Paperwork Reduction Act Notice of Collection of Applications for Dispute Settlement Rosters, 73509-73510 [E5-7237]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 237 / Monday, December 12, 2005 / Notices fax no later than Monday, January 16, 2006 in order to be put on the agenda. Requests for oral comments must be in writing to: Joseph P. Loddo, District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration, Washington Metropolitan Area District Office, 740 15th Street, NW., 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20005. Telephone (202) 272–0345 or FAX (202) 272–0270. Matthew K. Becker, Committee Management Officer. [FR Doc. E5–7206 Filed 12–9–05; 8:45 am] Adviser, Department of State, (telephone: 202/453–8048). The address is Department of State, SA–44, 301 4th Street, SW., Room 700, Washington, DC 20547–0001. Dated: December 5, 2005. C. Miller Crouch, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State. [FR Doc. 05–23918 Filed 12–9–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–08–P BILLING CODE 8025–01–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE DEPARTMENT OF STATE Paperwork Reduction Act Notice of Collection of Applications for Dispute Settlement Rosters [Public Notice 5243] Culturally Significant Object Imported for Exhibition; Determinations: ‘‘Portraits of a People: Picturing African Americans in the Nineteenth Century’ SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Act of October 19, 1965 (79 Stat. 985; 22 U.S.C. 2459), Executive Order 12047 of March 27, 1978, the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (112 Stat. 2681, et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 6501 note, et seq.), Delegation of Authority No. 234 of October 1, 1999, and Delegation of Authority No. 236 of October 19, 1999, as amended, and Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003 [68 FR 19875], I hereby determine that the object to be included in the exhibition Portraits of a People: Picturing African Americans in the Nineteenth Century,’’ imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, is of cultural significance. The object is imported pursuant to a loan agreement with the foreign lender. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit object at the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA from on or about January 14, 2006 to on or about March 14, 2006, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE from on or about April 21, 2006 to on or about July 16, 2006, Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, CA from on or about August 25, 2006 to on or about November 26, 2006, and at possible additional venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. Public Notice of these determinations is ordered to be published in the Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information, including the exhibit object, contact Carol B. Epstein, Attorney-Adviser, Office of the Legal VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:51 Dec 09, 2005 Jkt 208001 Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Request for comments on the collection of applications. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Free trade agreements entered into by the United States require the establishment of lists or rosters of individuals that would be available to serve as panelists in dispute settlement proceedings. From time to time, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) will collect applications from people who wish to serve on those panels. USTR is soliciting comments from the public on this proposed collection of information prior to submitting a request for approval to the Office of Management and Budget pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act. DATES: Comments regarding this collection of information should be received no later than February 15, 2007. ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted (i) electronically, to FR0605@ustr.eop.gov, Attn: ‘‘FTA Applications Comments’’ in the subject line, or (ii) by fax to Sandy McKinzy at 202–395–3640. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Apol, Office of the United States Trade Representative, (202) 395–9633. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dispute Settlement Mechanisms of U.S. Free Trade Agreements U.S. free trade agreements set out detailed procedures for the resolution of disputes over compliance with the obligations set out in each agreement. Generally, dispute settlement involves three stages: (1) Lower level consultations between the disputing Parties to try to arrive at a mutually satisfactory resolution of the matter; (2) PO 00000 Frm 00080 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 73509 cabinet-level consultations; and, (3) resort to a neutral panel to make a determination as to whether a Party is in compliance with its obligations under the agreement. This panel is composed of individuals chosen by the Parties. The method by which the panel is selected varies between agreements. Some agreements require the establishment of a roster, from which panelists shall normally be selected. See e.g. Chile FTA, Article 22.7. Other agreements allow the Parties to select anyone as a panelist, after consultations, but provide for a contingent list from which panelists can be selected by lot, if the Parties do not otherwise select a panelist. See e.g. Singapore FTA, Article 20.4; Australia FTA, Article 21.7; Morocco FTA, Article 20.7. Eligible individuals who wish to be considered for the various rosters and lists will be invited to submit applications. Persons submitting applications may either send one copy by fax or transmit a copy electronically. Applications must be typewritten, and should be headed ‘‘Application for Consideration as an FTA Panelist.’’ Applications will be asked to include the following information: 1. Name of the applicant. 2. Business address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address. 3. Citizenship(s). 4. Agreement or agreements for which the applicant wishes to be considered. 5. Current employment, including title, description of responsibility, and name and address of employer. 6. Relevant education and professional training. 7. Relevant language fluency, written and spoken. 8. Post-education employment history, including the dates and addresses of each prior position and a summary of responsibilities. 9. Relevant professional affiliations and certifications, including, if any, current bar memberships in good standing. 10. A list and copies of publications, testimony, and speeches, if any, concerning the relevant area of expertise. Judges or former judges should list relevant judicial decisions. Only one copy of publications, testimony, speeches, and decisions need be submitted. 11. Summary of any current and past employment by, or consulting or other work for, the Government of the United States or for the government of the other Party to the Agreement for which you be to be considered (e.g. NAFTA, Singapore, Chile, Australia, or Morocco). E:\FR\FM\12DEN1.SGM 12DEN1 73510 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 237 / Monday, December 12, 2005 / Notices 12. The names and nationalities of all foreign principals for whom the applicant is currently or has previously been registered pursuant to the Foreign Agents Registration Act, 22 U.S.C. 611 et seq., and the dates of all registration periods. 13. A short statement of qualifications and availability for service on FTA dispute settlement panels, including information relevant to the applicant’s familiarity with international trade law and willingness and ability to make time commitments necessary for service on panels. 14. On a separate page, the names, addresses, telephone and fax numbers of three individuals willing to provide information concerning the applicant’s qualifications for service, including the applicant’s character, reputation, reliability, judgment, and familiarity with international trade law. 15. Information regarding any specific skill or experience which may be relevant to a specific panel for which the applicant is applying. Paperwork Burden It is estimated that approximately 150 individuals a year will submit applications for various panels and that it will take each applicant approximately three hours to compile their applications for a total paperwork burden of 450 hours a year. The recordkeeping cost of maintaining the information received will be minimal. Request for Comments USTR request comments on this proposed collection of information including comments on the following questions: (1) Is the proposed collection of information necessary for the proper performance of the functions of USTR? (2) Is the estimated burden of the proposed collection of information accurate? (3) Can the utility and clarity of the information being collected be enhanced? and (4) Can the burden on the providers of the information be minimized. David J. Apol, Associate General Counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative. [FR Doc. E5–7237 Filed 12–9–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3190–W6–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Procurement Thresholds for Implementation of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 Office of the United States Trade Representative. AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:51 Dec 09, 2005 Jkt 208001 Determination of procurement thresholds under the World Trade Organization Government Procurement Agreement, the United States-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement, the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. ACTION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dawn Shackleford, Director for International Procurement, Office of the United States Trade Representative, (202) 395–9461 or Dawn_Shackleford@ustr.eop.gov. SUMMARY: Executive Order 12260 requires the United States Trade Representative to set the U.S. dollar thresholds for application of Title III of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2511 et seq.), which implements U.S. trade agreement obligations, including those under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Government Procurement Agreement, Chapter 15 of the United StatesAustralia Free Trade Agreement, Chapter 9 of the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement, Chapter 10 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and Chapter 13 of the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. These obligations apply to covered procurements valued at or above specified U.S. dollar thresholds. Now, therefore, I, Rob Portman, United States Trade Representative, in conformity with the provisions of Executive Order 12260, and in order to carry out U.S. trade agreement obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Government Procurement Agreement, Chapter 15 of the United States-Australia Free Trade Agreement, Chapter 9 of the United States-Chile Free Trade Agreement, Chapter 10 of NAFTA, and Chapter 13 of the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, do hereby determine, effective on January 1, 2006: For the calendar years 2006–2007, the thresholds are as follows: I. WTO Government Procurement Agreement A. Central Government Entities listed in U.S. Annex 1: (1) Procurement of goods and services—$193,000; and (2) Procurement of construction services—$7,407,000. B. Sub-Central Government Entities listed in U.S. Annex 2: (1) Procurement of goods and services—$526,000; and (2) Procurement of construction services—$7,407,000. C. Other Entities listed in U.S. Annex 3: PO 00000 Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (1) Procurement of goods and services—$593,000; and (2) Procurement of construction services—$7,407,000. II. U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement, Chapter 15 A. Central Government Entities listed in the U.S. Schedule to Annex 15–A, Section 1: (1) Procurement of goods and services—$64,786; and (2) Procurement of construction services—$7,407,000. B. Sub-Central Government Entities listed in the U.S. Schedule to Annex 15–A, Section 2: (1) Procurement of goods and services—$526,000; and (2) Procurement of construction services—$7,407,000. C. Other Entities listed in the U.S. Schedule to Annex 15–A, Section 3: (1) Procurement of goods and services for List A Entities—$323,929; (2) Procurement of goods and services for List B Entities— $593,000; (3) Procurement of construction services—$7,407,000. III. U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement, Chapter 9 A. Central Government Entities listed in the U.S. Schedule to Annex 9.1, Section A: (1) Procurement of goods and services—$64,786; and (2) Procurement of construction services—$7,407,000. B. Sub-Central Government Entities listed in the U.S. Schedule to Annex 9.1, Section B: (1) Procurement of goods and services—$526,000; and (2) Procurement of construction services—$7,407,000. C. Other Entities listed in the U.S. Schedule to Annex 9.1, Section C: (1) Procurement of goods and services for List A Entities— $323,929; (2) Procurement of goods and services for List B Entities—$593,000; (3) Procurement of construction services—$7,407,000. IV. North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Chapter 10 A. Federal Government Entities listed in the U.S. Schedule to Annex 1001.1a–1: (1) Procurement of goods and services—$64,786; and (2) Procurement of construction services—$8,422,165. B. Government Enterprises listed in the U.S. Schedule to Annex 1001.1a–2: (1) Procurement of goods and services—$323,929; and E:\FR\FM\12DEN1.SGM 12DEN1

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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


Paperwork Reduction Act Notice of Collection of Applications for 
Dispute Settlement Rosters

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Request for comments on the collection of applications.

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SUMMARY: Free trade agreements entered into by the United States 
require the establishment of lists or rosters of individuals that would 
be available to serve as panelists in dispute settlement proceedings. 
From time to time, the Office of the United States Trade Representative 
(USTR) will collect applications from people who wish to serve on those 
panels. USTR is soliciting comments from the public on this proposed 
collection of information prior to submitting a request for approval to 
the Office of Management and Budget pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction 
Act.

DATES: Comments regarding this collection of information should be 
received no later than February 15, 2007.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted (i) electronically, to 
FR0605@ustr.eop.gov, Attn: ``FTA Applications Comments'' in the subject 
line, or (ii) by fax to Sandy McKinzy at 202-395-3640.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Apol, Office of the United 
States Trade Representative, (202) 395-9633.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Dispute Settlement Mechanisms of U.S. Free Trade Agreements

    U.S. free trade agreements set out detailed procedures for the 
resolution of disputes over compliance with the obligations set out in 
each agreement. Generally, dispute settlement involves three stages: 
(1) Lower level consultations between the disputing Parties to try to 
arrive at a mutually satisfactory resolution of the matter; (2) 
cabinet-level consultations; and, (3) resort to a neutral panel to make 
a determination as to whether a Party is in compliance with its 
obligations under the agreement. This panel is composed of individuals 
chosen by the Parties. The method by which the panel is selected varies 
between agreements. Some agreements require the establishment of a 
roster, from which panelists shall normally be selected. See e.g. Chile 
FTA, Article 22.7. Other agreements allow the Parties to select anyone 
as a panelist, after consultations, but provide for a contingent list 
from which panelists can be selected by lot, if the Parties do not 
otherwise select a panelist. See e.g. Singapore FTA, Article 20.4; 
Australia FTA, Article 21.7; Morocco FTA, Article 20.7.
    Eligible individuals who wish to be considered for the various 
rosters and lists will be invited to submit applications. Persons 
submitting applications may either send one copy by fax or transmit a 
copy electronically. Applications must be typewritten, and should be 
headed ``Application for Consideration as an FTA Panelist.'' 
Applications will be asked to include the following information:
    1. Name of the applicant.
    2. Business address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail 
address.
    3. Citizenship(s).
    4. Agreement or agreements for which the applicant wishes to be 
considered.
    5. Current employment, including title, description of 
responsibility, and name and address of employer.
    6. Relevant education and professional training.
    7. Relevant language fluency, written and spoken.
    8. Post-education employment history, including the dates and 
addresses of each prior position and a summary of responsibilities.
    9. Relevant professional affiliations and certifications, 
including, if any, current bar memberships in good standing.
    10. A list and copies of publications, testimony, and speeches, if 
any, concerning the relevant area of expertise. Judges or former judges 
should list relevant judicial decisions. Only one copy of publications, 
testimony, speeches, and decisions need be submitted.
    11. Summary of any current and past employment by, or consulting or 
other work for, the Government of the United States or for the 
government of the other Party to the Agreement for which you be to be 
considered (e.g. NAFTA, Singapore, Chile, Australia, or Morocco).

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    12. The names and nationalities of all foreign principals for whom 
the applicant is currently or has previously been registered pursuant 
to the Foreign Agents Registration Act, 22 U.S.C. 611 et seq., and the 
dates of all registration periods.
    13. A short statement of qualifications and availability for 
service on FTA dispute settlement panels, including information 
relevant to the applicant's familiarity with international trade law 
and willingness and ability to make time commitments necessary for 
service on panels.
    14. On a separate page, the names, addresses, telephone and fax 
numbers of three individuals willing to provide information concerning 
the applicant's qualifications for service, including the applicant's 
character, reputation, reliability, judgment, and familiarity with 
international trade law.
    15. Information regarding any specific skill or experience which 
may be relevant to a specific panel for which the applicant is 
applying.

Paperwork Burden

    It is estimated that approximately 150 individuals a year will 
submit applications for various panels and that it will take each 
applicant approximately three hours to compile their applications for a 
total paperwork burden of 450 hours a year. The recordkeeping cost of 
maintaining the information received will be minimal.

Request for Comments

    USTR request comments on this proposed collection of information 
including comments on the following questions: (1) Is the proposed 
collection of information necessary for the proper performance of the 
functions of USTR? (2) Is the estimated burden of the proposed 
collection of information accurate? (3) Can the utility and clarity of 
the information being collected be enhanced? and (4) Can the burden on 
the providers of the information be minimized.

David J. Apol,
Associate General Counsel, Office of the United States Trade 
Representative.
[FR Doc. E5-7237 Filed 12-9-05; 8:45 am]
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