Department of Commerce February 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice and Request for Comments on Proposed Establishment of a Laboratory Accreditation Program for Laboratories Performing Interoperability, Performance, and Conformance Biometrics Testing Under the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program
Document Number: E8-3938
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) publishes this notice requesting comments on the proposed establishment of an accreditation program for laboratories that perform biometric testing including interoperability, performance, and conformance using internationally recognized standards developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), NIST, and by the International Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITES). Additional standards may be identified throughout the development of the accreditation program technical requirements.
Changes in Rules Regarding Filing Trademark Correspondence by Express Mail or Under a Certificate of Mailing or Transmission
Document Number: E8-3929
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (``Office'') proposes to amend the Trademark Rules of Practice to provide that the procedures for filing trademark correspondence by Express Mail or under a certificate of mailing or transmission do not apply to certain specified documents for which an electronic form is available in the Trademark Electronic Application System (``TEAS''). The purpose of the rule change is to promote electronic filing, increase efficiency, and improve the quality and integrity of critical data in the Office's automated systems.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery and Shrimp Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Amendment 27/14; Correction
Document Number: E8-3840
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This document contains a correction to the final rule to implement joint Amendment 27 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and Amendment 14 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Shrimp Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico (Amendment 27/14) that was published in the Federal Register Tuesday, January 29, 2008.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Vessels Catching Pacific Cod for Processing by the Inshore Component in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 08-896
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is opening directed fishing for Pacific cod by vessels catching Pacific cod for processing by the inshore component in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) for 24 hours. This action is necessary to fully use the A season allowance of the 2008 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod apportioned to vessels catching Pacific cod for processing by the inshore component of the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Non-American Fisheries Act Crab Vessels Catching Pacific Cod for Processing by the Offshore Component in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 08-895
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for the A season allowance of the 2008 Pacific cod sideboard limits apportioned to non- American Fisheries Act (AFA) crab vessels catching Pacific cod for processing by the offshore component in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2008 Pacific cod sideboard limits apportioned to non-AFA crab vessels catching Pacific cod for processing by the offshore component in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Non-American Fisheries Act Crab Vessels Catching Pacific Cod for Processing by the Offshore Component in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 08-894
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for the A season allowance of the 2008 Pacific cod sideboard limits apportioned to non- American Fisheries Act (AFA) crab vessels catching Pacific cod for processing by the offshore component in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2008 Pacific cod sideboard limits apportioned to non-AFA crab vessels catching Pacific cod for processing by the offshore component in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA.
Marine Mammals; File No. 605-1904
Document Number: E8-3838
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Whale Center of New England (Mason Weinrich, Principal Investigator), P.O. Box 159, Gloucester, MA 01930 has been issued a permit to conduct research on humpback (Megaptera novaeangliae), fin (Balaenoptera physalus), and sei (Balaenoptera borealis) whales.
Materials Processing Equipment Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Open Meeting
Document Number: E8-3826
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, Industry and Security Bureau
Materials Processing Equipment Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: E8-3814
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, Industry and Security Bureau
Expanded Authorization for Temporary Exports and Reexports of Tools of Trade to Sudan
Document Number: E8-3808
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, Industry and Security Bureau
This rule increases the number of end-uses for which certain ``tools of trade'' may be exported temporarily to Sudan under a license exception. It also makes more types of commodities eligible under the category ``tools of trade'' for purposes of this license exception and authorizes reexports under this provision to the same extent as exports are authorized.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-3742
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Observer Advisory Committee (OAC) will meet in Seattle, WA.
Foreign-Trade Zone 227 -- Durant, Oklahoma; Application for Expansion
Document Number: E8-3707
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews
Document Number: E8-3706
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) has received requests to conduct administrative reviews of various antidumping and countervailing duty orders and findings with January anniversary dates. In accordance with the Department's regulations, we are initiating those administrative reviews.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Groundfish Fisheries of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: E8-3697
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has submitted Amendment 89 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP) to establish Bering Sea habitat conservation measures. This amendment, if approved, would prohibit nonpelagic trawling in certain waters of the Bering Sea subarea to protect bottom habitat from the potential adverse effects of nonpelagic trawling. This amendment also would establish the Northern Bering Sea Research Area for studying the impacts of nonpelagic trawling on bottom habitat. This action is necessary to protect portions of the Bering Sea subarea bottom habitat from the potential adverse effects of nonpelagic trawling. This action is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the FMP, and other applicable laws. Comments from the public are welcome.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Meeting of the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel
Document Number: E8-3695
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS will hold a 3-day Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP) meeting in April 2008. The intent of the meeting is to consider options for the conservation and management of Atlantic HMS. The meeting is open to the public.
Regulations and Procedures Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: E8-3660
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, Industry and Security Bureau
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 2009 American Community Survey Content
Document Number: E8-3649
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, U.s. Census Bureau, Census Bureau
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, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Workflow and Electronic Health Records in Small Medical Practices
Document Number: E8-3648
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
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.
Disclosure of Government Information
Document Number: E8-3573
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-27
Agency: Office of the Secretary, Department of Commerce
This document amends the Department of Commerce's (Department) Privacy Act (PA) regulations (15 CFR Part 4) by adding an additional method of authorization to determine the identification of individuals seeking access to records under the Privacy Act, consistent with 28 U.S.C. 1746, which permits statements to be made under penalty of perjury as a substitute for notarization.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Gulf of Alaska; 2008 and 2009 Final Harvest Specifications for Groundfish
Document Number: E8-3531
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces 2008 and 2009 final harvest specifications, reserves and apportionments thereof, Pacific halibut prohibited species catch (PSC) limits, and associated management measures for the groundfish fishery of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to establish harvest limits and associated management measures for groundfish during the 2008 and 2009 fishing years and to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP). The intended effect of this action is to conserve and manage the groundfish resources in the GOA in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-3552
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a Reef Fish Advisory Panel (AP).
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands; Final 2008 and 2009 Harvest Specifications for Groundfish
Document Number: E8-3512
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces final 2008 and 2009 harvest specifications and prohibited species catch allowances for the groundfish fishery of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to establish harvest limits for groundfish during the 2008 and 2009 fishing years and to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP). The intended effect of this action is to conserve and manage the groundfish resources in the BSAI in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 630 of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 08-851
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is reopening directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 630 of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) for 48 hours. This action is necessary to fully use the A season allowance of the 2008 total allowable catch (TAC) of pollock specified for Statistical Area 630 of the GOA.
Recruitment Notice for Expressions of Interest From Qualified U.S. Travel and Tourism Industry Associations
Document Number: 08-850
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
Notice is hereby given that the Department of Commerce is soliciting expressions of interest from U.S. Travel and Tourism industry associations with experience and/or core competency in self regulation to establish and implement a program to qualify inbound U.S. tour operators that meet the requirements of the China National Tourism Administration to facilitate packaged group leisure travel established by the ``Memorandum of Understanding Between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of the United States of America to Facilitate Outbound Tourist Group Travel from China to The United States.'' The purpose of this program would be to provide quality assurance and a means for tour operators qualified under the program to be recognized by the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) as able to do business with Chinese travel agencies approved by the CNTA to organize and market packaged group leisure travel from China to the United States. Qualified Associations are those that are broadly representative of the U.S. travel and tourism industry, have experience in self regulation programs for the purpose of quality assurance (including the establishment of standards, systems to accept and adjudicate complaints, and procedures for membership revocation for those who do not comply), and have/or will have such programs identified as a mission of the organization. The Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of the United States of America to Facilitate Outbound Tourist Group Travel from China to the United States can be found at http://trade.gov/press/pressreleases/ 2007/china-tourism-mou-english-121107.pdf. Deadline: Expressions of interest will be accepted on an ongoing basis, and should be directed to Isabel Hill, Deputy Director for Planning and Policy, Office of Travel and Tourism Industries, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1003, 14th and Constitution Ave, NW., Washington, DC, 20230. Interested Parties: Interested parties should send a letter of interest describing the interest and background of the organization as it relates to this notice. The letter should include a name, title and contact number for the individual responsible for communicating with the Department of Commerce on this matter.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic; Closure
Document Number: 08-835
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS closes the commercial fishery for king mackerel in the Florida east coast subzone. This closure is necessary to protect the Gulf king mackerel resource.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fisheries; 2008 Scup Specifications; Correction
Document Number: E8-3522
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
On December 31, 2007, NMFS published in the Federal Register a final rule containing final specifications for the 2008 scup fishery. Inadvertently, table 3 of the final rule contained incorrect values for the 2008 Adjusted Quota Less Overages and Research Set-Aside (RSA) for the scup quota periods. This document corrects those values.
National Sea Grant Review Panel
Document Number: E8-3521
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Sea Grant Review Panel. Panel members will discuss and provide advice on the National Sea Grant College Program in the areas of program evaluation, strategic planning, education and extension, science and technology programs, and other matters as described in the Agenda below.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Bluefish Fisheries; 2008 Atlantic Bluefish Specifications
Document Number: E8-3514
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues final specifications for the 2008 Atlantic bluefish fishery, including state-by-state commercial quotas, a recreational harvest limit, and recreational possession limits for Atlantic bluefish off the east coast of the United States. The intent of these specifications is to establish the allowable 2008 harvest levels and possession limits to attain the target fishing mortality rate (F), consistent with the stock rebuilding program contained in Amendment 1 to the Atlantic Bluefish Fishery Management Plan (FMP), as well as ensuring compliance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). The final specifications are modified from those contained in the proposed rule as a result of more recent information on recreational harvests.
U.S. Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Product Draft Report 4.1: “Coastal Elevation and Sensitivity to Sea Level Rise”
Document Number: E8-3513
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration publishes this notice to announce a 45-day public comment period for the draft document titled, U.S. Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.1: ``Coastal elevation and sensitivity to sea level rise.'' This draft document is being released solely for the purpose of pre-dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. This document has not been formally disseminated by NOAA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination. Any public comments submitted in accordance with this notice will be considered when revising the document.
Certain In-shell Roasted Pistachios from the Islamic Republic of Iran: Final Results of Countervailing Duty New Shipper Review
Document Number: E8-3511
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On November 28, 2007, the Department of Commerce (the Department) published in the Federal Register its preliminary results in the countervailing duty (CVD) new shipper review of certain in-shell roasted pistachios from Iran. See Certain In-shell Roasted Pistachios from the Islamic Republic of Iran: Preliminary Results of Countervailing Duty New Shipper Review, 72 FR 67276 (Preliminary Results). The Department has now completed this new shipper review in accordance with section 751(a)(2)(B) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Based on our analysis of the comments received, the Department has not revised the net subsidy rate for Ahmadi's Agricultural Productions, Processing and Trade Complex (Ahmadi), the respondent company in this proceeding. The final net subsidy rate for the reviewed company is listed below in the section entitled ``Final Results of Review.''
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Commercial Operator's Annual Report (COAR)
Document Number: E8-3509
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-25
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.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Fishery Capacity Reduction Program Buyback Requests
Document Number: E8-3508
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-25
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.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Highly Migratory Species Vessel Logbooks and Cost-Earnings Data Reports
Document Number: E8-3507
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-25
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.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Pre-Canvass for the 2008 Business Research and Development Survey
Document Number: E8-3505
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, U.s. Census Bureau, Census Bureau
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, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Current Population Survey (CPS) Housing Vacancy Survey (HVS)
Document Number: E8-3504
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, U.s. Census Bureau, Census Bureau
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, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-3503
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce
Raw Flexible Magnets From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Alignment of Final Countervailing Duty Determination With Final Antidumping Duty Determination
Document Number: E8-3493
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of raw flexible magnets (RFM) from the People's Republic of China (PRC). For information on the estimated subsidy rates, see the ``Suspension of Liquidation'' section of this notice.
Export Trade Certificate of Review
Document Number: E8-3478
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On February 19, 2008, the U.S. Department of Commerce issued an Export Trade Certificate of Review to Glokle, Inc. (``GINC''). This notice summarizes the conduct for which certification has been granted.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-3429
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Steller Sea Lion Mitigation Committee (SSLMC) will meet in Anchorage, AK.
Export Trade Certificate Of Review
Document Number: E8-3426
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
Export Trading Company Affairs (``ETCA''), International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce, has received an application for an Export Trade Certificate of Review (``Certificate''). This notice summarizes the conduct for which certification is sought and requests comments relevant to whether the Certificate should be issued.
Fisheries off West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; Amendment 15 to the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan
Document Number: E8-3348
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This final rule implements Amendment 15 to the Pacific Coast Salmon Fisheries Management Plan (Plan) in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson- Stevens Act). This action is intended to provide management flexibility in times of low Klamath River fall-run Chinook (KRFC) abundance, while preserving the long-term productive capacity of the stock and thereby ensuring it continues to contribute meaningfully to ocean and river fisheries in the future.