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Download as PDF 73416 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 247 / Thursday, December 27, 2007 / Notices address is U.S. Department of State, SA– 44, 301 4th Street, SW., Room 700, Washington, DC 20547–0001. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Dated: December 18, 2007. C. Miller Crouch, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State. [FR Doc. E7–25067 Filed 12–26–07; 8:45 am] U.S. National Commission for UNESCO Notice of Open Advisory Committee Teleconference Meeting BILLING CODE 4710–05–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 6013] International Security Advisory Board (ISAB) Meeting Notice Closed Meeting mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES In accordance with section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2 § 10(a)(2), the Department of State announces a meeting of the International Security Advisory Board (ISAB) to take place on January 28, 2008, at the Department of State, Washington, DC. Pursuant to section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. 2 § 10(d), and to 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(1), it has been determined that this Board meeting will be closed to the public in the interest of national defense and foreign policy because the Board will be reviewing and discussing matters classified in accordance with Executive Order 12958. The purpose of the ISAB is to provide the Department with a continuing source of independent advice on all aspects of arms control, disarmament, political-military affairs, and international security and related aspects of public diplomacy. The agenda for this meeting will include classified discussions related to the Board’s ongoing studies on current U.S. policy and issues regarding international security, nuclear proliferation, and diplomacy. For more information, contact Brandy Buttrick, Deputy Executive Director of the International Security Advisory Board, Department of State, Washington, DC 20520, telephone: (202) 647–9336. Dated: December 13, 2007. George W. Look, Executive Director, International Security Advisory Board, Department of State. [FR Doc. E7–25066 Filed 12–26–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–27–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:00 Dec 26, 2007 Jkt 214001 [Public Notice 6016] Summary: The U.S. National Commission for UNESCO will meet via telephone conference on Monday, January 7, 2008, from 11 a.m. until 12 p.m. Eastern Time. The purpose of the teleconference meeting is to consider the recommendations of the Commission’s National Committee for the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). The U.S. National Committee for the IOC was asked to provide recommendations on the UNESCO study related to the Future of the IOC (for more information see IOC Circulars #2247 and #2249 http:// ioc3.unesco.org/cl/letters/ CL%202247_e.pdf and http:// ioc3.unesco.org/cl/letters/ CL%202249_e.pdf). The call will also be an opportunity to provide an update on recent and upcoming Commission and UNESCO activities. The Commission will accept brief oral comments during a portion of this conference call. This public comment period will last 15 minutes, and comments are limited to two minutes per person. Members of the public who wish to present oral comments or to listen to the conference call must make arrangements with the Executive Secretariat of the National Commission by January 4, 2008. For more information or to arrange to participate in the teleconference meeting, contact Alex Zemek, Deputy Executive Director of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, Washington, DC 20037. Telephone: (202) 663–0026; Fax: (202) 663–0035; e-mail: DCUNESCO@state.gov. Dated: December 18, 2007. Susanna Connaughton, U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, Department of State. [FR Doc. E7–25072 Filed 12–26–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–19–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 6042] Solicitation of Input and Participation in a Dialogue To Review the Standardized Program Structure for Foreign Assistance; Correction The Office of the Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance (F) is commencing public consultations on the ‘‘Standardized Program Structure for Foreign Assistance’’ (Program PO 00000 Frm 00107 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Structure). The Program Structure was developed in 2006 through a deliberative interagency process as part of the Secretary’s Foreign Assistance Reform. It serves as a lexicon for categorizing and tracking foreign assistance activities from a number of different foreign assistance appropriation accounts, collectively totaling approximately $25 billion in U.S. Foreign Assistance. F will consider changes to the Program Structure through a three-phase process: • Phase I will engage public stakeholders (including NonGovernmental Organizations—NGOs) in dialogue; • Phase II will engage Federal interagency partners; and • Phase III will occur when all external and internal stakeholder input is collected and analyzed, and then forwarded to the Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance for a decision regarding proposed adjustments to the Program Structure. This process is expected to take 4–6 months from the start date of the first stage, and will result in a refined Program Structure that will serve as the foundation for future planning and performance products. This notice pertains to Phase I. The purpose of the consultative process is to fulfill a commitment to engage with external stakeholders to obtain input to improve the Program Structure (for example, to clarify definitions, identify gaps, or remove duplication). Consultation with external stakeholders and analysis of their inputs are expected to last for a period of between 8–12 weeks. F will use the administrative, technical, and logistical services of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) to facilitate consultations. Effective December 19, 2007, the Department of State will solicit the public for recommended changes at the ‘‘program area’’ level (e.g., Transnational Crime; Rule of Law and Human Rights; Health; Macroecomonic Foundation for Growth; Disaster Readiness) of the structure, and below (i.e., program element; program subelement). The public is strongly encouraged to review the PROGRAM STRUCTURE by going to the following Internet site: http://www.state.gov/ documents/organization/93447.pdf. Written recommendations for changes will be accepted ONLY between December 27–January 18, 2008, and must be made, by means of e-mail, to the following address: ForeignAssistanceDefinitions@state.gov. Recommendations must state clearly the E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 247 / Thursday, December 27, 2007 / Notices mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES recommended change, the rationale for the change, and the expected impact on other aspects of the Program Structure. Following the solicitation period, five (5) focus group meetings (addressing each of the program objectives) will be managed by the Department of State, and hosted and facilitated by NAPA at their location (900 7th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20001). Focus group sessions are tentatively scheduled to take place in January 2008. Participation will be limited to a predetermined number of attendees (due to space limitations), but the Department of State and NAPA will make every effort to ensure representation of a broad crosssection of stakeholders. The focus groups will review written comments, discuss any additional suggestions for changes and make recommendations on which changes should be further considered by the Department of State. Individuals and organizations interested in participating in focus group sessions should contact Lena Trudeau, Program Area Director, Strategic Initiatives, National Academy of Public Administration, (202) 315–5476 (Direct), ltrudeau@napawash.org. Following the focus groups, a plenary session will review recommendations made by each of the groups, before final recommendations are forwarded to the Department of State for consideration by the Federal interagency. The plenary session will occur in the late January timeframe (specific date to be determined) at NAPA offices, and like the focus groups, be limited to a predetermined number of attendees due to space limitations. Attendance will be determined by the Department of State with the objective of ensuring balanced and broad representation from stakeholders. The Department of State is committed to engaging its critical stakeholders in an unprecedented opportunity to review its Program Structure, so as to improve its foreign assistance reform effort currently underway. General information related to U.S. Foreign Assistance may be found at the following Internet site: http:// www.state.gov/f/. Dated: December 19, 2007. Jill Copenhaver, Management Officer, Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance, Department of State. [FR Doc. E7–25230 Filed 12–26–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–02–P VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:00 Dec 26, 2007 Jkt 214001 SUSQUEHANNA RIVER BASIN COMMISSION Notice of Actions Taken at December 5, 2007 Meeting Susquehanna River Basin Commission. ACTION: Notice of commission actions. AGENCY: SUMMARY: At its regular business meeting on December 5, 2007 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the Commission: (1) Recognized former Pennsylvania State Senator Noah Wenger and outgoing New York Alternate Member Scott Foti, (2) heard a report on hydrologic conditions in the basin, (3) adopted a final rule making action and a companion resolution regarding agricultural consumptive use, (4) approved a new aquifer testing guidance for project sponsors proposing groundwater withdrawals, (5) accepted the FY 2007 audit report, and (6) approved a grant and three contracts. The Commission also conducted a public hearing to approve certain water resources projects, to accept three settlement agreements, to deny a request for an administrative hearing, to extend two emergency water withdrawal certificates, and to adopt a revised project fee schedule. See the Supplementary Information section below for more details on these actions. DATES: December 5, 2007. ADDRESSES: Susquehanna River Basin Commission, 1721 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102–2391. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard A. Cairo, General Counsel, telephone: (717) 238–0423; ext. 306; fax: (717) 238–2436; e-mail: rcairo@srbc.net or Deborah J. Dickey, Secretary to the Commission, telephone: (717) 238– 0422, ext. 301; fax: (717) 238–2436; email: ddickey@srbc.net. Regular mail inquiries may be sent to the above address. The final rule making action amends the consumptive use provisions of 18 CFR part 806 relating to agricultural water use and Part 808 relating to an erroneous authority citation, and a companion resolution determines that certain projects supported by the Commission’s member states provide sufficient mitigation for agricultural consumptive use. Also, the Commission approved a grant for Chesapeake Bay nutrient monitoring and contracts for the development of a Yield Analysis Tool, the production of New York State inundation maps, and the commencement of a comprehensive SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00108 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 73417 water resources study for the Morrison Cove area of the Juniata Subbasin. The Commission also convened a public hearing and took the following actions: Public Hearing—Projects Approved 1. Project Sponsor and Facility: Village of Waverly (Well 4), Tioga County, NY. Modification of groundwater approval (Docket No. 20030207). 2. Project Sponsor and Facility: Sno Mountain LLC, Scranton City, Lackawanna County, PA. Application to transfer approvals for surface water withdrawal of 7.300 mgd and consumptive water use of up to 1.600 mgd (Docket No. 20030405). 3. Project Sponsor: Graymont (PA) Inc. Project Facility: Pleasant Gap Facility, Spring Township, Centre County, PA. Modification of consumptive water use approval (Docket No. 20050306). 4. Project Sponsor: Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. Project Facility: Pleasant Gap Facility, Spring Township, Centre County, PA. Modification of consumptive water use approval (Docket No. 20050307). 5. Project Sponsor: Parkwood Resources, Inc. Project Facility: Cherry Tree Mine, Burnside Township, Indiana and Clearfield Counties, PA. Application for consumptive water use of up to 0.225 mgd. 6. Project Sponsor and Facility: Mountainview Thoroughbred Racing Association, Inc., East Hanover Township, Dauphin County, PA. Modification of consumptive water use approval (Docket No. 20020819). 7. Project Sponsor and Facility: King Drive Corp., Middle Paxton Township, Dauphin County, PA. Modification of consumptive water use approval (Docket No. 20020615). 8. Project Sponsor and Facility: York Plant Holding LLC, Springettsbury Township, York County, PA. Application for consumptive water use of up to 0.575 mgd. Public Hearing—Enforcement Actions Approved: Settlement agreements were accepted for the following projects: 1. Project Sponsor and Facility: Cooperstown Dreams Park, Inc. (Docket No. 20060602), Town of Hartwick, Otsego County, NY. 2. Project Sponsor: Sand Springs Development Corp. (Docket No. 20030406). Project Facility: Sand Springs Golf Community, Butler Township, Luzerne County, PA. 3. Project Sponsor and Facility: BC Natural Chicken, LLC (Docket No. 20040305), Bethel Township, Lebanon County, PA. E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

[Public Notice 6042]


Solicitation of Input and Participation in a Dialogue To Review 
the Standardized Program Structure for Foreign Assistance; Correction

    The Office of the Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance (F) is 
commencing public consultations on the ``Standardized Program Structure 
for Foreign Assistance'' (Program Structure). The Program Structure was 
developed in 2006 through a deliberative interagency process as part of 
the Secretary's Foreign Assistance Reform. It serves as a lexicon for 
categorizing and tracking foreign assistance activities from a number 
of different foreign assistance appropriation accounts, collectively 
totaling approximately $25 billion in U.S. Foreign Assistance.
    F will consider changes to the Program Structure through a three-
phase process:
     Phase I will engage public stakeholders (including Non-
Governmental Organizations--NGOs) in dialogue;
     Phase II will engage Federal interagency partners; and
     Phase III will occur when all external and internal 
stakeholder input is collected and analyzed, and then forwarded to the 
Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance for a decision regarding proposed 
adjustments to the Program Structure.
    This process is expected to take 4-6 months from the start date of 
the first stage, and will result in a refined Program Structure that 
will serve as the foundation for future planning and performance 
products. This notice pertains to Phase I.
    The purpose of the consultative process is to fulfill a commitment 
to engage with external stakeholders to obtain input to improve the 
Program Structure (for example, to clarify definitions, identify gaps, 
or remove duplication). Consultation with external stakeholders and 
analysis of their inputs are expected to last for a period of between 
8-12 weeks. F will use the administrative, technical, and logistical 
services of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) to 
facilitate consultations.
    Effective December 19, 2007, the Department of State will solicit 
the public for recommended changes at the ``program area'' level (e.g., 
Transnational Crime; Rule of Law and Human Rights; Health; 
Macroecomonic Foundation for Growth; Disaster Readiness) of the 
structure, and below (i.e., program element; program sub-element). The 
public is strongly encouraged to review the PROGRAM STRUCTURE by going 
to the following Internet site: http://www.state.gov/documents/
organization/93447.pdf. Written recommendations for changes will be 
accepted ONLY between December 27-January 18, 2008, and must be made, 
by means of e-mail, to the following address: 
ForeignAssistanceDefinitions@state.gov. Recommendations must state 
clearly the

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recommended change, the rationale for the change, and the expected 
impact on other aspects of the Program Structure.
    Following the solicitation period, five (5) focus group meetings 
(addressing each of the program objectives) will be managed by the 
Department of State, and hosted and facilitated by NAPA at their 
location (900 7th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20001). Focus group 
sessions are tentatively scheduled to take place in January 2008. 
Participation will be limited to a predetermined number of attendees 
(due to space limitations), but the Department of State and NAPA will 
make every effort to ensure representation of a broad cross-section of 
stakeholders. The focus groups will review written comments, discuss 
any additional suggestions for changes and make recommendations on 
which changes should be further considered by the Department of State. 
Individuals and organizations interested in participating in focus 
group sessions should contact Lena Trudeau, Program Area Director, 
Strategic Initiatives, National Academy of Public Administration, (202) 
315-5476 (Direct), ltrudeau@napawash.org.
    Following the focus groups, a plenary session will review 
recommendations made by each of the groups, before final 
recommendations are forwarded to the Department of State for 
consideration by the Federal interagency. The plenary session will 
occur in the late January timeframe (specific date to be determined) at 
NAPA offices, and like the focus groups, be limited to a predetermined 
number of attendees due to space limitations. Attendance will be 
determined by the Department of State with the objective of ensuring 
balanced and broad representation from stakeholders.
    The Department of State is committed to engaging its critical 
stakeholders in an unprecedented opportunity to review its Program 
Structure, so as to improve its foreign assistance reform effort 
currently underway. General information related to U.S. Foreign 
Assistance may be found at the following Internet site: http://
www.state.gov/f/.

    Dated: December 19, 2007.
Jill Copenhaver,
Management Officer, Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance, Department of 
State.
 [FR Doc. E7-25230 Filed 12-26-07; 8:45 am]
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