Council on Environmental Quality 2015 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

2015 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets: Request for Public Comments
Document Number: 2015-22761
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-10
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) requests written comments from the public identifying Internet and physical markets based outside the United States that should be included in the 2015 Notorious Markets List. In 2010, USTR began publishing the Notorious Markets List separately from the annual Special 301 Report as an ``Out-of-Cycle Review.'' The Notorious Markets List (List) identifies online and physical marketplaces that reportedly engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting.
Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearing Concerning Russia's Implementation of Its WTO Obligations
Document Number: 2015-21494
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-31
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality
The interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) will convene a public hearing and seek public comment to assist the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in the preparation of its annual report to Congress on Russia's implementation of its obligations as a Member of the WTO.
Determination Under the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act
Document Number: 2015-20921
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-25
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality
The United States Trade Representative has determined that Cura[ccedil]ao meets certain customs criteria of the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act and, therefore, imports of eligible products from Cura[ccedil]ao qualify for the enhanced trade benefits provided under the Act.
Request for Public Comments To Compile the National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers
Document Number: 2015-20524
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-19
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality
Pursuant to section 181 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2241), the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is required to publish annually the National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE). With this notice, the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is requesting interested persons to submit comments to assist it in identifying significant barriers to U.S. exports of goods, services, and U.S. foreign direct investment for inclusion in the NTE. The TPSC invites written comments from the public on issues that USTR should examine in preparing the NTE. Section 1377 of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 (19 U.S.C. 3106) (``Section 1377'') requires the USTR to review annually the operation and effectiveness of all U.S. trade agreements regarding telecommunications products and services that are in force with respect to the United States. In past years, USTR has solicited comments with regard to Section 1377 in a separate Federal Register Notice. In 2016, USTR is collecting information regarding the trade barriers pertinent to the conduct of the review called for in Section 1377 through this notice.
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice of Initiation of the 2015 Annual GSP Product and Country Practices Review; Deadlines for Filing Petitions
Document Number: 2015-20456
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-19
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality
This notice announces that the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is prepared to receive petitions to modify the list of products that are eligible for duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program and to modify the GSP status of certain GSP beneficiary developing countries because of country practices. USTR is also prepared to receive petitions requesting waivers of competitive need limitations (CNLs). This notice provides that, pursuant to 15 CFR part 2007.3, the following deadlines apply with respect to the 2015 review: 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 16, 2015 for the submission of petitions to modify the list of articles eligible for duty-free treatment under GSP or to review the GSP status of any beneficiary developing country, and 5:00 p.m., Monday, November 23, 2015 for the submission of petitions requesting CNL waivers. The lists of petitions accepted for review will be announced in the Federal Register at a later date.
African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA): Request for Public Comments on Annual Review of Country Eligibility for Benefits Under AGOA in Calendar Year 2016; Scheduling of Hearing, and Request for Public Comments
Document Number: 2015-20142
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-14
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality
This notice announces the initiation the annual review of the eligibility of the sub-Saharan African countries to receive the benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The AGOA Implementation Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (Subcommittee) is developing recommendations for the President on AGOA country eligibility for calendar year 2016. The Subcommittee is requesting written public comments for this review and will conduct a public hearing on this matter. The Subcommittee will consider the written comments, written testimony, and oral testimony in developing recommendations for the President. Comments received related to the child labor criteria may also be considered by the Secretary of Labor in the preparation of the Department of Labor's report on child labor as required under section 412(c) of the Trade and Development Act of 2000. This notice identifies the eligibility criteria under AGOA that must be considered under AGOA, and lists those sub-Saharan African countries that are currently eligible for the benefits of AGOA and those that were ineligible for such benefits in 2015. Pursuant to the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (TPEA), this year's review of the Republic of South Africa's eligibility is being considered in a separate out of cycle review (see 80 FR 43156).
Request for Public Comments on the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act: Report to Congress
Document Number: 2015-19744
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-12
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality
The Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is seeking the views of interested parties on the operation of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA), as amended by the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) (19 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.). Section 212(f) of the CBERA, as amended, requires the President to submit a report to Congress regarding the operation of the CBERA and CBTPA (together commonly referred to as the Caribbean Basin Initiative, or CBI) on or before December 31, 2001, and every two years thereafter. The TPSC invites written comments concerning the operation of the CBI, including comments on the performance of each CBERA and CBTPA beneficiary country under the criteria described in sections 212(b), 212(c), and 213(b)(5)(B) of CBERA, as amended. This information will be used in the preparation of the report to Congress on the operation of the program.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States-Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Measures on Certain Coated Paper From Indonesia
Document Number: 2015-19631
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-11
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that the Republic of Indonesia has requested the establishment of a dispute settlement panel under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization and the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (``DSU''). That request may be found at www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS491/2. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearing Concerning China's Compliance With WTO Commitments
Document Number: 2015-19523
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-08-10
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality
The interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) will convene a public hearing and seek public comment to assist the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in the preparation of its annual report to the Congress on China's compliance with the commitments made in connection with its accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
African Growth and Opportunity Act: Notice of Initiation of an Out-of-Cycle Review of South Africa Eligibility for Benefits; Scheduling of Hearing, and Request for Public Comments
Document Number: 2015-17772
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-21
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality
This notice announces the initiation of an out-of-cycle review of the eligibility of the Republic of South Africa to receive the benefits of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), as required by the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 (TPEA). The AGOA Implementation Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (Subcommittee) is requesting written public comments for this out-of- cycle review and will conduct a public hearing on this matter. The Subcommittee will consider the written comments, written testimony, and oral testimony in developing recommendations for the President on South Africa's AGOA eligibility. This notice identifies the eligibility criteria under AGOA that will be considered in the review.
Fiscal Year 2016 Tariff-Rate Quota Allocations for Raw Cane Sugar, Refined and Specialty Sugar and Sugar-Containing Products
Document Number: 2015-17337
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-15
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice of country-by-country allocations of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 (Oct. 1, 2015 through Sept. 30, 2016) in-quota quantity of the tariff-rate quotas for imported raw cane sugar, certain sugars, syrups and molasses (also known as refined sugar), specialty sugar, and sugar-containing products.
Implementing Instructions for Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade Executive Order (E.O.) 13693
Document Number: 2015-14501
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-06-15
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
The Managing Director of the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has issued instructions to Federal agencies for incorporating sustainability practices into agency policies and practices, as required under Executive Order 13693 (``E.O. 13693''), ``Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade,'' signed by President Obama on March 19, 2015, 80 FR 15871, March 25, 2015. The purpose of the Executive Order is to build a clean energy economy that will sustain our prosperity and the health of our people through Federal leadership in energy, water, fleet, buildings, and acquisition management to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent over the next decade. Section 1 of E.O. 13693 directs agencies to ``increase efficiency and improve their environmental performance . . . [to] help us protect our planet for future generations and save taxpayer dollars through avoided energy costs and increased efficiency, while also making federal facilities more resilient.'' Section 4 of E.O. 13693 directs the Chair of CEQ to issue implementing instructions. The Instructions for Implementing Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade are now available at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/ default/files/docs/eo_13693_implementing_instructions_june_10 _2015.pdf.
Notice To Extend the Comment Period for the Revised Draft Guidance for Federal Departments and Agencies on Consideration of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and the Effects of Climate Change in NEPA Reviews
Document Number: 2015-03606
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-02-23
Agency: Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President
This notice extends the comment period for the proposed guidance published in the Federal Register on December 24, 2014, (79 FR 77802, Dec. 24, 2014). The comment period for the proposed guidance, which would have ended on February 23, 2015, is extended for 30 days.