Trade Policy Staff Committee; Public Comments on the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act: Report to Congress, 48202-48204 [2011-20039]

Download as PDF 48202 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 152 / Monday, August 8, 2011 / Notices THIRD PARTY DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS Type of request Number of respondents 38 States .............................. (j) Written notice from State to recipient regarding amount of payment. Frequency of response Once per SSI claimant ......... Average burden per response (minutes) Number of responses 101,352 Estimated annual burden (hours) 7 11,824 PERIODIC REVIEW OF AGENCY ACCOUNTING PROCESS Type of request Number of respondents Frequency of response (k) Retrieve and consolidate authorization and accounting forms. (l) Participate in periodic review. (m) Correct administrative and accounting discrepancies. 12 States .............................. One set of forms per SSI claimant for review by SSA once every 2 to 3 years. For review by SSA once every 2 to 3 years. To correct errors discovered by SSA in periodic review. 12 States .............................. 6 States ................................ Average burden per response (hours) Number of responses Estimated annual burden (hours) 12 3 36 12 16 192 6 4 24 TOTAL ADMINISTRATIVE BURDEN Number of respondents mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Total ................................. Frequency of response Number of responses Average burden per response Estimated annual burden (hours) 38 States ........................ varies .............................. 637,160 varies .............................. 45,216 II. SSA submitted the information collections below to OMB for clearance. Your comments regarding the information collections would be most useful if OMB and SSA receive them within 30 days from the date of this publication. To be sure we consider your comments, we must receive them no later than September 7, 2011. Individuals can obtain copies of the OMB clearance packages by calling the SSA Reports Clearance Officer at 410– 965–8783 or by writing to the above email address. 1. Letter to Landlord Requesting Rental Information—20 CFR 416.1130 (b)—0960–0454. SSA uses Form SSA– L5061 to identify rental subsidy arrangements involving applicants for and recipients of SSI payments. SSA uses the information to determine an income value for these subsidies, eligibility for payments, and the correct amount payable. The respondents are landlords of SSI claimants. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. Number of Respondents: 51,000. Frequency of Response: 1. Average Burden per Response: 10 minutes. Estimated Annual Burden: 8,500 hours. 2. Background Disability Update Report—20 CFR 404.1589–.1595, VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:57 Aug 05, 2011 Jkt 223001 416.988–.996—0960–0511. SSA periodically reviews current disability beneficiaries’ cases to determine if they should continue to receive disability payments. SSA uses Form SSA–455 to determine if: (1) There is enough evidence to warrant referring the case for a full medical continuing disability review (CDR); (2) the beneficiary’s impairment is unchanged or only slightly changed, precluding the need for a CDR; or (3) there are unresolved work-related issues. The respondents are recipients of Social Security disability benefits. Type of Request: Revision of an OMBapproved information collection. Number of Respondents: 1,100,000. Frequency of Response: 1. Average Burden per Response: 15 minutes. Estimated Annual Burden: 275,000 hours. Dated: August 3, 2011. Faye Lipsky, Reports Clearance Officer, Center for Reports Clearance, Social Security Administration. [FR Doc. 2011–20012 Filed 8–5–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4191–02–P PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Trade Policy Staff Committee; Public Comments on the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act: Report to Congress Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice and request for public comment. AGENCY: The Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is seeking the views of interested parties on the operation of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA), as amended by the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA) (19 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.). Section 212(f) of the CBERA, as amended, requires the President to submit a report to Congress regarding the operation of the CBERA and CBTPA (together commonly referred to as the Caribbean Basin Initiative, or CBI) on or before December 31, 2001, and every two years thereafter. The TPSC invites written comments concerning the operation of the CBI, including comments on the performance of each CBERA and CBTPA beneficiary country, as the case may be, under the criteria described in sections 212(b), 212(c), and SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\08AUN1.SGM 08AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 152 / Monday, August 8, 2011 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 213(b)(5)(B) of the CBERA, as amended. This information will be used in the preparation of a report to the U.S. Congress on the operation of the program. DATES: Public comments are due at USTR no later than 5 p.m., September 16, 2011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kent Shigetomi, Office of the Americas, Office of the United States Trade Representative, 600 17th Street, NW., Room 523, Washington, DC 20508. The telephone number is (202) 395–3412. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Interested parties are invited to submit comments on any aspect of the program’s operation, including the performance of CBERA and CBTPA beneficiary countries, as the case may be, under the criteria described in sections 212(b), 212(c), and 213(b)(5)(B) of the CBERA, as amended, and provided below. Other issues to be examined in this report include: The CBI’s effect on the volume and composition of trade and investment between the United States and the Caribbean Basin beneficiary countries; and its effect on advancing U.S. trade policy goals as set forth in the CBTPA. The following countries are both CBERA and CBTPA beneficiary countries: Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago. Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, The Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines currently receive benefits only under CBERA. The Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica ceased to be designated as beneficiary countries when the Dominican Republic—Central America—United States Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA–DR) entered into force for each country. The CAFTA–DR entered into force for El Salvador on March 1, 2006; for Honduras on April 1, 2006; for Nicaragua on April 1, 2006; for Guatemala on July 1, 2006; for the Dominican Republic on March 1, 2007; and for Costa Rica on January 1, 2009. Eligibility Criteria for CBTPA Beneficiary Countries (Section 213(b)(5)(B) of CBERA) In determining whether to designate a country as a CBTPA beneficiary country, the President must take into account the criteria contained in sections 212(b) and (c) of CBERA, and other appropriate criteria, including the following: (1) Whether the beneficiary country has demonstrated a commitment to undertake its obligations under the VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:57 Aug 05, 2011 Jkt 223001 World Trade Organization (WTO) on or ahead of schedule and participate in negotiations toward the completion of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) or another free trade agreement. (2) The extent to which the country provides protection of intellectual property rights consistent with or greater than the protection afforded under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights. (3) The extent to which the country provides internationally recognized worker rights including— (I) The right of association; (II) The right to organize and bargain collectively; (III) A prohibition on the use of any form of forced or compulsory labor; (IV) A minimum age for the employment of children; and (V) Acceptable conditions of work with respect to minimum wages, hours of work, and occupational safety and health. (4) Whether the country has implemented its commitments to eliminate the worst forms of child labor, as defined in Section 507(6) of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended. (5) The extent to which the country has met U.S. counter-narcotics certification criteria under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. (6) The extent to which the country has taken steps to become a party to and implement the Inter-American Convention Against Corruption. (7) The extent to which the country applies transparent, nondiscriminatory and competitive procedures in government procurement, and contributes to efforts in international fora to develop and implement rules on transparency in government procurement. Additionally, before a country can receive benefits under the CBTPA, the President must also determine that the country has satisfied the requirements of section 213(b)(4)(A)(ii) of CBERA (19 U.S.C. 2703(b)(4)(A)(ii)) relating to the implementation of procedures and requirements similar in all material aspects to the relevant procedures and requirements contained in chapter 5 of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Requirements for Submissions. All comments must be submitted in English and must identify (on the first page of the submission) the subject matter of the comment as the ‘‘CBI Report to Congress.’’ In order to be assured of consideration, comments should be submitted by September 16, 2011. In order to ensure the timely receipt and consideration of comments, USTR strongly encourages commenters to PO 00000 Frm 00087 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48203 make on-line submissions, using the http://www.regulations.gov Web site. Comments should be submitted under the following docket: USTR–2011–0004. To find the docket, enter the docket number in the ‘‘Enter Keyword or ID’’ window at the http:// www.regulations.gov home page and click ‘‘Search.’’ The site will provide a search-results page listing all documents associated with this docket. Find a reference to this notice by selecting ‘‘Notices’’’ under ‘‘Document Type’’ on the search-results page, and click on the link entitled ‘‘Submit a Comment.’’ (For further information on using the www.regulations.gov Web site, please consult the resources provided on the Web site by clicking on the ‘‘Help’’ tab.) The http://www.regulations.gov Web site provides the option of making submissions by filling in a comments field, or by attaching a document. USTR prefers submissions to be provided in an attached document. If a document is attached, it is sufficient to type ‘‘See attached’’ in the ‘‘Type comment & Upload File’’ field. USTR prefers submissions in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf). If the submission is in an application other than those two, please indicate the name of the application in the ‘‘Comments’’ field. For any comments submitted electronically containing business confidential information, the file name of the business confidential version should begin with the characters ‘‘BC’’. The top of any page containing business confidential information must be clearly marked ‘‘Business Confidential’’. Any person filing comments that contain business confidential information must also file in a separate submission a public version of the comments. The file name of the public version should begin with the character ‘‘P’’. The ‘‘BC’’ and ‘‘P’’ should be followed by the name of the person or entity submitting the comments. If a comment contains no business confidential information, the file name should begin with the character ‘‘P’’, followed by the name of the person or entity submitting the comment. Please do not attach separate cover letters to electronic submissions; rather, include any information that might appear in a cover letter in the comments themselves. Similarly, to the extent possible please include any exhibits, annexes, or other attachments in the same file as the submission itself, not as separate files. Public Inspection of Submissions Comments will be placed in the docket and open to public inspection pursuant to 15 CFR 2006.13, except E:\FR\FM\08AUN1.SGM 08AUN1 48204 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 152 / Monday, August 8, 2011 / Notices confidential business information exempt from public inspection in accordance with 15 CFR 2006.15. Comments may be viewed on the http://www.regulations.gov Web site by entering docket number USTR–2011– 0004 in the search field on the home page. USTR strongly urges submitters to file comments through regulations.gov, if at all possible. Any alternative arrangements must be made with Laura Newport in advance of transmitting a comment. Ms. Newport should be contacted at (202) 395–9666. General information concerning USTR is available at http://www.ustr.gov. Donald W. Eiss, Acting Chair, Trade Policy Staff Committee. [FR Doc. 2011–20039 Filed 8–5–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3190–W1–P DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Fund Availability Under VA’s Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program Department of Veterans Affairs. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is announcing the availability of funds for currently operational fiscal year (FY) 2009 VA Grant and Per Diem Special Need Grant Recipients in conjunction with their collaborative VA Special Need partners and currently operational VA Grant and Per Diem Special Need Grant Recipients not involved with collaborative VA partners. All current VA Grant and Per Diem Special Need Grant recipients will have the opportunity to reapply for assistance under the Special Need Grant Component of VA’s Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program. The focus of this Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is to encourage applicants to continue to deliver services to the homeless Special Need veteran population as outlined in their FY 2009 Special Need grant application. This Notice contains information concerning the program, application process, and amount of funding available. DATES: An original signed and dated request for re-application letter (on agency letterhead) for assistance under the VA’s Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program must be received in the Grant and Per Diem Program Office, by 4 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, August 25, 2011 (see re-application requirements below). Requests for reapplication may not be sent by facsimile (Fax). In the interest of fairness to all mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:57 Aug 05, 2011 Jkt 223001 competing applicants, this deadline is firm as to date and hour, and VA will treat as ineligible for consideration any request for re-application that is received after the deadline. Applicants should take this practice into account and make early submission of their material to avoid any risk of loss of eligibility brought about by unanticipated delays or other deliveryrelated problems. For a Copy of the Application Package: An application package is not needed for this NOFA. Applicants submitting a letter on their agency’s letterhead requesting re-application agree that VA shall use the applicant’s previously awarded FY 2009 Special Need grant application for scoring purposes (see re-application requirements in this NOFA). Submission of Application: An original and complete letter requesting re-application with project number (see re-application requirements in this NOFA) must be submitted to the following address: VA’s Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program Office, 10770 North 46th Street, Suite C–200, Tampa, Florida 33617. Letters of re-application must be received in the Grant and Per Diem Program office by the re-application deadline. Any additional materials arriving separately will not be included in the reapplication package for consideration. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Chelsea Watson, Deputy Director, VA’s Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program, Department of Veterans Affairs, 10770 North 46th Street, Suite C–200, Tampa, Florida 33617; (toll-free) (877) 332–0334. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This Notice announces the availability of funds for assistance under VA’s Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program for FY 2009 operational Grant and Per Diem Special Need grant recipients and their collaborative VA partners to obtain grant assistance with additional operational costs that would not otherwise be incurred but for the fact that the recipient is providing supportive housing beds and services for the Special Needs of the centers for the following homeless veteran populations: Women, including women who have care of minor dependents; Frail elderly; Terminally ill; or Chronically mentally ill. Definitions of women and women who have care of minor dependents are selfdefining. The population definitions of frail elderly, terminally ill, and chronically mentally ill are contained in PO 00000 Frm 00088 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38 CFR 61.1 Definitions. 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Frail Elderly (1) Ensure the safety of the residents in the facility to include preventing harm and exploitation; (2) Ensure opportunities to keep residents mentally and physically agile to the fullest extent through the incorporation of structured activities, physical activity, and plans for social engagement within the program and in the community; (3) Provide opportunities for participants to address life transitional issues and separation and/or loss issues; (4) Provide access to assistance devices such as walkers, grippers, or other devices necessary for optimal functioning; (5) Ensure adequate supervision, including supervision of medication and monitoring of medication compliance; and (6) Provide opportunities for participants either directly or through referral for other services particularly relevant for the frail elderly, including services or programs addressing emotional, social, spiritual, and generative needs. 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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE


Trade Policy Staff Committee; Public Comments on the Caribbean 
Basin Economic Recovery Act and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership 
Act: Report to Congress

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice and request for public comment.

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SUMMARY: The Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) is seeking the views 
of interested parties on the operation of the Caribbean Basin Economic 
Recovery Act (CBERA), as amended by the Caribbean Basin Trade 
Partnership Act (CBTPA) (19 U.S.C. 2701 et seq.). Section 212(f) of the 
CBERA, as amended, requires the President to submit a report to 
Congress regarding the operation of the CBERA and CBTPA (together 
commonly referred to as the Caribbean Basin Initiative, or CBI) on or 
before December 31, 2001, and every two years thereafter. The TPSC 
invites written comments concerning the operation of the CBI, including 
comments on the performance of each CBERA and CBTPA beneficiary 
country, as the case may be, under the criteria described in sections 
212(b), 212(c), and

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213(b)(5)(B) of the CBERA, as amended. This information will be used in 
the preparation of a report to the U.S. Congress on the operation of 
the program.

DATES: Public comments are due at USTR no later than 5 p.m., September 
16, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kent Shigetomi, Office of the 
Americas, Office of the United States Trade Representative, 600 17th 
Street, NW., Room 523, Washington, DC 20508. The telephone number is 
(202) 395-3412.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Interested parties are invited to submit 
comments on any aspect of the program's operation, including the 
performance of CBERA and CBTPA beneficiary countries, as the case may 
be, under the criteria described in sections 212(b), 212(c), and 
213(b)(5)(B) of the CBERA, as amended, and provided below. Other issues 
to be examined in this report include: The CBI's effect on the volume 
and composition of trade and investment between the United States and 
the Caribbean Basin beneficiary countries; and its effect on advancing 
U.S. trade policy goals as set forth in the CBTPA. The following 
countries are both CBERA and CBTPA beneficiary countries: Barbados, 
Belize, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and 
Tobago. Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, The Bahamas, British Virgin 
Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint 
Vincent and the Grenadines currently receive benefits only under CBERA. 
The Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, 
and Costa Rica ceased to be designated as beneficiary countries when 
the Dominican Republic--Central America--United States Free Trade 
Agreement (CAFTA-DR) entered into force for each country. The CAFTA-DR 
entered into force for El Salvador on March 1, 2006; for Honduras on 
April 1, 2006; for Nicaragua on April 1, 2006; for Guatemala on July 1, 
2006; for the Dominican Republic on March 1, 2007; and for Costa Rica 
on January 1, 2009.

Eligibility Criteria for CBTPA Beneficiary Countries (Section 
213(b)(5)(B) of CBERA)

    In determining whether to designate a country as a CBTPA 
beneficiary country, the President must take into account the criteria 
contained in sections 212(b) and (c) of CBERA, and other appropriate 
criteria, including the following:
    (1) Whether the beneficiary country has demonstrated a commitment 
to undertake its obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) 
on or ahead of schedule and participate in negotiations toward the 
completion of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) or another 
free trade agreement.
    (2) The extent to which the country provides protection of 
intellectual property rights consistent with or greater than the 
protection afforded under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of 
Intellectual Property Rights.
    (3) The extent to which the country provides internationally 
recognized worker rights including--
    (I) The right of association;
    (II) The right to organize and bargain collectively;
    (III) A prohibition on the use of any form of forced or compulsory 
labor;
    (IV) A minimum age for the employment of children; and
    (V) Acceptable conditions of work with respect to minimum wages, 
hours of work, and occupational safety and health.
    (4) Whether the country has implemented its commitments to 
eliminate the worst forms of child labor, as defined in Section 507(6) 
of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended.
    (5) The extent to which the country has met U.S. counter-narcotics 
certification criteria under the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.
    (6) The extent to which the country has taken steps to become a 
party to and implement the Inter-American Convention Against 
Corruption.
    (7) The extent to which the country applies transparent, 
nondiscriminatory and competitive procedures in government procurement, 
and contributes to efforts in international fora to develop and 
implement rules on transparency in government procurement.
    Additionally, before a country can receive benefits under the 
CBTPA, the President must also determine that the country has satisfied 
the requirements of section 213(b)(4)(A)(ii) of CBERA (19 U.S.C. 
2703(b)(4)(A)(ii)) relating to the implementation of procedures and 
requirements similar in all material aspects to the relevant procedures 
and requirements contained in chapter 5 of the North American Free 
Trade Agreement.
    Requirements for Submissions. All comments must be submitted in 
English and must identify (on the first page of the submission) the 
subject matter of the comment as the ``CBI Report to Congress.'' In 
order to be assured of consideration, comments should be submitted by 
September 16, 2011.
    In order to ensure the timely receipt and consideration of 
comments, USTR strongly encourages commenters to make on-line 
submissions, using the http://www.regulations.gov Web site. Comments 
should be submitted under the following docket: USTR-2011-0004. To find 
the docket, enter the docket number in the ``Enter Keyword or ID'' 
window at the http://www.regulations.gov home page and click 
``Search.'' The site will provide a search-results page listing all 
documents associated with this docket. Find a reference to this notice 
by selecting ``Notices''' under ``Document Type'' on the search-results 
page, and click on the link entitled ``Submit a Comment.'' (For further 
information on using the www.regulations.gov Web site, please consult 
the resources provided on the Web site by clicking on the ``Help'' 
tab.)
    The http://www.regulations.gov Web site provides the option of 
making submissions by filling in a comments field, or by attaching a 
document. USTR prefers submissions to be provided in an attached 
document. If a document is attached, it is sufficient to type ``See 
attached'' in the ``Type comment & Upload File'' field. USTR prefers 
submissions in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf). If the 
submission is in an application other than those two, please indicate 
the name of the application in the ``Comments'' field.
    For any comments submitted electronically containing business 
confidential information, the file name of the business confidential 
version should begin with the characters ``BC''. The top of any page 
containing business confidential information must be clearly marked 
``Business Confidential''. Any person filing comments that contain 
business confidential information must also file in a separate 
submission a public version of the comments. The file name of the 
public version should begin with the character ``P''. The ``BC'' and 
``P'' should be followed by the name of the person or entity submitting 
the comments. If a comment contains no business confidential 
information, the file name should begin with the character ``P'', 
followed by the name of the person or entity submitting the comment.
    Please do not attach separate cover letters to electronic 
submissions; rather, include any information that might appear in a 
cover letter in the comments themselves. Similarly, to the extent 
possible please include any exhibits, annexes, or other attachments in 
the same file as the submission itself, not as separate files.

Public Inspection of Submissions

    Comments will be placed in the docket and open to public inspection 
pursuant to 15 CFR 2006.13, except

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confidential business information exempt from public inspection in 
accordance with 15 CFR 2006.15. Comments may be viewed on the http://www.regulations.gov Web site by entering docket number USTR-2011-0004 
in the search field on the home page.
    USTR strongly urges submitters to file comments through 
regulations.gov, if at all possible. Any alternative arrangements must 
be made with Laura Newport in advance of transmitting a comment. Ms. 
Newport should be contacted at (202) 395-9666. General information 
concerning USTR is available at http://www.ustr.gov.

Donald W. Eiss,
Acting Chair, Trade Policy Staff Committee.
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