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Authorization Validated End-User: Addition of India as an Eligible Destination

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AGENCY:

Bureau of Industry and Security, Commerce.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

In this final rule, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to add India as an eligible destination for exports, reexports and transfers under Authorization Validated End-User (VEU). BIS established Authorization VEU in a final rule published in the Federal Register.

DATES:

This rule is effective October 2, 2007. Although there is no formal comment period, public comments on this regulation are welcome on a continuing basis.

ADDRESSES:

You may submit comments, identified by RIN 0694-AE13 (VEU India), by any of the following methods:

E-mail: publiccomments@bis.doc.gov. Include “RIN 0694-AE13 (VEU India)” in the subject line of the message.

Fax: (202) 482-3355. Please alert the Regulatory Policy Division, by calling (202) 482-2440, if you are faxing comments.

Mail or Hand Delivery/Courier: Sheila Quarterman, U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, Regulatory Policy Division, 14th St. & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Room 2705, Washington, DC 20230, Attn: RIN 0694-AE13 (VEU India).

Send comments regarding the collection of information associated with this rule, including suggestions for reducing the burden, to David Rostker, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), by e-mail to David_Rostker@omb.eop.gov, or by fax to (202) 395-7285; and to the Regulatory Policy Division, Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce, P.O. Box 273, Washington, DC 20044. Comments on this collection of information should be submitted separately from comments on the final rule (i.e. RIN 0694-AE13 (VEU India))—all comments on the latter should be submitted by one of the three methods outlined above.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Michael Rithmire, Chairman, End-User Review Committee, Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce, P.O. Box 273, Washington, DC 20044; by telephone (202) 482-6105; or by e-mail to mrithmir@bis.doc.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

BIS amended the EAR in a final rule on June 19, 2007 (72 FR 33646) by creating a new authorization for “validated end-users” (VEUs) located in eligible destinations to which eligible items (commodities, software and technology, except those controlled for missile technology or crime control reasons) may be exported, reexported or transferred without a license. This authorization is set forth in section 748.15 of the EAR. This final rule designates India in section 748.15 of the EAR as an eligible destination for exports, reexports and transfers under Authorization VEU.

Designating India as an eligible destination under Authorization VEU builds upon the advances made in the U.S.-India High Technology Cooperation Group (HTCG) and the Next Steps in Strategic Partnership (NSSP). Excellent cooperation in these fora has enabled the United States to reduce controls on the export of certain dual-use items to India. Making India a destination eligible for Authorization VEU is the logical next step in U.S.-Start Printed Page 56011India bilateral collaboration in high-technology trade.

Authorization VEU is intended to further streamline U.S.-India trade in dual-use technologies. It will authorize the export, reexport and transfer of certain controlled U.S. technology without a license to end-users engaged in civilian end-uses in India who have demonstrated their ability to use sensitive items responsibly. As India continues to demonstrate its commitment to harmonize its export controls with those of the major multilateral control regimes, BIS anticipates that more end-users and items will be approved for Authorization VEU.

This final rule amends paragraph (b) of section 748.15 of the EAR to add India as an eligible destination for exports, reexports and transfers of dual-use items under Authorization VEU.

Since August 21, 2001, the Export Administration Act has been in lapse and the President, through Executive Order 13222 of August 17, 2001 (3 CFR, 2001 Comp., p. 783 (2002)), as extended most recently by the Notice of August 15, 2007 (72 FR 46137, August 16, 2007), has continued the EAR in effect under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. BIS continues to carry out the provisions of the Act, as appropriate and to the extent permitted by law, pursuant to Executive Order 13222.

Rulemaking

1. This final rule has been determined to be not significant for purposes of Executive Order 12866.

2. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person is required to respond to nor be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with a collection of information, subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) (PRA), unless that collection of information displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Control Number. This regulation involves collections previously approved by the OMB under control number 0694-0088, “Multi-Purpose Application”, which carries a burden hour estimate of 58 minutes to prepare and submit form BIS-748; and for recordkeeping, reporting and review requirements in connection with Authorization Validated End-User, which carries an estimated burden of 30 minutes per submission. This rule is expected to result in a decrease in license applications submitted to BIS. Total burden hours associated with the Paperwork Reduction Act and Office and Management and Budget control number 0694-0088 are not expected to increase significantly as a result of this rule.

3. This rule does not contain policies with Federalism implications as that term is defined under Executive Order 13132.

4. The provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act requiring notice of proposed rulemaking, the opportunity for public participation, and a delay in effective date, are inapplicable because this regulation involves a military and foreign affairs function of the United States (5 U.S.C. 553(a)(1)). Further, no other law requires that a notice of proposed rulemaking and an opportunity for public comment be given for this final rule. Because a notice of proposed rulemaking and an opportunity for public comment are not required to be given for this rule under the Administrative Procedure Act or by any other law, the analytical requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) are not applicable. Therefore, this regulation is issued in final form. Although there is not formal comment period, public comments on this regulation are welcome on a continuing basis. Comments should be submitted to Sheila Quarterman, Regulatory Policy Division, Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce, P.O. Box 273, Washington, DC 20044.

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List of Subjects in 15 CFR Part 748

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Accordingly, part 748 of the Export Administration Regulations (

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PART 748—[AMENDED]

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1. The authority citation for

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Authority: 50 U.S.C. app. 2401 et seq.; 50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.; E.O. 13026, 61 FR 58767, 3 CFR, 1996 Comp., p. 228; E.O. 13222, 66 FR 44025, 3 CFR, 2001 Comp., p. 783; Notice of August 3, 2006, 71 FR 44551 (August 7, 2006); Notice of August 15, 2007, 72 FR 46137 (August 16, 2007).

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2. Section 748.15 is amended by adding paragraph (b)(2) to read as follows:

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Authorization Validated End-User (VEU).
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(2) India.

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Dated: September 25, 2007.

Christopher A. Padilla,

Assistant Secretary for Export Administration.

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[FR Doc. E7-19359 Filed 10-1-07; 8:45 am]

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