Determination Regarding Waiver of Discriminatory Purchasing Requirements With Respect to Goods and Services Covered by Chapter 9 of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement for Guatemala, 43227-43228 [E6-12222]

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[FR Doc. 06–6613 Filed 7–27–06; 12:58 pm] BILLING CODE 7590–01–M OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Determination Regarding Waiver of Discriminatory Purchasing Requirements With Respect to Goods and Services Covered by Chapter 9 of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement for Guatemala Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Determination under Trade Agreements Act of 1979. AGENCY: EFFECTIVE DATE: July 31, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dawn Shackleford, Director for International Procurement, Office of the United States Trade Representative, (202) 395–9461, or Jason Kearns, Associate General Counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative, (202) 395–9439. On August 5, 2004, the United States and Guatemala entered into the Dominican Republic-Central America- E:\FR\FM\31JYN1.SGM 31JYN1 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 43228 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 146 / Monday, July 31, 2006 / Notices United States Free Trade Agreement (‘‘the CAFTA–DR’’). Chapter 9 of the CAFTA–DR sets forth certain obligations with respect to government procurement of goods and services, as specified in Annex 9.1.2(b)(i) of the CAFTA–DR. On August 2, 2005, the President signed into law the Dominican Republic-Central AmericaUnited States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (‘‘the CAFTA–DR Act’’) (Pub. L. 109–53, 119 Stat. 462) (19 U.S.C. 4001 note). In section 101(a) of the CAFTA–DR Act, the Congress approved the CAFTA–DR. The CAFTA– DR entered into force on July 1, 2006, for Guatemala. Section 1–201 of Executive Order 12260 of December 31, 1980 (46 FR 1653) delegates the functions of the President under Sections 301 and 302 of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (‘‘the Trade Agreements Act’’) (19 U.S.C. 2511, 2512) to the United States Trade Representative. Now, therefore, I, Susan C. Schwab, United States Trade Representative, in conformity with the provisions of Sections 301 and 302 of the Trade Agreements Act, and Executive Order 12260, and in order to carry out U.S. obligations under Chapter 9 of the CAFTA–DR, do hereby determine that: 1. Guatemala is a country, other than a major industrialized country, which, pursuant to the CAFTA–DR, will provide appropriate reciprocal competitive government procurement opportunities to United States products and suppliers of such products. In accordance with Section 301(b)(3) of the Trade Agreements Act, Guatemala is so designated for purposes of Section 301(a) of the Trade Agreements Act. 2. With respect to eligible products of Guatemala (i.e., goods and services covered by the Schedules of the United States in Annex 9.1.2(b)(i) of the CAFTA–DR) and suppliers of such products, the application of any law, regulation, procedure, or practice regarding government procurement that would, if applied to such products and suppliers, result in treatment less favorable than accorded— (A) to United States products and suppliers of such products; or (B) to eligible products of another foreign country or instrumentality which is a party to the Agreement on Government Procurement referred to in section 101(d)(17) of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (19 U.S.C. 3511(d)(17)) and suppliers of such products, shall be waived. With respect to Guatemala, this waiver shall be applied by all entities listed in the Schedule of the United States to Section A of Annex 9.1.2(b)(i) VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:34 Jul 28, 2006 Jkt 208001 and in List A of Section C of Annex 9.1.2(b)(i) of the CAFTA–DR. 3. The designation in paragraph 1 and the waiver in paragraph 2 are subject to modification or withdrawal by the United States Trade Representative. Dated: July 25, 2006. Susan C. Schwab, United States Trade Representative. [FR Doc. E6–12222 Filed 7–28–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3190–W6–P OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT Nonforeign Area Cost-of-Living Allowance; General Population Rental Equivalence Survey Report Office of Personnel Management. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice publishes the ‘‘Nonforeign Area General Population Rental Equivalence Survey Report.’’ The General Population Rental Equivalence Survey (GPRES) was a special research project in which the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) collected data on homeowner estimates of the rental value of their homes and market rents in the nonforeign area cost-of-living allowance (COLA) areas and in the Washington, DC area. OPM conducted GPRES to determine whether rental survey data collected in the COLA surveys should be adjusted to account for homeowner shelter costs. Based on the GPRES results, OPM has determined that no adjustment is appropriate. OPM is publishing this report to inform interested parties of the research results and provide an opportunity for comment. Comments on this report must be received on or before September 29, 2006. DATES: Send or deliver comments to Jerome D. Mikowicz, Acting Deputy Associate Director for Pay and Performance Policy, Strategic Human Resources Policy Division, Office of Personnel Management, Room 7H31, 1900 E Street NW., Washington, DC 20415–8200; fax: (202) 606–4264; or email: COLA@opm.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Donald L. Paquin, (202) 606–2838; fax: (202) 606–4264; or e-mail: COLA@opm.gov. ADDRESSES: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) conducted the General Population Rental Equivalence Survey (GPRES) to determine whether OPM should adjust SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00135 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the rent indexes it computes from data collected in the nonforeign area cost-ofliving allowance (COLA) surveys. The Federal Government pays COLAs to certain white collar Federal and U.S. Postal Service employees in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As provided by subpart B of title 5, Code of Federal Regulations, OPM conducts living-cost surveys to set COLA rates. One of the items OPM surveys during the COLA surveys is market rents for detached houses, duplexes and triplexes, town and row houses, and apartments. We use rental data to estimate the relative price of shelter for both homeowners and renters between the COLA areas and the Washington, DC area. (For an example, see the 2004 Pacific COLA survey report published at 70 FR 44989–45023.) As applied to homeowners, this approach is called ‘‘rental equivalence’’ because it estimates the shelter value of owned homes rather than surveying homeowner costs directly. OPM adopted the rental equivalence approach pursuant to the settlement in Caraballo, et al. v. United States, No. 1997–0027 (D.V.I), August 17, 2000. The settlement provides for several significant changes in the COLA methodology, including the use of rental equivalence. The settlement also established the Survey Implementation Committee (SIC), composed of seven plaintiffs’ representatives and two OPM representatives, and the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), composed of three economists with expertise in living-cost analysis. The TAC advises the SIC and OPM on living-cost issues. The SIC and the TAC agreed OPM could use, on an interim basis, market rents collected in the COLA surveys to estimate homeowner costs. The TAC noted, however, that the relative price of shelter for homeowners could differ compared with the relative price of market rents between the COLA areas and the DC area. If this were the case, it would be appropriate for OPM to adjust COLA survey market rent indexes before applying them to homeowners. Therefore, OPM conducted a special research project, i.e., GPRES, to collect information on market rents and homeowner estimates of the rental value of their homes in the COLA areas and in the Washington, DC area. The SIC and the TAC were involved heavily in the design of the survey, and the TAC analyzed the survey results. The TAC also compared GPRES results with the results of the 1998 Federal Employee Housing and Living Patterns Survey (FEHLPS), which Joel Popkin and E:\FR\FM\31JYN1.SGM 31JYN1

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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


Determination Regarding Waiver of Discriminatory Purchasing 
Requirements With Respect to Goods and Services Covered by Chapter 9 of 
the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade 
Agreement for Guatemala

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Determination under Trade Agreements Act of 1979.

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EFFECTIVE DATE: July 31, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dawn Shackleford, Director for 
International Procurement, Office of the United States Trade 
Representative, (202) 395-9461, or Jason Kearns, Associate General 
Counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative, (202) 395-
9439.
    On August 5, 2004, the United States and Guatemala entered into the 
Dominican Republic-Central America-

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United States Free Trade Agreement (``the CAFTA-DR''). Chapter 9 of the 
CAFTA-DR sets forth certain obligations with respect to government 
procurement of goods and services, as specified in Annex 9.1.2(b)(i) of 
the CAFTA-DR. On August 2, 2005, the President signed into law the 
Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement 
Implementation Act (``the CAFTA-DR Act'') (Pub. L. 109-53, 119 Stat. 
462) (19 U.S.C. 4001 note). In section 101(a) of the CAFTA-DR Act, the 
Congress approved the CAFTA-DR. The CAFTA-DR entered into force on July 
1, 2006, for Guatemala.
    Section 1-201 of Executive Order 12260 of December 31, 1980 (46 FR 
1653) delegates the functions of the President under Sections 301 and 
302 of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (``the Trade Agreements Act'') 
(19 U.S.C. 2511, 2512) to the United States Trade Representative.
    Now, therefore, I, Susan C. Schwab, United States Trade 
Representative, in conformity with the provisions of Sections 301 and 
302 of the Trade Agreements Act, and Executive Order 12260, and in 
order to carry out U.S. obligations under Chapter 9 of the CAFTA-DR, do 
hereby determine that:
    1. Guatemala is a country, other than a major industrialized 
country, which, pursuant to the CAFTA-DR, will provide appropriate 
reciprocal competitive government procurement opportunities to United 
States products and suppliers of such products. In accordance with 
Section 301(b)(3) of the Trade Agreements Act, Guatemala is so 
designated for purposes of Section 301(a) of the Trade Agreements Act.
    2. With respect to eligible products of Guatemala (i.e., goods and 
services covered by the Schedules of the United States in Annex 
9.1.2(b)(i) of the CAFTA-DR) and suppliers of such products, the 
application of any law, regulation, procedure, or practice regarding 
government procurement that would, if applied to such products and 
suppliers, result in treatment less favorable than accorded--
    (A) to United States products and suppliers of such products; or
    (B) to eligible products of another foreign country or 
instrumentality which is a party to the Agreement on Government 
Procurement referred to in section 101(d)(17) of the Uruguay Round 
Agreements Act (19 U.S.C. 3511(d)(17)) and suppliers of such products, 
shall be waived.
    With respect to Guatemala, this waiver shall be applied by all 
entities listed in the Schedule of the United States to Section A of 
Annex 9.1.2(b)(i) and in List A of Section C of Annex 9.1.2(b)(i) of 
the CAFTA-DR.
    3. The designation in paragraph 1 and the waiver in paragraph 2 are 
subject to modification or withdrawal by the United States Trade 
Representative.

     Dated: July 25, 2006.
Susan C. Schwab,
United States Trade Representative.
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