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April 19, 2013

Greetings! We hope you are having a collegial and warm-hearted week! This edition includes the announcement of Jill Murphy as TTB's new Director, Office of Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation, "other" uses of alcohol regulated by TTB, a look at our National Revenue Center, and a request for feedback about this newsletter.

In the TTB Newsletter, we compile the top TTB news of the week and other helpful information about the Bureau and the Federal alcohol and tobacco laws and regulations we enforce.

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Jill Murphy selected as Director, Office of Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation

We are pleased to announce the selection of Jill Murphy for the position of Director, Office of Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation. The director reports to the Deputy Administrator and the Administrator and manages the Bureau's strategic planning process, oversees the Bureau's performance management framework, coordinates the Bureau's program review process, and serves as the primary Bureau representative to higher Departmental strategic planning offices and executives.

"Other" Uses of Alcohol

While many people may associate the word "alcohol" with beverages, alcohol has many other scientific, medical, and industrial uses. The Other Alcohol homepage provides information and resources on all of the other uses of alcohol regulated by TTB.

Click on a category to find relevant resources for three of the most common "other" uses of alcohol.

  • Denatured Alcohol
    Specially Denatured Alcohol (SDA) is alcohol to which denaturing materials have been added. Manufacturers may use SDA in the manufacture of any product that is not intended for consumption. Generally, SDA is used in cosmetic products but its use extends to pharmaceuticals, chemical manufacturing, and products where SDA is the solvent or reactant.

    Completely Denatured Alcohol (CDA) is alcohol that has been so thoroughly denatured that the product is utterly unfit for beverage use, and the denaturants used are very nearly inseparable from the alcohol. The use of CDA is authorized without permit restrictions because of the reduced risk that the pure alcohol can be extracted and diverted to beverage use.

  • Nonbeverage Alcohol Products
    Nonbeverage drawback alcohol is pure alcohol, the same as that used for beverages. However, when manufacturers use that alcohol in the production of a food, flavor, medicine, or perfume, and the Nonbeverage Products Laboratory approves the product as unfit for beverage purposes, they can claim a return of most of the distilled spirits excise tax paid.

  • Alcohol Fuel
    The law states that alcohol produced at an Alcohol Fuel Plant (AFP) is restricted to be "exclusively for fuel use." The law, however, does not contain a definition of "fuel use." TTB interprets the term to mean only the use of alcohol in motor fuel products that decrease the U.S. reliance on petroleum.

TTB National Revenue Center

Our National Revenue Center, or NRC, is located in Cincinnati, Ohio.  It is the largest TTB office, with close to 130 employees.  These employees have a number of responsibilities, but primary among them are to process applications for permits to operate TTB-regulated businesses, and to process operational reports and excise tax returns.

Visit our website to learn more about the NRC.

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