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October 16, 2015


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings! We hope you had a jubilant and triumphant week! This week's top stories include the selection of Gracie Joy as the new Deputy Director of ALFD, our call for volunteers to assist with designing improvements to Formulas Online, a Customs interim rule about changes to the system for the processing electronic entry and entry summary filings, and a list of top Frequently Asked Questions pages at TTB.gov/.

GRACIE JOY SELECTED AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR, ALFD

We are pleased to announce that Gracie Joy has been selected to fill the newly created position of Deputy Director for the Advertising, Labeling and Formulation Division (ALFD).  In this role, she will specifically focus on strategic planning, quality assurance, and employee development initiatives.

Ms. Joy joined TTB in 2006 and has broad experience in alcohol beverage labeling and formulation, as she has served as an Assistant Director in both the Malt Beverage, Distilled Spirits Labeling and Formulation Office, as well as the Wine Labeling Office.  Additionally, since 2013, she has guided the ALFD Business Process Innovation Team, leading the Division’s efforts to improve internal guidance, and training and reference manuals for ALFD specialists.  She also spearheaded the development of ALFD’s Technical Information Center, which will soon serve as the central contact point for industry members for ALFD matters.

INTERESTED IN HELPING US IMPROVE FORMULAS ONLINE?

We’re looking for a few people to participate in a research study aimed at making Formulas Online faster and easier for you to use.  Here are the details:

  • Who: People who have submitted or soon plan to submit a malt beverage, wine, or distilled spirit formula for approval using Formulas Online.   
  • What: Doing some tasks using the online form and answering some questions.
  • Where: At your own computer, sharing your screen and speaking on the phone with a researcher during a one-on-one, 1-hour research session.
  • When:  Sessions will take place November 9-13, 2015 (please email us between October 16 and November 9 if you want to volunteer)
  • Confidentiality: Data we collect will not be shared outside TTB, and will be kept confidential. 

Interested in volunteering?  If so, please email us at ttbusability@ttb.gov/ and tell us:

  • The best phone number to contact you during the day
  • How many formulas you have ever submitted via Formulas Online (0-3, 4-12, 13-19, 20+)
  • Your commodity(ies) (malt beverages, wine, distilled spirits)
  • The source(s) of your products (domestically produced or imported)

We will call those expressing interest and ask you some additional questions to determine study eligibility.

We are looking for a limited number of people, so please contact us early!

AUTOMATED COMMERCIAL ENVIRONMENT (ACE) FILINGS FOR ELECTRONIC ENTRY/ENTRY SUMMARY (CARGO RELEASE AND RELATED ENTRY)

SOURCE: Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 197 / Tuesday, October 13, 2015 / Rules and Regulations

AGENCIES: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security; Department of the Treasury.

ACTION: Interim final rule.

SUMMARY: This document amends the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations to reflect that on November 1, 2015, the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) will be a CBP-authorized Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) System. This regulatory document informs the public that the Automated Commercial System (ACS) is being phased out as a CBP-authorized EDI System for the processing electronic entry and entry summary filings (also known as entry filings). ACE will replace the Automated Commercial System (ACS) as the CBP-authorized EDI system for processing commercial trade data. This document also announces the conclusion of the ACE Cargo Release and the Entry Summary, Accounts and Revenue tests with regard to the entry and entry summary requirements that are now part of the CBP regulations.

DATES: Effective Date: This interim final rule is effective on November 1, 2015.Story].

 

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