On September 23, 2016, the USTR published in the Federal Register a proposed rule [Docket No. USTR-2016-0015] that would establish subpart B to 15 C.F.R. part 2004, updating its implementing rule under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The proposed rule, which is modeled after a template provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, describes how to make a FOIA request to USTR and how the FOIA Office, which includes the USTR officials who are authorized to work on FOIA requests, processes requests for records. USTR is in the process of renaming and reorganizing part 2004 to include all of the rules governing disclosure of USTR records and information, and with this proposed rule, USTR is moving the FOIA rule into a new subpart B to part 2004.
USTR must receive written comments on or before November 22, 2016.