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International Trade: ITC Requests Comments on Existing Rules; To Be Reviewed for Retrospective Analysis

08/10/12

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International Trade: ITC Requests Comments on Existing Rules; To Be Reviewed for Retrospective Analysis
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International Trade
ITC Requests Comments on Existing Rules;
To Be Reviewed for Retrospective Analysis
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ITC Retrospective Analysis
Key Development: ITC seeks comments on retrospective analysis of existing regulations.
Next Steps: Comments are due by Oct. 9.

By Rossella Brevetti

As part of its retrospective analysis of existing regulations, the International Trade Commission Aug. 9 requested comments on existing rules that might be suitable for modification or elimination (77 Fed. Reg. 47,572).

Under the ITC's Plan for Retrospective Analysis of Existing Rules, the ITC will, every two years, review its significant regulations to determine whether any should be modified, streamlined, expanded, or repealed to make the agency's regulatory program more effective or less burdensome in achieving regulatory objectives.

President Obama issued Executive Order No. 13,563 in January 2011, directing federal agencies to review all of their existing and pending regulations for possible modification or elimination.

The ITC has preliminarily identified these items for review over the next two years:

  • general review of existing regulations in 19 C.F.R. parts 201 (general application relating to ITC functions), 207 (dumping/countervailing duty investigations), and 210 (Section 337 investigations) to determine whether any such regulations shall be modified, streamlined, expanded, or repealed to make the agency's regulations more effective or less burdensome;
  • review of regulations in 9 C.F.R. part 200 addressing employee responsibilities and conduct, to assess whether these regulations can be modified or repealed, in light of the issuance of similar regulations by the Office of Government Ethics;
  • review of regulations in 19 C.F.R. part 201, Subpart F addressing national security information, to assess whether these regulations should be modified; and
  • review of regulations in 19 C.F.R. part 208 on investigations with respect to commercial availability of textile fabric and yarn in sub-Saharan African countries to assess whether these regulations can be repealed in light of the repeal of African Growth and Opportunity Act Section 112(c)(2), which required the ITC to make determinations on the commercial availability and use of regional textile fabric or yarn in lesser developed beneficiary sub-Saharan African countries in the production of apparel articles receiving AGOA preferential treatment.

The ITC said its list is non-exhaustive. The ITC will consider whether other parts of its regulations should be reviewed within the next two years.

Comments must be received by 5:15 p.m. Oct. 9 to be assured of timely consideration.

For More Information
Pursuant to section 201.8 of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, persons filing written submissions must file the original document electronically and submit eight true paper copies by noon the next day to the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E St. S.W., Room 112, Washington, D.C. 20436. Submissions should refer to the investigation number (MISC-038) in a prominent place on the cover page and/or the first page.







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