Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Voluntary Self-Disclosure of Violations of the Export Administration Regulations

Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 5 (Wednesday, January 8, 2020)
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 5 (Wednesday, January 8, 2020)]
[Page 875]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2020-00068]
Bureau of Industry and Security
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Voluntary Self-
Disclosure of Violations of the Export Administration Regulations
AGENCY: Bureau of Industry and Security.
ACTION: Notice.
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort
to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public
and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on
proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
DATES: To ensure consideration, written comments must be submitted on
or before March 9, 2020.
ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Mark Crace, IC Liaison,
Bureau of Industry and Security, 1401 Constitution Avenue, Suite 2099B,
Washington, DC 20233 (or via the internet at [email protected]).
Comments will generally be posted without change. All Personally
Identifiable Information (for example, name and address) voluntarily
submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit
Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected
information. You may submit attachments to electronic comments in
Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats.
I. Abstract
    This collection of information is needed to detect violations of
the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and determine if an
investigation or prosecution is necessary and to reach a settlement
with violators. Voluntary self-disclosure of EAR violations strengthens
BIS's enforcement efforts by allowing BIS to conduct investigations of
the disclosed incidents faster than would be the case if BIS had to
detect the violations without such disclosures. BIS evaluates the
seriousness of the violation and either (1) Informs the person making
the disclosure that no action is warranted; (2) issues a warning
letter; (3) issues a proposed charging letter and attempts to settle
the matter; (4) issues a charging letter if settlement is not reached;
and/or (5) refers the matter to the U.S. Department of Justice for
criminal prosecution.
II. Method of Collection
    Submitted on paper.
III. Data
    OMB Control Number: 0694-0058.
    Form Number(s): N/A.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Business or other for-profit organizations.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 488.
    Estimated Time per Response: 10 hours.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4880.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.
    Respondent's Obligation: Voluntary
    Legal Authority:
IV. Request for Comments
    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden
(including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information;
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the
collection of information on respondents, including through the use of
automated collection techniques or other forms of information
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.
Sheleen Dumas,
Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information
Officer, Commerce Department.
[FR Doc. 2020-00068 Filed 1-7-20; 8:45 am]