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DOC/EDA RIN: 0610-AA80 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: General Updates and Elimination of Certain TAAF and PWEDA Regulations 
Abstract:

EDA is primarily streamlining and clarifying its regulations implementing the Trade Adjustment for Firms (TAAF) Program. The proposed changes would clarify the process for import-impacted U.S. manufacturing, production, and service firms to obtain adjustment assistance through the TAAF program, reorganize the regulations to make them easier to read and understand, incorporate best practices, and bring the regulations into closer alignment with the programs statutory requirements. The result will be to ease the burden on firms seeking adjustment assistance and make it easier for Trade Adjustment Assistance Centers (TAACs) to work with eligible firms as they go through this process. EDA also proposes the elimination of certain TAAF and PWEDA regulations that are unnecessary or duplicative because they describe requirements already established in other regulations or award documentation. Specifically, portions of 315.4 and all of 315.17 do not accurately describe how EDA provides assistance to industries. EDA provides individualized assistance to firms rather than an industry-wide approach. Further, 302.4, 302.5, and 302.14 describe requirements already established in other regulations or award documentation, and 302.11 adds nothing of value to the requirement already in PWEDA section 502. There are no expected costs or savings associated with this deregulatory action.

 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 13 CFR 315    13 CFR 302   
Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 3701    Department of Commerce Department Organization Order 10-4   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/19/2019  84 FR 42831   
NPRM Comment Period End  09/18/2019 
Final Rule  01/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Ryan Servais
Attorney-Advisor
Department of Commerce
Economic Development Administration
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Mailstop 72023,
Washington, DC 20230
Phone:202 482-5325
Email: rservais@eda.gov