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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 8 / Wednesday, January 12, 2005 / Notices westbound Skyway contract and 90 days after completion of the Suspension Span foundations contract. This report should detail the monitoring protocol, summarize the data recorded during monitoring, and estimate the number of marine mammals that may have been harassed due to pile driving. If comments are received from the Regional Administrator on the draft final report, a final report must be submitted to NMFS within 30 days thereafter. If no comments are received from NMFS, the draft final report will be considered to be the final report. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) In November, 2003, NMFS prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) and, on November 4, 2003 made a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). Therefore, preparation of an environmental impact statement on this action is not required. A copy of the EA and FONSI are available upon request (see ADDRESSES). Endangered Species Act (ESA) On October 30, 2001, NMFS completed consultation under section 7 of the ESA with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on the CALTRANS’ construction of a replacement bridge for the East Span of the SF-OBB in California. The finding contained in the Biological Opinion was that the CALTRANS action at the East Span of the SF-OBB is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of listed anadromous salmonids, or result in the destruction or adverse modification of designated critical habitat for these species. Listed marine mammals are not expected to be in the area of the action and thus would not be affected. The issuance of this IHA to CALTRANS constitutes an agency action that authorizes an activity that may affect ESA-listed species and, therefore, is subject to section 7 of the ESA. However, as the effects of the underlying activities on listed salmonids were analyzed during a formal consultation between the FHWA and NMFS, and as the underlying action has not changed from that considered in the consultation, the discussion of effects that are contained in the Biological Opinion issued to the FHWA on October 30, 2001, pertains also to this action. In conclusion, NMFS has determined that issuance of an IHA for this activity does not lead to any effects to listed species apart from those that were considered in the consultation on FHWA’s action. VerDate jul<14>2003 17:37 Jan 11, 2005 Jkt 205001 2127 Determinations DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE For the reasons discussed in this document and in previously identified supporting documents, NMFS has determined that the impact of pile driving and other activities associated with construction of the East Span Project should result, at worst, in the Level B harassment of small numbers of California sea lions, Pacific harbor seals and potentially gray whales that inhabit or visit SFB in general and the vicinity of the SF-OBB in particular. While behavioral modifications, including temporarily vacating the area around the construction site, may be made by these species to avoid the resultant visual and acoustic disturbance, the availability of alternate areas within SFB and haul-out sites (including pupping sites) and feeding areas within the Bay has led NMFS to preliminarily determine that this action will have a negligible impact on California sea lion, Pacific harbor seal, and gray whale populations along the California coast. In addition, no take by Level A harassment (injury) or death is anticipated and harassment takes should be at the lowest level practicable due to incorporation of the mitigation measures mentioned previously in this document. National Telecommunications and Information Administration Authorization For the reasons previously discussed, NMFS has issued an IHA for a 1-year period, for the potential incidental harassment of small numbers of harbor seals, California sea lions and California gray whales incidental to construction of a replacement bridge for the East Span of the San Franciso-Oakland Bay Bridge in California, provided the previously mentioned mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements are incorporated. NMFS has determined that the construction activity would result in the harassment of only small numbers of harbor seals, California sea lions and possibly California gray whales and will have no more than a negligible impact on these marine mammal stocks. Dated: January 3, 2005. Donna Wieting, Acting Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–624 Filed 1–11–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Performance Reporting System (PRS) for the Technology Opportunities Program (TOP) ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Pub. L. 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before March 14, 2005. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet dHynek@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Clifton Beck, NTIA, Room H–4888, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet cbeck@ntia.doc.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The purpose of the Technology Opportunities Program (TOP), is to promote the use of advanced telecommunications and information technologies in the non-profit and public sectors. These projects encourage the deployment of broadband infrastructure, services, and applications throughout the Nation. TOP projects demonstrate how digital networks support lifelong learning for all Americans, help public safety officials protect the public, assist in the delivery of health care and public health services, and foster communication, resource-sharing, and economic development. Since 1994, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), in administering TOP, has awarded 610 grants, in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands totaling $233.5 million and leveraging $313.7 million in local E:\FR\FM\12JAN1.SGM 12JAN1 2128 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 8 / Wednesday, January 12, 2005 / Notices matching funds. TOP makes matching grants to state, local and tribal governments, non-profit health care providers, schools, libraries, public safety providers, and non-profit community-based, faith-based organizations, national organizations and associations, museums, colleges, universities, or other providers of social services. In order to ensure TOP’s ability to assess the performance of its grants program and to comply with the Government Performance and Results Act, NTIA will collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data relating to start-up documentation, quarterly and annual progress, and close-out documentation on TOP-funded projects. NTIA seeks a mechanism whereby it can evaluate the impacts of its projects on an ongoing basis, monitor grants more efficiently and effectively, and provide timely technical assistance to grant recipients. To enable the Program to monitor and to analyze the impacts of the funded projects, TOP seeks to incorporate standardized quantitative and qualitative data elements into an online structured reporting system. The reporting system will include a set of core data elements that apply to all projects. NTIA is interested in the effects that the funded projects are having at the local level and, over the long term, at the national level. It is NTIA’s intention to understand the nature and degree of those effects on the organizations implementing the projects, other organizations that are involved with the projects, the individuals who are served by the projects, and the community as a whole. II. Method of Collection Data will be collected through the use of automated collection techniques. The information collection instrument to be used for this study will include a webbased structured reporting system for both quantitative and qualitative project information. III. Data OMB Number: 0660–0015. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: State and local government, and non-profit institutions. Estimated Number of Respondents: 50. Estimated Time Per Response: 20 hours for start-up documentation; 4 hours for progress reports; 30 minutes for annual report; and 20 hours for final closeout report. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 1,492. VerDate jul<14>2003 17:37 Jan 11, 2005 Jkt 205001 Estimated Total Annual Cost to the Public: $0. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request of OMB approval of the information collection; they also become a matter of public record. Dated: January 6, 2005. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 05–563 Filed 1–11–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–60–P COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS Adjustment of Import Limits for Certain Cotton, Wool and Man-Made Fiber Textile Products Produced or Manufactured in Cambodia January 10, 2005. Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA). ACTION: Issuing a directive to the Commissioner, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection retroactively increasing 2004 limits by 4%. AGENCY: EFFECTIVE DATE: January 12, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Naomi Freeman, International Trade Specialist, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482–4212. For information on the quota status of these limits, refer to the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection website (http:// www.cbp.gov), or call (202) 344-2650. For information on embargoes and quota re-openings, refer to the Office of Textiles and Apparel website at http:// otexa.ita.doc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority: Section 204 of the Agricultural Act of 1956, as amended (7 U.S.C. 1854); PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Executive Order 11651 of March 3, 1972, as amended. In recognition of the continuing efforts of Cambodia to improve working conditions in the textile and apparel sector, including internationally recognized core labor standards, through the application of Cambodian labor law, and in response to the Second Labor Consultation of 2004, the U.S. Government is providing an increase of 4% of the base level quotas retroactively to 2004 adjusted limits. Goods exported on and after January 1, 2005 are not subject to textile and apparel import limits. In the letter published below, the Chairman of CITA directs the Commissioner, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection to adjust the 2004 limits. A description of the textile and apparel categories in terms of HTS numbers is available in the CORRELATION: Textile and Apparel Categories with the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (see Federal Register notice 69 FR 4926, published on February 2, 2004). Also see 68 FR 68597, published on December 9, 2003 and 69 FR 60617, published on October 12, 2004. Philip J. Martello, Acting Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements. Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements January 10, 2005. Commissioner, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, Washington, DC 20229. Dear Commissioner: You are directed, effective on January 12, 2005, to increase the restraint limits established in the directive dated December 4, 2003 for textile products in the following categories, produced or manufactured in Cambodia and exported during the twelve-month period which began on January 1, 2004 and extended through December 31, 2004, to reflect the continuing efforts of the Royal Government of Cambodia to improve working conditions in the textile and apparel sector, and in response to the Second Labor Consultation of 2004: Category 331pt./631pt. 2 ......... 334/634 .................... 335/635 .................... 338/339 .................... 340/640 .................... 345 ........................... 347/348/647/648 ...... 352/652 .................... 435 ........................... 438 ........................... 445/446 .................... 638/639 .................... E:\FR\FM\12JAN1.SGM 12JAN1 adjusted twelve-month limit 1 59,451 dozen pairs. 283,264 dozen. 108,217 dozen. 4,453,537 dozen. 1,318,876 dozen. 137,807 dozen. 4,767,375 dozen. 1,065,411 dozen. 26,594 dozen. 127,771 dozen. 156,164 dozen. 1,631,308 dozen.

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 8 (Wednesday, January 12, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 2127-2128]
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[FR Doc No: 05-563]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Telecommunications and Information Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Performance 
Reporting System (PRS) for the Technology Opportunities Program (TOP)

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort 
to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public 
and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on 
proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Pub. L. 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 
3506(c)(2)(A)).

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before March 14, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 1401 
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet 
dHynek@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Clifton Beck, NTIA, Room H-4888, U.S. Department of 
Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via 
the Internet cbeck@ntia.doc.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Abstract

    The purpose of the Technology Opportunities Program (TOP), is to 
promote the use of advanced telecommunications and information 
technologies in the non-profit and public sectors. These projects 
encourage the deployment of broadband infrastructure, services, and 
applications throughout the Nation. TOP projects demonstrate how 
digital networks support lifelong learning for all Americans, help 
public safety officials protect the public, assist in the delivery of 
health care and public health services, and foster communication, 
resource-sharing, and economic development.
    Since 1994, the National Telecommunications and Information 
Administration (NTIA), in administering TOP, has awarded 610 grants, in 
all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. 
Virgin Islands totaling $233.5 million and leveraging $313.7 million in 
local

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matching funds. TOP makes matching grants to state, local and tribal 
governments, non-profit health care providers, schools, libraries, 
public safety providers, and non-profit community-based, faith-based 
organizations, national organizations and associations, museums, 
colleges, universities, or other providers of social services.
    In order to ensure TOP's ability to assess the performance of its 
grants program and to comply with the Government Performance and 
Results Act, NTIA will collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative 
data relating to start-up documentation, quarterly and annual progress, 
and close-out documentation on TOP-funded projects.
    NTIA seeks a mechanism whereby it can evaluate the impacts of its 
projects on an ongoing basis, monitor grants more efficiently and 
effectively, and provide timely technical assistance to grant 
recipients. To enable the Program to monitor and to analyze the impacts 
of the funded projects, TOP seeks to incorporate standardized 
quantitative and qualitative data elements into an online structured 
reporting system. The reporting system will include a set of core data 
elements that apply to all projects.
    NTIA is interested in the effects that the funded projects are 
having at the local level and, over the long term, at the national 
level. It is NTIA's intention to understand the nature and degree of 
those effects on the organizations implementing the projects, other 
organizations that are involved with the projects, the individuals who 
are served by the projects, and the community as a whole.

II. Method of Collection

    Data will be collected through the use of automated collection 
techniques. The information collection instrument to be used for this 
study will include a web-based structured reporting system for both 
quantitative and qualitative project information.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0660-0015.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: State and local government, and non-profit 
institutions.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 50.
    Estimated Time Per Response: 20 hours for start-up documentation; 4 
hours for progress reports; 30 minutes for annual report; and 20 hours 
for final closeout report.
    Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 1,492.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to the Public: $0.

IV. Request for Comments

    Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the agency, including whether the information shall have practical 
utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden 
(including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; 
(c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the 
collection of information on respondents.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request of OMB approval of the information 
collection; they also become a matter of public record.

    Dated: January 6, 2005.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 05-563 Filed 1-11-05; 8:45 am]
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