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2017 Fee Schedule for National Travel and Tourism Office for the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS)/I-92 Program, I-94 International Arrivals Program, and Survey of International Air Travelers Program
Document Number: 2017-22953
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The International Trade Administration (ITA) solicited public feedback on its proposal to adjust the National Travel & Tourism Office (NTTO) 2017 I-94/APIS & SIAT data user fees for three programs after considering an independent cost study which concluded that ITA is not fully covering its costs for providing services under the current fee structure. Federal agencies are directed by Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-25 to ensure they recoup their costs when providing certain services. The NTTO provides key market intelligence to the government and travel industry to help U.S. businesses expand travel exports. ITA, through the NTTO, will continue to provide information and services that benefit the general public without charge. No changes were made to the proposed user fees in response to public feedback, although the NTTO did expand the number of surveys for the 2017 Survey of International Air Travelers from 77,000 to 80,000. As part of this announcement, ITA announces the final user fees schedule for its 2017 data.
Utility Scale Wind Towers From the People's Republic of China: Notice of Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2016-2017
Document Number: 2017-22932
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) is rescinding its administrative review of utility scale wind towers (wind towers) from the People's Republic of China (PRC) for the period or review (POR) February 1, 2016, through January 31, 2017, based on the withdrawal of request for review.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2017-22906
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a webinar that is open to the public.
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2017-22905
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a CNMI joint advisory group meeting consisting of the Council's CNMI Regional Ecosystem Advisory Committee (REAC), CNMI Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) Advisory Panel (AP) and CNMI members of its Plan Team, Fishing Industry Advisory Committee (FIAC), Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC), and Marine Planning and Climate Change Committee (MPCCC); and a Guam joint advisory group meeting consisting of the Council's Guam REAC and Guam members of its Plan Team, FIAC, SSC, and MPCCC to discuss and make recommendations on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic; Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2017-22904
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The SEDAR 56 assessment of the South Atlantic stock of black seabass will consist of a series webinars. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2017-22903
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Groundfish Committee to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2017-22902
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (Council) Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel (AP) will meet to discuss proposed changes to management of the snapper grouper fishery, provide information, and receive updates. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2017-22901
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (MAFMC's) Demersal Committee will hold a public meeting.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2017-22900
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its Habitat Protection and Ecosystem-Based Management (Habitat) Advisory Panel (AP) in St. Petersburg, FL. The meeting is open to the public.
Marine Mammals and Endangered Species
Document Number: 2017-22899
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that permits or permit amendments have been issued to the following entities under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), as applicable.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to the Sand Point City Dock Replacement Project in Sand Point, Alaska
Document Number: 2017-22881
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) as amended, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) to incidentally harass, by Level A and Level B harassment, marine mammals during construction activities associated with the Sand Point City Dock Replacement Project in Sand Point, Alaska.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Advisory Panel
Document Number: 2017-22880
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS solicits nominations for the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP). NMFS consults with and considers the comments and views of the HMS AP when preparing and implementing Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) or FMP amendments for Atlantic tunas, swordfish, sharks, and billfish. Nominations are being sought to fill approximately one-third (11) of the seats on the HMS AP for a 3-year appointment. Individuals with definable interests in the recreational and commercial fishing and related industries, environmental community, academia, and non-governmental organizations are considered for membership on the HMS AP.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Herring Fishery; Adjustment to the Atlantic Herring Management Area 1A Annual Catch Limit
Document Number: 2017-22861
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is adjusting the 2017 fishing year annual catch limit for Atlantic Herring Management Area 1A due to an underharvest in the New Brunswick weir fishery. This action is necessary to comply with the 2016-2018 specifications and management measures for the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management.
12-Month Finding and Proposed Rule To List the Chambered Nautilus as Threatened Under the Endangered Species Act
Document Number: 2017-22771
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
We, NMFS, announce a 12-month finding on a petition to list the chambered nautilus (Nautilus pompilius) as a threatened species or an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have completed a comprehensive status review of the species in response to this petition. Based on the best scientific and commercial information available, including the status review report (Miller 2017), and after taking into account efforts being made to protect the species, we have determined that the chambered nautilus is likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future throughout its range. Therefore, we propose to list the chambered nautilus as a threatened species under the ESA. Any protective regulations determined to be necessary and advisable for the conservation of the proposed threatened chambered nautilus under ESA section 4(d) will be proposed in a separate Federal Register announcement. Should the proposed listing be finalized, we would also designate critical habitat for the species, to the maximum extent prudent and determinable; however, we have determined that critical habitat is not determinable at this time. We solicit information to inform our final listing determination, the development of potential protective regulations, and potential designation of critical habitat in the event the proposed threatened listing for the chambered nautilus is finalized.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Framework 2 to the Tilefish Fishery Management Plan
Document Number: 2017-22750
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes regulations to implement Framework Adjustment 2 to the Tilefish Fishery Management Plan. Framework Adjustment 2 was developed by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council to improve and simplify the administration of the golden tilefish fishery. These changes include removing an outdated reporting requirement, proscribing allowed gear for the recreational fishery, modifying the commercial incidental possession limit, requiring commercial golden tilefish be landed with the head and fins attached, and revising how assumed discards are accounted for when setting harvest limits.
Amendments to Existing Validated End-User Authorization in the People's Republic of China: Lam Research Service Co., Ltd.
Document Number: 2017-22649
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-10-23
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 revise the existing Validated End-User (VEU) list for the People's Republic of China (PRC) by updating the list of eligible destinations (facilities) and eligible items in Supplement No. 7 to part 748 for Lam Research Service Co., Ltd. (Lam). The End-User Review Committee (ERC) reviewed and authorized the amendments to the eligible facilities in response to a request made by Lam and in accordance with established procedures. Changes to the list of eligible items are technical corrections intended to improve clarity. As a consequence of these amendments, the EAR will include an updated and accurate list of eligible items (items that may be exported, reexported and transferred (in-country)), and eligible Lam facilities in the PRC. Publication of this rule supports the VEU program by providing information that assists the exporting public.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-22848
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-20
Agency: Department of Commerce
In the Matter of: Marleen Rochin, 3037 S. 69th Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85043; Order Denying Export Privileges
Document Number: 2017-22827
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Fisheries Off West Coast States; Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Seabird Cable Strike Mitigation Workshop; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2017-22822
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Emerging seabird mitigation technologies will be discussed at the Seabird Cable Strike Mitigation Workshop.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Manufacturers' Shipments, Inventories, and Orders (M3) Survey
Document Number: 2017-22814
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-20
Agency: Census Bureau, Department of Commerce
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Non-Malleable Cast Iron Pipe Fittings From the People's Republic of China: Notice of Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2016-2017
Document Number: 2017-22807
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) is rescinding its administrative review of non-malleable cast iron pipe fittings from the People's Republic of China (PRC) for the period or review (POR) April 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017.
Polyethylene Terephthalate Resin From Canada: Notice of Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2015-2017
Document Number: 2017-22806
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) is rescinding its administrative review of polyethylene terephthalate resin from Canada for the period or review (POR) October 15, 2015, through April 30, 2017.
Notice of Scope Rulings
Document Number: 2017-22804
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) hereby publishes a list of scope rulings and anticircumvention determinations made between July 1, 2016, and September 30, 2016, inclusive. We intend to publish future lists after the close of the next calendar quarter.
Membership of the Performance Review Board for EDA, NTIA and BIS
Document Number: 2017-22792
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Bureau of Industry and Security
The EDA, NTIA and BIS, Department of Commerce (DOC), announce the appointment of those individuals who have been selected to serve as members of the Performance Review Board. The Performance Review Board is responsible for (1) reviewing performance appraisals and ratings of Senior Executive Service (SES) members and Senior Level (SL) members and (2) making recommendations to the appointing authority on other performance management issues, such as pay adjustments, bonuses and Presidential Rank Awards for SES and SL members. The appointment of these members to the Performance Review Board will be for a period of twenty-four (24) months.
Membership of the Performance Review Board for the Office of the Secretary
Document Number: 2017-22791
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, Office of the Secretary
The Office of the Secretary, the Department of Commerce (DOC), announces the appointment of those individuals who have been selected to serve as members of the Performance Review Board. The Performance Review Board is responsible for (1) reviewing performance appraisals and ratings of Senior Executive Service (SES) members and Senior Level (SL) members and (2) making recommendations to the appointing authority on other performance management issues, such as pay adjustments, bonuses and Presidential Rank Awards. The appointment of these members to the Performance Review Board will be for a period of twenty-four (24) months.
Membership of the International Trade Administration Performance Review Board
Document Number: 2017-22790
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The International Trade Administration (ITA), Department of Commerce (DOC), announces the appointment of those individuals who have been selected to serve as members of ITA's Performance Review Board. The Performance Review Board is responsible for (1) reviewing performance appraisals and ratings of Senior Executive Service (SES) members and (2) making recommendations to the appointing authority on other performance management issues, such as pay adjustments, bonuses and Presidential Rank Awards for SES. The appointment of these members to the Performance Review Board will be for a period of twenty-four (24) months.
Elimination of Regulations Implementing Community Trade Adjustment Assistance Program
Document Number: 2017-22782
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-10-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration
Through this final rule, the Economic Development Administration (``EDA''), U.S. Department of Commerce, eliminates the regulations implementing the Community Trade Adjustment Assistance (``CTAA'') Program. Established in 2009 under the Trade Act of 1974, the CTAA Program was subsequently eliminated by Congress in 2011. Implementing regulations for this now-defunct Program are thus unnecessary. This final rule is a ``deregulatory action'' pursuant to the April 5, 2017, Office of Management and Budget (``OMB'') guidance memorandum implementing Executive Order 13771.
Membership of the Departmental Performance Review Board
Document Number: 2017-22766
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-20
Agency: Department of Commerce
The Department of Commerce (DOC) announces the appointment of those individuals who have been selected to serve as members of the Departmental Performance Review Board. The Performance Review Board is responsible for (1) reviewing performance appraisals and ratings of Senior Executive Service (SES) members and (2) making recommendations to the appointing authority on other performance management issues, such as pay adjustments, bonuses and Presidential Rank Awards. The appointment of these members to the Performance Review Board will be for a period of twenty-four (24) months.
Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to U.S. Navy Training and Testing Activities in the Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing Study Area
Document Number: 2017-22733
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has received a request from the U.S. Navy (Navy) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to training and testing activities conducted in the Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing (HSTT) Study Area for a period of five years, from December 26, 2018 through December 25, 2023. Pursuant to regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is announcing receipt of the Navy's request for the development and implementation of regulations governing the incidental taking of marine mammals. NMFS invites the public to provide information, suggestions, and comments on the Navy's application and request.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Skate Complex; Framework Adjustment 4
Document Number: 2017-22719
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-10-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
We propose regulations submitted by the New England Fishery Management Council in Framework Adjustment 4 to the Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Management Plan. We are proposing to de-couple the skate wing and bait inseason trip limit adjustments to better control the catch of bait skate and to provide a more consistent supply of skate bait to the lobster fishery. This action also clarifies that in- season possession limits may be removed when necessary to help harvest the fisheries total allowable landings. This action is needed to allow the fishery to more effectively harvest its optimum yield.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska; Shortraker Rockfish in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2017-22704
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-10-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting retention of shortraker rockfish in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary because the 2017 total allowable catch of shortraker rockfish in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA has been reached.
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2017-2018 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures; Inseason Adjustments
Document Number: 2017-22695
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-10-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This final rule announces inseason changes to management measures in the Pacific Coast groundfish fisheries. This action, which is authorized by the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (PCGFMP), is intended to allow fisheries to access more abundant groundfish stocks while protecting overfished and depleted stocks.
Circular Welded Carbon Quality Steel Pipe From the People's Republic of China: Rescission of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review; 2016
Document Number: 2017-22685
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) is rescinding the administrative review of the countervailing duty (CVD) order on circular welded carbon quality steel pipe (CWP) from the People's Republic of China (PRC) for the period January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016, based on the timely withdrawal of the request for review.
Certain Steel Nails From the United Arab Emirates: Continuation of Antidumping Duty Order
Document Number: 2017-22684
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
As a result of the determination by the Department of Commerce (Department) and the International Trade Commission (ITC) that revocation of the antidumping duty order on certain steel nails (nails) from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) would likely lead to a continuation or recurrence of dumping and material injury to an industry in the United States, the Department is publishing a notice of continuation of the antidumping duty order on nails from the UAE.
2018 Annual Determination To Implement the Sea Turtle Observer Requirement
Document Number: 2017-22682
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-10-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes a proposed Annual Determination (AD) for 2018, pursuant to its authority under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Through the AD, NMFS identifies U.S. fisheries operating in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific Ocean that will be required to take fisheries observers upon NMFS' request. The purpose of observing identified fisheries is to learn more about sea turtle interactions in a given fishery, evaluate measures to prevent or reduce sea turtle takes and to implement the prohibition against sea turtle takes. Fisheries identified on the 2018 AD (see Table 1) will be eligible to carry observers as of January 1, 2018, and will remain on the AD for a five-year period until December 31, 2022.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-22674
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-19
Agency: Department of Commerce
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Protocol for Access to Tissue Specimen Samples From the National Marine Mammal Tissue Bank
Document Number: 2017-22648
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2017-22641
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council) Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS) will hold a webinar meeting that is open to the public.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to U.S. Navy 2018 Ice Exercise Activities in the Beaufort Sea and Arctic Ocean
Document Number: 2017-22637
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has received a request from the United States Department of the Navy (Navy) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to Ice Exercise 2018 (ICEX18) activities proposed within the Beaufort Sea and Arctic Ocean north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to incidentally take marine mammals during the specified activities. NMFS will consider public comments prior to making any final decision on the issuance of the requested MMPA authorizations and agency responses will be summarized in the final notice of our decision. The Navy's activities are considered a military readiness activity pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as amended by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (NDAA).
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2017-22642
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (Council) Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish (MSB) Committee will hold a public meeting to review and develop comments regarding options being considered to modify the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan, which could impact the MSB fisheries.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; “Patent Examiner Employment Application”
Document Number: 2017-22619
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
Representative and Address Provisions
Document Number: 2017-22618
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), invites comment on a proposed extension of an existing information collection: 0651-0035 (Representative and Address Provisions).
Admission To Practice and Roster of Registered Patent Attorneys and Agents Admitted To Practice Before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Document Number: 2017-22617
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-10-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a proposed information collection proposed extension of an existing information collection.