORE 
and Associates Inc. (GORE) to conduct insulation value testing for the 
Coast Guard's Maritime Cold Weather Suit System (MCWSS) in the air 
instead of the water, which the system was designed for. While the 
Coast Guard is currently considering partnering with GORE, we are 
soliciting public comment on the possible nature of and participation 
of other parties in the proposed CRADA. In addition, the Coast Guard 
also invites other potential non-Federal participants, who have the 
interest and capability to bring similar contributions to this type of 
research, to consider submitting proposals for consideration in similar 
CRADAs.

DATES: Comments must be submitted to the online docket via http://www.regulations.gov on or before May 21, 2018.
    Synopses of proposals regarding future CRADAs must reach the Coast 
Guard (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) on or before May 21, 2018.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments online at http://www.regulations.gov 
following website instructions.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this notice 
or wish to submit proposals for future CRADAs, contact LT Ryan Huebner, 
Project Official, Surface Branch, U.S. Coast Guard Research and 
Development Center, 1 Chelsea Street, New London, CT 06320, telephone 
860-271-2815, email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Public Participation and Request for Comments

    We request public comments on this notice. Although we do not plan 
to respond to comments in the Federal Register we will respond directly 
to commenters and may modify our proposal in light of comments.
    Comments should be marked with docket number USCG-2018-0185 and 
should provide a reason for each suggestion or recommendation. You 
should provide personal contact information so that we can contact you 
if we have questions regarding your comments; but please note that all 
comments will be posted to the online docket without change and that 
any personal information you include can be searchable online (see the 
Federal Register Privacy Act notice regarding our public dockets, 73 FR 
3316, Jan. 17, 2008). We also accept anonymous comments.
    We encourage you to submit comments through the Federal eRulemaking 
Portal at http://www.regulations.gov. If your material cannot be 
submitted using http://www.regulations.gov, contact the Coast Guard 
(see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Documents mentioned in this 
notice, and all public comments, are in our online docket at http://www.regulations.gov and can be viewed by following that website's 
instructions. Additionally, if you go to the online docket and sign up 
for email alerts, you will be notified when comments are posted or a 
final rule is published.
    If desired, submit detailed proposals for future CRADAs directly to 
the Coast Guard (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

Discussion

    CRADAs are authorized under 15 U.S.C. 3710(a).\1\ A CRADA promotes 
the transfer of technology to the private sector for commercial use, as 
well as specified research or development efforts that are consistent 
with the mission of the Federal parties to the CRADA. The Federal party 
or parties agree with one or more non-Federal parties to share research 
resources, but the Federal party does not contribute funding.
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    \1\ The statute confers this authority on the head of each 
Federal agency. The Secretary of DHS's authority is delegated to the 
Coast Guard and other DHS organizational elements by DHS Delegation 
No. 0160.1, para. II.B.34.
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    CRADAs are not procurement contracts. Care is taken to ensure that 
CRADAs are not used to circumvent the contracting process. CRADAs have 
a specific purpose and should not be confused with procurement 
contracts, grants, and other type of agreements.
    Under the proposed CRADA, the R&D Center will collaborate with one 
non-Federal participant. Together, the R&D Center and the non-Federal 
participant will conduct thermo conductive tests on the Coast Guard's 
MWCSS in various environmental scenarios to determine the system's 
insulation properties to be used to create safe parameters for 
personnel wearing the MWCSS during Ice Rescue missions.
    We anticipate that the Coast Guard's contributions under the 
proposed CRADA will include the following:
    (1) Provide appropriate staff with pertinent expertise to take the 
lead in accomplishing the required tasks;
    (2) Provide information regarding the ensemble items and parameters 
needed for creating the test plan;
    (3) Provide all support resources, including travel, for Coast 
Guard staff that supports this CRADA;
    (4) Obtain, transport and provide all of the ensemble items to be 
used during the testing;
    (5) Provide personnel support to non-Federal participant to assist 
with setting up and execute testing in accordance with the agreed upon 
test plan;
    (6) Work with non-Federal participant to develop a Final Report, 
which will document the methodologies, findings, conclusions, and 
recommendations of this CRADA work.
    We anticipate that the non-Federal participants' contributions 
under the proposed CRADA will include the following:
    (1) Provide appropriate staff with pertinent expertise to support 
the above mentioned tasks;
    (2) Provide all necessary facility resources needed to conduct 
insulation value testing;
    (3) Provide technical approach for the test plan;
    (4) Lead the testing runs of the Coast Guard's MWCSS in accordance 
with the agreed upon test plan;
    (5) Provide test data upon completion of testing.
    The Coast Guard reserves the right to select for CRADA participants 
all, some,

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or no proposals submitted for this CRADA. The Coast Guard will provide 
no funding for reimbursement of proposal development costs. Proposals 
and any other material submitted in response to this notice will not be 
returned. Proposals submitted are expected to be unclassified and have 
not more than five single-sided pages (excluding cover page, DD 1494, 
JF-12, etc.). The Coast Guard will select proposals at its sole 
discretion on the basis of:
    (1) How well they communicate an understanding, of and ability to 
meet, the proposed CRADA's goal; and
    (2) How well they address the following criteria:
    (a) Technical capability to support the non-Federal party 
contributions described, and
    (b) Resources available for supporting the non-Federal party 
contributions described.
    Currently, the Coast Guard is considering GORE for participation in 
this CRADA. This consideration is based on the fact that GORE has 
demonstrated its technical ability and availability of appropriate 
facilities to effectively determine insulation properties of clothing. 
However, we do not wish to exclude other viable participants from this 
or future similar CRADAs.
    This is a technology assessment effort. The goal of the Coast Guard 
for this CRADA is to determine the insulation properties of the Coast 
Guard's MWCSS in the air instead of the water which the system was 
designed for. Special consideration will be given to small business 
firms/consortia, and preference will be given to business units located 
in the U.S. This notice is issued under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 
552(a).

    Dated: April 10, 2018.
G.C. Rothrock,
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Commanding Officer, U.S. Coast Guard 
Research and Development Center.
[FR Doc. 2018-08311 Filed 4-19-18; 8:45 am]
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