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Customs Contact for Y2K Failures

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AGENCY:

Customs Service, Department of the Treasury.

ACTION:

General notice.

SUMMARY:

Under the Y2K Act, each executive agency of the United States that has the authority to impose civil penalties on small business concerns is required to establish a point of contact to act as a liaison between the agency and small business concerns regarding problems experienced by small business concerns resulting from the transition of computer programs, devices, and systems from the year 1999 to the year 2000. Small business concerns may contact the agency, through the agency point of contact, with regard to Y2K transition problems and compliance with Federal rules or regulations. This document announces the contact person established by Customs for that purpose.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Eula Walden, Deputy Trade Ombudsman, (202) 927-1440.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

On July 20, 1999, the Y2K Act (Pub. L. 106-37; 113 Stat. 185) (the Act) was signed into law. Section 18 of the Act, codified at 15 U.S.C. 6617, provides that each executive agency of the United States that has the authority to impose civil penalties on small business concerns is required to establish a point of contact to act as liaison between the agency and those small business concerns. Small business concerns may contact the agency liaison with respect to problems arising out of Y2K failures and compliance with Federal rules or regulations. (See 15 U.S.C. 6617(b).)

Generally, problems arising out of Y2K failures are problems experienced by small business concerns that result from the failure of any computer program, device, system (including any computer system, computer microchip, or integrated circuit embedded in another device), software, firmware, or other set or collection of processing instructions caused by the transition from the year 1999 to the year 2000. (See 15 U.S.C. 6602(2).) Under the Act, a small business concern facing a penalty for a first-time violation of a Federal rule or regulation caused by a Y2K failure may obtain a waiver of that penalty upon meeting certain requirements, one of which is to report the first-time violation to the appropriate agency within 5 business days of its discovery by the small business concern. (See 15 U.S.C. 6617(d).)

This document, in accordance with 15 U.S.C. 6617(b)(2), announces the identity of the Customs point of contact who will serve as liaison between the agency and small business concerns. Small business concerns may contact Mr. Joseph M. Rees, Trade Ombudsman for the United States Customs Service, for purposes of addressing problems arising from Y2K failures and compliance with Federal rules or regulations. The telephone number for Mr. Rees is 202/927-1440.

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Dated: April 10, 2000.

Joseph M. Rees,

Trade Ombudsman, Office of the Trade Ombudsman.

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[FR Doc. 00-9321 Filed 4-13-00; 8:45 am]

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