Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Form ED-840P, Petition by a Firm for Certification of Eligibility To Apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance, and Adjustment Proposals; Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms Program, 3757-3758 [2019-02132]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 30 / Wednesday, February 13, 2019 / Notices khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Survey questionnaire with minor wording changes in order to take into account the Island Areas local governments’ concerns, where possible. Enumerators will list the addresses using paper address registers. Once the addresses have been listed, enumerators will visit every living quarter to conduct interviews with household members and follow up as necessary. The IAC will perform a clerical review of all completed questionnaires for completeness and data consistency, a reinterview for a sample of questionnaires, and an independent address check. The response data will be processed through the Decennial Response Processing System. Data products will include counts of the population and housing units, data profiles, subject tables, ranking tables, and supplemental tables. S. Evaluations and Experiments The Census Bureau is not currently planning a separate package for the Evaluations and Experiments program, as has been done in past censuses. For the 2020 Census, these evaluations and experiments will be described either as Substantive Changes to this package, to the Census Bureau’s Post-Enumeration Survey Independent Listing and QC OMB package, or within the Generic Clearance for Decennial Census Field Tests and Evaluations, covered under OMB approval 0607–0971. Affected Public: Individuals or Households. Frequency: Once every 10 years. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13, United States Code, Section 141. This information collection request may be viewed at www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection, identified by Docket number OMB–2018–0004, may be submitted to the Federal eRulemaking portal: https:// www.regulations.gov within 30 days of publication of this notice. You may also submit comments and recommendations to 2020_Census_Comments@ omb.eop.gov or fax to (202) 395–5806. All comments received are part of the public record and will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov for public viewing. Comments will generally be posted without change. All Personally Identifiable Information (for example, name and address) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information or VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:22 Feb 12, 2019 Jkt 247001 otherwise sensitive or protected information. You may submit attachments to electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only. Sheleen Dumas, Departmental Lead PRA Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Commerce Department. [FR Doc. 2019–02223 Filed 2–12–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Economic Development Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Form ED–840P, Petition by a Firm for Certification of Eligibility To Apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance, and Adjustment Proposals; Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms Program Economic Development Administration (EDA), Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 15, 2019. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via the internet at PRAcomments@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Irette Patterson, Program Analyst, Trade Adjustment Assistance Division, Room 71030, Economic Development Administration, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20230 at taac@eda.gov or 202–482– 2743. SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract EDA administers the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) Program, which is authorized PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3757 under chapters 3 and 5 of title II of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2341–2356) (Trade Act), through a national network of non-profit and university-affiliated Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers (TAACs), each of which serves a different geographic region. EDA certifies firms as eligible to participate in the TAAF Program and provides funding to allow eligible client-firms to receive adjustment assistance through the TAACs. The information collected on Form ED–840P and relevant supporting documentation is used to determine whether a firm is eligible to participate in the TAAF Program. In accordance with the Trade Act and EDA’s regulations as set out at 13 CFR part 315, EDA must verify that the following have occurred: (1) A significant reduction in the number or proportion of the workers in the firm, a reduction in the workers’ wage or work hours, or an imminent threat of such reductions; (2) sales or production of the firm have decreased absolutely, or sales or production, or both, of any article or service accounting for at least 25 percent of the firm’s sales or production has decreased absolutely; and (3) an increase in imports of articles or services like or directly competitive with those produced or provided by the petitioning firm, which has contributed importantly to the decline in employment and sales or production of that firm. Additionally, to document the connection of increased imports to declining employment and sales or production, the firm must demonstrate that its customers have reduced purchases from the firm in favor of buying items or services from foreign suppliers. The use of Form ED–840P standardizes and limits the information collected as part of the certification process and eases the burden on applicants and reviewers alike. In addition, after being certified as eligible for TAAF Program assistance following submission of Form ED–840P, firms must create an EDA-approved adjustment proposal in order to receive financial assistance under the TAAF Program. The adjustment proposal is each firm’s business plan to remain viable in the current global economy. Each adjustment proposal must meet certain requirements as set out in the Trade Act and EDA’s regulation at 13 CFR 315.16. This notice also includes an estimate of the amount of time a firm spends to research and compile information for adjustment proposals. II. Method of Collection Form ED–840P may be obtained in Portable Document Format (PDF) from EDA or the TAACs upon request. E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1 3758 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 30 / Wednesday, February 13, 2019 / Notices TAACs are responsible for preparing the petition for certification on the firm’s behalf. Although there is no form associated with adjustment proposals, they must meet the requirements for adjustment proposals set out in EDA’s regulation at 13 CFR 315.16. Both petitions for certification on Form ED– 840P and adjustment proposals may be submitted via email to taac@eda.gov or in hard copy to EDA at Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 71030, Washington DC 20230. khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES III. Data OMB Control Number: 0610–0091. Form Number(s): ED–840P. Type of Review: Revision/Extension of a current information collection. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 300 (150 petitions for certification and 150 adjustment proposals). Estimated Time per Response: 128.2 hours (8.2 for petitions for certification and 120 for adjustment proposals). Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 19,230 (1,230 for petitions for certification and 18,000 for adjustment proposals). Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $ 1,346,100 ($86,100 for petitions for certification and $1,260,000 for adjustment proposals). IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection. All comments submitted in response to this notice are a part of the public record and will be made available to the public, which may include posting them on the Regulations.gov website. Comments will generally be posted without change. Please do not include information of a confidential nature, such as sensitive personal information or proprietary information. All VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:22 Feb 12, 2019 Jkt 247001 Personally Identifiable Information (for example, name and address) voluntarily submitted may be publicly accessible. If you send an email comment, your email address will be automatically captured and included as part of the comment that is placed in the public docket. Please note that comments that include a message stating the confidentiality of the communication will be treated as public comments and will be made available to the public. Sheleen Dumas, Departmental Lead PRA Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Commerce Department. [FR Doc. 2019–02132 Filed 2–12–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–WH–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board [B–03–2019] Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 68—El Paso, Texas; Notification of Proposed Production Activity; The Woodbridge Group (Flame Laminated Textiles) El Paso, Texas The City of El Paso, grantee of FTZ 68, submitted a notification of proposed production activity to the FTZ Board on behalf of The Woodbridge Group (Woodbridge), located in El Paso, Texas. The notification conforming to the requirements of the regulations of the FTZ Board (15 CFR 400.22) was received on February 6, 2019. The applicant indicates that it will be submitting a separate application for FTZ designation at the Woodbridge facility under FTZ 68. The facility is used to produce laminates by bonding foam/fabric or foam/film and passing the foam over an open flame. Pursuant to 15 CFR 400.14(b), FTZ activity would be limited to the specific foreign-status materials and components and specific finished products described in the submitted notification (as described below) and subsequently authorized by the FTZ Board. Production under FTZ procedures could exempt Woodbridge from customs duty payments on the foreign-status components used in export production. On its domestic sales, for the foreignstatus materials/components noted below, Woodbridge would be able to choose the duty rates during customs entry procedures that apply to: Synthetic textile fabrics laminated with polyurethane foam and woven scrim; vinyl goods laminated with polyurethane foam and knit or woven scrim backing; vinyl goods laminated PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 with polyurethane foam; synthetic textile and cotton mix fabrics laminated with polyurethane foam; and, polyurethane foam laminated with woven scrim (duty rate ranges from 2.7% to 6.5%). Woodbridge would be able to avoid duty on foreign-status components which become scrap/waste. Customs duties also could possibly be deferred or reduced on foreign-status production equipment. The components and materials sourced from abroad include: Vinyl coated fabric with polyvinyl chloride; woven polyester fabric yarn dyed and coated with polyurethane; synthetic leather rolls; vinyl leather imitation; artificial leather cloth; sheets of plastics—cellular—polyvinyl chloride fabric of man-made fibers; sheets of plastics—non-cellular—polyvinyl chloride; sheets of plastics—cellular— 100% plastic; rolls of cotton fabric coated with polyvinyl chlorides; fabric of man-made fibers coated with over 70% plastic; fabric of man-made fibers coated with under 70% plastic; sheets of plastics—cellular—polyvinyl chloride— over 70% plastic combined with 65/35 poly cotton fabrics; sheets of plastics— cellular—of other plastics; woven synthetic fabric rolls 100% for automotive industry; polyvinyl chloride leather; 100% polyester knit fabrics; 9803X polyester nonwoven backing; polyester nonwoven scrim; and, knitted polyester fabric 100% (circular knit) (duty rate ranges from duty-free to 14.9%). The request indicates that the following components/materials will be admitted to the zone in privileged foreign status (19 CFR 146.41), thereby precluding inverted tariff benefits on such items: Vinyl coated fabric with polyvinyl chloride; woven polyester fabric yarn dyed and coated with polyurethane; synthetic leather rolls; vinyl leather imitation; artificial leather cloth; sheets of plastics—cellular— polyvinyl chloride fabric of man-made fibers; sheets of plastics—non-cellular— polyvinyl chloride; sheets of plastics— cellular—100% plastic; rolls of cotton fabric coated with polyvinyl chlorides; fabric of man-made fibers coated with over 70% plastic; fabric of man-made fibers coated with under 70% plastic; sheets of plastics—cellular—polyvinyl chloride—over 70% plastic combined with 65/35 poly cotton fabrics; sheets of plastics—cellular—of other plastics; woven synthetic fabric rolls 100% for automotive industry; polyvinyl chloride leather; 100% polyester knit fabrics; and, knitted polyester fabric 100% (circular knit). The request also indicates that certain materials/ components are subject to special duties E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 30 (Wednesday, February 13, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 3757-3758]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-02132]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Economic Development Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Form ED-840P, 
Petition by a Firm for Certification of Eligibility To Apply for Trade 
Adjustment Assistance, and Adjustment Proposals; Trade Adjustment 
Assistance for Firms Program

AGENCY: Economic Development Administration (EDA), Department of 
Commerce.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort 
to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public 
and other federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the 
proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 15, 2019.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments and recommendations for the 
proposed information collection to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 1401 
Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via the internet at 
PRAcomments@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Irette Patterson, Program Analyst, Trade Adjustment 
Assistance Division, Room 71030, Economic Development Administration, 
1401 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20230 at taac@eda.gov or 202-
482-2743.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    EDA administers the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) 
Program, which is authorized under chapters 3 and 5 of title II of the 
Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2341-2356) (Trade Act), 
through a national network of non-profit and university-affiliated 
Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers (TAACs), each of which serves a 
different geographic region. EDA certifies firms as eligible to 
participate in the TAAF Program and provides funding to allow eligible 
client-firms to receive adjustment assistance through the TAACs. The 
information collected on Form ED-840P and relevant supporting 
documentation is used to determine whether a firm is eligible to 
participate in the TAAF Program. In accordance with the Trade Act and 
EDA's regulations as set out at 13 CFR part 315, EDA must verify that 
the following have occurred: (1) A significant reduction in the number 
or proportion of the workers in the firm, a reduction in the workers' 
wage or work hours, or an imminent threat of such reductions; (2) sales 
or production of the firm have decreased absolutely, or sales or 
production, or both, of any article or service accounting for at least 
25 percent of the firm's sales or production has decreased absolutely; 
and (3) an increase in imports of articles or services like or directly 
competitive with those produced or provided by the petitioning firm, 
which has contributed importantly to the decline in employment and 
sales or production of that firm. Additionally, to document the 
connection of increased imports to declining employment and sales or 
production, the firm must demonstrate that its customers have reduced 
purchases from the firm in favor of buying items or services from 
foreign suppliers. The use of Form ED-840P standardizes and limits the 
information collected as part of the certification process and eases 
the burden on applicants and reviewers alike.
    In addition, after being certified as eligible for TAAF Program 
assistance following submission of Form ED-840P, firms must create an 
EDA-approved adjustment proposal in order to receive financial 
assistance under the TAAF Program. The adjustment proposal is each 
firm's business plan to remain viable in the current global economy. 
Each adjustment proposal must meet certain requirements as set out in 
the Trade Act and EDA's regulation at 13 CFR 315.16. This notice also 
includes an estimate of the amount of time a firm spends to research 
and compile information for adjustment proposals.

II. Method of Collection

    Form ED-840P may be obtained in Portable Document Format (PDF) from 
EDA or the TAACs upon request.

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TAACs are responsible for preparing the petition for certification on 
the firm's behalf. Although there is no form associated with adjustment 
proposals, they must meet the requirements for adjustment proposals set 
out in EDA's regulation at 13 CFR 315.16. Both petitions for 
certification on Form ED-840P and adjustment proposals may be submitted 
via email to taac@eda.gov or in hard copy to EDA at Trade Adjustment 
Assistance for Firms, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Room 71030, 
Washington DC 20230.

III. Data

    OMB Control Number: 0610-0091.
    Form Number(s): ED-840P.
    Type of Review: Revision/Extension of a current information 
collection.
    Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 300 (150 petitions for 
certification and 150 adjustment proposals).
    Estimated Time per Response: 128.2 hours (8.2 for petitions for 
certification and 120 for adjustment proposals).
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 19,230 (1,230 for petitions 
for certification and 18,000 for adjustment proposals).
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $ 1,346,100 ($86,100 for 
petitions for certification and $1,260,000 for adjustment proposals).

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden 
(including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection. All comments submitted in response to this notice are a 
part of the public record and will be made available to the public, 
which may include posting them on the Regulations.gov website. Comments 
will generally be posted without change. Please do not include 
information of a confidential nature, such as sensitive personal 
information or proprietary information. All Personally Identifiable 
Information (for example, name and address) voluntarily submitted may 
be publicly accessible. If you send an email comment, your email 
address will be automatically captured and included as part of the 
comment that is placed in the public docket. Please note that comments 
that include a message stating the confidentiality of the communication 
will be treated as public comments and will be made available to the 
public.

Sheleen Dumas,
Departmental Lead PRA Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, 
Commerce Department.
[FR Doc. 2019-02132 Filed 2-12-19; 8:45 am]
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