Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP), 34253-34254 [E8-13599]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 117 / Tuesday, June 17, 2008 / Notices of the subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication date, as provided for by section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) the cash deposit rate for each of the reviewed companies that received a separate rate in this review will be the rate listed in the final results of review (except that if the rate for a particular company is de minimis, i.e., less than 0.5 percent, a zero cash deposit will be required for that company); (2) for previously investigated or reviewed PRC and non– PRC exporters not listed above that have separate rates, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the exporter–specific rate published for the most recent period; (3) for all PRC exporters of subject merchandise that have not been found to be entitled to a separate rate, including those companies for which this review has been rescinded, the cash deposit rate will be the PRC–wide rate of 376.67 percent; and (4) for all non– PRC exporters of subject merchandise which have not received their own rate, the cash deposit rate will be the rate applicable to the PRC exporters that supplied that non–PRC exporter. These deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice. accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i) of the Act. Reimbursement Of Duties Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) This notice also serves as a final reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this POR. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Department’s presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties has occurred and the subsequent assessment of doubled antidumping duties. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Administrative Protective Orders This notice also serves as a reminder to parties subject to administrative protective orders (‘‘APO’’) of their responsibility concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305, which continues to govern business proprietary information in this segment of the proceeding. Timely written notification of the return/destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a violation which is subject to sanction. We are issuing and publishing this administrative review and notice in VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:10 Jun 16, 2008 Jkt 214001 Dated: June 9, 2008. Stephen J. Claeys, Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. Appendix I General Issues: Comment 1: Intermediate Input Methodology Comment 2: Garlic Bulb Surrogate Value A. Product Specifity B. Broad Market Average C. Public Availability D. Contemporaneity E. Tax and Duty Exclusivity Comment 3: Surrogate Financial Ratios Comment 4: Labor Surrogate Value Comment 5: By–product Offset Company–Specific Issues: Comment 6: Individual Margin Calculation for Qingdao Saturn [FR Doc. E8–13632 Filed 6–16–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [Docket No. 080609747–8749–01] International Trade Administration (ITA), Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice and request for applications. AGENCY: SUMMARY: ITA is soliciting projects to strengthen U.S. competitiveness to be conducted by eligible entities for periods of up to three years. Project award periods normally begin between October 1, 2008 and January 1, 2009, but may begin as late as April 1, 2009. MDCP awards help to underwrite the start-up costs of new competitivenessstrengthening ventures that industry groups are often reluctant to undertake without federal support. MDCP aims to develop, maintain and expand foreign markets for non-agricultural goods and services produced in the United States. DATES: Proposals must be received by ITA no later than 5 p.m. EDT, Thursday, July 31, 2008. A public meeting to discuss the competition will be held on Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at 2 p.m. ADDRESSES: Proposals must be submitted to ITA, U.S. Department of Commerce, HCHB Rm. 3215; Washington, DC 20230, or via e-mail to Brad.Hess@mail.doc.gov. The full funding opportunity announcement and PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 34253 the application kit for this request for applications are available at http:// www.trade.gov/mdcp, or by contacting Brad Hess at 202–482–2969. The public meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of Commerce, HCHB, 14th & Constitution, NW., Washington, DC in Room B 841–B. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Interested parties who are unable to access information via Internet or who have questions may contact Mr. Brad Hess by mail (see ADDRESSES), by phone at 202–482–2969, by fax at 202–482– 4462, or via Internet at Brad.Hess@mail.doc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Electronic Access: The full funding opportunity announcement for MDCP is available at http://www.trade.gov/mdcp. Funding Availability: Approximately $600,000 will be available through this announcement for fiscal year 2008. No award will exceed $250,000. ITA anticipates making a minimum of two awards. Additional awards might be made depending on the amounts requested and the availability of funds. Statutory Authority: 15 U.S.C. 4723. CFDA: 11.112, Market Development Cooperator Program. Eligibility: Trade associations, state departments of trade and their regional associations, and non-profit industry organizations, including organizations such as World Trade Centers, centers for international trade development and small business development centers are eligible to apply for an MDCP award. In cases where no entity described above represents the industry, private industry firms or groups of firms may be eligible to apply for an MDCP award. Such private industry firms or groups of firms must provide in their applications, documentation demonstrating that no entity in the first three categories listed below represents their industry. Cost Sharing Requirements: Applicants must contribute two dollars for every federal dollar received. At least 50% of the applicant’s cost share must be cash. The remaining percentage of the applicant’s cost share may be cash or in kind. Intergovernmental Review: Applications under this program are not subject to Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.’’ Limitation of Liability: In no event will the Department of Commerce or ITA be responsible for proposal preparation costs if this program fails to receive funding or is cancelled because of other agency priorities. Publication of this announcement does not obligate the Department of Commerce or ITA to E:\FR\FM\17JNN1.SGM 17JNN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 34254 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 117 / Tuesday, June 17, 2008 / Notices award funds for any specific project or to obligate any available funds. Evaluation and Selection Procedures: After receiving the applications, ITA will screen each one to determine the applicant’s eligibility to receive an award. After receiving all applications, a selection panel composed of at least three ITA managers will review the applications using the evaluation criteria below, score them, and forward a ranked funding recommendation to the Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services. The evaluation criteria scores assigned by the panel determine which applications are recommended for funding. The Assistant Secretary makes the final selection of award winners, justifying any deviation from the selection panel’s ranked recommendation by application of the selection factors listed below. Evaluation Criteria: The selection panel reviews each eligible application based on five evaluation criteria. The evaluation criteria are listed below. (1) Potential to Strengthen Competitiveness (20%). This is the likelihood that a project will result in export initiatives by U.S. firms, particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises. (2) Performance Measures (20%). Applicants must provide quantifiable estimates of export and market share increases, explain how they are derived, and detail the methods they will use to gather and report performance information. (3) Partnership and Priorities (20%). This criterion indicates the degree to which the project initiates or enhances partnership with ITA and the degree to which the proposal furthers or is compatible with ITA’s priorities. (4) Creativity and Capacity (20%). Applicants demonstrate creativity, innovation, and realism in the project work plan as well as their institutional capacity to carry out the work plan. (5) Budget and Sustainability (20%). This criterion indicates the reasonableness and effectiveness of the itemized budget for project activities, the amount of the cash match that is readily available, and the probability that the project can be continued on a self-sustained basis after the completion of the award. The five criteria together constitute the application score. At 20 points per criterion, the total possible score is 100. Selection Factors: The Assistant Secretary may deviate from the selection panel’s ranked recommendation only based on the following factors: (1) The selection panel’s written assessments, (2) Degree to which applications satisfy ITA priorities, (3) Geographic VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:10 Jun 16, 2008 Jkt 214001 distribution of the proposed awards, (4) Diversity of industry sectors and overseas markets covered by the proposed awards, (5) Diversity of project activities represented by the proposed awards, (6) Avoidance of redundancy and conflicts with the initiatives of other federal agencies, and (7) Availability of funds. The ITA priorities referred to under Evaluation Criteria (3) and Selection Factor (2) are listed below. ITA is interested in receiving proposals to promote U.S. exports that include, but are not limited to, projects that: (1) Improve the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing and service industries by addressing impediments to innovation and reducing the cost of doing business in foreign countries; (2) Increase competitiveness of U.S. industries in large markets like China, India, and Brazil by addressing non-tariff barriers, especially those related to standards and intellectual property rights; (3) Help U.S. industry to capitalize on effective global supply chain management strategies; (4) Advance market-based approaches to energy, clean development, and commercialization of nuclear and alternative energy technologies; (5) Facilitate ease of travel to the United States and promote U.S. higher education and training opportunities to non-U.S. entities; (6) Capitalize on trade opportunities resulting from trade agreements; (7) Increase overall export awareness and awareness of ITA programs and services among U.S. companies, by making small- and medium-size enterprises export-ready or by facilitating dealmaking; and (8) Support the Administration’s broader foreign policy objectives through competitivenessrelated initiatives. The Department of Commerce PreAward Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements The Department of Commerce PreAward Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements contained in the Federal Register notice of February 11, 2008 (73 FR 7697) are applicable to this solicitation. Paperwork Reduction Act This document contains collection-ofinformation requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The use of Standard Forms 424 and 424A, 424B, SF–LLL, and CD–346 has been approved by OMB under the respective control numbers 0348–0043, 0348–0044, 0348–0040, 0348–0046, and 0605–0001. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person is required to respond to, nor shall any person be subject to a PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 penalty for failure to comply with, a collection of information subject to the requirements of the PRA unless that collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number. Executive Order 12866 This notice has been determined to be not significant for purposes of Executive Order 12866. Executive Order 13132 (Federalism) It has been determined that this notice does not contain policies with Federalism implications as that term is defined in Executive Order 13132. Administrative Procedure Act/ Regulatory Flexibility Act Prior notice and an opportunity for public comments are not required by the Administrative Procedure Act for rules concerning public property, grants, benefits, and contracts (5 U.S.C. section 553(a)(2)). Because notice and opportunity for comment are not required pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 or any other law, the analytical requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. section 601 et seq.) are inapplicable. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis is not required and has not been prepared. Dated: June 11, 2008. Robert W. Pearson, Director, Office of Planning, Coordination and Management, Manufacturing and Services, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. [FR Doc. E8–13599 Filed 6–16–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DR–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XI41 Small Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Seismic Survey in the Beaufort Sea, Alaska, Summer 2008 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; proposed incidental take authorization; request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS has received an application from PGS Onshore, Inc. (PGS) for an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take marine mammals incidental to an exploratory three-dimensional (3D) marine seismic survey in the Beaufort Sea, Alaska, utilizing an ocean bottom cable/ E:\FR\FM\17JNN1.SGM 17JNN1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 117 (Tuesday, June 17, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 34253-34254]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-13599]


-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[Docket No. 080609747-8749-01]


Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP)

AGENCY: International Trade Administration (ITA), Department of 
Commerce.

ACTION: Notice and request for applications.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: ITA is soliciting projects to strengthen U.S. competitiveness 
to be conducted by eligible entities for periods of up to three years. 
Project award periods normally begin between October 1, 2008 and 
January 1, 2009, but may begin as late as April 1, 2009. MDCP awards 
help to underwrite the start-up costs of new competitiveness-
strengthening ventures that industry groups are often reluctant to 
undertake without federal support. MDCP aims to develop, maintain and 
expand foreign markets for non-agricultural goods and services produced 
in the United States.

DATES: Proposals must be received by ITA no later than 5 p.m. EDT, 
Thursday, July 31, 2008. A public meeting to discuss the competition 
will be held on Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at 2 p.m.

ADDRESSES: Proposals must be submitted to ITA, U.S. Department of 
Commerce, HCHB Rm. 3215; Washington, DC 20230, or via e-mail to 
Brad.Hess@mail.doc.gov. The full funding opportunity announcement and 
the application kit for this request for applications are available at 
http://www.trade.gov/mdcp, or by contacting Brad Hess at 202-482-2969. 
The public meeting will be held at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 
HCHB, 14th & Constitution, NW., Washington, DC in Room B 841-B.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Interested parties who are unable to 
access information via Internet or who have questions may contact Mr. 
Brad Hess by mail (see ADDRESSES), by phone at 202-482-2969, by fax at 
202-482-4462, or via Internet at Brad.Hess@mail.doc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Electronic Access: The full funding opportunity announcement for 
MDCP is available at http://www.trade.gov/mdcp.
    Funding Availability: Approximately $600,000 will be available 
through this announcement for fiscal year 2008. No award will exceed 
$250,000. ITA anticipates making a minimum of two awards. Additional 
awards might be made depending on the amounts requested and the 
availability of funds.
    Statutory Authority: 15 U.S.C. 4723.
    CFDA: 11.112, Market Development Cooperator Program.
    Eligibility: Trade associations, state departments of trade and 
their regional associations, and non-profit industry organizations, 
including organizations such as World Trade Centers, centers for 
international trade development and small business development centers 
are eligible to apply for an MDCP award. In cases where no entity 
described above represents the industry, private industry firms or 
groups of firms may be eligible to apply for an MDCP award. Such 
private industry firms or groups of firms must provide in their 
applications, documentation demonstrating that no entity in the first 
three categories listed below represents their industry.
    Cost Sharing Requirements: Applicants must contribute two dollars 
for every federal dollar received. At least 50% of the applicant's cost 
share must be cash. The remaining percentage of the applicant's cost 
share may be cash or in kind.
    Intergovernmental Review: Applications under this program are not 
subject to Executive Order 12372, ``Intergovernmental Review of Federal 
Programs.''
    Limitation of Liability: In no event will the Department of 
Commerce or ITA be responsible for proposal preparation costs if this 
program fails to receive funding or is cancelled because of other 
agency priorities. Publication of this announcement does not obligate 
the Department of Commerce or ITA to

[[Page 34254]]

award funds for any specific project or to obligate any available 
funds.
    Evaluation and Selection Procedures: After receiving the 
applications, ITA will screen each one to determine the applicant's 
eligibility to receive an award. After receiving all applications, a 
selection panel composed of at least three ITA managers will review the 
applications using the evaluation criteria below, score them, and 
forward a ranked funding recommendation to the Assistant Secretary for 
Manufacturing and Services. The evaluation criteria scores assigned by 
the panel determine which applications are recommended for funding. The 
Assistant Secretary makes the final selection of award winners, 
justifying any deviation from the selection panel's ranked 
recommendation by application of the selection factors listed below.
    Evaluation Criteria: The selection panel reviews each eligible 
application based on five evaluation criteria. The evaluation criteria 
are listed below.
    (1) Potential to Strengthen Competitiveness (20%). This is the 
likelihood that a project will result in export initiatives by U.S. 
firms, particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises.
    (2) Performance Measures (20%). Applicants must provide 
quantifiable estimates of export and market share increases, explain 
how they are derived, and detail the methods they will use to gather 
and report performance information.
    (3) Partnership and Priorities (20%). This criterion indicates the 
degree to which the project initiates or enhances partnership with ITA 
and the degree to which the proposal furthers or is compatible with 
ITA's priorities.
    (4) Creativity and Capacity (20%). Applicants demonstrate 
creativity, innovation, and realism in the project work plan as well as 
their institutional capacity to carry out the work plan.
    (5) Budget and Sustainability (20%). This criterion indicates the 
reasonableness and effectiveness of the itemized budget for project 
activities, the amount of the cash match that is readily available, and 
the probability that the project can be continued on a self-sustained 
basis after the completion of the award.
    The five criteria together constitute the application score. At 20 
points per criterion, the total possible score is 100.
    Selection Factors: The Assistant Secretary may deviate from the 
selection panel's ranked recommendation only based on the following 
factors: (1) The selection panel's written assessments, (2) Degree to 
which applications satisfy ITA priorities, (3) Geographic distribution 
of the proposed awards, (4) Diversity of industry sectors and overseas 
markets covered by the proposed awards, (5) Diversity of project 
activities represented by the proposed awards, (6) Avoidance of 
redundancy and conflicts with the initiatives of other federal 
agencies, and (7) Availability of funds.
    The ITA priorities referred to under Evaluation Criteria (3) and 
Selection Factor (2) are listed below. ITA is interested in receiving 
proposals to promote U.S. exports that include, but are not limited to, 
projects that: (1) Improve the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing 
and service industries by addressing impediments to innovation and 
reducing the cost of doing business in foreign countries; (2) Increase 
competitiveness of U.S. industries in large markets like China, India, 
and Brazil by addressing non-tariff barriers, especially those related 
to standards and intellectual property rights; (3) Help U.S. industry 
to capitalize on effective global supply chain management strategies; 
(4) Advance market-based approaches to energy, clean development, and 
commercialization of nuclear and alternative energy technologies; (5) 
Facilitate ease of travel to the United States and promote U.S. higher 
education and training opportunities to non-U.S. entities; (6) 
Capitalize on trade opportunities resulting from trade agreements; (7) 
Increase overall export awareness and awareness of ITA programs and 
services among U.S. companies, by making small- and medium-size 
enterprises export-ready or by facilitating deal-making; and (8) 
Support the Administration's broader foreign policy objectives through 
competitiveness-related initiatives.

The Department of Commerce Pre-Award Notification Requirements for 
Grants and Cooperative Agreements

    The Department of Commerce Pre-Award Notification Requirements for 
Grants and Cooperative Agreements contained in the Federal Register 
notice of February 11, 2008 (73 FR 7697) are applicable to this 
solicitation.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    This document contains collection-of-information requirements 
subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The use of Standard Forms 
424 and 424A, 424B, SF-LLL, and CD-346 has been approved by OMB under 
the respective control numbers 0348-0043, 0348-0044, 0348-0040, 0348-
0046, and 0605-0001. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no 
person is required to respond to, nor shall any person be subject to a 
penalty for failure to comply with, a collection of information subject 
to the requirements of the PRA unless that collection of information 
displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Executive Order 12866

    This notice has been determined to be not significant for purposes 
of Executive Order 12866.

Executive Order 13132 (Federalism)

    It has been determined that this notice does not contain policies 
with Federalism implications as that term is defined in Executive Order 
13132.

Administrative Procedure Act/Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Prior notice and an opportunity for public comments are not 
required by the Administrative Procedure Act for rules concerning 
public property, grants, benefits, and contracts (5 U.S.C. section 
553(a)(2)). Because notice and opportunity for comment are not required 
pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 or any other law, the analytical requirements 
of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. section 601 et seq.) are 
inapplicable. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis is not 
required and has not been prepared.

    Dated: June 11, 2008.
Robert W. Pearson,
Director, Office of Planning, Coordination and Management, 
Manufacturing and Services, International Trade Administration, 
Department of Commerce.
[FR Doc. E8-13599 Filed 6-16-08; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510-DR-P