By Eric Schweibenz
According to an excerpt from the March 13, 2009 Federal Register, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued a notice indicating that its Electronic Document Information System (EDIS) will be unavailable for use from 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2009 until 6:00 a.m. on Monday, March 30, 2009.

According to the notice, while EDIS is shut down the ITC plans to roll out EDIS3, a new and improved EDIS system with better technical performance.

Also, during the shut down, the Commission “is temporarily suspending its filing procedures…specifically prohibiting electronic filing and access to electronic viewing of documents…”  Thus, during the shut down the Commission will only accept paper filings and parties will be required to complete a temporary EDIS Docket Cover Sheet available on the Commission website at: http://www.usitc.gov/docketservices/temporary_edis_cover.pdf

Parties filing papers with the ITC during the shut down must submit with the filing a valid EDIS Docket Cover Sheet prepared using this temporary form.