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Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2021-07541
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2021-07538
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-04-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Addition of Entities to the Entity List
Document Number: 2021-07400
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-04-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
In this rule, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding seven entities to the Entity List. These seven entities have been determined by the U.S. Government to be acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. These seven entities will be listed on the Entity List under the destination of the People's Republic of China (China).
Expansion of Certain End-Use and End-User Controls and Controls on Specific Activities of U.S. Persons; Corrections; and Burma Sanctions
Document Number: 2021-07357
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-04-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
On January 15, 2021, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published an interim final rule establishing end-use and end-user controls, as well as controls on specific activities of U.S. persons, with respect to certain military-intelligence end uses and end users. These new controls were made effective on March 16, 2021. In this interim final rule, BIS is making technical corrections and conforming changes to certain provisions of the Export Administration Regulations to address inadvertent errors introduced by the January 15, 2021 rule. This interim final rule also adds Burma to the list of countries subject to military-intelligence-related controls that were added by the prior rule. This action strengthens sanctions on Burma that were imposed on March 8, 2021 in response to a February 1, 2021 military coup.
Virtual Forum for Risks in the Semiconductor Manufacturing and Advanced Packaging Supply Chain
Document Number: 2021-06579
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
On February 24, 2021, President Biden issued the Executive Order on ``America's Supply Chains,'' which directs several Federal agency actions to secure and strengthen America's supply chains. One of these directions is for the Secretary of Commerce to submit, within 100 days, a report to the President identifying risks in the semiconductor manufacturing and advanced packaging supply chains, and proposing policy recommendations to address these risks. Additionally, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 includes a title for ``Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors for America'' that mandates several Federal actions in securing the semiconductor- related supply chain. On March 15, 2021, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a notice of request for public comments, Risks in the Semiconductor Manufacturing and Advanced Packaging Supply Chain (March 15 notice). The March 15 notice requests written comments and information from the public to assist the Department of Commerce in preparing the report required by the Executive Order with written comments due by April 5, 2021. BIS is publishing today's notice to announce a virtual forum that will occur on April 8, 2021, that will allow participants to orally address the policy objectives listed in the Executive Order as they affect the U.S. semiconductor manufacturing and advanced packaging supply chains, including but not limited to the elements included in the March 15 notice. Today's notice sets forth the procedures for public participation in the virtual forum.
2021-06542
Document Number: 2021-06542
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Order Denying Export Privileges
Document Number: 2021-06532
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
2021-06530
Document Number: 2021-06530
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Order Denying Export Privileges
Document Number: 2021-06528
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Order Denying Export Privileges
Document Number: 2021-06515
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Export Administration Regulations: Implementation of Wassenaar Arrangement 2019 Plenary Decisions; Elimination of Reporting Requirements for Certain Encryption Items
Document Number: 2021-05481
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) maintains, as part of its Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the Commerce Control List (CCL), which identifies certain items subject to Department of Commerce jurisdiction. This final rule revises the CCL, as well as corresponding parts of the EAR, to implement changes to the Wassenaar Arrangement List of Dual-Use Goods and Technologies (WA List) that were decided upon by governments participating in the Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and Technologies (Wassenaar Arrangement, or WA) at the December 2019 WA Plenary meeting. The Wassenaar Arrangement advocates implementation of effective export controls on strategic items with the objective of improving regional and international security and stability. This rule harmonizes the CCL with the decisions reached at the 2019 Plenary meeting by revising Export Control Classification Numbers (ECCNs) controlled for national security reasons in each category of the CCL. This rule also makes associated changes to the EAR as well as corrections. This rule also makes changes to various provisions related to Category 5Part 2 of the CCL in the EAR, including provisions on License Exception Encryption commodities, software, and technology (ENC). These changes, which include the elimination of reporting requirements for certain encryption items, are designed to reduce the regulatory burden for exporters while still fulfilling U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Competitive Enhancement Needs Assessment Survey Program
Document Number: 2021-05979
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Statement by Ultimate Consignee and Purchaser
Document Number: 2021-05978
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. This collection is necessary under Part 748.11 of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
Russia: Implementation of Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act) Sanctions
Document Number: 2021-05488
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
The Secretary of State, acting under authority delegated pursuant to Executive Order 12851, has determined pursuant to the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 (CBW Act) that the Government of the Russian Federation has used chemical or biological weapons in violation of international law or lethal chemical or biological weapons against its own nationals. The sanctions imposed on Russia in connection with this determination include a prohibition, subject to partial waiver, on the export to Russia of national security-controlled goods and technology subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). Pursuant to the EAR, BIS already maintains controls on exports and reexports to Russia of national security-controlled ``items'' (commodities, software and technology) that are subject to the EAR. This document informs the public that, consistent with BIS's implementation of the CBW Act sanctions, certain license exceptions will be suspended for use with national security-controlled items destined for Russia, and most license applications for exports or reexports of national security- controlled items destined for Russia will be reviewed under a presumption of denial.
Expansion of Certain End-Use and End-User Controls and Controls on Specific Activities of U.S. Persons; Correction
Document Number: 2021-05623
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), Department of Commerce, is correcting an interim final rule, ``Expansion of Certain End-Use and End-User Controls and Controls on Specific Activities of U.S. Persons,'' that appeared in the Federal Register of January 15, 2021 (hereinafter referred to as the January 15 rule) by revising an incorrect instruction that would have resulted in the inadvertent deletion of two subparagraphs of the Export Administration Regulations' (EAR) restrictions on certain rocket systems and unmanned aerial vehicles.
Risks in the Semiconductor Manufacturing and Advanced Packaging Supply Chain
Document Number: 2021-05353
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
On February 24, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive order on ``America's Supply Chains,'' which directs several Federal agency actions to secure and strengthen America's supply chains. One of these directions is for the Secretary of Commerce (the Secretary) to submit, within 100 days, a report to the President identifying risks in the semiconductor manufacturing and advanced packaging supply chains, and proposing policy recommendations to address these risks. Additionally, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 (FY21 NDAA) includes a title for, ``Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors for America'' that mandates several Federal actions in securing the semiconductor-related supply chain. One of these requirements is for the Secretary to assess the capabilities of the U.S. microelectronics industrial base to support the national defense, in light of the global nature and interdependence of the supply chain with respect to manufacture, design, and end use. This notice requests comments and information from the public to assist the Department of Commerce (Commerce) in preparing the report required by the Executive order. After that report is completed, Commerce will assess whether additional information will be needed to conduct the assessment required by the FY21 NDAA.
In the Matter of: Alexander Brazhnikov, Jr., Respondent; Final Decision and Order
Document Number: 2021-05022
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Addition of Entities to the Entity List
Document Number: 2021-04794
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
In this final rule, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to further implement U.S. sanctions on selected Burmese government ministries and related enterprises. Specifically, BIS amends the EAR by adding four entities to the Entity List under the destination of Burma. These four entities have been determined by the U.S. Government to be acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. The actions in this rule support the United States Government's efforts to promote a return to democracy in Burma following the February 1, 2021 Burmese military coup. They also reflect the United States Government's goal of supporting the people of Burma by preventing Burma' military and security services from obtaining items subject to the EAR.
Burma: Implementation of Sanctions
Document Number: 2021-04745
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
In response to the Burmese military coup that overthrew the democratically-elected government of Myanmar (Burma), in this final rule, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to apply more restrictive treatment to exports and reexports to, and transfers within, Burma of items subject to the EAR. This action advances the U.S. Government's efforts to reduce the availability of items to Burma's military and security services.
Addition of Certain Entities to the Entity List; Correction of Existing Entries on the Entity List
Document Number: 2021-04505
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-03-04
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
This final rule amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding fourteen entities to the Entity List. These fourteen entities have been determined by the U.S. Government to be acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. These fourteen entities will be listed on the Entity List under the destinations of Germany, Russia, and Switzerland. This rule also corrects six existing entries to the Entity List, one under the destination of Germany and the other five under the destination of China.
Emerging Technology Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2021-04434
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-04
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
In the Matter of: Jesse Rodriguez, 2025 Dana Avenue #F6, Brownsville, TX 78521; Order Denying Export Privileges
Document Number: 2021-03824
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Materials and Equipment Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2021-03818
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Transportation and Related Equipment Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2021-03816
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting
Document Number: 2021-03684
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Burma: Implementation of Sanctions
Document Number: 2021-03350
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-02-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
In response to the coup perpetrated by the Burmese military wresting control of the democratically-elected government of Burma, the United States Government is reviewing all available actions to hold the perpetrators of the coup responsible. The Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is taking immediate action to limit exports and reexports of sensitive goods to Burma's military and security services. Effective immediately, BIS is adopting a more restrictive license application review policy of presumption of denial of items requiring a license for export and reexport to Burma's Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Home Affairs, armed forces, and security services. BIS is also suspending the use of certain license exceptions that would otherwise generally be available to Burma as a result of its current Country Group placement in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).
Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2021-03209
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Request for Investigation Under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act
Document Number: 2021-01163
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
Implementation in the Export Administration Regulations of the United States' Rescission of Sudan's Designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism
Document Number: 2020-29037
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-01-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
In this final rule, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to implement the rescission of Sudan's designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism (SSOT). The Secretary of State rescinded this designation effective December 14, 2020 in accordance with established statutory procedures, including the President's October 26, 2020 submission to Congress of a report justifying the rescission and certifying Sudan had not provided any support for acts of international terrorism during the preceding six month period and that Sudan had provided assurances that it would not support acts of international terrorism in the future. Accordingly, BIS amends the EAR by removing Anti-Terrorism (AT) controls on the country and by removing Sudan from Country Group E:1 (Terrorist supporting countries). These actions render the country eligible for a general 25 percent de minimis level. As a consequence of these actions, as well as the addition of the country to Country Group B, Sudan is also potentially eligible for several new license exceptions under the EAR. However, pursuant to this rule, two license exceptions will be unavailable for exports and reexports to Sudan. BIS also makes conforming amendments in other applicable EAR provisions as part of this rule.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Request for Appointment of a Technical Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2021-00596
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Application for NATO International Bidding
Document Number: 2021-00449
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
Change to the License Review Policy for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) To Reflect Revised United States UAS Export Policy
Document Number: 2020-27983
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-01-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Consistent with President Donald J. Trump's July 24, 2020 announcement of a change in U.S. policy regarding the export of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) licensing review policy with respect to certain UAS that are controlled for Missile Technology (MT) reasons. UAS that have a range and payload capability equal to or greater than 300 kilometers (km)/500 kilograms (kg) are identified on the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) Annex as Category I items. Pursuant to this amendment, BIS will review export and reexport license applications involving UAS that fall within these parameters and a maximum true airspeed of less than 800 km/hour (hr) for export licensing review purposes on a case-by-case basis under the more flexible review policy generally applied to MTCR Category II items under the EAR. BIS will also review MT items for the design, development, production, or use in such UAS on a case-by-case basis. This policy change reflects a reasonable approach to technological change and the protection of the national security and economic interests of the United States, while simultaneously remaining committed to the MTCR and its core nonproliferation objectives.
Revisions to the Unverified List (UVL)
Document Number: 2020-27931
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-01-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is amending the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by removing three (3) persons from the Unverified List (UVL). The three persons are removed from the UVL on the basis that BIS was able to verify their bona fides (i.e., legitimacy and reliability relating to the end use and end user of items subject to the EAR) through successful end-use checks.
Chemical Weapons Convention Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations: Additions to Schedule 1(A) of the Annex on Chemicals to the Chemical Weapons Convention
Document Number: 2020-27759
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-01-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is publishing this final rule to amend the Chemical Weapons Convention Regulations (CWCR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to reflect recent additions to Schedule 1(A) of the Annex on Chemicals to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction, also known as the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). This final rule also amends the definition of ``production'' in the CWCR to clarify the scope of this term as it applies to declarations regarding the production of ``Schedule 1,'' ``Schedule 2,'' or ``Schedule 3'' chemicals.
Commerce Control List: Clarifications to the Scope of Export Control Classification Number 1C991 To Reflect Decisions Adopted at the June 2019 Australia Group Plenary Meeting
Document Number: 2020-27754
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-01-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) publishes this final rule to amend the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to clarify the scope of the export controls that apply to certain vaccines and medical products, consistent with the release (i.e., exclusion) notes contained in the Australia Group (AG) ``Human and Animal Pathogens and Toxins for Export Control'' common control list.
Technical Amendments to the Export Administration Regulations: Export Control Classification Number 0Y521 Series Supplement-Extension of Software Specially Designed To Automate the Analysis of Geospatial Imagery Classification
Document Number: 2020-28776
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-01-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
On January 6, 2020, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to add Software Specially Designed to Automate the Analysis of Geospatial Imagery to the 0Y521 Temporary Export Control Classification Numbers (ECCN) Series as 0D521. In this action BIS extends that status for a year pursuant to the 0Y521 series extension procedures.
Change in Deadline for Public Comments on Condition of the Public Health Industrial Base and Recommend Policies and Actions To Strengthen the Public Health Industrial Base To Ensure Essential Medicines, Medical Countermeasures, and Critical Inputs Are Made in the United States
Document Number: 2020-29036
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
On December 2, 2020, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) within the Department of Commerce (Commerce), published the Notice of Request for Public Comments on Condition of the Public Health Industrial Base and Recommend Policies and Actions to Strengthen the Public Health Industrial Base to Ensure Essential Medicines, Medical Countermeasures, and Critical Inputs Are Made in the United States. The December 2 notice invited interested parties to submit written comments, data, analyses, or other information pertinent to the investigation to BIS. The deadline for written comments was December 23, 2020. In response to requests from the public for additional time, this notice reopens the deadline for the submission of public comment until January 15, 2021. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted and will be fully considered.
Removal of Hong Kong as a Separate Destination Under the Export Administration Regulations
Document Number: 2020-28101
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-12-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
In this rule the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to remove the People's Republic of China (PRC or China) Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong from the list of destinations in the EAR. The amendments implement Sections 2 and 3 of Executive Order 13936 of July 14, 2020, in response to new security measures imposed on Hong Kong by the government of China. These new measures fundamentally undermine Hong Kong's autonomy increasing the risk sensitive U.S. technology and items will be diverted to unauthorized end uses and end users in China.
Addition of `Military End User' (MEU) List to the Export Administration Regulations and Addition of Entities to the MEU List
Document Number: 2020-28052
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-12-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
In this final rule, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding a new `Military End User' (MEU) List that includes the first tranche of entities. The U.S. Government has determined that these entities are `military end users' for purposes of the `military end user' control in the EAR that applies to specified items for exports, reexports, or transfers (in-country) to the People's Republic of China (China), Russia, and Venezuela when such items are destined for a `military end user.' The existing `military end-use' and `military end user' controls under the EAR, including BIS's authority to inform the public of a license requirement for an item due to an unacceptable risk of diversion to a `military end user' via amendment to the EAR, are essential for protecting U.S. national security interests. The addition of the new MEU List via amendment to the EAR and this first tranche of entities is also responsive to requests received from the public. This final rule will add one hundred and two `military end users' to the MEU List consisting of fifty-seven under China and forty-five under Russia. However, the establishment of the MEU List does not imply that other parties, not included on the list, are not subject to the `military end-use' and `military end user' controls under the EAR.
Addition of Entities to the Entity List, Revision of Entry on the Entity List, and Removal of Entities From the Entity List
Document Number: 2020-28031
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-12-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
In this rule, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding seventy-seven entities, under a total of seventy-eight entries, to the Entity List. These seventy-seven entities have been determined by the U.S. Government to be acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States. These entities will be listed on the Entity List under the destinations of the People's Republic of China (China), Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Malta, Pakistan, Russia, and the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.). This rule also revises one existing entry on the Entity list under the destination of China and one under the destination of Pakistan. Finally, this rule removes a total of four entities under the destinations of Israel and the U.A.E. The removals are made in connection with requests for removal that BIS received pursuant to the EAR and a review of information provided in those requests.
Notice of Termination National Security Investigation of Imports of Mobile Cranes
Document Number: 2020-27863
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
In this notice, the Department is announcing that on November 23, 2020, the Secretary of Commerce terminated an investigation under section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended, which was initiated on May 19, 2020, to determine whether imports of mobile cranes threatened to impair the national security. Notice of the investigation and a request for public comments was published in the Federal Register on May 26, 2020. The investigation was originally requested in an application submitted by the Manitowoc Company, Inc. (``Manitowoc'') on December 19, 2019.
Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Tariff Exclusions Process
Document Number: 2020-27110
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-12-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
This interim final rule revises aspects of the process for requesting exclusions from the duties and quantitative limitations on imports of aluminum and steel discussed in three previous Department of Commerce (``Commerce'') interim final rules implementing the exclusion process authorized by the President under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended (``232''). These changes are also informed by a notice of inquiry with request for comments on the 232 exclusions process that was published by Commerce on May 26, 2020. Based on public comments on the current process for submissions to Commerce, Commerce is publishing this interim final rule to make additional revisions to the 232 exclusion process, including to the 232 Exclusions Portal.
Notice of Request for Public Comments by the Titanium Sponge Working Group
Document Number: 2020-27119
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
In March of 2019, the Secretary initiated an investigation under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended, to determine the effects on the national security from imports of titanium sponge. In February of 2020, the President issued a memorandum concurring with the Secretary's findings that titanium sponge imports threatened to impair U.S. national security. The President's concurrence also agreed that actions to adjust imports under Section 232, such as tariffs, should not be taken at this time and established an interagency working group. The work of the Titanium Sponge Working Group has proceeded in exploring measures to ensure access to titanium sponge in the United States for use for national defense and in critical industries during an emergency, and at this time the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) is seeking public comments to better inform the deliberations of the working group.
Wassenaar Arrangement 2018 Plenary Decisions Implementation; and Other Revisions Related to National Security Controls; Correction
Document Number: 2020-26638
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-12-04
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
In this rule, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by making corrections to address errors that were inadvertently introduced with the September 11, 2020, Federal Register publication of ``Wassenaar Arrangement 2018 Plenary Decisions Implementation; and Other Revisions Related to National Security Controls (Final Rule)''.
Notice of Request for Public Comments on Condition of the Public Health Industrial Base and Recommend Policies and Actions To Strengthen the Public Health Industrial Base To Ensure Essential Medicines, Medical Countermeasures, and Critical Inputs Are Made in the United States
Document Number: 2020-26609
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-02
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
On August 6, 2020, President Trump issued an Executive order, Combating Public Health Emergencies and Strengthening National Security by Ensuring Essential Medicines, Medical Countermeasures, and Critical Inputs Are Made in the United States. Among other directives, the E.O. directed that, by February 2, 2021, the Secretary of Commerce shall submit a report to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, the Director of the National Economic Council, and the Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, describing any change in the status of the Public Health Industrial Base (PHIB) and recommending initiatives to strengthen the PHIB. This notice requests comments from the public to assist the Department of Commerce (referred to henceforth as ``Commerce'') in preparing this report on the condition of the PHIB and recommending policies and actions to strengthen the PHIB.