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DOC/ADMIN RIN: 0605-AA52 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: Department of Commerce Regulations on Procedures for Responding to Requests for Documents or Testimony for use in Legal Proceedings 

Sections 15 CFR 15.11 to 15.18 set forth the procedures currently applicable to requests submitted to the Department of Commerce for the testimony of employees, and the production of documents in legal proceedings to which the agency is not a party. The Department is revising these regulations to clarify these procedures, and to provide greater transparency regarding the factors that the agency will consider when reviewing such requests. The revised regulations will also clarify differences in procedures based on the facts of the request, such as whether the testimony requested is that of a former employee, whether the United States is a party to the underlying legal proceedings, or whether the testimony or documents are requested from the Office of the Inspector General.

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 
CFR Citation: 15 CFR 15.11 to 15.18   
Legal Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301    15 U.S.C. 1501    15 U.S.C. 1512    15 U.S.C. 1513 and 1518   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/27/2021  86 FR 53249   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/27/2021 
Final Action  01/00/2022 
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:
Sapna Sharma
Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Avenue NW,
Washington, DC 20230
Phone:202 482-5550