Notice of Quarterly Report (April 1, 2007-June 30, 2007), 44867-44873 [07-3879]

Download as PDF 44867 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 153 / Thursday, August 9, 2007 / Notices provided will be the same, and the series will be continuous. The NCS will continue to provide employee benefit provision and participation data. These data include estimates of how many workers receive the various employer-sponsored benefits. The data also will include information about the common provisions of benefit plans. The NCS is revising the update collection forms from two (one benefits and one wages), to six forms by having unique private industry and government update collection forms and versions for: Benefits only collection, wages only collection, and combined benefit and wage collection. NCS update collection forms give respondents their previously reported information and the dates they expected change to occur to these data and space for reporting these changes. III. Desired Focus of Comments The Bureau of Labor Statistics is particularly interested in comments that: • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility. • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used. • Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected. • Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or Total respondents per form Form Establishment collection form (NCS Form 04– 1G). Establishment collection form (NCS Form 04– 1P). Earnings form (NCS Form 04–2G) ..................... Earnings form (NCS Form 04–2P) ...................... Wage only—Government .................................... Wage only—Private Industry ............................... Work Level Form (NCS Form 04–3G) ................ Work Level Form (NCS Form 04–3P) ................ Work Schedule Form (NCS 05–4G) ................... Work Schedule Form (NCS 04–4P) .................... Benefits Collection Form (NCS 04–5G) .............. Benefits Collection Form (NCS 04–5P) .............. Index benefits summary only—Government ....... Index benefits summary only—Private industry .. Index wage and benefits—Government .............. Index wage and benefits—Private industry ........ Collection not tied to a specific form for private industry and government (testing, QA/QM, etc.). Frequency other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection. Agency: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Title: National Compensation Survey. OMB Number: 1220–0164. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit; not-for-profit institutions; and State, local, and tribal government. Total Respondents: 39,904 (three-year average). Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): $0. Total Burden Cost (operating/ maintenance): $0. All figures in the table below are based on a three-year average. The total respondents in the table are greater than the figure shown above because many respondents are asked to provide information relating to more than one form. Total annual responses Avg. minutes for the predominant form use** Total hours (*) (*) 19 (*) 6,065 Annual ............................ 6,065 19 1,921 (*) 6,065 2,272 15,042 (*) 6,065 (*) 6,065 (*) 3,032 108 2,316 2,055 9,266 5,204 ........................................ Annual ............................ Annual or quarterly ........ Annual or quarterly ........ ........................................ Annual ............................ ........................................ Annual ............................ ........................................ Annual ............................ Quarterly ........................ Quarterly ........................ Quarterly ........................ Quarterly ........................ Unknown ........................ (*) 6,065 2,526 20,486 (*) 6,065 (*) 6,065 (*) 3,032 362 7,759 6,884 31,040 6,819 20 20 20 20 25 25 10 10 177 177 19 19 39 39 38 (*) 2,022 842 6,828 (*) 2,527 (*) 1,011 (*) 8,944 115 2,457 4,475 20,176 4,319 63,555 Totals ............................................................ ........................................ ........................................ 103,168 ........................ 55,637 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES * Most NCS Government forms (NCS 04–XG), are only used for government sample initiations, but if any new metropolitan or non-metropolitan areas are added during collection period NCS Government initiation forms would be used. A non-substantive change request will be submitted to OMB if any new areas need to be added during the collection period. ** Collection forms can have multiple uses. The table above shows the average collection times for the predominant uses of the forms. Record checks (for quality assurance and measurement) are done on a sub-sample of respondents verifying responses for pre-selected sections of the forms. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:25 Aug 08, 2007 Jkt 211001 Signed at Washington, DC, this 6th day of August 2007. Cathy Kazanowski, Chief, Division of Management Systems, Bureau of Labor Statistics. [FR Doc. E7–15540 Filed 8–8–07; 8:45 am] MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION BILLING CODE 4510–24–P Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for Office of Management and Budget approval of the information collection request; they also will become a matter of public record. Millennium Challenge Corporation. SUMMARY: The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is reporting for the PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 [MCC 07–08] Notice of Quarterly Report (April 1, 2007–June 30, 2007) AGENCY: Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\09AUN1.SGM 09AUN1 44868 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 153 / Thursday, August 9, 2007 / Notices quarter April 1, 2007 through June 30, 2007 with respect to both assistance provided under Section 605 of the Millennium Challenge Act of 2003 (Pub. L. 108–199, Division D (the Act)), and transfers of funds to other federal agencies pursuant to Section 619 of that Act. The following report shall be made available to the public by means of publication in the Federal Register and on the Internet Web site of the MCC (www.mcc.gov) in accordance with Section 612(b) of the Act. ASSISTANCE PROVIDED UNDER SECTION 605 Projects Obligated Cumulative disbursements Objectives Country: Madagascar Year: 2007 Quarter 3 Entity to which the assistance is provided: MCA Madagascar Total Obligation: $109,773,000 Total Quarterly Disbursement: 3,485,000 Land Tenure Project .................. $37,803,000 Increase Land Titling and Security. $2,279,000 Finance Project .......................... $35,888,000 Increase Competition in the Financial Sector. $1,495,000 Agricultural Business Investment Project. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Measures $17,683,000 Improve Agricultural Projection Technologies and Market Capacity in Rural Areas. $2,607,000 Program Administration* and Control, Monitoring and Evaluation. Pending Subsequent Report ** $18,399,000 .................................................. $8,076,000 ........................ .................................................. $3,499,000 VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:25 Aug 08, 2007 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Legislative proposal (‘‘loin de cadrage’’) reflecting the PNF submitted to Parliament and passed. Percentage of land documents inventoried, restored, and/or digitized. Average time and cost required to carry out property-related transactions at the local and/or national land services offices. Time/cost to respond to information request, issue titles and to modify titles after the first land right. Number of land disputes reported and resolved in the target zones and sites of implementation. Percentage of land in the zones that is demarcated and ready for titling. Promote knowledge and awareness of land tenure reforms among inhabitants in the zones (surveys). Submission to Parliament and passage of new laws recommended by outside experts and relevant commissions. CPA Association (CSC) list of accountants registered. Maximum check clearing delay. Volume of funds in payment system and number of transactions. Public awareness of new financial instruments (surveys). Report of credit and payment information to a central database. Number of holders of new denomination T-bill holdings, and T-bill issuance outside Antananarivo as measured by Central Bank report of redemption date. Volume of production covered by warehouse receipts in the zones. Volume of MFI lending in the zones. MFI portfolio-at-risk delinquency rate. Number of new bank accounts in the zones. Number of rural producers receiving or soliciting information from ABCs about the opportunities. Zones identified and description of beneficiaries within each zone submitted. Number of cost-effective investment strategies developed. Number of plans prepared. Number of farmers and business employing technical assistance received. E:\FR\FM\09AUN1.SGM 09AUN1 44869 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 153 / Thursday, August 9, 2007 / Notices Projects Obligated Cumulative disbursements Objectives Country: Honduras Year: 2007 Quarter 3 Entity to which the assistance is provided: MCA Honduras Total Obligation: $215,000,000 Total Quarterly Disbursement: $3,497,000 Rural Development Project ........ *$72,195,000 Increase the productivity and business skills of farmers who operate small and medium-size farms and their employees. $5,264,000 Transportation Project ............... $125,700,000 $17,105,000 Reduce transportation costs between targeted production centers and national, regional and global markets. .................................................. $478,000 Program Administration* and Control, Monitoring and Evaluation. Pending Subsequent Report ** $1,253,000 ........................ .................................................. $2,290,000 Projects Obligated Objectives Hours of technical assistance delivered to Program Farmers (thousands). Funds lent by MCA-Honduras to financial institutions (cumulative). Hours of technical assistance to financial institutions (cumulative). Lien Registry equipment installed. Kilometers of farm-to-market road upgraded (cumulative). Kilometers of highway upgraded. Kilometers of secondary road upgraded. Number of weight stations built. Cumulative disbursements Country: Cape Verde Year: 2007 Quarter 3 Entity to which the assistance is provided: MCA Cape Verde Measures Total Obligation: $110,078,000 Total Quarterly Disbursement: $2,077,000 Watershed and Agricultural Support. $10,848,000 Increase agricultural production in three targeted watershed areas on three islands. $247,000 Infrastructure Improvement ........ $78,760,000 Increase integration of the internal market and reduce transportation costs. $4,084,000 Private Sector Development ...... $7,200,000 $13,270,000 Spur private sector development on all islands through increased investment in the priority sectors and through financial sector reform. .................................................. $88,000 Program Administration* and Control, Monitoring and Evaluation. Pending Subsequent Report ** $4,979,000 ........................ .................................................. $3,815,000 Projects Obligated Objectives $26,400,000 Increase Investment by strengthening property rights. $685,000 Transportation Project ............... $92,800,000 Reduce transportation costs between Leon and Chinandega and national, regional and global markets. $58,000 18:25 Aug 08, 2007 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Measures Total Obligation: $174,925,000 Total Quarterly Disbursement: $2,300,000 Property Regularization Project VerDate Aug<31>2005 Productivity: Horticulture (tons per hectare). Value-added for farms and agribusiness (millions of dollars). Volume of goods shipped between Praia and other islands (tons). Mobility Ratio: Percentage of beneficiary population who take at least 5 trips per month. Savings on transport costs from improvements (million dollars). Value added in priority sectors above current trends (escudos) Volume of private investment in priority sectors above current trends. Cumulative disbursements Country: Nicaragua Year: 2007 Quarter 3 Entity to which the assistance is provided: MCA Nicaragua mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Measures Automated registry-cadastre database installed. Number of parcels with a registered title, rural and urban (total of 21,000 and 22,000, rural and urban, respectively). Projected areas demarcated. Number of projected area management plans implemented. Number of conflicts resolved by program mediation. N–1 Road: Kilometers of road upgraded. Secondary Roads: Kilometers of secondary road upgraded. E:\FR\FM\09AUN1.SGM 09AUN1 44870 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 153 / Thursday, August 9, 2007 / Notices Projects Obligated Cumulative disbursements Objectives Rural Business Development Project. $33,500,000 Increase the value added of farms and enterprises in the region. $1,623,000 Program Administration*, Due Diligence, Monitoring and Evaluation. Pending Subsequent Report ** $22,225,000 .................................................. $2,700,000 $0 .................................................. Measures $2,445,000 Projects Obligated Cumulative disbursements Objectives Country: Georgia Year: 2007 Quarter 3 Entity to which the assistance is provided: MCA Georgia Regional Infrastructure Rehabilitation. $211,700,000 Key Regional Rehabilitated. Rural business development centers: Value of TA and support services delivered to program businesses. Improvement of water supply for farming and forest production: Watershed Management Action Plan. Funds disbursed for improvement of water supply for farming and forest production projects. Measures Total Obligation: $294,693,000 Total Quarterly Disbursement: $3,500,000 Infrastructure $13,330,000 Regional Enterprise Development. $47,500,000 Enterprises in Regions Developed. $6,439,000 Program Administration*, Due Diligence, Monitoring and Evaluation. Pending Subsequent Report ** $35,493,000 .................................................. $4,806,000 $0 .................................................. Reduction in journey time: AkhalkalakiNinotsminda-Teleti (hours). Reduction in vehicle operating costs (cumulative). Increase in internal regional traffic volumes (cumulative). Decreased technical losses. Reduction in the production of greenhouse gas emissions measured in tons of CO2 equivalent. Increased in collection rate of GGIC. Number of household beneficiaries served by RID projects (cumulative). Actual operations and maintenance expenditures (USD). Increase in annual revenue in portfolio companies (in 1,000 USD) Increase in number of portfolio company employees and number of local suppliers. Increase in portfolio companies’’ wages and payments to local suppliers (in 1,000 USD). Jobs created. Increase in aggregate incremental net revenue to project assisted firms (in 1,000 USD and cumulative over five years). Direct household net income (in 1,000 USD cumulative over five years). Direct household net income for market information initiative beneficiaries (in 1,000 USD cumulative over five years). Number of beneficiaries. $4,462,000 Projects Obligated Cumulative disbursements Objective Measures mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Country: Vanuatu Year: 2007 Quarter 3 Total Obligation: $65,690,000 Entity to which the assistance is provided: MCA Vanuatu Total Quarterly Disbursement: $0 Transportation Infrastructure Project. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:25 Aug 08, 2007 $60,690,000 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Facilitate transportation to increase tourism and business development. Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 $2,000 Traffic volume (average annual daily traffic). Days road is closed (number per annum). Number of S-W Bay, Malekula flights cancelled due to flooding (per annum). Time of wharf (hours/vessel). E:\FR\FM\09AUN1.SGM 09AUN1 44871 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 153 / Thursday, August 9, 2007 / Notices Projects Obligated Program Administration*, Due Diligence, Monitoring and Evaluation. Pending Subsequent Report ** Cumulative disbursements Objective .................................................. $1,035,000 ........................ .................................................. $684,000 Obligated Projects $5,000,000 Objective Cumulative disbursements Country: Armenia Year: 2007 Quarter 3 Entity to which the assistance is provided: MCA Armenia Irrigated Agriculture Project ....... Measures Total Obligation: $235,150,000 Total Quarterly Disbursement: $2,157,000 $145,680,000 Increase agricultural productivity and Improve Quality of Irrigation. $2,496,000 Rural Road Rehabilitation Project. $67,100,000 Better access to economic and social infrastructure. $445,000 Program Administration*, Due Diligence, Monitoring and Evaluation. Pending Subsequent Report ** $22,370,000 .................................................. $1,382,000 $0 .................................................. $1,425,000 Projects Obligated $19,650,000 Expand Access to Financial Services. $271,000 Access to Justice ....................... $34,270,000 Improved Ability of Justice System to Enforce Contracts and Reconcile Claims. $76,000 Access to Land .......................... $36,020,000 Strengthen property rights and increase investment in rural and urban land. $45,000 18:25 Aug 08, 2007 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Measures Total Obligation: $305,761,000 Total Quarterly Disbursement: $1,872,000 Access to Financial Services ..... VerDate Aug<31>2005 Increase in hectares covered by HVA crops (i.e., vegetables, potato, fruits, grapes). Percentage of respondents satisfied with irrigation services. Share of WUA water charges compared WUA annual operations and maintenance cost (percentage). Number of farmers using better on-farm water management: drip irrigation; ET Gage, and soil moisture monitoring. Loans provided under the project (USD in thousands). Annual increase in irrigated land in Project area (hectares). State budget expenditures on maintenance of irrigation system (AMD in millions). Reduction in Kilowatt hours used (thousand KWh). Share of water losses compared to total water intake (percentage). Share of WUA water charges compared to WUA annual operations and maintenance cost (percentage). Cumulative disbursements Objective Country: Benin Year: 2007 Quarter 3 Entity to which the assistance is provided: MCA Benin mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Measures Sfmt 4703 Strengthen capacity of select financial institutions. Strengthen monitoring capacity of Supervisory Authority. Total incremental increase in value of new credit extended and savings received by financial institutions participating in the project. Share value of all loans outstanding that have one or more installments of principal past due over 30 days. Total number of loans guaranteed by land titles, per year. Increase efficiency and improved services of courts and the arbitration center. Increase access to court system. Improve enterprise registration center. Value of investments made to rural land parcels per year; land investment data will come from self-reported data through EMICoV. Value of investments made to urban land parcels per year; land investment data will come from self-reported data through EMICoV. E:\FR\FM\09AUN1.SGM 09AUN1 44872 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 153 / Thursday, August 9, 2007 / Notices Cumulative disbursements Projects Obligated Objective Access to Markets ..................... $168,020,000 $22,370,000 Improve Access to Markets through Improvements to the Port of Cotonou. .................................................. $2,770,000 $0 .................................................. 2,159,000 Program Administration*, Due Diligence, Monitoring and Evaluation. Pending Subsequent Report ** Projects Obligated $4,000 Measures Total volume of exports and imports passing through Port of Cotonou, per year in million metric tons. Cumulative disbursements Objective Country: Ghana Year: 2007 Quarter 3 Entity to which the assistance is provided: MCA Ghana Measures Total Obligation: $536,639,000 Total Quarterly Disbursement: $2,174,000 Agriculture Project ..................... $239,552,000 Enhance Profitability of cultivation, services to agriculture and product handling in support of the expansion of commercial agriculture among groups of smallholder farms. $0 Rural Development .................... $101,288,000 Strengthen the rural institutions that provide services complementary to, and supportive of, agricultural and agriculture business development. $0 Transportation ............................ $136,804,000 Reduce the transportation costs affecting agriculture commerce at sub-regional levels. $0 $22,370,000 .................................................. $0 ........................ .................................................. $2,915,000 Program Administration*, Due Diligence, Monitoring and Evaluation. Pending Subsequent Report ** Number of hectares irrigated. Number of days to conduct a land transaction. Number of land disputes in the pilot registration districts. Registration of land rights in the pilot registration districts. Volume of products passing through postharvest treatment (metric tons). Portfolio-at-risk of agriculture loan fund. Value of loans disbursed to clients from agricultural loan fund (US$). Number of additional loans. Vehicle operating costs (on roads requiring minor, medium and major rehabilitation). Time/quality per procurement. Score card of citizen satisfaction with services. Gross enrollment rates. Gender parity in school enrollment. Distance to collect water. Time to collect water. Distance to sanitation facility. Travel time to sanitation facility. Incidence of guinea worm, diarrhea or bilharzias. Average number of days lost due to guinea worm, diarrhea or bilharzias. Percentage of households, schools, and agricultural processing plants in target districts with electricity. Number of inter-bank transactions. Value of deposit accounts in rural banks. Volume capacity ratio. Vehicles per hour at peak hour. Travel time at peak hour. International roughness index. Annual average daily traffic. Travel time for walk-on passengers and small vehicles. Travel time for trucks. * Program administration funds are used to pay items such as salaries, rent, and the cost of office equipment. ** Pending subsequent report amounts represent funds that have been disbursed to the country for specific projects and activities that will be reported by project in the subsequent quarterly. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 619 Transfer funds U.S. agency to which funds were transferred Amount Description of program or project $0 VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:25 Aug 08, 2007 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\09AUN1.SGM 09AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 153 / Thursday, August 9, 2007 / Notices Dated: August 3, 2007. Frances C. McNaught, Vice President, Congressional and Public Affairs, Millennium Challenge Corporation. [FR Doc. 07–3879 Filed 8–8–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9211–03–P NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION [Notice: (07–055)] Notice of Centennial Challenges 2007 Tether Challenge National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ACTION: Notice of Centennial Challenges 2007 Tether Challenge mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice is issued in accordance with 42 U.S.C. 2451 (314) (d). The 2007 Tether Challenge is now scheduled, and teams that wish to compete may now register. The NASA Centennial Challenges Program is a program of prize contests to stimulate innovation and competition in space exploration and ongoing NASA mission areas. The 2007 Tether Challenge is a prize contest designed to develop very strong tether material for use in various structural applications. The 2007 Tether Challenge is being administered for NASA by the Spaceward Foundation. Their Web site is: http:// www.spaceward.org. The Centennial Challenges Web site is http:// www.centennialchallenges.nasa.gov. DATES: The 2007 Tether Challenge will be held on the dates of October 19–21, 2007. ADDRESSES: The location of the 2007 Tether Challenge will be held at the Davis County Event Center just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. Questions and comments regarding the NASA Centennial Challenges Program should be addressed to Mr. Ken Davidian, Centennial Challenges Program, Innovative Partnerships Program Office, NASA Headquarters, 20546–0001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Ken Davidian, Centennial Challenges Program, Innovative Partnerships Program Office, NASA Headquarters, 20546–0001, (202) 358–0748, kdavidian@nasa.gov. To register for and get additional information regarding the 2007 Tether Challenge, visit: http:// www.elevator2010.org/site/ competitionTether2007.html. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Summary The purpose of the 2007 Tether Challenge is to develop very strong VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:31 Aug 08, 2007 Jkt 211001 tether material for use in various structural applications. The competition requires a 50% improvement in breaking force from year to year, starting with a commercially available tether in 2006. Additional requirements (such as operating temperature range, vacuum compatibility, and controlled electrical conductivity) will be added in future years. I. Challenge Basis and Prize Amount The complete 2007 Tether Challenge purse is $500,000. The 2007 Tether Challenge will be conducted in two rounds. The first round will pit tethers from two teams directly against each other to determine the team with the strongest tether. The second round will determine if the first-round winner(s) is/ are at least 50% stronger than a house tether that represents off-the-shelf materials. If it is (or they are), that/those team(s) will win the competition and share the prize purse. II. Eligibility The Centennial Challenges Program has established the following language in the 2007 Tether Challenge Team Agreement governing eligibility. For this section, challenge is the 2007 Tether Challenge. A team is an individual or private entity, or a group of individuals or private entities, that register to participate in challenge. A team is comprised of a team leader and team members. A team leader is, by definition, also a team member. Team members are participants on the team that are not the team leader. To be eligible to win the challenge prize, an individual or entity, (a) In the case of a private entity, shall be incorporated in and maintain a primary place of business in the United States, and (b) in the case of an individual, whether participating individually or as a member of a group, shall be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States. A team leader is a single private entity or individual which is the sole agent representing a team regarding its participation in challenge. In the case of the team leader that is a private entity, it must appoint an individual who is an officer of the private entity to represent the team leader. All team members will apply to register for the challenge through team leader and must receive written concurrence by Spaceward. All team members must execute an ‘‘Adoption of Agreement’’ committing to all terms of this agreement. By signing below, team leader represents that all team members have executed the Adoption of Agreement and that no one else will become a member of the team PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 44873 or participate in the challenge until such new team member has signed this agreement. Spaceward may disqualify any team if it discovers that a person is acting as a team member who has not signed this agreement. Team leader will provide Spaceward with a copy of the ‘‘Adoption of Agreement’’ signed by each team member. Any U.S. Government organization or organization principally or substantially funded by the Federal Government, including Federally Funded Research and Development Centers, Governmentowned, contractor operated (GOCO) facilities, and University Affiliated Research Centers, are ineligible to be a team leader or team member. Rules The rules for the 2007 Tether Challenge can be found at: http:// www.elevator2010.org/site/ competitionTether2007.html. Dated: July 31, 2007. Douglas A. Comstock, Director, Innovative Partnerships Program Office. [FR Doc. E7–15518 Filed 8–8–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7510–13–P NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION [Notice: (07–056)] Notice of Centennial Challenges 2007 Beam Power Challenge National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). ACTION: Notice of Centennial Challenges 2007 Beam Power Challenge. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice is issued in accordance with 42 U.S.C. 2451 (314)(d). The 2007 Beam Power Challenge is now scheduled and teams that wish to compete may now register. The NASA Centennial Challenges Program is a program of prize contests to stimulate innovation and competition in space exploration and ongoing NASA mission areas. The 2007 Beam Power Challenge is a prize contest designed to promote the development of new power distribution technologies. The 2007 Beam Power Challenge is being administered for NASA by the Spaceward Foundation. Their Web site is: http://www.spaceward.org. The Centennial Challenges Web site is http://www.centennialchallenges.nasa. gov. The qualifying rounds of the 2007 Beam Power Challenge will start on October 15, and the final competition DATES: E:\FR\FM\09AUN1.SGM 09AUN1

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[FR Doc No: 07-3879]


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MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION

[MCC 07-08]


Notice of Quarterly Report (April 1, 2007-June 30, 2007)

AGENCY: Millennium Challenge Corporation.

SUMMARY: The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is reporting for 
the

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quarter April 1, 2007 through June 30, 2007 with respect to both 
assistance provided under Section 605 of the Millennium Challenge Act 
of 2003 (Pub. L. 108-199, Division D (the Act)), and transfers of funds 
to other federal agencies pursuant to Section 619 of that Act. The 
following report shall be made available to the public by means of 
publication in the Federal Register and on the Internet Web site of the 
MCC (www.mcc.gov) in accordance with Section 612(b) of the Act.

                                      Assistance Provided Under Section 605
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                                                                          Cumulative
             Projects                 Obligated         Objectives       disbursements          Measures
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                     Country: Madagascar Year: 2007 Quarter 3 Total Obligation: $109,773,000
       Entity to which the assistance is provided: MCA Madagascar Total Quarterly Disbursement: 3,485,000
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Land Tenure Project..............     $37,803,000  Increase Land            $2,279,000  Legislative proposal
                                                    Titling and                          (``loin de cadrage'')
                                                    Security.                            reflecting the PNF
                                                                                         submitted to Parliament
                                                                                         and passed.
                                                                                        Percentage of land
                                                                                         documents inventoried,
                                                                                         restored, and/or
                                                                                         digitized.
                                                                                        Average time and cost
                                                                                         required to carry out
                                                                                         property-related
                                                                                         transactions at the
                                                                                         local and/or national
                                                                                         land services offices.
                                                                                         Time/cost to respond to
                                                                                         information request,
                                                                                         issue titles and to
                                                                                         modify titles after the
                                                                                         first land right.
                                                                                        Number of land disputes
                                                                                         reported and resolved
                                                                                         in the target zones and
                                                                                         sites of
                                                                                         implementation.
                                                                                        Percentage of land in
                                                                                         the zones that is
                                                                                         demarcated and ready
                                                                                         for titling.
                                                                                        Promote knowledge and
                                                                                         awareness of land
                                                                                         tenure reforms among
                                                                                         inhabitants in the
                                                                                         zones (surveys).
Finance Project..................     $35,888,000  Increase                 $1,495,000  Submission to Parliament
                                                    Competition in the                   and passage of new laws
                                                    Financial Sector.                    recommended by outside
                                                                                         experts and relevant
                                                                                         commissions.
                                                                                        CPA Association (CSC)
                                                                                         list of accountants
                                                                                         registered.
                                                                                        Maximum check clearing
                                                                                         delay.
                                                                                        Volume of funds in
                                                                                         payment system and
                                                                                         number of transactions.
                                                                                        Public awareness of new
                                                                                         financial instruments
                                                                                         (surveys).
                                                                                        Report of credit and
                                                                                         payment information to
                                                                                         a central database.
                                                                                        Number of holders of new
                                                                                         denomination T-bill
                                                                                         holdings, and T-bill
                                                                                         issuance outside
                                                                                         Antananarivo as
                                                                                         measured by Central
                                                                                         Bank report of
                                                                                         redemption date.
                                                                                        Volume of production
                                                                                         covered by warehouse
                                                                                         receipts in the zones.
                                                                                        Volume of MFI lending in
                                                                                         the zones.
                                                                                        MFI portfolio-at-risk
                                                                                         delinquency rate.
                                                                                        Number of new bank
                                                                                         accounts in the zones.
Agricultural Business Investment      $17,683,000  Improve                  $2,607,000  Number of rural
 Project.                                           Agricultural                         producers receiving or
                                                    Projection                           soliciting information
                                                    Technologies and                     from ABCs about the
                                                    Market Capacity in                   opportunities.
                                                    Rural Areas.                        Zones identified and
                                                                                         description of
                                                                                         beneficiaries within
                                                                                         each zone submitted.
                                                                                        Number of cost-effective
                                                                                         investment strategies
                                                                                         developed.
                                                                                        Number of plans
                                                                                         prepared.
                                                                                        Number of farmers and
                                                                                         business employing
                                                                                         technical assistance
                                                                                         received.
Program Administration* and           $18,399,000  ...................      $8,076,000
 Control, Monitoring and
 Evaluation.
Pending Subsequent Report **.....  ..............  ...................      $3,499,000
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                                                                          Cumulative
             Projects                 Obligated         Objectives       disbursements          Measures
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                      Country: Honduras Year: 2007 Quarter 3 Total Obligation: $215,000,000
        Entity to which the assistance is provided: MCA Honduras Total Quarterly Disbursement: $3,497,000
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Rural Development Project........    *$72,195,000  Increase the             $5,264,000  Hours of technical
                                                    productivity and                     assistance delivered to
                                                    business skills of                   Program Farmers
                                                    farmers who                          (thousands).
                                                    operate small and                   Funds lent by MCA-
                                                    medium-size farms                    Honduras to financial
                                                    and their                            institutions
                                                    employees.                           (cumulative).
                                                                                        Hours of technical
                                                                                         assistance to financial
                                                                                         institutions
                                                                                         (cumulative).
                                                                                        Lien Registry equipment
                                                                                         installed.
                                                                                        Kilometers of farm-to-
                                                                                         market road upgraded
                                                                                         (cumulative).
Transportation Project...........    $125,700,000  Reduce                     $478,000  Kilometers of highway
                                                    transportation                       upgraded.
                                                    costs between                       Kilometers of secondary
                                                    targeted                             road upgraded.
                                                    production centers                  Number of weight
                                                    and national,                        stations built.
                                                    regional and
                                                    global markets.
Program Administration* and           $17,105,000  ...................      $1,253,000
 Control, Monitoring and
 Evaluation.
Pending Subsequent Report **.....  ..............  ...................      $2,290,000
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                                                                          Cumulative
             Projects                 Obligated         Objectives       disbursements          Measures
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                     Country: Cape Verde Year: 2007 Quarter 3 Total Obligation: $110,078,000
       Entity to which the assistance is provided: MCA Cape Verde Total Quarterly Disbursement: $2,077,000
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Watershed and Agricultural            $10,848,000  Increase                   $247,000  Productivity:
 Support.                                           agricultural                         Horticulture (tons per
                                                    production in                        hectare).
                                                    three targeted                      Value-added for farms
                                                    watershed areas on                   and agribusiness
                                                    three islands.                       (millions of dollars).
Infrastructure Improvement.......     $78,760,000  Increase                 $4,084,000  Volume of goods shipped
                                                    integration of the                   between Praia and other
                                                    internal market                      islands (tons).
                                                    and reduce                          Mobility Ratio:
                                                    transportation                       Percentage of
                                                    costs.                               beneficiary population
                                                                                         who take at least 5
                                                                                         trips per month.
                                                                                        Savings on transport
                                                                                         costs from improvements
                                                                                         (million dollars).
Private Sector Development.......      $7,200,000  Spur private sector         $88,000  Value added in priority
                                                    development on all                   sectors above current
                                                    islands through                      trends (escudos)
                                                    increased                           Volume of private
                                                    investment in the                    investment in priority
                                                    priority sectors                     sectors above current
                                                    and through                          trends.
                                                    financial sector
                                                    reform.
Program Administration* and           $13,270,000  ...................      $4,979,000
 Control, Monitoring and
 Evaluation.
Pending Subsequent Report **.....  ..............  ...................      $3,815,000
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                                                                          Cumulative
             Projects                 Obligated         Objectives       disbursements          Measures
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                     Country: Nicaragua Year: 2007 Quarter 3 Total Obligation: $174,925,000
       Entity to which the assistance is provided: MCA Nicaragua Total Quarterly Disbursement: $2,300,000
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Property Regularization Project..     $26,400,000  Increase Investment        $685,000  Automated registry-
                                                    by strengthening                     cadastre database
                                                    property rights.                     installed.
                                                                                        Number of parcels with a
                                                                                         registered title, rural
                                                                                         and urban (total of
                                                                                         21,000 and 22,000,
                                                                                         rural and urban,
                                                                                         respectively).
                                                                                        Projected areas
                                                                                         demarcated.
                                                                                        Number of projected area
                                                                                         management plans
                                                                                         implemented.
                                                                                        Number of conflicts
                                                                                         resolved by program
                                                                                         mediation.
Transportation Project...........     $92,800,000  Reduce                      $58,000  N-1 Road: Kilometers of
                                                    transportation                       road upgraded.
                                                    costs between Leon                  Secondary Roads:
                                                    and Chinandega and                   Kilometers of secondary
                                                    national, regional                   road upgraded.
                                                    and global markets.

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Rural Business Development            $33,500,000  Increase the value       $1,623,000  Rural business
 Project.                                           added of farms and                   development centers:
                                                    enterprises in the                   Value of TA and support
                                                    region.                              services delivered to
                                                                                         program businesses.
                                                                                        Improvement of water
                                                                                         supply for farming and
                                                                                         forest production:
                                                                                         Watershed Management
                                                                                         Action Plan.
                                                                                        Funds disbursed for
                                                                                         improvement of water
                                                                                         supply for farming and
                                                                                         forest production
                                                                                         projects.
Program Administration*, Due          $22,225,000  ...................      $2,700,000
 Diligence, Monitoring and
 Evaluation.
Pending Subsequent Report **.....              $0  ...................      $2,445,000
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                                                                          Cumulative
             Projects                 Obligated         Objectives       disbursements          Measures
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                      Country: Georgia Year: 2007 Quarter 3 Total Obligation: $294,693,000
        Entity to which the assistance is provided: MCA Georgia Total Quarterly Disbursement: $3,500,000
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Regional Infrastructure              $211,700,000  Key Regional            $13,330,000  Reduction in journey
 Rehabilitation.                                    Infrastructure                       time: Akhalkalaki-
                                                    Rehabilitated.                       Ninotsminda-Teleti
                                                                                         (hours).
                                                                                        Reduction in vehicle
                                                                                         operating costs
                                                                                         (cumulative).
                                                                                        Increase in internal
                                                                                         regional traffic
                                                                                         volumes (cumulative).
                                                                                        Decreased technical
                                                                                         losses.
                                                                                        Reduction in the
                                                                                         production of
                                                                                         greenhouse gas
                                                                                         emissions measured in
                                                                                         tons of CO2 equivalent.
                                                                                        Increased in collection
                                                                                         rate of GGIC.
                                                                                        Number of household
                                                                                         beneficiaries served by
                                                                                         RID projects
                                                                                         (cumulative).
                                                                                        Actual operations and
                                                                                         maintenance
                                                                                         expenditures (USD).
Regional Enterprise Development..     $47,500,000  Enterprises in           $6,439,000  Increase in annual
                                                    Regions Developed.                   revenue in portfolio
                                                                                         companies (in 1,000
                                                                                         USD)
                                                                                        Increase in number of
                                                                                         portfolio company
                                                                                         employees and number of
                                                                                         local suppliers.
                                                                                        Increase in portfolio
                                                                                         companies'' wages and
                                                                                         payments to local
                                                                                         suppliers (in 1,000
                                                                                         USD).
                                                                                        Jobs created.
                                                                                        Increase in aggregate
                                                                                         incremental net revenue
                                                                                         to project assisted
                                                                                         firms (in 1,000 USD and
                                                                                         cumulative over five
                                                                                         years).
                                                                                        Direct household net
                                                                                         income (in 1,000 USD
                                                                                         cumulative over five
                                                                                         years).
                                                                                        Direct household net
                                                                                         income for market
                                                                                         information initiative
                                                                                         beneficiaries (in 1,000
                                                                                         USD cumulative over
                                                                                         five years).
                                                                                        Number of beneficiaries.
Program Administration*, Due          $35,493,000  ...................      $4,806,000
 Diligence, Monitoring and
 Evaluation.
Pending Subsequent Report **.....              $0  ...................      $4,462,000
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                                                                          Cumulative
             Projects                 Obligated         Objective        disbursements          Measures
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                       Country: Vanuatu Year: 2007 Quarter 3 Total Obligation: $65,690,000
            Entity to which the assistance is provided: MCA Vanuatu Total Quarterly Disbursement: $0
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Transportation Infrastructure         $60,690,000  Facilitate                   $2,000  Traffic volume (average
 Project.                                           transportation to                    annual daily traffic).
                                                    increase tourism                    Days road is closed
                                                    and business                         (number per annum).
                                                    development.                        Number of S-W Bay,
                                                                                         Malekula flights
                                                                                         cancelled due to
                                                                                         flooding (per annum).
                                                                                        Time of wharf (hours/
                                                                                         vessel).

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Program Administration*, Due           $5,000,000  ...................      $1,035,000
 Diligence, Monitoring and
 Evaluation.
Pending Subsequent Report **.....  ..............  ...................        $684,000
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                                                                          Cumulative
             Projects                 Obligated         Objective        disbursements          Measures
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                      Country: Armenia Year: 2007 Quarter 3 Total Obligation: $235,150,000
        Entity to which the assistance is provided: MCA Armenia Total Quarterly Disbursement: $2,157,000
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Irrigated Agriculture Project....    $145,680,000  Increase                 $2,496,000  Increase in hectares
                                                    agricultural                         covered by HVA crops
                                                    productivity and                     (i.e., vegetables,
                                                    Improve Quality of                   potato, fruits,
                                                    Irrigation.                          grapes).
                                                                                        Percentage of
                                                                                         respondents satisfied
                                                                                         with irrigation
                                                                                         services.
                                                                                        Share of WUA water
                                                                                         charges compared WUA
                                                                                         annual operations and
                                                                                         maintenance cost
                                                                                         (percentage).
                                                                                        Number of farmers using
                                                                                         better on-farm water
                                                                                         management: drip
                                                                                         irrigation; ET Gage,
                                                                                         and soil moisture
                                                                                         monitoring.
                                                                                        Loans provided under the
                                                                                         project (USD in
                                                                                         thousands).
Rural Road Rehabilitation Project     $67,100,000  Better access to           $445,000  Annual increase in
                                                    economic and                         irrigated land in
                                                    social                               Project area
                                                    infrastructure.                      (hectares).
                                                                                        State budget
                                                                                         expenditures on
                                                                                         maintenance of
                                                                                         irrigation system (AMD
                                                                                         in millions).
                                                                                        Reduction in Kilowatt
                                                                                         hours used (thousand
                                                                                         KWh).
                                                                                        Share of water losses
                                                                                         compared to total water
                                                                                         intake (percentage).
                                                                                        Share of WUA water
                                                                                         charges compared to WUA
                                                                                         annual operations and
                                                                                         maintenance cost
                                                                                         (percentage).
Program Administration*, Due          $22,370,000  ...................      $1,382,000
 Diligence, Monitoring and
 Evaluation.
Pending Subsequent Report **.....              $0  ...................      $1,425,000
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                                                                          Cumulative
             Projects                 Obligated         Objective        disbursements          Measures
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                       Country: Benin Year: 2007 Quarter 3 Total Obligation: $305,761,000
         Entity to which the assistance is provided: MCA Benin Total Quarterly Disbursement: $1,872,000
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Access to Financial Services.....     $19,650,000  Expand Access to           $271,000  Strengthen capacity of
                                                    Financial Services.                  select financial
                                                                                         institutions.
                                                                                        Strengthen monitoring
                                                                                         capacity of Supervisory
                                                                                         Authority.
                                                                                        Total incremental
                                                                                         increase in value of
                                                                                         new credit extended and
                                                                                         savings received by
                                                                                         financial institutions
                                                                                         participating in the
                                                                                         project.
                                                                                        Share value of all loans
                                                                                         outstanding that have
                                                                                         one or more
                                                                                         installments of
                                                                                         principal past due over
                                                                                         30 days.
                                                                                        Total number of loans
                                                                                         guaranteed by land
                                                                                         titles, per year.
Access to Justice................     $34,270,000  Improved Ability of         $76,000  Increase efficiency and
                                                    Justice System to                    improved services of
                                                    Enforce Contracts                    courts and the
                                                    and Reconcile                        arbitration center.
                                                    Claims.                             Increase access to court
                                                                                         system.
                                                                                        Improve enterprise
                                                                                         registration center.
Access to Land...................     $36,020,000  Strengthen property         $45,000  Value of investments
                                                    rights and                           made to rural land
                                                    increase                             parcels per year; land
                                                    investment in                        investment data will
                                                    rural and urban                      come from self-reported
                                                    land.                                data through EMICoV.
                                                                                        Value of investments
                                                                                         made to urban land
                                                                                         parcels per year; land
                                                                                         investment data will
                                                                                         come from self-reported
                                                                                         data through EMICoV.

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Access to Markets................    $168,020,000  Improve Access to            $4,000  Total volume of exports
                                                    Markets through                      and imports passing
                                                    Improvements to                      through Port of
                                                    the Port of                          Cotonou, per year in
                                                    Cotonou.                             million metric tons.
Program Administration*, Due          $22,370,000  ...................      $2,770,000
 Diligence, Monitoring and
 Evaluation.
Pending Subsequent Report **.....              $0  ...................       2,159,000
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                                                                          Cumulative
             Projects                 Obligated         Objective        disbursements          Measures
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                       Country: Ghana Year: 2007 Quarter 3 Total Obligation: $536,639,000
         Entity to which the assistance is provided: MCA Ghana Total Quarterly Disbursement: $2,174,000
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Agriculture Project..............    $239,552,000  Enhance                          $0  Number of hectares
                                                    Profitability of                     irrigated.
                                                    cultivation,                        Number of days to
                                                    services to                          conduct a land
                                                    agriculture and                      transaction.
                                                    product handling                    Number of land disputes
                                                    in support of the                    in the pilot
                                                    expansion of                         registration districts.
                                                    commercial                          Registration of land
                                                    agriculture among                    rights in the pilot
                                                    groups of                            registration districts.
                                                    smallholder farms.                  Volume of products
                                                                                         passing through post-
                                                                                         harvest treatment
                                                                                         (metric tons).
                                                                                        Portfolio-at-risk of
                                                                                         agriculture loan fund.
                                                                                        Value of loans disbursed
                                                                                         to clients from
                                                                                         agricultural loan fund
                                                                                         (US$).
                                                                                        Number of additional
                                                                                         loans.
                                                                                        Vehicle operating costs
                                                                                         (on roads requiring
                                                                                         minor, medium and major
                                                                                         rehabilitation).
Rural Development................    $101,288,000  Strengthen the                   $0  Time/quality per
                                                    rural institutions                   procurement.
                                                    that provide                        Score card of citizen
                                                    services                             satisfaction with
                                                    complementary to,                    services.
                                                    and supportive of,                  Gross enrollment rates.
                                                    agricultural and                    Gender parity in school
                                                    agriculture                          enrollment.
                                                    business                            Distance to collect
                                                    development.                         water.
                                                                                        Time to collect water.
                                                                                        Distance to sanitation
                                                                                         facility.
                                                                                        Travel time to
                                                                                         sanitation facility.
                                                                                        Incidence of guinea
                                                                                         worm, diarrhea or
                                                                                         bilharzias.
                                                                                        Average number of days
                                                                                         lost due to guinea
                                                                                         worm, diarrhea or
                                                                                         bilharzias.
                                                                                        Percentage of
                                                                                         households, schools,
                                                                                         and agricultural
                                                                                         processing plants in
                                                                                         target districts with
                                                                                         electricity.
                                                                                        Number of inter-bank
                                                                                         transactions.
                                                                                        Value of deposit
                                                                                         accounts in rural
                                                                                         banks.
Transportation...................    $136,804,000  Reduce the                       $0  Volume capacity ratio.
                                                    transportation                      Vehicles per hour at
                                                    costs affecting                      peak hour.
                                                    agriculture                         Travel time at peak
                                                    commerce at sub-                     hour.
                                                    regional levels.                    International roughness
                                                                                         index.
                                                                                        Annual average daily
                                                                                         traffic.
                                                                                        Travel time for walk-on
                                                                                         passengers and small
                                                                                         vehicles.
                                                                                        Travel time for trucks.
Program Administration*, Due          $22,370,000  ...................              $0
 Diligence, Monitoring and
 Evaluation.
Pending Subsequent Report **.....  ..............  ...................      $2,915,000
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* Program administration funds are used to pay items such as salaries, rent, and the cost of office equipment.
** Pending subsequent report amounts represent funds that have been disbursed to the country for specific
 projects and activities that will be reported by project in the subsequent quarterly.
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                           619 Transfer funds
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
U.S. agency to which funds were                   Description of program
          transferred                Amount             or project
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                                             $0
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    Dated: August 3, 2007.
Frances C. McNaught,
Vice President, Congressional and Public Affairs, Millennium Challenge 
Corporation.
[FR Doc. 07-3879 Filed 8-8-07; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 9211-03-P