Meetings To Implement Pandemic Response Voluntary Agreement Under Section 708 of the Defense Production Act, 16760-16761 [2022-06252]

Download as PDF 16760 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 57 / Thursday, March 24, 2022 / Notices IV. Summary of Changes Recommendations in Section F were expanded to include a general notice to mariners on navigation safety around OREI. The table of coordinates was removed in an effort to avoid confusion. Detailed coordinates for proposed routing measures, fairways, and anchorage grounds will be announced in future rulemakings. A statement acknowledging the impact of OREI on SAR was included in Section F to address future actions necessary to ensure operational units revise plans to incorporate in the future. A section summarizing comments to the draft report from the public was added as a new Section G and subsequent sections were re-labeled to incorporate this addition. V. Future Actions The USCG will continue to serve as a NEPA cooperating agency to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) environmental review of each proposed OREI project. In that role, the USCG will evaluate the navigational safety risks of each proposal on a case-by-case basis. The final study will be submitted to the Coast Guard’s Office of Navigation Systems (CG–NAV–2) for consideration and to inform the Coast Guard’s ongoing efforts to establish shipping safety fairways along the Atlantic Coast, which can be found at 85 FR 37034. The final study is available for viewing and download from the Federal Register docket at http:// www.regulations.gov or the USCG Navigation Center website at https:// www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName= PARSReports. Dated: March 18, 2022. Laura M. Dickey, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2022–06228 Filed 3–23–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Federal Emergency Management Agency khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES [Docket ID FEMA–2020–0016] Meetings 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 meetings. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:39 Mar 23, 2022 Jkt 256001 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is holding meetings under the Plan of Action to Establish a National Strategy for the Manufacture, Allocation, and Distribution of Medical Devices to Respond to COVID–19 and the Plan of Action to Establish a National Strategy for the Manufacture, Allocation, and Distribution of Drug Products, Drug Substances, and Associated Medical Devices to Respond to COVID–19, in order to implement the Voluntary Agreement for the Manufacture and Distribution of Critical Healthcare Resources Necessary to Respond to a Pandemic. SUMMARY: DATES: • Thursday, March 24, 2022, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). • Thursday, April 7, 2022, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Glenn, FEMA Office of Response and Recovery’s Office of Business, Industry, and Infrastructure Integration, via email at OB3I@fema.dhs.gov or via phone at (202) 212–1666. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice of these meetings 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 representatives of industry, business, and other interests to help provide for the national defense.1 The President’s authority to facilitate voluntary agreements with respect to responding to the spread of COVID–19 within the United States was delegated to the Secretary of Homeland Security in Executive Order 13911.2 The Secretary of Homeland Security 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, Manufacture and Distribution of Critical Healthcare Resources Necessary to Respond to a Pandemic’’ (Voluntary Agreement).4 Unless terminated earlier, 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 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 May 24, 2021, four additional plans of action under the Voluntary Agreement—the Plan of Action to Establish a National Strategy for the Manufacture, Allocation, and Distribution of Diagnostic Test Kits and other Testing Components to respond to COVID–19, the Plan of Action to Establish a National Strategy for the Manufacture, Allocation, and Distribution of Drug Products, Drug Substances, and Associated Medical Devices to respond to COVID–19, the Plan of Action to Establish a National Strategy for the Manufacture, Allocation, and Distribution of Medical Devices to respond to COVID–19, and the Plan of Action to Establish a National Strategy for the Manufacture, Allocation, and Distribution of Medical Gases to respond to COVID–19—were finalized.5 These plans of action established several sub-committees under the Voluntary Agreement, focusing on different aspects of each plan of action. On October 15, 2021, the sixth plan of action under the Voluntary Agreement—the Plan of Action to Establish a National Strategy for the Coordination of National Multimodal Healthcare Supply Chains to Respond to COVID–19—was finalized.6 This plan of action established several subcommittees under the Voluntary Agreement, focusing on different transportation categories. The meetings are chaired by the FEMA Administrator’s delegates from the Office of Response and Recovery (ORR) and Office of Policy and Program Analysis (OPPA), attended by the Attorney General’s delegates from the U.S. Department of Justice, and attended by the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission’s delegates. 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 objectives of the meetings are as follows: 2 85 PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 86 FR 27894 (May 24, 2021). See also 86 FR 28851 (May 28, 2021). 6 See 86 FR 57444 (Oct. 15, 2021). See also 87 FR 6880 (Feb. 7, 2022). E:\FR\FM\24MRN1.SGM 24MRN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 57 / Thursday, March 24, 2022 / Notices 1. Convene the Requirements SubCommittees under the Medical Devices and Drug Products/Drug Substances Plans of Action to establish priorities related to the COVID–19 response under the Voluntary Agreement. 2. Gather Requirements SubCommittee Participants and Attendees to ask targeted questions for situational awareness. 3. Identify pandemic-related information gaps and areas that merit sharing by holding quarterly meetings of the Requirements Sub-Committees with key stakeholders. 4. Identify potential Objectives and Actions that should be completed under the Requirements Sub-Committees. Meetings 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.7 However, attendance may be limited if the Sponsor 8 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), such as trade secrets and commercial or financial information. The Sponsor of the Voluntary Agreement, the FEMA Administrator, found that these meetings to implement the Voluntary Agreement involve matters which fall within the purview of matters described in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c) and the meetings are therefore closed to the public. Specifically, these meetings 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 to the public pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(4). The success of the Voluntary Agreement depends wholly on the willing participation of the private sector participants. Failure to close these meetings to the public could reduce active participation by the signatories due to a perceived risk that sensitive company information could be released to the public. A public disclosure of a private sector participant’s information executed prematurely could reduce trust and support for the Voluntary Agreement. A resulting loss of support by the participants for the Voluntary Agreement would significantly hinder the implementation of the Agency’s objectives. Thus, these meeting closures 7 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). 8 ‘‘[T]he VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:39 Mar 23, 2022 Jkt 256001 16761 are permitted pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(9)(B). information on September 29, 2021 (86 FR 53982). Deanne Criswell, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. Comments Invited In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB control number. The ICR documentation will be available at http://www.reginfo.gov upon its submission to OMB. Therefore, in preparation for OMB review and approval of the following information collection, TSA is soliciting comments to— (1) Evaluate whether the proposed information requirement is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden; (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including using appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. [FR Doc. 2022–06252 Filed 3–23–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–19–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Transportation Security Administration Extension of Agency Information Collection Activity Under OMB Review: Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery Transportation Security Administration, DHS. ACTION: 30-Day notice. AGENCY: This notice announces that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has forwarded the Information Collection Request (ICR), Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number 1652–0058, abstracted below, to OMB for review and approval of an extension of the currently approved collection under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The ICR describes the nature of the information collection and its expected burden. The information collection activity provides a means to gather qualitative customer and stakeholder feedback in an efficient, timely manner, in accordance with TSA’s commitment to improving service delivery. DATES: Send your comments by April 25, 2022. A comment to OMB is most effective if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication. ADDRESSES: Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to www.reginfo.gov/public/do/ PRAMain. Find this particular information collection by selecting ‘‘Currently under Review—Open for Public Comments’’ and by using the find function. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christina A. Walsh, TSA PRA Officer, Information Technology (IT), TSA–11, Transportation Security Administration, 6595 Springfield Center Drive, Springfield, VA 20598–6011; telephone (571) 227–2062; email TSAPRA@ dhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: TSA published a Federal Register notice, with a 60-day comment period soliciting comments, of the following collection of SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Information Collection Requirement Title: Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery. Type of Request: Extension. OMB Control Number: 1652–0058. Form(s): NA. Affected Public: Individuals, Households, Businesses, Organizations, and State, Local or Tribal Governments. Abstract: The information collection activity provides a means to gather qualitative customer and stakeholder feedback in an efficient, timely manner, in accordance with the Administration’s commitment to improving service delivery. 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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Federal Emergency Management Agency

[Docket ID FEMA-2020-0016]


Meetings 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 meetings.

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SUMMARY: The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is holding 
meetings under the Plan of Action to Establish a National Strategy for 
the Manufacture, Allocation, and Distribution of Medical Devices to 
Respond to COVID-19 and the Plan of Action to Establish a National 
Strategy for the Manufacture, Allocation, and Distribution of Drug 
Products, Drug Substances, and Associated Medical Devices to Respond to 
COVID-19, in order to implement the Voluntary Agreement for the 
Manufacture and Distribution of Critical Healthcare Resources Necessary 
to Respond to a Pandemic.

DATES: 
     Thursday, March 24, 2022, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern 
Time (ET).
     Thursday, April 7, 2022, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice of these meetings 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 representatives of industry, business, and other 
interests to help provide for the national defense.\1\ The President's 
authority to facilitate voluntary agreements with respect to responding 
to the spread of COVID-19 within the United States was delegated to the 
Secretary of Homeland Security in Executive Order 13911.\2\ The 
Secretary of Homeland Security 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, Manufacture and Distribution of Critical Healthcare 
Resources Necessary to Respond to a Pandemic'' (Voluntary 
Agreement).\4\ Unless terminated earlier, 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 May 24, 2021, four additional plans of action under the 
Voluntary Agreement--the Plan of Action to Establish a National 
Strategy for the Manufacture, Allocation, and Distribution of 
Diagnostic Test Kits and other Testing Components to respond to COVID-
19, the Plan of Action to Establish a National Strategy for the 
Manufacture, Allocation, and Distribution of Drug Products, Drug 
Substances, and Associated Medical Devices to respond to COVID-19, the 
Plan of Action to Establish a National Strategy for the Manufacture, 
Allocation, and Distribution of Medical Devices to respond to COVID-19, 
and the Plan of Action to Establish a National Strategy for the 
Manufacture, Allocation, and Distribution of Medical Gases to respond 
to COVID-19--were finalized.\5\ These plans of action established 
several sub-committees under the Voluntary Agreement, focusing on 
different aspects of each plan of action.
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    \5\ See 86 FR 27894 (May 24, 2021). See also 86 FR 28851 (May 
28, 2021).
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    On October 15, 2021, the sixth plan of action under the Voluntary 
Agreement--the Plan of Action to Establish a National Strategy for the 
Coordination of National Multimodal Healthcare Supply Chains to Respond 
to COVID-19--was finalized.\6\ This plan of action established several 
sub-committees under the Voluntary Agreement, focusing on different 
transportation categories.
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    \6\ See 86 FR 57444 (Oct. 15, 2021). See also 87 FR 6880 (Feb. 
7, 2022).
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    The meetings are chaired by the FEMA Administrator's delegates from 
the Office of Response and Recovery (ORR) and Office of Policy and 
Program Analysis (OPPA), attended by the Attorney General's delegates 
from the U.S. Department of Justice, and attended by the Chairman of 
the Federal Trade Commission's delegates. 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 objectives of the meetings are as follows:

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    1. Convene the Requirements Sub-Committees under the Medical 
Devices and Drug Products/Drug Substances Plans of Action to establish 
priorities related to the COVID-19 response under the Voluntary 
Agreement.
    2. Gather Requirements Sub-Committee Participants and Attendees to 
ask targeted questions for situational awareness.
    3. Identify pandemic-related information gaps and areas that merit 
sharing by holding quarterly meetings of the Requirements Sub-
Committees with key stakeholders.
    4. Identify potential Objectives and Actions that should be 
completed under the Requirements Sub-Committees.
    Meetings 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.\7\ However, attendance may be limited if the 
Sponsor \8\ 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), such as trade secrets and commercial or financial 
information.
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    \7\ See 50 U.S.C. 4558(h)(7).
    \8\ ``[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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    The Sponsor of the Voluntary Agreement, the FEMA Administrator, 
found that these meetings to implement the Voluntary Agreement involve 
matters which fall within the purview of matters described in 5 U.S.C. 
552b(c) and the meetings are therefore closed to the public.
    Specifically, these meetings 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 to the public pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(4).
    The success of the Voluntary Agreement depends wholly on the 
willing participation of the private sector participants. Failure to 
close these meetings to the public could reduce active participation by 
the signatories due to a perceived risk that sensitive company 
information could be released to the public. A public disclosure of a 
private sector participant's information executed prematurely could 
reduce trust and support for the Voluntary Agreement.
    A resulting loss of support by the participants for the Voluntary 
Agreement would significantly hinder the implementation of the Agency's 
objectives. Thus, these meeting closures are permitted pursuant to 5 
U.S.C. 552b(c)(9)(B).

Deanne Criswell,
Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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