Consultative Group To Eliminate the Use of Child Labor and Forced Labor in Imported Agricultural Products, 19504-19505 [E9-9727]

Download as PDF 19504 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 81 / Wednesday, April 29, 2009 / Notices prospective exclusive license may be granted unless, within thirty (30) days from the date of this published Notice, the Agricultural Research Service receives written evidence and argument which establishes that the grant of the license would not be consistent with the requirements of 35 U.S.C. 209 and 37 CFR 404.7. Richard J. Brenner, Assistant Administrator. [FR Doc. E9–9721 Filed 4–28–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–03–P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Foreign Agricultural Service Consultative Group To Eliminate the Use of Child Labor and Forced Labor in Imported Agricultural Products AGENCY: Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice; extension for receiving nominations. Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the period for receiving applications from individuals to serve as a non-government member of the Consultative Group to Eliminate the Use of Child Labor and Forced Labor in Imported Agricultural Products (Consultative Group). On June 18, 2008, the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (The Act), also known as the 2008 Farm Bill, was enacted. The Act provides for the creation of the Consultative Group. DATES: Applications must be received prior to 5 p.m. on May 13, 2009. ADDRESSES: You may submit applications by any of the following methods: —USDA: Applications should be sent by mail to the Office of Negotiations and Agreements, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Stop 1040, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250; by hand (including DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc.) to the Office of Negotiations and Agreements, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 4133–S, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20250; by e-mail to: kathryn.ting@fas.usda.gov; or by fax to (202) 720–0340. —U.S. Department of Labor (DOL): Applications should be sent by mail or by hand (including DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc.) to the Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:48 Apr 28, 2009 Jkt 217001 Ave., NW., Room S–5317, Washington, DC 20210; by e-mail to: castro.charita@dol.gov; or by fax to (202) 693–4830. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Office of Negotiations and Agreements by fax to (202) 720–0340; by e-mail addressed to kathryn.ting@fas.usda.gov; or by mail addressed to the Office of Negotiations and Agreements, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Stop 1040, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC 20250. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Consultative Group to Eliminate the Use of Child Labor and Forced Labor in Imported Agricultural Products was established by section 3205 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110–246). Interested parties are invited to submit applications for membership in the Consultative Group to USDA or DOL as specified in the Submission of Applications paragraph below. Duties The Consultative Group will develop recommendations relating to a standard set of practices for independent, thirdparty monitoring and verification for the production, processing, and distribution of agricultural products or commodities to reduce the likelihood that agricultural products or commodities imported into the United States are produced with the use of forced labor or child labor. Recommendations developed by the Consultative Group will be submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture by June 18, 2010. Thereafter, the Consultative Group will continue to advise the Secretary as necessary. Membership As required under section 3205(d) of the Act, the Consultative Group will be composed of not more than 13 members, including two officials from USDA, one of whom will serve as the chairperson; the Deputy Under Secretary for International Affairs, DOL; and one representative from the Department of State. The Consultative Group will also include: • Three members to represent private agriculture-related enterprises, which may include retailers, food processors, importers, and producers, of whom at least one member shall be an importer, food processor, or retailer who utilizes independent, third-party supply chain monitoring for forced labor or child labor; • Two members to represent institutions of higher education and research institutions, as determined PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 appropriate by the Bureau of International Labor Affairs, DOL; • One member to represent an organization that provides independent, third-party certification services for labor standards for producers or importers of agricultural commodities or products; and • Three members to represent organizations described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that have expertise on the issues of international child labor and do not possess a conflict of interest associated with establishment of the guidelines issued under section 3205(c)(2) of the Act, as determined by the Bureau of International Labor Affairs, DOL, including representatives from consumer organizations and trade unions, if appropriate. Terms of Service • Members shall serve through December 31, 2012; • The Consultative Group shall meet no fewer than four times per year in person in Washington, DC or through alternative media; • The Consultative Group shall make its recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture no later than June 18, 2010. Thereafter, the Consultative Group submit annual reports to the Secretary through December 31, 2012; • Members of the Consultative Group shall serve without compensation; • Travel and lodging expenses will be borne by each member; and • Meetings of the Consultative Group will be closed to the public. Submission of Applications • Membership in the Consultative Group is open to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical handicap, marital status, or sexual orientation. • All applications must include the following information: (1) Brief summary explaining the candidate’s qualifications to serve as a member of the Consultative Group; (2) Statement specifying the nongovernment membership category for which the candidate is best qualified (private agriculture-related enterprises, higher education and research institutions, etc.); (3) Resume; (4) Contact information of candidate; and (5) Completed copy of form AD–755, ‘‘Advisory Committee Membership Background Information.’’ Applications from candidates of private agriculture-related enterprises and independent, third-party E:\FR\FM\29APN1.SGM 29APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 81 / Wednesday, April 29, 2009 / Notices certification services must be sent to the USDA contact listed above. Applications from candidates of higher education, research institutions, and 501(c)(3) organizations must be sent to the DOL contact listed above. Member Selection The requested applications will assist U.S. Government agencies in making appointments to the Consultative Group. Other qualified individuals may be considered in addition to those who submit applications in response to this notice. Signed at Washington, DC, on April 17, 2009. Patricia R Sheikh, Acting Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service. [FR Doc. E9–9727 Filed 4–28–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–10–P Note: Telephone numbers listed are not toll-free. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Rural Housing Service Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Section 515 Rural Rental Housing Program for New Construction in Fiscal Year 2009 pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES AGENCY: Rural Housing Service (RHS), USDA. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: This NOFA announces the timeframe to submit initial applications for Section 515 Rural Rental Housing (RRH) loan funds, including applications for the nonprofit set-aside for eligible nonprofit entities, the setaside for the most Underserved Counties and Colonias (Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act), and the set-aside for Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities (EZ/ECs) and Rural Economic Area Partnership (REAP) zones, and a designated reserve for States with rental assistance programs. This document describes the methodology that will be used to distribute funds, the application process, submission requirements, and areas of special emphasis or consideration. DATES: The deadline for receipt of all applications in response to this NOFA is 5 p.m., local time for each United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Office on June 29, 2009. The initial application closing deadline is firm as to date and hour. USDA Rural Development will not consider any initial application that is received after the closing deadline. Applicants intending to mail initial applications must provide sufficient VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:48 Apr 28, 2009 Jkt 217001 time to permit delivery on or before the closing deadline date and time. Acceptance by the United States Postal Service or private mailer does not constitute delivery. Facsimile (FAX) and postage due applications will not be accepted. ADDRESSES: Applicants wishing to apply for assistance must contact the USDA Rural Development State Office serving the place in which they desire to submit an application for rural rental housing to receive further information and copies of the initial application package. USDA Rural Development will date and time stamp incoming applications to evidence timely receipt, and, upon request, will provide the applicant with a written acknowledgment of receipt. A listing of USDA Rural Development State Offices, their addresses, telephone numbers, and person to contact follows: Alabama State Office, Suite 601, Sterling Centre, 4121 Carmichael Road, Montgomery, AL 36106–3683, (334) 279–3618, TDD (334) 279–3495, Van McCloud. Alaska State Office, 800 West Evergreen, Suite 201, Palmer, AK 99645, (907) 761–7740, TDD (907) 761–8905, Deborah Davis. Arizona State Office, Phoenix Courthouse and Federal Building, 230 North First Ave., Suite 206, Phoenix, AZ 85003–1706, (602) 280–8768, TDD (602) 280–8706, Carol Torres. Arkansas State Office, 700 W. Capitol Ave., Room 3416, Little Rock, AR 72201–3225, (501) 301–3250, TDD (501) 301–3063, Greg Kemper. California State Office, 430 G Street, #4169, Davis, CA 95616–4169, (530) 792–5821, TDD (530) 792–5848, Debra Moretton. Colorado State Office, 655 Parfet Street, Room E100, Lakewood, CO 80215, (720) 544–2923, TDD (800) 659–2656, Mary Summerfield. Connecticut, Served by Massachusetts State Office. 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[FR Doc No: E9-9727]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Foreign Agricultural Service


Consultative Group To Eliminate the Use of Child Labor and Forced 
Labor in Imported Agricultural Products

AGENCY: Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice; extension for receiving nominations.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Department of Agriculture 
(USDA) is extending the period for receiving applications from 
individuals to serve as a non-government member of the Consultative 
Group to Eliminate the Use of Child Labor and Forced Labor in Imported 
Agricultural Products (Consultative Group). On June 18, 2008, the Food, 
Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (The Act), also known as the 2008 
Farm Bill, was enacted. The Act provides for the creation of the 
Consultative Group.

DATES: Applications must be received prior to 5 p.m. on May 13, 2009.

ADDRESSES: You may submit applications by any of the following methods:

--USDA: Applications should be sent by mail to the Office of 
Negotiations and Agreements, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, Stop 1040, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., 
Washington, DC 20250; by hand (including DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc.) to the 
Office of Negotiations and Agreements, Foreign Agricultural Service, 
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Room 4133-S, 1400 Independence Ave., 
SW, Washington, DC 20250; by e-mail to: kathryn.ting@fas.usda.gov; or 
by fax to (202) 720-0340.
--U.S. Department of Labor (DOL): Applications should be sent by mail 
or by hand (including DHL, FedEx, UPS, etc.) to the Bureau of 
International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution 
Ave., NW., Room S-5317, Washington, DC 20210; by e-mail to: 
castro.charita@dol.gov; or by fax to (202) 693-4830.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Office of Negotiations and 
Agreements by fax to (202) 720-0340; by e-mail addressed to 
kathryn.ting@fas.usda.gov; or by mail addressed to the Office of 
Negotiations and Agreements, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, Stop 1040, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., 
Washington, DC 20250.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Consultative Group to Eliminate the Use 
of Child Labor and Forced Labor in Imported Agricultural Products was 
established by section 3205 of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act 
of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-246). Interested parties are invited to submit 
applications for membership in the Consultative Group to USDA or DOL as 
specified in the Submission of Applications paragraph below.

Duties

    The Consultative Group will develop recommendations relating to a 
standard set of practices for independent, third-party monitoring and 
verification for the production, processing, and distribution of 
agricultural products or commodities to reduce the likelihood that 
agricultural products or commodities imported into the United States 
are produced with the use of forced labor or child labor. 
Recommendations developed by the Consultative Group will be submitted 
to the Secretary of Agriculture by June 18, 2010. Thereafter, the 
Consultative Group will continue to advise the Secretary as necessary.

Membership

    As required under section 3205(d) of the Act, the Consultative 
Group will be composed of not more than 13 members, including two 
officials from USDA, one of whom will serve as the chairperson; the 
Deputy Under Secretary for International Affairs, DOL; and one 
representative from the Department of State. The Consultative Group 
will also include:
     Three members to represent private agriculture-related 
enterprises, which may include retailers, food processors, importers, 
and producers, of whom at least one member shall be an importer, food 
processor, or retailer who utilizes independent, third-party supply 
chain monitoring for forced labor or child labor;
     Two members to represent institutions of higher education 
and research institutions, as determined appropriate by the Bureau of 
International Labor Affairs, DOL;
     One member to represent an organization that provides 
independent, third-party certification services for labor standards for 
producers or importers of agricultural commodities or products; and
     Three members to represent organizations described in 
section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 that have 
expertise on the issues of international child labor and do not possess 
a conflict of interest associated with establishment of the guidelines 
issued under section 3205(c)(2) of the Act, as determined by the Bureau 
of International Labor Affairs, DOL, including representatives from 
consumer organizations and trade unions, if appropriate.

Terms of Service

     Members shall serve through December 31, 2012;
     The Consultative Group shall meet no fewer than four times 
per year in person in Washington, DC or through alternative media;
     The Consultative Group shall make its recommendations to 
the Secretary of Agriculture no later than June 18, 2010. Thereafter, 
the Consultative Group submit annual reports to the Secretary through 
December 31, 2012;
     Members of the Consultative Group shall serve without 
compensation;
     Travel and lodging expenses will be borne by each member; 
and
     Meetings of the Consultative Group will be closed to the 
public.

Submission of Applications

     Membership in the Consultative Group is open to all 
individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national 
origin, age, mental or physical handicap, marital status, or sexual 
orientation.
     All applications must include the following information:
    (1) Brief summary explaining the candidate's qualifications to 
serve as a member of the Consultative Group;
    (2) Statement specifying the non-government membership category for 
which the candidate is best qualified (private agriculture-related 
enterprises, higher education and research institutions, etc.);
    (3) Resume;
    (4) Contact information of candidate; and
    (5) Completed copy of form AD-755, ``Advisory Committee Membership 
Background Information.''
    Applications from candidates of private agriculture-related 
enterprises and independent, third-party

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certification services must be sent to the USDA contact listed above. 
Applications from candidates of higher education, research 
institutions, and 501(c)(3) organizations must be sent to the DOL 
contact listed above.

Member Selection

    The requested applications will assist U.S. Government agencies in 
making appointments to the Consultative Group. Other qualified 
individuals may be considered in addition to those who submit 
applications in response to this notice.

    Signed at Washington, DC, on April 17, 2009.
Patricia R Sheikh,
Acting Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service.
[FR Doc. E9-9727 Filed 4-28-09; 8:45 am]
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