Department of Commerce January 2017 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Dolphin and Wahoo Fishery Off the Atlantic States; Regulatory Amendment 1
Document Number: 2017-02057
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-01-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' published in the Federal Register on January 24, 2017 (the Memorandum), this action stays the final rule NMFS published on December 30, 2016 in order to delay its effective date.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Allow the Use of Longline Pot Gear in the Gulf of Alaska Sablefish Individual Fishing Quota Fishery; Amendment 101
Document Number: 2017-02055
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-01-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' published in the Federal Register on January 24, 2017 (the Memorandum), this action stays the final rule NMFS published on December 28, 2016, in order to delay its effective date.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Individual Bluefin Quota Program; Inseason Transfers
Document Number: 2017-02043
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-01-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' published in the Federal Register on January 24, 2017 (the Memorandum), this action stays the final rule NMFS published on December 29, 2016, in order to delay its effective date.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Snapper-Grouper Fishery Off the Southern Atlantic States; Regulatory Amendment 16
Document Number: 2017-02042
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-01-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' published in the Federal Register on January 24, 2017 (the Memorandum), this action stays the final rule NMFS published on December 29, 2016, in order to delay its effective date.
Regional Innovation Program
Document Number: 2017-02010
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-01-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration
In accordance with the memorandum of January 20, 2017, from the Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff, entitled ``Regulatory Freeze Pending Review,'' published in the Federal Register on January 24, 2017 (the Memorandum), this action temporarily delays the effective date of the Final Rule entitled ``Regional Innovation Program'' (Final Rule or Rule) published in the Federal Register on January 11, 2017. The Final Rule implements the Regional Innovation Program of the Economic Development Administration (EDA or the Agency), U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and specifically focuses on outlining the regulatory structure of its centerpiece grant program, the Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Monthly Wholesale Trade Survey
Document Number: 2017-02004
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-31
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.
Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Rescission of 2014-2016 Countervailing Duty New Shipper Review
Document Number: 2017-01997
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The U.S. Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting a new shipper review (NSR) of the countervailing duty (CVD) order on passenger vehicle and light truck tires (passenger tires) from the People's Republic of China (the PRC). The NSR covers one exporter/ producer of subject merchandise, Shandong Xinghongyuan Tire Co., Ltd. (SXT). The period of review (POR) is December 1, 2014, through January 31, 2016. The Department preliminarily determines that SXT did not satisfy the regulatory requirements to request an NSR, and, therefore, we are preliminarily rescinding this NSR. Interested parties are invited to comment on the preliminary results of this review.
Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Rescission of 2015-2016 Antidumping Duty New Shipper Review
Document Number: 2017-01996
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The U.S. Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting a new shipper review (NSR) of the antidumping duty (AD) order on passenger vehicle and light truck tires (passenger tires) from the People's Republic of China (the PRC). The NSR covers one exporter/ producer of subject merchandise, Shandong Xinghongyuan Tire Co., Ltd. (SXT). The period of review (POR) is August 1, 2015, through January 31, 2016. The Department preliminarily determines that SXT did not satisfy the regulatory requirements to request an NSR, and, therefore, we are preliminarily rescinding this NSR. Interested parties are invited to comment on the preliminary results of this review.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 610 in the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2017-01515
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-01-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 610 in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2017 total allowable catch of pollock for Statistical Area 610 in the GOA.
Truck and Bus Tires From the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, Final Affirmative Critical Circumstances Determination, in Part
Document Number: 2017-01862
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of truck and bus tires from the People's Republic of China (PRC). For information on the estimated subsidy rates, see the ``Final Determination'' section of this notice. The period of investigation is January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015.
Truck and Bus Tires From the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative Determinations of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Critical Circumstances
Document Number: 2017-01861
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) determines that imports of truck and bus tires from the People's Republic of China (the PRC) are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation (POI) is July 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015. The final dumping margins of sales at LTFV are listed in the ``Final Determination'' section of this notice.
Ocean Exploration Advisory Board
Document Number: 2017-01859
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Ocean Exploration Advisory Board (OEAB). OEAB members will discuss and provide advice on Federal ocean exploration programs, with a particular emphasis on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) activities; the use of ships and other platforms in ocean exploration, including by non-for-profit organizations and the private sector; and other matters as described in the agenda found on the OEAB Web site at http://oeab.noaa.gov.
Notice of Petitions by Firms for Determination of Eligibility To Apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2017-01839
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration
United States Investment Advisory Council: Meeting of the United States Investment Advisory Council
Document Number: 2017-01837
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The United States Investment Advisory Council (Council) will hold a meeting on Friday, February 17, 2017. The Council was chartered on April 6, 2016, to advise the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the promotion and retention of foreign direct investment in the United States. At the meeting, members will be provided substantive briefings on key Administration priorities moving forward and deliberate and vote on a letter to the Secretary of Commerce, aimed at communicating the value of FDI to continued economic growth and job- creation. The agenda may change to accommodate Council business. The final agenda will be posted on the Department of Commerce Web site for the Council at http://trade.gov/IAC, at least one week in advance of the meeting.
Candidate Conservation Agreements With Assurances Policy
Document Number: 2017-01840
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
In accordance with a January 20, 2017, memo from the White House, we, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service (Services), are delaying the effective date of a policy we published on December 27, 2016.
Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-to-Length Plate From the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination
Document Number: 2017-01712
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the ``Department'') determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of certain carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length plate (``CTL plate'') from the People's Republic of China (``PRC''). For information on the estimated subsidy rates, see the ``Final Determination'' section of this notice.
Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-To-Length Plate From the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value
Document Number: 2017-01710
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Department) determines that certain carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length plate (CTL plate) from the People's Republic of China (PRC) is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The final dumping margin of sales at LTFV is shown in the ``Final Determination'' section of this notice.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Challenge and Prize Competition Solicitations Generic Clearance
Document Number: 2017-01682
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-25
Agency: Department of Commerce
In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, the Office of the Secretary (OS), Department of Commerce, is publishing the following summary of a proposed information collection request for public comment. Interested persons are invited to send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including any of the following subjects: The necessity and utility of the proposed information collection for the proper performance of the agency's functions; the accuracy of the estimated burden; ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology to minimize the information collection burden.
Ammonium Sulfate From the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value
Document Number: 2017-01653
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The U.S. Department of Commerce (``the Department'') determines that ammonium sulfate from the People's Republic of China (``PRC'') is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (``LTFV''). The period of investigation is October 1, 2015, through March 31, 2016. The final dumping margin of sales at LTFV is listed below in the ``Final Determination'' section of this notice.
Antidumping Duty Investigation of Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric From the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less-Than-Fair Value, and Final Affirmative Determination of Critical Circumstances
Document Number: 2017-01636
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) determines that imports of certain amorphous silica fabric (silica fabric) from the People's Republic of China (the PRC) are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). In addition, we determine that critical circumstances exist with respect to imports of the subject merchandise. The period of investigation (POI) is July 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015. The final dumping margins for this investigation are listed in the ``Final Determination Margins'' section of this notice.
Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric From the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative Determination
Document Number: 2017-01635
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of certain amorphous silica fabric (silica fabric) from the People's Republic of China (the PRC). For information on the estimated subsidy rates, see the ``Final Determination and Suspension of Liquidation'' section of this notice.
Proposed Update to the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity
Document Number: 2017-01599
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) requests comments on a proposed update to the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (the ``Framework''). The voluntary Framework consists of standards, methodologies, procedures, and processes that align policy, business, and technological approaches to address cyber risks. The Framework was published on February 12, 2014, after a year-long, open process involving private and public sector organizations, including extensive input and public comments. It has been used with increasing frequency and in a variety of ways by organizations of all sizes, areas of interest, and based inside and outside the United States. This Request for Comments (RFC) is meant to facilitate coordination with, ``private sector personnel and entities, critical infrastructure owners and operators, and other relevant industry organizations'' as directed by the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014.\1\ The proposed update to the Framework is available for review at http://www.nist.gov/ cyberframework. Responses to this RFC will be posted at http:// www.nist.gov/cyberframework and will inform NIST's planned update to the Framework.
Certain Pasta From Italy: Amended Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014-2015
Document Number: 2017-01597
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) is amending the final results of the antidumping duty administrative review of certain pasta (pasta) from Italy to correct a ministerial error. The period of review (POR) is July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Skate Complex; Adjustment to the Skate Wing and Skate Bait Inseason Possession Limits
Document Number: 2017-00786
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-01-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
We announce the reduction of the commercial per-trip possession limits for the skate wing and skate bait fisheries for the remainder of the 2016 fishing year, through April 30, 2017. These possession limit reductions are necessary to prevent the seasonal skate wing and skate bait commercial quotas from being exceeded and still allow an opportunity for harvesting the annual total allowable landings. This announcement informs the public that the skate wing and skate bait possession limits are reduced.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 2017 Recreational Accountability Measures and Closure for Atlantic Migratory Group Cobia
Document Number: 2017-00785
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-01-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS implements accountability measures (AMs) for Atlantic migratory group cobia that are not sold (recreational) in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Atlantic. In 2015 and 2016, recreational landings of Atlantic migratory group cobia (Atlantic cobia) exceeded the stock annual catch limit (ACL), and therefore, AMs for the recreational sector are triggered for 2017. NMFS closes the recreational sector for Atlantic cobia in Federal waters on January 24, 2017, and it will remain closed for the remainder of the fishing year through December 31, 2017. This closure is necessary to protect the resource of Atlantic cobia.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2017-01563
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Herring 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.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2017-01478
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will convene a work session via webinar for the Scientific and Statistical Committee's (SSC) Economics Subcommittee, which is open to the public.
Notice of Petitions by Firms for Determination of Eligibility To Apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2017-01472
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2017-01447
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a Post Council Meeting Briefing for the public via webinar.
Science Advisory Board (SAB); Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: 2017-01439
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the NOAA Science Advisory Board. The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined in the section on Matters to be considered.
Sensors and Instrumentation Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2017-01425
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Information Systems Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2017-01423
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Pacific Island Fisheries; 2017 Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Lobster Harvest Guideline
Document Number: 2017-01410
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-01-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS establishes the annual harvest guideline for the commercial lobster fishery in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands for calendar year 2017 at zero lobsters.
Taking and Importing of Marine Mammals
Document Number: 2017-01356
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
On November 18, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved, under the Paperwork Reduction Act, changes to the collection-of-information under Control Number 0648-0335 necessary to require observer statements to support shipments of tuna harvested in fisheries with regular and significant mortality and serious injury of marine mammals. With notice of this approval, the new requirements for observer statements described in the Federal Register notice published on September 28, 2016, are hereby effective.
Notice of Availability of and Request for Public Comment on Space Weather Phase 1 Benchmarks
Document Number: 2017-01333
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Weather Service on behalf of the National Science and Technology Council; Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability; Space Weather Operations, Research, and Mitigation Subcommittee announces the availability of and requests public comments on the draft 2017 Space Weather Phase 1 Benchmarks (Draft Benchmarks).
Notice of Availability of and Request for Public Comment on White Paper on Improving the Space Weather Forecasting Research to Operations (R2O)-Operations to Research (O2R) Capability
Document Number: 2017-01331
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Weather Service on behalf of the National Science and Technology Council; Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability; Space Weather Operations, Research, and Mitigation Subcommittee announces the availability of and requests public comments on the draft white paper on Improving the Space Weather Forecasting Research to Operations (R2O)Operations to Research (O2R) Capability (Draft R2O-O2R white paper).
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-01322
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2017-01307
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council) trawl catch share five-year review Community Advisory Board (CAB), will hold a webinar, which is open to the public.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2017-01286
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Certain Corrosion-Resistant Steel Products From the Republic of Korea: Rescission of Countervailing Duty Expedited Review; 2014
Document Number: 2017-01272
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce is rescinding the expedited review of the countervailing duty order on certain corrosion-resistant steel products (CORE) from the Republic of Korea (Korea) for the period of review January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014, based on the timely withdrawal of requests for review.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Removal of the Puget Sound/Georgia Basin Distinct Population Segment of Canary Rockfish From the Federal List of Threatened and Endangered Species and Removal of Designated Critical Habitat, and Update and Amendment to the Listing Descriptions for the Yelloweye Rockfish DPS and Bocaccio DPS
Document Number: 2017-00559
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-01-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
We, NMFS, are issuing a final rule to remove the Puget Sound/ Georgia Basin canary rockfish (Sebastes pinniger) Distinct Population Segment (DPS) from the Federal List of Threatened and Endangered Species and remove its critical habitat designation. We proposed these actions based on newly obtained samples and genetic analysis that demonstrates that the Puget Sound/Georgia Basin canary rockfish population does not meet the DPS criteria and therefore does not qualify for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Following public and peer review of the proposed rule and supporting scientific information, this final rule implements the changes to the listing and critical habitat for canary rockfish. We also update and amend the listing description for the Puget Sound/Georgia Basin yelloweye rockfish (S. ruberrimus) DPS based on a geographic description to include fish within specified boundaries. Further, although the current listing description is not based on boundaries, with this final rule we are also correcting a descriptive boundary for the DPS depicted on maps to include an area in the northern Johnstone Strait and Queen Charlotte Channel in waters of Canada consistent with newly obtained genetic information on yelloweye rockfish population grouping. We also update and amend the listing description for the bocaccio DPS based on a geographic description and to include fish within specified boundaries.
Updated Statements of Legal Authority for the Export Administration Regulations
Document Number: 2017-00443
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-01-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
This rule updates the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) legal authority citations in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to cite the most recent Presidential notice continuing an emergency declared pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. This is a non-substantive rule that only updates authority paragraphs of the EAR. It does not alter any right, obligation or prohibition that applies to any person under the EAR.
Request for Nominations for Members To Serve on National Institute of Standards and Technology Federal Advisory Committees
Document Number: C1-2016-31835
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Notice of National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship Meeting
Document Number: 2017-01067
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-01-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration
The National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) will hold a public meeting on Thursday, February 2, 2017, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) and Friday, February 3, 2017, from 8:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. ET. During this time, members will further develop their policy proposals and work plan for their two-year term. Topics to be covered include increasing access to capital in underserved markets, inclusive entrepreneurship practices, improving entrepreneurship education in schools and career development programs, and better aligning federal innovation and entrepreneurship programing.