Department of Commerce September 2015 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Survey of State Government Research and Development (R&D)
Document Number: 2015-24768
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-30
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.
Draft 2015 Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports
Document Number: 2015-24762
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS reviewed the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regional marine mammal stock assessment reports (SARs) in accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act. SARs for marine mammals in the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regions were revised according to new information. NMFS solicits public comments on the draft 2015 SARs.
Synthetic Biology Standards Consortium-Planning and Progress Workshop
Document Number: 2015-24734
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
NIST announces the Synthetic Biology Standards Consortium (SBSC)-Planning and Progress Workshop to be held on Tuesday November 3, 2015 from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Pacific time. The SBSC is a standards setting consortium focused on the shared standards development needs of consortium participants. It will provide a forum for collaborative work through the formation of technical standards-setting working groups. Working groups are organized around a clear vision of specific metrology productsstandards, including reference materials; reference data; reference methods; and documentary standardsthat will enable interoperability and reproducibility. At this workshop the working groups will collaboratively develop work products.
Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award
Document Number: 2015-24733
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (Judges Panel) will meet in closed session Monday through Friday, November 2-6, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time each day. The purpose of this meeting is to review recommendations from site visits, and recommend 2015 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipients. The meeting is closed to the public in order to protect the proprietary data to be examined and discussed at the meeting.
Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Southwest Fisheries Science Center Fisheries Research
Document Number: 2015-24639
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS' Office of Protected Resources, upon request of NMFS' Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC), hereby issues regulations to govern the unintentional taking of marine mammals incidental to fisheries research conducted in multiple specified geographical regions, over the course of 5 years. These regulations, which allow for the issuance of Letters of Authorization for the incidental take of marine mammals during the described activities and specified timeframes, prescribe the permissible methods of taking and other means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on marine mammal species or stocks and their habitat, as well as requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of such taking.
Foreign-Trade Zone 149-Freeport, Texas: Application for Expansion Under Alternative Site Framework
Document Number: 2015-24683
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee Meeting
Document Number: 2015-24676
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This notice sets forth the proposed schedule and agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below.
List of Fisheries for 2016
Document Number: 2015-24638
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-09-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2016, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The proposed LOF for 2016 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. NMFS must classify each commercial fishery on the LOF into one of three categories under the MMPA based upon the level of mortality and serious injury of marine mammals that occurs incidental to each fishery. The classification of a fishery on the LOF determines whether participants in that fishery are subject to certain provisions of the MMPA, such as registration, observer coverage, and take reduction plan (TRP) requirements. In addition, NMFS begins publishing online fact sheets for Category III fisheries.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Snapper-Grouper Fishery and Golden Crab Fishery of the South Atlantic, and Dolphin and Wahoo Fishery of the Atlantic
Document Number: 2015-24576
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-09-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes to implement management measures described in Amendment 34 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Snapper- Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region, Amendment 9 to the FMP for the Golden Crab Fishery of the South Atlantic Region, and Amendment 8 to the FMP for the Dolphin and Wahoo Fishery of the Atlantic; collectively referred to as the Generic Accountability Measures (AM) and Dolphin Allocation Amendment (Generic AM Amendment), as prepared and submitted by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council). If implemented, this proposed rule would revise the commercial and recreational AMs for numerous snapper-grouper species and golden crab. This proposed rule would also revise commercial and recreational sector allocations for dolphin in the Atlantic. The proposed actions are intended to make the AMs consistent for snapper- grouper species addressed in this proposed rule and for golden crab, and revise the allocations between the commercial and recreational sectors for dolphin.
University of Pittsburgh, et al.; Notice of Decision on Application for Duty-Free Entry of Scientific Instruments
Document Number: 2015-24468
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Red Snapper Management Measures; Correction
Document Number: 2015-24577
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS corrects the final rule that implemented management measures described in a framework action to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP), which published in the Federal Register on May 1, 2015. The framework final rule published shortly after the final rule for Amendment 40 to the FMP and not all of the regulatory text implemented by the Amendment 40 final rule was incorporated into the final rule for the framework amendment. Specifically, the express references to the red snapper component quotas, annual catch targets (ACTs), and seasons lengths were left out of the final rule for the framework amendment. The purpose of this correcting amendment is to fix the error by reinstating the omitted regulatory text.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2015-24554
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (Council) Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel (NTAP) will hold a public meeting.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Exchange of Flatfish in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 2015-24542
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is exchanging allocations of Amendment 80 cooperative quota (CQ) for Amendment 80 acceptable biological catch (ABC) reserves. This action is necessary to allow the 2015 total allowable catch of flathead sole, rock sole, and yellowfin sole in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area to be harvested.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-24526
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Silicomanganese From Australia: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Postponement of Final Determination
Document Number: 2015-24449
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (``Department'') preliminarily determines that silicomanganese from Australia is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (``LTFV''), as provided in section 733(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the ``Act''). The period of investigation is January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. The estimated weighted-average dumping margins are shown in the ``Preliminary Determination'' section of this notice. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination.
Fisheries Off West Coast States; Modifications of the West Coast Commercial and Recreational Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Actions #30 Through #36
Document Number: 2015-24442
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces seven inseason actions in the ocean salmon fisheries. These inseason actions modified the commercial and recreational salmon fisheries in the area from the U.S./Canada border to Cape Falcon, OR.
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2015-24436
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Mariana Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) Advisory Panel (AP) and Hawaii Archipelago FEP AP to discuss and make recommendations on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2015-24435
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a Visioning Workshop in Charleston, SC.
Emerging Technology and Research Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2015-24390
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Materials Processing Equipment Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2015-24389
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2015-24365
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fishery Management Council Freedom of Information Act Requests Regulations; Technical Amendments to Regulations
Document Number: 2015-24364
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is hereby making technical amendments without altering the substance of the regulations governing the operation of Regional Fishery Management Councils (Councils) under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). The intent of this action is to update existing Council regulations to reflect the current procedure for processing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests received by Councils. These changes will make our rules more internally consistent and easier to use.
Certain Oil Country Tubular Goods From the People's Republic of China; Notice of Court Decision Not in Harmony With Final Results of Administrative Review and Notice of Amended Final Results of Administrative Review Pursuant to Court Decision
Document Number: 2015-24327
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On August 28, 2015, the United States Court of International Trade (``CIT'') issued its final judgment \1\ sustaining the Department of Commerce's (the ``Department'') redetermination \2\ issued pursuant to the CIT's remand order in American Tubular Products, LLC v. United States, Ct. No. 13-00029, Slip Op. 14-116 (CIT September 26, 2014) (``Remand Order''), with respect to the Department's amended final results \3\ of the 2010-2011 antidumping duty administrative review of certain oil country tubular goods (``OCTG'') from the People's Republic of China. Consistent with the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (``CAFC'') in Timken Co. v. United States, 893 F.2d 337 (Fed. Cir. 1990) (``Timken''), as clarified by Diamond Sawblades Mfrs. Coalition v. United States, 626 F.3d 1374 (Fed. Cir. 2010) (``Diamond Sawblades''), the Department is notifying the public that the final judgment in this case is not in harmony with the Department's amended final results of review and is amending the AR 1 Final Results with respect to the margin determined for Jiangsu Chengde Steel Tube Share Co., Ltd. (``Chengde''), an exporter and producer of subject merchandise.
Commerce Data Advisory Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2015-24334
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration
The Economic and Statistics Administration (ESA) is giving notice of the third meeting of the Commerce Data Advisory Council (CDAC). The CDAC will discuss environmental data, workforce capabilities to improve data operations, data protection, and other Council matters. The CDAC will meet in a plenary session on October 29- 30, 2015. Last-minute changes to the schedule are possible, which could prevent giving advance public notice of schedule adjustments.
Certain Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate From the Russian Federation: Request for Comments
Document Number: 2015-24329
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On May 5, 2015, ArcelorMittal USA, Inc., Nucor Corporation, and SSAB North America Division (collectively, ``domestic interested parties''), filed with the U.S. Department of Commerce (``Department'') a request to terminate the 2003 Agreement Suspending the Antidumping Investigation of Certain Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from the Russian Federation (``Agreement'') (``request to terminate''). For the reasons stated in this notice, the Department is requesting comments on whether suspension of the investigation is no longer in the ``public interest'' under sections 734(d) and 734(i) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (``Act'').
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Coastal Zone Management Program Administration
Document Number: 2015-24287
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-24
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.
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2015-24255
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meetings of its 121st Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC), American Samoa Regional Ecosystem Advisory Committee (REAC), Fishing Industry Advisory Committee (FIAC), American Samoa Advisory Panel (AP) and its 164th Council meeting to take actions on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region. The Council will also convene meetings of the Pelagic and International Standing Committee, Program Planning and Research Standing Committee, and Executive and Budget Standing Committee.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2015-24254
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Scientific & Statistical 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.
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2015-24253
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its Guam Mariana Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) Advisory Panel (AP) to discuss and make recommendations on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-24233
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-24
Agency: Department of Commerce
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-24232
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-24
Agency: Department of Commerce
Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Pier E3 Demolition via Controlled Implosion
Document Number: 2015-24230
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) regulations, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) to take, by harassment, small numbers of four species of marine mammals incidental to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (SFOBB) Pier E3 demolition via controlled implosion in San Francisco Bay (SFB or Bay), between October 1 and December 30, 2015.
Alternative Personnel Management System at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
Document Number: 2015-24224
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
This notice announces a modification to existing provisions of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Alternative Personnel Management System (APMS), changing the classification structure for the Administrative (ZA) career path, Pay Bands I through IV, based upon a classification review of the level of difficulty and responsibility associated with each Pay Band.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-24214
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-24
Agency: Department of Commerce
Multilayered Wood Flooring From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Results of the Changed Circumstances Review of Sino-Maple (JiangSu) Co., Ltd.
Document Number: 2015-24191
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On March 13, 2015, the Department of Commerce (the ``Department'') initiated a changed circumstance review (``CCR'') of the antidumping duty (``AD'') order on multilayered wood flooring from the People's Republic of China (``PRC'') in response to a request from Sino-Maple (JiangSu) Co., Ltd. (``Sino-Maple''), an exporter of subject merchandise to the United States.\1\ Pursuant to section 751(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (``the Act''), and 19 CFR 351.216, the Department preliminarily determines that Sino-Maple is the successor- in-interest to Jiafeng Wood (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. (``Jiafeng'') for purposes of the AD order on multilayered wood flooring from the PRC and, as such, is entitled to Jiafeng's cash deposit rate with respect to entries of subject merchandise. We invite interested parties to comment on these preliminary results.
Fresh Garlic From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of the Changed Circumstances Review
Document Number: 2015-23646
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On June 30, 2015, the Department of Commerce (Department) published a notice of preliminary results of a changed circumstance review (CCR) of the antidumping duty (AD) order on fresh garlic from the People's Republic of China (PRC) \1\ in response to a request from Jining Yongjia Trade Co., Ltd. (Yongjia), an exporter of fresh and peeled garlic from the PRC.\2\ Yongjia requested that the Department determine that Jinxiang County Shanfu Frozen Co., Ltd. (Shanfu II), Yongjia's supplier of garlic, is the successor-in-interest to Yongjia's garlic supplier (Shanfu I) during its new shipper review (NSR). In the Preliminary Results, the Department found that Shanfu II is not the successor-in-interest to Shanfu I, and, as such, is subject to the PRC- wide entity cash deposit rate with respect to entries of subject merchandise. Based on our analysis of the comments from the parties, we continue to find that Shanfu II is not the successor-in-interest to Shanfu I for these final results.
Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act Provisions; American Eel Fishery
Document Number: 2015-24203
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act (Act), NMFS, upon a delegation of authority from the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary), has determined that the State of Delaware has failed to carry out its responsibilities under the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (Commission) Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Eel (Plan) and that the measures Delaware has failed to implement and enforce are necessary for the conservation of the American eel resource. This determination is consistent with the findings of the Commission on August 6, 2015. Pursuant to the Act, a Federal moratorium on fishing, possession, and landing of all American eel is hereby declared and will be effective on March 18, 2016. The moratorium will be withdrawn by NMFS when Delaware is found to have come back into compliance with the Commission's Plan for American Eel.
Sugar From Mexico: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination
Document Number: 2015-24195
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to exporters and producers of sugar from Mexico. For information on the estimated subsidy rates, see the ``Final Determination'' section of this notice.
Sugar From Mexico: Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value
Document Number: 2015-24189
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) determines that imports of sugar from Mexico are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV), as provided in section 735 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). The period of investigation is January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013. The final weighted-average dumping margins are listed below in the section entitled ``Final Determination Margins.''
Notice of Scope Rulings
Document Number: 2015-24185
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (``Department'') hereby publishes a list of scope rulings and anticircumvention determinations made between April 1, 2015, and June 30, 2015, inclusive. We intend to publish future lists after the close of the next calendar quarter.
Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products From India: Notice of Commencement of Compliance Proceedings Pursuant to Section 129 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act
Document Number: 2015-24183
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
Pursuant to Section 129 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA), 19 U.S.C. 3538, the Department of Commerce (Department), is commencing proceedings to gather information, analyze record evidence, and consider the determinations which would be necessary to bring its measures into conformity with the recommendations and rulings of the Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in United StatesCountervailing Duty Measures on Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from India(WTO/DS436). This dispute concerns the final results issued in certain administrative reviews of the countervailing duty (CVD) order on certain hot-rolled carbon steel flat products from India.
Meeting of Bureau of Economic Analysis Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2015-24179
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463 as amended by Pub. L. 94-409, Pub. L. 96-523, Pub. L. 97-375, and Pub. L. 105-153), we are announcing a meeting of the Bureau of Economic Analysis Advisory Committee. The meeting will address ways in which the national economic accounts can be presented more effectively for current economic analysis and recent statistical developments in national accounting.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; “Patent Review and Derivation Proceedings”
Document Number: 2015-24142
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Economic Expenditure Survey of Golden Crab Fishermen in the U.S. South Atlantic Region
Document Number: 2015-24132
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-23
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.