Meeting To Implement Pandemic Response Voluntary Agreement Under Section 708 of the Defense Production Act, 2688-2689 [2021-00505]

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[FR Doc. 2021–00489 Filed 1–12–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4140–01–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency [Docket ID FEMA–2020–0016] Meeting To Implement Pandemic Response Voluntary Agreement Under Section 708 of the Defense Production Act Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: Announcement of meeting; request for comments. AGENCY: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will hold SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:08 Jan 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 a meeting remotely via web conference to implement the Voluntary Agreement for the Manufacture and Distribution of Critical Healthcare Resources Necessary to Respond to a Pandemic. A portion of the meeting will be open to the public. DATES: The meeting will take place on Friday, January 15, 2021, from 2 to 4 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). The first portion of the meeting, from approximately 2 to 3 p.m. ET, will be open to the public. Written comments for consideration at the meeting must be submitted and received by 12 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 14, 2021. Follow-up comments must be received by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, January 22, 2021, to be considered. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held via web conference. Members of the public may view the public portion of the meeting online at https:// pandemicdpa708.com. Reasonable accommodations are available for people with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact the person listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section below as soon as possible. Last minute requests will be accepted but may not be possible to fulfill. To facilitate public participation, members of the public are invited to provide written comments on the issues to be considered at the meeting. The Meeting Objectives listed below outline these issues. Written comments must be identified by Docket ID FEMA–2020– 0016, and submitted by one of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Email: FEMA’s Office of Business, Industry, Infrastructure Integration, OB3I@fema.dhs.gov. Instructions: All submissions must include the docket ID FEMA–2020– 0016. Comments received, including any personal information provided, may be posted without alteration at https:// www.regulations.gov. Docket: For access to the docket and to read comments received by FEMA, go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID FEMA–2020–0016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Glenn, Office of Business, Industry, Infrastructure Integration, via email at OB3I@fema.dhs.gov or via phone at (202) 212–1666. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice of this meeting is provided as required by section 708(h)(8) of the Defense Production Act (DPA), 50 U.S.C. 4558(h)(8), and consistent with 44 CFR part 332. PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The DPA authorizes the making of ‘‘voluntary agreements and plans of action’’ with, among others, representatives of industry and business to help provide for the national defense.1 The President’s authority to facilitate voluntary agreements was delegated to the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to responding to the spread of COVID–19 within the United States in Executive Order 13911.2 The Secretary of Homeland Security has further delegated this authority to the FEMA Administrator.3 On August 17, 2020, after the appropriate consultations with the Attorney General and the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, FEMA completed and published in the Federal Register a ‘‘Voluntary Agreement for the Manufacture and Distribution of Critical Healthcare Resources Necessary to Respond to a Pandemic’’ (Voluntary Agreement).4 Unless terminated prior to that date, the Voluntary Agreement is effective until August 17, 2025, and may be extended subject to additional approval by the Attorney General after consultation with the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. The Agreement may be used to prepare for or respond to any pandemic, including COVID–19, during that time. On December 7, 2020, the first plan of action under the Voluntary Agreement—the Plan of Action to Establish a National Strategy for the Manufacture, Allocation, and Distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Respond to COVID– 19 (Plan of Action)—was finalized.5 The Plan of Action established several subcommittees under the Voluntary Agreement, focusing on different aspects of the Plan of Action. The meeting will be chaired by the FEMA Administrator or his delegate, and attended by the Attorney General or his delegate and the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission or his delegate. In implementing the Voluntary Agreement, FEMA adheres to all procedural requirements of 50 U.S.C. 4558 and 44 CFR part 332. 1 50 U.S.C. 4558(c)(1). FR 18403 (Apr. 1, 2020). 3 DHS Delegation 09052, Rev. 00.1 (Apr. 1, 2020); DHS Delegation Number 09052 Rev. 00 (Jan. 3, 2017). 4 85 FR 50035 (Aug. 17, 2020). The Attorney General, in consultation with the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, made the required finding that the purpose of the voluntary agreement may not reasonably be achieved through an agreement having less anticompetitive effects or without any voluntary agreement and published the finding in the Federal Register on the same day. 85 FR 50049 (Aug. 17, 2020). 5 See 85 FR 78869 (Dec. 7, 2020). See also 85 FR 79020 (Dec. 8, 2020). 2 85 E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 8 / Wednesday, January 13, 2021 / Notices Meeting Objectives: The objective of the meeting is to update the general public, and private industry partners, on the status of the Voluntary Agreement, PPE Plan of Action, and potential future Plans of Action. Meeting Closed to the Public: By default, the DPA requires meetings held to implement a voluntary agreement or plan of action be open to the public.6 However, attendance may be limited if the Sponsor 7 of the voluntary agreement finds that the matter to be discussed at a meeting falls within the purview of matters described in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c). The Sponsor of the Voluntary Agreement, the FEMA Administrator, found that a portion of this meeting to implement the Voluntary Agreement involves matters which fall within the purview of matters described in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c) and that portion of the meeting will therefore be closed to the public. Specifically, the meeting to implement the Voluntary Agreement may require participants to disclose trade secrets or commercial or financial information that is privileged or confidential. Disclosure of such information allows for meetings to be closed pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(4). In addition, the success of the Voluntary Agreement depends wholly on the willing and enthusiastic participation of private sector participants. Failure to close this meeting could have a strong chilling effect on participation by the private sector and cause a substantial risk that sensitive information will be prematurely released to the public, resulting in participants withdrawing their support from the Voluntary Agreement and thus significantly frustrating the implementation of the Voluntary Agreement. Frustration of an agency’s objective due to premature disclosure of information allows for the closure of a meeting to pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(9)(B). Pete Gaynor, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY [Docket No. DHS–2011–0108] RIN 1601–ZA11 Identification of Foreign Countries Whose Nationals Are Eligible To Participate in the H–2A and H–2B Nonimmigrant Worker Programs Office of the Secretary, DHS. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: Under Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may generally only approve petitions for H–2A and H–2B nonimmigrant status for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, has designated by notice published in the Federal Register. Each such notice shall be effective for one year after its date of publication. This notice announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is identifying 81 countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H–2A program and 80 countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H–2B program for the coming year. DATES: The designations in this notice are effective from January 19, 2021, and shall be without effect after January 18, 2022. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ihsan Gunduz, Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans, Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528, (202) 282–9708. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Background Generally, USCIS may approve H–2A and H–2B petitions for nationals of only those countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, has designated as participating countries.1 Such designation must be [FR Doc. 2021–00505 Filed 1–12–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–19–P 6 See 50 U.S.C. 4558(h)(7). individual designated by the President in subsection (c)(2) [of section 708 of the DPA] to administer the voluntary agreement, or plan of action.’’ 50 U.S.C. 4558(h)(7). 7 ‘‘[T]he VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:08 Jan 12, 2021 Jkt 253001 1 With respect to all references to ‘‘country’’ or ‘‘countries’’ in this document, it should be noted that the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, Public Law 96–8, Section 4(b)(1), provides that ‘‘[w]henever the laws of the United States refer or relate to foreign countries, nations, states, governments, or similar entities, such terms shall include and such laws shall apply with respect to Taiwan.’’ 22 U.S.C. 3303(b)(1). Accordingly, all references to ‘‘country’’ or ‘‘countries’’ in the regulations governing whether nationals of a country are eligible for H–2 program participation, 8 CFR 214.2(h)(5)(i)(F)(1)(i) and 8 CFR 214.2(h)(6)(i)(E)(1), are read to include Taiwan. This is consistent with the United States’ one-China policy, under which the United States has PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2689 published as a notice in the Federal Register and expires after one year. In designating countries to include on the list, the Secretary of Homeland Security, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, will take into account factors including, but not limited to: (1) The country’s cooperation with respect to issuance of travel documents for citizens, subjects, nationals, and residents of that country who are subject to a final order of removal; (2) the number of final and unexecuted orders of removal against citizens, subjects, nationals, and residents of that country; (3) the number of orders of removal executed against citizens, subjects, nationals, and residents of that country; and (4) such other factors as may serve the U.S. interest. See 8 CFR 214.2(h)(5)(i)(F)(1)(i) and 8 CFR 214.2(h)(6)(i)(E)(1). Examples of specific factors serving the U.S. interest that are taken into account when considering whether to designate or terminate the designation of a country include, but are not limited to: Fraud (including but not limited to fraud in the H–2 petition or visa application process by nationals of the country, the country’s level of cooperation with the U.S. government in addressing H–2 associated visa fraud, and the country’s level of information sharing to combat immigration-related fraud), nonimmigrant overstay 2 rates for nationals of the country (including but not limited to H–2 nonimmigrants), non-compliance with the terms and conditions of the H–2 visa programs by nationals of the country, and the country’s level of compliance with U.S. immigration policies. In evaluating the U.S. interest, the Secretary of Homeland Security, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, further considers visa overstay rates of 10 percent or higher to pose an unreasonably high risk to the integrity of our immigration system. The Department believes that a failure of one out of every 10 nationals of a country to comply with his or her nonimmigrant status through timely departure is indicative of significant underlying problems relating to the country’s maintained unofficial relations with Taiwan since 1979. 2 An overstay is a nonimmigrant lawfully admitted to the United States for an authorized period, but who remained in the United States beyond his or her authorized period of admission. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) identifies two types of overstays: (1) Individuals for whom no departure was recorded (Suspected InCountry Overstays), and (2) individuals whose departure was recorded after their authorized period of admission expired (Out-of-Country Overstays). For purposes of this Federal Register Notice, DHS uses FY 2019 U.S. Customs and Border Protection H–2A and H–2B nonimmigrant overstay data. E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Federal Emergency Management Agency

[Docket ID FEMA-2020-0016]


Meeting To Implement Pandemic Response Voluntary Agreement Under 
Section 708 of the Defense Production Act

AGENCY: Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland 
Security.

ACTION: Announcement of meeting; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will hold a 
meeting remotely via web conference to implement the Voluntary 
Agreement for the Manufacture and Distribution of Critical Healthcare 
Resources Necessary to Respond to a Pandemic. A portion of the meeting 
will be open to the public.

DATES: The meeting will take place on Friday, January 15, 2021, from 2 
to 4 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). The first portion of the meeting, from 
approximately 2 to 3 p.m. ET, will be open to the public.
    Written comments for consideration at the meeting must be submitted 
and received by 12 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 14, 2021. Follow-up 
comments must be received by 5 p.m. ET on Friday, January 22, 2021, to 
be considered.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held via web conference. Members of the 
public may view the public portion of the meeting online at https://pandemicdpa708.com.
    Reasonable accommodations are available for people with 
disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact the person 
listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section below as soon as 
possible. Last minute requests will be accepted but may not be possible 
to fulfill.
    To facilitate public participation, members of the public are 
invited to provide written comments on the issues to be considered at 
the meeting. The Meeting Objectives listed below outline these issues. 
Written comments must be identified by Docket ID FEMA-2020-0016, and 
submitted by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Email: FEMA's Office of Business, Industry, Infrastructure 
Integration, [email protected].
    Instructions: All submissions must include the docket ID FEMA-2020-
0016. Comments received, including any personal information provided, 
may be posted without alteration at https://www.regulations.gov.
    Docket: For access to the docket and to read comments received by 
FEMA, go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID FEMA-
2020-0016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Glenn, Office of Business, 
Industry, Infrastructure Integration, via email at [email protected] or 
via phone at (202) 212-1666.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice of this meeting is provided as 
required by section 708(h)(8) of the Defense Production Act (DPA), 50 
U.S.C. 4558(h)(8), and consistent with 44 CFR part 332.
    The DPA authorizes the making of ``voluntary agreements and plans 
of action'' with, among others, representatives of industry and 
business to help provide for the national defense.\1\ The President's 
authority to facilitate voluntary agreements was delegated to the 
Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to responding to the spread 
of COVID-19 within the United States in Executive Order 13911.\2\ The 
Secretary of Homeland Security has further delegated this authority to 
the FEMA Administrator.\3\
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    \1\ 50 U.S.C. 4558(c)(1).
    \2\ 85 FR 18403 (Apr. 1, 2020).
    \3\ DHS Delegation 09052, Rev. 00.1 (Apr. 1, 2020); DHS 
Delegation Number 09052 Rev. 00 (Jan. 3, 2017).
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    On August 17, 2020, after the appropriate consultations with the 
Attorney General and the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, FEMA 
completed and published in the Federal Register a ``Voluntary Agreement 
for the Manufacture and Distribution of Critical Healthcare Resources 
Necessary to Respond to a Pandemic'' (Voluntary Agreement).\4\ Unless 
terminated prior to that date, the Voluntary Agreement is effective 
until August 17, 2025, and may be extended subject to additional 
approval by the Attorney General after consultation with the Chairman 
of the Federal Trade Commission. The Agreement may be used to prepare 
for or respond to any pandemic, including COVID-19, during that time.
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    \4\ 85 FR 50035 (Aug. 17, 2020). The Attorney General, in 
consultation with the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, made 
the required finding that the purpose of the voluntary agreement may 
not reasonably be achieved through an agreement having less 
anticompetitive effects or without any voluntary agreement and 
published the finding in the Federal Register on the same day. 85 FR 
50049 (Aug. 17, 2020).
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    On December 7, 2020, the first plan of action under the Voluntary 
Agreement--the Plan of Action to Establish a National Strategy for the 
Manufacture, Allocation, and Distribution of Personal Protective 
Equipment (PPE) to Respond to COVID-19 (Plan of Action)--was 
finalized.\5\ The Plan of Action established several sub-committees 
under the Voluntary Agreement, focusing on different aspects of the 
Plan of Action.
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    \5\ See 85 FR 78869 (Dec. 7, 2020). See also 85 FR 79020 (Dec. 
8, 2020).
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    The meeting will be chaired by the FEMA Administrator or his 
delegate, and attended by the Attorney General or his delegate and the 
Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission or his delegate. In 
implementing the Voluntary Agreement, FEMA adheres to all procedural 
requirements of 50 U.S.C. 4558 and 44 CFR part 332.

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    Meeting Objectives: The objective of the meeting is to update the 
general public, and private industry partners, on the status of the 
Voluntary Agreement, PPE Plan of Action, and potential future Plans of 
Action.
    Meeting Closed to the Public: By default, the DPA requires meetings 
held to implement a voluntary agreement or plan of action be open to 
the public.\6\ However, attendance may be limited if the Sponsor \7\ of 
the voluntary agreement finds that the matter to be discussed at a 
meeting falls within the purview of matters described in 5 U.S.C. 
552b(c). The Sponsor of the Voluntary Agreement, the FEMA 
Administrator, found that a portion of this meeting to implement the 
Voluntary Agreement involves matters which fall within the purview of 
matters described in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c) and that portion of the meeting 
will therefore be closed to the public.
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    \6\ See 50 U.S.C. 4558(h)(7).
    \7\ ``[T]he individual designated by the President in subsection 
(c)(2) [of section 708 of the DPA] to administer the voluntary 
agreement, or plan of action.'' 50 U.S.C. 4558(h)(7).
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    Specifically, the meeting to implement the Voluntary Agreement may 
require participants to disclose trade secrets or commercial or 
financial information that is privileged or confidential. Disclosure of 
such information allows for meetings to be closed pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 
552b(c)(4). In addition, the success of the Voluntary Agreement depends 
wholly on the willing and enthusiastic participation of private sector 
participants. Failure to close this meeting could have a strong 
chilling effect on participation by the private sector and cause a 
substantial risk that sensitive information will be prematurely 
released to the public, resulting in participants withdrawing their 
support from the Voluntary Agreement and thus significantly frustrating 
the implementation of the Voluntary Agreement. Frustration of an 
agency's objective due to premature disclosure of information allows 
for the closure of a meeting to pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(9)(B).

Pete Gaynor,
Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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