60-Day Notice of Intent To Seek Approval for Information Collections: Joint Notice of Intent To Arbitrate and Notice of Availability for Arbitrator Roster, 54615-54616 [2020-19411]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 171 / Wednesday, September 2, 2020 / Notices Total ‘‘Non-hour Burden’’ Cost: There are no other costs identified because filings are submitted electronically to the Board. Needs and Uses: Under 49 CFR part 1250, the Board requires the nation’s seven Class I (large) railroads and the Chicago Transportation Coordination Office (CTCO), through its Class I members, to report certain railroad service performance metrics on a weekly basis and certain other information on a quarterly and occasional basis. This collection of rail service data aids the Board in identifying rail service issues, allowing the Board to better understand current service issues and to identify and address potential future regional and national service disruptions more quickly. The transparency resulting from this collection also benefits rail shippers and other stakeholders by helping them to better plan operations and make informed decisions based on publicly available, near real-time data and their own analysis of performance trends over time. Under the PRA, a federal agency that conducts or sponsors a collection of information must display a currently valid OMB control number. A collection of information, which is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c), includes agency requirements that persons submit reports, keep records, or provide information to the agency, third parties, or the public. Under 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), federal agencies are required to provide, prior to an agency’s submitting a collection to OMB for approval, a 60-day notice and comment period through publication in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information. Board) gives notice of its intent to seek approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the existing collections without OMB control numbers of the Joint Notice of Intent to Arbitrate and Notice of Availability for Arbitrator Roster, as described separately below. DATES: Comments on these information collections should be submitted by November 2, 2020. ADDRESSES: Direct all comments to Chris Oehrle, Surface Transportation Board, 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20423–0001, and to PRA@stb.gov. When submitting comments, please refer to ‘‘Paperwork Reduction Act Comments, Arbitration Procedures under 49 CFR 1108.’’ For further information regarding this collection, contact Michael Higgins, Deputy Director, Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs, and Compliance, at (202) 245–0284 or at Michael.Higgins@stb.gov. Assistance for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments are requested concerning: (1) The accuracy of the Board’s burden estimates; (2) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; (3) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on the respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology, when appropriate; and (4) whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Board, including whether the collection has practical utility. Submitted comments will be summarized and included in the Board’s request for OMB approval. Dated: August 28, 2020. Aretha Laws-Byrum, Clearance Clerk. Description of Collections [FR Doc. 2020–19409 Filed 9–1–20; 8:45 am] Title: Joint Notice of Intent to Arbitrate. OMB Control Number: 2140–XXXX. STB Form Number: None. Type of Review: Existing collection without an OMB control number. Respondents: Parties seeking to submit to arbitration certain matters before the Board. Number of Respondents: One. Estimated Time per Response: One hour. Frequency: On occasion. Total Burden Hours (annually including all respondents): One. Total ‘‘Non-hour Burden’’ Cost: None identified. Filings are submitted electronically to the Board. Information Collection 1 BILLING CODE 4915–01–P SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 60-Day Notice of Intent To Seek Approval for Information Collections: Joint Notice of Intent To Arbitrate and Notice of Availability for Arbitrator Roster Surface Transportation Board. Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: ACTION: As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Surface Transportation Board (STB or SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:33 Sep 01, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00084 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54615 Needs and Uses: Under 49 CFR 1108.5, arbitration commences with a written complaint that contains a statement that the relevant parties are participants in the Board’s arbitration program, or that the complainant is willing to arbitrate the dispute pursuant to the Board’s arbitration procedures. The respondent’s answer to the written complaint must then indicate the respondent’s participation in the Board’s arbitration program or its willingness to arbitrate the dispute at hand pursuant to the Board’s arbitration procedures. As an alternative to filing a written complaint, parties may submit a joint notice to the Board, indicating the consent of both parties to submit an issue in dispute to the Board’s arbitration program. In the joint notice, parties state the issue(s) that they are willing to submit to arbitration. The notice must contain a statement that would indicate that all relevant parties are participants in the Board’s arbitration program pursuant to § 1108.3(a), or that the relevant parties are willing to arbitrate voluntarily a matter pursuant to the Board’s arbitration procedures, and the relief requested. The notice must also indicate whether parties have agreed to a threemember arbitration panel or a single arbitrator and must indicate whether the parties have mutually agreed to a lower amount of potential liability in lieu of the monetary award cap that would otherwise be applicable. The joint notice encourages greater use of arbitration to resolve disputes at the Board. Information Collection 2 Title: Notice of Availability for Arbitrator Roster. OMB Control Number: 2140–XXXX. STB Form Number: None. Type of Review: Existing collection without an OMB control number. Respondents: Potential arbitrators. Number of Respondents: 14. Estimated Time per Response: One hour. Frequency: Annually. Total Burden Hours (annually including all respondents): 14. Total ‘‘Non-hour Burden’’ Cost: None identified. Filings are submitted electronically to the Board. Needs and Uses: Under 49 CFR 1108.6(b), an arbitration roster is compiled by the Chairman, and potential interested, qualified persons who wish to be placed on the Board’s arbitration roster must submit notice of their availability to be added to the roster. The Chairman may augment the roster at any time to include eligible E:\FR\FM\02SEN1.SGM 02SEN1 54616 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 171 / Wednesday, September 2, 2020 / Notices arbitrators and remove from the roster any arbitrators who are no longer available or eligible. Potential arbitrators must also update their availability and information annually, if they wish to remain available for the arbitration roster. The arbitration rosters are available to the public on the Board’s website at https://dcmsexternal.s3.amazonaws.com/DCMS_ External_PROD/1581607804924/ 50102.pdf. Under the PRA, a federal agency that conducts or sponsors a collection of information must display a currently valid OMB control number. A collection of information, which is defined in 44 U.S.C. 3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c), includes agency requirements that persons submit reports, keep records, or provide information to the agency, third parties, or the public. Under 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), federal agencies are required to provide, prior to an agency’s submitting a collection to OMB for approval, a 60-day notice and comment period through publication in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of an existing collection of information. Dated: August 28, 2020. Jeffrey Herzig, Clearance Clerk. [FR Doc. 2020–19411 Filed 9–1–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4915–01–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: On August 20, 2019, at the direction of the President, the U.S. Trade Representative determined to modify the action being taken in the Section 301 investigation of China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation by imposing additional duties of 10 percent ad valorem on goods of China with an annual trade value of approximately $300 billion. The additional duties on products in List 1, which is set out in Annex A of that action, became effective on September 1, 2019. The U.S. Trade Representative initiated a product jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:33 Sep 01, 2020 Jkt 250001 exclusion process in October 2019, and has issued eight product exclusion notices under this action. These exclusions will expire on September 1, 2020. On June 26, July 17, and August 11, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative established processes for the public to comment on whether to extend particular exclusions granted under the $300 billion action for up to 12 months. This notice announces the U.S. Trade Representative’s determination to extend certain exclusions through December 31, 2020. DATES: The product exclusion extensions announced in this notice will apply as of September 1, 2020, and extend through December 31, 2020. 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 Associate General Counsel Philip Butler or Assistant General Counsel 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 prior notices including 82 FR 40213 (August 24, 2017), 83 FR 14906 (April 6, 2018), 84 FR 22564 (May 17, 2019), 84 FR 43304 (August 20, 2019), 84 FR 45821 (August 30, 2019), 84 FR 57144 (October 24, 2019), 84 FR 69447 (December 18, 2019), 85 FR 3741 (January 22, 2020), 85 FR 13970 (March 10, 2020), 85 FR 15244 (March 17, 2020), 85 FR 17936 (March 31, 2020), 85 FR 28693 (May 13, 2020), 85 FR 32099 (May 28, 2020), 85 FR 35975 (June 12, 2020), 85 FR 38482 (June 26, 2020), 85 FR 41658 (July 10, 2020), 85 FR 43639 (July 17, 2020), 85 FR 44563 (July 23, 2020), 85 FR 48595 (August 11, 2020), and 85 FR 48627 (August 11, 2020). In a notice published on August 20, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative, at the direction of the President, announced a determination to modify the action being taken in the Section 301 investigation by imposing an additional 10 percent ad valorem duty on products of China with an annual aggregate trade value of approximately $300 billion. 84 FR 43304 (August 20 notice). The August 20 notice contains two separate lists of tariff subheadings, with two different effective dates. List 1, PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 which is set out in Annex A of the August 20 notice, was effective on September 1, 2019. List 2, which is set out in Annex C of the August 20 notice, was scheduled to take effect on December 15, 2019. Subsequently, the U.S. Trade Representative announced determinations suspending until further notice the additional duties on products set out in Annex C (List 2) and reducing the additional duties for the products covered in Annex A of (List 1) to 7.5 percent. See 84 FR 57144, 85 FR 3741. On October 24, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative established a process by which U.S. stakeholders could request exclusion of particular products classified within an eight-digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading covered by List 1 of the $300 billion action from the additional duties. See 84 FR 57144 (October 24 notice). The October 24 notice required submission of requests for exclusion from the $300 billion action no later than January 31, 2020, and noted that the U.S. Trade Representative periodically would announce decisions. The U.S. Trade Representative has issued eight notices of product exclusions under this action. These exclusions are scheduled to expire on September 1, 2020. On June 26, July 17, and August 11, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative invited the public to comment on whether to extend by up to 12 months, particular exclusions granted under the $300 billion action. See 85 FR 38482 (June 26, 2020); 85 FR 43639 (July 17, 2020); 85 FR 48595 (August 11, 2020) (the $300 billion extension notices). Under the $300 billion extension notices, commenters were asked to address: • Whether the particular product and/or a comparable product is available from sources in the United States and/or in third countries. • Any changes in the global supply chain since September 2019 with respect to the particular product, or any other relevant industry developments. • Efforts, if any, importers or U.S. purchasers have undertaken since September 2019 to source the product from the United States or third countries. In addition, commenters who were importers and/or purchasers of the products covered by an exclusion were asked to provide information regarding: • Their efforts since September 2019 to source the product from the United States or third countries. • The value and quantity of the Chinese-origin product covered by the specific exclusion request purchased in E:\FR\FM\02SEN1.SGM 02SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 171 (Wednesday, September 2, 2020)]
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SURFACE TRANSPORTATION BOARD


60-Day Notice of Intent To Seek Approval for Information 
Collections: Joint Notice of Intent To Arbitrate and Notice of 
Availability for Arbitrator Roster

AGENCY: Surface Transportation Board.

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the 
Surface Transportation Board (STB or Board) gives notice of its intent 
to seek approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the 
existing collections without OMB control numbers of the Joint Notice of 
Intent to Arbitrate and Notice of Availability for Arbitrator Roster, 
as described separately below.

DATES: Comments on these information collections should be submitted by 
November 2, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Direct all comments to Chris Oehrle, Surface Transportation 
Board, 395 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20423-0001, and to [email protected]. 
When submitting comments, please refer to ``Paperwork Reduction Act 
Comments, Arbitration Procedures under 49 CFR 1108.'' For further 
information regarding this collection, contact Michael Higgins, Deputy 
Director, Office of Public Assistance, Governmental Affairs, and 
Compliance, at (202) 245-0284 or at [email protected]. Assistance 
for the hearing impaired is available through the Federal Relay Service 
at (800) 877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments are requested concerning: (1) The 
accuracy of the Board's burden estimates; (2) ways to enhance the 
quality, utility, and clarity of the information collected; (3) ways to 
minimize the burden of the collection of information on the 
respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, when appropriate; and (4) 
whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper 
performance of the functions of the Board, including whether the 
collection has practical utility. Submitted comments will be summarized 
and included in the Board's request for OMB approval.

Description of Collections

Information Collection 1

    Title: Joint Notice of Intent to Arbitrate.
    OMB Control Number: 2140-XXXX.
    STB Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Existing collection without an OMB control number.
    Respondents: Parties seeking to submit to arbitration certain 
matters before the Board.
    Number of Respondents: One.
    Estimated Time per Response: One hour.
    Frequency: On occasion.
    Total Burden Hours (annually including all respondents): One.
    Total ``Non-hour Burden'' Cost: None identified. Filings are 
submitted electronically to the Board.
    Needs and Uses: Under 49 CFR 1108.5, arbitration commences with a 
written complaint that contains a statement that the relevant parties 
are participants in the Board's arbitration program, or that the 
complainant is willing to arbitrate the dispute pursuant to the Board's 
arbitration procedures. The respondent's answer to the written 
complaint must then indicate the respondent's participation in the 
Board's arbitration program or its willingness to arbitrate the dispute 
at hand pursuant to the Board's arbitration procedures.
    As an alternative to filing a written complaint, parties may submit 
a joint notice to the Board, indicating the consent of both parties to 
submit an issue in dispute to the Board's arbitration program. In the 
joint notice, parties state the issue(s) that they are willing to 
submit to arbitration. The notice must contain a statement that would 
indicate that all relevant parties are participants in the Board's 
arbitration program pursuant to Sec.  1108.3(a), or that the relevant 
parties are willing to arbitrate voluntarily a matter pursuant to the 
Board's arbitration procedures, and the relief requested. The notice 
must also indicate whether parties have agreed to a three-member 
arbitration panel or a single arbitrator and must indicate whether the 
parties have mutually agreed to a lower amount of potential liability 
in lieu of the monetary award cap that would otherwise be applicable. 
The joint notice encourages greater use of arbitration to resolve 
disputes at the Board.

Information Collection 2

    Title: Notice of Availability for Arbitrator Roster.
    OMB Control Number: 2140-XXXX.
    STB Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Existing collection without an OMB control number.
    Respondents: Potential arbitrators.
    Number of Respondents: 14.
    Estimated Time per Response: One hour.
    Frequency: Annually.
    Total Burden Hours (annually including all respondents): 14.
    Total ``Non-hour Burden'' Cost: None identified. Filings are 
submitted electronically to the Board.
    Needs and Uses: Under 49 CFR 1108.6(b), an arbitration roster is 
compiled by the Chairman, and potential interested, qualified persons 
who wish to be placed on the Board's arbitration roster must submit 
notice of their availability to be added to the roster. The Chairman 
may augment the roster at any time to include eligible

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arbitrators and remove from the roster any arbitrators who are no 
longer available or eligible. Potential arbitrators must also update 
their availability and information annually, if they wish to remain 
available for the arbitration roster. The arbitration rosters are 
available to the public on the Board's website at https://dcms-external.s3.amazonaws.com/DCMS_External_PROD/1581607804924/50102.pdf.
    Under the PRA, a federal agency that conducts or sponsors a 
collection of information must display a currently valid OMB control 
number. A collection of information, which is defined in 44 U.S.C. 
3502(3) and 5 CFR 1320.3(c), includes agency requirements that persons 
submit reports, keep records, or provide information to the agency, 
third parties, or the public. Under 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A), federal 
agencies are required to provide, prior to an agency's submitting a 
collection to OMB for approval, a 60-day notice and comment period 
through publication in the Federal Register concerning each proposed 
collection of information, including each proposed extension of an 
existing collection of information.

    Dated: August 28, 2020.
Jeffrey Herzig,
Clearance Clerk.
[FR Doc. 2020-19411 Filed 9-1-20; 8:45 am]
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