Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs; Exchange Visitor Program; Summer Work Travel Program Sponsor On-Site Reviews, 59182-59183 [2011-24551]

Download as PDF 59182 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 185 / Friday, September 23, 2011 / Notices Number of respondents Form Average burden per response (minutes) Frequency of response Estimated total annual burden (hours) 11,400 225,000 1 1 18 18 3,420 67,500 Total .......................................................................................... sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SSA–1026–OCR–MS–SCE ............................................................. SSA–1026–OCR–SM–REDE .......................................................... 236,400 ............................ ............................ 70,920 II. SSA submitted the information collection below to OMB for clearance. Your comments regarding the information collection 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 October 24, 2011. 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[FR Doc. 2011–24540 Filed 9–22–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–05–P BILLING CODE 4191–02–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice: 7609] [Public Notice: 7610] Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs; Exchange Visitor Program; Summer Work Travel Program Sponsor On-Site Reviews Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: ‘‘Impressionism: Masterworks on Paper’’ Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Act of October 19, 1965 (79 Stat. 985; 22 U.S.C. 2459), Executive Order 12047 of March 27, 1978, the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (112 Stat. 2681, et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 6501 note, et seq.), Delegation of Authority No. 234 of October 1, 1999, Delegation of Authority No. 236–3 of August 28, 2000 (and, as appropriate, Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003), I hereby determine that the objects to be included in the exhibition ‘‘Impressionism: Masterworks on Paper’’ imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, are of cultural significance. The objects are imported pursuant to loan agreements with the foreign owners or custodians. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit objects at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI, from on or about October 15, 2011, until on or about January 8, 2012, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. I have ordered that Public Notice of these Determinations be published in the Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information, including a list of the exhibit objects, contact Julie Simpson, Attorney-Adviser, Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State (telephone: 202–632–6467). The mailing address is U.S. Department of SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act of 1961 (the ‘‘Act’’), the Department of State (Department) is authorized to facilitate and direct educational and cultural exchange activities in order to develop and promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchanges. These exchanges, conducted by Departmentdesignated sponsors assist the Department in furthering the foreign policy objectives of the United States. By this Notice, and in order to enhance its continued oversight and monitoring of designated sponsors, the Department announces its intent to conduct on-site reviews of sponsors in the Summer Work Travel Program to evaluate regulatory compliance with Program regulations set forth at 22 CFR Part 62. The Summer Work Travel Program provides foreign college and university students the opportunity to work and travel in the United States during their extended academic break (i.e., summer vacation) for a period not to exceed four months. On April 26, 2011, the Department published in the Federal Register, an Interim Final Rule governing the Summer Work Travel category of the Exchange Visitor Program. In that rulemaking, the Department explained its three-step approach to addressing a number of concerns regarding sponsor E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 185 / Friday, September 23, 2011 / Notices administration of this program. Step one occurred in January 2011 when the Department adopted a pilot program to enhance protections for foreign nationals from Belarus, Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania, Russia, and the Ukraine (‘‘Pilot Program’’). Step two was the Interim Final Rule, which incorporated many of the concepts of the Pilot Program into the overall Summer Work Travel program regulations. Now, as step three, the Department intends to conduct on-site reviews of the largest Summer Work Travel program sponsors to monitor sponsor performance, ‘‘to assess category-wide regulatory compliance and to consult with sponsors about implementation of the Interim Final Rule.’’ The Department’s close monitoring of Summer Work Travel sponsors during the summer of 2011 has resulted in a modification to its plans for on-site reviews. Specifically, the Department evaluated all Summer Work Travel sponsors’ compliance with program regulations regarding the maintenance of current and accurate records in the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) for the period September 1, 2009 through August 30, 2010. It also reviewed Summer Work Travel-related complaints for the 2011 summer season and monitored the media for additional reports of program problems. As a result of these efforts, the Department has determined that it will not visit sponsors based solely on their size, but instead will conduct compliance reviews of those designated sponsors whose compliance with the relevant Exchange Visitor Program regulations deserve closer examination by the Department. Currently there are 51 designated exchange sponsor entities in the Summer Work Travel category. Of those, the Department has identified 14 sponsors that will be part of in the upcoming compliance review. Although the Department may later decide to evaluate additional sponsors, at this time, it intends to visit these 14 sponsors (which together sponsor approximately 65% of all Summer Work Travel participants) sometime between October and December 2011. On average, it is expected that each on-site review will take two full business days and will be preceded ten work days’ in advance by written notice and a request for certain specified documents. As noted above, these on-site reviews will focus on evaluating the overall program administration and the effectiveness of the modifications to sponsors’ program administration resulting from implementation of the VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:41 Sep 22, 2011 Jkt 223001 Interim Final Rule and the Pilot Program. A primary goal of these reviews is to assess whether the sponsors have been able ‘‘to comply and remain in continual compliance with all provisions of Part 62’’ (22 CFR 62.3(b)(1)). To this end, the reviews will focus on sponsor compliance with the Pilot Program guidelines and participant monitoring requirements, maintenance of accurate SEVIS records, and sponsors’ relationships with third parties they have engaged to assist in carrying out the core programmatic functions inherent in the administration of exchange visitor programs, as set forth in the regulations in Part 62 (i.e., screening, selection, orientation, placement, monitoring, and the promotion of mutual understanding). Other areas of interest may include sponsors’ roles in assisting participants in finding suitable housing; decisionmaking processes (including the numbers of participants accepted); selfimposed compliance mechanisms; procedures for handling student participant problems (including finding new jobs for those whose pre-arranged placements were unsatisfactory); and policies for refunding deposits or payments to student participants. Finally, the Department intends to use these reviews as an opportunity for sponsors to provide feedback on the Pilot Program and the Interim Final Rule in general, and more specifically, sponsors’ experience with the relevant new regulatory provisions during the summer season of 2011. Feedback will be used to assist in issuing the Final Rule. Best practices will be collected from the on-site reviews and shared with the wider sponsor community. Sponsors who are not included in these reviews and wish to comment should address their comments and concerns to the Department at JVisas@State.gov. The Department believes these compliance reviews are one of many critical steps that can help ensure the Summer Work Travel program meets the underlying goals of the Act while also allowing participants to enjoy safe and successful exchange program experiences conducted within the parameters of the Exchange Visitor Program regulations. Dated: September 16, 2011. Rick A. Ruth, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchange, Acting, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2011–24551 Filed 9–22–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–05–P PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 59183 TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY Meeting of the Regional Resource Stewardship Council AGENCY: Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). ACTION: Notice of meeting. SUMMARY: The TVA Regional Resource Stewardship Council (RRSC) will hold a meeting on October 13 and October 14, 2011, to obtain views and advice on the topic of the regulation of non-navigable floating structures on TVA reservoirs. The RRSC was established to advise TVA on its natural resource stewardship activities. Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), 5 U.S.C. App. 2. The meeting agenda includes the following: 1. Introductions. 2. TVA Updates: Feedback from the TVA Board of Directors on the Council’s previous advice, a summary of the Natural Resource Plan implementation plan for fiscal year 2012, and information about TVA’s Recreation Program under the Natural Resource Plan. 3. Presentation(s) concerning the issues surrounding the regulation of non-navigable floating structures on TVA reservoirs. 4. Public Comments. 5. Council Discussion and Advice. The RRSC will hear opinions and views of citizens by providing a public comment session. The public comment session will be held at 10 a.m., EDT, on Friday, October 14. Persons wishing to speak are requested to register at the door by 9 a.m., EDT, on Friday, October 14 and will be called on during the public comment period. Handout materials should be limited to one printed page. Written comments are also invited and may be mailed to the Regional Resource Stewardship Council, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902. DATES: The meeting will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., EDT, and on Friday, October 14, 2011, from 8 a.m. to Noon, EDT. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Auditorium of the TVA Headquarters at, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37902, and will be open to the public. Anyone needing special access or accommodations should let the contact below know at least a week in advance. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Beth Keel, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902, (865) 632–6113. E:\FR\FM\23SEN1.SGM 23SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 185 (Friday, September 23, 2011)]
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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

[Public Notice: 7609]


Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs; Exchange Visitor 
Program; Summer Work Travel Program Sponsor On-Site Reviews

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchange Act 
of 1961 (the ``Act''), the Department of State (Department) is 
authorized to facilitate and direct educational and cultural exchange 
activities in order to develop and promote mutual understanding between 
the people of the United States and the people of other countries by 
means of educational and cultural exchanges. These exchanges, conducted 
by Department-designated sponsors assist the Department in furthering 
the foreign policy objectives of the United States. By this Notice, and 
in order to enhance its continued oversight and monitoring of 
designated sponsors, the Department announces its intent to conduct on-
site reviews of sponsors in the Summer Work Travel Program to evaluate 
regulatory compliance with Program regulations set forth at 22 CFR Part 
62.
    The Summer Work Travel Program provides foreign college and 
university students the opportunity to work and travel in the United 
States during their extended academic break (i.e., summer vacation) for 
a period not to exceed four months. On April 26, 2011, the Department 
published in the Federal Register, an Interim Final Rule governing the 
Summer Work Travel category of the Exchange Visitor Program. In that 
rulemaking, the Department explained its three-step approach to 
addressing a number of concerns regarding sponsor

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administration of this program. Step one occurred in January 2011 when 
the Department adopted a pilot program to enhance protections for 
foreign nationals from Belarus, Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania, Russia, and 
the Ukraine (``Pilot Program''). Step two was the Interim Final Rule, 
which incorporated many of the concepts of the Pilot Program into the 
overall Summer Work Travel program regulations. Now, as step three, the 
Department intends to conduct on-site reviews of the largest Summer 
Work Travel program sponsors to monitor sponsor performance, ``to 
assess category-wide regulatory compliance and to consult with sponsors 
about implementation of the Interim Final Rule.'' The Department's 
close monitoring of Summer Work Travel sponsors during the summer of 
2011 has resulted in a modification to its plans for on-site reviews. 
Specifically, the Department evaluated all Summer Work Travel sponsors' 
compliance with program regulations regarding the maintenance of 
current and accurate records in the Student and Exchange Visitor 
Information System (SEVIS) for the period September 1, 2009 through 
August 30, 2010. It also reviewed Summer Work Travel-related complaints 
for the 2011 summer season and monitored the media for additional 
reports of program problems. As a result of these efforts, the 
Department has determined that it will not visit sponsors based solely 
on their size, but instead will conduct compliance reviews of those 
designated sponsors whose compliance with the relevant Exchange Visitor 
Program regulations deserve closer examination by the Department.
    Currently there are 51 designated exchange sponsor entities in the 
Summer Work Travel category. Of those, the Department has identified 14 
sponsors that will be part of in the upcoming compliance review. 
Although the Department may later decide to evaluate additional 
sponsors, at this time, it intends to visit these 14 sponsors (which 
together sponsor approximately 65% of all Summer Work Travel 
participants) sometime between October and December 2011. On average, 
it is expected that each on-site review will take two full business 
days and will be preceded ten work days' in advance by written notice 
and a request for certain specified documents.
    As noted above, these on-site reviews will focus on evaluating the 
overall program administration and the effectiveness of the 
modifications to sponsors' program administration resulting from 
implementation of the Interim Final Rule and the Pilot Program. A 
primary goal of these reviews is to assess whether the sponsors have 
been able ``to comply and remain in continual compliance with all 
provisions of Part 62'' (22 CFR 62.3(b)(1)). To this end, the reviews 
will focus on sponsor compliance with the Pilot Program guidelines and 
participant monitoring requirements, maintenance of accurate SEVIS 
records, and sponsors' relationships with third parties they have 
engaged to assist in carrying out the core programmatic functions 
inherent in the administration of exchange visitor programs, as set 
forth in the regulations in Part 62 (i.e., screening, selection, 
orientation, placement, monitoring, and the promotion of mutual 
understanding). Other areas of interest may include sponsors' roles in 
assisting participants in finding suitable housing; decision-making 
processes (including the numbers of participants accepted); self-
imposed compliance mechanisms; procedures for handling student 
participant problems (including finding new jobs for those whose pre-
arranged placements were unsatisfactory); and policies for refunding 
deposits or payments to student participants.
    Finally, the Department intends to use these reviews as an 
opportunity for sponsors to provide feedback on the Pilot Program and 
the Interim Final Rule in general, and more specifically, sponsors' 
experience with the relevant new regulatory provisions during the 
summer season of 2011. Feedback will be used to assist in issuing the 
Final Rule. Best practices will be collected from the on-site reviews 
and shared with the wider sponsor community. Sponsors who are not 
included in these reviews and wish to comment should address their 
comments and concerns to the Department at JVisas@State.gov.
    The Department believes these compliance reviews are one of many 
critical steps that can help ensure the Summer Work Travel program 
meets the underlying goals of the Act while also allowing participants 
to enjoy safe and successful exchange program experiences conducted 
within the parameters of the Exchange Visitor Program regulations.

    Dated: September 16, 2011.
Rick A. Ruth,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Private Sector Exchange, Acting, Bureau 
of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State.
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