Request for Comments and Notice of Public Hearing Concerning China's Compliance With WTO Commitments
The interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) will convene a public hearing and seek public comment to assist the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in the preparation of its annual report to the Congress on China's compliance with the commitments made in connection with its accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
Aeronautics Science and Technology Subcommittee Committee on Technology; National Science and Technology Council
Executive Order (E.O.) 13419National Aeronautics Research and Developmentsigned December 20, 2006, and the National Aeronautics Research and Development Policy that was developed by the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) call for executive departments and agencies conducting aeronautics research and development (R&D) to engage industry, academia and other non-Federal stakeholders in support of government planning and performance of aeronautics R&D. E.O. 13419 further requires a biennial update to the National Plan for Aeronautics Research and Development and Related Infrastructure (Plan).
Notice of Meeting of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC-11)
The Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Small and Minority Business (ITAC-11) will hold a meeting on Monday, September 14, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be closed to the public from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., and opened to the public from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Trade Policy Staff Committee; Public Comments on the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act: Report to Congress
The Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is seeking the views of interested parties on the operation of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA), as amended by the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) (19 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.). Section 212(f) of the CBERA, as amended, requires the President to submit a report to Congress regarding the operation of the CBERA and CBTPA (together commonly referred to as the Caribbean Basin Initiative, or CBI) on or before December 31, 2001, and every two years thereafter. The TPSC invites written comments concerning the operation of the CBI, including comments on the performance of each CBERA and CBTPA beneficiary country, as the case may be, under the criteria described in sections 212(b), 212(c), and 213(b)(5)(B) of the CBERA, as amended. This information will be used in the preparation of a report to the U.S. Congress on the operation of the program.
Implementation of the U.S.-EC Beef Hormones Memorandum of Understanding
On May 13, 2009, the United States and the European Communities (``EC'') announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in the Beef Hormones dispute. Under the first phase of the agreement, the EC is obligated to open a new beef tariff-rate quota (TRQ) in the amount of 20,000 metric tons at zero rate of duty. The United States in turn is obligated not to increase additional duties above those in effect as of March 23, 2009. The EC opened the new beef TRQ on August 1, 2009. This notice undertakes the process necessary to implement U.S. obligations under the first phase of the MOU and to pursue additional market access under subsequent phases of the MOU.
Appointment of Members of Senior Executive Services Performance Review Board
The following persons have been appointed to the ONDCP Senior Executive Service Performance Review Board: Dr. Terry Zobeck, Ms. Michele Marx, Mr. Robert Denniston, and Ms. Martha Gagne.
Request for Comments Concerning Free Trade Agreement With the Republic of Colombia
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) is conducting a review of labor-related issues in the context of the free trade agreement (FTA) between the United States and the Republic of Colombia (Colombia) signed on November 22, 2006, and amended on June 28, 2007. The FTA has not yet entered into effect. As part of that review, the interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) seeks comment from the public to assist the USTR in working with the Colombian government to secure continued progress in ensuring that Colombia's workers can fully exercise their fundamental labor rights.
Request for Comments Concerning Free Trade Agreement With the Republic of Korea
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) is assessing how and to what extent the free trade agreement (FTA) between the United States and the Republic of Korea (Korea) signed on June 30, 2007 makes progress in achieving the applicable purposes, policies, priorities, and objectives of the Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority Act of 2002 (``TPA Act'') (19 U.S.C. 3801 note) as set out in section 2102 of the TPA Act and carries out the provisions of the May 10, 2007 Congressional-Executive Agreement on Trade Policy, http://www.ustr.gov/ sites/default/files/uploads/factsheets/2007/asset_upload_file 127_ 11319.pdf (``May 10 Agreement''). The FTA has not yet entered into effect. The interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) seeks public comment to assist the USTR in its assessment.
Proposed Revision of the Policy on Web Tracking Technologies for Federal Web Sites
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is considering options for revising the current prohibition on Web tracking technologies (such as persistent cookies) and invites public comments on the policy that would govern the use of such technologies. The goal of this review is for the Federal Government to continue to protect the privacy of people who visit Federal Government Web sites while at the same time making these Web sites more user-friendly, providing better customer service, and allowing for enhanced Web analytics.
President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology; Notice of Meeting
This notice sets forth the schedule and summary agenda for a meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), and describes the functions of the Council. Notice of this meeting is required under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).
Notice of Proposed Measure and Opportunity for Public Comment Pursuant to Section 421 of the Trade Act of 1974: Certain Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires From the People's Republic of China
The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has determined, pursuant to section 421(b)(1) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (the Trade Act) (19 U.S.C. 2451(b)(1)), that certain passenger vehicle and light truck tires \1\ from the People's Republic of China (China) are being imported into the United States in such increased quantities or under such conditions as to cause market disruption to the domestic producers of like or directly competitive products. Pursuant to section 421(h)(1) of the Trade Act, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is publishing notice of proposed restrictions with respect to imports of Chinese tires. USTR invites domestic producers, importers, exporters, and other interested parties to submit their views and evidence on the appropriateness of the proposed restrictions and whether they would be in the public interest. USTR also invites interested parties to participate in a public hearing (if one is requested).
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice of the Results of the 2008 Annual Product Reviews
This notice announces: (1) The disposition of the product petitions accepted for review in the 2008 GSP Annual Product Review; (2) the results of the 2008 Competitive Need Limitations (CNL) Waiver Review; (3) the results of the 2008 Competitive Need Limitation Waiver Revocation Review; (4) the addition of a product to the list of products that were not produced in the United States on January 1, 1995; (5) the results of the 2008 De Minimis Waiver and Redesignation Reviews; and (6) the continuation of the 2008 Country Practices Review.
Aeronautics Science and Technology Subcommittee; Committee on Technology; National Science and Technology Council
The Aeronautics Science and Technology Subcommittee (ASTS) of the National Science and Technology Council's (NSTC) Committee on Technology will hold a public meeting to discuss the biennial update to the National Plan for Aeronautics Research and Development and Related Infrastructure (Plan) that is directed by Executive Order (E.O.) 13419National Aeronautics Research and Developmentsigned December 20, 2006. The biennial update to the Plan will be guided by the National Aeronautics Research and Development Policy that was developed by the NSTC and endorsed by E.O. 13419.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding United States-Certain Measures Affecting Imports of Poultry From China
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that on June 23, 2009, the People's Republic of China (``China'') requested the establishment of a panel under the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement'') with respect to certain measures affecting the import of poultry products from China into the United States. That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS392/2. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding China-Measures Related to the Exportation of Various Raw Materials
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (``USTR'') is providing notice that on June 23, 2009, in accordance with the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (``WTO Agreement''), the United States requested consultations regarding restraints on the export from China of various forms of bauxite, coke, fluorspar, magnesium, manganese, silicon carbide, silicon metal, yellow phosphorus, and zinc (the ``materials''). That request may be found at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS394/1. USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues raised in this dispute.
Petition Under Section 301 on Israel's Protection of Intellectual Property Rights; Decision Not To Initiate Investigation
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) has determined not to initiate an investigation under section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 with respect to a petition alleging that the Government of Israel has breached obligations under the WTO Agreement to protect intellectual property rights (IPR).
Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies; Initiation of Revision and Request for Suggested Changes
Section 2031 of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-114) directs the Secretary of the Army to revise the ``Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies,'' dated March 10, 1983, consistent with a number of considerations enumerated in the statute. The Administration is considering developing uniform planning standards for the development of water resources that would apply government- wide, including agencies other than the traditional water resources development agencies covered under the current Principles and Guidelines: the Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation (Interior), Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA), and Tennessee Valley Authority. Therefore, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) will facilitate an interagency drafting of revised Principles and Guidelines for planning water resources projects that could be applied government-wide.
Notice of Effective Date
In Proclamation 8323 of November 25, 2008, the President modified the rules of origin for certain goods of Canada under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) incorporated in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (the ``HTS''). The proclamation stated that the modifications would be effective on the date that the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced in the Federal Register and are effective with respect to goods of Canada that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after the date indicated in the notice. The purpose of this notice is to announce that the effective date for the modifications is July 1, 2009. The changes were printed in the Federal Register of November 28, 2008, Volume 73, Number 230, page 72,682.