Notice of the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) Credit Reduction Applicable in 2018, 59418-59419 [2018-25456]

Download as PDF amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 59418 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 226 / Friday, November 23, 2018 / Notices pursuant to section 131 of the Trade Act of 1974, requested that the Commission provide a report containing its advice as to the probable economic effect of providing duty-free treatment for imports of currently dutiable products from the EU on (i) industries in the United States producing like or directly competitive products, and (ii) consumers. The USTR asked that the Commission’s analysis consider each article in chapters 1 through 97 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) for which U.S. tariffs will remain, taking into account implementation of U.S. commitments in the World Trade Organization. The USTR asked that the advice be based on the HTS in effect during 2018 and trade data for 2017. In addition, the USTR requested that the Commission prepare an assessment, as described in section 105(a)(2)(B)(i)(III) of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, of the probable economic effects of eliminating tariffs on imports from the EU of those agricultural products described in the list attached to the USTR’s request letter on (i) industries in the United States producing the products concerned, and (ii) the U.S. economy as a whole. The USTR’s request letter and list of agricultural products are posted on the Commission’s website at https:// www.usitc.gov. For the purposes of these analyses, the USTR requested that the Commission assume that the United Kingdom will no longer be a Member State of the EU. The USTR indicated that those sections of the Commission’s report that relate to the advice and assessment of probable economic effects will be classified. The USTR also indicated that he considers the Commission’s report to be an interagency memorandum that will contain pre-decisional advice and be subject to the deliberative process privilege. As requested, the Commission will provide its report to USTR as soon as possible, which is March 19, 2019. Public Hearing: A public hearing in connection with this investigation will be held at the U.S. International Trade Commission Building, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC, beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Requests to appear at the public hearing should be filed with the Secretary no later than 5:15 p.m., Thursday, December 6, 2018, in accordance with the requirements in the ‘‘Written Submissions’’ section below. All prehearing briefs and statements should be filed not later than 5:15 p.m., Monday, December 10, 2018, and all VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:33 Nov 21, 2018 Jkt 247001 post-hearing briefs and statements should be filed not later than 5:15 p.m., Friday, January 4, 2019. For further information, call 202–205–2000. Written Submissions: In lieu of or in addition to participating in the hearing, interested parties are invited to file written submissions concerning this investigation. All written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary, and should be received not later than 5:15 p.m., January 4, 2019. All written submissions must conform to the provisions of section 201.8 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 201.8). Section 201.8 and the Commission’s Handbook on Filing Procedures require that interested parties file documents electronically on or before the filing deadline and submit eight (8) true paper copies by 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the next business day. In the event that confidential treatment of a document is requested, interested parties must file, at the same time as the eight paper copies, at least four (4) additional true paper copies in which the confidential information must be deleted (see the following paragraphs for further information regarding confidential business information). Persons with questions regarding electronic filing should contact the Office of the Secretary, Docket Services Division (202–205–1802). Confidential Business Information: Any submissions that contain confidential business information must also conform to the requirements of section 201.6 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 201.6). Section 201.6 of the rules requires that the cover of the document and the individual pages be clearly marked as to whether they are the ‘‘confidential’’ or ‘‘non-confidential’’ version, and that the confidential business information is clearly identified by means of brackets. All written submissions, except for confidential business information, will be made available for inspection by interested parties. The Commission may include some or all of the confidential business information submitted in the course of this investigation in the report it sends to the USTR. Additionally, all information, including confidential business information, submitted in this investigation may be disclosed to and used: (i) By the Commission, its employees and Offices, and contract personnel (a) for developing or maintaining the records of this or a related proceeding, or (b) in internal investigations, audits, reviews, and evaluations relating to the programs, personnel, and operations of the PO 00000 Frm 00065 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Commission including under 5 U.S.C. Appendix 3; or (ii) by U.S. government employees and contract personnel (a) for cybersecurity purposes or (b) in monitoring user activity on U.S. government classified networks. The Commission will not otherwise disclose any confidential business information in a way that would reveal the operations of the firm supplying the information. Summaries of Written Submissions: Persons wishing to have a summary of their position included in the report should include a summary with their written submission and should mark the summary as having been provided for that purpose. The summary should be clearly marked as ‘‘summary’’ at the top of the page. The summary may not exceed 500 words, should be in MS Word format or a format that can be easily converted to MS Word, and should not include any confidential business information. The summary will be published as provided if it meets these requirements and is germane to the subject matter of the investigation. The Commission will list the name of the organization furnishing the summary and will include a link to the Commission’s Electronic Document Information System (EDIS) where the full written submission can be found. By order of the Commission. Issued: November 20, 2018. Lisa Barton, Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. 2018–25677 Filed 11–21–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Employment and Training Administration Notice of the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) Credit Reduction Applicable in 2018 Employment and Training Administration, Labor. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: Sections 3302(c)(2)(A) and 3302(d)(3) of the FUTA provide that employers in a State that has outstanding advances under Title XII of the Social Security Act on January 1 of two or more consecutive years are subject to a reduction in credits otherwise available against the FUTA tax for the calendar year in which the most recent such January 1 occurs, if advances remain on November 10 of that year. Further, Section 3302(c)(2)(C) of FUTA provides for an additional credit reduction for a year if a State has outstanding advances on five or more SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23NON1.SGM 23NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 226 / Friday, November 23, 2018 / Notices consecutive January firsts and has a balance on November 10 for such years. Section 3302(c)(2)(C) also provides for waiver of this additional credit reduction and substitution of the credit reduction provided in Section 3302(c)(2)(B) if a state meets certain conditions. California and the United States Virgin Islands were potentially liable for the additional credit reduction under Section 3302(c)(2)(C) of FUTA and applied for the available waiver. It has been determined that each one met all of the criteria of the section necessary to qualify for the waiver of the additional credit reduction. Further, the additional credit reduction of Section 3302(c)(2)(B) is zero for California and the Virgin Islands for 2018. California repaid its outstanding advances prior to November 10, 2018; hence there will be no FUTA credit reduction for the State’s employers. Employers in the Virgin Islands will have no additional credit reduction applied for calendar year 2018. However, as a result of having outstanding advances on each January 1 of 2010 through 2018 as well as on November 10, 2018, employers in the Virgin Islands are subject to a FUTA credit reduction of 2.4 percent in 2018. Molly E. Conway, Acting Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration. [FR Doc. 2018–25456 Filed 11–21–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–FW–P LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION Request for Letters of Intent To Apply for 2019 Pro Bono Innovation Fund Grants Legal Services Corporation. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) issues this Notice describing the conditions for submitting a Letters of Intent (LOI) to Apply for 2019 Pro Bono Innovation Fund grants. This notice and application information are posted at www.lsc.gov/pbifgrants. DATES: Letters of Intent must be submitted by Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. ADDRESSES: Letters of Intent must be submitted electronically through http:// lscgrants.lsc.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For more information about current Pro Bono Innovation Fund projects, please contact Mytrang Nguyen, Program Counsel, (202) 295–1564 or nguyenm@ lsc.gov. For general questions about the Pro Bono Innovation Fund application amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:33 Nov 21, 2018 Jkt 247001 process, please email probonoinnovation@lsc.gov. For technical questions or issues with the LSC Grants online application system, please email techsupport@lsc.gov. The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) issues this Notice describing the conditions for submitting a Letter of Intent to Apply (LOI) for 2019 Pro Bono Innovation Fund grants. This notice and application information are posted at www.lsc.gov/pbifgrants. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Introduction Since 2014, Congress has provided an annual appropriation to LSC ‘‘for a Pro Bono Innovation Fund.’’ See, e.g., Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, Public Law 115–31, 131 Stat. 135 (2017). LSC requested these funds for grants to ‘‘develop, test, and replicate innovative pro bono efforts that can enable LSC grantees to expand clients’ access to high quality legal assistance.’’ LSC Budget Request, Fiscal Year 2014 at 26 (2013). The grants must involve innovations that are either ‘‘new ideas’’ or ‘‘new applications of existing best practices.’’ Id. Each grant would ‘‘either serve as a model for other legal services providers to follow or effectively replicate a prior innovation. Id. The Senate Appropriations Committee explained that these funds ‘‘will support innovative projects that promote and enhance pro bono initiatives throughout the Nation,’’ and the House Appropriations Committee directed LSC ‘‘to increase the involvement of private attorneys in the delivery of legal services to [LSC-eligible] clients.’’ Senate Report 114–239 at 123 (2016), House Report 113–448 at 85 (2014). LSC sought these funds based on the 2012 recommendation of the LSC Pro Bono Task Force. Since its inception, the Pro Bono Innovation Fund has advanced LSC’s goal of increasing the quantity and quality of legal services by funding projects that more efficiently and effectively involve pro bono volunteers in serving the critical unmet legal needs of LSC-eligible clients. In 2017, LSC built on these successes by creating three funding categories to better focus on innovations serving unmet and well-defined client needs (Project Grants), on building comprehensive and effective pro bono programs through new applications of existing best practices (Transformation Grants), and on providing continued development support for the most promising innovations (Sustainability Grants). PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 59419 II. Funding Opportunities Information A. Eligible Applicants To be eligible for the Pro Bono Innovation Fund’s Project, Sustainability, and Transformation grants, Applicants must be current grantees of LSC Basic Field-General, Basic Field-Migrant, or Basic FieldNative American grants. In addition, Sustainability Grant Applicants must also be a former or current Pro Bono Innovation Fund grantee from the FY17 grant making cycle. B. Pro Bono Innovation Fund Purpose and Key Goals Pro Bono Innovation Fund grants develop, test, and replicate innovative pro bono efforts that can enable LSC grantees to use pro bono volunteers to serve larger numbers of low-income clients and improve the quality and effectiveness of the services provided. The key goals of the Pro Bono Innovation Fund are to: 1. Address gaps in the delivery of legal services to low-income people; 2. Engage more lawyers and other volunteers in pro bono service; 3. Develop, test, and replicate innovative pro bono efforts. C. Funding Opportunities 1. Project Grants The goal of Pro Bono Innovation Fund Project Grants is to leverage volunteers to meet a critical, unmet and welldefined client need. Consistent with the key goals of the Pro Bono Innovation Fund, applicants are encouraged to focus on engaging volunteers to increase free civil legal aid for low-income Americans by proposing new, replicable ideas. Applicants are strongly encouraged to research prior successful Pro Bono Innovation Fund projects and Sustainability Grants to replicate, adapt, or create enhancements to prior effective pro bono projects. LSC will be particularly receptive to applications that propose to replicate projects LSC has previously funded with ‘‘Sustainability’’ Grants. Our Sustainability Grants have included: • Community-based partnerships, like the Medical-Legal Partnership of Community Legal Aid, Inc. (MA) or the school-based clinic of Legal Aid of West Virginia, Inc., that work with law firms to provide legal services where clients are located; • Court-based partnerships, like those at Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc., and Legal Services Law Line of Vermont, Inc., that use pro bono volunteers to provide same-day, in-court representation and legal assistance; E:\FR\FM\23NON1.SGM 23NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 226 (Friday, November 23, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 59418-59419]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-25456]


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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration


Notice of the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) Credit 
Reduction Applicable in 2018

AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration, Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Sections 3302(c)(2)(A) and 3302(d)(3) of the FUTA provide that 
employers in a State that has outstanding advances under Title XII of 
the Social Security Act on January 1 of two or more consecutive years 
are subject to a reduction in credits otherwise available against the 
FUTA tax for the calendar year in which the most recent such January 1 
occurs, if advances remain on November 10 of that year. Further, 
Section 3302(c)(2)(C) of FUTA provides for an additional credit 
reduction for a year if a State has outstanding advances on five or 
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consecutive January firsts and has a balance on November 10 for such 
years. Section 3302(c)(2)(C) also provides for waiver of this 
additional credit reduction and substitution of the credit reduction 
provided in Section 3302(c)(2)(B) if a state meets certain conditions.
    California and the United States Virgin Islands were potentially 
liable for the additional credit reduction under Section 3302(c)(2)(C) 
of FUTA and applied for the available waiver. It has been determined 
that each one met all of the criteria of the section necessary to 
qualify for the waiver of the additional credit reduction. Further, the 
additional credit reduction of Section 3302(c)(2)(B) is zero for 
California and the Virgin Islands for 2018. California repaid its 
outstanding advances prior to November 10, 2018; hence there will be no 
FUTA credit reduction for the State's employers. Employers in the 
Virgin Islands will have no additional credit reduction applied for 
calendar year 2018. However, as a result of having outstanding advances 
on each January 1 of 2010 through 2018 as well as on November 10, 2018, 
employers in the Virgin Islands are subject to a FUTA credit reduction 
of 2.4 percent in 2018.

Molly E. Conway,
Acting Assistant Secretary, Employment and Training Administration.
[FR Doc. 2018-25456 Filed 11-21-18; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4510-FW-P