Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program, 2386-2388 [05-724]

Download as PDF 2386 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 9 / Thursday, January 13, 2005 / Notices ∑ The ability of the organization to provide an experienced staff with the requisite technical and trade experience to execute the proposal; ∑ The extent to which the proposal is targeted to a market in which the United States is generally competitive; ∑ The potential for expanding commercial sales in the proposed market; ∑ The nature of the specific market constraint or opportunity involved and how well it is addressed by the proposal; ∑ The extent to which the importer’s contribution in terms of handling and processing enhances the potential outcome of the project; ∑ The amount of reimbursement requested and the organization’s Willingness to contribute resources, including cash and goods and services of the U.S. industry and foreign third parties; and ∑ How well the proposed technical assistance component assures that performance trials will effectively demonstrate the intended end-usebenefit. Highest priority for funding under this announcement will be given to meritorious proposals that target countries that meet either of the following criteria: ∑ Per capita income less than $9,075 (the ceiling on upper middle income economies as determined by the World Bank [World Development Indicators 2005]); and population greater than 1 million. Proposals may address suitable regional groupings, for example, the islands of the Caribbean Basin; or ∑ U.S. market share of imports of the commodity identified in the proposal of 10 percent of less. 2. Review and Selection Process. Proposals will be evaluated by the applicable FAS commodity division. The divisions will review each proposal against the factors described above. The purpose of this review is to identify meritorious proposals, recommend an appropriate funding level for each proposal based upon these factors, and submit the proposals and funding recommendations to the Deputy Administrator, Commodity and Marketing Programs. 3. Anticipated Announcement Date. Announcements of funding decisions for the QSP are anticipated during June 2005. VI. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices. The FAS will notify each applicant in writing of the final disposition of its application. The FAS will send an approval letter and agreement to each approved applicant. VerDate jul<14>2003 17:46 Jan 12, 2005 Jkt 205001 The approval letter and agreement will specify the terms and conditions applicable to the project, including the levels of QSP funding and any costshare contribution requirements. 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements. The agreements will incorporate the details of each project as approved by FAS. Each agreement will identify terms and conditions pursuant to which CCC will reimburse certain costs of each project. Agreements will also outline the responsibilities of the participant, including, but not limited to, procurement (or arranging for procurement) of the commodity sample at a fair market price, arranging for transportation of the commodity sample within the time limit specified in the agreement, (organizations should endeavor to ship commodities within 6 months of effective date of agreement), compliance with cargo preference requirements (shipment on United States flag vessels, as required), compliance with the Fly American Act requirements (shipment on United States air carriers, as required), timely and effective implementation of technical assistance, and submission of a written evaluation report within 90 days of expiration of the agreement. QSP agreements are subject to review and verification by the FAS Compliance Review Staff. Upon request, a QSP participant shall provide to CCC the original documents which support the participant’s reimbursement claims. CCC may deny a claim for reimbursement if the claim is not supported by adequate documentation. 3. Reporting. A written evaluation report must be submitted within 90 days of the expiration of each participant’s QSP agreement. Evaluation reports should address all performance measures that were presented in the proposal. VII. Agency Contact(s) For additional information and assistance, contact the Marketing Operations Staff, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 4932 South, STOP 1042, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250–1042, Phone: (202) 720–4327, fax: (202) 720–9361, email: mosadmin@fas.usda.gov. Dated: Signed at Washington, DC on January 4, 2005. A. Ellen Terpstra, Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service, and Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation. [FR Doc. 05–687 Filed 1–12–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–10–M PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Commodity Credit Corporation Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program Announcement Type: New. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.604. SUMMARY: The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces the availability of funding for the 2005 Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops (TASC) Program. The intended effect of this notice is to solicit applications from the private sector and from government agencies for participation in the FY 2005 TASC Program. The TASC Program is administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS). See paragraph IV.3 below for a detailed description of relevant dates. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Entities wishing to apply for funding assistance should contact the Marketing Operations Staff, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 4932–S, Stop 1042, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250–1042, phone: (202) 720–4327, fax: (202) 720–9361, e-mail: mosadmin@fas.usda.gov. Information is also available on the Foreign Agricultural Service Web site at http:// www.fas.usda.gov/mos/tasc/tasc.html. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Funding Opportunity Description Authority: The TASC Program is authorized by section 3205 of Pub. L. 107– 171. TASC regulations appear at 7 CFR part 1487. Purpose: The TASC Program is designed to assist U.S. organizations by providing funding for projects that address sanitary, phytosanitary, and technical barriers that prohibit or threaten the export of U.S. specialty crops. U.S. specialty crops, for the purpose of the TASC Program, are defined to include all cultivated plants, or the products thereof, produced in the U.S., except wheat, feed grains, oilseeds cotton, rice, peanuts, sugar, and tobacco. As a general matter, TASC Program projects should be designed to accomplish the following goals: • Projects should address a sanitary, phytosanitary, or related technical barrier that prohibits or threatens the export of U.S. specialty crops; E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 9 / Thursday, January 13, 2005 / Notices • Projects should demonstrably benefit the represented industry and not a specific company or brand; and, • Projects must address barriers to U.S. specialty crops that are currently available on a commercial basis and for which barrier removal would predominantly benefit U.S. exports. Examples of expenses that the CCC may agree to reimburse under the TASC Program include, but are not limited to: initial pre-clearance programs, export protocol and work plan support, seminars and workshops, study tours, field surveys, development of pest lists, pest and disease research, database development, reasonable logistical and administrative support, and travel and per diem expenses. II. Award Information In general, all qualified proposals received before the specified application deadlines will complete for funding. The limited funds and the range of barriers affecting the exports of U.S. specialty crops worldwide preclude CCC from approving large budgets for individual projects. In prior years, the amount of funding per proposal has ranged from $13,000 to $250,000, the maximum allowed. Applicants may submit multiple proposals, and applicants with previously approved TASC proposals may apply for additional funding. However, no TASC participant may have more than three approved projects underway at any given time. The FAS will consider providing either grant funds as direct assistance to U.S. organizations or providing technical assistance on behalf of U.S. organizations, provided that the organization submits timely and qualified proposals. The FAS will review all proposals against the evaluation criteria contained in the program regulations. Funding for successful proposals will be provided through specific agreements. These agreements will incorporate the proposal as approved by FAS. FAS must approve in advance any subsequent changes to the project. The FAS or another Federal agency may have involvement in the implementation of approved projects. III. Eligibility Information 1. Eligible Applicants: Any United States organization, private or government, may apply to the program. Government organizations consist of federal, state, and local agencies. Private organizations include non-profit trade associations, universities, agricultural cooperatives, state regional trade groups, and private companies. VerDate jul<14>2003 17:46 Jan 12, 2005 Jkt 205001 Foreign organizations, whether government or private, may participate as third parties in activities carried out by U.S. organizations, but are not eligible for funding assistance from the program. 2. Cost Sharing or Matching: Although a minimum level of cost share contribution is not required, it is very strongly encouraged in this highly competitive program. If provided, such support may be in the form of cash, goods, or in-kind services which are dedicate to the project by the organization that submitted the proposal, private industry entities, host governments, or foreign third parties. IV. Application and Submission Information 1. Address to Request Application Package: Organizations can submit applications to the FAS through the Unified Export Strategy (UES) application Internet Web site. Applicants also have the option of submitting electronic versions in the UES format (along with two paper copies) of their applications to the FAS on diskette. Applicants planning to use the UES Internet-based system must contact the FAS Marketing Operations Staff on (202) 720–4327 to obtain site access information including a user ID and password. The UES Internet-based application, including a Help file containing step-by-step instructions for its use, may be found at the following URL address: http://www.fas.usda.gov/ cooperators.html. Applicants are not required to use the UES, but are strongly encouraged to do so because it reduces paperwork and expedites the FAS processing and review cycle. Applicants who choose to submit applications on diskette can obtain an application format by contacting the Marketing Operations Staff, phone: (202) 720–4327, fax: (202) 720–9361, email: mosadmin@fas.usda.gov. 2. Content and Form of Application Submission: All TASC proposals must contain complete information about the proposed projects as described in § 1487.5(b) of the TASC Program regulations. In addition, in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget’s issuance of a final policy (68 FR 38402) regarding the use of a universal identifier for all Federal grants and cooperative agreements, all applicants must submit a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number. An applicant may request a DUNS number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line on 1–866–705– 5711. Incomplete applications and PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2387 applications which do not otherwise conform to this announcement will not be accepted for review. 3. Submission Dates and Times: TASC funding is limited, and in order to assure sufficient resources are available to meet unanticipated needs during the fiscal year, TASC proposals will, generally, only be evaluated on a semi-annual basis. That is: ∑ Proposals received prior to, but not later than 5 p.m. (local time Washington, DC) February 1, 2005, will be considered for funding with other proposals received by that date; ∑ Proposals received prior to but not later than 5 p.m. (local time Washington, DC) July 1, 2005, will be considered for funding with other proposals received by that date; ∑ Proposals not approved for funding during the applicable review period will be reconsidered for funding after the applicable review period only if the applicant specifically requests such reconsideration in writing, and only if funding remains available. ∑ Proposals received after 5 p.m. (local time, Washington, DC) July 1, 2005, will be considered for funding only if funding remains available. Nothwithstanding the foregoing, a proposal maybe submitted for expedited consideration under the TASC Quick Response process, if, in addition to meeting all requirements of the TASC program, a proposal clearly identifies time-sensitive activity. In these cases, a proposal may be submitted at any time for an immediate evaluation. All proposals will be date stamped upon receipt. 4. Funding Restrictions: Proposals which request more than $250,000 of CCC funding in a given year will not be considered. Proposals to fund projects that exceed three years in duration will not be considered. No TASC participant may have more than three approved projects underway at any given time. Although funded projects may take place in the United States, all eligible projects must specifically address sanitary, phytosanitary, or technical barriers to the export of U.S. specialty crops. Certain types of expenses are not eligible for reimbursement by the program. For example, program funds shall not be used to reimburse the cost of market research, advertising, or other promotional expenses. CCC will not reimburse unreasonable expenditures or any expenditures made prior to approval of a proposal. 5. Other Submission Requirements: All Internet-based applications must be properly submitted by 5 p.m. (local time in Washington, DC) on February 1, E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1 2388 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 9 / Thursday, January 13, 2005 / Notices 2005, or July 1, 2005, in order to be considered during the applicable review period. All applications on diskette (with two accompanying paper copies) and any other applications must be received by 5 p.m. (local time in Washington, DC) on February 1, 2005, or July 1, 2005, at one of the following addresses: Hand Delivery (including FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.): U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service, Marketing Operations Staff, Room 4942–S, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250– 1042. U.S. Postal Delivery: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service, Marketing Operations Staff, STOP 1042, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250–1042. V. Application Review Information 1. Criteria: The FAS follows the evaluation criteria set forth in § 1487.6 of the TASC regulations. 2. Review and Selection Process: The FAS will review proposals for eligibility and will evaluate each proposal against the factors described above. The purpose of this review is to identify meritorious proposals, recommend an appropriate funding level for each proposal based upon these factors, and submit the proposals and funding recommendations to the Deputy Administrator, Commodity and Marketing Programs. The FAS may, when appropriate to the subject matter of the proposal, request the assistance of other U.S. government experts in evaluating the merits of a proposal. VI. Award Administration Information 1. Award Notices: The FAS will notify each applicant in writing of the final disposition of its application. The FAS will send an approval letter and agreement to each approved applicant. The approval letter and agreement will specify the terms and conditions applicable to the project, including levels of funding, timelines for implementation, and written evaluation requirements. 2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: The agreements will incorporate the details of each project as approved by FAS. Each agreement will identify terms and conditions pursuant to which CCC will reimburse certain costs of each project. Agreements will also outline the responsibilities of the participant. Interested parties should review the TASC Program regulations found at 7 CFR part 1487 in addition to this announcement. 3. Reporting: TASC participants are subject to the reporting and VerDate jul<14>2003 17:46 Jan 12, 2005 Jkt 205001 recordkeeping requirements described in 7 CFR part 3019. In addition, participants are required to submit a written report(s), on no less than an annual basis, and a final report, each of which evaluates their TASC project using the performance measures presented in the approved proposal. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Appeals and Litigation Group Leader; Northern Region; P.O. Box 7669; Missoula, Montana 59807. Phone: (406) 329–3696. The newspapers to be used are as follows: VII. Agency Contact For additional information or assistance, contact the Marketing Operations Staff, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 4932–S, Stop 1042, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250–1042, phone: (202) 720–4327, fax: (202) 720–9361, e-mail: mosadmin@fas.usda.gov. Regional Forester decisions in Montana: The Missoulian, Great Falls Tribune, and The Billings Gazette. Regional Forester decisions in Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington: The Spokesman Review and Lewiston Morning Tribune. Regional Forester decisions in North Dakota: Bismarck Tribune. Regional Forester decisions in South Dakota: Rapid City Journal. Beaverhead/Deerlodge NF—Montana Standard. Bitterroot NF—Ravalli Republic. Clearwater NF—Lewiston Morning Tribune. Custer NF—Billings Gazette (Montana), Rapid City Journal (South Dakota). Dakota Prairie Grasslands—Bismarck Tribune (North and South Dakota). Flathead NF—Daily Inter Lake. Gallatin NF—Bozeman Chronicle. Helena NF—Independent Record. Idaho Panhandle NFs—Spokesman Review. Kootenai NF—Daily Inter Lake. Lewis & Clark NF—Great Falls Tribune. Lolo NF—Missoulian. Nez Perce NF—Lewiston Morning Tribune. Supplemental notices may be placed in any newspaper, but time frames/ deadlines will be calculated based upon notices in newspapers of record listed above. Signed at Washington, DC on January 4, 2005. A. Ellen Terpstra, Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service, and Vice President, Commodity Credit Corporation. [FR Doc. 05–724 Filed 1–12–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–10–M DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Newspapers Used for Publication of Legal Notice of Appealable Decisions for the Northern Region; Northern Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, and portions of South Dakota and Eastern Washington Forest Service, USDA. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: This notice lists the newspapers that will be used by all Ranger Districts, Forests, Grasslands, and the Regional Office of the Northern Region to publish legal notices for public comment and decisions subject to appeal and predecisional administrative review under 36 CFR parts 215, 217, and 218. The intended effect of this action is to inform interested members of the public which newspapers will be used to publish legal notices for public comment or decisions; thereby allowing them to receive constructive notice of a decision, to provide clear evidence of timely notice, and to achieve consistency in administering the appeals process. DATES: Publication of legal notices in the listed newspapers will begin with decisions subject to appeal that are made on or after January 15, 2005. The list of newspapers will remain in effect until another notice is published in the Federal Register. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Northern Regional Office Dated: January 5, 2005. Kathleen A. McAllister, Deputy Regional Forester. [FR Doc. 05–706 Filed 1–12–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–M DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service Notice of Resource Advisory Committee Meeting North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee, Kamiah, Idaho, Forest Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Pursuant to the authorities in the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92–463) and under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self- E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Commodity Credit Corporation


Notice of Funds Availability: Inviting Applications for the 
Technical Assistance for Specialty Crops Program

    Announcement Type: New.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 10.604.

SUMMARY: The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announces the 
availability of funding for the 2005 Technical Assistance for Specialty 
Crops (TASC) Program. The intended effect of this notice is to solicit 
applications from the private sector and from government agencies for 
participation in the FY 2005 TASC Program. The TASC Program is 
administered by personnel of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

DATES: See paragraph IV.3 below for a detailed description of relevant 
dates.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Entities wishing to apply for funding 
assistance should contact the Marketing Operations Staff, Foreign 
Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 4932-S, Stop 
1042, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250-1042, phone: 
(202) 720-4327, fax: (202) 720-9361, e-mail: mosadmin@fas.usda.gov. 
Information is also available on the Foreign Agricultural Service Web 
site at http://www.fas.usda.gov/mos/tasc/tasc.html.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Funding Opportunity Description

    Authority: The TASC Program is authorized by section 3205 of 
Pub. L. 107-171.

    TASC regulations appear at 7 CFR part 1487.
    Purpose: The TASC Program is designed to assist U.S. organizations 
by providing funding for projects that address sanitary, phytosanitary, 
and technical barriers that prohibit or threaten the export of U.S. 
specialty crops. U.S. specialty crops, for the purpose of the TASC 
Program, are defined to include all cultivated plants, or the products 
thereof, produced in the U.S., except wheat, feed grains, oilseeds 
cotton, rice, peanuts, sugar, and tobacco.
    As a general matter, TASC Program projects should be designed to 
accomplish the following goals:
     Projects should address a sanitary, phytosanitary, or 
related technical barrier that prohibits or threatens the export of 
U.S. specialty crops;

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     Projects should demonstrably benefit the represented 
industry and not a specific company or brand; and,
     Projects must address barriers to U.S. specialty crops 
that are currently available on a commercial basis and for which 
barrier removal would predominantly benefit U.S. exports.
    Examples of expenses that the CCC may agree to reimburse under the 
TASC Program include, but are not limited to: initial pre-clearance 
programs, export protocol and work plan support, seminars and 
workshops, study tours, field surveys, development of pest lists, pest 
and disease research, database development, reasonable logistical and 
administrative support, and travel and per diem expenses.

II. Award Information

    In general, all qualified proposals received before the specified 
application deadlines will complete for funding. The limited funds and 
the range of barriers affecting the exports of U.S. specialty crops 
worldwide preclude CCC from approving large budgets for individual 
projects. In prior years, the amount of funding per proposal has ranged 
from $13,000 to $250,000, the maximum allowed.
    Applicants may submit multiple proposals, and applicants with 
previously approved TASC proposals may apply for additional funding. 
However, no TASC participant may have more than three approved projects 
underway at any given time.
    The FAS will consider providing either grant funds as direct 
assistance to U.S. organizations or providing technical assistance on 
behalf of U.S. organizations, provided that the organization submits 
timely and qualified proposals. The FAS will review all proposals 
against the evaluation criteria contained in the program regulations.
    Funding for successful proposals will be provided through specific 
agreements. These agreements will incorporate the proposal as approved 
by FAS. FAS must approve in advance any subsequent changes to the 
project. The FAS or another Federal agency may have involvement in the 
implementation of approved projects.

III. Eligibility Information

    1. Eligible Applicants: Any United States organization, private or 
government, may apply to the program. Government organizations consist 
of federal, state, and local agencies. Private organizations include 
non-profit trade associations, universities, agricultural cooperatives, 
state regional trade groups, and private companies.
    Foreign organizations, whether government or private, may 
participate as third parties in activities carried out by U.S. 
organizations, but are not eligible for funding assistance from the 
program.
    2. Cost Sharing or Matching: Although a minimum level of cost share 
contribution is not required, it is very strongly encouraged in this 
highly competitive program. If provided, such support may be in the 
form of cash, goods, or in-kind services which are dedicate to the 
project by the organization that submitted the proposal, private 
industry entities, host governments, or foreign third parties.

IV. Application and Submission Information

    1. Address to Request Application Package: Organizations can submit 
applications to the FAS through the Unified Export Strategy (UES) 
application Internet Web site. Applicants also have the option of 
submitting electronic versions in the UES format (along with two paper 
copies) of their applications to the FAS on diskette.
    Applicants planning to use the UES Internet-based system must 
contact the FAS Marketing Operations Staff on (202) 720-4327 to obtain 
site access information including a user ID and password. The UES 
Internet-based application, including a Help file containing step-by-
step instructions for its use, may be found at the following URL 
address: http://www.fas.usda.gov/cooperators.html. Applicants are not 
required to use the UES, but are strongly encouraged to do so because 
it reduces paperwork and expedites the FAS processing and review cycle.
    Applicants who choose to submit applications on diskette can obtain 
an application format by contacting the Marketing Operations Staff, 
phone: (202) 720-4327, fax: (202) 720-9361, e-mail: 
mosadmin@fas.usda.gov.
    2. Content and Form of Application Submission: All TASC proposals 
must contain complete information about the proposed projects as 
described in Sec.  1487.5(b) of the TASC Program regulations. In 
addition, in accordance with the Office of Management and Budget's 
issuance of a final policy (68 FR 38402) regarding the use of a 
universal identifier for all Federal grants and cooperative agreements, 
all applicants must submit a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal 
Numbering System (DUNS) number. An applicant may request a DUNS number 
at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line 
on 1-866-705-5711. Incomplete applications and applications which do 
not otherwise conform to this announcement will not be accepted for 
review.
    3. Submission Dates and Times: TASC funding is limited, and in 
order to assure sufficient resources are available to meet 
unanticipated needs during the fiscal year, TASC proposals will, 
generally, only be evaluated on a semi-annual basis. That is:
     Proposals received prior to, but not later than 5 p.m. 
(local time Washington, DC) February 1, 2005, will be considered for 
funding with other proposals received by that date;
     Proposals received prior to but not later than 5 p.m. 
(local time Washington, DC) July 1, 2005, will be considered for 
funding with other proposals received by that date;
     Proposals not approved for funding during the applicable 
review period will be reconsidered for funding after the applicable 
review period only if the applicant specifically requests such 
reconsideration in writing, and only if funding remains available.
     Proposals received after 5 p.m. (local time, Washington, 
DC) July 1, 2005, will be considered for funding only if funding 
remains available.
    Nothwithstanding the foregoing, a proposal maybe submitted for 
expedited consideration under the TASC Quick Response process, if, in 
addition to meeting all requirements of the TASC program, a proposal 
clearly identifies time-sensitive activity. In these cases, a proposal 
may be submitted at any time for an immediate evaluation.
    All proposals will be date stamped upon receipt.
    4. Funding Restrictions: Proposals which request more than $250,000 
of CCC funding in a given year will not be considered. Proposals to 
fund projects that exceed three years in duration will not be 
considered. No TASC participant may have more than three approved 
projects underway at any given time. Although funded projects may take 
place in the United States, all eligible projects must specifically 
address sanitary, phytosanitary, or technical barriers to the export of 
U.S. specialty crops.
    Certain types of expenses are not eligible for reimbursement by the 
program. For example, program funds shall not be used to reimburse the 
cost of market research, advertising, or other promotional expenses. 
CCC will not reimburse unreasonable expenditures or any expenditures 
made prior to approval of a proposal.
    5. Other Submission Requirements: All Internet-based applications 
must be properly submitted by 5 p.m. (local time in Washington, DC) on 
February 1,

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2005, or July 1, 2005, in order to be considered during the applicable 
review period.
    All applications on diskette (with two accompanying paper copies) 
and any other applications must be received by 5 p.m. (local time in 
Washington, DC) on February 1, 2005, or July 1, 2005, at one of the 
following addresses:
    Hand Delivery (including FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.): U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service, Marketing Operations Staff, 
Room 4942-S, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-
1042.
    U.S. Postal Delivery: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign 
Agricultural Service, Marketing Operations Staff, STOP 1042, 1400 
Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250-1042.

V. Application Review Information

    1. Criteria: The FAS follows the evaluation criteria set forth in 
Sec.  1487.6 of the TASC regulations.
    2. Review and Selection Process: The FAS will review proposals for 
eligibility and will evaluate each proposal against the factors 
described above. The purpose of this review is to identify meritorious 
proposals, recommend an appropriate funding level for each proposal 
based upon these factors, and submit the proposals and funding 
recommendations to the Deputy Administrator, Commodity and Marketing 
Programs. The FAS may, when appropriate to the subject matter of the 
proposal, request the assistance of other U.S. government experts in 
evaluating the merits of a proposal.

VI. Award Administration Information

    1. Award Notices: The FAS will notify each applicant in writing of 
the final disposition of its application. The FAS will send an approval 
letter and agreement to each approved applicant. The approval letter 
and agreement will specify the terms and conditions applicable to the 
project, including levels of funding, timelines for implementation, and 
written evaluation requirements.
    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements: The agreements 
will incorporate the details of each project as approved by FAS. Each 
agreement will identify terms and conditions pursuant to which CCC will 
reimburse certain costs of each project. Agreements will also outline 
the responsibilities of the participant. Interested parties should 
review the TASC Program regulations found at 7 CFR part 1487 in 
addition to this announcement.
    3. Reporting: TASC participants are subject to the reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements described in 7 CFR part 3019. In addition, 
participants are required to submit a written report(s), on no less 
than an annual basis, and a final report, each of which evaluates their 
TASC project using the performance measures presented in the approved 
proposal.

VII. Agency Contact

    For additional information or assistance, contact the Marketing 
Operations Staff, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of 
Agriculture, Room 4932-S, Stop 1042, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., 
Washington, DC 20250-1042, phone: (202) 720-4327, fax: (202) 720-9361, 
e-mail: mosadmin@fas.usda.gov.

    Signed at Washington, DC on January 4, 2005.
A. Ellen Terpstra,
Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service, and Vice President, 
Commodity Credit Corporation.
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