Meeting To Implement Pandemic Response Voluntary Agreement Under Section 708 of the Defense Production Act, 27641-27642 [2021-10800]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 97 / Friday, May 21, 2021 / Notices Comments Comments may be submitted as indicated in the ADDRESSES caption above. Comments are solicited to (a) evaluate whether the proposed data collection is necessary for the proper performance of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. Millicent L. Brown, Senior Manager, Records Management Branch Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, Mission Support, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. 2021–10713 Filed 5–20–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–78–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 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 Tuesday, May 25, 2021, from 1 to 3 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). The first portion of the meeting, from approximately 1 to 2 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 Monday, May jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:15 May 20, 2021 Jkt 253001 24, 2021. Follow-up comments must be received by 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 2, 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:// fema.zoomgov.com/j/1608166430?pwd= ZnJWa2JsT2FJOFBL SEFMWU0yZStzdz09. 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 Office of Response and Recovery, 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. 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 1 50 PO 00000 U.S.C. 4558(c)(1). Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 27641 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 her delegate, and attended by the Attorney General or his delegate and the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission or her delegate. In implementing the Voluntary Agreement, FEMA adheres to all procedural requirements of 50 U.S.C. 4558 and 44 CFR part 332. 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 Plans of Action concerning Medical Devices, Medical Gases, Diagnostic Testing Kits, and Drug Products/Drug Substances. Meeting Closed to the Public: By default, the DPA requires meetings held to implement a voluntary agreement or 2 85 FR 18403 (Apr. 1, 2020). 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). 3 DHS E:\FR\FM\21MYN1.SGM 21MYN1 27642 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 97 / Friday, May 21, 2021 / Notices 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 the meeting to the public could have a strong chilling effect on participation by the private sector and cause a substantial risk of premature public release of sensitive information. Such a release of sensitive information could result 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 pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(9)(B). Deanne Criswell, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. [FR Doc. 2021–10800 Filed 5–20–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–19–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY [Docket Number DHS–2021–0024] DHS Individual Complaint of Employment Discrimination, DHS Form 3090–1 Department of Homeland Security, (DHS). ACTION: 60-day notice and request for comments; extension without change of a currently approved collection, 1610– 0014. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: 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 17:15 May 20, 2021 Jkt 253001 The Department of Homeland Security, will submit the following Information Collection Request (ICR) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted until July 20, 2021. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.1. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number Docket # DHS–2021–0024, at: Æ Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Please follow the instructions for submitting comments. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number Docket # DHS–2021– 0024. All comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http:// ww.regulations.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Explain the circumstances that make the collection of information necessary. Identify any legal or administrative requirements that necessitate the collection. Attach a copy of the appropriate section of each statute and regulation mandating or authorizing the collection of information. It is the policy of the Government of the United States to provide equal opportunity in employment for all persons, to prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, protected genetic information, or status as a parent, and to promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity (EEO) through a continuing affirmative program in each agency. Persons who claim to have been subjected to these types of discrimination, or to retaliation for opposing these types of discrimination or for participating in any stage of administrative or judicial proceedings relating to them, can seek a remedy under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII) (42 U.S.C. 2000e et seq.) (race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) (29 U.S.C. 621 et seq.) (age), the Equal Pay Act (29 U.S.C. 206(d)) (sex), the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 791 et seq.) (disability), the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00091 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (GINA) (42 U.S.C. 2000ff et seq.) (genetic information), and Executive Order 11478 (as amended by Executive Orders 13087 and 13152) (sexual orientation or status as a parent). The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) adjudicates discrimination complaints filed by current and former DHS employees, as well as applicants for employment at DHS. The complaint adjudication process for statutory rights is outlined in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regulations found at Title 29, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 1614, and EEOC Management Directive 110. For complaints alleging discrimination prohibited by Executive Order 11478, DHS follows procedures similar to the procedures for statutory rights, to the extent permitted by law. The recordkeeping provisions are designed to ensure that a current employee, former employee, or applicant for employment claiming to be aggrieved, or that person’s attorney, provides a signed statement that is sufficiently precise to identify the aggrieved individual and the agency, and to describe generally the action(s) or practice(s) that form the basis of the complaint. The complaint must also contain a telephone number, email address, and address where the complainant or the representative can be contacted. The complaint form is used for original allegations of discrimination and for amendments to pending complaints of discrimination. The form also determines whether the person is willing to participate in mediation or other available types of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to resolve the complaint; Congress has enacted legislation to encourage the use of ADR in the federal sector, and the form ensures that such an option is considered at this preliminary stage of the EEO complaint process. A complainant may access the complaint form on the agency website and may submit a completed complaint form electronically to the relevant Component’s EEO Office. The complaint form can then be directly uploaded into the DHS EEO Enterprise Complaints Tracking System, also known as ‘‘icomplaints.’’ The burden of compliance with the information collection requirement does not impact small businesses or other small entities. The information collection frequency specified in the DHS complaint form is the minimum amount necessary and appropriate for the agency to determine whether the allegations should be accepted for investigation, dismissed E:\FR\FM\21MYN1.SGM 21MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 97 (Friday, May 21, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 27641-27642]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-10800]


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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 Tuesday, May 25, 2021, from 1 to 
3 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). The first portion of the meeting, from 
approximately 1 to 2 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 Monday, May 24, 2021. Follow-up comments 
must be received by 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 2, 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://fema.zoomgov.com/j/1608166430?pwd=ZnJWa2JsT2FJOFBLSEFMWU0yZStzdz09.
    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 Office of Response and Recovery, 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 her 
delegate, and attended by the Attorney General or his delegate and the 
Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission or her delegate. In 
implementing the Voluntary Agreement, FEMA adheres to all procedural 
requirements of 50 U.S.C. 4558 and 44 CFR part 332.
    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 Plans of Action concerning 
Medical Devices, Medical Gases, Diagnostic Testing Kits, and Drug 
Products/Drug Substances.
    Meeting Closed to the Public: By default, the DPA requires meetings 
held to implement a voluntary agreement or

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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 the meeting to the public could have a 
strong chilling effect on participation by the private sector and cause 
a substantial risk of premature public release of sensitive 
information. Such a release of sensitive information could result 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 pursuant 
to 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(9)(B).

Deanne Criswell,
Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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