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Homeland Security Department -- Electronic Information for Cargo Exported From the United States; Technical Amendments2017-Jul-132017-14549This final rule amends U.S. Customs and Border Protection regulations regarding the requirements to provide data for certain exported cargo to conform to current requirements. Various CBP regulations regarding exported cargo refer to outdated regulations or requirements of the U.S. Census Bureau, including the requirement to submit a paper Shipper's Export Declaration (SED). The U.S. Census Bureau's Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR) have been amended to eliminate the SED and to require that the information that was previously provided on the paper SED be filed electronically through the Automated Export System. This rule amends the CBP regulations to incorporate the current requirements. The rule also makes related conforming changes as well as non-substantive editorial and nomenclature changes.
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing Retirement Savings Bonds2017-Jan-192017-01038Currently, the Bureau of the Fiscal Service (Fiscal Service) of the United States Department of the Treasury (Treasury), issues nonmarketable, electronic retirement savings bonds to an individual retirement account (IRA) custodian designated by Fiscal Service to act as a custodian for Roth IRAs under Treasury's myRA[supreg] program. In this Final Rule, Treasury offers nonmarketable, electronic retirement savings bonds for certain retirement savings programs established by states or certain of their political subdivisions (states). The bonds will be issued to a trustee or custodian (custodian) of a Roth IRA or traditional IRA designated by a state under its retirement savings program (whether or not the program provides for automatic enrollment). Interest will be earned at a rate available to federal employees invested in the Government Securities Investment Fund (G Fund) of the federal Thrift Savings Plan. This offering does not affect the terms of retirement savings bonds issued to the custodian of Treasury's retirement savings program, myRA[supreg], which are held in participants' Roth IRAs. More information on myRA[supreg] is available at www.myra.gov.
Treasury Department -- Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds2016-Jul-012016-15248The Department of the Treasury is making non-substantive technical corrections to its marketable securities auction rules.
Homeland Security Department -- Customs and Border Protection's Bond Program; Correction2016-Mar-222016-06323U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published in the Federal Register of November 13, 2015, a final rule amending CBP's bond regulations. In that rule, CBP amended the regulation prescribing bond and rider filing requirements and stated, in the preamble, that the agency's intent was to provide additional time for the filing of these documents prior to their effective date. Due to a drafting error, one of the provisions inadvertently provides for a more restrictive time frame for filing a continuous bond, associated application, or rider prior to their effective date. This document corrects that provision to conform it to CBP's stated intent to liberalize the bond and rider filing process.
Homeland Security Department -- United States-Australia Free Trade Agreement2016-Jan-152016-00628This document adopts as a final rule, with one change, interim amendments to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations that were published in the Federal Register on February 10, 2015, as CBP Dec. 15-03, to implement the preferential tariff treatment and other customs-related provisions of the United States-Australia Free Trade Agreement.
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing United States Savings Bonds2015-Dec-242015-32488The United States Department of the Treasury, Bureau of the Fiscal Service, is issuing a final rule amending regulations governing United States savings bonds to address certain state escheat claims.
Homeland Security Department -- Customs and Border Protection's Bond Program2015-Nov-132015-28503This document adopts as a final rule, with changes, proposed amendments to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations that serve to centralize the processing of continuous bonds at CBP's Revenue Division within the Office of Administration. Upon consideration of comments received from the public in response to the proposed rulemaking, and in light of CBP's ongoing efforts concerning the development of electronic bonds, CBP has determined not to proceed at this time with certain proposed regulatory changes relating to the application, approval, and execution of bonds. CBP has also determined not to proceed with proposals relating to provisions that are the subject of other rulemakings currently under inter-departmental review. In the notice of proposed rulemaking, CBP used the terms ``CBP-approved electronic data interchange system'' and ``electronic filing'' to describe the manner by which continuous bonds may be submitted to CBP. In this final rule, these terms are clarified to reflect that continuous bonds may be scanned and submitted to CBP as an email attachment, or by facsimile. This document also amends the CBP regulations to allow for the filing of single transaction bonds pursuant to these methods. In this rulemaking, CBP also clarifies the CBP regulations to reflect that intellectual property rights sample bonds are posted to protect the importer or owner of the sample, and changes provisions of the international carrier bond regarding the payment of fees. Lastly, this final rule adopts non-substantive amendments to the regulations regarding nomenclature and organizational changes, including editorial changes to enhance general readability, and makes technical corrections to reflect statutory amendments.
National Credit Union Administration -- Risk-Based Capital2015-Oct-292015-26790The NCUA Board (Board) is amending NCUA's current regulations regarding prompt corrective action (PCA) to require that credit unions taking certain risks hold capital commensurate with those risks. The risk-based capital provisions of this final rule apply only to federally insured, natural-person credit unions with assets over $100 million. The overarching intent is to reduce the likelihood of a relatively small number of high-risk outliers exhausting their capital and causing systemic losses--which, by law, all federally insured credit unions would have to pay through the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF). This final rule restructures NCUA's PCA regulations and makes various revisions, including amending the agency's current risk-based net worth requirement by replacing it with a new risk-based capital ratio for federally insured, natural-person credit unions (credit unions). The risk-based capital requirement set forth in this final rule is more consistent with NCUA's risk-based capital measure for corporate credit unions and, as the law requires, more comparable to the regulatory risk-based capital measures used by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and Office of the Comptroller of Currency (Other Banking Agencies). The effective date is intended to coincide with the full phase-in of FDIC's risk-based capital measures in 2019. The final rule also eliminates several provisions in NCUA's current PCA regulations, including provisions relating to the regular reserve account, risk-mitigation credits, and alternative risk weights.
Homeland Security Department -- Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) Filings for Electronic Entry/Entry Summary (Cargo Release and Related Entry)2015-Oct-132015-25729This document amends the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations to reflect that on November 1, 2015, the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) will be a CBP-authorized Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) System. This regulatory document informs the public that the Automated Commercial System (ACS) is being phased out as a CBP-authorized EDI System for the processing electronic entry and entry summary filings (also known as entry filings). ACE will replace the Automated Commercial System (ACS) as the CBP-authorized EDI system for processing commercial trade data. This document also announces the conclusion of the ACE Cargo Release and the Entry Summary, Accounts and Revenue tests with regard to the entry and entry summary requirements that are now part of the CBP regulations.
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing United States Savings Bonds2015-Jul-012015-16278The United States Department of the Treasury, Bureau of the Fiscal Service, is proposing regulations governing United States savings bonds to address certain state escheat claims.
Homeland Security Department -- Change to Existing Regulation Concerning the Interest Rate Paid on Cash Deposited To Secure Immigration Bonds2015-Jun-162015-14675The Department of Homeland Security is amending its regulations addressing the payment of interest on cash bond deposits to explicitly provide that the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) will set the interest rate. Treasury will notify the public of its interest rate determinations by publishing the rates on the Treasury Web site or via another mechanism. Under the existing regulation, the current rate of interest paid on deposits securing cash bonds is 3 percent per annum. 8 U.S.C. 1363(a); 8 CFR 293.2. This final rulemaking is consistent with the requirement of 8 U.S.C. 1363(a) that interest payments shall be ``at a rate determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, except that in no case shall the interest rate exceed 3 per centum per annum.''
Interior Department -- Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations on the Outer Continental Shelf-Requirements for Exploratory Drilling on the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf2015-Feb-242015-03609The Department of the Interior (DOI), acting through BOEM and BSEE, proposes to revise and add new requirements to regulations for exploratory drilling and related operations on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) seaward of the State of Alaska (Alaska OCS). The Alaska OCS has the potential to be an integral part of the Nation's ``all of the above'' domestic energy strategy. This proposed rule focuses solely on the OCS within the Beaufort Sea and Chukchi Sea Planning Areas (Arctic OCS). The Arctic region is characterized by extreme environmental conditions, geographic remoteness, and a relative lack of fixed infrastructure and existing operations. The proposed rule is designed to ensure safe, effective, and responsible exploration of Arctic OCS oil and gas resources, while protecting the marine, coastal, and human environments, and Alaska Natives' cultural traditions and access to subsistence resources.
Homeland Security Department -- United States-Australia Free Trade Agreement2015-Feb-102015-02720This rule amends the U.S. Customs and Border Protection regulations on an interim basis to implement the preferential tariff treatment and other customs-related provisions of the United States- Australia Free Trade Agreement entered into by the United States and the Commonwealth of Australia.
National Credit Union Administration -- Risk-Based Capital2015-Jan-272015-00947The NCUA Board (Board) is seeking comment on a second proposed rule that would amend NCUA's current regulations regarding prompt corrective action (PCA) to require that credit unions taking certain risks hold capital commensurate with those risks. The proposal would restructure NCUA's PCA regulations and make various revisions, including amending the agency's current risk-based net worth requirement by replacing the current risk-based net worth ratio with a new risk-based capital ratio for federally insured natural person credit unions (credit unions). The proposal would also, in response to public comments received, make a number of changes to the original proposed rule that the Board published in the Federal Register on February 27, 2014. These changes include, among other things, exempting credit unions with up to $100 million in total assets from the new rule, lowering the risk-based capital ratio level required for an affected credit union to be classified as well capitalized from 10.5 percent to 10 percent, lowering the risk weights for various classes of assets, removing interest rate risk components from the risk weights, and extending the implementation timeframe to January 1, 2019. These changes would substantially reduce the number of credit unions subject to the rule, reduce the impact on affected credit unions, and afford affected credit unions sufficient time to prepare for the rule's implementation. The proposed risk-based capital requirement set forth in this proposal would be more consistent with NCUA's risk-based capital measure for corporate credit unions and more comparable to the regulatory risk-based capital measures used by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, and Office of the Comptroller of Currency (Other Banking Agencies). In addition, the proposed revisions would amend the risk weights for many of NCUA's current asset classifications; require higher minimum levels of capital for credit unions with concentrations of assets in real estate loans or commercial loans or higher levels of non-current loans; and set forth how NCUA can address a credit union that does not hold capital that is commensurate with its risk. The proposed revisions would also eliminate several provisions in NCUA's current PCA regulations, including provisions relating to the regular reserve account, risk-mitigation credits, and alternative risk weights. (For clarity, the ``current'' PCA regulations would remain in force until the effective date of a final risk-based capital rule.)
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing Retirement Savings Bonds2014-Dec-152014-29334The United States Department of the Treasury, Bureau of the Fiscal Service, offers a new nonmarketable, electronic retirement savings bond for Treasury's new retirement savings program. The bonds will be issued to a designated custodian for Roth individual retirement accounts established under Treasury's program. This new savings bond is only available to participants in the retirement savings program and will protect the principal contributed while earning interest at a rate previously available only to federal employees invested in the Government Securities Investment Fund (G Fund) of their Thrift Savings Plan.
Homeland Security Department -- African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and Generalized System of Preferences and Trade Benefits Under AGOA2014-May-272014-11692This document adopts as a final rule, with some changes, interim amendments to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations which were published in the Federal Register on October 5, 2000, as T.D. 00-67, and later amended by T.D. 03-15 published in the Federal Register on March 21, 2003, to implement the trade benefit provisions for sub-Saharan Africa contained in Title I of the Trade and Development Act of 2000, as amended. The trade benefits under Title I, also referred to as the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), apply to sub-Saharan African countries designated by the President and involve: The extension of duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) to non-textile articles normally excluded from GSP duty-free treatment that are not import-sensitive; and the entry of specific textile and apparel articles free of duty and free of any quantitative limits. The regulatory amendments adopted as a final rule in this document reflect and clarify the statutory standards for preferential tariff treatment under the AGOA, as amended by section 3108 of the Trade Act of 2002 and include other amendments necessitated by passage of the AGOA Acceleration Act of 2004 and the Africa Investment Incentive Act of 2006. This final rule includes specific documentary, procedural and other related requirements that must be met in order to obtain preferential treatment. This document also adopts as a final rule interim amendments to the CBP regulations implementing the GSP which were included in T.D. 00-67 to conform those regulations to previous amendments to the GSP statute. Moreover, this document adopts as a final rule other changes to the AGOA implementing regulations made by T.D. 03-15 to clarify several issues that arose after their original publication.
Homeland Security Department -- United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement2014-May-212014-11576This document adopts as a final rule interim amendments to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations which were published in the Federal Register on October 23, 2013, as CBP Dec. 13- 17, to implement the preferential tariff treatment and other customs- related provisions of the United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement.
National Credit Union Administration -- Prompt Corrective Action-Risk-Based Capital2014-Feb-272014-01702The NCUA Board (Board) is proposing to amend NCUA's regulations regarding prompt corrective action (PCA) to restructure the part, and make various revisions, including replacing the agency's current risk-based net worth requirements with new risk-based capital requirements for federally insured ``natural person'' credit unions. The proposed risk-based capital requirements would be more consistent with NCUA's risk-based capital measure for corporate credit unions and the regulatory risk-based capital measures used by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, and Office of the Comptroller of Currency (Other Federal Banking Regulatory Agencies). In addition, the proposed revisions would revise the risk- weights for many of NCUA's current asset classifications; require higher minimum levels of capital for federally insured natural person credit unions with concentrations of assets in real estate loans, member business loans (MBLs) or higher levels of delinquent loans; and set forth the process for NCUA to require an individual federally insured natural person credit union to hold higher levels of risk-based capital to address unique supervisory concerns raised by NCUA. The proposed revisions would also eliminate several of NCUA's provisions, including provisions relating to regular reserve accounts, risk- mitigation credits, and alternative risk-weights.
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing Definitive United States Savings Bonds, Series EE and HH; Regulations Governing Definitive United States Savings Bonds, Series I; Regulations Governing Securities Held in TreasuryDirect2014-Feb-142014-03371The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) is eliminating the printing of paper Series EE and Series I savings bonds in reissue and claims transactions. Customers requesting these transactions will now have the option of receiving either book-entry (electronic) bonds or payment in lieu of the traditional paper bonds. Treasury is also updating agency contact information and making a minor revision in the Regulations Governing Securities Held in TreasuryDirect[supreg].
Homeland Security Department -- United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement2013-Oct-232013-23897This rule amends the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations on an interim basis to implement the preferential tariff treatment and other customs-related provisions of the United States- Panama Trade Promotion Agreement entered into by the United States and the Republic of Panama.
Homeland Security Department -- United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement2013-Oct-012013-23837This document adopts as a final rule, with some changes, interim amendments to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations which were published in the Federal Register on September 26, 2012, as CBP Dec. 12-16, to implement the preferential tariff treatment and other customs-related provisions of the United States- Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement.
Treasury Department -- Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds; Corrections2013-Sep-262013-23428The Department of the Treasury published a document in the Federal Register on July 31, 2013 (78 FR 46426), revising the Uniform Offering Circular to accommodate the public offering of floating rate notes. This document corrects the final regulations by revising an error in some equations and by restating a variable.
Treasury Department -- Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds2013-Jul-312013-18178This final rule amends Treasury's marketable securities auction rules to accommodate the public offering of a new type of marketable security with a floating rate interest payment. In addition, the amendment makes certain technical clarifications and conforming changes.
Homeland Security Department -- United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement2013-May-302013-12849This document adopts as a final rule, with two changes, interim amendments to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (``CBP'') regulations which were published in the Federal Register on March 19, 2012, as CBP Dec. 12-03, to implement the preferential tariff treatment and other customs-related provisions of the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement entered into by the United States and the Republic of Korea.
Homeland Security Department -- United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement2012-Oct-182012-25668This document adopts as a final rule, with one change, interim amendments to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations which were published in the Federal Register on November 3, 2011, as CBP Dec. 11-22, to implement the preferential tariff treatment and other customs-related provisions of the United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Homeland Security Department -- United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement2012-Sep-262012-23604This rule amends the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations on an interim basis to implement the preferential tariff treatment and other customs-related provisions of the United States- Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement entered into by the United States and the Republic of Colombia.
Treasury Department -- U.S. Treasury Securities-State and Local Government Series2012-Jun-072012-13779The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) is issuing this final rule to revise the regulations governing State and Local Government Series (SLGS) securities. SLGS securities are non-marketable Treasury securities that are only available for purchase by issuers of tax-exempt securities. Current financial market conditions have resulted in extraordinarily low yields in the secondary market for some marketable Treasury securities. As a result, rates applicable to non- marketable State and Local Government Series (SLGS) securities sold to issuers of tax-exempt securities could be negative. To prevent this, Treasury is instituting a floor on the daily SLGS rate, by amending the definition of ``SLGS rate'' and the definition of the ``annualized effective Demand Deposit rate'' for Demand Deposit SLGS securities. Additionally, Treasury is revising the definition of ``Y'' in the annualized effective Demand Deposit rate calculation formula to clarify the calculation method to be used during a year that contains a leap day.
Homeland Security Department -- United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement2012-Mar-192012-6554This rule amends the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations on an interim basis to implement the preferential tariff treatment and other customs-related provisions of the United States- Korea Free Trade Agreement.
Treasury Department -- United States Savings Bonds, Series EE and I2012-Jan-042011-33762This rule increases the amount of book-entry Series EE and Series I savings bonds a person may acquire each year.
Homeland Security Department -- United States-Peru Trade Promotion Agreement2011-Nov-032011-28471This rule amends the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations on an interim basis to implement the preferential tariff treatment and other customs-related provisions of the United States- Peru Trade Promotion Agreement.
Treasury Department -- United States Savings Bonds, Series EE, HH and I2011-Oct-282011-27740Treasury is discontinuing the over-the-counter sales of definitive (paper) savings bonds. This includes sales through financial institutions and mail-in orders. The elimination of definitive savings bond issuances will reduce program costs, enhance customer service, and minimize environmental impact.
Treasury Department -- U.S. Securities; Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds; Book-Entry Treasury Bonds, Notes and Bills Held in Treasury/Reserve Automated Debt Entry System (TRADES) and Legacy Treasury Direct; Securities Held in TreasuryDirect2011-Apr-012011-7739In order to reduce costs and duplication of systems, the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) is limiting options available in its Legacy Treasury Direct system. New customer accounts will no longer be opened and transfers of securities from other book-entry systems will no longer be accepted. Treasury also intends to limit the securities that will be available for purchase or reinvestment in existing accounts.
Treasury Department -- Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds; Minimum Interest Rate2011-Mar-012011-4455This final rule amends Treasury's marketable securities auction rules to establish a minimum interest rate of \1/8\ of one percent for all new Treasury note and bond issues.
Homeland Security Department -- United States-Oman Free Trade Agreement2011-Jan-062010-33350This document amends the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (``CBP'') regulations on an interim basis to implement the preferential tariff treatment and other customs-related provisions of the United States--Oman Free Trade Agreement entered into by the United States and the Sultanate of Oman.
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing Book-Entry Treasury Bonds, Notes and Bills Held in Legacy Treasury Direct; Regulations Governing Securities Held in Treasury Direct2010-Dec-172010-31489Treasury's retail electronic systems for holding Treasury marketable securities began with the goal of permitting investors to buy and hold marketable Treasury securities until maturity. As a cost- saving measure, Treasury is returning the Legacy Treasury Direct and TreasuryDirect systems to this initial vision by eliminating the SellDirect program that permits investors to sell their marketable securities on the open market through a Federal Reserve Bank. Investors will now need to transfer a marketable security to a broker or financial institution in order to effect a sale of the security prior to maturity.
Treasury Department -- Securities Held in Treasury Direct2010-Nov-192010-28853Treasury is enhancing TreasuryDirect to permit automatic purchases of savings bonds through a payroll savings plan.
Homeland Security Department -- Technical Corrections to Customs and Border Protection Regulations2010-Nov-152010-28709Customs and Border Protection (CBP) periodically reviews its regulations to ensure that they are current, correct, and consistent. Through this review process, CBP discovered a number of discrepancies. This document amends various sections of title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations to remedy those discrepancies.
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing Agencies for Issue of United States Savings Bonds; Offering of United States Savings Bonds, Series EE; Regulations Governing Definitive United States Savings Bonds, Series EE and HH; Offering of United States Savings Bonds, Series I2010-Aug-262010-21197Treasury is discontinuing the issuance of definitive (paper) savings bonds through payroll savings plans.
Homeland Security Department -- Entry Requirements for Certain Softwood Lumber Products Exported From Any Country Into the United States2010-Aug-262010-21244This document adopts as a final rule the interim amendments to title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (19 CFR) that prescribe special entry and documentation requirements applicable to certain softwood lumber and softwood lumber products exported from any country into the United States. This final rule implements Title VIII (``Softwood Lumber Act of 2008'') of the Tariff Act of 1930, as added by section 3301 of Title III, Subtitle D, of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, which requires the President to establish and maintain an importer declaration program with respect to the importation of certain softwood lumber and softwood lumber products and prescribes special entry requirements whereby importers must submit the export price, estimated export charge, if any, and an importer declaration with the entry summary. The Act also established new recordkeeping requirements applicable to certain imports of softwood lumber home packages and kits that are subject to declaration requirements, but that are not subject to the softwood lumber importer declaration program of section 803 of the Act.
Homeland Security Department -- CBP Dec. 10-29; Technical Corrections to Customs and Border Protection Regulations2010-Aug-262010-21253Customs and Border Protection (CBP) periodically reviews its regulations to ensure that they are current, correct, and consistent. Through this review process, CBP discovered a number of discrepancies. This document amends various sections of title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations to correct those discrepancies.
Homeland Security Department -- Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement2010-Aug-172010-20246This document adopts as a final rule, with some changes, interim amendments to title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (``CFR'') which were published in the Federal Register on June 13, 2008, as CBP Dec. 08-22 to implement the preferential tariff treatment and other customs-related provisions of the Dominican Republic--Central America--United States Free Trade Agreement.
Treasury Department -- Securities Held in TreasuryDirect2010-May-112010-11141TreasuryDirect<INF>[supreg]</INF> is an account-based, book- entry, online system for purchasing, holding, and conducting transactions in Treasury securities. This final rule benefits TreasuryDirect<INF>[supreg]</INF> customers by simplifying the procedures for advance scheduling of marketable Treasury security purchases, enhancing the process of scheduling reinvestments of marketable Treasury securities, and improving the procedures when the proceeds of the maturing security are insufficient to pay for a new security.
Homeland Security Department -- Customs and Border Protection's Bond Program2010-Jan-059-30920This document proposes amendments to title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations to reflect the centralization of the continuous bond program at Customs and Border Protection's (CBP's) Revenue Division, Office of Finance. Pursuant to this centralization, continuous bonds must be filed at the Revenue Division via mail, fax, or in an electronic format, and the Revenue Division will assume the bond functions previously performed at the port level. The authority to approve single transaction bonds will remain with port directors. The changes proposed in this document support CBP's bond program by ensuring an efficient and uniform approach to the approval, maintenance, and periodic review of continuous bonds. Additionally, the proposed changes update provisions to accommodate the use of information technology and modern business practices.
Homeland Security Department -- Class 9 Bonded Warehouse Procedures2009-Dec-299-30735This document adopts as a final rule, with modifications set forth in this document, amendments proposed to title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations with respect to the requirements applicable to the operation of Class 9 bonded warehouses, which are also known as ``duty- free sales enterprises'' or ``duty-free stores.'' The amendments in this document will extend the blanket withdrawal procedure for duty- free merchandise under certain circumstances and expand and create a uniform time period for Class 9 proprietors to file an entry, provide written confirmation of certain shortages, overages, and damages, and to pay duties, taxes, and interest on overages and shortages. The amendments in this document will also permit Class 9 warehouses to utilize existing technological systems more effectively. In addition, this document sets forth technical amendments to the applicable regulations to extend the time period for which merchandise may remain in a bonded warehouse under certain circumstances. The amendments will facilitate the efficient operation of Class 9 warehouses and also ensure adequate records are maintained for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (``CBP'') trade enforcement purposes.
Homeland Security Department -- Drawback of Internal Revenue Excise Tax2009-Oct-159-24789This document proposes to amend title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations to preclude situations where imported merchandise subject to Federal excise tax is allowed into the United States, in effect, 99 percent free of that tax through application of a drawback claim. Specifically, the proposed amendments would preclude the filing of a substitution drawback claim for internal revenue excise tax paid on imported merchandise in situations where no excise tax was paid upon the substituted merchandise or where the substituted merchandise is the subject of a different claim for refund or drawback of tax under any provision of the Internal Revenue Code. This document also proposes to amend title 19 by adding a basic importation and entry bond condition to foster compliance with the amended drawback provision. These proposed amendments are necessary to protect the revenue by clarifying the relationship between drawback claims and Federal excise tax liability.
Treasury Department -- Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds; Customer Confirmation Reporting Requirement Threshold Amount2009-Sep-159-22147Treasury recently raised the customer confirmation reporting requirement threshold amount from $750 million to $2 billion for all Treasury marketable securities auctions. This final rule amends Treasury's auction rules to conform to the new $2 billion threshold amount.
Treasury Department -- Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds2009-Jun-019-12787The Department of the Treasury (``Treasury'' or ``We'') is issuing in final form amendments to the Uniform Offering Circular for the Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds. This final rule makes conforming changes to several sections of the Uniform Offering Circular to be consistent with Treasury's current auction practices. The first change modifies the description of Treasury bills to clarify that they may be issued at a discount or at par, depending upon the auction results. The second change clarifies that the rate or yield bid in Treasury bill or Treasury fixed-principal securities auctions must be a positive number or zero. The third change eliminates a provision related to ``guaranteed bid'' arrangements that was intended for multiple-price auctions. Because Treasury no longer conducts multiple-price auctions, the provision is no longer needed or effective. The fourth change updates an example of the proration of auction awards at the highest accepted yield or discount rate to reflect the change in minimum and multiple bid amounts to $100 for all Treasury marketable securities auctions that became effective in 2008. The fifth change modifies the provision for the notification of auction awards and settlement amounts to provide language consistent with related provisions of the Uniform Offering Circular. Finally, we are updating several references to the Bureau of the Public Debt's Web site to reflect the current URL.
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing Securities Held in TreasuryDirect2009-Apr-299-9630TreasuryDirect is an account-based, book-entry, online system for purchasing, holding, and conducting transactions in Treasury securities. To date, TreasuryDirect has only been available for individual account owners. This final rule will permit certain specified entities to open accounts in TreasuryDirect.
Treasury Department -- Offering of United States Savings Bonds, Series I2008-Nov-048-26173A Series I savings bond accrues interest based on both a fixed rate of return and a semiannual inflation rate. A single, annual interest rate called the composite rate reflects the combined effects of the fixed rate and the semiannual inflation rate. This amendment clarifies that the fixed rate of return and the composite rate will always be greater than or equal to 0%. This amendment is for clarification purposes only and makes no substantive change to the existing regulations.
Homeland Security Department -- Entry Requirements for Certain Softwood Lumber Products Exported From Any Country Into the United States2008-Aug-258-19641This document sets forth interim amendments to title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) that prescribe special entry requirements applicable to certain softwood lumber and softwood lumber products exported from any country into the United States. The softwood lumber and softwood lumber products subject to these interim entry requirements are those described in section 804(a) within Title VIII (Softwood Lumber Act of 2008 or ``the Act'') of the Tariff Act of 1930, as added by section 3301 of Title III, Subtitle D, of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-246, enacted June 18, 2008). Within Title VIII, section 803 requires the President to establish and maintain an importer declaration program with respect to the importation of certain softwood lumber and softwood lumber products and prescribes special entry requirements whereby importers must submit the export price, estimated export charge, if any, and an importer declaration with the entry summary. There are also new recordkeeping requirements applicable to certain imports of softwood lumber home packages and kits which are subject to declaration requirements, but which are not subject to the softwood lumber importer declaration program of section 803 of the Act. These interim amendments set forth the procedural and documentation requirements necessary to implement the entry requirements specified in the statute.
Homeland Security Department -- United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement2008-Aug-058-17968This document adopts as a final rule, with some changes, interim amendments to title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (``CFR'') which were published in the Federal Register on June 29, 2007, as CBP Dec. 07-51 to implement the preferential tariff treatment and other customs-related provisions of the United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement signed by the United States and the Kingdom of Morocco.
Homeland Security Department -- United States-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement2008-Jul-238-16799This document adopts as a final rule, with two technical corrections, interim amendments to title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations which were published in the Federal Register on October 16, 2007, as CBP Dec. 07-81 to implement the preferential tariff treatment and other customs-related provisions of the United States-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement entered into by the United States and the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Homeland Security Department -- Technical Corrections to Customs and Border Protection Regulations2008-Jul-168-15622Customs and Border Protection (CBP) periodically reviews its regulations to ensure that they are current, correct, and consistent. Through this review process, CBP discovered a number of discrepancies. This document amends various sections of title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations to remedy those discrepancies.
Homeland Security Department -- Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement2008-Jun-138-13252This rule amends title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (``CFR'') on an interim basis to implement the preferential tariff treatment and other customs-related provisions of the Dominican Republic--Central America--United States Free Trade Agreement.
Homeland Security Department -- Entry of Softwood Lumber Products From Canada2008-Apr-178-8095This document adopts as a final rule, with changes, the interim rule amending title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (19 CFR) that was published in the Federal Register (71 FR 61399) on October 18, 2006 as Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Dec. 06-25. The interim rule amended the CBP regulations by prescribing the collection of certain entry summary information for purposes of monitoring and enforcing the Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA 2006) between the Governments of Canada and the United States, entered into on September 12, 2006. In an effort to better enable CBP to accurately and timely fulfill its data collection and reporting obligations under the SLA 2006, this document identifies an additional entry code option that designates softwood lumber products that are specifically identified as exempt from SLA 2006 export measures pursuant to Annex 1A of the Agreement, notwithstanding the fact that the exempt goods are classifiable in residual Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States provisions that are listed as covered by the SLA 2006. This document also amends the list of required entry records set forth in the Appendix to part 163 of title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (19 CFR part 163) to reflect the recordkeeping requirements prescribed in CBP Dec. 06-25. Lastly, this document conforms the bond provisions applicable to certain imports of Canadian softwood lumber to reflect the softwood lumber provisions set forth in Sec. 12.140 of title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Treasury Department -- Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds-Minimum and Multiple Amounts Eligible for STRIPS, Legacy Treasury Direct, and Certification Requirements2008-Mar-208-5713The Department of the Treasury (``Treasury'' or ``We'') is issuing in final form amendments to the Uniform Offering Circular for the Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds. The first change lowers the minimum and multiple par amounts of Treasury marketable notes, bonds, and Treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS) that may be stripped from $1,000 to $100. The second change eliminates the provisions allowing depository institutions and dealers to submit customer bids in Treasury marketable securities auctions for securities that will be held in Legacy Treasury Direct. The third change eliminates the requirement that submitters that submit bids by computer provide a written certification that they are in compliance with the auction rules. Finally, this final rule adds technical clarification to the calculation of accrued interest for Treasury bonds and notes.
Homeland Security Department -- Class 9 Bonded Warehouse Procedures2008-Jan-168-522This document proposes amendments to title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations, with respect to the requirements applicable to the operation of Class 9 bonded warehouses, which are also known as ``duty- free sales enterprises'' or ``duty-free stores.'' The proposed amendments would extend the blanket withdrawal procedure for Class 9 bonded warehouses to cover vessel supplies under certain circumstances and expand and create a uniform time period for Class 9 proprietors to file an entry, provide written confirmation of certain shortages, overages, and damages, and to pay duties, taxes, and interest on overages and shortages. In addition, the proposed amendments would permit Class 9 warehouses to utilize technological systems more effectively. The proposed changes would facilitate the efficient operation of Class 9 warehouses and also ensure adequate records are maintained for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (``CBP'') trade enforcement purposes.
Treasury Department -- Offering and Governing Regulations for Series EE and Series I Savings Bonds, TreasuryDirect2007-Dec-0307-5888This rule lowers the annual purchase limitation per person for Series EE and Series I savings bonds, and eliminates the definitive $10,000 denomination for Series I savings bonds.
Homeland Security Department -- United States-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement2007-Oct-1607-5062This document amends the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (``CBP'') regulations on an interim basis to implement the preferential tariff treatment and other customs-related provisions of the United States-Bahrain Free Trade Agreement entered into by the United States and the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Transportation Department -- Design-Build Contracting2007-Aug-1407-3959The FHWA is amending its regulations for design-build contracting as mandated by section 1503 of the ``Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users' (SAFETEA-LU). This rule will allow State transportation departments or local transportation agencies to issue request-for-proposal documents, award contracts, and issue notices-to-proceed for preliminary design work prior to the conclusion of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.
Homeland Security Department -- United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement2007-Jun-2907-3153This document amends U.S. Customs and Border Protection (``CBP'') regulations on an interim basis to implement the preferential tariff treatment and other customs-related provisions of the United States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement entered into by the United States and the Kingdom of Morocco.
Homeland Security Department -- United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement2007-Jun-117-11078This rule amends title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (``CFR'') on an interim basis to implement the preferential tariff treatment and other customs-related provisions of the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement entered into by the United States and the Republic of Singapore.
Homeland Security Department -- Fees for Customs Processing at Express Consignment Carrier Facilities2007-Jun-087-11071This document amends title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (19 CFR) to reflect changes to the customs user fee statute made by section 337 of the Trade Act of 2002 and section 2004(f) of the Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections Act of 2004. The statutory amendments made by section 337 concern the fees payable for customs services provided in connection with the informal entry or release of shipments at express consignment carrier facilities and centralized hub facilities, and primarily serve to replace the annual lump sum payment procedure with a quarterly payment procedure based on a specific fee for each individual air waybill or bill of lading. Section 2004(f) amended the user fee statute by authorizing the assessment of both the merchandise processing fee and a reimbursable fee assessed on each air waybill or bill of lading for merchandise that is formally entered at these sites and valued at $2,000 or less. In addition, pursuant to the authority established in 19 U.S.C. 58c(b)(9)(B)(i), this document raises the existing $0.66 fee assessed on individual air waybills or bills of lading to $1.00 to more equitably align it with the actual costs incurred by CBP in processing these items.
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing Securities Held in TreasuryDirect2007-Jun-0507-2744TreasuryDirect is an account-based, book-entry, online system for purchasing, holding, and conducting transactions in Treasury securities. An account owner currently accesses his or her account using a password to authenticate the account owner's identity. Treasury is now introducing additional customer-based authentication mechanisms for accessing accounts. This final rule provides Treasury the flexibility to require additional methods of authentication for the protection of customer accounts. Treasury is also strengthening its ability to respond to attempted fraud and abuse of TreasuryDirect. Currently, Treasury has the authority to close any account. This rule explicitly permits Treasury to liquidate the securities held in the account to be closed and pay the proceeds to the person entitled.
Homeland Security Department -- Entry of Certain Cement Products From Mexico Requiring a Commerce Department Import License2007-Mar-0607-997This document amends title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (19 CFR) to set forth special requirements for the entry of certain cement products from Mexico requiring a United States Department of Commerce import license. The cement products in question are those listed in the Agreement on Trade in Cement, entered into between the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the United States Department of Commerce, and Mexico's Secretaria de Economia, on March 6, 2006. The changes implemented by this document require an importer to submit to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) an import license number on the entry summary (CBP Form 7501) or on the application for foreign trade zone (FTZ) admission and/or status designation (CBP Form 214), for any cement product for which the United States Department of Commerce requires an import license under its cement licensing and import monitoring program. Additionally, an importer must submit a hard copy of the original valid Mexican export license with the entry documentation or provide such document to the FTZ operator, unless directed otherwise by CBP.
Homeland Security Department -- Conditional Release Period and CBP Bond Obligations for Food, Drugs, Devices, and Cosmetics2007-Jan-3107-408This document amends the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations to clarify the responsibilities of importers of food, drugs, devices, and cosmetics under the basic CBP importation bond and to provide a reasonable period of time to allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to perform its enforcement functions with respect to these covered articles. The amendments include a provision for a specific conditional release period of 30 days for any food, drug, device, or cosmetic which has been released under bond and for which admissibility is to be determined under the provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the Act). The amendments also clarify the amount of liquidated damages that may be assessed when there is a breach of the terms and conditions of the bond and authorize any representative of FDA to obtain a sample of any imported article subject to section 801 of the Act, as amended.
Treasury Department -- Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes and Bonds-Securities Eligible for Purchase in Legacy Treasury Direct2007-Jan-1807-209This final rule provides that the Department of the Treasury may announce that certain marketable Treasury securities to be offered will not be eligible for purchase or holding in the Legacy Treasury Direct system. Treasury is issuing this amendment to the auction rules because the Legacy Treasury Direct system will eventually be phased out.
Treasury Department -- Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds-Customer Confirmation Reporting Requirement Threshold Amount2006-Dec-206-21668The Department of the Treasury (``Treasury,'' ``We,'' or ``Us'') is issuing in final form an amendment to 31 CFR part 356 (Uniform Offering Circular for the Sale and Issue of Marketable Book- Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds) that raises the customer confirmation reporting requirement threshold amount from $500 million to $750 million. Beginning on December 31, 2006, any customer awarded a par amount of $750 million or more in a Treasury marketable securities auction must send us a confirmation of its awarded bid(s) by 10 a.m. on the day following the auction. This final rule also clarifies that customer confirmations may now be sent by e-mail as well as by fax or hand delivery.
Homeland Security Department -- United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement2006-Dec-2006-9780This document adopts as a final rule, with some changes, interim amendments to title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (``CFR'') which were published in the Federal Register on March 7, 2005, as CBP Dec. 05-07 to implement the preferential tariff treatment and other customs-related provisions of the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement signed by the United States and the Republic of Chile.
Homeland Security Department -- Entry of Softwood Lumber Products From Canada2006-Oct-1806-8761This document sets forth interim amendments to title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) establishing special entry requirements applicable to shipments of softwood lumber products from Canada. The interim amendments involve the collection of additional entry summary information for purposes of monitoring and enforcing the Softwood Lumber Agreement between the Governments of Canada and the United States, entered into on September 12, 2006.
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing U.S. Savings Bonds, Series A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, and K, and U.S. Savings Notes; United States Retirement Plan Bonds; United States Individual Retirement Bonds; United States Savings Bonds, Series EE and HH; Definitive United States Savings Bonds, Series I; Offering of United States Savings Bonds, Series EE; United States Savings Bonds, Series HH; Offering of United States Savings Bonds, Series I2006-Aug-156-13301This final rule eliminates requirements to inscribe complete taxpayer identification numbers (TINs) on the face of: (1) Newly issued definitive Series EE and Series I savings bonds; (2) reissued or replaced definitive Series E, Series EE, Series H, Series HH, and Series I savings bonds; and (3) reissued or replaced Individual Retirement and Retirement Plan bonds. This change is being implemented to protect the privacy of savings bond owners. Purchasers of newly issued savings bonds will continue to be required to provide the TIN of the owner, first named coowner, or purchaser of a gift bond to be maintained as part of the registration of the bonds on the records of the Treasury Department. The TINs of the registered owner or first named coowner of a reissued or replaced bond will also be maintained as a part of the registration on the records of the Treasury Department.
Homeland Security Department -- Implementation of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act2006-Aug-0706-6741This document adopts as a final rule, with some changes, interim amendments to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Regulations which were published in the Federal Register on March 25, 2003, as T.D. 03-16, to implement the trade benefit provisions for Andean countries contained in Title XXXI of the Trade Act of 2002. The trade benefits under Title XXXI, also referred to as the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (the ATPDEA), apply to Andean countries specifically designated by the President for ATPDEA purposes. The ATPDEA trade benefits involve the entry of specific apparel and other textile articles free of duty and free of any quantitative restrictions, limitations, or consultation levels; the extension of duty-free treatment to specified non-textile articles normally excluded from duty-free treatment under the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA) program if the President finds those articles to be not import- sensitive in the context of the ATPDEA; and the entry of certain imports of tuna free of duty and free of any quantitative restrictions. The regulatory amendments adopted as a final rule in this document reflect and clarify the statutory standards for the trade benefits under the ATPDEA and also include specific documentary, procedural and other related requirements that must be met in order to obtain those benefits.
Homeland Security Department -- Fees for Customs Processing at Express Consignment Carrier Facilities2006-Jul-286-12067This document proposes amendments to title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (19 CFR) to reflect changes to the customs user fee statute made by section 337 of the Trade Act of 2002 and section 2004(f) of the Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections Act of 2004. The statutory amendments made by section 337 concern the fees payable for customs services provided in connection with the informal entry or release of shipments at express consignment carrier facilities and centralized hub facilities, and primarily serve to replace the annual lump sum payment procedure with a quarterly payment procedure based on a specific fee for each individual air waybill or bill of lading. Section 2004(f) amended the user fee statute to authorize, for merchandise that is formally entered at these sites, the assessment of merchandise processing fees provided for in 19 U.S.C. 58c(a)(9), in addition to the fees that are currently assessed on individual air waybills or bills of lading. Lastly, pursuant to the authority established in 19 U.S.C. 58c(b)(9)(B)(i), this document proposes to raise the existing $0.66 fee assessed on individual air waybills or bills of lading to $1.00 to more equitably align it with the actual costs incurred by CBP in processing these items.
Homeland Security Department -- Entry of Certain Cement Products From Mexico Requiring a Commerce Department Import License2006-Jun-016-8500This document proposes to amend title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations to set forth special requirements for the entry of certain cement products from Mexico requiring a United States Department of Commerce import license. The cement products in question are those listed in the Agreement on Trade in Cement, entered into between the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the United States Department of Commerce, and Mexico's Secretaria de Economia, on March 6, 2006. The changes proposed in this document require an importer to submit to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) an import license number on the entry summary (CBP Form 7501), as well as a valid Mexican export license with the entry documentation, for any cement product for which the United States Department of Commerce requires an import license under its cement licensing and import monitoring program.
Transportation Department -- Design-Build Contracting2006-May-256-8002The FHWA proposes to revise its regulations for design-build contracting as mandated by section 1503 of the ``Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users'' (SAFETEA-LU). The primary revision would involve a statutory requirement that FHWA not preclude State transportation departments or local transportation agencies from issuing request-for-proposal documents, awarding contracts, and issuing notices-to-proceed for preliminary design work prior to the conclusion of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process. The FHWA also proposes to revise certain provisions in 23 CFR part 636 to facilitate the use of public-private partnerships.
Treasury Department -- Designated Roth Contributions to Cash or Deferred Arrangements Under Section 401(k)2006-Jan-0305-24495This document contains amendments to the regulations under section 401(k) and (m) of the Internal Revenue Code. These regulations provide guidance concerning the requirements for designated Roth contributions under qualified cash or deferred arrangements described in section 401(k). These regulations affect section 401(k) plans that provide for designated Roth contributions and participants eligible to make elective contributions under these plans.
Treasury Department -- Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Bills, Notes, and Bonds; Correction2005-Nov-2905-23333The Bureau of the Public Debt published a final rule in the September 30, 2005, Federal Register, amending the Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds to permit Treasury bills, notes, and bonds to be held in the TreasuryDirect system. Several paragraphs were inadvertently omitted. This correction document corrects that omission.
Homeland Security Department -- Country of Origin of Textile and Apparel Products2005-Oct-0505-19985This document sets forth interim amendments to the Customs and Border Protection (``CBP'') regulations to update, restructure, and consolidate the regulations relating to the country of origin of textile and apparel products. The interim amendments reflect changes brought about, in part, by the expiration on January 1, 2005, of the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing (``ATC'') and the resulting elimination of quotas on the entry of textile and apparel products from World Trade Organization (``WTO'') members. The primary regulatory change set forth in this document is the elimination of the requirement that a textile declaration be submitted for all importations of textile and apparel products. In addition, to improve the quality of reporting of the identity of the manufacturer of imported textiles and apparel products, the interim amendments include a requirement that importers identify the manufacturer of such products through a manufacturer identification code (``MID'').
Treasury Department -- Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds (Department of the Treasury Circular, Public Debt Series No. 1-93); Regulations Governing Book-Entry Treasury Bonds, Notes and Bills Held in Legacy Treasury Direct®; Regulations Governing Securities Held in TreasuryDirect®2005-Sep-3005-19552TreasuryDirect is an account-based, book-entry, online system for purchasing, holding, and conducting transactions in Treasury securities. To date, the system has only been available for the purchase and holding of savings bonds and certificates of indebtedness. The Department of the Treasury (hereinafter referred to as ``Treasury'' or ``We'') is amending Regulations Governing Securities Held in TreasuryDirect to add marketable Treasury securities to the securities that may be purchased and held in TreasuryDirect and to provide the terms and conditions for marketable Treasury securities held in the system. We are amending Regulations Governing Book-Entry Treasury Bonds, Notes and Bills Held in Legacy Treasury Direct to provide for the transfer of securities between Legacy Treasury Direct and TreasuryDirect. We are also amending the Uniform Offering Circular for the Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds to make the changes necessary to accommodate participation in Treasury marketable securities auctions for securities to be held in either the TreasuryDirect or the Legacy Treasury Direct[supreg] system. We are also eliminating the ability to bid competitively through Legacy Treasury Direct. These final amendments benefit individual investors by allowing them to purchase, hold and conduct transactions in marketable Treasury securities through the TreasuryDirect system.
Treasury Department -- General Regulations Governing U.S. Securities; Regulations Governing U.S. Savings Bonds, Series A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, J, and K, and U.S. Savings Notes; Regulations Governing United States Savings Bonds, Series EE and HH; Regulations Governing Book-Entry Treasury Bonds, Notes and Bills (Department of the Treasury Circular, Public Debt Series No. 2-86); Regulations Governing Definitive United States Savings Bonds, Series I; Regulations Governing Securities Held in the New Treasury Direct System2005-Sep-3005-19551New Treasury Direct is an account-based, book-entry, online system for purchasing, holding, and conducting transactions in Treasury securities. The system has been referred to as New Treasury Direct because there is an older system concurrently operating that is also named Treasury Direct, for marketable securities only, with different governing regulations. This rule renames the older version of Treasury Direct as Legacy Treasury Direct, and renames New Treasury Direct as, simply, TreasuryDirect (one word). In addition, this rule simplifies the regulatory structure for TreasuryDirect. Initially, we began the system with only one security. Since that time, we have added several securities to the system, each with its own governing subpart. Many of the rules in the subparts governing individual securities are repetitive. For instance, the provisions for decedents' estates differ only slightly in subpart C (savings bonds) from provisions in subpart D (certificates of indebtedness), and subpart E (converted savings bonds). Rather than repeat similar provisions for each security, this rule will integrate the similar provisions into one provision that will apply to all securities in the system. The integrated provisions will be contained in subpart B, which applies to all securities held within the system. Provisions that affect only one security will be contained within the subpart governing that security. In condensing and moving provisions, we are not making substantive changes. We are also amending provisions relating to Internal Revenue Service levies to provide that we will honor levies against the secondary owner of securities owned in the primary/secondary form of ownership if the levy is received at a date when the secondary owner has a right to redeem the security.
Labor Department -- Regulations Implementing the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act and Related Statutes2005-Jul-2605-14530This final rule requires each insurance carrier authorized to write insurance under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act and its extensions (the Defense Base Act; the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act; the Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act; and the District of Columbia Workmen's Compensation Act) to demonstrate to the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) that its LHWCA obligations are sufficiently secured and, if necessary, to deposit security in an amount set by OWCP. This procedure will ensure the prompt and continued payment of compensation and medical benefits to injured workers and help protect the Longshore special fund's assets from consequences flowing from insurance carrier insolvencies. In addition, the rule conforms, where appropriate, the rules governing OWCP's authorization of employers as self-insurers to the provisions governing carrier security deposits.
Treasury Department -- U.S. Treasury Securities-State and Local Government Series2005-Jun-3005-12868The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) is issuing this final rule to revise the regulations governing State and Local Government Series (SLGS) securities. SLGS securities are non-marketable Treasury securities that are only available for purchase by issuers of tax-exempt securities. The changes in the final rule prohibit issuers of tax-exempt securities from engaging in certain practices that in effect use the SLGS program as a cost-free option. The final rule also makes other changes that are designed to improve the administration of the SLGS program.
Treasury Department -- Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds-Bidder Definitions2005-May-2305-10218The Department of the Treasury (``Treasury,'' ``We,'' or ``Us'') is issuing in final form an amendment to 31 CFR part 356 (Uniform Offering Circular for the Sale and Issue of Marketable Book- Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds) by modifying its definitions of different types of bidders in Treasury marketable securities auctions. This final amendment allows a certain business relationship between two entities that currently would be treated as a single bidder under the auction rules to be treated as separate bidders. Specifically, the amendment states that an entity that is more than 50-percent-owned by a corporation or partnership is not deemed to be an affiliate of the corporation or partnership if the ownership is for investment purposes only and certain other conditions are met. The amendment updates the auction rules to acknowledge a business practice that currently is not accommodated in the rules.
Treasury Department -- Offering of United States Savings Bonds, Series EE2005-Apr-0505-6660This final rule changes the interest rate determination for United States Savings Bonds of Series EE issued May 1, 2005, or thereafter.
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing Treasury Securities, New Treasury Direct System2005-Mar-2305-5621New Treasury Direct (also referred to as TreasuryDirect) is an account-based, book-entry, online system for purchasing, holding and conducting transactions in Treasury securities. This rule sets forth the terms and conditions for the conversion of definitive savings bonds of Series E, Series EE, and Series I to book-entry savings bonds in New Treasury Direct. Conversion offers the investor the convenience of a book-entry product, rather than having to provide safe storage for a paper product until final maturity or redemption. Conversion offers the government cost savings in the elimination of paper transactions such as reissues and the replacement of lost bonds. Conversion will further the underlying principle of New Treasury Direct, which is to enable investors to do business with Treasury online.
Homeland Security Department -- United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement2005-Mar-0705-4156This document amends the Customs and Border Protection (``CBP'') Regulations on an interim basis to implement the preferential tariff treatment and other customs-related provisions of the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement entered into by the United States and the Republic of Chile.
Homeland Security Department -- Preferential Treatment of Brassieres Under the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act2004-Nov-3004-26359This document adopts as a final rule amendments to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Regulations to implement the standards for preferential treatment for brassieres imported from Caribbean Basin countries. This rule was initially published as an interim regulation in the Federal Register on October 4, 2001, as T.D. 01-74, and later amended by T.D. 03-29 published in the Federal Register on September 30, 2003. T.D. 01-74 set forth interim amendments to the CBP Regulations to implement those provisions within the United States-Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) which established the standards for preferential treatment for brassieres imported from CBTPA beneficiary countries. T.D. 03-29 amended the brassieres provision set forth in T.D. 01-74 to reflect the amendments to section 213(b) of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (the CBERA) that were made by section 3107 of the Trade Act of 2002. T.D. 03-29 also included a number of other changes to the CBERA implementing regulations for brassieres to clarify a number of issues that arose after their original publication.
Treasury Department -- U.S. Treasury Securities-State and Local Government Series2004-Sep-3004-21909The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) is issuing this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revise the regulations governing State and Local Government Series (SLGS) securities. SLGS securities are non-marketable Treasury securities that are only available for purchase by issuers of tax-exempt securities. The NPRM deals with certain practices of issuers that in effect use the SLGS program as a cost-free option and which Treasury considers to be contrary to the purpose of the SLGS program. These practices also create volatility in Treasury's cash balances, make cash balance forecasting more difficult, and increase Treasury's borrowing costs. We are proposing changes to eliminate these practices. We are also proposing other changes that are designed to improve the administration of the SLGS program.
Treasury Department -- Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds-Bidder Definitions2004-Sep-0804-20189The Department of the Treasury (``Treasury,'' ``We,'' or ``Us'') proposes to amend 31 CFR Part 356 (Uniform Offering Circular for the Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds) by modifying its definitions of different types of bidders in Treasury marketable securities auctions. We are proposing this amendment to allow a certain business relationship between two entities that currently would be treated as a single bidder under the auction rules to be treated as separate bidders. Specifically, the proposed amendment would state that an entity that is more than 50-percent-owned by a corporation or partnership is not deemed to be an affiliate of the corporation or partnership if the ownership is for investment purposes only. The amendment would update the auction rules to acknowledge a business practice that currently is not accommodated in the rules.
Treasury Department -- Sale and Issue of Marketable Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds: Six-Decimal Pricing, Negative-Yield Bidding, Zero-Filling, and Noncompetitive Bidding and Award Limit Increase2004-Sep-0204-19999The Department of the Treasury (``Treasury,'' ``We,'' or ``Us'') is issuing in final form an amendment to its regulations (Uniform Offering Circular for the Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds). This amendment implements four policy changes and makes conforming changes to the formulas. First, this amendment changes the pricing convention for all marketable Treasury securities auctions from three decimal places to six decimal places. Second, this amendment allows for negative-yield bidding in Treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS) auctions to accommodate circumstances in which the desired real yield is a negative number. Third, this amendment provides for ``zero-filling'' of competitive auction bids that are not expressed out to the required three decimals by modifying the bids to a three-decimal rate or yield that is mathematically equivalent to the rate or yield submitted. Finally, this amendment raises the noncompetitive bidding and award limit for all Treasury bill auctions from $1 million to $5 million, which is the current noncompetitive limit for all Treasury note and bond auctions.
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing Treasury Securities, New Treasury Direct System2004-Aug-1604-18763New Treasury Direct (also referred to as TreasuryDirect) is a book-entry, online system for purchasing, holding and conducting transactions in Treasury securities. This rule describes a new security, the non-interest-bearing New Treasury Direct certificate of indebtedness (C of I), whose sole purpose is to permit investors to accumulate the purchase price of other eligible securities, currently Series I and Series EE U.S. Savings Bonds in New Treasury Direct. In addition, when the regulations for New Treasury Direct were first published, we delayed the effective date for certain provisions in the rule. The remaining provisions with delayed effective dates are hereby made effective upon publication of this rule.
Treasury Department -- Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds-Plain Language Uniform Offering Circular2004-Jul-2804-17012The Department of the Treasury (``Treasury,'' ``We,'' or ``Us'') is issuing in final form an amendment to 31 CFR Part 356 (Uniform Offering Circular for the Sale and Issue of Marketable Book- Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds) by converting it to plain language. We are issuing this amendment to make our marketable securities auction rules easier to understand. This amendment will also make certain minor revisions to better make the auction rules conform to current practices.
Treasury Department -- U.S. Treasury Securities-State and Local Government Series2004-Jul-1204-15607The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) is issuing an interim rule that updates the method by which owners of State and Local Government Series (SLGS) securities will obtain access to SLGSafe\SM\. SLGSafe is a secure Internet site where customers subscribe for SLGS securities.
Treasury Department -- Offering of United States Savings Bonds, Series HH2004-Jul-0204-13900The offering of Series HH Savings Bonds will terminate at the close of business on August 31, 2004.
Transportation Department -- Contract Administration; Removal of Miscellaneous Obsolete or Redundant Regulations2004-Feb-1304-3273Through this final rule the FHWA will remove several regulations that have been superseded by legislation. We are removing sections related to construction engineering costs, administration of Direct Federal Construction Contracts, Interstate maintenance guidance, and the Certification Acceptance program. The changes reflect applicable provisions of title 23, United States Code, as amended by legislation, and avoid any possible redundancy or conflict with other regulations.
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing New Treasury Direct System2004-Jan-1604-1039New Treasury Direct (also referred to as Treasury Direct) is a book-entry, online system for purchasing, holding and conducting transactions in Treasury securities. This rule amends the regulations relating to accounts belonging to minors. This rule also sets forth the rules for custom accounts, which are accounts created for a specific purpose. This rule also removes references to special forms of registration for decedents' and incompetents' estates. Rather than change registrations for these circumstances, we will handle the transactions offline. When we initiated New Treasury Direct, we published but deferred the implementation of several sections dealing with minor accounts. All deferred sections dealing with minor accounts have been deleted or amended in their entirety, and the new sections are effective with this rule.
Treasury Department -- Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds-Plain Language Uniform Offering Circular2003-Dec-2303-31173The Department of the Treasury (``Treasury,'' ``We,'' or ``Us'') proposes to amend 31 CFR Part 356 (Uniform Offering Circular for the Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds) by converting it to plain language. We are proposing this amendment to make our marketable securities auction rules easier to understand. This amendment would also make certain minor revisions to better make the auction rules conform to current practices.
Homeland Security Department -- Required Advance Electronic Presentation of Cargo Information2003-Dec-0503-29798This document amends the Customs Regulations to provide that the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) must receive, by way of a CBP-approved electronic data interchange system, information pertaining to cargo before the cargo is either brought into or sent from the United States by any mode of commercial transportation (sea, air, rail or truck). The cargo information required is that which is reasonably necessary to enable high-risk shipments to be identified for purposes of ensuring cargo safety and security and preventing smuggling pursuant to the laws enforced and administered by CBP. These regulations are specifically intended to effectuate the provisions of section 343(a) of the Trade Act of 2002, as amended by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002.
Transportation Department -- Advance Construction of Federal-aid Projects2003-Oct-2103-26557The FHWA amends its regulation for advance construction of Federal-aid projects by removing certain provisions that limit the approval of advance construction projects and that allow for the payment of bond interest cost. These provisions are no longer consistent with section 115 of title 23, United States Code (U.S.C.), due to technical amendments provided in the National Highway System Designation Act of 1995 (NHS Act) and the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21).
Homeland Security Department -- Preferential Treatment of Brassieres Under the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act2003-Sep-3003-24796This document sets forth interim amendments to one of the provisions of the Customs Regulations that implement the trade benefits for Caribbean Basin countries contained in section 213(b) of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (the CBERA). The interim regulatory amendments involve the brassieres provision of section 213(b) and primarily reflect changes made to that statutory provision by section 3107 of the Trade Act of 2002. The specific statutory changes addressed in this document involve the minimum U.S. material content requirements that apply for purposes of preferential treatment of brassieres under the CBERA. This document also includes a number of other changes to the CBERA implementing regulations for brassieres to clarify a number of issues that arose after their original publication.
Homeland Security Department -- Required Advance Electronic Presentation of Cargo Information2003-Jul-2303-18558This document proposes to amend the Customs Regulations to provide that Customs and Border Protection (CBP) must receive, by way of a CBP-approved electronic data interchange system, information pertaining to cargo before the cargo is either brought into or sent from the United States by any mode of commercial transportation (sea, air, rail or truck). The cargo information required is that which is reasonably necessary to enable high-risk shipments to be identified so as to prevent smuggling and ensure cargo safety and security pursuant to the laws enforced and administered by CBP. The proposed regulations are specifically intended to implement the provisions of section 343(a) of the Trade Act of 2002, as amended by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002.
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing Treasury Securities, New Treasury Direct System2003-May-0803-11403We recently implemented a new book-entry, online system for purchasing, holding and conducting transactions in Treasury securities. The system is known as New Treasury Direct. At its initial implementation, the only Treasury security that could be held in New Treasury Direct was the book-entry Series I savings bond. We are now adding the book-entry Series EE savings bond to the system. We revised the regulations governing book-entry Treasury securities held in the New Treasury Direct system by adding the Series EE savings bond to the subpart dealing with the Series I savings bond. This subpart now covers both Series I and Series EE book-entry savings bonds. We revised the offering of United States savings bonds of Series EE to provide for the book-entry Series EE savings bond. We changed the purchase limitation for definitive Series EE bonds from face amount to principal amount, for consistency with the purchase limitation for book-entry Series EE savings bonds, and with book-entry and definitive Series I bonds. We extended the original maturity period of Series EE savings bonds from 17 years to 20 years. We also rewrote the regulations in plain language. We revised the governing regulations for United States savings bonds of Series EE to make it clear that these regulations only apply to definitive Series EE savings bonds. We revised the governing regulations for Series E, H, EE, HH, and I savings bonds to streamline the handling of bonds belonging to a decedent's estate, and to make the estate provisions consistent with those for book-entry bonds.
Transportation Department -- Railroad-Highway Projects2003-May-0803-11291The FHWA adopts as final an interim final rule that amends the regulation on railroad-highway projects and reimbursement for railroad work on Federal-aid highway projects. The purpose of adopting the interim final rule as final is to reflect the statutory changes brought about by the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991 (ISTEA) and to provide State transportation departments with clarification and more flexibility in implementing current law.
Transportation Department -- Advance Construction of Federal-Aid Projects2003-May-0103-10692The FHWA is proposing to amend the regulation for advance construction of Federal-aid projects by removing the provisions that prescribe the policies and procedures for the execution of the project agreement for Federal-aid projects and for advancing the construction of Federal-aid highway projects without obligating Federal funds apportioned or allocated to the States. These provisions are no longer consistent with section 115 of title 23, United States Code (U.S.C.), due to technical amendments provided in the National Highway System Designation Act of 1995 (NHS Act) and the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21).
Treasury Department -- Implementation of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act2003-Mar-2503-6867This document sets forth interim amendments to the Customs Regulations to implement the trade benefit provisions for Andean countries contained in Title XXXI of the Trade Act of 2002. The trade benefits under Title XXXI, also referred to as the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (the ATPDEA), apply to Andean countries specifically designated by the President for ATPDEA purposes. The ATPDEA trade benefits involve the entry of specific apparel and other textile articles free of duty and free of any quantitative restrictions, limitations, or consultation levels, the extension of duty-free treatment to specified non-textile articles normally excluded from duty-free treatment under the Andean Trade Preference Act (ATPA) program if the President finds those articles to be not import- sensitive in the context of the ATPDEA, and the entry of certain imports of tuna free of duty and free of any quantitative restrictions. The regulatory amendments contained in this document reflect and clarify the statutory standards for the trade benefits under the ATPDEA and also include specific documentary, procedural and other related requirements that must be met in order to obtain those benefits.
Treasury Department -- Entry of Certain Steel Products2003-Mar-2103-6757This document adopts as a final rule, with some changes, a proposed amendment to the Customs Regulations to set forth special requirements for the entry of certain steel products. The steel products in question are primarily those designated by the President in Proclamation 7529 for increased duty or tariff-rate quota treatment under the safeguard provisions of section 203 of the Trade Act of 1974. The amendment requires the inclusion of an import license number on the entry summary or foreign-trade zone admission documentation filed with Customs for any steel product for which the U.S. Department of Commerce requires an import license under its steel licensing and import monitoring program.
Treasury Department -- Trade Benefits Under the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act2003-Mar-2103-6755This document sets forth interim amendments to those provisions of the Customs Regulations that implement the trade benefits for Caribbean Basin countries contained in section 213(b) of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (the CBERA). The interim regulatory amendments involve the textile and apparel provisions of section 213(b) and in part reflect changes made to those statutory provisions by section 3107 of the Trade Act of 2002. The specific statutory changes addressed in this document involve the amendment of several provisions to clarify the status of apparel articles assembled from knit-to-shape components, the addition of language requiring any dyeing, printing, and finishing of certain fabrics to be done in the United States, the inclusion of exception language in the brassieres provision regarding articles entered under other CBERA apparel provisions, the addition of a provision permitting the dyeing, printing, and finishing of thread in the Caribbean region, and the addition of a new provision to cover additional production scenarios involving the United States and the Caribbean region. This document also includes a number of other changes to the CBERA textile and apparel implementing regulations to clarify a number of issues that arose after their original publication.
Treasury Department -- Trade Benefits Under the African Growth and Opportunity Act2003-Mar-2103-6760This document sets forth interim amendments to those provisions of the Customs Regulations that implement the trade benefits for sub-Saharan African countries contained in the African Growth and Opportunity Act (the AGOA). The interim regulatory amendments involve the textile and apparel provisions of the AGOA and in part reflect changes made to those statutory provisions by section 3108 of the Trade Act of 2002. The specific statutory changes addressed in this document involve the amendment of several provisions to clarify the status of apparel articles assembled from knit-to- shape components, the inclusion of a specific reference to apparel articles formed on seamless knitting machines, a change of the wool fiber diameter specified in one provision, and the addition of a new provision to cover additional production scenarios involving the United States and AGOA beneficiary countries. This document also includes a number of other changes to the AGOA implementing regulations to clarify a number of issues that arose after their original publication.
Treasury Department -- Deferral of Duty on Large Yachts Imported for Sale2003-Mar-2003-6759This document adopts as a final rule, with some changes, a proposed amendment to the Customs Regulations to set forth procedures for the deferral of entry filing and duty collection on certain yachts imported for sale at boat shows in the United States. The regulatory amendments reflect a change in the law effected by section 2406 of the Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections Act of 1999.
Treasury Department -- United States Savings Bonds; Extension of Holding Period2003-Jan-1703-1114The purpose of this final rule is to amend regulations offering and governing United States Savings Bonds to require that owners hold their bonds 12 months before they are eligible for redemption instead of 6 months. This change affects Series EE and I United States Savings Bonds issued January 2003 or later. This change is being made to discourage investing in savings bonds for short terms, and to better align the effective return on savings bonds with short- term marketable Treasury security yields.
Treasury Department -- Offering of United States Savings Bonds, Series HH2002-Dec-2402-32378This Final Rule amends the offering of Series HH United States Savings Bonds to permit the investment yield to be changed by announcement by the Secretary of the Treasury or the Secretary's designee. The change affects bonds that are issued or enter into an extended maturity period on or after January 1, 2003. Permitting the investment yield to be set by announcement provides flexibility in reflecting changes in prevailing interest rates.
Treasury Department -- Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds; Reporting of Net Long Position and Application of the 35 Percent Limit2002-Nov-1202-28662The Department of the Treasury (``Treasury,'' ``We,'' or ``Us'') is issuing in final form an amendment to the regulation ``Uniform Offering Circular for the Sale and Issue of Marketable Book- Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds.'' This amendment modifies the net long position (``NLP'') reporting threshold for all Treasury marketable securities auctions. The threshold, currently $1 billion for Treasury bill auctions and $2 billion for Treasury note auctions, is being changed to 35 percent of the offering amount in each auction. This modification will reduce the number of auction bidders that are required to report their NLPs, while ensuring that we can still effectively administer the 35 percent award limit. The amendment also incorporates certain changes in Treasury's marketable securities auction program that have already been implemented. First, the amendment modifies the competitive bid format for auctions of Treasury cash management bills to conform to a policy change that was made in April 2002. The current two-decimal bid format is being changed to three decimals in .005 percent increments, which is the format in all other Treasury bill auctions. Second, the amendment makes several changes to reflect the current treatment in all Treasury marketable securities auctions of bids from Federal Reserve Banks for their own accounts and for the accounts of foreign and international monetary authorities. Specifically, the amendment deletes the defined term ``public offering,'' adds ``offering amount'' as a new defined term, revises the definition of ``bid-to- cover ratio,'' and makes conforming changes within the text of the Uniform Offering Circular. These changes make the terminology consistent between the Uniform Offering Circular and auction offering announcements.
Treasury Department -- General Order Warehouses2002-Nov-0802-28346This document amends the Customs Regulations principally to create a new class of bonded warehouse exclusively for the receipt of general order merchandise, and to include procedures for authorizing and operating general order warehouses. This amendment of the Customs Regulations is in response to a recent increase in the amount of unentered merchandise being moved into general order facilities. This increase has resulted from changes in the law, and it has prompted the importing community to request that Customs put in place uniform, national procedures for approving and operating warehouses receiving general order merchandise. In addition, changes are made to the Customs Regulations to implement certain amendments to the law made by the Customs modernization portion of the North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act. The amendments concern the circumstances where the title to unclaimed and abandoned merchandise vests in the Government, in lieu of sale of the merchandise at public auction.
Treasury Department -- Presentation of Vessel Cargo Declaration to Customs Before Cargo Is Laden Aboard Vessel at Foreign Port for Transport to the United States2002-Oct-3102-27661This document amends the Customs Regulations to require the advance and accurate presentation of certain manifest information prior to lading at the foreign port and to encourage the presentation of this information electronically. The document also allows a non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) having an International Carrier Bond to electronically present cargo manifest information to Customs. This information is required in advance and is urgently needed in order to enable Customs to evaluate the risk of smuggling weapons of mass destruction through the use of oceangoing cargo containers before goods are loaded on vessels for importation into the United States, while, at the same time, enabling Customs to facilitate the prompt release of legitimate cargo following its arrival in the United States. Failure to provide the required information in the time period prescribed may result in the delay of a permit to unlade and/or the assessment of civil monetary penalties or claims for liquidated damages.
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing Treasury Securities; New Treasury Direct System2002-Oct-1702-26406We are implementing a new book-entry, online system for purchasing, holding and conducting transactions in Treasury securities. The system is known as New Treasury Direct. The only Treasury security that may be held in New Treasury Direct at its initial implementation is the book-entry Series I savings bond. We plan to make the system available for other Treasury securities in the future as we expand the system. We are adding a new part to provide the governing regulations specific to the New Treasury Direct system, and the governing regulations for the book-entry Series I savings bond. The new part will, in the future, provide governing regulations for other eligible Treasury securities as we expand the system. Although most of the functionalities for the New Treasury Direct system will be available at the initial public implementation, a few functionalities will be delayed for a period of time. The delayed functionalities are those affecting the accounts of minors, the granting of viewing and transaction rights for secondary owners, and the granting of viewing rights for beneficiaries and others. Therefore, the regulations will have dual effective dates. The sections of part 363 that will be available at initial implementation will be effective upon publication in the Federal Register. The sections, or parts of sections, of part 363 that will not be implemented initially will have a delayed effective date. We will announce the effective date of the affected sections by a Final Rule in the Federal Register. We revised the offering of United States savings bond of Series I to provide for the book-entry Series I savings bonds. We also rewrote the regulations in plain language. We revised the regulations governing United States savings bonds of Series I to make it clear that the regulations only refer to definitive Series I savings bonds. We revised the regulations governing book-entry Treasury bonds, notes and bills, to make clear the differences between TreasuryDirect, an existing book-entry system for purchasing and holding marketable Treasury securities, and the New Treasury Direct. We revised the offering of United States savings bonds of Series I, and the offering of United States savings bonds of Series EE, to permit the mailing of savings bonds to foreign addresses under certain circumstances.
Treasury Department -- Entry of Certain Steel Products2002-Aug-0902-20165This document proposes to amend the Customs Regulations to set forth special requirements for the entry of certain steel products. The steel products in question are those listed by the President in Proclamation 7529 of March 5, 2002, pursuant to the safeguard provisions of section 203 of the Trade Act of 1974, including those products subject to country exceptions and product exclusions. The proposed amendment would require the inclusion of an import license number on the entry summary documentation filed with Customs for any steel product for which the U.S. Department of Commerce requires an import license under its steel licensing and import monitoring program.
Treasury Department -- Presentation of Vessel Cargo Declaration to Customs Before Cargo is Laden Aboard Vessel at Foreign Port for Transport to the United States2002-Aug-0802-20147This document proposes to amend the Customs Regulations to require the advance and accurate presentation of manifest information prior to lading at the foreign port and to encourage the electronic presentation of such information in advance. The document also proposes to allow a non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) having an International Carrier Bond to electronically present this cargo manifest information to Customs. This information is required in advance and is urgently needed in order to enable Customs to evaluate the risk of smuggling before goods are loaded on vessels for importation into the United States, including the risk of smuggling of weapons of mass destruction through the use of oceangoing cargo containers, while, at the same time, enabling Customs to facilitate the prompt release of legitimate cargo following its arrival in the United States. Failure to provide the required information in the time period prescribed may result in the assessment of civil monetary penalties or claims for liquidated damages.
Treasury Department -- Access to Customs Security Areas at Airports2002-Jul-2902-19055This document sets forth interim amendments to those provisions of the Customs Regulations that concern standards for employee access to Customs security areas at airports that accommodate international air commerce. The principal amendments set forth in this document involve the addition of a biennial access approval reapplication requirement, an expansion of the grounds for denial of an application for access, the addition of a requirement that each employee granted access must report to Customs certain changes in the employee's circumstances, the inclusion of several new employer responsibilities, an expansion of the grounds for revocation or suspension of access, the inclusion of separate procedures for immediate revocation or suspension of access and for proposed revocation or suspension of access, and a limitation of the opportunity to have a hearing in a revocation or suspension action to only cases in which there is a genuine issue regarding a material fact. These changes are needed to enhance the security environment at airports in Customs security areas and are commensurate with the heightened enforcement posture of the Federal Government following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.
Treasury Department -- Conditional Release Period and Customs Bond Obligations for Food, Drugs, Devices, and Cosmetics2002-Jun-0702-14286This document proposes to amend the Customs Regulations to clarify the responsibilities of importers of food, drugs, devices, and cosmetics under Customs entry bond and to provide a reasonable period of time to allow the Food and Drug Administration to perform its enforcement functions with respect to these articles. The proposed amendments provide for a specific conditional release period for any food, drug, device, or cosmetic which has been released under bond and for which admissibility is to be determined under the provisions of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. The proposed amendment also clarifies the amount of liquidated damages that may be assessed when there is a breach of the terms and conditions of the Customs bond. The document also proposes to amend the Customs Regulations to authorize any representative of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to obtain a sample of any food, drug, device, or cosmetic, the importation of which is governed by section 801 of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, as amended (21 U.S.C. 381).
Treasury Department -- Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds; Reporting of Net Long Position and Application of the 35 Percent Limit2002-Apr-2902-10547The Department of the Treasury (``Treasury,'' ``We,'' or ``Us'') is issuing this Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to solicit comments on potential modifications to the timing of the calculation and reporting of the net long position (``NLP'') in marketable Treasury securities auctions. In addition, we are asking for comments on the application of the 35 percent award limit and on a potential change in the NLP reporting threshold. The purpose of any such modifications would be to more effectively meet the objectives of these two areas of the auction rules while ensuring that participation in Treasury securities auctions remains both strong and broad, with minimal compliance costs for participants. Realization of these goals will help us attain the lowest possible borrowing costs over time. We are specifically interested in comments on alternatives that change the time as of which the NLP is calculated (the ``NLP as-of time'') and the NLP reporting deadline, as well as alternatives that would permit us to replace or eliminate the NLP reporting requirement.
Treasury Department -- Regulations Governing Book-Entry Treasury Bonds, Notes and Bills2002-Feb-1502-3737The Department of the Treasury is making technical changes to the Regulations Governing Book-Entry Treasury Bonds, Notes and Bills held in the commercial book-entry system (the ``TRADES regulations''), so that they conform to certain provisions in Revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code--Secured Transactions. In addition, Treasury is rewriting the TRADES regulations in plain language, without any additional substantive changes.
Treasury Department -- Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds; Calculation of Net Long Position and 35 Percent Limit2001-Nov-1301-28435The Department of the Treasury (``Treasury,'' ``We,'' or ``Us'') is issuing in final form an amendment to 31 CFR Part 356 (Uniform Offering Circular for the Sale and Issue of Marketable Book- Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds). This amendment modifies the calculation of the net long position (``NLP'') to be reported in ``reopenings,'' which are auctions of additional amounts of previously issued securities. A bidder will have the option of subtracting from the holdings component of the NLP, combined with any STRIPS \1\ principal components of the security being auctioned, an exclusion amount that Treasury will publish in the reopening offering announcement. The purpose of the modification is to ensure that participation in Treasury auctions remains both strong and broad. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
Treasury Department -- Preferential Treatment of Brassieres Under the United States-Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act2001-Oct-0401-24991This document sets forth interim amendments to the Customs Regulations to implement those provisions within the United States- Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (the CBTPA) that establish standards for preferential treatment for brassieres imported from CBTPA beneficiary countries. The regulatory amendments contained in this document involve specifically the methods, procedures and related standards that will apply for purposes of determining compliance with the 75 percent aggregate U.S. fabric components content requirement under the CBTPA brassieres provision.
Treasury Department -- Dog and Cat Protection Act2001-Aug-1001-20081This document proposes to amend the Customs Regulations to implement certain provisions of the Dog and Cat Protection Act of 2000. The Dog and Cat Protection Act of 2000 prohibits the importation of any products containing dog or cat fur, and provides for civil and criminal penalties for violations of the Act. This document proposes to set forth in the regulations the prohibitions on dog and cat fur importations and the penalties for violations. The document also proposes to implement the provision of the Act pertaining to Customs certification of domestic and foreign commercial laboratories to test products to determine if the products intended to be imported into the United States contain dog or cat fur. The proposed regulations implement Federal law prohibiting these imports in order to discourage inhumane practices abroad concerning the treatment of dogs and cats.
Treasury Department -- Sale and Issue of Marketable Book-Entry Treasury Bills, Notes, and Bonds; Calculation of Net Long Position and 35 Percent Limit2001-Jul-2501-18441The Department of the Treasury (``Treasury,'' ``We,'' or ``Us'') is issuing this Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to solicit comments on potential modifications to the calculation of the net long position (``NLP'') and the 35 percent award limit in marketable Treasury securities auctions. The purpose of any such modifications would be to ensure that participation in Treasury auctions remains both strong and broad, particularly in ``reopenings,'' which are auctions of additional amounts of previously issued Treasury securities. Treasury is examining whether the current method for calculating the NLP unnecessarily limits or precludes participation in reopenings by auction participants that already hold significant amounts of the security we are auctioning. We are specifically interested in comments on an alternative that would permit bidders in reopenings to exclude a certain portion of their current holdings of the security being auctioned from their NLP calculation. We also discuss other alternatives for calculating the NLP and the 35 percent award limit. We invite comments on these alternatives as well.
Treasury Department -- Assessment of Liquidated Damages Regarding Imported Merchandise That Is Not Admissible Under the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act2001-Mar-2801-7659This document adopts as a final rule, with some changes, a proposed amendment to the Customs Regulations intended to discourage the illegal sale of imported food. This amendment provides for the assessment of liquidated damages equal to the domestic value of the merchandise in the case of merchandise that is not admissible under the provisions of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and that is not treated or otherwise disposed of in accordance with that Act. The document also adopts, without change, proposed amendments to various provisions of the Customs Regulations pertaining to customs bonds to provide, as a general rule when a different amount is not prescribed by law or regulation, for liquidated damages of three times the appraised value of the merchandise in the case of merchandise that is prohibited from entry. Finally, the document adopts a proposed editorial correction within one of the sections of the Customs Regulations pertaining to customs bonds. The substantive changes reflected in this final rule document will enhance the effectiveness of the affected regulatory provisions by increasing and clarifying the potential liability for the payment of liquidated damages by principals and sureties on customs bonds.
Treasury Department -- Technical Amendments to the Customs Regulations2001-Feb-0201-2784This document amends the Customs Regulations by correcting various referencing and typographical errors, and by making certain editorial changes to improve the clarity of the regulations. None of these technical corrections involve changes in substantive legal requirements.
Treasury Department -- Amended Bond Procedures for Articles Subject to an Exclusion Order Issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission2000-Dec-1300-31699This document adopts as a final rule, with some changes, proposed amendments to the Customs Regulations regarding bond procedures for the entry of articles subject to an exclusion order issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission (``Commission''). Merchandise that is subject to a Commission exclusion order may be entitled to entry under a special bond prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury in an amount determined by the Commission to be sufficient to protect the complainant from any injury. If the Commission later determines that the respondent has violated the provisions of section 337, the bond may be forfeited to the complainant. This document adds the text of this special importation and entry bond to the Customs Regulations, and makes conforming changes to other regulatory provisions that are impacted by the addition of the new bond text.
Treasury Department -- United States-Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act and Caribbean Basin Initiative2000-Oct-0500-25517This document sets forth interim amendments to the Customs Regulations to implement the trade benefit provisions for Caribbean Basin countries contained in Title II of the Trade and Development Act of 2000. The trade benefits under Title II, also referred to as the United States-Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (the CBTPA), apply to Caribbean Basin countries designated by the President and involve the entry of specific textile and apparel articles free of duty and free of any quantitative restrictions, limitations, or consultation levels and the extension of NAFTA duty treatment standards to non- textile articles that are excluded from duty-free treatment under the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) program. The regulatory amendments contained in this document reflect and clarify the statutory standards for the trade benefits under the CBTPA and also include specific documentary, procedural and other related requirements that must be met in order to obtain those benefits. Finally, this document also includes some interim amendments to the existing Customs Regulations implementing the CBI to conform those regulations to previous amendments to the CBI statute.
Treasury Department -- African Growth and Opportunity Act and Generalized System of Preferences2000-Oct-0500-25518This document sets forth interim amendments to the Customs Regulations to implement the trade benefit provisions for sub-Saharan Africa contained in Title I of the Trade and Development Act of 2000. The trade benefits under Title I, also referred to as the African Growth and Opportunity Act (the AGOA), apply to sub-Saharan African countries designated by the President and involve: The extension of duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) to non-textile articles normally excluded from GSP duty-free treatment that are not import-sensitive; and the entry of specific textile and apparel articles free of duty and free of any quantitative limits. The regulatory amendments contained in this document reflect and clarify the statutory standards for preferential treatment under the AGOA and also include specific documentary, procedural and other related requirements that must be met in order to obtain that treatment. Finally, this document also includes some interim amendments to the existing Customs Regulations implementing the GSP to conform those regulations to previous amendments to the GSP statute.
Treasury Department -- U.S. Treasury Securities-State and Local Government Series2000-Sep-1300-22531State and Local Government Series (SLGS) securities are offered to provide issuers of tax exempt securities with investments from any amounts that constitute gross proceeds of an issue, or assist in complying with applicable provisions of the Internal Revenue Code relating to the tax exemption. We're publishing an interim rule amending the rules to allow you to submit SLGS subscriptions over the Internet to the Division of Special Investments (DSI), Bureau of the Public Debt (Public Debt), Department of the Treasury (Treasury). Under the Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA), executive agencies must generally provide, where practicable, for the optional use and acceptance of electronic documents, record keeping and signatures by October 2003. We are implementing the GPEA by offering SLGSafeSM, a secure site where Internet customers can submit subscriptions, change account information, and redeem securities. We've also rewritten this part in plain language.
Interior Department -- Leasing of Solid Minerals Other Than Coal and Oil Shale2000-Aug-1800-21039On April 28, the Mineral Leasing Act was effectively amended to change the acreage limits on a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) customer who leases public lands and minerals to produce sodium. The new law increased the maximum number of acres a person can lease in any one state from 15,360 acres in any one state to 30,720 acres. This rule revises the regulations of the BLM to reflect the new law.
Treasury Department -- General Order Warehouses2000-Jul-1200-17639This document proposes to amend the Customs Regulations principally to create a new class of bonded warehouse exclusively for the receipt of general order merchandise, and to include procedures for authorizing and operating general order warehouses. This proposal is in response to a recent increase in the amount of unentered merchandise being moved into general order facilities. This increase has resulted from changes in the law, and it has prompted the importing community to request that Customs put in place uniform, national procedures for approving and operating warehouses receiving general order merchandise. In addition, changes are proposed to the Customs Regulations to implement certain amendments to the law made by the Customs modernization portion of the North American Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act. The amendments concern the circumstances where the title to unclaimed and abandoned merchandise vests in the Government, in lieu of sale of the merchandise at public auction.
Treasury Department -- Deferral of Duty on Large Yachts Imported for Sale2000-Jun-1500-15202This document proposes to amend the Customs Regulations to set forth procedures for the deferral of entry filing and duty collection on certain yachts imported for sale at boat shows in the United States. The proposed regulatory amendments reflect a change in the law effected by section 2406 of the Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections Act of 1999.
Treasury Department -- Entry of Softwood Lumber Shipments From Canada2000-May-2300-12921This document adopts on an interim basis an amendment to the provision within the Customs Regulations that sets forth entry requirements for shipments of softwood lumber from Canada under the agreement between the Governments of the United States and Canada regarding trade in softwood lumber. This interim amendment implements an amendment to the softwood lumber agreement involving the addition of two export fee payment status categories (permit type codes) covering softwood lumber from the Canadian province of British Columbia.
Treasury Department -- Amended Bond Procedures for Articles Subject to Exclusion Orders Issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission2000-Feb-0800-2725This document proposes to amend the Customs Regulations to reflect the statutory provisions regarding bond procedures for the entry of articles subject to exclusion orders issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission (``Commission''). This document also proposes to include the text of a new special importation and entry bond in the Customs Regulations. These proposed changes reflect the terms of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended by section 321 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act. As amended, section 337 requires that the bond prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury must be in an amount determined by the Commission to be sufficient to protect the complainant from any injury and that if the Commission later determines that the respondent has violated the provisions of section 337, the bond may be forfeited to the complainant.
Treasury Department -- Marketable Treasury Securities Redemption Operations2000-Jan-1900-1250The Department of the Treasury (``Treasury,'' ``We,'' or ``Us'') is issuing rules in final form setting out the terms and conditions by which we may redeem outstanding, unmatured marketable Treasury securities. We are establishing a new part in the Code of Federal Regulations for this purpose. Redemption operations (``buybacks'') will help us better manage our financing needs, promote more efficient capital markets, and may lower financing costs for taxpayers.
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