International Traffic in Arms Regulations: Temporary Reduction in Certain Registration Fees, 26847-26848 [2020-09748]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 88 / Wednesday, May 6, 2020 / Rules and Regulations § 71.1 [Amended] On page 5318, column 3, line 12, amend to read, ‘‘. . . miles east of the 009°. . .’’ ■ Issued in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 27, 2020. Steven Phillips, Acting Manager, Operations Support Group, ATO Central Service Center. [FR Doc. 2020–09479 Filed 5–5–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE 22 CFR Part 122 [Public Notice: 11103] RIN 1400–AF13 International Traffic in Arms Regulations: Temporary Reduction in Certain Registration Fees Department of State. Temporary reduction in certain AGENCY: ACTION: fees. The Department of State is making a temporary change in the Tier I and Tier II and new registrant payment guidelines on the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) website at www.pmddtc.state.gov. These guidelines outline the registration fees charged to persons who engage in the United States in the business of manufacturing, exporting, or temporarily importing defense articles, furnishing defense services, or who engage in brokering activities pursuant to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). This temporary change is in the interest of the security and foreign policy of the United States. Further, it is consistent with the March 13, 2020 declaration by President Trump of a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID–19) Outbreak and is warranted due to the extraordinary challenges to U.S. defense trade and the health of the Defense Industrial Base as a result of the exceptional and undue hardships and risks to safety caused by the public health emergency related to COVID–19. This temporary reduction in certain fees is intended to help mitigate the economic impact of the COVID–19 public health emergency on U.S. Defense Industrial Base and takes into account the operational requirements of DDTC that the fees fund. DATES: The temporary reduction in fees was effective May 1, 2020, and shall expire on April 30, 2021, unless modified by a subsequent notification in the Federal Register. SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:33 May 05, 2020 Neal Kringel, Office of Defense Trade Controls Management, U.S. Department of State, telephone (202) 663–1282, or email DDTCResponseTeam@state.gov. ATTN: Temporary Fee Reduction. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document serves to inform entities registered with the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) pursuant to ITAR §§ 122.1(a) and 129.3(a), of a temporary reduction in registration fees charged to entities in Tier I and Tier II and new registrants. (For more information on DDTC registrations, please visit the ‘‘Conduct Business’’ page then select the ‘‘Registration’’ tab and the ‘‘Payment of Registration’’ tab of the DDTC website). ITAR § 122.1(a) provides that any person who engages in the United States in the business of manufacturing or exporting or temporarily importing defense articles, or furnishing defense services, is required to register with DDTC. ITAR § 129.3(a) further provides that, with limited exceptions, any regulated person who engages in brokering activities is required to register with DDTC. ITAR § 122.3 provides that a person who is required to register must do so on an annual basis by submitting a completed Statement of Registration (form DS–2032) and payment of a fee following the payment guidelines available on the DDTC website at www.pmddtc.state.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jkt 250001 What is the purpose of this change? Given the extraordinary impact of the COVID–19 pandemic on the national economy and Defense Industrial Base, DDTC is temporarily reducing registration fees for DDTC registrants in Tier I and Tier II to $500 for registrations whose original expiration date is between May 31, 2020 and April 30, 2021. Also, DDTC is reducing registration fees to $500 for new applicants who submit their registration application between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021. All new registrants are in Tier I in the first year. This will allow new registrants and existing registrants in Tiers I and II—including the many small to medium sized enterprises that must register under these tiers—to receive and plan for a reduced registration fee over the course of the coming year. The fee structure for Tier III entities remains unchanged at this time given the higher costs incurred by DDTC in processing the volume of licenses and other relevant submissions by entities in Tier III. Also, Tier III already has a provision for a reduced fee if the fee calculated above is greater than 3 percent of the total value of all PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 26847 applications. In such cases, the fee will be 3 percent of the total value of all applications or $2,750, whichever is greater. These measures were informed by consultations with U.S. industry, in particular the Defense Trade Advisory Group, as well as with DDTC’s interagency partners in the Departments of Defense and Commerce. This temporary reduction in fees shall apply only through April 30, 2021, at which time fees for entities in Tiers I and II will return to the rates that were in effect on April 1, 2020, unless otherwise extended by a subsequent notification in the Federal Register.1 Temporary Fee Reduction For reasons stated above, the State Department amends the fee payment schedule referenced in 22 CFR 122.3 and posted on the DDTC website as follows: ‘‘DDTC is temporarily reducing registration fees for DDTC registrants in Tier I and Tier II to $500 for registrations whose original expiration date is between May 31, 2020 and April 30, 2021. Also, DDTC is reducing registration fees to $500 for new applicants who submit their registration application between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021. All new registrants are in Tier I in the first year. This will allow new registrants and existing registrants in Tiers I and II, the majority of which are small and medium-sized enterprises, to receive a reduced registration fee over the course of the coming year. The fee structure for Tier III entities remains unchanged at this time. We anticipate that this temporary reduction in fees for Tier I and Tier II and new registrants will save regulated industry over $20 million over the course of the coming year. The temporary reduction in fees is warranted as a result of the exceptional and undue economic hardship caused by the public health emergency caused by the COVID–19 pandemic.’’ ‘‘This temporary reduction in fees shall apply only through April 30, 2021, at which time fees for entities in Tiers I and II will return to the rates that were in effect on April 1, 2020 unless otherwise extended by a subsequent notice in the Federal Register.’’ Regulatory Findings Administrative Procedure Act The Department of State is of the opinion that controlling the import and export of defense articles and defense services is a military or foreign affairs function of the United States Government and rules implementing 1 Proclamation 9994 of March 13, 2020, 85 FR 15337 (Mar. 18, 2020). E:\FR\FM\06MYR1.SGM 06MYR1 26848 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 88 / Wednesday, May 6, 2020 / Rules and Regulations this function are exempt from section 553 (Rulemaking) and section 554 (Adjudications) of the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(a)(1). significant but not an economically significant rule, under the criteria of Executive Order 12866, and is consistent with the provisions of Executive Order 13563. Regulatory Flexibility Act Since the Department is of the opinion that this rulemaking is exempt from the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 553, there is no requirement for an analysis under the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Executive Order 12988 Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995 This rulemaking does not involve a mandate that will result in the expenditure by State, local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, or by the private sector, of $100 million or more in any year and it will not significantly or uniquely affect small governments. Therefore, no actions were deemed necessary under the provisions of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995. Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 The Department does not believe this rulemaking is a major rule under the criteria of 5 U.S.C. 804. Based on the criteria of 5 U.S.C. 804(2), the Department does not believe this rulemaking will have an annual effect on the economy of $100,000,000 or more. The Department estimates that this rulemaking will result in the elimination of approximately $20,000,000 in registration fees that otherwise would have been collected by the Department. Executive Orders 12372 and 13132 This rulemaking does not have sufficient federalism implications to require consultations or warrant the preparation of a federalism summary impact statement. The regulations implementing Executive Order 12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation on Federal programs and activities do not apply to this rulemaking. 16:33 May 05, 2020 Jkt 250001 Executive Order 13175 The Department of State has determined that this rulemaking will not have tribal implications, will not impose substantial direct compliance costs on Indian tribal governments, and will not preempt tribal law. Accordingly, the requirements of Executive Order 13175 do not apply to this rulemaking. Paperwork Reduction Act This rulemaking does not impose or revise any information collections subject to 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35. Executive Order 13771 Background The final regulations (TD 9806) that are the subject of this correction are under sections 1291, 1298, 6038, and 6046 of the Internal Revenue Code. Need for correction As published December 28, 2016 (81 FR 95459), the final regulations (TD 9806; FR Doc. 2016–30712) contained errors that needs to be corrected. List of Subjects in 26 CFR Part 1 Income taxes, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements. Correction of Publication This rulemaking is not subject to the requirements of E.O. 13771 since it relates to a military or foreign affairs function of the United States. Zachary A. Parker, Director, Office of Directives Management, U.S. Department of State. [FR Doc. 2020–09748 Filed 5–5–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–25–P Accordingly, 26 CFR part 1 is corrected by making the following correcting amendment: PART 1—INCOME TAXES 1. The authority citation for part 1 is amended by removing the entry for §§ 1.1291–1T, 1.1291–9, 1.1291–9T, and 1.1298–1T and the entry for § 1.6046–1T to read in part as follows: ■ DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY Authority: 26 U.S.C. 7805, unless otherwise noted. Internal Revenue Service * [TD 9806] RIN 1545–BK66 Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Correcting amendment. AGENCY: This document contains corrections to Treasury Decision 9806, which was published in the Federal Register on Wednesday, December 28, 2016. Treasury Decision 9806 contained final regulations that provided guidance on determining ownership of a passive foreign investment company (PFIC) and on certain annual reporting SUMMARY: Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 * * * [FR Doc. 2020–08113 Filed 5–5–20; 8:45 am] Definitions and Reporting Requirements for Shareholders of Passive Foreign Investment Companies; Correcting Amendment PO 00000 * Martin V. Franks, Chief, Publications and Regulations Branch, Legal Processing Division, Associate Chief Counsel (Procedure and Administration). 26 CFR Part 1 Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess all costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public health and safety effects, distributed impacts, and equity). Executive Order 13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and benefits, of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting flexibility. This rulemaking is a VerDate Sep<11>2014 The Department of State has reviewed this rulemaking in light of sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988 to eliminate ambiguity, minimize litigation, establish clear legal standards, and reduce burden. requirements for shareholders of PFICs to file Form 8621, ‘‘Information Return by a Shareholder of a Passive Foreign Investment Company or Qualified Electing Fund.’’ DATES: These final regulations are effective on and after May 6, 2020, and are applicable on or after December 28, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Martin V. Franks at (202) 317–5181 (not a toll-free number). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Sfmt 4700 BILLING CODE 4830–01–P NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION 36 CFR Parts 1253 and 1280 [FDMS No. NARA–20–0005; NARA–2020– 024] RIN 3095–AC03 NARA Facilities, Locations, Hours, and Public Use National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). ACTION: Direct final rule. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\06MYR1.SGM 06MYR1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 88 (Wednesday, May 6, 2020)]
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[FR Doc No: 2020-09748]


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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

22 CFR Part 122

[Public Notice: 11103]
RIN 1400-AF13


International Traffic in Arms Regulations: Temporary Reduction in 
Certain Registration Fees

AGENCY: Department of State.

ACTION: Temporary reduction in certain fees.

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SUMMARY: The Department of State is making a temporary change in the 
Tier I and Tier II and new registrant payment guidelines on the 
Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) website at 
www.pmddtc.state.gov. These guidelines outline the registration fees 
charged to persons who engage in the United States in the business of 
manufacturing, exporting, or temporarily importing defense articles, 
furnishing defense services, or who engage in brokering activities 
pursuant to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). This 
temporary change is in the interest of the security and foreign policy 
of the United States. Further, it is consistent with the March 13, 2020 
declaration by President Trump of a National Emergency Concerning the 
Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak and is warranted due to 
the extraordinary challenges to U.S. defense trade and the health of 
the Defense Industrial Base as a result of the exceptional and undue 
hardships and risks to safety caused by the public health emergency 
related to COVID-19. This temporary reduction in certain fees is 
intended to help mitigate the economic impact of the COVID-19 public 
health emergency on U.S. Defense Industrial Base and takes into account 
the operational requirements of DDTC that the fees fund.

DATES: The temporary reduction in fees was effective May 1, 2020, and 
shall expire on April 30, 2021, unless modified by a subsequent 
notification in the Federal Register.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Neal Kringel, Office of Defense Trade 
Controls Management, U.S. Department of State, telephone (202) 663-
1282, or email [email protected]. ATTN: Temporary Fee 
Reduction.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This document serves to inform entities 
registered with the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) 
pursuant to ITAR Sec. Sec.  122.1(a) and 129.3(a), of a temporary 
reduction in registration fees charged to entities in Tier I and Tier 
II and new registrants. (For more information on DDTC registrations, 
please visit the ``Conduct Business'' page then select the 
``Registration'' tab and the ``Payment of Registration'' tab of the 
DDTC website). ITAR Sec.  122.1(a) provides that any person who engages 
in the United States in the business of manufacturing or exporting or 
temporarily importing defense articles, or furnishing defense services, 
is required to register with DDTC. ITAR Sec.  129.3(a) further provides 
that, with limited exceptions, any regulated person who engages in 
brokering activities is required to register with DDTC. ITAR Sec.  
122.3 provides that a person who is required to register must do so on 
an annual basis by submitting a completed Statement of Registration 
(form DS-2032) and payment of a fee following the payment guidelines 
available on the DDTC website at www.pmddtc.state.gov.

What is the purpose of this change?

    Given the extraordinary impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the 
national economy and Defense Industrial Base, DDTC is temporarily 
reducing registration fees for DDTC registrants in Tier I and Tier II 
to $500 for registrations whose original expiration date is between May 
31, 2020 and April 30, 2021. Also, DDTC is reducing registration fees 
to $500 for new applicants who submit their registration application 
between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021. All new registrants are in Tier 
I in the first year. This will allow new registrants and existing 
registrants in Tiers I and II--including the many small to medium sized 
enterprises that must register under these tiers--to receive and plan 
for a reduced registration fee over the course of the coming year. The 
fee structure for Tier III entities remains unchanged at this time 
given the higher costs incurred by DDTC in processing the volume of 
licenses and other relevant submissions by entities in Tier III. Also, 
Tier III already has a provision for a reduced fee if the fee 
calculated above is greater than 3 percent of the total value of all 
applications. In such cases, the fee will be 3 percent of the total 
value of all applications or $2,750, whichever is greater. These 
measures were informed by consultations with U.S. industry, in 
particular the Defense Trade Advisory Group, as well as with DDTC's 
interagency partners in the Departments of Defense and Commerce. This 
temporary reduction in fees shall apply only through April 30, 2021, at 
which time fees for entities in Tiers I and II will return to the rates 
that were in effect on April 1, 2020, unless otherwise extended by a 
subsequent notification in the Federal Register.\1\
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    \1\ Proclamation 9994 of March 13, 2020, 85 FR 15337 (Mar. 18, 
2020).
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Temporary Fee Reduction

    For reasons stated above, the State Department amends the fee 
payment schedule referenced in 22 CFR 122.3 and posted on the DDTC 
website as follows:
    ``DDTC is temporarily reducing registration fees for DDTC 
registrants in Tier I and Tier II to $500 for registrations whose 
original expiration date is between May 31, 2020 and April 30, 2021. 
Also, DDTC is reducing registration fees to $500 for new applicants who 
submit their registration application between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 
2021. All new registrants are in Tier I in the first year. This will 
allow new registrants and existing registrants in Tiers I and II, the 
majority of which are small and medium-sized enterprises, to receive a 
reduced registration fee over the course of the coming year. The fee 
structure for Tier III entities remains unchanged at this time. We 
anticipate that this temporary reduction in fees for Tier I and Tier II 
and new registrants will save regulated industry over $20 million over 
the course of the coming year. The temporary reduction in fees is 
warranted as a result of the exceptional and undue economic hardship 
caused by the public health emergency caused by the COVID-19 
pandemic.''
    ``This temporary reduction in fees shall apply only through April 
30, 2021, at which time fees for entities in Tiers I and II will return 
to the rates that were in effect on April 1, 2020 unless otherwise 
extended by a subsequent notice in the Federal Register.''

Regulatory Findings

Administrative Procedure Act

    The Department of State is of the opinion that controlling the 
import and export of defense articles and defense services is a 
military or foreign affairs function of the United States Government 
and rules implementing

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this function are exempt from section[thinsp]553 (Rulemaking) and 
section[thinsp]554 (Adjudications) of the Administrative Procedure Act 
(APA) pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(a)(1).

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Since the Department is of the opinion that this rulemaking is 
exempt from the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 553, there is no requirement for 
an analysis under the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act of 1995

    This rulemaking does not involve a mandate that will result in the 
expenditure by State, local, and tribal governments, in the aggregate, 
or by the private sector, of $100 million or more in any year and it 
will not significantly or uniquely affect small governments. Therefore, 
no actions were deemed necessary under the provisions of the Unfunded 
Mandates Reform Act of 1995.

Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996

    The Department does not believe this rulemaking is a major rule 
under the criteria of 5 U.S.C. 804. Based on the criteria of 5 U.S.C. 
804(2), the Department does not believe this rulemaking will have an 
annual effect on the economy of $100,000,000 or more. The Department 
estimates that this rulemaking will result in the elimination of 
approximately $20,000,000 in registration fees that otherwise would 
have been collected by the Department.

Executive Orders 12372 and 13132

    This rulemaking does not have sufficient federalism implications to 
require consultations or warrant the preparation of a federalism 
summary impact statement. The regulations implementing Executive Order 
12372 regarding intergovernmental consultation on Federal programs and 
activities do not apply to this rulemaking.

Executive Orders 12866 and 13563

    Executive Orders 12866 and 13563 direct agencies to assess all 
costs and benefits of available regulatory alternatives and, if 
regulation is necessary, to select regulatory approaches that maximize 
net benefits (including potential economic, environmental, public 
health and safety effects, distributed impacts, and equity). Executive 
Order 13563 emphasizes the importance of quantifying both costs and 
benefits, of reducing costs, of harmonizing rules, and of promoting 
flexibility. This rulemaking is a significant but not an economically 
significant rule, under the criteria of Executive Order 12866, and is 
consistent with the provisions of Executive Order 13563.

Executive Order 12988

    The Department of State has reviewed this rulemaking in light of 
sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988 to eliminate 
ambiguity, minimize litigation, establish clear legal standards, and 
reduce burden.

Executive Order 13175

    The Department of State has determined that this rulemaking will 
not have tribal implications, will not impose substantial direct 
compliance costs on Indian tribal governments, and will not preempt 
tribal law. Accordingly, the requirements of Executive Order 13175 do 
not apply to this rulemaking.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    This rulemaking does not impose or revise any information 
collections subject to 44 U.S.C. Chapter 35.

Executive Order 13771

    This rulemaking is not subject to the requirements of E.O. 13771 
since it relates to a military or foreign affairs function of the 
United States.

Zachary A. Parker,
Director, Office of Directives Management, U.S. Department of State.
[FR Doc. 2020-09748 Filed 5-5-20; 8:45 am]
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