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TTB NEWSLETTER | Weekly News
July 8, 2016
IN THIS ISSUE
Greetings! We hope you had a fearless and forbearing week! This week's top stories include an interim final rule adjusting the amount of the Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act penalty, information about our updated customer service pages and presentation page at TTB.gov, and a list of the past week's top turnaround time pages at TTB.gov.
WHAT'S POPULAR ON TTB.GOV
Top Turnaround Time Pages for June 27-July 3, 2016
ABOUT THE NEWSLETTER
The TTB Newsletter compiles 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.
Please send any questions or comments to the Executive Liaison for Industry and State Matters at Industry-StateLiaison@ttb.gov.
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ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LABELING ACT PENALTY ADJUSTED FOR INFLATION
The Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act of 1988 (ABLA) requires a government warning statement to appear on all containers of alcoholic beverages sold or distributed in the United States. Under this law, as passed in 1988, any person who violates the ABLA is subject to a civil penalty of not more than $10,000, with each day constituting a separate offense.
On Friday, July 1, we published an interim final rule adjusting the maximum penalty for ABLA violations to $19,787, following Congress' instructions in the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvement Act of 2015 (Improvement Act).
This Act requires federal agencies to adjust certain civil monetary penalties to reflect inflation between the year the penalties were set up and 2015. (Congress excluded Internal Revenue Code civil penalties from these inflation adjustments.) The new ABLA penalty reflects inflation since 1988.
For more information, visit our Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act Penalty page at TTB.gov.
After this initial adjustment, the Improvement Act requires agencies to adjust civil penalties for inflation yearly but does not require agencies to go through the rulemaking process to do so. We plan to publish notices in the Federal Register each year showing the updated penalty. The current ABLA civil penalty amount will always be available at our Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act Penalty page at TTB.gov.
You can submit comments on this interim final rule and view copies of it and any comments we receive about it within Docket No. TTB–2016–0006 at Regulations.gov.
IT'S ALL ABOUT SERVICE … TTB'S UPDATED CUSTOMER SERVICE PAGES ARE A CLICK AWAY
Customer service is key to our bureau operations, and we try to incorporate timeliness, quality, and professionalism in that service. We recognize that we need to be responsive to your needs to help your business grow, so getting our website visitors to the right information is an important first step for improving the user experience.
In response to feedback from our Web survey, as well as additional comments from our industry members, we created two new pages at TTB.gov: an improved Contact Us page, and the TTB Online Help Center.
Our Contact Us page features direct contact links for our TTB industry experts, as well as our laboratories, and other important contacts across the bureau. We've also included links to popular topics at TTB.gov.
Our recently completed TTB Online Help Center provides technical support for our TTB Online applications, information about taking care of your TTB-related business online, general information about the TTB.gov website, and more.
These enhanced resources are designed to help get you to the right information easily and efficiently, and to improve your experience at TTB.gov.
TTB PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE AT TTB.GOV
We periodically participate in industry conferences and seminars to provide training or relevant TTB-related information. We also occasionally hold our own training events, such as webinars or seminars.
We make presentations available for everyone’s benefit at our TTB Presentations page at TTB.gov. We have presentations related to our TTB Online applications, such as Permits Online, Formulas Online, and COLAs Online.
Our most recent presentation is from our presentation at the 6th annual CiderCON in in Portland, Oregon:
We’ll be adding more presentations, so check this page again in the future to see new additions.