Department of Commerce Announces Official Timeline for Proposed Concrete Masonry Checkoff

JULY 2, 2020: The U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC) is outlining the path forward for the proposed Concrete Masonry Checkoff program.

In a short recorded presentation, Michael Thompson, International Trade Specialist with the USDOC, explains key upcoming events scheduled to occur between now and the spring of 2021.

Thompson also announces a series of three informational webinars the USDOC will host beginning on July 14th.

Key Dates Ahead

  • First Informational Webinar

    The first of three scheduled webinars is set for Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 2:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time and will cover three key topics: the draft order, the regulatory impact review and the 30-day public comments period.

    “The department will post on its website and send electronically the instructions for participation in the webinars,” says Thompson. “If we receive questions in advance of an information webinar, we will attempt to address them during the respective webinar. Additionally, we will be taking questions during the webinars as time permits.”

    If you have questions or would like to be added to the USDOC email list, Mike Thompson can be reached via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    This webinar, along with future sessions, will be recorded and posted on the USDOC website for on-demand viewing.

  • First Federal Register Notice

    The federal register is the official journal of the federal government of the United States that contains government agency rules, proposed rules and public notices.

    “July 15th, 2020 is the approximate date for the release of the first federal register notice on the proposed order,” Thompson says. “We will share the notice with those on our email list and through the Concrete Masonry Checkoff Initiative and state concrete masonry associations.”

  • Public Comment Period Begins

    After being announced in the Federal Register, the 30-day public comments period begins and runs from July 15th through August 15th.

    Mid-July is also the target date for the release of the second federal register notice on the 30-day public comments period on the referendum procedures.

  • Public Comment Period Closes
    Mid-August, the 30-day comments period closes for the draft order and referendum procedures.
  • 2nd Information Webinar

    The second information webinar is scheduled for the last week of August or the first week of September. Thompson says the specific date is still being determined.

    The second webinar will provide an executive summary of received public comments and include a detailed presentation on the referendum. Topics to be covered include rules of eligibility, ballot forms, and the overall process and procedure for the referendum.

    If you have questions or would like to be added to the USDOC email list, Mike Thompson can be reached via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • 3rd Federal Register Notice
    The third federal register announcement, providing a 30-day notice of the upcoming referendum, is tentatively scheduled for release on September 15th. This notice will also be sent to companies electronically.
  • Industry-wide Referendum
    Thompson says the USDOC has scheduled a referendum to start on October 15th and end on November 15th, 2020.
  • Referendum Results Announced
    The fourth federal register notice is scheduled for release on December 15th. “We will announce the notice on Twitter, post the notice on the department website and send this notice to companies electronically,” says Thompson. “The notice will announce the results of the referendum, an affirmative vote will initiate implementation of the order and the nomination process for the establishment of the concrete board.”
  • 3rd Webinar
    The third and final informational webinar is scheduled for December 15th through 17th, a specific date to be determined. This session will discuss results of the referendum and establishing a concrete board. The Commerce Department will electronically send instructions for participating in this webinar.

    This webinar, along with future sessions, will be recorded and posted on the USDOC website for on-demand viewing.

    If you have questions or would like to be added to the USDOC email list, Mike Thompson can be reached via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Board Nominations
    December 15th through February 15th, 2021 nominations will be accepted for the concrete board.
  • Operations Begin
    February 15th, 2021 through April 15th, 2021, the concrete board begins operations, votes on its charter and drafts a fee collection plan.

Video: Background Information