Friday, November 16, 2018

The Consumer Product Safety Commission Semiannual Regulatory Agenda

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has published its semiannual regulatory flexibility agenda. In addition, this document includes an agenda of regulatory actions that the Commission expects to be under development or review by the Agency during the next year. This document meets the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act and Executive Order 12866. The Commission welcomes comments on the agenda and on the individual agenda entries.

DATES: Comments should be received in the Office of the Secretary on or before December 17, 2018.

The agenda contains a brief description and summary of each regulatory activity, including the objectives and legal basis for each; an approximate schedule of target dates, subject to revision, for the development or completion of each activity; and the name and telephone number of a knowledgeable agency official concerning particular items on the agenda.

Of particular interest to readers of Textiles and Trade Blog is #435. Flammability Standard for Upholstered Furniture

E.O. 13771 Designation: Independent agency.

Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 1193; 5 U.S.C. 801

Abstract: In October 2003, the Commission issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to address the risk of fire associated with cigarette and small open-flame ignitions of upholstered furniture. The Commission published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) in March 2008, and received public comments. The Commission's proposed rule would require that upholstered furniture have cigarette-resistant fabrics or cigarette and open flame-resistant barriers. The proposed rule would not require flame-resistant chemicals in fabrics or fillings. Since the Commission published the NPRM, CPSC staff has conducted testing of upholstered furniture, using both full-scale furniture and bench-scale models, as proposed in the NPRM. In FY 2016, staff was directed to prepare a briefing package summarizing the feasibility of adopting California's Technical Bulletin 117-2013 (TB 117-2013) as a mandatory standard. Staff submitted this briefing package to the Commission in September 2016 with staff suggestions to continue developing the ASTM and NFPA voluntary standards. In the FY 2017 Operating Plan, the Commission directed staff to work with the California Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation (BEARHFTI), as well as voluntary standards development organizations, to improve upon and further refine the technical aspects of TB 117-2013.

Currently, staff is working with voluntary standards organizations, both ASTM and NFPA, and BEARHFTI to evaluate new provisions and improve the existing consensus standards related to upholstered furniture flammability. Depending upon progress of the various standards, in FY 2019, staff plans to prepare a status report on recent activities.

Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   06/15/94  59 FR 30735
Commission Hearing May 5 & 6, 1998     03/17/98  63 FR 13017
 on Possible Toxicity of Flame-
 Retardant Chemicals.
Meeting Notice......................   03/20/02  67 FR 12916
Notice of Public Meeting............   08/27/03  68 FR 51564
Public Meeting......................   09/24/03  .......................
ANPRM...............................   10/23/03  68 FR 60629
ANPRM Comment Period End............   12/22/03  .......................
Staff Held Public Meeting...........   10/28/04  .......................
Staff Held Public Meeting...........   05/18/05  .......................
Staff Sent Status Report to            01/31/06  .......................
 Commission.
Staff Sent Status Report to            11/03/06  .......................
 Commission.
Staff Sent Status Report to            12/28/06  .......................
 Commission.
Staff Sent Options Package to          12/22/07  .......................
 Commission.
Commission Decision to Direct Staff    12/27/07  .......................
 to Prepare Draft NPRM.
Staff Sent Draft NPRM to Commission.   01/22/08  .......................
Commission Decision to Publish NPRM.   02/01/08  .......................
NPRM................................   03/04/08  73 FR 11702
NPRM Comment Period End.............   05/19/08  .......................
Staff Published NIST Report on         05/19/09  .......................
 Standard Test Cigarettes.
Staff Publishes NIST Report on         09/14/12  .......................
 Standard Research Foam.
Notice of April 25 Public Meeting      03/20/13  78 FR 17140
 and Request for Comments.
Staff Holds Upholstered Furniture      04/25/13  .......................
 Fire Safety Technology Meeting.
Comment Period End..................   07/01/13  .......................
Staff Sends Briefing Package to        09/08/16  .......................
 Commission on California's TB 117-
 2013.
Staff Sends Status Briefing Package    09/00/19  .......................
 to the Commission.
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Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) to Meet December 5th

The Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) will hold its quarterly meeting on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, in Herndon, Virginia. The meeting will be open to the public.

Agenda

The COAC will hear from the current subcommittees on the topics listed below and then will review, deliberate, provide observations, and formulate recommendations on how to proceed:

1. The Secure Trade Lanes Subcommittee will present plans for the scope and activities of the Trusted Trader and CTPAT Minimum Security Criteria Working Groups. It is anticipated that recommendations will be presented regarding the proposed Forced Labor Trusted Trader Strategy. The subcommittee will also deliver recommendations from the Petroleum Pipeline Working Group regarding the results of a proof of concept test that used the Automated Commercial Environment to electronically report and manage petroleum moving in-bond via pipeline; as well as recommendations from the In-bond Working Group regarding potential automation, visibility, system and regulatory issues.

2. The COAC Next Generation Facilitation Subcommittee will discuss the E-Commerce Working Group's progress on mapping the supply chains of various modes of transportation to identify the differences between e-commerce and traditional channels. The subcommittee will also provide an update on the status of the Emerging Technologies Working Group's NAFTA/CAFTA, Intellectual Property Rights, and Pipeline Blockchain Proof of Concept projects. Finally, the subcommittee will provide a progress report for the Regulatory Reform Working Group as it completes its review of Title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CBP regulations) and begins its preparation of high-level recommendations.

3. The Intelligent Enforcement Subcommittee will provide recommendations from the Intellectual Property Rights Working Group and updates from the Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty, Bond, and Forced Labor Working Groups.

Federal Prison Industries Get DoD Clothing Contract

Federal Prison Industries Inc., doing business as Unicor, Washington, District of Columbia, has been awarded a maximum $49,920,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for various types of trousers. This is a four-year contract with no option periods. Locations of performance are District of Columbia, Texas and Alabama, with a May 15, 2023, performance completion date. Using military services are Army and Air Force. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 through 2023 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE1C1-19-D-F016).

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Agathon Associates Assists with New Hampshire’s Foreign-Trade Zone #81 Reorganization

On November 8, 2018, the U.S. Department of Commerce Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board issued Order No. 2073, approving the reorganization of FTZ #81, Pease Development Authority (PDA), Portwmouth, New Hampshire, under the Alternate Site Framework (ASF) regulations.

The PDA engaged the services of professional trade consulting companies, Foreign Trade Zones Solutions, LLC and Agathon Associates to assist in the preparation and filing of the application. The application was docketed with the FTZ Board January 30, 2018 and the Board Order was published in the Federal Register on Thursday November 15, 2018.

The new service area includes the Counties of Rockingham, Strafford, Carroll (partial), Belknap (partial), Cheshire, Hillsborough, Merrimack (partial), Sullivan and Grafton (partial), in and adjacent to the Portsmouth Customs and Border Protection Port of Entry. Existing sites are (1) the Market Street Marine Terminal, (2) Portsmouth Industrial Park, (4) Manchester Airport and (5) Pease International Tradeport and categorized as "Magnet Sites" and existing site (6) Londonderry, is categorized as a "Usage Driven Site". Potential users of the FTZ can now utilize its benefits within approximately 30 days from the time an application is accepted for filing. Under the previous "Traditional Site Framework" (TSF), applications took up to a year for approval.

The Foreign-Trade Zones Act of 1934 was passed to provide financial incentive to companies that would have operated offshore, to locate within the United States, thereby creating jobs and stimulating the economy. Foreign-Trade Zones are areas designated by the FTZ Board and are under the supervision of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. For the purpose of assessment and collection of import duties, foreign imported merchandise entered into a zone is considered not to have entered the commerce of the United States and, therefore, duties are not paid while the merchandise remains at the site. Depending on the final disposition of merchandise, duty deferral, duty reduction and/or duty elimination are potential zone benefits.

The Grant of Authority for FTZ #81 was issued in 1982 to the New Hampshire Port Authority, now the Pease Development Authority Division of Ports and Harbors. Because the Traditional Site Framework was restricted to specific site locations, approval of any proposed activity beyond the sites was complex and lengthy, taking up to a year following application. The FTZ Board, at the recommendation of the FTZ staff, adopted the Alternate Site Framework regulations in January 2009. The ASF gives Grantees more flexibility to respond to the needs of companies to whom FTZ’s may be beneficial.

HSI Boston, IPR Center, partners rack up major league results against counterfeit dealers in 2018 World Series enforcement effort

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Boston and the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) announced the successful results from the Boston segment of this year's "Operation: Ground Rules" an aggressive counterfeit-combatting enforcement multi-partner operation held during and immediately following Major League Baseball's 2018 World Series.

The multi-partner enforcement operation was coordinated with the support of and participation of HSI special agents, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers, City of Boston Code Enforcement personnel and MLB Trademark Enforcement representatives.

HSI special agents seized more than 3,000 items of counterfeit MLB apparel and merchandise being offered for sale by vendors in and around Fenway Park, throughout the Boston area, and along the post-series victory parade route in Boston. Merchandise included baseball hats, knit caps, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and pennants. Had the goods been genuine, they would have retailed domestically for more than $87,000 dollars.

The Boston-area segment of "Operation: Ground Rules," which also included enforcement actions near the site of National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers, targeted several sites in the Boston area, including at Fenway Park during the World Series games and also along the parade route during the traditional "duck boat" parade of the 2018 World Series Champion Red Sox across downtown Boston on Oct. 31.

Army Combat Boot Contract Awarded

McRae Industries Inc., Mt. Gilead, North Carolina, has been awarded a maximum $7,558,498 modification (P00003) exercising the first one-year option period of a one-year base contract (SPE1C1-18-D-1011) with four one-year option periods for hot-weather combat boots. This is a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. Location of performance is North Carolina, with a Nov. 14, 2019, performance completion date. Using military service is Army. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2019 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Federal Business Opportunities through November 14, 2018

Recently posted federal business opportunities

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Title:             Army/Air Force Cold Weather System
Sol. #:            W911YU-19-T-2001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Army Combat Uniform Trousers (ACU Pattern)
Sol. #:            POLKJRTCLPC0003
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Amy Combat Tops (ACU Pattern) 
Sol. #:            POLKJRTCLPC0002
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             PCD Kit - Coyote
Sol. #:            PCDKWD20181113B
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             PCD Kit - Multicam
Sol. #:            PCDKWD20181113A
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             TARP
Sol. #:            SPMYM219Q0361
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Vendor Collaboration - Outsole Manufacturer Industry Day
Sol. #:            1800022
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             Bootlist
Sol. #:            s8number2
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             CLIMBER'S EQUIPMENT
Sol. #:            
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Concealable Cool Vest
Sol. #:            RFQ-0012959
Agency:            Department of Justice
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Title:             OVERBOOTS, MOLDED, LIGHTWEIGHT, CHEMICAL/BIOLOGICAL PROTECTIVE (MALO)
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-R-0010
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             3-IN-1 RESPONSE JACKET AND LINERS
Sol. #:            HOODDESFDKLH032
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Packsack
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-19-R-0014
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             CASE,FLAG
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0294
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Tents
Sol. #:            70FBR919Q00000005
Agency:            Department of Homeland Security
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Title:             Army Combat Uniform Trousers (ACU Pattern)
Sol. #:            POLKJRTCLPC0003
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Amy Combat Tops (ACU Pattern) 
Sol. #:            POLKJRTCLPC0002
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             coveralls
Sol. #:            spmym219q0315
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             BADGE,QUALIFICATION
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0163
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Vital Torso Protection - Full Rate Production
Sol. #:            W91CRB-16-R-0010
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             High Cut Ballistic Helmet
Sol. #:            FY19-0001_01
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             FACESHIELD,RIOT CON
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0051
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             MOCK ELASTIQUE
Sol. #:            W911SD-18-R-0019
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             FULL DRESS HAT & CAP INSIGNIA'S
Sol. #:            W911SD-19-Q-0002
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             BADGE,QUALIFICATION
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0164
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Glove Insert, Cold Weather
Sol. #:            8415-01-527-4653
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             COVERALL
Sol. #:            SPMYM219Q0336
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Equipped Visor, Flyer's Helmet (Tinted Visor)
Sol. #:            SPE1C1-18-R-0151
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             Total Solutions for Law Enforcement, Security, Facilities Management, Fire, Rescue
Sol. #:            7FCI-L3-030084-B
Agency:            General Services Administration
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Title:             Modular Upgrade System_Version 1.0
Sol. #:            PCDKWD20181108
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             SHAPE,DAY,MARITIME
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0044
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             GLOVE ANTI-C SZ9
Sol. #:            N0010419QBC75
Agency:            Department of the Navy
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Title:             INSIGNIA,GRADE,ENLI
Sol. #:            SPE1C118T2047
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             MEDAL SET,SERVICE
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0193
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             TARP
Sol. #:            SPMYM219Q0361
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             WHITE GLOVES- West Point
Sol. #:            W911SD19R0021
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Scarpa Maestrale ski boots in grey color 
Sol. #:            10th_S4FY1902
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             RAIN COATS W/ POUCH
Sol. #:            W911SD-19-R-0018
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             FACESHIELD,RIOT CON
Sol. #:            SPE1C119T0246
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             FULL DRESS HAT WITH POM POM
Sol. #:            W911SD-19-Q-0001
Agency:            Department of the Army
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Title:             Pail, Plastic Collapsible
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0032
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Title:             HINGE,BLOCK FLYER
Sol. #:            SPE1C119Q0048
Agency:            Defense Logistics Agency
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Clients of Agathon Associates and subscribers to Agathon Associates' Trade Advisor Service can find links to the full solicitations at www.agathonassociates.com/textile-pri/berry/fbo.htm. You will need to enter your username and password. If you do not know your username and password email David Trumbull at david@agathonassociates.com.