The Administration released last week the 2013 Joint Strategic Plan for Intellectual Property Enforcement that includes a roadmap for the Administration’s IP focus over the next three years. As part of the initiative on transparency and public outreach, the Plan includes an evaluation of the enforcement of exclusion orders issued by the ITC, whereby the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (“IPEC”) will chair a new interagency working group to “improve the process for enforcement of Section 337/ITC exclusion orders.” One focus of the working group will ensure that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) uses transparent and accurate procedures for determining whether an article is covered by an ITC exclusion order. One change under consideration is whether the Customs ruling request process should be an inter parte proceeding involving all relevant parties to the ITC investigation, as opposed to the current importer initiated ex parte process. The working group will be comprised of representatives from the ITC, Department of Homeland Security, Department Of Commerce, Treasury, Department of Justice, offices within the Executive Office of the President including the United States Trade Representative, OSTP, NEC, and other relevant agencies as necessary. To inform such review, IPEC has sought public input through issuance of a Federal Register Notice. Submissions must be received by July 21, 2013.