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August 25, 2017


IN THIS ISSUE

Greetings!  This week's top news includes an announcement that Pam Jamieson is retiring after 34 years of Federal government service, notification of a planned power outage at our NRC call center, information about the latest updates to Formulas Online, and a notice that USTR is seeking input as they compile their "notorious markets" list.

PAM JAMIESON IS RETIRING

Pam Jamieson is retiring September 2, 2017, after more than 34 years of distinguished service and passionate devotion to assisting the alcohol beverage industry. Many of you may have interacted with Ms. Jamieson, who has worked for the past 30 years in the TTB office that oversees alcohol labels and formulas, and will fondly recall her always cheerful disposition and her helpful attitude.

Ms. Jamieson started her career with the Federal government in 1982 as a clerk typist. She held a number of positions over the years dealing with labeling and formula approval and has been in her current position of Quality Assurance Specialist for wine labeling since 2004. In this positon she has trained and assisted hundreds of industry members at trade shows, through webinars, and on the phone. Most recently, Ms. Jamieson's vast knowledge of wine labeling has been put to use training the next generation of TTB wine labeling specialists.

We extend our best wishes to Pam as she begins a new chapter and celebrates her retirement.

POWER OUTAGE AFFECTING THE NRC TELEPHONE SERVICE

Telephone service at the TTB National Revenue Center (NRC) will not be available beginning at 3 p.m. ET Friday, August 25, 2017, through noon ET Monday, August 28, 2017, due to a planned power outage in the building. This affects all TTB phone numbers that begin with area code 513, as well as the Call Center toll-free number 877-882-3277.

We've set up an alternative phone number, 202-508-0425, for use during this time. NRC Call Center hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday.

FORMULAS ONLINE VERSION 2.5 IS HERE

This latest release of Formulas Online focuses on beverage formula enhancements on the Main, Formula, and Samples tabs. You will now see additional guidance and user-friendly features to help you with superseding formulas, entering method of manufacture information, providing samples, and more. For details, check out What's New in Formulas Online 2.5 (Industry Members)

USTR SEEKS PUBLIC COMMENTS ON ITS "NOTORIOUS MARKETS LIST"

Source: Federal Register /Vol. 82, No. 157 /Wednesday, August 16, 2017 /Notices

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

2017 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets: Comment Request

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Request for comments.

SUMMARY: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) requests written comments that identify online and physical markets based outside the United States that should be included in the 2017 Notorious Markets List (List). Conducted under the auspices of the Special 301 program, the List identifies online and physical marketplaces that reportedly engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting. In 2010, USTR began publishing the Notorious Markets List separately from the annual Special 301 Report as an "Out-of-Cycle Review."

DATES: October 2, 2017 at midnight EST: Deadline for submission of written comments.  October 16, 2017 at midnight EST: Deadline for submission of rebuttal comments and other information USTR should consider during the review.

Read the Federal Register Notice.

 

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