Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Evaluation of NOAA's Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training Programs, 44564-44565 [05-15264]

Download as PDF 44564 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 148 / Wednesday, August 3, 2005 / Notices John C. Kalitka, Office of Policy, Import Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 3712, 14th Street and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20230, (202) 482–2730. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dated: July 28, 2005. Joseph A. Spetrini, Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. E5–4129 Filed 8–2–03; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Comments--Deadline, Format, and Number of Copies The Department is extending the deadline for submission of comments by one week, making the new deadline August 15, 2005. Persons wishing to comment should file a signed original and six copies of each set of comments by the date specified above. The Department will consider all comments received before the close of the comment period. Comments received after the end of the comment period will be considered, if possible, but their consideration cannot be assured. The Department will not accept comments accompanied by a request that a part or all of the material be treated confidentially because of its business proprietary nature or for any other reason. The Department will return such comments and materials to the persons submitting the comments and will not consider them in the development of any changes to its practice. All comments responding to this notice will be a matter of public record and will be available for public inspection and copying at Import Administration’s Central Records Unit, Room B–099, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on business days. The Department requires that comments be submitted in written form. The Department recommends submission of comments in electronic form to accompany the required paper copies. Comments filed in electronic form should be submitted either by e–mail to the webmaster below, or on CD–ROM, as comments submitted on diskettes are likely to be damaged by postal radiation treatment. Comments received in electronic form will be made available to the public in Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the Import Administration Web site at the following address: http://ia.ita.doc.gov/. Any questions concerning file formatting, document conversion, access on the Internet, or other electronic filing issues should be addressed to Andrew Lee Beller, Import Administration Webmaster, at (202) 482–0866, e–mail address: webmaster– support@ita.doc.gov. VerDate jul<14>2003 17:01 Aug 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Evaluation of NOAA’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training Programs National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: 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. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before October 3, 2005. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Shannon Sprague, 410–267– 5664 or shannon.sprague@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract In 2002 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) began administering the Bay Watershed Education and Training (B–WET) Program to offer competitive grants to support implementation of the Chesapeake 2000 Agreement. This will be achieved by promoting success on the agreement’s significant goal for education and outreach: Beginning with the class of 2005, provide a meaningful Bay or stream outdoor experience for every school student in the watershed before graduation from high school. (Chesapeake 2000 Agreement). The B–WET Program funding, over $2 million per year, assists school jurisdictions in providing ‘‘Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences’’ (MWEEs) to all students before they PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 graduate from high school. B–WET funding is awarded to organizations that provide MWEEs directly to students and to organizations that provide professional development to teachers, training them to conduct MWEEs with their students. For FY2005, 32 organizations, including non-profits, school districts, state agencies, and universities, are funded to provide MWEEs to over 27,000 students and professional development to over 2,000 teachers. Through this evaluation, NOAA seeks to learn how B–WET-funded programs implement MWEEs and what outcomes are being achieved. In particular, the information collected will determine whether B–WET-funded MWEE programs are improving students’ stewardship and academic achievement and building teachers’ confidence in implementing MWEEs with their students. The evaluation’s results will be used by NOAA B–WET managers to document the effects of currentlyfunded programs, inform future funding decisions, and identify critical ‘‘lessons learned’’ to share with national education communities. The instruments developed as part of this initial evaluation will also be made available to B–WET Program providers for their use in monitoring their individual programs’ effectiveness. II. Method of Collection Depending on the response group, either paper questionnaires, electronic questionnaires, or telephone interviews are required from participants, and methods of submittal include Internet and postal service transmission of paper forms. III. Data OMB Number: 0648–0530. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Individuals or households; not-for-profit institutions; and state, local, or tribal governments. Estimated Number of Respondents: 7,427. Estimated Time Per Response: 0.5 hours for students; 0.33 hours for teachers; 1 hour for program providers; 0.33 hours for professional development teachers; 1 hour for professional development program providers; and 0.33 hours for past professional development teachers. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,838. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. E:\FR\FM\03AUN1.SGM 03AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 148 / Wednesday, August 3, 2005 / Notices 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, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. such socks. The current limit on socks expires on October 28, 2005. The Committee hereby solicits public comments on this request, in particular with regard to whether imports from China of such socks are, due to market disruption and/or the threat of market disruption, threatening to impede the orderly development of trade in this product. Comments must be submitted by September 2, 2005 to the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, Room 3001A, United States Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20230. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jay Dowling, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-4058. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: July 28, 2005. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 05–15264 Filed 8–2–05; 8:45 am] BACKGROUND: BILLING CODE 3510–12–P COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS Solicitation of Public Comments on Request for Textile and Apparel Safeguard Action on Imports from China August 1, 2005. The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (the Committee) ACTION: Solicitation of public comments concerning a request for safeguard action on imports from China of cotton, wool, and man-made fiber socks (Category 332/432 and 632 Part). AGENCY: SUMMARY: On July 8, 2005, the Committee received a request from the Domestic Manufacturers Committee of The Hosiery Association, the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition, the National Council of Textile Organizations, and the National Textile Association requesting that the Committee reapply the limit on imports from China of cotton, wool, and manmade socks (Category 332/432 and 632 Part). They request that a textile and apparel safeguard action, as provided for in the Report of the Working Party on the Accession of China to the World Trade Organization (the Accession Agreement), be reapplied on imports of VerDate jul<14>2003 15:22 Aug 02, 2005 Jkt 205001 Authority: Section 204 of the Agriculture Act of 1956, as amended; Executive Order 11651, as amended. The Report of the Working Party on the Accession of China to the World Trade Organization (WTO) provides that, if a WTO Member, such as the United States, believes that imports of Chinese origin textile and apparel products are, ‘‘due to market disruption, threatening to impede the orderly development of trade in these products’’, it may request consultations with China with a view to easing or avoiding the disruption. Pursuant to this provision, if the United States requests consultations with China, it must, at the time of the request, provide China with a detailed factual statement showing (1) the existence or threat of market disruption; and (2) the role of products of Chinese origin in that disruption. Beginning on the date that it receives such a request, China must restrict its shipments to the United States to a level no greater than 7.5 percent (6 percent for wool product categories) above the amount entered during the first 12 months of the most recent 14 months preceding the month in which the request was made. The Committee has published procedures (the Procedures) it follows in considering requests for Accession Agreement textile and apparel safeguard actions (68 FR 27787, May 21, 2003; 68 FR 49440, August 18, 2003), including the information that must be included in such requests in order for the Committee to consider them. On July 8, 2005, the Committee received a request that an Accession Agreement textile and apparel safeguard action be reapplied on imports from China of cotton, wool, and man-made PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 44565 fiber socks (Category 332/432 and 632 Part). The Committee has determined that this request provides the information necessary for the Committee to consider the request in light of the considerations set forth in the Procedures. The text of the request is available at http://otexa.ita.doc.gov/ Safeguard05.htm. The Committee is soliciting public comments on this request, in particular with regard to whether imports from China of such socks are, due to market disruption and/or the threat of market disruption, threatening to impede the orderly development of trade in this product. Comments may be submitted by any interested person. Comments must be received no later than September 2, 2005. Interested persons are invited to submit ten copies of such comments to the Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, Room 3001A, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue N.W., Washington, DC 20230. If a comment alleges that there is no market disruption or that the subject imports are not the cause of market disruption, the Committee will closely review any supporting information and documentation, such as information about domestic production or prices of like or directly competitive products. Particular consideration will be given to comments representing the views of actual producers in the United States of a like or directly competitive product. The Committee will protect any business confidential information that is marked ‘‘business confidential’’ from disclosure to the full extent permitted by law. To the extent that business confidential information is provided, two copies of a non-confidential version must also be provided in which business confidential information is summarized or, if necessary, deleted. Comments received, with the exception of information marked ‘‘business confidential’’, will be available for inspection between Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m and 5:30 p.m in the Trade Reference and Assistance Center Help Desk, Suite 800M, USA Trade Information Center, Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, (202) 482-3433. The Committee expects to make a determination within 60 calendar days of the close of the comment period as to whether the United States will request consultations with China. If, however, the Committee is unable to make a determination within 60 calendar days, it will cause to be published a notice in the Federal Register, including the date by which it E:\FR\FM\03AUN1.SGM 03AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Evaluation of 
NOAA's Chesapeake Bay Watershed Education and Training Programs

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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.

DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before October 3, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental 
Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th 
and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet 
at dHynek@doc.gov).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or 
copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should 
be directed to Shannon Sprague, 410-267-5664 or 
shannon.sprague@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Abstract

    In 2002 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 
began administering the Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) 
Program to offer competitive grants to support implementation of the 
Chesapeake 2000 Agreement. This will be achieved by promoting success 
on the agreement's significant goal for education and outreach: 
Beginning with the class of 2005, provide a meaningful Bay or stream 
outdoor experience for every school student in the watershed before 
graduation from high school. (Chesapeake 2000 Agreement).
    The B-WET Program funding, over $2 million per year, assists school 
jurisdictions in providing ``Meaningful Watershed Educational 
Experiences'' (MWEEs) to all students before they graduate from high 
school. B-WET funding is awarded to organizations that provide MWEEs 
directly to students and to organizations that provide professional 
development to teachers, training them to conduct MWEEs with their 
students. For FY2005, 32 organizations, including non-profits, school 
districts, state agencies, and universities, are funded to provide 
MWEEs to over 27,000 students and professional development to over 
2,000 teachers.
    Through this evaluation, NOAA seeks to learn how B-WET-funded 
programs implement MWEEs and what outcomes are being achieved. In 
particular, the information collected will determine whether B-WET-
funded MWEE programs are improving students' stewardship and academic 
achievement and building teachers' confidence in implementing MWEEs 
with their students. The evaluation's results will be used by NOAA B-
WET managers to document the effects of currently-funded programs, 
inform future funding decisions, and identify critical ``lessons 
learned'' to share with national education communities. The instruments 
developed as part of this initial evaluation will also be made 
available to B-WET Program providers for their use in monitoring their 
individual programs' effectiveness.

II. Method of Collection

    Depending on the response group, either paper questionnaires, 
electronic questionnaires, or telephone interviews are required from 
participants, and methods of submittal include Internet and postal 
service transmission of paper forms.

III. Data

    OMB Number: 0648-0530.
    Form Number: None.
    Type of Review: Regular submission.
    Affected Public: Individuals or households; not-for-profit 
institutions; and state, local, or tribal governments.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 7,427.
    Estimated Time Per Response: 0.5 hours for students; 0.33 hours for 
teachers; 1 hour for program providers; 0.33 hours for professional 
development teachers; 1 hour for professional development program 
providers; and 0.33 hours for past professional development teachers.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,838.
    Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0.

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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, including through the use of 
automated collection techniques or other forms of information 
technology.
    Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized 
and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information 
collection; they also will become a matter of public record.

    Dated: July 28, 2005.
Gwellnar Banks,
Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 05-15264 Filed 8-2-05; 8:45 am]
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