Invitation for Applications for Inclusion on the Dispute Settlement Rosters for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, 15847-15849 [2020-05726]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 54 / Thursday, March 19, 2020 / Notices asserts that its participation in the Plan will be on a basis no less advantageous than that of Eligible Persons.10 Section 23(c) of the Act 12. Section 23(c) of the Act generally prohibits a registered closed-end investment company from purchasing any securities of which it is the issuer except in the open market, pursuant to tender offers or under other circumstances as the Commission may permit to insure that the purchase is made on a basis that does not unfairly discriminate against any holders of the class or classes of securities to be purchased. 13. Applicant states that the payment of a stock option exercise price with previously acquired stock of the Applicant or with shares withheld by the Applicant may be deemed a purchase by the Applicant of its own securities within the prohibition of section 23(c).11 Applicant therefore requests an order under section 23(c) to permit these purchases. Applicant states that it will purchase its shares from Eligible Persons at their Fair Market Value on the relevant date, which would not be significantly different from the price at which all other stockholders could sell their shares in a market transaction. Applicant therefore submits that such transactions would not unfairly discriminate against other stockholders. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Applicant’s Conditions Applicant agrees that any order of the Commission granting the requested relief will be subject to the following conditions: 1. The Board will maintain a Committee, none of the members of which will be ‘‘interested persons’’ of the Applicant as defined in the Act. The Committee will administer the 2020 Daxor Plan and will be composed of three or more directors of the Applicant who (i) are Non-Interested Directors of the Applicant, and (ii) are NonEmployee Directors within the meaning of rule 16b–3 under the Exchange Act. 2. The Plan will not be operated unless it is approved by a majority of the votes cast by stockholders at a meeting called to consider the Plan. Any amendment to the 2020 Daxor Plan will be subject to the approval of Applicant’s 10 As noted above, Applicant also asserts that the Plan is consistent with the policies and purposes of the Act because the Commission and Congress have previously permitted certain companies regulated under the Act to issue stock options and to adopt incentive compensation plans similar to the Plan. 11 Applicant states this analysis could also apply in the case of shares withheld by Applicant or delivery of shares by an Eligible Person in satisfaction of withholding taxes. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Mar 18, 2020 Jkt 250001 stockholders to the extent such approval is required by applicable law or regulation or the Board otherwise determines. Unless terminated or amended, during the fifth year of the 2020 Daxor Plan (and each fifth year thereafter), the Plan shall be submitted for reapproval to the Applicant’s stockholders and all Awards made during that year shall be contingent upon stockholder approval. 3. Awards are not transferable or assignable, except as the Committee will specifically approve to facilitate estate planning or to a beneficiary upon an Eligible Person’s death or by will or the laws of descent and distribution. Awards may also be transferred pursuant to a qualified domestic relations order. 4. The maximum number of shares of stock available for delivery in connection with all Awards granted under the 2020 Daxor Plan may not exceed 250,000 of such shares, or 5% of the Applicant’s outstanding shares, whichever is the larger number, subject to adjustment for corporate transactions. 5. The Board will review the 2020 Daxor Plan at least annually. In addition, the Committee periodically will review the potential impact that the grant, exercise, or vesting of Awards could have on the Applicant’s earnings and net asset value per share, such review to take place prior to any decisions to grant Awards, but in no event less frequently than annually. Adequate procedures and records will be maintained to permit such review, and the Committee will be authorized to take appropriate steps to ensure that neither the grant nor the exercise or vesting of Awards would have an effect contrary to the interests of investors in the Applicant. This will include the authority to prevent or limit the grant of additional Awards. All records maintained pursuant to this condition will be subject to examination by the Commission and its staff. 6. Awards under the 2020 Daxor Plan are issuable only to Eligible Persons. No person will be granted Awards denominated by reference to shares, or be issued shares in settlement of Awards not initially denominated by reference to shares, that in the aggregate exceed 35% of the shares initially reserved for issuance under the Plan, subject to adjustment under the Plan. Subject to the immediately preceding limitation, in any thirty-six month period during which the Plan is in effect, no person may be granted Awards under the Plan relating to more than 75,000 shares, which amount may be adjusted to reflect certain corporate transactions or events that affect the PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15847 Applicant’s stock. Grants to NonEmployee Directors are limited to those described in condition 7 below. 7. In each fiscal year, a Non-Employee Director may be granted up to 500 shares of vested Bonus Stock without restrictions, which amount may be adjusted to reflect certain corporate transactions. For the Commission, by the Division of Investment Management, under delegated authority. J. Matthew DeLesDernier, Assistant Secretary. [FR Doc. 2020–05670 Filed 3–18–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 11079] Notice of Cancellation of Shipping Coordinating Committee Meeting The Department of State has cancelled a meeting of the Shipping Coordinating Committee that was scheduled for 12 p.m. on March 23, 2020, in Room 6i10– 01–c of the Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building at St. Elizabeth’s, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Washington, DC, 20593. The primary purpose of the meeting was to prepare for the 75th session of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee to be held at the IMO Headquarters, London, United Kingdom from March 30, to April 3, 2020. That meeting has been postponed indefinitely by the IMO due to concerns over COVID–19. The Department of State will reschedule this public meeting when the Marine Environment Protection Committee meeting is rescheduled. Jeremy M. Greenwood, Office of Ocean and Polar Affairs, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2020–05768 Filed 3–18–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–05–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE [Docket Number USTR–2020–0012] Invitation for Applications for Inclusion on the Dispute Settlement Rosters for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice requesting applications. AGENCY: The United States-MexicoCanada Agreement (USMCA) requires SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\19MRN1.SGM 19MRN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 15848 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 54 / Thursday, March 19, 2020 / Notices the establishment of a roster of individuals who would be available to serve as panelists for general state-tostate dispute settlement panels and for specialized labor panels. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) invites applications from eligible individuals wishing to be included on either or both rosters. DATES: To ensure consideration, USTR must receive your application by April 20, 2020. ADDRESSES: You should submit your application through the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov (Regulations.gov), using docket number USTR–2020–0012. Follow the submission instructions below. For alternatives to online submissions, please contact Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395–9483 before transmitting your application and in advance of the deadline. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information about the application process, contact Sandy McKinzy, Legal Technician, Office of Monitoring and Enforcement, at (202) 395–9483. For all other inquiries, contact Assistant General Counsel Nicholas Paster at Nicholas.K.Paster@ustr.eop.gov or (202) 395–3580. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: USTR is seeking applications from U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries who are interested in serving as panelists for general state-to-state or labor dispute settlement panels established under the USMCA. You can find the text of the USMCA on the USTR website: https:// ustr.gov/trade-agreements/free-tradeagreements/united-states-mexicocanada-agreement. for a minimum term of three years and will remain on the list until the Parties form a new roster. See USMCA Article 31.8.1. Panelists normally are selected from the roster. For disputes under Chapter 23 (Labor) and Chapter 24 (Environment), each disputing Party has to select panelists with relevant expertise, and for disputes in specialized areas of law aside from labor and environment, the disputing Parties should select panelists to ensure the necessary expertise is available on the panel. For each dispute, roster members under consideration to serve as a panelist will have to complete a disclosure form that the Parties use to identify possible conflicts of interest or appearances thereof. The disclosure form requests information regarding financial interests and affiliations, including information regarding the identity of any clients the roster member may have, and, if applicable, clients of the roster member’s firm. To qualify for inclusion on the on the general dispute settlement roster, an applicant must: • Have expertise or experience in law, international trade, other matters covered by USMCA, or the resolution of disputes arising under international trade agreements. • Be objective, reliable, and possess sound judgment. • Be independent of, and not be affiliated with or take instructions from, a Party. • Comply with a code of conduct established by the Parties. I. General Dispute Settlement Mechanism Under Chapter 31 USMCA is a trilateral trade agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada (the Parties). Chapter 31 sets out detailed procedures for the resolution of most disputes arising under the USMCA. Dispute settlement involves two stages: (1) Consultations between the disputing Parties to try to arrive at a mutually satisfactory resolution of the matter, and (2) resort to a neutral panel to make a determination regarding the matter at issue. The disputing Parties form a separate five-member panel for each dispute although they may agree to a three-member panel. USMCA requires the Parties to establish a general roster of up to 30 individuals who are willing to serve as panelists, with each Party designating up to 10 individuals. The Parties will try to achieve consensus on the roster. Individuals on the roster are appointed Annex 31–A establishes a facilityspecific rapid response labor mechanism (the Mechanism), as between the United States and Mexico, which can be used whenever either Party believes that workers at a Covered Facility (as defined in Article 31–A.15) are being denied the right of free association and collective bargaining under the laws necessary to fulfill the obligations of the other Party under the USMCA (a Denial of Rights). A Party may ask a labor panel under the Mechanism to request that the respondent Party allow it an opportunity to verify the Covered Facility’s compliance with the law in question and to determine whether there has been a Denial of Rights. See USMCA Article 31–A.5. Labor panelists have to submit a report to the Parties commenting on the functioning of the Mechanism at the conclusion of the first four-year term and every four years VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Mar 18, 2020 Jkt 250001 II. Facility-Specific Rapid Response Labor Mechanism Under Annex 31–A PO 00000 Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 thereafter. See USMCA Article 31– A.3.6. USMCA requires the Parties to establish three lists of panelists who are willing to commit to being generally available to serve as labor panelists for the Mechanism. By the date of entry into force of USMCA, each Party has to appoint three individuals to one list and appoint, by consensus, three individuals to a joint list. The individuals on the joint list may not be nationals of either the United States or Mexico. Six months from entry into force of USMCA, the lists will be expanded to at least five individuals each. Individuals on the lists are appointed for a minimum term of four years or until the Parties constitute new lists. See Article 31–A.3. To qualify for inclusion on the Mechanism lists, an applicant must: • Have expertise and experience in labor law and practice, and with the application of standards and rights as recognized by the International Labor Organization. • Be objective, reliable, and possess sound judgment. • Be independent of, and not be affiliated with or take instructions from, a Party. • Comply with a code of conduct established by the Parties. III. Applications USTR invites eligible individuals who wish to be considered for inclusion on the general roster or the labor Mechanism lists to submit applications through Regulations.gov, using docket number USTR–2020–0012. In order to be assured of consideration, USTR must receive your application by April 20, 2020. Applicants must file all submissions electronically via Regulations.gov. For alternatives to online submissions, please contact Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395–9483 before transmitting your application and in advance of the deadline. To submit an application via Regulations.gov, enter docket number USTR–2020–0012 on the Regulations.gov home page and click ‘search.’ The site will provide a searchresults page listing all documents associated with this docket. Find a reference to this notice by selecting ‘notice’ under ‘document type’ on the left side of the search-results page, and click on the ‘comment now! link. For further information on using the www.regulations.gov website, please consult the resources provided on the website by clicking on ‘How to Use Regulations.gov’ on the bottom of the page. The Regulations.gov website allows users to provide comments by filling in E:\FR\FM\19MRN1.SGM 19MRN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 54 / Thursday, March 19, 2020 / Notices a ‘type comment’ field, or by attaching a document using an ‘upload file’ field. USTR prefers that you provide applications in an attached document. If you attach a document, please type ‘‘Application for Inclusion on a USMCA Roster’’ in the ‘upload file’ field. Applicants must specify whether they wish to be considered for the General Roster, the Mechanism lists, or both. All submissions must be typewritten in English and be prepared in (or be compatible with) Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) formats. Include any data attachments to the submission in the same file as the submission itself, and not as separate files. Applications should include the following information, and should number each section of the application as indicated: 1. Name of the applicant. 2. Business address, telephone number, fax number, and email address. 3. Citizenship(s). 4. Current employment, including title, description of responsibility, and name and address of employer. 5. Relevant education and professional training. 6. Fluency in any relevant language other than English, written and spoken. 7. Post-education employment history, including the dates and addresses of each prior position, a summary of responsibilities, and a list of clients represented in the prior five years. 8. Relevant professional affiliations and certifications, including, if any, current bar memberships in good standing. 9. A list and copies of publications, testimony, and speeches, if any, concerning the relevant area(s) of expertise. Judges or former judges should list relevant judicial decisions. Submit only one copy of publications, testimony, speeches, and decisions. 10. A list of international trade proceedings or domestic proceedings relating to international trade matters, labor law, or other relevant matters in which the applicant has provided advice to a party or otherwise participated. 11. Summary of any current and past employment by, or consulting or other work for, the Governments of the United States, Mexico, or Canada. 12. The names and nationalities of all foreign principals for whom the applicant is currently or has previously been registered pursuant to the Foreign Agents Registration Act, 22 U.S.C. 611 et seq., and the dates of all registration periods. 13. A short statement of qualifications and availability for service, including VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:05 Mar 18, 2020 Jkt 250001 information relevant to the applicant’s familiarity with international trade law, labor law, and relevant area(s) for the roster or list for which the applicant seeks to be considered, and willingness and ability to make time commitments necessary for service on panels. 14. On a separate page, the names, addresses, telephone and fax numbers of three individuals willing to provide information concerning the applicant’s qualifications for service, including the applicant’s character, reputation, reliability, judgment, and familiarity with the relevant area of expertise. IV. Public Disclosure Applications are covered by a Privacy Act System of Records Notice (https:// www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-201612-22/pdf/2016-30496.pdf). They are not subject to public disclosure and USTR will not post applications publicly on Regulations.gov. USTR may share applications with other federal agencies, the House Committee on Ways and Means, the Senate Committee on Finance, and the Governments of Canada and Mexico for their consideration in determining whether to appoint persons to the relevant roster or list. V. False Statements False statements by an applicant regarding their personal or professional qualifications, or financial or other relevant interests that bear on the applicant’s suitability for placement on a roster or appointment to a panel are subject to criminal sanctions under 18 U.S.C. 1001. Joseph Barloon, General Counsel, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. [FR Doc. 2020–05726 Filed 3–18–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3290–F0–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Notice of Product Exclusion Extensions: China’s Acts, Policies, and Practices Related to Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property, and Innovation Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice of product exclusion extensions. AGENCY: Effective July 6, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative imposed additional duties on goods of China with an annual trade value of approximately $34 billion as part of the action in the Section 301 investigation SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00092 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15849 of China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. The U.S. Trade Representative initiated the exclusion process in July 2018 and, to date, has granted ten sets of exclusions. The second set of exclusions was published in March 2019 and will expire in March 2020. On December 30, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative established a process for the public to comment on whether to extend particular exclusions granted in March 2019 for up to 12 months. This notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative’s determination to extend certain exclusions for 12 months. DATES: The product exclusion extensions announced in this notice will apply as of March 25, 2020 and extend for one year. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will issue instructions on entry guidance and implementation. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general questions about this notice, contact Assistant General Counsels Philip Butler or Benjamin Allen, or Director of Industrial Goods Justin Hoffmann at (202) 395–5725. For specific questions on customs classification or implementation of the product exclusions identified in the Annex to this notice, contact traderemedy@cbp.dhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Background For background on the proceedings in this investigation, please see the prior notices issued in the investigation, including 82 FR 40213 (August 23, 2017), 83 FR 14906 (April 6, 2018), 83 FR 28710 (June 20, 2018), 83 FR 32181 (July 11, 2018), 83 FR 67463 (December 28, 2018), 84 FR 11152 (March 25, 2019), 84 FR 16310 (April 18, 2019), 84 FR 21389 (May 14, 2019), 84 FR 25895 (June 4, 2019), 84 FR 32821 (July 9, 2019), 84 FR 46212 (September 3, 2019), 84 FR 49564 (September 20, 2019), 84 FR 52567 (October 2, 2019), 84 FR 58427 (October 31, 2019), 84 FR 70616 (December 23, 2019), 84 FR 72102 (December 30, 2019), 85 FR 6687 (February 5, 2020), and 85 FR 12373 (March 2, 2020). Effective July 6, 2018, the U.S. Trade Representative imposed additional 25 percent duties on goods of China classified in 818 8-digit subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), with an approximate annual trade value of $34 billion. See 83 FR 28710 (the $34 billion action). 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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

[Docket Number USTR-2020-0012]


Invitation for Applications for Inclusion on the Dispute 
Settlement Rosters for the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice requesting applications.

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SUMMARY: The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) requires

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the establishment of a roster of individuals who would be available to 
serve as panelists for general state-to-state dispute settlement panels 
and for specialized labor panels. The Office of the United States Trade 
Representative (USTR) invites applications from eligible individuals 
wishing to be included on either or both rosters.

DATES: To ensure consideration, USTR must receive your application by 
April 20, 2020.

ADDRESSES: You should submit your application through the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov (Regulations.gov), using 
docket number USTR-2020-0012. Follow the submission instructions below. 
For alternatives to online submissions, please contact Sandy McKinzy at 
(202) 395-9483 before transmitting your application and in advance of 
the deadline.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information about the application 
process, contact Sandy McKinzy, Legal Technician, Office of Monitoring 
and Enforcement, at (202) 395-9483. For all other inquiries, contact 
Assistant General Counsel Nicholas Paster at 
[email protected] or (202) 395-3580.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:  USTR is seeking applications from U.S. 
citizens and nationals of other countries who are interested in serving 
as panelists for general state-to-state or labor dispute settlement 
panels established under the USMCA. You can find the text of the USMCA 
on the USTR website: https://ustr.gov/trade-agreements/free-trade-agreements/united-states-mexico-canada-agreement.

I. General Dispute Settlement Mechanism Under Chapter 31

    USMCA is a trilateral trade agreement between the United States, 
Mexico, and Canada (the Parties). Chapter 31 sets out detailed 
procedures for the resolution of most disputes arising under the USMCA. 
Dispute settlement involves two stages: (1) Consultations between the 
disputing Parties to try to arrive at a mutually satisfactory 
resolution of the matter, and (2) resort to a neutral panel to make a 
determination regarding the matter at issue. The disputing Parties form 
a separate five-member panel for each dispute although they may agree 
to a three-member panel.
    USMCA requires the Parties to establish a general roster of up to 
30 individuals who are willing to serve as panelists, with each Party 
designating up to 10 individuals. The Parties will try to achieve 
consensus on the roster. Individuals on the roster are appointed for a 
minimum term of three years and will remain on the list until the 
Parties form a new roster. See USMCA Article 31.8.1.
    Panelists normally are selected from the roster. For disputes under 
Chapter 23 (Labor) and Chapter 24 (Environment), each disputing Party 
has to select panelists with relevant expertise, and for disputes in 
specialized areas of law aside from labor and environment, the 
disputing Parties should select panelists to ensure the necessary 
expertise is available on the panel. For each dispute, roster members 
under consideration to serve as a panelist will have to complete a 
disclosure form that the Parties use to identify possible conflicts of 
interest or appearances thereof. The disclosure form requests 
information regarding financial interests and affiliations, including 
information regarding the identity of any clients the roster member may 
have, and, if applicable, clients of the roster member's firm.
    To qualify for inclusion on the on the general dispute settlement 
roster, an applicant must:
     Have expertise or experience in law, international trade, 
other matters covered by USMCA, or the resolution of disputes arising 
under international trade agreements.
     Be objective, reliable, and possess sound judgment.
     Be independent of, and not be affiliated with or take 
instructions from, a Party.
     Comply with a code of conduct established by the Parties.

II. Facility-Specific Rapid Response Labor Mechanism Under Annex 31-A

    Annex 31-A establishes a facility-specific rapid response labor 
mechanism (the Mechanism), as between the United States and Mexico, 
which can be used whenever either Party believes that workers at a 
Covered Facility (as defined in Article 31-A.15) are being denied the 
right of free association and collective bargaining under the laws 
necessary to fulfill the obligations of the other Party under the USMCA 
(a Denial of Rights). A Party may ask a labor panel under the Mechanism 
to request that the respondent Party allow it an opportunity to verify 
the Covered Facility's compliance with the law in question and to 
determine whether there has been a Denial of Rights. See USMCA Article 
31-A.5. Labor panelists have to submit a report to the Parties 
commenting on the functioning of the Mechanism at the conclusion of the 
first four-year term and every four years thereafter. See USMCA Article 
31-A.3.6.
    USMCA requires the Parties to establish three lists of panelists 
who are willing to commit to being generally available to serve as 
labor panelists for the Mechanism. By the date of entry into force of 
USMCA, each Party has to appoint three individuals to one list and 
appoint, by consensus, three individuals to a joint list. The 
individuals on the joint list may not be nationals of either the United 
States or Mexico. Six months from entry into force of USMCA, the lists 
will be expanded to at least five individuals each. Individuals on the 
lists are appointed for a minimum term of four years or until the 
Parties constitute new lists. See Article 31-A.3.
    To qualify for inclusion on the Mechanism lists, an applicant must:
     Have expertise and experience in labor law and practice, 
and with the application of standards and rights as recognized by the 
International Labor Organization.
     Be objective, reliable, and possess sound judgment.
     Be independent of, and not be affiliated with or take 
instructions from, a Party.
     Comply with a code of conduct established by the Parties.

III. Applications

    USTR invites eligible individuals who wish to be considered for 
inclusion on the general roster or the labor Mechanism lists to submit 
applications through Regulations.gov, using docket number USTR-2020-
0012. In order to be assured of consideration, USTR must receive your 
application by April 20, 2020. Applicants must file all submissions 
electronically via Regulations.gov. For alternatives to online 
submissions, please contact Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395-9483 before 
transmitting your application and in advance of the deadline.
    To submit an application via Regulations.gov, enter docket number 
USTR-2020-0012 on the Regulations.gov home page and click `search.' The 
site will provide a search-results page listing all documents 
associated with this docket. Find a reference to this notice by 
selecting `notice' under `document type' on the left side of the 
search-results page, and click on the `comment now! link. For further 
information on using the www.regulations.gov website, please consult 
the resources provided on the website by clicking on `How to Use 
Regulations.gov' on the bottom of the page.
    The Regulations.gov website allows users to provide comments by 
filling in

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a `type comment' field, or by attaching a document using an `upload 
file' field. USTR prefers that you provide applications in an attached 
document. If you attach a document, please type ``Application for 
Inclusion on a USMCA Roster'' in the `upload file' field. Applicants 
must specify whether they wish to be considered for the General Roster, 
the Mechanism lists, or both. All submissions must be typewritten in 
English and be prepared in (or be compatible with) Microsoft Word 
(.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) formats. Include any data attachments to 
the submission in the same file as the submission itself, and not as 
separate files.
    Applications should include the following information, and should 
number each section of the application as indicated:
    1. Name of the applicant.
    2. Business address, telephone number, fax number, and email 
address.
    3. Citizenship(s).
    4. Current employment, including title, description of 
responsibility, and name and address of employer.
    5. Relevant education and professional training.
    6. Fluency in any relevant language other than English, written and 
spoken.
    7. Post-education employment history, including the dates and 
addresses of each prior position, a summary of responsibilities, and a 
list of clients represented in the prior five years.
    8. Relevant professional affiliations and certifications, 
including, if any, current bar memberships in good standing.
    9. A list and copies of publications, testimony, and speeches, if 
any, concerning the relevant area(s) of expertise. Judges or former 
judges should list relevant judicial decisions. Submit only one copy of 
publications, testimony, speeches, and decisions.
    10. A list of international trade proceedings or domestic 
proceedings relating to international trade matters, labor law, or 
other relevant matters in which the applicant has provided advice to a 
party or otherwise participated.
    11. Summary of any current and past employment by, or consulting or 
other work for, the Governments of the United States, Mexico, or 
Canada.
    12. The names and nationalities of all foreign principals for whom 
the applicant is currently or has previously been registered pursuant 
to the Foreign Agents Registration Act, 22 U.S.C. 611 et seq., and the 
dates of all registration periods.
    13. A short statement of qualifications and availability for 
service, including information relevant to the applicant's familiarity 
with international trade law, labor law, and relevant area(s) for the 
roster or list for which the applicant seeks to be considered, and 
willingness and ability to make time commitments necessary for service 
on panels.
    14. On a separate page, the names, addresses, telephone and fax 
numbers of three individuals willing to provide information concerning 
the applicant's qualifications for service, including the applicant's 
character, reputation, reliability, judgment, and familiarity with the 
relevant area of expertise.

IV. Public Disclosure

    Applications are covered by a Privacy Act System of Records Notice 
(https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2016-12-22/pdf/2016-30496.pdf). 
They are not subject to public disclosure and USTR will not post 
applications publicly on Regulations.gov. USTR may share applications 
with other federal agencies, the House Committee on Ways and Means, the 
Senate Committee on Finance, and the Governments of Canada and Mexico 
for their consideration in determining whether to appoint persons to 
the relevant roster or list.

V. False Statements

    False statements by an applicant regarding their personal or 
professional qualifications, or financial or other relevant interests 
that bear on the applicant's suitability for placement on a roster or 
appointment to a panel are subject to criminal sanctions under 18 
U.S.C. 1001.

Joseph Barloon,
General Counsel, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
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