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Expanded Licensing Jurisdiction for QRS11 Micromachined Angular Rate Sensors

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AGENCY:

Bureau of Industry and Security, Commerce.

ACTION:

Final Rule.

SUMMARY:

This final rule amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to implement the transfer of Start Printed Page 62769licensing jurisdiction for QRS11-00100-100/101 and the QRS11-00050-443/569 Micromachined Angular Rate Sensors from the Department of State to the Department of Commerce (see Public Notice 5823, published in 72 FR 31452-31453, June 7, 2007) when the QRS11-00100-100/101 is integrated into a primary instrument system for use on civil aircraft or is exported solely for integration into such a system, or when the QRS11-00050-443/569 is integrated into an automatic flight control system of the type described in ECCN 7A994 or aircraft of the type described in ECCN 9A991 that incorporates such systems, or are exported solely for integration into such a system.

DATES:

This rule is effective: November 7, 2007.

ADDRESSES:

Although this is a final rule, comments are welcome and should be sent to publiccomments@bis.doc.gov, fax (202) 482-3355, or to Regulatory Policy Division, Bureau of Industry and Security, Room H2705, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230. Please refer to regulatory identification number (RIN) 0694-AD92 in all comments, and in the subject line of e-mail comments. Comments on the collection of information should be sent 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.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Gene Christiansen, Office of National Security and Technology Transfer Controls, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce at (202) 482-2984.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

On February 9, 2004, the Bureau of Industry and Security published a rule implementing Department of Commerce licensing jurisdiction over QRS11-00100-100/101 Micromachined Angular Rate Sensors integrated into and included as an integral part of a Commercial Standby Instrument System (CSIS) of the type described in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) under ECCN 7A994 or an aircraft of the type described in ECCN 9A991 that incorporates a CSIS that has such a sensor integrated, or exported solely for integration into such a system. In all other cases, the QRS11 Micromachined Angular Rate Sensors, including the QRS11-00100-100/101 sensors, remained subject to the licensing jurisdiction of the Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. (See 69 FR 5928, February 9, 2004.) Subsequently, industry inquiries about incorporating the QRS11 into primary instrument systems or into automatic flight control systems, in addition to the secondary or standby systems, led the Department of State to remove from the United States Munitions List quartz rate sensors used in these applications [72 FR 31452].

Reflecting the removal of such quartz rate sensors from the United States Munitions List, this rule establishes licensing requirements for QRS11-00100-100/101 and the QRS11-00050-443/569 Micromachined Angular Rate Sensors by the Department of Commerce when the QRS11-00100-100/101 sensors are integrated into a primary instrument system or are exported solely for integration into such a system or when the QRS11-00050-443/569 sensors are integrated into an automatic flight control system for use on civil aircraft, or are exported solely for integration into such a system.

There continues to be no de minimis level for foreign-made systems that contain QRS11-00100-100/101 or QRS11-00050-443/569 Micromachined Angular Rate Sensors, or for foreign-made aircraft that incorporate systems that have QRS11-00100-100/101s or QRS11-00050-443/569s integrated (see § 734.4(a) of the EAR). The instrument systems, the automatic flight control systems, and the aircraft remain subject to the EAR regardless of their percentage, by value, of U.S. content.

Consistent with the provisions of section 6 of the Export Administration Act, a foreign policy report was submitted to Congress on November 1, 2007, notifying the Congress of the change in licensing jurisdiction reflected in this rule.

Although the Export Administration Act expired on August 20, 2001, the President, through Executive Order 13222 of August 17, 2001 (66 Fed. Reg. 44025, 3 CFR, 2001 Comp., p. 783), as extended by the Notice of August 15, 2007 (72 Fed. Reg. 46137, August 16, 2007), has continued the Export Administration Regulations in effect under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.

Rulemaking Requirements

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

2. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person is required to respond to, nor shall any person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with a collection of information, subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act, unless that collection of information displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget Control Number. This rule involves a collection of information subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This collection has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget under control number 0694-0088, “Multi-Purpose Application,” which carries a burden hour estimate of 58 minutes for a manual or electronic submission. Send comments regarding these burden estimates or any other aspect of these collections of information, including suggestions for reducing the burden, to OMB Desk Officer, New Executive Office Building, Washington, DC 20503; and to the Office of Administration, Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce, 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Room 6883, Washington, DC 20230.

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

4. The provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553) requiring prior notice, the opportunity for public comment, 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 prior notice and an opportunity for public comment be given for this final rule. Because prior notice 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 no formal comment period, public comments on this regulation are welcome on a continuing basis. Comments should be submitted to Hillary Hess, Office of Exporter Services, Bureau of Export Administration, Room H2705, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230.

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List of Subjects

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Accordingly, parts 734 and 774 of the Export Administration Regulations (

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PART 734—[AMENDED]

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1. The authority citation for

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Start Printed Page 62770 Authority: 50 U.S.C. app. 2401 et seq.; 50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.; E.O. 12938, 59 FR 59099, 3 CFR, 1994 Comp., p. 950; E.O. 13020, 61 FR 54079, 3 CFR, 1996 Comp. p. 219; 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 October 27, 2006, 71 FR 64109 (October 31, 2006); Notice of August 15, 2007, 72 FR 46137 (August 16, 2007).

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2. Section 734.4 is amended by revising paragraph (a)(3) to read as follows:

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De minimis U.S. content.

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(3) There is no de minimis level for foreign-made:

(i) Commercial primary or standby instrument systems of the type described in ECCN 7A994 on the Commerce Control List (Supplement No. 1 to part 774 the EAR) when the systems integrate QRS11-00100-100/101 Micromachined Angular Rate Sensors;

(ii) Commercial automatic flight control systems when the systems integrate QRS11-00050-443/569 Micromachined Angular Rate Sensors; and

(iii) Aircraft of the type described in ECCN 9A991 when such aircraft incorporate a primary or standby instrument system integrating a QRS11-00100-100/101 sensor or an automatic flight control system integrating a QRS11-00050-443/569 sensor.

Note to paragraph (a)(3):

QRS11 Micromachined Angular Rate Sensors are subject to the export licensing jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, except when the QRS11-00100-100/101 version of the sensor is integrated into and included as an integral part of a commercial primary or standby instrument system of the type described in ECCN 7A994, or aircraft of the type described in ECCN 9A991 that incorporates a commercial primary or standby instrument that has such a sensor integrated, or is exported solely for integration into such systems; or when the QRS11-00050-443/569 is integrated into a commercial automatic flight control system of the type described in ECCN 7A994, or aircraft of the type described in ECCN 9A991 that incorporates an automatic flight control system that has such a sensor integrated, or is exported solely for integration into such a system.

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PART 774—[AMENDED]

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3. The authority citation for

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Authority: 50 U.S.C. app. 2401 et seq.; 50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.; 10 U.S.C. 7420; 10 U.S.C. 7430(e); 22 U.S.C. 287c, 22 U.S.C. 3201 et seq., 22 U.S.C. 6004; 30 U.S.C. 185(s), 185(u); 42 U.S.C. 2139a; 42 U.S.C. 6212; 43 U.S.C. 1354; 46 U.S.C. app. 466c; 50 U.S.C. app. 5; Sec. 901-911, Pub. L. 106-387; Sec. 221, Pub. L. 107-56; 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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4. In Supplement No. 1 to part 774 (the Commerce Control List), Category 7—Navigation and Avionics, ECCN 7A994 is amended by revising the License Requirements section, and the “Related Controls” paragraph in the List of Items Controlled section, to read as follows:

Supplement No. 1 to Part 774—The Commerce Control List

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7A994 Other navigation direction finding equipment, airborne communication equipment, all aircraft inertial navigation systems not controlled under 7A003 or 7A103, and other avionic equipment, including parts and components, n.e.s.

License Requirements

Reason for Control: RS, AT

Control(s)Country chart
RS applies to QRS11-00100-100/101 and QRS11-00050-443/569RS Column 1.
Micromachined Angular Rate Sensors. See Related Controls
AT applies to entire entryAT Column 1.

License Requirement Notes: There is no de minimis level for foreign-made commercial primary or standby instrument systems that integrate QRS11-00100-100/101 or commercial automatic flight control systems that integrate QRS11-00050-443/569 Micromachined Angular Rate Sensors (see § 734.4(a) of the EAR).

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List of Items Controlled

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Related Controls: QRS11 Micromachined Angular Rate Sensors are subject to the export licensing jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, unless the QRS11-00100-100/101 is integrated into and included as an integral part of a commercial primary or standby instrument system of the type described in ECCN 7A994, or aircraft of the type described in ECCN 9A991 that incorporates such systems, or is exported solely for integration into such a system; or the QRS11-00050-443/569 is integrated into an automatic flight control system of the type described in ECCN 7A994, or aircraft of the type described in ECCN 9A991 that incorporates such systems, or are exported solely for integration into such a system. (See Commodity Jurisdiction requirements in 22 CFR Parts 121; Category VIII(e), Note(1)) In the latter case, such items are subject to the licensing jurisdiction of the Department of Commerce. Technology specific to the development and production of QRS11 sensors remains subject to the licensing jurisdiction of the Department of State.

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5. In Supplement No. 1 to part 774 (the Commerce Control List), Category 9—Propulsion Systems, Space Vehicles and Related Equipment, ECCN 9A991 is amended by revising the “License Requirements Note” to the License Requirements section, and revising the “Related Controls” paragraph in the List of Items Controlled section, to read as follows:

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9A991 “Aircraft”, n.e.s., and gas turbine engines not controlled by 9A001 or 9A101 and parts and components, n.e.s.

License Requirements

Reason for Control: AT, UN

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AT applies to entire entry.AT Column 1.
UN applies to 9A991.aIraq and Rwanda.

License Requirement Notes: There is no de minimis level for foreign-made aircraft described by this entry that incorporate commercial primary or standby instrument systems that integrate QRS11-00100-100/101 or commercial automatic flight control systems that integrate QRS11-00050-443/569 Micromachined Angular Rate Sensors (see § 734.4(a) of the EAR).

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List of Items Controlled

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Related Controls: QRS11 Micromachined Angular Rate Sensors are subject to the export licensing jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, unless the QRS11-00100-100/101 is integrated into and included as an integral part of a commercial primary or standby instrument system of the type described in ECCN 7A994, or aircraft of the type described in ECCN 9A991 that incorporates such a system, or is exported solely for integration into such a system; or the QRS11-00050-443/569 is integrated into an automatic flight control system of the type described in ECCN 7A994, or aircraft of the type described in ECCN 9A991 that incorporates such a system, or are exported solely for integration into such a system. (See Commodity Jurisdiction requirements in 22 CFR Part 121; Category VIII(e), Note(1)) In the latter case, such items are subject to the licensing jurisdiction of the Department of Commerce. Technology specific to the development and production of QRS11 sensors remains subject to the licensing jurisdiction of the Department of State.

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Dated: October 23, 2007.

Christopher A. Padilla,

Assistant Secretary for Export Administration.

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[FR Doc. E7-21840 Filed 11-6-07; 8:45 am]

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