Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice of Closure of Case 012-CP-05, Protection of Worker Rights in Swaziland and Closure of Case 015-CP-05, Protection of Intellectual Property in Kazakhstan, in the 2005 Annual Country Practice Review, 25614-25615 [E6-6536]

Download as PDF cchase on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES 25614 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 83 / Monday, May 1, 2006 / Notices one week in advance for all meetings due to security and/or seating limitations (see below for information on pre-registration). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Members of the public wishing further information concerning these meetings or the Panel itself, or to pre-register for the meetings, should contact Ms. Laura Auletta, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), at: laura.auletta@gsa.gov, phone/ voice mail (202) 208–7279, or mail at: General Services Administration, 1800 F. Street, NW., Room 4006, Washington, DC 20405. Members of the public wishing to reserve speaking time must contact Mr. Emile Monette, AAP Staff Analyst, in writing at: emile.monette@gsa.gov or by Fax at 202–501–3341, or mail at the address given above for the DFO. Requests must be received no later than one week prior to the meeting for which speaking time is desired. 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[FR Doc. 06–4070 Filed 4–28–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3110–01–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice of Closure of Case 012– CP–05, Protection of Worker Rights in Swaziland and Closure of Case 015– CP–05, Protection of Intellectual Property in Kazakhstan, in the 2005 Annual Country Practice Review Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\01MYN1.SGM 01MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 83 / Monday, May 1, 2006 / Notices SUMMARY: This notice announces closure of the review for cases 012–CP– 05, Protection of Worker Rights in Swaziland and 015–CP–05, Protection of Intellectual Property in Kazakhstan. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Marideth Sandler, Executive Director of the GSP Program, Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), Room F–220, 1724 F Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508. The telephone number is (202) 395–6971 and the facsimile number is (202) 395–9481. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The GSP program provides for the duty-free importation of designated articles when imported from beneficiary developing countries. The GSP program is authorized by Title V of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2461, et seq.), as amended (the ‘‘Trade Act’’), and is implemented in accordance with Executive Order 11888 of November 24, 1975, as modified by subsequent Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations. In the 2005 Annual Review, the GSP Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is reviewing petitions concerning the country practices of certain beneficiary developing countries of the GSP program. As a result of that review, the TPSC has decided to close the review for case 012–CP–05 regarding protection of worker rights in Swaziland and case 015–CP–05, protection of intellectual property rights in Kazakhstan. The Petitioners were the AFL–CIO and the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), respectively. The results of other ongoing country practice reviews in the 2005 Annual Review will be announced in the Federal Register at a later date. Marideth J. Sandler, Executive Director, GSP Program. [FR Doc. E6–6536 Filed 4–28–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3190–W6–P OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT Personnel Demonstration Project; Alternative Personnel Management System for the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Personnel Management. ACTION: Notice of modification to the Department of Commerce Personnel Management Demonstration Project. cchase on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has authority to conduct demonstration projects that VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:38 Apr 28, 2006 Jkt 208001 experiment with new and different human resources management concepts to determine whether changes in policies and procedures result in improved Federal human resources management. OPM approved a demonstration project covering several operating units of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC). OPM must approve modifications to demonstration project plans. This notice rescinds the demonstration project’s independent authority pertaining to recruitment and retention payments. By so doing, it allows the demonstration project to take advantage of the expanded recruitment and retention flexibilities applicable to General Schedule and other employees. DATES: This notice modifying the DoC Demonstration Project may be implemented upon publication. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Department of Commerce: Joan Jorgenson, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Room 5004, Washington, DC 20230, (202) 482–4233. Office of Personnel Management: Jill Rajaee, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, 1900 E Street, NW., Washington, DC 20415, (202) 606–0836. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Background The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) approved the Department of Commerce (DOC) Demonstration Project and published the final plan in the Federal Register Volume 62, Number 247, Part II, on Wednesday, December 24, 1997. The project was implemented on March 29, 1998, and modified in the Federal Register on Thursday, September 30, 1999, Volume 64, Number 189 [Notices] [Pages 52810– 52812], and on Tuesday, August 12, 2003, Volume 68, Number 155 [Notices] [Pages 47948–47949]. OPM approved a request to extend the DOC Demonstration Project for five years as stated in an administrative letter from OPM, dated February 14, 2003. The project was approved for expansion in the Federal Register Volume 68, Number 180 [Notices] [Pages 54505– 54507], on Wednesday, September 17, 2003, to include an additional 1,505 employees. The demonstration project was again modified on Tuesday, July 5, 2005, Volume 70, Number 127 [Notices] [Pages 38732–38733]. This notice rescinds the demonstration project’s independent authority pertaining to recruitment and retention payments. By so doing, it allows the demonstration project to take advantage of the expanded recruitment and retention flexibilities under 5 U.S.C. 5753 and PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 25615 5754, and subparts A and C of 5 CFR part 575. Authority: 5 U.S.C. 4703; 5 CFR 470.315 Office of Personnel Management. Linda M. Springer, Director. Table of Contents I. Executive Summary II. Basis for Project Plan Modification III. Changes to the Project Plan I. Executive Summary The Department of Commerce (DOC) Demonstration Project utilizes many features similar to those implemented by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Demonstration Project in 1988. The DOC Demonstration Project supports several key objectives: To simplify the classification system for greater flexibility in classifying work and paying employees; to establish a performance management and rewards system for improving individual and organizational performance; and to improve recruitment and retention to attract highly qualified candidates. The project is designed to test whether the interventions of the NIST project, which is now a permanent alternative personnel system, could be successful in other DOC environments. The current participating organizations include the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration (CFO/ASA), the Technology Administration, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences, and units of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Marine Fisheries Service, and the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service. II. Basis for Project Plan Modification As part of the Commerce Demonstration Project plan, as published in the Federal Register notice (62 FR 67434), the recruitment bonus and retention allowance authorities under 5 U.S.C. 5753 and 5754, and subparts A and C of 5 CFR part 575, were waived for the DOC Demonstration Project and replaced with an independent authority to pay recruitment and retention payments. Based on independent evaluations, the recruitment and retention payment flexibilities have been underutilized in the demonstration project. The changes in statute made by section 101 of the Federal Workforce Flexibility Act of 2004 (Pub. L. 108–411, October 30, 2004) provide robust recruitment and retention incentives in an effort to E:\FR\FM\01MYN1.SGM 01MYN1

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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): Notice of Closure of 
Case 012-CP-05, Protection of Worker Rights in Swaziland and Closure of 
Case 015-CP-05, Protection of Intellectual Property in Kazakhstan, in 
the 2005 Annual Country Practice Review

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces closure of the review for cases 012-CP-
05, Protection of Worker Rights in Swaziland and 015-CP-05, Protection 
of Intellectual Property in Kazakhstan.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: Marideth Sandler, Executive Director 
of the GSP Program, Office of the United States Trade Representative 
(USTR), Room F-220, 1724 F Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508. The 
telephone number is (202) 395-6971 and the facsimile number is (202) 
395-9481.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The GSP program provides for the duty-free 
importation of designated articles when imported from beneficiary 
developing countries. The GSP program is authorized by Title V of the 
Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2461, et seq.), as amended (the ``Trade 
Act''), and is implemented in accordance with Executive Order 11888 of 
November 24, 1975, as modified by subsequent Executive Orders and 
Presidential Proclamations.
    In the 2005 Annual Review, the GSP Subcommittee of the Trade Policy 
Staff Committee (TPSC) is reviewing petitions concerning the country 
practices of certain beneficiary developing countries of the GSP 
program. As a result of that review, the TPSC has decided to close the 
review for case 012-CP-05 regarding protection of worker rights in 
Swaziland and case 015-CP-05, protection of intellectual property 
rights in Kazakhstan. The Petitioners were the AFL-CIO and the 
International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), respectively. The 
results of other ongoing country practice reviews in the 2005 Annual 
Review will be announced in the Federal Register at a later date.

Marideth J. Sandler,
Executive Director, GSP Program.
[FR Doc. E6-6536 Filed 4-28-06; 8:45 am]
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